College and Argal Bird Walk 18th November 2018

It was a nice dry autumn day for our CBWPS/SWLT joint bird walk at College and Argal Lakes on Sunday. The group ranged from seasoned bird watchers to people trying it for the first time, which was great. The walk took us all the way round Argal and along the pathway into the College Lake Nature Reserve, covering a whole range of habitats – woodland, open water, grassland, farmland and willow carr. With the help of CBWPS expert Dan Chaney, we identified over 40 species including some nice ducks and waterfowl such as Wigeon, Pochard and Great Crested Grebe, as well as woodland favourites and even an elusive Yellow-browed Warbler.

The walk even made the local press: falmouthpacket -bird-walk-at-argal-and-college-reservoirs

Thanks to everyone who came along, we will definitely be running something similar next year.

All Photos: Barbara Selles

College & Argal Bird Walk 18th Nov 2018 – Full Species List

Beth Cross, Dan Chaney 16/12/18

Sunday 16th December 2018

Late photo, 15/12, Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ring-billed Gull. (M Halliday)

Ring-billed Gull, Mark Halliday

Ring-billed Gull, Mark Halliday

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Temminck’s Stint, 1 Goldeneye, 1 hybrid white goose with 200 Canada Geese (D Eva) also 1 Peregrine. (B.Toms, M. Curtis)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Caspian Gull (same Polish ringed bird as two days ago, with a limp), 1 2w Iceland Gull, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 drk Goosander, 1 Spoonbill, 15+ Common Gull. (M Halliday, R Veal, R Wilkins, R Augarde, B Mellow et al)

CaspianGull, MikeSpicer

Argal Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Tufted Duck (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 1 Scaup, 1 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 73 Coot, 38 Wigeon (D Eva)

Carbis Bay: 14 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 50+ Shag. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Wilkins, R Veal)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 22 Purple Sandpiper. Lidden area: 1 Black Redstart on roof. (T Mills)

Portreath, Cambrose: 1 Dipper. (T.Polglase)

Carharrack:  1 Redpoll in private garden. (W Chegwidden)

Lesser Redpoll, Warren Chegwidden

Lesser Redpoll, Warren Chegwidden

Delabole: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin from coastal path above Tregardock Beach. (S Grose)

Gurnard’s Head: 1 m Hen Harrier

Men-an-Tol: 2m + 1f Hen Harrier. (D Parker)

Ludgvan: 20 Brambling with Redwing at Castle Gate.

Trevone Bay: 2 Chough, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Curlew, large flock of Linnets. (S Grose)

Newquay Bay: 25 Kittiwake. (D Grose)

Kennack Sands: Partial albino Rock Pipit on the beach feeding on seaweed still. (F Trewin)

Lostwithiel private garden: up to 6 Siskin now regular on feeders. 1 Marsh Tit also regular on feeders. (E Mayhew)

Lanner Green: Tawny Owl calling, (R Hampshire)