Ringing Recoveries

The BTO has recently produced the online ringing report for 2013. This includes totals of birds ringed in Cornwall in 2013 and also details of some of the movements reported during the year: http://blx1.bto.org/ring/countyrec/results2013/recGBCO2013.htm
These include:

  • Storm Petrels to/from Skokholm Island and also the Alderney (Channel Islands)
  • Shags from Scotland, Wales and Scilly
  • British Honey Buzzard and a Swedish Osprey
  • Ringed Plover from Norway to Davidstow in 12 days and a Curlew Sandpiper from Norway to Hayle in 14 days
  • Colour-ringed Black-headed Gulls from Norway, Latvia, Poland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and France
  • Migrant Woodpigeon making it to Scilly
  • Chiffchaff to Sweden
  • Sedge Warbler to Mauritania
  • Starlings from Lithuania and Russia

The ringing totals also show that more Great Black-backed Gulls were ringed in Cornwall in 2013 than any other British county, with nationally significant totals also for Moorhen, Woodcock, Green Sandpiper, Chough, Yellow-browed Warbler (our 19 only beaten by 29 in Orkney) and Grasshopper Warbler.

Schedule 1 Nesting Birds

This is a  reminder for birders to report any suspicious behaviour around our  schedule 1 species in Cornwall.

There are national surveys this year for Peregrine and chough, and of course the RSPB have in place people doing nest protection for Chough but if birders are worried about any behaviour surrounding these vulnerable species they should call the police on 999 if it is happening then and there or call 101 if an incident has already happened.

Here is the complete list of schedule 1 species – most don’t breed in Cornwall but a fair few species do, or potentially could do in the future.

Schedule 1 – Part I  http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/policy/wildbirdslaw/birdsandlaw/wca/schedules.aspx

Birds and their young, for which it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb at, on or near an ‘active’ nest.

Avocet, Bee-eater, Bittern, Little Bittern, Bluethroat, Brambling, Cirl  Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Honey Buzzard, Capercaillie (Scotland only), Chough, Corncrake, Spotted Crake, Crossbills (all species), Divers (all species), Dotterel, Long-tailed Duck, 
Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Gyr Falcon, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garganey, Greylag (in Outer Hebrides, Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross only), Black-tailed Godwit, Goshawk, Goldeneye, Black necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Greenshank, Little Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Harriers (all species), Purple Heron, Hobby, Hoopoe, Kingfisher, Red Kite, Merlin, Golden Oriole, Osprey, Barn Owl, Snowy Owl, Peregrine, Leach’s Petrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Pintail, Kentish Plover, Little-ringed Plover, Common Quail, Black Redstart, Redwing, Scarlet Rosefinch, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Scaup, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Serin, Shorelark, Red-backed Shrike, Spoonbill, Black-winged Stilt, Temminck’s Stint, Stone Curlew, Bewick’s Swan, Whooper Swan, Black Tern, Little Tern, Roseate Tern, Bearded Tit, Crested Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Cetti’s Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Whimbrel, Woodlark and Wryneck.

Seabird Deaths

A further note from Vic Simpson (of the Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, Truro) who thanks all those who responded to the original message.
He would now prefer NOT to receive any further seabird mortalities from around the Cornish coast at the present time unless any further large incidents crop up (involving VERY FRESH mortalities).
Vic Simpson can be contacted at vic@wildlifevic.org or via 01872 560623.
The following is a is a request from Natural England.
 The current severe weather conditions may result in increased seabird mortality along the coast and Natural England would be very interested in examining any corpses (specifically Black throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe) washed up in the south Cornwall area. Anyone finding any of these species is asked to bag and freeze them (if possible) and contact Richard Cook at Natural England (Richard.Cook@naturalengland.org.uk)
to arrange pickup and post-mortem examination

Friday 4th October 2013

Late News: Thursday 3rd Oct, Porth Joke: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Whitethroat, 8 Chiffchaff.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Black-winged Stilt from the causeway though distant.

Copper House Creek: 1 Osprey over.

Pendeen: 1 Wryneck on gravel track north of the lighthouse. 12+Balearic Shearwaters flew past this morning, 2 imm Pomarine Skua, 1 Black-throated Diver,  1 juv Arctic Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern and 2 Basking Sharks. (M. Spicer & P Clement), also Common Dolphins. 1 ad Isabelline Shrike just southwest of road to lighthouse. (P Bright Thomas) Also 1 Wryneck, 1 Dartford Warbler, 3 Whinchat, 2 Chiffchaff, and Clouded Yellow butterfly. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in churchyard.  1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Redstart, 1 Willow Warbler and 1 Spotted Flycatcher at Calartha Farm. (D Parker & T Mills)

Isabelline Shrike, Pendeen, B. Field

Isabelline Shrike, Pendeen, B. FieldIsabelline Shrike, Pendeen, both images by Brian Field

Mylor Churchtown: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Eider, 2 Wheatear. Also 1 Grey Seal seen from beach near yacht club at 8am. (J St Ledger)

Sennen: 1 Melodious Warbler in quarry south of Sennen school. (D Parker)


Melodious Warbler, Tony Mills

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Black-necked Grebe still.

Land’s End: 1 Melodious Warbler just south of car park by Swingates House. 1 Wryneck near Trinity Pool and 6+ Whiinchats. 1 Honey Buzzard going east 3.50pm. (T McGowan, C Barnard et al.)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 imm Red-necked Grebe still, 11 Coot, 4 Tufted (2m 2f), 8 Great-crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Grey Heron. (R Mudge)


Red-necked Grebe,


R Mudge

 Men-Aver beach: 19 Mediterranean Gull (16 adults and 3 second-winters), 2 Sandwich Tern and 1 Common Sandpiper. (M Grantham)

Predannack Head: 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher,  5 Wheatear,  60 Golden Plover, Clouded Yellow butterfly (S. Bury)

Pied Flycatcher, Predannack Head, S. Bury Clouded Yellow Butterfly, Predannack Head, S. Bury
Steve Bury

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard but not seen around the engine shed this afternoon (P. Fraser)

Helston Loe Pool: 1 Hobby. (P Clement)

Newlyn Green:  2 Wheatear for the last week.(D. Mallinson)

Tresillian River: 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10+ Greenshank, 1 Swallow. (A Nicholson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Mute Swan, 15 Teal, 31 Mallard, 14 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 8 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Snipe, 3 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat and 1 Swallow. (D Parker)

Pendennis Point:  5 Wheatear on the rocks, also 3 Meadow Pipits, 1 Little Egret, Gannets at sea. (D. Chaney)

Castle Beach: 
1 Wheatear. (D. Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Oystercatcher, 5 Greenshank, 6 Turnstone, 20+ Curlew,20+ Redshank, 60+ BH Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Wheatear, 11 Pied Wagtails  and 6 Linnet in the pony field, 5 Little Egret, 1 Teal, 5 Mallard, 10 Mute Swan (D. Chaney)

Argal Res: 5+ Great-crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher (1 chasing the other), 1 Common Sandpiper. (D. Chaney)

College Res: c15 Wigeon, c20 Coot, c15 Teal, c15 Moorhen, 1 imm Great-crested Grebe, 4 Grey Heron, 16 Canada Goose, 1 Swallow, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 50+ Herring Gull etc (D. Chaney)


Proposed Wind Turbine at Stithians Reservoir


You may have seen notices in the hides at Stithians about a proposed wind turbine at Lower Lancarrow farm, VERY near the Golden Lion cut-off. I went to an objectors meeting on Friday at the farm next door and was told that the planning application has gone in and individuals should now send in objections. This huge thing would be 77 metres to the tip (same as Truro Cathedral) and have a 54 metre blade span. The base will be 500 to 600 metres  behind the scrub at the back of the cut-off and will be lethal to herons, buzzards you name it.

To object write to Glenn Lowe, Senior Development Officer, Planning and Regeneration, Cornwall Council, Dolcoath Ave. Camborne, TR14 8SX.

You can e-mail objections, but we have been advised by a planning lawyer that letters carry more weight. The e-mail though is     GLowe@cornwall.gov.uk 

 Objections must be in within 14 days.

The criteria for objecting are very restricted, so stick to the impact on birds and wildlife and its proximity to the site. Get others to do the same!

Roger Hooper.


A Day for Nature 3rd/4th August

Flyer for Nature day

Cornwall Day for Nature
3rd and 4th August 2013
Building on the success of last year’s event, ‘Cornwall Day for Nature’ on 3rd and 4th August promises even more opportunities to enjoy nature first hand.  The event is sponsored by South West Lakes Trust and will be held at Stithians Reservoir.
On Saturday 3rd August the event will start with an evening focused on Moths and Bats, where you can find out about nature in Cornwall at night with local specialists running moth traps and taking a bat walk (subject to weather).  Overnight on site camping is available.
Sunday 4th August will start with an early morning ‘Dawn Chorus’ walk to a bird ringing site and a small mammal trapping demonstration, which will be followed by a range of walks during the day.
Conservation Groups will exhibit and publicise their conservation work and activities providing a great opportunity to get find out more and involved!  Exhibitors will include Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society (CBWPS), South West Lakes Trust, The National Trust, Natural England, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT), Cornwall Bat Group, Cornwall Mammal Group, Butterfly Conservation and an introduction to the Robin Song Project, a South West Children’s Hospice Project to bring wildlife into the lives of children.
Fun for all ages! The National Trust, RSPB, Natural England and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Fox Club will be offering nature themed fun for children of all ages. The National Trust will have with their arts and crafts marquee, together with demonstrations of green woodworking and bush craft. Come and talk to their Rangers about the ongoing work for wildlife on the spectacular Lizard coastline, where choughs and rare plants abound.
Try and buy the latest optical equipment for all price ranges! Trade exhibits will feature South West Optics, Leica, Swarovski, Nikon, Zeiss and Opticron.
Local wildlife artist, Griff, founder of the Robin Song Project for the South West Children’s Hospice, will be displaying his work in the marquee.
South West Lakes will be offering kayaking, archery  and climbing wall taster sessions  (a small fee will apply these activities to cover costs).
Refreshments will be available at the popular Watersports Cafe within the complex to eat and drink inside or on the lakeside.
It will be a free event but we do hope to raise some funds for a new proposed viewing screen  at College Reservoir and on going conservation work at Stithians Reservoir.

Osprey movements

Some recent correspondence about a ringed Osprey in Cornwall.

I photographed the Osprey seen on April 2nd over the River Camel. I sent the photo to Roy Dennis in Scotland, to see if he could identify the rings. I’ve had Roy’s reply, see below.

Best wishes       Dave Thomas.

 Hi Dave

It is one of our Scottish birds but I just cannot get the red ring inscription – could be 5E or 6E, 8? – I guess this is your only photo so all I can say is it is one of ours but not able to identify it as an individual. It’s an adult female so on its way back to breed.  What weather it’s been – holding everything up.
best wishes
Roy Dennis MBE Highland Foundation for Wildlife Half Davoch Cottage, Dunphail, Forres, Moray, IV36 2QR,Scotland Tel: 01309 611771 Mobile 07867 785707 Email: roydennis@aol.com websites: www.roydennis.org & www.raptortrack.org

For a report on the Ospreys movement files see