Tuesday 31st October 2017

Late News, 30/10, Sennen: 1+ Lapland Bunting in stubble behind Sennen School, also 80+ Skylark. (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Late News, 30/10, Camborne: 20-30 thrush sp over at 9am. (D King)

Constantine: 1 American Golden Plover over from Lizard towards NE, also juv Merlin & 1 Brambling over SW, c150 Woodpigeon. Also 2 Black Redstart in Trebarvah Court. (J Chapman)

Pendeen: Great White Egret over at 08:30, also 2 Snow Bunting & 1 Lapland Bunting. (P Combridge)

St Levan: Great White Egret at the reedbed pool, St Levan at 09:35hrs. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: Great White Egret over W at 09:54, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Firecrest, 2 Siskin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Also 1 Short-eared Owl & 7 Brambling early am. (G Hodgson)

St Buryan: 3 Black Redstart at Tower Meadows. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthgwarra: Ring Ouzel, Woodcock this morning. (M Wallace) Also 2 Ring Ouzel (1c & adult male), c20 Song Thrush, 14 Redwing, 5 Firecrest, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Grey Wagtail, c300 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Brambling, 1 Siskin, c60 Skylark, c1,000 Wood Pigeon, c60 Stock Dove, 1 Woodcock (second individual), 24 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine & 2 Sparrowhawk. (DK Parker)

Sancreed (viz mig 07:30-09:30): 2 Hawfinch south @ 08:10, 2 Little Egret, 25 Lapwing, 112 Golden Plover, 20 Snipe, 200 Woodpigeon, 15 Stock Dove, 17 Skylark, 28 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Blackbird, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Siskin all west. 11 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, c300 Woodpigeon pottering in area. 2 Woodcock flushed in afternoon. (D Flumm)

St Ives, Consols: 500 Fieldfare, 1 Black Redstart (S Turner)

St Minver Cricket Club: 13 Fieldfare overhead (S Grose)

Penzance: 5 egrets over Morrab Road, Penzance c10:00 – looked like Cattle Egret. (B Dawson) Juv Rose-coloured Starling at bottom of Morrab Rd by St John’s School at 09:00. (M Southam)

Treverva: 150 Fieldfare passing through, 2 Stonechat, 100+ Canada Goose W towards College Reservoir, Red Admiral, Peacock. (D Chaney)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern in front of Cheshire Homes. (J Parker)

Hayle Estuary: 4 Spoonbill in afternoon. (S Kolodziejski) 2 Spoonbill still Lelant Saltings late afternoon. (D King)

Hayle: c200 Starling over fire station at 4pm. (D King)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Ruff, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Goldeneye from Stuart Hutchings hide. Male Mandarin at Golden Lion cut off. (S Kolodziejski)

Bude Estuary: 1 Little Egret, 59 Black-headed Gull, 18 Herring Gull, 6 Pied Wagtail (and many more around the town), 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Raven over, 1 Oystercatcher. (H Kendall)

Bude: 1 Chiffchaff. (H Wilkins)

Chiffchaff, Helen Wilkins

Rock, Porthilly Point: 101 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 20 Turnstone, 1 Common Snipe on water’s edge, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Song Thrush, 13 Little Egret. (S Grose).

Mousehole: 1 Olive-backed Pipit along path to right off Love Lane. (M Elliott-finder, M Pass, MJ Spicer)

St Gothian Sands: White-rumped Sandpiper still present. (P Freestone, D King) Also Firecrest. (P Freestone)

Sennen: Lapland Bunting still present in stubble field behind school, also Skylark flock. (G Hodgson)

Kenidjack: 9 Hawfinch mid-morning. (G Hodgson) Red-breasted Flycatcher still in copse by engine sheds, 14 Chough. (J Swann, P Combridge, P Fraser et al). Also Firecrest, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and Brambling (heard). (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Mawer, P Fraser).

Dozmary Pool: Drake Ring-necked Duck still present.

Wacker Quay: 50 Avocet, 70 Shelduck, Kingfisher, 3 Greenshank, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Teal, Wigeon. (C & J Hannaford)

Lower Tamar Lake: 200+ Canada Geese, 2 Snow Geese, 1 Little Grebe. (R Mudge)

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Review of the Week – Sunday 29th October

Review of the Week Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th October/ Weekly catch up

White-rumped Sandpiper, M Ahmed

Following on from attempts to write a regular weekly review earlier in the year (ill-fated – it was too time-consuming to produce that depth of information on a weekly basis from scratch) the plan is to write a briefer weekly ‘editorial’, highlighting new or interesting birds in the county (both rarities and changes in the commoner birds), along with any other information or comment which needs to be passed along or that seems interesting enough.

 

New birds this week centred on a rather obliging White-rumped Sandpiper at St Gothian Sands LNR, Gwithian – the first in the county since 3 together on the Hayle in November 2013 (with 2 others earlier in that autumn) and the 23rd White-rumped Sandpiper overall for the county. This cracking little bird has been showing very well, and certainly proving a popular draw for local as well as visiting birders. It’s been a fair autumn for American vagrants, this being the 8th yank shorebird of the year (if the Hudsonian Whimbrel from earlier in the year is included), but not touching on the epic year of 2011 quite yet (the reservoirs having underperformed this year – high water levels presumably playing a part.)

The other main birding event this week seems to be the national influx of Hawfinches really having kicked off in Cornwall as the week has progressed, with overflying birds, small groups and flocks at a number of locations. A notable (description required) county bird, with only c180 previous records, the last major national influx was reported as being in 1978, when 8 reached the county (with good numbers on the Scillies too). Since then there have been notable occurences of Hawfinch in Cornwall in 1988 and 1993 (high single figures) with 18 in 2005 and then 19 in 2008. Almost half of the previous records were recorded in the month of October.

It seems that at least 87 have been seen in the county so far this week although a large proportion do seem to have been flyovers at one site.

Although temperatures haven’t really dropped yet, autumn has really kicked off with the first big influxes of winter thrushes – as with the Hawfinches, most of the big numbers were seen on visible migration (viz mig), with 2252 Redwing recorded from the university at Penryn on the 27th, with a scattering of other species seen, such as the first Fieldfares, Brambling and Siskin, and large Woodpigeon flocks passing through on their way, presumably, to wintering grounds in south western Europe.

The other new birds recorded in Cornwall for the year were Olive-backed Pipit on the Lizard and a Radde’s Warbler at Nanjizal – both good quality eastern vagrants, the former the first since 2014 and the 14th for the county, the latter the 17 or 18th, with birds in 2014 and 2015. There was an unconfirmed report of a Twite from the beach at Chapel Porth – quite the rarity in Cornwall, with only 10 previous records (some of multiple birds), and without further information perhaps seems an unlikely occurence, with the last accepted record being back in 1988.

A Red-throated Pipit was the only BBRC rarity reported this week, with one briefy at Lower Bosisto. Good scarcities and county rarities included Ortolan (1 or 2 overflying Cape Cornwall), Common Rosefinch and 2 blythi Lesser Whitethroats at Nanjizal, up to 3 Richard’s Pipits and the Short-toed Lark near Porthgwarra and a couple of Wryneck in the far west of the county. Moving slightly east there was a juv Rose-coloured Starling at Marazion Marsh (along with a leucistic Starling), an American Golden Plover over Lizard Village and a Little Bunting at nearby Old Lizard Head. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Rame Head at the beginning of the week, and a Glossy Ibis was at Chapel Amble. The Ring-necked Duck from last week continued to show at Dozmary, with a Long-tailed Duck and a female Scaup discovered in the vicinity on the 25th – both good birds anywhere in Cornwall. Two Quail on the Lizard were an unusual late record.

Finishing off the scarcer birds, a couple of Spoonbill continued to show well and a mobile Great White Egret was seen in the west of the county. The Purple Heron was not reported, and no Cattle Egrets either.

A few Swallows continued to be reported, with Wheatears, a single House Martin and a late Common Redstart the remnants of summer perhaps. The Firecrest invasion seems to have slown down marginally, but still plenty of birds about, with 9 at Maenporth on the 26th, and Yellow-browed Warblers perhaps starting to settle slightly too.

Following on from the first Whooper Swan of the year last week, the corpse of an adult Whooper Swan was found on the tide line at Gwithian, with live birds also seen elsewhere.

 

Those who follow us on twitter (@cbwps1, or viewable from the link to the right, heaven forbid) should have picked up that the number of species recorded in the county has broken through the 290 barrier for the year so far. It looks as if we are set to experience a record-breaking year in the county, with the previous best having been 2011 when 293 species were recorded in the county. If the various birds which have been reported (and are as yet unconfirmed) are included, the number is already fast approaching 300 – see here for the current county yearlist on the website.

With 16 new additions already for October, what will November bring? Are there even any possible new additions left?!

The autumn Palores magazine is now out – all members should have received their copy by now.  Don’t forget that if you subscribe to the digital (paperless) copy this will save the society a considerable sum in publishing and postage costs – some hundreds of our members already do so. Please consider if you haven’t done so already.

Lastly, as per the daily sightings page, you will have noted that there are a number of rare birds (both national and at county level) which were seen in the county for which no description has yet been submitted. Please check through – it would be a real shame if some of these quality birds remain unsubstantiated and fail to make BiC (Birds in Cornwall) or the county record. If you require help or assistance please contact the county recorder recorder@cbwps.org.uk

As usual, if you have any comments or suggestions please email webmaster@cbwps.org.uk  or bird-news@cbwps.org.uk

Dan Chaney, 29/10/17

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Monday 30th October 2017

Late News, 25/10, Windmill Farm: 1 Rose-coloured Starling.

Late News, 29/10, Maer Lake: Wigeon, Teal, Black-tailed Godwits, Lapwings, Curlew, few Snipe,  200+Golden Plover. (T Nicholson)

Late News, 29/10, Stepper Point: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler found dead on coast path. (S Marquis)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Simon Marquis

Yellow-browed Warbler, Simon Marquis

Yellow-browed Warbler, Simon Marquis

Constantine: 2 Firecrest, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff; 200 Woodpigeon South. (J Chapman)

Sancreed (vis mig 07:30-09:30): 10,030 Woodpigeon, 134 Stock Dove, 200 Jackdaw, 1 Snipe, 2 Lapwing, 17 Skylark, 10 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 15 Meadow Pipit, 12 Siskin, 1 Grey Wagtail west & 3 Little Egret in fields. Also 1 fem/imm Marsh Harrier west over village at 10:35 hrs. Later, 110 Fieldfare, 20 Skylark and 26 Lapwing in fields.(D Flumm)

Woodpigeons, Sancreed, Dave Flumm

Woodpigeons, Sancreed, Dave Flumm

Woodpigeon, Sancreed, Dave Flumm

Carrick Roads from Loe Beach: 13 Black-necked Grebe, 1 f Common Scoter, 2 Brent Goose over. (J St Ledger)

Black-necked Grebe, John St Ledger

Brent Geese, John St Ledger

Devoran: 1000’s Wood Pigeon, 100’s Redwing, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Spoonbill. (S Votier)

Penryn: 1 Hawfinch over, 4000 Woodpigeon over ESI this morning. (M Silk)

St Ives: 30 Golden Plover at Rosewall Hill, 1m Black Redstart at Consols. (S Turner) Also 1 Sabine’s Gull past.

Falmouth: Castle Beach: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Little Egret, 3 Rock Pipit, Swanpool Point: 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Rock Pipit Swanpool: 2 Mute Swan, 3 Chiffchaff Swanvale: 2 Firecrest, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Raven over. (D Chaney)

Falmouth: Hawfinch, Brambling, Fieldfares, 350 Redwing & 60+ Skylark viz mig this am (B Porter)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit. (T Nicholson) Also 24 Fieldfare, 3 Grey Heron, c30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Dunnock, 1m Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wren, 1 Marsh Tit, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Robin, 1 Bullfinch. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 10 Great Crested Grebe, c300 Canada Geese, 6 Wigeon, 8 Moorhen, c32 Coot, 3f Shoveler, 4 Bullfinch, c30 Mallard, 3 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Robin. (R Mudge)

Bude Canal: Cetti’s Warblers. (T Nicholson)

Rame: 1 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Bunting. (D Allan) Also 3 Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, Linnet flocks, 3 Skylark, 4 Cirl Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 6 Stonechat, 1 Raven. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Buzzard, Chris Buckland

Yellowhammer, Chris Buckland

Chiffchaff, Chris Buckland

Old Lizard Head: 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose, 1 Lapland Bunting, 3 Brambling over early. (M Pass, I Maclean et al)

Lizard, Lloyds Lane: 3 Swallow. (M Pass) 1 Serin in stubble fields, though mobile. (I Maclean)

Lizard Point: 3 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1300 Kittiwake. (I Maclean)

Housel Bay: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest. (M Pass)

Church Cove: 3 Firecrest. (M Pass)

Nanjizal: Vis mig – 4 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 13 Redwing, 1 Water Rail, 2619 Woodpigeon, 56 Stock Dove, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redpoll, 84 Siskin, 2 Common Snipe, 253 Golden Plover, 25 Lapwing, 2 Brambling, 5 Swallow, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher. (B Bosisto) 185 birds ringed  including: 51 Chiffchaff, 25 Goldcrest, 6 Firecrest, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Redwing. Also 2 Hawfinch over.(B Bosisto, K Wilson)

Sennen: 1 Richard’s Pipit in grass field behind the school, 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin over. (B Bosisto, R Treeby)

Kenidjack: 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Fieldfare. (B Bosisto) Also 1 Brambling. (M Spicer)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 23 Stock Dove. (B Bosisto)

Marazion Marsh: 1 f/imm Marsh Harrier at 14:30, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret. (B Oakes) Also 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Kingfisher, good numbers of Teal. (N Wills, L Salway) 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling at Longrock Pool at dusk.

Marsh Harrier, Ben Oakes

Marsh Harrier, Ben Oakes

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 White-rumped Sandpiper still. (B Oakes)

White-rumped Sandpiper, Ben Oakes

Land’s End: 4 Black Redstart, Woodlark over. Also 14 Skylark, 450 Woodpigeon, 4 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch. (P Taylor, H Mitchell). 2 Firecrest, 1 Brambling (heard). (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Trevescan: 1 Black Redstart.

Porthgwarra: 2 Black Redstart.

Allet: 2 Hawfinch over north at 07:40.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: juv Spoonbill still at Ryan’s Field. (R Treeby) Also 2 Kingfisher, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Jay, 15 Golden Plover, 22 Lapwing, 9 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Redshank. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Polgigga: 1 Turtle Dove on Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Pendeen: 1f Black Redstart at lighthouse. (Cornwall Birding) 1 Hawfinch & 1 Lapland Bunting over Manor Farm. (P Combridge)

Bosullow: 1 Hooded Crow, 1 Fieldfare, 13 Snipe. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Glossy Ibis at 16:40, flew toward Camel Estuary.

Torpoint: 3 f Pintail, 1 f Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Brent Goose. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Nare Head: 1 Chough feeding in field. (P Fletcher)

Ninestones: 1 Willow Tit. (C Imms, R Eynon)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Ruff, c400 Golden Plover, c100 Lapwing. (C Imms, R Eynon)

Gurnard’s Head: 1 Little Egret west, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Skylark in off sea. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Boswednack: 1 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 2 Chough, 1 Firecrest, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.(Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: c30 Turnstone & 2 Purple Sandpiper between pier & Battery Rocks. (N Wills, L Salway)

djc/pt

Sunday 29th October 2017

Late news, 25/10, Windmill Farm: 1 Rose-coloured Starling reported. (per D Wright)

Late news, 28/10, Truro: 2f Blackcap in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Late news, 28/10, Callestick: 2 Firecrest, Chiffchaff, Fieldfare and 50 Redwing. (T Wilson)

Late news, 28/10, Nanjizal: 149 birds ringed inc 37 Goldcrest, 12 Firecrest, 12 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 19 Siskin, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff. (K Wilson)

Gwithian: 1w White-rumped Sandpiper still present at St Gothian Sands LNR. (R Archer, J&D Chapman et al) Also 4 Rock Pipit. (J&D Chapman) Also 1 Kestrel, 10+ Rock Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 15 Golden Plover, 6 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck. (R Castillo Nicholls)

White-rumped Sandpiper – Steve Ward

White-rumped Sandpiper – Reuben Veal

White-rumped Sandpiper – Reuben Veal

Teal – Rowena Castillo Nicholls

White-rumped Sandpiper – Rowena Castillo Nicholls

White-rumped Sandpiper – Rowena Castillo Nicholls

Porth Reservoir: 6 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Dipper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Mistle Thrush, 9 Redwing, 48 Black-headed Gull. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Pintail, 7 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 4 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 341 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare, 8 Mistle Thrush, 10 Song Thrush, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Water Pipit1 Swallow. (B Bosisto)

Whipsiderry: 2 Peregrine Falcon, 11 Raven, 2 Reed Bunting, 7 Corn Bunting, 6 Stonechat, 6 Kittiwake. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 3 Little Egret, 47 Canada Goose in fields. 1 Snipe, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 320 Woodpigeon, 18 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, and 3 Blackbird over. (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 4 Firecrest by sewage works. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Padstow: Yellow-browed Warbler found dead on coast path near Stepper Point. (S Marquis)

Rame Head: 2 Firecrest around rectory garden, 5 Redwing over and W. (R Smaldon)

Truro: 1f Blackcap in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Windmill Farm: Short-eared Owl this afternoon. (D Wright)

Constantine: 2 Black Redstart in Trebarvah Court (J&D Chapman)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill, Peregrine, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Dunlin, Kingfisher. (J&D Chapman) 1 Little Egret and 1 Redshank on Ryan’s Field. (R Castillo Nicholls)

Trebah Beach, Helford River: 2 Firecrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Rick Pipit, 3 Shag. (J&D Chapman)

Callestick: 20 (9 and 11) Grey Goose sp high and N, 65 (50 and 15) Lapwing N, 2 Golden Plover, 60 Redwing, 2 Skylark. (T Wilson)

St Agnes, Chapel Porth: 1 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff. Offshore, 1 Manx Shearwater W, 1 Great Northern Diver W, 500 Auk sp W in 30 minutes (T Wilson)

Tremayne Quay, Helford River: 10 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 20 Redshank, 5 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 30 Mallard, 3 Shelduck, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Red-necked Grebe. (M Nattrass)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Whooper Swan (M Ahmad, P Clement, MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling at 16:56 with 30,000+ Starling and 1 Sparrowhawk. (P Clement, L Proctor, MJ Spicer) Aberrant/leucistic Starling on wires behind Green Lane at 16:10 with c30,000 Starling. (DK Parker)

near Zelah: 1 Hen Harrier flew over A30 at 12:35. (D Allan)

Trevarrion, Beacon Cove: 3 Chough, 9 Raven, 2 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 3 Reed Bunting, 12 Stonechat, 2 Buzzard, 50+ Golden plover over Bre-pen Farm. (S Grose)

Pendeen Watch: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 Common Scoter between 07:00 & 08:00. (P St Pierre)

Connor Downs: 2 Firecrest in private garden, 1 Brambling over. (P Freestone)

Lizard Village: 1 Black Redstart. (C Urquhart)

Sennen: up to 3 Richard’s Pipit in fields behind the school. Also several Woodlark in the area. (per LGR Evans)

Chapel Amble: 1 Glossy Ibis this morning. (A Langdon)

Porthcothan, Park Head: 7 Snipe, 13 Redwing, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Ring-necked Duck still. (D Allan, B Craven, M Worden) Also 50+ Lapwing,150+Golden Plover. (D Allan)

Land’s End: 1 Black Redstart. (R Veal)

Falmouth: 3 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Long-tailed Tit in private garden. (E Tackley)

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Review of the Week – Sunday 30th October

Review of the Week Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th October/ Weekly catch up

White-rumped Sandpiper, M Ahmed

Following on from attempts to write a regular weekly review earlier in the year (ill-fated – it was too time-consuming to produce that depth of information on a weekly basis from scratch) the plan is to write a briefer weekly ‘editorial’, highlighting new or interesting birds in the county (both rarities and changes in the commoner birds), along with any other information or comment which needs to be passed along or that seems interesting enough.

 

New birds this week centred on a rather obliging White-rumped Sandpiper at St Gothian Sands LNR, Gwithian – the first in the county since 3 together on the Hayle in November 2013 (with 2 others earlier in that autumn) and the 23rd White-rumped Sandpiper overall for the county. This cracking little bird has been showing very well, and certainly proving a popular draw for local as well as visiting birders. It’s been a fair autumn for American vagrants, this being the 8th yank shorebird of the year (if the Hudsonian Whimbrel from earlier in the year is included), but not touching on the epic year of 2011 quite yet (the reservoirs having underperformed this year – high water levels presumably playing a part.)

The other main birding event this week seems to be the national influx of Hawfinches really having kicked off in Cornwall as the week has progressed, with overflying birds, small groups and flocks at a number of locations. A notable (description required) county bird, with only c180 previous records, the last major national influx was reported as being in 1978, when 8 reached the county (with good numbers on the Scillies too). Since then there have been notable occurences of Hawfinch in Cornwall in 1988 and 1993 (high single figures) with 18 in 2005 and then 19 in 2008. Almost half of the previous records were recorded in the month of October.

It seems that at least 87 have been seen in the county so far this week although a large proportion do seem to have been flyovers at one site.

Although temperatures haven’t really dropped yet, autumn has really kicked off with the first big influxes of winter thrushes – as with the Hawfinches, most of the big numbers were seen on visible migration (viz mig), with 2252 Redwing recorded from the university at Penryn on the 27th, with a scattering of other species seen, such as the first Fieldfares, Brambling and Siskin, and large Woodpigeon flocks passing through on their way, presumably, to wintering grounds in south western Europe.

The other new birds recorded in Cornwall for the year were Olive-backed Pipit on the Lizard and a Radde’s Warbler at Nanjizal – both good quality eastern vagrants, the former the first since 2014 and the 14th for the county, the latter the 17 or 18th, with birds in 2014 and 2015. There was an unconfirmed report of a Twite from the beach at Chapel Porth – quite the rarity in Cornwall, with only 10 previous records (some of multiple birds), and without further information perhaps seems an unlikely occurence, with the last accepted record being back in 1988.

A Red-throated Pipit was the only BBRC rarity reported this week, with one briefy at Lower Bosisto. Good scarcities and county rarities included Ortolan (1 or 2 overflying Cape Cornwall), Common Rosefinch and 2 blythi Lesser Whitethroats at Nanjizal, up to 3 Richard’s Pipits and the Short-toed Lark near Porthgwarra and a couple of Wryneck in the far west of the county. Moving slightly east there was a juv Rose-coloured Starling at Marazion Marsh (along with a leucistic Starling), and there was an American Golden Plover over Lizard Village. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Rame Head at the beginning of the week, and a Glossy Ibis was at Chapel Amble. The Ring-necked Duck from last week continued to show at Dozmary, with a Long-tailed Duck and a female Scaup discovered in the vicinity on the 25th – both good birds anywhere in Cornwall. Two Quail on the Lizard were an unusual late record.

Finishing off the scarcer birds, a couple of Spoonbill continued to show well and a mobile Great White Egret was seen in the west of the county. The Purple Heron was not reported, and no Cattle Egrets either.

A few Swallows continued to be reported, with Wheatears, a single House Martin and a late Common Redstart the remnants of summer perhaps. The Firecrest invasion seems to have slown down marginally, but still plenty of birds about, with 9 at Maenporth on the 26th, and Yellow-browed Warblers perhaps starting to settle slightly too.

Following on from the first Whooper Swan of the year last week, the corpse of an adult Whooper Swan was found on the tide line at Gwithian, with live birds also seen elsewhere.

 

Those who follow us on twitter (@cbwps1, or viewable from the link to the right, heaven forbid) should have picked up that the number of species recorded in the county has broken through the 290 barrier for the year so far. It looks as if we are set to experience a record-breaking year in the county, with the previous best having been 2011 when 293 species were recorded in the county. If the various birds which have been reported (and are as yet unconfirmed) are included, the number is already fast approaching 300 – see here for the current county yearlist on the website.

With 16 new additions already for October, what will November bring? Are there even any possible new additions left?!

The autumn Palores magazine is now out – all members should have received their copy by now.  Don’t forget that if you subscribe to the digital (paperless) copy this will save the society a considerable sum in publishing and postage costs – some hundreds of our members already do so. Please consider if you haven’t done so already.

Lastly, as per the daily sightings page, you will have noted that there are a number of rare birds (both national and at county level) which were seen in the county for which no description has yet been submitted. Please check through – it would be a real shame if some of these quality birds remain unsubstantiated and fail to make BiC (Birds in Cornwall) or the county record. If you require help or assistance please contact the county recorder recorder@cbwps.org.uk

As usual, if you have any comments or suggestions please email webmaster@cbwps.org.uk  or bird-news@cbwps.org.uk

Dan Chaney, 29/10/17

Saturday 28th October 2017

Late news, 27/10, St Levan:  Ring Ouzel and 4 Firecrest, Dolphin sps offshore. (D Balmer)

Gwithian: 1w White-rumped Sandpiper still present on small pool at St Gothian Sands. (R Veal, B Bosisto, J St Ledger, R Loader, D Balmer et al)

White-rumped Sandpiper – John St Ledger

White-rumped Sandpiper – Mashuq Ahmad

St Ives: Snow Bunting at West Cornwall golf course. (S Turner)

Sancreed: 2 Hawfinch east, c500 Redwing, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Goldcrest. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: 3 Black Redstart, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (Doctor’s Garden), 7 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 6 Fieldfare, 14 Skylark, 3 Med Gull. (D Flumm) 3 Black Redstart (coastguard cottages), 8 Brambling, 9 Siskin, 3 Firecrest, 4 Stock Dove, 10 Fieldfare. (R Veal, B Bosisto) Still one Richard’s Pipit flying around, N of the wall, plus Short-eared Owl on the moor. (M Wallace) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (car park), 2 Brambling, 6 Fieldfare, 3 Black Redstart, 4 Firecrest. (B Field) 7+ Firecrest, 12 Goldcrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap and 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker between 60ft Cover and car park. (DK Parker)

Black Redstart – Brian Field

Dozmary Pool: 1 male Ring-necked Duck, 1 female Scaup, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Pochard, 26 Tufted Duck. (D Eva, P Stidwill, D Balmer) Also 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (D Balmer)

Long-tailed Duck – Phil Stidwill

Treverva: 500 Woodpiegon over south, 6 Song Thrush. (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir: 39 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 6 Tufted Duck. (D Chaney)

Sennen: 1 Merlin, 1 Common Gull, 10 Snipe, 12 Lapwing. (R Veal, B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill, c70 Med Gull, 5 Shelduck. (R Veal, B Bosisto) 116 Med Gull (D Balmer) Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill, 4 Black-tailed Godwit. (J St Ledger, R Loader)

Black-tailed Godwit – John St Ledger

Crowlas: 530 Redwing over in just 15 minutes this morning. (R Veal)

Devoran: 25 Hawfinch (22+1+2), 10 Bullfinch, 1000s Redwing & Woodpigeon viz mig. (S Votier)

Cot Valley: 1 Short-eared Owl over being mobbed by c100 Meadow Pipit, 5 Fieldfare, 50 Lapwing, 14 Chough. (M&F Jones)

Nanquidno: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Snipe. (M&F Jones)

Kenidjack: 4+ Firecrest near the sewage works. (M&F Jones) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 6 Firecrest. (C Urquhart)

Kingsmill Lake: 150+ Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Snipe, Greenshank, Redshank, Dunlin, many Canada Geese. (K Baum)

St Just in Roseland: Great White Egret at 10:30 flew from Carrick Roads over headland E towards St Antony Head, 9 Cirl Bunting in hedges fringing winter barley patch, 2 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch, juv Gannet over Carrick Roads & 1 Redwing. (JH&K Dalziel)

Praa: 1 Black Redstart still. (R Teague)

Widemouth Bay: 10+ Oystercatcher, 3 Stonechat and 1 Kestrel. (H Wilkins)

Torpoint: 8 Shoveler, 1 Great Northern Diver in summer plumage, 4 Brent Goose, 500+ Wigeon, 10+ Dunlin, 30+ Redshank. (C Buckland)

Penryn: 1300 Redwing and first Fieldfare of the autumn at Tremough Campus. (C Urquhart)

Sennen: 1 Richard’s Pipit. (C Urquhart)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 15,000+ Starling flew in to roost. (C Urquhart) 17 Med Gull, 6 Black-headed Gull, 28 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Great Black-backed Gull on Longrock Pool this afternoon. (DK Parker) Rose-coloured Starling again. (P Roseveare)

Colliford Lake: 4 Yellow-legged Gull this afternoon. (D Balmer)

Lower Bosistow: 1 Red-throated Pipit this morning before flying towards Skewjack, but not relocated. Also 3 new Yellow-browed Warbler. (J Ryan)

Trevilley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Trevilley Farm. (L Proctor)

Lizard Point: 7 Brambling, 12 Siskin over. 2 Ring Ouzel and 3 Fieldfare in Youth Hostel garden and 1 Hawfinch in trees above Wavecrest Cafe. (I Maclean)

Old Lizard Head: 1 Lapland Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting, 25 Skylark, 6 Fieldfare. (I Maclean) 1 Little Bunting. (T Blunden)

Housel Bay: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 1 Redpoll, 5 Siskin (I Maclean)

Caerthillian: 1 Firecrest (I Maclean)

Kynance: 1 Wheatear (I Maclean)

Church Cove: 1 Mistle Thrush (I Maclean)

Chapel Amble: Glossy Ibis reported. (per A Langdon)

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Friday 27th October 2017

Charlestown: 2 (m+f) Blackcap in private garden. (D Hastilow – photo)

St Clements: juv Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 11 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher at Tresemple pool. (M Costa)

Porthgwarra: Gwennap Head 08:30-09:30: fem/imm Merlin, 930 Woodpigeon, 7 Skylark, 70 Meadow Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 9 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 250 Starling, 6 Brambling, 3 Siskin, 1280 Chaffinch, 4 Reed Bunting. Main valley: ad male Merlin, 44 Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Brambling (D Flumm) 2 Richard’s Pipit flew east and 1 Fieldfare on Gwennap Head, Yellow-browed Warbler in Middle Copse. (MD Wallace) 2 Richard’s Pipit, 29 Bullfinch, 1055 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 2 Firecrest, 15 Siskin, 3 Blackcap, 4 Black Redstart. (D Balmer, P Wilson)

Polgigga: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosistow Lane. (MD Wallace)

Gwithian: White-rumped Sandpiper still present in the morning. (A Neil, D Eva, A McKechnie, J Chapple et al)

White-rumped Sandpiper – Alex McKechnie

White-rumped Sandpiper – John Chapple

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill, 6 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 female Pintail, 5 Brambling flew west (D Eva) Also Whooper Swan, 88 Canada Geese, 1 Spotted Redshank and 78 Lapwing this afternoon. (DK Parker)

Whooper Swan – Dave Parker

Devoran: 25 Hawfinch, 7 Brambling, 12 Bullfinch, Redpoll, 1000s Redwing & Woodpigeon. (S Votier)

Crugmeer: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Kestrel, 500+ Chaffinch, 5 Corn Bunting and 500+ Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Rame: 1 Yellow Browed Warbler, 3+ Black Redstart,1 Wheatear present for 3rd day,
4+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest. (D Allan) Also 1 Common Redstart, 2 Brambling, 1 Ring Ouzel, 6+ Siskin, 8+ Blackcap, 20+ Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare. (D Clegg)

Nanjizal: 145 birds ringed including 34 Blackcap, 31 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, 8 Firecrest, Reed Warbler, 17 Siskin and blythi type Lesser Whitethroat. (K Wilson, B Porter) Also Common Rosefinch, Hawfinch, Ring Ouzel, 6 Brambling, 35 Fieldfare & 150+ Redwing. (B Porter)

Clapper Pools: 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Teal, 4 Moorhen, 26 Canada Goose, 47 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 2 Curlew, 20 Mallard, 24 Wigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Robin, 1 Hawfinch, 12 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 4 Rook. (DI Julian)

Wadebridge: 4 Siskin over Dunveth Road late afternoon. (DI Julian)

Bolventor: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Buzzard. (DI Julian)

Dozmary Pool: 29 Tufted Duck, 1 male Ring-necked Duck, 1 female Long-tailed Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 165 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 75 Golden Plover, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Ruff, 430 Starling, 10 Jackdaw, 8 Raven, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Robin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 1 Dunnock, 10 Fieldfare flew north and 2 Stonechat. (DI Julian, B Craven) Also 2 Ruff with a small flock of Lapwing. (C Buckland)

Upper Fowey Valley: 2 Firecrest and 2 Willow Tit at Ninestones. (C Buckland)

Colliford Lake, Loveny Reserve: 16 Canada Geese, 10 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 2 Wigeon, 36 Lapwing, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 House Sparrow, 4 Skylark, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Stonechat and 2 Carrion Crow. (DI Julian, B Craven) 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 f Pintail,16 Snipe, 170 Golden Plover, 40+ Lapwing. (C Buckland)

Siblyback Lake: 2 Yellow-legged Gull (single first and second winter), 77 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 7 Cormorant, 254 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Little Grebe, 26 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 female Scaup, 9 Coot, 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 80 Starling, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Skylark, 1 Raven, 1 Siskin, 1 Stonechat, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Chaffinch, 5 Robin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 6 Magpie, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Carrion Crow, 23 Rook, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 5 Wren, 10 Meadow Pipit. (DI Julian)

Hannafore Beach, Looe: Eider drake close inshore calling and appeared to be displaying to a group of Herring Gulls. (P Wilkins)

Pendeen Watch: Black Redstart on roof of Old Count House (opp Pendeen Lighthouse) at 14:30. (G Barlow)

Penryn Campus: 2252 Redwing, 4 Hawfinch, 2 Firecrest, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Little Egret, 7 Siskin, 2 Curlew, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 808 Wood Pigeon, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Jay, 25+ Song Thrush, 40+ Chaffinch and 4 Meadow Pipit. (T Phelps, C Urquhart)

Lizard area, Lizard Point: Olive-backed Pipit under tamarisks in Youth Hostel garden 08:30 but no further sign. Flying over during morning were 100s of Wood Pigeon and Starling, 7 Stock Dove, Brambling, Siskin, 3 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare. Caerthillian: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler. Old Lizard Head area: 30 Skylark in stubble field, 1 Wheatear, 2 Firecrest, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Lapwing over. Lizard village: 3 Black Redstart, Whinchat. Housel Bay: 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap. Church Cove: 3 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap. Mullion: 1 Firecrest. (D Collins)

Crows-an-Wra: 1 Dartford Warbler. (J Thompson)

Dartford Warbler – Joe Thompson

Stithians Reservoir, cut-off hide: 3 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (all on feeders). Also 1 Kingfisher, 4 Teal. Stuart Hutchings hide: 14 Lapwing, 8 Curlew, 4 Snipe, 11 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler. (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Reed Bunting, Firecrest and Goldcrest – Steve Williams

Kenidjack: 9 Hawfinch at 09:30 feeding briefly in Hawthorns at eastern end of valley before circling and moving off southwest. (P Clarke) 2 Firecrest, 2 Siskin. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Mistle Thrush over, 2 Swallow, 30+ Greenfinch. 1 drk Common Scoter offshore. (R Veal)

Falmouth: 1 male Blackcap in private garden. (E Tackley)

Newlyn: 1 Kingfisher on rocks and 2 Grey Wagtail at mouth of Newlyn River. Also 1 Tawny Owl heard this evening. (T Mills)

Sennen: Short-toed Lark again this afternoon in Escalls field. (R Butts, P St Pierre) Also 1 Wheatear. (R Butts) 3 Richard’s Pipit in field with long grass behind the school, 2 flew towards Trevorrian Pool. (P St Pierre, S Cox, P Kemp)

RSPB Scillonian III Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 Eider, 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 44 Gannet, 58 Kittiwake, 183 Guillemot, 69 Razorbill, 156 Auk sp, 4 Harbour Porpoise. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Common Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 37 Kittiwake, 7 Gannet, 16 Razorbill, 5 Auk sp, 23 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Common Dolphin, 1 Tuna. Wolf Rock to Scilly: 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Kittiwake, 7 Gannet, 1 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 23 Auk sp,1 Goldcrest. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 1 Great Skua, 14 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 2 Auk sp. (M Elliott and DA Conway)

Tregonetha Downs: 21 Snipe, 3 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Yellowhammer singing at 21:15. (S Grose)

Lizard: American Golden Plover flew over Lizard village at 13:50.

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