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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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Friday 22nd July 2016

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Mute Swan, 4 Greylag, 165 canada Geese, 6 hybrid, 1 Muscovy Duck, 34 Mallard, 3 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe + 2 young, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Buzzard, 11 Moorhen + 6 young, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 64 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 juv Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff + 1 young and 3 Willow Warbler. (R Veal, DK Parker)

Penzance, Chyandour: 3 ad Mediterranean Gull. Also in the gull flock a juv gull that looked  like a Yellow-legged Gull. (R Veal)

Porthgwarra: 100+ Cory’s Shearwater, 6 Great Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Skua past by 9am. (D Parker, G Etherington)

Perranuthnoe: 1s Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

St Ives: 10 Whimbrel in off the sea to Rosewarne Hill.

Sandymouth: 1 Black Redstart on clifftop, 100m south of NT car park.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spoonbill.

Scillonian III, return crossing: 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater.


Thursday 21st July 2016

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 5 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit. (B Dodd) 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, (all summer plumaged adults), 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, c 100 Curlew, 5 Mediterranean Gull (4 ads 1 1st sum). (P Fraser)

Drift Reservoir (Members only): 1 Kingfisher. (A James)

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Penzance, Eastern Green beach: 5 Sandwich Tern,  2 juv. Yellow-legged Gull and  3 Mediterranean Gull. (A McKechnie)

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Porthgwarra: 36 Cory’s Shearwater, 10 Great Shearwater, 5 large shearwater sp, 8 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 3+ dolphin sp and 1 Sunfish between 10:30 & 17:45. (I & R Archer, DK Parker)

Penryn River: 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 2 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

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Stithians Reservoir: 1 Green Sandpiper, 10 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, all on Causeway bank near the Stuart Hutchings hide. (J St Ledger)

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Lamorna, Tater Du: 38 Cory’s Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater past. (M McKee)

Godolphin, River Hayle walk: 21 House Martin, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Swallow, 1 Mistle Thrush (juv), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (juv) and 12 Linnet. Butterflies include many Gatekeepers, Ringlets and Meadow Brown’s, also 1 Red Admiral, 4 Large Whites and 9 Purple Hairstreak.  Many of the younger oak trees suffering from Oak Mildew. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again.

St John’s Lake: 1 Long-tailed Duck off pier viewed from Chapeldown Road.

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Dalmatian Pelican again opposite Ruan Lanihorne Nature Reserve on sandbank

Port Isaac: 3 Cory’s Shearwater. (A Langdon)




Cory’s Shearwater, Adrian Langdon



Wednesday 20th July 2016

Late news, 19/7, West Looe: At least 50 Herring Gull (virtually all ads) and 2 Carrion Crow avidly feeding on the ground on wingless Queen black ants in car park. Also 1 Black-headed Gull, 6 Little Egret and 10 Swift. (R Hurrell).

Walmsley Sanctuary:1 Spoonbill, 3 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper. (B Bryne)

Fraddam: 1 singing Yellowhammer. (T McGowan)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 20 Swift at midday. (P Fraser)

St John’s Lake: 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 86 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Whimbrel on the high tide this evening. (A C Robinson)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 1s Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 13 Redshank, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 22 Little Egret and 10 Mediterranean Gull. Carnsew Basin: 1 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper. Copperhouse Creek: 2 Mediterranean Gull. Ryan’s Field: 1 1s Spoonbill, 2 Sandwich Tern, 155 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 12 Oystercatcher plus 4 young, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 19 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Sparrowhawk. (MJ Spicer, R Veal)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sooty Shearwater past this morning.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again.

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Dalmatian Pelican again opposite Ruan Lanihorne Nature Reserve on sandbank mid-afternoon.

Pendeen Watch: 1 Great Shearwater and “a steady stream of Manx Shearwaters up to 10:30. (R Archer)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sooty Shearwater. (N Wheatley)


Tuesday 19th July 2016

Late news, 18/7, Probus: 1 Barn Owl in garden. (B Field)

The Lizard: Several Yellow-legged Gull including a couple of adults and 2-3 juveniles on the Point. There’s been a steady passage of YLG over the last couple of days. (T Blunden)

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Yellow-legged Gulls

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Rosudgeon: 1 Common Sandpiper, an unusual garden bird. (I Webster)

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St Erth: 1m Temminck’sTragopan, (an even more unusual garden bird, apparently it escaped from Paradise Park last week!) (MJ Spicer)

Siblyback Lake: 1 adult and 1 juvenile Little Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Shoveler. (M Beer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 pr Great Crested Grebe with 2 young, 3 further eggs had been predated by a Fox. (A James)

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Trelissick woodland walk: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, possibly feeding a second brood. Also 2 Nuthatch and 2 Bullfinch. (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 2 sum plum Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper. (P Freestone) Also 1 Spoonbill on the estuary again.

Bude: 21 Black-headed Gull, 1 Fulmar, 6+ Oystercatcher, 7 Wheatear, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Swallow, 1 Skylark and 1 Buzzard (H Wilkins)

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Helston, Boating Lake: 1 ringed Herring Gull, (left – green W:047, right – metal). (B Dodd) 



Monday 18th July 2016

Late news, 16/7,  Bodmin Moor, De Lank Waterworks to Garrow Tor: 4 Whinchat (2 adult, 2 juv), 11 Wheatear, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Siskin, 2 Kestrel, 7 Mistle Thrush, also 1 Roe Deer and 2 Red Deer. (J St Ledger)

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Stithians Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Great Crested Grebe (2 adult, 1 juv), 5 Little Grebe, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Sedge Warbler. (J St Ledger)

Truro, Idless: 1 pair Yellowhammer. (B Kennett)

Rosewall Hill: c50 Curlew. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 14 Little Egret, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank and 7 Redshank on Lelant Saltings. 12 Little Egret, 1 1s Spoonbill, 5 Whimbrel, 150 Curlew and 2 Med Gull on Ryan’s Field. (MJ Spicer)


Sunday 17th July 2016

Late news, 15/7, RSPB Scillonian wildlife cruise, Penzance-Wolf Rock & return: 2 Ocean Sunfish, 30 Gannet, 11 Fulmar, 150 Manx Shearwater, 1 Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Greater Black-backed Gull, 12 Common Dolphin and 1 Common Tern. Wolf Rock-St Marys & return: 20 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 36 Manx Shearwater, 4 Greater Black-backed Gull, 3 Fulmar, 1 Guillemot. (P&H Taylor)

Late news, 16/7, Portwrinkle: 1 pair of Stonechat, 1 whinchat and 1 female Linnet. (J Jones)

Penryn: 9 Black-headed Gull, 1 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 3 Mallard (1m 2f) and one female with 10 new ducklings plus c15 House Martin. (V Lishman)

Restronguet Creek: 1 Dalmatian Pelican at 1230, then at 1300 started drifting with rising tide toward Devoran village. (J Wilson)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Dalmatian Pelican appeared at 3.15 pm. (C Hughes)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1m Pochard, 1 Coot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Whitethroat, 2 eclipse m Tufted Duck, 2 Rock Pipit. Juveniles included 3 Tufted Duck 3 Little Grebes, 1 Stonechat 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, numerous Sand Martin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Moorhen, 8 Shelduck. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 17 Redshank, 1 imm Mediterranean Gull on Copperhouse Creek. 1 juv Lapwing, 1 Whimbrel on Lelant Saltings. 4 Oystercatcher juveniles on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal) Also 1 Spoonbill, 2 Kingfisher and 1 Common Sandpiper reported.

Wadebridge, Clapper Marshes: 1 Black Tern, 2 Greenshank and 1 Green Sandpiper. (D Julian)

Lamorna: Leatherback Turtle this evening, off the Tater-du. (MT Elliott)

Porthgwarra: 2 Sooty Shearwater past this morning.


Saturday, 16th July 2016

Late news.15/7, Pentewan: 1 Dipper. (B Cain)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant and 1 Fox cub. (A James)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Pool: 1s Spoonbill, 2 Whimbrel and 2 (ad+imm) Mediterranean Gull. Ryan’s Field: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Kingfisher, 7 juv Black-headed Gull and 2 Swallow collecting mud for a new nest with 4 fledglings present. Also several active Swift and House Martin nests In Hayle near the viaduct. (R Veal)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 3 Tufted Duck, including pr with 3 + young, 1m Pochard, 1 Coot, 1 Dunlin and 1 Ringed Plover. (MJ Spicer) Gwithian: 1 Small Copper butterfly of the form caeruleopunctata. (T McGowan)

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Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit juv (car park), 1 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m) juv, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Great Crested Grebe (one on a nest), 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Canada, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail juv, 1 Blackcap and 2 Swallow. (R Mudge)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lapwing and 1 male Tufted Duck ( D. Eva )

Kenneggy and Bessy’s Cove:  1 imm Willow Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Kestrel (1 imm Male), 6 Cormorant, 4 Fulmar (1 imm flapping constantly instead of gliding), Several House Martin,Swift and Swallow, 10 Stonechat, 1 Raven, 1 Chiffchaff, 10+ Linnet, 2 Grey Seal – adult Females, 1 Stoat – caching young rabbit. (J Evans)



Stoat, John Evans

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again today.

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Dalmatian Pelican.

Falmouth Bay: 1 adult Pomarine Skua flew west also 1 Sooty Shearwater from AK Wildlife Cruise.

Padstow: 27 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Tern and 2 Sandwich Tern. (D Julian)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Whinchat and 5 Green Sandpiper. (D Julian)

Porthgwarra: 1 Pom Skua and 2 Sunfish 08:00-09:00. (R Archer)