Monday, 31 January 2011

Frozen hopes....

Sunday morning was put aside for another trip up county in hope of catching up with a few bits we missed at Bolventor during our earlier trip. Freezing conditions put all hopes of seeing the Lesser Scaup at Dozemary on hold as the entire pool was a sheet of ice! So Ash and I headed for Ninestones looking for Willow Tit. The sun had not yet broken into the valley and the only wildlife of note were deer, one Roe in particular gave great views as it paced up and down inside the cattle filed it had managed to get iteslf stuck in!
We decided to try Golitha Falls again for Treecreeper (138) and after about 15 minutes I finally caught up with one as it accompanied a small tit flock.
Happy with our year tick we decided to spend the rest of our time staking out the Willow Tits (139) and we didnt have to stray far from the car at Ninestones before we heard one calling. It proved elusive at first but fortunately continued to call until we saw it.
A quick call in at Colliford on the way back proved fruitless, so we spent the remainder of the morning photographing the RN Duck at Gwithian and trying in vain to see Reed Buntings there.

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