Tuesday 13th June 2017


Don’t forget this Friday 16th June the Society’s AGM will be held at Chacewater Village Hall, Truro, TR4 8PZ. The AGM itself starts at 7.00pm and will be followed by a presentation by the Society’s new President, EMMY and BAFTA award winning photographer and filmmaker Ian McCarthy. This will be a great opportunity to see some of Ian’s work and meet him in person. Ian has worked on Blue Planet, Life in the Freezer and many other outstanding wildlife programmes, and this will be a great opportunity to see his work and meet Ian in person. All welcome.

Late news, 10/6, Helston Boating Lake: 1 female Tufted Duck with one of her young. (S Green)

Tufted Duck, Samantha Green

Colliford Lake: 1 Great White Egret showing well at waters edge at south end.

Hayle Kimbro: 1 Red-footed Falcon briefly at 16:07, 1 Buzzard, 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler, family group of Whitethroats. (S.Cox) Also 4 Cuckoo, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting. (M Jones)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Purple Heron flew west.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 fem Wigeon. (S Turner)

Charlestown: 1 f Linnet (D Hastilow)

Linnet, David Hastilow

St Gothian Sands LNR: 75 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan & 2 cygnet, low numbers of Sand Martin and Swift, 2 Raven. (R Hampshire)

Penryn cemetery: 1 Green Woodpecker (female), 1 Sparrowhawk (female). (J St Ledger)

Green Woodpecker, John St Ledger

St Enodoc Golf Club: 2 prs Yellowhammer with broods of 2&3 fledglings. (S Grose)

Helston, River Cober: 1 Dipper in flight half-a-mile upstream of boating lake. (S.Cox)

Rame Head: 2 Storm Petrel between here and Eddystone Rocks from kayak.


Monday 22nd May 2017

Late news, 21/5, Camelford: 1 Red Kite flew over B3266 about 2 miles south of Camelford. (D Phillips)

Lands End: 1 imm Purple Heron. (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Bosanketh Farm: 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing along minor road south of the farm. (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Skewjack Farm: 1 Iceland Gull. (P St Pierre)

Nanjizal: 1 Serin flew over. (P Roseveare)

Porthgwarra: 1 Hobby over Trevean Pool. (M Wallace)

Zennor: 1 Quail flushed from Porthmeor Point at midday.

Charlestown: 3m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff. (D Hastilow)

Hawkers Cove: 3 Sandwich Tern over the Doom Bar on the incoming tide. (S Grose)

Chiffchaff, David Hastilow

Blackcap, David Hastilow

Hendersick and the Hore Stone near Looe: 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Cormorant, 1 Fulmar, 12 Herring Gull, 1 Jay, 1 Magpie, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Skylark, 1 Great Tit, 2 Wren, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Linnet, c 30 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Swallow. (D Spooner)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling. (A Langdon)

Bude: 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Canada Goose with 7 gosling, c10 Swallow, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Fulmar, 2 Skylark and 1 Whitethroat. (H Wilkins)

Godolphin Hill: 1 Hobby over Rainbows End Nursery. (S Yandall)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Little Ringed Plover from the causeway this evening. (P St Pierre)


Friday 19th May 2017

Late News, 12/5, Looe Island: 1 Gannet on rocks (unusual record on land for Cornwall). (D Spooner)

Late news, 18/5, Bude; Duckpool to GCHQ: 5 Common Whitethroat, 4 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Fulmar on cliffs. (M Tinnelly)

Probus: Purple Heron still 21:10 plus Dipper. (B Field)

Ninestones area: 5m Redstart, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting, Stonechat,3 Mistle Thrush, 1+ Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher,1 Dipper 2 Grey Wagtail,1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Common Buzzard,1 Collared.Dove, m Cuckoo sat on wire calling and being mobbed by an agitated Willow Warbler, 2m Siskin drinking from road side puddle. (No sign of Grasshopper Warblers so far this year). (C Buckland, M Beer)

Golitha Falls: 1m Redstart, 6 Coal Tit, 7 MistleThrush, 1+ Blackbird, 2 Nuthatch, pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding young, 1 Marsh Tit. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Sancreed: 1 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo. (D Flumm)

Wheatear – Dave Flumm

Respryn Bridge: 2 Dipper, 6 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, pair of Blackcap, 1 Grey Heron. (J St Ledger) 

Dipper – John St Ledger

Lanhydrock: 5 Spotted Flycatcher (on fence close to house), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (J St Ledger) 

Spotted Flycatcher – John St Ledger

Hayle: 3 Coal Tit young being fed by adult. (R Veal)

St Jidgey, Wadebridge: 1 Grey Partridge flew into field opposite halfway house. (S Grose)

Brew Farm: Turtle Dove this evening (M Wallace)

Trewavas and Rinsey:  1 Skylark, 2 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 20 Whitethroat,15 Linnet, 4 Stonechat (2 M, 2 F), 3 Meadow Pipit, 10 Kittiwake, 3 pair nesting Shag, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Orange-Tip Butterfly, 5 Green Hairstreak Butterfly, 1 Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary Butterfly, 1 Green-veined White Butterfly, 1 Speckled Yellow Moth, 4 Green Tiger Beetle (J Evans)

Green Hairstreak – J Evans

Speckled Yellow Moth – J Evans

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary – J Evans

Green Tiger Beetle – J Evans

Penzance: 26 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin and 11 Turnstone on Battery Rocks. (DK Parker)

RSPB Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 drake Eider, 2 Fulmar, 12 Manx Shearwater, 30 Gannet, 16 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 14 Guillemot and 2 auk sp. (B Craven, DK Parker)

RSPB Wildlife Cruise Wolf Rock to Penzance: 9 Fulmar, 425 Manx Shearwater, 32 Gannet, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Black-headed Gull, 5 Kittiwake, 14 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 45 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 19 auk sp and 2 Swallow. (B Craven, DK Parker)


Wednesday 17th May 2017

Late news, 16/5, Botallack: c25 (5 + c20) Swift south along Botallack cliffs mid afternoon in very thick fog. (D McGrath)

Late news, 16/5, Mousehole: 1 Nightjar resting at noon in private garden at edge of village (from photograph). (L Borg)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 35 Swift, 130 Swallow, 80 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin (D. Flumm, S Turner)

Botallack, seawatching 07.30 – 8.45: 1500+ Manx Shearwater (south), 1 Fulmar, & 2 pairs nesting on cliff near Crown mines, 38 Gannet, 3 Great Northern Diver north together + 2 unidentified divers north together but very distant. (D McGrath)

Kenidjack: 1 f Hobby at bottom of valley, 12.30 – 16.00 at least. (S Turner, J Summers)

Sancreed: Spotted Flycatcher (D. Flumm)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 10 Purple Sandpiper, 29 Turnstone & 5 Dunlin at high tide this evening. (P Taylor) Also 1 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool (D. Flumm) Later 2 sum plum Great Northern Diver seen off the Promenade.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 2 Song Thrush, 3 Goldfinch, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Magpie, 2 Shelduck, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Chaffinch. (K.Bowers)

Reed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

Grey Heron, Kevin Bowers

Croft Pascoe: 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 5+ Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Swift. Also numbers of Chiffchaff. (J St Ledger)

Spotted Flycatcher, John St Ledger

male Siskin, John St Ledger

Falmouth Bay: many Storm Petrel feeding down by the Manacles reef. (B Heaney, AK Wildlife Cruises)

European Storm Petrel, Billy Heaney

Tresemple Pool: 2 Shelduck with 3 ducklings about 2 days old. 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel. ( D. Eva )

St Buryan: 1 Barn Owl over road just east of village. (H Mitchell)

Red Moor: 1 Barnacle Goose briefly in private garden – presumably feral/escapee. (P McVey).

Probus: 1 Purple Heron, adult still in garden along Tresillian River near Probus this morning.

Wadebridge: 1 Ring-billed Gull 1st-summer opposite sewage works from Camel Trail then flew towards Dinham Flats.

Men-an-Tol: Flock of 20-30 Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Stonechats including fledglings, 3 Whitethroat, 2 m Pheasant, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl. (S.Cox).


Tuesday 16th May 2017

Penlee Point: 825 Manx Shearwater, 4 Razorbill, 65 Kittiwake, 120 Auks, 90 Guillemot, 35 Common Scoter, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua (2 dark 1 light), 29 Fulmar, 300 plus Gannet, 1 Mallard m,1 f Black Redstart on shore flew to bushes. (C Buckland, P Aley)

Porthilly Point: 1 Grey Plover, 3 Sandwich Tern, 40+ Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Chapel Point near Mevagissey seawatching: 16 Turnstone, 2  Whimbrel, 1 Grey Plover, 1056  Manx Shearwater, 97  Kittiwake, 33 Fulmar, 21 Storm Petrel, 16 Swallow, 3 Common Scoter, 33 Puffin, 11 Dunlin, 8 Sandwich Tern, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Great Skua, 1 Knot, 2 Great Northern Diver ( summer plumage ), 10 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Arctic Skua ( 2 adult dark phase 1 adult pale phase ), 2 Cormorant. (B Bosisto)

Probus: 1 Purple Heron again in private garden. (B Field)


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)


Saturday 13th May 2017

Late news, 12/5, Penlee Point: 3 Pomarine Skua (one pale, two dark), 1 Great Skua chased by 2 Gannets, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Tern, 50+ Manx Shearwater, 3 Whimbrel, good numbers of Auks and Gannets through. (C Buckland)

Late news, 12/5, Tregonetha Downs: 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 Red-rumped Swallow, 6 Swift, 15+ Swallow, 12+ House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 1 distant Hobby. (R Butts, P St Pierre, DK Parker) Also 3 Heron, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 3 Little Egret, Peacock butterfly, Orange-tip butterfly. (B Oakes)

Red-rumped Swallow – Dave Parker

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 18 Dunlin, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 3 Grey Plover, 3 Little Egret. (R Butts)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Greylag Goose, 14 Canada Goose including 1 on a nest, 1 drake Gadwall, 1 drake Shoveler, 14 Mallard plus 3 duckling, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 2 Buzzard, 68 Herring Gull, c10 Swift, c120 Swallow, c150 House Martin, c50 Sand Martin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff and 6 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker) 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Wren. (B Oakes)

Great Crested Grebe and Swift – Ben Oakes

Probus: Purple Heron still today briefly at 11:20, 1 Kingfisher. (B Field)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Tideford: 1 Red Kite being mobbed by Crows. (S Grose)

Goss Moor: 4 singing Garden Warbler. (A McKechnie)

Garden Warbler – Alex McKechnie

Chenhale Farm, St Martin: 1 Green Woodpecker. (M Nattrass)