Saturday 30th April 2016

Photos of last weekend’s Western Bonelli’s Warbler (DNA results came through today) are available to view here: Cornishringing.blogspot

Holywell Bay: 1 Woodchat Shrike. Also 2 Swift and 4 Whimbrel. (S Rowe, R Augarde – photo, MJ & JP Spicer)


St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Dunlin and 2 Wheatear, one of which was taken by a male Sparrowhawk. (MJ Spicer)

Mount’s Bay (Penzance to Marazion): 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Turnstone, 25 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Little Tern. (DS Flumm R&L Wilkins, DK Parker, B Dodd, R Farnes – photo)

Little Tern Longrock Cornwall 30416 R Farnes

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 8 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag (plus 7 goslings), 2 Teal, 9 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 8 Moorhen, 5 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, c40 Whimbrel flew north, 5 Swift, c100 Sand Martin, c30 Swallow, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Coal Tit, 7 (5m, 2f) Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 8 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. Also Large White, Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper and Holly Blue, plus 7 Roe Deer in the “ibis field”. (DK Parker, B Dodd, D Hall, R Veal – photos, R Farnes – photos)

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Marazion Beach: 4 Sanderling, 2 Pied Wagtail. (R Veal)

Kenneggy Cove: 1 Cuckoo, 40 Whimbrel, 2 House Martin and 6 Buzzard. (I Webster)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Swift, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler and 2 Sand Martin. (D Eva)

Bude: 2 Turnstone, 30+ Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 2 Skylark and 1 Buzzard. (H Wilkins)

Kenidjack: 8 Swift, 1 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow and 1 Whitethroat. (D Flumm)

Men an Tol: 1 Cuckoo. (I Webster)

Poltesco: 1 singing Cetti’s Warbler. (AR Pay)

Ruan Lanihorne: 4 Swifts low over house at 09:00. (D Hall)

Ruan Pool: 1 Iceland gull, later at Ruan and then following a plough at Old Lizard Head. (T Blunden)

Perranuthnoe, Boat Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, c80 Eurasian Whimbrel. (L.Sampson)

Hudsonian Whimbrel Perranuthnoe Cornwall 30416 L Sampson

Porthgwarra: 1 Ring Ouzel. (MD Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings.

Newbridge: Juv Iceland Gull following a plough west of Newbridge south of the A3071


Friday 29th April 2016

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Whimbrel on Ryan’s Field. (MJ Spicer) 1 juv Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 4 Greylag, 6 Teal, 8 Mallard (plus 7 new ducklings on Longrock Pool), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 13 Moorhen, 1 Sparrowhawkc40 Sand Martin, c30 Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting, c12 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. (DK Parker, L Proctor, I Webster, C Moore, R Augarde, P St Pierre)

Marazion: c30 Whimbrel on the beach. (L Proctor)

Mullion Cove: 1 Sparrowhawk. (J Allely)

Trevean Cove: 1f Kestrel taking a vole. (A James – photos)

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Lower Tamar Lake: 2 (m,f) Yellowhammer in the car park, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Jay, 2 Tufted Duck and 1 Sedge Warbler. (R Mudge – photo)


Bude: 1 Cormorant, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Fulmar (2 pairs on nesting ledge), 12+ Swallow, 3 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Heron and 2 Chiffchaff. (H Wilkins)

Restronguet: 1 Osprey at 15:40. (J Chapple)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.


Thursday 28th April 2016

The Lizard Point: 1 Swift and 20+ Whimbrel. (T Thirlaway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 juv Spoonbill, 3 Common Sandpiper and 22 Dunlin. Lelant Saltings: 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel. (MJ Spicer)

Lelant Station: 1 Siskin again.

Nanquidno: c15 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap and 2 Whimbrel. (DK Parker)

Bartinney: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Snipe, 4 Reed Bunting and 4 Canada Geese. (DK Parker)

Tresillian to St Clements: 7 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper. (M Jones)

Lizard to Kynance: 20+ Whimbrel, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel and offshore, numerous Gannet and 1 Fulmar. (J Betteridge)

Perranuthnoe:Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Trenow Cove.

Stackhouse Cove:  A pair of Grey Seals mating for around thirty minutes just off the shoreline,   (During thirty years of marine Photography this amorous old wrinkly is the largest old bull grey seal I ever saw,  Its girth was massive and it must weight in around 500kg but  it was amazingly gentle around the female considering his size which dwarfed her). (A James)

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Wednesday 27th April 2016

Late news, 21/4, Roseland, St Anthony’s Headland: 2 possible Golden Oriole. (pers comm D Hall)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Great White Egret (being chased by a Grey Heron), 4 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 5 Teal, c20 Sand Martin, 1 Blackcap, 5+ Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Greylag Geese, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Jay, Sedge and Reed Warbler singing, 3 Shelduck and family group of 3 Otters.‎ (R Hurrell, B Dallas, I Webster, T Mills) also 1 Yellow Wagtail briefly. (L Proctor)

TMills_GWEgret_270416Great White Egret, Tony Mills

Marazion Beach: 14 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 9 Sandwich Tern, 2 Dunlin and c7 Ringed Plover.  (R Hurrell)

Crowlas: 9 Whimbrel over, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrest, 3 (2m, 1f) Blackcap in private garden. (R Veal)

Camel Trail, from Wadebridge to Tregunna: 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 17 Mute Swan, 19 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 3 Buzzard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Pheasant, 45 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 92 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 17 Whimbrel, 1 Ruff, 6 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 85 Herring Gull, 6 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 6 House Martin, 12 Swallow, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Magpie, 12 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 1 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch and 2 Goldfinch. (M Scawen)

Land’s End: 5 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear and 1 Sparrowhawk. (DK Parker) Also 1 Hoopoe again today. (P&H Taylor)

Bartinney: 1 Cuckoo. (DK Parker)

Penzance: Flock of c25 Whimbrel over Lidden area this evening. (T Mills)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 4 Whimbrel at 1 pm. (P Fraser)

St Buryan: 1 2nd year Iceland Gull on ploughed field east of Treverven Campsite at 16:10  SW413238.  (D Helliar)

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Gannel Estuary: 4 Little Egret, 15 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover. (S Rowe)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 1 imm Spoonbill on east river, 1 Curlew. (R Veal) Ryans Field: 1 Common Sandpiper, c25 sum plum Dunlin, 1 Redshank and 1m Mallard. (R Veal)

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Helston: 1 Whooper Swan still on boating lake.


Tuesday 26th April 2016

Land’s End: 1 Hoopoe at eastern end of carpark still. (MJ Spicer, P&H Taylor)

Sancreed: 1 Swift, 30 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 11 Wheatear and 1 Common Gull. (D Flumm)

Truro: 1 Red-legged Partridge on conservatory roof! (R Tinson)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag, 9 Teal, 6 Mallard (plus 7 ducklings), 1 drake Garganey, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great White Egret (roosted in the pines at 21:00), 2 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 9 Moorhen, 2 Snipe, 1 Swift, c50 Sand Martin, c30 Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. Also 2 Otter on Longrock Pool at dusk. (DK Parker) A second Garganey reported at 11:50.

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Marazion: 2 Common Scoter and 9 Whimbrel offshore. (DK Parker)

St Ives: 9 Whimbrel in off the sea. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle: Siskin at Lelant Station (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Monday 25th April 2016

Late news, 23/4, Gorrangorras: 3 Greenshank and 1 Common Sandpiper. (D Chaney)

Downderry, early morning seawatch: 80+ Manx Shearwater, 14 Great Northern Diver, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Kittiwake. Onshore were 8 Whimbrel. (A Payne)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (J Coe) Also 1 imm Spoonbill flew in 8pm, c15 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew at high tide. (R Veal) Also 2 Siskin at Lelant Station again.

Lower Tamar Lake: 1m 1f Yellowhammer, 2 Willow Tit in the car park. (R Mudge)

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Land’s End: 1 Hoopoe @14.30 hrs in complex car park. (I Webster, J Ryan)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 8 Teal, 7 Mallard (plus 7, 6 & 4 ducklings), 1 Garganey, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 11 Moorhen, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting, 8 White Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler and 3 Reed Warbler. (DK Parker) 1 m Garganey still this evening, 70 Sand Martin and 6 Willow Warbler (P St Pierre)

Marazion: 1 pair of Common Scoter, 1 sum plum Great Northern Diver and 2 Sandwich Tern offshore. (DK Parker) Also 8 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit. (P St Pierre)

Rinsey: 6 Kittiwake, 5 Shag (nesting), 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Swallow, 1 Adder (male possibly in pre-shedding of skin). (J Evans).

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St Buryan: 1 prob 2yr Iceland Gull on plough at Treverven Campsite. (J Ryan)

Pendeen: Manx shearwater passing c40 per minute this morning. (P St Pierre)

Sancreed: 1 ringtail harrier sp over the St Just to Sancreed road at 16:35 near the Radio Station SW 393302. Probably Hen Harrier, but ID not 100%. (D Helliar)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 juv Iceland Gull at the north end again today.

 Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Reed Warbler singing, 2 male Blackcap together, 3 Swallow, 1 Great Crested Grebe, Mallard with 8 duckling, 1 Mute Swan still sitting on nest, with what looked like last years brood of 8 all still present. Also 1Green Woodpecker and 1 Goldcrest heard. (D Chaney) Falmouth Bay: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Guillemot, with 1 Common Sandpiper on rocks, Whimbrel flocks flying east (from c.4 miles distant to along the shoreline) 112+ (c.40, 30, 5, 25 and 12 with another group heard but not seen.)
Manx Shearwaters, Auks and Gannets and Fulmars also flying distantly west in good numbers. (D Chaney)

Trevose: 2 Red-legged Partridge. (R Augarde)

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Crowdy Reservoir;  11 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 5+ Wheatear and 2 Mistle Thrush. (B Craven)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Cuckoo, 11 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 1 distant tern sp. ( B Craven)


Sunday 24th April 2016

Late news, 21/4, Leedstown/Hayle – Grid ref SW584361: 3 Red Kite flying over garden from approx West to East at 1615 hrs (A Robinson)

St Ives, Rosewall/ Buttermilk Hill: 2 Ring Ouzel, 8 Wheatear, 1 poss. heard only Dartford Warbler, 2 Skylark, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 1f Kestrel, 2 (m+f) Stonechat, 6 Buzzard and 2 Raven. (R Veal, V Stratton) Anjue Green Cottage: 14 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Marazion beach: 2 Kentish Plover, 4 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover ( east of causeway at midday). Also 19 Whimbrel in off sea. ( D.Eva, M Jones, F Jones, J St Ledger)


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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 drake Garganey, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Dunlin, 10+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat, 1 m Marsh Harrier, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 White Wagtail, 140 Sand Martin, 2 Swift and 15 Teal. (P St Pierre, DK Parker, D Eva, V Stratton, S. Rogers, D Chadwick)

Crowlas: 19 Whimbrel flew north. (DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 drake Mandarin and 1 drake Gadwall ( D. Eva )

Sancreed: 10 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat and 1 Common Gull. (D Flumm)

Men-an-Tol: 1 Grasshopper Warbler singing by parking area. 1 Tree Pipit at Watch Croft. (P&H Taylor)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Willow Tit, 3 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch and 4 Tufted Duck. (R Mudge)

St Clements: 9 Whimbrel. (M Jones)

Sennen/Lands End: 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Northern Wheatear on cycle path near the coastguard houses.  (S. Rogers)

Bosistow Lane: 1 Ring Ouzel and 2 Whimbrel (S. Rogers, BK Mellow, R Augarde.)

Windmill Farm: 1 Hoopoe close to the cowshed. Also 1 Hoopoe near Ruan Pool (possibly a different bird as the one near the cowshed was found there yesterday by Alan and Sheila Taylor, who refound it there today after the Ruan Pool sighting), 8 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Skylark, 4 Wheatear, 2 Slow Worm, 2 Toads. (A&S Taylor, G Adams)

Polbathic Creek: 1 Bar-headed Goose. (A Blonden)

Coverack, Beagles Point:  1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler and 9 Whimbrel.  (P. Bedford)

Tregew, nr Trelissick: 1 f Redstart (I Bown)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 8 Whimbrel. (J Eaton) Estuary: 1 Spoonbill again. Lelant Station: 2 Siskin again.

Trewey Common: 1 Cuckoo and 15 Wheatear (P St Pierre)

Bude, Maer Lake: 1 m Whinchat, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 8 Dunlin and good numbers of Sand Martins. (S Green)

Helston: 1 Whooper Swan again on the boating lake.