Thursday, 14 February 2019

Short-eared Owl, North Cornwall 13th Feb 2019.



A few more images of the Short-eared Owls still active on this Cornish headland.

This one caught a vole and proceeded to eat it right in front of me!

It must be one amazing "vole year" as there are runs and holes everywhere and they are keeping at least 2 Owls and several Kestrels well fed and have for a few months.













7th February 2019, first frog spawn, exactly same date as 2018 !!



Once again very late frog spawn (for Cornwall) on 7th February, but strangely enough the exact date we had it last year.
I know some of my friends in deepest West Cornwall have frogs spawning before Christmas but here are our dates for the past few years....

Previous dates for the first spawn have been....

2018....7th Feb
2017....4th Feb
2016....25th Jan.
2015....29th Jan.
2014....4th Feb.
2013....27th Jan.
2012....14th Jan.

Monday, 28 January 2019

A distant Barn Owl hunting at 3:30 pm today in Cornwall. 28th Jan 2019.



I spent some time this afternoon watching this Barn Owl quarter the wet meadows in North Cornwall.

It crashed down on what looks like a vole and spent a long time in the grass trying to despatch it before finally flying off to a perch just the wrong side of the hedge to where I stood!

I saw it again later over the reed beds hunting.... a fantastic sight.





Thursday, 24 January 2019

Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust POLPIP seal survey 24th Jan 19.

Bit of a swell around Gulland island 
 
 
Out of Padstow harbour this morning in somewhat "challenging" weather conditions for seal spotting! 
 
Very few seals hauled out and often too misty and drizzly to see the rocks or the beaches!

However lots of Auks on their ledges and lots of Gannets diving about 2 miles offshore. 
 
Cold, wet & tired but that's my kind of retirement!
 
Blow hole near Tregudda Gorge Padstow

Kittiwakes at Marble Cliffs, Porthmissen

Auks at Gulland

Auks at Gulland

Auks at Gulland

Gulland

Auks at the Mouls

Guillemots off the Mouls

Gannets

Homeward bound!
 

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Temminck's Stint at Chapel Amble 8th Jan 19.



A few distant shots of this tiny wader that migrates between its High Arctic breeding range and Africa every year.

The bird is tiny and was dwarfed by a Pied Wagtail standing next to it at one time.






Friday, 4 January 2019

Common Crane at Walmsley 3rd Jan 2019 "A flying visit"!



A distant shot of this Common Crane that briefly dropped into our reserve at Walmsley sanctuary.

It may have been there overnight as it was first spotted by John Mitchell at first light but it was gone again by 11 o'clock.
Disturbed by the noisy squabblings of Canada geese it took off and soon gained height in a South-Easterly direction.





Thursday, 27 December 2018

Short-eared Owl, North Cornwall. 27th Dec 2018.



After numerous visits to the North Cornwall coast I'm really pleased to get this Short-eared Owl in the late afternoon sunlight!

Xmas present to myself!