Monday 22nd February 2016

Late news 20/2 Copperhouse Creek: 1ad Argentatus Herring Gull. (S Rogers)

Late news 21/2 Portscatho: 1 1w Glaucous Gull (also present 20/2) 5-10 Mediterranean Gull, 1 m Black Redstart and 1 Great Northern Diver. (A Roberts)

Late news 21/2 Polbathic Creek: 1m Goldeneye, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Reed Bunting. (A Blonden)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (C Moore)

Nanquidno area: 1 Little Egret and 250+ Fieldfare. (C Moore)

St Erth: 2 Siskin on garden feeder. (MJ Spicer)

Mawgan in Meneage: 3 Brambling on garden feeder. (R McDonald)

Bude: 9 Turnstone, 2 Cormorant, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Goldfinch and 1 Wren (H Wilkins)

Durgan: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Great Northern Diver, 3 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

Camborne: Brambling coming to a garden feeder at Pengegon. Also a leucistic Magpie showing 80% white yesterday. (T Polglaze)

Cape Cornwall: Guillemots and Razorbills on their breeding cliffs on The Brisons. (N Wheatley)

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 imm Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field.

Nanjizal: Yellow-browed Warbler. Please keep to public rights of way. (KA Wilson)

Penzance: 1 ad Glaucous Gull at Eastern Green and Black Redstart by the railway station. (KA Wilson)

Lower Tamar Lake: 22 Goosander, 14 Tufted Duck, 2 Water Rail, 6 Marsh Tit, 5 Willow Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wren, 2m Reed Bunting, 4 Nuthatch and 2 Cormorant. (R Mudge)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull in the harbour.

Troon: I Small Tortoiseshell in a private garage. (S Taylor)


Sunday 21st February 2016

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St Gothian Sands LNR: 117 Teal, 2 Coot and 2 Oystercatcher. (MJ Spicer)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 1 Cormorant, 5 Canada Goose, 2 Teal, 2 Mallard,6  Tufted Duck, 3 Pochard,1 Lesser Scaup, 56 Black-headed Gull,147 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Raven, 24 Carrion Crow, 33 Jackdaw, 210 Starling, 3 Fieldfare,1 Song Thrush, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wren, 1 Rabbit and some Frog’s Spawn. (DA Conway)

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Downderry: 6 Red-throated Divers flew west and a Great Skua flew east before 0900 this morning. On the sea 3 Great Northern Divers. (A Payne)

Tresillian: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler c200m s of Tresemple Pool, plus 7 Chiffchaff (one pale grey individual), 1m Goldeneye and 1 Spotted Redshank. (M Jones, S Rogers)

Treraven Meadows: 4 Grey Wagtail, 14 Snipe and 1 Green Sandpiper. (S Rogers) Also 1m Firecrest. (N Greaves)

Windmill Farm: 400 Golden Plover and 1 Adder. (D Wright)


Bude: 12 Turnstone, 13 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Cormorant and 1 Stonechat. (H Wilkins)

Porthoustock: 1 Roe Deer and 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (D Wright)


Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 5 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 68 Teal, 4 Mallard, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 7 Moorhen, 3 Snipe, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 1 Slavonian Grebe off Jubilee Pool, 1 Great Crested Grebe in the wet dock still. (R.Menari)

Trenow Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel and 2 Black-throated Diver.

St Ives: 1 Little Gull and 1 Black Redstart.

Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit. (R Butts)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: c1,000 Lesser Black-backed Gulls off the causeway and the Spoonbill still in Carnsew Basin. (DK Parker, LP Williams)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Whooper Swan.

Feock: 5 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Falmouth: 1 juv Glaucous Gull at Swanpool.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull in harbour.

Lizard Village: Adult Rose Coloured Starling still.


Saturday 20th February 2016

Late news, 11/2, Port Gaverne: 35 Razorbill. (G Dawes)

Helston, Loe Pool: 3 Goosander, 35 Pochard, 20 Shoveler, 22 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 308 Black-headed Gull, 78 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 61 Greater Black-backed Gull, 72 Herring Gull, 20 Great Crested Grebe. (G Adams) Helston Boating Lake: 1 Whooper Swan. (G Adams, A Pay)

Higher Pentire: 3 Goldcrest, 53+ Redwing. (G Adams)

Treraven Meadow:  2 Green Sandpiper. ( D Eva )

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spoonbill, 10 Red-legged Partridge, 16 Gadwall, 6 Pintail and 2 Shoveler. ( D Eva )

Perranuthnoe, Trenow Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, 1 Eurasian Whimbrel on rocks at the east side viewed form coast path. With 50 Curlew, 50 Oystercatcher, 1 immature Mediterranean Gull past and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal, S Rowe) Also 3 Redshank, 30 Turnstone, 7 Little Egret, 5 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 juv Glaucous Gull (east side of mount). (S Rowe)

Tresillian: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest and 10+ Chiffchaff in willows bordering the stream 200m S of Tresemple Pool. (M Jones, R Augarde)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (S Rogers)

Ding Dong Moors: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier and 1 poss Yellowhammer. (J Evans)

Madron: 1 Firecrest. (J Evans)

Hannafore and Looe Island: 2 juv Glaucous Gull and 1 Slavonian Grebe. (M Beer)

Padstow: 1 Greenshank on River Camel outside town. (G Dawes)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill and c10 Linnet. (R&J Teague) Estuary: 1 1w Common Gull. (R Veal) Also 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 730 Lesser-black Backed Gull and 6 Goosander. (S Rowe) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit at east end.

Penzance: 1 Blackcap in garden. (R Farnes) Harbour: 1 Great Crested Grebe in Wet Dock and 1 m Eider on south side of Jubilee Pool at high tide. (T Mills) Eastern Green: 10 Curlew in field opposite KFC. (DK Parker)

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Truro: 1 f Brambling in garden again. (D Jenkins)

Longrock: 43 Curlew in field behind Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir, (members only): 1 Greylag, 129 Canada Geese, 3 hybrid geese, 1 Muscovy Duck, 10 Teal, 20 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen, 101 Black-headed Gull, 1 1w Med Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 181 Herring Gull and 5 Great Black-backed Gull. (DK Parker)

Mousehole: 1 juv American Herring Gull, 2 Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle late afternoon. (S Rowe, M Ahmad, M Elliott)

Gannel Estuary: 205 Great-black Backed Gull, 52 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 500 Herring Gull. (S Rowe)

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull.

St Just: 1 juv Iceland Gull at Jericho Farm.

St Ives: 5 Great Northern Diver from Smeaton’s Pier.

Portscatho: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on Porthcurnick Beach.

Lizard village: 1 Rose-coloured Starling still.

Argal Reservoir: 4 Great Crested Grebe (including displaying pair), 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and 1 Mistle Thrush. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 1 Goldeneye (f), 5 Tufted Duck, c10 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 100 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Firecrest and 1 Nuthatch. (D Chaney)

Stithian’s Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe still, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Reed Bunting. (D Chaney)


Friday 19th February 2016

Late news, 18/2, Devoran: 1 Little Owl seen in flight at night. (P Gwynne)

Paul: 20+ Redwing and 9+ Pied Wagtail in field west of Mousehole Lane. (J Atherton)

Helston: 1 Whooper Swan near edge of pond at Gwealmayowe Park. (J.Evans)

Truro: 1 f Brambling in garden again. (D Jenkins)

Bude: 12 Turnstone, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Dunnock, 14 Oystercatcher, 3 Mute Swan and c30 Canada Goose (H Wilkins)

St Ives: c100 Pied Wagtail to roost. (R Veal) Also 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver and Porpoise from Smeaton’s Pier.

Pendeen: 2 Raven. (A Hartley)

Towan Head: 9 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 2 juv Glaucous Gull at the harbour. (M Ahmad – photo) Also 2 Black Redstart, one at Tolcarne and another in Sandy Cove.

Glaucous Gull Newlyn Harbour Cornwall 19216 M Ahmad

Torpoint, St John’s Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Newtown-in-St Martin, Tregidden: 1 Firecrest again.

Falmouth: 1 juv Glaucous Gull still.

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 prob 1w American Herring Gull at roost again.

Skewjack: 1 Whooper Swan on west side of farm. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 imm Spoonbill again.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup still.


Thursday 18th February 2016

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver. Harbour: 1  juv Shag, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 possible Little Gull. Newlyn River mouth area: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver and 10 Turnstone. (R Veal, J Hawkey)

JHawkey_GlaucGull_180216Glaucous Gull, John Hawkey

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Snipe, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3f Bullfinch, 1m Kestrel, 1f Reed Bunting, 2-3 Chiffchaff and 4 Little Grebe. (R Veal)

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

Cargenwen Reservoir: 2 juv Mute Swan, 3 Cormorant 8 Canada Goose and 3m 3f Goosander. (L Ody)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 12 Sanderling, 21 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover & 1 Purple Sandpiper at high tide, 2 Great Northern Diver & 1 Eider(m) offshore. (J Hawkey, M Palmer, R Palmer) Also 3 Firecrest.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve,Lelant Saltings: 5 Goosander (3m, 2f), 1 juv Spoonbill, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 11 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover and 208 Dunlin. Carnsew Basin: 1f Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Grey Plover and 1 Greenshank. Copperhouse: 1 Grey Plover, 21 Ringed Plover, 48 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank and 1 Water Pipit. Ryan’s Field: 1 juv Spoonbill, 26 Lapwing, 1 Greenshank and 1 Chiffchaff. (T Mills, MJSpicer) Also 1 Sanderling. (M Palmer, R Palmer)

Pendeen: 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 2 Chough. (A Hartley)

Long Rock: 50 Curlew in the flooded field behind Long Rock pool (A Hartley, M Palmer)

Perranuthnoe: 2 Grey Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, 20 Sanderling, 3 Redshank, 15 Curlew, 1 Eurasian Whimbrel and possibly the Hudsonian Whimbrel (not seen sufficiently well), 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver (A Hartley, M Elliott, M Palmer, R Palmer)

East Cornwall: Flock of 50+ Skylark, 1 m Cirl Bunting. (C Buckland)

CBuckland_CirlBunt_180216Cirl Bunting, Chris Buckland

St Erth: 17 Woodlark, 35 Stock Dove ( D Eva )

Seaton/Downderry: 17 Red-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Mediterranean Gull offshore at mid-day. Also 1 Black Redstart at Seaton. (A Payne)

Porthilly, Rock: 14 Wigeon (H Wilkins)

Mousehole: 4 Great Norther Diver  and 1 Fulmar. (M Palmer, R Palmer)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Gray Gables. (M Wallace)

St Ives: prob Albatross sp west past The Island yesterday @ 1300. 4 Great Northern Diver from Smeaton’s Pier; 1 m Black Redstart at the NCI Lookout.

Tintagel: 1 Black Redstart.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 redhead Smew still.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup again. (D Julian)


Wednesday 17th February 2016

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

Mylor Churchtown; 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Redshank. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_BNGrebe_170216Black-necked Grebe, John St Ledger

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Water Rail. (R Teague) Also 1 imm Spoonbill again today.

Rinsey Head: 1 Chough. (R Teague)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Willow Tit and 4 Marsh Tit at the hide feeder and 1 WillowTit and 1 Marsh Tit at the car park feeder. (R Mudge)

Newlyn Harbour: 2 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 f Black Redstart, 1 f Blackcap, 2 Raven and 9 Gt Northern Diver. (L Proctor)

LProctor_Raven_170216Raven, Linton Proctor

Lizard village: 1 Rose-coloured Starling again. (D Parker, M Spicer, T Mills)

Helston, Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, c20 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 (m + f) Siskin. Lower Nansloe Farm: c6 Chiffchaff. Boating Lake: 2 1w, 1 2w and 1 ad Mediterranean Gull and 1 Whooper Swan (presumed returning bird, apparently returned today for 1st time this winter). (D Parker, M Spicer, T Mills)

Pendeen: Kestrel, 40+ Jackdaw.  (A Hartley)

Long Rock: 6 Canada Geese, 20+ Curlew, 1 Red-legged Partridge in flooded field behind Long Rock pool. (A Hartley) 1 Glossy Ibis reported earlier in day. (B Dallas)

Sennen: 2 Canada Geese in fields to east of Trinity Pool.

St Ives: 5 Great Northern Diver from Smeaton’s Pier.

Newton-in-St Martins, Tregidden: 1 Firecrest in brambles in overgrown garden.

Falmouth: 1 juv Glaucous Gull off Custom House Quay briefly. (C Benton)

Durgan: 1 Slavonian Grebe. (C Benton)

Maenporth: 4 Common Scoter and c80 Shag. (C Benton)

Penryn: 1 Black Redstart, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Blackcap and on the River 1 Sandwich Tern. (C Benton)

St Clement: 2 Greenshank, 2 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron and 5 Shelduck. (B Smith)


Tuesday 16th February 2016

Late news, 11/2, Looe Island: First active Cormorant nest for 2016 recorded. (D Spooner)

Late news, 15/2, Looe Island: 1 House Martin. (C. Lewis)

Late news, 15/2, Minions: c250 Golden Plover and 2 Raven. (D Spooner)

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Late news 15/2, Towan Head: 25 Turnstone and 7 Purple Sandpiper. (M Lammas)

East Looe seafront: 2 Black Redstart. (D Spooner)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Water Pipit, (M & T Hasdell)

Davidstow/Crowdy area: 1 Raven over, c200 Golden Plover and c.170 Lapwing. Also 30+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Cormorant on the reservoir. (B Bryne, H Kendall)

Argal Reservoir : 3 Great-crested Grebe, 11 Tufted Duck and 1 Firecrest. ( D Eva )

College Reservoir: 2 Great-crested Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck and 20 Coot. ( D Eva)

Stithian’s Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe and 4 Goldeneye. ( D Eva)

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 1w American Herring Gull at the roost again. (M Ahmad)

Towan Head: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black Redstart. (M Lammas)

Bude: 12 Turnstone, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Mute Swan, 130+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Teal, 40+ Lapwing, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Wren (H Wilkins)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 1 Red Kite at 9.00 drifted north. (P Fraser)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Little Grebe and 10 Grey Plover. Harbour: 1 redhead Goosander and 1 juv Shag. Ryans Field; 1 Spoonbill, 75 Lapwing and 3 Long-tailed Tit. Lelant Saltings: 2 juv Shag, 1 sum plum ad Mediterranean Gull. High tide roost by old quay inn: 1 Water Pipit with 20 Rock Pipit, 10 Grey Plover (same birds as Carnsew), only 3 Teal, 75 Dunlin, 100 Redshank, 3 Goosander (1m 2f). (R Veal)

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Marazion Marsh: 1 juv Marsh Harrier and 118 Teal. (MJ Spicer) Also 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard and 2 Grey Heron (A Hartley)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ring-tail Hen Harrier, 48 Golden Plover and c200 Redwing. (MJ Spicer)

Perranuthnoe, Trenow Cove: 11am -12.00: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, 1 Eurasian Whimbrel, 17 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 1 Kestrel, 1 Fulmar and 5 Black-throated Diver offshore, also mixed flocks of c200 Linnet and Chaffinch. (M Greenhalgh, T Mills) Then between 1pm and 2pm – 10+ Turnstone, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Redshank, 4 Curlew.  (A Hartley)

Pendeen: 2 Raven, 2 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel (A Hartley)

Lizard Village: 1 Rose-coloured Starling (R&J Teague)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Glaucous Gull and 1 Manx Shearwater amongst many gulls and a few Gannets followed fishing boat to harbour (R&J Teague) Sandy Cove: 1 Firecrest (R&J Teague)

Veryan Bay (Dodman to Portloe): 42 Black-throated Diver and 9 Great Northern Diver. (S Rowe)

Germans Bay: 1 Chough. (S Rowe)

Polgigga: 1 juv Iceland Gull following plough at Arden Sawah.

Marazion: 1 very early Willow Warbler at Plain an Gwarry.

St Ives: 1 Black-throated Diver and 5 Great Northern Diver from NCI Lookout.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spoonbill again.

Helston, Trenethick Parc: 1 Black Redstart (G Adams)