Reports



SOUTHWEST WINTER BIRDING WEEKEND
Friday 10th - Monday 13th January 2020

We enjoyed a superb time on our annual tour of the southwest with our first day producing great views of CIRL BUNTINGS plus YELLOWHAMMER and offshore we noted several GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, RAZORBILL, NORTHERN GANNETS, COMMON SCOTER and MEDITERRANEAN GULL, Then a short distance away we enjoyed views of a 1st winter drake BLUE-WINGED TEAL plus COMMON FIRECREST and EURASIAN BULLFINCH.

The following day was spent travelling west where birding highlights included EURASIAN SISKIN, 3+ WATER PIPITS, BARN SWALLOW, 2 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS and 20+ COMMON CHIFFCHAFFS. During the afternoon we found a stunning second year GLAUCOUS GULL on the south coast much to the delight of local birders! Other goodies included MEDITERRANEAN GULLS, 12+ NORTHERN FULMARS, and more GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS. Next up was a female LESSER SCAUP that was consorting with a group of TUFTED DUCKS and we concluded the day with several GREY WAGTAILS and an escaped drake FERRUGINOUS DUCK.

With fantastic weather we birded the area around Penzance, Newlyn, St Just and the Hayle Estuary where we found 15 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 1st calendar year ICELAND GULL, BLACK GUILLEMOT, a particularly showy COMMON FIRECREST, BLACK REDSTART, 6+ GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and GREY WAGTAILS.

Three RED-BILLED CHOUGHS gave a fine flyby on the rock west coast before we visited the famous Philps Pasty shop in Hayle for lunch.

The remainder of the afternoon was spent at the Hayle Estuary with SLAVONIAN GREBE, COMMON MERGANSER (GOOSANDER), 4+ YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS, 2 MEDITERRANEAN GULLS, COMMON GREENSHANK and another GREAT NORTHERN DIVER.

Our last day was somewhat marred by Storm Brendan moving through the southwest, but at Bowling Green Marsh RSPB reserve we connected with a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER briefly before it was flushed by a EURASIAN SPARROWHAWK and good numbers of common wildfowl gave exceptional views.