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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Saturday 21st April 2018

Late news 20/4, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (PJ Freestone)

Late news 20/4, Gwithian: 1 Wheatear, 2 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 2 Mute Swan, 19 Tufted Duck, 30+ Sand Martin, 1 Kestrel. (PJ Freestone)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Copperhouse Creek: 1 ad Bonaparte’s Gull at 2pm. Lelant Saltings: 3 Mediterranean Gull, (2 ad s/p & 1s). Ryan’s Field: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper & 1 Greenshank. (J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Purple Heron still, also 6 Swallow, 4 singing Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 singing Cetti’s Warbler, pair Bullfinch, 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre, R Butts) Plus 4 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard and 1 Willow Warbler. (P Freestone) Purple Heron still present this evening. The 3 Garganey (2 m + 1 f) from the bay flew into the marsh late evening. (S Rogers, A Mckechnie)

Garganey, Alex Mckechnie

Boscundle Tregrehan: 1 m Hawfinch at 10:30 in private garden. (I Stewart)

Botallack common: 1 Hoopoe flew northwest from Warren’s pool landing in heather between the pool and the radio mast at c11.40, also Cuckoo calling from Higher Bostraze. (P Clarke)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull flew south from Newlyn Harbour at 12:30. (L Proctor) Glaucous Gull back in the harbour mid-afternoon, plus 1 1w Kittiwake and 9 Turnstone (3 males in summer plumage), also 3 Sandwich Tern feeding off Sandy Cove. (T Mills)

Kittiwake, Tony Mills

St Dennis: Red Kite flew over garden today and mobbed by Herring Gull before moving away. (P Ash)

Red Kite – Paul Ash

Red Kite – Paul Ash

Treskinnick Cross, Poundstock: Red Kite at 12:45. (B Bryne)

Windmill Farm: 7 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 11 Meadow Pipit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Raven, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 Wood Warbler, 10 Linnet, 3 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Lizard, 3 Adder, 5 Slow Worm, 1 Stoat. (J Evans)

Lamorna: 1 Red Kite drifting overhead at 12:30. (J Hawkey)

Week St Mary: 2 Red Kite. (R Isherwood)

Tehidy: 1 Red Kite. (A.Neil)

River Gannel Estuary:1 Red Kite. (C Stephenson)

Camborne: 1 Red Kite over A30 at 11:30. (R Veal)

Wadebridge: 1 Red Kite being mobbed by gulls (J & B Teague)

Connor Downs: 1 Red Kite this morning flew towards Gwithian (PJ Freestone)

Trevarrion: 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 1 Red Kite, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Raven. (S Grose)

Mounts Bay: 3 Whimbrel; 5 Great Northern Divers; 1 Bottlenose Dolphin. (R Butts) Plus 19 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver & 3 Sandwich Tern. (J Hawkey) Also 3 Garganey (2 m + 1 f) off Great Hogus Rocks. (S Rogers)

Porthilly Point: 4 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 69 Oystercatcher, 9 Sandwich Tern, 25 Sand Martin, 5 Skylark. (S Grose)

Praa Sands: 3 Great Northern Divers offshore this morning. Also pod of 20
probable Bottlenose Dolphins in bay (and yesterday morning as well). (S Cubbage)

College Reservoir: 2 Marsh Tit (pair), 1 male Shoveler (D Eva)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: 2 singing Willow Warbler seen, 3 Swallow, singing Chiffchaff and a croaking Toad. (C&J Duffy)

Bodmin Moor, Black Penquite: 3 Cuckoo (2 male, 1 female), 1 Common Redstart (male), 1 Snipe. (Male Cuckoos were fighting for some time). (J St Ledger)

Bodmin Moor, De Lank Waterworks to Garrow Tor: 1 Cuckoo (male), 1 Common Redstart (male), 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 2 Swallow, 6 Skylark. (J St Ledger)

Mount Hawke: 1 m Bullfinch at garden bird table at 18.20. (RB & PC Girling)

Porth Joke: 3 Whitethroat, 14 Blackcap, 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe)

Crackington Haven: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Siskin (male & female), 1 Willow Warbler and 1 male Blackcap in private garden. (J & B Teague)

Sennen: 3 Canada Geese, Grey Heron over Trinity Pool.

Bosullow: 2 Swallow; Cuckoo.

Marazion beach: 77 Whimbrel, 12 Turnstone. (J Hawkey)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 80+ Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 8 Mallard, 4 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 3 Grey Heron, 50+ Canada Goose, 2 Teal. (K.Bowers)

Gadwall, Kevin Bowers

Grey Heron, Kevin Bowers

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Thursday 19th April 2018

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Bonaparte’s Gull initially from Old Quay House and then from the car wash. (B Bosisto, M Spicer et al) Also  1 1w Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black-tailed Godwit. (B Bosisto)

Bonaparte’s Gull, Alex Mckechnie

Bonaparte’s Gull, Tony Mills

Bonaparte’s and Black-headed Gull (upper), Tony Mills

Lizard: Male Western Subalpine Warbler still along the Kynance toll road, also 2 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear, 1+ Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Hobby. (P Clement, DK Parker, M Pass, MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron again north of the railway. (P St Pierre) Later on bushes to south of railway line. (L Proctor, J Parker et al) Still present late evening. (R Augarde)

Purple Heron, Tony Mills

Purple Heron, Tony Mills

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still.

Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker. (B Bosisto) Also 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Raven, 5 Great-crested Grebe, 2 Jay, + other usual suspects. (S.Cox).

Lizard Village: Hoopoe along Penmenner Road at Barnside house. (M Pass)

Penzance: 1 Pomarine Skua attacking tern sp (likely Sandwich) and 1 Great Northern Diver off the Prom. (J Evans)

Bude Marshes: 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush early morning. (H Kendall)

Nanjizal: 1 Gadwall, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Sedge Warbler, 30 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin. (B Bosisto)

Bosigran: 3 singing Willow Warbler, 8 Razorbill  on the island. 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull with the Herring Gulls.  (NR Phillips)

Roughtor & plantation: 1m Cuckoo, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Siskin, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler,1 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch feeding on conifer cones and 1 Roe Deer. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Windmill Farm, 16:00-20:00: 1 Cuckoo heard, 1 Grasshopper Warbler heard, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 1 Reed Bunting, 12 Mallard including 2 ducklings, 3 Snipe, 4 Pheasant also 1 Roe deer. (F Trewin + J Thirlaway-Price)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Sedge Warbler. (S Grose)

Tresillian: 4 Greenshank, 1 Sparrowhawk. (M Jones)

Temple: Cuckoo heard near A30. (N Page)

Bude: 3 Whimbrel. (H Wilkins)

Truro: 1 pair Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch and 13 feral Pigeon. (M Costa)

Towednack: Cuckoo heard. (T Mills)

Newquay: 1 Whitethroat to the right of Asda. (D Grose)

Lizard Point: 2 Whimbrel. ( B. Toms)

Trevothan, Nr. Coverack: 1 Cuckoo (D Beadle)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Common Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Crackington Haven: 1 Wheatear and 1 Lesser Redpoll in private garden. (J & B Teague)

Castle an Dinas: 4 Swift, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

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Saturday 6th January 2018

Late news, 5/1, Rosenannon Downs: 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Woodcock, Snipe, 2 Tawny owl between 22:00 & 23:00.(S Grose)

Late news, 5/1, Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver, c10 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-necked Grebe. (P Clement, MJ Spicer)

Late news, 5/1, Wadebridge, Treraven Meadows: 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Water Pipit. (B Dodd)

Late news, 5/1, Egloshayle churchyard: 5 Hawfinch. (B Dodd)

Newquay: 2cy Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Boating Lake at 09:25. (S Grose, S McMahon)

Par Beach pool: 3 Pochard, 1 Water Rail, 12 Coot, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck. 1 Great Crested Grebe off Par Beach. (S Grose – photo)

Pochard – Shaun Grose

Men-an-Tol and vicinity: 60+ Fieldfare, 100+ Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 23 Raven (flock), 4 Snipe, 2 Skylark. (J Evans)

Bowithick: 2 Hawfinch. (T Potterton)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Eva)

Pendower: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 7 Great Northern Diver. (D Eva)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still. (C Urquhart)

Goss Moor: 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Great spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto & P Roseveare)

St Columb Sewage Works: 10 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Jay, 1 Dipper, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Stock Dove and 1 Yellowhammer. (B Bosisto & P Roseveare)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill and Pink-footed Goose still. (M Halliday – photos) Also 1 ad Kittiwake, 15 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 (3 drk) Goosander on Lelant Saltings. 1 Red-throated Diver (sadly entangled with fishing line) on Carnsew Pool. 4 Snipe, 1 (same) Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Spoonbill & Pink-footed Goose – Mark Halliday

Drift Reservoir: 1 Merlin, 3 Med Gull. (D Flumm) Also white Mandarin still. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 4 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 14 Skylark in stubbles. (D Flumm)

Sennen: c500 Golden Plover and c200 Lapwing on field SE of A30 at Trevorrian Farm. (DK Parker)

Trevilley: 6 Reed Bunting, c40 Chaffinch, c20 Linnet, c20 Goldfinch, c50 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff and 5 Stock Dove. (C Moore & DK Parker)

Brew Pool: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 tristis Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest. (C Moore)

St Anthony in Meneage: 1 female-type Goosander. (C Brooks – photo)

Goosander – Caroline Brooks

Wadebridge: Hawfinch over Coronation Park this afternoon. (DI Julian)

Egloshayle: Hawfinch still in the cemetery. (L Proctor)

Gunwalloe Cove: 1 Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaff, 100+ Pied Wagtail. (D Wright)

Helston SF: 1 Firecrest, 12 Chiffchaff. (D Wright – photo)

Firecrest – Dougy Wright

Marazion: Probable 1w Bonaparte’s Gull briefly. (PA Fraser) Also 1w Iceland Gull still in the overfow car park. (L Proctor, DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 18 Moorhen and 8 Little Grebe on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

St Merryn: 2 Hawfinch and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in trees around the church. (R Hughes)

Tregonetha Downs: 30 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Newtown St Martin: 13 Cattle Egret and 11 Little Egret with cattle in field at junction with Tretharrup/Trewince farms. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Gillian Creek: 10 Little Egret (inc 7 in cow field on hillside), 3 Mediterranean Gull & 2 Common Sandpiper. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Rame: 2 Woodlark in fields north of Military road.

Looe: 2w Glaucous Gull on Fish Market roof.

Hannafore Point: Siberian Chiffchaff and fem Black Redstart.

Mount’s Bay: Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, Pom Skua and 8 Great Northern Diver.

Lizard Point: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Puffin, 3 Red-throated Diver. (T Blunden)

Kynance/Caerthillian: 2 Richard’s Pipit, 1 Lapland Bunting. (T Blunden)

Towan Head: 5 Purple Sandpiper, 23 Turnstone, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Red-throated Diver. Also 2 Shelduck and 1 Great Northern Diver flew west. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis still and 1 Spotted Redshank. (S McMahon)

Mawgan: 1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. (P Bedford)

Lower Tamar Lake: 24 Goosander (13m, 11f), 3 Little Egret, 1 Mute Swan, 15 Tufted Duck, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull. (R Mudge)

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Weekly Roundup 20th – 26th March 2017

Mostly a quiet week, with the return of some old favourites, and springs inexorable progress; a bit more variety but not particularly the numbers yet.

The Bonaparte’s Gull was still to be seen on occasion at Helston Boating Lake (22nd and 24th), with a similar aged bird on the Hayle Estuary on the 26th. The Hudsonian Whimbrel put in a surprise re-appearance on the 24th too, after an absence of several weeks, and still there on the 26th.  It has wandered before – doing a recce, or perhaps spooked further along the coast for some reason?

A Great White Egret seen flying into the pines to roost on the evening of the 25th was seen by those assembled the next morning to fly off north east at 7:20am; no reports since. After the big effort to count Cattle Egrets last weekend, numbers reported were down slightly this week, although still daily. Quite possibly down to observer effort, but with birds such as the 6 on the Gannel Estuary still being there this week. A juvenile and near adult Spoonbill were on the Hayle, with 2 birds seen to fly into Maer Lake on the 21st.

130 Golden Plover at Trevedra Farm near Sennen still on the 23rd, 60 Sanderling along the beach at Marazion, 3 Greenshank and a Whimbrel remained on the Penryn River at Gorrangorras. Green Sandpipers were seen at Chapel Amble and St Erth.

2 Grey Partridge were seen at Winnards Perch on the 24th, with 2 Red-legged Partridge on the Wednesday Camel Trail Walk. Porth Reservoir saw 11 Great Crested Grebe still, with displaying birds to be seen throughout the county at suitable sites.

An immature Glaucous Gull at Portholland beach near Mevagissey had been feeding on a beached dead dolphin for about 2 weeks with another 2nd winter bird at Swanpool on the 24th.  The latter site also hosted an Iceland Gull the following day, with records again scattered throughout the county; up to a dozen birds perhaps? Caspian Gulls were seen at Par on the 20th and 22nd and a Little Gull was seen past Lizard Point on the 21st.

It looks like last weeks Pink-footed Goose may have eventually pitched up at Drift, with a bird there on the 26th, with a European White-fronted Goose seen feeding on a factory roof (!) near Par in the first half of the week; but it did spend more time in the slightly more traditional location of Par Beach Pool itself.

The Lesser Scaup was still at Dozmary Pool. A pair of Mandarin turned up at Marazion Marsh on the 24th. 120 Wigeon and 1 drake Goosander (with an apparently damaged bill) remained at Hayle. 3 Greylag Geese were seen at Stithians on the 22nd, 2 at St Gothian Sands on the 26th, and a Garganey was at Lanreath on the 23rd. The drake Velvet Scoter remained off Marazion.

An early Osprey was seen sat on top of a tree between Bissoe and Cross Lanes on the 20th by a passing motorist, with Red Kite and Merlin at Bartinney on the 25th, more Merlins elsewhere and an early report of a Hobby hunting Sand Martins on the 21st at Sibleyback before being chased off by a Kestrel. This would be one of the earliest ever Hobbys reported in the county, although it should be noted that the first arrival dates of our visiting migrants are getting earlier and earlier. Birdtrack records show a scattering of birds around the country from this date onwards last week. Another 3 Red Kites were seen flying west on the morning of the 26th by egret watchers at Marazion.

Ringtail and male Hen Harriers were seen at  Amalveor, with another ringtail at Men-an-Tol on the 20th, a female Marsh Harrier at Windmill Farm again, and a Short-eared Owl was seen to fly in-off the sea at St Ives on the 25th.

The RSPB Scillonian Pelagic to St Mary’s and back on the 24th saw reasonable numbers of Manx Shearwater (100+), with 2 Great Skua, Puffins and a small numbers of the smaller cetaceans (Common Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises).

Swallows and House Martins continued to be reported from scattered locations, usually in ones and twos only. Sand Martins, as to be expected this early in the season, were more widely reported, with the greatest numbers again from Drift, with 220 on the 24th.

A party of Red-rumped Swallows were reported off the coast at one location – if verified and pinned down at an accessible location they would certainly have been birds of the week. Although multiple birds have occurred in autumn there has yet to be a multiple spring occurrence in the county.

The first Ring Ouzel of the year was at St Ives on Buttermilk Hill on the 25th.

Yellow-browed Warblers remained at Swanpool and Penryn UoE campus until the 25th at least, with new birds heard in Hayle on the 23rd and at St Erth in willows alongside the lake on the 22nd. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Marazion on the 24th.

The first Willow Warblers of the year were 3 ringed at Nanjizal on the 23rd, with the next the following day at Porthgwarra. Wheatear and Black Redstarts were reported in small numbers; no double figure counts of the former yet. A Stonechat showing features of the continental race was seen at Morvah on the 26th. A Cetti’s Warbler in song and showing well at times at Swanpool, Falmouth was apparently the first in the area since November 2001.

6 Lapland Bunting (including a nice male in summer plumage) were seen at Trevose Head on the 26th, a Corn Bunting was seen at Whipsiderry, St Enodoc Golf Course held 3 Yellowhammer  and the Brambling remained at Crowlas. 2 Redwing were at St Erth.

There were 70 occupied Rook nests at Church Cove on the Lizard and Mute Swans were observed sitting, with the first eggs now laid.

The society received news of Peregrine Falcons at a number of locations, along with other Schedule 1 breeders such as Goshawk and Dartford Warbler, so they are still out there, although specific locations withheld for obvious reasons – please keep the reports coming.

Butterflies seen this week included Speckled Wood and Painted Lady. The big invertebrate news this week is the continuing sprinkling of Vagrant Emperor dragonflies with a couple of records from the Lizard and Windmill Farm in particular on the 25th. A successful reptile walk there on the 26th saw 3 Adders (2m, 1f), along with 5 Slow Worm and 2 Common Lizard.

The first week of April should see numbers and variety of summer migrants increasing; what  else is on the way? It’s set to be windy again this coming week, with south westerlies and rain later.

 

From around the globe; Siberian Chiffchaff and Hudsonian Whimbrel – Rob Creek

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Monday 27th March 2017

Late news, 24/3, Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull. (P Bedford)

Late news, 26/3, Gillan Creek: 1 Common Sandpiper. (P Bedford)

Nanjizal: 1 Dusky Warbler, 3 ‘continental’ Robin, 2 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff. (K Wilson)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Bonaparte’s Gull flew in at c18:00 and landed on Lelant Saltings as viewed from Carnsew Pool. Also 2 (1w+subad) Spoonbill, 14 Sandwich Tern, 7 Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, 1 juv Shag, 6 sum plum Med Gull, 2 1w Common Gull, 120 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 3 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Sand Martin on Lelant Saltings. 1 Cattle Egret on Ryan’s Field then flew SW at 17:20. (R Veal)

Castle Beach to Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 1w Kittiwake (on beach). Also 1 Grey Seal with freshly caught ray sp, c20 Common Dolphin. (J Irvine) 4 Sandwich Tern, 5 Mediterranean Gull. (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir (N end): 11 Magpie, 1 pair Canada Goose, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Peacock Butterfly. (R Hampshire)

Helston: 1 Cattle Egret at Degibna SW653257. (M Scott-Ham)

The Lizard: 1 Merlin at Soapy Cove, female Stonechat feeding young in nest at Kynance. (M Scott-Ham)

Trevose Head: 14 Swallow. (B Tregunna)

Rosenannon Downs: 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Grey Partridge, 56 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Snipe, 3 Tawny Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl at 20:15. (S Grose)

Rame Head: 1 male Hobby NW over church at 14:45. (A Robinson, O Robinson)

Sancreed: imm Iceland Gull, 5 Med Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull following plough. (D Flumm)

Iceland Gull – Dave Flumm

Porthcurno: 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Little Egret. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Morvah: female Black Redstart at bottom of cliff. (N Phillips)

Godolphin Cross: singing Blackcap. (C Richards)

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Sunday 26th March 2017

Late News, 24/03, Scillonian Pelagic Penzance to Wolf: 105 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great  Skua, 3 Puffin, 238 Gannet, 57 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 27 Kittiwake, 20 LBB Gull, 3 Fulmar, 1 Eider, 2 Common Dolphin. (V Stratton & B Craven)

Late News, 24/03, Wolf to Penzance: 6 Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffin, 3 Common Scoter, 88 Gannets, 19 Guillemot, 16 Auk sp, 88 Gannet, 4 LBB Gull, 8 Kittiwake,7 Fulmar, 3 Common Scoter, 100+ Herring Gull.  6 Common Dolphin, 3 Harbour Porpoise (B Craven & V Stratton)

Late News, 24/03, Wolf to St Marys: 11 Manx Shearwater, 10 Puffin, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver etc.

Late News, 24/03, St Marys to Wolf: 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise, etc.( V Stratton & B Craven)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Great White Egret flew off east at 07:20, and 3 Red Kite west at 07:30. (P St Pierre, L Proctor) 1 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler singing, with 60+ Sanderling on the beach (B Toms, M Curtis)  c200 Sand Martin and 6+ Swallow. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  1 Great White Egret flew from pines 07:20 n/e up the valley towards St Erth. 3 Red Kite flew towards Gulval ridge 07:30, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin 15 Sand Martin 1 Willow Warbler singing, 2 Sandwich Tern off the beach. (B Mellow, R Augarde)

Crowlas: 1 Willow Warbler this am. (R Veal)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel at Boat Cove still.

Drift: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 2w Iceland Gull, 3 Gadwall. (B Mellow, R Augarde)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Kingfisher, 27 Turnstone, 1 Common Scoter offshore. (S Grose)

Cot Valley: 2 Mistle Thrush, 1m Blackcap, 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Carn Goose: 18 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow. (S Grose)

Bude Marshes: 3 singing Chiffchaff, pair of Reed Bunting, 3 Little Egret, 11 Moorhen, 27 Rook over the active rookery, 10 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 5 Wood Pigeon, 1 Dunnock, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Mute Swan, good numbers of Mallard and gulls. (H Kendall)

Nanquidno: 1yr Iceland Gull, 2 White, 4 Pied Wagtail. (D.Flumm) 1 2w  Iceland Gull. (B Mellow, R Augarde)

 

Iceland Gull – Dave Flumm

St Gothian Sands LNR: 30+ Sand Martin, 11 Wigeon, 28 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler m+f, 2 Greylag Goose, 3 Common Gull. (S Grose)

Spring has arrived in our garden at last! (R Farnes)

Blue Tit video – Rod Farnes

Windmill Farm: 1 Merlin, 1 Sand Martin, also  3 Adder (2m, 1f), 5 Slow Worm, 2 Common Lizard on Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group (CRAG) walk. (D Wright)

Adder, Common Lizard – Dougy Wright

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Sand Martin. (S Grose) 1 juv Iceland Gull, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 16 Sand Martin, 4 Stock Dove, 6 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe)

St Ives: 1 Turnstone nr. Lifeboat House, 1 Sandwich Tern flying along Pothmeor Beach 13:45. (D Jenkins)

Hayle:  1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull  flew off east with Black-headed Gulls up St Erth valley 1420hrs, 2 Med Gull 120 Wigeon and 1 drake Goosander. (B Mellow, R Augarde)

Morvah: Light passage of sand martins along coast, 2 Swallows, 1m Stonechat showing characteristics of the race  S t rubicula.  (R Phillips)

St. Germans: 1 Mute Swan sitting; 1st egg laid overnight. ( Previous years – 2016-23rd;  2015-26th;  2014-29th.April(new female); 2013-27th; 2012-30th.) etc. (A Blonden)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Cattle Egret, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Greenshank this evening, plus 3 Tawny Owl and 1 Barn Owl at 23:00. (S Grose)

Helston: 2 Cattle Egret at Degibna church

Trevose Head:  1 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Lapland Bunting ( inc a nice male in summer plumage), 4 Wheatear. (B Bosisto)

Winnards Perch: 1 Siskin. (B Bosisto)

Chapel Amble: 1 Green Sandpiper.  (B Bosisto)

Church Cove, Lizard: 70 occupied Rook nests. (M Lord)

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