Eider in Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall
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A small flock of 8 of these ducks was spotted on the water in Falmouth Harbour today. The photo shows an adult female with three first-winter males. Insight: Eider (Somateria mollissima) are seaducks eating coastal molluscs, especially mussels which they … Read More

Great Black-backed Gull in the Carrick Roads, Falmouth
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Two Great Black-backed Gulls watching out for a meal standing on a channel marker buoy in the middle of the Carrick Roads near Falmouth in Cornwall. Insight: The Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) is the UK’s largest gull and will … Read More

Red Dead-nettle
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Flowering on the grassy slopes above Swanpool Beach, Falmouth. Insight: Red Dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum) flowers from March to October and is common throughout most of the British Isles.

Alexanders in Spring sunshine
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Alexanders flowering yesterday in the warm spring sunshine on the coastal path above Swanpool in Falmouth. Insight: According to Culpeper, it is “effectual against the biting of serpents“.

Blackthorn in full flower in Falmouth in February
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Suddenly, a couple of days ago, there’s a bit of sunshine and one or two hedges in and around Falmouth are full of blossoming Blackthorn. Insight: Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is also known as Blackhaw, Buckthorn, Scrogg, Snag and Sloe.

Signs of Spring at Swanpool, Falmouth
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This Black-headed Gull photographed on Swanpool Local Nature Reserve lake was showing the chocolate brown summer hood breaking through the white winter head plumage. Insight: The Black-headed Gull is the most common Gull in the UK and may be found … Read More

A Falmouth Moth!
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More in hope than expectation the 15 watt actinic light was left to run for the first time overnight. A single Acleris cristana was the only moth but at least it’s a start. Insight: Acleris cristana is a micro moth … Read More

Signs of Spring: Frogspawn at College Reservoir near Falmouth
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The first Frogspawn we’ve seen this year was at College Reservoir, Falmouth, Cornwall. Insight: Clumps of Frogspawn may contain as many as 2,000 eggs. However, very few of the emerging tadpoles will survive to become adult frogs. Disease, drought, predation … Read More

Red-breasted Merganser Pair in Falmouth Harbour
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A pair of Red-Breasted Merganser were fishing in Falmouth harbour early this morning. Conditions were hopeless for photography so here’s one I did earlier! Insight: Red-breasted Merganser belong to the sawbill family because of the serrated edge to their bills. … Read More

Pendennis Head Vulture?
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This Common Buzzard was wheeling around high above the wreckage of a car that plummeted off Pendennis Headland, Falmouth. Fortunately nobody was badly hurt. Insight: The most widespread bird of prey to be found in the UK, it is also … Read More

Purple Sandpiper at Pendennis Point, Falmouth
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Of all the wading birds found around the coastline of Cornwall during the winter, a Purple Sandpiper must be one of the easiest to photograph. Today, two Purple Sandpiper feeding on the rocks of Pendennis headland at the mouth of … Read More

Purple Sandpiper and Knot at Pendennis Point, Falmouth, Cornwall
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Birds photographed today at Pendennis Point at the mouth of the Fal estuary include a Purple Sandpiper and a Knot.

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