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


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)


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)


Saturday 25th March 2017

Late News, 24/03, Marazion: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Water Rail, with 1 drake Velvet Scoter, 2 Common Scoter offshore. (R Creek)

Late News, 24/03, Hayle, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill (1 juv, 1 near adult), 1 Black-tailed Godwit (summer plum), 16 Bar-tailed Godwit (Lelant/Old Quayhouse): 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1 2nd W Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Greenshank. (R Creek)

Late News, 24/03, Perranuthnoe/Trenow Boat Cove: 3 Black-throated Diver offshore. (R Creek)

Menadews farm St Clements:  5 Cattle Egret with Little Egrets in field still 12:30. (W Chegwidden) 

Late News, 24/03, Helston Boating Lake: Bonapartes Gull at 15:15 (W Chegwidden)

Late News, 23/03: a Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling in Hayle near Love Lane, also a Glaucous/Iceland Gull (not specifically identified) 1st or 2nd year in flight RNAS Culdrose seen from main road. (P Smale)

Swanpool: Yellow-browed Warbler still on west side (in gardens alongside road nr S end), Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1m Blackcap, Green Woodpecker heard, 1 Greenfinch, also 2ndw Iceland Gull on rocks to west side of Swanpool Beach, 50 Herring Gull at 9:30am. (D Chaney)

Penryn UoE campus: Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (C Urquart)

Porth Joke: 1 Merlin, 2 Willow Warbler, 23 Chiffchaff, 4 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Tregonetha Downs: Merlin, Sparrowhawk, 6 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Longrock Pool: 1 ad Med Gull 12:40, then flew to beach. (R Creek)

Nanjizal: 1 Sandwich Tern feeding in the bay. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Windmill Farm:  1f Marsh Harrier, 1 Willow Warbler. 1 Vagrant Emperor dragonfly this afternoon. (D Wright)

Lanner Green: 3 Buzzard, 1m.Kestrel, 1 Raven. (R Hampshire)

Gwithian: 1 imm Iceland Gull. (MJ Spicer)

College Reservoir: 27 Tufted Duck, 2m Wigeon, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 130 Herring Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-back Gull. (D Chaney)

Whipsiderry: 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Raven, 5 Reed Bunting. 1 Wheatear. (S Grose)

Trevalga: 1f Wheatear. (R Brandon)

Rosevidney: 1 juv Iceland Gull following plough in an inaccessible field near Rosevidney farm. Also 3 Sand Martin flew East. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1 1w Spoonbill, 2 Dunlin on Lelant Saltings this morning. 3 Sandwich Tern offshore Porthkidney Beach. (R Veal)

Hayle, Copperhouse Creek:  1m Goosander in the channel by Co-op (!) in morning. (P Smale) 2 Spoonbill on Ryan`s Field. juv Iceland Gull on the estuary. Lelant: 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, summer plum, 8 Grey Plover, 2 Med Gull (R Creek)

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret in field along Tredrea Lane with 10 Little Egret this am then flushed by a farmer and flew NE towards Hayle at 9:30. Also 2 Redwing, 3 (2m) Blackcap. (R Veal)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Cattle Egret flying to Penpol Creek. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 House Martin this morning. Great White Egret flew to roost in pines this evening. (P St Pierre)

Bartinney: Red Kite flew east at 14:00 also Merlin on wall visible from car park. (L Proctor)

Sennen: Black Redstart at Trevilley Farm. 

St Ives: Ring Ouzel on Buttermilk Hill, Short-eared Owl in off the sea. 

Gwithian: imm Iceland Gull over St Gothian Sands. 

Portholland: 1 imm Glaucous Gull, been feeding on a beached dead dolphin for about 2 weeks. (T Guy)

Glaucous Gull – Trounce Guy

Other News: 1 Painted Lady butterfly in private garden near Drift, 1 Speckled Wood in Falmouth, 2 Peacock at Stithians. (J Chapple, D Chaney)


Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Late video, 19/3, Par Beach Pool: White-fronted Goose. (John Chapple)


Late news, 21/3, Rosewall, St Ives: 1 female Black Redstart. (S Turner)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Cattle Egret, 2 imm Spoonbill, 1 juv Iceland Gull, 2 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Common Gull, 10 Mediterranean Gull, 27 Sandwich Tern, 1m Reed Bunting, 1 Chiffchaff. (R Veal, S Turner, M Bishop, M Scott-Ham)

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Spoonbill – Reuben Veal

Crowlas: 1f Brambling again in private garden. (R Veal)

St Erth: Yellow-browed Warbler in willows alongside lake at SW549347, Green Sandpiper on pond at SW565335. (M Scott-Ham)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 m Wheatear. (M & T Hasdell) Later 5 (3m,2f) Wheatear. (R Butts)

Pendeen: c20 Common Dolphin, 2 Harbour Porpoise, Black-throated Diver sitting on sea. (M Scott-Ham)

Bartinney: 1 male Hen Harrier. (P Taylor)

Sancreed: 1 Swallow on wires briefly then north, first of the year in village, 10 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 71 Golden Plover north. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 70 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Sennen: 2 Sandwich Tern in the bay this morning. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 8 Mallard, 12 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 29 Moorhen, 2+ Swallow, 3 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff still. (DK Parker) Also 1 drk Shoveler, 3 Grey Heron, 1 buck Roe Deer in field behind Longrock Pool. (A James) 2 Swallow on wires at Longrock Pool. (R Butts)

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Shoveler, Little Egret, Grey Heron and Roe Deer – Alan James

Helston: Bonaparte’s Gull again at the boating lake.

Helford River: 20 Cattle Egret in cattle field on west side of Frenchman’s Creek, seen from east side, with 22 Little Egret and 1 juv Iceland Gull. (D Britton)


Cattle Egret – Dave Britton

Swanpool: 1 Cetti’s Warbler singing, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still, both on west side, Green Woodpecker heard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk. Offshore 5 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot and 2 Harbour Porpoise. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 30 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow. (D Chaney)

Trevose Head: 5 Wheatear. (D Lockstone)

Porthilly Point: 5 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 62 Wigeon. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Chough flew north high over Penpol Creek at 18.30, 6 Cattle Egret. (S grose)

River Camel from Wadebridge to Tregunna Bridge: 24 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 25 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 9 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 1 Shag, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 120 Oystercatcher, 25 Grey Plover, 200 Golden Plover, 1 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 25 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 30 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Curlew, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 150 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 5 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch. (M Scawen et al)

Par Pool: 1 imm Caspian Gull, no sign of the White-fronted Goose. (R Butts)

Upper Fowey Valley: 1 Mistle Thrush. (R Butts)

Dozmary Pool: 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 Little Grebe, 1 fem Shoveler, 1 pair Teal, 1 fem Goldeneye, 12 Lapwing, c500 Golden Plover over, c20 Pied Wagtail, c10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit. (R Butts)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Greylag Goose. (R Hampshire)

Lanner Green: 3 Goldfinch, pair Chaffinch, Greenfinch, m Bullfinch in private garden. (R Hampshire)


Sunday 19th March 2017

Late news, 17/3, Gerrans Bay: 1 Sandwich Tern. (R and S Sharp)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Sandwich Tern at high tide, 2 juv Iceland Gull, 2 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 5 (3 sum plum) Med Gull, drk Goosander, 1 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit on Lelant Saltings. 1 imm Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal, M Halliday). Also 16 Bar-tailed Godwit. (D Britton)

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Sandwich Tern, Mark Halliday

Sandwich Tern, Mark Halliday

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret. (D Britton)

Drift: 95 Sand Martin. (D. Flumm)

Tol Carn, Newlyn: 15 Sandwich Tern, 1 ad Common Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe c.15:30. (Roy Phillips)

Penzance: 2 Sandwich Tern. (P St Pierre)

St Ives Bay: 12 Great Northern Diver, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Rowe)

Godrevy Towans: 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Hampshire)

Bowithick: 1 female Merlin, 3 Wheatear. (D Eva)

Helston: 1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull still at the boating lake. (C Selway, I Maclean) Also 16 Cattle Egret at Loe Pool this evening and 2 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Lizard Point (09:30-11:00): 40+ Puffin, 5 Manx Shearwater. (I Maclean)

Frenchman’s Creek: 35+ Cattle Egret. (T Chatfield, C Chatfield)

St Clement: 19 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret roosting at 17:40, most flew towards Malpas at 17:50. (J Lander) Later at least 20 Cattle Egrets (probably 23) amongst 33 Egrets. (D Britton)

Devoran: 3 Cattle Egret. (J Beaumont)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 20 sand Martin, 1f Mandarin. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1 Greenshank. (S Grose)

Pentewan River: 1 Dipper (A Curwen)

Pendower Beach: 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver & 6 Common Scoter. (D Britton)

Par Beach Pool: 1 albifrons White-fronted Goose still present. (S Rogers)

Gorran Haven: 1 Hoopoe still at Boswinger at Sea View International Caravan site. (D Britton) Video by Rob Nicholls.

Mevagissey: 1 Snipe (A Curwen)


Saturday 18th March 2017

Late news, 15/3 Newlyn: Female Vagrant Emperor in a private garden. (L & G Proctor)

Late news, 17/3, Marazion Marsh RSPB: Pink-footed Goose flew in from the NE with 5 Greylags circled the reserve and flew back NE towards Hayle at 09:00. (DK Parker, P St Pierre)

2 Balearic Shearwater, 31 Manx Shearwater, 52 Fulmar, 505 Gannet, 310 Kittiwake, 144 auk sp (Guillemot/Razorbill) and 10 Puffin. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 1 pale phase Pomarine Skua in fairly heavy moult offshore at 10 am, chasing Herring Gulls close into the shore. Also 1 Great Northern Diver and 3 (1m) Common Scoter. (R Veal) 

Marazion Marsh: 15 Sand Martin (including 1 possible partially leucistic bird), 3m Tufted Duck, 1m Shoveler. (R Veal) Also 1 Bittern flew across Longrock Pool c.16:30. (J Veal) 

Crowlas: 1f Brambling again in private garden. (R Veal)

Trewey Common: 4+ (2m) Yellowhammer in bushes near the only house at SW451362 viewed from the road. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary: 2 3cy Yellow-legged Gull. (C Urquhart)

St Gothian Sands: 1 2w Iceland Gull, 1 Golden Plover south and 1 Coot. (MJ Spicer)

Tehidy CP: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still by café. (B Field)

Helston, Loe Pool: 16 Cattle Egret. (P St Pierre) 1st winter Bonaparte’s Gull still on the boating lake.

Mullion Harbour: 2 Iceland Gull on water between harbour and island. (S Grose)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull.

Kennack Sands: 4 Black-throated Diver (1 in adult summer plumage), 1 Sandwich Tern. (G Adams)

Swanvale, Falmouth: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler still. (Cornwall Birding)

St Clements: 10+ Cattle Egret still at Menadews Farm. (Cornwall Birding)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Dipper at Set Bridge. (Cornwall Birding)

Boswinger: 1 Hoopoe still at Sea View International caravan site. (R Nicholls, R Nicholls and M Pass)

Hoopoe, Rowena Nicholls

Hoopoe, Rowena Nicholls

Lethytep, Lanreath: 6 Sand Martin. (P Hambly)

Looe Island: 6 Wheatear. (C Lewis) 

Wheatear, Claire Lewis

Wheatear, Claire Lewis

Gannel Estuary: 1 3w Iceland Gull, 1 3w Yellow-legged Gull, 38 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Med Gull this afternoon. (S Rowe)

Trevarrian: 1 Cattle Egret by airfield between St Mawgan and Trevarrian. (L Curry)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Sand Martin, 7 Great Crested Grebe (D. Eva)