Friday 13th April 2018

Late news, 7/4, Par: 1 Avocet briefly on Par Beach. (I McCarthy)

Late news, 9/4, Coverack: 200 Manx Shearwater past S in 30 mins in the evening, 1 Black-throated Diver in the bay and 15+ Common Dolphin. (D Wood)

Late news, 10/4, Mousehole: 3 Black-throated Diver between Newlyn and Mousehole and 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Wood)

Late news, 10/4, Lamorna: 1 Iceland Gull (first or second winter) flew close inshore along coast heading towards Mousehole. (D Wood)

Late news, 11/4, Coverack: 2 Iceland Gull, 1 Swallow. (D Wood)

Late news, 12/4, Restronguet: Osprey over. (J Chapple)

Late news, 12/4, Porth Joke: 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 5 House Martin & 10 Swallow. (B Bosisto)

Late news, 12/4, Devoran: 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, Shelduck, Herring Gulls and a single Great Black-backed Gull present at Devoran Quay. (R Dann)

Porthleven: Wholly unconfirmed report of a Slate-coloured Junco in gardens near Penrose estate briefly, then flew towards woods.

The Lizard: 2 Alpine Swift over and NE at 09:20. (T Thirlaway, J St Ledger, C Benton)

Coverack: Imm Iceland Gull still. Also 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver, Whimbrel heard and 1 Harbour Porpoise. (J St Ledger, C Benton) 2 (2cy & unaged juv) Iceland Gull. (JH & K Dalziel) 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Iceland Gull, 8 Sandwich Tern. (D Wood)

Iceland Gull – John St Ledger

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still also 2 Great Northern Diver and 2 Raven. (D Trevelyan, M Parr)

Mevagissey: 1 Iceland Gull still in harbour. (D Trevelyan, M Parr)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull still in harbour at 11:20. (L Proctor, M Parr)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 1 Water Rail, c50 Sand Martin, c5 House Martin, 5 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler. (DK Parker, R Wilkins)

Marazion: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Oystercatcher and 6 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker)

Nanquidno: 2 male Ring Ouzel at the bottom of the valley. (R Wilkins)

Lower Tamar Lake: 4 Willow Tit, 1 Merlin, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Blackcap, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Roe Deer. (R Mudge)

St Gothian Sands: c60 Sand Martin, 8 White Wagtail, 22 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe. (S Rowe)

Poldhu Cove: Cetti’s warbler heard singing in the reedbed. (C Lee)

Goss Moor: 6 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Gwennap: 3 Canada Goose over, 1 Swallow heading south. (R Hampshire)

Lanner: 2 Canada Goose over. ( R Hampshire)


Thursday 12th April 2018

Skylark Survey, volunteers needed: There will be a Skylark survey at Penhale Army Training Camp and the neighbouring holiday camp to assess numbers and disturbance from walkers and dogs. If anyone else would like to help please ask them to email me at This will be an early morning start. 

Late news, 11/4, Porthgwarra & St Levan: 71 Willow Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, 21 Blackcap, 28 Chiffchaff, 9 Wheatear, 3 House Martin. (M Wallace)

Bude, Poundstock: 1 Hoopoe in private garden, (OS ref SX216988). (N Guitard)

Hoopoe – M Worden

Hoopoe – M Worden

Marazion: 1 pale phase Pomarine Skua 8:15-20 then flew out to sea, 2 Puffin west, 2 Black-throated Diver and 3 Great Northern Diver East; 4 White Wagtail on the beach. (R Veal)

Mounts Bay, St Clements Isle, from Mermaid II: 7 Puffin, 6+ Great Northern Diver, 2 juv Glaucous Gull, and 2w Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliot)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Whimbrel, 2 f Common Scoter, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler. (S Roper) 1 Sedge Warbler singing, 1 Willow Warbler, 16 Swallow, 46 Sand Martin, 1 drk Gadwall, 6+ Mallard ducklings. (R Veal) 2 Gadwall and 1 Shoveler on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Iceland Gull, 1w Kittiwake, 7 Med Gull this evening. (S Roper)

Sennen Cove: Iceland Gull on Cowloe. (J Swann)

Coverack: 3 Iceland Gull (2 second winter and 1 first winter) and 1 Common Gull. (D Wood)

Iceland Gull, Dave Wood

Iceland Gull, Dave Wood

Iceland Gull, Dave Wood

Iceland Gull, Dave Wood

Land’s End: 1 Black Redstart. (J Swann)

Kenidjack: c30 Chiffchaff, c20 Willow Warbler and 6+ Blackcap. (DK Parker, L Proctor, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Walmsley Sanctuary, Tower Hide: Large flock of hirundines flying high, Swallows, Sand Martins and House Martins, 1pr Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler calling, 6 Chiffchaff calling, 4 Buzzard, 4 Curlew, 12 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 6 Shelduck, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 3 pr Moorhen, 2 Coot, 1 female Mallard with 14 chicks in front of hide. (D Thomas, A Langdon)

Red-legged Partridge, Dave Thomas

Canada Goose, Dave Thomas

Trevose Head: 24 Corn bunting, 10 Skylark, 8 Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 15 Gannet and 5 Manx Shearwater. (K Leeson)

Tresillian: 1 Ruff, 1 Redshank, 1 Black-Tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpiper. (M Jones)

Downderry: 39 Manx Shearwaters heading east and 3 west, one Kittiwake, 3 Common Scoters east and 2 west, and at least 8 Great Northern Divers during seawatch 07:10 & 08:10. In the village  Swallow, Willow Warbler and Blackcap. (A Payne)

Towan Head: 27 Purple Sandpiper, 49 Turnstone, c50 Manx Shearwater. (S Rowe)

Carbilly Tor, Bodmin Moor: 3 Stock Dove, 5  Wheatear (inc.2 pairs on territory), 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Meadow Pipits,  1 Chiffchaff, 1m Pied Wagtail. (J Hawkey)

Bradford: 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1m Blackcap. (J Hawkey)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap now singing (D Hastilow)


Wednesday 11th April 2018

Lizard Village: 2 Alpine Swift again this morning.

Marazion: Pair of Garganey and 3 Sandwich Tern on Great Hogus late afternoon/evening, also 7 Great Northern Diver and 2 female Common Scoter offshore. (M Elliott)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 20+ House Martin briefly. (DK Parker, S Rogers, R Wilkins)

Kenidjack valley: am/midday; Quite a good fall today including, 1 Redstart (male), 20+ Willow Warbler, 20+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap and 1 Pied Flycatcher (male) (P Clarke)

Porthgwarra: 1 f Merlin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Gadwall, 40 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 41 Teal,10 Shoveler, 1 Brown Hare (D Eva)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 16 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 35 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 55 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 93 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Iceland Gull, 2 Common Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 65 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch,  4 Palmate Newt. (M Scawen et al.)

Tresillian: 2 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff (all feeding on estuary near Tresemple Pool). (M Jones)

Freathy: 1 Black-throated Diver on sea, 47 Common Scoter flew west, and 2 Swallow flew east this morning. (M. Jordan)

Crowlas: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin, 1 House Martin. (R Veal)

Tresillian: Blackcap (m) sadly killed flying into a window this morning, un-ringed, weighed 19 grams. (A Nicholson)


Tuesday 10th April 2018

Late news, 8/4, Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 3 Great Northern Diver. (R Chittenden)

Late news, 9/4, Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 1 Great Northern Diver. (R Chittenden)

Late news, 9/4, Pendower: 5 Black-throated Diver and 20+ Great Northern Diver. (R Chittenden)

Late news, 9/4, Longcross, St Mabyn: c40 Golden Plover. (P Spong)

Late news, 9/4, Goss Moor: 3 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler singing, 10+ Chiffchaff singing, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 4 Buzzard and 1 Brimstone butterfly. (D Thomas)

Sennen: 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull again in field behind Escalls Chapel at 08:30.

Penzance: 1 Hoopoe in private garden in Lidden Area at 08.30. (pers comm T Mills) Re-found in playing field behind school in Toltuff Crescent. (T Mills)

Hoopoe, Tony Mills

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still. (R Chittenden)

Saltash: Glossy Ibis again at Kingsmill Lake opposite the 2nd hide.

Lizard Village: 3 (three) Alpine Swift just north of village over Trethvas Farm at 14:10, flew south towards village. Seen again over the village at 14:25, headed north. Then all 3 present 17:20-18:20, seen from entrance to Trethvas Farm, ranging between here and the village. (C Benton)

Lizard Point: Manx Shearwater passing west at rate of c400/hr late afternoon. Also small parties of auks, 3 Sandwich Tern and 4 Risso’s Dolphin. (C Benton)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull, 2+ Swallow. 1 House Martin, 3+ Willow Warbler, 6+ Swallow and 2+ Swift Sp. (at 17:30) in surrounding area. (D Beadle)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 5 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 20 Shelduck, 6 Little Egret, Wren and Long-tailed Tit nestbuilding (D Eva)

Camel Estuary: 140 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad Common Gull, 1 Knot, 6 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. (Bob Bosisto , Peter Potts)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Knot, pair Mallard with 13 young, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 House Martin, 30 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow. (Bob Bosisto , Peter Potts)

Dobwalls: Male and female Yellowhammer on garden hedge next to farmland, on south side of village (C&J Duffy)

Land’s End: c10 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Swallow and 1 Snipe. (DK Parker)

Whitecross, Newquay: 60+ Golden Plover, 4 Raven, Wren building nest, 1 pair Dunnock, 1 pair Goldcrest, 1 pair Goldfinch, 1 pair Magpie in nest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Brimstone. (D Thomas)


Monday 9th April 2018

Late news, 7/4, Pentireglaze: Merlin at Pentireglaze Farm. (A Gordon)

Late news, 7/4, Newquay: 5 Puffin offshore from the Atlantic Voyager. (B Lowe)

Late news, 8/4, Newquay: Two Kittiwake in Newquay bay near the Gazzel sitting on the sea with 1 Razorbill. From Atlantic Explorer seen whilst angling. None on the Kittiwake colonies occupied at present. (B Lowe)

Late news, 8/4, Windmill Farm: 2 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Willow Warbler calling from scrub. (R Hollis)

Sennen: Adult Kumlien’s Gull and juv Iceland Gull in field behind Eschalls Chapel, also 3 House Martins and 1 White Wagtail. (M Ahmad)

Kumlien’s Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Kumlien’s Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Iceland Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Coverack: 2w Iceland Gull still in the harbour.

Mevagissey: 1st winter Iceland Gull, 18 Great Northern Diver. (S Rowe)

Iceland Gull – Steve Rowe

Dodman Point: 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Swallow, 2 Stock Dove. (S Rowe)

Mousehole: Juv Glaucous Gull again on St Clement’s Isle. (M Ahmad)

Argal Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck, Mallard with 13 recently hatched ducklings (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, Coot and Mute Swan both on nests (D Eva)

Rame area: Black Redstart, c10 Chiffchaff, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Wheatear, 5 Blackcap, Great Northern Diver, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15+ Common Dolphin. (P Aley)

Porthgwarra: c15 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap and 1 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Mute Swan, 30 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 7 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 4 Moorhen, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcap. (DK Parker)

Mount’s Bay: 3 Great Northern Diver & 11 Common Scoter. (PA Fraser)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 8 Mediterranean Gull (1 2s, 7 1s), c8 Black-tailed Godwit. (PA Fraser)

Trewavas: 1 Great Northern Diver. (C Richards)

Truro: Female Blackcap in front garden. (M Costa)

Levant: 1m Wheatear. (P Bray)

Crackington Haven: m & f  Blackcap no rings in private garden. (J & B  Teague)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise 9/4/18 (postponed from 6/4) – Penzance to Wolf Rock: 18 Gannet, 4 Shag, 175 Manx Sheawater, 34 Guillemot, 19 Razorbill, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sandwich Tern, 10 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 36 Gannet, 2 Shag, 150 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Fulmar, 6 Kittiwake, 2 Turnstone, 40+ Common Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise. Wolf Rock to St Marys: 23 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 4 Razorbill, 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Harbour Porpoise. St Marys to Wolf Rock: 44 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 7 Manx Shearwater, 2 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 26 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Harbour Porpoise, 4 Common Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)


Sunday 8th April 2018

Late news, 7/4, Walmsley Sanctuary: Hundreds of Sand Martin and Swallow along with many House Martin all flying low over the Walmsley pools. (B Rankine)

Late news, 7/4, Camel Trail: 1 Green Sandpiper. (B Rankine)

Late news, 7/4, Boswednack: 1 Ring Ouzel.

Mounts Bay: 1 2w Audouin’s Gull from Mermaid pelagic c.half mile off Mousehole, gull seen flying west. (M Elliott)

Lizard: 1 Alpine Swift still in the Housel Bay area. (DI Julian, O Frampton, J St Ledger) Still present in the early afternoon. Also 2 Firecrest, 1 House Martin, 7+ Swallow, 4 Puffin (in mixed flock with 4 Razorbill), 60+ Manx Shearwater, 7+ Bottle-nosed Dolphin (at least 2km offshore, drifting slowly west) (O Frampton)

Crean Bottom: Hoopoe at Bosfranken Farm. (KA Wilson)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again, viewable from the pub. (L Proctor) Still in the harbour at 18:30. (DK Parker, M Ahmad)

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Spoonbill. (P. Pearson)

Tregiffian: 1 Ring Ouzel. (C Moore)

Polgigga, Rafta Farm: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1 Ruff in the same field. (M Wallace)

Mousehole: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle at 18:35. (DK Parker, M Ahmad)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Ruff this morning. (DK Parker)

Padstow: Yellowhammer singing at Padstow Garden Centre 11:15. (S Lilley)

Truro: Female Blackcap in front garden. (M Costa)

Golitha Falls: 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Nuthatch, 8 Jackdow. (C Hooper) 

Nuthatch, Chris Hooper

Jackdaw, Chris Hooper

Grey Wagtail, Chris Hooper

St John: 1 Blackcap, 1 Chaffinch. St John’s Lake: 4 Great Tit. 4  Shelduck. (R Napp)

Kingsand: 1 Magpie caught and flew off with a Slow Worm. Also 2 Swallow in the area. (M Jordan)

Marazion: 1 Black Swan over, 1 House Martin. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose still, 1 Willow Warbler. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Roseland.St. Anthony’s Head: 1 singing Whitethroat. (D Hall)

Trewithian: 1 Swallow. (D Hall)

Boscastle: 1 Chiffchaff in my garden. (P Tillsley)

Chiffchaff, Paul Tillsley

Pendeen: 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, a light but steady passage of Manx Shearwater through west in the morning,1 Raven,1 Buzzard (A Hartley)

Willow Warbler, Adam Hartley

Trengwainton Gardens: 2 Nuthatch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap (A Hartley)



Saturday 7th April 2018

Lizard: Alpine Swift briefly at the lighthouse at 08:30. (M Pass) Still present at Housel Bay at 13:30. (B Heasman) Then at various locations as far north as Jollytown up to 14:00 at least, Also 5 Greylag Goose, 1 Canada Geese, 4 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler. (Mark Pass) 2 Alpine Swift still, 1 showing well at Housel Bay 14:00-17.10 (S Rowe) while 1 Alpine Swift simultaneously seen from Kynance road. (R Veal)

Alpine Swift, Steve Rowe

Alpine Swift, Steve Rogers

Crantock Beach: 1w Ring-billed Gull at 19.35pm. (S Grose)

Cot Valley: Hoopoe at the Cornerhouse before flying into the valley at 08:57. Last seen at 09:20 also first 4 Blackcaps of the year and lots of hirundines in and over the very birdy valley. (N Wheatley)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis feeding on the mudflat this evening, 1 Blackcap along the nature trail (M Beer).

Gannel Estuary: 1st winter Iceland Gull. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull still in the harbour at 14:00. (L Proctor)

Constantine: 2 Bramblings in a private garden. (T Pinfield)

Brambling – Tim Pinfield

Brambling – Tim Pinfield

Par Market, East Carpark: 2 Nuthatch, 2 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 male Blackcap, 3 Yellowhammer, 5 Swallow, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 1 Merlin. (S Grose)

Land’s End: 30+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Willow Warbler, 5+ Blackcap (4m, 1f). 1 Grasshopper Warbler singing intermittently from scrub between car park & Swingates. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, C Andrew) Also c120 Barn Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, c15 House Martin, c15 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Firecrest between 10:0012:00. (PA Fraser, J Overfield)

Mount’s Bay: 3 Great Northern Diver, 13 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Tern. (PA Fraser, J Overfield)

Marazion: 2 Barn Swallow at Rosehill. (PA Fraser, J Overfield)

Goss Moor: 1 Swallow foraging under pylons. (R Hollis)

Loe Pool: 18 Cormorant, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Mallard plus 1 hybrid, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Duck. (G Adams)

Newquay: 60+ Barn Swallows, 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Raven in the Treloggan area between 14:30 to 15:30. (D Grose)

Booby’s Bay/Trevose Head: pair of Kestrel squabbling over a mouse;  20+ Swallow near comm tower at 16:40. (S Lilley)

Gulval: 2 Dipper. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Female Shoveler and 4 Gadwall still, plus 1 brood of c8 newly hatched Mallard ducklings. (DK Parker, R Randall)

Porth Joke: 200+ Swallow (12:00-13:30), 25 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff. (S Rowe)

Pendeen: 1 Wheatear, 16 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard. (AHartley)

Wheatear, Adam Hartley

Kenidjack: 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 2 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Geevor: 1 singing Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Rock Pipit (possibly “litoralis”). (A Hartley)

Botallack: 1 Raven, 2 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Porthgwarra to St Levan: 1 Firecrest, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Willow Warbler,13 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 43 Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrush. (M Wallace)

Sennen Cove: low numbers of Swallow through this morning.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 3 2cy Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank. Carnsew Basin: 3 Sandwich Tern and 5 Common Tern. (S Roper)