Monday 30th April 2018

Late news, 28/4, Gwendreath: 1 Grasshopper Warbler,, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Whitethroat singing. (C Lee)

Late news, 28/4, Kuggar: 4 House Martin over. (C Lee)

Late News, Botallack, 29/04: 28 Wheatear in fields south of Botallack Head, 15 Whimbrel flew inland. (J Waldon)

Davidstow Airfield: 2 Dunlin, 7 Wheatear, c.10 Pied Wagtail with 1 White Wagtail, several Linnets. (H Kendall, B Bryne) Also 1 Grey Plover on the airfield this morning also with 2 Dunlin. (B Field, B Craven) Plus pair of Garganey on first pool  on the left hand side of runway, plus c15 Wheatear probably of the Greenland race. (A Bond)


Grey Plover – Davidstow Airfield

GreyPlover, Brian Field

GreyPlover, Brian Craven

Garganey, Brian Craven

Chapel Porth: Iberian Chiffchaff still 400m beyond NT car park. (B Bosisto et al.) Although singing most of the time like a classic Iberian Chiffchaff, it did sometimes switch to a more standard Chiffchaff song. (This apparently may not be a problem, see here on page 5.) Also 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Siskin. (B Bosisto) Iberian Chiffchaff still present this evening. (J Ryan)

Iberian Chiffchaff – Dave Parker

Video from John Chapple.

Newlyn Harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again. (L Proctor)

Coverack: 1 2cy Iceland Gull.

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Spoonbill.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Garganey still on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Garganey – Dave Parker

Nanjizal: 1 Lesser Whitethroat ringed this morning. (K Wilson)

Truro, Idless: 2 Garden Warbler (B Kennett)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 17 Wheatear. ( B Craven)

Little Ringed Plover, Brian Craven

Whimbrel, Brian Craven

Fowey, Gribben Head: 1 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Buzzard, 1 Skylark. ( D Hastilow )

Mounts Bay: 60+ Manx Shearwater. (L Proctor)

Gannel Estuary: 21 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 14 Sand Martin, 4 Sedge Warbler. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: 2 Sedge Warbler, c50 Swallow, c40 Sand Martin, c50 House Martin, 3 Swift, 23 Wheatear. (P Stidwill)

Mount Hawke: 1 singing Skylark at 09.30. (RB Girling)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 leusictic Willow Tit at the hide feeders. (R Mudge)

Downderry: 18 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and a Dunlin on the beach this morning. A Cuckoo heard in the Seaton Valley this afternoon. (A Payne)

Cotehele Quay, Tamar Estuary: 1 singing Reed Warbler and 1 Stock Dove. (R Smaldon)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Lapwing, 76 Black- tailed Godwit,18 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 23 Dunlin, 7 Greenshank, 21 Common Teal, 2 Shoveler, 2 Northern Wheatear, 80 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow,  3 Common Swift. ( B Bosisto , P Roseveare )



Sunday 29th April 2018

Late news, 28/4, Landulph: Marsh Harrier hunting. (K Bools)

Late news, 28/4, Scillonian III, Penzance-Wolf Rock: 57 Manx Shearwater, 53 Gannet, 14 Razorbill, 16 Guillemot, 4 Sandwich Tern, 4 Turnstone, 17 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Eider, 6 Fulmar, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Whimbrel, 2 Swallow. Wolf Rock-St Mary’s: 13 Manx Shearwater, 14 Gannet, 3 Razorbill, 5 Guillemot, 3 Fulmar, 4 Shag, 1 Kittiwake, 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Northern Diver. St Mary’s-Wolf Rock: 1 Hobby flew over St Mary’s harbour while on the ship, 13 Manx Shearwater,17 Gannet, 3 Great Northern Diver, 21 Razorbill, 5, Guillemot, 2 Iceland Gull, 8 Shag, 3 Fulmar, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock-Penzance: 59 Manx Shearwater, 36 Gannet, 1 Razorbill, 30 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle, 11 Fulmar, 1 Eider, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Shag, 5 Cormorants, 3 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Basking Shark. (V Stratton, B Craven)

Late news, 28/4, Downderry: 15 Great Northern Diver and one Red-throated Diver at sea early morning. Also along the coast 10 Whimbrel, 5 Sandwich Tern and a Common Gull. (A Payne)

Chapel Porth: Iberian Chiffchaff singing and showing well early afternoon and again this evening, 400m up the valley from the National Trust CP. (S Rowe)

Iberian Chiffchaff – Steve Rowe

Davidstow: American Golden Plover. (J & B Teague)

Nanjizal: 12 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 40 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Hoopoe (found by John Ryan), 1 Redpoll. Birds ringed included 2 Wood Warbler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: Whinchat, Redstart, Siskin, 16 Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler, 2 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: male Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler, Siskin, 32 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler. (P St Pierre)

Par Pond: drake Garganey at 08:30. (I Stewart)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on rocks below Tolcarne Inn. (S Grose)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Black Redstart, 10+ Wheatear. (J Eaton)

Black Redstart – John Eaton

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2cy female Marsh Harrier, drake Garganey, 6 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Wheatear (1 taken by a Sparrowhawk), 1 Swift. Also 4 Canada Geese with 4 goslings and at least the 5th Mallard brood of the year. (P Freestone, B Dallas)

Marazion: 15 Whimbrel, c30 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover and 3 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker)

Penlee lifeboat station: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Raven, 1 Buzzard, 1 Fulmar, 1 Great northern Diver. (S Grose)

Hayle, Harvey’s Towans: 17 Ringed Plover on shoreline, 2 Sandwich Tern. 11 Whimbrel, 1 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Seaton: a Hobby over farmland this afternoon between Seaton and Looe. (A Payne)

Downderry: 8 Whimbrel on the coast early this morning, whilst in the village a Garden Warbler. (A Payne)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: still at least 12 Whimbrel and 14 Bar-tailed Godwit arrived today. (T Elm)

Stithians Reservoir, Golden Lion End: 2 Great Crested Grebe displaying briefly, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler. (R Hampshire)

Crackington Haven: Whitethroat in private garden. (J & B Teague)

Penrose Estate, Helston: 1 Cuckoo. (A Williams)

St Austell: 2 Collared Dove, 1 female Blackbird in private garden. (C Hooper)


Saturday 28th April 2018

Seaton: Whimbrel present on the beach at 07:00. (D Symons)

Porthilly Point: 2 Swift, 25 Sand Martin, 75 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 6 Dunlin, 4 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Pendeen: Redstart and Lesser Redpoll. (P Combridge)

Calartha Farm: Grasshopper Warbler and Tree Pipit. (P Combridge)

Porthgwarra: juv Glaucous Gull on rocks below the CGI lookout. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: drake Garganey still on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker, B Bosisto) 2 Gadwall, 6 Reed Warbler, 3 Common Swift. (B Bosisto) Garganey still present early evening. (P Smale)

Truro: 1 m 1f Siskin feeding on sunflower seeds in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin & 1 Redshank on Lelant Saltings. Little Ringed Plover still on Copperhouse Creek at 06:00. (B Mellow)

Marazion Beach and bay: 3 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red Throated Diver in summer plumage, 18 Sanderling, 8 Turnstone, 2 Sandwhich Tern, 12 Whimbrel & 14 White Wagtail. (B Mellow)

Buttermilk Hill: 2 summer plumage Golden Plover, 16 Wheatear & 1 Swift. (B Mellow) Female Kestrel and at least 4 Swift, plus Painted Lady butterfly. (J Eaton)

Painted Lady – John Eaton

Rame: male Wheatear, 3 Yellowhammer, 15+ Whitethroat, 2 Buzzard, 1 Fulmar, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Chiffchaff, 20+ Swallow, pair of Blackcap, 1 m Bullfinch, Goldfinches, Chaffinches, 50+ Rook, 2 Raven, 2 Collared Dove and 2 Greenfinch. (C Buckland)

Porth Joke: 6 Wheatear, 5 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 8 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)

Godrevy Point: 34 Whimbrel feeding on field near toilets. (J Baker)

Kenidjack: 6 Blackcap (2f), 1 Whitethroat; 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Whimbrel N, 1 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin & Swallows present or moving through all day. (JH & K Dalziel)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler. Chiffchaff, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Wren, Dunnock, Blue Tit, and Great Tit all now nesting and clutches started. (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 3 Common Sandpiper, Marsh Tits nesting, Coots hatching today. (D Eva)

Argal Reservoir: 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Wren, 4 Robin, 2 Blackcap, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Buzzard. (K Bowers)

Chiffchaff and Wren – Kevin Bowers

Sandymouth, Bude: 20 Whimbrel on the grassy cliff top. (P Howard)

Sheviock Pond: 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Moorhen, 4 Canada Goose. (C Buckland)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Cuckoo, 4 Siskin. Also numbers of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (J St Ledger)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Dipper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, 7 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Bullfinch. Also observed but not counted: Swallow, Swift, Linnet, Skylark, Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Zelah: 1 Swift at 10.00. (RB & PC Girling)

Crowdy Reservoir: 2 Canada Goose flew in at 12:00. (RB Girling) 2 Pied Wagtail at 12:00. (PC Girling)

Land’s End: 1 m Stonechat, 1 f Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat. (RB & PC Girling)


Friday 27th April 2018

Late news, 26/4, Tehidy golf club: several Siskin around the club house at midday. (S Turner)

Late news, 26/4, West Cornwall golf course: 17 Whimbel & 1 Wheatear. (S Turner)

Late news, 26/4, Tehidy golf club: Black Kite over at around midday. (S Cox)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull in the harbour again. (L Proctor)

Pendeen Watch: 2 Wheatear and 9 Arctic Tern. (P Combridge)

Porthilly: 2 Swift. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: 6+ Reed Warbler on the Degibna side. (R Teague)

Bude Marshes: 2 Swift plus female Pied Flycatcher near Rod’s Bridge on Bude canal. (N Bastin)

Bude: 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Wren and 4 Long Tailed Tit. Sedge and Reed Warblers heard on the marsh. (H Wilkins)

Long-tailed Tit – Helen Wilkins

Penzance: steady movement of Swallows NE across Mount’s Bay and the prom in the afternoon. (R Phillips)

Marazion Beach: 11 Whimbrel at 07:00, 2 Sandwich Tern. (P Fraser)

Mount’s Bay: 45 Black-tailed Godwit NE from bay over the marsh at 13:30. (P Fraser)

Gannel Estuary: 45 Black-tailed Godwit flew in at 15:50, 13 Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret. (S Rowe) 2 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 9 Blackcap (all female), 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit N, 1 Swift N, 150 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin. (P Fraser)

Kenidjack: 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 100 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 5 Sand Martin. (P Fraser)

Bodmin: 2 Blackcap (singing), 1 Chiffchaff (singing), 2 Swallow, 2 Jay, 1 Bullfinch. (R Hurrell)

Stithians Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Swift, 4 Swallow, 2 Reed Bunting (male), 4 Linnet, 2 Stonechat, numbers of Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler (singing). Also 2 Roe Deer. (J St Ledger) Golden Lion cut-off: Osprey overhead at about 4pm. (T Pinfield)

Hayle Estuary, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Little Ringed Plover. (P St Pierre)

Polbathic Creek: c18 Whimbrel in flight. (A Blonden)

Lizard Point area: 10+ Blackcap, 1 Cuckoo, 14+ House Martin, 7 Redstart, 30+ Swallow, 10+ Wheatear, 10+ Whitethroat, 10+ Chiffchaff, 4 Greylag Goose, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 18 Whimbrel, 20+ Willow Warbler. (T Blunden)

River Fal boat trip: 6 Swift, 20+ Whimbrel, 2 Sand Martin 2 Greenshank. (S Taylor)

Porthgwarra: male Redstart, 9 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 4 Swift, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 18 Whimbrel, Hirundines moving all day. (M Wallace)


Thursday 26th April 2018

Late news, 25/4, Newbridge: 1 Osprey flying low with fish in its beak at 09:00. (N Wills)

Late news, 25/4, Marazion beach: 2 groups of Whimbrel (c40 & c20) plus 7 Sandering at 18:30. (N Wills)

Late news, 25/4, Marazion Marsh RSPB: Gadwall present, plus Little Grebe and drake Garganey feeding in centre of Longrock Pool. (N Wills)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Garganey still on Longrock Pool and 1 Swift. (DK Parker, I Webster)

Land’s End: 2 Gadwall, 1 House Martin, 1 hybrid hooded crow, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat and 2 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Bartinney Downs: 1 Cuckoo and 2 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Cuckoo – Dave Parker

Cape Cornwall: 4500 Manx Shearwaters in an hour (average of 75 per minute south past 09:00-10:00). (N Wheatley)

Men-an-Tol and Morvah vicinity: 11 Swallow, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Stonechat, 6 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff,  2 Stock Dove, 3 Cuckoo, 8 Skylark, 4 Common Buzzard, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Whitethroat, 20 Linnet. J Evans)

Sennen: Juv Iceland Gull following a plough at Escalls Chapel, also hybrid hooded crow. (JD Swann, P Combridge)

Treisaac Farm: 1 adult Iceland Gull in ploughed field opposite Cornwall air ambulance Base at St Mawgan. (S Grose)

Pentewan: 1 f Merlin. (D Hastilow)

Helston boating lake: pair of Pochard. (J Allely)

Bodmin Moor, near Cheesewring Farm: 2 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear, 3 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

Bodmin Moor, near Hill Tor: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Bunting (male). (J St Ledger)

Penwithick: 1 Siskin. (K Bowers)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Buzzard (K Bowers)

Buzzard, Kevin Bowers

Siskin, Kevin Bowers

Gillan Creek, St Anthony: 4 Little Egrets on high tide roost; 1 Common Sandpiper & 2 Aylesbury ducks! (J Hawkey)



Wednesday 25th April 2018

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron still present early morning in the pine trees at back of marsh. (P Walsh) Drake Garganey still in Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: Drake Green-winged Teal on Trinity Pool. (I Webster)

Green-winged Teal – Ian Webster

Probus: Hoopoe in a private garden. (Observers name withheld)

Porthgwarra: 4 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 6 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 3 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler at the bottom of the valley. (DK Parker)

Bude Marshes: 2+ Grasshopper Warbler, 4+ Cetti’s Warbler plus Chiffchaff, Willow, Sedge and Reed Warblers. Also female Sparrowhawk. (N Bastin)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: Gannet, 1w Common Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 25 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew (T Elm)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Curlew Sandpiper in partial summer plumage (1st seen yesterday) with 2 Dunlin, also 1 1st winter Common Gull and 5 Whimbrel. (Observers name withheld)

Truro: 1m and 1f Siskin feeding on nyger seeds, in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Mullion Cove: 1 Swallow. (P Allely)

Camel trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 8 Mute Swan, 21 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 4 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 27 Oystercatcher, 12 Ringed Plover, 9 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 28 Whimbrel, 125 Herring Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 2 House Martin, 3 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 11 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 35 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 2 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch,  3 Small White, 4 Orange Tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue. (M Scawen et al.)

St Merryn: 100s of Swallow and House Martin feeding low over water of the Alps coarse fishery. (R Hughes)

St Clement: 4 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 5 Whimbrel. (M Jones)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 20 Swallow. (P Fraser)

Towan Head: 3 Arctic Tern, 3 Whimbrel. (S Rowe)


Tuesday 24th April 2018

Millbrook: Drake Garganey showing well. (P Aley, C Buckland) Still present this evening. (B Taggart)

Longrock Pool: Juv Iceland Gull briefly. (B Hibbert) 1 Garganey, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mallard & 1 little Grebe. (K Bowers)

Garganey – Kevin Bowers

Garganey – Kevin Bowers

Mute Swans – Kevin Bowers

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Female Red-breasted Merganser, 1s Med Gull, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Swallow on Lelant Saltings. (DK Parker)

Downderry (06:40-07:55): 8 Great Northern Divers on the sea, 75 Manx Shearwaters, 90 auks,1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Kittiwake flying west, also 8 Whimbrel. (A Payne)

Maer Lake: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 24+ Sand Martins, 10 Teal. (B Craven)

West Cornwall golf course: 100+ Swallow this afternoon. (S Turner)

Porthilly Point: 9 Sandwich Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Ringed Plover, 57 Oystercatcher, 1 Dunlin, 1 fem Shoveler, 5 Curlew, 40 Sand Martin, 2 Raven, 7 Meadow Pipit, 11 Greenfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 32 Carrion Crow, 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 11 Shelduck, 5 Skylark. (S Grose)