Wednesday 31st December 2014

Late news, 30/12, Newlyn Coombe: 1 Swallow. (B Dodd)

Newlyn Coombe: 1 Swallow again. (B Dodd) Also over Lidden area of Penzance. (T Mills) Sandy Cove: 3 Chiffchaff (1 ringed), 1 m Blackcap. (T Mills)

Helston Loe Pool: 1 Bittern near hide. (C Watt) Lower Nansloe Farm: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again. Boating Lake: 1 Whooper Swan. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Snow Bunting still plus 3 Pochard and 1 Coot. (JPR & MJ Spicer)

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Falmouth, Castle Beach: 3 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Kestrel (male). (J St Ledger)

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Botallack: 1 Peregrine harrying a large Starling roost. (S Williams)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 2 f American Wigeon.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 Water Pipit.

Dozmary Pool: 3 Goldeneye (1 drake), 1 Tufted Duck and 5 Mallard. (DK Parker)

Colliford Lake: 7 Mallard, 21 Wigeon, 19 Teal, 1 drake Lesser Scaup, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 32 Golden Plover and 15 Fieldfare in Loveny arm. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 f Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Great Northern Divers off the sewage works. (B Dodd)

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Tuesday 30th December 2014

Late news, 29/12, Walmsley Sanctuary: c400 Wigeon, c400 Teal, c200 Mallard, 6 Gadwall, 23 Shoveler. 5 Pintail, 2 Tufted Duck, 26 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Canada Geese, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 3 Moorhen and 5 Coot. (P McKeogh)

Late news, 29/12, Camel Estuary: 14 Goosander (9f,5m) 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Oystercatcher, 100+ Curlew, 44 Shelduck, 30+ Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 8 Grey Heron and a large flock of Golden Plover. (P McKeogh)

Helston, Lower Nansloe Farm: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Water Rail. Sewage Farm: 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinch (2m + 2f), 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Goldcrest. Boating Lake: 1 Whooper Swan, 10 Mute Swan, 14 Shoveler, c20 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtail. (T Mills)

Newquay Towan Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 13 Turnstone and 9 Oystercatcher. (M Lammas)

Sancreed: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 30 Redwing and 8 Fieldfare. (D Flumm)

Roseland, St. Anthony’s Head: c60 Skylark in stubble fields. (D Hall)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 8 Goosander (2m + 6f), 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Grey Plover, 7 Greenshank, 17 Turnstone, 26 Ringed Plover, c500 Dunlin and 3 Sanderling. (S Turner, L Proctor & DK Parker)

Penzance: 1m Black Redstart by  railway station in morning, also Song Thrush, Chiffchaff & numerous Pied Wagtails. (D King) Harbour: 1 m Eider. (J Hillier)

Camborne: Flock of 300 – 500 Starlings over town late afternoon.  Blackcap in bushes near Tesco supermarket car park. (D King)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan including 2 young, 2 Mallard, 28 Teal, 6 Snipe, 21 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Bittern, 1 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Dabchick, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechat and 1 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Badger’s Cross: 160 Linnet, 2 Fieldfare and 14 Redwing. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Trewey Downs: 1 Reed Bunting, 8 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and 29 Golden Plover. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Snow Bunting. (L Proctor)

Treraven Meadow: A Water Pipit near the river this afternoon, other birds included 80+ Teal, 1 Green and 1 Common Sandpiper and 3 Kingfisher. (C Selway)

Newlyn: 1 Swallow at 15:00 & 15:20. (B & M Dodd)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull and 1 Long-tailed Duck still. (T McGowan)

The Lizard: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in garden at Tregidden.

Penryn, Gorrangorras Creek: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Crousa Downs: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 2 f American Wigeon still.

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Monday 29th December 2014

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 2  f American Wigeon still with 58 Wigeon, 185 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 7 Dunlin and 4 Little Egret. (M Lammas & S Rowe)

Towan Head: 20 Red-throated Diver (including flock of 12 west), 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Turnstone and 9 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

Gerrans Bay: 3 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 7 Black-throated Diver, 1 f Eider and 1 Little Gull. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 (4f + 1m) Goosander. (S Turner)

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St Ives, Consols: 1 f Black Redstart. (S Turner)

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Kynance Cove: 1 m Dartford Warbler and 1 f Marsh Harrier nearby over the downs. (J Hawkey)

Mylor Churchtown: 18 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Snipe and 2 Bullfinch. (J St Ledger)

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Penryn, Gorran Gorras: 1 Knot, 1 Water Rail, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Green Woodpecker (over). (J St Ledger)

Rosudgeon, Greenberry Common: 1 Jack Snipe, 70 Meadow Pipit and 7 Bullfinch ( 2 m 5 f ). (I Webster)

Crowdy Reservoir:Great Crested Grebe (object sticking through its lower bill didn’t seem to hinder it hunting) plus large Starling roost. (N Climpson)

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Mermaid II pelagic, 2 miles west of Porthgwarra: 1 Great Skua. (P Semmens)

Penzance: 1 m Black Redstart again adjacent to railway station. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan including 2 young, 24 Mallard, 1 f Shoveler, 1 f Wigeon, 1 m Pintail, 1 f Gadwall, 39 Teal, 8 Snipe, 22 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 2 Bittern, 2 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Dabchick, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker) Also 5 Great Northern Diver offshore. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Camel Estuary: 50+ Reed Buntings at a pre roost opposite the River Camel confluence. (C Selway)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 1w Long-tailed Duck still.

Par, Spit Beach: 4 Long-tailed Duck offshore.

Porthleven: 1 Glaucous Gull on mud in inner harbour

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Sunday 28th December 2014

Late News, 27/12, Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup, returning bird from January 2010. (M Beer)

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St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, 2 Dabchick, 1 Water Rail, 1 Coot, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Rock Pipit. (JPR & MJ Spicer)

Windmill Farm: 17 Teal, 3 Mallard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 1m Hen Harrier, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (asian ssp) and 1 Grey Wagtail. (D Wright – photos)

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Stithians Reservoir: 4 Goldeneye (1m+3f), 70|+ Wigeon, 50+ Teal, 50+ Mallard, 20+Tufted Duck, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 105 Canada Goose, 60 Herring Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull, 4 Woodpigeon, 6 Redwing and 1 Buzzard. (J & F Rice)

Truro: 1m Bullfinch, 1f Greenfinch, 1m Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 2 m,f Blackbird, 10 Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch, 3 Starling, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Robin plus House Sparrows and Feral Pigeons in private garden. (J & F Rice)

Lower Nansloe Farm, Loe Pool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Bury -photo)

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Coverack: 4 Firecrest. (S Bury – photo)

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Drift Reservoir:  40 Mallard, 1 m Mandarin, 3 Cormorant, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, 8 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Dabchick, 1 Common Gull, c25 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and c30 Canada Goose. (P & H Taylor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: c200 Dunlin, 3 Grey Plover, c20 Ringed Plover, 20 Sanderling, 9 Curlew, 12 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, c40 Redshank, 3 Little Egret, 4 Mute Swan, 6 Greenshank, 3+ Shelduck, c300 Wigeon, 70 Golden Plover, 30 Lapwing, 30 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Goosander (2m), c100 Black-headed Gull, c100 Herring Gull, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Med Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 20+ Great-Black-backed Gull. (P & H Taylor)

Men-an-Tol: 50 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 2 Dunnock, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 7 Golden Plover and 2 ringtail Hen Harrier. (P & H Taylor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 8 Mute Swan including 2 young, 22 Mallard, 1 m Pintail, 1 Gadwall, 31 Teal, 6 Snipe, 17 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Bittern, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Dabchick, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker, P & H Taylor)

Marazion: 48 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin and 19 Turnstone on the beach plus 3 Great Northern Diver offshore and c35 Common Scoter flew west. (DK Parker)

Mount’s Bay: 1 Pacific Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver off Penzance bus station.

Penryn: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows by the reed bed, also Reed Bunting, Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher and c200 Wood Pigeon. (D Chaney)

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Swanpool: 1w drake Scaup still.

Siblyback Lake: Great Northern Diver still mid day.

Longrock: Black-throated Diver offshore.

Penzance: Black Redstart on sea defences east of railway station.

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Saturday 27th December 2014

Gulval, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens: 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 7 Redwing, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Coal Tit. (T Mills)

Charlestown: 1 f Blackcap in private garden. (D Hastilow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 200 Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 30 Dunlin and 3 Greenshank. (I Webster) Ryan’s Field: 3 Goosander. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Sancreed: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Gull, 300 Lapwing and 30 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 1 Willow Warbler at the green tractor shed!  1 Chiffchaff at sewage works. (D Flumm)

Rosudgeon, Greenberry Common: 1 Firecrest. (I Webster)

Dozmary Pool: 3 Goldeneye, 7 Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck and 25 Lapwing. (D Eva)

Crows-an-Wra: 1 m Merlin. (P&H Taylor)

St Ives Island: 12 Great Northern Diver, 7 Black Throated Diver and 1 Great Skua. (R Wilkins)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 m Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat and 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger) Pendennis: 3 Whimbrel roosting together. Swanpool: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Kingfisher. Also 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Meadow Pipit and 1 Rock Pipit on the beach. Gorrangorras: 68 Curlew, 28 Redshank, 9 Greenshank and 10 Little Egret. (D Chaney)

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Helston, Loe Pool: 3 Goosander (1 male, 2 redheads), 10 Great Crested Grebe and 25+ Pochard. (J St Ledger)

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

Pendeen Watch: 1 juv Little Gull, 1 blue Fulmar. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Colliford Lake: 1 Black-throated Diver.

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 f American Wigeon.

Par, Spit Beach: 1 f Black Redstart.

Bude, Maer Lake NR: 1 imm Glaucous Gull.

Coverack: 22 Mediterranean Gull (including raft of 14), 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Wood)
 
Carne Creek: 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Little Egret, 3 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 8 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Chiffchaff. (D Wood)

 

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Common Sandpiper and Med Gulls, David Wood.

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Christmas Day 2014

Happy Christmas One and All

Late news, 24/12, Penzance, Chyandour: 1 Red-breasted Merganser. (S Turner)

Penzance, Battery Rocks to Tolcarne Beach: 1 Kingfisher, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail and 15 Turnstone. (T Mills)

Newlyn, Creeping Lane: 2 Firecrest and 1 m Blackcap. (T Mills)

St Buryan: 1 Black Redstart. (P&H Taylor)

East Looe Beach: 1 Black Redstart. (D Spooner)

Sancreed: 4 Mediterranean Gull, 300 Lapwing and 30 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 f American Wigeon.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 m Mandarin still. (R Farnes)

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Mandarin, Rod Farnes

Colliford Lake: 2 Black-throated Diver, 26 Lapwing, 3 Cormorant, 220 Lesser Black-backed Gull near dam (but many more at top end of Loveny reserve), 20 Black-headed Gull, 160 Canada Geese, 12 Fieldfare and 2 (1m,1f) Stonechat. ( P McKeogh)

Dozmary Pool: 4 Common Pochard, 2 f Goldeneye, 4 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 pair Mallard and 8 Lapwing. ( P McKeogh)

Roseland, Pendower Cliff: 2 colour-ringed Chough again. (Best viewed from Pendower beach end towards Nare hotel but watch out for incoming tides! D Hall)

Porthgwarra: 2 Chough. (JD Swann)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, estuary: 4 Goosander. Ryan’s Field: 2 Goosander and 1 Kingfisher. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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