Field Meeting Red Moor 12th May

Ten Society and CWT members took an easy stroll round the Northern end of Red Moor in mid-May. Despite the threat of a shower, the weather remained fine although a brisk breeze took the edge off temperatures. We gathered to the sound of Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs, with a Song Thrush singing loudly in the background. Once on the reserve, a Grey Heron flew off a newly created pond – not a common bird on Red Moor so this was a good start. Despite the slow start to Spring, Willow Warblers were abundant with at least 16 singing males and their sweet sound was with us throughout the walk. Pausing in a clearing, we were rewarded by the clear song of a Garden Warbler, but despite best efforts we didn’t manage to see it. Just a few yards further on a male Yellowhammer sang and showed very well at close range, and there were two other males holding territory.

Moving through the wet willow scrub, we heard and saw a Treecreeper. But the highlight came soon after that when, just below Helman Tor, we saw a pair carrying food. We paused here, and a scolding Marsh Tit entered its nest, offering us great views of Treecreeper and Marsh Tit together! Dave Thomas returned the following day to take some superb photos of the birds. A male Reed Bunting called behind us and, as we walked back, two Mistle Thrush flew over – another less common bird for the area.

Marsh Tit and Treecreeper – Dave Thomas

Although some signature species such as Whitethroat, Cuckoo and Grasshopper Warbler didn’t feature on the day, we recorded a total of 32 species which is a good number for two and half hours on this site.

Phil McVey, 19th June

Saturday 30th June 2018

St Gothian Sands LNR: Adult summer plumaged Pacific Golden Plover again today. (R Augarde – video) The bird was seen to fly off towards St Ives at about 07.30 and not relocated. (S Rogers et al)

Pacific Golden Plover, Pete Aley

Pacific Golden Plover, Pete Aley

Pacific Golden Plover, Pete Aley

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: Pacific Golden Plover relocated this evening off Old Quayhouse from 20:00 to at least 21:15. (P St Pierre, M Spicer) Also 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (R Veal)

Devoran Quay: 7 Mediterranean Gull, 168 Black-headed Gull, 5 Curlew, 7 Redshank. (S Grose)

Botallack: 3 fledgling Wheatear with adults. (S Williams)

Croft Pascoe/Goonhilly Downs: 2 Grasshopper Warbler singing, 1 Tawny Owl calling, 2 Crossbill, 1 Siskin, 10 Skylark, 2 Goldcrest singing, 1 Moorhen, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler. (J Evans)

Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper showing well but distant, 4 Black tailed Godwits, 2 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ruff with low water level and good muddy margins, at least 2 Moorhens with juveniles, numbers of Swallow and Sand Martin. (H Kendall, M Bryne)

Marazion beach: 1 Common Gull and 8 Mediterranean Gull. (P St Pierre)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Lapwing, 1 Curlew. Also Reed Bunting, Whitethroat, Linnet all feeding young (D Eva)

Praa Sands Beach: 4 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)


Sunday 24th June 2018

Late news, 23/6, Looe Island: 2 Blackbird, 1 Carrion Crow, 30 Cormorant (with 3 nests still containing young), 1 Dunlin, 1 Feral Pigeon, 4 Fulmar (with at least 4 nests, 1 with egg), 2 Goldfinch, c 50 Great Black-backed Gull (plus many chicks), c125 Herring Gull (plus many chicks), 2 Little Egret, 3 Mallard (1 nest with eggs), 21 Oystercatcher (plus several chicks at various stages, including one hatched today), 1 Pheasant with chicks, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Rock Pipit, 10 Shag (plus several chicks), 1 Woodpigeon, 3 Wren. (D Spooner)

Oystercatcher nest and chick – Derek Spooner

Late news, 23/6, Trevithick Manor Farm, Newquay: 2 Barn Owl, 16 Swift. (S Grose)

Godolphin Cross: Sparrowhawk (C Richards)

Rinsey/Trewavas: 10 Bottlenose Dolphin 08:45 going west. (C Richards)

Porthgwarra seawatch 06:00-11:00: 600 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sandwich Tern, Puffin, 6 adult Mediterranean Gull and a Hobby picked up beyond the Runnel Stone before flying in over the seawatch point. Also 6 Risso’s Dolphin approx 2 miles out heading towards Mount’s Bay and 1 Porpoise. On land 12 Swift. (B Mellow) Porthgwarra seawatch 09:30-10:30: 276 Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffin west. Pod of 8 Risso’s Dolphins east later. (D Flumm)

Cannaframe (E of Bolventor): 1 Red Kite circling up until out of sight. North of A30 at 11:05. (B Craven)

Rosudgeon: Red Kite low over Packet Lane at 11:45. (A McPherson)

Par Market East Carpark: 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Bude: 1 Sparrowhawk hunting rear garden successfully. (R Maye)

Penwithick: 12 House Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 1 Robin, 7 Jackdaw, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Raven, 6 Blackbird. (K Bowers)

Jay, Buzzard, House Sparrows and Blackbirds – Kevin Bowers


Saturday 16th June 2018

Late news, 8/6 + 9/6, Penzance: 1 male hybrid House Sparrow, House x Spanish, but with features of Italian Sparrow. (P Semmens)

Hybrid House Sparrow, Paul Semmens

Hybrid House Sparrow, Paul Semmens

Late News, 15/06, Swanpool: 3+ singing Reed Warbler. (D Chaney)

Late News, 15/06 Scillonian RSPB Friday Trip: Penzance to Wolf Rock Lighthouse: 163 Manx Shearwater, 18 Gannet, 1 Puffin, 3 Razorbill, 9, Guillemot, 28 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Fulmar, 28 Kittiwake, 2 Harbour Porpoise, 1 Risso’s Dolphin, 1 Ocean Sunfish.   Wolf Rock Lighthouse to Isles of Scilly: 2,022 Manx Shearwater (huge rafts feeding all the way across to the islands), 33 Gannet, 43 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 4 Razorbills, 5, Guillemots 1 Great Skua, 2 Fulmar, 54 Shag, Ocean Sunfish.   Isles of Scilly to Wolf Rock Lighthouse: 2,281, Manx Shearwater, (huge rafts feeding all the way to the Wolf Rock lighthouse), 89 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 5 Fulmar, 7 Puffin, 10 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gulls, 1 Basking Shark.   Wolf Rock Lighthouse to Penzance: 119 Manx Shearwater, 21 Gannet, 4 Fulmar, 3 Puffins 12 Razorbill, 7 Guillemot, 4 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 48 Kittiwake, 10 Common Dolphin,  2 Harbour Porpoise (V Stratton, B Craven)

Ashton, nr Helston: 1 Rosy Starling in private garden in a large flock of starlings at a ground feeding station (L Bell)

Porthgwarra: 07:00 -10:30, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Tern. (R Augarde, R Wilkins)

Falmouth: 1 Osprey flew SW this afternoon.

Loe Pool: 11 Cormorant (including 4 immature), 7 Reed Warbler, 5+ Sand Martin, 6 Great Crested Grebe (1 carrying a chick), 4+ Whitethroat (including 2+ juveniles), 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Heron (1 adult, 1 immature), 2 Bullfinch, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler carrying food, 1 Blackcap. (G Adams)

Stithians Reservoir: Reed Bunting nest with 4 eggs, 2 Linnet nests with 3 and 5 young, Roe Deer fawn, 1 dead female Pheasant with no apparent injuries (D Eva)

Tywardreath: 1 young Chaffinch being fed by adult male bird in private garden. (R. Barlow)

Lellizzick: 2 (released) Grey Partridge. (S Grose)

Padstow:1 singing male Yellowhammer on wires just north of football pitch. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: Barnacle Goose.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 100+ Swift. (P St Pierre)

Trevose Head: 2 singing Corn Bunting. (S Rowe)

Crugmeer: 2 singing Corn Bunting along road to Trevone. (S Rowe)


Stithians Reservoir Walk 13th May 2018

On Sun 13th May a small group of us had a good explore around the southern end of Stithians Lake. A cold start to the day ended in warm sunshine – a very pleasant day.

We started off in the Stuart Hutchings hide where there were a few water birds around, notably Great Crested and Little Grebes. We then crossed over to the feeders where we watched the usual visitors including some very nice views of Goldfinch. Moving on to the farm track by Carnmenellis and down to the reservoirs edge we were spoilt with some great views of a Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats and best of all a very vocal and showy Sedge Warbler. It was here that we heard the distant sound of a Cuckoo. We then went to the other side of the cut off and a short way down the path and had more views of warblers and some nice Linnets, Reed Buntings and a very close view of a Greenfinch (Cornwall rarity these days!)

Additionally, an Adder was seen at the roadside and 3 species of butterfly were seen – Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Small Tortoiseshell.

A total of 40 species of bird were seen.

Beth Cross, 13th May

Willow Warbler – Hilary de Gast

Tresillian River Walk from St Clement 28th March 2018

Six people attended this event, the forecast was for showers but it stayed dry for this walk alongside the river in search of waders.

Above the car park, the Rooks had started rebuilding their nests and were cawing loudly. We started by viewing the local bird feeders which had attracted a mix of finches and tits but no Coal Tits or Siskin which is unusual. The river was also quiet with hardly a gull in sight, no Redshank but a few Greenshank and Curlew and a good number of Shelduck.

Tresemple Pool was also quiet although several of the group caught sight of a Kingfisher dashing to and fro. At the Tresillian end of the walk we found two Common Sandpiper. On our return, the tide had risen high enough to push birds off the river estuary and onto the shallows at the back of Tresemple Pool and there were a few Redshank and Greenshank washing and resting.

Full list: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Buzzard, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.

Kate Williams

Monday 30th April 2018

Late news, 28/4, Gwendreath: 1 Grasshopper Warbler,, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Whitethroat singing. (C Lee)

Late news, 28/4, Kuggar: 4 House Martin over. (C Lee)

Late News, Botallack, 29/04: 28 Wheatear in fields south of Botallack Head, 15 Whimbrel flew inland. (J Waldon)

Davidstow Airfield: 2 Dunlin, 7 Wheatear, c.10 Pied Wagtail with 1 White Wagtail, several Linnets. (H Kendall, B Bryne) Also 1 Grey Plover on the airfield this morning also with 2 Dunlin. (B Field, B Craven) Plus pair of Garganey on first pool  on the left hand side of runway, plus c15 Wheatear probably of the Greenland race. (A Bond)


Grey Plover – Davidstow Airfield

GreyPlover, Brian Field

GreyPlover, Brian Craven

Garganey, Brian Craven

Chapel Porth: Iberian Chiffchaff still 400m beyond NT car park. (B Bosisto et al.) Although singing most of the time like a classic Iberian Chiffchaff, it did sometimes switch to a more standard Chiffchaff song. (This apparently may not be a problem, see here on page 5.) Also 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Siskin. (B Bosisto) Iberian Chiffchaff still present this evening. (J Ryan)

Iberian Chiffchaff – Dave Parker

Video from John Chapple.

Newlyn Harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again. (L Proctor)

Coverack: 1 2cy Iceland Gull.

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Spoonbill.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Garganey still on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Garganey – Dave Parker

Nanjizal: 1 Lesser Whitethroat ringed this morning. (K Wilson)

Truro, Idless: 2 Garden Warbler (B Kennett)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 17 Wheatear. ( B Craven)

Little Ringed Plover, Brian Craven

Whimbrel, Brian Craven

Fowey, Gribben Head: 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Buzzard, 1 Skylark. ( D Hastilow )

Mounts Bay: 60+ Manx Shearwater. (L Proctor)

Gannel Estuary: 21 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 14 Sand Martin, 4 Sedge Warbler. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: 2 Sedge Warbler, c50 Swallow, c40 Sand Martin, c50 House Martin, 3 Swift, 23 Wheatear. (P Stidwill)

Mount Hawke: 1 singing Skylark at 09.30. (RB Girling)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 leusictic Willow Tit at the hide feeders. (R Mudge)

Downderry: 18 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Dunlin on the beach this morning. A Cuckoo heard in the Seaton Valley this afternoon. (A Payne)

Cotehele Quay, Tamar Estuary: 1 singing Reed Warbler and 1 Stock Dove. (R Smaldon)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Lapwing, 76 Black- tailed Godwit,18 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 23 Dunlin, 7 Greenshank, 21 Common Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Northern Wheatear, 80 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow,  3 Common Swift. ( B Bosisto , P Roseveare )