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Old Friday 26th March 2010, 11:04   #1251
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The easiest place to see Choughs is Southerly Point, at the tip of the Lizard peninsula (SW701115). There is an RSPB watchpoint there (and a good cafe where you can sit and watch the birds). Next month the female will be on eggs and the male will be coming in every half hour or so.
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Old Saturday 27th March 2010, 09:32   #1252
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The easiest place to see Choughs is Southerly Point, at the tip of the Lizard peninsula (SW701115). There is an RSPB watchpoint there (and a good cafe where you can sit and watch the birds). Next month the female will be on eggs and the male will be coming in every half hour or so.
A Cafe is always a good point, as I need to bribe my wife with Tea and Cake sometimes in order to do a bit of birding.

I will be passing nearby Plymouth on my way - Are the any sites worthy of mention for Cirl Bunting, or have they been hard hit this winter?
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Old Saturday 27th March 2010, 10:04   #1253
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I will be passing nearby Plymouth on my way - Are the any sites worthy of mention for Cirl Bunting, or have they been hard hit this winter?
I was at Boadsands car park last week and there were at least four in the bushes around the second car park.

Park up in the main car park and to the left you will see a car park that is currently closed. Have a look in the far bushes.
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Old Sunday 28th March 2010, 16:29   #1254
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A Cafe is always a good point, as I need to bribe my wife with Tea and Cake sometimes in order to do a bit of birding.
I can recommend the fish-cakes
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Old Monday 29th March 2010, 14:35   #1255
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A visit to Maer Lake this morning produced a female Pintail, a female Wigeon, a first winter Mediterranean Gull, 31 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Teal, a single Peregrine, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven, 7 sand Martin and 3 Swallows.

At Lower Tamar Lake there was 7 Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe, a singing Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, a Kingfisher and single Marsh and Willow Tit.
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Old Friday 2nd April 2010, 15:42   #1256
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Wednesday afternoon (31st), after seeing a few Kittiwakes and Razorbills in Sennen Cove (and 2 Choughs over) we went up to Brew Pool, and after a short wait, a Harrier flew through, came fairly close and showed it's underside - which looked a little gingery-orange around the breast and axilliaries, couldn't make out any collar. On getting home and looking it up in Collins, we decided it was only a Hen Harrier. So, nice try, but no cigar.

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Old Friday 2nd April 2010, 19:01   #1257
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Possible Iceland Gull c.1.5mls East of Chiverton Cross roundabout (Map Here)
Anyone confirm the ID?
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Old Friday 2nd April 2010, 21:32   #1258
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Possible Iceland Gull c.1.5mls East of Chiverton Cross roundabout (Map Here)
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Looks like an Iceland to me, small rounded head, long primaries etc., great find
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Old Saturday 3rd April 2010, 13:35   #1259
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14 Wheatear were present at Davidstow Airfield this morning.
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Old Monday 5th April 2010, 08:02   #1260
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At Wacker Quay, yesterday afternoon a Spoonbill was present, together with 2 Little Grebe, a Red-breasted Merganser and 83 Shelduck.
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Old Tuesday 6th April 2010, 08:36   #1261
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I will be passing nearby Plymouth on my way - Are the any sites worthy of mention for Cirl Bunting, or have they been hard hit this winter?

A bit closer to Plymouth, you could try Wembury. PM me if you would like more details.

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Old Thursday 8th April 2010, 20:25   #1262
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I've just had a a good couple of days birding at Lizard point and just got back to sunny North Staffordshire.

Had great views of the Woodchat Shrike at Church Cove, a pair of Chough below the lighthouse, and Fulmar.

I was up at 6.30am today and enjoyed a sea watching session from near the lighthouse and enjoyed good numbers of Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Guillimots (at least I think they were at a distance) and Cormorants passing by. I'd be interested to know where the Gannets were commuting from.

Oh and I had a great breakfast at the cafe after the sea watch. There is something civilized about watching Chough and Fulmar while eating a full English breakfast with a pot of tea in such warm sunny conditions.

I noticed a small number of Willow warbler in gardens/bushes by the lighthouse and observed some face staining.

A great part of the world and I will be back for a more extensive birding holiday soon.

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Old Thursday 8th April 2010, 21:18   #1263
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Hi Can anyone please tell me where wacker quay is Thanks

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Old Thursday 8th April 2010, 21:39   #1264
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It's here
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Old Thursday 8th April 2010, 21:55   #1265
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If you are coming from Torpoint then lookout for the picnic sign on the right side of the road about a mile past Antony. I normally view the estuary from the parking area although you can walk or drive down the track and park by the Quay. Roger
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Old Friday 9th April 2010, 20:19   #1266
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Thanks for that, I looked on all maps and could not find it. Will pay it a visit
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Old Friday 9th April 2010, 21:27   #1267
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Red Kite over A30 just west of Roche/Victoria 5pm.
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Old Saturday 10th April 2010, 20:34   #1268
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Balearic Shrike at Ruan Pool, Windmill Farm NR.

Anyone travelling to see this bird please note that it is on an extremely sensitive site. So please park only in the car park at Windmill Farm NR (Map here) and drive slowly along the access track to minimise disturbance to the campsite and residents. There are some particularly steep speed humps so beware. Once on site keep to public footpaths and follow any on site directions, the bird was viewable distantly from the small hide at Ruan Pool (Map here). Please also do not chase the bird around, or following similar experiences with the Lizard "Brown" Shrike, local birders will not be releasing any further news of rarities. So best behaviour please, we have been warned!
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Old Monday 12th April 2010, 12:42   #1269
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Balearic Shrike at Ruan Pool, Windmill Farm NR.

Please also do not chase the bird around, or following similar experiences with the Lizard "Brown" Shrike, local birders will not be releasing any further news of rarities. So best behaviour please, we have been warned!
Would that be the same local birders who are posting nice close-up photos of the bird on the CBWPS website? Bit odd considering the bird is only "viewable distantly".
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Have been to wacker quay, great spot will definetly go again. One Heron and 4 shellduck
It was high tide. Thanks for your help
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Old Saturday 24th April 2010, 23:14   #1272
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Ad. Arctic Scua harrying Sandwich Terns off Freathy (Whitsand Bay) this afternoon.

Quite close in, at times only 60ish yards offshore.
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The easiest place to see Choughs is Southerly Point, at the tip of the Lizard peninsula (SW701115). There is an RSPB watchpoint there (and a good cafe where you can sit and watch the birds). Next month the female will be on eggs and the male will be coming in every half hour or so.
Saw them today - Thanks for the information|=). Tho I did miss the Woodchat Shrike which was apparantly about a mile away - Can't have everything.
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Old Saturday 1st May 2010, 19:02   #1274
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Saw them today - Thanks for the information|=). Tho I did miss the Woodchat Shrike which was apparantly about a mile away - Can't have everything.
Glad you connected. I was down there too and I didn't know about the shrike either!
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if anyone is going for the White-throated Sparrow at Boscastle from the Falmouth direction and has a spare seat in the car, could they drop me a pm?

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