Thursday 31st May 2018

Late news, 30/5, Truro: Male Bullfinch in private garden at 20:34. (M Costa)

Marazion beach: 1 ad Baird’s Sandpiper this morning again. (D Chadwick)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Great White Egret still. (B Hibbett)

Dozmary Pool: 6 Lapwing (D Eva, P McVey)

Colliford: 8 Great Crested Grebe, at least 3 pairs Black-headed Gull nesting (D Eva, P McVey)

Bowithick: 1 Lesser Redpoll (D Eva, P McVey)

Roughtor Plantation: 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Siskin (D Eva, P McVey)

Dobwalls: Male and female Linnet feeding on Forget-me-not seeds in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Par Lake: 1 Grey Heron, Canada Geese+Goslings, 3 Coot, 2 Cormorant. (C Hooper)

Canada Geese & goslings – Chris Hooper

Grey Heron – Chris Hooper

Grey Heron – Chris Hooper

Tywardreath: Siskin 1m & 1f, Great Tit & 3 young, Greenfinch 1m & 1f, Chaffinch 1m & 1f and f House Sparrow in a private garden. (R Barlow)

River Gannel: 1 Barn Owl, Swifts heard after midnight. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Blackbird. (K.Bowers)

Grey Heron, Kevin Bowers

Song Thrush, Kevin Bowers

Reed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

Veryan Bay by kayak: 12 Puffin (2 adult, 10 imm), 1 Great Northern Diver (wp), 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Manx Shearwater. (R Kirkwood)

Manx Shearwater, Rupert Kirkwood

Great Northern Diver, Rupert Kirkwood

Puffin, Rupert Kirkwood

Puffin, Rupert Kirkwood

De Lank Waterworks – Garrow Tor: 2prs Wheatear feeding young, 2 Coal Tit feeding young, 1 Kestrel, 3 Cuckoo (inc.1f). plus up to 3f Roe Deer, Small Heath, Wall Brown, Speckled Wood & Green Hairstreak butterflies. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Mounts Bay, Mermaid II pelagic: 38 Puffin, 9 Storm Petrel and 1 Great Northern Diver. (M Elliot)

Eagle’s Nest: 4 Whitethroat singing, 2 Meadow Pipit, distant Cuckoo, 2 distant Willow Warbler, Stonechat, Dunnock carrying food, Wren carrying food. (S.Cox).


Wednesday 30th May 2018

Late news, 29/5, Penwithick: 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Blue Tit, 10 House Sparrow, 2 Woodpigeon and 1 Coal Tit. (K Bowers)

Jay – Kevin Bowers

Pied Wagtails – Kevin Bowers

Late news, 29/5, Truro: 2 Swifts over the garden, very scarce so far. (D Jenkins)

Late news, 29/5, Helford: Garden Warbler singing from scrub near Trebah Garden. (D Collins)

Mermaid II pelagic in Mounts Bay: 1 Wilson’s Petrel about 3 miles south of the Mount, also 15 European Storm Petrel. Plus 4 Puffin, 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Storm Petrel, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 40+ Common Dolphin and 1 Ocean Sunfish on west side of Bay. (M Elliot)

Hayle: Millponds: Iberian Chiffchaff still present at 19:30 showing well still singing, closer to ploughed fields. (J Evans)

Coverack: 1 ad Long-tailed Skua  past, also ,1 dark phase Arctic Skua, 35 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver. (A Cockroft)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Great White Egret still in NE arm, also 2 juv Grey Heron and 4 Great Crested Grebe. (DK Parker)

Great White Egret, Dave Parker

Redruth: 1 m Hawfinch at Roseland Gardens.

Widemouth Bay: 1 Wheatear, probably of the Greenland race and a Rock Pipit carrying food. (H Kendall)

Maer Lake: 2 Swifts feeding over the lake and surrounding pastures. Five Black-tailed Godwits on the muddy lake fringes. (H Kendall)

Marazion: c50 Dunlin, c25 Sanderling, c20 Ringed Plover, 7 Turnstone, 6 Whimbrel and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach. (DK Parker)

Tywardreath: Bullfinch 2 male & 2 female, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Coal Tit on garden feeders and 1 Dunnock carrying food. (R Barlow)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 5 summer-plumaged Purple Sandpiper. (T Mills)

Purple Sandpipers, Tony Mills

Charlestown: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (D Hastilow)

Hensbarrow Downs: 5 Cuckoo. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1s Mediterranean Gull, 30 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Oystercatcher chicks on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Penryn: Red Kite 1 flew W at 10:15. (J Holmes)

Goss Moor: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Tuesday 29th May 2018

Late news, 28/5, Helston Boating Lake: Tufted Duck with two chicks. (A Witheywood)

Tufted Duck – A Witheywood

Marazion Beach: 1 ad Baird’s Sandpiper at Red River mouth this morning. (R Veal)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond by the footbridge. (A Ramesh)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing along Bosistow Lane, also Spotted Flycatchers at Lower Bosistow & Arden-Sawah. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Great White Egret again in the NE arm this morning. (L Proctor) and still there this afternoon. (T Mills) 1 Black Kite over at 15:50. (G Grant)

Great White Egret, Tony Mills

Bude Marshes: 1 singing Reed Warbler and a probable Honey Buzzard over very high heading NE. (N Bastin)

Reed Warbler – Nigel Bastin

Trevone, Porthmissen Farm: 100+ Kittiwake sitting on nests, with more probable nests out of view. (S Grose)

Rame Head: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (C Buckland)

Mermaid II pelagic in Mounts Bay: 6+ Storm Petrel, 7 Great Northern Diver, 5 Puffin and 4 Ocean Sunfish. (M Elliot)

Padstow, Stepper Point: 2 adult Raven and 3 chicks, 1 Yellowhammer, 26 Guillemot, 27 Razorbill on the water opp Stepper Hole. (S Grose)

Goonhilly Downs/Trevassack: 4 Cuckoo flying, plus one at Higher Bochym. (C Richards)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 4 Purple Sandpiper in early summer plumage. (S Williams)


Monday 28th May 2018

Late news, 27/5, Loe pool: 2 Cetti’s Warbler singing on the east shore. (NP Betts)

Marazion: Adult Baird’s Sandpiper on the beach (but constantly flushed by dog walkers). (B Mellow) The first spring record for Cornwall. Also  c30 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone and 1s Med Gull briefly. (DK Parker, S Rogers)

Baird’s Sandpiper – Dave Parker

Baird’s Sandpiper, Mashuq Ahmad

Baird’s Sandpiper (right), Mashuq Ahmad

Baird’s Sandpiper, Steve Rowe

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still at the Millpond at 06:30.

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing along Bosistow Lane. (S Rogers)

St Just: Adult Rosy Starling on road to Cot valley in first sheep field on left. (N Wheatley)

Saltash: Adult Rosy Starling still at Churchtown Farm 07:30 in the bushes by the stream.

Rame: Adult Rosy Starling around the Coastguard hut 11:30 to 11:45 before heading North. (R Veal)

Rosy Starling – Reuben Veal

Drift Reservoir, (Members only): 1 Great White Egret in NE arm. (R Menari)

Downderry: A Hoopoe seen at 07:05 flying low over the sea, heading inland. Also in the area 5 Whimbrel, whilst  a Great Northern Diver and 5 Manx Shearwaters flew west. (A Payne)

St Just: Turtle Dove by football club. (P Fraser)

Coverack: 25 Storm Petrel, 2 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver and Lesser Whitethroat singing on the headland also 6 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary. (A Cockroft)

Cotehele Quay: 1 calling Reed Warbler and 1 singing Marsh Tit. (R Smaldon)

Hatt: 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat. (R Smaldon)

Argal Reservoir: Mute Swans with 2 cygnets, 4 Great Crested Grebe (D Eva)

College Reservoir: Mute Swans with 3 cygnets, pair of Grey Heron nesting (D Eva)

Croft Pascoe: 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Siskin, Coal Tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker both feeding young in nest holes (D Eva) In addition, 2 Cuckoo and 1 Chiffchaff. (S Van Hear)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 2 Cuckoo, 5 Sand Martin, House Martin plus 4-Spotted Chasers and Emperor Dragonflies (S Van Hear)

Boat Cove: 3 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed plover and 15 Turnstone. (S Rogers)

Minions: 1 m Redstart, 2 Raven, 2 m Cuckoo,1 f Cuckoo, 7  Wheatear, Meadow Pipits, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Swifts. (C Buckland)

Par Beach: 1 Reed Warbler in the adjoining stream. (R. Barlow)

Truro: Male Siskin in private garden. (M Costa)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (S Rowe)

Treveal: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing. (S Rowe)


Sunday 27th May 2018

Drift Reservoir: Great White Egret viewable from the car park early morning. (P St Pierre)

Nanjizal: singing Golden Oriole at seaward end of the valley, then flew towards the coast path. (P St Pierre) Still present this afternoon. (S Rogers)

Land’s End: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (P St Pierre)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff, still at the millpond. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Saltash: adult Rosy Starling at Churchtown Farm. (T Clark)

Rosy Starling – Thomas Clark

Rosy Starling – Thomas Clark

Castle An Dinas: 2 Red Kite, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Red Kite – Shaun Grose

Marazanvose: Black Kite over the A30 at 14:45. (P Roseveare)

Mount’s Bay: 1 ad Long-tailed Skua, 1+ Arctic Skua, 3+ Puffin, Great Northern Diver and Storm Petrel. (M Elliott) 200+ Manx Shearwater and 2 adult Puffin off Newlyn. (L Proctor)

Penzance to Porthcurno: 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Puffin, 1000+ Manx Shearwater and 6 Common Dolphin from Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Marazion: c40 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover, c10 Sanderling, 3 Turnstone and 3 Whimbrel this evening. (DK Parker) Also Hobby chasing the waders earlier. (S Rogers)

Coverack: 2cy Iceland Gull heading south along with 500 + Manx Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 30 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, Kittiwakes, Gannets and 2 Great Norther Diver. (A Cockroft)

Kenidjack: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcap (m and f) in copse by tractor shed. ( B Toms, M Curtis)

Par Beach: 3 Ringed Plover, 9 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 1 male Sparrowhawk, 9 Greenfinch. Par Market East Carpark: 5 Mistle Thrush, 2 adult 3 juv. (S Grose)

Trevail: 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat along path to River Cove. (J Evans)

Gannel Estuary: 22 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Barn Owl. (S Rowe)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit, 4 Swift, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Blackcap, 8 House Martin. (R Mudge)

Bedruthan, Newquay: 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Adder. (J Bowen)

Corn Bunting and Adder – Jayne Bowen

Lostwithiel: still at least one male and female Siskin regularly present on bird feeders in private garden. (E Mayhew)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 15 Swift. (S Grose)


Saturday 26th May 2018

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still at the millpond, singing in the vicinity of the wooden bridge. (P Locker)

Porth Joke: 1 Black Kite flew east 10:15-10:20. (S Rowe)

Kenidjack: 1 Red Kite, 2+ Spotted Flycatcher, one singing at midday. (J Miller)

Hayle: 1 Red Kite over at 11:00. (S Buckingham)

Penzance: Red Kite over c14:15 heading north. (Shan)

Walmsley: 270 Dunlin, 8 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Gadwall, 8 Shelduck, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Little Egret. (S Rowe, T Carson) 1 Barn Owl, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Dunlin, 5m Gadwall, 3 Shelduck, 2 Reed Warbler, 1m Reed Bunting, 7 Swift, 2 House Martin. (J St Ledger, C Benton)

Gadwall – John St Ledger

Windmill Farm: 3 Swift, 1 Cuckoo. (D Wright)

The Lizard, Church Cove: 1 Spotted Flycatcher in the churchyard. (D Wright)

De Lank River, Waterworks to below Brown Willy: 2m Whinchat, 2m Wheatear, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Siskin, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger, C Benton)

Carbilly Tor: 1 Cuckoo, 1m Weatear, 1 Stock Dove. (J St Ledger, C Benton)

Penwithick: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 12 House Sparrow, 15 Starling, 1 Buzzard, 3 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackbird, 6 Chaffinch and 1 Siskin. (K Bowers)

Buzzard – Kevin Bowers

Pied Wagtail feeding young – Kevin Bowers

Pied Wagtail feeding young – Kevin Bowers

Penlee:  2 Spotted Flycatcher (M Beer)

Goss Moor: 1 Swallow and m Four-Spotted Chaser.  (C. Hooper)

Swallow – C Hooper

Swallow – C Hooper

Four Spotted Chaser – C Hooper

St Ives: 1 Fulmar flew over the school, more than 1km inland. (R Veal)

Marazion Beach: am: c130 Sanderling, 50 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. pm: 100 Sanderling, 20 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel. (P Fraser)

Truro: 1 m Siskin on nyjger feeder, in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Millbrook: 5 Bullfinch together on bird feeder, 2m, 1f and 2 juv. (B Taggart)


Friday 25th May 2018

Late news, 24/5, Newquay, Trevithick Manor Farm: 1 Barn Owl at 22:30. (S Grose)

Late news, 24/5, St Martin, Looe: juvenile Siskin, Greenfinch and Goldfinch all visiting garden feeder. (P Sharp)

Nanjizal: Honey Buzzard, Golden Oriole and Greenshank. (K Wilson)

Trewavas: 1 Red Kite. (C Richards)

Polgigga: 10 Red Kite together at 11:30. (M Coleman)

Charlestown: Red Kite being mobbed by Crows at 14:00. (N Best)

Truro: Red Kite over heading N at 17:00. (G May)

St Erth: 1 Red Kite east at 14:40. (MJ Spicer)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 35 Dunlin, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit , 7 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Gadwall, 1 Red-legged Partridge. Also 1 Brown Hare. (D Trevelyan)

Penzance, Lidden area: first juv Goldfinch seen on feeders for 2018. (T Mills)

Porthgwarra: passage of Swallows, House Martins and a few Swift at 100 per hour in off during afternoon. Also c10 Bottlenose Dolphin. (M Coleman)

Croft Pascoe: 1, possibly 2, Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Swift, Broad-bodied & Four-spotted Chasers, Azure & Large Red Damselflies. (J Hawkey K Dalziel)

St Martin, Looe: 4 Mistle Thrush feeding on web-forming caterpillar colony high up on hedge. (P Sharp)

Devoran Quay: 4 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover. (J Chapman)

Stithians: Cuckoo (J Chapman)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Tour: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 drake Eider, 26 Gannet, 25 Guillemot, 4 Puffin, 27 Herring Gull, 10 Great Back-backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 53 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Shag, 1 Cormorant, 1 Swallow, 1 Goldfinch and 1 Grey Seal. Wolf Rock to St Marys: 17 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 2 Fulmar, 15 Herring Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 7 Gannet, 1 Shag, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin, c3 Bottlenose Dolphin and 1 Harbour Porpoise. St Marys to Wolf Rock: 12 Herring Gull, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Puffin, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Shag, 5 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot, 10 Gannet, 21 Manx Shearwater and 3 Fulmar. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 14 Guillemot, 2 Swallow, 280 Manx Shearwater, 17 Gannet, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Razorbill, 1 Fulmar, 7 Kittiwake, 11 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 1 Shag. (DK Parker P Taylor)