Wednesday 3rd January 2018

New Year’s Day Bird race/Green Challenge: Thanks to all those who took part/contributed their sightings. If anyone out birding on the 1st Jan who kept a list are able to send in their total for the day please do so – garden lists, local patch or further afield. Hopefully we can do more of this kind of thing in the future. Thanks!

Late news, 2/1, Sennen: Hundreds, if not thousands, of By-the-wind Sailors (Velella velella) along the strand line on Sennen Beach. (R Butts)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Caspian Gull. (B Bosisto)

Newquay: 1w Ring-billed Gull showing well on Trenance boating pool. (S Grose, A McKechnie, B Bosisto)

Ring-billed Gull, Alex McKechnie

Towan Head: 2 Bonxie, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Peregrine this morning in an hour. (S Rowe)

Fistral Beach: 63 Fulmar,1 Manx Shearwater, 100 Kittiwake in a 1 hour seawatch. (B Bosisto)

Penzance: 1 dark phase Pomarine Skua, 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 10 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool. (R Veal)

Cot Valley: Male Firecrest showing well. (N Wheatley)

Sennen Cove: 1st w Iceland Gull flew past. (C Moore)

Feock: 2 Hawfinch in the yews by the church entrance. With 1 Hawfinch showing well 09:30 -10:00. (M Jones)

Mullion: Hawfinch at Higher Bochym opposite Swift Autos at 13:05.

Coverack: 2w Iceland Gull still at 12:20.

Loe Beach: 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe. (W Chegwidden) 

Carrick Roads: 5 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Great Northern Diver, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Gannet. (J St Ledger)

Porthpean: 10 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Surf Scoter and 1 Long-tailed Duck at 15:00. (M Jones)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Padstow:  27 Mute Swan,  Canada Goose, 22 Shelduck, 13 Mallard, 40 Wigeon, 1 Goosander, 2 Little Gebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 80 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, c.2000 Golden Plover, c.300 Lapwing, c.300 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 100 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Curlew, 250 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 65 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 4 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 7 Rook, 25 Carrion Cow, 3 Raven, 5 Starling, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al.)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch in old part of cemetery. (A Langdon)

Hawfinch, Adrian Langdon

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Firecrest. (B Toms)

Godolphin Hill: 1 Snipe (C Richards)

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