Sunday 30th April 2017

Late news, 28/4, Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still present. (T Carson)

Late news, 29/4, Trevose Head: 3 Cormorant, 22 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (summer plumage), 54 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 1 male Ring Ouzel, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 29/4, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Fulvous Whistling Duck, 1 juvenile Spoonbill, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Swift, 1 Kingfisher. (B Bosistow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Whimbrel. Main Estuary: 1 Avocet, 2 Greenshank (summer plumage), 3 Dunlin (summer plumage). (R Butts, P St Pierre)

St Gothian Sands: 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, c40 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 6 Swallow, pair of Shelduck, 2 female Wheatear, 3 singing Whitethroat, 2 singing Skylark, 1 female Reed Bunting. (R Butts) 2 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre)

Marazion: 1 Little Tern first seen at 08:23, 84+ Whimbrel, 56+ Turnstone, 18 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 9 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (K Richards, M Halliday, B Dallas) c60 Whimbrel, 5-6 White Wagtail, 1 Swift, 1 drake Garganey, 1 drake Wigeon, 1 pair Teal, 1 pair Gadwall. (R Butts) 14 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover. (S Grose) 1 Redshank and 25+ Whimbrel on the beach, 2 Swift, 2 Gadwall, 1 Little Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck on the marsh. (R Veal)

Little Tern – Mark Halliday

Newlyn Harbour: 1 male Eider with 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Seal. (S Grose)

Sandy Cove, Newlyn: 3 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Mousehole: 418 Auk sp, 7 Common Scoter and 27 Manx Shearwater west 08:00-08:30. (P St Pierre) Balearic Shearwater and Pomarine Skua also reported this morning.

Porthgwarra: Balearic Shearwater and Pomarine Skua past Gwennap Head this morning. Wood Warbler in car park in copse by toilet block.

Land’s End: 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Garden Warbler, small movement of Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin. (K Richards, M Halliday, B Dallas)

Turtle Dove – Mark Halliday

Kenidjack: Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear, Bullfinch, Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Swift. (P St Pierre)

Rame Head: 1 Serin flew over calling at 15:10, 25 Chiffchaff, 18 Blackcap, 2 Great Northern Diver. (AC Robinson)

Gannel Estuary: 11 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Malpas, Truro: regular pair of Siskin bringing 2 chicks to garden feeder. (A Hill)

Downderry: 43 Whimbrel and one Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach before 08:00. Offshore movement included 2 Common Gull, 1 Kittiwake and 17 Common Scoter. (A Payne)

East Looe: 2 m Bullfinch on feeders in private garden. (S Street)

Killigerran, near Portscatho: 23 Common Scoter, 3 Shelduck, 1924 Auk sp, 1 Puffin, 266 Gannet, 29 Manx Shearwater, 24 Fulmar, 2 Cormorant, 21 Shag, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 19 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 1 pale phase adult Arctic Skua, 17 Kittiwake, 1 1st summer Common Gull, 19 Sandwich Tern. (B Bosistow)

Pendower Beach: 6 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 15 Whimbrel. (B Bosistow)

Ruan Lanihorne: 3 pairs Canada Goose with 3, 4 and 5 goslings, 1 Reed Warbler. (B Bosistow)

Camel Estuary: 19 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Plover (1 in summer plumage), 2 Knot (summer plumage), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 58 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling. (B Bosistow)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Barn Owl, 10 Swift. (B Bosistow)


Saturday 29th April 2017

Late news, 28/4, Tremayne Quay, Helford River: 2 Avocet. (M Nattrass)

Late news, 28/4, Bartinney Downs: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 heard-only Cuckoo and 1 Roe Deer. (R Veal)

Late news, 28/4, Downderry: 20 Great Northern Diver. (A Payne)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 2 Little Egret. (J&D Chapman) 1 Little Ringed Plover on Ryan’s Field. (R Wilkins, R Augarde, A McKechnie)

Little Ringed Plover – Richard Augarde

St Gothian Sands LNR: 6 Coot, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 1 2w Iceland Gull and 6 Wheatear. (MJ Spicer)

Praa Sands: 1 Whimbrel. (J&D Chapman)

Marazion Beach: 1 sum plum Knot. (R Wilkins, R Augarde, A McKechnie) 19 Whimbrel. (J&D Chapman) 80 Whimbrel also reported. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Knot – Alex McKechnie

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (J&D Chapman)

Porthgwarra: 08:30-10:00 seawatch: 2 Puffin, 2 Arctic Skua, 10 Sandwich Tern. (R Wilkins, R Augarde)

Land’s End: 2 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 17 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff and the hybrid Hooded Crow. (DK Parker)

hybrid Hooded Crow – Dave Parker

Sennen: 6 Whimbrel on The Green this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Carn Galver: 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler. (R Veal)

Stithians: 4 Whimbrel. (J&D Chapman)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Downderry: 30 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Ringed Plover on beach early this morning. Offshore 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Puffin, 3 Kittiwake, and 1 Great Northern Diver moving west. (A Payne)

Kynance: 1 Tree Pipit. (I Maclean)


Friday 28th April 2017

Late news, 27/4, Rosewall Hill, St Ives: 1 Ring Ouzel, 4 Wheatear, male Sparrowhawk made several attempts to catch Wheatears. (B Dallas)

Late news, 27/4, Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: Morning: 3 Ring Ouzel (adult male, female and a first summer male, dropped in from a considerable height at 09:20), 4 Wheatear, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven. Evening: 5 Ring Ouzel (2 adult male, 2 female and a first summer male on the south west slope, still there at 20:00), 4 Wheatear, male Sparrowhawk. (V Stratton)

Late news, 27/4, St Ives NCI: 3 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Tern. (V Stratton)

Late news, 27/4, Anjue Green Fields: 4 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Late news, 27/4, Marazion Beach: 90+ Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern offshore. (J Hawkey)

Praa Sands: Kentish Plover present again today. (L Proctor, M Southam, A McKechnie) Great Northern Diver also reported.

Kentish Plover – Alex McKechnie

Rinsey/Praa Sands: 8 Whimbrel, 15 Linnet, 4 Kittiwake, 6 Shag, 50+ Sand Martin, 3 m Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 15+ Bottlenose Dolphin, 1 Stoat. (J Evans)

Swanpool: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Rock Pipit, 2 Whimbrel by the beach. (D Chaney)

Dobwalls: Red Kite flying low over private garden, being pursued by Herring Gulls, then flew east towards Liskeard at 10:30. (C&J Duffy)

Porthilly Point: 3 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, 6 Sedge Warbler, 5 Buzzard, 1 Common Redstart, 2 Tawny Owl. Also Linnets, Stonechats, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Whitethroat, 16 Long-tailed Tit. (S Grose)

Bude: 1 Little Egret, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 1 Raven + 4 young, 3 Skylark, 15+ Swallow. (H Wilkins)

Sedge Warbler – H Wilkins

Bartinney Down:  2 Stock Dove, 2 Cuckoo (m+f), 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting. (P Clarke)

Penhale: 7 Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 (f) Wheatear, 2 Skylark, 12+ Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Stoat. Butterflies – single Grizzled Skipper, Orange Tip, Wall Brown & Small White. (JH&K Dalziel)

Cot Valley: sum plum Great Northern Diver off Porth Nanven this morning. (N Wheatley)

Rame Head: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Tawny Owl, Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warbler. (C Buckland)

Torpoint: 44 Dunlin, all in summer plumage, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Little Egret. (C Buckland)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Cattle Egret on Ryan’s Field this evening. (M Bishop) Also Spoonbill, 2 Common Sandpiper. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanquidno/Tregegean: 80+ Whimbrel, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Bar tailed Godwit. (C Moore)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Garganey reported again today.

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Tawny Owl and 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Thursday 27th April 2017

Late news, 26/4, Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Garganey, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Greylag Goose ( good chance it’s a genuine migrant ), 1 Sinensis type Cormorant, 17 Shelduck, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Mistle Thrush, 60 Swallow, 20 House Martin, 100 Sand Martin. (B Bosistow)

Nanquidno: Flock of 56 Whimbrel, 1 Swift. (C&C Moore)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Gadwall, 1 Wheatear, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet , 1 House Martin, Swallow, 7 Whimbrel flew over, Reed and Sedge Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Canada Goose. (R & J Teague) Also drake Garganey still present.

Praa Sands: 1 Kentish Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin and 9 Whimbrel on the beach, plus 5 Shelduck flew west early morning. (M Southam et al.)


Kentish Plover – all photos Dave Parker

Constantine: 2 Cattle Egret flew north at 08:00 (J Chapman)

Falmouth: 1 Swift. (J Chapman)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Ring Ouzel.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Little Ringed Plover at high tide, 1 sum plum Cattle Egret 16:30, 1w Spoonbill, 12 Whimbrel, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Redshank on Ryan’s Field. 1 Knot, 8 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Shag on Carnsew Pool. 1 Fulvous Whistling Duck, 1 drk Wigeon, 3 Teal on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Cattle Egret, Reuben Veal

Goss Moor: 2 Little Bunting still present at Toads Hole at 08:40, also 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Buzzard. (P Ash)

Little Bunting, Paul Ash

Stonechat, Paul Ash

Grasshopper Warbler, Paul Ash

Chacewater: 1 Sparrowhawk above the garden centre. (S Grose)


Wednesday 26th April 2017

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 2 Greylag, 3 Canada Geese, 2 pairs Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 8 Mallard (plus 2 broods of ducklings), 12 Teal, 1 drake Garganey, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Moorhen, 3+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 Swift, c50 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 2 White Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 3 Reed Bunting, 4 Cetti’s Warbler and Reed and Sedge Warblers. (DK Parker, M Spicer)

Marazion: 54 Whimbrel, 4 Oystercatcher, c50 Dunlin, c5 Sanderling, 18 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Knot, 1 Turnstone, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 White Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail and 1 Wheatear on the beach. (DK Parker, S Cox)

Whinchat, Dave Parker

Whimbrel, Dave Parker

Grey Plover, Dave Parker

Penzance: 14 Purple Sandpiper around Battery Rocks beach this morning.

Hayle Estuary: 2 Little Ringed Plover on Ryan’s field. (M Bishop)

Lizard/Old Lizard Head: 1 Common Redstart, 26 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 9 Whitethroat, 8 House Martin, 1 Woodchat Shrike over Helarcher farmyard. (S Grose)

Swanpool:  drake Garganey at the north end this evening, 20 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin. (C Benton, D Chaney, J St Ledger) Also 1 Wheatear by the beach, pair Mallard + 11 ducklings on the sea, swam into the beach, 1 predated by Herring Gull, 1 lost at sea, 8 ducklings and the female shepherded across the beach and onto Swanpool by Homo sapiens, 1 rescued from the sea. (D Chaney)

Garganey, John St Ledger

Roseworthy: 1 Iceland Gull following the plough in fields by the old A30 this afternoon

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 15 Mute swan, 18 Canada goose, 18 Shelduck, 9 Mallard, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 12 Whimbrel, 28 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 250 Herring Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 15 House Martin, 30 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 40 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 3 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch. (M Scawen et al.)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 drake Garganey, 1 Ruff (breeding plumage), 2 Common Sandpiper, 80 Black tailed Godwit, 6 Gadwall, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Swift. (G. Berti, C Travis) 

Chapel Amble (walk to new hide): 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wheatear, 2 Swift, 6 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap. (G. Berti, C Travis)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup still at the north end this afternoon


Weekly Sightings Roundup 17th -23rd April 2017

As per recent weeks it seemed to be a case of being in the right place at the right time for the lucky observers of most of the good county birds again this week. However, it seems as if Spring migration is really in full flow, with a good range of species seen, a few decent falls and good numbers of birds in the balmy spring weather.

The headline birds this week would again be a good selection of scarcities; nothing exceptional and the pick of the bunch probably being a female Red-footed Falcon which was seen briefly on the evening of the 22nd, and again first thing on the morning of the 23rd at Caerthillian on the Lizard, a high flying White Stork over Penzance on the 21st, and probably most accessible of all a smart Subalpine Warbler on Sunday 23rd at Lands End.

A Purple Heron was seen on the 18th mid-county flying north over the A30 near Indian Queens. The Lizard also hosted a Purple Heron from the 19th, generally seen in flight towards Crousa Downs on the east side, along with a Woodchat Shrike still present around the Old Lizard Head area and a Wryneck on the 23rd. Another good passerine rarity on the Lizard was Siberian Chiffchaff with birds reported from two locations near the point on the 18th.

A Red-rumped Swallow was reported from Nanjizal on the 23rd, with one Little Bunting remaining at Goss Moor most of the week at least.

Drake Garganeys graced both Marazion and Walmsley Sanctuary, whilst the Lesser Scaup was again reported from Sibleyback Reservoir – few other waterfowl featured in reports this week.

Cattle Egrets were still scattered around the county, accessible birds reported included a bird at Ryan’s Field again, with up to 5 at Bude, 3 at Maer Lake and 2 at Marazion on one date. The immature Spoonbill was still on the Hayle, although it appears the adult has moved on.

The first Swift of the year was at Polgigga on the 20th, with another (or even same) bird over Marazion Marsh RSPB on the 22nd.

The 18th saw a good fall of migrants at Rame Head with 3 male Pied Flycatchers with 25 Willow Warbler and 20 Wheatear (the same day as the first major fall of the year at Portland Bird Observatory in Dorset some 80 or more miles to the east, where they recorded 23 Pied Flycatchers and 500 Willow Warblers!).

Elsewhere, the first Whinchats of the year were recorded with 4 on territory on Bodmin and a single bird on the lizard on the 22nd, Lesser Whitethroat at Porth Joke on the 19th, with a more unusual Wood Warbler adding itself to the county year list on the 21st at Rame Head.

Good numbers and multiples of the commoner migrants were too many to mention, with a selection including 30+ Wheatear at multiple sites or coastal locations, more Common Redstarts and Tree Pipits.

Notable were a good number of singing Lesser Whitethroat records. Ring Ouzels at a selection of new sites, with 5 at Buttermilk on 2 dates possibly relating to different groups of birds.Turtle Doves were over Marazion on the 20th and Porthgwarra on the 18th. A Yellow Wagtail was at Dodman Head on the 19th.

A Hooded Crow was seen over Lizard Village and the hybrid Hooded Crow (showing some Carrion Crow influence at least) was seen in the far west of the county again. And a calling Lapland Bunting in flight at East Pentire on the 17th.

Seawatching at the Lizard seems to be responsible for half the interesting wader records this week, with 2 Little Stint and 2 Avocet on the 23rd the most notable. The first Wood Sandpiper of the year was at Walmesly on the 21st, with 2 there on the 23rd, a Ruff was at Marazion Beach with 5 Whimbrel on the 19th, and flocks of Whimbrel continued to be encountered, with 45 and 43 respectively at Marazion and Hayle and perhaps being the same flock the highest number encoutered on the 21st . A fall of 27 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin were encountered at Drift on the 21st. The odd Little Ringed Plover reported elsewhere..

A Hobby was seen at Caerthillean on the 17th, another at Wadebridge on the 18th, and potentially 9 Red Kites were seen in the county on the 19th, with 4+1 in the west, with 1 and then 3 later in the day in the Stithians area.

Iceland Gulls remain scattered, with a slight drop in numbers, whilst 76 Black-headed Gulls and 1 Common Gull at Devoran on the 23rd the only gull sighting of note, aside a Yellow-legged Gull from Lizard Point on the 17th and the odd Mediterranean Gull.

Mallard duckling broods can now be seen at many accessible water bodies, with a juv Song Thrush at Carnsew Pool on the 21st

Grass Snake, Adders and Bottlenose Dolphins were all reported, whilst twitter saw the first Clouded Yellows, Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Small Coppers and Dingy Skippers on the 21st, with Wall Butterfly near Falmouth on the 20th. Most of the common butterflies will be on the wing now in small numbers – after a mild winter and presumably a good it remains to be seen how they do this year.

As for the birds, light northerlies are forecast to predominate, so perhaps no major surprises in store this week …


Tuesday 25th April 2017

Late news, 24/4, Buttermilk Hill: 8 Ring Ouzels (4 females , 2 adult males and 2 first summer males), were still on the South side of the Hill last night. 2 Cuckoos, 9 Wheatears. (V Stratton)

Late news, 24/4, Anjue Green Fields: 12 Wheatears. (V Stratton)

Late news, 24/4, Mulfra Hill: 1 Cuckoo. (V Stratton)

Late news, 24/4, Trye Farm: 12 Wheatears, 1 Cuckoo. (V Stratton)

Late news, 24/4, Trewey Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Late news, 24/4, Catchall: 1 juv Iceland Gull following the plough. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 24/4 Whitecross, Newquay: 10 Wheatear all in summer plumage, 1 Yellowhammer calling, 1 Blackcap calling, 1 Whitethroat calling, 2 Pied Wagtail, 35 Sparrow, 4 Swallow, 40 Wood Pigeon, 50 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 6 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Magpie, 2 pr Blackbird with food, 1 pr Robin with food, 1 Sparrowhawk being mobbed by swallows and sparrows. 2 Holly Blue, 2 Small White, 3 Speckled Wood and 3 Orange Tip butterflies.

Kenidjack: 1 Kestrel, 3 Wheatear, 7 Swallow. (B Oakes)

Wheatear, Ben Oakes

Hayle Estuary, Ryans Field RSPB: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank. (P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: male Garganey, House Martin, Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre)

Bartinney Down: 1 female Ring Ouzel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Canada Geese, 2 singing Skylark and c20 Meadow Pipit. (DK Parker)

Victoria: 1 Red Kite over A30 at 18:00. (B Field)

Gannel Estuary: 1 (2nd cal yr) Iceland Gull, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel. (S Rowe) Also 1 Dipper, 2 Sedge Warbler by the river at Trevemper. (S Grose)

Mawgan:  1 adult Song Thrush feeding 2 fledglings (P Bedford)

Maer Lake: 1 Cattle Egret.