Weekly Sightings Roundup 17th -23rd April 2017

As per recent weeks it seemed to be a case of being in the right place at the right time for the lucky observers of most of the good county birds again this week. However, it seems as if Spring migration is really in full flow, with a good range of species seen, a few decent falls and good numbers of birds in the balmy spring weather.

The headline birds this week would again be a good selection of scarcities; nothing exceptional and the pick of the bunch probably being a female Red-footed Falcon which was seen briefly on the evening of the 22nd, and again first thing on the morning of the 23rd at Caerthillian on the Lizard, a high flying White Stork over Penzance on the 21st, and probably most accessible of all a smart Subalpine Warbler on Sunday 23rd at Lands End.

A Purple Heron was seen on the 18th mid-county flying north over the A30 near Indian Queens. The Lizard also hosted a Purple Heron from the 19th, generally seen in flight towards Crousa Downs on the east side, along with a Woodchat Shrike still present around the Old Lizard Head area and a Wryneck on the 23rd. Another good passerine rarity on the Lizard was Siberian Chiffchaff with birds reported from two locations near the point on the 18th.

A Red-rumped Swallow was reported from Nanjizal on the 23rd, with one Little Bunting remaining at Goss Moor most of the week at least.

Drake Garganeys graced both Marazion and Walmsley Sanctuary, whilst the Lesser Scaup was again reported from Sibleyback Reservoir – few other waterfowl featured in reports this week.

Cattle Egrets were still scattered around the county, accessible birds reported included a bird at Ryan’s Field again, with up to 5 at Bude, 3 at Maer Lake and 2 at Marazion on one date. The immature Spoonbill was still on the Hayle, although it appears the adult has moved on.

The first Swift of the year was at Polgigga on the 20th, with another (or even same) bird over Marazion Marsh RSPB on the 22nd.

The 18th saw a good fall of migrants at Rame Head with 3 male Pied Flycatchers with 25 Willow Warbler and 20 Wheatear (the same day as the first major fall of the year at Portland Bird Observatory in Dorset some 80 or more miles to the east, where they recorded 23 Pied Flycatchers and 500 Willow Warblers!).

Elsewhere, the first Whinchats of the year were recorded with 4 on territory on Bodmin and a single bird on the lizard on the 22nd, Lesser Whitethroat at Porth Joke on the 19th, with a more unusual Wood Warbler adding itself to the county year list on the 21st at Rame Head.

Good numbers and multiples of the commoner migrants were too many to mention, with a selection including 30+ Wheatear at multiple sites or coastal locations, more Common Redstarts and Tree Pipits.

Notable were a good number of singing Lesser Whitethroat records. Ring Ouzels at a selection of new sites, with 5 at Buttermilk on 2 dates possibly relating to different groups of birds.Turtle Doves were over Marazion on the 20th and Porthgwarra on the 18th. A Yellow Wagtail was at Dodman Head on the 19th.

A Hooded Crow was seen over Lizard Village and the hybrid Hooded Crow (showing some Carrion Crow influence at least) was seen in the far west of the county again. And a calling Lapland Bunting in flight at East Pentire on the 17th.

Seawatching at the Lizard seems to be responsible for half the interesting wader records this week, with 2 Little Stint and 2 Avocet on the 23rd the most notable. The first Wood Sandpiper of the year was at Walmesly on the 21st, with 2 there on the 23rd, a Ruff was at Marazion Beach with 5 Whimbrel on the 19th, and flocks of Whimbrel continued to be encountered, with 45 and 43 respectively at Marazion and Hayle and perhaps being the same flock the highest number encoutered on the 21st . A fall of 27 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin were encountered at Drift on the 21st. The odd Little Ringed Plover reported elsewhere..

A Hobby was seen at Caerthillean on the 17th, another at Wadebridge on the 18th, and potentially 9 Red Kites were seen in the county on the 19th, with 4+1 in the west, with 1 and then 3 later in the day in the Stithians area.

Iceland Gulls remain scattered, with a slight drop in numbers, whilst 76 Black-headed Gulls and 1 Common Gull at Devoran on the 23rd the only gull sighting of note, aside a Yellow-legged Gull from Lizard Point on the 17th and the odd Mediterranean Gull.

Mallard duckling broods can now be seen at many accessible water bodies, with a juv Song Thrush at Carnsew Pool on the 21st

Grass Snake, Adders and Bottlenose Dolphins were all reported, whilst twitter saw the first Clouded Yellows, Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Small Coppers and Dingy Skippers on the 21st, with Wall Butterfly near Falmouth on the 20th. Most of the common butterflies will be on the wing now in small numbers – after a mild winter and presumably a good it remains to be seen how they do this year.

As for the birds, light northerlies are forecast to predominate, so perhaps no major surprises in store this week …


Sunday 23rd April 2017

Late News, 22/04, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 43 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 juv Song Thrush on Carnsew Pool. 1w Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sedge Warbler on Ryan’s Field. 23 Wigeon, 6 Teal on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Goss Moor between St Dennis and Toads Hole: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 m Reed Bunting, 2 Raven, 4 Bullfinch, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 3 Wren, 2 m Blackcap singing, 1 Marsh Tit  6 Blue Tit 1 Long-tailed Tit. (P Ash)

Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler – P Ash

Rosewall Hill:  1m & 1 f Wheatear, Kestrel overhead mobbed by Crow and Sparrowhawk flew over. (D Jenkins)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Whimbrel, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler (D.Eva )

B3277 by Teagles: 1 Red Kite (B Tregunna)

Lizard: c20 Wheatear, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Wryneck. (B Field) Lizard Point: Single Whimbrel on the rocks, flew out to sea calling (R Bullman).

Lizard Point (seawatch): 2 Avocet, 2 Little Stint, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Puffin. (I Maclean)

Old Lizard Head: 4 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whinchat. (I Maclean)

Caerthillean: 1 Wryneck, 1 Ring Ouzel. (B Field, I Maclean et al) Female Red-footed Falcon briefly on wires west of Lizard village feeding in the freshly cut field at 06:40. (M Pass)

Wryneck – B Field

Crousa Downs: Purple Heron came in to roost at 20:58. (M Pass)

Goonhilly National Nature Reserve: 1 Cuckoo (heard), 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Wheatear (f), 4 Skylark, 6+ Swallow. (K Dalziel)

Brays Cot: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. (K Dalziel)

Land’s End: 1m Subalpine Warbler (probably Western) opposite Swingates. From the car park, take the footpath on the left and continue past the willows until Roger Andrews’s bench. From here view the blackthorn below. From 11:40 (R Veal, B Melllow, R Augarde)

Subalpine Warbler – R Veal

Land’s End: 1m Subalpine Warbler (probably Western) still showing occasionally until at least 16:30. Also 2 Red Kite flew north at 14..05, 13 Wheatear, 7 Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, 2 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Treeve Common: 1 hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crow, 5 Whitethroat, 10 House Martin. (R Veal)

Sennen: 1 1w Iceland Gull flew over the church and then landed in ploughed field. (R Veal)

Marazion: 1 sum plum Great Northern Diver flew East and 2 White Wagtail, 5 (2 sum plum) Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel on the beach. Marsh: 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Gadwall. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh: 1m Garganey, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 White Wagtail. (S Rowe)

Marazion Beach: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling. (S Turner)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, c50 Sand Martin, 5+ Swallow and 1 Wheatear. (DK Parker, P St Pierre)

Marazion: 49 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Oystercather and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach this evening. (DK Parker, P St Pierre)

Nanjizal: Red-rumped Swallow. (P Roseveare)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 1w Spoonbill, 2 Greenshank (R Veal) 1 Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Swallow, 1 Oystercatcher on nest on island and Canada Goose on nest on another island. (D Jenkins)

Hawkers Cove/Stepper Point: 1 Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Blackcap, 20 House Martin, 1 Puffin, 4 Sandwich Tern. Stepper point/gunver head: 4 Raven, 6 Wheatear, 3 Whimbrel, 36 Guillemot, 24 Razorbill, 7 Kittiwake. (S Grose)

Bartinney:  1 Greenshank , c.50 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Wheatear, 1 Whitetroat, 1 Buzzard harassed by 8 Magpie. 3 pairs Stonechats.  (R Phillips)

Common Buzzard – R Phillips

Perranuthnoe: 2 Starling, c10 Swallow. (B Oakes)

Lowland Point: 9 Whimbrel, 5 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Adder (P Bedford)

Gwendreath Valley: 1 Red Kite (P. Bedford)

St Agnes Head: Iceland Gull imm, 3 Common Whitethroat, 8 Sand Martin, 5 House Martins(T Wilson)

Lanner Green area: 1m Blackcap singing, Chiffchaff heard, 2 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Buzzard, 1mKestrel. (R Hampshire)

Trevose Head: 3 Cormorant, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shelduck, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Blackcap, 11 Common Whitethroat, 5 Sedge Warbler ,4 Chiff chaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 87 Wheatear, 301 Swallow, 23 Sand Martin, 24 House Martin, 3 White Wagtail, 4 Collared Dove, 1 Grass Snake. (B Bosisto) 

Camel Estuary: 10 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 40 Whimbrel, 1 Osprey – circling Dinham Creek at high tide, viewed from the Camel Trail. (B Bosisto)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 drake Garganey, 2 pairs of Mallard with 6 & 3 young , 66 Black-tailed Godwit , 1 Wood Sandpiper ( color ringed) , 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Dunlin, 1 Lapwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler. (B Bosisto) 2 Wood Sandpiper. (D Julian)

Clapper Marshes: Lesser Whitethroat singing. (D Julian)

Anjue Green Fields: 8 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Buttermilk Hill: 5 Ring Ouzel dropped in this morning with 4 females and a single male which was singing, Cuckoo, 9 Wheatear, Linnets and Meadow Pipits all building nests, 40 plus Swallows feeding at a considerable height. (V Stratton)

Sibleyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup still, 1 Cuckoo. (D Julian)


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Thursday 20th April 2017

Late news, 19/4, Marazion: 5 White Wagtail and 3 Sandwich Tern (P St Pierre)

Late news, 19/4, Long Rock: 1st sum Med Gull, Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling and 6 Ringed Plover (P St Pierre)

St Minver cricket club: 1 Red Kite flying south. (S Grose)

Polgigga: 1 Swift over. Also 1 Red Kite at 15:20. (M Walllace)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper below the Dam wall at 12:30. (M Heacock)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 drake Garganey, 9 Teal, 2 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Snipe and 1 Wheatear. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Porthgwarra: 26 Wheatear, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 White Wagtail, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whimbrel. (M Walllace)

Bodmin Moor: 1 m Common Redstart (heard), 1 Cuckoo, 6 Wheatear, 4 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker between Bradford and Carbilly Tor. (JH Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Rosewall Hill: 15 Wheatear and 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Cuckoo and 3 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Respryn Bridge, Lanhydrock: 2 Dippers feeding and then resting together about 20 minutes walk upstream from the car park. Also 2 Siskin. (D Hall)

Prussia Cove: 6 Whitethroat. (K Burford)

Marazion: 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin and 12 Bottlenose Dolphin (P St Pierre)

Penzance harbour: Male Eider (P St Pierre)

Tresillian: 33 Whimbrel. (MJones)

Sennen Cove: 2 Grey Heron this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still, see 15/4 for directions.

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County Bird News – Latest Sightings April 2017

23rd April 2017

B3277 by Teagles: 1 Red Kite (B Tregunna)

Lizard: c20 Wheatear, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Wryneck.

Lizard Point (seawatch): 2 Avocet, 2 Little Stint, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Puffin.

Caerthillean: 1 Wryneck, 1 Ring Ouzel.  Female Red-footed Falcon briefly on wires west of Lizard village feeding in the freshly cut field at 06:40.

Crousa Downs: Purple Heron came in to roost at 20:58. (M Pass)

Land’s End: 1m Subalpine Warbler (probably Western) opposite Swingates

Marazion Marsh: 1m Garganey, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 White Wagtail.

Nanjizal: Red-rumped Swallow.

Sibleyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup still, 1 Cuckoo.

22nd April 2017

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still present, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Willow Tit

Windmill Farm: 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Grasshopper Warbler

Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 5 Ring Ouzel at 06:30 before flying off north east

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Swift over West at 10:30, 1 drk Garganey

Caerthillian Cove: 1 female Red-footed Falcon on wires by the pumping station at 20:20 before flying off low east.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Cattle Egret reported again on Ryan’s Field, also 1 Common Sandpiper

Penryn: Red Kite circling over Penryn at 12:30 before heading towards Falmouth.

21st April 2017

Penzance: 1 White Stork flew over heading west at 13:10.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 43 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 juv Song Thrush on Carnsew Pool. 1w Spoonbill

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Garganey and Tufted Duck still

Lizard Point: 2 Great-Northern Diver (s.p) , 6 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 1 Woodchat Shrike (on hedgerow and feeding in ploughed field next to Lizard Village 07:10 – 07:20

Kynance Cove to Soapy Cove (coastal path): 1(m) Ring Ouzel (above Kynance Cove)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Siskin.

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still present, also 1 Cuckoo.

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 1 Wood Sandpiper and drake Garganey still. (M Pass)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Bude: 3 Cattle Egret.

Maer Lake: 3 Cattle Egret.

Rame: 7 Wheatears,1  Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, 8 Whitethroats,6m Blackcaps, 1 Wood Warbler


20th April 2017 start time 11:56 to 12:01

St Minver cricket club: 1 Red Kite flying south. (S Grose.)

(From email, no bguides or twitter news)

—2nd look — start time 14:02 No news anywhere. Finish time 14:05 —

Polgigga: 1st Swift of the year over, otherwise quiet 26 Wheatear,9 WW,s,White Wag,2 Whimbrel. Red Kite east at 15:20 (M Wallace) (just happened to notice this come in at 14:07 on twitter, so posted at 14:08)

—- 3rd look 16:45 – 16:56 —

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 drake Garganey, 9 Teal, 2 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank and 1 Snipe. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

–4th 18:35 – 18:38 —
{{Constantine/Gweek: 25 Cattle Egret in field with dairy herd, seen for second day. (K Pinch)}}

—5th 23:06 – 23:08 rest of days news from website —

Penzance harbour: Male Eider (P St Pierre)

Tresillian: 33 Whimbrel. (MJones)

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still, see 15/4 for directions.

19th April 2017

Porthgwarra: 4 Red Kite over at 11:25 plus 1 over Polgigga at 12:20, 49 Wheatear in the area, 1 juv Iceland Gull at Arden-Sawah.

Crows-an-Wra: 1 Red Kite circling over A.30 at 14:45-15:00

Zennor (Eagle’s Nest):   1 Red Kite being harassed by  Buzzards. (R J Matthews)

Marazion: 1 Ruff and 5 Whimbrel on the beach west of Red River. (P St Pierre)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill still.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Red Kite (presumed subad) W at 14:15

Carnmenellis: 3 Red Kites over at around 19:15

Crousa Downs: 1 Purple Heron flew over  heading strongly East towards Coverack around 18.00

Porth Joke: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 21 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite passed over Pargolla Road 10:00.



Weekly Sightings Roundup 10th -16th April 2017

The migrants didn’t quite pour in, but there was interest for those out looking for the commoner migrants, especially in the latter half of the week as Spring continued.

For one lucky (or well-placed) observer however, it was a rather better week, with multiple Hoopoes and a shoreline Squacco Heron photographed somewhere in Cornwall.

Cattle Egrets remained scattered throughout the county, the highest number being of 9 along with 40+ Little Egrets at Dinham Flats on the 13th and 12 at St Clements on the 16th with cattle at Menadews Farm. 2 Spoonbills remained at Hayle.

Gull reports are still declining somewhat, although we’re certainly not done yet. 3 Iceland Gull following a plough in fields near Camborne on the 13th the highest number, others scattered, but as usual mainly in the west of the county. A Glaucous Gull was reported from the Hayle on at least two occasions, and there was also a late report of a Caspian Gull from there on the 9th. However, you could well ask yourself when you last saw a Black-headed Gull … very few about now as they have moved out to their breeding locations. The only reports received of Mediterranean Gull were of singles at Sancreed and St Ives on the 15th.

A drake Garganey was seen at Walmesly Sanctuary on the 13th and 14th , but no yank duck reports anywhere now. Two Velvet Scoter were seen at Par on the 10th.The Pink-footed Goose was again seen at Drift on the11th, 2 Brent Geese remained on the Gannel and the drake Pintail was still present at Helston Boating Lake.

Wader interest centred on the start of a trickle of Whimbrel records. From 2 at Perranuthnoe on the 10th (possibly still local birds) we then had 1 on the Hayle on the 12th and 13 at the Hudsonian Whimbrel site again of Boat Cove on the 14th and 17 at Lizard Point on the 16th. Common Sandpipers continued to trickle in and a single Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit was reported from the Hayle.

A Black Kite was seen at Goonhilly Downs on the16th with an Osprey there the same date. Osprey sightings continued; either 1 bird doubling back on itself or 2 seen over Truro and Chacewater on the morning of the 11th, with another N over the latter site on the 14th., and birds seen over Hayle again on the 12th and 13th. A female Marsh Harrier was again seen on the Lizard, along with Hen Harriers on Bodmin, the Lizard and at Gurnard Head

Only a single Red Kite report was received this week, of a bird which flew over the Lynher Valley on the 12th.

Offshore, seawatching highlights from west to east included  c15 Manx Shearwater per minute passage, with c30 Sandwich Tern, 4 ad Kittiwake east.at Porthkidney on the 12th.

Pendennis Point, Falmouth  saw 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sandwich Tern, c50 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin on the 13th

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) 13th.

Downderry – 41+ Great Northern Divers, along with 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Great Skua and 2 Sandwich Terns on the 14th.

Back inland again, at least one Woodchat Shrike was still present at Cot Valley on the 10th, with another, presumably a new migrant, behind Lizard Point on the 16th.

The first Cuckoos of the year were reported, with a slightly belated report of one near Penallow on the 9th and birds at St Just on the 13th and Padstow on the 16th.

Swallow migration has finally picked up, with a greater chance of birds being randomly picked up and some good passage noted, eg at Bude on the 15th, with 120 north in an hour. An impressive count of 300 Sand Martin were again seen at Drift Reservoir.

Still to leave, however, was a Yellow-browed Warbler again at the south side of Swanpool on the 14th; presumably one of the overwintering birds there. 2 Little Buntings on Goss Moor on the 15th were also presumably birds which had overwintered hitherto unobserved; both birds were still present the following day.

Up to 3 Ring Ouzel were again seen at the traditional site of Buttermilk Hill near St Ives, with a male also encountered at Kit Hill on the 12th .Wheatear started arriving in greater numbers with 19 around Porthgwarra on the 14th and good counts elsewhere along the coast.

This week saw the first Whitethroat of the year on the 11th at Sharrow Point in the east of the county, a Yellow Wagtail on the 13th at Porthgwarra, and the first Garden Warbler on the 15th on Goss Moor

A handful of Common Redstarts (a bird that can brighten up any otherwise uninteresting birding day in an instant) were seen, with one at Porthgwarra, and another on Bodmin. 16 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff and 1 Tree Pipit were seen at Stithians on the 10th.

Fledged birds included a juv Mistle Thrush being fed 2 worms a minute by its parents at Lansallos NT.

The main excitement this week, perhaps more so than the birds in the general media at least, was of the Humpback Whale (we won’t be referring to its media nickname of Doris here) which has been spending much of the last few months off Start Bay in Devon passing through our waters.

This beast was seen in Falmouth Bay and the east side of the Lizard on the 11th, initially off St Anthony’s Head around 2pm, and later just off Kennack Sands that evening. (The writer of this article is especially galled at the news as he was being a tourist on the north Cornwall coast that exact same time). Otherwise cetacean numbers in Falmouth Bay have dropped considerably over the last few weeks; c20 Common Dolphins there on the 12th, elsewhere 9 Bottlenose Dolphins were off Lizard Point on the 16th.

A Painted Lady was at Porthgwarra on the 11th, with other butterflies including Holly Blue and Orange Tip at Whitsand Bay on the same date, with an Emperor Moth again on the 16th at Windmill Farm.

The weather looks set to remain settled the coming week; what that means in terms of the birds remains to be seen.



Kestrel nestbox scheme

Kestrel nestbox scheme: West Cornwall Ringing Group is interested in starting a new nestbox scheme for Kestrels and are appealing for any sites that may be suitable for siting a box. Farm sites with birds present are of particular interest, as are ones with an existing box. The ringing group can provide boxes, but ask that permission to install one is granted by the land-owner, who would also need to be happy with follow-up visits for nest-recording and ringing. Anyone who knows of a suitable site can email cornishkestrels@gmail.com


County Bird News – Latest Sightings April 2017

18th April 2017

Porthgwarra/St. Levan: 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Tree Pipit, 50 Willow Warbler, 56 Wheatear, 7 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 House Martin. (M Wallace)

Sancreed: 5 Wheatear and yesterday’s (distant) imm Iceland Gull again in ploughed fields  until 09:45 when west. (D Fliumm)

Cot Valley: 1 Ring Ouzel, 27 Wheatear between Cot and Nanquidno. (N Wheatley)

Mousehole: 1 juv Iceland Gull on St Clement’s Isle today.

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill, 4 Common Sandpiper.

Gwithian: 1 juv Iceland Gull at St Gothian Sands.

Old Lizard Point: 1 Woodchat still present.

Lizard Point: 1 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 9 Shelduck, 14 Puffin, 20 Whimbrel. (I Maclean)

Lizard Youth Hostel Garden: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Pistil Meadow: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Housel Bay: 70 Wheatear. (I Maclean)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull. (P Bedford)

Indian Queens: 1 Purple Heron flew west at 07:30 over A39 to north at Trevarren. (P Roseveare)

Wadebridge: 1 Hobby flew over at 09:00. (D Julian)

Bude: 5 Cattle Egret & 3 Little Egret at the Rugby Club pitch 06:10.

Rame Head and Penlee: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 (male) Pied Flycatchers, c25 Willow Warblers, 31 Wheatears, 10 Whitethroats, c12 Chiffchaffs, 30 Swallows, 3 House Martins, (P Aley, C Buckland, M Beer)

17th April 2017

Hayle Estuary: Spoonbill still

East Pentire, Newquay: Lapland Bunting west over headland early afternoon (M Grantham

Lizard Point: Woodchat Shrike still. 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Wheatear. (I Maclean)

Caerthillean: 1 Hobby, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat. (I Maclean)

Lizard Village: 1 Hooded Crow over. (I Maclean)

Sancreed: imm Iceland Gull, 4 House Martin (D. Flumm)

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still. Park near the green shed in Toad’s Hole Lane and walk right to view near the 2 pylons before the Marsh Fritillary sign.

Mousehole: 1 2cy Iceland Gull on St Clement’s Isle this evening.

West Penwith Moors, Trendrine Hill: 1 Cuckoo (male), calling, 1 Kestrel (female). (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill

(Late News – 2 Hoopoe and 1 Squacco Heron, 11th and 14th April, no further details available)

16th April 2017

Lizard point/Old Lizard Head: Woodchat Shrike, 5 Wheatear, 5 Sandwich Tern, 17 Whimbrel, 26 Manx Shearwater, 9 Bottlenose Dolphin.

Padstow: Cuckoo heard down in the woodland along the edge of Little Petherick Creek near Padstow 14:25 (M Ellis)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Black Kite flew southwest and 1 Osprey over.

St. Keverne, Dean Point: 1 Iceland Gull and 2 Stock Dove. (P Smale)

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still

Lelant Saltings: 1 Spoonbill

St Ives, Rosewall Hill: 2 m Ring Ouzel.

Predannack: 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Wright)

15th April 2017

Hayle Estuary: Spoonbill, 6:20am

Bude: At least 120 Swallows passing north in one hour plus c.30 Sand Martins, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 female Meadow Pipit feeding a well-grown juvenile.5 Cattle Egrets on the Marshes. (H Kendall)

Drift: 1 imm Iceland Gull (D. Flumm)

Hayle Estuary: Glaucous Gull at Copperhouse creek 3pm (T Fletcher)

St Clements: 12 Cattle Egret (at Menadews Farm around cows.) (J St Ledger)

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting. Take the road through Tregoss and head towards Enniscaven, turn right down the lane for Toad’s Hole. Once past number 3 Toad’s Hole with the green shed walk right along the track. The birds frequent the area around the 2 large pylons before the Marsh Fritillary information board. Limited parking along Toad’s Hole lane. (S Rowe)

14th April 2017

Hayle Estuary: 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Spoonbill on Ryan’s field.

Porthgwarra to St Levan: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 15 Willow Warbler, 19 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Merlin. (M Wallace) Also 1 2cy Iceland Gull. (D Wright)

Trenow & Boat Cove: 13 Eurasian Whimbrel (J Hawkey)

Chacewater: 1 Osprey overhead at 13:08 heading N. (J Hawkey)

Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in willows, south end near car park.

Downderry: 41+ Great Northern Divers offshore this morning. Also 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Great Skua and 2 Sandwich Terns.

Kit Hill: Male Ring Ouzel

13th April 2017

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, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk. (B Bryne, 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)

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

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

Walmsley Sanctuary: drake Garganey

12th April 2017

Lynher Valley: Red Kite over at about 09:30

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Whimbrel, 1 1w Iceland Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern on Lelant Saltings. 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.

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

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

11th April 2017

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)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: male Redstart, 17 Wheatear plus Painted Lady

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

Cetacean news, Kennack Sands: Humpback Whale just offshore 19:00-19:20 and then headed towards Lizard Point. (M Silk) Also seen off St Anthony’s Head and then across Famouth Bay 14:00 onwards.

10th April 2017

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

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

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Icelandic-race Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Cattle Egret, Also 2 Spoonbill this morning. (A Whitehouse) Main Estuary:Juv Iceland Gull flew from the estuary during the afternoon.

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)