Monday 31st December 2018

Late news, 30/12, Connor Downs: Barn Owl over the “old A30” at Connor Hill at 18:10. (D King)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint at Chapel Amble this morning, view from Car Park. (D Julian)

St Loy: 3 Nuthatch, 2 Jay, 1 f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 50 Common Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Ives: 5 female and 2 male Black Redstart in Barnoon cemetery. Also 1 Grey Wagtail in Trewyn Gardens. (K Money)

Downderry/Seaton: 15 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Slavonian Grebe and 4 Kittiwake offshore this afternoon. (A Payne)

Sancreed: 5 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 60 Canada Geese, 1 Woodcock, 7 Snipe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Fieldfare. (D Flumm)

Cattle Egret D Flumm

Hell’s Mouth: 6 Whooper Swan still. (D Eva)

Navax Point: 2 Dartford Warbler. (D Eva)

Par: Black Redstart at Spit Beach this morning. (G Treadwell)

Black Redstart – Garry Treadwell

Newlyn: 1w Yellow-legged Gull and a presumed 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid. (M Elliott)

Mount’s Bay: 7 1w drake Eider off the Station House but flushed by canoeists and flew beyond Longrock. (DK Parker)

Hannafore Fields: 2 Peregrine, in same tree as on 27th January. (D Spooner)

Peregrines – Derek Spooner

Penzance: Black Redstart on roof of Dolphin Inn.

Newquay: 2 Short-eared Owls at East Pentire this evening. (D Julian)

Towan Head: 11 Red-throated Diver late am (8 flew west, 3 in bay). (S Rowe)

Portscatho: 2 Cirl Buntings (J & D Chapman, S Bearhop) 

Porthcurnick Beach: female Long-tailed Duck just offshore, 1 Med Gull, 1 Grey Wag, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat. (J & D Chapman, S Bearhop) 

Gerrans Bay: c20 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, 1 Slavonian Grebe, several Guillemots & Razorbills, c20 Shags, 1 Cormorant, several Gannets. (J & D Chapman, S Bearhop) 

Loe Beach, Feock: c15 Red-breasted Mergansers, female Velvet Scoter, 4 Slavonian Grebes, c12 Black-necked Grebes, 1 Great Northern Diver. (J & D Chapman, S Bearhop)

Coverack: 3 Eider, 1 f Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2+ Mediterranean Gull, 30+ Guillemot, 2 Pods of 10+ Common Dolphin, 2+ Harbour Porpoise. (R Evershed)

Lowland Point: 1 Firecrest. (R Evershed)

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Sunday 30th December 2018

Late news, 28/12, Freathy: Quail heard at dusk. (S Madge)

Portscatho: Pacific Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver and 34 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Sancreed: At least 2 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret and 1 Merlin. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret on a cattle feeder at Sellan Farm visible from the car park, also c100 Lapwing over. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Yellow-browed Warbler in SE corner at 09:37. also Water Pipit and Firecrest.

Pendower: 7 Black-throated Diver, 15 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Mevagissey: 6 Black-throated Diver, 25 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins, B Mellow, R Augarde)

St Austell Bay: 5 Black-throated Diver, 20 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Hell’s Mouth: 6 Whooper Swan still present in field off the road to Coombe, East of Hell’s Mouth. (B Toms, M Curtis, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthgwarra: 1 Merlin. (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 60 Lapwing, 6 Chough. (D Flumm)

St Ives: 4 female Black Redstart and at least 5 Rock Pipit in Barnoon cemetery. (K Money)

River Lynher, Wacker Quay: 1 Great Northern Diver. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

St Mawes: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Great Northern Diver in the Carrick Roads. (P Pearson)

Men-an-Tol: 3 Hen Harrier (2 female, 1 male), 1 Barn Owl, 11 Fieldfare, 1 Snipe. (J St Ledger)

Portheras Common, Pendeen: Large Starling roost in a young spruce plantation. (NR Phillips)

Newlyn: Jackdaw showing characteristics of the ‘Nordic’ race. (L Proctor)

Jackdaw, Linton Proctor

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Saturday 29th December 2018

CBWPS Cornwall Birds ‘Pic of the Year’ – we will be posting up a selection from the weekly ‘pic of the week’ photos received throughout the year. (The pix are normally to be found on the website homepage). Over the traditional 12 days of Christmas, you can vote for one out of the day’s shortlist. Ultimately we will find out which is your overall favourite for 2018. Please see the 12 Birds of Christmas page on the website to views the photos and to vote in the poll. If you haven’t already done so you can still vote of previous day’s selections. Thanks for supporting us and our contributors throughout the year.

 

Late news, 27/12, Constantine Sewage Treatment Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest. (D Collins)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (A Witheywood)

possible Siberian Chiffchaff, A Witheywood

Penpol Creek: 1 Cattle Egret came in to roost with only 4 Little Egret at 16. 30hrs, 1 Tawny Owl, 45 Curlew and 7 Redshank present. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Water Pipit. (S Rowe) River Gannel: 1 Dipper opp petrol station. (S Grose)

Treraven Meadows: 2 Water Pipit. (D Julian)

Hell’s Mouth: 6 Whooper Swan still in field near cafe (J Baker)

Portscatho:  1 ad fem Long-tailed Duck off Porthcurnick beach.  3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Shag off Porthbean beach. (P Pearson)

Falmouth (Gyllyngvase Beach): 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver. (D Collins)

Polgigga: Firecrest with tit flock along Bosistow Lane. (J Miller)

Feock: 14 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe,17 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Sandpiper at Loe Beach. (B Mellow)

Towan Head: 1 Chough (juv & unringed), 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 4 Common Scoter past, 1 Guillemot, 1 Common Gull, 12 Turnstone, 9 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Par beach pool: 1 Lesser Black-backed x Herring gull? (pinkish legs). (J Rance)

Hybrid gull, (LBBG x HG?), John Rance

Lower Tamar Lake: 36 Goosander 14m 22f. (R Mudge)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 4 (2m) Shoveler, 5 (2m) Gadwall, 30+ Tufted Duck, 12 Coot, 90+ Teal. (R Veal)

Charlestown: 2 Fulmar on east beach cliffs (D Hastilow)

Polgigga: Firecrest this morning.

Looe, Millendreath: 2 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black Redstart. (D Spooner)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 10 Black-throated Diver, 12+ Great Northern Diver & 1 Mediterranean Gull. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Devoran: 1 Spoonbill. (B Mellow)

Mawgan: 1 Brambling, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Coal Tit. (P. Bedford)

Wadebridge, Tesco: 1 Tawny Owl. (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 1 Tawny Owl. (B Bosisto)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Pochard , 2 Tufted Duck , 1 Treecreeper (B Bosisto L Payne)

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Friday 28th December 2018

FOUND, Pendennis Point: a “VELBON” tripod shoulder bag and a mounting plate for a tripod, if yours please contact Stephen Jackson (stephen.f.jackson@btinternet.com)

1st January Cornwall New Year’s Day Bird Race: Get the year list kickstarted and see how many birds you can see on your local patch, by green birding or county-wide. Please see the website page HERE for further details.

Late photos, 27/12: Siberian Chiffchaff at Brew Sewage Works and Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool. (M Ahmad)

Siberian Chiffchaff, Mashuq Ahmad

Siberian Chiffchaff, Mashuq Ahmad

Purple Sandpiper, Mashuq Ahmad

Purple Sandpiper, Mashuq Ahmad

Late News, 27/12, Booby’s Bay: 2 Chough (R Jelbert)

Late news 27/12/18. St Ives: Green Woodpecker at top of Barnoon cemetery. (K Money).

Sancreed: 5 Cattle Egret 1 Little Egret, 1 Woodcock, 11 Snipe. Also 27 Lapwing west and at 09:00 a small Cackling-type goose (the “usual” seen sporadically at Drift) flew north with 12 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Millbrook: 5 Cattle Egret Radford Lane. (A C Robinson)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit. (S Rowe)

Gerrans Bay: 8 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 22 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck (Portscatho) (D Eva)

Veryan Bay: 23 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 20 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck (Porthluney) (D Eva)

Windmill Farm: 1 Marsh Harrier. (T Thirlway)

Marsh Harrier, Terence Thirlaway

St Ives Bay: 31 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver. (S Rowe) Also 1 Short-eared Owl over, flying towards Hayle.

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Great Northern Diver still. (D Hillson)

St John’s Lake: 2 Eider, 1 Black-necked Grebe. (A C Robinson)

Torpoint:  2 Red-breasted Merganser, pair 1st w Eider, 2 Great Northern Diver, 10+ Great Crested Grebe, 300+ Dunlin, 14 Grey Plover and 9 Brent Geese (at least 2 pale-bellied) on St John’s Lake. (M Beer). Also at St John’s Lake: 2 Eider, 1 Black-necked Grebe. (A C Robinson)

Padstow: 1 Great Crested Grebe , 45 Common Gull , 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. ( B Bosisto)

Men-an-Tol: c50 Fieldfare. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Cetti’s Warbler seen and heard on east side. 5 Common Snipe. ( P Pearson)

St Michael’s Mount: 1 Velvet Scoter just west of causeway. (P Pearson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 Chiffchaff . (K. Bowers) 1 Barn Owl hunting amongst the reeds (15.30h). (J Hawkey)

Chiffchaff, Kevin Bowers

Coverack: 1 Firecrest in bushes around Lambeage Hall (P. Bedford)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill again.

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Thursday 27th December 2018

Late news, 26/12/18. Roseland: 2 Barn Owl prospecting the marshes on the Ruan Lanihorne saltmarsh near the village at 3.30pm. (per Maria Richards)

Sancreed: 5 Cattle Egret with cattle at Sellan Fm 16:35, 2 found earlier same fields by M Ahmad. (D Flumm)

Tehidy: 1 Richard’s Pipit still in sheep field opposite north entrance to Tehidy Park. Also 1 Merlin, c150 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit. (S Rowe, T Carson)

Brew Sewage Works: 3 Siberian Chiffchaff. (M Ahmad)

Coverack: Yellow-browed Warbler and Peacock Butterfly at the sewage works. Red-throated Diver and 3 Eider in the bay. (J Foster)

Par beach pool: 1 Whooper Swan. (J Rance) Spit beach: 2 Great Northern Diver close in , 2 Brent geese. (G Barter)

St Clement, Tresemple Pool: 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 51 Curlew feeding in field behind. Tresillian River: 26 Mute Swan, 99 Redshank, 41 Curlew, 5 Greenshank, 21 Shelduck, 84 Teal. (S Grose)

St Dennis: Male Hen Harrier 9:40 at great distance mobbed by carrion crow and flew towards Newquay. (P Ash)

Hen Harrier – Paul Ash

Hen Harrier – Paul Ash

Sennen Cove: 1 Common Scoter, c20 Common Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Also Great Northern Diver and  3 Mediterranean Gull early morning. (J Miller)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 600+ Lapwing, Greylag, 100+ Canada Goose, Curlew, Golden Plover, Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Pintail, Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Stonechat, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock & Fox. (S Marquis)

Lower Tamar Lake: 28 Goosander, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Cormorant, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Snipe, 2 Gadwall, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Nuthatch. (R Mudge)

Carrick Roads: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Red-breasted Merganser (D Eva)

Penzance: 1 Brent Goose off the promenade. (B Dodd) Jubilee Pool: 29 Purple Sandpiper and 1 m Black Redstart. (M Ahmad)

Praa Sands: 1 f Black Redstart. (MJ Spicer)

Black redstart – Mike Spicer

Park Head: 1 Peregrine, 2 Grey Wagtail, 100 Skylark, 6 Yellowhammer, 4 Painted Lady and 1 Peacock Butterfly. ( B Bosisto L Payne )

Mawgan Porth: 120 Lapwing, 10 Common Snipe. ( B Bosisto L Payne )

St Eval Airfield: 110 Golden Plover,  1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stock Dove, 90 Skylark. (B Bosisto, L Payne )

Boscregan: 1 Woodlark. (C Moore)

Kelynack: 30 Common Snipe. (C Moore)

Falmouth: 1 Little Grebe from church Street car park. (S Grose)

Swanpool Beach: 2 Mediterranean Gull on rocks to the right below restaurant. Swanpool : 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: 32 Shoveler, 40 Cormorant including a raft of 35, 17 Pochard, 6 Goosander. Also  a Moorhen ascending a 1.4m upright Bulrush stem to pluck seeds from the seedhead. (G Adams)

Newquay, A392 by Hendra Holiday Park: 1 Barn Owl at 4.45 (C.Yates)

Navax Point: 4 Dartford Warbler (including male in song). (S Rowe, T Carson)

Dartford Warbler, Steve Rowe

St Gothian Sands LNR: 80 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Wigeon, 3 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe. (S Rowe, T Carson)

Hannafore, Looe: 2 Peregrine (in the same tree), 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Stonechat. (D Spooner)

Peregrine, Derek Spooner

Peregrine, Derek Spooner

Mount’s Bay kayak trip today: 3 flypast Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 19+ Purple Sandpiper, 5+ Harbour Porpoise. (R Kirkwood)

Red-throated Diver, Rupert Kirkwood

Purple Sandpiper, Rupert Kirkwood

Pentire Point West: 1 Short-eared Owl. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field:1 Bullfinch , 1 Kingfisher , 8 Black-headed Gull , 1 Song Thrush . (K. Bowers)

Black-headed Gull, Kevin Bowers

Lapwing, Kevin Bowers

Kingfisher, Kevin Bowers

Bullfinch, Kevin Bowers

St Ives: 2 Black Redstart, 1 male and 2 female still at Barnoon cemetery today. (M Rouncefield)

Black Redstart, Marlene Rouncefield

Black Redstart, Marlene Rouncefield

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier (D Eva)

Pendeen: 3 Painted Lady butterflies. (J Miller)

Colliford Reservoir: 10 Goosander (2 males),  3 huge dusk gull roost areas of mostly Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 200+ Fieldfare. (B Craven)

Dozmary Pool: 3 Shoveler, 1 Goldeneye. (B Craven)

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Wednesday 26th December 2018

CBWPS Cornwall Birds ‘Pic of the Year’ – we will be posting up a selection from the weekly ‘pic of the week’ photos received throughout the year (and normally to be found on the website homepage) over the traditional 12 days of Christmas, and ultimately finding out which is your overall favourite. Today is Day 2, please see the 12 Birds of Christmas page on the website to views the photos and to vote in the poll. Thanks for supporting us and our contributors throughout the year.

Late news, 25/12, St Agnes Head: Short-eared Owl hunting at midday. (S Mickleburgh)

St Merryn Porthmissen Farm / Crugmeer: 2 Grey Partridge, 6 Razorbill, 21 Guillemot, 23 Fulmar, 2 Corn Bunting, 19 Skylark, 16 Yellowhammer, 5 Raven, 3 Snipe, 1 Merlin, 60+ Goldfinch, 3 Kestrel, large number of Chaffinch and Meadow Pipit, 3 Roe Deer. (S Grose)

Millbrook: 9 Cattle Egret in field with cattle Lower Anderton Road. (R Smaldon)

Old Kea: 1 Cattle Egret and 3 Little Egret in cattle field by the old Church (P. Bedford)

Germoe: small mixed flock of Redwing/Fieldfare, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff flycatching near the Holy Well (J Evans)

Penzance:  2 Brent Goose off Eastern Green late afternoon. (A McKechnie)

Sancreed: Male Hen Harrier, 49 Snipe. (D Flumm)

Par Beach: 1 Velvet Scoter and 6 Common Scoter near Killyvarder. (G Barter)

Par Pool: 7 Oystercatcher and 35 Snipe. (G Barter)

Roseland: 3+ Cirl Bunting. (J Lander)

Carharrack: 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 m Blackcap & 1 Coal Tit in a private garden. (W Cheggwidden)

Land’s End: 2 Common Snipe, 1 f Black Redstart at Pordenack Point, 11 Stonechat, 2 Kestrel, 40 Linnet. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Nanjizal/Trevilley: 34 Skylark, 10 Redwing, 1 Raven, 7 Stock Dove, 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sparrowhawk, 30 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Grey Wagtail, 20 Linnet. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Truro: 1 Raven over the Rosedale Estate. (K & J Mortimore)

St Ives: 1 male and 2 female Black Redstart in St Ives Barnoon cemetery this afternoon. (M Rouncefield) Frog spawn at Clodgy Point. (P Sharpe)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Marsh Harrier over, at 8:40am, heading towards Crousa Downs. 1 Hen Harrier (male) over at 9:10am heading towards Predannack. 1 Merlin over, 1 Woodcock (flushed). (J St Ledger)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mediterranean Gull, adult with red plastic ring on left leg (S Grose).

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Great Northern Diver, 166 Teal, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 600+ Lapwing, 28 Mallard, 5 Cormorant, 500+ Black-headed Gull.  (B Craven)

St Michael’s Mount: 1 eclipse Eider just west of the causeway. (R Butts)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 drk Pochard, 14 Coot. (R Veal)

Porthkidney: 1f Black Redstart, 1 Great Northern Diver and 40+ Common Gull in gull roost. (R Veal)

Kingsand: 1 ad w/p Mediterranean Gull. (R Smaldon)

Cowlands Creek, Combe: 1 male Pintail (P. Bedford)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: Spoonbill.

Cargreen, Saltash: 30 Avocet, 2 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, Canada Geese, Cormorant, Black-headed Gulls, 1 female Blackcap. (C&J Duffy)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 41+ Snipe. (S.Witts)

Snipe, Sean Witts

St Buryan: 1 male and 1 female Blackcap. (S .Witts}

Newquay, Trenance Gardens/Gannel Estuary: 4 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)

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Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December 2018

“Nadelik Lowen”
a Happy Christmas (and best wishes for the New Year) from all here on the CBWPS / Cornwall Birds news team.

Robin image – Adrian Langdon

Late news, 24/12, St Ives: 1 Firecrest in private garden disturbed by female Blackcap. (M Rouncefield)

Devoran: 2 Sandwich Tern on sandbar and 1 Spotted Redshank. (S Rogers)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Goosander(redhead), 1 Tufted Duck, 9 Mute Swan, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine Falcon,11 Snipe. Par Beach: 10 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 35 Oystercatcher. ((S Grose)

Fal Estuary: 1w Common Tern at Restronguet sailing club beach, Mylor harbour at 13.15. (P Kemp)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Merlin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Praa Sands: 10 Great Northern Diver. 6 Guillemot, 1 Harbour Porpoise (J Evans) 

Botallack: 2 Great Skua, Minke Whale, several Harbour Porpoise, Black Redstart. (M Darlaston)

Woon Gompus: 1 Short-eared Owl. (M Darlaston)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: Spoonbill.

Porth Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Great Crested Grebe. (S Grose)

Whipsiderry: 2 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

Coverack: 3 Eider. (D Collins)

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