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.


Wednesday 12th April 2017

Late news, 9/4, Mevagissey: Hoopoe reported calling from trees close to Heligan Caravan Park at 11:00.

Late news, 10/4, Stithians Reservoir: 5 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 31 Linnet, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin. (D Chaney)

Late news, 10/4, Penzance: male Eider in the harbour. (P Smale)

Late news, 11/4, Longrock Pool: 2 Common Sandpiper. (P Smale)

Late news, 11/04, Godrevy: 60 Sand Martin on the cliffs, 5 Swallow, 5 Wheatear. (D Chaney)

Late cetacean news, 11/4, St Anthony Head: Humpback Whale at about 14:00, breaching and fin waving, headed west. (P Fletcher)

Lynher Valley: Red Kite over at about 09:30. Flying over Patrieda in direction of Linkinhorne Village – seen off by the Buzzards. (L Hopes)

Windmill Farm: 1 Wheatear and a male Hen Harrier this morning. (D Wright, G Adams)

Hayle Kimbro: 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler. (G Adams)

Porthleven – Loe Bar: 1 m Wheatear, colony of 18+ Sand Martin in recently collapsed section of cliff face, 2 (pr) Stonechat and 2 Black-throated Diver offshore, 1 in full summer plumage. (J Hawkey)

Marazion: Black-throated Diver reported.

Penzance: male Eider with gulls in the harbour at low tide. (S Grose)

Hell’s Mouth: 2 Whimbrel, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 12 Tufted Duck, 20 Canada Goose, 3 Shelduck, 2 Teal, 4 Mallard, 3 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 8 Linnet, 1 Curlew, 2 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Raven. (R Hampshire)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Whimbrel, 1 1w Iceland Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern, 5 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sand Martin on Lelant Saltings. 1m Wheatear on Carnsew Pool track. 1 Reed Warbler and 2 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal) Osprey flew over Ryan’s Field at 17:20. (J Hicks) Glaucous Gull also reported.

Whimbrel – Reuben Veal

Osprey – Jack Hicks

Porthkidney: c15 Manx Shearwater per minute passing distantly for 20 minutes, c30 Sandwich Tern, 4 ad Kittiwake east. (R Veal)

St Ives: 3 Ring Ouzel (2m, 1f) on the south facing slope of Buttermilk Hill at 08:30. (L Proctor)

Drift Reservoir: 300 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 6 Gadwall, 1 Call Duck, 1 Muscovy Duck, 30+ Canada Goose, 1 hybrid Goose, 1 Cormorant, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard, 6+ Chiffchaff,  6+ Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Blue Tit. (D Flumm, K Bowers, A Hartley)

Sand Martin & Chiffchaff – Kevin Bowers

Nanquidno/Hendra: 1 Iceland Gull. (C Moore)

Pendeen: 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel. (A Hartley)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 21 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 40 Shelduck, 10 Mallard, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 5 Oystercatcher, 12 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 15 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Magpie, 15 Jackdaw, 20 Rook, 40 Carrion Crow, 2 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Mute Swan, 22 Canada Goose, 12 Gadwall, 4 Mallard, 10 Shoveler, 40 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 Lapwing, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, c200 Sand Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff. (M Scawen)

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  • Whimbrel


Tuesday 11th April 2017

Please note, the fields either side of the track leading to the Windmill Farm reserve are private property – please do not enter.

Late news, 10/4, Constantine: Dipper on stream east of the village. (P Fletcher)

Chacewater: Osprey drifted over the village at 08:30. (B Toms)

Truro: Osprey flew north over the city centre at 09:00. (S Rogers)

Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: 2 male Ring Ouzel on the southern slope at 08:00. (A Whitehouse)

Pendeen: 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 3 Willow Warbler, steady passage of Swallows and Sand Martins northwards all day. (A Hartley)

Geevor: Wheatear, Rock Pipit. (A Hartley)

Wheatear – Adam Hartley

Kenidjack: 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Buzzard. (A Hartley)

Kenidjack to Pendeen: at least 6 male Stonechat, 2 House Martin and 2 Swallow. (A Hartley)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: male Redstart, 17 Wheatear plus Painted Lady and 2 Red Admiral. (M Wallace)

Sancreed: 6 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 8 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 22 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 2 Swallow. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose. (D Flumm)

Lamorna: 2 pairs Red-legged Partridge. (D Flumm)

Mousehole: Iceland Gull reported.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill, 2 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 1m Reed Warbler singing, 1f Teal. (R Veal)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 2 Wren, 5 Little Egret. (B Oakes)

Swallow and Wheatear – Ben Oakes

Chynoweth Lane, St Hilary: 8 Buzzard circling around Friendship Woods. (B Oakes)

Bodmin Moor, De Lank Waterworks to Garrow Tor: 1 Common Redstart (male) singing, 1 Merlin, 4 Swallow, 8 Wheatear, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 4 Raven, 3 Buzzard. Also numbers of Stonechat, Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Skylark. (J St Ledger) De Lank Waterworks: ringtail Hen Harrier heading west at 13:30. (D Ricketts)

Merlin and Redstart – John St Ledger

Wenford Bridge, Bodmin Moor: 2 Marsh Tit. (J St Ledger)

Sharrow Point, Whitsand Bay: 1 singing Whitethroat, 3 Swallow west, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 albino Pheasant. Also Orange Tip and Holly Blue. (R Smaldon)

Plaidy, Looe: 2 Fulmar on cliff face, 2 Gannet diving in the bay. (C&J Duffy)

Hawkers Cove, Padstow: 19 Sandwich Tern feeding over the Doom Bar. (S Grose)

Newquay: 1 Barn Owl at Trevemper roundabout. (S Grose)

Gweek: Spotted Redshank. (D Collins)

Helston Boating Lake: male Pintail, 26 Tufted Duck. (D Collins)

Charlestown: 1 Robin. (D Hastilow)

Robin – David Hastilow

Cetacean news, Kennack Sands: Humpback Whale just offshore 19:00-19:20 and then headed towards Lizard Point. (M Silk)


  • Wheatear


Monday 10th April 2017

Please note, the fields either side of the track leading to the Windmill Farm reserve are private property – please do not enter.

Late news, 9/4, Hayle Estuary RSPB: putative Caspian Gull in the afternoon. (M Halliday)​

putative Caspian Gull – Mark Halliday

Late photo, 9/4, Helston: drake Pintail on the boating lake. (A Williams)

Pintail – Alan Williams

Cot Valley: Woodchat present again. (N Wheatley, A Hartley)

Woodchat – Adam Hartley

Pendeen: 2 Raven, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Tregeseal: 1 Raven, 1 Willow Warbler. (A Hartley)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 23 Canada Goose, 4 hybrid geese, 6 Gadwall, 1 white Call Duck, c100 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Newlyn: 3 Buzzard. (B Oakes)

St Ives: 9 Purple Sandpiper on rocks below the coastguard lookout. (A Whitehouse)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Icelandic-race Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Cattle Egret, 5 Little Egret, 1 Heron, 2 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher. (B Oakes) Also 2 Spoonbill this morning. (A Whitehouse) Main Estuary: 2 Shelduck. (B Oakes) Juv Iceland Gull flew from the estuary during the afternoon. (Oriole Birding) It or another seen at Copperhouse Creek in the evening. (M Bishop)

Cattle Egret – Ben Oakes

Perranuthnoe: 2 Whimbrel, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black-throated Diver. (A Whitehouse)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5+ Cetti’s Warbler singing, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin. (R Veal) 8 Heron and 1 with young, 1 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Tufted Duck. (B Oakes) 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, a few Teal and Mallard. (A Hartley) 

Long-tailed Tit – Ben Oakes

Marazion: Sandwich Tern flew west late afternoon. (A Hartley) 2 male Red-breasted Merganser flew west. (DK Parker)

Porthtowan to St Agnes: fem Merlin at Chapel Porth, 14 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 12 pairs Stonechat, 2 pairs Raven. (D Flumm)

Bude Marshes: 3 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret. (M Scawen)

Colliford  Lake: 1 2cy Iceland Gull at Gillouse and 3 Wheatear at Deweymeads. (M Beer, C Buckland)

Par: 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter (close offshore to the right of Spit Beach), 5 Great Northern Diver (4 in summer plumage), 2 Sandwich Tern, 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Swallow , 4 Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler. (B Bosistow)


Thursday 30th March 2017

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, 16 Mediterranean Gull inc 12 summer adults, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit from Quay House Inn at 13:00. (S Turner) Ad Ring-billed Gull still, 21 Mediterranean Gull, 2 1w Iceland Gull, 2 1w Common Gull on Lelant Saltings at 15:00. (B Dallas) 2 Spoonbill on Copperhouse Creek this afternoon. (M Grantham)

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret, 12 Little Egret in field at Tregrea Lane at 07:20. (B Dallas)

Rock: 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 male brimstone butterfly feeding on aubrieta plants in private garden. (S Grose)

Brimstone Butterfly – Shaun Grose

Falmouth Bay: 1 Turnstone, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, light westerly Gannet passage, with 3+ Risso’s Dolphins and c10 Common Dolphins distantly from Pendennis Point. (D Chaney)

Manaccan: Hoopoe present again today. (C Urquhart)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still this morning at Boat Cove.

Marazion: Little Gull reported again at Red River mouth. Also on Longrock Pool briefly at mid day and then on the beach off The Station House. (DK Parker, M Pass, L Proctor)

Lamorna: 1 Nuthatch. (R Veal)

Sennen: 6 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin, 1 Snipe. (R Veal)

Nanquidno: fem Black Redstart, 1w Glaucous Gull flew towards Sennen at 12:05 then later on Sennen beach. (I Grindle)

St Ives: 38 Sandwich Tern, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Sand Martin. (Cornwall Birding)


Wednesday 29th March 2017

Falmouth Bay: 9 Sandwich Tern west, 1 Slavonian Grebe from Swanpool Beach. (D Chaney)

Falmouth: Male Black Redstart visiting private garden intermittently for the past few weeks. (R Bransden – photo)

Black Redstart – R Bransden

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 3 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 1m Red-breasted Merganser at high tide this morning. (D Chaney)

Helston: Hoopoe in private garden near Culdrose. (Cornwall Birding)

Manaccan: Hoopoe reported this afternoon. (Cornwall Birding)

Marazion: 2 1w Little Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern off the Red River mouth this afternoon. Also a rather smart sum plum Black-headed Gull. (DK Parker)

Black-headed Gull and Little Gull – Dave Parker

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill on Ryan`s Field. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Newquay: 6 Cattle Egret over Trevithick Manor Farm. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 12 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Swallow, 50+ Sand Martin. Also 2 large pike spawning in shallows below car park. (S Grose)

River Camel, from Wadebridge to Tregunna: 18 Mute Swan, 9 Canada Goose, 35 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 19 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 1 Pheasant, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 40 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 12 Grey Plover, 1 Ruff, 11 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 15 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 50 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Curlew, 5 Black-headed Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 35 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 40 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 7 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch. (M Scawen et al)

Downderry: 2 Sandwich Tern and 2 Mediterranean Gull just offshore early this morning. (A Payne)


Tuesday 28th March 2017

Late news, 26/3, St Mawes: 1 Sandwich Tern. (R Sharp)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel at Boat Cove at 10:30. (P Fox)

Tresillian: 1 imm Iceland Gull on the river opposite Tresmple Pool at 10:00 with a small group of Herring Gulls. (M Jones)

Land’s End: 40 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill on the Armed Knight. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Kenidjack Head: 2 Black Redstart (m+f) this morning. (P Clarke)

Porthleven: 1 Black Redstart in Shrubberies Estate for 21st week – first seen 1st Nov 2016. (I Maclean)

Penryn: Yellow-browed Warbler and singing Firecrest on the university campus this morning. (B Porter)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret in to roost at Penpol Creek 19:55. (S Grose)

Carnhell Green: Great White Egret over flying east at 11:50. (Cornwall Birding)

Penlee Point: ‘many’ Chiffchaff this morning. (R Napp)

Chiffchaff – Rick Napp

Newquay: leucistic Starling in Sainsbury’s car park. (P Harris)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Marsh Harrier. (P Bedford)

A390 near Chiverton Cross: 1 Mistle Thrush. (C Yates)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Stoats chasing Rabbits. (C Yates) Great White Egret flew west from boardwalk. (J Parker)

Marazion: Ring-billed Gull, Little Gull and 7 Sandwich Tern at Red River mouth. (B Mellow)