Summer plumage Golden Plover at the irfield
An early taxi at 07.00, from Star Castle to airport this morning, left me with half an hour to have a look at Porth Hellick before I did another pickup. At close range from the right of the seaward hide, I found the male BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL singing. There was also 15+House Martin, 20+Swallow and the now resident Reed and Sedge Warblers. Two of each Whimbrel and Wheatear were on the beach.
At 0830, I dropped off a worker at the grape vines at Holy Vale and then drove to the airport. It was very hot and I had the window right down and as I just passed the turning to Carn Vean Cafe, I heard a Grasshopper Warbler reeling in a low hedge right next to the road. I got out of the wagon, to see if I had a chance of seeing it, and heard another bird in the nearby fields on the opposite side of the road.
Male BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL at Porth Hellick in the early morning light
Male BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL singing at Porth Hellick
A text from Pete mid afternoon, to say that he had a adult male GOLDEN ORIOLE fly over the pool at Porth Hellick towards the ringing station. When I arrived at Porth Hellick there was no sign of it. Instead I saw my first Whimbrel on the deck with 3 Greenshank on the pool.
Spider sp? in the seaward hide, Porth Hellick
The first Whimbrel I've seen on the deck at Porth Hellick
A quick look at the airfield this evening found another Golden Plover join the three already present. There was also up to 18 Wheatear in the area.
2 of the 4 Golden Plover at the airfield
Note the female Greenland Wheatear on the left, slightly larger than the 1st summer male Wheatear