Thursday 24th May 2018

Late news, 17/5, St Agnes: 4 Red Kite. (A Upton)

Late news, 23/5, Penwithick: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (K Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Kevin Bowers

Sancreed: 1 Red Kite north 07:50, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Grey Heron, 2 Long-Tailed Tit, 1 Cormorant, 8 Mallard. (K Bowers)

Grey Heron, Kevin Bowers

Grey Heron, Kevin Bowers

Wherrytown, Penzance: 1 Great Northern Diver in s/p. (D Flumm)

Marazion beach: 8 Whimbrel, 16 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin. Pod 10 Bottle-nosed Dolphins west of Mount. (D Flumm) 1 Puffin, 80 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Whimbrel, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 drake Tufted Duck and 3 broods (5,4 & 2) of Moorhen chicks on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit , 1 Whimbrel , 4 Dunlin , 12 Black-headed Gull , 4 Shelduck ducklings . (B Bosisto , P Roseveare)

St Agnes: Wheatear (Greenland Race) on St Agnes Head and Red Kite over the village (T Wilson)

Newquay: 3 Sanderling on Towan beach, also 1 Great Black Backed Gull with green plastic ring on right leg. L91 as previously reported. (S Grose)

Whitecross: 1 Red Kite east over A30 at 12:40. (MJ Spicer)

Falmouth: 1 Red Kite over Trescobeas area at 12:45, being mobbed by Gulls. (J St Ledger)

Croft Pascoe: 3 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Swift, 1 Cuckoo, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat, 6+ Blackcap. (J Evans) 

Goonhilly: 3 Cuckoo calling, 2 Skylark. (J Evans)

Looe Island (and beyond): 2 Dunlin, 1 Eider, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 immature Puffin, 1 Guillemot (bridled). (R Kirkwood)

Dunlin, Rupert Kirkwood

Ringed Plover, Rupert Kirkwood

Puffin, Rupert Kirkwood

Guillemot, Rupert Kirkwood

Charlestown: 1 m Bullfinch. (D Hastilow)

Trewoon: Adult male and juv Siskin coming to a feeder in a private garden. (K Hemsil)

Siskins – Kevin Hemsil


Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Late news, 22/5, Camelford: Honey Buzzard flew over high heading west at 14:00. (A Bond)

Late news, 22/5, Marazion: 65 Sanderling & 2 Bar-tailed Godwits on the beach in the evening. (J Hawkey)

Late news, 22/5, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 12 House Martins; 2 Swift; 2 Sand Martin’s & 4 Swallows in the evening. (J Hawkey)

Nanjizal: Female Hawfinch and flava wagtail over this morning. (K Wilson)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still between Bosistow Lane and Raftra Farm midday, though distant. (J Miller)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond in the area around the wooden bridge. (DK Parker) 3 Red Kite over rugby ground 12:40. (D Flumm)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Knot , 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 116 Dunlin. (Bob Bosisto)

Ventonleague: 10 Red Kite over (1 at 12:08, 7 together at 12:24, 2 at 14:38) all moving slowly East/North East. (P Rutter)

St Erth: 3 Red Kite (two west 09:50, one east 15:00), plus 1 Little Egret over. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Estuary: 7 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on Lelant Saltings. 3 Curlew and 1 Whimbrel on Ryan’s Field. 1 Curlew on Copperhouse Creek. (MJ Spicer)

Croft Pascoe: Bee-eater and Hawfinch over this morning; also 2 Cuckoo. (F Bell) Also 8 Crossbill. (B Bosisto)

Sancreed: 3 Red Kite (2 circling 08:45, 1W. 14:18). (D Flumm)

Crowlas: 3 Red Kite over A.30 09:02. (D Flumm) 1 Hobby NE at 17:00, also 5 Red Kite. (R Veal)

Whitecross: 1 Red Kite over A.30 09:05 .(D Flumm)

Penzance: 2 Siskin east over Sainsbury’s. (D Flumm)

Marazion Beach: 72 Sanderling, 24 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover & 2 Whimbrel. (J Hawkey)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 s/p Grey Plover and 16 Dunlin. (M Beer)

Egloshayle: 1 Red Kite overhead 13:45, drifting SE and feeding from small prey in talons, dropped but caught in mid-air over Sladesbridge. (P McGregor)

Lizard: Turtle Dove flew over Lizard Point. (B Bosisto)

Windmill Farm: 1 Red Kite. (B Bosisto)

Mullion: 2 Red Kite heading south over Mullion School during my PE lesson at 03:10. (J Thirlaway-Price)

Mawgan: 3 Red Kites over. (P Bedford)

Treen: Tree Pipit over. (C Urquhart)

Castle An Dinas: 3 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer, also present Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Skylarks, Stonechats. 2 Adder, & 1 Common Lizard. (S Grose)

Downderry: 11 Great Northern Divers  and 10 Manx Shearwaters noted offshore early this morning, whilst 3 Whimbrel on the beach. (A Payne)

Lanivet: 3 Red Kite seen over Wheal Prosper HWRC. (A Matthews)

Kennack Sands: 1 Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin. (F Trewin)

Truro: 1m & 1f Siskin in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Newquay: 1 Sparrowhawk at Huer’s hut. (S Grose)


Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Late news, 21/5, Swanpool area: Purple Heron flying c.north west, seen from garden nearby. (R Phillips)

Late news, 21/5, Foage: Osprey tried to land in the valley late evening, but then headed towards Newmill. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 21/5, St Ives: Honey Buzzard over my house being harassed by an army of Herring Gulls and Jackdaws. (V Stratton)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond near the wooden bridge. (L Proctor)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, & 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 17 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 1 Curlew, 3 Shelduck, 50 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Truro: 2 Red Kite over W at 11:40. (C Benton)

Marazion: 2 Red Kite heading west at 13:35. (DK Parker)

Crowlas: Different Red Kite circling over Crowlas at 13:35 with another at c14:45. (DK Parker)

De Lank River, from Waterworks to base of Brown Willy: 4 Whinchat (inc 2 males singing), 4 Grey Wagtail (2 feeding young), 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Stonechat, 1 Whitethroat, 10+ Linnet, 6 Skylark, 2 Wheatear (1m 1f), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Mistle Thrush, also numbers of Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (J St Ledger)

Threemilestone park and ride: Red Kite heading to Truro. (S Reddy)

Porthleven: 4 Red Kite drifting north at 15:30. (A Witheywood)

Red Kite – Jen Witheywood

Kenidjack: 2 Red Kite over  at 16:30 heading NE. (J Miller)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 2 Red Kite 1 at 9.00 1 at 14:00, 150 Barn Swallow, 15 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 5 Common Swift. (PA Fraser)

Newbridge: 1 Red Kite at 15:00. (PA Fraser)

Bodmin area: 3 Swift, 1 imm Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff & Willow warbler singing, 2 Song Thrush. (R Hurrell)

Washaway: 2 Red Kite flying over Tregainlands Park at about 11:00. (K Williams)

Treen: 6 Red Kite drifted over. (C Urquhart)

Callington: 6+ Red Kite and 2 Buzzard in amongst Gulls, Rooks and Jackdaws on new-ploughed land a couple of miles NW of Callington. (D Knight)

Tredrizzisk: Red Kite over, flying East at 10:30.(S Grose)

Constantine: 1 Red Kite drifting west at 13:30. (D Collins)

Breage: 1 Red Kite mid-afternoon. (D Collins)

Looe island (kayak trip): 1 Whimbrel (probably the resident bird), 15 Turnstone, 14 Dunlin. (R Kirkwood)

Dunlin – Rupert Kirkwood

Turnstone – Rupert Kirkwood

Gluvian: 7 Red Kite, 1 Peregrine , 5 Raven , 2 Grey Heron, 4 Yellowhammer. (B Bosisto)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Adult Pectoral Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling,108 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff and 1 Barn Owl, 90 Swift. (B Bosisto)

Drift Reservoir: 6 Canada Geese, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 10 Mallard. (K.Bowers) 1 Red Kite over dam wall 17:15. (D Hall)

Sedge Warbler – Kevin Bowers

Great Crested Grebe – Kevin Bowers


Monday 21st May 2018

Nanjizal: Golden Oriole flew over towards Skewjack before 07:00 and Serin flew up the valley towards Skewjack at c10:00. (K Wilson)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still between Bosistow Lane and Raftra Farm. (K Wilson)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still at the millpond by the wooden bridge. (PJ Freestone)

Iberian Chiffchaff, Paul Freestone

Hayle Estuary (WeBS count, high tide), Copperhouse Creek: 2 Shelduck, 11 Canada Goose, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Mute Swan, 14 Herring Gulls. Ryan’s Field: 7 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Herring Gulls, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, Pair of Canada Geese with 3 goslings, 1 Little Egret, 2 Swallows. Lelant Saltings: 10 Shelduck (1 pr with 8 juvs), 142 Herring Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Buzzard, 17 Carrion Crows, 6 Oystercatchers, 1 Whimbrel. (PJ Freestone)  

St Gothian Sands NR (WeBS count): 4 Coot, 1 Shelduck, 15 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 17 Canada Goose (only one gosling seen), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 88 Herring Gulls, 1 Skylark, 1 Buzzard, 2 Mute Swan, 13 Great Black-backed Gulls, 12 Linnet, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Mallard, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 House Sparrows, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Moorhen, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Raven. (PJ Freestone) 

Connor Downs: Cuckoo flew high north over A30 early afternoon. (PJ Freestone)

Porthilly Point: 1 Whimbrel, 11 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 43 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Men-an-Tol: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 male Cuckoo. (A McKechnie)

Grasshopper Warbler, Alex McKechnie

Porth Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Dipper, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 52 Dunlin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Barn Owl. (B Bosisto)

Bodmin Beacon: 3 Swift, 2 Willow warbler singing, Pair of Blue Tit busy feeding young high up in stonework on S side of Gilbert’s Monument, 3 Buzzard. (R Hurrell)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl. (MJ Spicer)

Charlestown: 1 White Wagtail on eastern beach. (D Hastilow)


Sunday 20th May 2018

Late news, 19/5, Edgcumbe: 2 Nightingale reported singing, SSE of Stithians Reservoir.

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the back of the Millpond around the wooden bridge early morning and still present early afternoon. (S Rogers, B Hibbett)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing along Bosistow Lane early morning. (K Wilson)

Porth Beach: 2cy Ring-billed Gull on the beach below Glengorgal Hotel, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull with a green ring on left leg, but couldn’t read info due to poor light. (S Grose)

Land’s End: 2 Turtle Doves in pines west of Swingates. (M Ahmad)

Kenidjack: Black Kite high over, 09:45 to 10:10 at least. (N Wheatley) Also Wryneck singing at bottom of valley on N slope above donkey paddock at 10:50. (N Wheatley)

Penhale: Osprey flying and calling above the sea at Penhale sands viewed from the surf, flying East at 09:00. (C Stephenson)

Wadebridge: Bee-eater over south at 15:10. (D Julian)

Hobbacott, Bude: 1 Red Kite. (H Kendall)

Launcells, Bude: 1 Red Kite, also two Great Spotted Woodpeckers. (H Kendall)

Crowlas: 1 Red Kite over A 30 at  11:15. ( B Toms, M Curtis)

Mousehole: 1 Sparrowhawk over woodland opposite Penlee lifeboat Station. (S Grose)

Penzance: 15 Purple Sandpiper, 1 male Eider on rocks opposite styles ice cream shop. (S Grose)

Chiverton cross Roundabout: 7 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite over Pentraze at 13:20. (S Grose)

St Newlyn East: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellowhammer on Penhallow Moor. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 1 f Common Redstart, 1 Cuckoo, 6 Swift, 2 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Truro: 2 Swift flew over my house at 1.40 pm. (D Jenkins)

Marazion beach: 1 sum plum Sanderling. (S Williams)

Sanderling, Sam Williams

Bartinney Downs: 1 Cuckoo. (S Williams)

Cuckoo, Sam Williams

Croft Pascoe: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest singing continuously, 1 Cuckoo observed throughout morning calling and mobbed by various passerines, 2 others heard East and West, 1 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 2 Siskin, 1 Sparrowhawk. (J Evans)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 15 Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mallard, 1 Coot, 15 Black-headed Gull, 14 Herring Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 23 Carrion Crow, 13 Jackdaw, 4 Magpie, 7 Stock Dove, 7 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 5 House Sparrow, 5 Blackbird, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Goldfinch, 8 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet, 5 Green-veined White and 3 Wall butterfly.  (DAConway)

Rame: 1 m Whinchat, 1 N Wheatear, Whitethroats. (C Buckland)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Puffin on the water north of The Brisons; same or another later in flight.

Whipsiderry: 1 m Reed Bunting, 3 Corn Bunting, 12 Oystercatcher, 3 Stonechat, 2 Raven, 7 Skylark. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach (evening): 5 Whimbrel, 16 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 30+ Sanderling & 1 Turnstone. (J Hawkey)


Saturday 19th May 2018

Hayle, Millpond Park: 6 Swift, 4 House Martin, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Iberian Chiffchaff singing in willows along path 9am. (J Evans) Iberian Chiffchaff still present into the afternoon. (M Ahmad)

Skewjack: 1 Alpine Swift over. (K Wilson)

Windmill Farm: 2 Cuckoo. (D Wright) Also 1 Black Kite heading east at 13.15. (J Chapple)

Bude Marshes (WeBS): 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Magpie, 21 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Robin, 8 Wood Pigeon, 10 Blackbird, 4 Swallow, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Canada Geese with 6 juvs., 3 Herring Gull, 2 Dunnock, 5 Moorhens and 3 juvs. (H Kendall and R Mudge)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Cuckoo, Whitethroat nest with 5 eggs, 2 Chiffchaff nests with broods of 6 and 5 chicks (D Eva)

Carnmenellis: 4 (3m, 1f) Cuckoo, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1m Reed Bunting, 4 Stonechat, 1 Skylark, c15 Linnet, c10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Raven, 2 Whitethroat. (C Benton)

Croft Pascoe: 2 m Cuckoo. (B Hawker)

Cuckoo, Brian Hawker

Cuckoo, Brian Hawker

Cuckoo, Brian Hawker

Kynance Cove: 2 Wheatear. (D Wright)

Soapy Cove: 2 Wheatear and 1 Cuckoo. (D Wright)

Penryn: 2 Red-legged Partridge in field bordering river. (J St Ledger)

RL Partridge, John St Ledger

Hayle, Ventonleague: 11 Red Kite moving East-South East between 10.35a.m. – 11.55.a.m. Also 5 Common Buzzard moving over during that same period of time. (J&P Rutter)

Sancreed: 1 Red Kite east 11:20, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap. (D Flumm)

Falmouth, Berkeley Cottages: 0945 Red Kite heading north (S Van Hear)

Mount’s Bay: 4 Great Northern Diver. (P Fraser)


Saturday 19th May 2018

Falmouth: 09:45 Red Kite heading north over Berkeley Cottages. (S Van Hear)

Hayle: 6 Swift, 4 House Martin, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Iberian Chiffchaff singing in willows along path at the Millpond at 09:00. (J Evans) Still present early afternoon.

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing between Bosistow Lane and Raftra. Also 12 Red Kite circling. (DK Parker)

Skewjack: Alpine Swift over heading North. (K Wilson)

Windmill Farm: Black Kite flew east at c13:20. (J Chapple) Also 2 Cuckoo. (D Wright)

Kynance Cove: 2 Wheatear. (D Wright)

Soapy Cove: 2 Wheatear and 1 Cuckoo. (D Wright)

Bude Marshes: 5 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 5 House Sparrows, 1 Magpie, 21 Rooks, 3 Carrion Crows, 1 Robin, 8 Wood Pigeons, 10 Blackbirds, 4 Swallows, 5 Chaffinches, 4 Canada Geese with 6 juvs., 3 Herring Gulls, 2 Dunnocks, 5 Moorhens and 3 juvs. (H Kendall, R Mudge)

Hayle: 2 Red Kite over this morning. (C Urquhart)

Sancreed: 1 Red Kite east 11:20, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap. (D Flumm)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Cuckoo, Whitethroat nest with 5 eggs, 2 Chiffchaff nests with broods of 6 and 5 chicks. (D Eva)

Penryn: 2 Red-legged Partridge in field bordering river. (J St Ledger)

RL Partridge – John St Ledger

Ventonleague, Hayle: 11 Red Kites moving ESE, also 5 Buzzard all between 10:35 & 11:55. (J & P Rutter)

Porthgwarra: 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 20+ Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 3 Sparrowhawk. (DK Parker)