Monday 11th June 2018

Late news, 10/6, Porthtowan: Rosy Starling in gorse by the coast path in the evening.

Davidstow airfield:  1  Buff breasted Sandpiper 10 am, main runway E of control tower. (N and S Page)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Nick Page

Wadebridge: Pair Spotted Flycatchers building nest in creeper on house. (S Marquis)

Goss Moor: Crossbill over the cycle track. (B Bosisto)

Bodmin: 1 Sand Martin briefly hunting low over field with 2 Swallows, 3 Swift display flighting, 1 Song Thrush, active Great Spotted Woodpecker nest in a derelict pole (3 previous nest holes visible). Number of Speckled Wood butterflies seen. (R Hurrell)

Whipsiderry: 6 Corn Bunting, 7 Stonechat (including juveniles), 2 Raven, 3 Linnet, also 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Red Admiral. (R Lee + T Mills)

Corn Buntings, Tony Mills

Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Tony Mills

Stonechat (juvenile), Tony Mills

Stonechat (male), Tony Mills

Crugmeer: 5 Corn Bunting singing from separate territories between Trethillick farm and Porthmissen. (S Grose)

Porth Joke: Lesser Whitethroat, family party with c4 young. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Sparrowhawk with prey flying towards fir hill woods colan. (S Grose)


Sunday 10th June 2018

Late news, 6/6, Looe: Tawny Owl in our garden. (P Sharp)

St Levan: Hobby over and E at 12:05. (M Wallace)

Penlee Point: 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Hewas Water: 3 Buzzard using thermals over A390. (R Barlow)

Whipsiderry: 4 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Park Head: 2 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Gweek: 1 Curlew, 6 Shelduck (adult), 1 with 9 ducklings. (J St Ledger)

Shelduck ducklings – John St Ledger

Tywardreath: 5 Magpie in a row of conifers. Nests and young known to be at this site. (R Barlow)


Saturday 9th June 2018

Late news, 2/6 Newquay: Rose-coloured Starling seen and photographed in Pentire, also on 3/6. (S Blake)

Late news, 8/6, Polbathic Creek: 2 Shelduck + 9 ducklings. (A Blonden)

Late news, 8/6, St Stephen: Red Kite flew into tree beside A3058 near Pollards Mill at 06:00. (D King)

Late photos, 8/6, Phillack:

Adult Rosy Starling – Nic Hallam

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Hobby, 3 Grasshopper Warbler (2 singing, 1 carrying food), 2 Linnet nests with 5 eggs and 3 young, Great Tit starting 2nd clutch (unusual), Willow Warbler nest with 3 young (D Eva)

Bodmin Moor, De Lank Waterworks to base of Brown Willy: 4 Redstart (inc 2 young), 8 Wheatear (inc 2 young), 5 Stonechat (inc 3 young), 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whinchat (all male; 2 fighting, 1 taking food to nest in gorse), 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 7 Skylark, 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger, D Conway)

Redstart – John St Ledger

Wheatear – John St Ledger

Stonechat – John St Ledger

Windmill Farm: 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Swift, 2 Cuckoo this afternoon. (D Wright)

Lesser Whitethroat – Dougy Wright

Whipsiderry: 5 Corn Bunting, Stonechat with young, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine. (S Rowe)

Goonhilly Downs Nature Reserve: 1 Red Kite (10:20) drifting NE, 1f Hen Harrier (10:35) migrating NE into head wind alongside satellite station fence, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, Small Pearl-bordered Fritilliaries, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Common Blue Butterflies, Fragrant Heath (4) & Heath Spotted Orchids. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 6 Common Swift (inc pair mating), 2 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, Emperor Four-spotted Chaser Dragonflies, Large Red, Common Blue Damselfly. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Bray’s Cot: Black-tailed Skimmers, Four-spotted Chasers, Emperor Dragonflies, Large Red & Azure Damselfly. Clouded Buff Moth, Fragrant Heath (139) & Heath Spotted Orchids. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Gwendreath: 2 Bullfinch, large colony Small Pearl-bordered Fritilliaries, Speckled Wood, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Common Blue Butterflies, Silver Y & Beautiful Yellow Underwing Moth. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)


Friday 8th June 2018

Late news, 7/8, Hayle: Adult Rosy Starling reported from a garden near the Bluff Inn at 09:00 for a 2nd day.

Phillack: Adult Rosy Starling on wires above Riviere Sands Surf School reception at 19:10. (N Hallam)

Mullion: Red Kite flew over garden flying NE 09:15. (J Allely)

St Erth: 1 Red Kite over at 11:30. (GH Spicer) 1 Mistle Thrush in private garden. (MJ Spicer)

Truro: 3 Red Kite flying over Malabar Road at 14:00. (J Rowe)

Tywardreath: 1 Red Kite over school (flying ENE at 11:30), 1 young Siskin, 1 young Bullfinch on garden feeders, 1 young Rook begging from adult bird. (R Barlow)

Falmouth: Red Kite over Trescobeas area heading north at 16:20. (J St Ledger)

St Martin-in-Meneage: 1 Red Kite over at 16:00. (T Chatfield)

Higher Bochym, Lizard: 2 (m & f) Cuckoo, 1 Mistle Thrush, Four-spotted & Black-tailed Chasers, Emperor Dragonflies, Common Blue Damselfly. Also, pair of Swallows that nest in private garage arrived together during the evening of 7/6. In 2016 & 2017 the male arrived 10/5 and the female 14 days later. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Marazion Beach: 2 Whimbrel at 18:00. (J Miller) Also 29 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Ringed Plover. (DK Parker)

St Merryn: 1 Barn Owl over Trewithen Farm at 21:30. (S Grose)

Penzance to Land’s End and back, Marine Discovery trip: 26+ Common Scoter in one flock, 6+ Puffin, 2 Sandwich Tern, 20+ Kittiwake. Also Risso’s Dolphin (2 groups) inc mother and calf, 3+ Harbour Porpoise inc mother and calf. (R Creek)

Puffin – Rob Creek

Penzance Harbour: drake Eider still. (R Creek)

Eider – Rob Creek


Thursday 7th June 2018

Porthgwarra: Female/1s male Rosy Starling at Roskestal Farm with Starling flock. Take track to St Levan (you will need wellies!) to view. (M Wallace)

Rosy Starling – Mark Wallace

Tregony: Adult Rosy Starling on feeders in a private garden. (K McEndoo)

Rosy Starling – Karen McEndoo

Newquay: 1 Red Kite over Tretherras school at 11:00. (S Rowe)

Polgigga: 10 Red Kite over at 14:20. (M Wallace)

Chapel Carn Brea: 2 Red Kite over at 15:15. (L Proctor)

Ardensawah Farm: Turtle Dove still present. (R Creek)

Marazion: Pair of Siskin present since 2017, finally brought in a juvenile. (DK Parker)

Juvenile Siskin – Dave Parker

Helston Boating Lake: Wing-clipped drake Ferruginous Duck still present. (C Dale, D Collins)

Canada Goose, David Collins

Sancreed: 1 Red Kite East 15:35, 2 Cuckoo, pair Stonechat with 3 fledglings on Beacon. (D Flumm)

Sennen: 3 Red Kite over 14:15, one landing on a dead rabbit. (J + I Miller)

Red Kite, John and Irene Miller

Red Kite, John and Irene Miller

Porth Reservoir: 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Dipper, 7 Great Crested Grebe. (S Grose)

Tywardreath: 3 young Robin leaving nest which was first reported 05/6. (R Barlow)

Ardensawah Farm: Turtle Dove seen briefly this afternoon on the tyres at the barn then was elusive in the bushes opposite. (R Creek)

Zennor Head: 4 Raven in sheep field. (R Creek)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Great White Egret on the marsh this evening briefly before going into cover behind tall reeds. (R Creek)

Longrock Pool: 2 Sand Martin over Pool (6 more through), 2 Swift, 1 Cetti’s Warbler (3 more heard), 2 Sedge Warbler and 1 Reed Warbler heardMarazion: 11 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover on the beach. (R Creek)

Mounts Bay, Mermaid pelagic: 1 Great Skua and 4 Puffin. (M Elliot)


Wednesday 6th June 2018

Late news, 4/6, Colliford Reservoir: Wryneck in narrow lane in village. (S Madge)

Late news, 5/6, Greensplat St Austell: Cuckoo seen on telephone wire at 19:30. (N Best)

Late news, 5/6, Rescorla: Rosy Starling, first seen 4/6. (M Ripley)

Late news, 5/6, Penzance: 2 Rock Pipit in the harbour. (R Creek)

Late news, 5/6, at sea: 4 Storm Petrel, 14 Puffin, 350+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Kittiwake and 1 Ocean Sunfish from Scillonian 111. (R Creek)

Marazion: Baird’s Sandpiper reported again on the beach but mobile. (R Creek)

Helston Boating Lake: A confiding adult drake Ferruginous Duck, apparently wing-clipped and so presumed escape. (J Thirlaway-Price) Also juveniles as follows: Tufted Duck – 2 families of 4 and 3 small ducklings; Coot – 2 well-grown young plus a family of 6 small chicks and one nest still being incubated; Canada Goose – family of 7 goslings; Mute Swan – 1 cygnet; Mallard – several families ranging from small to near adult size, not counted. (G Adams)

Ferruginous Duck – Dave Parker

Ferruginous Duck – Dave Parker

Ferruginous Duck – Phil Taylor

Whipsiderry: 1 Little Egret, 4 Corn Bunting, 1 Skylark. (S Grose)

Launceston: Red Kite over this afternoon. (A Davey)

Siblyback Lake: 3-400 Canada Geese (on lake and surrounding fields), Linnet, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (adult male feeding juvenile). (R Napp)

Linnet – Rick Napp

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Rick Napp

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Rick Napp

Porthgwarra: Turtle Dove still at Ardensawah Farm, 2 Redpoll over, 7 Painted Lady and a Red-veined Darter at the stonewall pool. (M Wallace)

Tywardreath: 6 young Blue Tit being fed by single adult from garden feeders. (R Barlow)

Praa Sands: 2 Red Kite during the afternoon, departed steadily to South after about 15 minutes. (A Woodhams)

Rumps and Pentire: 3 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pheasant, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 41 Herring Gull, 40 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 9 Puffin, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Swift, 6 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 1 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 7 House Sparrow, 4 Linnet, 2 Grey Seal, 6 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, 8 Painted Lady, 5 Small Heath, 1 Wall Brown, 1 Small Copper, 8 Common Blue, 2 Large Skipper (M Scawen et al.)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Kingfisher, 4 Great Crested Grebe (one on a nest), 2 Canada Geese plus c6 goslings, 8 Coot, 29 Mallard, 3 Swallow, 3 Magpie, 3 Moorhen plus 2 juv, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Jay, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet. (R Mudge)

Hayle Mexico Towans: 4 Linnet, 1 Stonechat (singing male), 1 Kestrel, 1 Cinnabar Moth. (J Evans)

Croft Pascoe: 2 Cuckoo (calling), 1 Tawny Owl. (J St Ledger & P Van Hear)


Tuesday 5th June 2018

Late news, 4/6, Stithians Reservoir: 15+ Swifts over reservoir. (P Pearson)

Padstow, Stepper hole / Tregudda Gorge: 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 49 Razorbill, 72 Guillemot, 5 Shag nests, 19 Fulmar nests, also Skylarks, linnets, Meadow Pipits, Stonechats, & 1 Grey Seal. (S Grose)

St Tudy: At least 10 House Martin nest occupied on farm I work at. (R Hughes)

Porthgwarra: Turtle Dove at Ardensawah Farm. (M Wallace)

Tywardreath: Robin visiting nest with food for young, young Goldfinch at garden feeders, young Blue Tit being fed by adult, young House Sparrow being fed by adult. Both from garden feeders. (R Barlow)

Siblyback Lake: 4 Tufted Duck, numerous Swallows and House Martins, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (one juvenile), 2 Treecreepers. (R Napp)

Treecreeper – Rick Napp

Downderry: Early this morning 3 Great Northern Divers offshore and 2 others flew west. Also 2 Whimbrel. (A Payne)

Whipsiderry: 3 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach: c60 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel. (R Creek) 2 Whimbrel, 39 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin & 4 Ringed Plover this evening. (J Hawkey)