Recent sightings

Breeding Season Records

As we approach the breeding season, certain sensitive species will no longer be reported on Recent Sightings,  for obvious reasons. Please do continue to send records in, as they will be entered on the county database and can be used for planning enquiries, conservation and scientific research.

Choughs March Update

With the choughs’ in Cornwall busy nest building we won’t be reporting sightings online until the summer, but please do continue to send in your records as they are very useful.  With some new pairs joining the  breeding population it should be a good year!

BTO WeBS training workshop

BTO/NE/RSPB are looking for people to help carry out Webs counts in the Carrick Roads, Falmouth Bay to St Austell Bay area during the winter and are providing a training day 11-4 pm on the 18th April 2015 at Porthscatho Village Hall.  Please bring your own lunch, optical equipment and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.
BTO WeBS Falmouth pSPA Agenda.pdf Click Here to Download

To book a place please contact Richard Cook Natural England on

Cirl Buntings Reintroduction update

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


327,495 total views, 359 views today


Saturday 18th April 2015

Late news 17/4 Porth: 1 Wheatear. (G Schultz – photo)

wheateat 015

Late news 17/4 Seworgan: 1 Red Kite over at 14:45 joined another distant kite sp. (P Harris)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Coot, 1 Common Sandpiper, c60 Sand Martin and 3 Wheatear. (MJ Spicer)

Fraddon: 1 Red Kite over. (C Young)

Treskillard: 1 Red Kite over at 09:30. (S Rogers)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 2 hybrid geese, 3 Greylag, 6 Teal, 5 Mallard (with brood of 13 ducklings), 2 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 10 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Redshank, 1 Snipe, c150 Sand Martin,  c30 House Martin, c20 Swallow, 1 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff and 4 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker C Barnard)1 Great White Egret over at 12:45 drifting NW. (PA Fraser) Great White Egret back into roost in Cheshire Homes sector at 20:30. (B Dallas)

Marazion: 5 1w Med Gulls offshore. (C Barnard)

Longrock: 2 Whimbrel and 1 Wheatear. (PA Fraser)

Kenidjack: 1 Red Kite lingering around Kenidjack Castle, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 4 Swallow. (DK Parker B Dallas)

Porth Joke: 3 Whimbrel, 15 Swallow, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Wheatear. (D Grose)

Caerthillian: 1 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler. (D Eva)

Culdrose: 1 albino Buzzard. (D Eva)

Sancreed: 1 1w Iceland Gull and Med Gull following plough. (D Flumm – photos)

Iceland Gull 1st winter, Sancreed (2) Gull scene @ Sancreed (3)

Botallack: 3 Red Kite. (J Waldon per D Flumm)

Porthleven (offshore): 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3000+ Manx Shearwater in large feeding raft. (I Maclean)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 2 Grey Plover on Lelant Saltings. (I Webster) Also 1 1w Ring-billed Gull and a Black Kite reported at 07:00.

Tresillian: 6 Whimbrel and 2 Curlew on the river. (M Jones)

Tresemple Pool: 2 Greenshank and 1 Redshank. (M Jones)

Porthtowan: 1 Red Kite over. (M Taylor)

Mabe Dump: 2 Red Kite. (S Van Hear)

Trewint Downs: 1 Red Kite over 16:55. (B Craven)

Gweek: One Red Kite over the Seal Sanctuary at 13:00. (T Wilson)

Pendower: 4 Black-throated Diver, 14+ Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter and 1 Iceland Gull. (P St Pierre)

Nancledra: 2 Red Kites. (J Harrison)

Warbstow: Red Kite over east at 15:37. (D Smith)

Seaton: 1 Red Kite.(C & J Fenn)

Drift Reservoir: 1 juv Iceland Gull, presumably the Sancreed bird.



Friday 17th April 2015

Late news 15/4 Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 15 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin and 1 House Martin. (P Fraser)

Late news 16/4 Marazion Beach: 9 Whimbrel, 7 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin and 2 2y Med Gull. (P Fraser) 4 Great Northern Diver and 5 Sandwich Tern offshore. (C Barnard S Turner)

Late news 16/4 Trevose Head: 4+ Whimbrel. (J Coatsworth)

Whimbrel Trevose Head Cornwall 16415 J Coatsworth

Late news 16/4 River Lynher: 2 Dipper and 4 Marsh Tit. (B Toms)

Trenow Cove: 2 Whimbrel in off the sea, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Little Egret & 1 Swallow. (J Hawkey)

Late news 16/4 Summercourt: 1 Red Kite at 08:45. (C Benton)

Late news 16/4 Penryn: 1 Swift. (C Benton)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank and 1 1w Ring-billed Gull on Lelant Saltings. 4 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and 4 Med Gull on Carnsew Basin. 1 Greenshank on Copperhouse Creek. 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 2 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper on Ryan’s Field. (MJ Spicer – photo)

IMG_0001 (1)

Rosudgeon: 1 pr Swallows returned to Chiverton Farm barns, including 1 ringed individual. ( A James – photos)

AJ4_8960c small file AJ4_8983c small file

Land’s End: 2 Singing Whitethroat, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 4 singing Willow Warbler, 1 m Blackcap and 4 Chiffchaff. (P&H Taylor)

Clerkenwater, Bodmin: 1 Red Kite over E at 12:30. (A Wagstaff)

Pelynt, Looe: 1 Red Kite over. (D Thorpe)

Nanquidno: 1m Common Redstart, 6+ Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 1 Swallow. (R. Menari – photo, C Barnard)

Common Redstart7_filtered

Bude Marshes: 8 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret (being harassed by the male Mute Swan), 1 Grey Heron, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Blackbird, 4 Dunnock, 1 Magpie, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Wren and 3 Wood Pigeon. (H Kendall & R Mudge)

Kenidjack: 1m Pied Flycatcher. (R Farnes – photos JD Swann)

365A9921 copy 365A9966 copy

Sparnon, St Buryan: 1 Red Kite at 11:15. (G Rogers)

Gorrangorras: 1 Red Kite over, also 4 Greenshank, 4 Mute Swan and 1 Little egret. (D Chaney)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Common Swift and 3 House Martin. (P Fraser)

Kit Hill, Wallington: 1 Red Kite and 1 Cuckoo. (L West)

Tregony: 1 Red Kite over at 17:45. (B Kerr – photo)

kite 20150417 1

Falmouth: 1 Red Kite flew over Trescobeas area at 15.15hrs (mobbed by gulls), heading in the direction of Flushing. (J St Ledger)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 2 hybrid geese, 3 Greylag, 4 Teal, 7 Mallard (with brood of 1 duckling), 1 Cormorant, 11 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 1 2cy Med Gull, c150 Sand Martin,  c50 House Martin, c30 Swallow, 1 Stonechat, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 6 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker P St Pierre)

Marazion: 4 Sanderling, 11 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin and 4 Oystercatcher on the beach plus 18 Whimbrel, 1 Great Northern Diver and 4 Mute Swan offshore. (P St Pierre DK Parker)

Scorrier: 1 Red Kite east over the A30 mobbed by crows at c12:10. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 2 (m & f) Eider off Chyandour ans 1 recently fledged Dipper in Heamoor. (P St Pierre)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise: (Penzance to Wolf Rock) – 1 Eider, 1 Sandwich Tern, 40 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 91 Manx Shearwater, 39 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 3 Puffin, 3 Great black-backed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Swallow, 3 Common Dolphin and 2 Basking Shark. (M Elliot DA Conway)

Hewaswater: 1 Red Kite over A390 near Hewaswater at 12:30. (M Jones)

Carnyorth: 1 Red Kite. (JD Swann)

Rosenannon Downs: 2 Red Kites. (C Selway)

Little London: 19 Whimbrel. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Polgigga: 1 Red Kite over at 10:50. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite over at 11:40 plus 20 Swallow. (D Grose)


Thursday 16th April 2015

Late news 10/4 Boscastle: 1 Wryneck. (J Fanshawe)

Nanquidno: 1m Pied Flycatcher and 10 Swallow. (I Webster)

Lizard Down: 1+m Western Subalpine Warbler still. (T Blunden)

Porthgwarra: 1 Wryneck at the Old Schoolhouse. (M Wallace)

Carnmenellis: 2 Red Kites over at around 14:30. (K Martindale)

Lanivet: 5 Red Kites over at 15:20 today. One group of 3 then another pair 10 mins later. All heading South East. (P Davies)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 2 hybrid geese, 7 Teal, 5 Mallard (with broods of 13 & 1 ducklings), 1 Cormorant, 10 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1m Sparrowhawk, 2 Stonechat, Sedge, Reed and  5 Cetti`s Warblers, a flock of c100 Swallow. (DK Parker Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion: 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 15 Turnstone, 6 Sanderling, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 White Wagtail and 4 Curlew on beach. 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Busullow: 1 Cuckoo heard. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Sennen Cove: 1 Common Sandpiper on the beach.(Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanjizal: 1 Whimbrel. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Boscastle: 1 Whinchat at Trevalga.

Polgigga: 1 Hoopoe still.


Wednesday 15th April

Late News, 14/04, Porth Reservoir: Possible Purple Heron at 18:00.

Photos of yesterdays adult Glaucous Gull and Night Heron. (M Ahmad)

Glaucous Gull Drift Cornwall 14415 M Ahmad Glaucous Gull Drift Cornwall 140415 M Ahmad Night Heron Marazion Cornwall 14415 M Ahmad

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 7 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 3 Greylag, 4 Mallard, 7 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 22 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, c50 Swallow, c50 Sand Martin, 8 House Martin, 1 Blackcap, 9 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker C Barnard M & T Hasdell) Also Night Heron again at 20:40. (I Webster)

Polly Joke: 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, and a 1 Cormorant making full use of the campsites fishing facilities. (D Mays SG Rowe)

Trenow Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver (sum plum), 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, Grey Plover and 1 Whitethroat. (R Menari)

Chacewater: 1 Swift at Penstraze, Chacewater at 13:00 along with the first returning Swallows. (RC Loader)

Kynance: At least 2 (possibly 3) singing male Western Subalpine Warblers at Corn Goon. (T Blunden R Farnes – photo A Mckechnie – photo P Dinning – video)

Subalpine Warbler Kynance Cornwall 15415 R Farnes Subalpine Warbler Kynance Cornwall 15415 A Mckechnie

Land’s End: 7 Blackcap, 3 Wheatear, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Willow Warbler. (C Barnard)
Brew Pool: 1 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler. (C Barnard)

St Levan: 1 Hoopoe still on cricket field. (C Barnard)

Porthcurno: 6 Blackcap. (C Barnard)

Marazion Beach: 5  Sandwich Tern, 7  Whimbrel, 19 Curlew, 5 Ringed Plover and 3 Sanderling. (C Barnard DK Parker M & T Hasdell)

Truthwall Common: Singing Cuckoo this afternoon. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Ring-billed Gull again from the causeway.


Tuesday 14th April 2015

Late photos 13/4 Polgigga: Hoopoe by Alan James

AJ4_8254c4 AJ4_8322c1

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull from causeway. (MJ Spicer) 1 Water Rail on Ryan’s Field.

Land’s End: 1 Wryneck east of Greeb Farm plus 6 Wheatear. (MJ Spicer)

Polgigga: 1 Hoopoe still on cricket pitch. (DK Parker MJ Spicer)

Lizard Down: 1m Western Subalpine Warbler still. (R Farnes – photo 1, J St Ledger – photos 2 & 3 B Dodd) with a second male present this evening. Also 1 Turtle Dove over. (T Blunden)

365A9645 copy


Western Subalpine Warbler Kynance 14th April 2015 Western Subalpine Warbler Kynance 14th April 2015 (2)

Fourburrow: 1 Gull-billed Tern just S of A30 in ploughed fields north east of Chiverton Cross at 18:00 at SW765484. (B Field)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 ad Glaucous Gull flew south. (M Ahmad) Also 5 Common Sandpiper. (MD Wallace)

Kenidjack: 1 Wall Brown Butterly. (P&H Taylor)

Marazion: 3 Whimbrel. (C Barnard) 1 Red-rumped Swallow, 1 Swallow, c110 Sand Martin and 1 Green Sandpiper late evening and a Night Heron appeared to land just west of Longrock Pool at dusk. (P St Pierre et al.)

Porth Joke: 1 probable Subalpine Warbler (male) just past Goose Rock Hotel. (E Everall)

Heligan: 1 Tawny Owl calling. (T Mills)

Rosenannon Downs: 24 Snipe and 1 Jack Snipe. (C Selway)


Monday 13th April 2015

Late news 10/4 Cape Cornwall: 1 Hoopoe in a private garden.

Late news 12/4 Portheras Cove: 1 White Wagtail and 1 Basking Shark. (A Whitehouse)

Wwagtail BShark

Lizard Downs: 1m Western Subalpine Warbler singing and calling just north of bend in access road to Kynance Cove. (T Blunden – photo, S Kolodziejski, MJ & JPR Spicer)

Subalpine Warbler Kynance Cornwall 13415 T Blunden

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull on Lelant Saltings. (DK Parker – photos) 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Redshank and 1 singing Reed Warbler on Ryan’s Field. (P&H Taylor)

Ring-billed Gull Hayle Estuary Cornwall 13415 Dave Parker P1000194 Ring-billed Gull Hayle Estuary Cornwall 13415 Dave Parker P1000197

Lands End: 1 Swallow and 1 Snipe. (P&H Taylor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 brood Mallard plus Swallows, Sand Martin and Stonechat. (S Maycock – photos) Also singing Willow and Sedge Warblers. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

DSC_9939 DSC_9936 DSC_9967

Marazion: 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Great Northern Diver off Long Rock. (P&H Taylor)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 3 Sandwich Tern and 1 Adder. (P&H Taylor) 1 Green Sandpiper and 4 Wheatear. (C Barnard)

Polgigga: 1 Hoopoe still on cricket field this afternoon. (M Jones)

Porth Joke: 1 Merlin, 2 Wheatear, 10 Sand Martin and 2 Swallow. (S Rowe)

Sennen: 1 White Wagtail at Mayon. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)



Sunday 12th April 2015

Late news, 11/4, Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Ruff still, 2 Willow Warbler (singing) and 2 Sedge Warbler. (T Potterton)

Late news, 11/4, Helston: 1 Hoopoe in private Ashton garden. (per P Lewis)

GLewis_Hoopoe2_110415Hoopoe, G Lewis GLewis_Hoopoe6_110415

Late news, 11/4, Marazion Marsh RSPB: A party of 30+ House Martin briefly over reserve. (D Chadwick)

Wadebridge:Goosander (1m, 1f) one mile upstream on bank of R. Camel. (S Marquis)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Copperhouse Creek: 3 Snipe. Lelant Water: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 1 ad Common Gull & 10 1w Mediterranean Gull. (D Flumm) Others had 23 Sandwich Tern, 13 Knot and 1 Grey Plover. Ryan’s Field: 4 Little Egret, 12 Redshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck. (D Flumm) Others had 1 Little Ringed Plover.

St Gothian Sands NR: 3 Wheatear, 22 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow and 1 ad Lesser Black-backed Gull, L.f.intermedius which in the field looked as black as Great Black-backed and had me thinking of Baltic Gull, L.f.fuscus. However, photos (1 attached) showed it to be not jet black and head shape fitted L.f.intermedius too. It was certainly blacker than our own British Lesser Black-backed Gull race L.f.graellsii which were also present. (D Flumm)

DFlumm_L.f.intermedius_120415L.f.intermedius Dave Flumm DFlumm_L.f.graellsii LesserBlack-backed_120415L.f.graellsii, Dave Flumm

Helston: 3 Swallow over river near Godolphin Woods. (A Woodhams) Loe Valley Pools: 1 singing Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Polgigga: 1 Hoopoe still present on the cricket pitch. (A McKechnie, S Maycock)

SMaycock_Hoopoe_120415Hoopoe, Simon Maycock AMcKechnie_Hoopoe_120415Hoopoe, Alex Mckechnie

Bude, Maer Lake NR: 2 (m&f)  Wigeon. 2m & 2f Lesser Black-backed Gull and 5 juvenile and  30+ Herring Gull flock. (D Hastilow)

Porthleven (offshore): 1 light phase Arctic Skua and 1 Sandwich Tern. (I Maclean)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Long-tailed Duck and 1 Water Rail. Pendennis Point: 1 Wheatear. (J St Ledger)

Clapper Marshes: 1m & 1f Garganey.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 7 Mute Swan, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Mallard, 5 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 11 Moorhen, 1 Swallow, c50 Sand Martin, 45 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler (heard only) and 2 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)