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Old Wednesday 9th November 2011, 16:07   #201
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OK, so not quite Falmouth, but a calling Yellow-browed Warbler was in trees opposite Carnon Downs Sewage Works this evening.
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Old Wednesday 9th November 2011, 18:18   #202
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50+ Eurasian Curlew flying over the dual carriageway nr College Res at 1625. Presumably from Stithians to roost on the estuary.
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Old Wednesday 9th November 2011, 19:13   #203
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Stithians Reservoir

At dusk tonight.....

Reservoir -

Little Egret 1

Southern Cut Off

Eurasian Wigeon 22+
Canada Goose 30+
Mallard 4
Great Tit 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
Common Teal 4
Dunnock 1
Common Magpie 10
European Robin 2
Carrion Crow 3
Common Blackbird 3
Winter Wren 2
Common Snipe 34+

Eurasian Woodcock 2 (possibly 6)
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Old Friday 11th November 2011, 14:37   #204
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Penryn estuary

today -

Mallard 5
Cormorant 2
Herring Gull 20
Black-headed Gull 73
Curlew 3
Greenshank 1
Redshank 13
GBB Gull 2
Little Egret 1
Goldcrest 2
Green Woodpecker 1
Raven over
Blue Tit 1
Song Thrush 1
Blackbird 1
Goldfinch 4
Pied Wagtail 3
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Old Saturday 12th November 2011, 18:48   #205
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Short Eared Owl over fields between Rame and Constantine.
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Old Saturday 12th November 2011, 19:47   #206
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Short Eared Owl over fields between Rame and Constantine.
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Old Saturday 12th November 2011, 20:56   #207
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A Great White Egret was reported on Birdguides today from 'Falmouth'. Any clues where?
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Old Saturday 12th November 2011, 21:37   #208
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A Great White Egret was reported on Birdguides today from 'Falmouth'. Any clues where?
"Falmouth: Great White Egret reported on Castle Beach between the rock pools and the tunnel".
Paraphrased from RBA, seems an unlikely location, but stranger things have happened.
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Old Saturday 12th November 2011, 23:02   #209
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I happened to be down at Gylly beach at that time, though I didn't have any bins and I didn't venture as far as Castle Beach but it does seem unlikely as there were plenty of dog walkers and people on the rocks. I'll investigate tomorrow morning...
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Old Sunday 13th November 2011, 12:51   #210
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Paraphrased from RBA, seems an unlikely location, but stranger things have happened.
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Old Sunday 13th November 2011, 15:24   #211
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A Great White Egret was reported on Birdguides today from 'Falmouth'. Any clues where?
I'm always cautious of news that doesnt have a name to it....
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Old Sunday 13th November 2011, 16:03   #212
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Bittern still at College Reservoir today, caught it sitting in the top of a small tree, didnt reallise they did that!!
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Old Sunday 13th November 2011, 16:10   #213
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Old Thursday 17th November 2011, 15:20   #214
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Just seen a report on Birdguides of a possible unconfirmed report of a Blackpoll Warbler at Falmouth Station with Tit flock.

Dan - are you there?!!!
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Old Thursday 17th November 2011, 16:30   #215
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The dendroica was mine (I've just moved down here as a PhD student). Had point blank views (2 metres away or so) without bins for about 15-20 seconds from half way down the access ramp before it flew off with the tit flock. Unfortunately I'm incredibly busy sorting stuff out before leaving for fieldwork tonight so thought it would be best to get the word out locally - of course it being the internet age this soon reached birdguides etc.

I'm 99.99% sure it was a dendroica and from what I saw was closest to Blackpoll (although clearly on my views I couldn't rule out Pine/Bay-breasted etc) which is the most likely species anyway. The decision to put it out as a poss. Blackpoll wasn't mine (I was going to leave it as Dendroica sp.)

Would be great if people could find it again, its incredibly annoying that whats likely to be the rarest bird I'll ever find is going to be one of those that gets away!

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Old Thursday 17th November 2011, 16:34   #216
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The dendroica was mine (I've just moved down here as a PhD student). Had point blank views (2 metres away or so) without bins for about 15-20 seconds from half way down the access ramp before it flew off with the tit flock. Unfortunately I'm incredibly busy sorting stuff out before leaving for fieldwork tonight so thought it would be best to get the word out locally - of course it being the internet age this soon reached birdguides etc.

I'm 99.99% sure it was a dendroica and from what I saw was closest to Blackpoll (although clearly on my views I couldn't rule out Pine/Bay-breasted etc) which is the most likely species anyway. The decision to put it out as a poss. Blackpoll wasn't mine (I was going to leave it as Dendroica sp.)

Would be great if people could find it again, its incredibly annoying that whats likely to be the rarest bird I'll ever find is going to be one of those that gets away!

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Mate - I'll be down first thing tomorrow morning giving the area a thorough search. I've you could spare the time before departing for fieldwork - it would be great if I could have a quick chat about what it was doing etc. My mob number is 07966 693 552.

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Old Thursday 17th November 2011, 16:45   #217
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The dendroica was mine (I've just moved down here as a PhD student). Had point blank views (2 metres away or so) without bins for about 15-20 seconds from half way down the access ramp before it flew off with the tit flock. Unfortunately I'm incredibly busy sorting stuff out before leaving for fieldwork tonight so thought it would be best to get the word out locally - of course it being the internet age this soon reached birdguides etc.

I'm 99.99% sure it was a dendroica and from what I saw was closest to Blackpoll (although clearly on my views I couldn't rule out Pine/Bay-breasted etc) which is the most likely species anyway. The decision to put it out as a poss. Blackpoll wasn't mine (I was going to leave it as Dendroica sp.)

Would be great if people could find it again, its incredibly annoying that whats likely to be the rarest bird I'll ever find is going to be one of those that gets away!

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Great stuff! If this is refound and turns out to be either of the two you didn't rule out, prepare for an invasion!!!! Even Blackpoll would attract a good crowd! I'm not due in Falmouth for a few weeks, but could make an exception!
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The dendroica was mine (I've just moved down here as a PhD student). Had point blank views (2 metres away or so) without bins for about 15-20 seconds from half way down the access ramp before it flew off with the tit flock. Unfortunately I'm incredibly busy sorting stuff out before leaving for fieldwork tonight so thought it would be best to get the word out locally - of course it being the internet age this soon reached birdguides etc.

I'm 99.99% sure it was a dendroica and from what I saw was closest to Blackpoll (although clearly on my views I couldn't rule out Pine/Bay-breasted etc) which is the most likely species anyway. The decision to put it out as a poss. Blackpoll wasn't mine (I was going to leave it as Dendroica sp.)

Would be great if people could find it again, its incredibly annoying that whats likely to be the rarest bird I'll ever find is going to be one of those that gets away!

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Spent a couple of hours down there this morning looking for it with Mark Grantham and Will Jones. No sign, but plenty of inaccessible gardens it could still be hiding in.
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Old Monday 21st November 2011, 20:02   #219
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A Great White Egret was reported on Birdguides today from 'Falmouth'. Any clues where?
Or what?

Post 42 on this thread - apparent leucistic grey heron in the area, although it was 18 months ago, possible explanation?
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Old Monday 21st November 2011, 20:10   #220
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Oh no! Well hopefully this one will stick arround for a while like the bittern last winter at College did
Down in France for another week or so (been here over a week already, but minimal internet), would be nice to come back to ... although a nice American Wood Warbler would be nice too All been kicking off!!!

(btw Jon, that's down at 'The Parents', so not really WP birding unfortunately - was hoping to hit the Pyrenees for Citril Finch, but still a 3 and 3/4 hour drive each way - bit too expensive unfortunately. And HB for the other day, whenever it was!!!! )
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Old Tuesday 29th November 2011, 18:03   #221
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Well there's now 2 bitterns at College! Giving great views as they moved about the floating plant matter right out in the open. 2 goldeneye too.
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Well there's now 2 bitterns at College! Giving great views as they moved about the floating plant matter right out in the open. 2 goldeneye too.
Keep 'em there, I'll be back in Falmouth for a few days in early December!!!!!
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Old Saturday 3rd December 2011, 15:33   #223
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Down at Swanpool late morning/early afternoon there were 5 med gulls (4 ads. and 1cy), 2 chiffchaffs, 2-3 water rails (including really good views of one) as as all the normal stuff

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College/Argal this morning, 8:45 -10:45 Windy, fine drizzle in part.

Argal Reservoir

Cormorant 1
Mute Swan 1
Mallard 30+
BH Gull 30+
Med Gull 1 1stw
Goldcrest 2 +
Redwing 2
Mistle Thrush 1
Meadow Pipit 3
Bullfinch 6+, Grey Wagtail 2, LTTits etc etc
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College Reservoir


Mute Swan 2
Wigeon c. 144
American/Eurasian Wigeon 1 drake hybrid
Teal 27
Shoveler 1f type
Gadwall 1f type
Pintail 2 f type
Tufted Duck c.33
Coot c.77
Moorhen 3+
Little Grebe 3
Snipe 15+
Cormorant 5+
Herring Gull 300+
GBBGull 3+
LBBGull 2+
Med Gull 6 (5ad, 1 2ndw)
BH Gull 20+

Quiet on the passerine front, GSW etc

Managed to see the Bittern last week, no sign this morning for me. Looks like they are opening up College more - wide access now from roadside and a fair amount of tree-felling/scrub clearing etc. Hence first dog walker in ages (at least 6 at Argal). Tried taking some rubbish pics of the beautiful duck- light too poor though. Presumably returning bird from previous years.
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... the true meaning of the phrase 'record pics'

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