Friday 21st February 2014

Chough February Update: Despite the challenging weather all the breeding pairs and immature birds have made it through the last few months.  Regular reports of up to 12 choughs around Cot Valley have been a highlight for those braving the storms.  There are still two immature choughs on the Roseland, their recent favoured spot is around the Pendower area.  On the north coast up to six choughs have been seen, but most records have been of two with confirmed ring combinations.  The new Lizard pair are again favouring Kynance. Was the unringed chough seen at Budleigh Salterton last weekend blown in from Brittany? – are there more out there?  Please send us your chough sightings – don’t assume we know where all the birds are cornishchoughs@rspb.org.uk

Late news, 18/2, Portscatho: 1 juv Iceland Gull and 16 Mediterranean Gull. (S Croft)

Late news, 20/2, St Ives: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (C Barnard)

Marazion beach: 1 dark-bellied Brent Goose at Red River mouth until flushed by dog, 2 Long-tailed Duck nearby offshore and 1 ad Glaucous Gull off Station Cafe car park. (D Flumm)

Penzance, Chyandour: 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 Surf Scoter, 1 Little Egret, 24 Purple Sandpiper, 29 Turnstone and 2 Black Redstart. (D Flumm, P St Pierre, A Horn-Norris & R Farnes) Battery Rocks: 2 Purple Sandpiper. (R Farnes)

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Surf Scoter, Dave Flumm

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Purple Sandpiper, Rod Farnes

Lands End Aerodrome: 1 1w Iceland Gull. (C Moore)

Carbis Bay: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver. (MJ Spicer)

St Ives: 1 juv Glaucous Gull and 1 2w Iceland Gull. (MJ Spicer)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge:1 Red-breasted Merganser (drake), 30+ Curlew, 12 Redshank, 200+ Golden Plover and 3 Goosander (2m 1f). (R Mudge)

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Red-breasted Merganser, Rod Mudge

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe. (A Mckecknie)

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Slavonian Grebe, Alex Mckecknie

Mylor Churchtown to Penarrow Point: 3 Black-necked Grebe (in summer plumage), 5 Great Northern Diver, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Eider (solitary female at Penarrow Point, 2f+1m in channel on Carrick Roads), 1 Sandwich Tern and 22 Turnstone. (J St Ledger)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (C Barnard)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 20 Black-throated Diver, 9 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver,
2+ Razorbill, 1 Curlew and 1 ad Glaucous Gull. Plus 1 ad Mediterranean Gull with roosting Black-headed Gulls at Swanpool Point. (S Perfect & D Chaney)

Truro, Treliske Hospital: 2 Black Redstart.

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