Tuesday 4th September 2018

Late news, 1/9, Rame Head: 1 imm Marsh Harrier seen at 13:10 heading out to sea but turned back and flew down valley. (A Pearson)

Late news, 3/9, Bosullow: 1 Pied Flycatcher.

Late news, 3/9, Porthleven: 3 juv. Chough at Bullion cliff. (P Reynolds)

Pendeen: 1 1w Red-breasted Flycatcher reported on wall in field just inland of Coastguard Cottages at 08:30.

St Just: 1 Citrine Wagtail reported flew NE over Trevaylor Campsite at 09:50.

Siblyback Reservoir: 2 Great White Egret. (E Cornelius C Hayward)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 juv Osprey for three minutes from 08:35 then SW, 1 Little Egret, 13 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 50 Swallow, 60 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap, 5 White Wagtail. (D Flumm)

Osprey – Dave Flumm

Osprey – Dave Flumm

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Garganey, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 2 White Wagtail. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Yellow Wagtail over, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 juv. Sanderling, 13 Wigeon, 365 Canada Goose, 15 Greylag Goose. (R Veal)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Common Redshank, 4 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Egret, 1 Yellow Wagtail. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Portreath: 2 Peregrine high over Western Hill. (G Rogers)

Falmouth: Flock of c20 Goldfinch calling, flying and feeding around my garden this morning. (E Tackley)

Mount Hawke: 9 Collared Dove perched on overhead wires at 08.00. (RB & PC Girling)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 3 Lapwing, 11 Snipe, 21 Curlew, 1 Gadwall, 2 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler. (J St Ledger)

Ruff – John St Ledger

Snipe – John St Ledger

Point, Restronguet: Osprey there at 7.30am eating a fish. Circled high up and flew off at noon. The ring details have shown that it is a female ringed in Scotland two years ago. (J St Ledger)

Maer Lake: 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank,  c200 Canada Geese, 5 Swallow. (H Kendall)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater:  1 Tawny Owl 6.00am. (B.Toms)

Porthgwarra: Redstart, 22 Wheatear, 14 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 10 White Wagtail & 7 Yellow Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Trevilley: 67 Starling and 24 White Wagtail. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: 1 Storm Petrel, 3 Balearic Shearwater and 800 Manx Shearwater. (P & C Brewster)

Near Par Market: 3 Buzzard, 10 Goldfinch, 3 Dunnock. (C Hooper)

Buzzard – Chris Hooper

Goldfinch – Chris Hooper

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Turtle Dove dropped into the sallows at the back. (P St Pierre)

Mermaid II, off Porthgwarra: Arctic Skua, 1000+ Manx Shearwater and lots of terns including Arctic Tern 3 miles offshore from Mermaid II. (M Elliott) 

Porthgwarra: 56 Sooty Shearwater flew east this evening (18.00 – 20.10).

Mount’s Bay: Knot and Redshank on St Clement’s Isle plus Swallows, White Wagtails and Kestrel out over the bay. (M Elliott)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe (3 adult 3 juv) 42 Canada Geese, 2 Jay, 1 fem Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Grampound (Crow Hill meadows): 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (M Jones)

Hayle, Mexico Towans: 1 Kestrel (f) stooping on Hobby, 2 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat (f), Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (J Evans)

Tamar Bridge: Two large white long necked birds flew over the Tamar Br as I drove across to Devon (19.50). Possibly Spoonbills – one bird appeared slightly larger than the other. Both rapidly heading downriver towards Lynher confluence. (R Hurrell)

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Saturday 18th August 2018

Late news, 17/8, Gillan: 1 Turtle Dove. (J Selby)

Turtle Dove – Jake Selby

Pendeen 06:00 to 09:00: 3 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 79 Whimbrel. (P Flint)

Porthgwarra 06:15 to 11:00: 71 Corys Shearwater (65 in first hour), 1 Great Shearwater, 13 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 13 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 36 Storm Petrel, 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 5 Common Tern and many Common Dolphin. (B Mellow) 13:15 to 17:15: 1 1st Summer Long-tailed Skua, 3 Great Skua, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 22 Storm Petrel, 3 Arctic Tern. (G Taylor)

Mousehole: Juv Little Gull off St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliott)

Penzance, Wherrytown: Juv Little Gull on water opp Lidl at 12:15. (S Grose)

Little Gull – Shaun Grose

Epson Shoal: 4+ Wilson’s Petrel, c12 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 40 Storm Petrel, 2 Great Skua, 1 juv Arctic Tern c5 miles south of Porthgwarra from Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Croft Pascoe: Glossy Ibis still, also 1 Snipe. (M Pass, D Collins)

Glossy Ibis – David Collins

Nanjizal: Melodious Warbler, 26 Sedge Warbler (+ control), 26 Whitethroat, 8 Blackcap, 3 Reed Warbler, 13 Willow Warbler & 5 Chiffchaff trapped. (K Wilson)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 11 Snipe, 22 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, 3 Heron. (C Benton, L Langley)

Millbrook Lake: 65 Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit & 1 Knot. (B Taggart)

Respryn: 2 Buzzard, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Dipper, 1 Nuthatch. 1 Water Vole in Station Pond. (R Barlow)

Maer Lake: 130+ Canada Goose, 1 Barnacle Goose, 5 Teal, 3 Lapwing, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, moderate numbers of Swallow and Sand Martin, 1 Whimbrel. (H Kendall) Also Garganey reported still.

Lelant / Dynamite Quay: 3 juv Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 14 Ringed Plover. (S Grose)

Lizard Point 07:40 to 10:00: 9  Balearic Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 23 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Tern & 3 Sandwich Tern. (L Langley)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Southern Migrant Hawker from the bridge with the iron railings at the eastern end. (G Taylor) Also 4 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron and 8 Little Grebe this evening. (DK Parker)

Wacker Quay: 103 Curlew. (M Buckle, R Gould)

St Johns Lake: 7 Sandwich Tern, 9 Med Gull and 32 Curlew. (M Buckle, R Gould)

Perranuthnoe: 3 Great White Egret flew over mid afternoon heading towards Marazion. (S Cubbage)

Windmill Farm: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting and 3 Adder (2 heavily pregnant females). (D Wright)

Church Cove, Lizard: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 16 Swallow. Great Green Bush Cricket. Dead bat Pippistrelle size. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Bass Point: 12 House Martin, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat. Also Painted Lady; Red Admiral; Wall & Meadow Browns, Small Tortoiseshell, Large & Small White butterflies. 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Penwithick: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 5 Blue Tit, 20+ House Sparrow, 2 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 7 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 3 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove & 1 Bullfinch. (K Bowers)

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Bullfinch – Kevin Bowers

Penhale Point: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Chough, large flock of Linnets, 17 Lesser Black-backed Gull on Crantock Beach. (S Grose)

Tywardreath: 4 Bullfinch (1 male, 3 young), 1 young Greenfinch (all on garden feeders). (R Barlow)

Downderry: Moving west before 08:25 were 7 Balearic Shearwater, a Yellow-legged Gull  and 2 Mediterranean Gull. Onshore 2 Common Sandpiper and a dead Storm Petrel. (A Payne)

Polbathic Creek: 82 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret. (A Blonden)

Whipsiderry: 5 Corn Bunting, 2 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

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Friday 20th July 2018

Treraven Meadows: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Colliford Lake: Great White Egret at the Loveny Reserve visible from the cattle grid. (per C Buckland)

Binner Downs, Leedstown: Turtle Dove in private garden. (R Brown)

Siblyback Lake: 15-20 Grey Heron, 6 Chaffinch, Song Thrush and several hundred Canada Geese. Also 10+ headless gull carcasses, possibly the work of a local fox? (R Napp)

Chaffinch – Rick Napp

Song Thrush – Rick Napp

Coverack: c75 Med Gull including 7 juveniles. (P Bedford)

Loe Bar to Halzephron: 23 Med Gull, 1 Clouded Yellow. (D Wright)

Polgigga: 1 Green Sandpiper over this afternoon. (M Wallace)

St Enodoc Golf Course: 3 Yellowhammer, 13 Mediterranean Gull overhead presumably feeding on flying ants. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 1 Great Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater this afternoon. (T Blunden)

Whipsiderry: 7 Corn Bunting, 5 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

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Wednesday 18th July 2018

Late news, 17/7, Kingsmill Lake: 79 Redshank, 15 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel and 1 Mediterranean Gull (2cy) in the evening. ( M Beer)

Newquay, Towan Head: A few Gannets fishing with large pod of Common Dolphins, also Manx Shearwaters passing at 30 + per min at 08:20. (M Lammas)

Porthgwarra: 5 Common Scoter, 43 Fulmar, 933 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 48 Med Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern mostly going west between 07:30 & 09:30. (DK Parker)

Maer Lake: 1 summer plumage Red Knot, 2 Lapwings, 8 Dunlin, 2 Moorhens with juveniles, at least 2 Greenfinches, moderate numbers of Swallows and Sand Martins. (H Kendall, B Bryne)

Colliford Lake: 1 Great White Egret still with 1 Little Egret at the Loveny end, viewed from the cattle grid. (J Rance)

Bude: I couldn’t work out why the peanuts were going down with no small birds in the garden then whilst photographing the linnet family I found out why. It’s nice to have some wildlife in my garden, even if its just a Wood Mouse. (N Bastin)

Linnet – Nigel Bastin

Wood Mouse – Nigel Bastin

Stithians Reservoir: 13 Common Sandpiper (flock of 10 roosting on east side, 3 on causeway rocks), 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 10 Grey Heron (mostly imms), 2 House Martin, 1 Common Swift from Stuart Hutchings Hide. (D Chaney)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Green Sandpiper. (R Farnes)

Croft Pascoe: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 juv Willow Warbler, also lots Grayling, also Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large Skipper, Red Admiral and 1 Lizard. (D Chadwick, T Mills)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Coot, 5 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 adult 2 juv, also 2 Common Lizard, Marbled White & Painted Lady, 1 juv Tawny Owl next to fishing permit hut. (S Grose)

Cape Cornwall: Patch record 22 Med Gull during this morning, including 16 juvs. (Previous best count was 9). Also 1 Whimbrel south. (N Wheatley)

Nanjizal: 117 ringed including 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 13 Reed Warbler, 29 Sedge Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler. (K Wilson)

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Sunday 15th July 2018

Marazion: 2s Med Gull. (S Williams)

Med Gull, Sam Williams

St Just: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling. (R Bowers)

Penzance: 6 Mediterranean Gull on Wherrytown Rocks. Eastern Green: 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 drake Eider on rocks opposite Halcyon B&B. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant saltings: 16 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. Ryan’s Field: 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank. ( B. Toms) Hayle Harbour: 5 Oystercatcher including 2 juv, also 2 Hummingbird Hawk moth on buddleia. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 1280 Canada Goose, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron,1 Great White Egret (in eastern arm since 6th July), 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Tufted Duck, 3 Coot, 1 Buzzard, 21 Carrion Crow, 9 Jackdaw, 8 Magpie, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 6 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 37 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Wren, 14 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 12 Swallow, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Redstart, 4 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 5 Wall, 11 Small Copper, 46 Ringlet, 68 Small White, 100+ Gatekeeper, 115+ Meadow Brown and 150+ Green-veined White.  (DAConway)

North Cliffs: 4 Raven from Basset’s Cove. (S Grose)

St Clement, Tresemple Pool: 5 Little Grebe, 39 Redshank. Tresillian River: 69 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 3 Shelduck, further 19 Redshank. (S Grose)

At sea, c20 miles SSE of Lizard: 6 Storm Petrel feeding in association with 100 Common Dolphin and Gannets (AK Wildlife Cruises).

Storm Petrel, David Collins

Nanjizal: A total of 104 new birds ringed; early migrants included 7 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 19 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat and 14 Willow Warbler. (P Roseveare) Also 1 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail. (B Bosisto)

Bude Marshes (WeBS): 5 Grey Heron, 5 Wood Pigeon. 5 Magpie, 6 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1m Blackbird, 13 Crow, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Robin, 2 Swallow, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Swift, 77 Mallard and 6 duckling, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Fox. (R Mudge)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 32 House Sparrow (two thirds of which were juveniles from nest boxes in ours and our next door neighbours gardens), 1 male Brimstone, 1 Silver Y moth, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Hummingbird Hawk moth, 1 Holly Blue and numerous Gatekeepers and Ringlets all in our garden (C&J Duffy)

Downderry: moving west this morning before 07:20 were 27 Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Common Scoters and at least 24 Manx Shearwaters, also 2 Whimbrel on the beach. (A Payne)

Mount Hawke: Wren singing its head off at noon. (RB Girling)

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Sunday 15th July 2018

Marazion: 2s Med Gull. (S Williams)

Med Gull, Sam Williams

St Just: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling.

Penzance: 6 Mediterranean Gull on Wherrytown Rocks. Eastern Green: 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 drake Eider on rocks opposite halcyon B&B. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant saltings: 16 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. Ryan’s Field: 6 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Redshank, 2 Greenshank. ( B. Toms) Hayle Harbour: 5 Oystercatcher including 2 juv, also 2 Hummingbird Hawk moth on buddleia. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 1280 Canada Goose, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron,1 Great White Egret (in eastern arm since 6th July), 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Tufted Duck, 3 Coot, 1 Buzzard, 21 Carrion Crow, 9 Jackdaw, 8 Magpie, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Stock Dove, 6 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 37 Meadow Pipit, 6 Pied Wagtail, 6 Wheatear, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Wren, 14 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 12 Swallow, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Redstart, 4 Black-tailed Skimmer, 1 Small Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 5 Wall, 11 Small Copper, 46 Ringlet, 68 Small White, 100+ Gatekeeper, 115+ Meadow Brown and 150+ Green-veined White.  (DAConway)

North Cliffs: 4 Raven from Basset’s Cove. (S Grose)

St Clement, Tresemple Pool: 5 Little Grebe, 39 Redshank. Tresillian River: 69 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 3 Shelduck, further 19 Redshank. (S Grose)

At sea, c20 miles SSE of Lizard: 6 Storm Petrel feeding in association with 100 Common Dolphin and Gannets (AK Wildlife Cruises).

Storm Petrel, David Collins

Nanjizal: A total of 104 new birds ringed; early migrants included 7 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 19 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat and 14 Willow Warbler. (P Roseveare)

Bude Marshes (WeBS): 5 Grey Heron, 5 Wood Pigeon. 5 Magpie, 6 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1m Blackbird, 13 Crow, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Robin, 2 Swallow, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Dunnock, 4 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Swift, 77 Mallard and 6 duckling, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Fox. (R Mudge)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 32 House Sparrow (two thirds of which were juveniles from nest boxes in ours and our next door neighbours gardens), 1 male Brimstone, 1 Silver Y moth, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Hummingbird Hawk moth, 1 Holly Blue and numerous Gatekeepers and Ringlets all in our garden (C&J Duffy)

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Wednesday 4th July 2018

Late news, 30/6, Tresemple Pool: 1 Greenshank, with a significant number of Redshank. (W Holmes)

Late news, 3/7, Gulland Island, Trevone: 1 Mediterranean Gull in full summer plumage feeding amongst large flock of Kittiwakes and Herring Gulls. (D Trevelyan)

Late news, 3/7, Delabole Quarry: Ad male Cuckoo. (C Selway)

Bude: 300+ Manx Shearwaters of off Bude headland this morning 09:30. (N Bastin)

Siblyback Lake: Great White Egret with Cormorants on island at the northern end. (J Rance)

Great White Egret – John Rance

Trevose Head: 1 Rosy Starling on wires opposite entrance to Mother Ivey’s caravan park at 08:50. (R Hughes) Later reported on wires below the coastguard cottages at 14:20.

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 6 Fulmar, 30+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 9 Oystercatcher, 25 Black-headed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 75 Herring Gull, 35 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 9 Puffin, 7 Wood Pigeon, 4 Swift, 8 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Dunnock, 4 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 25 Jackdaw, 20 Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 35 Starling, 11 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 80+ Linnet, 1 Grey Seal, 5 Rabbit, 3 Small Skipper, 22 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Gatekeeper, 37 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Heath, 7 Six-spot Burnet, 1 Five-spot Burnet (M Scawen et al.).

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: At least 53 Mediterranean Gull at low tide. (T Elm)

Clapper Pools, Wadebridge: 2 Greenshank and an adult (grey) Cuckoo this afternoon. (C Selway)

Newquay: 1 Sparrowhawk past former Kittiwake colony at Huer’s hut, 3 juv. Meadow Pipit, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Mousehole: 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Med Gull & 200+ Manx Shearwater feeding off St Clements/Penlee. Also 2 2s-3w Yellow-legged Gull on St Clements Island at 20:00. (M Elliott) 

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 56 Med Gull, 4 Redshank on Ryan’s Field and 23 Dunlin and a Grey Plover at Griggs Quay on the high tide this evening. (P St Pierre)

Coverack: 77 Med Gull this morning. (J Foster)

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