Friday 10th January 2014

Photos by Bob Sharples from 9/1 :

_BSP4141 Peregrine at Marazion _BSP4150Bittern at Marazion
_BSP4231Goosander and Redshank at Ryan’s Field. _BSP4290

St Ives: 2 Mute Swan on Harbour Beach plus 2 mf Peregrine chasing a Turnstone around the bay. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Great Northen Diver in harbour off East Quay. (MJ Spicer) 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver on Carnsew Basin. (S Turner) 8 ad Med Gull, 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Grey Plover and 3 Greenshank on Lelant Saltings. (S Turner) 2 Goosander on Ryan’s Field.

Men-an-Tol: 1m Hen Harrier at 16:30. (L Proctor)

Bodilly, Wendron: 2 Little Grebe, 9 Canada Goose, 1m Merlin and 1 Chiffchaff. (A Pay)

Chyandour, Penzance: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1m Eider, 57 Ringed Plover, 62 Dunlin, 27 Sanderling, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat and 1 Green Woodpecker. (D Flumm, P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 33 Mallard, c25 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 6 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, c150 Lapwing over, 2 Little Egret, 1 Bittern, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 2 Stonechat and 1 Chiichaff. (D Flumm, P St Pierre & DK Parker)

Saltash: 1 Glossy Ibis still from China fleet nature trip. (M Beer)

Penzance: 3 Black Redstart opposite railway station including 1 ad m. (A Mckechnie)

Black Redstart 1 Black Redstart 2

Penryn River: 1 Glaucous Gull with Black-headed Gull at Gorrangorros, plus 3 Greenshank, 5 Common Snipe and 1 Kingfisher. (M Whetman)

Newlyn: 8 Common Scoter off Sandy Cove plus 6 Great Northern Diver between Newlyn and Penlee. (R Phillips)

Falmouth: 3 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Redshnk from Castle Beach. 1 Purple sandpiper, 5 Great Northern Diver, c20 Siskin and 4 Bullfinch at Pendennis. 8+ Great Northern Diver, c20 Black-necked grebe and c20 Red-breasted Merganser Carrick Roads. (D Chaney. Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull at Swanpool.

Carrick Roads: 25 Black-necked Grebe off Loe Beach.


Seabird Deaths

A further note from Vic Simpson (of the Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, Truro) who thanks all those who responded to the original message.
He would now prefer NOT to receive any further seabird mortalities from around the Cornish coast at the present time unless any further large incidents crop up (involving VERY FRESH mortalities).
Vic Simpson can be contacted at or via 01872 560623.
The following is a is a request from Natural England.
 The current severe weather conditions may result in increased seabird mortality along the coast and Natural England would be very interested in examining any corpses (specifically Black throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe) washed up in the south Cornwall area. Anyone finding any of these species is asked to bag and freeze them (if possible) and contact Richard Cook at Natural England (
to arrange pickup and post-mortem examination