Big Garden Birdwatch
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The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch as reported on the BBC nature news will take place on 28th and 29th January. It will be interesting if the mild winter, in comparison to last year’s deep freeze, is reflected in bird and … Read More

Leucistic UK birds: Carrion Crow and Moorhen
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Those birds with an unusual amount of white colouring in their feathers are in the news at the moment. The best we can offer here in Falmouth, Cornwall is this Crow which can often be seen at Pendennis headland and … Read More

British ducks: Pochard
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This solitary Pochard was photographed on Helston boating lake, Cornwall, feeding amongst the resident Mallard and Shoveler. Light was generally poor but for a few seconds the sun broke through the cloud making it possible to obtain a fast enough … Read More

Birds of Swanpool Local Nature Reserve: Great Crested Grebe
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This winter-plumaged Great Crested Grebe has been seen fishing on the brackish pool recently. These grebes do not visit this stretch of inland water on the edge of Falmouth in any numbers with only the one or two periodically flying … Read More

Helston boating lake: Egyptian Goose
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An Egyptian Goose has been present on the lake for several days now and is providing an excellent opportunity for bird photographers to practice their techniques in a comfortable setting – hot drinks close by at the cafe! On our … Read More

Birds on Falmouth beaches: Stonechat
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The holidaymakers may have gone but Falmouth’s renown sandy beaches are still full of life. Recent storms have left piles of seaweed washed up on the sand and several bird species can be seen feeding amongst it on insects. On … Read More

Colourful birds to brighten up a winter day
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A small flock of Bullfinch were feeding on early buds and seeds in a hedgerow in Falmouth this morning. Even in the poor light the males with their sleek black caps and pink breasts were as stunning as ever. It’s … Read More

Swanpool Lake birds: Goldeneye
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This Goldeneye has been seen twice in the last few days on Swanpool Lake in Falmouth, Cornwall. The plumage and yellow eye suggests a female but at times it has flung back its head as a male Goldeneye does during … Read More

Falmouth Bay birds: Shags and Cormorants
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The last few mornings have seen large flocks of Shags and Cormorants feeding at first light on shoals of fish close to the shore. In excess of 500 were seen following the fish shoals in a westerly direction across the … Read More

Falmouth Bay Birds
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During recent strolls around the shoreline of Falmouth Bay we have regularly been asked “what are we photographing?” and “what is that bird?”. Yesterday a Guillemot was feeding very close to Gyllyngvase Beach and so many people expressed an interest … Read More

Overwintering Blackcaps return to Cornwall
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During the last few days there have been as many as 6 Blackcaps in the garden. Throughout the summer there had been a single pair but overnight several appeared feeding ravenously on the berries of a variety of shrubs but … Read More

Cornwall Birds: Snow Bunting
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This Snow Bunting has been feeding on the sea paths around the car park at Marazion for a few days. The bird is amazingly confiding and reluctant to fly even when walkers and cyclists pass within a few feet. Insight … Read More

Garden birds: Great Tit
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There may have been lots of rare Cornish migrant birds about at the moment but we have failed miserably to get any decent photographs of any – so had to make do with a Great Tit in the lounge! Once … Read More

Migrant birds: Whinchat at Windmill Farm
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This Whinchat stopped off at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on The Lizard in Cornwall yesterday on its way to its wintering quarters in Africa. As always with this species the distinctive white eye stripe helped identify it even at distance … Read More

British birds: Starling
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Even a common bird such as this Starling can make you look twice. This one seen at Godrevy Point, North Cornwall was in winter plumage with its dramatic speckled chest making it look quite exotic. Insight into Starling (Sturnus vulgaris): … Read More

British wading birds: Dunlin
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This juvenile/first winter Dunlin was resting amongst the Ringed Plover on the foreshore south of Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall. Much of the time it kept its bill tucked under a wing as if asleep but a closer look showed … Read More

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