Monday 06 January 2014

Mousehole: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Grey Wagtail, I Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 Chiffchaff, plus steady flow of Guillemots past. (S Maycock) Also 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 m Eider. (P Semmens)

SMaycock_Chiffchaff_060114Siberian Chiffchaff, Simon Maycock 

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  2 Little Grebe, 1 hybrid Canada Goose, 1 Shoveler, 94 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 6 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 2 Oystercatcher, 24 Great Black-backed & 6 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 150 Herring Gull, 4 Common Gull and 80 Black-headed Gull. (D Flumm) Also 2 Mute Swan, 30 Mallard, 1 Snipe and 4 Oystercatcher. (DK Parker) Plus 1 Bittern reported. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Bude Marsh: 1 Pintail with the Mallard, 7 Wigeon, 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard and 1 Stoat. (R Mudge)

RMUdge_PINTAIL2_060114Pintail, Rod Mudge  RMudge_PINTAIL_060114Pintail, Rod Mudge 

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 f Goosander. (R Farnes)

RFarnes_Goosander_060114 Goosander, Rod Farnes RFarnes_Goosander2_060114  Goosander, Rod Farnes

Carbis Bay: 3 Black-throated Diver, 18 Great Northern Diver, 1 Guillemot and 1 Peregrine. (MJ Spicer)

Par Beach Pool: 1 imm m Scaup. (N Climpson)

NClimpson_Scaup1_060114Scaup, Nigel Climpson  NClimpson_Scaup2_060114Scaup, Nigel Climpson  

Millbrook Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver, 6 Red-breated Merganser and 2 Mediterranean Gull. At Cremyll2 Common Sandpiper. (B Taggart)

Newlyn: 4 Great Northern Diver and Razorbill plus a Peregrine hunting pigeons in the harbour and 5 Black-throated Diver off Sandy Cove. (I Webster)

Penzance: 4 Purple Sandpiper on the rocks below the lighthouse pier. (I Webster) 9 Purple Sandpiper and 10 Turnstone, Battery Rocks. (T Mills) Up to 2000 Starling roosting under Buccaneer Shellshop on the harbour. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Great Skua south between 09:00 and 10:00 hours. 20 Purple Sandpiper roosting in Porth Ledden. (N Wheatley)

Cot Valley:  1 juv Iceland Gull and 5 ad w Mediterranean Gull at bottom. (N Wheatley)

Praa Sands: 1 Glaucous Gull reported. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe still.

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Black Redstart and 3 Black-throated Diver offshore. Pendennis Point seawatch 9:15 -11:00: Steady passage of Gannets and Kittiwakes, a few Fulmars and other gulls. 3+ Black-throated Diver, 1 Grebe sp (probably Red-necked) and 3 Great Northern Diver on the sea. Auks, Razorbill and Guillemot in good numbers. 1 Peregrine, 2 Grey Plover and 1 Turnstone. 1 Black Redstart (f) on rooftop (Pendennis Rise). Penryn River/Gorrangorras: 85 Curlew, c20 Mute Swan, 20+ Redshank, 4 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 2+ Greenshank and 2 Oystercatcher. Plus 1 Common Sandpiper near the Waterside Dentalcare carpark. Trescobeas Park: c30 Meadow Pipit, 8 Skylark and 3 Snipe in stubble field. Swanvale: 2 Water Rail. (D Chaney)

Looe, Hannafore Point: 1 Great Skua, 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 m Eider and 7 Mediterranean Gull. (D Julian)

St Ives: Summary of sightings from 08:00 – 08:30: 3 Balearic Shearwater (2 ints and 1 pale)
1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Great Northern Diver, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black Redstart (f), plus 4 Bottlenose Dolphin and 2 Grey Seal. A quieter day bird-wise, with much larger swell waves and stronger winds (gale force gusts at time), but dry. Similar numbers and range of species in the bay and sheltering in lee of headland to yesterday – Guillemot (~100), Razorbill (10), Gannet (~30), Kittiwake (20), and Shag (~30). A couple of feeding events were recorded 150m from watchpoint; these comprised 5 Greater black-backed gull, 3 Gannet, 2 Guillemot and another comprised 10 Gannet, 8 Shag, 6 Guillemot and 4 Greater black-backed gull. Balearic and Manx shearwaters were again observed dip diving in main channel close to watchpoint, usually associating with a couple of diving Gannets. A noticeable difference was the evening roost in Portminster Bay – approx 2000 Gulls – 95% Herring Gull, 5% Greater Black backed Gulls. 4 Bottlenose dolphin arrived 14:30 and were tracked from western centre of the bay northwestwards toward the main channel. 3 then moved north to the watchpoint and then they retraced their tracks, venturing closer inshore east of the Hayle mouth. All 4 were then tracked moving eastwards towards Gwithian until poor light stopped play and the survey at 17:00. (A Colenutt & R Christopher)

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