Recent sightings

New Talk: An Evening with Stephen Moss. Falmouth Poly. Dec 3rd. Full details HERE

Cirl Buntings Reintroduction update
To see the latest update on the Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project, please go to the RSPB’s farming blog:

New Bird Hide, donations needed:  CBWPS jointly with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust are trying to raise £15,000 to build a new hide at the Middle Amble Marsh Nature Reserve. This new reserve is adjacent to the renowned Walmsley Sanctuary (Camel Estuary, near Wadebridge) and it supports a wide variety of wildlife. But to increase it’s biodiversity CWT and CBWPS are developing and enhancing this wetland by raising water levels, creating new scrapes and improving access.

“This habitat and restoration at Middle Amble Marsh will not only be a valuable landscape extension to Walmsley Sanctuary, but also, through the provision of a new hide, will offer the people of Cornwall the opportunity to truly enjoy the wildlife this brings. In these times of great change, bringing people closer to nature is vital to ensure that we remain connected to our natural world” Mark Grantham, Chair CBWPS.

More details here.

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Sunday 29th November 2015

Pencalenick: 1 Firecrest, 2 Marsh Tit. (D Eva)

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again (same as a fortnight ago in same field), 3 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 50 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 1 Brambling and a thrush-sized leucistic bird looking uniform (upperwing, mantle, rump & tail concolorous) bright orange(!) in today’s light flew west with thrushes over fields. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 f Goosander. (D Jenkins, R Veal) Estuary: 2 Spoonbill), 1 2w Ring-billed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, c100 Dunlin and 400 + Lapwing. Carnsew Pool: 1 Kingfisher and 3 Little Grebe. (R Veal)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 m Goldeneye, 1 m Shoveler and 4 Common Gull. (S Martin, J St Ledger)

Newlyn: 1 Pacific Diver. (M Ahmad, R Wilkins, R Augarde)

Porthgwarra:Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Red-throated Diver. (R Augarde, R Wilkins)

Gothian Sands LNR: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (T Mcgowan)

Helston, Loe Pool: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 4 Goosander (1 dr, 3 redheads), 26 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck and 11 Shoveler. (I Maclean) Trenethick Parc: 1m Black Redstart. (G.Adams)

St Ives: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 m Black Redstart and 1 Stonechat from the NCI Lookout. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hannafore Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe.



Saturday 28th November 2015

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 moulting adult Pacific Diver distantly. (B Dallas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk and 6 Long-tailed Tit; 100+ Lapwing. Estuary: 4 Dunlin, 1 Rock Pipit and 70+ Golden Plover over. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penryn Campus: 1 Firecrest. (B Porter)

Pendeen: 1 Little Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope and 1 Short-eared Owl. (B Dallas)


Friday 27th November 2015

Late news, 25/11, St Ives: Little Auk and Scandinavian Herring Gull. (M Ahmad)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern. (R Teague)

Marazion: 1 Pacific Diver seen briefly again.

Stithians Reservoir, Stuart Hutchings hide: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Common Gull, 14 Snipe and 180+ Lapwing.

JStLedger_SlavonianGrebe_271115Slavonian Grebe, John St Ledger

The Lizard Point: Fulmars are back on their nesting ledges. (T Thirlaway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill. (D Flumm) Also 3 Goldfinch and 1 Kingfisher. (A James)

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Cot Valley to Nanquidno: 15 Woodlarks together, in flight then down into fields around Hendra. Also 50+ Skylarks there, and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in Cot Valley.(N Wheatley)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again.


Thursday 26th November 2015

Marazion: 1 ad Pacific Diver offshore this afternoon, presumably the returning bird. (B Porter)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Egyptian Goose. (B Dodd, A McKecknie)

Camel Estuary: 3 Bar-headed Goose, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 m Kingfisher. (B Dodd, A McKecknie)

Newlyn, Coombe: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in private garden. (M Dodd) Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again.

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit, 8+ Rock Pipit, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8+ Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 10+ Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Stonechat, 1 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10+ Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Greenshank, 4+ Redshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 4 Little Egret, 8+ Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher and 1 Sparrowhawk. (D Mays)

Rinsey Head: 1, possibly 2, Firecrest at car park path to Wheal Prosper. 1 Snipe over and 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Teague)

Coverack, Pednavounder: 1 Short-eared Owl. (M Nattrass)

Cambourne, Tolvaddon: 1 Firecrest in garden. (M&T Hasdell)

Bude Marsh: 1m Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting (1m 1f), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Meadow Pipit, 17 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant, 2 Robin. (R Mudge)

Maer Lake: 200+ Golden Plover, 1 Shelduck, c50 Lapwing, 72 Wigeon, 22 Moorhen, 2 Redwing, 2 Dunlin, 8 Curlew, 2 Dunnock and 11 Teal. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 12 Goosander (8m 4f), 8 Tufted Duck (5m 3f), 6 Wigeon, 19 Snipe, 2  Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Nuthatch and 2 Marsh Tit. (R Mudge)

Falmouth, Swanvale: 2 Firecrest (silent) in the sallows half way down the path, 1 Lesser Whitethroat in sallows next to the path at Swanpool end, with 4 vocal Goldcrest, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits feeding, 1 Green Woodpecker heard distantly and 5 Redwing. Swanpool:
1 Grey Wagtail and 9 Long-tailed Tit. Swanpool Beach: 4 Shag and 2 Cormorant, 4 Oystercatcher roosting Swanpool Point until. Castle Beach: c200 Black-headed Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad and 2nd w). Castle Drive: 2 Black Redstart. (D Chaney)

Pendower Point: 3 Slavonian Grebe, 16 Black-throated Diver and 6 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins)

Kingsmill Lake: 10 Greenshank, 125 Avocet and 3 Pintail (1 drake). (M Beer)

Truro: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 2 Spoonbill again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Helston: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at sewage works again and 3 Firecrest between here and Loe Pool.

Argal Reservoir: 37 Mediterranean Gull. (B Porter)


Wednesday 25th November 2015

St Ives Island: 1 Common Scoter,1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Phalarope, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Great Skua, 18 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Auk and 1 Harbour Porpoise past between 08:00-12:45. (M Ahmad, M Elliott, R Wilkins, MJ Spicer et al)

Port Isaac: 1 Great Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver, 200+ Fulmar and a dolphin sp. past. (P Harris)

East Looe: 6 Fulmars on the nesting ledges at Plaidy, the earliest date they have returned since 2010. (DJ Spooner)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill still on Lelant Saltings. (A James – photos) Also 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and 1 Goosander. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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Camel Trail Wadebridge – Tregunna: 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 19 Mute Swan, 6 Whooper Swan, 43 Shelduck, 17 Mallard, 28 Wigeon, 2 Goosander, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 50 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, c500 Golden Plover, c250 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 170 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 80 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 80 Curlew, 10 Snipe,  150 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 65 Great Black-backed Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 14 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 20 Rook, 65 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 25 Starling, 8 House Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch and c50 Linnet. (M Scawen)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern.

Marazion: 3 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 m Green-winged Teal plus 70 Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 75 Teal, 1 Pintail, 34 Shoveler, 12 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Little Egret, 1 Heron, 8 Little Grebe, 110 Lapwing, 120 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 170 Curlew, 52 Redshank, 40 Fieldfare, 180 Redwing and 2 Reed Bunting. (D Julian)

Clapper Marshes:  37 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Little Egret, 13 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk (Treraven bird), 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher and  4 Siskin. (D Julian)

Dinham area: 9 Mute Swan, 4 Whooper Swan, 4 Wigeon, 4 Little Egret, 10 Oystercatcher, 350 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 24 Curlew and 4 Redshank. (D Julian)

Egloshayle area: 1 Water Pipit. (D Julian)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest still present. (B Dallas)

Treverva: 2 Firecrest. (D Chaney)

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Tuesday 24th November 2015

Falmouth, Castle Beach (near steps at Castle end): 2 Black Redstart (1m, 1f) and 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

Falmouth, on old Customs building, Customs House Quay: 1 Black Redstart. (J St Ledger) Florence Place: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Firecrest, c15 Redwing, 1 Blackcap and 8 Greenfinch. (D Chaney)

Penzance, Lidden area: 1 imm/f Black Redstart again. (T Mills)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Scaup (1m 1f), 10 Goosander (6m 4f), 9 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Wigeon and 2 Cormorant. (R Mudge)

Millbrook Lake: 25 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Greenshank, 30 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 kingfisher. (B Taggart)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 m Green-winged Teal  and 6 Whooper Swan. (M Lammas)

Wadebridge, Treravon Meadows: 1 Bar-headed Goose with Canada Geese flock. (M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 f Goosander feeding and being shadowed by 1 Little Egret and 1 Black-headed Gull, also 1 Spoonbill. (A James) Estuary: 2w Ring-billed Gull and 2 Spoonbill. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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Sennen: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at the quarry. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanquidno: 6+ Woodlark at Boscregan Farm. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still present.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 314 Canada Goose, 32 Greylag, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Snipe and 1 Great Crested Grebe. (B Dodd)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.


Monday 23rd November 2015

Sancreed: 1500 Woodpigeon west in 15 minutes 08:15-08:30hrs. The first sizeable movement this autumn. Also 30 Fieldfare and 1 Brambling. (D Flumm)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 4 Siskin. (I Maclean, B Dodd, A McKechnie)

Carminowe Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Green-winged Teal briefly this morning. (A Piper)

Woodford: 4 continental Blackbird, 37 Goldfinch,12 Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 1 m Sparrowhawk and 2 Roe Deer in private garden. (N-J Bastin)

Penlee Battery NR: 1 Firecrest. (D Allan)

Penzance, Lidden area: 1 imm/f Black Redstart on my neighbour’s roof. (T Mills) Tolcarne beach: 6 Red breasted Merganser (redheads), 13 Common Scoter & 1 Great Northern Diver (J Hawkey)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Redpoll, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap ( m + f), 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Water Rail, also 1 Peregrine over. (L Proctor, B Dodd, R Farnes, T Mills) Plus 6 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Gt N Diver just offshore. (L Proctor)

LProctor_YBWarbler_231115Yellow-browed Warbler, Linton Proctor

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sandy Cove, Newlyn. Tony Mills

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sandy Cove, Newlyn. Tony Mills

Carrick Roads viewed from Restronguet Weir, Mylor: 21 Black-necked Grebe (in two groups of 4 and 17), 2 Great Northern Diver, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper (on beach). (J St Ledger)

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East Looe beach: 4 Black Redstart and 1 Grey Wagtail. (D Spooner)

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Cot Valley to Nanquidno: 12 Woodlark (7 in fields alongside public footpath between Cot Valley and Trevegean Farm, and 5 in fields around Hendra), and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest in Cot Valley. Visible migration north – about 420 Wood Pigeons (about 400 in one flock). (N Wheatley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher. (D Jenkins) Estuary: 2 Spoonbill and 1 Goosander. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull.  Movie: Spoonbill, Roger Butts, 22/11/15

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Siskin in private garden. (C Hughes)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Golden Plover on island. (D Jenkins)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Bittern. (A James)

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Rock: 1 Firecrest in trees on Camel shoreline opposite Bay Cottage. (P Harris)

Mount’s Bay: 11 Common Scoter, 7 Teal, 1f Goldeneye and 3 Great Northern Diver between Marazion and Longrock. (MJ Spicer)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Grey Heron, 9 Tufted Duck, 14 Goosander (9m 5f), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 6 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 6 Snipe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Wren, c70 Redwing and Fieldfare, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit and 1 Nuthatch. (R Mudge)

Sennen Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanjizal:  74 ringed. 41 Chiffchaff, 5 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest,  and 1 Little Bunting over. (K Wilson)

Marazion, Little London: 6 Great Northern Diver; Great Crested Grebe; 7 Red-breasted Merganser. Also 1 Velvet Scoter with Common Scoter near the Mount. (M Ahmad)

Boswednack: 13 Fieldfare and 3 Snipe. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Falmouth, Trenoweth Road: 1 Firecrest.

Tintagel: 1 m Black Redstart.

Kenidjack: 1 Firecrest.