Cornwall Birds/CBWPS – News Page

January 2018

Palores deadline: The deadline for article submissions for the next Palores magazine is midnight Saturday 6th January. Reserve reports, articles, news and snippets – send them in!

January 1st 2018 Cornwall Bird Race/Green Challenge: New Year’s Day Bird Race/Green Challenge to get folk out birding, get the yearlist started and see who can see the most birds on Jan 1st on their local patch or by green birding! For more information/to register see the New Year’s Day Birdrace page.

Open Wildlife- Landscape Photographic Evening: on January Wednesday 10th. 7.30pm at Griffin Hotel, Cliff Rd, Newquay. Postcode TR7 1SP. An informal evening for all members and friends to come along and show your photographs and slides of the wildlife and landscape you have taken at home and abroad. We have a digital projector to show your digital photos so bring up to 10 photos on a memory stick. No pets please Wildlife and Landscapes only. Wheelchair access, full bar and free parking facilities. All are welcome Collection taken on behalf of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Contact Dave Thomas for more info on davecarp86@hotmail.com

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RSPB surveys and monitoring 2018 – can you help?

Corn bunting. Assistance May-August with regular counts for singing males and also nest locations between Newquay and Padstow, particularly where nests are in grass fields and at risk of grass cutting operations.

Snipe. Dusk/dawn surveys for drumming males in likely marshes on Bodmin Moor.

Curlew and Lapwing. Assistance with locating any Curlew and Lapwing on Bodmin Moor to assess numbers and breeding status.

Please contact Claire Mucklow with any offers of help.

claire.mucklow@rspb.org.uk

December 2017

Palores Magazine: The next edition of Palores will be out in the New Year. If you have any contributions, news or ideas for articles please contact the Palores Editor Simon Marquis at palores@cbwps.org.uk

Palores

Deadlines for copy 2017/18

  1. Autumn edition               8th October 2017
  2. Winter edition                 6th January 2018
  3. Spring edition                 8th April               
  4. Summer edition              8th July 
  5. Autumn edition               7th October   

Rarity descriptions:  New content on the website includes listings of rarer birds seen in the county in 2015 and 2016 (click to view) please read and contact us if you can help with a description or provide further details for publication in BiC and the county record. It would be a great shame to lose these records – some great birds in there.

November 2017

BTO Blackcap colour-ringed survey: The winter Blackcap project is studying migration and movements of our wintering Blackcaps. Please look out for colour-ringed Blackcaps in Cornwall this winter, especially in the Falmouth/Penryn area. If you see one or can help with ringing sites in the area please contact Robbie Phillips at rp394@exeter.ac.uk

Palores Magazine: The next edition of Palores will be out in the New Year. If you have any contributions, news or ideas for articles please contact the Palores Editor Simon Marquis at palores@cbwps.org.uk

Website update:  New content on the website includes listings of rarer birds seen in the county in 2015 and 2016 (click to view) please read and contact us if you can help with a description or provide further details for publication in BiC and the county record. It would be a great shame to lose these records – some great birds in there. One obvious change to the website is the header change to include ‘Cornwall Birds’ – as a society we’ve decided to simplify and use this as a working title, following on from a similar decision made by the Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society (Devon Birds), please see the Autumn Palores magazine for more details.

RSPB conservationist Katharine Lowrie is talking about her new book, ‘Running South America with my Husband and other animals‘ which chronicles their world first 6,504 mile run up the continent for wildlife and wildernesses. Speaking @ The Poly, Falmouth on Thurs 7th Dec 19:30 (tickets- http://bit.ly/2zjVFOE) & Passmore Edwards Institute, Hayle Fri 8th Dec at 20:00. With the chance to buy a signed copy of the book. For more info/ buy the book- http://www. 5000mileproject.org/about/ speaking/ Katharine was in BBC Wildlife Magazine’s (Sept)- http://bit.ly/2k1M1gS & is due to be on Radio 5 Live & Radio 4 in the coming weeks.

Exclusive extract from her book:-

Chilean flamingos flew in long skeins along the coastline and Magellanic oystercatchers screeched on the cobbled beach, their flame-red beaks flashing in perpetual chatter. Even a willow tree shuddered with life under the weight of over 100 black-chinned siskins.

We also did a megatransect recording the birds along our running route- we recorded 453 species and 6,154 individual birds and taught to schools about wildlife and running. Attached is a pic of a Crimson-crested Woodpecker – lots  of these beauties along the way!

Cornwall AONB and Plantlife are looking to conserve the unique Atlantic woodland habitat and its rich but declining population of rare lichens, moss and liverworts in the south west. See their website for details of a short survey they would like residents in the area concerned to fill in – Plantlife – South West Woodlands

Autumn Palores: The society’s quarterly members magazine is now out – this autumns bumper issue contains reserve reports, news, photos, articles and more.

WeBS Counters wanted: The BTO in Cornwall are looking to recruit new counters for a number of sites for the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), the long-running national waterbird survey, especially around the Helford complex and at a number of other smaller sites around the county. It would be great to get these areas covered for the coming winter months when information from the Helford in particular is of especial importance. Please see WeBS 2017 for more information or to take part.

Access at Davidstow Airfield: Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO right 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.

Help requested: Please look out for this collection box missing from Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, carved for them in 1958, more important than contents:

Tawny Owl Study:  a BSc Zoology student conducting research into regional dialects in Tawny Owls has requested our help with recordings taken in Cornwall. If you have any, or can help with making recordings please see futher details Here

October 2017

Help requested: Please look out for this collection box missing from Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, carved for them in 1958, more important than contents:

Tawny Owl Study:  a BSc Zoology student conducting research into regional dialects in Tawny Owls has requested our help with recordings taken in Cornwall. If you have any, or can help with making recordings please see futher details Here

Autumn Palores: The society’s quarterly members magazine is now out – this autumns bumper issue contains reserve reports, news, photos, articles and more.

Website update:  New content on the website includes listings of rarer birds seen in the county in 2015 and 2016 – please read and contact us if you can help with a description or provide further details for publication in BiC and the county record. It would be a great shame to lose these records – some great birds in there. One obvious change to the website is the header change to include ‘Cornwall Birds’ – as a society we’ve decided to simplify and use this as a working title, following on from a similar decision made by the Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society (Devon Birds), please see the Autumn Palores magazine for more details.

September 2017

Summer seawatching in Cornwall – Where to go, When to go, and an Introduction to the Basics – article Here

Seawatching – Summer 2017 – Dave Flumm looks at the extraordinary Great Shearwater and Wilson’s Petrel influxes this summer. Read the Article Here

Access at Davidstow Airfield: Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO right 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.

Help requested: Please look out for this collection box missing from Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, carved for them in 1958, more important than contents:

Breeding Swifts – Dr Thais Martins of the Centre for Applied Zoology, Cornwall College Newquay is on a quest to find out where swifts are breeding in the County. She would like to know not just where screaming parties are, but more specifically where nesting sites are. If you can supply any records, they can be sent to recorder@cbwps.org.uk and we can collate and forward them to Dr Martins.

‘Birds of Guyana’ talk – Friday October 27th, 7.30pm. at Chacewater Village Hall. A talk by Ian Gasper about birding in this tropical South American country. Trogans, hummingbirds, cotingas, tanagers and toucans. A birding paradise.
Admission is £3 and refreshments are available. Contact: Roger Hooper 01209 820610

Tawny Owl Study – I am a BSc Applied Zoology student at Moulton College, Northamptonshire. I am conducting my third year research project on Tawny owls and aiming to investigate if they have regional accents.
I was wondering if anyone may have any recordings of Tawny Owls from around your local areas that I could have access to as part of this study? Or if members of your bird group would be interested in going out and collecting some recordings of Tawny owls in the wild.
Along with any recordings, the date, location and if possible the type of device in which the recording was taken would be required if available.
If this is something that you would be able to assist me with, please contact me on my email address – katmounsey@icloud.com to discuss further details. Many thanks, Katherine Mounsey

August 2017

Save Europe’s Vultures from Poisoning with Veterinary Diclofenac

Cait Hutchings

Young Scientist of the Year 2017

Seawatching in Cornwall – Part 1) Late Summer

Bird Dialect Names Survey

July 2017

*Seabirds Count – survey 2017* A census of breeding seabirds has been organised in the UK and Ireland approximately every 15 years since 1969-70. Together with the JNCC and partners we will be surveying the whole of the Cornish coastline over the next few breeding seasons to continue this work. To take part or find out more please see *Seabirds Count*

Guidelines for submissions of bird news: We welcome submission of all bird news from anyone, CBWPS member or not. To make it easier to collate submissions we would ask you to follow the Guidelines for Submissions which can be found HERE

Breeding Season Records: We will not be publishing specific news of Sensitive and Schedule 1 Breeding Birds on the news page during the breeding season. Common sense applies – the welfare of the birds comes first.

We would still very much like all records of these species however, including photographs where appropriate, for the County Record etc even if the news is not specifically published on the day.

Website update: New on the cbwps website – ‘First Spring Arrivals 2017’ detailing first dates of new migrants into the county.

To read all the latest News, views and updates and find out what is happening within the Society and Cornwall’s birdlife please visit the News Page on the website.

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