Sunday 18th March 2018

Late news, 16/3, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Marsh Tit reported. (per J St Ledger)

Late news, 17/3, Downderry: 4 Great Northern Diver, 8 Red-throated Diver and 10 Common Scoter. Wintering Blackcaps still present in village. (A Payne)

Late news, 17/3, West Cornwall Golf Course: 1 Swallow over. (S Turner)

Newquay, Trenance Boating Lake: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret. (S Grose)

Egloshayle: 8 Hawfinch including one singing male. (B Bosisto)

Chaple Amble: 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Cattle Egret, 1 Water Pipit, 15 Pied Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto)

St Buryan:Hoopoe sat on a gate overlooking ploughed fields just west of Sparnon at 07:45 (S Mayes) Still present at Sparnon Farm late morning. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde, L Proctor) Also present under a car at the top of the drive to The Rose Room at 15:50 in the driving snow. (R Treeby, DK Parker)

Hoopoe, Brian Mellow

Twywardreath: Hoopoe at Poldrea at the lower end at c11:00. (E Pearce)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 1w Glaucous Gull again, 15 Turnstone, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull and 1 Chiffchaff. Newlyn River mouth: 8 Black-headed Gull, 1 Curlew, 1 Cormorant. (T Mills)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 Pintail, 134 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 3 Redshank, 1 Common Gull, 5 Little Egret, 1 ad Spoonbill, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Sand Martin. (B Bosisto)

Gannel Estuary:1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 11 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 2 Canada Goose, 4 Raven, 1 Blackcap. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 1 Grey Plover, 13 Purple Sandpiper, 26 Turnstone, 19 Oystercatcher, 1 Red throated Diver, 3 Raven, 5 Fulmar. (S Grose)

Penryn River: 1 Common Sandpiper, overwintering and seen every month during WeBS count. (J St Ledger)

Common Sandpiper, John St Ledger

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret still at Golden Lion cut-off. (W Chegwidden) 6 Goldeneye (1 drake, 5 female). (J St Ledger)

Lizard Peninsula, Jolly Town Farm: 1 Merlin (m). (D Wright)

Helford River: 6 Great Crested Grebe (all in partial or full breeding plumage), 1 Red-throated Diver. (T Pinfield)

Land’s End aerodrome: 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat. (C Moore)

Windmill Farm: 3 Adder (all males) and 1 Slow Worm. (D Wright)

Adder, Dougy Wright

Penzance (Promenade and Harbour – WeBS): 10 Purple Sandpiper, 64 Turnstone, 1 m Eider, 3 Shag. Tolcarne beach: 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (12 reported there yesterday), 3 Oystercatcher. (T Mills)

Porth Island: 1 Wheatear. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach: 1 Sandwich Tern. (T Newing) 2+ White Wagtail still at Red River mouth. (R Veal)

Charlestown: 2 (m+f) Blackcap still. (D Hastilow)

Trevilley: 2 Wheatear. (R Veal, R Augarde, B Mellow)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Sand Martin. (R Veal, R Augarde, B Mellow, B Dodd)

Pentire Farm/Park Head: 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Peregrine Falcon, also 3 Hare. (S Grose)

Penwithick: 1 Reed Bunting, 4 House Sparrow, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Great Tit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin, 5 Chaffinch. (K Bowers)

Pied Wagtail and Reed Bunting – Kevin Bowers

Downderry: 1 Wheatear this afternoon. (A Payne)


Saturday 17th March 2018

NB. The walk at Windmill Farm tomorrow has been cancelled due to the severe weather warnings. It has been rescheduled for next week on Sunday 25th March at the same time.

Late news, 12/3, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 6 Sandwich Tern. (S Douglas)

Late news, 16/3, Carland Cross: 1 Short-eared Owl. (R Bosisto)

Windmill Farm: 1 Sand Martin, 3 Pintail, 2 Wigeon this morning, also an Adder. (D Wright)

Millpool: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Blackcap (male singing), 1 Hawfinch in treetop then flew toward Trescowe. (J Evans)

Egloshayle: 7 Hawfinch in the old cemetery. (A Langdon)

Chapel Amble: 8 Cattle Egret and 11 Little Egret. (A Langdon)

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret still in the Golden Lion cut-off. (R Treeby)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 2 Med Gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (S Rowe)

Towan Head: 10 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Scoter. (S Rowe)

Pendower: 1w Iceland Gull at 14:03.

Newlyn: 1w f Common Scoter in the harbour. (M Ahmad)

Common Scoter – Dougy Wright

Common Scoter – Dougy Wright

Argal Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 16 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck. (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Mallard, 22 Tufted Duck, 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 19 Wigeon, 12 Coot, 6 Canada Goose, 2 Treecreeper. (D Eva) Also Swallow and Sand Martin. (B Porter)

Pendennis: 1 male Wheatear. (D Eva)

Marazion Beach: 2+ male White Wagtail at Red River mouth, 12 Common Gull, 60 Sanderling, 2 Sandwich Tern offshore. (R Veal) 2 White Wagtail and 2 Knot. (R Treeby)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Sand Martin at 08:30. (L Proctor) 1 drake Tufted Duck, 2f Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 4 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 (3m) Siskin, 6+ Cetti’s Warbler. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1w Iceland Gull, Black-necked Grebe and 3+ Sand Martin. (DK Parker)

Loe Pool: 10 Great Crested Grebe including 3 apparent pairs, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Goosander, 2 Shoveler, 6 Pochard, 4 Chiffchaff.(G Adams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Wheatear, 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank, 13 Bar tailed Godwit, 95 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher on Carnsew Pool. (S Grose)

Penhale Point: 1 Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl. (S Grose)

St Ives: 1 Common Tern in the harbour.

Lostwithiel: pair of Reed Buntings on feeders in a private garden. (E Mayhew)

Penwithick: 8 House Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 1 Siskin, 2 Blackbird, 2 Jackdaw, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 4 Dunnock. (K Bowers)

Carharrack: 2 Blackcap (m&f) still  in a private garden. (W Chegwidden)

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


Thursday 15th March 2018

Newquay: 1w Ring-billed Gull on Trenance boating lake at 09:05 and 10:10.

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter. 1st winter male showing black body plumage, large white nape patch and orange colour on bill. A 1st winter female and the 3rd showing a smaller, paler nape patch suggesting another 1st winter female. Also female Long- tailed Duck, 2 Great Northern Divers and an unidentified but smaller diver sp. (T Marchese)

Carnon Downs: 4 Chiffchaff (collybita), female Blackcap, Goldcrest at sewage treatment plant. (T Marchese)

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret at Golden Lion cut-off. (T Marchese)

Maer Lake: 7 Ruff, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits. (B Craven)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1m Scaup, 1m Shoveler, 6 Teal, 3 Coot, 1 Water Rail and 14 Med Gull. (MJ Spicer)

St Erth: 1m Brambling. (MJ Spicer)

Longrock Pool: 5 Shoveler, drake Tufted Duck, 9 Little Grebe, 24 Moorhen and 1 Coot. (MJ Spicer, DK Parker)

Nanjizal: Black Redstart and Wheatear at Carn Les Boels. (MD Wallace)

Delabole: 1 Sand Martin. (N Garnsworthy)

Pentire Point: 1 Wheatear. (N Garnsworthy)

Trevose Head: 3 Wheatear (2m 1f) (B.Toms)

Cape Cornwall: Male Wheatear, male Black Redstart and male Stonechat. (N Wheatley)

Saltash: Male Black Redstart on the Church. (P James)

Rame Head:Wheatear (M Buckle)

Polgigga: 1 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff along Bosistow Lane. (MD Wallace)

Porth Reservoir: 1 fem Mandarin, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot. (S Grose)

Millbrook Creek: 10 Redshank, 12 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 6 Curlew and 2 Whimbrel. (R Napp)

Whimbrel, Rick Napp

Charlestown: M & f Blackcap in private garden. (D Hastilow)

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

Swanvale Nature Reserve: 1m Blackcap. (S Court)


Monday 12th March 20178

Late news, 11/3, Millbrook: 1 Woodcock at Pigs Hill Wood. (B Taggart)

Feock Church: 1 Hawfinch, 1 Brambling, 5 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap. (M Jones)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still.

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver.

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret still at Golden Lion cut-off. (PA Fraser)

Truro: Regular wintering Firecrest now in song in garden. (PA Fraser) 1m,1f Siskin in garden. (D Jenkins)

Gwithian, St Gothian Sands NR: 1 Jack Snipe, 18 Snipe, 4 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 6 Shelduck, 2 Coot, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Raven, 4 Rock Pipit, 21 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal, 1 drk Scaup. Gwithian Green – Kestrel, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Goldfinch, 30+ Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit. (PJ Freestone)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 redhead Goosander, 1 Spoonbill, 48 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover, 11 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank and 3 Sandwich Terns on Lelant Saltings. Also 1m Pintail, 6 Teal, 1 1w Spoonbill, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Lapwing on Ryan’s Field. (MJ Spicer)

Penzance: Herring Gull with yellow legs in the harbour. (R Farnes)

Herring Gull, Rod Farnes

Penryn: 6+ Hawfinch on the university campus. (T Phelps)

Liskeard: 2 Hawfinch at St Michael’s Churchyard. (DI Julian)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sandwich Tern north (earliest ever here in ten years by two weeks), 8 Red-throated Divers and c20 Common Scoters (all drakes) south 10:00-11:00. (N Wheatley)

Porth Ledden: Juv Iceland Gull. (N Wheatley)

Marazion: 43 Bar-tailed Godwit, 73 Sanderling, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Turnstone, 10 Redshank, 8 Dublin and 2 Great Northern Divers close to shore. (GE and LA Carr)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Sand Martin. (GE and LA Carr)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Goosander, 1f Goldeneye, 20+ Ravens, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 258 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Tawny Owl. (B Craven)

Penryn, Old Cemetery: 1 Hawfinch at 11:00 feeding on ground disturbed by grey squirrels, after which I was not able to re-locate it. (J St Ledger)

Penryn River: 1 Shoveler, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (J St Ledger)

Helford: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (J St Ledger)



Sunday 11th March 2018

Stithians Reservoir: Male Goldeneye. Also Great White Egret still at Golden Lion. (D Wright)

Maer Lake: Jack Snipe and 6 Ruff this afternoon. (DI Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill still. Ryan’s Field: 1 m Pintail still (S Rogers)

Pintail, Steve Rogers

Pintail, Steve Rogers

Mousehole: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1 drk Eider, 7 Manx Shearwater, 3 Great Northern Diver this morning. (R Veal, R Augarde, B Mellow, R+L Wilkins)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe still. (R Veal, R Augarde, B Mellow, R+L Wilkins)

Porth Reservoir: 1 fem Mandarin, 5 Coot, 4 Blackcap, 1 Skylark, 2 Jay, 2 Raven, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Polgigga: 2 White Wagtail this afternoon. (MD Wallace)

Colan Church: 5 Greenfinch, 2 Blackcap, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

St Austell: Treecreeper in private gardens. (C Hooper)

Treecreeper, Chris Hooper

Windmill Farm: 9 Pintail, 12 Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 4 Mallard. (F Trewin)

Penwithick: 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Robin, 3 Long-Tailed Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch and 6 House Sparrow . (K Bowers)

Reed Bunting, Kevin Bowers

Pied Wagtail, Kevin Bowers

Feock: 9 Blackcaps (5 female, 4 male) all feeding together on birdtable with no squabbles.  Some male Blackcaps now singing in garden. (K Dalziel)

Helston SW: 2 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Chiffchaff this morning. (D Wright)

Marazion: 44 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 29 Turnstone, 12 Redshank and 10 Dunlin on beach below Godolphin Arms and 1 GN Diver offshore. (GE and LA Carr)

Millpool: Large flock of mixed finch species (included: Linnet, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Brambling,) Large Flock of Redwing and Fieldfare, 1 male singing Yellowhammer in fields at Trescowe.  (J Evans)

Millbrook Pond: 2 (m+f) Egyptian Geese. (T Mills)

Crantock: 5 Mediterranean Gull, 24 Common Gull, in large gull flock following the plough in fields just past Bowgie Inn. (S Grose)

Lower Tamar Lake: 8 Goosander (1m 7f), 1 Grey Heron. 1 Little Egret, 2 Gadwall (1m 1f). 1 Goldfinch, 1f Goldeneye. (R Mudge)


Saturday 10th March 2018

Late photos, Penzance, Battery Rocks:

Purple Sandpiper, Linton Proctor

Purple Sandpiper, Linton Proctor

Egloshayle: 3 Hawfinch still in the old cemetery. (A Langdon)

Portscatho: Pacific Diver still with Black-throated Divers. (L Ozsanlav-Harris, T Phelps)

Mousehole: Ad Kumlien’s Gull, 2 juv Glaucous Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull roosting on St Clement’s Isle this evening. (M Ahmad)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 70 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 135 Black-headed Gull. (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret at Golden Lion cut off; m Scaup, 4 f Goldeneye, 2 Reed Bunting, 50 Fieldfare at Stuart Hutchins hide (J & D Chapman)

Pendower beach: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Black-throated Diver, 8 Slavonian Grebe and 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Diver. (T Phelps)

Porthgwarra: Juv Iceland Gull over at 12:15. (MD Wallace)

Marazion: c40 Bar-tailed Godwit on beach opposite Station House pub at 10:20. (PJ Freestone)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe. (PJ Freestone)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Knot, 61 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, c40 Dunlin, 18 Curlew, 232 Black-headed Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 12 Shelduck, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 ad argentatus Herring Gull, 26 Grey Plover, 8 Mediterranean Gull and 100+ Lesser Black-backed Gull (PJ Freestone, R Veal) 1 drk Pintail , 35 Lapwing, 2 Snipe on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Black-tailed Godwit, Reuben Veal

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 10 Shoveler, 6 Little Grebe, 16 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Herring Gull, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron on Longrock Pool. ( D Chadwick )

Truro River: 83 Black-tailed Godwit. (PA Fraser) 1 adult Mediterranean Gull. (B Bosisto)

Madron, Boswarthen Chapel: 1 Firecrest, 7 Bullfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker.(S Grose)

Chysauster: 1 Merlin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Dartford Warbler, 5 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Rinsey: 2 Kittiwake, 4 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 1 Common Lizard, 1 Slow Worm. (J Evans)

Slow Worm, Jonathan Evans

St Gothian Sands: 1 m Scaup, 5 m Shoveler and 2 Coot. ( MJ Spicer) Plus 2 Water Rail, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Windmill Farm: 9 Pintail, 2 Wigeon, 11 Shoveller, 3 Mallard, 2 Snipe, 100 Golden Plover, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel. (D Wright)

Land’s End: 20+ Meadow Pipit in horse paddocks. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Austell, Holmbush: Female Blackcap in private garden. (C Hooper)

Blackcap, Chris Hooper

Truro: Female Blackcap in private garden. (M Costa) Also 1 Redwing, 1m 1f Siskin in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Towan Head: 2 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Coot, 4 Buzzard, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer, 26 Common Gull. (S Rowe)



Monday 5th March 2018

Siblyback Lake: Drake Lesser Scaup still, 1 female Scaup, drake Goldeneye, 22 Tufted Duck and 2 Goosander. (P Roseveare)

Stithians Reservoir, Golden Lion cut-off: 1 Great White Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 6 (3m + 3f) Tufted Duck. Stuart Hutchins Hide: 6 Little Grebe, 1 m Goldeneye and 1 1w Common Gull. Southern Cut-off Hide: 1 f Brambling, Reed Buntings, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, House Sparrows, Great Tits at the feeders in the southern cut off. (J Selby, T Mills)

Newquay: Juv Glaucous Gull on rocks below Huers Hut at 07:00. (S Grose)

Truro: 2 Avocet on the river below the Screwfix building also 92 Dunlin and 1 Knot. (B Bosisto)

Gannel Estuary: Avocet, Shelduck, 30+ Dunlin still 08:30. (M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Avocet still. (C Richards) Also 1 m Pintail, 30 Wigeon, and 100+ Lapwing. (T Mills) Also Peregrine reported. Estuary:  1 Spoonbill still. (T Mills)

Treraven Meadows: Avocet, Lapwing, Grey Plover, Golden Plover, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Moorhen, Curlew, Little Egret, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Redwing, Fieldfare, Robin, Goldcrest, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, Pied Wagtail. (W Delacour)

Avocet – Will Delacour

Tredinney Common: 1 Jack Snipe. (C Moore)

Zennor, Porthmeor Farm: 2w Iceland Gull. (S Williams)

Colliford Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver, also Goosander and Mute Swan. (P Roseveare)

Marazion: 15 Red-throated Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver and 5 Great Northern Diver off Little London. (P St Pierre, M Elliot)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 9 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Firecrest. (PA Fraser)

Bedruthan Steps: 1 Short Eared Owl over Menewas at dusk. (S Grose)

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

Constantine: 80 Lapwing heading east early afternoon. (D Collins)

Penzance: Male Blackcap feeding on fat balls. (D Payne)

Truro: Resident Blackcap in full song in Hunkin Road garden. (K & J Mortimore)

Tregadillett: 3 Brambling (1m 2f) in garden (B Craven)

St Ives: 1 Nuthatch, 1 Peregrine at Tregenna golf course. (R Veal)