A warm and breezy autumn day for this weekly excursion led by the Fearless Foursome (pictured below, and see Field Meetings, page 14 in the autumn Palores magazine). Not an especially good day for birds as many had clearly chosen to hunker down out of the wind, and it was perhaps a bit early in the season for a really good tally of waders. But thirteen birdwatchers were present, the banter and the picnic stop being as integral to the fun as the Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank, Grey Plover and the two Pintail lurking amongst the small flock of Wigeon.
Just as we were bemoaning the lack of raptors, a blue-grey apparition across the estuary was spotted -’our’ Peregrine—always a thrill. Another unidentified call, a drawn-out but faint squeaking, attracted much attention, but turned out to be a farm vehicle in bad need of a drop of oil!
Full sightings list, Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna:
17 Mute Swan, 215 Canada Goose, 3 Shelduck, 35 Mallard, 36 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 4 Red-legged Partridge,2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 15 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 65 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 45 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 120 Black-headed Gull, 170 Herring Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 9 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 150 Carrion Crow, 3 Starling, 9 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch.
Also 1 Large White, 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Copper butterflies.
Simon Marquis, 18th October