Oh, good grief. Where do I start? And where do I finish? So many birds. So many photos. Returned late last night from a great week in west Cornwall with Rob and Dianne. We stayed in Mousehole, at this place which I can VERY heartily recommend. Weather was mostly very good, lots of sun, mild enough for butterflies. We had one day of greyness and gales which happened to be the same day I'd arranged to go out birding with a local, Jayne from the RSPB forums. I'm actually glad it worked out that way in retrospect, as if I hadn't had plans I might have done nothing much that day, and it turned out that we saw loads, despite it being a bit grim. I've been through my pics and selected... too many for one post so I'll cover the week in two or more separate posts. Here is day 1 - covering Saturday 22nd, our first full day.
So. Day 1. First thing I had a walk around the village. You can go north along the coast a short way via a low concrete path (which gets seriously splashy at high tide) alongside the rocky shore, so I did that. It was a clear start to the day, though a bit too early for my camera to cope with the light. Still very much worthwhile heading out at dawn though.
On with the walk. We stuck to the coast when paths allowed it, and noticed as we headed into Penzance that the damage from the winter's storms and big tides is still very much in evidence. In particular, the Jubilee pool looks really battered, and a notice on its railings says that the entire structure is now dangerous and without a big cash injection it will have to be demolished. That would be a shame. This is a beautiful art deco lido and clearly much loved by the people of the town. Hopefully it can be saved.
We went into Penzance for tea, cake and shopping. Then walked back the same way, a little more briskly than the walk out because we were tired of foot and keen to get back. However, we did stop again at Newlyn on the way back. Dianne went to the Co-op and I went to the harbour, and I'm glad I did because I found something special.