An Array of Bird Life Spotted on College Lake Bird Walk



The bird life at College Lake, near Penryn is always a big attraction for visitors and the winter in particular brings some very interesting visiting birds to the site. The morning of 15 February brought some perfect winter weather with crisp, clear skies and a good chance of spotting some wildlife around College Lake.

After meeting for coffee bright and early at the new café by the car park at Argal, South West Lakes Trust volunteer and Exeter University student, Craig Carney led a guided bird walk across Argal Dam and up the western side of College Lake.

Craig pointed out some of the more recognisable birds they came across to begin with; Robin, Blackbird, Magpie and Dunnock and then informed them about some of the other birds using the site.

As they paused to scan the main water body, trying not to disturb any birds near the island, they saw Moorhen, Coot, Cormorant, Little Grebe, a number of different Gulls and, one of the most exciting birds, the Great Crested Grebe. Craig explained the mating ritual displays that Great Crested Grebes can be seen doing at this time of year, but unfortunately those who attended the walk didn’t manage to see this magnificent spectacle on the day.

The walk progressed in to the woodland at College Lake where they were treated to the sight of a number of Goldcrest and Firecrest, as well as other species more at home in the trees, such as Blue Tit, Jay, Long-tailed Tits, Common Chiffchaff and Brambling. With a total count of 28 different bird species recorded participants retired after a successful day of wildlife spotting.

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