Friday 20th September 2019

Friday 20th September 2019

Porthgwarra: 1 Long-tailed Skua – a juv through quite close in at 08:10, 2 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwaters. 1 Balearic Shearwater, plus good numbers of Manx Shearwater, auks, Kittiwakes and Gannets. (R Webb)

Davidstow: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper still on the airfield this morning. Also flyover Turnstone, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat. Also 10+ Crossbill in neighbouring woods. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary: 2 Osprey, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Stint, 2 Ruff, 8 Knot, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine. (J St Ledger, K Noble, M Halliday) Ryan’s Field: 2 juv Ruff, 3 Red Knot, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 juv Mallard, 30+ Canada Geese 11.30 – 12.30. (M Webb)

Osprey, Mark Halliday

Osprey, Mark Halliday

Spotted Redshank, Mark Halliday

Osprey, John St Ledger

Little Stint, John St Ledger

Sanderling, Steve Murnan

Marazion beach: 20 Brent Goose, 9 Sanderling (all juvs), 15 Turnstone, 12 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 11 Sandwich Tern. (S Rogers).

Battery Rocks, Penzance: 2 Purple Sandpiper and 4 Turnstone early morning. (K Noble, DK Parker)

Purple Sandpiper, Ken Noble

Porth Beach, Newquay: seven Brent Goose, swimming in bay briefly 09:15, didn’t stay long. (J Porter)

Walmsley: 14 Cattle Egret actively feeding on frogs and worms, 5 reenshank, 6 Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 female Shoveler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Grey heron. (A Piper)

Burniere, Camel Estuary: 1 kingfisher, 1 Peregrine, 21 Little Egret. (A Piper)

Porthilly Point: 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese on the mussel crates. (S Grose)

Rock: 2 Sparrowhawk from private garden. (S Grose)

Devoran: Osprey flew onto dead tree opposite the key at 14:15, then later flew around river before returning to another tree but partly obscured. (M Lammas)

Nanquidno: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatears. (C Moore)

Gulval: Swallows. The pair nesting in my garage has just fledged the third brood of 5 swallows making 15 for 2019. The best year since they started nesting here in 2014.

The second brood fledged on 27th July 2019. The five eggs of the 3rd brood were laid 6th – 10th August (even though two juveniles from the second brood remained until 10th August).They started hatching on 25th August. Two fledged on 17th September, 4 on 18th and all 5 were airborne on 20th September 2019.

Of interest, 4 juveniles arrived at the garage with adults on 4th September. They visited the nest individually before joining a second group outside and fly off. Suggests offspring of a related family or previous siblings. (J Hawkey)

Sennen: 7 pale-bellied Brent Goose at 13:45. (M Scott-Ham)

Drift: 1 Osprey this pm. (A McKechnie)

Osprey, Alex McKechnie