Tuesday 29th December 2020

Tuesday 29th December 2020

Bude Marshes: 1w Sociable Lapwing still present (wellingtons advised) also 2 Cattle Egret on the rugby pitch. (T Phillips) 2 Cattle Egret behind the marshes on rugby pitch. (Birdguides)

Update:  The Sociable Lapwing is “a Critically Endangered species that has undergone a rapid decline of more than 90% since the 1930s” (RSPB) and so for that reason we felt it important to determine whether Cornwall’s two sightings at 4 weeks and 70 miles apart were in fact the same bird. Admittedly, because of the rarity of the species it was going to be unlikely that it was two different individuals, and so that is what the photographs show. The same minute feather anomalies have appeared in photos from both Crows-an-Wra/Penwith and Bude Marshes. So just above the left eye is a small dark patch in what is otherwise the white supercilium. This patch isn’t present above the right eye but is present in pictures from both locations above the left eye. Secondly, on the upper right wing there is a pattern of white feathering in the primary coverts extending into the black wing tips that seems repeated in the two locations. And thirdly, there is a break in the centre of the black tail band, which can be seen only in the spread tail. Photographs from both locations show that break. Finally, thank you for all the extra photos received, they have definitely helped confirm that this is just one individual. Tony Mills; Assistant County Recorder.

Drift Reservoir: 1 Ring-necked Duck still with 5 Tufted Duck in NW arm, then flew to NE arm. Also 1 Stock Dove and presumed ‘parvipes-type’ Canada Goose. (D Beadle)

Pendeen: Black Redstart. (Birdguides)

Cape Cornwall: juvenile Iceland Gull, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Skua. (N Wheatley)

Lands End Airport: Black Redstart. (Birdguides)

Marazion: 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Kingfisher on Longrock Pool (D Beadle)

Coverack: 152 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Black-throated Diver, 4 Kittiwake. Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at the sewage treatment works. (D Wright, G Adams) 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Beadle)

Porthgwarra: Black Redstart. (Birdguides)

Hayle Estuary: 12 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Shoveler, 9 Goosander (6m/3f), 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Kingfisher ,20 Dunlin,15 Ringed plover, 25 Grey Plover, 9 Greenshank, 250 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 150 Lapwing, 4 Little Egret, 3 Canada Goose, 15 Shelduck, 25 Curlew, 30 Redshank, 5 Little Grebe (carnsew pool), 3 Mute swan, 25 Cormorant. (I Grant F Were) juvenile Iceland Gull, 3 Caspian Gull (adult, 2nd winter & 1st winter). (Birdguides)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 1 juvenile Glaucous Gull, 1 Great Skua. (D Eva) 1 Great Northern Diver, 5000 Herring Gull (N R Rogers)

1st winter Glaucous Gull – Nigel Rogers

Downderry: 2 male Black Redstart to east of the village. (A Payne)

Carrick Roads; Loe Beach: 5 Great Northern Diver, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

Kingfisher – John St Ledger

Red-breasted Merganser – John St Ledger

River Lynher; Wacker Quay:  40+ Avocet, 3 Curlew, large number of Shelduck feeding on mudflats. (D Sharp)

Millbrook: 1 male Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 5 Redshank, 7 Cormorant (plus one showing white, breeding plumage). (D Sharp)

Torpoint: Black-necked Grebe, Greater Scaup, Great Northern Diver, 22 Brent Geese, 60 Avocet, 5 Great-crested Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Common Gull, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull. (C Buckland)

St. John:  2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3  Redshank, 1 Little Egret, many Black-headed Gull. (D Sharp)

Rame Head: large flock of mixed Linnet & Goldfinches (60+), 1  Chough feeding near the car park. (D Sharp)

Chough – Deena Sharp



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