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Website update: New on the cbwps website – ‘First Spring Arrivals 2017’ detailing first dates of new migrants into the county.

> Weekly Bird Sightings Roundup 17th-23rd April 2017 <

*Seabirds Count – survey 2017* A census of breeding seabirds has been organised in the UK and Ireland approximately every 15 years since 1969-70. Together with the JNCC and partners we will be surveying the whole of the Cornish coastline over the next few breeding seasons to continue this work. To take part or find out more please see *Seabirds Count*

Guidelines for submissions of bird news: We welcome submission of all bird news from anyone, CBWPS member or not. To make it easier to collate submissions we would ask you to follow the Guidelines for Submissions which can be found HERE

For Sale: Member Ian Brabner has an Opticron telescope and zoom lens for sale at £750 ono. Please see the For Sale section for further details.

The July 8th Amur Falcon article can be found HERE

Bird Names Dialect Survey:  A PhD student in Germany has a request for birdwatchers to take part in a brief survey on historical bird names – details in the News section or take the survey directly at http//

Nightjars on Rosewall Hill: There has been an 80% loss in breeding birds at this site in the last 4 years according to data presented by Viv Stratton. Anyone, especially members who have attended his recent walks, are requested to read more about this tragic situation HERE and contact him if possible after the loss by trampling of this year’s young Nightjars.

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Saturday 22nd July 2017

Late News, 21/07, Chynhalls Point, Coverack 16:00 – 17:00: 14 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Med Gull, c.800 Manx Shearwater. (D Wood)

Porthgwarra seawatch 05:30 – 10:30: 35 Cory’s Shearwater, 31 Great Shearwater, 115 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Wilson’s Petrel (7am, 10am), 1 Puffin, 80 Storm Petrel, 4 Dunlin, 20 Kittiwake. (S Rogers, M Elliott, M Ahmad, P St Pierre, P&H Mitchell) 10:45-12:20: 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 13 Storm Petrel, 6 Great Shearwater, 1 dark-phase Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Ocean Sunfish, 1 breaching Bluefin Tuna. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Treen Cliff 14:30 – 16:30: 25 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater, 8 Sooty Shearwater, c7,500 Manx Shearwater west (sample counts 70/min first hour, 55/min second hour), 1 adult Bonxie. (D Flumm)

Lizard Point: 42 Great Shearwater, 36 Cory’s Shearwater, 12 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Balearic Shearwater, 63 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Great Skua, 6 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Tern, 11 Puffin. (I Maclean, T Blunden, M Pass, J Foster et al)

Bude Marshes: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 9 Moorhen including 2 juveniles, 1 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 12 Carrion Crow, 13 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Black headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 72 Mallard, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Blackbird, 3 Magpie, 10 Canada Goose. (H Kendal, R Mudge, WeBS)

Drift Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Shoveler, juv Med Gull, 75 Swift, c60 Swallow, 3 Sand & c100 House Martin. (D Flumm)

Helston Boating Lake: 6 immature Tufted Duck (believed to be survivors of 11 ducklings seen in May) and 11 more downy Tufted ducklings in 3 family groups (2,5,and 3) plus one singleton. Also 1 Mute Swan cygnet, 2 young Coot and 3 young Moorhen (2 and 1), all well grown. (G Adams)

Croft Pascoe Pool: pair of Little Grebe with 1 chick. (G Adams)

Towan Head, Newquay: male Common Scoter close up behind pumping station. (M Lammas)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Dunlin at north end. (R Hampshire)

St Gothian Sands LNR: pair Shelduck plus 3 young, female Tufted Duck plus 8 young, 6 Dabchick including 2+ young, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 Common Sandpiper. (MJ Spicer) 1 juv Wheatear, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Tufted Duck young, 5 Moorhen young. (R Veal)

Swanpool: 10 Mediterranean Gull inc 8 juvs. (S Rogers)

Bedruthan Steps: 4 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 12 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Coot, 9 Moorhen and 3 Herring Gull. (WeBS) Also 1 female Stonechat and 4 recently fledged young. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 21 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover and 2 Turnstone on the beach. (DK Parker)


Friday 21st July 2017

Lizard Point: 296 Cory’s Shearwater, 66 Great Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 6 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 109 Storm Petrel, 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 1 unidentifed Storm Petrel, 1 Sabine’s Gull, 1 Black Tern, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern, 1 unidentified Tern, 6 Common Scoter, 22 Puffin, 1 Med Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull. (T Blunden, S Votier, I Mclean, T Pinfield, D Collins, J Foster, M Pass)

Porthgwarra: 37 Cory’s Shearwater, 4 Great Shearwater, 16 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Pomarine Skua, 3 Great Skua, 84 Storm Petrel, 1 ‘white-bellied’ storm petrel, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Common Scoter, 1 Curlew, 7 Puffin, 1 Guillemot. (R Veal, S Rogers, M Spicer, T Mills, P&H Mitchell, D Flumm, R Archer)

Pendeen: 1 Sooty Shearwater in 15 minutes. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Mute Swan, 128 Canada Geese plus 3 gosling), 3 Greylag, 2 hybrid geese, 1 Muscovy Duck, 2 Shoveler, 46 Mallard (plus 2 duckling), 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Great Crested grebe (plus 2 young), 1 Little Grebe, 9 Moorhen (plus 3 young), 4 Buzzard, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 86 Herring Gull, c50 Swift, c50 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, 5 Raven, 3 Reed Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff and 3 Bullfinch. (DK Parker WeBS, R Veal)

Marazion Beach: 1 juv Common Gull, 3 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover. (R Veal)

Carn Brea: 6 Stock Dove. (R Veal)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Whimbrel (past Pendennis Point with a crab in its bill), 7 Med Gull (3 ad 4 imm), 8 Sandwich Tern, 4 Kittiwake, 1 auk sp,1 Sooty Shearwater, 400+ Manx Shearwater and 300+ Gannet feeding 3-4 miles out. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 3 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 16+ Redshank. (D Chaney)

Devoran: 134 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 juv Med Gull. (S. Rogers)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler feeding young by the dam. (J St Ledger)

Maer Lake: 5 Whimbrel, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin. Good numbers of Swallows and smaller groups of House Martins. Only a small number of Sand Martins. (H Kendall & B Bryne)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 ad Med Gull. (B Bosistow)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 1313 Canada Goose, 20 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 14 Grey Heron, 1 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Buzzard, 3 Raven, 97 Carrion Crow, 3 Magpie, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Blackbird, 3 Wheatear, 23 Meadow Pipit, 5 Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting and 8 Meadow Brown.  (DA Conway)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Pectoral Sandpiper this afternoon plus 3 Cattle Egret, 3 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 7 Med Gull including a juv. (C Selway)

Late Update, Scillonian Pelagic:

Penzance to the Wolf Rock Lighthouse: 204 Gannet, 67 Manx Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 10 Fulmar, 1 Kittiwake. (V Stratton, B Craven)

Wolf Rock Lighthouse to the Isles of Scilly: 314 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 5 Fulmar, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Great black-backed Gull, 120 Shag, 4 Common Dolphin. (V Stratton, B Craven)

Isles of Scilly to the Wolf Rock Lighthouse: 348 Gannet, 27 Manx Shearwater, 5 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 7 Fulmar, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Harbour Porpoise, 4 Common Dolphin. (V Stratton, B Craven)

Wolf Rock Lighthouse to Penzance: 314 Gannets, 685 Manx Shearwater, 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 9 Fulmar, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 5 Common Dolphin. (V Stratton, B Craven)


Thursday 20th July 2017

Pendeen: 4 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel and 1 Great Skua this morning. Also 3 Bottle-nose Dolphin and good numbers of Whimbrel. (R & I Archer)

Porthgwarra: 3 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Puffin, 2 Common Scoter between 13:45-15:30. (M Wallace) 12 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 storm petrel sp and 1 Great Skua from the cove between 19:00 & 20:45. Also 10+ Common Dolphin. (DK Parker)

Chapel Point: 544 Manx Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 15 European Storm Petrel, 1 Wilsons Storm Petrel (7:08pm), 1 subadult Arctic Skua, 17 Med Gull (15 Juvenile, 2 Adult) and 3 Kittiwake in a 2 hour seawatch this evening. (B Bosistow)

Gluvian: 1 Common Sandpiper. (B Bosistow)

Pendennis Point, Falmouth: 19 (7 ad, 12 imm) Mediterranean Gull west (including one consuming a small rodent (vole sp.) picked off the water’s surface c. 30 yards offshore), distant Manx Shearwaters and Gannets feeding, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 juv Stonechat, 2 House Martin, 2 Wall Brown butterfly. 07:00 – 08:00 hrs (D Chaney)

Swanpool Point, Falmouth: 2 (1ad 1 juv) Sandwich Tern, 14 (5 ad, 9 imm) Mediterranean Gull, 3 Kittiwake west 16:20 – 17:20. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 19 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 55 (54 ad, 1 juv) Black-headed Gull at evening high tide. (D Chaney)

Drift: 3 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe (incl 2 juv), 2 Common Sandpiper, juv Peregrine. Also 130 Swift & 50 House Martin feeding over reservoir early morning before half departed west. (D Flumm)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 37 Mediterranean Gull on mussel cages this afternoon. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: Spotted Flycatcher, Song Thrush, Goldfinch, Blackbird (R Napp)

  • Spotted Flycatcher


Wednesday 19th July 2017

Drift Reservoir: 50 Swift, 25 House Martin, probable Hooded Crow hybrid associating with Rooks and Carrion Crows in fields to east of reservoir. Showed dirty, dark brown-grey breast, belly and back contrasting with rest of black plumage (head, wings and tail). Underparts appearing speckled at times – viewed at distance from road along west side. (D Flumm)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 18 Dunlin, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 3 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Cattle Egret, 2 Common Snipe, 2 Shoveler (all this evening). (B Bosistow)

Pendennis Point, Falmouth: 1 Whimbrel, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. (D Chaney) 

Stithians Reservoir: 18 Cormorant, 17 Mallard, 4 Grey Heron, 6 Little Grebe, 7 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 1 Lapwing, 30 Canada Goose. (D Chaney) 

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 60 ad Black-headed Gull, 1 (1st s) Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin. (D Chaney)

Kingsmill: 60 Dunlin, 12 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Black Tailed Godwit (sp), 3 Whimbrel, 50 Curlew, 8 Little Egret. (J Cole)

St John’s Lake: 70+ Med Gull, Sandwich Tern with one young, 12 Whimbrel. (C Buckland)


Tuesday 18th July 2017

St Buryan: No positive news on the 1st-summer female Amur Falcon today, although there is one unconfirmed report of it east of the minor road to Crows-an-wra briefly though distant (TR19 6EL) at c 09:00 hrs.

Porthgwarra: 2 Great Shearwater from Scillonian III off Porthgwarra this morning, also 2 European Storm-petrel.

Hayle Estuary: 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. (M Halliday)


All photos – Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Par: 5 Adult Med Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover. (B Bosistow)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Wood Sandpiper (for second day).

Padstow: 54 Med Gull on Camel Est off Padstow this evening. (4 juv). 10 Sandwich Tern and a second cal Yellow-legged Gull. (D Julian)

Padstow farm shop: 2 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Oystercatcher on the southern end of the reservoir, flew off SW over towards Minions. 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull with Herring & Lesser Black-backed Gulls (also present yesterday). Also 4 Spotted Flycatcher. 1 juv Redstart, 11 little Grebe. (P Phillips)

Late Updates:

Newquay, Carnanton Woods: 1 Barn Owl on road sign with damaged wing. (S Grose).

Seaton: 2 Silver-Washed Fritillary. (R Napp)

Silver-washed Fritillary, Rick Napp

West Trethellan, Lanner:  juvenile Green Woodpecker. (R Hampshire)


Monday 17th July

St Buryan: 1 Amur Falcon this morning on post on minor road from St Buryan to Crows-an-Wra (J Lawman). Relocated in same area at 12:35 (P Taylor, H Mitchell, J Ryan, R Wilkins). Seen at Crean with 2 Hobby at 13:05 (J Ryan, K Wilson). Then back on St Buryan to Crows-an-Wra road near electric substation/mobile phone mast from 17:15 until dusk. The road is narrow, frequently used by heavy farm machinery and parking is very limited.


Amur Falcon, Steve Rowe


Amur Falcon, Steve Rowe

Marazion: 3 Ringed Plovers (juv’s), 19 Sanderling (s/p), 18 Dunlin (s/p) and 2 Mediteranean Gulls (2cy). (J Hawkey) Also 1 Ad Mediterranean Gull ringed right leg 3YER. (S Turner)

Penzance, off Eastern Green beach: 1 sum plum Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and 1 eclipse male Eider at noon. (T Mills)

Nancledra: 3 juv Barn Owls. (S Turner)

Rock. Porthilly Point: 20 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 juv Common Gull, 1 Curlew, 1 Knot. (S Grose)

Walmsley: 3 Cattle Egret still present this evening. (A Langdon)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point:  13 Common Scoter west, good numbers of Gannet and Manx Shearwater distantly, 3 Skua sp. west, 15+ Common Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise, with 6 Mediterranean Gull (4 ad 2 juv) on the rocks, Whimbrel, Kestrel, Whitethroat singing, 1 Green Woodpecker flying around the point calling before flying back inland, seawatch 08:00 – 09:00 hrs (D Chaney)

Drift Reservoir: 12 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 65 Swift, 1 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin (D Flumm, P St Pierre)

Goss Moor: 81 birds ringed at CES (Constant Effort Site) including 36 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchiff and a juvenile Willow Tit, first 3 juv Bullfinch and Chaffinch, with Crossbill, Hobby and 8 Swift overhead. (P Roseveare)

Nanjizal: 102 birds ringed including 25 Sedge Warbler (8 ad), 6 Reed Warbler, 5 Willow, Warbler, Garden Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler. (K Wilson)

St. Germans: 1f Reed Bunting has been visiting garden feeders regularly for a month. Today, she brought and fed 2 youngsters. Also Large Elephant Hawk Moth 6th larva/egg found on fuschia. (A Blonden)

Dobwalls: Silver-washed fritillary in private garden. (C&J Duffy)                                            


Sunday 16th July 2017

Late News, 14/07, Helston: 1 leucistic Great Tit. (per R Hooper)


Late News, 15/07, Walmsley: 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 60+ Swallows, 30+ Sand Martin, 40+ House Martin, 70+ Swift flying low over the water, 2 Otters playing in front of tower hide.

Cattle Egret, Otter, Cetti’s Warbler – Dave Thomas

Lizard Point Seawatch: 1 Wilson’s Petrel and c10 Storm Petrel slowly west feeding on tide convergence line off the point. (T Blunden + J Foster) Also 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull and Yellow-legged Gulls plus 15 Common Dolphin. (T Blunden)

Walmsley: 3 Cattle Egret amongst the bullocks at Walmsley sanctuary this am. (A Langdon)

Falmouth Bay: 1000+ Manx Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 6 European Storm Petrel + 10 Harbour Porpoise in Falmouth Bay this morning. (R Wheeler/ AK Wildlife Cruises)

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Scillonian Crossing: 6+ Storm Petrel from the crossing this morning.

Porthgwarra: 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 12 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater. 1000+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffin, 2 Common Scoter, 15 Storm Petrel, 25 Kittiwake this morning. (S Rogers, B Mellow) Also 1 Lime Hawkmoth. (G May)

Lime Hawkmoth, Graham May

Millpool/Trescowe vicinity: 4 Skylark, 3 Yellowhammer (all male, 2 singing), 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Reed Warbler. (J Evans)

Par beach pool: 175 Black-headed Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Water Rail. (S grose)

Port Quin Bay: 3 Puffin on water from “com head”. (S grose)

Padstow: 54 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sandwich Tern a 1 2nd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull. (D Julian)