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Old Friday 16th January 2015, 11:12   #1801
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An NGB (Next Generation Birder) just posted pics up on a facebook page of a YBW taken at College Res (at the southern end)! Another person on another facebook page also posted up a pic of a sawbill taken from the pier at Church Street. Pics are tiny but it looks like it could be a female RBMerg or perhaps something more interesting.

Looks like trawling the internet has produced some good local birds!
Interesting! Got a link? It was pretty miserable weather-wise on our visit, so don't recall any passerines much, excepting a few brief views down by the waters edge.

Also popped into town myslef mid-afternoon, but didn't see any blackreds this end, despite taking a detour via Marlborough.



Presume the local Scaup will get picked up on the WeBS counts this weekend, if not -

http://www.bto.org/news-events/news/...-swans-weekend
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Old Friday 16th January 2015, 15:45   #1802
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Interesting! Got a link? It was pretty miserable weather-wise on our visit, so don't recall any passerines much, excepting a few brief views down by the waters edge.

Also popped into town myslef mid-afternoon, but didn't see any blackreds this end, despite taking a detour via Marlborough.



Presume the local Scaup will get picked up on the WeBS counts this weekend, if not -

http://www.bto.org/news-events/news/...-swans-weekend
This link might work
https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/...c1&oe=552BC8C3

Was going to mention that Scaup survey to you when we do the WeBS count. If we do make it this weekend visiting College Res and Swanpool should definitely be on the cards.
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Old Friday 16th January 2015, 16:05   #1803
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Here's the Merg (a closer look reveals it wasn't a Goosander after all) https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.n...f7df1e9b7d0816
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YBW still present today according to person who photographed it yesterday. In this area https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...b9e504a5fd51a3 I think that's around here: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x...&ay=33360&lm=0
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Back out patching with Dan once again. :)

Stithians Res:

Slav Grebe, 13 Snipe (7 in the southern cutoff, 6 in the northern cutoff), 1 Peregrine, 1-2 Ringed Plover (need to check pics to see if 2 separate sightings are of different individuals). Wildfowl include double figures of Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Canada Geese. Also 6 fem. Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 3 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wag, 3 Song Thrushes, 30-40 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Water Rail, 3 Curlew, Raven (heard only) and Reed Bunting at the feeders.

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Yellow-browed Warbler showing nicely on the western bank c.200m North of wooden footbridge at the southern end. Precise location of bird here: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x...&ay=33327&lm=0
Also 2 drk Scaup lingering around near the island and diving regularly, 7 Goldcrest and 4 Chiffchaffs.

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Old Saturday 17th January 2015, 21:51   #1806
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Back out patching with Dan once again. :)

Stithians Res:

Slav Grebe, 13 Snipe (7 in the southern cutoff, 6 in the northern cutoff), 1 Peregrine, 1-2 Ringed Plover (need to check pics to see if 2 separate sightings are of different individuals). Wildfowl include double figures of Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Canada Geese. Also 6 fem. Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 3 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wag, 3 Song Thrushes, 30-40 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Water Rail, 3 Curlew, Raven (heard only) and Reed Bunting at the feeders.

College Res:

Yellow-browed Warbler showing nicely on the western bank c.200m North of wooden footbridge at the southern end. Precise location of bird here: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x...&ay=33327&lm=0
Also 2 drk Scaup lingering around near the island and diving regularly, 7 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs.
Birding is Life Though ...

I've updated the Stithians blog of the part spent birding there (although didn't concentrate too highly on counts as the WeBS was y'day) - http://stithiansreservoirbirding.blogspot.co.uk/ . Think the Ringed Plover was just one, allowing for lighting, but I'll try and post both up later.

Think we had 4 Chiffs at College in the end?


The Yellow-browed was very nice - easy to find and a patch tick, so no complaints there. We also bumped into Fishybarry and his mate (otters - that was what it was now!)
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Another enjoyable read, nice one!

It was indeed 4 Chiffs, couldn't quite remember whilst I was writing it all down, was just going to rely on you picking up any of my mistakes.

Also 6+ Bullfinches around the fields at Treverva.

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Old Sunday 18th January 2015, 10:54   #1808
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Another enjoyable read, nice one!

It was indeed 4 Chiffs, couldn't quite remember whilst I was writing it all down, was just going to rely on you picking up any of my mistakes.

Also 6+ Bullfinches around the fields at Treverva.

PS. That's the assumption I'm running on
Cheers!

Bullfinches definitely about at the mo (I won't mention the 2 GCG's, 30 Canada Geese and 6 Teal at College though )

Spoke to J St Ledger this morning - he said there were 2 Common Sandpipers on the penryn river this morning - 1 on each side, but no sign of the YB Warbler
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Female-type Black Redstart on its usual route around my backgarden again. Apparently the best way to determine age to separate from 1CY male would have to include a view of the outer tail feather which should have a dark fringe and slim dark end to the shaft in young birds and a plain rufous grey in adult females. Not sure I'll be able to pick that out easily despite close views from my bedroom window.
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Old Sunday 18th January 2015, 14:47   #1810
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Spoke to J St Ledger this morning - he said there were 2 Common Sandpipers on the penryn river this morning - 1 on each side, but no sign of the YB Warbler
Update - he did manage to connect with it a bit later on. c40 Teal still in the area.

(Challenge for anyone now is catching up with both Yellow-broweds in the area on the same day.)

Unexpected garden tick this morning - 3 Raven flying over the middle of town.
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Yet another generic update, the female type Black Redstart is still in my garden on Beacon Road
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Hit the lizard this morning, highlights -

Lizard Point - 1 Black Redstart

Coverack - 1 juv Glaucous Gull

Helston Boating Lake - 19 Shoveler, 1 Whooper Swan

Helston Sewage Works - 25+ Chiffchaff, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Merlin over

Helston Loe Pool - 4 Shoveler, 43 Pochard, 6 Goosander, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 2 Sparrowhawk
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Playing around with cropping the photos - not always necessarily the best idea though!

1,2 - Glaucous Gull
3- Goosander
4- Glaucous Gull (Loe Pool)
5 - Shoveler

6- 9 Siberian Chiffchaff(s)
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Total of 3 birds visited my garden today. 1 Mipit, 1 Herring Gull and the usual female type Black Redstart.

Another Black Redstart reported on Norfolk Road.
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Total of 3 birds visited my garden today. 1 Mipit, 1 Herring Gull and the usual female type Black Redstart.

Another Black Redstart reported on Norfolk Road.
Getting ready for the 'Big Garden Birdwatch' this weekend? (Or 'Little Garden Birdwatch'? )

Black Redstart from mine today too (Florence Place - after not seeing it for a week). Alerted by a head appearing above the roof tiles which turned out to be a Song Thrush, but there was a blackred a few feet away too.


Stithians - 7 Shoveler, 70 Wigeon, 95 Canada Geese, 39 Teal, 1 Goldeneye etc (too choppy to discern if the slav was there). 2 Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Reed Buntings by the feeders.
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Another Black Redstart reported on Norfolk Road.
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It will be the most unusual Garden Birdwatch for me to date. Only ever seen Magpie, Mipit, Black Red and HGull inside my current garden!
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That Black Red was still in my back garden again today...
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That Black Red was still in my back garden again today...

... snap. (Beacon Road and Florence Place if you're reading this Tony )

Nice male photographed along the beach y'day too I believe ... one day will do a proper survey of town for these and Blackcap perhaps ... or perhaps not.


Nice one on the Red Admirals too.
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... snap. (Beacon Road and Florence Place if you're reading this Tony )

Nice male photographed along the beach y'day too I believe ... one day will do a proper survey of town for these and Blackcap perhaps ... or perhaps not.


Nice one on the Red Admirals too.


Male Black Red in Berkeley Cottages 330pm.

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Male Black Red in Berkeley Cottages 330pm.

Hope you boys had a great day!

You can't be that much older than me!

Not a bad morning thanks, catch up in the field properly another time -

Swanpool -

Long-tailed Duck
Great Crested Grebe
Green Woodpecker (h)
2 Water Rail (including one catching a fish in the stream!)
Kingfisher (h)
2 Raven over
Chiffchaff etc

Swanpool beach and offshore -

16 Turnstone in vicinity
3 Rock Pipit
1 GN Diver
1 Guillemot
70+ Shag
15 Fulmar on cliffs


Pendennis -

2 Whimbrel on west side
1 Med Gull and
1 GN Diver in the Carrick Roads
3 Slavonian Grebes in the bay (viewed from both previous locations also)

Stithians Reservoir -

1 Slavonian Grebe
2 Goldeneye
Other waterfowl as usual, although didn't see any Shoveler

Feeders - did an hour in lieu of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, will post all totals on blog, but highlights -

Water Rail
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker
3 Reed Bunting
9 Long-tailed Tit
12 Redwing
with 4 Snipe and 14 Teal from S Hide also



Over to Samuel now of course to fill in the gaps ...
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Over to Samuel now of course to fill in the gaps ...
Nothing to add other than the usual female type Black Red still in my back garden, looks like a good summary otherwise

Also thanks for the seed Simon, much appreciated :)
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Forgot to mention Penryn River though. Visited at low tide so far fewer waders than on our usual high tide visits. None the less 1 Med Gull, 1 Greenshank, Redshanks, Curlew and half a dozen Teal.
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Nothing to add other than the usual female type Black Red still in my back garden, looks like a good summary otherwise
There were the 4 Linnet over town from your road too - not sure if we were by the car or your house at the time! If you were to stand in your (very small) front garden for any length of time sure you'd get an awesome list ...

(Penryn River - yep, low tide, but 50+ Curlew in the pony field of course).
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There were the 4 Linnet over town from your road too - not sure if we were by the car or your house at the time! If you were to stand in your (very small) front garden for any length of time sure you'd get an awesome list ...
I'm sure you know very well I no longer "list"

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