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Cirl Buntings Reintroduction update

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Choughs early February

Not long now until the breeding season and we are hopeful for another good year for Cornwall’s choughs.  At a couple of sites it has been noted that established pairs are down to single birds, which is not so great, but at one territory the surviving female has been prospecting for a new mate so it will be interesting to see what happens.  This is a critical time of year to know where all the choughs are so please do keep your records coming, don’t assume we know where all the choughs are – there might be new birds coming in, or young pairs wandering to set up territories in new areas.

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The RSPB Beached Bird Survey needs more volunteers – can you help?

The Beached Bird Survey is an effective way of monitoring trends in oil and other pollution incidents that affect seabirds.  The RSPB needs more volunteers to take part in this simple survey in SW England so we can increase our coverage of accessible coastline.  It involves walking an allocated stretch of beach and recording any oil and the number and species of any `beached’ birds.  Details of the survey and requirements are on the link below.

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Sunday 1st March 2015

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 poss Hume’s Leaf Warbler.

Truro River: 58 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Grey Heron and 1 singing Firecrest. (D Eva)

Charlestown: 1 m Bullfinch in garden. (D Hastilow)

Coverack: 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (A Pay)

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Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Iceland Gull, 1 1w Little Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 150 Black-headed Gull, 13 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 2 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 18 Oystercatcher and 3 Little Egret. (S Rowe)

Towan Head: 22 Turnstone and 7 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Manx Shearwater past today. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: 1 ad Pacific Diver again plus 1 Slavonian Grebe and 5 Great Northern Diver off the harbour. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gulval: 1 Little Bunting again. (M Halliday)

Marazion: 1 Sandwich Tern offshore. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull and 1 Long-tailed Duck. Pendennis Head: 1 Great Skua past. (S Perfect)

Maenporth: 1 1w m King Eider still.


Saturday 28th February 2015

Helston, Coverack Bridges: 1 1w probable Kumlein’s Gull seen in flight. (M Grantham, S Bury)

Coverack: 1 1w Iceland Gull and 1 1w Glaucous Gull. (J Selby)

JSelby_IcelandGull_280215Iceland Gull, Jonathan Selby

Kynance Cove: 1m Dartford Warbler. (G Adams)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 m Shoveler and 1 Coot. (MJ Spicer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Gadwall (2prs), 3 Wigeon, 6 Mediterranean Gull (2x 1st: 1x 2nd:3x ad), 5 Common Gull, 1 dk Mandarin and 1 Bar-headed Goose. (J Hawkey)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Little Gull this morning, 13 Wigeon, 2 Greenshank and 4 Redshank. (S Rowe)

Gulval: 1 Little Bunting again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull and 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Maenporth: 1 1w m King Eider, 1 f Eider and 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Mount’s Bay: 1 ad Pacific Diver again off Penzance harbour.


Friday 27th February 2015

Rinsey Head: 3 Chough. (R Teague)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Iceland Gull. (M Lammas) Newquay Bay: 700 Herring Gull, 400 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Common Gull. (S Rowe)

Wadebridge, Camel Trail: 1 Dotterel, c5000 Golden Plover, c700 Lapwing, c1000 Dunlin, c100 Curlew, 50 Grey Plover, c50 Ringed Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, c200 Redshank, 20 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck and 1 Grey Wagtail. (MJ Spicer, T Mills)

MSpicer_Dotterel_270215Dotterel, Mike Spicer

Gerrans Bay: 11 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Razorbill, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Chough and 2 Raven. (J St Ledger)

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Trevose Head: 9 Corn Bunting plus 1w male Merlin. (A McKechnie, B Dodd)

Gulval: 1 Little Bunting again. (J Swann)

Falmouth, town: 1 -2 Black Redstart in Beacon Road again. (S Perfect)


Thursday 26th February 2015

Penzance, Chyandour cliff: 3 imm/f Black Redstart. (P St Pierre)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Mediterranean Gull (3x1st w: 1x 2nd w), 4 Common Gull, 2 Gadwall (pr), 1 Bar-headed Goose, 152 Canada Geese (including any hybrids) and 1 Greylag Goose. (J Hawkey)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 2 f American Wigeon and 19 Wigeon. (S Rowe)

Gulval: 1 Little Bunting again. (A McKechnie)

AMcKechnie_LittleBunting_260215Little Bunting, Alex McKechnie

Traboe: 1 Hooded Crow. (A Williams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 239 Curlew, 9 Shelduck, 43 Wigeon, 15+ Teal, 130+ Herring Gull, 164 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 22 Great Black-backed Gull, 40+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 15 Carrion Crow and 1 Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit. Copperhouse Creek: 1 Little Egret, 11 Herring Gull, 2 Curlew, 56 Wigeon, 1 m Goosander, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Robin and singles of Blackbird Wren and Carrion Crow. (P Freestone)

Gwithian: 5 Canada Geese, 2 Carrion Crow, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Mallard, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Shelduck and 1 Magpie. Offshore: 10+ Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 10+ Shag, 40+ Herring Gull, 1 Fulmar and 1 Cormorant. (P Freestone)

Falmouth, Town: 1 Black Redstart in Beacon Road again. (S Perfect) Swanpool: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull and 1 Long-tailed Duck again.

Camel Estuary, Tregunna: 1 Dotterel, 50+ Lapwing and 1 Golden Plover.

Maenporth: 1 King Eider again.

Trevose Head, Boobys Bay: 1 Glaucous Gull. (A Hockey)

Devoran, Tallacks: 1 Sandwich Tern. (M May)


Wednesday 25th February 2015

Late news, 20/2, Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 f American Wigeon. (S Rowe)

SRowe_AWigeon_250215American Wigeon, Steve Rowe

Late news, 24/2, Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings (morning high tide): 17 Wigeon, 15 Teal, 1m Goosander, 21 Oystercatcher, 23 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Cormorant, 80+ Dunlin, 8 Shelduck, 5 Greenshank, 11 Redshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 88 Black-headed Gull, 247 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull (including red ringed bird W:037), 4 Woodpigeon, 4 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Herring Gull (including black ringed bird 420), 7 Chaffinch, 1 Wren, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Robin, 1 Magpie,1 Blue Tit, 2 Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Plover and 1 Raven. Ryan’s Field: 18 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant, 1 Greenfinch, 14 Redshank, 23 Curlew, 78 Dunlin, 3 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Dunnock, 1 Black-headed Gull and 6 Herring Gull. Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Curlew, 3 Mallard, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Buzzard, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Goldfinch, 3 Magpie, 1 Carrion Crow, 7 Jackdaw, 92 Woodpigeon, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackbird, 3 (m+2f) Blackcap, 2 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 269 Wigeon, 340 Teal, 38 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Plover, 19 Shelduck, 121 Herring Gull, 55 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Wren, 1 Robin, 30+ Rook, 3 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit and 3 Little Grebe. (P Freestone)

Late news, 24/2, Gwithian:Magpie, 8 Tufted Duck, 17 Curlew, 8 Mallard 8 including female on nest, 4 Raven, 30+ Starling, 21 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 24 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 42 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Teal, 75 Herring Gull, 13 Black-headed Gull, 1m Shoveller, 2 Skylark, 4 Wren, 20+ Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Fulmar, 12 Oystercatcher, 300+ Gannet offshore, 150+ Kittiwake offshore, Shag (not counted), 1 Guillemot, 2 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 2 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, 3+ Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 40+ Rook, 1 Kestrel, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Goldcrest. (P Freestone)

Late news, 24/2, Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (M Lockyear)

MLockyear_RBGull1_240215Ring-billed Gull, Michael Lockyear

Late news, 24/2, Marazion: 1 ad Ring-billed Gull. (M Lockyear)

MLockyear_RBGull2_240215Ring-billed Gull, Michael Lockyear

Bude breakwater: 2 Purple Sandpiper and 15 Turnstone. (H Kendall)

Camel Trail – Wadebridge to Tregenna Bridge: 1 Dotterel (ad w, loosely associating with 1500 Golden Plover), 1 Green Sandpiper, 12 Bullfinch, 7 Goosander, 1 Otter and 1 Grey Seal. (G Berti, J Humphries et al)

 Canonstown: 1 Buzzard with Rook prey in private garden. (J Munday)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern and 1 Sparrowhawk. (A James)


Bittern, Alan James

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Mallard, Alan James


Sparrowhawk, Alan James

St Ives: 2 colour-ringed Herring Gull, 1 marked W195. (K Dalziel)

Bosporthennis: 1 Jack Snipe flushed. (S Cox)

Penzance: 1 ad Pacific Diver offshore Albert Pier. (M Elliott)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)


Tuesday 24th February 2015

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 m Goosander, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 4 Mediterranean Gull. (S Turner)

Maenporth: 1 1w King Eider (male), 1 Eider (female) and 2 Great Northern Diver. (G Prescott, S Perfect, J St Ledger)

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King Eider, John St Ledger


Coverack: 1 1w Glaucous Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull ( 1ad + 1 1w), 5+ Lesser Black-backed Gull and 8 Turnstone. (P Tongue, R Farnes, T McGowan, T Mills)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 8 Mute Swan including 2 young, 2 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 7 Mallard, 37 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 19 Moorhen, 6 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 5+ Chiffchaff and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 1 ad Ring-billed Gull reported. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gwallon: 1 Mistle Thrush. (DK Parker)

St Erth: c20 Stock Dove, 8 Skylark, 3 Raven and 1 Mistle Thrush. (DK Parker)

Tregilliowe Farm: 2 Little Grebe, 3 Moorhen, 10+ Pheasant, 1 Sparrowhawk, c150 Golden Plover over, 1 Green Woodpecker, 5+ Raven and c200 Chaffinch. (DK Parker)

Plain-an-Gwarry: 21 Greylag feeding in crop fields. (DK Parker)

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (R Wilkins)

Carnon Downs Sewage Works: 2 Firecrest. (R Wilkins)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Water Rail, 1 Reed Bunting, 6+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, Long-tailed Tits and Goldfinches. (R Farnes)

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Reed Bunting, Rod Farnes

Penzance: 1 Pacific Diver reported and 2 Great Northern Diver. (M Elliott)

Gulval: 1 Little Bunting again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull and 1 Long-tailed Duck still. (G Prescott, S Perfect, D Chaney)



Monday 23rd February 2015

Late news, 22/2, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 12 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goldeneye (female), 10 Teal, 15 Lapwing, 1 Water Rail,1 Grey Wagtail and 4 Reed Bunting. (J St Ledger)

Late news 22/02 Maenporth: 1 1w m King Eider still. (S Rogers)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 30+ Mediterranean Gull (inc 20 adults). (S Turner)

Gulval: 1 Little Bunting still. (S Turner)

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STurner_LBunting3_230215Little Bunting STurner_LBunting4_230215Steve Turner

Maenporth: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Peregrine Falcon. No sign of King Eider between 8.30 to 9.30am. (J St Ledger) Later, 1 1w m King Eider. (B Field, S Cox)

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Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Water Rail. (J St Ledger, B Field) Town: 1 Black Redstart in Beacon Road again. (S Perfect)


Water Rail, John St Ledger


Long-tailed Duck, John St Ledger

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Coverack: 1 juv Glaucous Gull and 1 Merlin. (S Bury)


Glaucous Gull, Steve Bury

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Roseland: 2 Chough again: (D+J Hall)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 f American Wigeon and 1 juv Glaucous Gull.

St Columb Major: 1 m Sparrowhawk in garden. (J Mankelow)

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