Goosander off Longrock, near Penzance. Jan 2012

Birding 28/01/12

A quick walk round Hayle RSBP site revealed nothing of great interest on Ryans Field ( at least that my small lens could pick up), just caught this distant shot of a Bullfinch on a nearby budlia, thats another first for me 😉

Picture of bullfinch at Hayle, January 2012


Crossing the road revealed some shelducks, and a couple of black tailed Godwits, at least I think they're Godwits based on the long straight beak.

Black tailed Godwit Hayle Estuary Jan 2012

Picture of Shelduck Hayle Estuary Jan 2012


Later on in the day, went down to Longrock beach, near Penzance. It was low tide, and other than gulls not a lot around, then in the distance we saw a pair of Goosanders heading out to sea. Ive seen just one Goosander before, and that was at Hayle Estuary last year.

Goosander off Longrock, near Penzance. Jan 2012

Last Sunday we had a walk out to Levant Tin mine on the north west coast. The national trust have a car park, and it's a nice ( if blustery in January) walk along the coast. Other than a few gulls and some gannets in the distance there wasn't must out in the way of birds. On the way back to the car a Kestrel took great delight in taunting us to come closer for a picture, then swooping down the coast. Nevertheless we managed some great photos :-

Kestrel Levant North Cornwall Jan 12

Kestrel in flight Levant North Cornwall Jan 12