Wednesday 02 May 2012

Late News 01/5 Nanquidno to Tregiffian: 1 Cuckoo, 8 Swift, 60+ Wheatear, 80 Whimbrel in one flock, rising to c150 later in the day. (C Moore & M Elliot)

Late News 01/5 Wadebridge: Hobby over the town late evening today, 1 Whimbrel by the town bridge also 7 cygnets. (W Delacour)

Late News 01/5 College Reservoir: At least 10 Swifts at college reservoir today. Endless Swallows and a few House Martins too. (L Sampson)

Late News 01/5 Bake: 1 Black Tern at Bake Fishing Lakes at 17:00.

Late News 01/5 Sennen Cove: 400+ Whimbrel.

Late News 01/5 Porthgwarra: 5 Whimbrel and 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (C De Ruyck)

 

Late News 01/5 Cot Valley: 25 Whimbrel and 1 Cuckoo in the evening. (C De Ruyck)

Late News 01/5 Manoa sewage works: 10+ Sand Martin, 30+ Swallow, 50+ House Martin and c5 Swift. (St Austell Baywatch)

Late News 01/5 Main Dale NNR, Lizard: Black Kite over the reserve between Coverack and St Keverne at 14:30.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 10 Grey Heron, 6 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 1 hybrid goose, 7 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Coot, 6 Moorhen (plus 3 young), 2 Cormorant, c25 Whimbrel, c30 Swift, c10 Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, c5 House Martin, 1 Wheatear, 2+ Reed Bunting, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and 4 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker) Red-rumped Swallow reported briefly in the evening. (per W Jones)

Lands End: Red-rumped Swallow first seen at 9:50 from cycle track coming in from SW, it circled around a number of times over the moor between cycle track and coast path before gaining height and drifting away quite high toward Sennen Cove. Then at 10:15 I saw (presumably the same bird) from near Trinity Pool coming across the cliff and across the cycle track before disappearing inland toward Sennen Churchtown. Also 1 Cuckoo, 4 Blackcap, 7 House Martin, 150+ Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sedge Warbler, 8 Wheatear, 16 Common Whitethroat, 2 Swift, a steady passage of Swallows, and a number of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. (C Barnard)

Mounts Bay from Marazion: 2 Black-throated Diver in summer plumage early morning, and c30 Swift over. (C Barnard)

Nanquidno: 8 Wheatear, 20 Whimbrel, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 House Martin, several Common Whitethroat. (C Barnard)

Porthgwarra: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Cuckoos (1 being “chased” by Meadow Pipit), 12 Wheatear, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 3+ Chiffchaff, 6 Whitethroat and 2 Blackcap. Whimbrel heard in distance. (C De Ruyck)

Penzance: c60 Whimbrel on the heliport. (D Parker)

Drift Reservoir: (CBWPS members only):176 Whimbrel, 12+ Common sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, c20 Sand Martin, c50 Swallow, c10 Swift, 8 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 18 Canada Geese, 36 Mallard, 5 Call Duck, 2 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 4 Willow Warbler. (D Parker)

Kynance, Lizard: 120 Whimbrel in fields by the Kynance approach road, also 1 Curlew. (T Blunden)

Buttermilk Hill: 2 Cuckoo and 30+ Wheatear, 6 Whitethroat and a strong passage of hirundines. (D Jenkins & J St Ledger)

Zennor Hill: 2+ Whitethroats singing, c12 Willow Warblers between Eagles Nest and the old engine house, including 1 extraordinarily pale Willow Warbler. (D Jenkins)

Cape Cornwall: Male Woodchat still in fields between Boswedden House and the Golf Club entrance. Also at 3.30-3.40 pm 2 Lesser Redpoll and 3+ Goldfinch flew in on to the telephone wires in front of Boswedden House after several minutes they dropped into the field and disappeared from sight. (D Jenkins)

Rumps to Pentire Head: 2 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Buzzard, 23 Carrion Crow, 1 Collared Dove, 13 Cormorant, 3 Dunnock, 7 Fulmar, 13 Gannet, 19 Great Black-backed Gull, 27 Guillemot, 33 Herring Gull, 27 House Martin, 11 House Sparrow 1 Jackdaw 3 Kestrel 2 Lesser Black Backed Gull 13 Linnet 7 Magpie 12 Meadow Pipit, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 3 m Pheasant, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Puffin, 31 Razorbill, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 14 Rock Pipit, 27 Rook, 2 Shag, 8 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Starling, 9 Stonechat, 1000+ Swallow, 15 Whimbrel, 1 Willow Warbler and 3 Wood Pigeon. (The Martin Cutland Nature Walk, per P Whittick)

Gerrans: Nightingale, gave two brief phrases of song from near Gerrans school at about 10:00 also Redstart.

Windmill Farm:M & f Peregrine, 2 Whimbrel, 35 Swallow, 2 Swift, 6 Skylark, 7 Wheatear, 3 Song Thrush, Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs and 6 Linnets. (A Pay)

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): Female Blue-winged Teal, Black-winged Stilt and Cattle Egret all showing well at the back of the reserve plus 4 Swift, 1 Hobby, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 male Sparrowhawk, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Lapwing, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 2 Wigeon and 7 Gadwall. ( An adult drake Shoveler appeared to mate with, then stay close to the female Blue-winged Teal). A male Marsh Harrier flew over the B3314 towards Amble at 16:30. (C Selway)

Crowdy Reservoir: A male Golden Oriole in the dead pines near the cattle grid at 15:30. (L & D Fletcher, per C Selway)

Rame: 1 Black Redstart at the Barton, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat along the coast path and 5 Wheatear. (M Beer)

Marazion: 11 Gadwall flew in from SW and flew around offshore for some time before settling for a short while on the sea and then flying off E. Also 32 Dunlin on the beach. (C Barnard)

Porth Joke: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Cuckoo, 8 Wheatear, 6 Whimbrel, c.20 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Whitethroat. (S Rowe)

Lizard Point: 1 Great Northern Diver.

Brew Pool: Probable Red-throated Pipit over south at 13:40.

Sennen: Black Redstart in gardens opposite the Post Office.