Cornwall has hosted three Red-eyed Vireos, all seen in the far west of the county. On Saturday 7th October, a Cliff Swallow put in an all too brief appearance at Porthgwarra. Photos were taken by the single observer and pending acceptance, will be the county's first record. Given that the last sighting of the Scilly bird was on the 6th October, presumably both sightings refer to the same bird. Perhaps the most remarkable record was the third Blyth's Reed Warbler trapped and ringed this year at a private site at Nanjizal, near Land's End. The finder has now found all four county records in his ringing nets!
The UK's most elusive finch is the Hawfinch. Its a rare breeding bird in the west country and is completely absent in Cornwall. This autumn though has seen a remarkable influx across the UK. Scilly has recorded up to 50 birds with groups of up to five also flying around west Cornwall. The species is occasionally prone to irruptions where big numbers move out of continental Europe in search of food.
|Hawfinch at Nanquidno.|
Looking forward, the Autumn migration is far from over. We can look forward to more Nearctic waifs and if the wind shifts to the east, some exotic Asian vagrants would be very welcome.