Saturday 24th December 2016

Late news, 19/12, Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 1 Barnacle Goose with Canada Geese, also 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (C Selway)

Late news, 19/12, Middle Amble Marsh: 4000+ Golden Plover, 700+ Lapwing and 2 Ruff. (C Selway)

Late news, 21/12, Wadebridge: 1 Cattle Egret at Hay. (C Selway)

Late news, 23/12, Drift Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret roosted in NE arm.

Late news, 23/12, Hayle Estuary: Green-winged Teal and imm Spoonbill still.

Late news, 23/12, Coverack: 1w Caspian Gull.

Late news, 23/12, Marazion: 1w Ring-billed Gull at Long Rock pool. Also 17 Mediterranean Gull (12 ad, 4 2w & 1 1w), 2w Yellow-legged Gull. (P Fraser) 1w Little Gull at Red River mouth. (P Fraser).

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still on rocks at NE end of harbour car park.


Eastern Black Redstart, Tony Mills

Hayle Estuary: Green-winged Teal still present from the B3301 causeway. Also a 1st winter Ring-billed Gull. (D Eva)

Carrick Roads, from Mylor Churchtown: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Common Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Goldeneye (1m, 1f), 250+ Lapwing, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Water Rail, 1 Mediterranean Gull (ringed). Also numbers of Wigeon and Teal. (J St Ledger)

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                             Reed Bunting, Water Rail and Mediterranean Gull – all photos by J St Ledger​

Wadebridge: 1 Black Redstart at the top of Bridge View and footpath to new building site. (T Hardware)

Towan Head (10.00-11.00): 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 8 Cattle Egret this evening. (S Rowe)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Scaup.

St Ives: 4 Purple Sandpiper at The Island; 3 Great Northern Diver offshore. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: 26 Purple Sandpiper at Battery Rocks, c20 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (P Taylor & H Mitchell) Black Redstart at Lidden Road. (T Mills)


Black Redstart, Tony Mills

Crows-an-Wra: c50 Golden Plover over. (P Taylor)

Marazion: Probable American Herring Gull in afternoon. (M Ahmad – pictures)

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Friday 23rd December 2016

Late news, 22/12, Penzance: Pacific Diver, Black-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 4 Velvet Scoter offshore. Also Black Redstart.

Late news, 22/12, Hayle Estuary: imm Spoonbill still.

Late news, 22/12, Drift Reservoir: 1 Cattle Egret still in field at north end, also Black-necked Grebe still.

Late news, 22/12, Mousehole: Black Redstart (in addition to Eastern Black Redstart).

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart still present, also 1 Black Redstart.

Porthbean Beach: 1 Long-tailed Duck. (D Hall pers. comm. J Driver)

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Long-tailed Duck, J Driver

Hannafore Point: 1 Black Redstart at west end.

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap. ( D Hastilow)

Stithians Reservoir: 10 Dunnock, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 7 Goldfinch, 1 Robin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Magpie, 2 House Sparrow, 7 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit at the southern cutoff feeders. (D Chaney)


Thursday 22nd December 2016

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still present below Rock Pool café, 5 Rock Pipit. (R Veal). Also juvenile Glaucous Gull.


Rock Pipit, Reuben Veal


Eastern Black Redstart,  Reuben Veal

Hayle Estuary: Green-winged Teal (1w drake) still present by the B3301 causeway. 

St. Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver from the Island. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Pendower Beach: 2 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 18 Common Scoter, 1 Chough. (S Rowe)

Rock: 3 Mistle Thrush in helipad field. (S Grose)

Newquay, Towan Head: 1 Great Northern Diver in bay off lifeboat slipway. (M Lammas)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 6 Cattle Egret roosted in Penpol creek. (M Lammas)

Camel Estuary: 1 Merlin hunting over Treraven Meadows at 08:15. (D Julian)

Liskeard: 1 Greenshank flew over southwest. (D Julian)


Wednesday 21st December 2016

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart again today. (M Lammas, Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: ad Pacific Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 40 Common Scoter. (D Parker, B Dodds)

Gannel Estuary: 12 Cattle Egret this evening, 105 Wigeon, 10 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 21 Mute Swan, 20 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 11 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 1 Pintail, 5 (4m) Goosander, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Moorhen, 70 Oystercatcher, 8 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, c.3000 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing, 3 Knot, 130 Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 7 Greenshank, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Curlew, 250 Black-headed Gull, 7 Common Gull, 70 Herring Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 1 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 100 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Linnet. (Martin Cutland Wildlife Walk, per M Scawen)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Jack Snipe, 6 Woodcock. (D Julian, D Parker)

Padstow: 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 m Goosander off Old Town Cove. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill on Ryan`s Field. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Sennen: 2 Canada Goose in field to east of cycle track. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Tuesday 20th December 2016

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still present. (D Eva, D Julian) 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (D Julian)

Drift Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe. (D Eva)

Penzance: ad Pacific Diver and 1 Red-necked Grebe viewed from Jubilee Pool. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Towan Head, Newquay: 9 Purple Sandpiper, 20+ Turnstone and Oystercatcher on rocks behind Headland Hotel. (M Lammas)

Wadebridge: 1 Black Redstart still at Glen Road. (D Julian)


Monday 19th December 2016

Late news, 18/12, Crowdy Reservoir: 1 2w Glaucous Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 f Goldeneye, 4 Great Crested Grebe. (B Craven)

Late news, 18/12, Trannack, Penzance: 1 Dipper. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 18/12, Mount’s Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe. (P St Pierre)

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart showing well. (D Flumm, R Farnes, J St Ledger, P Tongue, M McKee)

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Eastern Black Redstart – Peter Tongue, Rod Farnes and Michael McKee

Sancreed: 2 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, 100 Lapwing in the Sellan Farm area. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret. (P St Pierre) 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Scaup. (D Flumm)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 1 ad Pacific Diver viewed very distantly towards St Michael’s Mount with 1+ Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 17 Great Northern Diver. Also 4 Velvet Scoter with 50+ Common Scoter (in 4 flocks), 1 Red-necked Grebe and 1 drk Eider all towards Sandy Cove. 26 Purple Sandpiper, 50 Sanderling and 15 Ringed Plover on the rocks. (R Veal, P St Pierre)

Longrock Beach: 1 f Black Redstart. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 2w Spoonbill and 11 Little Grebe on Carnsew Pool. 1 1w drk Green-winged Teal, 1 m Goosander, 2 ad Common Gull on Lelant Saltings and 1 Black-tailed Godwit on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

St Erth: 1 Cattle Egret in cattle field with 9 Little Egret. (M Spicer)

Truro: 1 Hawfinch in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Blackcap, 2 Black Redstart, 3 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Curlew, 19 Turnstone, 9 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Egret, 10 Mediterranean Gull. (D Spooner)

Bude: female-type Black Redstart on the cliff area above Bude Sea Pool. (H Kendall)

Gwennap Sewage Works: 40+ Chiffchaff, 5 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 ‘continental’ Coal Tit. (M Grantham)

Pendennis Point, Falmouth:  2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black Redstart. (J St Ledger)

Tregaswith, nr Newquay: 1 Grey Partridge flew over the main road. (S Grose)


Sunday 18th December 2016

Late news, 17/11, Hannafore Point: 11 Mediterranean Gull – 1 ringed, 8 Little Egret, 1 Eider – long staying drake still present, 1 Slavonian Grebe. (M Frost)

Late news, 17/11, Sancreed: 5 Cattle Egret – 3 and 2 observed simultaneously (D Flumm, P St Pierre)

Mousehole: 1m Eastern Black Redstart on rocks below and just east of the Rockpool café and showing well occasionally. (Glynn Proctor et al)

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Longrock: Pacific Diver offshore, also 1 Brent Goose. (M Ahmad, J Ryan)

Helston Boating Lake: 28 Shoveler, 28 Tufted Duck. (S Grose)

Bude Marshes: 1 Red-breasted Merganser feeding near the old railway bridge, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Teal, 22 Moorhen, 77 Black headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 60+ Lapwing, 67 Starling, 1 Stonechat, 104 Mallard, 3 Dunnock, 7 Blackbird, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Buzzard, 2 Robin, 1 Wood Pigeon. (H Kendall, R Mudge) Also Snipe, Kingfisher on the River Neet, Water Rail from the canal bird hide, 2 Little Egret Bude Rugby Club pitch. (R Maye) Also 1 Black Redstart at Crooklets Beach near the beach huts.

Mullion Cove: 1 (m) Blackcap in garden (J Allely)

Porthleven Harbour: 12 Common Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 73 Canada Goose,1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Mallard, 4 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck,1 Goldeneye, 6 Pochard, 3017 Golden Plover, 216 Lapwing, 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 7 Buzzard,1ad m Kestrel, 1ad m Peregrine Falcon,12 Raven, 26 Carrion Crow, 36 Jackdaw, 7 Magpie, 9 Stock Dove, 402 Starling, 4 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 4 Stonechat, 5 Chaffinch,1 Meadow Pipit, 26 House Sparrow,1 Robin, 3 Wren, 4 Dunnock. (No wind and quite misty over the water so a low accuracy count.)  (WeBS – DA Conway)

Newquay: 1 Black Redstart at electrical services, Pargolla Road. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 5 Cattle Egret until 09:10, 3 Little Egret until dusk (Sellan Farm), 60 Canada Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 230 Redwing, 40 Lapwing. (D Flumm)

Marazion Beach: 1 Great White Egret flew in from N at 12:30pm and landed briefly before flying W. It joined thousands of gulls feeding on thousands of freshly dead fish. (R Veal)

Drift reservoir: Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Scaup, 1 Mandarin. (D Flumm) Great White Egret flew in at 12:45am. (S Croft)

Battery Rocks: 13 Purple Sandpiper, 70 Sanderling, 7 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 1 drk Eider (later seen from Chyandour), 4 Great Northern Diver and a raft of 30+ Common Scoter and another Scoter sp. on its own. (R Veal)

Mount Edgcumbe CP: 2 Firecrest, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Sparrowhawk (m), 1 Buzzard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1+ Redwing, also Harbour Porpoise (5+ at Barn Pool around 13:30) on a walk from Maker Church through Estate to Millbrook Lake. (C Hannaford)

Constantine Bay: 6 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Grey Plover, 14 Turnstone, 49 Oystercatcher, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (G Adams)

Gannel: 13 Cattle Egret into roost ( last 10 very late at 16:55 ) (D Eva )

Siblyback Lake: 1 Eurasian White Fronted Goose with aprox 100 Canada Goose (G Berti)

Portwrinkle Beach: c15 Common Scoter flying offshore at about 3.30pm (R Kellagher)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Mute Swan, 14 Wigeon, 110 Teal, 27 Mallard, 1 Shoveller, 1 Pochard, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail, 6 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 142 Black-headed Gull, 61 Herring Gull and 1 Buzzard. (DK Parker – WeBS)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Snipe, c80 Redwing and c15 Fieldfare. (DK Parker)

Bartinney Downs: 1 Water Rail heard, 1 Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Reed Bunting. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, C Moore, S Croft)

Carbis Bay: 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Cormorant, 12 Shag, 25 Oystercatcher, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Ives: 1 Great Northern Diver, 77 Shag, 8 Eider (3 drake), 13 Oystercatcher, 3 Purple Sandpiper at island, 16 Turnstone, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Black-headed Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 115 Herring Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Razorbill, 1 Black Redstart f by coastwatch. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Nanjizal: 1 Little Bunting and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still. (K Wilson)

Hayle: 1 Green-winged Teal, 1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Spoonbill. Alsoo 3 Goosander on Ryan`s Field (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Cormorant, 8 Canada Goose, 44 Mallard, 21 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Coot, 4 Moorhen, 170 Black-headed Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe. (S Rowe)

Goonhilly Downs: Male Hen Harrier. (S Croft)

Sennen: 2 Canada Goose in field adjacent to cycle path.

Carrick Roads: 3 Velvet Scoter, 6 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe and 4 Great Northern Diver.

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