Mounts Bay from Penzance Bus Station
Male Eider in the Gloom
I did have a few scans of the sea although visibility was very poor but I did pick up a few disorientated adult gannets close to the beach and 2 great northern divers together just about visible in the murk. A small flock of small waders flew along the beach before alighting in the surf, presumably sanderling but I could pick out no plumage detail on them in the fog. A sad sight was a dead harbour porpoise along the beach, tagged by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and with an injury to its eye or having been nibbled at by gulls or crows.
Harbour Porpoise Teeth
Little Gull, Long Rock Pool
Grey Heron, Marazion Marsh
I scanned across the estuary on the low tide from the causeway bridge and quickly found the regular 1st winter Iceland gull roosting on the mudflats in the gull flock nearest to the bridge despite the poor visibility. It was quite unsettled, constantly getting up off the mud and changing position, probably not helped by the attentions of nearby immature herring gulls which kept hassling it including one bird which kept tugging at its tail feathers.
Iceland Gull, Hayle Estuary
Iceland Gull - just about to get its tail pulled
On the Carnsew Pool were 4 little grebe and a male red breasted merganser while on the mud were 12 grey plover and a lone 1st winter common gull. Variously plumaged Mediterranean gulls were mobile around the Pool and gave a few high pitched calls.
The resident spoonbill gave some good views again as it busily fed along the waters edge. At one point it walked out of the water and onto the mud to do a very pinky coloured poo before returning to the water to recommence feeding, a behaviour I have seen before in a spoonbill along the River Lynher (and also a white billed diver at Hayle) - I guess you don't defecate where you eat as per the old adage - although the spoonbill had no trouble pooping over the roosting gulls as it flew over the estuary later.
Spoonbill, Carnsew Pool