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New Bird Hide, donations needed:  CBWPS jointly with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust are trying to raise £15,000 to build a new hide at the Middle Amble Marsh Nature Reserve. This new reserve is adjacent to the renowned Walmsley Sanctuary (Camel Estuary, near Wadebridge) and it supports a wide variety of wildlife. But to increase it’s biodiversity CWT and CBWPS are developing and enhancing this wetland by raising water levels, creating new scrapes and improving access. “This habitat and restoration at Middle Amble Marsh will not only be a valuable landscape extension to Walmsley Sanctuary, but also, through the provision of a new hide, will offer the people of Cornwall the opportunity to truly enjoy the wildlife this brings. In these times of great change, bringing people closer to nature is vital to ensure that we remain connected to our natural world” Mark Grantham, Chair CBWPS. More details hereDonate online: Visit the “Support us” page here Donate by phone: Call on 01872 273939 (credit card donations only). Or donate by text: Text HIDE15 followed by £5 or £10 to 70070.

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Request for dead seabirds.
As part of a project on comparative physiology and plastic pollution, I am looking to obtain specimens of recently dead seabirds (specimens that have undergone severe decay are not appropriate for our proposed study). Please could anyone finding a dead bird collect, place it in a plastic bag, store frozen and then contact me on I will endeavour to collect birds ASAP, as long as this is within Cornwall. Very many thanks, Dr Steve Votier.
(Please do not put yourselves in any unnecessary danger to do this. If in doubt do not attempt to retrieve the specimens. Eds)

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Saturday 13th February 2016

Porthleven: 1 m Black Redstart in private garden for last 3 days. (A Ward)

Truro: 1 f Brambling and 1 m Siskin in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Newlyn harbour: 2 juv Glaucous Gull. (M Jones, R Farnes) Also 1 Iceland Gull and 1 ad Glaucous Gull reported Sandy Cove: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. (M Jones) Also 1 f Black Redstart. Tolcarne: 1 m Black Redstart again on rocks behind Tolcarne Inn. (T Mills)

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Ruan Lanihorne, Fal-Ruan Marshes: 1 ad sinensis Cormorant. (D Hall)

The Lizard: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling still present. (D Eva)

Windmill Farm: 1 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl, 100 Golden Plover and 14 Snipe. ( D Eva)

Penzance: 1 m Blackcap in garden. (R Farnes)

RFarnes_Blackcap_130216Blackcap, Rod Farnes

St Ives, fields by the school: 12 Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 10 Dunlin and 1 Grey Plover. (R Veal) Also 1 imm Spoonbill, 2 m & r/head. Goosander. (C.Barnard)

Perranuthnoe, Trenow Cove: 4 Grey Plover, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Eurasian Whimbrel. (G Adams) Also 1 ad Pacific Diver offshore and 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel.

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Grey Heron actively nest-building and mating. (A James) Also 1 Bittern.

Marazion: 1 juv. Glaucous Gull (C.Barnard)

Cawsand: 1 Black Redstart. (A Blonden)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Goldeneye and 1 Kingfisher.  (J St Ledger)

Durgan to Helford Passage: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Shelduck and 2 Common Sandpiper. ( J St Ledger and C Benton)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 2 Purple Sandpiper and 21 Turnstone. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir:  7 Teal, 7 Coot, 2 Canada Goose, 6 Common Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit, 2 Wigeon and 1 Greenshank. (S Rowe)

St Ives: 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 sum plum Mediterranean Gull and 10 Bottle-nosed Dolphin offfshore from the NCI Lookout

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup again.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Torpoint: 1 Long-tailed Duck and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Roskilly: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull seen in flight.


Friday 12th February 2016

Truro: 1 f Brambling, 1 m Siskin and 1 Firecrest. (D Jenkins)

Par beach: 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Long-tailed Tit and 4 Tufted Duck on pool. (B Smith)

Crowlas: 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Goldcrest and 400-500 Redwing in pre-roost. (R Veal)

Bude: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Stonechat and 1 Cormorant (H Wilkins)

Dozmary Pool:  1 Lesser Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, 9 Tufted Duck and 50 Lapwing. (P Fraser)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Firecrest, 5 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. (P Fraser)

Loe Pool (West side): 1 Firecrest, 27 Pochard and 1 Gadwall. (P Fraser)

Durgan: 2 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-breasted Merganser. (J St Ledger)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (B Dodd, M Ahmad, T Mills) Sandy Cove: 3 ad Mediterranean Gull and 1 f Black Redstart. (T Mills)

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MAhmad_Glauc_120216Glaucous Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Siblyback Lake: 1 redhead Smew and 1f Goldeneye. (MJ Spicer)

Golitha Falls NNR: 2 Treecreeper. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion: 2  juv. Glaucous Gull on beach and Great Hogus during morning. (C.Barnard).

Sennen Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver this morning.

Porthgwarra: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (M Wallace)

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again at Trannack Farm.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel in Trenow Cove again.

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver from the NCI Lookout.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 imm Spoonbill.

Stithian’s Reservoir:  1 Slavonian Grebe off Carmenellis Causeway again.


Thursday 11th February 2016

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Mount Edgcombe: 1 Common Sandpiper. (C Richards)

St Erth: 9 Little Egrets. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer)

Roseland Peninsula: 8+ Cirl Buntings. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, R Wilkins)

Carrick Roads: 1 Black-necked Grebe. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, R Wilkins)

Gerrans Bay: 8 Black-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 ad Med Gull. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, R Wilkins)

St Clements: 1 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 4+ Siskin, 6+ Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 2 Firecrest. Also 6+ Little Grebe and 1 Kingfisher on Tresemple Pool. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, R Wilkins)

Truro: 1 Brambling and 1 Blackcap. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, R Wilkins)

Roskilly: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 1 m Eider by harbour wall. (T Mcgowan)

Marazion beach: 1 juv  Glaucous Gull and 10 Rock Pipit at mouth of Red River. (D Jenkins, S Rogers, C.Barnard)

SRogers_RockPipit_110216Rock Pipit, Steve Rogers

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern. (S Rogers)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryans Field: 1f 1m Reed Bunting feeding on pampas grass, c52 Lapwing and c50 Wigeon. (D Jenkins)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Great Northern Diver and 3 Guillemot. (S Rogers) Harbour: 1 juv American Herring Gull. (M Ahmad) Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull. Tolcarne Beach: 1 m Black Redstart.

Bude: 23 Oystercatcher, 12 Turnstone, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (H Wilkins)

Cawsand: 1 f Black Redstart in walled cottage garden at back of beach. (R Smaldon)

Treraven Meadows: 1 Water Pipit. (DI Julian)

Camel Estuary: 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, c1,200 Golden Plover and 8 Goosander (6 male) around the Amble confluence. Also 3 Great Northern Divers off Padstow. (C Selway)

Gunwalloe:  1 female Black Redstart. (J Hillier)

St Ives: Male Black Redstart at Bamaluz Point. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Sennen Cove: 2 Black-throated Diver offshore.

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again at Trannack Farm.

Marazion – Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel in Trenow Cove again.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup again.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest.

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 1 f Long-tailed Duck and 2 Great Northern Diver. St John’s Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrest.

Stithian’s Reservoir:  1 Slavonian Grebe off Carmenellis Causeway again.

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Wednesday 10th February 2016

Late news, 9/2, Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 1 f Long-tailed Duck and 2 Great Northern Diver. (A Pearson)

Stithians Reservoir, Stuart Hutchings hide: 1f Pintail, 4 Goldeneye (2m, 2f) and 1 Slavonian Grebe. (G Adams)

Truro: 1 m Siskin and 1 f Brambling  in garden. (D Jenkins)

Ponsanooth Treatment works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 10 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest around the settling ponds. (T Wilson)

Mylor Churchtown: 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Chiffchaff. (T Wilson)

Bude: 12 Turnstone, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Teal, 39 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant, 2 Goldfinch and 2 Stonechat. (H Wilkins)

Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Tregunna: 3 Little Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 43 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 36 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 3 Goosander, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 40 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 60 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 175 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Curlew, 170 Black-headed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Magpie, 40 Jackdaw, 30 Rook, 75 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 55 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch and 2 Bullfinch. (M Scawen)

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 1w  American Herring Gull. (C Moore, M Ahmad)

MAhmad_AHG1_100216American Herring Gull, Mashuq Ahmad MAhmad_AHG2_100216American Herring Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 imm Glaucous Gull following the fishing boat “Sheila,” left the boat and flew into the harbour, also 5 Great Northern Diver. Harbour: the above mentioned Glaucous Gull plus 1 imm. Iceland Gull and 1 Great Northern Diver. (R Butts) Newlyn River mouth: 2 imm Glaucous Gull (one had flown our of harbour) and 1 m Black Redstart. (T Mills)

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Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again south of Trannack Farm.

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver from the NCI Lookout today

Long Rock: 1 Glossy Ibis again.

Marazion, Plain an Gwarry: 6 Brambling, 15 Siskin and 3 Bullfinch in private garden. Red River mouth: 1 juv Glaucous Gull.

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup.

Hannafore Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe off Looe Island.

Bartinney Down: 2 Fox, juvenile dog fox being harassed by a pair of crows and the resident dog fox has picked up his scent. (A James)

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Tuesday 9th February 2016

Par beach: 14 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 2 Dunnock, 4 Greenfinch, 3 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Cormorant. 4 Tufted Duck and 35+ Canada Geese. (B Smith)

Carrick Roads, between Penarrow Point and St Just Pool: 9 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 12+ Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_SandwichTern_090216Sandwich Tern, John St Ledger

Lower Tamar Lake: 29 Goosander (15m 14f), 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 26 Herring Gull, 2 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron. At the hide feeders: 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch and 1 Treecreeper. (R Mudge)

Marazion: 2 juv Glaucous Gull  early morning and 2 Great Northern Diver (C.Barnard) Also 2 Little Gull (1 ad & 1 1w).

Newlyn: 4 Great Northern Diver in harbour & 1 off North Pier (C.Barnard) Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull Sandy Cove: 1 f Black Redstart, 2 Great Northern Diver. (P McVey) Also c80 Black-headed Gull and 1 Mediterranean Gull feeding at shoreline and c200 Kittiwake on the sea about 100yds off shore. (M Spicer, T Mills) Tolcarne: 1 m Black Redstart again on rocks over seawall. (T Mills)

Mylor Churchtown, Penarrow Point: 1 Black-necked Grebe.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup.

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull again.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit viewed from King George V Memorial Walk.

Long Rock: 1 Glossy Ibis still in field behind Longrock Pool.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spoonbill still.

St Anne’s Wood: 1 partially leucistic (?) Robin. (T Mcgowan)

TMcgowan_Robin_090216Robin, Tony Mcgowan 


Monday 8th February 2016

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 29 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 50+ Herring Gull, 144 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 115 Great Black-backed Gull, 82 Black-headed Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 22 Carrion Crow, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20+ Curlew, 3 Golden Plover, 21 Oystercatcher, 3 Cormorant, 1 male Wigeon and 2 Rock Pipit. (P Freestone) also 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull.

Carbis Bay:  1 Great Skua, 400+ Kittiwake, Shags and Gannets. (B Toms, B Dodd)

Durgan: 3 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_SlavonianGrebe_080216Slavonian Grebe, John St Ledger

Cape Cornwall: 09:20-11:20 hours; 5 Great Skua south. Also 10+ Purple Sandpiper on Cape. (N Wheatley)

Pendeen: 3 Great Skua past.

Marazion: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (I Webster) Also 1 ad & 1 1w. Little Gull and 100+ Common Gull. (C.Barnard).

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Glossy Ibis having a change of scenery. (I Webster)

Bude: 1 Cormorant, 12 Turnstone, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Mute Swan and 11 Teal. (H Wilkins)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Bury)


Yellow-browed Warbler, Steve Bury

Newquay, Fistral Beach: 2 Great Black-backed Gull. ( D Hastilow )

DHastilow_GBBG_080216Great Black-backed Gull, David Hastilow

Newlyn harbour: 1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Great Northern Diver, also 1 f Black Redstart. (T Mills)

Newlyn: 1 juv American Herring Gull off Roskilly. (M Ahmad)

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull still at Trannack Farm.

Madron: 1w Yellow-legged Gull in fields north of village.

Wadebridge, Guineaport: 1 ad Kittiwake. (W Delacour)


Sunday 7th February 2016

Late news, 6/2, Looe Island: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 30 Kittiwake, 2 Glaucous Gull, 1 Eider Duck. (C Lewis)

Late news, 6/2, Penzance Penlee Park: 2 Firecrest. (P St Pierre)

Charlestown: 1 f Blackcap. ( D Hastilow)

Long Rock: 1 Glossy Ibis still present in field behind Longrock Pool. (R Veal, S Rogers, D Eva) Also 1 juv. Glaucous Gull on the beach. ( D Eva)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Little Grebe, 100+ Teal and 6 Grey Heron including 2 nestbuilding. (R Veal) Longrock Pool: 1 ad Little Gull. (M Ahmad)

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Cleave Camp: 1 f Black Redstart in garden. Local Buzzards already starting to courtship display over Combe Wood (locked talons falling from a great height over nest site). (N Bastin)

Bude Marsh: 8 Teal, 300+ Lapwing, 3 Grey Wagtail and 2 Pied Wagtail. (H Wilkins)

Mullion Cove: 1 Peregrine. (J Allely)

Helston Boating Lake: 27 Mediterranean Gull (18 adult, four 2nd winter, five 1st winter). (A Pay)

APay_Med Gull11_070216Mediterranean Gulls, Andy Pay

Penzance Harbour:  1 drake Eider and 1 Black Redstart. ( D Eva)

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull still present near Trannack Farm , also 100 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag and 50 Fieldfare there. ( D Eva)

Newquay, Towan Head: 1 Great Northern Diver,1 Purple Sandpiper and 1 f Black Redstart. (D Grose)

Looe Island: 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 11 Great Northern Diver, 1 Little Egret and 2 Curlew. (C Lewis)

Newlyn: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 m Black Redstart at river mouth. (T Mills) Sandy Cove: 1 ad Pacific Diver 500yds offshore. (L Proctor) Harbour: 1 Black Redstart, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 juv Glaucous Gull and 6 Shelduck over. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 1  juv Glaucous Gull on beach early morning. Also offshore late afternoon. (C.Barnard).

Penzance  Eastern Green  and Long Rock: 1 juv. Glaucous Gull. (C.Barnard)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 1w Little Gull. (Paul St Pierre)

Roskilly: 1w Little Gull (same as above), 28 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Common Gull and150 Black-headed Gull (P St Pierre)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel at Trenow Cove this morning.

St Ives: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 6 Great Skua past the Island. 1 Black Redstart by the NCI Lookout.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, estuary: 1 imm Spoonbill again. Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup and 8 Tufted Duck. (P Freestone)