Monday 14 May 2012

Late News 13/5 Traboe: Red Kite over. (A Williams)

Late News 13/5 Newbridge: Red Kite over at 16:00.

Late News 13/5 Crows-an-Wra: 15 Red Kite between 12:15 & 14:30.

Late News 13/5 Levant: 2 Honey Buzzards over the tin mine.

Late News 13/5 Kenidjack: 2 Red Kites over.

Late News 13/5 Carn Gloose: Red Kite over at 11:40.

Late News 13/5 Port Isaac: 5 Red Kites SW over Tregardock at 10:00.

Late News 13/5 Townshend: 3 Red Kites N over at 16:50.

Late News 13/5 Falmouth: 2 Red Kites over Longdowns mid afternoon.

Late News 13/5 Bodmin Moor: 2 Red Kites over.

Late News 13/5 Delabole: 2 Red Kites over at 11:15.

Late News 13/5 Connor Downs: 3 Red Kites over mid afternoon.

Late News 13/5 Buttermilk Hill: 3 Cuckoos, 61 Wheatears, Linnets and Meadow Pipits feeding young. (V Stratton & M Rouncefield)

Late News 13/5 Holman’s Moors: 2 Cuckoos, large numbers of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and 8 Blackcaps. (V Stratton & M Rouncefield)

Late News 13/5 Wicca Cove: 38 Wheatear, 1000 plus Swallows, 300 plus House Martins, 400 plus Sand Martins and 60 Swifts. A huge passage of hirundines today with very large flocks of mixed hirundines moving continuously over the cliffs and very large numbers coming in off the sea, the passage continued after we left the area. (V Stratton & M Rouncefield)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 9 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese (plus 3 goslings), 3 Greylag, 1 hybrid goose, 5 Mallard, drake Shoveler, 1 Coot, 6 Moorhen, c20 Swift, c60 Swallow, c30 Sand Martin, 1 fem Wheatear, Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Juv Spoonbill at 14:00 on Lelant Saltings, 7 Little Egret, 16 Shelduck, plus 3 Oystercatcher on Ryan’s Field. Spoonbill still present at 16:00. (D Parker & D Jenkins)

Buttermilk Hill: Probable Gyr Falcon flew towards Trevail. “I have just had a huge falcon at Buttermilk Hill, it came in behind me just clearing the tops of the gorse and heather very low for a hunting falcon, it was light brown in colouration with pale silver tips giving it a scaly appearance to the feathers giving it the pale washed out look. It had pale whitish upper breast, and lower breast with pale barred flanks. The wings were flat and very broad looking almost triangular in shape. The wings were flat except when gaining height where the tips were slightly raised. It had a pale greyish/white head with a greyish brown crown a very thin dark moustachial streak greyish cheeks. When this bird went up to harass the Common Buzzard for a couple of minutes the wing length was clearly a couple of inches/50mm longer than the Common Buzzard. I see Peregrine Falcons every day , and this huge Falcon can only be a Gyr of the grey morph. It had a distinctive hunting pattern very low over the heather and gorse on very broad flat wings and had a tendency to harass the buzzard, where Peregrines tend to leave the Buzzard alone”. (V Stratton)

Land’s End to Sennen cycle path: A group of 7 and a group of 4 Whimbrel flew over from seawards. (D Jenkins)

Probus: 1 Hoopoe in a private garden at 19:00. (S Wilcock)

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): Pair of Garganey this afternoon plus 2 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Lapwing, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 immature Peregrine, 22 Swift, 100+ Swallow, 40+ Sand Martin and 20+ House Martin. (C Selway)

Dinham Flats: 3 Whimbrel and 8 Cormorant one swallowing Grey Mullet. (C Selway)

College Reservoir: Pair of Mute Swans plus 8 very young cygnets. Large numbers of Swifts too (about 40) flying low over the water and adjacent fields. (L Sampson)

Lamorna: 1y male Golden Oriole found dead today. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Camelford: Honey Buzzard over at 12:55.