Saturday 3rd August 2019

Late news, 2/8, Scillonian III RSPB wildlife cruise: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 5 Eider Duck, 406 Manx Shearwater, 112 Gannet, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Guillemot, 11 Fulmar, 2 Great Skua, 2 Kittiwake, 3 Shag. Also 23 Common Dolphin, 4 Bottle-nose Dolphin, 33 Harbour Porpoise, 1 Ocean Sunfish. Wolf Rock to Hugh Town: 173 Manx Shearwater, 57 Gannet, 8 Fulmar, 4 Storm Petrel, 68 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Black Swan. Also 8 Atlantic Grey Seal, 9 Harbour Porpoise, 10 Common Dolphin, 5 Bottle-nose Dolphin, 2 Ocean Sunfish. Hugh Town to Wolf Rock: 2 Black Swan, 606 Manx Shearwater, 57 Gannet, 16 Shag, 24 Herring Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 29 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Razorbill, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Fulmar, 3 Storm Petrel. Also 30 Harbour Porpoise, 13 Bottle-nose Dolphin, 38 Common Dolphin, 4 Atlantic Grey Seal. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1,930 Manx Shearwater, 460 Gannet, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 18 Great Black-backed Gull, 15 Fulmar, 1 Storm Petrel, 2 Sanderling, 1 Great Skua, 18 Kittiwake, 161 Herring Gull, 5 Eider Duck. Also 36 Harbour Porpoise, 38 Common Dolphin, 2 Ocean Sunfish. (B Craven, J Swift, V Stratton)

Late news, 2/8, Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 90-100 Canada Geese, a flock of 100-150 Curlew and Bar-tailed Godwit, 10+ Redshank, 2 Little Egret, 10-15 Oystercatcher and 1 Grey Heron. (K Money)

Illogan:Ring-necked Parakeet in churchyard, showing well 08:20. Also seen flying east away from village at 09:10. (J Baker)

Marazion Beach: 39 Oystercatcher, 40 Sanderling, 25 Dunlin, 30 Ringed Plover, 15 Turnstone, Common Sandpiper. (S Rogers) Also Wood Sandpiper over at 06:50.

Penzance: 5 Eider off Eastern Green. (S Rogers)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin. Viewed from Stuart Hutchings hide at 08:00. Also 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher viewed from the Golden Lion cut-off hide at 08:45. (J St Ledger, S Williams) 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Lapwing this afternoon. (R Augarde)

Wood Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Wood Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Porthgwarra: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Common Scoter, 2+ Great Skua and 3 Dunlin past by 08:30. Also Melodious Warbler seen twice briefly, but very well, just west of Coastguard Cottage gardens before appearing to fly further down the  valley. It wasn’t relocated in the next 40 minutes. 2 Wood Sandpiper flew over while looking although neither bird called, Wheatear and 2 Willow Warbler also present. (I Prentice)

Sancreed: 6 Stonechat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 16 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 22 Painted Ladies, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 14 Cormorant and 1 Kingfisher. (D Flumm, DK Parker, A McKechnie)

Wood Sandpiper – Dave Flumm

Wood Sandpiper – Alex McKechnie

Coastal path Par to Polkerris: 1 Magpie, 1 Cormorant, 1 young Kestrel, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Fulmar, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Red Admiral, 2 Small Heath. (R Barlow)

Torpoint: Sparrowhawk caught and plucked a House Sparrow in a private garden. (R Napp)

Sparrowhawk – Rick Napp

Siblyback Reservoir: 2 Wood Sandpiper still present at north end at 12:50, also 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Snipe, 5 Little Grebe, Buzzard, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin. Kingfisher by dam, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Wren, Goldcrest, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (M Frost) 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Barnacle Goose in with Canada flock, 1 Hobby, Sand Martins, Swallows and the odd House Martin, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 20 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Pover, “many” Med Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern. (M Halliday)

Yellow-legged Gull – Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull – Mark Halliday

Maer Lake, Bude: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (B Bryne)

Porthilly Point: 1 Sparrowhawk, 19 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 68 Oystercatcher. Also 11 Unarmed Stick Insects in a private garden. (S Grose)

Unarmed Stick Insect – Shaun Grose

Downderry: moving west this morning (06:00-08:10) were 13 Balearic Shearwater, 10 Common Scoter and 6 Mediterranean Gull. Also 11 of latter east. Inshore, 1 Whimbrel. (A Payne)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 Greylag Goose, 5 Teal, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

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