Saturday 04 January 2014

In Falmouth Bay today at least one small fishing boat was seen to haul in numerous dead Shag and at least one dead Diver sp in their fishing net. Although their fishing may not be illegal, there is much concern, not least because of the large number of dead birds that were involved. We would be grateful if reports are forwarded to us or the RSPB Conservation Officer. 

Carrick Roads: 20 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 28 Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Great Crested Grebe. (D Eva et al)

Falmouth, Castle beach: 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Black-throated Diver, 2 Whimbrel, 1 m Stonechat and 1 Black Redstart. (D Eva, D Chaney & D Julian)  Falmouth Bay: 800 Shag, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Red-necked Grebe, 20 Great Northern Diver and 20 Black-throated Diver. (D Eva) Swanpool beach: 32 Black-throated Diver, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Great Northern Diver. (D Julian) Pendennis Point: 22 Black-throated Diver and  6+ Great Northern Diver. (D Chaney) Falmouth, private garden: 3 Blackcap. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 1 Scaup and 1 Kingfisher. (D Eva)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  1 Bittern, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 2 Little Grebe, 1 dr Tufted Duck, 30 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 26 Mallard, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant, 4 Great Black-backed  Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 6 Moorhen, 1 Kestrel, c55 Curlew over, 2 Raven, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Stonechat. (D Flumm & DK Parker)

The Lizard: 1 Glossy Ibis with large flock of gulls at Trethvas Farm. (C Lee)

Enys, Penryn: 1 Firecrest and 1 Goldcrest. (M Whetman)

Lower Tamar Lake: 30 Goosander, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Buzzard. (R Mudge)

Helston Loe Pool: 2 Bittern in reed bed and 30 Linnet on Shubberies Hill. (S Green)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit. Ryan’s Field: 2 Goosander. Estuary: 1 Goosander.  Carnsew Basin: 1 Black-throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Lelant Saltings: 2 f Goosander and 5 ad Mediterranean Gull. (J Hawkey)

Par Beach Pool: 1 1w m Scaup still.

Kingsmill Lake/ China Fleet: 1 Glossy Ibis still.

Carbis Bay: 3 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 25 Great Northern Diver, 4 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Purple Sandpiper.

Wacker Quay: 3 Spoonbill.

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 1 Black Redstart.

Clapper Marsh: 1 Green Sandpiper. (D Julian)

Newlyn Harbour: Photos taken yesterday of Great Northern Diver and Gret Black-backed Gulls.

RFarnes_GNDiver1_030114  RFarnes_GNDiver2_030114 photos, Rod Farnes RFarnes_GBBGs_030114 

St Ives, summary of sightings today (4/1/14) from 08:00 -17:00: 8 Balearic Shearwater (6 intermediate, 1 dark and 1 pale), 2 Manx Shearwater, 25 Great Northern Diver (1 flock of 11 and another of 10 in same scan plus 4 others throughout bay), 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Skua (I circled bay and landed on St Ives Head, 30m from watchpoint), Purple Sandpiper, 2 Fulmar, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Bottlenose Dolphin, 2 Grey Seal, 1 Black Redstart (f), 2 Raven, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Goldfinch, 15 Turnstone, 49 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Kestrel, 1 Black-headed Gull. Throughout the day all Balearic and Manx Shearwaters were moving east to west across bay and past close to watchpoint (within 70m); individuals of Balearic and Manx SWs briefly landed and dip dived in a tidal mixing front in the main channel off of St Ives Head. Great Northern Divers were abundant today with a flock of 11 and a flock of 10 seen on the same scan with another 4 throughout the bay, and a single Red-throated diver. No other feeding events were observed although, as has been seen over the last few days, there are good nos of seabirds using the bay for shelter and speculatively searching for food, including: Guillemots (~400), Gannets (~100; 1 juv seen), Gulls (Herring (700), Greater Black-backed (40), Kittiwake (100), and Shag (~100), Three evening roost gatherings of ~90, 600 and 40 birds in Porthminster Bay comprised mainly of Herring Gulls. A great skua was seen off the watchpoint feeding for 20mins and constantly mobbed by 4 GBBGulls. It then circled the bay, flying close past the watchpoint where again it was mobbed and landed on St Ives Head, It stayed for 30mins before heading for one last circuit of the bay and then headed west.

Penhale Sands: 2 Chough, 2 Peregrine, 1 Raven, 1 Fulmar and a few Cormorant. (R & R Nicholls)

Grampound Road: 2 Barn Owl.  (R & R Nicholls)