Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Late news, 21/5, Swanpool area: Purple Heron flying c.north west, seen from garden nearby. (R Phillips)

Late news, 21/5, Foage: Osprey tried to land in the valley late evening, but then headed towards Newmill. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 21/5, St Ives: Honey Buzzard over my house being harassed by an army of Herring Gulls and Jackdaws. (V Stratton)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond near the wooden bridge. (L Proctor)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, & 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 17 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 1 Curlew, 3 Shelduck, 50 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Truro: 2 Red Kite over W at 11:40. (C Benton)

Marazion: 2 Red Kite heading west at 13:35. (DK Parker)

Crowlas: Different Red Kite circling over Crowlas at 13:35 with another at c14:45. (DK Parker)

De Lank River, from Waterworks to base of Brown Willy: 4 Whinchat (inc 2 males singing), 4 Grey Wagtail (2 feeding young), 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Stonechat, 1 Whitethroat, 10+ Linnet, 6 Skylark, 2 Wheatear (1m 1f), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Mistle Thrush, also numbers of Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (J St Ledger)

Threemilestone park and ride: Red Kite heading to Truro. (S Reddy)

Porthleven: 4 Red Kite drifting north at 15:30. (A Witheywood)

Red Kite – Jen Witheywood

Kenidjack: 2 Red Kite over  at 16:30 heading NE. (J Miller)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 2 Red Kite 1 at 9.00 1 at 14:00, 150 Barn Swallow, 15 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 5 Common Swift. (PA Fraser)

Newbridge: 1 Red Kite at 15:00. (PA Fraser)

Bodmin area: 3 Swift, 1 imm Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff & Willow warbler singing, 2 Song Thrush. (R Hurrell)

Washaway: 2 Red Kite flying over Tregainlands Park at about 11:00. (K Williams)

Treen: 6 Red Kite drifted over. (C Urquhart)

Callington: 6+ Red Kite and 2 Buzzard in amongst Gulls, Rooks and Jackdaws on new-ploughed land a couple of miles NW of Callington. (D Knight)

Tredrizzisk: Red Kite over, flying East at 10:30.(S Grose)

Constantine: 1 Red Kite drifting west at 13:30. (D Collins)

Breage: 1 Red Kite mid-afternoon. (D Collins)

Looe island (kayak trip): 1 Whimbrel (probably the resident bird), 15 Turnstone, 14 Dunlin. (R Kirkwood)

Dunlin – Rupert Kirkwood

Turnstone – Rupert Kirkwood

Gluvian: 7 Red Kite, 1 Peregrine , 5 Raven , 2 Grey Heron, 4 Yellowhammer. (B Bosisto)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Adult Pectoral Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling,108 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff and 1 Barn Owl, 90 Swift. (B Bosisto)

Drift Reservoir: 6 Canada Geese, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 10 Mallard. (K.Bowers) 1 Red Kite over dam wall 17:15. (D Hall)

Sedge Warbler – Kevin Bowers

Great Crested Grebe – Kevin Bowers


Tuesday 15th May 2018

Late news, 13/5, Whipsiderry: Escaped Canary with white tail feathers on the coastal path. (Per J Rance CWT)

Late news, 14/5, Porthgwarra: 3 Pomarine Skua and a Minke Whale, plus Redpoll and Siskin over. (J Lawman)

Late news, 14/5, Lizard: 2 Red Kite feeding on fields around the point. (T Blunden)

Red Kite – Tony Blunden

Red Kite – Tony Blunden

St Buryan: Purple Heron circled pools to the south briefly, before heading SW. (J Lawman)

Newlyn harbour: 1 2cy Iceland Gull. (M Elliot)

Frogpool, Truro: 2 Red Kite at 12:30. (K Ferguson)

Cape Cornwall golf course: 4 Red Kite NE this morning. (PA Fraser)

Davidstow Airfield: Red Kite over at 12:00. (N Page)

Watergate, Bodmin Moor: Redstart singing in village. Cuckoo heard nearby. (N Page)

St Ives: 1 Red Kite spotted over Polmanter Touring Park approx 10:15, heading east. (L Dudley)

Sancreed: 4 Red Kite north 14:25, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Rame Head: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (B Taggart)

Wendron (Three Cross): 1 Red Kite. (G Adams)

St Erth: 4 Red Kite east between 12:50 – 16:00 (MJ & GH Spicer)

Ludgvan: 1 Red Kite over. (R Menari)

Sharp Tor, Bodmin Moor: Red Kite drifted NW, also 2 Wheatear, 8 Swift and Cuckoo. (M Beer)

Goonhilly: Cuckoo. (C Richards)

St Austell:  Par Beach 1 Grey Heron inshore, 1Red Kite flew over the lake at 3.30 pm. (C Hooper)

Grey Heron – C Hooper

Red Kite – C Hooper

Kenwyn: 2 Red Kite east at 4pm. Also Blue Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Linnet, Wren, Dunnock and Chiffchaff all nesting here (D Eva)

Roseworthy by-pass, near Camborne: Red Kite over. (R Phillips)

Marazion: 12 Sanderling and 1 Whimbrel on the beach and 1 sum plum Great Northern Diver close inshore. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: c50 House Martin. (DK Parker)

Golant: Red Kite drifted northwards. (S Hunkin)

Lanteglos: Red Kite flying over fields. (I Shetland)

Maer Lake: 500+ Swallows and Sand Martins (no House Martins or Swifts), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin. (B Craven)

Lizard Point: 4 ad Pomarine Skua and 8 ad Great Northern Diver. (T Blunden)

Truro: 11 Red Kite over Waitrose this evening. (J Chapple)

Mermaid II pelagic: 2 Red Kite over St Loy and pod of 12 Bottle-nosed Dolphin off Penberth. (M Elliot)

Porthtowan: 1 Red Kite going east at 1.35pm. 1 Osprey going east at 1.50pm. (S Croft)

Portreath: 1 Red Kite going south at 2.50pm. (S Croft)


Thursday 3rd May 2018

Late news, 2/5, Amble, Wadebridge: 42 Shelduck in freshly tilled field. (A Langdon)

Shelduck, Adrian Langdon

Shelduck, Adrian Langdon

Shelduck, Adrian Langdon

Chapel Porth: 1 Iberian Chiffchaff again just beyond enginehouse and occasionally singing, also 1 pr Bullfinch, 1 Sparrohawk, 2 Peacock butterfly and 2 Large White butterfly. (T Mills, T Phelps)

Padstow: 2 Grey Partridge in field opposite the entrance to Retreats Holiday park. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Nightjar inadvertently flushed while walking on track on east side of reserve. (J Eaton) 1 Pink-footed Goose and 1 Purple Heron early morning. (L Proctor)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Glaucous Gull again. (D Parker, L Proctor)

Bodmin Moor, Bradford: 1m Common Redstart on territory, 1m Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Willow Warbler & 1 Chiffchaff. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

De Lank Waterworks:  1m Common Redstart on territory,1 Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush & 1m Wheatear nearby. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Treswallock: 1m Common Redstart on territory & 6 Wheatear. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Polwheveral: Stock Dove ‘singing’, Orange-tip butterfly. (D Collins)

Constantine: Painted Lady. (D Collins)

Pentewan: 1 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch, 1 f Great Spotted Woodpecker in private gardens. (C Hooper)

Nuthatch, Chris Hooper

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chris Hooper

Buzzard, Chris Hooper

Bude, Maer Lake: 31 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwit. (N Bastin)

Whimbrel, Nigel Bastin

Black-tailed Godwit, Nigel Bastin

Sennen, Treeve Moor: 2 Canada Geese and 2 Blackcap.

Downderry: 0615-0750 – 24 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua, 9 Whimbrel and 45 Manx Shearwaters. Also a Harbour Porpoise. (A Payne)


Wednesday 2nd May 2018

St Agnes, Chapel Porth: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing from willows opposite mine shaft at 5pm.  Also Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and 3 Swallow. (T Wilson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron flew towards pines north of the railway at 15:20. (Chris & Juliet)

Padstow: 2cy Iceland Gull in field next to main entrance to Retreats Holiday Park at 07.50am. (S Grose)

Crackington Haven: Tree Sparrow still in private garden this morning (J & B Teague)

Tree Sparrow – Bev Teague

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 47+ Whimbrel and 9 Bar-tailed Godwit. (T Elm)

Idless: 2 Dipper, female Sparrowhawk, Buzzard  and 2 Song Thrush. (M Costa)

Morresk Bridge: 1 male Grey Wagtail. (M Costa)

Rumps and Pentire: 5 Fulmar, 20+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 40+ Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 7 Wood Pigeon, 1 Feral Pigeon, 3 Skylark, 25 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 6 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 2 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 10 House Sparrow, 12 Linnet Also 2 Grey Seal, 6 Rabbit, 1 Wall Brown, 1 Small Copper,  St. Mark’s Fly. (M Scawen et al.)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Willow Tit (1 Leucistic), 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2m Blackbird, 2 Coot, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit. (R Mudge)

Penzance: 21 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone ( 2 striking sum plum males), 5 & 16 Whimbrel flying inland over Penzance. (R Hurrell)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Goonhilly: 2 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (F Trewin)

Pendeen Watch: Manx Shearwaters passing at c400ph also 5 Whimbrel & 24 Fulmar 08:00-10:00. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 31 Whimbrel, 17 Dunlin, 16 Sanderling and 12 Ringed Plover on the beach this evening. (DK Parker)

Tregoss Moor: 1 Barn Owl with prey. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Bar-headed Goose , 3 Wigeon , 2 Shoveler, 28 Shelduck ,13 Common Teal , 6 Gadwall , 73 Black-tailed Godwit , 17 Curlew , 2 Whimbrel, 17 Dunlin , 7 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper , 1 Barn Owl , 3 Swift ( B Bosisto)


Wednesday 25th April 2018

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron still present early morning in the pine trees at back of marsh. (P Walsh) Drake Garganey still in Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: Drake Green-winged Teal on Trinity Pool. (I Webster)

Green-winged Teal – Ian Webster

Probus: Hoopoe in a private garden. (Observers name withheld)

Porthgwarra: 4 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 6 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler at the bottom of the valley. (DK Parker)

Bude Marshes: 2+ Grasshopper Warbler, 4+ Cetti’s Warbler plus Chiffchaff, Willow, Sedge and Reed Warblers. Also female Sparrowhawk. (N Bastin)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: Gannet, 1w Common Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 25 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew (T Elm)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Curlew Sandpiper in partial summer plumage (1st seen yesterday) with 2 Dunlin, also 1 1st winter Common Gull and 5 Whimbrel. (Observers name withheld)

Truro: 1m and 1f Siskin feeding on nyger seeds, in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Mullion Cove: 1 Swallow. (P Allely)

Camel trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 8 Mute Swan, 21 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 4 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 27 Oystercatcher, 12 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 28 Whimbrel, 125 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 2 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 11 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 35 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 2 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch,  3 Small White, 4 Orange Tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue. (M Scawen et al.)

St Merryn: 100s of Swallow and House Martin feeding low over water of the Alps coarse fishery. (R Hughes)

St Clement: 4 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 5 Whimbrel. (M Jones)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 20 Swallow. (P Fraser)

Towan Head: 3 Arctic Tern, 3 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)


Monday 23rd April 2018

Late news, 22/4, Pendeen Watch: 1 Great Northern Diver. (P Combridge)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull. (P. Bedford)

Nanjizal: 2 Redstarts and 1 Wood Warbler, please stick to public footpaths. (K Wilson)

Wadebridge: Probable Hoopoe heard near St Breock School. (DI Julian)

Millbrook: Drake Garganey still on Millbrook Lake. (C Buckland)

Garganey – Chris Buckland

Garganey – Chris Buckland

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Garganey still on Longrock Pool. (J Lander, A Mckechnie) Purple Heron still present this evening. (per P Freestone)

Garganey – Alex Mckechnie

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting on east side. (J Lander)

Pednavounder, nr Coverack: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Black Redstart. (M Nattrass)

Penzance: 1 Great Northern Diver, drake Eider and 3+ Purple Sandpiper in the Penzance Harbour area. (M Coller)

Whipsiderry: 1 Corn Bunting in tamarisk bushes along the road. (S Grose)

Pendeen: 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (P Combridge)

Siblyback Lake: 13 Tufted Duck, 1 male Common Redstart. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Wigeon, 5 Shoveler, 104 Black-tailed Godwit. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Goss Moor: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Grasshopper Warbler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Late news, 18th  & 19th April,  Ruan Lanihorne, Fal/Ruan Complex:  2  Spoonbill again, roosting. (D Hall)

Late news, 21/4, Porthleven: 1 Alpine Swift with Swallows over Ashton Road about 2 miles north-west of Porthleven. (A McPherson)

Late news, 21/4, Perran Sands: 8 Whimbrel. (J Brown)

Whimbrel – Jonathan Brown

Whimbrel – Jonathan Brown

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Bonaparte’s Gull briefly at Old Quay bridge this afternoon before flying towards St Erth with Black-headed Gulls. (P Roseveare)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Purple Heron again. (L Proctor) Also 1 m Garganey, 2 Gadwall, 1 Buzzard, several singing Cetti’s Warbler, few singing Sedge Warbler, c65 Whimbrel over (2 flocks, c50 + 15). (T Mills, D Eva) Afternoon: Purple Heron north of reserve in conifers then flew down out of sight (around 16.00) but believed to be still north of rail line. Drake Garganey asleep on island in front of observation area. Gadwall also present. (J Eaton) Plus 2+ Reed Warbler. (R Veal) Longrock Pool: 1m Garganey continually being harassed by swan whilst surface feeding at 7.55pm. (J Hawkey)

Garganey, Linton Proctor

Garganey, Linton Proctor

Garganey, Linton Proctor

Garganey, Tony Mills

Sedge Warbler, Tony Mills

Marazion: 109 Whimbrel over in two flocks, 4 Sandwich Tern (D Eva)

Roseland. Place Manor, near St Anthony’s Head: Hoopoe calling clearly, unfortunately, only heard and not seen. (D Hall)

Sennen: 1w Iceland Gull in fields by Eschalls Chapel. (C Moore, R Veal)

Newlyn: 1 1w Glaucous Gull still in harbour. (M Ahmad)

Glaucous Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 1w Glaucous Gull still. (M Ahmad)

Land’s End: 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling near Swingates. (R Veal)

Millbrook: 1 drake Garganey. (B Taggart) Still present in evening. (M Beer)

Garganey, Dave Allan

Mevagissey: Iceland Gull in outer harbour and 5 Whimbrel. (J Dunning)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 2 Sandwich Tern, 26 Shelduck, 16 Oystercatcher, 30 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 3 Swallow (T Elm)

Port Loe: 23 Whimbrel. (J Dunning)

Tehidy Woods, North Cliff plantation: 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Pheasant, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet (S Van Hear)

Penberth Cove/Logan Rock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Whimbrel, hundreds of Manx Shearwaters.(S Grose)

Towan Head: 1 Arctic Tern this evening. (S Rowe)

Newquay, Huers Hut: 18 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 16 Manx Shearwater less than 100yds off Tolcarne Beach. (S Grose)

Penwithick: 11 House Sparrow, 3 Collared Dove, 4 Woodpigeon, 1 Robin, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Blue Tit, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Magpie. (K.Bowers)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 27 Whimbrel (circling overhead), 4 Sandwich Tern on buoys (one with metal ring on leg) (J St Ledger)

Buttermilk Hill: Red-legged Partridge on road 200 yards east of Buttermilk Hill. (S.Cox)

Tolvaddon Garden: 1 Painted Lady butterfly. (Earliest record) (T Hasdell)