Monthly Bird Review – December 2009

On the 1st of the month there was no sign of the dark-rumped Petrel sp. seen off St Ives on the last day of November. A Med Gull and two Black Redstarts in the area were scant consolation! Long-tailed Ducks remained at Loe Pool and at Sennen Cove. A Red Kite flew over Wadebridge on the 2nd and four Spooonbills were at Dinham Flats. The Pacific Diver was again at Carnsew Pool on the 3rd until it flew North at 12.00hrs and possibly another birds was in Mounts Bay. Elsewhere, Leach’s Petrel, Grey Phalarope and Balearic Shearwater all flew past St Ives Island and a Little Auk was on The Loe Pool. A possible Pallid Harrier was reported from the St Just area on the 4th and a Black Guillemot was off Gorran Haven on the 5th. The 6th saw the Pacific Diveragain at Hayle and an unseasonal Swallow was at St Clement. A Glaucous Gull flew past Sennen Cove while other birds there included Balearic, Sootyand Manx Shearwaters.

Two Swallows were at  Coronation Park, Wadebridge on the 7th and one was at Treen on the 11th. The Pacific Diver was at Hayle up to the 9th. Balearic Shearwaters were reported from Rumps Point (6) and Cape Cornwall (21) on the 7th. GN Divers reported from all the regular haunts. The Velvet Scoter remained off Eastern Green, Penzance all week and up to 15 Med Gullwere on the Hayle Estuary. Black Redstarts remained in good numbers including three at St Ives Island. Goosanders were at Crowdy and Stithians Reservoirs on the 9th and a Firecrest was at Cot Valley on that date. Elsewhere, three Balearic Shearwaters flew past St Ives Island early morning.

A Water Pipit was at Treraven Meadows, Wadebridge on the 9th. Spoonbills were at Rat Island on the river Lynher (4) and at Dinham Flats (2).  The Tamar Birdwatching Cruise on the 13th produced five Spoonbills, over one-hundred and fifty Avocet and a Marsh Harrier. Two Velvet Scoters remained in the Carrick Roads and four Avocets were at St Clements. Jack Snipe were at Marazion and Newmill and the Pacific Diver was in Carbis Bay again. A Water Pipit was at Marazion. On the 14th there was a Swallow at Penberth Cove, twelve Med Gulls were on the estuary at Hayle and a Firecrest was in a private garden at Penzance. A Dartford warbler was at Nanjizal on the 15th and a Lapland Bunting was at St Levan. Cot Valley held a Firecrest and a Whimbrel on the 18th and a Richards pipit was in fields south of the Post Office at Sennen on the 19th. The Pacific Diver was seen again in Carbis Bay on this date.

A probable ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff was with a Firecrest at Helston sewage works on 23rd and a Richards Pipit was at Chapel Carn Brea, St Just for four days from the 24th. An Iceland Gull was at Hayle on 27th and 31st. Another or the same Richard’s Pipit began a lengthy stay at Crows-an-wra on the 29th and a Cattle Egret was on the estaury at Hayle in the evening. A Yellow-browed warbler was at Gunwalloe on the 30th.

Paul Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2009

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