KEY POINTS

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

1

Be­gin­ning at Mal­pas, where the river is widest, check the shore­line for com­moner waders, Lit­tle Egrets, Grey Heron, Mal­lard, wag­tails and pip­its. The gar­dens and tract of wood­land op­po­site will add gar­den species to your list and watch above for rap­tors.

2

As the river nar­rows and you reach com­merce, it is as­ton­ish­ing how close Red­shank, Oys­ter­catcher, Dun­lin, oc­ca­sional Curlew and so forth will get as you walk by them. I have recorded Black Red­start among the build­ings here more than once, as well as ar­riv­ing and de­part­ing war­blers.

3

Daubuz Moors na­ture re­serve is a small con­cern but none the worse for that. You may add Col­lared Dove and Black­cap and Chif­fchaff here (both over-win­ter), Jack­daws, Star­lings and also Mag­pie.

4

Lady’s Wood could add Coal Tit and Long-tailed Tit as well as top­ping up on your finches as the walk con­cludes. Wan­der up to the fort and scan for rap­tors which – this be­ing Corn­wall can be very re­ward­ing. I saw one of my first Black Kites from here.

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