Monday 17th April 2017

Newquay, East Pentire: 1 Lapland Bunting, calling. (M Grantham)

Sancreed: Imm Iceland Gull, 4 House Martin (D. Flumm)

Porthilly Point: 7 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, 23 Sand Martin, at least 7 birds going into nest holes. (S Grose)

West Penwith Moors, Trendrine Hill: 1 Cuckoo (male), calling, 1 Kestrel (female). (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit (in summer plumage), 3 sum plum Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Reed Warbler. Carnsew Basin: 1 Grey Plover. Lelant Saltings: 1 different Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel and 7 Ringed Plover. (J St Ledger, R Veal)

Bude: 4 Skylark, 1 Raven + 4 chicks, 3 Meadow Pipit and 12 Swallow. (H Wilkins)

Old Lizard Point: 1 Woodchat again, also 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Wheatear. (I Maclean)

Caerthillean: 1 Hobby, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat. (I Maclean)

Lizard Village: 1 Hooded Crow over. (I Maclean)

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Tawny Owl, also Skylarks, Stonechats and Linnets present. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Tufted Duck and Black-tailed Godwit still present, also 1 male Wheatear, c100 Sand Martin and c5 Swallow. (DK Parker)

Maen Porth Bay: 8+ Sandwich Tern. (M Doveston)

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still. Park near the green shed in Toad’s Hole Lane and walk right to view near the 2 pylons before the Marsh Fritillary sign.

Mousehole: 1 2cy Iceland Gull on St Clement’s Isle this evening.

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Sunday 16th April 2017

Gannel Estuary: 2 Brent Geese, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank. (S Grose)

Lizard Point/Old Lizard Head: 1 Woodchat, 5 Wheatear, 4 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 5 Sandwich Tern, 17 Whimbrel, 26 Manx Shearwater, 9 Bottlenose Dolphin. (S Grose)

Padstow, Little Petherick Creek: 1 Cuckoo calling. (M Ellis)

Windmill Farm: 4 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler 1 Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Emperor Moth, 4 Common Lizard. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 3 Redshank. Lelant Saltings: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank. Also 1 Parakeet sp. flew over the estuary before returning to Paradise Park. (R Veal)

Rame area:Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler. (D Allan)

St Ives, Rosewall Hill: 2 m Ring Ouzel.

Predannack: 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Wright)

Polbarrow (Cadgwith coast path): 1 Whitethroat. (D Wright)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Black Kite flew southwest and 1 Osprey over.

St. Keverne, Dean Point: 1 Iceland Gull and 2 Stock Dove. (P Smale)

Iceland Gull, Perry Smale

Iceland Gull, Perry Smale

StockDove, Perry Smale 

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, 1 Cetti’s Warbler (heard) and 1 Grasshopper Warbler (heard). (B Field)

Little Bunting, Brian Field

Little Bunting, Brian Field

Reed Bunting, Brian Field

Goldfinch, Brian Field

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Saturday 15th April 2017

Late news, 14/4, Goss Moor: 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Common Snipe. (B Bosisto)

Late news, 14/4, Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 drake Garganey, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Lapwing. (B Bosisto)

Porthbean Beach: 7 Whimbrel, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Shelduck, 3 Sandwich Terns, I Sparrowhawk chasing blackbird. (J Driver.)

Great Northern Diver, James Driver

Sandwich Tern, James Driver

Sancreed: 2 Wheatear, 1 Mediterranean Gull (north), 9 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 5 Sand Martin, 4 Blackcap. (D. Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only):   Imm Iceland Gull, 2 Snipe, 3 Gadwall, 6 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 8 Sand Martin, 5 Blackcap. (D. Flumm)

Iceland Gull, Dave Flumm

Bude – Upton – Widemouth area and Bude Marshes: At least 120 Swallow passing north in one hour plus c30 Sand Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 f Meadow Pipit feeding a well-grown juvenile, 5 Cattle Egret on the Marshes. (H Kendall)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper 1 Sparrowhawk 1 Dipper. (S Grose)

Windmill Farm: 1 Whitethroat. (D Wright)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 6 Mallard plus 3 broods of ducklings (12, 7 & 6), 12 Teal, 10 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 20 Moorhen, 1 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit (for 2nd day), 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 5 Reed Bunting, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, Reed and Sedge Warbler. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler (1 with nesting material), steady trickle of Swallow moving north (c50ph), 1 Sand Martin and 1 probable hybrid Hooded Crow. (DK Parker)

St Clements: 12 Cattle Egret (at Menadews Farm around cows.) (J St Ledger)

Tresillian River: 58 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 11 Shelduck, 1 Common Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)

Porthgwarra: 1 Whitethroat singing above 60ft cover. (R Veal)

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting. Take the road through Tregoss and head towards Enniscaven, turn right down the lane for Toad’s Hole. Once past number 3 Toad’s Hole with the green shed walk right along the track. The birds frequent the area around the 2 large pylons before the Marsh Fritillary information board. Limited parking along Toad’s Hole lane. (S Rowe)

Rame area: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 3 Swallow. (D Allan)

Bosullow: 1 Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 1 Reed Bunting.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 juv Iceland Gull. Copperhouse Creek: 1  juv Glaucous Gull. Ryan’s Field: imm Spoonbill.

Rosewall/ buttermilk Hill: 1 Ring Ouzel.

Helston Boating Lake: 1 drake Pintail still present. (R Farnes)

Maer Lake: Ruff, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Border)

Maen Porth Holiday Park / Pendra Loweth: singing Chiffchaff, singing Blackcap and calling Tawny Owl. (M Doveston)

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Thursday 6th April 2017

Late news, 5/4 Sancreed: 1Merlin. (D. Flumm, P St. Pierre)

St Austell, Tregorrick: Possible White-tailed Eagle over very high. (A Hewitt)

Bude: 2 Stonechat, 2 Cormorant, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Fulmar, 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit and 151+ Swallow flying over during a half hour period. (H Wilkins)

Rame Head: 2 Stonechat. (R Napp)

Stonechat, Rick Napp.

Penlee Point: 1 Bullfinch. (R Napp)

Bullfinch, Rick Napp

Lanner Green: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 pair Bullfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 3 m. Chaffinch 1 Goldcrest and 1 Common Lizard.  R Hampshire

St. Clement: 5 Cattle Egret. ( D.Eva )

Nanquidno: 5 (m) Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 White Wagtail on ploughed fields with 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Canada Geese on pond with 3 (m) Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Buzzard. Also 1 Grey Squirrel, 1 black Rabbit, 8 Peacock & 5 Speckled Wood. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Newquay: 2 2cy Red Kite about 1 mile east of airport. Porth Reservoir: 1 Cetti’s Warbler. Polgreen Lakes: 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (A Jowett) Gannel Estuary: 1 Osprey in a tree in the upper reaches near Trevemper. (C Armstrong)

Sancreed: 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin (D. Flumm)

Praa Sands: 30+ Sand Martins. (A Woodhams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 (2 1w, 1 2w) Iceland Gull. (M Halliday, B Dallas) Then this afternoon 1 1w Ring-billed Gull and 3 Iceland Gull. Ryan’s Field: 2 imm Spoonbill.

Tregonetha Downs: 7 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush. 2 Orangetip butterfly. (S Grose)

Crowlas: 1 Peregrine circling then headed E with a Buzzard. (R Veal)

St Gothian LNR:  50+ Sand Martin, 10+ House Martin, few Swallow, 2pr Pied Wagtail, 1 pr. Linnet, 4pr Tufted Duck, 22 Canada Goose, 2 pr Shelduck, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven carrying food mobbed by gulls. 1 Redshank, 1 Curlew. (R Hampshire)

Sibleyback Lake: 1 2cy Iceland Gull, 6 Willow Warbler and 1 pr Teal. (D Cleal)

Iceland Gull, Dave Cleal.

Padstow farm shop/hawkers Cove: 2 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Clapper Marshes: 3 Cattle Egret. (D Julian)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again.

Little Trethewey: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (K Wilson)

Sennen: Great White Egret over at 09:10. (L Proctor)

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Wednesday 5th April 2017

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Canada Goose, 1 Mallard, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Buzzard. (D. Flumm, M & T Hasdell, R Butts, T Pinfield, K Bowers)

Pink-footed Goose, Dave Flumm

Chiffchaff, Kevin Bowers

Chaffinch, Kevin Bowers.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 5 Mallard, 16 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 12 Moorhen, 1 imm female Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4+ Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler (heard), Water Rail (heard) and 5 Cetti’s Warbler. Also 1 Otter. (DK Parker) 1 singing Siberian Chiffchaff. (P St Pierre) Then in the evening, 8 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron and 1 Otter. (D Parker)

Marazion: 6+ Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 1 ad Mute Swan with 5 juveniles offshore. (DK Parker, P St Pierre)

Sancreed: Red Kite over Sancreed Beacon 12:50hrs, 3 Little Egret. (D. Flumm)

Bude, Compass Point: 1 f Black Redstart on the cliff area, but very mobile, plus 2 m Stonechat in the nearby shrubs. (H Kendall)

Marazion Bypass: Red Kite overhead drifting N towards Crowlas at 3.50pm. (J Hawkey)

Kynance/Predannack Downs: 1 m. Woodchat still, also 1 f Marsh Harrier. (R Butts, T Pinfield, I Maclean)

Goonhilly, Bray’s Cott and Croft Pascoe Pool: single singing Willow Warblers at each. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Ruff still. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Padstow: 23 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 65 Shelduck, 11 Mallard, 15 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron, 10 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 75 Oystercatcher, 8 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 15 Curlew, 5 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 110 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Magpie, 1 Jay, 10 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al.).

Porth Joke: 2 Sand Martin, 15 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Cettis’s Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard. (S Rowe)

Lizard Point (seawatch): 1 Great Skua, 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 6 Puffin, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 35 Carrion Crow, 1000+ Manx Shearwater. (I Maclean)

Caerthillean: 1 Common Redstart. (I Maclean)

Windmill Farm: 5 Willow Warbler. (D Wright)

Nanjizal: 1 m Serin. (K Wilson)

Cot Valley: Woodchat by bulb field on south side. (N Wheatley)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove; 4 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ring-billed Gull and 2 Spoonbill.

Portscatho: 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Gannel Estuary: at least 1 Cattle Egret still at Penpol Creek.

Crousa Downs: 1 Great White Egret flew over. (J Foster)

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Tuesday 4th April 2017

Late photographs of 1w Yellow-legged Gull at Hayle, 4/4. (M Halliday)

Late news, 3/4, Falmouth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in a private garden.

Porthilly Point: 10 Sandwich Tern, 42 Oystercatcher, 1 Swallow, 14 Sand Martin and 2 Wigeon. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 250 Sand Martin, 1 Ruff, 146 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Shoveler, 10 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 2 Pintail. (D. Eva )

Drift Reservoir (Members Only): 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pink-footed Goose,1 Greylag Goose,1 Goldeneye, 6 Gadwall, distant Iceland/Glaucous Gull briefly, 1 Common Sandpiper, 60 Sand Martin, 6 Chiffchaff and1 Coot,  (D. Flumm, R Veal).

Newmill area: 10+ Yellowhammer. (R Veal)

Yellowhammer, Reuben Veal

Looe beach: 1 m Eider. (K Harrison)

Eider, Karen Harrison

Sennen: 2 ‘Commic’ Terns this morning. (R Butts)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper on river opposite furniture world store. (S Grose) Also 4 Cattle Egret in field above Penpol Creek, 4 Brent Goose, 1 3cy Iceland Gull. (S Rowe)

Sennen Cove: Little Egret to east of lifeboat station.

St Erth: 2 Cattle Egret in field by Trenoweth Lane.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 Spoonbill.

Kynance Cove: 1 Woodchat still.

Pendower beach: 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 23 Great Northern Diver.

Newquay, Porth Reservoir: 4 Tawny  Owl. Trenance Gardens: 3 Tawny Owl. Penpol Creek: 3 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

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Monday 3rd April 2017

Please, will all birders, especially photographers and videographers, keep to public roads and footpaths. Trespassing without the farmer’s permission is putting relationships at risk.

Late news, 2/4, St Gothian LNR: 1 Ruff. (P&J Smale)

Ruff, Perry Smale, 2nd April

Late news. 02/04/17. LIzard Point evening seawatch:  21 Turnstone, 12 Guillemot, small  westerly movement of Manx Shearwaters, 1 Great Skua successfully pirating a Herring Gull on the water, 3 Swallow. (D Hall)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Jack Snipe, 10 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 10 Tufted Duck (D. Eva )

Cot Valley: 1yr f Woodchat from the bulb field between the Cot valley YHA and Hendra. (L Proctor, P Clarke, D Parker)

 

Woodchat, Linton Proctor  Woodchat, Dave Parker

Gannel Estuary: 4 Brent Goose, 5 Cattle Egret above Penpol Creek with cattle. (S Rowe, S Grose) Also 1 Greenshank, 2 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 3 Little Egret. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 8 Puffin, 130 Manx Shearwater, 7 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver. (I Maclean)

Kynance: 1 Woodchat still. (I Maclean, D Appleton, J St Ledger) Also 2 Snipe, 1 Peregrine (over). (J St Ledger)

Grade Marsh: 1 Marsh Harrier. (I Maclean)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull and 1 Little Egret (P. Bedford)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1m Reed Warbler singing from pool adjacent to Ryan’s Field. 1w Little Gull commuting between Ryan’s field and Lelant Saltings at high tide. 1w Yellow-legged Gull at midday, 1 juv Iceland Gull, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings. 32 Teal on Copperhouse Creek. (R Veal, M Halliday) 1 Ring-billed Gull also reported.

Spoonbill, Mark Halliday, 2nd April

Cattle Egret, Mark Halliday, 2nd April

Little Gull, Mark Halliday

Spoonbill, Mark Halliday

Drift Reservoir (Members Only): Pink-footed Goose still in with the Canada Geese. Also 6 Gadwall, 3 Teal, 1 drake Mandarin, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 male Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Buzzard, c150 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Pink-footed Goose, Dave Parker

Clapper Marshes: 1 Water Pipit.

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Iceland Gull.

Mousehole: 3 juv Iceland Gull roosted on St Clement’s Isle.

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