Sunday 12th August 2018

Late news, 9/8, Looe, Hannafore beach: 6 Mediterranean Gull (1 ringed). (I. Juliane)

Late news, 10/8, Looe, Hannafore beach: flock comprising 3 Ringed Plover, 7/8 Dunlin & 15-20 Turnstone plus 2  Mediterranean Gull. (I. Juliane)

Downderry: 08:25-10:00 c80 Manx Shearwater, 8 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Common Scoter and 1 Great Skua flew west. (A Payne)

Scillonian III: Penzance to St Mary’s:  Common Dolphin, Ocean Sunfish, 1 Great Shearwater, 50+ Manx Shearwater. St Mary’s to Penzance: 20 Sandwich Tern, 10 Fulmar, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 20 Storm Petrel, 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 80 Manx Shearwater, pod of 20+ Common Dolphin in feeding frenzy with Gannets, later a pod of 10+ Common Dolphin (Mount’s Bay) in feeding frenzy with Gannets and Great Skua in pursuit of numerous Gannet. (J Evans)

Porthgwarra, (seawatch 06:20-14:20): 1 Long-tailed Skua (@07.25), 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 large Shearwater, 51 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Puffin, 15 Storm Petrel, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Common Tern and 1 Little Tern. 3 Common Dolphin and 6 Harbour Porpoise. (D Flumm, M Wallace, B Mellow, R Veal et al.) Cove seawatch, 07:30-12:30: 3 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 25 Balearic Shearwater,12 Storm Petrel, 4 Great Skua,1 Arctic Skua. (R Augarde, R Wilkins, R Archer)

Tater-du, Lamorna: 1 Great Shearwater @ 06:20, Sooty Shearwater, 44 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Long-tailed Skua @ 07:10, 5 Great Skua, 7 Storm Petrel, 1 Puffin, 42 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern. (M McKee)

Porthkidney Beach: 5 Little Tern, 1+ Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern, 3 ‘Commic’ Tern, 20 Ringed Plover, 5 Sanderling. (R Veal, B Mellow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 4 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern. Ryan’s Field: 8 Sandwich Tern, 1 Lapwing on Ryan’s Field. (B Toms, M Curtis). Also 300+ mixed small waders this afternoon, majority Dunlin but also Ringed Plover and Sanderling. (S Rogers)  Plus 1 Kingfisher seen both early morning and evening. (D Chadwick)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Dunlin, 1 Sandwich Tern overhead. (S Grose)

Par, Spit Beach: 49 Ringed Plover, 42 Sanderling, 19 Dunlin, 5 Turnstone, 18 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper viewed from Stuart Hutchings hide 11:15, 4 Common Sandpiper, 9 Snipe, 6 Ringed Plover, 22 Curlew, 2 Lapwing, 2 Sedge Warbler. (J St Ledger) Also 1 Little Ringed Plover still, 8 Ringed Plover, 3 Lapwing. (M Pass)

Wood Sandpiper, John St Ledger

Sedge Warbler, John St Ledger

Marazion: 1 Knot, 1 Whimbrel, c200 Dunlin, c100 Sanderling, c180 Ringed Plover, c30 Turnstone, 89 Med Gull and 1 Common Gull on the beach. (DK Parker, R Veal) Also 1 dead Leatherback Turtle washed up in front of stationhouse. (M Ahmad, S Rogers)

Leatherback Turtle, Mashuq Ahmad

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Willow Tit at the hide. (R Mudge)

Downderry: 40 Common Scoter ,51 Manx Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 100+ Gannets, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Great Skua, 5 Great Black-backed Gull and Herring Gulls. (C Buckland)

Trenow Cove: 1 sum plum Knot briefly, 30+ Mediterranean Gull. (R Menari)

The Lizard: 4 Grey Seal. (C Hooper)

Mabe churchyard: Family group of 7 Mistle Thrush. (G Adams)

Padstow, Tregirls Beach: 89 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 15 Sandwich Tern, 12 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Pheasant. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 94 Canada Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 88 Mallard, 8 Tufted Duck, 4 Pintail, 1 Teal, 3 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Black-headed Gull, 6 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Raven, 22 Carrion Crow, 8 Jackdaw, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 8 Stock Dove, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Wheatear, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Reed Bunting, 7 Goldfinch and 3 Wall butterfly. (DAConway)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 5 Teal, 12 Swift and 1 Kingfisher. (P St Pierre)

Dodman Point: 2 Cory’s Shearwater.

Porth Beach: 13 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Redshank, 8 Curlew. (S Rowe) East Pentire: 5 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Storm Petrel, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull this evening. (S Rowe)

St Levan: 18 Raven picking at worms in newly wet grass car park at Minack Theatre. (N Milligan)

Looe, Hannafore beach: flock comprising c.15 Ringed Plover & c.15 Dunlin. Separate flock of 17 Turnstone. 1 Grey Seal. (I. Juliane)


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)


Sunday 29th July 2018

Porthgwarra: Trindade Petrel (intermediate morph) through west at 12:10. 24 Cory’s Shearwater, 86 Great Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 37 Sooty Shearwater, c50 Storm Petrel and 2 Puffin by 15:00. (R Archer, M Elliot, B Bosisto, P Marshall et al.) 05.30 – 17.00 Seawatch: 92 Great Shearwater, 36 Cory’s Shearwater, 42 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Balearic Shearwater, 56 Storm Petrel 9 Great Skua 2 Arctic Skua 2 Mediterranean Gull 2 Yellow-legged Gull as well as the Trindade Petrel. (G Lawlor)

Yellow-legged Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Yellow-legged Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Lizard Point: 78 Great Shearwater, 17 Corys Shearwater, 5 large shearwater, 26 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 52 Storm Petrel, 2 Wilson’s Petrel (12:02, 15:21), 1 Long-tailed Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 8 Great Skua, 2 Med Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Puffin, 1 Common Scoter. (T Blunden et al.)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Adult Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper still in the NW arm.

Penzance, Wherrytown /Jubilee Pool: 1 Kittiwake, 5 Mediterranean Gull (4 Juv 1 adult), 1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Turnstone, 1 Curlew. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Wheatear, 7 Common Sandpiper, 7 Ringed Plover, 13 Mediterranean Gull on Carnsew Pool. (S Grose) Ryan’s Field: 8 Black-tailed Godwit.

Trewavas: 20+ Kittiwake on cliffs (possible makings of a significant colony), 2 Raven, Kestrel, 3 Shag, 1 Fulmar. (J Evans)

Rinsey: 1 Raven, 2 Kestrel, 2 Painted Lady. (J Evans)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 7 Grey Heron from the Stuart Hutchings hide. Also 1 Hobby, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper (G Adams, B. Toms, M. Curtis)

Maer Lake: 1 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 3 Mediterranean Gull (all Juvs), 1 Common Tern. (S Gale)


Thursday 26th July 2018

Late news, 25/7, Polbathic Creek: 6 Common Sandpi[per. (A Blonden)

Late news, 25/7, Kingsmill Lake: 19 Greenshank  in the evening (M Beer)

Devoran: 1 juv Marsh Sandpiper. (S Votier) Also 1 Little Ringed Plover. (J St Ledger)

Marsh Sandpiper, Dave Parker

Marsh Sandpiper, Dave Parker

Little Ringed Plover, John St Ledger

Porthgwarra: 1 ad Long-tailed Skua reported past. Also 3, possibly 4, Southern Migrant Hawker at the dried-up pool just below the stonewall today. (M Wallace, T Mills et al) Also 1 juv Lizard sp (1″ long). (T Mills)

Southern Migrant Hawker, Tony Mills

Drift Reservoir, (members only): 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper. (B Dodd) Also 1 Common Sandpiper. (C Moore)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Snipe, 6 Lapwing. ( B Bosisto)

Breney Common:  1 Osprey flew  NW. (P Moore)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe. (D Collins)

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

St Ives island: Chough, midday. (C Richards)

Windmill Farm: 1 Cuckoo. (D Collins) 1 Green Sandpiper. (D Wright)

Porthleven: 6 Swift. (J Allely)

Nanjizal (Coastal): Flock of 6 Chough: all ringed. 2 Sub-Adults, 1 Kestrel, 3 Fulmar, 4 Shag, 1 Raven, 3 Stonechat, 4 Grey Seal, Several: Grayling Butterfly, Common Blue Butterfly, Wall Brown Butterfly, Painted Lady Butterfly, Small Heath Butterfly, Peacock Butterfly, (J Evans)

Mount Hawke: 2 Jay. (PC Girling)

Rock Helipad Field: 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, large flock of Black-headed Gull with Mediterranean Gulls feeding over Rock& Pityme most of the day. (S Grose)

Maer Lake: 1 juvenile Mediterranean Gull (for at least 2 hours, mid-morning), 2 Common Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Dunlin, an afternoon gathering of 200 Swallow, 25 Sand Martin, 10 House Martin and 4 Common Swift, feeding on flying ants. (S Gale)

Lellizzick: 2 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Saturday 2nd June 2018

Late news, 1/6, Downderry: At least 227 Manx Shearwater moving west early evening (1815-1935),plus 1 Great Northern Diver on the sea. (A Payne)

Late news, 1/6, Rosenannon Downs: 3 Tawny Owl and 1 singing Yellowhammer at 23:00. (S Grose)

Nanjizal: Female Eastern Subalpine Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher early morning. Please keep to public rights of way. (K Wilson)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond.

Drift: Bee-eater photographed on wires along track to Treganhoe Farm at 10:00. (R Hughes) Bee-eater not seen again, but Great White Egret still present in NE arm. (L Proctor)

Lizard Point: 1 Long-tailed Skua past.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Black-headed Gull, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Shelduck on Ryan’s Field. (S Grose)

Widemouth Bay: 250 Manx Shearwater per hour passing west in tight parties of 15 – 60 from 06:00 until at least 07:45. (H Kendall)

Goss Moor: 1 Mistle Thrush, pair Stonechat with 1 young, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Marsh Tit, 7 Cuckoo and 2 Siskin. (B Bosisto)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, Whitethroat nest with 5 young on point of fledging, Great Crested Grebe on nest at Golden Lion cut off. (D Eva)

Porth Joke: 3 male Whitethroat holding territory within 50m of the beach. (S Rowe)

Dunmere, River Camel and Fishery: 2 (ad + juv) Dipper, 1 m Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mistle Thrush, pr Coal Tit taking food into nest, pr Canada Geese with 5 young, 3 Little Grebe, 1 juv Cormorant, also 1 buck Roe Deer, Beautiful Demoiselles, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, Blue-tailed and Common Damselflies. (T Mills)

Juvenile Dipper, Tony Mills

Adult Dipper, Tony Mills

Male Grey Wagtail, Tony Mills

Downderry: Early this morning 2 Great Northern Diver offshore and a Mediterranean Gull (1s) west. About 460 Manx Shearwater flew west 1805-1915. (A Payne)

Wacker Quay: 6 Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, Wigeon. (R Napp)

Male Wigeon, Rick Napp

Marazion beach: 52 Dunlin, 25 Sanderling, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Great Black-backed Gull feeding on seal carcass until flushed by dog. (S Grose)

Roseland. Ruan Lanihorne marshes: 2 hunting Barn Owls 9.00pm. (D Hall)


Wednesday 30th May 2018

Late news, 29/5, Penwithick: 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Blue Tit, 10 House Sparrow, 2 Woodpigeon and 1 Coal Tit. (K Bowers)

Jay – Kevin Bowers

Pied Wagtails – Kevin Bowers

Late news, 29/5, Truro: 2 Swifts over the garden, very scarce so far. (D Jenkins)

Late news, 29/5, Helford: Garden Warbler singing from scrub near Trebah Garden. (D Collins)

Mermaid II pelagic in Mounts Bay: 1 Wilson’s Petrel about 3 miles south of the Mount, also 15 European Storm Petrel. Plus 4 Puffin, 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Storm Petrel, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 40+ Common Dolphin and 1 Ocean Sunfish on west side of Bay. (M Elliot)

Hayle: Millponds: Iberian Chiffchaff still present at 19:30 showing well still singing, closer to ploughed fields. (J Evans)

Coverack: 1 ad Long-tailed Skua  past, also ,1 dark phase Arctic Skua, 35 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver. (A Cockroft)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Great White Egret still in NE arm, also 2 juv Grey Heron and 4 Great Crested Grebe. (DK Parker)

Great White Egret, Dave Parker

Redruth: 1 m Hawfinch at Roseland Gardens.

Widemouth Bay: 1 Wheatear, probably of the Greenland race and a Rock Pipit carrying food. (H Kendall)

Maer Lake: 2 Swifts feeding over the lake and surrounding pastures. Five Black-tailed Godwits on the muddy lake fringes. (H Kendall)

Marazion: c50 Dunlin, c25 Sanderling, c20 Ringed Plover, 7 Turnstone, 6 Whimbrel and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach. (DK Parker)

Tywardreath: Bullfinch 2 male & 2 female, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Coal Tit on garden feeders and 1 Dunnock carrying food. (R Barlow)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 5 summer-plumaged Purple Sandpiper. (T Mills)

Purple Sandpipers, Tony Mills

Charlestown: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (D Hastilow)

Hensbarrow Downs: 5 Cuckoo. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1s Mediterranean Gull, 30 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Oystercatcher chicks on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Penryn: Red Kite 1 flew W at 10:15. (J Holmes)

Goss Moor: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Sunday 27th May 2018

Drift Reservoir: Great White Egret viewable from the car park early morning. (P St Pierre)

Nanjizal: singing Golden Oriole at seaward end of the valley, then flew towards the coast path. (P St Pierre) Still present this afternoon. (S Rogers)

Land’s End: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (P St Pierre)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff, still at the millpond. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Saltash: adult Rosy Starling at Churchtown Farm. (T Clark)

Rosy Starling – Thomas Clark

Rosy Starling – Thomas Clark

Castle An Dinas: 2 Red Kite, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Red Kite – Shaun Grose

Marazanvose: Black Kite over the A30 at 14:45. (P Roseveare)

Mount’s Bay: 1 ad Long-tailed Skua, 1+ Arctic Skua, 3+ Puffin, Great Northern Diver and Storm Petrel. (M Elliott) 200+ Manx Shearwater and 2 adult Puffin off Newlyn. (L Proctor)

Penzance to Porthcurno: 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Puffin, 1000+ Manx Shearwater and 6 Common Dolphin from Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Marazion: c40 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover, c10 Sanderling, 3 Turnstone and 3 Whimbrel this evening. (DK Parker) Also Hobby chasing the waders earlier. (S Rogers)

Coverack: 2cy Iceland Gull heading south along with 500 + Manx Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 30 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, Kittiwakes, Gannets and 2 Great Norther Diver. (A Cockroft)

Kenidjack: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcap (m and f) in copse by tractor shed. ( B Toms, M Curtis)

Par Beach: 3 Ringed Plover, 9 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 1 male Sparrowhawk, 9 Greenfinch. Par Market East Carpark: 5 Mistle Thrush, 2 adult 3 juv. (S Grose)

Trevail: 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat along path to River Cove. (J Evans)

Gannel Estuary: 22 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Barn Owl. (S Rowe)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit, 4 Swift, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Blackcap, 8 House Martin. (R Mudge)

Bedruthan, Newquay: 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Adder. (J Bowen)

Corn Bunting and Adder – Jayne Bowen

Lostwithiel: still at least one male and female Siskin regularly present on bird feeders in private garden. (E Mayhew)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 15 Swift. (S Grose)