Friday 17th August 2018

Late news, 16/8, Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 Glossy Ibis reported in the evening.

Late news, 16/8, St Ives Island: 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Common  Scoter, 3 juv. Med Gull, 1 Swallow, 2 Kestrel, 10+ Kittiwake. (D Northside)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 Glossy Ibis still present this afternoon and evening. (F Steuck, G Adams, L Langley)

Glossy Ibis, Greg Adams

Mousehole, Penlee: 1 juv Little Gull off the lifeboat station. (M Elliott)

Lizard Head to Church Cove: 1 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Tree Pipit, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 5 Sedge Warbler, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swift, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Grey Wagtail. (F Steuck)

Road between Townshend and Relubbus: 1 Osprey perched in a tree, being mobbed by a Buzzard. (S Roberts)

Nanjizal: 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 11 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 74 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, all ringed. 2 Tree Pipit and 2 Green Sandpiper over. (K Wilson)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 juv Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 8 Snipe, 21 Curlew, 1 Sparrowhawk (over). Also 1 Fox. (J St Ledger)

Truro: 1 Peregrine, 1 Grey Wagtail at Moresk bridge. (M Costa)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 10 Sandwich Tern, 2 drk Gadwall. (R Veal)

Landulph: 900+ Black-headed Gull, 20 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper feeding on Whitebait on shoreline. (C Buckland)

Salter Mill, River Tamar: 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler heard, good numbers of House Martin. Also 1 Weasel. (C Buckland)

Maer Lake: 18 Black-tailed Godwit. (N Bastin) Also 1 Garganey reported still.

Black-tailed Godwit, Nigel Bastin

Windmill Farm: Marsh Harrier (f), 3 Adder. (D Wright, C Francis-Trevail)

Hayle Kimbro: 2 Green Sandpiper. (D Wright, C Francis-Trevail)

Levant: 1 Peregrine, 3 Whitethroat, c50 Linnet, Hummingbird Hawkmoth, 3 Clouded Yellow, 1 Grayling, 1 Small Heath (seem to be scarce this year), several Gatekeeper. (NR Phillips)

Penzance: 1 Comma butterfly in private garden. (NR Phillips)

Bude: 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 ad, 1 juv, over rugby pitch at 15:30. (R Maye)

RSPB Wildlife Cruise on Scillonian III. Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 eclipse drake Eider, 1 female type Common Scoter, 5 Fulmar, 117 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 133 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 1 Great Skua, 6 Kittiwake, 15 Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern and 1 Commic Tern. Also 1 Harbour Porpoise and 3 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Hugh Town: 7 Fulmar, 2 Great Shearwater, 315 Manx Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 338 Gannet, 2 Shag, 1 Great Skua, 6 Kittiwake, 14 Herring Gull, 35 Great Black-backed Gull and 4 Oystercatcher. Also 21 Common Dolphin. Hugh Town to Wolf Rock: 9 Fulmar, 467 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 389 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 94 Shag, 1 Whimbrel, 17 Herring Gull, 47 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern and 1 Commic Tern. Also 9 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 10 Fulmar, 1 Great Shearwater, 241 Manx Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 338 Gannet, 1 Shag, 25 Kittiwake, 6 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern and 1 Puffin. Also 11 Harbour Porpoise and 6 Common Dolphin. (M Jones, DK Parker)

Porthgwarra, 16:00-18:30: 2 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Storm Petrel, c80 Common Dolphin, c6 Harbour Porpoise, (presumed) Bluefin Tuna, breached clear of water, large, dolphin sized, dark blue above, pale silver below lateral line. Also 9 Black-tailed Godwit (over), 4 Whimbrel and 3 Wheatear on the moor. (G Wyatt)

St Ives 06:45-08:30: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Storm Petrel, 15 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear. (A Whitehouse, D Northside)

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Saturday 11th August 2018

Porthgwarra, cove 6:10-13:30: 1 Fea’s Petrel (flew West 11:49-50, R Augarde and S Bearhop,  finders), 6 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 101 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Great Skua, 2 Puffin, 27 Storm Petrel, 1 Common Scoter, 7 Whimbrel, 103 Fulmar, 5 Med Gull, 46 Kittiwake. (R Augarde, R Veal, R Wilkins, D Flumm, D Parker et al.) Seawatch 1330 – 1600hrs: 1 Cory’s Shearwater (1500hrs); 20 BalearicShearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Great Skua& 3 juv Mediterranean Gull. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel) Seawatch 0610 – 1930hrs: 9 Cory’s Shearwater and 5 Great Shearwater.

Chapel Point: 5 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater,100 Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 juv Mediterranean and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. (F Steuck)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Pied Flycatcher, by the hide also 7 Sand Martin, 2 Swift  5 Common Sand, 10 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper (Golden Lion). (M Pass)

Newquay: 3 unringed Chough (2 ad & 1 juv.) on golf course behind fistral beach at 13:00. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 9 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 2 Wheatear, 1 Sandwich Tern, 28 Oystercatcher, 12 Turnstone, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: 12 Sand Martin, 6 Sedge Warbler in family group, 1 juvenile Coot, 1 immature Great Crested Grebe and 3 adults, 2 Common Gull. (G Adams)

Loe Bar: 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ringed Plover, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Tern. (G Adams)

Truro, Malpas: 1m Sparrowhawk in garden. (M Costa)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Teal. (M Wallace)

Bude: 8 Black-headed Gull, 16 Moorhen, 84 Mallard, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Crow, 12 Wood Pigeon, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Magpie, 3 Herring Gull, 1f Blackbird. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 10 Great Crested Grebe plus 6 juv and 2 chicks, 1 Mute Swan, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron. (R Mudge)

Mevagissey: 1 winter ad Mediterranean Gull. (F Steuck)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: large presence and movement south-west of common waders early pm estimate 300 Dunlin 400 Ringed Plover 35 Sanderling and 4 Turnstone. (M Pass)

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Thursday 9th August 2018

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 drk Lesser Scaup still, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank chasing small fish, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3+ Swift, 1f Teal, 5 (1 singing) Willow Warbler. Also 1 Clouded Yellow Butterfly. (R Veal, J+J Boyd)

Scillonian III crossing: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater and 4 Sooty Shearwater this morning and 5 Cory’s Shearwater and 5 Sooty Shearwater this evening.

Longrock Beach: 1 juv. Little Gull briefly 8:45am, then flew to Eastern Green. (R Veal, J+J Boyd) Reported again at 4:12pm.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Wheatear. (C Buckland). Also 2 juv. Little Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Kingfisher. (B Rankine, J Eames).

Nanjizal: 184 birds ringed consisting of 1 Pied Flycatcher, 126 Sedge Warbler (incl. 2 controls), 20 Whitethroat, 20 Willow Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler and 6 Reed Warbler. (K Wilson)

Pendeen 9:15-10:15: 3 Balearic Shearwater, light passage of Manx Shearwater. Also 2 Chough, 1 Kestrel, 10+ Meadow Pipit. (R Veal, J+J Boyd, A Hartley). Also 1 Arctic Skua reported.

Porthgwarra: 14 Wheatear. (M Wallace)

Clapper Pools: 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 160 House Martin, 6 Swift. (B Bosisto)

Bodmin Parkway: 6 Mistle Thrush, 2 Siskin (B Bosisto)

Camel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 53 Redshank, 9 Curlew opp. Bridge Bike Hire. (S Grose)

Tywardreath: 1 male Siskin, 3 young Bullfinch, 8 young Goldfinch, 1 male Greenfinch, all using garden feeders. (R Barlow)

Dobwalls: 41 House Sparrow in our garden. (C&J Duffy)

Gannel Estuary: 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher. (S Rowe)

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Wednesday 8th August 2018

Late news, 7/8, Camel Estuary: 1 Knot, 17 Ringed Plover, 79 Dunlin in the Dinham area. (D Julian)

Late news, 7/8, Helston Boating Pond: 2 Pochard. (D Collins)

Pendeen: 1 juv. Long-tailed Skua past this am. (R Archer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 dr Lesser Scaup, 1 Wood Sandpiper again.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1f Hen Harrier, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Hobby, 1f Pochard, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin,1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret. (C Buckland)

Penzance: 1 imm. Pied Flycatcher in a private garden. (N Phillips)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Common Sandpiper, 7 Grey Wagtail feeding on the dam wall, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach: 1 sum plum Knot, 31 Dunlin, 64 Sanderling, 58 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1f Teal, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank. (R Veal, P Roseveare). Also 2 (1 juv, 1 4cy) Yellow-legged Gull. (M Halliday). Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Par Beach Pool: 5 Mediterranean Gull. (D Julian)

Porthgwarra 8:00-9:45: 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Storm Petrel reported.

Lower Tamar Lake: The third Great Crested Grebe nest has produced, at the moment I can only see 2 chicks on her back, the other two broods have 4 juveniles which means three have been predated. Great Crested Grebe 7 adults, 17 Canada, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Coot, 12 Swallow, 24 Moorhen, 4 House Martin, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Blue Tit. (R Mudge)

Pendeen: (09:15-10:30) 5 Sandwich Tern, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a moderate passage of Manx Shearwaters. (A Hartley)

Marazion to Perranuthnoe: 1 summer plumage Knot, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 1 Sanderling, 3 Curlew, 7 Mediterranean Gull and about 50 in total of Ringed Plover & Dunlin. (A Hartley)

Knot, Adam Hartley

Knot, Adam Hartley

Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper. (D Collins)

Predannack: 1 Hobby. (D Collins)

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Tuesday 7th August 2018

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Late photo, 6/8, Drift Reservoir: Pectoral Sandpiper. (N Hallam)

Pectoral Sandpiper, Nicholas Hallam

Late news, 6/8, Windmil Farm: 1 male Lesser Emperor on pool in grazing field. (G Taylor)

Lesser Emperor, Gary Taylor

Nanjizal: 2 Nightingale caught and ringed early am. (K Wilson)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Drake Lesser Scaup still opposite the hide at 4pm though it disappeared from view shortly after this. Marsh Harrier flew over NW arm. Also 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 juv Dunlin,1 Snipe but no sign of the Pectoral Sandpiper. (A Hartley)

Lesser Scaup, Adam Hartley

Wood Sandpiper, Adam Hartley

Maer Lake: 4 Garganey, 9 Teal, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Lapwing. (S Rowe) Also 1 fem Sparrowhawk, 1 Curlew, 3 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 150+ Wood Pigeon. (B Craven)

Marazion to Longrock Beach: 1 sum plum Knot this am. (P St Pierre). 78 Ringed Plover, 81 Sanderling, 1 Redshank and 20 Dunlin this evening. (S Rogers)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 juv. Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Lapwing, 6 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel. (P St Pierre). Also 5 Common Sandpiper on Ryan’s Field.

Pendeen 07.00-09.00: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 juv Mediterranean Gull. (G Taylor). 14.00 – 16.00: 6 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater reported. Also 9 juv/1w Med Gulls lingering off the lighthouse this morning. (A Hartley)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 2 Teal, 5 Curlew. (D Eva). Also 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 2 Whitethroat (feeding young). (J St Ledger)

Penryn, College Reservoir: 1 Great Crested Grebe sat on nest. (J St Ledger)

Penryn campus: 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, probably for it’s 5th day.

Newlyn Harbour: 2 Raven attacking a Feral Pigeon, 4 Mediterranean Gull (2 adult & 2 juv.) on rocks behind Tolcarne Inn. (S Grose)

Longrock Pool: 2 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe (3 adult & 1 juv.), 2 Teal. (S Grose)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin. (MJ Spicer) Also 1 Pochard with 28 Tufted Duck, 1 Gadwall, 10 Little Grebe & 5 juv, 4 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

St Ives: 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth in private garden. (N Hallam)

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Nicholas Hallam

Windmill Farm: 2 Southern Migrant Hawker.

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Monday 6th August 2018

Late news, 30/7 Lizard Peninsula: 1 Pomarine Skua past Lizard point. 1 Nuthatch at Church Cove. 3 (2 juv) Green Woodpecker at Mullion. (M Pass)

Late news, 4/8, Lizard Peninsula: 2 Pied Flycatcher, 100+ Willow Warbler. (M Pass)

Late news, 5/8, Siblyback Reservoir: 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull,1 Spotted Flycatcher. (C Buckland)

Late news, 5/8, Nanjizal ringing totals: 5 Pied Flycatcher, 47 House Martin (with 600 flying around) 47 Whitethroat, 4 Garden Warbler, 48 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 39 Willow Warbler, 8 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff. (K Wilson)

Late news, 5/8, Looe Island: 1 Goosander. (C Lewis)

Goosander, Claire Lewis

Drift Reservoir, (members only): 1 drake Lesser Scaup. (P St Pierre). Lesser Scaup still present this afternoon, also 1 ad Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 f Marsh Harrier over, 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Great Crested Grebe (inc juv), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Gadwall, 1 Common Teal, 40+ Swallow. (M Spicer, P Taylor, H Mitchell, T Mills, L Proctor)

Lesser Scaup, Phil Taylor

Common Sandpiper, Phil Taylor

Nanjizal: 3 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Garden Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 69 Sedge Warbler, 21 Willow Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 26 Whitethroat all ringed. Also 1 Tree Pipit over, first of the autumn. (K Wilson)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 1 Hobby, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Little Egret, Grey Herons, Pied and alba Wagtails. (C Buckland)

Caerthillian: 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 100 House Martins/Swallows (arrived in flock from west 08.00). (D Collins). Also 2 Wheatear and 1 Green Woodpecker around the Lizard Peninsula. (M Pass)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe. (D Collins)

Old Lizard Head: 2 Wheatear. (D Collins)

Pendeen: 1+ Balearic Shearwater with a raft of c500 Manx Shearwater offshore early pm. Also 1 juv. Willow Warbler, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat. Also 1 Curlew flew over yesterday. (A Hartley)

St Just: 1 Swift. (A Hartley)

St Just to Pendeen coastal walk: 7 Chough, 3 Raven, 5 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Geevor: 1 juv. Wheatear. (A Hartley)

Polbathic Creek: 2 Whimbrel. (A Blonden)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Near Gurnard’s Head: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Chough, 1 Gannet, 1 young Buzzard; broods of Stonechats, Whitethroats and Rock Pipits. Also Common Blues, Speckled Woods, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Large Whites, Large Skippers, Golden Ringed Dragonflies, Common Red Darters, Beautiful Damselflies, mating and egg laying Keeled Skimmers, Hoverflies, Robberflies. (R+J Phillips)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 4 Common Sandpiper on Ryan’s Field.

Windmill Farm: 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 4 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, this evening. (D Wright)

Dunlin, Dougy Wright

Hawkers Cove: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Sandwich Tern, 46 Mediterranean Gull off Tregirls Beach. (S Grose)

Rinsey Point, Trewavas engine house: 1 ringed juv Herring Gull (W291). (S Richards)

Herring Gull, Steven Richards

Porthgwarra: 4 Pied Flycatcher.

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