Monthly Bird Review – July 2010

If June was quiet then July passed by in almost complete silence! Most birders turned there scopes seawards but even then were mostly disappointed with the lack of good birds. Cory’s Shearwaters were especially noticable by their absence with the only birds being on the 1st of the month past Gorran Haven (1) and Porthgwarra (2). Balearic Shearwater numbers fluctuated throughout the month with eighty-eight being the largest count on the 16th.  The same date saw two adult Red-necked phalaropes fly past Rumps Point towards the Camel estuary. A Fea’s Petrel flew west past Gwennap head on the 5th and probable Yelkouan Shearwaters were seen from Porthgwarra on the 10th, 14th, 17th and 24th and single flew past Sennen on the 14th and Bass point on the 16th. A Pectoral Sandpiper gave hope for the returning wader passage at Maer lake on the 28th and a adult Red-necked Grebe was unseasonal at Stithians Reservoir. Two Roseate Terns flew past Portgwarra.

P.Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2010

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