Sunday, 2 January 2011

Spit, St Andrews and Par (+ update)

General report. Spit Beach ,Spit Harbour and St Andrews....A.Tonry, M Whittaker and T.R.Moore

Par Beach. A.Tonry. M Whittaker, A Carey, R Lane and T.R.Moore

List for today:-

Spit (including track to Spit): 3 Chaffinch, c25 Herring Gull, 8 Woodpigeon, 7 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 1 Raven, 40 Black Headed Gull, 1 Great Black Backed Gull, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Starling, 1 Songthrush, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Curlew, 8 Cormorant, 9 Oystercatcher, 4 Wigeon, 9 Eider, 5 Shag, 5 Grey Plover, 2 Turnstone, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Velvet Scoter, 5 Black Throated Diver, 1 Little Egret, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 23 Common Scoter, 12 Gannet, 6 Redwing. In addition, a gentleman I do not know the name of, but is known to Andy said he had 1 Purple Sandpiper on the rocks at Spit.

Spit Harbour: 2 Scaup M&F, 2 Wigeon M&F, 1 Shelduck, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Redshank, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 33 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover. Also seen from Spit, 7 Lesser Black Backed Gull in the mouth of the western river.

Par Beach Pool: 2 Scaup M&F, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Bittern, 38 Curlew (on fields to the East), 1 Mistle Thrush (on field to the East).

Mark Whittaker also reported Gadwall behind the island (not sure how many, but I think it was 2) and a “small Warbler (yellowish)”, but no confirmed ID).

Roger Lane reported that he had seen from the western car park: 15 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Gull.

St Andrews Pool: 3 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Songthrush, 4 Blackbirds, 2 Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit, 2 Long Tailed Tits, 2 Teal, 14 Mallard, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 5 Canada Geese, 20 Goldfinch, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Wren, 8 Black Headed Gull.

UPDATE: Confirmation from Mark Whittaker: There were 3 Gadwall behind the island at Par Beach Pool this afternoon; 2 Female and 1 Male.


  1. I've been down to my native town of St.Austell for Christmas and so pleased to find this blog! Just got back to London but was at par beach at around lunchtime today - was two gadwell behind the island!Totally bird crazy and so fantastic to see so many lovely species. Gannets off meva as well as the numerous turnstone and rock pippets, brambling at par, fulmar at port issac and a pair of blackcaps on the garden bird table not to mention the goosander at St.Andrews. It was so hard to leave today but i will be checking the blog daily to see what i'm missing! Thank you and happy new year.

  2. Hello Catherine.
    Welcome to the Blog.
    Feel free to leave any comment. I do hope you get a feeling of home when you visit the site.
    Next time you are down come over and introduce cannot really miss us especially Sunday afternoon when the clan gather. If you see an odd bunch you would not introduce to your mother....that is us.
    Happy birding New Year


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