Sunday, 29 May 2011

Fritillary at Treskilling Downs

Report and photograph. Andrew Carey.

Popped briefly to Treskilling Down today, where I found a couple of Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries. I attach a picture.

Love the picture Andrew. Very sharp...almost like 3D.


Saturday, 28 May 2011

Hirundines at Manoa Valley.

Report. R.Lane 28th May 2011

I went down to Menagwins this afternoon.
             Late Immigrants: On a visit to St.Aust.Sew.Wks, in this afternoon's drizzle, I was quite surprised to find 50+ Hirundines feeding over the filter beds. helped by the fact that the 3 species present frequently landed on telephone wires I was able to assign the following proportions as a rough guide: 5+ Sand Martins; 30+, House Martins and 15+, Swallows, with 1 x Swift !
              More surprising were c.100 x Swifts (and another 20+ H.Martins) feeding above woodland trees nearer the London Apprentice. All these, would be late immigrants and may be seen into the 1st week of June, ONLY in wet weather. Such flocks in July in POURING rain tend to be feeding flocks, drawn from nesting sites in the Restormel catchment, for instance 10+ Sd.Martins from clay-pit sites (e.g. Carluddon) being one indication. The heavier the rain the higher the number of birds from a distance, (which MUST feed their young).

Nice collection of Hirundines Roger.
I guess you will be watching the grand Prix tomorrow.....I have a feeling Vettel will be beaten.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Little Egret

Went down to Par beach at low tide and finally managed to take some nice close up photos of this very timid bird this one was feeding on crabs   andy cross.

Photographs and report Andy Cross

Well done Andy. Great photographs of a nice bird.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Nuthatch. (Penrice.

Nuthatch....Sitta europaea

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


Report and photographs. Andrew Carey

Still lots of whitethroat, yellowhammer, greenfinch, linnet and dunnock activity on the downs, with a buzzard over today. Attached a couple more whitethroat pics.

Thanks  for the report and photographs Andrew.
The bottom one is a beauty. I like including the colourful Gorse whenever I can.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Heron. PBP

Report and photographs. Andy Cross.

The herons are feeding well so they must be feeding their young  they come right up close if you are lucky                 andy cross

Nice photographs Andy

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Treskilling Downs

I spent a mostly gloomy light afternoon at Treskilling today, and saw a considerable number of birds: Greenfinch, chaffinch and goldfinch, dunnock, blackbird, linnet, chiffchaff, yellowhammer and common whitethroat. A hobby flew over, but too distant for a pic. I've attached pics of the chiff, greenfinch, yellowhammer and whitethroat.
Nothing unusual down at Par Beach Pool.

Report and Photographs. Andrew Carey

Thank .you for the report and photographs
A  good afternoons birding Andrew.
A very productive site on the right day.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


Linnet. taken at Treskilling Downs yesterday evening.

Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Linnet, Greenfinch and Chaffinch were out in good numbers .

Monday, 2 May 2011


Taken late evening at Treskilling Downs
2nd May 2011
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