Recent sightings

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!

BTO WeBS training workshop

BTO/NE/RSPB are looking for people to help carry out Webs counts in the Carrick Roads, Falmouth Bay to St Austell Bay area during the winter and are providing a training day 11-4 pm on the 18th April 2015 at Porthscatho Village Hall.  Please bring your own lunch, optical equipment and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.
BTO WeBS Falmouth pSPA Agenda.pdf Click Here to Download

To book a place please contact Richard Cook Natural England on

Cirl Buntings Reintroduction update

To see the latest update on the Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project, please go to the RSPB’s farming blog:

Gull Identification Workshops

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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.

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Wednesday 1st April 2015

Late news, 30/3, Egloskerry, Red Down: 2 Swallow. (L Sampsom)

Late news, 31/3, Helston Loe Pool: 1 Firecrest. (P&H Taylor)

Late news, 31/3, Marazion Marsh: 3 Sand Martin. (P&H Taylor)

Late news, 31/3, Millbrook, Lower Anderton: 1 Swallow and 2 Greenshank. (M Jordan)

Porthgwarra: 2 Wheatear in off sea. (P&H Taylor)

Truro: 1 1w Iceland Gull on river near tennis courts. (S Rowe)

Penzance, harbour: 1 Little Egret, 4 Oystercatcher and 10 Turnstone. Battery Rocks: 1 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Turnstone. (T Mills)

Sennen Cove: 1 Little Egret. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)


Tuesday 31st March 2015

Mevagissey, St Austell Bay: 2 Raven, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Razorbill, 5 Guillemot, 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver. (J Dunning)

Towan Head: 180 Manx Shearwater, 400 Gannet and several Razorbill and Guillemot. (S Rowe)

Porthgwarra: 230 Fulmar, 416 Gannet, 21 Manx Shearwater, 7 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern and 5 Razorbill between 08:30 & 09:30. Also 1 Harbour Porpoise. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 2 hybrid geese, 3 Mallard, 13 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron (at least 2 young now hatched), 15 Moorhen, 1 Sand Martin, pair Bullfinch, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: 3700 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 2 Puffin, 1 Little Auk, 1 Little Gull and 1 blue-phase Fulmar. (M Elliott)

Truro, The Leats: 1 Dipper in song. (S Rogers)

Penzance: 1 House Martin. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 20.15. (MJ Spicer)


Monday 30th March 2015

Late news, 29/3, Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 f Garganey. (I Webster)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 6 Mediterranean Gull (1st w’s), 23 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon and 2 Greenshank. Carnsew Pool: 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Knot and 1 Grey Plover. (J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 8 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Mallard, 17 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 28 Moorhen, 3 Water Rail, 2 Stonechat, 5 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. Also Otter on Longrock Pool then presumed same in Cheshire Homes sector. (DK Parker)  3 Sand Martin on Longrock Pool. (J Hawkey)

Marazion, beach: 38 Sanderling. (J Hawkey)

Swanpool: 1 Long-tailed Duck still. (R Farnes & D Eva)

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Falmouth: 2 Sandwich Terns off Pendennis. (D Eva)

Newquay, Porth Joke: 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 7 Chiffchaff singing. (S Rowe)

Penzance, Penlee Park: 2 singing Chiffchaff. (D Chadwick)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe still.


Sunday 29th March 2015

Hannafore: 5 Sandwich Tern on rocks. (M Beer)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 m Garganey and 1 Long-tailed Duck. (A McKechnie, J St Ledger, J Chapple, S Perfect, S Rogers) Pendennis Point: 1 Puffin, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 3 Sandwich Tern. (S Perfect)

Videos by John Chapple

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Lizard Point: 400+ Manx Shearwater, 1000 Gannet, Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes and 1st cal yr Mediterranean Gull. (T Blunden)

Towan Head: 1 Great Skua west. (P McVey)

Devoran: 1 Greenshank. (S Rogers)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 1w Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Gorrangorras: 2 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 5 Little Egret. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Tufted Duck. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 4 Goldeneye, c4 Coot, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Sand Martin, plenty of Chiffchaff in song. (D Chaney)


Saturday 28th March 2015

Late news, 27/3, Hayle Estuary RSPB: Juv Glaucous Gull in the afternoon.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goldeneye (female) and 20+ Sand Martin. (J St Ledger)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 3 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger) Swanpool: 1 Long-tailed Duck still.

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Porthleven (offshore): 1 Puffin, 6 Razorbill and 1 Black-throated Diver. (I Maclean)

Loe Valley pools (near Helston sewage works): 2 Siberian Chiffchaff (1 singing). (I Maclean)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Iceland Gull this afternoon, also 2 Greenshank, 32 Great Black-backed Gull and 40 Lesser Black-backed Gull, (S Rowe)

Par Beach Pool: 1 f Scaup still.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 3cal yr Yellow-legged Gull and a 2w gull showing American Herring Gull charateristics. (M Elliott)


Friday 27th March 2015

Devoran Quay: 1 Ruff, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (1m 1f), 17 Black-tailed Godwit (1 in summer plumage), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 25+ Redshank, 20+ Teal, 18 Shelduck, 15+ Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher. At high tide. (J St Ledger)

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Dobwalls: 4 Swallows flying west over A38. (J Hawkey)

Lostwithiel: 1 Red Kite. (G Troup)

River Fowey: 1 Dipper. (S Martin)

Gulval: 1 Little Bunting again

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Long-tailed Duck. Gyllyngvase: 1 Salvonian Grebe. (S Perfect)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise sightings, (Penzance – Wolf Rock): 5 Turnstone, 2 Eider, 1 Great  Northern Diver, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Fulmar, 40 Gannet, 297 Manx Shearwater and 81 Guillemot. (Wolf Rock – Scilly): 13 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 6 Fulmar, 22 Gannet, 1 Great Skua, 7 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 1 Grey Seal. ( H Mitchell, P Taylor & DA Conway)

Newlyn Coombe: 2m & 2f Blackcap in a private garden. (B Dodd)

Penzance: 2 ad m Black Redstart still at Chyandour. (B Dodd)


Thursday 26th March 2015

Late news, 25/3, Penberth: 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 10 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest. Also 3 Harbour Porpoise & 1 Peacock butterfly. (D Flumm & J Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Redshank and 2 Teal. (MJ Spicer)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 18:30. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh: 6 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Mallard, 17 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 26 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 3 Stonechat, 5 Cetti’s Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Bude Canal: 1 Bar-headed Goose, 8 Canada Geese and 1Mistle Thrush in adjacent field. (A Taylor)

Pendeen Watch: 2m and f Wheatear, 2 Razorbill, 12 Guillemot, c 70 Gannet, c 20 Kittiwake and a few Fulmar. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Buryan: 1 pure white (other than red eye patches) pheasant in a private garden. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)