Tuesday 14th March 2017

Late news, 12/3, Nanjizal: 2 Little Bunting still present, also 1 Water Pipit.

Late News, 13/3, Marazion: Juv Iceland Gull offshore yesterday afternoon plus 2 Velvet Scoter and 5 Common Scoter. (DK Parker)

Late news, 13/3, Crowlas: 1f Brambling again. (R Veal)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 1w Bonaparte’s Gull still.

Bonaparte's Gull, Marlene Rouncefield

Bonaparte’s Gull, Marlene Rouncefield 13/3/17

Truro, St Clement: 13 Cattle Egret and 14 Little Egret in the roost this evening (T Wilson)

Porthgwarra: 4 Wheatear. (M Wallace)

Crows-an-Wra: f Merlin over A30 at 12:30. (P Taylor)

Sennen: hybrid Hooded x Carrion Crow in field below Trinity Cottages. (P Taylor)

Marazion: 2 Velvet Scoter and 5 Common Scoter still. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 14 Wigeon, 36 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 11 Moorhen, 4 Snipe, 12 Sand Martin, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5+ Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 2 Bullfinch and 3 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Little Grebe, Ash Paul

Little Grebe, Ash Paul

Stonechat, Ash Paul

Stonechat, Ash Paul

Godolphin Cross: 1 Green Woodpecker yaffling 15.30, Godolphin National Trust estate. (C Richards)

Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (S Rowe)

Rosemullion Head: 3 Black-throated Diver. Also, 2 pods of Common Dolphin (approx 16 in each pod), including one rescued from rope entanglement by British Divers Marine Life Rescue. (John St Ledger) 

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1m Red-breasted Merganser, 1 1w Spoonbill, 1 Sparrowhawk, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 sp Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1 1w Iceland Gull, 1 1w Caspian Gull and 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott, MJ Spicer) Also 10 Common Gull. (R Veal)

Black-tailed Godwit, Ash Paul

Black-tailed Godwit, Ash Paul

Longrock Pool: 2 Swallow and 16 Sand Martin. (MJ Spicer)

Rock helipad field: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Sennen Cove: Little Egret again today.

College Reservoir: 1 Iceland Gull. (T Phelps) 1m Scaup, 2 Wigeon, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Marsh Tit. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 3 (1 ad 2 imm) Mute Swan, 9 Tufted Duck. (D Chaney)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Gerrans Bay: 40+ Black-throated Diver, 16 Great Northern Dive and 2 Slavonian Grebe. (D Hall, S Gay, J Taylor)


Friday 17th February 2017

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting still in hedge east of the kissing gate along the footpath to Trevilley Farm today.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

Hayle Estuary: 1 Green-winged Teal. Ryan’s Field: 1 Avocet, 1 Little Egret, 12 Black-headed Gull, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Redshank, 2 Magpie, 1 Dunnock. (K Bowers)

Green-winged Teal, Alex McKechnie

Green-winged Teal, Alex McKechnie

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Drift Reservoir:  Pair of Great Crested Grebes,  3 Little Grebe, 20+ Tufted Duck, 200+Canada Goose. (A James)

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Great Crested Grebe, Alan James

Loe Pool: 16 Cattle Egret just north of Carminowe Creek, best viewed from the west side. (I Maclean, K Thurston) 

Tregenna, Ruan Lanihorne: 14+ Cattle Egret (in a flock of 21 Egret). Turn left along the road that bisects Tregenna Farm. Carry on along that road until you get a view across the valley to the right. There are some buildings marked on the map as Namprathic. Just to the left of that are the Egrets in with some cattle. (A Roberts)

Helston Boating Lake: c40 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler. (L Langley)

Helford River: 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

Great Northern Diver, John St Ledger

Great Northern Diver, John St Ledger

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-Browed Warbler. (K.Bowers)


Yellow-browed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

Yellow-browed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

Menadews Farm, St Clement: 6 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, in field with Friesian cows on left hand side as going into St Clement. (S Grose)

Burncoose Nurseries: Tawny Owl, 3 Jay, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher,  9m Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 6 Red-throated Diver west, 11 Purple Sandpiper, 14 Turnstone, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Moorhen, 8 Coot, 1 Chiffchaff. (S Rowe)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 8 Tufted Duck, 5 Pochard, 3 Goldeneye. (T Mills, L Proctor, M Spicer)

Golitha Falls: 2 Nuthatch, 2 Siskin, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit. (T Mills, L Proctor, M Spicer)

Ninestones: 2 Jay, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Raven, 100 Golden Plover, 1 Woodcock, 1 Teecreeper, 3 Dipper. (T Mills, L Proctor, M Spicer)

Tintagel: 2 Great Northern Diver, 30+ Fulmar nesting, c20 Auks passing every minute, Herring Gull. (R Veal)

Portquin: 1 Red-throated Diver. (R Veal)

Trebarwith Strand: 1 Dipper. (H Wilkins)


Thursday 16th February 2017

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1w drk Green-winged Teal, 1 Water Pipit, 3 (2 drk) Goosander on Lelant Saltings at high tide. 1 Avocet, 1 imm Spoonbill, 3 Snipe on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal, L Proctor)


Iceland Gull – Reuben Veal

Crowlas: 1f Brambling again in private garden this morning. (R Veal)

Marazion: 2 Velvet Scoter off Station House Inn. (L Proctor)

Penzance: Blackcap singing, Long-tailed Tits carrying nest-building material in private garden. (R Phillips)

Pendeen: male Black Redstart still around the coastguard cottages, 2 Raven, 2 Chough, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

RNAS Culdrose: 2 Black Redstart. (D Wright)

Windmill Farm: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Snipe, 2 Adder (earliest record) and 1 Slow-worm. (D Wright)

Upper Tamar Lake: 3 Willow Tit, 6 Goldcrest, 10 Goosander (2m 8f), 61 Canada Goose, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Wren, 1 Redwing, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

College Reservoir: pair Goosander, 2f Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper. (D Eva)

Newquay: Great Skua past Towan Head this morning. (Cornwall Birding) Purple Sandpiper also reported.

Rock: 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Yellowhammer in private garden. (S Grose)

Nanjizal: Little Bunting still. (J Packer)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup again.

Siblyback Lake: Bar-headed Goose still present. (C Buckland)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still.


Monday 13th February 2017

Late news, 12/2, Helford River: 1 1w Iceland Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black Redstart. (J St Ledger, C Benton)

Hayle Estuary: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 1st winter Caspian Gull, juvenile Iceland Gull and 2 (ad/2w) Yellow-legged Gulls. (T Phelps) Also 14 Med Gull, 8 (3 1w) Common Gull, 3 (2 drk) Goosander and 1 Water Pipit. (R Veal) Also 1st winter drake Green-winged Teal and 1 Spoonbill reported. Ryan’s Field: 1 Avocet, 1 Snipe, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 1 Long-tailed Tit. (R Veal, A Hartley, more photos at Pendeen Birding Blog, http://pendeenbirding.blogspot.co.uk/)

Avocet, Adam Hartley

Avocet, Adam Hartley

Crowlas: 3 Snipe over. (R Veal)

St Erth: 1 Cattle Egret still by Treloweth Lane as viewed from gate on left 800m southeast of railway bridge.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Trenow Cove, also 2 Whimbrel and 4 Black-throated Diver.

Mousehole: 1 Black Redstart.

Drift Reservoir: 7 Tufted Duck, 23 Mallard, 2 Mandarin, 1 Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird. (K.Bowers)

Mandarin, Kevin Bowers

Mandarin, Kevin Bowers

Mallard, Kevin Bowers

Mallard, Kevin Bowers

Mandarin, Kevin Bowers

Mandarin, Kevin Bowers

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting still in hedges on left beyond fields on approach to valley, keep to public rights of way.

Gannel Estuary: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 6 Cattle Egret, 7 Little Egret, 1 Water Pipit, 150 Curlew. (S Rowe)

Newquay: 10 Skylark on the golf course. (S Turner)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Spoonbill, 4 Red legged Partridge, 1500 Lapwing, 1100 Golden Plover, 195 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Stonechat, 9 Pintail, 210 Wigeon, 100 Teal, 6 Shoveler, 19 Gadwall. (D Eva )

Bude Marshes: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff behind River Life café. (P Tillsley)

Chiffchaff, Paul Tillsley

Chiffchaff, Paul Tillsley

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup. (D Julian)


Sunday 12th February 2017

Late News, 8/2, Gluvian: 8 Woodcock. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Late News, 9/2, Goss Moor: 1 m Dartford Warbler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Late News, 10/2,Rosenannon Downs: 2 Merlin, 3 Tawny Owl, 1 Short eared Owl. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Late News, 11/2,Goss Moor: 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Waxwing – seen near to Belowda at 9:20 am, relocated at castle caravan park opposite Castle An Dinas at 12pm but no sign since. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Late News, 11/2, Hayle Estuary: 1 juv Spoonbill, 1 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 1 Avocet, 1 Peregrine.(B Bosisto, P Roseveare) 

Carnewas/Bedruthansteps: Merlin, 3 Lapland Bunting, 2 Raven, 14 Shag (7 prs nest-building), 26 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Higher Lanvean/St Mawgan: 36 Curlew, Water Rail, 52 Teal, 16 Fieldfare, 1f Shoveler. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 1 imm Mute Swan (the first since November 1985!), 7 Cormorant, 6 Mallard,1 male Lesser Scaup, 7 Tufted Duck, 13 Pochard, 2 Goldeneye, 3 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 193 Golden Plover, 42 Lapwing, 5 Grey Heron, 64 Black-headed Gull, 67 Lesser Black-backed Gull,12 Carrion Crow,15 Jackdaw, 2 Magpie, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Blackbird, 19 Fieldfare, 43 Redwing, 230 Starling, 2 Meadow Pipit,1 Pied Wagtail and 1 Rabbit. (DA Conway)

Dozmary Pool, Bodmin Moor: 1 Lesser Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, 1 Peregrine, 1 Golden Plover (J & D Chapman)

Marazion: 2f Velvet Scoter and 2f Common Scoter offshore 9am, 3 ad Common Gull, 1 ad Med Gull, 3 Sanderling on the beach. 1f Shoveler, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron on nests, 18 Snipe, 1 Grey Wagtail on the marsh. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1f Brambling in private garden early am only. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe (NE arm), 1w m Goldeneye (dam), 20 Tufted Duck, 8 (2m) Gadwall, 2 (m,f) Mandarin, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Coot, 2 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Greylag Goose, 100 Canada Goose with 1 white headed hybrid. (R Veal) 2 Black-necked Grebe (P St Pierre)

Newquay, Towan Head: 19 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Porthleven: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in private garden. (I Maclean)

Penwithick: 11 Starling, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Dunnock,15 House Sparrow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Robin , 6 Chaffinch, 1 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Crow, 1 Great Tit in private garden. (K Bowers)

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Pied Wagtail, Starling, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch – Kevin Bowers

Bude Marsh WeBS: 6 Shoveler (1m 5f), 20 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant, 28 Black-headed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, c100 Lapwing, 54 Mallard, 52 Canada Geese, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret. 2 Herring Gull, 13 Curlew, 48 Teal, 1 Wren, 13 Blackbird, 4 Dunnock, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, c60 Starling, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Robin. (R Mudge)

Nanjizal: Little Bunting just east of Trevilley footpath, 1 Lapland Bunting (P St Pierre) 4 Lapland Bunting (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Erth: Cattle Egret

Hayle Estuary, Carnsew Pool: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Spoonbill, 4 Little Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew (B Oakes)

 Kingfisher Curlew Spoonbill

Kingfisher, Curlew, Spoonbill – Ben Oakes

Hayle: Black Redstart, m Green-winged Teal, imm Spoonbill

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

Pendeen: 1 Raven heard calling at dusk (Adam Hartley)

Bodmin: no sign of the Waxwing opposite West End Motors early afternoon. The lady who reported the bird yesterday said that it hadn’t been seen at all today (Adam Hartley)

Ruan Lanihorne: 10 Cattle Egret, 4 Little Egret in cattle field (J Chapple)


Sennen Cove: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver (P St Pierre)

Trevilley: 1 Lapland Bunting (P St Pierre)

Helston: juv Iceland Gull again at the boating lake (J Chapple)


Millbrook: Cattle Egret

Porth Reservoir: Iceland Gull, Firecrest

Camborne: Lapland Bunting

Hannafore Point: Iceland Gull

Carharrack:  2 Blackcap (m&f) still visiting garden feeders (W Chegwidden)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Spoonbill, 4 Water Pipit, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Ruff. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Bude Marshes: 1 Chiffchaff. (P Tillsley)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still.


Tuesday 24th January 2017

Late news, 23/1, Nanjizal: 2 Little Bunting and 3 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 8 Cattle Egret, 7 Little Egret. (S Rowe)

Callestick: 135 Lapwing, 33 Golden Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull and 6 Skylark in field near the village. Also, Firecrest and Goldcrest in private garden. (T Wilson)

Perranporth, Droskyn Point: 1 Great Northern Diver close inshore. Small westerly passage of Gannets, Kittiwakes, auks and 6 Common Scoter. (T Wilson)

Carrick Roads from Loe Beach: 29 Black-necked Grebe, 17 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe. (J St Ledger)

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Tehidy Country Park:  2 Jay, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Song Thrush, 1m Bullfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail,  1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Moorhen, 3 Roe Deer in fields to the east.  (A James)

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Charlestown: 1 f Blackcap on coastpath. ( D Hastilow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 subad Yellow-legged Gull still present. (B Dallas) Also 1 Spoonbill, 1 Green-winged Teal, 2 (drk & fem) Goosander, 2 Greenshank, 1 juv Iceland Gull, 5 Rock Pipit. (D Parker, D Hall)

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Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Spoonbill. (A Langdon)

Porth Reservoir: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (C Selway)

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting again this morning.

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Lesser Scaup still.

St Clement/Tresillian: 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Avocet, 2 Siskin, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Redwing, 2 Greenshank, 25 Curlew, 7 Shelduck, 20 Redshank, 6 Oystercatcher, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 2 Greenfinch. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Par beach: 50+ Turnstone, 2 Rock Pipit, 8 Goldfinch. (B Smith)

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Godrevy, Navax Point: 1 Black Redstart feeding on clifftop turf. (D Hall)


Monday 23rd January 2017

Late news, 22/1, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Green-winged Teal, 4 (2m+2f) Goosander, 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 4 ad Common Gull, 10 Redshank, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Spoonbill. (B Dallas)

Newlyn harbour: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Razorbill, 43 Turnstone. (S Grose)

Lands End, Greeb Farm: 4 Chough, 1m Brambling. (S Grose)

Minack theatre/Rospletha Cliffs: 3 Chough, 13 Common Gull. (S Grose)

Bude: 2 Grey Heron, 8 Lapwing, 2 Redwing, 12+ Teal, c200 Canada Goose, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Stonechat, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant and 2 Skylark. (H Wilkins)

Sancreed: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Red Admiral on the wing. (D Flumm)

Polbathic Creek: 1 Spoonbill. (A Blonden)

St Gothian Sands LNR:Water Rail, 1 Sparrowhawk, m&f Shoveler. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 1 2w Iceland Gull. (S Turner) Also 1 Green-winged Teal, 248 Teal, 2 (m+f) Goosander, 42 Golden Plover, 2 (ad and subad) Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Gull, 175 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Water Pipit. (B Dallas) Plus 1 Spoonbill.

Cross Lanes: 3+ Woodlark with c. 70 Skylark near Trenoweth Farm. (I Maclean)

Penzance: 1 ad Pacific Diver, 3 Velvet Scoter, 3 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove, also 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at Trenow Cove.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Black-necked Grebe still.

Swanpool: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff in trees by the beach car park.

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Lesser Scaup again.

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting still in hedge just east of footpath to Trevilley, also 2 Lapland Buntings in stubble field.

East Looe, Barbican: 1 Goldcrest  private garden. (S Street)

West Looe,  Hannafore: 1m &1f Stonechat, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Wren, 6+ Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 1 m Eider, 1 Oystercatcher. (S Street)