Tuesday 21 September 2010

Ringing at Marazion

Went ringing at Marazion 2 weeks ago with Mark Grantham. We had 4 mist nets up which over a period of 4 hours caught 16 birds (I think). Sedge Warbler (8), Reed Warbler (3), Cetti's Warbler, Reed Bunting, Blue Tit (2) and the highlight of the Morning, a juv. Kingfisher!! I used my phone for the majority of images as i couldn't be bothered with the camera but i did take it out for the last bird, this Blue tit.

Friday 17 September 2010

Dog Control Order on Hayle Estuary

So far there have been 12 objections to the dog control order on the Hayle Estuary and only one letter of support! We hear so many complaints from birders about disturbance caused by dogs on the estuary so this is your opportunity to do something about it!! PLEASE write showing your support for a Dog Control Order on the estuary BEFORE27th September to the address below or send an e-mail to Tina.Beeley@cornwall.gov.uk The area to be covered by the DCO and further details can be seen on the Council’s webpages:


We suspect the number of objections has been helped by the letter in last week’s ‘The Cornishman’ newspaper in which a local resident expressed her views on the introduction of a DCO in no uncertain terms. Unfortunately, in spite of two excellent responses (by Cornwall Council and Dave Parker) correcting the misinformation and total nonsense in that letter, the paper has declined to publish these today. We are not surprised but of course very disappointed.

Please write if you can before the 27 Sept to:

Ms Tina Beeley, Legal and Democratic Services, Room 43, Cornwall Council, St Clare, Penzance,TR18 3QW

Thanks, Cornwall Birding and RSPB

Please support the DCO, remember the Swan that was mauled to death by a dog on the estuary a few years back!! Pass on the message!

PS: more images soon, been busy lately sorry. I have some images of the birds ringed at Marazion Marsh last Saturday which ill probably post tomorrow.

Sunday 5 September 2010

Goldfinch nr. Nanquidno

Well this is about the best ive seen today!!!
Saw Citrine Wagtail yesterday but didnt catch up with the Wrynecks and Ortolan Buntings, so this morning me and Monty had planned to return to Tregiffian Farm in search of the Ortolan Buntings, this plan went out the window when i looked out the window this morning! I decided that if it cleared up i would get down and give it a go, well it kind of cleared up, ish!

First stop the reported Short-toed Lark at Arden-Sawah Farm. It was VERY foggy, bad visibility/small bird/big field, wasnt the best combo. After about 30mins of waiting we headed of to Lands End for the Wryneck, in hindsight Porthgwarra would have been a better bet, missed the Wrynecks to!
So now with the fog coming back the only place to go was Nanquidno for the O Buntings, and guest what, no bloody birds. Still nice to get out and i did manage these pics.
1/125 and 1/160 handheld
Also while at Lands End, near Trinity pool i saw a bird dart into cover, managed to get on to it with the bins and all I can say is poss. Flycatcher with pretty prominent white eye ring, it didnt click until Brian Field mentioned the Brown Flycatcher in Yorkshire, that was it ;-)...... I wish