Saturday, 27 November 2010

Dusty Down West

The following day after visiting The Lost Heron, I headed down west to the Hayle estuary for a bit of birding and more importantly a pasty from the famous Hampsons of Hayle.

The usual suspects were present on the estuary with wigeon, curlew, dunlin and gulls a plenty and a couple of ruff were present seen from the pub car park. 

It was then off to The Lizard for a spot of in-van camping. On arrival in the village we were greeted by a burnt out car, not quite what one expects there.

A late afternoon walk around the headland produced only a couple of chough, which were feeding in a stubble field.

Camping was had courtesy of Henry's....

Johnny fox put in an appearance, and Dusty did not approve of the price of eggs and thought the tariff marginally high for an on farm product.

Thats put the monkey amongst the ducks!?

The finest fish (pollack) and chips i have had in years was had at the Witches Ball in the evening, washed down with a couple of pints of Dartmoor best bitter. Later a few more pints of St. Austell brewery Tribute were enjoyed at the Top House.

Monday night is folk night! Which was ok. I believe the pub  changed hands in March this year. The serpentine beer pumps are no longer present unfortunately.

Folk in the Top House.

After a marvellous nights sleep in the van and waking up with a hangover, another walk around the headland was in order. Evidence of badger activity was found, and a black redstart was seen briefy in the garden and on the roof of the most southerly house.

Badger Footprint.

No more choughs were seen, but this house sparrow posed nicely.

After another pasty from Ann's Pasty shop in Lizard village, we headed back towards Devon via Stithians reservoir, which was very quiet on the bird front.

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