Amur Falcon (LGR Evans)
St Buryan – *AMUR FALCON* (1s fem) still at 1243hrs 1/2 mile NNW of St Buryan, south of A30 by minor road to Crows-An-Wra viewed from sub station, then at Crean on post at 1305hrs then flew west with Hobby (2), again at 1805hrs by minor road to Crows-an-wra. Bird showed well up to dusk on roadside wires and hedgerows on outskirts of village then appeared to go to roost in large rear garden of house called ‘Lissadell’.
Wadebridge – Cattle Egret (3) still at Walmslet sanctuary this afternoon. Also Wood Sandpiper and Yellow-legged Gull. (Thanks C.Selway)
Cattle Egrets (C.Selway)
Bude – Wholly unconfirmed report of Amur Falcon this morning at St Genny’s. No further details.
Wadebridge – Cattle Egret again at Walmsley Sanctuary this morning. (Thanks S.Rogers)
Cattle Egret (S.Rogers)
Lower Tamar Lake – Great White Egret at Lower Tamar Lake today
St Levan – unconfirmed report of AMUR FALCON this morning along roadside near junction to Porthcurno. Bird described as disheveled and tired flying in front of car but kept stopping on verge before flying into a tree (Thanks L.Batten)
Cattle Egrets at Walmsley (C.Selway)
Wadebridge – Cattle Egret (3) at Walmsley Sanctuary today (Thanks C.Selway)
Pendeen – (10:30-12:30): 139 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Fulmar, 10 Common Scoter, 20 Kittiwake, 1 ad Med Gull all west (Thanks D. Flumm)
Steve Rogers shares his account of the County’s first ever Amur Falcon.
On Thursday evening on the 6th July, west Cornwall birder Mark Wallace found the rarest bird of his career so far. A regular walk after tea down Bosistow Lane chanced upon the county’s first ever Amur Falcon, a small falcon displaces thousands of miles from where it should be. After some discussion and checking of photos, the bird was identified as a first summer female (i.e. a young bird no more than a year old, aged by the heavy wear to the flight feathers and scapulars). The news was duly relayed and a few locals connected that evening. At first light on Friday (05.38hrs) some 200 of the UK’s keenest assembled for a sighting. They were not disappointed as it was found roosting in a bush by the side of the road near the disused quarry. It remained at the roost site until 0920hrs when it flew off towards Nanjizal. It was briefly seen in flight at 1103hrs and that was the last sighting.
Amur Falcon, Porthgwarra (Steve Rogers)
The record is the first for Cornwall and only the second official for Britain, following a male in Yorkshire at Tophill Low from September 14th to October 15th 2008. This bird was misidentified as a Red-footed Falcon throughout it’s stay and was only identified retrospectively in photos.
The species breeds in south-eastern Siberia and Northern China before migrating in large flocks across India and over the Arabian Sea to winter in Southern Africa. The route that they take back from Africa back to their breeding grounds is as yet unclear. It was earlier treated as a sub-species of the Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus) and was known as the Eastern Red-footed Falcon.
Ref. Amur Falcon – first record for Cornwall (S.Rogers 08/07/2017)
Nanjizal – Blyth’s Reed Warbler trapped and ringed at Nanjizal Valley. Keep to public right of ways (Thanks K.Wilson) (For more photos see Nanjizal Birds Blog)
Porthgwarra – No sign of Amur Falcon at Porthgwarra but Great Shearwater (3), Pomarine Skua, Balearic Shearwater (4), Sooty Shearwater (20+) and Storm Petrel (2) flew past Gwennap Head today
Land’s End – Whimbrel (6) flew out to sea off Land’s End this morning (Thanks P.Taylor)
Porthgwarra – NO NEWS on AMUR FALCON (1s fem) at crossroads at Raftra Farm again so far this afternoon, last seen at 1108hrs when flew north. Quail this afternoon at Raftra Farm and Great Shearwater Past Gwennap Head. Please park carefully and respect residents of Polgigga (Thanks D.Julian, M.Halliday and S.Rogers at et al)
Launceston – Hobby at Slipperhill, North Hill (Thanks P.Mallett)