January 2019 News

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 .

 

December 2018 News

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.

Cornwall Birds in the Press: the joint walk with SWLakes and CBWPS on the 18th November made it to the local press!  A report and full species list can also be found in the field meetings reports section on the website HERE.

>Falmouthpacket.co.uk/news – Bird Walk at Argal and College Reservoirs< .

Brian Field Tribute: A warm tribute to Cornwall birder Brian Field can be found on the website HERE

‘Seabirds Count’ Survey Update: offshore surveying completed for the year.

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.

Barn Owls in Cornwall: The partnership and funding from Paradise Park near Hayle will be continuing on into the future. Currently the park has funded a number of new nestboxes in the county and helped in their monitoring. The society plans to install webcams in several of these nestboxes next spring in order to share the Barn Owl love more widely with our members and Barn Owl supporters everywhere. Please click on the image below or visit  Paradisepark.org.uk – Cornwalls Barn Owls to find out more on the partnership so far –

Cornwall’s Barn Owls get more support from Paradise Park

Palores Reminder: The deadline for articles for the next Palores is 5th January. Please send content, including articles and birding snippets to Simon Marquis at palores@cbwps.org.uk.

10th December Mermaid Pelagic: There will be a pelagic leaving Penzance harbour for a tour of seaduck etc in Mounts Bay next Monday, 10th December. More details will follow shortly.

Update: A successful trip with the following seen: 6+ Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Velvet Scoter, 30+ Common Scoter, 5 Eider Duck, 1 Goldeneye, Bluefin Tuna, Common Dolphins, and 60+ Grey Seal on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliot)

Amur Falcon prints: Martin Elliot has produced an atmospheric picture of last years Amur Falcon, a first for Cornwall and only the UK’s second. 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.

 

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 help out if you can 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 .

CBWPS 12 Birds of Christmas – vote now for your favourite 2018 bird photo from the Daily Sightings page over the last year at cbwpsword/12birds-of-christmas . We’ll be posting up a new selection each day, to find the 12 best pics of 2018, followed by a final vote to find your overall favourite!

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.