Monday 30th November 2015

Late news, 29/11, Gulval: 1 Grey Heron on the Trevaylor Stream. (B Hitchins)

BHitchins_GreyHeron_291115Grey Heron, Barbara Hitchins

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 redhead Smew, plus Goosander, 60+ Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 2 Tufted Duck and 4 Coot, plus 12 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Coal Tit and 1 Kingfisher outside bird hide,  2 Raven above lake. (N Bastin, R Mudge) The Smew later flew to the Upper Tamar Lake. Note: the Lower Tamar lake is currently wholly in Devon, but historically the boundary ran through the middle of the Lake and so for consistency with the County’s historical record the lake is still included in our records. Currently the county boundary still runs through the centre of the Upper Tamar Lake.

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Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 2+ Goldcrest and 1 m Blackcap with 2 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 m Eider and 1 Guillemot offshore. (M Spicer, T Mills) Also 1 Pacific Diver offshore this afternoon. (L Proctor)

Penryn: 1 m Black Redstart in private garden. (L O’Neill)

Millbrook Lake: 1 Great Northern  Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 18 Mediterranean Gull and 5 Common Gull. (B Taggart)

Hannafore Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe still,  2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 m  Eider, 1 drake Gadwall (with the Mallard) and 10 Kittiwake west. (M Beer)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 m Goldeneye and 2 Reed Bunting (on feeders). (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_ReedBunting_301115Reed Bunting, John St Ledger

Land’s End: A pair of the Hotel complex resident Jackdaws harass and see off a very lively Stoat that had cornered a rabbit under a granite ledge. (A James)

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Penzance: 1 Firecrest along Love Lane.


Sunday 29th November 2015

Pencalenick: 1 Firecrest, 2 Marsh Tit. (D Eva)

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again (same as a fortnight ago in same field), 3 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 50 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 1 Brambling and a thrush-sized leucistic bird looking uniform (upperwing, mantle, rump & tail concolorous) bright orange(!) in today’s light flew west with thrushes over fields. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 f Goosander. (D Jenkins, R Veal) Estuary: 2 Spoonbill), 1 2w Ring-billed Gull, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, c100 Dunlin and 400 + Lapwing. Carnsew Pool: 1 Kingfisher and 3 Little Grebe. (R Veal)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 m Goldeneye, 1 m Shoveler and 4 Common Gull. (S Martin, J St Ledger)

Newlyn: 1 Pacific Diver. (M Ahmad, R Wilkins, R Augarde)

Porthgwarra:Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Red-throated Diver. (R Augarde, R Wilkins)

Gothian Sands LNR: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (T Mcgowan)

Helston, Loe Pool: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 4 Goosander (1 dr, 3 redheads), 26 Pochard, 9 Tufted Duck and 11 Shoveler. (I Maclean) Trenethick Parc: 1m Black Redstart. (G.Adams)

St Ives: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 m Black Redstart and 1 Stonechat from the NCI Lookout. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hannafore Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe.



Saturday 28th November 2015

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 moulting adult Pacific Diver distantly. (B Dallas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk and 6 Long-tailed Tit; 100+ Lapwing. Estuary: 4 Dunlin, 1 Rock Pipit and 70+ Golden Plover over. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penryn Campus: 1 Firecrest. (B Porter)

Pendeen: 1 Little Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope and 1 Short-eared Owl. (B Dallas)


Friday 27th November 2015

Late news, 25/11, St Ives: Little Auk and Scandinavian Herring Gull. (M Ahmad)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern. (R Teague)

Marazion: 1 Pacific Diver seen briefly again.

Stithians Reservoir, Stuart Hutchings hide: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Common Gull, 14 Snipe and 180+ Lapwing.

JStLedger_SlavonianGrebe_271115Slavonian Grebe, John St Ledger

The Lizard Point: Fulmars are back on their nesting ledges. (T Thirlaway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Spoonbill. (D Flumm) Also 3 Goldfinch and 1 Kingfisher. (A James)

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Cot Valley to Nanquidno: 15 Woodlarks together, in flight then down into fields around Hendra. Also 50+ Skylarks there, and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in Cot Valley.(N Wheatley)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again.


Thursday 26th November 2015

Marazion: 1 ad Pacific Diver offshore this afternoon, presumably the returning bird. (B Porter)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Egyptian Goose. (B Dodd, A McKecknie)

Camel Estuary: 3 Bar-headed Goose, 2 Green Sandpiper and 1 m Kingfisher. (B Dodd, A McKecknie)

Newlyn, Coombe: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in private garden. (M Dodd) Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again.

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit, 8+ Rock Pipit, 5+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8+ Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 10+ Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Stonechat, 1 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10+ Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Greenshank, 4+ Redshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 4 Little Egret, 8+ Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher and 1 Sparrowhawk. (D Mays)

Rinsey Head: 1, possibly 2, Firecrest at car park path to Wheal Prosper. 1 Snipe over and 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Teague)

Coverack, Pednavounder: 1 Short-eared Owl. (M Nattrass)

Cambourne, Tolvaddon: 1 Firecrest in garden. (M&T Hasdell)

Bude Marsh: 1m Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting (1m 1f), 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Meadow Pipit, 17 Moorhen, 1 Cormorant, 2 Robin. (R Mudge)

Maer Lake: 200+ Golden Plover, 1 Shelduck, c50 Lapwing, 72 Wigeon, 22 Moorhen, 2 Redwing, 2 Dunlin, 8 Curlew, 2 Dunnock and 11 Teal. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 12 Goosander (8m 4f), 8 Tufted Duck (5m 3f), 6 Wigeon, 19 Snipe, 2  Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Nuthatch and 2 Marsh Tit. (R Mudge)

Falmouth, Swanvale: 2 Firecrest (silent) in the sallows half way down the path, 1 Lesser Whitethroat in sallows next to the path at Swanpool end, with 4 vocal Goldcrest, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits feeding, 1 Green Woodpecker heard distantly and 5 Redwing. Swanpool:
1 Grey Wagtail and 9 Long-tailed Tit. Swanpool Beach: 4 Shag and 2 Cormorant, 4 Oystercatcher roosting Swanpool Point until. Castle Beach: c200 Black-headed Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull (ad and 2nd w). Castle Drive: 2 Black Redstart. (D Chaney)

Pendower Point: 3 Slavonian Grebe, 16 Black-throated Diver and 6 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins)

Kingsmill Lake: 10 Greenshank, 125 Avocet and 3 Pintail (1 drake). (M Beer)

Truro: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 2 Spoonbill again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Helston: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at sewage works again and 3 Firecrest between here and Loe Pool.

Argal Reservoir: 37 Mediterranean Gull. (B Porter)


Wednesday 25th November 2015

St Ives Island: 1 Common Scoter,1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Grey Phalarope, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Arctic Skua, 11 Great Skua, 18 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Little Auk and 1 Harbour Porpoise past between 08:00-12:45. (M Ahmad, M Elliott, R Wilkins, MJ Spicer et al)

Port Isaac: 1 Great Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver, 200+ Fulmar and a dolphin sp. past. (P Harris)

East Looe: 6 Fulmars on the nesting ledges at Plaidy, the earliest date they have returned since 2010. (DJ Spooner)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill still on Lelant Saltings. (A James – photos) Also 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and 1 Goosander. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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Camel Trail Wadebridge – Tregunna: 2 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 19 Mute Swan, 6 Whooper Swan, 43 Shelduck, 17 Mallard, 28 Wigeon, 2 Goosander, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 50 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, c500 Golden Plover, c250 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 170 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 80 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 80 Curlew, 10 Snipe,  150 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 65 Great Black-backed Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 14 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 6 Redwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 20 Rook, 65 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 25 Starling, 8 House Sparrow, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch and c50 Linnet. (M Scawen)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern.

Marazion: 3 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 m Green-winged Teal plus 70 Wigeon, 14 Gadwall, 75 Teal, 1 Pintail, 34 Shoveler, 12 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Little Egret, 1 Heron, 8 Little Grebe, 110 Lapwing, 120 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 170 Curlew, 52 Redshank, 40 Fieldfare, 180 Redwing and 2 Reed Bunting. (D Julian)

Clapper Marshes:  37 Wigeon, 18 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Little Egret, 13 Little Grebe, 1 Sparrowhawk (Treraven bird), 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher and  4 Siskin. (D Julian)

Dinham area: 9 Mute Swan, 4 Whooper Swan, 4 Wigeon, 4 Little Egret, 10 Oystercatcher, 350 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 24 Curlew and 4 Redshank. (D Julian)

Egloshayle area: 1 Water Pipit. (D Julian)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest still present. (B Dallas)

Treverva: 2 Firecrest. (D Chaney)

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Tuesday 24th November 2015

Falmouth, Castle Beach (near steps at Castle end): 2 Black Redstart (1m, 1f) and 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

Falmouth, on old Customs building, Customs House Quay: 1 Black Redstart. (J St Ledger) Florence Place: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Firecrest, c15 Redwing, 1 Blackcap and 8 Greenfinch. (D Chaney)

Penzance, Lidden area: 1 imm/f Black Redstart again. (T Mills)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Scaup (1m 1f), 10 Goosander (6m 4f), 9 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Wigeon and 2 Cormorant. (R Mudge)

Millbrook Lake: 25 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Greenshank, 30 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 kingfisher. (B Taggart)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 m Green-winged Teal  and 6 Whooper Swan. (M Lammas)

Wadebridge, Treravon Meadows: 1 Bar-headed Goose with Canada Geese flock. (M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 f Goosander feeding and being shadowed by 1 Little Egret and 1 Black-headed Gull, also 1 Spoonbill. (A James) Estuary: 2w Ring-billed Gull and 2 Spoonbill. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

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Sennen: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at the quarry. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanquidno: 6+ Woodlark at Boscregan Farm. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still present.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 314 Canada Goose, 32 Greylag, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Snipe and 1 Great Crested Grebe. (B Dodd)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.