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Wednesday 26th October

Late news, 25/10, St. Levan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in the sallows by the turning circle beside the church. (D Chown)

Late news, 25/10, Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill still, 1 female Red-breasted Merganser, 1 4th-cal Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Pintail. (D Chown)

Hayle Estuary: 1 adult winter Franklin’s Gull at midday for 15 minutes, later seen in fields between Lelant and Carbis Bay, best viewed from road at SW541375. (D Eva, J Mycock – finder) Lelant Saltings: 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Knot. (R Veal)


Franklin’s Gull, Adam Hartley

Church Cove: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler (2 in churchyard, 1 in copse on approach to lifeboat station), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Siskin, 1 Grey Wagtail, numerous Goldcrest; also 5 Swallow over. (S Votier, J & D Chapman)

Nanquidno: Steady movement of Chaffinch south, 25 Siskin south, 2 Reed Bunting around Boscregan Farm, 8 Redwing, 2 Chough, 1 Snipe, 2 Blackcap. (A Rosier)

North Cliffs: 1 Whooper Swan still in field between cliffs and Tehidy. (J Baker)

Trevose Head: 1f Black Redstart, 2m Wheatear. (R Veal)

Rame Head: 1 Firecrest at the battery with Goldcrest flock and 2 Blackcap. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Pendeen: 2 Raven, 2 Chough, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Stonechat, 6 Meadow Pipit. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Calartha Farm copse still this morning. (A Hartley)

Crowdy Res: 1 Woodcock. (B Craven)

St Mawes: 1 Firecrest, 1 Black Redstart opposite Memorial Hall. (A Roberts)

Treverva: 50 Fieldfare over SW midday. (D Chaney)

Falmouth (Swanvale): 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (C Benton)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still.

Land’s End: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Snipe, 20 Skylark, 1 Black Redstart at complex, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler in car park sallows, 7 Chough. 1 Hooded Crow hybrid and 1 Whinchat by Trinity Pool. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)


Hybrid Hooded Crow, Phil Taylor

Nanjizal: 4 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Porthgwarra: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. Also 1 juv Ring Ouzel. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Marazion: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at RSPB Reserve, 1 Black Redstart at Plain-an-Gwarry.

Kennack Sands: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Camel Estuary: 1 Dalmatian Pelican still.

Falmouth Bay and off Rosemullion (boat trip): 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua and 22 Mediterranean Gull. (B Porter)

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Tuesday 25th October

We now have a new team of Sightings page compilers and so to make things easier for the whole team we request that news be submitted before 10pm. We will not guarantee that later news will be published on that day. So please help the team by early submissions and using the format in the link above. We will endeavour to publish the news page by 10.30 each day. Thanks and keep the reports coming, the News Page Team.

Late news, 24/10, Nanquidno: 3 House Martin, 1 Woodcock, 6 Golden Plover, 5 Redwing, 1 Firecrest, 27 Skylark, 5 Siskin, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 6 Golden Plover, 4 Chough. Fall of 150 Robin & 40 Chiffchaff just after first light. (A Rosier)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1m Goosander (first of the Autumn at the lake), 2 Marsh Tit, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Wren, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 250+ Canada Geese, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Treecreeper. (R Mudge)

Porthgwarra: 1 Pallas’s Warbler this afternoon in the scrub below the Coastguard Cottages. (C Corrigan, DK Parker, D Balmer) Black Redstart at Higher Roskestal. (D Balmer) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in Sallows below Rosevale (Doctors Garden), 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in Sallows below coastguard cottages, 1 Dusky Warbler (heard only) behind coastguard cottages, 1 Firecrest in 60ft cover, 1 Firecrest in car park copse. (D Parker)

Nanquidno: Steady trickle of Skylark and Chaffinches all morning all south, 400 Starling, 20 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 4 Woodlark, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Little Egret. (A Rosier)

North Cliffs: 1 Whooper Swan feeding in field between Tehidy woods and cliffs. (J Baker, A James – photos)

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Little Kelynack: 1 Black Redstart. (C&C Moore)

Nanjizal: 1 Ring Ouzel. (C&C Moore)

Trevilley: 1 Merlin. (C&C Moore)

Rosewall Hill: Flock of birds flew in off sea then NE at 11:35 comprising of 3 (1w m + 2 1w f) Ring Ouzel, 10 Redwing, 1+ Fieldfare, 140 Meadow Pipit also 1 Snipe, 2 Skylark and 1m Wheatear. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 juv Sandwich Tern, 1 Pintail, 2 1w Common Gull, 2 Knot, 6 Grey Plover, 28 Med Gull on Lelant Saltings, 162 Lapwing, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 prob White Wagtail with 1 Grey Wagtail and 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest. (R Veal)

Bude: 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 1 juv Mute Swan, 1 Wheatear, 5+ Rock Pipit, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Cormorant, 9 Oystercatcher and 1 Kestrel. (H Wilkins)


Kestrel, H Wilkins

Rame Head: 1 Black Kite heading NE, 1 Black Redstart and 1 Firecrest at Rame Church. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at tennis court. (C Buckland, M Beer) 1 Short-eared Owl sitting on fence post for 15 mins at 1814hrs. (D Allan)

Pendeen: 2 Raven, 1+ Chough, 2 Redwing, 1 Wheatear, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard, 5 Snipe, 1 Grey Heron in off the sea, 1 Little Egret, 6 Linnet, 6 Meadow Pipit. Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Calartha Farm copse. (A Hartley)

Wadebridge: 1 Barnacle Goose flew over this morning with Canada Geese. (DI Julian)

Victoria: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier at lunchtime. (DI Julian)

St Austell: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Gwindra Road this afternoon. (DI Julian)

Land’s End: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler south of car park, 2 Snow Bunting in car park, 1 Whinchat from cycle track, c.1,000 Starling. (L Proctor, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Sennen: 1 Hooded Crow by coastguard cottages, flew to Mayon Cliff. (L Proctor)

St Just: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier over Victoria Row.

Kenidjack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Allet: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at CWT offices at 12:15pm.

Bearah Tor: 500+ Fieldfare (but no Redwing), 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine & 1 Green Woodpecker. (B Craven)

Mousehole: 1 Dusky Warbler above Bird Hospital along Love Lane this evening.

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Monday 24th October

Late news, 20/10, Marazion: 1 Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 21/10, Land’s End: 1 Serin south, 1 Willow Warbler, 2-3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Brambling, 28 Siskin south, 80 Chaffinch, 30 Skylark, 120 Golden Plover, 1 Fieldfare, 8 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 House Martin. (P St Pierre)

Late News, 22/10, Trevose Head: 4 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Little Egret, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Pomarine Skua (adult pale phase), 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Jay, 1 Short-toed Lark (flew north calling overhead at 8:04am), 82 Skylark, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 9 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, 134 Starling, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 57 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting, 381 Chaffinch, 6 Siskin, 7 Goldfinch. (B Bosisto)

Late News, 23/10, Trevose Head: 8 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail, 15 Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting, 9 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch, 68 Goldfinch. (B Bosisto)

Late News, 23/10, Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Barnacle Goose amongst the flock of Canada Geese, 6 Shoveler, 9 Pintail, 164 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull and 2 Mistle Thrush. (B Bosisto)

Late News, 23/10, Camel Estuary: 400 Golden Plover, 36 Mediterranean Gull (2x 1st Winter, 9x 2nd Winter and 25 Adult), 24 Red-legged Partridge. (B Bosisto)

Late news, 23/10, Godrevy Point: 1 Sabine’s Gull west, 4 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine. (M Buckley)

Late news, 23/10, Tregellast Barton, St Keverne: 6 Swallow. (P Harris)

Late news, 23/10, Land’s End: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 450 Redwing, 40 Fieldfare, 5 Snipe, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff. (P St Pierre)

Porthcurnick Beach, Portscatho: 1 Pallas’s Warbler in bushes behind beach cafe. (A. Roberts)

Porthgwarra: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Ring Ouzel. (M Wallace) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in garden of Rosevale, 1 Pallas’s Warbler initially in garden of Rosevale then below Coastguard Cottages, 1 Tawny Owl, 3 Chough. (D Rimes, T Austin)

St Levan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Lapland Bunting N of church. (M Wallace)

Mawnan Smith: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 25 Skylark, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 12 Goldcrest. (B Porter)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 1w Spoonbill, 1 Grey Plover, 7 Lapwing, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 2 Mediterranean Gull on Lelant Saltings. 23 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 104 Lapwing, 19 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Dunlin and 1 Kingfisher on Ryan’s Field. (MJ Spicer)

Porthcurno: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Balmer)

Kenidjack: 1 Lesser Whitethroat (in donkey paddocks opp last house), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (in sycamores by sewage works), 3 Chough, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Kestrel. (T Mills) Also 1 Ring Ouzel and 1 Firecrest. (J Sullivan)


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photos by Tony Mills

Kingsmill Lake: 85 Dunlin, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Lapwing, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Snipe, and 1 Curlew Sandpiper. (M Beer)

Treen Common: 1 male Merlin, 8 Golden Plover. (P St Pierre)

Chykembro Common: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (P St Pierre)

Gurnard’s Head: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 32 Golden Plover. (P St Pierre)

Releath: 1 Peregrine, c.30 Golden Plover. (J Chapman)

Cot Valley: 1 Short-eared Owl by coast path. Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler & 1 Firecrest (D Balmer).

Pendeen: 1 Cattle Egret in field between Manor Farm & Lighthouse Road, 2 Chough, 2 Raven, 2 Redwing. (A Hartley) Dartford Warbler and Merlin. (per D Unsworth) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Calartha Farm. (L Thomson)


Cattle Egret, Adam Hartley

Sennen: 2 Short-eared Owl over coast path to Land’s End.

Wadebridge: Dalmatian Pelican still from Camel Trail 1/2 mile north of Wadebridge.

Land’s End: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler & 1 Snow Bunting (D Balmer). Also 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Redwing, 400 Starling. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Camborne: 3 Ring Ouzel flew east over Cargenwen reservoirs in morning.

Marazion Marsh: 5 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 7 Teal, 20 Mallard, 44 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 9 Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 5000 Starling. (D Parker)

Nanquidno: 1 Firecrest, 1 f/imm Merlin. (D Chown)

Kelynack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler on south side of road just west of Boswidden. (D Chown)

Polgigga/Nanjizal: 1 Barnacle Goose in field opposite Faraway Cottage with large gull flock, 2 Stonechat, 2 Chough, several dozen Skylarks overhead. (A Hartley)


Barnacle Goose, Adam Hartley

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Sunday 23rd October 2016

Morvah: 1 Hobby. (R Phillips)

Godrevy Point: 1 Sabine’s Gull past this morning, also 4 Snow Bunting still present, 1 Lapland Bunting over (D Eva )

North Cliffs: 1 female Merlin (D Eva )

Nanquidno: Good thrush and starling movement first light to approx. 9am with most flocks appearing to come in of the sea; 30+ Song Thrush, 30+ Blackbird,  50+ Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Ring Ouzel, 3 Mistle Thrush, Also c.1000 Starling in small groups, 100+ Skylark, Firecrest in pines opposite mill, 4 Chough. Also 52 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover, 3 Snipe, 30 Skylark, 1 Woodlark in fields between Boscreagan Farm & Cot Valley. (A Rosier)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 ad Whooper Swan (MJ Spicer, J Bowen), 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 ad + 1 1w Coot, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Common Gull. (MJ Spicer)

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Rosudgeon:  200+ Starlings on power lines (and feeding on palm trees) (A James)

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Starlings – Alan James

Landrake: 1 m Black Redstart, in private garden (R Kellagher)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 imm Spoonbill nr Tempest, 2 Grey Plover, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit, 41 (37 ad, 3 2w, 1 1w) Med Gull. Carnsew Pool: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 2w Common Gull, 3 Knot, 1 Ringed Plover. (R Veal) 1 Spoonbill and 2 Red-breasted Merganser on estuary side of pool. (J Bowen) Plus 1 Red Kite 1 mile south of here on the Helston road.

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Spoonbill, Red-breasted Merganser – J Bowen

Pendeen: 1 Redwing, 1 Peregrine, 1 Raven, 2 Chough, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat, 10 Meadow Pipits, 6 Goldfinches,1 Pied Wagtail,1 Chiffchaff (A Hartley) Plus 1 Short-eared Owl over fields to the lighthouse.

Treverva: 10 Fieldfare (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir: 5 Shoveler, 46 Wigeon (J Chapman)

Lands End: 2 Swallow, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Land’s End/St. Just Airfield: 1 female Merlin. (D Chown)

Nanjizal:1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Short-eared Owl in off the sea, 2 Chough mid-morning. (D Rimes)

Porthgwarra: 7 Eurasian Golden Plover and 2 Short-eared Owl in heather on moor by dry stone wall. (D Rimes) Also 1 Ring Ouzel at Trevean and 1 Barnacle Goose still at Faraway Cottage (M Wallace) and 1 Water Pipit reported.

Cape Cornwall: 2nd-winter Yellow-legged Gull. (D Chown)

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Sennen: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at Mayon Farmhouse.

Kenidjack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 poss eastern Lesser Whitethroat.

Marazion: 2 Firecrest, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and Swallow at Plain an Gwarry. Also 2 pale-bellied Brent Goose. (D Balmer)

Camel Estuary: 1 Dalmatian Pelican still viewable from the Camel Trail c.800m from Wadebridge.

Rame Head: 1 Richard’s Pipit flew over Military Road, also 1 Woodlark in field with the grave opposite Coastguard Cottages at SX423489.

Penlee Point: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest and 1 poss eastern Lesser Whitethroat.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still in Boat Cove.

Crowan Reservoirs: 3 ring Ouzel, 82 Fieldfare, 565 Redwing, 27 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush, c150 Linnet, 39 Golden Plover, and 1 Snipe. (C Benton)

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Saturday 22nd October 2016

We now have a new team of Sightings page compilers and so to make things easier for the whole team we request that news be submitted before 10pm. We will not guarantee that later news will be published on that day. So please help the team by early submissions and using the format in the link above. We will endeavour to publish the news page by 10.30 each day. Thanks and keep the reports coming, the News Page Team.

Late news, 21/10, Mousehole: 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver seen from kayak 2 miles offshore between Mousehole and Lamorna Cove. Also 2 small schools of Porpoise and 1 Minke Whale. (R Kirkwood)

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Late news, 21/10, Pendeen: Possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail briefly, monochrome grey with sharp call. Also 1 Lapland Bunting and 1 Ring Ouzel. (P Combridge)

Feock: Redwing – many hundreds moving north-east in loose flocks this morning between Feock and Playing Place. (K Dalziel)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Kingfisher, 10 Curlew over, Pair of Stonechat, 5000+ Starlings off of marsh at 7.45am, partially Leucistic crow, Roe Deer and Fox behind Longrock Pool (A James)

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Stonechat, Starlings, Carrion Crow – Alan James

Penzance, Promenade and harbour: 26 Turnstone and 3 imm Mute Swan. (T Mills) Tolcarne: 23 Turnstone, 2 1w Common Gull, 32 Black-headed Gull, 6 Shag, 1 Cormorant and 1 Grey Seal. (T Mills)

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Longrock: 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese. (P St Pierre)

Caerthillian: 1 Dartford Warbler, 2 Swallow, 3 Chough, 1 Whinchat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (D Eva)

Nanquidno: 1 Firecrest in willows in front of Clougy Merlin, 15 Skylark north and 2 Chough. (A Rosier)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 3 Grey Heron, 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 200+ Canada Geese. (R Mudge)

Godrevy: 4 Snow Bunting showing well just west of Seal Cove, 10 Skylark, 100’s of Meadow and Rock Pipit,1 Shag, 75 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover on rocks (R Veal) Also 1 Wheatear (with damaged tail), 84 Oystercatcher, 35 Turnstone, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Kestrel (male). (J St Ledger, V Stratton)

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Skylark, Snow Buntings – Rod Veal

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Snow Bunting, Skylark, Purple Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest still, c100 Redwing to SE early am chased by 1 Peregrine. (R Veal)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Spoonbill, 1 Pink-footed Goose,12 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 4 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck + 230+ Canada Goose. (J St Ledger, V Stratton)


Spoonbill and Canada Goose – John St Ledger

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Spoonbill (resting and feeding). (J St Ledger)


Spoonbill – John St Ledger

Pendeen: 1 Black Redstart by the coastguard cottages late afternoon, 1+ Raven (heard only) (A Hartley)


Black Redstart – Adam Hartley

Cape Cornwall: 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Wheatear (M Scott-Ham)

Colliford Lake: 1 Black-necked Grebe (M Scott-Ham)

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 7 Skylark, 30 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, c.100 Starling. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 17 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Spoonbill this afternoon. (D Balmer)

Kenidjack:Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 eastern type Lesser Whitethroat by houses at bottom, plus 1 Merlin. (D Balmer) Also 1 Wryneck and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at bottom of valley late afternoon.

Buttermilk Hill: 3 Ring Ouzel, 3 Redwing, 27 Golden Plover, 35 Meadow Pipit. (V Stratton)

Nanjizal: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling around Higher and Lower Bosistow. Short-eared Owl west of Faraway Cottage.

Cot Valley: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest.

Scillonian Crossing: 1 Sooty Shearwater.

Camel Estuary, Dinham Flats: 1 Dalmatian Pelican.

Fal Estuary Cruise: 10 Black-necked Grebe and 1 juv Peregrine. (B Porter)

Lands End Airport: 2 Ring Ouzel. (per P Freestone)

Falmouth Vismig, (0700 – 0930): 10,000+ Redwing, 544 Fieldfare, 62 Song Thrush and 1 Mistle Thrush. (B Porter)

Sennen: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

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Friday 21st October 2016

Late news, 18/10, Lelant: 2 Firecrest at West Cornwall Golf Course near St Uny’s Church (S Turner)

Further photos, 18/10, Godrevy Point: Further photos of yesterday’s Isabelline Wheatear, the first in Cornwall since 1996

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Isabelline Wheatear – Rod Farnes

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Video by John Chapple.
Lelant: 2/3 Firecrest, half way down Brewey Lane near new bungalow from 4 October and still present on 20th. (S Turner)

Lizard Point: 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 1 Redpoll flyovers, Great Northern Diver passing offshore. (D Collins)

Church Cove: 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Redwing. (D Collins)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still. (R Holmes, S Carr, N Truby)

North Cliffs:1 Dartford Warbler and 1 Peregrine (JH & K Dalziel)

Trevilley: 1 Whinchat (M Scott-Ham)

Porthgwarra: 1 Firecrest, 15 Chough (M Scott-Ham)

Carn Les Boel: 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Wheatear and 1 Peregrine (M Scott-Ham)

Carn Gloose: 1 Merlin (M Scott-Ham)

St. Gothian Sands NR: 5 Spoonbill circling over reserve at 17.15 hrs then headed NE, also 1 Pink-Footed Goose still. (J Bowen)

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Pink-footed Goose, Spoonbill – J Bowen

RSPB Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 5 Common Scoter, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 234 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Kittiwake, 9 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 35 Great Black-backed Gull, 31 Razorbill, 16 Guillemot, 53 auk sp. and 2 Grey Wagtail. (DK Parker, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

RSPB Wildlife Cruise, Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Manx Shearwater, 303 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 22 Herring Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 23 Razorbill, 5 Guillemot, 15 auk sp plus 29 Common Dolphin. (DK Parker, P & H Taylor)

Treverva: 5 Fieldfare, c.40 Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush (D Chaney)

Bartinney Down: I female Kestrel, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk and pair of Buzzard. (A James)

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Kestrel, Long-tailed Tit and Grey Heron – Alan James

Hayle estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field:  1 Spoonbill, 1 Little Egret (A James)


Spoonbill and Little Egret ‘Come dance with me …’ , Alan James

Godrevy Point: 1 Wheatear sp. between the furthest car park and the cliffs, 4 Snow Bunting. (P Fletcher) Also 3 Lapland Bunting reported.

Polgigga: 1 Barnacle Goose feeding in field between Higher Bosistow & Faraway Cottage in evening. (H Bradshaw). Also 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling at 08.00 flying with a Common Starling from Faraway Cottage north over Bosistow Farmhouse. Later returned to Faraway Cottage (H Bradshaw, M Wallace) Plus 1 Great Grey Shrike at 11.00 flew east over Nanjizal Valley landing in Faraway Cottage garden very briefly and then continuing east towards Covean Pool with retinue of scolding pipits and wagtails. (H Bradshaw).

Porth Joke: 1 Barred Warbler (showing well late afternoon to the right of the path in hedge beyond the last group of trees). Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 5 Redwing, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest. (S Rowe and T Carson)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Siberian Stonechat on the golf course inland of the car park. (A Harris)

Men-an-Tôl: 110 Golden Plover in a field and about 250 in flight. (R Butts)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, also 1 Lapland Bunting in bulb field at west end. (N Wheatley)

Nanquidno: 2 Woodlark at Boscregan Farm. (N Wheatley)

Land’s End: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, plus 1 fly-over Serin and 1 fly-over Lapland Bunting. (P Combridge)

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Navax Point: 4 Lapland Bunting by coast path.

Camel Estuary: 1 Dalmatian Pelican still off Rock.

LOST: 1 Leica binocular rainguard lost in Nanquidno, Nanjulian or Aire Point area. If found please contact David Hall,

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Thursday 20th October 2016

We now have a new team of Sightings page compilers and so to make things easier for the whole team we request that news be submitted before 10pm. We will not guarantee that later news will be published on that day. So please help the team by early submissions and using the format in the link above. We will endeavour to publish the news page by 10.30 each day. Thanks and keep the reports coming, the News Page Team.

Late news, 19/10, Pendower, Roseland: 8 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe at 4:30pm. Also 1 Chough calling. (D Hall)

Godrevy Point: 1 Isabelline Wheatear (P Freestone, et al). 4 Snow Bunting (T Mills, P Dinning, N Truby) Also 1 Northern Wheatear and 1 Kestrel. (T Mills)

Snow Buntings, P Dinning

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Nanjizal: 1 Paddyfield Warbler and 11 Yellow-browed Warblers ringed (K Wilson)

Nanquidno: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler between Nanquidno and Hendra. (C Moore)

Godrevy: 1 Jack Snipe. (C Moore)

Land’s End: 1 Wryneck, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 10 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, c.200 Redwing, 20+ Skylark, 2 Raven. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Pendeen: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Water Rail (JH & K Dalziel) Also Lapland Bunting.

Carn Kenidjack: 1 Snow Bunting (M Scott-Ham)

Woon Gumpus: 1 Lapland Bunting (M Scott-Ham)

Chun Castle: 4 Dartford Warbler (M Scott-Ham)

Morvah: 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine (M Scott-Ham)

St Agnes Head: 1 Short-toed Lark, 1 Green Woodpecker and 5 Skylark. (T Mills)

Short-toed Lark, St Agnes Head, Cornwall, England, UK.Short-toed Lark, Tony Mills

Chapel Porth: 1 Dusky Warbler in sycamores opposite enginehouse, also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 m Blackcap, and 2 Chiffchaff. 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Copper and 1 Common Darter. (M Barker, T Mills)

Cudden Point:1 Dartford Warbler (h), 1 Wheatear. 3 Clouded Yellow and a tatty Small Copper. (PJ Smale)

Kenidjack: 1 Wryneck seen today from coast path Kenidjack to Bottalack. As can be seen from the photo it’s missing its tail. (N Truby) Lesser Whitethroat still present by the lower house, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 below donkey paddock by last house, 1 still near green shed opposite sewage treatment works, heard only) (N Truby, D Helliar), Also a group of 7 Goldcrest, 2 Whinchat, 100’s of Robins, 20+ Stonechat, Bullfinch, 2 Redwing, 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Chough and plenty of migrating finches (mostly Chaffinch but some Goldfinch and a few Linnets) and pipits in the valley and area.(N Truby)


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Ryan’s Field: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Curlew, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Lapwing, 1 Buzzard (over), 1 Robin. (K Bowers)

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Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler and Water Rail at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Camel Estuary: Dalmatian Pelican still at Pinkson Creek.

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still.

Chapel Point: Yellow-browed Warbler.

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