Early Frogspawn

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We saw our first Frogspawn of the year on the 13th of January on the way up on to the moor at Men-an-Tol. The Men-an-Tol is a bleak highland moor near Madron, Penzance in the extreme south west of Cornwall. … 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

Dolphins in St Ives

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Cornish dolphins and seabirds. Well, what a cracking start to the new year. Dolphins and thousands of sea birds feeding close in to the cliffs of St Ives Island. For once the winds were spot on. Strong north westerlies pounded … Read More

Wildlife review 2012

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Wildlifeinsight.com wishes everyone a happy New Year. Looking back, 2012 started so promisingly for us with the amazingly early Speckled Wood butterfly recorded in our garden in Falmouth on the 13th of January. Then, following an early Spring heatwave, it … 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

Coot with abnormal head profile

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This Coot really stopped me in my tracks. First, it was on the sea at Swanpool in Falmouth, Cornwall and I couldn’t recall ever seeing coots on salt water before. Secondly, even from a distance it appeared to have a … Read More

Waxwing invasion into the UK

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Thousands of Waxwing are now in the country and have reached the far south west of Cornwall. These were in Falmouth and part of a small flock of seven feeding on the berries of a small Cotoneaster bush in Marlborough … Read More

Australian moths

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Images of two species of hawk moth and a fascinating “white banded” moth arrived last week from friends in Australia’s Northern Territory. I have no doubt this is just a small sample of the amazing moth species attracted to their … Read More

Oak Eggar moth caterpillars

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A trip to Porthgwarra, a top sea-watching site on the extreme south west coast of Cornwall near Land’s End produced nothing noteworthy save two moth caterpillars! Only common seabirds were recorded and on the surrounding cliffs two Chough, a Black … Read More

First Winter Male Long-tailed Duck

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The arrival of a first winter male Long-tailed Duck at Gwithian Local Nature Reserve has provided an exceptional opportunity for Cornish birders to photograph and compare this bird with the adult male Long-tailed Duck still only a few miles away … Read More

Long-tailed Duck at Carnsew Basin on the Hayle Estuary

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These attractive ducks are rare passage migrants and rare winter visitors to Cornwall. So this one turning up last week at Carnsew Basin or Pool on the Hayle Estuary was a real bonus, particularly as it was a well marked … Read More

Collins Bird Guide best buy

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Birdwatchers amongst you may be interested to know that last week I took advantage of an exceptional cut price offer on a new 2nd edition large format Collins Bird Guide from Amazon. The price was £15 against a RRP of … Read More

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