Wednesday 11th April 2018

Lizard Village: 2 Alpine Swift again this morning.

Marazion: Pair of Garganey and 3 Sandwich Tern on Great Hogus late afternoon/evening, also 7 Great Northern Diver and 2 female Common Scoter offshore. (M Elliott)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 20+ House Martin briefly. (DK Parker, S Rogers, R Wilkins)

Kenidjack valley: am/midday; Quite a good fall today including, 1 Redstart (male), 20+ Willow Warbler, 20+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap and 1 Pied Flycatcher (male) (P Clarke)

Porthgwarra: 1 f Merlin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Gadwall, 40 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 41 Teal,10 Shoveler, 1 Brown Hare (D Eva)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 16 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 35 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 55 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 93 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Iceland Gull, 2 Common Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 65 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch,  4 Palmate Newt. (M Scawen et al.)

Tresillian: 2 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff (all feeding on estuary near Tresemple Pool). (M Jones)

Freathy: 1 Black-throated Diver on sea, 47 Common Scoter flew west, and 2 Swallow flew east this morning. (M. Jordan)

Crowlas: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin, 1 House Martin. (R Veal)

Tresillian: Blackcap (m) sadly killed flying into a window this morning, un-ringed, weighed 19 grams. (A Nicholson)


Thursday22nd February

Stithian’s Reservoir: Great White Egret still at Golden Lion cut off.

Mabe Burnthuose: 2 Cattle Egret still in field by Flicka Foundation Donkey Sanctuary from Trenoweth Lane mid-afternoon.

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): Drake Green-winged Teal, 2 Spoonbill, 5 Little Egret, 3 Pintail, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Redshank. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, R Wilkins)

Burniere: 2 Whooper Swan with 12 Mute Swan in field behind the hide . (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, R Wilkins)

Chapel Amble: 11 Water Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Redshank . (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, R Wilkins)

Trevose Head: 13 Corn Bunting and 2 male Yellowhammer . (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, R Wilkins)

Newlyn: 2 Glaucous Gull in the harbour. (M Wallace) Iceland Gull. (L Proctor)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe , 2 Great Crested Grebe , 2 Tufted Duck , 3 Buzzard. (K Bowers)

Black-necked Grebe, Kevin Bowers

Great Crested Grebe, Kevin Bowers


Tufted Duck, Kevin Bowers


Siblyback Reservoir: 25 Tufted Duck, several hundred Canada Geese 6 Little Grebe, 4
Meadow Pipit, 20 Goldfinch, 1 Thrush, 1 Treecreeper. (R Napp)


Treecreeper, Rick Napp

Winnards Perch:1 Barn Owl at Trelow Downs. (S Grose)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Whimbrel. (J St Ledger)

Truro: Female siskin in my garden. (M Costa)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap not ringed. (D Hastilow)


Blackcap, David Hastilow

St Ives: Firecrest in private garden. (M Rouncefield)

Tolvaddon Garden:1 Firecrest, 1 Blackcap (m). (M & T Hasdell)

Penwithick: 1 Siskin. (K.Bowers)

Siskin, Kevin Bowers

St Enodoc Golf Course: 1 male Yellowhammer, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Swanvale Reserve, Falmouth: 1 Redwing. (S Court)

Rosenannon Downs: 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl, Snipe, & Redwings. (S Grose)


Monday 29th January 2018

Late news, 28/1, Penzance: Ringing details back on this bird which I photographed at Jubilee Pool on 8th Dec. It was originally ringed on Nidingen in Sweden on 22-08-10 as a 1st year bird and was also seen in Penzance on 08-09-14. (A distance of 1392km). It was still with the roosting Turnstone flock in Penzance harbour this weekend. (M McKee)

Turnstone, Mike McKee

Penzance, Wherrytown: 2 Brent Goose. (R Butts)

Brent Goose, Roger Butts

Newlyn Harbour: 1 imm. (very tame) Iceland Gull. (R Butts)

Iceland Gull, Roger Butts

Paul: 1 m. Brambling in my garden. (R Butts)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Glaucous Gull at Porth Ledden. (N Wheatley)

Towan Head:  3 Common Scoter and 2 Red-throated Diver still, lots of Auks feeding off point. (M Lammas)

Gannel Estuary: summer plumage Med Gull, No sign of Ring-billed Gull this morning on the boating lake. (M Lammas)

Truro: Tufted Duck Malpas Road opposite sunny corner. (M Costa)

St Enodoc Golf Course: 2 singing Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Quintrell Downs: A male Blackcap visits daily at the moment. Mainly eating seeds maybe sunflower, but also eating pollen from a camellia. Not ringed. (M Lovejoy)

Kingsmill Lake: 4 Barnacle Goose, 95 Avocet, 8 Snipe. (M Beer)

China Fleet Club: Hawfinch still. (M Beer)

Wilcove: 1m Green-winged Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Whimbrel. (C Ellis)

St John’s Lake from nr St John village: 1 Mediterranean Gull (2nd winter), also usual waders and wildfowl. (C Ellis)

Newlyn, Coombe: 4 (3m, 1f) Blackcap on feeders and 1 Firecrest in Pyracantha bush in garden. (B Dodd)


Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Late news, 1/1, Newlyn, harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 f Black Redstart. Outside harbour: 1 ad Common Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Harbour Porpoise, also Gannets and Kittiwakes. Sandy Cove: 1 Bullfinch and 1 Goldcrest. Newlyn Coombe: 1 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest and 1 flyover Peregrine. (T Mills)

Late news, 1/1, China Fleet Club/Kingsmill Lake:  2 Hawfinch in trees near picnic tables, Glossy Ibis in field opposite 2nd hide, Firecrest, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 112 Avocet. (G Lewis)

Late news, 1/1, Windmill Farm: 1 Richard’s Pipit. (D Wright)

Late news, 1/1, Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Scaup (female). (G Lewis)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1 Ring-billed Gull still this afternoon and roosting on the water with a family of Mute Swan this evening. (J Bowen, S Grose)

Ring-billed Gull, Jayne Bowen

Ring-billed Gull, Jayne Bowen

Copperhouse: 2 Jack Snipe. (D Eva)

Hayle: 10 Goosander ( 4 drakes, 6 female/imm.), 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull. (D Eva) Also 1 3w Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Grey Plover, 3 (2 drk) Goosander and 1 possible Lesser Black-backed Gull x Herring Gull hybrid. (R Veal)

Penzance: 13 Great Northern Diver, 1 juv. Glaucous Gull off Jubilee Pool. (D Eva, L Proctor)

Drift: 1 Pink-footed Goose still with 40 Canada Geese. (D Eva)

Mousehole: 1f Black Redstart in Rocky area N of harbour. Also Rock Pipit and 10 Turnstones in harbour. (C Richards)

Marazion Beach: 1 juv Glaucous Gull at Red River mouth 10:00, different to the recent Newlyn bird. Also 1 Water Pipit. (R Veal)

Kennell Vale: A pair of displaying Dipper.  (A James)

Dipper, Alan James

Helford River from Passage Cove: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Whimbrel. (J St Ledger)

Frenchman’s Creek, Helford: Dusk egret roost held 20 Cattle Egret, 42 Little Egret and 3 Grey Heron this evening. (D Flumm)

Chapel Amble: 1 Bar-headed Goose with Canada Geese in field north of hide, Peregrine, Firecrest. (J & B Teague)

Egloshayle: 1 Hawfinch. (J & B Teague)

Polshea Farm, St Tudy: 2 Barn Owl at 04:30. (R Hughes)



Tuesday 5th December 2017

Late news, 1/12, Charlestown: 1 Great Northern Diver off the harbour. (S Lawrence)

Late news, 4/12, Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull seen on harbour wall.  It was around in the bay all day. (P Bedford)

Late news, 4/12, Par Beach Pond: Black Swan (C Jewels)

Hayle: American Golden Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Goosander(m), Spoonbill, Med Gull, Firecrest along road into Ryan’s field. (J Cole)

Porthgwarra:  4 Chough near Coastguard lookout. 1 Black Redstart on Old Coastguard Cottages. (P Warren)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool and Harbour:  Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone, single Ringed Plover, 15+ Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver in harbour mouth, 1, possibly 2 Black-throated Diver at distance. (P Warren)

Dozmary Pool: Ring-necked Duck and Lesser Scaup still.  Also 77 fieldfare and 18 Redwing. (P Jones)

Falmouth: 2 Black Redstart and a Whimbrel on Castle Beach this morning and 6 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver offshore. (T Phelps) Castle Beach: 2 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, c8 Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 100+ Black-headed Gulls feeding. Pendennis Point: 2 Stonechat, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore and a 2w Yellow-legged Gull on the rocks. (T Phelps) 

Gerran’s Bay: 20 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Purple Sandpiper at Nare Head, 5 Mediterranean Gulls at Towan Beach, also Harbour Porpoise and Common Seal (in small grey seal colony) all from kayak trip from Carne Beach. (R Kirkwood)

Long-tailed Duck, Rupert Kirkwood

Carnon Valley: 9 Siskin with flock of Goldfinch, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Reed Bunting (calling) on cycle trail. (J St Ledger)

Towan Head: 25+ Turnstone, 1 Purple Sandpiper,  6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Common Scoter, 60+ Gannet fishing in bay, also 8 Porpoise in 2 groups. (M Lammas)

Mawgan: 1 Firecrest, 1 Siskin and 1 Bullfinch in garden. (P Bedford)

Bodmin: 1 leucistic(?) Common Buzzard (completely white with a scattering of black feathers) near the exit sliproad to the A30. (N McAuley)


Monday 4th December 2017

Pendower: Pacific Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-throated Diver, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, mixed gulls including 4 Meds. (M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary: American Golden Plover still present this afternoon associating more with Lapwing present than the Golden Plover flock. When Golden Plover disturbed the AGP remained alone with Lapwing. Eventually it flew with the Lapwing onto Ryan’s field. (J Hawkey, B Toms and M Curtis)

American Golden Plover, Mike McKee

Mullion Church: Rose Coloured Starling this afternoon (M Pass)

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret in Tredrea Lane and 1 Barn Owl. (MJ Spicer)

Cattle Egret, Mike McKee

Penzance: 1 Eider in Harbour, 1 Black Redstart at Chyandour, 2 Black Redstart at Battery Rocks beach, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver and c30 Common Scoter offshore. (A McKechnie) 24 Common Scoter (J Evans) Pacific Diver also reported off Jubilee Pool.

Eider, Alex McKechnie

Penzance: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap (1f, 1m) at St Mary’s Churchyard. (J Evans)

Drift Reservoir: 50+ Canada Goose, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldcrest , 1 Wren. (K Bowers)

Tufted Duck, Kevin Bowers

Carnon Valley: 7/8 Lesser Redpoll briefly (M Pass)

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting and 1 Hawfinch. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: 1 Woodcock on moor; 2 Peregrine, 2 Chough. 1 Grey Wagtail on beach. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Crean: c 10 Redwing. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Sandy Cove: 1 Slavonian Grebe still; Minke Whale at far side of bay. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, L Proctor)

Perranuthnoe: 7 Great Northern Diver. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point to Black Rock: 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Dolphin. (J St Ledger)

Falmouth: 4 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush on Cordyline berries in the garden. (E Tackley)

Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Swanvale NR. Also Black Redstart on the beach and 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore.

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter still present, also 1 Long-tailed Duck.

Camel Trail (Bridge on Wool to Polbrook): 150+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 3 Redshank, 8 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 120+ Starling, 150+ Canada Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 11 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 11 Mute Swan (inc 1 juv), 25 Mallard, 4 Robin, 10 Crow, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Dippers 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock and 3 Otter. (P McKeogh)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Black Redstart, 21 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 1 Stonechat, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Cormorant, 1 Curlew, 3 Robin, 17 Carrion Crow, 3 Wood Pigeon, 35 Herring Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 57 Black-headed Gull, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 8 Oystercatcher, 3 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Wren, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Heron, resident drake Eider. (P Sharp)

Towan Head. 3 Common Scoter still off point, also 4 + Common Dolphin. (M Lammas)

Feock: 3 Blackcaps (2f,1m) in private garden including one female colour-ringed as part of a study in the same garden last winter. (K Dalziel)

Liskeard: 1 Hawfinch at Westbourne car park. (D Julian)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup and 1 Ring-necked Duck still present.

Charlestown: 2 m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

St Merryn: 1 Barn Owl. (R Hughes)


Thursday 12th October 2017

Late news, 11/10, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 26 Greylag Goose took flight with 100 plus Canada Goose by dusk heading North. (J Evans)

Porthgwarra: 1 Red-eyed Vireo 1 in 60ft cover, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by first pool, 5 Firecrest. (B Field)

Red-eyed Vireo, Brian Field

Red-eyed Vireo, Brian Field

Yellow-browed Warbler, Brian Field

Firecrest, Brian Field

Firecrest, Brian Field

Nanquidno: 2 Firecrest. (B Field) 

Kenidjack: 1 Firecrest. (B Field) 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap & 3 Chough. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Lands End: 2 Chiffchaff, 15 Skylark over, also 2 Reed Buntings and 11 Chough. (J Hawkey pers comm. P Harrison)

Nanjizal: 180 birds ringed including 87 Goldcrest, 17 Firecrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler. Also a 1st y Hobby flying around. (K Wilson)

Buttermilk Hill: 1, Snow Bunting  (male), 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Ring Ouzel, 74 Meadow Pipit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Common Buzzard and 6 Raven. (V Stratton)

Snow Bunting, Viv Stratton

Snow Bunting, Viv Stratton

Lizard Point and Village: 1 Rose-coloured Starling (still in Henrys Croft at 10:45 and then at football pitch 11:05), 1 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 200 Meadow Pipit, 42 Swallow, 34 Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Church Cove: 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 3 Blackcap, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 37 Swallow, 1 Hawfinch (flew over the churchyard twice , no sign after searching copse to the north of the churchyard where it landed), 1 Yellow browed Warbler (in the churchyard). (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Penryn: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Firecrest on campus. (B Porter)

Gannel Estuary: 131 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher,1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Redshank, 13 Little Egret, 2 Cattle Egret at Penpol Creek roost this evening. (S Grose)

Tallack’s Creek, Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 80+ Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 70+ Curlew, 4 Tawny Owls (2 pairs – heard calling). (J St Ledger) Also a Polish Ringed black headed Gull. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Spotted Redshank and Redshank, John St Ledger

Little Petherick Creek: 1 Greenshank. (E Mayhew)

Rame: 2 Firecrest, 1 Hobby, 2 Peregrine, 2 Raven, 2 Kestrel, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Cirl Bunting, Yellowhammers, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, 2 Grey Wagtail,.3 Pied Wagtail,4 Collared Dove, 20+ Goldcrest. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Kingsmill Lake: 2 Marsh Tit feeding close to hide this evening, 1 Grey Plover, 17 Greenshank. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Pendeen: Wryneck still present. (P Combridge)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Curlw Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 63 Redshank, 59 Curlew, 36 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Oystercatcher, 26 Greylag Geese, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 11 Little Egret and 2 Kingfisher. (DK Parker)