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Garden birds affected by lethal parasite

Joe Caudle at Truscott has asked me to inform everyone that there are signs that the parasite, Trichomonias, has started to affect garden birds. I wonder if this is a result of the wet and humid August weather?


Last year we had a family of Stoats of the garden, they done a good job of keeping the rabbits away for a while. We couldn't believe it when we had another family again this year, five kits and the two adults. I managed to get some footage with the trail camera:



I had seen a brown bird disappearing into the barn wall and thought at first it was a robin until I saw it creep up the wall. Realising it was a treecreeper I quickly set up the camera, and as luck would have it I caught the young leave the nest site. Video link:


The Big Butterfly Count starts soon...

Just to remind everyone that this year's Big Butterfly Count starts on July 17th and runs until August 9th. 

Lethytep open for CWT this Sunday, July 5th

This is Philip Hambly's garden and wildlife area near Lanreath. Missed the opening last week for Butterfly Conservation so we plan to go this Sunday.

Address is Lethytep, Penadlake, nr. Lanreth, PL13 2PG Admission is £4, children free.

52 acres of woodland, wildflower meadows and lakes. The fields of wildflowers were really lovely when we visited a few years ago. There will be refreshments for sale and a moth collection from the night before.

Family Visit

Over the past couple of days we have been delighted to find that a pair of Bullfinches, which has been visiting our garden for several months now, kindly decided to bring along their new family - namely three rather noisy fledglings.  The youngsters are similar in colouring to their mother, but do not sport the rather distinctive black head.

Water Vole

Saw a Water Vole over at Hele Bridge - Bude Canal on Sunday 14th, brilliant.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust at the Royal Cornwall Show

CWT will be on stand 353 so do visit if you can to see their latest projects which include 'Upstream Thinking' working with farmers to improve water quality for both wildlife and people.

Their 'My Wild Life' campaign has some new input and the Nature Reserves Team will be talking about and answering questions about the reserves across Cornwall.

There's free Wild Life face painting for the young at heart and other activities for children. 

Red Kites at Minions

Irene's sighting has reminded me to report that 2 or 3 Red Kites were seen around the Cheesewring Quarry and Stowe's Pound last week. Apparently the resident Ravens 'saw them off' ~ although a smaller bird, they can be quite fierce and obviously anxious to retain their territory.

Also last week, Derek Spooner (Kilminorth Woods) who records for the BTO, said that there have been several sightings of Red Kites over the last month across the county. Wonder if any will find sites to breed? 

Red Kite

A Red Kite flew over Trekenner this morning at about 8.15. I managed to track it with the binoculars, going in an easterly direction, for several minutes.


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