Sunday 23rd April 2017

Late News, 22/04, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 43 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 juv Song Thrush on Carnsew Pool. 1w Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sedge Warbler on Ryan’s Field. 23 Wigeon, 6 Teal on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Goss Moor between St Dennis and Toads Hole: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 m Reed Bunting, 2 Raven, 4 Bullfinch, 6 Willow Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 3 Wren, 2 m Blackcap singing, 1 Marsh Tit  6 Blue Tit 1 Long-tailed Tit. (P Ash)

Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler – P Ash

Rosewall Hill:  1m & 1 f Wheatear, Kestrel overhead mobbed by Crow and Sparrowhawk flew over. (D Jenkins)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Whimbrel, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler (D.Eva )

B3277 by Teagles: 1 Red Kite (B Tregunna)

Lizard: c20 Wheatear, 10 Whitethroat, 1 Wryneck. (B Field) Lizard Point: Single Whimbrel on the rocks, flew out to sea calling (R Bullman).

Lizard Point (seawatch): 2 Avocet, 2 Little Stint, 2 Whimbrel, 7 Puffin. (I Maclean)

Old Lizard Head: 4 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whinchat. (I Maclean)

Caerthillean: 1 Wryneck, 1 Ring Ouzel. (B Field, I Maclean et al) Female Red-footed Falcon briefly on wires west of Lizard village feeding in the freshly cut field at 06:40. (M Pass)

Wryneck – B Field

Crousa Downs: Purple Heron came in to roost at 20:58. (M Pass)

Goonhilly National Nature Reserve: 1 Cuckoo (heard), 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Wheatear (f), 4 Skylark, 6+ Swallow. (K Dalziel)

Brays Cot: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. (K Dalziel)

Land’s End: 1m Subalpine Warbler (probably Western) opposite Swingates. From the car park, take the footpath on the left and continue past the willows until Roger Andrews’s bench. From here view the blackthorn below. From 11:40 (R Veal, B Melllow, R Augarde)

Subalpine Warbler – R Veal

Land’s End: 1m Subalpine Warbler (probably Western) still showing occasionally until at least 16:30. Also 2 Red Kite flew north at 14..05, 13 Wheatear, 7 Blackcap, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, 2 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Treeve Common: 1 hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crow, 5 Whitethroat, 10 House Martin. (R Veal)

Sennen: 1 1w Iceland Gull flew over the church and then landed in ploughed field. (R Veal)

Marazion: 1 sum plum Great Northern Diver flew East and 2 White Wagtail, 5 (2 sum plum) Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Whimbrel on the beach. Marsh: 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Gadwall. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh: 1m Garganey, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 White Wagtail. (S Rowe)

Marazion Beach: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling. (S Turner)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Gadwall, 11 Teal, 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, c50 Sand Martin, 5+ Swallow and 1 Wheatear. (DK Parker, P St Pierre)

Marazion: 49 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel, 3 Oystercather and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach this evening. (DK Parker, P St Pierre)

Nanjizal: Red-rumped Swallow. (P Roseveare)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 1w Spoonbill, 2 Greenshank (R Veal) 1 Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Swallow, 1 Oystercatcher on nest on island and Canada Goose on nest on another island. (D Jenkins)

Hawkers Cove/Stepper Point: 1 Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Blackcap, 20 House Martin, 1 Puffin, 4 Sandwich Tern. Stepper point/gunver head: 4 Raven, 6 Wheatear, 3 Whimbrel, 36 Guillemot, 24 Razorbill, 7 Kittiwake. (S Grose)

Bartinney:  1 Greenshank , c.50 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Wheatear, 1 Whitetroat, 1 Buzzard harassed by 8 Magpie. 3 pairs Stonechats.  (R Phillips)

Common Buzzard – R Phillips

Perranuthnoe: 2 Starling, c10 Swallow. (B Oakes)

Lowland Point: 9 Whimbrel, 5 Wheatear, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Adder (P Bedford)

Gwendreath Valley: 1 Red Kite (P. Bedford)

St Agnes Head: Iceland Gull imm, 3 Common Whitethroat, 8 Sand Martin, 5 House Martins(T Wilson)

Lanner Green area: 1m Blackcap singing, Chiffchaff heard, 2 Linnet, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Buzzard, 1mKestrel. (R Hampshire)

Trevose Head: 3 Cormorant, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shelduck, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Blackcap, 11 Common Whitethroat, 5 Sedge Warbler ,4 Chiff chaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 87 Wheatear, 301 Swallow, 23 Sand Martin, 24 House Martin, 3 White Wagtail, 4 Collared Dove, 1 Grass Snake. (B Bosisto) 

Camel Estuary: 10 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 40 Whimbrel, 1 Osprey – circling Dinham Creek at high tide, viewed from the Camel Trail. (B Bosisto)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 drake Garganey, 2 pairs of Mallard with 6 & 3 young , 66 Black-tailed Godwit , 1 Wood Sandpiper ( color ringed) , 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Dunlin, 1 Lapwing, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler. (B Bosisto) 2 Wood Sandpiper. (D Julian)

Clapper Marshes: Lesser Whitethroat singing. (D Julian)

Anjue Green Fields: 8 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Buttermilk Hill: 5 Ring Ouzel dropped in this morning with 4 females and a single male which was singing, Cuckoo, 9 Wheatear, Linnets and Meadow Pipits all building nests, 40 plus Swallows feeding at a considerable height. (V Stratton)

Sibleyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup still, 1 Cuckoo. (D Julian)


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Saturday 22 April 2017

Late news, 21/4, Duckpool: 2 Whimbrel on the rocks. (M Moxon)

Lizard village/Old lizard Head: 1 Whinchat, 2 Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 6 Whimbrel, 9 Whitethroat, 17 House Martin, 7 Greenfinch and 3 Willow Warbler. (S Grose)

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still present, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 1 Willow Tit (D Eva)

Windmill Farm: 1 Ring Ouzel, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat,  4 Blackcap and 4 Sedge Warbler. (D Wright)

Rame Head: 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Wheatear, 10 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, 1 m Redstart, 9 Whitethroat. (C Buckland)

Bodmin Moor: 4 Whinchat (inc 2 males singing), 7 Reed Bunting, 2 Common Redstart (1 male, 1 female), 25+ Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo and 1 Merlin between De Lank waterworks to Brown Willy. Also 1 Roe Deer. (J St Ledger)

Devoran: 8 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 76 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull at 17:30 low tide. (D Chaney)

Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 5 Ring Ouzel at 06:30 before flying off north east, also 3 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Cuckoo. (B Mellow)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 2 Blackcap, 6 Robin, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Jay, 1 Little Grebe, 10 Mute Swan, 1 Moorhen, 2 Nuthatch and 1 Goldcest . (K.Bowers)

Land’s End: 4 Teal, 2 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Collared Dove, 1 hybrid Crow/ Hooded Crow , 12 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat ( male singing along cycle track), 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 White Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 25 Wheatear, 55 Swallow, 7 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin. (B Bosisto)

Porth Joke: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 5 Sedge Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 4 House Martin. (S Rowe)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Swift over West at 10:30, 1 drk Garganey, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Greylag Goose, 1m Reed Bunting and 2 (pr) Gadwall. (R Veal, M Bishop)

Marazion Beach: 4 (2 sum plum) Great Northern Diver and 1 Sandwich Tern offshore. 3 White Wagtail, 2 Grey Plover, 8 Sanderling, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Ringed Plover and 40 Dunlin. (R Veal)

Towednack: 1 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 10 Wheatear. (R Veal)

Caerthillian Cove: 1 female Red-footed Falcon on wires by the pumping station at 20:20 before flying off low east. (P St Pierre)

Probus: 1 Kingfisher in a private garden and a Red Kite over at 13:00. (BR Field)

Penryn: Red Kite circling over Penryn at 12:30 before heading towards Falmouth. (per D Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Cattle Egret reported again on Ryan’s Field, also 1 Common Sandpiper. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Gothian Sands: Wheatear, Common Sandpiper, Shoveler, Raven (M Bishop)

Tintagel Castle approach: Grasshopper Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 8 Manx Shearwater at sea (M Dovestone)

Maenporth: 2 House Martins at Pendra Loweth (M Dovestone)

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Friday 21st April 2017

Late news, 20/4, Maraziom Marsh: 1 Turtle Dove over marsh heading East at 19:40. (S.Cox)

Land’s End: 1 female Wheatear, Razorbill, Guillemot, Shag, Great Black-backed Gull, 6+ Buzzard, several Swallows, Fulmar, Gannets, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Linnets, Rock Pipit. (M Doveston)

Sennen Cove: 13 Whimbrel. (B Morris)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 27 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin. (P St Pierre)

Penzance: 1 White Stork flew over heading west at 13:10. (M Bishop)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 43 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 juv Song Thrush on Carnsew Pool. 1w Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sedge Warbler on Ryan’s Field. 23 Wigeon, 6 Teal on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Garganey and Tufted Duck still. Also 5+ Little Egret, 1 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Marazion: 45 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 19 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach, 2 Shelduck. (P St Pierre, DK Parker, R Butts)

Lizard Point: 2 Great-Northern Diver (s.p) , 6 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 1 Woodchat Shrike (on hedgerow and feeding in ploughed field next to Lizard Village 07:10 – 07:20, searched for it later in the morning and no sign) 1 Wheatear, 39 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit. (B Bosistow)

Old Lizard Head: 1 Black Redstart. (D Wright)

Caerthillian Cove: 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler. (B Bosistow, D Wright)

Carthillian to the Lizard Point: 20 Wheatear. (D Wright)

Kynance Cove: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat. (B Bosistow, D Wright)

Kynance Cove to Soapy Cove (coastal path): 1(m) Ring Ouzel (above Kynance Cove),  10 Wheatears, 2 Swallows, 1 Willow Warbler, 12 Meadow Pipits, 1 Skylark, 4 Common Buzzards. (JH & K Dalziel)

Ruan Minor: 1 Female Common Redstart next to Bolenowe Animal Sanctuary. (B Bosistow)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Siskin. (B Bosistow)

Maen Porth Beach area: 2 Little Egret up the valley heading inland, 1 heading east towards Swanpool, 1 Greenshank,1 Common Sandpiper still present on the muddy creek near the beach, Fulmar around the cliffs to the south/west side of the bay. (M Doveston)

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still present, also 1 Cuckoo. (T Carson)

St Enodoc: 2 Yellowhammer, 12 House Martin at the golf course. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 1 Wood Sandpiper and drake Garganey still. (M Pass)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Rame: 7 Wheatears,1  Grasshopper Warbler, 2Willow Warblers, 8 Whitethroats,6m Blackcaps, several Chiffchaff,3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 2 Ravens,1 Wood Warbler, Skylarks, 3 Collared Doves, 1Pied Wagtail, 1m Bullfinch. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Bude: 1 Sparrowhawk hunting in gardens. (R Maye) 3 Cattle Egret.

Maer Lake: 3 Cattle Egret.


Thursday 20th April 2017

Late news, 19/4, Marazion: 5 White Wagtail and 3 Sandwich Tern (P St Pierre)

Late news, 19/4, Long Rock: 1st sum Med Gull, Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling and 6 Ringed Plover (P St Pierre)

St Minver cricket club: 1 Red Kite flying south. (S Grose)

Polgigga: 1 Swift over. Also 1 Red Kite at 15:20. (M Walllace)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper below the Dam wall at 12:30. (M Heacock)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 drake Garganey, 9 Teal, 2 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Snipe and 1 Wheatear. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Porthgwarra: 26 Wheatear, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 White Wagtail, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whimbrel. (M Walllace)

Bodmin Moor: 1 m Common Redstart (heard), 1 Cuckoo, 6 Wheatear, 4 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker between Bradford and Carbilly Tor. (JH Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Rosewall Hill: 15 Wheatear and 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Cuckoo and 3 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Respryn Bridge, Lanhydrock: 2 Dippers feeding and then resting together about 20 minutes walk upstream from the car park. Also 2 Siskin. (D Hall)

Prussia Cove: 6 Whitethroat. (K Burford)

Marazion: 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin and 12 Bottlenose Dolphin (P St Pierre)

Penzance harbour: Male Eider (P St Pierre)

Tresillian: 33 Whimbrel. (MJones)

Sennen Cove: 2 Grey Heron this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still, see 15/4 for directions.

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Wednesday 19th April 2017

Late news, 18/4.  Zennor: c.20 Wheatears on pasture and plough.  Breeding ravens with young. Buzzard’s nest. (R Phillips)

Porthgwarra: 4 Red Kite over at 11:25 plus 1 over Polgigga at 12:20, 49 Wheatear in the area, 1 juv Iceland Gull at Arden-Sawah. (M Wallace)

Crows-an-Wra: 1 Red Kite circling over A.30 at 14:45-15:00. (J Hawkey) 

Land’s End: 18 Wheatear, 12 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 18 Swallow and the hybrid hooded crow. (DK Parker, J Hawkey) Also 4 Red Kite, 2 male Blackcap, 1 Lapwing. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, P Harrison, C Andrew)

Sennen Cove: 6 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover. (B Morris)

Zennor (Eagle’s Nest):   1 Red Kite being harassed by  Buzzards. (R J Matthews)

Marazion: 1 Ruff and 5 Whimbrel on the beach west of Red River. (P St Pierre)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill still.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Red Kite (presumed subad) W at 14:15 from the Stuart Hutchings Hide. (D Chaney)

Carnmenellis: 3 Red Kites over at around 19:15 being “mobbed” by a buzzard. 1 Wheatear at Little White Alice. (K Martindale)

Crousa Downs: 1 Purple Heron flew over  heading strongly East towards Coverack around 18.00. (J Foster)

Swanpool: 2 Reed Warbler. (D Chaney)

Point Quay: 5 Whimbrel. (K Dalziel)

Treluggan Cliffs to Porthbean Beach: Blackbird, Blackcap, Buzzard, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Kestrel, Raven, Robin, Swallow, 1 Common Sandpiper, 9 Whimbrel. (James)

Dodman Head: 1 Barn Owl , 1 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Chiffchaff, 10 Swallow. (B Bosistow)

Caerhays: Pair mallard with 2 young, 1 Common Sandpiper. (B Bosistow)

Porth Joke: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 21 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite passed over Pargolla Road 10:00. (D Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 25 Mute swan, 7 Canada Goose, 2 Brent Goose, 45 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 6 Cormorant, 36 Grey Heron, 12 Little Egret, 5 Buzzard, 65 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Common Sandpiper, 9 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 20 Whimbrel, 7 Black-headed Gull, 1 Iceland Gull, 2 Common Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 3 Skylark, 8 House Martin, 25 Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Wheatear, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 55 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 5 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al.)

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Rodd’s Bridge to Widmouth Bay: 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler,  steady passage of northbound Swallows c.20 every ten minutes, 2 Chaffinches,  5+ Blackbirds, 3 Dunnock, 1 Jay. (H Kendall)


Weekly Sightings Roundup 10th -16th April 2017

The migrants didn’t quite pour in, but there was interest for those out looking for the commoner migrants, especially in the latter half of the week as Spring continued.

For one lucky (or well-placed) observer however, it was a rather better week, with multiple Hoopoes and a shoreline Squacco Heron photographed somewhere in Cornwall.

Cattle Egrets remained scattered throughout the county, the highest number being of 9 along with 40+ Little Egrets at Dinham Flats on the 13th and 12 at St Clements on the 16th with cattle at Menadews Farm. 2 Spoonbills remained at Hayle.

Gull reports are still declining somewhat, although we’re certainly not done yet. 3 Iceland Gull following a plough in fields near Camborne on the 13th the highest number, others scattered, but as usual mainly in the west of the county. A Glaucous Gull was reported from the Hayle on at least two occasions, and there was also a late report of a Caspian Gull from there on the 9th. However, you could well ask yourself when you last saw a Black-headed Gull … very few about now as they have moved out to their breeding locations. The only reports received of Mediterranean Gull were of singles at Sancreed and St Ives on the 15th.

A drake Garganey was seen at Walmesly Sanctuary on the 13th and 14th , but no yank duck reports anywhere now. Two Velvet Scoter were seen at Par on the 10th.The Pink-footed Goose was again seen at Drift on the11th, 2 Brent Geese remained on the Gannel and the drake Pintail was still present at Helston Boating Lake.

Wader interest centred on the start of a trickle of Whimbrel records. From 2 at Perranuthnoe on the 10th (possibly still local birds) we then had 1 on the Hayle on the 12th and 13 at the Hudsonian Whimbrel site again of Boat Cove on the 14th and 17 at Lizard Point on the 16th. Common Sandpipers continued to trickle in and a single Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit was reported from the Hayle.

A Black Kite was seen at Goonhilly Downs on the16th with an Osprey there the same date. Osprey sightings continued; either 1 bird doubling back on itself or 2 seen over Truro and Chacewater on the morning of the 11th, with another N over the latter site on the 14th., and birds seen over Hayle again on the 12th and 13th. A female Marsh Harrier was again seen on the Lizard, along with Hen Harriers on Bodmin, the Lizard and at Gurnard Head

Only a single Red Kite report was received this week, of a bird which flew over the Lynher Valley on the 12th.

Offshore, seawatching highlights from west to east included  c15 Manx Shearwater per minute passage, with c30 Sandwich Tern, 4 ad Kittiwake Porthkidney on the 12th.

Pendennis Point, Falmouth  saw 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sandwich Tern, c50 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin on the 13th

Pendower Beach –  1 Slavonian Grebe moulting into summer plumage, 16 (7 sum plum) Black-throated Diver, 9 (6 sum plum) Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 (1m) Common Scoter. (R Veal) 13th.

Downderry – 41+ Great Northern Divers, along with 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Great Skua and 2 Sandwich Terns on the 14th.

Back inland again, at least one Woodchat Shrike was still present at Cot Valley on the 10th, with another, presumably a new migrant, behind Lizard Point on the 16th.

The first Cuckoos of the year were reported, with a slightly belated report of one near Penallow on the 9th and birds at St Just on the 13th and Padstow on the 16th.

Swallow migration has finally picked up, with a greater chance of birds being randomly picked up and some good passage noted, eg at Bude on the 15th, with 120 north in an hour. An impressive count of 300 Sand Martin were again seen at Drift Reservoir.

Still to leave, however, was a Yellow-browed Warbler again at the south side of Swanpool on the 14th; presumably one of the overwintering birds there. 2 Little Buntings on Goss Moor on the 15th were also presumably birds which had overwintered hitherto unobserved; both birds were still present the following day.

Up to 3 Ring Ouzel were again seen at the traditional site of Buttermilk Hill near St Ives, with a male also encountered at Kit Hill on the 12th .Wheatear started arriving in greater numbers with 19 around Porthgwarra on the 14th and good counts elsewhere along the coast.

This week saw the first Whitethroat of the year on the 11th at Sharrow Point in the east of the county, a Yellow Wagtail on the 13th at Porthgwarra, and the first Garden Warbler on the 15th on Goss Moor

A handful of Common Redstarts (a bird that can brighten up any otherwise uninteresting birding day in an instant) were seen, with one at Porthgwarra, and another on Bodmin. 16 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff and 1 Tree Pipit were seen at Stithians on the 10th.

Fledged birds included a juv Mistle Thrush being fed 2 worms a minute by its parents at Lansallos NT.

The main excitement this week, perhaps more so than the birds in the general media at least, was of the Humpback Whale (we won’t be referring to its media nickname of Doris here) which has been spending much of the last few months off Start Bay in Devon passing through our waters.

This beast was seen in Falmouth Bay and the east side of the Lizard on the 11th, initially off St Anthony’s Head around 2pm, and later just off Kennack Sands that evening. (The writer of this article is especially galled at the news as he was being a tourist on the north Cornwall coast that exact same time). Otherwise cetacean numbers in Falmouth Bay have dropped considerably over the last few weeks; c20 Common Dolphins there on the 12th, elsewhere 9 Bottlenose Dolphins were off Lizard Point on the 16th.

A Painted Lady was at Porthgwarra on the 11th, with other butterflies including Holly Blue and Orange Tip at Whitsand Bay on the same date, with an Emperor Moth again on the 16th at Windmill Farm.

The weather looks set to remain settled the coming week; what that means in terms of the birds remains to be seen.



Tuesday 18th April 2017

Porthgwarra/St. Levan: 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Tree Pipit, 50 Willow Warbler, 56 Wheatear, 7 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 House Martin. (M Wallace)

Sancreed: 5 Wheatear and yesterday’s (distant) imm Iceland Gull again in ploughed fields with Herring Gulls until 09:45 when all departed west. (D Fliumm)

Cot Valley: 1 Ring Ouzel, 27 Wheatear between Cot and Nanquidno. (N Wheatley)

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

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 7 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 9 Teal, 8 Mallard plus 3 broods of 6, 7 & 8, 1 Cormorant, 11 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 19 Moorhen, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 5+ Wheatear, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Cetti’s Warbler and Reed & Sedge Warbler. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill, 4 Common Sandpiper.

Gwithian: 1 juv Iceland Gull at St Gothian Sands.

Old Lizard Point: 1 Woodchat still present.

Lizard Point: 1 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 9 Shelduck, 14 Puffin, 20 Whimbrel. (I Maclean)

Lizard Youth Hostel Garden: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Pistil Meadow: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Housel Bay: 70 Wheatear. (I Maclean)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull. (P Bedford)

Mawgan:  2 siskin in garden. (P Bedford)

Gweek: 3 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, several Swallow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and a Nuthatch around the Seal Sanctuary. (M Doveston)

Pendennis Point, Falmouth: 1800 auk sp, 2 Puffin, 9 Manx Shearwater, 120 Gannet, 18 Sandwich Tern, 1 Black-throated Diver west between 08:00 and 09:00, 1 Wheatear on the point. (D Chaney) 

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 1 Greenshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper. (D Chaney)

Kelseys/Porth Joke: 14 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Fulmar. (B and B Heath)

Indian Queens: 1 Purple Heron flew west at 07:30 over A39 to north at Trevarren. (P Roseveare)

Porth Reservoir:  9 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Common Sandpiper, 10 Swallow,  25 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin. (R Bosistow)

Wadebridge: 1 Hobby flew over at 09:00. (D Julian)
Bude: 5 Cattle Egret & 3 Little Egret at the Rugby Club pitch 06:10. (R Maye)

Rame Head and Penlee: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 (male) Pied Flycatchers, c25 Willow Warblers, 31 Wheatears, 10 Whitethroats, c12 Chiffchaffs, 30 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Raven, 2 Kestrel, Skylark. (P Aley, C Buckland, M Beer)