As we’re sure you are aware, June and July tend to be our quietest months as far as rare or scarce birds are concerned. Most of the late spring migrants have passed through and the waders and seawatching season are not yet in full swing. But a look back in history at birds found in Cornwall during the months of June and July may change your outlook! The following list contains some of the rare and scarce species that have been found:
JUNE – BLUE-CHEEKED BEE-EATER (Kennack Sands 1989), Dusky Warbler (Fowey 2004), Great White Egret (Marazion 2002), Red-footed Falcon (Bearah Tor 1985, St Columb Major 1994, Croft Pascoe 2007, Kynance 1992, Crows-an-Wra 1992, Polgigga 2005), Alpine Swift (Sennen 2002) GREAT REED WARBLER (Marazion 1963), Black-winged Stilt (Marazion 1963), LONG-TOED STINT (Marazion 1970), LESSER GREY SHRIKE (Allet 1961), Rose-coloured Starling (Helston 1984, Sennen 1994, Land’s End 2002), SOFT-PLUMAGED PETREL (Porthgwarra 1996), WHISKERED TERN (Hayle 1989), ROLLER (Manor Common 1967), BLACK-EARED WHEATEAR (Hill Tor 1987), AMERICAN KESTREL (Bodmin Moor 1976), TEREK SANDPIPER (Melancoose Res 1961), Cattle Egret (Kynanace 1999), FRIGATEBIRD Sp. (Porthoustock 1995), BLACK STORK (Porthgwarra 1988), Bee-eater (Sennen 2003, Sancreed 2002), WILSON’S PHALAROPE (Marazion 1961), LESSER SCAUP (Loe Pool 1997), Little Bittern (Goonhilly 1975), LAUGHING GULL (Hayle Est 1980), FRANKLIN’S GULL (Devoran 1984), CRAG MARTIN (Stithians 1988), ISABELLINE SHRIKE (Porthgwarra 2002).
JULY – ROLLER (Lanlivery 1972), COLLARED PRATINCOLE (Crowan Res 1970, Stithians 1976), Alpine Swift (Lamorna 1991, Bude 1986), WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN (, Hayle Est 1976, Stithians 1977), Long-billed Dowitcher (Hayle 2007), Night Heron (Tamar Lakes 1976, Skewjack 2002, Wadebridge 2006), Rose-coloured Starling (Hayle 1984), WHISKERED TERN (Stithians 1987).
In conclusion, from the above lists it appears Stithians Reservoir may be a good starting point and be on the lookout for Rose-coloured Starlings and Red-footed Falcons elsewhere!