Monday, April 29, 2013


Just got back from a wonderful weekend in Cornwall. Though it was 'mainly' a family break away, I did manage to get the old binos out on a couple of occasions. 

We left Woking at about 13:30 pm on Friday and arrived at Tintagel Hostel at 18:15 pm. The setting for this hostel is unbelievably beautiful and we were all very happy to be there. After a little time enjoying the views and settling in we headed into town for a bite to eat, stopping at St Materiana's Church.

The following morning we spent some time along the cliffs outside our hostel. There were a few pairs of Herring Gull nesting that I could see plus some Fulmar flying circuits around the cliffs. There was also Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Rock Pipit present.

Rock Pipit

By 10:30 am we were heading for Tintagel Castle, where we spent the next three hours walking the ruins. 

After leaving Tintagel we headed south to St Just where we booked into our next hostel: Lands End Hostel. Prior to this we checked Cot Valley, which backed onto our hostel and was also the site of a reported Woodchat Shrike.

No luck with the shrike, so we booted down to Lands End for the obligatory photo, a quick pint in the last pub in England then back to St Just for a wonderful meal at the Kings Arms.

Sunday morning we headed down to Portgwarra, where we spent a few hours walking along the cliffs. 

The birding along here was really cool. There were Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Whitethroat and Sparrowhawk along the footpaths, which kept me busy until I got to a good look out spot: Gwennap Head. The sea-watch was very productive with both Red and Black-throated Diver, Gannet, Guillemot, Shag, Fulmar and over 100 Manx Shearwater! Along the cliffs were Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, a fly over Raven and my first Chough in over 20 years. Birding Portgwarra.

Time had finally run out and we headed home via Dartmoor National Park.

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