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Joint CBWPS BTO Conference
Following on from the hugely successfully 2013 Cornwall Seabirds Conference, announcing the joint CBWPS/BTO/UoE Conference Above and beyond the Cornish coast at UoE, Penryn on Saturday 25 February 2017. Further details can be found HERE

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Cornwall Willow Tit Survey.

The CBWPS will be carrying out a survey of previously known sites of this much declined and vulnerable species over the next two winters to establish its population size, with the aims of establishing a better understanding of the species and helping its future conservation. We will be relying on volunteer surveyors, so if you can think you can help please see the Cornwall Willow Tit Survey section for further details.

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Thursday 19th January 2017

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart still below Rock Pool café.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel.

Penzance: 9 Purple Sandpiper.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Bittern. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary: 1 juv Iceland Gull from Lelant Saltings. (P Clement, MJ Spicer). 50+ Lapwing , 30+ Teal, 1 Oystercatcher , 1 Curlew. (K Bowers) Also 1 m Green-winged Teal and 1 Spoonbill still present. (DK Parker, P Stidwill)

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Ryans Field: 2 Black-headed Gull , 1 Curlew , 6 Redshank , 15 Wigeon , 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret. (K Bowers)

Oystercatcher, Kevin Bowers

Oystercatcher, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Sancreed: 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Men-an-tol: 150 Golden Plover, Snipe, 2 Bullfinch, 1m Dartford warbler, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (R Hollis)

Godrevy Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper. (Cornwall Birding)

St Gothian Sands: 1m Shoveler, 1 Kingfisher and 5 Snipe. Also flock of 56+ Skylark in fields opposite. (Cornwall Birding)

Pendeen (Boslow): c.15 fieldfares. (R Phillips)

Truro: 2 Avocets from Sunny Corner. (M Lammas)

Tremaine: 1 Waxwing in upper tier of garden centre car park.

Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (P Clement, MJ Spicer). 1m American Wigeon reported again this afternoon.

Tehidy: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Williams)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sam Williams

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sam Williams

Mount Hawke: 1m Bullfinch. (RB Girling)

Helston SF: 1 Firecrest, 6+ Goldcrest and 20+ Chiffchaff. (P Clement, M Wallace, MJ Spicer)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Hannafore Beach, Looe: 2f Black Redstart. (E Mayhew)

Millbrook Lake: 4 ad Mediterranean Gull, 54 Teal. (R Smaldon)

St. Johns Lake: 7 Brent Goose. (R Smaldon)

Wadebridge: 1 Common Seal about a mile out of Wadebridge at Pendarvey Bridge. (C Davies)

Common Seal, Charles Davies

Common Seal, Charles Davies

Harlyn to Constantine: 14 Oystercatcher, 4 Feral Pigeon, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat and 17 Fulmar. (R Hughes)

Wadebridge: Cetti’s Warbler at the sewage works on the Camel Trail. (C Selway)


Wednesday 18th January 2017

Late news, 16/1, St John’s Lake: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Black Redstart (on Marine Drive). (A Pearson)

Zennor Hill: Barn Owl at 3.30pm. (C Madden)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 25 Mute Swan, 48 Canada Goose, 40 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 12 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Goosander, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 18 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen, 50 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 50 Grey Plover, c3000 Golden Plover, c200 Lapwing, 7 Knot, 120 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 80 Curlew, 3 Snipe, 10 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 3 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 25 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch. (M Scawen et al)

Helford River: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Razorbill, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail viewed from Porthallack Beach. (J St Ledger)

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Black Redstart and Common Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w drk Green-winged Teal again off causeway, also 2 (m+f) Goosander. Imm Spoonbill again on Carnsew Pool. (R Veal) 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 7 Wigeon, 1 Robin, 2 Redshank on Ryan’s Field. (K Bowers)

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Lapwing and Curlew – Kevin Bowers

Crowlas: 1 Peregrine over at dusk. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mandarin Duck (1m + leucistic f), 2 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler (1m + 2f), 9 Mallard, 1 Muscovy Duck, 1 Tufted Duck, 50+ Canada Goose, 250 Lapwing, 1 1w Glaucous Gull briefly, 10 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit. (T Mills, K Bowers)

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Mandarin Duck – Kevin Bowers

St Clement: 2 Avocet on Tresillian River. (B Robson)

Trevose Head: 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 6 Lapland Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting. (D Parker)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 400 Canada Goose, 2000 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing. (D Parker)

Crugmeer: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Lizard: 1 Cattle Egret flew over downs towards Poltesco Valley. (T Blunden)

College Reservoir: 1 Scaup, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Firecrest. (L Langley)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 14 Black-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver off Pendower. (D Julian)

St Austell: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 32 Chiffchaff at the sewage works. (D Julian)

Gannel Estuary: 11 Cattle Egret roosted this evening. (D Julian) Ring-billed Gull also reported.

Lamorna Cove: 2 Black Redstart.

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart reported again today. (P Bowerman)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove. (P Bowerman) Small flock of Redwing at Trenow. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup reported once more.

Botallack: 2 Black Redstart, 3.00pm around mine spoil heaps and adjacent cliff rock outcrops. (D Hall)


Tuesday 17th January 2017

Late news, 16/1, Saltash: 3 Waxwing, 2 light in colour and a third much ‘pinker’, perched in small trees in Pillmere housing estate. Present again today. (M&G Puttee)

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Waxwings – Michael and Georgina Puttee

Late news, 16/1,  Lynher Estuary: 4 Spoonbill still on Rat Island in the morning with c170 Oystercatcher. (M Beer).

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove. (A McKechnie)


Hudsonian Whimbrel – Alex McKechnie

Marazion: Pacific Diver again and 6 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup still present.

Helston: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler around the sewage works. (T Phelps)

Lizard Point: 1 Puffin with Guillemots and Razorbills moving west, 4 Black-throated Diver (west) and 2 Reed Bunting in the village. (T Phelps)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Bittern flew from Longrock Pool this morning. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 32 Purple Sandpiper on high tide roost at Battery Rocks, 16 Turnstone in the Harbour. (T Mills) 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest at Chyandour. (D Flumm, P St Pierre)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Muscovy Duck, 28 Little Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 110 Canada Goose, 105 Wigeon, 77 Teal, 22 Mallard, 2 f Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck, 4 (1m 3f) Goldeneye, 3 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 7 Coot, 220 Lapwing, 24 Curlew, 274 Black-headed Gull, 31 Herring Gull, 4 Stonechat. (D Chaney)

Wadebridge: 1 Red-breasted Merganser seen at Polbrock Bridge. (D Braund)

Bude: 6 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Turnstone feeding on the breakwater at high tide this morning. (H Kendall)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Green-winged Teal, sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull, m + f Goosander on the estuary. (B Dallas) 1 Spoonbill, 1 Shelduck, 70+ Lapwing, 30+ Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron on Ryan’s Field. (A James)

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Spoonbill – Alan James

Falmouth: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at north end of Swanpool. (L Langley)

Rock: 1 Woodcock and 8 Mediterranean Gull at Porthilly Farm. (S Grose)


Monday 16th January 2017

Late News, 15/1, Amalveor: Ringtail Hen Harrier at c16:40. (R Menari)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, 1 Long-eared Owl. (S Grimwade)

Long-eared Owl Perranuthnoe Cornwall 16117 S Grimwade

Marazion: 1 Pacific Diver from Longrock CP, 5 Velvet Scoter, 8 Great Northern Diver.

Kingsmill Lake: 1m American Wigeon.

Carrick Roads: 18 Black-necked Grebe,16 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Common Scoter (female), 3 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean Gull viewed from Mylor Churchtown and Restroguet Weir. Also 20+ Common Dolphin in channel and 3 Harbour Porpoise off Loe Beach. (J St Ledger, S F Jackson)

Rinsey:  1 Buzzard, 1 Carrion Crow, 1f Kestrel, 1m Peregrine.  (A James) 

Peregrine, Alan James

Peregrine, Alan James

Kestrel, Alan James

Kestrel, Alan James

Buzzard, Alan James

Buzzard, Alan James

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup. (D Allan)

Penzance: 2 Little Egret, 4 1w Mute Swan, 1 Oystercatcher, 12 Ringed Plover, 43 Sanderling, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 34 Turnstone from Promenade to Battery Rocks. (T Mills)

Bartinney Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl. (DK Parker)

Helston: 10 Cattle Egret south of Helston from path towards Loe Pool. (T Phelps)

Trevone: 1 Peregrine, 38 Fulmar, 7 Herring Gull, 21 Feral Pigeons. (R Hughes)

Bude Marshes: 3 Cattle Egret on the rugby pitch again, 190+ Canada Geese. (H Kendall)

Argal Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck, 20 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 100 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 40 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 2 f Goldeneye, 40 Coot, 85 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Nuthatch. (D Chaney)

Penryn: 1 imm Glaucous/Iceland Gull flew NW over Penryn Asda c14:00. (D Chaney)


Sunday 15th January 2017

Bude Marshes (WeBS count): 105 Mallard, 186 Lapwing in two restless flocks, 34 Black-headed Gull, 129 Canada Geese, 23 Starling, 10 Moorhen, 8 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Robin, 1 Mute Swan, 4 Woodpigeon, 10 Herring Gull. (H Kendall)

Sancreed:  2 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Newlyn harbour:  1 Black Redstart. (D Flumm)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool (WeBS count): 3 Great Northern Diver, 8 CanadaGoose, 9 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Mallard, 2 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 male Lesser Scaup, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Lapwing, 7 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 5 Buzzard, 1 male Peregrine Falcon, 14 Carrion Crow, 7 Jackdaw, 7 Magpie, 6 Blackbird, 44 Fieldfare, 68 Redwing, 127 Starling, 1 Stock Dove, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Chaffinch and 2 Robin.  (DAConway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, estuary: 1 m Green-winged Teal again. (R Farnes) Also poss Caspian Gull. Copperhouse Creek: 1 Spoonbill.

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Lower Nansloe: 10 Cattle Egret. ( D.Eva with B.Porter, M. Thompson)

Mousehole: 1m Eastern Black Redstart again below harbour car park. Also 1 drk Velvet Scoter flew towards Penzance and 16 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 5 Fulmar flew towards Lamorna with 1 Great Northern Diver and 3 ad Kittiwake offshore. (R Veal, J Chapple)

video by John Chapple

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St Erth: 1 Merlin, 1 Stock Dove, 80+ Skylark, 6 Little Egret at Long Lanes. (R Veal)

Longrock: 1 1w Black Redstart, 1 ad Common Gull, 5 Pied Wagtail, 7 Rock Pipit below car park and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal)

Perranuthnoe: 1 ad Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove at 15:00 with 10 Grey Plover. (R Veal)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 11 Cattle Egret, 9 Little Egret. (S Rowe)

Marazion Beach: 2 drk Common Scoter offshore. (R Veal) Also Water Pipit, Black Redstart and ad Pacific Diver offshore.

Men-An-Tol: 2 male & ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 70 Fieldfare. (D Parker, T Mills)

Ponsanooth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at sewage works.

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Porth Nanven: pair of Chough calling and seeking shelter on NE cliff side. (N Wills)

Penzance  Jubilee Pool: 20 + Turnstone, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 30 Sanderling, 4 Great Black-backed Gull. (N Wills)

St Ives, from the Island and Porthgwidden: 20 + Gannet close to shore and diving with large flock of herring gulls, 5 Great Black-backed Gull and approx 10 Razorbill, 1 Great Northern Diver,  5 Shag, also approx 10 Bottle-nosed Dolphin. (N Wills)


Saturday 14th January 2017

Late news, 13/1, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Marsh Harrier (D. Flumm)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 1 Water Pipit and 59 Wigeon. (S Rowe) Also  1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Common Gull. (S Grose) Great Western beach: 3 Common Gull. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 8 Coot, 460 Herring Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe. (S Rowe)

College Res: 1 pair Goosander, 1 drake Scaup, 1 drake Gadwall, 1 Treecreeper ( D. Eva )

Loe Pool: 23 Shoveler, 10 Goosander, 12 Pochard, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 29 Cormorant, 3 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher. (G Adams)

Portscatho, Porthbean beach: 1 Long-tailed Duck. (C Stephenson)

Truro River, south from Sunny Corner: 2 Avocet. (J Lander)

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart again.

Marazion: 1 ad Pacific Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver on the east side.

Perranuthnoe: 1 ad Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove; 5 Black-throated Diver offshore.

Cawsand: 1 Great Northern Diver. (A Blonden)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S&PM Rogers) 

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Lesser Scaup.

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe and 6+ Black-throated Diver off Pendower beach.

River Camel: 3 (1m + 2f) Goosander at Amble Marshes. (A Langdon)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 pr Stonechat. (A Langdon)


Friday 13th January 2017

Tehidy Country Park:  20+ Goldfinch,  2 (pair) Bullfinch,  4 Goldcrest,  2 Jay,  1 Buzzard,  2 (pair) Moorhen,  1 Kingfisher. (A James)

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Stithians Reservoir: 22 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, 4 Reed Bunting. (J St Ledger)

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Gannel Estuary, Newquay: 1 Ring-billed Gull (1st W), 10 Mediterranean Gull and 9 Cattle Egret flew in at 5.10pm (T Wilson)

Bude: 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Stonechat, c12 Oystercatcher, 100+ Canada Goose and 500+ Lapwing (H Wilkins)

Mousehole: 1 m Eastern Black Redstart again. (L Proctor)

Longrock Pool: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (D Parker, K Bowers)

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Drift Reservoir: 6 hybrid goose, 1 Muscovy Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Greylag Goose, 266 Canada Goose, 2 Mandarin Duck, 6 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 29 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 33 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 1 Snipe, 6 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 44 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch. (D Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Water: 1 Green-winged Teal, 3 (1 m + 2 f) Goosander, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Mediterranean Gull. Carnsew Pool: 4 Little Grebe. Copperhouse Creek: 1 Spoonbill, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank. Ryan’s Field: 2 Kingfisher. (M Spicer, T Mills, K Bowers)

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St Buryan: ad Kumlein’s Gull on east side of village. (K Wilson)

St Ives: 1 Firecrest in private garden at Little in Sight. Also Sooty Shearwater and 2 Velvet Scoter past. (R Wilkins)

Padstow: 1 ad Caspian Gull and 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull. Dennis Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Julian)

Gerrans Bay: 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-throated Diver, 14 Great Northern Diver and nearby 1 Firecrest in bushes. (L Langley)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Woodcock and 2 Jack Snipe. (D Julian)

Penzance: Pacific Diver still off the east side.