Monday 14th May 2018

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing about 300m along Bosistow Lane on the south side but distant. (P St Pierre)

Land’s End: 3+ Red Kites over Treeve Common at 13:00. (P St Pierre)

Bartinney Downs: 13 Red Kite east at 17:30, 1 Red Kite circling at 17:40 whilst plucking small prey item in it’s talons, also 3 Cuckoos. (MJ Spicer)

Goss Moor: Numerous Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler and 1 Cuckoo. (M Jones)

Zennor Quoit: 5 Whitethroat, 3 Meadow Pipit carrying food (caterpillar), 2 Stonechat, 2 Wren, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pheasant, 10 Swallow, 2 Blacbird, crows, gulls. (S.Cox)

Falmouth to Portscatho: 6 superb Great Northern Divers. (R Kirkwood) 4 Great Northern Divers off Pendower Beach, calling. Presumably the same. (J Braiden)

Great Northern Divers – Rupert Kirkwood

Penryn: 1 Red Kite flew over headed SW at 17:35. (C Benton)

Carharrack: 2 Red Kite over heading south west. (B Mellow)

Blackwater: 1 Red Kite over A30. (B Mellow)

St.Austell clay trails (Wheal Martyn): 1 Cuckoo seen and heard, Willow Warblers numerous heard, one seen and 6 Skylark. (N.Best)

Lamorna: 1 Red Kite. (M McKee)

Rame: 1 Red Kite going NE at 10.00 very high up,Turtle Dove distant view sat on wire, 1 N Wheatear, 1 f Reed Bunting, Whitethroats, 2 House Martins and Barn Swallows. (C Buckland)

Red Kite – Chris Buckland

Mount Hawke: 1 male Bullfinch seemingly dozing in the sunshine atop a hawthorn tree 08.00 to 08.11, party of 12 adult Starling dropped into garden to feed and collect food 18.25. (RB & PC Girling)

Stithians Reservoir Walk 13th May 2018

On Sun 13th May a small group of us had a good explore around the southern end of Stithians Lake. A cold start to the day ended in warm sunshine – a very pleasant day.

We started off in the Stuart Hutchings hide where there were a few water birds around, notably Great Crested and Little Grebes. We then crossed over to the feeders where we watched the usual visitors including some very nice views of Goldfinch. Moving on to the farm track by Carnmenellis and down to the reservoirs edge we were spoilt with some great views of a Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Whitethroats and best of all a very vocal and showy Sedge Warbler. It was here that we heard the distant sound of a Cuckoo. We then went to the other side of the cut off and a short way down the path and had more views of warblers and some nice Linnets, Reed Buntings and a very close view of a Greenfinch (Cornwall rarity these days!)

Additionally, an Adder was seen at the roadside and 3 species of butterfly were seen – Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Small Tortoiseshell.

A total of 40 species of bird were seen.

Beth Cross, 13th May

Willow Warbler – Hilary de Gast

Tresillian River Walk from St Clement 28th March 2018

Six people attended this event, the forecast was for showers but it stayed dry for this walk alongside the river in search of waders.

Above the car park, the Rooks had started rebuilding their nests and were cawing loudly. We started by viewing the local bird feeders which had attracted a mix of finches and tits but no Coal Tits or Siskin which is unusual. The river was also quiet with hardly a gull in sight, no Redshank but a few Greenshank and Curlew and a good number of Shelduck.

Tresemple Pool was also quiet although several of the group caught sight of a Kingfisher dashing to and fro. At the Tresillian end of the walk we found two Common Sandpiper. On our return, the tide had risen high enough to push birds off the river estuary and onto the shallows at the back of Tresemple Pool and there were a few Redshank and Greenshank washing and resting.

Full list: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Teal, Mallard, Pheasant, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Buzzard, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Kingfisher, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch.

Kate Williams