Sunday, 29 January 2017

10 Cattle Egrets at Coswarth and Iceland Gull

With all the rain and wind today we where in no rush to go birding, so Pete and myself headed out at lunchtime to search for Cattle Egrets as it would be a year tick for him. We drove around farmland between Indian Queens and Newquay and found 10 Cattle Egrets feeding in a kale field at Coswarth. If you drive towards St Columb Road from Newquay , turn right at Mountjoy, go over the level crossing , past a farm on your right and from the next gateway the birds are happily feeding amongst cattle. Maybe they are the birds that are roosting on the Gannel ? It was nice to solve the puzzle as to where the Cattle Egrets are in the day time and it's worth visiting if you wanted prolonged views as they are a joy to watch and a special find in Cornwall even if we are in the middle of an influx...

Also seen today were:

Porth Reservoir - 1 Juv Iceland Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Great crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker

Gannel Estuary- 1 Water Pipit, color ringed Great Black Backed Gull from the Thames Estuary.

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