Saturday 31st December 2016

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We wish all our contributors and readers the very best for 2017, from CBWPS
Late news, 30/12, Tresillian to St Clement: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe and 1 Grey Heron. (M Bowers)

Sancreed: 3 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 60 Lapwing, 50 Redwing Sellan Fm area (D Flumm)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Goldeneye, 20 Snipe, 1 Woodcock ( D. Eva )

Newquay, East Pentre Point: 3 Chough. (S Grose)

St Agnes Head: 1 Short-eared Owl. (S Mickleburgh)

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Marazion beach: 1w Caspian Gull 12:25 onwards, 1w Ring-billed Gull briefly 12:00, 1 ad Iceland Gull. 3 (1 drk) Shoveler, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore, all from café car park. (R Veal) Also 4 Grey Heron flew west along the beach at dusk. (A Hartley)

Longrock Pool: 1 ad Iceland Gull. (P Smale)

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Carbis Bay: 23 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua. (S Rowe)

Mousehole: 4 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Eastern Black Redstart still on the rocks just north of the harbour car park. (A Hartley)

Dozmary Pool: 1 male Lesser Scaup and 2 Goldeneye. (Paul St Pierre)

Bartinney Downs: 3 Short-eared Owl, 1600hrs. (R Hollis)

Sennen: 3 Lapland Bunting in stubble field at Trevilley.

Penzance: ad Pacific Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe and 2 Velvet Scoter offshore.

St Ives: 3 Great Northern Diver in the bay.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 m Green-winged Teal again.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Water Pipit at north end of reservoir early afternoon.

Bude: 8 Turnstone and 8 Oystercatcher. (H Wilkins)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Cattle Egret visible distantly at Sellan Farm, viewed from the public car park. (DK Parker)

Trevilley to Nanjizal: 6+ Lapland Bunting in 1st stubble field, also c200 Skylark, c20 Meadow Pipit, c100 Linnet, c50 Chaffinch, c15 Reed Bunting. Little Bunting trapped and ringed at Nanjizal. Visible 40 metres to the left of the kissing gate before entering Nanjizal valley. Please stick to the footpath and view the blackthorn from a distance, the bird regularly comes out of the set aside and perches up. (K Wilson, DK Parker, L Proctor)

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Friday 30th December 2016

Late Photos, 28/12, The LIzard: Starling roost, David Hall.

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Sancreed: 2 Cattle Egrets & 1 Egret sp (asleep) at Sellan Fm from 0900hrs (D Flumm)

Newquay, Watergate Bay beach: 3 Chough feeding on grassy cliff half way up. (R Hooton)

Carrick Roads: 25 Black-necked Grebe, 29 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Velvet Scoter ( D. Eva )

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart showing well on rocks to south of café. (L Proctor, J Dustow, M Buckley) Also 30 Common Dolphin and 2 Harbour Porpoise offshore and a bat flying around the harbour at dusk (T Wilson)

Mounts Bay area from Jubilee Pool: At least 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Pacific Diver on its own toward the Cressars and quite close in, 3 Velvet Scoter, 27 Common Scoter, 15 Purple Sandpiper. (J Dustow, M Buckley) Also 1 m Eider. (D&T Barber) At least 15 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool and fem Black Redstart on Battery Rocks. (DK Parker, P&H Taylor)

Longrock Pool: 1 ad Iceland Gull (R Veal), 1 1w Ring-billed Gull, (M Ahmad), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 ad Common Gull.

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Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Green-winged Teal off Causeway. (S Turner, M Buckley) Also 2 Spoonbill,1 ad Common Gull.  (J.Clegg, R Veal)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 6 Cattle Egret in top fields northeast corner. (S Turner) 3 Cattle Egret and 3 Little Egret at Sellan Fm today. (D Flumm)

Rame Head: 2 Firecrest along coast path. (D Allan)

Stithians Reservoir, cut off hide: 1 Water Rail, making regular appearances, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Snipe, Goldfinches, Blue / Great Tits mostly on the feeders, numerous Dunnock & Chaffinches. (R Farnes)

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Cape Cornwall: 100+ Common Dolphin and 10 Harbour Porpoise. (D&T Barber)

Helston Loe Pool: 9 Cattle Egret, 4 Little Egret, 4 Goosander, 6 Common Gull, 2 Water Rail. (I Maclean) Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest near Helston boating lake.

Porthkidney Beach: 5 Great Northern Diver, 3 Razorbill, c30 (5 1w) Kittiwake and numerous Gannet and Cormorants in mini feeding frenzy late pm. Also 1f Common Scoter past, 3 Raven, 1m Stonechat. (R Veal)

Lands End to Nanjizel: 1 Kestrel, 2 Chough, 1 Peregrine. (A James)

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St Austell, Carlyon Bay (Private Garden): 2 m Blackcap and 1 m Black Redstart. (E Cornelius)

St.Just in Roseland: 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Eider, 3 Little Grebe. St. Mawes: 1 Mediterranean Gull adult. (A. Green)

Park Head: 2 Great Northern Diver, 8 Yellowhammer, 1 Peregrine. (S Rowe)

Trevose Head: 18+ Lapland Bunting, c.200 Skylark, c.120 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer, 9 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel, 4 Black-throated Diver, 1 Little Egret. (M Buckley)

A30 Eastern side of Tuckingmill Junction:Peregrine Falcon with prey in talons. (A Tregunna)

Bartinney Down: At least 1 Short-eared Owl.

Newlyn: 1 Black Redstart in harbour.

Penzance: 1 Black Redstart in Lidden area again. (T Mills)


Thursday 29th December 2016

Late pictures, 28/12, Longrock Pool: 1w Ring-billed Gull and 1 ad Kittiwake. (L Proctor)

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Late news, 28/12, Penzance: 29 Purple Sandpiper roosting at Battery Rocks. (T Mills) Also 1 Red-necked Grebe and 3 Velvet Scoter offshore.

Late news 28/12, Kenidjack: 2 Chough. (A James)

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Sancreed: 2 Cattle Egret with 2 Little Egret at Sellan Farm – viewable from Sancreed bus stop 10:00hrs onwards (D Flumm)

Mounts Bay: 1 ad  Pacific Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 12+ Great Northern Diver, 3 Velvet Scoter, c20 Common Scoter. (L Proctor) Possible American Herring Gull on the sea.

Mousehole: 1 m  Eastern Black Redstart still plus 1 Otter reported offshore at 8:45am. (L Proctor)

Longrock Pool: 1w Ring-billed Gull again. (L Proctor) Also in field behind pool, 1 doe Roe Deer with this year’s twin kids. (A James) Possible 1w Caspian Gull or hybrid reported.

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Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 m Black Redstart, 1 Water Rail, 1 m Blackcap. (L Proctor)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel in Boat Cove again, 2 Black-Throated Diver offshore. (A Green)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 5 Snipe. (A. Green)

Porthgwarra: c2000 Starling at Arden-Sawah & Roskestal Farms. 1 Snipe, 2 Dartford Warbler, 6 Stonechat on moor. 2 Red Deer in cattle field at Roskestal. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Laneast Down:  1 Merlin, 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Snipe, 2 Teal, 4 Stonechat, c200 Reed Bunting, c50 Meadow Pipit, c100 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 11 Fieldfare  (L Sampson) 

The Lizard, Trevassack Quarry: 2 Firecrest. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Bartinney Down: 2 Short-eared Owl in aerial  territorial dispute. (A James)

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Gannel Estuary: 17 Cattle Egret (14 of which flew in at late time of 17.04) 12 Little Egret. (S Rowe)

Cape Cornwall: 3 Red-throated Diver, flying north, 6 Harbour Porpoise, 30+ Common Dolphin in two pods (including 2 small calves) and 1 Striped Dolphin associating with the Common Dolphins (seen leaping out of the water and side slapping). (D&T Barber)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, estuary: 1 Green-winged Teal, 1 Spoonbill, 8 Goosander (2m, 6f) Ryan’s Field: 10 Bar-tailed Godwit + 4 Snipe. Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger) Also 4 Grey Plover, 5 Little Grebe and 1 Kingfisher.

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Gwennap Sewage Works: 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

Sennen: 10 Snipe at Trinity Pool.

St Ives: 1 Black Redstart on wall by Porthmeor Beach car park.

Penzance: 4 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Velvet Scoter and 8 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool.

Drift Reservoir, (members only): 2 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Scaup.

Swanpool – Castle Beach, Falmouth: 1 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, 9+ Mute Swan on Swanpool with 1+ Great Northern Diver, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull offshore;  m Sparrowhawk, 2 f Blackcap, 10+ Dunnock on the coast path, 2 Turnstone, 1 Little Egret on Swanpool Point, 2 Rock Pipit on Gyllyngvase Beach, 1 Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit Castle Beach (S Perfect)


Wednesday 28th December 2016

Late news, 27/12, Morvah: 2 Chiffchaff showing characteristics of P c. tristis. (NR Phillips)

Late news, 27/12, Woon Gumpas /Chun Quoit: c25 Golden Plover (in flight). (NR Phillips)

Late news, 27/12, Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 1 Barnacle Goose, 3 Shelduck, 252 Wigeon, 14 Pintail, 158 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 2000 Golden Plover, 2 Water Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Water Rail. (B Bosisto)

Late news, 27/12, Crowdy Reservoir: 1w Glaucous Gull amongst the gulls coming in to roost also 47 Teal, 1 Goldeneye and 1 Kingfisher. (B Bosisto)

Late news, 27/12, Roughtor: c1,000,000 Starling and a  Short-eared Owl. (B Bosisto)

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still present. (L Proctor, SG Rowe)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel, 8 Great Northern Diver. (SG Rowe)

Long Rock Pool: 1w Ring-billed Gull. (SG Rowe)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Green-winged Teal drake and Spoonbill still from the causeway, also 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 (2m) Goosander at Asda end of Carnsew Pool. (SG Rowe, R Veal)

Gannel Estuary: 17 Cattle Egret flew in to roost at Penpol Creek at 16:47 today. Flew in down the estuary from the east, also 9 Little Egret into the roost. (SG Rowe, J Dustow)

Tamar Estuary: Drake American Wigeon still at Kingsmill. (P Stidwill)

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Sennen Cove: 5 Med Gull and c25 Wigeon on the sea. (DK Parker)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 32 Goosander 14m 18f, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Snipe, 1 Treecreeper, 1 drake Teal, 2 Cormorants, 1 Song Thrush, 11 Coot, 7 Tufted Duck and 1 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

Helston: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler – one in tall pines behind Flora Motors, one on west side of Loe valley in trees near allotments. 15+ Chiffchaff (inc 1 possible Siberian), 1 Jay, 2 Grey Wagtail at sewage works. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Bartinney: 3 Short-eared Owls appeared together at 15:50. (R Farnes)

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St Anthony: 14 Med Gull and 1 female Black Redstart. (D Wright, G Adams, A Pay)

Porthoustock: 1 male Black Redstart. (D Wright, G Adams, A Pay)

North of Porthoustock: 1 male Hen Harrier. (D Wright, G Adams, A Pay)

Porthhallow: 1 Med Gull and 2 1w Med Gull nearby. (D Wright, G Adams, A Pay)

Coverack: 1 Med Gull and 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Wright, G Adams, A Pay)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna): 35 Mute Swan, 27 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 18 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 8 Goosander, 14 Red-legged Partridge, 4 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 35 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 17 Grey Plover, c.2000 Golden Plover, 25 Lapwing, 3 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 50 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 270 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Robin, 2 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Great Tit, 3 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 60 Carrion Crow, 25 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch and 7 Linnet. (M Scawen)

Camel Estuary, Little Petherick Creek: Very pale morph juvenile/immature Common Buzzard amongst sheep and lambs. (E Mayhew)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Goldeneye (1m, 1f), 4 Shoveler, 29 Wigeon, 10+ Teal, 9 Little Grebe, 1 Common Gull, 60+ Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 female Bullfinch. (J St Ledger)

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Marazion: A cracking male Black Redstart on the beach between Gwelva Landing and Top Tieb this afternoon. (R Butts)

Men-an-Tol: 2 Hen Harriers (1 adult male, 1 ringtail ) and 2 Dartford Warblers ( D. Eva )

Tregonning Hill, nr Helston: 2 Woodcock flew over at dusk. (C Benton)

Penzance: Male Black Redstart by the signal box and Pacific Diver offshore.

Bude Marshes: 2 Cattle Egret on the rugby pitch and Yellow-browed Warbler by the hide.

St Germans: Black Redstart by the quay.


Tuesday 27th December 2016

Late news, 26/12, Treen, Porthcurno; 2 Balearic Shearwater circling off Pednvounder. (R Phillips)

Penzance: Black Redstart in private garden, flew to and perched in a Beech tree. Battery Rocks:  26 Purple Sandpiper at the high-tide roost. (R Phillips) 30 Purple Sandpiper on the sea wall at Jubilee Pool. (A Bond)

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still present 8am onwards. (A Bond)

Drift Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Scaup. (A Bond)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

Towan Head: 1 Merlin, 2 Great Northern Diver, 19 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Grey Plover. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 18 Cattle Egret roosted in Penpol Creek this evening (S Rowe)

Respryn: 2+ Dipper along the river this am. (P Spavins)


Dipper – Philip Spavins

Lower Boscaswell, Pendeen: 2 Chough with metal rings feeding at a bird table in a garden at midday. (M Love)

Marazion, Beach: 1 ad Iceland Gull offshore from car park opposite Longrock Pool. Also 1 Black-tailed Godwit on the marsh. (M Ahmad, R Veal) Longrock: 1w Caspian Gull, 2w Yellow-legged Gull and 1w Ring-billed Gull at Longrock Pool this afternoon. (D Nicholson)

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Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull – Dean Nicholson

Porthpean: 3 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver offshore,  5 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew East. (D Julian)

Kingsmill Lake: American Wigeon

Hayle Estuary: 1st w Green-winged Teal, 1 Spoonbill today. (A Bond)


Monday 26th December 2016

Late news, 24/12, Padstow: 11 Turnstone, 26 Grey Plover, 18 Knot, 7920 Black-headed Gull, 16 Med Gulls ( 2, 2, 12), 264 Common Gull, 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Kingfisher. (B Bosisto)

Bude Marsh: 3 Cattle Egret on the Rugby pitch and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still. (A Roberts H Kendall)

Porth Island: 1 unringed Chough. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Cattle Egret in field opposite hide with cattle at 12:30. (R Farnes – photo) Also Scaup and Black-necked Grebe still.

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Gerrans Bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 23 Common Scoter, 5 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 11 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, ( D. Eva )

Portholland: 14 Black-throated Diver, 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe ( D. Eva )

Cubert Common: 2 Cattle Egret in flight. (S Grose)

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still present plus male Black Redstart. (L Proctor P Smale – photos)

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Eastern Black Redstart, Perry Smale

Newlyn: Male black Redstart on South Pier. (L Proctor)

Bude: 9 Oystercatcher, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant and 7 Turnstone (H Wilkins)

Rinsey Head: 2 Peregrine. (A James – photos)

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Gannel Estuary: 11 Cattle Egret and 10 Little Egret this evening. (SG Rowe)

Colliford Reservoir: 2 Great Northern Diver and 2 brown-head Goosanders on west side.  (B Craven)

Porthcurnick: 2 Great Northern Diver. (J Jackson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 16 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 8 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Water Rail, 15 Moorhen, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Bittern, 1 Great White Egret (in field by Cheshire Homes), c10 Snipe, 1w Ring-billed Gull (Longrock pool morning and at dusk) 1 Kittiwake, 2 Stonechat, 6+ Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker, M Appleton, P Smale – photo)

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Marazion: 36 Turnstone on the beach and gull numbers much reduced offshore at c5,000. (DK Parker)

Mounts Bay: 2 Velvet Scoter, 45 Common Scoter (25 & 20) and 2 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool. (M Appleton)

Rame: Firecrest  at Penlee Point at 14:50. (D Allan)

Lands End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard in bushes behind Swingates House. 1 Snipe. (P Taylor & H Mitchell)

Polgigga: c300 Rook in fields adjacent to Faraway Cottage. (P Taylor & H Mitchell)

Newquay: Leucistic Starling present in Fore Street during December. ( per SG Rowe)

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Carrick Roads: 15 Black-necked Grebe in two groups of 12 and 3 from Restronguet Weir . (J St Ledger)

Helford River: 3 Great Northern Diver, 4 Mediterranean Gull off Durgan. (J St Ledger)

Par: Siberian Chiffchaff at St andrews Pool. (G Barter per D Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Drake Green-winged Teal still.

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still.

Tamar Estuary: Drake American Wigeon again on Kingsmill Lake.

Swanpool: 1 Black Redstart.


Sunday 25th December 2016

Merry Christmas from all at CBWPS

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still near South Quay car park, 1 Black Redstart. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 1w Ring-billed Gull again on the beach. (M Ahmad)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w dr Green-winged Teal.

St Ives: 4 Great Northern Diver (3 in the bay and a further bird in the harbour). Pods of Porpoise and Bottle-nosed Dolphin in the bay. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Saltash: American Wigeon at Kingsmill Lake at high tide at 15:00. (Cornwall Birding)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Common Gull, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Crowan Reservoirs: 2 (1 dr) Goosander, 2 Coot. 80 Golden Plover over the Beacon. (C Benton)