15th December 2020
I came across 2 Siberian Chiffchaff today including this cracking individual at Lower Moors and in four days, I’ve had up to 7 Yellow-legged Gull
After work this morning, I made a change of goin somewhere else instead of Morning Point where I’ve been visiing almost daily in the last few weeks. At Little Porth, there were 2 Chiffchaff in the Mallows at the west end of beach with a single Siberian Chiffchaff. However, there were no sign of any Black Redstart that were here a few days ago but while at the Rose Hill end of Lower Moors, chatting to Will, the Dusky Warbler started calling at the back. I went in search of the warbler and immediatly came across the Firecrest, Yellow-browed Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff. I also kicked 3 Woodcock and then relocated the vocal Dusky Warbler, that was now only meters away from me in deep cover. It wasn’t until a good ten mintutes that it showed very briefly out in the open but I wasn’t quick enough with the camera.
The ring on the right leg of this Siberian Chiffchaff ruled out it being the individual that I had here over three weeks ago.
There were also 2 Chiffchaff in the same Mallows
And on the beach, 3 pied Wagtail and the odd Wren
Out of all the birds that I saw while at lower moors, only this Siberian Chiffchaff showed off for the camera
And this is all I could get of the skulky Dusky Warbler
It was getting close to high tide and the sun was still out and I found myself watching gulls again. After an hour of being at Porthloo, the sun went hiding behind the clouds and the only gulls of note were 2 Yellow-legged and Mediterranean Gull and the 2 Iceland Gull including ‘Billy’ A singke Black Redstart was at the north end of the beach.
There was only this Black Redstart on Porthloo Beach
The 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull came in first taking the bread right beneath ‘Billy’s’ bill.
Shortly afterwards this 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull arrived and stuck around for a while
The 2 Meditanerrean Gull were always distant from the main group of gulls that I was spening my time with
It’s just too slow as the other Iceland Gull leaves Billy with nothin
And again ‘Billy’ misses out as this Herring Gull sweeps in like the style of a skimmer. Well kind of anyway
Yesterday, I finnished work mid-afternoon and at Morning Point I was being blown all over the shop by the gale force SW. The gulls were moving through with good numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gull and further out, large numbers of Kittiwake. As expected, I had a total of 3 Yellow-legged Gull that moved straight through.
The 3 Yellow-legged Gull didn’t hang around as they flew straight through with the Lesser Black-backed Gulls off Morning Point
Two days before, while at the same sight, another 2 Yellow-legged Gull moved through but it was while scanning out to sea that I picked up a female Peregrine flying just above the waves, SW towards Gugh from Peninnis. This was immediatly followed on the same line as the Peregrine, also just above the water, by the ring-tailed Hen Harrier. I continued to go through the gulls and a male Merlin came in off the sea.before all this happened, I got a window tick in the shape of 3 Cattle Egret in the Trewince fields. I would have never had known they were there if it was not for Will relocating them after being elsewhere on the island.
The ring-tailed Hen Harrier out at sea off Morning Point
Shortly afterwards, I observed this male Merlin come in off the sea
The odd Kittiwake came in close from the hundreds out at sea
There were up to 4 Common Gull off Morning Point
Some 50-60 Lesser Black-backed Gull moved through
With over 250 Herring Gull
And guess who else came to jion the party?