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Sunday, September 11, 2016

A pictorial review of my week staying in Gwennel Barn, Treen

Cornwall 3rd -10th September

Though not the most productive week migrant wise due to the winds being predominantly from the SW although on Wednesday it swung around to the south bringing even warmer, more humid weather up from the continent. This put an end briefly to the sea bird movements that had been a joy to watch from either Logan Rock, Pendeen and Porthgwara. Sat sheltered from the brisk SW winds on Saturday and Sunday I was able to enjoy prolonged views of up to 10 Cory's Shearwaters lingering not to far out off Logan Rock. Others passed by without pausing while this group fed and patrolled the area. There were also a steady movement of Balearic Shearwaters (300+) on the Sunday morning. Passerine's were very few and far between until late in the week when Whinchat's and Wheatears started to appear. I managed to see 2 out of 3 Wrynecks unfortunately the weather was dull and they were to distant to photograph. There were other birds that made nearly everyday enjoyable, some of which you can see below.

I popped down to Marazion Beach to see this juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the Sunday. The weather wasn't the best so I vowed to return on the first sunny morning, see for yourself the difference it makes.

I turned up 3 days later and for over 20 mins had the bird all to myself, then a few other birders turned up to enjoy this and a few other species of waders.

    Curlew Sandpiper (above), Little Stint (below)

    Dunlin (above), Sanderling (below).

    Manx Shearwater
    Shag (juvenile and adult)

    These Bar-tailed Godwits were passing Pendeen Lighthouse and were about 1/2 mile out to 
    sea. I saw several other parties that really hugged the waves.  

    Later the same day a flock of Bar-tailed Godwits passed over Sennen Cove

    Fulmar's at Lands End, when I normally visit the area in late October they are normally
    miles out to sea.

    Sandwich Tern

    Mediterranean Gull's in Sennen Cove.



   Chough's were harder to get close to this year.

    A small pod of Dolphins were in Sennen Cove one morning.

    My favourite seawatching point at Pendeen
    Sennen Cove
    The Treen heard pass our cottage.

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