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On the 18th October:


Back in Cornwall, we went to Porthgwarra seeing a Short-eared Owl, 2 Ravens, 4 Stonechats and a Lapland Bunting. At Hayle there was a good selection of waders and a Little Gull.


We returned to Salakee this morning and there were now 6 Turtle Doves, also a Willow Warbler, 10 Redwing and 6 Greenfinches. Then we went to the Golf Course where we saw a Black Redstart and a Siberian Stonechat, a race at the time and now a full species.

Later, we took the boat to St. Agnes where there had been an increase in waders on the beach and we saw the Semipalmated Plover again. There was also an increase in Redwings and finches, with us seeing a Brambling and a Firecrest


Our last morning on the Isles of Scilly and it was sunny and warm, we caught the early boat to St. Mary's where we saw a White-fronted Goose, a Richard's Pipit, a Jack Snipe and a Turtle Dove

We took the helicopter to Penzance and then went to Drift Reservoir where we saw an immature American Golden Plover and a Pectoral Sandpiper, at times the two were together. Also seen were 2 Scaup, a Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Greenland race Wheatear.

American Golden Plover 04a, Drift, 18-10
American Golden Plover 03a, Drift, 18-10

American Golden Plover

Pectoral Sandpiper 01a, Drift, 18-10-80.
Pectoral Sandpiper 02a, Drift, 18-10-80.

Pectoral Sandpiper

Later, we went to Marazion Marsh where there was a Lesser Yellowlegs, also seeing a Merlin, Peregrine and a Sparrowhawk.

Lesser Yellowlegs 01a, Marazion, 18-10-8
Lesser Yellowlegs 04a, Marazion, 18-10-8
Lesser Yellowlegs 03a, Marazion, 18-10-8
Lesser Yellowlegs 02a, Marazion, 18-10-8

Lesser Yellowlegs


In Virginia on a BBC sound recording trip, 1 new bird and a new mammal seen today.

Great Blue Heron. 

Great Blue Heron 01a, Virginia, 18-10-87


A visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing the usual ducks, grebes and gulls, also an Osprey.



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