County Bird News – Latest Sightings April 2017
18th April 2017
Porthgwarra/St. Levan: 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Tree Pipit, 50 Willow Warbler, 56 Wheatear, 7 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 House Martin. (M Wallace)
Sancreed: 5 Wheatear and yesterday’s (distant) imm Iceland Gull again in ploughed fields until 09:45 when west. (D Fliumm)
Cot Valley: 1 Ring Ouzel, 27 Wheatear between Cot and Nanquidno. (N Wheatley)
Mousehole: 1 juv Iceland Gull on St Clement’s Isle today.
Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill, 4 Common Sandpiper.
Gwithian: 1 juv Iceland Gull at St Gothian Sands.
Old Lizard Point: 1 Woodchat still present.
Lizard Point: 1 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 9 Shelduck, 14 Puffin, 20 Whimbrel. (I Maclean)
Lizard Youth Hostel Garden: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)
Pistil Meadow: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)
Housel Bay: 70 Wheatear. (I Maclean)
Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull. (P Bedford)
Indian Queens: 1 Purple Heron flew west at 07:30 over A39 to north at Trevarren. (P Roseveare)
Wadebridge: 1 Hobby flew over at 09:00. (D Julian)
Bude: 5 Cattle Egret & 3 Little Egret at the Rugby Club pitch 06:10.
Rame Head and Penlee: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 (male) Pied Flycatchers, c25 Willow Warblers, 31 Wheatears, 10 Whitethroats, c12 Chiffchaffs, 30 Swallows, 3 House Martins, (P Aley, C Buckland, M Beer)
17th April 2017
Hayle Estuary: Spoonbill still
East Pentire, Newquay: Lapland Bunting west over headland early afternoon (M Grantham
Lizard Point: Woodchat Shrike still. 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Wheatear. (I Maclean)
Caerthillean: 1 Hobby, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat. (I Maclean)
Lizard Village: 1 Hooded Crow over. (I Maclean)
Sancreed: imm Iceland Gull, 4 House Martin (D. Flumm)
Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still. Park near the green shed in Toad’s Hole Lane and walk right to view near the 2 pylons before the Marsh Fritillary sign.
Mousehole: 1 2cy Iceland Gull on St Clement’s Isle this evening.
West Penwith Moors, Trendrine Hill: 1 Cuckoo (male), calling, 1 Kestrel (female). (J St Ledger)
Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill
(Late News – 2 Hoopoe and 1 Squacco Heron, 11th and 14th April, no further details available)
16th April 2017
Lizard point/Old Lizard Head: Woodchat Shrike, 5 Wheatear, 5 Sandwich Tern, 17 Whimbrel, 26 Manx Shearwater, 9 Bottlenose Dolphin.
Padstow: Cuckoo heard down in the woodland along the edge of Little Petherick Creek near Padstow 14:25 (M Ellis)
Goonhilly Downs: 1 Black Kite flew southwest and 1 Osprey over.
St. Keverne, Dean Point: 1 Iceland Gull and 2 Stock Dove. (P Smale)
Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still
Lelant Saltings: 1 Spoonbill
St Ives, Rosewall Hill: 2 m Ring Ouzel.
Predannack: 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Wright)
15th April 2017
Hayle Estuary: Spoonbill, 6:20am
Bude: At least 120 Swallows passing north in one hour plus c.30 Sand Martins, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 female Meadow Pipit feeding a well-grown juvenile.5 Cattle Egrets on the Marshes. (H Kendall)
Drift: 1 imm Iceland Gull (D. Flumm)
Hayle Estuary: Glaucous Gull at Copperhouse creek 3pm (T Fletcher)
St Clements: 12 Cattle Egret (at Menadews Farm around cows.) (J St Ledger)
Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting. Take the road through Tregoss and head towards Enniscaven, turn right down the lane for Toad’s Hole. Once past number 3 Toad’s Hole with the green shed walk right along the track. The birds frequent the area around the 2 large pylons before the Marsh Fritillary information board. Limited parking along Toad’s Hole lane. (S Rowe)
14th April 2017
Hayle Estuary: 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Spoonbill on Ryan’s field.
Porthgwarra to St Levan: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warbler, 19 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Merlin. (M Wallace) Also 1 2cy Iceland Gull. (D Wright)
Trenow & Boat Cove: 13 Eurasian Whimbrel (J Hawkey)
Chacewater: 1 Osprey overhead at 13:08 heading N. (J Hawkey)
Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in willows, south end near car park.
Downderry: 41+ Great Northern Divers offshore this morning. Also 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Great Skua and 2 Sandwich Terns.
Kit Hill: Male Ring Ouzel
13th April 2017
Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 3 (2m, 1f) Ring Ouzel, 3 Northern Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler. (R Wilkins, D Parker, S Rogers, S Turner)
Bude Marshes: 5 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk. (B Bryne, H Wilkins)
Porthgwarra: Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler. (M Wallace)
St Levan: juv Iceland Gull. (M Wallace)
St Just: Cuckoo at Kenython. (P&P Callaway)
Roseworthy, Camborne: 3 Iceland Gull following a plough in fields at 11:36. (B Dallas)
Dinham Flats: 9 Cattle Egret this morning, flying around and mixing with 40+ Little Egret.
Walmsley Sanctuary: drake Garganey
12th April 2017
Lynher Valley: Red Kite over at about 09:30
Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Whimbrel, 1 1w Iceland Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern on Lelant Saltings. 1 Reed Warbler and 2 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal) Osprey flew over Ryan’s Field at 17:20. (J Hicks) Glaucous Gull also reported.
Porthkidney: c15 Manx Shearwater per minute passing distantly for 20 minutes, c30 Sandwich Tern, 4 ad Kittiwake east. (R Veal)
St Ives: 3 Ring Ouzel (2m, 1f) on the south facing slope of Buttermilk Hill at 08:30. (L Proctor)
Drift Reservoir: 300 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 6 Gadwall
Nanquidno/Hendra: 1 Iceland Gull. (C Moore)
11th April 2017
Chacewater: Osprey drifted over the village at 08:30. (B Toms)
Truro: Osprey flew north over the city centre at 09:00. (S Rogers)
Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: 2 male Ring Ouzel on the southern slope at 08:00. (A Whitehouse)
Porthgwarra/St Levan: male Redstart, 17 Wheatear plus Painted Lady
Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose. (D Flumm)
Lamorna: 2 pairs Red-legged Partridge. (D Flumm)
Mousehole: Iceland Gull reported.
Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill
Cetacean news, Kennack Sands: Humpback Whale just offshore 19:00-19:20 and then headed towards Lizard Point. (M Silk) Also seen off St Anthony’s Head and then across Famouth Bay 14:00 onwards.
10th April 2017
Late news, 9/4, Hayle Estuary RSPB: putative Caspian Gull in the afternoon. (M Halliday)
Cot Valley: Woodchat Shrike present again. (N Wheatley, A Hartley)
Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Icelandic-race Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Cattle Egret, Also 2 Spoonbill this morning. (A Whitehouse) Main Estuary:Juv Iceland Gull flew from the estuary during the afternoon.
Bude Marshes: 3 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret. (M Scawen)
Colliford Lake: 1 2cy Iceland Gull at Gillouse and 3 Wheatear at Deweymeads. (M Beer, C Buckland)