Monthly Archives: April 2017

Sunday 30th April 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

RameSerin flew over calling at 1510hrs. Great Northern Diver (2) also

PorthtgwarraWood Warbler in copse by toilet block. Balearic Shearwater and Pom Skua flew past Gwennap Head.

HayleAvocet on Hayle Estuary RSPB. Spoonbill still on Ryans Field

Pendower Great Northern Diver (6) and Black-throated Diver (2) off Pendower Beach

Lands End – Turtle Dove at Lands End (Thanks M.Halliday et al)

MarazionLittle Tern on on Marazion Beach. Garganey on Marazion Marsh RSPB (Thanks K.Richards, M.Halliday and B.Dallas)

St JustLesser Whitethroat at Kenidjack Valley

TrevoseRing Ouzel (male) at Trevose Head

DriftSwift flew over Drift reservoir

AshtonSwift flew over this afternoon

Friday 28th April 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Praa SandsKentish Plover (male) still at Praa Sands at 1215hrs on beach near cafe

MarazionWhimbrel (c60) on Marazion Beach early morning (Thanks B.Dallas)

HayleFulvous Whistling Duck (of unknown origin) on Ryan’s Field this morning (Thanks K.Jarvis)

Fulvous Whistling Duck, Ryan’s Field (K.Jarvis)

Thursday 27th April 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Praa SandsKentish Plover on beach at 1635hrs

ConstantineCattle Egret (2) flew north over at 0800hrs (Thanks J.Chapman)

HayleCattle Egret still on ryans field this evening. Also Little Ringed Plover (2) early morning (Thanks B.Dallas)

PorthgwarraWood Warbler today at Porthgwarra. In bare trees immediately across road from cafe garden @ 13.30. (Thanks G.Clark)

St IvesRing Ouzel still at Buttermilk Hill this afternoon. (Thanks B.Dallas)

Wednesday 26th April 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Bodmin MoorLesser Scaup (ad drk) still ar north end of Siblyback Reservoir

The Lizard Woodchat Shrike flew over Helarcher Farmyard. Wheatear in ploughed field at Ruan Minor (Thanks F.Trewin)

FalmouthGarganey (drk) at north end of Swanpool

WadebridgeGarganey (drk) still at Walmsley Sanctuary

RoseworthyIceland Gull following plough in fields by old A30 this afternoon

Four BurrowsReed Bunting by the A30 at Four Burrows today (Thanks R.Andrew)


Tuesday 25th April 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

BudeCattle Egret at Maer Lake

MarazionGarganey (drk) and House Martin at Marazion Marsh RSPB

Hayle – Spoonbill on Ryans field

Victoria Red Kite flew over A30 at 1800hrs (cbwps)

NewquayIceland Gull at Gannel Estuary

St Just Ring Ouzel (fem) at Bartinney Downs

Unusual Survival Behaviour by Common Sandpiper

This amazing sequence of images, taken by Rupert Kirkwood aboard his kayak off Mousehole yesterday shows the incredible lengths some birds will go to to avoid certain death! Rupert explains:

“Extraordinary peregrine attack witnessed from my kayak two miles off the coast near mousehole. Peregrine stooped at Common Sandpiper that took evasive action and crash-dived into the sea . The peregrine then tried to retrieve its prey from the surface, which dived as it approached! The peregrine dipped its feet under the water to try to catch the submerged sandpiper.

After a couple more circuits and attempts to catch its prey it flew off. I paddled up to the swimming sandpiper assuming it was injured but when my kayak was a few feet away it flew off apparently unharmed! Photos show peregrine dipping feet into water, and the sandpiper’s head is just visible as a tiny dot below peregrine in photo 4″