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Friday, 24 October 2014

Porthgwarra, Cornwall 24/10/14

An excellent day down in Cornwall with Adam and Simon. I had booked this day off a while ago as it was my birthday, and I'm so glad I did. I left home around 01.30 and we arrived at Porthgwarra around 07.30 after a couple of stops along the way. 

It wasn't until 9am that the bird was found, and over the next couple of hours the Cuckoo performed well to the gathering crowd. It was simply a stunning bird, and also in a lovely setting.


YELLOW
-BILLED CUCKOO - 1
Merlin - 1
Balearic Shearwater - 1
Chough - 2

A couple of other sites were visited afterwards where a couple more yanks were added to the day list. A trip to Lands End was very pleasent in the late afternoon sun, but what was slightly concerning was the fact that the Scillies were in view, and was probably a factor as to why there is no sign of the Cuckoo the next day.

Drift Reservoir - Ring-necked Duck 1 juv.
Hayle Estuary - Lesser Yellowlegs 1 juv.
Lands End - Chough 2

We left at 17.30 and due to an accident and then road closures, I arrived home at 00:15 absolutely exhausted, but with a birthday to remember!!

 Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Porthgwarra - a true mega!!
Chough at Lands End


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