Sunday 05 January 2014

Late News, 03/01, Par: 1 House Martin reported. (per R Hooper)

Late News, 04/01, Pentire: 63 Skylarks in the set-aside field at Pentire Glaze Farm. (C Selway)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  2 Mute Swan, 71 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 30 Mallard, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Moorhen and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Longrock: 32 Greenfinches gathering to roost. (DK Parker)

Newham, Truro River: 70+ Dunlin, 22 Mute Swans, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank. (G Adams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff by Stuart Hutchings Hide.

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Rock Pipit, Shags and 2 Great Black-backed Gull, plus 30 Starlings feeding on dracenas in Berkeley Cottages

St Ives: summary of sightings today: Only managed an half hour window before the visibility closed down. However, we did observe the following 3 Balearic Shearwater (all intermediates), 2 Manx Shearwater, 4 Great Northern Diver, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Bottlenose Dolphin (tracked from centre of the bay over to Gwithian and then west towards Hayle estuary mouth), 2 Grey Seal, 1 Black Redstart (f) and 1 Black Headed Gull. There appeared to far fewer birds in the bay and sheltering in lee of headland than in the previous days – Guillemots (~100), Razorbill (40), Gannets (~30), Gulls (Herring (40), Greater Black-backed (20), Kittiwake (20), and Shag (~15). We continued to seawatch from the northern side of the headland until 10:30, waiting to see if the vis improved, and were rewarded with excellent sightings. These included close views (100m offshore) for approx 1hr of both Manx and Balearic Shearwaters dip diving and flying around the headland. These were diving in association with 2-3 plunge feeding Gannets. We then had a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull fly past at close range (50m) at 08:45. We ventured back to the watchpoint to check vis at 14:30 and were lucky again to jam into a/the Glaucous Gull at 14:50, this time it flew low level below us approx 5m away – incredible views! Also seen were 1 Great Skua, 4 GN Divers, and singles of Balearic (pale) and Manx Shearwaters heading west. (A Colenutt & R Christopher)



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