Pendeen Watch

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Pendeen Watch.Photograph by Ceri Townsend CC
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A Seawatching Hotspot

A Seawatching Hotspot

Although probably not as productive as Porthgwarra, Pendeen lighthouse is one of the major seawatching hotspots in Cornwall, especially after or during north-westerly onshore gales. In recent years it has often produced regular sightings of Manx Shearwater and South-west Cornwall's speciality - Cory`s Shearwater (Right: Picture Armando Caldas) from late July.
Autumn brings offshore skuas (including pomarine) , terns, storm petrel, and both sooty and balearic shearwaters.
Stonechat, raven, peregrine, little owl and rock pipit are regular all-year birds with passerine migrants such as ring ouzel and common warblers in spring,and rarer birds recorded in Autumn including Melodious warbler, Red-breasted flycatcher

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Timing

As with most seawatching sites,timing is very important.This site does have it's year-round interest, but is probably at it's most productive from late July onwards.Check the local weather forecasts and take into account the position of the sun in relation to your visit (as you don't want any seabird movements to be in silhouette). Look for the distinctive 'bow' shaped wings of Cory's shearwater.On a good day 'pirating' skuas such as arctic and great should be evident and check out any suspect 'juvenile' kittiwake for possible sabines gull.
On land the many small sheltered valleys are well worth exploring as easterly winds can produce wryneck, yellow-browed warbler or firecrest whilst 'Yankie' vagrants such as American redstart and Chimney Swift have been recorded at several sites in the area.

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