Monthly Bird Review – August 2009

Away from the seawatching August was predictably quiet but a few decent scarcities kept the ‘land lubbers’ ticking over. These included a Hoopoe at Windmill Farm and a Roseate Tern at st John’s Lake on the 2nd. Two Wood Sandpipers were at Trinity Pool, Lands End on the 3rd and an adult Rose-coloured Starling graced Summerleaze Crescent, Bude on the 6th. A Pied Flycatcher was at Land’s End on the 7th and a Black Tern was at Colliford lake on the 9th. An adult Glaucous Gull was unexpected on the Hayle Estuary on the 11th and a Wood Sandpiper was also there on the morning high tide. A Pectoral sandpiper was on the beach at Marazion on the 14th and a Pied Flycatcher was at Porthgwarra the following day.

A party of six Garganey, including four juveniles, was at Walmsley sanctuary on the 16th along with a Wood Sandpiper and two unseasonal Jack Snipe. Elsewhere a Melodious Warbler and Pied Flycatcher were on The Lizard and a Spotted Crake was at Marazion. Two Wood Sandpipers flew over Chapel Carn Brea, St Just on the 21st and an Osprey was on the Helford River. A Roseate Tern flew past Pendennis Castle, Falmouth. Another Osprey was seen the following day at St John’s Lake and a Spotted Crake was at Walmsley sanctuary on the 23rd. Elsewhere on the 23rd, a Yellow-legged Gull wqas at Sennen and a Dotterel was at Trevose Head. A Pectoral Sandpiper was at Walmsley Sanctuary on the 25th and possibly the same adult Glaucous Gull from Hayle was at Crowdy reservoir on the 28th.

Those who weren’t seawatching on the 28th produced a Wryneck in a private garden at Gunnislake, a Ring-billed Gull at St John’s Lake and an Osprey at Warliegh Barton. An impressive count of eighty-seven Med Gulls was recorded at Padstow. A Ring-billed Gull was at Carminowe Creek, Helston on the 29th and the ‘Rarity of the Month’ turned up at Marazion Marsh RSPB in the shape of a juvenile Citrine Wagtail. The bird was often elusive but remained at the east of the reserve into September. A Little Stint at Davidstow Airfield on the 30th was joined by a Curlew Sandpiper on the following day. The last day of the month also saw a Pectoral Sandpiper at Maer Lake, Bude and a Rose-coloured Starling at Trewellard nr Pendeen.

Paul Freestone © Cornwall Birding 2009

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