Monday 17th December 2018

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Polish ringed adult Caspian Gull and adult Ring-billed Gull both still present mid morning. (L Proctor, M Ahmad et al.) Also 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 argentatus Herring Gull, 2 drake Goosander, 3 Greenshank, 11 Grey Plover, 29 Cormorant and 1 Peregrine. (T McGowan) Adult Spoonbill, 217 Golden Plover, 350 Lapwing. (D Flumm) 1 Spoonbill, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Greenshank, 2 Shelduck and 1 Kingfisher. (D Chadwick, T Mills)

Ring-billed Gull – Mark Halliday

Spoonbill – Dave Flumm

Goosander – Dave Flumm

Stithians Reservoir: Temminck’s Stint and 2 Goldeneye still present from the Stuart Hutchings Hide. (S Williams)

Argal Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe (southern end close to hide), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck. (D Collins)

St Erth: 2 redhead Goldeneye with 1 Tufted Duck on small reservoirs near Tregillowe Farm. (MJ Spicer)

Nanjizal: Firecrest along Bosistow Lane, Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow and 130+ Skylark on nearby stubble field. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: 1 Black Redstart still. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Sennen Cove: 23 Oystercatcher, 12 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Chough. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Land’s End Airport: 100+ Rook. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Nanquidno: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Padstow: 500+ Golden Plover, 200+ Lapwing in fields next to Trevisker Garden Centre, 2 Yellowhammer on wires. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 75 Black Headed Gull, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 4 Great crested Grebe( 1 fishing below dam wall) 1 Little Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck, 19 Coot, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven, 3 Bullfinch, 11 Goldcrest, 5 Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Carharrack: Lesser Redpoll again in a private garden. (W Chegwidden)

East Looe seafront:  1 Black Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 1 Peregrine, 1 Stonechat, 14 Turnstone. (D Spooner)

Hannafore: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Curlew, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel. (D Spooner)

Blackwater: 1 Merlin (B Bosisto)


Thursday 13th December 2018

Late news, 12/12, Temple: 1 Buzzard, 1 Coot, 1 Robin, 1 Song Thrush. (RB Girling)

Late news, 12/12, Penzance:  c.30 Carrion Crow in bare trees at Polwithen road Penzance. (R Phillips)

Torpoint: Red-rumped Swallow still briefly, at Salamanca Street/North Road junction. (A Jordan)

Cot Valley: 1 fem/1w Black Redstart at Carn Gribba.

Saltash: 2 Knot, c160 Dunlin, c80 Avocet, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, c90 Snipe, 5 Lapwing, c130 Teal, c70 Wigeon at Kings Mill . (P Kemp)

Bude Marshes: 2 Grey Heron, 212 Canada Geese (plus 1 hybrid), 2 Mute Swan, 40+ Mallard, 8 Teal, 1 female adult Sparrowhawk, 1 Whimbrel, 12 Lapwing, 8 Herring Gull, 27 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 male Kingfisher, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 40+ Chaffinch, 26 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting. (N Bastin)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 fem/juv Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Shag, 10+ Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 12 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Common Gull on Carnsew Pool. Also adult Spoonbill in the creek behind Tempest. (DK Parker) Spoonbill (presumed same?) in Copperhouse Creek. (R Mawer)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Slavonian Grebe with 2 Little Grebe. (R Mudge)


Wednesday 12th December 2018

Constantine Sewage Treatment Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest. 1 Woodcock and 1 Marsh Tit nearby. (D Collins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 drk Goosander, 1 Kittiwake. (R Veal)

Torpoint: 1 juv Red-rumped Swallow still showing well over Salamanca Street this afternoon. Also 1 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Brent (3 pale-bellied), 2 Great Northern Diver, Mediterranean Gull & 20 Grey Plover. (P Aley)

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Padstow Hawkers Cove / Stepper Point: 1 Barn Owl, 6 Raven (seen together), 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Little Egret, also seen but not counted, Stonechat, Skylark, Linnet, Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Temminck’s Stint still. (B Hall, D Chaney) Also 1 Green Sandpiper (Golden Lion cutoff), 1 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 270 Lapwing, 6 Curlew, 25 Snipe, 197 Canada Goose, 2 domestic white goose, 75 Teal, 86 Wigeon, 4 Goldeneye, 6 Tufted Duck, 19 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Tawny Owl calling 16:40 from sw corner, 1 small bat sp. over Carnmellis Causeway. (D Chaney)

Temminck’s Stint, Bill Hall

Millbrook: 9 Cattle Egret at Home Farm, Lower Anderton Rd. Millbrook Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver. (B Taggart)

Talland Bay: 1 Peregrine, 1 Long-tailed Duck (same bird as on 4th December, in exactly the same place), 1 Black Redstart, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret. (D Spooner)

Peregrine, Derek Spooner

Long-tailed Duck, Derek Spooner

Black Redstart, Derek Spooner

Falmouth Bay: 2 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Tern, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel viewed from Swanpool to Pennance Point. Swanpool Car Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (J St Ledger)

Sandwich Tern, John St Ledger

Red-necked Grebe, John St Ledger

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 29 Teal, 2 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 27 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Barn Owl & 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Mounts Bay: 2 Velvet Scoter, 18 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, 1 Goldeneye & 2 Great Northern Diver viewed from the Station House car park. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 25 Snipe, 15 Lapwing, 20 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare. Also 1 male Hen Harrier over Beacon. (D Flumm)

Bartinney Downs: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Snipe, 4 Stonechat, Peacock butterfly flying over heather moorland. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: 4 Black Redstart – 1 at complex, 3 at First & Last House. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Feock: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Eider and 4 Red-breasted Merganser off Loe Beach. (G Mitchell)

Looe river: 1 Male Pintail feeding with a group of 7 Mallard. (I Juliane)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Great Skua this morning and 2 Red-throated Diver north, and 5 Eider north at 09:43 (a long way out but appeared to be three juv./females and two first-winter males). (N Wheatley)

Newquay, Towan Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper with 25+ Turnstone behind Headland hotel  a.m. (M Lammas)

Pentire Head: 1 Short-eared Owl again 4 p.m. (M Lammas)

Penzance, Chyandour: 2 female-type Black Redstart. (A McKechnie)

Black Redstart, Alex McKechnie

Tehidy Country Park: 30+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Jay, 9 Mute Swan, 6 Moorhen. (K Bowers)

Song Thrush, Kevin Bowers

Jay, Kevin Bowers

Mute Swan, Kevin Bowers

Nancegollan: 300 Linnet, 100 Chaffinch. (D Chaney)

Newquay, Morrisons Supermarket: 100+ Pied Wagtail roosting on the roof. (S Grose)

Millbrook: 2 Mediterranean Gull. (P Aley)

River Lynher: 1 Great Northern Diver, Kingfisher & 36 Avocet. (P Aley)

Rat Island: 2 Spoonbill. (P Aley)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Barnacle Geese and 1 Greylag with Canada geese, 3 Pintail, (A Piper)


Tuesday 11th December 2018

Torpoint: juv Red-rumped Swallow still present, also 1 Black Redstart. (R Treeby, D Julian et al.) Also 3 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 6 dark-bellied Brent Geese, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver. (D Julian)

Cremyll: 8 Cattle Egret at Mount Edgcumbe Farm. (D Julian)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Temminck’s Stint, 160+ Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 11 Snipe, 1 Pintail, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Barnacle Geese, 10 Common Gull, 1 Peregrine. (J St Ledger, S Williams, M Lammas)

Goldeneye, John St Ledger.

Camel Estuary: 3 Whooper Swan still near Wadebridge. (C Selway)

River Lynher: 2 Spoonbill on Rat Island until 13:30 when they flew towards Wacker Quay. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 123 Mediterranean Gull. Carnsew Basin: 97 Dunlin, 9 Grey Plover, 1 Spoonbill & 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (J Hawkey)

Millbrook: 1 Whimbrel. (D Julian)

Bude: Short-eared Owl on cliffs at Upton.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Tufted Duck still on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Devoran: 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenshank, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Dunlin, 4 Shelduck. (J St Ledger)

Boscastle:  At least 4 Blackcap (2m, 2f) regular in a private garden, feeding mostly on Himalayan Honeysuckle  (N. Page)

Charlestown: 2 f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)


Sunday 9th December 2018

Mermaid pelagic: Sailing tomorrow (Monday) from the Scillonian quay at 12 noon along to Minack and back. Buy tickets from the shop/office (next to dry dock) at 11.45am, £23. Trip will last about 3 hours.

Late news, 7/12, Mevagissey: Black Redstart flitting back and forth from a rooftop to a palm. (A Hannaford)

Torpoint: juvenile Red-rumped Swallow showing well around town car park, between police station and Wongs takeaway, mid-afternoon. Continued to show really well till dusk over the high street. (G Tamblin – finder, D Allen)

Red-rumped Swallow – Dave Allan

Stithians Reservoir: Temminck’s Stint, 1 Dunlin, f Pintail, 2 Goldeneye this morning. (S Rogers) 2 Blackbird, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 6 Magpie, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Buzzard, 2 Pied Wagtail, 11 Teal, 1 Robin, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Redwing. (K Bowers) Also 2 Barnacle Goose of unknown origin still. (D Chaney)

Great Spotted Woodpecker and Redwing – Kevin Bowers

Pendeen Watch: 15 Great Skua, 7 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 21,000+ auks (c80% Guillemot, c20% Razorbill) and 300+ Kittiwake between 08:00 & 10:00. (P St Pierre) 12 Great Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter and still masses of auks and Kittiwakes between 10:00 & 12:15. (P Clement)

St Ives Island (08:00-13:00): 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Petrel sp (prob Leach’s), 31+ Great Skua, 12 Manx Shearwater, 15+ Great Northern Diver, 8+ Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, auks passing at 280/minute for at least 2 hours – total estimate of 48,000 for the 5hrs, similar ratio to that at Pendeen. (R Wilkins, R Augarde, R Veal, B Mellow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2w & 4w type Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott) Also 3 drake Goosander from the Quay House. (G Mitchell)

Crugmeer: 1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Coot. (S Grose)

Millpool: 2 black (melanistic) Pheasant, 3 Woodcock, 50+ Lapwing over, 1 Jay, 6 Teal on pond (J Evans)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 139 Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 10 Tufted Duck, 22 Mallard, 19 Teal, 3 Goosander (redheads), 220 Golden Plover, 160 Lapwing, 222 Black-headed Gull, 64 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 4 Buzzard,5 Raven, 21 Carrion Crow, 6 Magpie, 270 Starling, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, 5 Meadow Pipit and 1 Wren. (DA Conway)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck, 16 Coot, 50+ Moorhen. (S Grose)

Porth Island: 1 Short-eared Owl, 39 Fulmar, 2 Kestrel. (S Grose)

St Eval: 1 Barn Owl, large flock of Golden Plover before dusk. (S Grose)

Truro: 1 Siskin, 3 Blackcap, 20 Goldfinch & 1 Greenfinch on feeders in a private garden. (P Carter)

Charlestown: 2 f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Burniere Wood, Wadebridge: 1 Woodcock. (A Taylor)

Carharrack: 1 Blackcap still feeding on fatballs in private garden. (W Chegwidden)


Saturday 8th December 2018

Late news, 6/12, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 302 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and 1 Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field over high tide. (G Mitchell)

Late news, 6/12, Stithians Reservoir: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (G Mitchell)

Late news, 7/12, St Ives: 11 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwater & 1 Manx Shearwater in the morning. (B Mellow)

Late news, 7/12, Sennen: 1cy American Herring Gull flew towards the cove. (K Wilson)

Late news, 7/12, Nanjizal: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, with another (ringed bird) along Bosistow Lane. (K Wilson)

Pendeen Watch: 5 Great Skua & 1 Pom Skua between 09:00 & 11:30. (R Wilkins)

Tater-du: 08:20-10:50: 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Great Skua, 5 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver. (M McKee)

Truro: Yellow-browed Warbler calling (not seen) c13:30 St George’s Road from back gardens c100 yds towards viaduct from junction with Bosvigo Lane. (P Smale)

Sennen Cove: Juv Glaucous Gull, 3w Yellow-legged Gull and Great Northern Diver. (G Mitchell)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Shelduck and 2 Shoveler. (G Mitchell)

Newlyn: 1 Sparrowhawk over Penlee Quarry. (S Grose)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 31 Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 5 Med Gull. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Goosander, both male, from causeway. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 2 Great Northern Diver flew west mid-afternoon. (S Rowe)

Lower Tamar Lake: 14 Goosander (6m, 8f) present at 07:30, all had flown by 08:30. (R Mudge)

Charlestown: 10+ Gannet off east beach. (D Hastilow)


Friday 7th December 2018

Pendeen Watch: 08:00 to 10:00 14 Fulmar, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Diver sp, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Pom Skua, 1 Arctic Skua. (P Combridge) 12:45 to 15:00 – 202 Fulmar, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua. (P Combridge, JD Swann)

Cape Cornwall: Masses of auks moving S with 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua and 3 Eider (N)  between 08:30-10:30 in a W6-8 with haily squalls. (N Wheatley)

Penzance: Black Redstart by the station, 4 Eider from the coast path. (P Coslett)

Newlyn: Black Redstart, Firecrest, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Water Rail at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Withiel: 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Coal Tit, 2 Blackcap, 24 Siskin, 12 Greenfinch, 1 Tawny Owl from private garden on the River Camel. (S Grose)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap, 1 m 1 f Green Woodpecker & 1 Nuthatch. (D Hastilow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 (ad, 2 3w, 1 2w) Yellow-legged Gull. (B Dallas, M Halliday, P Freestone)

Plaidy, near Looe: 6 Fulmar on the cliff at the breeding station. Also 1 Grey Wagtail. (D Spooner)

Fulmar – Derek Spooner

Helford River: 3 Great Northern Diver (one adult in close to summer plumage), 1 Sparrowhawk (male) over. Viewed from near Trebah beach. (J St Ledger)

Penryn River: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 36 Redshank, 28 Mute Swan. (J St Ledger)

Rosenannon: 1 Barn Owl at Borlase Farm. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)