Monthly Bird Reviews – November 2010

The 1st saw the American Bittern re-locate to Walmsley Sanctuary, where ironically the last American Bittern was in Cornwall in 1999. Although elusive, it did show well on occasion and was last seen on the 6th. The Green Heron continued to give extremely close views at Heligan and Lapland Buntings were at Camborne (5+), St Levan (3) and Cot Valley (7). Forty-eight Balearic Shearwaters flew past Pendeen Watch on 2nd and a drake Mandarin of unknown origin was seen sporadically at Tresillian from the 3rd. The juvenile Greenland White-fronted Goose remained on the Hayle estuary until the 29th when it took up residence at Drift Reservoir. A Long-tailed Skua flew past Bass Point on the 5th and twelve Lapland Buntings and three Snow Buntings were at Trevose Head. Three Leach’s Petrels flew past St Ives Island on the morning of the 7th.

The 10th saw a Pectoral Sandpiper and three Yellow-legged Gulls at Colliford Lake and three Firecrests were in Cot Valley. More than eight Lapland Buntings were at Old Lizard Head on the 13th. The following day an American Golden Plover was in a puddle near to Trevorian Pool, Sennen and a Ring-billed Gull was reported from the Hayle estuary. Spoonbills were at Torpoint and Walmsley and four Snow Buntings were at Porthgwarra. A Richards Pipit flew over the observers watching the American Golden Plover at Sennen on the 15th and a Yellow-browed Warbler was found at Gulval, Penzance. Three Snow Buntings were very approachable at Folly Fields car park, Marazion from the 16th and a late Swallow flew over Steeple Woods, St Ives. Yellow-legged Gulls were reported from Drift and Sennen. A ‘Siberian type’ Chiffchaff was at Kelynack Valley on the 17th and eleven Med Gulls were on the estuary at Hayle. A further six birds were at Marazion.

Two Black-necked Grebes were at Drift Reservoir form the 18th and another was at Kingsmill Lake with twenty-five Avocets. Two more late Swallows flew over Truro and Purple Sandpiper numbers at Jubilee Pool, Penzance reached fifty-one birds. Yet another Swallow was at St Austell the next day and a Black-necked Grebe was at Stithians Lake. A Jack Snipe was at Boswednack, St Ives and two Mealy Redpolls had been present for over a week at Burthallan Lane, St Ives. A Twite was with Linnets at Rame Head on the 21st and Lapland Buntings were at Gwithian, Helston (10+), Porthgwarra (2) and Rame. Snow Buntings were reported from St Levan and Marazion and a Yellow-browed Warbler and ‘Siberian type’ Chiffchaff were at Carminowe, Helston. Two Swallows hawked over Marazion Marsh and a Black-necked Grebe was off nearby Trenow Cove.

Another drake Mandarin was at Porth Reservoir, Newquay on the 22nd and eight Avocets were on the river Lynher at Wacker Quay. Twenty-two Lapland Buntings were in stubble fields at Chyvaloe on the 23rd and a Hawfinch put in a brief appearance near Nanjulian Farm, Nanquidno. On the 24th a possible American Herring Gull flew south from the Hayle estuary and a Richard’s Pipit was along the coastal path north of Kynance Cove. The following day a possible adult Pacific Golden Plover was on the Camel estuary at Dinham Flats and a Lesser Whitethroat was in a private garden in Falmouth. Elsewhere, eleven Lapland Buntings flew over Sennen School and a Glaucous Gull was in the cove on The Cowloe. An unseasonal Turtle Dove was in a private garden at Goonhavern from the 27th and a ‘Siberian type’ Chiffchaff was at Swanpool, Falmouth. A Water Pipit was at Perprean Cove, Coverack on the 28th and Lapland Buntings were at Pentire (5) and The Lizard (6). The Green Heron was still at Heligan at the month’s end.

P.Freestone (c) Cornwall Birding 2010

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