Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Report from Roger Lane. 20th April 2010

" Not a lot to shout about, what with the changeable weather. Set of toward Pentewan this morning (off site), but saw a breeding Grey Wagtail in the Pentewan Valley, and noticed Swallows taking up their territories enroute. Only worthwhile item at Pentewan was a group of c.10 House Martins (my 1st for the year! How late can you get ?). These were also on territory at the large colony above the village.
Thence back to Par (no hirundines at Manoa Valley, clear skies by then, had enabled them to move on). At PBPool, not a sound from the reed bed again (5pm), nor anything noteworthy on the pool. Out in Par Bay (low tide) were 5 x Sandwich Terns; 4 x Gannets and 1 x G.N.Diver.
Called in at Carlyon Cliff car-park on way home and saw another 2 x Gannets and 1 x Sandwich Tern (possibly along from Par). So I suppose something is better than nothing !"

Thanks for the report Roger.

I can echo much of what you have said. Standing by the reedbed for twenty minutes again at 1100 hrs and never saw the reeds move once let alone see a bird. The beach and bay (high tide) was deserted except for a lone Pied Wagtail atop the dunes by the river. After a pitiful morning I was glad to see it and was about to photograph when he was spooked by dogs and a walker.
The Wilderness produced just a lone Speckled Wood on the wing.
St Andrews was not a lot better. A very friendy Robin, Blue Tit and a Jay that I saw four times but it kept its distance.
May should be a bonanza month I reckon.

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