Monthly Bird Review – June 2008

June proved relatively quiet, especially towards the end of the month, with few rarities and no ‘biggie’. 

The Honey Buzzard at Croft Pascoe continued to show well until the 13th and an immature Spoonbill was on the Hayle Estuary until the 5th. A Turtle Dove was at Marazion. On the 2nd a Red Kite flew over Bealsmill, Launceston. A European Bee-eater was seen briefly early on the morning of the 3rd at Coverack and a Balearic Shearwater flew past Sennen Cove. The Greater Scaup was still at St Gothian Sands NR on the 6th and a Red Kite flew NW over Fowey. On the 7th two adults and four juvenile Choughs were on The Lizard and an unusual report of a Great Northern Diver flying over Bodmin Moor was recieved. A Red Kite flew NW over Ludgvan on the 8th and another (or possibly the same bird?) flew over Castle Carn Brea, St Just on the 10th. A ringtailed Hen Harrier was at Nanquidno and a Honey Buzzard was reported flying over Cot Valley.

A probable (?) Glossy Ibis was reported at 10.30am only at Copperhouse Creek on the 11th. There were no subsequent sightings or reports of this bird. A European Bee-eater was heard over Truro on the 13th and a lucky birder had another in his garden at Paul, Penzance. The Short-toed Lark remained faithful to the ploughed field at Sennen. Possibly the same European Bee-eater was at Polgigga and Cot Valley on the 15th and at Lands End on the 16th before flying south. Elsewhere on the 16th, Red Kites were reported from Drift Reservoir and Bodmin Moor and a mini-influx of Common Crossbills occured with numerous birds at Polgigga, Constantine, Drift and Davidstow.

A European Bee-eater was at St Just on the 17th and a Hoopoe was seen again in a private garden at St Blazey. A Quail was singing south of the Camel Estuary at Pinkson Creek in the evening and forty Common Crossbills were in the pine belt at St Hilary. A mornings seawatching at Gwennap Head on the 18th produced Long-tailed Skua, six Balearic Shearwater, Arctic Skua and three Storm Petrels. Three Green Sandpipers were at Walmsley Sanctuary. A Black-throated Diver was in Charlsetown Bay, St Austell on the 20th. On the 21st a probable Pomarine Skua flew past Chapel Point, Mevagissey and a Red Kite was east of Camelford.

Seven Puffins were off Rumps Point on the 23rd and adult and 2nd summer Med Gulls were at St Johns Lake, Torpoint. Another Med Gull was on the Penryn River, Falmouth on the 24th, when a Wood Sandpiper was at Stithians Reservoir. Roseate Terns were at Porthgwarra (2) and Hayle Estuary on 25th and on the River Lynher at Wacker Quay on the 26th. Also on 25th a Sooty Shearwater and twelve Storm Petrels flew past Porthgwarra. A drake Scaup at Stithians on the 28th had apparently been present for 6 days. Five Black-tailed Godwits and two Whimbrel flew in from high onto the Estuary at Hayle on 29th and a female Garganey was at Walmsley Sanctuary on the 30th.

Paul Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2008

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