Wednesday 31st May 2017

Land’s End: female Quail on track by Swingates at 4.40pm. (M McKee) Also 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Flumm, P StPierre)

Common Quail, Michael McKee

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Whimbrel. 2 Mediterranean Gull, (1st win yellow ring left leg 2X1N). (S Turner)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Hobby hawking for 30+ mins late afternoon. (J Parker)

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 3 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 35 Herring Gull, 17 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 7 Puffin, 13 Wood Pigeon, 5 Skylark, 30 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin, 5 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 25 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 6 House Sparrow, 15 Linnet. (M Scawen et al.)

Downderry: a seawatch before 0730 included 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Sandwich Tern, 6 Kittiwake and 18 Manx Shearwater. (A Payne)

Pendeen: 1 Buzzard, 3+ Raven including 2 juv., 2 Sedge Warbler, + Stonechats including 2 juv., Linnets, Swallows. Also several Painted Ladies, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth, 1 Green Hairstreak,  + Speckled Woods, Small Heaths & Common Blues. (Adam Hartley)

Green Hairstreak, Adam Hartley

Hayle River: 1m Cetti’s Warbler singing underneath railway bridge and 1 Kingfisher. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 young Coal Tit and adults in private garden. (R Veal)

Mylor Bridge, Rosehill: 2 Red Kite. (N&N Moore)

Gwenver: 1 Cuckoo. (N&N Moore)


Tuesday 30th May 2017

Late news, 29/5, Kynance Cove: Red kite spotted just south. (L Pallett)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Temminck’s Stint still on Ryan’s Field. (A Hartley)

Temminck’s Stint, Adam Hartley

Pendeen: 1 Buzzard, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet, 1 Whitethroat. (A Hartley)

Penzance: 1 m Eider. (D Collins)

Charlestown: 1 juv 1 m Blue Tit. (D Hastilow)

Blue Tit fledgling, David Hastilow

Pendower to Porthbean via Treluggan Cliffs: 3 Great Northern Diver, (sum. pl., one calling),1pr Shelduck with 2 ducklings remaining from the 7 that hatched, 2 other pairs Shelduck. Fledgings: Wrens, Blue Tits, Long-tailed Tits. I pr Bullfinches. Linnets. Goldfinches, Stonechat, Kestrel, Buzzard. Common Lizard. (J. Driver).

Shelduck and ducklings, James Driver

Common Lizard, James Driver

Menheniot: 1 Red Kite circling low over grassy field.

Bartinney Downs:Red Kite at 16.40hrs drifting SW into the wind towards St Just Airfield

Butter’s Tor Marsh: 20 Black-headed Gull with 7 occupied nests (D.Eva )

Garrow: 3 pairs of Whinchat, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Hobby, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Spotted Flycatcher (D.Eva)

Goss Moor: Buzzard with a grey squirrel prey in it’s talons. (A Tregunna)

Newquay: 2 Red Kite over boating lake at 3pm. (D Ensor)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 5 Willow Warbler, 2 young Long-tailed Tit, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Cormorant, 3 young Canada Goose. (R Veal)

Cormorant, Reuben Veal

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Barnacle Goose, 1m Reed Bunting, 4+ Coot and 2 Manx Shearwater offshore. (R Veal)

Croft Pascoe: 4+ Spotted Flycatcher. (R Veal)


Monday 29th May 2017

Late news, 28/5, St Gennys: 1 Red Kite and 1 Common Buzzard. (N Bastin)

Red Kite, Nigel Bastin


Buzzard, Nigel Bastin

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 sum plum Temminck’s Stint, early morning on Ryan’s Field (P St Pierre, P Fraser, J Martin), then flew north, later re-found on Copperhouse Creek (S Turner) but later again back on Ryan’s Field. (A McKecknie, B Field, D Parker, M Halliday, R Veal, et al) Lelant Saltings: 1 2cy Little Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Red Kite over. (J St Ledger), also 10 sum plum Dunlin and 8 Ringed Plover, (T Mills) plus 1 Wigeon, 1 drake Gadwall, 1 Whimbrel, 14 Black-headed Gull, 1 1st summer Mediterranean Gull. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)


Temminck’s Stint, Brian Field


Temmick’s Stint, John Martin

Temminck’s Stint, Peter Tongue.

Temminck’s Stint, Tony Mills

Little Gull, John St Ledger

West Godolphin: 13 Raven, a once a year occurrence (numbers vary year on year) that appears to be an extended family introduction to this years young (three). (Steve Yandall)

Windmill Farm NR: 1 m Red-footed Falcon at 15:00, then flew east.

Kynance Road: 1 m Red-footed Falcon flew north towards Grochall at 9pm. (I Maclean)

St Just: 1 Snowy Owl, unconfirmed report in field near Bosavern Farm this morning (for 2nd day)

Godolphin Hill: 4 Red Kite flying west at 14.30. (Steve Yandall)

Crowlas: 2 Red Kite heading East midday. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh: 2 1st summer Hobby hawking, 1 Stonechat young and 3 Chiffchaff young. (R Veal)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Red Kite 13:10. (S Rowe) Northern cut-off hide: 1 Great White Egret, (reported from Southern cut-off in morning). (J St Ledger)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite over Pargolla Road at 3.20. (D Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Charlestown: 1 m Merlin over ( D Hastilow)

Penwithick: 1 Greenfinch , 8 House Sparrow , 2 Siskin , 4 Chaffinch , 3 Goldfinch , 2 Blackbird , 4 Jackdaw , 1 Crow , 2 Pied Wagtail , 8 Starling , 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker . (K.Bowers)

male Siskin, Kevin Bowers

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kevin Bowers

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Barnacle Goose , 1 Greylag Goose , 1 Tufted Duck , 4 Coot. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Barnacle Goose, Bob Bosisto

Goss Moor: 1 Cuckoo , 2 Willow Tit. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Porthcothan: 1 Barn Owl chasing bats?  (S Grose)


Sunday 28th May 2017

Late news, 25/5, Trerice, Newquay: 2 Red Kite at c14:00. (C Ruane)

Late news, 26/5, Trerice, Newquay: 2 Red Kite again at about the same time. (C Ruane)

Late news, 26/5, Goonhilly: 1 Red Kite between here and Mawgan. (M Rampley)

Late news, 27/5, Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 female Shoveler, 1 drake Teal, 1 Lapwing , 2 Dunlin, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Black-headed Gull. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 27/5, Camel Estuary: 16 Shelduck ducklings, 1 Grey Plover, 12 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 27/5, Kynance Downs: 8 Red Kite at 11:00. (M Donovan)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Temminck’s Stint on the high tide this evening. (P St Pierre) Also 2 eclipse drk Gadwall, 1f Wigeon, 1 Moorhen, 3 Oystercatcher young, 2 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel. (R Veal, P St Pierre) At 12:10, 4 Red Kite east, 1 Garden Warbler. (P St Pierre)

Temminck’s Stint – Dave Parker Temminck’s Stint – Dave Parker

Godolphin Hill: 2 Red Kite flying east over Rainbow’s End Nursery at 09:15. (S Yandall)

Malpas, Truro: Black Kite briefly over at 11:45, then flew off east along Tresillian river. (A Hill)

Grumbla: 3 Red Kite 10:40-10:50, Leswidden-Derval Farm area. (D Flumm)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 adult Great White Egret in breeding plumage on the southern cut-off at 11:15, chased by Herons to Stuart Hutchings hide at 12:00, then back on the cut-off 13:00. (W Chegwidden, D Eva, B Bosistow) Also 1 Red Kite, 1 Blackcap, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Swift. (W Chegwidden)

Great White Egret – Bob Bosistow

Trenithon, St Martin: 2 Red Kite. (A Williams)

Sancreed: 3 Red Kite. (D Flumm)

Whipsiderry: 1 Corn Bunting, 1 Whitethroat, 5 Raven, 2 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Blackcap fledglings, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)


Saturday 27th May 2017

Late news, 26/5, Loe Pool: Great White Egret at Degibna in the morning at least. (D Hill)

Late news, 26/5, Polgigga: 70+Red Kite heading inland. (K Wilson)

Late news, 26/5, Curgurrell Farm, Gerrans Bay: 3 Red Kite in the morning. (S Gay)

Late news, 26/5, Goonhilly Downs: 1 Red Kite at 07:00. (P.Bedford)

Late news, 26/5, Coverack: 1 or possibly 2 Red Kite over at around 13:00. (P. Bedford)

Late news, 26/5, Mawgan: 7 Red Kite over at 16:30. (P. Bedford)

Late news, 26/05, Trenithon, St Martin: 6 Red Kite. (A Williams)

Late news, 26/05, RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise, Penzance Harbour: 1m Eider plus 6 Red Kite from boat over town. (M Elliott, MJ Spicer)

Late news, 26/05, RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 5 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, c30 Guillemot, 8 Kittiwake, 5 Whimbrel, 1 Swallow and 3 Ocean Sunfish. (M Elliott, MJ Spicer)

Late news, 26/05, RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise, Wolf Rock to Penzance: c160 Manx Shearwater, 50 Guillemot, 9 Puffin, 5 Razorbill and 2 Basking Shark. (M Elliott, M Spicer)

Kenidjack: 1 Hobby hunting at bottom of valley chased after and successfully caught an insect (dragonfly?) which it then consumed on the wing. (D Flumm).

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 13 Sanderling, 3 Purple Sandpiper, several Turnstone, 1-2 Dunlin. (K Noble)

Purple Sandpiper and Sanderling – Ken Noble

Clapper Marshes: 1+ Cattle Egret dropped in at c11:10. (P St Pierre)

Loe Pool: 1 Great White Egret still present in the far north east corner to 18:30 at least. Park at Degibna Chapel car park and walk west down the hill and turn right at the shoreline to view through the trees and reeds. (M Pass, I Maclean et al.)

Great White Egret – Dave Parker Great White Egret – Dave Parker

Lizard Point: 2 Puffin, 1 Great Skua. (I Maclean)

Porthleven: 3 Red Kite c15:00. (I Maclean)

Gulval: 1 Red Kite east at 14:45. (G Spicer)

St Erth: 1 Red Kite east at 18:15. (G Spicer)

Sancreed: up to 6 Red Kite viewable today at any one time. (D Flumm)

Lostwithiel to St Blazey: 5 Red Kite at 11:30. (A Betts)

Holywell: 1 Red Kite over at 11:35. (S Rowe)

Higher Tregerthan, nr St Ives: 1 Red Kite. (S Enright)

Marazion: 6 Sanderling (summer plumage), 3 Dunlin. (S Enright)

Hayle: 1 Turtle Dove behind the Old Quay House. (S Enright) 5 Red Kite flew NE in the morning. (K Noble)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 eclipse drk Gadwall, 1f Wigeon, 10 Curlew, 11 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plover, 19 Oystercatcher (including 3 young). (R Veal)

St Gothian Sands: 1 hybrid Hooded x Carrion Crow, 4 Coot, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Little Grebe and 1 Canada Goose, 3 Linnet, 1 Pied Wagtail young. (R Veal)

Crows-an-Wra: 1 Red Kite at 15:15. (P Taylor)

St Levan: 2 Red Kite over the church. (S Grose)

Penhale Point: 1 Red Kite at 18:20. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Tawny Owl, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch 1 male Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Mylor Bridge: 2 Red Kite present for much of the day around Rosehill Farm. (N Moore)

nr Bodmin: 1 Red Kite. (K Noble)


Friday 26th May 2017

Late news, 22/5, Newlyn East Downs: 1 Cuckoo. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 25/5, St Austell: 2 Red Kite over Daniels Lane. (B Bosistow)

Late news, 25/5, Morvah to Madron road: 1 Red Kite. (D Monk)

Late news, 25/5, Chyrase, Millpool: 2 Red Kite over. (J Laity)

Late news, 25/5, Connor Downs: 34 Red Kite over 12:45-14:30. Plus adult Hobby. (P Freestone)

Late news, 25/5, Carleen: 8 Red Kite over going towards Helston c17:00. (M Steer)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Marsh Harrier hunting, Shelduck with 3 young, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Reed Warbler, 8 Sedge Warbler, 7 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Red-legged Partridge. (A Piper)

Marsh Harrier – Alex Piper

Nanjizal: 1 Melodious Warbler this morning. (K Wilson)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 4 Purple Sandpiper on evening high tide. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

Lower Predannack: 1 Hobby (over). (J St Ledger)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Red Kite (over), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Stonechat (2 adults feeding 2 young), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cuckoo. (J St Ledger)

Red Kite – John St Ledger

Mullion Cove: 2 Red Kite flew over at 10:00 heading south. (J Allely) 2 Red Kite at 15:00. (D Wright)

Tresillian: Red Kite over at 10:35 being harassed by Herring Gull. (A Nicholson)

St Gennys: this morning from 10am single Red Kites drifting through hamlet working the valley, looking for food, mostly heading towards Bude (east), some birds turning back west inland. (N Bastin)

Porthleven: 1 Red Kite circling over at 11:00. (I Parsons) 3 Red Kite (15:00-16:00). (I Maclean)

Pendower: 2 Red Kite. (J Driver)

Red Kites – James Driver

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 2 Red Kite low over field of cut grass at 11:00. (B Toms)

Praa: 24 Red Kite from Rosudgeon over Praa 10:10 to 10:40. (R. Teague)

Minack Theatre: 12+ Red Kite all morning. (R Hosken)

Sancreed: Red Kites all day but moving in all directions so impossible to estimate how many birds involved. Up to 12 at any one time. (D Flumm)

Red Kite – Dave Flumm

Leswidden, St Just: 4 Red Kite. (D Flumm)

St Just: 5 Red Kite. (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 4 Red Kite. Also 1 Red-veined Darter dragonfly, several Painted Lady and Red Admiral butterflies & 3 Silver-y moths. (D Flumm)

Falmouth: up to 20 Red Kite spotted from Falmouth golf club, moving east along the coastline. (B Norris)

Newquay: 2 Red Kite over Pargolla Road 11:45, 5 at 14.45, 7 drifted over the Treloggan area at 16:50. (D Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Red Kite E at 16:00, 2 E at 16:30. (S Rowe)

St Buryan: 4 Red Kite over west 08:30-08:50; 2 more present at 17:00. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

Land’s End Airport: 1 Red Kite at 15:35. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

Wherrytown, Penzance: 3 Red Kite east 15:35. (D Flumm)

Gulval, Penzance: 1 Red Kite east 16:00. (D Flumm)

Alverton, Penzance: 2 Red Kite east 16:20.(D Flumm)

Lostwithiel: 1 Red Kite at 09:00 high up and slowly drifting south. (E Mayhew)

West Taphouse: 2 Red Kite at 17:00. (E Mayhew)

Kemyel Crease: 1 Red Kite at 11:30. (M McKee)

Lamorna: 5 Red Kite at 11:50 and 5 at 17:45. (M McKee)

Windmill Farm: 15 Red Kite at 10:45. 1 Cuckoo. 3 Red Veined Darters in the afternoon. (D Wright)

Porkellis: 1 Red Kite at 16:30. (D Wright)

St Austell: 4 Red Kite over Daniels Lane. (B Bosistow)

Constantine: 11 Red Kite over towards Lizard. (J & D Chapman)

St Ives: 3 Red Kite. (J & D Chapman)

St Ives to Helston: 5 Red Kite. (J & D Chapman)

Culdrose: 1 Red Kite. (J & D Chapman)

Lizard Downs: 50 Red Kite (11:00-12:30). (I Maclean)

Penryn: 3 Red Kite SW at 07:55. (C Benton) 7 Red Kite over at 12:00. (A Lamerton) 7 Red Kite 13:00-14:00. (I Maclean)

Helston: 4 Red Kite (3 at 10:30, 1 at 14:30)

Millbrook: 3 Red Kite over at 11:45 drifting west. (B Taggart)

Camborne: 1 Red Kite E at 08:55. (C Benton)

Threemilestone: 2 Red Kite at 12:20. (C Benton)


Thursday 25th May 2017

Late news, 24/5, Bosigran: 2 Cuckoo, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Barn Owl. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

Porthgwarra: 9 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Skewjack Farm: 2cy Iceland Gull with 143 Herring Gull in field south of the B3315. (DK Parker)

Polgigga: 57 Red Kite over Polgigga between 1330-1610hrs, Juv Iceland Gull at Higher Bosistow(M Wallace)

St Levan: 5+ Red Kite mobbed by Rooks  (R Oats)

Penberth: 12+ Red Kite flying over house overlooking Penberth Valley. (R Oats)

St Buryan: 8 Red Kite together just outside St Buryan mid afternoon. (C Barnett)

Nanquidno: 1 Stock Dove, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 50 Red Kite west 13:00 – 16.30 as follows: 13 (13:00-14:00), 17 (14:00-15:00) and 20 (16:00-16:30). I was absent between 15:00-16:00 so presumably missed more. At 16:30 about six birds returned from the west and lingered over fields to east of the village so I stopped counting thereafter to avoid duplication. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Female Wigeon, Ruff and 1s Little Gull. (S Turner, L Proctor) 2 Red Kite over Copperhouse Creek at 12:45. (C Benton)

Drift Reservoir: 3 Red Kite. (I Webster)

Penzance: 1 Red Kite circling over town centre at 14:25. (T Mills, C Benton) 1 west 15:20 and 3 west 15:30 to the north of Sainsburys. (D Fumm)

Ludgvan: 9 Red Kite over east early evening. (R Menari)

Crowlas: 2 Black Kite with 12 Red Kite flying low over ploughed field 16:10-16:20 then flew high SE/E. (R Veal)

Prussia Cove: 2 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard. (B Oakes)

St Erth: 7 Red Kite SW between 15:10 and 16:40. (M Spicer)

Connor Downs: 9+ Red Kite. (P Freestone)

Camborne: 8 Red Kite visible at 15:20. All low and drifting slowly W. (C Benton)

Kehelland, Camborne: 25 Red Kites south-west 14:00-16:45. (A Flumm)

Lanner: 1 Red Kite soaring over heading towards Stithians mid-afternoon. (B Garnett)

Carnmenellis: 2 Red Kite flew SW at 17:45. (C Benton)

Carnkie: 1 Red Kite. (W Fullman)

Shortlanesend: 1 Red Kite at15.45.(P Skillicorn)

Godolphin: 3 Red Kite over at 15:00. (A Buckley)

Godolphin Cross: 3 Red Kite 17.10 going west, c20 crossing over Godolphin Cross in the last hour and a half to 18.30. Seem to going south east generally. (C Richards)

St Agnes: 1 Red Kite flew over 14:50. (V Skilton) 4 Red Kite at 15:00. (M Grantham)

Perranporth: 1 Red Kite between Perran Sands and Goonhavern low over fields at 14:00.  (C Jewels) 2 Red Kite 2 flew west at 14:25. (T Wilson)

Callestick: Red Kite over Callestick Farm at 16:15. (T Wilson)

Mawgan Porth: 2 Red Kite. (P Roseveare) 1 at 12:01. (S Harper)

Red Kite – Sheila Harper

Porth: 1 Red Kite at 12:25.

Gulval: 2 Red Kite over east at 14:25. (P St Pierre)

St Merryn: 2 Red Kite heading west at 10:35. (P Taylor)

Park Head: 3 Red Kite at 13:53 (P Taylor)

Winnards Perch: 3 Red Kite 18:15. (S Grose)

Newquay: 2 Red Kite over St Michael’s Church at 10:50. (S Grose) 4 Red Kite over Tretherras School/Edgecumbe Avenue at 12:55. (S Rowe, S Grose) 1 Red Kite over A3075 West of Trevemper roundabout at 12:30. (C Yates) 4 Red Kite west over Gannel Estuary between 15:35 and 15:40. (S Rowe)

Wadebridge: 8+ Red Kite over Coronation Park at 09:45

Padstow: 1 Red Kite over field near the Memorial, between 11:30 and 12:00 .(Gill Love)

Bude: 1 Red Kite being mobbed by a crow (H Wilkins)

St Gennys: 1 Red Kite at 11:00 and again at 14:00. (N Bastin)

Red Kite – Nigel Bastin

Swanvale (Swanpool end), Falmouth: 1 Red Kite. (P Ensom)

Falmouth: 2 Red Kite over Rosehill, Mylor Bridge, 17:00 and again at 18:30. (N and N Moore)