On Sun 13th May a small group of us had a good explore around the southern end of Stithians Lake. A cold start to the day ended in warm sunshine – a very pleasant day.
We started off in the Stuart Hutchings hide where there were a few water birds around, notably Great Crested and Little Grebes. We then crossed over to the feeders where we watched the usual visitors including some very nice views of Goldfinch. Moving on to the farm track by Carnmenellis and down to the reservoirs edge we were spoilt with some great views of a Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats and best of all a very vocal and showy Sedge Warbler. It was here that we heard the distant sound of a Cuckoo. We then went to the other side of the cut off and a short way down the path and had more views of warblers and some nice Linnets, Reed Buntings and a very close view of a Greenfinch (Cornwall rarity these days!)
Additionally, an Adder was seen at the roadside and 3 species of butterfly were seen – Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Small Tortoiseshell.
A total of 40 species of bird were seen.
Beth Cross, 13th May