Away from the seawatching August was predictably quiet but a few decent scarcities kept the â€˜land lubbersâ€™ ticking over. These included a Hoopoe at Windmill Farm and a Roseate Tern at st Johnâ€™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 Landâ€™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 Johnâ€™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 werenâ€™t seawatching on the 28th produced a Wryneck in a private garden at Gunnislake, a Ring-billed Gull at St Johnâ€™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 â€˜Rarity of the Monthâ€™ 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 Â© Cornwall Birding 2009