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.
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.
A few images of the juv. Black Tern at St.Gothian Sands yesterday. Took loads of images but the majority were out of focus, the bird was very fast. (Just like photo’ing a Swallow). I resorted to Manual focus as the AF could barely keep up. Thanks Paul for suggesting it, i never would have tried it else!
Went down to Botallack on Wednesday last week with Monty in search of Choughs. We saw them but i didnt get any decent images. I did however use Monty’s Canon 60mm macro lens and Ring flash (which was a expensive mistake as im now looking for macro lenses). hard to get used to using the flash but i did get some nice images. shame its a EF-s lens but it was good to use the 450D again.
Yesterday morning i was on the Pelagic mentioned in the previous post. Me, Paul, Monty and a group from shropshire left St.Ives just after 5am. We “sailed” to 7 miles NW (It think) of St.Ives and put out the chum. This attracted the usual stuff, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Gulls and a few better things, Storm Petrels, a single Arctic tern, 2 Sooty and a few Balearic Shearwaters. (also on the way out we had Arctic Skua)
Can i apologise to all the readers (are there any??) of my blog! I have promised images and so far have posted very little. To be honest I still havent looked through my images from lake Vyrnwy fully and this is mainly due to the laptop is on its last legs!