Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Lower Tamar lake: 1 female Ring-necked Duck. (J Rance)

Ring-necked Duck – John Rance

Chapel Amble: 1 Little Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Redshank, 16 Snipe, 400 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 1 Temmincks Stint, 4 Water Pipit , 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush,1 leucistic Starling. (B Bosisto, L Payne) 1 Temminck’s Stint, 7 Water Pipits, 4 Green Sandpiper, c2200 Golden Plover, c2000 Lapwing, 3 Ruff, Tawny Owl, c15 Redwing, 8 Pied Wagtail this afternoon. (A Langdon)

Trewornan, Camel Estuary: 24 Mute Swan , 4 Whooper Swan , 1 Bar-headed Goose (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Towan Beach: 4 Cirl Bunting (D Eva)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Common Sandpiper (D Eva)

Pendower: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Black-throated Diver, 8+ Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 9 Guillemot. (D Eva, R Veal, DK Parker, R Wilkins)

Portscatho/Porthcurnick: 1f Long-tailed Duck, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver. (D Eva, R Wilkins, DK Parker, R Veal et al)

Carrick Roads: 1f Velvet Scoter, 8 Black-necked Grebe, 13 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (DK Parker, R Wilkins, R Veal)

Devoran: 1w Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Spotted Redshank at Tallack’s Creek high tide roost. (DK Parker, R Veal, R Wilkins)

Porthpean: possible juv/f Surf Scoter with c20 Common Scoter. Also 2 Great Northern Diver, Peregrine & 2 Harbour Porpoise. (P Aley, I Teague)

North Cliffs: Richard’s Pipit still in sheep field opposite Tehidy north entrance. (M Spicer, M Ahmad, B Hibbet, P Clement). Also 6 (1 ad, 5 imm) Whooper Swan in fields just NE of Hell’s mouth cafe. (DK Parker, R Veal et al)

Whooper Swans, Roger Butts

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 2 (mf) Stonechat, with 30+ Gannet and 40+ Kittiwake offshore and in the roads, 20 Common Dolphin inside Carrick Roads. Castle Beach: 1 Redshank, 2 Whimbrel, 20+ Turnstone. Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 1st spring male Eider in the surf, then flew east, Swanpool: 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Coal Tit, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 35 Goldfinch over, 2 Water Rail and 10 Fulmar on cliffs. Prince of Wales Pier: Herring Gull; Blue 019. (D Chaney)

Penryn, Gorrangorras: 1 Kingfisher, 45 Teal, 3 Little Egret, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Greenshank, 36 Redshank, 7 Curlew. (D Chaney)

Carrick Roads: 6+ Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver from Mylor Churchtown. (D Chaney)

St Ives: 2 Stonechats, male & female following each other on The Island. (K Money)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Padstow: 21 Mute Swan, 4 Whooper Swan, 120 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 63 Shelduck, 27 Mallard, 24 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 13 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 95 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 37 Grey Plover, c.4000 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 3 Turnstone, 200 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 70 Redshank, 3
Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 140 Curlew, 180 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 50 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 5 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 12 Chaffinch. (M Scawen et al.)

Windmill Farm: 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 m Hen Harrier. (R Evershed)


Monday 8th October 2018

 Porthgwarra: 1 Little Bunting, 2+ Reed Bunting and c100 Linnet in the Quinoa field, 1 Firecrest in the car park copse, 2 Firecrest in Hidden Valley, 20+ Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and 1 Grey Wagtail. (DK Parker) Yellow-browed Warbler heard only in the car park copse. (R Archer) Cetti’s Warbler. (D Flumm)

Roskestal Farm: Rosy Starling, 1 Turtle Dove and 37 Collared Dove. (D Flumm, DK Parker et al.)

Rosy Starling, Lynton Proctor

Rosy Starling, Dave Flumm

Turtle and Collared Doves, Dave Flumm

Polgigga: Wryneck still at Faraway Cottage. (M Wallace)

Ardensawah Farm: 39 Collared Dove. (DK Parker)

Raftra Farm: 43 Collared Dove. (DK Parker)

Penberth: Yellow-browed Warbler. (R Archer)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 20 Meadow Pipit. (D Flumm)

Sennen: 65 Med Gulls on beach prior to any dog walkers, by far the highest count we have had. (J Miller) Also Great Northern Diver this afternoon and evening. (D Unsworth, J Miller)

Crows-An-Wra: 1 Kestrel, 1 Rook. Kestrel being chased by Rook. (K Bowers)

Kestrel, Kevin Bowers

Kestrel and Rook, Kevin Bowers

Stithians Reservoir: 7 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Egret, 12 Little Grebe,  62 Black-headed Gull, 130 Herring Gull, 15 Linnet, 2 Coal Tit and 1 Bank Vole at feeders, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Fox. (D Chaney)

Treverva: 2 Swallow. (D Chaney)

Camel Estuary: 12 Cattle Egret , 1 Common Sandpiper. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Amble Dam, Wadebridge: 16 Cattle Egret, 54 Red-legged Partridge. (S Grose)

Maer Lake: 3 Black tailed Godwits, 1 Ruff, 7 Lapwings, 1 Dunlin, 1 Grey Heron, 77 Canada Geese, 1 male Stonechat. (H Kendall)

Bude: 1 Tawny Owl road casualty at Hele Bridge near Bude on the A39. (H Kendall)

St Issey, Halfway House pub: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Sunday 5th August 2018

Late news, 4/8, Penwithick: Marsh Tit came in about 19:15. (K Bowers)

Marsh Tit – Kevin Bowers

Cremyll, Tamar Estuary: Osprey west. (B Bosisto)

Porthgwarra: 4 Pied Flycatcher, 19 Willow Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Whimbrel, Swallow passing at c300/hour, House Martin at c50/hour. Also 1 Sooty Shearwater flew past the cove. (M Wallace, R Veal, R Augarde, R Wilkins, B Mellow)

Nanquidno: 2 Marsh Harrier over. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 ad Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper. (S Rogers)

Stithians: 32 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Egret. (J Chapman)

Lethytep, Lanreath: 2 Green Sandpiper. (P Hambly)

Green Sandpipers – Philip Hambly

Padstow: 6 Sandwich Tern off Tregirls beach. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 189 Black headed Gull, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 little Egret, 1 Muscovey, 1 Teal, 2 Coot, 1 Little Grebe. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 4 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Great Crested Grebe +3 juv, 3 Raven, 3 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin, 1 Redshank, Curlew and Oystercatcher. (M Lammas) 2 Common Sandpiper on stream from boating lake sluice gate to main channel. (S Grose)

Goss Moor: A total of 67 new birds ringed. 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 28 Blackcap, 15 Garden Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Tit and 1 Kingfisher (first for the site). Also one juvenile Hobby over. (P Roseveare)

Buttermilk Hill/Rosewall Hill: 1 female Marsh Harrier, 60+ Linnet in a pre-migratory creche with largely young birds second-brooded, 12 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechat. (V Stratton)

Marsh Harrier – Viv Stratton

Kennack Sands: a white Sand Martin, seen several times down on the second beach. It was entering several nesting holes, and being seen off by the other birds with gusto! Never seen this before. (L Routh)

Penhale Point area: 9 Chough, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Stonechat. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Hobby. (D Julian)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 7 Lapwing. (J St Ledger)

Green Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Windmill Farm: Southern Migrant Hawker – at least 3 today. First found by M Silk. First record for the reserve. (D Wright)

Southern Migrant Hawker – Dougy Wright

Trefusis Point, Flushing: small group of Stonechat. (T Mason)

Stonechat – Tim Mason



Friday 3rd August 2018

Late news, 2/8, Downderry seawatch 16:00-20:30: Sea flat calm. 35 Common Scoter east, 120 House Martin coasting west, 2 pods of Common Dolphin, some jumping clear of water. Gannets diving on fish shoals, 6 Med Gull west, 4 Cory’s Shearwater west, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 5 Pied Wagtail, Herring and Black-headed Gulls, 3 Great Black-backed Gull. (C Buckland)

St Ives Island (06:26-08:30): 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1174 Manx Shearwater, 1 Med Gull, c10 Common Scoter, 2+ Sandwich Tern, Whimbrel, Turnstone, Sanderling, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and 1+ Ocean Sunfish. (L Langley)

Bude Headland: small family groups of Manx Shearwater roughly 1 mile out 07:00, 86 Black-headed Gull on bowling green near cricket pitch, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine and 2 Raven. (N Bastin)

Kestrel, Nigel Bastin

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, 22 Curlew, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Buzzard (adult) feeding frog to 2 young Buzzard. From Stuart Hutchings hide. (J St Ledger)

Wood Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Porthilly Point: 18 Sandwich Tern, 29 Mediterranean Gull, 76 Black headed Gull, 2 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 39 Oystercatcher, 15 Sand Martin, Linnets sifting through the seaweed on the shoreline. (S Grose)

Ruan Lanihorne: Osprey circling, causing panic and flight of all the other birds, present at 09:05. (D Hall)

Tregantle seawatch 08:00-10:00: 11 Manx Shearwater west, 20 House Martin west, 100+ Herring Gull with Gannets on fish shoal off firing ranges, 8 Cormorant, 3 juv Whitethroat. (C Buckland)

Millbrook Lake: 200+ Black-headed Gull, 89 Redshank, 1 Little Egret. (C Buckland)

Rock: 2 Sparrowhawk (1 fem & 1 presumed juv) from a private garden. (S Grose)

Geevor: 3 Wheatear. Yesterday 5 Painted Ladies on the Pendeen to Geevor coast path. (A Hartley)

Pendeen: Sedge Warbler, several juv Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Buzzard, noticeable increase in the number of Swallows around, 1 Swift over. Also Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (A Hartley)

Mousehole: 2 Med Gull off the Rock Pool Cafe. (A Hartley)

Nanjizal: 123 new birds ringed. Of note were 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 55 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 21 Whitethroat and 1 Blackcap. A juvenile Skylark was a nice surprise in the nets. (P Roseveare)


Thursday 19th July 2018

Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Knot. (B Bryne)

Walmsley:  68 Little Egrets, 1 Greenshank, 8 Grey Heron. (A Langdon)

Little Egrets, Adrian Langdon

Little Egrets, Adrian Langdon

Porthilly: 39 Mediterranean Gull and 100+ Black-headed Gull at the sewage treatment works as the tanks were being stirred today. (S Grose)

Nr. Trevelgue: 1 Corn Bunting. (S Gray)


Thursday 21st June 2018

Plusha: 1 Red Kite at 19:00 this evening. (T Potterton)

Newquay Trenance Gardens: 1 Sparrowhawk with prey at 06:00. (S Grose)

Lizard: c80 Swift. (D Flumm)

Walmsley: female Gadwall with 8 ducklings. (A Langdon)

Gadwall, Adrian Langdon

St. Martin, Looe: Red-legged Partridge and 3 young. (P Sharp) 

Red-legged Partridge, Philip Sharp


Wednesday 20th June 2018

Late news, 19/6, Marazion Beach: 25 Sanderling, 5 (ad. s/p) Dunlin. (J Hawkey)

Newquay, Huer’s Hut: 5 Kittiwake (only one bird sitting on a nest) & 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Port Isaac, Treharrock Manor: 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 5 Raven over. (S Grose)

Penzance: 10 Sandwich Tern off Western Promenade at 15:45. (J Evans)