Monday 28th August 2017

Penzance Pelagic: next sailing 5pm Wednesday 30th August, cost £25. To book contact Mermaid office on 07901 731201.

Late News, 27/08, Levant Mine: 4 Chough. Sennen: 2 Minke Whale feeding. I spoke to a kayaker who we also watched who said the sea was teeming with fish; Sprats, Herring, Mackerel and Tuna. (H Hawke)

Late News, 27/08, College Reservoir: 16+ Mediterranean Gull (mostly juvs), part of a big flock that all dropped in together at 17.00, 1 Little Egret. (L Langley) Almost certainly a site record for College and Argal.

Lands End 09:00 – 11:42: Thousands of Manx Shearwater offshore, 60+ Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail. 2 Minke Whale (occasionally breaching), 2 Bottlenose Dolphin, 10+ Common Dolphin. (C & P Leigh)

Land’s End: 117 Swallow, 27 House Martin, 14 Chiffchaff, 15 Tree Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chough, 8 ‘alba’ Wagtail, 13 Common Whitethroat, 1 Water Rail, 3 Common Redshank, 1 Firecrest, 1 juvenile Peregrine, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler. Also ‘hippolais’ Warbler seen in flight near the car park bushes. (B Bosistow, P Roseveare)

Sennen: 9 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 79 Common Tern, 6 Arctic Tern, 1 Roseate Tern (adult), 7 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Skua, 1 Dunlin, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 21 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Minke Whale and 1 Whale sp (showed well, significantly larger than the Minkes with a slightly longer, more curved dorsal fin, Fin Whale perhaps?). (B Bosistow, P Roseveare)

Nanjizal: c115 birds ringed. 3 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 27 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 29 Sedge Warbler,13 Whitethroat, 7 Reed Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Firecrest, 2 Tree Pipit. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 19 Tree Pipit, 6 Willow Warbler, Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Clouded Yellow. (M Wallace)

Scillonian lll crossing to St Marys, am: Wilson’s Petrel, 50+ Storm Petrel, Great Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, Common Scoter, 2 Arctic Tern, Minke Whale, 4+ Bottlenose Dolphin, 20+ Common Dolphin, Common Seal. (L Linacre)

St Just: 7 Tree Pipit (site record for me) between Cot Valley and Nanquidno, 1 Osprey soaring over St Just at 11:15 before moving off northeast. (N Wheatley)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 18 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 17 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Coot, 23 Moorhen, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin and c600 Swallow. (DK Parker, P Taylor)

Rame Head: 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2+ Wheatear. (D Allan)

St Gennys: 2 juv Osprey over today at 13:00, lots of warblers passing through mostly Willow and Chiffchaff the odd Garden and Wood, small family groups of Hirundinidae mostly Swallows. (N Bastin)

Osprey, Nigel Bastin

Cleave Cliffs, Bude: 1 Kestrel, 30+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 1 juvenile Yellow Wagtail, c40 Linnet. (H Kendall)

Constantine: single Swift over this afternoon. (D Collins)

Penwithick: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 9 House Sparrow, 1 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch. (K Bowers)

Sparrowhawk, Kevin Bowers

Colliford Reservoir: 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 150+ House Martin, good numbers of Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (C Buckland)

djc/cjb

Thursday 24th August 2017

Late news, 23/8, Falmouth Bay, fishing trip offshore: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 4 Great Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 30+ Storm Petrel, many Manx Shearwater and Fulmar. (J Selby) 

Millbrook: Greenish Warbler still on St. Andrew’s Street this morning. (M Pass + G Lewis)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Garganey, 10 Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher. (D Flumm)

Marazion Beach: 120 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, 1 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Turnstone. Offshore – 2 Common Scoter, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern (D Flumm)

Dunlin, Dave Flumm

Hayle Estuary, Ryan’s Field RSPB: 32 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Kingfisher. (D Flumm) Lelant Water RSPB: 49 Mallard, 1 Teal, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin. (D Flumm)

Nanjizal: 104 birds ringed; 1 Wryneck, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler, 41 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 15 Whitethroat. (K Wilson)

Bude: 1 juv Sparrowhawk (regular visitor) hunting and successfully killing small bird in my garden this morning. (R Maye)

Land’s End: 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Kestrel, Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 34 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 9 Little Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Dunlin, John St Ledger

St Loy: 1 juv Green Woodpecker. (S Witts)

Juvenile Green Woodpecker, Sean Witts.

Pistil Meadows: 1 Melodious Warbler feeding in gorse on west flank of valley. (DK Parker)

Melodious Warbler, Dave Parker

Caerthillian: 1 Ortolan Bunting flew over calling. (T Blunden, DK Parker)

Bude, Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 47 Black -tailed Godwit. 2 Curlew, 33 Teal, 8 Mallard, Sand Martins.  (B Craven)

Camel Trail: 1 probable Citrine Wagtail reported.( If https://twitter.com/AlasdairGordon1/status/900721892277067777 – presumably alba White Wagtail)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 7 Glossy Ibis, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff,plus 1 Kingfisher, Greenshanks, Godwits, Green Sandpipers, Dunlin plus lots more diff species. (A Bond) 7 Glossy Ibis7 Cattle Egret7 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, 12 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Swift and 1 Barn Owl. (B Bosisto)

Glossy Ibis, Adrian Langdon

Falmouth Bay, AK Wildlife Cruise: 5 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel and 1 Minke Whale.

djc + tdm

Monday 21st August 2017

Porthgwarra Cove (seawatch 06:10-09:10): 16 Cory’s Shearwater, 4 Great Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Med Gull, 2 Great Skua, 1 Risso’s Dolphin, 1 Ocean Sunfish. (D Flumm) Also 7 Balearic Shearwater reported.

Mermaid Pelagic, 1st trip, 3 -5pm: 3 Great Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater. 2nd trip, 5 – 8pm: 8 Great Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 35_ Storm Petrel, 2 Great Skua, 20+ Common Tern, 7+ juv/1st w Yellow-legged Gull and a possible Wilson’s Petrel. (M Elliot)

Goss Moor: 20 Whimbrel NE over the Goss Moor trail at SW960609, calling in foggy conditions​. (J Rance)

Land’s End: 3 Whitethroat, 1 f Blackcap, 90 Linnet, 1 Kestrel, hybrid Hooded Crow. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Davidstow Airfield & Crowdy: 31 Ringed Plover, 15+ Dunlin, 30+ Linnets, 2 Wheatears, 2 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Pied Wagtails. Good numbers of Black Darters and Common Darters and a few Common Hawkers. (H Kendall & B Bryne)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Osprey at 14:30 this afternoon. (C Hughes)

Porthkidney: 2 Little Tern and 26 Sandwich Tern feeding until 15:15 then flew off as tide rose. (R Veal)

Marazion beach: 83 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling & 6 Turnstone. Offshore 6 Common Scoter, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern (D Flumm)

Longrock Pool RSPB: 1 Garganey, 2 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe (D Flumm, DK Parker)

Marazion: c300 Swallow on wires off Green Lane West this evening. (DK Parker)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 7 Glossy Ibis, 5 Cattle Egret,1 Osprey, 1 Ruff, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper and 1 Peregrine. (P Roseveare)

Kynance: 1 Wryneck feeding on access track behind Kynance cafe. (T Blunden)

Penzance: 1 male Peacock off Chyandour. (DK Parker)

djc + tdm

Sunday 20th August 2017

Public Storm Petrel ringing, Southerly Point, Lizard: There will a public ringing session at the National Trust watchpoint at Southerly Point, Lizard tomorrow (Monday 21st August) night. Meet at the watchpoint by Polpeor cafe at 11pm.

Late News, 19/08, Bude: 2 Peregrine over cliffs just North of Bude beaches,14:30. (A Saunders)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Fea’s Petrel from Falmouth Pelagic, also 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 20 Great Shearwater, 1 Balearic Sheawater and 50 Storm Petrel. (C Smith/AK Wildlife Cruises, M Coller)

Chynhalls Point: 1 Fea’s Petrel (or Desertas/Zino’s) past at 2:15pm. Also 1:30-6:30pm: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 7 Great Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 14 Sooty Shearwater, 71 Storm Petrel.

Porthgwarra:6.15-15.00: 27 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 86 Sooty Shearwater, 10 Balearic Shearwater, 63 Storm Petrel,  vast numbers of Manx Shearwater. (S Rogers et al) Also probable Wilson’s Petrel in morning. 13 Great Shearwater, 75 Sooty Shearwater, 25 Storm Petrel in evening.

Trevose Head: 48 Common Scoter, 13 Sandwich Tern, 2 Balearic Shearwater. (B Bosisto)

Fowey – Mevagissey – Fowey: 13 Storm Petrel from kayak trip this morning. (R Kirkwood)

Storm Petrel – R Kirkwood

Storm Petrel – R Kirkwood

Walmsley Sanctuary: 8 Glossy Ibis20 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 21 Black- tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper,1 Kingfisher, 4 Cattle Egret . (B Bosisto)

Marazion: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Black-tailed Godwit feeding with flock of Manx Shearwater in Mounts Bay. The godwit was picking something off the water and flying back up again on repeat for at least 3 minutes before I left. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: Juv Garganey still present. (DK Parker)

Gannel Estuary: 4 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper,11 Little Egret inc 1 juv. (S Grose)

Newquay, Towan Head/Fistral Beach: 2 Sandwich Tern, 47 Oystercatcher, 2 Wheatear, 1 Curlew, 2 Harbour Porpoise with surfers off Fistral. (S Grose)

Padstow: 3 Barn Owl at Farm Shop/Hawker’s Cove. (S Grose)

Porthkidney: 50 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 31 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 10 Ringed Plover at midday. (D Eva) 58 Sandwich Tern, 12 Common Tern and 2 Little Tern at 14:30 until pushed off by the rising tide. (R Auguarde, B Mellow, M Pass, R Wilkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper on Carnsew Pool. (DK Parker) c50 Dunlin, c5 Greenshank and 1 Grey Plover on Lelant Saltings. (M Pass) 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 42 Sandwich Tern (same as Porth Kidney), 12 Mediterranean Gull, 154 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag Geese and 2 hybrid geese. (DK Parker, M Pass)

Penzance: 2 Temminck’s Stint  and 20 Turnstone reported on Wherrytown Beach at 5pm. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

djc/pt

Saturday 12th August 2017

Late News, 11/08, Scillonian III day trip: Penzance – Wolf Rock: 1 Eider Duck, 4 Dunlin, 2,965 Manx Shearwaters (many huge rafts of Manx Shearwater, so actual numbers significant higher than this), 7 Storm Petrel, 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 9 Fulmar, 672 Gannet, 1 Grey Phalarope, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Skua, 1 Shag, 1 Kittiwake, 80+ Common Dolphin, 3 Bottle Nose Dolphin, 10 Harbour PorpoiseWolf Rock – Isles of Scilly: 158 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 11 Storm Petrel, 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 1 Fulmar, 56 Gannet, 12 Shag, 22 Sandwich Terns, 1 Minke Whale. (V Stratton, B Craven, N Gardener)

Return, Isles of Scilly – Wolf Rock: 215 Manx Shearwater, 7 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Storm Petrel, 1 Leach’s Petrel (a very early record of Leach’s), 8 Fulmar, 81 Gannet, 4 Shag, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull Wolf Rock – Penzance: 534 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 3 Fulmar, flock of 50 Whimbrel, 5 Common Scoter, 17 Common Dolphin. (V Stratton)


Lamorna, MV Mermaid II pelagic am: 3 Wilson’s Petrel, 15+ Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 10 Sooty Shearwater, 40 Storm Petrel, 5km south of Lamorna this morning. (Next pelagic tonight, 5pm – 8pm. Contact Adrian on 07901 731201)

Wilson’s Petrel, Mushaq Ahmad

Wilson’s Petrel, (with Storm Petrels below), Mushaq Ahmad

Wilson’s Petrel, Mushaq Ahmad

Lamorna, MV Mermaid II pelagic pm: 2 Wilson’s Petrel, 6 Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 juv Black Tern, 40 Storm Petrel, 5km south of Lamorna this evening.

Penlee Point, 05:45 – 08:45: 400+ Manx Shearwater, 32 Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 2 Turnstone,1 large Shearwater sp., 6 Sabine’s Gull (5 juv accompanied by summer plumaged adult) all heading towards Rame Head together very close inshore. Numbers of House Martins and Swallows heading south, and 3 small pods of Common Dolphin, two  pods heading towards the sound, one very close Sunfish. (C Buckland)

Hayle Estuary, Ryan’s Field: 17 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 64 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher. Carnsew Pool: 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear. (S Grose)

Penzance Promenade and Harbour: 5 Turnstone, 1 ad Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, (WeBS at high tide 08.00). Tolcarne Beach: 19 Turnstone, 1 moulting ad Dunlin, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag. (T Mills)

Newquay Towan Head: Black-necked or Slavonian Grebe off point but too distant for positive id (unusual time of year for either). Male Common Scoter again close in. (M Lammas)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Greylag Goose, 24 Canada Goose, 1 hybrid goose, 1 Muscovy Duck, 1 Teal, 41 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 6 Great Crested Grebe (including 2 young), 3 Buzzard, 5 Moorhen (including 1 young), 3 Common Sandpiper, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 121 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Kingfisher. (WeBS) Also c20 Swift, c50 House Martin and c50 Swallow. (DK Parker)

Downderry: 133 Manx Shearwater, 26 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Great Skua and 4 Common Scoters flew west. Also at least two distant petrels between 07:00-08:30. (A Payne)

Helston, Loe Pool: 12 (2 juv) Great Crested Grebe, 14+ (3+juv) Willow Warbler, 13+ Goldcrest. Also 2 Wheatear and 10 Sand Martins going into nests just West of Loe bar. (R Veal)

St John’s Lake: 60+ Curlew, 50+ Oystercatcher,1 sum plum Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Med Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 7 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 3 Whimbrel, 19 Redshank and a few Black-headed Gull. (C Buckland)

Marazion: 53 Ringed Plover, 12 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin and 3 Sanderling on the beach this evening. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: c250 Swallows at dusk. (DK Parker)

Lizard Point: 3+ Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater and 5 Storm Petrel between 06:45 & 10:30.

Porthgwarra: 3 Great Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Storm Petrel between 15:00 and 16:30.

djc & dkp

Friday 4th August 2017

Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be another pelagic on the Mermaid run out of Penzance harbour from 5pm – 8pm. To book please phone Adrian on 07901 731201.

Late news, 03/08, Hayle Estuary: 1 colour-ringed Mediterranean Gull HJR4 on Ryan’s Field. (L Langley)

Late News, 03/08, Scillonian crossing, Scilly to Penzance: 3 Wilson’s Petrel, 100 Cory’s Shearwater, 80 Great Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua and 60 Sooty Shearwater.

Porthgwarra: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 12 Balearic, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 62 Storm Petrel past this morning.

Pendeen seawatch (08:45-11:15): c24,300 Manx Shearwater (based on random sample counts of 135, 170 & 200/minute), 10 Common Scoter, 18 Whimbrel, 6 Turnstone all west. Also 1 Ocean Sunfish. ( D Flumm, P Clement)

Lizard seawatch, 0730-0930: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 150 Storm Petrel, 1 Long-tailed Skua chasing feeding Storm Petrels, 2 Cory’s Shearwater. 12 Sooty Shearwater, 35 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Puffin, 30 Common Dolphin and Minke Whale

RSPB Wildlife Cruise Scillonian III, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 2 Fulmar, 117 Manx Shearwater, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 8 Shag, 1 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 10 Herring Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Harbour Porpoise and 6 Common Dolphin. (DK Parker, M Spicer) Wolf Rock to Hugh Town: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 489 Manx Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 134 Gannet, 3 Shag, 1 Grey Phalarope, 3 Great Skua, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Med Gull, c100 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull and 9 Common Dolphin. (DK Parker, M Spicer) Hugh Town to Wolf Rock: 3 Fulmar, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 49 Great Shearwater, 175 Manx Shearwater, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 1 probable Wilson’s Petrel, 97 Gannet, 6 Shag, 3 Great Skua, 2 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 29 Sandwich Tern, 1 Guillemot and 1 Common Dolphin. (DK Parker, M Spicer) Wolf Rock to Penzance: 6 Fulmar, 2 large shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 405 Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 2 Wilson’s Petrel, 290 Gannet, 2 Shag, 1 Great Skua, 17 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Kittiwake and 4 Common Dolphin. (DK Parker, M Spicer)

Pendeen: 1 Buzzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Raven,1 Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Botallack: 1 juv Wheatear, 2 Stonechat (A Hartley)

Geevor: 2 ad Wheatear (A Hartley)

Walmlsey Sanctuary: 7 Glossy Ibis, 2 Cattle Egret 1 Ruff. (D Eva)

Lower Tamar Lake: 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 4 juv, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, 12 Coot, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Robin, 3 Marsh Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Great Tit, 10 Canada Geese, c50 Mallard, c10 Swallow, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Chaffinch, 2 House Martin. (R Mudge)

Padstow, Tregirls beach: 6 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, (S grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Sparrowhawk. Plus 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone, 23 Ringed Plover, 24 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 eclipse drk Gadwall, 175 Curlew (including 4 probable juvs) on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Dunlin, Reuben Veal

Rame: 1 Green Sandpiper, dump field, flushed. (C Buckland)

Gannel Estuary, Penpol Creek: 2 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret at dusk. (S Grose)

djc + tdm

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Late news, 30/7, Sennen Cove: a juvenile Mediterranean Gull wearing ring no. R2AJ was ringed on Noirmoutier Island, west coast of France, on 1st July 2017. (J Hawkey)

Late news, 31/7, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Knot. (P St Pierre) Ryan’s Field: 1 Green Sandpiper, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 25+ Pied Wagtail at 20:00. (P O’Brien)

Late news, 31/7, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 120 Swallow going to roost. (P St Pierre)

Scillonian III Outward journey:1 Wilson’s Storm Petrel, 10 European Storm Petrel, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Corys Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Balearic shearwater, 3 Common Scoter. Return journey: 2 Wilsons Storm Petrel, 56 European Storm Petrel, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Bonxie. (D Stannard)

Porthgwarra (06:0008:00): 4 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 500 Manx Shearwater, 22 Storm Petrel, 94 Fulmar, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Med Gull, 21 Kittiwake all west; 12 Common Scoter east & 15 Common Dolphin. (D Flumm) 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 35 Storm Petrel past mid-afternoon.

Hot Point, Lizard: 101 Storm Petrel caught last night, including two French-ringed birds. (M Grantham)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 14 Glossy Ibis reported again this afternoon. This evening, 3 Cattle Egret, 7 Glossy Ibis, 1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Shoveler, 7 juvenile Gadwall, 3 Common Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Common Snipe. (B Bosistow, S Rogers, A Langdon)

Gannel Estuary: 4 Cattle Egret at 09:00 on fields above Gannel but flew off S. (M Lammas c/o L Webb)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 27 Mediterranean Gull on mussel cages. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Swift and a small Canada Goose amongst the ‘Atlantic’ Greater Canada Geese, B.c.canadensis, resembling one of the Cackling Geese races B.h.hutchinsii/minima on smaller size, shorter neck and darker plumage but bill probably too large for either and breast too pale for minima so perhaps just a small dark nominate individual. (D Flumm)

‘Cackling-type’ Canada Goose – Dave Flumm

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Knot, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 8 Redshank. Ryan’s Field: 22 Med Gull, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre)

Kelynack: 1 Buzzard. (K Bowers)

Buzzard – Kevin Bowers

Marazion: 1 Green Sandpiper flying around the marsh at 09:45. 60+ Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, 25 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone on the beach. (R Veal)

Eastern Green Beach: 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull briefly 09:00. (R Veal)

Penzance and Newlyn: 4 Sandwich Tern, one juv. (J Evans)

Pendeen: 5 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

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