Tuesday 19th March 2019

Marazion: Pacific Diver with a Black-throated Diver reasonably close this morning, also 2 imm male Eider, 1 Mute Swan and 2 Canada Geese offshore. (S Rogers, DK Parker)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs showing well. (D Julian)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 32 Canada Geese, 2 Shoveler, 12 Teal, 5 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill on the main estuary from the causeway. (L Proctor, DK Parker)

Mawgan Porth: 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cettis Warbler, 1 Wheatear (B Bosisto , L Payne)

Tywardreath: 1 Eyed Ladybird in private garden (R. Barlow)

Tresillian: Spoonbill at Tresillian River this lunchtime. (D Julian)

Porthgwarra: Wheatear at Gwennap Head. (M Wallace)

Goss Moor: Willow Warbler at Tregoss.

Rinsey Head: 3 Black-throated Divers.

Porthpean: 54 Great Northern Diver and 16 Black-throated Diver. (D Julian)

Lizard Point: 2w Iceland Gull in sheep field by road.

Stithians Reservoir Walk 17th March 2019

SWLakes / CBWPS Cornwall Birds walk – Leaders Beth Cross and Dan Chaney

Firstly it should be stated that Stithians can be quite exposed and bleak in windy conditions. Secondly we are still in the aftermath of Storm Gareth… Thirdly apparently we are not – we’re now into Storm Hannah. So we were rather concerned that we would have to cancel or move to an alternative venue. However, the forecast the evening before was for sunshine in the morning, with rain in the afternoon, lighter winds in the morning but increasing in the afternoon. So it looked on! It had to be anyway, as there was apparently going to be one person possibly attending, as per a Facebook like on the SWLakes Facebook page …

The forecast on the day had changed however, as it usually does – with 80% chance of rain mid-morning. At around 9:30 at the Watersports Centre pretty heavy rain pelting down seemed ominous for the day. With 1, then 3 then 6 folk turning up it was decided that we would definitely go ahead, but concentrate on heading down the West side to the hides. To start with we headed back the other way to the Golden Lion Hide to see if the rain would ease off. Which it eventually did! We also recorded some birds – a Little Grebe, Coot and a pure white Aylesbury Duck. Coming out of the hide and we met another 4 participants and heard that another late couple had been looking to join us – we didn’t come across them but did gain one extra person later on, making a grand total of 11 (or 13 including ourselves). A distant bounding Great Spotted Woodpecker alighted in the trees at the back of the cutoff, which was nice as we regrouped.

And so to the walk proper – apart from a few showers and (mostly continuous) wind we managed to get away with it, and even enjoyed some bright sunshine for the second half. The Western side of the reservoir passes through some more sheltered wooded spots, and we connected with more birdlife. A stop for possible Adders under some corrugated iron (unsuccessful – wet mud the highlight) was good as we were able to hear and then see a distant Skylark hanging high above the clouds. We also saw a couple of jinkiing Snipe in flight and had some great views of a male Bullfinch alongside the path. Another highlight was a flock of 15 Fieldfare and 100 Starling rising up from behind a nearby farm, and another woodpecker species on a telegraph pole – a rather immobile Black Woodpecker and sadly just a lifesize model, put up presumably to dissuade their Great Spotted cousins from having a go at the wooden pole! After a short stretch on the road, and it wasn’t too long before we reached the hides. The wind was coming rather briskly into the Stuart Hutchings Hide but we were able to pick up a Great Crested Grebe and a subadult male Goldeneye not far out, with another 5 distant Goldeneye and a couple of Tufted Ducks amongst other commoner species. The Southern Hide proved productive on the passerine front, with up to 12 Chaffinch, a Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch and 5 Reed Buntings, including 1 rather smart male. It’s not that easy to catch up with this species randomly in Cornwall – Stithians is a good regular site locally. Another unexpected highlight was the arrival of a pair of Bullfinch on the closest feeder just outside the hide window – staying for a good couple of minutes and giving great views. A pair of Ravens above the opposite skyline entertained us too and wrapped up the excitement for this stage of the walk.

Male Bullfinches and Reed Bunting, CBWPS file photos (J St Ledger)

Time was marching on, and the party now split into two, with half continuing on around the reservoir to complete the round walk, the other half returning to the Watersports Centre or home. Highlights were a couple more brief Reed Buntings, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the water and a few windsurfers in trouble. Walking across the dam is always fun too. This side was windier, and certainly less birdy, but the sunshine was nice and it was a pleasant brisk walk back to the start point.

A very enjoyable morning around the Reservoir was had and it was great to get out there and see some familiar and new faces.

Dan Chaney, 17th March 2019

Full Species List –

1 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
3 Tufted Duck
4 Goldeneye
5 Pheasant
6 Little Grebe
7 Great Crested Grebe
8 Grey Heron
9 Little Egret
10 Cormorant
11 Buzzard
12 Moorhen
13 Coot
14 Snipe
15 Black-headed Gull
16 Herring Gull
17 Lesser Black-backed Gull
18 Rock Dove
19 Woodpigeon
20 Collared Dove
21 Great Spotted Woodpecker
22 Magpie
23 Jackdaw
24 Rook
25 Carrion Crow
26 Raven
27 Blue Tit
28 Great Tit
29 Skylark
30 Wren
31 Starling
32 Blackbird
33 Fieldfare
34 Song Thrush
35 Robin
36 House Sparrow (heard only)
37 Dunnock
38 Meadow Pipit
39 Chaffinch
40 Bullfinch
41 Greenfinch
42 Goldfinch
43 Reed Bunting

9 total views, 8 views today

Monday 18th March 2019

Late news, 17/3, Newquay: Short-eared Owl seen several times during the morning on Newquay golf course. (S Turner)

Coverack: 1 Pallas’s Warbler and 1 Firecrest still at sewage works. (S Reid)

Chapel Amble: 51 Cattle Egret this morning. (D Julian)

Millbrook: 1 Swallow over the lake mid afternoon, whilst 7 Cattle Egret still present at Stone Farm. (A Payne)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Cattle Egret again at Sellan Farm.

Lizard Point: Iceland Gull and 2 Black-throated Diver reported.

Penzance: 3 Sandwich Tern off the station. (M Elliott) Also 1 adult male Black Redstart, 16 Sanderling, 1 Rock Pipit, 8 Cormorant at 12:52. (M Webb)

Black Redstart – Martin Webb

Black Redstart – Martin Webb

Sanderling – Martin Webb

Rock Pipit – M Webb

Sennen: 3 White Wagtail. (K Wilson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Water Pipit in the SE corner, also 32 Canada Geese, 2 Shoveler and 1 Coot. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 3 imm male Eider and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker)

Cape Cornwall: juv Iceland Gull over fields off Cape Cornwall Road. Also 1 Puffin on the sea. (N Wheatley)

Lower Tamar Lake: c20 Sand Martin. (R Mudge)

Camel Estuary: 4 Whooper Swan still present off Burniere Point. (D Julian)

Gerrans Bay: 5 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck all close to beach. 45+ Divers – mixture of Black-throated and Great Northern, some in summer plumage though distant. Also one Grey Seal with large Wrasse. (J St Ledger)

Long-tailed Duck, John St Ledger

Great Northern Diver, John St Ledger

Grey Seal, John St Ledger

Grey Seal, John St Ledger

Lostwithiel, private garden: 2 Siskin, pair on feeders am. (E Mayhew)

Walmsley Sanctuary (Colonel Rhyves hide): 4 Gadwall, 16 Shoveler, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Coot, 2 Tufted Duck, 12 Sand Martin, 5 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

St Dennis: 2 Redwing this evening. (P Ash)


Sunday 17th March 2019

Late news, 16/3, Botallack: 1 Merlin flew over. (M Amos)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis, 7 Sand Martin, 2 Shoveler. (S&P Rogers, L Proctor) 1 Glossy Ibis, 2 (m & f) Shoveler, 2 Moorhen, 3 (2m 1f) Mallard, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard. (M Webb) 48 Canada Geese and 17 Teal early morning. (DK Parker)

Glossy Ibis – Steve Rogers

Glossy Ibis – Martin Webb

St Clement, Truro: 21 Cattle Egret in trees just S of car park, 1 Greenshank. (P Kemp)

Kelsey Head: 1 Wheatear. (C Stephenson)

Park Head: 1 Wheatear, 6 Stonechat, 12 Skylark. (D Eva)

Par Beach Pool: 10+ Sand Martin, 2 aythya hybrids and Blackbird nest feeding. (J Rance)

Goss Moor, St Dennis to Toad’s Hole: 2 Marsh Tit, 7 Bullfinch, 5 Wren, 5 Robin, 1 Jay, 2 Raven at the pylon nest site, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, plus good numbers of Blue and Great Tit. (P Ash)

Marsh Tit – Paul Ash

Truro River: 1 Spoonbill, 3 Greenshank, 46 Redshank, 19 Shelduck, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Grebe, 100+ Teal, 9 Greenfinch, 3 Siskin, 1m Blackcap, 1 Common Sandpiper between Tesco & Heron Inn. (S Grose)

Devoran Quay: 19 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose) 1 Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin, 64 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Curlew, c90 Teal, c20 Wigeon, c30 Common Gull. (P Kemp)

Cudden Point: male Black Redstart. (R Morris)

The Crowns, Botallack: male Black Redstart. (S Witts)

Black Redstart – Sean Witts

Stithians Reservoir: 6 Goldeneye, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Snipe, 15 Fieldfare, 7 Reed Bunting (5 at the feeders). (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 12 Sand Martin, 8 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 1 Kingfisher. (D Chaney)

Walmsley: 55+ Cattle Egret. (A Langdon) 1 Little Egret, 4 Tufted Duck, 15 Shoveler, 20+ Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Spoonbill, 8 Shelduck. (K Bowers)

Teal, Shoveler, Little Egret and Tufted Duck – Kevin Bowers

Penwithick: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blue Tit, 9 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Great Tit, 1 Pied Wagtail. (K Bowers)

Penzance: 2 Black Redstart by railway station and 1 (male) by Jubilee Pool. (M McKee)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Padstow: 75 Black-headed Gull, 10 Common Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (adult and 1st winter) in the roost tonight. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill still. (R Veal)

Cape Cornwall: Iceland Gull. (P Fraser)

Helston STW: Yellow-browed Warbler. (J Chapple)

Newlyn: 1 Wheatear at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Sennen: 1 Corn Bunting W of Costcutter. (K Wilson)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Cattle Egret, 3 Sand Martin. (R Augarde)

Porthgwarra (10:00-11:00): 1 Puffin, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sandwich Tern. (R Augarde)

Amalveor: 1 Red-legged Partridge. (R Menari)


March 2019 News Page

BTO Rookery Survey: The BTO in Cornwall are running a local Rookery Survey and are looking for counters. If you are interested in counting a Rookery or have records with a six figure grid reference, please email Simon Taylor at bto_cornwall@yahoo.com

Watch your valuables! Just to let people using the Ryan’s Field parking know, a car was broken into on Saturday morning – brick through the window. Please make sure that you take all valuables with you or keep them out of sight.

Sensitive Data: Now that the breeding season is close upon us again, we will shortly be resuming our policy of witholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds in the County. Where appropriate, we will endeveavour to release news of “interesting” birds, but our first duty is to protect the birds themselves. Please keep sending in your reports, even though they will not appear on the website, as they will still go into the county database and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Remember, the welfare of the birds comes first! Thanks for your understanding.

Please do bear this in mind when sharing information on social media too. As way of a reminder, here are a few key links to bear in mind:

 The Birdwatchers Code  The Nature Photographers Code  Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981  Schedule 1 Birds

Saturday 16th March 2019

Lower Tamar Lake: 1f Ring-necked Duck, 1 Willow Tit, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 7f Goosander, 1 Cormorant. (R Mudge)

St. Martin in Meneage: 27 Cattle Egret in field just east of village. (A Chatfield)

St Minver: 11 Cattle Egret at Trevanger Farm, 14 Cattle Egret Rosewin Farm.

Porthgwarra: 717 Puffin flew west between 07:35 & 09:35, also 2 Black-throated Diver. (DK Parker) Also 500+ Manx Shearwater, 4 Shag, Gannets galore, 12 Kittiwake & 50+ Fulmar. (J Evans)

Mousehole: 122 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2000 auk sp, 150 Kittiwake and 10 Common Dolphin 07:30 to 08:40. (P St Pierre) Also 1 pale phase Arctic Skua. (L Proctor) Totals to 16:40: 2175 Puffin, 8000 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 diver sp, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 petrel sp and 2 Gadwall. (P St Pierre, L Proctor, M Elliott, M Ahmad, R Wilkins et al)

Lizard Point: Black-throated Diver, 663 Puffin & 822 Manx Shearwater between 07:52 & 10:14. (L Langley) 1200 Puffin from 08:00 to 11:30. (D Collins, J Foster)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. (L Proctor)

Pendeen Watch: Humpback Whale at 11:55 & 12:03, surfacing just beyond the rocks. (P Clement)

Lizard: 2w Iceland Gull in field beside lane to the point at 07:45. (D Collins)

Loe Pool: 29 Cormorant, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Goosander, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Pochard. (G Adams)

College Reservoir: 10 Sand Martin, 8 Shoveler, 24 Tufted Duck & 16 Coot. (D Eva)

Truro, Idless: 4 Lesser Redpoll (1m 3f) on feeders briefly. (J Kennett)

Par Lake: 30+ Canada Geese, 5 Cormorant, 6 (3m, 3f) Tufted Duck, 10 Moorhen. (C Hooper)

Cormorants and Tufted Ducks – C Hooper

Gannel Estuary: 2 Water Pipit, 30 Rock Pipit, 1 Greenshank, 6 Redshank. (S Rowe)

Porth Joke: 1 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Downderry: 4 Red-throated Diver, 56 Fulmar, 390+ Gannet, 8 Manx Shearwater, 160+ Kittiwake, 2 Mediterranean Gull, plus many Razorbills and Guillemots, all moved west 06:55-08:30. (A Payne)

Helston Boating Lake: 20 Sand Martin & 1 Swallow. (P Gay)

Port Isaac: 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 16 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Buzzard (mating) at Treharrock Manor. (S Grose)


Friday 15th March 2019

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs still at Tallacks Creek.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis, 9 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 22 Teal, 1 Coot, 1 Water Pipit and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker) 2 (m & f) Shoveler, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Moorhen, 9 (3m 6f) Teal, 3 (2m 1f) Mallard. (M Webb)

Shoveler – Martin Webb

Marazion: 27 Sanderling and 5 Turnstone on the beach. (DK Parker)

Millbrook: 7 Cattle Egret still along Radford Lane at Stone Farm. A pair of Red-breasted Merganser and 10 Common Gull were at the lake (M Beer)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 25+ Sand Martin, 55+ Cattle Egret, 4 Ruff, 126 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Peregrine. Also numbers of Gadwall and Shoveler. (J St Ledger)

Cattle & Little Egrets – John St Ledger

Cattle Egret – John St Ledger

Black-tailed Godwits – John St Ledger

Burniere Hide: 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Whooper Swan, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 1 Red-legged Partridge. (J St Ledger)

Spotted Redshank – John St Ledger

Chapel Amble: 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)

Green Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 (ad, 2cy) Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field still, also 1 Sandwich Tern. (M Elliott) 2 Spoonbill, 25 Redshank, 15 (5m, 10f) Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret. (M Webb) 2 Spoonbill, 1 Teal, 17 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Shelduck, 1 Black-tailed Godwit . (K Bowers)

Spoonbills, Grey Heron and Redshank – Martin Webb

Cape Cornwall: juv Iceland Gull on the golf course at 09:00 and a Great Skua flew south. (N Wheatley)

Mousehole: 103 Puffin 13:00-14:00. (B Mellow)

Pentire Headland: 2 Short-eared Owl hunting. (M Watts)

Torpoint: 46 Turnstone, 7 Dunlin, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Mediterranean Gull viewed from Marine Drive.