Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Dave Flumm sent us the article below about the hundreds of dead and dying Great Shearwaters off the eastern seaboard of the States last month.This might explain why we’ve had so many in the SW Approaches so early and in such numbers, and may also have some bearing on the unprecedented Wilson’s Petrel influx. Maybe they have been struggling to follow their “normal” route and unable to counter the winds have ended up over here earlier than usual? –

>Seabirds blown off course< 

Late News, 21/08, Tresillian: 102 Common Redshank,16 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 45 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel. (B Bosisto)

Porthgwarra Cove (seawatch 06:00-08:00): 9 Great Shearwater, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 7 commic tern all east. 1 Med Gull, 1 Great Skua & 1 Arctic Skua all west. In valley: 2 Wheatear and Greenshank & Whimbrel over. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: c1,000 Gannet feeding in Longships tidal race. 2 Whitethroat, 1 hybrid Hooded Crow. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Nanjizal: 42 species ringed in foggy conditions. 1 Melodious Warbler seen briefly. (K Wilson)

Trevose Head: 131  Swallow, 126 House Martin, 4 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Grey Phalarope, 10 Pied Wagtail, 19 Shelduck, 3 Common Buzzard, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, 2 Curlew, 3 Cormorant. (B Bosisto) 

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 Wigeon, 3 Greenshank, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 5 Dunlin, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 7 Cattle Egret (5ad 2 juv), 3 Glossy Ibis15 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 1 Hobby (1st summer). (B Bosisto)

Maer Lake: 2 Snow Goose at Maer Lake 11:30 today. (M Mullard)

Snow Geese, Martin Mullard

Snow Geese, Martin Mullard

Bodmin: Newly-fledged bullfinches being fed by male at feeder in Bodmin garden, young Goldfinch begging yesterday. Very late in the season!!! (R Preston-Mafham)

Colliford: 1 female Hen Harrier seen at Gillhouse flew to tree not seen again.13 Ringed Plover, 5 Wheatear,1 m Redstart,14 Mistle Thrush,1 juv Green Woodpecker, 3 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 2 Dunlin,1 Grey Heron, 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 7 Cormorant,1 Greenshank, 22 Pied Wagtail, 6 Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit, Swallows in numbers. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Devoran, River Kennall: 2 Kingfisher, 3 Whimbrel. Tallack’s Creek: 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 100+ Redshank, 100+ Curlew, 45 Oystercatcher, 2 Raven. Also 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker on Telegraph pole. (J St Ledger)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Osprey. (R Wilkins)

Camel Estuary: 1 Osprey opposite Camel Quarry.

Trewornan Bridge: 1 Osprey 11:30. (M Pass)

Porthkidney Sands: 1 juv Little Tern and 8 Sandwich Tern. (A McKechnie)

Little Tern, Alex McKechnie

Marazion Marsh RSPB, morning: 10 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, also 1 f Migrant Hawker, Common Darters and Beautiful Demoiselles. (T Mills) Evening: 19 Little Egret. (J Hawkey) 1 Garganey, 20 Little Egret, 300+hirundines, 500 + mixed flock of small waders including Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling, Turnstone, and 1 Redshank. (S. & P Rogers).  Longrock Pool: 1 juv Garganey still, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Swan. (M Bishop, T Mills) 

Little Egrets, Tony Mills

Migrant Hawker, Tony Mills.

Marazion beach: 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling and 1 Dunlin. (T Mills)

Park Head: 2 Chough, 1 Peregrine. (S Grose)

Par: 2 Common Swift with hirundines over athletics track this evening. (J Rance)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 192 Curlew, 31 Oystercatcher, 7 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 6 Greenshank on Ryan’s Field. (DK Parker) Also 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher 1 Black-tailed Godwit. Plus 7 Greenshank, 216 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Tern. (S Rogers)

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