Monthly Archives: March 2017

Monthly Round-up – March 2017

Gulls steal the Show in March, but only because the ‘Big One’  got away!  Paul Freestone runs through the months birding highlights.

The Lesser Scaup was still present at Dozmary on the 1st, as was the Yellow-browed Warbler at Tehidy CP. The latter showed extremely well on occasions in trees near to the café. A nice flock of eighteen Cattle Egrets were at Menadue Farm, St Clement and a 1cy Iceland Gull shared the rocks with three Purple Sandpipers at Godrevy. A female Merlin gave close views at nearby St Gothians Sands and a Little Gull was off Little London beach, Marazion. A sea-watch off Pendeen produced Arctic and Great Skuas. A Kumlien’s Gull, two Iceland Gulls and two Yellow-legged Gulls were together in fields at Polgigga on the 2nd and a Glaucous Gull frequented Falmouth Docks in an area that was unfortunately unavailable to the general public.

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Friday 31st March 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

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Perranuthnoe Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove today

NewquayCattle Egret (6) again at Gannel estuary on south side of Penpol Creek.

St ErthCattle Egret (2) again in fields at Tregrea Lane this evening

HayleRing-billed Gull (sub-ad) again on estuary this afternoon. Also Iceland Gull (2), Spoonbill and Little Ringed Plover (Thanks M.Halliday)

The LizardHoopoe still at Manaccan at 0955hrs on verge by the entrance to Minster Meadow (Thanks L.Langley) Still present this afternoon tho mobile

LiskeardOsprey flew north-east over Liskeard at 1030hrs (Thanks D.Julian)

Thursday 30th March 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Perranuthnoe Hudsonian Whimbrel again at  Boat Cove today (Thanks O.Curtis)

St Erth Cattle Egret (3) in field with cattle at Tregrea Lane. Also Little Egret (12) (Thanks B.Dallas)

WadebridgeHoopoe at St Minver in tree by track leading to Epp Haven beach (Thanks A.Bishop)

The LizardHoopoe still at Manaccan in village centre at 11.45am

HayleRing-billed Gull (ad) at Hayle estuary from causeway at 1309hrs. Still present late afternoon. Also 2w Yellow-legged Gull, two Iceland Gulls, Med Gull (21) and Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field (Thanks B.Dallas)

NanquidnoGlaucous Gull (juv) flew towards Sennen at 1205hrs, then re-located on Sennen Beach. Also Black Redstart

Gwithian Iceland Gull (1cy) at St Gothian Sands NR

St Ives Sandwich Tern (38), Purple Sandpiper (10) and Sand Martin (10) at St Ives (Thanks V.Stratton)

Wednesday 29th March 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

NewquayCattle Egret  (6) over Trevithick Manor Farm (cbwps)

HelstonHoopoe in private garden near Culdrose today (Thanks B.King)

The LizardHoopoe at Manaccan this afternoon (Thanks Z. Dugmore)

Hayle Iceland Gull (juv) again on estuary this afternoon. Also Spoonbill (2) on Ryan’s Field

FalmouthSlav Grebe off Swanpool. Also Black Redstart at Falmouth (cbwps)

Tuesday 28th March 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

PerranuthnoeHudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove

Carnhell Green Great White Egret flew east over at 1150hrs (Thanks G.Wills)

MarazionRing-billed Gull and Little Gull at Red River mouth. Great White Egret at Marazion Marsh RSPB

NewquayCattle Egret (6) still at Penpol Creek this evening

PenrynYellow-browed Warbler still at University Campus

Truro Iceland Gull (imm) on the river opposite Tresmple Pool at 1000hrs (cbwps)

The Lizard Marsh Harrier at Goonhilly Downs (cbwps)

Monday 27th March 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Nanjizal Dusky Warbler at Nanjizal Valley

HayleBonaparte’s Gull flew onto estuary at c1800hrs. Cattle Egret on Ryans Field then flew SW at 1720hrs. Also Spoonbill (2) and Sand Martin (2)

HelstonCattle Egret still at Degibna

SancreedIceland Gull (imm) and Med Gull (5) in ploughed field (Thanks D.Flumm)

FalmouthSlav Grebe and Great Northern Diver offshore

Sunday 26th March 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Perranuthnoe Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat cove this morning

Hayle Bonaparte’s Gull reported Hayle Estuary RSPB then flew east

NewquayCattle Egret (6) at Gannel Estuary on south side at Penpol Creek this evening

Helston Cattle Egret (2+) in fields by Degibna Church this afternoon (Thanks F.Trewin)

St ErthCattle Egret again at Tredrea Lane today

MarazionGreat White Egret still in pines at Marazion Marsh RSPB at 0710hrs then flew towards St Erth. Also Red Kite (3)

HayleIceland Gull (juv) again on Hayle Estuary

NanquidnoIceland Gull (1cy) at Nanquidno. Also White Wagtail (2) (Thanks D.Flumm)

Iceland Gull, Nanquidno (D.Flumm)

Iceland Gull, Nanquidno (D.Flumm)

PorthIceland Gull at Porth Reservoir briefly this afternoon

Drift – Iceland Gull at Drift Reservoir. Also Pink-footed Goose

Bodmin Moor Red Kite over Bowithick at midday (Thanks A.Bond)