British wading birds: Ringed Plover
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Twelve juvenile Ringed Plover were resting at high water on rocks south of Gyllyngvase beach in Falmouth, Cornwall yesterday. The late summer/autumnal passage seems to be well underway with many wader species migrating south to their winter quarters either abroad … Read More

A great flying display over Falmouth Harbour
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One of the greatest flying displays you are ever likely to witness in UK skies. What a fabulous sight this Herring Gull made flying low over Falmouth harbour yesterday!

Cornwall birds – Herring Gull catching a Mackerel in Falmouth Harbour
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Herring Gulls have been attracted to shoals of Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) feeding on whitebait in Falmouth harbour in recent weeks. The gulls normally sit on the water in the midst of the feeding frenzy picking off any whitebait forced on … Read More

Cornwall birds – Mediterranean Gull juvenile
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Amongst the Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) and Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) on Sennen beach on Whitesand Bay near Land’s End recently was this juvenile Mediterranean Gull. It doesn’t seem long ago when this bird was rare away from the south … Read More

British birds: Cormorant eating Eel in Falmouth Harbour
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These pictures tell the story of a titanic struggle that took place in Falmouth harbour between a Cormorant and an Eel. After several minutes the Cormorant managed to swallow its slimmy adversary but only by straightening its neck to enable … Read More

British garden birds – juvenile Woodpigeon
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This young Woodpigeon is one of many juvenile birds seen in recent weeks. It seems to have been a good year for many species with numbers of juvenile Linnet, Stonechat, Skylark, Bullfinch, Greater-spotted Woodpecker and tit species evident here in … Read More

Cornwall birds: juvenile Herring Gull in Falmouth harbour
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Some people will be relieved to see the juvenile Herring Gulls fledged, happy in the knowledge that it won’t be long before the protective parents will stop their dive-bombing attacks. This young Herring Gull, still showing some downy fluff around … Read More

Cornwall birds: Sandwich Tern
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Two Sandwich Terns were feeding on sandeels close to the beach at Whitesand Bay, Sennon in Cornwall. The water was crystal clear and the birds seemed unperturbed by the bathers and holiday-makers walking on the beach within only a few … Read More

British diving ducks: Eider in eclipse
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This male Eider duck was in the middlle of Carrick Roads, the deep water channel of the Fal Estuary. Small flocks are sometimes seen in the estuary in the winter (see our Eider in Falmouth Harbour post in March) but … Read More

British birds: Choughs in Cornwall
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There is good news on the Chough in Cornwall. An update on the success of the small Cornish population in 2011 has been released by the RSPB who have been monitoring this year’s breeding success. A total of fifteen chicks … Read More

Bullfinch at Pendennis Castle, Falmouth
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Male Bullfinch must be one of our most colouful birds. Disappointingly, as so often is the case, the females are not so stunningly attractive! Insight into Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula): still widespread throughout most of the UK, their numbers have declined … Read More

Pheasant at Windmill Farm
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Pheasants may not be native to the UK but a fine cock bird like this one has to be admired. This bird was seen enjoying the safety of Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on The Lizard Cornwall. Insight into Pheasant (Phasianus … Read More

Mallard Ducklings in Falmouth
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There were 16 ducklings on the water with a female Mallard back in April. Yesterday another family appeared, this time with 13 young. They were very obedient and immediately gathered around the female duck when she called. Insight into Mallard … Read More

Common Tern in Falmouth Harbour
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This Common Tern was feeding in Falmouth harbour, Cornwall at the beginning of the week. This is our first sighting of one in the harbour this year and we guess it was forced into the sheltered waters following Sunday’s strong … Read More

Marazion birds – Mute Swan and cygnet
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A pair of Mute Swan at the RSPB Marazion Marsh reserve near Penzance seem to have managed to raise only one cygnet this year. This means of course the surviving youngster receives all the attention and is utterly spoilt. Insight … Read More

Birds in Cornwall – Linnets
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Linnets seem to have benefited from the fine spring weather with parents busy feeding fledged youngsters a common sight in south west Cornwall at the moment. This male and female Linnet were photographed feeding young on the edge of Penhale … Read More

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