Saturday 28th July 2018

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden loss of one of our long-standing members and contributors, Brian Field. Apart from his excellent birding skills he was a superb photographer and a “thoroughly nice bloke”. We shall all miss him greatly and our sincere condolences go to his wife and family.

Scillonian III Crossing: 1 Wilson’s Petrel reported “in Cornish waters” this evening.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers. Also one pair Great Crested Grebes and a single adult with a well-grown immature, 2 Grey Wagtail a dozen Swifts plus Swallows and House Martins. (R Butts, DK Parker) Both Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper still present in the evening in the NW arm, also 1 Stoat. (T Mills)

Pectoral and Wood Sandpipers, Tony Mills

Porthgwarra: 66 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater, 2 distant large shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, 1 Whimbrel, 200+ Mediterranean Gull and 2 Puffin by 12:00. (M Wallace, R Veal et al.) 72 Cory’s Shearwater by 13:30. (G Lawlor)

Trevose Head: 3 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 56 Kittiwake, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull,1 Black Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 10 European Storm Petrel. (B Bosisto)

Lizard Point: c90 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 9 Puffin, 4 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua past, 06:45-0930,  16:50-18:30 )T Blunden) Also 22 Balearic Shearwater, 10 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua and 10 Puffin.

Lamorna, Tater-Du Lighthouse: 3 Great Shearwater, 53 Cory’s Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua and 3 Puffin.

Pendeen (0945 – 1030): 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater; light passage of Manx; Kittiwakes; Fulmars & Gannets. (J Hawkey)

Towan Head, Newquay: 50+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 10+ Gannet, 1 Kittiwake all heading West between 16:00 & 17:00. (D Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 15 Mediterranean Gull (8 juv, 7 adult) between 07:30 & 09:30am.(S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe (3 juv now), 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): Wood Sandpiper still showing well this evening, also 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Lapwing and 3 Swift. (P Roseveare)

Crowlas: 1 Stock Dove over. (R Veal)

Penwithick: 2 Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (K.Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kevin Bowers

Bullfinch, Kevin Bowers

Castle An Dinas: 23 Lapwing overhead flying West, 1 Yellowhammer, Linnets, Skylarks, Stonechats, 7 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, also many Dragonfly species. (S Grose)

St. Germans: 3 full-grown L. Elephant Hawkmoth larvae – 2 brown, 1 green – on wiilow herb in garden. (A Blonden)

Maer Lake: 10-12 Mediterranean Gull (all juveniles, on and off throughout the day), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper. (S Gale)

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