June 2019 News

Updating Membership Records: Could all members please ensure that the email addresses as held by the membership secretary are correct, especially if you have changed your email address in the recent past. A number have recently bounced or seem to be out of date as no replies have been received from them. Please also check that your membership status is correct – note for example that Senior Memberships are from 65 years.

If you would like to change from receiving a printed copy of Palores to a digital pdf copy, or do not wish to receive BiC (Birds in Cornwall) as part of your membership do please let us know, as in both cases this will save the society both in printing and postage costs. Please contact Carol, Membership Secretary at membership@cbwps.org.uk

New Membership Secretary: as of 1st May Carol Hughes has taken over from Angela Moore as Membership Secretary for the Society. The Society is very grateful to Angie for her many years of tireless service as Membership Secretary, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. Membership enquiries and requests should continue to be sent to the usual membership@cbwps.org.uk address

Sunday 26th May 2019

Late news, 25/5, Park Head, Wadebridge: 1m Wheatear. (J Liddle)

Polgigga: Glossy Ibis east over at 20:30. (M Wallace)

Nanjizal: 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Pink-footed Goose this evening. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra (08:00-14:00): 9 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, 1 Sandwich Tern, 5 Great Northern Diver, 31 Puffin, 6 Risso’s and 6 Common Dolphin. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite over Elm Close/Luxland View at 12:30. (C Yates)

Penzance: 9 Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Purple Sandpiper – Alex McKechnie

Gulval: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 13 Swift. (S Grose)

Varfell: 1 Green Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 2 Linnet feeding on forget-me-not seeds in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Truro: 2 Great Tit, 4 Goldfinch (3 ad 1 juv) in private garden, Malpas Road. (M Costa)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 Little Egret, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Shelduck, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron. (T Pears) Summer plumage Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel, 5 Wigeon on main estuary, and 7 Dunlin on Ryan’s Field this morning. (P Locker)

Penwithick: 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Siskin, 15 Starling, 17 House Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Robin, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Blackbird, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Blue Tit. (K Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Kevin Bowers

The Lizard: 14 Cormorant, 5 House Sparrow, 20 Jackdaw, 2 Grey Seal. (C Hooper)

House Sparrow and Jackdaw – C Hooper

Polbathic Creek, St Germans: 4 young Siskin on feeders. (A Blonden)

Hawk’s Tor, Bodmin Moor: pair of Siskin on edge of moor. (A Blonden)



Saturday 25th May 2019

Late news, 24/5, Downderry: 9 Great Northern Diver (6 on the sea and 3 flying west) early morning. Also 5 Common Scoter and 4 Sandwich Tern. (A Payne)

Late News, 24/05, Ryan’s Field RSPB: 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Wren, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Shelduck. (K Bowers)

Little Egret - Ryan's Field RSPB - Kevin Bowers Grey Heron - Ryan's Field RSPB - Kevin Bowers Wren -Ryan's Field RSPB - Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Grey Heron and Wren – Kevin Bowers

ConstantineBee-eater flew over mid-morning. (D Collins)

Goss Moor: 4+ Willow Tit, plus Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tits, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Bullfinch, Buzzard. (S Marquis)

Croft Pascoe/Goonhilly: 6 Cuckoo calling, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap (J Evans)

Truro: 4 Swift screaming over Bosvigo School am. (D Jenkins)

St Blazey Gate: 9 Red Kite over west to east. (S Wheatley)

Kenidjack: Iceland Gull on the sea at the bottom on Kenidjack Valley this morning Also Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary on the wing at the bottom of the Valley. (P Locker)

Stithians Reservoir: pair Canada Geese with 2 newly hatched young, Meadow Pipit feeding young at nest, 1 Cuckoo (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 10 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 juv Pied Wagtail, 11 Canada Goose goslings, 1 drk Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 2 Curlew, 1 Siskin. (R Veal)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Raven, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellowhammer, 5 Linnet, 2 Buzzard, 1 Common Whitethroat, 5 Stonechat. (S Grose)

RAF St Mawgan: 1 Corn Bunting, 3 Skylark from Spitfire Corner. (S Grose)

Bodmin Moor, Bowithick: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Redstart, 1 Cuckoo, 10+ Swallow, 2 Swift, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Buzzard, 1 Robin, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap. Also 1 Beautiful Demoiselle dragonfly. (H Kendall & B Bryne) Bolventor to Brown Willy: 4 Red Kite (west late pm), 2m Whinchat, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Cuckoo, 1m Reed Bunting, 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (S Rowe) Temple: 4 Canada Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Cuckoo calling, 2 Swallow heading north, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Goldfinch (RB Girling)

Red Kite – Steve Rowe

Windmill Farm: single Heron, Cuckoo, Reed Warbler & Sedge warbler. 3 Broad-bodied Chasers, 2 Black-tailed Skimmers, Blue-tailed Damselfly & 2 Azure Damselflies. (J Horkey & K Dalziel)

Housel Bay, The Lizard: 7 Dunnock, 1m Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Wren, 20+ Jackdaw,
1 Whitethroat, 4 (3m 1f) Stonechat, 1 Raven. (M Webb)

Stonechat and Song Thrush – Martin Webb

Downderry: birds moving west before 0750 included a Great Skua, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Shelduck, 7 Manx Shearwater and 2 Great Northern Diver (also 7 of latter on sea). (A Payne)


Red Moor Spring Walk 11th May 2019

Red Moor Spring Walk 11th May 2019

A fine spring morning, albeit with a keen NW wind, brought a record 18 Cornwall Birds and CWT members out for the annual stroll around the northern end of Red Moor, led by Phil McVey. The walk takes in a variety of habitats – from wet willow carr, broadleaved woodland and encroaching birch through to remnant heath and ponds. We were lucky to have expert geologists and botanists amongst the group, which added to the overall experience!

Sand Martin – B Sharples (File photo)

Meeting at the grass triangle at Tredinnick Pits, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Song Thrush were in song before we began the walk proper and as we entered the CWT reserve a very quiet Goldcrest could just be heard in the treetops. A glorious carpet of Bluebells covered the verges and made up for a quiet section before we reached the (very deep) ‘lake’, which is a remnant of the extensive tin streaming in the area. A couple of Sand Martins were skimming the surface, but the resident Moorhens were neither seen nor heard. Plenty of toadpoles were feeding in the shallows and a couple of Red Damselfly caught our eye. Walking out into the more open areas, we could hear a distant Skylark – the only one of the morning – and Linnet flew over.

Pausing only for a brief skirmish with a dog-walker whose Jack Russells were running wild, we searched for Yellowhammer in an area where we had found them last year and were instead rewarded by a pair of Bullfinch. Continually returning to the same spot, we assume they were feeding young but couldn’t verify this. By this time, we were into Willow Warbler country and we heard 12 singing males (16 last year); a sharp-eyed member of the group also picked up a pair of Treecreeper collecting food. Rounding a corner in the track a male Yellowhammer was in song, for some this was their first sighting in 2019 of this declining species.

Marsh Tit – K Bowers (File photo)

In the lee of Helman Tor, the highlight was watching a pair of Marsh Tit carrying food to their nest in a coppiced Ash, a site they also used last year. As we turned to leave, a Reed Bunting began its monotonous song. Sadly absent were Cuckoo, once a stalwart of this part of the reserve, and Tree Pipit, another regular. Butterflies were showing well, including Orange Tip, Speckled Wood and a Painted Lady.

Returning along the path we heard Great Spotted Woodpecker young calling and an adult voiced its alarm at our presence.

So, a pleasant morning’s walk in the sunshine. It was a pleasure to see faces old and new and introduce several of the group to this under-visited site.

Full species list (entered on Birdtrack):
1. Canada Goose
2. Pheasant
3. Buzzard
4. Great Spotted Woodpecker
5. Jay
6. Carrion Crow
7. Coal Tit
8. Marsh Tit
9. Blue Tit
10. Great Tit
11. Skylark
12. Sand Martin
13. Long-tailed Tit
14. Willow Warbler
15. Chiffchaff
16. Blackcap
17. Goldcrest
18. Wren
19. Treecreeper
20. Blackbird
21. Song Thrush
22. Chaffinch
23. Bullfinch
24. Linnet
25. Goldfinch
26. Yellowhammer
27. Reed Bunting

Tuesday 21st May 2019

Late news, 20/5, Trevothan, nr Coverack: 1 Turtle Dove. (D Beadle)

Late news, 20/5, Loe Pool: Great Crested Grebe with single young. (A Witheywood)

Great Crested Grebe, A Witheywood

Tywardrearh: 7 Siskin (male and female) feeding 5 young from garden feeders at 07:40. (R Barlow)

Marazion Marsh: Glossy Ibis, Hobby, 1 Whimbrel. Beach: 30 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 4 Eider, 4 Common Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern mating on the Long Rock. (S. Rogers) Glossy Ibis still at 17.15 from viewing area, before lifting to settle out of sight further to right, in line with fencing. (M Spriggs) 6 Linnet, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Dunnock, 1m Stonechat, 1 Glossy Ibis, 3 Mallard, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret at 11.45. (M Webb)

Dunlin, Steve Rogers

Whitethroat, Martin Webb

Linnet, Martin Webb

Hayle Estuary: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin at 13.40. (M Webb)

Black-tailed Godwit, Martin Webb

Plain-an-Gwarry: Red Kite drifting over Marazion bypass at 09.40. (J Hawkey)

Ludgvan: Red Kite over. (R Menari)

Truro: 1 Red Kite west at 17:30. (D Eva)

Dobwalls: 1 Red Kite over at 12:00, Orange tip. (C and J Duffy)

St Just: (City Limits) Turtle Dove in field opposite Land’s End turning at c 09.20.(P Clarke)

Par Beach: 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Eider, 6 Reed Warbler. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

St Andrews Pool: pair Mute Swan with 6 Cygnets, 1 Reed Warbler. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Bude Headland (7am-8am): 2 Gannet, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 8 Fulmar, 4 Cormorant, 2 Whitethoat, 6 Linnet, 6 Stonechat, 20+Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 4 Skylark, 9 Rock Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit. (N Bastin)

Rock Beach: 3 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 512 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Coot, 1 Little Grebe. (S Grose)

Mevagissy: 4 Fulmars on cliffs adjacent outer harbour and 1 Shag on rocks below. (K & J Mortimore)

Lizard Point: 2 Whimbrel. (D Flumm)

Whimbrel, Dave Flumm

Cathillian, Lizard: Blackcap, Sedge Warbler’s, Greenfinch’s, Goldfinch and Willow Warbler. (A Wtheywood)

Sedge Warbler, A Witheywood

Blackcap, A Witheywood

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: Black Swan off Marine Drive at 20.40. (Tor Elm)

Trebah Gardens: 3+ Swallows, 2 Goldfinches, 4+ Blackbirds, 3 Great Tit and 1 Song Thrush. (K Money)

Song Thrush, Keira Money


Middle Amble Marsh Update – May 2019

The background to this was reported to members at the AGM. The Society and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust are involved in a dispute with a neighbouring landowner. The neighbouring landowner with whom the dispute arises has made an application to the Land Registry in which he claims a possessory title to strips of land on the South and East of Middle Amble Marsh – that is to say, against the River Amble and against the Northern boundary of Walmsley Sanctuary. One of these strips lies between the Marsh as shown on our Land Registry title and the position where the hide was erected.

Disputes of this kind are referred to the First Tier Tribunal – a court in other words – and that has occurred here.

The board have been very well aware throughout that, within reason, settlement would be far more attractive than spending a lot more money on running the case through to a Court hearing, but settlement of course depends on both parties being willing to settle. At the time of the AGM both sides had agreed to a mediation meeting to be arranged by the Tribunal. Before that stage was reached the Trust and Society had tried to settle the matter by direct “without prejudice” proposals to the claimant, but the claimant rejected those proposals and made no counter-proposals. He did, however, agree to the mediation, at which an experienced mediator attempted to move the parties towards settlement of their differences. There is a duty of confidentiality over the proposals offered in the mediation meeting, but I am able to say that all proposals offered by the two organisations via the mediator were rejected and no counter-proposals have been made, either at the mediation or subsequently.

Having engaged in the unsuccessful mediation – which in itself added considerably to the ever-increasing legal charges – the board have had to take a decision based on the assumption that there is no realistic possibility of a settlement, and that going to trial or discontinuing the case are the only options available.

The Society’s half of the legal costs is already in the region of £22,000 and rising. The Tribunal case, having been paused pending the mediation, is as yet only in its early stages. The Society does not have large cash reserves and continuing to trial could exhaust the Society’s funds. Even if unlimited funds were available, the board could not justify the expense of continuing to trial as being proportionate to the value and importance of the strips of land in dispute. Your board have therefore taken the decision to discontinue the Society’s involvement in the Court case.

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust, as joint respondents to the Court case, have taken the same decision.

In the light of this the hide and the bridge leading to it have been dismantled and laid aside. This is with a view to its being re-erected in a different position, off the disputed strips, subject to a final decision of the Society and the Trust as to that position, and the grant of a new planning permission.

Greg Adams, May 2019

Books for Sale

The following books are currently offered for sale as the birding library of a recently passed on Cornish birder. Books can be arranged to be collected from N Cornwall (Newquay area) or posted at cost. Please contact Bob Bosisto at Rob-Bosisto@hotmail.co.uk 

Books For Sale

Rare Birds in Britain and Ireland TAD Poyser Very Good £5
The North American Bird Guide by David Sibley Helm Very Good £5
Swallows and Martins by Angela Martin and Chris Rose Helm Excellent £5
Birdwatching in Britain a Site by Site Guide Helm Excellent £5
Rare Birds in Britain and Ireland J.N Dymond P.A Fraser S.J.M Gantlett TAD Poyser Excellent £5
Shorebirds an Identification Guide Helm Excellent £5
Gulls A Guide to Identification by P.J Grant second edition TAD Poyser Very Good £5
Wildfowl An Identification Guide by Steve Madge Helm Excellent £5
Seabirds An Identification Guide by Peter Harrison Helm Excellent £5
Flight Identification of European Raptors 3rd Edition TAD Poyser Very Good £5
The Birds Of Cyprus Peter R Flint and Peter F Stewart Very Good £5
The Macmillan Field Guide to Bird Identification by Harris, Tucker and Vinnicombe Macmillan Very Good £5
The Birdwatchers A-Z of Alan J Richards David & Charles Very Good £3
The Seabirds of Britain and Ireland Collins Very Good £2
The Popular Handbook of Rarer British Birds Witherby Very Good £5
The Popular Handbook of British Birds Witherby Very Good £5
Birds Of Southern Africa Sasol Very Good £2
Birds Of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East by Lars Johnson Helm Very Good £3
A Field Guide to the Nests Eggs and Nestlings of British and European Birds by Colin Harison Collins Very Good £3
A Field Guide to the Sea-Birds of Britain and the World by Herman Heizel Collins Very Good £2
Birds Of New Zealand Collins Very Good £2
A Field Guide to The Rare Birds of Britain and Europe by Ian Lewington Very Good £5
Handbook of British Birds Volume 2 Warblers to Owls Witherby Very Good £5
The Bird Watchers Guide to The Wetlands Of Britain by Ogilvie Batsford Very Good £2
Birds Of Prey their Biology and Ecology by Leslie Brown Hamlyn Very Good £3
The Atlas of Breeding Birds In Britain and Ireland Poyser Very Good £5
British Warblers by Eric Syms (paperback) New Naturalist Very Good £5
British Birds of Prey by Leslie Brown New Naturalist (hardback) New Naturalist Very Good (faded spine) £5