Swallow, Merlin, Black Redstart andÂ two Chiffchaff were at Sancreed on the 1st and the GREENISH WARBLER was last seen on this date at Church Cove. A CASPIAN GULL was again at Sennen Cove.Â Â An adult AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was dicovered with overÂ two thousandÂ Golden Plover near Dozmary Pool on the 2nd.Â A Red-throated Diver was on Colliford Lake and a possible PACIFIC DIVER was off Long Rock Beach. The Raddes Warbler remained at St Levan until at least the 3rd and the Spoonbill was still on the estuary at Hayle. A Yellow-Browed Warbler was at Polgigga on 3rd. A CATTLE EGRET was at LandulphÂ in a field near Kingsmill LakeÂ on the 4th and 5th and Black Redstarts were at Lelant (3), Connor Downs, St Ives (2+), Penzance (3), Church Cove, Sennen, Polgigga (6), Porthcurno and Marazion.
Seawatching at Sennen, Rumps Point and St Ives over the first five days of the monthÂ produced Little Auks, Grey Phalaropes, Red-throated, Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, Balearic Shearwaters, Pom and Great Skuas and thousands of Kittiwakes. The CASPIAN GULL was again at Sennen in field behind the Post Office late afternoon on the 5th. A CATTLE EGRET was in fields at Saltash on the 8th and a Yellow-browed warbler was at Tregeseal. Two Sabine’s Gulls were reported from Rumps Point where twelve Little Auks flew past. Snow Buntings were at Gorran and Crackington Havens and a Richards pipit was on the moor at Porthgwarra. A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was in a private garden at Connor Downs on the 9th and a Hen Harrier and juvenile Whooper swan flew over the same location. Spoonbills totalled four at Dinham Flats and a Richard’s Pipit was at Lands End. Two adult Whooper Swans were at Gwithian.
A Bittern was at Par Beach Pool on the 14th and a Little auk flew past rumps Point. A Little gull was at Stithians reservoir and the following day it was joined at that site by a hybrid American x Eurasion Wigeon. Five Spoonbills were seen from the Tamar Birdwatching Cruise on the on the 15th and a Ring Ouzel was at Towednack, St Ives. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at Marazion Marsh on the 17th and 18th and four Whimbrel flew past there on the latter date. Spoonbills were at Dinham (2) and on the River Lynher (2).
On the 18th a PACIFIC DIVER was identified on Carnsew Pool, Hayle. Reported from about 10am, the bird showed well enabling those present to note salient features such as vent strap etc. It flew out ofÂ the estuary at about 2.30pm.Â It remained loyal to the pool into the new year, coming and going with the tides.Â An interesting report on the 23rd concerned a possible MASKED BOOBY that flew past Cape Cornwall at 13.45hrs. Highlights from seawatching on the 29th from Pendeen and St IvesÂ were six Little Auks, two Leach’s Petrels, thirty-nine Grey Phalaropes, thirteen Great Skuas, thirty-two Balearic Shearwaters and eleven Little Gulls. A Leach’s Petrel off St Ives on the 30th was followed by a petrel with an all dark rump. The bird showed to one or two birders at close range before flying out into the bay and lost to sight. It could not be relocate the next day.
Paul Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2009