Monday 22 October 2012

Late News 20/10 Hayle Estuary RSPB: 6 Lapwings. (R Farnes)

Marazion: Tawny Owl calling in the early hours, 4 Sanderling on the beach. (D Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan plus 4 cygnets, 4 Canada Geese, 1 hybrid goose, 19 Mallard, 11 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 1+ Water Rail, 17 Moorhen, 1  Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler (D Parker)

Porthgwarra: Imm Ring Ouzel, Dartford Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, flocks of 3,5,6 &8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 5 Siskin, 2 Chough, 58 Golden Plover, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine and 2 Buzzard. (D Parker & C Barnard)

Land’s End: Richard’s Pipit in the field below Trinity Cottages. (C Barnard) Later reported by the hay bales. Serin over with Linnets and appeared to drop just north of the complex plus a Black Redstart by the play area. (R White)

Cape Cornwall: Juv Rose Coloured Starling on wires by the entrance to the golf club with c80 Starlings. (R White et al.)

Ludgvan: Brambling over in the morning. (R Menari)

Lizard: 2 Redstart in Lizard village this evening. (M Grantham)

Kynance Cove: Female Black Redstart and 1 Whinchat. (D Collins)

Church Cove (Lizard): Yellow-browed Warbler this afternoon also Firecrest and Willow Warbler. (S Bury & T Blunden)

Mullion: 1 Firecrest. (S Bury & T Blunden)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Reed Bunting, 10 Goldfinch, 3 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Raven, 6 Chaffinch and 1 Grey Heron from the Southern cut off hide. (J St Ledger and R Daddow)

College Reservoir: 1 Purple Heron, 5 Snipe, 15 Curlew (over), 1 Peregrine (over), 19 Wigeon, 6+ Jay, 2 Raven and 3 Grey Heron. (J St Ledger and R Daddow)

Swanpool: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Little Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Blackcap, 1 Jay and 1 ringed Black-headed Gull (LL silver BTO ring RL white ring T6TL). (J St Ledger)

Maer Lake, Bude: c170 Golden Plover, 26 Black Tailed Godwit, 7 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin also Curlew, Lapwing, Wigeon, Teal and Little Grebe. (A Nicholson)

St Ives: Summer plumaged Red-throated Diver off Porthminster. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Spoonbill, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Med Gull, 1w Common Gull, 200+ Black-headed Gull, c200 Canada Geese and 2 Gadwall. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Kenidjack: Red-breasted Flycatcher again in the copse by the engine shed.

 Video from 20/10 by John Chapple.

Red-breasted Flycatcher 18/10, Tony Mills.

Sennen Cove: Possible Ring-billed Gull on Cowloe at 16:30.

BTO Winter Thrush Survey

Core areas that still need your help.

Gweek, Connor Downs, St Columb Major, Newquay, Polperro, Wadebridge, Four around Colliford Reservoir towards Liskeard, Tintagel.

The BTO would like people across the UK to record when and where  they encounter any of our six species of thrush (Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare and Ring Ouzel), either found here on migration or during the winter months.

To take part in the survey all you will have  to do is map the thrushes you see on your favourite winter walks, or in your local neighbourhood,observe their habitat and behaviour and eport details to the survey using a simple online recording system.

The survey will run from 12th September 2012 to early April 2013 and again in winter 2013/2014

For full details about the survey and how you can participate, see the BTO website and look under the Volunteer Surveys tab

Special attention is being paid to some core squares and we need coverage for some of the Cornish core squares, which are located roughly near:

  • Hayle
  • Carharrack
  • Chacewater
  • Newquay
  • Wadebridge
  • Lostwithiel
  • Liskeard
  • Siblyback
  • Boscastle
  • NW of Launceston

Anyone able to take on a core site in one of these areas can register their interest via the BTO website ( and they’ll be allocated a square.

Can you help and have some enjoyable winter  walks at the same time?