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)

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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)

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Tuesday 29th August 2017

Late news, 27/7, Sennen Cove: Green-ringed juvenile Mediterranean Gulls RP7E & ROCK both ringed 1st July 2017 at Barbatre, Polder de Sebastopol. Green-ringed juvenile Mediterranean Gull RT88 also ringed 1st July 2017 at Marais de la Pinardiere on Isle Noirmoutior. The 5 green-ringed Med Gulls seen here since 30th July form part of over 1000 juveniles ringed the same day on the Noirmoutior Peninsular on the west coast of France, south of Saint Nazaire. (J Hawkey)

Late news, 28/8, Cheesewring Quarry: 1 Black Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Tree Pipit, 6 Meadow Pipit, 6 Northern Wheatear, 5 Grey Wagtail and a large mixed flock of hirundines, mainly House Martin. (R Hollis)

Porthgwarra Cove (seawatch 06:40-09:10): 44 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 7 Bonxie, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 1 Commic Tern, 2 Med Gull, c80 Kittiwake.  Thousands Manx Shearwaters & hundreds Gannets feeding up to a mile offshore and inshore flocks of Herring, Great & Lesser-black Backed Gulls taking sprat by simply upending. Also 1 Minke Whale, pod 5 Harbour Porpoise & 35 Common Dolphin in pods 5, 8, 10 & 12. (D Flumm, G Hirons) Also 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat and 1 Spotted Flycatcher around the village in a brief search before the fog set in. (DK Parker)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: 1 Turtle Dove (at Arden-Sawah), 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 11 Willow Warbler, 13 Tree Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Marazion: 1 juv Garganey, 1 Coot, 2 Gadwall on Longrock Pool; 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Black-tailed Godwit from the beach. (R Veal)

Stannon Pit to Rough Tor, Bodmin Moor: 30+ Golden Plover, 4 in summer plumage. 30+ Wheatear, 60+ Meadow Pipits, 12 Linnet, 4 Raven, 6 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 2 Painted Lady, 6 Tortoiseshell, 8 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock, 2 Small Copper, 10 Speckled Wood. (D Thomas)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 101 Mediterranean Gull, 207 Oystercatcher, 32 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sand Martin still feeding young in nesting burrow. (S Grose)

Land’s End: c2,500 Gannet, c15,000 Manx Shearwater feeding and resting on the sea with c6 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Skua mixed in. Also 2, probably 3 Minke Whale regularly breaching and showing well not far offshore, surprisingly no other cetaceans seen. (P&H Taylor, R&I Archer, DK Parker)

Sennen: 31 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 1 Roseate Tern (adult) and 3 Sandwich Tern on Cowloe. (DK Parker)

Rame Head: 15 Yellow Wagtail, in one flock feeding around the neck area, 2 Wheatear,1 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Gulval: Female Peafowl with 3 small young. Max count recently has been 7 together and there are also two older young, which may have been the result of an early brood this year. Current estimate of the local population is stable at about 20 individuals. (M Spicer)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 6 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler. (P Fraser)

Stenalees: 1 Hobby. (B Bosistow)

Sennen Cove: 47+ Mediterranean Gull (40+ juveniles). (J Hawkey)

Penryn River: 1 juv Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, c26 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 4 Turnstone & 2 Common Sandpiper. (L Langley)

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Monday 28th August 2017

Penzance Pelagic: next sailing 5pm Wednesday 30th August, cost £25. To book contact Mermaid office on 07901 731201.

Late News, 27/08, Levant Mine: 4 Chough. Sennen: 2 Minke Whale feeding. I spoke to a kayaker who we also watched who said the sea was teeming with fish; Sprats, Herring, Mackerel and Tuna. (H Hawke)

Late News, 27/08, College Reservoir: 16+ Mediterranean Gull (mostly juvs), part of a big flock that all dropped in together at 17.00, 1 Little Egret. (L Langley) Almost certainly a site record for College and Argal.

Lands End 09:00 – 11:42: Thousands of Manx Shearwater offshore, 60+ Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 2 Common Tern, 1 Yellow Wagtail. 2 Minke Whale (occasionally breaching), 2 Bottlenose Dolphin, 10+ Common Dolphin. (C & P Leigh)

Land’s End: 117 Swallow, 27 House Martin, 14 Chiffchaff, 15 Tree Pipit, 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Chough, 8 ‘alba’ Wagtail, 13 Common Whitethroat, 1 Water Rail, 3 Common Redshank, 1 Firecrest, 1 juvenile Peregrine, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler. Also ‘hippolais’ Warbler seen in flight near the car park bushes. (B Bosistow, P Roseveare)

Sennen: 9 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 79 Common Tern, 6 Arctic Tern, 1 Roseate Tern (adult), 7 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Skua, 1 Dunlin, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 21 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Minke Whale and 1 Whale sp (showed well, significantly larger than the Minkes with a slightly longer, more curved dorsal fin, Fin Whale perhaps?). (B Bosistow, P Roseveare)

Nanjizal: c115 birds ringed. 3 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 27 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 29 Sedge Warbler,13 Whitethroat, 7 Reed Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Firecrest, 2 Tree Pipit. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 19 Tree Pipit, 6 Willow Warbler, Wheatear, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Clouded Yellow. (M Wallace)

Scillonian lll crossing to St Marys, am: Wilson’s Petrel, 50+ Storm Petrel, Great Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, Common Scoter, 2 Arctic Tern, Minke Whale, 4+ Bottlenose Dolphin, 20+ Common Dolphin, Common Seal. (L Linacre)

St Just: 7 Tree Pipit (site record for me) between Cot Valley and Nanquidno, 1 Osprey soaring over St Just at 11:15 before moving off northeast. (N Wheatley)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Mute Swan, 2 Gadwall, 18 Mallard, 1 Garganey, 17 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Coot, 23 Moorhen, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin and c600 Swallow. (DK Parker, P Taylor)

Rame Head: 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2+ Wheatear. (D Allan)

St Gennys: 2 juv Osprey over today at 13:00, lots of warblers passing through mostly Willow and Chiffchaff the odd Garden and Wood, small family groups of Hirundinidae mostly Swallows. (N Bastin)

Osprey, Nigel Bastin

Cleave Cliffs, Bude: 1 Kestrel, 30+ Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 1 juvenile Yellow Wagtail, c40 Linnet. (H Kendall)

Constantine: single Swift over this afternoon. (D Collins)

Penwithick: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 9 House Sparrow, 1 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch. (K Bowers)

Sparrowhawk, Kevin Bowers

Colliford Reservoir: 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 150+ House Martin, good numbers of Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (C Buckland)

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Sunday 27th August 2017

Lands End 08:30 – 12.30:1000+ Manx Shearwater, 10+ Sooty Shearwater, 6+ Balearic Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Bonxie, 2 Chough, 2 Minke Whale, 12+ Common Dolphin. (P & C Leigh) Also 2 Chough, 50+ auk sp. (raft), 100’s of Manx Shearwater, 6 Fulmar, 2 Kestrel, 15 Tree Pipit perched together on wires, 1 Wheatear(m), 1 Stonechat(m), 2 Painted Lady, 3 Small-Pearl Bordered Fritillary. (J Evans) Also 1 Melodious Warbler in bushes by car park this morning (R Wilkins R Augarde, R Veal) and 1 Barred Warbler. (R Wilkins R Augarde)

Porthgwarra 06:25-10:30: 9 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater. Also 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher on wires below Doctor’s garden; 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler at Trevean Pool and 1 Grey Squirrel running across the moor. (R Veal, R Augarde, R Wilkins)

Pied Flycatcher, Reuben Veal

St Levan: Dotterel south over Raftra at 1655hrs, appeared to drop down into fields above St Levan church. Also Pied Flycatcher, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat, 32 Tree Pipit, 13 Wheatear, 15 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Willow Warbler 2 Dunlin, 12 White Wagtail in the Pothgwarra/St Levan area (M Wallace)

Mount’s Bay: 1 Balearic Shearwater.

Stithians Reservoir: Green Woodpecker heard, 3 Heron, 3 Cormorant, 7 Pied W/Tail, Kingfisher, 18 Little Grebe, 25-30 mainly Goldfinch with some Chaffinch, all from north end. 6.30 – 7.30 am (R Hampshire)

Davidstow Airfield: 2+ Black Redstart.

Hayle: 1 Knot, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall (D Eva)

Carbilly Tor: 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 1 Common Redstart (m), 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear (juv), 2 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker. (K Dalziel)

De Lank Water Works: 2 Yellow Wagtails (1 adult, 1 juv) with ponies, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Snipe.(K Dalziel)

Newquay, Little Fistral /Towan Head: 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank, 42 Turnstone, 35 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 2 juv Raven, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Wheatear, 1 Razorbill, 1 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

Sennen Cove: 20+ Mediterranean Gull (inc. 3 juveniles with French colour rings (green) – RP7E; R0CK & RT88. (J Hawkey)

Nanquidno: 2 Spotted Flycatcher (in conifers around Ashmoor Cottage)

Marazion: Arctic Skua chasing Common Tern offshore. (R Veal)

Mounts Bay: c30 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Scoter and 1 Eider off Longrock. (DK Parker) Adult Roseate Tern. (K Wilson)

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Friday, 28th July 2017

Next Mini Pelagic: this Saturday 5-8pm with Martin Elliott on Mermaid2  from Penzance. £25 pp. Contact Mermaid direct on 07901 731201

Porthgwarra seawatch 05:35 – 10:35: 1 Wilson’s Petrel (09:10) ,73 Cory’s Shearwater, 22 Great Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 24 Sooty Shearwater, 60 European Storm Petrel. 05.35 – 19.55: 89 Great Shearwater, 129 Cory’s Shearwater, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 59 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Wilson’s Petrel,  4 Arctic Skua, 9 Great Skua, 20 Puffin and 350 Storm Petrel. (P Marshall, D Pointon et al.)

Gwennap Head 06:00 – 11:00:  62+ Cory’s Shearwater, 12+ Great Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearater, 18 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Bonxie, 127 Storm Petrel, 1 Roseate Tern,1 Arctic Skua, 1 possible Wilson’s Petrel, 5 Common Dolphin, 2 Bottle-nose Dolphin (B Steel)

Lizard Point 17:00 – 18:40: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 6 Great Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater. (I Maclean) 13.10 – 18.35: 2, poss 3, Wilson’s Petrel, c40 Great Shearwater, c20 Cory’s Shearwater, c20 Sooty Shearwater, c10 Balearic Shearwater and 150 Storm Petrel. (L Langley)

Tater-du lighthouse, Lamorna 06:25 – 10:30: 16 Cory’s Shearwater, 10 Great Shearwater, 18 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 38 Storm Petrel, 4 Bonxie, 6 Puffin, 8 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill. (M McKee)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2+ juv Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover, 28 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal) 4 juv Yellow-legged Gull (photos of 2 below) . (M Halliday) Ryan’s Field: 5 Common Sandpiper. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Yellow-legged Gull – M Halliday

Kingsmill Lake: 2, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Mediterranean Gull (1 juv), 1 Dunlin, 19 Greenshank. (M.Beer)

Downderry: first watch 05:55-08:25 yielded c280 Manx Shearwaters, 44 Balearic Shearwaters, a Great Skua, 5 Kittiwakes, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 Common Scoters and a Whimbrel. Second watch produced one Cory’s Shearwater, c1000 Manx Shearwaters, 39 Balearic Shearwaters, 19 Kittiwakes and an Arctic Skua. All birds flying west.

RSPB Scillonian lll wildlife cruise sightings – Penzance to Wolf Rock: 86 Gannet, 108 Manx Shearwater, 7 Fulmar, 5 Guillemot, 14 Storm Petrel, 1 Great, 2 Cory’s and 5 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Harbour Porpoise and 4 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 186 Gannet, 458 Manx Shearwater, 7 Fulmar and 4 Storm Petrel. Wolf Rock to Scilly: 27 Gannet, 99 Manx Shearwater, 12 Fulmar, 6 Storm Petrel, 2 Sooty, 4 Cory’s and 6 Great Shearwater, 8 Common Dolphin and 1 Ocean Sunfish. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 98 Gannet,68 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 1 Sooty and 1 Cory’s Shearwater and 6 Common Dolphin.  (S Hack and DA Conway)

Penzance Bus station: 2 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Tern, 6 Mediterranean Gull. (P St Pierre)

Mousehole (20:15 – 21:45): 1 Great Shearwater, 5 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, 2 Storm Petrel,  Manx Shearwater (c60 per minute), 1 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre, M K Ahmad)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 winter plumage Great Northern Diver. (P Smale)

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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)

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