We are sorry to hear the sad news news that birder Roger Andrew of Swingates, Lands End, died on Wednesday morning. Our thoughts are with his wife, Christine and family at this sad time.
The membership and use of the Cornwall Birding website has always been free and we hope to keep it that way for the foreseeable future. However, we have had quite a few people ask if they can donate or pre-order the Rare and Scarce Bird Report in order to help us with funds for printing. With that in mind we now have a SUBSCRIBE button on our membership page. This will allow us to build up a membership and mailing list and ensure you get your bird report annually and as soon as it is published!
On Wednesday 3rd April 2013 an Osprey was seen flying north over Coombe Valley, Camborne by M.Lenney. The bird was fitted with an ariel and transmitter. It appears that this bird could be Red 8T a male osprey that was fitted with a satellite transmitter as an adult in 2009 in the highlands of Scotland. Whilst there is no definate proof that this is the bird seen in Cornwall, it was tracked via satellite on its return migration as far as southern Spain having travelled through east Africa and across the Straights of Gibraltar. It was last tracked on March 22nd, so could well have been the bird in Cornwall on 3rd April. It has now been seen back on it’s nest site in Scotland so if the transmitter appears to be broken, theres a fair chance that it was Red 8T! For the full story and some amazing tracker maps see Highland Foundation for Wildlife Website (Thanks to V.Webber for information)
We reported in our 2011 Rare and Scarce Bird Report that up until 2011 there had been 8 official county records and another one on the Hayle Estuary in 2007 was pending acceptance. Well after contacting the finders and encouraging them to submit the record, the bird was accepted by the BBRC! Well done to Nick Bond and the gang for persevering! That brings the county total for this species to 11 to the end of 2011.
See our original post with photos by Nick HERE.
After a very successful meeting between RNAS Culdrose and RSPB reserves manager Dave Flumm, RNAS Culdrose have agreed not to fly over the Hayle Estuary and Marazion Reserves! This will at least give the birds a bit of peace between now and 2015 when the helicopters all move to Newquay! Thankyou to all who sent in your reports of helicopter disturbance and keep the reports coming if you see any other organisations flying over the reserves.