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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)

 

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″

Monday 24th April 2017 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Avocet, Ryan’s Field 24042017 (J.Hicks)

Lands EndWestern Subalpine Warbler (male) singing still south of east end of car park in scrub west of footpath

Goss MoorLittle Bunting still at Goss Moor NNR at Toads Hole by Pylons by Marsh Fritillary info board

Bodmin Moor Lesser Scaup (ad drk) still at Siblyback Lake at 1730hrs

HayleSpoonbill and Avocet on Ryan’s field this morning (Thanks J.Morgan)

MarazionGarganey (drk) still at Marazion Marsh RSPB viewed from road

St Ives – Ring Ouzel (2+) still at Buttermilk Hill