Sunday 14th January 2018

Late news, 14/1, Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Pintail, 20 Goosander, 3 Little Egret, 1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 9 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (R Mudge)

Penzance: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler in Morrab Gardens feeding in low palms. (C Richards)

Sennen: 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret amongst cattle behind Gwenvor. (A Hanlon)

Towan head, Newquay: 4 Common Scoter 2 Red-throated Diver off point. (M Lammas)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch still this morning at the cemetery, plus 4 Greenfinch. (K.Bowers, A Langdon)

Hawfinch, Kevin Bowers

Greenfinch, Kevin Bowers

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup still, 3 Goldeneye,  2 (1 ad, 1 2w) Yellow-legged Gull. (B Bosisto) Also 1 3rd cy Caspian Gull, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 38 Tufted Duck, 16 Pochard, 1 Shoveler. (P Roseveare)

Lesser Scaup, Bob Bosisto

St. Clement: 1 Blackcap in the church yard, 2 Siskin on the feeders. (M Jones)

Perranporth beach: Adult winter light phase Pomarine Skua flew west at 10.20am with Kittiwakes (T Wilson)

Cardinham Woods: 15 Siskin, 5 Raven, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: 7 Snipe. (D Jenkins)

Tolcarne: 1 Brent Goose (B Toms, M Curtis)

Marazion: 1 Iceland Gull in field Western side of Marazion. (B Toms, M Curtis) and over house. (D Parker)

Trewey Common: 2 Yellowhammer (B Toms, M Curtis)

Portscatho: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Black-throated Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck (female), 6 Mediterranean Gull, 50+ auks (on water). (J St Ledger)

Long-tailed Duck, John St Ledger

Long-tailed Duck, John St Ledger

West Looe river (estuary): 2 Kingfisher, 1 Greenshank, 2 Wigeon, 2 Little Egret, 3 Curlew, 6 Grey Heron (including 4 at nests). (D Spooner)

Siblyback Reservoir: 3 redhead Goosander, 1f Scaup, 4 Siskin, 1 Willow Tit in the wet woodland at the footbridge end. (G Lewis)

Colliford Lake (Dam End): 207 Lesser Black-backed Gull,  2 (ad, 3w) Yellow-legged Gull, 1 ad Caspian Gull, 2 Barnacle Goose with Canada flock (the usual feral  birds I suspect).1f Shoveler. (G Lewis) Also 2 Great Northern Diver. (P Roseveare)

Millbrook/Anderton: 1 Whimbrel at Anderton, 1f Merlin, 3 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 2w Ring-billed Gull on Millbrook pond. (G Lewis)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe. (L Proctor, S Rogers) Also 3 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Goldcrest. (R Veal)

Black-necked Grebe, Linton Proctor

Penzance, Wherrytown beach: 1 Brent Goose. (L Proctor, R Veal)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull (M Elliot, L Proctor, S Rogers), 3 Iceland Gull (2 juv + 1 ad, probably Kumlein’s Gull). (M Elliot, L Proctor, T Mills, R Veal, D Julian) Also 2 hybrid gulls (possibly Herring x Glaucous). (M Elliot)

Glaucous Gull, Steve Rogers

Juvenile Iceland Gull, Tony Mills

Juvenile Iceland Gull, Tony Mills

St Blazey: 1 Barnacle Goose on duck pond. (B Rankine)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Black Swan. (B Rankine)

Windmill Farm: 1f Marsh Harrier, 18 Snipe, 3 Kestrel, 25 Golden Plover. (R Hollis)

Kynance Cove: 1 Dartford Warbler, 2 Stonechat. (R Hollis) Also 1 Richard’s Pipit still near the pumping station in Caerthillian Cove this morning.

Devoran: 73 Curlew, 64 Redshank, 2 Shoveller, 8 Mallard. (K Hambly-Staite)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Brambling, 4 Reed Bunting at Southern Cut-off feeders, 100 Lapwing & 1 Fieldfare over Stuart Hutchings Hide, 1 Kingfisher at Golden Lion cut-off. (D Chaney)

St Erth: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4+ (probably 5) Yellow-legged Gull, 3+ presumed argentatus Herring Gull. (R Veal) Also 1 2nd cal yr Ring-billed Gull mid afternoon flew off. (D Julian) Carnsew Basin: 1 Red-throated Diver still. (P Smale) Copperhouse Creek: 1 redhead Goosander. (P Smale) Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill again. (D Julian) Lelant station: 1 Firecrest.

Hayle, Ventonleague: 1 Firecrest. (P Smale)

Helston: c40 Chiffchaff (including several Siberian tristis-types), 1+ Firecrest and Goldcrests in trees and hedge alongside sewage works. (T Mills)

Lizard/Kynance Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin, 1 f Marsh Harrier, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk  hunting over the downs this afternoon. (T Blunden)

Short-eared Owl, Tony Blunden

Tregonetha Downs: 5 Yellowhammer, 1 Blackcap, 5 Buzzard. (S Grose)

St Clement: 2 Cattle Egret, 10 Little Egret at Menadews Farm; 4 Mediterranean Gull on the Estuary near Tresillian. (B Field) Also 1 Avocet. (C Urquhart)

Lower Polpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Firecrest, 1 Peregrine. (B Field) Also 1 f Long-tailed Duck. (C Urquhart)

Newquay, Trenance Lake: 1 Ring-billed Gull again. Gannel Estuary: 1 Polish-ringed and 1 Danish-ringed Black-headed Gull. (P Roseveare)

Feock, churchyard: 2 Hawfinch. Carrick Roads: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 17 Red0breasted Merganser, 1 Black-throated Diver. (C Urquhart)

Trebah Gardens: 30+ Brambling again today at the entrance feeding in stubble field along with 100+ Chaffinch. (J Irvine)

Rosenannon Downs: 2 Barn Owl, 3 Tawny Owl, Snipe, Redwings, Meadow Pipits. (S Grose)

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Thursday 11th January 2018

Late news, 10/1, Lizard Point: 1 Great Skua, 1 Purple Sandpiper and 32 Turnstone. (D Collins)

Late news, 10/1, Helford Passage: 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Little Grebe. (D Collins)

Late news, 10/1, Truro: 1 Peregrine  on the Cathedral. (D Jenkins)

Late news, 10/1, Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliot)

Truro: 1 Redwing  feeding on the ground in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Charlestown: 2 ( m + f ) Blackcaps. ( D Hastilow)

Blackcap – David Hastilow

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Iceland Gull still at the main entrance. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer)

Roundwood Quay, Trelissick: 8+ Brambling, 4 Firecrest, 4 Marsh Tit, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer)

Feock: At least 2 Hawfinch still in the church yard. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer, S Williams – photos)

Hawfinch – Stephen Williams

Loe Beach: 8+ Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 5+ Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver and 12+ Red-breasted Merganser. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer)

Pendeen Watch: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (P Clement)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch still in the cemetery also Firecrest, 3 Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing. (A Langdon, C Selway)

Walmsley Sanctuary(members only): Spoonbill from the Tower Hide. (R Treeby)

St Austell SW: 2 Firecrests 75m up the cycle network path. (P Jones)

Pothpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 6 Common Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, 3 Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Razorbill, Grey Wagtail and Rock Pipit. (J & K Cole)

Drift Reservoir: Pink-footed Goose still. (DK Parker) Also 1 Black-necked Grebe (T Hale, T Mills) and 1 Green Sandpiper. (T Mills)

Penzance: 88 Turnstone and 25 Purple sandpiper on Battery Rocks, plus 7 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver offshore. Also Brent Goose still off the promenade. (DK Parker, R Phillips)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Sub adult Caspian Gull reported. Spoonbill still, also Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Kingfisher, Grey Plover and 3 Lesser Redpoll. (G Berti, C Travis, DK Parker) Also 2 3rd w Yellow-legged Gull. (M Halliday) Also 1 Goosander.

Lizard: 2 Richard’s Pipit still, plus 2 Yellow-browed Warblers in Caerthillian. (G Berti, C Travis)

Marazion: 84 Sanderling, 1 Purple sandpiper. (C Moore)

St Levan: 1 Jack Snipe. (MD Wallace)

Bosistow Lane: 2 Firecrest. (MD Wallace)

Newtown-in-St Martin: 9+ Cattle Egret in the field by Tretharrup Farm turning.

Newlyn: Adult Iceland Gull in the harbour this morning. (M Rouncefield)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: c70 Turnstone and 25  Purple Sandpiper. Morrab Gardens: 1 f Blackcap.  Promenade: 1 Brent Goose still, close in. Private garden: 1 f Blackcap.   (R Phillips) Railway Station: 1 Black Redstart 1 on rocks. (R Loader)

Black Redstart, Robert Loader

Kennell Vale:  1 Dipper,  (A James)

Dipper Photomontage, Alan James

Helston Sewage Works: 20+ Chiffchaff + 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (R Butts & Tim Pinfield)

Trebah, Mawnan Smith: several hundred Chaffinches with 30+ Brambling. (R Butts & Tim Pinfield)

Helford, the Ferryboat Inn: 1 Black- necked Grebe. (R Butts & Tim Pinfield)

Newtown St. Martin: probably 5 Cattle Egret. (R Butts & Tim Pinfield)

Manaccan, Carne Creek: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-necked Grebe. (R Butts & Tim Pinfield)

Towan Head: 6 Red-throated Diver, 5 Common Scoter. (S Rowe)

Bass Point: 1 Snipe. (C Richards)

Boswednack: Firecrest.

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (M Elliot)

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Wednesday 10th January 2018

Late news, 7/1, Falmouth: An estimated 10 Blackcaps feeding on ripe ivy berries at Quarry Road Car Park in central Falmouth. (D Collins)

Late news, 9/1, Egloshayle, Bishop’sWood: 4 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl, at least 2 Dipper, Buzzards, Goldfinch, Redwings, Song Thrush and 1 Otter. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Juv Glaucous Gull at 09:30, also Pink-footed Goose, Jack Snipe and Kingfisher. (L Proctor)

Lizard: 2 Richard’s Pipit still below the pump house pond, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Dark-bellied Brent and 2 Merlin also Apis mellifera and Bombus terrestris on the wing in the sunshine. (DK Parker, M Halliday -photo) Also c70 Meadow Pipit, c60 Skylark and 8 Reed Bunting. (D Flumm, P Clement)

Richard’s Pipit – Mark Halliday

Newtown-in-St Martin: At least 5 Cattle Egret in with the Little Egrets at SW737227. (DK Parker)

Charlestown: 2 ( m + f ) Blackcap still. ( D Hastilow)

St Clement: 3 Cattle Egret at Menadews Farm, 1 Blackcap in the churchyard, 1 Jack Snipe with 2 Snipe on Tresemple Pool and 1 Avocet on the river. (M Jones)

Porth Reservoir: 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Common Gull, 1 Blackcap, 7 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Maer Lake, Bude: 350+ Golden Plover, c.100 Lapwing, 12 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 12 Black tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, moderate numbers of Wigeon and Teal plus rather more Mallard, 70+ Starling. (H Kendall)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch in the cemetery but mobile. (A Langdon)

Helston: Firecrest at Helston Sewage Works at 15:15 in hedge at top of track. At least 10 Chiffchaff. (R Treeby)

Feock: Hawfinch still. (C Urquhart)

Carrick Roads: 4 Black-necked Grebe and 14 Red-breasted Merganser. (C Urquhart)

Maenporth: Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver and 2 Stonechat. (C Urquhart)

Maenvale: 6 Firecrest and a Red Admiral. (C Urquhart)

Stithians Reservoir: Goldeneye (drk) with Wigeon flock from Stuart Hutchins hide. Also Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 16 Lapwing. Common Sandpiper and Snipe at Golden Lion cut off. (PJ Freestone) 1 Male Mandarin in the Southern cut off. (A James – photos)

Mandarin – Alan James

Hell’s Mouth: 37 Fulmar, 20+ Razorbill, 30+ Guillemot, 2 Raven, 2 Stonechat, 19 Kittiwakes and Great Northern Diver. (PJ Freestone)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Brent Goose still at high tide and 12 Grey Plover.  (PJ Freestone) Plus 4 ‘brown head’ Goosander and 1 Spoonbill(R Butts, T Pinfield) Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull at 10:55. Copperhouse Creek: 8 Ringed Plovers. (PJ Freestone) Ryan’s Field: 1 Water Pipit and Firecrest in bushes at left of Eric Grace memorial hide. (PJ Freestone)

St Gothian Sands NR: 46 Canada Geese, 17 Greylags, 9 Oystercatchers, 9 Curlew, 2 Buzzard, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Coot, 29 Teal, 14 Tufted Duck, 3+ Little Grebe, 56 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Mediterranean Gull (6 ads, 2 2cy), 2 Shelduck. (PJ Freestone)

Godrevy Head: 31 Oystercatcher, 12 Skylark, 8+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 70+ Shag and Great Northern Diver offshore. (PJ Freestone)

Connor Downs: 2 Blackcap in private garden. Both colour ringed. (PJ Freestone)

Godolphin Cross: Firecrest and Brambling. (C Richards)

Carnon Downs Sewage Works: Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest and 10 Chiffchaff (M Grantham)

Millook (Nr Bude): 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin. ( B Craven)

Maer Lake: 4 Ruff, 25+ Dunlin, 20 Black-tailed Godwit. 300+ Snipe etc. (B Craven)

Loe Pool: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Goosander, 1 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Siblyback Lake: 16 Tufted Duck, 3 Goosander, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Teal, 4 Great Crested
Grebe. (R Napp)

Goosander – Rick Napp

Camel Trail Wadebridge to Tregunna: 27 Mute Swan, 36 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 7 Wigeon, 1 Goosander, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 75 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 2000 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 3 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 130 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Curlew, 42 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 35 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 5 Redwing, 9 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Magpie, 25 Rook, 50 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 5 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch and 2 Bullfinch. (M Scawen et al.)

Rough Tor farm: 1000+ Golden Plover, 300+ Lapwing. (D Spooner)

East Looe seafront: 4 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 2 Stonechat. (D Spooner)

Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis still in field viewed from 2nd hide also 3 Barnacle Goose with the Canada’s and 7 Snipe around the marsh (M Beer, M Northey)

Newquay: 2cy Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Pool. (P Aley, I Teague)

Porthpean:Surf Scoter (1st-w drake, adult female & juv), Velvet Scoter female, 6+ Common Scoter, Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck drake. (P Aley, I Teague)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup drake. (P Aley, I Teague)

Temple: Merlin. (P Aley, I Teague)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 first year Iceland Gull on flooded area at 09:15. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

St Ives Bay: 11 Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-throated Diver and a pod of five/six Bottlenosed Dolphins. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 12+ Turnstones and 18 Purple Sandpipers. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Gillan Creek: 1 Black necked Grebe showing well at the head of the creek.  1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Firecrest and 11 Little Egret.  Also at least 20 Mediterranean Gull present in large gull flock (I only managed to scan through half the flock before they took flight).  (P.Bedford)

Black-necked Grebe – Phil Bedford

Mawgan: 1 Blackcap in garden.  (P. Bedford)

Lizard Point: 1 Great Skua, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 32 Turnstone. (D Collins)

Helford Passage: 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Little Grebe. (D Collins)

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Sunday 7th January 2018

The BBC will be at Burniere and Walmsley on Monday 8th from 10:30 till mid afternoon completing their filming and doing the presenter links. So expect a little disturbance at times.  Thanks, Adrian.

Late photo, 6/1, Long Rock: 1w Glaucous Gull. (L Proctor)

Glaucous Gull, Linton Proctor

Kenwyn: Hawfinch in Kenwyn churchyard 11:20. (M Costa)

Egloshayle: At least 2 Hawfinch still at Egloshayle Cemetery at midday. (D Julian, W Delacour) 5 flew over together at 14:40. (S Rogers)

Hawfinch – Will Delacour

Newquay, Towan Head: 2 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed plover on rocks. 5 Common Scoter off point plus 100s of auks, mainly Guillemots on water and flying N. (M Lammas)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Spoonbill at the Amble Marshes this morning viewed from the Walmsley Tower Hide. (D Julian)

Marazion: 1 Iceland Gull. (R Treeby, DK Parker, MJ Spicer, B Field, L Proctor, R Veal)

Iceland Gull – Linton Proctor

Iceland Gull – Reuben Veal

Truro: Brambling in private garden in Grampound Road. (R Castillo Nicholls)

Brambling – Rowena Castillo-Nicholls

Drift Reservoir: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Bullfinch (M Bishop, R Treeby, C Moore)

St Clement, Truro, Menadews Farm: 12 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret among cattle, from road down near St Clement. (A Hill)

Mousehole: fem type Black Redstart outside the bird hospital, 2 Raven, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Great Northern Diver, 12 Common Dolphin off the Rock pool Cafe. (S Grose)

Sennen: 250 Golden Plover and 1 Med Gull by Eschalls Chapel and 2 Great Northern Diver in the cove. (M Bishop)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill still. (DK Parker) Carnsew Basin: 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Spoonbill. (MJ Spicer)

Penzance: Drake Eider still. (R Treeby, J St Ledger) Also 1 Kingfisher in the inner harbour (J St Ledger) Harbour Wall (Jubilee Pool side): 31 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 50+ Turnstone. (J St Ledger) 40 Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool. (B Field)

Purple Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Newquay: 2cy Ring-billed Gull still present, showing well in front of restaurant, also 1 Little Grebe and 1 Little Egret over heading towards Gannel estuary. (R Hughes, S Rogers, T Wilson, O Mockridge)

Windmill Farm: 1 Woodcock, 8 Snipe, 100+ Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 2 Reed Bunting, 200 Chaffinch, 20 Bullfinch. (D Wright)

Lizard: 2 Richard’s Pipit, 1 Lapland Bunting, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Chough. (B Field) Richard’s Pipit at Caerthillian Pumping Station at 14:30. (D Wright)

Richard’s Pipit – Brian Field

Lapland Bunting – Brian Field

Rame Peninsular: 1 Firecrest at 13:10. (D Allan)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 2 (m,f) Black Redstart, 2 (m,f) Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 30 Gannet feeding offshore. (S Van Hear) 3 Black Redstart. (J Irvine)

Bosistow Lane: 1 Mistle Thrush and 20 Stock Dove. (M Bishop)

Perranporth, Reen Manor riding school: 400+ Golden Plover. (S Grose)

Gulval: 1 Peregrine over. (MJ Spicer)

Millbrook: 2 Cattle Egret with 5 Little Egret flew East over village at 16:20. (AC Robinson) 2 Egyptian Goose. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

China Fleet Club: 1 Glossy Ibis, 52 Shelduck, 64 Wigeon, 59 Teal, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 96 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

St Stephen-by-Saltash: 1 Hawfinch in the church yard. Feeding around the mature Yew Trees. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

St John’s Lake: 5 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Sandwich Tern, 5 Great Crested Grebe. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Wilcove: 42 Teal, 2 Whimbrel. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Lynher Estuary: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 272 Wigeon, 113 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 158 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

East Taphouse: 1 Woodcock. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Goss Moor: 4 Woodcock. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Hayle Marine Business Park: 1 fem type Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 141 Curlew, 1 Tawny Owl, 14 Little Egret at Penpol Creek. (S Grose) 3 Med Gull, Greenshank and 3 Blackcap in ivy. (T Wilson)

Newton in St Martin: 12 Cattle Egret, 9 Little Egret. (Trewince Farm)

Men-an-Tol: Ringtail Hen Harrier flew in to roost at 16:35, Barn Owl at 17:00. (R Treeby)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter (1 1w male, 2 female-types), 1 Velvet Scoter and 1 Long-tailed Duck. (O Mockridge)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup still. (O Mockridge)

Trelissick: 6 Brambling. (J Irvine)

Feock: 1 Hawfinch. (J Irvine)

Combe, Nr Truro: 1 Red Admiral Butterfly. (P Bedford)

Red Admiral – Phil Bedford

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Saturday 6th January 2018

Late news, 5/1, Rosenannon Downs: 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Woodcock, Snipe, 2 Tawny owl between 22:00 & 23:00.(S Grose)

Late news, 5/1, Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver, c10 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-necked Grebe. (P Clement, MJ Spicer)

Late news, 5/1, Wadebridge, Treraven Meadows: 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Water Pipit. (B Dodd)

Late news, 5/1, Egloshayle churchyard: 5 Hawfinch. (B Dodd)

Newquay: 2cy Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Boating Lake at 09:25. (S Grose, S McMahon)

Par Beach pool: 3 Pochard, 1 Water Rail, 12 Coot, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck. 1 Great Crested Grebe off Par Beach. (S Grose – photo)

Pochard – Shaun Grose

Men-an-Tol and vicinity: 60+ Fieldfare, 100+ Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 23 Raven (flock), 4 Snipe, 2 Skylark. (J Evans)

Bowithick: 2 Hawfinch. (T Potterton)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Eva)

Pendower: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 7 Great Northern Diver. (D Eva)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still. (C Urquhart)

Goss Moor: 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Great spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto & P Roseveare)

St Columb Sewage Works: 10 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Jay, 1 Dipper, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Stock Dove and 1 Yellowhammer. (B Bosisto & P Roseveare)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill and Pink-footed Goose still. (M Halliday – photos) Also 1 ad Kittiwake, 15 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 (3 drk) Goosander on Lelant Saltings. 1 Red-throated Diver (sadly entangled with fishing line) on Carnsew Pool. 4 Snipe, 1 (same) Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Spoonbill & Pink-footed Goose – Mark Halliday

Drift Reservoir: 1 Merlin, 3 Med Gull. (D Flumm) Also white Mandarin still. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 4 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 14 Skylark in stubbles. (D Flumm)

Sennen: c500 Golden Plover and c200 Lapwing on field SE of A30 at Trevorrian Farm. (DK Parker)

Trevilley: 6 Reed Bunting, c40 Chaffinch, c20 Linnet, c20 Goldfinch, c50 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff and 5 Stock Dove. (C Moore & DK Parker)

Brew Pool: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 tristis Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest. (C Moore)

St Anthony in Meneage: 1 female-type Goosander. (C Brooks – photo)

Goosander – Caroline Brooks

Wadebridge: Hawfinch over Coronation Park this afternoon. (DI Julian)

Egloshayle: Hawfinch still in the cemetery. (L Proctor)

Gunwalloe Cove: 1 Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaff, 100+ Pied Wagtail. (D Wright)

Helston SF: 1 Firecrest, 12 Chiffchaff. (D Wright – photo)

Firecrest – Dougy Wright

Marazion: Probable 1w Bonaparte’s Gull briefly. (PA Fraser) Also 1w Iceland Gull still in the overfow car park. (L Proctor, DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 18 Moorhen and 8 Little Grebe on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

St Merryn: 2 Hawfinch and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in trees around the church. (R Hughes)

Tregonetha Downs: 30 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Newtown St Martin: 13 Cattle Egret and 11 Little Egret with cattle in field at junction with Tretharrup/Trewince farms. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Gillian Creek: 10 Little Egret (inc 7 in cow field on hillside), 3 Mediterranean Gull & 2 Common Sandpiper. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Rame: 2 Woodlark in fields north of Military road.

Looe: 2w Glaucous Gull on Fish Market roof.

Hannafore Point: Siberian Chiffchaff and fem Black Redstart.

Mount’s Bay: Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, Pom Skua and 8 Great Northern Diver.

Lizard Point: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Puffin, 3 Red-throated Diver. (T Blunden)

Kynance/Caerthillian: 2 Richard’s Pipit, 1 Lapland Bunting. (T Blunden)

Towan Head: 5 Purple Sandpiper, 23 Turnstone, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Red-throated Diver. Also 2 Shelduck and 1 Great Northern Diver flew west. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis still and 1 Spotted Redshank. (S McMahon)

Mawgan: 1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. (P Bedford)

Lower Tamar Lake: 24 Goosander (13m, 11f), 3 Little Egret, 1 Mute Swan, 15 Tufted Duck, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull. (R Mudge)

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Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Late news, 1/1, Newlyn, harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 f Black Redstart. Outside harbour: 1 ad Common Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Harbour Porpoise, also Gannets and Kittiwakes. Sandy Cove: 1 Bullfinch and 1 Goldcrest. Newlyn Coombe: 1 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest and 1 flyover Peregrine. (T Mills)

Late news, 1/1, China Fleet Club/Kingsmill Lake:  2 Hawfinch in trees near picnic tables, Glossy Ibis in field opposite 2nd hide, Firecrest, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 112 Avocet. (G Lewis)

Late news, 1/1, Windmill Farm: 1 Richard’s Pipit. (D Wright)

Late news, 1/1, Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Scaup (female). (G Lewis)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1 Ring-billed Gull still this afternoon and roosting on the water with a family of Mute Swan this evening. (J Bowen, S Grose)

Ring-billed Gull, Jayne Bowen

Ring-billed Gull, Jayne Bowen

Copperhouse: 2 Jack Snipe. (D Eva)

Hayle: 10 Goosander ( 4 drakes, 6 female/imm.), 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull. (D Eva) Also 1 3w Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Grey Plover, 3 (2 drk) Goosander and 1 possible Lesser Black-backed Gull x Herring Gull hybrid. (R Veal)

Penzance: 13 Great Northern Diver, 1 juv. Glaucous Gull off Jubilee Pool. (D Eva, L Proctor)

Drift: 1 Pink-footed Goose still with 40 Canada Geese. (D Eva)

Mousehole: 1f Black Redstart in Rocky area N of harbour. Also Rock Pipit and 10 Turnstones in harbour. (C Richards)

Marazion Beach: 1 juv Glaucous Gull at Red River mouth 10:00, different to the recent Newlyn bird. Also 1 Water Pipit. (R Veal)

Kennell Vale: A pair of displaying Dipper.  (A James)

Dipper, Alan James

Helford River from Passage Cove: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Great Northern Diver, 3 Gannet, 1 Whimbrel. (J St Ledger)

Frenchman’s Creek, Helford: Dusk egret roost held 20 Cattle Egret, 42 Little Egret and 3 Grey Heron this evening. (D Flumm)

Chapel Amble: 1 Bar-headed Goose with Canada Geese in field north of hide, Peregrine, Firecrest. (J & B Teague)

Egloshayle: 1 Hawfinch. (J & B Teague)

Polshea Farm, St Tudy: 2 Barn Owl at 04:30. (R Hughes)

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Monday 1st January 2018

Happy New Year One and All!!

Thank you for all the support in 2017, and wishing all our members and daily sightings contributors and readers all the best for a great birding 2018.

Late news, 31/12, Penzance: 1 Chiffchaff and 1 f Blackcap in a private garden. (R Phillips)

Late news, 31/12,Tuckingmill Valley Park: 3 Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 10+ Goldfinch. Numerous Blackbirds, Dunnocks and Chaffinch. (D King)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver. (P Jones) Also a 3rd Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver and 2 Black-throated Diver reported. (M Pringle) 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Fulmar. (B Field)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull (initially reported yesterday as a Common Gull). (S Rowe)

Ring-billed Gull, Steve Rowe

Ring-billed Gull, Steve Rowe

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Gull, 68 Wigeon, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Blackcap, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose) Also 13 Little Egret, 134 Curlew, 23 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

Newquay Tretherras School: 1 Firecrest in scots pine trees between school and community orchard. (S Grose)

Kynance: 1 Richard’s Pipit on Kynance approach road by cattle grid. (T Blunden)

Housel Bay: 1 female Black Redstart. (D Collins)

Newtown in St Martin: 5 Cattle Egret & 9 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Frenchman’s Creek, Helford: Two egret roosts at dusk; one at estuary mouth with 21 Little & 1 Cattle Egret, the other with >40 birds including at least 10 Cattle Egrets but inaccessible and too dark to identify individuals specifically. Also 1 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 40 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Cattle Egret, Dave Flumm

Carrick Roads: 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Whimbrel. (D Chaney)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1 Whimbrel, 5 Great Northern Diver offshore in Falmouth Bay, Castle Beach: 3+ Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail Swanpool Beach: 250 Shag and 20+ Gannet fishing offshore, and 5 Bottlenose Dolphin distantly. (D Chaney) Castle Beach: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Whimbrel. (D Eva)

Penryn: 1 Dipper, 1 Common Sandpiper. Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Snipe. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 5 Goosander (4 redhead, 1 drake), 1 Goldeneye, 1f Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Common Gull, 1 tristis type Chiffchaff, 1 Peregrine. (D Chaney)

Ruan Estuary: 6 Blackbird, 1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Buzzard, 6 Blue Tit, 5 Canada Goose, 2 Carrion Crow, 16 Curlew, 35 Dunlin, 53 Herring Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 97 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 m Pheasant, 4 Redshank, 2 Robin, 15 Shelduck, 2 Stonechat, 1 f Teal, 107 Wigeon, 6 Woodpigeon and 1 Wren.  (C Hughes)

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Green Sandpiper, 15+ Chiffchaff. (B Field)

St Merryn: 9 Starling (2 with rings), 14 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock and 4 Goldcrest in a private garden. (R Hughes)

Freathy: 1 Water Rail in private garden at 08:20. (M.Jordan)

St Breock: 1 Cattle Egret and 20 Little Egret at Hay Farm. (B Bosisto)

Cape Cornwall: 17 Chough, 1m Black Redstart at Porth Ledden. (N Wheatley)

Sancreed: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Pink-footed Goose (same as above), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Wigeon. (C Moore)

Penzance: 1 Brent Goose off the prom (distant). 2 Harbour PorpoiseHarbour: 1 drake Eider still. (R Phillips)

Mousehole: 3 Kittiwake, 3 Great Northern Diver, c30 Guillemot, c50 Gannet, 1 Minke Whale, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin, 10+ Harbour Porpoise, 10+ Common Dolphin. (G Adams) 

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal)

Trenow: 1f Merlin. (R Menari)

Ludgvan: Firecrest in the churchyard. (R Menari)

Nancledra: Barn Owl north end of Cuckoo Lane. (R Menari)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch in the cemetery. (DI Julian) 5 Hawfinch. (B Field)

Walmsley: c500 Dunlin, c500 Lapwing, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff, 9 Pintail, 8 Gadwall, 2 Greenshank, 20 Snipe, c200 Black-tailed Godwit. (BField)

Kea: 2 Spoonbill feeding at creek edge at Roundwood Quay. (B Robson)

Spoonbill, Beatrice Robson

Camel Estuary: 3 Goosander, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 2 Bullfinch, 200+ Lapwing, 2 Widgeon, 8 Mute Swan, 3 Oystercatcher, c30 Dunlin, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail by water treatment works. 2 Great Black Backed Gulls, c15 Black headed Gulls, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Canada Goose, 16 Mallard, 5 Curlew, plus Robins, Blackbird, Wren, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Redwing and a small flock of Long Tailed Tits. (D King)

Feock: 2 Hawfinch in trees by church at 11:20 plus numerous Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrest, Jay and several Redwing. (D King, D Eva, B Field)

Hawfinch, Brian Field

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still, 1 Merlin. (B Field)

St John’s Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Brent Goose and 2 Spoonbill. (M Beer)

Polbathic Creek:1Kingfisher (fem) took 5 newts from garden pond, 3 Reed Bunting now regular at feeders, 4 Barnacle Goose still with Canada Goose. (A Blonden)

Hannafore: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Chiffchaff. (A Blonden)

Lower Tamar Lake: 10 Goosander, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, c25 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, c50 Mallard, 3 Marsh Tit,  2 Willow Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 7 Rook,  1 Wren. (R Mudge)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Kestrel, 2 Redwing, 3 Grey Heron, (the guns started on either side of the lake which cleared everything). (R Mudge)

Bude: 2 Snow Geese, 52 Canada Geese, 1 White hybrid, 28 Lapwing, 1m Stonechat. (R Mudge)

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