Friday 28th February 2014

Late news 27/2 St Ives: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 juv Iceland Gull and 7 Med Gull on Porthminster Beach. (V Stratton)

Long-tailed-DuckLong-tailed Ducks off Marazion 27/2 by P Tongue

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 1 hybrid goose, 17 Teal, 10 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 10 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Marazion Beach: 1 ad Glaucous Gull, 2 Common Gull and 1 Great Northern Diver. (C Barnard)

Newlyn Harbour:  3 Great Northern Diver. (C Barnard)

Newlyn Sandy Cove: 5 Great Northern Diver. (C Barnard)

Mousehole: 3 Great Northern Diver. (C Barnard) Probable 2w Azorean Yellow-legged Gull again plus 3 Glaucous Gulls at the roost this evening. (M Elliott)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Goosander, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 juv Iceland Gull and 2 ad Med Gull from the causeway. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 1 drake Eider displaying to a Greater Black-backed Gull plus 5 Great Northern Divers off the bus station. (DK Parker)

Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Little Gull, present for third evening. (S Rowe)

Whitsands Bay: 1 juv Iceland Gull.

St Ives: 1 Glaucous Gull and 3 Med Gull.


Thursday 27th February 2014

St Erth: 8 Golden Plover west and 6 Redwing. (MJ Spicer)

Fishing Cove, Gunwalloe: 1 1w Glaucous Gull feeding on dead White-sided Dolphin. (M Grantham)

Cape Cornwall: 7 Chough. (B Toms)

Trengwainton Woods: 4 Nuthatch. (B Toms)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Whooper Swan still. (B Toms)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Water Rail, 26 Lapwing, 50+ Black Headed Gull (including one in full Summer plumage), Herring Gull, Great Blacked-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Curlew, Wigeon, Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 12 Gadwall, Coot, Moorhen, Shelduck, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Tufted Duck and Shoveler. (W Delacour – video).

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 3 hybrid goose, 14 Teal, 18 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 9 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 11 Moorhen, 4 Buzzard, 1+ Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 37 Curlew, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker) Also 1 Bittern. (C Barnard)

Marazion Beach: 1 juv Glaucous Gull at Red River mouth. (C Barnard)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Goosander, 1 Great Northern Diver, 191 Curlew, 28 Redshank, 21 Oystercatcher, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 526 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 22 Herring Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 57 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull and 1 ad Med Gull from Lelant Saltings platform over high tide this evening. (DK Parker)

Mousehole: Probable 2w Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, 5 Glaucous Gull (2 ad, 2w & 2 juv), juv Iceland Gull and ad Kumlien’s Gull at the St Clements roost this evening. (M Elliott & P Semmens)

Penzance: 1 1w Surf Scoter still.

Sennen Cove: 2 Glaucous Gull and 1 Iceland Gull.

Swanpool Point: 38+ BT Diver, 10+ GN Diver, 10+ Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 50+ Shag and 10 Gannet. (D Chaney)

Pendennis: 11 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Med Gull. (D Chaney)

Gorrangoras: c50 Curlew, 40+ Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 5 Little Egret, 15 Mute Swan, 5+ Mallard 
10+ Teal and 2 Little Grebe. (D Chaney)


Wednesday 26th February 2014

Interesting Pipit? Last Sunday a group of birders found a Pipit that showed mixed characteristics. I stumbled upon the group, grabbed a couple of photos before it flew out of sight. It hasn’t been refound in the area (Tolcarne to Newlyn harbour). Debate still continues on the bird’s identity and so we are putting up a series of pictures here for comment. Please contact the County Recorder, Dave Parker,  through with any thoughts. First two are my pix, the one I put on the web on Sunday and a second, poor, image but at least it shows the rump. The next two pictures are Brian Mellows’ and the 3rd pair are Richard Augarde’s.

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Late news 25/02, Mousehole: 3 (2 juv + 3w) Glaucous Gull and 1 2w Yellow-legged Gull at the St Clements gull roost. (M Elliott)

St Erth: 1 Merlin and c300 Golden Plover over high west. (MJ Spicer)

Mylor Churchtown to Penarrow Point: 14 Black-necked Grebe (in 2 groups- 10 and 4), 8 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 11 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Eider (female). (J St Ledger)


Black-necked Grebe, John St Ledger


Eider, John St Ledger

St Ives: 31 Turnstone, 1 Great Northern Diver,1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (D Jenkins & R Farnes)

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Iceland Gull, Rod Farnes


Porthleven: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (A Pay)

St Gothian: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (C Moore)

Camel Trail: 1 m Red-breasted Merganser, 1m 5f Goosander, 16 Grey Plover, 200+Dunlin, 400+Golden Plover, 1 Whooper Swan on Dinham flats, also along trail 1 Coal Tit. (D Mays, 2 videos)


Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Water Rail. (V & J Gartside)


Water Rail, Victoria Gartside

Nare Head: 2 Choughs, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Cormorant and 2 Shags. (R & R Nichols)


Chough, R&R Nicholls

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4  Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag, 3 hybrid goose, 19 Teal, 16 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Bittern, 9 Moorhen, 4 Buzzard, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 1 juv Glaucous Gull and 1 ad Common Gull at Red River Mouth plus 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker) Also 2 Long-tailed Duck of Station House. (R Farnes)


Long-tailed Duck, Rod Farnes

Tolcarne: 27 Turnstone plus 3 Great Northern Divers and 4+ Guillemot offshore. (DK Parker)

Mousehole: Probable 2w Azorean Gull, 4 Glaucous Gull (ad, 2w & 2 juv) and juv Iceland Gull at the St Clements roost late evening. (M Elliott & P Semmens)

Sennen Cove: 2 (ad+ juv) Glaucous Gull and 1 Great Northern Diver. (C.Barnard + Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver still. (R Farnes) Estuary: 1 Glaucous Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Great Northern Diver, Rod Farnes

Newlyn Harbour: 1 ad Kumlein’s Gull. (M Elliot & T Mills)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 20    Bar-tailed Godwit, 10  Blackbird, c70  Black-headed Gull, 50 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Blue Tit, 8 Buzzard, 2 Canada Goose, c50 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 Cormorant, 50 Curlew, c500 Dunlin, 6 Dunnock, c2000 Golden Plover, 12 Goldfinch, 10 Goosander, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Great Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Greenshank, 3 Grey Heron, 30 Grey Plover, c100 Herring Gull, 6 House Sparrow, 6 Jackdaw, 1 Lapwing, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 20 Long–tailed Tit, 6   Magpie, 10  Mallard, 4 Meadow Pipit, 20 Mute Swan, c50 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Raven, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, c50 Redshank, 25 Ringed Plover, 12 Robin, c50 Rook, 20 Shelduck, 2 Snipe, 2 Song Thrush, c50 Starling, 5 Turnstone, 1 Whooper Swan, 15 Wigeon, c20 Wood Pigeon and 2 Wren. (The “Martin Cutland” wildlife walk, per C Travis)

Penzance, Railway Station: 1 1w m Surf Scoter and 1 Black Redstart. Eastern Green: 1 ad Glaucous Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Torpoint, sewerage works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Caerhays Castle: 1 Glaucous Gull.

Gwennap sewerage works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

College Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Canada Goose, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Great Black-backed Gull. (D Chaney)


Tuesday 25th February 2014

Late news, 21/2, Mousehole: Probable 1w American Herring Gull, 3 (2 ad, 1 juv) Glaucous Gull and 1 1w Iceland Gull going into St Clements Isle roost. (P Semmens)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 ad Glaucous Gull and 1 1w Iceland Gull. (S Turner) Marsh: 4  Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 1 hybrid goose, 17 Teal, 13 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 6 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker) Also 1 Bittern. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank. (M Grantham)

Marazion: 1 juv Iceland Gull and 2 ad Glaucous Gull at river mouth. (B Toms, C Barnard & DK Parker)

Carbis Bay: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Great Northern Diver. (B Toms & C Barnard)

Newlyn harbour: 8 Great Northern Diver, 4 Cormorant and 4 Shag. Sandy Cove: 4 Great Northern Diver and 2 Guillemot. (T Mills)

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver and 3 (ad, 2w & 1w) Mediterranean Gull. (C Barnard)

Penzance, off Railway Station: 1w dr Surf Scoter again.

Longrock: 1 ad Kumlein’s Gull again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also 1 ad Glaucous Gull. (DK Parker)

Wadebridge, Guineaport: 4 (2m + 2f) Goosander.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 pairs of Little Grebe and Coots nest building.


Monday 24th February 2014

Penzance, off Eastern Green/Chyandour: 1 1w m Surf Scoter, 1 f Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black Redstart and 1 ad Kittiwake. (S Turner, T Mills, D Mays & D Flumm) Harbour: 1 m Eider. (S Turner) Battery Rocks/Jubilee Pool: 16 Purple Sandpiper, 1 m Eider and 2 Great Northern Diver. (D Flumm & T Mills) Promenade: 4 Great Northern Diver. (T Mills)

Marazion: 1 Long-tailed Duck. (S Turner) 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 ad Glaucous Gull and 2 Long-tailed Duck. (D Mays, video of Glaucous Gull) also 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Newlyn Harbour: 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot and c20 Turnstone. (T Mills) Sandy Cove: 1 ad Kumlein’s Gull. (F Rice)


Kumlein’s + Herring Gulls. Farleigh Rice

St. Clements: 3 Siskin and 4 Greenshank. (C Moore)

Trenow: 2 Glaucous Gull (ad + juv), 2 Common Gull, c75 Black-headed Gull, c30 Herring Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Little Egret, c20 Oystercatcher, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50+ Curlew, 3 Redshank, 15 Turnstone and 1 Kestrel. (R Menari)


Glaucous Gull, Richard Menari

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 St Erth: 1 Tawny Owl calling this morning and 1 Redwing. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 2 hybrid goose, 12 Teal, 21 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Bittern, 9 Moorhen, 4 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Stonechat, 1 m Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker & D Mays)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Water: 4 Mediterranean Gull. Ryan’s Field: 10+ Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank. (D Mays, video of Mediterranean Gull)


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Treen Common: 9+ Yellowhammers and 5 Reed Buntings. (DK Parker)

Looe, Hannafore Point: 8 Great Northern Diver and 1 Slavonian Grebe.  From Railway Station: 1 1w Glaucous Gull and 22 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (B Taggart)

Newham, Truro River: 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 180+ Dunlin and 31 Redshank. (J St Ledger)


Common Sandpiper, John St Ledger

 Tresillian River: 1 m Mandarin (behind Wheel Inn), 1 Greenshank, 1 Guillemot (behind Audi Garage) and 1 Common Gull. (J St Ledger)


Mandarin duck, John St ledger

Polgigga, Arden-Sawah: 1 1w Iceland Gull. (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra: 1 juv Iceland Gull

Trewellard Common: 1 Barn Owl. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Ives: flock of Knot at Porthgwidden; Black Redstart on The Island.  (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Plus 1 juv Glaucous Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Kenidjack Sewerage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Falmouth: 3 Eider (1m + 2f) off Falmouth Hotel, 10+ Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Mediterranean Gull past.


Sunday 23rd February 2014

Newlyn, harbour: 1 ad Kumlein’s Gull, 9 Great Northern Diver, 9 Cormorant, c20 Turnstone (including 2 colour-ringed birds – these were ringed 7 years ago in Newlyn). (J Hawkey & T Mills) Tolcarne Inn vicinity: 1 Rock Pipit showing some characteristics of Scandinavian race littoralis. (B Mellow, T Mills et al)


“Scandinavian” Rock Pipit? Tony Mills


Turnstone, ringed 28/1/2007, Newlyn harbour.

Tony Mills

Coverack: 1 Whimbel and 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Wright & S Bury)

Helston Loe, Carminowe Creek: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 15 Chiffchaff. (D Wright & S Bury) Loe Pool: 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (S Bury & T Blunden)


Iceland Gull, Steve Bury


Glaucous Gull, Steve Bury

Marazion: 3 Glaucous Gull (2 ad + 1w), 4 ad Mediterranean Gull and 2 Long-tailed Duck. (V Stratton)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance, Promenade: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 ad Kumlein’s Gull and 4 Great Northern Diver. (V Stratton) Tolcarne Beach: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull with c100 Black-headed Gull. (T Mills) Off Railway Station: 1 Surf Scoter and 2 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 ad Whooper Swan. (MJ Spicer & V Garside)


Whooper + Mute Swans, Victoria Gartside


Newquay, Gannel estuary: 11w Glaucous Gull. (M Lammas)

Nare Head: 2 Chough, 2 Ravens, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Heron, 4 Nuthatch, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Fulmar, 1 Buzzard, 3 Cormorant and 1 Black-throated Diver. (R & R Nicholls)

St Ives: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Looe: 1 Iceland Gull at Railway Station. Hannafore Point: 1 Great Skua, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Whimbrel and 7 Great Northern Diver.

Falmouth, Pennance Point: 1 Glaucous Gull past. Swanpool: 1 ad Kittiwake and 1 3w Mediterranean Gull. (S Perfect)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup still.

Mousehole: 1 Glaucous Gull.


Saturday 22nd February 2014

Wadebridge, Treraven Hide: 1 Grey Wagtail. (N Greaves)


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Hayle Estuary, Porth Kidney Beach: 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Raven. (D Flumm) Estuary: 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Ives, Porthminster Beach: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. (D Flumm) Off Harbour: 4 Great Northern Diver.  (D Flumm)

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Glaucous Gull, Dave Flumm




Dave Flumm

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Iceland Gull


Dave Flumm

Devoran Creek: 1 Sandwich Tern. (J Hawkey)

Penzance, Promenade: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, late afternoon. (J Hawkey) 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Guillemot, 9 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Turnstone, 1 m Eider and 1 Dunlin. (D Thomas) Chyandour: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Surf Scoter and 6 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove  Birdwatching)


Dunlin, Dave Thomas

Newlyn Harbour: 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull, late afternoon. (J Hawkey) 7 Great Northern Diver. 2 Guillemot. 24 Turnstone. (D Thomas) plus 1 juv Glaucous Gull.


Great Northern Diver, Dave Thomas

Kynance Cove: 8 Raven circling overhead. (D Jenkins)

Helston, boating pool: 1 Whooper Swan at cafe end. Sewage works: 3 Chiffchaff. (D Jenkins)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe,  8 Great Northern Diver and 14  Black-throated Diver. (C Barnard)

Carrick Roads from Mylor Yacht Harbour: 4 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver and 2 Red-breasted Merganser. (C Barnard)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Little Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 10 Oystercatcher, 5 Redshank, and 1 Greenshank. (S Rowe)

Rosudgeon: 1 Barn Owl this evening. (I Webster)

Marazion, off Station House Car Park: 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull, 2 Long-tailed Duck and 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. (L Proctor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti’s Warbler from railway bridge. (L Proctor) 1 Bittern (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Great Northern Diver.

Rame Head: 1 2w Iceland Gull.

Looe, Hannafore Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe and 4 Great Northern Diver.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup still.