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Read finders’ accounts of some of the county’s rarest birds and analyses by our members of the status of various species.

Articles

Read finders’ accounts of some of the county’s rarest birds and analyses by our members of the status of various species.

Swift Report – Winter 2022

Spring 2021 saw the relaunch of the Cornwall Swift Breeding Survey which was postponed from 2020 when, due to Covid-19, it was not feasible to ask people to go…

Red Kites in Cornwall – Autumn 2021

In recent years, Red Kites have become an increasingly familiar sight in Cornwall during the summer months. Settled, mid-summer, high-pressure systems bring large numbers of birds into the county,…

Calstock Wetlands – Autumn 2021

In late 2019, the Environment Agency began work to upgrade the flood defence scheme on the River Tamar at Calstock. This involved building new embankments inland, breaching the redundant…

A rather Sociable Lapwing – Winter 2021

In 2020, a year that the vast majority of us hope to forget and put behind us, a remarkable observation of the sociable kind took Cornwall’s birding community by…

Mullion Island and the rubber band mystery – Winter 2020

A mystery is presently foxing the National Trust’s Lizard Ranger team. Mullion Island, a 2.5 ha rocky outpost 1km off Mullion Harbour, is strewn in thousands of small elastic…

Red footed Falcon in Cornwall – Spring 2019

The Red-footed Falcon is a very rare vagrant to Cornwall but May and June is the prime time to find one. The species breeds in eastern Europe across to…

Seawatching – Summer 2017

This summer in Cornwall has been notable for a number of interesting seabird occurrences. Dave Flumm takes a look at some of the factors at play and possible reasons behind…

Seawatching in Cornwall – Late Summer

An Introduction to Seawatching in Cornwall –  Late Summer 1. Where to go 2. When to go 3. Seawatching – the basics As the first of the summer storms…

Cattle Egret Survey Summer 2017

UPDATE: The results are in and the article including the results of this survey on the Cattle Egret influx 2016/2017 can be found – > HERE < The Cattle…

Tundra Peregrine

This individual was first seen at Amble Marshes Cornwall 12th December 2010 and first reported as a Lanner Falcon. I watched it for the first time at Amble Marshes…

Iberian Chiffchaff

A singing Iberian Chiffchaff was observed near Soap Cove, Kynance, at Jolly Town Farm on the 20th April 2013 by M Grantham, T Blunden & J Foster. Photographs and…

Gadwall breeding in Cornwall

Cornwall’s first successful breeding of Gadwall, at Walmsley Sanctuary in 2012. This appears to be the first breeding record of Gadwall in Cornwall and represents a considerable achievement for…

Wintering Black Redstarts

Usually in late autumn Black Redstarts arrive from their breeding grounds somewhere to the east, and spend a relatively warmer winter in coastal locations, like the town of Wadebridge,…

Rock Thrush

The report of a Rock Thrush seen by CBWPS stalwart Roy Phillips at Carn Vellan cliffs between Botallack and Geevor late afternoon on the 13th March caused no little…