Saturday 4th August 2018

Late news, 3/8, RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 53 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black- backed Gull, 106 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar, 3 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 350 Gannet, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Great Skua, c12 Bottle-nosed Dolphin, c 20 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Scilly: 20 Shag, 5 Great Black-back Gull, 2 Manx Shearwater, 30 Gannet, 5 Storm Petrel, 1 Fulmar, 1 Ocean Sunfish, 2 Risso’s Dolphin, 58 Common Dolphin, 20 Harbour Porpoise. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 24 Herring Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Shag, 61 Great Black-backed Gull, 65 Gannet, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Seal, 1 Basking Shark, 56 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 151 Gannet, 24 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Fulmar, c1500 Herring Gull gathering in Mount’s Bay, 8 Common Dolphin and 1 unidentified Cetacean sp. (M Jones)

Pendeen: 08:00-09:00: distant large Shearwater sp, 10 Common Scoter, Med Gull, reasonable passage of Manx Shearwater. Also 2 Wheatear (1 juv), 2 Rock Pipit.  (A Hartley)

Drift Reservoir: Pectoral Sandpiper still in the NW corner, 3 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers 1 Dunlin, 3+ Little Egret, Grey Wagtail + juvs, Pied Wagtails + juvs, 2 Grey Heron, Mallards, Canada Geese, 1 Sand Martin & 1 Swift in amongst the Swallows, 1 Muscovy Duck, 2 Black Indian Runner Ducks (?).  (A Hartley)

Tresemple Pool: 9 Greenshank, 42 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Teal. (D Eva)

Kayak trip around Gerrans and Veryan Bay: 2 Storm Petrel, 300+ Manx Shearwater and 80+ Common Dolphin in six groups, 16 Harbour Porpoise in multiple small groups. (R Kirkwood)

Manx Shearwater – Rupert Kirkwood

Common Dolphins – Rupert Kirkwood

St Ives seawatch, 06:48-07:50: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 879+ Manx Shearwater, 21 Common Scoter and 1 Harbour Porpoise. (L Langley)

Goss Moor: a total of 115 new birds ringed. Birds of interest included 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 66 Blackcap, an incredible 28 Garden Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler and 2 Reed Bunting. (P Roseveare)

Mitchell: 1 Turtle Dove flew over the nearby A30. (P Roseveare)

Porthgwarra: 28 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear & a Green Sandpiper over. (M Wallace)

Nanjizal: 237 birds ringed. 78 Willow Warbler, 49 Whitethroat, 84 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Blackcap. (K Wilson)

Lanner: (outskirts) c25 Goldfinch. (R Hampshire)

Rock: juv Sparrowhawk in private garden. (S Grose)

Sparrowhawk – Shaun Grose

Gannel Estuary: 6 Little Egret, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 3 Curlew. (S Grose)

Par Beach lake: 2 Magpie, 1 foraging at water’s edge, 1 in tree above. (R Barlow)

St Blazey: 1 young Magpie in Co-op car park. (R Barlow)

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Sunday 22nd July 2018

Late news, 22/7, Sandplace, Looe: A Kingfisher flew into our living room this pm! It flew safely out again. (R Bishop)

Porthgwarra: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 1 Great Shearwater, 8 Puffin, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 50 Common Scoter, 10 Porpoise, 50 Common Dolphin, 2 Sunfish this morning. (R Wilkins and B Mellow)

Newquay, Towan Head: 100s of Manx Shearwater fishing off point. Also Sooty Shearwater past, 4 Common Scoter and a few Gannet, 08:30. (M Lammas)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Lapwing, 17 Little Egret over, 9 Grey Heron, 1 f Gadwall with 6 ducklings, 1 Snipe. (A Langdon)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 50+ Curlew. (B Toms, M Curtis) 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 7 Lapwing. (J St Ledger)

The Lizard: 4 Raven, 1 Common Sandpiper. Old Lizard Head: 3 Kestrel, 2 Yellow Wagtail in field with cattle and five bar gate. Caerthillian: 7 Whitethroat, 3 Greenfinch, Stonechats, Linnets. (S Grose)

Windmill Farm: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Siskin over, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Swift. (D Wright)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 35 Mediterranean Gull on rocks at low tide, including 9 juveniles. (J St Ledger)

Goss Moor: A total of 97 new birds ringed. Highlights included 5 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 30 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff and 6 Blackcap. (P Roseveare)

Devoran Quay: 39 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Malpas: 7 Mediterranean Gull from Sunny Corner. (S Grose)

Maer Lake: 2 Little Egret, 3 Shelduck, 1 Knot, 11 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. 1 Green Sandpiper flew over at 22:05, calling. (S Gale)

Siblyback Reservoir: Pair of Spotted Flycatcher with 2 young. (C Buckland)

Porthgwarra: Southern Migrant Hawker by the Stonewall Pool. (M Wallace)

Southern Migrant Hawker – Mashuq Ahmad

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Saturday 23rd June 2018

Indian Queens: 1 Red Kite over A392 at 09:00. (S Rowe)

Smallacoombe Plantation: 3 Crossbill, several Siskin. (S Rowe)

North Hill: Spotted Flycatcher with fledged young at Cassick Wood, also one at Stonaford. (S Rowe)

Windmill Farm: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 4 Whitethroat, several Swallow, House Martin and Swift, 2 Raven, 6 Skylark, several Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, Green Tiger Beetle, Adder. (J Evans)

Parkway, St Austell: 1 Garden Warbler singing in private garden. (D Hastilow)

Polmear: 5 Swallow (3 young being fed by 2 adults on overhead wires). (R Barlow)

De Lank area/nearby moors: 2 pairs Mistle Thrush with 4 and 2 juveniles respectively. (B Dodd)

Bodmin: Sparrowhawk with prey, 12 Swift at the rear of Higher Bore Street late afternoon/early evening. (A Doel)

Penwithick: 10 Jackdaw, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Great Tit, 5 Woodpigeon, 1 Jay, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, 1 Siskin. (K Bowers)

Jackdaws – Kevin Bowers

Loe Bar: 20+ Sand Martin. (S Richards)

Sand Martins – Steve Richards

Bodmin Moor, Carbilly Tor: 5 Mistle Thrush (family party), 1 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel, 6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler in song, Emperor Dragonfly, Large Red, Azure & Common Blue Damselflies. Bradford: 1m Common Redstart. Black Penquite: 1 Sparrowhawk (with prey), 1 Common Redstart heard (alarm call). Treswallock Marsh: 2m Wheatear moulting, 2 Whinchat (pr), 1 Common Redstart heard. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

River Gannel: 3 Dipper at Trevithick Manor Farm, & 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Barnacle Goose, 4 Dunlin, 40 Curlew, 7 young Shelduck, 3 young Oystercatcher, 15 Med Gull, 40 (incl a returning juv) Black-headed Gull, 1 Whitethroat. (R Veal)

Barnacle Goose – Reuben Veal

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Friday 25th May 2018

Late news, 24/5, Newquay, Trevithick Manor Farm: 1 Barn Owl at 22:30. (S Grose)

Late news, 24/5, St Martin, Looe: juvenile Siskin, Greenfinch and Goldfinch all visiting garden feeder. (P Sharp)

Nanjizal: Honey Buzzard, Golden Oriole and Greenshank. (K Wilson)

Trewavas: 1 Red Kite. (C Richards)

Polgigga: 10 Red Kite together at 11:30. (M Coleman)

Charlestown: Red Kite being mobbed by Crows at 14:00. (N Best)

Truro: Red Kite over heading N at 17:00. (G May)

St Erth: 1 Red Kite east at 14:40. (MJ Spicer)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 35 Dunlin, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit , 7 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Gadwall, 1 Red-legged Partridge. Also 1 Brown Hare. (D Trevelyan)

Penzance, Lidden area: first juv Goldfinch seen on feeders for 2018. (T Mills)

Porthgwarra: passage of Swallows, House Martins and a few Swift at 100 per hour in off during afternoon. Also c10 Bottlenose Dolphin. (M Coleman)

Croft Pascoe: 1, possibly 2, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift, Broad-bodied & Four-spotted Chasers, Azure & Large Red Damselflies. (J Hawkey K Dalziel)

St Martin, Looe: 4 Mistle Thrush feeding on web-forming caterpillar colony high up on hedge. (P Sharp)

Devoran Quay: 4 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover. (J Chapman)

Stithians: Cuckoo (J Chapman)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Tour: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 drake Eider, 26 Gannet, 25 Guillemot, 4 Puffin, 27 Herring Gull, 10 Great Back-backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 53 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Shag, 1 Cormorant, 1 Swallow, 1 Goldfinch and 1 Grey Seal. Wolf Rock to St Marys: 17 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 2 Fulmar, 15 Herring Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 7 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin, c3 Bottlenose Dolphin and 1 Harbour Porpoise. St Marys to Wolf Rock: 12 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Puffin, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Shag, 5 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot, 10 Gannet, 21 Manx Shearwater and 3 Fulmar. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 14 Guillemot, 2 Swallow, 280 Manx Shearwater, 17 Gannet, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Razorbill, 1 Fulmar, 7 Kittiwake, 11 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Shag. (DK Parker P Taylor)

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Sunday 29th April 2018

Late news, 28/4, Landulph: Marsh Harrier hunting. (K Bools)

Late news, 28/4, Scillonian III, Penzance-Wolf Rock: 57 Manx Shearwater, 53 Gannet, 14 Razorbill, 16 Guillemot, 4 Sandwich Tern, 4 Turnstone, 17 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Eider, 6 Fulmar, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Whimbrel, 2 Swallow. Wolf Rock-St Mary’s: 13 Manx Shearwater, 14 Gannet, 3 Razorbill, 5 Guillemot, 3 Fulmar, 4 Shag, 1 Kittiwake, 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Northern Diver. St Mary’s-Wolf Rock: 1 Hobby flew over St Mary’s harbour while on the ship, 13 Manx Shearwater,17 Gannet, 3 Great Northern Diver, 21 Razorbill, 5, Guillemot, 2 Iceland Gull, 8 Shag, 3 Fulmar, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock-Penzance: 59 Manx Shearwater, 36 Gannet, 1 Razorbill, 30 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle, 11 Fulmar, 1 Eider, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Shag, 5 Cormorants, 3 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Basking Shark. (V Stratton, B Craven)

Late news, 28/4, Downderry: 15 Great Northern Diver and one Red-throated Diver at sea early morning. Also along the coast 10 Whimbrel, 5 Sandwich Tern and a Common Gull. (A Payne)

Chapel Porth: Iberian Chiffchaff singing and showing well early afternoon and again this evening, 400m up the valley from the National Trust CP. (S Rowe)

Iberian Chiffchaff – Steve Rowe

Davidstow: American Golden Plover. (J & B Teague)

Nanjizal: 12 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 40 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Hoopoe (found by John Ryan), 1 Redpoll. Birds ringed included 2 Wood Warbler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: Whinchat, Redstart, Siskin, 16 Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler, 2 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: male Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler, Siskin, 32 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler. (P St Pierre)

Par Pond: drake Garganey at 08:30. (I Stewart)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on rocks below Tolcarne Inn. (S Grose)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Black Redstart, 10+ Wheatear. (J Eaton)

Black Redstart – John Eaton

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2cy female Marsh Harrier, drake Garganey, 6 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Wheatear (1 taken by a Sparrowhawk), 1 Swift. Also 4 Canada Geese with 4 goslings and at least the 5th Mallard brood of the year. (P Freestone, B Dallas)

Marazion: 15 Whimbrel, c30 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover and 3 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker)

Penlee lifeboat station: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Raven, 1 Buzzard, 1 Fulmar, 1 Great northern Diver. (S Grose)

Hayle, Harvey’s Towans: 17 Ringed Plover on shoreline, 2 Sandwich Tern. 11 Whimbrel, 1 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Seaton: a Hobby over farmland this afternoon between Seaton and Looe. (A Payne)

Downderry: 8 Whimbrel on the coast early this morning, whilst in the village a Garden Warbler. (A Payne)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: still at least 12 Whimbrel and 14 Bar-tailed Godwit arrived today. (T Elm)

Stithians Reservoir, Golden Lion End: 2 Great Crested Grebe displaying briefly, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler. (R Hampshire)

Crackington Haven: Whitethroat in private garden. (J & B Teague)

Penrose Estate, Helston: 1 Cuckoo. (A Williams)

St Austell: 2 Collared Dove, 1 female Blackbird in private garden. (C Hooper)

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Sunday 25th March 2018

Late news, 24/3, Sennen Cove: 2nd cal Glaucous Gull. (K Wilson)

Bugle: 1 Hawfinch. (D Hill)

Hawfinch – David Hill

Egloshayle: 4 Hawfinch still in the old cemetery. (C Hooper – photo)

Hawfinch – John Chapple

Pendower/Carne Beaches, Roseland: 12+ Black-throated Diver, 2+ Great Northern Diver and probable (distant) Pacific Diver. Also fem Common Scoter, 2 Slavonian Grebe + 1 Red-necked Grebe (and 2+ distant Grebe sp), Sandwich Terns fishing the bay and a singing Chiffchaff. (M Silk)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 female Goosander, 2 Knot, 5 Sandwich Tern, 6 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 17 Grey Plover, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Redshank. (D Eva)

Marazion: 1f Black Redstart, 1m Wheatear on beach. 1 Sand Martin, 3 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall on marsh. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Wilkins)

Sennen: 3 Red-throated Diver, 11 Sandwich Tern. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Wilkins)

Bartinney: 1 imm male Merlin. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Wilkins)

Par Beach Pool: 2 Sand Martin, 1 Water Rail, 1 Gadwall, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 11 Snipe. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 9 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Shelduck, 3 Coot, 1 adult Iceland Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl at 20:05. (S Grose)

River Lynher: 2 Snow Goose. (T Clark)

Falmouth: 2 Common Scoter (male) feeding off Swanpool Beach. (J St Ledger)

Gulval: 1 Dipper. (A McKechnie)

Dipper – Alex McKechnie

Windmill Farm CBWPS Walk: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Reed Bunting (male), 4 Buzzard, 4 Skylark, 5 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 3 Adder, 5 Slow Worm, 2 Common Lizard, 1 Palmate Newt, 1 Stoat. (D Wright)

Predannack Headland: 3 Wheatear. (D Wright)

Truro: 1m 1f Siskin in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Trenance boating lake, Newquay: 1 singing Chiffchaff. (B Heath)

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Saturday 24th March 2018

Late news, 23/3, RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise, Penzance – Wolf Rock: Male Eider, 6 Manx Shearwater, 5 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 possible Black-throated Diver, 12 Fulmar, 54 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 12 Fulmar, 2 Great Black-backed Gull. Wolf Rock – Penzance: 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Kittiwake, 14 Gannet, 7 Fulmar, 3 Auks, 1 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock – St Mary’s: 27 Manx Shearwater, 1 dark phase Fulmar, 1 Sandwich Tern, 10 Kittiwake, 6 Guillemot, 31 Shag, 1 Fulmar, 13 Gannet, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull. St Mary’s – Wolf Rock: 3 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake, 4 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Fulmar. (B Craven, D Conway)

Late news, 23/3, Penzance Harbour: 37 Purple Sandpiper on the breakwater. (B Craven, D Conway)

Marazion Harbour: Pacific Diver just offshore. (A Witheywood)

Marazion Beach: 1w Iceland Gull briefly at 16:30, 35 Common Gull, 45 Black-headed Gull. (P Fraser)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Common Tern until 10:30 when flew out to sea, 13 Sandwich Tern, 2 Knot, 2 Lapwing, 9 Med Gull on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal) 35 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank, 44 Redshank, 3 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 14 Med Gull, 10 Common Gull. (S Rowe)

Newquay, Trenance boating lake: 1w Ring-billed Gull. (S Grose)

Kenidjack Valley: 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Porth Ledden: 2 Glaucous Gull, 1 adult & 1 juv on rocks on right-hand side of beach. (S Grose)

Cape Cornwall: 1 fem type Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Wren, 1 Grey Heron, 17 Oystercatcher, 1 predated Golden Plover. (S Grose)

Charlestown: 5 Fulmar at nest sites on east cliffs and 1 m Blackcap still. (D Hastilow)

Respryn: 1 male Dipper. (B&B Heath)

Nanquidno: 1 male Wheatear, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: 14 Wheatear, 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Wigeon. (M Wallace)

Penhale Point: 1 Merlin. Also observed but not counted: Linnets, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits. (S Grose)

St Buryan: 2 male Ring Ouzel in private garden this afternoon. Flew north towards village at 17:15. (M Bishop)

Downderry: between 07:20 and 08:25 there were 48 Common Scoter heading west, 6 Sandwich Tern, 12 Red-throated Diver on the sea and 13 Great Northern Diver (8 on sea, 5 flying east). (A Payne)

Gerrans Bay: 11 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 10 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 1 Razorbill, 4 Sandwich Tern. (D Hall)

Lizard Point: 2 Black-throated Diver, 40 Kittiwake, 250 Manx Shearwater, 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Teal, 45 Common Scoter, 24 Fulmar, 1 Iceland Gull, 7 Puffin, 37 Sandwich Tern, 1 Starling, 25 Meadow Pipit. (T Blunden)

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