Friday 30th September 2016

Late news, 29/9, Redruth-Treleigh Industrial Estate: 1 Wryneck (J Evans)

Porthgwarra: 1 juv Red-backed Shrike still at top end of car park near doctors house, also 1 Water Rail in the pond. (M Wallace, D Wright, R Farnes) Also 1 Sooty Shearwater and 5 Balearic Shearwater past.

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St Levan Churchtown / Porthchapel:Serin and 1 Firecrest.

Nanquidno-Ashmore: 1 Wryneck. (C Moore) Also several Small Copper including form caeruleopunctata.  (K Dalziel)

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Kenidjack: 1 Wryneck seen initially in valley then rather better at top of coast path. Also 1 Firecrest opposite last house and 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

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Stithians Reservoir: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 Wheatear. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_Spoonbill_300916Spoonbill, John St Ledger

Kynance car park to Soapy Cove footpath: 2 Whinchat, 3 Dartford Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 4 Swallow. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_DartfordWarbler_300916Dartford Warbler, John St Ledger

Carnkie, Carnkie Farm: 2 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap. (J. Chapman)

Penryn, Tremough Campus:  1 Firecrest. (J. Chapman)

Porthscatho, Rosevine:  3 Swallow. (J Spooner)

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows just south of the car park, also 1 Water Rail heard. (P Smale)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3+ Pintail, 1 juv Spoonbill, 16 Little Egret, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 5 Knot, 4 Greenshank, 31 Redshank, 9 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Bar-tailed Godwit, 28 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Grey Wagtail. (DK Parker, R Veal, T Mills et al)

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DParker_PecSand_300916Pectoral Sandpiper, Dave Parker  Pectoral Sandpiper, Ryan's Field, RSPB Hayle Estuary, Cornwall, UK.Pectoral Sandpiper, Tony Mills
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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 33 Mallard, 3 Teal, 11 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 19 Moorhen, 4+ Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, c100 Pied/White Wagtail, 3 Skylark over, 2 Stonechat, 1 Sedge Warbler and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 7 pale-bellied Brent Geese still off Red River, plus c200 Pied/White Wagtail moving west along the beach at dusk, many going to the marsh to roost. (DK Parker)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Osprey circling above lake, also 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Grey Plover.

Scillonian crossing this morning: 1 juv Sabine’s Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope and 1 Balearic Shearwater.

Hannafore: 1 m Eider still and 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly. (D Julian)


Thursday 29th September 2016

Nanquidno: 1 Wryneck in elders opposite Nanjulian holiday cottages at the end of the paved road at 0745am. (R Fuller)

Pendeen Watch: 07:45 to 11:45, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 35+ Balearic Shearwater, 8 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 28 Sandwich Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and 5 commic tern. (DK Parker, P & H Taylor, R & I Archer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Mandarin, 81 Mallard, 17 Teal, 14 Wigeon, 5 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Moorhen, 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 5 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper and 3 Dunlin. (DK Parker)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 Baird’s Sandpiper still present this evening. (S Rowe, B Dodd, A McKechnie, T Mills) Also 2 Ringed Plover, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Grey Plover. (S Rogers)

TMills_Baird'sSandpiper_290916Baird’s Sandpiper, Tony Mills

Sennen: 1 Wryneck in the cemetery and 1 Richard’s Pipit still south of the school early afternoon.

Porthgwarra: 1 Red-backed Shrike again today to the northeast of the Coastguard Cottages.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 2nd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary, Rock: 1 Dalmatian Pelican again.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: the escaped ad Bald Eagle still. (A James)

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Wednesday 28th September 2016

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 Baird’s Sandpiper relocated on far side 200 mt’s down from picnic area under trees. (M Lammas) Also 115 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit. (S Rowe) Porth Joke: 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, c.100 Goldfinch, 18 Long-tailed Tit, 20 Meadow Pipit. (S Rowe)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill over and 1 Kingfisher. (A James) Also 5 Knot, c40 Bar-tailed Godwit. (R Veal) Estuary:1 Spoonbill, 11 Little Egret, 9 Pintail, 1 Gadwall, 3 Greenshank, 10+ Grey Plover, 5 Knot, 23 Bar-tailed Godwit, 19 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Kingfisher (J Rankin, R Veal, D Parker) Plus ad Bald Eagle (complete with jesses) from Paradise Park. (J Rankin, D Parker)  Carnsew Basin: 21 Sandwich Tern, 2 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper. (R Veal)

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JRankin_BaldEagle_280916Bald Eagle, Jonny Rankin
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Padstow, Camel Estuary:Dalmatian Pelican on the sand bar in harbour, at 15.30 flew off towards Rock. (H Kendall, B Bryne, R Beviss) Wadebridge to Padstow, Camel Trail: 1 Dalmatian Pelican, 9 Cormorant, 10 Grey Heron, 40 Little Egret, 25 Mute Swan, 140 Canada Goose, 4 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 12 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Moorhen, 50 Oystercatcher, 2 Ringed Plover, 9 Grey Plover, 1 Lapwing, 4 Knot, 25 Dunlin, 9 Common Sandpiper, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 25 Redshank, 12 Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Bar-tailed Godwit, 80 Curlew, c.200 Black-headed Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Lesser black-backed Gull, 80 Great black-backed Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 12 Swallow, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Jackdaw, 30 Rook, 70 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Starling, 25 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch. (M Scawen)

Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) on the Camel

Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) on the Camel

Dalmatian Pelican, Mike Scawen

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Bude: 1 Kingfisher, 1 juv Ringed Plover, 9 Turnstone, 1 Grey Wagtail and 5+ Rock Pipit (H Wilkins)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove at 4pm. Also 1 Eurasian Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 5 Little Egret, 10 Turnstone, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin. (P&H + S Cowlishaw)

Gwithian: 1 Rose-coloured Starling at Towans Chalets. (J Rankin)

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Porthgwarra: 1 Serin at Trevean Pool, then flew towards Faraway Cottage, also 1 Wryneck still north of stonewall. (M Wallace) Also 1 Red-backed Shrike still at bottom end of Porth Loe. Also 10+ Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker around the village. (DK Parker)

Sennen: 1 Richard’s Pipit still in fields south of the school. (DK Parker)

Kenidjack: 1, perhaps 2 Wryneck just beyond last house.

Marazion: 7 pale-bellied Brent Geese still off Red River. (DK Parker) Also 1 Great Skua flew along the seafront at 14:30. (P St Pierre)


Tuesday 27th September 2016

Newquay, River Gannel: 1 Baird’s Sandpiper, 2 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Tawny Owl (calling). From 7 to 8.30am. (J St Ledger, A Skyrme, M Halliday) Also 1 Yellow-legged Gull. (D Julian)

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Sennen: 1 Richard`s Pipit in field south of the school.

Nanquidno: 1 Subalpine Warbler today.

Long Rock Beach: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 60+ Ringed Plover, 5+ Sanderling, 20+ Dunlin (P St Pierre)

Porthgwarra: 1 juv Red-backed Shrike still in scrub between coastguard cottages and stone bridge at 17:30 also 1 Firecrest at stone bridge. (P&H Taylor + S Cowlishaw)

Bude: 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 2 juvenile Mute Swan, 1 Grey Wagtail and 6 Rock Pipit (H Wilkins)

Penryn Campus: 2 Firecrest, 8 Mistle Thrush and 2 Blackcap this morning. (B Porter)

Porthgwarra: 8 Balearic Shearwater past 10.00 – 11.00.

Fal Estuary, near Coombe: 11 Pheasant, 3 cock and 8 hens all going to roost in a fallen tree at sunset.  (A James)

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Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

Padstow, Camel Estuary: 1 Dalmatian Pelican.

Pendeen seawatch: 10 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern and 2 Chough. (J Rankin)


Hudsonian Whimbrel, Jonny Rankin


Hudsonian Whimbrel, Jonny Rankin


Monday 26th September 2016

Late news 20/9, Middle Carnaquidden, Newmill: 1 Corncrake. (M Hampden-Smith)

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M Hampden-Smith

Late news 25/9, Gulval: Pair of Dipper in Trevaylor stream below bridge in Green Lane Hill. (J Hawkey)

Gannel Estuary: 1 juv Baird’s Sandpiper. (MJ Spicer, S Rowe)


Baird’s Sandpiper, MJ Spicer

Camel Estuary: Dalmatian Pelican still present though mobile.

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

Porthgwarra: 30+ Balearic Shearwater and 2 Great Skua. (R Archer)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Rose-coloured Starling2 Wheatear, 1 Dunlin and 4 Ringed Plover. (A Nielson)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker,  2 Grey Heron, 1 Greenfinch. (A James)

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The Lizard, Church Cove: 1 Icterine Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher and 2 Spotted Flycatcher. (T Blunden)

pt & tdm

Sunday 25th September 2016

Late news 24/9 Drift Reservoir: 2 juvenile Great Crested Grebes observed in mock-courtship and mating behaviour, “They started off swimming around together, then a short bout of head shaking before shuffling up onto the mud and play-mating. This was followed by another bout of head shaking before swimming off.” (L Proctor)



Great Crested Grebes, L Proctor

Bude: 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail and 7 Turnstone. (H Wilkins)

Land’s End: 4 Whinchat, 1 Whitethroat on Treeve Moor. (P Taylor & H Mitchell)

St Erth: 1 Osprey over west at 11:30. (MJ Spicer)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Osprey at 07:45. (K Martindale) Also 1 Little Stint, 2 Grey Plover, 10 Wheatear. (D Eva)

Gwithian:  juv Rose-coloured Starling still in fields west of Towan Chalets with c.150 Common Starling. Also 1 Reed Bunting. (R Veal, DK Parker)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 5 (3 imm) Tufted Duck, c.220 Canada Goose, 1 Skylark. (R Veal)

Kenidjack Valley: 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 4 Chough. (R Veal)

Lizard, Soapy Cove: 1 Wryneck and 1 Dartford Warbler. (D Wright)


Wryneck, D Wright

Hayle: 4 Knot, 32 Bar tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 5 Grey Plover, 2 Pintail. (D.Eva)

Kingsmill Lake, Tamar Estuary: 1 Knot, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 10 Green and 20 Redshank, 2 Sandwich Tern and 1 Osprey (at 3:45 and 4:45). (M Beer)

Camel Estuary: Dalmatian Pelican present still. (M Scawen)

Gannel Estuary: juv Baird’s Sandpiper in evening below California Hotel. Also 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover. (S Rowe)

Newquay, Towan Head (07.45-08.45): 24 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 2 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, c.1400 Gannet, several auks. (S Rowe)

Davidstow Airfield: Pectoral Sandpiper present again in afternoon. Also 7 Ringed Plover. (S & PM Rogers) Also Rose Coloured Starling again.


Pectoral Sandpiper, Steve Rogers

Pendeen Watch: 3 Great Shearwater, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 40 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Long-tailed Skua, 2 Grey Phalarope, 2 Arctic Skua , 7 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua,1 Common Scoter, 16 Sandwich Tern, 18 Commic Tern, 1 Med Gull and 2 Sabine’s Gull between 07:15 & 12.00. (R.Augarde, R.Wilkins, B.Mellow, J.Ryan, P.St Pierre)

Truro River: 1 Osprey and 1 Spoonbill from Sunny Corner. (R Augarde, R & L Wilkins, B.Mellow)

Porthgwarra: 1 Corncrake and 1 Wryneck reported.

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

Towan Head: 24 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Storm Petrel.

pt & dkp

Saturday 24th September 2016

Late News 21/9 Trink Hill: 3 Snipe, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit in fields. (R Veal)

Late news 22/9, Davidstow Airfield: Videos by W Delacour:

Late news 23/9, Fal/Truro River junction: The Osprey blue NY2 seen yesterday is a young bird ringed as a chick at a nest at Redcastle on the Beauly Firth on 1st July this year. Its BTO ring number is 1469498. NY2 was one of three chicks in the nest at the top of a huge Douglas Fir. (info per B Etheridge)

Calenick Creek: 1 Spoonbill. (L Wilkins)


Spoonbill, Leon Wilkins

Camel Estuary: Dalmatian Pelican off Porthilly Point until 14:45 then flew SE along river. Seen in evening off Edmonton. (W Delacour – video)

Loe Pool: 124 Herring Gull, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (G Adams)

Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit. (J St Ledger)


Spotted Redshank, John St Ledger


Redruth, Barncoose Industrial Estate: 1 Jackdaw showing some characteristics of subspecie Monedula (Nordic Jackdaw) by Dash Drive. (R Veal)

Carrick Roads, Falmouth: 1 Black-necked Grebe. Also Osprey in Fal estuary. (B Porter)

Bass Point: 1 Great Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater. Pied Flycatcher by lifeboat station.

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still in Boat Cove/Trenow Cove area; also 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

Gwithian: juv Rose-coloured Starling still between Churchtown campsite and Towan Chalets.

Porthgwarra: Yellow-browed Warbler in car park sallows. (DK Parker, R Archer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 juv Marsh Harrier, 2 Mandarin, 14 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 4 Great crested Grebe, 4 Common Sandpiper and 1 Kingfisher. (DK Parker, L Proctor)

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Davidstow Airfield: juv Rose-coloured Starling present still. (DI Julian)

Kingsmill Lake, Tamar Estuary: 1 Curlew Sandpiper on saltmarsh. Also 1 Osprey.

Lizard Point seawatch: 2 Great Shearwater, 40 Sooty Shearwater, 200 Balearic Shearwater, 25 Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel, 2 Knot, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Sandwich Tern, 8 Great Skua, 1 Puffin,1 prob Long-tailed Skua. (A Blunden & J Foster)