Sunday 5 May 2013

Another very quiet weekend

Cornwall has been strangely quiet this weekend with the highlights being not what you would expect in Cornwall in Spring.   A distinctly American flavour in Lesser Yellowlegs at Marazion (only the second record for that site) and a Pectoral Sandpiper at Colliford were the only real highlights.

I went to Gwithian today and spent a fair amount of the morning there.  I was hoping for maybe a shrike but had to make do with a nice male Sedge Warbler singing from the scrub.  There were a few Whitethroats singing too.  17 Whimbrel were flying around the area and settled behind the bullock field.  Some of the males were singing and calling.  I also heard Whimbrel singing at Land's End on Friday.  In the next few days they will be on Orkney or further north breeding. 

The images below were taken this weekend. (Nikon D7000 and 600mm F4).

Male Sedge Warbler in song at Gwithian

Male Sedge Warbler defending territory

Male Whitethroat at Trinity Pool, Land's End

Whimbrel at Land's End in early morning dew

Adult Dunlin at Marazion Beach

Turnstone at Marazion Beach. Some new scapular feathers are emerging.

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