Review of the week – last week’s is now on the website, scroll down to view.
Greenland White-fronted Goose update: The bird photographed with an orange neck collar at Marazion Marsh on 1st November has a fascinating and quite unbelievable story. Full details are on the West Cornwall Ringing Group blog (cornishringing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/lost-greenland-white-front-reunited.) (Bird migration never ceases to amaze me – tdm)
Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 39 Common Scoter (9,16,14), 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 35+ auk sp., 75+ Kittiwake, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull all west between 08:20 – 09:20. Also 8 Great Northern Diver in the Carrick Roads, with Stonechat, Whimbrel etc on the point. Swanpool Point: 2 Ringed Plover, c10 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, with 1 f Common Scoter close offshore, 2 Mediterranean Gull. Swanpool: 10 Mute Swan (2ad 8imm). (D Chaney)
Wadebridge: 1 Hawfinch at Coronation Park this am. (D Julian)
Lanner Green: 1 Firecrest, pair Blackcap, pair Bullfinch. (R Hampshire)
Carrick Roads from Loe Beach: 18 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 8 Red-breasted Merganser. Also 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 male, 1 female), 2 Mistle Thrush, 10+ Redwing in trees behind beach. (J St Ledger, I Lewis) (Images taken by I Lewis from canoe).
St Levan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by turning circle. (M Wallace) Also 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in bushes by Beach House.
Penzance: 20+ Common Scoter off Battery Rocks. (J Evans) Also 20 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Ringed Plover and small number of Turnstone. (D King)
Bude: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, 1 Buzzard, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Oystercatcher, c6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cormorant and 1 Little Egret. (H Wilkins)
Marazion: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Long-tailed Duck. (M McKee) Also from Station Inn Car Park, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Common Scoter (P St Pierre)
Newquay, Porth: 1 Firecrest near Porth Lodge. (P McVey)
Porth Mear: 1 Ring Ouzel in valley. (P McVey)
Argal Reservoir: 2 (1ad 1imm) Mute Swan, 4 Mallard, 3 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 25 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 20+ Redwing. (D Chaney)
College Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret roosting on the island at s end, 15:30 to dusk with c25 Cormorant and 1 Grey Heron, 140+ Canada Goose, 58 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 50+ Coot, 1f Gadwall, 1m Wigeon, 4 Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Redwing. (D Chaney)
Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 5 Greenshank, 1 vocal Little Grebe, 2 (1ad 1imm) Mute Swan, Redshank and Curlew present but too dark to count. (D Chaney)
Treverva: 100 Linnet flock, 400+ Woodpigeon flock. (D Chaney)
Hayle Estuary, Lelant Saltings: 5 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 20+ Teal, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit. Ryan’s Field: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Spoonbill, 30+ Golden Plover, 30+ Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 1 Magpie, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin. (K.Bowers)
Sennen Cove to Lands End via cycle track: 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, flock of c30 Plover species over heading North, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Chough feeding at Mayon Cliff’s. (Ringed bird:- right leg from bottom red/yellow/turquoise. left leg red, black & white stripes). (D King)
Brew Farm near Sennen: 1000 – 2000 Starling early afternoon. (D King)
Polgigga, Ardensawah Farm: c500 Starling late morning. Roskestal Farm: 5,000 – 10,000 Starling around mid-day. (D King)
Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 hybrid geese, 1 f Goldeneye, small number of Wigeon but mobile. 3 Great Crested Grebe one with a large fish which it was unable to eat. (D King)
Newlyn: 1 Great Northern Diver outside Harbour. (D King)
Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 4 Stonechat, Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail (heard) all from east end of reserve late afternoon. (D King)
Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Tawny Owl, 13 Snipe (S Grose).
Land’s End: 3 (f) Reed Bunting, 1 Short-eared Owl. (S.Cox)