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.


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

  • Little Bunting


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.