Helston Treatment Works & Boating Lake, 10th Nov 2019

A bright but breezy day greeted the 16 members who attended this field meeting at the rather un-glamorous Helston Water Treatment Works.

Glamorous locations mean nothing to wild birds but food does and the abundance of insect life that water treatment works attract means there is always something about. This particular site is well known in birding circles for being reliable for Chiffchaffs and Firecrests in autumn and winter and it was certainly the latter species that stole the show with great views of them moving through the ivy that grows up the boundary fence. Tantalising glimpses of a very fast Yellow-browed Warbler were also noted but it was not seen by all.

We started the meeting by moving over to the boating lake so as not to miss the Lesser Scaup and everybody got great views of this North American visitor. After our first session at the water works we went as far as we could down to Loe Pool only to be thwarted before the pool itself because the banks were flooded. We did add Redwing, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Jay and Goldcrest to the list as well as the usual other Tits, Dunnocks and Robins.

Altogether a lovely morning enjoying birds on a bright early winter day, helped by an American rarity and the gorgeous little Firecrests!

Roger Hooper, Leader

Lesser Scaup 05/11 – Linton Proctor

Firecrest 09/11 – Stevan Windle

A couple of the key players at Helston taken recently (file photos from the CBWPS media library).

Friday 15th November 2019

Sennen: No sign so far of Paddyfield Pipit  in cut maize field behind the shop at c.SW361257 earlier reports were apparently erroneous. 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.

River Lyhner, Wacker Quay: 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Whimbrel. (D Julian) Drake Green-winged Teal reported this morning way down along the creek also c30 Avocet. Sconner Farm: 21 Lapwings,14 Redshanks,5 Snipe,2 Little Egrets. (C Buckland)

Spotted Redshank – Chris Buckland

St John’s Lake: 19 Brent Goose (10 dark and 9 pale phase), 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 17 Great Crested Grebe. (D Julian)

St. Germans: 2 Spoonbill,1 Bar tailed Godwit. Also 1 Firecrest in garden. (A Blonden)

Cot Valley: Pallas’s Warbler still present. (N Wheatley)

Stithians Reservoir: 1w Lesser Scaup still (M Pass)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Great White Egret perched in tree in NW arm, plus Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver again. (R Veal, JD Swann)

Sancreed: 2 Great White Egret in fields east of village 13:30 on wards (same as reported at Drift earlier). Also 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Long-tailed Duck – L Proctor

Great White Egret – Dave Flumm

Long Rock CP: f/imm Velvet Scoter, 3 Greater Scaup, Tufted Duck, 3 Wigeon, Red-throated Diver, 50+ Common Scoter on the sea between here and the Mount. (P St Pierre) 8+ Greater Scaup. (P Clement)
1 Red-breasted Merganser. (L Proctor)

Carn Gloose: Snow Bunting at end of public road.

Vellandreath: 1 Stonechat showing characters of Continental Stonechat (nominate rubicola), 1 Great Northern Diver high NE inland. (R Veal)

Penzance Harbour: Great Northern this morning. (A McKechnie)

Great Northern Diver – A McKechnie

Crowlas: 1 Brambling low over 7:15. (R Veal)

Porthgwarra: Snow Bunting at Roskestal. Also, Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Woodcock. (M Wallace)

Stepper Point: 3 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Common Gull, 16 Meadow Pipit, 3 Raven, 1 Yellowhammer, 5 Oystercatcher, 7 Kittiwake, 9 Fulmar,also 3 Blackcap halfway along footpath down to Hawkers Cove. (S Grose)

Roche: Male Blackcap in private garden. (J Rance)

Swanpool: 3 Yellow-browed Warblers reported at Swanvale NR.

Malpas: Firecrest, in private garden. (A Hill)

Walmsley Reserve: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 18 Cattle Egret, 1 Scaup (female), 3 Ruff, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Greenshank, 60+ Redshank, 100+ Dunlin, 70+ Curlew, 14 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 3 Mistle Thrush, numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare. Also 3 Roe Deer. (J St Ledger)

Pink-footed Goose – J St Ledger

Greater Scaup – J St Ledger

Chapel Amble: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Pipit. (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, 1 Knot, 3 Grey Plover at dusk. (R Veal)

Tregoss: 1 Woodcock flew over 17:15 (B Bosisto L Payne)

Washaway: 1 Barn Owl, & 2 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)

Cotehele Quay: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail and 2 Marsh Tit. (R.Smaldon)

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