Rock Pipit on Pendower Beach
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An eventful 2014 drew to an end with a walk in bright sunshine on Pendower Beach, near Portscatho in Cornwall. Out of the wind it felt more like a summer’s day than the middle of winter. Poking around amongst lines … Read More

Black-throated Divers (Gavia actica)
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Over the New Year the weather here in Cornwall has continued to be a ‘tad’ breezy but it has also been remarkably mild. So mild that a Red Admiral was seen flying in the garden on New Years Eve! – … Read More

Best Christmas bird
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The best bird of Christmas surprisingly wasn’t a turkey but a Grey Phalarope that turned up just around the corner from us on Falmouth’s Castle beach True to form it was very confiding, allowing me to approach over the rocks … Read More

Marazion Diver
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A summer plumaged Great Northern Diver, Gavia immer was seen at the weekend on a pool at Long Rock, Marazion, near Penzance, Cornwall. These really are smart looking birds in comparison to the winter plumaged Great Northern Divers that are … Read More

Osprey, Pandion haliaetus
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The Osprey seen fishing around the Hayle Estuary at the weekend certainly brought back a few memories. I well remember seeming my first British Osprey at Boat of Garten in Scotland’s Cairngorms during a Geography field course – a few … Read More

Macarbre massacre in suburban garden
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Don’t panic – this was not the evil work of a maniac on the loose but a Sparrowhawk, Accipiter nisus, doing what nature designed it to do. A male Sparrowhawk brought down a Wood Pigeon in the garden last week … Read More

Ravens, the largest all black bird in the British Isles.
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Fortunately for many people it’s not necessary to visit the Tower of London to see a Raven, Corvus corax. Here, all around the rocky coastline of south west Cornwall, Ravens are almost guaranteed to be seen when walking the South … Read More

BBC Springwatch Water Rail and Otters
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Springwatch is back on the BBC and in the first show it had some remarkable footage of the normally very shy and unseen Water Rail nesting. Remarkable in so much as these birds are so rarely observed breeding in the … Read More

Nesting Sand Martins
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If ever there was a sign that Spring had at long last arrived it is the sight of nesting migrant birds. We look forward to the arrival of Sand Martins with particular anticipation as they are normally the first of … Read More

Cornish pollution and oiled seabirds
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For the second time in recent months hundreds of seabirds have been washed up on Cornish beaches covered in an oily substance. The species most commonly suffering from this pollution appear to be mainly Guillemots and Razorbills. These are common … Read More

Extreme Easter weather in Cornwall
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Rare Cornish bird sighting. Well, perhaps not strictly accurate, as Black-headed Gulls, Larus ridibundus, are one of the most common Gulls in Cornwall. But when was the last time a summer plumaged Black- headed Gull was seen standing on ice … Read More

Drake Common Scoter
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It’s not every day that you find yourself feeding a Common Scoter with bread! This Drake Common Scoter made the short flight from Falmouth Bay into the brackish water of Swanpool lake. Unusually for a deep water diving duck it … Read More

Great Northern Divers, Gavia immer
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Up to three of these large Divers have been feeding in Newlyn Harbour since Christmas. They appear to be feeding mostly on crabs in the narrow channel away from the moored up Newlyn fishing fleet on the Western side of … Read More

Oystecatchers at Sennen Cove
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Gales have hit Cornwall in recent days and created some big seas. At Sennen these Oystercatchers were continually being disturbed by breaking swells hitting their normally safe high tide resting place. In calmer weather the beach in Sennen Cove is … Read More

Black-necked Grebe – Podiceps nigricollis
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Black-necked Grebe, Podiceps nigricollis – Newlyn Harbour has been the place to be over the last couple of weeks. Two Black-necked Grebe and several Great Northern Divers have been feeding in the sheltered waters. The Black-necked Grebe seemed to be … Read More

Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) also known as Black Scoter
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This female Common Scoter has spent several days feeding in the sea around Pendennis Point, Falmouth. It’s normally difficult even getting close to these diving ducks from a boat, so when this female Common Scoter came within ten metres of … Read More

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