My decent(ish) finds in Feb 2012: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler Carnon Downs 04/02, 1 Water Pipit Carnon Downs 04/02, 1 Smew Loe Pool 01/02

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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Two patch ticks

I started birding the Lizard regularly, when I moved down to Cornwall almost three years ago. Back at the beginning, I thought that the 200th species I’d see during my time there would be some medium grade American vagrant. Green-winged Teal or American Golden Plover perhaps. As it happens though, I’ve seen neither of those species at my 200th over three years was actually far less spectacular: an Eider. Closely followed by a Short-eared Owl, bring my total to 202 (I saw a Purple Heron when I visited in 2008 before adopting the area as a patch). But that’s the beauty of birding on the Lizard. Almost anything can turn up, common or rare. Who’d have guessed I’d see a Pallid Harrier before a Short-eared Owl or a Bufflehead before an Eider! Or that my first Shrike on the Lizard would be Brown Shrike (probably enough). Ok, so it’s often a slog – the birds can turn up anywhere and there’s a lot of cover to check and you can often go long periods without finding anything noteworthy. It doesn’t matter though. It’s a great patch and even when there’s nothing much about, the scenary is still spectacular.


  1. Good to see a post from you Ilya, and some nice pics too.

    1. Cheers mate - not updating the blog as regularly as I should, but do try to add the occasional post.

  2. That's nice Ilya! Have you submitted that harrier to BBRC?

  3. Hi Ilya - great stuff mate.


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