Wednesday 23rd October 2013 Cornwall Bird Sightings

Rosudgeon - *RED-EYED VIREO* until 1530hrs 1ml south of Rosudgeon at Prussia Cove, no further sign by 1700hrs. Use car park and follow track to Kenneggy Sands, view trees by stream after 100yds. Take Prussia Cove turning by chip shop in Rosudgeon, park in car park at end of lane. Take track from between car park and obvious conifers towards Kenneggy. Almost at bottom of hill there is a stream. Turn left into wooded valley and the bird was seen after about 250 yards in open glade. (Thanks M.Bishop). WRYNECK along coastpath near Prussia Cove

PenzanceROSE-COLOURED STARLING (juv) at Morrison’s car park

Madron – unconfirmed report of GOLDEN ORIOLE at Madron

PorthcurnoYellow-browed Warbler in main car park by waste bins

DavidstowWhooper Swan in field 100 yards beyond Davidstow garage this evening

GwithianSnow Bunting at Hells Mouth 300 yards west of top car park on coast path to Godrevy point at 1225hrs

PendeenPom Skua (6), Balearic Shearwater (30), Sooty Shearwater (11), Manx Shearwater (14), Great Skua (8), Arctic Skua (14) and Puffin flew past Pendeen watch between 1000-1230hrs

PadstowBalearic Shearwater (10) and Sooty Shearwater (7) at sea between Boscastle and Padstow from RV Endeavour this morning

MarazionGreat Northern Diver still at Long Rock Pool this morning and showing well (Thanks M.Curtis)

The Lizard - Black Redstart at Kynance Cove by Café. Also Ring Ouzel

HayleMed Gull (11) at Lelant Saltings this morning. Also Sandwich Tern (2), Greenshank (6), Knot (6), Bar-tailed Godwit (4) and good numbers of Wigeon and Teal. Greenshank (3), Redshank (38), Dunlin and Bar-tailed Godwit (8) at Copperhouse Creek (Thanks P.Freestone). Osprey and Brent Goose (2) also at Hayle Estuary RSPB. Arctic Tern at Carnsew Basin

RameYellow-browed Warbler in sycamores right of Old rectory. Black Redstart at Penmillard Farm. Also Great Skua (Thanks M.Beer)

GerransYellow-browed Warbler just west of Gerrans (Thanks L.Sampson)

Men-an-TolHen Harrier (ringtail) and Short-eared Owl

TruroMandarin, Canada Goose (40+), Sanderling (30), Gadwall and Bar-tailed Godwit at Tresemple Pool. Curlew, Shelduck (10) and Redshank (6) on Tresillian river (Thanks C.Matta)

PorthcothanHen Harrier (ringtail) at Porthmeor at 1530hrs (Thanks D.Hodd)

LauncestonSwallow and Grey Wagtail at Coads Green (Thanks P.Mallet)

Bodmin Moor - Wheatear at Siblyback Lake. Golden Plover (200+) over (Thanks D.Dennis)

WadebridgeCurlew Sandpiper (2) at Walmsley Sanctuary

The Crossley ID Guide – Britain and Ireland

I opened this new Crossley Guide with some intrepidation as I am not usually a fan of photographic bird guides. This new edition to the Crossley ID library has however, changed my opinion. It is quite simply an amazing concept. The book is almost interactive, with the bird filled images on each page drawing you into the scene as if you were there, looking at a lagoon full of Ruff in varying plumages or you’d just come across a flock of Waxwing!  You can be forgiven for thinking, “I’m sure I’ve been there before?” when you see the background scenes, because you probably have! The plates represent the way each species would look in the field and I especially like the Wilson’s Petrel images with the Scillonian III in the background. In fact there are a few Cornish backdrops (I keep finding more as I look harder!). Lesser Black-backed Gulls page has a view of the Hayle Estuary and I’m sure the Manx Shearwater’s are off Mousehole!?

The Crossley Guide has something for everyone.  I would suggest this book is an absolute must for beginners or novice birders. I can think of no better format that I have seen that caters for this audience. The species are set out in an order that immediately aids comparison between similar species and most are shown in flight and in all plumages.

For the more experienced birder, the book is a pleasure. It covers some of the more complex Gull plumages, has some great images of seabirds and wildfowl in flight and has just enough scarcities to keep you entertained. If nothing else you’ll enjoy identifying the background sites!

Even Ringers can use this guide as each species has the five digit BTO code next to the scientific names!!

For under £15, the Crossley ID Guide – Britain and Ireland will, I’m sure, be a welcome stocking filler this Christmas! CLICK ON THE AMAZON LINK ON THE RIGHT TO PURCHASE.

(c) Paul Freestone 2013


Isles of Scilly Bird and Natural History Review 2012

The 2012 Isles of Scilly review is now available!!

If you are visiting Scilly, please pick up your copy from the October log commencing Sat 5th, or contact a resident ISBG member if you are on the Islands before that date. Otherwise copies will be posted out in due course.

The review is also available direct from the secretary for £12.00 plus £3.50 p & p. Please email Alan Hannington at with your address details making all cheques payable to The Isles of Scilly Bird Group. Thank you

Tuesday 17th September 2013 Cornwall Bird Sightings

DavidstowBUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER still on airfield on pools by windsock. Also Little Stint.

PendeenWRYNECK between lighthouse car park and lower car park at 0835hrs. Also LEACH’S PETREL, Long-tailed Skua, Balearic Shearwater (15), Storm Petrel, Sooty Shearwater (85), Great Skua (25) and Arctic Skua (6) past Pendeen Watch. Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater (16), Arctic Skua (3) and Great Skua (3) flew past Levant.

Polzeath - Balearic Shearwater (8) flew past Rumps Point

NewquayBalearic Shearwater (5), Sooty Shearwater (2) and Arctic Tern (4) past Towan Head

Wacker Quay - Osprey on river Lynher at Wacker Quay in tree at 1415hrs

Drift - Black-necked Grebe still at Drift reservoir