MONTHLY BIRD REVIEW – August 2007

Wader movement started slowly at the Hayle Estuary with Green Sandpiper  and 7 Common Sandpipers on th 1st and 24 Common Scoter flew past Rame Head. A juvenile Little Ringed Plover was at Ryan’s Field on the 2nd and an Egyptian Goose was at Millbrook Lake. The 3rd produced Ruff and 2 Green Sandpipers at Hayle and 3 Green Sands were at Clapper Marshes. On the same day there were 40 Med Gulls on the Camel Estuary at Padstow.  A Cory’s Shearwater was seen from Gwennap Head on the 5th and there were 20 Little Egrets on the Hayle Estuary.

The few bird records on the 6th took second place to the impressive sight of 86 Basking Sharks in the bay at Sennen.

A possible White-rumped Sandpiper at Sennen on the 7th could not be relocated by midday and a Marsh Harrier flew out to sea at Lands End. On the 8th a Black Stork was seen circling over St Just then later at Longrock and finally at Seenen in the late evening. A Hobby was at Marazion Marsh.

Two Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Gwennap Head on the 13th when 17 Greenshank were at Kingsmill Lake. A juvenile Arctic Tern was with 31 Sandwich Terns on the Hayle Estuary on the 14th.

Seawatching finally took off on the 15th with St Ives Island grabbing the headlines, first with LITTLE SHEARWATER during the afternoon then a WILSONS PETREL past at 17.05hrs. 4 Great Shearwaters were also seen. Not to be outdone, Pendeen produced a WILSONS PETREL , 7 Cory’s and 30+ Great Shearwaters and over 300 Storm Petrels. Porthgwarra saw 13 Great and 2 Cory’s past.

The first Spotted Crake of the Autumn was at Marazion on the 16th and Pendeen produced another (or the same?) WILSONS PETREL, at close range around the rocks for 5 minutes at 07.55hrs. 25 Greenshank were at Kingsmill Lake on 17th.

Good numbers of migrant waders arrived at Hayle on a NE wind on the 22nd including a  SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER . The bird was flushed by a Peregrine before positive identification could be clinched. Fortunately, the visiting birders who found it took digi-shots of the bird and its identity was confirmed. A ringtailed Montagu’s Harrier and 10 Tree Pipits were at Lands End.

Visiting birders S.Williams and K.Dutton turned up a Juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the Hayle Estuary on the 24th. The bird was located again the next day and remained until the late evening. Elsewhere a Wryneck was new at Rame Head with Pied and Spotted Flycatchers. The Latter two species could also be seen at Nanquidno, Cot Valley and Lands End in the final week of the month.

A second Spotted Crake was trapped and ringed by members of The Lands End Ringing Group at Marazion Marsh on the 25th. On the 26th a possible ISABELLINE WHEATEAR at Davidstow Airfield could not be relocated the following day. Up to 11 Chough could be seen at Nanquidno Valley and a juvenile Kentish Plover was seen briefly on Marazion beach. It was flushed by a jogger and could not be relocated.

Three Black Storks were reported in the Porthleven area on 27th and a Sabine’s Gull was seen by seawatchers at Gwennap Head. A Wryneck was near Newmill, Penzance on 28th. The freshly exposed mud at the SE end of Marazion Marsh produced a Pectoral Sandpiper on the 30th. The bird flew to the beach and could not be refound. An eclipse drake Garganey was with Teal on the Hayle Estuary on 31st. Med Gulls could be seen throughout the month at Falmouth, Hayle, Penzance, Sennen and the Camel Estuary. Belated news of a juvenile Dotterel on the moor at Porthgwarra on the 29th was recieved at the months end.

Report by P.Freestone (Cornwall Birding 2007)

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