Monday 31st March 2014

Late news 30/3, Argal Reservoir: 12 Great Crested Grebe. (D Chaney)

Late news 30/3, College Reservoir: 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goldeneye f type, 2 Willow Warbler singing, 1 Blackcap Singing, Chiffchaffs singing and 1 Kingfisher. (D Chaney)

Marazion: 40 Sandwich Tern. (C Barnard)

Falmouth, off Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver and  2 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger) Pendennis Head: 2 Linnet, 1 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. Falmouth Bay: 1 Black Guillemot (c.400 yards off Gylly Beach, preening, unaged but progressing into summer plumage), 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver and 10+ Shag. (D Chaney) Plus Swanpool Cemetery: 2 Green Woodpecker.

Zennor, Foage Valley: 7 Chiffchaff (most on territory), 8 Common Buzzard and 4 Raven. (V Stratton)

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 7 pairs of Linnets on breeding territory. (V Stratton)

Wicca Valley: 2 Song Thrush (perched on rocks on the beach just arrived), 4 Common Buzzard and  2 Raven. (V Stratton)

Siblyback Reservoir: 13 Tufted Duck, 1 Swallow, 2 Great Tit, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cormorant and Gull flock. (P & S Street)

Rame, Penlee Battery NR: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Hoopoe, 2 Sparrowhawk m&f, (f eating pigeon), 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 3 Bullfinch. (B Taggart)

Penzance: 1w dr Surf Scoter again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 Cattle Egret and 1 juv Glaucous Gull.

Portscathco: 3 Slavonian Grebe off harbour.

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis again.

Clapper Marshes: 6 Green Sandpiper.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 3 hybrid geese, 18 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 13 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 16 Moorhen, c10 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Golitha Falls: 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 6 Coal Tit and 3 Goldcrest. (D Parker)

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Sunday 30th March 2014

Drift Reservoir (members only):1 juv Kumlien’s Gull. (J Hawkey) 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (B Toms)

Longrock:  4 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin. (B Toms)

Penzance, Chyandour: 1 m Surf Scoter still and 1 Great Northern Diver. (B Toms)

Pendeen:  1 juv. Glaucous Gull on sea. (B Toms)

Newquay, Watergate Bay: 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Wheatear and 1 Sand Martin. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB:  1 juv Iceland Gull. (C Barnard & V Stratton), plus 53 Wigeon,  8 Teal,  10, Shelduck

2 Greenshank, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit 9 Little Egret and 124 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (V Stratton)

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis again, (on fallen tree on south side), 9 Little Egret, 11 Redshank,1 Greenshank,1 Common Sandpiper and 10 Shelduck in creek and 2 Grey Wagtail on stream at Carne. (J Selby)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 2 hybrid geese, 21 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 13 Moorhen, c20 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Reed Bunting, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker & B Toms) Also 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion: 2 Brent Geese flew west. (F Hull)

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 10 Golden Plover many in breeding plumage (Northern and Southern Races), 4 Wheatear (all female) and 4 Linnet. (V Stratton)

Foage Valley, Zennor: 7 Chiffchaff and 1 m Blackcap in garden on feeders. (V Stratton)

Polgigga: 1 Hoopoe over.  (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Mousehole, St. Clement’s Isle: 1 juv Kumlein’s Gull and 1 juv Glaucous Gull at roost.

Penhale Head: 1 m Black Redstart.

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Saturday 29th March 2014

St Gothians Sands LNR: 30+ Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 White Wagtail and 1 Chiffchaff. (G. Adams)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Blackcap. (B Toms)

Drift Reservoir: 70 Sand Martin and 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: 1 Kestrel and 2 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Penlee Battery: 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcap. (M Beer)

Windmill Farm: 1 Woodcock, 1 Snipe and 1 Grey Heron. (D Wright)

Marazion: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 ad.m. Eider, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. (C.Barnard)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 19 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 5 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 10 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 16 Moorhen, 12 Curlew over, c10 Sand Martin, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Porthgwarra & St Levan area: 1 Firecrest, 7 Willow Warbler and 26 Chiffchaff. (M Wallace)

Porth Joke: 13 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Wheatear, 6 Sand Martin, 50 Linnet and 2 Song Thrush. (S Rowe)

Botallack: 2 Wheatear (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Bosigran: 2 Chiffchaff (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: 1w dr Surf Scoter offshore again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Red-necked Grebe and 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Mousehole: 1 juv Kumlein’s Gull at the roost. 

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Friday 28th March 2014

Ringing reports: West Cornwall Ringing Group have just had a few interesting ring reports come back from BTO, giving an insight into some of the movements of Cornish birds. Details of some daily commuting Storm Petrels and the origin of one of our wintering Chiffchaffs are on the group blog:
http://cornishringing.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/commuting-storm-petrels-and-warblers.html

Lizard Point: 1 1w Glaucous Gull and 1 Willow Warbler. (M Grantham)

Porthgwarra: 6 Chiffchaffs around the village and c40 Golden Plover circling over the moor. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 3 hybrid geese, 33 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 9 Grey Heron, 1 Bittern, 2 Little Egret, 15 Moorhen, 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 2 Raven mobbed by crows, c20 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 7 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker & T Mills)

Mylor Churchtown: 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Eider (1 male, 3 female) and 12 Red-breasted Merganser. (J St Ledger)

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Great Northern Diver, John St Ledger

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 14 Purple Sandpiper. Chyandour: 11w dr Surf Scoter and 1 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion, Trenow Cove: 2 1w Long-tailed Duck. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Falmouth Bay: 1 juv Iceland Bay, 1 Red-necked Grebe and 2 Black-throated Diver. Gorrangorras: 15 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Turnstone, 2 Little Egret and c15 Mute Swan. Pendennis: 1 Gannet and 2 Linnet. Castle Beach: 1f  Black Redstart and 5+ Oystercatcher. Wood Lane: 2 m+f Sparrowhawk (D Chaney) Swanpool: 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Sandwich Tern. (S Perfect)

Argal Reservoir: 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Mallard and1 Tufted Duck. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 2 Mallard, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 3 Grey Heron, 50 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull and 10 Sand Martin. (D Chaney)

Coverack: 1 Hoopoe in private garden.

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 juv Kumlein’s Gull and 1 juv Glaucous Gull joining roost.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Glaucous Gull.

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Thursday 27th March 2014

Late news 21/3 Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Bittern on Ryan’s Field. (per DK Parker)

Late news 26/3, Porthgwarra: 2 Puffins west plus c200 Manx Shearwaters feeding offshore and 1 Wheatear on the cliffs. a Also 2 porpoises and 1 grey seal. (DK Parker)

Late news 26/3, Drift Reservoir (members only): 83 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 1 Muscovy Duck, 27 Mallard, 2 Call Duck, 2 Teal, c8 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Moorhen, 5 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, c100 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow. (DK Parker)

Late news 26/3, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 3 hybrid geese, 23 Teal, 7 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 13 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 9 Moorhen, 8 Buzzard, 1 Snipe, 2 Raven, c100 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Late news 26/3, Restronguet: 3 Whimbrel and 1 Green Sandpiper. (J Chapple)

Late news 26/3, Penzance Promenade: 2 Sandwich Tern and 1 Great Northern Diver. Jubilee Pool: 6 Purple Sandpiper. (P St Pierre)

Late news 26/3, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Red Kite south, 1 House Martin, 3 Swallow and 80 Sand Martin. (P St Pierre)

Sancreed: 1 juv Kumlien’s Gull flew south. (D Flumm)

Marazion, Red river mouth: 3 Sandwich Tern. (P St Pierre)

Sennen area: 1 imm Glaucous Gull on Cowloe this morning; 2 m Wheatear on Moor near lookout, 4 Stonechat (3m) between Sennen and Land’s End. (P&H Taylor)

St Erth: 1 Little Egret in grassy field and 1 Marsh Tit visiting garden feeder. (MJ Spicer)

Gwennap Sewage Works: 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Green Sandpiper and 50 Sand Martin. (M Grantham)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Whooper Swan and 17 Mute Swan. (G Adams)

Falmouth, Pendennis Head: 1 sum plum Slavonian Grebe, 10 Black-throated Diver & 1 Great Northern Diver. (DK Parker & J St Ledger) Swanpool: 1 Red-necked Grebe. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 3 hybrid geese, 18 Teal, 3 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 11 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 10 Moorhen, 5 Buzzard, c50 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker & P St Pierre)

St Gothian LNR: 6 Sand Martin. (P Copney)

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Sand Martin, Paul Copney

Penzance, off Railway Station: 1 imm m Surf Scoter still.

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Wednesday 26th March 2014

Late news, 25/3, Zennor, Foage Valley: 6 Chiffchaff. Buttermilk Hill: 75 Golden Plover. (V Stratton)

Drift Reservoir: 1 juv Iceland/Kumlien’s Gull (distant on water), c100 Sand Martins and 3+ Swallow. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  2 Little Egret, 2 Greylag, 2 Canada Geese, 3 hybrid geese, 25 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 7 Mallard, 1 Cormorant and 10 Sand Martins. (D Flumm)

Hayle Inner Harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver. (MJ Spicer)

St Gothian Sands LNR: c20 Sand Martin and 1 Wheatear. (MJ Spicer)

Trevedran, south of St Buryan: 1 ad Iceland Gull on sea, 2 House Martin, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphin. (M Bishop)

Charlestown: 1 juv or ring-tail Hen Harrier. (D Hastilow)

Manaccan, Carne Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis near mouth of Helford River. (C Dudley)

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Glossy Ibis, Clive Dudley

Boscastle, ReddivallenHigh/Five Gates: 1 Wheatear. (P Spong)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Polbrock Bridge: 10 Blackbird, 12 Blue Tit, 4 Buzzard, c60 Canada Goose, c50 Carrion Crow, 10 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Cormorant, 2 Curlew, 2 Dunnock, 4 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Herring Gull, 12 House Sparrow, 6 Jackdaw, 4 Little Egret, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 6  Magpie, 8  Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 8  Mute Swan, 8 Pied Wagtail, 6 Redshank, 6 Robin, 30 Rook, 30 Shelduck, 5 Starling, c20 Wood Pigeon and 3 Wren. (The Martin Cutland Wednesday Wildlife Walk, per C Travis)

Between Grampound and Probus at New Stables: 1 Barn Owl. (M Jones)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Iceland Gull (1st or 2nd winter). (S Rowe)

Penzance, off Chyandour: 1 dr Surf Scoter. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance, off Wherrytown: 1 fem Scaup. (M Elliott)

Colliford Lake: reported America Herring Gull on Monday re-identified as 2nd-winter Herring Gull from photographs.

St Just, Lafrowda Common: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (M Wallace)

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 35 Golden Plover. (V Stratton)

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Golden Plover, Viv Stratton

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Tuesday 25th March 2014

Late news 23/3, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Swallow. (S Potter)

Tresemple Pool, Tresillian: 11 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Shelduck, 7 Curlew, 18 Moorhen, 3 Wood Pigeon, 7 Mallard, 1 Raven (over) and 1 Pheasant. (B Toms)

Falmouth, Pendennis Head: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 15 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Razorbill, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult) and 11 Turnstone. (J St Ledger) Swanpool area:  1 Firecrest. Asda Carpark: 39 Swallow.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 3 hybrid geese, 23 Teal, 7 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 1 Bittern, 15 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard, c50 Sand Martin, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (in song) and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 3 Great Northern Diver and 1 female Common Scoter offshore. (DK Parker)

Sennen Cove: 2w Glaucous Gull on Cowloe. (BK Mellow)

Penzance, off Railway Station: 1w m Surf Scoter. Wherrytown: 2 Sandwich Terns and 2 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Goss Moor: 1 Hobby reported.

Video, Paul Dinning

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