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Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Late news, 22/4, Brew: 21 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel. Trevilly:  250+ Swallow. (C Moore)

Bude, Maer Lake: 2 Avocet still. (R Mudge)

Croft Pascoe: 1 ringtail Montagu’s Harrier, also 1 Merlin and 1 Peregrine. (S Kolodziejski)

Kennack Sands: 60 Whimbrel and 11 Sandwich Tern. (S Kolodziejski)

Stithians Reservoir: 24 Willow Warbler, 13 Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling), 2 Whitethroat. Also Great Crested Grebe on Northern Cut Off. (S Taylor)

Trevedran, 1hour seawatch: 1 Great Skua, 3 Whimbrel, 22 Common/ Arctic Terns, 76 Manx Shearwater, 39 Kittiwake, 17 Fulmar, 400 Gannet, 250 Auks. On the land:  11 singing Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff. Also Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler. (M Bishop)

Lands’ End: 1 male Ring Ouzel in bushes by Lands’ End car park. (M Bishop)

St Just: 1 Hoopoe still in area around radio station, apparently it was visiting a private garden from 17th April. 1 Grasshopper Warbler at the Golf Course. (P Fraser)

Camel Estuary Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Black-headed Gull, 10 Blue Tit, 6 Buzzard, 2 Canada Goose, c50 Carrion Crow, 30 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 Cormorant, 20 Curlew, 20 Dunlin, 2 Dunnock, 30 Goldfinch, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Tit, 5 Greenshank, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Grey Plover, c50 Herring Gull, 6 House Sparrow, 20 Jackdaw, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Linnet, 20 Little Egret, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 10  Mallard, 20  Mute Swan, c50 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Raven, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 10 Robin, 20 Rook, c50 Shelduck, 1 Skylark, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Starling, 6 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 20 Whimbrel, 2 Wigeon, c30 Wood Pigeon and 2 Wren. (The “Martin Cutland” Wildlife Walk, per C Travis)

 Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 dr Garganey still. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 6 Ring Ouzel. (R Farnes & Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Although none were seen early morning. (T Mills & V Stratton)

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Ring Ouzel, Rod Farnes

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1 Glaucous Gull, 7 Great Skua, 29 Whimbrel, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sandwich Tern, c200 Kittiwake, c30 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin and 1 Great Northern Diver also in woods, 1 Whitethroat. Gorrangorras: 1 Greenshank, 2 Oystercatcher and 4 Sandwich Tern. Off Swanpool Beach: 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Chaney)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Swallow, Greylag Geese and Jackdaw. (R Farnes)

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Swallow, Rod Farnes

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Greylag Geese, Rod Farnes.

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Jackdaw Rod Farnes

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Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Late news, 21/4, Falmouth Bay: 1 Osprey, 1 Black Guillemot, 1f Eider Duck, 4 Great Northern Diver and 5 Whimbrel. (R Hollis, AK Wildlife Cruise)

Maer Lake: 2 Avocet, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, c20 Teal and 2 Moorhen. (R Mudge)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 dr Garganey, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow, 1 Raven, 1 Grey Heron, 15 Mallard (14 m 1f with ducklings), 7 Canada Geese, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull bathing with Herring Gull. (R Farnes & T Mills)

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Rod Farnes

Penzance: 30 Whimbrel over. (D Flumm)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary:  2 Little Egret and 4 Common Sandpiper. (D Flumm) Golf Course: 1 Merlin. (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Wren, also Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. (J St Ledger)

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Sedge Warbler, John St Ledger

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Wren, John St Ledger

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 6 Whimbrel. (S Turner)

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 6 Ring Ouzel (4m 2f), 30+ Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo, 15+ Linnet, 12+ Meadow Pipit and 9 Swallow. (S Turner & V Stratton)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus 7 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 4 Teal, 3 Mallard plus 5 ducklings, 2 Little Egret, 13 Grey Heron, 10 Moorhen, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 1 Stonechat and 1 Reed Bunting. Also 1 otter on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 9 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Turnstone, 6 Ringed Plover and 4 Dunlin on the bach plus 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker)

Praa Sands: 1 Red-rumped Swallow with c20 Swallow between here and Prussia Cove. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Just: 1 Hoopoe at Lands End Radio station site. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still.

Falmouth, from Pendennis Point: 1 Black Guillemot, 11 Whimbrel in flight, 100+ Gannet, c200 Auk sp., 1 Puffin, 1 possible Sabine’s Gull, 3 Common Scoter, 11 Kittiwake and 22 Manx Shearwater. Later the Black Guillemot flew into and landed halfway up the Carrick Roads.1 Guillemot offshore, 2 Black-throated Diver, 15 Great Northern Diver and 2 Sandwich Tern resting in the Carrick Roads. Gorrangorras: 1 Greenshank, 3 Mute Swan and 1 Little Egret. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 3 Tufted Duck, c100 Herring Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Canada Goose, 4+ singing Blackcap, 6 Swallow and 1 Nuthatch at nesthole. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir:
 6 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Garden Warbler. (D Chaney)

Hannafore Point: 24 Whimbrel. (B Taggart)

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Monday 21st April 2014

Late news, 20/4 Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in private garden.

Late news 20/4, St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 7 Ring Ouzels  (4 males 3 females), 1 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 12 Wheatear, 12+ Linnet with several building nests and 5 Common Buzzard over Trendrine Hill. Wicca Valley: 2 Whimbrel, 8 Curlew, 40+ Swallow, 6 Wheatear and 1 Sparrowhawk female. (V Stratton)

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 2 f Ring Ouzel and 30+ Wheatear. (S Turner) Later, 5 Ring Ouzel (3 males and 2 females) on the lower slopes towards Towednack and 3 Ring Ouzel this evening at the rocky outcrops on the top of the Hill. (V Stratton & J Thomas)

 Windmill Farm: 6 Dunlin, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting and 1 Whimbrel. (D Wright)

Gannel Estuary: 5 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Grey Plover. (M Lammas) Also 1 juv Iceland Gull reported.

Maer Lake: 2 Avocet. (T Marlow & M Mullard)

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Davidstow Airfield: 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk and 15 Wheatear. Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover and 21+ Wheatear. (B Craven)

Kingsmill Lake: 2+ Whimbrel, 5+ Chiffchaff, 3+ Blackcap. (C Ellis)

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still. (R Farnes)

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Glossy Ibis

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Rod Farnes

Drift Reservoir (members only): 51 Canada Geese, 1 Muscovy Duck, 21 Mallard plus 3 ducklings, 1 farmyard duck, 1 drake Garganey, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Moorhen, 3 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 63 Herring Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 27 Swallow, 25 Sand Martin, 5 House Martin, 2 Reed warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler and 1 Green Woodpecker. (DK Parker)

Par Beach: 1 Little Tern.

Looe, Hannafore Point: 3 (2 drake, 1 duck) Garganey briefly on the sea.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Glaucous Gull and possible 1w American Herring Gull reported in Copperhouse Creek.

Godrevy: 1 Puffin.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus 7 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 4 Teal, 3 Mallard plus 8 ducklings, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 9 Moorhen, 41 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 7 Cetti’s Warbler, c30 Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and 1 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 6 Whimbrel, 9 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 5 Turnstone and 2 Wheatear on the beach plus 3 Sandwich terns offshore. (DK Parker)


Video: Charles Davies

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Sunday 20th March 2014

Late news 18/4 Bude Marshes: 29 Mallard, 5 Moorhen (one on nest), 5 Canada Geese, 7 Herring Gull, 12 Swallow, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 12 nests in nearby Rookery, 1 Dunnock, several Robins and Blackbirds. (R Mudge & H Kendall)

Late news 19/4 Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Dabchick and 4 Gadwall. (P Davies – photos)

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Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spotted Redshank, 43 Black-tailed Godwit, 2m Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 10 Gadwall, 6 House martin, 20+ Sand martin, 12 Swallow and 5 Sedge Warbler.

Marazion: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 House Martin, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Great Northern Diver. (I Webster)

Long Rock Beach: 1 Sandwich Tern. (MJ Spicer) Also 2 Great Northern Diver.

Longrock Pool: c120 Swallow, c30 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin this afternoon. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 15 Purple Sandpipers and 18 Turnstones below the harbour wall plus drake Eider off the Bus Station this morning. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 11 Wheatear. (DS Flumm)

Bartinney: 6 Wheatear. (DS Flumm)

Windmill Farm: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo and 3 Sedge Warbler on CBWPS walk. (D Wright – photos)

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Mousehole: 4 Sandwich Tern plus 2 Rock Pipit. (S Maycock – photo)

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Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still, plus 2m Garganey at St Anthony and 1 Dunlin. (J Selby – photo)

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Falmouth: 1Black-throated Diver off Gyllyngvase Beach. (J St Ledger)

Kenidjack: 1 male Redstart. (JD Swann)

St Ives: 4 Ring Ouzel this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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Saturday 19th April 2014

St Gothian Sands LNR: 3 broods of Mallard, 1 Dunlin, c20 Sand Martin, c15 Swallow and 3 Wheatear plus 1 Sandwich Tern offshore. (MJ Spicer)

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still. (L Proctor)

Video of aggressive Mute Swan filmed at Guineaport on 18/4 by C Davies
Buttermilk Hill: 6 Ring Ouzel, 12 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo, 4 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 14 pr Linnet and 9 pr Meadow Pipit. (D Jenkins, V Stratton, J Thomas)

Trendrine Hill/Holmans Moors: 12 Buzzard and 1 Whitethroat.  V Stratton, J Thomas) 

Beagletodn: 2 Ring Ouzel.  (V Stratton, J Thomas)

Zennor Hill/Eagles Nest: 6 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 5 Buzzard. (V Stratton, J Thomas)

St. Ives Harbour: 5 Buzzards flew over the town and out over the Bay. (V Stratton, J Thomas)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 7 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus 7 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Teal, 9 Mallard plus 8 & 5 ducklings, 2 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 9 Moorhen, 22 Curlew over, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 6 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear and 1 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker)

Porth Joke: 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and several Linnet. (S Rowe)

Sancreed: 10 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and 10 Swallow. (DS Flumm)

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Friday 18th April 2014

Late news 17/4 Looe Island: 1 Eider, 18 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Tern and 3 Willow Warbler. (B Taggart)

Late news 17/4 Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Common Sandpiper and 1 Reed Warbler. (B Field)

Friendship Woods: 6+ Siskin, 1 Linnet and 2 Blackcap. (MJ Spicer)

Buttermilk Hill: 1f Ring Ouzel and 6 Wheatear. (S Turner)

St Merryn: 1 Snow Bunting in a private garden, for third day. (P Clifford)

Brew Pool: 1 Whitethroat. (B Field)

Trinity Pool: 1 Little Egret. (B Field) 

Windmill Farm: 7 Wheatear, 7 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Reed Bunting. (D Wright)

Tregeseal: 1 Red Kite. (S Williams)

Rumps and Pentire Farm: 20 Carrion Crow, 4 Fulmar, 2 Gannet,  Goldfinch,10 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Guillimot, c50 Herring Gull, 20 House Martin, 12 House Sparrow, 8 Jackdaw, 2 Kestrel, 4 Magpie, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Pheasant, 3 Razorbill, 12 Rock Pipit, 6 Shag,12 Skylark, 4 Stonechat, c80 Swallow, 2 Wheatear and c50 Wood Pigeon. (C & B Travis)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus 7 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Teal, 14 Mallard, 3 Little Egret, 13 Grey Heron, 12 Moorhen, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 8+ Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear and 2 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 12 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 14 Turnstone on the beach and 3 Great Northern Divers offshore. (DK Parker)

Sennen: 3 Yellow Wagtails and a White Wagtail in field opposite the quarry. (DK Parker)

Buttermilk Hill, St Ives:  9 Ring Ouzels, a flock of 8 were on the slope towards Towednack and arrived early this morning consisting of 4 males and 4 females and a female feeding on the slope of the hill towards Trevalgan Hill.  The group of 8 fed up until 7-00 pm this evening and stopped feeding, and just sat around until 7-40 pm when they flew up onto the higher rocks and then flew off in a flock high towards the North West out over the sea continuing their migration. Also  12 Wheatears. (V Stratton-photos)

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Eagles Nest: 1 Red Kite, 2 Whitethroat and 3 House Martin. (J St Ledger)

Marazion: 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Penzance: 1 Great Northern Diver and drake Eider. (L Proctor)

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis.

Falmouth: 1 Black Guillemot. (D Chaney)

Kenidjack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Walmsley: 1 Redstart.

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Thursday 17th April 2014

Late news 16/4 Hayle Estuary: 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 12 Little Egret, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Grey Plover. (S Turner)

Late news 16/4 Chun Down: 1 Cuckoo and 27 Wheatear. (I Webster)

St Erth: 6+ Siskin in Friendship Wood, plus 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Linnet. (MJ Spicer)

Towan Head: 8 Purple Sandpiper with Turnstones. (M Lammas)

Lanivet: 1 f Merlin chasing House Martins. (P Davies)

Rame Head: 1 ring-tail Hen Harrier. (D Allan)

Chyandour, Penzance: 13 Sandwich Tern and 1m Eider still paired to an adult Great Black-backed Gull. (DS Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus c5 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Teal, 9 Mallard plus 8 ducklings, 2 Little Egret, 14 Grey Heron, 11 Moorhen, 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail and 2 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: 2 Canada Geese, 1 Little Egret, 4 Whimbrel, 5 Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap and 4 Whitethroat. (DK Parker, C Moore)

Carn Brae: 4 Ring Ouzel. (C Moore)

Bartinney Down: 1 Cuckoo. (C Moore)

Porthgwarra: 1 Dotterel. (M Wallace)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Wheatear (1m, 3 f) and1 Mallard with 14 ducklings. (M & T Hasdell)

Buttermilk Hill: 14 Ring Ouzel, 1 Cuckoo, 21 Wheatear, 5 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel and several Linnet and Meadow Pipit this morning plus 2 Ring Ouzel and 9 Wheatear this evening. (V Stratton, J Thomas)

St John’s Lake: 1 Spoonbill and 12 Shelduck. (D Courtnell)

Windmill Farm: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 18 Swallow and Willow Warbler and Chiffchaffs. (D Wright)

Porth Joke: 12 Wheatear, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, several Skylark, Buzzard, Kestrel, 3 Moorhen and 3 Swallow. (S Rowe)

Zennor Hill: 5 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Lizard Village: Great White Egret flew north. (T Blunden)

Gurnard’s Head: 1f Ring Ouzel.

Kenidjack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Falmouth: 1 Black Guillemot and 1 Whitehroat.

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still. (P Tongue – photo)

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Sennen: 1 Hoopoe at Brew Sewage Works.

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