Friday 18th August 2017

Pendeen seawatch 06:15-13:50: 45 Great Shearwater, 12 Cory’s Shearwater, 27 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 21 Sooty Shearwater, 16 Storm Petrel, 15 Common Tern, 33 Commic Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 33 Dunlin, 3 Peregrine, Manx Shearwater passing at over 150/min for the whole 7.5 hours which totals 67,500, and 1 Sunfish. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Wilkins, R Augarde) 07:30 – 14:30 from bottom car park:
4 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Storm petrel, 17 Cory’s Shearwater, 5 Great Shearwater, 3 Arctic skua (R Augarde, R Wilkins)

Pendeen: 3 Cory’s Shearwater and 6 Sooty Shearwater between 17:00 & 19:45.

St Ives Island: 1 Great Shearwater at 06:35, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel2 Med Gull, 30+ Kittiwake and 1 Little Egret by 07:25. (A Whitehouse)

St Ives Clodgy Point: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 4 Great Shearwater and 4 Balearic Shearwater between 15:30 & 18:15.

Porthgwarra: 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 9 Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 33 Sooty Shearwater and 8 Storm Petrel in a 10 hour watch.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 5 Cattle Egret (inc 2 juv), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Swift, 1 Otter. Viewed from 8.30 to 10am. (J St  Ledger)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 8 Swift (D Flumm)

Copperhouse Creek RSPB reserve:  3 Little Egret, 3 Greylag, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 5 Med Gull (D Flumm)

Carnsew Pool RSPB reserve: 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorant, 2 Whimbrel (D Flumm)

Lelant Water RSPB reserve: 14 Little Egret, 23 Greylag, 28 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 7 Greenshank, 20 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 36 Med Gull (D Flumm, DK Parker) Plus 2 Common Sandpiper on Ryan’s Field. (A Mckechnie – photo)

Common Sandpiper Alex Mckechnie

Porth Kidney RSPB reserve: 4 Little Tern, 4 Sanderling (D Flumm)

Argal Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe ( including pair with 3 young and 1 young from earlier in the season) (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan with 3 young (D Eva)

Stithians Reservoir: 39 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper (no Great Crested Grebes bred this year) (D Eva)

Longrock Pool: 18 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 juv Garganey, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 18 Moorhen and 4 Little Grebe. (DK Parker)

Penhale Point: 1 Chough and 2 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

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Thursday 17th August 2017

Porthgwarra Cove, 06:10-10:10: 3 Great Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Bonxie, 3 Med Gull, 2 Commic Tern, 1 Harbour Porpoise & pod 40 Common Dolphin, 1 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. (D Flumm, J Lawman, R Wilkins et al)

Porthgwarra, 06:50-11:00: Black Tern, 3 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Bonxie, 1 Whimbrel over. (M Wallace)

Scillonian crossing, Wolf Rock to Penzance: 4 Great Shearwater (inc 2 in Mounts Bay), 6 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 5 Great Skua, plus many thousands of Manx Shearwater, inc hundreds close in in Mounts Bay. (T Mills)

Manx Shearwater, Mounts Bay, Tony Mills.

Mousehole: Peregrine hunting seabirds. Flew straight out to sea for over a mile just above wave height, went for a Storm Petrel, missed, and then after a Black Tern, missed and came back to land. Ignored the 1000 Gannets, 300 Kittiwakes, and 400 Gulls also feeding in the area. (D Eva)

Penlee Point: 32 Manx Shearwater, 14 Sandwich Tern, Whimbrel heard calling, Common Dolphins. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Rame: 1 Wheatear at the dump. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Millbrook: 30 Mediterranean Gulls 72 Redshank,1 Dunlin. (C Buckland)

Hayle: 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Teal. (D Eva) Also 5 (1 juv) Sandwich Tern. (R Veal)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine (in the air at the same time!), 1 Buzzard, 5 Cattle Egret (including 2 juvenile), 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Swift, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant. Also Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Carrion Crow, Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler, large flock of 50+Canada Goose, numerous Swallows and House Martins. (D Spooner)

Marazion Marsh RSPB/Longrock Pool: 1 Garganey, 1 Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 20 Moorhen, 2 Stonechat, 16 Mallard, 2 Swallow, 1 Marsh Harrier at 18:00. (D Chadwick) 1f Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall on Longrock Pool. (R Veal) Garganey showing well on Longrock Pool early evening. (P Smale)

St Erth: 1 Nuthatch, 4+ Goldcrest. (R Veal)

Porth Reservoir: 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebe with 3 & 1 juveniles, 5 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: family group of 5 Spotted Flycatcher (2 ad, 3 1st winter), 1 Garden Warbler by the dam wall. (C Imms)

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Wednesday 16th August 2017

Yesterday (15th August) 20 dead Herring Gulls were found on the beach between Marazion and Long Rock. These had been washed away before they could be collected, but anyone finding >3 dead seabirds (including gulls) should report them to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network hotline (0345 201 2626 – www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/strandings). In all such cases the incident will need to be reported to Defra which CWT will do (per M Grantham).

Porthgwarra, Hella Point 06:00-15:30: 11 Common Scoter, 23 Great Shearwater, 62 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Balearic Shearwater, 18 Storm Petrel, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Great Skua, 2 juv Med Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Commic Tern and 8 Chough. (DK Parker et al)

Porthgwarra, Hella Point 06:30-13:00: 9+ Great Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Common Scoter, c10 Storm Petrel, 2 Great Skua. (R Veal) 

Porthgwarra Cove (07:00-09:30): 5 Great Shearwater west & 1 east, 9 Sooty Shearwater west & 1 east, 1 Balearic Shearwater west, 5 Storm Petrel west, 6 Common Scoter east, 1 Arctic Skua east, 4 Bonxie west & 20 Common Dolphin. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 juv Garganey still, 2 Gadwall; 3 Turnstone and 1 Dunlin through. (R Veal)

Scillonian Crossing, am: 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 5 Sooty Shearwater.

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 4 Cattle Egret (2 ad, 2 juv), 1 Little Egret, 120 Canada Goose, 3 Wigeon, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 20 Swift, 30 Barn Swallow and 5 House Martin but no Glossy Ibis at midday. (N Paul) 2 Glossy Ibis and 4 Cattle Egret later reported from Tower Hide.

Kingsmill Lake: 115 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 27 Greenshank this morning. (M Beer)

Charlestown: 1 Kestrel. (D Hastilow)

Kestrel – David Hastilow

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 3 Fulmar, c40 Manx Shearwater, 15 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 16 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swift, 24 Swallow, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 2 Magpie, 3 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 4 House Sparrow, 5 Goldfinch, c50 Linnet. Also 1 Grey Seal, 5 Large White, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Wall Brown, 1 Oak Eggar, 1 Fox Moth caterpillar. (M Scawen et al)

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Tuesday 15th August 2017

Lizard Point: 4 Great Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 3 Sanderling, 1 Minke Whale, 3 Bottlenose Dolphin, 2 Common Dolphin, 1 Northern Bluefin Tuna. (I Maclean)

Rinsey Head to Trewavas Cliff: 2 Chough (1 unringed), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat. On rocks: 40+ Kittiwake (inc 3 juv). (J St Ledger)

Chough, Trewavas Cliff, John St Ledger

Choughs, Rinsey Head, John St Ledger

Peregrine, Trewavas Cliff, John St Ledger

Bude: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Mute Swan with 5 juveniles, 15 Oystercatcher, 3 Cormorant and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (H Wilkins) Also juv Sparrowhawk practising hunting skills through back garden and across rugby pitch. (R Maye)

Mousehole: 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, c30 Common Dolphin in 7 widely scattered pods and 1 pod of 3 Harbour Porpoise closer inshore. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra cove seawatch (07:00-09:30): 1 Cory’s Shearwater east then later back west, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Great Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull. Also 3 Fin Whale, c100 Common Dolphin, 2 Risso’s Dolphin, 3 Harbour Porpoise and at least 1 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. One of the Fin Whales eventually departed west but the other two were present for the duration of the seawatch, all at c2 miles range. (D Flumm, J Lawman et al)

Egloshayle Marshes: 5 Mute Swan, 422 Canada Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 1 Teal, 30 Mallard, 5 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 7 Common Sandpiper, 11 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 34 Black-headed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail. (D Julian)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Mute Swan, 84 Canada Goose, 10 Teal, 74 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Glossy Ibis, 18 Moorhen, 6 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 170 Swallow, 5 Starling, 2 Swift, 2 Buzzard. (D Julian)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe including 3 juv, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Polgigga: 1 Dotterel, initially over Higher Bosistow heading SE, later settled in ploughed field just N of Higher Bosistow farmhouse. (M Wallace) 2 Wheatear and 2 Whitethroat in same field as Dotterel. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: 1 Golden Plover over, 1 Reed Warbler at Trinity Pool, hybrid Hooded x Carrion Crow still present in same area. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Colliford Lake: 2 Cattle Egret on small island at Loveny viewed from the cattle grid, 5 Wheatear. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Ringed Plover, 11 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret. (C Buckland, M Beer) Also 1 Green Sandpiper, Tawny Owl, Blackcaps, Willow warblers, Chiffchaffs, Wheatear, Treecreeper, Swift. (P Stidwill)

Green Sandpiper – Phil Stidwill

Common Sandpiper – Phil Stidwill

Blackcap – Phil Stidwill

Wheatear – Phil Stidwill

Fal-Ruan NR: 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 220+ Curlew, 2 Swift, 350 Canada Goose. (R Veal)

Rosenannon Downs: large white heron-type bird from northern boundary stones, possible White Stork. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: juv Garganey still present. (DK Parker)

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Cait Hutchings

Cait Hutchings Funeral Arrangements

It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden passing of Cait Hutchings, former CBWPS Board Member, a popular figure and well-known to many in Cornwall birding circles. Our best wishes are with her family and close friends at this time.

Cait’s funeral will take place on Monday 21st August at 11am at Penryn Methodist Church, followed by burial with Stuart and a wake to be held at the Thirsty Scholar pub, in West Street not far from the Methodist Church. 

Cait’s family wish there to be no black worn at the funeral; family flowers only please; and donations if desired to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Please note that there isn’t a huge amount of parking space in Penryn. The main central car park accessed from St Gluvias Street (left beside the Town Hall) gets pretty full. There is more parking further afield: one car park on Commercial Road behind Mill Autos; a few spaces on the quay; and if you’re lucky a few spaces along Commercial Road itself. I should think there’s little chance of getting a space in the tiny car park in Saracen Way, just beside the Church, and even if there are spaces there please leave them for family members.

I’m sure the funeral will be well attended, so please double up on cars whenever possible, and allow plenty of time in case you have to park at a distance from the Church.

It may make sense for those travelling from further afield to meet up at the petrol station end of Asda car park for car-sharing into Penryn itself. Non-residents parking may also be available in Penryn.

Monday 14th August 2017

Porthgwarra Cove seawatch (10:45-11:45): 2 Great Shearwater west, 4 Cory’s Shearwater west & 6 east, 3 Sooty Shearwater west & 1 east, 1 Storm Petrel west & 1 Bonxie east. (D Flumm) Porthgwarra (10:50-15:45): 26 Cory’s Shearwater, 44 Great Shearwater, 52 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Storm Petrel, 4 Bonxie, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Greenshank over. (M Wallace) Also 5 Cory’s Shearwater, 13 Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater and 15 Sooty Shearwater between 18:13 & 18:57.

Scillonian III crossing: 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater from this morning’s crossing.

Moushole: 3 Cory’s Shearwater, 13 Great Shearwater, 13 Balearic Shearwater, 23 Sooty Shearwater and 2 Storm Petrel between 19:10 & 20:55.

St John’s Lake: 2 Curlew, 4 Shelduck, c10 Oystercatcher, c50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Blackcap. (R Napp)

Blackcap – Rick Napp

Mount Hawke: 65 Starling perched on wires in pouring rain at 17:00. (RB & PC Girling)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Common Gull, 29 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel. Ryan’s Field: 31 Med Gull. (B Toms)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 19 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 juv Garganey, 1 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Coot and 16 Moorhen on Longrock Pool. 2 juv Wheatear on the main marsh. (DK Parker)

Gannel Estuary: 8 Little Egret (7adult 1 juv), 1 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 43 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Sladesbridge: Green Sandpiper calling at dusk flying toward Wadebridge. (P Spong)

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Sunday 13th August 2017

Late news, 12/8, Newquay, Park Head, (06.45 -09.10, seawatch): 372 Gannet, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 18 Fulmar, 2920 Manx Shearwater, 8 Storm Petrel (all up coast rather than west), 5 Common Scoter, 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater and 30 Curlew. (J Dustow)

Late news, 12/8, Gannel Estuary: 3 Little Egret  and 1 Cattle Egret (appeared to be 1 juv on saltings with Little Egret). (J Dustow)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 (2ad, 2 juv) Cattle Egret at midday today. (S Rogers) (First report of 2 juv at site?) Also 8 Glossy Ibis, (flew in from West at 19.40 including the ringed bird), 34 Dunlin, 2 Teal, 64 Mallard, 4 ad and 2 juv Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Green Sandpiper. (J Dustow)

Polzeath: 6 Glossy Ibis in flight over beach and heading up Camel Estuary. (N Paul)

Newquay, Towan Head. 3 Wheatear, 1 juv Peregrine Falcon, 1 Ocean Sunfish. On rocks behind headland hotel, 2 Curlew, 21 Turnstone, 19 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra (06:30-09:45): 4 Great Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater past. Cove, seawatch (0800-1445hrs):   1 Little (Barolo) Shearwater flew west outside the Runnel Stone 0910hrs, 2 Wilson Petrel (one 1000hrs the other 1150hrs), 1 Great Shearwater.  12 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 51 Storm Petrel, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 5 Sandwhich Tern  2 Common Tern  4 Dunlin 1 Swift, also 6 Common Dolphin,14 Porpoise, 1 Minke Whale and many sightings of Tuna jumping. (B Mellow , R Wilkins, L Wilkins and R Augarde) Also 1 Fin Whale reported.

Penberth seawatch (10:00-12:00): No movement, but feeding offshore:5 Storm Petrel, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 50 Kittiwake, 1Great Skua and several hundred Manx Shearwater in scattered rafts as far as I could see. Also 1 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, 1 Ocean Sunfish and 19 Harbour Porpoise in pods of 2, 3, 4, 4 & 6. Single Wheatear on cliff. (D Flumm)

Chapel Point, this evening: 12 Kittiwake, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 48 Storm Petrel ( with a Peregrine Falcon hunting them circa 1 mile out at sea , by hovering over the top of the Stormies and swooping down , but it didn’t work ! ), 1 Pomarine Skua ( 2nd cycle bird ), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Minke Whale. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 Teal, 7 Greenshank and 1 dead Fulmar. (R Veal) Also 2 Ruff reported on Ryan’s Field. Copperhouse Creek: 4 Black Swan this morning. (M O’Sullivan)

Plymouth: Ad Sabine’s Gull ‘3 miles south’ from Plymouth to Roscoff ferry. (K Wilson)

Scillonian Crossing: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 8 Cory’s Shearwater, 9 Great Shearwater, 14 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater and 7 Grey Phalarope.

Croft Pascoe: 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Dartford Warbler ( D.Eva )

Charlestown: 1 m Peregrine (D Hastilow)

Wadebridge: 1 Ruff, 6 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper. (S. & P Rogers).

Nanjizal: 183 birds ringed, including 31 Willow Warbler, 19 Whitethroat, 105 Sedge Warbler, 10 Grasshopper Warbler. (per K Wilson)

Goss Moor: 58 ringed, 20 Blackcap, 5 Garden warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (P Roseveare)

Crowdy Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1Kingfisher, 3 Cormorant, 1 Tufted Duck. (B Craven)

Bude Marshes: 2 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Black-headed Gull, 11 Wood Pigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 46 Mallard, 15 Moorhen, 3 Herring Gull, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Swift, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Wren, 1 Magpie, 1 Chiffchaff, 63 Canada Goose. (WeBS –  H Kendall, R Mudge)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 9 Canada Goose,14 Cormorant,15 Great Crested Grebe,1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Mallard, 4 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck,1 Great Black-backed Gull, 27 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 23 Carrion Crow, 18 Jackdaw, 8 Magpie, 18 Starling, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Blackbird, 14 Swallow, 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 37 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 95 Goldfinch, 35 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Wren, 1 Stonechat, 19 Gatekeeper, 15 Wall Brown, 11 Meadow Brown, 10 Green-veined White, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Copper and 1 Black-tailed Skimmer.  (WeBS, DAConway)

Bodmin Moor, De Lank Valley: 2 Hobby (hunting off same hill as 2 Kestrel and 2 Buzzard), 4 Redpoll (incl. juveniles). (B Bryne)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Mute Swan (including 1 cygnet), 22 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe, 36 Moorhen (including 2 fluffy chicks and 5 immature birds), 1 Coot, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3 Herring Gull. (WeBS, DK Parker)

Marazion: 46 Ringed Plover, 8 Turnstone, 9 Sanderling and 7 Dunlin on the beach. Also c200 Swallow on wires behind Green Lane this evening. (DK Parker)

Camel Estuary: 20 Mute Swan, 84 Canada Goose, 61 Mallard, 16 Cormorant, 14 Shag, 72 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 273 Oystercatcher, 10Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 388 Curlew, 6 Common Sandpiper, 16 Greenshank, 39 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 864 Black-headed Gull, 202 Mediterranean Gull, 668 Herring Gull, 38 Great Black-backed Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher. Plus Clouded Yellow butterfly (Dennis Cove, Padstow). (WeBS, D Julian)

River Neet, Stratton: 2 Kingfisher. (B Byrne)

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