Field Meeting Red Moor 12th May

Ten Society and CWT members took an easy stroll round the Northern end of Red Moor in mid-May. Despite the threat of a shower, the weather remained fine although a brisk breeze took the edge off temperatures. We gathered to the sound of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, with a Song Thrush singing loudly in the background. Once on the reserve, a Grey Heron flew off a newly created pond – not a common bird on Red Moor so this was a good start. Despite the slow start to Spring, Willow Warblers were abundant with at least 16 singing males and their sweet sound was with us throughout the walk. Pausing in a clearing, we were rewarded by the clear song of a Garden Warbler, but despite best efforts we didn’t manage to see it. Just a few yards further on a male Yellowhammer sang and showed very well at close range, and there were two other males holding territory.

Moving through the wet willow scrub, we heard and saw a Treecreeper. But the highlight came soon after that when, just below Helman Tor, we saw a pair carrying food. We paused here, and a scolding Marsh Tit entered its nest, offering us great views of Treecreeper and Marsh Tit together! Dave Thomas returned the following day to take some superb photos of the birds. A male Reed Bunting called behind us and, as we walked back, two Mistle Thrush flew over – another less common bird for the area.

Marsh Tit and Treecreeper – Dave Thomas

Although some signature species such as Whitethroat, Cuckoo and Grasshopper Warbler didn’t feature on the day, we recorded a total of 32 species which is a good number for two and half hours on this site.

Phil McVey, 19th June

Monday 16th July 2018

Late news, 10/7, St Day: Presumed escaped male Golden Pheasant (2cy?) in a private garden. (R Ryder)

Golden Pheasant – Rebecca Ryder

Late news 15/7, Gwennap Head, Porthgwarra: 166 Storm Petrels caught overnight 14th-15th, including birds from Calf of Man, Devon, Skokholm, Cape Clear and Lizard. (M Grantham)

Late news, 15/7, Mousehole: Roseate Tern with 5 Common Tern 2 miles south of Mousehole from the Mermaid II Minnack trip. (M Elliott)

Late news, 15/7, Sennen Cove: 18 Mediterranean Gulls (10 ad; 3 1st/s; 5 juvs). (J Hawkey)

Late news, 15/7, Marazion Beach: 7 ad/s Dunlin, 1 ad Ringed Plover, 13  Mediterranean Gulls & 1f Common Scorer offshore in the evening. (J Hawkey)

Late news, 15/7, Gwithian: Med Gull on the beach. (G May)

Towan Head: Hundreds of Manx Shearwaters flying West from 06:30 – 07:00.(S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 36 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern on mussel crates until disturbed by water skiers. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret and 3 Grey Heron. (DK Parker)

West Pentire: 4 Storm Petrel and 300 Manx Shearwater mid morning. Also 3 Risso’s Dolphins. (J Spinks)

Goss Moor: 1 juvenile Willow Tit, 1 juvenile Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Garden Warbler, 29 Blackcap, 1 Sedge and 10 Willow Warbler. (P Roseveare)

Pendeen: Marsh Harrier flew out to sea at 10:50. (M Wallace)

Marazion: At least 58 Med Gulls on the beach and offshore. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 80+ hirundines (mostly Swallows) flew in at dusk. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 Green Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)

Green Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Lapwing, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Lower Tamar Lake: The three Great Crested Grebe nests have produced, one with 3 chicks the other with at least 2, the third nest is still occupied but is looking unlikely. (R Mudge)

Falmouth: c52 Crows in Montereys (Pine & Cypress) in a garden above Swanpool noted c19:15 – 30. Much commotion and probable ‘attack’ (feathers floating down) on one individual during gradual dispersal. (P Ensom)

Lowland Point, Nr Coverack: 1 probable Yellow-legged Gull (ad), 1 3Cy Herring Gull with yellow legs, c70 Mediterranean Gull (D.Beadle)

Lellizzick: 2 Barn Owl, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 released Grey Partridge with young. (S Grose)