Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Lizard Cornwall - Peregrines to Choughs 11/4/14 to 14/4/14

We spent 4 wonderful sunny days walking the coast path around the Lizard and wow the area did not disappoint for scenery, flora and fauna. Every step taken and every corner we turned was stunning!
Plenty of Summer migrants arriving including Swallows, Martins and Wheatears.  Rock Pipits, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were plentyfull and seen all along the coast path.  The scrub and trees around the area was a great place to see Linnets, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps etc.  Out to sea it was great to watch the diving of Gannets and the fly past of Fulmars.  We were very lucky as well when  a female Peregrine landed quite close by on the cliffs.  From Lizard Point to Kaynance Cove we were fortunate to watch Choughs many times.
The wildflowers are just beginning to grace the paths and sea cliffs with their presence.  Thrift, Sea Campion, Bluebells and Squill adding to the colourful drama.
From Lizard point on the last morning of our visit as well as seeing a group of Choughs we watched a  Grey Seal for some time between the rocks and also a small group of Porpoises feeding out to sea.
The Lizard - quite remarkably a walkers and wild life paradise .... We will be back!

Typical view

Sea Campion - seen everywhere along the cliffs

Fresh Water river leading down to the sea, alas no dippers

Rock Pipit 

Squill - lovely little flower growing on the grassy cliff edges

Wheatear in fine fresh colours

Female Peregrine which shortly flew of with a male.  Great to see them on the sea cliffs

One of the many Skylarks seen along the path.  So good to hear their song

A Wren singing its heart out - such a loud song for a little bird!

Bee on Thrift

Early Purple Orchid - ony one seen and this was growing on top of a dry stone wall

The coast path full of twists and turns blue skies and blue sea

Sea Campion 

Thrift - a carpet of pink for the cliffs

Chough - so lucky to see these along the path.  Fantastic call and quite acrobatic in flight.

Grey Seal - quite at home in the small cove of Lizard Point

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