Monthly Archives: May 2012

Thursday 31st May 2012 Cornwall Bird Reports

St Just – *IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF* (male) still singing at top end of Kenidjack valley in copse by engine shed at 1546hrs, showing well on and off. Access west off B3306 opposite Tregeseal Gallery

OtterhamBLACK KITE at Otterham Station by A39 near wind turbine at 1120hrs (Thanks A.Bond)

Zennor GOLDEN ORIOLE (fem) near headland at Gurnard’s Head this evening til 1815hrs when lost to view (Thanks R H Lawrence)

Wadebridge - Spoonbill and Garganey (2) at Walmsley Sanctuary still

Truro - Siskin (M+F) in garden at 0825hrs (Thanks D.Jenkins)

St GennysRed Kite (2) flew over farm around midday (Thanks M.Catt)

RecentlyNancledraMarsh Harrier (fem) at Georgia

Wednesday 30th May 2012 Cornwall Bird Reports

St Just*IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF* (male) singing at top end of Kenidjack valley in copse by engine shed this morning. Access west off B3306 opposite Tregeseal Gallery. Also HAWFINCH again briefly then flew south

Penzance GOLDEN ORIOLE (fem) flew across Long Rock Bypass (Thanks V.Stratton)

WadebridgeMONTAGU’S HARRIER (fem) in field at Three Holes Cross briefly then flew towards Chapel Amble (Thanks D.Julian). Spoonbill and Garganey (2) at Walmsley Sanctuary (Thanks C.Selway)

LostwithielRed Kite above Duchy Garden Centre at 1230hrs (Thanks B.Coulson)

LauncestonRed Kite flew east over Canworthy Water at 1215hrs (Thanks J.Brown)

Newquay – Osprey fishing still at Porth reservoir at far end Nature Reserve this morning and showing well (Thanks D.Julian and D.Boddy)

FalmouthGarden Warbler (1+) still at Argal reservoir (Thanks D.Chaney)

TruroSiskin (M+F) in garden at 1600hrs (Thanks D.Jenkins)

Men-An-TolCuckoo (6) around Men-An-Tol late afternoon (Thanks A.Nicholson)

Black-Headed Bunting on Bryher

There was a superb male Black-headed Bunting on Bryher on the Isles of Scilly yesterday, captured superbly by Islands’ photographer Bryan Thomas. Worth keeping an eye out in Cornwall for another or this one if it decides to fly NW! Link below to ISBG website and photo.

Tuesday 29th May 2012 Cornwall Bird Reports

St Just*IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF* (male) singing at top end of Kenidjack valley in copse by engine shed this morning. Access west off B3306 opposite Tregeseal Gallery. Also HAWFINCH briefly

CamelfordBEE-EATER heard only in Mount Camel area at 1250hrs briefly (Thanks A.Bond)

Newquay – Osprey fishing still at Porth reservoir at far end Nature Reserve this morning, search in dead trees at this end. Also Spotted Redshank (sum plum) this afternoon (Thanks D.Mays, T.Carson and D.Grose)

DavidstowRedstart (2 male), Spotted Flycatcher (3) and Cuckoo heard distantly at Boswithick (Thanks H.Kendall)

HayleRedshank on Hayle Estuary RSPB this morning. Also Shelduck (5 ducklings) (Thanks P.Jeggo)

LanhydrockWhimbrel (5) on 18th Green at Lanhydrock golf club this morning (Thanks P.McVey)

WadebridgeGarganey (drk) at Walmsley Sanctuary this morning (Thanks C.Selway)

Monday 28th May 2012 Cornwall Bird Reports

St Just*IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF* (male) singing at top end of Kenidjack valley in copse by engine shed late afternoon. Access west off B3306 opposite Tregeseal Gallery. Turtle Dove in garden at Tregeseal this morning (Thanks S.Williams)

Lands EndWOODCHAT SHRIKE still north of A30/B3315 junction at Treve Common in field with highland cattle at 0755hrs

St LevanWOODCHAT SHRIKE in 2nd field up valley from church this afternoon

WadebridgeSpoonbill (2. 1w), Curlew Sandpiper, Garganey (2. 1drk) and Yellow-legged Gull (2s) at Walmsley Sanctuary (Thanks C.Selway)

GwithianGarden Warbler halfway between Hell’s Mouth and Godrevy Lighthouse between 1115-1130hrs (Thanks J.Lander)

NewquayOsprey at Porth Reservoir again at 1900hrs

NanquidnoWhimbrel (6) at seaward end of Nanquidno Valley at 2000hrs

St AustellCuckoo at Trethurgy (Thanks P.Barlow)

Sunday 27th May 2012 Cornwall Bird Reports

PorthgwarraGOLDEN ORIOLE (male) singing at north end in trees by Trevean Pool, tho elusive, still this afternoon in scrub between 60 foot cover and first pool

Lands EndsWOODCHAT SHRIKE north of A30/B3315 Junction at Treve Common this morning, still at 1430hrs. Also Wheatear (2) at Land’s End (Thanks C.Winfield)

Newquay - Osprey at Porth reservoir at Nature Reserve end at 1145hrs, still present this afternoon (Thanks W.Lowery and S.Rowe). Spotted Flycatcher (2+) at Polly Joke (Thanks D.Mays)

The LizardRed Kite at Goonhilly this morning (Thanks I. Griffiths)

Wadebridge - Red Kite and Hobby over Guineaport this morning (Thanks W.Delacour)

Gwennap Red Kite over Trevince Manor at 1005hrs (Thanks L.Cox)

Camborne Red Kite circling over Troon at c1030hrs (Thanks D.Wheeler)

SaltashRed Kite flew north over Tamar Bridge at 1125hrs (Per M.Beer)

The LizardNightjar (3+) and Cuckoo (2) at Goonhilly Downs this evening (Thanks W.Jones). Marsh Harrier circling high over Gwenter late morning (cbwps)

Nanquidno - Whimbrel (10) at Nanquidno at 1600hrs

View Red Kite Influx – 27.05.12 in a larger map

Map for yesterdays Red Kite influx HERE

Saturday 26th May 2012 Cornwall Bird Reports

The Lizard – possible **PALLID HARRIER** flew east up valley at Poldhu Cove at 1040hrs then continued NE. (Thanks D.Smallshire). Short-eared Owl at Goonhilly downs at 1930hrs (Thanks R.Davey)

Hayle*BLACK KITE* flew east over Connor Downs at 1510hrs. Also Red Kite flew east over Connor Downs at 1610hrs and another at 1748hrs. (P.Freestone)

St Just*BLACK KITE* flew over east end of Kelynack Valley this afternoon. Red Kite flew over Airfield at 1005hrs. Red Kite flew east over Chapel Carn Brea at 0950hrs. Red Kite over airport at 1400hrs and Red Kite (3) between St Just and airfield at 1500hrs (Thanks J.Swann, S.Sargeant and D.Jenkins)

Carbis BayBEE-EATER over Knill’s Monument at 1805hrs heading east then at 1812hrs flying around houses at Carminney Lane, viewed from Polwithen Drive. No sign since (A.Hugo and S.Rowe)

Bee-eater, Carbis Bay, 260512, (A.Hugo)

PorthgwarraBEE-EATER around village this morning tho elusive, no sign this afternoon. Red Kite over at 1120 hrs, Quail along road at 1130hrs then in field north of car park. Also Hobby (Thanks D.Flumm)

NewquayRed Kite flew west over Porth Joke at 0720hrs then East at 0910hrs. Also Spotted Flycatcher (2). Red Kite (2) flew west over Gwinear Fishing Ponds at 1120hrs, then another at 1130hrs.(Thanks S.Rowe)

Truro - Red Kite flew west over at 1645hrs (cbwps)

SancreedRed Kite over village at 0945 hrs (Thanks D.Flumm)

Drift - Red Kite (2) over west of Drift reservoir at 1510hrs (cbwps)

TrevilleyRed Kite over Trevillley, south of B3315 at 1015hrs (Thanks J.Swann). Red Kite (5) over freshly cut silage field between Bosistow Farm/Trevilley (cbwps)

Ruan LanihorneRed Kite flew low NW up Fal valley between church and quay at 1100hrs (Thanks D.Hall)

Morvah - Red Kite (2) flew east over through Morvah at 1130hrs. (cbwps)

Crows-an-wraRed Kite (3) flew north at 1230hrs (Thanks F.Currie)

St IvesRed Kite over Steeple Woods at 1430hrs (Thanks S.Rowe)

HelstonRed Kite (4) over Helston Boating Lake at 1500hrs (Thanks A.Holmes)

CamborneRed Kite over Camborne at 1655hrs (Thanks T.Twiggs)

Wadebridge - Red Kite around Polmorla this morning (Thanks C.Selway)

Catchall - Red Kite over the A30 west of the junction with B3283 (cbwps)

SaltashRed Kite flew over Waitrose at 1400hrs (per M.Beer)

Bodmin - Red Kite and Cuckoo at Cabilla and Redrice Woods this morning (Thanks J.Shutt and C.Young)

View Red Kite Influx – 26.05.12 in a larger map

PenzancePurple Sandpiper (6) on rocks next to Jubilee Pool (Thanks P.Jeggo), (10) this afternoon (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion - Whimbrel (4) on Marazion Beach this morning. Also Dunlin (30+), Sanderling (8), Turnstone (4), Ringed Plover (6+) and Curlew (2) (Thanks D.May)