Tuesday 12 March 2013

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan (including 1 immature), 6 Greylag, 4 Canada geese, 2 hybrid goose, 7 Mallard, 32 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 1 Bittern, 3 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 16 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 3 Snipe, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. Adders still showing well. (D Parker, C Barnard & R Farnes)

Chiffchaff 12313 R Farnes Sparrowhawk 12313 R Farnes Sparrowhawk (2) 12313 R Farnes

Marazion today, Rod Farnes.

Marazion: 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Med Gull, 2 Common Gull and 5 Wheatear on the beach. (D Parker & C Barnard)

Charlestown: 1 Chiffchaff Charlestown roadside hedge at 09:30. (D Hastilow)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 30+ Curlew, 20+ Redshank, 6 Turnstone, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Plover and 1 female Red-breasted Merganser. In the waste ground next to the garage on the opposite side of the road there were 11 Snipe. (D Chaney)

Falmouth: 2 Linnet at Pendennis, 1 male Black Redstart, 4+ Pied Wagtail and 1 possible Littoralis Rock Pipit at Gyllyngvase Beach. (D Chaney) Also 1 Lesser Redpoll coming to feeders in a private garden.

Swanpool: 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Blackbird, c150 Starling, 3 Redwing and 4 Carrion Crow on the golf course plus a Peregrine over. The pool itself had 4 Water Rail, (2 showy birds next to the path, 2 others heard), sum plum Med Gull and 8+ Little Grebe. (D Chaney)

Rosenannon Downs: 40+ Lapland Buntings still plus a Short-eared Owl. (C Selway)

Truro: 1 female Brambling in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

St Gothian Sands LNR: Water Pipit at the north end of the old sand works. (R Menari)

College Reservoir: 18 Wigeon, 17 Tufted Duck, 3 Coot, 6+ Moorhen, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Bittern (eating a fish), 2 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 4 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 7+ Cormorant, 20+ LBB Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 4 GBB Gull, 20+ BH Gull, 1 ad winter Med Gull, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Sparrowhawk, plus 10 Fieldfare and 2 Redwing in nearby field. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan, 8+ Mallard, 19 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Cormorant, 3 Bullfinch, Nuthatch, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 3 Stock Dove and 1 Sand Martin in the sheltered bay near the car park. 9 Chiffchaff mostly at the N end acting like migrants in the sluice/in waterside branches. (D Chaney)

Downderry: Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Wheatears.

Goldcrest song

Can you hear Goldcrest song?
I am following up Richard Porter’s comments in British Birds 105(3):152 and gathering data on the age-related loss in the ability to hear Goldcrest song. I have close to 300 responses so far but need more data to fill in gaps in the data.
Please help: I need just your gender, age and whether or not you can hear Goldcrest song. You can let me know to goldcrest@lanius.org.uk or if you prefer to Oakerley, Clun Road, Aston on Clun, Shropshire SY7 8EW. Thank you.
I try to reply personally to every submission but if I receive too many replies to this, being sent to every county in Britain, I may not be able to keep up so my apologies now if I don’t get back to you with thanks.
The results will appear later this year in British Birds and online at http://www.lanius.org.uk/goldcrest
John Tucker, http://www.lanius.org.uk

John Tucker, Shropshire