Sunday 22nd April 2018

Late news, 18th  & 19th April,  Ruan Lanihorne, Fal/Ruan Complex:  2  Spoonbill again, roosting. (D Hall)

Late news, 21/4, Porthleven: 1 Alpine Swift with Swallows over Ashton Road about 2 miles north-west of Porthleven. (A McPherson)

Late news, 21/4, Perran Sands: 8 Whimbrel. (J Brown)

Whimbrel – Jonathan Brown

Whimbrel – Jonathan Brown

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Bonaparte’s Gull briefly at Old Quay bridge this afternoon before flying towards St Erth with Black-headed Gulls. (P Roseveare)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Purple Heron again. (L Proctor) Also 1 m Garganey, 2 Gadwall, 1 Buzzard, several singing Cetti’s Warbler, few singing Sedge Warbler, c65 Whimbrel over (2 flocks, c50 + 15). (T Mills, D Eva) Afternoon: Purple Heron north of reserve in conifers then flew down out of sight (around 16.00) but believed to be still north of rail line. Drake Garganey asleep on island in front of observation area. Gadwall also present. (J Eaton) Plus 2+ Reed Warbler. (R Veal) Longrock Pool: 1m Garganey continually being harassed by swan whilst surface feeding at 7.55pm. (J Hawkey)

Garganey, Linton Proctor

Garganey, Linton Proctor

Garganey, Linton Proctor

Garganey, Tony Mills

Sedge Warbler, Tony Mills

Marazion: 109 Whimbrel over in two flocks, 4 Sandwich Tern (D Eva)

Roseland. Place Manor, near St Anthony’s Head: Hoopoe calling clearly, unfortunately, only heard and not seen. (D Hall)

Sennen: 1w Iceland Gull in fields by Eschalls Chapel. (C Moore, R Veal)

Newlyn: 1 1w Glaucous Gull still in harbour. (M Ahmad)

Glaucous Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 1w Glaucous Gull still. (M Ahmad)

Land’s End: 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling near Swingates. (R Veal)

Millbrook: 1 drake Garganey. (B Taggart) Still present in evening. (M Beer)

Garganey, Dave Allan

Mevagissey: Iceland Gull in outer harbour and 5 Whimbrel. (J Dunning)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 2 Sandwich Tern, 26 Shelduck, 16 Oystercatcher, 30 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 3 Swallow (T Elm)

Port Loe: 23 Whimbrel. (J Dunning)

Tehidy Woods, North Cliff plantation: 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Pheasant, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet (S Van Hear)

Penberth Cove/Logan Rock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Whimbrel, hundreds of Manx Shearwaters.(S Grose)

Towan Head: 1 Arctic Tern this evening. (S Rowe)

Newquay, Huers Hut: 18 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 16 Manx Shearwater less than 100yds off Tolcarne Beach. (S Grose)

Penwithick: 11 House Sparrow, 3 Collared Dove, 4 Woodpigeon, 1 Robin, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Blue Tit, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Magpie. (K.Bowers)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 27 Whimbrel (circling overhead), 4 Sandwich Tern on buoys (one with metal ring on leg) (J St Ledger)

Buttermilk Hill: Red-legged Partridge on road 200 yards east of Buttermilk Hill. (S.Cox)

Tolvaddon Garden: 1 Painted Lady butterfly. (Earliest record) (T Hasdell)

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Wednesday 18th April 2018

Porth Joke: 1 Alpine Swift 18:00-18:10 and then 18:50-19:40 ranging over fields between Treago Farm campsite and West Pentire. Also 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear and 1 Sedge Warbler. (S Rowe)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still and 2 Common Scoter this evening, also 4 Great Northern Diver, 37 Sandwich Tern and 1 Puffin flew west. (D Julian)

Porthgwarra: 1 m Western Subalpine Warbler (heard to call) in bushes just beyond Coastguards cottages, also 1 Peacock butterfly. (M Wallace, P Taylor, H Mitchell, T Mills) Also 1 Sparrowhawk. (T Mills) This evening, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Siskin, 1 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Western Subalpine Warbler, Tony Mills

Western Subalpine Warbler, Phil Taylor

Kynance Road: 1 Western Subalpine Warbler and 1 Whitethroat. (D Wright, I Maclean) Later, 1 m Western Subalpine Warbler  confirmed, now singing. Also in the area Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Whimbrel, 3+ Wheatear (Mark Pass)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again.

Marazion: 1 Iceland Gull, 4 Little Tern, 35 commic tern 09.00. (I Webster)

Crowlas: 1 Iceland Gull over. (R Veal)

Par Sands: 1 Little Tern, 1 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern. (D Julian)

Longrock Pool: 1 juv Iceland Gull in the afternoon. (DK Parker)

Iceland Gull, Dave Parker

Iceland Gull, Dave Parker

Freathy: A 2nd winter Glaucous / Iceland Gull flew east, late morning. (M. Jordan)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Pool: Group of 15 Common Sandpiper at high tide. (S Turner) Plus 1 Knot, 16 Whimbrel. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 8 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Windmill Farm: 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Plover and 1 Barn Owl first thing this morning. (D Wright)

Tresillian River: 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peacock butterfly, 3 Little Egrets, 15 to 20 Shelduck. (M Costa)

Seaton NR: 1 Kingfisher. (D Allan)

Camel Trail Wadebridge to Tregunna: 14 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 27 Shelduck, 17 Mallard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 25 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Redshank, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 21 Whimbrel, 150 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Wood Pigeon, 3 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 25 Carrion Crow, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Large White butterfly, 2 Green-veined White butterfly, 1 Peacock, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 6 Palmate Newt. (M Scawen et al.)

Dobwalls: 1 Swift flying low over private garden at 16.45 and  1 Holly Blue butterfly in garden. (C&J Duffy)

Longrock to Marazion beach: 9 Whimbrel, 1 Oystercatcher and c200 small waders, mostly Turnstone but also Dunlin, Sanderling and Ringed Plover, also 1 Wheatear on beach this evening. (T Mills)

Newquay, Narrowcliff:1 Sparrowhawk, and 1 Brimstone Butterfly. (S Grose)

Polbathic Creek: 3 Whimbrel. (A Blonden)

Gwendreath Valley, Goonhilly  to Kennack Sands: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, c5 Willow Warbler, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock and 1 Comma butterfly (P. Bedford)

Mawgan: 1 Nuthatch in garden and a pair of Sparrowhawk soaring overhead (P. Bedford)

Higher Bosistow: 1 Swift over. (M Wallace)

Godolphin Woods: Cuckoo heard.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Sedge Warbler heard, 4 Cetti’s Warbler heard this evening, 2 Gadwall still and 1 pair of Linnet. (T Mills)

Marazion beach: 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin & 1 Whimbrel. (J Hawkey)

Penzance: 1 Small White butterfly, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Large White butterfly in garden. (T Mills)

Pendeen: 1 Swallow & 1m Blackcap. (J Hawkey)

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Saturday 14th April 2018

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron briefly this morning before being chased up the valley by the resident Grey Herons. (P Walsh) Seen in flight at 11:00. (R Veal)

The Lizard: 1 Red-rumped Swallow at Housel Bay at 11:00. (T Thirlaway) 2 Red-rumped Swallow hawking over fields between lighthouse and Housel Bay 14:00-14:30 at least; 1 Swallow, 5 Whimbrel E at the point. (D Wood) 2 Alpine Swift flew NE up Caerthillian Valley at 08:48 (roosting on cliffs near Kynance?). (M Pass)

Red-rumped Swallow – David Wood

Porthleven: 1 Alpine Swift over The Shrubberies at 18:50 then flew south. (I Maclean)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still.

Port Isaac: Iceland Gull on the sea at midday before flying east.

Mount’s Bay: 2 juv Glaucous Gull on St Clements Isle. 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull on St Michael’s Mount. 1 juv Iceland Gull, 9 Puffin, 400+ Manx Shearwater from Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Coverack: 2 Iceland Gull around the harbour still, 2 Black-throated Diver S with 250+ Manx Shearwater, 300+ auks (all those identified were Guillemots) and 7 Risso’s Dolphin. (D Wood) 3 (1 2w, 2 1w) Iceland Gull. (M Ahmad, R Veal) Also 15 Sandwich Tern. (R Veal)

Iceland Gulls – Mashuq Ahmad

Polgigga: Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow. (M Wallace)

Marazion: 3 Whimbrel flew north. (DK Parker)

Looe Island: Grasshopper Warbler. (C Lewis)

Mullion: Collared Dove in the cove. (J Allely)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

 

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