Snowy Owl near Zennor, Corwall MJM
We set off from Glos at a leisurely 0700 and arrived at Zennor at 1045 after a stop near Okehampton. On arriving we walked up the hill and onto the moor and the Snowy Owl was soon in the scope. It had been flushed by a casual walker and was now along the footpath. We got closer to the area where everyone was watching it and had some great views in the scope, it was then flushed by a dogwalker and dropped onto a wall/low hedge where it sat for about half an hour before flying off to another wall on the hill being mobbed by Ravens.
After walking back to the car we headed for Marazion where Stonechat and Snipe were seen and a strong S wind was blowing in, this and kite surfers made it unsuitable for birding so we transfeered to Penzance and had a look at c30 Purple Sandpiper at the Jubilee Pool.
A short drive away was the first-winter Ring-billed Gull at Helston Boating Lake, this gave great views especially if you had a bag of bread.
Once again back in the car for a 30 minute drive and we arrived at Stithian’s Reservoir, we found a vantage point and Jon located the Northern Grey Shrike on a distant hillside, it was getting late in the day and we had a long way to go home so we left arriving back at 1900. Thanks to everyone who came along for the day it was a great bird to see in the South West.
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