Long-stayers, White-wingers and overwintering Warblers kept the County listers interested into the New Year, as Paul Freestone reports.
New Years Day saw the Pacific Diver, Eastern Black Redstart and Hudsonian Whimbrel still in their respective wintering quarters in Mounts Bay and the now resident Spoonbill remained at Hayle. A Ring-billed Gull was on the Gannel Estuary and the Penpol Creek Cattle Egret Roost numbered seventeen individuals. There were a further three still at Sellan Farm, Sancreed and three at Bude. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Swanvale, Falmouth and a Yellow-legged Gull and Caspian Gull were at Marazion. Two Black-necked Grebes were at Drift Reservoir and the Carrick Roads held a further six birds along with eight Red-breasted Mergansers and and Velvet Scoter. The following day was more productive and long-stayers included the Lesser Scaup at Bodmin Moor and Green-winged Teal at Hayle. The Ring-billed Gull was at Longrock Pool again and Yellow-browed Warblers were at Nanjizal (4), Helston and Falmouth. Five Lapland Buntings were still at Trevilley, Polgigga and a large feeding flock of seabirds off Godrevy Head included singles of Manx and Balearic Shearwater. Two Little Buntings were at Nanjizal on the 3rd and an adult Iceland Gull was at Kenidjack. The three Velvet Scoters were still off Jubilee Pool on the 4th along with the Red-necked Grebe. The six overwintering Woodlark were at Boscregan Fam, Nanquidno and two unseasonal Willow Warblers were at Brew Sewerage Works. A Hooded Crow was seen at Constantine Bay. Continue reading