Monday 23rd June 2014

Ryan’s Field: 1pr Canada Gesse plus 5 young, 8 Shelduck, 1pr Oystercatcher plus 2 young, 1 Whimbrel, 46 Curlew, 6 Med Gull (5 ads) plus 1 Stock Dove. (MJ Spicer)

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Sunday 22nd June 2014

Argal Reservoir: 2 broods of Great-crested Grebe, one of three chicks and one of two plus 1 pair of Mute Swan with four young. (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 1 pair Mute swan plus one young, 20 Canada Geese, 1 Treecreeper and a recently fledged Green Woodpecker. (D Eva)

Sennen Cove: 2 ad Med Gulls. (D Jenkins)

Sancreed: 1 Garden Warbler. (DS Flumm)

Land’s End: 12 Swift east in off sea & 9 Bottle-nosed Dolphins. (DS Flumm)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: A pair of Sandwich Tern. Male was feeding female while on the water and later while on the buoy. (J St Ledger – photos)

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Saturday 21st June 2014

Late news, 20/6, Par Beach Pool: 1 adult Common Gull at 0620 hrs this morning. (D King)

Late news, 20/6, Lands End: 3 juv Wheatear on slope just S of complex, also 3+ juv Jackdaw. (P&H Taylor)

Late news, 20/6, Burngullow Common:1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Roe Deer. (D Eva)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Roe Deer. (A James)

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Roe Deer, Alan James

Windmill Farm: 30 Swift, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler and 30 plus Red Veined Darters. (D Wright)

Porthleven: 3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths on Red Campion along coastal footpath 2km west of Porthleven and c70 Barrel Jellyfish, Rhizostoma octopusoffshore between Porthleven and Rinsey Head. (D Flumm)

Lower Predannack: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Sedge Warbler. Also numbers of Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Linnet and Stonechat. (J St Ledger)

Kingsmill Lake: 4 Mediterranean Gull s/p (2 adult & 2 2nd summer), 65  Black-headed Gull and 15  Redshank. (M Beer)

De Lank Water Treatment works to Garrow Tor included: 2 Redstart, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Siskin, 2 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 adult Wheatear and 3 fledglings, 1 Swift, 1 Curlew and 2 Grey Wagtail. (A Nicholson)

Tehidy Woods: 1 fledgling Tawny Owl. (P Dinning)


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Bioblitz at Bell Lake Marsh

24hr BioBlitz at Bell Lake Marsh
From 12.00 noon Saturday 28th June
to
12.00 noon Sunday 29th June 2014
This event will cover Bell Lake Marsh & Bell Lake, two important, adjoining wildlife sites, along Red River Valley Local Nature Reserve near Camborne, (SW621428). 
Event flyer attached.

For the last 2 years we have been working hard to restore the diversity of habitat in this rather unique wetland area. Great strides have been made in removing gorse and willow which were rapidly colonising previously open areas which in the past had supported colonies of Scarce blue-tail damselflies and Marsh Fritillary butterflies and it is felt by the co-ordinators of the group and Cornwall Council, who own the land, that the time is perfect for a Bioblitz to catalogue as much of the flora and fauna as possible as a benchmark for the future.
Come along and help us record! You don’t need to be an expert, (but if you are that would be fantastic!), just bring along your enthusiasm. Many eyes will see more and help to build up a truly comprehensive catalogue of all the wonderful inhabitants of our beautiful reserve. 
Everyone is welcome!

You can come along at any stage during the 24 hours of the BioBlitz and stay for as little, or long, as you like, all we ask is that if you do come along could please sign in on site and let us have your records before you leave.
Parking is at the bottom of Cuttings Hill near Coombe at SW629422. From there follow the signs across the river & along the track down to the marsh where you will find our team of volunteers ready to greet you. Please note that is a pleasant 10 to 15 minute walk down to the marsh from the parking area, (which will be unmanned).
Organised by Steve Jones, Jo Poland, Gary Barlow, Laura Fox & Kevin Gill 
You can register your interest by contacting Laura Fox, the Red River Rescuers group recorder – email: redriverrecorder@gmail.com, or call: 07958524428. Or you can simply turn up at any time on Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday morning. 
Be sure to bring wellington boots as you will need them to access the site! Don’t forget your suncream for the afternoon/morning sessions & a torch if you are intending to stay late on the Saturday.
Directions: Leave the A30 dual carriageway at the Camborne West exit (Treswithian).
If you are travelling in a westerly direction turn left at the end of the slip road and go all the way around the roundabout and back along the same road to cross over the A30 before turning left on to a minor road heading for Reskadinnick. After a quarter of a mile you will pass Camborne/Treswithian Downs Crematorium on your right and shortly after that you should turn right (which in effect is straight on) heading for Bell Lake/Coombe, (do not take the turning for Reskadinnick). Follow this road for half a mile, it will then drop down a steep hill, park at
 the bottom along the entrance to the track on the right or just after the river bridge.
If you are travelling in an easterly direction turn left at the end of the slip road & immediately left again on toa minor road heading for Reskadinnick. After a quarter of a mile you will pass Camborne/Treswithian Downs Crematorium on your right and shortly after that you should turn right (which in effect is straight on) heading for Bell Lake/Coombe, (do not take the turning for Reskadinnick). Follow this road for half a mile, it will then drop down a steep hill, park at the bottom along the entrance to the track on the right or just after 
the river bridge.

Please park sensibly and do not obstruct vehicular access along the 
track.
 Steve Jones

Friday 20th June 2014

Late news 18/6, Bodmin Moor, South Priddacombe: family of 5+ Meadow Pipit inc 3/4 juv’s; 3 juvenile Stonechat; 2 Common Buzzard feeding 2 nearly fledged juv’s in nest; single Willow Warbler & Blackcap singing; Mistle Thrush; Crossbill calling over Outer Priddacombe plantation. (J Hawkey)

Late news, 19/6, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 15 Mallard, 12 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Moorhen, 1  Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting and 3 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Late news, 19/6, Marazion: 13 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and 2 ad Med Gull on the beach. (DK Parker)

Charlestown: Adult Goldcrest feeding fledgeling. (D Hastilow)

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RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise (Penzance – Wolf Rock) sightings: 36 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet,  2 Fulmar,  5 Herring Gull,  4 Greater Black-backed Gull and 1 Guillemot. Return voyage, (Wolf Rock – Penzance) sightings: 88 Manx Shearwater,  21 Gannet,  3 Fulmar,  15 Herring Gull,  3 Greater Black-backed Gull  and 2 Guillemot. (P Clarke)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Roe Deer in field behind Longrock Pool this morning (1 Buck and 2 Does) (A James) Also 1 Otter seen on Longrock Pool. (S Cox)

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Roe Deer, Alan James

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Thursday 19th June 2014

Rock Pipits: Reports seem mixed. Last week Roy Phillips reported very few along his local patch, just one breeding pair, Bosigran to Porthmeor Cove, (west coast of west Penwith), whilst Phil McVey reports “I’ve observed young being fed at (usual) sites on the North Coast, including Polzeath, Porth Mear, Park Head, Watergate Bay and Newquay Porth”. Today we also have a report of young being fed in Mousehole, (Simon Maycock). My own observations around Newlyn harbour and Mounts Bay would also suggest there hasn’t been a significant crash here. So, it could just be that the area where the pipits were hardest hit was the area of exposed coast around west Penwith.

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Rock Pipits, Simon Maycock.

Late news, 15/6, Walmsley Sanctuary: A brood of 12 small Gadwall ducklings plus 9 adults, 1 Teal, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Green Sandpiper. (C Selway)

Sancreed: 3 Curlew and 1 Cuckoo. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 15 Mallard, 12 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Moorhen, 1  Green Woodpecker, 1 Reed Bunting and 3 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 13 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover and 2 ad Med Gull on the beach. (DK Parker)

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Wednesday 18th June

Newlyn Harbour: 3 Rock Pipit. (MJ Spicer – photo)

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Charlestown: 1 fledgling Goldcrest. (D Hastilow – photo)

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Sancreed: 1 Fulmar north over village 08:00 and a Red-veined Darter at the Beacon. (DS Flumm)

Garrow, Bodmin Moor: 2+ Whinchats, 1 Stonechat, 2 Cuckoo calling and in flight, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Meadow Pipits, 6+ Wheatear, 3 Skylark and 2 Mistle Thrush. (B Bryne, H Kendall)

The Rumps and Pentire Head: 5 Blackbird, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Chiffchaff, 25 Cormorant, 2 Dunnock, 5 Fulmar, 20 Gannet, 3 Goldfinch, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, c100 Guillemot, c100 Herring Gull, 12 House Sparrow, 20 Jackdaw, 2 Kestrel, 3 Kittiwake, 20 Linnet, 1 Magpie, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Pheasant, 2 Pied Wagtail, 7 Puffin, 30 Razorbill, 25 Rock Pipit, 25 Rook, 25 Shag, 10 Skylark, 40 Starling, 10 Stonechat, c50 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 8 Whitethroat and 20 Wood Pigeon. (The “Martin Cutland Wildlife Walk” per C Travis)

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