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Rock Pipits: Roy Phillips has commented that “after visiting several sites where Rock Pipits were known to  be resident I have not seen them. I might be missing them but it occurred to me that they may have been affected by the winter storms.  They may have been killed /blown away or their food  items completely washed out.” This seems to resonate with my observations at Marazion, so it would be interesting to hear comments from other sites around the county. Dave Parker

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Sunday 20th March 2014

Late news 18/4 Bude Marshes: 29 Mallard, 5 Moorhen (one on nest), 5 Canada Geese, 7 Herring Gull, 12 Swallow, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 12 nests in nearby Rookery, 1 Dunnock, several Robins and Blackbirds. (R Mudge & H Kendall)

Late news 19/4 Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Dabchick and 4 Gadwall. (P Davies – photos)

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Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spotted Redshank, 43 Black-tailed Godwit, 2m Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 10 Gadwall, 6 House martin, 20+ Sand martin, 12 Swallow and 5 Sedge Warbler.

Marazion: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 House Martin, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Great Northern Diver. (I Webster)

Long Rock Beach: 1 Sandwich Tern. (MJ Spicer) Also 2 Great Northern Diver.

Longrock Pool: c120 Swallow, c30 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin this afternoon. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 15 Purple Sandpipers and 18 Turnstones below the harbour wall plus drake Eider off the Bus Station this morning. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 11 Wheatear. (DS Flumm)

Bartinney: 6 Wheatear. (DS Flumm)

Windmill Farm: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo and 3 Sedge Warbler on CBWPS walk. (D Wright – photos)

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Mousehole: 4 Sandwich Tern plus 2 Rock Pipit. (S Maycock – photo)

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Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still, plus 2m Garganey at St Anthony and 1 Dunlin. (J Selby – photo)

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Falmouth: 1Black-throated Diver off Gyllyngvase Beach. (J St Ledger)

Kenidjack: 1 male Redstart. (JD Swann)

St Ives: 4 Ring Ouzel this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

MJS

 

Saturday 19th April 2014

St Gothian Sands LNR: 3 broods of Mallard, 1 Dunlin, c20 Sand Martin, c15 Swallow and 3 Wheatear plus 1 Sandwich Tern offshore. (MJ Spicer)

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still. (L Proctor)

Video of aggressive Mute Swan filmed at Guineaport on 18/4 by C Davies
Buttermilk Hill: 6 Ring Ouzel, 12 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 14 pr Linnet and 9 pr Meadow Pipit. (D Jenkins, V Stratton, J Thomas)

Trendrine Hill/Holmans Moors: 12 Buzzard and 1 Whitethroat.  V Stratton, J Thomas) 

Beagletodn: 2 Ring Ouzel.  (V Stratton, J Thomas)

Zennor Hill/Eagles Nest: 6 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 5 Buzzard. (V Stratton, J Thomas)

St. Ives Harbour: 5 Buzzards flew over the town and out over the Bay. (V Stratton, J Thomas)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus 7 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Teal, 9 Mallard plus 8 & 5 ducklings, 2 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 9 Moorhen, 22 Curlew over, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 6 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear and 1 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker)

Porth Joke: 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and several Linnet. (S Rowe)

Sancreed: 10 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and 10 Swallow. (DS Flumm)

MJS

 

 

Friday 18th April 2014

Late news 17/4 Looe Island: 1 Eider, 18 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Tern and 3 Willow Warbler. (B Taggart)

Late news 17/4 Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Common Sandpiper and 1 Reed Warbler. (B Field)

Friendship Woods: 6+ Siskin, 1 Linnet and 2 Blackcap. (MJ Spicer)

Buttermilk Hill: 1f Ring Ouzel and 6 Wheatear. (S Turner)

St Merryn: 1 Snow Bunting in a private garden, for third day. (P Clifford)

Brew Pool: 1 Whitethroat. (B Field)

Trinity Pool: 1 Little Egret. (B Field) 

Windmill Farm: 7 Wheatear, 7 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Reed Bunting. (D Wright)

Tregeseal: 1 Red Kite. (S Williams)

Rumps and Pentire Farm: 20 Carrion Crow, 4 Fulmar, 2 Gannet,  Goldfinch,10 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Guillimot, c50 Herring Gull, 20 House Martin, 12 House Sparrow, 8 Jackdaw, 2 Kestrel, 4 Magpie, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Pheasant, 3 Razorbill, 12 Rock Pipit, 6 Shag,12 Skylark, 4 Stonechat, c80 Swallow, 2 Wheatear and c50 Wood Pigeon. (C & B Travis)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus 7 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Teal, 14 Mallard, 3 Little Egret, 13 Grey Heron, 12 Moorhen, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 8+ Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear and 2 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 12 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 14 Turnstone on the beach and 3 Great Northern Divers offshore. (DK Parker)

Sennen: 3 Yellow Wagtails and a White Wagtail in field opposite the quarry. (DK Parker)

Buttermilk Hill, St Ives:  9 Ring Ouzels, a flock of 8 were on the slope towards Towednack and arrived early this morning consisting of 4 males and 4 females and a female feeding on the slope of the hill towards Trevalgan Hill.  The group of 8 fed up until 7-00 pm this evening and stopped feeding, and just sat around until 7-40 pm when they flew up onto the higher rocks and then flew off in a flock high towards the North West out over the sea continuing their migration. Also  12 Wheatears. (V Stratton-photos)

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Eagles Nest: 1 Red Kite, 2 Whitethroat and 3 House Martin. (J St Ledger)

Marazion: 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Penzance: 1 Great Northern Diver and drake Eider. (L Proctor)

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis.

Falmouth: 1 Black Guillemot. (D Chaney)

Kenidjack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Walmsley: 1 Redstart.

MJS 

Thursday 17th April 2014

Late news 16/4 Hayle Estuary: 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Little Egret, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Grey Plover. (S Turner)

Late news 16/4 Chun Down: 1 Cuckoo and 27 Wheatear. (I Webster)

St Erth: 6+ Siskin in Friendship Wood, plus 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Linnet. (MJ Spicer)

Towan Head: 8 Purple Sandpiper with Turnstones. (M Lammas)

Lanivet: 1 f Merlin chasing House Martins. (P Davies)

Rame Head: 1 ring-tail Hen Harrier. (D Allan)

Chyandour, Penzance: 13 Sandwich Tern and 1m Eider still paired to an adult Great Black-backed Gull. (DS Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus c5 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Teal, 9 Mallard plus 8 ducklings, 2 Little Egret, 14 Grey Heron, 11 Moorhen, 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail and 2 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: 2 Canada Geese, 1 Little Egret, 4 Whimbrel, 5 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 4 Whitethroat. (DK Parker, C Moore)

Carn Brae: 4 Ring Ouzel. (C Moore)

Bartinney Down: 1 Cuckoo. (C Moore)

Porthgwarra: 1 Dotterel. (M Wallace)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Wheatear (1m, 3 f) and1 Mallard with 14 ducklings. (M & T Hasdell)

Buttermilk Hill: 14 Ring Ouzel, 1 Cuckoo, 21 Wheatear, 5 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel and several Linnet and Meadow Pipit this morning plus 2 Ring Ouzel and 9 Wheatear this evening. (V Stratton, J Thomas)

St John’s Lake: 1 Spoonbill and 12 Shelduck. (D Courtnell)

Windmill Farm: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 18 Swallow and Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs. (D Wright)

Porth Joke: 12 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, several Skylark, Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Moorhen and 3 Swallow. (S Rowe)

Zennor Hill: 5 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Lizard Village: Great White Egret flew north. (T Blunden)

Gurnard’s Head: 1f Ring Ouzel.

Kenidjack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Falmouth: 1 Black Guillemot and 1 Whitehroat.

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still. (P Tongue – photo)

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Sennen: 1 Hoopoe at Brew Sewage Works.

MJS

Wednesday 16th April 2014

Late news, 15/4, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe. (S Kolodziejski)

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Late news, 15/4, St. Ives: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (C Barnard)

Porth Reservoir and Woods: 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Sparrowhawk, 6+ Buzzard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 15+ drake Mallard, 2 fem Mallard with 6 & 5 ducklings each, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Dipper, 3 Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, 6 Linnet, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 2 Song Thrush and 1 Nuthatch. (D Mays, two video clips below))

 

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Whimbrel, 4 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus c5 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 8 Teal, 7 Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 9 Moorhen, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swallow, c25 Sand Martin, 6 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 3 White Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail and 2 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker & R Farnes)

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Maer Lake: 1 Little Ringed Plover. (T & J  Sleep)

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Bodmin Moor, Sharp Tor: 1 m Redstart, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Raven, 5 Buzzard and 6 Wheatear. (J St Ledger)

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Bodmin Moor, Golitha Falls: 2 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail, also numbers of Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit and Goldcrest. (J St Ledger)

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Freathy: 1 Osprey in off the sea. (M Jordan)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10  Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 1 Black-headed Gull, 9   Blue Tit, 8 Buzzard, 2 Canada Goose, c50 Carrion Crow, 30 Chaffinch, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Collared Dove, 8 Cormorant, 15 Curlew, 7 Dunnock, 12 Goldfinch, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Greenshank, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, c50 Herring Gull, 4 House Sparrow, 12 Jackdaw, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Little Egret, 5  Magpie, 16  Mallard, 20  Mute Swan, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 16 Robin, 20 Rook, 45 Shelduck, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Starling, 24 Swallow, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Wigeon, c30 Wood Pigeon and 1 Wren. (The “Martin Cutland” Wildlife Walk, per C Travis)

Marazion: 2 Great Northern Divers offshore. (DK Parker)

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still. (MJ Spicer, DK Parker)

Falmouth, Pendennis: c.100 auk sp. flock west and 1 Swallow around the swimming pool end. Swanpool Point: 1 Common Whitethroat (+ another whitethroat sp.) in the low blackthorn alongside the coast path but flighty. Swanpool:  1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 sitting Mute Swan, partner as usual very aggressive to any ducks present. Gorrangorras: 2 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mute Swan and 1 recently fledged Raven. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir:  8 Great Crested Grebe.  (D Chaney)

College Reservoir:  1 Mute Swan (presume partner sitting somewhere), 2 Canada Goose, 6 Tufted Duck (3m3f), 2 Grey Heron, c50 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 v. black mantled), 1 Great Black-backed Gull.  (D Chaney)

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Tuesday 15th April 2014

Late news 14/4 Rame Head: 3 Wheatear and 8 Willow Warbler. (B Taggart)

Newquay, Polly Joke: 1 Kestrel, 20+ Fulmar, 4 Sand Martin, 15+ Swallow, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 10+ Chiffchaff, 30+ Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 7 Oystercatcher. 2 Canada Geese, 5 Great black-backed Gull, and a few Gannet past. (D Mays – photos)

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Foage Valley: 12 Wheatear. (S Turner)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag, 2 hybrid geese, 8 Teal, 9 Mallard plus 7 ducklings, 2 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 11 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear and 3 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker, S Turner, R Farnes – photos)

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Marazion: 1 1w m Surf Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver.

West Penwith: 1 Dipper. (S Turner)

Buttermilk Hill: 4 Buzzard, 4 Swallow, pr of Raven and 19 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Trevalgan Hill: 17 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Trevail Valley:12 Swallow and 14 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Wicca Valley: 6 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite. (T Carson per S Rowe)

Crowdy & Davidstowe Airfield: 1 Red Kite. (B Craven)

Penryn Area: 4 Grey Wagtail and 3 Dipper. (P Martin – photos)

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Porthgwarra: 8 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 9 Wheatear, 7 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff also 1000+ Manx Shearwaters feeding offshore and a Red throated Diver flew east. (DK Parker)

Godrevy Point: 12 Whimbrel (on rocks), 2 Skylark, 11 Wheatear, 4 House Martin, 7 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow. Also 75+ Grey Seal on beach. (J St Ledger)

Stithians Reservoir: 3f Goldeneye, 1 Slavonian grebe and 5 Great-crested Grebe. (S Kolodziejski)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Mallard with 12 young plus 4 Great-crested Grebe. (S Maycock)

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Maer Lake: 1m Green-winged Teal.

Falmouth: 1 Black Guillemot and 1 Black-throated Diver.

MJS

Monday 14th April 2014

Late news 13/4 Buttermilk Hill: 2 Wheatear,7 pairs of Meadow Pipit, 9 pairs of Linnet on territory, 1f Peregrine and 6 Swallow. (V Stratton)

Late news 13/4 Trevaalgan Hill: 1m Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Late news 13/4 Foage Valley: 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Long-tailed Tits nest building and displaying Buzzards and Ravens. (V Stratton)

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St Agnes: 1f Marsh Harrier with injured left leg. (D Curtis)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Med Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 8 Greenshank, 2 Redshhank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Bullfinch, 9+ Blackcap and 5+ Chiffchaff. (C Ellis)

Ryan’s Field: 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Canada Goose and 2 hybrid geese. (DS Flumm)

Tregiffian: 10 Wheatear. (C Moore)

Gwenter: 6 Ring Ouzel. (S Bury – photo) Also 1 Marsh Harrier over pm.

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Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag, 3 hybrid geese, 2 Gadwall, 6 Teal, 9 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 13 Grey Heron, 9 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Swallow, c25 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 5+ Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Stonechat and 1 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker, DS Flumm) 

Marazion: 2 Grey Plovers and a Dunlin on the beach plus 1 Black throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker)

Falmouth, off Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Black-throated Diver and 4 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger) Also 1 Black Guillemot and 1 Common Guillemot late afternoon.

Cudden: 5 Wheatear. (I Webster)

Prussia Cove: 1 pr Raven with 3 young. (I Webster)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Maer Lake: 1 1w m Green-winged Teal.

Penzance: 1 1w m Surf Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Little Tern.

Mayon Cliff: 1m Ring Ouzel.

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Osprey over.

Mevagissey: 1 Black-thorated Diver and 2 Purple Sandpiper.

Plain an Gwarry: 1 Red Kite. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

MJS