As usual, a very quiet month in the county’s birding calendar.Â The 1st saw a Black Kite over Polgigga mid-afternoon and a Red Kite flew over st Ives. The drake Black Duck remained at Colliford Lake at the north end of Loveny reserve. A Spoonbill flew in off the sea at Porthgwarra late morning on the 2nd and a Red-rumped Swallow was on wires along the B3293 near Coverack on the 4th. Elsewhere a Red Kite flew over Ruan Minor. Another Red Kite flew over the A38 at Menheniot on the 5th and an unusual spring record of Yellow-browed warbler was received from Predennack Head, Mullion.
Presumably the same Black Kite reported on the 1st was over Marazion on the 7th and a Spoonbill was on the Hayle estuary late in the evening of the 10th. A Great-white Egret flew over Marazion on the 11th and wasÂ probablyÂ the bird seen over Clodgy Point, St Ives on 15th. A Red Kite flew along the Kennal Valley, Ponsanooth on 21st and three-hundred Storm Petrels were trapped and ringed overnight. The Black Kite was over fields at St Buryan on the 25th and the Black Duck was again at Colliford Lake. A Turtle Dove was at Mount Hawke on the 29th. Roll on Autumn!
Paul Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2009