Monday 18th September 2017

Late news, 17/9, Lizard: 2 Grey Phalarope (adult and juv) in the small cove south of Lizard Lifeboat Station at 11am. (D Collins)

Late news, 17/9, Helford River (Helford Marine Conservation Area Cruise): 1 Arctic Tern, 2 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 25 Little Egret. (D Collins)

Late news, 17/9, St Veep, Penpoll Creek: 2 Cattle Egret amongst the cattle. (R&R Nicholls)

Helston Boating Lake: Grey Phalarope still showing at cafe end this morning. (J St Ledger, M Spicer, M Bishop, S Williams, A Nicholson, T Mills)

Grey Phalarope and Mute Swan, Mike Spicer.

Grey Phalarope, S Williams.

Grey Phalarope, S Williams.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper showing well, but very mobile, c.11 Ringed Plover, at least 15 Dunlin, 1 female Wheatear, 5+ Pied Wagtail. (H Kendall)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Adrian Davey, 17/9.

Ruan Lanihorne, 2pm to 3pm: 1 Great White Egret, 1 female Marsh Harrier and 1 Osprey. (C Hughes)

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Gannel  Estuary: 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Oystercatcher and egrets but no sign of the 6 Brent Geese a,m   (M Lammas)

Penzance garden: 1 juv Grey Heron for last 2 days. (NR Phillips)

Grey Heron, Roy Phillips.

Port Isaac, Treharrock Manor:
1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Coal Tit. 9 Siskin. (S grose)Newlyn Green /Chy Carn: c.25 Turnstone, c.30 Ringed Plover, c.25 Dunlin, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Rock Pipit. (NR Phillips)

Wheal Martyn, Carthew: 2 Grey Wagtail. (H Wilkins)

Wadebridge: 5 Redshank (H Wilkins)

Cape Cornwall: 9 Chough feeding in field below large house 15:00hrs. 12 Chough in same field which were flushed by a Peregrine at 17:00 hrs. Other birds recorded included 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 15 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Wheatear, 6 Stonechat and 10 Pied Wagtail. (P Gamble)

Pendeen Watch (10.30am-1.30pm): 1 ad pale phase Pomarine Skua chasing a Gannet, 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Little Gull, 5 Puffin, 3 Razorbill, 2 drake Common Scoter, 150 Manx Shearwater and 5 Raven & 1 Chough around lighthouse. (P Brewster)

Hayle Estuary RSPB (pm): 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, 50+Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 4 Sandwich Tern. (P Brewster)

MudgeonVean Farm:`z1 Hobby again this afternnoon. (P Brewster)

Sennen; 2 young Swallow fledged today from nest in porch of holiday cottage.(D&S Botting)

Carrick Roads: 1 Great Northern Diver north of harbour.


Thursday 13th July 2017

St Gennys: Unconfirmed report of possible Amur Falcon this morning.

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Great White Egret. (C&B Travis)

Great White Egret, Charles Travis

Treraven Meadow: 1 Cattle Egret this morning. (D Julian)

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge: 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Otter this am. (S & PM Rogers)

Cattle Egret, Steve Rogers

Rumps: 2 Shoveler (S & PM Rogers)

Hayle Estuary: 10 Mediterranean Gull, 109 Curlew, 1 Whimbel , 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Swallow (in hide), 1 Kingfisher. Also 3 Whimbrel, 5 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 12 Redshank, 14 Med Gull and 5 Black Swan on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Nanjizal: 68 birds ringed up to 8:00 hrs, incl. 22 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler. (K Wilson)

Drift:  1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Swift (D Flumm)

Sancreed: 1 pair Spotted Flycatcher with 2 fledged young (D Flumm)

Kynance Gate:  2 Dark-green Fritillary. (J St Ledger)

Dark-green Fritillary, John St Ledger

Croft Pascoe: 2 Spotted Flycatcher (1 adult feeding 1 juv), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (J St Ledger)

Spotted Flycatcher, John St Ledger

Gweek, Constantine Quay: 3 Common Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)

At sea, location unknown: 1 Great Shearwater, from a fishing boat c.16km offshore at mid-day.

Scillonian Crossing, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, c20 Common Scoter, 2 Storm Petrel, 2 Fulmar, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 33 Gannet and hundreds of Manx Shearwater, also 2 Porpoise. Wolf Rock – Scilly: 1 Minke Whale. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 2 Guillemot, 2 Fulmar, 10 Gannet, many Manx Shearwater and 2 Common Dolphin. (T Mills)

Manx Shearwater, Tony Mills

Rosenannon Downs: 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Snipe at dusk. (S grose)

Lizard Point seawatch: 1 ad Roseate Tern, 16 Sandwich Tern, 14 Common Scoter, 1 Great Shearwater,  1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (this years juv). (T Blunden)

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Wednesday 14th June 2017


Don’t forget this Friday 16th June the Society’s AGM will be held at Chacewater Village Hall, Truro, TR4 8PZ. The AGM itself starts at 7.00pm and will be followed by a presentation by the Society’s new President, EMMY and BAFTA award winning photographer and filmmaker Ian McCarthy. This will be a great opportunity to see some of Ian’s work and meet him in person. Ian has worked on Blue Planet, Life in the Freezer and many other outstanding wildlife programmes, and this will be a great opportunity to see his work and meet Ian in person. All welcome.

Hayle: 1 Great White Egret over A30 this evening and appeared to be dropping onto estuary.

Upper Fowey Valley: 1 Osprey flew north-east at 0830 near Ninestones Farm. (A Payne)

Godolphin Hill, Rainbows End Nursery: 1 Red Kite over. (S Yandall)

Mount Hawke: 1 Jay in private garden at 18:15. (RB & PC Girling).

Padstow football pitch: 1 singing Corn Bunting from hedgerow. (S Grose)

Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Fulmar, c1660 Manx Shearwater (mostly in 3 large flocks just off Porthgwarra), 103 Gannet, 2 Shag, 5 Kittiwake, 47 Herring Gull, 13 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 4 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 2 Puffin. (DK Parker) Also 1 turtle sp. reported.

Penzance: 1 Sparrowhawk over the Lidden early morning plus 9 Goldfinch (4 ad + 5 young) on nyger feeders. (T Mills)

Rumps and Pentire: 1f+ 6 juv Mallard, 3 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Gannet, 25 Cormorant, 17 Shag, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 3 Pheasant, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern, 22 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 5 Puffin, 6 Wood Pigeon, 6 Skylark, 8 House Martin, 25 Swallow, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 6 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Jackdaw, 50 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 5 Starling, 3 House Sparrow, 9 Linnet. (M Scawen et al.)

Hensbarrow Hill: 1 Cuckoo , 2 Grasshopper Warbler , 1 ad Hobby. (B Bosisto)

Greensplat: 2 Cuckoo. (B Bosisto)

Blackpool Pit:  1 Cuckoo. (B Bosisto)


Tuesday 13th June 2017


Don’t forget this Friday 16th June the Society’s AGM will be held at Chacewater Village Hall, Truro, TR4 8PZ. The AGM itself starts at 7.00pm and will be followed by a presentation by the Society’s new President, EMMY and BAFTA award winning photographer and filmmaker Ian McCarthy. This will be a great opportunity to see some of Ian’s work and meet him in person. Ian has worked on Blue Planet, Life in the Freezer and many other outstanding wildlife programmes, and this will be a great opportunity to see his work and meet Ian in person. All welcome.

Late news, 10/6, Helston Boating Lake: 1 female Tufted Duck with one of her young. (S Green)

Tufted Duck, Samantha Green

Colliford Lake: 1 Great White Egret showing well at waters edge at south end.

Hayle Kimbro: 1 Red-footed Falcon briefly at 16:07, 1 Buzzard, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler, family group of Whitethroats. (S.Cox) Also 4 Cuckoo, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting. (M Jones)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Purple Heron flew west.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 fem Wigeon. (S Turner)

Charlestown: 1 f Linnet (D Hastilow)

Linnet, David Hastilow

St Gothian Sands LNR: 75 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan & 2 cygnet, low numbers of Sand Martin and Swift, 2 Raven. (R Hampshire)

Penryn cemetery: 1 Green Woodpecker (female), 1 Sparrowhawk (female). (J St Ledger)

Green Woodpecker, John St Ledger

St Enodoc Golf Club: 2 prs Yellowhammer with broods of 2&3 fledglings. (S Grose)

Helston, River Cober: 1 Dipper in flight half-a-mile upstream of boating lake. (S.Cox)

Rame Head: 2 Storm Petrel between here and Eddystone Rocks from kayak.


Wednesday 7th June 2017

Late news, 6/6, Porthgwarra: 2 Balearic Shearwater this afternoon. (R Creek)

Late news, 6/6, Towan Head: 5 European Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, possibly up to 1000 Manx Shearwater 18:45-20:00. (R Creek)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Great White Egret still at the southern end.

Pendeen: 1 European Storm Petrel, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Cuckoo on Lighthouse rocks, 3 Raven, Manx Shearwater possibly near 1000 this afternoon in 1h 30mins. (R Creek)

Cuckoo, Rob Creek

Towan Head: 18 Storm Petrel 18:15-19:15. (S Rowe)

Rumps and Pentire: 3 Fulmar, 100+ Manx shearwater, 6 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 7 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 15 Kittiwake, 50 Guillemot, 30 Razorbill, 2 Puffin, 8 Wood Pigeon, 5 Skylark, 6 House Martin, 15 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 6 Wheatear (including 2 adults and 3 young), 2 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 15 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet. (M Scawen et al.)

Polzeath: 1 Red Kite this afternoon at 16:30 low over fields at Trenance Steading, flying slowly north mobbed by Rooks and Jackdaws. (T Davies)

Rosudgeon:  Pair Bulfinch, 1 Goldcrest at Trevean Lane. (E James)

Penwithick: 6 House Sparrow, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Magpie, 1 Jay, 1 Great Tit, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Pied Wagtail. (K Bowers)

Jay, Kevin Bowers

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Cuckoo. (S Grose)


Tuesday 6th June 2017

Late news, 5/6, Pendeen: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Manx Shearwater. Also 6 or 7 Bottlenose Dolphin (R Creek)

Bottlenose Dolphin, Rob Creek

Late news, 5/6, Ludgvan: 1 Green Woodpecker. (R Creek)

Green Woodpecker, Rob Creek

Pendeen Watch: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, c7-8000 Manx Shearwater p.h., 12 Storm Petrel and 4 Great Skua between 08:30 & 11:30. Also 4 Common Dolphin and 2 Porpoise. (DK Parker, T McGowan, C Moore)

Cape Cornwall seawatch 07.35 – 11.00:  2 Sooty Shearwater, 10,000+ Manx Shearwater, 3 Storm  Petrel, 3 Great Skua, 44 Kittiwake and 2 Puffin (on the sea) (P Clarke)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Great White Egret from the Stuart Hutchings hide.

Lizard Village: male Red-footed Falcon again flew over the recreation ground towards Kynance Cove at 20:15.

Towan Head: 9 Storm Petrel in an hour (17:40-18:40) this evening. (S Rowe)

Newquay: 1278 Manx Shearwater, 21 Storm Petrel, 89 Fulmar, 1 Golden Plover (summer plumage), 1 Great Skua, 76 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern and 2 Puffin. (B Bosisto, R Creek)

Porthgwarra: 2 Balearic Shearwater. (R Creek)

Menheniot: 1 Red Kite over A38 near Menheniot at about 09:30. (R Hurrell)


Saturday 3rd June 2017

Late news, 2/6, Stithians Reservoir, Goonlaze Point: 1 Tawny Owl, plus possible Great White Egret flying over. (W Chegwin)

Trematon Castle garden: 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (S grose)

Rough Tor: 3+ Lesser Redpoll. ( A McKechnie)

Lesser Redpoll, Alex McKecknie.

Croft Pascoe, Goonhilly: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Emperor dragonfly and many Latticed Heath moths there. On pool a singing Little Grebe, Mallard with 4 ducklings, 8 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 4 Swift. (D Flumm)

Bude: 1 Swallow, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Fulmar and 7+ Skylark (H Wilkins)

Restormel Castle: 1 Hobby, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch. (S grose)

Lizard, Gwendreath: 1 Hobby. (J Hawkey  & K Dalziel)

Roseland, Gull Rock: 267 Auk, of which  approximately 200 Guillemot, remainder Razorbill, 107 Shag, 25 Herring Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull. (D Hall)

Helston Loe Pool: 1 Great White Egret still there this evening on the edge of the reeds on the opposite side from Degibna. 20.00hrs (C Richards)

Ruan Lanihorne. Fal-Ruan saltmarsh:  Barn Owl hunting for the 5th consecutive evening. (D Hall)