Monday 1st January 2018

Happy New Year One and All!!

Thank you for all the support in 2017, and wishing all our members and daily sightings contributors and readers all the best for a great birding 2018.

Late news, 31/12, Penzance: 1 Chiffchaff and 1 f Blackcap in a private garden. (R Phillips)

Late news, 31/12,Tuckingmill Valley Park: 3 Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 10+ Goldfinch. Numerous Blackbirds, Dunnocks and Chaffinch. (D King)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver. (P Jones) Also a 3rd Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver and 2 Black-throated Diver reported. (M Pringle) 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Fulmar. (B Field)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull (initially reported yesterday as a Common Gull). (S Rowe)

Ring-billed Gull, Steve Rowe

Ring-billed Gull, Steve Rowe

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Gull, 68 Wigeon, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Blackcap, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose) Also 13 Little Egret, 134 Curlew, 23 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

Newquay Tretherras School: 1 Firecrest in scots pine trees between school and community orchard. (S Grose)

Kynance: 1 Richard’s Pipit on Kynance approach road by cattle grid. (T Blunden)

Housel Bay: 1 female Black Redstart. (D Collins)

Newtown in St Martin: 5 Cattle Egret & 9 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Frenchman’s Creek, Helford: Two egret roosts at dusk; one at estuary mouth with 21 Little & 1 Cattle Egret, the other with >40 birds including at least 10 Cattle Egrets but inaccessible and too dark to identify individuals specifically. Also 1 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 40 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Cattle Egret, Dave Flumm

Carrick Roads: 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Whimbrel. (D Chaney)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1 Whimbrel, 5 Great Northern Diver offshore in Falmouth Bay, Castle Beach: 3+ Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail Swanpool Beach: 250 Shag and 20+ Gannet fishing offshore, and 5 Bottlenose Dolphin distantly. (D Chaney) Castle Beach: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Whimbrel. (D Eva)

Penryn: 1 Dipper, 1 Common Sandpiper. Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Snipe. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 5 Goosander (4 redhead, 1 drake), 1 Goldeneye, 1f Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Common Gull, 1 tristis type Chiffchaff, 1 Peregrine. (D Chaney)

Ruan Estuary: 6 Blackbird, 1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Buzzard, 6 Blue Tit, 5 Canada Goose, 2 Carrion Crow, 16 Curlew, 35 Dunlin, 53 Herring Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 97 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 m Pheasant, 4 Redshank, 2 Robin, 15 Shelduck, 2 Stonechat, 1 f Teal, 107 Wigeon, 6 Woodpigeon and 1 Wren.  (C Hughes)

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Green Sandpiper, 15+ Chiffchaff. (B Field)

St Merryn: 9 Starling (2 with rings), 14 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock and 4 Goldcrest in a private garden. (R Hughes)

Freathy: 1 Water Rail in private garden at 08:20. (M.Jordan)

St Breock: 1 Cattle Egret and 20 Little Egret at Hay Farm. (B Bosisto)

Cape Cornwall: 17 Chough, 1m Black Redstart at Porth Ledden. (N Wheatley)

Sancreed: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Pink-footed Goose (same as above), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Wigeon. (C Moore)

Penzance: 1 Brent Goose off the prom (distant). 2 Harbour PorpoiseHarbour: 1 drake Eider still. (R Phillips)

Mousehole: 3 Kittiwake, 3 Great Northern Diver, c30 Guillemot, c50 Gannet, 1 Minke Whale, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin, 10+ Harbour Porpoise, 10+ Common Dolphin. (G Adams) 

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal)

Trenow: 1f Merlin. (R Menari)

Ludgvan: Firecrest in the churchyard. (R Menari)

Nancledra: Barn Owl north end of Cuckoo Lane. (R Menari)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch in the cemetery. (DI Julian) 5 Hawfinch. (B Field)

Walmsley: c500 Dunlin, c500 Lapwing, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff, 9 Pintail, 8 Gadwall, 2 Greenshank, 20 Snipe, c200 Black-tailed Godwit. (BField)

Kea: 2 Spoonbill feeding at creek edge at Roundwood Quay. (B Robson)

Spoonbill, Beatrice Robson

Camel Estuary: 3 Goosander, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 2 Bullfinch, 200+ Lapwing, 2 Widgeon, 8 Mute Swan, 3 Oystercatcher, c30 Dunlin, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail by water treatment works. 2 Great Black Backed Gulls, c15 Black headed Gulls, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Canada Goose, 16 Mallard, 5 Curlew, plus Robins, Blackbird, Wren, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Redwing and a small flock of Long Tailed Tits. (D King)

Feock: 2 Hawfinch in trees by church at 11:20 plus numerous Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrest, Jay and several Redwing. (D King, D Eva, B Field)

Hawfinch, Brian Field

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still, 1 Merlin. (B Field)

St John’s Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Brent Goose and 2 Spoonbill. (M Beer)

Polbathic Creek:1Kingfisher (fem) took 5 newts from garden pond, 3 Reed Bunting now regular at feeders, 4 Barnacle Goose still with Canada Goose. (A Blonden)

Hannafore: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Chiffchaff. (A Blonden)

Lower Tamar Lake: 10 Goosander, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, c25 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, c50 Mallard, 3 Marsh Tit,  2 Willow Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 7 Rook,  1 Wren. (R Mudge)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Kestrel, 2 Redwing, 3 Grey Heron, (the guns started on either side of the lake which cleared everything). (R Mudge)

Bude: 2 Snow Geese, 52 Canada Geese, 1 White hybrid, 28 Lapwing, 1m Stonechat. (R Mudge)

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