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Thursday, March 08, 2007
White-billed diver, Hayle, Cornwall. Just one of the birds seen during a day trip to Cornwall with Chris Orders and Oliver Smart. Leaving Peterborough at Midnight we arrived at Stepper Point near Padstow at 6.00am. After an adventurous climb up the headland in the semi-dark we were informed that the target bird, Gyr Falcon ,was not in its normal night roost. However on our way down we observed other Birders frantically waving and all running in the same directions. Of course we followed and brief views were obtained of this White Morph as it flew off inland. Hayle was our next port of call for White-billed Diver and Spotted Sandpiper. Diversions were then taken to see Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Red-necked Grebe before travelling to Newquay where after an hour or so we witnessed a Dusky Warbler. Arrived home at 10.30pm after 777 miles travelling. Was it worth it ---for 4 life ticks--of course--a day to remember.