Saturday 21st July 2018

Late news, 20/7, Scillonian III, RSPB Wildlife Cruise: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 189 Manx Shearwater, 132 Gannet, 1 Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Black Headed Gull, 1 Eider Duck, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 2 Fulmar & 1 Shag. Also 28 Common Dolphin & 3 Bottle-nose Dolphin.
Wolf Rock to Isles of Scilly: 1 Manx Shearwater, 45 Gannet, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull & 8 Oystercatcher. Also 1 Grey Seal & 12 Harbour Porpoise.
Isles of Scilly to Wolf Rock: 55 Manx Shearwater, 54 Gannet, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Guillemot, 1 Kittiwake, 39 Shag, 96 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Herring Gull & 4 Fulmar. Also 4 Common Dolphin & 4 Harbour Porpoise.
Wolf Rock to Penzance: 871 Manx Shearwater, 500 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 30 Herring Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, a flock of 78 Black-tailed Godwit & 1 Eider Duck. Also 5 Common Dolphin, 2 Bottle-nose Dolphin, & 2 Harbour Porpoise. (V Stratton, B Craven)

Par Beach Pool: 3 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Med Gulls – Shaun Grose

Med Gull – Shaun Grose

Par Beach: 5 Sandwich Tern, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Dunlin. (S Grose)

Pentire: Sooty Shearwater and a Balearic Shearwater past West Pentire headland. (J Spinks)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 7 Lapwing, 12 juvenile Moorhen, 6 juvenile Little Grebe, neither Coot nor Great Crested Grebe have successfully raised young here this year. Sedge Warbler feeding recently fledged young, Dunnock on 3 eggs due to hatch today. (D Eva)

Nanjizal: 59 birds ringed, including 22 Sedge Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler and 11 Willow Warbler. (K Wilson)

Portmellon: 3 Mediterranean Gull on rocks in the cove. (S Grose)

Penwithick: 50+ Herring Gull, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Siskin, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, 4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Jay, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Raven, 6 Starling, 16 House Sparrow. (K Bowers)

Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Siskin and Chaffinch – Kevin Bowers

Porth Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe +2 Juv, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Shelduck, 3 Coot, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 Sparrowhawk.(S Grose)

Morvah: Female Marsh Harrier quartering. (J Evans)

Bodmin: 30-35 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk. Also 1 Large White butterfly, 3 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma. (A Doel)

Amble Marshes: Birds included 1 Wood and 2 Green Sandpiper. (C Selway)


Friday 20th July 2018

Treraven Meadows: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Colliford Lake: Great White Egret at the Loveny Reserve visible from the cattle grid. (per C Buckland)

Binner Downs, Leedstown: Turtle Dove in private garden. (R Brown)

Siblyback Lake: 15-20 Grey Heron, 6 Chaffinch, Song Thrush and several hundred Canada Geese. Also 10+ headless gull carcasses, possibly the work of a local fox? (R Napp)

Chaffinch – Rick Napp

Song Thrush – Rick Napp

Coverack: c75 Med Gull including 7 juveniles. (P Bedford)

Loe Bar to Halzephron: 23 Med Gull, 1 Clouded Yellow. (D Wright)

Polgigga: 1 Green Sandpiper over this afternoon. (M Wallace)

St Enodoc Golf Course: 3 Yellowhammer, 13 Mediterranean Gull overhead presumably feeding on flying ants. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 1 Great Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater this afternoon. (T Blunden)

Whipsiderry: 7 Corn Bunting, 5 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)


Thursday 19th July 2018

Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Knot. (B Bryne)

Walmsley:  68 Little Egrets, 1 Greenshank, 8 Grey Heron. (A Langdon)

Little Egrets, Adrian Langdon

Little Egrets, Adrian Langdon

Porthilly: 39 Mediterranean Gull and 100+ Black-headed Gull at the sewage treatment works as the tanks were being stirred today. (S Grose)

Nr. Trevelgue: 1 Corn Bunting. (S Gray)


Wednesday 18th July 2018

Late news, 17/7, Kingsmill Lake: 79 Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel and 1 Mediterranean Gull (2cy) in the evening. ( M Beer)

Newquay, Towan Head: A few Gannets fishing with large pod of Common Dolphins, also Manx Shearwaters passing at 30 + per min at 08:20. (M Lammas)

Porthgwarra: 5 Common Scoter, 43 Fulmar, 933 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 48 Med Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern mostly going west between 07:30 & 09:30. (DK Parker)

Maer Lake: 1 summer plumage Red Knot, 2 Lapwings, 8 Dunlin, 2 Moorhens with juveniles, at least 2 Greenfinches, moderate numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins. (H Kendall, B Bryne)

Colliford Lake: 1 Great White Egret still with 1 Little Egret at the Loveny end, viewed from the cattle grid. (J Rance)

Bude: I couldn’t work out why the peanuts were going down with no small birds in the garden then whilst photographing the linnet family I found out why. It’s nice to have some wildlife in my garden, even if its just a Wood Mouse. (N Bastin)

Linnet – Nigel Bastin

Wood Mouse – Nigel Bastin

Stithians Reservoir: 13 Common Sandpiper (flock of 10 roosting on east side, 3 on causeway rocks), 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 10 Grey Heron (mostly imms), 2 House Martin, 1 Common Swift from Stuart Hutchings Hide. (D Chaney)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper. (R Farnes)

Croft Pascoe: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 juv Willow Warbler, also lots Grayling, also Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Red Admiral and 1 Lizard. (D Chadwick, T Mills)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 adult 2 juv, also 2 Common Lizard, Marbled White & Painted Lady, 1 juv Tawny Owl next to fishing permit hut. (S Grose)

Cape Cornwall: Patch record 22 Med Gull during this morning, including 16 juvs. (Previous best count was 9). Also 1 Whimbrel south. (N Wheatley)

Nanjizal: 117 ringed including 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler, 29 Sedge Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler. (K Wilson)


Tuesday 17th July 2018

Late news, 15/7, Roskruge, Manaccan: Pair of Turtle Dove with one fledged young, latter still present today. (S Potter)

Late news, 16/7, Walmsley Sanctuary: 33 Little Egret including 7 juvs also 6 Grey Heron including 1 juv, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 6 Lapwing. (C Selway)

Tresillian: 6 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Purple Hairstreak. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 117 Med Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 (prob islandica) Black-tailed Godwit. (R Veal)

West Pentire: Sooty Shearwater past west at 09:32. (J Spinks)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Sooty Shearwater flew west at 12:45. (P Clement)

Downderry: Possible Bee-eater reported from the coastal path between Downderry and Crafthole. (D Carney-haworth)

Maer Lake: 1 Red Knot (summer plumage),  2 Redshank, 9 Dunlin, 4 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, Sand Martins. (B Craven)

Penzance: 50+ Swift over town this evening, (more that I have seen together for years). Great Tits fledged from box on July 10th, (very late). (R Phillips) Station area: 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliot) Lidden area: 2 Tawny Owl calling back and forth, one flew over my garden, suspect juvenile, 11.30pm. (T Mills)

Penwithick: 1 Jay. (K Bowers)

Jay, Kevin Bowers

Goss Moor: Total new birds ringed at CES was 114. Highlights included 4 Chiffchaff, 18 Willow Warbler, 28 Blackcap, 12 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Tit and 2 Marsh Tit. (P Roseveare)

St Newlyn East Downs: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Field Meeting Red Moor 12th May

Ten Society and CWT members took an easy stroll round the Northern end of Red Moor in mid-May. Despite the threat of a shower, the weather remained fine although a brisk breeze took the edge off temperatures. We gathered to the sound of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, with a Song Thrush singing loudly in the background. Once on the reserve, a Grey Heron flew off a newly created pond – not a common bird on Red Moor so this was a good start. Despite the slow start to Spring, Willow Warblers were abundant with at least 16 singing males and their sweet sound was with us throughout the walk. Pausing in a clearing, we were rewarded by the clear song of a Garden Warbler, but despite best efforts we didn’t manage to see it. Just a few yards further on a male Yellowhammer sang and showed very well at close range, and there were two other males holding territory.

Moving through the wet willow scrub, we heard and saw a Treecreeper. But the highlight came soon after that when, just below Helman Tor, we saw a pair carrying food. We paused here, and a scolding Marsh Tit entered its nest, offering us great views of Treecreeper and Marsh Tit together! Dave Thomas returned the following day to take some superb photos of the birds. A male Reed Bunting called behind us and, as we walked back, two Mistle Thrush flew over – another less common bird for the area.

Marsh Tit and Treecreeper – Dave Thomas

Although some signature species such as Whitethroat, Cuckoo and Grasshopper Warbler didn’t feature on the day, we recorded a total of 32 species which is a good number for two and half hours on this site.

Phil McVey, 19th June

Monday 16th July 2018

Late news, 10/7, St Day: Presumed escaped male Golden Pheasant (2cy?) in a private garden. (R Ryder)

Golden Pheasant – Rebecca Ryder

Late news 15/7, Gwennap Head, Porthgwarra: 166 Storm Petrels caught overnight 14th-15th, including birds from Calf of Man, Devon, Skokholm, Cape Clear and Lizard. (M Grantham)

Late news, 15/7, Mousehole: Roseate Tern with 5 Common Tern 2 miles south of Mousehole from the Mermaid II Minnack trip. (M Elliott)

Late news, 15/7, Sennen Cove: 18 Mediterranean Gulls (10 ad; 3 1st/s; 5 juvs). (J Hawkey)

Late news, 15/7, Marazion Beach: 7 ad/s Dunlin, 1 ad Ringed Plover, 13  Mediterranean Gulls & 1f Common Scorer offshore in the evening. (J Hawkey)

Late news, 15/7, Gwithian: Med Gull on the beach. (G May)

Towan Head: Hundreds of Manx Shearwaters flying West from 06:30 – 07:00.(S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 36 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern on mussel crates until disturbed by water skiers. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret and 3 Grey Heron. (DK Parker)

West Pentire: 4 Storm Petrel and 300 Manx Shearwater mid morning. Also 3 Risso’s Dolphins. (J Spinks)

Goss Moor: 1 juvenile Willow Tit, 1 juvenile Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Garden Warbler, 29 Blackcap, 1 Sedge and 10 Willow Warbler. (P Roseveare)

Pendeen: Marsh Harrier flew out to sea at 10:50. (M Wallace)

Marazion: At least 58 Med Gulls on the beach and offshore. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 80+ hirundines (mostly Swallows) flew in at dusk. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 Green Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)

Green Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Lapwing, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Lower Tamar Lake: The three Great Crested Grebe nests have produced, one with 3 chicks the other with at least 2, the third nest is still occupied but is looking unlikely. (R Mudge)

Falmouth: c52 Crows in Montereys (Pine & Cypress) in a garden above Swanpool noted c19:15 – 30. Much commotion and probable ‘attack’ (feathers floating down) on one individual during gradual dispersal. (P Ensom)

Lowland Point, Nr Coverack: 1 probable Yellow-legged Gull (ad), 1 3Cy Herring Gull with yellow legs, c70 Mediterranean Gull (D.Beadle)

Lellizzick: 2 Barn Owl, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 released Grey Partridge with young. (S Grose)