Thursday 24th July 2014

Late news, 23/7, Falmouth, Swanpool Point: c20 Mediterranean Gull and c60 Black-headed Gull. Gorrangorras: 29 Mediterranean Gull. (D Chaney)

Late news, 23/7, Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 4 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 8 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 18 Moorhen, 7 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, c250 Swallow at dusk, c10 Swift, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker)

Marazion beach: 13 Ringed Plover, 14 Dunlin and 10 Sanderling. (J Hawkey)

Ponsandane beach: 32 Mediterranean Gull inc 29 juv’s. (J Hawkey)

Penzance, Chyandour: 15 Mediterranean Gull, 29 Sanderling and 2 Dunlin. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir, (Members only): 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly. (J Hawkey)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe, 17 Cormorant, 11 Curlew and 8 Grey Heron. (D Eva)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 5 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 7 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 1 Coot, 15 Moorhen, c50 Swallow, c10 Swift, 2 Stonechat, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker & D Flumm)

Falmouth, Swanpool Point: 15 Mediterranean Gull (5 juv), including colour-ringed bird Green 5T8, 22 Black-headed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew and 3 Whimbrel. (D Chaney)


Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Drift Reservoir (members only): c300 Canada Goose, 16 Greylag, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff. (M & T Hasdell)

Sancreed: Flock of 350 Swift and 250 Swallow  feeding on flying ants for >1hour west of Beacon before slowly drifting south west. (D Flumm)

The Rumps and Pentire Head: 1 Buzzard, c50 Carrion Crow, 25 Cormorant, 6 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 25 Goldfinch, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, c70 Herring Gull, 10 House Martin, 20 House Sparrow, 12 Jackdaw, 4 Kestrel, 50 Linnet, 1 Magpie, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Raven, 1 Razorbill, 20 Rock Pipit, c30 Rook, 20 Shag, 10 Skylark, 20 Starling, 15 Stonechat, c100 Swallow, 7 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 20 Wood Pigeon and 1 Wren. (The ‘Martin Cutland Wildlife Walk’, per C Travis)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher. (R Farnes)

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Kingfisher pictures


by Rod Farnes

Windmill Farm: 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Snipe. (A Pay)

Rosudgeon: 1 Barn Owl carrying prey this evening. (I Webster)

Gillan Creek: 11 Common Sandpiper today, “since 10th of July I have regularly been having counts of between 5 and 8 common sandpiper in Gillan Creek”. (J Selby)

Marazion: 5 juv & 1 2w Med Gull offshore. (DK Parker)


Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Late news, 21/7, Wadebridge: 1 Wood Sandpiper flew over late evening. (D Julian)

Sancreed: 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (D Flumm)

Camel Estuary, Rock beach: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (P Rowse)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 7 Mallard, 1 Teal, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 ad Moorhen with 8 young, 6 Buzzard, c15 Swallow, c30 Swift (drifting west), 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker & DS Flumm)

The Lizard, village: 1 m Siskin in private garden. (S Pilbeam)

Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin and 1 juv Stonechat. (R Doble)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper and 3 Snipe. (R Doble)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: distant manx sheatwaters and gannets west. Castle Beach: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Oystercatcher and 1 Kingfisher. Swanpool Point: 52 Mediterranean Gull including c.25% juvs, 60 Black-headed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank including 1 juv and 2 Whimbrel, plus c10 Bottlenose Dolphins out in the bay. (D Chaney & J St Ledger)

Marazion: Pair of Bullfinch. (DK Parker)
Penzance: African Grey Parrot on lamp post by Tescos roundabout. (DK Parker)


Monday 21st July 2014

Late news, 15/7, Porthilly Beach: 1 Mute Swan. (H Rowse)


Mute Swan by Hugo Rowse

Siblyback Reservoir: 3 Redshank,1 Dunlin,12 Little Grebe,10 Cormorant, 100 Canada Geese,1 Grey Heron, 30 Mallard, 2 Buzzard, 4 Raven (displaying),11 Chiffchaff and coots/moorhens –all with young. (J Humphreys)

Lower Tamar Lake: The Great Crested Grebe eggs have finally hatched, looks like two young being piggy-backed around the top end of the lake, plus 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Coot. (R Mudge)

Charlestown: 1 Peregrine over. (D Hastilow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 2 Common Sandpiper. (S Maycock)


Common Sandpiper, Simon Maycock

Lelant: 2 Nuthatch at the station. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 194 Black-headed Gull. (R Marshall)




Sunday 20th July 2014

Rock, Porthilly Beach: Mediterranean Gulls and Sandwich Terns. (P Rowse)

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Friendship Wood: 2 Common Crossbill. (MJ Spicer)

St Erth: 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Stock Dove. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel and a pair of Bullfinch. Estuary: 3 Sandwich Tern, 3 Greenshank and 2 Mediterranean Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Clapper Marshes: 1 juv Mediterranean Gull and 4 Green Sandpiper. (D Julian)

Kingsmill Creek: 71 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 66 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 1 Common Sand, 3 Dunlin, 13 Little Egret and 1 ad s/p Mediterranean Gull. (S Cox)


Saturday 19th July 2014

Late news, 18/7, Scillonian RSPB Cruise,  Between Penzance and Wolf Lighthouse: 4 Common Scoter,  2 Barrel Jellyfish and 1 Sunfish. Return, Wolf to Penzance: 3 Harbour Porpoise 3 and a dark phase Arctic Skua was chasing the only Kittiwake of the trip across Mounts Bay. Both directions produced a total of 85 Manx Shearwater. (B Craven)

Argal Reservoir: Mute Swan plus 2 cygnets, Great Crested Grebes, broods of 2 and 3 and 1 Green Woodpecker. (D Eva)

College Reservoir: Mute Swans plus 1 cygnet, 1 Great Crested Grebe with brood of 2. (D Eva)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Tufted Duck. (D Eva)

Wadebridge, Two Trees: 1 Robin. (N. Greaves)


Robin, N Greaves

Devoran River: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 58 Redshank, 9 Oystercatcher and 100+ Curlew. (J St Ledger)


Black-tailed Godwit, John St Ledger

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Truro: 1 juv Goldcrest in my garden (the first juv I’ve ever seen here). (Derek Jenkins)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Coot, 1 Redshank and 1 Grey Wagtail. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Beach: 25 Dunlin; 1 Sandering  and 2 Ringed Plover. (J Hawkey)

Penhale Army Camp: 1 juv Cuckoo, 2 juv Little Grebe near nest containing unhatched egg, 3 Buzzard, 3 juv Stonechat, 1 Skylark and 1 juv Whitethroat. Butterflies included lots of Dk Green Fritilliaries and Brown Argos. (J Hawkey)

Sennen: 1 Basking Shark reported in the tideway between the Longships and The Brisons this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 7 Mallard, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 ad Moorhen with 3 young, plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad 1 1s/2w and 2 juv), 2 Little Egret and 7 Curlew on Copperhouse Creek. (DK Parker)


Friday 18th July 2014

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 27 Mediterranean Gulls (inc. 5 juv’s). (J Hawkey & D Flumm) Carnsew Basin: 30 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank and 3 Common Sandpiper. (J Hawkey) Ryan’s Field: 33 Mediterranean Gull, 60 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 8 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Redshank. (D Flumm) Copperhouse Creek: 5 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Marazion: 21 Dunlin, 2 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Ringed Plover. (J Hawkey & DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  adult l/p Arctic Skua soaring over pines drifted north 12:25hrs. (D Flumm) 4 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 9 Mallard, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Coot, 3 Moorhen with 4 chicks, 6 Swift, 3 Swallow, 1 male Stonechat with 4 young, 1 Reed Bunting and 2 recently fledged Dunnock plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker)

Stithians Reservoir, near dam wall: 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)


Common Sandpiper, John St Ledger


Green Sandpiper, John St Ledger

Portlooe: 1 Red Kite at Hendersick Farm. (R Parslow)

Maer Lake: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, c20 Goldfinch, 8 Moorhen and 1 Swift. (R Mudge)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper and Bar-headed Goose. (B Dodd)

Westdowns, Dannonchapel: 1 Honey Buzzard reported.

Greenaway Point: 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Gannet, 65 Shag and 2 Sanderling. (D Julian)