Tuesday 14th November 2017

Review of the week – last week’s is now on the website, scroll down to view.

Greenland White-fronted Goose update: The bird photographed with an orange neck collar at Marazion Marsh on 1st November has a fascinating and quite unbelievable story. Full details are on the West Cornwall Ringing Group blog (cornishringing.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/lost-greenland-white-front-reunited.) (Bird migration never ceases to amaze me – tdm)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 39 Common Scoter (9,16,14), 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 35+ auk sp., 75+ Kittiwake, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull all west between 08:20 – 09:20. Also 8 Great Northern Diver in the Carrick Roads, with Stonechat, Whimbrel etc on the point. Swanpool Point: 2 Ringed Plover, c10 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, with 1 f Common Scoter close offshore, 2 Mediterranean Gull. Swanpool: 10 Mute Swan (2ad 8imm). (D Chaney)

Wadebridge: 1 Hawfinch at Coronation Park this am. (D Julian)

Lanner Green: 1 Firecrest, pair Blackcap, pair Bullfinch. (R Hampshire)

Carrick Roads from Loe Beach: 18 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 8 Red-breasted Merganser. Also 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 male, 1 female), 2 Mistle Thrush, 10+ Redwing in trees behind beach. (J St Ledger, I Lewis) (Images taken by I Lewis from canoe).

Black-necked Grebe

Red-breasted Merganser

St Levan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by turning circle. (M Wallace) Also 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in bushes by Beach House.

Penzance: 20+ Common Scoter off Battery Rocks. (J Evans) Also 20 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Ringed Plover and small number of Turnstone. (D King)

Bude: 2 Goldcrest, 2 Siskin, 1 Buzzard, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Oystercatcher, c6 Meadow Pipit, 1 Cormorant and 1 Little Egret. (H Wilkins)

Marazion: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Long-tailed Duck. (M McKee) Also from Station Inn Car Park, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Common Scoter (P St Pierre)

Newquay, Porth: 1 Firecrest near Porth Lodge. (P McVey)

Porth Mear: 1 Ring Ouzel in valley. (P McVey)

Argal Reservoir: 2 (1ad 1imm) Mute Swan, 4 Mallard, 3 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 25 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 20+ Redwing. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret roosting on the island at s end, 15:30 to dusk with c25 Cormorant and 1 Grey Heron, 140+ Canada Goose, 58 Tufted Duck, 6 Pochard, 50+ Coot, 1f Gadwall, 1m Wigeon, 4 Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10+ Redwing. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 5 Greenshank, 1 vocal Little Grebe, 2 (1ad 1imm) Mute Swan, Redshank and Curlew present but too dark to count. (D Chaney)

Treverva: 100 Linnet flock, 400+ Woodpigeon flock. (D Chaney)

Hayle Estuary, Lelant Saltings: 5 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 20+ Teal, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit. Ryan’s Field: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Spoonbill, 30+ Golden Plover, 30+ Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 1 Magpie, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin. (K.Bowers)

Black-tailed Godwit, Kevin Bowers

Spoonbill, Kevin Bowers

Black Swan, Kevin Bowers

Sennen Cove to Lands End via cycle track: 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, flock of c30 Plover species over heading North, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Chough feeding at Mayon Cliff’s. (Ringed bird:- right leg from bottom red/yellow/turquoise. left leg red, black & white stripes). (D King)

Brew Farm near Sennen: 1000 – 2000 Starling early afternoon. (D King)

Polgigga, Ardensawah Farm: c500 Starling late morning. Roskestal Farm: 5,000 – 10,000 Starling around mid-day. (D King)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 hybrid geese, 1 f Goldeneye, small number of Wigeon but mobile. 3 Great Crested Grebe one with a large fish which it was unable to eat. (D King)

Newlyn: 1 Great Northern Diver outside Harbour. (D King)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 4 Stonechat, Kingfisher, 2 Water Rail (heard) all from east end of reserve late afternoon. (D King)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Tawny Owl, 13 Snipe (S Grose).

Land’s End: 3 (f) Reed Bunting, 1 Short-eared Owl. (S.Cox)


Sunday 5th November 2017

Late News, 04/11, Kynance Cove: Merlin, Black Redstart, Grey Wagtail, 2 Raven, 2 Rock Pipit (J & D Chapman)

Late News, 04/11, Sancreed: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest (D Flumm)

Late News, 4/11, Newquay Headland: 200+ Gannet flying past and many dive feeding in the Gazzle, 100+ Starling entering cave below Newquay War memorial, 16:00 hrs. (D Thomas)

Late news, 4/11, Kingsmill Lake: 1 Spotted Redshank.

Walmsley Sanctuary:Glossy Ibis, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 female in front of hide, 1 Kestrel, 6 Gadwall, 200+ Lapwing, 3 Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit on new feeders. (D Thomas)

Kestrel, Dave Thomas

Marsh Harrier, Dave Thomas

Dozmary Pool: 44 Canada Geese, 8 Mallard, drake Ring-necked Duck, 21 Tufted Duck, fem Scaup, 5 Pochard and 3 Little Grebe. (DK Parker)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Kingfisher (S Grose)

Devoran: 1 Great White Egret at Devoran Quay and 12 Cattle Egret further up river on hill top. (P Roseveare)

Marazion Marsh: 2 Water Rail, 20 Teal, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron (S Grose) 1 Water Rail. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Hayle Estuary: 2 Knot. (B Toms, M Curtis) Carnsew Pool: 1 Spoonbill, 49 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Greenshank, 33 Redshank. (S Grose)

St Ives Island seawatch, 12:00 – 13:00: 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 350 Kittiwake, Guillemot/Razorbill passing at 120/min. (B Dodd)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Goosander, 14 Tufted Duck, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 8 Fieldfare. (C Moore)

Maenporth: 1 Firecrest and 10+ Long-tailed Tit by small waterworks on road down to Maenporth beach (from Swanpool direction) (M Wilson)

Stithians Resevoir: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 17 Lapwing, 17 Cormorant, 5 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 2 Reed Bunting. (D Chaney)

Bodmin: 1 Firecrest, possibly cat casualty, in a Bodmin garden. (R Preston-Mafham)

Malpas: 2 Spoonbill opposite layby in pines on Malpas Road; 1 Black Swan near Heron Pub. (A.Hill)

Windmill Farm: 1 Ring Ouzel near Dragonfly Ponds, 1 Marsh Harrier (fem/imm), 1 Peregrine Falcon. (R Hollis) Also 1 Merlin.  (D Wright)

College Reservoir: 3 Firecrest in scrub next to A39 near dam. (J Holmes)

Gannel Estuary: 33 Wigeon, 460 Black-headed Gull, 40 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull. (S Rowe)

Penwithick: 2 Robin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Magpie, 1 Cormorant  (overhead), 3 Blue Tit, 5 Goldfinch, 11 Starling, 15 House Sparrow,  2 Great Tit.  (K.Bowers)

Starling, Kevin Bowers

Cormorant, Kevin Bowers

Lanner Green: 1 Firecrest in private garden, (R Hampshire)

Pendeen 8:30-10am: 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 9 Great Skua, 1 Common Scoter. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde)

St Levan: 1 Lapland Bunting calling and flying around stubble fields above church, 1 Siskin. (R Veal)

Marazion: 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Augarde, R Veal, B Mellow) Also 1 Water Pipit and 1 Yellow Wagtail on the beach again. (M Ahmad)

Yellow Wagtail, Mashuq Ahmad

Yellow Wagtail, Mashuq Ahmad

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose on main island. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Porthpean: 2 Common Scoter, 2 Surf Scoter ( both female types, one 1st winter and one adult female), 9 Great-Northern Diver. (B Bosisto)

Castle an Dinas: 1 Woodcock. (B Bosisto)

Penberth Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (M McKee)

Lamorna: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Siskin, 3 Blackcap. (M McKee)


Friday 3rd November 2017

Late News, 02/11, Penzance: 2 male Blackcap in bird bath together, first of the year. (R Phillips)

Late photo, 31/10,  Mousehole: Olive-backed Pipit. (M Ahmad)

Olive-backed Pipit, Mashuq Ahmad

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, plus Curlew and Redshank at low tide this morning. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 1 female Pochard at north end. (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Hen Harrier (female) by feeders at cut off hide at 08:10 this morning but flew off in direction of the main reservoir. Also Drake Mandarin with Mallard. Stuart Hutchings Hide: 97 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 6 Goldeneye (female), 8 Teal, 15 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 90+ Golden Plover (circling overhead for second day running). (J St Ledger)

Lapwing, Mandarin and record shot of Hen Harrier – John St Ledger

Penryn vismig: 3500+ Woodpigeon, 850 Redwing, 120 Fieldfare, 4 Hawfinch, 1 Brambling this am. (B Porter)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Common Rosefinch by the Coastguard Cottages then flew towards Manor Farm but not relocated. (P Combridge)

Mawgan Porth: Hawfinch and 120 Woodpigeon over Mawgan Porth this morning. (P Roseveare)

Restronguet: Great White Egret on the Restronguet Creek opposite Point Quay at 09:45. (M Wilson)

Sancreed: 2 Whooper Swan, 4 Snipe, 14 Skylark, 14 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap (D Flumm)

Porthilly Farm:1 Cattle Egret in field directly behind porthilly sewage treatment works (S Grose)

Heamoor: 280 Redwing, 16 Fieldfare, 3 Song Thrush NE between 7.30-8 am (P St Pierre)

Mounts Bay: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter between St Michaels Mount and Penzance Harbour. (P St Pierre)

Truro: 2 m Blackcap feeding on Rowan berries in my garden am. (D Jenkins)

Trevose Head: 1 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 27 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 8 Blackbird,38 Redwing, 4 Goldcrest, 22 Meadow Pipit, 1 Olive-backed Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Black Redstart, 48 Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 15 Siskin, 58 Chaffinch, 9 Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 18 Goldfinch, 6 Reed Bunting. (B Bosisto)

Porthcothan: 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (B Bosisto)

Park Head: 1 Curlew, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Richards Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Siskin, 1 Snow Bunting. (B Bosisto)

Devoran: 1 Great White Egret, 12 Cattle Egret, 1 Garganey. (S Votier)

Trevarrian: 1 Redpoll, 1 Brambling, 8 Reed Bunting. (B Bosisto)

Rame: 1 Firecrest this morning. (D Allan)

Treen: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling (MJ Spicer, P Aley, M Ahmad) Another report 2 juv Rose-coloured Starling in same garden.

Rose-coloured Starling – Mike Spicer

Rose-coloured Starling, Mashuq Ahmad

Maenporth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Firecrest ( T Phelps)

Marazion: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (T Phelps)  Mumuration of 10 – 12,000 Starlings this evening.

Part of the Starling murmuration, Tony Mills

Marazion Beach: 1 Water Pipit and 1 Yellow Wagtail on beach at 4.30pm. (M McKee)

Hayle: Brambling over  this morning. (T Phelps)

Siblyback Reservoir: Scaup still this afternoon. (D Julian)

Dozmary Pool: Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still this afternoon. (D Julian, A Payne)

Torpoint: 4 Brent Goose, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe. (C Buckland)

Freathy: 2 Reed Bunting, 12 Chaffinch, 1 m. Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, c20 Common Scoter. (M Jordan)

RSPB Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 drake Eider, 1 fem type Red-breasted Merganser, 33 Gannet, 13 Shag, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Kittiwake, 4 Black-headed Gull, 24 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 37 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and 1 Meadow Pipit. Also 2 Harbour Porpoise. (DK Parker) Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 drake Eider, 1 Manx Shearwater, 133 Gannet, 1 Shag, 46 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Skua, 142 Herring Gull, 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 45 Great Black-backed Gull and 47 Guillemot. (DK Parker)

Ruan Lanihorne -Fal saltmarsh:  (4.15pm). 2 Spoonbill flew up river from Ardevora, circled, prospected but did not land; then returned down river. Other birds present; 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Curlew, 30+ Redshank, 14 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 40 + Oystercatcher. 80+ Wigeon, 150+ Canada Geese, 11 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 1 Water Rail, 2 Mute Swan and 1 Kingfisher. Also from midday onwards , some large , some small flocks of Woodpigeon going through , all flying westerly, 2500+ at least. (D Hall)

Camel Estuary, Burniere Point Hide: 2 Greenshank, 100+ Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Woodcock. (S Grose).

Perranporth beach: Among the gull flock were an adult winter Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull and 2 1st w Common Gull. (T Wilson)

Kelynack: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P Aley)

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Firecrest, 18+ Siskin, 10+ Goldcrest, 8+ Chiffchaff, 3 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P Aley)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Snow Bunting, 1.Wheatear. (P Aley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, estuary: 30+ Teal, 15 Lapwing, 8 Mute Swan, 20 Golden Plover. Ryan’s Field: 1 Grey Heron, 52 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Robin, 2 Jay, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Redshank. (K.Bowers) Also 1 Whooper Swan reported on estuary.

Teal, Kevin Bowers

Robin, Kevin Bowers

Lapwing, Kevin Bowers

Curlew, Kevin Bowers

Downderry: 2 Great Northern Diver offshore, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 13 Common Scoter west, whilst 20+ Kittiwake in the bay, early this morning. (A Payne)

Colliford Lake: 1 Caspian Gull (3w) among many Lesser Black-backed Gulls at the dam. (A Payne) Also 1 Hen Harrier reported.

Windmill Farm: 1 female/immature Marsh Harrier this afternoon. (D Wright)

Gannel Estuary: 15 Little Egret, 138 Curlew, 11 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Dunlin, 4 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

St Merryn: 20+ Goldcrest. 19 Long-tailed Tit. 4 Bullfinch. 300+ Woodpigeon in private woods. (R Hughes)

St Ives harbour beach: 12 Ringed Plover. (E Tackley)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Tawny Owl, Redwings, Snipe, (S Grose).

Porthgwarra: 1 Ring Ouzel.

Polgigga: 1 Turtle Dove at Lower Bosistow.

Bosullow: Firecrest in private garden.

Crowlas: 2 Firecrest.

St Ives: Firecrest again in private garden.

Lands End: 1 hybrid Hooded/Carrion Crow. (M Ahmad)

Hybrid Crow, Hooded x Carrion, Mashuq Ahmad.


Thursday 2nd November 2017

Late News, 01/11, Mullion: 1 Hawfinch south over the garden. Old Lizard Head: House Martin. (M Pass)

Late news, 31/10, Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Grey Partridge. (C Selway)

Late News, 31/10, Gam Bridge, St Breward: 200+ Redwing. (R Hooper)

Gwithian: 1w White-rumped Sandpiper still showing well at St. Gothian Sands LNR

The Camel: 3 Great White Egret still present near the Amble dam this afternoon. (M Scawen)

Treen: 1 juv Rosy Starling for second day.

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Ring-necked Duck still.

Lizard area: Redpoll, 2 Brambling (all flyovers) (M Pass)

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

St Ives: 1f Black Redstart on the island. (S Turner) Firecrest in private garden.

Sancreed: 2 Whooper Swan (D Flumm)1 Cattle Egret Sellan Farm (D Flumm, H Booker, C Townend)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1m Stonechat Castle Beach: 2 Stonechat, 1 f type Black Redstart, 6 Rock Pipit including one probable Scandinavian, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest Swanpool: 3 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (in subsong), 3 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch. (D Chaney)

Windmill Farm: 17 Fieldfare. (C Richards)

Land’s End: 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Siskin, 1 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 500 Starling, 1 female-type Black Redstart at complex, 1 Great Northern Diver low over complex. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Buryan: 2 Black Redstart at Tower Meadows. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Saltash: 1 Firecrest at Churchtown NR  (M Beer)

Porthgwarra: 5+ Goldcrest, 5+ Firecrest, 2 Buzzard, 4 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch, 100+ Starling, 12 Golden Plover, 2 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl. (B Sharples)

Kynance: 2 m+f Black Redstart on cliff and beach at Kynance Cove. (J Beckett)

Padstow: 2 Wren, 1 Stonechat, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Turnstone, c12 Cormorant, 6+ Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Redshank. (H Wilkins)

Porthcurno: 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 5 Firecrest, c20 Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch and 1 Jay. Also c40 Skylark and c60 Chaffinch flew east. (DK Parker)

St Levan: 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, c12 Goldcrest and 12 Long-tailed Tit by the turning circle. Also c2,000 Starling, 40 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling and 1 Reed Bunting in the adjacent stubble field. (DK Parker)

Brambling, Dave Parker

Drift Reservoir: 2 Whooper Swan and 1 Common Sandpiper viewable from the car park. (DK Parker)

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Hawfinch, Firecrest plus lots of Chiffchaff and Blackcap. (L Proctor)

Penzance: 4 Hawfinch low west over Heamoor early morning. (P St Pierre)

Nanquidno: 2 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff. (C Moore)

Little Kelynack: 1 Brambling. (C Moore)

St Merryn: 10+ Goldcrest feeding in conifers. (R Hughes)

Towan Head: 6 Purple Sandpiper, 28 Turnstone, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservoir: 18 Little Grebe, 1 Woodcock, (R Hampshire)

Lanner, Carnmarth: 1 Woodcock, (R Hampshire)

Trevowhan, Rose Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Snow Bunting. (P Combridge & J Swann)

Heamoor: 4 Hawfinch west, also 1 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 14 Fieldfare 210 Redwing (P St Pierre)

Boscathnoe Reservoir: 3 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker (P St Pierre)

Nanjizal: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 5 Firecrest ringed.


Wednesday 1st November 2017

Late news, 31/10, Gwithian: 5 Cattle Egret flew from mouth of Red River inland to land in fields behind Churchtown Farm. (D Lewis)

Trevose Head: 1 Barn Owl and 7 Redwing heard whilst  night time sound recording. (B Bosisto)

Sancreed: 1 Hawfinch at village green 08:00, 2 adult Whooper Swan Sellan Fm until 08:30, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Snipe, 19 Stock Dove, 60 Fieldfare, 1 Grey Wagtail (D Flumm)

St Gothian Sands LNR: White-rumped Sandpiper still on small pool by beach at 10:00hrs at least showing well. (per P Freestone)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1000+ Golden Plover, 250+ Lapwing, 6 Fieldfare, 1000+ Starling. (J St Ledger)

Kenidjack: Hawfinch, (five sightings through the day involving at least two birds), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (strikingly pale creamy brown individual with limited dark ear coverts) 2 Firecrest, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 10 Siskin, 25 Redwing. (S & P Rogers, M Elliott, C Moore, B Craven, J Swann, P Combridge).

Helford: 1 Hoopoe, clearly heard, and brief glimpse in flight in woods while walking East towards headland. (C Knox)

Carn Gloose: 4 Great White Egret flew past. (J Lawman)

Sennen: flock of c20 Siskin south past Mayon Cliff at 11:20. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Also 
1 Firecrest, 1 Short-eared Owl along cycle track to Lands End. f Black Redstart on Mayon Cliff

St Buryan: 1+ Black Redstart still at Tower Meadows. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Crows-an-Wra: c100 Lapwing. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Tudy, Cedar Croft Nurseries: 13 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll in one flock flicking through picea & alder trees (S Grose)

Constantine, Falmouth: 3 Black Redstart (1 ad male) in Trebarvah Court, 2 Stonechat (J Chapman)

Constantine Bay (N Cornwall): 1 Black Redstart in private garden, Crescent Rise. (S Lilley)

Penryn Campus: 4 Firecrest, 1 Black Redstart (J Chapman)

Cot Valley: 9 Hawfinch over Cot Valley this morning: 6 southeast at 08:00 and 3 northeast at 10:40. Also Woodlark still at Boscregan Farm. (N Wheatley)

Tregoss: 40 mins early morning: 120 Redwing, 42 Fieldfare, 1 Redpoll, Siskin, 5 Brambling 16 Stock Dove, 349 Woodpigeon. (B Bosisto)

Porthgwarra: 1 Pink-footed Goose, Wheatear & 2 Black Redstart this morning. (M Wallace)

Rame: 1 Firecrest, 1 Peregrine, 8+Goldcrest, 1 Black Redstart  and 1 Mediterranean Gull. (D Allan)

Lanner Green: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in private garden, (R Hampshire)

Upton Towans: 1 Blackcap in garden for second day. (C Rumble)

Porth Reservoir: 410 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 8 Coot, 27 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Call Duck, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper, 1 Greenfinch, 14 Goldcrest, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, (S Grose).

Hell’s Mouth to Butney Corner: 3 Dartford Warbler. (D Lewis)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Pied Wagtail, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 40+ Canada Goose, 2 Wren . (K.Bowers)

Little Grebe, Kevin Bowers

Goldcrest, Kevin Bowers

Stithians Reservoir: Many Firecrest. (S Williams)

Firecrest, Steve Williams

Firecrest, Steve Williams

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Padstow: 15 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Goose, 30 Shelduck, 25 Mallard, 34 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 9 Grey Heron, 19 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 2 Moorhen, 65 Oystercatcher, 18 Ringed Plover, 12 Golden Plover, 175 Lapwing, 25 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Curlew, 150 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Kingfisher, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 35 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 25 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Red Admiral. (M Scawen et al.)

Marazion Marsh: 19 Little Egret flew in together at 2 pm,   1 White-fronted Goose  (with an over sized neck collar registered V3Y and transmitter), 1 Water Rail, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher. (A James)

Little Egret, Alan James

White-fronted Goose, Alan James

Pendeen: 7 Brambling over and 1 Black Redstart in the lighthouse car park. (P Combridge, DK Parker)

Men-an-Tol: 59 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe and 1 Wheatear. (DK Parker)

Golitha Falls: 4 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit. (Cafe open all winter, with numerous birds on feeders). (J St Ledger)

Marsh Tit, John St Ledger

Nuthatch, John St Ledger

Falmouth: 1 Blackcap (male) on bird table in private garden. First one seen this winter. (J St Ledger)

St Agnes Head: 1 Short-eared Owl. (S Mickleburgh)

Nanjizal: 10 Firecrest netted.

Penzance: 3 Firecrest in Penlee Park. 

Egloshayle, Wadebridge: Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe and Teal on river by park (T Wilson)

Carland Cross: Merlin chasing passerines (T Wilson)

Callestick: 2 Firecrests still in private garden (T Wilson)


Saturday 21st October 2017

Late News, 19/10, Lizard: Lapland Bunting over Old Lizard Head; Black Redstart and Whinchat Lizard village. (D Collins)

Late News, 20/10, Predannack Downs: adult male Hen Harrier, Whinchat. (D Collins)

Late news, 20/10, Scillonian III RSPB cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 2 Red-throated Diver (adult and juvenile in Penzance  Harbour), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3, Great Black-backed Gull, 43 Gannet,  1 Kittiwake, 1 Eider Duck,  68 Razorbill, 40 Guillemot, 2 Great Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Minke WhaleWolf Rock to Penzance:  25 Gannet,  7 Guillemot, 9 Razorbill, 4, Kittiwakes, 1, Lesser Black Backed Gull, 2 Storm Petrel, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 37 Common Scoter, 1 m Eider Duck and 3 Black-headed Gull. (V Stratton, B Craven)

Mousehole: 1 Tawny Pipit flew over west shore.

St Clement, Menadews Farm: 2 Cattle Egret in left hand side field before entrance to farm. (S Grose)

Sennen: 1 Short-toed Lark again in field west of Escalls Chapel.

Sennen Cove: 2 Leach’s Petrel off the car park.

Malpas, Truro: 2 Spoonbill at 12:30 opposite Heron Inn. (Susan Rowe) 42 Egret in to roost, 19 Grey Heron, 1 Spoonbill. (S Grose) 

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Ring-necked Duck still.

St Erth: 8 Little Egret and 1 Mistle Thrush. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle: 1 Swallow. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: female Garganey still at 13:30. (R Treeby)  (Garganey at east end of Reserve).

Gannel Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Blackcap. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 2 Firecrest (D Flumm)

Helston Boating Lake: 5 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (G Adams)

Gadwall, Greg Adams

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 1 Robin feeding below seawall, 1 Whimbrel. (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 1stw Mediterranean Gull, 15 Black-headed Gull, 3 Wigeon, 3 Lapwing, 1 Great Crested Grebe, with 1 Coal Tit on the feeders. (D Chaney)

Pendeen 1330-1600: 38 Balearic Shearwater, 10 Leach’s Petrel, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Pomarine Skua, 8 Arctic Skua, 4 Bonxie 4. (D Balmer)

Pendeen Seawatch (1415 – 1600hrs): 23 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 4 Pomarine Skua & 3 Arctic Skua. (Winds WSW 8 gusting 9, squally showers). (J Hawkey) 1330-1600: 38 Balearic Shear, 10 Leach’s Petrel, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Pomarine Skua, 8 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua. (D Balmer)

Towan Head: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Pomarine Skua, 18 Arctic Skua, 13 Great Skua, 3 Manx Shearwater, 8 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, c30 Kittiwake, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Snow Bunting. (S Rowe)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 dark phase Arctic Skua flew over Old Quay house and appeared to head inland (but view obscured) at 8:15am. Also 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Little Stint, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Sandwich Tern on Lelant Saltings. 3 Ruff, 48 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Lapwing on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal) Plus, later, 45 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern from Lelant Station. (R Treeby)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Firecrest.

Penberth Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by the turning circle area.

Argal Reservoir: 1 m Common Scoter.

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Firecrest. (R Treeby)

St Merryn: 1 pair of swallow with 4 young, nearly ready to fledge. (R Hughes)

Bude: 2 Turnstone (H Wilkins)


Monday 16th October 2017

Late news, 15/10, Bude, Wanson Mouth: 1 Hoopoe in flight. (L Hall)

Sennen: 1 Short-toed Lark in tilled field at Trevorrian Farm, 100m SW of Escalls Chapel. Also c50 White Wagtail, 2 Ringed Plover and 12 Golden Plover. (M Elliott, P St Pierre, M Pass)

Short-toed Lark, Darren Underwood

Lizard Point: 1 adult Sabine’s Gull, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 17 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Great Skua. (I Maclean)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 juv Purple Heron in field west of Church. (S Votier)

St Ives: 1 Hoopoe this morning in private gardens on Higher Trewidden Road. (Present here from 11 October at least).

Hoopoe, J Yelling

Sancreed: 5 Golden Plover & 50 Lapwing west, 2 Siskin and an adult male Pied Wagtail yesterday and today with wing pattern like male Amur Wagtail M.a.leucopsis but sooty breast sides and flanks = British race M.a. yarrelli. (D S Flumm, A R Kitson)

Pied Wagtail, Dave Flumm

Pied Wagtail, Dave Flumm

Rame: 1 Swift sp over Rame Barton. (J&K Cole, S Green) Also 4+ Firecrest, Gannets and Kittiwakes offshore with 1 Great Skua.(S Green) Also 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 10 Great Skua.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 m Mandarin Duck near cut-off hide, 8 Mallard, 6 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 7 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Swallow (over). (J St Ledger)

Mandarin, John St Ledger.

Goldfinch, John St Ledger

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 15+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 50+ Canada Geese. ( D Hastilow ) 

Spoonbill, David Hastilow

Bar-tailed Godwit, David Hastilow

Curlew Sandpiper, David Hastilow

Kenidjack, Sewage Treatment Works: 1 Hawfinch (15:30,) 1 Firecrest. 1 Merlin over (10:30), 13 Chough in field, 9 Raven over.  (D Helliar) Also 1 Black Redstart in donkey field.

St Clements: 1 Cattle Egret on the estuary, also 1 Great Crested Grebe on Tresemple Pool. (M Jones)

Helston, Loe Pool: 1 Cattle Egret. (M Pass)

Porthleven: 37 Oystercatcher, at high tide (4.00pm), sheltering from storm close to coast path. (C Richards)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Grey Phalarope, 22 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater. (N Wheatley)

Wadebridge: 1 Hawfinch over.