Thursday 13th July 2017

St Gennys: Unconfirmed report of possible Amur Falcon this morning.

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Great White Egret. (C&B Travis)

Great White Egret, Charles Travis

Treraven Meadow: 1 Cattle Egret this morning. (D Julian)

Walmsley Sanctuary, Wadebridge: 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Otter this am. (S & PM Rogers)

Cattle Egret, Steve Rogers

Rumps: 2 Shoveler (S & PM Rogers)

Hayle Estuary: 10 Mediterranean Gull, 109 Curlew, 1 Whimbel , 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Swallow (in hide), 1 Kingfisher. Also 3 Whimbrel, 5 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 12 Redshank, 14 Med Gull and 5 Black Swan on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Nanjizal: 68 birds ringed up to 8:00 hrs, incl. 22 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler. (K Wilson)

Drift:  1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Swift (D Flumm)

Sancreed: 1 pair Spotted Flycatcher with 2 fledged young (D Flumm)

Kynance Gate:  2 Dark-green Fritillary. (J St Ledger)

Dark-green Fritillary, John St Ledger

Croft Pascoe: 2 Spotted Flycatcher (1 adult feeding 1 juv), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (J St Ledger)

Spotted Flycatcher, John St Ledger

Gweek, Constantine Quay: 3 Common Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)

At sea, location unknown: 1 Great Shearwater, from a fishing boat c.16km offshore at mid-day.

Scillonian Crossing, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, c20 Common Scoter, 2 Storm Petrel, 2 Fulmar, 2 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 33 Gannet and hundreds of Manx Shearwater, also 2 Porpoise. Wolf Rock – Scilly: 1 Minke Whale. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 2 Guillemot, 2 Fulmar, 10 Gannet, many Manx Shearwater and 2 Common Dolphin. (T Mills)

Manx Shearwater, Tony Mills

Rosenannon Downs: 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Snipe at dusk. (S grose)

Lizard Point seawatch: 1 ad Roseate Tern, 16 Sandwich Tern, 14 Common Scoter, 1 Great Shearwater,  1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (this years juv). (T Blunden)

djc + tdm

Friday 7th July 2017

Late news, 6/7, Porthgwarra: (07:30-10:00) 2 Roseate Tern, 3 Great Shearwater, 2 Puffin. (F Bell)

Polgigga: 2cy female Amur Falcon present again and showing well this morning to 11:08 only when it flew off high towards Sennen. (T Mills, A Davey, B Field, J Chapple et al) Quail at Raftra Farm at 13:20 but no sign of Falcon. (D Julian)

Amur Falcon – Brian Field

Amur Falcon – Adrian Davey

Amur Falcon – Tony Mills

Amur Falcon – Tony Mills


Amur Falcon – John Chapple

Porthgwarra: Great Shearwater, 1,000+ Manx Shearwater, 79 Gannet, 3 Puffin, 6 Razorbill, 3 Common Guillemot, 5 adult Mediterranean Gull and 27 Kittiwake also Sooty Shearwater reported. (LGR Evans, L Fuller)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 Black Swans still. (LGR Evans)

Godolphin Hill: Hobby being harried by Swallows twice today down Rocky Lane. (S Yandall)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 9 Sandwich Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 56 Oystercatcher, 2 Raven, 40 Sand Martin, 16 swift, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron,5 Cormorant, 1 Kestrel. (S Grose)

RSPB Scillonian III Wildlife Cruise, Penzance – Wolf Rock: c700 Manx Shearwater, 5 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 15 Kittiwake, 1 Med Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern and 1 Risso’s Dolphin. Wolf Rock – Penzance: c500 Manx Shearwater, 6 Fulmar, 5 Arctic Tern and c30 Common Dolphin. (MJ Spicer)


Saturday 1st July 2017

Late News, 29/06, St. Ives Island: 3000+ Manx Shearwater, 120 Kittiwake, 80+ Gannet during NCI Watch. (V Stratton)

Late News, 28/06, Buttermilk Hill: 1 Cuckoo (hepatic form) passing through (returning migrant) in the morning. (V Stratton)

Late News, 22/06, St. Ives Island: 2 Roseate Tern, with 3 Sandwich Tern, feeding off the St. Ives Island for 3 hours during NCI Watch. (V Stratton)

Boscastle: 1 Woodchat Shrike showing well.

Porthleven: 3 (ad & 2 1st summer) Med Gull west; 14 Sand Martin (7 pairs?) along cliff at SW 635 250 (probably breeding here but view from beach required to confirm.) (D. Flumm)

Stithians: 2 pairs of Whitethroat feeding young ( 1 brood of 4 and 1 of 3 young ) (D Eva )

Helford River: 19+ adult Mediterranean Gull, 15+ Little Egret. (R Butt, T Pinfield)

Penzance: 1 Roseate Tern feeding offshore, then landed on a buoy at 8:50am. (R Veal) 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Sandwich Tern this pm. (S Rowe)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Common Sandpiper (first returned yesterday), 1 Whimbrel, 89 Curlew, 6 (4 ad) Med Gull on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

St Gothian Sands: 12+ Sand Martin young, 1 Coot young and 1f Tufted Duck. (R Veal)

Godrevy: 6 (1 drk) Common Scoter past west, 250+ Manx Shearwater per hour, 120+ Kittiwake (including a juvenile), 3 Rock Pipit. (R Veal)

Rock Pipit, Reuben Veal

Sand Martin, Reuben Veal

Downderry: seawatch before 0730 included 124 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Kittiwakes, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Whimbrel all heading west. (A Payne)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Tawny Owl, 4 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Amble Marshes: 1 Cattle Egret at Amble Marshes this afternoon. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary: 6 Med Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern. (D Julian)


Friday 30th June 2017

Marazion Beach: 1 adult Roseate Tern (with 2 present late evening) 16 Sandwich Tern, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling. (J Hawkey, DS Flumm, MJ Spicer et al)

Longrock Beach: 1 juv Black-headed Gull in evening, the first juvenile noted this year in Mount’s bay. (J Hawkey)

Pendeen Watch: 26 Storm Petrel. (D Dawe)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Great Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 7 Storm Petrel, many Manx Shearwater. (N Wheatley)

St Ives: 4 Roseate Tern, 1 Common Tern off Pedn-Olva at 09:15, 2 Common Scoter flew into harbour. (T Slater)  St Ives Island seawatch 10:00-12:15: c5,000 Manx Shearwater, 28 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 19 Kittiwake, 13 Sandwich Tern, c100 Gannet, 12 Fulmar, 4 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Ocean Sunfish. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, M Pass, B Dodd, T Slater)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 5 Sandwich Tern, 59 Curlew at high tide. Lelant Saltings: 1 Sandwich Tern. (MJ Spicer)

Lostwithiel: 1 ad Marsh Tit in private garden. (E Mayhew)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 7 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern. (S Grose)


Thursday 29th June 2017

Late News, 28/06, Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Cattle Egret with cattle on reserve at Walmsley  – present most of the morning. (M Ellis, S Woof)

Drift reservoir:  95 Swift (D. Flumm)

Penzance: 1 Wryneck in garden at Britons Hill.

Scillonian crossing:  c350 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, c 200 Gannet. 2 Puffin, 3 Kittiwake. 6 Greater Black-backed Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 f Eider. (D Chadwick)

Marazion Beach: 4 Roseate Tern (all with ring on each leg) 10 Common Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 10 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling and 1 Ringed Plover on beach at high tide this evening. (P St Pierre, MJ Spicer) 4 sum plum Roseate Tern (all ringed) on the beach below Jordan’s café this evening with 10 Common Tern. Also 25 Curlew, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 10+ Med Gull and 2 Sand Martin on Longrock Pool. (R Veal)

Roseate Terns at Marazion – top row Reuben Veal, bottom row Mike Spicer



Friday 9th June 2017

Late news, 8/6, Lizard Point: 1 Roseate Tern, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 20 Storm Petrel, 25 Puffin. (I Maclean)

Late news, 8/6, Trewornan Bridge, nr Wadebridge: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Late news, 8/6, Pendeen: 1 Balearic Shearwater, c10 Bottlenose Dolphin. (R Creek)

Late news, 8/6, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 3 Reed Warbler. (R Creek)

Whimbrel – Rob Creek

Late news, 8/6, Porthgwarra: 1 Raven, 2 Stonechat. (R Creek)

Hayle Kimbro: Red-footed Falcon, Hobby and Marsh Harrier at 12:00. (D Wright)

Windmill Farm and Predannack Downs: 5 Cuckoo. (D Wright)

St Ives Bay 16:00-17:00: 3 Manx Shearwater, 4 Guillemot, 1 Storm Petrel (from boat). (P Taylor, K Sheppard)

Rough Tor Plantation: 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk. (J St Ledger)

Lesser Redpoll – John St Ledger

De Lank Waterworks to Garrow Tor: 1 Whinchat (male) feeding young, 5 Wheatear, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

Botallack: 4 Raven, continuous passage of Manx Shearwater. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 9 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Coot, 1 Dipper. (S Grose)

Whipsiderry: 3 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Wadebrdge: pair Spotted Flycatcher nesting in open nest box on wall of private house. (S Marquis)


Sunday 25th May 2014

Late news, 24/5, St Gothian Sands LNR: 3 broods of Canada Geese, 1 pr Shelduck with 11 young, 1 f Gadwall, c12 Swift, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler and 5 Sedge Warbler plus 11 Sanderling on the beach. (MJ Spicer)

Late news, 24/5, Falmouth, Swanpool beach: 60+ Swift. (S Ogden)

Marazion, Little London: 1 pr Shelduck with 4 young. (P Semmens)

Longrock beach: 139 Sanderling, 42 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover  and 1 Whimbrel. 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock pool: 3 Otter early morning.  (A James, J Hawkey, B Mellow) Marsh: 4 Mute Swan with 7 cygnets, 4 Greylag with 6 & 4 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 15 Mallard with 3 young, 1 drake Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen with 1 young, 2 Whimbrel over, c10 Swallow, c30 House Martin, c60 Swift, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat with 3+ young and 3 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Windmill Farm: 2 (possibly 4) Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Wright)

St. Anthony Head: 2 dark phase Arctic Skua and 20 Manx Shearwater west. (D Eva)

Falmouth Bay: 35 Storm Petrel, 50 Manx Shearwater, 4 Puffin, 1 Great Northern Diver. (AK Wildlife Cruises per R Hollis)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 20:10 being mobbed by Jackdaws. (MJ Spicer)

Lizard Point: 1 Roseate Tern. (T Blunden)

Porthgwarra: 40 Pomarine Skua west including one flock of 17 birds, 8 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua with one attacking a sun fish, 34 Storm Petrel, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 11 Great Northern Diver, 6 Arctic Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern  8 Puffin, 30 Sanderling and 1 Whimbrel. Also 6 Porpoise and 2 Dolphin sp which were not common or bottle-nosed. (B Mellow, L Proctor)

Mousehole: 10 Pomarine Skua, 3 European Storm Petrel, 7 Great Northern Diver past. (B Mellow, L Proctor)

Pomarine Skuas Mousehole in Cornwall 725 May 2014 B MellowPomarine Skuas, Brian Mellow

Marazion: 120 Sanderling, 25 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Great Northern Diver , 2 Storm Petrel and 1 Sandwich Tern. (B Mellow)