Sunday 13th May 2012 Cornwall Bird Reports


Lands EndWOODCHAT SHRIKE (male) singing between Lands End and Sennen at Trinity Pool east of footpath at 1400hrs. SW.346.253 (Thanks M.Halliday). Red Kite (14+) over Lands End early afternoon

SennenWOODCHAT SHRIKE by Trevilley Farm access track in gorse in NE corner of field with owl box this evening. Park in layby just west of access track. SW.358.247. (Thanks K.Wilson) Red Kite (c20) over Brew Pool (per cbwps)

PendeenHONEY BUZZARD (2) over Levant Tin Mine.

Crows-an-WraRed Kite (15) following silage cutting between 1215hrs-1430hrs (Thanks F.Currie)

Porthgwarra - Red Kite (9) over (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle - Spoonbill on the Hayle Estuary this evening (Thanks P.Jeggo) Red Kite (8) flew over Ventonleague (Thanks J and P. Rutter). Red Kite (3) flew high North over Townshend at 1650hrs (Thanks J.Morgan). Red Kite over the estuary at 1015hrs mobbed by gulls (Thanks D.Grose)

St JustRed Kite (5) flew over St Just at 1155hrs. Red Kite flew over Carn Gloose at 1140hrs (Thanks K.Bealing). Red Kite (3) over Cot Valley. Red Kite (2) flew over Kenidjack Valley. Red Kite (10) over Chapel Carn Brea

Port IsaacRed Kite (5) flew SW past Tregardock at 1000hrs (Thanks T.Potterton)

DelaboleRed Kite (2) flew over at 1115hrs (Thanks T.Potterton)

Connor DownsRed Kite flew SW over at 1420hrs, another high north over at 1435hrs, another North over at 1505hrs (CB Reports)

Bodmin MoorRed Kite flew west over Grey Mare Rock, East Moor at 1400hrs (Thanks L.Hopes). Red Kite flew over Goss Moor at 0845hrs (Thanks D.Dennis). Barnacle Goose at Colliford Lake (cbwps)

TruroRed Kite flew West over Bosvean Gardens, near railway station at 1355hrs (Thanks D.Jenkins)

PenzanceRed Kite over Newbridge at 1600hrs (Thanks A.Harris)

Wadebridge - Red Kite high over Wadebridge towards Padstow at 1110hrs (Thanks C.Selway)

FalmouthRed Kite (2) over Longdowns mid afternoon (Thanks P.Dickens) Lesser Whitethroat (Thanks P.Barlow)

The LizardRed Kite near Traboe (Thanks A.Williams)

NancledraCuckoo on moors at Georgia (Thanks K.Hugo)

St IvesWheatear (61) and Cuckoo (3) at Buttermilk Hill. Large influx of Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Blackcap, Also Cuckoo (2) at Holmans Moors. Swallow (1000+), House Martin (350+), Sand Martin (400+) and Swift (60+) at Wicca Valley (Thanks V.Stratton)

Red Kite, Longdowns (P.Dickens)

No sign of Male Kentish Plover on Marazion Beach this morning but GN Diver (2) offshore

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8 thoughts on “Sunday 13th May 2012 Cornwall Bird Reports

  1. Adam Rogers


    It’s great to see all the red kite sightings today. Being new to Cornwall I had no idea there was an annual influx of them. Where do these birds originate from and does anyone know why they flood into Cornwall?

    Best wishes,


  2. Admin

    Hi Adam, there are two trains of thought with these influxs. There have been, in the past few years, an early influx which involves around 20-30 birds then another that can involve up to 100+ individuals. Some are of the opinion that these are British Birds that move off the breeding grounds (ie. non-breeding birds) and others believe them to be continental birds. Im personally with the 2nd camp, as the birds don’t get seen moving down the country or through Devon. They just seem to appear in Cornwall. Many of todays birds were extremely high up.

  3. C Bury

    Two fab photos, especially that kite it is gorgeous bird very well done to photographer, truly excellent!

  4. Woodman1

    Great photos of the Woodchat Shrike and the Red Kite, well done to both photographers just smashing stuff!

  5. Charles T

    Great shot of the Woodchat shrike, I’ve never seen one before so it is great to be able to.

    Absolutely fabulous photo of the Red kite too, really super! A shot to be proud of v.well done

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