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Friday, 8 November 2019

Thursday 7th November

Paddyfield Pipit ?

A trip down to Cornwall to look for a potential 1st for Britain a Paddyfield Pipit . We arrived early morning and got to the very large field where it is being seen but the only problem was that the field was full of pipits lol . there was a bit of a crowd around the edge of the field and after a while a call went up that the bird was in the far right hand corner and it then showed on and off for quite a while and I must say that it looked different from pipits that I have seen before .
Local Cornish birders have got the call of the bird on tape and everything is pointing towards Paddyfield Pipit so we will just have to wait and see .
Also seen was an American Buff-Bellied Pipit and only the second one that I have seen in Britain so I was well pleased with that !! , numerous Meadow Pipits were also seen and a White Wagtail .
We then went to Porthgrarra to look for a reported Pallas`s Warbler and after a bit of a wait in the rain the bird showed on and off for a short while , along with 3 Firecrest , a Goldcrest , a  Lesser Whitethroat possibly of the Siberian race , a Common Chiffchaff and in the car park I got the best ever views and shots of a Red Fox ....Stunning .
News then came out of 4 Pink-Footed Geese at Copperhouse Creek in Hale so we went and saw them and the day was finished off with a Little Stint on Ryans Field .....a great days birding and a good catch up with other birders from years gone by .

Footnote . We looked for Red-Billed Chough at 4 different locations around the tip of Cornwall but we had had no luck at any of them ...So frustrating lol !

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