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“Hungary for Birds” at this year’s AGM? – Don’t miss this year’s Cornwall Birds Annual General Meeting, which will be held at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall on Wednesday 15th August.

The official CBWPS business will be followed by “Hungary for Birds” – a presentation by renowned local photographers David Chapman and Walmsley warden Adrian Langdon. Both Dave and Adrian are well known for their superb photos of birds and other wildlife and this talk will showcase their recent trip to Hungary with its wealth of birdlife. All members and guests are welcome, and this is a rare opportunity to get a free showing of the work of two of our best photographers, with a fair bit of humour thrown in.

The AGM starts at 7.00pm at Lanhydrock Memorial Hall, five minutes from the A30 between Bodmin and St Austell. No excuse not to be there! (The full AGM Notice can be found in the Members’ Area, or in the forthcoming Palores magazine).

Sensitive Data: Now that the breeding season is with us again, we are resuming our policy of witholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds. Where appropriate, we will endeveavour to release news of “interesting” birds, but our first duty is to protect the birds themselves. Please keep sending in your reports, even though they will not appear on the website, as they will still go into the county database and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Thanks for your understanding.
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The Birdwatchers Code  The Nature Photographers Code  Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981  Schedule 1 Birds

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Saturday 21st July 2018

Late news, 20/7, Scillonian III, RSPB Wildlife Cruise: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 189 Manx Shearwater, 132 Gannet, 1 Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Black Headed Gull, 1 Eider Duck, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Herring Gull, 2 Fulmar & 1 Shag. Also 28 Common Dolphin & 3 Bottle-nose Dolphin.
Wolf Rock to Isles of Scilly: 1 Manx Shearwater, 45 Gannet, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 2 Herring Gull & 8 Oystercatcher. Also 1 Grey Seal & 12 Harbour Porpoise.
Isles of Scilly to Wolf Rock: 55 Manx Shearwater, 54 Gannet, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Guillemot, 1 Kittiwake, 39 Shag, 96 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 13 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Herring Gull & 4 Fulmar. Also 4 Common Dolphin & 4 Harbour Porpoise.
Wolf Rock to Penzance: 871 Manx Shearwater, 500 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 30 Herring Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, a flock of 78 Black-tailed Godwit & 1 Eider Duck. Also 5 Common Dolphin, 2 Bottle-nose Dolphin, & 2 Harbour Porpoise. (V Stratton, B Craven)

Par Beach Pool: 3 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Med Gulls – Shaun Grose

Med Gull – Shaun Grose

Par Beach: 5 Sandwich Tern, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Dunlin. (S Grose)

Pentire: Sooty Shearwater and a Balearic Shearwater past West Pentire headland. (J Spinks)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 7 Lapwing, 12 juvenile Moorhen, 6 juvenile Little Grebe, neither Coot nor Great Crested Grebe have successfully raised young here this year. Sedge Warbler feeding recently fledged young, Dunnock on 3 eggs due to hatch today. (D Eva)

Nanjizal: 59 birds ringed, including 22 Sedge Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler and 11 Willow Warbler. (K Wilson)

Portmellon: 3 Mediterranean Gull on rocks in the cove. (S Grose)

Penwithick: 50+ Herring Gull, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Siskin, 6 Chaffinch, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, 4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Jay, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Raven, 6 Starling, 16 House Sparrow. (K Bowers)

Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Siskin and Chaffinch – Kevin Bowers

Porth Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe +2 Juv, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Shelduck, 3 Coot, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 Sparrowhawk.(S Grose)

Morvah: Female Marsh Harrier quartering. (J Evans)

Bodmin: 30-35 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk. Also 1 Large White butterfly, 3 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma. (A Doel)

Amble Marshes: Birds included 1 Wood and 2 Green Sandpiper. (C Selway)


Friday 20th July 2018

Treraven Meadows: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Colliford Lake: Great White Egret at the Loveny Reserve visible from the cattle grid. (per C Buckland)

Binner Downs, Leedstown: Turtle Dove in private garden. (R Brown)

Siblyback Lake: 15-20 Grey Heron, 6 Chaffinch, Song Thrush and several hundred Canada Geese. Also 10+ headless gull carcasses, possibly the work of a local fox? (R Napp)

Chaffinch – Rick Napp

Song Thrush – Rick Napp

Coverack: c75 Med Gull including 7 juveniles. (P Bedford)

Loe Bar to Halzephron: 23 Med Gull, 1 Clouded Yellow. (D Wright)

Polgigga: 1 Green Sandpiper over this afternoon. (M Wallace)

St Enodoc Golf Course: 3 Yellowhammer, 13 Mediterranean Gull overhead presumably feeding on flying ants. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 1 Great Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater this afternoon. (T Blunden)

Whipsiderry: 7 Corn Bunting, 5 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)


Thursday 19th July 2018

Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Knot. (B Bryne)

Walmsley:  68 Little Egrets, 1 Greenshank, 8 Grey Heron. (A Langdon)

Little Egrets, Adrian Langdon

Little Egrets, Adrian Langdon

Porthilly: 39 Mediterranean Gull and 100+ Black-headed Gull at the sewage treatment works as the tanks were being stirred today. (S Grose)

Nr. Trevelgue: 1 Corn Bunting. (S Gray)


Wednesday 18th July 2018

Late news, 17/7, Kingsmill Lake: 79 Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel and 1 Mediterranean Gull (2cy) in the evening. ( M Beer)

Newquay, Towan Head: A few Gannets fishing with large pod of Common Dolphins, also Manx Shearwaters passing at 30 + per min at 08:20. (M Lammas)

Porthgwarra: 5 Common Scoter, 43 Fulmar, 933 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 48 Med Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern mostly going west between 07:30 & 09:30. (DK Parker)

Maer Lake: 1 summer plumage Red Knot, 2 Lapwings, 8 Dunlin, 2 Moorhens with juveniles, at least 2 Greenfinches, moderate numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins. (H Kendall, B Bryne)

Colliford Lake: 1 Great White Egret still with 1 Little Egret at the Loveny end, viewed from the cattle grid. (J Rance)

Bude: I couldn’t work out why the peanuts were going down with no small birds in the garden then whilst photographing the linnet family I found out why. It’s nice to have some wildlife in my garden, even if its just a Wood Mouse. (N Bastin)

Linnet – Nigel Bastin

Wood Mouse – Nigel Bastin

Stithians Reservoir: 13 Common Sandpiper (flock of 10 roosting on east side, 3 on causeway rocks), 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 10 Grey Heron (mostly imms), 2 House Martin, 1 Common Swift from Stuart Hutchings Hide. (D Chaney)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper. (R Farnes)

Croft Pascoe: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 juv Willow Warbler, also lots Grayling, also Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Red Admiral and 1 Lizard. (D Chadwick, T Mills)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 adult 2 juv, also 2 Common Lizard, Marbled White & Painted Lady, 1 juv Tawny Owl next to fishing permit hut. (S Grose)

Cape Cornwall: Patch record 22 Med Gull during this morning, including 16 juvs. (Previous best count was 9). Also 1 Whimbrel south. (N Wheatley)

Nanjizal: 117 ringed including 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler, 29 Sedge Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler. (K Wilson)


Tuesday 17th July 2018

Late news, 15/7, Roskruge, Manaccan: Pair of Turtle Dove with one fledged young, latter still present today. (S Potter)

Late news, 16/7, Walmsley Sanctuary: 33 Little Egret including 7 juvs also 6 Grey Heron including 1 juv, 2 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 6 Lapwing. (C Selway)

Tresillian: 6 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Purple Hairstreak. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 117 Med Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, 1 (prob islandica) Black-tailed Godwit. (R Veal)

West Pentire: Sooty Shearwater past west at 09:32. (J Spinks)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Sooty Shearwater flew west at 12:45. (P Clement)

Downderry: Possible Bee-eater reported from the coastal path between Downderry and Crafthole. (D Carney-haworth)

Maer Lake: 1 Red Knot (summer plumage),  2 Redshank, 9 Dunlin, 4 Lapwing, 1 Ringed Plover, Sand Martins. (B Craven)

Penzance: 50+ Swift over town this evening, (more that I have seen together for years). Great Tits fledged from box on July 10th, (very late). (R Phillips) Station area: 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliot) Lidden area: 2 Tawny Owl calling back and forth, one flew over my garden, suspect juvenile, 11.30pm. (T Mills)

Penwithick: 1 Jay. (K Bowers)

Jay, Kevin Bowers

Goss Moor: Total new birds ringed at CES was 114. Highlights included 4 Chiffchaff, 18 Willow Warbler, 28 Blackcap, 12 Garden Warbler, 1 Willow Tit and 2 Marsh Tit. (P Roseveare)

St Newlyn East Downs: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Monday 16th July 2018

Late news, 10/7, St Day: Presumed escaped male Golden Pheasant (2cy?) in a private garden. (R Ryder)

Golden Pheasant – Rebecca Ryder

Late news 15/7, Gwennap Head, Porthgwarra: 166 Storm Petrels caught overnight 14th-15th, including birds from Calf of Man, Devon, Skokholm, Cape Clear and Lizard. (M Grantham)

Late news, 15/7, Mousehole: Roseate Tern with 5 Common Tern 2 miles south of Mousehole from the Mermaid II Minnack trip. (M Elliott)

Late news, 15/7, Sennen Cove: 18 Mediterranean Gulls (10 ad; 3 1st/s; 5 juvs). (J Hawkey)

Late news, 15/7, Marazion Beach: 7 ad/s Dunlin, 1 ad Ringed Plover, 13  Mediterranean Gulls & 1f Common Scorer offshore in the evening. (J Hawkey)

Late news, 15/7, Gwithian: Med Gull on the beach. (G May)

Towan Head: Hundreds of Manx Shearwaters flying West from 06:30 – 07:00.(S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 36 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern on mussel crates until disturbed by water skiers. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret and 3 Grey Heron. (DK Parker)

West Pentire: 4 Storm Petrel and 300 Manx Shearwater mid morning. Also 3 Risso’s Dolphins. (J Spinks)

Goss Moor: 1 juvenile Willow Tit, 1 juvenile Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Garden Warbler, 29 Blackcap, 1 Sedge and 10 Willow Warbler. (P Roseveare)

Pendeen: Marsh Harrier flew out to sea at 10:50. (M Wallace)

Marazion: At least 58 Med Gulls on the beach and offshore. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 80+ hirundines (mostly Swallows) flew in at dusk. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 Green Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)

Green Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Lapwing, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Lower Tamar Lake: The three Great Crested Grebe nests have produced, one with 3 chicks the other with at least 2, the third nest is still occupied but is looking unlikely. (R Mudge)

Falmouth: c52 Crows in Montereys (Pine & Cypress) in a garden above Swanpool noted c19:15 – 30. Much commotion and probable ‘attack’ (feathers floating down) on one individual during gradual dispersal. (P Ensom)

Lowland Point, Nr Coverack: 1 probable Yellow-legged Gull (ad), 1 3Cy Herring Gull with yellow legs, c70 Mediterranean Gull (D.Beadle)

Lellizzick: 2 Barn Owl, 1 Corn Bunting, 1 released Grey Partridge with young. (S Grose)


Sunday 15th July 2018

Marazion: 2s Med Gull. (S Williams)

Med Gull, Sam Williams

St Just: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling. (R Bowers)

Penzance: 6 Mediterranean Gull on Wherrytown Rocks. Eastern Green: 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 drake Eider on rocks opposite Halcyon B&B. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant saltings: 16 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. Ryan’s Field: 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank. ( B. Toms) Hayle Harbour: 5 Oystercatcher including 2 juv, also 2 Hummingbird Hawk moth on buddleia. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 1280 Canada Goose, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron,1 Great White Egret (in eastern arm since 6th July), 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Tufted Duck, 3 Coot, 1 Buzzard, 21 Carrion Crow, 9 Jackdaw, 8 Magpie, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 6 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 37 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Wren, 14 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 12 Swallow, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Redstart, 4 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 5 Wall, 11 Small Copper, 46 Ringlet, 68 Small White, 100+ Gatekeeper, 115+ Meadow Brown and 150+ Green-veined White.  (DAConway)

North Cliffs: 4 Raven from Basset’s Cove. (S Grose)

St Clement, Tresemple Pool: 5 Little Grebe, 39 Redshank. Tresillian River: 69 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 3 Shelduck, further 19 Redshank. (S Grose)

At sea, c20 miles SSE of Lizard: 6 Storm Petrel feeding in association with 100 Common Dolphin and Gannets (AK Wildlife Cruises).

Storm Petrel, David Collins

Nanjizal: A total of 104 new birds ringed; early migrants included 7 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 19 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat and 14 Willow Warbler. (P Roseveare) Also 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail. (B Bosisto)

Bude Marshes (WeBS): 5 Grey Heron, 5 Wood Pigeon. 5 Magpie, 6 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1m Blackbird, 13 Crow, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Robin, 2 Swallow, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Swift, 77 Mallard and 6 duckling, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Fox. (R Mudge)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 32 House Sparrow (two thirds of which were juveniles from nest boxes in ours and our next door neighbours gardens), 1 male Brimstone, 1 Silver Y moth, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Hummingbird Hawk moth, 1 Holly Blue and numerous Gatekeepers and Ringlets all in our garden (C&J Duffy)

Downderry: moving west this morning before 07:20 were 27 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Common Scoters and at least 24 Manx Shearwaters, also 2 Whimbrel on the beach. (A Payne)

Mount Hawke: Wren singing its head off at noon. (RB Girling)