Saturday 20 October 2012

Late News 19/10 Kingsmill Lake: 3 Avocet, 25 Redshank, 30+ Curlew, 45 Canada Geese + 2 hybrid geese, 8 Little Egrets, 30+ wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Bullfinches, 1 Raven, 3 Goldcrest, 7 Long-tailed tits, several Mallards and 2 Mute Swans between 09:00-10:30, high tide. (C Ellis)

Marazion: Tawny Owl calling in the early hours and 13 Turnstone on the beach. (D Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan plus 4 cygnets, 2 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 17 Mallard, 1 Aylesbury Duck, 2 Teal, 10 ad and 1 juv Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1  Stonechat, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 15 Meadow Pipit and 6 Pied Wagtail plus c850 Jackdaw west in 6 flocks and c100 Wood Pigeon west in 2 flocks. (D Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 Med gGull (4ad & 1 1w), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, 17 Redshank and 15 Grey Heron on Lelant Water, 11 Redshank in Copperhouse Creek and 2 Shag and 1 Cormorant in Carnsew Basin. (D Parker)

West Penwith: 2 Red Kites drifted over Porthgwarra towards St Levan at 12:00. Then east over St Buryan at 12:15. Still present at 13:35 around the B3315 between Treverven and Trevedran. (M Bishop) Also over the A3071 just before Newbridge at 14:30, from the layby next to the field with the hay bales in. (R Menari)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 7 Mute Swan (2 ad) 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Moorhen and a 1w Med Gull on the main pool plus 2 Skylark  and 2 Raven over, (D Parker)

Drift Reservoir: (CBWPS members only): 2 Mute Swan, 59 Mallard, 5 Call Duck, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe (1 juv), 1 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 1w Med Gull. (D Parker)

St Ives Island: 1 Sandwich Tern and 4 Turnstone. An adult male Kestrel was hovering low over the grassy slope next to the Coastguard lookout and in the space of ten minutes caught three voles, two of which it deliberately took to grassy tussocks on the cliff just below where I was standing and hid the dead voles in the vegetation. On the first occasion I thought it had simply deserted the prey, perhaps disturbed by my close proximity but when it returned with a second vole a few minutes later and landed on another tussock c10m away I watched it push the animal into the grass with its beak in an obvious attempt to hide it. It then flew back to the long grassy slope to commence hovering again and within a minute had caught yet another vole which it took to a part of the cliff I couldn’t see but presumably to find somewhere to hide that too.  Although food caching by Kestrels is recorded by BWP, this is the first time I have seen it in 50 years’ birding and I was also surprised how quickly it caught all three animals. (D Flumm)

At Sea: Grey Phalarope and Sooty Shearwater from Scillonian 111 this morning. (R Godden)

Coverack: Black Redstart, Firecrest and Brambling at Little Treleaver. (J Foster)

Lizard: Marsh Harrier at Gwenter. (J Foster)

Kenidjack: Red-breasted Flycatcher and Yellow-browed Warbler again in the copse by the engine shed. (R Menari, B Field & J Rowe)

Photo 1, Richard Menari. Photos 2-4, Brian Field.

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Canada Goose, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 10 Coot, 3 Wren, 5 Teal, 4 Woodpigeon, 2 Raven, 1 Buzzard, 2 Dunnock, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Robin, 2 Magpie, 3 Blackbird, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 46 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Herring Gull, 1 GS Woodpecker, 2+ Water Rail, 1 Barn Owl and 6 Snipe. (S Taylor)

Devoran Creek: 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Greenshank, 140 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 90+ Curlew, 200+ Canada Geese and 18 Wigeon. (J St Ledger)

Kynance Cove: Wryneck  about 200m up road from car park. (D Collins)

Lizard: Red-backed Shrike showing well on hedges around the Waterings at Housel Bay. (D Collins)

Mullion Cove: 3 Firecrests. (D Collins)

St Levan: Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrests by the turning circle west of the church. (B Field)

Bodmin Moor: Short eared Owl hunting on the moor in the evening, also a Woodcock put up from a moorland boggy area. (A Langdon)

Penberth: 8+ Firecrests and a Yellow-browed Warbler still at the seaward end of the valley.

Pentire Point: 1 Chough.

Land’s End: Wryneck still on the cycle path 400m north of the boarded up white house.

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Redstart and Woodlark.

Sennen: Whinchat at Sunny Corner Lane.

Land’s End: Black Redstart at trinity Cottages.