Sunday 24th March 2019

Late news, 22/3, Truro: c5 White Stork circling high over Treliske hospital. (H Perkins)

Late news, 23/3, Predannack Wollas: 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 4 Wheatear, 2 Black Redstart (1m 1 f). (J Evans)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Red-rumped Swallow, 1 Glossy Ibis and 1 m Garganey still, 6 singing Cetti’s Warbler. (S Rogers, L Proctor) At least 1 Water Pipit on eastern side. (R Menari, T Mills) At 16.45:  5 Shoveler. 10 Sand Martin, and at 17.45 Red-rumped Swallow returned and 1 m Garganey showing well, plus 1 f Black Redstart in field near Red River bridge. (S. Rogers)

Red-rumped Swallow, Steve Rogers

Red-rumped Swallow, Steve Rogers

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Red-rumped Swallow, Mashuq Ahmad

Garganey, Paul Ash

Glossy Ibis, Paul Ash

Glossy Ibis, Paul Ash

Porthgwarra: 1 Red-rumped Swallow, 1 Swallow at 11.15. (M Wallace) Also 3 Black Redtsart.  Red-rumped Swallow still over footpath between Porthgwarra and St. Levan at 13.15.Red-rumped Swallow was over Porthgwarra houses at 15.05. (J&I Miller) Other sightings: 3 Black Redstart, 1 Willow Warbler, 7 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap, 29 Chiffchaff. (M Wallace)

Chaple Amble: Temminck’s Stint still. ( B.Toms, M.Curtis)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Ring-billed Gull. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill and 1 Little Egret. (P Ash)

Brew Pool: 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Iceland Gull following tractor. (R Augarde)

Old Lizard Head: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Marsh Harrier (over high), 12 Wheatear, 8 White Wagtail. (I Maclean)

Caerthillean: 1 Wryneck, 2 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart. (T Phelps, I Maclean et al)

Drift Reservoir: 4 Cattle Egret and 2 Black-necked Grebe.

St Buryan: 1 m Hen Harrier east.

Par Beach Pool: 1 Water Rail, 7 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Buzzard, 3 Bullfinch, 11 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Par, Spit Beach: 1 Purple Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Trevose: 20 Swallow through. (B.Toms, M.Curtis)

St Ives Island: 1 f Black Redstart. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 47 Canada Goose, 6 Cormorant, 1 ad Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 22 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Goosander (includes 2 males), 9 Mallard, 1 Goldeneye, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Lapwing, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 52 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Herring Gull, 3 Black-headed Gull, 4 Buzzard, 7 Raven, 84 Carrion Crow, 16 Jackdaw, 14 Magpie, 25 Starling, 1 Wood Pigeon, 5 Stock Dove, 7 Blackbird, 12 Wheatear, 4 Chaffinch, 14 House Sparrow, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail and 5 Wren (DAConway)

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 7 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Snipe, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Looe estuary (WeBS count): 2 Buzzard, 14 Canada Goose, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Cormorant, 12 Great Back-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 15 Grey Heron, 2 Grey Wagtail, 125 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Little Egret, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Mallard, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Moorhen, 5 Mute Swan, 6 Oystercatcher, 7 Pheasant, 1 Shag, 5 Shelduck. (D Spooner)

Nanjizal: ringed 2 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Blackcap and an Icelandic Redwing. (K Wilson)

North Cliffs: 1 Wheatear, 12 Razorbill, 4 Raven, 2 Grey Seal pups. (Hell’s Mouth) 2 Raven, 40+ Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 1 Peregrine. (J Evans)

St Gothian Sands: 1f Merlin, 2 Coot, 5 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Goldcrest. (MJ Spicer)

Land’s End: 3 Wheatear & 3 Black Redstart at LE Complex. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, M McKee) Plus13 Wheatear in “Burger Rock” field between Land’s End & Nanjizal. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Cudden Point, Prussia Cove: 4 Wheatear, 1 Raven. (A Witheywood)

Lizard Point: 1 Great Skua, 18 Common Scoter, 16 Puffin, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear. (I Maclean)

Housel: 2 White Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler. (I Maclean)

Pentire Farm / Park Head: 2 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Corn Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Kestrel, 1 m Blackcap, 4 Raven, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Curlew, 11 Oystercatcher, 6 Turnstone, 17 Fulmar, 3 Swallow. 1 Stoat, 1 Common Lizard, 5 Hare. (S Grose)

Lizard Peninsula, Soapy Cove: 3 Willow Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap. Predannack Downs:1 Marsh Harrier. (M Nattrass)

Hannafore: 1 imm male Black Redstart. (I Juliane)

Par Lake:  40 Canada Geese, 6 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 12 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck.  (C Hooper).

Mute Swan, C Hooper

Moorhen, C Hooper

Mallard, C Hooper

Grey Heron, C Hooper

Porthleven, near Tremearne: 2 Wheatear. (S Richards) And 2 Greenfinch, 17 Goldfinch, 5 Chaffinch, 4 House Sparrow. (S Richards)

Wheatear, Steven Richards

Wheatear, Steven Richards

Feeder, Steven Richards

Goldfinches, Steven Richards

Zennor, Foage: 1 m Ring Ouzel.

Sennen: flock of 10 Goose sp west over Trevescan early morning.

Penzance: 5 Eider (2m 3f) offshore Wherrytown.


Saturday 23rd March 2019

Late news, 21/3/19, kayak trip round Mount’s Bay, Penzance: 3 Eider (2m, 1f); Mousehole: 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Puffin (2 miles off Mousehole) and 7+ Harbour Porpoise offshore. (R Kirkwood)

Puffin, Rupert Kirkwood

Puffin, Rupert Kirkwood

Mounts Bay: 1 Pacific Diver and 5 Great Northern Diver about 1.5 miles off Penzance from the Mermaid II. (M Elliot)

Chapel Amble: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, from gates behind pub then flew towards Walmsley Sanctuary, Temminck’s Stint still. (D Julian)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 m Garganey from roadside viewing platform. (S Rogers) Glossy Ibis until 12:45, when flushed by a photographer.  Also 1m Wheatear. (MJ Spicer)

Wheatear, Mike Spicer

Caerthillian: 1 Wryneck. also  2 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. (T Phelps, M Pass and M Doyle)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Curtis)

Crugmeer: 2 m+f Grey Partridge, 9 Mediterranean Gull following the plough in fields behind Great Crugmeer House. (S Grose)

St Merryn: 1 f Grey Partridge at Trecarne. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Black-necked Grebe in the NE arm. (DK Parker) Also 4 Cattle Egret and c50 Sand Martin. (M Ahmad)

Millbrook: 7 Cattle Egret still by the entrance to Stone Farm along Radford Lane.

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher,1 Chiffchaff in tamarisk bushes off the roundabout. (S Grose)

Helston Boating Lake: 15 Sand Martin and escapee Ferruginous Duck. (P Fraser)

Hell’s Mouth: 1 Wheatear in scrub @ 9.30. Geoff Rogers.

Land’s End: 3 Black Redstart (1m 2f), 2 Wheatear. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porth Joke: 1 Wheatear, 15 Sand Martin, 5 Chiffchaff. (S Rowe)

Newquay: 1 Chiffchaff singing from trees along footpath behind Newquay Zoo this morning. (D Grose)

Long Rock: 2 Wheatear near train sheds. (P Fraser)

Amble Marshes: 1 Willow Warbler. (D Julian)

Lizard Point: 3cy Iceland Gull, c100 Manx Shearwater, 2 Shelduck and 1 Canada Goose past.(T Phelps and M Doyle)

St.Austell:  2 Nuthatch, 6 Dunnock, 1f Blue Tit in private garden. (C Hooper).

Blue Tit, C Hooper

Dunnock, C Hooper

Nuthatch, C Hooper

Praa Sands: 4 Great Northern Diver. (MJ Spicer)

Old Lizard Head: 1 Stock Dove, 5 Wheatear, 25+ White Wagtails, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Black-header Gull, 1 Pheasant. (T Phelps and M Doyle)

Cape Cornwall: 2 (m + f) Black Redstart. (M Holt)

Colan: 1 Green Woodpecker in donkey field behind church. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 10 Coot, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: 4 Whooper Swan in field behind hide at Burniere Point. (D Julian)


Friday 22nd March 2019

Late news, 21/3, Lizard Point: 1 Sooty Shearwater.

Late news, 21/3, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 drake Garganey associating with Teal at 15:45, seen from road. (J Eaton)

Late news, 21/3, Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs again. (S Votier)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis again this morning to 13:14 at least. (P Fraser, M Costa, J St Ledger) 1 drake Garganey associating with Teal at 1545. (J Eaton) Marsh Harrier also reported.

Glossy Ibis, John St Ledger

Chapel Amble: 1 Temminck’s Stint still and 14 Water Pipit. (A Langdon) Also 1 Willow Warbler singing this evening. (D Julian)

Praa Sands: 2 Velvet Scoter offshore.(17:50) (White speculum clearly visible on both birds on water and in flight, exhibiting diagnostic Winter plumage). (J Evans)

Wadebridge: 51 Cattle Egret in field with cattle between Trewornan Manor / Walmsley Sanctuary. (S Grose)

Newquay: Yellow-browed Warbler still present in car park by bus station at 10:30 this morning. Active and calling, heard more than seen. (T Carson)

Millbrook: Female Garganey on the pond (M Beer, C Buckland, P Kemp). Also  7 Cattle Egret still at Stone Farm (C Buckland, M Beer). Plus 8 (4m 4f) Stonechat, 6 Dunnock, 1m Chaffinch, 29 Starling, 16 Jackdaw, 11 Carrion Crow, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard. (M Webb)

Garganey, Chris Buckland

Land’s End: 2 Wheatear and 1 Black Redstart. Also 2 Peacock and 1 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary. Plus 40+ Starling, 4 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger & S Williams)

Common Starling, John St Ledger

Buzzard, Martin Webb

Stonechat, Martin Webb

Chaffinch, Martin Webb

Trevose Head: 2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 4 Sand Martin,  1 Swallow, 7 Corn Bunting. (J Rance) Also 47 Sand Martin , 11 Chiffchaff , 1 Willow Warbler , 5 Wheatear , 2 Goldcrest , 85 Meadow Pipit , 1 Little Egret , 1 Curlew , 2 Corn Bunting ( B Bosisto L Payne )

Lower Tamar Lake: 4 Tufted Ducks, 12+ Teal, 6 Canada Geese, 1 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Wren, 10+ Chaffinches, 1 Cormorant, 1 Song Thrush. Also 1 Brimstone butterfly. (H Kendall)

Lizard Point: Sooty Shearwater and Black-throated Diver.

Nare Head: 1 Black Redstart at 13:49.

Dobwalls: Chiffchaff singing in nearby scrubland (C&J Duffy)

Penzance: Green Woodpecker heard calling at Mount Lidden and Peacock butterfly. (T Mills)

Chynhalls Headland, Coverack: 5 Sandwich Tern and 4 Wheatear (P. Bedford)

RSPB Scillonian III wildlife cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 2 Eider (imm m & ad m), 65 Gannet, 60 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 3 Shag, 2 Fulmar, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Common Scoter, 35 Manx Shearwater, 3 Kittiwake, 6 Puffin, 1 Great Skua, 10 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to St Marys: 37 Kittiwake, 8 Guillemot, 5 Manx Shearwater, 13 Razorbill, 5 Gannet, 7 Great Black-backed Gull. St Marys to Wolf Rock: 10 Kittiwake, 38 Razorbill, 10 Guillemot, 37 Manx Shearwater, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 4 Harbour Porpoise. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 9 Kittiwake, 1 Fulmar, 137 Gannet, 12 Razorbill, 421 Manx Shearwater, 29 Guillemot, 1 Shag, 6 Common Dolphin, 2 Bottlenose Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Godolphin Riverside Walk: 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Raven and heard Green Woodpecker. Also Red Admiral and Peacock butterfly.

Camel Estuary: 1 Curlew Sandpipier from the hide at Tregunna plus 3 Ruff, 2 Knot and 92 Black-tailed Godwit. (D Julian)

Rame: 1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail,1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 3 Linnet, 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard,4 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat. (C Buckland)

Botallack: 2 Northern Wheatear.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill again.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 Whooper Swan in field behind Burniere Hide this evening.

Newlyn: 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull in the harbour. (M Elliot)

Dozmary Pool: 1 f Scaup and 2 Goldeneye. (M Ahmad)

Crowlas: 3 Coot heard overhead 22:45-22:50, also 2 Tawny Owl. (R Veal)


Thursday 21st March 2019

Padstow: 2 Grey Partridge in cauliflower field immediately west of Padstow football club, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis visible from the road, flew west at 15.20 (M Elliot, T Mills), also 3 Cetti’s Warbler calling, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 5 Teal, 1 Green Woodpecker calling and 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Butts, T Mills) Glossy Ibis returned at 17.30. (S Rogers) Plus 4 Sand Martin at 16.45. (P Fraser) Plus 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Moorhen, 2 (1m 1f) Mallard, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Peregrine at 12.15pm. (M Webb)

Glossy Ibis, Martin Webb

Glossy Ibis, Martin Webb

Glossy Ibis, Martin Webb

Tresillian: 1 Red-Rumped Swallow. (A le Masurier)

Red-rumped Swallow, Andrew le Masurier

Polgigga: 1 Red-rumped Swallow with Sand Martins. (M Wallace)

Portscatho: 12+ Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Divers], 1 Black Guillemot distant but white wing panels stood out. (R Loader)

Chapel Amble: 1 Temminck’s Stint still.

Marazion beach: 1 m Garganey landed at 17.25. (S Rogers)

Long Rock: 12 Sand Martin over at 17.00. (P Fraser) Also 1 Roe Deer in field opposite Cheshire Homes and 2 Roe Deer in field behind St Ives Motors. (T Mills)

Land’s End: 1 male Wheatear and 1 Golden Plover on moor north of car park. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Also 1 Black Redstart, 4 Wheatear. (M McKee)

Porthgwarra: 1 Wheatear, 2 Sand Martin, 17 Chiffchaff. (M Wallace)

Tywardrearh: 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, both with nesting material entering and leaving established conifers in Southpark Road. (R. Barlow)

Maer Lake: 3 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow also 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (H Kendall)

Penzance: 5 Eider just off Wherrytown beach this evening. (T Mills)

Dobwalls: male Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill still.

Camel Estuary: 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

St Merryn: Large flock of woodpigeon feeding on cauliflower field; 1 Peregrine with Woodpigeon prey. (R Hughes)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Raven, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Tawny Owl, several Redwing overhead. (S Grose)


Wednesday 20th March 2019

Late news, 19/3, Dobwalls: Blackcap singing in nearby garden (C&J Duffy)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis dropped in at 08:35. (L Proctor) Still present at 15.30. (R Butts, T Pinfield) Plus 1 Chiffchaff seen and heard at 13.00. (S Grundy) Later Glossy Ibis flew in at 17:30, Barn Owl quartering over back of marsh towards Leonard Cheshire and 5 Roe Deer in field opposite Leonard Cheshire (S.Cox)

Long Rock: Male Wheatear on the rock armour. (L Proctor)

College Reservoir: 2 Treecreeper singing, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Green Woodpecker yaffling, 6 Shoveler, 15 Snipe, 2 pairs Great Crested Grebe. (D Collins)

Porthgwarra: 3 Wheatear. (M Wallace)

Skewjack: 2 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Cot Valley: Male Wheatear at Boscregan. (N Wheatley)

Toads hole area: 5 Chiffchaff (2 birds seen calling, a first for the year on my local patch), 2 Willow Tit one calling from tree top, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Jay, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Linnet, 6 Robin, 3 Wren, 2 Long-tailed Tit & 1 Stonechat. (P Ash)

Willow Tit, Paul Ash

Willow Tit, Paul Ash

Willow Tit, Paul Ash

Dobwalls: M & f Siskin in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Pendeen Watch: 6 Sand Martin by the lighthouse. (P Clement)

Kenidjack: 1 Swallow this afternoon. (P Clement) Also 1 Iceland Gull (1w) circled over Kenidjack Head before drifting south also 1 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin west over the valley. (P Clarke)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 11 Mute Swan, 4 Whooper Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 34 Shelduck, 6 Mallard, 5 Wigeon, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Moorhen, 25 Oystercatcher, 5 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 45 Redshank, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew, 25 Black-headed Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 18 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 11 Rook, 75 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 1 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Palmate Newt (M Scawen et al)

St Gothian Sands: 4 Sand Martin. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

St Ives Bay from Gwithian Sands: 1 Great Northern Diver; 2 Black-throated Diver. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Pool: 2 Grey Plovers. Ryan’s Field: 30+ Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Raven, 60+ Razorbill off The Brisons. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Stithians Reservoir, at the Dam: 3 Goldeneye, 7 Reed Buntting, 2 (m and f) Bullfinch,1  Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Little Grebe and 2 dancing Great Crested Grebe. (A Witheywood)

Great Crested Grebe, A Witheywood

Reed Bunting, A Witheywood

Bullfinch, A Witheywood

Great Spotted Woodpecker, A Witheywood

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Green Sandpiper , 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 20 Sand Martin, 4 Water Pipit. (B Bosisto )

Camel Estuary: 4 Whooper Swan, 1 intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull. (B Bosisto )

Gluvian: 2 Grey Wagtail,1 Blackcap, 27 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting. (B Bosisto )

Mawgan Porth: 32 Teal, 15 Sand Martin. (B Bosisto)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit, 4 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Redshank, 1 Greenshank. (S Rowe)

Towan Head: 4 Purple Sandpiper, 32 Turnstone, 5 Oystercatcher. (S Rowe)

Penzance: 5 Eider off Jubilee Pool and adult m and juv Eider in swing-bridge harbour. (S.Cox) About 20 Sand Martin through over town centre. (P Freestone)

Bude Marshes: 1 Sand Martin around 5.00 pm. (A Davies)


Tuesday 19th March 2019

Marazion: Pacific Diver with a Black-throated Diver reasonably close this morning, also 2 imm male Eider, 1 Mute Swan and 2 Canada Geese offshore. (S Rogers, DK Parker)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs showing well. (D Julian)

Chapel Amble: 1 Temminck’s Stint still on flood opposite the village car park, plus 9 Water Pipit.

St. Martin in Meneage: 18 Cattle Egret in cattle field east of village. (A. Chatfield)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 32 Canada Geese, 2 Shoveler, 12 Teal, 5 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill on the main estuary from the causeway. (L Proctor, DK Parker)

Mawgan Porth: 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Wheatear (B Bosisto , L Payne)

Tresillian: Spoonbill at Tresillian River this lunchtime. (D Julian)

Porthgwarra: Wheatear at Gwennap Head. (M Wallace)

Goss Moor: Willow Warbler at Tregoss.

Rinsey Head: 3 Black-throated Diver.

Porthpean: 54 Great Northern Diver and 16 Black-throated Diver. (D Julian)

Lizard Point: 2w Iceland Gull in sheep field by road.

Newquay, East Pentire: 1 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

West Looe River:  4 Grey Heron (2m&2f), 5 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Buzzard.  (C Hooper).

Grey Heron, C Hooper

Lizard Village/Housel Bay: 1 2w Iceland Gull in sheep field to left of road to Lizard Point, 4 (2m 2f) Stonechat, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 20+ Jackdaw, 1 Raven, 16 Fulmar, 1 Shag, 1 Cormorant mid afternoon. (M Webb, D Collins)

Iceland Gull, David Collins

Iceland Gull, Martin Webb

Iceland Gull, Martin Webb

Stonechat, Martin Webb

Stonechat, Martin Webb

Wren, Martin Webb

Kennack Sands: 5 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Collins)

Downderry (0635-0745): At least 16 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver on the sea. Also three of latter moved west together with 1 Sandwich Tern, 28 Gannet and 1 Kittiwake. To the south-east were 3 Bottlenose Dolphin. (A Payne)

Posongath near Coverack: 1 Swallow. (S Englefield)

Carn Creek,Gillan: 2 pairs Shelduck, 1 Greenshank, 12 Redshank, 7 Little Egret, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (A Witheywood)

Penwithick: 1 Bullfinch, 1 Blackcap, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Jackdaw, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Goldfinch. (K. Bowers)

Bullfinch, Kevin Bowers

Blackcap, Kevin Bowers

Tywardreath: 1 Eyed Ladybird in private garden (R. Barlow)


Stithians Reservoir Walk 17th March 2019

SWLakes / CBWPS Cornwall Birds walk – Leaders Beth Cross and Dan Chaney

Firstly it should be stated that Stithians can be quite exposed and bleak in windy conditions. Secondly we are still in the aftermath of Storm Gareth… Thirdly apparently we are not – we’re now into Storm Hannah. So we were rather concerned that we would have to cancel or move to an alternative venue. However, the forecast the evening before was for sunshine in the morning, with rain in the afternoon, lighter winds in the morning but increasing in the afternoon. So it looked on! It had to be anyway, as there was apparently going to be one person possibly attending, as per a Facebook like on the SWLakes Facebook page …

The forecast on the day had changed however, as it usually does – with 80% chance of rain mid-morning. At around 9:30 at the Watersports Centre pretty heavy rain pelting down seemed ominous for the day. With 1, then 3 then 6 folk turning up it was decided that we would definitely go ahead, but concentrate on heading down the West side to the hides. To start with we headed back the other way to the Golden Lion Hide to see if the rain would ease off. Which it eventually did! We also recorded some birds – a Little Grebe, Coot and a pure white Aylesbury Duck. Coming out of the hide and we met another 4 participants and heard that another late couple had been looking to join us – we didn’t come across them but did gain one extra person later on, making a grand total of 11 (or 13 including ourselves). A distant bounding Great Spotted Woodpecker alighted in the trees at the back of the cutoff, which was nice as we regrouped.

And so to the walk proper – apart from a few showers and (mostly continuous) wind we managed to get away with it, and even enjoyed some bright sunshine for the second half. The Western side of the reservoir passes through some more sheltered wooded spots, and we connected with more birdlife. A stop for possible Adders under some corrugated iron (unsuccessful – wet mud the highlight) was good as we were able to hear and then see a distant Skylark hanging high above the clouds. We also saw a couple of jinkiing Snipe in flight and had some great views of a male Bullfinch alongside the path. Another highlight was a flock of 15 Fieldfare and 100 Starling rising up from behind a nearby farm, and another woodpecker species on a telegraph pole – a rather immobile Black Woodpecker and sadly just a lifesize model, put up presumably to dissuade their Great Spotted cousins from having a go at the wooden pole! After a short stretch on the road, and it wasn’t too long before we reached the hides. The wind was coming rather briskly into the Stuart Hutchings Hide but we were able to pick up a Great Crested Grebe and a subadult male Goldeneye not far out, with another 5 distant Goldeneye and a couple of Tufted Ducks amongst other commoner species. The Southern Hide proved productive on the passerine front, with up to 12 Chaffinch, a Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch and 5 Reed Buntings, including 1 rather smart male. It’s not that easy to catch up with this species randomly in Cornwall – Stithians is a good regular site locally. Another unexpected highlight was the arrival of a pair of Bullfinch on the closest feeder just outside the hide window – staying for a good couple of minutes and giving great views. A pair of Ravens above the opposite skyline entertained us too and wrapped up the excitement for this stage of the walk.

Male Bullfinch and Reed Bunting, CBWPS file photos (K Bowers, J St Ledger)

Time was marching on, and the party now split into two, with half continuing on around the reservoir to complete the round walk, the other half returning to the Watersports Centre or home. Highlights were a couple more brief Reed Buntings, Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the water and a few windsurfers in trouble. Walking across the dam is always fun too. This side was windier, and certainly less birdy, but the sunshine was nice and it was a pleasant brisk walk back to the start point.

A very enjoyable morning around the Reservoir was had and it was great to get out there and see some familiar and new faces.

Dan Chaney, 17th March 2019

Full Species List –

1 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
3 Tufted Duck
4 Goldeneye
5 Pheasant
6 Little Grebe
7 Great Crested Grebe
8 Grey Heron
9 Little Egret
10 Cormorant
11 Buzzard
12 Moorhen
13 Coot
14 Snipe
15 Black-headed Gull
16 Herring Gull
17 Lesser Black-backed Gull
18 Rock Dove
19 Woodpigeon
20 Collared Dove
21 Great Spotted Woodpecker
22 Magpie
23 Jackdaw
24 Rook
25 Carrion Crow
26 Raven
27 Blue Tit
28 Great Tit
29 Skylark
30 Wren
31 Starling
32 Blackbird
33 Fieldfare
34 Song Thrush
35 Robin
36 House Sparrow (heard only)
37 Dunnock
38 Meadow Pipit
39 Chaffinch
40 Bullfinch
41 Greenfinch
42 Goldfinch
43 Reed Bunting