December 2018 News

Kuzma Minin Update: 

The Kuzma Minin has now been moved to a buoy within the Carrick Roads for further inspections and to organise salvage operations. There have been no reports of oil spills but we remain concerned if there was any damage that could result in an oil spill.

The RSPB is asking people to report any sightings of birds in that area, Falmouth Bay, the Carrick Roads, Gerrans and Veryan Bay to the CBWPS website and [email protected] as soon as possible so we can help highlight any sensitive areas for divers and grebes in particular that need protecting, to the authorities in the event of any oil spill. Please also report any signs of oiled birds to CBWPS/RSPB (and also report any live oiled birds to RSPCA 0300 1234 999). Many thanks for your help and any queries do call.

Cornwall Birds in the Press: the joint walk with SWLakes and CBWPS on the 18th November made it to the local press!  A report and full species list can also be found in the field meetings reports section on the website HERE.

> – Bird Walk at Argal and College Reservoirs< .

Brian Field Tribute: A warm tribute to Cornwall birder Brian Field can be found on the website HERE

‘Seabirds Count’ Survey Update: offshore surveying completed for the year.

BiC Update: Awaiting further updates, however the 2017 report was reportedly last at section writer stage.

Pied Wheatear, Phil Taylor

2018 Cornwall County List: The Pied Wheatear at Trevose Head and the third Pallid Swift for the County (after birds in 2007 in Wadebridge and 2009 at Nanjizal) bring the county total to a provisional 299 for the year.The updated county list can be found on the website –  County List 2018

Membership Subscriptions: As per the latest Palores there will be a slight membership rate rise in the New Year. This is in keeping with rising costs and yet still represents great value for money. It should be noted that there is no need to physically post either form – members can amend their own Standing Orders (SO) online with their bank (or in branch), and Gift Aid Declarations do not require a signature – hence a scan of the form or information therein (name and address) can be forwarded on to the Membership Secretary by email.

Taking out a digital Palores (emailed pdf version) in your membership will also save the society a substantial sum which can be put towards other society aims.

Barn Owls in Cornwall: The partnership and funding from Paradise Park near Hayle will be continuing on into the future. Currently the park has funded a number of new nestboxes in the county and helped in their monitoring. The society plans to install webcams in several of these nestboxes next spring in order to share the Barn Owl love more widely with our members and Barn Owl supporters everywhere. Please click on the image below or visit – Cornwalls Barn Owls to find out more on the partnership so far –

Cornwall’s Barn Owls get more support from Paradise Park

Palores Reminder: The deadline for articles for the next Palores is 5th January. Please send content, including articles and birding snippets to Simon Marquis at [email protected].

10th December Mermaid Pelagic: There will be a pelagic leaving Penzance harbour for a tour of seaduck etc in Mounts Bay next Monday, 10th December. More details will follow shortly.

Update: A successful trip with the following seen: 6+ Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Velvet Scoter, 30+ Common Scoter, 5 Eider Duck, 1 Goldeneye, Bluefin Tuna, Common Dolphins, and 60+ Grey Seal on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliot)

Amur Falcon prints: Martin Elliot has produced an atmospheric picture of last years Amur Falcon, a first for Cornwall and only the UK’s second. It is available as a limited edition, signed archival giclée print. The size is A4 and will cost £28 including P+P. Prints can be bought directly from Martin on 07875 295457.


Other items – other national and global news items that we would like to bring your attention to, often as mentioned on the twitter account.

Mist nets on ebay: Ebay have been selling spring traps and mist nets on a global scale, apparently in high volume over 1400 current listings).  There is no legitimate use for small spring traps and licensed ringers source mist nets elsewhere. Please sign it, and also consider sharing it with anyone who might be opposed to this.

Petition at – Stop ebay selling mist nets online

Last Song of the Nightingale: These excellent folk are hoping to make a documentary about Nightingales, to raise awareness and inspire people to save them – before the Nightingale sings its last song. The principle applies to all our vulnerable and disappearing wildlife. Please help out if you can and watch the video:

Last Call – 2017 records requiring further information: There are a number of county and BBRC rares still requiring description or submission to the county recorder. Without the birds being submitted they will be unable to go on the county record or be published in the forthcoming 2017 BiC Annual Report. A full list and information can be found on the website HERE .

CBWPS 12 Birds of Christmas – vote now for your favourite 2018 bird photo from the Daily Sightings page over the last year at cbwpsword/12birds-of-christmas . We’ll be posting up a new selection each day, to find the 12 best pics of 2018, followed by a final vote to find your overall favourite!