Tuesday 31st May 2016

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Dalmatian Pelican early morning until, left but then returned at 15.40 for remainder of day.

St Buryan: 1 Dalmatian Pelican over northeast at 1100.

Sandy Acres: 3 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, 2 (pr) Stonechat, also 3 Sandwich Tern past. (R Veal)

Land’s End Airfield: 1 Black Kite this morning south of the airport.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill and 2 Oystercatcher chicks.

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Monday 30th May 2016

Late news, 29/5, Newmill nr Penzance: 2 Red Kite west at 17.00. (S Rowe)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryans Field: 1f Reed Bunting, 8 Canada Goose (4 Goslings) and 1 nesting Oystercatcher. (R Veal) Lelant Saltings: 1 imm Spoonbill, 3 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 8 Oystercatcher and 1 Linnet. (R Veal)

St Erth: 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler. (GH Spicer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Dalmatian Pelican early morning until about 9.50, but then returned at noon for remainder of day.

Polgigga /Skewjack area:Dalmatian Pelican over 10.45 -11.28hrs then north. (D Flumm)

Crows-An-Wra: 1 Dalmatian Pelican east at 11:40. (MJ Spicer)

Sancreed: 1 Hobby and 1 Cuckoo. (D Flumm)

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Gulval: 2 Red Kite west. (J Parker)

Bowithick and Buttern Hill: 1 Hobby, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Redstart and 9 pairs of Wheatear. ( D. Eva )

Lower Moor Plantation: 8 Lesser Redpoll ( D. Eva )

Wadebridge, Treraven Meadows: 1 Bar-headed Goose with Canada Geese. (J Kent)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler (one with caterpillar in mouth which was obviously fed to young as it immediately re-appeared empty mouthed) and several Willow Warblers, also 1 Cuckoo (heard only) on east side of reservoir. (J Lander)

Bude: 4 Linnet, 4 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 2 Fulmar and 1 Cormorant (H Wilkins)

Respryn Bridge: 4 Dipper (2 adult, 2 juv), 1 Kingfisher, 5 Grey Wagtail and 1 Grey Heron. (J St Ledger)

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Bodmin Moor, Ninestones: 1 Purple Heron around pond on marshy ground opposite the bridge, also 1 Cuckoo close by. (M Beer)

Nanquidno: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (S Rowe)


Sunday 29th May 2016

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Dalmatian Pelican. (A James, R Veal, D Hastilow, J Chapple) Also 60+ Canada Goose (including the small female), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Garden Warbler, 10 Mallard (6 ducklings), 2 young Moorhen, 1m Bullfinch, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler. (R Veal)

Videos: John Chapple (upper) and Richard Augarde (lower)

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For a bird that will probably not even be accepted as a true vagrant and so not onto the British List i feel we have had more than enough photographs of it published on these sightings pages. So, in future, only truly exceptional pictures of this bird will be published. (Tony Mills).

Crowlas: 4+ Long tailed Tit fledglings. (R Veal)

Croft Pascoe: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and 1 Blackcap (heard calling). (J St Ledger, C Benton)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 imm Spoonbill again.


Saturday 28th May 2016

Late news, 27/5, St Gothians Sands LNR: 1 m Pochard, 1 m Reed Bunting and Sand Martins. (R Farnes)

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Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Dalmatian Pelican early morning (A James) until 9.30 and then returned again in the afternoon. (R Farnes)

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Sancreed: 1 Dalmatian Pelican seen over at 9.35 plus 2 Hobby. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1m Gadwall, 3 Greylag Goose, 4 Canada Goose, 6 Whimbrel, 1m Reed Bunting, 1m Bullfinch, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 10+ Reed Warbler, 7+ Sedge Warbler, 3 (2m,1f) Stonechat, 4 (2prs) Linnet, 1 Pied Wagtail. Also youngsters included 5 Cygnets, 4 Mallard, 3 Dunnock, 2 House Sparrow and numerous Jackdaw. (R Veal)

Stithians Reservoir: Coot with 1 chick, 4 Garden Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler. Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Wren, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Magpie, Buzzard, Linnet all nesting (D. Eva)

Croft Pascoe: 2 Crossbill, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 15+ Siskin, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Cuckoo and 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

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St Ives Island: 1 Starling with unusually long bill. (C Oates)

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Sharptor (Bodmin Moor): 1 m Black Redstart, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Buzzard, 3 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat, 1 Raven, 4 Swift and 2 Swallow. (P Sharp)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill again.

Nanjizal: 2 European Bee-eater heard calling whilst flying over.


Friday 27th May 2016

Late news, 26/5, Lands End/St Just airfield: 1 Black Kite circling low at 5pm. (D Hall)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Dalmatian Pelican early morning (J St Ledger, C Bone, T Mills) until 11.20 and then returned again from 18:00. Yesterday’s Cackling Goose has been re-identified as a small female Canada Goose, (Birdguides pers comm). Also 1 Black Kite and 1 Hobby. (D Hall) Also 1 Iceland Gull reported.

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Crousa Downs/Penhallick: 1 Hoopoe again.

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Merlin and 1 Marsh tit. (R Mudge)

Downderry – seawatching this morning 0620-0755: 1 Great Northern Diver, 9 Kittiwake, 65 Manx Shearwater, 3 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Tern. (A Payne)

RSPB Scillonian wildlife cruise.  Penzance to Wolf Rock: 159 Manx Shearwater, 34 Gannet, 7 Fulmar, 4 Shag, 15 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 43 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill.  Also, 2 Harbour Porpoise,  2 Basking Shark and 1 Ocean Sunfish. Wolf Rock to  Penzance: 125 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel,  6 Gannet, 9 Fulmar,  1 Kittiwake,  14 Herring Gull,  7 Great Black-backed Gull,  6 Puffin, 7 Razorbill, 14 Guillemot.  Also, 4 Harbour Porpoise.  (Outward D Parker and P Clarke. Return P St Pierre and P Clarke)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Hobby, 4 Cuckoo and 2 Grasshopper Warbler. (P Freestone)


Thursday 26th May 2016

Late news, 25/5, Herodsfoot: 1 Red Kite crossed over B3359 (SX186597) heading E at about 50ft. (R Hurrell)

Late news, 25/5, Camborne: 2 Red Kite drifting West to East over town @ approx: 15:45hrs. Later 1 Red Kite (missing tail feather/s) drifting in same direction. (K Thomas)

Late news, 25/5, Carlyon Bay: 1 Red Kite. (E Cornelius)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Dalmatian Pelican early morning until 14:45 and then again from 15:30, 1 Cackling Goose with Canada Goose flock, 1 Black Kite N at 12:30 then S at 14:30 and came in to roost later, 2 Hobby and 1 Stock Dove. (MJ Spicer, A James, K Bowers, J Lander, Chapple)

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Coverack, Penhallick/Crousa Downs: 1 Hoopoe (D.Beadle,P Renton, J Foster)

Malpas: 1 Osprey opposite the Heron Inn early morning.

Penzance, Chyandour: 1 Grey Wagtail. (S Strana)

West Taphouse: 1 Red Kite being harassed by a crow. (M Burroughs)

Lanlivery, above A390 at Trevorry Dip: 1 Red Kite flying over fields recently cut to silage. (C Jewels)

The Lizard, Trevassack Quarry, Trevassack: 1 Red Kite drifting E, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Canada Geese & 20 Mallard. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Woon Gompus: 1 Cuckoo. (MJ Spicer)

St Buryan: 1 Red Kite west at 11.30. (J Lander)

Hendra Downs: 2 Red Kite, one in very heavy moult. (B Craven)


Wednesday 25th May 2016

Late news, 24/5, Gurnards Head Hotel: 1 Hobby over hotel. (M Brandon)

Late news, 24/5, Looe harbour: 1 Barrel Jellyfish coming in with the tide (R Hurrell). Hannafore Point: 23 Oystercatcher (R Hurrell) Looe Island: 2 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher (R Hurrell)

Late news, 24/5, Rosudgeon: 7 Red Kite over. (A Woodhams)

Lockengate and Helman Tor: 1 Lammergeier reported again at 6.30pm. (D Ryan)

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Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Dalmatian Pelican early morning. (A James – photos) Also single Red Kites at 1422 and 1452hrs drifting slowly east. (J Hawkey D ParkerDalmatian Pelican back again in afternoon and still present into the evening. Plus 1 Black Kite flew in along the west side 20.25 and circled the NW arm before appearing to drop into the trees presumably to roost. (S Rowe)

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Mullion Cove: 1 Red kite over. (J Allely)

Falmouth, Swanpool Garden Centre: 1 Red Kite mobbed by Herring Gull 1030am. (S Van Hear) Long field, Falmouth: 1 Red Kite hovering over school 08:30. (D Bowers) Also 1 Black Kite reported over Falmouth Golf Club at 09:00 and another or the same over the Penryn river at 13:00.

Truro: 1 Black Kite flew northeast over Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. Also 1 Osprey over the Truro River as seen from Malpas.

Davidstow, Bowithick: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 3 Raven, 2 Magpie, c20 Swallow, 7 House Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap,  1 pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding young, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Cuckoo calling on and off, 1 Nuthatch, Wrens, Dunnocks, Chaffinches, 2 Robin, several Blackbird and 1 Tawny Owl call in bright sunlight. (H Kendall & B Bryne)

Truro, Morlaix Avenue: 1 Red Kite 07.30. (K Dalziel)

Ruan Minor: 1 Red Kite low over the road at midday. (A Pay)

Wendron: 1 Red Kite high to the north-east at 4.15pm. (A Pay)

Hayle (SW547362): 1 Red Kite early morning and the same or a different bird late afternoon. (J Thomasson)

Penzance (SW455305): 5 Red Kite (J Thomasson)

Bodmin, Victoria Square: 2 Siskin and 1 Swift  (R Hurrell) Also approx 1km from Beacon: 2 Red Kite circling at around 500ft between 16:30-16:40hrs. (J Crocker)

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 4 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 35 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 6 Puffin, 4 Wood Pigeon, 5 Skylark, 2 House Martin, 25 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 2 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 2 Blackbird, 5 Whitethroat, 10 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Starling, 4 House Sparrow and 6 Linnet. (M Scawen)

Kuggar: 2 Red Kite, 12-1pm. (C Lee)

Hayle Estuary, RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Basin: 1 imm Spoonbill. (A James) also1 Red Kite circled then flew west and 8 Oystercatcher. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Moorhen, 6 Canada Goose (plus 6 goslings), 1 Oystercatcher on nest. (R Veal) The reported Lesser Yellowlegs was a Greenshank. (P Freestone) Lelant Saltings: 3 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Whimbrel. (R Veal, DK Parker)

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St Erth: 4 Red Kite east t 13:30. (MJ Spicer)

Central Falmouth: 6 Red Kite 1345hrs. (S Van Hear)

Nanjizal: 1 Black Kite at 09:00 with 20+ Red Kite, NW of Faraway cottage. (MD Wallace) Also viewed from Land’s End. (DK Parker, B Bosistow)

Sennen, Brew Farm: 1 Black Kite again at 10:00. (C Moore) and again at 10:30. (C Moore, DK Parker, L Proctor) Also 120+ Red Kite going east with largest flock of 32 birds with others of 24 & 22 with numerous flocks of 4-5 and single birds in the air constantly between 10:00 and 11:30 . 1 Dalmatian Pelican over at 10:55. (C Moore, DK Parker, L Proctor)

Cot Valley: 1 Black Kite over at 11:00. (N Wheatley) and then St Just 11:05. (P Clarke)

Lelant: 1 Red Kite over. (P Freestone)

Connor Downs: 1 Osprey over going North at 15:20. (P Freestone)

Carnon Downs: 2 Red Kite going North 13:30. (J Chapple)

Lizard: 120+ Red Kite mostly North of the village, including a leucistic individual.

Lower Tamar Lake: 1m Yellowhammer, 2 Marsh Tit, 1m 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1m Tufted Duck, 16 Swift, 25 Swallow, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Jay and 3 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

Near Perrannuthnoe(A394) above fields around Gwallon Lane: 6 Red Kite (some appeared to be immature birds) (J Evans)

Lamorna: 1 Marsh Harrier flushed from cliff top at 9.25am, also 3 Red Kite east. Carn Barges: 1 Basking Shark close inshore.

Higher Cannaframe (between A30 & Halvana): 2 Red Kite @ 17.20 (B Craven)

St Just, Jericho Farm: 1 Red Kite at 08.15. (P Fraser) Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 4 Red Kite at 10.45. (P Fraser)

Penzance, Chyandour: 1 Red Kite at 15.20. (P Fraser)

Gweek: 4 Shelduck with 8 ducklings. (J St Ledger)

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Callestick: Single Red Kite over my garden at 11.05am and 11.10am (T Wilson)

Tresillian River: 7 Whimbrel. (A Nicholson)

Rosudgeon: 1 Red Kite over and 2 Red Kite soaring over Halamanning. (A Woodhams)

Gannel Estuary: 3 Red Kite all singles heading north at 15.30, 15.40 and 17.00. (S Rowe)

Gunwalloe, Fishing Cove: flock of c 30 Sanderling. (D Glover)

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Polgigga: 2 Red Kite over at 0730 and 1 Dalmatian Pelican over late morning.

Portheras Cove: 1 Hobby this morning.

Argal Reservoir: 3 Red Kite circling over the southern end at 9am. (D Chaney)