Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project news
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This male Cirl Bunting was photographed in Cornwall in 2010 and there is now real optimism that this species has once more become established in the county. The RSPB has just reported that the number of pairs of Cornish Cirl … Read More

Cornish Chough breeding update
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Amidst this summer’s relentless gloomy weather it was great to receive some good news from the RSPB Cornish Chough project. This summer has been the best breeding season for Chough since they began their recolonisation of Cornwall in 2001. From … Read More

Common diving seabirds: differences between Guillemot and Razobill
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The identification differences between the two most common species of Auk seen around the British Isles, the Guillemot (Uria aalge) and Razorbill (Alca torda), aren’t always easy to appreciate at distance but when seen close up the key distinguishing features … Read More

South African birds: Orange-breasted Sunbird
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The Cape Peninsular is a stunning place to visit and guarantees the visiting birder endemic species and photographic opportunities galore. With gales sweeping into Cornwall at the moment a review of images from birding trips abroad is a sure way … Read More

Breeding birds at Swanpool
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One pair of Moorhen on Swanpool Local Nature Reserve are feeding three chicks at the moment. Many bird species have suffered from one of the wettest and coldest Aprils on record with failed nests widespread. Most species appear to have … Read More

Chough mating in Cornwall
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These Cornish Chough were seen mating at the weekend on the north coast of Cornwall. Signs of another breeding pair are normally something to celebrate but on reporting the sighting to the RSPB’s Claire Mucklow I was in for a … Read More

Great Black-backed Gull
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Great Black-backed Gull never seem to miss an opportunity of a meal. This gull saw a Flounder in the clear waters off Castle beach, Falmouth and managed to reach it in the shallow water and drag it ashore. With lots … Read More

Spring passage of Whimbrel in Cornwall
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The spring passage of Whimbrel is in full swing in Cornwall at the moment. A flock of over 60 birds has been seen during the last week circulating between Pendennis Point and Rosemullion Head. These images were taken of the … Read More

Rock Dove or feral pigeon?
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These pigeons, seen on Lizard Point in Cornwall last weekend, showed many of the identifying features of the true wild Rock Dove (Columba livia) that are now restricted to only a few locations in Scotland and Northern Ireland. In comparison … Read More

British seabirds: Kittiwake
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This Kittiwake was seen on the cliffs of Lizard Point, Cornwall and seemed strangely subdued. A first winter bird with summer plummage breaking through, it appeared tired and reluctant to fly despite being close to the many walkers and their … Read More

British Trust for Ornothology request to feed garden birds
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The BTO, British Trust for Ornothology, has issued a plea for people to keep feeding their garden birds during this sudden cold Easter snap. The early mild weather has seen many birds nesting early and some already have eggs and … Read More

Migrating cuckoos
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The BTO have released an update on the progress of the Cuckoos they have been tracking during their migration from the UK to their over-wintering sites in Africa. Five birds (Martin, Chris, Kasper, Lyster and Clement) were fitted with satellite … Read More

3rd summer Herring Gull
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Maturing Herring Gulls are now changing into their summer plumages and this one photographed at Swanpool, Falmouth had an unmottled grey back indicating that this summer would be its third.

Unusual visitors to Marazion: Black-tailed Godwit
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Two Black-tailed Godwits at Marazion, Cornwall were unusual visitors to this excellent birding site for a few days last week. Both birds had already replaced much of their dull grey winter plumage for a much more colourful summer breeding plumage … Read More

Male and female House Sparrows
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There is something very cheering standing next to a hedgerow full of chirping House Sparrows. If that hedge is also overhung by blooming camellias lit up by bright spring sunshine then even these, often considered dull birds, can appear quite … Read More

Migrant birds: Northern Wheatear
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Northern Wheatear have been arriving in increasing numbers in recent days and this was one of three seen on the clifftops at Lizard Point. This bird did not have the very smart adult spring plummage expected of early arriving males … Read More

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