Friday 10th August 2018

Season update, St Ives, Buttermilk Hill/Rosewall Hill: A big “Thank you” to everone who responded last year to the National Trust to protect the site from the summer grazing by horses where we had lost 85.4% of all the breeding birds.This year with a new Management Plan with the horses shut out from the hill from 1st March to 1st September we have had all  Meadow Pipits and Linnets rearing a second brood, two pairs of Stonechats bred for the first time in 6 years rearing two broods each, 8 to 10 pairs of Whitethroats some of which were double brooded for the first time in 6 years, The Nightjars bred once again (previously the young were trampled to death by horses), and this year we have 3 young Cuckoos (their first success for 6 years). Sadly, Dartford Warblers did not return but we are hopeful for next year. This success is due to the many people that wrote letters to save the wildlife on this beautiful section of moorland. Vivian Stratton/John Thomas and Emmanuelle (National Trust).

East Pentire, Newquay (09:20-11:20): 6 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, c2000 Manx Shearwater, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Porthgwarra: 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 10+ Sooty Shearwater, 8+ Storm Petrel, 30+ Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua. (A Hartley, G Wyatt) )6.30 – 18.45: 48 Balearic Shearwater and 22 Sooty Shearwater.

Lamorna: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 30 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 25 Storm Petrel, 43 Kittiwake and 3 Mediterranean Gull between 06:40 & 10:15. (M McKee)

Lizard: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater, 56 Balearic Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Storm Petrel between 06:30 & 11:30.

Cape Cornwall: 09.30 – 11.50 8 Balearic Shearwater,  2 Sooty Shearwater, c2000 Manx Shearwater, 7 Whimbrel, 3 Mediterranean Gull (juv). Also on Porth Ledden Beach, 6 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad, 4 juv). (P Clarke)

Downderry: 0625-0835, moving west were c480 Gannet, 92 Manx Shearwater, 47 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Kittiwake, 10 Fulmar and 1 Great Skua, whilst on the beach were 3 juv Mediterranean Gull. (A Payne)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Little Ringed Plover (juv), 4 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 34 Curlew. (S Kolodziejski)

Marazion: 1 juv. Little Gull again at Red River mouth with 400+ small gulls. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 2 Grey Heron, 6 Swallow, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Moorhen. (K.Bowers)

Grey Heron, Kevin Bowers

St Merryn: Good number of Bullfinch on Buddlia shrubs. Also 2 Greenfinch 1 Chaffinch and 32 House Sparrow in private garden. (R Hughes)

Drift Reservoir, (members only): 1 juv Marsh Harrier over NE arm. (D Parker)

Mermaid II pelagic, Mounts Bay: 20+ Storm Petrel and 3 Balearic Shearwater in feeding frenzy over Mulberry Dock (3 km south of Penzance) with 200+ Gannet and 30+ Common Dolphin. (M Elliot)

Ruan, Set Bridge: 1 Marsh Harrier at 1.30. (R Wilkins)

Croft Pascoe Pool, Goonhilly Downs: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 2 Willow Warbler, family party of Stonechat, several Emerald Damselflies (J & D Chapman)

Newquay: 1 m Peregrine Falcon overhead from the Barrowfields. (S Grose)

RSPB Scillonian III wildlife cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 135 Gannet, 9 Fulmar, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 110 Manx Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 22 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to St Marys: 6 Gannet, 26 Manx Shearwater, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Great Shearwater, 6 Common Dolphin. St Marys to Wolf Rock: 74 Gannet, 37 Manx Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 6 Fulmar, 14 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 26 Fulmar, 446 Gannet, 285 Manx Shearwtaer, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Storm Petrel, 6 Common Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Golitha Falls: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Common Redstart. (B Bosisto)

Siblyback Lake: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret. (B Bosisto )

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