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Red Kites in town

4 Red Kites were soaring above Pipers Pool on the A395 yesterday (13th May) afternoon - they seem to becoming regular visitors to Cornwall - perhaps they will settle in one day?

Harsh Nature!

Yesterday afternoon I watched a Mapie come into the garden and disappear into the privet hedge between my neighbour's and my garden.  Knowing what its intentions were, I was, at first, tempted to chase it off.  However realising that it was just nature at work, I refained from disturbing it on its rather upsetting mission, and a few seconds later I watched as it re-emerged with a baby bird in its beak. House Sparrows nest in that hedge and I suspect there is now one less nestling.  

First Hummingbird Hawkmoth

First of these this year; Pete spotted it feeding on the Rhododendron luteum which is that lovely scented deciduous Azalea (old name!).

Sadly, no photograph~ a blur would not have been of interest! 

More spring notes~

Was happy to hear the Cuckoo last week on the 25th April but Adrian reported hearing them earlier on the edge of the moor above Blackcombe during the second week of April.

Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps are singing throughout the day and the Mistlethrush is on round two I think as it is once again singing from the tree tops. Fully fledged Robins are about and I don't think I've ever seen so many Orange-tip butterflies at once; even driving along the lanes on a sunny morning, the males could be seen flying their beat every few yards.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Celebration at Trebah Garden May 9th/10th

It's a long trek down to Trebah Gardens on the Fal estuary but a good day out in a beautiful location with lots of interest for everyone who is interested in wildlife.

Basically it is on both Saturday and Sunday 11-4 in the wonderful gardens at Trebah.

The Great British Bee Count...!

More citizen science and this month, May, is the month to count and ID the bees you see.

This has been organised by Friends of the Earth and you do need a smart phone to down load the app (i-phone or android) but it is quite good with clear pictures and the ability to upload pictures of any bee you cannot identify.

There's also a two minute timed bee count when you just watch an area of about one metre square and just count the number of bees but then of course, that will all depend on the kinds of flowers you're staring at!


I think most will agree that this year, spring is being rather tardy and it's only the last few days that we've noticed the grass growing.

However Wednesday, March 18th was a lovely day here after a ground frost overnight and out came the bees and the butterflies~ in the space of an hour, Comma, Peacock and Brimstone (male & female) butterflies were flying and Buff-tailed, White-tailed, Early and Tree Bumblebees were feeding on the spring flowering shrubs.

Siskin numbers low but all is well!

Unusually for us, no Siskins appeared in the garden until the end of December and even now numbers are low, 2 to 4 when in the past we have counted 30+. The Lesser Redpoll were seen in the garden a couple of weeks before the Siskin.

Thanks to the BTO, we now have an answer~ apparently there's been a good seed harvest from Sitka Spruce and of course our valley has plantations not far away. At least this is good news and no dire disease has struck.

An Act for Nature

See below for a link to a new 'manifesto' ~ political in the widest possible sense but produced by the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB.

For anyone interested in and concerned about the natural environment, this gives a certain rationale to why we should care for it and emphasises the benefits to humankind (and the planet???).

Worth having a look at, click here to link to the web-page from which you can download the pdf documents. 


On Thursday 16th October, whilst traveling from Altarnun to Bowithick with some friends from Australia, I noticed a large bird sitting on a big post in a field just off the road we were on.  Having backed up the car to get a better look, I knew that it was a bird with which I was not familiar, but I did have an idea as to what it could be.  Upon getting out of the car the bird was suddenly mobbed by a sparrowhawk, and obviously deciding that it was not welcome, nor wishing to become a tourist attraction, it flew off.  It was huge, quite magnificent and a wonderful sight.

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