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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 13:36   #151
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Hope the heron stays until the 29th Will. Not the best quality, but just to show you what you're missing...
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Old Wednesday 27th April 2011, 20:42   #152
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No sign of the Purple Heron in a brief look this evening.

Other birds on College Res included;

Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 3 roosting
Canada Goose c.20 (included a pair with nest)
White-fronted Goose 1
Herring Gull 18
GBB Gull 3

Argal Res-

Great Crested Grebe 2
Grey Heron 2
Swallow c.20 washing/drinking
Mallard 5

Gripping stuff. Actually, just remembered on monday (25th) there was a female Mallard with 9 ducklings on Argal.
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Old Friday 29th April 2011, 00:27   #153
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Hope the heron stays until the 29th Will. Not the best quality, but just to show you what you're missing...
Nice... but cruel

Meant to post my pics up a few weeks back ... better never than late I guess ... ?

The orchid - Early Purple?
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Old Saturday 30th April 2011, 00:09   #154
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nice photos guys, yes it is an early purple orchid.
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Cheers. Really rusty on plants (and birds and mammals and ... )

Anyway, I'm off tomorrow (again) for about 3 weeks, off to Turkey and neighboring areas this time, which should be fun. Good birding too. If I get back, look forward to seeing what's been about in the area - to be honest I'm thinking I'd much rather be here checking the reservoirs and coast, but once I actually get there I'm sure I'll enjoy it. I know I'm not going to get any sympathy anyway ...

Reckon Falmouth is about due a mega though ... whether anyone clocks it before the early morning dog walkers flush it remains to be seen ...
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Old Thursday 5th May 2011, 23:36   #156
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Single Sandwich Tern today sitting on one of the bouys of Gyllynvase Beach. Nothing else to report...
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Honey Buzzard reported today from Swanpool, rather depressing as could quite easily have flown past my bedroom window where i'm currently incarcerated whilst revising.
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Old Wednesday 25th May 2011, 16:34   #158
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Honey Buzzard reported today from Swanpool, rather depressing as could quite easily have flown past my bedroom window where i'm currently incarcerated whilst revising.
Bit of a downer. Not quite the mega I was predicting, but undoubtably a good bird for the SW. Went to the reservoirs this morning, very quiet of course. Highlights (if you can call them that when you've just been enjoying more exotic fare abroad);

College Reservoir - Mute Swan, Canada Goose, 3 Herring Gulls

Argal Reservoir - Mallard 8m, 3f with broods of 9, 4 and 4 respectively, Common Swift 6, Sedge Warbler 1 singing, Whitethroat 1 singing, Chiffchaff 3+, Willow Warbler 3
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Mostly quiet these days, but did a bit of a circuit early this morning.

College Res - 51 Canada Goose flew in at 5:30am, Goldcrest, 2 imm Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 1 Willow Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker etc

Argal Res - dozen or so Common Swift about, 5+ Mallard, 2 ad Grey Heron, 4 singing Whitethroat with 2 additional ad males seen (c. 3 females seen), 5+ Bullfinch, 4+ Blackcap, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Linnet, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs, young of various species including Dunnock ... etc etc

Swanpool - Pair of swans with 6 young goslings, 1 GBB Gull

Pendennis Point - 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Oystercatcher roosting

Falmouth Bay - 4 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 1 Gannet on the sea.

Then it was about to rain so I went home.
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Old Friday 10th June 2011, 17:39   #160
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Swanpool - Pair of swans with 6 young goslings,
I hope you mean Cygnets Dan.....

I dashed down to the Lizard yesterday morning but the Common Rosefinch had moved on. We did meet a guy who had had spectacular views of it on Tuesday. He mentioned the word scarlet several times.... all those I've seen over the years have been autumn/winter birds in pretty dull plumage, so had hoped for better. AH well, another day....
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Old Friday 10th June 2011, 18:53   #161
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I reckon it'll still be in the area, though I also dipped it a few days ago
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Old Friday 10th June 2011, 22:25   #162
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Did the 2 reservoirs late this morning in the rain. Water levels low at Argal.

Argal Reservoir -

Common Sandpiper 2
Cormorant 3+
Great Crested Grebe 1
Mallard 20
Grey Wagtail 1
BH Gull 5
Swallow c.40
Chiffchaff lots calling
Willow Warbler 2
Whitethroat 1

Collge Reservoir -

Cormorant 5
Herring Gull 51
GBB Gull 1
Water Rail 1 (h)
Mute Swan 1
Moorhen 1
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Pendennis, Gyllyngvase and Swanpool this morning (c.6.45 to 9.00)

Some of the commoner birds and highlights include;

Pendennis - Linnet 4, Buzzard 3, mixed hirundine flock c.40 (Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin), Bullfinch, Blackcap and Chiffchaff heard. 5 Oystercatcher with another 20 roosting in the NW corner.

Gyllyngvase Beach -
Sandwich Tern 2 (ad and 1st year, pushed back out to sea by Herring Gulls)
Mediterranean Gull 5 (4 ad and 1 bird with black bare part colours, but fully pale wings and faint tail band = 2nd summer I guess)
Sanderling 7, briefly before flushed by the first beach-goers.
Gannet 1 in bay, others further out, Shags and Cormorants.

Swanpool - pair Mute Swans with 6 large, erm, cygnets, Common Sandpiper 1, 2 ad and 2 large young Fulmar on the breeding cliffs.

Nice to be out before the dog walkers, although those out later were polite enough on the whole
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... and the reservoirs again this morning, even woke up before the alarm went off

Argal Reservoir 6:50 - 8:00

Common Sandpiper 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Greenshank 1 (with nice yellow legs!)
Curlew 37
Little Egret 1

Grey Heron 2
Great Crested Grebe 1
Mallard 27
Moorhen 1
Cormorant 4
Common Swift 1
Swallow 30+ , Coal Tit 3, Goldfinch, GSW 2, etc

College Reservoir 8:00 -8:50

Mute Swan 1
Coot 12
Moorhen 1
Cormorant 15 (all bar one at roost)
Grey Heron 3

Nuthatch 2
Green Woodpecker 1
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6:30 -8:30 or so this morning before the rain started ...

Falmouth docks - 40+ Great Black-backed Gull

Pendennis - Peregrine flying across the bay (and having a teasing look at a young Herring Gull as it did so), 90 Swallow

Gyllyngvase area - Med Gull 1 ad, Curlew 1, Raven 2 past

Swanpool beach - Med Gull (2 ad, 1 2s)
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Dan I was in Falmouth briefly a few weeks back and saw a Peregrine over my Dad's house in Trescobeas Road - it had just made a kill and flew off towards the industrial estate.
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Dan I was in Falmouth briefly a few weeks back and saw a Peregrine over my Dad's house in Trescobeas Road - it had just made a kill and flew off towards the industrial estate.
They are about, looking at reports over the last few weeks. Yet to see one from my place though! And won't be long before the Oystercatchers and Curlews are back on the field opposite the fire station again ...

On the subject of overflying raptors, see a Goshawk was reported over Falmouth last sunday, mobbed by Ravens (which could have been a useful aid to the id ... ! ) Chanced by Stithians Reservoir briefly yesterday afternoon, saw a Whimbrel and a Yellow Wagtail (along with 20+ Pieds), although the mass fall of waders reported (Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone and Wood Sands etc) had either moved on or been dispersed by the shoreline dog walking activities of the locals ...

Water levels pretty low there too.
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Argal Reservoir this morning (7:15 - 8:30), foggy, hadn't really cleared before I had to leave. Only encountered 2 Grey Heron and the odd BH Gull, until I reached the 'beach' back near the car park;

Common Sandpiper 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Greenshank 1
Kingfisher 1
Mallard 32
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Managed to get on in a little more wader action at the reservoirs this morning. Unfortunately nothing too exciting in wider terms, although a first and 2 high site counts for me in wader terms. c. 8am -9.30am

Argal Reservoir

Curlew 42
Common Sandpiper 6
Ringed Plover 11
Dunlin 1
Black headed Gull c. 40
Swallow 200+
House Martin 2+
Sand Martin 1
Wheatear 1
Mallard c. 20
Grey Heron 1

College Reservoir

Grey Heron 1
Cormorant 15 roosting
Moorhen 1
Coot 8
Wigeon 1
Herring gull 120
LBBGull 1
Loud plop (heard) 1 (possible otter?)
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Argal Reservoir in the rain this afternoon; -


Ringed Plover 10 (mostly juv)
Dunlin 2 (juv)
Greenshank 1 juv
Teal 1
Mallard 32
Grey Heron 2
BH Gull 20+
Cormorant 3
Swallow 150+
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Argal reservoir at midday -

Ringed Plover 10 (9 juv, 1 ad - yesterday's assignation meant to be an approximation!)
Dunlin 2 juv
Common Sandpiper 1
Curlew 17+
Swallow c.80
Sand Martin 1+
Teal 1
Grey Heron 2
Cormorant 6+
Grey Wagtail 1 etc

College Reservoir
Coot 20
Wigeon 1
Herring Gull 98
LBB Gull 1
etc

Called in at Devoran on the way to Truro this afternoon, waders and stuff included ;

Spotted Redshank 1
Redshank 60+
Greenshank 9
Curlew 90+
Ringed Plover 3+
Dunlin 3
Knot 10
Little Egret 3+
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Argal Reservoir this afternoon -

Dunlin 2 juv
Common Sandpiper 4
Curlew 23+

Brief visit to both ends, just possibly the Ringed Plover could still be present ...
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Argal Reservoir early this afternoon, on the way to a semi-successful twitch at Hayle -

Arctic Tern 2
Dunlin 2 juv
Ringed Plover 5 juv
Greenshank 1 juv
Common Sandpiper 4
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Argal Res this morning ... felt the need to check it out for yank waders whilst waiting for news of the Yellowlegs. No rare american shorebirds, but there was a rarity ...


Arctic Tern 1 (ad w)
Dunlin 5 juv
Ringed Plover 4 juv
Curlew 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Wigeon 1 f

and the mega ...

Shelduck 1 juv ...
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