Monthly Bird Review – July 2009

A wholly unconfirmed report of a White-crowned Black or Black Wheatear was recieved on the 1st. The bird was apparently described by a non-birder at Pentreath Beach on The Lizard on the 30th June but there were no further reports. Elsehwhere on the 1st, a Glaucous Gull was at Sennen and six Common Scoters were in Carbis Bay. An adult Rose-coloured Starling was at Falmouth on the 2nd and an early Cory’s Shearwater was reported past Gorran Haven. Balearic Shearwaters were seen from the aforementioned site and from Porthgwarra. Ten Med Gulls were at Gillan Creek.

Two Cory’s Shearwaters passed Gwennap Head on the 6th and a seawatch at Pendeen produced two Balearic Shearwaters, forty Storm Petrels and two Roseate Terns. A Yellow-legged Gull was at Chapel Point on the 9th. Mid month was relatively quiet but Med Gull numbers increased at certain county sites. Fifteen were on the Camel Estuary on 14th. A Hobby flew over Wadebridge town on the 14th  and a Little Gull was on the Penryn River on the morning of the 17th.

A sub-adult Gull-billed Tern was reported from St Johns Lake on the 19th at 18.30hrs but unfortunately was not seen again after this time. An Osprey was in trees at Newport, Launceston before flying east on the 23rd. The remainder of the month was very quiet with very little else reported of note.

Paul Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2009

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