Interesting Pipit? Last Sunday a group of birders found a Pipit that showed mixed characteristics. I stumbled upon the group, grabbed a couple of photos before it flew out of sight. It hasn’t been refound in the area (Tolcarne to Newlyn harbour). Debate still continues on the bird’s identity and so we are putting up a series of pictures here for comment. Please contact the County Recorder, Dave Parker, through email@example.com with any thoughts. First two are my pix, the one I put on the web on Sunday and a second, poor, image but at least it shows the rump. The next two pictures are Brian Mellows’ and the 3rd pair are Richard Augarde’s.
Late news 25/02, Mousehole: 3 (2 juv + 3w) Glaucous Gull and 1 2w Yellow-legged Gull at the St Clements gull roost. (M Elliott)
St Erth: 1 Merlin and c300 Golden Plover over high west. (MJ Spicer)
Mylor Churchtown to Penarrow Point: 14 Black-necked Grebe (in 2 groups- 10 and 4), 8 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 11 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Eider (female). (J St Ledger)
Black-necked Grebe, John St Ledger
Eider, John St Ledger
St Ives: 31 Turnstone, 1 Great Northern Diver,1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (D Jenkins & R Farnes)
Iceland Gull, Rod Farnes
Porthleven: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (A Pay)
St Gothian: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (C Moore)
Camel Trail: 1 m Red-breasted Merganser, 1m 5f Goosander, 16 Grey Plover, 200+Dunlin, 400+Golden Plover, 1 Whooper Swan on Dinham flats, also along trail 1 Coal Tit. (D Mays, 2 videos)
Water Rail, Victoria Gartside
Nare Head: 2 Choughs, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Cormorant and 2 Shags. (R & R Nichols)
Chough, R&R Nicholls
Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 3 hybrid goose, 19 Teal, 16 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Bittern, 9 Moorhen, 4 Buzzard, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)
Marazion: 1 juv Glaucous Gull and 1 ad Common Gull at Red River Mouth plus 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker) Also 2 Long-tailed Duck of Station House. (R Farnes)
Long-tailed Duck, Rod Farnes
Tolcarne: 27 Turnstone plus 3 Great Northern Divers and 4+ Guillemot offshore. (DK Parker)
Mousehole: Probable 2w Azorean Gull, 4 Glaucous Gull (ad, 2w & 2 juv) and juv Iceland Gull at the St Clements roost late evening. (M Elliott & P Semmens)
Sennen Cove: 2 (ad+ juv) Glaucous Gull and 1 Great Northern Diver. (C.Barnard + Sennen Cove Birdwatching)
Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver still. (R Farnes) Estuary: 1 Glaucous Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)
Great Northern Diver, Rod Farnes
Newlyn Harbour: 1 ad Kumlein’s Gull. (M Elliot & T Mills)
Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Blackbird, c70 Black-headed Gull, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Blue Tit, 8 Buzzard, 2 Canada Goose, c50 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 Cormorant, 50 Curlew, c500 Dunlin, 6 Dunnock, c2000 Golden Plover, 12 Goldfinch, 10 Goosander, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Great Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Greenshank, 3 Grey Heron, 30 Grey Plover, c100 Herring Gull, 6 House Sparrow, 6 Jackdaw, 1 Lapwing, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 20 Long–tailed Tit, 6 Magpie, 10 Mallard, 4 Meadow Pipit, 20 Mute Swan, c50 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Raven, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, c50 Redshank, 25 Ringed Plover, 12 Robin, c50 Rook, 20 Shelduck, 2 Snipe, 2 Song Thrush, c50 Starling, 5 Turnstone, 1 Whooper Swan, 15 Wigeon, c20 Wood Pigeon and 2 Wren. (The “Martin Cutland” wildlife walk, per C Travis)
Penzance, Railway Station: 1 1w m Surf Scoter and 1 Black Redstart. Eastern Green: 1 ad Glaucous Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)
Torpoint, sewerage works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.
Caerhays Castle: 1 Glaucous Gull.
Gwennap sewerage works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.
College Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Canada Goose, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Great Black-backed Gull. (D Chaney)