Monday 16th November 2020

Trevose Head: 3 Great Skua, 18 Fulmar, 23 Manx, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter, Leach’s Petrel at 9:02am, 4 Lesser black Backed Gull, 1017 Kittiwake. (B Bosisto)

Pendeen: 22 Great Skua, 1 juv Pom Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 5 Grey Plover and a Thresher Shark. 07:45-10:30. (S Rogers, M McKee, P Clement, N Rogers) Also, Leach’s Petrel. (P Combridge)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Little Auk in the sound between Hannafore & Looe Island at 0930. Flew east towards Millendreath at 0940. 1f Black Redstart, Firecrest, 3 ad Mediterranean Gull, 7 (2 drake, 1 imm drake, 4 female) Eider, and 1 Great Northern Diver. (G Lewis)

Bude Marsh: 5 Cattle Egret early morning. (N Bastin)

Godrevy Head: 1 Snow Bunting still, many small flocks of Kittiwakes passing by. (T Mills) Also, 8 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

Snow Bunting – Tony Mills

Kittiwakes – tony Mills

purple Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Snow Bunting – John St Ledger

Black Redstart – John St Ledger

Copperhouse Creek: 1 Ruff. (C Richards)

Trink Hill, Lelant Downs: 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.50 Herring Gull. (P Geddes)

Towan Head, Newquay: 1f Merlin, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 2w Common Gull (N Long) Also, 30+ Common Scoter in Newquay Bay this morning. (M Lammas)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Mediterranean Gull amongst 100s of mixed gulls. Also 12+ Wigeon, 4 Redshank and 1 Oystercatcher from the carpark. (M Lammas)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, c.20 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 6 Coot, numbers of Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.10 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Wren, 3 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, c.10 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 5 Goldcrest, 6 Blue Tit, c.15 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 1 Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch. (C Yates)

Lamorna Cove: Merlin, Black Redstart, Firecrest. (D Flumm)

Porthilly Point: 1 Great Northern Diver (close in feeding on crab) 1 Red throated Diver over(leaving the estuary and flying out to sea), 1 Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 48 Oystercatcher, 13 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 1 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher (one carrying plastic up river and one feeding from terracotta drainage pipe), 2 m Mandarin, 2 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 m Blackcap, between Old Town and Anneka’s bridges. (S Grose)

Tregrehan: 1 Firecrest in Boscundle woods. (I Stewart)

Truro: Blackcap in our private garden this morning and also the Meadow Pipit continues to visit daily. (K&J Mortimore)

Par Beach: 1 Curlew, 2 Brent Goose. (E Mayhew)

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler in the wet sallows (with bird feeders) at Sandy Cove, also a Chiffchaff & 2 Blackcap. (B Stone)

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler by bridge below Daisy Cottage. (N Wheatley)

Downderry: (0730-0845), moving west a Fulmar, a Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 76 Gannets, 180 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Common Gulls, 80 Kittiwakes, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 61 auks. (Alan Payne)

Saltash: Spotted Redshank along Forder Creek. (M Beer)

Lower Tamar Lakes: 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Redwing, 5 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 14 Fieldfare, 1m Tufted Duck. (R Mudge)

Coverack: 5 Black Redstarts on beach boulders on east side of the beach. (A Witheywood)

Lockdown Diary 3: On a cold clear November afternoon I went up to Bodmin Moor to see the Starlings. Their murmuration just before settling down for the night is an astonishing sight. I got there quite a bit before dusk but as the first squadrons of birds started appearing from all over Cornwall, so too did the human observers. A constant stream of cars appeared over the switchback Roughtor Road and quickly grabbed their spot from the handful of parking places. It was nice to see suitably socially distanced families, dogs, young and old turn out, and as the Starlings massed together in the large field to the left of the road, out came the phones to video the spectacle. The birds swirled around like iron filings following a magnet, up into the air and then back down and around. At one point all of them were on the ground at once. Impossible to count but I reckon there were about four football pitches worth of closely-packed birds – several hundred thousand perhaps. The throng had attracted several Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine. The Starlings know, like shoals of fish, that there is safety in numbers and that the ebb and flow of the murmuration confuses the perspective of predators. Finally, they headed for the plantation as the light dimmed, and the 100 or so people clambered back into their cars and headed for their own night time roosts.

Socially distanced Starling roost – Simon Marquis

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