Tuesday 11th December 2018

Torpoint: juv Red-rumped Swallow still present, also 1 Black Redstart. (R Treeby, D Julian et al.) Also 3 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 6 dark-bellied Brent Geese, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver. (D Julian)

Cremyll: 8 Cattle Egret at Mount Edgcumbe Farm. (D Julian)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Temminck’s Stint, 160+ Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 11 Snipe, 1 Pintail, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Barnacle Geese, 10 Common Gull, 1 Peregrine. (J St Ledger, S Williams, M Lammas)

Goldeneye, John St Ledger.

Camel Estuary: 3 Whooper Swan still near Wadebridge. (C Selway)

River Lynher: 2 Spoonbill on Rat Island until 13:30 when they flew towards Wacker Quay. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 123 Mediterranean Gull. Carnsew Basin: 97 Dunlin, 9 Grey Plover, 1 Spoonbill & 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (J Hawkey)

Millbrook: 1 Whimbrel. (D Julian)

Bude: Short-eared Owl on cliffs at Upton.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Tufted Duck still on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Devoran: 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Greenshank, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 50+ Dunlin, 4 Shelduck. (J St Ledger)

Boscastle:  At least 4 Blackcap (2m, 2f) regular in a private garden, feeding mostly on Himalayan Honeysuckle  (N. Page)

Charlestown: 2 f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)


Monday 10th December 2018

Late news 9/12, Gillan Creek: 1 Brent Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and 1 Sparrowhawk. (P. Bedford)

Late news, 9/12, St Buryan: 1m Hen Harrier over north in afternoon.

Late news 9/12,  Dobwalls: 1 Chiffchaff in private garden (C&J Duffy)

Torpoint: 1 juv Red-rumped Swallow still present. (G Tamblin) And 1 Black Redstart, in same area. (R Smaldon) Still present early afternoon. (M Spicer) St John’s Lake: 1 Slavonian Grebe,1 Black-necked Grebe,17 Grey Plover, 2 Great Northern Diver. (C Buckland)

Red-rumped Swallow, Chris Buckland

Red-rumped Swallow, Chris Buckland

Red-rumped Swallow, Chris Buckland

Red-rumped Swallow, Barry Rankine

Red-rumped Swallow, Barry Rankine

Red-rumped Swallow, Barry Rankine

St Merryn: 4 Cattle Egret viewed from Atlantic bays holiday park, opposite side the road in field with cows. (R Hughes)

Millbrook: 3 Cattle Egret with cattle at east end of Lower Anderton Road, and a further 7 Egret sp., probably Cattle Egret with cattle by Withnoe Farm at west end of village.  Observer unable to get close enough to confirm identification. (R Smaldon)

Sennen, Brew Pool: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest. (C Moore)

Skewjack: 1 m Hen Harrier.

Newquay, Pentire Headland: Short-eared Owl hunting at first light. (C Stephenson)

Carbis Bay: 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Ives: 7 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black Redstart (at the Island), 5 Great Northern Diver, 33 Dunlin, 3 Harbour Porpoise. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Marazion: 47 Sanderling, 16 Common Scoter. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 9 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Also 4 Eider and 1 female Goldeneye off the sewage pump station. (B Dodd)

Davidstow: 1 Hen Harrier seen in flight hunting, across the A39 at Davidstow garage. (L Hall)

St Erth, (east of): c100 Golden Plover flying. (C Richards)

Mounts Bay, Mermaid II: 6+ Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Velvet Scoter, 30+ Common Scoter, 5 Eider Duck, 1 Goldeneye, Bluefin Tuna, Common Dolphins, and 60+ Grey Seal on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliot)

Camel Estuary, Burniere Hide: 14 Mute Swan, 3 Whooper Swan grazing in field behind hide. (S Grose)

Nine Maidens: 22 Red-legged Partridge feeding in field opposite lay-by on the A39. (S Grose)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 pair Goosander, 8+ Mistle Thrush. (B Craven)

Lamorna: 1 Woodcock. (M McKee)

Lamorna Cove: 6 Common Scoter & 2 Red-throated Diver west at 12.30. (M McKee)

Par, Spit Beach: 1 Eider Duck and 1 Black Redstart. (G Treadwell)

Eider, Gary Treadwell

Falmouth: 1 male Black Redstart on Windsor Court. (D Chaney)

Looe Bay: 5 Common Dolphin. (I Juliane) 


Sunday 9th December 2018

Mermaid pelagic: Sailing tomorrow (Monday) from the Scillonian quay at 12 noon along to Minack and back. Buy tickets from the shop/office (next to dry dock) at 11.45am, £23. Trip will last about 3 hours.

Late news, 7/12, Mevagissey: Black Redstart flitting back and forth from a rooftop to a palm. (A Hannaford)

Torpoint: juvenile Red-rumped Swallow showing well around town car park, between police station and Wongs takeaway, mid-afternoon. Continued to show really well till dusk over the high street. (G Tamblin – finder, D Allen)

Red-rumped Swallow – Dave Allan

Stithians Reservoir: Temminck’s Stint, 1 Dunlin, f Pintail, 2 Goldeneye this morning. (S Rogers) 2 Blackbird, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 6 Magpie, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Great Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Buzzard, 2 Pied Wagtail, 11 Teal, 1 Robin, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Redwing. (K Bowers) Also 2 Barnacle Goose of unknown origin still. (D Chaney)

Great Spotted Woodpecker and Redwing – Kevin Bowers

Pendeen Watch: 15 Great Skua, 7 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 21,000+ auks (c80% Guillemot, c20% Razorbill) and 300+ Kittiwake between 08:00 & 10:00. (P St Pierre) 12 Great Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter and still masses of auks and Kittiwakes between 10:00 & 12:15. (P Clement)

St Ives Island (08:00-13:00): 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Petrel sp (prob Leach’s), 31+ Great Skua, 12 Manx Shearwater, 15+ Great Northern Diver, 8+ Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, auks passing at 280/minute for at least 2 hours – total estimate of 48,000 for the 5hrs, similar ratio to that at Pendeen. (R Wilkins, R Augarde, R Veal, B Mellow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2w & 4w type Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott) Also 3 drake Goosander from the Quay House. (G Mitchell)

Crugmeer: 1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Coot. (S Grose)

Millpool: 2 black (melanistic) Pheasant, 3 Woodcock, 50+ Lapwing over, 1 Jay, 6 Teal on pond (J Evans)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 139 Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 10 Tufted Duck, 22 Mallard, 19 Teal, 3 Goosander (redheads), 220 Golden Plover, 160 Lapwing, 222 Black-headed Gull, 64 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 4 Buzzard,5 Raven, 21 Carrion Crow, 6 Magpie, 270 Starling, 4 Stock Dove, 1 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, 5 Meadow Pipit and 1 Wren. (DA Conway)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck, 16 Coot, 50+ Moorhen. (S Grose)

Porth Island: 1 Short-eared Owl, 39 Fulmar, 2 Kestrel. (S Grose)

St Eval: 1 Barn Owl, large flock of Golden Plover before dusk. (S Grose)

Truro: 1 Siskin, 3 Blackcap, 20 Goldfinch & 1 Greenfinch on feeders in a private garden. (P Carter)

Charlestown: 2 f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Burniere Wood, Wadebridge: 1 Woodcock. (A Taylor)

Carharrack: 1 Blackcap still feeding on fatballs in private garden. (W Chegwidden)


Saturday 8th December 2018

Late news, 6/12, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 302 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and 1 Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field over high tide. (G Mitchell)

Late news, 6/12, Stithians Reservoir: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (G Mitchell)

Late news, 7/12, St Ives: 11 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwater & 1 Manx Shearwater in the morning. (B Mellow)

Late news, 7/12, Sennen: 1cy American Herring Gull flew towards the cove. (K Wilson)

Late news, 7/12, Nanjizal: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, with another (ringed bird) along Bosistow Lane. (K Wilson)

Pendeen Watch: 5 Great Skua & 1 Pom Skua between 09:00 & 11:30. (R Wilkins)

Tater-du: 08:20-10:50: 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Great Skua, 5 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver. (M McKee)

Truro: Yellow-browed Warbler calling (not seen) c13:30 St George’s Road from back gardens c100 yds towards viaduct from junction with Bosvigo Lane. (P Smale)

Sennen Cove: Juv Glaucous Gull, 3w Yellow-legged Gull and Great Northern Diver. (G Mitchell)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Shelduck and 2 Shoveler. (G Mitchell)

Newlyn: 1 Sparrowhawk over Penlee Quarry. (S Grose)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 31 Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 5 Med Gull. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Goosander, both male, from causeway. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 2 Great Northern Diver flew west mid-afternoon. (S Rowe)

Lower Tamar Lake: 14 Goosander (6m, 8f) present at 07:30, all had flown by 08:30. (R Mudge)

Charlestown: 10+ Gannet off east beach. (D Hastilow)


Friday 7th December 2018

Pendeen Watch: 08:00 to 10:00 14 Fulmar, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Diver sp, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Pom Skua, 1 Arctic Skua. (P Combridge) 12:45 to 15:00 – 202 Fulmar, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua. (P Combridge, JD Swann)

Cape Cornwall: Masses of auks moving S with 1 Great Northern Diver (N), 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua and 3 Eider (N)  between 08:30-10:30 in a W6-8 with haily squalls. (N Wheatley)

Penzance: Black Redstart by the station, 4 Eider from the coast path. (P Coslett)

Newlyn: Black Redstart, Firecrest, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Water Rail at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Withiel: 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Coal Tit, 2 Blackcap, 24 Siskin, 12 Greenfinch, 1 Tawny Owl from private garden on the River Camel. (S Grose)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap, 1 m 1 f Green Woodpecker & 1 Nuthatch. (D Hastilow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 (ad, 2 3w, 1 2w) Yellow-legged Gull. (B Dallas, M Halliday, P Freestone)

Plaidy, near Looe: 6 Fulmar on the cliff at the breeding station. Also 1 Grey Wagtail. (D Spooner)

Fulmar – Derek Spooner

Helford River: 3 Great Northern Diver (one adult in close to summer plumage), 1 Sparrowhawk (male) over. Viewed from near Trebah beach. (J St Ledger)

Penryn River: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 36 Redshank, 28 Mute Swan. (J St Ledger)

Rosenannon: 1 Barn Owl at Borlase Farm. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)


Thursday 6th December 2018

Mermaid Pelagic: There will be a pelagic leaving Penzance harbour for a tour of seaduck etc in Mounts Bay next Monday, 10th December. More details will follow shortly.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Temminck’s Stint again, in SE corner. (L Proctor)

Temminck’s Stint – Linton Proctor

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again. (L Proctor) 1 Balck Restart at Tolcarne Beach.

Yellow-browed Warbler – Linton Proctor

Polgigga: 1 Lesser Whitethroat (possibly of eastern form), one-third way along Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary: 1 ad Caspian Gull reported on Lelant Saltings late afternoon. 1 Spoonbill on Copperhouse Creek.

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Black-throated Diver, 32 Common Scoter (all female), viewed from Nare Head footpath. (J St Ledger)

St Gothian Sands: 2 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 115 Teal, 1 Pochard, 38 Tufted Duck, 11 Coot and 2 Curlew. (MJ Spicer)

Swanvale: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling (T Phelps)


Wednesday 5th December 2018

Late news, 4/12, Heamoor: 1 Tawny Owl calling (Paul St Pierre)

Truro: Tawny Owl heard calling in early hours of the morning on the Rosedale Estate. (K & J Mortimore)

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows at Sandy Cove but elusive, also Water Rail and 2 Blackcap. (L Proctor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill still on Copperhouse Creek.

Penzance bus station: 4 Eider, f Goldeneye, 2 Great Northern Diver (Paul St Pierre)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Padstow: 13 Mute Swan, 3 Whooper Swan, 9 Shelduck, 21 Mallard, 12 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 1 Pheasant, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 55 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 150 Lapwing, 4 Turnstone, 50 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15
Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 50 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common
Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 80 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 12
Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 1 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 15 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven , 5 House
Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch (M Scawen et al.)

Tamar Estuary: Black-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Brent Geese (3 Light-bellied, 1 Dark-bellied). Usual waders and wildfowl. Viewed from Torpoint & St John’s Lake. (C Ellis)

Newquay: 1 Barn Owl opposite Texaco Garage at 21:00. (S Grose) 2 Tawny Owl at the boating lake, 1 attacking a Moorhen. (S Grose)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Lostwithiel private garden: 1 male & 1 female Blackcap appear to be becoming regular visitors to feeding station, particularly partial to suet balls. (C Mayhew)