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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Sunday 13th August 2017

Late news, 12/8, Newquay, Park Head, (06.45 -09.10, seawatch): 372 Gannet, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 18 Fulmar, 2920 Manx Shearwater, 8 Storm Petrel (all up coast rather than west), 5 Common Scoter, 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater and 30 Curlew. (J Dustow)

Late news, 12/8, Gannel Estuary: 3 Little Egret  and 1 Cattle Egret (appeared to be 1 juv on saltings with Little Egret). (J Dustow)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 (2ad, 2 juv) Cattle Egret at midday today. (S Rogers) (First report of 2 juv at site?) Also 8 Glossy Ibis, (flew in from West at 19.40 including the ringed bird), 34 Dunlin, 2 Teal, 64 Mallard, 4 ad and 2 juv Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Green Sandpiper. (J Dustow)

Polzeath: 6 Glossy Ibis in flight over beach and heading up Camel Estuary. (N Paul)

Newquay, Towan Head. 3 Wheatear, 1 juv Peregrine Falcon, 1 Ocean Sunfish. On rocks behind headland hotel, 2 Curlew, 21 Turnstone, 19 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra (06:30-09:45): 4 Great Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater past. Cove, seawatch (0800-1445hrs):   1 Little (Barolo) Shearwater flew west outside the Runnel Stone 0910hrs, 2 Wilson Petrel (one 1000hrs the other 1150hrs), 1 Great Shearwater.  12 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 51 Storm Petrel, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 5 Sandwhich Tern  2 Common Tern  4 Dunlin 1 Swift, also 6 Common Dolphin,14 Porpoise, 1 Minke Whale and many sightings of Tuna jumping. (B Mellow , R Wilkins, L Wilkins and R Augarde) Also 1 Fin Whale reported.

Penberth seawatch (10:00-12:00): No movement, but feeding offshore:5 Storm Petrel, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 50 Kittiwake, 1Great Skua and several hundred Manx Shearwater in scattered rafts as far as I could see. Also 1 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, 1 Ocean Sunfish and 19 Harbour Porpoise in pods of 2, 3, 4, 4 & 6. Single Wheatear on cliff. (D Flumm)

Chapel Point, this evening: 12 Kittiwake, 2 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 48 Storm Petrel ( with a Peregrine Falcon hunting them circa 1 mile out at sea , by hovering over the top of the Stormies and swooping down , but it didn’t work ! ), 1 Pomarine Skua ( 2nd cycle bird ), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Minke Whale. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 Teal, 7 Greenshank and 1 dead Fulmar. (R Veal) Also 2 Ruff reported on Ryan’s Field. Copperhouse Creek: 4 Black Swan this morning. (M O’Sullivan)

Plymouth: Ad Sabine’s Gull ‘3 miles south’ from Plymouth to Roscoff ferry. (K Wilson)

Scillonian Crossing: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 8 Cory’s Shearwater, 9 Great Shearwater, 14 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater and 7 Grey Phalarope.

Croft Pascoe: 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Dartford Warbler ( D.Eva )

Charlestown: 1 m Peregrine (D Hastilow)

Wadebridge: 1 Ruff, 6 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper. (S. & P Rogers).

Nanjizal: 183 birds ringed, including 31 Willow Warbler, 19 Whitethroat, 105 Sedge Warbler, 10 Grasshopper Warbler. (per K Wilson)

Goss Moor: 58 ringed, 20 Blackcap, 5 Garden warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (P Roseveare)

Crowdy Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1Kingfisher, 3 Cormorant, 1 Tufted Duck. (B Craven)

Bude Marshes: 2 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Black-headed Gull, 11 Wood Pigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 46 Mallard, 15 Moorhen, 3 Herring Gull, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Swift, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Wren, 1 Magpie, 1 Chiffchaff, 63 Canada Goose. (WeBS –  H Kendall, R Mudge)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 9 Canada Goose,14 Cormorant,15 Great Crested Grebe,1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Mallard, 4 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck,1 Great Black-backed Gull, 27 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 23 Carrion Crow, 18 Jackdaw, 8 Magpie, 18 Starling, 3 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Blackbird, 14 Swallow, 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 37 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chaffinch, 95 Goldfinch, 35 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Wren, 1 Stonechat, 19 Gatekeeper, 15 Wall Brown, 11 Meadow Brown, 10 Green-veined White, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Copper and 1 Black-tailed Skimmer.  (WeBS, DAConway)

Bodmin Moor, De Lank Valley: 2 Hobby (hunting off same hill as 2 Kestrel and 2 Buzzard), 4 Redpoll (incl. juveniles). (B Bryne)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Mute Swan (including 1 cygnet), 22 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 9 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe, 36 Moorhen (including 2 fluffy chicks and 5 immature birds), 1 Coot, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3 Herring Gull. (WeBS, DK Parker)

Marazion: 46 Ringed Plover, 8 Turnstone, 9 Sanderling and 7 Dunlin on the beach. Also c200 Swallow on wires behind Green Lane this evening. (DK Parker)

Camel Estuary: 20 Mute Swan, 84 Canada Goose, 61 Mallard, 16 Cormorant, 14 Shag, 72 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 273 Oystercatcher, 10Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 388 Curlew, 6 Common Sandpiper, 16 Greenshank, 39 Redshank, 5 Turnstone, 864 Black-headed Gull, 202 Mediterranean Gull, 668 Herring Gull, 38 Great Black-backed Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher. Plus Clouded Yellow butterfly (Dennis Cove, Padstow). (WeBS, D Julian)

River Neet, Stratton: 2 Kingfisher. (B Byrne)

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Friday 11th August 2017

Late news 10/8, A39 Cornwall/Devon border: 1 possible White Stork seen from moving car. (M Lyman)

Lizard Point seawatch (17:00-19:00): 24 Great Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 24 Fulmar, 8 Great Skua, 18 Kittiwake, 9500 Manx Shearwater, 2 Razorbill, 33 Sooty Shearwater, 1800 Gannet, 1 Puffin, 4 Storm Petrel. Also present: Great Black-backed Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Cormorants and Shags. (T Blunden)

Devoran: 3 Common Sandpiper. (D Eva)

Penlee Point, Rame: 25 Common Scoter west, 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad, 1 juv), 6 Manx Shearwater west. (P Aley)

Torpoint: 55 Mediterranean Gull (53 ad, 1 2s, 1 juv). (P Aley)

Wringford: 15 Swift. (P Aley)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Glossy Ibis, 3 Cattle Egret, 6 Green Sandpiper, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (E Mayhew)

Towan Head, Newquay: Big Manx Shearwater passage am,1 – 200/min and many Gannet. Also 2 Sunfish and the male Common Scoter still close to point. (M Lammas)

Porthgwarra seawatch (06:00-11:00): 20 Storm Petrel, 4 Great Shearwater, 13 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 14 Common Scoter, flock of 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Curlew, 2 Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxie, 1 Med Gull. C60 Common Dolphin, 5 Harbour Porpoise and a probable Risso’s Dolphin. (D Flumm, D Bedford, I Prentice et al) 09:45-13:30: 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 20 Sooty Shearwater, 22 Storm Petrel, 1 Bonxie, 1 Common Scoter. (M Wallace) 12:50-16:20: 4 Great Shearwater, 21 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel.

Scillonian III crossing, am: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 27 Storm Petrel, 20+ Common Dolphin.

Arden-Sawah, Polgigga: 1 juv Marsh Harrier. (M Wallace)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 20+ Swallow, 2 juv. Robin. (R Napp)

Robin, Rick Napp

 

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Thursday 10th August 2017

Late News: 09/09, Walmsley: Confirmation that yesterdays ringed Glossy Ibis was ringed as a chick this season at Donana National Park, Spain. (P Roseveare)

Lizard Point 06:30 – 10:15: 1 Great Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel. (D Bedford)

Scillonian III crossing am: 3 Cory’s Shearwater, 4 Great Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 15+ Storm Petrel this morning. Return crossing:  1 Fin Whale (P Taylor)

Treen cliff seawatch (14:00-16:30): 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 5 Common Scoter west. Hundreds of Manx Shearwaters feeding up to 3 miles offshore plus 6 Risso’s Dolphin (in pods of 2 and 4, the former thought to be the 2 seen at Porthgwarra 8th August), c100 Common Dolphin in 3-4 pods and a single pod of c20 Harbour Porpoise (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: 4 Great Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater and 20+ Sooty Shearwater.

Penzance Pelagic this eve: 15 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 25 Sooty Shearwater, 1000+ Manx Shearwater, 18 Storm Petrel, 3 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Tern, 1 Minke Whale, 30 Common Dolphin. (S Rogers, L Wilkins, M Elliott).

Sooty Shearwater – Steve Rogers

Great Shearwater – Steve Rogers

Minke Whale – Steve Rogers

Nanjizal: 247 birds ringed and 2 controls, including 158 Sedge Warbler, 44 Willow Warbler, 9 Reed Warbler, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 13 Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Melodious Warbler. (K Wilson)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 81 Dunlin, 1 Shoveler, 4 Cattle Egret (inc 1 juvenile), 2 Glossy Ibis2 Stoat. (B Bosisto) Also 2 Clouded Yellow butterflies. (D Thomas)

Clouded Yellow, Dave Thomas

Grey Heron, Dave Thomas

Glossy Ibis, Dave Thomas

Cattle Egret, Dave Thomas

Camel Estuary: 16 Dunlin, 19 Redshank, 2 Common Tern (1 ad,1 juv ),1 Bar-headed Goose, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 346 Curlew,1 Ringed Plover, 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly. (B Bosisto)

Penzance: Hundreds of Jackdaw coming to roost in the town  every evening, alighting on any prominence before moving to the trees for the night. (R Phillips)

Jackdaws, Roy Phillips

Jackdaws, Roy Phillips

Siblyback Reservoir: 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Little Egret, 2 Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Wheatear. (The water level is very high still, not much exposed mud). (P Phillips)

Collyford Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, 14 Wheatear and 1 White Wagtail. (C Buckland)

Rock helipad field: 2 Mistle Thrush, 16 Greenfinch. Porthilly Farm: 16 Mediterranean Gull feeding on insects. (S grose)

St Buryan: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (M Bishop)

Perranuthnoe: 8 Little Egret, c30 Curlew, c8 Dunlin, c8 Ringed Plover, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel (Adam Hartley)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Barn Owl. (S grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB (6 7pm): 6 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover. (M Puxley)

Nanquidno valley: Begging/calling juvenile Tawny Owls in sycamores. (M Puxley)

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Wednesday 9th August 2017

Pendeen seawatch (06:00 – 09:00):  2 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 12 Common Scoter, 5 Whimbrel, 30 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Swift. (D Flumm) 07:00 – 12:00: Highlights 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel and several hundred Manx. (S Rogers) 1 Wilson’s Petrel reported past at 11:48.12:50 and 13:50: 1 Cory’s Shearwater and 1 Balearic Shearwater. (MJ Spicer)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 Glossy Ibis including 1 Spanish ringed bird (hence possibly different birds to the earlier 14?), 5 Cattle Egret incl a juv. 38 Dunlin, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, Shoveler and Teal at this am. (P Roseveare) At Dusk: 8 Glossy Ibis, 5 Cattle Egret incl a juv and 95+ Dunlin. (A Langdon)

Godrevy: 1 Balearic Shearwater at 08:40.  (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 2 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, and 3 Shelduck (1 ad + 2  juv). (R Butts, T Pinfield) Ryan’s Field: 31+ Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (R Butts,T Pinfield)

Dobwalls: 50+ Swift over village between 13.00-13.05. (J Duffy)

Late News: ‘Pterodroma sp’ off Lamorna 8/8/2017
I was on board the Mermaid ll, guiding the scheduled Minack Theatre trip at midday, already heading back inshore after having failed to find any dolphins, or anything more than reasonable numbers of Manx Shearwaters foraging about a mile offshore. These birds are part of an extended flock (presumably still containing the large shearwaters still being recorded from Porthgwarra) ranging even further offshore and at least as far west as Wolf Rock. The wind was northerly and I was scanning the ever more distant line of Manx when I saw what I immediately thought was a pterodroma shearing almost twice as high and fast as the shearwaters around it. I could only see white under-parts and glimpses of dark upper-parts through my bins so I reached for my camera. The bird was so far off I had to use a distant boat to track it through the view finder, and the bird “switch-backed ” twice causing me to keep losing it, but I did manage to get 8-9 shots of the bird as it sheared over the horizon.
 Given the good light, clear conditions and having my converter on the camera giving me 420mm mag I was hopeful these would be enough to at least “nail it” as a Fea’s type but I had forgotten to set the camera back up to it’s highest resolution/ largest jpegs, having reduced this to save card space when photographing the seals on St Clement’s Island! As a result the pictures are the pixelated mess attached, but they were enough to show that the bird has largely white underwings with clear black margins, possibly a black ulnar-bar, and an apparently diffuse dark hood or head. The underwing alone should rule out any Fea’s type, and given the dark head this strongly indicates Bermuda Petrel Pterodroma cahow! However – as can be seen – the pictures are awful, and cannot safely rule-out Black-capped P. hasitata, or a “white-winged” Zino’s P. madeira or even confirm it as a pterodroma at all! Given what I saw and the longer “rear” of the bird I am happy it was a gadfly, and I’d even go as far as saying  it looked too small for how I’d imagine hasitata to look, and more confidently that it was too bulky for madeira ( having seen 5 Fea’s in Cornwall), but the photo.s just aren’t good enough, and I /we can only hope it is still happily feeding offshore with our shearwater frenzy- bring on the south-westerlies!
                                                                                                                            Martin Elliott

Martin’s original (left, heavily cropped) and post-processing (right)

Pterodroma petrel species, Martin Elliot. (processed images)

 

Slideshow, slightly larger version of processed images (click to pause) –

Three of the original images (cropped only), plus one of the originals below. As it can be seen, not too many pixels to work with!

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Tuesday 8th August 2017

Porthgwarra seawatch (06:00-10:00): 3 Great Shearwater, 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 28 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 9 Common Scoter, 1 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skua, 5 Bonxie, 1 Puffin. Several thousand Manx Shearwater feeding in wide area with equal numbers east and west.Also 2 Risso’s Dolphins together, one a very large pale grey individual with white head feeding for an hour beyond Runnelstone, c20 Common Dolphin & 6 Harbour Porpoise.  (D Flumm)

Pendeen (07:00 – 10:00) : 124 Common Scoter, 2 Balearic Shearwater, c.5000 Manx Shearwater, c.300 Gannet, 20 Kittiwake, 30 Swallow, 1 juv. Wheatear (D Eva) Also 6 Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 14 Sooty Shearwater reported to 08:30.

Lizard Point 06:30 – 09:20: 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 23 Great Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 7+ Balearic Shearwater.

Nanjizal: 215 birds ringed including 150 Sedge Warbler, 39 Whitethroat, 11 Willow Warbler, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler. (K Wilson)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1f Common Scoter. Ryan’s Field: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher. R Veal)

Kynance: 6 Chough near car park. (J St Ledger)

Chough, John St Ledger

Croft Pascoe: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Coal Tit. (J St Ledger)

Pendeen: 2 Chough, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 Raven, 2 Buzzard (A Hartley)

Pendeen Watch: 09:15-10:15, 50 Common Scoter in a moderate passage of Manx Shearwater (A Hartley)

Mousehole: large flock of 100+ Gannets & 100+ Manx Shearwaters + several Dolphins all attacking a distant fish shoal (A Hartley)

Kings Mills Lake, Saltash: 22 Greenshank, 70+ Redshank, 140 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 5 Little Egret, 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 300+ Black headed Gull, 1 Swift, 211 Canada Goose, 1 juv Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 juv Black-tailed Godwit. (P Kemp)

Scillonian Crossing: 3 Great Shearwater and 10 Sooty Shearwater.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 5 Cattle Egret (inc 1 juv), 3 Glossy Ibis, 1 Little Egret, 15+ Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin and 3 Teal. (D Parker)

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