Saturday, 18 February 2017

Saturday 18th Feb

I haven't done so much birding in the week as work has been crazy but I did see a ringtail Hen Harrier  on Caerhays Estate and a Siskin at Penwithick when I've been out driving vans . Today I spent some time birding and the rest of the day chilling with my family .

14th Feb

Ringtail Hen Harrier near to Rosevine on the Caerhays Estate quartering a set aside field .

16th Feb

Penwithick - 1 Siskin

18th Feb

Carnanton Woods - 5 Treecreeper , 2 Nuthatch , 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker , 1 Marsh Tit , 40 Redwing , 2 Mistle Thrush , 1 Dipper , 1 Chiff chaff

St Columb Sewage Works - 1 Yellow-browed Warbler , 10 Chiff Chaff , 1 Siberian Chiff Chaff ( got some nice photos of this bird , will post tomorrow ) , 23 Goldcrest , 2 Fieldfare , 18 Redwing , 1 Grey Wagtail .

Pinkson Creek - 50 Little Egret and 2 Cattle Egret roosting tonight ( I hoped for more Cattle Egrets but seeing all the Little Egrets was a lovely sight ) . Also 1 Peregrine and 4 Adult Med Gull .


Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sightings this week

Pete and myself have been out a bit this week around work and on the weekend , I have been doing some of the Willow tit survey on the goss moor whilst Pete has also done some ringing... Highlights have included:

Wednesday 8th February

Gluvian

8 Woodcock

Thursday 9th February

Goss Moor

1 singing male Dartford Warbler

Friday 10th February

Rosenannon Downs

2 Merlin
3 Tawny Owl
1 Short eared Owl

Saturday 11th February

Goss Moor

2 Willow Tit ( 1 ringed by Pete )
1 Marsh Tit ( ringed by Pete )
1 Waxwing - seen near to Belowda at 9:20 am , relocated at castle caravan park opposite Castle An Dinas at 12pm but no sign since.

Hayle Estuary

1 juv Spoonbill
1 1st winter Ring-billed Gull
1 Avocet
1 Peregrine

Sunday 12th February

Walmsley Sanctuary

1 Barnacle Goose
2 Spoonbill
4 Water Pipit
1 Peregrine Falcon
3 Ruff

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Divers and Grebes on the south coast

I spent the day checking St Austell Bay , Veryan Bay and Gerrans Bay . It was pretty good to be honest and I ended up with a nice variety of birds :

Gluvian

2 Grey Wagtail

St Austell Bay

33 Great Northern Diver
6 Black throated Diver
1 Red throated Diver
2 Great crested Grebe
3 Slavonian Grebe
39 Common Scoter
1 drake Velvet Scoter ( view from Polkerris )


Mevagisssy

1 adult Med Gull

Porthpean

4 adult Med Gull
1 Grey Wagtail

Hemmick Beach

1 Grey Wagtail

Caerhays

22 Med Gull ( 3,2,17)
2 Common Snipe


Veryan Bay

12 Great Northern Diver
15 Black throated Diver
1 Red throated Diver
3 Slavonian Grebe

Portholland

2 adult Med Gull
1 Porpoise

Gerrans Bay

39 Great Northern Diver
1 Black throated Diver
1 Red-necked Grebe
7 Common Scoter
1 Long-tailed Duck ( off of Portscatho )



Pendower

15 Med Gull
1 Whimbrel
1 Chough ( feeding in sheep field above the beach )
1 Grey Wagtail
1 Bottle nosed Dolphin

Portscatho

1 Whimbrel
1 Common Redshank
5 Dunlin
52 Turnstone
8 Med Gull ( 1,1,6 )
1 Cirl Bunting

Ruan Lanihorne

129 Wigeon
1 Great spotted Woodpecker


Saturday, 4 February 2017

Lapland Buntings and Glaucous Gull

I started today at Mawgan Porth looking for Chough's near Bre Pen Farm but the only sighting of note was a group of 11 Rock Pipits feeding together in a sheep field, they were all nominate Petrosus but I will look here again in the spring for a Scandinavian. On the marsh at Mawgan Porth there is finally a bit of water with 40 Wigeon, 139 Teal, 38 Curlew and 2 Oystercatcher feeding in the shallow water.

I had a quick look at Park Head for Chough but again I lucked out, also rather disappointingly there are no set aside fields here so no flocks of finches and buntings this year. Porthcothan is always a good spot for wintering passerines, especially around the car park and this year I was pleased to find a nice Siberian Chiffchaff feeding around the tamarisk and small gardens. I noticed in last years Cornwall bird report that CBWPS don't separate records of Abietinus (  northern Chiffchaff ) and Tristis ( Siberian Chiffchaff ) stating that they are too similar to seperate safely. This bird was 100% Tristis and I think it is straightforward enough to claim a true Siberian Chiff chaff if you are familiar with them and you listen for calls. A grey brown Chiffchaff with some green colouration in the wings ( especially tertials) a nice strong supercilium, thin wing bar and best of all a bullfinch like soft call are features I look for. Abietinus Chiffchaff is very clean grey and white looking with a Swee-oo type call. I will try and do some sound recording in the next month to show what I mean.


Today was calm enough to check Trevose Head properly for the first time and I set out to walk all of the stubble fields and do a proper count. I was staggered with the amount of Lapland Buntings that are here this year and I finished with an impressive 84 birds! I also counted: 386 Skylark, 18 Meadow Pipit, 381 Linnet, 11 Corn Bunting, 40 Chaffinch, 7 Yellowhammer, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver and a 1st Winter Glaucous Gull.

Amazingly these are nearly all Lapland Buntings

Lapland Bunting zoomed in

Corn Bunting

You don't need to walk the fields to see the Lapland Buntings, some of the flock feed on the road towards the top car park and perch on the wire fence, I'm going to count them every 2-3 weeks to avoid disturbing them too much.

Meadow Pipit

I spent the rest of the afternoon in the hide at Chaple Amble sheltering from the heavy rain, 3 Shelduck, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Redshank, 2 Little Egret and 2 Stock Dove were notable amongst the waders and wildfowl. Last stop of the day was the Camel Estuary with 1 Spotted Redshank on show amongst hundreds of winter waders...

Thursday, 2 February 2017

This weeks birding so far

31st January :

Trevithick East , 1 dipper
Tregoss Moor , viewed at night with a high power torch : 19 woodcock , 1 Jack Snipe , 5 Common Snipe ,1 Bar tailed Godwit ( flew over calling )

2nd February :

Porthpean , 1 adult Little Gull in the gull roost this evening

Goss Moor , 1 Barn Owl

Sunday, 29 January 2017

10 Cattle Egrets at Coswarth and Iceland Gull

With all the rain and wind today we where in no rush to go birding, so Pete and myself headed out at lunchtime to search for Cattle Egrets as it would be a year tick for him. We drove around farmland between Indian Queens and Newquay and found 10 Cattle Egrets feeding in a kale field at Coswarth. If you drive towards St Columb Road from Newquay , turn right at Mountjoy, go over the level crossing , past a farm on your right and from the next gateway the birds are happily feeding amongst cattle. Maybe they are the birds that are roosting on the Gannel ? It was nice to solve the puzzle as to where the Cattle Egrets are in the day time and it's worth visiting if you wanted prolonged views as they are a joy to watch and a special find in Cornwall even if we are in the middle of an influx...

Also seen today were:

Porth Reservoir - 1 Juv Iceland Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Great crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker


Gannel Estuary- 1 Water Pipit, color ringed Great Black Backed Gull from the Thames Estuary.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

North Coast Birding

Really good day out today , made it to 150 for the year already ....

St Merryn

2 Cattle Egret - feeding with cattle opposite the Atlantic Bay holiday resort
1 Yellowhammer

Trevose Head

641 Kittiwake, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Skua, 4 Yellowhammer, 2 Lapland Bunting

Tredore

1 Grey Wagtail

Maer Lake

178 Wigeon, 107 Teal, 9 Dunlin, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Common Snipe, 562 Golden Plover, 30 Curlew, 1 Water Rail

Bude Marshes

2 Cattle Egret, 2 Shoveler, 2 Water Rail

Marhamchurch

1 drake Goosander - on the pool next to the cafe near to the A39

Camelford

1 Grey Wagtail

Walmsley Sanctuary ( too many birds to concentrate on - a real spectacle)

1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 3 Spoonbill ( 2 Adult , 1 Juvenile), 1 Barnacle Goose
408 Wigeon, 234 Teal, 27 Gadwall, 22 Shoveler, 13 Pintail, 40 Mallard, 2 Ruff, 75 Curlew
115 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Lapwing, 700 Golden Plover, 1 Greenshank, 78 Common Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10 Common Snipe, 432 Dunlin,1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff