Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Porthgwarra, Stithians Reservoir and Barton-on-Sea

Where better to start September than Porthgwarra? A pleasant stroll around Porthgwarra with Liam featured two Pied Flycatchers, a pair of Chough, a Garden Warbler, two Tree Pipits, three Wheatears, a Swift, four Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, three Fulmars, two Little Egrets, a Peregrine, two Ravens, a House Martin, 80 Swallows, a Willow Warbler, a Rock Pipit and three Grey Wagtails. At least eight Buzzards started to make use of the thermals late morning, as did the roaming flock of 21 reintroduced White Storks, although these u-turned after deciding that a jaunt to Scilly wasn't such a great idea after all.

We popped in to Stithians Reservoir to twitch a Cattle Egret, which was showing nicely, along with the juvenile Wood Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, five Curlews and two Lapwings.


On the way back east, I stopped at Barton-on-Sea, where it was too late in the evening for the Icterine Warbler to show but I was gobsmacked to hear one or two Water Rails calling from the vegetation on the beach.