Blackcaps January 2018

23rd Jan, Mary Atkinson reports: Male blackcap feeding on fat balls in our garden 15th Jan, Callingtlon PL17 7HL

18th Jan: Lostwithiel private garden, 1x female blackcap on suet feeder again. E Mayhew.

17th Jan: female blackcap feeding on suet block and fat balls but chased off fat balls by female house sparrow on 27th Dec. Regards E Mayhew.

10th Jan: Charlestown 2 ( m + f ) Blackcaps still ( D Hastilow)

Blackcap – D Hastilow



Thursday 25th January 2018

Late news, 24/01, Mawgan: 1 Firecrest along Lower Lane (P. Bedford)

Late news, 24/1, Camel estuary: 1 Whimbrel near Old Town Cove this evening, also 2650 Black-headed Gull roosted off Padstow as did 192 Common Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary: 42 Cattle Egret and 65 Little Egret left the roost on the Camel Estuary this morning. (D Julian)

Newlyn: 2 Glaucous Gull (ad, 2cy) and 2 Iceland Gull (ad, 2cy) (T Phelps)

Newquay: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Pool. (T Mills)

St Clement: 7 Cattle Egret with Little Egret in cow field beside road, Menadews Farm. (J Rowe, T Mills)

Coverack: 1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull (P. Bedford)

Rumps Point: White-billed Diver and Ring-billed Gull reported. (C Selway)

Pendeen: a wholly unconfirmed report of Audouin’s Gull between here and Boat Cove, also 1 Glaucous Gull. Plus, separately, 1w Iceland Gull below lighthouse 3.30-3.50. (P Clement)

Cardinham Woods: 2 Marsh Tit, 8 Siskin (on feeders) (B. Toms)

Carbis Bay: 2 Red-throated Diver early morning 09:00 – 10:00. (L Carr)

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver just off old Pier at 12:00. (GE and LA Carr) Also 300+ Gannet feeding/diving on fish school in the bay and 100+ Kittiwakes off shore. (GE and LA Carr)

St Gothian Sands LNR: male Scaup still and 3 ad Mediterranean Gulls (T Pinfield) Also report of 4 Glaucous Gull, (adult, 2w and 2 juv).

Scaup, Tim Pinfield

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver and 28 Great Northern Diver.

Hannafore: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 22 Turnstone. (G Berti, C Travis)

Downderry: 4 Red-throated Diver. (G Berti, C Travis)

Millbrook Lake: 1 Egyptian Goose. (G Berti, C Travis)

St. Johns Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 dark-bellied Brent Geese. (G Berti, C Travis)

Cangapool (wilcove): 1 Green-winged Teal (drake), 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Mute Swan. (G Berti, C Travis)

Wacker Quay: 97 Avocet, 2 Spoonbill, 43 Grey Plover, 120 Dunlin, 200+ Shelduck, 6 Great Crested Grebe. (G Berti, C Travis)

Trevone/Padstow: 1 Short-eared Owl (near turn for Padstow farm shop at 5.15pm). (G Berti, C Travis)

Camel Estuary, Burniere Hide: 1,500 + Golden Plover, 1,000 + Lapwing, 500+ Black-tailed Godwit, 300+ Dulin, 300+ Curlew, 35 Mute Swan, 46 Shelduck and 500+ Starling. (D Thomas)

Walmsley Sanctuary, Tower Hide: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 6 Pintail, 50 Teal, 30 Mallard, 1.500+ Golden Plover, 900 + Lapwing, 400+ Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Dunlin, 300+ Curlew, 6 Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck, 500+ Starling, 2 Stonechat, 4 Dunnock, On the feeders: 6 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 6 Great Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 2 Coal tit and 2 Otter feeding on the bank. (D Thomas)

Stithians Reservoir: 8 (7f 1m) Goldeneye, 28 Tufted Duck, 3 (2m 1f) Scaup (N of dam), 10 Little Grebe, 9 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper (Golden Lion cut-off), 150 Lapwing, 50 Canada Goose, 22 Wigeon, 17 Mallard, 50 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting. (D Chaney)

Pendower Bay: 1 Pacific Diver close in shore this afternoon. (R Wilkins, M Jones)


Wednesday 24th January 2018

Late news, 23/1, Zennor, Foage Valley: a single flock of 450 Redwing, 75 Fieldfare. (V Stratton)

Torpoint: 1 Sparrowhawk (with sparrow prey) and 1 female type Black Redstart in a private wharfside garden. (R Napp)

Egloshayle: Still 3 Hawfinch in the cemetery. (A Langdon)

St Clement: 13 Little Egret and 3 Cattle Egret at 10:45 in the last field on left before the 30 mph sign. (J Lander)

Porth Reservoir: Male Goldeneye, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck, 13 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Clapper Marsh: Female Brambling and Lesser Redpoll still. (DI Julian)

Cape Cornwall: Manx Shearwater and 2 Great Skua. (N Wheatley)

Newquay: 1w Ring-billed Gull still at Trenance boating lake. (S Grimwade)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 32 Black-throated Diver.

Pendeen Watch 11:00 – 13:00: 1 imm (dark) Pomarine Skua W then E, 12 Purple Sandpiper. Also 2 Red-throated Divers on sea. (P Clement)

Camel Trail Wildlife Walk: 35 Mute Swan, 60 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 80 Oystercatcher, 18 Ringed Plover, 32 Grey Plover, 2000 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 150 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 60 Curlew, 8 Snipe, 250 Black-headed gull, 75 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 65 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake , 7 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 3 Redwing, 9 Blackbird, 7 Song Thrush, 2 Firecrest , 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven , 35 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch (M Scawen et al.)

Men-an-Tol: 2 ringtail Hen Harrier towards Little Galver at 15:55 hrs.1 Barn Owl along track at 16:10hrs, also 1 Golden Plover. (L Proctor)

Barn Owl, Linton Proctor

Cawsand: 1 Black Redstart, behind Congregational Church. (R Massey)

Camel Estuary, Pinkson Creek Heron Roost: 54 Little Egret, 42 Cattle Egret6 Grey Heron, 96 Redwing. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Peregrine with Golden Plover prey,  (A James) Also 27 Redshank, 18 Curlew, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Snipe, 2 Greenfinch. (P Freestone) Estuary: 161 Lapwing, 158 Dunlin, 15 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank, 28 Redshank, 1 Cormorant, 1 Water Pipit, 90+ Golden Plover, 52 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Goosander (both red-heads), 4 Mute Swan, 94 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 99 Great Black-backed Gull, 80+ Herring Gull, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, Wigeon and Teal in fewer numbers. (P Freestone) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Curlew, 360+ Wigeon, 8 Oystercatcher, 80+ Herring Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 12 Snipe, 5 Dunlin, 5 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant, 27 Shelduck, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Grey Plover, 11 Redshank, 23 Canada Geese, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (P Freestone)

Stithians Reservoir, Southern cut-off: 1 Sparrowhawk (fem), 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker (m), 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Redwing plus usual visitors to feeders; Robin, Blue Tit Long-tailed Tit, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Wren, Dunnock. Also Goldeneye (fem), 58 Black-headed Gull, 10 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Tufted Duck, 30+ Herring Gull, 1Great Black-backed Gull and 200+ Golden Plover from Stuart Hutchins Hide. (P Freestone)

Zennor, Foage Valley: 3cy Glaucous Gull. (V Stratton)

Penzance: 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose on Wherrytown Beach. (S Grimwade) Jubilee Pool/Battery Rocks: 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 8 Purple Sandpiper, Grey Seal. 1 unconfirmed dark Pomarine Skua flying toward Newlyn low to surface of water. (J Evans)

Great Grogley Downs:  3 Crossbill. (P Spong)

Truro: 3 f Siskin on nyjer feeder in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Barn Owl, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Otter walking along main road. (S Grose)


Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Late news, 22/1, Seaton: 19 Red-throated Diver. (A Payne)

Late news, 22/1, Crowdy Reservoir: 112 Teal, 25 Mallard, 184+ Black-headed Gull, 300+ Herring Gull, 2 Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush etc.  (WeBS) 350+ Lapwing & 2,000+ Golden Plover feeding nearby and over, Several Ravens. (B Craven)

Late news, 22/1, Tintagel: 1 Black-throated Diver (B Craven)

Late news, 22/1, Laneast: 283 Lapwing (B Craven)

Lostwithiel Shirehall Moor: 1 Pink-footed Goose in Canada Goose flock, also 30 Snipe and 3 Little Grebe. (E Mayhew)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter and 1 Long-tailed Duck. (DK Parker)

Pendower: 21 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Red-necked Grebe. (DK Parker) Immature Iceland Gull over SW at 14:40.

St Just in Roseland: 3+ Cirl Bunting. (DK Parker)

St Clement: 1 male Brambling, 2+ Siskin and 10 Greenfinch on the feeders, 1 Avocet, 3 Greenshank, 26 Redshank, 77 Teal and 1 Kingfisher. (DK Parker, R Veal, M Costa) Also 7+ Cattle Egret in with 18 Little Egrets at Menadew Farm in the second field. (R Veal, M Costa)

Hayle Estuary: 1 3w Yellow-legged Gull, 1 ad Kittiwake. (R Veal)

Newlyn harbour: 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull, 1 1w Iceland Gull, 1 1w Glaucous Gull, 1 dark 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid; also 1 1w Glaucous Gull behind fishing boat off Roskilly. (M Elliot)

Saltash: Hawfinch still at the China Fleet Club. (DI Julian)

River Lynher: 3 Spoonbill on Rat Island. (DI Julian)

Millbrook: 1w Glaucous Gull. (DI Julian)

Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis, 4 Barnacle Goose and 1 Spotted Redshank. (DI Julian)

Egloshayle: 3 Hawfinch still at the cemetery. (A Langdon)

Newquay: 1w Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance boating pool. (C Teague)

Coverack: 2 Iceland Gull and 3 Mediterranean Gull feeding off the end of Dolor Point (P. Bedford) 1w and 2w Iceland Gulls. (T Blunden)

Downderry: 1 Great Skua, 10 Kittiwake, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fulmar and 57 Gannet flew west 09:40-10:50. Also a Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver on the sea. (A Payne)

Falmouth: 1w male Black Redstart at Station Terrace.

St Blazey: Firecrest at Prideaux Road still.

Wadebridge: 1 Redpoll in private garden. (A Taylor)

The Lizard, Church Cove: 1 1w Kumlien’s Gull. (T Blunden)

Swanpool: 1 Pochard. Swanpool Beach: 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Chiffchaff, with 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot and 10 Mediterranean Gull offshore. (D Chaney)


Monday 22nd January 2018

Gerrans, Bay, Pendower: 1 Pacific Diver distantly. (B Bosisto)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Gadwall, 19 Teal, 10 Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 11 Little Grebe, 1 Water Rail, 42 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 1 Black-headed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (WeBS) Also 1 Firecrest and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

St Blazey: 1 Firecrest in a private garden.

Harvey’s Towans, Hayle: 35 Ringed Plover on waters edge. (S Grose)

Hayle, King George V Memorial Walk: 1 Firecrest in yew tree, 3 Blackcap, 9 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Halliday) Also  4 Goosander (1 male) and 1 Spoonbill. (MJ Spicer).

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Mevagissey: 3 (2w 2 1w) Glaucous Gull. also 2 (ad and 1w) Iceland Gull. (B Bosisto)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Glaucous Gull flew past. (C Teague)

Pendeen, seawatch: 1 Little Auk and 7 Red-throated Diver. (P St Pierre, M Elliot)

Camel Estuary: 1w Glaucous Gull at Tregirls beach. (DI Julian)

St Gothian Sands: 1w Glaucous Gull and 1w Scaup.

Newlyn, Tolcarne rocks: 1 ad Glaucous Gull, later in harbour, also 2 (ad & 2w) Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake and 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose. (M Elliot, P St Pierre, J Hawkey, R Phillips, T Mills) Harbour: 1 1w Glaucous Gull, 1 1w Iceland Gull and 1 m Peregrine flying over carrying prey (Blackbird) (M Elliot, T Mills, J St Ledger) Sandy Cove: 2 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 f Bullfinch and 1 Water Rail. (T Mills)

Glaucous Gull, John St Ledger

Glaucous Gull, John St Ledger

Glaucous Gull, John St Ledger

Iceland Gull, John St Ledger

St Austell Sewage Works: 1 Firecrest. (M Jones)

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal)

St Austell Bay: 23 Black-throated Diver, 27 Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-necked Grebe ( 1 off of Par, 1 at Carlyon Bay, 2 at Porthpean), 2 Slavonian Grebe (Spit Beach), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Velvet Scoter3 Surf Scoter,1 Long-tailed Duck. (B Bosisto)

Amalveor: Hen Harrier west at 16.21 then it or another roosted at 16.50, c50 Fieldfare. (R Menari)

Penhale Point: 2 Peregrine Falcon,1 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Carrick Roads: 3 Great Northern Diver, 50+ Common Dolphin in the Roads, c10 Turnstone also flew out and past Pendennis Point, 08:30 hrs. (D Chaney)

Falmouth: 2 Black Redstart at Castle Beach. (D Chaney)

Chykembro Common: 4+ Yellowhammer. (DK Parker)

Higher Kerrowe: 14 Fieldfare, c30 Golden Plover and 2 Guineafowl. (DK Parker)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier at 16:52, also 2+ Barn Owl and c40 Golden Plover. (DK Parker)

Padstow, Tregirls Beach: 1 1w Glaucous Gull. (D Julian)