25th – 31st October 2009 Cornwall Bird Reports

The talking point of the week was obviously the GREEN/GREENISH WARBLER debate. The bird at Church Cove was initially dicovered on the 28th and news was released as Greenish Warbler. The following day however, doubt was cast on its initial identification and the news was changed to the possibility that the bird was in fact a Green Warbler. This potential 2nd for Britain proved too much for many and ‘twitchers’ headed for the Lizard for a ‘safety’ tick. The bird information services then played it safe with the ‘possible Greenish or Green Warbler’ message recieved by most pagers. A visiting birder then recorded the birds calls and found that sonograms taken from the recordings matched that of Greenish Warbler. So the news went back to the original ‘Greenish Warbler at Church Cove’. And up to now thats how its stayed! 

A Radde’s Warbler took up residence at St Levan and showed well to observers on occasion. It was joined briefly on the 29th by an Olive-backed Pipit. A Red-throated Pipit flew over Kenidjack on 28th. The Spoonbill remained faithful to the Hayle Estuary and up to five others were on the Camel Estuary. A Cattle Egret was also reported on one day from the Hayle Estuary. Hen Harrier (3), Ring Ouzel (2), Merlin (2), Barn Owl (2), Short-eared Owl (2) and Black Redstart (3) were at Men-an-Tol late afternoon on 25th. Black Redstarts were reported from numerous areas including Constantine, St Ives, Porthgwarra, Truro, St Colomb Major and Liskeard. A Snow Bunting was at Pentire Point on 25th.

On the 31st an interesting report of a possible Little Swift was recieved. Tom Polglase reports “Today at 11.30 am at Reskajeage Downs, North Cliffs, near Camborne I saw a swift that was new to me. The bird was the size of a house martin with a large white rump. The birds flight was fluttery and its wings were more stumpy than a common swift. Its body in flight looked dark against the sky.When the bird circled its tail was spread in a fan shape. I am certain this bird was a little swift”

Elsewhere on the 31st, Richard’s Pipit, Merlin, 6 Black Redstarts, 7 Siskins, Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 60 Redwings, 20 Fieldfare, 200 Golden Plover, 7 Snipe, 7 Lapwing and 4 Med Gulls were at Sancreed and Kelynack hosted a late Spotted Flycatcher and 8 Chiffchaffs.

Thanks to D.Gairn, A.Hugo, A.Carey, J.Batey, J.Foley, D.Jenkins, B.Hill and D.Flumm for submitting sightings this week.

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