Sunday 9th December 2018

Mermaid pelagic: Sailing tomorrow (Monday) from the Scillonian quay at 12 noon along to Minack and back. Buy tickets from the shop/office (next to dry dock) at 11.45am, £23. Trip will last about 3 hours.

Late news, 7/12, Mevagissey: Black Redstart flitting back and forth from a rooftop to a palm. (A Hannaford)

Torpoint: juvenile Red-rumped Swallow showing well around town car park, between police station and Wongs takeaway, mid-afternoon. Continued to show really well till dusk over the high street. (G Tamblin – finder, D Allen)

Red-rumped Swallow – Dave Allan

Stithians Reservoir: Temminck’s Stint, 1 Dunlin, f Pintail, 2 Goldeneye this morning. (S Rogers) 2 Blackbird, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 6 Magpie, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Buzzard, 2 Pied Wagtail, 11 Teal, 1 Robin, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Redwing. (K Bowers) Also 2 Barnacle Goose of unknown origin still. (D Chaney)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9th Dec 2018, K Bowers, Stithians

Great Spotted Woodpecker and Redwing – Kevin Bowers

Pendeen Watch: 15 Great Skua, 7 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 21,000+ auks (c80% Guillemot, c20% Razorbill) and 300+ Kittiwake between 08:00 & 10:00. (P St Pierre) 12 Great Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter and still masses of auks and Kittiwakes between 10:00 & 12:15. (P Clement)

St Ives Island (08:00-13:00): 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Petrel sp (prob Leach’s), 31+ Great Skua, 12 Manx Shearwater, 15+ Great Northern Diver, 8+ Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, auks passing at 280/minute for at least 2 hours – total estimate of 48,000 for the 5hrs, similar ratio to that at Pendeen. (R Wilkins, R Augarde, R Veal, B Mellow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2w & 4w type Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott) Also 3 drake Goosander from the Quay House. (G Mitchell)

Crugmeer: 1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Coot. (S Grose)

Millpool: 2 black (melanistic) Pheasant, 3 Woodcock, 50+ Lapwing over, 1 Jay, 6 Teal on pond (J Evans)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 139 Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 10 Tufted Duck, 22 Mallard, 19 Teal, 3 Goosander (redheads), 220 Golden Plover, 160 Lapwing, 222 Black-headed Gull, 64 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 4 Buzzard,5 Raven, 21 Carrion Crow, 6 Magpie, 270 Starling, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, 5 Meadow Pipit and 1 Wren. (DA Conway)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck, 16 Coot, 50+ Moorhen. (S Grose)

Porth Island: 1 Short-eared Owl, 39 Fulmar, 2 Kestrel. (S Grose)

St Eval: 1 Barn Owl, large flock of Golden Plover before dusk. (S Grose)

Truro: 1 Siskin, 3 Blackcap, 20 Goldfinch & 1 Greenfinch on feeders in a private garden. (P Carter)

Charlestown: 2 f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Burniere Wood, Wadebridge: 1 Woodcock. (A Taylor)

Carharrack: 1 Blackcap still feeding on fatballs in private garden. (W Chegwidden)

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