Sunday 22nd March 2020

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Hide Closures and Coronavirus: Please note that as of yesterday, 21st March, the Society Reserve hides will be closed to members and the public alike. This is in line with Government recommendations and general guidance with regard to ‘social distancing’ and to minimise the spread of this highly contagious disease. This concerns the hides at Drift, Stithians, Walmsley, Burniere and Windmill Farm. General access to the areas concerned is not currently affected, although the walks program has been suspended until further notice. We will also be reviewing dissemination of rare bird news in the County in line with coronavirus guidelines and the safety of our members in mind.

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck still present. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: 2nd cal-year Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid, ad Mediterranean Gull, Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Pied & 1 White Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: Male Merlin just south of Greeb Farm, 5 Wheatear in “Burger Rock” field. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Boscawen Rose nr Lamorna: 1 Singing Skylark. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthgwarra: 4 Red Kite over midday. (S Rogers)

Nanquidno: 3 Red Kite, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear. (P St Pierre)

St Just: Red Kite drifted southwest over Kelynack valley at 10.45 (P Clarke)

Newlyn: full summer plumage Black Guillemot between Jubilee Pool and Gear Pole, 1w Iceland Gull still in harbour. (L Proctor)

Carminoe Valley: 1 Red Kite and bat sp (probably Soprano Pipistrelle) hunting in sunshine. (J Tyler)

Marazion: 7 Common Scoter and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore, 6 Shoveler flying around the bay. (P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 20+ Sand Martins feeding in the lee of the pines. (P St Pierre) Also 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Wheatear and 1 Adder. (S Rogers, P Walsh) Also, 1 Red Kite flew north. (R Menari)

St Erth: 1 Red Kite flew east. (M Spicer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover on Lelant Saltings; 1 moulting to summer plumage Slavonian Grebe still on Carnsew Pool. (R Veal)

Gwithian: 3 Wheatear, 4 Shoveler (S Turner)

St Ives: 3+ Black Redstarts. Up to 2 birds at one time on Island and one on the roof of Beer and Bird in the town. (G Jones)

Buttermilk Hill: 3 Ring Ouzel (2m + 1f), 2 Golden Plover, 14 Ravens, 2 Stonechats, 12 Meadow Pipits. (V Stratton) Also, 4 Ring Ouzel 2m+2f, 3 Wheatear. (J Chapple)

Male Ring Ouzel – Vivian Stratton

Golden Plover – Vivian Stratton

Ring Ouzels – Vivian Stratton

Newquay: Injured adult Glaucous Gull still in pink elephant field. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Little Egret.

Penpol Creek: 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 56 Rook (21 Occupied nests), 1 Bullfinch.(S Grose)

Huers Hut: 2 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 14 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Turnstone. (S Rowe)

Porth Joke: 21 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 6 Wheatear, 2 Kestrel, 4 Buzzard, 4 Greenfinch, 24 Meadow Pipit, 8 Stonechat, 3 Goldcrest. (S Rowe)

Park Head: 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Gluvian: 20 Canada Geese, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 10 Lesser Black Backed Gull. 2 Chiffchaff, 32 Yellowhammer (B Bosisto, P Roseveare, L Payne)

St Merryn: 1 pair of Wood Pigeon incubating in a barn. Last year they successfully raised 6 young. (R Hughes)

Halzephron Cliff: 1 Merlin (C Richards)

Treleaver, Nr Coverack: 1 Red Kite, 1 Wheatear, 1 Firecrest, 1 male Blackcap, 6 Black Throated Diver (1 in partial summer plumage). (P. Bedford)

Lizard area: 1 Cattle Egret , 1 Ruff , 1 Black-tailed Godwit , 150 Golden Plover , 8 Wheatear (M Pass)

Church Cove, The Lizard: Cattle Egret in full breeding plumage perched at top of pine tree on the Lizard Lifeboat Station approach road, at 1745. (M & A Lord)

Temple: 2 Canada Goose, 2 Mallard (1m,1f), 6 Tufted Duck (4m,2f), 1 Pheasant (m), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Snipe, 1 singing Wren. (RB & PC Girling)

Charlestown: 1f Blackcap,1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Wren, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Great Tit, 2 Robin, 1m + 1f Blackbird, 4 Dunnock, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Hastilow)