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> Weekly Bird Sightings Roundup 17th-23rd April 2017 <

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Friday 23rd June 2017

Towan Head: 100s of Manx Shearwater feeding close off the point, 08:15 to 09:00. (M Lammas) 1 Storm Petrel this evening. (S Rowe)

Lizard Point: 1 Great Shearwater, 3 Great Skua, 1 Storm Petrel, 3 Common Tern. (I Maclean, A Blunden, M Pass)

Marazion Beach: 22 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad,1 2s, 19 1s), 5 Black-headed Gull inc 1 juv. (P Fraser)

Porthilly Point: 3 Mediterranean Gull on the mussel cages. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly in private garden. (C&J Duffy)


Thursday 22nd June 2017

Late news, 20/6, Helston: 1 Dipper in Cober Valley. (D Wright)

Late news, 21/6, Newbridge: 3 Red Kite at 8:30. (P Fraser)

Porthgwarra seawatch: 1 Great Shearwater, 3 Large Shearwater sp, 3 Rissos Dolphin (R Archer) Also 1 Sooty Shearwater; 1 s/p 2cy Mediterranean Gull; 100’s Manx Shearwaters in small rafts scattered across the sea as far as could be scoped (1330 – 1530hrs). (J Hawkey)

Godolphin Hill: 1 Spotted Flycatcher round the edge of the overflow car park , near the reception hut at Godolphin House. (C Richards)

Charlestown: 1 Roe Deer doe. (D Hastilow)


Roe Deer, David Hastilow


Wednesday 21st June 2017

Late news, 20/6, Loe Bar: Small pod of 6 Bottlenose Dolphins heading west. (Dr DM Parker)

Late news, 20/6, Dobwalls: 1 Red kite flying low over southern part of village, late afternoon being hassled by gulls, flew north over village. It had some large feathers missing from both wings. (C&J Duffy)

Mounts Bay, Mermaid pelagic: 1 Great Shearwater, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, hundreds Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 5 Puffin, 1 Storm Petrel, 4 Sandwich Tern and 10+ Common Dolphin. (M Elliot, more Mermaid sailings tomorrow and Friday)

Trevean, Porthgwarra: 5 Crossbill this morning. (M Wallace)

Lamorna: 2+ Crossbill over at 12:40. (M McKee)

St Ives: 1 Red Kite circling over Carbis Bay 15:30. (R Veal)

Escalls: 1 Red Kite at 11:05. ( P Taylor, H Mitchell)

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 3 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 15 Cormorant, 7 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 34 Herring Gull, 30 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 4 Puffin, 3 Wood pigeon, 4 Swift, 5 Skylark, 7 House Martin, 15 Swallow, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 50 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 21 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 12 Linnet (M Scawen et al.)

Rock: 1 male Sparrowhawk mobbing a Buzzard from private garden. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 (2nd cal) Iceland Gull. (P Phillips)

Lanhydrock: 2 Green Woodpecker (juv). (J St Ledger)


Green Woodpecker, John St Ledger

Bodmin Moor (De Lank Waterworks to Garrow Farm): 3 Whinchat (2 adult, 1 juv), 9 Wheatear (inc 4 juv), 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Red Kite (over), 1f Kestrel. (J St Ledger)


Tuesday 20th June 2017

Late news, 19/6, Lostwithiel: 1 Common Crane seen at approximately 10.15am from the west bound train, 1 mile east of the station in a low-lying field. (R Isbell)

Late news, 19/6, Lizard Point: 1 Cory’s Shearwater past 08.45, first of the year.  Also 24 Red Kites in the area. (T Blunden)

Late news, 19/6, St Austell: 3 Red Kite over Daniels Lane at 13:00. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 19/6, Goss Moor: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 male Crossbill this evening. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 19/6, St Buryan: 2 Red Kite over Higher Alsia Farm at 11:00. (J FitzGerald-Patrick)

Red Kite, Josef FitzGerald-Patrick

Godolphin Hill: 1 Red Kite at 10.50 floating south. (C Richards)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Red Kite moving north east at 11:15. 1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 male Stonechat, 2 singing Chaffinch, 2 chattering Wrens, 1 calling Chiffchaff, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Goldfinch. (RB & PC Girling) Also 1+ Crossbill. (M Pass)

Sancreed: 2 Cuckoo. (D Flumm) 

Carn Towan, Sennen: 1 Red Kite circling over village 16:45. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 (2 full sum adults) Med Gull, 34 Black-headed Gull, 16 Shelduck young (broods of 7 and 9), 1 drk Gadwall, 36 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 1 Dunlin on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Penwithick: 5 Chaffinch, 6 House Sparrow, 1 Great Tit, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Crow. (K.Bowers)

St Columb Major and St Columb Road (Black Cross):  3 Red Kite circling 08.45hrs. (D Pitman)
Goonhilly Downs: 3 Red Kite at 8.30 am. (D Collins)


Monday 19th June 2017

Polgigga: 4 Crossbill in the pines along Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

St Buryan: 1 Black Kite. A group of 3 Kites circling over St Buryan from the garden at Bosliven Farm at about 16:00. One descended and flew very close overhead which enabled us to identify it. (D Annas)

Sancreed: 1 Cuckoo, single Red Kites west at 08:45 and 14:30. (D Flumm)

Red Kite, Dave Flumm

Crowlas: 1 Red Kite circling at 12:45. (C Benton)

St Erth: 1 Red Kite west at 16:00. (MJ Spicer) 

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 pr Mute Swan plus 2 young, 1 pr Shelduck plus 3 young, 1 pr Dabchick plus 1 young and 2 pr Coot with 2 and 1 young. (MJ Spicer)


Coot, Mike Spicer

Godolphin Cross: 1 Red Kite at 17.30 today. (C Richards)

Trewennack, Helston: 1 Red Kite at 14:30. (A Williams)

Mullion Cove: 1 Red Kite flying south over 08:00. (J Allely)

Boconnoc: 1 Red Kite over A390 at 17:30. (E Mayhew)

Rosehill Farmhouse, Mylor Bridge: 1 Red Kite drifted overhead fairly low during the morning, 2 Buzzard. (N and N Moore)

Mawnan: 3 Red Kite at 09:40 on Old Church Road. (C Gilmore)

Falmouth: 2 Red Kite circling overhead in the Trescobeas area before heading off towards Penryn River at 09:55. (J St Ledger)

Carlyon Bay: 2 Red Kites over at noon today. (E.Cornelius)


Sunday 18th June 2017

Wadebridge: 1 Red-footed Falcon, male over Coronation Park then flew towards Padstow

Garrow: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Lesser Redpoll ( D.Eva )

Butters Tor Marsh: 5 adult Black-headed Gull and 3 young , 4 Red Deer, 1 Roe Deer (D. Eva)

Coverack: 1 Little Egret, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth (D. Flumm)

Ashton: Flock 6 Red Kite east 15:40hrs (D. Flumm)

Sancreed: 1 distant Red Kite soaring high to north 16:45hrs; another east over village 17:30hrs. (D. Flumm)

Red Kite, Dave Flumm.

Porthleven: 2 Red Kite between Porthleven and Rinsey Croft. (I Maclean)

Penzance garden: 1 juv Blackcap. (R Phillips)

Padstow, Jubilee Queen sea safari: 11 Puffin on water nr the ‘Mouls’, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Common Gull. (S grose)

Goss Moor: 3 Red Kite, 1 f Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Stonechat (m/f), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Gatekeeper, 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly. (A Doe)

Gluvian: 5 Red Kite, 5 Swift, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin. (B Bosisto)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly. (J.Baker)



Saturday 17th June 2017

Ponsongath: 1 Red-rumped Swallow at 17.40. (J Foster)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Melodious Warbler, probable reported in sallows.

Rainbows End Nursery,Godolphin Hill: 1 Red Kite. (S Yandall)

Penzance: 1 Red Kite  this afternoon c1700 hrs., circled higher until of sight.  (R Phillips)

Men-an-Tol: 5+ Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, c10 Whitethroat, 1m Bullfinch, 2 Cuckoo (heard only). (R Veal)

Grasshopper Warbler, Reuben Veal

Middle Taphouse: 1 Tawny Owl flying across unclassified road. (D Thorpe)