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Thursday 19th April 2018

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Bonaparte’s Gull initially from Old Quay House and then from the car wash. (B Bosisto, M Spicer et al) Also  1 1w Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black-tailed Godwit. (B Bosisto)

Bonaparte’s Gull, Alex Mckechnie

Bonaparte’s Gull, Tony Mills

Bonaparte’s and Black-headed Gull (upper), Tony Mills

Lizard: Male Western Subalpine Warbler still along the Kynance toll road, also 2 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear, 1+ Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Hobby. (P Clement, DK Parker, M Pass, MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron again north of the railway. (P St Pierre) Later on bushes to south of railway line. (L Proctor, J Parker et al) Still present late evening. (R Augarde)

Purple Heron, Tony Mills

Purple Heron, Tony Mills

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still.

Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker. (B Bosisto) Also 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Raven, 5 Great-crested Grebe, 2 Jay, + other usual suspects. (S.Cox).

Lizard Village: Hoopoe along Penmenner Road at Barnside house. (M Pass)

Penzance: 1 Pomarine Skua attacking tern sp (likely Sandwich) and 1 Great Northern Diver off the Prom. (J Evans)

Bude Marshes: 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush early morning. (H Kendall)

Nanjizal: 1 Gadwall, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Sedge Warbler, 30 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin. (B Bosisto)

Bosigran: 3 singing Willow Warbler, 8 Razorbill  on the island. 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull with the Herring Gulls.  (NR Phillips)

Roughtor & plantation: 1m Cuckoo, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Siskin, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler,1 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch feeding on conifer cones and 1 Roe Deer. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Windmill Farm, 16:00-20:00: 1 Cuckoo heard, 1 Grasshopper Warbler heard, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 1 Reed Bunting, 12 Mallard including 2 ducklings, 3 Snipe, 4 Pheasant also 1 Roe deer. (F Trewin + J Thirlaway-Price)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Sedge Warbler. (S Grose)

Tresillian: 4 Greenshank, 1 Sparrowhawk. (M Jones)

Temple: Cuckoo heard near A30. (N Page)

Bude: 3 Whimbrel. (H Wilkins)

Truro: 1 pair Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch and 13 feral Pigeon. (M Costa)

Towednack: Cuckoo heard. (T Mills)

Newquay: 1 Whitethroat to the right of Asda. (D Grose)

Lizard Point: 2 Whimbrel. ( B. Toms)

Trevothan, Nr. Coverack: 1 Cuckoo (D Beadle)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Common Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Crackington Haven: 1 Wheatear and 1 Lesser Redpoll in private garden. (J & B Teague)

Castle an Dinas: 4 Swift, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

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Wednesday 18th April 2018

Porth Joke: 1 Alpine Swift 18:00-18:10 and then 18:50-19:40 ranging over fields between Treago Farm campsite and West Pentire. Also 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear and 1 Sedge Warbler. (S Rowe)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still and 2 Common Scoter this evening, also 4 Great Northern Diver, 37 Sandwich Tern and 1 Puffin flew west. (D Julian)

Porthgwarra: 1 m Western Subalpine Warbler (heard to call) in bushes just beyond Coastguards cottages, also 1 Peacock butterfly. (M Wallace, P Taylor, H Mitchell, T Mills) Also 1 Sparrowhawk. (T Mills) This evening, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Siskin, 1 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Western Subalpine Warbler, Tony Mills

Western Subalpine Warbler, Phil Taylor

Kynance Road: 1 Western Subalpine Warbler and 1 Whitethroat. (D Wright, I Maclean) Later, 1 m Western Subalpine Warbler  confirmed, now singing. Also in the area Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Whimbrel, 3+ Wheatear (Mark Pass)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again.

Marazion: 1 Iceland Gull, 4 Little Tern, 35 commic tern 09.00. (I Webster)

Crowlas: 1 Iceland Gull over. (R Veal)

Par Sands: 1 Little Tern, 1 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern. (D Julian)

Longrock Pool: 1 juv Iceland Gull in the afternoon. (DK Parker)

Iceland Gull, Dave Parker

Iceland Gull, Dave Parker

Freathy: A 2nd winter Glaucous / Iceland Gull flew east, late morning. (M. Jordan)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Pool: Group of 15 Common Sandpiper at high tide. (S Turner) Plus 1 Knot, 16 Whimbrel. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 8 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Windmill Farm: 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Plover and 1 Barn Owl first thing this morning. (D Wright)

Tresillian River: 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peacock butterfly, 3 Little Egrets, 15 to 20 Shelduck. (M Costa)

Seaton NR: 1 Kingfisher. (D Allan)

Camel Trail Wadebridge to Tregunna: 14 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 27 Shelduck, 17 Mallard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 25 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Redshank, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 21 Whimbrel, 150 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Wood Pigeon, 3 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 25 Carrion Crow, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Large White butterfly, 2 Green-veined White butterfly, 1 Peacock, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 6 Palmate Newt. (M Scawen et al.)

Dobwalls: 1 Swift flying low over private garden at 16.45 and  1 Holly Blue butterfly in garden. (C&J Duffy)

Longrock to Marazion beach: 9 Whimbrel, 1 Oystercatcher and c200 small waders, mostly Turnstone but also Dunlin, Sanderling and Ringed Plover, also 1 Wheatear on beach this evening. (T Mills)

Newquay, Narrowcliff:1 Sparrowhawk, and 1 Brimstone Butterfly. (S Grose)

Polbathic Creek: 3 Whimbrel. (A Blonden)

Gwendreath Valley, Goonhilly  to Kennack Sands: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, c5 Willow Warbler, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock and 1 Comma butterfly (P. Bedford)

Mawgan: 1 Nuthatch in garden and a pair of Sparrowhawk soaring overhead (P. Bedford)

Higher Bosistow: 1 Swift over. (M Wallace)

Godolphin Woods: Cuckoo heard.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Sedge Warbler heard, 4 Cetti’s Warbler heard this evening, 2 Gadwall still and 1 pair of Linnet. (T Mills)

Marazion beach: 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin & 1 Whimbrel. (J Hawkey)

Penzance: 1 Small White butterfly, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Large White butterfly in garden. (T Mills)

Pendeen: 1 Swallow & 1m Blackcap. (J Hawkey)

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Tuesday 17th April 2018

Par, beach pool: 1 f Ring-necked Duck. (R Augarde)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull and 1w Kittiwake in the harbour, plus 1 Great Skua, 8 Arctic Tern, 6+ Sandwich Tern, 60+ Whimbrel and 4 Great Northern Diver off Sandy Cove this morning. (L Proctor)

Porthgwarra: 995 Manx Shearwater, 158 Fulmar, 75 Kittiwake, 167 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 5 Arctic Tern, 22 commic tern, 2 Little Tern, 1 diver sp, c20 Whimbrel and 12 Common Scoter between 07:15 and 09:45. (DK Parker, T Mills)

Land’s End: 2 Yellow Wagtail. (PA Fraser)

Sandy Cove, Newlyn 17:15 – 18:45: 500+ Manx Shearwater, 91 Whimbrel (9, 67, 2, 13), drake Eider, 4 Common Tern, 7 Sandwich Tern, 9 Kittiwake, 7 Fulmar and 8 Guillemot. (M Bishop)

Downderry: 0705-0825, birds moving west included 4 Common Scoters, 3 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Kittiwakes, 4 Sandwich Terns, 3 Great Northern Divers and 58 Whimbrel. Also 5 Common Gulls just offshore. (A Payne)

Torpoint, Marine Drive: 16 Whimbrel, 13 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 5 Sandwich Tern (T Elm)

Treraven Meadows to Polbrock: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 fem Sparrowhawk, 3 probable Marsh Tit, 5 House Martin, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Dipper. (S Grose)

Langreek, Polperro: Cuckoo heard 16:20. (J Fletcher)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap still. (D Hastilow)

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Monday 16th April 2018

Late news, 15/4, Bass Point: 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (M Pass)

Lizard: Male Subalpine Warbler (probably Western) at the top of Caerthillian by the stile. (M Pass)

Tamar Estuary: Glossy Ibis still on the mudflat at Kingsmill Lake this morning also 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Greenshank and 1 Common Gull. (M Beer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Pink-footed Goose still, also 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 8 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and 1 Reed Warbler. (DK Parker)

Padstow: 1w Iceland Gull at 15.00 on Tregirls Beach. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Iceland Gull late pm, 2 Common Sandpiper. ( S Rowe)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 adult Iceland Gull at 09.30

Tresillian River: 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 6 Whimbrel, 2 very distant unidentified plover sp. (A Nicholson)

Tresillian Polsue Way: Marsh Tit – one of five different Tit species coming to feeder (plus Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit). (A Nicholson)

Marazion Beach: 31 Turnstone, 1 s/p Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel & 1 2cy Common Gull also hundreds dried cuttlefish washed up on beach in F8 onshore winds. (J Hawkey)

Downderry: 0700-0805 – at least 117 Manx Shearwaters heading west; also 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Common Scoters, 4 Sandwich Terns and 2 Whimbrel.1810-1910 – at least 360 Manx Shearwaters west.(A Payne)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Common Sandpiper on the shallow mud at eastern end of lake, 25 Sand Martin with a few Swallow, 1 Dipper, 5 Great Crested Grebe on the water, 4 Blackcap (3m&1f) 2 Coot, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Newquay, Trevithick Manor Farm: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Sennen: 4 Canada Geese over Trevescan at 1630.

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Sunday 15th April 2018

Late news, 11/4, Porth Reservoir: 1 Osprey caught fish mid pm. (R Lawrence)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull on water opp boating lake at 18.45 feeding on insects with other gulls. (S Grose)

Marazion: 4 Whimbrel on the beach plus 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter and 1w Little Gull briefly offshore. (R Veal, B Mellow)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Otters on the main marsh early morning. (DK Parker, D Chadwick, R Veal, B Mellow)

Porthgwarra: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 4+ Blackcap at Doctor’s garden. 1 Great Skua, 8 Puffin and 1 Great Northern Diver past in 30 mins. (R Veal, B Mellow)

Lizard Pt: 2 Puffin and 2 Great Skua past early morning. (M Silk)

Stithians: 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 pairs of Magpie and 3 pairs of Carrion Crow nesting. (D Eva)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 12 Canada Goose, 3 Great Crested Grebe (one occupied nest), 1 Cormorant, 1 adult and 1 juv Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 68 Black-headed Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull ,2 Buzzard, 4 Raven, 20 Carrion Crow, 9 Jackdaw, 6 Magpie, 1 Wood Pigeon, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 6 Blackbird, 2 Wheatear, 4 House Sparrow, 15 Meadow Pipit, 7 Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 3 Wren and 6 Chaffinch. (R Nicholls and DA Conway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Common Sandpiper on North Quay. (J Eaton)

Crantock: m+f Linnet. (D Bray)

Linnet – Darren Bray

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Saturday 14th April 2018

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron briefly this morning before being chased up the valley by the resident Grey Herons. (P Walsh) Seen in flight at 11:00. (R Veal)

The Lizard: 1 Red-rumped Swallow at Housel Bay at 11:00. (T Thirlaway) 2 Red-rumped Swallow hawking over fields between lighthouse and Housel Bay 14:00-14:30 at least; 1 Swallow, 5 Whimbrel E at the point. (D Wood) 2 Alpine Swift flew NE up Caerthillian Valley at 08:48 (roosting on cliffs near Kynance?). (M Pass)

Red-rumped Swallow – David Wood

Porthleven: 1 Alpine Swift over The Shrubberies at 18:50 then flew south. (I Maclean)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still.

Port Isaac: Iceland Gull on the sea at midday before flying east.

Mount’s Bay: 2 juv Glaucous Gull on St Clements Isle. 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull on St Michael’s Mount. 1 juv Iceland Gull, 9 Puffin, 400+ Manx Shearwater from Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Coverack: 2 Iceland Gull around the harbour still, 2 Black-throated Diver S with 250+ Manx Shearwater, 300+ auks (all those identified were Guillemots) and 7 Risso’s Dolphin. (D Wood) 3 (1 2w, 2 1w) Iceland Gull. (M Ahmad, R Veal) Also 15 Sandwich Tern. (R Veal)

Iceland Gulls – Mashuq Ahmad

Polgigga: Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow. (M Wallace)

Marazion: 3 Whimbrel flew north. (DK Parker)

Looe Island: Grasshopper Warbler. (C Lewis)

Mullion: Collared Dove in the cove. (J Allely)

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Friday 13th April 2018

Late news, 7/4, Par: 1 Avocet briefly on Par Beach. (I McCarthy)

Late news, 9/4, Coverack: 200 Manx Shearwater past S in 30 mins in the evening, 1 Black-throated Diver in the bay and 15+ Common Dolphin. (D Wood)

Late news, 10/4, Mousehole: 3 Black-throated Diver between Newlyn and Mousehole and 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Wood)

Late news, 10/4, Lamorna: 1 Iceland Gull (first or second winter) flew close inshore along coast heading towards Mousehole. (D Wood)

Late news, 11/4, Coverack: 2 Iceland Gull, 1 Swallow. (D Wood)

Late news, 12/4, Restronguet: Osprey over. (J Chapple)

Late news, 12/4, Porth Joke: 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 5 House Martin & 10 Swallow. (B Bosisto)

Late news, 12/4, Devoran: 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, Shelduck, Herring Gulls and a single Great Black-backed Gull present at Devoran Quay. (R Dann)

Porthleven: Wholly unconfirmed report of a Slate-coloured Junco in gardens near Penrose estate briefly, then flew towards woods.

The Lizard: 2 Alpine Swift over and NE at 09:20. (T Thirlaway, J St Ledger, C Benton)

Coverack: Imm Iceland Gull still. Also 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver, Whimbrel heard and 1 Harbour Porpoise. (J St Ledger, C Benton) 2 (2cy & unaged juv) Iceland Gull. (JH & K Dalziel) 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Iceland Gull, 8 Sandwich Tern. (D Wood)

Iceland Gull – John St Ledger

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still also 2 Great Northern Diver and 2 Raven. (D Trevelyan, M Parr)

Mevagissey: 1 Iceland Gull still in harbour. (D Trevelyan, M Parr)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull still in harbour at 11:20. (L Proctor, M Parr)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 1 Water Rail, c50 Sand Martin, c5 House Martin, 5 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler. (DK Parker, R Wilkins)

Marazion: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Oystercatcher and 6 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker)

Nanquidno: 2 male Ring Ouzel at the bottom of the valley. (R Wilkins)

Lower Tamar Lake: 4 Willow Tit, 1 Merlin, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Blackcap, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Roe Deer. (R Mudge)

St Gothian Sands: c60 Sand Martin, 8 White Wagtail, 22 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe. (S Rowe)

Poldhu Cove: Cetti’s warbler heard singing in the reedbed. (C Lee)

Goss Moor: 6 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Gwennap: 3 Canada Goose over, 1 Swallow heading south. (R Hampshire)

Lanner: 2 Canada Goose over. ( R Hampshire)

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