|Female Snowy Owl, courtesy Phil Taylor, St Buryan.|
Hayle estuary is always worth checking. A rare American Golden Plover can be found with perserverance among the Golden Plover flock. Present since November, this bird seems to be content to spend the winter there. Rare gulls can also be found at Hayle estuary. The last couple weeks has seen an American Ring-billed Gull (probably originating from Canada), Caspian Gull (eastern Europe) and a Glaucous Gull (Iceland / Greenland) all resting up on the estuary. Quite a crossroads! An Iceland Gull has spent a couple weeks in Coverack harbour.
Cattle Egret sightings are increasing with four seen on the Helford, two at St Erth and up to three at Kingsmill Lake. The Glossy Ibis was also seen at Kingsmill Lake (Torpoint) from the 27th to 29th November. With the continued cold weather from the north, we can expect more arctic species. A Ross's Gull or even an Ivory Gull would be nice. The latter would be the first record for Cornwall.