Friday 19th October 2018

Late news 18/10, Porthcurno: 1 Black Redstart (roof of old coastguard cottages) at c 3.30. Male Firecrest, male Blackcap (plus many other passerines) in the sycamores in the corner of the carpark below the museum 5 – 5.30 pm. (P Carter)

Late News, Lizard, 17/10: Grey Wagtail near Lizard village. (R Jeffery)

Late news, 18/10, Lizard Peninsula: 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Yellow Wagtail ( M Pass )

Lands End: Grey Catbird still present this morning at Treve Common. Also 1 Raven, 1 Chough, 1 Kestrel, 1 Whinchat. (J Evans, T Mills, S Holloway, D Hatton) Also 1 Richard’s Pipit in off sea.

Grey Catbird Alex McKechnie

Grey Catbird, Mark Halliday

Walmsley Sanctuary: 15 Cattle Egret directly behind Tower Hide at 17.15.(S Grose)

Drift: 3 Ring-necked Duck (09:37-10:25 at least), 2 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 Snipe. (D Flumm, M Beevers)

Ring-necked Ducks, Dave Flumm

Nanquidno: Corncrake flushed at Boscregan near Nanquidno at 09:25, Vagrant Emperor dragonfly and 6 Red-veined Darters. (N Wheatley)

Porthgwarra: Little Bunting 9.30 at footpath ford, south end of 60 ft cover, flew into Quinoa field, not relocated.
5 Yellow-browed Warbler (3 at 60 ft cover, 1 north of Doctors Garden, 1 Coastguard Cottages gardens),
2 Black Redstart (Coastguard Cottages, 1 Porth Loe.)

Cot Valley: Black Redstart; 4 Yellow-browed Warbler; 2 Ring Ouzel; juv Common Rosefinch by Youth Hostel.

Hayle Estuary RSPB:  1 Great White Egret til 1230 only, 10 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill (on Ryan’s Field to 1400), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 53 Redshank , 3 Common Gull and 38 Mediterranean Gull. (M Beevers) Also 1 Kingfisher, 30 Golden Plover, Dunlin with many Redshank. (C Richards) Ryan’s Field: 1 Cormorant , 1 Spoonbill, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron. (K Bowers)

Spoonbill, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Polgigga: 1 juv Rosy Starling again at Lower Roskestal and later at Arden Sawah. Short-eared Owl this morning.

Penberth Cove: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Morwenstow: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler on north side in hedgerow along farm track.

Land’s End: 123 Skylark, 27 Siskin, 407 Redwing, 1 Redshank, 62 Goldfinch, 15+ Pied Wagtail, 23 Stock Dove, 2 Bullfinch, 82 Chaffinch, 1 Jay, 600 Starling, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, C Andrew)

Rock: c. 6 Stonechat, 1 Tree Pipit, c. 12 Meadow Pipits and at least 9 Whimbrel. (A Juliane)

St Mabyn: 2 Red-legged Partridge in a field between St Mabyn & Wadebridge and a Buzzard in roughly the same area (A Juliane)

Penzance, Lidden Area: 20+ Goldfinch coming to sunflower seed feeders, 1 Grey Wagtail on neighbour’s roof. (T Mills) Penwith College: 1-2 Yellow-browed Warbler calling at the college. (R Veal)

Crowlas (vismig 7:40-8:30): 389 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 84 Skylark, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Grey Wagtail, 47 Chaffinch, 1 Peregrine. (R Veal)

Sancreed: 100 Redwing, 10 Skylark, 1 Blackcap, 1 Grey Wagtail, later; male Ring Ouzel in village, 120 Redwing over and 60 Skylark west. (D Flumm)

Torpoint/St Johns lake: 1 Wheatear on foreshore below Chapel Down Road. (S Eddy)

Bissoe: 2 Red Kite along Bissoe cycle trail (F Bell)

Constantine: f/1st-w Black Redstart (J Chapman)

Siblyback Reservoir: 6 Grey Heron, 10Coot, 12 Tufted Duck, 4 Meadow Pipit,  2 Goldcrest, 1 Great-Spotted Woodpecker, Small Copper Butterfly. (R Napp)

Trevose Head: 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Merlin. ( B Bosisto L Payne )

Lizard Peninsula: 1 Short-eared Owl, 28 Stock Dove, 6 Wheatear ( M Pass )

Marazion Beach: 1 Water Pipit below sand dunes, 1w Common Gull, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Shelduck, 1 Wheatear. (R Veal)

Kenidjack: 1 Greenland Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 23 Blackbird. (D Flumm)

Marazion this afternoon at 1530 from the Long Rock Car park: 5-6 Great Northern Diver (three ads, two or three juveniles), 4 Common Scoter (two males), Shelduck and 7 Sanderling. (M Beevers, C Richards) Longrock Pool: Cetti’s Warbler. (C Richards)

Newquay, Trevemper Bridge:1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting in eucalyptus tree. (S Grose)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Water Rail, 1 Reed Bunting with the Linnet flock. (C Richards)

Lowertown Bridge, Helston: 2 Dipper, family of Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay. (a witheywood)

Carn Gloose: 5 Golden Plover, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Chough & 8 Long-tailed Tit. Vagrant Emperor mid afternoon half mile east of Bollowall Barrow successfully hawking flies. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

RSPB Scillonian III Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 drake Eider, 1 Common Scoter, c120 Gannet, 9 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Med Gull, 21 Herring Gull, 24 Great Black-backed Gull, 20 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 3 auk sp and 4 Skylark. Also 35+ Common Dolphin, 2 Harbour Porpoise and 3 Bluefin Tuna. ( T Blunden DK Parker) Wolf Rock to Hugh Town: 1 Manx Shearwater, 14 Gannet, c150 Shag, 1 Great Skua, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 41 Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Pied Wagtail. Also 1 Minke Whale, 3 Harbour Porpoise and c5 Bluefin Tuna. (T Blunden DK Parker) Hugh Town to Wolf Rock: 3 Mallard, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, c110 Gannet, c50 Shag, 21 Oystercatcher, c40 wader sp (in 1 flock), 1 Great Skua, 8 Black-headed Gull, 1 Med Gull, 18 Herring Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 2 Puffin. Also 1 Minke Whale, 3 Common Dolphin, 31 Harbour Porpoise and 2 Bluefin Tuna. (DK Parker) Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Manx Shearwater, 26 Gannet, 28 Cormorant, 7 Black-headed Gull, 1 Med Gull, c125 Herring Gull, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill and 10 auk sp.  Also 4 Harbour Porpoise. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: Black Redstart by the lighthouse.

djc/tdm

Field Meeting: Camel Trail 10th October

A warm and breezy autumn day for this weekly excursion led by the Fearless Foursome (pictured below, and see Field Meetings, page 14 in the autumn Palores magazine). Not an especially good day for birds as many had clearly chosen to hunker down out of the wind, and it was perhaps a bit early in the season for a really good tally of waders. But thirteen birdwatchers were present, the banter and the picnic stop being as integral to the fun as the Black-tailed Godwits, Greenshank, Grey Plover and the two Pintail lurking amongst the small flock of Wigeon.

Just as we were bemoaning the lack of raptors, a blue-grey apparition across the estuary was spotted -’our’ Peregrine—always a thrill. Another unidentified call, a drawn-out but faint squeaking, attracted much attention, but turned out to be a farm vehicle in bad need of a drop of oil!

Full sightings list, Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna:

17 Mute Swan, 215 Canada Goose, 3 Shelduck, 35 Mallard, 36 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 4 Red-legged Partridge,2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 15 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 65 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 45 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 120 Black-headed Gull, 170 Herring Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 9 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 150 Carrion Crow, 3 Starling, 9 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch.

Also 1 Large White, 1 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Copper butterflies.

 

Simon Marquis, 18th October