Monthly Bird Review – April 2008

Lingering rarities included the Ring-necked Duck at Stithians and the flock of Cattle Egrets at Drift. The Ring-billed Gull was seen intermitantly at Stithians and the Hume’s Leaf Warbler was at Tehidy on the 1st. Elsewhere on the 1st, Iceland Gulls were at Sennen, Newlyn and Walmsley Sanctuary and a Glaucous Gull was at Crowdy Reservoir. Eleven Puffins flew past Porthgwarra.

The 3rd saw a Red Kite over Zennor and the first cuckoo of the Spring was at Nanjizal. The Egyptian Goose was again at Millbrook. A good selection of migrants at Rame on the 4th included seventeen Willow Warblers and twenty-five Swallows and a Ring Ouzel was at Nanjizal. Also at Nanjizal, a Shorelark flew SE over the valley. A Green Sandpiper was at St Gothian Sands NR, Gwithian. Migrants continued with an Osprey over Penzance and five Ruff at Davidstow Airfield on the 5th.

The star birds arrived on the 7th in the shape of three Black-winged Stilts on Ruan Pool, Windmill Farm. The birds were very obliging but prone to disturbance. Elsewhere a Red Kite was in a ploughed field at East Taphouse.  A Hoopoe was at Poldice Valley, Redruth on the 8th.. Birders watching the Stilts at Windmill Farm on the 9th were also rewarded with an adult Purple Heron that landed nearby. Elsewhere on the 9th a Black Guillemot flew past the Lizard and a Serin was at Nanjizal. A Cattle Egret was at Penpoll Creek, Fowey on the 11th. The Yellow-browed Warbler was located again at Helston Loe Pool on the 12th. A drake Lesser (?) Scaup was a nice surprise at Dozmary Pool, Bodmin on the 13th and a Whimbrel was on the Estuary at Hayle. Sixteen Whimbrel were in the Torpoint area on the 14th and a Hobby was at Crowdy Reservoir. 

A White Stork was seen in water meadows at Perranworthal on 16th and easterly winds brought Black, Little, Common and Arctic Terns to the west of the county. Other spring arrivals were Hoopoes at St Just and Windmill Farm and a Little Ringed Plover at St Gothian Sands NR. On the 17th Red Kites were at Dinham Flats and Copperhouse Creek and a Ring-billed Gull was near Marazion briefly. An Avocet and eight Black Terns were a highlight at St Gothian Sands NR. A Hoopoe was at Nanjizal in the morning and two white morph Snow Geese of unknown origin flew east towards St Levan. Four Cattle Egrets were in fields near Stithians on the 18th and a Turtle Dove was at Lands End. Ring Ouzel numbers began to increase in the west.

Eleven Cattle Egrets were at Gwithian briefly on the 19th before flying east and four others were at Laddock. A Pied Flycatcher was at Porthgwarra and three Black Terns were at Marazion. The two Snow Geese put in a brief appearance at Mullion and a Hobby was seen at Kenidjack. The Lesser (?) Scaup moved a short distance south to Siblyback Reservoir. On the 20th a White Stork was reported for its second day at Week St Mary before flying west. This was probably the same bird reported from Perranworthal on the 16th. At West Pentire a Montagu’s Harrier flew west over Porth Joke early morning. The 21st saw a singing male Pallas’s Warbler in a garden at St Agnes and a Blue-headed Wagtail was at Marazion Marsh RSPB.

The 22nd saw a Nightingale singing at Rame Head and a Roseate Tern was at St Johns Lake, Torpoint. A Ring-billed Gull was on the Hayle Estuary for a few days on the 24th and another flock of Cattle Egrets was at Boscreege Farm near Newmill. The Pallas’s Warbler was still at St Agnes on the 25th and a probable Great-grey Shrike was at Croft Handy, St Day. Southerly winds on the 26th brought in a three European Bee-eaters and a female Woodchat Shrike to Land’s End and a Golden Oriole at Sancreed. Another Woodchat Shrike was located near Loe Pool, Helston on the 27th and probably the same three Bee-eaters were relocated at Cot Valley. Golden Orioles were at Porthcurno and The Lizard and a Honey Buzzard flew over Helston Loe Pool. A probable Red-backed Shrike was at Bartinny Downs

A Wood Warbler was at Porthgwarra on 28th and Wood Sandpipers were at Hayle and Walmsley Sanctuary. Over 100 Whimbrel were on the beach at Marazion on the 29th. A late report of a Jackdaw showing characteristics of the ‘Nordic’ subspecies Corvus monedula monedula was recieved on the 30th. The bird had been seen in the library car park at Copperhouse, Hayle on the 12th April.

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