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Old Thursday 9th January 2014, 20:41   #1251
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Dead shag from today at the west end of Gyllyngvase Beach - bit of a weird one.

Record shot of Sarnie Tern.

Also happy that the diver sp. from the other week was a BT Diver (should have retained it anyway tbh). http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=273968
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This morning's highlights -

Falmouth Bay - 3 Slav Grebe, 3 Common Scoter (3 distant, 1 f not far off Tunnel beach). 1 Whimbrel and 1 Redshank at Castle Beach.

Pendennis - 1 Purple Sandpiper, 5 GND tho mostly distant, c.20 Siskin over, Raven over, Buzzard, 4 Bullfinch etc

Carrick Roads - 8+ GND, c. 20 BN Grebe, c.20 RB Merganser (distantly scoped from the Pendenis peninsula!)

1 Oiled Guillemot on the east side of Pendennis. Gannets, Kittiwakes and auks at sea in small numbers.



Heard report that Glaucous Gull was at Swanpool early afternoon today and Grey Phalarope at Pendennis ...
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Old Saturday 11th January 2014, 15:02   #1253
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Out and about today in the warm sunshine


Stithians Res

Goldeneye 1m 2f
Wigeon x4
Cormorant x4
Canada goose x60
Raven

Southern cut
Water Rail
Reed bunting m

Gorrangorras
Curlew
Redshank
Little Grebe x3
Little Egret x4 in field above

Castle Beach
Turnstone x13
O'catcher x18
Curlew
Whimbrel
Redshank
Black Redstart f
Stonechat x2 m f
Ripit x3
Grey Wagtail
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Old Saturday 11th January 2014, 16:16   #1254
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Makes a change from wind and rain!

No sign of a glonk in a couple of brief looks at Swanpool this afternoon, but plenty of people.

Swanpool


c. 200 BH Gull
90+ Herring Gull (birds continuously leaving and arriving, but 90 maxima at one time)
2 LBBGull
2+ GBBGull
1 Med Gull
1 Kittiwake
Nuthatch and Green Woodie heard etc

Swanpool Point

7 Ringed Plover
c.20 Turnstone
1 Little Egret resting on the cliffs

Also a few Redwing about, c.25 Meadow Pipit in the field at Start of Pennance Head and 3 RB Merganser flew out of the Carrick Roads past St Anthony's Head.
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Old Saturday 11th January 2014, 21:14   #1255
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OK guys, managing to decipher your abbreviations so far but 'glonk' has stumped me (And wikipedia)
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Old Saturday 11th January 2014, 21:48   #1256
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Sorry!

Glaucous Gull. Twitcher's term I guess (from the 80's?), not quite sure why, but perhaps descriptive of its brutish demeanour + gl ... ??
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Old Saturday 11th January 2014, 22:35   #1257
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Old Sunday 12th January 2014, 00:28   #1258
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More usage in here -

http://www.birdforum.net/search.php?searchid=14526674

Personally I actually prefer 'Glaucous Gull', but was attempting to save on typing. Which proved totally counter-productive as it turns out
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Old Sunday 12th January 2014, 07:39   #1259
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More usage in here -

http://www.birdforum.net/search.php?searchid=14526674

Personally I actually prefer 'Glaucous Gull', but was attempting to save on typing. Which proved totally counter-productive as it turns out
I would like "Glork" cos it kinda sounds like it!!

Presumably the Glork was on pool as opposed to sitting on the car park with the BH gulls.

Gonna have a hunt around this AM before the rain hits...

PS well done on the deciphering FishyBarry!!
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I would like "Glork" cos it kinda sounds like it!!

Presumably the Glork was on pool as opposed to sitting on the car park with the BH gulls.

Gonna have a hunt around this AM before the rain hits...

PS well done on the deciphering FishyBarry!!
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=78471

Summin that you started, Dan, in 2007!!
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Old Sunday 12th January 2014, 11:45   #1261
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Summin that you started, Dan, in 2007!
All educational If I'd connected with the bird I'm sure it would have been written out fully, in bold, and underlined

Out this morning for a few hours, bumped into Samuel, a spot of seawatching from above Swanpool Point and a look at Swanpool too, easterly component to the wind so not expecting much tho, and windy for passerines too

Falmouth Bay

1 GND, 2+ RNGrebe, 1 Slav Grebe, with 3 Diver sp. west probably the highlights.
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I don't have much to add to Dan's totals from today except for 2 distant small grebe spp. (probably Slavs), 2 Ravens a couple adult Med Gulls, at least 3 Fulmar and a decent number of auks moving offshore in a general E to W direction.

I must admit, I was more relieved to have the brief opportunity to get outdoors than actually aim at seeing something. Patching for me will commence in earnest after the 14th () as I have a lot to catch up on with the Foot it and Patchwork challenge so will post more regular updates from then onwards.
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Had a quick sniff around Pendennis Point, just a few Gannets flying over and one Fulmar.

At Castle Beach a Razorbill and a couple of Little Egret and the billy-no-mates Redshank

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Yep forgot 4 Med Gull past, Fulmars kicking about and a few Razorbill and Guillemot on the sea, in addition to distant moving auks, Gannets and Kittiwakes.


The Redshank is interesting - an uncommon bird on the shoreline.

With the one or two Curlew that hang about on the rocky shoreline I wonder if these are from a different population/ range or a learned feeding behaviour preference from the normal group which feed in grassy fields/mudflats as per the roosting flock around the Penryn River.
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Yep forgot 4 Med Gull past, Fulmars kicking about and a few Razorbill and Guillemot on the sea, in addition to distant moving auks, Gannets and Kittiwakes.


The Redshank is interesting - an uncommon bird on the shoreline.

With the one or two Curlew that hang about on the rocky shoreline I wonder if these are from a different population/ range or a learned feeding behaviour preference from the normal group which feed in grassy fields/mudflats as per the roosting flock around the Penryn River.
Is the Redshank copying Turnstone foraging?

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A quick foray this morning. Seawatch from Swanpool point, sw winds but not strong. A sweep of the bay produced c.30 Gannets moving west, including a few flocks of c.8-10, most birds recently have been individuals. Falmouth Bay -

1 Balearic Shearwater (pale) west
A few Kittiwakes and auks west
1 Med Gull
1 Slav Grebe
1 RN Grebe
1 BT Diver not too far out
4 GN Diver scattered
30+ Guillemot
3 Razorbill
Fulmar (+on the cliffs), no large Shag flock.

1 dead Razorbill on Swanpool beach.

Swanpool - c.40 Tufted Duck, 2 Raven over
Swanvale - Nuthatch, Water Rail
Falmouth cemetary - Sparrowhawk, 5+ Redwing etc


This afternoon -

Penryn River, Gorrangorras

3 Greenshank, c.30 each Curlew and Redshank, c.10 Mute Swan, 8 Teal, 1 Turnstone, 5+ Little Grebe
In the fields behind - 100+ Chaffinch, 5 Redwing, 25+ Starling etc

Greenbank Gardens -

3 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, with 1 Guillemot in Falmouth Harbour.
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Bit of an epic today, mostly down to the 'foot-it' challenge.

Falmouth -

Restormel/Wodehouse Terrace - 1 f Black Redstart

Greenbank Gardens - Common Sandpiper still

Gorrangorras - 2 Sandwich Terns roosting (c.9:30, also in flight at c.2pm still). Also Greenshank, c.20 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone, 12 Teal, 2 Mallard, 18 Mute Swan, Moorhen. Kingfisher on the rising tide (c.2pm) etc

Flushing - 6 Blackcap in Ivy (+others elsewhere)

Carrick Roads (from Mylor Churchtown and to Trefusis Point)-

9 Great Northern Diver
2 Black-throated Diver
4 Diver sp. (in the seaward half, but looking into the sun).
57 Black-necked Grebe
6 BN/Slav Grebe (too distant to tell which)
3 Great Crested Grebe
2+ Little Grebe
3 Eider (2f 1m)
1 Common Scoter f
25+ Red-breasted Merganser
4 Razorbill
2 Curlew, Redshank etc
1 Chiffchaff
50+ Canada Goose in flight

Mylor peninsula
- flock c.100 Redwing

Bissom/Gorrangorras sewage works (for want of a better name)

3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest


Trescobeas Park stubble field - 12 Skylark

Hit my target of 90, on foot, within a 2 mile radius of the house in January, currently on 91 with several 'common' species still to get. But a bit tired right now.
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Hit my target of 90, on foot, within a 2 mile radius of the house in January, currently on 91 with several 'common' species still to get. But a bit tired right now.
Congrats! Seems I have a lot of catching up to do
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Cheers, bit surprised, but there was a fair bit of birding involved.

You've still got two weeks (just have to skip a few lectures along the way ) ... plus I'm probably going to have to do some work/start driving again, so not expecting too many more!
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This morning from Swanpool Point -

3 Black-throated Divers west
1 Red-throated Diver west
2 Great Northern Divers on the sea
2 Med Gulls in the dog walking field with 150+ BH Gulls
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First decent chance to do an afternoons patching in a long time.

First off, Swanpool, which produced the necessary garden bird species for the foot it challenge list including Bullfinches.

Swanpool Point finally rewarded me with my first patch Black-throated Diver (unfortunately I missed out on the big numbers earlier in the year). Also about were 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 GNDs, 1 RNGrebe, several Guillemots amongst the feeding flock of Shags. A Cormorant, Fulmar and Razorbill were also seen flying around the bay.

I bumped into Greg at Swanpool Point before continuing down to the rocky shore in our search for washed up sea birds. We worked our way along from Swanpool Point to Castle Beach before retracing our steps back to Swanpool.

Dead Bird counts along the stretch include:

Swanpool Beach:

Shag 1 (no head and foot missing too)
Razorbill (probably an adult as it had 3 grooves beyond the vertical white stripe on the bill)

Gylly Beach:

Shag 3

Castle Beach:

GND 1 (no head)
Guillemot 1

Live birds were a little more enjoyable and included the long-staying Black Redstart still at Castle Beach along with 4 Rock Pipits and a Mipit. The Redshank was also on the rocky shore along with a single Whimbrel.
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Forget to mention the most bizarre sighting of the day! I was walking back through town, near the Rugby club, when a Kingfisher shot across the road and down a side ally at the southern end of Tregenver Road !! Needless to say it took me totally by surprise but the iridescent blue flash on the mantle was unmistakable (not to mention its shape and jizz).
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But it won't count for the foot it cos I went by car ...


This morning -

1 Black-throated Diver offshore with the 200+ Shag flock, a further 8 distantly.
1 GNDiver off Pendennis with 1 Slav Grebe


Swanvale - 1 Water Rail, showing nicely, also 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers (GSW), territorial drumming and display.
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