Friday 03 January 2014

Torpoint: 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 7 Brent Geese. (C Ellis)

Wacker Quay: 1 Spoonbill, 56 Avocet and 2 Great Crested Grebe. (C Ellis)

Truro: 3 Little Grebe, 1 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, c100 Dunlin and 1 Grey Wagtail, from Tesco car park. (A Hill & D Jenkins)

Newlyn, harbour: 3 Great Northern Diver. Sandy Cove: 2 Great Northern Diver. (S Maycock)

SMaycock_GreatNorthernDiver_030114Great Northern Diver, Simon Maycock 

Mousehole: 1 Guillemot off St. Clements Isle. (S Maycock)

Saltash, China Fleet Club Nature Trail: 1 Glossy Ibis still, 1 1w Little Gull, 1 Spotted Redshank 70 Avocet and 2 Mediterranean Gull. (M Beer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver. Lelant Saltings: 1 Peregrine and 1 Greenshank. (MJ & JPR Spicer) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit and 1 Kingfisher. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Merlin. (MJ & JPR Spicer)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Cattle Egret.

St Ives: 4 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black Redstart. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup still.

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Grey Phalarope still, plus 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew and 1 Black Redstart. Swanpool: 2 Water Rail, 18+ Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 850+ Shag and 3 Mediterranean Gull. Pendennis Point: 10 Fulmar, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver.

Hannafore Point, Looe: 6 Great Northern Diver and 1 Whimbrel.

Clapper Marshes: 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Pintail. (D Julian) Also1 Water Pipit.

Dinham Flats: 1 Spotted Redshank.

Par Beach Pool: 1 Scaup still.

St Ives Bay, Summary of sightings from 08:00 -16:30: 4-8 Balearic Shearwater (at least 3 intermediate and 1 pale), 1-2 Manx Shearwater, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Diver sp, 3 Great Skua, 10 Fulmar, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Redstart (f), 1 Meadow Pipit, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Turnstone, 24 Oystercatcher, 5 Bottlenose Dolphin and 2 Common Seal. Both the Manx Shearwater sightings were seen circling and exiting westwards past the watchpoint headland. The Balearics were also circling the bay throughout the day with individuals and pairs seen moving westward and eastwards but they did linger in the main channel off of the watchpoint, with short resting periods and brief dip dives off of St Ives Head. A single feeding group of 10 Herring Gull and a Gannet was recorded off the watchpoint.Despite challenging conditions similar numbers as yesterday were seen – Guillemots (~400), Gannets (~100), Gulls (Herring, Greater Black-backed) (700), Kittiwake (100), and Shag (~100), again speculatively searching for food or resting. An evening roost gathering of ~700 birds in Carbis Bay in fading light comprised mainly of Herring Gulls.The groups of 3 and 2 Bottlenose Dolphins followed the main channel north past St Ives Head where a pair then headed east toward the centre of the bay.