Friday 05 October 2012

Late News 01/10 Buttermilk Hill: Ring-tailed Hen Harrier on Monday morning. (J Thomas per V Stratton)

Late News 01/10 Par Beach Pool: 2 Shoveler ( m and f) and 1  Tufted Duck (m), along with an increase in numbers of c30 Coot and c40 Mallard 1 ad and 1 juv Lesser Black Backed gulls amongst the BH and Herring gulls. (St Austell Baywatch)

Late News 04/10 Lizard: Video of yesterdays juv Red-backed Shrike. (P Dinning)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan plus 4 cygnets, 7 Mallard, 5 Teal, 10 ad & 2 juv Moorhen, 1+ Water Rail, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 2 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 25+ Swallow, 7 Red-rumped Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff and 2+ Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker, D Flumm, T Mills et al.) Also Firecrest in sallows along Red River.

 Some of the 7 Red-rumped Swallows at Marazion, Tony Mills.

Porthgwarra: 2 Firecrests in the passing place above Dolphin Cottage, Yellow-browed Warbler in the doctors garden, it or another in the willows below the Coastguard Cottages plus 1 fem/imm Blackcap. (D Parker) Richard’s Pipit on the moor at 10:00 and 3+ Firecrest.

Lizard: Yellow-browed Warbler at Little Treleaver plus an increase in Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. (J Foster)

Buttermilk Hill: Just the single male Snow Bunting remaining of the original 3 birds. (V Stratton)

Lafrowda Common, St Just: Male Marsh Harrier at 10:25 flying south towards Land’s End Aerodrome over the A3071 at the Sancreed junction. (D Flumm)

Loe Bar: A pair of Choughs at about 16:30, c1 mile south of Loe Bar , foraging short grass near the coastal path. One bird with leg ring, both birds looked adult but the ringed bird was slightly larged than the other. (R Hartle)

Camborne: 4 Siskins in a private garden in Camborne. (P Dinning)

Penryn River: 5 Greenshank, 36 Redshank, 29 Curlew, 11 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 44 Mallard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk and 14 Pied Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebes and 1 young, 4 Little Grebes and 5 x Tufted Ducks. (S Maycock)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper and 1 Curlew Sandpiper still.

Ludgvan: 2 Firecrests by the church.

Torpoint: 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese off Marine Drive.

Porthgwarra: 9 Balearic Shearwater, 10 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua and 2 Grey Phalaropes past Gwennap Head by late morning.

College Reservoir: Firecrest at the west end of the reservoir.

Porthcurno: 2 Firecrests at the car park.

Helicopter Disturbance

A message from the RSPB
Your help please.
The RSPB are seeking to address the issue of helicopter disturbance at Hayle Estuary and Marazion Marsh Nature Reserves. If you witness such a disturbance can you please send details of the incident including type of helicopter (police, RNAS Culdrose, private etc), date, time, weather conditions, direction of helicopter flight and which birds were flushed.  Please send details, preferably by email to: or by post to RSPB, No.2 The Old Smelting House, Chyandour Coombe, Penzance TR18 3LP Tel. 01736 360624.
Thank you for your help
Dave Flumm