Sunday 14th May 2017

Late news, 13/5, Bude Marshes WeBS count: 17 adult Mallard and 21 juveniles, 8 Moorhen and 8 juveniles, 9 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackbird, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 adult Canada Goose and 6 juveniles, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Jackdaw, 7+ Rook, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Wren, 2 Robin, 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 Great Tit, 1 Cuckoo (very unusual here), 1 Mute Swan, 8 Wood Pigeon. (H Kendall, R Mudge)

Late news, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Otter has been showing well some evenings recently from southern cut-off hide. (S Williams)

Late news, 13/5, Drift Reservoir: 40 Swift. (D Flumm)

Coombe, Red River valley: ringtail Montagu’s Harrier east 10:40. (D Flumm)

Sennen Cove: female Kentish Plover but flew towards Land’s End. (K Wilson)

Little Trethewey: Bee-eater high over. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: juv Iceland Gull reported.

Penzance, Promenade and Harbour WeBS count: 38 Purple Sandpiper, 43 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling (some in summer plumage), 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mute Swan and 1 Rock Pipit. (T Mills)

Sanderling, Tony Mills


Marazion Marsh RSPB:
5 Mute Swan plus 8 cygnets on main marsh, 1 Greylag, 3 Canada Goose plus 2 goslings, 1 drake Gadwall, 5 Mallard plus 6 ducklings, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Stonechat, 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker, WeBS)

Probus: 1 ad Purple Heron again in private garden and 1 Red Kite low over three times. (R Veal, BR Field)

Purple Heron – Reuben Veal

Tregoss: White Stork flew from ploughed field towards Bodmin at 16:30 but couldn’t be relocated. (P Roseveare, B Bosistow)

Penlee Point: seawatch 06:00-09:00: 43 Manx Shearwater west, 70 Guillemot west, 60 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Fulmar east, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Herring Gull. (C Buckland)

Carnanton Woods: 1 Sparrowhawk at Spitfire Corner. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 1 male Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 17 Canada Goose, 7 Cormorant,1 Grey Heron,9 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 51 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Buzzard, 34 Carrion Crow, 16 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 3 Cuckoo, 5 Stock Dove, 6 Blackbird, 1 Stonechat, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 7 Linnet, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Skylark, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 5 Robin, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 15 Swallow, 2 Green-veined White and 1 Wall Brown. (DA Conway)

Windmill Farm: Cuckoo, lots more Whitethroats arrived this week. Also Four Spotted Chaser. (D Wright)

Whitethroat and Four-spotted Chaser – Dougy Wright

Nare Point: Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, 5 Swift. (D Wright)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Cuckoo calling, 20+ Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (D Chaney)

Men-an-tol: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Swift, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin. (R Hollis)

Porthleven: pair Stonechat with 3-4 fledged young. (C Richards)

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Friday 28th April 2017

Late news, 27/4, Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 1 Ring Ouzel, 4 Wheatear, male Sparrowhawk made several attempts to catch Wheatears. (B Dallas)

Late news, 27/4, Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: Morning: 3 Ring Ouzel (adult male, female and a first summer male, dropped in from a considerable height at 09:20), 4 Wheatear, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven. Evening: 5 Ring Ouzel (2 adult male, 2 female and a first summer male on the south west slope, still there at 20:00), 4 Wheatear, male Sparrowhawk. (V Stratton)

Late news, 27/4, St Ives NCI: 3 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Tern. (V Stratton)

Late news, 27/4, Anjue Green Fields: 4 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Late news, 27/4, Marazion Beach: 90+ Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern offshore. (J Hawkey)

Praa Sands: Kentish Plover present again today. (L Proctor, M Southam, A McKechnie) Great Northern Diver also reported.

Kentish Plover – Alex McKechnie

Rinsey/Praa Sands: 8 Whimbrel, 15 Linnet, 4 Kittiwake, 6 Shag, 50+ Sand Martin, 3 m Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 15+ Bottlenose Dolphin, 1 Stoat. (J Evans)

Swanpool: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Whimbrel by the beach. (D Chaney)

Dobwalls: Red Kite flying low over private garden, being pursued by Herring Gulls, then flew east towards Liskeard at 10:30. (C&J Duffy)

Porthilly Point: 3 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, 6 Sedge Warbler, 5 Buzzard, 1 Common Redstart, 2 Tawny Owl. Also Linnets, Stonechats, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Whitethroat, 16 Long-tailed Tit. (S Grose)

Bude: 1 Little Egret, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 1 Raven + 4 young, 3 Skylark, 15+ Swallow. (H Wilkins)

Sedge Warbler – H Wilkins

Bartinney Down:  2 Stock Dove, 2 Cuckoo (m+f), 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting. (P Clarke)

Penhale: 7 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 (f) Wheatear, 2 Skylark, 12+ Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stoat. Butterflies – single Grizzled Skipper, Orange Tip, Wall Brown & Small White. (JH&K Dalziel)

Cot Valley: sum plum Great Northern Diver off Porth Nanven this morning. (N Wheatley)

Rame Head: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Tawny Owl, Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warbler. (C Buckland)

Torpoint: 44 Dunlin, all in summer plumage, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Little Egret. (C Buckland)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Cattle Egret on Ryan’s Field this evening. (M Bishop) Also Spoonbill, 2 Common Sandpiper. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanquidno/Tregegean: 80+ Whimbrel, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Bar tailed Godwit. (C Moore)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Garganey reported again today.

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Tawny Owl and 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

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Thursday 27th April 2017

Late news, 26/4, Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Garganey, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Greylag Goose ( good chance it’s a genuine migrant ), 1 Sinensis type Cormorant, 17 Shelduck, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Mistle Thrush, 60 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 100 Sand Martin. (B Bosistow)

Nanquidno: Flock of 56 Whimbrel, 1 Swift. (C&C Moore)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Gadwall, 1 Wheatear, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet , 1 House Martin, Swallow, 7 Whimbrel flew over, Reed and Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Canada Goose. (R & J Teague) Also drake Garganey still present.

Praa Sands: 1 Kentish Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 9 Whimbrel on the beach, plus 5 Shelduck flew west early morning. (M Southam et al.)

     

Kentish Plover – all photos Dave Parker

Constantine: 2 Cattle Egret flew north at 08:00 (J Chapman)

Falmouth: 1 Swift. (J Chapman)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Ring Ouzel.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Little Ringed Plover at high tide, 1 sum plum Cattle Egret 16:30, 1w Spoonbill, 12 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Redshank on Ryan’s Field. 1 Knot, 8 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Shag on Carnsew Pool. 1 Fulvous Whistling Duck, 1 drk Wigeon, 3 Teal on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Cattle Egret, Reuben Veal

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still present at Toads Hole at 08:40, also 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard. (P Ash)

Little Bunting, Paul Ash

Stonechat, Paul Ash

Grasshopper Warbler, Paul Ash

Chacewater: 1 Sparrowhawk above the garden centre. (S Grose)

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Sunday 24th April 2016

Late news, 21/4, Leedstown/Hayle – Grid ref SW584361: 3 Red Kite flying over garden from approx West to East at 1615 hrs (A Robinson)

St Ives, Rosewall/ Buttermilk Hill: 2 Ring Ouzel, 8 Wheatear, 1 poss. heard only Dartford Warbler, 2 Skylark, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 1f Kestrel, 2 (m+f) Stonechat, 6 Buzzard and 2 Raven. (R Veal, V Stratton) Anjue Green Cottage: 14 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Marazion beach: 2 Kentish Plover, 4 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover ( east of causeway at midday). Also 19 Whimbrel in off sea. ( D.Eva, M Jones, F Jones, J St Ledger)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 drake Garganey, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Dunlin, 10+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 1 m Marsh Harrier, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 White Wagtail, 140 Sand Martin, 2 Swift and 15 Teal. (P St Pierre, DK Parker, D Eva, V Stratton, S. Rogers, D Chadwick)

Crowlas: 19 Whimbrel flew north. (DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 drake Mandarin and 1 drake Gadwall ( D. Eva )

Sancreed: 10 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat and 1 Common Gull. (D Flumm)

Men-an-Tol: 1 Grasshopper Warbler singing by parking area. 1 Tree Pipit at Watch Croft. (P&H Taylor)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Willow Tit, 3 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch and 4 Tufted Duck. (R Mudge)

St Clements: 9 Whimbrel. (M Jones)

Sennen/Lands End: 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Northern Wheatear on cycle path near the coastguard houses.  (S. Rogers)

Bosistow Lane: 1 Ring Ouzel and 2 Whimbrel (S. Rogers, BK Mellow, R Augarde.)

Windmill Farm: 1 Hoopoe close to the cowshed. Also 1 Hoopoe near Ruan Pool (possibly a different bird as the one near the cowshed was found there yesterday by Alan and Sheila Taylor, who refound it there today after the Ruan Pool sighting), 8 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Skylark, 4 Wheatear, 2 Slow Worm, 2 Toads. (A&S Taylor, G Adams)

Polbathic Creek: 1 Bar-headed Goose. (A Blonden)

Coverack, Beagles Point:  1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler and 9 Whimbrel.  (P. Bedford)

Tregew, nr Trelissick: 1 f Redstart (I Bown)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 8 Whimbrel. (J Eaton) Estuary: 1 Spoonbill again. Lelant Station: 2 Siskin again.

Trewey Common: 1 Cuckoo and 15 Wheatear (P St Pierre)

Bude, Maer Lake: 1 m Whinchat, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 8 Dunlin and good numbers of Sand Martins. (S Green)

Helston: 1 Whooper Swan again on the boating lake.

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Saturday 23rd April 2016

Late news, 22/4, Boscathnoe Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 House Martin. (P St Pierre)

Nanjizal/Polgigga: 1 Bonelli’s Warbler sp ringed, biometrics would indicate Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler. The bird was released into the pines on Bosistow Lane, but not seen after 9.20am. Please note, do not drive down Bosistow Lane, it is a private road, although a public footpath.

Marazion beach: 2 (m+f) Kentish Plover associating with small mixed wader flock of 4 Ringed Plover, 16 sum plum Dunlin, 3 Sanderling, 1 Turnstone. 2 (m+f) Common Scoter offshore and 20+ Whimbrel flew past. (R Veal, M Halliday, R Wilkins et al)

video, John Chapple

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Kentish Plover, female, Marazion Beach, Cornwall, England, UK.

Kentish Plover, female, Marazion Beach, Cornwall, England, UK.

Kentish Plover, male, Marazion Beach, Cornwall, England, UK.

Kentish Plover, male, Marazion Beach, Cornwall, England, UK.

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 m Garganey, also 4 Whitethroat, 6+ Chiffchaff, 2+ (heard only) Reed Warbler, 5+ Sedge Warbler, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 1m Teal, 1m Sparrowhawk, 2 (m+f) Blackcap, 2 Linnet, 1 Wheatear, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 (m+f) Stonechat, 15 Grey Heron (5+ nests), 1 Swift, c300 Sand Martin, c10 House Martin, c100 Swallow. (R Veal, R Farnes, et al) Also 6 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler and 1 Otter (Paul St Pierre) Plus 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Croft) And 1 m Marsh Harrier. (K Jones)

 

Marsh Harrier video, John Chapple

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Mullion Cove:
1 Cuckoo. (J Allely)

Par Beach: 1 Swift. (R Davey) St Andrew’s Pool: 1 Reed Warbler singing. (R Davey)

Sancreed: 15 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Tawny Owl and 1 Roe Deer ( D. Eva )

Devoran: 2 Grey Plover (1 in summer plumage) 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel and 1 Dunlin. (J St Ledger)

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Crowan Beacon: 1 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and 2 Stonechat. (J St Ledger, C Benton)

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Polbathic Creek: 2 Whimbrel with 1 Greenshank (still). (A Blonden)

Long Rock: 1 Little Tern, 2 Red-throated Diver and 2 Wheatear (Paul St Pierre)

Land’s End: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 16 Whitethroat, 12 Willow Warbler, 13 Blackcap, 22 Wheatear and 4 Sedge Warbler (Paul St Pierre)

Trevilley/Nanjizal: 14 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Ringed Plover, 7 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff (Paul St Pierre)

Lower & Higher Bosistow: 1 male Ring Ouzel, c 25 White Wagtail, 6 Pied wagtail, 1 Yellow Wagtail, c30 Willow Warbler, c20 Chiffchaff, 6 Whitethroat, c10 Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 3 Whimbrel. (DK Parker)

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Bass Point: 1 Marsh Harrier in off the sea. (J Foster)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 juv Iceland Gull at the north end.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Trenow Cove. (R Menari)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 3 Wheatear on Ryan’s Field; 1 Spoonbill on the Estuary; and 2 Siskin at Lelant Station.

The Lizard: 1 Pied Flycatcher in garden west of Wavecrest cafe and 2 Redstart in YHA garden.

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Friday 22nd April 2016

Late news, St Ives area, 18th April, Buttermilk Hill: 20+ Meadow Pipit (feeding in the Pool Field most breed on the moors), 2 (m+f) Ring Ouzel. St. Ives NCI: 18 Sandwich Tern, 12 Turnstone, 6 Manx Shearwater, 400 to 500 Swallow moving through all day and 16 Sand Martin. 19th April, Anjue Green Cottage: 5 Wheatear. Buttermilk Hill (morning): 3 Ring Ouzel, 12 Wheatear in Pool field, 1 m Black Redstart and 2 Cuckoo, one on Rosewall Hill, the other on the croft on the South Side. Buttermilk Hill evening: 8 Ring Ouzel,14 Wheatear on North side of the Hill, 19 Wheatears on the South Croft side of the Hill and 1 Swift. Anjue Green Cottage: 14 Wheatear in the field below the cottage, 5 Common Buzzard, 4 Raven and a total of 47 Wheatear here today. 20th April, Buttermilk Hill: 3 Ring Ouzel, 14 Wheatear in Pool Field  and 1 Swift. 21st April, Buttermilk Hill: 44 Wheatear in the Pool Field and 8 around the rest of the moorlands (52 Wheatear in total), 1 Whinchat and 20 Meadow Pipit. St. Ives N.C.I: 21 Sandwich Tern, 100+ Swallow, 15 House Martin and 2 Sand Martin. (V Stratton)

Marazion Beach: 2 Kentish Plover (m&f) @ 1630hrs amongst flock of 11 Turnstone, also 16 summer plumaged Dunlin & 4 Sanderling. (J Hawkey) Also 2 Common Scoter (m & f), 4+ Great Northern Diver and flocks of 26, 19 & 14 Whimbrel offshore. (DK Parker, S Williams, S Rogers)

Kentish Plover, Richard Augarde

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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 60+ Swallow, 40+ Sand Martin, 10+ House Martin, Reed Warblers appear well established & in song. (J Hawkey, DK Parker) Also 1 Yellow Wagtail. (S Rogers)

Kenidjack: 8 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaffs, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler & 30+ Blackbird (mainly m’s). (J Hawkey)

Cleave Camp: 2 Black Redstart still present. (N Bastin)

Long Rock:  29 Whimbrel (P St Pierre)

Drift Reservoir (members only): c40 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 House Martin and 1 Swift. (DK Parker, P Combridge)

Kenneggy:  1 Tawny Owl (seen and heard), 2 Kestrel (2 F), 1 Sparrowhawk (flyover), 1 Chiffchaff (Siberian Race), 1 Green Woodpecker, 15+ Swallow, 1 Raven (J Evans)

Scillonian Crossing, Penzance – Wolf Rock:  1 Great Northern Diver, 25 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 2 Shag,  36 Manx Shearwater, 10 Fulmar, 20 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 3 Kittiwake, 3 Arctic Tern and on board Scillonian (actually on passengers’ heads!) 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Common Redstart & 2 Willow Warbler. (D Flumm + J Parker)

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 1 Ring Ouzel, 21 Wheatear, 18 Meadow Pipit. Alexandra Row in my garden: 1 Turtle Dove. (V Stratton)

Sennen Cove: 1 Little Tern in the harbour this morning and 1 Little Egret to east of lifeboat station.

Porthgwarra: 1 Ring Ouzel and 1 m Pied Flycatcher. (MD Wallace)

Boswednack: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Swallow.

Gurnard`s Head: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier on Treen Common.

Lelant: 2 Siskin at the station this morning.

Helston: 1 Whooper Swan again on the boating lake.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove, also 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver in sum plum. (J Ryan)

Old Lizard Head: 7 Canada Geese, 10 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 9 Whimbrel, 60 Blackcap, 50 Chiffchaff, 120 Willow Warbler, 80 Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Sedge Warbler, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 6 White Wagtail and 6 Skylark. (T Blunden)

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