Recent sightings

Rare Breeding Birds Policy – Sensitive Species: As we move into the breeding season we will be not be reporting sightings of certain sensitive species such as Peregrine and other RBBP/Schedule 1 breeders on the Society website or on Social Media. Please read the full article linked here: >Rare Breeding Birds Policy< for the full species list and other information. Where appropriate, we will endeavour 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. Remember, the welfare of the birds comes first! Thanks for your understanding. (Please do bear this in mind when sharing information on Social Media too.)

CCAF: Recruitment of new members to the Cornwall Countryside Access Forum (CCAF) is currently underway. This aims to represent all interested parties in the County in areas such as Tourism, Environment and Access. It would be especially good for the general birding and wildlife community to be represented on the forum. If anyone is interested in applying, full details and an application form are available via the Council’s website: Cornwall Countryside Access Forum (CCAF) – Recruitment 2019

Cornish Choughs: The Society is now maintaining the dedicated Chough sightings database for Cornwall, adding to the many thousands of records received from birders and members of the public since 2001.  Responsibility for the database (formerly coordinated and maintained by the RSPB), passed to us in April 2019. Please send your sightings to choughs@cbwps.org.uk including, date, place, 6 fig gird ref if possible, and notes on any colour rings observed. Photos are always welcome too.

National Urban Gull Survey: 23rd April – 7th May: As the final part of the National Seabirds Count Survey, fieldwork in 2019 will focus on a survey of urban-nesting gulls. It’s impossible to completely count every breeding bird in such a difficult environment, so the survey will focus on key squares surveyed in previous years, with additional allocated sites in likely areas. If you can help please see the survey page Here

April 2019 News: Please see the News section for updates and expanded versions of all news snippets from this ‘Recent Sightings’ header section – updated 19th April

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Wednesday 24th April 2019

Late news, 18/4, Pityme: 1 Hoopoe in field next to boat yard. (P Jago)

Skewjack: Drake Green-winged Teal still on a private pool, drake Garganey. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3rd cal yr Iceland Gull at 14:30. (J Miller)

Sennen Cove: 2 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey over Carnsew Pool area 08:30 till 08:55 at least,  constantly being mobbed. (S Turner)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellowhammer, 7 Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 1 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Newquay: Short-eared Owl hunting over Newquay Golf Course again this afternoon. (D Kendle)

Penzance: c55 Whimbrel NW over Sainsburys at 11:25. (M McKee)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 9 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 45 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 45 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 32 Whimbrel, 125 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser black-backed Gull, 5 Great black-backed Gull, 9 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Coal tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 6 Palmate Newt (M Scawen et al.)

Gannel Estuary: 15 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper opp Rawley Point. (S Grose)

Trevilley: 2 House Martin. (J Hawkey)

Penryn: 1 Swift over this evening. (C Benton)

Callestick: Turtle Dove seen in private garden several times today. (L Wilson)

Gannel Estuary: 11 Whimbrel, 7 Canada Goose and 1 Common Sandpiper. (J Green)

Downderry: 23 Whimbrel and 4 Bar-tailed Godwits on the beach this evening. (A Payne)

Polgigga: 1 Stone Curlew in flight c10am before dropping into potato field from footpath between Trevilley and Higher Bosisto. (L Proctor). Later seen in flight again, appearing to drop down in fields North of Nanjizal 14:15. (R Veal, R Wilkins)

Newlyn Harbour: 1s Yellow-legged Gull still. (M Elliott)

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Roy Phillips: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Roy Phillips after losing his fight with cancer yesterday. He was well-known to many local birders and was well-respected for his birding skills and reports. He was a regular contributor to CBWPS and his most recent report on the 12th announced the fledging of robins in his beloved garden. He will be greatly missed. 

Late news, 21/4, Porth Reservoir: 3 prs of Great Crested Grebe & 2 Common Sandpiper on the spit. (T Carson)

Late news, 22/4, Gannel Estuary: 2 Whimbrel, and 1 Common Sandpiper up at the boating lake end. (T Carson)

Nanjizal/Polgigga: 1 Stone Curlew in field near Faraway Cottage mid-morning (M McKee) and a Marsh Harrier south over Higher Bosistow. (M Wallace) Also a singing Lesser Whitethroat along Bosistow Lane. (M McKee) Quail singing around Bosisto Farm. (R Veal, P Roseveare, S+P Rogers) Stone Curlew landed in field immediately west of Faraway Cottage at 17:20. (DK Parker)

Stone Curlew, Mike McKee

Skewjack: 1 m Green-winged Teal again. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis again this afternoon.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Little Ringed Plover ( circled reserve then flew north at 7:45am ), 8 Greenshank, 1 Lesser Whitethroat , 1 Lesser Redpoll. (B Bosisto) Also 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Sand Martin. (D Trevelyan)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey over Ryan’s Field at 09.35. (P Brinton)

Chapel Porth: 1 Turtle Dove, also 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, and a Roe Deer. (d j curtis)

Lands End: 1 Lesser Whitethroat in Blackthorn SW of Swingates. (P St Pierre) Also 7 Swallow, 13 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Curlew. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Gannel Estuary: at 8am, 2 Whimbrel & 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (T Carson)

Bartinney: 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 2 Skylark, 1 Whitethroat. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Tresillian River: 7 Whimbrel. (M Jones)

Bunny’s Hill, SW of Cardinham: 1 Cuckoo calling. Also Willow Warbler, Bullfinch. (I J Bennallick)

Mawgan Porth: 2 Whimbrel in-off, and 3 Manx Shearwater west. (J Turner)

Mevagissey: 7 Great Northern Diver (5 sum plum), 2 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Sandwich Tern off the harbour. 30 Manx Shearwater, 35 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 25 Guillemot, 35 auk sp SE. (S Roper)

Sennen: 1 Marsh Harrier over late evening. (P Roseveare, S Rogers)

Old Lizard Head: 6 Whimbrel, 4 White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear. (D Collins)

Kynance Cove: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling. (D Collins)

Windmill Farm: Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Read Bunting, Chiffchaff, Common Lizard (A Witheywood)

Sedge Warbler, A Witheywood

Willow Warbler, A Witheywood

Downderry: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel and 3 Common Gull early this morning. (A Payne)

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Monday 22nd April 2019

Late news 20/4, Coverack: 15 – 20 Common Dolphin giving good, prolonged views as they moved across the bay in the early evening (P. Bedford)

Late news, 21/4, Kennack Sands: 5 Whimbrel (P. Bedford)

Late news, 21/4, Fowey Bay: 14 Great Northern Diver, 16 Common Scoter (flypast), c 20 Guillemot (one bridled), c 5 Razorbill, plus one Harbour Porpoise seen , another one heard puffing but not seen, all from offshore kayak trip. (R Kirkwood)

“bridled” Common Guillemot, Rupert Kirkwood

Common Guillemots, Rupert Kirkwood

Late news, 21/4, St Ives: probable ad Sabine’s Gull photographed off Porthmeor Beach. (J Hill)

Probable Sabine’s Gull, Josh Hill

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey early morning. (M Ahmad) 3 Knot on Ryan’s Field and 1 Osprey over at 12:00 (D Eva) Osprey still present late afternoon. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 3 Red Knot, 4 Redshank, 18 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant at 11.25. (M Webb)

Knot and Redshank, Martin Webb

Knot and Redshank, Martin Webb

Grey Heron, Martin Webb

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis again, viewable from the road.

Pentewan: 1 Great  Northern Diver and 14 Sandwich Tern of the beach. Also 2 Whimbrel on beach briefly 2pm, then flew North. (S Roper)

Trevose Head: 5 Cormorant, 1 Dunlin,  2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 11 Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin, 4 Wheatear, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Corn Bunting. ( B Bosisto P Roseveare )

Kenidjack: 1 Red Kite ( B.Toms) Also 3 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Porthgwarra: 12 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Jay, 2 Mallard, 2 Canada Geese between village and Halfway Wall. (DK Parker)

Goss Moor: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 21 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Tit, 4 Jay and 3 Goldcrest between St Dennis and Toads Hole. (P Ash)

Grasshopper Warbler – Paul Ash

Willow Tit – Paul Ash

Sedge Warbler – Paul Ash

Bowithick: 5+ Willow Warbler,  3 Chiffchaff,1 Nuthatch, 1 male Redstart, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Swallows, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Raven over, Chaffinches and Blue, Great and Long tailed Tits. (B Bryne & H Kendall)

Davidstow Airfield: 2 Wheatear. (B Bryne & H Kendall)

The Rumps: 5 Puffin. (T Imber)

Wheal Martyn (Carthew): 2 Buzzard, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Magpie, 2 Jay, 1 (m) Siskin, 8 Coal Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 15 Jackdaw, 8 Woodpigeon, 2 Wren, 2 Swallow. (K. Bowers)

Nuthatch, Kevin Bowers

Jay, Kevin Bowers

Siskin, Kevin Bowers

Goldfinch, Kevin Bowers

Lower Predannack: 5 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap (male), 3 Wheatear, 6+ Swallow, 10+ Linnet, 2 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk. Also numbers of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Predannack Airfield: 1 Cuckoo (calling). (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Newquay Harbour: 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Raven over. (S Grose)

Carbis Bay: Tawny Owl calling at Parc Owles, in the early hours. (P Freestone)

River Gannel: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk landed in only pine tree off Mellanvrane roundabout. (S Grose)

Porth Island: 36 Fulmar, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Skylark. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: Cetti’s Wardler, Blackcap, (A Witheywood)

Wheal Rose to Portreath cycle trail: 3+ Chiffchaff singing in hedgerows. (K Money)

St Just: 1 Cuckoo heard. (E Harris)

St Anthony: 3 Whitethroat, 2 m Blackcap. (G May)

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Sunday 21st April 2019

Late photo, 19/4, Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler. (S Rogers)

Pallas’s Warbler – Steve Rogers

Pallas’s Warbler – Steve Rogers

Late news, 20/4, Lostwithiel: Cuckoo at about 18:15 up Tanhouse Lane. (M Surgey)

Late news, 20/4, Lands End: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 4 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow and numerous Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. (P Rosewveare)

Late news, 20/4, Kenidjack: 30+ Chiffchaff, 20 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Stock Dove. (Oriole Birding)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Temminck’s Stint and Little Ringed Plover. (D Julian)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis back on the marsh. (L Proctor)

Kynance: 1 Hooded Crow,  1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 ‘Greenland’ Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler. (T Blunden)

Zennor: 1 Grasshopper reeling at 01:45 by Eagles Nest. (P Freestone)

Lelant Downs: juv Tawny Owl at St Ives Holiday Village, at 02:00. (P Freestone)

Newlyn Harbour area: 6 Eider, 3 Common Sandpiper on rocks behind Tolcarne Inn. (S Grose)

Penzance Battery Rocks: 31 Purple Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach:1 Eider (resident male) 3 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Marazion: Red Kite east over Rose Hill. (P Fraser) Also 7 Eider (2f:5 imm males), 2(pr) Common Scoter offshore. (J Hawkey)

Hayle: Osprey over the car boot. (P Walsh)

Lamorna: Sooty Shearwater with c1000 Manx Shearwater c2km offshore. (M Elliott)

Chapel Amble: Little Ringed Plover and Water Pipit. (D Julian)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 52 Canada Goose, 5 Cormorant, 1 ad Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 13 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Mallard, 1 Great Norther Diver, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Black-headed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 27 Carrion Crow, 1Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 3 Robin, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet, 5 Willow Warbler and 1 male Orange Tip. (DAConway)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 2 Tawny Owl ( B .Toms)

Hayle Estuary RSPB:  1 Grey Plover, 3 Knot on Ryan’s Field. ( B .Toms, M. Curtis)

Windmill Farm: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, lots of Blackcap, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff. (D Wright)

Predannack Head: Lesser Whitethroat. (D Wright)

Land’s End: 21 Whitethroat, 11 Willow Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 White Wagtail. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Polgigga: 1 Yellow Wagtail over and 1 Wheatear nearby. (R Veal, R Augarde)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff , 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Swallow, 2 Linnet, 1 Buzzard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard (S Van Hear)

Chysauster: 1 Sparrowhawk over, 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Skylark, 1 Raven, 4 Adder. (S Grose)

Soapy cove, Kynance: 3 Whitethroat, Wheatear, Chiffchaff. (A Witheywood)

Whitethroat, A Witheywood

Chiffchaff, A Witheywood

St Gothian Sands LNR:  1 Pochard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Shoveler, 1 Adder.( B. Toms)

St.Ives seawatch: 1 Northern Gannet, 22 Black-legged Kittiwake, 20 Turnstone, 1 Stonechat, and 1 Sandwich Tern. (J Hill)

Mevagissey: 2 Purple Sandpiper on rocks off north side of harbour. (S Roper)

Newquay, Porth Reservoir: 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard in the distant.  (C Hooper)

Great Crested Grebe, C Hooper

Great Crested Grebe, C Hooper

Cardinham Woods: around bird feeders behind toilet block, 30+ Siskin, 5 Marsh Tit, 3+ Blue Tit, 6+ Great Tit, 6+ Coal Tit, 2+ Nuthatch, 3 pairs of Grey Wagtail, 4+ Chaffinch, 4 Buzzard. At least 10 Brimstone on the Lady Vale Trail and 5 Orange Tip butterflies. (C Mason)

St. Germans Quay: 4 Swallow back at traditional multi-nest site. (A Blonden)

Ninestones: 1 Cuckoo (A Blonden)

Carnelloe Head, Zennor: 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow.

Higher Crackington: ringtail harrier flying east. (J&B Teague)

Georgia, Bakers Pit NR: Osprey on a fence post eating a fish, m&f Cuckoo also. (R Menari)

Osprey, Richard Menari

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Saturday 20th April 2019

Late photo, 19/4, Church Town NR: 1 Hoopoe. (C Buckland)

Hoopoe, Chris Buckland

Late news, 19/4 RSPB Scillonian III trip, outbound; Penzance-Wolf Rock: 3 Eider, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 22 Manx Shearwater, 135 Gannet, 80 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 4 Fulmar, 1 Swallow and 4 Common Dolphin and 1 Grey SealWolf Rock-Scilly: 1500 Manx Shearwater, 400 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Swallow and 1 Common Dolphin. Inbound, Scilly-Wolf Rock: 58 Manx Shearwater, 116 Gannet, 12 Guillemot and 2 Fulmar. Wolf Rock-Penzance: 530 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin, 48 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 1 Sandwich Tern and 4 Eider. (M Ahmad)

Lands End: 1 Serin over towards Sennen, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 8 Whitethroat, 4 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 2 Chough, numerous Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. (P Roseveare, M Ahmad)

Coverack: Pallas’ Warbler today 7.15-8.00 singing. (T Stuart)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Both Osprey and Marsh Harrier still present early morning, but both flew north or north east by about 08.30. (S Rogers, D Parker, L Proctor) Glossy Ibis again (D Chadwick), and seen to fly out to sea this evening. (R Menari)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper. (R Augarde)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Cuckoo. (R Augarde)

Helston Boating Lake: possible Yellow-legged Gull. (S Grose)

Cubert Common: 1 Cuckoo. (S Rowe)

Lizard: Iceland Gull at 9.45-10.00, also Lesser Whitethroat and singing Firecrest in Church Cove. (T Stuart)  Also 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat at Tregullas Farm pond. (S Grose)

Bude Marshes: 8 Canada Geese, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Wood Pigeon, 7 Reed Bunting, 7 Blackbird, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Moorhen, 6 Blue Tit, 8 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 22 Mallard – plus 4 juveniles, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker continually drumming for at least twenty minutes, 5 Carrion Crow, 7 Rook, 4 Great Tit.
1 Orange Tip, 1 Red Admiral. (H Kendall, R Mudge)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 12 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (D Eva)

Windmill Farm: 1 Cuckoo, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 7 Sedge Warbler. (D Wright)

St Newlyn East Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Reskadinnick: 1 Grasshopper Warbler (I. Bennallick)

Mevagissey: 1 sum plum Great Northern Diver 5pm , plus 1 diver sp. off the harbour. (S Roper)

Tywardreath: Goldfinch and Greenfinch paying regular visits to supply of nesting material in private garden, 1 Bank Vole, 1 Wood Mouse. (R. Barlow)

Newquay: 50+ Turnstone, 32 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin on rocks behind the Headland Hotel this evening, also 4 Manx Shearwater and 5 Swallow past. (D Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary, this evening: 31 Curlew (colour ringed individual), 2 Whimbrel, 71 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin (injured), 1 Spoonbill, 1 Garganey in flight, 1 Tufted Duck, 57 Teal and 1 Reed Warbler. (P Roseveare)

Millbrook: 2 Whimbrel this afternoon. (C Buckland)

Tregirls Beach: 2 Common Tern. (D Julian)

Rame: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 N Wheatear, 10 Whitethroat, 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Collared Dove. (C Buckland)

Kenidjack: 1 m Pied Flycatcher.

Downderry: a Whinchat feeding on farmland mid afternoon just north of the village. (A Payne)

Chapel Amble: 3 Reed Warbler, 1 White Wagtail. (B Bosisto L Payne )

Roseannon Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (B Bosisto L Payne )

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Friday 19th April 2019

Late news, 18/4, Penryn: Hoopoe in a private garden.

Late news, 18/4, Pendeen: Hoopoe on carn above the church. (per P Fraser)

St Just: Pied Crow around the square and church. (J Ryan)

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler now in full song. (S Rogers)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Glossy Ibis still at 17.20. (S Rogers) Also 7 Mute Swan, 5 drake Mallard (plus a female with 11 ducklings and a drake Gadwall in close attendance), 6 Teal, 1 Long-tailed Tit nestbuilding and 6 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker, S & P Rogers)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Glossy Ibis, later seen circling over Hayle Estuary and then flying off towards St Erth. (R Veal)

Saltash, Church Town Farm nature reserve:Hoopoe, feeding in point field. (K Baum) and still in fields at 18:15( M Beer, et al)

Torpoint: Pied Flycatcher in trees by Coombe End Surgery, Kingsand.

St Gothian: Yellow Wagtail in the cut-off and drake Garganey. (M Spicer)

Polgigga: Red Kite over. (B Mellow)

Skewjack: 2 Red Kite at 14:00. (M Wallace)

Camel Trail Treraven Meadows to Polbrock: 11 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 9 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 13 Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan. (S Grose)

Toads Hole, Goss Moor: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 17 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Buzzard . 1 Goldcrest, 3 Swallow & 2 Reed Bunting. (P Ash)

Reed Bunting – Paul Ash

Grasshopper Warbler – Paul Ash

Grasshopper Warbler – Paul Ash

Goss Moor: 4 Grasshopper Warbler heard and 2 Garden Warbler back on site. (P Roseveare)

Loe Pool: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 6 Reed Warbler, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, I Common Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler. (G Adams)

Loe Bar: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Guillemot. (G Adams)

Tamar Lakes: 4 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Wren, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush 2 Great Tit, 3 Blackbird, 5 Blue Tit, 3 Wood Pigeon, 3 Cormorant, small groups of Teal and Mallard, 3 Coot and 5 Moorhen, also 2 Orange Tip, 3 Brimstone butterflies. (H Kendall)

Porthgwarra – St Levan: 2 Tree Pipit, 10 Willow Warbler, 11 Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler, Siskin, 2 Sedge Warbler & Silver-Y moth. (M Wallace)

Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 1m Cuckoo. (J Hawkey)

Rame: 2 House Martin, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler & 5 singing Whitethroat. (P Aley) Also 22 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 Wheatear, 3 Yellowhammer, 3 Collard Dove, 1 Garden Warbler. (C Buckland)

Lizard area: 2nd w Iceland Gull, 6 White Wagtail, 13 Whitethroat, 12 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whimbrel.  ( M Pass )

Bodmin Moor: 6+ Wheatear 2m Redstart, 1 Yellowhammer, 1  Jay near entrance to Trewalla. (R Bishop) De Lank Waterworks: 4 (2 pr) Wheatear. (J St Ledger, C Benton) Temple: 2 (m&f) Cuckoo. (J St Ledger, C Benton)

Cuckoo, John St Ledger

Chapel Amble: 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Reed Warbler. (J St Ledger, C Benton)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 (1m) Garganey, 15 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 30 Teal, 20 Mallard, 1m Tufted Duck, 14 Canada Goose, 71 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stock Dove. (J St Ledger, C Benton)

Garganey, John St Ledger

Boscastle, Valency Valley: 6 male, 1 female Blackcap, 2 Coal Tit, many Chiffchaff calling, 2 Grey Wagtail + 2 Dipper in the river, 1 Sparrowhawk overhead, 1 Holly Blue and many Orange Tip and overwintered Peacock butterflies (M Brooks + J Piper)

Penwithick: 1 Robin, 2 Blue Tit, 9 House Sparrow, 1 (m) Bullfinch, 2 Dunnock, 6 Chaffinch. (K. Bowers)

Bullfinch, Kevin Bowers

Bullfinch, Kevin Bowers

Hayle: 1 Red Kite over Ventonleague at 15.40p.pm moving East. (J&P Rutter)

Bosullow: Cuckoo calling this morning.

Windmill Farm: 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap (heard only), 1 Whitethrot, 3 Wren, 1 Sedge Warbler (heard only), 3 Skylark, 10 Mallard (8 m 3 f) and 8 ducklings, 1 Little Egret, 1 Carrion Crow and family of Common Shrew. (F Trewin)

Week St Mary: 1 m Ring Ouzel. (Mr&Mrs Parkin, M Worden)

Lady Downs: Cuckoo calling. (C Madden)

Falmouth: 3 Sandwich Tern fishing off quay this evening. (P Fletcher)

Mousehole: 1 2cy Iceland Gull, 4 Great Northern Diver, also 1 Basking Shark off the Mount. (M Elliot)

Upper Fowey Valley Road: 1 (poss. more) Willow Tit, 12 (at least) Willow Warbler in 500 yard stretch, 2 Nuthatch, Brimstone, Orange Tips, Small Whites. (A Blonden)

Newquay: 1 Sparrowhawk circling Trenance Valley. (S Grose)

St Austell: 1 Red Kite over road between here and A30. (S Beere)

Porth Joke: 5 Wheatear, 9 Whitethroat, 8 Sedge Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler. (S Rowe)

Marazion Beach: 17 Turnstone; 8 Sanderling & 4 Eider offshore. (J Hawkey)

Sheviock pond: 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Red Kite over very high up. (C Buckland)

Falmouth, Swanpool Lake: 2 Reed Warbler. Swanvale: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker female. (S Court)

Nanjizal: first Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat of the year, 45 Warblers mainly Blackcap but also Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (R Phillips)

Bastreet to Industry: 2 Fieldfare, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Redstart. (B Craven)

Downderry: early evening 18 Great Northern Diver offshore and 4 Sandwich Tern west. (A Payne)

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Thursday 18th April 2019

Late news, 16/4, St Ives: 2 Blackcaps (male and female) in Trewyn Gardens. (K Money)

Late news, 17/4, St Erth Railway station: Green Woodpecker heard “Yaffling” nearby from 06:50 – 07:00. (D King)

Late news, 17/4, Porth Reservoir:  3 Tawny Owl heard, 2 Raven heard. (S Grose)

Skewjack: Drake Green-winged Teal still in a private area. (M Wallace)

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler still around the sewage works. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Kenidjack: Ortolan Bunting flew over north and calling, at the top end of the valley, female Ring Ouzel at the bottom end and 2cy Iceland Gull on the beach. (Oriole Birding)

Marazion Marsh: Glossy Ibis, fem Wheatear, 6 Sand Martin. (S. Rogers) Also 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 11 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler and 15 Sand Martin. (P Fraser) This evening: Osprey lingering over the bay and Marsh at 19.30 plus fem/imm Marsh Harrier over Long Rock. 14 Sandwich Tern, 16 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (S and P Rogers, M Elliott, L Procter, J Hawkey)

Osprey, Steve Rogers

Crowlas: 1 Osprey seen distantly coming from Marazion, appeared to drop into trees. (R Veal)

Seaton: 1 Osprey flew east at 1455 just north of the village. Later, after 1900,  8 Sandwich Tern, 5 Whimbrel and 1 Common Gull noted at Downderry. (A Payne)

Marazion beach: 3 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Turnstone, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver. (S Rogers)

St. Just: Pied Crow still present at 1300 on field in front of primary school and around main car park. (D Eva) Also 2 House Martin. (B Toms)

Navax Point: 1 Tree Pipit (D Eva)

Porthilly Point: 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 77 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 7 Turnstone, 1 Grey Heron, 20+ Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Holywell Beach: 2 Wheatear. (P Matthews)

Trevose Head: 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackcap,  2 Wheatear, 15 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 2 Siskin,1 Redpoll,  1 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting. ( B Bosisto)

Towan Head: 1 Merlin, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 20 Turnstone, 1 ‘leucistic’ Starling. (S Rowe)

Porth Joke: 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler,  4 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 1 White Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 House Martin, 18 Sand Martin, 35 Swallow. (S Rowe)

Windmill Farm: 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Whitethroat singing, 3 Skylark singing aloft, 2 Blackcap singing, 1 Sedge Warbler singing from brambles on car park perimeter. (J Evans)

Lizard Point: 1 Swallow. (M Hooper)

Porthgwarra: 1 Common Swift over café at 10:10 then flew east along coast. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Columb Major: 2 Mediterranean Gull following the plough in fields at Winnards Perch roundabout. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 Whimbrel, 1 sum plum Dunlin, 49 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Reed Warbler. (R Veal)

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