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The July 8th Amur Falcon article can be found HERE

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

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. He 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.

Cait Hutchings Cait’s funeral will take place on Monday 21st August at 11am at Penryn Methodist Church, followed by burial with Stuart and a wake to be held locally. Further details Here 

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Sunday 20th August 2017

Late News, 19/08, Bude: 2 Peregrine over cliffs just North of Bude beaches,14:30(A Saunders)

Gannel Estuary: 4 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper,11 Little Egret Inc 1 juv. (S Grose)

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Saturday 19th August 2017

Late news, 18th August, Looe Island: 1 Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Fulmar chick ready to fledge, 1 Black-headed Gull, 50+ Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Oystercatcher, 20+Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20+ Cormorant, 12 Shag, 1 Pheasant, 5 Woodpigeon, 4 Rock Pipit, plus at least 20 Gannet diving offshore to the south.
 (DJ Spooner)

Pendeen Watch: 8 Great Shearwater, 6 Cory’s Shearwater, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Storm Petrel, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Pom Skua, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone and 17 Common Scoter. (CDR Heard, DK Parker & S Williams – photos) Also 1 Grey Phalarope reported.

Lizard Point, Introduction to Seawatching 08:00 – 10:00: 6 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 1700 Manx Shearwater, 650 Gannet, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Sanderling, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Chough. (T Blunden)

Rame Head sea watch 06.00-09.00: 150 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 12 Storm Petrel, 6 Kittiwake, 3 Fulmar, 6 Great Black-backed Gull,1 Black-headed Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 20 Shag, 6 Oystercatcher,14 Guillemot, 8 Rock Pipit and1 Little Egret. (C Buckland)

Walmsley Sanctuary 7.30am – 11.30am8 Glossy Ibis, 5 Cattle Egret, 6 Little Egret, 8 Heron, 500+ Canada Geese, 1 Peregrine, 2 Buzzard,  1 Cormorant, 30+ Swift, 20+ Sand Martin, 60+ Swallow, 2 Little Grebe and 2 Kingfisher. (D Thomas) Walmsley: 2 (1ad 1 juv) Cattle Egret. (A Langdon)

Cormorant with fish, Dave Thomas

Canada Geese, Dave Thomas

Cattle Egret, Dave Thomas

Torpoint: 14 Sandwich Tern and 20 Mediterranean Gull. (C Buckland)

Mounts Bay: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Storm Petrel with feeding flock of 2000 Manx Shearwater c2/3 mile offshore Marazion. (R Veal)

Marazion, Longrock Pool: 1 juv Garganey. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Grey Plover, 2 (1 juv) Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshank, 1 Tursntone on Lelant Saltings. 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat on Carnsew Pool. 22 Greylag Goose, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Kingfisher on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Plaidy, near Looe: at least 3 Fulmar chicks in nesting colony, ready to fledge, 2 Raven. (DJ Spooner)

Raven, Plaidy by Derek Spooner

Praa Sands to Godolphin: 1 Jay, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, flock of 10 Raven, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Green Woodpecker, numerous Swallow and House Martin. Also 1 Small Copper, 10 Common Blue, 20 Green Veined White, 1 Comma and 1 Brimstone. (J Evans)

St Agnes, Trevaunance Cove: 3 Chough also 111 Linnet in one flock. (S Grose)

Whipsiderry: 1 Chough, 3 Peregrine, 9 Reed Bunting and 4 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Treen, Logan Rock:  14:00 (when I arrived ) to 17:00. Thousands of Manx Shearwater, in feeding rafts from The Runnel Stone to Tater Du and far out to sea. In over seventy years of observing Manx Shearwater here I have never before seen so many together. I couldn’t begin to count them as they passed to and fro. Also a few hundred Gannet (others passing), 5+ Kittiwake and two 1w Little Gull feeding inshore. Possibly other species  (no ‘scope) and a small pod of c10 Common Dolphin. (NR Phillips)

Porthgwarra: 9 Great Shearwater past in evening.

Penzance: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 6 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 20 Storm Petrel, 8 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Ocean Sunfish from Mermaid II pelagic. (M Elliott, M Ahmad)

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Friday 18th August 2017

Pendeen seawatch 06:15-13:50: 45 Great Shearwater, 12 Cory’s Shearwater, 27 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 21 Sooty Shearwater, 16 Storm Petrel, 15 Common Tern, 33 Commic Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 33 Dunlin, 3 Peregrine, Manx Shearwater passing at over 150/min for the whole 7.5 hours which totals 67,500, and 1 Sunfish. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Wilkins, R Augarde) 07:30 – 14:30 from bottom car park:
4 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Storm petrel, 17 Cory’s Shearwater, 5 Great Shearwater, 3 Arctic skua (R Augarde, R Wilkins)

Pendeen: 3 Cory’s Shearwater and 6 Sooty Shearwater between 17:00 & 19:45.

St Ives Island: 1 Great Shearwater at 06:35, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel2 Med Gull, 30+ Kittiwake and 1 Little Egret by 07:25. (A Whitehouse)

St Ives Clodgy Point: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 4 Great Shearwater and 4 Balearic Shearwater between 15:30 & 18:15.

Porthgwarra: 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 9 Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 33 Sooty Shearwater and 8 Storm Petrel in a 10 hour watch.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 5 Cattle Egret (inc 2 juv), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Swift, 1 Otter. Viewed from 8.30 to 10am. (J St  Ledger)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 8 Swift (D Flumm)

Copperhouse Creek RSPB reserve:  3 Little Egret, 3 Greylag, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 5 Med Gull (D Flumm)

Carnsew Pool RSPB reserve: 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Cormorant, 2 Whimbrel (D Flumm)

Lelant Water RSPB reserve: 14 Little Egret, 23 Greylag, 28 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 7 Greenshank, 20 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 36 Med Gull (D Flumm, DK Parker) Plus 2 Common Sandpiper on Ryan’s Field. (A Mckechnie – photo)

Common Sandpiper Alex Mckechnie

Porth Kidney RSPB reserve: 4 Little Tern, 4 Sanderling (D Flumm)

Argal Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe ( including pair with 3 young and 1 young from earlier in the season) (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan with 3 young (D Eva)

Stithians Reservoir: 39 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper (no Great Crested Grebes bred this year) (D Eva)

Longrock Pool: 18 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 juv Garganey, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 18 Moorhen and 4 Little Grebe. (DK Parker)

Penhale Point: 1 Chough and 2 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

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Thursday 17th August 2017

Porthgwarra Cove, 06:10-10:10: 3 Great Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Bonxie, 3 Med Gull, 2 Commic Tern, 1 Harbour Porpoise & pod 40 Common Dolphin, 1 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. (D Flumm, J Lawman, R Wilkins et al)

Porthgwarra, 06:50-11:00: Black Tern, 3 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Bonxie, 1 Whimbrel over. (M Wallace)

Scillonian crossing, Wolf Rock to Penzance: 4 Great Shearwater (inc 2 in Mounts Bay), 6 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 5 Great Skua, plus many thousands of Manx Shearwater, inc hundreds close in in Mounts Bay. (T Mills)

Manx Shearwater, Mounts Bay, Tony Mills.

Mousehole: Peregrine hunting seabirds. Flew straight out to sea for over a mile just above wave height, went for a Storm Petrel, missed, and then after a Black Tern, missed and came back to land. Ignored the 1000 Gannets, 300 Kittiwakes, and 400 Gulls also feeding in the area. (D Eva)

Penlee Point: 32 Manx Shearwater, 14 Sandwich Tern, Whimbrel heard calling, Common Dolphins. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Rame: 1 Wheatear at the dump. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Millbrook: 30 Mediterranean Gulls 72 Redshank,1 Dunlin. (C Buckland)

Hayle: 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Teal. (D Eva) Also 5 (1 juv) Sandwich Tern. (R Veal)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine (in the air at the same time!), 1 Buzzard, 5 Cattle Egret (including 2 juvenile), 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Swift, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant. Also Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Carrion Crow, Gadwall, Wigeon, Shoveler, large flock of 50+Canada Goose, numerous Swallows and House Martins. (D Spooner)

Marazion Marsh RSPB/Longrock Pool: 1 Garganey, 1 Gadwall, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 20 Moorhen, 2 Stonechat, 16 Mallard, 2 Swallow, 1 Marsh Harrier at 18:00. (D Chadwick) 1f Tufted Duck, 2 Gadwall on Longrock Pool. (R Veal) Garganey showing well on Longrock Pool early evening. (P Smale)

St Erth: 1 Nuthatch, 4+ Goldcrest. (R Veal)

Porth Reservoir: 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebe with 3 & 1 juveniles, 5 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: family group of 5 Spotted Flycatcher (2 ad, 3 1st winter), 1 Garden Warbler by the dam wall. (C Imms)

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Wednesday 16th August 2017

Yesterday (15th August) 20 dead Herring Gulls were found on the beach between Marazion and Long Rock. These had been washed away before they could be collected, but anyone finding >3 dead seabirds (including gulls) should report them to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine Strandings Network hotline (0345 201 2626 – www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/strandings). In all such cases the incident will need to be reported to Defra which CWT will do (per M Grantham).

Porthgwarra, Hella Point 06:00-15:30: 11 Common Scoter, 23 Great Shearwater, 62 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Balearic Shearwater, 18 Storm Petrel, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Great Skua, 2 juv Med Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Commic Tern and 8 Chough. (DK Parker et al)

Porthgwarra, Hella Point 06:30-13:00: 9+ Great Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Common Scoter, c10 Storm Petrel, 2 Great Skua. (R Veal) 

Porthgwarra Cove (07:00-09:30): 5 Great Shearwater west & 1 east, 9 Sooty Shearwater west & 1 east, 1 Balearic Shearwater west, 5 Storm Petrel west, 6 Common Scoter east, 1 Arctic Skua east, 4 Bonxie west & 20 Common Dolphin. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 juv Garganey still, 2 Gadwall; 3 Turnstone and 1 Dunlin through. (R Veal)

Scillonian Crossing, am: 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 5 Sooty Shearwater.

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 4 Cattle Egret (2 ad, 2 juv), 1 Little Egret, 120 Canada Goose, 3 Wigeon, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 20 Swift, 30 Barn Swallow and 5 House Martin but no Glossy Ibis at midday. (N Paul) 2 Glossy Ibis and 4 Cattle Egret later reported from Tower Hide.

Kingsmill Lake: 115 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 27 Greenshank this morning. (M Beer)

Charlestown: 1 Kestrel. (D Hastilow)

Kestrel – David Hastilow

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 3 Fulmar, c40 Manx Shearwater, 15 Gannet, 7 Cormorant, 16 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 5 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swift, 24 Swallow, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 2 Magpie, 3 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 4 House Sparrow, 5 Goldfinch, c50 Linnet. Also 1 Grey Seal, 5 Large White, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Wall Brown, 1 Oak Eggar, 1 Fox Moth caterpillar. (M Scawen et al)

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Tuesday 15th August 2017

Lizard Point: 4 Great Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 3 Sanderling, 1 Minke Whale, 3 Bottlenose Dolphin, 2 Common Dolphin, 1 Northern Bluefin Tuna. (I Maclean)

Rinsey Head to Trewavas Cliff: 2 Chough (1 unringed), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat. On rocks: 40+ Kittiwake (inc 3 juv). (J St Ledger)

Chough, Trewavas Cliff, John St Ledger

Choughs, Rinsey Head, John St Ledger

Peregrine, Trewavas Cliff, John St Ledger

Bude: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Mute Swan with 5 juveniles, 15 Oystercatcher, 3 Cormorant and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (H Wilkins) Also juv Sparrowhawk practising hunting skills through back garden and across rugby pitch. (R Maye)

Mousehole: 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, c30 Common Dolphin in 7 widely scattered pods and 1 pod of 3 Harbour Porpoise closer inshore. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra cove seawatch (07:00-09:30): 1 Cory’s Shearwater east then later back west, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Great Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull. Also 3 Fin Whale, c100 Common Dolphin, 2 Risso’s Dolphin, 3 Harbour Porpoise and at least 1 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. One of the Fin Whales eventually departed west but the other two were present for the duration of the seawatch, all at c2 miles range. (D Flumm, J Lawman et al)

Egloshayle Marshes: 5 Mute Swan, 422 Canada Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 1 Teal, 30 Mallard, 5 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 7 Common Sandpiper, 11 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 34 Black-headed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail. (D Julian)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Mute Swan, 84 Canada Goose, 10 Teal, 74 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Glossy Ibis, 18 Moorhen, 6 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 170 Swallow, 5 Starling, 2 Swift, 2 Buzzard. (D Julian)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe including 3 juv, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Polgigga: 1 Dotterel, initially over Higher Bosistow heading SE, later settled in ploughed field just N of Higher Bosistow farmhouse. (M Wallace) 2 Wheatear and 2 Whitethroat in same field as Dotterel. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: 1 Golden Plover over, 1 Reed Warbler at Trinity Pool, hybrid Hooded x Carrion Crow still present in same area. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Colliford Lake: 2 Cattle Egret on small island at Loveny viewed from the cattle grid, 5 Wheatear. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Ringed Plover, 11 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret. (C Buckland, M Beer) Also 1 Green Sandpiper, Tawny Owl, Blackcaps, Willow warblers, Chiffchaffs, Wheatear, Treecreeper, Swift. (P Stidwill)

Green Sandpiper – Phil Stidwill

Common Sandpiper – Phil Stidwill

Blackcap – Phil Stidwill

Wheatear – Phil Stidwill

Fal-Ruan NR: 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 220+ Curlew, 2 Swift, 350 Canada Goose. (R Veal)

Rosenannon Downs: large white heron-type bird from northern boundary stones, possible White Stork. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: juv Garganey still present. (DK Parker)

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Monday 14th August 2017

Porthgwarra Cove seawatch (10:45-11:45): 2 Great Shearwater west, 4 Cory’s Shearwater west & 6 east, 3 Sooty Shearwater west & 1 east, 1 Storm Petrel west & 1 Bonxie east. (D Flumm) Porthgwarra (10:50-15:45): 26 Cory’s Shearwater, 44 Great Shearwater, 52 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Storm Petrel, 4 Bonxie, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Greenshank over. (M Wallace) Also 5 Cory’s Shearwater, 13 Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater and 15 Sooty Shearwater between 18:13 & 18:57.

Scillonian III crossing: 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater from this morning’s crossing.

Moushole: 3 Cory’s Shearwater, 13 Great Shearwater, 13 Balearic Shearwater, 23 Sooty Shearwater and 2 Storm Petrel between 19:10 & 20:55.

St John’s Lake: 2 Curlew, 4 Shelduck, c10 Oystercatcher, c50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Blackcap. (R Napp)

Blackcap – Rick Napp

Mount Hawke: 65 Starling perched on wires in pouring rain at 17:00. (RB & PC Girling)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Common Gull, 29 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel. Ryan’s Field: 31 Med Gull. (B Toms)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 19 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 juv Garganey, 1 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Coot and 16 Moorhen on Longrock Pool. 2 juv Wheatear on the main marsh. (DK Parker)

Gannel Estuary: 8 Little Egret (7adult 1 juv), 1 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 43 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Sladesbridge: Green Sandpiper calling at dusk flying toward Wadebridge. (P Spong)

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