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:


Pelagic banner 2015

We have finalised dates for 2015 pelagics on Mermaid II and are now taking bookings. 8 hour trips for £70 leaving at 8am from Penzance harbour on Saturdays 25th July, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th August. Call 07901 731201 to book.

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Monday 29th June 2015

Late News, 28/6, Kingsmill Lake: 1 1st and 2 2nd sum Mediterranean Gull with 30+ Black-headed Gull, c30 Redshank and c50 Curlew. (M Beer)

St Gothian Sands: Sand Martin. (R Farnes)

RFarnes_SandMartin_290615Sand Martin, Rod Farnes

Hells Mouth: Guillemots and Linnets. (R Farnes)

RFarnes_Guillemots_290615Guillemots, Rod Farnes RFarnes_Linnet_290615male Linnet, Rod Farnes

Stithian’s Reservoir, from the Golden Lion:  2 Little Grebe, 1 Mute Swan & 3 Coot. From Stuart Hutching’s Hide: 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, c30 Herring Gull, c4 Coot, several Mallard with young, 2 Great Crested Grebe with 1 young & a Blackcap singing near hide. Southern cut-off hide: 6 Grey Heron on remaining areas of water plus  2 Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker (male) on feeders. (D King)

Marazion: 1 Great White Egret over Plain an Gwarry at 1800 north. 

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Ring-billed Gull again.


Sunday 28th June 2015

Late news, 27/6, Prussia Cove: 4 Kestrel hunting close together. (S Maycock)

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 1 Wheatear. (T McGowan)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl from 20:15. (MJ Spicer)

Porthgwarra (Seawatching 7.30am – 12.15pm): 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Great Skua, 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Storm Petrel, 8 Puffin , 8 Common Tern , 54 Common Scoter, 1500 Manx (approx), 2 Risso’s Dolphin, 3 Ocean Sunfish. (R Wilkins, B Mellow, R Augard)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull still. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Saturday 27th June 2015

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 ad Mute Swan and 2 juv, f Mallard and 2 juv, 8 Greylag and c30 Canada Goose on island.Sand Martins feeding young at nesting colony at beach. Heard and saw Reed Warbler on riverbank near ex Sandsifter bar. Raven over. (D Jenkins)

Hell’s Mouth: 1 Kestrel (D Jenkins)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 20:25. (MJ Spicer)

Bosigran: c12 Swift, c15 Razorbill, Herring Gulls with chicks, Greater Black-backed Gulls, Fulmar, adult and immature Gannets, 2 Ravens and a pair of Stonechat. (S Cossey)

Nanjizal Valley: 1 Wood Sandpiper over.


Friday 26th June 2015

Late news 24/6 The Rumps and Pentire: 15 Fulmar, 5 Manx Shearwater, 2 Gannet, 25 Cormorant, 21 Shag, 1 Kestrel,1 Pheasant, 5 oystercatcher, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Great Black-backed Gull, 85 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 39 Guillemot, 40 Razorbill, 7 Puffin, 6 Wood Pigeon, 2 Swift, 12 Skylark, 26 Rock Pipit, 1 Wren, 5 Stonechat, 7 Whitethroat, 3 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 24 Rook, 12 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 22 House Sparrow and 15 Linnet. (Mike Scawen, Martin Cutland Wildlife Walk)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Green Sandpiper. (L Proctor)

Marazion Beach: 1 Sandwich Tern. (MJ Spicer)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 20:20 and 21:55. (MJ Spicer)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise sightings: (Penzance to Wolf Rock) 93 Manx Shearwater, 29 Gannet,17 Fulmar, 4 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot and 1 Puffin. (Wolf Rock to Scilly): 194 Gannet, 39 Manx Shearwater, 21 Fulmar, 3 Guillemot, 2 Great Skua, 2 Dolphin sp. and 8 Ocean Sunfish. (J Parker, DA Conway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 1s Ring-billed Gull.


Thursday 25th June 2015

Late news, 24/6, Helston Loe Pool: 10 Great Crested Grebe. (P McKeogh)

Late news 24/6, Rosudgeon: 1 ad Barn Owl plus 3 young hissing from nest site and 2 Tawny Owl branchlings. (I Webster)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull again. (N Paul)

Marazion: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull on Great Hogus and 2 Sandwich Tern in bay. (P Fraser)


Wednesday 24th June 2015

Late news, 23/6, Drift Reservoir – members only: :  2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Cuckoo (calling). (C Moore)

CMoore_GreenSand_230615Green Sandpipers, Colin Moore

Late news, 23/6, Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Sedge Warbler family. (R Farnes)

Sancreed: Spotted Flycatcher and nestlings. (R Farnes)

Stithians Reservoir: 13 Greylag Geese flew in close to Stuart Hutchings hide at 8.10am, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 4+ Whitethroat, 6+ Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap (male) and 1 Skylark. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_Whitethroat2_240615Whitethroat, John St Ledger JStLedger_Whitethroat1_240615Whitethroat, John St Ledger
JStLedger_Greylag2_240615  JStLedger_Greylag1_240615Greylag Geese, John St Ledger

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

Scillonian III, return Wolf Rock to Penzance: 56 Manx Shearwater, 20 Common Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise and 15 Sunfish. (P St Pierre)

Penzance, my roof: Rag, Tag and Bobtail are growing fast. (T Mills)



Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Late news 22/6, Rosudgeon:  2 Barn Owl. (I Webster)

Coombe: 1 Red-legged Partridge crossing road from Coombe where it meets the B3301 at SW 608427.  (T & M Hasdell)

Devoran: 4 Mediterranean Gull (3 of which were in adult summer plumage), 80+ Black-headed Gull (2 with colour rings), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 58 Curlew, 10+ Canada Geese with 1 juvenile. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_MedGull_230615Mediterranean Gull, John St Ledger JStLedger_Whimbrel_230615Whimbrel, John St Ledger JStLedger_BHGull_230615Black-headed Gull, John St Ledger

Goss Moor: 3 Grasshopper Warbler heard reeling.1 seen. (M Lammas)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 18:55. (MJ Spicer)

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