Thursday 16th March 2017

Late news, 14./3, Burniere Hide, Camel Estuary: 42 Little Egret next to the dam. (D Thomas)

Late news, 14/3, Walmsley: 30 Lapwing, 3 Reed Bunting, 300+ Sand Martin and 4 Chiffchaff calling. (D Thomas)

Late news,15/3, Whitecross, Newquay: 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 50+ mixed flock of finches in stubble field and 300+ Golden Plover. (D Thomas)

Late news, 15/3, Looe Island: 4 Blackbird, 11 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 54 Cormorant, 1 Curlew, 2 Dunnock, 16 Fulmar, 12 Gannet, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Goldfinch, 2 Great Northern Diver, 50 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenfinch, 258 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Little Egret,  8 Mallard, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 23 Oystercatcher,  1 Pheasant, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Raven, 1 Robin, 2 Rock Pipit, 22 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Turnstone, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 14 Woodpigeon, 14 Wren 14. (D Spooner)

Kenidjack: 8 Chiffchaff (D Flumm)

Carn Gloose: 15 Chough. (S Williams)

Sancreed: 9 Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff and on Sancreed Beacon a Red-legged Partridge. Although a neighbour reported one a couple of years ago, this is the first I’ve seen here in 23 years. (D Flumm)

Penzance, Lidden area: 1 Blackcap singing in garden. (T Mills)

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret late morning in Tredrea Lane. (Cornwall Birding) 2 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret this afternoon. Also 2 Curlew and 1 Nuthatch in private garden. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Estuary: 2 juv. Iceland Gull. (S Rogers, J Thomas) 3 Cattle Egret flew in from SW at 17:28 and landed near Lelant Station, 2 juv. Iceland Gull, 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 2f Teal, 1 ad Common Gull on Lelant Saltings. 10 Grey Plover, 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 ad Shag on Carnsew Pool and 4 Sand Martin to west. (R Veal)

St Ives: 1 Black Redstart at St Ives Island. 1 Great Crested Grebe on sea. (Cornwall Birding)

St Gothians NR: 1 2nd year Iceland Gull, 1 Little Ringed Plover. (S. Rogers)

Heston Boating Lake: 1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull, 4 Shoveler. (S Rogers)

Treverva: 1 ad Iceland Gull with c.300 Herring Gull feeding in cauliflower fields before flying east towards Maenporth 2pm today. Also flock of 30 Cormorant seen flying N inland from Maenporth. (D Chaney)

Gorren Haven: 1 Hoopoe this afternoon at Boswinger. (Cornwall Birding)

Bedruthan Steps to Park Head: 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Wheatear together with considerable numbers of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Stonechats. (J Lander)

Marazion: A pair of Garganey on the sea off the Station House this evening. (P St Pierre)

Walmsley: 3 Garganey. (C Selway)

Seaton: 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 7 Common Scoter. (C Buckland)

Torpoint: 2 (m,f) Long-tailed Duck. (C Buckland)


Wednesday 15th March 2017

Late news, 14/3, Sancreed: 9 Fieldfare. (D. Flumm)

Late news, 14/3, Drift Reservoir: 95 Sand Martin. (D. Flumm)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Bonaparte’s Gull (3pm), 4+ Mediterranean Gull, 4 Shoveler

Porth Reservoir: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 12 Great Crested Grebe (1pr nest building), 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 1 Mandarin, 3 Common Gull, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker ‘drumming’, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff and 3 Tawny Owl calling. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Iceland Gull (adult & 1w following plough), 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Little Egret (D. Flumm, NR Phillips)

Sancreed: 5 Fieldfare, 1 Chiffchaff. (D. Flumm)

Pendeen: 1 Merlin. (D. Flumm)

Perransands: 2 m Wheatear. (P Fenn)

Lanner Green: 1 pr Bullfinch in garden. (R.Hampshire)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Cattle Egret at dusk. (S Grose)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 28 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 35 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 35 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 6 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 50 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 30 Grey Plover, c.1000 Golden Plover, 10 Knot, 45 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 45 Black-headed Gull, 150 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 18 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 5 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 15 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 4 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (M Scawen et al.)

Lizard Point: 35 Puffin, 1 Great Skua, 200+ Common Dolphin. (A Blunden, I Maclean, S Kolodzieski)

Old Lizard Head: 2 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart. (A Blunden, I Maclean)

Porthleven: 1 Black Redstart. (I Maclean)

Goss Moor: 4 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Dunnock, 4 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Willow Tit (near sub station), male and female Sparrowhawk flying together, 3 Stonechat, 7 Robin, 3 Buzzard, 5 Magpie. (P Ash)

Wadebridge: 3 Redshank, 1 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Greenfinch (H Wilkins)

St Agnes Head: 1 Short-eared Owl  flying at 16.20. (S Mickleburgh)

Sennen Cove: 2 Little Egret, Merlin.

College Reservoir: 1 1w m Scaup still.

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still by cafe and 1 Cattle Egret.

Pendower: 112 divers including 1 Red-throated Diver (with 75% of the rest Black-throated Diver and c25% Great Northern Diver), 4 Slavonian Grebe and 6 Common Scoter. (DK Parker, R Wilkins & S Gay)

Rosevine: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 21 distant divers and 4 Mediterranean Gull. (DK Parker, R Wilkins)

Long-tailed Duck, Dave Parker.

Long-tailed Duck, Dave Parker.

Millbrook: Barn owl rescued from neighbours chimney this afternoon and released. Bit sooty but otherwise ok. (B Taggart)

Barn Owl, Bruce Taggart

Barn Owl, Bruce Taggart

Porthgwarra: 2 Choughs on the cliffs by the old coastguard station. (R Butts)

Near Trewey Common:  3 Yellowhammer, (1 female) at 451361. (R Butts)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 ad Caspian Gull, flew off South at about 09:30. (R Butts)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup, 2 Mute Swans & 2 Goldeneye still. (B Craven)

Colliford Reservoir: 1 Great Northern Diver still. (B Craven)

Croft Pascoe Pool (Goonhilly): 1 Swallow mid-morning. (M Silk, G Swan)


Tuesday 14th March 2017

Late news, 12/3, Nanjizal: 2 Little Bunting still present, also 1 Water Pipit.

Late News, 13/3, Marazion: Juv Iceland Gull offshore yesterday afternoon plus 2 Velvet Scoter and 5 Common Scoter. (DK Parker)

Late news, 13/3, Crowlas: 1f Brambling again. (R Veal)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull still.

Bonaparte's Gull, Marlene Rouncefield

Bonaparte’s Gull, Marlene Rouncefield 13/3/17

Truro, St Clement: 13 Cattle Egret and 14 Little Egret in the roost this evening (T Wilson)

Porthgwarra: 4 Wheatear. (M Wallace)

Crows-an-Wra: f Merlin over A30 at 12:30. (P Taylor)

Sennen: hybrid Hooded x Carrion Crow in field below Trinity Cottages. (P Taylor)

Marazion: 2 Velvet Scoter and 5 Common Scoter still. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 14 Wigeon, 36 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 11 Moorhen, 4 Snipe, 12 Sand Martin, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5+ Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch and 3 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Little Grebe, Ash Paul

Little Grebe, Ash Paul

Stonechat, Ash Paul

Stonechat, Ash Paul

Godolphin Cross: 1 Green Woodpecker yaffling 15.30, Godolphin National Trust estate. (C Richards)

Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (S Rowe)

Rosemullion Head: 3 Black-throated Diver. Also, 2 pods of Common Dolphin (approx 16 in each pod), including one rescued from rope entanglement by British Divers Marine Life Rescue. (John St Ledger) 

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1m Red-breasted Merganser, 1 1w Spoonbill, 1 Sparrowhawk, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 sp Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 1w Iceland Gull, 1 1w Caspian Gull and 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott, MJ Spicer) Also 10 Common Gull. (R Veal)

Black-tailed Godwit, Ash Paul

Black-tailed Godwit, Ash Paul

Longrock Pool: 2 Swallow and 16 Sand Martin. (MJ Spicer)

Rock helipad field: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Sennen Cove: Little Egret again today.

College Reservoir: 1 Iceland Gull. (T Phelps) 1m Scaup, 2 Wigeon, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Tit. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 3 (1 ad 2 imm) Mute Swan, 9 Tufted Duck. (D Chaney)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Gerrans Bay: 40+ Black-throated Diver, 16 Great Northern Dive and 2 Slavonian Grebe. (D Hall, S Gay, J Taylor)


Weekly Roundup 6th – 12th March 2017

The main event this week was the sighting of a Baillon’s Crake at St Levan for one lucky observer. The bird was seen to fly in to Porthchapel beach in the morning of the 10th for a brief while before then flying off towards Porthgwarra. As far as in-off records go that has to be a pretty amazing record, irregardless of whether the observer was engaged in a proper seawatch at the time. Although the bird was subsequently looked for there was of course no further sign – one small bird in a mass of potential habitat (for a tired migrant).

This represents the sixth county record, the last being of a one day bird at Stithians Reservoir on the 6th May 1995; an adult male. Prior to that it was previously recorded in 1877, 1858 and with two undated records prior to 1858.

Unfortunately only the very lucky observer can count this one as their personal bird of the week, but just goes to show what can turn up..

Still no news of either the Pacific Diver or Hudsonian Whimbrel this week, although don’t think anyone should be complaining too much – it rather looks as if Spring has arrived instead. Aside the Baillon’s Crake, the second half of the week saw the first Wheatears, with Sand Martins into double figures, and an impressive flock of 6 Garganey;  5 drakes and a female at Par Beach Pool on the 10th. And even some sunshine (especially on the Sunday), when a flurry of Sand Martins hit widely scattered locations throughout the county.

The Bonaparte’s Gull was reported daily from Helston Boating Lake, except for the Wednesday, and possibly not present that day; it had been seen to fly distantly south on Tuesday, and has also been reported from Loe Pool (to the south). A report of a possible 1st winter from a moving vehicle in Penzance on the 9th could well relate to an exploratory foray by the Helston bird or not.

The Penzance Bay Little Gull remained largely faithful to the Long Rock area all week, a Yellow-legged Gull was at Hayle on the 9thand the Ring-billed Gull remained on the Gannel  Estuary. With a Glaucous Gull at Cape Cornwall on the 10th and another at Hayle. Iceland Gull reports dropped a little, with birds still at Hayle amongst other places.

A Sandwich Tern was at Gorrangorras on the Penryn River on the 6th, perhaps the same at Gyllyngvase Beach on the 11th, with another at Penzance on the 10th. Presumed early migrants, or possibly a wandering UK winter bird.

A Manx Shearwater was seen off Swanpool on one date; put into context we understand that they have been regular in small numbers throughout the winter months from Lizard Point. Few other seawatching records received this week.

A Bittern was seen at Marazion after a relatively long period of no reports, the Spoonbill still at Hayle, but no reports from Walmesly. Cattle Egret reports were down, with 6 on the Gannel Estuary, 2 on West Penwith, 5 on Bude Marshes, 5 at Caerhays Castle and 1 at Millbrook.

Waders on the move included a handful of Black-tailed Godwits perhaps, 15 Grey Plover at Hayle and 500 Golden Plover flock over Connor Downs. 65 Turnstone and 9 Purple Sandpiper were at Penzance with 50 Sanderling along the beach at Marazion including a dutch-ringed bird.

12 Great Crested Grebes were at Porth Reservoir (a good count for a single Cornwall location), offshore 5 Slavonian Grebes were seen near Pendower Beach, 1 Black-necked Grebe at Drift still and 16 Black-necked Grebe in the Carrick Roads on the 9th.

Aside the Garganey flock mentioned there were few other notable wildfowl records beside the long-staying drake Lesser Scaup on Dozmary Pool and Greater Scaup at College Reservoir; 2 Mute Swan on Dozmary Pool, with 4 Goosander still at Hayle. Most dabbling ducks reducing with Wigeon still hanging on in reduced numbers at most sites, although 155 were still at Hayle. Offshore there were still 2 Velvet Scoter off Long Rock and 27 Red-breasted Merganser in the Carrick Roads mid-week.

The first Swallows were 3 together at Polzeath on the 11th, with 1 at Polgigga the same date. Two House Martin were seen over Newquay on the 10th, with 1 at Longrock Pool on the 12th. There were 3 Sand Martin at Long Rock Pool on the 10th; up to 30 there on the 12th, and then scattered widely across the whole county by that date (the Sunday), with 35 at Drift the highest count.

Single Wheatears were at St Gothian Sands and Towan Head on the 11th, and Colliford Reservoir, Treen and Predanack areas on the 12th, with a White Wagtail on the moor at Porthgwarra (perhaps chanced upon by crake seekers) on the 12th.

Yellow-browed Warblers were still at Swanpool (2 mid-week), Tehidy Country Park and 2 still on Penryn University campus. 3 Firecrest at Kenidjack on the 11th the only record. There were more Siberian Chiffchaff reports dotted about.

Black Redstarts continued to be reported from a variety of locations.

35 Siskin and 1 Lesser Redpoll in Morrisons Carpark on 8th at Bodmin were noteworthy; birds are known for wandering a little more widely at this time of year prior to reaching breeding sites as natural food sources dry up.

The normal cetaceans were reported in the Falmouth area, along with a Risso’s Dolphin amongst the commoner species (an offshore report from AK Wildlife Cruises),  Mounts Bay held 12 Bottlenose Dolphin on the 6th, and an Otter was seen at Drift Reservoir (also note that they have been regular at College Reservoir over the last year, based on carp casualties).  On the butterfly side there were a couple of Small Tortoiseshells on the south coast and 2 Painted Lady butterflies were encountered in the Treen Cliff/Logan Rock area on the Sunday – certainly early migrants. More to come?

Spring not quite here with a vengeance yet, but certainly starting to happen; Skylarks singing, nest building from our resident species and the very first waves of migrants appearing.

Not going to make any predictions bird-wise for the coming week – who would have predicted an early Baillon’s Crake as the headline bird this week gone?

Weather looks to be a bit milder, gloomy and a bit blustery from the west for the coming week. Guess that is what we call Spring.

Monday 13th March 2017

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull, 3m 2f Shoveler, 1 m Scaup,  Rooks on 2 nests in deciduous trees nr S end of Lake. (D Jenkins, R Farnes, A McKechnie)

Scaup, Alex Mckechnie

Scaup, Alex Mckechnie

Scaup, Rod Farnes

Scaup, Rod Farnes

Bonaparte's Gull, Mark Halliday, 12/3/17

Bonaparte’s Gull, Mark Halliday, 12/3/17

Bonaparte's Gull, Mark Halliday, 12/3/17

Bonaparte’s Gull, Mark Halliday, 12/3/17


Stithians Reservoir (WeBS count): 2 Wigeon, 24 Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 1f Pintail, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Mallard,  24 Little Grebe, 2 Kestrel, 420 Herring Gull, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3f Goldeneye, 5 Cormorant, 4 Coot, 42 Canada Goose, 2 Buzzard, 1 Black-necked Grebe (favouring mid-section of reservoir), 130 Black-headed Gull and 34 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (D Chaney) Also 2 Gadwall also reported and on S cut off m & f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 m 1 f Reed Bunting, m & f Bullfinch and 2 Long-tailed Tit. (D Jenkins)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 25 Sand Martin. (D. Flumm)

Bude: 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Teal, 3 Stonechat, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Fulmar and c12 Skylark (H Wilkins)

St Ives: 7 Great Northern Diver, 4 Purple Sandpiper (P Taylor) (WeBS)

St Merryn: 2 Swallow and 4 House Martin, feeding over the lake at the alps fishery. (R Hughes)

Kynance Gate: 2 Dartford Warbler. (J St Ledger)

St. Buryan: 1 Barn Owl. (K.Bowers)

KBowers_BarnOwl2_130317 KBowers_BarnOwl1_130317
KBowers_BarnOwl3_130317Barn Owl KBowers_BarnOwl4_130317Kevin Bowers

Lizard Point: 67 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Puffin. (I Maclean)

Porthgwarra: 2 Black Redstart.

Manacan: Harrier sp. at Roskruge Barton.(S Potter) .

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 at West side and 1 at North end. Swanvale: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap singing, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest. Falmouth Docks: 1 f Peregrine on crane. (D Chaney)

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad Lesser Scaup.

Marazion: 1 Iceland Gull.

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Par: 1 Black Redstart at Spit Beach.


Sunday 12th March 2017

Late news: 11/3, Towan Head: 1 Wheatear. (M Lammas)

Late Photos, 10/3, St Levan: A few more photos of the Baillon’s Crake.

IMG_3350 IMG_3362
IMG_3367 IMG_3357

Baillon’s Crake – Alice Davey

Gannel Estuary: 6 Cattle Egret from car park, flew out at 9 am, also 8 Mediterranean Gull, Wigeon now down to 5. (M Lammas), 6 Cattle Egret again at dusk (S Grose) 1 1w Ring-billed Gull, 1 Merlin. (S Rowe)

Helston Boating Lake: Bonaparte’s Gull again. (D Flumm, B Sharples) Also 1 Mediterranean Gull (B Sharples)

_DSC7881web _DSC7822web Bonaparte's Gull, Helston Boating Lake 12.03.2017

Bonaparte’s Gull – Bob Sharples, Dave Flumm

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern, 30 Sand Martin. (S Turner) 2 Shoveler, 14 Wigeon, 1 Gadwall, 1 Little Egret main marsh (D Flumm) 2 Velvet Scoter offshore

Long Rock Pool: 30 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 1 1w Little Gull, 1 drake Gadwall, 1 Little Egret, 3 Tufted Duck (D Eva, R Butts, C Urquart, D Flumm) 1 Swallow (B Mellow)

Penzance, Promenade and Harbour (WeBS count): 9 Purple Sandpiper, 65 Turnstone, 1 Shag, Herring Gulls, Gannets and 2 Grey Seal. (T Mills)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill, 1 1w Iceland Gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit. (D Eva) Lelant Saltings: 1 1w Spoonbill, 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1m Goosander and 15 Bar-tailed Godwit. (MJ Spicer) 2 1w Iceland Gull showing well at high tide, 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 drk Goosander, 155 Wigeon, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal) 2w Iceland Gull at 13:10 also 17 Bar-tailed Godwit. (DK Parker) Glaucous Gull (L Proctor, R Wilkins)


Iceland Gull – Reuben Veal

Gurnard’s Head: 1m Merlin flew through, 1 pr Chough flew South. (R Veal)

Connor Downs: 500+ Golden Plover flock over, Jay in private garden. (P Freestone)

Bude Marshes (WeBS count): 7 Moorhen, 31 Mallard, 11 Teal, 3 Carrion Crow, 9 Canada Goose, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 11 Starling, 3 Wood Pigeons, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 7 Dunnock, 1 Stonechat, 10+ Sand Martin, 1 Robin, 2 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 1 Water Rail. (H Kendall & R Mudge.)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool (WeBS count): 32 Canada Goose, 3 Cormorant, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 8 Mallard,17 Tufted Duck,1 m Goldeneye,1 m Lesser Scaup, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 77 Black-headed Gull,123 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 4 Buzzard, 33 Carrion Crow, 24 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Blackbird, 276 Starling, 2 House Sparrow,1 Robin,1 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 4 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch,1 Pied Wagtail,1 male Wheatear,1 Sand Martin, 7 Meadow Pipit and several batches of frogspawn.  (DA Conway)

St Gothian (WeBS count): 2 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 48 Herring Gull, 28 Wigeon, 17 Black-headed Gull, 24 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 32 Canada Goose, 2 Skylark, 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Rock Pipit,  3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 14 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal, 10 Mallard, 2 Shelduck, 6 Jackdaw. (P Freestone) St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 2w Iceland Gull on main island, 4 Mediterranean Gull (1 full sum plum), 16 Tufted Duck. (R Veal)

Truro: 1 Dipper flying downstream from Coosebean, Green Woodpecker heard close by (D Jenkins)

Porth Reservoir: 12 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Coot, 1 Mandarin, 10 Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Porthoustock: Black Redstart (D. Flumm)

Black Redstart, Porthoustock 12.03.2017 (01) Black Redstart, Porthoustock 12.03.2017

Black Redstart – Dave Flumm

Sancreed: 2 Cattle Egret with the “resident” 4 Little Egret at Sellan Fm; first since 3rd January here (D. Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (Members only): 1 Greylag Goose, 105 Canada Geese, 3 hybrid geese, 1 Muscovy, 2 Mandarin, 9 Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 9 Teal, 15 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 male Goldeneye, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Cattle Egret and 4 Little Egret. (DK Parker WeBS) 35 Sand Martin (first of the Spring here), drake Goldeneye, 5 Gadwall (D. Flumm)

Cattle and Little Egrets Drift Reservoir Cornwall 12317 DK Parker   Goldeneye Drift Reservoir Cornwall 12317 DK Parker

Cattle and Little Egrets, Goldeneye – Dave Parker

Lizard, Penolver: 1 House Martin. (J White)

Predannack-Kynance Cove: 1 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Chough this afternoon (M Silk, S Paul)

Penhalurick: 2 Skylark, singing on the wing, pair of Bullfinch, 4 Blue tit, 6 Great Tit, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 2 chaffinch, 12 House Sparrow, 3 Raven, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren. (G Crisp)

College Reservoir: 12 Sand Martin late afternoon. (C Benton)

Penzance:  1m Black Redstart, 2 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Small Tortoiseshell in private garden (NR Philips)

Treen cliff/Logan rock:. 1m Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Painted Lady butterflies. (NR Philips)

St Just: 1 juv Iceland Gull this afternoon, NE of Tregeseal at Hailglower Farm (M Ahmad)


Iceland Gull – Mushaq Ahmed


Saturday 11th March 2017

Late news, 9/3, Aire Point: 1 pair of Chough (ringed) feeding on the ground and in flight together. (N & L Hoar)

Late news, 9/3, Gwennap Head: 1 pair of Chough feeding on the ground. (N & L Hoar)

Polgigga: 1 Swallow. (O Lecheminant) Also 1 ad Little Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull.

St Gothian Sands: 1m Wheatear. (M Spicer)

Wheatear, Mike Spicer

Wheatear, Mike Spicer

Bude: 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (H Wilkins)

Black-tailed Godwit and Oystercatchers, Helen Wilkins

Black-tailed Godwit and Oystercatchers, Helen Wilkins

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 21 Sand Martin, 1 Little Gull, 2 Tufted Duck. (D. Flumm, R Veal) Also 1 House Martin and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. Marsh:1 m Gadwall, 5 Grey Heron on nests. (R Veal)

Marazion, beach: 14 (11 ad) Common Gull, 50 Sanderling, 2 Shelduck. (R Veal)

Mevagissey: 1 Short-eared Owl. (A Curwen)

College Res: 1 drake Scaup, 25 Tufted Duck, 12 Snipe, 4 Great Crested Grebe. ( D. Eva )

Tresemple Pool: 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit. ( D. Eva )

Clapper Marshes: 7 Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Perranporth, Droskyn Point: 1 Great Northern Diver offshore + 2 Sand Martin flew west. (T Wilson)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull. (S Rowe)

Long Rock: 2 Velvet Scoter, 7 Common Scoter, 1m Eider, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 summer plumage Black-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Trelawney garden centre: 3 Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Lanner Green: 1 male Blackcap in garden. (R Hampshire)

Carnanton Woods: 1 Barn Owl in the woods and 1 on the boundary fence at RAF St Mawgan. (S Grose)

Long Rock, Newtown Lane: 1 pair Grey Heron displaying, 2 Chiffchaff (1 poss Siberian Chiffchaff) and 2 Roe Deer. (A James)

Grey Herons, Alan James

Grey Herons, Alan James

poss Siberian Chiffchaff,  Alan James

poss Siberian Chiffchaff, Alan James

Sennen: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff with 15+ Chiffchaff at Brew Sewage Works. (R Veal)

Kenidjack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in trees opposite the last house before the sea, 3 Firecrest at wood chopping site, 5 Chough. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 4 Sand Martin to SE this evening. (R Veal)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 30+ Sand Martin.

Porthgwarra: 1 White Wagtail on moor by stone wall.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 imm Spoonbill still, 1 juv Iceland Gull, juvenile still from the B3301 causeway this morning.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup again.

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still by the small pool near the café this morning.

Polzeath: 3 Swallow flew east.

Colliford Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver.

Mousehole: St Clement’s Isle: 1 juv Iceland Gull roosted.

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.