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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Monday 7th August 2017

MV Mermaid pelagics out of Penzance: Thursday 10th, 5pm – 8pm; Saturday 12th, 6am – 12noon and 5pm – 8pm. Contact Adrian on 07901 731201.

Late News, 05/08, Penzance: 1 eclipse drake/imm Eider off Chyandour. (D King)

Porthgwarra seawatch (06:00-11:00): 1 Wilson’s Petrel in view whole time 08:40-08:45 hrs found by Ian Prentice passed beyond Runnelstone buoy @ 1km. Another at 09:00hrs could not be confirmed as too distant. 55 Storm Petrel, 100 Fulmar, 11 Cory’s Shearwater, 7 Great Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 10 Bonxie, 5 Commic Tern, 2 Puffin. Also 1 Minke Whale @ 2 km for 20 minutes, 20 Common Dolphin, 10 Dolphin sp and 2 Ocean Sunfish. Thousands of Manx Shearwater feeding in two large rafts @ c2km and others passing west constantly from 07:00 hrs on broad front. (Dave Flumm, Ian Prentice, Dave Bedford)

Wadebridge, Trewornan bridge: 4 Cattle Egret in field next to traffic lights at 08:15. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 5 Glossy Ibis and 4 Cattle Egret.

Pentewan Valley trail: Family of 3 Sparrowhawk, adult passing food to a youngster. (A Cornelius)

Porthilly Point: 196 Oystercatcher, 13 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Sandwich Tern, 5 Curlew, 2 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 70+ Linnet. (A Gordon)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 4 Black Swan, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, several hundred Canada Geese (A Hartley) Ryan’s Field: 1 Common Sandpiper (A Hartley)

Scillonian III crossing, this morning: 5 Great Shearwater.

Rame Head, Penlee Point: 2 large shearwaters and 1 Sooty Shearwater.

Siblyback Lake: 9 Coot, 11 Little Grebe,12 Cormorant, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Wheatear  and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto)

Colliford Lake: 12 Ringed Plover and 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (B Bosisto)

Marazion Beach: 45 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstone, 30+ Sanderling, 10 Dunlin & 2 Sandwich Tern. (J Hawkey)

St Minver cricket club: 3 Peregrine, circling and screeching high above at 8.40pm. (S Grose)

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Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Late news, 31/7, St Levan: adult Pomarine Skua west past Pedn-men-an-mere late afternoon. Also 4-5 Storm Petrel. (P Smale)

Late news, 1/8, Porthgwarra, 14:30-15:30: 2 Cory’s Shearwater west, 38 Storm Petrel, 2 Guillemot, 6 Common Swift. (LGR Evans)

Late news, 1/8, Penzance Pelagic: 2 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 40 Storm Petrel, 115 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Ocean Sunfish, 1 Bottle-nosed Dolphin, 35 Common Dolphin. (LGR Evans)

Porthgwarra, from Infirmary Hill, 07:00-13:30: 1 Fea’s/Desertas Petrel at 12.20pm, 11 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 31 Storm Petrel, 3 Puffin, 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Arctic Skua. (S Rogers, R Wilkins, P Cunningham, S Beeby, A Malley) 06:00-20:30: Fea’s/Desertas Petrel (in close c300m at 12:20), 4 Wilson’s Petrel (12:32, 12:45, 13:15 & 13:29), c150 Storm Petrel, 33 Cory’s Shearwater, 12 Great Shearwater, 27 Balearic Shearwater, 14 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Pom Skua, 5 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 4 Puffin and 8+ Common Scoter. Also 1 Ocean Sunfish. (P Marshall, D Pointon, M McKee et al)

Newlyn (07:15-08:30): 100 Manx Shearwater, 19 Storm Petrel south. Also 1 Ocean Sunfish and 1 Common Dolphin. (D Flumm)

Mousehole (06:45-09:00): 1 Wilson’s Petrel feeding around pot buoys 200m N of St Clement’s Isle with 17+ Storm Petrel (08:25-09:00), 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Common Tern, 1 Teal south. (P St Pierre) 08:45-09:45: 1 Wilson’s Petrel 08:52-09:00 (found by Paul St Pierre earlier then independently by me), 20 Storm Petrel, 150 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater at 08:48, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Puffin south west. (D Flumm). 12:30-15:30: 3 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater (14:05), 3 Cory’s Shearwater (13:55, 14:07 & 14:13), 27 Storm Petrel, 2 Bonxie, 20 Commic Tern, 5 Turnstone, 1 Puffin, 1 Little Egret and 2 Ocean Sunfish. (D Flumm, P St Pierre & R Butts)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 17 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Storm Petrel. (N Wheatley)

Chapel Point, Mevagissey: 5315 Manx Shearwater, 276 Storm Petrel, 11 Kittiwake, 28 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 4 Great Skua, 26 Common Tern, 9 Arctic Tern, 3 Puffin, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Sanderling, 18 Dunlin, 1 Wilson’s Petrel (10:55-11:00), 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Turnstone, 1 Sandwich Tern. (B Bosistow)

Downderry: 4 Storm Petrel flew west this afternoon. (A Payne)

Falmouth, Pennance/Stack Point (16:15 – 20:00): 5 Storm Petrel, 1 Bonxie, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Balearic Shearwater, hundreds of Manx Shearwater this evening. (D Chaney)

Chynalls Point, Coverack (18:35-20:00): 1 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 1600 – 4600 Manx Shearwater/hour, 1 Sandwich Tern, c15 probable Sanderling, Fulmar, Kittiwake. (D Beadle)

Tresemple Pool, Tresillian: 40 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 13 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 3 (2 ad, 1 juv) Little Egret, 1 fem Peregrine hunting over Tresillian River. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 13 Curlew, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Common Tern, 15 Sandwich Tern, 1 Knot, 4 Turnstone on Lelant Saltings at 14:15. (R Veal) 5 Black Swan. (P Stoppard)

Marazion Beach: 37 Ringed Plover; 22 Sanderling & 19 Dunlin this evening. (J Hawkey)

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Seawatching in Cornwall – Late Summer

An Introduction to Seawatching in Cornwall –  Late Summer 

  1. Where to go

  2. When to go

  3. Seawatching – the basics

As the first of the summer storms start to batter the Cornish coastline we are now into that time of year when many keen birders around the country start to turn their attention to the iconic headlands of the South West, and Cornwall in particular, with the allure of the ‘big two’ shearwaters and the hope of something rarer proving an irresistible draw …

Cory’s Shearwater – Brian Field

Cory’s Shearwater and Great Shearwater are both regular visitors to the warmer waters of the Bay of Biscay further to the south west and the western approaches but are difficult to catch up with anywhere in the British Isles in season. Even in Cornwall, away from a handful of sites and in anything less than ideal conditions, they are not at all guaranteed – and even then it seems to be down to luck with other factors at play.

So, for the chance of large shears and the hope of a rarer seabird, firstly aim for the far west of Cornwall…

 

 

… Continue reading the Full Article Here

 

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Sunday 30th July 2017

St Ives seawatch 06:54 – 08:30: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 2500 Manx Shearwater. (L Langley)

St Buryan,Tater-du Lighthouse 06:15-09:45: 2 Great Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 42 Storm Petrel.

Porthgwarra 05:30 – 13:00 hrs: 4 Wilson’s Petrel, 130+ Storm Petrel, 4 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 10 Puffin, 2 Teal, 50 Common Scoter. (S. Rogers, B. Mellow, M. Elliott, M. Ahmad et al) Additionally 4 more Balearic Shearwater, 2 more Sooty Shearwater, 5 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Tern. (R Veal) 05:30 – 20:30 (15 hr seawatch). Totals incl all observers, of which there were many in the morning, dwindling to 3 by dusk. 3, probably 4 Wilson’s Petrel (07:18-07:25, 07:48-07:52, 08:18-08:19, 11:17?); 144 Storm Petrel, 1000s Manx Shearwater, 7 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater (10:29, 12:09), 10 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Balearic Shearwater, 1000s Gannet, frequent Fulmar, 6 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 ad w Sabine’s Gull (18:50), 1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull (ad, ss, juv) 24 Kittiwake, 2 Common Tern, 2  Arctic Tern, 10 Guillemot, 21 Puffin, 2 Teal, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher, also 2+ Bottle-nosed Dolphin and Choughs. (I Lakin)

Pentire Point: possible Wilson’s Petrel past at 10:50

Sennen Cove: 16 Mediterranean Gulls (inc.12 juvs. One with green colour ring left leg R2AJ or 82AJ) (J Hawkey)

Trevose Head: Thousands of Manx Shearwaters 07.15-08.00 All headed west. (J Turner)

Par beach pool: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barnacle Goose still present. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir, Newquay: 8 Great Crested Grebe, including one with 3 juveniles, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Dipper on river below dam wall. (S Grose)

Newquay, Towan Head: 1 m Common Scoter just offshore and 1 Juvenile Wheatear. (D Grose)

Penwithick : 11 House Sparrow, 4 Long-Tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit. (K.Bowers)

Goldfinch, Kevin Bowers

Blue Tit, Kevin Bowers

Great Tit, Kevin Bowers

Chaffinch, Kevin Bowers

Coal Tit, Kevin Bowers

Long-tailed Tit, Kevin Bowers

Pendeen: 5 Raven, 2 Chough, 1 Kestrel, steady passage of Manx Shearwaters past the Watch this morning at about 70 per minute. (A Hartley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 juv. Mediterranean Gull, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Black Swan. (A Hartley)

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Saturday 29th July 2017

Gwennap Head 05:55 – 08:30: 1 Wilson’s Petrel north at 08:08, 2/3 mile out, 65 Storm Petrel, 7+ Great Shearwater, 2 unidentified large shearwaters, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Turnstone, 9 Puffin. (B Steel) Also reported were 1 Wilson’s Petrel past at 12:30, a probable Barolo Shearwater at 14:30 and 82 Storm Petrel between 06:00 & 15:00.

Mermaid II mini pelagic from Penzance: 4 Wilson’s Petrel, 60 Storm Petrel, Cory’s Shearwater, 5 Great Sheatwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. For details of future trips phone Adrian on 07901 731201 (M Ahmad – photos, T Blunden – photos)

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Rame Head: Wilson’s Petrel reported at 10:20.

Newquay, Pentire: 9000 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Whimbrel, 600 Gannet, with 4 Swift south over the Manx line. (G Murray) Newquay, Towan Head: Good Manx Shearwater passage c 08:30 am 100- 200 per min. Also many Gannets, Ocean Sunfish off point. (M Lammas)

Swanpool: 30 Common Swift, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard. Offshore: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Egret, 1 Storm Petrel sp. (distant), but very little passage otherwise. (D Chaney)

North Cliffs: Feeding frenzy scores of Gannet, hundreds of Manx Shearwater and a few Common Dolphin. (S Taylor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 2s Mediterranean Gull, 1 Greenshank, 4 Black Swan. (L Langley) Ryan’s Field RSPB: 2 Sandwich Tern, 32 Med Gull, 80 Black-headed Gull, 40 Curlew, 8 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron (D Flumm, F Smith) Lelant Water RSPB: 7 Little Egret, 2 Mute & 1 Black Swan, 5 Shelduck, 6 Mallard (D Flumm, F Smith)

Marazion Beach:18 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 35 Sanderling, 5 Turnstone (D Flumm, F Smith)

Lizard Point (06:30-13:00): 2 Wilson’s Petrel, 36 Great Shearwater, 195 Storm Petrel, 23 Balearic Shearwater, 38 Sooty Shearwater, 5600 Manx Shearwater, 4 Arctic Skua,  1 Great Skua, 1 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 24 Puffin, 12 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Redshank, 1 Swift, 14 Common Scoter, 2 Oystercatcher. (I Maclean, T Blunden, J Foster, J. Selby et al)

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Friday, 28th July 2017

Next Mini Pelagic: this Saturday 5-8pm with Martin Elliott on Mermaid2  from Penzance. £25 pp. Contact Mermaid direct on 07901 731201

Porthgwarra seawatch 05:35 – 10:35: 1 Wilson’s Petrel (09:10) ,73 Cory’s Shearwater, 22 Great Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 24 Sooty Shearwater, 60 European Storm Petrel. 05.35 – 19.55: 89 Great Shearwater, 129 Cory’s Shearwater, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 59 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Wilson’s Petrel,  4 Arctic Skua, 9 Great Skua, 20 Puffin and 350 Storm Petrel. (P Marshall, D Pointon et al.)

Gwennap Head 06:00 – 11:00:  62+ Cory’s Shearwater, 12+ Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearater, 18 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Bonxie, 127 Storm Petrel, 1 Roseate Tern,1 Arctic Skua, 1 possible Wilson’s Petrel, 5 Common Dolphin, 2 Bottle-nose Dolphin (B Steel)

Lizard Point 17:00 – 18:40: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 6 Great Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater. (I Maclean) 13.10 – 18.35: 2, poss 3, Wilson’s Petrel, c40 Great Shearwater, c20 Cory’s Shearwater, c20 Sooty Shearwater, c10 Balearic Shearwater and 150 Storm Petrel. (L Langley)

Tater-du lighthouse, Lamorna 06:25 – 10:30: 16 Cory’s Shearwater, 10 Great Shearwater, 18 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 38 Storm Petrel, 4 Bonxie, 6 Puffin, 8 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill. (M McKee)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2+ juv Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover, 28 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal) 4 juv Yellow-legged Gull (photos of 2 below) . (M Halliday) Ryan’s Field: 5 Common Sandpiper. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Yellow-legged Gull – M Halliday

Kingsmill Lake: 2, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Mediterranean Gull (1 juv), 1 Dunlin, 19 Greenshank. (M.Beer)

Downderry: first watch 05:55-08:25 yielded c280 Manx Shearwaters, 44 Balearic Shearwaters, a Great Skua, 5 Kittiwakes, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Scoters and a Whimbrel. Second watch produced one Cory’s Shearwater, c1000 Manx Shearwaters, 39 Balearic Shearwaters, 19 Kittiwakes and an Arctic Skua. All birds flying west.

RSPB Scillonian lll wildlife cruise sightings – Penzance to Wolf Rock: 86 Gannet, 108 Manx Shearwater, 7 Fulmar, 5 Guillemot, 14 Storm Petrel, 1 Great, 2 Cory’s and 5 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Harbour Porpoise and 4 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 186 Gannet, 458 Manx Shearwater, 7 Fulmar and 4 Storm Petrel. Wolf Rock to Scilly: 27 Gannet, 99 Manx Shearwater, 12 Fulmar, 6 Storm Petrel, 2 Sooty, 4 Cory’s and 6 Great Shearwater, 8 Common Dolphin and 1 Ocean Sunfish. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 98 Gannet,68 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty and 1 Cory’s Shearwater and 6 Common Dolphin.  (S Hack and DA Conway)

Penzance Bus station: 2 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Tern, 6 Mediterranean Gull. (P St Pierre)

Mousehole (20:15 – 21:45): 1 Great Shearwater, 5 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, 2 Storm Petrel,  Manx Shearwater (c60 per minute), 1 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre, M K Ahmad)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 winter plumage Great Northern Diver. (P Smale)

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