Sunday 19th March 2017

Late news, 17/3, Gerrans Bay: 1 Sandwich Tern. (R and S Sharp)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Sandwich Tern at high tide, 2 juv Iceland Gull, 2 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 5 (3 sum plum) Med Gull, drk Goosander, 1 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit on Lelant Saltings. 1 imm Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal, M Halliday). Also 16 Bar-tailed Godwit. (D Britton)

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Sandwich Tern, Mark Halliday

Sandwich Tern, Mark Halliday

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret. (D Britton)

Drift: 95 Sand Martin. (D. Flumm)

Tol Carn, Newlyn: 15 Sandwich Tern, 1 ad Common Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe c.15:30. (Roy Phillips)

Penzance: 2 Sandwich Tern. (P St Pierre)

St Ives Bay: 12 Great Northern Diver, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Rowe)

Godrevy Towans: 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Hampshire)

Bowithick: 1 female Merlin, 3 Wheatear. (D Eva)

Helston: 1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull still at the boating lake. (C Selway, I Maclean) Also 16 Cattle Egret at Loe Pool this evening and 2 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Lizard Point (09:30-11:00): 40+ Puffin, 5 Manx Shearwater. (I Maclean)

Frenchman’s Creek: 35+ Cattle Egret. (T Chatfield, C Chatfield)

St Clement: 19 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret roosting at 17:40, most flew towards Malpas at 17:50. (J Lander) Later at least 20 Cattle Egrets (probably 23) amongst 33 Egrets. (D Britton)

Devoran: 3 Cattle Egret. (J Beaumont)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 20 sand Martin, 1f Mandarin. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1 Greenshank. (S Grose)

Pentewan River: 1 Dipper (A Curwen)

Pendower Beach: 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver & 6 Common Scoter. (D Britton)

Par Beach Pool: 1 albifrons White-fronted Goose still present. (S Rogers)

Gorran Haven: 1 Hoopoe still at Boswinger at Sea View International Caravan site. (D Britton) Video by Rob Nicholls.

Mevagissey: 1 Snipe (A Curwen)


Saturday 18th March 2017

Late news, 15/3 Newlyn: Female Vagrant Emperor in a private garden. (L & G Proctor)

Late news, 17/3, Marazion Marsh RSPB: Pink-footed Goose flew in from the NE with 5 Greylags circled the reserve and flew back NE towards Hayle at 09:00. (DK Parker, P St Pierre)

2 Balearic Shearwater, 31 Manx Shearwater, 52 Fulmar, 505 Gannet, 310 Kittiwake, 144 auk sp (Guillemot/Razorbill) and 10 Puffin. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 1 pale phase Pomarine Skua in fairly heavy moult offshore at 10 am, chasing Herring Gulls close into the shore. Also 1 Great Northern Diver and 3 (1m) Common Scoter. (R Veal) 

Marazion Marsh: 15 Sand Martin (including 1 possible partially leucistic bird), 3m Tufted Duck, 1m Shoveler. (R Veal) Also 1 Bittern flew across Longrock Pool c.16:30. (J Veal) 

Crowlas: 1f Brambling again in private garden. (R Veal)

Trewey Common: 4+ (2m) Yellowhammer in bushes near the only house at SW451362 viewed from the road. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary: 2 3cy Yellow-legged Gull. (C Urquhart)

St Gothian Sands: 1 2w Iceland Gull, 1 Golden Plover south and 1 Coot. (MJ Spicer)

Tehidy CP: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still by café. (B Field)

Helston, Loe Pool: 16 Cattle Egret. (P St Pierre) 1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull still on the boating lake.

Mullion Harbour: 2 Iceland Gull on water between harbour and island. (S Grose)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull.

Kennack Sands: 4 Black-throated Diver (1 in adult summer plumage), 1 Sandwich Tern. (G Adams)

Swanvale, Falmouth: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler still. (Cornwall Birding)

St Clements: 10+ Cattle Egret still at Menadews Farm. (Cornwall Birding)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Dipper at Set Bridge. (Cornwall Birding)

Boswinger: 1 Hoopoe still at Sea View International caravan site. (R Nicholls, R Nicholls and M Pass)

Hoopoe, Rowena Nicholls

Hoopoe, Rowena Nicholls

Lethytep, Lanreath: 6 Sand Martin. (P Hambly)

Looe Island: 6 Wheatear. (C Lewis) 

Wheatear, Claire Lewis

Wheatear, Claire Lewis

Gannel Estuary: 1 3w Iceland Gull, 1 3w Yellow-legged Gull, 38 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Med Gull this afternoon. (S Rowe)

Trevarrian: 1 Cattle Egret by airfield between St Mawgan and Trevarrian. (L Curry)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Sand Martin, 7 Great Crested Grebe (D. Eva)


Friday 17th March 2017

Late news, 16/3, Bridge, St. Columb Major: 1 Barnacle Goose. (I Hoare)

Late news, 16/3, Bude: 10 Turnstone, 3 Teal, 1 Wren, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Cetti’s Warbler heard (H Wilkins)

Sennen: hybrid Hooded Crow still, 1m Wheatear on Mayon Cliff. (P Taylor)

Bosistow Lane, Polgigga: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (M Wallace)

Cape Cornwall: 3 Black Redstart in ‘last’ garden, 1 male 2 females. (J Brodie-Good)

Drift: 130 Sand Martin. (D. Flumm)

Longrock Pool, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 10 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow. (D. Flumm) Also 1 Bittern and 1 House Martin.

Hayle Estuary: 2nd winter and ad Yellow-legged Gull, also 3 Cattle Egret and 2 juv Iceland Gulls. (M Halliday) Also 1 Greenshank , 16 Curlew, 1 Spoonbill. (C Richards)

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

St Erth: 9 Little Egret. (MJ Spicer)

Connor Downs: 1 Merlin. (Cornwall Birding)

Gwithian: 1 Wheatear at Gothian Sands NR

Tehidy CP: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Camborne: 1 Iceland Gull in ploughed field by former A30.

Helston: 1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull still at the boating lake.

Argal Reservoir: 1 ad Iceland Gull in cauliflower fields at Treverva, also 5 Med Gull and 300+ Herring Gull. (D Chaney)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 6 Common Scoter, c.60 Black-throated Diver, c.12 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 12 Med Gull and 2 Common Gull. (MJ Spicer)

Par Beach: 1 albifrons White-fronted Goose in field with Canada Geese. (B Hibbett, R Wilkins, MJ Spicer)

Stepper Point: 2 Wheatear below coastguard building. (S Grose)

Bude: 4 Linnet. (H Wilkins)


Thursday 16th March 2017

Late news, 14./3, Burniere Hide, Camel Estuary: 42 Little Egret next to the dam. (D Thomas)

Late news, 14/3, Walmsley: 30 Lapwing, 3 Reed Bunting, 300+ Sand Martin and 4 Chiffchaff calling. (D Thomas)

Late news,15/3, Whitecross, Newquay: 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 50+ mixed flock of finches in stubble field and 300+ Golden Plover. (D Thomas)

Late news, 15/3, Looe Island: 4 Blackbird, 11 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 54 Cormorant, 1 Curlew, 2 Dunnock, 16 Fulmar, 12 Gannet, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Great Northern Diver, 50 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenfinch, 258 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Egret,  8 Mallard, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 23 Oystercatcher,  1 Pheasant, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Raven, 1 Robin, 2 Rock Pipit, 22 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Turnstone, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 14 Woodpigeon, 14 Wren 14. (D Spooner)

Kenidjack: 8 Chiffchaff (D Flumm)

Carn Gloose: 15 Chough. (S Williams)

Sancreed: 9 Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff and on Sancreed Beacon a Red-legged Partridge. Although a neighbour reported one a couple of years ago, this is the first I’ve seen here in 23 years. (D Flumm)

Penzance, Lidden area: 1 Blackcap singing in garden. (T Mills)

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret late morning in Tredrea Lane. (Cornwall Birding) 2 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret this afternoon. Also 2 Curlew and 1 Nuthatch in private garden. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Estuary: 2 juv. Iceland Gull. (S Rogers, J Thomas) 3 Cattle Egret flew in from SW at 17:28 and landed near Lelant Station, 2 juv. Iceland Gull, 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 2f Teal, 1 ad Common Gull on Lelant Saltings. 10 Grey Plover, 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 ad Shag on Carnsew Pool and 4 Sand Martin to west. (R Veal)

St Ives: 1 Black Redstart at St Ives Island. 1 Great Crested Grebe on sea. (Cornwall Birding)

St Gothians NR: 1 2nd year Iceland Gull, 1 Little Ringed Plover. (S. Rogers)

Heston Boating Lake: 1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull, 4 Shoveler. (S Rogers)

Treverva: 1 ad Iceland Gull with c.300 Herring Gull feeding in cauliflower fields before flying east towards Maenporth 2pm today. Also flock of 30 Cormorant seen flying N inland from Maenporth. (D Chaney)

Gorren Haven: 1 Hoopoe this afternoon at Boswinger. (Cornwall Birding)

Bedruthan Steps to Park Head: 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Wheatear together with considerable numbers of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Stonechats. (J Lander)

Marazion: A pair of Garganey on the sea off the Station House this evening. (P St Pierre)

Walmsley: 3 Garganey. (C Selway)

Seaton: 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 7 Common Scoter. (C Buckland)

Torpoint: 2 (m,f) Long-tailed Duck. (C Buckland)


Sunday 5th March 2017

Helston Boating Lake: 1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull. (T Blunden et al)

Bonaparte's Gull, Tony Blunden

Bonaparte’s Gull, Tony Blunden

Bonaparte's Gull, Tony Blunden

Bonaparte’s Gull, Tony Blunden

Bonaparte's Gull, Tony Blunden

Bonaparte’s Gull, Tony Blunden

Bonaparte's Gull, Mashuq Ahmed

Bonaparte’s Gull, Mashuq Ahmed

Bonaparte's Gull, Reuben Veal

Bonaparte’s Gull, Reuben Veal

Bonaparte's Gull, Alex McKechnie

Bonaparte’s Gull, Alex McKechnie

Loe Pool: 14 Cattle Egret, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Common Gulls, 1 Kingfisher. (I Maclean)

Helston SW: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Wright)

Frenchman’s Creek: 12 Cattle Egret, 7 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron in trees at 18:00. At the same time a further 10+ Egret sp. could be seen in the cow field beyond the trees but were too distant and obscured for me to ID with my bins. (J Selby)

Falmouth Bay: c90 Shag, 1 Great Northern Diver from Swanpool Beach, 12 Turnstone to Gyllyngvase Beach. (D Chaney)

Long Rock Pool: 1st winter Little Gull this afternoon. (M Rouncefield)

Little Gull, M Rouncefield

Little Gull, M Rouncefield

Polgigga: 1st winter American Herring Gull, 1 juv Iceland Gull. (K Wilson)

Newquay: 5 Chough on the golf course this morning. (C Stephenson)

Gannel Estuary: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 9 Med Gull, 600 Black-headed Gull, 440 Herring Gull, 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Wigeon. (S Rowe)

Penwithick: 8 Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 2 Siskin, 1 Pied Wagtail. (K.Bowers)

Siskin, Kevin Bowers

Siskin, Kevin Bowers

Siskin, Kevin Bowers

Siskin, Kevin Bowers

Camborne: 1 Bullfinch in private garden. (B Parsonage)

Bullfinch, Brian Parsonage

Bullfinch, Brian Parsonage

Crowlas: 1f Brambling again in private garden. (R Veal)

Marazion: 1 Red-throated Diver flew W and 9 Great Northern Diver offshore. 1 singing Chiffchaff, 1 drk Gadwall, 1 singing Cetti’s Warbler on the marsh. (R Veal)



Tuesday 28th February 2017

Late news, 25/2, Helston: 17 Cattle Egret in a field on Meneage Road. (J Stone)

Late news, 27/2, St Clements: 5 Cattle Egret at Menadews Farm. (W Chegwidden)

Late news, 27/2, Coverack:  1 juv Little Gull and 1st winter Iceland Gull. (S Kolodziejski)

Late news, 27/2, Lanhydrock:  2 Woodlark flew over Lanhydrock golf course this afternoon. (D Julian)

Lamorna: 3 Iceland Gull (ad and 2 juv) late afternoon.

Hayle Estuary: 1 juv Iceland Gull again.

Marazion: 1w Little Gull at Marazion off Beach café (M Wallace)

Coverack: 1 juv Iceland Gull at Coverack this afternoon, also 1w Little Gull (T.Phelps)

Falmouth: 500 Chaffinch in set-aside field next to Bickland Water Trading Estate, 1 Black Redstart on rooftops on N Parade. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras: 4 Snipe, 14 Curlew, 17 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Greenshank, 26 Redshank. (D Chaney)

Gannel Estuary: 7 Cattle Egret again from carpark early am. (M Lammas), 1 juv Iceland Gull late pm. (S Rowe)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Malpas, Truro: 20+ Teal at Sunny Corner. (J Blackburn)


Monday 27th February

Late news, 26/2, Mousehole: 1 ad Iceland Gull flew in c18:15 (possibly ssp Kumlien’s), 3 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 1 ad Scandinavian (argentatus) Herring Gull, 1 drk Eider, 39 Cormorant on St Clement’s Isle. (R Veal)

Late news, 26/2 Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 1 pale phase Pomarine Skua, 1 Black-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 drk Common Scoter, 30+ Kittiwake, 6 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill offshore in the afternoon. 1 ad Kittiwake, 8 Purple Sandpiper on Battery Rocks. (R Veal)

Late news, 26/2, Crowlas: 1f Brambling again in private garden. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 19 Golden Plover over. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 111 Curlew and 44 Redshank. (MJ Spicer)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

Penzance: 1 Pomarine Skua.

Ryan’s Field: 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 111 Curlew and 44 Redshank. (MJ Spicer)

Tehidy: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (R Farnes)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Rod Farnes

Yellow-browed Warbler, Rod Farnes

Mount Hawke: 2 Bullfinch (M+F) in provate garden. (RB & PC Girling)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Firecrest, 2+ Goldcrest , 2 Grey Wagtail, 1m Bullfinch and several Chiffchaff. (A McKechnie)

Goldcrest, Alex McKechnie

Goldcrest, Alex McKechnie

Grey Wagtail, Alex McKechnie

Grey Wagtail, Alex McKechnie

Polbathic Creek: 2 Barnacle Geese. (A Blonden)

College Reservoir: 1m Scaup, 20 Tufted Duck, 14 Wigeon, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 200 Gannet, 8  Razorbill offshore, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Med Gull, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 halfway along west side; 1 at N end just inside Swanvale). Also 4 Harbour Porpoise, 1 Grey Seal. (D Chaney)

Swanvale: 2 Water Rail, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff. (D Chaney)

Falmouth: 1 Red-necked Grebe off Castle Beach. (D Chaney)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup, 3 Goldeneye.

Kingsmill Lake:  3 Greenshank,  2 Spotted Redshank. (M Beer).

Lower Tamar Lake: 2m Yellowhammer, 1 Willow Tit, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Goosander (7m 3f), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch. (R Mudge)