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)


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)


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)

Wednesday 14th March 2018

Truro River: 79 Black-tailed Godwit feeding at 07:00. (PA Fraser)

Newlyn: 3 Sandwich Tern past Sandy Cove, plus juv Glaucous Gull still and 3 Great Northern Diver. (L Proctor)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still, at 09:00.

Wilcove: drake Green winged Teal showing well with Teal in the tidal creeks, also a Whimbrel. (S Green)

Marine Drive, Torpoint: 1 winter plumaged Sandwich Tern. (S Green)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Little Gull.

Newquay: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull still at Trenance boating lake.

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Spoonbill again this afternoon. (C Hughes)

Hayle beach: 1 Wheatear. (C Richards)

Marazion: 2 Sandwich Tern SE at 12.20. (PA Fraser)

Walmsley Sanctuary (Key holders only): 44 Canada Geese, 5 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 15 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 3 Moorhen, 33 Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 148 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew, 6 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Wood Pigeon, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 15 Starling. (M Scawen et al.)

St Ives: Red-throated Diver in the harbour. (C Oates)

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


Tuesday 13th March 2018

Trevose Head: 52 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Common Gull,41 Black-headed Gull, 9 Mediterranean Gull (1x 1w, 3 x 2w, 5 Adult ), 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 3 Wheatear, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Scandinavian Rock Pipit (moulting into summer plumage), 3 Lapland Bunting (B Bosisto)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 10 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 35 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 13 Grey Heron (plus 3 newly hatched young), 3 Little Egret, 12 Little Grebe, 46 Moorhen, 8+ Buzzard, 4 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, 3+ Chiffchaff and 3+ Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker) Also 1 female Wheatear reported. Also 1 Adder. She was curled into a beautiful little Catherine wheel but saw me at the same time as I saw her and unfortunately scarpered into the grass. (R Butts)

Adder, Roger Butts

Long Rock Pool: 9 Little Grebes. (R Butts)

Lostwithiel: 1 female Reed Bunting for second day and 1 Firecrest in a private garden. (E Mayhew)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still.

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still.

Egloshayle: 6 Hawfinch still in the old cemetery at 09:09. (A Langdon) 1 still at lunchtime. (DI Julian)

Penryn: 2+ Hawfinch still at the campus this morning. (T Phelps)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 Shelduck, 14 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 73 Teal, 62 Wigeo ,1 Spoonbill, 8 Cattle Egret (roosting in conifer trees viewed from the tower hide), 6 Little Egret, 89 Lapwing, 2 Ruff. (B Bosisto) 

Chapel Amble: 8+ Cattle Egret. (DI Julian)

Camel Estuary: 2 Whooper Swan still at Burniere Point. (DI Julian)

Camel trail, Wadebridge: Wren. (C Hooper)

Wren, C Hooper

Feock Church: 1 Hawfinch, 2 Brambling, 5 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap. (R Menari)

Carrick Roads: 9 Black-necked Grebe, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe from Mylor Churchtown. (J St Ledger)

Bude Marshes: 12 Moorhens and 1 Grey Heron. (H Kendall)

Maer Lake: 2 female Pintail. (H Kendall)

St Erth: 1 Water Rail at reservoirs plus 1 singing Chiffchaff. (MJ Spicer)

Devoran: 10 Shelduck, 9 Wigeon, c90 Teal, 1 Whimbrel, c40 Curlew, c25 Black-tailed Godwit, c20 Bar-tailed godwit, 50 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, c30 Dunlin, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Gull and 1 Med Gull at high tide. (MJ Spicer)

Carnon Down: 2+ Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest and 4+ Chiffchaff. (MJ Spicer)

Grampound (New Stables): 2 Yellowhammer. (M Jones)

Tresillian: 1 Spoonbill on the river opposite Tresemple Pool. (M Jones)

Lanhydrock: 40+ Brambling (mostly male) and 3 Coal Tit by the side of the drive going away from the main house. (J Lander)

Jericho Farm: Wheatear flew across main road at 08:00. (P Fraser)

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

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 14 Grey Plover. (T Elm) 


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)



Tuesday 6th March 2018

Late news, 5/3, Sennen Cove: Iceland Gull in Gamper Cove. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Late news, 5/3, Buttermilk Hill: 52 Raven were twisting displaying in a very large flock. (V Stratton)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Pacific Diver, 18 Black-Throated Diver, 19 Great-Northern Diver, 1 pair Common Scoter and 1 Whimbrel. (R Wilkins)

Portscatho Harbour: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver and 4 Harbour Porpoise. (R Wilkins)

Porthilly Point: 36 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 125 Oystercatcher, 5 Curlew, 62 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 21 Turnstone, 21 Wigeon, 4 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 1 dead Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Dozmary Pool (still part frozen): Drake Lesser Scaup back, 2 Juv Mute Swans (rare here), 3 Shoveler, 1 Wigeon, Goldeneye, 60 Lapwing. (B Craven)

Colliford Lake: Juv Glaucous Gull in dusk gull roost on west side and ad Mute Swan on the Loveney Reserve. (B Craven)

Gannel Estuary, Newquay: Avocet still on carpark mud 10:30, also 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 11 Dunlin. (M Lammas, R Castillo-Nicholls, R Nicholls)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch still in old cemetery at 09:15. (A Langdon)

Treraven Meadows: Avocet still. (DI Julian)

Loe Beach: 6 Black-necked Grebe, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Great Crested Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Feock Churchyard: 5 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 5+ Blackcap, 10+ Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (J St Ledger)

Male Brambling – J St Ledger

Female Brambling – J St Ledger

Wilcove: Drake Green-winged Teal again plus 32 Teal, Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Wigeon. (P Alely)

Hannafore Point: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, Mediterranean Gull. (P Alely)

Seaton: 2 Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver. (P Alely)

Downderry: 31 Red-throated Diver & Blackcap. (P Alely)

Wacker Quay: 40 Avocet & Spotted Redshank, c65 teal, Mediterranean Gull, Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Great Crested Grebe. (P Alely)

Millbrook: Pochard & sinensis Cormorant, Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank. (P Alely)

St John’s Lake: 2 Avocet, 3 Lapwing, 44 Teal, Greenshank. (P Alely)

Jupiter Point: 2 Avocet. (P Alely)

Torpoint: Whimbrel, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Mediterranean Gull. (P Alely)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill still plus 234+ Black-headed Gull, 1 ad Med Gull and 2cy Common Gull. (B Dallas) Also 1 Pintail, 1 Avocet. 2 Golden Plover amongst many Lapwings on Ryan’s Field. (R Farnes)

Spoonbill – Rod Farnes

Pintail – Rod Farnes

Avocet – Rod Farnes

Camel Estuary: 2 Avocet in Little Petherick Creek. (DI Julian)

Marazion Beach: 74 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Golden Plover and 1 Common Redshank. (B Bosisto)

Penzance: 1 drake Eider on Eastern Green beach and 1 Black Redstart on rocks behind train station. (B Bosisto)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Greylag Goose, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 419 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 60 Golden Plover, 9 Stock Dove and 1 Green Woodpecker. (B Bosisto)

Pendeen: 1w Iceland Gull foraging in cattle field near Pendeen this afternoon. (P Clement)

Iceland Gull – Pete Clement

Iceland Gull – Pete Clement

Torpoint: Male Black Redstart in Goad Avenue. (D Allan)

Watergate Bay: Black Redstart just north of Trevelgue.

Truro: Female Blackcap in garden. (M Costa)

Rock Quarry Carpark: 1 Firecrest, 9 Greenfinch.

Rock Beach: 12 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Bude Marshes: 12 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 86 Lapwing, 47 Snipe. (N Bastin)

Trenow Cove, Marazion: c20 Bar-tailed Godwit, c30 Sanderling, 10 Oystercatcher, also Redshank, Turnstone, Ringed Plover and Dublin present in small numbers. 5 Dolphin off-shore. (C Richards)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Buzzards, 2 Little Egrets. (B Oakes)

Buzzard – Ben Oakes

Longrock Pool: 4 Gadwall, Water Rail calling. (C Richards)

Whipsiderry: 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

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

Tolvaddon Garden: 2 Tawny Owl (m & f calling). (T & M Hasdell)

Trethellan, Lanner: 70 Fieldfare over Eastward (R Hampshire)

St Ives, Buttermilk Hill: 1 Short-eared Owl. (V Stratton)