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Bernard Roland Pattenden

We are sad to announce that Bernard passed away on Wednesday 15th October 2014 peacefully at Penlee Care Home, Penzance, aged 85 years. Bernard was part of the birding scene in Cornwall since the 1960′s, with ringing in the early days at Porthgwarra and later with his work at Marazion Marsh, ringing many Aquatic Warblers.
The funeral service will be on Tuesday 28th October at 10.30am at Kernow Chapel Penmount Crematorium. Donations for R.S.P.B. will be gratefully accepted by the Funeral Director, Malcolm Carveth, San Marino, Goonbell, St Agnes TR5 OPQ (01872 552587)

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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.

To register your interest in volunteering for Beached Bird Survey, please contact Natasha Simmons ( with your name, contact details and coastline of interest.  We will hold some meetings for existing and new volunteers later this year to which you will be invited.  We will match new volunteers with beaches before Christmas and provide all the information you need ahead of the next Beached Bird Survey in February 2015.

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Friday 31st October 2014

Late news, 29/10 + 30/10, Kilkhampton: 6-7000 Starling, pre-roost was on telegraph wires on the northern edge of Kilkhampton and roost in the woods east of the solar farm 4 miles north of the village. (D Girvan)

Sancreed: 3 Snipe, 30 Redwing, 10 Skylark, 150 Chaffinch, 3 Grey Wagtail, 1 Black Redstart and 1 Goldcrest. (D Flumm)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary:  9 dark-bellied Brent Geese still, also 2 adult Mediterranean Gull and 2 Grey Plover. (M Lammas)

Kenidjack:1 Brambling feeding in field with Chaffinches opposite sewage works; also 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Chough, 180 Stock Doves in 3 small flocks. Plus Hummingbird Hawkmoth, 1 Clouded Yellow & Painted Lady butterflies. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (heard only) above the sewerage works. (J Hawkey & P Clarke)

Gwendreath/Kennack sands: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 4 Firecrest. (S Bury)


Yellow-browed Warbler, Steve Bury

Pendeen: 1 Merlin still on the cliffs beneath the lighthouse. (A Hartley)

Penberth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 17 Redwing. (A Hartley) 2 Yellow-browed Warbler by bonfire.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Green Sandpiper, Curlew, 10+ Tufted Duck, 4 Teal, also good selection of large gulls (mostly Herring). (A Hartley) Also 1 f Long-tailed Duck present.

Lizard Point: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine and 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)


Purple Sandpiper, John St Ledger


Peregrine, John St Ledger

Kynance Cove car park: 1 Merlin. (J St Ledger)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 5 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 12 Teal, 16 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 32 Moorhen, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret and 3 Snipe plus c6,000 Starling at dusk. (DK Parker)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, c80 Stock Dove, c100 Wood Pigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Grey Wagtail and c600 Chaffinch. (DK Parker, N Wheatley & T McGowan)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Black Redstart in garden of Ocean View. (D Balmer)

Treen: 4 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Skua.

Penzance: 1 Rose-coloured Starling at Morrisons. Jubilee Pool: 3 Purple Sandpiper, 20+ Turnstone, Male Eider and 1 Common Scoter in the harbour area. (B Craven & D Curtis)

Scillonian RSPB Wildlife Cruise: 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater,14 Kittiwake, 77 Gannets, 30 Guillemot, 6 Auk ?species, 108 GBB Gulls, 5 LBB Gulls, 3 Shag between Penzance and Wolf Lighthouse. 1 Balearic Shearwater, 35 Gannets, 6 Auks, 1 Great Skua, 5 GBB Gull and 1 Minke Whale between Wolf Lighthouse and Penzance. (B Craven & D Curtis)

St Ives: 1 Short-eared Owl in off sea and 1 Black-throated Diver in St Ives Bay.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 American Golden Plover still.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs again.

Wacker Quay: 1 Spoonbill again.

Porthcurno: 4 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Skua.


Thursday 30th October 2014

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 9 dark-bellied Brent Geese and  2 Greenshank. (M  Lammas)

Truro: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Looe, Hannafore: 3 Spoonbill flying west. (M Beer)

River Lynher at Wacker: 1 dark-bellied Brent Goose. (M Beer)

St John’s Lake: 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Brent Goose and 300+ Wigeon. (M Beer)

Pendeen: 1 Black Redstart by the lighthouse with a Peregrine & a Merlin on the cliffs beneath the lighthouse. Also, 1 Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail. (A Hartley)


Black Redstart, Adam Hartley

Penzance: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (NR Phillips) 400+ Starlings flying around the Lidden area. (T Mills) c6000 Starling this evening near KFC. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 juv Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 3 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank and c20 Redshank. (DH&H Hatton and T Mills)

Hayle: 1 Black Redstart on St Ewelyn Church. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

The Manacles: 1 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 30+ Kittiwake, gannet, guillemot, razorbill. (M Nattrass)

Camel Estuary: 1 Black Guillemot at North Quay. (J D’Arcy)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 American Golden Plover again this morning. (M Scott)

Porthgwarra: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Trevean pool.

Penberth Cove: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Firecrest.

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler.

St Ives: 2 Purple Sandpiper by the beach at The Island.

Bodmin: 1 Black Redstart in Dunmere Road.


Wednesday 29th October 2014

St Buryan: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling. (P&H Taylor)

Holywell: 8 Redwing, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Great Northern Diver. (D Eva)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 2 adult Mediterranean Gull. (M Lammas)

Pendeen:Barred Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 20 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark, 12 Goldfinch, 1 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 1 Raven. (A Hartley) Plus 1 Black Redstart.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher,  2 Little Egret, both shadow fishing with 2 Cormorant,  200+ Canada Geese arrived with a couple of Greylag. (A James) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs again. Plus a roost of 100+ Pied Wagtail at Marks & Spencers.


Little Egret, Alan James


Canada Geese, Alan James

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Kenidjack: 1 Swallow,1 Woodcock, 2 Firecrest, 4+ Chough and 4 Chiffchaff. (D Grose)

Lands End: 1 poss Stone Curlew flying south and 1 Woodcock (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanjizal: 1 Snow Bunting at Carn Les Boel. (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra: 1 Richard’s Pipit. 1 Stone Curlew over, 1 Firecrest, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Black Redstart. (M Wallace et al.)

Penberth Cove: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Botallack: 1 Short-eared Owl in off the sea. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling at KFC again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Boswednack: 7 Redwing west. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still.


Tuesday 28th October 2014

Newlyn: 1 2S Mediterranean Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull, 27 Turnstone and 15 Shag at river mouth. Harbour: 60+ Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Turnstone, 5 Shag, 2 Cormorant and 1 Grey Wagtail. Sandy Cove: 2 Bullfinch plus 12+ Clouded Yellow including 2 helice form one of which was egg laying, 5 Painted Lady, 8+ Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. (T Mills)

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Reskajeage Downs: 1 Merlin, 300 Linnet and 30 Skylark. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 20+ Mediterranean Gull, 2 Greenshank, 40+ Redshank, 2 Shelduck, good numbers of Wigeon & Teal, 1 Bar-headed Goose with 100+ Canada Geese. (A Hartley & P Coleman) Copperhouse Creek:  1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 6 Redshank including one with only one leg, 1 x 2w Mediterranean Gull and 1 Grey Wagtail. (L Williams & A Hartley) Carnsew Basin: 10+ Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Dunlin and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit. (A Hartley)


Lesser Yellowlegs, Adam Hartley


Mediterranean Gull, Adam Hartley


Bar-headed Goose, Patrick Coleman

Newquay, Towan Head: 4 Purple Sandpiper with 26 Turnstone and 16 Oystercatcher behind Headland Hotel. (M Lammas)

Gannel Estuary:  2 Grey Plover,  2 Greenshank,  1 Redshank and 13 Wigeon. (M Lammas)

Pendeen: 20+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard and 4 Skylark over. (A Hartley)

Penberth Cove: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Firecrest and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (D Balmer)

Porthcurno: 4 Black Redstart. (D Balmer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 7 Teal, 20 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 30 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 1 Sandwich Tern on the beach. (DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Mute Swan, 66 Mallard, f Ring-necked Duck, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtail and 16 Long-tailed Tit. Also 2+ Clouded Yellow. (DK Parker)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Black Redstart and 1 Firecrest.

Penzance: 1w Rose-coloured Starling again in Morrisons car park.

St Michael`s Mount: 1 Snow Bunting by the cafe. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Chapel Porth: 1 Firecrest along Mingoose Vale.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 American Golden Plover again.

Porthgwarra: 1 Black Redstart.

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest.


Monday 27th October 2014

Late news 25/10, Scillonian III return sailing: 2 Velvet Scoter near Runnelstone. (N Moran)

Late news, 26/10, Trevescan Farm: 1 Whitethroat. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 26/10, Land’s End:  1 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 300 Chaffinch, 1 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 26/10, Sennen:  200 Golden Plover. (P St Pierre)

Kenidjack Valley: 1 Firecrest, 5+ Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Stonechat, 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Chough, 1or2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 3 Grey Wagtail, then on the beach 9 Rock Pipit, 10+ Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Heron and another 2 Grey Wagtail. (D Mays & D Jenkins) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher. (D Jenkins) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs still. (P Dinning)

Lesser Yellowlegs, video by Paul Dinning
Davidstow Airfield: 1 American Golden Plover (juv) still, 29 Golden Plover, 12 Lapwing and 1 Raven. (J St Ledger)


American Golden Plover, John St Ledger.

Pendeen: 20+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark and 1 Buzzard. (A Hartley)

Penzance: 1 Rose-coloured Starling on wires by KFC again. (A Hartley) Penlee Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler near tennis courts. (M Elliot) Morrab Gardens: 5 Firecrest. (M Elliot)

Hannafore Point (08:15-12:15): 1 Sabine’s Gull, 40+ auk with 1 Razorbill on water, 50+ Kittiwake, 1 Great  Skua and 1 Arctic Skua. (M Beer)

Porthcurno: 1 Black Redstart, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Song Thrush and c30 Skylark. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Teal, 11 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 16 Moorhen, 1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Polgigga: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Higher Bosistow Farm (M Wallace) 1 Little Bunting on wires southwest of the cricket pitch. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: 1 Siberian Stonechat is second field between Arden Sawah and St Levan Churchtown. (L Thompson) Also 1 Black Redstart at the coastguard cottages. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Porthcurno: 1 Firecrest opposite beach cafe. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penberth Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Firecrest.  (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanquidno: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Black Redstart. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

The Lizard, Church Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.


Sunday 26th October 2014

Late news 25/10 Maer Lake: 100+ Golden Plover. (M Marval)

Kenidjack Valley: 1 Radde’s Warbler plus 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 300+ Skylark over. (A Lewis et al. Photos – B Field) Also 2 Chough, 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. (A Hartley)

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Maer Lake: 5 Whooper Swan (2 ads, 3 young). (M Marval)

Kennack Sands/Gwendreath: 10+ Firecrest. (S Bury – photo, D Wright)

SONY DSCNanquidno: 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher plus 1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard. (A Hartley et al.)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs still on Copperhouse Creek.

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 3 Teal, 16 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, c2,000 Starling, 3 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker) Bittern reported again.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still. (D Mays – video)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 imm Ring-necked Duck still.

Porthgwarra: 2 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Northern Diver past, 1 Dartford Warbler, 70 Golden Plover and 1 Firecrest plus 1 Black Redstart at Porth Loe and 1 Hooded Crow at Roskestal Farm. (B Field et al) Yellow-browed Warbler still around the toilet block.

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 fem Pintail, 150+ Golden Plover, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 30 Meadow Pipit, 3 Cormorant and 3 Great Crested Grebe. (D Mays)

Treraven Meadow: 20 Teal, 10+ Mediterranean Gull, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Curlew and a few Goldcrest. (D Mays)

St Ives: 300+ Redwing plus a few Fieldfare and Skylarks over Consols early morning. (S Turner) Also 2 Purple Sandpipers with Turnstones on The Island and a Yellow-browed Warbler between Porthminster and Hain Walk. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Kingsmill Lake: 2 Spotted Redshank, 31 Greenshank, 25  Black-tailed Godwit and 1  Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Beer)

Bodmin Moor: 750+ Golden Plover over west of Bastreet, plus several Redwing. (B Craven)

Penberth: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest.

Lamorna: 3 Firecrests above the hotel.

St Levan: A flyover Little Bunting near the church.

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest south of east end of the car park.


Saturday 25th October 2014

Late news 24/10 Penzance Harbour: 2 Common Scoter. (B Craven, D Curtis)

Late news 24/10 Scillonian RSPB Wildlife Cruise -Penzance to Wolf: 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Peregrine, 6 Common Scoter, 4 Kittiwake, 59 Gannets, 26 Guillemot, 16 Razorbill, 33 Auk spa, 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorants, c14 Common Dolphins & c15 other distant  Dolphins. (B Craven, D Curtis)

Late news 24/10 Scillonian RSPB Wildlife Cruise Wolf to Penzance: 1 Manx Shearwater, 362 Gannets, 1 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot, 66 Auk spp, 1 Kittiwake and 
1-2 Minke Whales. (B Craven, D Curtis)

Late news 24/10 Manacles: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 20+Manx Shearwater, Guillemot, Razorbill and Gannet. (M Nattrass)

Late news 24/10 Porthallow: 40+Pied Wagtail and 1 Black Redstart. (M Nattrass)

Nanquidno: 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher plus 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Grey Wagtail. (N Morris, MJ Spicer, P&H Taylor et al.)

Caerthillian: 1 Merlin and 2 Dartford Warbler. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB:  2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail, 3 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Redshank, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 50 Chaffinch west, 15 Skylark west and 12 Redwing south at Ryan’s Field. (DS Flumm) 4 Swallow at Lelant Saltings. (P&H Taylor, G Robin) Lesser Yellowlegs still on Copperhouse Creek. (P&H Taylor, G Robin)

Sancreed: 1 Merlin, 4 Snipe, 1 Tawny Owl, 53 Skylark, 50 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit and 5 Long-tailed Tit. (DS Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 imm Ring-necked Duck, 1 Little Egret and 1 Lapwing. (DS Flumm – photos)

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Porthgwarra: 9 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua and 1 Fulmar past plus Hooded Crow still at Roskestal. (P&H Taylor, G Robin) Also 2 Chough, 1 Buzzard, 60+ Golden Plover, a dozen Skylarks, 2 Reed Bunting,1 Dartford Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Penberth: 3 Firecrest. (P&H Taylor, G Robin) Also Yellow-browed Warbler and 16 Balearic Shearwater.

Penzance: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling still by Morrison’s. (R Farnes – photo 1, A Hartley – photo 2)

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Pendeen: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel and a few Meadow Pipit. (A Hartley)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 4 Mute Swan plus 1 young, 15 Teal, 4 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Bittern, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, c45 Skylark over, c2,000 Starling, 1 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still.

Kenidjack: 1 Firecrest.

St Levan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler between the church and Raftra Farm. (J Ryan)

Par Beach: 6 Whooper Swan over this morning.

Men-An-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier this evening.