Support for the Nightjars on Rosewall Hill

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One of our members, Vivian Stratton has requested that we notify our members of a serious conservation issue with breeding Nightjars and other species in West Cornwall,  –

” I could do with some of the members that attended the Nightjar evening at Rosewall Hill with me a few weeks ago to contact me with regards to saving the Nightjars on Rosewall Hill, as they have failed this year as the farmer has allowed his horses onto the hill, contravening the agreement he signed with the National Trust. The horses have trampled the young Nightjars, killing them, which happened two years ago and I have been told that if I can get some support from the CBPWS, RSPB and Cornwall Wildlife Trust we can change this policy and save one of the three pairs left in West Penwith. 

I am hopeful of the support of all the members representing all three societies.

I would be grateful if this message can go out to any members of the CBWPS or RSPB, as well as this problem being more widely publicised. If there are letters either to me or the National Trust ,they will put the matter into the hands of Natural England who will then ensure that the Nightjars, Dartford Warblers, and all the breeding birds get full protection. Last year we lost a catastrophic 80.8% of all breeding birds on the Rosewall and Buttermilk Hill. This figure will be higher this year because of the loss of the Nightjars and Dartford Warblers, both Scedule 1 Breeding Birds, that require special protective measures when breeding and the National Trust and the farmer will not protect these valuable species. I have also lost three Cuckoo chicks this year being trampled to death by the herd of Exmoor Ponies, we have not reared any Cuckoos on this National Trust Land for 7 years, because of being trampled by the ponies, the main host for the Cuckoo is the Meadow Pipits which nest on the ground, where over the last five years i have lost 91% to 93% of all the nests. I have 5 species of birds that no longer breed on this moorland because of the activities of the Exmoor Ponies during the breeding season. I spend four to six hours a day, every day, monitoring the breeding birds and recording and document all success’s and failures that occur here. My detailed documentation goes back five years where each year we are looking at between 81% to 84% loss of all breeding birds on Rosewall and Buttermilk Hill, this is a catastrophic loss, and just cannot go on.

If West Cornwall is to retain the rare, and common breeding birds, something has to be done to protect the species for generations to come after I am gone. A letter, or email to the National Trust sharing my concerns will go a long way and I need as many people as possible to respond to this.

Thankyou, Viv Stratton”

Vivian can be contacted at – viv.stratton@hotmail.com

 

More information from Viv on the breeding birds –

INFORMATION REQUIRED RELATING TO THE DAMAGE CAUSED TO THE WILDLIFE BY THE GRAZING OF EXMOOR PONIES

I record and document all aspects of the Wildlife on all types of habitat, where my current records go back to 1957, therefore 60 years of records.

I have recorded in detail all the breeding birds on the Rosewall and Buttermilk Hill with these observations for the National Trust and English Nature for the past 4 years with 2017 being the 5th year. These records are up to 2016 unless otherwise stated. I spend 4 hours every day on Rosewall/Buttermilk Hill and on many occasions particularly during the breeding season spend as much as 6 hours a day observing all breeding species, therefore in the course of a year I spend a total of 1,600 hours intensely monitoring, recording and documenting, all the bird species, breeding birds, mammals, wild flowers, butterflies, moths and dragonflies.

GROUND NESTING BIRDS

Nightjars are Category 1 birds requiring a protected status for breeding birds. It is a ground nesting bird resulting in a loss of 50 % due to horses trampling the nest eggs and young. On the evenings of the 31st May 2017 and the 2nd June 2017 I had small groups of Ornithologists watching the Nightjars when the horses came galloping through the nest site, disturbing the birds, we last observed the horses galloping through the nest site on Saturday  8th June when the young Nightjar was trampled to death, and has led to a failed breeding attempt. The Nightjars have not been seen since last Friday 7th July, which is causing great concern and the worry is that they may not return next year. A loss of 100%

Meadow Pipits are ground nesting birds where 21 pairs bred but only three pairs were reared resulting in a loss due to horses trampling the nest, eggs and young. A loss of 85.8%

Cuckoos are a Red Data Listed bird requiring some level of protection and are reared in the Meadow  Pipits nests on the ground. They have not reared any young for 4 years resulting in a total loss of due to horses trampling the nest, eggs and young. A loss of 100%

Stonechats breed on or near the ground usually 4 pairs breed but they have not bred for 5 years resulting in a total loss, due to horses trampling nest, eggs and young. A loss of 100%

Robins – there used to be 8 pairs of Robins breeding on the hill but there are now only 3 pairs breeding a loss due to the horses trampling the nest, eggs and young. A loss of 62.5%

BIRDS THAT BREED IN BUSHES GORSE BRAMBLE ETC

Dartford Warbler a Category 1 bird requiring special protective measure when breeding, these have not bred for 3 years, the loss due to the horses eating the gorse destroying the nest, eggs, and young. A pair came in 26th May 2017 but on the 29th May the horses ate the gorse where they had started to build a nest and failure to breed occurred. Loss of 100%

Linnets breed entirely in gorse and with a population of between 28 and 34 pairs, last year 2016 only four pairs were successful. The loss due to the grazing of gorse by the horses, destroying the nests, eggs and young. A loss of 89.3%

Blackbirds breed entirely in gorse and bramble with a population of 12 pairs, only three pairs bred. The loss due to the grazing of the gorse by the horses, destroying the nest, eggs and young. A loss of 75%

Song Thrush, bred in small numbers with four pairs, they no longer breed on the hill. Loss due to the grazing of the gorse and bramble by the horses, destroying the nest, eggs and young. A loss of 100%

The Wren once a very common breeder on the hill with 22 pairs breeding today there are only 8 pairs. Loss due to the grazing of gorse bushes by the horses, destroying nest, eggs, and young. A loss of 63.7%

Dunnock a once very common breeding bird here with 25 breeding pairs, only 11 pairs remain. Loss due to the grazing of gorse bushes by the horses, destroying nest, eggs, and young. A loss of 56%

Common Whitethroat at one time a common breeding bird with only one pair breeding on the hill for the past 7 years. This year 2017 there were 8 pairs until Friday 2nd June where the young were ready to fly, when the horses spent the day on their breeding territory, where only one pair is left, this was witnessed by several ornithologists who came to visit the moorlands. Loss due to grazing and the horses moving through the nest site, destroying nests, eggs and young. A loss of 87.5%

Rosewall Hill and Buttermilk Hill; this small area of moorland used to be the most productive area of heathland in West Cornwall. The loss of 80.8% of breeding birds during the last four years is excessively high up to 2016, particularly the loss of Dartford Warblers and Cuckoos and the tenuous hold of the Nightjar. Five species of birds no longer breed here on Rosewall and Buttermilk Hill, such as Dartford Warbler, Cuckoo, Nightjar, Song Thrush  Stonechat because of the destruction and loss of their nests and eggs.

The loss sadly being due to the trampling and grazing of the Exmoor Ponies on the hill, destroying  the nest sites.

The Exmoor Ponies, in 2017 were taken out from the moorland in the first week of April which led to a huge increase of Meadow Pipits, and Linnets, in fact quadrupling the numbers. Cuckoos arrived early getting down to early egg-laying, with a possibility to raising young on the moorland for the first time in four years. The Nightjars came in on the 21st May, already displaying and mating, a prelude to immediate egg laying. The young were trampled on 9th June 2017 and the adults have  disappeared from the Hill, the second time this has happened in the last five years. The Exmoor Ponies were let onto the Rosewall Hill on Wednesday 24th May 2017 and were on that section of moorland for 26 days causing havoc amongst all the breeding birds, even the demise of the all-important Nightjar, The rarest breeding bird in West Cornwall therefore, all the above species are at risk and caused the breeding failure of most species, because of the introduction of the Ponies trampling and browsing at the most important period of the breeding season, when all breeding birds have young in the nest.

Vivian Stratton  C.I.O.B. L.C.G.  B.Ed.

 

 

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24/04/2017 – 30/04/2107

30/04/2017

Marazion: 1 Little Tern first seen at 08:23, 84+ Whimbrel, 56+ Turnstone, 18 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 9 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (K Richards, M Halliday, B Dallas) c60 Whimbrel, 5-6 White Wagtail, 1 Swift, 1 drake Garganey,

Land’s End: 1 Turtle Dove

Drift Reservoir: 1 Swift. (P St Pierre)

Rame Head: 1 Serin flew over calling at 15:10,

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Barn Owl, 10 Swift.

29/04/2017

Marazion Beach: 1 sum plum Knot.

28/04/2017

Praa Sands: Kentish Plover present again today.

Dobwalls: Red Kite flying low over private garden

Torpoint: 44 Dunlin, all in summer plumage, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Little Egret. (C Buckland)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Cattle Egret on Ryan’s Field this evening. (M Bishop) Also Spoonbill, 2 Common Sandpiper. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanquidno/Tregegean: 80+ Whimbrel, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Bar tailed Godwit. (C Moore)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Garganey reported again today.

 

27/04/2017

Praa Sands: 1 Kentish Plover, 2 Ringed Plover

Constantine: 2 Cattle Egret flew north at 08:00 (J Chapman)

Falmouth: 1 Swift. (J Chapman)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Ring Ouzel.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Little Ringed Plover at high tide, 1 sum plum Cattle Egret 16:30, 1w Spoonbill,

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still present at Toads Hole at 08:40, also 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler

26/04/2017

Siblyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup still at the north end this afternoon

Roseworthy: 1 Iceland Gull following the plough in fields by the old A30 this afternoon

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 drake Garganey, 1 Ruff (breeding plumage), 2 Common Sandpiper

Hayle Estuary: 2 Little Ringed Plover on Ryan’s field. (M Bishop)

Lizard/Old Lizard Head: 1 Common Redstart, 26 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 9 Whitethroat, 8 House Martin, 1 Woodchat Shrike over Helarcher farmyard. (S Grose)

Swanpool:  drake Garganey at the north end this evening

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 drake Garganey,

 

25/04/2017

Hayle Estuary, Ryans Field RSPB: 1 Spoonbill,

Marazion Marsh RSPB: male Garganey, House Martin, Common Sandpiper.

Bartinney Down: 1 female Ring Ouzel, 1 Greenshank,

Victoria: 1 Red Kite over A30 at 18:00. (B Field)

Gannel Estuary: 1 (2nd cal yr) Iceland Gull, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Maer Lake: 1 Cattle Egret.

24/04/2017

Gannel Estuary: 1 (2nd cal yr) Iceland Gull. (S Rowe)

Rosewall Hill: 2 Ring Ouzel.

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still present. (M Jones)

Treverva: 1 Cuckoo calling this afternoon to the west of Treverva.

Hayle Estuary: 1 Avocet, 1 Spoonbill.

Marazion Marsh: 1m Garganey.

Land’s End: 1m Western Subalpine Warbler opposite Swingates

djc

County Bird News – Latest Sightings April 2017

23rd April 2017

B3277 by Teagles: 1 Red Kite (B Tregunna)

Lizard: c20 Wheatear, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Wryneck.

Lizard Point (seawatch): 2 Avocet, 2 Little Stint, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Puffin.

Caerthillean: 1 Wryneck, 1 Ring Ouzel.  Female Red-footed Falcon briefly on wires west of Lizard village feeding in the freshly cut field at 06:40.

Crousa Downs: Purple Heron came in to roost at 20:58. (M Pass)

Land’s End: 1m Subalpine Warbler (probably Western) opposite Swingates

Marazion Marsh: 1m Garganey, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 White Wagtail.

Nanjizal: Red-rumped Swallow.

Sibleyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup still, 1 Cuckoo.

22nd April 2017

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still present, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Willow Tit

Windmill Farm: 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Grasshopper Warbler

Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 5 Ring Ouzel at 06:30 before flying off north east

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Swift over West at 10:30, 1 drk Garganey

Caerthillian Cove: 1 female Red-footed Falcon on wires by the pumping station at 20:20 before flying off low east.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Cattle Egret reported again on Ryan’s Field, also 1 Common Sandpiper

Penryn: Red Kite circling over Penryn at 12:30 before heading towards Falmouth.

21st April 2017

Penzance: 1 White Stork flew over heading west at 13:10.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 43 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 juv Song Thrush on Carnsew Pool. 1w Spoonbill

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Garganey and Tufted Duck still

Lizard Point: 2 Great-Northern Diver (s.p) , 6 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 1 Woodchat Shrike (on hedgerow and feeding in ploughed field next to Lizard Village 07:10 – 07:20

Kynance Cove to Soapy Cove (coastal path): 1(m) Ring Ouzel (above Kynance Cove)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Siskin.

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still present, also 1 Cuckoo.

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 1 Wood Sandpiper and drake Garganey still. (M Pass)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Bude: 3 Cattle Egret.

Maer Lake: 3 Cattle Egret.

Rame: 7 Wheatears,1  Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, 8 Whitethroats,6m Blackcaps, 1 Wood Warbler

 

20th April 2017 start time 11:56 to 12:01

St Minver cricket club: 1 Red Kite flying south. (S Grose.)

(From email, no bguides or twitter news)

—2nd look — start time 14:02 No news anywhere. Finish time 14:05 —

Polgigga: 1st Swift of the year over, otherwise quiet 26 Wheatear,9 WW,s,White Wag,2 Whimbrel. Red Kite east at 15:20 (M Wallace) (just happened to notice this come in at 14:07 on twitter, so posted at 14:08)

—- 3rd look 16:45 – 16:56 —

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 drake Garganey, 9 Teal, 2 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank and 1 Snipe. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

–4th 18:35 – 18:38 —
{{Constantine/Gweek: 25 Cattle Egret in field with dairy herd, seen for second day. (K Pinch)}}

—5th 23:06 – 23:08 rest of days news from website —

Penzance harbour: Male Eider (P St Pierre)

Tresillian: 33 Whimbrel. (MJones)

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still, see 15/4 for directions.

19th April 2017

Porthgwarra: 4 Red Kite over at 11:25 plus 1 over Polgigga at 12:20, 49 Wheatear in the area, 1 juv Iceland Gull at Arden-Sawah.

Crows-an-Wra: 1 Red Kite circling over A.30 at 14:45-15:00

Zennor (Eagle’s Nest):   1 Red Kite being harassed by  Buzzards. (R J Matthews)

Marazion: 1 Ruff and 5 Whimbrel on the beach west of Red River. (P St Pierre)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill still.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Red Kite (presumed subad) W at 14:15

Carnmenellis: 3 Red Kites over at around 19:15

Crousa Downs: 1 Purple Heron flew over  heading strongly East towards Coverack around 18.00

Porth Joke: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 21 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite passed over Pargolla Road 10:00.

 

djc

County Bird News – Latest Sightings April 2017

18th April 2017

Porthgwarra/St. Levan: 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Tree Pipit, 50 Willow Warbler, 56 Wheatear, 7 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 House Martin. (M Wallace)

Sancreed: 5 Wheatear and yesterday’s (distant) imm Iceland Gull again in ploughed fields  until 09:45 when west. (D Fliumm)

Cot Valley: 1 Ring Ouzel, 27 Wheatear between Cot and Nanquidno. (N Wheatley)

Mousehole: 1 juv Iceland Gull on St Clement’s Isle today.

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill, 4 Common Sandpiper.

Gwithian: 1 juv Iceland Gull at St Gothian Sands.

Old Lizard Point: 1 Woodchat still present.

Lizard Point: 1 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 9 Shelduck, 14 Puffin, 20 Whimbrel. (I Maclean)

Lizard Youth Hostel Garden: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Pistil Meadow: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Housel Bay: 70 Wheatear. (I Maclean)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull. (P Bedford)

Indian Queens: 1 Purple Heron flew west at 07:30 over A39 to north at Trevarren. (P Roseveare)

Wadebridge: 1 Hobby flew over at 09:00. (D Julian)

Bude: 5 Cattle Egret & 3 Little Egret at the Rugby Club pitch 06:10.

Rame Head and Penlee: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 (male) Pied Flycatchers, c25 Willow Warblers, 31 Wheatears, 10 Whitethroats, c12 Chiffchaffs, 30 Swallows, 3 House Martins, (P Aley, C Buckland, M Beer)

17th April 2017

Hayle Estuary: Spoonbill still

East Pentire, Newquay: Lapland Bunting west over headland early afternoon (M Grantham

Lizard Point: Woodchat Shrike still. 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Wheatear. (I Maclean)

Caerthillean: 1 Hobby, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat. (I Maclean)

Lizard Village: 1 Hooded Crow over. (I Maclean)

Sancreed: imm Iceland Gull, 4 House Martin (D. Flumm)

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still. Park near the green shed in Toad’s Hole Lane and walk right to view near the 2 pylons before the Marsh Fritillary sign.

Mousehole: 1 2cy Iceland Gull on St Clement’s Isle this evening.

West Penwith Moors, Trendrine Hill: 1 Cuckoo (male), calling, 1 Kestrel (female). (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill

(Late News – 2 Hoopoe and 1 Squacco Heron, 11th and 14th April, no further details available)

16th April 2017

Lizard point/Old Lizard Head: Woodchat Shrike, 5 Wheatear, 5 Sandwich Tern, 17 Whimbrel, 26 Manx Shearwater, 9 Bottlenose Dolphin.

Padstow: Cuckoo heard down in the woodland along the edge of Little Petherick Creek near Padstow 14:25 (M Ellis)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Black Kite flew southwest and 1 Osprey over.

St. Keverne, Dean Point: 1 Iceland Gull and 2 Stock Dove. (P Smale)

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still

Lelant Saltings: 1 Spoonbill

St Ives, Rosewall Hill: 2 m Ring Ouzel.

Predannack: 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Wright)

15th April 2017

Hayle Estuary: Spoonbill, 6:20am

Bude: At least 120 Swallows passing north in one hour plus c.30 Sand Martins, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 female Meadow Pipit feeding a well-grown juvenile.5 Cattle Egrets on the Marshes. (H Kendall)

Drift: 1 imm Iceland Gull (D. Flumm)

Hayle Estuary: Glaucous Gull at Copperhouse creek 3pm (T Fletcher)

St Clements: 12 Cattle Egret (at Menadews Farm around cows.) (J St Ledger)

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting. Take the road through Tregoss and head towards Enniscaven, turn right down the lane for Toad’s Hole. Once past number 3 Toad’s Hole with the green shed walk right along the track. The birds frequent the area around the 2 large pylons before the Marsh Fritillary information board. Limited parking along Toad’s Hole lane. (S Rowe)

14th April 2017

Hayle Estuary: 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Spoonbill on Ryan’s field.

Porthgwarra to St Levan: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warbler, 19 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Merlin. (M Wallace) Also 1 2cy Iceland Gull. (D Wright)

Trenow & Boat Cove: 13 Eurasian Whimbrel (J Hawkey)

Chacewater: 1 Osprey overhead at 13:08 heading N. (J Hawkey)

Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in willows, south end near car park.

Downderry: 41+ Great Northern Divers offshore this morning. Also 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Great Skua and 2 Sandwich Terns.

Kit Hill: Male Ring Ouzel

13th April 2017

Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 3 (2m, 1f) Ring Ouzel, 3 Northern Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler. (R Wilkins, D Parker, S Rogers, S Turner)

Bude Marshes: 5 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk. (B Bryne, H Wilkins)

Porthgwarra: Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler. (M Wallace)

St Levan: juv Iceland Gull. (M Wallace)

St Just: Cuckoo at Kenython. (P&P Callaway)

Roseworthy, Camborne: 3 Iceland Gull following a plough in fields at 11:36. (B Dallas)

Dinham Flats: 9 Cattle Egret this morning, flying around and mixing with 40+ Little Egret.

Walmsley Sanctuary: drake Garganey

12th April 2017

Lynher Valley: Red Kite over at about 09:30

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Whimbrel, 1 1w Iceland Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern on Lelant Saltings. 1 Reed Warbler and 2 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal) Osprey flew over Ryan’s Field at 17:20. (J Hicks) Glaucous Gull also reported.

Porthkidney: c15 Manx Shearwater per minute passing distantly for 20 minutes, c30 Sandwich Tern, 4 ad Kittiwake east. (R Veal)

St Ives: 3 Ring Ouzel (2m, 1f) on the south facing slope of Buttermilk Hill at 08:30. (L Proctor)

Drift Reservoir: 300 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 6 Gadwall

Nanquidno/Hendra: 1 Iceland Gull. (C Moore)

11th April 2017

Chacewater: Osprey drifted over the village at 08:30. (B Toms)

Truro: Osprey flew north over the city centre at 09:00. (S Rogers)

Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: 2 male Ring Ouzel on the southern slope at 08:00. (A Whitehouse)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: male Redstart, 17 Wheatear plus Painted Lady

Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose. (D Flumm)

Lamorna: 2 pairs Red-legged Partridge. (D Flumm)

Mousehole: Iceland Gull reported.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill

Cetacean news, Kennack Sands: Humpback Whale just offshore 19:00-19:20 and then headed towards Lizard Point. (M Silk) Also seen off St Anthony’s Head and then across Famouth Bay 14:00 onwards.

10th April 2017

Late news, 9/4, Hayle Estuary RSPB: putative Caspian Gull in the afternoon. (M Halliday)​

Cot Valley: Woodchat Shrike present again. (N Wheatley, A Hartley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Icelandic-race Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Cattle Egret, Also 2 Spoonbill this morning. (A Whitehouse) Main Estuary:Juv Iceland Gull flew from the estuary during the afternoon.

Bude Marshes: 3 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret. (M Scawen)

Colliford  Lake: 1 2cy Iceland Gull at Gillouse and 3 Wheatear at Deweymeads. (M Beer, C Buckland)