Sunday 6th December 2015

Late news, 5/12, Stithians Reservoir, Main hide: 2 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 2 Teal and 4 Cormorant. Cut off hide: 2 Snipe
2 Bullfinch flyover and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Van Hear, D Chaney)

Truro: 1 f Black Redstart again in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Great Northern Diver off shore. (B Dodd, L Proctor, T Mills)

Mousehole: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret and 1 Kingfisher. (B Dodd, B Mellow, R Augarde, T Mills)

Bude: 1 Grey Heron, 13 Turnstone, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 m Stonechat. (H Wilkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, estuary: 1 Spoonbill, c120 Dunlin, c25 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Linnet and 1 redhead (probably juvenille) Goosander. Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill,  3 Dunlin, 2 Moorhen, 4 Meadow Pipit and c75 Lapwing. (R Veal)

Sancreed: 1 Firecrest in my garden. In fields, 1w Ring-billed Gull again, 3 Mediterranean & 2 Common Gull, 30 Skylark and the individual I saw here on 29th November which I reported as “a thrush-sized leucistic bird looking uniform (upperwing, mantle, rump & tail concolorous) bright orange(!) in today’s light flew west with thrushes over fields” was relocated c500m west and is in fact a flavistic Redwing. It flew up to perch momentarily in a hedgerow showing pale yellow-orange plumage with paler yellow wings and supercilium. It called a soft “gack” as it did so confirming its identity – as it doesn’t look anything like a Redwing otherwise! (D Flumm)

Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank. (D Eva)

St Ives: 1 Turtle Dove again. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

 Turtle Dove, Richard Augarde

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Slavonian Grebe (feeding offshore) and 1 Black Redstart (on rocks). Falmouth Docks: 1 Great Northern Diver off Eastern Breakwater. (J St Ledger)

The Lizard Point: 1 Red-necked Grebe past. (T Blunden)

Penzance: 1 Great Northern Diver offshore NCI Lookout. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) 1 ad Pacific Diver still off Wherrytown.

Stithians area: 5 Woodcock, 19 Snipe and 5 Raven. (C Benton)

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