Monthly Bird Review – August 2010

August started very quietly on the rarity side with just the Pectoral Sandpiper from July still present at Maer Lake until the 2nd. A Stone Curlew was heard as it flew over Wadebridge on the evening of the 3rd. 2 probable Yelkouan Shearwater’s flew past Gwennap Head within 30 minutes of each other on the 6th, also past was a Sabine’s Gull. Another probable Yelkouan Shearwater went past Lizard point the following day. A Great White Egret was found at Marazion Marsh RSPB at midday of the 9th and the same/another bird was at Drift reservoir in the afternoon, an adult male Honey Buzzard flew over St.Ives being mobbed by the resident Gulls. The Marazion Great White Egret was still present on the 10th with another at Maer Lake. A probable Cory’s Shearwater flew past St.Ives island although distant on the 12th. The 14th saw a Cattle Egret reported at Marazion but no specific location was given, it was looked for the next day at Marazion Marsh RSPB but there was no sign. What could have been bird of the month on the 15th was a possible immature Audouin’s Gull seen at Tregirls Beach, Padstow then flew towards Stepper Point and was unfortunately not seen again. On the 18th a Yelkouan Shearwater flew past Gwennap Head but again only a possible report. A possible Wilson’s Petrel flew past Bass Point on the 20th and was the only Wilson’s Petrel reported from the Cornwall mainland this year. A Lapland Bunting was at Kynance Cove on the 23rd.

A possible future addition to the county list was reported on the 26th when a Short-tailed Shearwater flew west past Pendeen Watch at 1800hrs. This was the second reported from Britain and Ireland following a ‘possible’ past the Bridges of Ross, County Clare on the 18th August 2010. This species is usually found in Australian waters and migrates north along the western part of the Pacific Ocean into the Arctic region. Another or possibly the same bird was reported the next day flying east past Porthgwarra.

Also on the 26th a juvenile Red-backed Shrike at Nanjizal and a juvenile Montagu’s Harrier at Porthgwarra. The Red-backed Shrike was still present on the 27th and stayed until the 30. A Black Kite lingered over the moor at Porthgwarra and was seen again on the 28th. A Great White Egret flew out to sea at Lizard point. A Yekouan Shearwater flew past Porthgwarra on the 29th and a Lapland Bunting was at St.Just golf course. Rounding off the month an Ortolan Bunting flew over Old Lizard Head, a Lapland Bunting was near St.Ives, a Hoopoe was at Lands End Complex and an Aquatic Warbler was reported briefly at Marazion Marsh on the 30th. A Wryneck was at Boscastle on the 31st.

A.Hugo (c) Cornwall Birding 2010

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