Sunday 14th May 2017

Late news, 13/5, Bude Marshes WeBS count: 17 adult Mallard and 21 juveniles, 8 Moorhen and 8 juveniles, 9 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackbird, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 adult Canada Goose and 6 juveniles, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Jackdaw, 7+ Rook, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Wren, 2 Robin, 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 Great Tit, 1 Cuckoo (very unusual here), 1 Mute Swan, 8 Wood Pigeon. (H Kendall, R Mudge)

Late news, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Otter has been showing well some evenings recently from southern cut-off hide. (S Williams)

Late news, 13/5, Drift Reservoir: 40 Swift. (D Flumm)

Coombe, Red River valley: ringtail Montagu’s Harrier east 10:40. (D Flumm)

Sennen Cove: female Kentish Plover but flew towards Land’s End. (K Wilson)

Little Trethewey: Bee-eater high over. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: juv Iceland Gull reported.

Penzance, Promenade and Harbour WeBS count: 38 Purple Sandpiper, 43 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling (some in summer plumage), 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mute Swan and 1 Rock Pipit. (T Mills)

Sanderling, Tony Mills


Marazion Marsh RSPB:
5 Mute Swan plus 8 cygnets on main marsh, 1 Greylag, 3 Canada Goose plus 2 goslings, 1 drake Gadwall, 5 Mallard plus 6 ducklings, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Stonechat, 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker, WeBS)

Probus: 1 ad Purple Heron again in private garden and 1 Red Kite low over three times. (R Veal, BR Field)

Purple Heron – Reuben Veal

Tregoss: White Stork flew from ploughed field towards Bodmin at 16:30 but couldn’t be relocated. (P Roseveare, B Bosistow)

Penlee Point: seawatch 06:00-09:00: 43 Manx Shearwater west, 70 Guillemot west, 60 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Fulmar east, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Herring Gull. (C Buckland)

Carnanton Woods: 1 Sparrowhawk at Spitfire Corner. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 1 male Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 17 Canada Goose, 7 Cormorant,1 Grey Heron,9 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 51 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Buzzard, 34 Carrion Crow, 16 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 3 Cuckoo, 5 Stock Dove, 6 Blackbird, 1 Stonechat, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 7 Linnet, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Skylark, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 5 Robin, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 15 Swallow, 2 Green-veined White and 1 Wall Brown. (DA Conway)

Windmill Farm: Cuckoo, lots more Whitethroats arrived this week. Also Four Spotted Chaser. (D Wright)

Whitethroat and Four-spotted Chaser – Dougy Wright

Nare Point: Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, 5 Swift. (D Wright)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Cuckoo calling, 20+ Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (D Chaney)

Men-an-tol: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Swift, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin. (R Hollis)

Porthleven: pair Stonechat with 3-4 fledged young. (C Richards)

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Saturday 13th May 2017

Late news, 12/5, Penlee Point: 3 Pomarine Skua (one pale, two dark), 1 Great Skua chased by 2 Gannets, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Tern, 50+ Manx Shearwater, 3 Whimbrel, good numbers of Auks and Gannets through. (C Buckland)

Late news, 12/5, Tregonetha Downs: 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 Red-rumped Swallow, 6 Swift, 15+ Swallow, 12+ House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 1 distant Hobby. (R Butts, P St Pierre, DK Parker) Also 3 Heron, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 3 Little Egret, Peacock butterfly, Orange-tip butterfly. (B Oakes)

Red-rumped Swallow – Dave Parker

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 18 Dunlin, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Little Egret. (R Butts)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Greylag Goose, 14 Canada Goose including 1 on a nest, 1 drake Gadwall, 1 drake Shoveler, 14 Mallard plus 3 duckling, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard, 68 Herring Gull, c10 Swift, c120 Swallow, c150 House Martin, c50 Sand Martin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff and 6 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker) 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Wren. (B Oakes)

Great Crested Grebe and Swift – Ben Oakes

Probus: Purple Heron still today briefly at 11:20, 1 Kingfisher. (B Field)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Tideford: 1 Red Kite being mobbed by Crows. (S Grose)

Goss Moor: 4 singing Garden Warbler. (A McKechnie)

Garden Warbler – Alex McKechnie

Chenhale Farm, St Martin: 1 Green Woodpecker. (M Nattrass)

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Friday 12th May 2017

Late news, 11/5, Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 1 Cuckoo, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat. Also 4 Painted Lady butterfly. (J Evans)

Late news, 11/5, Lanner Green: m Sparrowhawk in private garden. (R Hampshire)

Late news, 11/5, Trevose Head: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (R Augarde)

Late news, 11/5, Scillonian Crossing: 8 Gannet, 10 Guillemot, all off Cornish coast. (K Hambly-Staite)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Red-rumped Swallow around Longrock Pool this evening. (PA Fraser, R Veal, et al)

Penzance: 42 Purple Sandpiper on Battery Rocks. (DK Parker)

Scillonian Crossing, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 drake Eider, 1 Fulmar, 20 Manx Shearwater, 15 Gannet, 1 Common Sandpiper, c40 Turnstone, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 20 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 1 Puffin and 4 Auk sp. (DA Conway, DK Parker)

Scillonian Crossing, Wolf Rock to Penzance: 3 Fulmar, 37 Manx Shearwater, 119 Gannet, 1 sum plum Great Northern Diver, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Herring Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 161 Guillemot, 11 Razorbill and 4 Puffin. (DA Conway, DK Parker)

Penlee Point: 3 Pomarine Skua (2 pale phase, one with “spoons”, and 1 dark phase), 73 Manx Shearwater, 14 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Tern, 3 Whimbrel, c155 Guillemot, c10 Razorbill and 7 Kittiwake. (P Aley)

Probus: 1 Purple Heron still, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe. (B Field)

Little Grebe – Brian Field

Boscastle: Grey Wagtail ad feeding one fledged youngster, 60+ Martin sp, 2 Swift, 1 Swallow, Sparrowhawk over being mobbed. Common Shrew also seen. (R Hurrell)

Nanquidno: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (C Moore)

Land’s End: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (C Moore)

Sennen: 2 Turtle Dove at Brew Farm. (K Wilson)

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Sunday 30th April 2017

Late news, 28/4, Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still present. (T Carson)

Late news, 29/4, Trevose Head: 3 Cormorant, 22 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (summer plumage), 54 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 1 male Ring Ouzel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 29/4, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Fulvous Whistling Duck, 1 juvenile Spoonbill, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Swift, 1 Kingfisher. (B Bosistow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Whimbrel. Main Estuary: 1 Avocet, 2 Greenshank (summer plumage), 3 Dunlin (summer plumage). (R Butts, P St Pierre)

St Gothian Sands: 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, c40 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 6 Swallow, pair of Shelduck, 2 female Wheatear, 3 singing Whitethroat, 2 singing Skylark, 1 female Reed Bunting. (R Butts) 2 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre)

Marazion: 1 Little Tern first seen at 08:23, 84+ Whimbrel, 56+ Turnstone, 18 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 9 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (K Richards, M Halliday, B Dallas) c60 Whimbrel, 5-6 White Wagtail, 1 Swift, 1 drake Garganey, 1 drake Wigeon, 1 pair Teal, 1 pair Gadwall. (R Butts) 14 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover. (S Grose) 1 Redshank and 25+ Whimbrel on the beach, 2 Swift, 2 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck on the marsh. (R Veal)

Little Tern – Mark Halliday

Newlyn Harbour: 1 male Eider with 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Seal. (S Grose)

Sandy Cove, Newlyn: 3 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Mousehole: 418 Auk sp, 7 Common Scoter and 27 Manx Shearwater west 08:00-08:30. (P St Pierre) Balearic Shearwater and Pomarine Skua also reported this morning.

Porthgwarra: Balearic Shearwater and Pomarine Skua past Gwennap Head this morning. Wood Warbler in car park in copse by toilet block.

Land’s End: 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Garden Warbler, small movement of Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin. (K Richards, M Halliday, B Dallas)

Turtle Dove – Mark Halliday

Kenidjack: Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear, Bullfinch, Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Swift. (P St Pierre)

Rame Head: 1 Serin flew over calling at 15:10, 25 Chiffchaff, 18 Blackcap, 2 Great Northern Diver. (AC Robinson)

Gannel Estuary: 11 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Malpas, Truro: regular pair of Siskin bringing 2 chicks to garden feeder. (A Hill)

Downderry: 43 Whimbrel and one Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach before 08:00. Offshore movement included 2 Common Gull, 1 Kittiwake and 17 Common Scoter. (A Payne)

East Looe: 2 m Bullfinch on feeders in private garden. (S Street)

Killigerran, near Portscatho: 23 Common Scoter, 3 Shelduck, 1924 Auk sp, 1 Puffin, 266 Gannet, 29 Manx Shearwater, 24 Fulmar, 2 Cormorant, 21 Shag, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 19 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 1 pale phase adult Arctic Skua, 17 Kittiwake, 1 1st summer Common Gull, 19 Sandwich Tern. (B Bosistow)

Pendower Beach: 6 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 15 Whimbrel. (B Bosistow)

Ruan Lanihorne: 3 pairs Canada Goose with 3, 4 and 5 goslings, 1 Reed Warbler. (B Bosistow)

Camel Estuary: 19 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover (1 in summer plumage), 2 Knot (summer plumage), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 58 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling. (B Bosistow)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Barn Owl, 10 Swift. (B Bosistow)

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Saturday 29th April 2017

Late news, 28/4, Tremayne Quay, Helford River: 2 Avocet. (M Nattrass)

Late news, 28/4, Bartinney Downs: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 heard-only Cuckoo and 1 Roe Deer. (R Veal)

Late news, 28/4, Downderry: 20 Great Northern Diver. (A Payne)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Little Egret. (J&D Chapman) 1 Little Ringed Plover on Ryan’s Field. (R Wilkins, R Augarde, A McKechnie)

Little Ringed Plover – Richard Augarde

St Gothian Sands LNR: 6 Coot, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 1 2w Iceland Gull and 6 Wheatear. (MJ Spicer)

Praa Sands: 1 Whimbrel. (J&D Chapman)

Marazion Beach: 1 sum plum Knot. (R Wilkins, R Augarde, A McKechnie) 19 Whimbrel. (J&D Chapman) 80 Whimbrel also reported. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Knot – Alex McKechnie

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (J&D Chapman)

Porthgwarra: 08:30-10:00 seawatch: 2 Puffin, 2 Arctic Skua, 10 Sandwich Tern. (R Wilkins, R Augarde)

Land’s End: 2 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 17 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff and the hybrid Hooded Crow. (DK Parker)

hybrid Hooded Crow – Dave Parker

Sennen: 6 Whimbrel on The Green this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Carn Galver: 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler. (R Veal)

Stithians: 4 Whimbrel. (J&D Chapman)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Downderry: 30 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Ringed Plover on beach early this morning. Offshore 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Puffin, 3 Kittiwake, and 1 Great Northern Diver moving west. (A Payne)

Kynance: 1 Tree Pipit. (I Maclean)

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Friday 28th April 2017

Late news, 27/4, Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 1 Ring Ouzel, 4 Wheatear, male Sparrowhawk made several attempts to catch Wheatears. (B Dallas)

Late news, 27/4, Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: Morning: 3 Ring Ouzel (adult male, female and a first summer male, dropped in from a considerable height at 09:20), 4 Wheatear, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven. Evening: 5 Ring Ouzel (2 adult male, 2 female and a first summer male on the south west slope, still there at 20:00), 4 Wheatear, male Sparrowhawk. (V Stratton)

Late news, 27/4, St Ives NCI: 3 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Tern. (V Stratton)

Late news, 27/4, Anjue Green Fields: 4 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Late news, 27/4, Marazion Beach: 90+ Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern offshore. (J Hawkey)

Praa Sands: Kentish Plover present again today. (L Proctor, M Southam, A McKechnie) Great Northern Diver also reported.

Kentish Plover – Alex McKechnie

Rinsey/Praa Sands: 8 Whimbrel, 15 Linnet, 4 Kittiwake, 6 Shag, 50+ Sand Martin, 3 m Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 15+ Bottlenose Dolphin, 1 Stoat. (J Evans)

Swanpool: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Whimbrel by the beach. (D Chaney)

Dobwalls: Red Kite flying low over private garden, being pursued by Herring Gulls, then flew east towards Liskeard at 10:30. (C&J Duffy)

Porthilly Point: 3 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, 6 Sedge Warbler, 5 Buzzard, 1 Common Redstart, 2 Tawny Owl. Also Linnets, Stonechats, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Whitethroat, 16 Long-tailed Tit. (S Grose)

Bude: 1 Little Egret, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 1 Raven + 4 young, 3 Skylark, 15+ Swallow. (H Wilkins)

Sedge Warbler – H Wilkins

Bartinney Down:  2 Stock Dove, 2 Cuckoo (m+f), 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting. (P Clarke)

Penhale: 7 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 (f) Wheatear, 2 Skylark, 12+ Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stoat. Butterflies – single Grizzled Skipper, Orange Tip, Wall Brown & Small White. (JH&K Dalziel)

Cot Valley: sum plum Great Northern Diver off Porth Nanven this morning. (N Wheatley)

Rame Head: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Tawny Owl, Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warbler. (C Buckland)

Torpoint: 44 Dunlin, all in summer plumage, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Little Egret. (C Buckland)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Cattle Egret on Ryan’s Field this evening. (M Bishop) Also Spoonbill, 2 Common Sandpiper. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanquidno/Tregegean: 80+ Whimbrel, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Bar tailed Godwit. (C Moore)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Garganey reported again today.

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Tawny Owl and 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

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Thursday 13th April 2017

Late news, 10/4, Gurnard’s Head: Hen Harrier seen between here and Newmill. (B Dallas)

Treluggan Cliffs, Pendower: 4 Great Northern Diver, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 pr Shelduck, 30+ Linnet. (J Driver)

Shelduck – James Driver

Pendower Beach: 1 Slavonian Grebe moulting into summer plumage, 16 (7 sum plum) Black-throated Diver, 9 (6 sum plum) Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 (1m) Common Scoter. (R Veal)

Lansallos NT: 1 pr of Mistle Thrush feeding at least 1 fairly old juvenile at a rate of 2 worms a minute. (R Veal)

Mistle Thrush – Reuben Veal

Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 3 (2m, 1f) Ring Ouzel, 3 Northern Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler. (R Wilkins, D Parker, S Rogers, S Turner)

Bude Marshes: 5 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk. (B Bryne)

Bude: 3 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12+ Swallow, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Skylark, 2 Fulmar and 3 Meadow Pipit. (H Wilkins)

Porthgwarra: Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler. (M Wallace)

St Levan: juv Iceland Gull. (M Wallace)

St Just: Cuckoo at Kenython. (P&P Callaway)

Sancreed: 3 Wheatear. (D Flumm)

Porthcurno: 3 Sandwich Tern. (D Flumm)

Pendennis Point, Falmouth: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sandwich Tern, c50 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin and c20 Common Dolphin distantly in Falmouth Bay this morning. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: Mallard with 8 ducklings. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin. (D Chaney)

Roseworthy, Camborne: 3 Iceland Gull following a plough in fields at 11:36. (B Dallas)

St Erth: 2 Little Egret this morning. (B Dallas)

Hayle: Osprey at 09:00 flying north over Copperhouse Creek seen from Ventonleague being mobbed by gulls. (P Smale) Then seen flying towards Connor Downs at 09:03. (B Dallas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill roosting on Ryan’s Field at 07:45. (B Dallas) 6 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spoonbill. (R Wilkins, S Rogers)

Newquay: 40 Kittiwake visible on cliffs below Huer’s Hut. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: drake Garganey, 46 Teal, 1 Stock Dove, 89 Black-tailed Godwit.

Dinham Flats: 9 Cattle Egret this morning, flying around and mixing with 40+ Little Egret.

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