Cornwall Bird Sightings – Review of the week 3rd to 7th February 2020
Not a lot of change this week with long stayers still keeping photographers entertained. The Iceland Gull and Black Guillemot remained faithful to the Newlyn area and both showed well on occasion. The Hayle Estuary continued to be the place to be for gulls with Ring-billed, Kumliens, numerous Yellow-legged and Caspian Gulls amongst good numbers of commoner gulls. Another Kumlien’s Gull was at Helston boating lake. Two Glaucous Gulls were in St Ives Bay off St Ives Island and good numbers of Cattle Egrets were reported from the Wadebridge area. The Lesser Scaup remained at Stithians and Ring-necked Ducks were still at Siblyback and Lower Tamar.
Green winged Teal at Willcove today. @camelbirder @cwlbirds @mikebeerlrv @CornwallBirding pic.twitter.com/LVKVMuzcG5
— Chris Buckland (@ChrisBuckland6) February 6, 2020
The American Buff-bellied Pipit was reported sporadically from Sennen and the Pacific Diver was seen in Gerrans Bay on Wednesday and again off Marazion the following day. The drake Green-winged Teal showed well at Wilcove all week and a Spoonbill was at Walmsley on Thursday,
NOTE – Can we please ask once again for birders/photographers to consider their fieldcraft and the welfare of birds when watching gulls on the Hayle estuary. The owners of the Old Quay House are currently tolerant of birders using their car park, but please don’t take this for granted. If there are cars already parked in front of the wall then please consider parking elsewhere and not filling up the car park. Also, stay in your car if possible. When the tide is in the gulls flush easily. We have had further reports this week of a birder flushing the gulls at the old Lelant Station end in an attempt to get photographs. Please be reminded that the estuary is a SSSI and it is an offence to disturb the wintering birds.
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