Friday 4th October 2019

Porthgwarra: Red-throated Pipit on the moor with Meadow Pipits, c300m south of the kissing gate at Trevean, also Yellow-browed Warbler. (M Wallace) Red-breasted Flycatcher in Pines by Trevean, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Merlin (T Phelps, M Doyle, C Urquhart, M Broadbent)

Church Cove: Red-eyed Vireo by the church, also Yellow-browed Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and Firecrest. Please park on the green in Lizard village and walk east to the church. (I Bennell)

Lizard Point: 1 Sabine’s Gull, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Dunlin, 4 Mallard, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 70 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater. (I Maclean)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sabine’s Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope, 103 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater 09:00-13:00. (N Wheatley)

Pendeen Watch (0715-1800): 1 Great Shearwater, 31 Grey Phalarope, 6 juv. Sabine’s Gull, 11 Pomarine Skua, 1 juv Long-tailed Skua. 1 Puffin, 2349 Guillemot, 1 sp Great Northern Diver, 7 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, 391 Balearic Shearwater, 31 Sooty Shearwater, 99 Great Skua, 78 Arctic Skua, 2 Common Gull, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Sandwich Tern, 56 Manx Shearwater, 3435 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 2 Med Gull, 569 Kittiwake, 1 Wheatear, 3 Meadow Pipit (in off the sea), 4 Raven, 1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk. (B Mellow, R Veal, M Ahmad, J Hawkey, P Maker, R Wilkins, R Augarde, LGR Evans et al.) Also 1 Pink-footed Goose in fields Se of the coastguard cottages. (R Augarde)

Pendeen: Snow Bunting flew over Whitegates heading towards Trease Common. (P Combridge)

St Jidgey: 2 Pink-footed Geese over towards the Camel Estuary.

Towan Head (07:20-08:15): 6 Sooty Shearwater, 37 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Great Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, c100 Kittiwake. (S Rowe) 10 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 3 Great Skua between 08:15 and 09:00 (M Lammas) 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Great Skua and 1 Arctic Skua late pm. (S Rowe)

Levant: Great Shearwater, 50 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 15 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua. (P Fraser, J Overfield)

Camel Trail, Treraven Meadows to Grogley Halt: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Water Rail (heard only), 2 Grey Heron, 4 Curlew, 25 Teal, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Little Egret 2 Grey Wagtail, 136 Canada Geese, 2 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 1 Raven, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 176 Black headed Gull. (S Grose)

Devoran, Tallack’s Creek: 1 Spotted Redshank (still), 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 10 Dunlin, 2 Mediterranean Gull. (J St Ledger)

 

Spotted Redshank – John St Ledger

Maer Lake: 1 Spoonbill. (B Bryne)

Torpoint: Osprey, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Grey Plover at St John’s Lake this afternoon. (D Julian)

St Levan: Presumed released captive bred White Stork still in surrounding fields.

Godrevy Point: two un-ringed Choughs this afternoon. (R Bunt)

Chough – Roger Bunt

Kenidjack: Yellow-browed Warbler by the engine shed.

Penzance: 1 Tawny Owl 06:45. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 House Martin. (R Veal)

Gannel Estuary, Penpol Creek: 1 Barn Owl, 9 Little Egret at roost. (S Grose)

October 2019 News

Walk this Sunday: October 20th, 9.00am at Drift Reservoir for passage migrants with Roger Hooper. See the Calendar above for more details.

2019 AGM Report and Talk: A report of the Society AGM and Keith Cowieson’s excellent illustrated talk, From the Falklands to the Arctic can be found in the Events Report section on the website Here

Mermaid II wildlife trip: Saturday 13th Oct,  £25, meet at 14:45 for 15:00 sailing returning at 18:00. To book call 07901 731201 (Penzance)

Davidstow: We have been asked to re emphasise that cars should not go onto the active runways. Apparently there was an incident yesterday (2nd October). Also cars are not insured once they enter onto the airstrip. Please keep cars off the main runways! Many thanks. More information and map showing the active runways here – Davidstow Airfield

Congratulations to Mike McKee for making the front cover of British Birds magazine on the prestigious October Rarities Report edition, with his stunning photo of the Grey Catbird.

For sale: A one-off painting of the St Ives Brown Booby (31cm x 27cm) for £120 +£5 p&p. Plus 20 limited edition prints (28.5cm x 24cm) for £25 each plus £5 p&p. Contact the artist, Martin Elliott direct on 07875 295457.

 

July 2019 News

CBWPS Cornwall Birds AGM 2019: From the Falklands to the Arctic at this year’s AGM; don’t miss the Cornwall Birds 2019 Annual General Meeting, which will be held at Stithians Reservoir this Saturday 13th July.

The official CBWPS business will be followed by ‘From the Falklands to the Arctic, and lots in between – 50 years of bird watching and photography’ by Keith Cowieson. Keith was born and brought up in Aberdeen and joined the RAF straight from school spending the next 36 years in a variety of flying and staff postings worldwide. A lifelong birdwatcher, Keith was fortunate during his RAF career to indulge his passion around the world.

The AGM starts at 4.00pm (full details on the back page of the Spring Palores), and after Keith’s talk there will be an opportunity to join Board members for a walk around the north end of the reservoir. Stithians Lake Watersports Centre is easily accessed from the A394 Falmouth – Helston road and there is plenty of parking. See you there!