Friday 15th September 2017

Helston Boating Lake: Grey Phalarope this morning. (per D Moulding). Still present at 18:30. (DK Parker)

Maer Lake: 72 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 1 redhead Goosander, 4 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 7 Curlew, 1 Grey Phalarope (showing well at right hand end of reserve), 1 Redshank, 2 Snow Goose. (B Bosistow)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 50 Dunlin, 7  Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Cattle Egret. (B Bosistow)

Devoran: 1 Osprey opposite Tallack’s Creek at 11:00. (B Toms) 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sandwich Tern, 13 Greenshank, 12 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd cy). (JH & K Dalziel)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Grey Phalarope (found by Mark Halliday), 72 Mallard, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 20 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover and 33 Med Gull on Lelant Saltings. 2 Dabchick, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 13 Med Gull on Carnsew Basin. 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover 1 Dunlin and 1 Greenshank on Copperhouse Creek. 132 Curlew, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and 7 Med Gull on Ryan’s Field. (MJ Spicer)

Pendeen (car park seawatch) 14:20-15:50: c40 Manx Shearwater, 2 Grey Phalarope settled on sea, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Ocean Sunfish. 2 Chough around lighthouse. (D Flumm)

St Ives, 07:00 to 08:50: 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Storm Petrel, 4 Arctic Skua, 4 Common Scoter, 40 Kittiwake. (B Field)  15.30-18.55: 3 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Little Gull, 16 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 4 Sabine’s Gull (juvs), 6 Grey Phalarope. (T Phelps)

Marazion Beach: 1 Knot, 30+ Dunlin, 20+ Sanderling, 30+ Ringed Plover. (B Field)

Kenidjack: 8 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap. (B Field)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe including 4 juveniles, 1 Dipper, 2 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose) 1 Black-tailed Godwit over, 6 Sand Martin, Kingfisher,  2 Grey Wagtail. (T Wilson)


Wednesday 13th September 2017

Late News,12/09, Penzance: 1 Swift feeding with a small flock of House Martins and Swallows over Trengwainton Gardens NT c14:30. (I Gamble)

Late news, 12/9, Marazion: 1 juv Sabine’s Gull from the beach car park (Jordan’s Café) at 191:5, flying west to the right of St. Michael’s Mount. (P Smale)

Late news, 12/9, Devoran: 1 Osprey, 1 Peregrine,1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Grey Heron, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Cormorant, Little Egret, 2 Red Admiral. (R Nicholls)

Black-tailed Godwits, Rowena Nicholls

Late news, 12/9, St Keverne: 2 Fulvous Whistling Duck.

Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Eider, 3 Fulmar, 152 Manx Shearwater, 221 Gannet, 4 Shag, 6 Kittiwake, 42 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull and 7 Common Tern and 1 Guillemot. (DK Parker)

Towan Head 06:45-08:00: 7 Leach’s Petrel, 2 Storm Petrel, 5 Grey Phalarope, 1 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Rowe)

Pentire Point East, Newquay 17:30-19:00: 1 Leach’s Petrel, 4 Bonxie, 2 Arctic Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Balearic Shearwater. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Pale-bellied Brent Goose still. (M Spicer)

Trevose Head seawatch: 1 Wilson’s Petrel (6:46-6:50 hrs), 6 Kittiwake, 49 European Storm Petrel, 3 Leach’s Petrel28 Bonxie, 5 Arctic Skua (2 ad pale phase, 2 ad dark phase, 1 juv ), 1 Pomarine Skua (juvenile), 9 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 1 juv Sabine’s Gull10 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Shearwater3 Common Tern, 1 Turnstone, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Ocean Sunfish. (B Bosisto)

Cape Cornwall 09.00-12.45: 5 Sabine’s Gull (ad at 10.00, 4 juvs at 11.10, 11.45 and 12.30 [2]), 9 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater and 3,000 + Manx Shearwater, 2 European Storm Petrel, 3 Grey Phalarope, 13 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 4 Sandwich Tern, 16 Arctic Tern, 3 Common Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull (ad and 2 1ws). Also 15 Chough and 1 Ocean Sunfish. (P Clarke, N Wheatley)

Pendeen 7:00-13.15: 5 Sabine’s Gull 1(ad,4 juv),1 Wilson’s Petrel, 6 Grey Phalarope,13 Arctic Skua, 21 Bonxie, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater ,1 Great Shearwater
2 Leach’s Petrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull juv and ad, 7 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 23 Storm Petrel. (S Rogers, B Field, P Tongue, T McGowan et al)

Pendeen (bottom carpark) 07:00 -13:00: 5 Sooty Shearwater, 16 Bonxie, 9 Arctic Skua, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 9, Storm Petrel, 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 12 Grey Phalarope,1 Red-necked Phalarope, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 1 G.N.Diver, 3 Sabine’s Gull. (R Wilkins)

Lamorna: 1 Firecrest. (M McKee)

Davidstow: 7 Ruff, 13 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover, 4 Wheatear.(B Bosisto) 

Foage Valley, Zennor: 1 Barn Owl at 08:00 and 18:00. (C Madden)

Rock, Porthilly Point. 96 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 2 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Porthkidney: 1 juv Arctic Tern, 22 Sandwch Tern. (R Veal) 

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 23 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-tailed Godwit. ( R Veal)

Ryan’s Field RSPB: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper (from 07:30hrs), 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher all flushed by Sparrowhawk later which made a failed attempt on a Redshank (D Flumm)

Lelant Water RSPB: 11 Little Egret, 54 Teal, 4 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper (D Flumm)

Longrock Pool RSPB: 5 Little Grebe, 3 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti’s Warbler (D Flumm)

Marazion beach: 83 Ringed Plover, 36 Dunlin, 20 Sanderling, 16 Turnstone, 3 Sandwich Tern, 7 Med Gull, juv Sabine’s Gull NW of St Michael’s Mount 08:30hrs at least – viewed from Station Café carpark (D Flumm)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 15 Mute swan, 12 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 14 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 80 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 21 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 62 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 105 Curlew, c.250 Black-headed Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser black-backed Gull, 3 Great black-backed Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 3 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 10 Swallow, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 25 Rook, 50 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 7 Starling, 1 Goldfinch, c.100 Linnet, 1 Small white, 2 Large white, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Speckled Wood. (M Scawen et al).

Devoran: 1 Osprey still present. (R Farnes)

Truro/Fal River and later Truro/Tresillian confluence: 1 Osprey fishing unsuccessfully. (A.Hill)

Downderry: Birds moving west before 08:05 included a Puffin, a Balearic Shearwater and an Arctic Skua. (A Payne)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Merlin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Sabine’s Gull

Sabine’s Gull

Pomarine Skua

Leach’s Petrel

Grey Phalorope

All photos from St Ives on 11/9  by Mike McKee


Incomplete County Rarities 2015

2015 Incomplete Records: requiring further information

Work has begun on Birds in Cornwall 2015-16, beginning with a review of all records where a description is required. There are many records of birds requiring a description either for BBRC or at county level where more information is needed, ideally from the finder. Many are unattributed sightings (sometimes of well-watched birds) where a named observer for the dates given below would be very helpful.

As they stand, these records cannot be included in the report, which would be disappointing. So, rather than wait until the report is published with these records only appearing in the Incomplete Records Appendix, we are hoping that putting them up on the CBWPS website now jogs a few memories and leads to some of them at least being accepted. and joining the county record.

Please have a read through the records below and if you can provide any supporting details for the sightings on the dates specified please send them to the Recorder ( as soon as possible. Accepted records will then appear in the Systematic List of Birds in Cornwall 2015-16.

BBRC rarities – Description species

Drift Reservoir: 2w on 16/3/15 and 6/4/15
Hayle Estuary: 2w present from 2/2/15 – 19/2/15 and 1w on 24/12/15
Newlyn/Mousehole: 3w 14/2/15 and 29/12/15. Also 1w 29/12/15
Penzance: 3w 20/12/15 and 28/12/15
Sancreed: One 20/4/15
Jericho Farm, St Just: 2w from 20/3/15 – 1/5/15 and 3w 4/11/15 – 9/12/15. Also 1w 23/3/15

Wadebridge: One over on 17/8/15
Hayle: One on 12/8/15
Polwheveral Creek: One 7/6/15
Liskeard: One 9/6/15
Ventongimps: One 9/6/15
Redruth: One 9/6/15

Nanjizal: 1w on 8/8/15

Nanjizal: One on 31/10/15

Treen, Porthcurno: Ad male 13/6/15

Hayle Estuary: One on 16/12/15

Nanjizal: Male on 21/5/15
St Buryan: Found dead on 12/5/15

Porthgwarra: One on 25/8/15

Nanjizal: One 9/10/15

Pendower Beach: One on 1/2/15 and 21/2/15.
Mount’s Bay: One on 27/2/15, 18/3/15, 21/3/15 and 23/3/15

Land’s End: One on 11/1/15

Wadebridge: One on 19/9/15 and 20/9/15

Nanjizal: One on 26/5/15

This record is accepted as Subalpine Warbler (Eastern/Western/Moltoni’s). BBRC requires a description in order to assign to race.
Nanjizal: One on 20/4/15

All these records are accepted as Subalpine Warbler (Eastern/Western/Moltoni’s). BBRC requires a description in order to assign to race.
Caerthillian/Kynance: Possibly as many as three 13/4/15 – 16/4/15

Porthgwarra: One on 17/8/15

Porthgwarra: One on 19/10/15

Porthgwarra: One on 25/8/15

COUNTY ADescription species

Hayle Estuary: One on 8/4/15, 18/4/15, 28/5/15, and 10/7/15
Pendeen: One on 19/4/15
Polgigga: One on 15/5/15
Penberth: One on 27/4/15

Hayle Estuary: One 19/3/15
Rumps Point: 1w on 9/11/15

CHIFFCHAFF (Siberian – tristis)
Lizard Village/Kynance: One on 7/10/15
Marazion Marsh: 15 on 17/12/15 and one on 24/12/15
Newlyn Sandy Cove: One on 7/1/15 – 10/1/15 and 7/11/15 – 8/11/15
Ponsanooth Sewage Works: Two on 3/3/15 and one 6/3/15
Brew Pool: One 19/4/15 – 20/4/15
Kendijack Sewage Works: One 2/12/15 and 31/12/15

Tresemple Pool: One on 8/3/15
Hayle Estuary: Two on 7/9/15 and one 8/9/15
Marazion Marsh: One on 28/4/15
Plain-an-Gwarry: One over on 29/6/15
Wacker Quay: One on 5/1/15

Drift Reservoir: One on 1/6/15
St Ives: One on 7/8/15
St Just: One on 21/9/15

ICELAND GULL (Kumlien’s)
Helston: One on 28/2/15

Siblyback Reservoir: One on 6/2/15

Lizard Point: One on 30/5/15
Pendeen Watch: One on 23/9/15, 7/10/15, and 13/11/15
Porthgwarra: One on 26/8/15

Land’s End: One 29/10/15
Nanjizal: One 2/10/15 and 9/10/15

Nancenoy: One on 17/10/15
Newlyn: One on 1/12/15
Pendeen Watch: One on 13/10/15

Kenidjack: One on 17/10/15

Porth Joke: One on 14/4/15
Kenidjack: One on 25/4/15

Caradon HIll: Three on 25/7/15
Towan Head: Nine on 18/11/15

Rosemullion Head: 3 miles offshore 17/4/15

YELLOW WAGTAIL (Blue-headed)
Higher Bosistow: Two 19/4/15
Raftra Farm: One 19/4/15
St Just: One 19/4/15

COUNTY B – Description species, or 3 named observers

Cot Valley: One on 20/10/15

Land’s End: One on 27/5/15, and 3/6/15

Dinham Flats: One 29/12/15

Porth Joke: One on 18/1/15

St Gennys: Four on 7/8/15

Nanjizal: One on 7/5/15

Wadebridge: One on 12/5/15
Land’s End: One on 17/5/15
Penlee Point: One on 26/4/15
Redruth: One on 10/6/15

Newlyn Sandy Cove: One on 12/5/15

St Breward: One on 25/7/15
Golitha Falls: One on 2/1/15
SX3569 Callington: One on 21/5/15

Gulval: One on 24/3/15, 25/3/15, and 27/3/15
Lizard Point: One on 11/10/15

Porthgwarra: One on 1/11/15

Sennen: One on 21/9/15

Rame Head: One on 5/9/15

Pendeen: One on 8/9/15

St Levan: One 21/3/15
Nanquidno: One 9/4/15

Old Lizard Head: One on 11/9/15

Rame Head: One on 9/10/15

Porthcurno: One on 27/9/15

Padstow: One on 27/8/15
Drift Reservoir: One on 9/2/15
Millbrook Lake: One on 6/3/15

Sennen: One 14/10/15

At Sea: Penzance to Wolf Rock: One 10/8/15

Nanquidno: One on 1/11/15

Siblyback Reservoir: One on 24/12/15

Marazion Marsh: One on 16/3/15

Land’s End: Three 18/6/15
Penzance: One 15/6/15
Boswiddle: Five 19/2/15

Nanjizal Valley: One on 19/4/15
Caradon Hill: One on 16/7/15

Gwennap Head: One on 31/3/15


Downloadable Rarity/Scarcity forms can be found on the taskbar on the righthand side of the main Website Sightings page.

We will be publishing extra information on submission of county rarities in due course.

Thankyou, BiC editors and County Bird News team.

Saturday 9th September 2017

St Ives Island, dawn to 12:00: 5 Leach’s Petrel, 6 Grey Phalarope, 2 Black Tern, 17 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 1000’s Manx Shearwater moving west, 4 Bonxie, 1 Pomarine Skua, 20+ Arctic Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver (S Rogers, R Wilkins, L Wilkins, M Ahmad, V Stratton et al)

Pendeen 06.35 – 15.35: 7 Sabine’s Gull (1 ad, 6 juv), 7 Leach’s Petrel, 10 Grey Phalarope, Balearic Shearwater, 68 Sooty Shearwater, 17 Arctic Skua (L Langley) 07:00-15:45: 7 (2 ad, 5 juv) Sabine’s Gull, 7 Leach’s Petrel, 11 Grey Phalarope, 1 Black Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 7+ Common Tern, 14 Arctic Skua, 7 Great Skua, 18 Balearic Shearwater, 66 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Common Scoter. (R Veal) 07:00 – 15:30 1000’s Manx Shearwater, 60+ Sooty Shearwater, 20+ Balearic Shearwater, 7 Leach’s Petrel, 7 Bonxie, 12+ Arctic Skua, 8 Grey Phalarope, 9 Common Scoter 7 Sabine’s Gull (2 adult summer 5 juv) (B Field)


Sabine’s Gull (juv), Brian Field


Sabine’s Gull (ad), Brian Field

Marazion: Baird’s Sandpiper still on the beach by the Station House midday and again near the Red River early evening, also 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper.

Padstow: Juv Sabine’s Gull off Padstow just flew towards the estuary mouth this afternoon. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary: 1 Osprey, 11 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 165 Dunlin. (D Julian)

Men an tol, nr Madron: Wryneck on wall opposite Holly tree next to standing stones, 1 Wheatear, 1 Lapwing. (S Grose)

St Gothian Sand’s LNR: 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Shelduck, 1 hybrid Hooded Crow, 1 Wheatear, 5 Little Grebe, 1 fem Shoveler, 9 Greylag Goose, 4 Ringed Plover on red river. (S Grose)

Penzance, promenade and harbour: 29 Turnstone, 1 Cormorant, 2 Shag, also 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit and Herring Gulls at this morning’s high tide. (WeBS, T Mills)

Devoran: 1 Osprey showing well at Devoran Quay at the far end sitting on old dead tree in the gap in woodland also flying and fishing 09:30 – 10:15, 3 Sandwich Terns with 1 Garganey at the other end with Teal. (W Chegwidden)

Devoran Quay: 2 Osprey, 1 Peregrine, 1 Garganey (eclipse ad), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 7 Sandwich Tern, 2 Raven, 20+ Black-tailed Godwits, c.50 Curlew, c.25 Dunlin (J&D Chapman, SC Votier)

Gannel Estuary: 8 Pale-bellied Brent Goose still on the Gannel Estuary this morning. (A McKechnie)

Pale-bellied Brent Geese – Alex McKechnie

Tamar Estuary: 2 Osprey together passed the China Fleet club hide this afternoon also 1 Spotted Flycatcher (M Beer)

Kingsmill: 1 Osprey on the river Tamar this morning at Kingsmill Lake. (C Stevenson)

Osprey – Carl Stevenson

Land’s End: 4 Ruff at 13:30. (M McKee)

Charlestown: 1 Peregine. (D Hastilow)


Friday 8th September 2017

Lizard Point seawatch 09:45-11:45: 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 7 Balearic Shearwater. Church Cove: 1 Firecrest (I Maclean, T Blunden)

Lamorna, Tatur-du: 6 Great Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 23 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Bonxie, 4 Storm Petrel, 1 Grey Phalarope. (M McKee)

Devoran: 2 Osprey, 1 Peregrine, 5 Sandwich Tern from Devoran Quay. (One Osprey caught a fish, was pursued by the other, but was chased off and the bird with the fish went into a tree to eat it. Both birds were calling. Osprey with blue ring still present, the other one with the fish appeared to be unringed.) (J St Ledger) Tallacks Creek: Osprey roosting in oak tree opposite Tallacks Creek at 19:45. (B Toms, M Curtis) Also 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-taied Godwit, 100+ Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, I Spotted Redshank, 80+ Redshank, 54 Dunlin, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Med Gull. (M May)

Osprey – John St Ledger

Osprey – John St Ledger

Osprey – John St Ledger

Gannel Estuary: 8 Pale-bellied Brent Goose still today (16:00 hrs). (M Lammas) Also 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dipper under Trevemper bridge. (S Grose)

Tamar Estuary: 1 Osprey flew past the China Fleet club hide at 16:20. Also 1 Curlew Sandpiper on Kingsmill Lake this evening. (M Beer)

Davidstow: 13 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 22 Black-tailed Godwit (unusual at this site !), 10 White Wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Wheatear. (B Bosisto)

Trevose Head afternoon seawatch: 6 Great Skua, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sabine’s Gull (1 juv 1 adult), 20 Kittiwake, 3 Arctic Tern, 4 juv Med Gull, 2 pale phase Adult Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 12 Dunlin, 1 Common Tern, 1 Whimbrel. (B Bosisto)

Marazion: Baird’s Sandpiper still on the beach by the Station House at 17:00 and the Curlew Sandpiper still up towards Red River Mouth. (S Williams, DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Mute Swan, 1 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 23 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 7 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 11 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 30 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (WeBS, DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Muscovy Duck, 1 Wigeon, 34 Mallard, 10 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe (including 2 young), 3 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull and 105 Herring Gull. (WeBS, DK Parker)

Scillonian 111 RSPB Wildlife Cruise: Penzance – Wolf Rock & return: 68 Gannet, 1 Eider, 66 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 3 Bottlenose Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Long-tailed Skua, 8 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater and 4 Grey Phalarope between 14:30 & 17:45.


Thursday 7th September 2017

Newquay, Gannel Esuary: 8 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. (M Lammas)

Marazion beach: 1 Baird’s Sandpiper reported again.

Land’s End: 1 Whinchat and 1 Whitethroat on Treeve Moor. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Nanjizal: 2 Whinchat between Nanjizal and Higher Bosistow. (C&C Moore)

Lamorna, Tater-du Lighthouse 07:15-09.30: 10 Balearic Shearwater 1 Sooty Shearwater 1 Bonxie 12 Kittiwake 7 Black-tailed Godwit. (M McKee) Also 15.30 – 19.05: 12 Balearic Shearwater and 3 Sooty Shearwater.

Kenidjack: 10+ Chough including one flock of seven, 2 Yellow Wagtail and 1m Blackcap. (MJ Spicer)

Bude: 2 Sparrowhawk (adult & juv) Juv. seen hunting gardens later and taking prey. 1 Kingfisher, 2 Mute Swan + 5 Cygnets  on River Neet  and 2 Raven over late morning. (R Maye)

Rame Head: 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff and 15+ Swallow. Also 1 Great Green Bush Cricket. (R Smaldon)

Mount Hawke: 83 Starlings flew in at 16:30, most landed on overhead wires with some dropping in to squabble on feeders in the garden. (RB & PC Girling)

Devoran: 2 Osprey again. (I Boreham, K Dalziel) Devoran Quay: 1 Osprey in tree on opposite bank at 3pm. (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 30+ Canada Goose, 1 Hybrid Goose, 1 Greylag Goose. (K.Bowers) Also 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 12 Greenshank. (R Veal)

Greenshank, Kevin Bowers

Greylag Goose, Kevin Bowers

Greylag Goose, Kevin Bowers

Greenshank, Kevin Bowers

Lanherne; 2 Treecreeper in pine trees behind Convent. (J St Ledger)

Porthkidney: 3 ad Arctic Tern, 5 Common Tern, 8 Sandwich Tern. (R Veal)

Charlestown inner harbour: 1 Kingfisher. (S Lay)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher. (S grose)

Porthgwarra: 1 Grey Phalarope, 55+ Cory’s Shearwater, 59 Balearic Shearwater and 14 Sooty Shearwater.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 bathing Dunlin. (S Rogers)

Dunlin, Steve Rogers

Dunlin, Steve Rogers

Dunlin, Steve Rogers

Soapy Cove: 1 Whitethroat. (D Collins)

Marazion: 2 Tawny Owls in the early hours. (DK & MW Parker)


Save Europe’s Vultures from Poisoning with Veterinary Diclofenac

From Mark Avery’s blog we encourage you to read the below and sign the petition. 09/01/guest-blog- international-vulture- awareness-day-ian-parsons/

Dear Swift Friends, You may be aware of the sad yet ridiculous tale of the European Commission and the veterinary use of a drug, the anti-inflammatory Diclofenac. This drug is in common use throughout the world to treat such conditions as joint inflammation, it can thus extend the useful lives of dairy cattle. However, once it came into widespread use in India the vulture population there was wiped out, by some accounts 99% of all India’s vultures died. Diclofenac residues in dead cattle affect Vultures’ kidneys, and kill them within a few days.

Incredibly, years after the entire environmental and veterinary professions knew the risk, the European Commission licensed the same drug for veterinary use in Europe, while apparently at the same time funding the feeding of Vultures with farm animal carcases in Spain to support Vulture populations there. Quite how such an insane state of affairs came about, when there are equally cheap and effective alternatives to Diclofenac available, is an interesting problem to ponder over as the nights draw in and the world becomes ever darker.

Now ‘s the time to try and reverse this madness; we need vultures as Nature’s non-polluting hygienic waste disposal system, we need them even more maybe to study their amazing immune systems to help us survive new and existing diseases, we need them as magnificent inspiring visions in the sky, and we need them to name castles after in Game of Thrones!

Please follow the link and sign the petition!

Best wishes, Edward – Keeping the Skies Alive