Thursday 9th August 2018

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 drk Lesser Scaup still, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank chasing small fish, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3+ Swift, 1f Teal, 5 (1 singing) Willow Warbler. Also 1 Clouded Yellow Butterfly. (R Veal, J+J Boyd)

Scillonian III crossing: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater and 4 Sooty Shearwater this morning and 5 Cory’s Shearwater and 5 Sooty Shearwater this evening.

Longrock Beach: 1 juv. Little Gull briefly 8:45am, then flew to Eastern Green. (R Veal, J+J Boyd) Reported again at 4:12pm.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover and 3 Wheatear. (C Buckland). Also 2 juv. Little Ringed Plover, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Kingfisher. (B Rankine, J Eames).

Nanjizal: 184 birds ringed consisting of 1 Pied Flycatcher, 126 Sedge Warbler (incl. 2 controls), 20 Whitethroat, 20 Willow Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler and 6 Reed Warbler. (K Wilson)

Pendeen 9:15-10:15: 3 Balearic Shearwater, light passage of Manx Shearwater. Also 2 Chough, 1 Kestrel, 10+ Meadow Pipit. (R Veal, J+J Boyd, A Hartley). Also 1 Arctic Skua reported.

Porthgwarra: 14 Wheatear. (M Wallace)

Clapper Pools: 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 160 House Martin, 6 Swift. (B Bosisto)

Bodmin Parkway: 6 Mistle Thrush, 2 Siskin (B Bosisto)

Camel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 53 Redshank, 9 Curlew opp. Bridge Bike Hire. (S Grose)

Tywardreath: 1 male Siskin, 3 young Bullfinch, 8 young Goldfinch, 1 male Greenfinch, all using garden feeders. (R Barlow)

Dobwalls: 41 House Sparrow in our garden. (C&J Duffy)

Gannel Estuary: 5 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher. (S Rowe)

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Wednesday 8th August 2018

Late news, 7/8, Camel Estuary: 1 Knot, 17 Ringed Plover, 79 Dunlin in the Dinham area. (D Julian)

Late news, 7/8, Helston Boating Pond: 2 Pochard. (D Collins)

Pendeen: 1 juv. Long-tailed Skua past this am. (R Archer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 dr Lesser Scaup, 1 Wood Sandpiper again.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1f Hen Harrier, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Hobby, 1f Pochard, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin,1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret. (C Buckland)

Penzance: 1 imm. Pied Flycatcher in a private garden. (N Phillips)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Common Sandpiper, 7 Grey Wagtail feeding on the dam wall, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach: 1 sum plum Knot, 31 Dunlin, 64 Sanderling, 58 Ringed Plover, 3 Turnstone. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1f Teal, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank. (R Veal, P Roseveare). Also 2 (1 juv, 1 4cy) Yellow-legged Gull. (M Halliday). Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Par Beach Pool: 5 Mediterranean Gull. (D Julian)

Porthgwarra 8:00-9:45: 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Storm Petrel reported.

Lower Tamar Lake: The third Great Crested Grebe nest has produced, at the moment I can only see 2 chicks on her back, the other two broods have 4 juveniles which means three have been predated. Great Crested Grebe 7 adults, 17 Canada, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Coot, 12 Swallow, 24 Moorhen, 4 House Martin, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Blue Tit. (R Mudge)

Pendeen: (09:15-10:30) 5 Sandwich Tern, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Mediterranean Gull and a moderate passage of Manx Shearwaters. (A Hartley)

Marazion to Perranuthnoe: 1 summer plumage Knot, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank, 1 Sanderling, 3 Curlew, 7 Mediterranean Gull and about 50 in total of Ringed Plover & Dunlin. (A Hartley)

Knot, Adam Hartley

Knot, Adam Hartley

Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Green Sandpiper. (D Collins)

Predannack: 1 Hobby. (D Collins)

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Tuesday 7th August 2018

Next Mermaid pelagic, 9th August: 3-hour pelagic out of Penzance, 5pm – 8pm. Call ticket office to book or for more details, 07901 731201.

Late photo, 6/8, Drift Reservoir: Pectoral Sandpiper. (N Hallam)

Pectoral Sandpiper, Nicholas Hallam

Late news, 6/8, Windmil Farm: 1 male Lesser Emperor on pool in grazing field. (G Taylor)

Lesser Emperor, Gary Taylor

Nanjizal: 2 Nightingale caught and ringed early am. (K Wilson)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Drake Lesser Scaup still opposite the hide at 4pm though it disappeared from view shortly after this. Marsh Harrier flew over NW arm. Also 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 juv Dunlin,1 Snipe but no sign of the Pectoral Sandpiper. (A Hartley)

Lesser Scaup, Adam Hartley

Wood Sandpiper, Adam Hartley

Maer Lake: 4 Garganey, 9 Teal, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Lapwing. (S Rowe) Also 1 fem Sparrowhawk, 1 Curlew, 3 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 150+ Wood Pigeon. (B Craven)

Marazion to Longrock Beach: 1 sum plum Knot this am. (P St Pierre). 78 Ringed Plover, 81 Sanderling, 1 Redshank and 20 Dunlin this evening. (S Rogers)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 juv. Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Lapwing, 6 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel. (P St Pierre). Also 5 Common Sandpiper on Ryan’s Field.

Pendeen 07.00-09.00: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 juv Mediterranean Gull. (G Taylor). 14.00 – 16.00: 6 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater reported. Also 9 juv/1w Med Gulls lingering off the lighthouse this morning. (A Hartley)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 2 Teal, 5 Curlew. (D Eva). Also 2 Green Sandpiper, 8 Snipe, 2 Whitethroat (feeding young). (J St Ledger)

Penryn, College Reservoir: 1 Great Crested Grebe sat on nest. (J St Ledger)

Penryn campus: 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, probably for it’s 5th day.

Newlyn Harbour: 2 Raven attacking a Feral Pigeon, 4 Mediterranean Gull (2 adult & 2 juv.) on rocks behind Tolcarne Inn. (S Grose)

Longrock Pool: 2 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe (3 adult & 1 juv.), 2 Teal. (S Grose)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin. (MJ Spicer) Also 1 Pochard with 28 Tufted Duck, 1 Gadwall, 10 Little Grebe & 5 juv, 4 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

St Ives: 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth in private garden. (N Hallam)

Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Nicholas Hallam

Windmill Farm: 2 Southern Migrant Hawker.

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Monday 6th August 2018

Late news, 30/7 Lizard Peninsula: 1 Pomarine Skua past Lizard point. 1 Nuthatch at Church Cove. 3 (2 juv) Green Woodpecker at Mullion. (M Pass)

Late news, 4/8, Lizard Peninsula: 2 Pied Flycatcher, 100+ Willow Warbler. (M Pass)

Late news, 5/8, Siblyback Reservoir: 4 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 5 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull,1 Spotted Flycatcher. (C Buckland)

Late news, 5/8, Nanjizal ringing totals: 5 Pied Flycatcher, 47 House Martin (with 600 flying around) 47 Whitethroat, 4 Garden Warbler, 48 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 39 Willow Warbler, 8 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff. (K Wilson)

Late news, 5/8, Looe Island: 1 Goosander. (C Lewis)

Goosander, Claire Lewis

Drift Reservoir, (members only): 1 drake Lesser Scaup. (P St Pierre). Lesser Scaup still present this afternoon, also 1 ad Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 1 f Marsh Harrier over, 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Great Crested Grebe (inc juv), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Gadwall, 1 Common Teal, 40+ Swallow. (M Spicer, P Taylor, H Mitchell, T Mills, L Proctor)

Lesser Scaup, Phil Taylor

Common Sandpiper, Phil Taylor

Nanjizal: 3 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Garden Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 69 Sedge Warbler, 21 Willow Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 26 Whitethroat all ringed. Also 1 Tree Pipit over, first of the autumn. (K Wilson)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 1 Hobby, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Little Egret, Grey Herons, Pied and alba Wagtails. (C Buckland)

Caerthillian: 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 100 House Martins/Swallows (arrived in flock from west 08.00). (D Collins). Also 2 Wheatear and 1 Green Woodpecker around the Lizard Peninsula. (M Pass)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe. (D Collins)

Old Lizard Head: 2 Wheatear. (D Collins)

Pendeen: 1+ Balearic Shearwater with a raft of c500 Manx Shearwater offshore early pm. Also 1 juv. Willow Warbler, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat. Also 1 Curlew flew over yesterday. (A Hartley)

St Just: 1 Swift. (A Hartley)

St Just to Pendeen coastal walk: 7 Chough, 3 Raven, 5 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Geevor: 1 juv. Wheatear. (A Hartley)

Polbathic Creek: 2 Whimbrel. (A Blonden)

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

Near Gurnard’s Head: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Chough, 1 Gannet, 1 young Buzzard; broods of Stonechats, Whitethroats and Rock Pipits. Also Common Blues, Speckled Woods, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Large Whites, Large Skippers, Golden Ringed Dragonflies, Common Red Darters, Beautiful Damselflies, mating and egg laying Keeled Skimmers, Hoverflies, Robberflies. (R+J Phillips)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 4 Common Sandpiper on Ryan’s Field.

Windmill Farm: 1 Marsh Harrier (female), 4 Snipe, 1 Dunlin, 1 Southern Migrant Hawker, this evening. (D Wright)

Dunlin, Dougy Wright

Hawkers Cove: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 9 Sandwich Tern, 46 Mediterranean Gull off Tregirls Beach. (S Grose)

Rinsey Point, Trewavas engine house: 1 ringed juv Herring Gull (W291). (S Richards)

Herring Gull, Steven Richards

Porthgwarra: 4 Pied Flycatcher.

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Saturday 31st March 2018

Gerrans Bay: 1 Pacific Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 12 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, 3 Sandwich Tern, Fulmar, and 4 Common Gull. (T Farr)

Porthpean: 2 m and 1 f Surf Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck. (A Ramesh)

Downderry: 1w Iceland Gull offshore early this morning. Also in the area 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Common Scoter and several Common Gull. (A Payne)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Juv Glaucous Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern feeding outside the harbour. (S Grose) Glaucous Gull still present at 13:00. (L Proctor)

Glaucous Gull – Shaun Grose

Marazion Beach: 12 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull on water’s edge opposite “The Hoxton Special” cafe. (S Grose)

St Cleer: 2w Iceland Gull in fields N of St Cleer, flew towards Siblyback 11:30. (A Dawson)

Pentewan: Iceland Gull at Pentewan Sands.

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup with female Scaup, drake Goldeneye, Tufted Duck plus Stonechat late morning. (T Farr, P Bray)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 15 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 176 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Pintail (mating), 10 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Water Pipit. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 8 1w Med Gull. (DK Parker)

St Erth: 11 Little Egret and 3 Med Gull with cattle in fields north of Tredrea Lane. (DK Parker)

Praa Sands: 7 Common Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Reed Bunting, 5f Goosander, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Great Tit, 3 Moorhen, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Robin. (R Mudge)

Kit Hill: 1 Short-eared Owl at 20:00. (C Imms)

Goonlaze, Stithians: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, pr Chaffinch, in private garden. (R Hampshire)

Torpoint: Female Blackcap in private garden all month. (A Allan)

Lostwithiel: around 6 Siskin, male and female, still regularly visiting feeders. Up to a dozen, mixing with Goldfinches, have been present since January, more than any year over the last 20. (C Mayhew)

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Friday 30th March 2018

Nanjizal: Osprey flew north plus a few Chiffchaffs and Goldcrest after a hard frost. (K Wilson)

Pendower: from Pendower beach up the valley to Melinsey Mill. At least eight singing Chiffchaff and a Marsh Tit. Also Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, 6 Sandwich Tern, Black-throated Divers and Great Northern Divers off Pendower beach early afternoon. (T Farr) 34+ Great Northern Diver, 14 Black-throated Diver, 8 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern. (S Rowe, T Carson) Pacific Diver, 4+ Black-throated Diver, 2+ Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe & 4+ Sandwich Tern in the evening. (P Chapman)

Portscatho: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Sandwich Tern. (S Rowe, T Carson)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still, plus female Scaup and c30 Tufted Duck at 13:30. (P Chapman)

Coverack: 2w Iceland Gull still, on rocks by the Paris Hotel.

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Goldeneye, 14 Tufted Duck, 3 Coot, 4 singing Chiffchaff (D Eva)

Gwithian Towans: 1 Hooded Crow (or possible hybrid). (MJ Spicer)

St Gothian Sands: 1 Swallow. (MJ Spicer) Also 2 Blue Tit, 2 Blackbird (pair), 1 Greylag, 2 Coot, Little Grebe, 30 Canada Geese, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Mallard, 67+ Herring Gull, 18 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, 2 pairs of Stonechat, Wren, Robin, 3 Shelduck and male Yellowhammer singing from bushes in sewerage works. (PJ Freestone)

Copperhouse: Sparrowhawk circling Copperhouse Creek (PJ Freestone)

Port Quin/Lundy Bay: 2 Puffin, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Yellowhammer, 9 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 Kestrel, 3 Raven. (S Grose)

Trevarrion: 1 Barn Owl, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Raven. (S Grose)

Grogley: 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler all singing. (P Spong)

Rising Sun, Callington: Flock of c120 Golden Plover this afternoon. (C Imms)

RSPB Scillonian III wildlife cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sandwich Tern, 76 Manx Shearwater, 12 Gannet, 7 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake and 2 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 266 Manx Shearwater, 27 Gannet, 7 Fulmar, 5 Guillemot, 3 Kittiwake and 1 Puffin. Wolf Rock to Scilly: 18 Guillemot, 5 Gannet, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Razorbill, 2 Kittiwake, 2 Fulmar and 1 Chiffchaff. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 32 Manx Shearwater, 5 Guillemot, 3 Fulmar, 2 Gannet and 4 Common Dolphin. (M Ahmad and DA Conway)

Lizard: 2 Swallow flew north over the village. (M Silk)

Truro: Female Blackcap still in a private garden. (M Costa) 1 female Siskin in private garden. (D Jenkins)

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Friday 23rd March 2018

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup still and 6 Goldeneye at midday. (A Payne)

St Merryn: 2 Hawfinch coming to feeders in neighbour’s garden. (R Hughes)

Gwennap Valley: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Canada Goose, Buzzard, 3 Roe Deer. (R Hampshire)

St Gothian Sands NR: 8 Teal, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 ad and 1 juv Mute Swan, 33 Black-headed Gull, 7 Med Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Coot, 12 Canada Geooe, 6 Snipe, 2 Skylark, 4 Shelduck, 2 male and 1 female Wheatear, 1 male Merlin, 2 Buzzard, 5 Linnet, Blackbird, 2 Little Grebe, 6+ Moorhen, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat and 1 Chiffchaff. (PJ Freestone)

St Ives, Trenwith Lane: 2 Canada Geese. My wife’s cousin Edward Stevens who lives on Trenwith Lane has just rung us to say that at 6.30am today he saw 2 Canada geese walking up his driveway. They came right up to the front door, went across to his neighbour’s house then walked back down the drive and up towards the vets, did not attempt to eat anything. Looking for the vets house all the time perhaps! (D Jenkins)

Little Trethewey: 2nd cal Iceland/Kumlien’s Gull. (K Wilson)

Coverack: 1 Glaucous Gull and 1 Iceland Gull on the harbour wall and 6 Sandwich Tern in the bay. (P Bedford) 1 Glaucous Gull (1w/juv), 1 Iceland Gull (1w/juv), 3 Sandwich Tern and 1 Mediterranean Gull. (P Tongue)

Mediterranean Gull – Peter Tongue

Crinnis Beach, St Austell: 1 Black Redstart. (T Cornelius)

Maer Lake, Bude: 6 Ruff, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Mute Swan. 2 Shelduck, 27 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 7+ Snipe, 1 Curlew, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Wood Pigeon, 5 Greenfinch. (H Kendall)

Lelant Downs: 5 Nuthatch, 3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven, 1 Firecrest (J Evans)

Godolphin Cross: Brambling, summer plumage male, 16:00. (C Richards)

Budock Water: 1m Green Woodpecker in the churchyard. (S Court)

Porth Reservoir: 9 Great Crested Grebe. (S Grose)

Porthleven: male Blackcap in private garden. (E Beech)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 5 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger)