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)

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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)

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Saturday 21st April 2018

Late news 20/4, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (PJ Freestone)

Late news 20/4, Gwithian: 1 Wheatear, 2 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 2 Mute Swan, 19 Tufted Duck, 30+ Sand Martin, 1 Kestrel. (PJ Freestone)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Copperhouse Creek: 1 ad Bonaparte’s Gull at 2pm. Lelant Saltings: 3 Mediterranean Gull, (2 ad s/p & 1s). Ryan’s Field: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper & 1 Greenshank. (J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Purple Heron still, also 6 Swallow, 4 singing Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 singing Cetti’s Warbler, pair Bullfinch, 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre, R Butts) Plus 4 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard and 1 Willow Warbler. (P Freestone) Purple Heron still present this evening. The 3 Garganey (2 m + 1 f) from the bay flew into the marsh late evening. (S Rogers, A Mckechnie)

Garganey, Alex Mckechnie

Boscundle Tregrehan: 1 m Hawfinch at 10:30 in private garden. (I Stewart)

Botallack common: 1 Hoopoe flew northwest from Warren’s pool landing in heather between the pool and the radio mast at c11.40, also Cuckoo calling from Higher Bostraze. (P Clarke)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull flew south from Newlyn Harbour at 12:30. (L Proctor) Glaucous Gull back in the harbour mid-afternoon, plus 1 1w Kittiwake and 9 Turnstone (3 males in summer plumage), also 3 Sandwich Tern feeding off Sandy Cove. (T Mills)

Kittiwake, Tony Mills

St Dennis: Red Kite flew over garden today and mobbed by Herring Gull before moving away. (P Ash)

Red Kite – Paul Ash

Red Kite – Paul Ash

Treskinnick Cross, Poundstock: Red Kite at 12:45. (B Bryne)

Windmill Farm: 7 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 11 Meadow Pipit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Raven, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 Wood Warbler, 10 Linnet, 3 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Common Lizard, 3 Adder, 5 Slow Worm, 1 Stoat. (J Evans)

Lamorna: 1 Red Kite drifting overhead at 12:30. (J Hawkey)

Week St Mary: 2 Red Kite. (R Isherwood)

Tehidy: 1 Red Kite. (A.Neil)

River Gannel Estuary:1 Red Kite. (C Stephenson)

Camborne: 1 Red Kite over A30 at 11:30. (R Veal)

Wadebridge: 1 Red Kite being mobbed by gulls (J & B Teague)

Connor Downs: 1 Red Kite this morning flew towards Gwithian (PJ Freestone)

Trevarrion: 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 1 Red Kite, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Raven. (S Grose)

Mounts Bay: 3 Whimbrel; 5 Great Northern Divers; 1 Bottlenose Dolphin. (R Butts) Plus 19 Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver & 3 Sandwich Tern. (J Hawkey) Also 3 Garganey (2 m + 1 f) off Great Hogus Rocks. (S Rogers)

Porthilly Point: 4 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 69 Oystercatcher, 9 Sandwich Tern, 25 Sand Martin, 5 Skylark. (S Grose)

Praa Sands: 3 Great Northern Divers offshore this morning. Also pod of 20
probable Bottlenose Dolphins in bay (and yesterday morning as well). (S Cubbage)

College Reservoir: 2 Marsh Tit (pair), 1 male Shoveler (D Eva)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: 2 singing Willow Warbler seen, 3 Swallow, singing Chiffchaff and a croaking Toad. (C&J Duffy)

Bodmin Moor, Black Penquite: 3 Cuckoo (2 male, 1 female), 1 Common Redstart (male), 1 Snipe. (Male Cuckoos were fighting for some time). (J St Ledger)

Bodmin Moor, De Lank Waterworks to Garrow Tor: 1 Cuckoo (male), 1 Common Redstart (male), 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 2 Swallow, 6 Skylark. (J St Ledger)

Mount Hawke: 1 m Bullfinch at garden bird table at 18.20. (RB & PC Girling)

Porth Joke: 3 Whitethroat, 14 Blackcap, 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe)

Crackington Haven: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Siskin (male & female), 1 Willow Warbler and 1 male Blackcap in private garden. (J & B Teague)

Sennen: 3 Canada Geese, Grey Heron over Trinity Pool.

Bosullow: 2 Swallow; Cuckoo.

Marazion beach: 77 Whimbrel, 12 Turnstone. (J Hawkey)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 80+ Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cormorant, 8 Mallard, 4 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 3 Grey Heron, 50+ Canada Goose, 2 Teal. (K.Bowers)

Gadwall, Kevin Bowers

Grey Heron, Kevin Bowers

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Friday 20th April 2018

Late news, 19/4, Marazion Beach (evening): 24 Turnstone, 6 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin & 4 Whimbrel. (J Hawkey)

Polgigga: 2cy Caspian Gull over. (K Wilson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Red Kite, (16.35) later seen over Longrock, (16.40). (P St Pierre) Also 1 Purple Heron again and showing well in evening going to roost in the same bush as 19th, S of railway line opposite causeway viewing point at 8.20pm (S Rogers, J Hawkey, S Rowe) Also 1 Reed Warbler. (S Rowe)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull.  Also 2 House Martin inspecting last year’s nest site. (P. Bedford)

Boscundle Tregrehan: 1 f Hawfinch in private garden. (I Stewart)

Mousehole: 1 juv Iceland Gull flying to and landing on St Clement’s Isle. (T Mills) 2 juv Iceland Gull on St. Clement’s Isle this evening.

Pendeen: 1 Red Kite flew north (15.50). (P Clement)

Crowlas: 2 Red Kite west at 17:25. (R Veal)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull still. (T Mills)

Glaucous Gull, Tony Mills

Devoran, Tallack’s Creek: 4 Whimbrel, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 15 Shelduck. (J St Ledger)

Whimbrel, John St Ledger

Goss Moor: 2 Cuckoo, 1 House Martin, 27 Chiffchaff, 62 Willow Warbler, 14 Blackcap, 3 Grasshopper Warbler ( B Bosisto)

Hannafore, Looe: 2 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 4 Curlew, 1m Stonechat, 1m Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood, 1m Orange Tip (C&J Duffy)

Kenneggy cliff: 1 Whitethroat. (C Richards)

Longrock: 1 Whimbrel, 1 m Wheatear. (C Richards)

Venton Cove: 1 Whimbrel. (C Richards)

Torpoint, Marine Drive: 1 Swallow, 1 Wheatear (f), 7 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper (T Elm)

Cot valley: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Holly Blue. (C Moore)

Tregoss Moor: 1 Cuckoo. (S Grose)

Bowithick: 2 Cuckoo. (P Crispin)

Rame Head: 1 Whitethroat. (D Allan)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Barn Owl with prey at 23:15. (S Grose)

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Thursday 19th April 2018

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Bonaparte’s Gull initially from Old Quay House and then from the car wash. (B Bosisto, M Spicer et al) Also  1 1w Mediterranean Gull, 3 Black-tailed Godwit. (B Bosisto)

Bonaparte’s Gull, Alex Mckechnie

Bonaparte’s Gull, Tony Mills

Bonaparte’s and Black-headed Gull (upper), Tony Mills

Lizard: Male Western Subalpine Warbler still along the Kynance toll road, also 2 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear, 1+ Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Hobby. (P Clement, DK Parker, M Pass, MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron again north of the railway. (P St Pierre) Later on bushes to south of railway line. (L Proctor, J Parker et al) Still present late evening. (R Augarde)

Purple Heron, Tony Mills

Purple Heron, Tony Mills

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still.

Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Green Woodpecker. (B Bosisto) Also 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Raven, 5 Great-crested Grebe, 2 Jay, + other usual suspects. (S.Cox).

Lizard Village: Hoopoe along Penmenner Road at Barnside house. (M Pass)

Penzance: 1 Pomarine Skua attacking tern sp (likely Sandwich) and 1 Great Northern Diver off the Prom. (J Evans)

Bude Marshes: 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush early morning. (H Kendall)

Nanjizal: 1 Gadwall, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Sedge Warbler, 30 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin. (B Bosisto)

Bosigran: 3 singing Willow Warbler, 8 Razorbill  on the island. 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull with the Herring Gulls.  (NR Phillips)

Roughtor & plantation: 1m Cuckoo, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Siskin, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler,1 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch feeding on conifer cones and 1 Roe Deer. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Windmill Farm, 16:00-20:00: 1 Cuckoo heard, 1 Grasshopper Warbler heard, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 1 Reed Bunting, 12 Mallard including 2 ducklings, 3 Snipe, 4 Pheasant also 1 Roe deer. (F Trewin + J Thirlaway-Price)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Sedge Warbler. (S Grose)

Tresillian: 4 Greenshank, 1 Sparrowhawk. (M Jones)

Temple: Cuckoo heard near A30. (N Page)

Bude: 3 Whimbrel. (H Wilkins)

Truro: 1 pair Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch and 13 feral Pigeon. (M Costa)

Towednack: Cuckoo heard. (T Mills)

Newquay: 1 Whitethroat to the right of Asda. (D Grose)

Lizard Point: 2 Whimbrel. ( B. Toms)

Trevothan, Nr. Coverack: 1 Cuckoo (D Beadle)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Common Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Crackington Haven: 1 Wheatear and 1 Lesser Redpoll in private garden. (J & B Teague)

Castle an Dinas: 4 Swift, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

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Saturday 14th April 2018

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron briefly this morning before being chased up the valley by the resident Grey Herons. (P Walsh) Seen in flight at 11:00. (R Veal)

The Lizard: 1 Red-rumped Swallow at Housel Bay at 11:00. (T Thirlaway) 2 Red-rumped Swallow hawking over fields between lighthouse and Housel Bay 14:00-14:30 at least; 1 Swallow, 5 Whimbrel E at the point. (D Wood) 2 Alpine Swift flew NE up Caerthillian Valley at 08:48 (roosting on cliffs near Kynance?). (M Pass)

Red-rumped Swallow – David Wood

Porthleven: 1 Alpine Swift over The Shrubberies at 18:50 then flew south. (I Maclean)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still.

Port Isaac: Iceland Gull on the sea at midday before flying east.

Mount’s Bay: 2 juv Glaucous Gull on St Clements Isle. 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull on St Michael’s Mount. 1 juv Iceland Gull, 9 Puffin, 400+ Manx Shearwater from Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Coverack: 2 Iceland Gull around the harbour still, 2 Black-throated Diver S with 250+ Manx Shearwater, 300+ auks (all those identified were Guillemots) and 7 Risso’s Dolphin. (D Wood) 3 (1 2w, 2 1w) Iceland Gull. (M Ahmad, R Veal) Also 15 Sandwich Tern. (R Veal)

Iceland Gulls – Mashuq Ahmad

Polgigga: Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow. (M Wallace)

Marazion: 3 Whimbrel flew north. (DK Parker)

Looe Island: Grasshopper Warbler. (C Lewis)

Mullion: Collared Dove in the cove. (J Allely)

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