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Penzance Pelagics:

2014 pelagic

August 1st: Bioblitz at Stithians Reservoir: click on poster below for details.

Stithians Bioblitz Poster

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Monday 28th July 2014

Cape Cornwall: 1 Cory’s Shearwater,  3000+ Manx Shearwater,  4 Mediterranean Gull (ad and 3 juvs), seawatch 8.15 – 11.45am. (P Clarke)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 14 Little Grebe and 1 Great Crested Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Penzance, Chyandour: 1 2w Mediterranean Gull. (R Farnes)

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Mediterranean Gull, Rod Farnes

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House Sparrow, Rod Farnes

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 1 Teal, 7 Mallard, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 15 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, c20 Swallow, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat with 3 young plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 43 Sanderling and 6 Dunlin on the beach. (DK Parker)

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Sunday 27th July 2014

Late news, 24/7, Falmouth, Swanpool cliffs: 5 ad Fulmar and 2 juv. (D Chaney)

Late news, 26/7, Kestle Barton: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (D Chaney)

Late news, 26/7, Gillan Creek: 7 Common Sandpiper and 1 Kingfisher. (J Selby)

Marazion: 24 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Ringed Plover. (S Turner, DK Parker & D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 9 Mallard, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 14 Moorhen plus 2 very recently fledged young, c150 Swallow, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 9 Mediterranean Gull (3 juv, 2 1stS, 4 ad) (S Turner), 16 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk (female) and 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (J Hawkey & V Stratton). Estuary: 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel and 6 Little Egret, 80 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (full breeding plumage), 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot (full breeding plumage) 3 Dunlin, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (adults), 11 Greylag Geese, 1 Canada Geese,11 Shelduck, 14 Swift and 6 House Martin. (V Stratton & J Hawkey). Copperhouse Creek: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Gull (ad) and 6 Little Egret. (J Hawkey).

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Hayle beach: 81 Sanderling. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: 50 Common Scoter east, 2 Manx Shearwater west, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Wheatear, 32 Linnet plus 4 Clouded Yellow butterflies. (MJ Spicer)

Windmill Farm: 1 Green Sandpiper. (J Selby)

Croft Pascoe Woods: 2 ad Spotted Flycatcher feeding 2 juv. (J Selby)

Falmouth, Gorrangorras: 33 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Mute Swan, 20+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Linnet plus1 Stoat. Swanpool Point: 13 Mediterranean Gull. (D Chaney)

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Saturday 26th July 2014

Late news, 25/7, Scillonian RSPB Cruise, Outward (Penzance to Wolf Rock): 2 Balearic Shearwater, c2000 Manx Shearwater (mainly between Runnelstone and Wolf Rock), 43 Gannet ,  2 Fulmar , 43 Herring Gull, 3 Black-headed Gull also a group of 10 Common Dolphin includiing a calf. Return (Wolf Rock to Penzance): 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2000 plus Manx Shearwater (if anything greater numbers than on outward journey, in same area), 44 Gannet, 3 Fulmar,  77 Herring Gull, 9 Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Harbour Porpoise. (P Clarke)

Late news, 25/7, Porthgwarra: 300 plus juvenile Swallows and a Sand Martin flying out to sea, 1 Wheatear and 2,000 plus Manx Shearwater offshore near the Wolf in several very large rafts. (V Stratton)

Late news, 25/7, Buttermilk Hill: 1 Wheatear, 6 Raven and 2 Nightjar (male and female). (V Stratton)

Late news, 25/7, Little Kelynack: 1 Greenshank heard, over, late evening. (C Moore)

Gannel Estuary: 13 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher and 2 Little Egret. (S Rowe)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 8 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern (inc 1 juv), 2 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin. (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Copperhouse Creek: 1 2S Yellow-legged Gull and 4 Mediterranean Gull. Ryan’s Field: 16 Mediterranean Gull. (M Ahmad)

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Friday 25th July 2014

Late news, 24/7, Portscatho: 15 Swift feeding. (B Toms)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 16 Mediterranean Gull (7 ad, 9 juv) and 2 Sandwich Tern (1 ad, 1 juv). (J St Ledger)

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Sandwich Terns

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by John St Ledger

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 8 Mallard, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 2 Coot, 16 Moorhen, c20 Swallow, 1 Stonechat, 1 Mediterranean Gull over, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. Also 2 Clouded Yellow butterflies. (D Flumm & DK Parker)

Porthgwarra: 1 leucistic Starling on wires at Roskestral Farm. 13 species of butterfly including 3 Clouded Yellows in off the sea. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel) Also 1 Cory’s Shearwater reported past.

The Lizard, Hot Point: 25 Storm Petrel caught. (West Cornwall Ringing Group, per M Grantham)

Bedruthan Steps: 1 Wheatear. (B Toms)

Breage, Wheal Fortune: 1 singing male Yellowhammer. (G Adams)

Scillonian Crossing: 2 Balearic Shearwater.

St Austell: 1 pair Roe Deer. (D Hastilow)

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Thursday 24th July 2014

Late news, 23/7, Falmouth, Swanpool Point: c20 Mediterranean Gull and c60 Black-headed Gull. Gorrangorras: 29 Mediterranean Gull. (D Chaney)

Late news, 23/7, Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 4 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 8 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 18 Moorhen, 7 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, c250 Swallow at dusk, c10 Swift, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker)

Marazion beach: 13 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin and 10 Sanderling. (J Hawkey)

Ponsandane beach: 32 Mediterranean Gull inc 29 juv’s. (J Hawkey)

Penzance, Chyandour: 15 Mediterranean Gull, 29 Sanderling and 2 Dunlin. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir, (Members only): 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly. (J Hawkey)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 17 Cormorant, 11 Curlew and 8 Grey Heron. (D Eva)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 5 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 1 Coot, 15 Moorhen, c50 Swallow, c10 Swift, 2 Stonechat, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker & D Flumm)

Falmouth, Swanpool Point: 15 Mediterranean Gull (5 juv), including colour-ringed bird Green 5T8, 22 Black-headed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew and 3 Whimbrel. (D Chaney)

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Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Drift Reservoir (members only): c300 Canada Goose, 16 Greylag, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff. (M & T Hasdell)

Sancreed: Flock of 350 Swift and 250 Swallow  feeding on flying ants for >1hour west of Beacon before slowly drifting south west. (D Flumm)

The Rumps and Pentire Head: 1 Buzzard, c50 Carrion Crow, 25 Cormorant, 6 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 25 Goldfinch, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, c70 Herring Gull, 10 House Martin, 20 House Sparrow, 12 Jackdaw, 4 Kestrel, 50 Linnet, 1 Magpie, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Raven, 1 Razorbill, 20 Rock Pipit, c30 Rook, 20 Shag, 10 Skylark, 20 Starling, 15 Stonechat, c100 Swallow, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 20 Wood Pigeon and 1 Wren. (The ‘Martin Cutland Wildlife Walk’, per C Travis)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher. (R Farnes)

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Kingfisher pictures

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by Rod Farnes

Windmill Farm: 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Snipe. (A Pay)

Rosudgeon: 1 Barn Owl carrying prey this evening. (I Webster)

Gillan Creek: 11 Common Sandpiper today, “since 10th of July I have regularly been having counts of between 5 and 8 common sandpiper in Gillan Creek”. (J Selby)

Marazion: 5 juv & 1 2w Med Gull offshore. (DK Parker)

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Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Late news, 21/7, Wadebridge: 1 Wood Sandpiper flew over late evening. (D Julian)

Sancreed: 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (D Flumm)

Camel Estuary, Rock beach: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (P Rowse)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 7 Mallard, 1 Teal, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 ad Moorhen with 8 young, 6 Buzzard, c15 Swallow, c30 Swift (drifting west), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker & DS Flumm)

The Lizard, village: 1 m Siskin in private garden. (S Pilbeam)

Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin and 1 juv Stonechat. (R Doble)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper and 3 Snipe. (R Doble)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: distant manx sheatwaters and gannets west. Castle Beach: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Kingfisher. Swanpool Point: 52 Mediterranean Gull including c.25% juvs, 60 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank including 1 juv and 2 Whimbrel, plus c10 Bottlenose Dolphins out in the bay. (D Chaney & J St Ledger)

Marazion: Pair of Bullfinch. (DK Parker)
 
Penzance: African Grey Parrot on lamp post by Tescos roundabout. (DK Parker)

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