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Weekly Bird Sightings Roundup 5 -12th February 2017 <

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Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Lelant Saltings: 1 sub-adult Iceland Gull. (MJ Spicer)

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Iceland Gull – Mike Spicer

Hayle Estuary: Spoonbill still.

Boscastle: 1 Dipper by river bridge in village. (T Hardware)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull in the harbour this pm. (S Kolodziejski)

Marazion: 1 sub-adult Pomarine Skua off the beach at 15:40. (MJ Spicer)

Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull again this afternoon. (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservoir, southern cut-off:  2 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Reed bunting, 4 Goldfinch, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (A James)

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Long-tailed Tit, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Wodpecker – Alan James

Crowlas: 1f Brambling again in private garden. (R Veal)

St Ives: c70 Pied Wagtail in pre roost, c40 Fieldfare, 1 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. (R Veal)

Cape Cornwall: 14 Chough over Cape Cornwall this morning. (N Wheatley)

Lamorna Cove: Black Redstart

Penzance: Pacific Diver still


Tuesday 21st February 2017

Camborne: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker “drumming” in Treslothan woods mid morning. Also Treecreeper & Nuthatch. (D King)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Pool: 1 Avocet. (MJ Spicer) Estuary: 3 Goosander.

Millbrook: 2 Cattle Egret in field with cattle in Withnoe Lane this afternoon, 2 Egyptian Goose on the lake. (B Taggart)

Carrick Roads from Mylor Churchtown: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 7 Black-necked Grebe, 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Turnstone. Also 1 Grey Seal. (J St Ledger)

Lizard Point: 1w Glaucous Gull flew NE. (A Blunden, I Maclean)

Helston Loe Pool: 16 Cattle Egret and 24 Cormorant at roost area at 2.30pm before being flushed by 2 low-flying helicopters, also 4 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Kingfisher. (A James)

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Truro: 5 singing Blackcap (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 30 Teal, 2 Mallard, 4 Little Egret, 3 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 20 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher hover fishing, 60 Black-headed Gull. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still halfway along west side, 1 Chiffchaff, c200 Black-headed Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull on the rocks, 8 Fulmar pairs on the cliffs. (D Chaney)

St Ives: 20 Turnstone, 8 Gannet, 2 Shag, 4 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher. (J Beveridge)

Perranuthnoe: 1 ad Hudsonian Whimbrel at Boat Cove again today.  

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Spotted Redshank.

Tehidy CP: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again by cafe. (L Proctor)


Weekly Roundup 13 -19th February 2017

A Summary of this week’s birding news in Cornwall.

Milder than recent weeks, with some pleasant sunny days amidst the greyness.

No change on the major rarities this week with both the nationally rare birds in Cornwall still present, the Pacific Diver reported on the 18th and the Hudsonian Whimbrel reported most days. Interestingly two more individuals of the mega rare Pacific Diver have surfaced in the last week or two, one up north somewhere (a reservoir in Northumberland), the other off Broadsands in neighbouring Devon. But why have they seemingly just arrived? …

The Cattle Egret situation still remains largely unresolved, but flocks of 14+ and 16 at Loe Pool and Ruan Lanihorne on the 17th indicate that a minimum of 30 are definitely involved. Counts of 6 and 7 nearby could have related to the same birds, but the odd birds scattered elsewhere in the county were not reported over that same 3 day period; absent or unreported?

The two adult Spoonbill were at Walmsley still on the 15th, with the juv Hayle bird on the same date.

The Green-winged Teal on the Hayle was reported throughout, whilst reports of the Dozmary Pool Lesser Scaup were received on 3 days, but there was no news of the American Wigeon. Scarce ducks included the drake Scaup remaining at College Reservoir (along with 2 Goldeneye still), 2 Velvet Scoter off Marazion mid week, with a drake Eider off Penzance, with 3 more Goldeneye at Dozmary Pool. Goosander reports include a pair in flight over Stithians on the 13th, with a pair at nearby College Reservoir 2 days later. Two were at Hayle still, with a massive 36 at Lower Tamar Lake. The Long-tailed Duck was at Portscatho still, along with a late report of 2 at St John’s Lake in the east of the county, along with a female Eider and 5 Brent Geese (4 dark and 1 pale-bellied).

Potential escaped/exotic wildfowl include the Mandarin pair still at Drift Reservoir; the normal male and the white variant female, a Bar-headed Goose with the Canada Geese at Sibleyback, and now 2 Egyptian Geese at Millbrook (previously down to 1 after the loss of a mate); a second bird of unknown origin having just recently materialised. The Barnacle Goose of unknown origin remained at Walmsley and there was a more tickable Greylag Goose at Drift, so as long as it’s appearance (ie without the fat posterior rear end of a farmyard goose) is in alignment. The hybrid Greylag/Canada Goose also there is definitely no good to anyone however. Muscovy Ducks are also around and about and maybe under-reported, with birds seen at Drift and College Reservoirs.

Little controversy to be had on the waders though – the Avocet remained at Hayle, with no reports received of the Tresillian birds. 100 Sanderling at Marazion beach, roost of 37 Purple Sandpipers at nearby Jubilee Pool and a sprinkling of Green and Common Sandpiper the other interesting reports;  overwintering birds perhaps as opposed to spring migrants; although an apparent increase in Grey Plover numbers may represent some movement. 1500 Lapwing, 1100 Golden Plover and 195 Black-tailed Godwit at Walmesly Sanctuary were good numbers.

Two Iceland Gulls at Helston were again reported on one date, with 3 at Ardan-Sawah Farm and odd birds scattered elsewhere. 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 1st winter Caspian Gull, juvenile Iceland Gull and 2 (ad/2w) Yellow-legged Gulls were at Hayle on the 13th with similar on the 14th. The Ring-billed Gull on the Gannel Estuary was also seen again.

An unseasonal Great Skua was reported past Towan Head, Newquay on the 16th, and an Arctic Skua off Mount’s Bay on the 19th.

Other seabird records included a notable upturn in Red-throated Diver reports, mostly in the east of the county with 53 in Mother Ivey’s Bay, 7 in Newquay Bay and 20 west past Towan Head, and scattered records elsewhere.  A good auk passage (c20/minute) was noted off Tintagel.

Otherwise it remained seasonally quiet; no reports from the Carrick Roads, although a Red-necked Grebe was seen off Falmouth, and inland a Black-necked Grebe at Stithians still (none reported from Drift this week), Great Crested Grebe numbers would seem to be building up, with displaying birds to be seen at multiple sites.

Female Marsh Harrier at Windmill Farm, a roadside Merlin near Praze, and a ring-tailed (female or imm) Hen Harrier at Men-an-Tol comprise the most interesting raptors reported.

The hoped-for Waxwing invasion sadly never took off – no reports received this week. However, rarer nationally at least (and the rarest passerine this week in Cornwall), the Nanjizal Little Bunting remained throughout and showing rather well at times.

Yellow-browed Warbler reports dropped slightly, although the Falmouth area still remained the hotspot for this species with the Swanpool bird (or one of them) showing well and another at College Reservoir a good find (or re-find) for the CBWPS bird walk there. Another bird was seen at Tehidy Country Park. Siberian Chiffchaffs were seen at Swanvale and Bude Marshes, with 3 Firecrest at Gwennap Sewage Works and 1 at Ryan’s Field.

Trevose Head hosted 20 Lapland Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting, 6 Yellowhammer, and good flocks of c.300 Linnet and c.150 Skylark. A Water Pipit on the Hayle, another Lapland Bunting reported (Sennen), the garden Brambling still and further reports of Willow Tit were received along with a Woodlark at Trevilley.

Long-tailed Tits with nesting material in a private garden, with bird song all around now, including garden Blackcap. Two Yellowhammer in a Rock garden (a garden in the village of Rock) were good.

The earliest Adders ever at the Windmill Farm reserve were recorded on the 16th, with 2 seen. Harbour Porpoises were recorded with 5 at Towan Head and 6 off Swanpool, a good record there, along with 15 dolphin sp.; whilst a huge school of Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise were off Mount’s Bay at the weeks end.

Mild and mizzly weather to come …



Monday 20th February 2017

Late news, 18/2, Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 4 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 light-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 1 female Eider and 5 Mediterranean Gull. (A pearson)

St. Clements, Menadews Farm: 9 Cattle Egret from main road. (S Grose)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler from cafe terrace. (MJ Spicer)

Tresillian River: 1 Spotted Redshank, 29 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 61 Shelduck, 19 Curlew, 41 Teal, 9 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1m Yellowhammer, 1 Willow Tit, 1m Reed Bunting, 3 Greenfinch. (R Mudge)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1 Red-necked Grebe still in Falmouth Bay, 2 Turnstone on the point, 2 (m+f) Red-breasted Merganser flew S out of the Carrick Roads, 4 Shag. (D Chaney)

Helston Loe Pool: c16 Cattle Egret into roost around 4pm- 4:30pm, also 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Cormorant and 5 Great Crested Grebe. (B Sharples)

Kingfisher at Loe PoolKingfisher, Bob Sharples

Cattle Egret fly in to roost at Loe Pool

Cattle Egret fly in to roost at Loe Pool

Cattle Egret settling down to roost

Cattle Egret settling down to roost

Video by Bob Sharples.

College Reservoir: 1 Yellow-browed warbler still on west side of 1st pond below dam.

Carrick Roads: 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Lamorna Cove: 1 m Black Redstart.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again.

Marazion: 2 Velvet Scoter offshore.

Kenneggy Sands: c100 Black-headed Gull, 36 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (full summer plumage) and a number of juv larger gulls inseparable at distance and a few Herring Gull. 30 Gannets offshore. (C Richards)


Sunday 19th February 2017

Late news, 14/2, Caerhays Estate: ringtail Hen Harrier near to Rosevine quartering a set-aside field. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 16/2, Penwithick: 1 Siskin. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 16/2, Towan Head: 5 Red-throated Diver. (I Boreham)

Late news, 18/2, Carnanton Woods: 5 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, 40 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Dipper, 1 Chiffchaff. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 18/2, St Columb Sewage Works:1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 23 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 18/2, Pinkson Creek: 50 Little Egret and 2 Cattle Egret roosting. Also 1 Peregrine and 4 adult Mediterranean Gull. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 18/2, Towan Head: 2 Red-throated Diver. (I Boreham)

Helston Loe Pool: 16 Cattle Egret to Degibna roost, flew in from north end in groups of 10 and 6. (A James)

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Cattle Egret – Alan James

Helston: 3 Firecrest, 20 Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrest at the sewage works this morning. (D Wright)

Rinsey Head: 1 Peregrine, 2 Raven. (C Richards)

Penzance: 1 drk Eider off the promenade, 1 Black Redstart on rocks near the station. (B Toms)

Mount’s Bay: Arctic Skua off Jubilee Pool, huge school of Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise off Mousehole. (S Cox)

Hell’s Mouth: large raft of Guillemot and Razorbill. (S Cox)

Falmouth: 1 Red-necked Grebe off Castle Beach this evening. (J Irvine)

St Clement: 10 Cattle Egret, 7 Little Egret, 34 Curlew at Menadews Farm. (S Grose, R Lee)


Cattle Egret – Shaun Grose

Stepper Point to Hawkers Cove: 5 Common Gull, 2 Great Northern Diver, 7 Blackcap, 1 Merlin, m+f Peregrine Falcon, 4 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Dozmary Pool: 2 Mute Swan (1 ad, 1 juv), 6 Goldeneye (2m), 4 Pochard, 7 Snipe, 3 Little Grebe. (B Craven)

Colliford Reservoir: 300+ Lapwing, 1200+ Golden Plover in fields near eastern side low wall. (B Craven)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill and Little Egret. (R Augarde) Avocet on Ryan`s Field. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Spoonbill & Little Egret – Richard Augarde

Torpoint: 2 Cattle Egret reported again at Millbrook.

Tehidy Country Park: Yellow-browed Warbler reported again.


Saturday 18th February 2017

Late news, 15/2, Praze: 1 Merlin siting on the road between Praze and Carvolth Downs. (G Williams)

Late news, 17/2, Helston Water Treatment: 20+ Chiffchaff, 1+ Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest. (S. Cox)

Late news, 17/2, Traboe, St Martin: 7 Cattle Egret at 14.00. (A Williams)

Sennen: 1 Lapland Bunting in field just before kissing gate on the Trevilley-Nanjizal footpath. (R Veal)

Trevilley: 1 Woodlark, 1 juv Iceland Gull flew over to Polgigga. (S Rowe, T Carson)

Ardensawah Farm, Polgigga: 4 Iceland Gulls (ad, 1 2w, 2 juv), 15 Med Gull, 1 Firecrest. (D Flumm, M Wallace)

Kenidjack: 8 Chough. (T Hardware)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Barn Owl this evening. (L Langley)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 1 ad Pacific Diver off Jubilee Pool this morning (L Langley, C Urquhart) and towards St Michael’s Mount at 3pm. (R Veal) Also 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 12 Common Scoter, 1 drk Eider, 15 Kittiwake, 20 Razorbill offshore and 37 Purple Sandpiper on Battery Rocks. (L Langley, C Urquhart, R Veal)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Trenow Cove.

Crowlas: 1f Brambling again in private garden early am. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary: 1 1w drk Green-winged Teal, 1 juv Iceland Gull, 2 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Avocet, 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 13 Common Gull on Lelant Saltings. 1 Avocet, 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 drk Goosander, 1 Black-tailed Godwit on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal, B Dodd)

Probus: 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff in garden. (B Field)

St Blazey: 1 Tawny Owl heard last night between 2100 & 2200 near entrance to railway depot along A3082 road. (D King)

Gwennap Sewage Works: 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Teal. (D Eva)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by café. (T & M Hasdell)

Trewavas Head: 1m Kestrel hunting, Pair of Raven nesting, 1 adder basking and threat posture. (A James)

Kestrel, Alan James

Kestrel, Alan James

Adder, Alan James

Adder, Alan James

Adder, Alan James

Adder, Alan James

Helston Loe Pool: 15 Cattle Egret, roosting at water’s edge, south end of Degibna Wood viewed from west Penrose walk. (T & M Hasdell)

Traboe, St Martin: 7 Cattle Egret at 14.00. (A Williams)

Windmill Farm: 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 1 Peregrine, 2 Adders. (D Wright)

Brays Cot, Lizard: 1 Marsh Harrier (near ad female), ad Peregrine, 6 Fieldfare, 8 Redwings, 2 Bullfinch. (JH & K Dalziel)

Argal Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe (D Chaney, B Heasman)

College Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Scaup, 2f-type Goldeneye, 150 Herring Gull, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 100 Black-headed Gull, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler on west side of 1st pond below the dam. (D Chaney, B Heasman)

Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler halfway along west side. (J Irvine, D Chaney) Also 1 Water Rail. Offshore: 6 Harbour Porpoise, 15 dolphin sp., 2 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 50 Gannet fishing in entrance to Carrick Roads,1 Slavonian Gebe. (D Chaney)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Jon Irvine

Yellow-browed Warbler, Jon Irvine

Trelissick: 1 Woodcock at Namphillows Wood at the top of Lamouth Creek. (J Irvine)

Portgaverne: c65 Razorbills, c10 Guillemots. (G. Dawes)

Bude: 10 Oystercatcher, 2 Stonechat, 1 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull,1 Skylark and 1 Fulmar (H Wilkins)

Kilkhampton Common: 2 Willow Tit (pair), 1 Dipper. (R Mudge)


Friday 17th February 2017

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting still in hedge east of the kissing gate along the footpath to Trevilley Farm today.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

Hayle Estuary: 1 Green-winged Teal. Ryan’s Field: 1 Avocet, 1 Little Egret, 12 Black-headed Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Redshank, 2 Magpie, 1 Dunnock. (K Bowers)

Green-winged Teal, Alex McKechnie

Green-winged Teal, Alex McKechnie

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Drift Reservoir:  Pair of Great Crested Grebes,  3 Little Grebe, 20+ Tufted Duck, 200+Canada Goose. (A James)

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Loe Pool: 16 Cattle Egret just north of Carminowe Creek, best viewed from the west side. (I Maclean, K Thurston) 

Tregenna, Ruan Lanihorne: 14+ Cattle Egret (in a flock of 21 Egret). Turn left along the road that bisects Tregenna Farm. Carry on along that road until you get a view across the valley to the right. There are some buildings marked on the map as Namprathic. Just to the left of that are the Egrets in with some cattle. (A Roberts)

Helston Boating Lake: c40 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler. (L Langley)

Helford River: 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

Great Northern Diver, John St Ledger

Great Northern Diver, John St Ledger

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-Browed Warbler. (K.Bowers)


Yellow-browed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

Yellow-browed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

Menadews Farm, St Clement: 6 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, in field with Friesian cows on left hand side as going into St Clement. (S Grose)

Burncoose Nurseries: Tawny Owl, 3 Jay, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher,  9m Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 6 Red-throated Diver west, 11 Purple Sandpiper, 14 Turnstone, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 1 Chiffchaff. (S Rowe)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 3 Goldeneye. (T Mills, L Proctor, M Spicer)

Golitha Falls: 2 Nuthatch, 2 Siskin, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit. (T Mills, L Proctor, M Spicer)

Ninestones: 2 Jay, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Raven, 100 Golden Plover, 1 Woodcock, 1 Teecreeper, 3 Dipper. (T Mills, L Proctor, M Spicer)

Tintagel: 2 Great Northern Diver, 30+ Fulmar nesting, c20 Auks passing every minute, Herring Gull. (R Veal)

Portquin: 1 Red-throated Diver. (R Veal)

Trebarwith Strand: 1 Dipper. (H Wilkins)