Monthly Bird Review – May 2009

An Osprey flew over Windmill farm reserve on the 1st and sixty-five Whimbrelwere at Downderry. One-hundred and forty-one Whimbrel flew over Sancreed on the 2nd and two Cuckooswere at Stithians reservoir. Elsewhere, a Marsh Harrierflew over Walmsley Sanctuary in the morning. A Garganeywas at Pendarves wood, Camborne on 3rd and an Ospreywas over the Hayle Estuary. The Turtle Dovewas again in a private garden at Goonhavern. Forty-eight Purple Sandpiperswere on the rocks near Jubilee pool, Penzance on the 4th and a single Cattle Egretwas at Lands end on the 7th and 8th. At nearby Sennen a possible King Eider flew past and a Hoopoeflew over Crowlas. The 10th saw a singing Golden Orioleat Porthgwarra and a female Marsh Harrierflew over Lelant.

The 11th was the beginning of the Red Kiteinflux with fifty-one birds reported in the county, including a flock of fourteen at Polgigga. No doubt some of these reports were of the same roaming birds. Two Wood Sandpipers were at Walmsley and a Marsh harrierflew over Skewjack farm late afternoon. Fifteen Red Kites were recorded the following day and a Black Kiteflew east over Porthgwarra at 12.15hrs. It was seen two hours later flying over marazion. Elsewhere, a Temmincks Stint was with a Wood sandpiperat walmsley and a Garganey was at St Gothian Sands NR. Another, or possibly the same Black Kitewas seen at St Agnes on the 13th and was probably the same bird seen later in the day at Bude.  A probable Wryneck flew through a private garden at Drift where an Osprey also flew over. A Golden Oriolewas trapped and ringed at Lands End and Red Kiteswere at Gwithian, Marazion (2), Penzance and Newquay. A Turtle Dovewas in a garden at St Mawes and eight Med Gullswere on the estuary at Hayle.

The 14th and 15th were comparitively quiet but a male Woodchat Shrikeat Bude livened up the 16th. A Black Kitewas reported at Goss Moor on the 17th and seawatching produced Storm Petrelsat Towan Head, Newquay (21) and Newlyn (15). The latter site also had Pom Skua(5) and Arctic Skua (18) fly past.  A Pom Skuawas also at Porthgwarra. A Balearic Shearwater was amongst 1200 Manx Shearwaterspast sennen on the 18th. A European Bee-eaterflew over Ashton, Helston on the evening of the 20th and a Quailwas singing near Sennen on the 21st. Two Cattle Egrets were in fields at sellan farm, Drift on 22nd. Prolonged easterlies finally brought in some scarce migrants on the 23rd with Golden Orioles at Polgigga and Porthgwarra and a Red-rumped Swallow over Lizard Point. Lands End held the bulk of the goodies with European Bee-eater, Melodious warbler and a singing Western Subalpine warbler.

A drake Black duck was discovered at Colliford Lake on the 24th and remained at the months end. A Rose-coloured Starling was in a private garden at St Agnes and a Melodious Warbler was at Croft Pascoe. Six Red Kites fed with Common Buzzards in a freshly cut field at Sancreed and a Marsh harrier flew west there. A Black Kite flew west over Clodgy Point, St Ives on the 25th and may have been the same bird seen flying out to sea from the Isles of scilly in the direction of Cornwall the previous afternoon. Eight Red Kites were reported from five different locations and a Nightingale sp. sang briefly at Lands end. A Black Tern and a Little Gull were at Colliford Lake on 26th and Lands End held another mobile European Bee-eater on the 29th. A Black Kite was reported over Argal Reservoir, Falmouth on the 30th and the Bee-eater was seen briefly again at Lands End. There was also a Golden Oriole, Melodious Warbler and a Red-backed Shrike at Lands End but all were elusive or single observer reports. The last day of the month was a quiet one but five Tree Sparrows at Lands end were noteworthy.

Paul Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2009.

 

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