Tuesday 31st July 2018

Tuesday 31st July 2018

The Tower hide at Walmsley Sanctuary will not be useable on Thursday 2nd August, it is being treated with preservative to make sure that its lasts for many more years.

Late news: The juvenile Mediterranean Gull bearing yellow colour ring AY.NN on Marazion Beach 13th July 2018 was ringed on 15th June at Lobnitz Gravel Pit, Leipzig, Germany. (J Hawkey)

Late news, 30/7, Padstow Sealife Safari between Camel Estuary and Port Isaac Bay: c. 100 Manx Shearwater, 53 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Sandwich Tern (including adult feeding juvenile on sandbar), 1 Puffin, 9 Gannet. Also Cormorants, Shags, Kittiwakes, Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, Black-headed and Herring Gulls. (D Trevelyan)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Mute swan, 10 Mallard, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe including just 1 juv, 35 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, juv Stonechat, 1 Reed Warbler & 3 Sedge Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion: c30 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover and 9 Turnstone on the beach. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 20 Redshanks, 2 Greenshanks, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 2 Little Egrets on Lelant Saltings. 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Redshanks, 75 Curlews, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Kingfisher and at least 2 ad. Mediterranean Gulls amongst 200+ Black-headed Gulls on Ryan’s Field. Also 1 Stoat, playing with pebbles! (R Butts) 1 probable ad. Little Stint briefly this evening before pushed off by incoming tide, also 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Greenshank. (R Veal)

Stoat, Roger Butts

Stoat, Roger Butts

Ryan’s Field: 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 8 Black-headed Gull. (K Bowers)

Reed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

Drift Reservoir (members only): Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper still present in the NW arm.

Maer Lake: 5 Teal, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Marsh Harrier. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare) One immature Marsh Harrier, quartering lake before heading northwards along coast before returning to circle high above water, then drifting off north 11.55 – 12.00. (S Gale)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Juv Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Yellow legged Gull (1 ad 1 juv). (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Tywardreath: 1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker on garden feeder. (R. Barlow)

Par Duck Pond & surrounds: 5 Mute Swan (including 3 young), 27 Mallard, 11 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 2 juvenile Moorhen, 7 Jackdaw, 2 Blackbird ( 1 male, 1 young), 1 Dunnock, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Swallow. (R. Barlow)

Illogan: Holly Blue in private garden. (J Baker)

Truro, Pydar Street: 1 female Peregrine plucking a pigeon on top of Boots in the middle of the gull colony. Gulls going crazy, but all young now flying. This year 14 pairs of Lesser Black backs, 6 successfully fledging 8 young, 1 pair of Greater Black backs fledging 2 young. Over 100 pairs of Herring Gulls, of 33 nests monitored 19 successfully fledged 33 young. Lower success rate this year due to increased levels of predation at egg and young stages, and the effects of heatwave conditions. (D Eva)

Porthtowan: Pair Fulmar flying around and feeding 2 well grown juvs on West Cliff. (D Jenkins)

Downderry: 26 Mediterranean Gulls flew west before 07:55. (A Payne) seawatch 05:00-10:00: 100 Manx Shearwaters west some heading back, 1 Sooty Shearwater,1 Great Skua, 2 Common Scoter, Gannets, 3 adult Med Gulls, 3 GBB Gull, 15 Black-headed Gulls, 12 Cormorants, 1 f Kestrel, 3 Oystercatchers. (C Buckland)

Constantine Bay to Trevone: As I neared Trevone a small group of Gulls on the rocks below me were mostly Mediterranean Gulls (about 12, mixed adult 2s and juvs). An adult and juvenile Sandwich Tern there too. Further along a ploughed field had a large flock of Gulls but unfortunately the heat haze made it difficult to be sure of the id of all of them. I reckon at least 30 were Mediterranean Gulls. Finally, almost into Trevone another loafing flock of Gulls on the rocks had another 20+ Mediterranean Gulls. (J Turner)

East Pentire, Newquay: 8 Common Scoter flew west. (S Rowe)

Pendeen seawatch 07:45-08:45: 2 Med Gulls, light passage of Manx Shearwaters. also Harbour Porpoise. Also juv. Yellowhammer (patch Mega!), juv. Willow Warbler, juv. Whitethroat, Peregrine, Kestrel, Raven, Buzzard. Also Hummingbird Hawkmoth (Adam Hartley)

Penzance: eclipse drake Eider off the bus shelter.  (Adam Hartley)