Monday 29th February 2016

Late news, 27/2, Trevilla: 2 Firecrest. (K Dalziel)

Late news, 27/2, Tresillian: 1 Peregrine over village. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 28/2, Feock: 1 Blackcap singing in garden. (K Dalziel)

Godrevy: 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose seen grazing on cliff near Godrevy lighthouse. (J.Baker)

Tresillian River on marsh between Tresemple and St Clement: 1 Yellow Browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 1 possible Siberian Chiffchaff (noticeably paler and greyer) amongst 20+ Chiffchaff, several Goldcrest, flock of Long Tailed Tit and 2 Raven over. Also on River: 1 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, plus Kingfisher at Tresemple Pool and 1 female Blackcap in Polsue Way, Tresillian. (A Nicholson)

Cleave Camp: 1 Black Redstart still and 2 Barn Owl. (N Bastin)

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Rumps Head: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Gannet, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, large numbers of Guillemot and Razorbill and  3 Harbour Porpoises. (W Delacour)

Treraven Meadow: 1 Kingfisher. (N.Greaves)

Bartinney Down: 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Canada Goose and c180 Golden Plover. (MJ Spicer)

Cape Cornwall: 1 White-billed Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Diver and c70 Common Dolphin. (N Wheatley)

Porthgwarra: 3 Black Redstart. (M Wallace)

St Ives: 1 m Black Redstart, 1 m Stonechat at NCI Lookout. 2 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill,  f Goosander and 4 Snipe. Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit.

Helston, boating lake: 1 ad Whooper Swan.

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup again.

Old Lizard Head: 1 White Wagtail.

Penzance: 1 ad Pacific Diver distantly. (R Wilkins, M Ahmad)

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at start of China Fleet Club nature trail.

Falmouth, Florence Place: 2 Black Redstart, 2 Firecrest and 1 Blackcap. Town centre: 1 colour- ringed Herring Gull W 078, white letters on blue ring. (D Chaney)


Sunday 28th February 2016

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Late news, 27/2, St Ives, Porthmeor beach: 1 Red-throated Diver and 3 Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre)

Cape Cornwall: 1 White-billed Diver again. (P Gay, N Wheatley) Also 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver and 25 Common Scoter flew south. (D. Eva, P St Pierre)

Charlestown: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. ( D Hastilow)

Trenow: 1 Black-throated Diver and 2 Chough. (R. Menari).

Lizard Village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling still in Cross Common area. (P&H Taylor)

Caerthillian: 40 Meadow Pipit and 4 Skylark. (P&H Taylor)

Windmill Farm: 60 Redwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 f Adder. (P&H Taylor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern and 2 Cetti’s Warbler singing (D.Eva) Also 4 Little Grebe, 50 Teal and c40 Curlew. (R Veal)

Bartinney Down: 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl and 3 Snipe. (I Webster, R Menari, T Mills) Also 1 Woodcock (I Webster, R Menari) and 1 Reed Bunting. (T Mills)

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Saltash,China Fleet Club: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and Goldcrests. (C Buckland)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart. (M Hall)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (D Flumm)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings, high tide: 10 Grey Plover, 120 Dunlin, 2 ad Common Gull and c500 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 1 immature Spoonbill, 6 Lapwing and 2f 1m Goosander. (R Veal) Carnsew Basin: 2 Shag (1ad 1juv), 4 Greenshank, 120 Dunlin (same birds as at high tide), 5 Rock Pipit, 3 Little Grebe and 4 Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal)

Land’s End: 1 Kestrel, 50 Fulmar and 100+ Gannet. (R Veal)

Marazion beach: 5 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 30 Pied Wagtail, 1 2w Common Gull and 2 (1ad and 1 2w) Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal) Also 3 Great Northern Diver and 10+ Mediterranean Gull. (P St Pierre) Folly Fields CP: 1 Scandinavian Rock Pipit in sum plum. (P St Pierre)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 (m+f) Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Stonechat, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greylag Goose, c200 Canada Geese and 2 mixed parentage geese. (T Mills)

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Perranuthnoe, Perran Sands: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel reported again today.

St Ives: 1 m Black Redstart at the NCI Lookout and 2 Great Northern Diver offshore

Helston: 1 Whooper Swan again on the boating lake.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 m Lesser Scaup and 1 redhead Smew.

Falmouth: 14 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Great Northern Diver and 1 Sandwich Tern from boat in Fal Estuary. (B Porter)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.



Saturday 27th February 2016

Late news, 26/2, St Ives: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (M Rouncefield)

Cape Cornwall: 1 White-billed Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Great Skua. (N Wheatley, D Parker, M Spicer, I Webster, T Mills)

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Mousehole, Clement’s Isle: 1 1w American Herring Gull and 1 juv Kumlien’s Gull.

St Ives: 2 Siskin in private garden. (M Rouncefield)

Launceston, Egloskerry: 1 kite sp flying above the quarry. (C Harvey)

Feock: 3 pairs of Blackcap in garden on feeders and apples. (K Dalziel)

Truro: 1 m Siskin feeding on nyjer seed in my garden this morning. (D Jenkins)

Porthgwarra: c500 Gannet fishing offshore, 120 Golden Plover on moor, 3 Stonechat. (P&H Taylor)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Shelduck, c60 Teal, 2m Pochard, 2 Coot and 2 Oystercatcher (MJ Spicer)

St Blazey: 1 f Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robins 2 Blackbird, 3 Long-tailed Tit. (B. Smith)

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Cardinham Woods: 2 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, c30 Long-tailed Tit (3 flocks) and 1 Kingfisher. (R Veal)

Men-an-Tol: c350 Golden Plover, 3 Stonechat, 2 Dartford Warbler. (P&H Taylor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Marsh Harrier. (R Farnes) Also 2 singing Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Little Egret, 5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, Snipe, Teal and Heron. (T Mills)

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

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Towan Head: 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black Redstart and 7 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again in the harbour.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill and 1 f Goosander.

Colliford Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Britton)

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest at start of China Fleet Club nature trail.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.


Friday 26th February 2016

Late news, 17/2, Helston: 1 Dipper just beyond the far wooden footbridge past the sewage works. (J Evans)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (P Smale)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 f Goosander, 1 Snipe and 1 m Bullfinch.

Breage: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in private garden.

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 Glaucous Gull at roost again this evening.


Thursday 25th February 2016

Cape Cornwall: 1 White-billed Diver, 09:45-11:15, (N Wheatley), also 8 Red-throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Diver. (N Wheatley, C Moore, P Fraser, B Dodd, T Mills)

Looe rivers (estuary) high tide WeBS count: c120 Black-headed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 8 Canada Goose, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cormorant, 10 Curlew, 20 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Grey Heron (with at least 7 active nests), 1 Grey Wagtail, c70 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 22 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 6 Mute Swan, 13 Oystercatcher, 5 Redshank and 6 Shelduck. (D Spooner) Also 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore with a large pod of dolphin, presumed Common Dolphin. (C Buckland)

Bude: 15 Oystercatcher, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Goldfinches (H Wilkins)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (T Mcgowan) Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull reported.

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 8 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose and 19 Curlew. (A James)

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Helston, Loe Pool: 5 Goosander. Loe Bar (offshore): 1 Balearic Shearwater, 36 Diver spp. (most too distant to ID, but at least 5 Red-throated and 8 Black-throated). (I Maclean)

Charlestown: 1 f Blackcap. ( D Hastilow)

Millbrook Lake: 3 Red-breasted Merganser. (R Napp)

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College Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck, 1 f Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe (displaying), 2 Grey Heron, 12 Coot, 1 Woodcock, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, c7 Chiffchaff (1 singing) and 2 Jay. (DK Parker)

Helston: 1 ad Whooper Swan on the boating pool, also 2w Mediterranean Gull and 21 Tufted Duck. (DK Parker)

Botallack: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Chough and numerous Porpoise. (DK Parker, T Mills, B Dodd)

Bartinney: 3 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Stonechat and 7+ Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 1 Pacific Diver and 1 Slavonian Grebe off Jubilee Pool. (C Lamsdell) Also 1 Firecrest in Morrab gardens. (T Mills)

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest at start of China Fleet Club nature trail.

St Clements, near Tresemple Pool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still and 2 Firecrest.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit again. Estuary: 1 Spoonbill still.

Nanquidno Valley, Boscregan Farm: 10 Woodlark again.

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Carrick Roads from Loe Beach: 4 Black-necked Grebe still.

Lizard village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling still.

Pensilva: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in private garden. (D Julian)

Falmouth: 1 Firecrest at Golden Bank in holly tree on bottom path of Swans Reach.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Marazion, Trenow Cove: 1 juv Glaucous Gull.


Wednesday 24th February 2016

Late news, 23/2, Gannel Estuary: 3 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 116 Curlew,1 Whimbrel and 6 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

Bodmin, Clerkenwater: 1 Woodcock flew over house early morning. (A Wagstaff)

Truro, St Clements: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest and 1 Spotted Redshank. (S Rogers) Also 1 m Kingfisher, 3 Curlew, 12 Teal, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank and 4 Shelduck. (B Smith)

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Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Tregunna: 1 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 35 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 24 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 48 Wigeon, 4 Goosander, 6 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Pheasant, 70 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, c.2000 Golden Plover, c.500 Lapwing, 120 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 80 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Black-headed Gull, 60 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 120 Herring Gull, 9 Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 15 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 40 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 15 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 20 Linnet and 2 Bullfinch. (M Scawen)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Treecreeper, Marsh Tits and Willow Tits. (R Farnes, B Dodd)

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Malpas: 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Redshank, 1 Greenshank,  4 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Oystercatcher. (B Smith)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 juv Marsh Harrier and 1 Bittern. (A James)

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Towan Head: 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Trewavas Head, between Rinsey and Porthleven: 1 Peregrine and 4 Raven. (J Evans)

Nanquidno: 10 Woodlark still at Boscregan Farm. (N Wheatley)

Cot Valley: 1 Firecrest. (N Wheatley)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull still in the harbour.

Helston: 1 ad Whooper Swan on the boating lake.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill and 2 f Goosander. Estuary: 1 Water Pipit and 2m Goosander.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup.

Carrick Roads, Loe Beach: 4 Black-necked Grebe.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at start of China Fleet Club nature trail.

Rosenannon Downs: 1 m Hen Harrier. (D Julian)

St Erth: 1 Glossy Ibis reported.

Penzance: 1 Pacific Diver and 1 Slavonian Grebe, also 30+ Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool.


Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Late news, 21/2, Lower Tamar Lakes: 24 Goosander (split equally male female), 3 Snipe. On hide feeders: 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Reed Bunting (m), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper + Chaffinches, Dunnocks, Wren. (S Cox)

Late news, 22/2, St. Clements: Spotted Redshank, Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Goldcrest, many Chiffchaff. (S Cox)

Mawgan in Meneage: 3 Brambling (2m, 1f) on garden feeder again. (R McDonald)

Eden Project: 6-8 Siskin around site plus 1 Firecrest and 1 Peregrine. (A Wagstaff)

Seaton: 22 Red throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Black Redstart and 1 Water Pipit. (G Berti)

St Ives Island: 1 Chiffchaff on left hand side of path to Coastwatch hut and 1 Kittiwake and 1 ad Med Gull over the sea. (D Jenkins)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 red-head Smew on NW side. (DA Conway)

Marazion Marsh: 1 juv Marsh Harrier. (P Sharp – photo 1, A James – photos 2&3)

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Devoran: 125 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 95 Curlew (including regular Durch-ringed bird), 105 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Black-tailed Godwit at high-tide roost. (M Grantham)

Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit still. (R. Menari, B Dodd, A Mackechnie, R Farnes – photos)

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St Erth: 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Barn Owl. (MJ Spicer)

St Clement: 6-8 Siskin around feeder. (R Farnes – photo)

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Trewey Common: 5 Yellowhammer (3m,2f), Grey Heron, Buzzard, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Lelant: 4+ Little Egret in big conifer tree north of village. (R Veal)

Bartinney: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier and 2 Reed Bunting. (P&H Taylor, C Moore)

Bude: 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant and 4 Coal Tit (H Wilkins)

Tresillian River: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest and 1 Spotted Redshank.

Sennen Cove: 1 Red-throated Diver. (DK Parker)

Trevilley: 1 Firecrest. (DK Parker)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (DK Parker)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 ad Whooper Swan. (C Lamsdell)

Lizard Village: Adult Rose Coloured Starling still. (C Lamsdell)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe still. (C Lamsdell)

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest at China Fleet Club. (M Beer, J Cole)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still on rocks by Perran Sands, also probable Pacific Diver but very distant SW536292. (B Hibbert)

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull still at Trannack Farm. (M Ahmad)

Kenidjack Valley: 4 Choughs. (R Butts)

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black Redstart.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Common Sandpiper and m Goosander on Ryan’s Field.