Monday 26th November

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  3 Grey Heron, 33 Mallard, 13 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 5 Mute Swan, 2 Buzzard, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Stonechat and 1 Firecrest. (D.Flumm)

Lundy Bay: 8 Common Scoter (C. Selway)

 Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 4 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Redwing. (J. St Ledger)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Med Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Ringed Plover, 19 Turnstone, 1 Curlew, 6 Meadow Pipit and 3 Pied Wagtail.(J. St Ledger)

St. Columb Major: Rose-coloured Starling juv.

Pendeen: 3 Bonxies past and 1 Great northern Diver this morning.

Gwithian: Long-tailed Duck 1st w drake still on main pool

Camel Estuary: A possible (3rd winter) American Herring Gull, outer estuary today (C.Selway)

Camel Estuary: Many dead Razorbill and Guillemot, floating around the outer Camel estuary with gulls picking at them today. (C. Selway)

Clapper Marshes: 6 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 4 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Teal, 1 Green sandpiper, 1 Cormorant, 1 female Tufted Duck, 2 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 24 Goldfinch, 3 Robin, 8 Redwing, 2 Woodpigeon., 4 Rook, 16 Chaffinch, 1 Wren, 5 Blue Tit, 16 House Sparrow, 1 Siskin, 10 Greenfinch, 2 Starling, 14 Jackdaw, 2 Blackbird and 1 Great Tit. (D Julian)

Birds in Cornwall Update

We thought members might be interested to know how we’re progressing with various overdue publications, so will post occasional updates on the website.
Currently, I (Chairman) am editing BiC 2008 and am waiting for two or three sections to come back from writers, although one may not be coming back so will need to be sent out to another writer. Once these have been received (hopefully before Christmas), I will need to do some final editing before adding any outstanding sections and final typesetting.
BiC 2009 is being edited by Dave Parker and is currently just missing one section, which Dave may have to write himself. Once this is finalised and species occurrences confirmed (accepted/unaccepted records), final typesetting will need to be done. (Draft typesetting has been done)
We have plenty of images and line drawings for both issues, but are always keen to receive more! We don’t want to set a deadline for publication for BiCs (especially as we’re investigating better printing options as well), but will keep you updated here.
As for the tetrad atlas, we are now looking to publish this online. In the first instance, this may just be the winter/summer abundance maps and we will hopefully add summarised and comprehensive species texts as they can be edited. The Board has agreed a budget for this and we will be looking to get the basic package of maps online by late spring.

Mark Grantham