Saturday 31st October 2015

Late news, 30/10, Treraven Meadows: 1 Great White Egret. (video Will Delacour)

Marazion: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel firstly on beach (D Eva, R Davey, R Veal) and then seen calling and  flying high over coast path east and inland at 08.55. (T Mills) Later, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Little Egret, 15 Sanderling, 4 Ringed Plover, 13 Turnstone. (D Flumm) 2 Firecrest at Plain an Gwarry. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gulval: 1 Grey Wagtail in yard opposite Boscathnoe Reservoir. (P Johnstone)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Rose-coloured Starling, 2 Woodlark over, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, flock on Linnet in adjacent field, Chaffinches and Bramblings over. (M Ahmad, J Ryan, D Eva, J Chapple, T Mills, J Hawkey, K Dalziel, M Jones, et al) Also 3 Peacock and 5 Small Copper butterflies, 2 Silver-Y moths, (T Mills), 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly (D Eva) 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (M Wallace) 20 Common Dolphin. (D Balmer)

video by John Chapple

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Porthcurno: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. (M Ahmad, J Ryan) Also 1 Black Redstart. (M Jones)

St Ives: 1 Tree Sparrow again and 1 Short-eared Owl. (T Harrison)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Kingfisher and c 50 Meadow Pipit. (R Veal) Also 4 Mute Swan, 33 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 16 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 27 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 5 Snipe, 1 Swallow, 10,000+ Starling and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings:2w Rng-billed Gull, 3 Grey Plover, c125 Lapwing, 2 Kingfisher and 2 Spoonbill. Carnsew Pool: 4 Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal)

Newquay: 3 Black Redstart briefly on Thomas Rd surgery roof, also somewhat oddly 2 Grey Wagtail briefly on surgery roof. (D Mays)

Sancreed: 2 Black Redstart, 1 continental Coal Tit, 3 Firecrest, 26 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin, 1 Little Egret west, 7 Snipe, 20 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare and 2 Stonechat. (D Flumm)

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Carminowe Valley: 1 Pallas’s Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Kuggar: 1 Swallow. (I Maclean)

Gwendreath: 3 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Carleon Cove: 1 Water Pipit and 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. (I Maclean)

Poltesco: 2 Firecrest, 1 continental race Coal Tit and 1 Stoat. (I Maclean)

Lizard Village: 3 Black Redstart. (I Maclean)

Church Cove: 1 continental Coal Tit and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (I Maclean)

New Polzeath: 1 Black Redstart. (T Davies)

Trevescan: 2 House Martin.

Camel Trail: 1 Cattle Egret at Pinkson Creek. (W Delacour)

video by Will Delcour

Falmouth, Swanpool NR: 2 Firecrest. Trescobeas area: 1 f Black Redstart. (J St Ledger)

Dodman Point: 1 m Ring Ouzel, 14m + 2 f Bullfinch, 16 Long-tailed Tit and 16 Goldcrest. (P Kemp)

Bude: 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail in estuary 2 Robin, 16 Meadow Pipit 1 Cormorant along coast path 14 Oystercatchers 3 Great Black-backed Gull c20 Herring gulls 1 cormorant on beach near Lynstone. (H Wilkins)

Stithians Reservoir:  3 Green Sandpiper together from the SH hide. (D Chaney)

Treverva: c.300 Redwing over. (D Chaney)

Sennen Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanjizal: Ringed 90 today, including 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 32 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest, also 1 Blyth’s Pipit over. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Porthgwarra: 1 Wheatear plus a large finch movement including 2 Hawfinch, few Brambling,  Siskin plus 3555 Chaffinch this morning. (D Balmer)

Boswednack: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare and 2 Bullfinch. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Scillonian Crossing: 2 Sooty Shearwater and 4 Balearic Shearwater.

St Agnes, Beacon Hill: 1 Black Redstart.

Rinsey: 1 Short-eared Owl and flock of c100 Linnet. (J Hillier)

Pednavounder: 2 Swallow. (M Nattrass)


Friday 30th October 2015

Marazion, Little London beach: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, still present at about 4.30, alone, spending time at cliff base as well as at shoreline.

Video by John Chapple

Video by Richard Augarde



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Millbrook Lake: 3 Mediterranean Gull. (B Rankine)

Rame: 2 Firecrest at Church Gate. Rame Head: 6 Yellowhammer and 2 Black Redstart at Rame Farm. (B Rankine)

Charlestown: 1 Firecrest. (D Hastilow)

Camel Trail: 1 Great White Egret in marshes at confluence of rivers Allen and Camel. (N McBreen)

Treraven Meadows:Great White Egret (presumed same as above), 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Wigeon, Teal, Shelduck, Red Legged Partridge, Black Tailed Godwit, Goldfinch, Goldcrest and Cormorant. (W Delacour)

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest with 4 Goldcrest. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill. (A James) Estuary: 2 Mediterranean Gull and 50 Lapwing. (R Veal)

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Spoonbills, Alan James
Callestick:  1 Firecrest, still present in my garden (T Wilson)

Bude: 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 52 Black-headed Gull,1 Meadow Pipit  in estuary; 1 Wren in Efford cottage garden; 2 Cormorant on cliff; 1 Cormorant over, 1 Kestrel and 12 Meadow Pipit on coast path; 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Herring Gull on beach below Efford down. (H Wilkins)

Sennen Cove: 1 Little Egret again this morning east of the lifeboat station. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Land’s End: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Polgigga: 12 Woodlark in fields along Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra: 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Black Redstart and 2 Firecrest. (M Wallace)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Serin with finch flock west of Gray Gables; 1 Barred Warbler by church car park, also 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Black Redstart and 2 Short-eared Owl. (M Wallace)

Botallack: 5 Balearic Shearwater past. (D Balmer)

Morvah: 1 Black Redstart. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise, Penzance-Wolf Rock & return: 15 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 192 Gannet, 5 Guillemot, 10 Razorbill, 2 Great Skua, 11 Kittiwake, 3 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater and 10 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock-St Marys & return: 16 Gannet, 6 Razorbill, 2 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Kittiwake and 5 Common Dolphin. (PTaylor & M Elliot)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Merlin and 2 House Martin. (D Balmer)


Thursday 29th October 2015

Mullion Cove: 1 m Sparrowhawk and 1 pair Grey Wagtail. (J Allely)

Sancreed: 1 Black Redstart and 1 Firecrest. (D Flumm)

Penzance, Chyandour: 2 Firecrest. (D Flumm)

Charlestown: 2 m Blackcap  feeding on Cordyline palm berries. (D Hastilow)

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Land’s End: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling and 2 Chough. (MJ Spicer) Also an unconfirmed report of 1 Olive-backed Pipit seen to fly SE at 09.25, plus 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Black Redstart.

St Ives: 1 Tree Sparrow again. (P&H Taylor)

Newquay: 1 Peregrine over the zoo. (D Ensor)

Hell’s Mouth, North Cliffs: 1 Short-eared Owl. (K Therese)

Sally’s Bottom: 1 Black Redstart. (D Eva)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Siberian, P.c.tristis and 3 nominate P.c.colybita Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 12 Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Water Rail, 6 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Kingfisher, 30 Greenfinch & 10 Meadow Pipit. (D Flumm) Also 4 Mute Swan, 13 Teal, 17 Mallard, 5 Little Egret, 28 Moorhen, 2 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

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Porthgwarra: 3 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Cot Valley: 2 Firecrest. (C Corrigan)

Kelynack Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill and 75 Lapwing. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Estuary: 2 redhead Goosander, 1 female Pintail, 2 Spoonbill, 12+ Little Egret, 5 Grey Heron, 53 Ringed Plover, 1 sanderling, 1 Greenshank, 49 Redshank, 61 Lapwing and 1 ad Peregrine. (DK & MW Parker)

Tintagel: 3 Black Redstart on rocks in cove opposite castle.

Nanjizal: 84 birds ringed today, 8 Firecrest (100 ringed this autumn), 21 Chiffchaff, 16 Goldcrest and 1 Reed Warbler, re-traps include 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (one ringed on 9th) and 1 Pallas’s Warbler. (K Wilson)

Porthallow: 2 Black Redstart. (M Nattrass)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1 Purple Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)

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Downderry:  1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Water Pipit. (A Payne)

Looe, Hannafore Point: 12 mediterranean Gull and 1 m Eider. (A Payne)

Seaton: 3 Black Redstart. (A Payne)

Colliford Lake/Loveny Reserve: 20 Teal, 16 Mallard, 190 Lapwing, c.500 Golden Plover, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Cormorant, 255 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull, 30 Starling, 6 Canada Geese, 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher and 3 Pied Wagtail. Dozmary Pool: 36 Lapwing, 8 Tufted Duck, 6 Mallard, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Coot and 6 Meadow Pipit. (P McKeogh)

St Levan: 1 Black Redstart.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Great White Egret photographed this morning. (C Selway)

Treraven Meadow: 2 Water Pipit. (C Selway)

Rame: 1 Firecrest at Coastguard cottages. (B Taggart)



Wednesday 28th October 2015

West Pentire: 1 Black Redstart on rooftop. (D Mays)

Porth Joke: 4 Bullfinch, 30+ Skylark, 40+ Meadow Pipit, 15+ Song Thrush, 10+ Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Curlew over, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard and 1 Goldcrest. (D Mays)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap in private garden. (D Hastilow)

Rame Head: 1 Black Redstart on church roof and 2 Firecrest in Triangle by church. (M Beer + D Allan)

Kelynack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 7+ Goldcrest and a small flock of Siskin. (T Mills)

Bude: 2 Chaffinch, 1 Robin, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Starling, 16 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock in garden; 3 Meadow Pipit in estuary; 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Cormorant along coast path and 5 Oystercatcher on beach below Efford beacon. (H Wilkins)

Treraven Meadows: 20+ Red-legged Partridge. (R Farnes)


Red-legged Partridge, Rod Farnes
St Merryn: i Black Redstart. (R Augarde)

 Black Redstart video, Richard Augarde

Walmsley Sanctuary: Osprey over flying SW in the morning. (C Selway)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 Whimbrel and 2 Mediterranean Gull. Swanpool NR: 1 Firecrest. (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 2 Spoonbill and 1 Pintail. Copperhouse Creek: 4 Pintail and 2 Ringed Plover. (J Hawkey) At 7.30am the 2 Spoonbill were in Ryan’s Field. (S Turner)

Cot Valley to Nanquidno: Serin in private field at Boscregan (vegetation too high to see it on the deck) and flying between there and last house down Nanquidno – also present yesterday, 27th October 2015. Seven Woodlarks in adjacent private field where vegetation is also too high to see them on the deck. Visible migration south-south-east between 08:30 and 11:30 – 500+ Starlings, 300+ Chaffinches, c20 Siskins and 3 Bramblings. In Cot Valley, 1 Woodcock and 1 Firecrest. (N Wheatley) Also 1 Osprey over at 12.50.  (D Balmer)

Nanjizal: 1 Short-eared Owl. (J FitzGerald-Patrick) Also 1 Osprey over at 13.15. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Porthgwarra: 1 Osprey over at 1400; 1 Wheatear, 1 Firecrest, 1 Dartford Warbler also c80 Skylark in stubble field at Arden Sawah. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Land’s End: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling again. (C Corrigan, J Swann)

St Just: 1 3w American Herring Gull at Jericho Farm. (D Balmer)

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Mousehole: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Men-an-Tol: 1 m Hen Harrier. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion: 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Lizard Point: 1 Black Redstart.

St Levan: 570 Chaffinch, 2 Grey Wagtail, few Brambling and 4 Firecrest in one bush. (D Balmer)


Tuesday 27th October 2015

Late news, 24/10, Nanjizal: 1 Squacco Heron.

Late news, 26/10, Skewjack:  1 Squacco Heron.

Late news, 26/10, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Goldeneye again in front of SH Hide, 75+ Teal and 35+ Mallard. (D Chaney)

Mousehole: 3 Black Redstart on rocks in front of harbour car park. (S Maycock)

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Wadebridge, Treraven Meadows: Grey Partridge with small flock of Red-legged Partridge, 1 Firecrest, many Goldcrest, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, a few Lapwing and Curlew, 25+ Teal, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Nuthatch. (D Mays)

St Ives: 1 Tree Sparrow. (B Dodd) Also 1 Snow Bunting on Porthgwidden again. (M Rouncefield)

MRouncefield_SnowBunting_171015Snow Bunting, Marlene Rouncefield

Godrevy, Mexico Beach: 2 Kestrel, 4 Stonechat and 30+ Gannet. (R Veal)

Foage Valley: 50+ Fieldfare. (P Taylor & S Cowlishaw)

Treen: 1 Swallow and 1 Black Redstart. (S Turner)

Penzance, Tolcarne Beach: 1 Sandwich Tern, also 50+ Black-headed Gull with Herring and Great Black-backed Gull feeding at water’s edge at high tide, also 4 Mute Swan on the sea and 2 more on the boating lake. (T Mills)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill (were earlier seen on Copperhouse Creek and Carnsew Pool) 1 Kingfisher, c30 Lapwing and c30 Redshank. (R Farnes, S Turner, R Daddow) Also reported here were 2 Goosander, 4 Greenshank, 2 Knot 1 Grey Plover 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 11 Mediterranean Gull Estuary: 2 f Pintail and 1 Knot. (D Eva) Also 2 Yellow-legged Gull reported.

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Spoonbills, Roger Daddow

Men-an-Tol: 1 f Merlin, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier and 2 Dartford Warbler. (D Eva)

Bude: 11 House Sparrow, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 3 Collared Dove and 2 Dunnock in garden. 2 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 2 Kingfisher, c40 Mallard, 4 Mute Swan and 60+ Black-headed Gull on Bude canal and estuary. 7 Meadow Pipit and 1 Cormorant flying over along coast path. (H Wilkins)

Land’s End: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling again today. (C Corrigan)

Porthgwarra: 19 Firecrest between here and St Levan Churchtown. (M Wallace)

Cot Valley: 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion: 2 Firecrest and 1 Black Redstart. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Bosullow: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier later afternoon. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanquidno: 1 Snow Bunting below the cliff.

Falmouth, Gorrangorras: 76 Curlew in pony field, 36 Mallard, 3 Greenshank and 7+ Redshank. (D Chaney)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Black Redstart, 4 Balearic Shearwater and 2 Harbour Porpoise. (D Balmer)



Monday 26th October 2015

Late News, 26/10 Nanquidno: 6 Woodlark with 14 Skylark in fields at Hendra. (B Dodd, F Hull)

St Ives, Porthgwidden:  1 Snow Bunting (J Parker) Also 1 Tree Sparrow again. (M Spicer, T Mills, L Cross)

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Land’s End: 12 Snipe over. (P&H Taylor) Also 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Rame Head: 1 m Black Redstart at Wringford Farm stables, also 4 Firecrest and 2 Yellowhammer at Rame Church area. (C&J Hannaford)

Bude, Woodford: 2 f Black Redstart. (N Bastin)

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Millbrook: 1 albino/leucistic Wood Pigeon with small flock. (B Taggart)

Porthgwarra: 1 Ring Ouzel and 3 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penberth Cove: 4 Balearic Shearwater past this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Cot Valley: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 6 Teal, 16 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 33 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Cape Cornwall: 4 Balearic Shearwater and 2 Great Skua past this morning. (D Balmer)

Kenidjack: 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Jack Snipe. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2w Ring-billed Gull, 1 juv Spoonbill and 3 Goosander. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Stephen Moss at Falmouth Poly

Stephen Moss is coming to Falmouth Poly
There are very few people from the world of television who are regarded as ‘real’ birders. Two stand out. Bill Oddie is one. The other is the producer of ‘Birding with Bill Oddie’ and ‘Bill Oddie goes Wild’, Stephen Moss.
The RSPB Cornwall Local Group are presenting ‘An Evening with Stephen Moss’ at Falmouth Poly on Thursday December 3rd and welcome members of CBWPS to this major indoor event.
Stephen is an award winning producer of Natural History programmes for television. He was the original producer for BBC’s ‘Springwatch’, a programme that has enthused millions of people about nature and conservation and worked on the programme from its first broadcast in 2005. Spin-offs from the programme now include ‘Autumnwatch’ and occasional specials such as ‘Winterwatch’ Other major works include ‘Big Cat Diary’ and ‘The Nature of Britain’ with Alan Titchmarsh. He also produced ‘Birds Britannia’ about the relationship between the British people and the birds that live around them.
A regular broadcaster on BBC Radio4, a columnist on birds and nature for ‘The Guardian’ and author of many books on birds and wildlife, Stephen uses all these mediums to enthuse as big an audience as possible about the wonderful nature of Britain and the wider world.
‘An Evening with Stephen Moss’ is at The Falmouth Poly, Church Street, Falmouth on Thursday, December 3rd at 7.30 pm. Booking is essential and tickets can be bought and reserved, to be picked up on the night, by ringing the Box Office on 01326 319461. Tickets can be purchased online at ‘’ and then clicking on ‘talks’. Tickets are £10 and £8 for students.
Roger Hooper