Monthly Bird Review – November 2008

A Cattle Egret was at Saltash briefly on the 1st before relocating to Landulph Marsh. Elsewhere, Nanjizal Valley held a Pallas’s Warbler and no fewer than seven Firecrests. A juvenile Spoonbill was at Copperhouse Creek and a Little Auk flew past Land’s End. A late Hobby was reported from Porthgwarra on the 2nd and eight Chough were on The Lizard. A Rose-coloured Starling flew towards Marazion Marsh early morning on the 3rd and a Yellow-browed Warbler was at Porthcurno. The White-fronted Goose moved from Drift Reservoir to the Hayle Estuary with the two Pink-footed Geese. On the 4th a Red-breasted Flycatcher was found in the same bushes at Lands End as October’s Bluethroat. The Surf Scoter was in Gerrans Bay again on the 5th and a Hawfinch was at Duckpool Valley, Bude. Elsewhere, a Little Bunting was in fields near Higher Bosistow Farm, Polgigga.

A female Lesser Scaup was at Helston on the 8th, commuting between the Boating Lake and Loe Pool. It remained at the month’s end. Twelve Woodlark were in stubble fields south of Canonstown, Hayle and seven Grey Phalarope were off Sennen. A Ring-billed Gull was at Treraven Meadows NR, Wadebridge on the 11th. Birds on the 12th included a Great Grey Shrike at Smallacoombe Downs, Siblyback and a Mealy Redpoll was at Brew sewage works. On the 13th, a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling began a long stay in gardens at Penhallow Road, Newquay and the next day saw a Red Kite over Lostwithiel. The 16th brought news of a possible Ehrenberg’s Redstart at Helston but there were no further reports or sightings after the initial news. A Richard’s Pipit was on the moor at Gwennap Head, Porthgwarra.

A possible Pacific Diver was reported, seen distantly in Mounts Bay on the morning of the 17th. The bird was also reported on the 19th. Another ‘probable’ on the 20th came in the form of a Caspian Gull on the Cowloe at Sennen for half an hour at midday. A first-winter Ring-billed Gull was at Helston Boating Lake on the 22nd and an Iceland Gull was in Newlyn Harbour. Three Sabine’s Gulls were off Stepper Point, Padstow on 22nd. The Bird of the Month was enjoyed by only three birders on the 26th. A  male Dark-eyed Junco (believed by some to be the bird previosly in Yeovil, Somerset) frequented a birders Garden in Hayle for three hours before it flew west and was apparently never seen again. I must be putting the wrong food out!

Paul Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2009

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