Tuesday 31st December 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 to all our readers and contributors, from the CBWPS news team,  Dave Parker (County Recorder), Mike Spicer and Tony Mills (joint Assistant County Recorders). Please keep the reports coming in to bird-news@cbwps.org.uk throughout 2014.

Late news 22/12, Marazion Beach: Snowy Owl carcass found on the strand line and photographed. (A Macrae & C Parry-Hughes)

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Pendower Beach: 5 Great Northern Diver and 3 Black-throated Diver. (J Rance)

Par Beach LNR: 1 Swallow, 1 1w drake Scaup, 1 ad w Common Gull and 1 ad w Mediterranean Gull. (J Rance)

Men-Aver beach: 90 Mediterranean Gull this morning, including colour-ringed birds from Ireland (2),Poland(2) and France/Belgium/Netherlands (3). (M Grantham)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver. (R Menari)

RMenari_GreatNorthernDiver_311213Great Northern Diver, Richard Menari RMenari_BlackThroatedDiver_311213Black-throated Diver, Richard Menari

Mousehole: 1 Great Northern Diver. (S Maycock)

SMaycock_GreatNorthernDiver_311213Great Northern Diver, Simon Maycock

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Little Auk, 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Med Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 16 Turnstone, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kestrel (male), 1 Raven. (J StLedger, D Jenkins & J Chapple) Pendennis Point: 1 Balearic Shearwater past plus 1 Kestrel. (D Chaney) Swanpool, Falmouth Bay: 38 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, probable Slavonian Grebe, 5 Great Northern Diver, 10 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 605+ Shag (majority in 1 large resting flock, although a few birds diving), 1 Cormorant and 1 Kittiwake. (D Chaney)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 66 Teal, 15 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 7 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard (hunting Teal), 8 Snipe and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Helston Loe Pool: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Mallard, 9 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 39 Pochard, 2 Goosander (1 male), 3 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Bittern, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Moorhen and 3 Coot from below Degibna car park. (DK Parker & MJ Spicer)

Walmsley Sanctuary: The oiled Red-throated Diver reported yesterday was taken into care today. (A Langdon)

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Photos Adrian Langdon

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Ruan: 1 possible Siberian Chiffchaff in private garden. (per M Grantham)

Penzance: 1 Peregrine flying high over Wherrytown this morning. (T Mills)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 4 Great Northern Diver and Common Scoter. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Erth fishery: 1 Bittern. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Torpoint Sewerage Works: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Wadebridge, Guineaport: 1 m Goosander still (D Julian)

Newquay, Watergate Bay (fields along coast from Whipsiderry): 13 Corn Bunting, 120 Skylark, 5 Reed Bunting, 10 Meadow Pipit and 1 Peregrine. (S Rowe)

Carbis Bay: 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Peregrine. (S Rowe)

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Monday 30th December 2013

Tresemple Pool: at least 16 Little Egret feeding in fields with cattle to the north and west of the pool but no sign of reported cattle egrets. 7 Little Grebe on pool and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on the river, 1 Kingfisher on the river, 2 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Redshank. (D Eva, D Jenkins & MJ Spicer)  (The 11 Cattle Egret reported there yesterday was probably erroneous).

Carrick Roads, Loe Beach: 42 Black-necked Grebe. (R Wilkins)

Penzance: 53 Purple Sandpiper at roost on the outer wall of lighthouse pier. (A Mckechnie) Plus 4 Common Scoter and 1 dr Eider offshore. (R Phillips)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Black Swan, 10+ Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Greenshank, 100’s of Lapwing & Golden Plover in the area. (P Davies) 1 oiled Red-throated Diver. (D Thomas)

DThomas_Red-throatedDiver_301213Red-throated Diver, Dave Thomas

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. On Estuary: 2 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Goosander. (S Turner)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 f Black Redstart plus Rock and Meadow Pipit, Grey and Pied Wagtail. (N Davis & R Farnes) Pendennis Point: 5 Red-throated Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-necked Grebe. (D Chaney) Pennance Point: 5 Black-throated Diver and 1 m Black Redstart by Albert Cottages. (D Chaney)

RFarnes_GreyPhalarope2_301213Grey Phalarope, Rod Farnes RFarnes_GreyPhalarope1_301213Grey Phalarope, Rod Farnes  

Men-Aver Beach: 44 Mediterranean Gull (all bar two were adults), 3 Kittiwake and 5 Great Northern Diver. (M Grantham)

Sancreed:  1 1w Mediterranean Gull and 12 Golden Plover. (D Flumm)

Helston Loe Pool: 3 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Goosander (adult male & 3 redheads). (D Flumm) Plus 1 Great White Egret reported.

Men an Tol: 40 Canada Goose, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Woodcock and 9 Golden Plover. (MJ Spicer)

Bodilly, Wendron: 1 Little Grebe, 1 female Pintail and 15 Mallard. (A Pay)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 91 Teal, 44 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail, 11 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard (hunting Teal), 7 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Stonechat and 1 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

St Austell Bay, Porthpean: 1 Black-throated Diver and 7 Great Northern Diver.

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Sunday 29th December 2013

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Grey Phalarope again. (J St Ledger)

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Grey Phalarope, John St Ledger

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1f Goosander, 2 Snipe, c20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, c250 Dunlin and 7 Med Gul on Lelant Saltings. 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Grey Plover and 19 Ringed Plover on Copperhouse Creek. (MJ Spicer) 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 possible Black-throated Diver in Carnsew Basin. (S Turner)

Windmill Farm: 1 m Marsh Harrier, 30 Lapwing and 33 Black-headed Gull. (D Wright)

Sancreed: 1 adult Mediterranean Gull and 12 Buzzard in one field and 60 Golden Plover west. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 2 Raven, 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Female Shoveller and 1 Otter. (B Sharples – more images here) Also 2 Mute Swan, 53 Teal, 27 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Water Rail, 9 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard (hunting Teal), 1 male Sparrowhawk (hunting Snipe), c40 Snipe (flushed by Sparrowhawk), 1 Stonechat and 3 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

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Loveny Reserve, Colliford Lake: 137 Canada Geese, 5 Mallard, 25 Teal, 1 Coot and 15 Lapwing. (DK Parker)

Dozmary Pool: Adult drake Lesser Scaup, 11 Tufted Duck, 14 Pochard and 3 Goldeneye. (DK Parker)

Devoran: 1 Dutch colour-ringed Curlew and 1 leucistic Redshank. (M Grantham)

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Wacker Quay: 3 Spoonbill and 2 Great Northern Diver.

Tresemple Pool: 11 Cattle Egret and 2 Spotted Redshank.

Carrick Roads, Mylor Churchtown: c20 Black-necked Grebe, c30 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Scoter (f type), 3 Eider (m 2f), 5 Little Grebe and 3 distant Wigeon. (D Chaney)

Goonhilly Downs: 2 Glossy Ibis for 2nd day.

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis again.

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Saturday 28th December 2013

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Grey Phalarope still, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Great Northern Diver, 395 Shag, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 f Black Redstart, 1 m Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipits and Meadow Pipits. (D Eva, J St Ledger, J Irvine and M Greenhalgh)

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Hayle Kimbro (Lizard): 3 Whooper Swan and 1 Hen Harrier. (I Maclean)

Windmill Farm, Ruan Pool: 1 Jack Snipe. (I Maclean)

Hayle Kimbro (Lizard): 3 Whooper Swan and 1 Hen Harrier. (I Maclean)

Lethytep , Lanreath: 1 Stonechat. (P Hambly)

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Hannafore Point, Looe: 7 Great Northern Diver. (B Taggart)

Penzance: 2 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Trewey Moors: 1 m Hen Harrier. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern, 2 Mute Swan, 32 Teal, 13 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail, 8 Moorhen, 4 Oystercatcher, 10 Snipe, 23 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stonechat and 1 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 35 Sanderling and 8 Turnstone on the beach with a female Common Scoter offshore. (DK Parker) (Dead remains of almost certainly a Snowy Owl on the tideline of the beach this morning)

Tregony Bridge: 1 Glossy Ibis still. (M Lammas)

Roseland, Towan beach: 1 Swallow.

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Friday 27th December 2013

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Copperhouse Creek: 1 1W Bonaparte’s Gull reported. Plus 200+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank with many Wigeon and Teal. (T Mills)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Grey Phalarope. (T Ensom) Pendennis Point: 13 Black-throated Diver, 11 Great Northern Diver, 3000+ Kittiwake, 50+ Gannet, 3 Razorbill, 10 auk sp and Fulmar. (D Chaney) Mylor to Penarrow: 1 Grebe sp (black and white!),1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Curlew, 10 Oystercatcher, 4 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Great Black-backed Gull. Berkeley Cotts: 3 Black Redstart (1m and 2f). Penarrow Point: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Razorbill, 1 Eider (f), 27 Turnstone, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank and1 Sparrowhawk. (J St Ledger) Between Castle and Gyllyngvase: 3 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Diver. (D Chaney)

JStLedger_CommonSandpiper_271213Common Sandpiper, John St Ledger JStLedger_GreatNorthernDiver_271213Great Northern Diver, John St Ledger

College Reservoir: 120+ Wigeon, 3 m Gadwall, 1 f Goldeneye, 1 1W m Scaup, 30+ Coot, 20+ Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Little Grebe. (D Chaney)

Mousehole: 2 Purple Sandpiper. (S Maycock)

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Tregony Bridge: 1 Glossy Ibis still, 2 Nuthatch and 1 Coot. (R & R Nicholls) Also a report of a second Glossy Ibis there as well.

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Newlyn, harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Boswednack: 1 Chiffchaff (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern.

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Thursday 26th December 2013

Late news 25/12, Truro: 1 Grey Heron around Malabar estate, also today.

Newlyn, The Coombe: 1 Dipper, 20+ Redwing (inc one partial albino), 7 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 10 Blackbird, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 4 Great Tit and 4 Carrion Crow. The Harbour: 27 Turnstone, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Rock pipit, 1 Cormorant and 4 Shag. Sandy Cove: 6 Great Northern Diver offshore, 2 Firecrest (1 m & 1 f-type), 1 f Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch (m & f), 5 Chaffinch, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Blackbird and 12 House Sparrow. (T Mills)

Windmill Farm: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Woodcock, 5 Stonechat, 4 Lapwing and 15 Golden Plover. (D Wright)

Wadebridge, Guineaport: 1 m Goosander still. (N Greaves)

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Bude Marsh: 3 Grey Heron, 13  Blackbird (5m 8f), c100 Lapwing, c150 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, c20 Long-tailed Tit, 50+ Canada Geese, 2 Kingfisher, 20+ Goldfinch, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Pintail (with the Mallard), 20+ Teal, 2 Stonechat (1m 1f) and 20+ Starling. (R Mudge & T Marlow)

Lower Tamar Lake: 30 Goosander (13m 17f), 4 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon (3m 3f), 7 Teal and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (R Mudge)

Falmouth Bay: 3 Red-necked Grebe and 7 Great Northern Diver. (D Eva et al)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Goldeneye, 6 Pochard, 17 Tufted Duck and 9 Little Grebe. (D Eva)

Lands End to Sennen coastpath: 3 pairs Stonechat. (S Witts)

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Lizard Village, fields south of: 2 Chough, 3 Raven, 3 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Stonechat (M&F). Lizard Point: 4 Rock Pipit. (R Dean)

Saltash, China Fleet Hide: 1 Glossy Ibis, showing intermittently in field on Landulph side of lake with Little Egrets but distant. Also 50+ Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Pochard and 1 Little Grebe. (M Beer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 1 hybrid goose, 39 Teal, 26 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Water Rail, 10 Moorhen, 1 Peregrine, 18 Snipe, 4 Curlew over, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Firecrest, 7 Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 47 Sanderling and 5 Turnstone on the beach. (DK Parker)

Roseland, Portscatho Square: 1 Black Redstart. Towan Beach: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Whimbrel. Pendower Beach: 4 Great Northern Diver, 8 Black-throated Diver and 2 Common Scoter. (D Hall)

Tregony: 1 Glossy Ibis still. (A Hill)

Falmouth, Gorrangorras: 33 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 28 Curlew, 7 Redwing and 1 Kingfisher. Carrick Roads, from Mylor Churchtown: 25 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, (1 poss Red-throated Diver), 22 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Eider (1m 2f) and 5 Common Scoter. (D Chaney). Castle Beach 1 Black Redstart, 20 Black-headed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Oystercatcher, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Rock Pipit, 4 Shag and 1 m Stonechat.

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Wednesday 25th December 2013

Porthgwarra: 1 Black Redstart on slipway, 2 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Manx Shearwater past. (P & H Taylor)

Penberth: 1 Black Redstart. (P & H Taylor)

Lower Tamar Lake: 33 Goosander (13m 20f), c12 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe and c20 Mallard. (R Mudge)

St Clements Isle: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Grey Wagtail. (S Maycock)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 28 Teal, 35 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 11 Snipe, 4 Oystercatcher and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Mylor Churchtown, Penarrow Point: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank and 11 Turnstone. (J St Ledger)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 8 Great Northern Diver plus 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Kingfisher in harbour. (L Proctor)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Grey Phalarope. Pendennis Point: 1 Great Skua, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Black-throated Diver. (D Chaney)

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Grey Phalarope, D Chaney

Par Beach Pool: 1 Scaup plus 2 Eider off shore.

St Ives Island: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 2 Great Northern Diver.

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