Wednesday 13th September 2017

Late News,12/09, Penzance: 1 Swift feeding with a small flock of House Martins and Swallows over Trengwainton Gardens NT c14:30. (I Gamble)

Late news, 12/9, Marazion: 1 juv Sabine’s Gull from the beach car park (Jordan’s Café) at 191:5, flying west to the right of St. Michael’s Mount. (P Smale)

Late news, 12/9, Devoran: 1 Osprey, 1 Peregrine,1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Grey Heron, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Cormorant, Little Egret, 2 Red Admiral. (R Nicholls)

Black-tailed Godwits, Rowena Nicholls

Late news, 12/9, St Keverne: 2 Fulvous Whistling Duck.

Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Eider, 3 Fulmar, 152 Manx Shearwater, 221 Gannet, 4 Shag, 6 Kittiwake, 42 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull and 7 Common Tern and 1 Guillemot. (DK Parker)

Towan Head 06:45-08:00: 7 Leach’s Petrel, 2 Storm Petrel, 5 Grey Phalarope, 1 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Rowe)

Pentire Point East, Newquay 17:30-19:00: 1 Leach’s Petrel, 4 Bonxie, 2 Arctic Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Balearic Shearwater. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Pale-bellied Brent Goose still. (M Spicer)

Trevose Head seawatch: 1 Wilson’s Petrel (6:46-6:50 hrs), 6 Kittiwake, 49 European Storm Petrel, 3 Leach’s Petrel28 Bonxie, 5 Arctic Skua (2 ad pale phase, 2 ad dark phase, 1 juv ), 1 Pomarine Skua (juvenile), 9 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 1 juv Sabine’s Gull10 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Shearwater3 Common Tern, 1 Turnstone, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Ocean Sunfish. (B Bosisto)

Cape Cornwall 09.00-12.45: 5 Sabine’s Gull (ad at 10.00, 4 juvs at 11.10, 11.45 and 12.30 [2]), 9 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater and 3,000 + Manx Shearwater, 2 European Storm Petrel, 3 Grey Phalarope, 13 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 4 Sandwich Tern, 16 Arctic Tern, 3 Common Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull (ad and 2 1ws). Also 15 Chough and 1 Ocean Sunfish. (P Clarke, N Wheatley)

Pendeen 7:00-13.15: 5 Sabine’s Gull 1(ad,4 juv),1 Wilson’s Petrel, 6 Grey Phalarope,13 Arctic Skua, 21 Bonxie, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater ,1 Great Shearwater
2 Leach’s Petrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull juv and ad, 7 Sandwich Tern, 6 Common Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 23 Storm Petrel. (S Rogers, B Field, P Tongue, T McGowan et al)

Pendeen (bottom carpark) 07:00 -13:00: 5 Sooty Shearwater, 16 Bonxie, 9 Arctic Skua, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 9, Storm Petrel, 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 12 Grey Phalarope,1 Red-necked Phalarope, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 1 G.N.Diver, 3 Sabine’s Gull. (R Wilkins)

Lamorna: 1 Firecrest. (M McKee)

Davidstow: 7 Ruff, 13 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover, 4 Wheatear.(B Bosisto) 

Foage Valley, Zennor: 1 Barn Owl at 08:00 and 18:00. (C Madden)

Rock, Porthilly Point. 96 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 2 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Porthkidney: 1 juv Arctic Tern, 22 Sandwch Tern. (R Veal) 

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 23 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-tailed Godwit. ( R Veal)

Ryan’s Field RSPB: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper (from 07:30hrs), 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 24 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher all flushed by Sparrowhawk later which made a failed attempt on a Redshank (D Flumm)

Lelant Water RSPB: 11 Little Egret, 54 Teal, 4 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper (D Flumm)

Longrock Pool RSPB: 5 Little Grebe, 3 Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Cetti’s Warbler (D Flumm)

Marazion beach: 83 Ringed Plover, 36 Dunlin, 20 Sanderling, 16 Turnstone, 3 Sandwich Tern, 7 Med Gull, juv Sabine’s Gull NW of St Michael’s Mount 08:30hrs at least – viewed from Station Café carpark (D Flumm)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 15 Mute swan, 12 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 14 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 80 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, 21 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 62 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 105 Curlew, c.250 Black-headed Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser black-backed Gull, 3 Great black-backed Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 3 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 10 Swallow, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 25 Rook, 50 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 7 Starling, 1 Goldfinch, c.100 Linnet, 1 Small white, 2 Large white, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Speckled Wood. (M Scawen et al).

Devoran: 1 Osprey still present. (R Farnes)

Truro/Fal River and later Truro/Tresillian confluence: 1 Osprey fishing unsuccessfully. (A.Hill)

Downderry: Birds moving west before 08:05 included a Puffin, a Balearic Shearwater and an Arctic Skua. (A Payne)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Merlin, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Sabine’s Gull

Sabine’s Gull

Pomarine Skua

Leach’s Petrel

Grey Phalorope

All photos from St Ives on 11/9  by Mike McKee

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Sunday 3rd September 2017

Late news, 02/09, Roseland, Fal-Ruan complex: Juv Osprey came in  at high tide pm and rested on  distant mudbank near Ardevora Vear for 30 minutes.Did not fish. Then flew off low downriver towards Tolverne. (D Hall)

Marazion: 1 juv Baird’s Sandpiper on the beach this afternoon near the car park, 1juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Knot. (G Gordon, R Veal, L Langley, M Ahmad)

Baird’s Sandpiper, Mashuq Ahmad

Lamorna Cove, Tatur-du Lighthouse 07:10 – 13:10: 34 Sooty Shearwater, 51 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Sabine’s Gull, 151 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern. (M McKee)

Porthgwarra: 06.45 – 13.30: 31 Sooty Shearwater, 32 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Arctic Skua and 4 Bonxie between squalls. (L Langley) Also 1 Arctic Tern, 50+ Common Tern past. (R Veal, R Augarde, R+L Wilkins) Also reported, 63 Balearic Shearwater, 42 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel. 1 Short-eared Owl on the moor this afternoon. (M Wallace)

Pendeen: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Chough. (P Smale)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper31 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Greenshank. (B Bosisto) 

Wadebridge: 1 Marsh Harrier between Wadebridge & Dinham this morning. (P Roseveare)

Davidstow: 1 Whinchat, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Snipe, 9 Ringed Plover and 5 Dunlin. (P Roseveare)

Kenidjack: 1 Melodious Warbler by static caravan.

Porthkidney: 16 Sandwich Tern, 50 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 1 Black Tern, 3 Sanderling. (D Eva)

Towan Head: raft of c3,000 Manx Shearwater, 10 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua. (S Rowe)

Kenidjack: 1 Wryneck In donkey paddock, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Chough. (S Grose)

Mousehole: 1 Little Shearwater just behind St Clement’s Isle at 8:10am, 1 Wilson’s Petrel close in at 8:30am, 2 Little Tern, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 3 Great Skua, 12 Common Tern, 12 Commic Tern, 2 Common Scoter 7:40-9:50. (R Augarde, R Veal, R+L Wilkins, P Smale)

Rame: 2 Sabine’s Gull (ad & juv) past 12:30-13:25.

Lizard Point: 1 Great Shearwater past at 07:15.

Maer Lake: 2 Snow Goose, 1 Ruff, 46 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 1 Shoveler, 96 Teal, 459 Canada Goose. (P Roseveare)

Carn Gloose, St Just: 6 Swift, 2 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 2 Buzzard, 1 juv Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Kenidjack: 2 Wryneck calling, 2 Chough heard calling, Tawny Owl, 2 Wren, 3 Buzzard, all after 10.00pm. (S Grose)

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Saturday 19th August 2017

Late news, 10th August, Kit Hill: A pair of Chinese Geese appeared on a small private lake and stayed to 19th Aug. (CB James per G Husband)

Late news, 18th August, Looe Island: 1 Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Fulmar chick ready to fledge, 1 Black-headed Gull, 50+ Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Oystercatcher, 20+Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20+ Cormorant, 12 Shag, 1 Pheasant, 5 Woodpigeon, 4 Rock Pipit, plus at least 20 Gannet diving offshore to the south.
 (DJ Spooner)

Pendeen Watch: 8 Great Shearwater, 6 Cory’s Shearwater, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Storm Petrel, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Pom Skua, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone and 17 Common Scoter. (CDR Heard, DK Parker & S Williams – photos) Also 1 Grey Phalarope reported.

Lizard Point, Introduction to Seawatching 08:00 – 10:00: 6 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 1700 Manx Shearwater, 650 Gannet, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Sanderling, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Chough. (T Blunden)

Rame Head sea watch 06.00-09.00: 150 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 12 Storm Petrel, 6 Kittiwake, 3 Fulmar, 6 Great Black-backed Gull,1 Black-headed Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 20 Shag, 6 Oystercatcher,14 Guillemot, 8 Rock Pipit and1 Little Egret. (C Buckland)

Walmsley Sanctuary 7.30am – 11.30am8 Glossy Ibis, 5 Cattle Egret, 6 Little Egret, 8 Heron, 500+ Canada Geese, 1 Peregrine, 2 Buzzard,  1 Cormorant, 30+ Swift, 20+ Sand Martin, 60+ Swallow, 2 Little Grebe and 2 Kingfisher. (D Thomas) Walmsley: 2 (1ad 1 juv) Cattle Egret. (A Langdon)

Cormorant with fish, Dave Thomas

Canada Geese, Dave Thomas

Cattle Egret, Dave Thomas

Torpoint: 14 Sandwich Tern and 20 Mediterranean Gull. (C Buckland)

Mounts Bay: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Storm Petrel with feeding flock of 2000 Manx Shearwater c2/3 mile offshore Marazion. (R Veal)

Marazion, Longrock Pool: 1 juv Garganey. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Grey Plover, 2 (1 juv) Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshank, 1 Tursntone on Lelant Saltings. 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat on Carnsew Pool. 22 Greylag Goose, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Kingfisher on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Plaidy, near Looe: at least 3 Fulmar chicks in nesting colony, ready to fledge, 2 Raven. (DJ Spooner)

Raven, Plaidy by Derek Spooner

Praa Sands to Godolphin: 1 Jay, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, flock of 10 Raven, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Green Woodpecker, numerous Swallow and House Martin. Also 1 Small Copper, 10 Common Blue, 20 Green Veined White, 1 Comma and 1 Brimstone. (J Evans)

St Agnes, Trevaunance Cove: 3 Chough also 111 Linnet in one flock. (S Grose)

Whipsiderry: 1 Chough, 3 Peregrine, 9 Reed Bunting and 4 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Treen, Logan Rock:  14:00 (when I arrived ) to 17:00. Thousands of Manx Shearwater, in feeding rafts from The Runnel Stone to Tater Du and far out to sea. In over seventy years of observing Manx Shearwater here I have never before seen so many together. I couldn’t begin to count them as they passed to and fro. Also a few hundred Gannet (others passing), 5+ Kittiwake and two 1w Little Gull feeding inshore. Possibly other species  (no ‘scope) and a small pod of c10 Common Dolphin. (NR Phillips)

Porthgwarra: 9 Great Shearwater past in evening.

Penzance: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 6 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 20 Storm Petrel, 8 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Ocean Sunfish from Mermaid II pelagic. (M Elliott, M Ahmad)

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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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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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