Tresillian River Walk, 20th February 2020

Tresillian River Walk, St Clement

We were lucky this Thursday to find a dry weather gap for this walk. Seven attended complete with wellingtons as the path was quite muddy. We practised our gull identification skills finding some Mediterranean and Common Gulls amongst the commoner gulls sitting on the mud.

Highlights were the Common Sandpiper, a brief glimpse of a Kingfisher and a soaring Sparrowhawk.

Full list: Pheasant, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Mallard, Teal, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Blackbird, Redwing, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin.

Kate Williams

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CBWPS file photos – Mediterranean Gull – Bob Bosisto, Kingfisher – Bob Sharples

Monday 24th February 2020

Advanced warning: There will be an educational access group of students from Cornwall college Newquay using the Walmsley tower hide on Wednesday 26th Feb & Wednesday 4th March from 09:30 till 12 noon.
Access to members is still OK but be prepared for it to be busy.

Late news, 23/2, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Buntings (1 male, 2 female), from southern hide. (A & S Collins)

Camel Estuary: Whooper Swan reported still at Dinham Point.

Newqauy: adult Glaucous Gull still in the field with the pink elephant on Crantock turning at 18:30, it has injury to breast. (M Lammas)

Rock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 m Greenfinch (individual birds calling). (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: Pair of aythya hybrids, female Scaup and Common Sandpiper. (R Wilkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Great Northern Divers, 6 Little Grebe, 9 Grey Plover on Carnsew Pool. (A & P Graham)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Goosander (redhead), c. 30 Wigeon, c. 50 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 16 Curlew, 18 Oystercatcher. (P Roseveare)

Falmouth, 800m off Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Eider (female), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull. Viewed from American Shelter (J St Ledger) Also 1 Pomarine Skua chasing Kittiwakes in the bay, 100+ Gannet, 1 Great Skua, 15 Kittiwake, 15 Shag, 4+ Common Dolphins. (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Restronguet Weir: 7 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 12 Red-breasted Merganser. Viewed from Greatwood House side of beach. (J St Ledger)

Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes, John St Ledger

Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes, John St Ledger

Trewithen Moor, Stithians: 1 Merlin at 17:45. (P Blackburn)

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