Sunday 31st December 2017

Are you a New Year’s day lister? Then join our little fun ‘competition’ here, New Year’s Day Birdrace. 3 categories, from ‘walking from home’, ‘local patch’ to ‘County-wide’. Originally there was a typo in the email address, it’s now corrected ‘webmaster@cbwps.org.uk‘ or email the bird-news sightings address.

Late News, 30/12, Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis still in distant field viewed from 2nd hide.

Late News, 30/12, Saltash: 2 Hawfinch at the China Fleet Club.

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup.

Falmouth, Berkeley Cottages: 2m Blackcap fighting in Dracenas, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Blackbird also in confrontation (S Van Hear)

Truro: 1 Firecrest and 12+ Long-tailed Tit in private garden this morning. (K & J Mortimore)

Sancreed: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Greylag & 97 Canada Geese in fields opposite village including the small ‘Cackling’type first photographed at Drift 1st August and seen intermittently since. Also 6 Golden Plover & 30 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Lostwithiel: 1 Pink-footed Goose still Shirehall Moor at midday. (D Julian)

Breock: Firecrest at St Breock Churchyard this morning. (D Julian)

Lands End: 1 Hawfinch. (K Wilson)

Egloshayle: 6+ Hawfinch still at Egloshayle Cemetery. (K Wilson)

Marazion: 2 Water Pipit still at Red River mouth.

Towan Head: 5 Common Scoter, 12 Common Gull, 3 Purple Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Pintail, 1 Woodcock (D Eva) Plus Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, etc (B Sharples)

Long-tailed Tit, Bob Sharples

Kingfisher, Bob Sharples

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bob Sharples

Goldfinch, Bob Sharples

Feock: 2 Hawfinch (D Eva)

Charlestown: 1f Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Newquay Boating lake: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Dipper. (S Grose)

Common Gull, Shaun Grose (re-identified as Ring-billed Gull, Dave Parker)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 11 Common Scoter at 15:00. (D Julian)

St Austell: Siberian Chiffchaff at St Austell Sewage Works this afternoon. (D Julian)

Penzance: 1 m Eider at mouth of harbour. (J Munday)

Eider, John Munday

Eider, John Munday

Newlyn: 1 Pomarine Skua flying around bay, 7 Great Northern Diver offshore. Also ringed Herring Gull from the Isle of Man. (R Veal) Plus 2 Great Skua. (L Proctor) Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull in the harbour. And 1 female-type Black Redstart on rooftops of houses around Eden Gardens and car park this morning at 10:00.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1m + 3f/juv Goosander, 1 Spoonbill and 1 Black Swan

Coverack: 1 juv Iceland Gull again.

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Sunday 24th December 2017

Picture request: If anyone has any Hawfinch photos they could let me use could they please send me one within the next week please? It would be published with a regular birding piece in the Feock Parish Magazine. I would of course credit the photographer.  Thanks very much,  Kate Dalziel          kate.dalziel@btinternet.com

Late news, 23/12, Vault Beach, (east side of Dodman Point): 1 Black-throated Diver. Hemmick Beach, Penare: 4 Black-throated Diver. (P&J Smale)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: Interesting leucistic, almost white, Black-headed Gull for 4th day now. (M Lammas)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Otter, 1 Spoonbill (also seen yesterday by another birder), 1 Water Rail, 1 Barn Owl, 100+ Lapwing, 100+ Canada Geese, 5 Pintail, 5 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, several Chiffchaff, 9 Snipe, 4 Little Egret, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Dunlin, 11 Redshank, 7 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Green Sandpiper, + lots of Curlew, Teal and Mallard. (A Piper)

Penzance: 5+ Firecrest in Morrab Gardens this morning, also 10+ Blackcap and 5 Redwing. (D & N Nicholson)

Firecrests – Dean Nicholson

Carnanton Woods: 1 Dipper, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto)

St Columb Sewage Works: 1 Dipper, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff (confirmed with calls), 2 Firecrest, 1 Treecreeper, 30 Goldcrest and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Kimbro: 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Woodcock. (D Eva)

Stithians Reservoir: 5 Goldeneye, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler. (D Eva) 1 Firecrest, 1m Mandarin, 2m Pintail, 80+ Fieldfare. (G Adams)

St Austell Sewage Works: 1 Hawfinch, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, 35 nominate Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrest, 40 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling, single Blackcap and 45 Pied Wagtail. Plus a probable Lesser Whitethroat. (P Roseveare)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill and fem type Goosander still plus an adult argentatus Herring Gull. (T McGowan) 1 ad/near ad Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Common Gull at the river mouth. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1f Brambling in private garden. (R Veal)

Newton in St Martin: 25 Little Egret, 3 Cattle Egret. In muddy cattle field by turn to Tretharrup. (M Nattrass)

Mawgan: 1 Brambling, 6 Long-tailed Tit and 1 male Blackcap in garden.  Also 2 Firecrest seen in hedgerows. (P Bedford)

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Tuesday 17th October 2017

Late news, 15/10, Pencarrow: 1 Stone Curlew seen in flight at 7.15am. (T Potterton, A Bond)

Sennen: 1 Greater Short-toed Lark still present in ploughed field just SW of Escalls Chapel along with c40 Pied/White Wagtail and c30 Meadow Pipit. (B Dodd, T Mills)

Nanjizal: 109 ringed including 1 Blyth’s Reed Warbler and 10 Firecrest netted, also seen 1 Little Bunting, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. (K Wilson)

Mylor Churchtown, viewed from Sailing Club: 7 Black-necked Grebe (in two groups of 4 and 3) close to port and starboard buoys. (J St Ledger)

Porthilly Point: 2 Brent Geese, 3 Greenshank, 21 Mediterranean Gull,1 Spoonbill flew east towards Cant Hill, 4 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose).

St Ives: 1 Hoopoe in private garden on Higher Trewidden Road again this morning (P. Callaway)

Constantine: 1 Whinchat in scrubby field at NW of village, plus 3 Reed Bunting. (J Chapman). 1 Redwing and 1 Siskin over. (D Collins)

Sancreed: 1 Hawfinch west 08:30hrs (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 3 Hawfinch, 4 Firecrest and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Rame: Large fall of Firecrests (c25), 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher Rame Church area. (C Buckland, M Beer et al) Also Hobby, Black Redstart, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 6 Siskin, 6 Blackcap & Reed Bunting. (P Aley)

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Chris Buckland

Old Lizard Head: juv Purple Heron flew east at 10-20am and carried on round Lizard Point. (M Pass)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1m Long-tailed Duck flew in from South at 16:35 and landed on Lelant Saltings but no sign at 17:45. Also 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 near-ad Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings and 2 Firecrest behind the hide. (R Veal, M Spicer)

Gillan Creek, Helford: 126 Med Gulls (our highest ever count there), including 10 colour-ringed birds (M Grantham, E Inzani, G Wills)

Devoran: 77 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank (M Grantham)

Gwennap Sewage Works: 1 Sedge Warbler (M Grantham)

Bartinney Down: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Water Rail. (C Moore, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Land’s End: 2 Common Snipe, 1 Firecrest, 6 Chough, 1 hybrid Hooded Crow, 23 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 1 Water Rail, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthgwarra: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again by the car park. Also Large fall of Firecrest with at least 35 birds (20+ in 60ft covert), c10 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Hawfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk and 14 Golden Plover. (DK Parker)

Sennen: Turtle Dove on wires by Whitesands Lodge. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by entrance to Manor Farm. (L Thomson) A further 2 Yellow-browed Warbler by Coastguard Cottage. 

St Levan: 1 Osprey flew east this morning. (D Helliar)

Pendower beach: 1 f Merlin in off sea plus many Portugese Man-‘o-War. (T Farr)

Percuil: Flock of 34 Mediterranean Gull on estuary late morning, plus 1 Firecrest in trees about 300m east of car park. Also Grey Plover & Black-tailed Godwit. (T Farr)

Falmouth: 6 Goldfinch, adults and juveniles in private garden. (E Tackley) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler reported.

Levant: 2 Firecrest in my holiday cottage garden. (L Thomson)

Mylor: 1 m albino Common Pheasant in private garden. (the Moore family)

Common Pheaseant, the Moore family

Padstow Farm Shop: 2 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, at 23.16pm. (S Grose)

Polgigga: Yellow-browed Warbler halfway along Bosistow Lane near pines and showing well (15.30). Also Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow Farm. (Oriole Birding)

Late photo, 16/10 Lands End: 1 Starling sheltering from the gale force winds during storm Ophelia. (B Sharples)

Starling, Bob Sharples

 

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Monday 16th October 2017

Late news, 15/10, Bude, Wanson Mouth: 1 Hoopoe in flight. (L Hall)

Sennen: 1 Short-toed Lark in tilled field at Trevorrian Farm, 100m SW of Escalls Chapel. Also c50 White Wagtail, 2 Ringed Plover and 12 Golden Plover. (M Elliott, P St Pierre, M Pass)

Short-toed Lark, Darren Underwood

Lizard Point: 1 adult Sabine’s Gull, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 17 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Great Skua. (I Maclean)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 juv Purple Heron in field west of Church. (S Votier)

St Ives: 1 Hoopoe this morning in private gardens on Higher Trewidden Road. (Present here from 11 October at least).

Hoopoe, J Yelling

Sancreed: 5 Golden Plover & 50 Lapwing west, 2 Siskin and an adult male Pied Wagtail yesterday and today with wing pattern like male Amur Wagtail M.a.leucopsis but sooty breast sides and flanks = British race M.a. yarrelli. (D S Flumm, A R Kitson)

Pied Wagtail, Dave Flumm

Pied Wagtail, Dave Flumm

Rame: 1 Swift sp over Rame Barton. (J&K Cole, S Green) Also 4+ Firecrest, Gannets and Kittiwakes offshore with 1 Great Skua.(S Green) Also 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 10 Great Skua.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 m Mandarin Duck near cut-off hide, 8 Mallard, 6 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 7 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Swallow (over). (J St Ledger)

Mandarin, John St Ledger.

Goldfinch, John St Ledger

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 15+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 50+ Canada Geese. ( D Hastilow ) 

Spoonbill, David Hastilow

Bar-tailed Godwit, David Hastilow

Curlew Sandpiper, David Hastilow

Kenidjack, Sewage Treatment Works: 1 Hawfinch (15:30,) 1 Firecrest. 1 Merlin over (10:30), 13 Chough in field, 9 Raven over.  (D Helliar) Also 1 Black Redstart in donkey field.

St Clements: 1 Cattle Egret on the estuary, also 1 Great Crested Grebe on Tresemple Pool. (M Jones)

Helston, Loe Pool: 1 Cattle Egret. (M Pass)

Porthleven: 37 Oystercatcher, at high tide (4.00pm), sheltering from storm close to coast path. (C Richards)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Grey Phalarope, 22 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater. (N Wheatley)

Wadebridge: 1 Hawfinch over.

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Monday 25th September 2017

Porthgwarra: 1 Red-eyed Vireo in willows by carpark until about 9.30 this morning, also 1 Spotted Flycatcher in Dr’s garden. (T Mills, P Roseveare, M Pass et al)

Sennen: 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper still in ploughed field SE of Escalls Chapel at 11:55.

Botallack: 1 Wryneck in gorse by coast path c.100m north of Roscommon House.

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Purple Heron showing in long grasses and reeds just above Sett Bridge and predating on Newts.  Hundreds of Canada Geese over including 1 all white individual that was very noisy, 1 Kingfisher on post for a short while and 1 Fallow Deer browsing along the river. (A James)

Purple Heron, Alan James

Purple Heron, Alan James

Hayle Estuary:  3 Great Egret, 1 Cattle Egret,  2 Spoonbill at 16:30, earlier 3 Ruff and various Bar & Black-tailed Godwits. (M Lammas & T Pope) 1 Kingfisher flew over viaduct (nr Asda) toward clock tower at 19:20. (J Evans)

Ruff, Sam Williams

Truro: 2 Cattle Egret still at Menadews Farm.

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 moulting adult Black Tern this afternoon hawking insects. (C Buckland, M Beer, M Ahmad) 1 Snow Bunting. (M Pass) Also 1 Spotted Sandpiper and 1 Dotterel.

Tregonetha Downs: 16 Snipe, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Rock Porthilly Point: 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Common Sandpiper, 65 Mediterranean Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Gull, 3 Curlew, 156 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: 7 Ruff this evening. (B Bosisto)

Penzance:  Pod of 30+ Common Dolphin at 07:40. (J Evans)

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Sunday 24th September 2017

Porthgwarra:Red-Eyed Vireo seen by the toilet block  at 1.20 pm (Royston Wilkins, finder) Also seen at 16.45 and 17.25 in the trees by car park. (B Field) Also 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 2 Firecrest, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 8 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat. (M Wallace)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Spotted Sandpiper, Steve Rowe

The Lizard village: 1 Melodious Warbler below Henry’s Campsite mid-afternoon. Also 1 Corn Bunting, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Yellow Wagtail around the village. (I Maclean)

Davidstow airfield: 2 Buff-breasted Sandpiper still, also c15 Dunlin, c15 Ringed Plover. (S Rowe) Plus 1 m DotterelDavidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO freedom to roam here and that cars must NOT drive onto the airfield at all. We have been advised that we can WALK onto the grassy areas, but not the runways. Cars should be parked alongside the road. Failure to comply, could lead to access being withdrawn altogether.

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Great White Egret (viewed and photo’d for 10 minutes before flying south at 18:10. Also 30 Greenshank, 3 Grey Plover and 2 Knot (M Beer,M Northey)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling roosted with 10+starlings. 1 Great White Egret flew n/e at dusk to distant pines (P St Pierre)

Nanjizal: 1 Icterine Warbler netted. 

Hayle towans: 36 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kittiwake, 4 Mediterranean Gull on main channel out to sea. (S Grose, C Richards)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew pool: 4 Sandwich Tern, 4 Ringed Plover. (S Grose) Also 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Little Stint, 2 Ruff, 5 Knot, flock of 8 Grey Heron over SW ( D.Eva ) Ryan’s Field: 4 Ruff, 2 Little Stint, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Knot. (S & P Rogers). Estuary: 3 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 9 Greenshank, 4 Sandwich Tern. (M Halliday, S & P Rogers)

Ruff, Steve Rogers

Ruff, Steve Rogers

Sennen: 1 juv Buff-breasted Sandpiper still, also 3 Ruff and 5 Ringed Plover in same field ( D. Eva ) Plus 30 White Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail. (S & P Rogers)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 6 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, 35 Teal, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Yellow Wagtail, c500 Swallow. (S Rowe)

Pink-footed Geese, Steve Rowe

Land’s End: 1 Whinchat, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Water Rail ( D. Eva ) Also 1 Wryneck this morning on fence opposite Swingates drive. (R Augarde, R. Wilkins, B.Mellow)

St Clement, Menadews Farm: 2+ Cattle Egret with Little Egrets. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir: 1 Little Stint, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 ad Yellow Legged Gull, 340 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Wheatear. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare) Also 2 Little Stint, 1 Ruff, 14 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe,  Golden Plover heard o/h, 5 Tufted Duck. (B Craven)

Loe Bar: 2 Sanderling, I Dunlin, Reed Warbler, 3 Yellow Wagtail. (D Collins)

Constantine: 1 Firecrest.  Also an odd Crow that has been around for some weeks. (D Collins)

Crow, David Collins

Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Mediterranean Gull. (B Field)

Helston: Firecrest along road to Lower Nansloe Farm at 14:00. (B & J Bowler)

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Tuesday 19th September 2017

Mermaid pelagic out of Penzance: next sailing is Thursday at 4pm. Please call Mermaid office on 07901 731201 to book, £25 each.

Late news, 18/9, Kingsmill Lake: 1 juv Osprey. (R Brandon, A Pearson)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 juv Purple Heron, Set Bridge. (R Wilkins)

Sennen: 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper with 5 Ringed Plover in ploughed field east of A30 and c200m south west of Escalls Chapel, cSW369266. Still present at 19:30. (B Simpson et al.)

St Levan: 1 Ortolan Bunting seen again briefly at 13:00 when it flew towards Roskestal Farm. (M Wallace-finder, M Pass)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper still.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 7 Cattle Egret.

Torpoint, Kingsmill Lake, Chapeldown Road: 3 Osprey.

Mullion Cove: 1 Grey Wagtail in garden. (J Allely)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Ruff, 34 Curlew. (J St Ledger, P Brewster)

Marazion Beach: 2 Knot with the regular small waders. (A McKechnie)

Knot, Alex McKechnie

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Mistle Thrush. 1 Nuthatch. 15 Little Grebe. (R Napp)

Mistle Thrush, Rick Napp

Porthgwarra: 1 Cuckoo, c15 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Firecrest, c10 Goldcrest and 2 Crossbill. (DK Parker)

Firecrest, Dave Parker

Nanjizal: Migrants ringed today. 31 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 28 Goldcrest, Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Firecrest, Garden Warbler, 67 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler and Yellow-browed Warbler. (K Wilson)

Pendeen: 1 Grey Phalarope on the sea.

Gannel Estuary: 1 Dipper, 1 Barn Owl. (S grose)

Loe Bar: 4 Grey Phalarope off the sluice briefly. (B Simpson)

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