Saturday 9th December 2017

Carnon Downs: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (M May)

Carbis Bay: 30 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver, 17 Kittiwake, 10 Shag, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Razorbill, 30+ Common Dolphin, 2 Bottlenosed Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Ives: 1 Black-throated Diver, 16 Oystercatcher, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Gannet, 95 Herring Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 4 Shag, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 32 Turnstone, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Harbour Porpoise. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis still in field opposite second hide. (C Buckland, LGR Evans)

Saltash: 1 Hawfinch still at China fleet club. (C Buckland)

Hayle Estuary: 1 American Golden Plover still. (LGR Evans, S Murphy) 1w Caspian Gull. (M Halliday, R Veal) 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 4 Snipe, 6 Greenshank, 15 Ringed Plover, 38 Shelduck, 5 Common Gull. (R Veal) Bar-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Dunlin, Redshank, Spoonbill. (S Murphy)

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal) Also 1 Swallow reported.

Illogan Woods: 1 Firecrest, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler near Avery Court Hotel. (D Wright)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dipper, 2 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: Good numbers of thrushes this morning, mainly Redwing and Blackbird with a few Song Thrush. (D Julian)

St Merryn: 1 Raven feeding on dead rabbit, 11 Teal on private pond, 7 Goldcrest, 28 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Peregrine over private woods. (R Hughes)

Loe Pool: 1 Firecrest, 13 Goosander, 27 Pochard, 2+ Kingfisher, 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 15 Great Crested Grebe. (G Adams)

Ding Dong Moors: 1 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 100+ Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, 1 Dartford Warbler (f), 4 Stonechat, 6 Lapland Bunting (1 single and 1 flock of 5), 2 Meadow Pipit. (J Evans)

Swanpool/Swanvale: 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore, 2 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 8 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap (2m), 2 Bullfinch (pr), 20 Redwing,1 Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit. (JH & K Dalziel)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1 Little Grebe, 2 ringed Black-headed Gull, 1 Pintail, 2 Grey Wagtail. (S Grose)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck still present. (S Murphy)

Porthilly: single Brambling with Chaffinches this afternoon. (D Julian)

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Friday 8th December 2017

NW St.Columb: 1 Red Kite over farmland at 08:35. (C Harris)

Goonhilly Downs, nr Zoar: 1 Red Kite. (M Nattrass)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 2 Firecrest, 4 Bullfinch (2m,2f), 2 Goldcrest, 3 Greenfinch, large numbers of Chaffinch and Goldfinch. (B Toms)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis still on saltmarsh. (per C Buckland)

Saltash: 1 Hawfinch at China fleet club. (per C Buckland)

Tregidden: 1 Firecrest in disused quarry.

Penzance: 18 Purple Sandpiper & 4 Dunlin at Jubilee Pool. Black Redstart near railway station. (M McKee) 23 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 10 Sanderling and 2 Purple Sandpiper on Battery Rocks. (T Mills) c6 Redwing in Morrab Gardens (A McKechnie)

Redwing – Alex McKechnie

Purple Sandpiper – Michael McKee

Lower Tamar Lake: 9 Goosander (6m 3f), 9 Tufted Duck, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant. (R Mudge) Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Little Egret, 1m Goosander, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Snipe, 2 Redwing,, c150 Canada Geese. (R Mudge)

Windmill Farm: 30 Fieldfare and 1 Peregrine this afternoon. (D Wright)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff. (M McKee)

St Erth: 1 Cattle Egret and 2 Little Egret. (MJ Spicer)

Porthilly Beach:14 Fieldfare at St Michael’s church including 1 with orange plastic ring. (S Grose)

Penryn River: 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshank, 41 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Oystercatcher, 8 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel, 57 Curlew, 1 Water Rail, 3 Snipe, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 2 Teal, 11 Mallard, 1 Kingfisher, 42 Mute Swan. (J St Ledger)

Callestick: Firecrest in private garden + Siskin and Snipe over. (T Wilson)

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Monday 4th December 2017

Pendower: Pacific Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-throated Diver, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, mixed gulls including 4 Meds. (M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary: American Golden Plover still present this afternoon associating more with Lapwing present than the Golden Plover flock. When Golden Plover disturbed the AGP remained alone with Lapwing. Eventually it flew with the Lapwing onto Ryan’s field. (J Hawkey, B Toms and M Curtis)

American Golden Plover, Mike McKee

Mullion Church: Rose Coloured Starling this afternoon (M Pass)

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret in Tredrea Lane and 1 Barn Owl. (MJ Spicer)

Cattle Egret, Mike McKee

Penzance: 1 Eider in Harbour, 1 Black Redstart at Chyandour, 2 Black Redstart at Battery Rocks beach, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver and c30 Common Scoter offshore. (A McKechnie) 24 Common Scoter (J Evans) Pacific Diver also reported off Jubilee Pool.

Eider, Alex McKechnie

Penzance: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap (1f, 1m) at St Mary’s Churchyard. (J Evans)

Drift Reservoir: 50+ Canada Goose, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldcrest , 1 Wren. (K Bowers)

Tufted Duck, Kevin Bowers

Carnon Valley: 7/8 Lesser Redpoll briefly (M Pass)

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting and 1 Hawfinch. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: 1 Woodcock on moor; 2 Peregrine, 2 Chough. 1 Grey Wagtail on beach. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Crean: c 10 Redwing. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Sandy Cove: 1 Slavonian Grebe still; Minke Whale at far side of bay. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, L Proctor)

Perranuthnoe: 7 Great Northern Diver. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point to Black Rock: 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Dolphin. (J St Ledger)

Falmouth: 4 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush on Cordyline berries in the garden. (E Tackley)

Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Swanvale NR. Also Black Redstart on the beach and 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore.

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter still present, also 1 Long-tailed Duck.

Camel Trail (Bridge on Wool to Polbrook): 150+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 3 Redshank, 8 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 120+ Starling, 150+ Canada Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 11 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 11 Mute Swan (inc 1 juv), 25 Mallard, 4 Robin, 10 Crow, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Dippers 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock and 3 Otter. (P McKeogh)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Black Redstart, 21 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 1 Stonechat, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Cormorant, 1 Curlew, 3 Robin, 17 Carrion Crow, 3 Wood Pigeon, 35 Herring Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 57 Black-headed Gull, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 8 Oystercatcher, 3 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Wren, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Heron, resident drake Eider. (P Sharp)

Towan Head. 3 Common Scoter still off point, also 4 + Common Dolphin. (M Lammas)

Feock: 3 Blackcaps (2f,1m) in private garden including one female colour-ringed as part of a study in the same garden last winter. (K Dalziel)

Liskeard: 1 Hawfinch at Westbourne car park. (D Julian)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup and 1 Ring-necked Duck still present.

Charlestown: 2 m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

St Merryn: 1 Barn Owl. (R Hughes)

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Monday 27th November 2017

Late news, 25/11, Longdowns: 1 Hawfinch in a private garden. (S Howe)

Newlyn: Slavonian Grebe off Sandy Cove again 08:30. (L Proctor)

Charlestown: 1 m Sparrowhawk in garden eating a House Sparrow. ( D Hastilow)

Sparrowhawk – David Hastilow

Millbrook: 1 Firecrest, 1 Grey Wagtail in a private garden this morning. (B Taggart)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 36 Wigeon, 1 Common Gull, 4 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis in field opposite 2nd hide, also 2 Cattle Egret.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Common Gull and 1 juv Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings. (MJ Spicer)

St Erth: 7 Little Egret. (MJ Spicer)

Creegbrawse,Chacewater:  5 Bullfinch, 11 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Chaffinch on feeder.
1 Firecrest in shrubs. (B Toms)

Towan Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Common Gull, 1 Kittiwake. (S Grose)

Newquay Harbour: 1 Great Black-backed Gull with green plastic ring on right leg with L91, 1 Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 187 Teal, 3 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Redpoll. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Colliford Lake: 2 Goosander, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Yellow-legged Gull ( 1ad , 1 2nd winter , 1 1st winter ), 194 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Dozmary Pool: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck1 drake Lesser Scaup1 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Newquay, Pargolla Road: 1 Short-eared Owl being mobbed by gulls, and in trees near Jewson… 1 Firecrest 1 male Bullfinch. (D Grose)

Mousehole: 3 Firecrest very vocal and in the small garden by the road. (S Turner)

Penzance: 1 m Eider in harbour at 4.15.  (S Turner)

Poltesco: 2 Firecrest, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 20 Redwing. (D Collins)

Helston Boating Lake: 15 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall. (D Collins)

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Friday 24th November 2017

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull still present. (P. Bedford)

Newquay, Towan Head: 5 Purple Sandpiper behind Headland Hotel and Grey Plover S of Towan still. (M Lammas)

Lanhydrock: 20+ Brambling in one flock, viewed feeding with chaffinches along the treeline in the field from the gate at SX 088641. (J Rance) 50+ Brambling in 2 groups, 50+ Chaffinch, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Nuthatch in the afternoon. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, J Rance)

Siblyback Lake: 2 Hawfinch and female Scaup. (DI Julian)

Dozmary Pool: Male Ring-necked Duck plus a female Scaup, 3 Shoveler and 2 Goldeneye. (DI Julian) Also 8 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 16 Lapwing, 2 Mallard, 61 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, 50 Starling, 3 Teal, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Colliford Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver, plus adult Caspian Gull and Yellow-legged Gull at Colliford Dam this afternoon. (DI Julian)

Ninestones: 4 Goldcrest, 1 Woodcock, 1 Willow Tit, 3+ Coal Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Buzzard. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Golitha Falls: 1 Marsh Tit, 10 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch in the car park. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Maer Lake: 300+ Golden Plover, c. 80 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 18 Teal, 5 Moorhen, 32 Herring Gull, 56 Canada Geese, c.200 Starling. (H Kendall)

Porthgwarra: A late Ring Ouzel by 60ft plus Black Redstart, 2 Woodcock & Painted lady. (MD Wallace)

Polgigga: Siberian Chiffchaff along Bosistow Lane. (MD Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill on the estuary this morning. (M Halliday – photo)

Porthcurno: Red Kite over at c13:00 also 4 Chiffchaff. (R Archer)

St Levan: 2 Chiffchaff. (R Archer)

Trevilley Farm: Dusky Warbler still also 1 Firecrest. (R Archer)

College Reservoir: 49 Tufted Duck, 17 Pochard, 1 Gadwall and 1 Firecrest. (B Bosisto)

Argal Reservoir: 1 Great Crested Grebe. (B Bosisto)

Loe Pool: 19 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 19 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Redshank, 450 Golden Plover, 5 Common Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Firecrest and 1 Green Woodpecker. (B Bosisto)

Helston Boating Lake: 15 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall and 39 Tufted Duck. (B Bosisto)

Stithians Reservoir: 34 Little Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Goldeneye (female), 3 Tufted Duck, 1 1w drake Greater Scaup, 1 Little Egret and 1 Firecrest. (B Bosisto)

Penzance: Drake Eider in the harbour. (T Lovelock) The same or another off Chyandour, and 3 Great Northern Diver. (D King)

Longrock: 4 Great Northern Diver, (with a group too distant to id) and 30+ Common Scoter. (P St Pierre)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 2 Pied Wagtail, 93 Canada Goose, 5 Snipe, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Wren. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 11 (7m 4f) Goosander, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 43 Coot, 18 Moorhen, 21 Mallard, c50 Black-headed Gull 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Willow Tit and 1 Marsh Tit. (R Mudge)

St Erth: 1 Cattle Egret in Treloweth Lane, 2 Little Egret, 8 Curlew and 1 Tawny Owl. (MJ Spicer)

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Tuesday 21st November 2017

Late news, 20/11, Penzance: 22 Purple Sandpipers at Jubilee Pool. (S Turner)

Towan Head, Newquay: 1 Purple Sandpiper still with Turnstones, 1 Grey Plover still South of headland, 20 + Common Dolphins fishing off point at 08:30. (M Lammas)

Trevilley Farm: Dusky Warbler calling and showing regularly, though briefly, also 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest and 1 Brambling (M Pass et al.) Also Yellow-browed Warbler.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: American Golden Plover with the Golden Plover flock on Lelant Saltings off the causeway. (PJ Freestone)

Drift Reservoir: Recently dead Barn Owl in copse next to path  approx  70m from gate and footpath top of reservoir, no obvious damage and no rings. (P Copner)

St Ginnys: Male Brambling feeding with Chaffinch in a private garden. (N Bastin – photos)

Par Pool: 1 Kingfisher. Also Herring Gull sp, on its own and had a very dark mantle and heavily streaked head, nape and chest. Much darker than other Herring Gulls but not as dark as LBB or GBB. Seen at 11:45 and flew out to sea at 12:00 but seen over pool at 12:30. (E Mayhew)

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Spoonbills this afternoon. (C Hughes – photo)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull seen well on rocks below sea wall. (P Bedford)

Stithians Reservoir Southern Cut-off: 1 female Great Spotted Woodpecker,  6 Bullfinch,  2 Greenfinch,  4  Goldcrest, 1 Grey Heron,  40+ Lapwing,  1 Buzzard,  2 Little Grebe,  6 Goldfinch,  1 Wren, and  1 Male Sparrowhawk perched on the feeder frame.  (A James – photos)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter and 2 Long-tailed Duck still present.

Falmouth: Flock of about 20 Redwing off Woodlane again. Also 3 Redwing and 2 Blackcap (1 male & 1 female) in the garden. (E Tackley)

Godolphin House: 3 Hawfinch feeding on Sycamore buds, viewable from the public footpath at cSW 602317. (DK Parker – photos)

Hewas Water: 2 Hawfinch this afternoon. (B Bosisto)

Keveral Farm, nr Seaton: 1 Firecrest today. (M Jordan)

Crugmeer: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Lapland Bunting. (D Julian)

Rosenannon Downs: 3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Tawny Owl, 12 Snipe, 3 Egrets. (S Grose)

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Monday 20th November 2017

Late news, 18/11 Hannafore Point: Reported Hume’s Warbler was a Yellow-browed Warbler.

Late news, 19/11, Restronguet Creek: Unconfirmed report of a possible Pallas’s Warbler in a garden.

Late news, 19/11, Falmouth: Flock of about 30 Redwing off Woodlane, 1 Pied Wagtail at Pendennis Point car park, 1 Grey Heron on rocks below Castle Drive, 1 Little Egret on rocks near Castle Beach. (E Tackley)

Trevilly: 1 Dusky Warbler still this morning. (M Ahmad, M Elliott, P St Pierre, MJ Spicer)

Charlestown: 2 ( m + f ) Blackcaps ( D Hastilow)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull around harbour (P Bedford)

Towan head Newquay: 3 Choughs 1 with black & white on left & red on right leg rings. 2 Common Scoter, also 4 Common and 1 Bottlenosed dolphins off point. (M Lammas)

Land’s End: 2 Swallow still, 5 Chough. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Cot Valley: Wryneck still present this morning by coastal path between Cot Valley and Nanquidno near Carn Gribba. Also a superb male Merlin. (N Wheatley)

Godolphin Cross: 2 Hawfinch in Yew Tree at the National Trust grounds. (P Harris) 2 Hawfinch in garden near  base of Tregonning Hill. (W Smith)

Penlee Point: Possible Pacific Diver but distant, plus c7 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver. (P Harris)

Mousehole: Black Redstart on rooftops around the harbour. (P Harris)

Penzance: 14 Purple Sandpiper and 32 Turnstone off the harbour wall. (DK Parker) Also 1 Red-breasted Merganser in harbour. (M McKee)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 8 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 70+ Canada Goose. (K Bowers)

Tufted Duck, Kevin Bowers

Kingfisher, Kevin Bowers

Lamorna Cove: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Common Sandpiper. (M McKee)

Connor Downs: 1 Firecrest in a private garden. (PJ Freestone)

Rosenannon Downs: 2 Short Eared Owl. (S Grose)

Gweek Creek: 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 24 Redshank, 2 Curlew. (D Collins)

Hannafore: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe,3 Med Gull, 3 Auk sp, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (brief view) 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest. (C Buckland)

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