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New Bird Hide, donations needed:  CBWPS jointly with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust are trying to raise £15,000 to build a new hide at the Middle Amble Marsh Nature Reserve. This new reserve is adjacent to the renowned Walmsley Sanctuary (Camel Estuary, near Wadebridge) and it supports a wide variety of wildlife. But to increase it’s biodiversity CWT and CBWPS are developing and enhancing this wetland by raising water levels, creating new scrapes and improving access. “This habitat and restoration at Middle Amble Marsh will not only be a valuable landscape extension to Walmsley Sanctuary, but also, through the provision of a new hide, will offer the people of Cornwall the opportunity to truly enjoy the wildlife this brings. In these times of great change, bringing people closer to nature is vital to ensure that we remain connected to our natural world” Mark Grantham, Chair CBWPS. More details hereDonate online: Visit the “Support us” page here Donate by phone: Call on 01872 273939 (credit card donations only). Or donate by text: Text HIDE15 followed by £5 or £10 to 70070.

Request for dead seabirds.
As part of a project on comparative physiology and plastic pollution, I am looking to obtain specimens of recently dead seabirds (specimens that have undergone severe decay are not appropriate for our proposed study). Please could anyone finding a dead bird collect, place it in a plastic bag, store frozen and then contact me on I will endeavour to collect birds ASAP, as long as this is within Cornwall. Very many thanks, Dr Steve Votier.
(Please do not put yourselves in any unnecessary danger to do this. If in doubt do not attempt to retrieve the specimens. Eds)

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Wednesday 4th May 2016

Late news, 1/5, St Mawes: 1 Redpoll in a private garden, also 2 Greenfinch on 2nd (first sighting for many years). (M Andrea)

Copperhouse: 1 Red-Footed Falcon over at 19:20.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper, 22 Whimbrel and 5 Willow Warbler. (P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Redshank and 2 Wheatear. (P St Pierre)

Porthgwarra seawatch 07:00 – 09:00: 2 Great Northern Diver, 22 Fulmar, 250 Manx Shearwater, 28 Common Scoter, 30 Kittiwake and c700 Auks west plus 5 Whimbrel east. (DS Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on Lelant Saltings. 4 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on Carnsew Basin. 1 juv Spoonbill (earlier from causeway) and 2 Whimbrel on Copperhouse Creek. 2 Whimbrel and 1 Ringed Plover on Ryan’s Field. (MJ Spicer)

Stithians Lake: 24 Whimbrel. (G Adams)

Charlestown: 2 (m,f)  Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Bodmin Moor south of Minions: 2 Wheatear, 2 Linnet and 1 Skylark. (P Needham)

Porthgwarra: 6 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Jackdaws still collecting nesting material, 3 Grey Seal and 1m Adder. (A James – photos) Also c25 Whitethroat, c12 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler, plus a female Red Deer. (DK Parker)

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Nanquidno: 3 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, c15 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (DK Parker)

Croft Pascoe: 2 Golden Oriole, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Siskin and 1 Skylark. (S Van Hear)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose. (J Ryan)

The Rumps & Pentire: 4 Fulmar, 50 Manx Shearwater, 10 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 6 Shag, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pheasant, 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Whimbrel, 1 Lesser black-backed Gull, 21 Great black-backed Gull, 55 Herring Gull, 15 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 12 Wood Pigeon, 2 Swift, 5 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 25 Swallow, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 8 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit, 2 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 3 Raven, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch and 8 Linnet. (M Scawen)

Truro: 5 Swift over garden. (D Jenkins)

Rosudgeon: 1 Barn Owl. ( I Webster )

Downderry: Seawatching this morning until 07:30 included 2 Great Skuas, 2 Common Scoters, 1 Knot, 1 Kittiwake and 10 Shelducks. On the beach were 21 Whimbrel and on the sea 3 Great Northern Divers. (A Payne)

St Minver: 1 Cuckoo singing. (L Brenton)


Tuesday 3rd May 2016

Late news 2/5 Sancreed: 8 Whimbrel NW. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: 1 Great Northern Diver NW over village at 08:05, 10 Swift and in fields a Wheatear taken by a male Sparrowhawk. (D Flumm)

Charlestown: 1f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

South Caradon Hill Copper Mine ruins: 1f  Cuckoo, 3 singing Yellowhammer, 1 Wheatear and 2 Raven. (P Needham)

Argal Reservoir: 15 Swift, 17 Chiffchaff and 4 Whitethroat. (B Porter)

Bude: 1 Grey Heron, 3 Moorhen + 1 chick, 4 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warblers, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 2 Linnet, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cormorant, 2 Fulmar, 70+ Swallow and 1 Weasel. (H Wilkins – photos)

Warbler Fulmars

Croft Pascoe Woods: 4 Crossbill (2m, 2f), 1 Cuckoo, 3+ Siskin, also numbers of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Linnet, Coal Tit and Goldcrest. (J St Ledger – photos)

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Walmsley Sanctuary: Greenland White-fronted Goose still present, also 1 Brown Hare. (A Langdon)

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Rinsey:  12 Kittiwake (all nesting), 4 Gannet, 4 Shag(nesting). (J Evans)

Godolphin:  1 Sparrowhawk (h), 2 Coal Tit, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 possible Iberian Chiffchaff (m singing), 3 Blackcap(m) (2 singing), 1 Goldcrest. (J Evans)

Marazion: 6 Sandwich Tern and 1 Whimbrel offshore. (DK Parker, I Webster)


Monday 2nd May 2016

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 1w American Herring Gull.

Porthgwarra: Seawatch 10:20 – 12:00 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 600 Manx Shearwater and 5 Puffin. (R &L Wilkins) Also 18 Fulmar, 331 Gannet, 808 auk sp and 51 Kittiwake. (DK Parker)

Nanquidno: 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (R & L Wilkins)

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Mousehole: Seawatch 9:30 – 10:30 1 Pomarine Skua, 200 Manx Shearwater, 150 Razorbill, 12 Common Scoter, 16 Kittiwake, 9 Whimbrel and 43 Gannet. (B Dodd)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 8+ Purple Sandpiper on offshore rock. 1m Eider and 10 ad Sandwich Tern flew west. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 2 Teal, 9 Mallard (plus 4 broods of ducklings), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 4+ Swift, 2 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, c8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. (DK Parker)

St Erth: 2 Grasshopper Warbler. (MJ & JP Spicer)

Garrow Tor: 1 Cuckoo calling and 1m Wheatear. (P Spong)

Caradon Hill: 1m Cuckoo. (P Needham)

Bude: 1 Kestrel, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 5 Swallow and 2 Wheatear. (H Wilkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 1 Black Tailed Godwit and 15 Whimbrel. Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill. Carnsew Pool: 5 Whimbrel and 3 Oystercatcher. Copperhouse Creek: 4 Whimbrel and 3 Oystercatcher. (R Veal)

St Gothian Sands: 1m Pochard, 1 Coot, 2 (pr) Tufted Duck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 1f Wheatear, 10 (3m) Linnet, 2 Skylark, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Swift, c250 Sand Martin and c40 Swallow. (R Veal)

Maenporth: 1 Great Northern Diver caught in fishing net. (R Auguarde -photo)


Falmouth: 1 Great Northern Diver in summer plumage, 20 Whimbrel, 4 Sandwich Tern off Gyllyngvase Beach. (J St Ledger)

Swanpool: 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Swift. (J St Ledger)

Holywell Bay: Unconfirmed report of Woodchat again this morning but no sign this afternoon.


Sunday 1st May 2106

Troon: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (D Wheeler)

Trencrom Hill: 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Raven over. Also c70 Swallow and 20 Canada Goose in nearby field. (R Veal)

Sandy Cove, Newlyn: 2 Pomarine Skua past. (S Rogers)

Mousehole: 150 Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffin, 30 auk sp. and 10 Kittiwake. (S. Rogers)

Holywell: Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat and 2 Stonechat. (S. Rogers)

Coosebean, Truro: 2 Dipper, 1 Green Woodpecker and 3 Blackcap. (S. Rogers)

Downderry: Seawatch 06:15 to 08:00 1 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 6 Kittiwakes, c100 Manx Shearwater, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Sandwich Tern and 9 Great Northern Diver. (A Payne)

Porth Joke: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear, 1 Swift, 6 Stonehat, 2 Bullfinch, 10 Swallow. (S Rowe)

Gulval: A pair of Swallows that first reared young in my garage in 2015 have returned. The male arrived on 14th April, been roosting in the garage at night and the female arrived today. (J Hawkey)

Marazion: 13 Whimbrel, 12 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover on the beach. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Great White Egret seen in flight at 13:15.

Porthgwarra: 2 Pom Skua and 2 Great Skua this morning.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Reed Warbler and 1 Reed Bunting.

Perranuthnoe: 25 Whimbrel.


Saturday 30th April 2016

Photos of last weekend’s Western Bonelli’s Warbler (DNA results came through today) are available to view here: Cornishringing.blogspot

Holywell Bay: 1 Woodchat Shrike. Also 2 Swift and 4 Whimbrel. (S Rowe, R Augarde – photo, MJ & JP Spicer)


St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Dunlin and 2 Wheatear, one of which was taken by a male Sparrowhawk. (MJ Spicer)

Mount’s Bay (Penzance to Marazion): 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Turnstone, 25 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Little Tern. (DS Flumm R&L Wilkins, DK Parker, B Dodd, R Farnes – photo)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 8 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag (plus 7 goslings), 2 Teal, 9 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 8 Moorhen, 5 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, c40 Whimbrel flew north, 5 Swift, c100 Sand Martin, c30 Swallow, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Coal Tit, 7 (5m, 2f) Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 8 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. Also Large White, Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper and Holly Blue, plus 7 Roe Deer in the “ibis field”. (DK Parker, B Dodd, D Hall, R Veal – photos, R Farnes – photos)

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Marazion Beach: 4 Sanderling, 2 Pied Wagtail. (R Veal)

Kenneggy Cove: 1 Cuckoo, 40 Whimbrel, 2 House Martin and 6 Buzzard. (I Webster)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Swift, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler and 2 Sand Martin. (D Eva)

Bude: 2 Turnstone, 30+ Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 2 Skylark and 1 Buzzard. (H Wilkins)

Kenidjack: 8 Swift, 1 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow and 1 Whitethroat. (D Flumm)

Men an Tol: 1 Cuckoo. (I Webster)

Poltesco: 1 singing Cetti’s Warbler. (AR Pay)

Ruan Lanihorne: 4 Swifts low over house at 09:00. (D Hall)

Ruan Pool: 1 Iceland gull, later at Ruan and then following a plough at Old Lizard Head. (T Blunden)

Perranuthnoe, Boat Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, c80 Eurasian Whimbrel. (L.Sampson)

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Porthgwarra: 1 Ring Ouzel. (MD Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings.

Newbridge: Juv Iceland Gull following a plough west of Newbridge south of the A3071


Friday 29th April 2016

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Whimbrel on Ryan’s Field. (MJ Spicer) 1 juv Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 6 Teal, 8 Mallard (plus 7 new ducklings on Longrock Pool), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 13 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawkc40 Sand Martin, c30 Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting, c12 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. (DK Parker, L Proctor, I Webster, C Moore, R Augarde, P St Pierre)

Marazion: c30 Whimbrel on the beach. (L Proctor)

Mullion Cove: 1 Sparrowhawk. (J Allely)

Trevean Cove: 1f Kestrel taking a vole. (A James – photos)

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Lower Tamar Lake: 2 (m,f) Yellowhammer in the car park, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Jay, 2 Tufted Duck and 1 Sedge Warbler. (R Mudge – photo)


Bude: 1 Cormorant, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Fulmar (2 pairs on nesting ledge), 12+ Swallow, 3 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Heron and 2 Chiffchaff. (H Wilkins)

Restronguet: 1 Osprey at 15:40. (J Chapple)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.


Thursday 28th April 2016

The Lizard Point: 1 Swift and 20+ Whimbrel. (T Thirlaway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 juv Spoonbill, 3 Common Sandpiper and 22 Dunlin. Lelant Saltings: 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel. (MJ Spicer)

Lelant Station: 1 Siskin again.

Nanquidno: c15 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap and 2 Whimbrel. (DK Parker)

Bartinney: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Snipe, 4 Reed Bunting and 4 Canada Geese. (DK Parker)

Tresillian to St Clements: 7 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper. (M Jones)

Lizard to Kynance: 20+ Whimbrel, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel and offshore, numerous Gannet and 1 Fulmar. (J Betteridge)

Perranuthnoe:Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Trenow Cove.

Stackhouse Cove:  A pair of Grey Seals mating for around thirty minutes just off the shoreline,   (During thirty years of marine Photography this amorous old wrinkly is the largest old bull grey seal I ever saw,  Its girth was massive and it must weight in around 500kg but  it was amazingly gentle around the female considering his size which dwarfed her). (A James)

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