Monday 21st January 2019

Late photos, 20/1, Millbrook: 7 Cattle Egret, one with prey item, rat? It gobbled it up whole eventually! (P Stidwill)

Cattle Egret, Phil Stidwill

Cattle Egret, Phil Stidwill

Mount’s Bay: Probable Pacific Diver with 2 Great Northern Diver off St Michael’s Mount but distant. (M Elliott)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Pacific Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 10 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Pendower Beach: 1 Chough, 41 Curlew, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Rock Pipit including 2 Littoralis. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Portscatho: 1 Grey Wagtail , 20 Turnstone , 10 Mediterranean Gull , 2 Cirl Bunting. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint still present, 4 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff. (M Jones) 11 Water Pipit & Siberian Chiffchaff. (D Julian)

Swanpool: Black Guillemot still present but distant. (A McKechnie, B Dodd, T Mills)

Porthgwarra: Siberian Chiffchaff in sallows on the west side of Raftra Pool this morning. (M Wallace)

Newquay: Glossy Ibis flew into to Trenance boating lake at 16:05 and returned to roost at 16:35. (A Fleet, M Lammas)

Eastern Green: Glossy Ibis still in fields behind Sainsburys. (L Proctor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis flew in from the Gulval direction to roost at 16:52. (R Menari, J Hawkey)

Penzance: Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver and male Black Redstart at Jubilee Pool. (L Proctor)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 5 Cattle Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 1 Ruff, 1 Greylag, 7 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 6 Shelduck, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Little Egret, 60+ Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Gadwall, 1 Stoat. (A Piper)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret, 8 Snipe, 60 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Cot Valley: Juvenile Iceland Gull gracing the beach at the bottom of Cot Valley for the ninth day this morning, along with a male Black Redstart. (N Wheatley)

North Cliffs: 1 Lapland Bunting. (M Spicer)

Camel Estuary: 4 adult Whooper Swan still at Burniere Point. (D Julian)

Liskeard: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 1 Treecreeper, 7 Siskin at Trago Mills. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Jay, 1 Blackcap, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 19 Coot, 1 Common Gull, 211 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 66 Lapwing overhead. (S Grose)

Ninestones: 2 Willow Tit and 1 Treecreeper. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Cardinham Woods: 30+ Siskin, 3+ Marsh Tit on feeders. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Dozmary Pool: 2 f Goldeneye, 1 f Scaup, 100 Lapwing. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Hannafore: 2 Great Northern Diver, 10 Mediterranean Gull & 3 Chiffchaff. (P Aley)

Looe: Marsh Tit. (P Aley)

Seaton: 19 Red-throated Diver. (P Aley)

Downderry: Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Diver & 2 Great Northern Diver. (P Aley)

Portwrinkle: c60 C Scoter, 2 Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver. (P Aley)

Wacker Quay: 57 Avocet, 30 Grey Plover & 190 Teal. (P Aley)

Jupiter Point: Spoonbill. (P Aley)

Torpoint: 12 Brent Geese (4 pale-bellied) & 4 Red-breasted Merganser. (P Aley)

Gweek Creek: 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 20 Redshank, 5 Curlew. (D Collins)

Gillan Creek: 2 Common Sandpiper, 15 Little Egret, 2 Common Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (D Collins)

Coverack: 3 Eider, 1 Common Scoter (female), 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Gull, 1 Kittiwake. (D Collins)

Lizard Point: 1 Sooty Shearwater at 08:33.

Bude Marshes: 3 Mute Swan, 44 Mallard, 21 Wood Pigeon, 10 Canada Geese plus 1 white feral goose, 2 Water Rail, 13 Black-headed Gull, 2 Robin, c200 Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk,  24 Teal, 35 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Dunnock, 5 Carrion Crow, c150 Starling, 19 Rook, 2 Snipe, 4 Song Thrush, 4 Magpie, 9 Redwing, 10 Blackbird, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Stonechat 1m 1f, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher. (R Mudge)

Marhamchurch, near Bude: 1 pair of Blackcap (unringed), regularly on our garden feeders. (M Green)


Saturday 19th January 2019

Late news, 18/1, Gerrans Bay: 1 Pacific Diver, 10 Great Northern Diver, 17 Black-throated Diver, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe. (D Hall, S Gay)

Late news, 18/1, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 40+ Snipe, 6 Shelduck, 40+ Wigeon, 6 Lapwing, 1 Little Egret, 10 Redshank, 2 Greenshank and 2 Great Black-backed Gull on Copperhouse Creek. (V Skilton)

Late photos, 18/1, Hayle Estuary RSPB:

Caspian Gull – Mark Halliday

Caspian Gull – Mark Halliday

Trenance boating lake: Glossy Ibis flew from the roost at 08:07 and returned this evening. (D Hastilow)

Glossy Ibis – David Hastilow

Penzance: Glossy Ibis in field behind Sainsbury’s car park.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis came in to roost from Gulval direction at 17:02 and landed at the front of the marsh. (J Hawkey, P St Pierre)

Gulval: 1 Serin still this morning. (S Rowe, T Phelps)

Swanpool: winter plumaged Black Guillemot still fairly distant. (D Eva)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint again behind the Maltsters Pub. (S Murphy)

Sancreed: 3 Cattle Egret, 32 Lapwing. (D Flumm)

Sellan: 4 Cattle Egret with cattle below (south) of the farm, viewed distantly from Drift Reservoir car park. (DK Parker)

Camel Estuary: 4 Whooper Swan still. (S Murphy)

Cot Valley: juvenile Iceland Gull still at Porth Nanven, also a Whimbrel and a male Black Redstart. (T Phelps)

Gunwalloe Marsh: Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Marsh Harrier. (S Bury)

College Reservoir: 12 Shoveler, 1 female Goldeneye, 1 drake Pochard. (D Eva)

Ding Dong Moor: 2 Male Hen Harrier (Nine Maidens), harassed by Sparrowhawk. One flew toward Zennor, the other bird toward Watchcroft. Later 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) flew from Watchcroft toward Zennor, 2 Dartford Warbler on Watchcroft south slope, 1 Redwing, 4 Stonechat. (J Evans)

Loe Pool: 37 Mallard (unusually high number for this location), 27 Pochard, 20 Cormorant,  12 Goosander, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Shoveler, 10 Common Gull, 3 Teal, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Firecrest. (G Adams)

Loe Bar: 1 Red-throated Diver and 3 Black-throated Diver offshore. (G Adams)

Torpoint: 3 Slavonian Grebe this morning, also an oiled Guillemot now being taken to a vet. (M Beer)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Goldeneye (ad male), 80 Snipe, 24 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 110 Lapwing. (D Collins)

Falmouth, Pennance Point: 2 Red-necked Grebe. (D Collins)

Godrevy: 4 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Turnstone, 4 Rock Pipit and 30+ Herring Gull, mostly juvenile. (V Skilton)

Purple Sandpiper – Vic Skilton

Penzance: Firecrest in private garden. (R Phillips)

Kennall Vale: 1 Dipper. (T Lovelock)

Bedruthan Steps: 2 Chough, 5 Raven, 2 Corn Bunting at Carnewas Farm. (S Grose)

The Lizard: 1 Black Redstart.

St Dennis cemetery: 11 Greenfinch. (P Ash)

Perranuthnoe to Marazion: 4 Little Egret, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Turnstone, 7 Grey Plover, 1 juv Kestrel, 1 Blackcap, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Carrier)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

St Loy: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Porthgwarra: 1 Teal, 6 Mediterranean Gull. (M McKee)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Firecrest behind hide. (R Veal) 1 Spoonbill and 26 Ringed Plover on Copperhouse Pool at high tide. (M Jones)

Mabe: 2m Blackcap. (G Adams)

Crugmeer/Hawkers Cove: 2 Barn Owl this evening and a Peregrine Falcon after dusk. (S Grose)

Torpoint, Millbrook Lake: 1w Mediterranean Gull and 1 Whimbrel. (B Bosisto)

Mediterranean Gull – Bob Bosisto


Tuesday 15th January 2019

Late news, 14/1, Carrick Roads: 2 Great Northern Diver, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 11 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Little Grebe. Viewed from Weir. (G Wills and D Seager)

Newquay boating lake: Glossy Ibis left roost site at 08:12. 2 Little Grebes and Common Sandpiper on river. (M Lammas) Flew back to roost at 16:56. (T Carson)

Penrose, Loe Pool: Glossy Ibis from 11:00 to c11:50 in the area when it flew off. (D Hill)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 1 Pacific Diver SW of mount. (MJ Spicer, PA Taylor) Also 1 Eider, 21 Ringed Plover, 82 Turnstone, 70 Sanderling, 4+ Purple Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin and 1m Black Redstart. (MJ Spicer) 1 ad male Black Redstart, 60+ Sanderling, 50+ Turnstone, 9 Ringed Plover, 6 Purple Sandpiper. (M Webb) Wherrytown: 3 immature drake  Eider. (M Webb)

Black Redstart, Mike Spicer

Sanderling, Mike Spicer

Newlyn: 1 Female Eider, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant on rocks by harbour wall. (M Webb)

Eider, Martin Webb

Eider, Martin Webb

Falmouth: 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Black-necked Grebe. Viewed from footpath from Gyllyngvase to Swanpool beaches at 11:30. (J St Ledger)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint again behind the Maltsters PH, also 17+ Water Pipit and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff reported. (DI Julian)

Gulval: 1 Serin east of the church. (P St Pierre)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Cattle Egret viewable distantly from the car park. (P Taylor)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret, 137 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid Canada Geese, 40 Lapwing, 6 Med Gull. (D Flumm)

St Austell sewage works: Both yesterday’s Yellow-browed Warblers still present in the same locations. (J Rance)

Porthpean: 1 female Velvet Scoter. (B Bosisto)

Cot Valley: Juv Iceland Gull at bottom of valley. (S McMahon, R Butts) Also 2 Chough flew over. (R Butts)

Polgigga: Firecrest along Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. (D Cains) Also seen at Copperhouse. (S McMahon) Probable 2w Caspian Gull reported.

Gwithian: 1 Jack Snipe reported.

Padstow, Stepper Point: 3 Raven, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Stonechat, 1 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Little Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck, 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 19 Coot, 7 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

St Ives: 3 female Black Redstarts and 2 Stonechats (male and female) following each other again at Barnoon cemetery. Also 1 male Blackcap and 1 Grey Wagtail in a private garden. (K Money)

Truro: 1 Redwing drinking from birdbath in my garden. (D Jenkins)

Tresemple Pool, St Clements: 1 Common Snipe, 2 Greenshank displaying. (P Pearson)

Halton Quay: 10 Black tailed Godwit, 145 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 36 Canada Geese, 1 Common Gull, c.20 Teal. (A Blonden)

Dobwalls: 1 female Blackcap in the garden. (C&J Duffy)

Longrock: 12 Curlew. (K Bowers)

Curlew, Kevin Bowers

Swanvale, Falmouth: 2 Water Rail. (K and J Mortimore)

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


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)


Sunday 6th January 2019

CBWPS Cornwall Birds ‘Pic of the Year’ – voting is still open on the page here for the last few days’ images. We will be sorting out the winners and doing a final vote to find the overall favourites over the next couple of days. Thanks for voting and taking part!

Late news, 5/1, Pentire Point West: 3 Short-eared Owl. (S Grose)

Truro: Waxwing still by Malpas House on Malpas Road. (M Spicer, D Jenkins et al) 1 Black-tailed Godwit on Truro River opposite Tesco. (D Jenkins)

Waxwing – photos (left to right) Mike Spicer, Steve Rowe and Steve Rogers

Waxwing – John Chapple

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint to at least 13:30. 5 Water Pipit, 1 Ruff, c30 Black-tailed Godwit, 2000+ Golden Plover overhead coming off main estuary. (P Kemp)

Devoran: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs still late afternoon. (S Rowe, T Carson)1 1st winter Spoonbill. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto, L Payne) 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 2 Siskin. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Constantine: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff at the sewage works. (D Collins)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 30 Lapwing, 8 Snipe, 60 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Coverack: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at the sewage works. (D Wright, S Bury) 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Eider (f) and 7 Med Gull in the bay. (D Wright, S Bury)

Yellow-browed Warbler – Dougy Wright

Wadebridge: Great White Egret flew up river between the A39 bridge & Wadebridge at 15:35. (S Lilley)

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

St Clement: 1 Avocet still. (M Jones, D Eva, P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal) Also 1 Kingfisher. (D Eva) 2 Nuthatch. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Gillan Creek: 1 Spoonbill. (B Nicholls)

Newlyn: 1 Black Redstart at Tolcarne Terrace, 4 Eider off Wherrytown. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach: 3 Common Gull on the sea opp red river. (S Grose)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 2 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Eider. (R Treeby)

Men-an-Tol: male Hen Harrier. (R Treeby)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 1 Spoonbill, 8+ Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 60+ Dunlin, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 10+ Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Grey Plover, 12 Golden Plover. Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher, 200+ Golden Plover, 80+ Lapwing. (B Hicks) 8 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 3 Avocet past this morning.

Loe Pool: 9 Goosander in Carminowe Creek (6m, 3f). (D Wright) 30+ Pochard. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-throated Diver, 20 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 3 Slavonian Grebe. (D Eva) 50+ Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 6 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1f Long-tailed Duck viewed from Portscatho and Pendower. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal) c20 Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 24 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 ad Kittiwake, viewed from Pendower. (P Kemp)

St Mawes: 2 Sandwich Tern. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Tregony: 2 Dipper. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Helston: drk Ferruginous Duck of unknown origin still on boating lake. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal, M Webb)

Ferruginous Duck – Martin Webb

Hell’s Mouth: 6 (1 ad 5 juv) Whooper Swan still in field east of cafe adjacent to the Coombe turn off. (M Webb)

Whooper Swans – Martin Webb

Loe Beach, Carrick Roads: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Great Northern Diver, 18 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, c25 Common Dolphin. (B Bosisto, L Payne) 17+ Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Great Crested Grebe. (D Julian)

East Pentire Head: 2 Short-eared Owl. (D Julian)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Cormorant, probable P. c. sinensis, feeding close to shore for some time (gular angle near 90°, white head plumage & feathering, red spot on upper mandible). (I Juliane)

Feock Church: 1 Blackcap, 6 Greenfinch. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Bude Marshes: 1 Barnacle Goose with c100 Canada Gose. (B Nicholls)

Barnacle Goose – Blake Nicholls

East Looe: 1 male Blackcap on Bay View Road. (D Spooner)

Beneathway, Dobwalls: Tawny owl calling at 05:00. (C&J Duffy)

Torpoint: Sparrowhawk with pigeon as prey in private garden. (R Napp)

Sparrowhawk – Rick Napp


Friday 4th January 2019

Late news, 3/1, Tresillian River: 8+ Cattle Egret in field behind Tresemple Pool, later along river seen from St Clement car park. (K Williams)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs still, in the creek by the boat store mid afternoon.

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint and 5 Water Pipit still showing in flooded field at Chapel Amble at first light this morning. (P Roseveare) Temminck’s Stint and 5 Water Pipit still present plus 6 Ruff, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail, 105 Black-tailed Godwit (D Eva, J St Ledger, B Hibbet)

Temminck’s Stint – John St Ledger

Ruff – John St Ledger

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis flew in from the west at 11:15, flew off north at 11:30, but may have landed in field north of the bypass. It returned at 12:00 but landed in an area with no public access. (L Proctor, M Spicer et al)

Lower Tamar Lake: 27 Goosander (12m 15f), 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Scaup (1m 1f), 1m Pintail, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Willow Tit. (R Mudge) Also, female Ring-necked Duck still.

Burniere Point, Camel Estuary: 4 Whooper Swan still present, also 3000 Golden Plover. (D Eva, D Julian)

Gwennap Sewage Works: 35 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, Peregrine. (M Grantham)

Constantine: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the sewage works.

Sancreed: 5 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 6 Snipe, 95 Canada & 2 hybrid Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Helford River: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Great Northern Diver all feeding around the mouth of Frenchman’s Creek at high tide. Also 1 Cattle Egret over at dusk. (P Bedford)

Carrick Roads: Female Velvet Scoter and 2 Black-necked Grebe viewable from Mylor Churchtown.

Coverack: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at the sewage works. (A Witheywood) Also 1 Med Gull, 3 Eider,1 female Common Scoter, 1 Teal and a Great Northern Diver plus a pod of about 10 Common Dolphin in a feeding frenzy with a large flock of gulls. (D Wright)

Yellow-browed Warbler – A Witheywood

Yellow-browed Warbler – A Witheywood

Common Dolphin – A Witheywood

Common Dolphin – A Witheywood

Kennack Sands: 6 Black-throated Diver. (D Wright)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Greylag, 5 Pintail, 20 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck. (D Eva)

Newquay: Mixed flock of 30 Purple Sandpiper & Turnstone, also 8 Oystercatcher 09:00 at Towan Head. (M Lammas) Also Black Redstart by the bridge to the Island.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 drk Goosander. (R Veal) Also Spoonbill still.

Lizard Point: 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull. (D Collins, D Wright)

Loe Bar: 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Harbour Porpoise. Also 6 Goosander and 10 Great Crested Grebe on Carminowe Creek. (G Adams)

Polbathic Creek: 2 Chiffchaff in a private garden. (A Blonden)

Saturday 29th December 2018

CBWPS Cornwall Birds ‘Pic of the Year’ – we will be posting up a selection from the weekly ‘pic of the week’ photos received throughout the year. (The pix are normally to be found on the website homepage). Over the traditional 12 days of Christmas, you can vote for one out of the day’s shortlist. Ultimately we will find out which is your overall favourite for 2018. Please see the 12 Birds of Christmas page on the website to views the photos and to vote in the poll. If you haven’t already done so you can still vote of previous day’s selections. Thanks for supporting us and our contributors throughout the year.


Late news, 27/12, Constantine Sewage Treatment Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest. (D Collins)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (A Witheywood)

possible Siberian Chiffchaff, A Witheywood

Penpol Creek: 1 Cattle Egret came in to roost with only 4 Little Egret at 16. 30hrs, 1 Tawny Owl, 45 Curlew and 7 Redshank present. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Water Pipit. (S Rowe) River Gannel: 1 Dipper opp petrol station. (S Grose)

Treraven Meadows: 2 Water Pipit. (D Julian)

Hell’s Mouth: 6 Whooper Swan still in field near cafe (J Baker)

Portscatho:  1 ad fem Long-tailed Duck off Porthcurnick beach.  3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Shag off Porthbean beach. (P Pearson)

Falmouth (Gyllyngvase Beach): 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver. (D Collins)

Polgigga: Firecrest with tit flock along Bosistow Lane. (J Miller)

Feock: 14 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe,17 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Sandpiper at Loe Beach. (B Mellow)

Towan Head: 1 Chough (juv & unringed), 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat, 4 Common Scoter past, 1 Guillemot, 1 Common Gull, 12 Turnstone, 9 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Par beach pool: 1 Lesser Black-backed x Herring gull? (pinkish legs). (J Rance)

Hybrid gull, (LBBG x HG?), John Rance

Lower Tamar Lake: 36 Goosander 14m 22f. (R Mudge)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 4 (2m) Shoveler, 5 (2m) Gadwall, 30+ Tufted Duck, 12 Coot, 90+ Teal. (R Veal)

Charlestown: 2 Fulmar on east beach cliffs (D Hastilow)

Polgigga: Firecrest this morning.

Looe, Millendreath: 2 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black Redstart. (D Spooner)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 10 Black-throated Diver, 12+ Great Northern Diver & 1 Mediterranean Gull. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Devoran: 1 Spoonbill. (B Mellow)

Mawgan: 1 Brambling, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Coal Tit. (P. Bedford)

Wadebridge, Tesco: 1 Tawny Owl. (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 1 Tawny Owl. (B Bosisto)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Pochard , 2 Tufted Duck , 1 Treecreeper (B Bosisto L Payne)