Basking Shark Tagging Project

“The University of Exeter and the Marine Conservation Society are joining forces in an exciting new satellite tracking project to tag and follow basking sharks in Cornish waters, and are asking sea users, beach goers and coastal walkers to help spot and report these gentle giants when they arrive in our waters this Spring.

If a member of the public spots a basking shark, the team would like them to call the hotline as soon as possible on 07935 098122 and give approximate location, date, time and number of sharks

More information can be found here

Sunday 19th April 2015 Cornwall Bird Sightings

NanjizalWESTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER (male) at Nanjizal Valley singing in blackthorn by public footpath late morning 

MarazionGREART WHITE EGRET still at Marazion Marsh 

HayleRING-BILLED GULL still on Hayle Estuary RSPB from Lelant saltings 

St Just – WRYNECK at Kenidjack Valley at Lower Kenidjack early afternoon in donkey paddock. Pied Flycatcher (male) also in Kenidjack Valley  Blue-headed Wagtail (male) in ploughed field off Cape Cornwall road with Yellow Wagtail and White Wagtails at 1300hrs.

Sennen – Ring Ouzel (2 male) and Redstart (fem) at Treve Common 

St LevanRing Ouzel (male) on St Levan Cricket pitch

Mount Hawke – Red Kite flew east low over at Mount Hawke at 0800hrs (Thanks M.Brown)

Saturday 18th April 2015 Cornwall Bird Sightings

HayleBLACK KITE flew east over Hayle Estuary at 0700hrs

MarazionGREAT WHITE EGRET at Marazion Marsh RSPB at 2040hrs in roost (Thanks B.Dallas)

HayleRING-BILLED GULL (1w) still at Hayle Estuary at Lelant saltings this afternoon

Roseland –  Iceland Gull, Black-throated Diver (4) and Great Northern Diver (14) at Pendower Bay this afternoon

Drift - Iceland Gull (juv) north of Drift Reservoir at Sellan Farm this afternoon

St JustRed Kite at Kenidjack Valley at seaward end at 1034hrs then at 1108hrs being mobbed by crows (Thanks B.Dallas)

Hayle – Swift over Mexico Towans this morning (Thanks B.Hampshire)

Friday 17th April 2015 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Bude – possible BLACK KITE between Bude and Wainhouse Corner over A39 (Thanks K.Batory)

HayleRING-BILLED GULL (1w) still at Hayle Estuary off B3301 causeway mid afternoon

MarazionSiberian Chiffchaff at Marazion Marsh RSPB in bushes on eat side of Longrock Pool

St Just – Pied Flycatcher (male) at Kenidjack Valley

Penryn – Red Kite (2) flew north over Penryn at 16:0hrs (Thanks L.Richardson)

WadebridgeRed Kite near Wadebridge at c1000hrs (Thanks A.Frost)

GweekRed Kite flew low east over road from Edgcumbe to Gweek just after Seworgan turn-off (Thanks P.Harris)

Downderry - Great Skua (3), Whimbrel (4), Manx Shearwater (13) and Common Gull flew east. Also a few Great Northern Divers and Common Scoters (Thanks A.Payne)

Thursday 16th April 2015 Cornwall Bird Sightings

The LizardSUBALPINE WARBLER (1 male) by bend along access road to Kynance Cove at Corn Goon this afternoon

St Levan –  HOOPOE on cricket pitch

Porthgwarra – WRYNECK by old schoolhouse this afternoon

Marazion - Siberian Chiffchaff at Marazion Marsh RSPB at Longrock Pool

Connor DownsTurtle Dove on wires at Treeve Lane (P. Freestone)

BoscastleWhinchat at Trevalga

NanquidnoPied Flycatcher (male) in valley (cbwps)

LanivetRed Kite (5) SE over between 1520-1530hrs (cbwps)

StithiansRed Kite (2) over Carnmenellis (cbwps)

NancledraCuckoo heard at bakers pit this afternoon