Recent sightings


 You may have seen recent publicity about the review of and potential threat to the EU Birds and Habitats Directives arising  from a review of their operation led by the European Commission. The RSPB and other members of Wildlife Link organisations are seeking to protect and promote these EU Nature Directives.  The Directives provide essential protection to our rarest and most threatened species, and safeguard the best habitats for supporting a diversity of life in the UK and across much of Europe. They drive the fundamental aspects of conservation in the most important places – from managing sites and protecting them from development, to protecting species from human persecution. That’s why we need a massive demonstration of public support for the Directives during the European Commission’s public consultation on the future of the Directives. The more people act, the easier it will be to convince EU leaders that the general public really care about nature and won’t tolerate a weakening of its protection.

 We would really appreciate the help of you and your members to add their voices to this call. We are asking that everybody takes about 20 minutes to submit a detailed response < <> >  directly to the European Commission. The more detailed responses they get, the better. The whole survey is multiple choice with one free text question at the end, so taking part is still quite quick and easy. There is an option to complete just Part 1 of the survey which is less detailed but covers the essential points. The attached briefing should help people to answer the questionnaire.

 If people do not feel confident to complete the full consultation or do not have time to do so then please take 2 minutes for the one-click action of support which can be accessed through the RSPB website <> .  However, please don’t do this as well as completing the full consultation.  Obviously completing the full EU questionnaire directly will be the most effective but either will be fantastic.

 Please forward the content of this email as you see fit to members, friends or family. If you prefer information can also be accessed and followed by sharing our social media campaign < <> >  (#defendnature)


 Paul St Pierre (RSPB Conservation Officer)

Breeding Season Records

As we approach the breeding season, certain sensitive species will no longer be reported on Recent Sightings,  for obvious reasons. Please do continue to send records in, as they will be entered on the county database and can be used for planning enquiries, conservation and scientific research.

Choughs March Update

With the choughs’ in Cornwall busy nest building we won’t be reporting sightings online until the summer, but please do continue to send in your records as they are very useful.  With some new pairs joining the  breeding population it should be a good year!

Cirl Buntings Reintroduction update

To see the latest update on the Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project, please go to the RSPB’s farming blog:

Amanda Richardson is taking part in Cornwall Open Studios. One of her new paintings is the Squacco Heron that graced Little Trethewey. Her studio is open 11am-5pm,  Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th and Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st May. 



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Friday 29th May 2015

St Buryan: 1 European Bee-eater on the telegraph wires opposite turning for Penmennor Farmhouse on the road between St.Buryan and Lamorna Pottery. (J FitzGerald-Patrick, P&H Taylor)

Mounts Bay: 13+ Risso’s Dolphin travelling across bay from Tolcarne towards the Mount. (T Mills, M Howard)

Porthgwarra: 1 Great Northern Diver past. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Mousehole: 1 ad Pomarine Skua from Scillonian passing here outbound this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull again on the estuary. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again.

The Lizard, Ruan: 1 pr Spotted Flycatcher exchanging food behind caravan at Erisey Barton Farm entrance. (J Hawkey)

Downderry: 5 Great Northern Diver  and 40 Manx Shearwater noted this morning before 0810. (A Payne)


Thursday 28th May 2015

Late news, 27/5, Falmouth, Pennance Point: 3 (2 sum.plum + 1 imm) Great Northern Diver and a few Manx Shearwater late evening. (S Perfect)

Downderry: 1 1S Glaucous Gull early morning, plus 2 Great Northern Diver, 8 Manx Shearwater and 4 Whimbrel. (A Payne)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again. (R Farnes)

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Truro, St Clements: 5 Red Kite at 7pm plus 2 more at 8.10pm. 1 ad Night Heron, old Vicarage garden at 9.30pm (S Rogers, J Chapple)

Stithians Reservoir: ; 2 Cuckoo (1m, 1f), 1 m Blackcap, 8+ Sedge Warbler, 4+ Whitethroat, 6+ Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Jay, 2 Great Crested Grebe, also numbers of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. (J St Ledger, M Adkins)

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Heligan: 1 Red Kite over, 3.45pm. (M Williams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Black Kite over. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull.


Wednesday 27th May 2015

St Just, Cape Cornwall Road: 1 European Bee-eater flew low across from Kenidjack Valley to the Hotel at Cape and appeared to hawk over the horse field at the back of the Hotel. (P Fraser, M Ahmad)

MAhmad_Bee-eater_270515Bee-eater, Mashuq Ahmad

Cot Valley: 1 European Bee-eater assumed same as Cape Cornwall bird. (P Clarke)

Kelynack: 1 European Bee-eater assumed same as Cape Cornwall bird. (P Clarke, N Wheatley)

Nanquidno: 1 European Bee-eater assumed same as Cape Cornwall bird. (B Field)

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Lands End: 1 f-type Common Rosefinch briefly in allows along path to Greeb Farm this morning. (MJ Spicer) Also Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies. (T Mills) Pod of c12 Risso’s Dolphin around Longships lighthouse and 1 Hump-backed Whale from the Scillonian 111 just off Lands End.

Penryn: 1 juv Black Redstart on Penvale Crescent. (S Cossey)

Bodmin Moor, Bradford: 2 Redstart. Garrow: 3 Whinchat, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Grasshopper Warbler. Butters Tor Marsh: 8 Black-headed Gull of which 1 pair nesting, 1 Redstart and 3 Red Deer. BU Treecreepers feeding young. (D Eva)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again and 2 pairs of Great Crested Grebe on nests. (D Jenkins)

The Lizard, Coverack, Ponsongath: 1 Melodious Warbler. (J Foster)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 7 Mallard plus 4 & 2 duckling, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 5 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Whitethroat and 4 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Newbridge: 1 Red Kite over at 0845. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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

Launceston: 1 Red Kite over this morning. (A Davey)


Tuesday 26th May 2015

Kingsmill Lake: 1st-summer Bonaparte’s Gull late morning; park at China Fleet Country Club and follow the trail to the hide SX427608.

Ponsandane/Gulval: 7 Red Kite in off the sea at 07:20 heading NW inland. (J Hawkey)

St Just: 1 Red Kite east over town this morning. Later, possibly same bird being mobbed by Carrion Crow near Newbridge. (P Clarke)

New Mill: 2 Red Kite. (S Turner)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull. (S Turner)

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Bartinney Downs: 2 Cuckoo,1  male and 1 female, both calling, then mating, by pond. (B Toms)

Truro: 1 Red Kite west at 11am. (D Eva)

Towednack Hill: 1 Red Kite over at 4.30. (S Turner)

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Cot Valley: 6 Red Kite over heading NE at about 14.30. Cuckoo calling in valley. (G Rogers)

Balnoon: 1 Red Kite. (P Fletcher)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Red Kite west 13:20hrs. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again, also 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing near dam, 1 pair Moorhen still with 6 chicks (now 2 weeks old) at “Scrape”, 2 pairs Great Crested Grebe nesting, 10 Swift, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Greylag and 4 Canada Geese. (L Proctor, D Flumm, J Dustow)

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St Erth: 6 Red Kite N between 18:00 and 19:30. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 6 Mallard plus 4 duckling, 1 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, c10 Swallow, 4 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Whitethroat and 7 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Cape Cornwall: 12 Red Kite over mid morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Lands End: 1 m Sardinian Warbler still singing and showing intermittently in sallows east of car park, also 22 Red Kite over. (L Proctor, J Dustow)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Night Heron roosting deep in cover late morning and seen again 20:30 to 22:05. (J Chapple)


Monday 25th May 2015

Late news, 24/5, St Clement, Tresemple Pool: 1 ad Night Heron, sitting on branch of large dead fallen tree on left side of pool from 20.20 to 20.30. It then disappeared from obvious view among the dead branches near the water line. (J Lander)

Lands End: 1 Sardinian Warbler in sallows about 50m south of carpark. (M Ahmad, S Rogers, D Eva, T Mills S Rowe et al)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 m Mandarin, 2 Red Kite over at 13:00 and another drifted north at 14:15. Also 38 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag, 5 hybrid geese, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Moorhen and 1 Grey Heron. (S Rogers, D Eva, D Flumm, S Rowe, DK Parker)

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Sancreed: 1 Red Kite west (09:55hrs), 1 Cuckoo and 1 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 5 Mallard plus 2 duckling, 1 Cormorant, 9 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Moorhen, 5 Little Grebe, c120 House Martin, c50 Swallow, c10 Sand Martin, c20 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Whitethroat and 4 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 66 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin and 5 Oystercatcher on the beach. (DK Parker)

Newlyn, Tresvennack Farm: 4 Red Kite over. (B Field)

Penhallow: 1 Red Kite over at 14:15. (L Proctor)

Rosudgeon: 1 Red Kite going west at 14.30hrs. (I Webster)

Penzance: 3 – 4 Red Kite over Sainsbury’s car park at 1pm. (A Mckee)

Windmill Farm: 3 Red Kite, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Sparrowhawk. (D Wright)

Crows an Wra: 3 Red Kite over A30 east of village 14:15. (D Flumm)

St Buryan: 1 Red Kite over road to Crows-an-Wra at 12.20. (P&H Taylor) 2 Red Kite  over at 13.40. (M Wallace)

St Erth: 4 Red Kite NE, three at 16:30 and one at 17:30. (MJ Spicer)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite being mobbed over the Gannel today at c11:30. (M Taylor)

Lanivet, Innis Downs: 3 Red Kite. (P McVey)

Trevilley: 2 Red Kite west at 13:35. (S Rowe)

Nanjizal: 1 Red Kite west at 14:00. (S Rowe)

Crowlas: 3 Red Kite west at 15:45. (S Rowe)

Falmouth: 2 adult Sandwich Tern resting on top of yellow marker buoys off Gyllyngvase Beach. (R Lang)

Friendship Woods, St Hilary: 3 Tawny Owlets, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Robin, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff and Buzzards. (J Wiles)

Rosudgeon: 1 Tawny Owl and 1 Barn Owl. (I Webster)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull on estuary.

Sunday 24th May 2015

Late news, 23/5, Marazion: 60 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin and 2 Whimbrel on beach and 1 Turtle Dove on the RSPB Reserve. (S Turner)

Late news, 23/5, Tresemple Pool: 1 Night Heron again. (J Rhys-Bowen)

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Late news, 23/5, Altarnum: 4 Red Kites flew north at 19:00. (R Lillicrap)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again, also 4 Great Crested Grebe and Lesser Whitethroat. (T Mills, S Maycock, B Dodd)

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Saltash: 1 Red Kite over, heading towards Rame Peninsula. (James)

Bodmin, Kirland: 2 Red Kite over freshly-cut silage field. (R Preston-Mafham)

Falmouth: 3 fledgling Tawny Owl. (J Irvine, J St Ledger)

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Tawny Owl

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Stithians Reservoir: 1 Whimbrel and 1 Cuckoo heard. (D Chaney)

Talland: Escaped Harris Hawk. (J Phillips)

Looe: Drake Eider near Looe Island. (J Phillips)

Caradon Hill: 5 Red Kites. (P Matthews)

Land`s End: 1s male Sardinian Warbler again just east of the car park.


Saturday 23rd May 2015

Croft Pascoe: 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Cuckoo. (D Eva)

Egloshayle: 4 Canada Geese with 39 goslings(!) on the R Camel. (C Davies)

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Lands End: 1 m Sardinian Warbler this morning and showing well again this evening. (B Field M Ahmad)

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The Lizard: 1 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 4 Whitethroat, also 10 Bottlenose Dolphin. (J St Ledger) Also 2 Whimbrel off the point. (D Jenkins)

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Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again. (D Flumm, B Field, A James & DK Parker)

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Nanjizal: 1s m Common Rosefinch today. (K Wilson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 1 Teal, 7 Mallard plus 4 duckling, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 6 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, c50 House Martin, c10 Swallow, c10 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 2 male Reed Bunting, 1 Whitethroat and 3 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Rosudgeon: 1 Barn Owl at 21:30. (I Webster)

Lanreath: 8+ Red Kites lingering this evening. (R & S Rickard)

Scillonian Crossing: 3 Great Northern Diver.

Porthgwarra: 1 Arctic Skua, 35 Common Dolphin, 10 Bottlenose Dolphin and 2 Porpoise.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2cy Ring-billed Gull again.

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