Saturday, 24 January 2015

WeBS (20th January)

Went for the usual monthly WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey) with Dan on 20th January.  We encompassed most of the Lizard sites but returned early back home (as Dan had to find a suit, lol!).

Starting at Hayle Kimbro, we accidentally flushed 1 Snipe (nothing else in the area) then moved on to Lizard Point for a short seawatch.  There were good numbers (but a poor variety) of seabirds flying west, including Guillemots (90% sum plum now), Gannets and Kittiwakes but only the occasional Razorbill.  A Black Redstart was sheltering in the cove below the point.  Our next stop, Croft Pascoe produced a single female Shoveler (a site tick for both of us) before we headed on to Coverack, where we connected with the juvenile Glaucous Gull shortly before thinking of giving up.

Glaucous Gull (at Coverack)

Loe Pool continued to host 6 Goosander (3 males, 3 females), Water Rail, 40+ Pochard and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was resting amongst the gulls.

Our last stop of the day, Helston Boating Lake.  As well as the long staying Whooper Swan and 17 Shoveler on the main lake it was well worth the stop as we had great views of 25+ Chiffchaffs swarming around two trees and filling the hedges at the sewage works.  2 tristis Chiffchaffs were also amongst them as was a Firecrest!  Kudos to Dan for picking up a flyover Merlin which I managed to catch a short view of before it disappeared south over the back of the trees.

Glaucous Gull (at Loe Pool)

Loe Pool (the Glauc might just be visible in the centre stretching its wings)

colour-ringed Black-headed Gull 23D8

Whooper Swan

tristis Chiffchaffs

Thanks again to Dan for the driving!

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