Monday 30 April 2012

Late News 28/4 Truro: 6 Whimbrel over Boscawen Park. (A Nicholson)Late News 29/4 Swanpool: 1 Swift and large numbers of Swallow and House Martin plus a Common Sandpiper on the pool. (A Nicholson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 6 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Mallard, 1 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant, 35+ Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, c15 Swift, c50 Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and 6+ Cetti’s Warbler. Also Otter on Long Rock Pool again. (D Parker) Also possible Great White Egret reported at 10:45 dropping into the reeds towards the back of the reserve, but south of the railway line. (R Davey)

Marazion: c45 Whimbrel and 1 f Wheatear on the beach and 2 Sandwich Terns offshore. (D Parker)

Long Rock: 9 m Wheatear on the beach. (D Parker)

Coverack: Singing Lesser Whitethroat at Little Treleaver. (J Foster)

Old Lizard Head: c20 Whimbrel and c50 Wheatear. (T Blunden)

Housel Bay, Lizard: c30 Wheatear. (T Blunden)

Lizard Village: 40+ Swift, and Yellow Wagtail over plus lots of Willow Warblers and Blackcaps. (T Blunden)

Drift Reservoir: (CBWPS members only):1 female Scaup still plus c40 Whimbrel. (R Davey)

Zennor: Male Ring Ouzel and ringtail Hen Harrier this morning at Eagle’s Nest. (R Davey)

Penzance: 80+ Whimbrel and 1 Wheatear on the heliport. (D Parker)

Cape Cornwall: A superb male Woodchat in fields opposite Boswedden House, bounded by the public footpath. (A Perry et al.) Also in the area, a male Redstart along the footpath to Bollowal Farm plus c55 Whimbrel and a Bar-tailed Godwit on the Golf Course and c10 Swifts. (P Clarke & N Wheatley)

Cot Valley: A female Pied Flycatcher at the top of the valley briefly. (N Wheatley)

Nanquidno: Wood Warbler in a private part of the valley. (C Moore)

Rosewall Hill: 2m 2f Wheatear and 2 Raven feeding on bread scraps thrown out near car park, by 11:0 no sign of Wheatear or Shelduck by pool seen by Viv Stratton earlier. (D Jenkins)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Whimbrel. (D Jenkins)

Falmouth, Castle Beach; 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatcher. (J St Ledger)

Stithians Reservoir:12 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 4 Great-crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 male Goldeneye, Willow Warbler. (B Toms)

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): This morning, 1 Cattle Egret, 8 Common Swift, 50+ House Martin, 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Lapwing, 3 Wigeon, 3 Common Pochard and 23 Eurasian Teal also one Otter. (C Selway) This evening, birds included 18+ Yellow Wagtail, at the back of the reserve (photo) 1 Cattle Egret still, 23 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank and 100+ House Martin. (C Selway)

Dinham Flats (Burniere): 12+ Wheatear (photo) 3 male Redstart (photos) 1 Yellow Wagtail, 52 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 33 Whimbrel, 6 Curlew, 1 male Gadwall, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Greylag Goose and 4 Common Swift. (C Selway)

Wadebridge:4 Swifts together over Trevanion Road mid-morning, despite the really poor weather. (J Thompson)

Lizard Point: 3 Great Northern Divers, 5000 Manx Shearwaters and 51 Whimbrel in 3 hours this morning. Also 2 Great Northern Divers and 3 Great Skuas this afternoon.

Gannel Estuary: 3w Iceland Gull again.

Sunday 29 April 2012

Late News 28/4 Perranporth: A large passage of north-bound Swallows through Perranporth Golf Course, including at least 1 Swift and 2 House Martins. Also m & f Wheatear and small flock of Whimbrel. (S Cox)

Marazion: 3 Arctic Terns and 6 White Wagtails by Red River mouth at 07:15. (B Mellow & P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Pair of Tufted Duck, 4 Swift, 30+ Swallow, 15+ Sand Martin and an Otter on Long Rock Pool. 1 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 White Wagtail and 2 Wheatear on the main reserve. (D Parker & P St Pierre)

Long Rock: 28 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling, 6 Ringed Plover, 8 Turnstone, 2 Swift and 2 Wheatear. (P St Pierre)

Devoran: 1 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Oystercatcher and 10 Curlew. (D Eva)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 100+ mix of Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin in a spectacular low flying display over the lake and surrounding area. (J St Ledger)

Treen: Numerous Swallows struggling in very poor weather conditions. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Ives: Swift over this morning in storm-force winds. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): 1 Black-winged Stilt and f Blue-winged Teal still this evening.

Gannel Estuary: 3w Iceland Gull again.

Saturday 28 April 2012

Late News early April Bussow Farm: The farmer had a Night Heron on his pond for a week, about three weeks ago, possibly the Consols Pond bird. (per V Stratton)

Late News 27/4 Hayle Kimbro: 1 Marsh Harrier. (T Blunden)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 8 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 8 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Geese, 1 hybrid goose, 5 Mallard, pair of Tufted Duck, 8 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant, 7 Whimbrel, 1 Swift, 60+ Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin, 10+ House Martin, 2 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker)

Porthgwarra: 2 Redstart, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 White Wagtail, 44 Wheatear, 25 Blackcap, 30 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Sedge Warbler, 8 Whitethroat, 50+ Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 2+ Swift, 2 Bullfinch, 9 Whimbrel and 1 Sandwich Tern. (D Parker, P St Pierre & M Wallace)

Duckpool Valley, near Bude: An early morning visit produced brief, but very good views of aNightingale, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Dipper, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers in moderate numbers and 4 Blackcap. Also 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 5 Swallow and 5+ Wheatear along the cliffs. A Firecrest reported by a visiting birder at the top of the valley. (H Kendall)Kennal Vale, Ponsanooth: 3 Dipper. (J St Ledger)

Carloggas: 1 Cuckoo today. (D Wright)

Mousehole: Wheatear on the rocks. (W Renshaw)

Camel Estuary: 60+ Whimbrel, 8 Curlew, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (1 summer plumage), atleast 5 Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker from the Wadebridge-Padstow section of Camel trail at low tide, 14:30-16:00. (D Ricketts)

Half Moon Wood, Stithians: Arrival of Grasshopper Warbler (arrival date in 2011 was 19th April). Also c5 Blackcaps, c4 Willow Warblers, and Chiffchaff, but no Sedge Warblers yet. (G Adams)

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): F Blue-winged Teal still this morning. 1 Black-winged Stilt at the back of the reserve (photo) 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Black Tern over, pair of Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon and 10 Gadwall this evening. (D Julian & C Selway)

Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: 17 Wheatears (9 males and 8 females) these had disappeared from the moors within an hour in the morning. 1 Green Sandpiper on the pool, 1 Black Kite just flew through without stopping and flew East, 1 Cuckoo singing on territory plus a small passage of Swallows. (V Stratton, M Rouncefield, P & J Rutter, J Thomas et al.) This evening, 21 Wheatears (11 males and 10 females) felt to be new birds in. (V Stratton)

Beagletodn Trout Farm: 40+ Willow Warblers, 15+ Chiffchaffs, and 25 Blackcaps, with small groups of four to five in almost every bush, and 1 Sedge Warbler, all the hedgerows were literally crawling with migrants. Also a Jay on the moorlands, 1 ad female Merlin over the hill, a late individual on passage and a Cuckoo singing on territory. (V Stratton)

Bussow Moors: 1 Cuckoo. (V Stratton)

Hayle: 2 Swift over Ventonleague at 08:00. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gannel Estuary: 3w Iceland Gull again.

Godrevy: 2w Iceland Gull roosting on east side Godrevy Island.

Perranporth: F Ring Ouzel in Penhale Dunes.

Sennen: Hooded Crow in fields east of the cycle track below Trinity Cottages.

Land’s End: Blue-headed Wagtail at Treve Common also a Redstart.

Friday 27 April 2012

Late News 24/04 Launceston: A pair of Mandarins were on the River Tamar at Netherbridge, but not since, due to high water levels. (A Davey)

Late News 26/04 Rock, Camel Estuary: 22 Whimbrel (in groups of up to 13), 15 ad Kittiwake feeding between Rock & Padstow at high tide, 4 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow and 3 House Martin. Also a Song Thrush and Linnet, plus a Raven carrying food towards Padstow. (R Hurrell)

Late News 26/04 Clapper, Wadebridge: 1 Swift. (R Hurrell)

Late News 26/04 Dragon Centre, Bodmin: 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Hurrell)

Late News 26/04 Porthgwarra: Whitethroat singing in valley up from parking lot. (C De Ruyck)

Late News 26/04 Sennen Cove: 2w Iceland Gull in cattle field at Tregiffian Farm early morning.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 9 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 8 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 1 hybrid goose, 8 Mallard (new brood of 9 ducklings), pair of Tufted Duck, 8 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant, 1 sum plum Dunlin, 30+ Swallow, c10 Sand Martin, 2 m Wheatear, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker & P St Pierre)

Long Rock: Great Northern Diver plus 27 Whimbrel and m Wheatear on the beach. (D Parker)

Eastern Green, Penzance: 3 Great Northern Diver, 4 Eider, 8 Sandwich Tern and 8 Sanderling. Also 54 Whimbrel on the heliport. (P St Pierre)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2w Iceland Gull on island in main pool in the afternoon. (R Menari)

Heamoor, Penzance: 24 Whimbrel flew west and 1 Peregrine over. (P St Pierre)

Marazion: 1 Teal on the sea. (P St Pierre)

Penryn, Gorrangorras: 3 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Turnstone, 2 Shelduck, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow, at high tide. (J St Ledger)

Helston: Wheatear at RNAS Culdrose. (D Wright)

Botallack: Green Woodpecker flew over Wheal Cock. (T Mole)

Nanquidno: Cuckoo singing on north side of valley, uphill from the Mill. (C De Ruyck)

Cot Valley: Cuckoo on the north side of the valley. (C De Ruyck)

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): Female Blue-winged Teal feeding with the wintering Eurasian Teal? Showing characteristics (though overlapping) of female Green-winged Teal, the most obvious being a prominent loral spot (photo). One Cattle Egret still, 6+ Common Swift, 10 House Martin, 100+ Swallow, 30+ Sand Martin, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Lapwing, 3 Whimbrel, at least 8 Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (photo) 4 Willow Warbler some showing resin stains (photo) and an Otter (photo). (C Selway) Also 1 m Reed Bunting, 2 Stock Dove, 6 Teal, 1 m Wigeon, pair Gadwall, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Mistle Thrush. Also Mute Swan, Canada Goose and Coot all sitting on nests. (D Jenkins)

Photos from Colin Selway

Treraven Meadow: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 male Wheatear, 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Egret, 1 White Wagtail and 15 Pied Wagtail. (C Selway)

Treraven Farm: 1 male Cuckoo, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Siskin, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. (C Selway)

Ninestones, Upper Fowey Valley: Cuckoo, Lesser Redpoll, Grasshopper Warbler and Redstart. (J Sleep)

Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: 32 Wheatear, 25 males and 7 females, a very good fall of Wheatears today also 20+ Swallows. A Cuckoo in the evening, probably one from Rosewall Hill, all wheatears had cleared out by the evening. (V Stratton)

Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 17 Wheatears, 13 males and 4 females plus 2 Cuckoos. (V Stratton)

Trevalgan Hill, St Ives: 9 Wheatears. (V Stratton)

Holman’s Moors, St Ives: Cuckoo plus large numbers of Willow Warblers. (V Stratton)

Coal Harbour, Towednack: Cuckoo. (V Stratton)

Bosullow: Cuckoo. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gurnard`s Head: Whitethroat, 18 Swallow, House Martin and Stonechat family with two fledged young. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gannel Estuary: 3w Iceland Gull again.

Drift Reservoir: (CBWPS members only):1 female Scaup still.

Sennen Cove: 2w Iceland Gull off the lifeboat station plus 15 Whimbrel.

Wednesday 25 April 2012

Late News 22/04 Looe Island: Iceland Gull on the main beach, Looe Island Nature reserve. (C Lewis)

Late News 23/04 Nanquidno: 1 Cuckoo. (C Moore)

Late News 24/04 Drift Reservoir: (CBWPS members only):1 Scaup (female type), 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Raven and 4 Whimbrel. (C Moore)

Late News 24/04 Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): In addition to birds already posted, 1 female Blue-winged Teal, Little Egret, 3 Tufted Duck, Pochard, Teal, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 20 Whimbrel over field approach to hide. (B Toms)

Late News 24/04 Buttermilk Hill: 16 Wheatears (9 males and 7 females) and 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the evening. (V Stratton)

Late News 24/04 Men-an-Tol: Grasshopper Warbler. (J Swann)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 8 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant, 3 Whimbrel over, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker) Otter on Longrock pool early morning. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 200+ Whimbrel on the beach between Red River and Long Rock plus 4 Arctic Skua, both dark phase, offshore early evening. (C Barnard) Also 1 Sandwich Tern offshore. (D Parker)

Penzance, Wherrytown: 1 Little Tern and 5 Sandwich Terns at 06:30. (L Proctor)

Penzance, Eastern Green: 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Sandwich Tern, 4 Eider and 1 Whimbrel at 08:30. (P St Pierre)

Buttermilk Hill/Trevalgan Hill: 1 male Wheatear and 2 Swift. (V Stratton) Ring Ouzel also reported.

Porthgwarra: 100 Manx Shearwater, 1 dark phase Pomarine Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Whimbrel and 2 Sandwich Tern between 08:30 and 10:00. (C Moore)

Pendennis Point: 200+ Gannet, 290+ Manx Shearwater, 55+ Kittiwake, 60+ Razorbill, 210+ Auk sp, 50+ Fulmar, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Skua sp, 3 Black Throated Diver (2 west, 1 east), 1 Diver sp, 9 Sandwich Tern, 3 Commic Tern and 3 Whimbrel. also 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Guillemot off the point plus 2 Raven and 1 Swallow. All between 08:30 and 10:30. (D Chaney)

Duckpool: 6 Common Sandpipers this morning. (R Mudge)

Camel Estuary: 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Blackbird, 3 Blackcap, 42 Black-headed Gull, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Black Swan, 7 Blue Tit, 6 Buzzard, 15 Canada Geese, 7 Carrion Crow, 8 Chaffinch, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Coal Tit, 6 Collared Dove, 8 Common Sandpiper, 9 Cormorant, 17 Curlew, 9 Goldfinch, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Grey Heron, 59 Herring Gull, 2 House Martin, 8 House Sparrow, 15 Jackdaw, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Little Egret, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Magpie, 27 Mallard, 32 Mute Swan, 63 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, with prey (possibly Oystercatcher?), 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Robin, 3 Rook, 47 Shelduck, 2 Song Thrush, 7 Starling, 13 Swallow, 18 Whimbrel, 34 Wood Pigeon and 7 Wren. (The Martin Cutland Nature Walk, per P Whittick)

Kenidjack: M & f Blackcap, several Chiffchaffs, a couple of Willow Warblers, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and a House Martin. Also 2 Red Deer hinds on the top of the valley sides towards the golf course by the 4th tee. (S Cox)

Botallack: 1 Common Swift. (per S Cox)

Pentire Farm: 3 Whitethroat and a Blackcap, at Stinky Valley this morning. (C Selway)

Trevalgan Hill: 2 Cuckoos. (V Stratton)

Sennen Cove: 35 Whimbrel off Cowloe this afternoon. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also Iceland Gull reported offshore.

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): 1 female Blue-winged Teal and 1 Cattle Egret still.

Gannel Estuary: 3w Iceland Gull again.

Mount’s Bay: Pomarine Skua from the Scillonian III this evening.

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Late News 23/04 Lizard: 20+ Willow Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Wheatear and 16 Whimbrel around the village, plus an Arctic Skua flew inland. (T Blunden)

Late News 23/04 Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Common Sandpipers, Green Woodpecker and the pale Buzzard. (S Cox)

Late News 23/04 Gribben Head: 85+ Whimbrel on the eastern side. (St Austell Baywatch)

Late News 23/04 Carlyon Bay: 3 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 2+ Sandwich Tern and 12+ Whimbrel. (St Austell Baywatch)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 8 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 8 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 1 hybrid geese, 8 Mallard, 8 Moorhen, 3 Cormorant, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel over, c40 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. Also 60+ Whimbrel and 4 White Wagtail on the beach and 2 Sandwich Terns offshore. (D Parker, C Barnard & W Renshaw)

Sedge Warblers at Marazion (W Renshaw) and Walmsley Sanctuary (C Selway)

Looe: c40 Whimbrel at Hannafore Point, including one flock of 30. (R Smaldon)

Penryn, Gorrangorras: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Snipe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay and 2 Swallow. (J St Ledger)

Buttermilk Hill: 7 Wheatears (6 Males and a female) and 1 Cuckoo also a small passage of Swallows. (V Stratton & J Thomas)

Lands End: Coal Tit, Wheatear, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and 2 Whimbrel. (C Barnard)

Penzance: 50+ Whimbrel on heliport early morning. (C Barnard)

Trencrom: 7+ Willow Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler plus 2 Swallow and Sparrowhawk over. (R Menari)

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): 1 Cattle Egret still, 1 Common Swift. 4 House Martin, 40+ Sand Martin, 150+ Swallow, 2 Lapwing, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Wigeon, 2 Greylag Geese, 2 Sparrowhawk (tiny male killed a Swallow), 2 Blackcap and 3 Sedge Warbler. (C Selway)

Sennen Cove: 10 Whimbrel off Cowloe this afternoon. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 Common Sandpipers this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gannel Estuary: 3w Iceland Gull again.

Access to Walmsley


The stile on the footpath to the hides at Walmsley Sanctuary has been replaced with a gate by the County Council after representations from the CBWPS. This should help old and young alike but please respect the grazing animals and shut the gate behind you.