Sunday 24 March 2013

Late News 23/03 Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1+ Swallow and several Sand Martins. (P Smale)

Late News 23/03 Sennen Cove: Grey Plover on the beach in the morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan (including 1 immature), 4 Greylag, 1 hybrid goose, 7 Mallard, 14 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler (3m & 2f), 1 Cormorant, 1 Bittern, 3 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 21 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker, B Mellow, L Proctor, P St Pierre & T Mills)

Sand Martin Marazion Cornwall 24313 T Mills Sand Martin 1 Marazion Cornwall 24313 T Mills
Swallow Marazion Cornwall 24313 T Mills White Wagtail Marazion Cornwall 24313 T Mills

Selection of migrants at Marazion Marsh, Tony Mills.

Marazion: 55 Sanderling, 5 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel and 1 Turnstone on the beach plus 5 Wheatear and 3 White Wagtail at Red River mouth. Also 3 Sandwich Tern, c25 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver and Pacific Diver offshore west of St Michael’s Mount. (D Parker, P St Pierre, B Mellow & T Mills)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 26 Sand Martins. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: 130 Golden Plover, 3 Wheatear and 5 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Black Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 4 Sandwich Terns fishing and 1 drake Pintail east. (D Eva)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Sand Martin and 2 Whimbrel. (J St Ledger)

Falmouth, Gyllngvase Beach: 5 Wheatear and 3 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger)

Wadebridge: 4 Sand Martins feeding over the river at Guineaport also 1 Redshank. (W Delacour)

Windmill Farm: Male Hen Harrier, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 12 Skylark and 13 Chiffchaff this afternoon. Also 1 female Adder. (D Wright)

Helston: Singing Blackcap in a private garden. (D Wright)

Longdowns: Peregrine. (D Wright)

Lizard Point: Firecrest in the youth hostel garden and 2 Sandwich Tern off shore. (A Schofield)

Lizard: Marsh Harrier over Crousa Downs at 10:00, 2 Ring Ouzel at Jolly Town, 1 Ring Ouzel at Higher Predannack Cliff. Small groups of Wheatear all along coast from Soapy Cove to Mullion Cliff and Chiffchaffs everywhere including 20+ together at Predannack Wollas. (J Foster)

St Ives: Pair of Wheatears at Buttermilk Hill. (P Smale)

Polridmouth: 40+ newly arrived Chiffchaffs foraging in bushes & tussock-grass near the lake. Also present were c10 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Great Tit, 3 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 6 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Mallard and 2 Teal in the afternoon at cSX103504. (P Ouless)

Par: 100+ Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 1 Pochard, 2 Shoveler and 6 Tufted Duck at Par Pond at 13:00. (M Jones & N Climpson)

Sand Martin Par beach pool Cornwall 24313 N ClimpsonSand Martin at Par, Nigel Climpson.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 11 Sandwich Terns and 2 Sand Martins plus a further 2 Sand Martins on Ryan’s Field. (M Spicer) 4 Wheaters 1 Black Swan 1 Swallow 4 Rock Pipits and 2 Little Egrets around Carnsew Pool and sand bars. (W Chegwidden)

Helston Boating lake: Whooper Swan still plus 11 Shoveler (7male, 4 female). (T Mills)

Lizard Point: Raven, many Chiffchaff along cliff path, Goldcrest, 2 Wheatears. Over the sea: Red-throated Diver, another diver sp, Med Gull (summer adult), 3 Oystercatchers, 2 Purple sandpipers, 6 Turnstones, 5+ Sandwich Terns, 3 LBB Gulls amongst roosting Herring Gulls, 5 Fulmars and 3+ Bottlenose Dolphins. (T Mills)

Siblyback Lake: Adult drake Lesser Scaup still, plus Black-necked Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe and Little Grebe. (B Rankine)

Red-necked Grebe Siblyback Lake Cornwall 24th March 2013 (2) B Rankine Red-necked Grebe Siblyback Lake Cornwall 24th March 2013 (3) B Rankine Red-necked Grebe Siblyback Lake Cornwall 24th March 2013 (4) B Rankine
Lesser Scaup Siblyback Lake Cornwall 24th March 2013 B Rankine Lesser Scaup Siblyback Lake Cornwall 24th March 2013 (1) B Rankine Lesser Scaup Siblyback Lake Cornwall 24th March 2013 (2) B Rankine

Dozmary Pool: Drake Goldeneye and a Swallow. (B Rankine)

Lizard: 60+ Wheatear, 70+ Chiffchaff, 1 White Wagtail, 12 Blackcap, 4 Firecrests and 14 Goldcrest around village and point in the morning. Also a trickle of Meadow Pipits and Linnets in off. Peregrine hunting incoming passerines out at sea off old lizard. (T Blunden) 1 Swallow (C Lee)

Wadebridge: 10 Sand Martin at Clapper marshes at 17:30. 12+ Sand Martins feeding on the main river along Egloshayle Road, accompanied by 1 House Martin in the morning. (P Floyd Spong) 2 female Blackcap still on the bird table at Two Tree’s Estate, Wadebridge. (C Selway)

Hawkes Wood Nature Reserve: 1 singing Chiffchaff in the morning plus 12 Siskin with some males in display flight, also Roe Deer. (C Selway)

Whitsand Bay: 3 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe and 27 Little Gull.

Porthgwarra: Serin at Dolphin House also 1 Willow warbler and c100 Chiffchaff. (R Wilkins)

Saturday 23 March 2013

Late News 22/03 Newlyn: Purple Sandpiper at Tolcarne with Turnstones. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Late News 22/03 Penzance: 34 Purple Sandpipers. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Late News 22/03 Boswednack: 2 Chiffchaff – first for spring. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan (including 1 immature), 4 Greylag, 1 hybrid goose, 7 Mallard, 12 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 25 Moorhen, 1+ Water Rail, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 1 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker)

Helston: Whooper Swan still at the boating pool. (D Parker)

Treraven Meadows: Sand Martin at lunchtime. (D Julian)

Lower Tamar Lake: 12 Swallows, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Tufted duck (4m/2f),1 Heron, 1 Coot and 1 Wren at 11:30 when conditions were cold and windy. (R Mudge)

Bude Marshes: 4 Swallows flew rapidly north low over the marsh at midday. (H Kendall)

College and Argal reservoirs: Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, f Goldeneye, Tufted duck, Mallard, Cormorant and Great Crested Grebe. (S Marquis)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 30 Sandwich Tern flew across the bay from west to east from 09:00 to 09:40. Later 10 Sandwich Tern feeding off beach and 1 Kestrel (male) hunting over rocks on beach. (J St Ledger)

Sandwich Tern Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach 23rd March 2013 (2) J St Ledger Sandwich Tern Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach 23rd March 2013 J St Ledger

Wadebridge: Redhead Goosander and Sparrowhawk at Guineaport in the morning. (W Delacour)

Par: 1 Swallow and c12 Sand Martins on the beach pool. (St Austell Baywatch)

Siblyback Lake: Adult drake Lesser Scaup still, plus Red-necked Grebe and 6 Sand Martins.

Freathy: 1 Swallow.

 Looe: Slavonian Grebe and Great Northern Diver off Looe Island.

Friday 22 March 2013

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan (including 1 immature), 5 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 5 Mallard, 15 Teal, fem Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 27 Moorhen, 1+ Water Rail, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 1w Med Gull, 1 Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 12 Linnet, 1 Chiffchaff and 3+ Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker & D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Mute Swan, 54 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 2 hybrid geese, 23 Mallard, 4 Call Duck, 2 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Curlew, 4 Sand Martin, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and 1 Raven. (D Parker)

Mousehole: Ad Iceland/Kumlien’s Gull and 1w Glaucous Gull roosting on St Clements Isle at dusk. (M Ahmad, R Menari & D Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 76 Sandwich Terns on Lelant Water. (M Elliot)

Chyandour, Penzance: 2 fem Common Scoter and 8 Sandwich Terns in Bay. (D Flumm & P St Pierre)

Truro: 2f and  1 m Brambling in a private garden in the morning. (D Jenkins)

Pendennis, Falmouth: 19+ Sandwich Terns east and into the Carrick Roads between 15:30 and 16:00, possible Common Tern west and Great Northern Diver offshore. (D Chaney)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): Imm Spoonbill, 1 Barn Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 10 Linnet, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 21 Dunlin, 1 Shelduck, 4 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 35 Teal, 4 Gadwall, 6 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron and 10 Little Egret. (C Selway)

Spoonbill 22313 C Selway

Bude: 1 House Martin.

Camel Estuary: Black-necked Grebe at Wadebridge at 15:30 also Spoonbill.

Gerrans Bay: 4 Black-throated Divers offshore and 9 Brent Geese flew over.

Thursday 21 March 2013

Late news 20/03 Marazion Marsh RSPB: Male Wheatear. (B Sharples)

Wheatear 20313 B SharplesLate News 20/03 Lelant: Firecrest at Lelant Saltings in the afternoon.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan (including 1 immature), 2 Mallard, 9 Teal, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe and 6 Moorhen. (D Parker)

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan (including 1 immature), 6 Greylag, 5 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Mallard, 24 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 1 Bittern, 2 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 6 Little Grebe, 1+ Water Rail, 31 Moorhen, 3 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, c10 Chiffchaff and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker) Also 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 6 Common Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and 5 Little Egret along Red River area. (C Barnard)

Sennen: 2 black colour morph Pheasants at Trevear Farm. (D Parker)

Sennen: 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5 nominate Chiffchaff, 1+ Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest and 4 Long-tailed Tit at the sewerage works plus 2 Canada Geese on Brew Pool. (D Parker & C Barnard)

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

Falmouth: 50+ Pied Wagtail and 4 Meadow Pipit on Falmouth Golf Course, plus Whimbrel and Purple Sandpiper at Pendennis Point. (D Chaney)

Swanpool Beach: 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore, with 2 Guillemot off Maenporth. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras: Grey Plover still, plus 3 Little Egret and 2 Greenshank. (D Chaney)

Treraven Meadows: Water Pipit again. (D Julian)

Dinham Flats: Spoonbill at 13:30. (D Julian)

Rosennanon Downs: 19+ Lapland Buntings, 60+ Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine and 900+ Golden Plover. (C Selway)

Stithians Reservoir: “Quite a few” Chiffchaffs, Reed Bunting, Cormorant, Bittern (in short flight) and Water Rail in the southern cut off. (R Farnes)

Chiffchaff 20313 R Farnes Reed Bunting 20313 R Farnes
Cormorant 20313 R Farnes Water Rail 20313 R Farnes

Men-an-Tol: 1 Short-eared Owl. (R Farnes)

Short-eared Owl 20313 R Farnes

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: c40 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Blackbird, c100  Black-headed Gull, c70 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Black Swan, 10 Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 15 Buzzard, 1 Canada Goose, c100 Carrion Crow, 15 Chaffinch, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Common Sandpiper, 12 Cormorant, c400 Curlew, c1000 Dunlin, 10 Dunnock, 5 Goldfinch, 20 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 8 Greenshank, 19 Grey Plover, 60 Herring Gull, 5 House Sparrow, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Lapwing, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Little Egret,  2 Little Grebe, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 8  Magpie, 15 Mallard, 50 Mute Swan, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Pheasant (1m,1f), 7 Pied Wagtail, 1 Raven, 1 Red-legged Partridge, c300 Redshank, 9 Ringed Plover, 10 Robin, c30 Rook, c40 Shelduck, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Spoonbill, c40 Starling, 1 Water Rail, 2 Wigeon, c100 Wood Pigeon and 10 Wren. (The Martin Cutland Nature Walk per C Travis)

Kenidjack: 1 Wheatear at the bottom of the valley. (P Clarke)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Goosander still on the main estuary. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): Spoonbill still in the morning.

Kenidjack: Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewerage works.

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan (including 1 immature), 4 Greylag, 6 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 5 Mallard, 15 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 2+ Bittern, 2 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 3 Little Grebe, 1+ Water Rail, 24 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Stonechat, c5 Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker, R Farnes & B Sharples)

Bittern Marazion 19313 B Sharples Little Egret 19313 B Sharples

Penzance: 18 Purple Sandpipers and 64 Turnstones at Jubilee Pool. (P St Pierre)

Truro: 1 Brambling in a private garden, also present on 18/3. (D Jenkins)

Carrick Roads: 10 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Razorbill from Mylor Churchtown. (J St Ledger)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Bittern, 1 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 1 Wren, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Goldfinch and 4 Great Crested Grebe. (B Sharples)

Bittern Stithians 19313 B Sharples

Dinham Flats: 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Black Swan, 51 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 46 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Black-tailed Godwit and 8 Little Egret early morning. (C Selway)

Ruddy Shelduck 19313 C Selway Ruddy Shelduck 1 19313 C Selway Ruddy Shelduck 2 19313 C Selway

Falmouth: 8 Linnet on Pendennis Point, plus one of the ringed Magpies from a study they were doing at Tremough (Red above the BTO on left leg, Blue above Red on the other.) Also 5 distant probable Black-necked Grebes deep into the Carrick Roads, along with a closer Med Gull. 2 Slavonian Grebes offshore; 1 off Swanpool, 1 nearer Castle Beach where there was also a Little Egret and 2 Med Gulls on the sea. Both Grebes were fairly close, but moving around. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: Water Rail, Med Gull and Chiffchaff. (D Chaney)

Penryn River: 1 Grey Plover, 19 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 24 Teal and 1 Little Egret at the high tide roost. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: Bittern, 1 Goldeneye, Wigeon, Great Crested Grebe and 40 Redwing in the approach field . (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe. (D Chaney)

 Cremyll: The birds previously reported as Cattle Egrets are in fact Little Egrets.

Monday 18 March 2013

Late News 17/03 Looe: Sandwich Tern at Hannafore Point in the afternoon, also 2w Med Gull. Drake Eider off Banjo Pier. (P J Smale & J Smale)

Late News 17/03 Godrevy Head: 1 Wheatear. (C Barnard)

Late News 17/03 Trevose Head: 2 Short-eared Owls. (B Mellow)

Short-eared Owl 1 17313 B Mellow Short-eared Owl 2 17313 B Mellow Short-eared Owl 3 17313 B Mellow

Late News 17/03 Cremyll: 8 Cattle Egrets in cattle field at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park entrance for second day. (Since found to be Little Egrets, 19/03)

Late News 17/03 Newlyn: 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Tolcarne and possible sub-adult Kumlien’s Gull in the harbour.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 7 Mute Swan (including 1 immature), 4 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 7 Mallard, 15 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 1+ Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 5 Little Grebe, 3+ Water Rail, 20 Moorhen, 1 Snipe, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1f Merlin, 1 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 6 Chiffchaff and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker, C Barnard, S Maycock & B Sharples)

Greylag 18313 R Farnes Stonechat 18313 R Farnes
Long-tailed Tit 18313 B Sharples Little Grebe 18313 B Sharples

Marazion today, top 2 photos Rod Farnes, lower 2 photos Bob Sharples.

Marazion: 2s Med Gull at Red River mouth.

Mount’s Bay: 2 Sandwich Terns. (P St Pierre)

Porthgwarra: 1 Black Redstart. (P St Pierre)

Bude Marshes: 3 Chiffchaffs singing and 1 feeding plus 1 Cetti’s Warbler in brief song. (H Kendall)

Maer Downs: 1 Wheatear. (H Kendall)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Shoveler, 8 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Brambling, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 40+ Chaffinch, 1 Water Rail, 2 Fieldfare, numbers of Great Tit and Blue Tit, 1 Bittern and 2 Rats eating bird food from the Southern Cut-off hide. 1 Buzzard over (S Maycock & J St Ledger)

Bittern 18313 S Maycock Great Crested Grebe 18313 S Maycock
Chiffchaff 18313 S Maycock Brambling Stithians 18th March 2013 J St Ledger

Bittern, Great Crested Grebe and Chiffchaff, S Maycock. Brambling, J St Ledger.

Helston: Whooper Swan and 4 Shoveler stillon the boating lake. (S Maycock & M Spicer)

Sennen: 2 Firecrests in the Brew area. (C Moore)

Godrevy: 3 Cormorant, 17 Shag, 2 Buzzard, 17 Oystercatcher, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Turnstone, 2 Black-headed Gull,  24 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c75 Herring Gull, 1 Guillemot, 4 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 9 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Blackbird, 26 Starling, 1 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 2 Raven and 7 Carrion Crow in the morning. (T & M Hasdell)

Trevose Head: 1 Short Eared Owl hunting to the north of the toll road. (M Jones)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Black Redstart (female or 1st year male) again near Copperhouse Creek. (P J Smale)

Cuddon Point: Merlin chasing Rock Pipit over the sea. (M Spicer)

Helston: c10 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest and 2 Long-tailed Tit in the sewerage works area. B Sharples)

Falmouth: Female Black Redstart feeding on the short grass at Pendennis Point, Great Northern Diver offshore, very distant Gannets and 5 Linnets. Also 3 Turnstone near Gyllyngvase beach. (D Chaney)

Carrick Roads: 3 Sandwich Terns resting on various bouys, 3 Med Gulls, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers and 4 probable Black-necked Grebes. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 35 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 1 f Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, plus Teal and Mallard at high tide. (D Chaney)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): Spoonbill still, plus 7 Little Egret, Gadwall, Shelduck, Pintail, Shoveler and Wigeon. (C Selway)

Spoonbill 18313 C Selway Spoonbill 180313 C Selway Gadwall 18313 C Selway

Clapper Marshes: 13 Teal, 6 Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 5 Buzzard, 5 Mute swan, 13 Canada Goose, 1 Wigeon, 1 Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 1 Tawny Owl, 18 Chaffinch, 10 Goldfinch and 1 Brambling. (D Julian)

Penlee: Firecrest at 10:40.

Treen Common: 6 Lapland Buntings but mobile and elusive at cSW446364.

Siblyback Lake: Ad drake Lesser Scaup still.