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Balearic Shearwater synchronised survey  –  seawatchers needed on 18 Aug 2015

A coordinated MARINElife/RSPB regional Balearic shearwater survey, at sea and from land is taking place between Portland and Ilfracombe on 18th August.
More help is urgently needed
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Specifically at Rame Head. The RSPB is short of sea watchers for Rame Head for the survey on the 18th August. Dawn to dusk coverage is hoped for and so far I’m on my own! Will be boggle eyed by lunchtime. Any one wishing to help out for a few hours please email me at taggart.bruce@gmail.com. Ideally I’d like 5 pairs of observers doing 3 hour shifts but any help would be appreciated. Best wishes Bruce Taggart


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Friday 31st July 2015

Stithians Reservoir: 6 Common Sandpiper, 25 Curlew, 10 Little Grebe, 2 (ad + juv) Great Crested Grebe and 1 Tufted Duck. (D Eva)

Callestick: 3 Crossbill over garden calling. (T Wilson)

Wadebridge, Trerravon Meadows: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Yellow Wagtail. (M Lammas)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Wood Sandpiper.  (B Field)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Ring-billed Gull again on the estuary today; Ryan’s Field: 1 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also 5 Whimbrel, 167 Curlew, 19 Oystercatcher, 16 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin this evening. (DK Parker)

Porthgwarra, Carn-les-Boel: 1 Wheatear. (M Wallace)

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Thursday 30th July 2015

St Austell, Eden Project: 1 Black Kite over at 10am. (A Wagstaff)

Stithians Reservoir, at the Southern Cut-off feeders:  1 f Bullfinch, 1 juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Jay, 2 Goldfinch + the usual birds seen there, including Chaffinches, Blue, and Great Tits etc. (R Farnes)

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Mount’s Bay, Mermaid II pelagic: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 5+ Mrditerranean Gull and 200 Manx Shearwater. (M Elliott).

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Ring-billed Gull again on the estuary.

Porthcurno: 1 Balearic Shearwater past Minack Theatre this morning.

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Wednesday 29th July 2015

Pendeen: 1 Little Shearwater initially feeding then west south west 08:17-08:22hrs. Also 6 Sooty, 1 Balearic & 14,400 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 71 Fulmar, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Sanderling, 2 ad Bonxie, 2 ad Arctic Skua, 110 Kittiwake, 8 Guillemot & 1 Swift all WSW 06:00 – 09:00. Manx random counts each half-hour as follows: 35/minute 0600-0630, 25/minute 0630-0700, 80/minute 0700-0730, 180/minute 0730-0800, 120/minute 0800-0830, 40/minute 0830-0900. (DS Flumm) Also 3 Balearic Shearwater, c5,000 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sabine’s Gull, 4 Whimbrel and 5 Puffin past 11:00 – 14:00. (G Berti)

Kenidjack Head: 1 Great Shearwater feeding amongst several 100 Manx Shearwater about 1 mile WSW of the head, the whole moving slowly North late morning. (P Clarke)

Carland Cross: 1 Barn Owl over A30 c1m west of Carland Cross at 05:45. (D King)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Coot, 1 Sanderling, 1 juv Med Gull, 5 Swift, 2 Sedge Warbler and 1 Reed Bunting. (MJ Spicer)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl from 20:20. (JPR & MJ Spicer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 15 Med Gull and 7 Redshank on Lelant Saltings. 5 Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin, 25 Med Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank on Ryan’s Field. (G Berti) Also 1 1s Ring-billed Gull still from causeway.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 20 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe plus 1 chick, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, c300 Swallow, 6 Swift and 2 Stonechat with 3 young plus Reed & Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker)

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Tuesday 28th July 2015

Late news 27/7 Pendeen: 2 Arctic Skua. (NR Phillips)

Pendeen: 5 Sooty, 1 Balearic & c15,000 Manx Shearwater, 217 Fulmar, 5 Common Scoter, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling, 8 Bonxie, 5 Arctic Skua, 76 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 21 Guillemot and 1 Swift south west 06:00 – 09:00. [Manx sample counts of 50/minute 0600-0730, 100/minute 0730-0800, 150/minute 0800-0830 and 100/minute 0830-0900. In addition large rafts on the sea at distance] (DS Flumm)

Lower Polmorla, St Wenn: 2 Spotted Flycatcher in private garden. (I Bennallick)

Ryan’s Field: 3 Whimbrel, 227 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper and 11 Med Gull. (MJ & JPR Spicer)

Trelissick: 3 Spotted Flycatcher (2 adult, 1 juv), 2 Blackcap (1m,1f), 1 Nuthatch, 4 Coal Tit and 1 Comma butterfly on woodland walk between Bishops Palace and beach. 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank and 4 Redshank on beach. (J St Ledger – photos)

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 Hayle Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank. (R Farnes – photos)

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St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 06:00 and 20:00. (GH & MJ Spicer)

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Monday 27th July 2015

Late news 25th & 26th July Newquay: 2 Chough between Polyjoke and Holywell Bay. (C Stephenson)

Pendeen: 4 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 150+ per min Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 4 Bonxie and 7 Whimbrel past 07:00-10:30. (LProctor) 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 2,000+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Bonxie, 2 Med Gull and 4 Common Scoter past 11:15 – 14:15. (B Dodd, M Elliott, MJ Spicer) 2 Great Shearwaters (07:20 & 11:15) well left of rocks easily missed, also 5 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrels and 12000+ Manx Shearwater. (M Darlaston)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sabine’s Gull, 2 Great Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Bonxie, 14 Whimbrel and 1,000s Manx Shearwater, all south 07:30 – 10:30 (N Wheatley) Also 2 Great Shearwater and 3 Bonxie past 11:23 – 12:00. c500 Gannet feeding or loafing on sea between the Brisons and Carn Gloose, with small numbers of Manx Shearwaters, Kittiwakes and 4(min) Med Gull. (P Clarke)

Porthgwarra: 1 Corys Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 100′ s Manx Shearwater and 300 Gannet. (I Webster)

Roughtor Woods: 1 Willow Tit, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 juv. Sparrow hawk. (D Eva)

Mount’s Bay: 5 Bonxie, juv Yellow-legged Gull 15:30-17:00. (M Elliott)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 female Peregrine, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin. (C Moore)

Hayle Estuary: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull from causeway. (T McGowan) Also 1 1s Ring-billed Gull.

Gweek: 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank. Also 3 Spotted Flycatcher (1 adult feeding 2 juvs) and 1 Nuthatch in oak woods on opposite bank of river from Seal Sanctuary. (J St Ledger)

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Croft Pascoe: 5 Spotted Flycatcher (2 adults feeding 3 fledglings). Also 1 Painted Lady butterfly. (J St Ledger)

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Sunday 26th July 2015

Late news 25/7 Looe Island: 1 Avocet at 09:50 then flew towards Hannafore. (J Ross & C Lewis – photos)

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Late news 25/7 Ryan’s Field: 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Reed Warbler feeding young. (S Williams – photos)

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Penlee Point, Newlyn: One pale phase adult Pomarine Skua harassing Gannets for ten minutes at c.1600. Also Gannet seen attacking the skua. (NR Phillips) 3+ Pom Skua, 2+ Arctic Skua, 100s Manx Shearwater and 4+ Risso’s Dolpins off LowLee buoy at 20:30. (M Elliott)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 2 Sandwich Tern, 5 Med Gull and 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger – photo)

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Kingsmill Lake: 1 ad Little Tern, c200 Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Med Gull, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Greenshank, 100+ Redshank and 5 Dunlin. (M Beer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 200+ Canada Geese, 12 Greylag, 4 hybrid geese and 1 Kingfisher. (L Ody)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Canada Geese, 2 Magpie, 15 Mallard, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Coot, 1 Tufted Duck (male), 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe (pair with juvenile), 11 Cormorant (3 juveniles), 45 Herring Gull (16 juveniles) and 1 Little Egret. (L Ody)

Lizard Point: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Whimbrel, 4 Pom Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Med Gull, 2 Sabine’s Gull, 6 Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern, 6 tern sp, 12 Puffin, 10 Razorbill and 14 Guillemot. (T Blunden, J Foster, J Selby & T Thirlaway)

Bass Point: 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwaters and 1 Ocean Sunfish between 10:30 and 13:00. (I Maclean)

Porthleven: 1 Cory’s Shearwater and 3 Pomarine Skuas between 15:00 and 16:30. (I Maclean)

Porthgwarra: Great Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Storm Petrel and 4 Puffin 11:30-15:00. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1s Ring-billed Gull still.

Pendeen: Possible pterodroma sp most closely resembling a pale morph Kermadec Petrel (just bigger than manx.pale head, brown wings with white panels) 13:55-14:15. Also Balearic Shearwater and Sooty Shearwater. (M Coller)

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Saturday 25th July 2015

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper and 4 Red Deer (1 stag, 2 hinds ,1 calf) at Golden Lion. (D Eva)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Wren, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcap,2 Tufted Duck 1m 1f, 1 Cormorant, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Canada Goose, 1 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Robin, 2 Coot , c25 Mallard, 3 Swallow and 2 Blackbird. (R Mudge)

Hayle Estuary: 1 1s Ring-billed Gull from causeway. 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Kingfisher on Ryan’s Field. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese plus 4 goslings, 18 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Coot, 16 Moorhen, 1 Dunlin, c150 Swallow, c10 Swift and 2 Stonechatplus 2 young, 1 Cetti’s Warbler  plus Reed & Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 2 Green Sandpipers. (J Hawkey)

Loe Bar: 24 Common Sandpipers. (I Maclean)

 

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