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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.

There is a meeting on Friday 5 December, Kingsley Village, Penhale, Cornwall, TR9 6NA for existing and potential new volunteers when we will describe the history and value of the Beached Bird Survey, one of the RSPB’s longest running volunteer projects.  We will also explain future plans and the practical details of the survey including H&S requirements.  It will be an opportunity to ask any questions and meet other volunteers and those who plan to volunteer to walk a local beach every year in late February and record any `beached’ birds and pollution. This is free and will run from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and tea/coffee will be provided. Booking is essential ( – please let me know  and I will send details to you by 21 November.

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Thursday 20th November 2014

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan, 29 Teal, 21 Mallard, 1 f Pintail, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 26 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Bittern, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Snipe, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting and 3 Stonechat. c30,000 Starlings roosting in the reeds at Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Gannel Estuary: 1 f American Wigeon with c30 Eurasian Wigeon. (P&H Taylor)

Kelynack: 1 Dusky Warbler still. (I Webster)

Porthgwarra: 1 Woodcock, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker and 1 Redwing in 60 foot cover. (P&H Taylor) Also 1 Serin and 3 Black Redstart.

Men-an-Tol: 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Barn Owl. (S Turner – video)

Penzance: 1 m Black Redstart on roof tops in Lidden area. (T Mills) 2 Black Redstart, 2 Firecrest and 3 Great Northern Diver at Chyandour.

East Looe Beach: 2 (m & f) Black Redstart and 2 Grey Wagtail. (DJ Spooner)

Between Cot Valley and Nanquidno: 1 Ring Ouzel. (N Wheatley)

St Just: 1 Swallow. (N Wheatley)

St Erth: 1 f Peregrine. (M Spicer)

Nanjizal: 1 Black Redstart. (C Moore) Also 1 Little Bunting, 2 Yellow-browed warbler and 2 Swallow.

Higher Bosistow: 3 Black Redstart and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (C Moore)

Brew: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (C Moore)

Newlyn: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 1 Water Rail at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Hayle: 1 Black Redstart.

Heamor: 1 Richard’s Pipit and 1 Black Redstart at Bone Valley.

Downderry: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Great Northern Diver past.

Kenidjack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in trees by the last houses at the seaward end.


Wednesday 19th November 2014

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan, 13 Teal, 18 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 23 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 12 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker) Also Bittern still.

Marazion: 29 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker) Great Northern Diver offshore.

Gannel Estuary: 1 American Wigeon still, viewable from the car park at cSW808608 or from the path on the south shore accessed from the footbridge at cSW814607. Also 50 Eurasian Wigeon, 1 Teal , 1 Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank and 1 Sparrowhawk. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer)

Kelynack: 1 Dusky Warbler still. (P Fraser)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Goosander. (RC Mudge)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Wigeon, 5 Tufted Duck, 7 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 1 Great-crested Grebe and 1 Bullfinch. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer)

Par Beach Pool: 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Canada Goose, 19 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 21 Black-headed Gull, 2 Water Rail, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Herring Gull, 14 Mallard, 4 Carrion Crow, 6 Jackdaw, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 m Tufted Duck and 1 Cormorant. (M Whittaker)

St Buryan: 1 Swallow Tower Meadows early afternoon. (P&H Taylor)

Lands End: 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Chough, 2 Redwing and 70 Linnet. (P&H Taylor)

Towan Head: 20 Turnstone, 18 Oystercatcher and 7 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Padstow: 1 Black Guillemot.

Porthgwarra: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Firecrest, 1 Ring Ouzel and 1 Black Redstart.

Newlyn: Siberian Chiffchaff still at Sandy Cove and Great Northern Diver offshore.


Tuesday 18th November 2014

Late news 17/11 Chykembro Common: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (P St Pierre)

Late news 17/11 Woon Gumpus Common: 1 Merlin (P St Pierre)

Late news 17/11 Port Beach: 31 Oystercatcher. (J Mankelow)

Late news 17/11 Kingsmill Lake: 19 Snipe, 2 Spotted Redshank, 73 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Beer)

Kelynack: 1 Dusky Warbler still. (D Jenkins, M Grantham)

Nanjizal: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler trapped and ringed. (M Grantham, AD Mills) For photos see here.

Bottalack: 2 Chough and 1 Kestrel. (T&J Mills)

Heamoor: 1 Firecrest. (P St Pierre)

Penzance: 3 Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool. (P St Pierre) 1 drake Eider, 25 Sanderling, 3 Turnstone and 2 Black Redstart at Chyandour. (P St Pierre, DS Flumm) 2 Firecrest and 1 Blackcap in a private garen. (NR Phillips – photo)


Hayle Estuary RSPB: 15 Med Gull, 2 Kingfisher and 1 Black-tailed Godwit on Lelant Water. 11 Golden Plover, 1 or 2 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 330 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 2 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit,1 Canada Goose, 23 Curlew,8 Redshank, 1 Little Egret and 1 Jay at Ryan’s Field. (D Jenkins, DS Flumm – photos)

Med Gull adult with ring, Lelant Water 18th Nov.2014 Gull scene @ Lelant Water 18 Nov 2014 (1)
Lapwing @ Lelant Water 18 Nov 2014 (2) Teal @ Lelant Water 18 Nov 2014 (2)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 33 Teal, 24 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Water Rail, 31 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Bittern, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 9 Snipe, 2 Swallow, 10+ Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Stonechat, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Firecrest and 1 Goldcrest. (DS Flumm, DK Parker) Also 1 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier at 15:40. (B Dodd, R Farnes – photos) Also 3 Dartford Warbler, 4 Stonechat, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk (female), 1 Kestrel (male) and 1 Snipe. (J St Ledger-photos)

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Dartford Warbler Men-an-Tol Cornwall 18th Nov 2014 J St Ledger (1) Dartford Warbler Men-an-Tol Cornwall 18th Nov 2014 J St Ledger (2) Dartford Warbler Men-an-Tol Cornwall 18th Nov 2014 J St Ledger (3)

Amalveor: 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail & sub adult male) and 31 Golden Plover. (I Webster)

Seaton Valley: 1 Firecrest. (D Allan)

Kingsmill Lake:10 Avocet, 1 Curlew Sandpiper still and 40 Dunlin. (M Beer)

Polgigga: 1 Serin at Higher Bosistow Farm.

Kenidjack Valley: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.


Monday 17th November 2014

Late news, 16/11, Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 Whooper Swan. (N Moore)

Late news, 16/11, Buttermilk Hill: 1 Jack Snipe. (V Stratton)

Late news, 16/11, Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 305 Lapwing,14 Curlew, 24 Golden Plover, 5 Dunlin, 17 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 4  Little Egret, 5 Goosander, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Linnet and 48 Chaffinch. (V Stratton) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Greenshank, c30 Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 4 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 5 Ringed Plover. Estuary: 1 Bar-headed Goose, flew off with Canada Geese. (P Fraser and J Overfield)

Late news, 16/11, Land’s End: 1 Woodcock, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (in first sallows on cycle track north of old house), 8 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest and 2 Brambling. (P Fraser)

Late news, 16/11, Porthcurno: 1 m Blackcap. (P Fraser)

Late news, 16/11, Trevail Valley: 1 Barn Owl, 3 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk. (V Stratton)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Jack Snipe and 1 Common Snipe. (V Stratton)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 f American Wigeon still and 44 Wigeon. (S Rowe)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 24 Teal, 33 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 27 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 9 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Kelynack Valley: 1 Dusky Warbler still along footpath north of the road and east of the caravan park at c.SW374300 also in the willows south of the road and west of the footpath. (P Clarke, MJ Spicer, DK Parker, T McGowan & B Dodd)

Tregeseal: 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Pendeen Watch: 3 Balearic Shearwater past.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 5 Goosander shadowed up creeks by 4 Little Egret. (B Field)

Boscoppa: 1 Firecrest. (A Tonry)


Sunday 16th November 2014

Late news, 15/11, Men-an-Tol: 1  Short-eared Owl and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (I Webster)

Kelynack: 1 Dusky Warbler just east of caravan park, SW374300. (P Clarke, C Moore et al)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap in private garden. (D Hastilow)

Sancreed: 1 Black Redstart (new bird = 4th here this autumn), 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 10 Snipe, 18 Skylark, 2 Stonechat and in one hour 0800-0900 an easterly movement of 133 Redwing, 47 Fieldfare & 9 Blackbird. (D Flumm)

Rosudgen: 1 Treecreeper in private garden. (I Webster)

Kenneggy Cove: 1 f  Long-tailed Duck. (I Webster)

Pendeen: 1 1w Isabelline Shrike (probably Turkestan Shrike) showing very well at midday. (D Eva) Pictures of this Shrike have been circulated around several ‘experts’ from across Europe, their considered opinion is that this shrike is the subspecies L isabellinus phoenicuroides, Turkestan Shrike.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 80+ Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Water Rail in front of hide, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Jay flew over.  Estuary: 200+ Lapwing, 50 Redshank, 1 Bar-headed Goose (no rings on legs ) and  2 ad and 8 young Mute Swan. (D Jenkins)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Mute Swan, 19 Teal, 32 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 32 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Bittern, 14 Snipe, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff + 1 probable Siberian Chiffchaff, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker, D Eva, P&H Taylor) Long Rock Pool: 26 Moorhen, 2 Little Egret, 1 Coot, 4 Dabchick and 2 Mute Swan. (P&H Taylor)

Marazion Beach: 29 Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling and 2 Turnstone. (DK Parker) Also 1 Black Redstart by jetty in village. (R Wilkins)

Porthgwarra: 1 Short-eared Owl and c200 Golden Plover. (L Proctor)

Trengwainton: 1 Woodcock, 2 Fieldfare, 24 Redwing, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Jay and 5 Stock Dove. (B Dodd)

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Woodcock, 70 Skylark and 40 Redwing. (P St Pierre)

Trevescan: 2 Black Redstart. (P St Pierre)

Sennen: 2 Black Redstart and 300 Golden Plover. (P St Pierre)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1, poss 2, Water Rail, 5 Chiffchaff, and 1 Song Thrush, 3 Great Northern Diver offshore. (T Mills) Tolcarne: 1 f-type Black Redstart. (T Mills) Newlyn Coombe: 1 Coal Tit plus 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (B Dodd)

Newquay, Towan Head: 7 Purple Sandpiper with a flock of Turnstones and Oystercatchers, 1 Common Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull past offshore. (D Grose)

Windmill Farm: 1 Woodcock, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Teal, 6 Reed Bunting with a flock of 50+ Chaffinches. (D Wright)

Bartinney: 1 Merlin. (C Moore)

Porth Nanven: 1 Black Redstart, 10+ Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail and 4 Pied Wagtail. (P&H Taylor)

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows north of Hallan Vean at start of cycle track. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Tregeseal: 1w Red-backed Shrike again.(Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Crackington Haven: 1 Black Redstart still.(Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Connor Downs: 1 Hoopoe then flew off.

Falmouth, Pendennis Head: 1 Black-throated Diver. Penryn campus: 1 Black Redstart. (I MacLean)

Amalveor: Sub adult male Hen Harrier, 3 Dartford Warbler, 2 Snipe and Golden Plover. (R Menari)

Men-an-Tol: 2+ ringtail Hen Harrier, 23 Golden Plover and Dartford Warbler. (J Swann)

Porthallow: 1 Black Redstart. (M Nattrass)

Pednavounder, nr Coverack: 1 Barn Owl, 40 Snipe and 20 Lapwing. (M Nattrass)


Saturday 15th November 2014

Newlyn, harbour: 5 Great Northern Diver. (A McKechnie) Newlyn Coombe: 2 Jay and 9 Long-tailed Tit. (B Dodd) Sandy Cove: 1 tristis Chiffchaff, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Water Rail and 3 Great Northern Diver. (L Proctor)


Great Northern Diver


Alex McKechnie

Sancreed:  1 Great White Egret flew WSW 0825-0830hrs at fair height and without deviating its course its flight path would have taken it over Gurland Farm, Nanquidno. Also 1 Snipe, 16 Skylark, 50 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 30 Blackbird, 24 Fieldfare, 730 Redwing (most flying east). (D Flumm)

Lower Grumbla SW 409299: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in willows by road. Between 0800-0900hrs a westerly passage of 36 Lapwing, 1550 Woodpigeon, 26 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 15 Chaffinch and 10 Greenfinch. (D Flumm)

Windmill Farm: 1 f Merlin. (A Pay)

St Buryan: 1 Black Redstart, Tower Meadows. (P&H Taylor)

Higher Bosistow: 12 Stock Dove & 20+ Skylark over. (P&H Taylor)

Porthgwarra: 2 Woodcock & 1 Siberian Chiffchaff (seen & heard to call, in car park) 9 Golden Plover and 1 Peregrine on moor. (P&H Taylor)

Stithians Reservoir, Golden Lion: 1 Ruff, 10 Golden Plover and 50 Lapwing. (D Eva)

Tregeseal: 1 1w Red-backed Shrike again, also 1 Firecrest. (B Field)


Red-backed Shrike, Brian Field

St Gothian Sands LNR: 6 Pale-bellied Brent Goose in off the sea, plus 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 12 Skylark, 3 Grey Wagtail and 1 Rock Pipit. (MJ Spicer)

St Erth: 1 Black Redstart again on farm buildings. (MJ Spicer)


Black Redstart


Mike Spicer

Pendeen: 1 Isabelline Shrike again. (R Farnes)


Isabelline Shrike


Rod Farnes

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 American Wigeon (1st year female) and present since 8th Nov. Finally watched really well this morning and still present midday. Present with 44 Wigeon, also 2 Canada Goose, 1 Brent Goose, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank, 6 Redshank and 1 Mediterranean Gull. Porth Joke: 7 Chiffchaff (1 Sibe type), 1 Blackcap, 1 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 20 Blackbird, 90 Linnet, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Woodcock. (S Rowe)


American Wigeon


Steve Rowe

Helston Loe Pool: 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Dunlin and 7 Firecrest. (I MacLean)

Porthleven: 1 Black Redstart. (I MacLean)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 6 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 12 Teal, 33 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 5 Little Grebe, 17 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, c3 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker) Also 2 Swallow. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Beach: 34 Turnstone, 26 Sanderling and 9 Curlew. (DK Parker) Also 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gulval: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (R Menari)

Madron Well: 5 Stock Dove. (L Proctor)

Kenidjack: 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Copperhouse Creek: 1 1w Lesser Yellowlegs again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Falmouth, town centre: 2 Black Redstart. (D Chaney) Carrick Roads: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Wigeon and 5 auk sp. (S Perfect)


Friday 14th November 2014

Late news, 13/11, Rosemullion Head: 120 Kittiwake (0.26 immature, down from 0.51 on 6 Nov), very small numbers of Gannet, Guillemot and Razorbill, also 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 33 Mediterranean Gull (record for this site), 1 Little Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern. (P McCartney)

Sancreed (07:50-08:50hrs) : 1 Black Redstart (presumed third here this autumn) and westerly passage of 1880 Woodpigeon, 11 Stock Dove, 2 Lapwing, 30 Redwing, 3 Grey Wagtail and 10 Chaffinch. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 25 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Knot, 1 Grey Plover and 2 Mediterranean Gull. (D Flumm) Ryan’s Field: 100+ Golden Plover, 250/300 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher and 5 brown head Goosander. (D Jenkins)

Pendeen, opp entrance to Calathra Farm: 1 1w Isabelline Shrike. (D Jenkins)

Tregeseal, Little Waters Cottage: 1 1w Red-backed Shrike. (D Jenkins, R Farnes & L Proctor)


Red-backed Shrike


Rod Farnes

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Long-tailed Duck (juv), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger) Pendennis Head: 29+ Great Northern Diver. (D Chaney & S Perfect)


Long-tailed Duck, John St Ledger

Mullion: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 6+ Firecrest. (S Bury)

Erisey: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Bury)

Cadgwith: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and  4 Firecrest. (S Bury)


Yellow-browed Warbler, Steve Bury

Penzance: 2 Blackcap and many Blackbirds and Song Thrushes in private garden. (N R Phillips)

Hannafore Point: 1 m Eider and 2 Great Northern Diver. (C.Bartlett & G.Grant)

St Buryan, Tower Meadows: 1 Black Redstart. (P&H Taylor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 5 Mute Swan, 8 Teal, 18 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 26 Moorhen, 1 Bittern, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, c40 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Skylark, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Newlyn: 3 ad Great Northern Diver, 1 Chiffchaff and Shag. (M Ahmad)


Siberian Chiffchaff, Mashuq Ahmad


Great Northern Diver, Mashuq Ahmad

MAhmad_Shag_141114Shag, Mashuq Ahmad 

Polgigga: 1 Snow Bunting and 1 Black Redstart on tracks around Arden Sawah. (M Wallace)

Nanquidno: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at seaward end.

Crackington Haven: 1 Black Redstart still.