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December News Stories: College and Argal bird walk report, Nightingale film and more – HERE

Cornwall Birds News Archive: Previous news and announcements can be found on the website HERE

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Tuesday 18th December 2018

Cargo vessel aground off Falmouth: no pollution has been reported at present, and hopefully the empty 16,000 tonne vessel will be re-floated at high tide midday or so. However any birders in area please report any oiled birds/pollution slick in to RSPB or us at (Update: re-floating was successful)

Stithians Work Party disturbance Weds 19th: there will be some disturbance from both hides on the morning of Weds 19th, with vegetation clearing and to the feeders. Anyone is welcome to join us, please see the Calendar for more details.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Spoonbill, ad Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Grey Plover, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (D Flumm) Caspian Gull still (M Halliday)

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Penzance: 3 Eider and 1 Shag near Jubilee Pool. (J Evans)

Sancreed: m Blackcap (D Flumm)

St Buryan: 100 Lapwing, 250 Golden Plover. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Coverack: 3 f Eider (A Witheywood)

Eider, A Witheywood

Treraven Meadows: 1 Green Sandpiper, 145 Teal, 4 Shelduck, 5 Red legged Partridge, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Nuthatch. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Trelow Downs: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Lamorna Cove: 2 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Mevagissy: 1 Barn Owl quartering near Polgiscky crossroads. (M Jones)


Monday 17th December 2018

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Polish ringed adult Caspian Gull and adult Ring-billed Gull both still present mid morning. (L Proctor, M Ahmad et al.) Also 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 argentatus Herring Gull, 2 drake Goosander, 3 Greenshank, 11 Grey Plover, 29 Cormorant and 1 Peregrine. (T McGowan) Adult Spoonbill, 217 Golden Plover, 350 Lapwing. (D Flumm) 1 Spoonbill, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Greenshank, 2 Shelduck and 1 Kingfisher. (D Chadwick, T Mills)

Ring-billed Gull – Mark Halliday

Spoonbill – Dave Flumm

Goosander – Dave Flumm

Stithians Reservoir: Temminck’s Stint and 2 Goldeneye still present from the Stuart Hutchings Hide. (S Williams)

Argal Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe (southern end close to hide), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck. (D Collins)

St Erth: 2 redhead Goldeneye with 1 Tufted Duck on small reservoirs near Tregillowe Farm. (MJ Spicer)

Nanjizal: Firecrest along Bosistow Lane, Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow and 130+ Skylark on nearby stubble field. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: 1 Black Redstart still. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Sennen Cove: 23 Oystercatcher, 12 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 1 Dunlin, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Chough. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Land’s End Airport: 100+ Rook. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Nanquidno: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Padstow: 500+ Golden Plover, 200+ Lapwing in fields next to Trevisker Garden Centre, 2 Yellowhammer on wires. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 75 Black Headed Gull, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 4 Great crested Grebe( 1 fishing below dam wall) 1 Little Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck, 19 Coot, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven, 3 Bullfinch, 11 Goldcrest, 5 Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Carharrack: Lesser Redpoll again in a private garden. (W Chegwidden)

East Looe seafront:  1 Black Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 1 Peregrine, 1 Stonechat, 14 Turnstone. (D Spooner)

Hannafore: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Curlew, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Kestrel. (D Spooner)

Blackwater: 1 Merlin (B Bosisto)


Sunday 16th December 2018

Late photo, 15/12, Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ring-billed Gull. (M Halliday)

Ring-billed Gull, Mark Halliday

Ring-billed Gull, Mark Halliday

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Temminck’s Stint, 1 Goldeneye, 1 hybrid white goose with 200 Canada Geese (D Eva) also 1 Peregrine. (B.Toms, M. Curtis)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Caspian Gull (same Polish ringed bird as two days ago, with a limp), 1 2w Iceland Gull, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 drk Goosander, 1 Spoonbill, 15+ Common Gull. (M Halliday, R Veal, R Wilkins, R Augarde, B Mellow et al)

CaspianGull, MikeSpicer

Argal Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Tufted Duck (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 1 Scaup, 1 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 73 Coot, 38 Wigeon (D Eva)

Carbis Bay: 14 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 50+ Shag. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Wilkins, R Veal)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 22 Purple Sandpiper. Lidden area: 1 Black Redstart on roof. (T Mills)

Portreath, Cambrose: 1 Dipper. (T.Polglase)

Carharrack:  1 Redpoll in private garden. (W Chegwidden)

Lesser Redpoll, Warren Chegwidden

Lesser Redpoll, Warren Chegwidden

Delabole: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin from coastal path above Tregardock Beach. (S Grose)

Gurnard’s Head: 1 m Hen Harrier

Men-an-Tol: 2m + 1f Hen Harrier. (D Parker)

Ludgvan: 20 Brambling with Redwing at Castle Gate.

Trevone Bay: 2 Chough, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Curlew, large flock of Linnets. (S Grose)

Newquay Bay: 25 Kittiwake. (D Grose)

Kennack Sands: Partial albino Rock Pipit on the beach feeding on seaweed still. (F Trewin)

Lostwithiel private garden: up to 6 Siskin now regular on feeders. 1 Marsh Tit also regular on feeders. (E Mayhew)

Lanner Green: Tawny Owl calling, (R Hampshire)


Saturday 15th December 2018

Late news, 14/12, Sennen: 2 Great Northern Diver. (G Mitchell)

Late news, 14/12, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 drake Goosander, 5 Shoveler, 32 Ringed Plover, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese & 1 Spoonbill off Lelant. (G Mitchell)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull reported. Also 3 drake Goosander, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull and 19 Common Gull at Lelant. (G Mitchell)

Pentire Head: Short-eared Owl, Kestrel. (A + B Tregunna)

Newquay, Towan Head: 3 Common Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper. (S Grose) 1 Black Redstart. (G Mitchell)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Goosander (male), 21 Coot, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Common Gull. (S Grose)


Friday 14th December 2018

Late news, 12/12, Temple: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (RB Girling)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Caspian Gull (Polish-ringed). (M Halliday)

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Coverack: 1 Little Gull feeding in big waves just off the sea wall (P. Bedford)

River Lynher, Jupiter Point: 1 Spoonbill.

Rat Island: 2 Spoonbill at 14.20. (D Allan)

Wacker Quay: 121 Avocet, c.230 Wigeon, c.40 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 9 Redshank, 30 Curlew, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant. (D Spooner)

Avocet, Derek Spooner

Avocet, Derek Spooner

Millbrook: 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Greenshank. (D Spooner)

St John’s Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese. Later 1 imm male Eider, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 pale-bellied and 6 dark-bellied Brent Geese. (D Julian)

Cremyll: 1 Sandwich Tern this afternoon. (D Julian)

Newquay, Towan Head: 6 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover. (M Lammas)

Gannel  Estuary:  1 male Pintail with 70+ Wigeon. (M Lammas)

Wadebridge: 21 Red-legged Partridge in fields at the Royal Cornwall show ground early a.m, 3 Whooper Swan opp sewage treatment Works. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: 1m 2f Goosander, 14 Shoveler, 8 Pochard, 4 Shelduck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, raft of 32 Cormorant together and 4 Goldcrest (A Witheywood)

Goosander, A Witheywood

Polgigga: 1 male Hen Harrier at Higher Bosistow this morning. (M Wallace)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Merlin, 1m Goosander, 1 Brent Goose. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 21 Goosander 5m 16f, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Tawny Owl, 4 Gadwall, 24 Shoveler, 12 Wigeon, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, c100 Lapwing, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting 1m 1f,  c50 Coot, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 9 Blue Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 8 Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, 8 Moorhen, c60 Mallard, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Starling, 2 Robin. (R Mudge)

Carrick Roads: 3 Eider, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe from Mylor Churchtown. (D Chaney)


Thursday 13th December 2018

Late news, 12/12, Temple: 1 Buzzard, 1 Coot, 1 Robin, 1 Song Thrush. (RB Girling)

Late news, 12/12, Penzance:  c.30 Carrion Crow in bare trees at Polwithen road Penzance. (R Phillips)

Torpoint: Red-rumped Swallow still briefly, at Salamanca Street/North Road junction. (A Jordan)

Cot Valley: 1 fem/1w Black Redstart at Carn Gribba.

Saltash: 2 Knot, c160 Dunlin, c80 Avocet, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, c90 Snipe, 5 Lapwing, c130 Teal, c70 Wigeon at Kings Mill . (P Kemp)

Bude Marshes: 2 Grey Heron, 212 Canada Geese (plus 1 hybrid), 2 Mute Swan, 40+ Mallard, 8 Teal, 1 female adult Sparrowhawk, 1 Whimbrel, 12 Lapwing, 8 Herring Gull, 27 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 male Kingfisher, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 40+ Chaffinch, 26 Linnet and 2 Reed Bunting. (N Bastin)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 fem/juv Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Shag, 10+ Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 12 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Common Gull on Carnsew Pool. Also adult Spoonbill in the creek behind Tempest. (DK Parker) Spoonbill (presumed same?) in Copperhouse Creek. (R Mawer)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Slavonian Grebe with 2 Little Grebe. (R Mudge)


Wednesday 12th December 2018

Constantine Sewage Treatment Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest. 1 Woodcock and 1 Marsh Tit nearby. (D Collins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 drk Goosander, 1 Kittiwake. (R Veal)

Torpoint: 1 juv Red-rumped Swallow still showing well over Salamanca Street this afternoon. Also 1 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Brent (3 pale-bellied), 2 Great Northern Diver, Mediterranean Gull & 20 Grey Plover. (P Aley)

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Padstow Hawkers Cove / Stepper Point: 1 Barn Owl, 6 Raven (seen together), 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Little Egret, also seen but not counted, Stonechat, Skylark, Linnet, Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Temminck’s Stint still. (B Hall, D Chaney) Also 1 Green Sandpiper (Golden Lion cutoff), 1 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 270 Lapwing, 6 Curlew, 25 Snipe, 197 Canada Goose, 2 domestic white goose, 75 Teal, 86 Wigeon, 4 Goldeneye, 6 Tufted Duck, 19 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Tawny Owl calling 16:40 from sw corner, 1 small bat sp. over Carnmellis Causeway. (D Chaney)

Temminck’s Stint, Bill Hall

Millbrook: 9 Cattle Egret at Home Farm, Lower Anderton Rd. Millbrook Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver. (B Taggart)

Talland Bay: 1 Peregrine, 1 Long-tailed Duck (same bird as on 4th December, in exactly the same place), 1 Black Redstart, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret. (D Spooner)

Peregrine, Derek Spooner

Long-tailed Duck, Derek Spooner

Black Redstart, Derek Spooner

Falmouth Bay: 2 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Tern, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel viewed from Swanpool to Pennance Point. Swanpool Car Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (J St Ledger)

Sandwich Tern, John St Ledger

Red-necked Grebe, John St Ledger

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Geese, 29 Teal, 2 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 27 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Barn Owl & 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Mounts Bay: 2 Velvet Scoter, 18 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, 1 Goldeneye & 2 Great Northern Diver viewed from the Station House car park. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 25 Snipe, 15 Lapwing, 20 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare. Also 1 male Hen Harrier over Beacon. (D Flumm)

Bartinney Downs: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Snipe, 4 Stonechat, Peacock butterfly flying over heather moorland. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: 4 Black Redstart – 1 at complex, 3 at First & Last House. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Feock: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Eider and 4 Red-breasted Merganser off Loe Beach. (G Mitchell)

Looe river: 1 Male Pintail feeding with a group of 7 Mallard. (I Juliane)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Great Skua this morning and 2 Red-throated Diver north, and 5 Eider north at 09:43 (a long way out but appeared to be three juv./females and two first-winter males). (N Wheatley)

Newquay, Towan Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper with 25+ Turnstone behind Headland hotel  a.m. (M Lammas)

Pentire Head: 1 Short-eared Owl again 4 p.m. (M Lammas)

Penzance, Chyandour: 2 female-type Black Redstart. (A McKechnie)

Black Redstart, Alex McKechnie

Tehidy Country Park: 30+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Jay, 9 Mute Swan, 6 Moorhen. (K Bowers)

Song Thrush, Kevin Bowers

Jay, Kevin Bowers

Mute Swan, Kevin Bowers

Nancegollan: 300 Linnet, 100 Chaffinch. (D Chaney)

Newquay, Morrisons Supermarket: 100+ Pied Wagtail roosting on the roof. (S Grose)

Millbrook: 2 Mediterranean Gull. (P Aley)

River Lynher: 1 Great Northern Diver, Kingfisher & 36 Avocet. (P Aley)

Rat Island: 2 Spoonbill. (P Aley)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Barnacle Geese and 1 Greylag with Canada geese, 3 Pintail, (A Piper)