Sunday 28th January 2018

Late news, 27/1, Penzance garden:1 Firecrest, 1 Blackcap. (NR Phillips)

Mullion Cove: 1 male Sparrowhawk in private garden (J Allely)

Chybucca: 1 fem Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Newquay, Towan Head: 3 Red-throated Diver, 3 Common Scoter, many auks and a few Gannets. Also 3 Harbour Porpoise off point. (M Lammas)

Penzance, New Mill: 1 Hawfinch in private garden. (J Shearn)

Mevagissey: 2 (ad and 1st w) Kumlien’s Gull, 3 Glaucous Gull, 1 (2nd winter) Iceland Gull. (B Bosisto)

Newlyn harbour: 1 1w Glaucous Gull, 2 (ad + 1w) Iceland Gull early afternoon. (R Veal, T Mills) Also 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose) Also ad Kumlien’s Gull. (S Rogers)

Glaucous Gull, Shaun Grose

1w Iceland Gull, Reuben Veal

Penzance, Tolcarne beach: 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese. (R Veal, T Mills, S Grose, B Dodd, NR Phillips) Plus 1 Glaucous Gull and 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. (NR Phillips) Also 1 Iceland Gull on Rugby Ground roof. (S Grose)  Battery Rocks and Harbour: 42 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Sanderling, 5 Raven, 2 Black Redstart,1 Eider, 98 Turnstone. (S Grose, R Veal) And 3 Great Northern Diver. (NR Phillips) Chyandour.: 2f Black Redstart, drk Eider. (R Veal)

Pale-bellied Brent Geese, Shaun Grose

Brent Goose, Reuben Veal

Brent Goose, Reuben Veal

Roosting Purple Sandpipers, Shaun Grose

Truro, in my garden:  2 f  Siskin. (D Jenkins)

Tresemple Pool:  9 Snipe, 9 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher On the river: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret. (D Jenkins)

Sennen Cove: 1 subadult Iceland Gull flew past.

Longrock Pool: possible Ring-billed Gull, then flew onto water off Marazion Beach. (S Grose)

Marazion: 1 Red-throated Diver, 10 Common Scoter, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 120 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 24 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel. (D Wright) Also 1 ad Pacific Diver showing fairly well offshore red river mouth with 6+ Great Northern Diver. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Firecrest feeding in trees around railway crossing.

Truro, in my garden:  2 f and 1 m Siskin. (D Jenkins) Malpas Road: 1 Goldcrest in garden. (M Costa)

Penwithick: 1 m Reed Bunting in private garden. (K Bowers)

Reed Bunting, Kevin Bowers

St. Germans: 2 Chiffchaff. (T Blonden)

Kennal Vale: 3 Dipper (some singing and aggression). (R Hollis)

Feock Churchyard: 2 Hawfinch in yews. (R Hollis)

Feock, Loe Beach: 15 Red-Breasted Merganser. (R Hollis)

Pendower Beach: 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-Throated diver, 1 probable Pacific Diver(close in, had a black-throated neck pattern but definitely no white flank). (R Hollis)

St Clement: 2 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, 8 Shelduck. (R Hollis)

St Merryn: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Great Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 1 Blackbird and 4 Chaffinch on feeders. (R Hughes)

Probus: 40 Lapwing. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Portscatho: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 82 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Pendower: 17 Common Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Velvet Scoter8 Common Scoter, 2 Red-necked Grebe2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Mevagissey: 3 Glaucous Gull (1w + 2 2w), 1 Iceland Gull (2w), 2 Kumlien’s Gull (ad + 1w), 3 Great Northern Diver. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

St Austell Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff10 Common Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Lostwithiel: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Goosander, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Fowey Estuary: 12 Little Egret, 1 Cattle Egret10 Fieldfare. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Porthpean: 52 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2080 Herring Gull, 3 Surf Scoter (now aged as 2 1w drakes and 1 female), 1 Velvet Scoter1 Long-tailed Duck1 Red-necked Grebe. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare, AC Robinson)

Whacker Quay: 1 Green-winged Teal still. (AC Robinson)

Wilcove: 48 Teal, 1 Green-winged Teal, (seen at 2pm, different bird to above?) and 1 Whimbrel. (D Herdson)

Angarrack, Grist Lane: 1 Firecrest in hawthorne hedge (Andy Robinson)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Blackcap (female), 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat. (J St Ledger)

Crowlas: 1f Brambling still. (R Veal)

Rosevidney: 1 Firecrest, 6 Snipe, 6 Skylark. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Glaucous Gull, 1 ad argentatus Herring Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 7+ Goosander on Lelant Saltings late afternoon.(R Veal) Also 1 Yellow-legged Gull (3w), 8 Goosander (2m), c10 Grey Plover, c10 Common Gull, 1 Peregrine (D.Beadle, S.Ellis) St Anne’s Woods: 1 Nuthatch, 1 Firecrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch. (R Veal)

Stithians Reservoir, Stuart Hutchings hide: 2 Scaup (m), 6 Goldeneye (1m, 5 f/imm), 70 Lapwing. (G Adams)

Trebah Garden: 20+ Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 150+ Chaffinch (in stubble field behind tennis court). (G Adams)

Helston, Loe Pool: 1 1w Glaucous Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Goosander. (I Maclean)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull, c35 Mediterranean Gull (inc. Dutch/Belgium ringed bird), 1 Black Redstart (D.Beadle)


Stithians List 2017

No.Species Date Notes 
1Black-headed Gull1st January
3Blue Tit
4Carrion Crow
10Great Spotted Woodpecker
11Great Tit
12Herring Gull
15Little Grebe
16Long-tailed Tit
20Pied Wagtail (yarellii)
21Reed Bunting
26Tufted Duck
27Water Rail
30Buzzard2nd January
34Grey Heron
35House Sparrow
36Lesser Black-backed Gull
39Sparrowhawk3rd January
41Pintail6th January
42Short-eared Owl8th January
43Canada Goose
45Common Gull
46Little Egret
49Stock Dove 11th January
50Redwing13th January
52Black-necked Grebe17th January
(Muscovy Duck)
55Mediterranean Gull21st January
56Bullfinch26th January
57Dipper30th January
58Goosander13th FebruaryDJC
60Great Black-backed GullDJC
61Meadow PipitDJC
62Mistle ThrushDJC
63Skylark 12th March
65Kestrel13th March
66Great Crested Grebe
67Greylag Goose22nd March
68Willow Warbler1st AprilDE
69Jack Snipe3rd AprilDE
70Common Sandpiper8th AprilDE
71Linnet 10th AprilDJC
72Tree PipitDJC
74Sand MartinDJC
75Red Kite19th AprilDJC
77Grasshopper WarblerRHo
81Whimbrel23rd AprilDE
82Sedge WarblerDE
83Garden WarblerDE
84Grey Wagtail24th AprilSVH
(Indian Peafowl)SVH
85House Martin28th AprilSVH
87Cuckoo5th MaySVH
88Great White Egret28th MayWarren C
89SwiftWarren C
90Mute SwanBTo
91Tawny Owl2nd JuneWarren C
92Dunlin22nd JulyRobin H
93Wood Sandpiper5th AugustDE, BTo
95Green Sandpiper6th AugustR Butts
96Green Woodpecker27th AugustR Hampshire
97Wheatear6th SeptemberT Phelps
98Little Stint16th SeptemberDE
99Black-tailed GodwitDE
100Mandarin16th OctoberJStL
101Coal Tit21st OctoberDJC
102Ruff31st OctoberS Kolodz
103Woodcock2nd NovemberR Hamps
104Hen Harrier 3rd NovemberJStL
105Golden PloverJStL
106Song Thrush4th NovemberSWi
107Firecrest7th NovemmerJStL
108Jay13th Novembers will
109Yellow-browed Warbler16th NovemberD Horton
110Slavonian Grebe24th NovemberBob Bosisto
111ScaupBob B

Saturday 27th January 2018

Marazion: Pacific Diver close in shore opposite Station Inn Marazion 9.30-10.30 (K Dalziel & J Hawkey) Godolphin Arms Marazion: 60 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 20 Turnstone, Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail all feeding on the tide wrack. (C Richards) Marazion: 2 Black-throated Diver, 4 Common Scoter. (A Witheywood)

Newquay: 2cy Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Pool. (per D Julian)

St Clement: 2 Avocet now. (R Augarde)

Penzance: 1 dark juv Glaucous Gull, 1 drk Eider, 12 Great Northern Diver and 1 Great Crested Grebe from the harbour. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1f Brambling, 1 Chiffchaff in private garden; 2 Common Gull, 1 Stock Dove over. (R Veal)

Hayle: 2 (3w and 2w) Yellow-legged Gull, 1 presumed argentatus Herring Gull and 5 (2m) Goosander. (R Veal) Also 8 Goosander (inc.2 males), 1 Spoonbill still present, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Common Gull. (J Hawkey)

Perranporth Dunes: 2 Jack Snipe, 15 Snipe, 4 Meadow Pipits (T Wilson)

Callestick: Wintering Firecrest still present in private garden (T Wilson)

Polbathic Creek: 1 Snipe ‘parading’ on Kingfisher stick. (A Blonden)

Pendower: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Black-throated Diver, 7 Great Northern Diver (D Eva)

Portscatho: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Great Northern Diver, 24 Mediterranean Gull (D Eva)

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Spoonbill (D Eva)

St Merryn: 7 Oystercatcher in over flow car park at Harlyn beach, also 1 Peregrine over. (R Hughes)

Lower Tamar Lake: 41 Goosander (15m 26f), 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Little Egret, 1 Willow Tit. (R Mudge)

Truro, in my garden: 2 f Siskin (D Jenkins)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Razorbill, 12 Fulmar on cliffs toward Sunny Cove, 5 Cormorant, 3 Shag (S Van Hear)

St Gothian Sands LNR 3 (ad + 2 1w) Glaucous Gull.


Blackcaps January 2018

23rd Jan, Mary Atkinson reports: Male blackcap feeding on fat balls in our garden 15th Jan, Callingtlon PL17 7HL

18th Jan: Lostwithiel private garden, 1x female blackcap on suet feeder again. E Mayhew.

17th Jan: female blackcap feeding on suet block and fat balls but chased off fat balls by female house sparrow on 27th Dec. Regards E Mayhew.

10th Jan: Charlestown 2 ( m + f ) Blackcaps still ( D Hastilow)

Blackcap – D Hastilow



Thursday 25th January 2018

Late news, 24/01, Mawgan: 1 Firecrest along Lower Lane (P. Bedford)

Late news, 24/1, Camel estuary: 1 Whimbrel near Old Town Cove this evening, also 2650 Black-headed Gull roosted off Padstow as did 192 Common Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary: 42 Cattle Egret and 65 Little Egret left the roost on the Camel Estuary this morning. (D Julian)

Newlyn: 2 Glaucous Gull (ad, 2cy) and 2 Iceland Gull (ad, 2cy) (T Phelps)

Newquay: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Pool. (T Mills)

St Clement: 7 Cattle Egret with Little Egret in cow field beside road, Menadews Farm. (J Rowe, T Mills)

Coverack: 1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull (P. Bedford)

Rumps Point: White-billed Diver and Ring-billed Gull reported. (C Selway)

Pendeen: a wholly unconfirmed report of Audouin’s Gull between here and Boat Cove, also 1 Glaucous Gull. Plus, separately, 1w Iceland Gull below lighthouse 3.30-3.50. (P Clement)

Cardinham Woods: 2 Marsh Tit, 8 Siskin (on feeders) (B. Toms)

Carbis Bay: 2 Red-throated Diver early morning 09:00 – 10:00. (L Carr)

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver just off old Pier at 12:00. (GE and LA Carr) Also 300+ Gannet feeding/diving on fish school in the bay and 100+ Kittiwakes off shore. (GE and LA Carr)

St Gothian Sands LNR: male Scaup still and 3 ad Mediterranean Gulls (T Pinfield) Also report of 4 Glaucous Gull, (adult, 2w and 2 juv).

Scaup, Tim Pinfield

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver and 28 Great Northern Diver.

Hannafore: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 22 Turnstone. (G Berti, C Travis)

Downderry: 4 Red-throated Diver. (G Berti, C Travis)

Millbrook Lake: 1 Egyptian Goose. (G Berti, C Travis)

St. Johns Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 dark-bellied Brent Geese. (G Berti, C Travis)

Cangapool (wilcove): 1 Green-winged Teal (drake), 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Mute Swan. (G Berti, C Travis)

Wacker Quay: 97 Avocet, 2 Spoonbill, 43 Grey Plover, 120 Dunlin, 200+ Shelduck, 6 Great Crested Grebe. (G Berti, C Travis)

Trevone/Padstow: 1 Short-eared Owl (near turn for Padstow farm shop at 5.15pm). (G Berti, C Travis)

Camel Estuary, Burniere Hide: 1,500 + Golden Plover, 1,000 + Lapwing, 500+ Black-tailed Godwit, 300+ Dulin, 300+ Curlew, 35 Mute Swan, 46 Shelduck and 500+ Starling. (D Thomas)

Walmsley Sanctuary, Tower Hide: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 6 Pintail, 50 Teal, 30 Mallard, 1.500+ Golden Plover, 900 + Lapwing, 400+ Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Dunlin, 300+ Curlew, 6 Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck, 500+ Starling, 2 Stonechat, 4 Dunnock, On the feeders: 6 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 6 Great Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 2 Coal tit and 2 Otter feeding on the bank. (D Thomas)

Stithians Reservoir: 8 (7f 1m) Goldeneye, 28 Tufted Duck, 3 (2m 1f) Scaup (N of dam), 10 Little Grebe, 9 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper (Golden Lion cut-off), 150 Lapwing, 50 Canada Goose, 22 Wigeon, 17 Mallard, 50 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting. (D Chaney)

Pendower Bay: 1 Pacific Diver close in shore this afternoon. (R Wilkins, M Jones)