Sunday 31st December 2017

Are you a New Year’s day lister? Then join our little fun ‘competition’ here, New Year’s Day Birdrace. 3 categories, from ‘walking from home’, ‘local patch’ to ‘County-wide’. Originally there was a typo in the email address, it’s now corrected ‘‘ or email the bird-news sightings address.

Late News, 30/12, Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis still in distant field viewed from 2nd hide.

Late News, 30/12, Saltash: 2 Hawfinch at the China Fleet Club.

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup.

Falmouth, Berkeley Cottages: 2m Blackcap fighting in Dracenas, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Blackbird also in confrontation (S Van Hear)

Truro: 1 Firecrest and 12+ Long-tailed Tit in private garden this morning. (K & J Mortimore)

Sancreed: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Greylag & 97 Canada Geese in fields opposite village including the small ‘Cackling’type first photographed at Drift 1st August and seen intermittently since. Also 6 Golden Plover & 30 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Lostwithiel: 1 Pink-footed Goose still Shirehall Moor at midday. (D Julian)

Breock: Firecrest at St Breock Churchyard this morning. (D Julian)

Lands End: 1 Hawfinch. (K Wilson)

Egloshayle: 6+ Hawfinch still at Egloshayle Cemetery. (K Wilson)

Marazion: 2 Water Pipit still at Red River mouth.

Towan Head: 5 Common Scoter, 12 Common Gull, 3 Purple Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Pintail, 1 Woodcock (D Eva) Plus Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, etc (B Sharples)

Long-tailed Tit, Bob Sharples

Kingfisher, Bob Sharples

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bob Sharples

Goldfinch, Bob Sharples

Feock: 2 Hawfinch (D Eva)

Charlestown: 1f Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Newquay Boating lake: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Dipper. (S Grose)

Common Gull, Shaun Grose (re-identified as Ring-billed Gull, Dave Parker)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 11 Common Scoter at 15:00. (D Julian)

St Austell: Siberian Chiffchaff at St Austell Sewage Works this afternoon. (D Julian)

Penzance: 1 m Eider at mouth of harbour. (J Munday)

Eider, John Munday

Eider, John Munday

Newlyn: 1 Pomarine Skua flying around bay, 7 Great Northern Diver offshore. Also ringed Herring Gull from the Isle of Man. (R Veal) Plus 2 Great Skua. (L Proctor) Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull in the harbour. And 1 female-type Black Redstart on rooftops of houses around Eden Gardens and car park this morning at 10:00.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1m + 3f/juv Goosander, 1 Spoonbill and 1 Black Swan

Coverack: 1 juv Iceland Gull again.


Saturday 30th December 2017

Are you a New Year’s day lister? Then join our little fun ‘competition’ here, New Year’s Day Birdrace. 3 categories, from ‘walking from home’, ‘local patch’ to ‘County-wide’. Originally there was a typo in the email address, it’s now corrected ‘‘ 

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill still. (R Veal) Shoreline near Birdies Cafe: 1 Spoonbill,1 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 20+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 50+ Curlew, 300+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 150+ Lapwing, 16 Grey Plover, 80+ Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult winter) and 1 Black Swan. (S Petrek) Ryan’s Field: 120+ Golden Plover, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 46 Redshank, 35 Curlew, 58 Dunlin and 1 Little Egret. (S Petrek)

Marazion Beach: 2 Water Pipit, 1 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 9+ Common Gull, 10+ Purple Sandpiper. (R Veal)

Walmsley: Spoonbill and 2 Water Pipit at Amble Marshes this morning from the Walmsley Tower Hide, 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Julian)

Egloshayle: 5+ Hawfinch at Egloshayle cemetery at 14.05. (D Julian)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup still

St John’s Lake: 2 Black-necked Grebe from Marine Drive near the jetty.

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter (ad female and juvenile) still off Lower Porthpean, drake Long-tailed Duck still, Velvet Scoter and 4 Great Northern Diver.

St Levan Church/Porthchapel Beach: 1 Firecrest, 10 Siskin, 9 Greenfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 7 Mistle Thrush, 1 Water Rail, 2 Chough. Minack Theatre: 1 Black Redstart, male on cliffs below complex. (S Grose)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 8+ Great Northern Diver, 30+ Shag, 40+ Kittiwake, 50+ Common Scoter, 2 m Eider, 60+ Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 50+ Gannet, 3 Rock Pipit, 60+ Sanderling, 17 Turnstone, 18 Dunlin, 40+ Ringed Plover. (S Petrek)

Newlyn, Cliff Road: At least 2 Firecrest in bushes along road around edge of Quarry, opposite path down to shoreline. (S Petrek) Harbour: 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 juv Glaucous Gull.

Porthgwarra: 12 Fulmar, 30 Gannet, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Kestrel, 12 Guillemot, 10 Kittiwake and 2 Razorbill. (S Petrek)

Gillan Creek, at half tide: 1 Cattle Egret, 11 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 20 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron. (J Selby)

Helford: 1 Great Northern Diver and 5-6 Common Dolphin at mouth of river at midday. (J Selby)

Stithians Reservoir, southern cut-off: 1 male Bullfinch, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, several Snipe, a few Teal and Mallard and usual Blue Tits, Great Tits, Dunnocks etc. (S Williams)

Bullfinch, Stephen Williams

Snipe, Stephen Williams

Long-tailed Tit, Stephen Williams

Tregeseal, garden: Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Williams)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sam Williams

Coverack: 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Lostwithiel: 1 Pink-footed Goose at Shirehall Moor NR with Canada Geese.


Friday 29th December 2017

Note from the warden at Walmsley Sanctuary: Will members visiting Walmsley please be careful and quiet in their approach to the tower hide as a large section of fencing has blown down in the gales. We hope to be working to do a temporary repair on Sunday morning so it may be worth avoiding at that time.

Late News, 27/12, Mounts Bay: Great Skua still in Mounts Bay off Sandy Cove this morning. (P Freestone)

Late News, Ninestones, 28/12: 5 Common Crossbill, 1 2nd w Yellow-legged Gull. (B Bosisto)

Late News, 28/12, Gwennap Sewage Works: 65+ Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (M Grantham)

Late News, 28/12, Carnon Downs Sewage Works: 25+ Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (M Grantham)

Sancreed: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (D Flumm)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Drake Mandarin, 3 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 15+ Wigeon, 10+ Teal, 4 Snipe, 26 Lapwing, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 10+ Long-tailed Tit, 4 Reed Bunting, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Coal Tit, 15+ House Sparrow. (J St Ledger)

Pintail, John St Ledger

Mandarin, John St Ledger

Porthilly Farm: 1 Cattle Egret. (S Grose)

Cattle Egret, Shaun Grose

Newtown St Martin: 8 Little Egret, 4 Cattle Egret. (M Nattrass)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull showing well on fish market roof in harbour also 1 juv Iceland Gull. (D Nicholson, R Phillips)

Glaucous Gull, Dean Nicholson

Glaucous Gull, Dean Nicholson

Glaucous Gull, Dean Nicholson

Iceland Gull, Dean Nicholson

Glaucous and Herring Gulls, Mashuq Ahmad

Windmill Farm: 1 female Marsh Harrier at 15:00. (D Wright)

Longrock Pool: 1 2w Yellow-legged Gull. (D Parker)

Towan Head: 1 Great Skua. (S Rowe)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 400+ Curlew, 600+ Lapwing, 200+ Black-tailed Godwit, 60+ Dunlin, 4 Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 500+ Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret and 1 Spoonbill. (D Thomas)

Black-tailed Godwits, Dave Thomas

Lapwing, Dave Thomas

Curlew, Dave Thomas

Goldcrest, Dave Thomas

Newquay, Whitecross: 200+ Redwing, 20+ Fieldfare, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit and 3 Bullfinch. (D Thomas)

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting again.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill still. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher and Redwing.

Marazion beach (below the Godolphin Hotel): c150 Dunlin, 20 Purple Sandpiper, 18 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret and many gulls on a large shoal of pilchards washed up along the bay. (D. Chadwick)

St. Germans: Goldfinch flock now at least 60 on feeders early morning, plus 2 Reed Bunting (fem.) and pair Siskin. (A Blonden)

Sennen Cove: 3 Purple Sandpiper on foreshore by chip shop.

St Ives: 1 Great Skua and 1 Red-throated Diver off Bamaluz.

Callestick to Ventongimps: 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Kestrel, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Raven, 7 Buzzard, 3 Teal and 8 Bullfinch. (T Wilson).


Thursday 28th December 2017

Late photo, 27/12, Coverack: Iceland Gull.

Iceland Gull, Paul Freestone

Late news, 27/12, Loe Beach: 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Black-necked Grebe close to the shore at dusk. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 27/12, Feock churchyard: 1 Blackcap (male, unringed), no sign of Hawfinch. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 27/12, Tresillian: 1 Blackcap (male unringed) in private garden. (A Nicholson)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still plus an adult Caspian Gull, 22 Tufted Duck, 11 Pochard, 4 Shoveler. (B Bosisto)

Callestick: 1 Firecrest in private garden (between 1 & 3 present since 6th Oct). (T Wilson)

Pool: 1 Goldcrest in trees at Morrisons supermarket car park at 0930 this morning, also Sparrowhawk through. (D King)

Colliford Lake: 3 Goosander, 5 Great-crested Grebe and 95 Fieldfare. (B Bosisto)

St Levan: 1 Brambling in a flock of 100 Chaffinch this afternoon. (D Wright)

Mount’s Bay (looking from Mousehole road across to The Lizard): 20 Common Dolphin and 1 Minke Whale fishing about 200 metres from the shore.

Porthilly Beach: 1 pale bellied Brent Goose, 6 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Loe Beach: 11 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 5+ Common Dolphin. (J St Ledger)

Red-breasted Merganser, John St Ledger

Newlyn: 1 juv Iceland Gull offshore Sandy Cove until c09:30 when flew out into the bay, 4 Great Northern Diver. (R Veal)

Looe, Hannafore: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Stonechat, 15 Turnstone. (D Spooner)

Kennell Vale:  1 Dipper  (A James)

Dipper, Alan James

Dipper, Alan James

Sancreed: 1 Mistle Thrush, 20 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Newtown in St Martin: 8 Cattle Egret, 10 Little Egret at turning to Tretharrup. (D Flumm)

Cattle Egrets, Dave Flumm

Cattle + Little Egrets, Dave Flumm

Boswednack: 1 Firecrest again.

Mawgan Porth: 3 Water Pipit in valley early afternoon. (p Roseveare)

Downderry, private garden: 3 Blackcap this morning and 1 Water Pipit, 2 Black Redstart, and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff this afternoon. (A Payne)

Upper Tamar Lake: 2 Redwing, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 10 Snipe, c60 Canada Geese, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Herring Gull, c30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stonechat, 2 Robin, c25 Mallard. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 14 Goosander, 3 Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Tufted Duck, 5 Moorhen, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Wigeon, 4 Marsh Tit, 3 Robin, 7 Coal Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Great Crested Gebe, 1 Dunnock. (R Mudge)

St Austell, Lower Porthpean:Surf Scoter, (ad female and 1 juv) with 2 Velvet Scoter, 8 Common Scoter, 1 m Long-tailed Duck, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe.1 Firecrest in scrub on cliff edge. (J Dustow)

St Austell sewerage works: 8 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 40 Pied Wagtail and 1 f Peregrine. (J Dustow)

Falmouth: 1 Jay, 2 Blackcap (male and female-type), 5 Long-tailed Tit in garden. (E Tackley)


Wednesday 27th December 2017

Late news, 23/12, Loe Pool: 5 Goosander, 26 Pochard, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Shoveler, 16 Common Gull. (D Collins)

Late news, 23/12, Helston Sewage Works: 1 Firecrest, 20 Chiffchaff including one tristis type. (D Collins)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter still plus 4 Common Scoter. (G Barter)

Wadebridge: Hawfinch at Trenant Industrial Estate late morning. (DI Julian)

Helford Passage: 2 Black-necked Grebe (D Eva)

Newquay boating lake: 1 Little Grebe, 25 Black-headed Gull (2 with rings), 100+ Feral Pigeon plus 1 racing Pigeon, 32 Mallard, 2 Call Duck, 3 Muscovy, 2 Runner Duck, 4 Moorhen and 1 Little Egret. (R Hughes)

St Agnes Head: 1 ringed Peregrine Falcon, metal ring on right leg, yellow plastic ring on left leg with initials PV. (S Grose)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 5+ Black Redstart, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 10+ Rock Pipit, 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 6 Turnstone, 7 Oystercatcher. (C Goldsmith)

Cape Cornwall: Juv Iceland Gull flew north at 09:14. (N Wheatley)

Drift Reservoir: Pink-footed Goose still in with the Canada Geese. (M Bishop, Cornwall Bird Tours)

St Ives, seawatch, 9.30-12.30: 1 Little Auk and 1 Pomarine Skua, also 1 Great Skua, 3 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins & R Augarde)

Polhawn: Adult Mediterrranean Gull in winter plumage. (R Smaldon)

Nanquidno: 3 Woodcock, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Stock Dove and 1 Peregrine. (C Moore)

Penhale, Redruth: Male Blackcap at bird feeder today. White upper ring, red lower ring on left leg. (S Rogers)

Camel trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 15 Mute Swan, 35 Canada Goose, 47 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 3, Pintail, 8 Wigeon, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 45 Oystercatcher, 21 Grey Plover, c.100 Golden Plover, c.300 Lapwing, 120 Dunlin, 25 Redshank, 30 Curlew, 170 Black-headed Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 17 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Robin, 12 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 12 Rook, 20 Carrion Crow, 15 Starling. (M Scawen et al.).

Church Cove (offshore): 1 adult Caspian Gull. (I Maclean)

Kynance Road: 2 Yellow-legged Gull. (I Maclean)

Lizard Point: 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Redshank. (I Maclean)

Newbridge, Higher Tregerest: 1 Hen Harrier ( ringtail), large flock of Fieldfare and Redwing, 1 Firecrest. (S Williams)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull still present in harbour this morning (Cornwall Bird Tours)

Falmouth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler calling at Swanvale, plus 3 Firecrest. 1 Black-throated Diver offshore at Castle Beach and 4 Black Redstart on rocks with 30+ Turnstone and 3 Stonechat. (Cornwall Bird Tours)

Marazion: 2 Water Pipit at Red River mouth this evening. 7 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Cettis Warbler at Marazion Marsh (Cornwall Bird Tours)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Reed Bunting and good numbers of Greenfinch and Goldfinch at Southern cutoff. Female Goldeneye and male Mandarin on main lake (Cornwall Bird Tours)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad and 1w Yellow-legged Gulls this afternoon on estuary (Cornwall Bird Tours)


Tuesday 26th December 2017

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Cetti’s Warbler,1 Water Pipit, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Ruff, 1 colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit at Walmsley this morning. (B Bosisto)

St Merryn: 9 Collared Dove, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 18 House Sparrow, and 4 Chaffinch feeding on or around feeders. (R Hughes)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill, Snipe, f Goosander, Black-tailed Godwit on Ryan’s Field. Black Swan on the Estuary. Firecrest at Lelant Station.

Newlyn: 1 Great Skua on the sea off Sandy Cove with Gannets. (L Proctor)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Common Gull, 1 Dipper below the dam wall. (S Grose)

Newquay: 2 Black Redstart in private garden near Tolcarne Beach. (S Jones)

East Looe seafront: 1 Black Redstart (male), 1 resident drake Eider. (D Spooner)

Black Redstart, Derek Spooner

Eider, Derek Spooner

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Firecrest. (B.Toms)

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)