Sunday, 28 August 2016

Rings and the Garden

 A quick spell on the coast for the Fulmar chicks saw that only one chick has fledged since last weekend so I'll probably check again mid week.

On the Hayle estuary two colour ringed Herring Gull were found this morning, one that is possibly Paul Veron's in Guernsey (white 3KC1) and another of Mark Grantham's local birds (blue W195).

Back at home and a total of 25 species were recorded for Garden Birdwatch this week including the first record of Common Darter, the first Painted Lady of the year, a record 15 Red Admiral beating the previous peak count of 8 and a record number of bats (4) albeit them unidentified. For comparison on Garden Birdwatch I have included the same period going back over 5 yrs. Not sure if it was the provision of mealworms but check out the number of Starling in 2014......

Thursday, 25 August 2016

ring details back and a Barn Owl

Thanks to the ringer Mark Grantham I now have the life history of the gull I saw last Saturday -

Staying on the ringing front another of Mark's birds, Cormorant orange TBY was viewed at Stithians reservoir during the week having been ringed as a nestling on Mullion Island on 24th April.

Unfortunately it's not all positive - A freshly dead Barn Owl was found on the roadside this week with the ring no FH50364 having been ringed at Kergilliack just outside Falmouth in June 2011.

One positive to come out of the Barn Owl's untimely death was that it gave me an opportunity to show and talk about Barn Owls to a father and his three children living on my street as he tries to get his boys into birdwatching...

Sunday, 21 August 2016


Today was WeBS day so it a quick wander down through the local woods to the lake. Some of the birds are beginning to sing again namely Robin and Wren, with Coal Tit and Blue Tit heard calling. My first Great Tit calling since the height of the breeding season was heard last weekend. The lake itself was quiet, no sandpipers resting from yesterday's appalling weather, only three being recorded -     

On the weekly garden birdwatch however an impressive 24 species were recorded including the first Tree Bumblebee since recording began in 2010. 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Ring reading on the Hayle estuary

The weather this afternoon was predominately dry although very windy so ring reading was the order. An hours session was had at Stithians reservoir this morning without success although this afternoon only produced one more, one of Mark Grantham's Herring Gull's ringed locally in Cornwall. A record shot of Blue W:186 is below

Also observed on the estuary were  -

4 young Swallow still being fed on the nest, the nest being in the hide rafters

Sandwich Terns


Further up the coast at Hells Mouth where I nest record seabirds the young Fulmar are only two weeks or less away from leaving for mid ocean

The young one in the top right has shed most of it's down

This young wont be leaving for a while yet, it's still quite downy

A Peregrine site was also checked with one of the birds present

In the garden during the last week, my first Tree Bumblebee was recorded, a welcome addition to my BTO Garden Birdwatch survey list -

and I also found this caterpillar

Elephant Hawkmoth

Tomorrow is the August WeBS count on the local lake and a walk in the woods.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Ring reading season

very little nesting ongoing now so it's time to get out and find some colour ringed birds

Tried Stithians on the way home from work scanning through the gulls. Black-headed provide the best opportunities here but with only three present.....

Nothing in the 20 Lesser Black-backed gulls either nor the Herring Gulls

Here's one of a Med Gull RJ87 at Hayle in 2013, ringed in Pas de Calais, contact was Camille Duponcheel