February 2020 News

Cornwall County List 2020: As we come up to the end of February the county list currently stands at around 185, after a relatively quiet month birding-wise, and plenty of poor weather. The full list can be found on the website Here.

Walks and Events: Report of the latest Tresillian River Walk and a reminder of a talk by the ‘Lone Kayaker’ Rupert Kirkwood at Chacewater Village Hall coming up this Friday 6th March, for more details see the events calendar in the header menu above.

Mermaid II trip planned, weather permitting from 13:00 to 16:00 on Thursday 5th March, cost £25. Meet outside the ticket office on the Ross Bridge, no later than 15 minutes before sailing.

Please Note: The CBWPS hide at Burniere Point is unusable at the moment due to it being blown off its fixings by the recent gales a few days short of its 52nd birthday! A team will be working to get it back to normal as soon as possible. Update: The CBWPS hide at Burniere Point is now usable again. Thanks to Adrian and his team for their hard work and speedy response (25/02/20).

Sunday 23rd February 2020

Late news, 21/2, Siblyback Lake: Ring-necked Duck, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Snipe, pair Teal, pair of Stonechat pair in dog excersise area, 5 Little Grebe. (D Cleal)

Ring-necked Duck – Dave Cleal

Late news, 22/2, Nanjizal: American Buff-bellied Pipit (heard only) for a fourth day. Also 2 Siberian Chiffchaff. Please keep to public rights of way. (K Wilson)

Par Beach Pool: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck (D Eva)

Siblyback: drake Ring-necked Duck, 2f Goldeneye, 1 Siskin. (R Veal, R Augarde, B Mellow)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Skua, 4 Guillemot, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver, 35+ Kittiwake, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 18 Shag. (T Phelps, M Doyle, C Urquhart, L Langley)

Penzance Wherrytown Rocks: 1w Iceland Gull at 09.00.1f Peregrine Falcon hunting waders at Battery Rocks,11 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe nr lighthouse. (S Grose)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose) Also Black Guillemot, Iceland Gull and Great Northern Diver. (S Rogers, M Ahmad)

Iceland Gull – Steve Rogers

Iceland Gull, Steve Rogers

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, 4 (2 ad, 3/4w, 2w) Caspian Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 (ad, 3w, 2w) argentatus Herring Gull, 2 (ad, 3w) Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hyrbid. (M Elliott) Also, 5 Goosander, 1 Knot, 6 Sanderling, and Ring-billed Gull from Lelant Station. (B Toms, M Curtis) Also, 2 Red Breasted Merganser, 23 Common Gull, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Greenshank, 21 Wigeon. (V Stratton) Ryan’s Field: 15 Eurasian Teal, 12 Common Redshank, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck. (V Stratton) Carnsew Pool: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Ring-billed Gull – Vivian Stratton

Marazion Beach: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 61 Black-headed Gull, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 3 Little Egret, 8 Teal, 1 Woodcock, 1 Snipe, 40 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Swanpool Lake: 1 male Pochard. (T Phelps, M Doyle, C Urquhart, L Langley)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Whimbrel, 15 Purple Sandpiper, 17 Oystercatcher, 28 Turnstone. (S Rowe) Newquay: ad Glaucous Gull again in field with pink elephant near Trevemper roundabout. It appears injured on chest but feeding well. (S Grose)

Glaucous Gull – Steve Rowe

Colliford Lake: 9 Goosander, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Great Nothern Diver, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 452 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Yellow-Legged Gull (3 x adults), c.200 Golden Plover, 40 Fieldfare (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Dozmary Pool: 7 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Davidstow Woods: 7+ Crossbill (one with nest material), 1 Treecreeper (singing), 1 Siskin (M Pass)

Walmsley: 2 Spoonbill (M Pass)

Kingsmill Lake: 5 Barnacle Goose (M Pass)

Millbrook: 12 Avocet. (D Sharp)

Trevose Head: 3 Lapland Bunting still. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Crugmeer: 4+ Lapland Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer, c250 Skylark. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Upper Fowey Valley: 1 Red Kite over just South of Ninestones. Also 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 4+ Nuthatch at Golitha Falls. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Dinham Flats: 1 Whooper Swan still. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Chapel Amble: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 8+ Common Chiffchaff (including 2 singing). (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Bude Canal: 1 Mandarin, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan and 3 Goldcrest. (S Windle)

Drake Mandarin – Stevan Windle

Drake Mandarin – Stevan Windle

Foage Valley, Zennor: 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Pipistrelle Bat. (V Stratton)

Trenarren: 1 Chiffchaff singing (D Hastilow)

Dobwalls: 3 Greenfinch on feeders and a Wren nest building in the garden (C&J Duffy)

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