Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Menabilly B. Car-park: Flock c.120 Goldfinch (on set aside fields).
3, Mistle Thrush flew over.
Tregaminion: 1, Kestrel
5+, Pheasant (2 Black)
Par B.Pool: Gulls and B.H.Gulls. Nothing else to see at high tide (3.30pm)
so went through most gulls on pool. Masses of Herr.Gulls (from
Scandinavia? Already in winter plumage, dark heads etc) and
B.H.Gulls galore! Amongst the hordes found :
1 x COMMON Gull (adult, my 1st this autumn)
1 x MED.Gull (an immature, see below)
The Med gull was my 4th this autumn, but SO different. It was in fact a juvenile, moulting into 1st-wint. plumage. Dark, scalloped wings nearly covered by new pale grey back feathers, c. three-quarters into 1st winter plumage. It was preening constantly (to help moult) and occasionally showed the 'bully-boy' behaviour of all Med Gulls by dashing over to peck it's neighbour, for no apparent reason. Would have made excellent photo! "
Thanks for the report Roger.
Now the Mistle Thrush would have been a life tick for me as well as a patch tick...the Common Gull would have been a patch tick.
I wish I had your identification skills especially with the gulls .
No Kingfisher sighted by the hut or on any part of the site.
The first thing to strike me about the PBP was that there was not a single Canada Goose in attendance...most strange. It was going to be a lot easier to scan the pool and try as I could ..the Tufted Duck escaped me. Moorhens a plenty with Coots and a lone Heron on the far bank of the pool was all I saw with the usual Mallards and Gulls.
I decided to have a look for the Jay in the wilderness but as I can only use my sight I saw nothing. Angie locates most birds by sound .unfortunately I cannot.
Walking along the west end river (anybody know the name of it) I again saw the Grey Wagtail but as quick as the yellow flashed by it disappeared into the bank side trees and was not spotted again.
As I tried to re-locate it I disturbed a Little Egret that flew off and perched in a tree further upstream. I took a poor record shot but the distance was too far for my lens to get a good shot.
The Low Tide was at 09.00 hours so most of the rocks were still exposed. I noticed at least fifty Carrion Crows on the shoreline and rocks and two Rock Pipits that kept hopping along the rocks in front of me always at a distance they felt comfortable with. Also feeding around the rock area was twenty plus Turnstones split into two roughly equal groups. The odd Oystercatcher or two mingled with the distance Gulls and perched upon the furthest rocks was two Herons and half a dozen Cormorants. That is the first time I have seen the Herons perched out on the rocks at Par.
The Scoters I saw were way out in the distance when I got back and scoped the sea. Just two black specs alongside each other ..what type they were...I have not got a clue..you would need better eyesight and identifying skills than I have got.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Best of all was a 'pair' of Common(?) Scoter out in Par Bay (possibly the two from Porthpean last week, since they seldom go around in numbers as small as two!). I put the question mark since there is an outside chance they were Velvet Scoters, so far out I couldn't see detail. But it's SO unlikely I think we can assume Common ! Unless Mark picked them up and knows better !"
Thanks for the report Roger.
The Stonechat was showing very well around the West dunes yesterday afternoon.
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Thanks for the report Roger.
That is the stuff only a local expert would know.
6.Long Tailed Tit
8.Black Headed Gull
9.Greater Black Backed Gull
13.Greater Spotted Woodpecker (First there for me)
16.Oystercatcher (45 on sea wall)
25.Bar Tailed Godwit
Thanks for the report Mark. The Great Spotted Woodpecker was a great capture.
The shoreline provided the usual Oystercatchers, Rock Pipits and Turnstones along with the resident gulls.
It is strange but I seem to see the Rock Pipits or the Pied Wagtails...never both.
Probably my imagination but I will keep an eye on it.
Mark Whittaker reported five Bar-Tailed Godwits at Spit this morning around 09.00 hours.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Guillemot .....Uria aalge
The Guillemot was photographed off Spit Beach by Mark Whittaker on the 19th September 2009.Thanks for the photograph Mark.
Roger Lane thinks it probably swam up from Gull Rock....Nare Head ..where he thinks they still breed.
Herring Gull (Numerous)
Black Headed Gull (Numerous)
Greater Black Backed Gull (8)
Bar Tailed Godwit (2)
Ringed Plover (2)
Long Tailed Tit (3)
Rock Pipit (4)
Little Egret (1)
Thanks for the report Mark and welcome to the Baywatch Blog.
Walking along side the river two juvenile Wood Pigeons landed close to the bank . Considering the time I had I am annoyed I have cut part of the tail off.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
The bottom left hand photograph shows the multitude of gulls in the distance at low tide. Today I saw more GBB and LBB Gulls than I have on previous visits.
The next one shows them spooked and taken to wing.
Middle left shows Imery's end of Par Beach in the distance with the two flocks of gulls also in the picture.
Far middle right is a view of the harbour after crossing the river .
The last two pictures show the Harbour at Spit and harbour wall covered in green slime.
Walking back along the harbour end river edge stalking a Cormorant..two birds flew past and landed some way upstream. The photograph showed a Grey Wagtail (my first for Par but not the Baywatch site) and a Common Sandpiper which was patch tick number seventy one.
Monday, 21 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Saturday, 19 September 2009
The list is off the top of my head and I am sure there are many omissions . Naturally as a professional he had the number he had seen of each species.
The regulars on the PBP have been omitted but the female Teal is still on the Pool and worth a mention..
Ruff, Knot, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatchers, Ringed Plovers and Turnstones were all seen at Par Beach during low tide.
GBB Gulls and LBB Gulls were also on view with the more common species.
Sandwich Terns were spotted just offshore.
Unfortunately I missed the Ruff and Knot but saw all the others.
Friday, 18 September 2009
No interesting Ducks (or Geese) today (18th), so I went on to 'Harbour Car-park', nothing even when walking on the tide line. Was just leaving when flock of 25+ waders flew in !
Today's flock was composed of c.15 Ringed Plover (incl. young); c.10 x Dunlin, which all landed on the beach allowing my count, but one larger wader flew on round to Spit and this was 1 x REDSHANK, scarce at Par (unsuitable sand habitat i.e. no mud) but annual at Spit. Indeed 4 or 5 always wintered in Par Inner Harbour, which is all mud.
Drove on to Porthpean (5pm) and although disappointing for me, with many Shags and a few Cormorants 'only', well offshore there were 2 x COMM. SCOTER ! St.Austell Bay usually has a wintering flock by now and (I believe) still holds record for max. sized flock of 168 !"
Thanks for the report Roger
Thursday, 17 September 2009
The Widgeon were absent yesterday afternoon and I failed to identify the *weird* Goose that Roger located among the Canada Geese. The Bar-headed Goose was still at the far side of the Pool along with two fishing Cormorants and two Herons. The Little Egrets did not show for me again.
The only thing I did notice was the increase in Moorhen on the PBP and the smaller number of Coots.
Nothing was noted on the high tide shoreline.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Buzzard ...........Buteo buteo
I have been trying to get a half decent shot of a Buzzard and till yesterday have failed. Generally Angie spies one on a post and commands me to stop the car and she is out of it like a greyhound coming out the red box. The same thing happened yesterday but the Buzzard was probably having a rest and gave me ample time to get out and photograph it. ...a few minutes later in the air he/she was being mobbed by thirty plus Corvids. No wonder rests were needed after meals.
Usual Cormorants(2), G.Herons (2) and L.Egret (1)
At 4pm 5 WIGEON flew in onto pool (migrants) 2males
'Scope detected a Comm.Sandpiper over on the island.
Among the 260+, Canada Geese (!) was 1 x Weird Hybrid
Off the top of my head I would have thought Canada G. crossed with Chinese G. (Ne-Ne?), now I'll look it up and see ! 'Wildfowl' (of the world, Steve Madge) didn't help much since no hybrids shown ! Anyway this one on the pool had the back and neck quite like a Canada G., but the head !!! Great thick yellow/pink bill, large 'bald' (white) face patches (each side), face patch(es) 4 x as big as a Canada G. and oval shape !"
Thanks for the report Roger.
I will try and get a photograph of it if I can find it .
Monday, 14 September 2009
"Only one item to report, but a good 'un. Was on the Polkerris path this afternoon searching for any more Cl.Yellows (NONE), when a flock of Pied Wags landed in the field (next to the one where the hay was turned today, i.e. south of it 'below' Trill Farm). I glimpse of 'something different' and I was lucky enough to pick out a single YELLOW Wagtail.
It may have come to the pond edge later, but then roosts in the reeds while the Pied Wags go into one of the empty harbour drying sheds. "
"Using my 'scope for 5 mins I found the season's first G.C.Grebe, and as I watched it 2 x Common Terns flew west round to Spit, ".
Thanks for the reports Roger.
The G.C. Grebe is hopefully the first of many Divers and Grebes to be seen in the Bay during the coming winter months.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
This afternoon I saw my 20th butterfly species for Par (this year), and incidentally my first anywhere this year ! This was a single Clouded Yellow, which obligingly alighted on a Hawksbit flower, long enough to see it was a male. It came in with other migrants (Rd.Admirals, more Painted Ladies and a few Small Tortoiseshells.). Also single Peacock and single Comma (residents).
Oh yes, and a single male Stonechat ".
Thanks again for the report Roger.
We seem to have had a few days of good weather which has kick started the Butterflies.
Well done on the Clouded Yellow . I hope you can add another one or two to the list while the weather holds.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
" Firstly stopping at Charlestown, where there were only 6 Gannets west (one on water offshore), and 3 Shags west to Porthpean.
Then on to Porthpean where there were 10+, Shags, 4+, Cormorants; 2 more Gannets west, a solitary Fulmar flew around the colony ledges (bit late !) and in the flock of BHGulls was my second Mediterranean Gull (ad.wint plumage) for autumn.
Still time to go to Par but very little about, on PBP were a couple of old friends: 1 x Little Egret and 1 x Bar-Headed Goose. Also Swallow numbers must be nearing 100+ (for Pool roost). Light too poor to pick out and Sd.Martins.
Best sighting, I guess, was my third MED.Gull for autumn on Par Beach in BHGull flock, another ad. in wint. plumage. Also in the Bay were 2 x Sand.Terns and LBBGulls had suddenly increased from 1 or 2 to 15+ (strong migrants)".
Thanks for the report Roger.
Monday, 7 September 2009
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Saturday, 5 September 2009
"All I wanted to say, if you've not been down is that there is a solitary BRENT Goose in the Bay (Harbour Rocks), and at least a couple of Sand Martins with a couple of doz. Swallows over the Pond.
Could not see if Brent Goose was dark-bellied or pale-bellied form (against light), could be either at this date ".
Unfortunately we gave it a miss this evening with friends calling in. If anyone can confirm which of the two is in the Harbour I would be glad to hear from you.
Thanks Roger for the information.