Friday, 2 September 2016

Cory's Shearwater at Porthgwarra, Cornwall

Thursday 1 September was a long day. Mum and I still needed to see Cory's Shearwater. They are annual from Cornwall but during late July and August when we are away birding abroad. This yer, we were home a week earlier than usual, with a week left in August. This was the week we had to try for for one.

We got up at 3 am, travelled down to Porthgwarra, Cornwall to seawatch. We were hoping to see Cory's Shearwater, one of 4 birds that occur in Britain, that are non rarities and which I haven't seen. However, no luck and after a bit of birding in the area, we headed home only to be stuck in post holiday traffic on the motorway. We arrived home 14 hours after leaving, exhausted. We're decided to try again the next day as the winds are looking good, if Dad could face the traffic again.

It was lovely to be back at Porthgwarra, where in 2009 we saw a very rare Black-browned Albatross come in from the sea and fly around in a circle and then on past us.

Chris Craig and Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig

We were back down to Porthgwarra in Cornwall this morning, leaving at 3am. We arrived at the same time as our good friends John Pegdon and Dan Pointon. By the time we got to the sea watching spot, they had already seen a Cory's Shearwater! Luckily Dan called another one and got us into it, so big thanks to him. That was the first of 12 Cory's Shearwater that I saw as well as a couple of Great Shearwater, Manx, Balearic and Sooty Shearwater. Cory's Shearwater was Mum's last British non rarity, so we'll done. Thanks Dad for driving us down there, especially with all the post school holiday traffic.

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Mya-Rose Craig is a 14 year old young British Bangladeshi birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent.

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