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October 2019 News

Walk this Sunday: October 20th, 9.00am at Drift Reservoir for passage migrants with Roger Hooper. See the Calendar above for more details.

2019 AGM Report and Talk: A report of the Society AGM and Keith Cowieson’s excellent illustrated talk, From the Falklands to the Arctic can be found in the Events Report section on the website Here

Mermaid II wildlife trip: Saturday 13th Oct,  £25, meet at 14:45 for 15:00 sailing returning at 18:00. To book call 07901 731201 (Penzance)

Davidstow: We have been asked to re emphasise that cars should not go onto the active runways. Apparently there was an incident yesterday (2nd October). Also cars are not insured once they enter onto the airstrip. Please keep cars off the main runways! Many thanks. More information and map showing the active runways here – Davidstow Airfield

Congratulations to Mike McKee for making the front cover of British Birds magazine on the prestigious October Rarities Report edition, with his stunning photo of the Grey Catbird.

For sale: A one-off painting of the St Ives Brown Booby (31cm x 27cm) for £120 +£5 p&p. Plus 20 limited edition prints (28.5cm x 24cm) for £25 each plus £5 p&p. Contact the artist, Martin Elliott direct on 07875 295457.

 

July 2019 News

CBWPS Cornwall Birds AGM 2019: From the Falklands to the Arctic at this year’s AGM; don’t miss the Cornwall Birds 2019 Annual General Meeting, which will be held at Stithians Reservoir this Saturday 13th July.

The official CBWPS business will be followed by ‘From the Falklands to the Arctic, and lots in between – 50 years of bird watching and photography’ by Keith Cowieson. Keith was born and brought up in Aberdeen and joined the RAF straight from school spending the next 36 years in a variety of flying and staff postings worldwide. A lifelong birdwatcher, Keith was fortunate during his RAF career to indulge his passion around the world.

The AGM starts at 4.00pm (full details on the back page of the Spring Palores), and after Keith’s talk there will be an opportunity to join Board members for a walk around the north end of the reservoir. Stithians Lake Watersports Centre is easily accessed from the A394 Falmouth – Helston road and there is plenty of parking. See you there!

 

 

June 2019 News

Updating Membership Records: Could all members please ensure that the email addresses as held by the membership secretary are correct, especially if you have changed your email address in the recent past. A number have recently bounced or seem to be out of date as no replies have been received from them. Please also check that your membership status is correct – note for example that Senior Memberships are from 65 years.

If you would like to change from receiving a printed copy of Palores to a digital pdf copy, or do not wish to receive BiC (Birds in Cornwall) as part of your membership do please let us know, as in both cases this will save the society both in printing and postage costs. Please contact Carol, Membership Secretary at membership@cbwps.org.uk

New Membership Secretary: as of 1st May Carol Hughes has taken over from Angela Moore as Membership Secretary for the Society. The Society is very grateful to Angie for her many years of tireless service as Membership Secretary, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. Membership enquiries and requests should continue to be sent to the usual membership@cbwps.org.uk address

May 2019 News

Middle Amble Marsh Update May 2019: An update on access issues to this joint CBWPS/CWT reserve can be found on the website HERE

Cornish Choughs: The Society is now maintaining the dedicated Chough sightings database for Cornwall, adding to the many thousands of records received from birders and members of the public since 2001.  Responsibility for the database (formerly coordinated and maintained by the RSPB), passed to us in April 2019. Please send your sightings to choughs@cbwps.org.uk including, date, place, 6 fig gird ref if possible, and notes on any colour rings observed. Photos are always welcome too.

National Urban Gull Survey: 23rd April – 7th May: As the final part of the National Seabirds Count Survey, fieldwork in 2019 will focus on a survey of urban-nesting gulls. It’s impossible to completely count every breeding bird in such a difficult environment, so the survey will focus on key squares surveyed in previous years, with additional allocated sites in likely areas. If you can help please see the survey page Here

Mark Cocker at Kestle Barton: Mark is a notable author of creative non-fiction (Birders:Tales of a Tribe; Birds Britannica; Crow Country). He is also a naturalist and environmental tutor, who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. Last year (2018) he celebrated thirty years as a Guardian country diarist. He also released a new book on the fate of British nature since the twentieth century – Our Place: Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late?

Over many decades British society has been guided to the idea that the natural world is best approached as a sub-department of science. In his radical and controversial new book Our Place, Mark argues that this under-estimates the importance of wildlife and landscape for people. In his talk at Kestle Barton on the Lizard at 2pm on 1 June 2019, he asks us to reconsider the inspirational role of the natural world and its place in all forms of creativity, whether literature, music, the visual arts or the sciences.

All the activities over the weekend are free but booking is essential for our planning purposes. Please contact info@kestlebarton.co.uk for more information and booking or visit their website www.kestlebarton.co.uk

New Membership Secretary:  as of 1st May Carol Hughes has taken over from Angela Moore as Membership Secretary for the Society. Carol writes: “I was born in Cornwall and have lived the majority of my life in the small village of Ruan Lanihorne. I gained an interest in wildlife as a whole quite late in life, but have been a member of Wild Roseland (link) since its inauguration and hold several positions. I have been recording for the BTO, Wildlife Trust and UK Butterfly Conservation for many years and help with a number of wildlife surveys. I have recently taken up an interest in moths and was lucky enough to find a first for Cornwall in my first year.”

The Society is very grateful to Angie for her many years of tireless service as Membership Secretary, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.

Membership enquiries and requests should continue to be sent to membership@cbwps.org.uk , where they will now be directly received by Carol. Other details can be found on the Society Contact and Membership pages in the ‘About’ section in the header above.

Roy Phillips: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Roy Phillips after losing his fight with cancer. He was well-known to many local birders and was well-respected for his birding skills and reports. He was a regular contributor to CBWPS and his most recent report on the 12th, announced the fledging of robins in his beloved garden. He will be greatly missed.
The funeral of Roy will be at Treswithian Downs Crematorium, TR14 0BX, on Monday 13 May at 2:30pm. Everyone is invited to tea and snacks afterwards at Trevithick Inn Table Table, Treswithian Rd., Camborne TR14 0TR, about 2 mins drive from the crematorium. We ask that, if possible, you let the family know if you would like to come, so that they have an idea of numbers to cater for. Please contact liztregenza@outlook.com, or phone  01736 351793.

May 2019 News: Please see the News section for updates and expanded versions of all news snippets from this ‘Recent Sightings’ header section – updated 19th May

N Roy Phillips: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Roy Phillips on 22nd April this year. A tribute to Roy can be found on the website Here .

New Membership Secretary: as of 1st May Carol Hughes has taken over from Angela Moore as Membership Secretary for the Society. The Society is very grateful to Angie for her many years of tireless service as Membership Secretary, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours. Membership enquiries and requests should continue to be sent to the usual membership@cbwps.org.uk address

Mark Cocker on the Lizard: Mark is a well known birding author (Birders:Tales of a Tribe; Birds Britannica; Crow Country), naturalist and environmental tutor, who writes and broadcasts on nature and wildlife in a variety of national media. He will be giving a talk at Kestle Barton on the Lizard at 2pm on 1st June 2019, based around the concepts in his new book ‘Our Place: Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late?’ and asks us to reconsider the inspirational role of the natural world and its place in all forms of creativity … read more Here

The activities over the weekend are free but booking is essential for planning purposes. Please contact info@kestlebarton.co.uk for more information and booking.

April 2019 News Page

CCAF: Recruitment of new members to the Cornwall Countryside Access Forum (CCAF) is currently underway. This aims to represent all interested parties in the County in areas such as Tourism, Environment and Access. It would be especially good for the general birding and wildlife community to be represented on the forum.

If anyone is interested in applying, full details and an application form are available via the Council’s website. The following links to the relevant page: Cornwall Countryside Access Forum (CCAF) – Recruitment 2019

Cornish Choughs: The Society is now maintaining the dedicated chough sightings database for Cornwall, adding to the many thousands of records received from birders and members of the public since 2001.  Responsibility for the database (formerly coordinated and maintained by the RSPB), passed to us in April 2019.

Please send your sightings to choughs@cbwps.org.uk including, date, place, 6 fig gird ref if possible, and notes on any colour rings observed. Photos are always welcome too.

National Urban Gull Survey: 23rd April – 7th May

As the final part of the National Seabirds Count Survey, fieldwork in 2019 will focus on a survey of urban-nesting gulls. It’s impossible to completely count every breeding bird in such a difficult environment, so the survey will focus on key squares surveyed in previous years, with additional allocated sites in likely areas. If you can help please see the survey page Here

Dead Otters: Please can anyone spotting dead otters on the road report them to the Environment Agency, as they collect them and have them post mortemed. Contact Jess Thomasson on jess.thomasson@environment-agency.gov.uk

Pied Crow: Wild or Escape? A link to an earlier discussion about the provenance of the Pied Crow from BirdGuides.

Channel Wagtail: A link to a BirdGuides article on the complexity of Yellow Wagtail plumages.

County Listing 2019: for all doing anything of a county list this year: Yearlisting 2019 – now live whether it’s a Patch, Green, casual or full-blown County List.

The Cornwall County List 2019 can be found here (currently 186 species as of 17/02)

Membership Subscriptions: As per the latest Palores 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 (emailed pdf version) 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!

March 2019 News Page

BTO Rookery Survey: The BTO in Cornwall are running a local Rookery Survey and are looking for counters. If you are interested in counting a Rookery or have records with a six figure grid reference, please email Simon Taylor at bto_cornwall@yahoo.com

Watch your valuables! Just to let people using the Ryan’s Field parking know, a car was broken into on Saturday morning – brick through the window. Please make sure that you take all valuables with you or keep them out of sight.

Sensitive Data: Now that the breeding season is close upon us again, we will shortly be resuming our policy of witholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds in the County. 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. Remember, the welfare of the birds comes first! Thanks for your understanding.

Please do bear this in mind when sharing information on social media too. 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

February 2019 News Page

CWT Breney Common Nature Reserve – Work Party: Sunday 17th February, 10am – 3pm. A day of Practical Conservation Work: come along and help remove some of the Gorse, Willow and overgrown shrubs to open up areas for our rare Marsh Fritillary butterflies (this is a major site for these wetland butterflies so we are working hard to protect and encourage them to breed in new areas)

Please see the Calendar for more details, or email davecarp86@hotmail.com

Walmsley Sanctury: Just a “heads up” that we have Educational Access student groups using the tower hide on the following date…. Tues 5th 10:00 – 13:00, Wed 13th Feb 2 groups all day, Thurs 14th Feb 12:00-16:00.
They are all different age groups from different parts of the county and we do benefit very well financially with this grant scheme.
Odd that these all came close to each other but it doesn’t mean members can’t use the hide … just be prepared that it may not be the normal peaceful sanctuary you expect!

County Listing 2019: for all doing anything of a county list this year: Yearlisting 2019 – now live whether it’s a Patch, Green, casual or full-blown County List.

Optics for Liberia: Fraser Bell will be going out to Liberia to work with the local birdlife in-country counterpart ‘Society Conservation of Nature in Liberia’ later in January. Local ornithologists are using the worst equipment imaginable, but still managing to do some great conservation work in an area in which it is sorely needed! The majority don’t even have working binoculars. Please see this page to read more or if you have any old/unused optics you can donate.

BTO Colour-ringed Blackcaps: Please look out for colour-ringed Blackcaps again this winter; fresh birds are still being ringed around the country and some birds from last winter have already been re-found in Cornwall. News from last year and more on the project can be found on the 2017/18 Blackcap page on the website, with updates to follow. Robbie is also hoping to organise a wider Blackcap survey in Cornwall later next month, so do look out for that too.

Chough Volunteers: The National Trust in West Cornwall are looking for Chough nest protection volunteers to watch Cornish Choughs in their natural environment, helping to protect their nest from disturbance; giving these charismatic birds a helping hand to re-establish here in Cornwall. This role also involves talking to the public using the coast path about the work we are doing to protect choughs and how they can help to reduce disturbance. We are looking for volunteers from April to July and can be as little as once every 2 weeks. Training will be provided and access to your own transport to and from site is required. If you’d like to get involve please contact Kate on 01736 761015 or email Kate.Evans1@nationaltrust.org.uk

Common Crane - Paul Ash

Cornwall Birds CBWPS ’12 Birds of Christmas: the winner is Paul Ash’s Common Crane. See the Final Voting page for second and third places.

January 2019 News: Please see the News section for updates and expanded versions of all news snippets from this ‘Recent Sightings’ header section – updated 16th Jan

January 2019 News Page

New items will be added to the top of the monthly news page as they come in. Last update:16/01/19

CBWPS Cornwall Birds ‘Pic of the Year’ Results are now in, with the winner being the Common Crane photo! The Final Vote page on the ‘CBWPS 12 Birds of Christmas’ has now been updated showing your overall favourite pic of 2018 on the website. Thanks all for voting, and congrats to all whose photos appeared!

The 2018 Archive, with all the Pic of the Week photos can be found Here

Birds in flight by John Chapple: A soothing video montage of birds in Cornwall –

Birds in flight by John Chapple – all birds filmed in Cornwall, over the last 8 years.

Last update:09/01/19

CBWPS Cornwall Birds ‘Pic of the Year’ You can now cast your Final Vote on the ‘CBWPS 12 Birds of Christmas’ to find your overall favourite pic of 2018 on the website. Thanks all for voting, and congrats to all whose photos appeared!

End of Year Quiz: Answers are now up on the website – you can still look at the questions if you hadn’t already, answers at the bottom of the page here.

BTO Colour-ringed Blackcaps: Please look out for colour-ringed Blackcaps again this winter; fresh birds are still being ringed around the country and some birds from last winter have already been re-found in Cornwall. News from last year and more on the project can be found on the 2017/18 Blackcap page on the website, with updates to follow. Robbie is also hoping to organise a wider Blackcap survey in Cornwall later next month, so do look out for that too.

Last update:08/01/19

Optics for Liberia: Fraser Bell will be going out to Liberia to work with the local birdlife in-country counterpart ‘Society Conservation of Nature in Liberia’ later in January. Local ornithologists are using the worst equipment imaginable, but still managing to do some great conservation work in an area that it is sorely needed! The majority don’t even have working binoculars. Please see this page to read more or if you have any old/unused optics you can donate.

Volunteering Opportunity: 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 their 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 Area Rangers on 07881 811481 for more information.

Last update:05/01/19

County Bird News: As of 1st Jan, the two expanding egret species in the UK, Cattle and Great White have been taken off the ‘County Description Species’ List. Care over id may still need to be taken, & recorder/committee may request further information for any particular sighting.

Cattle Egrets, Dave Thomas Great White Egret, Ben Oakes

Palores Reminder: 48 hours to final copy deadline!! (Jan 7th) – items, snippets and reports.

*Cornwall Birds: Review of 2018*: An excellent and comprehensive roundup of the 2018 Birding Year by Reuben Veal on the website Here What were your highlights?

1st January Cornwall New Year’s Day Bird Race: Get the year list kickstarted and see how many birds you can see on your local patch, by green birding or county-wide. Please see the website page HERE for further details.

CBWPS Cornwall Birds ‘Pic of the Year’ – we will be posting up a selection from the weekly ‘pic of the week’ photos received throughout the year. (The pix are normally to be found on the website homepage). Over the traditional 12 days of Christmas, you can vote for one out of the day’s shortlist. Ultimately we will find out which is your overall favourite for 2018. Please see the 12 Birds of Christmas page on the website to views the photos and to vote in the poll. If you haven’t already done so you can still vote of previous day’s selections. Thanks for supporting us and our contributors throughout the year.

And the Results Page – updated daily with the winning bird photo.

Yearlisting 2019: We will soon be sorting out tables for County Yearlisting for the coming year, and hopefully Cornwall Life Lists too. In the meantime, see HERE for the 2018 table and provisional 2018 County List.

Kuzma Minin Update:The Kuzma Minin has now been moved to a buoy within the Carrick Roads for further inspections and to organise salvage operations. There have been no reports of oil spills but we remain concerned if there was any damage that could result in an oil spill.

The RSPB is asking people to report any sightings of birds in that area, Falmouth Bay, the Carrick Roads, Gerrans and Veryan Bay to the CBWPS website and paul.stpierre@rspb.org.uk as soon as possible so we can help highlight any sensitive areas for divers and grebes in particular that need protecting, to the authorities in the event of any oil spill. Please also report any signs of oiled birds to CBWPS/RSPB (and also report any live oiled birds to RSPCA 0300 1234 999). Many thanks for your help and any queries do call.

BiC Update: Awaiting further updates, however the 2017 report was reportedly last at section writer stage.

Pied Wheatear, Phil Taylor

2018 Cornwall County List: The Pied Wheatear at Trevose Head and the third Pallid Swift for the County (after birds in 2007 in Wadebridge and 2009 at Nanjizal) bring the county total to a provisional 299 for the year.The updated county list can be found on the website –  County List 2018

Membership Subscriptions: As per the latest Palores 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 (emailed pdf version) in your membership will also save the society a substantial sum which can be put towards other society aims.

Palores Reminder: The deadline for articles for the next Palores is 7th January. Please send content, including articles and birding snippets to Simon Marquis at palores@cbwps.org.uk.

Other items – other national and global news items that we would like to bring your attention to, often as mentioned on the twitter account.

Mist nets on ebay: Ebay have been selling spring traps and mist nets on a global scale, apparently in high volume over 1400 current listings).  There is no legitimate use for small spring traps and licensed ringers source mist nets elsewhere. Please sign it, and also consider sharing it with anyone who might be opposed to this.

Petition at Change.org – Stop ebay selling mist nets online

Last Song of the Nightingale: These excellent folk are hoping to make a documentary about Nightingales, to raise awareness and inspire people to save them – before the Nightingale sings its last song. The principle applies to all our vulnerable and disappearing wildlife. Please see here for update (they made it!) and watch the video:

Last Call – 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 .