Monday 11th February 2019

Late news, 9/2, Lizard Point: 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua. (D Collins)

Lower Tamar Lakes : 1 f Ring-necked Duck, 1 Water Rail, 2 (m+f) Reed Bunting, 2 Willow Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Snipe, 1 Fieldfare, c30 Goosander, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little  Grebe, 1 Redwing. (A Taylor, J Humphreys, J Hurles, L Cooper)

Helston: Glossy Ibis still opposite the sewage works plus 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. Escaped Ferruginous Duck still on the boating lake. (R Menari, C Smith)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2W Caspian Gull seem at high tide roost early morning. Adult and 2W Med Gull.  Adult Spoonbill at 13:00. (G and L Carr)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint still present on flooded field behind the Maltsters Pub. (C Smith) Also 2 Water Pipits.

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler beyond the wooden gate below the sewage works, also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest and 2 Goldcrest. (P Ash)

Wadebridge: 18 Cattle Egret in field with beef cattle below school, 1 Merlin (male)  in trees near Trewornan Bridge. (S Grose)

Sladesbridge: 14 Cattle Egret in cattle field at Lower Croan.

Lower Amble: 1 Cattle Egret. (D Julian)

St. Clement: 15 Cattle Egret in the field next to the church, 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Wigeon on the river. (M Jones)

St. Martin in Meneage: 14 Cattle Egret in field east of village. (A Chatfield)

Cot Valley: Iceland Gull and Black Redstart at Porth Nanven.

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler on east side of seafront.

Towan Head Newquay: 13 Purple Sandpipier with 7 Turnstone & 5 Oystercatcher behind Headland Hotel, also another 15 Turnstones off carpark and Black Redstart & 3 Red-throated Diver off the point  at 09:00. (M Lammas)

Lizard Point: 8 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 7 Manx Shearwater and 2 female Common Scoter 08:00 to 10:00. (D Pointon, DK Parker, T Blunden)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 140+ Canada Geese, 6 (4m 2f) Tufted Duck, 15 (9m 6f) Mallard, 1m Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Buzzard. (M Webb) Also Black-necked Grebe still.

Great Crested Grebe, Martin Webb

Common Buzzard, Martin Webb

Camel Estuary: 4 Whooper Swans at Burniere. (D Julian)

Clapper Marsh: 1 Scaup. (D Julian)

St Merryn/Porthmissen Farm: 250+ Kittiwake, 100+ Guillemot, 50+ Razorbill all on cliffs below farm, also 1 Corn Bunting, 26 Skylark, 11 Yellowhammer, 1 male Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 fem Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: Marsh tit in private garden (C&J Duffy)

Booby’s Bay: Short Eared Owl over the Golf course at 15:45. (S Lilley)

Newquay: 2 Tawny Owl heard at Penpol Creek, 1 Tawny Owl heard at Trenance Gardens. (S Grose)

Paul: Whilst repairing our Cornish hedge, our builder discovered a Common Lizard presumably hibernating there. (R Butts)

Common Lizard, Roger Butts

Common Lizard, Roger Butts


Monday 28th January 2019

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2w Caspian Gull again, also 3 Yellow-legged Gull and 2 argentatus Herring Gull. (M Halliday) Also Spoonbill on Copperhouse Creek. (DK Parker)

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Coverack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at the sewage works. (P Fraser)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1f Scaup, 1f Ring-necked Duck, 9 Goosander (2m 7f), 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 2 Reed Bunting (1m 1f), 1 Nuthatch. (R Mudge)

Newquay: Glossy Ibis flew in to roost at the boating lake at 17:00. (T Phelps) Yellow-browed Warbler still at St George’s Rd CP. (A. Slade, S Rowe)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Steve Rowe

Swanpool: 4 Male Pochard. (S Court) 5 Pochard (4 male, 1 female) on lake. Yellow-browed Warbler calling by the car park. (T Phelps)

Pochard, Sue Court

Wadebridge: 4 Cattle Egret in field with cattle behind & below school at Bodieve. (S Grose)

Millbrook: 7 Cattle Egret off Radford Lane.

Sancreed: 3 Cattle Egret, 52 Canada Geese, 4 Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 2 Med Gull, 60 Redwing, 40 Linnet. (D Flumm)

St. Martin in Meneage: 5 Cattle Egret, 25+ Redwing. (A Chatfield)

Radford Lane, Millbrook: 7 Cattle Egret. (P Aley)

Carrick Roads: 8 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 12 Red-breasted Merganser from Restronguet Weir. (J St Ledger)

Slavonian Grebe, John St Ledger

Newquay Towan Head: 6 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Turnstone, 4 Oystercatcher behind Headland hotel at 09:00. (M Lammas)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 11 Teal, 98 Mallard, 35 Moorhen, 28 Coot, 11 Canada Geese, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Common Gull, 1 Blackcap, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Colan Church: 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Bude Marshes: 1 Buzzard, 1200+ Golden Plover, 89 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 4 Water Rail, 4 Raven. (N Bastin)

Buzzard, Nigel Bastin

Lapwing and Golden Plover, Nigel Bastin

Wacker Quay: Avocet along with a Curlew and 3 Black tailed Godwit. (P Castle)

Avocet, Peter Castle

Avocet, Peter Castle

Torpoint: 5 Brent Goose again. (P Castle) 12 Brent Goose (4 pale). (P Aley)

Brent Goose, Peter Castle

St Erth: 1 dead Barn Owl (unringed), 13 Canada Geese, 5 Stock Dove, 12 Skylark, c100 Chaffinch. (DK Parker)

Newquay: 1 Barn Owl opposite Texaco Garage at 20:00. (S Grose)

Penzance: 1 Black Redstart flycatching from rooftops behind Boatshed restaurant late afternoon. (J Evans)

Seaton: 17 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, Green Woodpecker. (P Aley)

Downderry: 2 Great Northern Diver,, 5 Red-throated Diver, Med Gull. (P Aley)

Portwrinkle: 3 Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver. (P Aley)

Millbrook: 2 Med Gull, Egyptian Goose. (P Aley)

Wilcove: Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Woodpecker. (P Aley)


Saturday 26th January 2019

Late news, 25/01, Goonhilly Downs: 1 Merlin. (D Beadle)

Pendower: Pacific Diver and Red-necked Grebe. (C Ellis, P Roseveare)

Portscatho: Adult Black Guillemot again plus 5 Slavonian Grebes. (C Ellis, P Roseveare) Also female Long-tailed Duck reported still

Newquay: Glossy Ibis late afternoon at Trenance boating lake. (S Rowe, P Ash)

Glossy Ibis – Steve Rowe

Glossy Ibis – Paul Ash

Lower Tamar Lake: Female Ring-necked Duck still and Willow Tit on the feeders. (T Phelps, L Langley)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint still behind the Maltsters Pub viewed from the double metal gates, also 3+ Water Pipit.

Coverack: 1 Pallas’s Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, all still present this afternoon. Also 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Eider, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Grey Heron. (D Eva, D Beadle, D Wright, S Bury)

Pallas’s Warbler – Dougy Wright

Pallas’s Warbler – Dougy Wright

St Austell sewage works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in the Pentewan valley trail car park again. (J Rance)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Black-necked Grebes visible from the car park. (M Ahmad)

Black-necked Grebes – Mashuq Ahmad

Wadebridge: 30+ Cattle Egrets Clapper Marsh, but flew off at:14:25. (A Langdon)

Sancreed: 3+ Cattle Egret, 28 Snipe, 5 Med Gull, 120 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Carne Creek: 4 Cattle Egret came to roost, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Redshank and 1 Greenshank. (A Witheywood)

Common Sandpiper – A Witheywood

Gannel Estuary: 1 ad argentatus Herring Gull, 600 Herring Gull, 55 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 1w female Eider in the harbour. (M Ahmad)

Eider – Mashuq Ahmad

Praa Sands: 2 Chough. (MJ Spicer)

Rinsey: 1 Peregrine (T), 2 Chough within a flock of Jackdaw, 1 Kestrel, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Shag, 5 Fulmar (J Evans)

Dobwalls: Male and female Blackcap in private garden, feeding on ivy berries. (C&J Duffy)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill still on Ryan’s Field.

Lizard Point: Balearic Shearwater past this morning.

Lizard: 1 Black Redstart.


Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Devoran: 1st-winter Lesser Yellowlegs still at Devoran Quay at high tide this evening.

Penzance: Glossy Ibis in wet fields between Sainsbury’s and Gulval Church at 10:00. (R Butts, N Constable)

Glossy Ibis – Nina Constable

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis flew in from the west at 16:59. (DK Parker et al.)

Glossy Ibis, Jack Hill

Newquay boating lake: Glossy Ibis came in to roost again at 16:20. (M Lammas)

Pennance Point, Falmouth:  Black Guillemot. (D Collins) Later 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Lower Tamar Lake: 16 Goosander 7m 9f, 15 Tufted Duck, 1f Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1m Gadwall, 3 Cormorants, 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (R Mudge)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret also 2 Woodcock west this morning. (D Flumm)

Crugmeer: 1 Barn Owl, 5 Grey Partridge in field with public footpath. (S Grose)

Chapel Amble: 11 Water Pipit & 3 Green Sandpiper. (D Julian)

Loe Pool: 4 Mute Swan, 6 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 27 Pochard, 2 Tufted Duck, 16 Goosander (9 male), 23 Great Crested Grebe and 17 Cormorant. (DK Parker)

Penzance Harbour: Male Eider with shore crab (A Witheywood)

Eider – A Witheywood

Par Lake: 1 Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck, 100+ Canada Geese, 8 Moorhen. (C Hooper)

Grey Heron – C Hooper

Tufted Duck – C Hooper

St Ives: Green Woodpecker at Barnoon cemetery. (D King)

Carbis Bay: 2 distant possible white-winged gulls on the sea late afternoon. (D King)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill again.

Treraven Meadows: 1 Water Pipit.

Clapper Marshes: 3 Water Pipit.

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe still. 

Coverack: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (J Foster)


Thursday 17th January 2019

Newquay: Glossy Ibis on the island at Trenance boating lake until 08:30 when it flew SW then S. (D Thomas, M Lammas) Glossy Ibis flew in to roost at 17:00 (S Rowe)

Glossy Ibis – Dave Thomas

Swanpool: Winter plumaged Black Guillemot viewable very distantly from the end of Pennance Point. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by the car park at the southern end of Swanpool. 1+ Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest at the northern end by the Swanvale pump station. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer

Black Guillemot – Dave Parker

Yellow-browed Warbler – Dave Parker

Yellow-browed Warbler – Mike Spicer

Gulval: Serin again in the 2nd field east of the church with Chaffinches plus at least 6 female Blackcaps. (T Pinfield, R Butts, D Julian)

Loe Pool: Glossy Ibis again at Penrose and 2 Firecrests on the west side of the pool also 4 Bullfinch (3m 1f), 1 Jay. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis flew in at 16:54.

Halye Estuary RSPB: 1 ad & 1 2w Caspian Gull , 2 ad Yellow-legged Gulls and 1 argentatus Herring Gull on Lelant Saltings. (M Halliday, DK Parker et al.) Spoonbill and Kingfisher on Copperhouse Creek today. (K & J Mortimore) Also Water Pipit reported. Ryan’s field: 1 Spoonbill. (E. Mayhew)

Caspian Gull – Mark Halliday

Caspian Gull – Mark Halliday

Lower Tamar Lake: 1f Ring-necked Duck, 26 Goosander (9m 18f), 1 Gadwall, 1 Redwing, 1 Green Sandpiper. (R Mudge)

Cot Valley: Juv Iceland Gull and Black Redstart. (D Julian)

Coverack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler & 5 Chiffchaffs along lane leading to sewage works. 3 Eider, 1 Black-throated Diver & 4 Mediterranean Gulls offshore. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret. (D Flumm)

Wadebridge: 6+ Cattle Egret still at Trelyll farm, viewed from inside showground. (S Grose)

Poldhu Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (D Flumm)

Polurrian Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (D Flumm)

Black Redstart, Polurrian – Dave Flumm

Black Redstart, Mullion – Dave Flumm

Mullion Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (D Flumm)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Black Redstart. (J Swann)

Penzance harbour: 3 Eider (ad m and ad f and imm male) (T Pinfield and R Butts)

Eider – A Witheywood

Men-an-Tol: 4 Reed Bunting, 20 Meadow Pipit, 6+ Raven, 1 Short-eared Owl at 15:55, 1 Barn Owl. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cox)

East Pentire, Newquay: 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Black Redstart. (S Rowe)

Towan Head, Newquay: 10 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Turnstone and 2 Grey Plover at high tide. (P McVey)

Lizard: 2 Black-throated Diver and 1 Black Redstart.

St Ives: 1 male Blackcap in private garden again. (K Money)

Bodmin Moor: 11 Goosanders at the north end of Colliford Reservoir and 2 Goldeneye at Dozmary Pool. (A Payne)

Downderry: Offshore late afternoon 12 Great Northern Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers and c.90 Common Scoters. (A Payne)

Nanjizal: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Penzance Jubilee Pool: 11 Purple Sandpiper, 50+ Sanderling, 23 Turnstone, 15 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 immature drk Eider offshore. (M Webb)

Sanderling – Martin Webb

Purple Sandpiper – Martin Webb

Ringed Plover – Martin Webb

Eider – Martin Webb

Tehidy Country Park: Short-eared Owl at north entrance off B3301 at 16.30. (S Croft)


Monday 14th January 2019

Late news, 12/1, Helston Sewage Treatment Centre: 1 Firecrest, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest. (J Evans)

Late news, 13/1, Loe Pool: 12 Goosander, 20 Pochard. (J Evans)

Late news, 13/1, Colliford (Dam End): 5 Goosander (2 Male, 3 redhead), 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (G Lewis)

Late news, 13/1, Dozmary Pool: 1 female Goldeneye. (G Lewis)

Late news, 13/1, Siblyback Lake: 1 Willow Tit at the bridge across stream just past the hide. (G Lewis)

Trenance boating lake, Newquay: 1 Glossy Ibis late afternoon roosting on island by café. (S Rowe et al) Also 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Otter, (family of 3 visiting lake at dawn and dusk since early October). (S Grose)

Glossy Ibis – Steve Rowe

Marazion: Female Velvet Scoter offshore. (P St Pierre)

Sancreed: 3 Cattle Egret, 8 Snipe, 40 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Gulval: 2 Serin again in 2nd field east of the church, but flew towards Ludgvan with 2 Goldfinch. (P St Pierre)

Lower Tamar Lake: Female Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still. (R Treeby)

Chapel Amble: 1 Temminck’s Stint, 10+ Water Pipit. (Swallow Birding)

Penryn: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers on the campus. Including one ringed last week. (T Phelps)

Penzance: 1 Great Northern Diver and 4 juv male Eider off Wherrytown and fem Goldeneye off the bus station. (L Proctor)

Cot Valley: 1w Iceland Gull on beach and 2 (m & f) Black Redstart, 2 Chough (over), 1 Tawny Owl and 1 Water Rail. (N Wheatley, MJ Spicer)

Iceland Gull – Mike Spicer

St Austell SW: Last week’s Yellow-browed Warbler still along the river at SX010505 and another in the Pentewan valley trail car park at SX012508. (J Rance)

Gweek: Yellow-browed Warbler in trees on the road going out of the village past the shop.

Woon Gumpus Common: 1 male Hen Harrier hunting early afternoon. (P Clement)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Water Pipit again.

Winnards Perch: 1 Barn Owl on the Padstow road just on from Winnards  Perch. (T Whitemore)

Swanpool: 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver. (T Phelps)

Portscatho: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver and 3 Great Northern Diver off Porth Curnick Beach. (M Jones)

Tallack’s Creek, Devoran: Spotted Redshank showing well this morning but no sign of Lesser Yellowlegs. (J Lander)

Rock Helipad Field: 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Great crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Water Rail, 21 Coot. (S Grose)

Trevemper Roundabout: 1 Barn Owl in Eucalyptus Tree. (S Grose)

Ruan Minor: 1 female Bullfinch eating dandelions in private garden. (L Mait)

Bullfinch – Lola Mait

Charlestown: 1 f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Crowntown: c5 Redwing in a private garden. (M Logan)

Truro: 1 Redwing in a private garden. (D Jenkins)


Saturday 12th January 2019

Late news, 11/1, Goss Moor: c12 Woodcock. (P Roseveare)

Late news, 11/1, Lower Tamar Lake: female Ring-necked Duck and Scaup again. (S Stanbury)

Devoran: 1w Lesser Yellowlegs present over high tide this morning. (P Roseveare)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint, Green Sandpiper and 11 Water Pipit. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Lower Tamar Lake: female Ring-necked Duck and Scaup still. (DI Julian) Also  2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 34 Goosander, 5 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 1 Stock Dove. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Swanpool Beach: 1 Black Guillemot still distantly from ‘Hooked at the Beach’ restaurant maybe 2-300m SE of Pennance Point, 3 Mediterranean Gull in the surf. (D Chaney)

Helston: Yellow-browed Warbler, Ferruginous Duck and 6 Shoveler. (P Fraser)

Swanvale: Yellow-browed Warbler behind the pumping station. (R Augarde)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Snipe, 100 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Garganey, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 1 argentatus Herring Gull. (DK Parker, M Ahmad) Also Spoonbill. (H Wiggins)

Whitecross: 12+ Cattle Egret and 5 Little Egret around farm below Royal Cornwall Showground. Also 600+ corvids in roost. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Otterham: male Hen Harrier near Otterham Station this morning. (D Julian)

Pendeen Watch: 3 Great Skua & 75 Guillemot 10.15 – 12.00 plus 1 Purple Sandpiper on rocks. (P Clement)

Bodmin: Brambling with Chaffinches at garden feeder with Goldfinches, Bullfinches, a Greenfinch and a Siskin. (R Preston-Mafham)

Fistral South: 1 Chiffchaff in tamarisk hedge on Pentire crescent, 70+ Wigeon, 2 Raven.

Gannel Estuary: 1 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 53 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Blackcap. (S Grose)

Cadgwith: 1 Little Egret on beach. (F Trewin)

St Ives: 2 Long-tailed Tit in private garden.(K Money)

Dobwalls: albino Song Thrush with white head and wing feathers, has been seen in our garden on several occasions since late December (C&J Duffy)

Whipsiderry: 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting, 26 Fulmar. (S Grose)

Swanpool: 2 Water Rail showing well from west side roadway. (D Chaney)

Men-an-tol: 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail and male) (M Doyle, L Langley, T Phelps)

Penzance: 7 Purple Sandpiper and 10 Ring Plover on rocks and beach below pier wall and near Battery rocks. Also 1 Rock Pipit, 1Turnstone and  2 Long-tailed  Duck preening on Battery Rocks, different plumage to the two sighted on 10th  at Tolcarne. (N Wills) Also adult male Black Redstart still on rocks by Jubilee Pool.