I’ve just spent a week in the far west of Cornwall with Mrs Astins and our 3 dogs, staying in a cottage at Cape Cornwall that we’ve stayed in many times. The location is superb – close to St Just and it’s amenities (including Warrens, purveyors of superb pasties and cakes), and with a sea view to relish. It was a very relaxing week, and much needed, being the first whole week we’ve spent together since a week in Northumberland last October. Avian highlight appeared on Thursday 15th, when I headed off for a few hours birding, opting for Polgigga/Nanjizal over Sennen/Land’s End at the last minute. What a good choice that proved to be! Walking along Bosistow Lane I spotted a few Red Kites over some fields to the south that were being cut for silage, counting a minimum of 14 birds. When I reached Bosistow Farm I had a better view of the area and quickly picked up a BLACK KITE, wow! I passed the news quickly to 2 local friends, before the bird drifted off east with the Red Kites. I completed a circuit which brought me out on to the road to bird-mecca Porthgwarra, and as I approached the car the kites began to ‘kettle’ up into the sky. At least 25 Red Kites and, surely not, 2 BLACK KITES! I quickly passed the news out and basked in the good feeling that is finding a new self-found (selfie!) species for Britain (having seen 5 before in Britain – 1 in Pembrokeshire & 4 in Cornwall). Happy days! The following morning I enjoyed excellent views of up to 45 Red Kites and 2 Black Kites in the West Penwith area (latter photographed by Mashuq Ahmad).