Saturday 18th May 2019

Late news, 11/5, Loe Pool: 1 Avocet and 1 Dunlin at the margin of Loe Bar. (S Wherry)

Late news, 17/5, RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise: (Light northerly, full cloud cover but becoming brighter later, good light, slight sea). Penzance to Wolf Rock: 25 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 303 Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, 2 Cormorant, 11 Gannet, 1 Shag, 5 Guillemot, 25 Kittiwake, 1 Great Northern Diver, c12 Common Dolphin, c3 Bottlenose Dolphin, 1 Ocean Sunfish. Wolf to Scilly: 20 Shag, 14 Great Black-back Gull, 228 Manx Shearwater, 47 Gannet, 2 Fulmar, 7 Guillemot, 23 Kittiwake, 1 Puffin, 4 Herring Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 24 Herring Gull, 37 Shag, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 56 Gannet, 201 Manx Shearwater, 1 Kittiwake, 4 Fulmar, 1 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 26 Gannet, 109 Manx Shearwater, 2 Auk sp., 9 Guillemot, 5 Kittiwake, 8 Great Black–backed Gull, 2 Fulmar, 58 Herring Gull. (M Jones)

Late news, 17/5, Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre)

Lizard/Chapel Lane: 1 Bee-eater (low over village cafe at 12-25) , Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, 3 Cuckoo (M Pass) 2+ Bee-eater heard over Housel Bay. (I Maclean)

Polgigga: 1 Woodchat still present along Bosisto Lane, on hedge between potato fields, one field back towards road. (R Augarde et al) Plus 1 m Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow. (S Rowe) Arden Sawah: 1 Turtle Dove still. (R Augarde et al)

Turtle Dove, John Eaton

Black Redstart, Steve Rowe

Bass Point/Church Cove: 1 Wryneck, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear ( M Pass )

Tregoss: 1 Red Kite over with asymmetrical wing damage to both wings- query shotgun wounds. Flying well though.
(J Rance)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 Grey Plover, c130 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Whimbrel. (R Veal)

Loe Pool: 25 Reed Warbler, 14 Sand Martin, 6 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Mallard plus broods of 7 and 4 ducklings, 5 Dunlin (G Adams)

Loe Bar: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Whitethroat. (G Adams)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Cuckoo, 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting on nest, Chaffinch on nest, Goldfinch on nest. (D Eva)

St Issey: 1 Red Kite at Cannalidgey. (P Roseveare)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 3 Ringed Plover. (A Langdon)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 f Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Trewassick: 2 Skylark, 1 Whitethroat, 1 m Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Croft Pascoe: 2 (m&f) Crossbill feeding on mature cones, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker at nest hole feeding young, pair Chaffinch at nest feeding young, several Siskins, Willow Warblers & Chiffchaffs. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Downderry: 11 Great Northern Diver on the sea and another flew west before 0825. Also 13 Manx Shearwater. (A Payne)


Friday 10th May 2019

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Temminck’s Stint, 2 Dunlin, 6 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Dabchick, 4 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Wigeon, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Swift, 2 Swallow, c30 House Martin, c30 Sand Martin. (R Beviss) 2 Common Snipe, 38 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Dunlin, c25 Swift this evening. (P Roseveare)

Lizard Point: 1 Bee-eater high over at 09:35. Also 1 Great Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 23 Puffin. (I Maclean)

Mount’s Bay: 4 Great Northern Diver, 5 Common Scoter, 5 Eider, 12 Whimbrel, 20 Sanderling, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull off Longrock. (P St Pierre)

Marazion Beach: 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Whimbrel, 6 Sanderling. (P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 recently fledged Long-tailed Tits being fed by adult, 2 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow. (P St Pierre)

Truro: juv Sparrowhawk plucking and eating a Wood Pigeon on garden path. (D Jenkins)

Windmill Farm: 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cuckoo (m+f), Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff, Grey Heron and Jay. (A Witheywood)

Sedge Warbler – A Witheywood

Tywardreath: 3 House Sparrow (1 adult feeding 2 young), 2 Chaffinch (1 adult feeding 1 young), 3 young Goldfinch. All in private garden. (R Barlow)

De Lank Waterworks to Garrow Tor: 1 pair Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Blackcap (male), 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, 3 Kestrel. Also 16 Red Deer. (J St Ledger)

Penzance: first juvenile Goldfinches of the year seen on feeders in private garden. (T Mills)

Gannel Estuary: 5 Whimbrel, 11 Swift over. (S Rowe)

St Ives: 2 Linnet in Barnoon cemetery. Also 14+ Cormorant and 2 Rock Pipit on The Island. (K Money)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Cuckoo, Pied Wagtail nest with 4 eggs. (N Page)

Halgabron, Tintagel: Lesser Witethroat heard. Another heard at Trebarwith strand on May 4th seems to have moved on. (N Page)

Downderry: early this morning 12 Great Northern Diver, 11 on the sea and one flying west. (A Payne)

Nanquidno: 13 Whimbrel, 1 sum plum islandica Black-tailed Godwit. (N Wheatley)


Sunday 1st July, 2018

Late picture, 26/6, Tehidy Country Park: 1 m Black Redstart. (K Hoyle)

Black Redstart, 26th June, Kathryn Hoyle

Late news, 30/6, Southerly Point, Lizard: Three French-ringed Kittiwakes present amongst loafing non-breeding birds (T Thirlaway). Two of the birds were ringed as chicks in France in 2016 and 2017 but the third bird is yet to be confirmed.  Anyone else seeing groups of loafing birds is asked to check them carefully for colour rings (two and a metal ring on one leg and three on the other leg), reporting them to the news team or

Kittiwakes, Terence Thirlaway

Kittiwakes, Terence Thirlaway

Kittiwake, Terence Thirlaway

Late news, 30/6, Charlestown: 1 Zebra Finch (probable caged escapee). (N.Best)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad sum plum Pacific Golden Plover relocated to Copperhouse Creek at 11.20, then flew towards Carnsew at 13.10 where it settled again. (B Craven, M Elliot) Carnsew Pool: Also 5 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose) Ryan’s Field: Franklin’s Gull at full tide, amongst a flock of black-headed gulls, alongside a Mediterranean gull. The bird was present from 6:45 until 7:10 at least. (M.Goddard, S.Goddard). Also Barnacle Goose again.

Polgigga, Bosistow Lane: 1 European Bee-eater on wires, but no sign since it flew towards Rafta Farm. (M Wallace, J Ryan)

West Pentire: probable adult Rose-coloured Starling in flight on track near Bowgie Inn car park briefly.

Bude Headland: Ravens. (N Bastin)

Par Beach: 2 Reed Warbler (stream area), 9 Pied Wagtail (5 adult 4 juv), 108 Black Headed Gull (inc 11 juv), 4 Cormorant, 7 Carrion Crow. (R. Barlow)

St. Gothian Sands LNR:  Little Ringed Plover at noon. (S Kolodziejski)

Otterham: Red Kite drifted over Otterham Station towards Hallworthy  at 1455 hrs. (M Worden)

Truro: 25 Swift over town at 7 pm. (P Fraser)

Land`s End: 3 Puffin together, and ad Mediterranean Gull west through the Longships this morning.


Saturday 2nd June 2018

Late news, 1/6, Downderry: At least 227 Manx Shearwater moving west early evening (1815-1935),plus 1 Great Northern Diver on the sea. (A Payne)

Late news, 1/6, Rosenannon Downs: 3 Tawny Owl and 1 singing Yellowhammer at 23:00. (S Grose)

Nanjizal: Female Eastern Subalpine Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher early morning. Please keep to public rights of way. (K Wilson)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond.

Drift: Bee-eater photographed on wires along track to Treganhoe Farm at 10:00. (R Hughes) Bee-eater not seen again, but Great White Egret still present in NE arm. (L Proctor)

Lizard Point: 1 Long-tailed Skua past.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Black-headed Gull, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Shelduck on Ryan’s Field. (S Grose)

Widemouth Bay: 250 Manx Shearwater per hour passing west in tight parties of 15 – 60 from 06:00 until at least 07:45. (H Kendall)

Goss Moor: 1 Mistle Thrush, pair Stonechat with 1 young, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Marsh Tit, 7 Cuckoo and 2 Siskin. (B Bosisto)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, Whitethroat nest with 5 young on point of fledging, Great Crested Grebe on nest at Golden Lion cut off. (D Eva)

Porth Joke: 3 male Whitethroat holding territory within 50m of the beach. (S Rowe)

Dunmere, River Camel and Fishery: 2 (ad + juv) Dipper, 1 m Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mistle Thrush, pr Coal Tit taking food into nest, pr Canada Geese with 5 young, 3 Little Grebe, 1 juv Cormorant, also 1 buck Roe Deer, Beautiful Demoiselles, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, Blue-tailed and Common Damselflies. (T Mills)

Juvenile Dipper, Tony Mills

Adult Dipper, Tony Mills

Male Grey Wagtail, Tony Mills

Downderry: Early this morning 2 Great Northern Diver offshore and a Mediterranean Gull (1s) west. About 460 Manx Shearwater flew west 1805-1915. (A Payne)

Wacker Quay: 6 Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, Wigeon. (R Napp)

Male Wigeon, Rick Napp

Marazion beach: 52 Dunlin, 25 Sanderling, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Great Black-backed Gull feeding on seal carcass until flushed by dog. (S Grose)

Roseland. Ruan Lanihorne marshes: 2 hunting Barn Owls 9.00pm. (D Hall)


Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Late news, 22/5, Camelford: Honey Buzzard flew over high heading west at 14:00. (A Bond)

Late news, 22/5, Marazion: 65 Sanderling & 2 Bar-tailed Godwits on the beach in the evening. (J Hawkey)

Late news, 22/5, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 12 House Martins; 2 Swift; 2 Sand Martin’s & 4 Swallows in the evening. (J Hawkey)

Nanjizal: Female Hawfinch and flava wagtail over this morning. (K Wilson)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still between Bosistow Lane and Raftra Farm midday, though distant. (J Miller)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond in the area around the wooden bridge. (DK Parker) 3 Red Kite over rugby ground 12:40. (D Flumm)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Knot , 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 116 Dunlin. (Bob Bosisto)

Ventonleague: 10 Red Kite over (1 at 12:08, 7 together at 12:24, 2 at 14:38) all moving slowly East/North East. (P Rutter)

St Erth: 3 Red Kite (two west 09:50, one east 15:00), plus 1 Little Egret over. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Estuary: 7 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on Lelant Saltings. 3 Curlew and 1 Whimbrel on Ryan’s Field. 1 Curlew on Copperhouse Creek. (MJ Spicer)

Croft Pascoe: Bee-eater and Hawfinch over this morning; also 2 Cuckoo. (F Bell) Also 8 Crossbill. (B Bosisto)

Sancreed: 3 Red Kite (2 circling 08:45, 1W. 14:18). (D Flumm)

Crowlas: 3 Red Kite over A.30 09:02. (D Flumm) 1 Hobby NE at 17:00, also 5 Red Kite. (R Veal)

Whitecross: 1 Red Kite over A.30 09:05 .(D Flumm)

Penzance: 2 Siskin east over Sainsbury’s. (D Flumm)

Marazion Beach: 72 Sanderling, 24 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover & 2 Whimbrel. (J Hawkey)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 s/p Grey Plover and 16 Dunlin. (M Beer)

Egloshayle: 1 Red Kite overhead 13:45, drifting SE and feeding from small prey in talons, dropped but caught in mid-air over Sladesbridge. (P McGregor)

Lizard: Turtle Dove flew over Lizard Point. (B Bosisto)

Windmill Farm: 1 Red Kite. (B Bosisto)

Mullion: 2 Red Kite heading south over Mullion School during my PE lesson at 03:10. (J Thirlaway-Price)

Mawgan: 3 Red Kites over. (P Bedford)

Treen: Tree Pipit over. (C Urquhart)

Castle An Dinas: 3 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, also present Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Skylarks, Stonechats. 2 Adder, & 1 Common Lizard. (S Grose)

Downderry: 11 Great Northern Divers  and 10 Manx Shearwaters noted offshore early this morning, whilst 3 Whimbrel on the beach. (A Payne)

Lanivet: 3 Red Kite seen over Wheal Prosper HWRC. (A Matthews)

Kennack Sands: 1 Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin. (F Trewin)

Truro: 1m & 1f Siskin in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Newquay: 1 Sparrowhawk at Huer’s hut. (S Grose)


Sunday 20th May 2018

Late news, 19/5, Edgcumbe: 2 Nightingale reported singing, SSE of Stithians Reservoir.

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the back of the Millpond around the wooden bridge early morning and still present early afternoon. (S Rogers, B Hibbett)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing along Bosistow Lane early morning. (K Wilson)

Porth Beach: 2cy Ring-billed Gull on the beach below Glengorgal Hotel, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull with a green ring on left leg, but couldn’t read info due to poor light. (S Grose)

Land’s End: 2 Turtle Doves in pines west of Swingates. (M Ahmad)

Kenidjack: Black Kite high over, 09:45 to 10:10 at least. (N Wheatley) Also Wryneck singing at bottom of valley on N slope above donkey paddock at 10:50. (N Wheatley)

Penhale: Osprey flying and calling above the sea at Penhale sands viewed from the surf, flying East at 09:00. (C Stephenson)

Wadebridge: Bee-eater over south at 15:10. (D Julian)

Hobbacott, Bude: 1 Red Kite. (H Kendall)

Launcells, Bude: 1 Red Kite, also two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (H Kendall)

Crowlas: 1 Red Kite over A 30 at  11:15. ( B Toms, M Curtis)

Mousehole: 1 Sparrowhawk over woodland opposite Penlee lifeboat Station. (S Grose)

Penzance: 15 Purple Sandpiper, 1 male Eider on rocks opposite styles ice cream shop. (S Grose)

Chiverton cross Roundabout: 7 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite over Pentraze at 13:20. (S Grose)

St Newlyn East: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellowhammer on Penhallow Moor. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 1 f Common Redstart, 1 Cuckoo, 6 Swift, 2 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Truro: 2 Swift flew over my house at 1.40 pm. (D Jenkins)

Marazion beach: 1 sum plum Sanderling. (S Williams)

Sanderling, Sam Williams

Bartinney Downs: 1 Cuckoo. (S Williams)

Cuckoo, Sam Williams

Croft Pascoe: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest singing continuously, 1 Cuckoo observed throughout morning calling and mobbed by various passerines, 2 others heard East and West, 1 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 2 Siskin, 1 Sparrowhawk. (J Evans)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 15 Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mallard, 1 Coot, 15 Black-headed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 23 Carrion Crow, 13 Jackdaw, 4 Magpie, 7 Stock Dove, 7 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 5 House Sparrow, 5 Blackbird, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet, 5 Green-veined White and 3 Wall butterfly.  (DAConway)

Rame: 1 m Whinchat, 1 N Wheatear, Whitethroats. (C Buckland)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Puffin on the water north of The Brisons; same or another later in flight.

Whipsiderry: 1 m Reed Bunting, 3 Corn Bunting, 12 Oystercatcher, 3 Stonechat, 2 Raven, 7 Skylark. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach (evening): 5 Whimbrel, 16 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 30+ Sanderling & 1 Turnstone. (J Hawkey)


Friday 18th May 2018

Lizard Point: 2+ European Bee-eater over at 08:20, then again very high up at 10:00, calling, not seen. 28 + Red Kite over. (T Blunden)

Nanjizal: Spotted Crake trapped and ringed, also 2 Garden Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher at the private ringing site. (K Wilson)

Sancreed: 1 Black Kite with flock of 8 Red Kites and a Common Buzzard over Sancreed Beacon 15:35-15:40 drifted off north west, circling high on thermals; 14 Red Kites (8 with the Black Kite plus singles east 09:30 & 09:50, 3 NE 15:45 & 1 SW 16:10), 1 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Hannafore: 1w Iceland Gull still present. (P Sharp)

Crugmeer: 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Whitethroat, also Chiffchaff & Skylark. (S Grose)

St Keverne: 3 Red Kite over silage-cutting field. (M Nattrass)

Godolphin Cross: Red Kite, Sparrowhawk and Buzzard all in the same thermal at 13:45. (C Richards)

Tresillian: Red Kite over at 08:40. (A Nicholson)

Ruan Minor: Lesser Whitethroat singing. (D Collins)

Housel Bay: Redpoll flying north. (D Collins)

Newquay: 2 Red Kite drifted over Asda at 9.55 a.m. (D Grose)

Rame (by the church): Turtle Dove. (M Buckle R Gould)

Truro: 1 Red Kite, flying north east over Waitrose. (C Warman)

Mount Hawke: 1 Red Kite moving north being chased by a vocal Herring Gull at 17.05. (RB Girling)

St Martin: 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Siskin. (P Sharp)

Charlestown: 2 ( m + f ) Robin and 2 fledgling and 2 m + f Blackbird and 2 fledgling. (D Hastilow)

Rock:1 Sparrowhawk with prey, 7 Greenfinch, 6 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker from private gardens. (S Grose)

Hayle, Ventonleague: 2 Red Kite 10.25 (going East), 1 Red Kite 14.55, going S E. and unusually group of 4 Sparrowhawk  (11.20a.m). (J&P Rutter)

RSPB Scillonian III: Penzance – Wolf: c110 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar, 6 Gannet, 22 Guillemot, 2 Red Kite and 3 Swallow. Wolf – Scilly: 3 Manx Shearwater, 3 Fulmar, 7 Gannet, 1 Guillemot and 1 Swallow. Scilly – Wolf: 5 Manx Shearwater, 3 Fulmar, 15 Gannet, 1 Great Skua and 6 Guillemot. Wolf – Penzance: 109 Manx Shearwater, c20 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 1 Grey Heron and c12 Common Dolphin. (DA Conway, MJ Spicer)

Bodmin, Dragon centre: 9 Swift. (R Hurrell)

Lostwithiel area: 19.30hrs 1 Red Kite mobbed by a Crow that came out of each of the two woodlands it passed over. Circled up and headed ESE/E high up. 1 Swift, 3Buzzard. (R Hurrell)

Rosewall Hill: Cuckoo (2 other Cuckoo calling to the West), Swift, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 House Martin, 1 probable Hobby, flushed from fence post and flew into wooded area. (J Evans)

Lamorna: c30 Red Kite following tractor just north of Lamorna at 4.30pm. (M McKee)

Chiverton Cross: Red Kite west low over roundabout @ 8.00am (T Wilson)

St Agnes: Red Kite @ 9.10am (T Wilson)

Near Mithian: 3 Red Kites @ 11.20am (T Wilson)

Callestick: Red Kite high east @ 1.25pm (T Wilson)

Treligga: 4 Red Kite. (D Hillson)

St. Germans: Clouded Yellow butterfly.(A Blonden)