Sunday 6th April 2014

Late news, 5/4, Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis again.

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 6 Swallow and 1 m Ring Ouzel. (V Stratton)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 3 Swallow, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 10 Canada Geese, 4 Shelduck and 3 Little Egret. On the Estuary: 16 Sandwich Tern. (V Stratton)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 2 hybrid geese, 9 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 8 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 11 Moorhen, c20 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Reed Bunting, 2  Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

St Minver: 2 Wood Warblers reported today.

Mousehole: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Newlyn: 1w Little Gull offshore Sandy Cove. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: 1w dr Surf Scoter again offshore. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gweek: 1 Firecrest reported.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe from southern causeway.



Ringing Recoveries

The BTO has recently produced the online ringing report for 2013. This includes totals of birds ringed in Cornwall in 2013 and also details of some of the movements reported during the year:
These include:

  • Storm Petrels to/from Skokholm Island and also the Alderney (Channel Islands)
  • Shags from Scotland, Wales and Scilly
  • British Honey Buzzard and a Swedish Osprey
  • Ringed Plover from Norway to Davidstow in 12 days and a Curlew Sandpiper from Norway to Hayle in 14 days
  • Colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls from Norway, Latvia, Poland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and France
  • Migrant Woodpigeon making it to Scilly
  • Chiffchaff to Sweden
  • Sedge Warbler to Mauritania
  • Starlings from Lithuania and Russia

The ringing totals also show that more Great Black-backed Gulls were ringed in Cornwall in 2013 than any other British county, with nationally significant totals also for Moorhen, Woodcock, Green Sandpiper, Chough, Yellow-browed Warbler (our 19 only beaten by 29 in Orkney) and Grasshopper Warbler.