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Black Swan here also at Hayle. Was visible from the road at Lelant roundabout.

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Mon 3rd June

An hour or so pm visit to RSPB Hayle inland estuary.
Of note...

2 main gatherings of Gulls (~60 total) mainly Herring, Great Black-Backed and Lesser Black-Backed.
7 Shelduck
3 Little Egrets
1 Oystercatcher
1 Pied Wagtail

Very little here, yet in years gone by, this site has always been very busy with birds. More so in winter.

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Mon 3rd June

Stithians Reservoir (near Camborne)

Considering this site is mentioned quite alot on the Cornwall birding sites, surprisingly little here and very disappointing despite its huge size. Wouldn't recommend this site as a good summer reserve (depending on what you want to see), my guess is this is a winter haven for a whole host of species.
Of note...

3 Buzzards
1 Tufted duck m
1 Teal m
Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, and Whitethroat city!!!

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Sun 2nd June 9.20am - 3.56pm

Lands End to Sennon Cove
RSPB Visitor Centre closed.
Birds of note...

4 Fulmars
10 Shags
4 Gannets
4 pairs of Stonechats
2 Wheatears
2 Ravens
1 Kestrel
Curlew
Meadow Pipits

Back to Lands End and an excruciating 10 mile walk to near Lamorna Cove via Southwest Coasal Path
Of Note...

Fulmars
Raven
Alot of Stonechats
Buzzards
Sparrowhawk
Plenty of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers
At least 8 Whitethroats (all males seen)
2 Grey Seals in one of the coves (large bulky snouts and head, definitely Grey)

Possible Rock Pipits and another species can't decide, will get shots sent for ID when we get back.

1 Green Woodpecker in the tree in my mates holiday bungalow garden, flew off towards the farm on opposite side of road




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A week in Cornwall started today with my best mate.

RSPB Marazion Marsh. (Approx 4.15 - 5.15pm)
Birds of note...
Plenty of Reed Warbler activity allover the reserve, visually and vocally.
1 Sedge Warbler
1 Green Woodpecker
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Wren singing with beakful of food right infront of us then proceeded into the nest sending the chicks into pandemonium!
5 or 6 Grey Herons (very flighty so could be less)

No sign of the Purple Heron that's been here all week. Plenty of time yet!



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17/10/2012 - My last day in the Falmouth area:

Rosemullion Head seawatch in a force 5 SSW and walked back to Swanpool:
4 Great Skuas
15 Kittiwakes
2 Firecrests
1 Blackcap
1 Chiffchaff
15+ Mediterranean Gulls
2 Stonechats
1 Kingfisher - maenporth lake
no sign of reported possible Double-crested Cormorant

College Reservoir in the PM:
1 Purple Heron - juv, nice to see on my old patch
1 Water Rail
1 Kingfisher
2 Firecrests

-- Edited by Henry Cook on Wednesday 17th of October 2012 11:31:42 PM

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Got back last Saturday (13th)from my annual trip to Cornwall,and although it was a relatively quiet week by usual cornish standards still managed to see a few good birds,
Several Yellow Browed Warblers about all week,Firecrests everywhere,plus still lots of Chiffchaff,Blackcaps,a few Willow Warblers,Pied Flycatchers,and plenty of other common migrants still about.
Got strokeable views of one of the Glossy Ibis near Sennen,brief views of the Olive Backed Pipit at Pendeen,where a short seawatch produced a Balearic Shearwater,hundreds of Auks,Kittiwakes,Gannets and the odd late Manx Shearwater.
Managed to dip the Whites Thrush in Cot Valley(as did everybody else except the finder),no surprise there as they're are real skulkers.
A trip down to The Lizard on friday was worthwhile with a Yellow Browed Warbler around the car park and excellent views of the Paddyfield Warbler,first one I've seen for at least 20 years,should be some of my pics of the bird when Ian has the time to post them on the site.
To make the trip complete several pasties washed down with the odd pint of St,Austells Tribute bitteralmost as good as Holts bitter,but nearly twice the price !!

-- Edited by pete berry on Wednesday 17th of October 2012 11:00:56 PM

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Henry, I spent a week or so in that area during June, staying near Treesooth. However my Mum breaking her leg in a fall in St Ives rather curtailed my birding activity and I saw fewer species in the period that I was there than you appear to have done in a day.

i loved the area around Maelporth and Swanpool where there were Rock Pipits, lots of Stonechats, Bullfinch and several Raven. I also loved the area around Devoran, though the pub food was disappointing and walks around the Argal Reservoir. We didn't see much at The Lizard either. I don't think that June was the ideal time bird-wise.

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16/10/2012 - Big day around the Falmouth area (78 species seen):

Swanvale NR area -
1 Yellow-browed Warbler - still present though elusive
2 Firecrest
1 Water Rail
1 Green Woodpecker - in the cemetery

Pendennis Headland -
2 Firecrest
5 Med Gull
1 Common Gull
40+ Gannet
1 Common Scoter
2 Kittiwakes

Falmouth Golf Course -
1 Lesser Redpoll - flyover, scarce in the Falmouth area
1 Blackcap
2 Stonechat
1 Swallow

Stithians Reservoir -
1 Marsh Tit
1 Reed Bunting
1 Teal
7 Wigeon
8 Lapwing - south of Golden Lion pub
1 Raven

Devoran -
1 Whimbrel
5 Greenshank
4 Bar-tailed Godwit
10+ Black-tailed Godwit
30+ Wigeon
7 Teal
1 Kingfisher

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14/10/2012 - birded some old hotspots in the Falmouth area which were productive and then down to the Lizard peninsula which was a total dip-out:

Swanvale + Swanpool NR, Falmouth -
1 Yellow-browed Warbler
4 Chiffchaffs
3 Bullfinches
15 Little Grebes
2 Water Rails

Pendennis Headland -
3 Firecrests - around the castle grounds
2 Chiffchaffs
1 Whimbrel
20+ Skylarks - over
2 Siskins
7 Linnets

Church Cove, Lizard - no sign of Paddyfield Warbler, Glossy Ibis or Red-backed Shrike
1 Yellow-browed Warbler
1 Reed Warbler
1 Blackcap
4 Chiffchaffs
2 Stonechats
1 Wheatear
4 Ravens

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5th October.

Morning visit to Porthgwarra with Henry Cook:

1 Firecrest
1 Yellow-browed Warbler
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
6 Siskins
1 Greenshank
3 Balearic Shearwaters
3 Sooty Shearwaters
1 Arctic Skua

With the rain setting in, we made the dash over to nearby RSPB Marazion when news broke and we were treated to the amazing sight for the UK of SEVEN Red-rumped Swallows feeding over the reserve and beach together.


-- Edited by Phil Owen on Saturday 6th of October 2012 07:37:27 PM

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Just got back from four days around the camel estuary.

highlights included
Bar-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, knot, dunlin, manx, sooty & (maybe) Balearic Shearwater, Guillimot, Fulmer (both juvs sat within a mile of each other on the beach!)
& (dare I say it) a Sabines Gull in with a huge flock of black heads.

didn't bother reporting then ben have gone over enough of my field notes to convince myself.

Cheers
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Not really that bothered John,seen hundreds abroad,and as I'm not interested in my British list these days it doesn't really matter if it gets accepted or not.
Update of last few days,
4 Pecs together at Drift(a flock?),also Greenshank,Spotted Red,Ruff,Common Sands and Arctic Terns there
Yesterday a Buff Breasted Sand at Hayle,also several Curlew Sands,but managed to dip the Bairds again!!
And today 2 Buff Breasts 15 mins walk from where I'm staying.
Seawatching tailed off due to thick fog the last couple days but managed a few more Great Shearwaters,and good nos. of Sooties and Balearic Shearwaters before it closed in.

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You may have to wait a while for the BBRC with this one Pete, they still have 2 in circulation from 2007.

Cheers, John

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Pity you couldn't have stayed a bit longer John,We've had a MADEIRAN STORM PETREL this afternoon at Pendeen,first picked up by Martin Elliot and seen by everyone there including 2 other Mancy birders,Paul Wren and Geoff Lightfoot(although Geoff still thinks Cheadle is in Cheshire !!)
Other birds seen since I arrived Saturday
Numbers of Great Shears each day,
several hundred Sooties
30 + Balearics
3000 + Manxies
10+ Stormies
2 Poms
12 Arctic Skuas
10+ Bonxies
And when not seawatching
Black Kite
Pec Sand
several Little Stints
Several Curlew Sands
Spotted Red
Knot
Dunlins
Little Egrets
Med Gulls(inc a few juvs)
Chough
Peregrine
Raven
etc.etc etc
And a couple of Pasties and the odd pint of St.Austells tasty Trewelyne Bitter(almost as good as Holts,but considerably dearer)

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Just spent a bird filled 48 hour trip to Cornwall with the specific target of Great Shearwater. We were not disappointed and these were the highlights:

3rd Sep. Gwennap Head, Porthgwarra (dawn till 09.30). Light SW wind and early sun soon gave way to cloud

28 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 7 Rock Pipits, 2 Ravens, 1 Chough were the highlights

A wander around the coastguard lookout provided 4 Wheatears, 1 Stonechat and 2 Whinchats plus a preening Wryneck that just stayed and stayed. Amazing views of its long wire-like tongue, which was easily half the body length.

At Polgigga a walk along the lane to Bosistow Farm gave us a flyover view of the long-staying Black Kite

Time out in steady drizzle to secure saturday night's accomodation then on to Hayle RSPB where we failed to find the Baird's Sandpiper. The best of a selection of waders was a superbly marked juvenile Little Stint.

We pottered around waiting for the rain to pass then decided to give Gwennap Head another go, what a good decision. As we arrived there were 2 birders there since 12.30 and we were greeting with "Great Shearwaters are p****g through".

I personally saw only a small fraction of this passage with many birds beyond reasonable range for my optics, but I did see in 90 minutes:

165 Great Shearwaters, 74 Manx, 4 Sooty and 1 Balearic. We later heard that the day total for Greats was 2,003. The beer tasted good that night

4th Sep. Today we had a sunny hour or so birding the beautiful Nanquidno Valley, almost found a Pectoral Sandpiper at Drift (but didn't) and finished off with an excellent male Cirl Bunting at Berry Head (Devon).

Cheers, John



-- Edited by John Rayner on Sunday 4th of September 2011 10:06:15 PM

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Cheers Henry!

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PM sent Joe.

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Hi, does anybody know a good spot for birding in Cornwall near to Newquay. I'm going down with the family, but should have a bit of time early morning to go somewhere.
Many thanks,
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Just back from a week in Cornwall and delighted to say that we were successful in spotting our main target for the week: chough (first time for us).

But topping that, while visiting Heligan we stumbled upon our first 'proper' twitch: a Green Heron that was showing brilliantly by the main pond. Able to get some great views from the multiple telescopes set up around it.

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Yes Henry I was quite happy with the Great Shearwater - found it myself and confirmed by the Leeds birders and others present - one of 3 lifers for me today - the others being Sooty Shearwater and Storm Petrel biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Big well done with the Great Shear Sid! A tricky beast to see in the British isles without a spot of seawatching in Cornwall, but what a wonderful bird.
Henry.

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In Cornwall today I too visited Gwennap Head at Porthgwarra and found Common Scoter (1), Shag (several about), Manx Shearwater (minimum 10), Raven (3), Sooty Shearwater (1), Storm Petrel (minimum 8), Great Skua (1), Great Shearwater (1) and numerous Kittiwake, Fulmar and Gannet. Very windy on that exposed headland for 5 hours but good fun with assembled crowd of birders. Not such an extensive list as yours Pete but I was very happy thanks to yourself and before I came down to Cornwall to Henry C for the tips.

-- Edited by sid ashton on Wednesday 19th of August 2009 09:41:18 PM

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Just got back from my annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of seawatching,and although it was poor by Cornish standards I still managed to see:-
Great Shearwater (1)
Cory's (1)
Balearic Shearwater(20+)
Sooty Shearwater(15+)
Storm Petrel(40+)
Bonxie(12)
Arctic Skua(3)
Plus all the usual suspects like Manxies,Fulmars,Kittiwakes etc.We also had good views of Nightjar that breed down there,few Med Gullsetc.
We also saw about a dozen Basking Sharks,several Sunfish,Harbour Porpoises,and the what was probably the highlight for me,a pod of 140 Common Dolphins just a few hundred yards offshore from Porthgwarra.

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