Monthly Bird Review – September 2009

On the first, the Citrine Wagtail continued show sporadically at Marazion and remained there until the 7th. The Pectoral Sandpiper was again at Maer Lake, Bude and a Baird’s Sandpiper was on the Airfield at Davidstow, although the news didn’t reach the masses until the 3rd. An Osprey flew over Newquay Hospital on the 2nd. Another Baird’s Sandpiper was found on the beach at Marazion on the evening of the 3rd and showed extremely well, moving to the Red River mouth towards the end of its seventeen day stay. The Spotted Crake was still at Marazion Marsh RSPB. An Osprey was at Kingsmill Lake on the 5th and six Avocets were at St John’s Lake.

A female Ruddy Shelduck began a short stay on the Hayle Estuary on the 6th and Melodious Warblers were at Porthgwarra and Lands End, the latter being trapped and ringed. Another Osprey was over the Loe Pool, Helston. The 7th saw an Icterine Warbler and two Pied Flycatchers in a private garden at St Ives and a Wryneck was at Land’s End on the 8th. A Black Kite flew over Marazion on the morning of the 9th of the 9th 2009 and was later seen flying over Crowlas. Elsewhere two Buff-breasted Sandpipers were in fields near Polgigga and three Quail were at nearby Higher Bosistow Farm. On the 11th a Lapland Bunting showed extremely well in fields at St Levan and the Black Kite was seen again over St Just. What was presumably one of the Polgigga Buff-breasted Sandpipers relocated to a field near Little Kelynack Farm. Plain-an-Gwarry, Marazion was the next port of call for the Black Kite on the 12th and an Osprey also flew over. Lands End hosted two Wrynecks and over twenty Whinchats.

The Black Kite was last seen on the 13th over Helston and Tawny Pipits were at Sennen and Lands End. The latter site also held a Richard’s Pipit, which flew towards Trinity Cottages early morning. The Rose-coloured Starling was again at Trewellard and an elusive Melodious Warbler was near the shop at Porthgwarra. An Ortolan Bunting was at Old Lizard Head briefly on the 14th and was joined by a Richard’s Pipit nearby on the 15th. The same day a juvenile Woodchat Shrike began a lengthy stay at Nanquidno and a Rose-coloured Starling was at Troon, Camborne. Possible Black-headed Wagtails were at Sennen and Nanquidno. Another Rose-coloured Starling was in a private garden at Torpoint on the 16th and a Ring-billed Gull was at St John’s Lake. Rame Head held a Lapland Bunting and a Purple heron flew up the valley at Porthgwarra and spent the next five days on private land nearby. A Black Duck was at Walmsley Sanctuary late in the afternoon. A Richard’s Pipit flew over Porthgwarra on the 17th and one was at Lands End the next day. A Tawny Pipit was at Trevilley Farm and an Ortolan Bunting was on the beach at Marazion briefly before flying west. There was also a probable Grey-headed Wagtail on the beach near the Red River mouth and a Bittern was over the road at Marazion Marsh RSPB. A Red Kite flew over the Marsh on the 19th and The Lizard had a Red-breasted Flycatcher at Church Cove and two Ortolan Buntings at Old Lizard Head where a Lapland Bunting also flew over. A Tawny Pipit was near the lifeboat station at Sennen and may have been the same bird seen flying towards Trevorian Pool the next day. Elswhere on the 20th an Ortolan Bunting was at Treen and a juvenile Dotterel was in a ploughed field near Sennen. A Wryneck began a three day stay in a private garden in Carbis Bay, St Ives.

The first Yellow-browed Warbler of the Autumn was at St Levan on the 21st and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper proved elusive at Nanjizal. Two Richard’s Pipits were at St just and two Tawny Pipits flew south from Land’s End. A Barred Warbler was along Bosistow Lane, Polgigga and a Quail was flushed from a footpath at nearby Higher Bosistow farm. The 21st was also the final day that the Baird’s Sandpiper was seen at Marazion. A Melodious Warbler was at Land’s End on the 24th and a Yellow-browed Warbler was in gardens near the Memorial Garden at Penzance. At Helston, a Richard’s Pipit flew over the car park at Loe Pool. An early Iceland Gull was on the sea at Marazion on the 26th and a Glossy Ibis flew over Kynance. A possible Rustic Bunting was seen briefly by a single observer at Land’s End and a Richard’s Pipit was in fields nearby. The Glossy Ibis was relocated at Marazion Marsh RSPB the following day and was seen again briefly on the 28th. The 27th produced what will undoubtedly be ‘the one that got away’ when a first-winter Shrike Sp. was seen and photographed near Kynance Cove on The Lizard. The bird was initially found the previous day but news was not put out until 27th when it was announced as a possible Brown Shrike. The photographs on the internet were inconclusive and appeared to show some characteristics of both Brown and Isabelline Shrikes. The bird was seen briefly again on the 28th but not seen again after this date. A presumed Desert Lesser Whitethroat (form telengetica) was trapped and ringed near Polgigga on the 28th and forty-five Balearic Shearwaters flew past Gwennap Head. A Yellow-browed Warbler was in Kenidjack Valley on the 29th and a Wryneck was in its second day at St Levan. The last day of September saw the Woodchat Shrike still in situe at Nanquidno and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper was in fileds near Sennen School.

Paul Freestone © Cornwall Birding 2009

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