Monday 13th November 2017

Late news, 10/11, Falmouth: 1 Little Auk reported adjacent to pontoon off Falmouth Maritime Marina. (J Draper)

Porthilly Point:1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 56 Dunlin (S Grose)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter and 2 Long-tailed Duck still present, together with 5 Common Scoter, 18 Great Northern Diver and a Black-throated Diver. (A Payne, B Dodd)

Marazion: 1 Pacific Diver off Longrock car park with 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 10 Teal. (M McKee)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 2 Stonechat, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Ringed Plover on Swanpool Point, 36 Shag offshore, Swanpool: 1 Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrect, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap Swanvale: 2 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch. (D Chaney)

Rumps/Pentire Head: 2 Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard (S Marquis)

Charlestown: 2 Redwing ( D Hastilow)

Truro: 1 Redwing in the garden. (D Jenkins)

Bartinney: 1 Short-eared Owl. (C Moore)

Nanjizal: 73 birds ringed, including 6 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, 11 Chiffchaff (3 tristis) 3 Blackcap, 5 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 1 Hawfinch. 1 Little Bunting flying around. (K Wilson, B Bosisto)

St Erth: 1 Mistle Thrush. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Estuary, Lelant Saltings: 1 Black Swan, 8 Mute Swan, 26 Oystercatcher, c150 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Rover, c220 Lapwing, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 4 Snipe and 43 Mediterranean Gull. (MJ Spicer)

Dozmary Pool: Ring-necked Duck still.

Lamorna Cove: 1 Lapland Bunting. Also 1 Water Pipit. (M McKee)

Millbrook: 3 Black Redstart behind the Methodist Chapel.

St Issey: A flock of Fieldfare and Redwing feeding on hawthorn. (R Hughes)

St Ives: 1 Barn Owl over road through Halsetown. (R Veal) Also 1w Glaucous Gull west past Porthgwidden at 1230.

Crowlas: 2100 Wood Pigeon, 1 Peregrine, 60 Fieldfare in 30 mins vismig. (R Veal)

Fowey: 30 Common Scoter 30 (groups of 15+15), 1 Great Northern Diver, 23 Common Dolphin (groups of 15+8), 8 Porpoise and 3 breaching Tuna on a Kayak trip up to 6 miles offshore. (R Kirkwood)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 23 Purple Sandpiper, 19 Ringed Plover, 42 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 12 Common Scoter. (M McKee) 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 12 Great Northern Diver, 15 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Common Scoter (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Crows-en-Wra: 300 Golden Plover, 25 Lapwing, 1 Brambling, 2 Mistle Thrush. (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Trevilley: 2 Little Bunting, 1 Tree Pipit, 25+ Brambling, 20 Reed Bunting,  1 leucistic Chaffinch, Chough, 4 Fieldfare, 60 Golden Plover, 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff. (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Helford River from Bosloe Beach: 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gull. On a rising tide. (J St Ledger)

Lower Tamar Lake this morning: 3m Goosander, 11 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, c50 Black-headed Gull, 5 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Snipe, 1f Stonechat, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 10 Moorhen. (R Mudge)

Probus: 1 Peregrine, 1 Firecrest, 1 Grey Wagtail and at least 600 Woodpigeon plus a Chiffchaff. (BR Field)

Sennen Cove: Adult Yellow-legged Gull on Cowloe. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare) Also Little Egret in the harbour this morning.

St Just: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (N Wheatley)

Boswednack: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Skylark over.

Stithians Reservoir: 6+ Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Coal Tit, numerous Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk, Kingfishers seen from both hides, plenty of Chaffinch, Great Tits and Blue tits. (S Williams,  J.Hicks and T. Simcock-Edie)

Kingfisher, Stephen Williams

Kingfisher, Stephen Williams

Kingfisher, Stephen Williams

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Lizard Seawatching for Beginners – Saturday 4th Nov 2017

Saturday 4th November 2017 – 8am to 10am.

A stiff off-shore North-Westerly is one of the worst wind directions for the Lizard but during migration wind plays less of a factor and it is still often well worth sea watching whatever the weather. With NW winds passage however does tend to be more distant and dispersed. This did not stop a good turnout of keen attendees.

Off-shore activity was mainly in the form of small numbers of passing auks (Guillemot and Razorbill) Gannets and Kittiwake. Divers are just beginning to appear more regularly for the winter with both Red-throated and Great Northern seen. A small number of Balearic Shearwater where the only shearwaters recorded although Sooty and Manx have both been seen recently.  A few Mediterranean gulls were feeding offshore with Kittiwake flocks and two birds sat on the reef with the usual Herring Lesser and Great Black-backs. A Wigeon was another uncommon offshore observation.

A trickle of visible migration also occurred overhead, flocks of Jackdaw and Woodpigeon, small groups and individuals of Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit and Rock Pipit. Of note was a single Lapland Bunting, calling as it went over west. Also a flock of Long-tailed Tit….these are uncommon at the point, but there have been quite a few migrating flocks in the past week or so. Sometimes these can be heard well before seeing often way up in the sky, a place you don’t often see or expect them.

10 or so hardy souls braved the elements to make this event.

Tony Blunden, Nov 6th

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