August 2017 Cait Hutchings

It is with great sadness that we learn of the sudden passing of Cait Hutchings, former CBWPS Board Member, a popular figure and well-known to many in Cornwall birding circles. Our best wishes are with her family and close friends at this time.

Cait’s funeral will take place on Monday 21st August at 11am at Penryn Methodist Church, followed by burial with Stuart and a wake to be held at the Thirsty Scholar pub, in West Street not far from the Methodist Church.

Cait’s family wish there to be no black worn at the funeral; family flowers only please; and donations if desired to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Please note that there isn’t a huge amount of parking space in Penryn. The main central car park accessed from St Gluvias Street (left beside the Town Hall) gets pretty full. There is more parking further afield: one car park on Commercial Road behind Mill Autos; a few spaces on the quay; and if you’re lucky a few spaces along Commercial Road itself. I should think there’s little chance of getting a space in the tiny car park in Saracen Way, just beside the Church, and even if there are spaces there please leave them for family members.

I’m sure the funeral will be well attended, so please double up on cars whenever possible, and allow plenty of time in case you have to park at a distance from the Church.

It may make sense for those travelling from further afield to meet up at the petrol station end of Asda car park for car-sharing into Penryn itself. Non-residents parking may also be available in Penryn.

July 2018 Vic Simpson

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Vic Simpson, pioneering wildlife vet and long-standing Society member. Vic was well known internationally and will be remembered in the birding community for his work in identifying the link between discarded lead fishing weights and swan mortality, as well many other ground-breaking studies of mammal deaths such as the carrying out of cetacean post-mortems. The Society offers its condolences to family and friends. Vic’s funeral will take place at Penmount Crematorium on August 13th at 2pm.

Oct 2018 Terry Hasdell

We are saddened to hear of the recent passing of a stalwart of the Cornwall birding scene, Terry Hasdell. Our thoughts are with Margaret, family and friends

 

Wednesday 31st October 2018

Late news 29 Oct: Nanjerrick Court, Allet: Barn Owl at dusk (T Wilson).

Late news, 30/10, Trevean: Lesser Whitethroat by the pool. (S Stanbury)

Late photo, 29/10, Trevilley Farm:

Lesser Redpoll, Linton Proctor

Late photos, 30/10:

Osprey, Hayle – Mashuq Ahmad

Yellow-browed Warbler, Probus – Mashuq Ahmad

Nanjizal: American Buff-bellied Pipit still present to the south of the valley also 1 Little Bunting and 6 Woodlark. Please keep to public rights of way. (K Wilson)

Wadebridge: 16 Cattle Egret still in field opp Trewornan Bridge this morning. (S Grose) Also Great White Egret flew towards Walmsley Sanctuary. (P Locker)

St Clement: 4 Cattle Egret at Menadews Farm in lower field. (M Costa)

Millbrook: 18 Cattle Egret with cattle in fields south of the churchyard. (B Taggart)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 1 Pectoral Sandpiper briefly, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Cattle Egret, 2 Whooper Swan, 100+ Canada Geese, 25 Golden Plover, 1 Sparrowhawk. (A Piper)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Temminck’s Stint, 10 Wigeon, 12 Little Grebe. (D Collins)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2w Caspian Gull Long Rock Pool then Marazion beach. (M Ahmad) Also 4 Tufted Duck & 2 Goldeneye. (D Parker)

2w Caspian Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

2w Caspian Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Burniere: 2 Whooper Swan (from Walmsley), 1 Kingfisher, 1000+ Golden Plover, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Greenshank, 4 Red-legged Partridge. (A Piper)

Land’s End: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Redpoll, 7 Reed Bunting, 200 Chaffinch, 7 Brambling, 1 Merlin. (P St Pierre M Elliott)

Porthgwarra: (vismig 0715-0915) 1 Grey Heron, 2 Snipe, 166 Stock Dove, 5 Woodpigeon, 121 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 20 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 416 Chaffinch, 10 Brambling, 7 Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting all coasting south then east, none out to sea. In area: 1 Merlin, c400 Jackdaw circling, 2 Chough. (D Flumm)

Jackdaws – Dave Flumm

Sennen/Brew: 9 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 35 Lapwing, 32 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin. (D Flumm)

Newquay: Snow Bunting on Newquay Golf Course for it’s third day. (D Kendle)

Snow Bunting – Dan Kendle

Croft Pascoe Wood: 21 Crossbill. Very active over entire length of central belt of trees until 09.40, then left the wood East towards Trelan. (G Adams L Proctor)

St Just: 6 Crossbill flew northeast at 09:10. (N Wheatley)

Boscregan: Small (40+) movement of Chaffinches southeast. (N Wheatley)

Cot Valley: 1 Firecrest. (N Wheatley)

Penzance: 8 Purple Sandpiper on Lighthouse Pier. Adult winter Curlew Sandpiper briefly on Wherrytown beach but flushed by walkers. (L Proctor) Also 3 Eider in harbour area. (A McKechnie)

Curlew Sandpiper, Linton Proctor

Eider, Alex McKechnie

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. (D Cains)

Tregeseal Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler 200m south of Old Foundry and another at bottom of valley, 6 Woodlark over SW at 08:45. (M McNaghten)

Newquay: 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Brent Goose on Gannel Estuary and at 12:00; 1 Great Skua off Towan Head with 2 Chough nearby. (D Grose)

Rock: 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 5 Raven over, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull from private garden. (S Grose)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Mute Swan, 250+ Canada Geese, 37 Coot, 3 Shoveler, 2 female Scaup, 1 drake Goosander, small numbers of Wigeon and Teal. (H Kendall)

Helston: Peregrine hunting over the boating lake. (J Foster)

Newquay, Trenance Gardens: 2 Tawny Owl calling at 05:30. (S Grose)

Maer Lake: 18 Canada Geese, 2 Wigeon,15 Teal, 7 Mallard,189 Golden Plover, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 300+ Starling, 3 European type Blackbird and 3 Fieldfare, between 14.00pm and 15.00pm. (N Bastin)

Goonhilly Downs: Red Kite flying south. (C Richards)

Cubert Common: 2 Tawny Owl calling at 20.00hrs.(S Grose)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 31 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan, 46 Canada Goose, 12 Shelduck, 20 Mallard, 95 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 13 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 100 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, c.2000 Golden Plover, 150 Lapwing, 45 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 46 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 45 Curlew, 210 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 75 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 105 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 2 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting. (M Scawen et al).

Siblyback Reservoir: 20 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Chaffinch, 8 Stonechat, 4 Wren, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Mistle Thrush. (R Napp)

Nanjerrick Court, Allet: Black Redstart all day from my office + Grey Wagtail and 20 Fieldfare. (T Wilson)

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