A bright but breezy day greeted the 16 members who attended this field meeting at the rather un-glamorous Helston Water Treatment Works.
Glamorous locations mean nothing to wild birds but food does and the abundance of insect life that water treatment works attract means there is always something about. This particular site is well known in birding circles for being reliable for Chiffchaffs and Firecrests in autumn and winter and it was certainly the latter species that stole the show with great views of them moving through the ivy that grows up the boundary fence. Tantalising glimpses of a very fast Yellow-browed Warbler were also noted but it was not seen by all.
We started the meeting by moving over to the boating lake so as not to miss the Lesser Scaup and everybody got great views of this North American visitor. After our first session at the water works we went as far as we could down to Loe Pool only to be thwarted before the pool itself because the banks were flooded. We did add Redwing, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Jay and Goldcrest to the list as well as the usual other Tits, Dunnocks and Robins.
Altogether a lovely morning enjoying birds on a bright early winter day, helped by an American rarity and the gorgeous little Firecrests!
Roger Hooper, Leader
A couple of the key players at Helston taken recently (file photos from the CBWPS media library).