Tag Archives: House Finch in Cornwall

House Finch at Lands End

Although the bird appears to have now disappeared, the question over it being a genuine wild bird still remains. With the amount of White-throated Sparrows hitching a lift on the QEII recently it seems that if it is accepted as a wild bird it must surely have been ship assisted. House Finch is an introduced species to Eastern America and is generally sedentary although in the eastern part of the USA some of the population undertake a partial migration to the south and south-west of the range, with adult females moving longer distances on average than males. The Lands End bird shows a lot of yellow above and below the eye and looks like the race frontalis although yellow variants can occur in all races.  Anyway, it was still a very smart looking bird and is captured superbly in the images below kindly submitted to Cornwall Birding by Andrew Jordan.

References: Finches and Sparrows - Clement, Harris and Davis (Helm Publishing 1999). Advanced Birding – Kenn Kaufman (Peterson Field Guides 1990)

Friday 14th May 2010 Cornwall Bird Reports

Camel Estuary*LESSER YELLOWLEGS* still at Camel Estuary on Dinham flats this morning . Also SPOONBILL (3)

Sennen WOODCHAT SHRIKE (1s.male) still between Skewjack farm and Trebhor north of B3315 viewable from double gates to potato field between road to Brew Farm and St.Levan village sign at 1340hrs tho mobile. Whinchat at Brew sewage works

Polgigga Red Kite flew over Polgigga this morning

Marazion Marsh Harrier (1s.male) still on Marazion Marsh RSPB.Med Gull (1s) on Marazion beach

HayleMed Gull (6.1s) on Hayle Estuary RSPB this evening

Again no sign of House Finch at Lands End

Wednesday 12th May 2010 Cornwall Bird Reports

Lands End**HOUSE FINCH** (male) yellow varient singing this morning, in garden of boarded up white house and Swingates House. View from road or car park. Parking at Lands End £3. MAP HERE.

Wadebridge *LESSER YELLOWLEGS* (same as Camel estuary) at Walmsley Sanctuary this afternoon. Also SPOONBILL (3) ,Wood Sandpiper (2) and Little Ringed Plover

St.Ives *BLACK KITE* flew over town mid afternoon. Also SERIN singing. Cuckoo (2) and Wheatear (8) at Buttermilk Hill (Thanks V.Stratton)

Sennen – WOODCHAT SHRIKE (1s.male) still between Skewjack and Trebehor north of B3315 in potato field by 5 bar gate. SW.371.246

Hayle SPOONBILL (2) on Hayle Estuary RSPB this morning (Thanks P.Jeggo). Red Kite over Ventonleague at 1500hrs (per Sennen Cove website)

Marazion Marsh Harrier (1s.male) still at Marazion Marsh RSPB until 0905hrs then flew west (Thanks D.Flumm)

Tuesday 11th May 2010 Cornwall Bird Reports

Lands End - **HOUSE FINCH** (male) yellow varient singing this morning, no sign at 1550hrs, in garden of boarded up white house and Swingates House. View from road or car park. Parking at Lands End £3. MAP HERE.

Camel Estuary*LESSER YELLOWLEGS* on Camel estuary in tidal creek by sluice from Burniere Hide at 0720hrs. Also SPOONBILL

Wadebridge *LESSER YELLOWLEGS* (same as Camel estuary) at Walmsley Sanctuary this afternoon. Also Wood Sandpiper (2) and Little Ringed Plover

The Lizard *EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER* (male) at Lizard village in garden briefly this afternoon

Sennen - WOODCHAT SHRIKE (1s.male) still between Skewjack and Trebehor north of B3315 by Brew farm road at 1650hrs SW.371.246. Hawfinch in garden opposite post office still at 1700hrs, no sign at 2000hrs. View only from bus stop. Respect resident privacy. Turtle Dove at Brew Farm this morning

Marazion Marsh Harrier (imm) at Marazion Marsh RSPB flew over reedbed this morning, flew off NW (Thanks S.Sargeant). no sign of Roseate or Little Tern

Newquay Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Swallow at Porth Joke (Thanks C.Yates)

Redruth Peregrine flew over recycling centre at 1125hrs (Thanks K.Glasier)

Truro Cuckoo at Bissoe at 1115hrs (Thanks K.Glasier)

Polgigga Red Kite flew over this afternoon

Monday 10th May 2010 Cornwall Bird Reports

Lands End - **HOUSE FINCH** (male) yellow varient singing this afternoon in garden of boarded up white house and Swingates House. View from road or car park. Parking at Lands End £3. MAP HERE.

Wadebridge *LESSER YELLOWLEGS* at Walmsley Sanctuary this afternoon, then relocated on Camel estuary from Burniere Hide. Also Wood Sandpiper (4)

Sennen WOODCHAT SHRIKE still between Skewjack and Trebehor north of B3315 by Brew farm road SW.371.246. Hawfinch in garden opposite post office, showing well. View only from bus stop. Respect resident privacy. Blue Headed Wagtail (male) and Redstart (male) at Brew Sewage works. Redstart (2) at Brew pool

Crowdy Osprey at Crowdy Reservoir on post by Hide

Marazion - Roseate Tern and Little Tern between Marazion and Long Rock

HayleMed Gull (1s) on Carnsew Pool. Also, whimbrel (2), Dunlin (70), Ringed Plover (7), Sanderling and Wheatear (9). Little-ringed Plover in Ryan’s Field (Thanks D.Flumm)

Sunday 9th May 2010 Cornwall Bird Reports

Lands End**HOUSE FINCH** (male) yellow varient singing at Garden of Swingates House. View from road or car park. NOTE: viewing the bird from the Swingates house garden will NOT be available today. Parking at Lands End £3. MAP HERE. Also in garden of boarded up white house  at 1900hrs. Turtle Dove briefly

Sennen WOODCHAT SHRIKE just east of Skewjack Farm, just west of double gate west of road to Brew Viewed north from B3315 (B.Mellow). SW.370.246. PURPLE HERON at Brew Pool at 1040hrs then flew South East. Blue Headed Wagtail (male) still at Brew Sewage Works

Wadebridge SPOONBILL (3) still at Walmsley Sanctuary. Also Wood Sandpiper (5) (Thanks C.Selway)

Marazion Roseate Tern, Little Tern and Sandwich Tern (10) on Great Hogus Rock late afternoon. Also Short Eared Owl on Marazion Marsh RSPB. Also Swift (5+)

Portreath – Swift (4) flew East over north cliffs at 1625hrs (Thanks K.Glasier)

Saturday 8th May 2010 Cornwall Bird Reports

Lands End**HOUSE FINCH** (male) yellow varient singing at Swingates House (2nd day at least). View from road or car park. Mostly in Swingates House garden, with restricted access. Queueing system in operation, NOTE: viewing the bird from the Swingates house garden will NOT be available tomorrow. Parking at Lands End £4. Thank you to the owners of the Swingates house for letting birders view the bird in their garden today! MAP HERE

My pretty poor record shots of the House Finch (male) at Lands End today. Ash. More images here

The LizardRED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER (male) at Windmill farm, on a nearside rock on the clay pond closest the Windmill (Thanks M.Burnley)

StithiansLittle Stint at Stithians reservoir from Stuarts Hutchings Hide at 1400hrs. Also Dunlin. Wigeon at Northern end (Thanks S.Taylor)

St.JustHoney Buzzard pale morph flew north over Cot Valley at 1510hrs. Iceland Gull (juv) still in fields at Nanquidno Valley briefly

St.AustellGN Diver (3) off Porthpean

Marazion BT Diver offshore this afternoon