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1994 | FIRECREST - Regulus ignica, singles at Illogan, Saltash, Angarrack

Uncommon passage migrant (mainly autumn) and winter visitor. A potential breeding species (cf. probable breeding in Devon since 1985).

12 birds were noted up to the beginning of March.  There were singles at Tresemble Vean, Maenporth, Landulph, St.  Columb, Eglarooze and Sheviock with two at St.  Austell Sewage Works, Carbis Bay and Marazion.  Spring passage apparently commenced with one at Loe Pool Mar 5th.  There were two at Maenporth and Treveal Mar 6th and singles at Tamar Lake, Tehidy and Jupiter Point -the last on Mar 20th.  This constituted the most in spring since 1984. 

Autumn passage commenced with one at Nanquidno Sep 24th, followed by singles at Porthgwarra, St.  Levan and Millbrook the next day. 

Despite the large number of bird watchers in the county the species was relatively difficult to find.  A total of c.55 birds was reported with the last at Mawgan Porth Nov 17th.  Apart from ones and twos there were three at Rame Head Oct 2nd, five at Porthgwarra Oct 11th, three at Treveal Oct 15th, three at St.  Levan Oct 19th, three at Illogan Oct 24th and three at Cawsand Nov 13th. 

The second winter haul was correspondingly low with only 12 reported - well below the recent average.  There were two at Par and singles at Illogan, Saltash, Angarrack, Truro, St.  Mawes, Talland Bay, Holmbush, Cremyll, Tregantle and St.  Germans.  

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