Sunday 21st May 2017

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper. Still Amble Marshes from Walmsley Tower Hide this evening. (D Julian, B Bosisto). Also pair Shelduck with 3 young, 1 Shoveler, 1 Teal, 15 Black-tailed Godwit. (B Bosisto)

Connor Downs: 1 European Bee-eater on wires in first field North of A30 along Treeve Lane from 17:15 until 18:47 when flew NE. (P Freestone et al)

Bee-eater, Michael McKee

Bee-eater – Mark Halliday

Bee-eater – Dave Parker

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1f Ruff, 7 (2 sum plum) Sanderling and 1f Wigeon still on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh: 1m Sedge Warbler with BTO ring on right leg. (R Veal)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mistle Thrush feeding young at nest. (S Grose)

Bissoe: 1 Fledgling Tawny Owl, first from a box placed 5 yrs ago in a local copse. (D Viner)

Imm Tawny Owl – Duncan Viner

Penwithick: 15 House Sparrow, 9 Jackdaw, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Robin, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Siskin, 1 Great Tit (K Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Kevin Bowers

Lands End: 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Collared Dove, 49 House Martin, 94 Swallow, 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Serin (male flew over calling at 8:15am on the cycle track by Trinity Pool heading towards Sennen), 2 Lesser Redpoll. (B Bosisto)

Hayle: 1 Wigeon, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling. (B Bosisto, R Veal)


Friday 19th May 2017

Late News, 12/5, Looe Island: 1 Gannet on rocks (unusual record on land for Cornwall). (D Spooner)

Late news, 18/5, Bude; Duckpool to GCHQ: 5 Common Whitethroat, 4 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Fulmar on cliffs. (M Tinnelly)

Probus: Purple Heron still 21:10 plus Dipper. (B Field)

Ninestones area: 5m Redstart, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting, Stonechat,3 Mistle Thrush, 1+ Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher,1 Dipper 2 Grey Wagtail,1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Common Buzzard,1 Collared.Dove, m Cuckoo sat on wire calling and being mobbed by an agitated Willow Warbler, 2m Siskin drinking from road side puddle. (No sign of Grasshopper Warblers so far this year). (C Buckland, M Beer)

Golitha Falls: 1m Redstart, 6 Coal Tit, 7 MistleThrush, 1+ Blackbird, 2 Nuthatch, pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding young, 1 Marsh Tit. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Sancreed: 1 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo. (D Flumm)

Wheatear – Dave Flumm

Respryn Bridge: 2 Dipper, 6 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, pair of Blackcap, 1 Grey Heron. (J St Ledger) 

Dipper – John St Ledger

Lanhydrock: 5 Spotted Flycatcher (on fence close to house), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (J St Ledger) 

Spotted Flycatcher – John St Ledger

Hayle: 3 Coal Tit young being fed by adult. (R Veal)

St Jidgey, Wadebridge: 1 Grey Partridge flew into field opposite halfway house. (S Grose)

Brew Farm: Turtle Dove this evening (M Wallace)

Trewavas and Rinsey:  1 Skylark, 2 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 20 Whitethroat,15 Linnet, 4 Stonechat (2 M, 2 F), 3 Meadow Pipit, 10 Kittiwake, 3 pair nesting Shag, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Orange-Tip Butterfly, 5 Green Hairstreak Butterfly, 1 Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary Butterfly, 1 Green-veined White Butterfly, 1 Speckled Yellow Moth, 4 Green Tiger Beetle (J Evans)

Green Hairstreak – J Evans

Speckled Yellow Moth – J Evans

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary – J Evans

Green Tiger Beetle – J Evans

Penzance: 26 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin and 11 Turnstone on Battery Rocks. (DK Parker)

RSPB Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 drake Eider, 2 Fulmar, 12 Manx Shearwater, 30 Gannet, 16 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 14 Guillemot and 2 auk sp. (B Craven, DK Parker)

RSPB Wildlife Cruise Wolf Rock to Penzance: 9 Fulmar, 425 Manx Shearwater, 32 Gannet, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Black-headed Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 14 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 45 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 19 auk sp and 2 Swallow. (B Craven, DK Parker)


Thursday 18th May 2017

Late News, 17/05, Walmsley Sanctuary: 1m Garganey, also Brown Hares showing well. (D Julian – photos on cbwps twitter feed)

Prussia Cove: 1m Iberian Chiffchaff singing. From car park follow lane, at stream go left through woods to pines 100yds beyond field. still showing and singing well at 12:00. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer)

Iberian Chiffchaff – Mike Spicer


Iberian Chiffchaff – Dave Parker

Botallack: 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, pair Stonechat with 3 fairly well grown young. (D McGrath)

Probus: Purple Heron still present. (BR Field)

Grasshopper Warbler – Alex McKechnie

Bowithick, nr Davidstow: 2 pairs Redstart – one pair carrying food into their nest hole, 2 pairs Spotted Flycatcher, Treecreeper carrying food, 3 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Buzzard, 10+ Carrion Crow, 1 Magpie, several Chaffinch, pair of Grey Wagtail, 1 Collared Dove, c.15 Swallow, 1 House Martin. (H Kendall, S Wills)

Men-an-Tol: 2 Grasshopper Warbler reeling this morning. (A McKechnie)

Porthgwarra: 17 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Chough and 2 Great Northern Diver. (DK Parker)

De Lank, Bodmin Moor: 2 Common Redstart (singing males) 2 Willow Warbler Pair grey wagtail 1 Spotted Flycatcher 3 Northern Wheatear (singing males). (B Bosisto)

Scribble Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Siskin, Demoiselle damselfly3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whinchat ( singing male ), 1 Curlew, 1 Common Redstart, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto)

Colliford Lake, Loveney: 2 Coot, pair Lapwing, Mallard with  6 young, ( no Black headed Gull nests sadly ),1 Cuckoo, 2 pairs Great crested Grebe on nest, 4 Great crested Grebe, pair of Curlew, 1 Cuckoo at the dam. (B Bosisto)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Curlew, 6 Black-headed Gull, 1 Cuckoo. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Stock Dove on Ryan’s Field until 7:15pm when flew towards St Erth. Also 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker over, 5 Curlew and 5 Canada Goose Goslings.(R Veal)

Rame Head: 1 Linnet. (R Napp)

Linnet – Rick Napp

Porthilly Point: 1 Gannet, 9 Sandwich Tern, 1 Whimbrel, 65 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Common Gull. (S Grose)


Sunday 7th May 2017

Late news, 6/5, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Hobby flew low over the marsh at c09:20. (A Bond)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:
5 Mute Swan, 1 Greylag, 3 Canada geese plus 2 gosling, 6 Mallard plus 6 duckling, 1 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 11 Moorhen with 7,2 & 1 chicks, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, c20 Swift, 100+ Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, Reed and Sedge Warbler. (DK Parker, P St Pierre)

Marazion: 17 Whimbrel, 5 Oystercatcher (2 displaying), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover on the beach and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker, P St Pierre, B Mellow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Little Stint still present also 1 Ruff. (B Mellow, P St Pierre)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Osprey at 06.15am then flew in direction of RAF St Mawgan. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Osprey at 14.45. (J&B Teague) 5 Ruff at Amble Marshes pm (D Julian)

Dinham Flats: 1 Osprey, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 355 Dunlin, 4 Knot, 14 Grey Plover, 47 Ringed Plover, 34 Whimbrel. (D Julian)

Bartinney: 1 Cuckoo. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Sancreed:  3 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler (D. Flumm)

Windmill Farm: 6 Dunlin, 2 Cuckoo and 1 Grey Plover. (D Wright)

Lanner Green: 1m Blackcap in garden; locally, 1 Whitethroat, 1f Stonechat, 3 Linnet, Fox. (R Hampshire)

Sharp Tor: 3m Redstart, 1+ Cuckoo. (A Blonden)

Porthgwarra: 1m Ring Ouzel at Trevean. (S Rogers)

Trenow Cove: 12 Whimbrel, 24 Turnstone, 10 Dunlin, 2 Comm Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover. (S Rogers)


Saturday 6th May 2017

Drift Reservoir: c200 Swallow, 40 House Martin, 45 Sand Martin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank (D. Flumm)

Longrock pool: 1 fem Pochard, 1 m Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 3 Dunlin, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 34 Whimbrel over, (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Wigeon still plus c20 Swift, c50 Sand Martin, c30 Swallow and 8 House Martin this evening. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Little Stint at high tide with 106 Dunlin. Also 1 Kingfisher through, 1w Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper. (R Veal, P St Pierre) Hayle Estuary: 80+ summer plumaged Dunlin,  2 male Wigeon at  high tide. (S Turner) Carnsew Pool: 1 Common Whitethroat, 9 Wheatear, 3 Common Sandpiper, 9 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew. (S Grose)

Truro: 2 Swift flying over my house, the first seen in Truro this year, 2 days later than last year. (D Jenkins) 3 Swift over Truro Cattle Market. (B Toms)

Trevose Head: 1 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 20 House Martin, 71 Swallow, 2 Swift, 10 Wheatear, 6 Sedge Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff,1 Siskin, 1 Corn Bunting. (B Bosisto)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 10 Shelduck, 1 Garganey (drake), 14 Common Teal, 5 Shoveler, pair Mallard with 12 Ducklings, 1 Sinensis Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 7 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 2 Lapwing, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 37 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpiper (summer plumage), 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 House Martin, 40 Sand Martin, 25 Swallow, 8 Common Swift, 1 Yellow Wagtail. (B Bosisto) 8 Ruff, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing, 10 Black-taied Godwit. (S Rowe)

Camel Estuary: 21 Grey Plover, 54 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 356 Dunlin, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Whimbrel. (B Bosisto) Also 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 24 Grey Plover, 9 Curlew, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank. (S Rowe)

Windmill Farm: 3 Dunlin. (D Wright)

Bude Marsh: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Wren, 2 Greenfinch, 2 House Martin, 2 Canada plus 7 gosling, 8 Swallow, 5 Mallard plus 12 duckling. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Cormorant, c10 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, c10 House Martin, 1 Great Spotted Wood Pecker, 1 Great Blacked-back Gull, 4 Goldfinch, 6 Coot. (R Mudge)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Dipper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Osprey in trees directly opposite furthest hide from carpark. (S Grose) 120 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 63 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Little Egret. (S Rowe)


24/04/2017 – 30/04/2107


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,

Land’s End: 1 Turtle Dove

Drift Reservoir: 1 Swift. (P St Pierre)

Rame Head: 1 Serin flew over calling at 15:10,

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Barn Owl, 10 Swift.


Marazion Beach: 1 sum plum Knot.


Praa Sands: Kentish Plover present again today.

Dobwalls: Red Kite flying low over private garden

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.



Praa Sands: 1 Kentish Plover, 2 Ringed Plover

Constantine: 2 Cattle Egret flew north at 08:00 (J Chapman)

Falmouth: 1 Swift. (J Chapman)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Ring Ouzel.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Little Ringed Plover at high tide, 1 sum plum Cattle Egret 16:30, 1w Spoonbill,

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still present at Toads Hole at 08:40, also 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler


Siblyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup still at the north end this afternoon

Roseworthy: 1 Iceland Gull following the plough in fields by the old A30 this afternoon

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 drake Garganey, 1 Ruff (breeding plumage), 2 Common Sandpiper

Hayle Estuary: 2 Little Ringed Plover on Ryan’s field. (M Bishop)

Lizard/Old Lizard Head: 1 Common Redstart, 26 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 9 Whitethroat, 8 House Martin, 1 Woodchat Shrike over Helarcher farmyard. (S Grose)

Swanpool:  drake Garganey at the north end this evening

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 drake Garganey,



Hayle Estuary, Ryans Field RSPB: 1 Spoonbill,

Marazion Marsh RSPB: male Garganey, House Martin, Common Sandpiper.

Bartinney Down: 1 female Ring Ouzel, 1 Greenshank,

Victoria: 1 Red Kite over A30 at 18:00. (B Field)

Gannel Estuary: 1 (2nd cal yr) Iceland Gull, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Maer Lake: 1 Cattle Egret.


Gannel Estuary: 1 (2nd cal yr) Iceland Gull. (S Rowe)

Rosewall Hill: 2 Ring Ouzel.

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still present. (M Jones)

Treverva: 1 Cuckoo calling this afternoon to the west of Treverva.

Hayle Estuary: 1 Avocet, 1 Spoonbill.

Marazion Marsh: 1m Garganey.

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


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 …