Tuesday 16th April 2019

There will be potential for disturbance at Walmsley and Middle Amble reserves tomorrow Wednesday 17th as contractors will be working on site. Sorry for the inconvenience but it is essential.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis and Yellow Wagtail. (S Rogers) Also 1+ Water Pipit, 2 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 3 Swallow, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. (DK Parker) This evening the Glossy Ibis left the marsh at 5.40pm and flew out to sea until out of view. 14 Sand Martin & 2 Swallow. (J Hawkey)

Reed Bunting – Dave Parker

Blackcap – Dave Parker

Caerthillian: Wryneck and 2 Tree Pipit. (M Pass)

Par: 5 Eider, 15 Whimbrel & 1 Sandwich Tern 09:00 to 10:30. (I Stewart)

Par Beach Lake:  Female Mallard with 8 young, 2 Shelduck, male and female Tufted Ducks, Canada Goose on nest. (R. Barlow)

Camel Trail Wadebridge to Polbrock: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 13 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff, 4 Siskin, 10 Song Thrush, 3 Willow Tit, 19 Shelduck, 1 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Raven. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra: 1 Grasshopper Warbler (reeling by 60ft), 2+ Siskin, 3 Wheatear, 4 Swallow, 1 Snipe, 7 White Wagtail,  30 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, 9 Willow Warbler, 5 Jay between here and Polgigga. (R Veal)

Bude Marshes: 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Wren. (H Kendall)

Maer Lake: 10+ Swallow, 4 – 5 Sand Martin, 2 Great black Backed Gull, 2 Curlew, a few Teal. (H Kendall)

Maer Cliffs: c.15 Sand Martin investigating the cliffs for nest sites and 10+ more hunting over the grass areas. (H Kendall)

Dobwalls: 3 Swallow, Holly Blue, Orange Tip (C&J Duffy)

Lands End: 4 Swallow, 3 Whimbrel, 1m Wheatear, 1m Blackcap, 4 Stonechat (2prs) &  the usual Hooded/Carrion Crow hydrid. (J Hawkey)

Men-an-Tol: 2 Wheatear.

Old Lizard Head: 1 Whimbrel over, 1 Wheatear. (D Collins)

East Pentire, Newquay: 4 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 3 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover. (S Rowe)

Marazion: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Whimbrel, 1 Common Scoter, 5 Eider. (S Rowe)

Penzance: 27 Purple Sandpiper and 3 Turnstone at Battery Rocks, and 1 imm m Eider off the Promenade. (T Mills)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Willow Warbler, 30+ hirundines, distant pair of Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaffs. (S Turner) 


Monday 15th April 2019

Late news, East Pentire: Female Short-eared Owl found dead, apparent cause was starvation, presumably brought on by the recent bad weather. (per S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Coot, 40+ Sand Martin, 3 House Martin, 2 Swallow. (S Grose)

Mousehole: 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 diver sp. and 8 Whimbrel between 09:00 & 11:00. (M Elliott)

Nanjizal: 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge warbler and 1 Wood Warbler. (K Wilson)

Chapel Amble: 2 Water Pipit, 5 White Wagtail, 12 Pied Wagtail and a Green Sandpiper. (P Roseveare)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Mediterranean Gull and 10 Sandwich Tern. (Oriole Birding)

Marazion Beach: 2 Whimbrel and a sum plum Bar-tailed Godwit. (J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis again. (R Copeland)

Polgigga: Siberian Chiffchaff still around the duck pond. (R Copeland)


Sunday 14th April 2019

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Red-rumped Swallow again at the eastern end of the marsh, also Glossy Ibis briefly and 2 sum plum Water Pipit. (OrioleBirding)

Polgigga: Pied Crow and Siberian Chiffchaff at the duck pond and “Channel” wagtail still in the fields with 10 White Wagtail and 6 Pied Wagtail. (M Wallace, D Julian, P Ash)

“Channel” Wagtail – Steve Rogers

“Channel” Wagtail – Linton Proctor

“Channel” Wagtail – Linton Proctor

Siberian Chiffchaff – Paul Ash

Siberian Chiffchaff – Paul Ash

Siberian Chiffchaff – Paul Ash

Land’s End: Pied Crow back at the complex. (M Elliott, M Ahmad, P Ash)

Pied Crow – Paul Ash

Pied Crow – Paul Ash

Pied Crow – Mashuq Ahmad

Pied Crow – Paul Ash

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey at 14:30 flew towards St Erth with a fish. (B Mellow) Also 4 Whimbrel and 1 Grey Plover. (R Veal) 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sanderling, 7 Ringed Plover. (P Roseveare)

Par Beach Pool: 2 Water Rail, 2 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 41 Sand Martin, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 1 Little Egret , 4 Cormorant, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Greenfinch, 3 Linnet. (S Grose)

Par Beach: 10 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Gwithian: 5 Wheatear, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Swallow , 2 House Martin, 26 Tufted Duck. Plus 2 Stoat. (P Fraser)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Common Sandpiper, c40 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 4 House Martin.

Mousehole: 1 Sandwich Tern and 8 Manx Shearwater. (P Roseveare)

Penzance: 5 Eider in the Harbour and a 1st cy Med Gull. (P Roseveare)

Lizard: 2w Iceland Gull again.

Hensbarrow Downs: 1 Northern Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler (singing), 4 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Stonechat. (R Hollis)


Saturday 13th April 2019

Late news, 11/4, Levant Mine: Wheatear (female), 6 Swallow. (R Bonser)

Late news 12/4, RSPB Scillonian III wildlife cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 ad m Eider, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull, 77 Gannet, 26 Guillemot, 108 Manx Shearwater, 1 Common Dolphin, 3 Razorbill, 1 Fulmar. Wolf Rock to St Marys: 1 Fulmar, 8 Gannet, 3 Great Skua, 63 Manx Shearwater, 4 Kittiwake, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, c20 Common Dolphin. St Marys to Wolf Rock: 6 Manx Shearwater, 5 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot, 5 Gannet, 1 Kittiwake. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 69 Gannet, 6 Kittiwake, 7 Fulmar, 23 Manx Shearwater, 12 Guillemot, 40 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Eider (all imms). (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Late news, 12/4, Lizard Point to Caerthillian: Tree Pipit (1 over), 4 Swallow. (R Bonser)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Red-rumped Swallow. (S Rogers) Also Glossy Ibis, 5 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Swallow, c20 Sand Martin. (DK Parker, R Veal)

Chapel Amble: 1 Temminck’s Stint again, singing Reed and Sedge Warbler. Also 1 m Garganey seen flying towards Walmsley Sanctuary. (D Julian) The stint still present this evening. (P Roseveare)

Polgigga: 1 m ‘Channel’ Yellow Wagtail reported in field opposite Old Smithy. Also 10 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Channel Wagtail – John Chapple

Helston: Yellow-browed Warbler at the sewage works again. (P Fraser)

Sennen Cove: 1 Great Skua harried by Great Black-backed Gull. (B Dodd)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Little Gull again.

Church Cove, Gunwalloe: steady stream of Swallows and Sand Martins 12:30 to 13:30. (J Lander)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackcap, 3 Buzzard, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet. (S Grose)

Trevose Head: 1 Sedge Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and 8 White Wagtail. Also 36 Skylark feeding on recently cultivated fields. (P Roseveare) Merlin around the lifeboat station area 16:12. (S Lilley)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Sedge Warbler, 82 Black-tailed Godwit, c120 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow. (P Roseveare)


Friday 12th April 2019

Late news, 5/4, Davidstow Airfield: 60 Golden Plover, 6 Wheatears and 1 Buzzard. (S Windle)

Late news, 11/4, Penzance: Robins fledged, the first brood of birds to succeed in the garden except the hole nesters in over thirty years, all others taken by Magpies. Sparrows, Blue Tits and Great Tits occupying boxes and female Blackcap still present. All in a private garden. (R Phillips)

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler in song below the sewage works by the wooden gate at 07:45. (R Bonser)

Nanjizal: Hooded Crow again at Faraway Cottage. Also 1f Black Redstart, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 House Martin, 11 Swallow, 10 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap between here and Land’s End. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis, 1+ Water Pipit, 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler singing, 2 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, c40 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow. (S Rogers, P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Marazion: 9 Eider (8 m 1 f), 3 Whimbrel, 8 Ringed Plover, 8 Sanderling. (S Rogers)

Sancreed: 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Wheatear. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: Pied Crow reported again and also at Nanjizal. (B Dodd)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 male Reed bunting, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Jay, 12+ Rooks, small groups of Swallows and Sand Martins, 6 Goldfinches. (H Kendall)

Trevose Head: 1 Wheatear (m), 1 Merlin (f) chasing a mixed flock of Swallow/House and Sand Martin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag, Linnets, Stonechats, Skylarks. (S Marquis) 41 White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Swallow this evening. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Polgigga: 10 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spoonbill (2cy), 8 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 60 Teal, 100 Sand Martin. (D Eva)

Crugmeer: 2 Grey Partridge. (D Eva)

Trevose: 1 Short-eared Owl, 10 Wheatear. (D Eva)

Poltesco: 3 Chiffchaff. (F Trewin)

Mullion Cove: Pair Bullfinch, pair Swallows ( J. Allely)

St Merryn: Jackdaws making nests in bell tower. 1 pair Wood Pigeon also in church grounds. (R Hughes)

Rock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 20+ Sand Martin at Porthilly Point. (S Grose)

Croft Pascoe: 3 Crossbill briefly, flew off west. (D Collins)

Wadebridge: m&f Siskin on the Rivendell Estate. (N Greaves)

Godrevy to Hell’s Mouth: 2 Wren, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Skylark, 8 (4pr) Stonechat, 10 Linnet, 20+ Jackdaw, 2 Raven, 7 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 40+ Fulmar, 1 Gannet. (M Webb)

Gannet and Fulmar – Martin Webb

Pendeen: 12 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Willow Warbler. (A Hartley)

Trewidden Gardens: 1 Nuthatch (heard-only). (A Hartley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Little Gull. (P St Pierre)


Thursday 11th April 2019

Land’s End: Found, one camera battery, believed for Fuji. Contact Phil Taylor via CBWPS News website

Wadebridge: 31 Cattle Egret in field with cattle opposite Trewornan Manor. (S Grose)

Land’s End: Pied Crow of unknown origin still present at the complex but goes missing for long periods. Also 2 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 3 Swallow. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, P Fraser, D Flumm, B Bosisto) 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 House Martin, 6 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin. (B Bosisto)

Pied Crow – Bob Bosisto

Pied Crow – Dave Parker

Nanjizal: Hooded Crow at Faraway Cottage. (M Wallace)

Hooded Crow – Mark Wallace

Sennen: Hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow in usual field near Trinity Pool. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Crows-an-Wra: Hybrid Carrion x Hooded Crow on telegraph pole just west of village. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler in song at the sewage works.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Reed Warbler singing, Glossy Ibis, Merlin, 12 Sand Martin. (S Rogers, DK Parker) Glossy Ibis, 2 Shoveler, a few Teal and at least 6 Grey Heron. (A Hartley) 1 Glossy Ibis, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Mallard, 2 m&f Shoveler, 4 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Swallow, 6 Dunnock at 13.40. (M Webb)

Glossy Ibis – Adam Hartley

Shoveler – Martin Webb

Marazion Beach: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Eider. (S Rogers) 5 Common Gull on the beach. (A Hartley)

Drift Resevoir (members only): 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 34 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin. (D Flumm)

Trewornan: 44+ Cattle Egret in field of friesans NW of Gutt Bridge on B3314. (A Langdon)

Chapel Amble: 2 Little Ringed Plover still opposite the car park, also 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail. (P Ash)

Little Ringed Plover – Paul Ash

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 sum plum Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 1s Common Gull. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 House Martin, 2 Greylag over train station early this morning. (J Evans)

Penzance: Nuthatch nest building, reducing the hole size with mud. (T Mills) Jubilee Pool: 27 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Carrion Crow at 11:25. (M Webb)

Nuthatch – Tony Mills

Buttermilk Hill: 5m and 2f Wheatear. (J Eaton)

Tywardreath: 1 Swallow on overhead wires in Southpark Road. (R. Barlow)

Falmouth: 1 Red Kite, soaring high over Penryn Campus at 16:15 today, drifting slowly west. (S Bearhop)

Restronguet: Large Tortoiseshell at Restronguet Point. (J Chapple)

Kennall Vale: 1 Dipper and 2 Grey Wagtail. (S Williams)

Dipper and Grey Wagtail – Stephen Williams

Pendeen: 3 Swallows, 2 Buzzard. (A Hartley)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Bury)

North Cliffs to Godrevy: Merlin (f), 2 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Stonechat, 4 Raven, 6 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Wren, Shag, Gannet, Cormorant, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Pheasant, Chaffinch. Also Adder. (P Freestone)

Kynance Cove: 6+ Stonechat, 8+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzard, pair of Jackdaws nest building, 17+ active Shag nests, 6+ Gannet offshore, 1 Cormorant, male Bullfinch, 2 Swallow (P Freestone)

Hayle, Mexico Towans: 6 House Martin over (P Freestone)

Liskeard: Redstart singing this morning. (D Julian)


Wednesday 10th April 2019

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Reed Warbler singing, 2 Shoveler, 2 Shelduck, 40+ Sand Martin. (S Rogers) Also Glossy Ibis and Water Pipit. (P Walsh)

Water Pipit – Pete Walsh

Marazion: 13 Sandwich Tern offshore, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling, 30 Turnstone on the beach. (S Rogers)

Chaple Amble: 1 Temmincks Stint, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Sancreed: 1 Cattle Egret, 4 Wheatear. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gadwall, 1 Tufted Duck, 30 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin. (D Flumm)

Cot Valley: Presumed escaped Pied Crow moving south over Cot Valley at 11:00. It was distant but appeared to have a ‘gap’ in one wing, probably the left. (N Wheatley)

Land’s End: 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 m Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Presumed escaped Pied Crow at 16:01. (M McKee, M Spicer, P Taylor et al) Pied Crow flew away towards Sennen at around 19:40 (A Hartley)

Pied Crow, Mike Spicer

Pied Crow, Mike Spicer

Pied Crow, John Miller

Pied Crow, Steve Rogers

Porthgwarra & St Levan: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 45 Willow Warbler, 29 Blackcap, 12 Wheatear, 1 Siskin and 4 Sparrowhawk. (M Wallace)

Nanjizal: 36 Blackcap ringed at a private site, also male Pied Flycatcher. (K Wilson)

Pendeen: Raven, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Stonechat (A Hartley)

Geevor: 2 Wheatear – singing male & female (A Hartley)

Wheatear, Adam Hartley

Rock: 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff from private garden. (S Grose)

Lizard: Male Pied Flycatcher briefly at Pistil Meadow and 2w Iceland Gull opposite Tregullas Farm Shop.

St Ives: 5 Linnet in Barnoon cemetery. Also 2 Swallows on The Island. (K Money) 3 House Martin, 8+ Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler. (R Veal)

Camel Estuary: ringtail harrier, probably a Hen Harrier hunting over the saltmarsh at 11:40 from Burniere hide, flew upstream at 13:00. Presumably the same bird flew through Walmsley Sanctuary at 14:00. (N Gardner)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 81 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 120 Teal, 200 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 4 Swallow. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Rock: 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff from private garden. (S Grose)

Ashford Bridge (on R. Fowey), Dobwalls: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper (C&J Duffy)

Coldwind Lane, N of Dobwalls: 2 Linnet, 1 Skylark (C&J Duffy)

Dobwalls: Male and female Yellowhammer and 1 male Blackcap in the garden (C&J Duffy)

De Lank Waterworks to Garrow Tor (Bodmin Moor): 7 Wheatear (3 pairs + 1 female), 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Bunting. Also numbers of Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Linnet. (J St Ledger)

Mistle Thrush, John St Ledger

Wheatear, John St Ledger

Bastreet, Bodmin Moor: 5+Fieldfares. (B Craven)

Temple: 3 Canada Goose, 1 Raven, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush. (RB Girling)

Swanpool: 2 m&f Mallard + 10 ducklings, 10 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 4 Mute Swan, 2 m&f Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Robin, 6 Blue Tit at 14.50. (M Webb)

male Blackcap, Martin Webb

female Blackcap, Martin Webb

Trevose Head: Male Redstart this evening. Other migrants consisted of 1 female Merlin, 2 White Wagtails, 5 Blackcap, 18 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 6 Swallow, 9 House Martin and 4 Sand Martin. (P Roseveare)