Wednesday 15th March 2017

Late news, 14/3, Sancreed: 9 Fieldfare. (D. Flumm)

Late news, 14/3, Drift Reservoir: 95 Sand Martin. (D. Flumm)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Bonaparte’s Gull (3pm), 4+ Mediterranean Gull, 4 Shoveler

Porth Reservoir: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 12 Great Crested Grebe (1pr nest building), 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 1 Mandarin, 3 Common Gull, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker ‘drumming’, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff and 3 Tawny Owl calling. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Iceland Gull (adult & 1w following plough), 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret (D. Flumm, NR Phillips)

Sancreed: 5 Fieldfare, 1 Chiffchaff. (D. Flumm)

Pendeen: 1 Merlin. (D. Flumm)

Perransands: 2 m Wheatear. (P Fenn)

Lanner Green: 1 pr Bullfinch in garden. (R.Hampshire)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Cattle Egret at dusk. (S Grose)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 28 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 35 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 35 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 50 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 30 Grey Plover, c.1000 Golden Plover, 10 Knot, 45 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 45 Black-headed Gull, 150 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 18 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 15 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 4 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (M Scawen et al.)

Lizard Point: 35 Puffin, 1 Great Skua, 200+ Common Dolphin. (A Blunden, I Maclean, S Kolodzieski)

Old Lizard Head: 2 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart. (A Blunden, I Maclean)

Porthleven: 1 Black Redstart. (I Maclean)

Goss Moor: 4 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Dunnock, 4 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Willow Tit (near sub station), male and female Sparrowhawk flying together, 3 Stonechat, 7 Robin, 3 Buzzard, 5 Magpie. (P Ash)

Wadebridge: 3 Redshank, 1 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Greenfinch (H Wilkins)

St Agnes Head: 1 Short-eared Owl  flying at 16.20. (S Mickleburgh)

Sennen Cove: 2 Little Egret, Merlin.

College Reservoir: 1 1w m Scaup still.

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still by cafe and 1 Cattle Egret.

Pendower: 112 divers including 1 Red-throated Diver (with 75% of the rest Black-throated Diver and c25% Great Northern Diver), 4 Slavonian Grebe and 6 Common Scoter. (DK Parker, R Wilkins & S Gay)

Rosevine: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 21 distant divers and 4 Mediterranean Gull. (DK Parker, R Wilkins)

Long-tailed Duck, Dave Parker.

Long-tailed Duck, Dave Parker.

Millbrook: Barn owl rescued from neighbours chimney this afternoon and released. Bit sooty but otherwise ok. (B Taggart)

Barn Owl, Bruce Taggart

Barn Owl, Bruce Taggart

Porthgwarra: 2 Choughs on the cliffs by the old coastguard station. (R Butts)

Near Trewey Common:  3 Yellowhammer, (1 female) at 451361. (R Butts)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 ad Caspian Gull, flew off South at about 09:30. (R Butts)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup, 2 Mute Swans & 2 Goldeneye still. (B Craven)

Colliford Reservoir: 1 Great Northern Diver still. (B Craven)

Croft Pascoe Pool (Goonhilly): 1 Swallow mid-morning. (M Silk, G Swan)


Tuesday 14th March 2017

Late news, 12/3, Nanjizal: 2 Little Bunting still present, also 1 Water Pipit.

Late News, 13/3, Marazion: Juv Iceland Gull offshore yesterday afternoon plus 2 Velvet Scoter and 5 Common Scoter. (DK Parker)

Late news, 13/3, Crowlas: 1f Brambling again. (R Veal)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull still.

Bonaparte's Gull, Marlene Rouncefield

Bonaparte’s Gull, Marlene Rouncefield 13/3/17

Truro, St Clement: 13 Cattle Egret and 14 Little Egret in the roost this evening (T Wilson)

Porthgwarra: 4 Wheatear. (M Wallace)

Crows-an-Wra: f Merlin over A30 at 12:30. (P Taylor)

Sennen: hybrid Hooded x Carrion Crow in field below Trinity Cottages. (P Taylor)

Marazion: 2 Velvet Scoter and 5 Common Scoter still. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 14 Wigeon, 36 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 11 Moorhen, 4 Snipe, 12 Sand Martin, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5+ Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch and 3 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Little Grebe, Ash Paul

Little Grebe, Ash Paul

Stonechat, Ash Paul

Stonechat, Ash Paul

Godolphin Cross: 1 Green Woodpecker yaffling 15.30, Godolphin National Trust estate. (C Richards)

Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (S Rowe)

Rosemullion Head: 3 Black-throated Diver. Also, 2 pods of Common Dolphin (approx 16 in each pod), including one rescued from rope entanglement by British Divers Marine Life Rescue. (John St Ledger) 

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1m Red-breasted Merganser, 1 1w Spoonbill, 1 Sparrowhawk, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 sp Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 1w Iceland Gull, 1 1w Caspian Gull and 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott, MJ Spicer) Also 10 Common Gull. (R Veal)

Black-tailed Godwit, Ash Paul

Black-tailed Godwit, Ash Paul

Longrock Pool: 2 Swallow and 16 Sand Martin. (MJ Spicer)

Rock helipad field: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Sennen Cove: Little Egret again today.

College Reservoir: 1 Iceland Gull. (T Phelps) 1m Scaup, 2 Wigeon, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Tit. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 3 (1 ad 2 imm) Mute Swan, 9 Tufted Duck. (D Chaney)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Gerrans Bay: 40+ Black-throated Diver, 16 Great Northern Dive and 2 Slavonian Grebe. (D Hall, S Gay, J Taylor)


Monday 13th March 2017

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull, 3m 2f Shoveler, 1 m Scaup,  Rooks on 2 nests in deciduous trees nr S end of Lake. (D Jenkins, R Farnes, A McKechnie)

Scaup, Alex Mckechnie

Scaup, Alex Mckechnie

Scaup, Rod Farnes

Scaup, Rod Farnes

Bonaparte's Gull, Mark Halliday, 12/3/17

Bonaparte’s Gull, Mark Halliday, 12/3/17

Bonaparte's Gull, Mark Halliday, 12/3/17

Bonaparte’s Gull, Mark Halliday, 12/3/17


Stithians Reservoir (WeBS count): 2 Wigeon, 24 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 1f Pintail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Mallard,  24 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, 420 Herring Gull, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3f Goldeneye, 5 Cormorant, 4 Coot, 42 Canada Goose, 2 Buzzard, 1 Black-necked Grebe (favouring mid-section of reservoir), 130 Black-headed Gull and 34 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (D Chaney) Also 2 Gadwall also reported and on S cut off m & f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 m 1 f Reed Bunting, m & f Bullfinch and 2 Long-tailed Tit. (D Jenkins)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 25 Sand Martin. (D. Flumm)

Bude: 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Teal, 3 Stonechat, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Fulmar and c12 Skylark (H Wilkins)

St Ives: 7 Great Northern Diver, 4 Purple Sandpiper (P Taylor) (WeBS)

St Merryn: 2 Swallow and 4 House Martin, feeding over the lake at the alps fishery. (R Hughes)

Kynance Gate: 2 Dartford Warbler. (J St Ledger)

St. Buryan: 1 Barn Owl. (K.Bowers)

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Lizard Point: 67 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Puffin. (I Maclean)

Porthgwarra: 2 Black Redstart.

Manacan: Harrier sp. at Roskruge Barton.(S Potter) .

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 at West side and 1 at North end. Swanvale: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap singing, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest. Falmouth Docks: 1 f Peregrine on crane. (D Chaney)

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad Lesser Scaup.

Marazion: 1 Iceland Gull.

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Par: 1 Black Redstart at Spit Beach.


Saturday 11th March 2017

Late news, 9/3, Aire Point: 1 pair of Chough (ringed) feeding on the ground and in flight together. (N & L Hoar)

Late news, 9/3, Gwennap Head: 1 pair of Chough feeding on the ground. (N & L Hoar)

Polgigga: 1 Swallow. (O Lecheminant) Also 1 ad Little Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull.

St Gothian Sands: 1m Wheatear. (M Spicer)

Wheatear, Mike Spicer

Wheatear, Mike Spicer

Bude: 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (H Wilkins)

Black-tailed Godwit and Oystercatchers, Helen Wilkins

Black-tailed Godwit and Oystercatchers, Helen Wilkins

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 21 Sand Martin, 1 Little Gull, 2 Tufted Duck. (D. Flumm, R Veal) Also 1 House Martin and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. Marsh:1 m Gadwall, 5 Grey Heron on nests. (R Veal)

Marazion, beach: 14 (11 ad) Common Gull, 50 Sanderling, 2 Shelduck. (R Veal)

Mevagissey: 1 Short-eared Owl. (A Curwen)

College Res: 1 drake Scaup, 25 Tufted Duck, 12 Snipe, 4 Great Crested Grebe. ( D. Eva )

Tresemple Pool: 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit. ( D. Eva )

Clapper Marshes: 7 Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Perranporth, Droskyn Point: 1 Great Northern Diver offshore + 2 Sand Martin flew west. (T Wilson)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull. (S Rowe)

Long Rock: 2 Velvet Scoter, 7 Common Scoter, 1m Eider, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 summer plumage Black-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Trelawney garden centre: 3 Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Lanner Green: 1 male Blackcap in garden. (R Hampshire)

Carnanton Woods: 1 Barn Owl in the woods and 1 on the boundary fence at RAF St Mawgan. (S Grose)

Long Rock, Newtown Lane: 1 pair Grey Heron displaying, 2 Chiffchaff (1 poss Siberian Chiffchaff) and 2 Roe Deer. (A James)

Grey Herons, Alan James

Grey Herons, Alan James

poss Siberian Chiffchaff,  Alan James

poss Siberian Chiffchaff, Alan James

Sennen: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff with 15+ Chiffchaff at Brew Sewage Works. (R Veal)

Kenidjack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in trees opposite the last house before the sea, 3 Firecrest at wood chopping site, 5 Chough. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 4 Sand Martin to SE this evening. (R Veal)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 30+ Sand Martin.

Porthgwarra: 1 White Wagtail on moor by stone wall.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 imm Spoonbill still, 1 juv Iceland Gull, juvenile still from the B3301 causeway this morning.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup again.

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still by the small pool near the café this morning.

Polzeath: 3 Swallow flew east.

Colliford Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver.

Mousehole: St Clement’s Isle: 1 juv Iceland Gull roosted.

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.


Thursday 9th March 2017

Pendower Beach to Porthbean Beach: 1 pr. Buzzard, 1 pr. Raven (doing acrobatics), 1 Little Egret, 2 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher, 5 Slavonian Grebe (group of 3 and 2 individuals), 12 Great Northern Diver (9 in a group offshore and 3 individuals inshore), Cormorant, Shag, Rock Pipit, 1 pr. Pied Wagtail, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 6 Common Scoter. (J Driver)

Drift Reservoir (members only):  1 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Gadwall, 1 Mandarin, 1 Chiffchaff and an Otter. (D. Flumm)

Kenidjack: 1 Merlin, 5 Chiffchaff. (D. Flumm)

Helston boating lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull still present, also 4-5 Shoveler, 3 Canada Geese. (B Sharples)

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Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Razorbill. (D Chaney) Swanpool: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater 1 offshore + 2 Harbour Porpoise, 8 Common Dolphin, 2 Water Rail, 3 Mediterranean Gull on rocks, 1 Green Woodpecker heard (Falmouth cemetery), 5 Meadow Pipit bathing in puddles in Swanpool car park, 1 Blackcap, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler 1 on west side, 1 at north end. (D Chaney)

Rock, helipad field: 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Carrick Roads from Mylor Churchtown: 16 Black-necked Grebe, 27 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush. Also 2 Harbor Porpoise, 1 Grey Seal. (J St Ledger)

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Porth Reservoir: 1 Barn Owl and 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler; near the café at 10.45. (RB & PC Girling) Also 1 Cattle Egret reported.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup drake (Pete Aley).

Colliford Lake: 1 Iceland Gull juv , 2 Great Northern Diver (south end), 1 Peregrine. (P Aley)

Ninestones area: 2+ Willow Tit, 3+ Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Peregrine. (P Aley)

Marazion:  1w Little Gull on Long Rock pool again this morning.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 22 Shelduck,  176 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 5 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 16 Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Common Gull, 1 near adult Ring-billed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 near adult argentatus Herring Gull, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1w Iceland Gull and 3 Rock Pipit from the causeway this afternoon. (DK Parker, LP Williams) Also 1 imm Spoonbill reported again.

Yellow-legged Gull, Dave Parker

Yellow-legged Gull, Dave Parker

Penzance: 1 poss 1w Bonaparte’s Gull seen over Wherrytown/Tolcarne beach reported.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 4 Mallard, 1 Gadwall,2 Shoveler, 13 Wigeon, 47 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 21 Moorhen, 6 Snipe, 1w Little Gull, 3 Stonechat, 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 probable Siberian Chiffchaff (not heard), 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Reed Bunting this morning. (DK Parker) Also a male Marsh Harrier reported this morning.


Tuesday 7th March 2017

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull, (was reported on the Loe earlier in the day), also 8 Shoveler, 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

Bonaparte's Gull, John St Ledger

Bonaparte’s Gull, John St Ledger

Newquay, Towan Head: 2 Great Northern Diver off old lifeboat slip, also 23 Turnstone and 3 Purple Sandpiper behind Headland hotel. (M Lammas) Also 1 Red-throated Diver in Newquay Bay. (S Rowe)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still showing well around pool below cafe. (M Lammas)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 Little Gull still mid p.m. (M Lammas)

Marazion: 2 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Bude: 1 Water Rail, 10 Turnstone, 8 Oystercatcher. (R Mudge)

Sennen Cove: 1 Little Egret to east of lifeboat station.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Caerhays Castle: 5 Cattle Egret in fields west of village from viewing point with bench by road.

Millbrook: 1 Cattle Egret again at Stone Farm. (B Taggart)



Monday 6th March 2017

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull again, also 4+ Shoveller and 1 Mistle Thrush. (A McKechnie, J Swann, P Taylor, J Ryan, K Wilson, T Mills) Plus 4+ Chiffchaff around the Sewage Works. (T Mills)

Bonaparte’s Gull video by John Chapple

Towan Head:
1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Gull nr old lifeboat slipway. (S Grose)

Mounts Bay off Station Inn: 2 Velvet Scoter, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and a pod of 12 Bottle-nosed Dolphin. (S Turner) also 14+ Great Northern Diver. (D Parker)

Drift Reservoir (members only):  1 Black-necked Grebe. (D. Flumm)

Sancreed: 4 Little Egret. (D. Flumm) 

Argal Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 4 Mallard, 19 Tufted Duck. (D Chaney)

Carrick Roads: 2 mf Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Whimbrel, 10 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Common Gull, 3 Harbour Porpoise, all viewed from Pendennis Point. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 12 Wigeon, 2 mf Teal, 4 Mallard, 2 mf Shoveler, 27 Tufted Duck, 1 m Scaup, 3 Moorhen, 7 Coot, 1 Snipe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras: 4 Little Egret, 7 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher, 17 Redshank, 1 Sandwich Tern. (D Chaney)

Pendennis Point: 30 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 100 auk sp. west, 3 Harbour Porpoise. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 6 Chiffchaff. (J Beveridge)

Chiffchaff, Jasmine Beveridge

Chiffchaff, Jasmine Beveridge

Chiffchaff, Jasmine Beveridge

Chiffchaff, Jasmine Beveridge

Falmouth Bay: at least 50 Gannet. (J Beveridge)

Stithians Reservoir: a few photos from Bob Sharples.

Reed Bunting, Bob Shaples

Reed Bunting, Bob Shaples

Dunnock, Bob Sharples

Dunnock, Bob Sharples

Goldfinch. Bob Sharples

Goldfinch. Bob Sharples

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bob Sharples

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bob Sharples

Chaffinch, Bob Sharples

Chaffinch, Bob Sharples

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 (pr) Red-breasted Merganser, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit on Carnsew Pool. 1 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 1 imm Spoonbill, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 11 Common Gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 (2 prs) Goosander on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal) Also 1 juv Iceland Gull again on the Estuary.

Bude: 10 Turnstone, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Stonechat and 2 Long-tailed Tit. (H Wilkins)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 1w Little Gull. (T Mills)

Little Gull flying past B-h Gull, Tony Mills

Little Gull flying past B-h Gull, Tony Mills

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup again.