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Request for dead seabirds. As part of a project on comparative physiology and plastic pollution, I am looking to obtain specimens of recently dead seabirds (specimens that have undergone severe decay are not appropriate for our proposed study). Please could anyone finding a dead bird collect, place it in a plastic bag, store frozen and then contact me on I will endeavour to collect birds ASAP, as long as this is within Cornwall. Very many thanks, Dr Steve Votier.(Please do not put yourselves in any unnecessary danger to do this. If in doubt do not attempt to retrieve the specimens. Eds)

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Friday 24th June 2016

Devoran: 1 Dalmatian Pelican again on Minebank, Restronguet Creek at 07:30. (M May) Also again at 18:30 from Carnon Mine.

Scillonian III RSPB, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 eclipse drake Eider, 19 Fulmar, 99 Manx Shearwater, 79 Gannet, 2 Shag, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-headed Gull, 21 Herring Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern and 1 Razorbill. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 15 Fulmar, 360 Manx Shearwater, 58 Gannet, 1 Kittiwake, 12 Herring Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Guillemot and 1 Puffin. (DA Conway, P Kent, DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1s Spoonbill still off causeway.


Thursday 23rd June 2016

Late News, 22/6, Hayle Estuary: 7 1cy Med Gulls in the evening. (D Britton)

Late News, 22/6, Treveneague: 2 Siskin, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Nuthatch and 1 Green Woodpecker also heard juvenile Buzards. (R Farnes)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Dalmatian Pelican again at 18:00 and still present at river mouth at 19:00. (C Whitworth) Also 1s Spoonbill still on Lelant Saltings still.

St Winnow: 1 Dalmatian Pelican on River Fowey at 16:00.


Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Late news 21/6 June Downderry: Seawatch 06:45 – 07:15 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 11 Manx Shearwaters flew west. (A Payne)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1f Gadwall, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Shelduck ducklings, 6 Canada Goose goslings, 5 (1 juv) Grey Heron, 9 Curlew and 3 imm Med Gull on Lelant Saltings. 33 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher chicks and 3 juv Pied Wagtail on Ryan’s Field. 1s Spoonbill and 10 Black-headed Gull on Carnsew Pool. (R Veal)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion: 1 summer Great Northern Diver and 3 Common Scoter offshore. (D Britton)


Tuesday 21st June 2016

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 1s Spoonbill, 10 Shelduck including pr with 4 small young, 21 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Oystercatcher and 3 Med Gull on Lelant Saltings. (MJ Spicer, D Britton)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Mute Swan, 3 Greylag, 166 Canada Geese plus 8 goslings, 7 hybrid geese, 1 Muscovy Duck, 1 Mandarin, 18 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 47 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler and 3 Whitethroat. (DK Parker)

Hannafore Point, Looe: 2 Arctic Skua west at 17:00. Also 4 Risso’s Dolphin west of Looe Island, seen breaching and present from 16:50 until 18:15. (M Frost)

Bude: 2 Linnet, 13+ Skylark, 1 Wheatear, 1 Fulmar, 5 Swallow, 1 Wren and 6 Meadow Pipit. (H Wilkins)

Marazion: Pair of Common Scoter still offshore. (D Britton)


Monday 20th June 2016

Late News, 19/6, Mawgan Smith: 1 Black Kite perched and in flight at 18:15. (J Allen)

Devoran: 1 Dalmatian Pelican still at Restronguet Creek.

Porthgwarra: Seawatch 10:30 – 12:30 c2500 Manx Shearwater, c300 Gannet, c80 Kittiwake, 2 Turnstone and 1 ad pale phase Pomarine Skua with spoons. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan (plus 5 cygnet), 7 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Moorhen (plus 1 chick), 2 Buzzard, 1 male Stonechat (plus 1+ juv), 3 male Reed Bunting, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler (both carrying food for young), 3 Linnet and 5 Greenfinch. (DK Parker)

Marazion: Pair of Common Scoter offshore. (DK Parker)

Bude: 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan with 3 cygnets, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 7 Swallow. (H Wilkins)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Sedge Warbler feeding young at Ryan’s Field. (K Bowers – photo) Also Spoonbill, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher with 4 chicks and 38 Curlew. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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Cannonstown: 2 male and 1 female Siskin coming to feeders. (J Munday)


Sunday 19th June 2016

Late news 18/6 Croft Pascoe: 3 Crossbill plus 5 Spotted Flycatcher. (A Mckechnie – photos)

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Devoran: 1 Dalmatian Pelican around Restronguet Creek and Polweveral Creek early morning and again early evening. (C Rosevear, J Walsh)

Porthgwarra: Seawatch 06:00 – 12:00 89 Puffin, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Bonxie, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua (pale phase with spoons ), 20 Scoter, 4 Sandwhich Terns, 4000 Manx Shearwater, 1 summer plumage Great Northern Diver, 7 Dunlin and 2 Rissos Dolphin. (B Mellow)

Marazion Beach: 5 Sandwich Tern. (PA Fraser)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 3+ Oystercatcher chicks in near adult plumage, 1m Bullfinch, 2 Swallow (sitting on nest in hide), 2 Sedge Warbler feeding 2+ young, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Black headed Gull and 2 Curlew over. (R Veal) Spoonbill still from Asda car park.

Crowlas: 2 Chiffchaff feeding 1 young and 2 Raven over. (R Veal)

Bude: 2 Cormorant, 2 Canada Goose with 5 gosling, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Grey Heron (H Wilkins- photos)

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Brays Cot Pool: 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing. (R Butts)

Croft Pascoe Pool: A pair of Little Grebe with 5 young. (R Butts)

Longrock: Roe Deer with twin kids. (A James – photos)

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Saturday 18th June 2016

Late News 17/6 Penrose (Loe Pool): 4 young Tawny Owl calling. (D Eva)

Late News 17/6 Penzance to Wolf Rock: 3 Fulmar, 700+ Manx Shearwater, 65 Gannet, 1 Shag, 7 Kittiwake, 9 Herring Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Razorbill and 3 Atlantic Puffin. (DK Parker)

Devoran: 1 Dalmatian Pelican still at Restronguet Creek.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 male Tufted Duck, 1 Nuthatch ( post breeding dispersal ), 1 Little Grebe with one chick, 1 Little Grebe on nest, 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebe with 1 and 2 chicks, 1 pair of Coot with 1 chick, Willow Warbler, Moorhen, Buzzard, Dunnock and Reed Bunting all nesting. (D Eva)

Roseland, Ruan Lanihorne: Party of 19 Long-tailed Tit in private garden. (D Hall)

Trevean Cove: 1 female Kestrel feeding young. (A James – photos)

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Charlestown: 2 ad and 5 fledgling Swallow. (D Hastilow – photos)

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Croft Pascoe: 5 Spotted Flycatcher. (R Farnes – photo)


Windmill Farm: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat, 12 Swift, 1 Peregrine, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 3 Slowworms. (G Adams)

Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 drake Eider, 1 Fulmar, 200 Manx Shearwater, 29 Gannet, 4 Shag, 8 Kittiwake, 24 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull and 3 Razorbill. (DK Parker)

Charlestown harbour: Pair of Great Northern Divers. (N Best)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Black Kite reported on pole at 20:25.