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Stithians Reservoir..... 

Wigeon, Teal and Lapwings from the southern hide (Andy Pay)

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This body of water is owned jointly by South West Water and South West Lakes Trust, it is a major birding site in the South West and comes with a very impressive species list. There is a footpath around the perimeter of the Reservoir. Alternatively it can be viewed, WITH CARE, from the public highway at the Southern Causeway (just east of the village of Penmarth at SW713351), the Northern Causeway (near the Golden Lion Public House at SW708373) and the dam at the eastern end where there is a large car park at SW719364

CBWPS manages the southern portion of the main reservoir and the southern and northern ‘cut-offs’ as nature reserves. There are two hides for members at the southern end of the site, one overlooking the south western corner of the main body of water and one overlooking the ‘cut-off’ from the western bank. Access to both hides is through unlocked gates on the roadside at the western end of the causeway. 


There is a new hide built by South West Lakes Trust overlooking the northern cut-off.  Access is opposite the Golden Lion.

Locally resident birds include Little and Great Crested Grebe, Buzzard, Kestrel, Mallard, Coot, Stonechat, Raven and Reed Bunting. During the winter months their numbers increase and they are joined by Wigeon, Goldeneye. Goosander and Mediterranean Gulls are often present amongst the flocks of gulls. The surrounding fields often hold large numbers of wintering thrushes.

Sand Martins are the earliest of the spring migrants; other hirundines and Swifts arriving later when the weather improves. Warm winds from the southeast may bring Ospreys or Black Terns.

In addition to the resident breeding birds during late summer wildfowl and waders start to appear. Garganey can often be found among the water plants at both ‘cut-offs’.

During the autumn the water level is critical – if it is high and there is little or no exposed mud – then waders move on very rapidly.  However, a decent amount of mud encourages them to stay and a wide variety of species may occur. Lapwing, Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper are all regular.

 Rare birds appear every year without fail. In recent years these have included Pied-billed Grebe, Lesser Scaup, White-rumped Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, Baillon’s Crake and Alpine Swift.

Stithians 2009 Species List

Species 	                         first reported
1. Snipe		                1st Jan
2. Fieldfare		1st Jan
3. Robin		                1st Jan
4. Blackbird		1st Jan
5. Wigeon		1st Jan
6. Coot			1st Jan
7. Dunnock		1st Jan
8. Teal			1st Jan
9. Blue Tit		1st Jan
10. Wren		                1st Jan
11. Long Tailed Tit	1st Jan
12. Bullfinch		1st Jan
13. Mallard		1st Jan
14. Redwing		1st Jan
15. Starling		1st Jan
16. Shoveller		1st Jan
17. Cormorant		1st Jan
18. Goldeneye		1st Jan
19. Magpie		1st Jan
20. Meadow Pipit   	1st Jan
21. Canada Goose	1st Jan
22. Kestrel		1st Jan
23. GBB Gull		1st Jan
24. Skylark		1st Jan
25. Jackdaw		1st Jan
26. BH Gull		1st Jan
27. Woodpigeon		1st Jan
28. Little Grebe	                1st Jan
29. Great Tit		1st Jan
30. Rook		                1st Jan
31. Buzzard		1st Jan
32. Tufted Duck		1st Jan
33. Stonechat		1st Jan
34. Chaffinch		1st Jan
35. Little Egret	                1st Jan
36. Jay			1st Jan
37. Pied Wagtail	                1st Jan
38. Goldcrest		1st Jan
39. Collared Dove 	1st Jan
40. House Sparrow	1st Jan
41. Heron		1st Jan
42. Greenfinch		1st Jan
43. Carrion Crow	                1st Jan
44. Curlew		1st Jan
45. Gadwall		1st Jan
46. GS Woodpecker	1st Jan
47. Water Rail		1st Jan
48. Raven		1st Jan
49. Herring Gull	                1st Jan
50. Goosander		2nd Jan
51. Marsh Tit		2nd Jan
52. Kingfisher		2nd Jan
53. Song Thrush		2nd Jan
54. Lapwing		2nd Jan
55. Treecreeper		2nd Jan
56. Blackcap		2nd Jan
57. Common Gull		2nd Jan
58. LBB Gull		2nd Jan
59. Chiff Chaff		4th Jan
60. Pochard		4th Jan
61. Grey Wagtail	                4th Jan
62. Reed Bunting	                4th Jan
63. Goldfinch		4th Jan
64. Moorhen		6th Jan
65. Linnet		6th Jan
66. Bittern		6th Jan
67. Peregrine		6th Jan
68. Sparrowhawk		6th Jan	 


Species 		             first reported
69. Great Grey Shrike 	6th Jan
70. Mistle Thrush		7th Jan	
71. Greylag Goose	17th Jan 
72. Pheasant		18th Jan
73. Black Tailed Godwit	21st Jan
74. Woodcock		24th Jan
75. Golden Plover		25th Jan
76. Black Swan		26th Jan
77. Great Crested Grebe	3rd Feb
78. Barn Owl		3rd Feb
79. Med Gull		15th Feb
80. Mute Swan		15th Feb
81. Sand Martin		13th March
82. Green Woodpecker	15th March
83. Swallow		28th March
84. Willow Warbler	4th April
85. Shelduck		13th April
86. House Martin		13th April
87. Whitethroat		18th April
88. Sedge Warbler	19th April
89. Grasshopper Warbler
		(Heard)	20th April
90. Golden Eagle		21st April
(record submitted for acceptance)
91. Cuckoo		26th April
92. Garden Warbler	26th April
93. Reed Warbler		29th April
94. Whimbrel		29th April
95. Greenshank		7th May
96. Swift
97. Oyster Catcher	26th July
98. Green Sandpiper	1st August
99. Ringed Plover		9th August
100. Redshank		17th August
101. Garganey		10th September
102. Wheatear		15th September
103. Whinchat		15th September
104. Wood Sandpiper          20th September


Mega sighting at Stithians Reservoir

Congratulations to Angela Tonry who spotted and photographed this Golden Eagle over Stithians Reservoir on Sunday 19th April 2009. This is one of a series of pictures which also included buzzards mobbing it for size comparison. It has been confirmed that it is not an escapee from a Cornish site. If it is accepted it will only be the second record for Cornwall. The previous one was nearly 200 years ago!