Went down to Porthpean after seeing Rob Davey's report of possible "Pacific Diver" from Charlestown. Couldn't get parking at Charlestown due to boxing day swim .. MAD !! Diver definatly showing characteristics of Pacific diver although distant. 9 Black throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Med Gull and good numbers of Fulmar, Gannet & Shag. Also the Bittern was present at Par Beach Pool yesterday.
Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas .. sadly I didn't get Kelly Brook in my stocking !
I hope you are keeping well. After a busy summer neglecting the local wildlife I finally managed to go out with the camera (for the first time in over 6 months locally) and here's a small report for you:
Par beach pool: 1 Shelduck, 2 Tufteds, 1 Little Gull Penpillick Hill: 600-800 Golden Plover, 70-80 Lapwings, 2 Raven
That's about it.
No doubt see you about soon,
Have a good one,
Thank you for the report Richard. I hope to see you around in the New Year. Merry Christmas to you and the family
Took these photos on Tuesday afternoon of Turnstones out on the shoreline good job i had my wellies on Not a lot about at the moment and the weather is not very good Happy Christmas and a happy new year to you all.
Thank you for the report and photographs Andy. A Merry Christmas to you and the family.
A couple of images on Christmas Eve. How different from last year. The first is a Grey Heron striking a dramatic pose on Par Beach against the sun. And then around at Spit on the rock pile by the harbour wall there were three, possibly four (they move so fast) female Black Redstarts. Also present was a male Stonechat, a wren, and some Redwing.
Hi, it's Andy from Shrewsbury. Popped down to visit family in Tywardreath for a few days. Up early this morning to go to the Gribben. I think the birds were having a lie-in. Very little there. More luck at Spit and Par Pool - arrived just in time for the "Little Gull Show". Had a nice chat with some fellow bird watchers - I don't know if they are contributors to your site, but they were very pleasant.
5088 - male Stonechat, Spit.
5114 - female Stonechat, Spit.
5122 - Purple Sandpipers, Spit.
5141 / 5146 - Little Gull, Par Pool.
Thank you for the report and photographs Andy. I hope you had a nice break.
Quite probably you spoke to some Baywatch contributors as you state they are a friendly bunch.
Hello - Just to let you know the bittern was seen yesterday morning at the back of the pond by from the path which runs alongside the Imerys road. It was flying and landed fairly close to the path. So its still around!!
Thank you for the report Emma ...I am sure it will be of great interest to the Par regulars.
A Black-headed Gull at Par Beach Pool on Saturday 3rd December with a white darvic ring with the legend VPP was ringed in Copenhagen as an adult female on Mar 26th 2008. This is the first time it has been recorded outside of Denmark.
Thank you for the information Derek. Another first for Par.
Still no sign of the bittern reported to Roger, guess it must've been just passing through. Very little of any note showing today, but the flock of oystercatchers in the attached picture provided a brief flash of excitement.
Par Football Field - 42 Oystercatcher
St.Andrews Pool - 16 Teal & 2 Water Rail
Par Bay - 5 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Common Scoter & 1 Great Northern Diver
Par Beach Pool - 3 Tufted Duck (2f & 1m), 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Gull & Red Breasted Merganser on the river Imerys side .
Thank you Mark.
The previous post has a photograph of the Red-breasted Merganser.
Since the weather forecast suggests we may not get a lot of Dec. butterflies (if any), I will send in a report for Tues.2ndDec.2011. Initially, ambient temp. was c.9degsC, but there was 75% sunshine. Drew blanks at two coastal localities (strong N.wind), but slightly inland (Mt.Edgcombe Gdns) I was surprised to find a single Rd.Adm. nectaring on Mahonia. This encouraged me to drive on out to their over-wintering home, at Trenarren, inside the Baywatch area.
By then it was about 11degsC and 90% sunshine. In their (private) garden I was pleased to see one Rd.Adm. fly up from the dry gravel, it's flight disturbed at least 4 more from the leaves of holly bushes !
At least one pair commenced a full courtship flight in the sunlight (time c.1pm). A total of SIX Red Admirals for 2nd Dec.2011 !
Thank you Roger. Butterflies must be few and far between this time of year.
IT WASN'T ME ! And I don't know if it's widely known, but a little bird (whom I met in ASDA today, 2nd Dec.2011) told me that he saw the Bittern at Par Pool earlier. Someone quite familiar with last year's bird, I don't doubt his observations (standing and in flight) for a moment. Guess it'll be there for the winter now ! (A non-computer user presumably, he said "to tell Andy" !
Thank you Roger. Photographs will soon be on the way I reckon.
A Market Town since 1189 and has now undergone a major regeneration program .
The new shopping and leisure centre (White River Place) opened October 2009 and employs 500 - 700 people.
Imery's modernized China Clay industry employs 2000 which is a huge drop from the early 20th Century when tin, copper and china clay found in the hills made St Austell a major Cornish industrial centre.
Another industry still alive and kicking is the St Austell Brewery which celebrated 150 years of trading in 2001.
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