A very early start saw me heading to Cornwall for the Pacfic Diver that had been there for a few days , on my journey i started of the new year with a superb Barn Owl drifting across the road as i was just about to join the A303 , other birds noted on are journey included Robin , Blackbird , Common Buzzard ( approx : 15 ) & Collared Dove.
I arrived in Cornwall and located myself at Marazion marsh where the diver was last seen the day before , my first Diver was a distant Red-Throated and was soon followed by a superb Great Northern Diver but no sign of the Pacific , there were alot of birds a long way out which were to far give a positive id to , i chatted to one or two local birders for up to date gen and was told of several good birds around past Penzance harbour at jubilee pool so i decided to check this site out as the Pacific has been seen from here to on occasions , i arrived and on my way towards the Jubilee pool area i saw a really smart male Black Redstart .
Eider . ( one of two birds present ).
I added Slavonian Grebe , Purple Sandpiper and Eider from this vantage point plus 3 more Great Northern divers and a Red-Necked Grebe .
I was than told by some old lady that there will be lots of swimmers coming around to where i was birding from very soon (they must be mad , it was a very cold day) , so i decided to go around to a small bay and try for the Grey Phalarope that had been seen there , just previous to speaking to the old lady another birder picked out a fly over Glaucous Gull 1st winter bird ! on my arrival it was negative news on the Phalarope but there was a very close Pale-Bellied Brent Goose which i managed to photo .