Monday 15th October 2018

Late news, 11/10, Porthleven: Wholly unconfirmed report. “I had been watching for about twenty minutes at the feeding frenzy which was taking place in front of me and I suddenly saw quite a few gannets arrive  and were diving into the shoal of bait fish which by now was about 150 metres long and  about 80 metres from the beach. I was then quite amazed to see three frigatebirds arrive and start feeding by skimming the water. I am sure that my report will seem quite unbelievable, but I watched them for about fifteen minutes through my binoculars.  Their distinctive wing shape and forked tail first attracted my attention.  Through my binoculars I could clearly see their markings, a dark body with white head, a black bar across the chest below the wings and a white belly. The beak was straight with a hooked end.  I was exceptionally surprised to see them as I know that the nearest we could find them is the Caribbean or Florida.I watched them until the shoal of bait fish disappeared, when they and the gannets flew southward towards the Lizard.” (L Truswell)

Land’s End: Grey Catbird still present to 18:10 at least, but skulking. (finder G Mitchell) The bird was in a line of small willows at cSW352252 view only from NE side. Please stay on Treve Common, accessed along the footpath from Trevescan. All other surrounding fields are private and the landowner has politely but firmly asked birders to keep off. We will try and negotiate access tomorrow if necessary. A field has been opened for parking c40 metres on the right beyond the junction with the B3315, or use Land’s End car park the roads are too narrow and busy for safe on road parking and are mostly double yellows. Don’t be tempted to cut across the field, walk back to the junction and follow the track to the north onto Treve Moor and turn left to the bottom corner. Also be aware there are likely to be overnight road closures on the A30 beyond Penzance, expect diversions.

Grey Catbird – John Miller

Nanjizal: 1 Golden Plover, 2 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 60 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Firecrest, 1 Penduline Tit, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Swallow, 2 Chough. Penduline Tit heard this morning only   ( K Wilson , J Ryan , B Bosisto)

Brew: Short-toed Lark in stubbles to SW of pool, also 2 Whinchat and 10 Snipe. (M Elliott P St Pierre)

Scillonian Crossing: 1 Sabine’s Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope and 1 Sooty Shearwater.

Polgigga: 1 Wryneck at Higher Bosistow.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 13 Canada Goose, 1 Water Pipit. (D Flumm)

Water Pipit – Dave Flumm

Water Pipit – Dave Flumm

Porthgwarra & St Levan: 7 Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Firecrest, 3 Brambling, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Redwing, 32 Blackcap plus several Song Thrushes dropping in. (M Wallace)

Kenidjack: 3 Black Redstart (1 male), 6 Chough, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 15 Siskin, 2 Redwing and 4 Goldcrest. (Oriole Birding)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 9 Crossbills over towards Cape Cornwall. (T Humpage)

Land’s End: Yellow-browed Warbler and Merlin south of the car park. (M Elliott P St Pierre)

Rame: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Black Redstart and 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field until 10:52 when it flew to the main estuary. (P Ash)

Spoonbill – Paul Ash

Spoonbill – Paul Ash

Par: 2 Firecrest  in private garden at Boscundle at 12:30. (I Stewart)

Pendeen Watch: 2 Brent Geese,  2,000+ Guillemot/Razorbill, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver and 140 Common Scoter 10:00 – 12:00. (R Warren) 2 Black Redstarts and 1 Wheatear west of the lighthouse at 14:00. (T Humpage)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 ad winter Dunlin, 69 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 Little Egret at 12 noon. Promenade: 1 juv Sandwich Tern, 1 1w Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Heron and 3 (2 ad + 1 juv) Mute Swan. (T Mills) Lidden area: 1 Sparrowhawk over at 08:00. (T Mills)

Newquay: 1 Chough (no rings) at Towan Head at 11:30. (D Grose)

Boscastle: Grey Wagtail in a private garden. (F Edwards)

Penzance, Wherrytown: Male Eider in full summer plumage enjoying the company of Great Black-backed Gull. (R Fox)

Hawkers Cove: 3 Raven, 3 Skylark, 1 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 1 Short Eared Owl at 18:00. (S Grose)

Trelow Downs: 1 Barn Owl at 18:20. (S Grose)

Kelynack: 2 Lapwing, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff and a probable Vagrant Emperor but insufficient flight only views. (D Flumm)

Porth Joke: 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit. (S Rowe)

Cawsand: 4 adult Mediterranean Gull in winter plumage on rocks off beach. (R Smaldon)

Illogan: Hummingbird Hawk Moth in private garden feeding on honeysuckle. (J Baker)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, Redwings heard overhead, 2 Snipe, (S Grose)

Cubert Common: 1 Barn Owl,  Redwings heard overhead at 22.30. (S Grose)

DKP/TDM