Thursday 14th September 2017

Late news 10/9 Penzance: Sabine’s Gull over Sainsburys roundabout. (K Wilson)

St Ives 07:00-12:00: 39 Sandwich Tern, 4 Med Gull, 33 Arctic Skua, 3 European Storm Petrel, 9 Leach’s Petrel12 Great Skua, 23 Grey Phalarope, 28 Arctic Tern, 3 Pomarine Skua, 18 Sabine’s Gull, 27 Common Tern, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 1 juv Little Gull , 2 Common Scoter. (B Bosisto)

Leach’s Petrel, Bob Bosisto

Sabine’s Gull, Bob Bosisto

St.Ives 06:45-18:30: 7 Sabine’s Gull (1 ad, 6 juvs), 22 Leach’s Petrel, 37 Grey Phalarope, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Storm Petrel, 25 Bonxie, 45 Arctic Skua, 11 Common Scoter. (M.McKee, G.Gordon)

St Ives Island 09:15-12:30: 6+ Sabine’s Gull, 6+ Leach’s Petrel, 7+ Grey Phalarope, 3 Common Scoter, 8+ Bonxies (inc. 2 killing Manx Shearwaters by drowning before eating them), 20+ Arctic Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 5 Mediterranean Gull (inc. 2 juv’s), 60+ Sandwich Tern, 30+ Common Tern;, 2 Arctic Tern, 3 Fulmar & 1 Ocean Sunfish. (J Hawkey)

Pendeen 07:00-14:55: 12 Leach’s Petrel, 3 Storm Petrel, 2 Little Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 11 Sandwich Tern,  6 Sabine’s Gull all juvs, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 22 Grey Phalarope, 1 Pomarine Skua, 27 Bonxie, 7 Arctic Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater 5 “commic” Tern, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Ocean Sunfish. Also Peregrine and 2 Chough. (S Rogers, P Aley et al). 

Pendeen Watch 06:30-17:15: 35 Leach’s Petrel, 11 Storm Petrel, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 40 Great Skua, 15 Arctic Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 1 probable Long-tailed Skua, 25 Grey Phalarope, 7 Sabine’s Gull (all juv), 2 Little Tern, 27 ‘commic’ Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 10 Sandwich Tern and 10 Common Scoter. (D Dawe, M Darlaston)

Cape Cornwall 08:00-12:00: 4 Sabine’s Gull (all at 11:20), 2 Leach’s Storm Petrel, 10 Grey Phalarope, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 11 Bonxie and 3 Sandwich Tern. (N Wheatley)

Hayle Estuary: 1st cal Yellow-legged Gull. (M Halliday) 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 10 Bar tailed Godwit on Ryan’s Field. (B Bosisto)

 

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Stithians: 33 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 6 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin,1 Swift. (B Bosisto)

Davidstow Airfield: 4 Ruff & juv Little Stint. (K Mills)

St Columb Major: 1 Osprey over Tregaswith at 17:30, presumably off Porth Reservoir. (P McVey)

Porth/Whipsiderry: 3 Chough, 1 Peregrine, 3 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Trevithick Manor Farm, Newquay: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 6 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 7 Canada Goose, 4 Barwit, 9 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Devoran Quay: 2 Osprey, (1 fishing, 1 over at 14:45), 1 Peregrine, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Garganey, 6 Sandwich Tern. (St Ledger)

West Looe: Wheatear on the rocks today, 3 Manx, 8 Guillemots, 5 Sandwich Terns, 3 Ringed Plovers, 2 Kingfishers, good numbers of House Martin. (C Buckland)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Common Scoter. (P Kemp, M Beer)

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Tuesday 12th September 2017

Late news, 11/9, St Ives Island: 6 Leach’s Petrel, 8 Storm Petrel, 42 Bonxie, 32 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 20 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 18 Grey Phalarope, 15 (4 ad and 11 juv) Sabines Gull, 3 Little Gull, 8 Med Gull, 43 Arctic Tern, 54 Common Tern, 40+ ‘commic’ Tern, 12 Sandwhich Tern, 1 Red-throated Diver and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit in an 11.5 hour seawatch. (B Mellow)

Late news, 11/9, Trevose Head 16:00-18:.00: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel,  6 Common Scoter, 1 Bonxie, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Grey Phalarope. (R Augarde)

Late news, 11/9, Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Black Tern. (A Rowland)

Devoran Quay: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs on Tallack’s Creek side (flushed by man with dog; man waded out up to chest deep towards it!). 2 Osprey (1 fishing, 1 flew over), 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Garganey, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Votier, J St Ledger)

 
 
 

Osprey fishing at 08:00, successful on third attempt – All photos, Alan James

Pendeen seawatch 06.45-10.25: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 10 Bonxie, 3 Common Scoter, 3 juv. Mediterranean Gull, c300 Manx Shearwater. (P Aley)

Pendeen (carpark seawatch) 07:00-08:30: 8 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 8 Med Gull, 25 Kittiwake, c100 Razorbill. (D Flumm)

Marazion: Arctic Tern adult. (P Aley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 7 Greenshank, 6 Magpie. (RB & PC Girling) 1 Pectoral Sandpiper. (M Spicer, P Aley)

Pectoral Sandpiper, Alex McKechnie

 

Trevose Head: 57 Kittiwake, 13 Great Skua, 8 Sandwich Tern, 1 Black headed Gull, 8 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 5 Arctic Skua (1 adult dark phase 3 adult pale phase , 1 juvenile), 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Dunlin, 1 Grey Phalarope. (B Bosisto)

Camel Estuary: 3 Knot, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone, 24 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Bar tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 33 Redshank. (B Bosisto)

Marsh Harrier, Bob Bosistow

Arctic Skua, Bob Bosistow

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 4 White Wagtail. (B Bosistow) 3 Ruff, 3 Wheatear. (P Aley)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, 2 Swift, 8 Cattle Egret. (B Bosisto)

Bar-tailed Godwit and Ruff, Bob Bosistow

 

   

Gannel Estuary: 6 pale bellied Brent goose still, 2 Barwit. (M Lammas)

Lizard Point 15:45-17:15: Singles of Arctic Tern, Balearic Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Great Skua, Kittiwake. (D Collins)

Stithians Reservoir: 15 Cormorant at 11:40. (RB & PC Girling).

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Grey Phalarope, close to path from first car park towards the dam. 2 Yellow-legged Gull (1st year and adult). (A Robinson). 

St Dennis: Mixed group of 15 Long-tailed Tit, 8+ Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff and Spotted Flycatcher passed through garden. (P Ash)

 

Spotted Flycatcher, Paul Ash

 Kingsmill:1 Curlew Sandpiper. (K Baum)

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Monday 11th September 2017

Late news, 10/9, Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Black Tern this morning. (R Mudge)

Cape Cornwall 07:45-12:45: 4 Sabine’s Gull (juvenile at 10:42 and 3 adults together at 11:06), 1 European Storm Petrel, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, thousands of Manx Shearwaters, 8 Arctic Skua, 14 Bonxie, 4 Arctic Tern, 10+ ‘commic’ Tern and about 7800 Gannet (30/minute 07:45-11:45 down to 10/minute 11:45-12:45). Also 7 Choughs. (N Wheatley)

Pendeen 07:00-14:45:10 Sabine’s Gull,4 Leach’s Petrel, 20 Grey Phalorope, 2 Great Shearwater, 32 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 31 Arctic Skua, 22 Bonxie,15 Storm Petrel. (M Wallace) 06.36 – 17.44: 1 Great Shearwater, 14 Sabine’s Gull (7ad, 7juv), 1 juv Long-tailed Skua, 1 ad Pomarine Skua, 7 Leach’s Petrel, 10 Storm Petrel, 25 Grey Phalorope, 46 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 41 Arctic Skua, 50 Bonxie, 10 000+ Manx Shearwater, 65+ Arctic Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern. (L Langley)

Pendeen carpark (seawatch 07:00-10:00): 8 Storm Petrel, 73 Fulmar, 20 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Sandwich Tern, 22 ‘commic’ Tern, 4 ad Arctic Skua, 14 Great Skua & 5 Ocean Sunfish including 4 together.(D Flumm).

Morvah cliff 14:00-17+00:  Many Manx Shearwater and Gannet, c20 Kkittiwake, a few fulmar, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Bonxie, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Sabines’ Gull (2 of the Sabine’s feeding with a flock of Manx Shearwater, Gannet and Kittiwakes. One stayed for an hour or so). Also the first movement of auks I have seen this year. (R Phillips)

Levant 09:00–12:00: 6 Sabine’s Gull (3 ads at 11:00, 1 ad 1 1w + another at 11:15), 5 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 55 Tern sp. (P Fraser)

Navax Point 07.30 to 08.45: 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua, 3.Arctic Skua (dark phase), 6.Sabine’s Gull, 2 Grey Phalarope, 1 Red-throated Diver. Large movement of Gannet, Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake, 1.Sunfish. (T Polglase)

Towan Head 07:00-08:00: 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 18 ‘commic’ Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Rowe)

Pentire Point East, Newquay 18:00-19:40: 5 Leach’s Petrel, 9 Bonxie, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Grey Phalorope, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 3 ‘commic’ Tern, 1 Common Scoter. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary/Crantock Beach: 6 pale-bellied Brent Goose still feeding on main channel viewed from carpark. 13 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew. (S Grose) Also 1 Blackwit and 1 Barwit. (M Lammas)

Newquay Boating Lake: 42 House Martin on wires, 3 newly hatched Moorhen chicks, 3 Red-eared Terrapin. (S Grose)

Lizard Poimt: 2 juv Sabine’s Gull. (I Maclean)

Penlee Point: 1 Sabine’s Gull, 35 Manx Shearwater, 15 Fulmar, 3 Storm Petrel, 6 ‘commic’ Tern, 8 Auks. (C Buckland)

Pendarves Wood: 1 Firecrest. (S Taylor)

Devoran: 1 Osprey flew in lowish over water from south towards Point Quay then on upriver at 10:00. (R Smith) 2 Osprey, 2 Peregrine, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Sandwich Tern, 28 Black-tailed Godwit, 40+ Dunlin, 100+ Redshank, 100+ Curlew, 2 Greenshank. (J St Ledger)

Sandwich Tern, John St Ledger

St Dennis: 1 Firecrest in garden. (P Ash)

Firecrest, Paul Ash

 

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Sunday 10th September 2017

Porthgwarra cove 8:45-11:40: 5 Corys Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 22 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua. (R Augarde, R Veal, R Wilkins)

Tater-du 07:00-14:00: 8 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 37 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Arctic Skua, 6 Bonxie, 3 Common Scoter, 11 Kittiwake, 1 Black Tern. (M McKee)

Pendeen car park 12:40-15:40: 1 juv Long-tailed Skua close at 13:15, 1 Sabine’s Gull at 13:35, 2+ Leach’s Petrel, 9 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 1+ Storm Petrel, 52 ‘commic’ Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 8 Common Tern, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Bar and 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (R Augarde, R Veal, R Wilkins) 16:00-17:15 2 Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Puffin, 2 Storm Petrel. (R Veal)

Pendeen15:00-19:00: 7 Great Shearwater, 19 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Pomarine Skua, 9 Arctic Skua, 8 Bonxie. (P Marshall)

Pentire Point East, Newquay 16:45-19:15: 5 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 7 Bonxie, 5 Arctic Skua, 5 ‘commic’ Tern, 5 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, c4000 Manx Shearwater, 4 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Pentire, Newquay: 4 Sooty Shearwater in one hour mid-afternoon, numerous Manx Shearwater and Gannet, 15 Common Scoter and 2 ‘commic’ Tern. (T Wilson)

Fistral Beach, Newquay: 12 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 juv Long-tailed Skua, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel this evening. (B Bosisto) 

Gannel Estuary: Six Pale-bellied Brent Goose still this afternoon on salt marsh, 1 Med Gull. (T Wilson) Also 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Barwit, 3 Dunlin, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover. (S Rowe) Also 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 Curlew. (S Grose)

Devoran:Osprey still. (R Hampshire, P Ash)

Osprey, Paul Ash

Walmsley: 8 Cattle Egret, 6 Little Egret, 8 Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 60+ Sand Martin, 20+ House Martin, 30+ Swallow and 1 Otter. (D Thomas)

Argal: 1 Common Tern, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Great Crested Grebe. (D Eva )

College: 2 Common Sandpiper. (D Eva )

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 12 Canada Goose,4  Cormorant, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 24 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 58 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 36 Carrion Crow,4 Magpie,3 6 Starling, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Blackbird, 2  Wheatear, 26 Pied Wagtail, 8 Swallow, 34 Meadow Pipit, 87 Linnet, 95 Goldfinch, 1 Chaffinch and 10 Stonechat.   (DA Conway)

Mullion Cove: Marsh Tit on nuts in garden. (J Allely)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Barnacle Goose. (S Grose)

Barnacle Goose, Shaun Grose

Bude Marshes: 67 Canada Geese, 10 Moorhens, 1 Coot, 67 Mallard, 1 Herring Gull, 26 Black headed Gulls, 3 Grey Herons, 5 Carrion Crows, 7 Magpies, 3 Wood Pigeons, 1 Robin, 5 Jackdaws, 1 Great Potted Woodpecker, 5 Chaffinches, 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (H Kendall & R Mudge)

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Thursday 6th July 2017

Polgigga: 1s female Amur Falcon on wires this evening but mobile, appeared to go to roost at 21:25. (M Wallace) Please park safely and considerately, the roads are very narrow and frequently used by large farm machinery. Limited parking on the roadside between Polgigga and Raftra Farm, also by the cricket pitch and green at Trethewey. On no account drive along or park on Bosistow Lane, as this is a private road!

Amur Falcon, Dave Parker

Amur Falcon, Dave Parker

Amur Falcon, M Wallace

Walmsley: 4+ Cattle Egret. (B Rankine)

Cattle Egret, Barry Rankine

Cattle Egret, Barry Rankine

Davidstow: Adult Yellow-legged Gull. (J Mitchell)

Yellow-legged Gull, Jon Mitchell

Mount Hawke: 21 Starlings (adult and juvenile mix) squabbling at feeders, flew up onto wires to be counted at 07:30 in private garden, 1 Sparrowhawk. (RB Girling)

Rock: 1 male sparrowhawk from private garden. (S Grose)

Truro: 2 Crossbill calling and flying around fir trees in Trewinnard area this morning. (S Rogers)

Drift Reservoir: 5 Common Sandpiper. (M Wallace)

St Gothian Sands: 1 juv Dipper on Red River. (P Freestone, MJ Spicer)

Dipper, Mike Spicer

Boscastle: No sign of the Woodchat Shrike despite extensive searching, 15+ Swifts, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Raven. (H Kendall & B Bryne)

Rame Head: 20+ Whitethroat, 1m Yellowhammer in approximately a square mile. (R Napp)

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Wednesday 5th July 2017

Hayle Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper, 90 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret and 5 Med Gulls on Ryan’s Field at high tide. Also 5 Black Swan, pr Shelduck with 5 young and 10 Little Egret on Lelant Saltings. (MJ Spicer) 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 119 Curlew, 1 Mallard duckling. Also 1 Great Black-backed Gull observed taking and eating a Shelduck young, leaving 4 alive. (R Veal)

 

Black Swan, Mike Spicer

St Erth: 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly. (MJ Spicer)

 

Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Mike Spicer

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 3 Fulmar, 6 Gannet, 28 Cormorant, 7 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 4 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill, 2 Wood Pigeon, 9 Skylark, 12 House martin, 22 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 5 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 4 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 21 Linnet.6 Large white, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Ringlet, 2 Small Heath, 12 Meadow Brown, 4 Small Copper, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Six-spot Burnet. (M Scawen et al.)

Helford Creek: A juvenile Mediterranean Gull in Helford Creek opposite Helford this afternoon. (D Collins)

Illogan: 4 Comma. (J Baker)

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Tuesday 4th July 2017

Boscastle: 1 Woodchat Shrike still present.

Lizard Point: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Puffin, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Ocean Sunfish. (I Maclean, A Blunden)

Gothian Sands: Shelduck  with 3 young and Coot with 1 young. (P Tandj)

 

Shelduck, P Tandj

Newquay, (Huers Hut): 89 adult Kittiwakes & 23 juveniles visible. (S Grose)

Mount Hawke: Brief view of I Sparrowhawk hassling 1 Wood Pigeon over private garden, outcome unknown. (RB Girling)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 33 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Dunlin & 41 Sand Martin. (S Grose)

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