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Friday 28th August 2015

Porthgwarra: 1 Red-tailed Tropicbird past 08:00 – 08:05. (G Wyatt) 1 Wryneck by Rosevale Cottage. Also Humpback Whale reported.

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise: 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Grey Phalarope, 5 Storm Petrel and 4 Manx Shearwater between Penzance and Wolf Rock. 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 1 possible Wilson’s Petrel and 8 Arctic Terns between Wolf Rock and Penzance. (M Elliott)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 sum plum Grey Plover. (T McGowan)

Cadgwith: 1 Sunfish. (R Carter)

Rosudegeon: 1 Sparrowhawk attacking House Sparrow on feeder. (A James – photos)

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Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Mandarin. (BR Field)

Crowdy Reservoir: 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Common  Sandpiper. (B Craven)

Helford: 1 Osprey at Tremayne Quay.

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Thursday 27th August 2015

Late news, 27/8, Kenidjack: 1 f Marsh Harrier. (S Turner)

East Looe River, Terras Bridge: 250 Canada Geese, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Moorhen, 2 Little Egret, 5 Black-headed Gull and 20 Mallard. (D Spooner)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Coot, 2 Little Stint, 2 Wheatear and 3 Whinchat. (T McGowan, MJ Spicer)

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St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 20:25. (MJ Spicer)

Mylor Churchtown: 15 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Turnstone.  Also nest containing 4 young Swallows. (J St Ledger, S Jackson)

Porth Kidney: Still at least 3 Little Tern and c20 Sandwich Tern at the mouth of the Hayle estuary at 08:00. (DK Parker L Proctor)

Siblyback Lake: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull in the roost this evening plus 2 Common Sandpiper. (DK Parker)

Porthgwarra (07.00-09.30): 24 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 14 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua and 12 Storm Petrel.

Scillonian Crossing: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great shearwater, 2 Grey Phalarope, 13 Long-tailed Skua and 1 Minke Whale.

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Wednesday 26th August 2015

Late news, 25/8, Paul: 1 Wryneck in private garden. (per R Butts)

Late news, 25/8, Porthgwarra: 1 possible Yelkouan Shearwater and 1 possible Barolo Shearwater.

Kingsmill Lake: 7 Ruff and 3 Knot this morning. (M Beer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 2 Little Stint, 2 Knot and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. ( D Eva) Also 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sand, 6 Wigeon and Teal15. (B Mellow) Plus 1 Osprey.  15.15-16.15. caught small fish. (I Webster, D Parker) And also 1 Sparrowhawk taking a Common Sandpiper and 1 Peregrine failing to take a Greenshank. (R Farnes) Plus the same and 8 Dunlin. (J St Ledger)  Ryan’s Field: 4 Common Sandpiper and 2 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

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Carbis Bay, Porthkidney Sands: 24 Little Tern [this is the biggest flock I have seen in Cornwall] 8 Black Tern, 45 Sandwich Tern, 40 Common Tern and 5 Arctic Tern all being chased by a dark phase Arctic Skua. (B Mellow)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel and 1 Greenshank. (J St Ledger)

Porthgwarra: 39 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 49 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 2 Arctic Tern past.

Rame Head: 177 Balearic Shearwater past.

Gannel Estuary: 1 Ruff, 13 Whimbrel and 19 Dunlin. (S Rowe)

Towan Head: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Rowe)

Kynance Cove:  53 Cory’s Shearwater, also Balearic Shearwater and Sooty Shearwater.

Porthgwarra, (06.15 – 20.30): 1 Long-tailed Skua, 57 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 103 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 32 Arctic Tern and 32 Storm Petrel.

Lizard Point (16.30 – 18.00): 6 Great Shearwater, 9 Cory’s Shearwater and 6 Sooty Shearwater.

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Tuesday 25th August 2015

Late news, 15/8, Falmouth, Trewithen: 2 Turtle Dove. (J Crooks)

Late news, Truro, Boscawen Park: 1 juv Black Redstart. (J Parfitt)

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Porthleven (early morning):Storm Petrel, 8 Black Tern, 23 Arctic Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 2 Ruff and 3 Scoter. (D Langston)

Torpoint: 1 Cormorant swallowing fish. (R Napp)

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Tresillian: 30+ Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper and 1 Bullfinch. (M Jones)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 10 Ruff, 5 Knot, 5 Turnstone (3 sum plum), 2 Greenshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Sanderling, 100+ Dunlin, 70+ Ringed Plover, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Wigeon, 1 Peregrine, 80+ Common Tern, 120+ Sandwich Tern and 5 Little Tern. (S Turner + I Webster) Also 1 Spotted Redshank. (R Farnes) and 1 Ring-billed Gull and 2 Little Stint. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)  Ryan’s Field: 2 Common Sandpiper and  1 Whimbrel. (S Turner)

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Stithians Reservoir: 6 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 9 Snipe, 2 Swift and 1 Kingfisher. (D Eva)

Cudden Point:  2 Wheatear and 1 Great Skua. (I Webster)

Porthgwarra: (08:00-18:30) 125+ Cory’s Shearwater, (including 11+ feeding close inshore all afternoon), 35 Great Shearwater, 14 Sooty Shearwater, 50+ Balearic Shearwater, c60 Storm Petrel, c12 Great Skua, 8 Arctic Skua, c40 Arctic Tern, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Puffin. Also 1 Sunfish, c20 Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise. (DK Parker, M Elliott & M Wallace) Also 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling at Roskestal. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

The Lizard (18.00-20.00): 21 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 27 Balearic  Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater. (D Langston)

Penzance: 1 Velvet Scoter offshore yacht club. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 m Garganey again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Bass Point: 1 Cory’s Shearwater.

Scillonian crossing: 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater and 3 Storm Petrel.

Rame Head (09.00 – 12.30): 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 25 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 3 Great Skua and 1 Arctic Skua.

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Black Tern and 1 Spotted Redshank.

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Monday 24th August 2015

Late news, 23/8, The Lizard, Soapy Cove: 1 Icterine Warbler and 2 Whinchat.

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Mediterranean Gull. Gyllyngvase beach: 2 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Sandwich Tern. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 180 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Knot, 8 Sanderling, 4 Little Stint, 2 Greenshank, 9 Mediterranean Gull (7 ads 2 juvs including one with green colour ring). Copperhouse: 2 Common Sandpiper, 12 Mediterranean Gull (8 ads 1 2w 2 juvs). Ryan’s Field: 1 Wheatear. (P Fraser + K Vinicombe) Also 1 Ring-billed Gull again on the Estuary again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Stithians Reservoir:Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 26 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, 50 House Martin and 10 Swallow. (P Fraser + K Vinicombe)

Porthgwarra to St Levan: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Spotted Flycatcher,17 Willow Warbler, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Yellow Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Marazion beach: 1 Little Stint again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Scillonian crossing: 4 Cory’s Shearwater this afternoon.

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Sunday 23rd August 2015

Late news, 22/8, Nanjizal: 1 Melodious Warbler and 1 Marsh Harrier. (K Wilson)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 32 Dunlin for 2nd day also 5 Little Egret.  (M Lammas)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, and 7 Wheatear. (B Craven)

Porthleven: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5+ Great Skua and 1 Whimbrel. (D Langston)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Knot, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstone, 11 Oystercatcher and 1 Sparrowhawk (over). (J St Ledger)

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Stithians Reservoir, from Stuart Hutchings hide: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 31 Curlew, 2 Great Crested Grebe (1 adult, 1 juv), 3 Little Grebe, 5 Teal and 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

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Tintagel: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling at the entrance to Headland Camping Site. (P Maker)

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Drift Reservoir (members only):  2 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Muscovy Duck, 1 Mandarin, 54 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Cormorant, 4 Great Crested Grebe (including 1 young), 5 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 6 Moorhen, 12 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff and 1 Kingfisher. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 m Garganey. (I Webster, L Proctor)

Marazion: 1 Little Stint still on the beach. (I Webster)

Bosullow: 1 Wryneck. (G Gynn)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Ring-billed Gull again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Land’s End: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4+ Mediterranean Gull, 120 Manx Shearwater and 1 juv Black Tern from the Mermaid II, also 14+ Common Dolphin, 20+ Porpoise and 2 Ocean Sunfish. (M Elliott)

Polgigga, Higher Bosistow: 9 Green Sandpiper. (M Wallace)

Lizard: Icterine Warbler, 2 Whinchat and 2 Willow Warbler at Soapy Cove. (S Votier)

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Saturday 22nd August 2015

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Coot, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper. (MJ Spicer)

The Lizard, Bass Point: 1 Western Bonelli’s Warbler, 1 Nightingale, 4 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 6 Willow Warbler. (S Votier)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher and 1 Gadwall. (R Menari)

Polgigga: 1 Pied Flycather and 2 Tree Pipit on Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Estuary: 1 Ring-billed Gull. Ryan’s Field: 3 Common Sandpiper and 7 Dunlin. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Land’s End: 3 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 12+ Storm Petrel, 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull and 200+ Manx Shearwater from the Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Marazion beach: 1 Little Stint

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 m Garganey.

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