MONTHLY BIRD REVIEW – September 2007

A relatively quiet start to the month saw a Hobby at Nanquidno and last month’s eclipse drk Garganey still on the estuary at Hayle on the 1st. There were 32 Greenshank and 5 Ruff at Kingsmill Lake on the 2nd and a Blue-headed Wagtail with 40 Yellow Wagtails at Windmill Farm reserve. A Pied Flycatcher was at Kenidjack on 3rd. On the 4th a Honey Buzzard was reported from the Camel estuary flying north over Dinham Flats and an adult Spoonbill was at Kingsmill Lake. A Wryneck was in the valley to the west of Pendeen. Two Tawny Pipits were between Porthgwarra and Lands end on the 5th. Other migrants that day included Wryneck at Nanquidno, Ortolan Bunting at Polgigga and Spotted Crake at Marazion. A possible Isabelline Wheatear at Godrevy could not be relocated. Another Honey Buzzard, this time at Marazion, was reported on the 6th and a juvenile Little Stint was on the Hayle Estuary with 3 Curlew Sandpipers. A Wryneck was at Porthgwarra and 2 Ortolan Buntings were in stubble fields in the Lands End area. A 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull was at Sennen and an Osprey was at Colliford Lake on the 9th. 28 Med Gulls, mainly adults, were at Harbour Cove, Padstow on the 10th.

On the 11th a Nightingale proved elusive at the sewage works at Kenidjack Valley and a Black Stork gave birders the runaround, ranging from Polgigga to Crows-an-wra. This bird was seen again on the 12th flying south over Sennen Church at midday. On the 13th an Ortolan Bunting was in fields by the B3315 at Polgigga and an Osprey flew SE along the Penryn River at Falmouth. A Wryneck appeared at Cot Valey briefly on the 15th and 2 Chough were at Lands End.

The Bird of the Month, if not Bird of the Year was seen by a few lucky birders off Pendeen on the 16th. A MADEIRAN PETREL was watched on and off for 45 minutes before being lost to view. This will constitute the first mainland record of a live bird of this species and a welcome addition to the Cornwall list if accepted.

A Black Stork was seen circling over the Telegraph Museum at Porthcurno before flying east and a probable Citrine Wagtail flew over Bosistow Lane, Polgigga.

Seawatching at Porthgwarra on the 20th saw Great Shearwater, Long Tailed Skua, 109 Sooty Shearwaters and 48 Storm Petrels pass. A 1st winter male Hen Harrier was at Crowdy reservoir on the 21st and on the 22nd a Pectoral Sandpiper proved elusive at Dinham Flats. A wader showing characteristics of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was seen briefly at the latter site also, but could not be relocated. An Osprey at Whacker Quay on the River Lyner at Antony on the 23rd remained into October and a Wryneck was on the cycle track at Lands End.

Seawatching picked up on the 24th with 4 juv. Sabine’s Gulls, Long-tailed Skua (2), Grey Phalarope (5) and Leaches Petrel (12+) off Pendeen. Not to be outdone, St Ives Island had the same but added a Wilson’s Petrel flying west at 08.20hrs. A Black Kite was also found on the 24th at Whacker Quay and remained into October.

A Red-necked Phalarope but in an all too brief appearance at Ryan’s Field on the evening of the 25th and Whacker Quay held Osprey, Spoonbill and Black Kite again. Ten Pale-bellied Brent Geese were on the seafront at Marazion on the 26th and a Sabines Gull lingered for an hour off the end of Cot Valley. A Lapland Bunting and 2 Dotterel were at Porthgwarra on 29th and a Pectoral Sandpiper was at St Gothian Sands NR into October. Four Little Stint were on Ryans Field at evening high tide.

On the 30th a Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Davidstow Airfield and a Yellow-browed Warbler was elusive at Lands End. A Melodious Warbler was at Nanjizal as were Lapland Bunting, Ring Ouzel, Firecrest and Redstart. A Stone Curlew was reported flying NW over Camborne.

September Review of the Birds in Cornwall by P.Freestone, Cornwall Birding 2007.

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