Category Archives: ID Articles

A Timely Read……Flight Identification of European Seabirds

With sea-watching season in full swing we’ve already had some superb birds past our headlands. For those of you who haven’t yet made the trip to Porthgwarra, Pendeen or St Ives Island and want to update your sea-watching skills, then you wont go far wrong with a copy of Flight Identification of European Seabirds. Hover over image (left) to view. This is a very easy to use, practical field guide with photos of each species taken from distance, so pretty much how you would see them in the field (or sea!)

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend

It’s the 34th year this weekend of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch!! This is simply an hour out of your day to record the birds in your garden, so why not join in. We will also be happy to publish your results on this page, just to give others an insight into the birds we get in our Cornish gardens. Click on the link below to see the preliminary results from the reports we recieved from your gardens.

Big Garden B watch graph

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We have had few enquiries about the song and location of the Iberian Chiffchaff at Kenidjack, so hopefully this will help. The bird is frequenting the copse to the left of the engine shed (as you face it). It appears to be doing a small circuit and can also be seen on the opposite side of the road to the engine shed on occasion. It mainly frquents the oaks in the copse though. The engine shed is pretty much the first large structure on your right as you go down the valley. SEE MAP.

The MP3 links below were taken of the Kenidjack bird on Sunday morning.

Iberian Chiffchaff (A.Hugo); Iberian Chiffchaff (A.Hugo)

Greater Yellowlegs – A potential new bird for Cornwall

An adult GREATER YELLOWLEGS was discovered this afternoon just south of River Camel at Treraven Meadows from Hide. Still present at 2000hrs viewed from car park at start of Camel Trail. If accepted this will constitute the first authenticated record for Cornwall.

Others have been claimed in the county and are as follows:

1950 – a bird ‘said to have been’ a Greater Yellowlegs was at St Anthony-in-Menage on Aug 26.

1955 – One was reported at Tamar Lake on Oct 11 (pre BBRC)

1960 – One at Camel Estuary on Aug 22-24th was rejected by BBRC

1962 – a possible was at Trewornan Bridge on Sept 13th, but Lesser Yellowlegs could not be ruled out.


A juvenile AQUATIC WARBLER was trapped and ringed at Marazion Marsh RSPB reserve this morning by Mark Grantham and our own Ash Hugo. This is the first one caught at Marazion since 1996,  (not 1997 as previously stated) when five birds were trapped and ringed. Marazion has historically been known for its August Aquatic Warblers but numbers have decreased rapidly since the mid 1990’s. Prior to that Aquatic could almost be guaranteed at Marazion with up to 20 reported in 1991!  The last published record (CBWPS report 2006) at Marazion Marsh was in September 2006, seen by the reserves manager Dave Flumm, although the last ‘authenticated’ record at Marazion was in 2001. With another trapped an ringed at Lytchett Bay, Dorset last week, lets hope this could be a return to Aquatic Warbler being an annual vagrant to Marazion again.

Black-bellied storm Petrel – first for the Western Palarctic

Last night Madeira Wind Birds (Hugo and Catarina sent a photo to the Scillypelagics team, taken off the back of a camera with a phone, during a pelagic off Madeira. Assuming it is a true representation, and there is no reason to believe otherwise, then it is a Black-bellied Storm-petrel and a first for the Western Palearctic. For further details see HERE.