Friday 30th November.

Late News 29th Nov Feock Loe Beach: 17 Black-necked Grebe, 19 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Great northern Diver and Black throated Diver.

Late News 29th Nov East Looe: Lesser Redpoll, Firecrest and 2 Black Redstart.

Late News 29th Nov Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Pale Bellied Brent Goose, 2 Goosander, 3 Grey Plover and 6 Bar-Tailed Godwit on Carnsew Pool.

Late News 29th Nov Bodmin: 3 Waxwing at Roman Drive.

Late News 29th Nov Ludgvan: 2 Waxwing reported around the Churchyard, no sign this morning.

Late News 29th Nov Trenow: 7 Black throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Diver. (C Moore)

Nanquidno: Siberian Chiffchaff and a Green Sandpiper. (C Moore)

St Gothian Sands, Gwithian:   Water Pipit, Black Redstart, Pochards and Tufted Ducks (S Maycock)

Carnsew Basin Hayle:  Kingfisher and 2  Goosander. (S Maycock)

Marazion, Long Rock Pool: 3  Goldeneye – flew towards sea at 10.30 am. (S Maycock)

Windmill Farm CBWPS: Bittern (C Mitchell, D Wright), Marsh Harrier (male), Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, Water Rail, 30 Redwing. (D Wright)

Ludgvan: 2 Firecrest today. (R Menari)

Helston Loe Pool:  4 Firecrest at Carminowe this morning. (S Bury)

Polzeath Pentireglaze: this morning, birds included 1 male Dartford Warbler, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Brambling and 240+ Chaffinch. (D Julian, C Selway)

Pendennis Castle Beach: 2 Red-necked Grebes and Common Scoter still, with Goldeneye (1stw/eclipse m) and 2 Mediterranean Gulls off Gyllyngvase Beach. (D Chaney)

Falmouth Bay: 2 Great Northern Diver although distant, with distant auk strings moving west and 6 swan sps flew west over Falmouth. (D Chaney)

Swanvale: 3 Firecrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 poss Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (mf), 5+ Goldcrest, 3 Water Rail (h), Redwing, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Long tailed Tits and Coal Tits. (D Chaney) Also the Dusky Warbler still by the pumping station.

Trescobeas Park: At least 1 Siskin still. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 1 Bittern, many Tufted Duck and Wigeon plus a few Pochard, Gadwall and Teal, 1f Goldeneye, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (L Sampson)

Falmouth: Up to 7 Waxwing seen this morning,at Marlborough Cresc. (R Farnes)








Newlyn Sandy Cove: 2 Black Redstart (1m)

Rosenannon: Little Bunting still at Rosenannon downs from the cattle grid. (D Julian)

Wadebridge: 3 probable Pink-footed Geese over. (D Julian)

Marazion RSPB: Bittern still.

Mounts Bay: 2 Velvet Scoter, c30 Common Scoter, 9 Great Northern Diver,2 Black throated Diver.

Penzance: 2 Black Redstarts on sea defences by railway station.

Thursday 29th November

Late News 28th Nov Probus: 2 Waxwing on berry bush in private garden. (S Spendlove)

Late News 28th Nov Maker Heights: 2 Woodcock at dusk. (B Taggart)

Port Isaac: Rose-coloured Starling juv still in private garden. (T Potterton)

East Looe: 2 Black Redstart, Firecrest, Eider dr and Bullfinch. (D J Spooner)

Penzance, Mount’s Bay off Chyandour Cliff:  Eider ad dr, Great Northern Diver and 15 Common Scoter. (D Flumm)

Bossiney: A late Swallow over chalet park and gardens. (L Hall)

Mousehole sea front: Little Egret,  Redshank (unusual to see them at Mousehole), 8 Oystercatchers, Grey Wagtail and Black Redstart. (S Maycock)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern. (D Flumm)

Falmouth: Black Redstart and 5 Blackcaps in private garden. (P McCartney)

Falmouth: 5 Waxwing this evening at Marlborough Crescent. (G Wills, A Nicholson)

J St Ledger

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 5 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Red Necked Grebe, 2 Common Scoter (f) 2m off rocks, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Grey Wagtail and 14 Oystercatcher. (J St Ledger)

Par Beach Pool: A solitary Avocet at Par beach today, watched between 13:00 and 14:30 in the shallows and flying. Also on the pond there was 1 female Goldeneye, 3 Shoveller, 3 male and 1 female Gadwall and several Tufted duck. (G Moore)

College Reservoir: 9 Mute Swan, 30+ Canada Goose, 152 Wigeon, 29 Tufted Duck,7 Pochard, Black-necked Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 53 Coot, 19 Moorhen, 11 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 13 Snipe, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Firecrest, 3+ Chiffchaff, Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker plus 5 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swans on the ponds below the dam. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 27 Canada Geese in the fields and 8+ Song Thrush. (D Chaney)

Pendennis, Swanpool: 2 Red Necked Grebes in the bay, 3 Purple Sandpipers on the point., 3 Turnstones and a Little Egret on castle beach plus 100+ Shags feeding off Swanpool. 2 Bottle-nosed dolphins off Gyllngvase. (L Sampson)

Trescobeas Park: 4 Siskin with 6 Goldfinch and 4 Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, 5 Redwing, Chiffchaff,  prob Woodcock in flight. The stubble field held 3 Snipe, 5+ Linnet, c.30 Meadow Pipit, 1 Skylark and 4 Song Thrush. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras: 1 Greenshank, c.40 Redshank, 2 Little Grebe, 20+ Mallard, 3 Turnstone, 20+ Curlew, with a Razorbill and 2 more Little Grebes downstream roughly opposite the Greenbanks Hotel at high tide. The pony field held 10+ Redwing, c.5 each Blackbird and Song Thrush and 2 Mistle Thrush. (D Chaney)

Wadebridge: 2 Waxwing present at 30, Bridgeview, today showing well. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary, Stepper Point: The probable 3rd winter American Herring Gull, still around the outer estuary, briefly following the Sand Snipe dredger, though distant late afternoon birds included 4 adult Med Gull, 22 Common Gull, 1 Common Scoter , 1 adult Peregrine Falcon and a female Melin (1 Harbour Porpoise, 5 Grey Seal) (C Selway)

Crugmeer: this afternoon, 2 Corn Bunting, 18 Yellowhammer, 2 Brambling, 200+ Chaffinch and 5 Reed Bunting. (C Selway)

Bishops Wood: 50+ Siskin, 1 Woodcock,1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher and a Dipper around mid-day. (C Selway)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 male Hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Reed Bunting. (L Webb)

Gerrans: 2 Waxwing still in gardens opp garage.(N Climpson)

Cubert: 10 Waxwing near Cubert this morning.

Newquay: Lesser Whitethroat ( poss eastern form) still in Asda car park near cash machine.

St Buryan: Balck Redstart at Tower Meadows.

St Just: Subalpine Warbler 1st w still on west side just north of Cape Cornwall St though elusive.

Kenidjack: Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works.

Truro: 2 Dipper at the leats.

Portscatho area: 2 Bramblings in Chaffinch flock, several Black-throated Divers and Great Northern Divers, 1 Red-necked Grebe, raft of 14 Common Scoter (N. Climpson)


Wednesday 28th November


Late News 27 Nov Dinham Flats: 900+ Golden Plover, 300+ Dunlin, 10 Knot, 33 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 20 Common Shelduck, 18 Wigeon, 1 Teal and 2 Blackcap at the rear of Lidl store on the Camel Trail.

Late News 27 Nov Penzance: Waxwing at Eastern Green.

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  1-2 Bittern, 9 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 13 Mallard, 5 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Mute Swan, 1 Coot, 2 Oystercatcher, 6 Snipe, 3 Stonechat. (D Flumm)

Falmouth, Swanpool: Dusky Warbler, Yellow browed Warbler, 5  Chiffchaff (1 poss Siberian), Firecrest, Water Rail. (I Maclean). Also 9 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, Reed Bunting (D Chaney)

Pendennis Point: 5 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Red-necked Grebe,  fem Common Scoter off Castle Beach, 3 Great Northern Diver Falmouth Bay, 1 in the Carrick Roads, Mediterranean Gull flew past Gyllyngvase, Kestrel,  also Little Egret, 3 Rock Pipit, 4+ Meadow Pipit and 3 Pied Wagtail at Castle Beach, and a further 4 Rock Pipit etc at Gyllyngvase.(D Chaney).

Swanvale: Mistle Thrush flew over, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, a couple of Chiffchaff, lots of Goldcrest, 2+ Firecrest,  2+ Water Rail (D Chaney).

Falmouth: Marlborough Crescent 3 Waxwing. (G Wills)

Portscatho: 2 Waxwing still in garden by garage.

Rosenannon Downs: 2 1st w Little Bunting, 50+ Reed Bunting. (C Selway).

St Breock: Jack Snipe flushed from the roadside at the entrance to the wind farm. (C Selway)

Bishop’s Wood: 2 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Robin. (D Julian)

Camel Trail, (Grogley to Nanstallon): 1 Raven, 2 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Coal Tit, 30 Siskin in small groups, 1 Buzzard, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Bloue Tit, 3 Robin, 1 Great Tit, 14 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Wodpecker, 2 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 5 Blackbird, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 2 Chaffinch and 1 Tawny Owl calling at 15:00. (D Julian)

Clapper Marshes: 1 Heron, 5 Moorhen, 29 Mallard, 8 Teal, 1 male Gadwall, 20 canada Goose, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Buzzard, 1 female Tufted Duck, 2 Robin, 2 Wren, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 8 Rook, 14 jackdaw, 3 Redwing, 4 carrion Crow, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Blackbird, 1 Starling, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Dunnock, 3 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove and 2 Song Thrush. (D Julian)

Gaff Woods: 3 Jay, 1 Magpie. (D Julian)

Camel Trail: 4 Bar Tailed Godwit, 30 Blackbird, 150 +Black Headed Gull, 10 Black Tail Godwit,1 Black Swan, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 12 Buzzard, 1 Canada Goose, 50 Carrion Crow, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Common Gull, 4 Cormorant, 100+ Curlew, 150+ Dunlin,  12 Fieldfare, 2 Dunock, 4000+ Golden Plover, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Goosander, 100+ Great Black Backed Gull, 2 Great Tit, 4 Greenshank, 4 Grey Heron, 200+ Herring Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 House Sparrow, 50 Jackdaw, 1 Kingfisher, 1500+ Lapwing, 10 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 6 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 7 Magpie, 30 Mallard, 100+ Oystercatcher, 30 Mute Swan, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Raven. 20 Red legged Partridge, 10 Redwing, 150+ Redshank, 30 Ringed Plover, 6 Robin, 50+ Rook, 10 Shelduck, 10Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10,000+ Starling, 7 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 30 Wood Pigeon, 1 Wren,1 Waxwing (seen at Bridge View, overlooking Camel Trail). (The Martin Cutland Nature Walk)

Gwithian: Long Tailed Duck 1st w dr still.

Newquay: Lesser Whitethroat still in Asda  car park by cash machine.

Walmsley Sanctuary CBWPS: Short Eared Owl. (B Mitchell)

Tuesday 27th November

Late Late News, St Mabyn: 2 Red Kites reported in the area 2 weeks ago.

Late News 26th Nov, Penzance: Waxwing feeding on berries at Newbridge.

Late News 26th Nov, Penzance: 6 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Rocks. (R. Farnes)

St Just: Subalpine Warbler 1st w still just north of Cape Cornwall street in residents garden early afternoon though elusive. Please respect residents privacy.

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  3 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 13 Mallard, 14 Teal, 3 Buzzard, 4 Water Rail, 1 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 7 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti’s Warblers, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Bullfinch. (D.Flumm)

Marazion beach: 10 Sanderling, 6 Turnstone. (D.Flumm)

Bodmin Moor: Great Northern Diver at Siblyback lake by the moored boats. (A. Davey)

Lower Tamar: 12:00 – 13:00 wet/windy.  4 Goosanders, 3m. 1f, 1 Goldeneye Male, 6 Snipe, 1 Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Rebwings, Little Grebe, 6 Long – tail tits. (R. Mudge)

St Coloumb Major: Rose-coloured Starling, juv again in garden.

Clapper Marshes: 2 Herring Gull, 5 Teal,  12 Snipe, 26 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 1 Pied Wagtail, 12 Canada Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Gadwall (dr), 1 Tufted Duck (f), 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wigeon, 4 Blackbird, 10 Jackdaw, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Robin, 10 Rook, 2 Great Tit, 1 Siskin, 16 Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 14 House Sparrow, 4 Blue  Tit, 65 Starling, 22 Goldfinch, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackcap (m) and 4 Greenfinch. (D Julian)

Hals’ Grave: 1 Raven (D Julian)

Padstow area: 41 Cormorant, 10 Turnstone, 8 Shag, 81 Herring Gull, 21 Black-headed Gull, 124 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, 24 Mute swan, 1 first winter Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 37 Mallard, 2 Mallard hybrid, 10 lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Blackbird, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Bullfinch. (D Julian)

Treraven Meadow: 85 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 3 Curlew, 8 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Moorhen, 60 Starling, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 85 Canada Goose, 14 Pied Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Redshank, 2 Green sandpiper, 16 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit,7 Blackbird, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Blue Tit, 4 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch. (D Julian)

Trewince: 53 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (D Julian)

St Mawes: Great Northern Diver 1 from the car park.

Monday 26th November

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  3 Grey Heron, 33 Mallard, 13 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 5 Mute Swan, 2 Buzzard, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Stonechat and 1 Firecrest. (D.Flumm)

Lundy Bay: 8 Common Scoter (C. Selway)

 Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 4 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Redwing. (J. St Ledger)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Med Gull, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 5 Ringed Plover, 19 Turnstone, 1 Curlew, 6 Meadow Pipit and 3 Pied Wagtail.(J. St Ledger)

St. Columb Major: Rose-coloured Starling juv.

Pendeen: 3 Bonxies past and 1 Great northern Diver this morning.

Gwithian: Long-tailed Duck 1st w drake still on main pool

Camel Estuary: A possible (3rd winter) American Herring Gull, outer estuary today (C.Selway)

Camel Estuary: Many dead Razorbill and Guillemot, floating around the outer Camel estuary with gulls picking at them today. (C. Selway)

Clapper Marshes: 6 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 4 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Teal, 1 Green sandpiper, 1 Cormorant, 1 female Tufted Duck, 2 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 24 Goldfinch, 3 Robin, 8 Redwing, 2 Woodpigeon., 4 Rook, 16 Chaffinch, 1 Wren, 5 Blue Tit, 16 House Sparrow, 1 Siskin, 10 Greenfinch, 2 Starling, 14 Jackdaw, 2 Blackbird and 1 Great Tit. (D Julian)

Birds in Cornwall Update

We thought members might be interested to know how we’re progressing with various overdue publications, so will post occasional updates on the website.
Currently, I (Chairman) am editing BiC 2008 and am waiting for two or three sections to come back from writers, although one may not be coming back so will need to be sent out to another writer. Once these have been received (hopefully before Christmas), I will need to do some final editing before adding any outstanding sections and final typesetting.
BiC 2009 is being edited by Dave Parker and is currently just missing one section, which Dave may have to write himself. Once this is finalised and species occurrences confirmed (accepted/unaccepted records), final typesetting will need to be done. (Draft typesetting has been done)
We have plenty of images and line drawings for both issues, but are always keen to receive more! We don’t want to set a deadline for publication for BiCs (especially as we’re investigating better printing options as well), but will keep you updated here.
As for the tetrad atlas, we are now looking to publish this online. In the first instance, this may just be the winter/summer abundance maps and we will hopefully add summarised and comprehensive species texts as they can be edited. The Board has agreed a budget for this and we will be looking to get the basic package of maps online by late spring.

Mark Grantham

Sunday 25th November

Late News 10/11/2012 Wadebridge: A Curlew observed on the Camel Estuary at Wadebridge was ringed as a breeding female close to the Lilienvenn reserve in Germany on 16/05/2006 by Manfred Kipp. It returned there to breed this year and this is the first sighting of the bird  outside of the breeding season. (N. Climpson)

Sancreed: 70 Lapwing, 12 Skylark. (D. Flumm, A. Kitson)

Sennen Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver, 9 Common Scoter, 3 Med Gulls. (D. Flumm, A. Kitson)

Porthgwarra: 120 Golden Plover (D. Flumm, A. Kitson)

Swanvale: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrests, 10 Chiffchaffs, 1 Water Rail, 1 Tawny Owl. (D. Eva)

Pendower Beach: 11 Great Northern Divers,7 Common Scoters. (R.Davey, P. Barlow)

Porthscatho: 7 great northern divers, 1 Slavonian Grebe.  (R.Davey, P. Barlow)

Newquay ASDA carpark: Poss eastern Lesser Whitethroat in willow by cashpoint. (R.Davey, P. Barlow)
Update: After checking the song, which we clearly heard, the bird is of the nominate race and not eastern as first thought despite the paler plumage. (R.Davey, P. Barlow)

Hannafore Point: 8 GN Divers, 1, Common Scoter, 1, Slavonian Grebe (B.Rankine)

 Windmill Farm: Jack Snipe this morning. (D.Wright)

 Predannack Airfield: Hen harrier (male), 1000 + Golden Plover, 200 lapwing, 1 Black Tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin, 2 Snipe. (D.Wright)

Siblyback Lake: Great Northern Diver juv.

Two Tree’s Estate, Wadebridge: 8+Blackcaps. (C. Selway)

Treraven Meadows: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and 4 Wigeon. Clapper Pools, 1 drake Gadwall, 2 Wigeon and 1 Tufted Duck. (C. Selway)

Clapper Marshes: 1 male Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck. (C Selway)

Tamar Cruise, Tamar Estuary: 13 Mute Swan, 5 Cormorant, 18 Herring Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Little Egret, 69 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 9 Heron, 528 Black-headed Gull, 58 Shelduck, 40 Dunlin, 92 Curlew, 89 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 24 Mallard, 52 Avocet, 62 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Gull, 2 Buzzard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Falcon Sp., 110 Carrion Crow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 35 Starling, 1 Coal Tit heard calling. (D Julian)

Tamar Cruise, Lynher Estuary: 10 Heron, 9 Cormorant, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Little Egret, 66 Curlew, 54 Mallard, 129 Shelduck, 79 Avocet, 4 Dunlin, 65 Black-headed Gull, 37 Teal, 65 Wigeon, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mute Swan, 61 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Magpie, 30 Starling. (D Julian)

St Ives Bay: 1 Balearic Shearwater,  6 G. N. Diver, 4 Scoter , 2 Med Gull and 5 Bottle Nosed Dolphin (B. Mellow)

Mounts Bay:  6 G.N Diver, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 35 Scoter, 1 Med Gull. (B. Mellow)

Hayle Estuary:  11  adult  Whooper Swans, 2 Brent Geese ,1 Knot. (B. Mellow, C. Barnard))

Gwithian pool: Imm drake Long Tailed Duck still.  (B. Mellow)

Penryn River: 5 Greenshank, 43 Redshank, 54 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 27 Mallard Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Green Woodpecker, 7 Pied Wagtail, 11 Greenfinch, 1 Jay. At low tide. (J. St Ledger)