Monthly Bird Review – February 2010

The Lesser Scaup was still at Colliford Lake on the 1st of the month and the three Cattle Egrets were still viewable in fields south of Tresemple Pool, Tresillian. Up to five Bitterns were at Marazion and the Water Pipit remained there. Two Spoonbills were at Walmsley. Iceland gulls were at drift and St Just on the 2nd and the Whooper swan and three Barnacle Geese were still at Drift reservoir. The 3rd saw thirteen Spoonbills counted county wide with seven at Rat Island on the river Lynher , four at St Johns Lake and two still at walmsley. A Firecrest was in a private garden at St Austell. Another Firecrest was with a possible Siberian Chiffchaff at carnon Downs sewage works on the 4th. Two Cattle Egrets were at Brew Farm, Sennen on the 5th and two Woodcock were in a stubble field at St germans on the 6th. Elswhere, the Water Pipit was present again at Gwithian. A Gyr was reported at devoran, Truro an the 7thand may have been the bird reported over Newquay golf Course on the 9th. A Baleraic Shearwater was off sandy Cove, Newly on the same day.

A Red Kite flew over Colliford Lake on the 11th and an adult Ring-billed Gull was on the estuary at Hayle.What may have been the same Red Kite also flew over Bolventor late morning and a Lesser spotted woodpecker flew east over Tresillian. Rarest wader of the month was the Long-billed Dowitcher that visited Maer Lake, bude on the 12th. It remained until the 19th and was joined by Jack Snipe and water Pipit during its stay. A ‘redhead’ Smew was at the north end of Siblyback Lake on the 14th and four Woodlark were at Newtown-in-St Martin.Those looking in vain for the Lesser Scaup at Colliford on the 16th were rewarded instead with an adult drake Black Duck. Both could be seen together on the 17th when the Lesser Scaup returned. The roaming Gyr was seen over Maer Lake on the 18th and a Little Bunting began a long but elusive stay at Sconner Lake, Torpoint.

Cattle Egrets were still at Sennen (2), Tresillian (3) and Wadebridge (1) on the 19th. An adult Ring-billed Gull was at Marine drive, Torpoint on the 20th and an early Hoopoe was at Cape Cornwall briefly on the 21st. The Gyr was again at Newquay on the 24th and Iceland, Yellow-legged and Med Gulls were all on the Hayle Estuary on the 25th. The last day of the month saw the Black Duck re-appear after a four day absence to join the Lesser Scaup again at Colliford, the Little Bunting was still at Sconner Lake and two Cattle Egrets remained at Sennen. Good numbers of Black Redstarts were reported from various sites throughout the month.

P. Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2010

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