Friday 19th January 2018

Late news, 14/1, St Kew: 1 Jay in garden/paddock. (J Chancellor)

Newlyn: 2 (ad + 1w) Glaucous Gull, 2 (ad + 1w) Iceland Gull. (L Proctor, T Mills)

Iceland Gull – Alex McKechnie

Glaucous Gull – Alex McKechnie

Chacewater: 1 Hawfinch in a private garden. (R Loader)

Hawfinch – Robert Loader

Penzance: Brent Goose still on Wherrytown beach and a Chiffchaff by the boating lake. (C Richards)

Cape Cornwall: 2cy Iceland Gull, Great Skua and Peregrine. (N Wheatley)

Swanpool Point, Falmouth: 1 imm Glaucous Gull on rocks between Gyllyngvase and Swanpool Beach. (D Chaney)

Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis, 200 Avocet, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Barnacle Goose; Hawfinch in China Fleet car park. (P Aley) Glossy Ibis, 4 Barnacle Goose and, at 16:15, 2 Cattle Egret flew in and roosted in trees. (M Beer).

Wacker Quay, River Lynher: 3 Spoonbill, 95 Avocet and a male Green-winged Teal. (A Payne)

Torpoint: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Sandwich Tern. (A Payne)

Downderry: 1 Black Redstart. (A Payne)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 2w Glaucous Gull, 1 1w m Scaup. (T Mills)

Glaucous Gull – Tony Mills

St Ives: 1 Firecrest, 2 Bullfinch, 1f Blackcap. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1f Blackcap, 1 Snipe. (R Veal)

Pendower: 1 Velvet Scoter. (R Augarde)

Velvet Scoter – Richard Augarde

Kennall Vale: 2 Firecrest, 1 Dipper. (C Urquhart)

St.Ives: 1 Great skua, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Puffin in the bay. (G Berti, C Travis)

Cardinham Woods: 30+ Siskin, 5+ Marsh Tit, 8 Buzzard, 14 Raven, Dipper, 2 Sparrowhawk by bird feeders by Woods Cafe. (C Mason)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Muscovy Duck, 3 Teal, 23 Mallard, 20 Tufted Duck, 7 Little Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 10 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 6 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 34 Black-headed Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 131 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull. (WeBS) Also 2 Firecrest. (DK Parker)

The Rumps: 1w Glaucous Gull, Great Northern Diver and 2 Little Auk. (C Selway)

Little Auk – Colin Selway


Thursday 18th January 2018

Late news, 16/1, Tresillian River: 1 Avocet. (H Mitchell, MJ Spicer. P Taylor)

Late news, 17/1, Truro: 1 Black Redstart. (MJ Spicer)

Late news, 17/1, Tresillian Fal garage: Common Sandpiper, 2 Black Tailed Godwit. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 17/1, Swanpool: 2 Firecrest. (S Court)

Late news, 17/1, Falmouth: 2 Blackcap and 2 Black Redstart at Castle Beach. (S Court)

Firecrest – Sue Court Blackcap – Sue Court Black Redstart – Sue Court

Newlyn: 1 ad & 2 2cy Glaucous Gull, 1 ad & 1 2cy Iceland Gull and Kingfisher. (L Proctor, M McKee, R Butts)

Glaucous Gulls – Linton Proctor

Glaucous Gull, Mike McKee

Glaucous Gull, Roger Butts

Penzance: Brent Goose still on Wherrytown beach and fem Black Redstart and 2 Grey Wagtail on the rocks behind Tolcarne Inn. (DK Parker) Firecrest in Morrab Gardens. (A Bond) 2cy Glaucous Gull at Jubilee Pool late afternoon.

Charlestown: Sparrowhawk. (D Hastilow – photo)

Sparrowhawk – David Hastilow

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill still. (A Bond) Also 3 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (C Urquhart)

Egloshayle: 1+ Hawfinch in the cemetery at 096:15. (Cornwall Wildlife Trust)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2w Glaucous Gull and 2cy drake Scaup both still present. (A Bond, D Stone) Also 4cy Glaucous Gull. (C Urquhart)

Scaup, Phil Taylor

Newquay: 2cy Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Pool. (A Bond, D Stone)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck. 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver. (A Bond, D Stone) 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 7 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver. (P Clements, M Spicer, T Mills)

Dozmary Pool: Adult drake Lesser Scaup still. (A Bond) 1 m Lesser Scaup, 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 7 Pochard, c20 Tufted Duck, c100 Fieldfare and 1 Peregrine. (P Clements, M Spicer, T Mills)

Colliford Reservoir: 1 redhead Goosander, 1 Great Northern Diver. 2 Yellow legged Gulls in huge dusk gull roost along NW arm (B Craven)

Looe Estuary (WeBS): c140 Black-headed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 7 Curlew,  36 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, c 450 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 17 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 47 Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 4 Mute Swan, 21 Oystercatcher, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Redshank, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Wigeon. (DJ Spooner)

Hannafore: Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, 100+Gannet, Eider, Med Gull, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit. (J. Cole)

Mount Edgcumbe/ mouth of Tamar: 3 Cattle Egret, 31 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Shelduck. (R Hurrell)

St Clement: 6 Cattle Egret, 15 Little Egret in second field behind public toilets. 26 Egrets observed at dusk heading to roost presumably at Malpas. (S Grose)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Barn Owl, 2 Tawny Owl, Snipe, Redwings, 1 Woodcock. (S Grose)

Swanpool, Falmouth: 1f Pochard, 1 Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 4 Raven over, 1 Green Woodpecker heard, 14 Fulmar occupying nest sites on the cliffs. (D Chaney)

Mute Swan and Grey Squirrel at Tehidy, Kevin Bowers


Wednesday 17th January 2018

Late news, 14/1, Newlyn Harbour: 2 ad Iceland/Kumlein’s Gulls. (G Hobin per T Mills)

Newquay: Ring-billed Gull still at the boating lake. (S Grose – photo)

Ring-billed Gull – Shaun Grose

Porth Reservoir: 1 male Goldeneye, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck, 11 Teal, 9 Coot, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Common Gull. (S Grose)

Egloshayle: 2+ Hawfinch still in the cemetery. (A Langdon)

Camel Estuary: 34 Mute Swan, 60 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 4 Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 40 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 35 Grey Plover, 2000 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 120 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 60 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 200 Black-headed Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 40 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed gull, 85 Great Black-backed gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 12 Redwing, 8 Blackbird, 10 Song Thrush, 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 40 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 12 Starling, 2 House Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch (M Scawen et al.)

Padstow: Glaucous Gull on firestation roof this afternoon. (R Hughes)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 1w male Scaup. (P Clement, MJ Spicer) 2cy Glaucous Gull still on the island. (T Pinfield)

Glaucous Gull, Tim Pinfield

Keveral Beach, west of Seaton: 13 Red-throated Diver, 7 Shag. (DJ Spooner – photos)

Red-throated Diver – Derek Spooner

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap still. (D Hastilow)

Padstow/Stepper Point: 1 Barn Owl, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Great Northern Diver, 9 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Newlyn: Adult and 2cy Iceland Gulls still present. (L Proctor – photo)

Iceland Gull – Linton Proctor

Tresillian: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail. (M Jones)

Bishops Wood, Wadebridge: 1 Dipper. (C Davies)

Colliford Reservoir: 2cy Iceland Gull at dam end dusk roost. ( B Craven)


Tuesday 16th January 2018

Late news, 15/1, Newtown St Martin: 10 Little Egret, 8 Cattle Egret. (M Natrass)

Late news, 15/1, Ruan: 3 male Bullfinch. (C Hughes)

Newlyn: Adult and 2cy Iceland Gull still in the harbour. (L Proctor) 2cy Iceland Gull still on fishmarket roof late morning. (P Freestone). 

Penzance: 3 Brambling with Chaffinch flock at junction of Alverton Road and A30. (L Proctor)

Godolphin Cross: 1 Brambling in a private garden. Also 2 Greylag Goose NW over Gwedna. (C Richards)

Newquay: 2cy Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance boating pool at 09:00. (C Urquhart)

Truro: Female Bullfinch by River Allen. (K & J Mortimore)

Penryn River: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Water Rail, 1 Knot. (J St Ledger)


Knot, John St Ledger

Falmouth: 20 Blackcap in a single tree. (R Phillips)

Feock Churchyard: 6 Bullfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest. (K Hambly-Staite)

Gweek Creek: 1 Dunlin, 4 Greenshank, 33 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 8 Shelduck. (D Collins)

Gwithian: 2cy Glaucous Gull on main island at St Gothian Sands at 14:00. (P Freestone)


Glaucous Gull, Paul Freestone


Monday 15th January 2018

Late news: 14/1, Landulph: 1 Glossy Ibis still. (M Beer)

Penryn: Adult Iceland Gull flew over. (C Urquhart)

Penzance: 10 Siskin in Birch trees at entrance to Polgoon vineyard at Castle Horneck. (L Proctor, T Mills) Alverton Road/A30 junction: Flock of 200+ finches mostly Chaffinch but also Brambling in stubble field just SE of junction. (T Mills)

Siskin, Tony Mills

Siskin, Tony Mills

Newlyn Harbour: 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull or possibly Iceland Gull still present. (M Elliot, P St Pierre, L Proctor, M Spicer, T Mills) Also 2 hybrid gulls again (Herring x Glaucous ??). (M Elliot, P St Pierre, T Mills)


                                          Kumlien’s Gull or possibly Iceland Gull – All photos Linton Proctor

Carnsew Pool: Red-throated Diver still present early afternoon. (P Freestone)

Cape Cornwall: 21+ Choughs, also 1 Sooty Shearwater at 10:40. (N Wheatley)

Geevor Mine: 1 Black Redstart. (P Clement)

Pendeen: 220 Kittiwakes and 50 Gannets south in <1 hour also Great Northern Diver on sea. (P Clement)

Helston SW: 40+ Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrest. (P Freestone) Also 2 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Helston Boating Lake: 11 Shoveler, 22 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Wagtail. Also present but not counted were Coot, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit. (P Freestone)

RNAS Culdrose: 1 male Black Redstart today. (D Wright)

Coverack: 1 Black Redstart along seafront. (P Bedford)

Porth Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck 1 male Goldeneye, 8 Coot, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Firecrest. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 168 Great Black-backed Gull, 450 Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull. (B Bosisto)

Fistral Beach, Newquay: 274  Kittiwake, 147 Fulmar, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Wigeon, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Turnstone,1 Common Dolphin in a 2 hour seawatch. (B Bosisto)

Porthpean: 23 Great Northern Diver, 15 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Porpoise. (B Bosisto)

St Andrews Pool: 1 Barnacle Goose. (B Bosisto)

Tresillian: 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper. (M Jones)

Porthgwarra: 2 Great Skua. (M Wallace)

Pendower Beach: Chough seen.


Sunday 14th January 2018

Late news, 14/1, Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Pintail, 20 Goosander, 3 Little Egret, 1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 9 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (R Mudge)

Penzance: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in Morrab Gardens feeding in low palms. (C Richards)

Sennen: 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret amongst cattle behind Gwenvor. (A Hanlon)

Towan head, Newquay: 4 Common Scoter 2 Red-throated Diver off point. (M Lammas)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch still this morning at the cemetery, plus 4 Greenfinch. (K.Bowers, A Langdon)

Hawfinch, Kevin Bowers

Greenfinch, Kevin Bowers

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup still, 3 Goldeneye,  2 (1 ad, 1 2w) Yellow-legged Gull. (B Bosisto) Also 1 3rd cy Caspian Gull, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 38 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 1 Shoveler. (P Roseveare)

Lesser Scaup, Bob Bosisto

St. Clements: 1 Blackcap in the church yard, 2 Siskin on the feeders. (M Jones)

Perranporth beach: Adult winter light phase Pomarine Skua flew west at 10.20am with Kittiwakes (T Wilson)

Cardinham Woods: 15 Siskin, 5 Raven, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: 7 Snipe. (D Jenkins)

Tolcarne: 1 Brent Goose (B Toms, M Curtis)

Marazion: 1 Iceland Gull in field Western side of Marazion. (B Toms, M Curtis) and over house. (D Parker)

Trewey Common: 2 Yellowhammer (B Toms, M Curtis)

Portscatho: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Black-throated Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck (female), 6 Mediterranean Gull, 50+ auks (on water). (J St Ledger)

Long-tailed Duck, John St Ledger

Long-tailed Duck, John St Ledger

West Looe river (estuary): 2 Kingfisher, 1 Greenshank, 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 3 Curlew, 6 Grey Heron (including 4 at nests). (D Spooner)

Siblyback Reservoir: 3 redhead Goosander, 1f Scaup, 4 Siskin, 1 Willow Tit in the wet woodland at the footbridge end. (G Lewis)

Colliford Lake (Dam End): 207 Lesser Black-backed Gull,  2 (ad, 3w) Yellow-legged Gull, 1 ad Caspian Gull, 2 Barnacle Goose with Canada flock (the usual feral  birds I suspect).1f Shoveler. (G Lewis) Also 2 Great Northern Diver. (P Roseveare)

Millbrook/Anderton: 1 Whimbrel at Anderton, 1f Merlin, 3 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 2w Ring-billed Gull on Millbrook pond. (G Lewis)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe. (L Proctor, S Rogers) Also 3 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Goldcrest. (R Veal)

Black-necked Grebe, Linton Proctor

Penzance, Wherrytown beach: 1 Brent Goose. (L Proctor, R Veal)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull (M Elliot, L Proctor, S Rogers), 3 Iceland Gull (2 juv + 1 ad, probably Kumlein’s Gull). (M Elliot, L Proctor, T Mills, R Veal, D Julian) Also 2 hybrid gulls (possibly Herring x Glaucous). (M Elliot)

Glaucous Gull, Steve Rogers

Juvenile Iceland Gull, Tony Mills

Juvenile Iceland Gull, Tony Mills

St Blazey: 1 Barnacle Goose on duck pond. (B Rankine)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Black Swan. (B Rankine)

Windmill Farm: 1f Marsh Harrier, 18 Snipe, 3 Kestrel, 25 Golden Plover. (R Hollis)

Kynance Cove: 1 Dartford Warbler, 2 Stonechat. (R Hollis) Also 1 Richard’s Pipit still near the pumping station in Caerthillian Cove this morning.

Devoran: 73 Curlew, 64 Redshank, 2 Shoveller, 8 Mallard. (K Hambly-Staite)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Brambling, 4 Reed Bunting at Southern Cut-off feeders, 100 Lapwing & 1 Fieldfare over Stuart Hutchings Hide, 1 Kingfisher at Golden Lion cut-off. (D Chaney)

St Erth: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4+ (probably 5) Yellow-legged Gull, 3+ presumed argentatus Herring Gull. (R Veal) Also 1 2nd cal yr Ring-billed Gull mid afternoon flew off. (D Julian) Carnsew Basin: 1 Red-throated Diver still. (P Smale) Copperhouse Creek: 1 redhead Goosander. (P Smale) Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill again. (D Julian) Lelant station: 1 Firecrest.

Hayle, Ventonleague: 1 Firecrest. (P Smale)

Helston: c40 Chiffchaff (including several Siberian tristis-types), 1+ Firecrest and Goldcrests in trees and hedge alongside sewage works. (T Mills)

Lizard/Kynance Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin, 1 f Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk  hunting over the downs this afternoon. (T Blunden)

Short-eared Owl, Tony Blunden

Tregonetha Downs: 5 Yellowhammer, 1 Blackcap, 5 Buzzard. (S Grose)

St Clements: 2 Cattle Egret, 10 Little Egret at Menedews Farm; 4 Mediterranean Gull on the Estuary near Tresillian. (B Field) Also 1 Avocet. (C Urquhart)

Lower Polpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Firecrest, 1 Peregrine. (B Field) Also 1 f Long-tailed Duck. (C Urquhart)

Newquay, Trenance Lake: 1 Ring-billed Gull again. Gannel Estuary: 1 Polish-ringed and 1 Danish-ringed Black-headed Gull. (P Roseveare)

Feock, churchyard: 2 Hawfinch. Carrick Roads: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 17 Red0breasted Merganser, 1 Black-throated Diver. (C Urquhart)

Trebah Gardens: 30+ Brambling again today at the entrance feeding in stubble field along with 100+ Chaffinch. (J Irvine)

Rosenannon Downs: 2 Barn Owl, 3 Tawny Owl, Snipe, Redwings, Meadow Pipits. (S Grose)


Saturday 13th January 2018

Late News, 12/1, Egloshayle cemetery: 1+ Hawfinch, 1m Bullfinch. (V Skilton)

Late news, 12/1, St Michael  Penkevil, Tregenna Farm: 14 Cattle Egret + 2 Little Egret. (per P Rigley)

Stithians Reservoir, southern cut-off: 1 Brambling, 4 Reed Bunting at the feeders (D Eva) Also 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Greenfinch. (T Mills)

St. Clement: 1 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank, at least 1 Cattle Egret with 13 Little Egret in fields. (D Eva)

Newquay: Ring-billed Gull 1st winter still on boating lake. (S Rowe)

Ring-billed Gull – Steve Rowe

Tintagel Church to Trebarwith Strand: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Helston sewage works: 2 Firecrest, 20 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest. (D Wright)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Scaup (m), 44 Shoveler, 1m Gadwall, 47 Tufted Duck, 18 Moorhen, 15 Coot. (D Wright, G Adams)

Helston Loe Pool: 32 Pochard, 6 Goosander, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Common Gull, 4 Goldcrest. (G Adams)

Truro, in my garden: 1 Redwing. (D Jenkins)

Sennen Cove: 2 Great Northern Diver.

Newlyn: 1 Black Redstart, 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Marazion: 1 juv Glaucous Gull this morning.

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver plus many gannets and auks.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, estuary: 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 juv Iceland Gull. (M Halliday) 1 Spoonbill. (M Halliday, T Mills) Also 1Firecrest.