Friday 27th October 2017

Charlestown: 2 (m+f) Blackcap in private garden. (D Hastilow – photo)

St Clements: juv Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 11 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher at Tresemple pool. (M Costa)

Porthgwarra: Gwennap Head 08:30-09:30: fem/imm Merlin, 930 Woodpigeon, 7 Skylark, 70 Meadow Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 9 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 250 Starling, 6 Brambling, 3 Siskin, 1280 Chaffinch, 4 Reed Bunting. Main valley: ad male Merlin, 44 Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Brambling (D Flumm) 2 Richard’s Pipit flew east and 1 Fieldfare on Gwennap Head, Yellow-browed Warbler in Middle Copse. (MD Wallace) 2 Richard’s Pipit, 29 Bullfinch, 1055 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 2 Firecrest, 15 Siskin, 3 Blackcap, 4 Black Redstart. (D Balmer, P Wilson)

Polgigga: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosistow Lane. (MD Wallace)

Gwithian: White-rumped Sandpiper still present in the morning. (A Neil, D Eva, A McKechnie, J Chapple et al)

White-rumped Sandpiper – Alex McKechnie

White-rumped Sandpiper – John Chapple

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill, 6 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 female Pintail, 5 Brambling flew west (D Eva) Also Whooper Swan, 88 Canada Geese, 1 Spotted Redshank and 78 Lapwing this afternoon. (DK Parker)

Whooper Swan – Dave Parker

Devoran: 25 Hawfinch, 7 Brambling, 12 Bullfinch, Redpoll, 1000s Redwing & Woodpigeon. (S Votier)

Crugmeer: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Kestrel, 500+ Chaffinch, 5 Corn Bunting and 500+ Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Rame: 1 Yellow Browed Warbler, 3+ Black Redstart,1 Wheatear present for 3rd day,
4+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest. (D Allan) Also 1 Common Redstart, 2 Brambling, 1 Ring Ouzel, 6+ Siskin, 8+ Blackcap, 20+ Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare. (D Clegg)

Nanjizal: 145 birds ringed including 34 Blackcap, 31 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, 8 Firecrest, Reed Warbler, 17 Siskin and blythi type Lesser Whitethroat. (K Wilson, B Porter) Also Common Rosefinch, Hawfinch, Ring Ouzel, 6 Brambling, 35 Fieldfare & 150+ Redwing. (B Porter)

Clapper Pools: 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Teal, 4 Moorhen, 26 Canada Goose, 47 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 2 Curlew, 20 Mallard, 24 Wigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Robin, 1 Hawfinch, 12 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 4 Rook. (DI Julian)

Wadebridge: 4 Siskin over Dunveth Road late afternoon. (DI Julian)

Bolventor: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Buzzard. (DI Julian)

Dozmary Pool: 29 Tufted Duck, 1 male Ring-necked Duck, 1 female Long-tailed Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 165 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 75 Golden Plover, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Ruff, 430 Starling, 10 Jackdaw, 8 Raven, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Robin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 1 Dunnock, 10 Fieldfare flew north and 2 Stonechat. (DI Julian, B Craven) Also 2 Ruff with a small flock of Lapwing. (C Buckland)

Upper Fowey Valley: 2 Firecrest and 2 Willow Tit at Ninestones. (C Buckland)

Colliford Lake, Loveny Reserve: 16 Canada Geese, 10 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 2 Wigeon, 36 Lapwing, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 House Sparrow, 4 Skylark, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Stonechat and 2 Carrion Crow. (DI Julian, B Craven) 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 f Pintail,16 Snipe, 170 Golden Plover, 40+ Lapwing. (C Buckland)

Siblyback Lake: 2 Yellow-legged Gull (single first and second winter), 77 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 7 Cormorant, 254 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Little Grebe, 26 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 female Scaup, 9 Coot, 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 80 Starling, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Skylark, 1 Raven, 1 Siskin, 1 Stonechat, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Chaffinch, 5 Robin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 6 Magpie, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Carrion Crow, 23 Rook, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 5 Wren, 10 Meadow Pipit. (DI Julian)

Hannafore Beach, Looe: Eider drake close inshore calling and appeared to be displaying to a group of Herring Gulls. (P Wilkins)

Pendeen Watch: Black Redstart on roof of Old Count House (opp Pendeen Lighthouse) at 14:30. (G Barlow)

Penryn Campus: 2252 Redwing, 4 Hawfinch, 2 Firecrest, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Little Egret, 7 Siskin, 2 Curlew, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 808 Wood Pigeon, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Jay, 25+ Song Thrush, 40+ Chaffinch and 4 Meadow Pipit. (T Phelps, C Urquhart)

Lizard area, Lizard Point: Olive-backed Pipit under tamarisks in Youth Hostel garden 08:30 but no further sign. Flying over during morning were 100s of Wood Pigeon and Starling, 7 Stock Dove, Brambling, Siskin, 3 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare. Caerthillian: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler. Old Lizard Head area: 30 Skylark in stubble field, 1 Wheatear, 2 Firecrest, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Lapwing over. Lizard village: 3 Black Redstart, Whinchat. Housel Bay: 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap. Church Cove: 3 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap. Mullion: 1 Firecrest. (D Collins)

Crows-an-Wra: 1 Dartford Warbler. (J Thompson)

Dartford Warbler – Joe Thompson

Stithians Reservoir, cut-off hide: 3 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (all on feeders). Also 1 Kingfisher, 4 Teal. Stuart Hutchings hide: 14 Lapwing, 8 Curlew, 4 Snipe, 11 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler. (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Reed Bunting, Firecrest and Goldcrest – Steve Williams

Kenidjack: 9 Hawfinch at 09:30 feeding briefly in Hawthorns at eastern end of valley before circling and moving off southwest. (P Clarke) 2 Firecrest, 2 Siskin. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Mistle Thrush over, 2 Swallow, 30+ Greenfinch. 1 drk Common Scoter offshore. (R Veal)

Falmouth: 1 male Blackcap in private garden. (E Tackley)

Newlyn: 1 Kingfisher on rocks and 2 Grey Wagtail at mouth of Newlyn River. Also 1 Tawny Owl heard this evening. (T Mills)

Sennen: Short-toed Lark again this afternoon in Escalls field. (R Butts, P St Pierre) Also 1 Wheatear. (R Butts) 3 Richard’s Pipit in field with long grass behind the school, 2 flew towards Trevorrian Pool. (P St Pierre, S Cox, P Kemp)

RSPB Scillonian III Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 Eider, 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 44 Gannet, 58 Kittiwake, 183 Guillemot, 69 Razorbill, 156 Auk sp, 4 Harbour Porpoise. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Common Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 37 Kittiwake, 7 Gannet, 16 Razorbill, 5 Auk sp, 23 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Common Dolphin, 1 Tuna. Wolf Rock to Scilly: 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Kittiwake, 7 Gannet, 1 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 23 Auk sp,1 Goldcrest. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 1 Great Skua, 14 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 2 Auk sp. (M Elliott and DA Conway)

Tregonetha Downs: 21 Snipe, 3 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Yellowhammer singing at 21:15. (S Grose)

Lizard: American Golden Plover flew over Lizard village at 13:50.

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Thursday 26th October 2017

Stithians Reservoir: further to problems we’ve been having with vandalism recently a decoy chain was put up on the gate to the Stuart Hutchings Hide last weekend and probably will go up this weeked too. Please replace as found (ie so the gate appears locked) when you leave the hides. If we go for a combination lock we will try and give advance warning and circulate the code number appropriately (eg in the website members’ area).Thanks.

Late News, 25/10, Truro: 1 Dipper on river below Victoria Gardens. (D Jenkins)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 1w White-rumped Sandpiper. (M Spicer et al) First in the county since November 2013, when 3 were on the Hayle Estuary.

White-rumped Sandpiper – Mike Spicer

White-rumped Sandpiper – Tony Mills

Penryn: Firecrest and Goldcrest ringed, calling Yellow-browed Warbler, and 5 Hawfinch over at UoE campus. (J Beaumont, B Porter)

Porthleven to Loe Bar: 4 Chough, 2 Wheatear, 20 Skylark. 1 Slavonian Grebe on Loe Pool. (R Hubble)

St Ives: Wryneck on coast path at Trevalgan cliff near St Ives at 11:30. (P Sharpe)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 1 m Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 (1m + 1juv) Stonechat, 3+ Cetti’s Warbler heard, 2+ Little Egret, 6 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan and c15 Curlew over. Longrock Pool: 4 Little Grebe and 2 Mute Swan. (T Mills) 1 Rose-coloured Starling roosted with c12,000 Starling, also 1+ Sparrowhawk and 2+ Water Rail. (N Moran, D Balmer, P Wilson, DK Parker)

Porthgwarra: Ring Ouzel, Black Redstart, Wheatear, 2 Merlin & a few Brambling over at Porthgwarra this morning. (M Wallace) 1 Lapland Bunting flew over calling at 10:30 to SW, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Brambling (both 60ft cover), 1 Short-eared Owl (over the moor), 17 Siskin over, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 8+ Bullfinch, 4 Firecrest, 1 Wheatear. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Whooper Swan in main channel but flew S/SW at 16:45 (R Veal, T Marchese) 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal) 3 1w Med Gull. (T Marchese) Ryan’s Field: 9 Lapwing, 21 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Buzzard. (K Bowers) Carnsew Pool: 3 Brent Geese took off at approx 18:15 in St Ives direction. (J Evans)

Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Buzzard – Kevin Bowers

Rame area: 1 Firecrest, 1 Wheatear, 100+ Woodpigeon, 50 Linnet, 70 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6+ Chiffchaff, 15+ Goldcrest. (D Allan)

Sancreed: 7 Snipe, 12 Skylark, 6 Redwing, 15 Goldcrest. (D Flumm)

Treverva: 150 Redwing over south mid-morning. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 14 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest flock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 240 Herring Gull, 35 Black-headed Gull. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 10 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest in one flock, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Firecrest, 40 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 24 Tufted Duck, 3 Mute Swan, 98 Canada Goose, 35 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Red Admiral on ivy. (D Chaney)

Mullion Cove: 1 f Blackcap in private garden. (J Allely)

Truro: 1 Chiffchaff in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Bude: 7 Long-tailed Tit and 5 Stonechat. (H Wilkins)

Maenporth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 9 Firecrest. Also Great Northern Diver offshore. (T Phelps)

Trevilley: 1 Firecrest. (C Moore)

Nanjizal: 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Firecrest. (C Moore) 98 birds ringed inc. 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 11 Firecrest, 9 Blackcap, 23 Siskin, and1 blythi Lesser Whitethroat. Other birds seen included parties of 4 & 6 Hawfinch, a Pipit sp heading towards Land’s End, call recalled Blyth’s Pipit, 1 Radde’s Warbler. (K Wilson)

Dozmary Pool: Ring-necked Duck again. (S McMahon, T Marchese) Also 1 Hen Harrier. (S McMahon)

Kenidjack: female Common Redstart still showing in copse by green shed, smattering of Firecrest and Goldcrest, female Bullfinch plus a dozen Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush. (T Marchese)

Land’s End: Great White Egret flew from Swingates at 09:30 then dropped in again at 09:45 but could not be relocated. Also 3+ Yellow-browed Warbler, c6 Brambling, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 9 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 1 male Black Redstart, 80+ Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chough, 12 Golden Plover and 5 Snipe. (DK Parker – photos)

Firecrest

Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

Cape Cornwall: 1 (possibly 2) Ortolan Bunting flew over calling. (N Moran, D Balmer, P Wilson)

Nanquidno: Great White Egret flew over at c09:00. (N Moran, D Balmer, P Wilson)

Lizard: 4 Hawfinch. (M Pass)

Par Sands: 1 Firecrest. (M Moseley)

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Tuesday 10th October 2017

Lost tripod: Manfrotto carbon fibre, with a dark green carrying ‘mule’, with 2 sitting mats inside, possibly at Ryan’s Field Hide or car park, Hayle 7th October. Please contact us if found.

Late News, 09/10, Nanjizal: 113 ringed, including 37 Goldcrest, 9 Firecrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap. (K Wilson)

Late News, 08/10, Nanjizal: 133 ringed, including 15 Goldcrest, 5 Firecrest,12 Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (K Wilson)

Lizard Village: 1 Rose-coloured Starling still nr. Henry’s Croft. (I Maclean)

Porthgwarra: 9 Firecrest, c60 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk and 5 Buzzard. Also 1 juv Gannet over 60 ft Cover. (DK Parker) Also Spoonbill west past Porthgwarra at 08:55. (M Wallace)

Sancreed:  7 Lapwing & 2 Grey Wagtail west, 2 Firecrest, 25 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Kelynack: 1 Hawfinch, 2 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Nanquidno: 2 Firecrest at the bottom of the valley. (D Allan) Also Barred Warbler reported in brambles opposite Nanjulian Farm.                        

Cot:  5 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Hummingbird Hawk-moth. (D Flumm)

Chyandour Coombe: 3 Firecrest (Paul St Pierre)

Gulval: 4 Firecrest (Paul St Pierre) 

Camel Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper, 78 Common Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 17 Ringed Plover (including colour Ringed bird from Germany), 1st winter Med – green ring RX OP,  2 Kingfisher. 1 Glossy Ibis (seen circling over Wadebridge from Town Quay this afternoon, appeared to be heading towards Chapel Amble / Walmsley Sanctuary as it lost height and was lost from view).  5 Cattle Egret (in cattle field behind Pinkson Creek). (B Bosisto, P Roseveare) 8 Cattle Egret at Pinkson Creek this afternoon. (D Julian)

Treraven  Meadows: 5 Mediterranean Gull, 23D8 yellow ring Black headed Gull, 2 Peregrine,  1 Stock Dove, 1 Hawfinch (flew across the reserve from Egloshayle, appeared to land in Treraven Wood). (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Bittern (flew across reedbed in the left hand corner of the reserve opposite the old hide), 1 Pintail, 11 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 24 Lapwing, 193 Golden Plover, 4 Ruff ,1 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 9 Black tailed Godwit, 14 Bar tailed Godwit  1 Greenshank  1 Wood Sandpiper (my latest record of this species), 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Common Snipe, 20 Curlew, 1 Water Rail, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 58 Mistle Thrush (an amazing sight as one after the other moved through the tree’s at Trewornan Manor), 2 Redwing, 1 Siskin. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Chapel Amble:  2 Green Sandpiper. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 77 Golden Plover. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Water Rail, 3 Chiffchaff, with 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail by the beach and 1 Ringed Plover at Swanpool Point. Swanvale: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler calling, 2 Water Rail, 2 Nuthatch. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 49 Redshank, 9 Turnstone, 45 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Grebe at morning high tide. (D Chaney)

Nanjizal: 147 birds ringed including; 72 Goldcrest, 23 Firecrest, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 10 Blackcap and blythi Lesser Whitethroat. (K Wilson)

Marazion: Small stint-like wader seen in flight briefly this morning at Long Rock beach opposite carpark. (S Turner)

Kingsmill: 1 Pink-footed Goose. (M Beer)

Bearah Tor: 4 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing. (B Craven)

Looe: Drake Eider at the river mouth this afternoon.(R Billington)

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