Saturday 24th November

Late News 23/11:Millbrook Lake, Spotted Redshank

Late News 23/11: Crowdy Reservoir, Black Redstart

Treraven Meadow:   151 Canada Goose, 4 Redshank, 45 Teal, 3 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 14 Lapwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Pied Wagtail, 15 Black-headed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 60 Starling, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Moorhen, 12 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Jackdaw, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 1 Wren, 3 Goldcrest, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch. (D Julian & C Selway)

Two Trees, Wadebridge: 4 Blackcaps. (D Julian & C Selway)

Creegbrawse,Chacewater: 1 Firecrest in Garden. (B. Toms)

Newquay, Asda Car Park:  Lesser Whitethroat in tree behind cash machine. (D. Grose) 

Porthpean: 4 Black-throated Divers, Great Northern Diver.

College Reservoir: Firecrest.

Port Isaac: juv. Rose-coloured Starling.

Lelant Saltings: Whooper Swan

Swanvale: Yellow-browed Warbler from public footpath. (S. Perfect)

Friday 23rd November

Late News 22/11 Treraven Meadows: 1 Water Pipit still.

Late News 22/11 Newlyn: Pom Skua flew south at Tolcarne at 10:30.

Longrock: 2 Great Northern Divers offshore. (D Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 4 imm & 2 ad Mute Swan, 11 Mallard, 9 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 15 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and c100,000 Starlings. (D Parker)

Marazion: 68 Turnstone, 23 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 6 Oystercatcher and 2 Purple Sandpiper on the beach plus 1 Great Northern Diver and c30 Common Scoter offshore. (D Parker)

Millbrook Lake: 8 Little Grebe, 4 Great crested Grebe, 2 Teal, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Egyptian Goose, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 9 Med Gulls – 7 ads+2 second winter. (Bruce Taggart)

Crowdy Reservoir: 22 Lesser-black-backed Gulls,  30 Mallard, 1 Merlin, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 450+ Lapwing in two groups on fields, 2 Buzzard, 1 Black Redstart.(N. Climpson, J.St.Ledger)

Stream near Rough Tor Road: 1 Dipper. (J.St.Ledger)

Rough Tor: Uncountable Starling roost. I million+? Best seen from car park or surrounds. (N. Climpson)

North Cornwall: Nuthatch on feeder in private garden. (J.St.Ledger)


Windmill Farm: 2 Hen Harriers, male and a ringtail; Water Rail, Great Spotted Woodpecker; 500 Golden Plover, 20 Redwing.

Blackwater/Chacewater: Hen Harrier, male this afternoon. (Jenny Gale)

Amble Marshes: 1 Water Pipit with Meadow Pipits on flooded field next to footpath, 1 Woodcock flushed from the ditch just inside the new gate, 900+ Golden Plover over, 10 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 4 Tufted Duck, 80+ Wigeon, 60+ Teal, 4 Water Rail, 1 Greenshank, 1 Bar-tailed and 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 100+ Snipe and 40+ Curlew. (C. Selway)

Clapper Marshes: 3 Little Grebe, 3 Mute Swan, 24 Mallard, 3 Teal, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 18 Canada Goose, 2 Moorhen, 1 male Gadwall, 12 Herring Gull, 22 Wigeon, 6 Black-headed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Snipe, 1 female Tufted Duck, 1 Coot, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Carrion Crow  1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 4 Goldfinch, 16 Jackdaw, 5 Robin, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Woodpigeon, 10 Rook, 1 Dunnock, 10 House Sparrow, 2 Blackbird, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Starling, 1 Wren, 1 Redwing. (D Julian)

Nanstallon: 1 Swallow. (D Roberts)

Treraven Meadow: 61 Teal, 4 Lapwing, 2 Redshank, 2 Water Pipit, 60 Starling, 1 Collared Dove, 10 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 83 Canada Goose, 4 Curlew, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 10 Redwing, 2 Siskin, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Wren, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Woodpigeon. (D Julian)

Pendennis:  4 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Northern Diver in the Carrick Roads. (D. Chaney)

Start Point, Falmouth Bay: 2+ Great Northern Diver off (1+ distant), 200+ Shag (a raft of 130+). (D. Chaney)

Swanvale: Dusky Warbler,  8 Chiffchaff, 1-2 Firecrests. (R. Matias)

Gyllyngvase Beach: Great Northern Diver, 5 Rock Pipits reported. (R. Matias)

Cape Cornwall: 6 Balearic Shearwater.

Rame Head: Black Redstart.

Lelant Saltings: Whooper Swan.

Zennor: 3+ Firecrest.

Looe/Hannafore : 9 Great Northern Diver, Eider imm. male, adult Mediteranean Gull. (R. Smaldon)

Thursday 22 November 2012

Late News 21/11 Drift Reservoir (Members only): 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Firecrest, m & f Gadwall and 1 Great Crested Grebe. (C Barnard)

Late News 21/11 Marazion: 2 Firecrest, 1 fem Reed Bunting and 2m Blackcap in a private garden. (C Barnard)

Late News 21/11 Porthpean: 8 Black-throated Divers, 4+ Great Northern Divers and 2 (m & f) Common Scoter. (W Holmes)

Late News 21/11 Hayle Estuary RSPB: Male and female Kingfisher, 30 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine, 1 Little Egret and 3 Redshank. (B Sharples)

Late News 21/11 St Gothian Sands LNR: 1w drake Long-tailed Duck, a few Pochard and Tufted Duck, plus 1 Redshank and 1 Kestrel. (B Sharples)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 2 Great Northern Divers offshore early this morning. (D Parker) 4 Purple Sandpipers trying to roost high up at the Battery Rocks today, in fact they were only feet from street level trying to keep above the stormy seas. (T Mills)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 ad Mute Swan, 8 Mallard, 11 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 2 Oystercatcher and 1 Snipe. (D Parker)

Porthpean: 2 Black-necked Grebe offshore. (P Barlow)

Par: 1 Purple Sandpiper with Turnstone at Spit and two Sanderling at Par beach. (P Barlow)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver. (C Barnard)

Port Isaac: Juv Rose Coloured Starling back in a private garden. (T Potterton)

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Late News 20/11 Newlyn: Female Brambling in a private garden. (B Dodd)

Late News 20/11 Lelant: Dark green colour phase Pheasant opposite Wyevale nursery. (B Dodd)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 4 imm & 2 ad Mute Swan, 12 Mallard, 1 drake Gadwall, 12 Teal, 5+ Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 15 Moorhen, 3+ Water Rail, 2 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 4+ Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti’s Warbler and c100,000 Starlings. (D Parker & D Flumm)

Marazion: 2 Scaup and 39 Common Scoter offshore and 72 Turnstone, 10 Dunlin and 14 Sanderling on the beach. (D Parker & D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (Members only): 3w Iceland Gull. (J Hawkey)

Mousehole: 2 Black Redstarts  on rocks in front of harbour car park. (S Maycock)

St Just: 1w female Subalpine Warbler still elusive seen in rear gardens from the alley between Princess Street and Pleasant Terrace at cSW366313. (P Clarke)

Treraven Meadow: 77 Black-headed Gull, 2 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 82 Teal, 182 Canada Goose, 4 Herring Gull, 5 Curlew, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Oystercatcher, 20 Starling, 1 Redshank, 2 Lapwing, 14 Wigeon, 2 Carrion Crow  2 Jackdaw, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Buzzard, 14 Goldfinch, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Redwing, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Wren, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Siskin. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary: 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30  Blackbird, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Black Swan, 2 Blue Tit,  12 Buzzard, 50 Carrion Crow, 6 Chaffinch, 4 Collared Dove,  1 Common Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cormorant, 100 + Curlew, 150+ Dunlin, 2 Dunnock, 4000+ Golden Plover, 2 Goldfinch, 100+ Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Tit, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenshank, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 200+ Herring Gull, 5 House Sparrow, 50 Jackdaw, 1500+ Lapwing, 10 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 14 Little Egret, 12 Little Grebe, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Magpie, 30 Mallard, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Med Gull, 1 Moorhen, 30 Mute Swan, 100+ Oystercatcher, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Raven, 50+ Red-legged Partridge, 150+ Redshank, 10  Redwing, 50+ Ringed Plover, 6 Robin, 2 Rook, 4 Shelduck, 5 Snipe, 10 Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Redshank, 10,000+ Starling, 7 Teal, 25 Wigeon, 30 Wood Pigeon and 1 Wren. (The Martin Cutland Nature Walk per C Travis)

Spotted Redshank from the Camel Trail, Gill Love

Pendennis, Falmouth: 3 Purple Sandpipers, Whimbrel flew around the point with a Curlew. Med Gull and Meadow Pipit, with Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and 4 Goldcrest with Long-tailed Tit flock on the top. (D Chaney)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, Little Egret and Stonechat. (D Chaney)

Trescobeas Park, Falmouth: Chiffchaff, 10 Redwing, with 8 Skylark in the stubble field. (D Chaney)

Gyllynvase, Penryn River: 34 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 40+ Curlew, Little Egret and Little Grebe on the high tide. (D Chaney)

Newquay: Black Redstart by the surgery in St Thomas Road.

Chris Oliver 1933-2012

To the CBWPS Membership

I’m writing to inform you of the death of my father, Chris Oliver at the age of 79.

I’m uncertain whether or not he is a current member of CBWPS, but he certainly used to be and had many friends amongst the membership.

In particular I remember Roy Phillips who he would meet up with every time we were down at our house in St. Just, and who he’s known since an early age.

Although we lived in Wiltshire for a long time, he spent his early years in and around St Ives.

I’d be very grateful if you could get a message through to Roy, and if there’s a noticeboard in the Member’s Area a message might get through to friends of his who I don’t know.

Many thanks

Tim Oliver

Are You an Artist?

Artists Still Wanted

Your help is wanted.

The Society has two teams of people working very hard to clear the backlog in the production of our annual report Birds in Cornwall. In the past the pages of these reports were graced with firstly drawings and then later on photographs as well. We would like to carry on the tradition by including art work from members of the Society and we are appealing to members who have the occasional urge to pick up a drawing pen.

You don’t have to be a professional artist to produce what we are looking for. Sometimes the most simple of images evoke the spirit of the bird. It is not just rarities we want but the common ones too. Some images from the past are posted HERE to give you some idea of the range of images that might suit.

The deadline for sending in sketches for the volumes in preparationhas become more flexible and we will require more for future volumes so keep them coming. It is undecided at the moment whether the reports will support full colour art work so sketches that contain colour may be reduced to black and white.

If you feel you can help images can be emailed to and of course full accreditation to the artist will be given in the publication.

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 3 imm & 2 ad Mute Swan, 16 Mallard, 1 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff and c100,000 Starlings. (D Parker & D Flumm)

St Just: The sylvia warbler in the Pleasant Terrace area was finally seen well and as expected confirmed as a 1w female Subalpine Warbler. (P Clarke & N Wheatley) Later seen in gardens off an alley between Bosorne Street and Bosorne Terrace. (M Elliot)

Longrock: 2w Glaucous Gull flew west. (J Foster)

Penzance: 2w Glaucous Gull flew west along the seafront, also Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver and 4 Great Northern Diver. (M Elliot)

Marazion: 1 adult Med Gull and 50 Turnstone on the beach. (D Flumm)

Siblyback Lake: 5 Crossbill. (M Beer)

Hannafore Point: Drake Eider still. (M Beer)

Wadebridge: An albinistic Starling seen briefly at Fisher Close St Mathews Hill late afternoon. It is about 95% white and is with a small flock of normal Starlings. (P Floyd-Spong) Also 1 Spotted Redshank and a Firecrest in the Wadebridge area. (D Julian & C Selway)

Sennen Cove: Ad Mediterranean Gull and 9 Common Scoter in the bay at mid-day. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Carbis Bay: 2 m Blackcap in a private garden. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also Black Redstart reported on the roof of The Sands apartments off Porthrepta Road.

Drift Reservoir (Members only): Imm Glaucous Gull briefly in the morning.