MONTHLY BIRD REVIEW – OCTOBER 2007

The Pectoral Sandpiper was still at St Gothian Sands NR on the 1st despite constant disturbance by dogwalkers and at Davidstow Airfield the Buff-breasted Sandpiper remained mobile. Another Buff-breast was reportedly seen flying over the A30 at Land’s End. A Great White Egret was at Ryan’s Field briefly at 09.00hrs. A Demoiselle Crane set pulses racing at Porthgwarra as it flew north but rings proved it to be an escaped bird. 

A male Scaup was on the Boating Lake at Helston on the 2nd and a Spotted Crake was again reported at Marazion. A Wood Sandpiper started a month long stay at Stithians Reservoir. A Barred Warbler was at Nanquidno on the 3rd and a Wryneck stayed for a few weeks at Nanjizal. A female Marsh Harrier flew north over Nanquidno on the afternoon of the 4th and a 1st winter Little Gull was along the Penryn River at Falmouth.

The 5th was a day of ‘possibles’ at Polgigga with a possible Lesser Kestrel seen with two other Falcon sp. flying west towards Lands End at 13.15hrs and a possible Citrine Wagtail flew east at 17.15hrs. Neither bird was relocated. A Red-backed Shrike was seen at Duckpool, Bude briefly on the 6th and a 2nd winter Spoonbill began a lengthy stay on the Hayle Estuary. The bird was wearing rings and its origin traced to the Netherlands. Another Red-backed Shrike was at Pendeen between the Lighthouse and Calartha Farm on the 7th.

Two Great White Egrets were seen flying over Ryan’s Field on the 8th, much to the enjoyment of the visiting West Mids Bird Club members. A Richards Pipit was at St Leven and a now equally rare Turtle Dove was reported at Polgigga. A Serin joined the Red-backed Shrike at Pendeen on the 9th and a Dusky Warbler started a short and often elusive stay at Porthgwarra. Another Richards Pipit was at Porthgwarra on the 11th.

The 12th produced a Raddes Warbler at Nanquidno that also proved elusive at times. Red-breasted Flycatchers were at Kenidjack and Nanjizal, the latter being caught and ringed. A belated report of Desert Wheatear was recieved on the 18th of a bird at Lands End on the 17th. It could not be relocated. A 2nd winter Caspian Gull was on Cowloe at Sennen and two Richards Pipits were over Porthgwarra. A Barred Warbler was near Swingates House, Lands End on the 19th and a Hoopoe flew east over Marazion Marsh. Church Cove on the Lizard held Pallas’s Warbler and Red-breasted Flycatcher.

Things livened up on the 20th when a Blyth’s Pipit was found near Sennen, accompanied by a Richards Pipit for comparison and an American Golden Plover was found near Shortlanesend, Truro in a flock of 300+ European Golden Plover. Richards Pipits were also at Kenidjack and Porth Joke, Newquay. A Dusky Warbler was at Cot Valley on the 22nd and a Pallas’s Warbler was found at Kenidjack.

On the 23rd another Pallas’s Warbler was at Cot Valley and there was an unconfirmed report of a Hume’s Warbler from the same location. A juvenile Pink-footed Goose was with Canada Geese at St Gothian Sands NR on the 25th as was a Water Pipit. A Dartford Warbler was at Lands End and a flock of nine Spoonbill was at Jupiter Point on the River Lynher.

A stunning summer plumaged adult Great Northern Diver was in Mounts Bay on the 26th and three Firecrests were at Nanquidno. Another Dusky Warbler was located along the road to Kynance Cove on the 27th. There were two Water Pipits at Walmsley Sanctuary on the 30th and two 1st winter Little Gulls showed well at St Gothian Sands NR. A possible Blyth’s Pipit reported on the moor at Lands End on the 31st may have been the Sennen bird and a Richards Pipit was at Newmill. Three Spoonbills were at St Germans. Yellow-browed Warblers were reported throughout the month from twelve locations.

P.Freestone. Cornwall Birding 2007.

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