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Camel Estuary, Cornwall (1 Viewer)

Qingcol

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Rumps Point this morning, birds past included 1 (European) Storm Petrel, 4 Puffin, 600+ Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot, Cormorant, Shag, Fulmar, Gannet and Peregrine Falcon.
 

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Qingcol

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A Quail singing this morning from the Burlawn to Hustyns road, just below the turning to Hustyns Wood, at least 2 Crossbill, 2 Jay and 1 Siskin at the top end of the wood.
2 singing male Garden Warbler, at least 5 Blackcap and 2 Common Whitethroat still at Treraven Farm.
 

Qingcol

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A single pale Common/Mealy-type Redpoll still with Lesser-type close to the Camel this morning, plus 3 Tree Pipit.
Treraven Meadow last evening, Bats included Common Pipistrelle, Long-eared, Daubenton's and Natterer's plus at least 2 calling Tawny Owl.
 

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Qingcol

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A single pale Common/Mealy-type Redpoll still with Lesser-type close to the Camel this morning, plus 3 Tree Pipit.
Treraven Meadow last evening, Bats included Common Pipistrelle, Long-eared, Daubenton's and Natterer's plus at least 2 calling Tawny Owl.

3 Tree Pipit not at Treraven Meadow! as reported on one County News service.
 

Qingcol

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Amble Marshes this morning, ringed Sedge Warbler still (ring now ending 0268) 1 Barn Owl, Female Gadwall with 8 ducklings (photo) drake Garganey looking very drab, 2 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 6 Shelduck, 6 Grey Heron, 8 Swift, 2 Sand Martin, a few Mallard already flightless.
 

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Redwood21

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A couple of hours up The Rumps this afternoon produced 40 or so Manx Shearwaters moving westward along the coast. Lots of Guillemots, Razorbills, 6-8 Puffins, Fulmars, Gannets, Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Peregrine, several Rock Pipits and a few Common Whitethroats
It was the marine life that stole the show though with 20 or so Common Dolphin in Lundy Bay and at least 8 Ocean Sunfish (more than I've ever seen) also 1 Grey Seal.
All the best, Edward.
 

Qingcol

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Amble Marshes this evening, birds included 1 adult Wood Sandpiper, 1 Drake Garganey, 1 Hobby, 1 Lapwing and female Gadwall still with 8 ducklings.
 

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Redwood21

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Spent a couple of hours up The Rumps this afternoon and watched an huge number of Manx Shearwaters moving westward; at least 500 I would say. Also 1, possibly 2 Balearic Shearwater(s). Lots of Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills, a few Puffins, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, several Wheatears and Rock Pipits. Lots of Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls. Also 2 Grey Seals.
All the best, Edward.
 

Qingcol

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It would be interesting to hear from anyone recording Common Cuckoo host species other than Meadow Pipit or Dunnock in the county. The groups of Cuckoo frequenting Bodmin Moor all appear to target Meadow Pipits, if this is the same picture throughout the county it could suggest that Cornish female Cuckoos have specialized (adapted their eggs to mimic Meadow Pipits eggs) if this is true these females are likely to have little success with Reed Warbler nests, unlike the Cuckoo population that visits the Somerset Levels specializing in Reed Warbler hosts, it also links the future of the Cuckoo in Cornwall to the density and breeding success of, firstly the Meadow Pipit and secondly the Dunnock. The Dunnock appears to be the safety net for this restrictive speciation in as much as they appear to show no egg discrimination, I have found (in my youth) 2 Dunnocks nests containing Cuckoos eggs, both eggs looked larger and nothing like the blue Dunnocks eggs, in one of these nests a young Cuckoo was successfully reared by the foster parents. Many years later I learned that some strains of Cuckoo (in Europe) could match the blue egg-type to successfully parasitize Redstarts.
 

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DELACOWI

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Birds seen from the Rumps this afternoon included 6 puffins (1 pair mating in the water), steady flow of gannets including several juveniles, razorbill, guillemot, fulmar, kestrel, shag, cormorant.
 

Qingcol

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Amble Marshes this morning, birds included eclipse drake Garganey, drake Eurasian Teal, drake Tufted Duck, Gadwall female with brood of 8, 4 Shelduck, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing, female Stonechat, 16 Swift, 2 Sand Martin and a immature Peregrine Falcon.
 

Qingcol

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Yet another problematic Grey and white Chiffchaff at Dinham this afternoon.
 

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Qingcol

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10 Lesser-type Redpoll (male photo) 4 Siskin, 4 Tree Pipit and 1 Nightjar at site close to the Camel this morning.
 

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Qingcol

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Lesser-type Redpoll.

Observing several adult Lesser-type Redpoll feeding on floating vegetation yesterday I noted a remarkable amount of individual plumage/abrasion variation, especially in the median and greater covert pale tips (forming a double wing-bar) and pale edges to secondaries. First photo left shows a worn, though still dark individual with pale tips to coverts virtually none existent, second from left, a bird feeding a few feet away showed broad white covert tips and secondary edges.
 

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Qingcol

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Amble Marshes this morning, birds included 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing, 2 female Gadwall and brood of 8 ducklings, 1 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Egret, 12 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 1 Stonechat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 31 Swift, 8 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, Mallard brood containing pale morph duckling (photo) and a Brown Hare (photo)
 

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