Recent sightings

Exe Estuary Trip: Roger Hooper is organising  a mini-bus trip to the Exe Estuary on Sunday, January 25th. We leave Redruth at 8.00 a.m. and head for the new hide at Bowling Green Marsh for the high tide roost. Off to other sites nearby after that. Seats are £14 per person. Any one who wants to go to contact Roger Hooper on 01209 820610 or rogerwhooper@btinternet.com

Gull Identification Workshops

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The RSPB Beached Bird Survey needs more volunteers – can you help?

The Beached Bird Survey is an effective way of monitoring trends in oil and other pollution incidents that affect seabirds.  The RSPB needs more volunteers to take part in this simple survey in SW England so we can increase our coverage of accessible coastline.  It involves walking an allocated stretch of beach and recording any oil and the number and species of any `beached’ birds.  Details of the survey and requirements are on the link below.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering/1705-beached-bird-surveyor-south-west-england

Penzance Pelagics.

Having just spoken to Mermaid boats in Penzance I am thinking about a bay trip to get good views of the Pacific Diver as well as other divers and gulls. Provisional date will be Saturday 3rd January or the following Saturday depending on weather. Obviously we need a calm day for any chance of being successful. Please contact me if you are interested with contact details and I’ll get back to you if it’s looking good. Cost a very special offer of £15 for a 3 hour trip. Also if we get the bird quickly we can head out deeper into the bay for the chance of Balearic Shearwater and possibly cetaceans.

Paul Semmens
Email: paulbotallack@hotmail.com  Mobile: 07899 872 985

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Thursday 18th December 2014

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan plus 1 young, 19 Teal, 12 Mallard, 1 m Pintail, 4 Little Grebe, 11 Moorhen, 3 Water Rail, 2 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 4 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, estuary: 1 poss 1w American Herring Gull, 1 1w Ring-billed Gull and 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliot)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 2 f American Wigeon still.

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Scaup still. Pendennis in low cloud: 3 Great Northern Diver and 10+ Gannet. (D Chaney)

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Wednesday 17th December 2014

Sancreed: 1 Little Egret and 4 ad Mediterranean Gull. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (T McGowan)

Rosudgen: 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 (ad + 1w) Pied Wagtail. (A James)

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Torpoint: 13 pale-bellied Brent Geese and 1 Great Northern Diver.

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Tuesday 16th December 2014

Late news, 15/12, Ruan Major: 1 Red-legged Partridge on road. (M Grantham)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Mandarin, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull and 3 Tufted Duck. (C Moore) Also 4 (1m + 3f) Goosander. (J Lawman)

Loe Beach: 1m Velvet Scoter, 18 Red-breasted merganser, 8 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe and 14 Black-necked Grebe. (JPR & MJ Spicer)

East Looe beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Eider, 1 Stonechat, 1Grey Wagtail, 3 Blackcaps and 1 Goldcrest. (D Spooner)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary:  2 f American Wigeon, 60 Eurasian Wigeon, 2 Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 3 Little Egret and 1 1w Mediterranean Gull. (M Lammas)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern and 1 m Pintail. (T Tirlaway)

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Bittern, Terry Tirlaway

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Pintail, Terry Tirlaway

Mounts Bay from Marazion: 1  Pacific Diver and 21 Great Northern Diver. (C Barnard + Sennen Cove Birdwatching)  Mounts Bay off Eastern Green: 1m Eider and 1 f Red-breasted Merganser. (C Barnard)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4. (1m + 3r/head) Goosander,  5 Mediterranean Gull,  350 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing and 120 Dunlin. Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Kingfisher. (C Barnard)

Padstow harbour (close to lobster hatchery): 1 Black Guillemot (1w), 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

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Black Guillemot, John St Ledger

Tamar Estuary, Millbrook: 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Common Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Greenshank. St. John’s Lake: 8 pale-bellied Brent Geese (one ringed-red left leg & letter l, yellow rl letter c or cc), 5 dark-bellied  Brent Geese and 2 Great Northern Diver. (M Beer)

Penzance, Tolcarne Beach: 8 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and 13 Turnstone. (T Mills)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Connor Downs: 1 Turtle Dove on Treeve Lane. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 m Scaup, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 16 Tufted Duck, 39 Coot, 5 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe. Town: 2 Black Redstart in Wodehouse Terrace and 13 Blackcap in area. (D Chaney)

Carrick Roads: 40+ Black-necked Grebe and 10+ Great Northern Diver. Mylor Churchtown: 12 Black-necked Grebe, 9 Great Northern Diver, 19 Red-breasted Merganser and 9 Common Gull. (D Chaney)

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Monday 15th December 2014

Penzance, Lidden area: 1 Swallow, 1 Black Redstart and 1 f-type Blackcap. (T Mills)

Newquay: 2 Chough off coastpath between Fistral and Pentire. (M Lammas) Gannel Estuary: 2 f American Wigeon still.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 25 Teal, 31 Mallard, 1 m Pintail, 1 f Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 19 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 2 Coot, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 8 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Heamoor: 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Padstow: 1 Black Guillemot in harbour still.

Falmouth: 1 m Black Redstart bottom of Wood Lane. Gorrangorras: 11 Mute Swan, 3 Greenshank, 2 Turnstone, 7 Mallard, 4 Little Egret, 20+ Curlew, 10+ Redshank and 3 Little Grebe. (D Chaney)

Sennen, Brew Pool: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff still at sewage works.

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Sunday 14th December 2014

Chapel Porth: 1 Merlin. (D Eva)

St Clement: 1 Spotted Redshank on main estuary. (D Grose)

Constantine, Polwheveral Creek and Stream: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper and 1 Greenshank. (G. Adams)

Newquay, Gannel estuary: 2 American Wigeon still. (B Mellow, R Wilkins + R Augarde)

Trevose Head: 1 Lapland Bunting and 8 Corn Bunting. (B Mellow, R Wilkins + R Augarde)

Padstow Harbour: 1 1w Black Guillemot. (B Mellow, R Wilkins + R Augarde)

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Black Guillemot, Brian Mellow

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Walmsley Sanctuary: 5 Pintail. 7 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Snow Goose [unringed], 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and 150 Canada Geese. (B Mellow, R Wilkins + R Augarde)

Carrick Roads from Loe Beach: 12 Black-necked  Grebe, 7 Great Northern Diver, 5 Red-breasted Merganser,  1 Red-throated Diver, 1 m  Velvet Scoter. (B Mellow, R Wilkins + R Augarde)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 4 Goosander, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Looe, Hannafore Point: 2 Slavonian Grebe opposite Looe Island.

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-breasted Merganser (1m + 3f), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Peregrine, 2 Common Gull, 2 Fulmar, 6 Oystercatcher and 1 Turnstone. (D Chaney + S Perfect) Castle Beach: 18 roosting Oystercatcher, c12 Shag and 2 Pied Wagtail. (D Chaney)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff again. 

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Saturday 13th December 2014

Late news, 10/12, Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 350 Herring Gull and 5 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe)

Carrick Roads: 1 Great Northern Diver, 13 Red-breasted Merganser, 51 Black-necked Grebe and 1 m. Goldeneye. (D Hall)

Padstow harbour: 1 Black Guillemot still. (A McKechnie)

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Black Guillemot, Alex McKecknie

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Chacewater, Creegbrawse:  1 Woodcock. (B Toms)

Bude Marsh: 1 PIntail (m), 1 Kingfisher,  3 Grey Heron, 8 Teal, 21 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat 1m 1f, 28 Snipe flying in to the reeds, 2 Buzzard and 1 Little Grebe. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 22 Goosander (14m 8f), 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Long-tailed Tit. (R Mudge)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 24 Teal, 28 Mallard, 1 m Pintail, 1 f Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 24 Moorhen, 3 Water Rail, 2 Coot, 2 Bittern, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 13 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff and 3 Stonechat. (DK Parker & D Chapman)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 Water Rail. (L Proctor)

Helston boating pool: 5 (2m 3f)  Shoveler. (D Jenkins)

Stithians Reservoir, Southern cut-off: 2f 1m Reed Bunting at feeders. (D Jenkins)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 2 f American Wigeon and 67 Wigeon. (S Rowe)

Towan Head: 16 Oystercatcher, 11 Turnstone and 2 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Wigeon 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, c.40 Mallard, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 70 Black-headed Gull, 7 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Little Grebe. (S Rowe)

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Friday 12th December 2014

Late news, 9/12, Bude Marshes: 14 Mallard, 5 Teal, 5 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 14 Canada Geese, 161 Lapwing, 45 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 3 Woodpigeon, 6 Curlew, 1 female Stonechat, 5 Robin, 60+ Starling, 25 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Blue Tit, 9 Rook, c. 10 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan. (H Kendall & R Mudge)

Late news, 11/12, Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Water Rail. (D Chaney) Swanvale: 3 Water Rail, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Goldcrest. (D Chaney)

Charlestown: 1 f Blackcap and 1 Redwing. (D Hastilow)

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Redwing, David Hastilow

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Penzance, Promenade + Battery Rocks: 6 Common Scoter, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Cormorant and 7 Shag. Harbour: 22 Turnstone and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. Tolcarne beach: 8 Turnstone, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtail. (T Mills) Chyandour: 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Eider, 1 Med Gull, 50 Redwing, 2 Black Redstart, 6 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail. (D Flumm, P St Pierre & A McKecknie)

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Black Redstart, Alex McKecknie

Newlyn, Tolcarne: 1 Raven and 1 Firecrest. (T Mills) Sandy Cove: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 Firecrest. (L Proctor)

Cape Cornwall: Seawatch 09:15-10:15 – 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 Common Scoter, all south. (N Wheatley)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 26 Teal, 34 Mallard, 1 m Pintail, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 13 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 2 Coot, 3 Bittern, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 11 Snipe, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Carbis Bay: 14 Great Northern Diver, 8 Black-throated Diver and 13 Oystercatcher. (DK Parker)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 2 American Wigeon still with 62 Eurasion widgeon and 1 Teal. (M Lammas)

Pendower beach: 11 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Common Scoter. (R Wilkins)

Padstow harbour: 1 Black Guillemot still.

Falmouth, Maenporth: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Redshank and 1 Kingfisher. (S Perfect) Pendennis: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 10 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1+ Fulmar, 100+Gannet, 100+ Kittiwake, 100+ auk sp, 5+ Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 27+ Mediterranean Gull, 5+ Common Gull, Great Northern Diver2 Whimbrel, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Stonechat and 1 Red-breasted Merganser (m) (D Chaney) Swanpool: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 1w drk Scaup + 1 Kingfisher. (S Perfect & D Chaney) Gorrangorras: 32+ Curlew, 23+ Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 Mute Swan, 1 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret and 6 Shag. (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Peregrine Falcon (1 at a Coot kill), 2 m+f Pintail, Slavonian Grebe, 20+ Little Grebe, 5 Common Gull, 147 Lapwing, 50+ Teal, 3 Stonechat and 3+ Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Water Rail at the feeders and 1 Chiffchaff nearby. (D Chaney)

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