Sunday 20th May 2018

Late news, 19/5, Edgcumbe: 2 Nightingale reported singing, SSE of Stithians Reservoir.

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the back of the Millpond around the wooden bridge early morning and still present early afternoon. (S Rogers, B Hibbett)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing along Bosistow Lane early morning. (K Wilson)

Porth Beach: 2cy Ring-billed Gull on the beach below Glengorgal Hotel, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull with a green ring on left leg, but couldn’t read info due to poor light. (S Grose)

Land’s End: 2 Turtle Doves in pines west of Swingates. (M Ahmad)

Kenidjack: Black Kite high over, 09:45 to 10:10 at least. (N Wheatley) Also Wryneck singing at bottom of valley on N slope above donkey paddock at 10:50. (N Wheatley)

Penhale: Osprey flying and calling above the sea at Penhale sands viewed from the surf, flying East at 09:00. (C Stephenson)

Wadebridge: Bee-eater over south at 15:10. (D Julian)

Hobbacott, Bude: 1 Red Kite. (H Kendall)

Launcells, Bude: 1 Red Kite, also two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (H Kendall)

Crowlas: 1 Red Kite over A 30 at  11:15. ( B Toms, M Curtis)

Mousehole: 1 Sparrowhawk over woodland opposite Penlee lifeboat Station. (S Grose)

Penzance: 15 Purple Sandpiper, 1 male Eider on rocks opposite styles ice cream shop. (S Grose)

Chiverton cross Roundabout: 7 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite over Pentraze at 13:20. (S Grose)

St Newlyn East: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellowhammer on Penhallow Moor. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 1 f Common Redstart, 1 Cuckoo, 6 Swift, 2 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Truro: 2 Swift flew over my house at 1.40 pm. (D Jenkins)

Marazion beach: 1 sum plum Sanderling. (S Williams)

Sanderling, Sam Williams

Bartinney Downs: 1 Cuckoo. (S Williams)

Cuckoo, Sam Williams

Croft Pascoe: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest singing continuously, 1 Cuckoo observed throughout morning calling and mobbed by various passerines, 2 others heard East and West, 1 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 2 Siskin, 1 Sparrowhawk. (J Evans)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 15 Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mallard, 1 Coot, 15 Black-headed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 23 Carrion Crow, 13 Jackdaw, 4 Magpie, 7 Stock Dove, 7 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 5 House Sparrow, 5 Blackbird, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet, 5 Green-veined White and 3 Wall butterfly.  (DAConway)

Rame: 1 m Whinchat, 1 N Wheatear, Whitethroats. (C Buckland)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Puffin on the water north of The Brisons; same or another later in flight.

Whipsiderry: 1 m Reed Bunting, 3 Corn Bunting, 12 Oystercatcher, 3 Stonechat, 2 Raven, 7 Skylark. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach (evening): 5 Whimbrel, 16 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 30+ Sanderling & 1 Turnstone. (J Hawkey)


Thursday 17th May 2018

Late news, 14/05, Duloe cricket pitch: 1 Red Kite seen in the evening (J Curnow & J Wimpress)

Late news, 15/05, Sir John Moore House, Bodmin: 1 Swift, 1 male Blackcap. (R Hurrell)

Late news, 16/05, Sir John Moore House, Bodmin: 1 moulting Red Kite over about 2pm headed N, 1 soaring Peregrine, 5 Swift, 2 Swallow. (R Hurrell)

Late news, 16/5, Gerrans Bay: c50 Black-throated Diver and 42 Great Northern Diver, all in summer plumage. (S Gay)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff singing below Raftra Farm and 40 Red Kite , 3 Swift. (B Bosisto)

Porth Beach: 2cy Ring-billed Gull on the water with other gulls this eve. (S Grose)

Nanquidno: Spotted Flycatcher.

St Levan Churchtown: Spotted Flycatcher.

Porthcurno: Hobby over.

Cot Valley: 4 Red Kite seen flying north towards Cape Cornwall at 08:30. (J Taylor)

Bude: 9 Red Kite flying west at 09:15. (N Bastin)

Rock: 2 Red Kite flying West towards Padstow at 10:35. (S Grose)

Kelynack: 1 Red Kite drifting NE at 09:00. (R Butts)

Grampound Road: 1 Red Kite north. (M Jones)

Trespettigue, Nr Trewint: 1 Red Kite at 08:40 (B Craven)

Halvana: 1 Red Kite over 09:10 (B Craven)

Newlyn: 2cy Iceland Gull still in the harbour in front of Fisherman’s Arms. (L Proctor)

Coverack: 3cy Iceland Gull with damaged leg still present. (J Foster)

Marazion: Avocet still on the beach ranging from east of Red River mouth to Longrock, 45 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (1s) and 6 Sandwich Tern offshore. Also 6 Red Kites over high heading West between 13:00 & 14:00. (PA Fraser, DK Parker) Also 3 Turnstone, 7 Whimbrel. 8-9pm. (J Hilary)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan (now only 6 cygnets), 5 Canada Geese, 2 drake Gadwall, 7 Mallard, Avocet and Wheatear. (DK Parker)

Avocet – Alex Mckechnie

Wheatear – Dave Parker

Wheatear – Dave Parker

Penzance: 2 Red Kite over West at c13:05. (P St Pierre)

St Just: 24 Red Kite drifting slowly east or south over St Just and Cot Valley this morning between 08:30 and 11:30, including two on the deck for a while. (N Wheatley)

Land’s End: 1 Gadwall, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 11 Common Whitethroat, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Turtle Dove, 17 Collared Dove, 2 Lesser Redpoll, hybrid Hooded Crow. (B Bosisto)

Nanjizal: 60+ Red Kite. (K Wilson)

Falmouth: Red Kite over E at 14:00. (T Phelps)

Hayle: Red Kite circling over bypass at 09:04. (J Hawkey)

Sennen: 2 Red Kite at 11:00. (J Miller)

Tredinney Common area: 10 Red Kite, 2 Swift, Cuckoo 12:00-15:00. (J Miller)

Polmanter Farm, Halsetown: 2 Red Kite over fields then flying east at 07:30. 2 more flying low over hill and field  at 07:40, joined at 07.45 by 5 more stayed until 08:00 then gradually drifted east – last being at 08:10. 2 low over freshly cut fields at 10:50 then sharing thermals with resident buzzards – flew off east by 11.00. (L Dudley)

Gunwalloe: Red Kite being mobbed by gulls at 11:30. (B Carminowe)

Bowithick: 2 male Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Cuckoo calling, 1 Buzzard, Robins, Great Tits, 3+ Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, Chaffinches, Swallows (although fewer than previous years), 1 Marsh Tit carrying food into nest in dry-stone wall, Jackdaws and Carrion Crows. (H Kendall, B Bryne)

Temple: 2 calling Cuckoo, 1 singing Song Thrush, 1 singing Willow Warbler at 1005. (RB & PC Girling)

Mount Hawke: 1 Red Kite circling east at 12:15. (RB & PC Girling)

Sancreed: 33 Red Kite (first at 08:40 east along hill ridge from Leswidden Farm then a flock of 9 following tractor collecting silage cut by church before departing east. 18 E. 15:15, 3 E. 15:45 & 2 E. 16:30); 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grey Heron west, 2 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 20 Red Kite. (B Bosisto)

Marazion: 34 Red Kite, 16 Dunlin, 25 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel. (B Bosisto)

Crowlas: 3 Red Kite. (B Bosisto) Also 23+ Red Kite coming to ploughed field. (R Veal)

Red Kite, Reuben Veal

Red Kite, Reuben Veal

Red Kite, Reuben Veal

Chiverton Cross: 2 Red Kite. (B Bosisto)

Penhale Army Camp: 1 Whimbrel, pr Stonechat, pr Raven nesting in conifers, 2 Whitethroat, Dingy & Grizzled Skippers, Brown Argus, Orange tip, Wall Brown, Small Copper, Silver Studded Blue caterpillar,  Azure & Blue-tailed Damselflies. (J Hawkey)

Silver-studded Blue caterpillar, John Hawkey

St Just: 4 Swift, Chapel St at 21.20. (H Charman)


Sunday 13th May 2018

Late-news, 12/5, Goonhilly Downs: 1 brown-phase Cuckoo. (A Williams)

Polgigga: singing Iberian Chiffchaff still in Bosistow Lane. (K Wilson)

Rame Church: 1 Turtle Dove. (A Robinson)

Porthgwarra: 2 Roseate Tern, 9 Great Northern Diver. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Newquay boating lake: 1 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Cormorant. (R Hughes)

Lanner: male Cuckoo, mobbed by Jackdaws and Crows. (R Hampshire)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Brent Goose. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Garden Warbler. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Upper De Lank Valley, Bodmin Moor: 2 Whinchat, 2 Cuckoo, 6 Wheatear. (B Bryne)

Grampound, Crowhill Valley: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

St Mawes Castle area: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Whitethroat, 4 Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 pairs of Coot with young, also 6 Red-eared Terrapin. (S Grose)

Windmill Farm: 3 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Wright)

Cuckoo – Dougy Wright

Temple: 3 Cuckoo – mobile but local, one or more calling during morning and afternoon. 1 Song Thrush in full song 08:50. (R Girling)


Friday 11th May 2018

Late news, 8/5, Marazion Beach: Colour-ringed Whimbrel was trapped as an adult on a nest on 10/07/2017 at Launfit, Fljótshlíð, S-Iceland. (per Tómas Grétar Gunnarsson)

Late news, 10/5, Long Rock Pool: An Otter swam across the pool at 08:00. (R Butts)

Porth Reservoir: 2cy Ring-billed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 3 Yellowhammer over the A39 at St Jidgey this morning. (S Grose)

Torpoint, Marine Drive: 11 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, Ringed Plover. (T Elm)

Porthgwarra: Manx Shearwaters passing at c1250 per hour between 08:00 & 10:00. Also 8 Great Northern Diver, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Great Skua, 19 Kittiwake, 3 Roseate Tern and 7 Puffin, plus Fulmar, Gannet, Shag and Guillemot not counted. (DK Parker)

Lizard Point: 19:50-20:50, >1000 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Skua and 2 Puffin. (C Urquhart)

Mousehole: 2 dark phase Arctic Skua and 3 Sandwich Tern south plus 6 Whimbrel on the rocks. (MJ Spicer)

Tresillian: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel. (M Jones)

Sancreed: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Zelah: 1 Hobby. (D Flumm)

Downderry: seawatch 06:15-07:55 included 76 Manx Shearwater east and 13 west, 2 Great Northern Diver and 4 Common Scoter all west, 14 Kittiwake west and 4 east, 10 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Pomarine Skua west and 3 east, 1 Arctic Skua west and 2 Puffin east. (A Payne)

Truro River, near Boscawen Park: 10 Black-tailed Godwit. (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Swift, 5 Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 pairs of Canada Goose each with newly hatched gosling, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Oystercatcher. (J Evans)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan plus 7 newly hatched cygnets, 6 Canada Geese, 7 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, c30 Swift, c50 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin and c10 Swallow. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 6 Oystercatcher, 5 Whimbrel and 10 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker)

Lanner: c25 Goldfinch. (R Hampshire)

St Germans: 2 Poplar Hawk-moths hatched (1m + 1fm). (A Blonden)


Wednesday 9th May 2018

Davidstow: 4 Dotterel on the main runway of the airfield at 06:00. Please keep off the runways and give priority to any aircraft using this site.

Dotterel, Mark Worden

Dotterel, Mark Worden

Dotterel, Mark Worden

Porth Reservoir: 2cy Ring-billed Gull, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose, S Rowe)

Rumps and Pentire Head: 2 Mallard, 2 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 12 Oystercatcher, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring gGll, 7 Guillemot, 7 Razorbill, 9 Wood Pigeon, 3 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 17 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 5 House Sparrow, 5 Linnet, 2 Grey Seal, 3 Rabbit. (M Scawen et al.)

Foxhole, St Austell: Cuckoo singing at dawn. (J Mozer)

Pendower: 2 Great Northern Divers offshore. (E Bartlett)

Constantine: 2 Dipper in the stream by the Sewage Treatment Works. (D Collins)

Cape Cornwall golf course: 13 Whimbrel including 10 near Carn Gloose, 6 Siskin, 2 Common Swift, 25 Barn Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin. (PA Fraser)

Marazion, Rosehill: 20 Whimbrel flying NW at noon, 1 Jay. (J Eaton) 12 Whimbrel NW at 16.30. (PA Fraser)

Downderry: 11 Whimbrel on the beach this afternoon. 86 Manx Shearwater and one Great Skua west 14:40-15:55. (A Payne)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Common Sandpiper. (M Jones)

Stithians: 1 Cuckoo calling at noon. 4 Sand Martin moving south at 13.00. (RB Girling)

Late photo, 6/5, Marazion: Sanderling. (S Rogers)

Sanderling, Steve Rogers


Sunday 15th April 2018

Late news, 11/4, Porth Reservoir: 1 Osprey caught fish mid pm. (R Lawrence)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull on water opp boating lake at 18.45 feeding on insects with other gulls. (S Grose)

Marazion: 4 Whimbrel on the beach plus 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter and 1w Little Gull briefly offshore. (R Veal, B Mellow)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Otters on the main marsh early morning. (DK Parker, D Chadwick, R Veal, B Mellow)

Porthgwarra: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 4+ Blackcap at Doctor’s garden. 1 Great Skua, 8 Puffin and 1 Great Northern Diver past in 30 mins. (R Veal, B Mellow)

Lizard Pt: 2 Puffin and 2 Great Skua past early morning. (M Silk)

Stithians: 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 pairs of Magpie and 3 pairs of Carrion Crow nesting. (D Eva)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 12 Canada Goose, 3 Great Crested Grebe (one occupied nest), 1 Cormorant, 1 adult and 1 juv Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 68 Black-headed Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull ,2 Buzzard, 4 Raven, 20 Carrion Crow, 9 Jackdaw, 6 Magpie, 1 Wood Pigeon, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Skylark, 6 Blackbird, 2 Wheatear, 4 House Sparrow, 15 Meadow Pipit, 7 Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 3 Wren and 6 Chaffinch. (R Nicholls and DA Conway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Common Sandpiper on North Quay. (J Eaton)

Crantock: m+f Linnet. (D Bray)

Linnet – Darren Bray


Saturday 7th April 2018

Lizard: Alpine Swift briefly at the lighthouse at 08:30. (M Pass) Still present at Housel Bay at 13:30. (B Heasman) Then at various locations as far north as Jollytown up to 14:00 at least, Also 5 Greylag Goose, 1 Canada Geese, 4 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler. (Mark Pass) 2 Alpine Swift still, 1 showing well at Housel Bay 14:00-17.10 (S Rowe) while 1 Alpine Swift simultaneously seen from Kynance road. (R Veal)

Alpine Swift, Steve Rowe

Alpine Swift, Steve Rogers

Crantock Beach: 1w Ring-billed Gull at 19.35pm. (S Grose)

Cot Valley: Hoopoe at the Cornerhouse before flying into the valley at 08:57. Last seen at 09:20 also first 4 Blackcaps of the year and lots of hirundines in and over the very birdy valley. (N Wheatley)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis feeding on the mudflat this evening, 1 Blackcap along the nature trail (M Beer).

Gannel Estuary: 1st winter Iceland Gull. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull still in the harbour at 14:00. (L Proctor)

Constantine: 2 Bramblings in a private garden. (T Pinfield)

Brambling – Tim Pinfield

Brambling – Tim Pinfield

Par Market, East Carpark: 2 Nuthatch, 2 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 male Blackcap, 3 Yellowhammer, 5 Swallow, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 1 Merlin. (S Grose)

Land’s End: 30+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Willow Warbler, 5+ Blackcap (4m, 1f). 1 Grasshopper Warbler singing intermittently from scrub between car park & Swingates. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, C Andrew) Also c120 Barn Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, c15 House Martin, c15 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Firecrest between 10:0012:00. (PA Fraser, J Overfield)

Mount’s Bay: 3 Great Northern Diver, 13 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Tern. (PA Fraser, J Overfield)

Marazion: 2 Barn Swallow at Rosehill. (PA Fraser, J Overfield)

Goss Moor: 1 Swallow foraging under pylons. (R Hollis)

Loe Pool: 18 Cormorant, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Mallard plus 1 hybrid, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Duck. (G Adams)

Newquay: 60+ Barn Swallows, 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Raven in the Treloggan area between 14:30 to 15:30. (D Grose)

Booby’s Bay/Trevose Head: pair of Kestrel squabbling over a mouse;  20+ Swallow near comm tower at 16:40. (S Lilley)

Gulval: 2 Dipper. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Female Shoveler and 4 Gadwall still, plus 1 brood of c8 newly hatched Mallard ducklings. (DK Parker, R Randall)

Porth Joke: 200+ Swallow (12:00-13:30), 25 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff. (S Rowe)

Pendeen: 1 Wheatear, 16 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard. (AHartley)

Wheatear, Adam Hartley

Kenidjack: 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 2 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Geevor: 1 singing Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Rock Pipit (possibly “litoralis”). (A Hartley)

Botallack: 1 Raven, 2 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Porthgwarra to St Levan: 1 Firecrest, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Willow Warbler,13 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 43 Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrush. (M Wallace)

Sennen Cove: low numbers of Swallow through this morning.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 3 2cy Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank. Carnsew Basin: 3 Sandwich Tern and 5 Common Tern. (S Roper)