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Please note that the David Chapman talk is on Friday 16th  Dec. and not Tuesday 13th Dec. as reported.

Can you help? We are looking to collect information on how people use Plymouth Sound and Tamar Estuaries. Please take part in the survey:

The Marine Biological Association is currently undertaking research for TECF (Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum) through Plymouth City Council, into how these waters are used for recreation. The results will help inform the management of these complex waters, so that the nature conservation interests are maintained and recreational activities can continue sustainably into the future.
As part of the research MBA have devised this questionnaire to collect information about the sport and leisure activities visitors participate in when they visit the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries area.
It should take no more than 5 minutes to fill in, and as a thank-you, there is the chance to win some prizes (include £50 of vouchers, an annual membership of the Marine Biological Association of the UK and a family ticket to the National Marine Aquarium  in Plymouth) through a draw. All data will be held by Plymouth City Council and used for TECF work only in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Data will not be passed onto third parties.

You can access the survey here:

Request for dead seabirds. As part of a project on comparative physiology and plastic pollution, I am looking to obtain specimens of recently dead seabirds (specimens that have undergone severe decay are not appropriate for our proposed study). Please could anyone finding a dead bird collect, place it in a plastic bag, store frozen and then contact me on I will endeavour to collect birds ASAP, as long as this is within Cornwall. Very many thanks, Dr Steve Votier.
(Please do not put yourselves in any unnecessary danger to do this. If in doubt do not attempt to retrieve the specimens. Eds)

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Saturday 3rd December 2016

Late news, 2/12, Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1+ Goldcrest, 1 Little Egret. (P & J Smale, M Rouncefield)

Cleave: 1 Marsh Tit in private garden, Starling flock including bird ringed in Kingsteighton, S Devon. (N Bastin)

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Marsh Tit, Starlings – N Bastin

Par Beach Pool: 1f Shoveler, 1 Bittern in reeds at back of pool, viewed from road next to uprooted willow. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Merlin, 1 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 (mf) Gadwall, 30 Teal, 40+ Lapwing, 20 Snipe, 33 Black-headed Gull, 1 2nd w Mediterranean Gull, green ring on left leg, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 23 Herring Gull, 1 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Water Rail. (D Chaney, G Adams, J St Ledger)

Porthpean: 84 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 3 Great Northern Diver this morning (D Julian)

Wadebridge, Treraven Meadows: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper this morning. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 2 (mf) Goosander on Ryan’s Field. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Cardinham Woods: 1 Merlin over. (R Veal)

Padstow: 1 Barn Owl, Padstow Farm Shop. (S Grose)

Bude: 1 Black Redstart in Manor Road.

Penzance: Purple Sandpiper at Battery Rocks. (S Rogers)

Newlyn: 2 Velvet Scoter still 250m off Sandy Cove at 10:20. (L Proctor)


Friday 2nd December 2016

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 2 Velvet Scoter past flying towards Long Rock. (L Proctor, B Dodd)

Porthilly, St Michael’s church/Porth illy beach: Black Redstart, Kingfisher, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 1w male Green-winged Teal. (TR Cleeves, MJ Spicer)

Penzance: 1 Firecrest, 1f Blackcap in private garden. (N Phillips)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch. (A James)

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Falmouth: 3 Black Redstart on rooftops on Castle Drive. 2 Whimbrel, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher on the coast. (J St Ledger)

Maenporth: 2 Common Scoter. (J St Ledger)

Probus: 1 Firecrest, 10+ Fieldfare feeding on windfall apples in private garden. (B Field)


Fieldfare, Brian Field

Treverva: 1m Merlin in nearby fields (D Chaney)

Feock: 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 10 Black-necked Grebe, 14 Red-breasted Merganser. (C Urquart, T Phelps)

Mylor Churchtown: 3 Velvet Scoter still.

Polgigga: 1 House Martin this morning (M Wallace) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosositow Lane.

Penryn: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler on Penryn campus. (C Urquart, T Phelps)

College Reservoir: 2 Firecrest, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 1w m Scaup. (C Urquart, T Phelps)

Sennen: 1 Little Egret on pond at Mayon (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Ives: 1 Red Kite over Tregenna Castle at 3pm (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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Thursday 1st December 2016

Late news, 30/11, Penzance Penlee Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard at west end. (P Smale)

Polgigga: 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing on cricket pitch. (P Taylor)

Porthgwarra: 10 Meadow Pipit, 6 Stonechat, 2 Dartford Warbler, 2 Chough. (P Taylor)

St Buryan: 1 Woodcock over road between St Buryan & Crows-an-Wra. (P Taylor)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 4 Tufted Duck. (J&P Lewis)

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Mylor Churchtown: 4 Velvet Scoter, 2 Common Scoter, 18 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 12 Red Breasted Merganser, 1 Razorbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel. (J St Ledger)

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Stithians Reservoir: 1 Scaup, 1 Goldeneye (male), 2 Gadwall (1m, 1f), 7 Snipe, 1 Common Gull, 40+ Lapwing. (J St Ledger)

Penzance, Railway Station: 1 drake Eider off shore, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Ringed Plover, 14 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin and Pied/White Wagtail (R. Teague)

Rock, private garden: 3 Mistle Thrush with flock of 20 Redwing & 1 Woodcock. (S Grose)

Newlyn, Tolcarne: 1 (male and female) Black Redstart and 1 Grey Wagtail.  (N.R.Phillips)

Drift Reservoir (members only):Black-necked Grebe, 1 Goldeneye, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup hybrid, and 1 Mandarin Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 (2w) Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe. (C Moore)

Perranuthnoe, Trenow Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel with 1 Eurasian Whimbrel, plus 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Slavonian Grebe on the sea. (TR Cleeves, B Hibbett, MJ Spicer)

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Marazion: 33 Common Scoter, 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Great Northern Diver. (TR Cleeves, MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern and 100,000+ Starling. (TR Cleeves, PA Fraser, MJ Spicer)

Tehidy Country Park:1 Kingfisher.  (A James)

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Alan James

St. Johns Lake:1 juv Spoonbill, 2 female Common Scoter, 7 Great Crested Grebe. (R Smaldon)

Wacker, Lynher Estuary:  52 Avocet, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (R Smaldon)

Rame Head: 1 male Cirl Bunting and probable female, 1 male Blackcap. (R Smaldon)

Millbrook Lake: 9 Mediterranean Gull (8 adult, 1 2nd winter). (R Smaldon)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Copperhouse Creek: 5 Blackcap and 2 Knot. (P Smale)

Crackington Haven: 1m and 1f  Blackcap in private garden (J & B Teague)

Nanjizal: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest. (K Wilson)

St Ives: 1 Black-throated Diver in the bay.


Wednesday 30th November 2016

Late news, 21/10, St Ives: 1 Red Kite at SW492398 (J Loveridge)

Late news, Hayle: US banded Green-winged Teal ring no: ???4-08??? insufficient for individual determination (5944 birds on database ringed with that permutation.) Request for any photographs showing extra digits please. (M Grantham)

Marazion Marsh:  1 Bittern. (A James), 1 Bittern north of railway line. (P Taylor)

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Bittern – Alan James

Penryn: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 5 Mallard (V Lishman)

Chapel Amble, nr Wadebridge: 1 Redpoll feeding from peanut feeder in private garden (S Grose)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Chough. (M McKee)

Lamorna Valley: 1 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. (M McKee)

Rame Head: 1 Black Redstart still present on cliff face 15.38 (D Allan)

Wadebridge, Camel Trail: 1 Red-necked Grebe (approx 1 and a half miles from A39 flyover in the channel near boat wreck, at 2.15pm) (G Berti, J Humphreys, M Scawen)

Sancreed: 100 Redwing, 2 Snipe, 10 Skylark, 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: 10 Skylark, 1 House Martin flew over SE. (P Taylor)

River Camel from Wadebridge to Tregunna: 17 Mute swan, 1 Canada Goose, 25 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 2 Pintail, 50 Wigeon, 36 Teal, 8 Goosander (5m 3f), 11 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Moorhen, 45 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed plover, 6 Grey plover, 40 Golden plover, 60 Lapwing, 11 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 40 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 70 Curlew, 3 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 120 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser black-backed Gull, 80 Great black-backed Gull, 5 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 12 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 10 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 300 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 15 Goldfinch, 25 Linnet. (Martin Cutland Nature Walk, per M Scawen)

Restronguet: 15 Red-breasted Merganser (fishing on a falling tide), 2 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Firecrest (in myrtle bush). (J St Ledger)


Red-breasted Mergansers – John St Ledger

Penryn: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, including 1 ringed this morning. (B Porter)

Newquay, Newquay Bay: 1 Common Scoter, 1 Mediterranean Gull Gannel: 160 Curlew, 7 Dunlin. (S Rowe)

Connor Downs: 2 Blackcap ringed in private garden. (P Freestone)


Tuesday 29th November 2016

Late news, 28/11 St John’s Lake: 1 Spoonbill. Wacker Quay: 1 Common Sandpiper, 86 Avocet, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (M Beer)

Late news, 28/11, Flushing: 1 Black Redstart on the houses by Lucy’s beach. (J Lillis)

Rock, Porthilly: 1 Black Redstart at St Michael’s Church, also 45 Mediterranean Gull and 3 Common Gull on the beach. (S Grose)

Rame Head: 1 Black Redstart on the cliff face this pm. (D Allan)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Kingfisher at pond adjacent to main car park, oblivious to traffic, dogs, etc. (J Baker)

St Just: 323 Golden Plover, 125 Lapwing, 30 Redwing. (D.Flumm)

Porthgwarra: 1 f Black Redstart,  2 Chough. (A James)

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Drift Reservoir (members only):Black-necked Grebe, 1 Mandarin and 2 Scaup. (A McKechnie)

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Polgigga: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler on Bosistow Lane and 1 Woodlark at Higher Bosistow. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill and  1 1w Green-winged Teal.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

Millook (Nth Cornwall): 3 Red throated Diver. (B Craven)

Widemouth Bay: 25+ Common Scoter flying east. (B Craven)

Bude Marsh: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff still. (B Craven)



Monday 28th November 2016

Late news, 22/11, Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican still. (This sighting has now been confirmed as erroneous and relates to a sighting on 20/11. Eds)

Charlestown: 1m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Mullion Cove: 1m Blackcap in private garden. (J Allely)

Penzance: 4 Blackcap (3m 1f) sharing a bird bath together in a private garden. (NR Phillips)

Bude: 14 Lapwing, 120+ Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 7+ Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Oystercatcher. (H Wilkins)

Drift Reservoir: 1 drake & 1 leucistic f Mandarin, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1f Goldeneye in far NW corner (P Taylor & H Mitchell), also 1 Scaup, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Swallow (G.Berti & C. Travis)

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Black-necked Grebe, Mandarin –  Phil Taylor

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 6 Goosander (1 drake, 5 redhead). (P Freestone)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 28 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe; Marazion beach: 22 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover. (G Berti & C Travis)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 10 Purple Sandpiper, 32 Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling. (G Berti & C Travis)

Bartinney Downs: 1f Merlin. (G Berti & C Travis)

Callestick: Firecrest in private garden (T Wilson)


Sunday 27th November 2016

Late news, 26/11, Probus: 1 Green Sandpiper in private garden. (B Field)

Late photos, 26/11, Marazion Marsh RSPB:

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Jack Snipe and Snipe, Alex McKechnie

Probus: 2 Little Egret flew over private garden. (B Field)

Bude: 1 Grey Heron, 200+ Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Lapwing, 12+ Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 5 Mute Swan, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 2 Sedge Warbler. (H Wilkins)

Windmill Farm: 1 female Merlin. (D Eva)

River Fowey, Lostwithiel: 1 Dipper, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Teal, 5 Snipe. (E Mayhew)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose with 250+ Canada Goose in fields, 20 Tufted Duck, 1 drk Mandarin, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Goldcrest. (R Veal) Also 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Shoveler, 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff. (J St Ledger)

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Black-necked Grebe, Shoveler and Mandarin – John St Ledger

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 1 f Black Redstart, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore; 1 Buzzard at Tregoniggie Industrial Estate. (J Bowen)

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Black Redstart and Buzzard – Jayne Bowen

Carnkie Farm, Carnkie: 1 Woodcock, 6 Snipe, 2 Raven. (J Chapman)

Helston Loe Pool: 8 Goosander (1 m 7 redhead), 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Raven. (J Chapman)