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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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Thursday 23rd October 2014

Porthgwarra: 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo still this afternoon, also Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest. (A Tongue et al. – photos by B Field)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Mute Swan, 5 Teal, 19 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

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

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 immature Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Knot and 2 Greenshank at Copperhouse Creek. 46 Med Gull, 4 Little Grebe, 8 Redshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret and 1 Grey Heron on Carnsew Basin. 40 Med Gull and 1 Greenshank on Lelant Water. 2 Firecrest & 6 Long-tailed Tit by entrance to Ryan’s Field car park. (D Balmer, DS Flumm – photos) Also 105 Med Gulls reported this evening.


Stithians Reservoir: 1 Whinchat at rear of sailing club. (J St Ledger – photo)

Whinchat Stithians Reservoir 23rd Oct 2014

Penzance: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling still at Eastern Green opposite KFC. (R Treeby)

Rame Church: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler with tit and crest flock near church at about 11:00. (R Smaldon)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 American Golden Plover still with 44 Golden Plover, photos here.

Penberth: 1 Firecrest.

Cot Valley: 2 Firecrest.

Prussia Cove: Wryneck on road 300m south of farm buildings then flew towards Acton Castle Hotel.

Nanquidno: 1 Firecrest.


Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Penzance, Chyandour Cliff: 1 m Eider, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 f Common Scoter. Chyandour Coombe: 2 Firecrest. (P St Pierre)

Long Rock: 3 Brent Goose. (P St Pierre) Morrison’s carpark: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling. (D Jenkins)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Merlin flew west (D Flumm) 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 7 Teal, 27 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Wadebridge, Camel Trail: 1 Red Knot, 11 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 60+ Golden Plover, 15+ Redshank, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30+ Ringed Plover, 20+ Dunlin, 20+ Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10+ Snipe, 4 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Shelduck, 60+ Mediterranean Gull, 10+ Teal, 6 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Grey Wagtail, 15+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Jay and 2 Raven. (D Mays)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Knot, 3 Greenshank  and 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (P Smale, D Jenkins & L Proctor) Lelant Water: 6 Whooper Swan. (D Jenkins) Also 42 Mediterranean Gull and Hen Harrier over.  (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)  Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (A James)

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Pendeen Watch: 117 Common Scoter, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 36 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Pomarine Skua, 23 Great Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 1 Grey Phalarope, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern and 1 Ocean Sunfish between 07:30 & 12:00. (A Tongue, DK Parker, TD Mills, MJ Spicer et al.)

Newbridge: 1 Barn Owl. (MJ Spicer & T Mills)

Penlee Battery NR: 1 Hen Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. (B Taggart)

Millbrook Lake: 1 Kingfisher, 35 Redshank and 2 Greenshank. (B Taggart)

Porthgwarra: 2 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Cape Cornwall:Forster’s Tern past south at 1510. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 juv Ring-necked Duck. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Carbis Bay: 1 Firecrest.  (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Tamar Estuary, Jupiter Point: 1 Spoonbill on Rat Island.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still.

Falmouth,Falmouth Cemetery: 1 Firecrest. Swanpool Point: 1 Arctic Skua and a few small auk flocks plus 1 Little Egret, Turnstone and 4 Mediterranean Gull. Swanpool: 7 Little Grebe and 1 Great Crested Grebe. Treverva: 1 Firecrest and 15 Snipe over. (D Chaney)


Tuesday 21st October 2014

Late news 20/10 Hayle Esuary RSPB: 6 Whooper Swan flew SW at 15:45. (M Spicer)

Praa Sands: 1 Wheatear. (MJ Spicer)

Cape Cornwall.  Seawatch 08.40 – 11.20: 1 Sabine’s Gull (juv) at 10.30, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 89 Balearic Shearwater, 47 Manx Shearwater, 79 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine  Skua and 49 Arctic Skua. (P Clarke)

Pendeen: 1 Bridled Tern (09.35-09.45), 1 Leach’s Petrel, 6 Pomarine Skua, 222 Great Skua, 61 Arctic Skua, 3 Long-tailed Skua, 3 Sabine’s Gull, 6 Grey Phalarope, 1 Red-throated Diver 178 Balearic Shearwater, 150 Manx Shearwater, 13 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Common Scoter, 5 Golden Plover and 1 Merlin. (Bill Macdonald, P&H Taylor, D Flumm, J Parker, L Proctor, R Archer, J Swann et al)

St Ives: 32 Grey Phalarope, 2 Leach’s Storm-petrel, 2 Sabine’s Gull, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 38 Pomarine Skua, 1 Little Tern, 360 Balearic Shearwater, 250 Great Skua, 40 Arctic Skua and 4 Arctic Tern past The Island. (B Field, M Ahmad et al)


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Pomarine Skua, Brian Field


Arctic Skua, Brian Field

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Lands End: 3 Redwing and 1 Ring Ouzel. (P&H Taylor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs at east end. (PJ Smale) Estuary: 6 Whooper Swan again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still. (PJ Smale)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 11 Little Egret, 9 Wigeon, 3 Greenshank and 3 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe)

Penberth Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by footpath on west side of valley. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 juv Ring-necked Duck and 3 Little Egret. (D Flumm & J Parker) Plus 1 Curlew Sandpiper. (A Tongue)

Penzance: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling at Morrisons this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Monday 20th October 2014

Late news, 18/10, Truro: 1 Redwing over Trafalgar Roundabout. (P Fraser)

Late news, 19/10, Truro: 9 Redwing over Trafalgar Roundabout. (P Fraser)

Late news 19/10, Newquay, Porth Joke: 2 Jay, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 12 Meadow Pipit and 16 Greenfinch. Towan Head: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater and c.50 Gannet. Gannel Estuary: 3 Greenshank. (S Rowe)

Penzance: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling on wires at KFC again. (D Flumm) Tolcarne Beach: 1 Sandwich Tern this morning. (T Mills) Peacock on the bypass verge by Ponsandane. (DK Parker)

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Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Bar-headed Goose with Canada Geese. (T&J Sleep)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise (deferred from 17th due to exceptional weather) sightings, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 34 Gannet, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Guillemot. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 21 Gannet,17 Great Black-backed Gull,11 Razorbill, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater,1 Great Skua,1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Harbour Porpoise. Wolf Rock to Scilly: 31 Gannet,1 Lesser Black-backed Gull,1 Great Skua and 22 Common Dolphin. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 17 Gannet, 5 Razorbill, 2 Great Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Grey Phalarope, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Puffin, 1 Great Black-backed Gull and 13 Common Dolphin. (DA Conway)

Porthgwarra: 1 Tawny Owl in 60′ Cover plus 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest also 80+ Skylark and 30+ Chaffinch over. (DK Parker) plus 1 Wryneck. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 juv Ring-necked Duck again.

Kenidjack: 1 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Firecrest. (J Swann) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  2 Mute Swan, 7 Teal, 19 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Coot, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 10+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 22 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling and 1 Wheatear on the beach. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: 63 Balearic Shearwater and 3 Sooty Shearwater.

Dodman Point: 2 Ring Ouzel on coast path.

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret,1 m Stonechat and 1 Robin.


Sunday 19th October 2014

LOST: a birder left his scope in the Ryan’s Field hide on Saturday. If found please call owner, Mark Ribbons, on his mobile number, 07830119965.

Late news, 18/10, St Ives, Treveal Valley: 6 Jay, 5 Chiffchaff, 70+ Linnet,  3+ Goldfinch and 50+ Meadow Pipit. Buttermilk Hill: 2 Ring Ouzels, 1 Black Redstart and 50+ Meadow Pipit. (V Stratton)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Firecrest by the hide again, 4 Lapwing, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Stock Dove and 2 Pied Wagtail. (S Turner, D Jenkins, V Stratton) Estuary: 6 Whooper Swan, 2 Bar–tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Gull and 70+ Mediterranean Gull. (S Turner, D Jenkins, V Stratton)

Drift Reservoir (members only):  1 juv Ring-necked Duck again today, 1 Little Egret, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher, 2 colour-ringed Cormorant (silver on right legs, red on left, one of these read TA 11 or TAU), 1 Chiffchaff and 1 hybrid goose plus 2 Clouded Yellow. (D Jenkins & D Flumm)

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Hybrid Goose, Dave Flumm

Sancreed: 2 Snipe, 1 Redwing, 66 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 200 Meadow Pipit, 12 Pied & 2 Grey Wagtails and 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Sennen, Trinity Loop: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler. (B Field)

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Bartinney Downs: 1 Merlin. (P&H Taylor and C Moore)

St Ives, Rosewall Hill/Buttermilk Hill: 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Wheatear and 120 Meadow Pipit. (V Stratton)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  3 Mute Swan, 8 Teal, 22 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 1 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Men-an-tol: 1 Male Hen Harrier, 1 Peregrine and 2+ Merlin. (DK Parker)

Bosullow: 1 Barn Owl hunting over the road and 1 Tawny Owl calling. (DK Parker)

Amalveor: 2 Dartford Warbler. (R Menari)

Porthgwarra, Roskestal Farm: 1 Hooded Crow at Roskestal Farm, Yellow-browed warbler by the toilet block and a Balearic Shearwater past Gwennap Head.

St Buryan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Treverven.

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again and a Pied Flycatcher by the engine shed.

Pendeen: 33 Balearic Shearwater, 119 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Northern Diver past, plus 1 Lapland Bunting.

Penzance: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling again at KFC.

Dodman Point: 2 Ring Ouzel and 1 Redstart.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still.

Penryn: 2 Firecrest in hedge near cemetery.

Falmouth: 1 Grey Phalarope on the sea.

Lizard: 10 Balearic Shearwater past the point this morning.

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Saturday 18th October 2014

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse: 16 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 50 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 5 Dunlin, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 10 Redshank and 5 Curlew. Lelant Water:  6 Whooper Swan, 10 Mute Swan, 1 Peregrine and 1 Sparrowhawk. (D Flumm) Ryan’s Field: 1 Whimbrel. (M Greenhalgh) 2 Firecrest.  (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


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Porthgwarra: 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap and 5 Chiffchaff. (D Eva) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler near carpark and 19 Balearic Shearwater and 4 Great Skua past between 07:30 & 09:30. (M Wallace & L Proctor)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 juv Ring-necked Duck still present. (D Eva, L Proctor & DK Parker)

Penzance, Eastern Green: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling still present at KFC. (D Eva, DK Parker, R&J Teague) Tolcarne Beach: 2 Sandwich Tern on beach early morning. (T Mills) Harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Long Rock: 1 Tawny Owl in trees at A30 roundabout, Marazion end. (A James)

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Tawny Owl, Alan James


Gannel Estuary: 412 Herring Gull, 230 Black-headed Gull, 14 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

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

West Looe, Hannafore: 14 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 2 Cormorant and 7 Rock Pipit. (P&S Street)

Cot Valley: 1 Firecrest. (P&H Taylor)

Rosenannon: Merlin, Peregrine, Barn Owl & Woodcock. (D Julian)

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

Scillonian Crossing: 10 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Skua.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still.

Rame Head: 1 Pallas’s Warbler.

Penlee Point: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 1 Ring Ouzel and 1 Woodlark over.



Friday 17th October 2014

Rame, Penlee Battery NR: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest. (D Allan)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Pool: 37 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Grebe, 9 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Cormorant, 1 Greenshank, 4 Grey Plover, 44 Dunlin, 5 Oystercatcher, 4 Curlew, 1 Kestrel. (D Flumm) Also 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Ringed Plover and 3 Dunlin. (MJ Spicer & T Mills) Copperhouse Creek: 2 Knot, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank and 20 Mediterranean Gull. (MJ Spicer & T Mills) Estuary: 6 Whooper Swan (flew off S at 12.15), 17 Little Egret, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 44 Curlew. (MJ Spicer & T Mills) Also 1 2w Iceland Gull reported. (C Wilson) Ryan’s Field: 27 Dunlin, 5 Lapwing and 1 Little Egret. (MJ Spicer & T Mills)

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Mediterranean Gulls

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Penzance: 1 Rose-coloured Starling on wires opposite KFC.  (MJ Spicer & T Mills)

Newquay, Porth Joke, Flying west: 2 Common Scoter, 16 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Kittiwake, 1 Great Northern Diver, 30+ Auk species and a constant trickle of Gannet. Over the land: 1 Swallow, 70+ Greenfinch, 3 Goldcrest, 10+ Rock Pipit, 30+ Meadow Pipit, 30+ Skylark, 3 Wheatear, 10+ Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel and 6 Canada Geese over. (D Mays)

 Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still (A Davey)

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Mylor Churchtown: 1 Grey Plover and 8 Turnstone. (J St Ledger)

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Grey Plover, John St Ledger



Polgigga: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at the duck pond again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Porthgwarra: 1 m Subalpine Warbler again in sallows above Doctor`s garden. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 juv Ring-necked Duck, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon, 5 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Raven and 1 Grey Wagtail. (DK Parker) and 1 Red-necked Grebe reported. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  2 Mute Swan, 5 Teal, 26 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 6 Little Grebe, 5 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 1 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker) Also 2 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Lynher, Wacker Quay: 1 Spoonbill on Rat Island. (D Julian)

Porthgwarra, Roskestal Farm: 1 Hooded Crow still

Mousehole: 1 Balearic Shearwater past.

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.