Sunday 7th January 2018

The BBC will be at Burniere and Walmsley on Monday 8th from 10:30 till mid afternoon completing their filming and doing the presenter links. So expect a little disturbance at times.  Thanks, Adrian.

Late photo, 6/1, Long Rock: 1w Glaucous Gull. (L Proctor)

Glaucous Gull, Linton Proctor

Kenwyn: Hawfinch in Kenwyn churchyard 11:20. (M Costa)

Egloshayle: At least 2 Hawfinch still at Egloshayle Cemetery at midday. (D Julian, W Delacour) 5 flew over together at 14:40. (S Rogers)

Hawfinch – Will Delacour

Newquay, Towan Head: 2 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed plover on rocks. 5 Common Scoter off point plus 100s of auks, mainly Guillemots on water and flying N. (M Lammas)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Spoonbill at the Amble Marshes this morning viewed from the Walmsley Tower Hide. (D Julian)

Marazion: 1 Iceland Gull. (R Treeby, DK Parker, MJ Spicer, B Field, L Proctor, R Veal)

Iceland Gull – Linton Proctor

Iceland Gull – Reuben Veal

Truro: Brambling in private garden in Grampound Road. (R Castillo Nicholls)

Brambling – Rowena Castillo-Nicholls

Drift Reservoir: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Bullfinch (M Bishop, R Treeby, C Moore)

St Clement, Truro, Menadews Farm: 12 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret among cattle, from road down near St Clement. (A Hill)

Mousehole: fem type Black Redstart outside the bird hospital, 2 Raven, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Great Northern Diver, 12 Common Dolphin off the Rock pool Cafe. (S Grose)

Sennen: 250 Golden Plover and 1 Med Gull by Eschalls Chapel and 2 Great Northern Diver in the cove. (M Bishop)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill still. (DK Parker) Carnsew Basin: 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Spoonbill. (MJ Spicer)

Penzance: Drake Eider still. (R Treeby, J St Ledger) Also 1 Kingfisher in the inner harbour (J St Ledger) Harbour Wall (Jubilee Pool side): 31 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 50+ Turnstone. (J St Ledger) 40 Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool. (B Field)

Purple Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Newquay: 2cy Ring-billed Gull still present, showing well in front of restaurant, also 1 Little Grebe and 1 Little Egret over heading towards Gannel estuary. (R Hughes, S Rogers, T Wilson, O Mockridge)

Windmill Farm: 1 Woodcock, 8 Snipe, 100+ Redwing, 12 Fieldfare, 2 Reed Bunting, 200 Chaffinch, 20 Bullfinch. (D Wright)

Lizard: 2 Richard’s Pipit, 1 Lapland Bunting, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Chough. (B Field) Richard’s Pipit at Caerthillian Pumping Station at 14:30. (D Wright)

Richard’s Pipit – Brian Field

Lapland Bunting – Brian Field

Rame Peninsular: 1 Firecrest at 13:10. (D Allan)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 2 (m,f) Black Redstart, 2 (m,f) Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 30 Gannet feeding offshore. (S Van Hear) 3 Black Redstart. (J Irvine)

Bosistow Lane: 1 Mistle Thrush and 20 Stock Dove. (M Bishop)

Perranporth, Reen Manor riding school: 400+ Golden Plover. (S Grose)

Gulval: 1 Peregrine over. (MJ Spicer)

Millbrook: 2 Cattle Egret with 5 Little Egret flew East over village at 16:20. (AC Robinson) 2 Egyptian Goose. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

China Fleet Club: 1 Glossy Ibis, 52 Shelduck, 64 Wigeon, 59 Teal, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 96 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Grey Wagtail. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

St Stephen-by-Saltash: 1 Hawfinch in the church yard. Feeding around the mature Yew Trees. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

St John’s Lake: 5 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Sandwich Tern, 5 Great Crested Grebe. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Wilcove: 42 Teal, 2 Whimbrel. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Lynher Estuary: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 272 Wigeon, 113 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 158 Avocet, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

East Taphouse: 1 Woodcock. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Goss Moor: 4 Woodcock. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Hayle Marine Business Park: 1 fem type Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 141 Curlew, 1 Tawny Owl, 14 Little Egret at Penpol Creek. (S Grose) 3 Med Gull, Greenshank and 3 Blackcap in ivy. (T Wilson)

Newton in St Martin: 12 Cattle Egret, 9 Little Egret. (Trewince Farm)

Men-an-Tol: Ringtail Hen Harrier flew in to roost at 16:35, Barn Owl at 17:00. (R Treeby)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter (1 1w male, 2 female-types), 1 Velvet Scoter and 1 Long-tailed Duck. (O Mockridge)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup still. (O Mockridge)

Trelissick: 6 Brambling. (J Irvine)

Feock: 1 Hawfinch. (J Irvine)

Combe, Nr Truro: 1 Red Admiral Butterfly. (P Bedford)

Red Admiral – Phil Bedford


Saturday 6th January 2018

Late news, 5/1, Rosenannon Downs: 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Woodcock, Snipe, 2 Tawny owl between 22:00 & 23:00.(S Grose)

Late news, 5/1, Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver, c10 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-necked Grebe. (P Clement, MJ Spicer)

Late news, 5/1, Wadebridge, Treraven Meadows: 1 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Water Pipit. (B Dodd)

Late news, 5/1, Egloshayle churchyard: 5 Hawfinch. (B Dodd)

Newquay: 2cy Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Boating Lake at 09:25. (S Grose, S McMahon)

Par Beach pool: 3 Pochard, 1 Water Rail, 12 Coot, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck. 1 Great Crested Grebe off Par Beach. (S Grose – photo)

Pochard – Shaun Grose

Men-an-Tol and vicinity: 60+ Fieldfare, 100+ Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 23 Raven (flock), 4 Snipe, 2 Skylark. (J Evans)

Bowithick: 2 Hawfinch. (T Potterton)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Eva)

Pendower: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 7 Great Northern Diver. (D Eva)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still. (C Urquhart)

Goss Moor: 1 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper and 1 Great spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto & P Roseveare)

St Columb Sewage Works: 10 Goldcrest, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Jay, 1 Dipper, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Stock Dove and 1 Yellowhammer. (B Bosisto & P Roseveare)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill and Pink-footed Goose still. (M Halliday – photos) Also 1 ad Kittiwake, 15 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 (3 drk) Goosander on Lelant Saltings. 1 Red-throated Diver (sadly entangled with fishing line) on Carnsew Pool. 4 Snipe, 1 (same) Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Spoonbill & Pink-footed Goose – Mark Halliday

Drift Reservoir: 1 Merlin, 3 Med Gull. (D Flumm) Also white Mandarin still. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 4 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 14 Skylark in stubbles. (D Flumm)

Sennen: c500 Golden Plover and c200 Lapwing on field SE of A30 at Trevorrian Farm. (DK Parker)

Trevilley: 6 Reed Bunting, c40 Chaffinch, c20 Linnet, c20 Goldfinch, c50 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff and 5 Stock Dove. (C Moore & DK Parker)

Brew Pool: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 tristis Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest. (C Moore)

St Anthony in Meneage: 1 female-type Goosander. (C Brooks – photo)

Goosander – Caroline Brooks

Wadebridge: Hawfinch over Coronation Park this afternoon. (DI Julian)

Egloshayle: Hawfinch still in the cemetery. (L Proctor)

Gunwalloe Cove: 1 Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaff, 100+ Pied Wagtail. (D Wright)

Helston SF: 1 Firecrest, 12 Chiffchaff. (D Wright – photo)

Firecrest – Dougy Wright

Marazion: Probable 1w Bonaparte’s Gull briefly. (PA Fraser) Also 1w Iceland Gull still in the overfow car park. (L Proctor, DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 18 Moorhen and 8 Little Grebe on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

St Merryn: 2 Hawfinch and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in trees around the church. (R Hughes)

Tregonetha Downs: 30 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Newtown St Martin: 13 Cattle Egret and 11 Little Egret with cattle in field at junction with Tretharrup/Trewince farms. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Gillian Creek: 10 Little Egret (inc 7 in cow field on hillside), 3 Mediterranean Gull & 2 Common Sandpiper. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Rame: 2 Woodlark in fields north of Military road.

Looe: 2w Glaucous Gull on Fish Market roof.

Hannafore Point: Siberian Chiffchaff and fem Black Redstart.

Mount’s Bay: Iceland Gull, juv Glaucous Gull, Pom Skua and 8 Great Northern Diver.

Lizard Point: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Puffin, 3 Red-throated Diver. (T Blunden)

Kynance/Caerthillian: 2 Richard’s Pipit, 1 Lapland Bunting. (T Blunden)

Towan Head: 5 Purple Sandpiper, 23 Turnstone, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Red-throated Diver. Also 2 Shelduck and 1 Great Northern Diver flew west. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis still and 1 Spotted Redshank. (S McMahon)

Mawgan: 1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly. (P Bedford)

Lower Tamar Lake: 24 Goosander (13m, 11f), 3 Little Egret, 1 Mute Swan, 15 Tufted Duck, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull. (R Mudge)


Thursday 4th January 2018

Late news, 3/1/, Mawgan-in-Meneage:  Brambling at bird feeder (R McDonald)

Porthilly Point: 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 11 Common Gull, 17 Mediterranean Gull, 156 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Goosander distantly on main channel. (S Grose)

Towan Head Newquay: 5 Common Scoter still off point, also many Gannets, auks Kittiwakes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 stayed briefly. (M Lammas)

Falmouth, Swanpool Beach: 80 Shag, c20 attendant Great Back-backed Gull, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot offshore, with Kittiwakes and Gannets distantly and 3 Ringed Plover on the rocks, Swanpool: 1 Water Rail, 3 Blackcap, 2f Pochard Swanvale: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (halfway up, flew into large garden next to building site), 3 Blackcap. (D Chaney)

Marazion: Iceland Gull in the car park. (C Moore, M Ahmad)

Iceland Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Iceland Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still. (R Treeby)

Sancreed: 1 Firecrest plus 150 Golden Plover over heading west. (DS Flumm)

Helford River from Helford Passage to Trebah: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter (female), 30+ Gannet. (J St Ledger – photos)

Slavonian Grebe – John St Ledger

Newquay: 1w Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Pool. Also Peregrine. (R Treeby, M Spicer)

Ring-billed Gull, Mike Spicer

Drift Reservoir: Iceland Gull viewable from the car park. (C Moore)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter and 1 Long-tailed Duck. (R Treeby)

Egloshayle: 5 Hawfinch still at the cemetery. (A Langdon)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Pink-footed Goose in with the Canada Geese. (DI Julian) Carnsew Basin: 1 Red-throated Diver this morning. (B Dodd) This afternoon, 2 Grey Plover, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Greenshank, 4 Little Grebe. (T Mills)

St Just Airfield: Adult Glaucous Gull 1 mile southeast of the airfield. (KA Wilson)

St John’s Lake: Viewed from Marine Drive and surrounding roads. 3 Spoonbill, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver and 6 Brent Goose. (C Ellis)


Wednesday 3rd January 2018

New Year’s Day Bird race/Green Challenge: Thanks to all those who took part/contributed their sightings. If anyone out birding on the 1st Jan who kept a list are able to send in their total for the day please do so – garden lists, local patch or further afield. Hopefully we can do more of this kind of thing in the future. Thanks!

Late news, 2/1, Sennen: Hundreds, if not thousands, of By-the-wind Sailors (Velella velella) along the strand line on Sennen Beach. (R Butts)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Caspian Gull. (B Bosisto)

Newquay: 1w Ring-billed Gull showing well on Trenance boating pool. (S Grose, A McKechnie, B Bosisto)

Ring-billed Gull, Alex McKechnie

Towan Head: 2 Bonxie, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Peregrine this morning in an hour. (S Rowe)

Fistral Beach: 63 Fulmar,1 Manx Shearwater, 100 Kittiwake in a 1 hour seawatch. (B Bosisto)

Penzance: 1 dark phase Pomarine Skua, 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 10 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool. (R Veal)

Cot Valley: Male Firecrest showing well. (N Wheatley)

Sennen Cove: 1st w Iceland Gull flew past. (C Moore)

Feock: 2 Hawfinch in the yews by the church entrance. With 1 Hawfinch showing well 09:30 -10:00. (M Jones)

Mullion: Hawfinch at Higher Bochym opposite Swift Autos at 13:05.

Coverack: 2w Iceland Gull still at 12:20.

Loe Beach: 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe. (W Chegwidden) 

Carrick Roads: 5 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Great Northern Diver, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 30+ Gannet. (J St Ledger)

Porthpean: 10 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Surf Scoter and 1 Long-tailed Duck at 15:00. (M Jones)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Padstow:  27 Mute Swan,  Canada Goose, 22 Shelduck, 13 Mallard, 40 Wigeon, 1 Goosander, 2 Little Gebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 80 Oystercatcher, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, c.2000 Golden Plover, c.300 Lapwing, c.300 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 100 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Curlew, 250 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 65 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 4 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 7 Rook, 25 Carrion Cow, 3 Raven, 5 Starling, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al.)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch in old part of cemetery. (A Langdon)

Hawfinch, Adrian Langdon

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Firecrest. (B Toms)

Godolphin Hill: 1 Snipe (C Richards)


Monday 1st January 2018

Happy New Year One and All!!

Thank you for all the support in 2017, and wishing all our members and daily sightings contributors and readers all the best for a great birding 2018.

Late news, 31/12, Penzance: 1 Chiffchaff and 1 f Blackcap in a private garden. (R Phillips)

Late news, 31/12,Tuckingmill Valley Park: 3 Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 10+ Goldfinch. Numerous Blackbirds, Dunnocks and Chaffinch. (D King)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver. (P Jones) Also a 3rd Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver and 2 Black-throated Diver reported. (M Pringle) 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Fulmar. (B Field)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull (initially reported yesterday as a Common Gull). (S Rowe)

Ring-billed Gull, Steve Rowe

Ring-billed Gull, Steve Rowe

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Common Gull, 68 Wigeon, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Blackcap, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose) Also 13 Little Egret, 134 Curlew, 23 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

Newquay Tretherras School: 1 Firecrest in scots pine trees between school and community orchard. (S Grose)

Kynance: 1 Richard’s Pipit on Kynance approach road by cattle grid. (T Blunden)

Housel Bay: 1 female Black Redstart. (D Collins)

Newtown in St Martin: 5 Cattle Egret & 9 Little Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Frenchman’s Creek, Helford: Two egret roosts at dusk; one at estuary mouth with 21 Little & 1 Cattle Egret, the other with >40 birds including at least 10 Cattle Egrets but inaccessible and too dark to identify individuals specifically. Also 1 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 40 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Cattle Egret, Dave Flumm

Carrick Roads: 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Whimbrel. (D Chaney)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1 Whimbrel, 5 Great Northern Diver offshore in Falmouth Bay, Castle Beach: 3+ Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail Swanpool Beach: 250 Shag and 20+ Gannet fishing offshore, and 5 Bottlenose Dolphin distantly. (D Chaney) Castle Beach: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Whimbrel. (D Eva)

Penryn: 1 Dipper, 1 Common Sandpiper. Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Snipe. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 5 Goosander (4 redhead, 1 drake), 1 Goldeneye, 1f Gadwall, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Common Gull, 1 tristis type Chiffchaff, 1 Peregrine. (D Chaney)

Ruan Estuary: 6 Blackbird, 1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Buzzard, 6 Blue Tit, 5 Canada Goose, 2 Carrion Crow, 16 Curlew, 35 Dunlin, 53 Herring Gull, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 97 Lapwing, 2 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 m Pheasant, 4 Redshank, 2 Robin, 15 Shelduck, 2 Stonechat, 1 f Teal, 107 Wigeon, 6 Woodpigeon and 1 Wren.  (C Hughes)

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Green Sandpiper, 15+ Chiffchaff. (B Field)

St Merryn: 9 Starling (2 with rings), 14 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Dunnock and 4 Goldcrest in a private garden. (R Hughes)

Freathy: 1 Water Rail in private garden at 08:20. (M.Jordan)

St Breock: 1 Cattle Egret and 20 Little Egret at Hay Farm. (B Bosisto)

Cape Cornwall: 17 Chough, 1m Black Redstart at Porth Ledden. (N Wheatley)

Sancreed: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Pink-footed Goose (same as above), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Wigeon. (C Moore)

Penzance: 1 Brent Goose off the prom (distant). 2 Harbour PorpoiseHarbour: 1 drake Eider still. (R Phillips)

Mousehole: 3 Kittiwake, 3 Great Northern Diver, c30 Guillemot, c50 Gannet, 1 Minke Whale, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin, 10+ Harbour Porpoise, 10+ Common Dolphin. (G Adams) 

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal)

Trenow: 1f Merlin. (R Menari)

Ludgvan: Firecrest in the churchyard. (R Menari)

Nancledra: Barn Owl north end of Cuckoo Lane. (R Menari)

Egloshayle: 2 Hawfinch in the cemetery. (DI Julian) 5 Hawfinch. (B Field)

Walmsley: c500 Dunlin, c500 Lapwing, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff, 9 Pintail, 8 Gadwall, 2 Greenshank, 20 Snipe, c200 Black-tailed Godwit. (BField)

Kea: 2 Spoonbill feeding at creek edge at Roundwood Quay. (B Robson)

Spoonbill, Beatrice Robson

Camel Estuary: 3 Goosander, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 2 Bullfinch, 200+ Lapwing, 2 Widgeon, 8 Mute Swan, 3 Oystercatcher, c30 Dunlin, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail by water treatment works. 2 Great Black Backed Gulls, c15 Black headed Gulls, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Canada Goose, 16 Mallard, 5 Curlew, plus Robins, Blackbird, Wren, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Redwing and a small flock of Long Tailed Tits. (D King)

Feock: 2 Hawfinch in trees by church at 11:20 plus numerous Bullfinch, 3 Goldcrest, Jay and several Redwing. (D King, D Eva, B Field)

Hawfinch, Brian Field

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still, 1 Merlin. (B Field)

St John’s Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Brent Goose and 2 Spoonbill. (M Beer)

Polbathic Creek:1Kingfisher (fem) took 5 newts from garden pond, 3 Reed Bunting now regular at feeders, 4 Barnacle Goose still with Canada Goose. (A Blonden)

Hannafore: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Chiffchaff. (A Blonden)

Lower Tamar Lake: 10 Goosander, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, c25 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, c50 Mallard, 3 Marsh Tit,  2 Willow Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 7 Rook,  1 Wren. (R Mudge)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Kestrel, 2 Redwing, 3 Grey Heron, (the guns started on either side of the lake which cleared everything). (R Mudge)

Bude: 2 Snow Geese, 52 Canada Geese, 1 White hybrid, 28 Lapwing, 1m Stonechat. (R Mudge)


Sunday 31st December 2017

Are you a New Year’s day lister? Then join our little fun ‘competition’ here, New Year’s Day Birdrace. 3 categories, from ‘walking from home’, ‘local patch’ to ‘County-wide’. Originally there was a typo in the email address, it’s now corrected ‘‘ or email the bird-news sightings address.

Late News, 30/12, Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis still in distant field viewed from 2nd hide.

Late News, 30/12, Saltash: 2 Hawfinch at the China Fleet Club.

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup.

Falmouth, Berkeley Cottages: 2m Blackcap fighting in Dracenas, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Blackbird also in confrontation (S Van Hear)

Truro: 1 Firecrest and 12+ Long-tailed Tit in private garden this morning. (K & J Mortimore)

Sancreed: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Greylag & 97 Canada Geese in fields opposite village including the small ‘Cackling’type first photographed at Drift 1st August and seen intermittently since. Also 6 Golden Plover & 30 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Lostwithiel: 1 Pink-footed Goose still Shirehall Moor at midday. (D Julian)

Breock: Firecrest at St Breock Churchyard this morning. (D Julian)

Lands End: 1 Hawfinch. (K Wilson)

Egloshayle: 6+ Hawfinch still at Egloshayle Cemetery. (K Wilson)

Marazion: 2 Water Pipit still at Red River mouth.

Towan Head: 5 Common Scoter, 12 Common Gull, 3 Purple Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Pintail, 1 Woodcock (D Eva) Plus Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, etc (B Sharples)

Long-tailed Tit, Bob Sharples

Kingfisher, Bob Sharples

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bob Sharples

Goldfinch, Bob Sharples

Feock: 2 Hawfinch (D Eva)

Charlestown: 1f Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Newquay Boating lake: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Dipper. (S Grose)

Common Gull, Shaun Grose (re-identified as Ring-billed Gull, Dave Parker)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 11 Common Scoter at 15:00. (D Julian)

St Austell: Siberian Chiffchaff at St Austell Sewage Works this afternoon. (D Julian)

Penzance: 1 m Eider at mouth of harbour. (J Munday)

Eider, John Munday

Eider, John Munday

Newlyn: 1 Pomarine Skua flying around bay, 7 Great Northern Diver offshore. Also ringed Herring Gull from the Isle of Man. (R Veal) Plus 2 Great Skua. (L Proctor) Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull in the harbour. And 1 female-type Black Redstart on rooftops of houses around Eden Gardens and car park this morning at 10:00.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1m + 3f/juv Goosander, 1 Spoonbill and 1 Black Swan

Coverack: 1 juv Iceland Gull again.


Saturday 30th December 2017

Are you a New Year’s day lister? Then join our little fun ‘competition’ here, New Year’s Day Birdrace. 3 categories, from ‘walking from home’, ‘local patch’ to ‘County-wide’. Originally there was a typo in the email address, it’s now corrected ‘‘ 

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill still. (R Veal) Shoreline near Birdies Cafe: 1 Spoonbill,1 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 20+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 50+ Curlew, 300+ Wigeon, 200+ Teal, 150+ Lapwing, 16 Grey Plover, 80+ Dunlin, 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult winter) and 1 Black Swan. (S Petrek) Ryan’s Field: 120+ Golden Plover, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 46 Redshank, 35 Curlew, 58 Dunlin and 1 Little Egret. (S Petrek)

Marazion Beach: 2 Water Pipit, 1 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 9+ Common Gull, 10+ Purple Sandpiper. (R Veal)

Walmsley: Spoonbill and 2 Water Pipit at Amble Marshes this morning from the Walmsley Tower Hide, 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Julian)

Egloshayle: 5+ Hawfinch at Egloshayle cemetery at 14.05. (D Julian)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup still

St John’s Lake: 2 Black-necked Grebe from Marine Drive near the jetty.

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter (ad female and juvenile) still off Lower Porthpean, drake Long-tailed Duck still, Velvet Scoter and 4 Great Northern Diver.

St Levan Church/Porthchapel Beach: 1 Firecrest, 10 Siskin, 9 Greenfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 7 Mistle Thrush, 1 Water Rail, 2 Chough. Minack Theatre: 1 Black Redstart, male on cliffs below complex. (S Grose)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 8+ Great Northern Diver, 30+ Shag, 40+ Kittiwake, 50+ Common Scoter, 2 m Eider, 60+ Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 50+ Gannet, 3 Rock Pipit, 60+ Sanderling, 17 Turnstone, 18 Dunlin, 40+ Ringed Plover. (S Petrek)

Newlyn, Cliff Road: At least 2 Firecrest in bushes along road around edge of Quarry, opposite path down to shoreline. (S Petrek) Harbour: 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 juv Glaucous Gull.

Porthgwarra: 12 Fulmar, 30 Gannet, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Kestrel, 12 Guillemot, 10 Kittiwake and 2 Razorbill. (S Petrek)

Gillan Creek, at half tide: 1 Cattle Egret, 11 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 20 Redshank, 1 Grey Heron. (J Selby)

Helford: 1 Great Northern Diver and 5-6 Common Dolphin at mouth of river at midday. (J Selby)

Stithians Reservoir, southern cut-off: 1 male Bullfinch, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, several Snipe, a few Teal and Mallard and usual Blue Tits, Great Tits, Dunnocks etc. (S Williams)

Bullfinch, Stephen Williams

Snipe, Stephen Williams

Long-tailed Tit, Stephen Williams

Tregeseal, garden: Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Williams)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sam Williams

Coverack: 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Lostwithiel: 1 Pink-footed Goose at Shirehall Moor NR with Canada Geese.