News – mid October 2017

Summer seawatching in Cornwall – Where to go, When to go, and an Introduction to the Basics – article Here

Seawatching – Summer 2017 – Dave Flumm looks at the extraordinary Great Shearwater and Wilson’s Petrel influxes this summer. Read the Article Here

Access at Davidstow Airfield: Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO right to roam here and that cars must NOT drive onto the airfield at all. We have been advised that we can WALK onto the grassy areas, but not the runways. Cars should be parked alongside the road. Failure to comply, could lead to access being withdrawn altogether.

Help requested: Please look out for this collection box missing from Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, carved for them in 1958, more important than contents:

Breeding Swifts – Dr Thais Martins of the Centre for Applied Zoology, Cornwall College Newquay is on a quest to find out where swifts are breeding in the County. She would like to know not just where screaming parties are, but more specifically where nesting sites are. If you can supply any records, they can be sent to and we can collate and forward them to Dr Martins.

‘Birds of Guyana’ talk – Friday October 27th, 7.30pm. at Chacewater Village Hall. A talk by Ian Gasper about birding in this tropical South American country. Trogans, hummingbirds, cotingas, tanagers and toucans. A birding paradise.
Admission is £3 and refreshments are available. Contact: Roger Hooper 01209 820610

Tawny Owl Study – I am a BSc Applied Zoology student at Moulton College, Northamptonshire. I am conducting my third year research project on Tawny owls and aiming to investigate if they have regional accents.
I was wondering if anyone may have any recordings of Tawny Owls from around your local areas that I could have access to as part of this study? Or if members of your bird group would be interested in going out and collecting some recordings of Tawny owls in the wild.
Along with any recordings, the date, location and if possible the type of device in which the recording was taken would be required if available.
If this is something that you would be able to assist me with, please contact me on my email address – to discuss further details. Many thanks, Katherine Mounsey

Thursday 19th October 2017

Late News, 17/10, Lower Predannack Downs: 1 Red-backed Shrike. (J Elvin)

Late News, 17/10, Falmouth, Swanpool: 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Peregrine over, Green Woodpecker heard, Water Rail. Falmouth Town: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Red Admiral near Windsor Quarry, Also large numbers of Portugese Man-o-War washed up, with 111 below Castle Beach (plus 5 offshore in floating weeds) and 59 on the west side of Gyllyngvase Beach (D Chaney)

Sennen: 1 Short-toed Lark again in ploughed field near Escalls Chapel.

Kenidjack, sewage works: 4 Hawfinch (1 in bushes and 3 over), 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Firecrest. (N Truby, D Helliar, T Mills)

Constantine: 1 Whinchat, 1 Stonechat (J Chapman)

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2+ Firecrest, 3 Siskin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

Sancreed: 1m Snow Bunting, 1 Black Redstart, 30 Siskin, 1 Grey Wagtail (D Flumm) And later,  3 Hawfinch (2 west, 1 in village), 4 Snipe west, 1 Chiffchaff (D Flumm)

Snow Bunting, Dave Flumm

Snow Bunting, Dave Flumm

Treverva: 10 Redwing over. (D Chaney)

Pendeen: Ring Ouzel opposite lighthouse cottages. Black Redstart, Firecrest & 4 Redwing at Pendeen church. Another Firecrest still at Calartha farm.(L Thompson) Also 1 Snow Bunting by track to lower carpark. (N Truby)

Whacker Quay: 1 Rose-ringed Parakeet. (W Bishop)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Tufted Duck, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 31 Coot, 10 Moorhen, c110 Canada Geese, c120 Black-headed Gull, 3 Coal Tit, 3 Robin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chaffinch, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, c30 Mallard. (R Mudge)

Camel Estuary, Burniere Hide: 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 42 Red-legged Partridge in ploughed field behind hide. (S Grose)

Porthcurno: 3 Hawfinch this evening & 8+ Firecrest. (L Thompson) Also 2 Yellow-browed Warbler calling to each other, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Bullfinch. (DK Parker)

Penberth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest and 2 Grey Wagtail. (DK Parker)