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)


Wednesday 4th April 2018

Late news, 3/4, Newquay: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull still present.

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Spoonbills for the 3rd morning in succession, back in the same fallen creekside tree, first viewed at 08:00, still present at 10:30, resting and preening. Opposite Ruan Quay and slightly upstream. Good views from Quay. (D Hall)

Spoonbill – Patrick Rigley

Coverack: 2 Iceland Gull. (J Eaton) 1 Iceland Gull and 1 Glaucous Gull. (N Pratt)

Iceland Gull, Nick Pratt

Iceland Gull, Nick Pratt

Glaucous Gull, Nick Pratt

Glaucous Gull, Nick Pratt

Mevagissey: 1 Iceland Gull. (J Lindsell)

Porth Joke: 2 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Sandwich Tern and hundreds of Manx Shearwaters between 09:30-10:30. (N Wheatley)

Crackington Haven: female Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff in private garden and 4 Sand Martin flying over. (J & B Teague)

Mount Hawke: 1 male Bullfinch in garden at 08:40. (RB & PC Girling)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit, showing partial leucism, 2 Swallow, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Reed Bunting 2m 1f, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Canada Geese, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,1 Stoat. (R Mudge)

Willow Tit – Rod Mudge

Willow Tit – Rod Mudge

Padstow: male Wheatear at Booby’s Bay 14:40. (S Lilley)

Charlestown: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Booby’s Bay: 1 m Wheatear. (S Lilley)

Rumps/Mouls/Pentire Point: 5 Wheatear, Swallow, Kestrel, Stonechat, Linnet, Puffin, Razorbill, Gannet. (S Marquis)

Bude Marshes: c20 Swallow, 3+ House Martin and 1 Little Egret (H Wilkins)

St Gothian LNR: 1 Swallow, 10+ Sand Martin, 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Shelduck. (T Mills) Plus 1 imm. Scaup. (R Butts)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Padstow: 24 Mute Swan, 26 Shelduck, 11 Mallard, 10 Wigeon, 1 Pheasant, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 45 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 3 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper, 9 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 90 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Curlew, 7 Black-headed Gull, 110 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Skylark, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 9 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Rabbit, 7 Palmate Newt (M Scawen et al.)

Long Rock Pool: 2 Sand Martin. (R Butts)

Penwithick (private garden): 2 Bullfinch (1m 1f), 1 Chiffchaff. (K.Bowers)

Bullfinch, Kevin Bowers

Bullfinch, Kevin Bowers

Chiffchaff, Kevin Bowers

Chiffchaff, Kevin Bowers

Sladesbridge:  1 Swallow. (P.Spong)

River Gannel: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff in tamarisk bushes. (S Grose)

Upper Fowey Valley: 1 singing Willow Tit, 1 Dipper, 2 singing Willow Warbler, 6+ Siskin, 2 Stock Dove, 5+ Chiffchaff. (R Veal)

St Austell: male & female House Sparrow in private garden. (C Hooper)

House Sparrow, Chris Hooper

House Sparrow, Chris Hooper

Lands End: Swallow, Willow Warbler singing Chiffchaffs.

Penhale Point: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Tawny Owl (S Grose)


Sunday 1st April 2018

Late news, 31/3, Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: 1 Jack Snipe. (M Jones)

Par: Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Par market in trees by east car park at 11:00 calling frequently and seen briefly. (G Barter, S Grose)

Pentewan: Juv Iceland Gull again. (S Birt)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter with Long-tailed Duck and 1 Common Scoter this morning. (J Lindsell)

Trenance boating lake, Newquay: 1 Ring-billed Gull showing well just in front of café. (R Hughes)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern in flight. (A McKechnie) 1 Snipe. (S&P Rogers) Longrock Pool: 2 Sand Martin. (MJ Spicer)

Snipe – Steve Rogers

Mevagissey Harbour: Juv Iceland Gull on rocks behind the museum. (S Grose)

Iceland Gull – Shaun Grose

Sennen: Glaucous Gull still around, flew over fields above village. (A Musgrove)

Ardensawah Farm, St Levan: Juv Iceland Gull. (S&P Rogers)

Land’s End: 1 Hooded Crow on clifftop, then flew inland, also 1 Iceland Gull flying close to the base of the cliffs. (E Dowding)

nr Zennor: 2nd year Glaucous Gull over Gurnard’s Head pub at 13:30, appeared to land in nearby cattle field. (A Lobb)

Lost Gardens of Heligan: 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Treecreeper. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret on Ryan’s Field. (Chris Hooper)

Heron, Oystercatchers and Little Egret – Chris Hooper

Lostwithiel: Blackcap still regularly present in a private garden. (E Mayhew)

Truro: Female Blackcap in front garden. (M Costa)

Penwithick: 3 Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting, 8 House Sparrow, 5 Goldfinch, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Woodpigeon. (K Bowers)

Siskins – Kevin Bowers