Tuesday 18th July 2017

St Buryan: No positive news on the 1st-summer female Amur Falcon today, although there is one unconfirmed report of it east of the minor road to Crows-an-wra briefly though distant (TR19 6EL) at c 09:00 hrs.

Porthgwarra: 2 Great Shearwater from Scillonian III off Porthgwarra this morning, also 2 European Storm-petrel.

Hayle Estuary: 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. (M Halliday)


All photos – Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Par: 5 Adult Med Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover. (B Bosistow)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Wood Sandpiper (for second day).

Padstow: 54 Med Gull on Camel Est off Padstow this evening. (4 juv). 10 Sandwich Tern and a second cal Yellow-legged Gull. (D Julian)

Padstow farm shop: 2 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Oystercatcher on the southern end of the reservoir, flew off SW over towards Minions. 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull with Herring & Lesser Black-backed Gulls (also present yesterday). Also 4 Spotted Flycatcher. 1 juv Redstart, 11 little Grebe. (P Phillips)

Late Updates:

Newquay, Carnanton Woods: 1 Barn Owl on road sign with damaged wing. (S Grose).

Seaton: 2 Silver-Washed Fritillary. (R Napp)

Silver-washed Fritillary, Rick Napp

West Trethellan, Lanner:  juvenile Green Woodpecker. (R Hampshire)


Bird Dialect Names Survey

Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Kerstin Richter; I am a PhD student of the University of Regensburg in Bavaria. My dissertation project in English linguistics focuses on historical dialect bird names and their present day use.

In order to collect the necessary data, I am herewith kindly asking for your help. I would be extremely grateful if you could forward the following link to the members of your bird society:


Of course you are also very welcome to take part in my little survey yourself. It will take up only 5-10 minutes of your time, and no personal details will have to be disclosed.

If you or the participants have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or telephone.

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News July 2017

*Seabirds Count – survey 2017* A census of breeding seabirds has been organised in the UK and Ireland approximately every 15 years since 1969-70. Together with the JNCC and partners we will be surveying the whole of the Cornish coastline over the next few breeding seasons to continue this work. To take part or find out more please see *Seabirds Count*

Guidelines for submissions of bird news: We welcome submission of all bird news from anyone, CBWPS member or not. To make it easier to collate submissions we would ask you to follow the Guidelines for Submissions which can be found HERE

Breeding Season Records: We will not be publishing specific news of Sensitive and Schedule 1 Breeding Birds on the news page during the breeding season. Common sense applies – the welfare of the birds comes first.

We would still very much like all records of these species however, including photographs where appropriate, for the County Record etc even if the news is not specifically published on the day.

Website update: New on the cbwps website – ‘First Spring Arrivals 2017’ detailing first dates of new migrants into the county.

To read all the latest News, views and updates and find out what is happening within the Society and Cornwall’s birdlife please visit the News Page on the website.

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