Monday, 7 October 2013


After yesterday's marathon train journey I got the Scillonian across this morning. Kingfisher at Penzance harbour was a nice starter. Not many birds on the crossing, but had single Balearic and Manx Shearwater, plus Kittiwake with plenty of Gannets. The stars were 100-150 Common Dolphin breaching close to the boat. A couple of Porpoise were seen shortly out of the harbour.

Common Dolphin
Dumped the bags and headed for Newford Duck Pond. After a 20 min wait the Arctic Warbler showed pretty well flitting around the willows. No chance of a photo, but pleased with the first tick of the holiday.
Dropped down through Holy Vale and Higher Moors, but had nothing other than a couple of calling Chiffchaff and 3 Greenshank on Porthellick Pool.
The airfield had 20+ Wheatear, 2 Lapland Bunting and 1 Skylark feeding at fairly short range.
Lapland Bunting
Wandered through Lower Moors seeing Water Rail and Sedge Warbler, but a 45 min wait at Shooter's Pool for the Spotted Crake was fruitless.
Knackered and with a bit of sun burn, I retired for a pint.


  1. Lovely shot of the dolphins Rob, must have been quite a sight 100+. Only ever seen bottle-nosed meself so would have been a trip highlight for me.

  2. Cheers Alan. Amazing sight, the sea was alive with them. Better than dots in the scope from Whitburn!