Sunday 31st January 2016

Late news, 30/1, Maer Lake: 1 Little Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, c170 Black-headed Gull, 7 Great Black-backed  Gull, 400+ Golden Plover, c30 Lapwing and 7 Canada Geese. (H Kendall, B Bryne)

Looe: 3 Red-throated Diver. (C Buckland)

Loe Pool: 1 ad Little Gull, 41 Pochard, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Mallard, 19 Shoveler and 2 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Porthleven: 1 Great Northern Diver feeding in harbour. (I Maclean)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 12 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Rock Pipit, c20 Ringed Plover, c40 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin and c30 Turnstone on the rocks, also 1 Great Northern Diver by the harbour and 1 1w Common Gull offshore. (R Veal, T Mills)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 imm Spoonbill on the side channel near Tempest then flew to Carnsew Basin, also 1 Water Pipit near Old Quay House with 20+ Rock Pipit, 10 Golden Plover, 15 Dunlin and c750 Lapwing. Ryan’s Field: 4 Mediterranean Gull. Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank and 1m Kestrel. (R Veal)

Bude: 26 Oystercatcher, 12 Turnstone and 1 Grey Heron. (H Wilkins)

Marazion: 3 Glaucous Gull ( ad & 2 juv) near Station House early morning with 1 juv on Great Hogus early pm. (R Augarde, C.Barnard)

Glaucous Gull, Richard Augarde

RAugarde_GlaucGull_310116Glaucous Gull, Richard Augarde

Towan Head: 1 Great Skua and 3 Common Scoter flew west this pm. (S Rowe)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again. (J&P Smale)

JSmale_HudsonianWhimbrel3_310116 JSmale_HudsonianWhimbrel2_310116
JSmale_HudsonianWhimbrel4_310116Hudsonian Whimbrel 1-3, Perry Smale JSmale_HudsonianWhimbrel_310116Hudsonian Whimbrel, Judi Smale

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again at Trannack Farm.

Hannafore Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe fishing opposite Looe Island this morning.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Newlyn Harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull this pm.

Mousehole: 1 juv Glaucous Gull this pm on St Clement’s Isle.

Coverack: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again.

The Lizard village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling again.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe from the Carmenellis Causeway again.


Saturday 30th January 2016

Crowlas: 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1f Sparrowhawk and 2 (m+f) Bullfinch in garden. (R Veal)

Maer Lake: 1 Glaucous Gull, 1 Little Gull  and 1 Mediterranean Gull. (A Roberts)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 m Brambling and 3 (1m + 2f) Siskin in garden. (C Hughes)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Basin: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 20 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 4 Grey Plover, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Little Egret, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 15 House Sparrow, 8 Blackbird and 6 Curlew. (P+H Taylor) Estuary: c500 Lapwing and 1 Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher.

Coverack: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (A Pay)

APay_GlaucousGull_300116Glaucous Gull, Andy Pay

Durgan (from Porth Saxon): 3 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Fulmar. (M Silk)

Maenporth: 5 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-necked Grebe. (M Silk)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern, 6 Grey Heron and 2 Stonechat. (A James) Also 2 hybrid goose, 1m Sparrowhawk and 5 Little Grebe. Longrock Pool: 1 2w Common Gull. (R Veal)

AJames_Bittern_300116Bittern, Alan James AJames_GHeron_300116Grey Heron, Alan James
AJames_Stonechat2_300116male Stonechat, Alan James AJames_Stonechat_300116female Stonechat, Alan James

Perranuthnoe, Trenow + Boat Coves: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel 1 Pacific Diver, 6 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver and 33 Curlew. (B Dodd) Also1 Eurasian Whimbrel, 5 Rock Pipit, 7+ Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Shag past offshore. (R Veal)

Bude Marsh: 2 Grey Heron, 2 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, c30 Oystercatcher, c100 Canada Goose, 2 Wren, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (H Wilkins)

Pendeen: 3 Pomarine Skua and 1 Manx Shearwater.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup.

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull at Trannack Farm again.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Marazion: 2 Black Redstart behind Post Office.1 juv. & 1 ad. Glaucous Gull offshore early morning, then 1 juv. Glaucous Gull on beach at 14.00 with 1 ad. on Great Hogus. (C Barnard, PA Fraser)

St Ives: 1 m Black Redstart at NCI Watchpoint. Plus 4 Purple Sandpiper. (C Barnard)

St John’s Lake: 1 Ring-billed Gull on beach with Herring Gulls.

Lizard Point (early pm): 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 ad. Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Chough. (I Maclean)

Cadgwith: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull and 1 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Towan Head: 1 Red-throated Diver flew west, small numbers of Gannets, Razorbills and Guillemots. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 11 Teal, 24 Mallard, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 134 Black-headed Gull, 16 Common Gull,1 Grey Heron, 9 Coot and 2 Moorhen. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit and 24 Rock Pipit. (S Rowe)

Carrick Roads from St Just-in-Roseland: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Scoter. (M Eaton)

St Just, Jericho Farm: 1 3w American Herring Gull again.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe from the Carmenellis Causeway again.


Friday 29th January 2016

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Water Rail, 34 Fieldfare, 5 Reed Bunting, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Little Grebe, 1 m Goldeneye, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and many Chaffinches and Tits. (B Toms, D Chadwick, T Mills)


Reed Bunting, male in late winter plumage, Stithians Reservoir, England, UK.

Reed Bunting, male, Tony Mills 

Chaffinch, male, Stithians Reservoir, Cornwall, England, UK.

Chaffinch, male, Tony Mills


Longrock: 3 (1ad, 2 imm) Glaucous Gull (one juv smaller than the other). (J Hawkey, C Barnard)Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail and many Goldcrest. (B Toms, D Chadwick, T Mills)

Drift Reservoir: 1m Mandarin and 6 Mediterranean Gull. (MJ Spicer)

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (M Ahmad, MJ Spicer)

Bude: 5 Turnstone, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher and 6 Teal. (H Wilkins)

Durgan: 3 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_RNGrebe_290116Red-necked Grebe, John St Ledger

Marazion. 1 juv. Glaucous Gull at 9.00. (C Barnard)

Dozmary Pool:  1 Lesser Scaup.

The Lizard village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling again.

Torpoint: 1 Great Northern Diver.

College Reservoir: 1 m Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 1 Coal Tit and 3 Bullfinch. (D Chadwick, T Mills)


Thursday 28th January 2016

Late news, 26/1, Buzzeral Valley: 1 Firecrest and 1 Chiffchaff. (T Polglase)

Late news 27/1, Gwinear: 30/40 Stock Dove.400m south of church. (T Polglase)

Seaton, Keveral beach: 4 Red-throated Diver. (D Spooner)

Coverack: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, c450 Herring Gull, 22 Great-black Backed Gull (including ringed bird L:BN5 from Looe), 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 adult Mediterranean Gull. (A Pay)

APay_GlaucousGull_280116Glaucous Gull, Andy Pay

Stithians Reservoir, Southern Cut-Off: 1 Water Rail,  1 Greenfinch,  1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,   many blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, goldfinches,  1 Robin, 1 Wren, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Reed Bunting. (S Maycock) Carnmenellis Causeway: 1 Slavonian Grebe.

SMaycock_WaterRail_280116Water Rail, Simon Maycock

Gwinear, Realwa: 1 Brambling on garden feeder. (T Polglase)

Marazion: 1 juv Glaucous Gull at 8.40 and again at Station House at 16.20. 1 ad. Glaucous Gull on Great Hogus at 11.15  and at Station House at 16.30 having been at Penzance Eastern Green earlier. (C.Barnard) Trenow Cove:Hudsonian Whimbrel again.

Mount’s Bay from Eastern Green: 2 (ad, imm) Glaucous Gull and 1m Eider between Longrock and Chyandour. (MJ Spicer, M Ahmad)

MSpicer_Glauc_280116 Juv Glaucous Gull, Mike Spicer MAhmad_Glauc1_280116 Ad Glaucous Gull, Mashuq Ahmad MAhmad_Glauc2_280116Ad Glaucous Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 58 Sanderling, 18 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 17 Turnstone plus 5 Great Northern Diver offshore. (MJ Spicer)

Downderry: 1 Black Redstart. (J Cole)

Hanafore Point: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1  Eider, and 4 Great Northern Diver. (J Cole)

Dozmary Pool: 2m 2f Goldeneye, 1 Lesser Scaup, Tufted, Pochard, and 1 Golden Plover with Lapwings. (J Cole, R Butts)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 f Smew, 1 f Goldeneye and 20 Redwing. (J Cole, R Butts)

Carrick Roads: 1 House Martin, 6+ Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 13 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Curlew and 2 Oystercatcher from Penarrow Point. (DK Parker)

Lizard village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling with c40 Common Starling, also 1 Painted Lady butterfly. (K Dalziel + J Hawkey) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in garden opp Cross Common Nursery. (M Eaton)

Sennen Cove: 1 Little Egret east of the lifeboat station.

Sennen: 1 imm Iceland Gull over. (M Wallace)

Polgigga: 1 Whooper Swan north of Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again at Trannack Farm. (M Eaton)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Estuary: 1 imm Spoonbill again. Carnsew Basin: 1 Red-necked Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver.

St Just, Jericho Farm: 1 3w American Herring Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull. (M Ahmad)

Penzance: 2 Black Redstart on rocks near Railway Station.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 3 Firecrest.

Mousehole: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle this evening.

Walmsley Sanctuary:  1 Spoonbill, 4 Little Egret. (R Butts)

Treraven Meadow: 2 Green Sandpiper, c250 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Peregrine over. (R Butts)

Trewavas Head: 2 Adder. (A James)

AJames_Adder1_280116Adders AJames_Adder2_280116Alan James


Wednesday 27th January 2016

Truro: 1 m Siskin and 1 f Brambling in garden. (D Jenkins)

Cape Cornwall 10.30 – 13.00:  An impressive feeding event with 2000+ Gannets and many 100s Kittiwakes feeding over a long stretch of tide race c1.5 miles offshore. Also, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua and up to 6 Great Skuas including 2 seen attacking a Kittiwake. (P Clarke)

Bartinney Down: 1 Short-eared Owl. (A James)

AJames_SEO1_270116Short-eared Owl, Alan James AJames_SEO2_270116Short-eared Owl, Alan James

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Goldeneye. (D Hastilow) Also 1 Lesser Scaup again. (M Eaton)

DHastilow_Goldeneye_270116Goldeneye, David Hastilow

Durgan: 3 Red-necked Grebe and 5 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_RNGrebe2_270116Red-necked Grebe, John St Ledger JStLedger_RNGrebe1_270116Red-necked Grebe, John St Ledger

Mylor Churchtown: 1 Black-necked Grebe and 3 Black-throated Diver. (M Eaton)

Bude: 11 Turnstone, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wren, 100+ Lapwing and 2 Teal. (H Wilkins)

Long Rock: 1 ad. & 1 juv. Glaucous Gull and 1 juv. Iceland Gull. (C Barnard)

Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Tregunna: 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 17 Mute Swan, 28 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 18 Wigeon, 3 Goosander, 2 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 80 Oystercatcher, 20 Ringed Plover, 1000 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 200 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 80 Curlew, 120 Black-headed Gull, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 120 Great Black-backed Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 4 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 20 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 60 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 12 Starling, 7 House Sparrow and 2 Chaffinch. (M Scawen)

Sancreed: 1 Ring-billed Gull again at Trannack Farm.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again around Boat Cove.

St Ives: 1 Great Northern Diver and 100 Dunlin in the harbour.

Downderry: 1 juv Glaucous Gull.

Ponsanooth sewage works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrest. (M Eaton)

Newlyn: 4-5 Great Northern Diver and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls in harbour; 1 m Black Redstart at Tolcarne; 1 m Bullfinch, Sandy Cove. (T Mills)

Mousehole: 1 juv Iceland Gull again on St Clement’s Isle.

Carrick Roads, off Loe Beach: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver.


Tuesday 26th January 2016

Late news, 20/1, River Lynher, “Boating World”: 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Kingfisher. (M Love)

Late news, 24/1, River Lynher, “Boating World”: 1 Goldeneye and 120+ Canada Geese. (M Love)

St Erth: 1 Merlin. (MJ Spicer)

Par Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone and 10 Rock Pipit. Also 5 Tufted Duck on lake behind beach. (B Smith)

Seaton: 1 Glaucous Gull in flooded field by nature trail. (M Northey, M Beer)

Truro: 1 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch and 1 Goldfinch on garden feeders. (D Jenkins)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Pentewan beach: 1 Glaucous Gull and 1 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Eaton)

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull again south or road at Trannack Farm.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.


Monday 25th January 2016

Late news, 20/1, South Petherwin: c250 – 300 Golden Plover, c50 Lapwing and c100 Starling. (C Richards)

Late Picture, 24/1, Towan Head: 1 Shag. (S Harper)

SHarper_Shag_240116Shag, Sheila Harper 

Cape Cornwall: 1 Little Gull and 1 Great Skua, south. At noon Kittiwakes were moving past (south) at about 3000/hour, Gannets at 700/hour. (M Eaton, Biking Birder,

Cot Valley: 2 Firecrest. (M Eaton, Biking Birder,

Mousehole: 1 Iceland Gull. (M Eaton, Biking Birder,

Bude Estuary: 8 Turnstone and 1 Meadow Pipit. (H Kendall)

Bodmin, Chy Trevail: 1 Black Redstart. (J Tatum-Honer)

Bude: 13 Turnstone, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Stonechat and 1 Wren. (H Wilkins)

Cawsand: 1 f Black Redstart at back of beach. (R Smaldon)

Camel Estuary, Guineaport: 1 m + 1 f Goosander. (C Davies)

CDavies_Goosander1 _250116male Goosander, Charlie Davies  CDavies_Goosander2 _250116 female Goosander, Charlie Davies

Par beach: 10 Oystercatcher and 20 Rock Pipit. (B Smith)

St Blazey: 1 Blackcap, 8 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Chiffchaff on garden feeder. (B Smith)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Basin: 1 Spoonbill and 1 Red-necked Grebe. (A Mckechnie)

AMckechnie_Spoonbill_250116Spoonbill, Alex Mckechnie AMckechnie_RNGrebe_250116Red-necked Grebe, Alex Mckechnie

Bartinney: 1 Short-eared Owl. (P&H Taylor)

Perranuthnoe and Boat Cove: 1 Purple Sandpiper. (P Smale) Also 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel and 1 Whimbrel.

Carrick Roads, viewed from Penarrow Point: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-breasted Merganser (4m 3f), 2 Little Grebe, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 29 Turnstone, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_RBMerganser_250116Red-breasted Merganser, John St Ledger

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 29 Purple Sandpiper and 48 Sanderling at high tide roost. (T Mills)

TMills_Sanderling1_250116  TMills_Sanderling2_250116Sanderling, Tony Mills  TMills_Sanderling3_250116 

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spoonbill. (E Mayhew)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan, 43 Teal, 12 Mallard, 7 Little Grebe, 1 Bittern, 2 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 11 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again at Trannack Farm.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup still.

The Lizard village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling.