Friday 31st October 2014

Late news, 29/10 + 30/10, Kilkhampton: 6-7000 Starling, pre-roost was on telegraph wires on the northern edge of Kilkhampton and roost in the woods east of the solar farm 4 miles north of the village. (D Girvan)

Sancreed: 3 Snipe, 30 Redwing, 10 Skylark, 150 Chaffinch, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart and 1 Goldcrest. (D Flumm)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary:  9 dark-bellied Brent Geese still, also 2 adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 Grey Plover. (M Lammas)

Kenidjack:1 Brambling feeding in field with Chaffinches opposite sewage works; also 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Chough, 180 Stock Doves in 3 small flocks. Plus Hummingbird Hawkmoth, 1 Clouded Yellow & Painted Lady butterflies. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (heard only) above the sewerage works. (J Hawkey & P Clarke)

Gwendreath/Kennack sands: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 4 Firecrest. (S Bury)

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Yellow-browed Warbler, Steve Bury

Pendeen: 1 Merlin still on the cliffs beneath the lighthouse. (A Hartley)

Penberth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 17 Redwing. (A Hartley) 2 Yellow-browed Warbler by bonfire.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 10+ Tufted Duck, 4 Teal, also good selection of large gulls (mostly Herring). (A Hartley) Also 1 f Long-tailed Duck present.

Lizard Point: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine and 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

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Purple Sandpiper, John St Ledger

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Peregrine, John St Ledger

Kynance Cove car park: 1 Merlin. (J St Ledger)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 5 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 12 Teal, 16 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 32 Moorhen, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret and 3 Snipe plus c6,000 Starling at dusk. (DK Parker)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, c80 Stock Dove, c100 Wood Pigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Grey Wagtail and c600 Chaffinch. (DK Parker, N Wheatley & T McGowan)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Black Redstart in garden of Ocean View. (D Balmer)

Treen: 4 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Skua.

Penzance: 1 Rose-coloured Starling at Morrisons. Jubilee Pool: 3 Purple Sandpiper, 20+ Turnstone, Male Eider and 1 Common Scoter in the harbour area. (B Craven & D Curtis)

Scillonian RSPB Wildlife Cruise: 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater,14 Kittiwake, 77 Gannets, 30 Guillemot, 6 Auk ?species, 108 GBB Gulls, 5 LBB Gulls, 3 Shag between Penzance and Wolf Lighthouse. 1 Balearic Shearwater, 35 Gannets, 6 Auks, 1 Great Skua, 5 GBB Gull and 1 Minke Whale between Wolf Lighthouse and Penzance. (B Craven & D Curtis)

St Ives: 1 Short-eared Owl in off sea and 1 Black-throated Diver in St Ives Bay.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 American Golden Plover still.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs again.

Wacker Quay: 1 Spoonbill again.

Porthcurno: 4 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Skua.

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Thursday 30th October 2014

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 9 dark-bellied Brent Geese and  2 Greenshank. (M  Lammas)

Truro: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Looe, Hannafore: 3 Spoonbill flying west. (M Beer)

River Lynher at Wacker: 1 dark-bellied Brent Goose. (M Beer)

St John’s Lake: 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Brent Goose and 300+ Wigeon. (M Beer)

Pendeen: 1 Black Redstart by the lighthouse with a Peregrine & a Merlin on the cliffs beneath the lighthouse. Also, 1 Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail. (A Hartley)

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Black Redstart, Adam Hartley

Penzance: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (NR Phillips) 400+ Starlings flying around the Lidden area. (T Mills) c6000 Starling this evening near KFC. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 juv Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank and c20 Redshank. (DH&H Hatton and T Mills)

Hayle: 1 Black Redstart on St Ewelyn Church. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

The Manacles: 1 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 30+ Kittiwake, gannet, guillemot, razorbill. (M Nattrass)

Camel Estuary: 1 Black Guillemot at North Quay. (J D’Arcy)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 American Golden Plover again this morning. (M Scott)

Porthgwarra: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Trevean pool.

Penberth Cove: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Firecrest.

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler.

St Ives: 2 Purple Sandpiper by the beach at The Island.

Bodmin: 1 Black Redstart in Dunmere Road.

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Wednesday 29th October 2014

St Buryan: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling. (P&H Taylor)

Holywell: 8 Redwing, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Great Northern Diver. (D Eva)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 2 adult Mediterranean Gull. (M Lammas)

Pendeen:Barred Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 1 Raven. (A Hartley) Plus 1 Black Redstart.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher,  2 Little Egret, both shadow fishing with 2 Cormorant,  200+ Canada Geese arrived with a couple of Greylag. (A James) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs again. Plus a roost of 100+ Pied Wagtail at Marks & Spencers.

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Little Egret, Alan James

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Canada Geese, Alan James

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Kenidjack: 1 Swallow,1 Woodcock, 2 Firecrest, 4+ Chough and 4 Chiffchaff. (D Grose)

Lands End: 1 poss Stone Curlew flying south and 1 Woodcock (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanjizal: 1 Snow Bunting at Carn Les Boel. (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra: 1 Richard’s Pipit. 1 Stone Curlew over, 1 Firecrest, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Black Redstart. (M Wallace et al.)

Penberth Cove: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Botallack: 1 Short-eared Owl in off the sea. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling at KFC again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Boswednack: 7 Redwing west. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still.

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Tuesday 28th October 2014

Newlyn: 1 2S Mediterranean Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull, 27 Turnstone and 15 Shag at river mouth. Harbour: 60+ Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Turnstone, 5 Shag, 2 Cormorant and 1 Grey Wagtail. Sandy Cove: 2 Bullfinch plus 12+ Clouded Yellow including 2 helice form one of which was egg laying, 5 Painted Lady, 8+ Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. (T Mills)

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Reskajeage Downs: 1 Merlin, 300 Linnet and 30 Skylark. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 20+ Mediterranean Gull, 2 Greenshank, 40+ Redshank, 2 Shelduck, good numbers of Wigeon & Teal, 1 Bar-headed Goose with 100+ Canada Geese. (A Hartley & P Coleman) Copperhouse Creek:  1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 6 Redshank including one with only one leg, 1 x 2w Mediterranean Gull and 1 Grey Wagtail. (L Williams & A Hartley) Carnsew Basin: 10+ Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Dunlin and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit. (A Hartley)

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Lesser Yellowlegs, Adam Hartley

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Mediterranean Gull, Adam Hartley

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Bar-headed Goose, Patrick Coleman

Newquay, Towan Head: 4 Purple Sandpiper with 26 Turnstone and 16 Oystercatcher behind Headland Hotel. (M Lammas)

Gannel Estuary:  2 Grey Plover,  2 Greenshank,  1 Redshank and 13 Wigeon. (M Lammas)

Pendeen: 20+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard and 4 Skylark over. (A Hartley)

Penberth Cove: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Firecrest and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (D Balmer)

Porthcurno: 4 Black Redstart. (D Balmer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 7 Teal, 20 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 30 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 1 Sandwich Tern on the beach. (DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Mute Swan, 66 Mallard, f Ring-necked Duck, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail and 16 Long-tailed Tit. Also 2+ Clouded Yellow. (DK Parker)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Black Redstart and 1 Firecrest.

Penzance: 1w Rose-coloured Starling again in Morrisons car park.

St Michael`s Mount: 1 Snow Bunting by the cafe. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Chapel Porth: 1 Firecrest along Mingoose Vale.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 American Golden Plover again.

Porthgwarra: 1 Black Redstart.

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest.

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Stithians Reservoir

I am very sorry to announce that Simon Taylor has stepped down as Stithians Warden.  Simon has stepped down for many reasons including vandalism at the hides. 

We are very grateful to Simon for his dedication and commitment to the Stithians Reserve.    He has held the office of Stithians Warden since 2007, and during that time he has worked tirelessly (and, sadly, without a great deal of support from fellow members) to manage and promote the site.  As well as collating the information about sightings at Stithians, and writing the quarterly reports for Palores, he has done an exceptional amount of “hands-on” management.  

This includes regularly clearing the area in front of the Stuart Hutchings hide, and the value of the Southern cut-off hide in particular has been transformed by his efforts.   Each Autumn he has cleared the succession growth of willow from in front of the hide and around the feeders.  If left unchecked, this would have cut off, almost completely, views of open water from the Southern cut-off hide.  He also promoted a scheme to dig out channels, scrapes and pools to retain open water in front of the Southern cut-off hide. While this has not yet been implemented it has not been abandoned, and South West Lakes Trust (“SWLT”) have recently agreed to revisit the possibility of getting funding for contractors to carry out this work. 

Another of Simon’s initiatives was “A Day for Nature” where he approached the CBWPS committee and SWLT for approval to host an Open Day at Stithians, the intention being a gathering of the County’s top conservation groups to promote awareness and generate further interest in conservation after the event. 

Simon instigated the feeders near the hide which have proved such an attraction for several Winters, and brought in sightings and photo-opportunities of Marsh Tits, Bramblings, Water Rail and large numbers of commoner species.   The Society were approached by Simon in 2009 to sponsor him for £100 to start a nest box scheme at Stithians. The CBWPS gave him the money, the first boxes were put up with Simon funding once again out of his own pocket any replacement boxes needed through Woodpecker damage. Although not connected to Stithians this further led Simon to pay for the construction of another 90 boxes nearer to home. He funded the materials from his own pocket to set up and concrete in the feeder frames, supplied the feeders themselves (only the seed and nuts being funded by the Society) and kept the feeders filled through successive Winters.   Many members will not realise what an undertaking this has been.   The feeders require filling every other day during the Winter, and daily during spells of hard weather, and to date no support has been forthcoming from members of the Society to share that burden. 

Owing to Simon’s standing down, that situation has to change. 

We are fortunate that some hands-on management will now be provided by South West Lakes Trust.   Their local Reserve Warden, Chris Hardman, has a team of volunteers who have recently carried out this Autumn’s willow clearance and are in principle willing to undertake other tasks.  Unfortunately, there has been a succession of incidents of trespass and mindless vandalism in and around the hides, and there is now a good deal of repair work, which we hope will be carried out by the SWLT volunteers with the Society funding the cost of materials. Chris and his volunteers have already removed the graffiti from the Southern cut-off hide, and are willing to do so from the Stuart Hutchings hide unless the suspected culprits are willing to remove it themselves by way of “restorative justice”. The SWLT team will also renew the woodstain and repair the roof, the Society having provided the cost of materials. 

There is, however, an urgent need for volunteers for the following roles:- 

1.         For the role of Stithians Warden. This will not now involve the maintenance work, which will now be undertaken by SWLT, but will still involve collecting and disseminating information about the reserve, including the quarterly reports in Palores, and also fielding any enquiries from members or others regarding the Stithians Reserve.   

2.            Volunteers – at least 2 in number – to fill the feeders at Stithians.  Currently we have 2 volunteers (willing to cover Mondays and Fridays) but the feeders need filling every couple of days, and daily in hard weather.  Chris Hardman of SWLT is one of those volunteers. However, two volunteers are not enough, and unless more volunteers come forward willing to fill the feeders on one or more days each week this facility (which has not only provided such an attraction but also sustained a population of birds which might otherwise have struggled to get through the hard Winter months) will unfortunately come to an end. 

Will anyone willing to assist in either role please contact board member Greg Adams on 01326 572951 (work) or 07770 638443 (mobile).

Monday 27th October 2014

Late news 25/10, Scillonian III return sailing: 2 Velvet Scoter near Runnelstone. (N Moran)

Late news, 26/10, Trevescan Farm: 1 Whitethroat. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 26/10, Land’s End:  1 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 300 Chaffinch, 1 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 26/10, Sennen:  200 Golden Plover. (P St Pierre)

Kenidjack Valley: 1 Firecrest, 5+ Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat, 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Chough, 1or2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 3 Grey Wagtail, then on the beach 9 Rock Pipit, 10+ Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Heron and another 2 Grey Wagtail. (D Mays & D Jenkins) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher. (D Jenkins) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs still. (P Dinning)

Lesser Yellowlegs, video by Paul Dinning
Davidstow Airfield: 1 American Golden Plover (juv) still, 29 Golden Plover, 12 Lapwing and 1 Raven. (J St Ledger)

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American Golden Plover, John St Ledger.

Pendeen: 20+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark and 1 Buzzard. (A Hartley)

Penzance: 1 Rose-coloured Starling on wires by KFC again. (A Hartley) Penlee Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler near tennis courts. (M Elliot) Morrab Gardens: 5 Firecrest. (M Elliot)

Hannafore Point (08:15-12:15): 1 Sabine’s Gull, 40+ auk with 1 Razorbill on water, 50+ Kittiwake, 1 Great  Skua and 1 Arctic Skua. (M Beer)

Porthcurno: 1 Black Redstart, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Song Thrush and c30 Skylark. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Teal, 11 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 16 Moorhen, 1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Polgigga: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Higher Bosistow Farm (M Wallace) 1 Little Bunting on wires southwest of the cricket pitch. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: 1 Siberian Stonechat is second field between Arden Sawah and St Levan Churchtown. (L Thompson) Also 1 Black Redstart at the coastguard cottages. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Porthcurno: 1 Firecrest opposite beach cafe. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penberth Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Firecrest.  (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanquidno: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Black Redstart. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

The Lizard, Church Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

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Sunday 26th October 2014

Late news 25/10 Maer Lake: 100+ Golden Plover. (M Marval)

Kenidjack Valley: 1 Radde’s Warbler plus 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 300+ Skylark over. (A Lewis et al. Photos – B Field) Also 2 Chough, 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. (A Hartley)

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Maer Lake: 5 Whooper Swan (2 ads, 3 young). (M Marval)

Kennack Sands/Gwendreath: 10+ Firecrest. (S Bury – photo, D Wright)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs still on Copperhouse Creek.

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 3 Teal, 16 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, c2,000 Starling, 3 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker) Bittern reported again.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still. (D Mays – video)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 imm Ring-necked Duck still.

Porthgwarra: 2 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Northern Diver past, 1 Dartford Warbler, 70 Golden Plover and 1 Firecrest plus 1 Black Redstart at Porth Loe and 1 Hooded Crow at Roskestal Farm. (B Field et al) Yellow-browed Warbler still around the toilet block.

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 fem Pintail, 150+ Golden Plover, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 30 Meadow Pipit, 3 Cormorant and 3 Great Crested Grebe. (D Mays)

Treraven Meadow: 20 Teal, 10+ Mediterranean Gull, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Curlew and a few Goldcrest. (D Mays)

St Ives: 300+ Redwing plus a few Fieldfare and Skylarks over Consols early morning. (S Turner) Also 2 Purple Sandpipers with Turnstones on The Island and a Yellow-browed Warbler between Porthminster and Hain Walk. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Kingsmill Lake: 2 Spotted Redshank, 31 Greenshank, 25  Black-tailed Godwit and 1  Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Beer)

Bodmin Moor: 750+ Golden Plover over west of Bastreet, plus several Redwing. (B Craven)

Penberth: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest.

Lamorna: 3 Firecrests above the hotel.

St Levan: A flyover Little Bunting near the church.

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest south of east end of the car park.

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