Cornwall seabirds: Razorbill
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Razorbills have been busy feeding on Sandeels and other small fish in Falmouth Bay in the last few days. This Razorbill appeared when we were scanning the oily calm waters for Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) which disappointingly proved illusive once … Read More

Seabirds around Cornwall: Gannet
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Gannets, also known as Northern Gannets, have been feeding close in to the south west Cornish coast in recent weeks and these two were photographed yesterday in Falmouth Bay. The leading bird is an adult and the bird behind is … Read More

Common Whitethroat
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It’s that time of year when some birds are preoccupied feeding their young and become less wary. This female was so busy feeding a brood in a thicket of Bramble (Rubus fruticosus agg.) and Gorse (Ulex europaeus) next to a … Read More

British rare bird alert: Yellow-crowned Blackbird
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Okay, its just a common Blackbird (Turdus merula) but when you first catch a glimpse of a bird like this in flight, at a time of high migration activity and in the far south west of Cornwall, your heart does … Read More

What’s that hovering bird of prey?
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This female Kestrel was seen hovering over the cliffs along side the South West Coast Path near Falmouth and showed some recently replaced paler tail feathers. Insight into Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus): one of the most common birds of prey to … Read More

Herring Gull at Tate St Ives
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I guess holidaymakers visiting this world famous art gallery may be forgiven for not noticing a Herring Gull with a blue leg standing on a lampost outside. It’s one of those photos that you take for no good reason other … Read More

What’s that little brown bird?
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It’s a frequent question asked at this time of year when spring migration is in full flow and small warblers seem to be everywhere. Fortunately some of the most difficult warblers to identify have very distinctive songs such as the … Read More

Dawn Chorus
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A spring without birdsong would not be spring. One of the wildlife events of the year that we look forward to most of all is the early morning dawn chorus. The delight of standing in a woodland glade with eyes … Read More

Jackdaw at Church Cove on The Lizard in Cornwall
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“You can’t stop me flying.”

Dunlin: winter wading birds in summer plumage
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Certainly makes a change from shivering to death on some bleak estuary in winter looking at dull little waders disguised as distant specs. Three Dunlin complete in splendid summer plumage were feeding in 22C and bright sunshine on a pool … Read More

Cornish migrant birds
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It’s spring and with rare migrant birds arriving everyday in Cornwall everything with feathers is eyed with suspicion. This common Wheatear seen at Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on The Lizard certainly caught our attention. A bird that would normally be … Read More

Rare migrant birds in Cornwall – Woodchat Shrikes
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Springtime in Cornwall brings with it the chance to see rare tropical migrant birds such as this male Woodchat Shrike. It was busily feeding on beetles and other insects on the edge of a grass field at Treen, near Land’s … Read More

Kestrel on Chimney Stack at Gwithian Bridge near Godrevy
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Here in Cornwall, derelict chimneys, also known as Cornish Cathedrals, litter the countryside. To some they may appear deserted and a sad monument to a flourishing past for tin and copper mines but that doesn’t mean they are entirely deserted … Read More

Red-throated Diver at St Andrew’s Pool near St Austell in Cornwall
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This Red-throated Diver has been finding the fishing easy in St Andrew’s Pool near St Austell for several days now. The resident Roach population will no doubt be pleased to see it leave for its summer northern breeding quarters. Insight: … Read More

Scaup at Swanpool Local Nature Reserve in Falmouth
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This female Scaup was on Swanpool Lake feeding amongst the resident waterfowl, including the similar looking female Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) shown, on floating bread thrown by visitors – a strange diet for a diving duck designed to feed on … Read More

Goldfinch
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This Goldfinch was singing away on a treetop near Trefusis Point, Falmouth. Insight: Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) feed on thistles and knapweeds, extracting the seeds with their fine bills. Males are the only bird able to take the seeds from Teasel … Read More

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