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Autumn Palores: The society’s quarterly members magazine is now out – this autumns bumper issue contains reserve reports, news, photos, articles and more.

Website update:  New content on the website includes listings of rarer birds seen in the county in 2015 and 2016 (click to view) please read and contact us if you can help with a description or provide further details for publication in BiC and the county record. It would be a great shame to lose these records – some great birds in there. One obvious change to the website is the header change to include ‘Cornwall Birds’ – as a society we’ve decided to simplify and use this as a working title, following on from a similar decision made by the Devon Bird Watching and Preservation Society (Devon Birds), please see the Autumn Palores magazine for more details.

WeBS Counters wanted: The BTO in Cornwall are looking to recruit new counters for a number of sites for the Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS), the long-running national waterbird survey, especially around the Helford complex and at a number of other smaller sites around the county. It would be great to get these areas covered for the coming winter months when information from the Helford in particular is of especial importance. Please see WeBS 2017 for more information or to take part. New sites added 15/11

Cornwall AONB and Plantlife are looking to conserve the unique Atlantic woodland habitat and its rich but declining population of rare lichens, moss and liverworts in the south west. See their website for details of a short survey they would like residents in the area concerned to fill in – Plantlife – South West Woodlands

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Saturday 18th November 2017

Late news, 15-17/11, Pentire Head/Port Quin: A raft of 75+ Common Scoter (from photo). (T Ridgers)

Late news, 17/11,Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 9 Common Scoter and 2 Long-tailed Duck. (BR Field)

Late news, 17/11, Perranuthnoe: 2 Firecrest in a private garden. (M Halliday)

Firecrest, Mark Halliday

Firecrest, Mark Halliday

Dozmary Pool: Drake Ring-necked Duck still, 2 Goldeneye. (B Craven)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter still, Long-tailed Duck, Black-throated Diver and 7 Great Northern Diver.

Gannel Estuary: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose) Also 1 Water Pipit. (S Rowe)

Dobwalls: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (C&J Duffy)

College Reservoir: 58 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 1 Gadwall, 35 Wigeon, 49 Coot. (D Eva)

Stithians Reservoir: 5 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull (D Eva)

St Merryn: 25 Goldfinch with 2 ringed birds feeding on sunflower hearts in a private garden. (R Hughes)

Lower Tamar Lake: 6 Goosander (5m 1f), 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant. (R Mudge)

Bude Marshes: 8 Teal, 87 Mallard, 1 Red breasted Merganser, 41 Black headed Gulls, 3 Herring Gulls, 12 Moorhen, 3 Wood Pigeon, 17 Carrion Crows, 3 Grey Heron, 17 Blackbirds, 2 Magpies, 12 Jackdaws, 2 Wrens, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Song Thrush, 1 female Reed Bunting,  5 Blue Tit,  1 Buzzard, 2 Rooks,  1 male Bullfinch, 21 Starlings, 2 Long tailed Tits, 2 Robins. (WeBS, H Kendall, R Mudge)

St Erth: 1 Mistle Thrush. (M Spicer)

Falmouth: Adult Yellow-legged Gull on the rocks between Swanpool and Gyllynvase Beach this morning. (S Bearhop) Also a flock of about 20 Redwing, together with at least one SongThrush and several Blackbird feeding on yew berries off Woodlane. (E Tackley) Also 7 Mute Swan and 50+ Redwing over, with 1 Black Redstart on rooftops by Windsor Quarry today. (D Chaney)

Rinsey Head: 3 Great Northern Diver, (+ 1 possible Pacific), Grey Seal with fish. Cove: 2 Chough mobbing male Peregrine, until Peregrine managed to stoop one, epic confrontation, 2 Raven, 3 Shag. Upper fields: Large mixed flock of Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, being pursued by Kestrel, 3 Stonechat. (J Evans)

Loe Pool: 1m Hen Harrier, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Common Gull, 13 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goosander, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 29 Pochard (predominantly m), 25+ Redwing, 2 Water Rail. (G Adams)

Helston Boating Lake: 1m Gadwall, 12 Shoveler, 35 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Gull. (G Adams)

Skewjack: 2 Mistle Thrush feeding in ploughed field; c283+ Wood Pigeon & 24 Stock Dove feeding in adjoining stubble fields. (J Hawkey)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Coot, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Dipper, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Grey Wagtail. (S Grose)

Marazion: 4 Mute Swan, 15 Teal, 26 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 8 Little Grebe, 37 Moorhen, 3 Water Rail, 23 Snipe, 2 Jack Snipe, 12 Herring Gull, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 4 Cetti’s Warbler. (WeBS) Also 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 7+ Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest, 20 Long-tailed Tit and 4 Bullfinch along Red River on the eastern boundary. (DK Parker)

Marazion Beach: 1+ Water Pipit still below sand dunes. 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter offshore. (R Veal)

Penryn, Tremough Campus: 1 f/1w Black Redstart, 1+ Firecrest. (C Benton)

Crackington Haven: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (J Teague)

Carbis Bay: 1 Velvet Scoter (west), 6 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Land’s End: 4 Swallow hawking insects over Swingates at noon, 1 Snipe, 1 m Bullfinch, 2 Chough, 17 Blackbird, 1 Roe buck. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Sennen Cove: 1 Little Egret east of lifeboat station. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Black Swan still. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Crugmeer: 2 Stock Dove, 300+ Chaffinch, 2 resident Barn Owl. (S Grose)

St Buryan: 1 Tawny Owl (heard). (H Mitchell)

Lizard: Little Bunting still in weedy field along track to Old Lizard Head. (T Phelps)

Newlyn: 1cy Iceland Gull flew over Tolcarne and out to sea in afternoon. (G Hobin)

Looe: 1 Pink-footed Goose still off railway station platform with Canada Geese this morning. Also 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Eider and 1 Kingfisher off Hannafore Point. (M Hughes)

Housel Bay: 3 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Church Cove: 2 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Kynance: 2 Black Redstart. (I Maclean)

St Keverne: 1 Fulvous Whistling Duck (presumed escapee). (A Williams)

Fulvous Whistling Duck, Alan Williams

St Gothian Sands: 2 female Scaup still. 1 Great Northern Diver distantly offshore. (R Veal)

Scaup, Reuben Veal


Friday 17th November 2017

Mount’s Bay: Pacific Diver still off the bus station, Penzance.

Marazion Beach: 1 Pacific Diver (distant), 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 f Common Scoter. (J St Ledger)

Red-throated Diver, John St Ledger

Polgigga: Short-toed Lark in the bulb field north of Faraway Cottage. (K Wilson)

Cot Valley: Richard’s Pipit over north at 10:40, also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest. (N Wheatley) Also 4 Whooper Swan on sea off Gribba Point, calling occasionally and 1 Short-eared Owl roosting in field west of Little Hendra farm. (P Clarke, C Moore)

Old Lizard Head: Little Bunting still (showing well in weedy field by path to the head), 2 Lapland Bunting, Brambling, Merlin. Yesterday Black Redstart in the surfers car park (M Pass)

Nanquidno: Black Redstart and 2 Brambling at Tregiffian Farm. (D Astins) Also 5 Whooper Swan still. (C Moore)

Porthilly Point: Pale-bellied Brent Goose. (S Grose)

Connor Downs: 1 Firecrest in private garden and 11 Fieldfare over. (P Freestone)

Charlestown: 1 Peregrine in private garden. ( D Hastilow)

Fowey: 1 Great Skua, 3 dolphin (probably Bottlenose) and 10+ Atlantic Bluefin Tuna from kayak up to 2 miles offshore. (R Kirkwood)

Great Skua, Rupert Kirkwood

Great Skua, Rupert Kirkwood

Bluefin Tuna, Rupert Kirkwood

Helston: 2 Firecrest in trees by river at Boating Lake. (S Court)

Kingsmill Lake: 115 Avocet, 1 Glossy Ibis on saltmarsh and field behind. (M Northey, M Buckle, M Beer)

Colliford Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 juv Spoonbill, 2 Snipe, 1 f Merlin, 4 Reed Bunting, good numbers of Golden Plover and Lapwing. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Ninestones: 3 Firecrest. (C Buckland)

Falmouth: 2 Firecrest at University of Exeter campus. (J Beaumont)

Looe Estuary (WeBS): 175 Canada Goose, 6 Cormorant, 8 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, 38 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 10 Mute Swan, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Redshank, plus mixed flocks of over 1000 Black-headed, Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls. (D Spooner)

Pink-footed Goose, Derek Spooner

Crugmeer: 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Brambling this evening. (B Bosisto)

Par: 3 Redwing, f Blackcap, 1 Nuthatch. First Goldfinch of the winter feeding on Niger seed at Biscovey. (A Matthews)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl from the northern boundary stones. (S Grose)

Carbis Bay: 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver. (R Butts)

Men-an-Tol: 1 female Merlin and 20 Golden Plover. (D Richardson, DK Parker)


Thursday 16th November 2017

Late News, 14/11, Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull. Probable 2nd winter based on pale iris. With injured left leg so should be recognisable if it shows up elsewhere. (J Foster)

Iceland Gull – John Foster

Late News, 15/11, West Looe: 2 Great Northern Diver,1 f Common Scoter, 30+ Turnstone. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Late News, 15/11, Falmouth:1 Black-headed Gull Yellow T3X5 on Castle Beach was originally ringed in Poland on 04/06/2017, a distance of some 1384km. (J Irvine) (See Jon Irvine’s tweets on the cbwps twitter feed for pics)

Skewjack: 1 Whooper Swan over. (M Wallace)

St Levan: Yellow-browed Warbler still. (M Wallace) Also Black Redstart, Firecrest and a 2nd Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Astins)

Porthgwarra: Black Redstart and 2 Firecrest. (D Astin)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Plover, 114 Avocet, and 1 Glossy Ibis (on the salt marsh) this afternoon. (M Beer – photo)

Land’s End: 3 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, c40 Skylark, 1 Black Redstart, 36 Fieldfare, c55 Redwing, c200 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and 6 Goldcrest. (DK Parker – photos)

Sennen Churchtown: c100 Skylark, c60 Meadow Pipit, c50 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Snipe, 1 Swallow and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 105 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 6 hybrid geese, 1 Muscovy Duck, 3 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 45 Mallard, 21 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Water Rail, 10 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 6 Snipe, 92 Black-headed Gull, 1w Med Gull, 1w Common Gull, 101 Herring Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Great Black-backed Gull. (WeBS) Also 1 Siberian Chiffchaff calling continuously, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Firecrest and 3 Goldcrest. (DK Parker)

Nanjizal: 96 birds ringed. 7 Blackcap, 14 Chiffchaff (6 Siberian Chiffchaff) 9 Goldcrest, 6 Firecrest, 48 Redwing, 9 Blackbird plus 1 control and 5 Song Thrush. Also Hawfinch and Tree Pipit seen. (K Wilson)

Rock Helipad Field: 2 Mistlethrush, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Firecrest. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: 11 Snipe. 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher. Also 1 White Wagtail in St.Clements village. (M Jones)

United Downs: 6 Goldcrest. (K.Bowers)

Goldcrest, Kevin Bowers

Longrock Pool: 4 Blue Tit, 7 Moorhen, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Heron. (K.Bowers)

Long-tailed Tit, Kevin Bowers

Tehidy Country Park: 4 Jay, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Kingfisher. (K.Bowers)

Kingfisher, Kevin Bowers

Jay, Kevin Bowers

Penryn River: 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 9 Turnstone, 1 Snipe, 2 Water Rail, 28 Redshank, 32 Curlew. (J St Ledger)

Trevose Head: 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel (juv), 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Brambling, mixed flock 60+ Chaffinch, Linnet & Meadow Pipit, 70+ Skylark. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 Pintail (2m), 8 Shoveler (4m), 8 Gadwall (4m), 100+ Teal, 30+ Mallard, 60+ Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank, 100+ Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 17 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Porthallow Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Scoter, 2 Chiffchaff, f Blackcap. (D Collins)

Lizard Point: 30 Turnstone, 7 Kittiwake. (D Collins)

Paul Village (Trungle Terrace): 1 Woodcock. (R Butts)

Little London Beach, Marazion: 2 Redshank, c70 Sanderling, 30+ Turnstone, 6 Dunlin, 20+ Pied Wagtail. (R Butts)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 2 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Diver. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Gothian Sands: 2f Scaup still. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in trees by Stuart Hutchings hide. (D Horton, B Dodd)



Wednesday 15th November 2017

Late news, 14/11, Land’s End: 3 (f) Reed Bunting, 1 Short-eared Owl. (S Cox)

Late News, 14/11, St John’s Lake, Torpoint: 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black Redstart (along Marine Drive). (A Pearson)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 3 Great Northern Diver offshore, 2 diver sp. and reasonable Kittiwake and auk sp. passage west, 1 Puffin, 500+ Gannet feeding frenzy distantly with 5+ dolphin sp., 2 Stonechat, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Harbour Porpoise Castle Beach: 10 Greenfinch, 2 Chaffinch,4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail,1 Blue Tit, 1 Wren feeding on rocks/seaweed. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 1 Greenshank, 11 Redshank, 25 Curlew, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Grebe, 17 Teal at high tide. (D Chaney)

Cot Valley: 1 Wryneck this morning, by coastal path south of Cot Valley. (N Wheatley)

Stithians Reservoir, Stuart Hutchings hide: 1 Mandarin drake, 6 Common Gull, 34 Lapwing. (G Adams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Black Swan, 5 Mute Swan, 1 Spoonbill, 295 Golden Plover, 132 Lapwing, 3 Greenshank, 2 Grey Plover and 2 Common Gull. (DK Parker)

Greenshank – Dave Parker

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 female Scaup, 23 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 2 Coot, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Common Gull. (DK Parker) Also 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Snipe and 1 Little Egret. (MJ Spicer)

Scaup – Dave Parker

North Cliffs: c180 Skylark and c40 Meadow Pipit. (DK Parker)

Churchtown Farm NR, Saltash: 2 Spoonbill at mouth of Lynher, 6 Little Egrets, 8 Oystercatcher, 3 Grey Heron, 8 Dunlin, Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Redshank, 20+ Linnet, Chaffinches, 2 Greenfinch, 20+ Goldfinch, 7 Song Thrush,1 Redwing, Stonechat (m), Meadow Pipit, 6 Bullfinch (m/f) and 2 Buzzard. (K Baum)

Tincombe NR, Saltash: Great Spotted Woodpecker (m), Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Redwing, Sparrowhawk and Bullfinch. (K Baum)

Cedar Croft Nurseries, St Tudy: 1 Firecrest, 9 Fieldfare, 12 Siskin. (S Grose)

Little Kelynack (private garden): 2 firecrest, 1 chiffchaff. (C Moore)

Sennen: 13 Buzzard on the ground in ploughed field (buff-breast field). (C Moore)

Stithians Reservoir, Golden Lion bay: 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe. Stuart Hutchings hide: 1 Sparrowhawk, 40 Lapwing plus 30 circling above, 5 Little Grebe, 2 Mallard. Southern Cut-off: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 m Bullfinch, 1 Jay, 2 Snipe, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Wren  plus lots Chaffinches, Great + Blue Tits, Goldfinches, few Teal, 2 Heron. (W Chegwidden)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 12 Mute Swan, 40 Canada Goose, 25 Shelduck, 18 Mallard, 24 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 60 Oystercatcher, 21 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, c.2000 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 50 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 55 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 6 Snipe, 150 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 100 Herring Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 12 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, 7 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 25 Rook, 50 Carrion Crow, 1 Starling, 8 House Sparrow, 20 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet. (M Scawen et al.)

Towan Head: 2 Great Northern Diver (in bay), 19 Turnstone, 12 Oystercatcher, 8 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe)

Drift Reservoir (members only): leucistic f Mandarin in NW arm. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Penzance  (private garden): 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2  Wren, 4 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap together, (4 m 2 f)  at the bird bath. Four in the water together, 1 Firecrest, c5 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, c15 Chaffinch, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw.  (R Phillips) Off Jubillee Pool: 12+ Common Scoter and 12 Purple Sandpiper. (J O’Sullivan) Also 25 Purple Sandpiper, c20 Turnstone. (B Oakes)

Allet: 1 Woodcock at 17:00. (MJ Spicer)

St Austell: 1 Firecrest at Daniels Lane. (B Bosisto)

Old Lizard Head: 1 Little Bunting ( in corner of weedy field by path to Old Lizard Head) 1 Redpoll, 2 Swallow, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose on Mon 13th Nov circled Lizard then flew west . SE Owl Mullion over obs garden last week. (M Pass)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Common Sandpiper. (M McKee)

Water Pipit, Mike McKee

Marazion: 2 Water Pipit, 3 Common Scoter. (M McKee) Also 1 Pacific Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 m Eider in flight, and 1 Chiffchaff. (J O’Sullivan)

Water Pipit, Mike McKee

Water Pipit, Mike McKee

Bude, Maer Lake, at dusk: 7 Ruff, 3+ Dunlin, 14+ Snipe, several hundred Golden Plover, 50 Teal and good numbers of Black-tailed Godwits. 2 White Geese etc. (B Craven)

Bodmin Moor, fields bordering Davidstow Airfield: 1,000+ Golden Plover, 500+ Lapwing, 1,000+ Starling, 10+ Raven, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel. Lower Moor Plantation viewed from lay-by on road to Rough Tor: 1,000,000+ Starling roost, 1 Peregrine. (J St Ledger)

Starling murmuration, John St Ledger

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Bittern, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Wren, 3 Little Egret, 2 Swan, 3 Goldcrest. (B Oakes)

Bittern, Ben Oakes

Sparrowhawk, Ben Oakes

Kenidjack: 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Dartford Warbler, c22 Chough. (B Oakes)


Tuesday 14th November 2017

Review of the week – last week’s is now on the website, scroll down to view.

Greenland White-fronted Goose update: The bird photographed with an orange neck collar at Marazion Marsh on 1st November has a fascinating and quite unbelievable story. Full details are on the West Cornwall Ringing Group blog ( (Bird migration never ceases to amaze me – tdm)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 39 Common Scoter (9,16,14), 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 35+ auk sp., 75+ Kittiwake, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull all west between 08:20 – 09:20. Also 8 Great Northern Diver in the Carrick Roads, with Stonechat, Whimbrel etc on the point. Swanpool Point: 2 Ringed Plover, c10 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, with 1 f Common Scoter close offshore, 2 Mediterranean Gull. Swanpool: 10 Mute Swan (2ad 8imm). (D Chaney)

Wadebridge: 1 Hawfinch at Coronation Park this am. (D Julian)

Lanner Green: 1 Firecrest, pair Blackcap, pair Bullfinch. (R Hampshire)

Carrick Roads from Loe Beach: 18 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 8 Red-breasted Merganser. Also 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 male, 1 female), 2 Mistle Thrush, 10+ Redwing in trees behind beach. (J St Ledger, I Lewis) (Images taken by I Lewis from canoe).

Black-necked Grebe

Red-breasted Merganser

St Levan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by turning circle. (M Wallace) Also 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in bushes by Beach House.

Penzance: 20+ Common Scoter off Battery Rocks. (J Evans) Also 20 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Ringed Plover and small number of Turnstone. (D King)

Bude: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, 1 Buzzard, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Oystercatcher, c6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cormorant and 1 Little Egret. (H Wilkins)

Marazion: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Long-tailed Duck. (M McKee) Also from Station Inn Car Park, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Common Scoter (P St Pierre)

Newquay, Porth: 1 Firecrest near Porth Lodge. (P McVey)

Porth Mear: 1 Ring Ouzel in valley. (P McVey)

Argal Reservoir: 2 (1ad 1imm) Mute Swan, 4 Mallard, 3 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 25 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 20+ Redwing. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret roosting on the island at s end, 15:30 to dusk with c25 Cormorant and 1 Grey Heron, 140+ Canada Goose, 58 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 50+ Coot, 1f Gadwall, 1m Wigeon, 4 Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Redwing. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 5 Greenshank, 1 vocal Little Grebe, 2 (1ad 1imm) Mute Swan, Redshank and Curlew present but too dark to count. (D Chaney)

Treverva: 100 Linnet flock, 400+ Woodpigeon flock. (D Chaney)

Hayle Estuary, Lelant Saltings: 5 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 20+ Teal, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit. Ryan’s Field: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Spoonbill, 30+ Golden Plover, 30+ Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 1 Magpie, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin. (K.Bowers)

Black-tailed Godwit, Kevin Bowers

Spoonbill, Kevin Bowers

Black Swan, Kevin Bowers

Sennen Cove to Lands End via cycle track: 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, flock of c30 Plover species over heading North, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Chough feeding at Mayon Cliff’s. (Ringed bird:- right leg from bottom red/yellow/turquoise. left leg red, black & white stripes). (D King)

Brew Farm near Sennen: 1000 – 2000 Starling early afternoon. (D King)

Polgigga, Ardensawah Farm: c500 Starling late morning. Roskestal Farm: 5,000 – 10,000 Starling around mid-day. (D King)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 hybrid geese, 1 f Goldeneye, small number of Wigeon but mobile. 3 Great Crested Grebe one with a large fish which it was unable to eat. (D King)

Newlyn: 1 Great Northern Diver outside Harbour. (D King)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 4 Stonechat, Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail (heard) all from east end of reserve late afternoon. (D King)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Tawny Owl, 13 Snipe (S Grose).

Land’s End: 3 (f) Reed Bunting, 1 Short-eared Owl. (S.Cox)


Review of the Week – Sunday 12th November

This week seemed to be a fairly quiet one in the county, with nothing too unexpected happening. The weather has turned a bit more on the chilly side and a reasonable blow on the weekend gave some reasonable seawatching conditions.

The Pacific Diver remained off Mounts Bay, and the two Surf Scoter off Porthpean, along with the Ring-necked Duck at Dozmary. The Long-tailed Ducks remained at Porthpean, and White-fronted Geese remained around, with 3 also seen to fly inland at St Ives.

Egrets seemed to drop right out of the picture, with a few Spoonbill remaining scattered about.

Unusual passerines were rather few and far between, with a Serin north over Sennen, with  2 Little Buntings also there a few days later. Hawfinches continued to be reported from a number of locations and probably represent a mix of settled birds and those passing through. As inconspicuous feeders however, it does seem that not too many are being readily pinned down and easily twitchable. Yellow-browed Warbler reports dropped off a little, although 3 were recorded at Swanpool. A Water Pipit remained at Marazion, with last weeks Yellow Wagtail present for the first day of the week too.

2 late migrating Ring Ouzel were seen at Porthgwarra (along with a Vagrant Emperor dragonfly) on the 8th, but no hirundines were reported.

A hybrid Hooded Crow was at Gwithian, and a few Chough reports were received.

Wintering seabirds started to build up, in addition to the rarer seaducks mentioned. The blow on the last day of the week did result in a good new species for the county yearlist, with 2 Little Auk from St Ives Island. Other interesting seabirds included Arctic Skua and 4 Great Skuas, with a couple of Great Skuas seen earlier in the week elsewhere. Great Northern Diver numbers continued to gradually build were reported with 10 at Penzance, 9 at Pentewan Bay, and 8 Black-throated Diver in Gerrans Bay along with a couple of multiple counts of the rarer (in most of the county at least) Red-throated Diver around. A Grey Phalarope was seen briefly at Sennen.

Caspian Gulls were reported from Millbrook and Sennen, with an adult Yellow-legged Gulls at Hayle and a 3rd winter at Millbrook, along with a hybrid Glaucous/Herring Gull. Other wintering birds of note included another 4 Goosander from the Tamar Lakes and a good number of c.20 Brambling in a small 85+ mixed finch flock on farmland near Falmouth. Purple Sandpipers were up to 14 by Jubilee Pool in Penzance.

This coming week we should perhaps see more divers and seaducks, some settled Hawfinches (hopefully!) and other late autumn/winter arrivals continuing.



We don’t have any updates on rarity submissions for BiC 2015/6 yet, but in addition to any original artwork, now is the time to sort out and send in quality photos (full frame and raw if possible, these can then be processed and crop according to need) for those years, for common as well as unusual/rares birds. These can be sent to the Photographic Editor Tony Mills  (As only a limited number of images can be used, please be reasonably selective). You can also send any artwork, digital and originals to the same address.

Tony Langford in Redruth has a number of wildlife books for sale in the For Sale section of the website. If you are interested in any please contact him directly as per that section. These were put onto the site a while back and are now with reductions on many.

I have been moving things around on the menu bar at the top of the website pages to try and rationalise things a bit. Please bear with us as we make some of these changes. One of these changes is making the ‘Members Area’ more prominent. This is password protected – you should be able to use the password in your membership pack, or please email if you need a reminder to gain access.

As per last weeks announcement, we now have a dedicated Student membership page with more information in the menu bar – Cornwall Birds/CBWPS Student Membership

An ideal christmas stocking filler idea perhaps (in my day it was a satsuma and a chocolate white mouse if I was lucky). Hopefully making the society more relevant and accessible to a younger generation of birders and naturalists.

Another new section on the website is in the ‘Walks and Events’ section. Along with the News and Events Calendar, ‘Walks and Events Reports’ will hopefully provide interesting reports on people getting out there and enjoying the county’s wildlife, and showcasing some of Cornwall’s wildlife and biodiversity. If you’ve been on one of the recent events do please send your report and pics in. The contact address is

The County list is now up one to a provisional record of 298. Will we get to 300? What will it be? Answers on a postcard please (or email/tweet perhaps)….

Dan Chaney, 14/11/2017


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Monday 13th November 2017

Late news, 10/11, Falmouth: 1 Little Auk reported adjacent to pontoon off Falmouth Maritime Marina. (J Draper)

Porthilly Point:1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Greenshank, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 56 Dunlin (S Grose)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter and 2 Long-tailed Duck still present, together with 5 Common Scoter, 18 Great Northern Diver and a Black-throated Diver. (A Payne, B Dodd)

Marazion: 1 Pacific Diver off Longrock car park with 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 10 Teal. (M McKee)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 2 Stonechat, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Ringed Plover on Swanpool Point, 36 Shag offshore, Swanpool: 1 Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrect, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap Swanvale: 2 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch. (D Chaney)

Rumps/Pentire Head: 2 Peregrine, 3 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard (S Marquis)

Charlestown: 2 Redwing ( D Hastilow)

Truro: 1 Redwing in the garden. (D Jenkins)

Bartinney: 1 Short-eared Owl. (C Moore)

Nanjizal: 73 birds ringed, including 6 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, 11 Chiffchaff (3 tristis) 3 Blackcap, 5 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 1 Hawfinch. 1 Little Bunting flying around. (K Wilson, B Bosisto)

St Erth: 1 Mistle Thrush. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Estuary, Lelant Saltings: 1 Black Swan, 8 Mute Swan, 26 Oystercatcher, c150 Golden Plover, 2 Grey Rover, c220 Lapwing, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 4 Snipe and 43 Mediterranean Gull. (MJ Spicer)

Dozmary Pool: Ring-necked Duck still.

Lamorna Cove: 1 Lapland Bunting. Also 1 Water Pipit. (M McKee)

Millbrook: 3 Black Redstart behind the Methodist Chapel.

St Issey: A flock of Fieldfare and Redwing feeding on hawthorn. (R Hughes)

St Ives: 1 Barn Owl over road through Halsetown. (R Veal) Also 1w Glaucous Gull west past Porthgwidden at 1230.

Crowlas: 2100 Wood Pigeon, 1 Peregrine, 60 Fieldfare in 30 mins vismig. (R Veal)

Fowey: 30 Common Scoter 30 (groups of 15+15), 1 Great Northern Diver, 23 Common Dolphin (groups of 15+8), 8 Porpoise and 3 breaching Tuna on a Kayak trip up to 6 miles offshore. (R Kirkwood)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 23 Purple Sandpiper, 19 Ringed Plover, 42 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 12 Common Scoter. (M McKee) 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 12 Great Northern Diver, 15 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Common Scoter (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Crows-en-Wra: 300 Golden Plover, 25 Lapwing, 1 Brambling, 2 Mistle Thrush. (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Trevilley: 2 Little Bunting, 1 Tree Pipit, 25+ Brambling, 20 Reed Bunting,  1 leucistic Chaffinch, Chough, 4 Fieldfare, 60 Golden Plover, 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff. (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Helford River from Bosloe Beach: 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gull. On a rising tide. (J St Ledger)

Lower Tamar Lake this morning: 3m Goosander, 11 Tufted Duck, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, c50 Black-headed Gull, 5 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Snipe, 1f Stonechat, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 10 Moorhen. (R Mudge)

Probus: 1 Peregrine, 1 Firecrest, 1 Grey Wagtail and at least 600 Woodpigeon plus a Chiffchaff. (BR Field)

Sennen Cove: Adult Yellow-legged Gull on Cowloe. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare) Also Little Egret in the harbour this morning.

St Just: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (N Wheatley)

Boswednack: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Skylark over.

Stithians Reservoir: 6+ Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Coal Tit, numerous Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk, Kingfishers seen from both hides, plenty of Chaffinch, Great Tits and Blue tits. (S Williams,  J.Hicks and T. Simcock-Edie)

Kingfisher, Stephen Williams

Kingfisher, Stephen Williams

Kingfisher, Stephen Williams