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 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 County Recorder (recorder@cbwps.org.uk) as soon as possible. Accepted records will then appear in the Systematic List of Birds in Cornwall 2015-16.

BBRC rarities – Description species

AMERICAN HERRING GULL
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

BLACK STORK
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

BLACK-HEADED BUNTING
Nanjizal: 1w on 8/8/15

BLYTH’S PIPIT
Nanjizal: One on 31/10/15

DARK-EYED JUNCO
Treen, Porthcurno: Ad male 13/6/15

HUME’S WARBLER
Hayle Estuary: One on 16/12/15

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

MACARONESIAN SHEARWATER
Porthgwarra: One on 25/8/15

MARSH SANDPIPER
Nanjizal: One 9/10/15

PACIFIC DIVER
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

PALLID SWIFT
Land’s End: One on 11/1/15

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

SQUACCO HERON
Nanjizal: One on 26/5/15

SUBALPINE WARBLER (EASTERN)
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

SUBALPINE WARBLER (WESTERN)
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

WESTERN BONELLI’S WARBLER
Porthgwarra: One on 17/8/15

WHITE’S THRUSH
Porthgwarra: One on 19/10/15

YELKOUAN SHEARWATER
Porthgwarra: One on 25/8/15

COUNTY A – Description species

BLACK KITE
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

CASPIAN GULL
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

GREAT WHITE EGRET
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

HONEY BUZZARD
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

LESSER SCAUP
Siblyback Reservoir: One on 6/2/15

LONG-TAILED SKUA
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

OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT
Land’s End: One 29/10/15
Nanjizal: One 2/10/15 and 9/10/15

PALLAS’S WARBLER
Nancenoy: One on 17/10/15
Newlyn: One on 1/12/15
Pendeen Watch: One on 13/10/15

RADDE’S WARBLER
Kenidjack: One on 17/10/15

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

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

WHITE-BILLED DIVER
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

BARRED WARBLER
Cot Valley: One on 20/10/15

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

BEWICK’S SWAN
Dinham Flats: One 29/12/15

BLACK GUILLEMOT
Porth Joke: One on 18/1/15

CIRL BUNTING
St Gennys: Four on 7/8/15

CRANE
Nanjizal: One on 7/5/15

GOLDEN ORIOLE
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

HAWFINCH
Newlyn Sandy Cove: One on 12/5/15

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

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

LONG-EARED OWL
Porthgwarra: One on 1/11/15

MELODIOUS WARBLER
Sennen: One on 21/9/15

NIGHTINGALE
Rame Head: One on 5/9/15

ORTOLAN BUNTING
Pendeen: One on 8/9/15

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

RED-BACKED SHRIKE
Old Lizard Head: One on 11/9/15

RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER
Rame Head: One on 9/10/15

RED-RUMPED SWALLOW
Porthcurno: One on 27/9/15

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

ROSE-COLOURED STARLING
Sennen: One 14/10/15

SABINE’S GULL
At Sea: Penzance to Wolf Rock: One 10/8/15

SERIN
Nanquidno: One on 1/11/15

SMEW
Siblyback Reservoir: One on 24/12/15

TEMMINCK’S STINT
Marazion Marsh: One on 16/3/15

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

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

WOODCHAT SHRIKE
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.

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