November 2018 News

November 2018

Amur Falcon prints: Martin Elliot has produced an atmospheric picture of the falcon. It is available as a limited edition, signed archival giclée print. The size is A4 and will cost £28 including P+P. Prints can be bought directly from Martin on 07875 295457.

2018 Cornwall County List: Pallas’s Warbler at Nanjizal and the Pied Wheatear at Trevose Head bring the county total to a provisional 298 for the year. This cracking 1st winter female is the third for the county, after a male (initially also supressed) at Dodman Point, 1 – 5th Nov 1991, and a 1st w male, latterly identified from photos, at Botallack on 17th Oct 2015. The updated county list can be found on the website –  County List 2018

Pied Wheatear, Phil Taylor

Back of Camera photos: There seems to be an increasing trend to submit photographs from backs of cameras and while we encourage this for newly found rarities, it is unnecessary for common or long staying birds. Please, if possible, wait until you can download the original pictures onto your computer and then submit these, the quality is far better and aesthetically more pleasing. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Terry Hasdell 19th October 1935 – 23rd October 2018.
On Tuesday 23rd October 2018 Terry passed away peacefully at his home, aged 83 years. The funeral service is on Wednesday 7th November at 3pm at Treswithian Downs Crematorium, Camborne.
Donations given at the service will be for the chough group work in Cornwall, donations online will be for the national work of the R.S.P.B.
Family flowers only please.

For Sale: Nikon P900 with 83x optical, as new condition boxed for £345 ono. Please see the For Sale section

October 2018 News

2017 records requiring further information: There are a number of county and BBRC rares still requiring description or submission to the county recorder. Without the birds being submitted they will be unable to go on the county record or be published in the forthcoming 2017 BiC Annual Report. A full list and information can be found on the website HERE .

Membership Subscriptions: As per the latest Palores it will be noted that there will be a slight membership rate rise in the New Year. This is in keeping with rising costs and yet still represents great value for money. It should be noted that there is no need to physically post either form – members can amend their own Standing Orders (SO) online with their bank (or in branch), and Gift Aid Declarations do not require a signature – hence a scan of the form or information therein (name and address) can be forwarded on to the Membership Secretary by email.

Taking out a digital Palores in your membership will also save the society a substantial sum which can be put towards other society aims. And for those on lower membership rates, it is of course perfectly acceptable to pay the slightly higher full adult rate if you wish!

 

Palores Autumn 2018 the quarterly newsletter of Cornwall Birds (CBWPS) is now out – all members should now be receiving theirs in the post, or for those opting for a digital subscription, by email. Reserve updates, quarterly county bird report and more!

2015/16 BiC Reports: There are a number of extra copies available of this, the latest and largest Birds in Cornwall annual report from the Society. Copies can be purchased online from SW Optics for £20 +p&p, or directly for £20, either from the shop in Truro or by arrangement directly from the BiC editors themselves in West Penwith.

CBWPS Birds in Cornwall Annual Bird Report 2015/16

2017 records requiring further information. There are many records of birds requiring a description either for BBRC or at county level where more information is needed, ideally from the finder. Many are unattributed sightings (sometimes of well-watched birds) where a named observer for the dates given below would be very helpful.

Now that Birds in Cornwall has been brought up to date with the publication of the 2015-16 report, timely submission of records is essential if it is to remain so. For this reason, future editions of Birds in Cornwall will no longer feature incomplete records. Instead, these records will be put up on the CBWPS website on a regular basis in the hope that this will encourage observers to send in descriptions and ensure that good or important birds are not missing from the county record. The records for 2017 where more information is required can be found HERE.

Please send any supporting details for the sightings on the dates specified to the Recorder as soon as possible. Accepted records will then appear in the Systematic List of Birds in Cornwall 2017.

The Birdwatchers Code  The Nature Photographers Code  Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981  Schedule 1 Birds

September 2018 News

Two free films about birds by artist Andy Holden will be screened at CAST, 3 Penrose Road, Helston TR13 8TP from Sunday 2nd until Sunday 23rd September.

Andy Holden is the son of RSPB ornithologist Peter Holden, whose knowledge and expertise informs both films. In ‘A Natural History of Nest Building’ (2017) Andy collaborates with his father to describe the mechanics and idiosyncrasies of bird behaviour. The film ‘The Opposite of Time’ (2017) is narrated by an animated crow, voiced by Holden, who guides us through the social history of egg collecting, illegal in Great Britain since 1954.
The films will be shown on a loop continuously, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. The combined running time of the two films is approximately one hour. Admission is free.Further information: https://groundwork.art/programme/andyholden/

Enquiries: info@c-a-s-t.org.uk or telephone 01326 565632

Woodpeckers: For anyone interested in our Lesser Spotted and Great Spotted Woodpeckers please listen to this BBC 4 Nature program, very interesting updates on their behavior and breeding rates.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/b01f5lcn

Dartford Warblers: It would appear that Dartford Warblers were hit very hard by the “Beast from the East” earlier this year and seem to be missing from many traditional sites. It would be very much appreciated if everyone could submit any records for this species, so we can better understand the true situation. Many thanks.

August 2018 News

**Trindade Petrel** – New species for Cornwall, UK and Europe. First hand observer accounts of the 29th July Porthgwarra bird by Reuben Veal and Martin Elliot, along with sketches by John Gale. Tempered by the sad news received from on-site the previous day, this was the outstanding record of the year so far. More – HERE 

As we are now moving into the main seawatching season, a reminder of two other articles on the website – Great Shearwaters and Wilson’s Petrels in 2017 by Dave Flumm and a Guide to Late Summer Seawatching in Cornwall.  If anyone is able to write or assist with a more detailed article on the seawatching sites in the county and/or a guide to autumn seawatching in Cornwall please do get in touch!

CBWPS / Cornwall Birds AGM and “Hungary for Birds” – this years AGM will be held at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall (5 minutes from the A30 between Bodmin and St Austell) on Wednesday 15th August, starting at 7pm.

The official CBWPS business will be followed by “Hungary for Birds” – a presentation by renowned local photographers David Chapman and Walmsley warden Adrian Langdon. Both Dave and Adrian are well known for their superb photos of birds and other wildlife and this talk will showcase their recent trip to Hungary with its wealth of birdlife. All members and guests are welcome, and this is a rare opportunity to get a free showing of the work of two of our best photographers, with a fair bit of humour thrown in. Further details can be found in the Members’ Area, or in the forthcoming Palores magazine.

July 2018 News

“Hungary for Birds” at this year’s AGM?

Don’t miss this year’s Cornwall Birds Annual General Meeting, which will be held at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall on Wednesday 15th August.

The official CBWPS business will be followed by “Hungary for Birds” – a presentation by renowned local photographers David Chapman and Adrian Langdon. Both Dave and Adrian are well known for their superb photos of birds and other wildlife and this talk will showcase their recent trip to Hungary with its wealth of birdlife. All members and guests are welcome, and this is a rare opportunity to get a free showing of the work of two of our best photographers, with a fair bit of humour thrown in.

The AGM starts at 7.00pm (full details on the back page of this Palores) and Lanhydrock Memorial Hall is easily accessible as it is five minutes from the A30 and between Bodmin and St Austell. No excuse not to be there!

The full AGM Notice can be found in the Members’ Area.

Sensitive Data: Now that the breeding season is with us again, we are resuming our policy of witholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds. Where appropriate, we will endeveavour to release news of “interesting” birds, but our first duty is to protect the birds themselves. Please keep sending in your reports, even though they will not appear on the website, as they will still go into the county database and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Thanks for your understanding.
As way of a reminder, here are a few key links to bear in mind:

The Birdwatchers Code  The Nature Photographers Code  Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981  Schedule 1 Birds

Please also think very carefully about what you publicise on your own personal social media sites.

Personal Privacy Data Regulations – The personal data of Society members is held on the CBWPS Database for Society purposes only so that we can provide services in accordance with our Membership Terms and Conditions. See the Society Privacy Policy under the ‘About’ section in the header menu above.

It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Vic Simpson, pioneering wildlife vet and long-standing Society member. Vic was well known internationally and will be remembered in the birding community for his work in identifying the link between discarded lead fishing weights and swan mortality, as well many other ground-breaking studies of mammal deaths such as the carrying out of cetacean post-mortems. The Society offers its condolences to family and friends. Vic’s funeral will take place at Penmount Crematorium on August 13th at 2pm.

The funeral for Brian Field has been arranged for 11 am on Wednesday 8th August at Penmount Crematorium, Newquay Road, Truro. TR4 9AA. All who knew Brian are welcome to attend; dress code is smart but casual.

June 2018 News

For Sale: Bird Watching Magazines Nov 1989 – May 2008.  In Bespoke Binders from 1990 – 2007.  Offers. Buyer collects from Hayle. Please contact Ann at anngillo@yahoo.co.uk

Seabirds Count’ survey trip – 12th June: Weather-permitting, next Tuesday (12th June) we’ll be running a survey trip as part of the Seabirds Count survey. We currently have six spaces on the boat which we are happy to fill with paying passengers (£40 per person) to help subsidise the cost of the trip and to contribute to further surveys off the north coast later in the season. We plan to leave Falmouth early morning and will head straight out to Plymouth, then surveying the stretch of coast from Mount Edgcumbe back round to Chapel Point, Mevagissey. Time-permitting, we may then also resurvey Gull Rock, giving an opportunity to see a wider variety of breeding seabirds. This will be a full day at sea, so be prepared with plenty of suitable clothing and food/drink. If you’re interested in joining the trip then please email chairman@cbwps.org.uk to reserve a space (first come first served).

May 2018 News

Personal Privacy Data Regulations – in line with new laws brought into effect midnight May 24th 2018.

“The personal data of Society members is held on the CBWPS Database for Society purposes only so that we can provide services in accordance with our Membership Terms and Conditions. We do not share personal data, except in the case of name and address which are supplied to the distributors of the quarterly newsletter and annual report. Data is deleted on termination of membership, except in relation to Gift Aid Declarations which are required to be held for six years. Members can request a copy of their own personal data held by the Society and this will be provided in Microsoft Excel Format or in hard copy if so desired. Please contact secretary@cbwps.org.uk if you wish to see a copy of the information held. The Society will occasionally contact members by email about news and events relevant to their membership.”

RSPB surveys and monitoring 2018: can you help? Corn Buntings in the Newquay area, and Snipe and other rare breeding waders on Bodmin Moor are being especially targeted this year. Please see the News Page for more details or to assist.

Volunteering Opportunities: The National Trust in West Cornwall are looking for bird enthusiasts who may wish to volunteer their time to help carry out bird surveys at some of our countryside sites, to help measure the effects of habitat management. Sites that will be surveyed twice per year on an ongoing basis include Porthminster, Zennor head, Gurnards head, Boswednack, Botallack, Kenidjack, Mayon cliff, Penberth, Cudden point, Trewavas and Trenow. If you are interested, please contact Shaun Boyns, one of the National Trust Area Rangers on 07881 811481 for more information.

Saturday 5th May Cornwall Bird Race – get out and about in the county to see how many bird species you can record on your local patch, garden or in the County as a whole. You can enter as a team, or go green, and record your sightings to the BTO’s Birdtrack. More details here – May Bird Race

Cornwall’s local wildlife sites are UNDER THREAT by planned changes to National Planning Policy – please complete the simple e-petition on Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s website to ‘Save our Wildlife’ – it takes 2 minutes! https://e-activist.com/page/23394/action/1 

More on County Wildlife Sites here – Cornwall Wildlife Trust – County Wildlife Sites leaflet pdf