Thursday 02 January 2014

Thursday 02 January 2014

Gerrans Bay: 13 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter and 2 Chough. (D Eva)
Probus: 1 Merlin. (D Eva)
Tresemple Pool: 1 Spotted Redshank. (D Eva)
Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Little Auk, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 3 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 f Black Redstart, 1 m Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, and 1 Curlew. From Swanpool Beach: 1 Red-necked Grebe,1 Black-throated Diver  and 1 Great Northern Diver plus many Shag, some Gannet,  Guillemot and Kittiwake. (D Jenkins et al) Pendennis Point:  3+ Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, and 1 Red-necked Grebe. (D Chaney) Swanpool Point: 1 Ringed Plover, c25 Turnstone, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Egret, 2 Stonechat (mf),15 Greenfinch and 5 House Sparrow. (D Chaney) Swanpool Lake: 3 Kittiwake (1 ad + 1 1w) and 1 Mediterranean Gull. (D Chaney)


Grey Phalarope, Adrian Langdon

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Helston Loe Pool: 17 Shoveler and 1 Firecrest. (S Turner)
Newquay boating lake: escaped Hooded Merganser recaptured by members of Newquay Zoo. (R Farnes & C Oates)

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Photos Rod Farnes
Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 f Goosander. (R Farnes) Carnsew Pool: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. (B Sharples, more images seen here, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Little Grebe and an adult Med Gull on Carnsew Pool. 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Greenshank and 1 Water Pipit at the east end of Copperhouse Creek. 3 Greenshank, 1 Kittiwake, 5 Common Gull and 4 adult and 1 1w Med Gull from Lelant Station. (DK Parker & R Beddard)

RFarnes_Goosander_020114female Goosander, Rod Farnes  BSharples_GreatNorthernDiver_020114Great Northern Diver, Bob Sharples  BSharples_BlackThroatedDiver_020114Black-throated Diver, Bob Sharples 

Carbis Bay:  6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Balearic Shearwater. (C Moore) Also 1 Manx Shearwater and 2 Black Redstart. Also 11 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers and 2 Balearic Shearwaters. (DK Parker, R Beddard & V Stratton)
Ringing report: One of the Great Black-backed Gull chicks ringed on Looe Island on 24/06/13 has been sighted in Spain. L:BB9 was reported on 29/12/13 at Nemiña beach, Muxía, A Coruña NW Spain (43.00N – 9.16W). This is a movement of 893km and is only the 2nd bird from the Looe project recorded in Spain. Attached is photo of the bird and location map. Best wishes for the new year to everyone involved in the project. (B Taggart)

GBBG_291213  LBB9 

Marazion: 38 Turnstone, 26 Sanderling and 1 Great Skua on the beach. (DK Parker & R Beddard)
Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe.
Par Beach Pool: 1 1w Scaup still with Tufted Duck.
Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup.
Torpoint Sewerage Works: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler.
Newlyn: 4 Great Northern Divers and c55 Common Scoter. (DK Parker & R Beddard)
 Penzance: Adult drake Eider off the harbour and 2 Purple Sandpipers on Battery Rocks. (DK Parker & R Beddard)
Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 78 Teal, 38 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, 1 Cormorant, 1 Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 9 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard (1 plucking a Teal), 1 Kestrel, 2 Snipe and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker & R Beddard)
St Ives Bay: Summary of sightings today (2/1/14) from 08:15-17:00: 2-4 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 9 Great Northern Diver, 7 Bottlenose Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise, 1-2 Common Seal, 2 Black Redstart (male and female), 1 Blackcap (male), 1 Kestrel, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Turnstone, 10 Oystercatcher. No feeding events but good nos of Guillemots (~1000), Gannets (~50), Gulls (Herring, Greater Black-backed) (700) and Kittiwake (100), Shag (~100) were observed throughout the day, speculatively searching for food but mainly resting or roosting. A pod of 6 Bottle-nose Dolphins were seen at 9:50 and later throughout the day from 11:30 there was either groups of 3 and 4 of 5 and 2 – mainly seen off of Gwithian beach and commuting nw across the central portion of the bay and past the watch point.A single Harbour Porpoise followed the main channel northwards past the watch point at 14:00 On 4 occasion singles of Balearic Shearwaters were seen circling around the bay and heading west, although a pair were seen heading east mid afternoon. 1 Manx Shearwater also moved west across the bay and past watchpoint and then past Clodgy Point.An evening roost gathering of ~800 birds in Carbis Bay in fading light comprised mainly of Herring Gulls, with ~20 Greater BB, 30 Shags and 10 Gannets. (A Colenutt & R Christopher)