Sunday 27 September 2015

Keeping it Cornish

The Mrs and I headed to deepest darkest Kernow on Saturday for a change of scene. The weather was glorious with not a cloud in the sky and wall to wall sunshine!

First stop Saturday evening was the Hayle Estuary where we tried out Birdies Bistro for tea, cake and millionaire shortbread. A great spot well situated for the high tide roost at Lelant Saltings where a couple of Garganey were the highlight whilst sipping tea from the garden. Then onto the Cot Valley Youth Hostel which was to be our stop for the night. This is a cracking spot and the location of my very first Red-eyed Vireo back in 1990! 

On Sunday we were up early and did a big stomp from the Cot to Nanquidno and onto Sennen and back. Nothing outrageous on the birding front, but a great walk. Once back in St Just, we popped in to see good friend Nigel Wheatley (check out his great website on where to watch birds and wildlife around the world HERE) and his family. Here we enjoyed a fine Cornish cup of tea with Saffron Buns and Cornish butter - Lovely! It was great to see Nigel and Alice and catch up on news. We also discussed the finer points of Dinosaur id with young Ned! Great to meet Tom too!

An afternoon foray back into the Cot after a tip off from Nigel produced the best birding of the day with 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Firecrest and 2 Chough being the highlights. All in all, a fabulous area and one that reminded me how I really should get down more often. Watch this space.....
Mr Wheatley - After being a little elusive on Saturday night he finally showed well on Sunday complete with Saffron Buns!

The lovely Cot Valley - local patch of good friend Nigel Wheatley

Glorious Sennen Cove 

Sennen Cove looking north towards Cape Cornwall

One of the Yellow-browed Warblers in Cot Valley

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