Sunday 24th May 2015

Late news, 23/5, Marazion: 60 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin and 2 Whimbrel on beach and 1 Turtle Dove on the RSPB Reserve. (S Turner)

Late news, 23/5, Tresemple Pool: 1 Night Heron again. (J Rhys-Bowen)

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Late news, 23/5, Altarnum: 4 Red Kites flew north at 19:00. (R Lillicrap)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again, also 4 Great Crested Grebe and Lesser Whitethroat. (T Mills, S Maycock, B Dodd)

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Saltash: 1 Red Kite over, heading towards Rame Peninsula. (James)

Bodmin, Kirland: 2 Red Kite over freshly-cut silage field. (R Preston-Mafham)

Falmouth: 3 fledgling Tawny Owl. (J Irvine, J St Ledger)

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Tawny Owl

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Stithians Reservoir: 1 Whimbrel and 1 Cuckoo heard. (D Chaney)

Talland: Escaped Harris Hawk. (J Phillips)

Looe: Drake Eider near Looe Island. (J Phillips)

Caradon Hill: 5 Red Kites. (P Matthews)

Land`s End: 1s male Sardinian Warbler again just east of the car park.


Saturday 23rd May 2015

Croft Pascoe: 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 1 Cuckoo. (D Eva)

Egloshayle: 4 Canada Geese with 39 goslings(!) on the R Camel. (C Davies)

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Lands End: 1 m Sardinian Warbler this morning and showing well again this evening. (B Field M Ahmad)

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The Lizard: 1 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Turnstone, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 4 Whitethroat, also 10 Bottlenose Dolphin. (J St Ledger) Also 2 Whimbrel off the point. (D Jenkins)

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Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again. (D Flumm, B Field, A James & DK Parker)

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Nanjizal: 1s m Common Rosefinch today. (K Wilson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 1 Teal, 7 Mallard plus 4 duckling, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 6 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, c50 House Martin, c10 Swallow, c10 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 2 male Reed Bunting, 1 Whitethroat and 3 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Rosudgeon: 1 Barn Owl at 21:30. (I Webster)

Lanreath: 8+ Red Kites lingering this evening. (R & S Rickard)

Scillonian Crossing: 3 Great Northern Diver.

Porthgwarra: 1 Arctic Skua, 35 Common Dolphin, 10 Bottlenose Dolphin and 2 Porpoise.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2cy Ring-billed Gull again.

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Friday 22nd May 2015

Late news, 21/5, Goss Moor: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellowhammer, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 35+ singing Willow Warbler, 10+ singing Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap. (D Mays)

Bude Marshes: 14 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan (but pair proabably nesting in the reedbeds), 1 Grey Heron, 6 adult Moorhen and 2 juveniles, 15+ Swallow, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Reed Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 pair of Reed Bunting, 4 Herring Gull, 4 Blackbird, 2 Magpie, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Dunnock, 10+ Rook active in nearby rookery. (H Kendall + R Mudge)

Tresillian: 5+ Siskin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Curlew and 7 Shelduck. (D Mays)

Land’s End: 1s male Sardinian Warbler still present. (P Fraser)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2cy Purple Heron on the east shore, c150m north of the dam, visible from the car park. (M Spicer)

Rosenannon Downs: 2 male Cuckoo this afternoon. (C Selway)

Falmouth: 12 Great Northern Divers on the sea off Pennance Point and 1 flew west. (S Perfect)

Maenporth: 1 Red-throated Diver offshore. (S Perfect)

Tresillian: Night Heron this evening (Friday 22 May) at Tresemple Pool at 20:05 and again at Tresillian at 20:30, flying up the river past the Audi garage. Also 4 Whimbrel at Tresemple Pool. (A Nicholson)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise (Penzance to Wolf Rock) very misty: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1Eider (M), 8 Gannet, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Greater Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull. 32 Guillemot. Also, 1 Basking Shark, 2 Harbour Porpoise.  (P Clarke & M T Elliott)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise Return (Wolf Rock to Penzance) mist clearing: 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 64 Manx Shearwater, 1 Kittiwake, 43 Guillemot, 33 Razorbill, 100+ Auk sp.  Also c30 Common Dolphin.  (P Clarke & M T Elliott)

St Clement: Night Heron on pool in the old vicarage at 08:25.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1s Ring-billed Gull oof the causeway, also 2 Greenshank.


Thursday 21st May 2015

Late news, 20/5, West Looe: 3 Swift in screaming party and 1 Swallow. (R Hurrell)

Late news, 20/5, Hannafore Point: 18 Turnstone, 8 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin (several of these waders in breeding plumage). 7 of the Turnstones towards dusk spiralled up before heading N and overland at several hundred feet. 1 female Grey Seal about 80m offshore. (R Hurrell)

Late news 20/5 Lizard Point: 1 Yellow Wagtail in off the sea. (P & H Taylor)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2cy Purple Heron opposite the hide between the NW and NE arms, visible from the car park., also 1 pair Canada Geese with 10 goslings and 2 Great Crested Grebe. (J Hawkey, DK Parker, NR Phillips)

Porthgwarra: 3 Great Northern Diver NW over Gwennap Head (06:18hrs), 1 Whimbrel & 2 Canada Geese north, 3 Wheatears on moor. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Ring-billed Gull (1st s) and 1 Black-tailed Godwit (ad s/p). (J Hawkey)

Landrake: 2 Swift over buildings. (R Hurrell)

Bodmin, Castle Canyke: 1 Skylark singing and 5 Buzzard. (R Hurrell)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Greylag, 1 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 2 House Martin, c15 Sand Martin, c10 Swallow, c10 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 2 male Reed Bunting, 1 Whitethroat and 4 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker, S Maycock)

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Land’s End: 1 m Sardinian Warbler showing well on the southern edge of the bushes south of the car park. (DK Parker, R Farnes, S Maycock, J FitzGerald-Patrick)

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St Clement: No sign of Night Heron early afternoon but seen later but not by me. 2 male Siskin on feeders at Old Vicarage. (D King)

Men an Tol: 1 hepatic phase f Cuckoo and 2 m Cuckoo calling. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Wednesday 20th May 2015

Late news, 17/5, Looe: 3 Red Kite. (P Godfrey)

Late news, 19/5, Looe: 1 Red Kite. (P Godfrey)

Bodmin, Dunmere: 1 Muscovy Duck. (G Wood)

Croft Pascoe: 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 (ad + juv) Goldcrest. (R Farnes)

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Liskeard – Callington: 1 Red Kite over road at 09.30. (per L Pallett)

St Clements: 1 ad Night Heron on pool at Old Vicarage until 21:20 then perched on TV ariel at 21:32. (MJ Spicer)

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Drift Reservoir (members only): 2cy Purple Heron again in northeast arm. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Lands End: 1 m. Sardinian Warbler still present singing and showing well in same area at 12.10pm. (C Barnard)

Marazion: 2 Sandwich Tern. (C Barnard)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull again on estuary.


Tuesday 19th May 2015

Late news 13/5 Perranwell, Goonhavern: 1 Cuckoo and again on 15th. (A Robathan)

Bodmin: 2 Male Bullfinches on feeder (Sunflower Hearts): (P Haseldine)

Penberth: Several Red Kites over Penberth Cove.(R Oats)

St Levan: 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, 2 Jay, Nuthatch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch. (R Oats)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2cy Purple Heron opposite the hide, at c15:30. Also male Mandarin to the left of the hide down the end of north arm. (R Farnes)

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Pendeen: 1 Storm Petrel plus a big passage of Manx Shearwaters. (P & H Taylor)

Pendennis Point: 1 Wheatear, 8 Great Northern Diver (6 west, 1 east, 1 in Falmouth Bay), 1 Whimbrel west, c. 20 auks west and 2 Oystercatcher. (S Perfect D Chaney)

Swanpool: 2 Mute Swan with 8 cygnets, 4 Coot nests, pair with 4 chicks, pair with 2 chicks and pair with 1 chick (all small), Mallard ducklings: 1 large, 2 small, 1 Moorhen chick and 2 Reed Warblers. (S Perfect D Chaney)

Pennance Point: 2 Great Northern Diver off Maenporth, 2 Guillemot, c10 Gannets hunting close inshore and 8 Fulmar on the cliffs with several others offshore. (S Perfect D Chaney)

Boscastle: Hoopoe in a private garden.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1s Ring-billed Gull again early morning.


Monday 18th May 2015

Late news 15/5, Sennen, Trevendra Campsite: 24 Red Kite over site moving north 9.30 – 10.00. Polgigga: 50+ Red Kite (10.30 – 12.00) moving up from Ardensawah direction. These totals reflect other isolated reports we published on the day for west Penwith.  (S Stanbury)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Night Heron and 1 Kingfisher. Also 1 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew and 6 Shelduck on river beyond pool. (J St Ledger, M Jones, S Perfect, J Chapple, D Eva)

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St Clements: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Siskin and 2 Bullfinch. (J St Ledger, M Jones) Plus 3m 2f Siskin on feeder in Old Vicarage garden in afternoon and approx 8.20/8.30 pm 1 Night Heron in marshy area 100yds before Tresemple Pool. (D Jenkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1w Ring-billed Gull again from the causeway. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2cy Purple Heron again in northeast arm this morning. (P&H Taylor) 23 Canada Geese, 3 hybrid geese, 1 Greylag, 1 Mandarin Duck, 20 Mallard with 10 ducklings, 1 Call Duck, 1 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen with 2 broods of single chicks, 2 Whimbrel, 38 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c30 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, c15 Swift, 1 Whitethroat, 2+ Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose plus 5 goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 6 Greylag, 1 Teal, 6 Mallard plus 2 ducklings, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, c40 House Martin, c20 Sand Martin, c10 Swallow, 13 Swift and 3 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Marazion: c120 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin and 3 Turnstone on the beach and 3 Sandwich Tern offshore. (DK Parker)

Tehidy Woods: 1 Tawny Owl and 1 owlet in trees, sadly 2 dead owlets on path. (J Bowen)

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Newquay, Towan Head: 2 Storm Petrel this evening. (S Rowe)

West Penwith: 1 Nightjar churring. (C Madden)