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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Porthpean, Newquay, St. Ives and Hayle Estuary

Liam and I started at Porthpean on a fine morning indeed, enjoying wonderful views of three Surf Scoters (two 2CY drakes and a female), a female Velvet Scoter and a Long-tailed Duck, as well as two fly-over Siskins and several Fulmars and Gannets. Next up was Trenance Pool in Newquay, where the long-staying 2CY Ring-billed Gull afforded close-up views. A seawatch from St. Ives Island produced three Great Skuas, 15 Red-throated Divers, a Razorbill and several Kittiwakes, Gannets and Shags. Finishing at Hayle, the five Goosanders showed well, three Greenshanks were noted and Dunlin numbers had increased to perhaps 150.

Surf and Velvet Scoters off Porthpean

2CY Ring-billed Gull at Trenance Pool