Sunday 10th February 2019

Coverack: 1 Pallas’s Warbler again just on the seaward side of the sewage works, also Firecrest. (B Craven, R Veal, S Windle et al) Also 76 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Eider, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Greenfinch ( B Bosisto L Payne ) Plus 3 (1 ad 2 juv) Shag. (M Webb)

Pallas’s Warbler, Stevan Windle

Shag, Martin Webb

Shag, Martin Webb

Devoran: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs 1st-winter still in high tide roost at Tallack’s Creek this morning.

St. Ives,12 .15- 3.00: 1 Leach’s Petrel past the Island, also 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Red-throated Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Great Skua. (R Augarde, R Wilkins, B Mellow) St Ives Island (15.30 – 1600hrs): 2 Great Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver & 2 ad Mediterranean Gull. (J Hawkey)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint, 4 Green Sandpiper, 5 Ruff, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 150 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Curlew, 6 Shoveler, 2 Chiffchaff + 1 Barn Owl. (T Wilson, J Thomas)

Helston: 1 Glossy Ibis in park on north side of River Cober. (R Augarde et al) 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at sewage works. (D Wright, T Mills et al) Also Firecrest reported.

Glossy Ibis, Richard Augarde

Glossy Ibis, Mashuq Ahmad

Glossy Ibis, Mashuq Ahmad

Yellow-browed Warbler, Mashuq Ahmad

Yellow-browed Warbler, Dougy Wright

Yellow-browed Warbler, Dougy Wright

Hannafore Point: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and Slavonian Grebe.

Sladebridge: 14 Cattle Egret at Lower Croan.

St Martin in Meneage: 15 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret in fields with cattle east of village. (S Chandler)

Carbis Bay: 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver and 10+ Common Scoter. (P St Pierre)

Pendeen, 2hr seawatch: 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver and 11 Common Scoter past west. (P Clement)

Par, Beach Pool: 1 Shoveler (fem), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk. Par Market East Carpark: 1 Mistle Thrush, 2,Nuthatch. (S Grose)

Truro, in my garden: 1 Redwing feeding on ground. (D Jenkins)

Penwithick: 16 House Sparrow, 3 Blue Tit, 10 Chaffinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Woodpigeon, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Great Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 4 Starling. (K. Bowers)

Coal Tit, Kevin Bowers

Starling, Kevin Bowers

Long-tailed Tit, Kevin Bowers

Reed Bunting, Kevin Bowers

Penryn: 1 Black Redstart in private garden.

Downderry: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-Throated Diver. (P Kemp)

Kings Mill Lake: c45 Black-tailed Godwit, 190+ Avocet, 200 Dunlin, 23 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 2 Grey Plover, c.80 Teal and 8 Little Egret. (P Kemp)

St Mawgan: 1 Barn Owl, 2 Woodcock at Carnanton Woods. (S Grose)

Newquay: 1 Short-eared Owl East Pentire. (M Jones)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit, 30 Rock Pipit, 1 Greenshank, 9 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe, Newquay Marine Group)


Saturday 9th February 2019

Lizard Point (0800-10:30am): 1 ad Black-browed Albatross drifting slowly west at 08.24, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 485 Fulmar. (I Maclean) Black-browed Albatross seen again at 16.15, this time heading east. (R Augarde) (Parking for seawatching from Lizard Point: please use main NT carpark near lighthouse/Youth Hostel. The small carpark at the point should be left for the cafe and shop staff and those who are less mobile and unable to walk. Watch from below the cafe or if busy further around  the coast to the east. Eds)

Coverack: 1 Pallas’s Warbler still. (P Roseveare, D Chaney) Also 3 Eider, 1 Slavonian Grebe. (D Chaney)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2w Caspian Gull still late afternoon.

Hannafore: 3 Great Northern Diver, 4 Shag, 1 Cormorant, 1 Eider Drake, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, Stonechat pair, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, (M Frost)

Helston: 1 Glossy Ibis still west of River Cober opposite sewage works. (A McKechnie, S Bury)

Glossy Ibis, Alex McKechnie

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 Cattle Egret.

Mousehole: 1 Pomarine Skua, Lots of Fulmar, gannet, Kittiwake and Auks. (L Proctor) At nearby Roskilly: 1 Pomarine Skua also seen, plus 12 Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre) Also 1 ad pale-phase Arctic Skua and Manx Shearwater, plus 3 (ad 2w and 1w)  Yellow-legged Gull on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliot)

Porthgwarra: 08:00 – 14:00. 7+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 diver sp, 1 Great Skua, 60+ Fulmar on the sea and passing at between 10 & 15 per min early morning. (DK Parker et al.)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe still. (R Veal)

Newlyn: 7 Eider (2f + 5 juv m) in the harbour. (L Proctor, R Butts)

Church Cove: 1 Brambling, 1 Red-throated Diver past. (I Maclean)

Bude Marshes: 2 Ruff, 200+ Golden Plover, 269 Lapwing, 28 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 5 Grey Heron and 36 Redwing with 12 european-type Blackbird. (N Bastin)

Par Beach: 1 Eider, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (S Grose)

Heligan: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 7 Blue Tit, 8 Common Chaffinch, 2 Blackbird, 1 albino Pheasant, 4 Pheasant. (C Hooper).

Great Spotted Woodpecker, C Hooper

Nuthatch, C Hooper

Pheasant, C Hooper

Chaffinch, C Hooper

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 50+ Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 12 Turnstone, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 drk Eider. (M Webb) Also 6 Great Northern Diver seen from Jubilee Pool plus 28 Ringed Plover, 18 Dunlin and 4 Purple Sandpiper resting on the beach below the harbour wall before being put up by a dog. (G & L Carr)

Ringed Plover, Martin Webb

Turnstone, Martin Webb

Eider, Martin Webb

Purple Sandpiper, Martin Webb

Porth Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Coot, 11 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper. (S Grose)

Towan Head:1 Chough, 1 Grey Plover, 5 Common Gull. (S Grose)


Friday 18th January 2019

Lost yesterday: Owing to an astonishing piece of carelessness, I left my Swarovski ‘scope on its Velbon carbon fibre tripod on the concrete walkway overlooking the sea near Penzance Sailing Club for about ten minutes this morning. On realising my stupidity and returning, it had gone. I went in search of it and, at the second-hand shop at the bottom of town, I was told that a ‘rough sleeping man’ had attempted to sell it there. I found no further trace of it. If anyone tries to sell you this, please would you contact me or the police at Camborne Police Station? (I am willing to pay a reward for its return.) Roger Butts, (

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs in afternoon high tide roost, one of first birds out and flying to feeding area opposite village. Also Spotted Redshank and 12 Dunlin. (D Chaney)

Newquay boating lake: Glossy Ibis left its roost site on the island at 08:10 and flew out over viaduct. It returned to roost at 16:50. (M Lammas)

Loe Pool: 1 Glossy Ibis still, sometimes concealed so best viewed looking down from The Stables tearoom. (G Adams)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis flew in from west at 17:00 and landed on front marsh, viewable from the road. Also 26 Snipe and 41 Curlew to roost. (R Veal, M Ahmad) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler behind Longrock Pool. (P St Pierre)

Mousehole: unringed 2w Caspian Gull and 1w Yellow-legged Gull in roost. (M Elliott)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2w Caspian Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Scandinavian Herring Gull. (M Halliday)

Camel Trail Wadebridge: 1 Goosander (redhead), 26 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whooper Swan, 32 Mute Swan, 1 Pintail, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Swanvale: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still. (R Augarde)

Treraven Meadows/Polbrock: 1 Green Sandpiper, 11 Red-legged Partridge, 73 Teal, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 11 Song Thrush, 6 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, 11 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch. (S Grose)

Torpoint: c10 Common Dolphin off Marine drive. (T Elm, S&M Eddy)

Porth Nanven: 1 1w Iceland Gull, 1 m Black Redstart, 2 Chough. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Towan Head: 2 Red-throated Diver, 12 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Grey Plover, 14 Turnstone, 13 Oystercatcher, 12 Common Gull. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 300 Lapwing, 96 Curlew, 6 Little Egret. (S Rowe) 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and the remains of several predated gulls. (S Grose)

Polgigga: male Hen Harrier again this morning, over fields along Higher Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Lizard Point (08:30-11:00): 2 Great Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Chough. (I Maclean)

Newquay, Trenance Gardens: 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)


Sunday 13th January 2019

Late news, 28/12, Roseland, Towan beach: 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, photographed by Jane Lewarne, as reported to David Hall via Wild Roseland.

Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Jane Lewarne

Devoran: 1st-winter Lesser Yellowlegs still at Tallack’s Creek, also 1 Spotted Redshank. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 12 Purple Sandpiper, 22 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 73 Sanderling, 15 Turnstone, 2 Eider, 6 Purple Sandpiper on outside wall of the lighthouse pier.(S Grose) Plus Pacific Diver reported off Jubilee Pool again. Or: 74 Sanderling, 18 Ringed Plover, 19 Purple Sandpiper, 40+ Turnstones and 1 imm. Eider out towards St Michael’s Mount. (R Butts)  Also 2w Caspian Gull off bus station late afternoon. (M Elliot, MAhmad)

Caspian Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Caspian Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Swanpool Beach: Black Guillemot still showing distantly at Swanpool. If viewing from the car park it was drifting right (nearly around the point) at 10 45am. (P Roseveare) Swanpool: 1 Yellow browed Warbler.  (B Bosisto L Payne)

Chapel Amble: 1 Temminck’s Stint, 2 Green Sandpiper, 10+ Water Pipit. (S Rogers)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 f Ring-necked Duck, 31 Goosander, 1 f Scaup. (S Rogers)

Helston Loe Pool: 1 Glossy Ibis flying east over Carminowe Creek from Loe Bar at 15.00. (D.Roberts & H.Radler)

Sancreed: 2 Cattle Egret at Sellan Farm, viewable from near the bus shelter. (R Butts) Later, 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 110 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret visible distantly from carpark. (R Menari) (presumed same group as seen from Sancreed, eds.)

St Micheal Penkevil: 6 Cattle Egret at Tresawson Farm. (S Grose)

Cot Valley: 1 juv Iceland Gull on rocks at bottom of valley. (N Wheatley, P Clement, et al).

Iceland Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Iceland Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Iceland Gull, John Miller

Iceland Gull, John Miller

Iceland Gull, John Miller

Raven, John Miller

Portscatho:  Long-tailed Duck off Porthcurnick beach pm.  (T Pinfield)

Newlyn: 1 male Black Redstart on boulders below fishermen memorial, 2 Eider, 1 Great Northern Diver. (S Grose)

Padstow: 1 Slavonian Grebe offshore.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill still on Copperhouse and Scandinavian Herring Gull on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal, R Wilkins, R Augarde)

Bude, Maer Lake: 1 Ruff. (S Rogers)

Newlyn: 2 imm. Eider off the harbour mouth. (R Butts)

Treliske Hospital: 2 Siskin. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Allet: 270 Golden Plover. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Pendeen Watch 10.00 – 12.00: 1 Puffin (slightly oiled on one side), 1 Great Northern Diver (W), 3 Black-throated Diver (W), 6+ Porpoise. (P Clement)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Gadwall, 3 Common Gull, 1 Greylag (white), 3 Snipe, 6 Little Grebe, 30 Wigeon. (D Collins)

Crantock plains: 300+ Lapwing. (S Grose)

Truro: Flock of 40+ Brambling in stubble field, 2 Redwing off Tregurra Lane. (P Pearson)

Ruan Lanihorne, village pond: 1 Water Rail, 1 Barn Owl at dusk. (D Hall)

St Ives: 1 Manx Shearwater, 5 Great Skua, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver in 2 hours. (R Wilkins, R Augarde, R Veal)


Saturday 29th December 2018

CBWPS Cornwall Birds ‘Pic of the Year’ – we will be posting up a selection from the weekly ‘pic of the week’ photos received throughout the year. (The pix are normally to be found on the website homepage). Over the traditional 12 days of Christmas, you can vote for one out of the day’s shortlist. Ultimately we will find out which is your overall favourite for 2018. Please see the 12 Birds of Christmas page on the website to views the photos and to vote in the poll. If you haven’t already done so you can still vote of previous day’s selections. Thanks for supporting us and our contributors throughout the year.


Late news, 27/12, Constantine Sewage Treatment Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest. (D Collins)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (A Witheywood)

possible Siberian Chiffchaff, A Witheywood

Penpol Creek: 1 Cattle Egret came in to roost with only 4 Little Egret at 16. 30hrs, 1 Tawny Owl, 45 Curlew and 7 Redshank present. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Water Pipit. (S Rowe) River Gannel: 1 Dipper opp petrol station. (S Grose)

Treraven Meadows: 2 Water Pipit. (D Julian)

Hell’s Mouth: 6 Whooper Swan still in field near cafe (J Baker)

Portscatho:  1 ad fem Long-tailed Duck off Porthcurnick beach.  3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Shag off Porthbean beach. (P Pearson)

Falmouth (Gyllyngvase Beach): 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver. (D Collins)

Polgigga: Firecrest with tit flock along Bosistow Lane. (J Miller)

Feock: 14 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe,17 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Sandpiper at Loe Beach. (B Mellow)

Towan Head: 1 Chough (juv & unringed), 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 4 Common Scoter past, 1 Guillemot, 1 Common Gull, 12 Turnstone, 9 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Par beach pool: 1 Lesser Black-backed x Herring gull? (pinkish legs). (J Rance)

Hybrid gull, (LBBG x HG?), John Rance

Lower Tamar Lake: 36 Goosander 14m 22f. (R Mudge)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 4 (2m) Shoveler, 5 (2m) Gadwall, 30+ Tufted Duck, 12 Coot, 90+ Teal. (R Veal)

Charlestown: 2 Fulmar on east beach cliffs (D Hastilow)

Polgigga: Firecrest this morning.

Looe, Millendreath: 2 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black Redstart. (D Spooner)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 10 Black-throated Diver, 12+ Great Northern Diver & 1 Mediterranean Gull. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Devoran: 1 Spoonbill. (B Mellow)

Mawgan: 1 Brambling, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Coal Tit. (P. Bedford)

Wadebridge, Tesco: 1 Tawny Owl. (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 1 Tawny Owl. (B Bosisto)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Pochard , 2 Tufted Duck , 1 Treecreeper (B Bosisto L Payne)


Sunday 16th December 2018

Late photo, 15/12, Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ring-billed Gull. (M Halliday)

Ring-billed Gull, Mark Halliday

Ring-billed Gull, Mark Halliday

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Temminck’s Stint, 1 Goldeneye, 1 hybrid white goose with 200 Canada Geese (D Eva) also 1 Peregrine. (B.Toms, M. Curtis)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Caspian Gull (same Polish ringed bird as two days ago, with a limp), 1 2w Iceland Gull, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 drk Goosander, 1 Spoonbill, 15+ Common Gull. (M Halliday, R Veal, R Wilkins, R Augarde, B Mellow et al)

CaspianGull, MikeSpicer

Argal Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Tufted Duck (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 1 Scaup, 1 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 73 Coot, 38 Wigeon (D Eva)

Carbis Bay: 14 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 50+ Shag. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Wilkins, R Veal)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 22 Purple Sandpiper. Lidden area: 1 Black Redstart on roof. (T Mills)

Portreath, Cambrose: 1 Dipper. (T.Polglase)

Carharrack:  1 Redpoll in private garden. (W Chegwidden)

Lesser Redpoll, Warren Chegwidden

Lesser Redpoll, Warren Chegwidden

Delabole: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin from coastal path above Tregardock Beach. (S Grose)

Gurnard’s Head: 1 m Hen Harrier

Men-an-Tol: 2m + 1f Hen Harrier. (D Parker)

Ludgvan: 20 Brambling with Redwing at Castle Gate.

Trevone Bay: 2 Chough, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Curlew, large flock of Linnets. (S Grose)

Newquay Bay: 25 Kittiwake. (D Grose)

Kennack Sands: Partial albino Rock Pipit on the beach feeding on seaweed still. (F Trewin)

Lostwithiel private garden: up to 6 Siskin now regular on feeders. 1 Marsh Tit also regular on feeders. (E Mayhew)

Lanner Green: Tawny Owl calling, (R Hampshire)


Saturday 15th December 2018

Late news, 14/12, Sennen: 2 Great Northern Diver. (G Mitchell)

Late news, 14/12, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 drake Goosander, 5 Shoveler, 32 Ringed Plover, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese & 1 Spoonbill off Lelant. (G Mitchell)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull reported. Also 3 drake Goosander, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull and 19 Common Gull at Lelant. (G Mitchell)

Pentire Head: Short-eared Owl, Kestrel. (A + B Tregunna)

Newquay, Towan Head: 3 Common Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper. (S Grose) 1 Black Redstart. (G Mitchell)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Goosander (male), 21 Coot, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Common Gull. (S Grose)