Monday 11th December 2017

Late News, 10/12, Saltash: Hawfinch still at the China Fleet Club, 14 Goldfinch and 1 Bullfinch.

Marazion: 30 Common Scoter offshore. (S Turner)

Truro: 1 male Blackcap in RCHT grounds. Also 6 Firecrest in the pine trees by the golf club. (M Smale)

Threemilestone: 2 Redwing, 2 male and 1 female Blackcap in a private garden. (E Harris)

Looe Estuary: 46 Black-headed Gull, 4 Cormorant, 2 Goosander (females), 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Grey Heron, 30 Herring Gull, 4 Kingfisher, 19 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 85 Mallard, 10 Mute Swan, 22 Redshank, 3 Shag. (WeBS, D Spooner)

Goosander – Derek Spooner

Ponsanooth: Pair of Blackcap in a private garden. (S Williams)

Lostwithiel: 1 Pink-footed Goose (unringed) beside river Fowey half a mile downstream from Lostwithiel today, with a handful of Canada Geese. (R Kirkwood)

Pink-footed Goose – Rupert Kirkwood

St Just, Carn Brea: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (C Moore)

Stithians Reservoir, Southern cut-off hide:  1 male Mandarin amid Mallard, Teal and Wigeon on the water,  Chaffinch , Greenfinch,  Coal Tit,  Blue Tit,  Great Tit, Reed Bunting and female Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders, (A James)

Mandarin – Alan James

Great Spotted Woodpecker (multi shot composition) – Alan James

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Caspian Gull, American Golden Plover, Spoonbill, Water Pipit and a Black Swan. (P Roseveare) Ryan’s Field: 1 Goosander.

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck both still present.

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 4 Great Northern Diver.

Siblyback Lake: Female Greater Scaup still, plus a Merlin. (DI Julian)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit & a female Bullfinch. (D King) Swanvale NR: 3 Goldcrest. 2 chiffchaff at far end near South West water works. (D King) Falmouth cemetery: Great Spotted Woodpecker briefly in flight. Several more Goldcrests here. (D King) Falmouth private garden: 2 Blackcap, 2 Redwing, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush in the garden today. (E Tackley)

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Saturday 9th December 2017

Carnon Downs: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (M May)

Carbis Bay: 30 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver, 17 Kittiwake, 10 Shag, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Razorbill, 30+ Common Dolphin, 2 Bottlenosed Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Ives: 1 Black-throated Diver, 16 Oystercatcher, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Gannet, 95 Herring Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 4 Shag, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 32 Turnstone, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Harbour Porpoise. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis still in field opposite second hide. (C Buckland, LGR Evans)

Saltash: 1 Hawfinch still at China fleet club. (C Buckland)

Hayle Estuary: 1 American Golden Plover still. (LGR Evans, S Murphy) 1w Caspian Gull. (M Halliday, R Veal) 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 4 Snipe, 6 Greenshank, 15 Ringed Plover, 38 Shelduck, 5 Common Gull. (R Veal) Bar-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Dunlin, Redshank, Spoonbill. (S Murphy)

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal) Also 1 Swallow reported.

Illogan Woods: 1 Firecrest, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler near Avery Court Hotel. (D Wright)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dipper, 2 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: Good numbers of thrushes this morning, mainly Redwing and Blackbird with a few Song Thrush. (D Julian)

St Merryn: 1 Raven feeding on dead rabbit, 11 Teal on private pond, 7 Goldcrest, 28 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Peregrine over private woods. (R Hughes)

Loe Pool: 1 Firecrest, 13 Goosander, 27 Pochard, 2+ Kingfisher, 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 15 Great Crested Grebe. (G Adams)

Ding Dong Moors: 1 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 100+ Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, 1 Dartford Warbler (f), 4 Stonechat, 6 Lapland Bunting (1 single and 1 flock of 5), 2 Meadow Pipit. (J Evans)

Swanpool/Swanvale: 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore, 2 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 8 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap (2m), 2 Bullfinch (pr), 20 Redwing,1 Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit. (JH & K Dalziel)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1 Little Grebe, 2 ringed Black-headed Gull, 1 Pintail, 2 Grey Wagtail. (S Grose)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck still present. (S Murphy)

Porthilly: single Brambling with Chaffinches this afternoon. (D Julian)

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Wednesday 6th December 2017

Late news, 5/12, Downderry: 3 Black Redstarts along the coast this afternoon, a Great Northern Diver offshore. (A Payne)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck still this afternoon. (D Julian)

Newquay Towan head: 4 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Common Scoter, lots of Gannet fishing, 3 Harbour Porpoise, 4 Common Dolphin. (M Lammas)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 110 Back-headed Gull, 30+ Redshank, 3 Curlew, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 5 Little Egret on the falling tide. (D Chaney)

Falmouth: 500+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull feeding in the surf off Castle Beach this morning, Pendennis Point: 20 Mediterranean Gull flock west, light passage of Gannet and Kittiwake offshore, 2 Great Northern Diver flew into the Carrick Roads, Swanpool: 100 Black-headed Gull, with 11 Fulmar on the cliffs. (D Chaney)

Carrick Roads (from Mylor Churchtown): 10 Black-necked Grebe, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great Northern Diver, 25+ Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 28 Turnstone, 1 Peregrine, 2 Chiffchaff. (D Chaney, J St Ledger)

Red-breasted Merganser – John St Ledger

Trevose: 1 Firecrest feeding in tamarisk hedge in private garden. (R Hughes)

Hannafore Point: 1 Firecrest late this afternoon. Also male Eider still present. (D Julian)

Stithians Reservoir (Stuart Hutchings hide): c160 Lapwing, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (G Adams)

Black-tailed Godwit – Greg Adams

Colliford Reservoir: 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull at Colliford Dam this afternoon. (D Julian)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Padstow: 21 Mute Swan, 72 Canada Goose, 30 Shelduck, 37 Mallard, 35 Wigeon, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen, 70 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, c.2000 Golden Plover, 350 Lapwing, 2 Turnstone, 50 Dunlin, 45 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 6 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 125 Herring Gull, 90 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 6 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 35 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 25 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch (M Scawen et al.)

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Tuesday 5th December 2017

Late news, 1/12, Charlestown: 1 Great Northern Diver off the harbour. (S Lawrence)

Late news, 4/12, Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull seen on harbour wall.  It was around in the bay all day. (P Bedford)

Late news, 4/12, Par Beach Pond: Black Swan (C Jewels)

Hayle: American Golden Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Goosander(m), Spoonbill, Med Gull, Firecrest along road into Ryan’s field. (J Cole)

Porthgwarra:  4 Chough near Coastguard lookout. 1 Black Redstart on Old Coastguard Cottages. (P Warren)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool and Harbour:  Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone, single Ringed Plover, 15+ Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver in harbour mouth, 1, possibly 2 Black-throated Diver at distance. (P Warren)

Dozmary Pool: Ring-necked Duck and Lesser Scaup still.  Also 77 fieldfare and 18 Redwing. (P Jones)

Falmouth: 2 Black Redstart and a Whimbrel on Castle Beach this morning and 6 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver offshore. (T Phelps) Castle Beach: 2 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, c8 Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 100+ Black-headed Gulls feeding. Pendennis Point: 2 Stonechat, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore and a 2w Yellow-legged Gull on the rocks. (T Phelps) 

Gerran’s Bay: 20 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Purple Sandpiper at Nare Head, 5 Mediterranean Gulls at Towan Beach, also Harbour Porpoise and Common Seal (in small grey seal colony) all from kayak trip from Carne Beach. (R Kirkwood)

Long-tailed Duck, Rupert Kirkwood

Carnon Valley: 9 Siskin with flock of Goldfinch, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Reed Bunting (calling) on cycle trail. (J St Ledger)

Towan Head: 25+ Turnstone, 1 Purple Sandpiper,  6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Common Scoter, 60+ Gannet fishing in bay, also 8 Porpoise in 2 groups. (M Lammas)

Mawgan: 1 Firecrest, 1 Siskin and 1 Bullfinch in garden. (P Bedford)

Bodmin: 1 leucistic(?) Common Buzzard (completely white with a scattering of black feathers) near the exit sliproad to the A30. (N McAuley)

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Monday 4th December 2017

Pendower: Pacific Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-throated Diver, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, mixed gulls including 4 Meds. (M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary: American Golden Plover still present this afternoon associating more with Lapwing present than the Golden Plover flock. When Golden Plover disturbed the AGP remained alone with Lapwing. Eventually it flew with the Lapwing onto Ryan’s field. (J Hawkey, B Toms and M Curtis)

American Golden Plover, Mike McKee

Mullion Church: Rose Coloured Starling this afternoon (M Pass)

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret in Tredrea Lane and 1 Barn Owl. (MJ Spicer)

Cattle Egret, Mike McKee

Penzance: 1 Eider in Harbour, 1 Black Redstart at Chyandour, 2 Black Redstart at Battery Rocks beach, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver and c30 Common Scoter offshore. (A McKechnie) 24 Common Scoter (J Evans) Pacific Diver also reported off Jubilee Pool.

Eider, Alex McKechnie

Penzance: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap (1f, 1m) at St Mary’s Churchyard. (J Evans)

Drift Reservoir: 50+ Canada Goose, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldcrest , 1 Wren. (K Bowers)

Tufted Duck, Kevin Bowers

Carnon Valley: 7/8 Lesser Redpoll briefly (M Pass)

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting and 1 Hawfinch. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: 1 Woodcock on moor; 2 Peregrine, 2 Chough. 1 Grey Wagtail on beach. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Crean: c 10 Redwing. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Sandy Cove: 1 Slavonian Grebe still; Minke Whale at far side of bay. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, L Proctor)

Perranuthnoe: 7 Great Northern Diver. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point to Black Rock: 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Dolphin. (J St Ledger)

Falmouth: 4 Redwing and 2 Song Thrush on Cordyline berries in the garden. (E Tackley)

Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at Swanvale NR. Also Black Redstart on the beach and 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore.

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter still present, also 1 Long-tailed Duck.

Camel Trail (Bridge on Wool to Polbrook): 150+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 3 Redshank, 8 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, 120+ Starling, 150+ Canada Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 11 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 11 Mute Swan (inc 1 juv), 25 Mallard, 4 Robin, 10 Crow, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Curlew, 2 Shelduck, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Dippers 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock and 3 Otter. (P McKeogh)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Black Redstart, 21 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 1 Stonechat, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 3 Cormorant, 1 Curlew, 3 Robin, 17 Carrion Crow, 3 Wood Pigeon, 35 Herring Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 57 Black-headed Gull, 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 8 Oystercatcher, 3 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 House Sparrow, 3 Wren, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Heron, resident drake Eider. (P Sharp)

Towan Head. 3 Common Scoter still off point, also 4 + Common Dolphin. (M Lammas)

Feock: 3 Blackcaps (2f,1m) in private garden including one female colour-ringed as part of a study in the same garden last winter. (K Dalziel)

Liskeard: 1 Hawfinch at Westbourne car park. (D Julian)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup and 1 Ring-necked Duck still present.

Charlestown: 2 m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

St Merryn: 1 Barn Owl. (R Hughes)

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Sunday 3rd December 2017

Late News, 02/12, Loe Pool: 4 Goosander (imm/females),1 Firecrest. (J Evans)

Late news, 2/12, Torpoint: 2 Black Redstart present again 3/12. (R Napp)

Late news, 2/12, Helston Loe Pool: 12 Goosander (3 m), 5 Firecrest. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 2/12, Ashton: 750 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 2/12, Old Lizard Head: 1 Little Bunting, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Brambling, 5 Reed Bunting, 40 Skylark, 600 Chaffinch. (I Maclean)

Mill Pool/Trescowe: 12 Fieldfare, 2m Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting(f), 2 Skylark (J Evans)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 9 Common Scoter,1 Long-tailed Duck. (D Julian)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup, 1m Ring-necked Duck.

Par Beach Pool: 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 9 Coot, 1 Water Rail, 30+ Snipe, 1 Herring Gull, ringed with blue plastic ring on left leg. W:123. (S Grose)

Par Beach: 11 Common Gull. (S Grose)

Freathy: 1 Firecrest, 1 Redwing, 12 Chaffinch, c150 Woodpigeon, 1 Bumblebee sp. in scrub valley. (M Jordan)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill, 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose and 1 American Golden Plover on the Estuary.

Carrick Roads: 31 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Red-breasted Merganser. (D Eva)

Carnon Valley: 10 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Mealy Redpoll, feeding on alder cones along the cycle trail. (D Eva)

Godolphin Cross: 1m Brambling on feeders. (C Richards)

Charlestown Harbour: 1 Black Redstart, 3 Common Gull on beach. (S Grose)

Downderry: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Tuna leapt clear out of the water twice (scoped from Portwrinkle).  (A Blonden)

Bissoe: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler moving along Bissoe cycle track, near the hire shop. (F Bell)

Windmill Farm: 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, mixed flock (30 total) of Redwing & Fieldfare, 20 Golden Plover. Also lots of frogspawn. (D Wright)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Swallow, flying low over west end of beach then back towards Talland at 15:30, Redshank, 25 Turnstone, 6 Mediterranean Gull; 50+ Black-headed Gull, 30+ Herring Gull, 15 Carrion Crow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Curlew, 12 Oystercatcher; resident drake Eider, 2 Cormorant, 12 Mallard, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Wren. (P Sharp)

Falmouth: different size flocks of Starling flying over all day; flock of about 25 landed on berries of Cordyline australis tree in the garden; also 2 Redwing (E Tackley) Swanpool Beach: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver. (J St Ledger) Castle Beach: 3 Black Redstart on sea wall. 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redshank, 8 Turnstone. (J St Ledger)

Grey Wagtail, John St Ledger

Rosemellyn, Roche: 1 Woodcock (L Welch)

Mounts Bay: 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 redhead Goosander, c15 Common Scoter, 1 Minke Whale (all day), 5+ Harbour Porpoise. (P St Pierre, S Cubbage)

Goosander, Simon Cubbage

Praa Sands: 4 Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre)

Marazion: 1 Water Pipit still on beach, 1 Black-throated Diver offshore. (R Veal)

Water Pipit, Reuben Veal

Water Pipit, Reuben Veal

Towan Head: 3 Common Scoter, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 19 Turnstone, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover. (S Rowe)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 11 Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 1 Merlin. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 Common Scoter,2 Mediterranean Gull. (I Maclean)

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Friday 1st December 2017

Late News, 29/11, Hayle: 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, Spoonbill, and 1 flyover Great White Egret at around 13:30hrs, flying over Ryan’s Field heading eastwards inland (maybe the bird seen at Stithians later that day?) (S Green)

Late news, 30/11, Bude: 1 Redwing in private garden, Marhamchurch. (M Green)

Hayle Estauary: 1 ad Ring-billed Gull this afternoon on the estuary. (M Halliday) Later on Ryan’s Field and 1 juv Spoonbill again on Carnsew Basin. Also 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose. (B Dodd)

Ring-billed Gull, Mark Halliday

Ring-billed Gull, Mark Halliday

Polgigga: 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher again at the horse paddock on Bosistow Lane.

Crugmeer: 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Snipe, & 2 Roe Deer. (S Grose)

Penzance: 1m Black Redstart on shoreline rocks by railway station. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Ives seawatch 08:45-10:00: 3 Great Northern Diver, 12 Common Scoter the highlights.(C Urquart)

St Erth: 2 Cattle Egret with 8 Little Egret in cattle field along Tredrea Lane, St. Erth (T Phelps)

Truro: 1 Peregrine flew over my garden at approx 7.45 am. (D Jenkins)

Windmill Farm: 300 + Golden Plover (over), 100+ Redwing, 2 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 1 Raven, 1 Water Rail, 8 Bullfinch. (J Evans)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Long-eared Owl. (A Langdon)

Helston, Boating Lake: 1 Gadwall, 2 Muscovy Duck, about 10 Shoveler, about 20 Canada Geese, (B Sharples) Sewerage Works: 1 Goldcrest. (B Sharples)

Gadwall, Bob Sharples

Muscovy Duck, Bob Sharples

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Marazion beach: 40+ Sanderling. (V Skilton) Also 1 ad Pacific Diver offshore Long Rock.

Sanderling, Vic Skilton

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (B Sharples)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bob Sharples

Drift Reservoir, (Members only): 1 small Canada Goose again.

Boswednack: 2 Firecrest.

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Ring-necked Duck and 1 ad m Lesser Scaup.

 

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