Field Meeting Red Moor 12th May

Ten Society and CWT members took an easy stroll round the Northern end of Red Moor in mid-May. Despite the threat of a shower, the weather remained fine although a brisk breeze took the edge off temperatures. We gathered to the sound of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, with a Song Thrush singing loudly in the background. Once on the reserve, a Grey Heron flew off a newly created pond – not a common bird on Red Moor so this was a good start. Despite the slow start to Spring, Willow Warblers were abundant with at least 16 singing males and their sweet sound was with us throughout the walk. Pausing in a clearing, we were rewarded by the clear song of a Garden Warbler, but despite best efforts we didn’t manage to see it. Just a few yards further on a male Yellowhammer sang and showed very well at close range, and there were two other males holding territory.

Moving through the wet willow scrub, we heard and saw a Treecreeper. But the highlight came soon after that when, just below Helman Tor, we saw a pair carrying food. We paused here, and a scolding Marsh Tit entered its nest, offering us great views of Treecreeper and Marsh Tit together! Dave Thomas returned the following day to take some superb photos of the birds. A male Reed Bunting called behind us and, as we walked back, two Mistle Thrush flew over – another less common bird for the area.

Marsh Tit and Treecreeper – Dave Thomas

Although some signature species such as Whitethroat, Cuckoo and Grasshopper Warbler didn’t feature on the day, we recorded a total of 32 species which is a good number for two and half hours on this site.

Phil McVey, 19th June

Stithians Reservoir Walk 13th May 2018

On Sun 13th May a small group of us had a good explore around the southern end of Stithians Lake. A cold start to the day ended in warm sunshine – a very pleasant day.

We started off in the Stuart Hutchings hide where there were a few water birds around, notably Great Crested and Little Grebes. We then crossed over to the feeders where we watched the usual visitors including some very nice views of Goldfinch. Moving on to the farm track by Carnmenellis and down to the reservoirs edge we were spoilt with some great views of a Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats and best of all a very vocal and showy Sedge Warbler. It was here that we heard the distant sound of a Cuckoo. We then went to the other side of the cut off and a short way down the path and had more views of warblers and some nice Linnets, Reed Buntings and a very close view of a Greenfinch (Cornwall rarity these days!)

Additionally, an Adder was seen at the roadside and 3 species of butterfly were seen – Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Small Tortoiseshell.

A total of 40 species of bird were seen.

Beth Cross, 13th May

Willow Warbler – Hilary de Gast

Tresillian River Walk from St Clement 28th March 2018

Six people attended this event, the forecast was for showers but it stayed dry for this walk alongside the river in search of waders.

Above the car park, the Rooks had started rebuilding their nests and were cawing loudly. We started by viewing the local bird feeders which had attracted a mix of finches and tits but no Coal Tits or Siskin which is unusual. The river was also quiet with hardly a gull in sight, no Redshank but a few Greenshank and Curlew and a good number of Shelduck.

Tresemple Pool was also quiet although several of the group caught sight of a Kingfisher dashing to and fro. At the Tresillian end of the walk we found two Common Sandpiper. On our return, the tide had risen high enough to push birds off the river estuary and onto the shallows at the back of Tresemple Pool and there were a few Redshank and Greenshank washing and resting.

Full list: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Buzzard, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.

Kate Williams

Lizard Seawatching for Beginners – Saturday 4th Nov 2017

Saturday 4th November 2017 – 8am to 10am.

A stiff off-shore North-Westerly is one of the worst wind directions for the Lizard but during migration wind plays less of a factor and it is still often well worth sea watching whatever the weather. With NW winds passage however does tend to be more distant and dispersed. This did not stop a good turnout of keen attendees.

Off-shore activity was mainly in the form of small numbers of passing auks (Guillemot and Razorbill) Gannets and Kittiwake. Divers are just beginning to appear more regularly for the winter with both Red-throated and Great Northern seen. A small number of Balearic Shearwater where the only shearwaters recorded although Sooty and Manx have both been seen recently.  A few Mediterranean gulls were feeding offshore with Kittiwake flocks and two birds sat on the reef with the usual Herring Lesser and Great Black-backs. A Wigeon was another uncommon offshore observation.

A trickle of visible migration also occurred overhead, flocks of Jackdaw and Woodpigeon, small groups and individuals of Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit and Rock Pipit. Of note was a single Lapland Bunting, calling as it went over west. Also a flock of Long-tailed Tit….these are uncommon at the point, but there have been quite a few migrating flocks in the past week or so. Sometimes these can be heard well before seeing often way up in the sky, a place you don’t often see or expect them.

10 or so hardy souls braved the elements to make this event.

Tony Blunden, Nov 6th