Tuesday 17th October 2017

Late news, 15/10, Pencarrow: 1 Stone Curlew seen in flight at 7.15am. (T Potterton, A Bond)

Sennen: 1 Greater Short-toed Lark still present in ploughed field just SW of Escalls Chapel along with c40 Pied/White Wagtail and c30 Meadow Pipit. (B Dodd, T Mills)

Nanjizal: 109 ringed including 1 Blyth’s Reed Warbler and 10 Firecrest netted, also seen 1 Little Bunting, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. (K Wilson)

Mylor Churchtown, viewed from Sailing Club: 7 Black-necked Grebe (in two groups of 4 and 3) close to port and starboard buoys. (J St Ledger)

Porthilly Point: 2 Brent Geese, 3 Greenshank, 21 Mediterranean Gull,1 Spoonbill flew east towards Cant Hill, 4 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose).

St Ives: 1 Hoopoe in private garden on Higher Trewidden Road again this morning (P. Callaway)

Constantine: 1 Whinchat in scrubby field at NW of village, plus 3 Reed Bunting. (J Chapman). 1 Redwing and 1 Siskin over. (D Collins)

Sancreed: 1 Hawfinch west 08:30hrs (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 3 Hawfinch, 4 Firecrest and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Rame: Large fall of Firecrests (c25), 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher Rame Church area. (C Buckland, M Beer et al) Also Hobby, Black Redstart, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 6 Siskin, 6 Blackcap & Reed Bunting. (P Aley)

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Chris Buckland

Old Lizard Head: juv Purple Heron flew east at 10-20am and carried on round Lizard Point. (M Pass)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1m Long-tailed Duck flew in from South at 16:35 and landed on Lelant Saltings but no sign at 17:45. Also 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 near-ad Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings and 2 Firecrest behind the hide. (R Veal, M Spicer)

Gillan Creek, Helford: 126 Med Gulls (our highest ever count there), including 10 colour-ringed birds (M Grantham, E Inzani, G Wills)

Devoran: 77 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank (M Grantham)

Gwennap Sewage Works: 1 Sedge Warbler (M Grantham)

Bartinney Down: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Water Rail. (C Moore, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Land’s End: 2 Common Snipe, 1 Firecrest, 6 Chough, 1 hybrid Hooded Crow, 23 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 1 Water Rail, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthgwarra: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again by the car park. Also Large fall of Firecrest with at least 35 birds (20+ in 60ft covert), c10 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Hawfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk and 14 Golden Plover. (DK Parker)

Sennen: Turtle Dove on wires by Whitesands Lodge. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by entrance to Manor Farm. (L Thomson) A further 2 Yellow-browed Warbler by Coastguard Cottage. 

St Levan: 1 Osprey flew east this morning. (D Helliar)

Pendower beach: 1 f Merlin in off sea plus many Portugese Man-‘o-War. (T Farr)

Percuil: Flock of 34 Mediterranean Gull on estuary late morning, plus 1 Firecrest in trees about 300m east of car park. Also Grey Plover & Black-tailed Godwit. (T Farr)

Falmouth: 6 Goldfinch, adults and juveniles in private garden. (E Tackley) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler reported.

Levant: 2 Firecrest in my holiday cottage garden. (L Thomson)

Mylor: 1 m albino Common Pheasant in private garden. (the Moore family)

Common Pheaseant, the Moore family

Padstow Farm Shop: 2 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, at 23.16pm. (S Grose)

Polgigga: Yellow-browed Warbler halfway along Bosistow Lane near pines and showing well (15.30). Also Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow Farm. (Oriole Birding)

Late photo, 16/10 Lands End: 1 Starling sheltering from the gale force winds during storm Ophelia. (B Sharples)

Starling, Bob Sharples



Monday 16th October 2017

Late news, 15/10, Bude, Wanson Mouth: 1 Hoopoe in flight. (L Hall)

Sennen: 1 Short-toed Lark in tilled field at Trevorrian Farm, 100m SW of Escalls Chapel. Also c50 White Wagtail, 2 Ringed Plover and 12 Golden Plover. (M Elliott, P St Pierre, M Pass)

Short-toed Lark, Darren Underwood

Lizard Point: 1 adult Sabine’s Gull, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 17 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Great Skua. (I Maclean)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 juv Purple Heron in field west of Church. (S Votier)

St Ives: 1 Hoopoe this morning in private gardens on Higher Trewidden Road. (Present here from 11 October at least).

Hoopoe, J Yelling

Sancreed: 5 Golden Plover & 50 Lapwing west, 2 Siskin and an adult male Pied Wagtail yesterday and today with wing pattern like male Amur Wagtail M.a.leucopsis but sooty breast sides and flanks = British race M.a. yarrelli. (D S Flumm, A R Kitson)

Pied Wagtail, Dave Flumm

Pied Wagtail, Dave Flumm

Rame: 1 Swift sp over Rame Barton. (J&K Cole, S Green) Also 4+ Firecrest, Gannets and Kittiwakes offshore with 1 Great Skua.(S Green) Also 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 10 Great Skua.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 m Mandarin Duck near cut-off hide, 8 Mallard, 6 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 7 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Swallow (over). (J St Ledger)

Mandarin, John St Ledger.

Goldfinch, John St Ledger

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 15+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Little Egret, 50+ Canada Geese. ( D Hastilow ) 

Spoonbill, David Hastilow

Bar-tailed Godwit, David Hastilow

Curlew Sandpiper, David Hastilow

Kenidjack, Sewage Treatment Works: 1 Hawfinch (15:30,) 1 Firecrest. 1 Merlin over (10:30), 13 Chough in field, 9 Raven over.  (D Helliar) Also 1 Black Redstart in donkey field.

St Clements: 1 Cattle Egret on the estuary, also 1 Great Crested Grebe on Tresemple Pool. (M Jones)

Helston, Loe Pool: 1 Cattle Egret. (M Pass)

Porthleven: 37 Oystercatcher, at high tide (4.00pm), sheltering from storm close to coast path. (C Richards)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Grey Phalarope, 22 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater. (N Wheatley)

Wadebridge: 1 Hawfinch over.


Monday 2nd October 2017

Late news, 1/10, Camel Estuary: 1w Yellow-legged Gull. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Late news, 1/10, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Spoonbill, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Ruff, 8 Little Egret, 12 Greylag, 7 Curlew, 2 Grey Heron, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Redshank, 5 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher. (R Castillo-Nicholls – photos)

Sennen: Juv American Golden Plover still in ploughed field SE of Escalls Chapel. (P Andrews)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Grey Phalarope on Longrock Pool still. (L Proctor)

Davidstow airfield: 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper.

Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO freedom to roam here and that cars must NOT drive onto the airfield at all. We have been advised that we can WALK onto the grassy areas, but not the runways. Cars should be parked alongside the road. Failure to comply could lead to access being withdrawn altogether.

Pendeen: 2 juv Sabine’s Gull, 22 Great Skua, 15 Arctic Skua, 17 Common Scoter, 20 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Sooty Shearwater. (P Bright-Thomas)

Cape Cornwall Seawatch 09.20 – 12.50:  25 Balearic Shearwater, 91 Manx Shearwater, 17 Common Scoter, 21 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 10 Arctic Skua, c 400 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ad), 1 Black Tern and 7 Common Tern. Also 1 Yellow Wagtail on the golf course. (P Clarke)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 juv Purple Heron still at Sett Bridge, also 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail and 6 Swallow. (J St Ledger – photos)

Rock Porthilly Point: 2 Brent Geese, 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 17 Raven, 41 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Knot and 69 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Rame Head: 1 Pied Flycatcher in trees near Rectory at 12:35. (D Allan)

Sancreed: 1 Firecrest. (D Flumm)

Trevescan: 3 Whinchat in brassica field to south of Sennen Caravan Park. (P St Pierre)

Cot Valley: 1 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Spotted Flycatcher. Also 3 Yellow Wagtail at Boscregan Farm. (N Wheatley)

Kingsmill lake, Saltash: 1 Osprey, 5 Dunlin,39 Black-tailed Godwit, 22 Greenshank, 112 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 110 Curlew and 19 Little Egret. (P Kemp)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Black-necked Grebe in Carnsew Basin at 12:50. (B Dodd) Also 2 Cattle Egret still.

Lostwithiel: Spotted Flycatcher in private garden this morning. (E Mayhew)

Gannel Estuary: 143 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Grey Heron, 12 Little Egret in to roost and 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Rame Head: Pied Flycatcher east of rectory at 13:25.

Saturday 30th September 2017

Late news, 29/9, Coverack: House Martins fledged their first brood of the
year at Little Treleaver. (J Foster)

Late news, 29/9, Scillonian RSPB wildlife cruise: Penzance to Wolf Rock, 393 Gannet, 5 Great Black backed Gull, 9, Guillemot, 1, Razorbill, 1 Sandwich Tern, 18 Common Dolphin and 2 Harbour Porpoise. (V Stratton, B Craven, M Jones)

Late news, 29/9, Scillonian RSPB wildlife cruise: 321 Gannet (including 2 feeding frenzies over Dolphins), 31 Manx Shearwater, 13 Balearic Shearwater, 14 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Puffin, 11 Razorbill, 4, Guillemot, 2 Kittiwake, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 32 Herring Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 pale phase Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver (summer plumage) and 3 Turnstone. Also 1 Blue-finned Tuna, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal and 29 Common Dolphin. (V Stratton, B Craven, M Jones)

Late news, 29/9, Davidstow Airfield: Ringed Plover, ringed at Giske Ornithological Station, Norway, 6th September, a distance of 1464km. (C Townend)

Late news, 29/9, Nanjizal: 66 birds ringed inc. 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest ,6 Blackcap, 1 Spotted Flycatcher and a re-trapped Icterine Warbler. (K Wilson)

Late news, 29/9, Pendeen 14:30-16:00: 12 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Bonxie, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Black Tern. (P Bright Thomas)

Late photo, 27/9, Porthgwarra:

Firecrest – John Elvin

Late photo, 29/9, Ryan’s Field, Hayle Estuary:

Cattle Egrets – John Elvin

Cot Valley: 1 Pied Flycatcher. (L Proctor)

Sennen: Juv American Golden Plover, Dotterel, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Wheater, 50+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Mediterranean Gull (inc. One with green colour ring) and 5 Common Buzzard. (J Hawkey)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Cattle Egret, 10+ Little Egret, 10+ Greylag, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit and Curlew on Ryan’s Field. (R Castillo Nicholls – video) 42 Sandwich Tern (inc 6 ringed individuals of which 3 also had a colour ring on left leg. One yellow colour ring, a green colour ring and another with white colour ring), juv. Grey Plover, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, Greenshank and 27 Mediterranean Gull. (J Hawkey) 2 imm Spoonbill dropped in at 13:35, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Ruff on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal) 1 Cattle Egret, 2 imm Spoonbill, 1 1w Med Gull, 4 Ruff, 2 Kingfisher, c20 Bar-tailed Godwit & Black-tailed Godwit. (J & D Chapman)


Cattle Egrets – Rowena Castillo Nicholls

Davidstow airfield: 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper still. Also 2 Yellow-legged Gull (adult and 3 year bird). (AC Robinson)

Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO freedom to roam here and that cars must NOT drive onto the airfield at all. We have been advised that we can WALK onto the grassy areas, but not the runways. Cars should be parked alongside the road. Failure to comply could lead to access being withdrawn altogether.

Crowdy Reservoir: Spotted Sandpiper still present on south side late afternoon. (AC Robinson)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 juv Purple Heron still at Sett Bridge. (D Stone)

Polgigga: 2 Firecrest and 2 Spotted Flycatcher along the private road/public footpath near Bosistow Farm. (R Creek)

St Ives: 1 Little Egret in the harbour. (C Oates)

Chapel Point, Mevagissey: 6 Balearic Shearwater, 1 ad Med Gull, 10 Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Skylark and 1 Wheatear. (B Bosisto)

Sancreed: 26 Golden Plover, 1 Swallow, 40 Meadow Pipit and 8 Goldcrest. (D Flumm)

Stithians: 2 Lapwing, 4 Wigeon, 10 Little Grebe. (D Eva)

Tresemple Pool: 16 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Dunlin. (D Eva)

Lizard: Osprey flew south over Kynance Rd at 10:30. (J Foster)

Windmill Farm: 12 Golden Plover and 1 Ruff this morning. (D Wright)

Helston: 3 Firecrest north of Loe Pool (walk from car park to boardwalk, back along Nansloe track). (B & J Bowler)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Firecrest along St Michaels Way. (R Veal)

Newlyn beach: 3 Sandwich Tern, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Heron and 13 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Gorran Haven: Wryneck in scrub on east side of Dodman Point at 12:20.

Penzance: 2 Firecrest in private garden. (R Phillips)

Porthgwarra: 1 Pied Flycatcher. (M Wallace)

St Levan: 1 Pied Flycatcher. (M Wallace)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Stint, 39 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)


Friday 29th September 2017

Late photos, 28/9, Nanjizal: Siberian Stonechat. (T Phelps)

Siberian Stonechat – T Phelps

Late news, 28/9, St Mary’s to Wolf Rock: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Common Tern, 1 Common Dolphin. (D Flumm, A King, P Exley)

Late news, 28/9, Wolf Rock to Penzance: 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Puffin, 2 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 1 Black Tern, 3 Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise. (D Flumm, A King, P Exley)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Brent Goose, 1 Common Gull, 54 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Knot, 5 Curlew, 185 Oystercatcher and 241 Black-headed Gull. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (S Grose)

Sennen: Juv American Golden Plover and Dotterel still in ploughed field SE of Escalls Chapel. (M Bishop, J St Ledger, MJ Spicer) Also 2 Ringed Plover, 1 White Wagtail and 3 Wheatear. (MJ Spicer)

Sennen Cove: 4 Knot, 2 Sandwich Tern, and 1 Med Gull. (S Williams)

Sandwich Terns – Sam Williams Knot – Sam Williams

Davidstow airfield: 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper still.
Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO freedom to roam here and that cars must NOT drive onto the airfield at all. We have been advised that we can WALK onto the grassy areas, but not the runways. Cars should be parked alongside the road. Failure to comply, could lead to access being withdrawn altogether.

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Spotted Sandpiper showing well on the banks of the reservoir on the north side.

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 juv Purple Heron still at Sett Bridge, plus the 2 Spoonbill. (C Hughes, B Rankine)

Purple Heron – Barry Rankine

Rame: Spotted Flycatcher around Rame Church area. (D Allan)

Penlee: Short Eared Owl high above Penlee NR being mobbed by 2 Crows at 15:00. (D Allan)

Sancreed: 1 Snipe, 2 Greenland Wheatear. (D Flumm)

Helston Loe Pool: 11 Great Crested Grebe (D Flumm)

Cot Valley: 1 Pied Flycatcher.

Nanquidno: 1 Osprey over Nanjulian at 07:25.

Gunwalloe Fishing Cove: Kestrel, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear. (C Richards)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 juv Little Stint, 5 Ruff on Lelant Saltings this evening. Also 1 juv Peregrine seen to kill a Bar-tailed Godwit and was surrounded by 200+ Crows within 10 seconds. (R Veal)

St Agnes, Chapel Porth: 10:00-11.15: 1 Long-tailed Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 1 Skua sp, 4 Balearic Shearwater (2 very close), 3 Manx Shearwater, 400 Auk sp (mostly Razorbills), 100 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Med Gull all flying west. In the valley 3 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 10 Curlew over. (T Wilson)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 07:30. (J Spicer)

Porthgwarra: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 1 Kestrel, Chough heard. Also two Red Deer. (J St Ledger)

Red Deer – John St Ledger


Wednesday 27th September 2017

Late photo, 25/9, Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Buzzard. (M Priest)

Buzzard, Mark Priest

Porthgwarra:Pied Fly & 1 Firecrest at the car park,this evening. (M Wallace)

St Erth: 14 Little Egret in field with cattle. (MJ Spicer)

Walmsley Sanctuary, (members only): 4 Little Stint, 10 Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Pintail, 3 Gadwall and 3 Shoveler. (G.Berti, B Ide, K White) Also Solitary Sandpiper reported until 09:10 when flushed by the farmer and had not returned by mid morning. (C Selway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 20 Ruff, 6 Little Stint, 2 Knot, 2 Sanderling and 40 Dunlin. (S Turner) Also 12 Sandwich Tern, 8 Common Tern and probable juv Caspian Gull. (M Halliday)

Sennen: 1 Dotterel still in ploughed field SE of Escalls Chapel. (R Wilkins)

Davidstow airfield: 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper still.
Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO freedom to roam here and that cars must NOT drive onto the airfield at all. We have been advised that we can WALK onto the grassy areas, but not the runways. Cars should be parked alongside the road. Failure to comply, could lead to access being withdrawn altogether.

Gannel Estuary: 4 Little Stint, 1 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Barwit, 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 2 Brent Geese. (S Grose)

Brent Geese, Shaun Grose

Ruan Lanihorne, Sett Bridge: 1 Purple Heron (juv). Further downriver were 2 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper. Also 4 Deer swimming from one side of the river to the other. (J St Ledger)

Spoonbill, John St Ledger

Rame: 3 Firecrest, Goldcrests, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Spotted Flycatcher this morning. (M Beer, C Buckland)

Kingsmill Lake: 2 Knot, 3 Grey Plover, 20 Godwits, 10 Dunlin, 2 Snipe this afternoon. (C Buckland)


Monday 25th September 2017

Porthgwarra: 1 Red-eyed Vireo in willows by carpark until about 9.30 this morning, also 1 Spotted Flycatcher in Dr’s garden. (T Mills, P Roseveare, M Pass et al)

Sennen: 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper still in ploughed field SE of Escalls Chapel at 11:55.

Botallack: 1 Wryneck in gorse by coast path c.100m north of Roscommon House.

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Purple Heron showing in long grasses and reeds just above Sett Bridge and predating on Newts.  Hundreds of Canada Geese over including 1 all white individual that was very noisy, 1 Kingfisher on post for a short while and 1 Fallow Deer browsing along the river. (A James)

Purple Heron, Alan James

Purple Heron, Alan James

Hayle Estuary:  3 Great Egret, 1 Cattle Egret,  2 Spoonbill at 16:30, earlier 3 Ruff and various Bar & Black-tailed Godwits. (M Lammas & T Pope) 1 Kingfisher flew over viaduct (nr Asda) toward clock tower at 19:20. (J Evans)

Ruff, Sam Williams

Truro: 2 Cattle Egret still at Menadews Farm.

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 moulting adult Black Tern this afternoon hawking insects. (C Buckland, M Beer, M Ahmad) 1 Snow Bunting. (M Pass) Also 1 Spotted Sandpiper and 1 Dotterel.

Tregonetha Downs: 16 Snipe, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Rock Porthilly Point: 2 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Common Sandpiper, 65 Mediterranean Gull, 21 Sandwich Tern, 3 Common Gull, 3 Curlew, 156 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: 7 Ruff this evening. (B Bosisto)

Penzance:  Pod of 30+ Common Dolphin at 07:40. (J Evans)