Thursday 7th November 2019

Notice: There will be 2 parties of birders using the Walmsley & Burniere hides today, 7th November under our educational access scheme. Members are still welcome but be prepared for it to be busy. (A Langdon)

Late news, 6/11, Hannafore, Looe: 7 Common Eider. Seen swimming from East Looe direction, and presumed to be part of larger flock recorded there 3rd-5th November.  Observed diving for crabs. (D Spooner)

Eider, 6/11 – Derek Spooner

Eider, 7/11 – Derek Spooner

Hannafore, Looe: 14 Common Eider (6 adult male, 2 juvenile male, 6 female). Note that this is a different flock from that, (also of 14), seen 3th to 5th November in East Looe, which had only 1 adult male. The flock swam off in the direction of East Looe. (D Spooner)

Sennen: Paddyfield Pipit  and American Buff-bellied Pipit still present in cut maize field behind the shop at c.SW361257. View only from public footpath from 4th field southwest of Sennen School, please park sensibly and do not obstruct the minor road. As per the landowners request please do not walk in the field! (A Appleton, M Elliott, P St Pierre) Black Redstart also reported.

Brew Sewage Works: 1 Swallow and a Siberian Chiffchaff. (M Elliott, P St Pierre)

Porthgwarra: Pallas’s Warbler again in the car park sallows at 14:45. (R Wilkins) 2 Ring Ouzel in Blackthorn north of Dolphin House. (M Wallace)

Helston: Drake Lesser Scaup and female hybrid still on the boating lake. (L Proctor)

Crugmeer: 3 Grey Partridge, 5 Raven, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 4 Roe Deer. (S Grose)

St Issey: 1 Peregrine Falcon over. (S Grose)

Carrick Roads: 5 Black-necked Grebe in group, close to green deep water channel buoys, also 1 Red-breasted Merganser (female). Viewed from Restronguet Sailing Club area at Mylor Churchtown, using scope. (J St Ledger)

Red-breasted Merganser – John St Ledger

St Mylor Churchyard: 1 Firecrest, 2 Mistle Thrush. (J St Ledger)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Goldeneye, 12 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Chiffchaff. (J St Ledger)

Camel Estuary: 7 Brent Goose (2 adults & 5 juv/1st winter) on Camel Estuary just south of Padstow. (D. Wilson)

St Ives, Barnoon Cemetery: 2 Robin and 5+ Black Redstart (mainly female). (K Money)

St Ives, The Island: 2 Stonechat, 1 Wren and 2 more probable Black Redstarts. (K Money)

Sancreed: 1 Woodcock, 2 Snipe, 17 Golden Plover, 6 Lapwing, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 40 Skylark, 10 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Goldcrest. Also Brambling in our garden. (D Flumm)

Penzance: 12 Brent Goose (2 adult, rest immature) at Wherrytown. (R Fox)

Loe Pool, Helston: 3 Pochard, c25 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Jay and Peregrine. (J Witheywood) Yellow-browed Warbler also reported at Penrose.

Playing Place: 1-2 Barn Owls regularly hunting for mice from back garden fence. (T.Hall)

Marazion: Red-throated Diver off Station House car park. (L Proctor)

Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Knot. (M Ahmad)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (2 ad, 5 juv), 2 Yellow-legged Gull (ad, 3w) plus 4 Pink-footed Geese on Copperhouse Creek . (M Ahmad, M Jones) Little Stint amongst Lapwing. Kingfisher on Ryan’s Field. (C Richards) Sub-adult Caspian Gull reported at 16:00. (M Halliday)

Caspian Gull – Mark Halliday

Caspian Gull – Mark Halliday

Polgigga: Turtle Dove again at Raftra Farm. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 23 Mallard, 22 Teal, 3 Moorhen, 3 (1m, 2f) Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1f Kestrel over 12:21 – 13:21. (M Webb)

Teal – Martin Webb

Kestrel – Martin Webb

Stonechat – Martin Webb

Bude Basin: 2 Black Swan, 1 Mandarin Duck. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: c20 Fieldfare. 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Redwing, 3 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch. (R Mudge)

Wadebridge, Treraven Farm: 53 Curlew. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 2 Barn Owl between Clapper Marshes and Trelawney Garden Centre. (S Grose)

November 2019 News

St Agnes Marine Conservation Group talk: Thurs 28th, 7:30pm.
Alice Trevail and Beth Clarke from Exeter Uni talk to us about their fascinating research into the lives of our ocean wanderers. See Facebook or the CBWPS calendar for more.

Wintering Warblers Project: Laura Giles, a student at the University of Exeter is requesting any sightings of crests and warblers in the county this winter. To help and for more information please see look on the website Here

Marazion Works: Have you noticed the works going on at Marazion Marsh this month?

This is part of the Cornwall Council’s Longrock Coastal Improvement Project and is designed to enhance the reed bed at Marazion Marsh for wildlife. Currently, new ditches are being created by an excavator to provide more open water for fish and aquatic invertebrates to inhabit, this in turn will provide for many amphibians, mammals and birds in the near future. Although things look unsightly at present, by late spring the reeds will start to regenerate and within 2 years the area will be reinvigorated. If you would like more information please visit the councils website by following the link below and click on Marazion Marsh. 

Link to Cornwall Councils website with details of the project: Longrock Coastal Improvements

The RSPB is a stakeholder advising the works on the marsh in this ongoing project.

Incomplete Records for BiC 2018: There are a number of records of birds reported in the county for which we still require documentation for them to enter the County Record and to be published in the Annual County Report. If you were in the county during 2018 and were involved in the finding of, or indeed, even saw, any of the birds in the linked page here;- Incomplete Records 2018 , then please contact the County Recorder; with your submission or for any enquiries. Please help to keep the County Record as complete as possible!

Incomplete Records for BiC 2018: We have now begun work on Birds in Cornwall 2018. There are a number of records where a description is needed before they can be accepted into the County Record and feature in BiC 2018. Details of these records are provided via the link below. If you have submitted one of these records you may already have been contacted by the County Recorder about providing more information or a description. If you have not yet been contacted and you recognise one of these incomplete records as being yours please do get in touch via email or by filling out the rarity form on the CBWPS website and sending it in. Please help to keep the County Record as complete as possible!

Thanks very much,

Hilary & Phil, Editors Birds in Cornwall (BiC)

Please visit the link below on the website for the full list of records of birds required (including both date and location) throughout the year –

>County Records requiring further information in 2018<

Rarities in the county for which we still require full descriptions include such nationally rare species as Pacific Diver, Gyr Falcon, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler and Red-eyed Vireo, commoner scarcities such as Black Kite, Alpine Swift, Bee-eater and Red-rumped Swallow, and county rarities including Pink-footed Goose, Long-eared Owl, Nightingale and Tree Sparrow. For the full list of 65 species and dates please see the link above.

If you saw any of these species within the County in 2018 please check out the link above and check the dates. Even if you were not the original finder it would still be very useful to receive a description, or in some cases appropriate photographic evidence in order to not lose these records from the County Record. If in doubt please contact the County Recorder as above.

BiC 2017, the CBWPS Cornwall County Bird Report, is now out. Over 270 pages packed full of data, information and photographs of the county’s birds in 2017, with ringing report, articles and more. A great effort by the BiC team led by Phil and Hilary. The front cover depicts Amur Falcon, new to the county in 2017.

Walks and Events program: Reports from recent walks at Helston and Swanpool have been added to the website: HERE

Cornwall Birds Student Award 2019: The Cornwall Birds (CBWPS) ‘Birds in Cornwall Award for Student Research’ in memory of Vic Simpson (1941-2018) aims to recognise and promote the contribution to the long history of Cornish ornithology by masters and final year undergraduate students. The award is given to the student judged to have produced the best ornithological dissertation based on research conducted in Cornwall. To find out more please see: Cornwall Birds Student Award 2019

Paddyfield Pipit; a first for the WP?: An article here on the website giving some background information on the species and the account thus far:- Paddyfield Pipit in Cornwall; 23rd October 2019

For Sale: An Opticron telescope lens for sale. Sold as unused and in original box. Offers. All proceeds will be donated to CBWPS. Buyer collects. Contact details HERE

CBWPS Development Day 2019: This Saturday 9th November. An opportunity for members to meet with the board and to help set the focus and agenda for the society for the coming years. We hope that the Development Day will be an informal event that will inspire, inform and engage, so please do join us and have your say! St Erme Community Centre, Trispen TR4 9BD from 11:30am – 15:00pm. More information HERE

Development Day 2019 – It was in 2016 that we ran the last Development Day, asking members to help us set the agenda for where we wanted the Society to be heading. This was a great success and we identified several areas that we should be focusing on as the board of the Society. Some of these we’ve been able to develop and some we haven’t, so this is a chance for us to review where we’ve got to and where we should be heading. So I hope you’ll be able to join us in November to set the new agenda and ensure that we’re doing what you, our members, want us to be doing.

In 2016, our discussions highlighted some of the below:

The need to shout louder
Review of our membership
Making the most of our reserves
A more identifiable and modern ‘brand’
Survey events, Conferences, Training, Walks/talks, Surveys

Have we achieved what we wanted to since then and are these still our priorities? Or do we take a conservation lead
and look to be more proactive and think bigger? The State of Nature 2019 report highlights key areas for conservation in the UK, so are these relevant to a small Society?:

  • Conserving special places
  • Restoring landscapes
  • Focusing on species
  • Resources for conservation (“we must remember that the most successful conservation action arises from partnerships, across governments, charities, business, landowners and individuals working together.”)
  • Connection to nature

We hope that the Development Day will be an informal event that will inspire, inform and engage, so please do join us!

9th November, 11:30am – 15:00pm, St Erme Community Centre, Trispen TR4 9BD

Mark Grantham, CBWPS CornwallBirds Chairman

For Sale: An Opticron telescope lens for sale. Sold as unused and in original box. Offers. All proceeds will be donated to CBWPS. Buyer collects. Contact John Hawkey on 07875543347