Monthly Bird Reviews – April 2010

The month started with an Alpine Swift over the A30 at Crowlas on the 1st and a Woodchat Shrike at Church Cove, The lizard on the 2nd. Two Spoonbills were on the River Lynher again and Bitterns were still at Marazion. Four Water Pipits were at Treraven Meadows, Wadebridge on the 3rd and two Garganey were at College Lake, Falmouth. A Dotterel was in fields at Escalls Chapel, Sennen. On the 6th a Hoopoe was at Tregonissey, St Austell and another was at Bude the following day. A Dotterel was on the moor at Porthgwarra on the 7th and the 8th saw Hoopoes at Rame Head and Polgigga. The Cattle Egrat was still at Skewjack Farm, Sennen.

A Great-white Egret proved elusive at Marazion on the 9th and a female Goshawk flew over Constantine. Elsewhere, a Serin was at Nanjizal briefly during the morning. Another Great-white Egret circled Stithians Lake late morning on the 10th and a ‘Balearic’ Woodchat Shrike was at Windmill Farm. The now annual Red Kite influx started on the 10th with a total of seventeen birds reported from twelve different sites. Sixteen individuals were reported the following day. Ring Ouzels were evident on the 12the with birds at St Ives (6), St Just (2) and The Lizard (1). Two Twite, a very rare bird in the county, were reported from Carn Marth, Lanner. The 13th was not unlucky for some when a Black Kite was een flying west over Looe. A possible Yelkouan Shearwater flew past Porthgwarra on the 15th and a male Redstart was at Nanquidno on the 16th.
The 17th saw a singing Savi’s Warbler at Marazion Marsh RSPB. The bird remained elusive throughout its four day stay but drew plenty of admirers being only the second record for the county. Elsewhere a Hoopoe was at Carn Euny, Sancreed. A Spotted Crake was seen briefly at Marazion on the 18th and a Ring-billed Gull and two Spoonbills were at Old Town Cove, Padstow. A Hoopoe was on The Lizard and a Marsh Harrier flew over Chapel Carn Brea. A Wryneck was at Polgigga on the 19th and Dartford warbler, Ring Ouzel (2) and Grasshopper Warbler were new in at Lands End. An Osprey flew over the boating lake at Helston and a Stone Curlew flew over Watch Croft, St Just. Polgigga had the lion’s share of scarcities on the 20th with Tawny Pipit, Wryneck, Turtle Dove and Bee-eater all in the area. A superb Whiskered Tern was found at Dinham Flats, Wadebridge and a Ring-billed Gull was at Padstow. A Blue-headed Wagtail was at Nanquidno on the 21st and a Red Kite flew over Constantine. The Whiskered Tern was joined by a Ring-billed Gull (probably the Padstow bird) on the 22nd and the Camel Estuary held over forty Whimbrel, Little-ringed Plover and an Osprey. Another Osprey flew north over Saltash.
A Bee-eater flew north over Bottallack on the 23rd and a Pied Flycatcher was at Polgigga. Another or possibly the same Bee-eater flew high to the west at Lands end on the 24th and a Purple Heron flew up the valley at Porthgwarra. It then spent the following five days on private land at Nanjizal. Another Purple Heron landed in reeds at Marazion mid-afternoon. A Woodchat Shrike was elusive at Nanjulian Farm, Nanquidno on 25th and a Bee-eater was at South Trevaneague, Marazion. A female Subalpine Warbler was at Lands End on the 26th and a Ring-billed Gull was on the estuary at Hayle. A Purple Heron flew west from Stithians reservoir on the 27th and a Black Stork flew from the River Tavey into the Tamar. Hobbys were at Marazion and St Gothian Sands. A possible ‘Morrocan’ Wagtail was at Lands End on the 28th and a Woodchat Shrike was at Bass Point, The Lizard. A Black-headed Wagtail was at Lands End on the 29th and a Blue-headed Wagtail was again at Brew Sewage works, sennen. A Great-white Egret flew over Goss Moor on the 30th.

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