Tuesday 19th September 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

DavidstowBuff-breasted Sandpiper still at Davidstow Airfield on central runway 100 yards west of control tower at 0715hrs

St LevanOrtolan Bunting in field north of Grey Gables

St Just – Yellow-browed Warbler (2+) at Kenidjack Valley

NanjizalYellow-browed Warbler (2) at Nanjizal Valley. Please keep to public rights of way

Monday 18th September 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

DavidstowBuff-breasted Sandpiper still at Davidstow Airfield by control tower this morning (Thanks A.Langdon, et al)

HelstonGrey Phalarope still at boating lake (Thanks J.St Ledger, J.Hicks  et al)

Sunday 17th September 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

DavidstowBuff-breasted Sandpiper still at Davidstow Airfield at 0900hrs

Wadebridge Great White Egret flew over Wadebridge towards Amble Marshes this afternoon (Thanks C.Selway)

Great White Egret (C.Selway)

Lands EndOrtolan Bunting reported few over Lands End at 0825hrs. Also Grey Phalarope (4), Sooty Shearwater (6) and Minke Whale offshore

HelstonGrey Phalarope at Helston boating lake still (Thanks P.Freestone, A Langdon et al)

StithiansFirecrest (2) at Stithians Reservoir at Stuart Hutchings hide this afternoon (Thanks P.Freestone and B.Dallas)

PenberthFirecrest at Penbeth Cove by allotments at midday

RoselandOsprey (2) at Ruan-Fal on Slatmasrh at 1605hrs then flew wards Tolverne

DevoranGarganey still

The LizardGrey Phalarope (3) at Church Cove

Monthly Round-up – August 2017

Paul Freestone reports on rare seabirds, early migrants and successful breeding firsts.

The Glossy Ibis flock increased by one at Walmsley on the first, bringing the total to fourteen birds. Seawatching conditions remained favourable and despite poor visibility on the 2nd, a Fea’s Petrel was seen briefly from Gwennap Head. Wilson’s Petrels were reported at Gwennap Head (4), Mousehole and Mevagissey. The following day three Wilson’s were seen from the returning Scillonian III and a possible Fea’s Petrel was reported early morning off Mousehole. Seven of the fourteen Glossy Ibis were seen to depart from Walmsley and were later reported in Devon. On the 5th a Purple Heron was seen to fly out to sea at Porthgwarra and a Wood Sandpiper was at Stithians.

Glossy Ibises (A.Langdon

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Saturday 16th September 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

DavidstowBuff-breasted Sandpiper at Davidstow Airfield still late afternoon, also Yellow-legged Gull (Thanks D.Julian)

PendeenCattle Egret (4) in fields with cows at Pendeen Watch. Also Great Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater (3), Sabine’s Gull (2) and Chough (2) (Thanks C.Buckland)

Penberth Barred Warbler at allotments tho mobile

Helston – Grey Phalarope still at Helston Boating lake this morning, showing well (Thanks L.Langley, T.Phelps, S.Cox et al)

Friday 15th September 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

St IvesSabine’s Gull (4), Grey Phalarope (6), Leach’s Petrel (3) and Little Gull flew past St Ives Island between 1530-1855hrs

Hayle Grey Phalarope on Hayle Estuary at 1235hrs viewed from Old Quay House car park (Thanks M.Halliday)

HelstonGrey Phalarope this morning on Helston Boating Lake showing well (Thanks S.Rogers and D.Moulding)

DevoranOsprey still at Devoran

Thursday 14th September 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

HaylePectoral Sandpiper still on Hayle Estuary RSPB. Yellow Legged Gull (1cy) on estuary today (Thanks M.Halliday)

Yellow Legged Gull, Hayle(M.Halliday)

St JustWryneck at Lands End Airport along track at NW end at 1100hrs

DavidstowLittle Stint at Davidstow Airfield by windsock at 1035hrs

St IvesLeach’s Petrel (22), Grey Phalarope (37), Sabine’s Gull (18), Balearic Shearwater (3), Pom Skua (3), Storm Petrel (3) and Little Gull (juv) flew past St Ives Island 0645-1830hrs

Cape CornwallLeach’s Petrel (2), Sabine’s Gull (4), Grey Phalarope (10) and Pom Skua flew past Cape Cornwall between 0800-midday

PendeenLong-tailed SkuaSabine’s Gull (6), Leach’s Petrel (35) and Grey Phalarope (19) past Pendeen watch

St Columb MajorOsprey flew over Tregaswith at 1730hrs