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Birding News from Cornwall

Your Support Needed again please!!

Many of you will remember that Cornwall Birding supported an application for Sainsbury’s to build a new store and Nature Reserve at Marsh Lane, Hayle a few years ago. That application was removed due to the new Sainsbury’s at Penzance. Since then the reed bed area at the back of Macdonald’s has continued to deteriorate and with no management, become worthless Willow scrub. The company have now applied for planning to build a small retail park on the south side of that area which is currently just wasteland made up of excess aggregates left over from when the A30 was built. That planning application also includes the enhancement and regeneration on the reed bed and landscaping of a new Nature Reserve that will include public hides, viewing platforms and three lagoons aimed at attracting water birds. This area, once constructed, will have its own management team, as anyone with any wildlife knowledge will know, reed beds need management. Left to their own devices they generally dry out and become scrub.

We of course, fully support this application and encourage our readers to do the same.  Please have a look at the plan below:

Marsh Lane Nature Reserve

and then go to the link below to leave your comment of SUPPORT.

Many thanks in advance

Cornwall Birding Team.

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 Cornwall Bird Sightings

The LizardMONTAGU’S HARRIER (fem) at Croft Pascoe

Land’s EndHoopoe at Land’s End radio station (SW366312) (Birdnet)

FalmouthGlaucous Gull at 08:45 off Pendennis Point, also Puffin Bonxie (7), RT Diver, Whimbrel (25) past & Great Northern Diver offshore. Also Black-throated Diver off Swanpool this mrng (TR11 4WZ; SW826315) (Birdnet). Iceland Gull (1s) off Pendennis Point this morning (Thanks B.Dallas)

Drift – Drake Garganey still at Drift Resv (SW436288) (Birdnet)

St Ives - Ring Ouzel (6) still at Buttermilk Hill (SW521409) (Birdnet)

Looe - Siskin (pr) in garden at East Looe (Thanks D.Bath)

Saltash – Whimbrel (6) at Kingsmill Lake (Thanks P.Kemp)

Penzance – Willow Warbler (2) singing at Trereife Business Park, Penzance today (Thanks M.Jasper)


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)

Gerrans - Yellow-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