Thursday 30th November 2017

Polgigga: A late Red-breasted Flycatcher in Bosistow Lane by the horse paddocks, appeared to be moving towards the farm. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Small Canada Goose still present. (L Proctor)

Canada Goose, Linton Proctor

Canada Goose, Linton Proctor

Canada Goose, Linton Proctor

Falmouth: Fem/1cy Black Redstart still at Stratton Terrace.

Stithians Southern cut-off hide:  6 Bullfinch,  2 Reed Bunting,  2 Goldcrest,  7 Goldfinch,  4 Greenfinch,  1 Wren,  1 Water Rail. (A James, B Sharples)

Water Rail – Alan James

Water Rail – Alan James

Water Rail, Bob Sharples

Goldcrest, Bob Sharples

Goldfinch, Bob Sharples

House Sparrow, Bob Sharples

Loe Pool, Carmelloe: 1 m Pochard, 1 Firecrest, 2 Jay and family of Long-tailed Tit. (A Witheywood)

Constantine: 10 Little Egret feeding amongst cattle in fields around Trengilly Farm; 30 Redwing; flock of 16 Stock Dove. (D Collins)

St Erth, Tredrea Lane: 2 Cattle Egret, 9 Little Egret in field with cattle @ 3.30pm (high tide) (J Hawkey)

Dobwalls: 1 Firecrest in private garden (C&J Duffy)

Long Rock: 1 ad Pacific Diver with 1 Great Northern Diver late afternoon (P St Pierre)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 female Peregrine Falcon, 2 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Downderry: 1 Black Redstart and 1 Water Pipit on beach this afternoon. (A Payne)

Townshend: 1 m Hawfinch.


Wednesday 29th November 2017

Late news, 28/11, Lanner: 3 Woodcock and 1 Long-eared Owl (given away by deeply unhappy Blackbirds). (R Hampshire)

Late news, 28/11, Golant: 1 Hawfinch in private garden. (per P Roseveare)

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Ring-necked Duck and 1 m Lesser Scaup still.

Newlyn: Slavonian Grebe off Sandy Cove for its fourth day. (L Proctor) Also 1 m Black Redstart. (A McKechnie)

Slavonian Grebe, Alex Mckechnie.

Black Redstart, Alex Mckechnie.

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret, Stuart Hutchings hide, 1 pr Bullfinch. (G Adams, B Sharples, A James)

Great White Egret, Bob Sharples

Great White Egret, Alan James

Great White Egret, Alan James

Bullfinch, Bob Sharples

Bullfinch, Bob Sharples

Drift Reservoir (members only): Small Canada Goose ssp of unknown origin (viewable from public car park), 1 white Mandarin, 3 Wigeon, 36 Mallard, 20 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 1 Snipe and 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (DK Parker)

Canada Geese, Dave Parker

Canada Geese, Dave Parker

Black-tailed Godwit, Dave Parker

Cape Cornwall: 1 Long-tailed Duck flew past with 3 Common Scoter at 09:44. (N Wheatley)

Kingsmill: 1 Glossy Ibis and 2 Cattle Egret still in field opposite 2nd hide at 12:30. (R Treeby)

Lizard Point: 1 Grey Phalarope feeding on the sea but distant. (T Blunden)

Lanhydrock:  4+ Brambling with Chaffinches along the driveway. (J Rance)

Tredrizzisk: 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Woodcock, 12 Fieldfare, 1 Sparrowhawk hunting large flock of starlings. (S Grose)

St John’s Lake: 1 Gt. Northern Diver and 10 Great Crested Grebe. (R Smaldon)

Penryn: 1 vocal Hawfinch flew over the ESI on University of Exeter Cornwall Campus at c.15:45. (L Langley)

Polmorla: 1 female Brambling and 1 Marsh Tit. (C Selway)


Tuesday 28th November 2017

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad drake Lesser Scaup, 1 ad drake Ring-necked Duck still

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis still distantly in field opposite 2nd hide, 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Spotted Redshank by saltmarsh.

Falmouth: 1 Black Redstart in gardens by Stratton Terrace. (L Langley)

Jupiter Point: 3 Spoonbill roosting on Beggar’s (Rat) Island (River Lynher) this afternoon (M Beer)

Constantine: 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Grey Heron in field next to road at Trengilly Farm 13:15. (W Chegwidden)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull and 4 Mediterranean Gull. (J Jones – photos)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 7 Teal, 12 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 6 Little Grebe, 15 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret and 5 Grey Heron. (DK Parker)

Marazion: c30 Common Scoter and 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 11 Purple Sandpiper, 21 Ringed Plover and 49 Turnstone by Jubilee Pool and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (DK Parker)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Guillemot. (J Bowen – photos)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Yellow-legged Gull (1 ad, 1 3rd w, 1 2nd w and 1 1st w). (M Halliday)

Adult Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

3w Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

2w Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

2w Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Crugmeer: 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 5 Black-tailed Godwit. (S Rowe)


Monday 27th November 2017

Late news, 25/11, Longdowns: 1 Hawfinch in a private garden. (S Howe)

Newlyn: Slavonian Grebe off Sandy Cove again 08:30. (L Proctor)

Charlestown: 1 m Sparrowhawk in garden eating a House Sparrow. ( D Hastilow)

Sparrowhawk – David Hastilow

Millbrook: 1 Firecrest, 1 Grey Wagtail in a private garden this morning. (B Taggart)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin, 36 Wigeon, 1 Common Gull, 4 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis in field opposite 2nd hide, also 2 Cattle Egret.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Common Gull and 1 juv Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings. (MJ Spicer)

St Erth: 7 Little Egret. (MJ Spicer)

Creegbrawse,Chacewater:  5 Bullfinch, 11 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Chaffinch on feeder.
1 Firecrest in shrubs. (B Toms)

Towan Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Common Gull, 1 Kittiwake. (S Grose)

Newquay Harbour: 1 Great Black-backed Gull with green plastic ring on right leg with L91, 1 Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 187 Teal, 3 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Redpoll. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Colliford Lake: 2 Goosander, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Yellow-legged Gull ( 1ad , 1 2nd winter , 1 1st winter ), 194 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Dozmary Pool: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck1 drake Lesser Scaup1 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Newquay, Pargolla Road: 1 Short-eared Owl being mobbed by gulls, and in trees near Jewson… 1 Firecrest 1 male Bullfinch. (D Grose)

Mousehole: 3 Firecrest very vocal and in the small garden by the road. (S Turner)

Penzance: 1 m Eider in harbour at 4.15.  (S Turner)

Poltesco: 2 Firecrest, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 20 Redwing. (D Collins)

Helston Boating Lake: 15 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall. (D Collins)


Sunday 26th November 2017

Late news, 25/11, Newlyn: 1 male Black Redstart on the beach rocks at Sandy Cove and 17 Common Scoter offshore. Also earlier in the week 2+ Water Rail, 2 Firecrest, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Bullfinch. (L Proctor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Yellow-legged Gull and a Brent Goose on the rising tide early morning off the Old Quay House. Also juv Glaucous Gull at c09:30. (M Halliday) American Golden Plover again from the causeway at 13:30. (DK Parker, T Wilson, S Rogers) 500+ Golden Plover, 2 Greenshank, 8 Med Gull and 60 Dunlin. (T Wilson) 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull on Lelant Saltings. 1 sub-ad Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. 1 redhead Red-breasted Merganser on Carnsew Pool. (R Veal)

American Golden Plover – Steve Rogers

American Golden Plover – Tony Wilson

Glaucous Gull – Mark Halliday

Glaucous Gull – Mark Halliday

St Erth: 1 Cattle Egret until 10:05 from Treloweth Lane then flew toward Hayle. (R Veal)

Dozmary Pool: Returning Lesser Scaup back again and drake Ring-necked Duck still.

Porthpean: 12 Common Scoter, 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Great Northern Diver. (B Toms, M Curtis, R Veal, R Augarde)

Loe Beach: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 16 Black-necked Grebe and 2 Red-breasted Merganser. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Newlyn: Slavonian Grebe off Sandy Cove. NB Pedestrian access only, cars are barred by a gate. (L Proctor, B Dodd)

Slavonian Grebe – Linton Proctor Slavonian Grebe – Linton Proctor

Stithians Reservoir: 1 immature male Scaup, 1 drake Shoveler, 4 Goldeneye, 8 Wigeon, 7 Tufted Duck. (D Eva)

Cardinham Woods: 20 Siskin. (S Grose)

Zennor, (Foage): 2 Woodcock, 1 Yellowhammer f, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Redwing, 1 Firecrest, 2 Raven. (J Evans)

Trevail: 4 Bullfinch, 2 Goldcrest. (J Evans)

Wicca Pool: 2 Chough, 12 Fulmar, 2 Stonechat. (J Evans)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1m Black Redstart, 1 Stonechat. (D Chaney)

Carrick Roads: 6 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Red-throated Diver (nr St Anthony’s Head), 2 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 12 Turnstone, 140+ Mediterranean Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 300+ Herring Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull. (D Chaney) Turnaware Point: 11 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Swallow, 2 Brambling, 1 Cirl Bunting. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Mylor Churchtown: 5 Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 40+ Redwing in the churchyard area, 1f Merlin through fields between Mylor Churchtown and Penryn. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 15+ Curlew, 20+ Redshank, 3 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher mid-tide. (D Chaney)

Helston to Loe Bar via Penrose: 3 Goldcrest, large flock of Redwing but mobile, 5 Jays, 20 Pochard, Great Crested Grebe,1 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, numerous Wrens, Blackbirds & Robins. Also several Song Thrush. (D King)

Porthallow: Great Northern Diver just offshore. Several other diver species distant but unable to identify from coast path just north of village. (D King)

Coverack: Iceland Gull still around harbour. (D King)

Glendurgan: 1 Buzzard and 1 Tawny Owl. (J Irvine)

Landulph: Glossy Ibis still in field beyond saltmarsh this afternoon tho distant, viewed from China Fleet Club nature trail. (M Northey, M Beer)

Penzance: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 f Blackcap in private garden. (R Phillips)

Caerhays Estate: 57 Red-legged Partridge. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Hemmick Beach: 1 Black Redstart, 25 Rock Pipit (including 2 showing characteristics of littoralis), 1 Grey Wagtail. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

probable Scandinavian Rock Pipit – Bob Bosisto

Veryan Bay: 8 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Pendower Beach: 3 Common Scoter, 9 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Pacific Diver. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare) 1 Slavonian Grebe, 10+ Great Northern Diver. (R Veal)

Callestick: Woodcock flew through garden + Chiffchaff. 4 Teal on private pond. (T Wilson)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Yellowhammer, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Bullfinch, 100+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Snipe, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Fieldfare. (S Grose)

Marazion: 6 Great Northern Diver, 40+ Common Scoter. (R Veal)

West Pentire, Newquay: 2 Brambling, c70 Chaffinch, c70 Linnet, 8 Meadow Pipit. (S Rowe)

Trelow Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl. (S Grose)


Saturday 25th November 2017

Late news, 24/11, Torpoint: 1 Sandwich Tern, 4 Great Northern Diver and 10 Brent Geese at St John’s Lake. (A Pearson)

Late news, 24/11, Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest, plus a probable Siberian Chiffchaff at Swanvale NR. (T Phelps)

Late news, 24/11, Boscastle: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Blackcap (male), 6 Long-tailed Tit in private garden. (P Tillsley)

Chiffchaff – Paul Tillsley

Carharrack: 3 Bullfinch (1f 2m), 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 15 Starling, 1 Woodpigeon, 10 House Sparrow on feeders in a private garden behind allotments at 09:00. Also 40 Fieldfare flying over plus 1 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest in hedgerow. (W Chegwidden)

Trevilley Farm: Dusky Warbler still west of the track just north of the farm buildings.

Dozmary Pool: Drake Ring-necked Duck still.

St Erth: 2 Cattle Egret still off Tredrea Lane.

Porthpean: 3 Great Northern Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, 12 Common Scoter and 2 Surf Scoter. (J Cole)

Crowlas: 1 Brambling briefly in private garden. (R Veal)

St Buryan: 203 Golden Plover at Rectory Lane by the s-bend just south of the village, present for a week. Also 1 Merlin. (E & M Bishop)

Falmouth: 2 Black Redstart on rocks near to Pendennis Castle. (S Williams)

Black Redstart – Stephen Williams

Stithians Reservoir: A big increase in birds visiting the feeders with 8 Bullfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 10+ Goldfinch, 5 Coal Tit, 4 Blackbird (3 female and 1 male) and 4 Moorhen. Also 3 Snipe just in front of hide, 5 Long-tailed Tit and 2 Reed Bunting plus lots of Chaffinch, Dunnock and Kingfisher plus Robins,Wrens, Goldcrests, Wigeon, Mallards and Herons. (S Williams) 1 1w drake Scaup, 6 Tufted Duck from Stuart Hutchings Hide, 20 Redwing, 30 Fieldfare, 1 Peregrine over, c110 Lapwing, 1 Curlew. (D Chaney, K Gormley)

Bullfinch – Stephen Williams

Moorhen – Stephen Williams

Snipe – Hilary Mayes

Porth Reservoir: 4 Common Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Tufted Duck, 12 Coot , 1 Water Rail, 2 Jay, 1 fem Sparrowhawk, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Looe, St. Martin’s: Brambling (1st of season), Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Robin, Pheasant, Magpie. (P Sharp)

Towan Head, Newquay: 2 Chough at 09:00, 1 with colour rings, 1 black & white 1 red. (M Lammas)

Lanydrock: 5+ Brambling still in woods behind ticket office. (J Rance)

Trebah Gardens, Helford: 7 (4m, 3f) Bullfinch. (J Irvine)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill still. (S Measham)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 Cormorant, 7 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Wigeon, 150+ Canada Goose, 15 Mallard, 7 Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch, 6 Blue Tit, 6 Long-Tailed Tit, 1 Pheasant, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Buzzard, 15 Curlew. (K Bowers)

Long-tailed Tit – Kevin Bowers

Curlew – Kevin Bowers

Cormorant – Kevin Bowers

Boscastle: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Blackcap (both male) in private garden. (P Tillsley)

Godrevy: 1 Pheasant just past Hell’s Mouth. (V Skilton)

Pheasant – Vic Skilton

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Grey Partridge, 6 Snipe. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit still present. (S Rowe)

Rough Tor: male Hen Harrier this evening, also Peregrine chasing the Starling murmuration. (B Bosisto)


Friday 24th November 2017

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull still present. (P. Bedford)

Newquay, Towan Head: 5 Purple Sandpiper behind Headland Hotel and Grey Plover S of Towan still. (M Lammas)

Lanhydrock: 20+ Brambling in one flock, viewed feeding with chaffinches along the treeline in the field from the gate at SX 088641. (J Rance) 50+ Brambling in 2 groups, 50+ Chaffinch, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Nuthatch in the afternoon. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, J Rance)

Siblyback Lake: 2 Hawfinch and female Scaup. (DI Julian)

Dozmary Pool: Male Ring-necked Duck plus a female Scaup, 3 Shoveler and 2 Goldeneye. (DI Julian) Also 8 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 16 Lapwing, 2 Mallard, 61 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Pied Wagtail, 50 Starling, 3 Teal, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Colliford Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver, plus adult Caspian Gull and Yellow-legged Gull at Colliford Dam this afternoon. (DI Julian)

Ninestones: 4 Goldcrest, 1 Woodcock, 1 Willow Tit, 3+ Coal Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Buzzard. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Golitha Falls: 1 Marsh Tit, 10 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch in the car park. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Maer Lake: 300+ Golden Plover, c. 80 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 2 Dunlin, 18 Teal, 5 Moorhen, 32 Herring Gull, 56 Canada Geese, c.200 Starling. (H Kendall)

Porthgwarra: A late Ring Ouzel by 60ft plus Black Redstart, 2 Woodcock & Painted lady. (MD Wallace)

Polgigga: Siberian Chiffchaff along Bosistow Lane. (MD Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill on the estuary this morning. (M Halliday – photo)

Porthcurno: Red Kite over at c13:00 also 4 Chiffchaff. (R Archer)

St Levan: 2 Chiffchaff. (R Archer)

Trevilley Farm: Dusky Warbler still also 1 Firecrest. (R Archer)

College Reservoir: 49 Tufted Duck, 17 Pochard, 1 Gadwall and 1 Firecrest. (B Bosisto)

Argal Reservoir: 1 Great Crested Grebe. (B Bosisto)

Loe Pool: 19 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 19 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Redshank, 450 Golden Plover, 5 Common Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Firecrest and 1 Green Woodpecker. (B Bosisto)

Helston Boating Lake: 15 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall and 39 Tufted Duck. (B Bosisto)

Stithians Reservoir: 34 Little Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Goldeneye (female), 3 Tufted Duck, 1 1w drake Greater Scaup, 1 Little Egret and 1 Firecrest. (B Bosisto)

Penzance: Drake Eider in the harbour. (T Lovelock) The same or another off Chyandour, and 3 Great Northern Diver. (D King)

Longrock: 4 Great Northern Diver, (with a group too distant to id) and 30+ Common Scoter. (P St Pierre)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 2 Pied Wagtail, 93 Canada Goose, 5 Snipe, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Wren. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 11 (7m 4f) Goosander, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 43 Coot, 18 Moorhen, 21 Mallard, c50 Black-headed Gull 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Willow Tit and 1 Marsh Tit. (R Mudge)

St Erth: 1 Cattle Egret in Treloweth Lane, 2 Little Egret, 8 Curlew and 1 Tawny Owl. (MJ Spicer)