January 2021 News

Honorary Treasurer Position Update:

Following the Chairmans appeal for a new Treasurer, and the publicity on the website and social media we are pleased to say that we had three expressions of interest, all from people very ably qualified to do the job. We were due to meet early in the New Year but then lockdown arrived and everything is now on hold. The resigning Treasurer has kindly agreed to hold the fort for the time being. We hope to meet as soon as restrictions are lifted to move things forward with a financial team including the appointment of a new Treasurer.

Online Bookshop: CBWPS have a new online bookshop. Thanks to legacies and kind donations from members we have a range of second hand birding and natural history books. click Here to browse and find a bargain!

Keep a look out for colour ringed Blackcaps!

An ongoing study, coordinated by Oxford University and BTO, is investigating the wintering behaviour, movements, and breeding origin of Blackcaps that winter in Britain and Ireland, as we still know surprisingly little about these birds that now spend the winter with us. A key component of this project is a long-term colour ringing study to help monitor the potential effects of climate change and evolution of this novel migration strategy.

Over the last three winters more than 600 wintering Blackcap have been colour-ringed and around 130 fitted with geolocators, across Britain and Ireland, to track their migration and movements. A large portion of these birds have been marked in Cornwall, particularly in the Falmouth/Penryn area, but they could turn up anywhere.

If you see a Blackcap or have them visiting you garden, please check their legs for rings. Each bird has a total of three colour rings and a metal BTO ring, two rings on each leg. The combination of rings allows us to identify each individual and we can provide a history of it’s movements. Please get a photo, or note the order of the rings on the right and left legs, so that we can identify the bird.
Please report details to Greg Conway and Benjamin Van Doren at: blackcap@bto.org

COVID 19 Update Jan 4th: With a new National Lockdown in please our advice to birders remains the same – follow the guidelines issued by the government. Please see the statement from the Society on the website Homepage

Monday 4th January 2021

Maer Lake: Sociable Lapwing and 1 Ruff. (D Bradford)

Drift Reservoir: 4 Little Egret, Peregrine, juv Iceland Gull (D Flumm)

Land’s End: 3 Humpback Whales included 2 together (mother and calf?) between Longships & Mayon Cliff 14:45 – 15:45 hrs. Also 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphin. (D Flumm)

Humpback Whale – Dave Flumm

Humpback Whale – Dave Flumm

Humpback Whale – Dave Flumm

Cape Cornwall: Humpback Whale 11:45 hrs (presumed one of Land’s End individuals seen later. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: 2 Brambling, 45 Linnet, 100 Chaffinch, 30 Goldfinch, 1 Snipe, 10 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard. (I Grant, F Were)

Marazion: 1 Black-necked Grebe still on Long Rock Pool. (I GrantF Were)

St Gothian Sands: 59 Snipe. (P Freestone)

Helston: 1 Black Redstart. (S Bury)

Swanpool: Yellow-browed Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 12 Siskin, Pomarine Skua and 100+ Gannet in the bay. (M Broadbent)

Walmsley Reserve: Spoonbill, 2 Water Pipit, 5 Pintail, Pink-footed Goose. (B Bosisto)

Chapel Amble: Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Water Pipit , Water Rail , Cetti’s Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff with 6 Common Chiffchaff at the Sewage Works. (B Bosisto)

River Lynher: 1 Spoonbill and 154 Oystercatcher roosting on Rat Island. (C Buckland)

St Johns Lake, Torpoint: 34 Brent Goose, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe,1 Black-necked Grebe. (C Buckland)

Millbrook: 1 Greater Scaup still on the lake. (C Buckland)

Rame Head: 50+ Brambling in stubble field to the west. (per C Buckland)

Lower Tamar Lake: 15 Goosander 5m 10f, 1m Gadwall, 4 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

Tywarnhayle: (14.00-14.30) 1 Herring Gull, 8 Woodpigeon, 3 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 9 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackbird, 1 (m) House Sparrow, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 1 (m) Bullfinch, 1 Goldfinch. (RB & PC Girling)