Saturday 29th July 2017

Gwennap Head 05:55 – 08:30: 1 Wilson’s Petrel north at 08:08, 2/3 mile out, 65 Storm Petrel, 7+ Great Shearwater, 2 unidentified large shearwaters, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Turnstone, 9 Puffin. (B Steel) Also reported were 1 Wilson’s Petrel past at 12:30, a probable Barolo Shearwater at 14:30 and 82 Storm Petrel between 06:00 & 15:00.

Mermaid II mini pelagic from Penzance: 4 Wilson’s Petrel, 60 Storm Petrel, Cory’s Shearwater, 5 Great Sheatwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. For details of future trips phone Adrian on 07901 731201 (M Ahmad – photos, T Blunden – photos)

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Rame Head: Wilson’s Petrel reported at 10:20.

Newquay, Pentire: 9000 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Whimbrel, 600 Gannet, with 4 Swift south over the Manx line. (G Murray) Newquay, Towan Head: Good Manx Shearwater passage c 08:30 am 100- 200 per min. Also many Gannets, Ocean Sunfish off point. (M Lammas)

Swanpool: 30 Common Swift, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard. Offshore: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Egret, 1 Storm Petrel sp. (distant), but very little passage otherwise. (D Chaney)

North Cliffs: Feeding frenzy scores of Gannet, hundreds of Manx Shearwater and a few Common Dolphin. (S Taylor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 2s Mediterranean Gull, 1 Greenshank, 4 Black Swan. (L Langley) Ryan’s Field RSPB: 2 Sandwich Tern, 32 Med Gull, 80 Black-headed Gull, 40 Curlew, 8 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron (D Flumm, F Smith) Lelant Water RSPB: 7 Little Egret, 2 Mute & 1 Black Swan, 5 Shelduck, 6 Mallard (D Flumm, F Smith)

Marazion Beach:18 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 35 Sanderling, 5 Turnstone (D Flumm, F Smith)

Lizard Point (06:30-13:00): 2 Wilson’s Petrel, 36 Great Shearwater, 195 Storm Petrel, 23 Balearic Shearwater, 38 Sooty Shearwater, 5600 Manx Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua,  1 Great Skua, 1 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 24 Puffin, 12 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Redshank, 1 Swift, 14 Common Scoter, 2 Oystercatcher. (I Maclean, T Blunden, J Foster, J. Selby et al)

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Seawatching in Cornwall – Part 1) Late Summer

Seawatching in Cornwall – Part 1) Late Summer

  1. Where to go

  2. When to go

  3. Seawatching – the basics

It is at this time of year that many birdwatchers around the county turn their attention to the coastal headlands of the south west, Cornwall especially, as a prelude to the first of the autumn gales battering the coast,.with the allure of the ‘big two’ shearwaters drawing and the hope of finding or seeing something rarer …

Both Cory’s Shearwater and Great Shearwater, regular visitors to the warmer waters of the Bay of Biscay further to the south west and the western approaches are difficult to catch up with anywhere in the British Isles in season, and even in Cornwall away from a handful of sites and imperfect conditions (or so it used to be, has all that changed?!) …

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