Incomplete County Records 2018

We have now begun work on Birds in Cornwall 2018. There are a number of records where a description is needed before they can be accepted into the County Record and feature in BiC 2018. Details of these records are provided via the link below. If you have submitted one of these records you may already have been contacted by the County Recorder about providing more information or a description. If you have not yet been contacted and you recognise one of these incomplete records as being yours please do get in touch via email or by filling out the rarity form on the CBWPS website and sending it in. Please help to keep the County Record as complete as possible!

Thanks very much,

Hilary & Phil, Editors Birds in Cornwall (BiC)

Please visit the link below on the website for the full list of records of birds required (including both date and location) throughout the year –

>County Records requiring further information in 2018<

Rarities in the county for which we still require full descriptions include such nationally rare species as Pacific Diver, Gyr Falcon, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler and Red-eyed Vireo, commoner scarcities such as Black Kite, Alpine Swift, Bee-eater and Red-rumped Swallow, and county rarities including Pink-footed Goose, Long-eared Owl, Nightingale and Tree Sparrow. For the full list of 65 species and dates please see the link above.

If you saw any of these species within the County in 2018 please check out the link above and check the dates. Even if you were not the original finder it would still be very useful to receive a description, or in some cases appropriate photographic evidence in order to not lose these records from the County Record. If in doubt please contact the County Recorder as above.


Sunday 17th November 2019

Late News, 16/11, Porth Nanven: 1st w Iceland Gull flew towards Cape Cornwall late afternoon. (P Clement)

Late photos, 16/11, Cot valley: Pallas’s Warbler and Willow Warbler.

Willow Warbler – Viv Stratton

Pallas’s Warbler – Viv Stratton

Pallas’s Warbler – Viv Sratton

Cot Valley: Pallas’s Warbler reported still present by Daisy Cottage. 1 Willow Warbler. (J Hawkey)

Lower Bostraze, St. Just: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff this morning. (P Clement)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (C Richards)

Windmill Farm: 1 Merlin, 1 Woodcock, 50 Fieldfare. (D Wright)

Gwendreath: 3 Firecrest. (D Wright)

Firecrest – D Wright

Par, Spit Beach: 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 11 Turnstone, 48 Oystercatcher, 25 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Eider, 1m Kingfisher, 1 Rock Pipit, 5 Meadow Pipit. (S Grose) Also, 1 Snow Bunting. (S Bool)

Snow Bunting – Simon Bool

Bude: 1500+ Starling on overhead cables this morning 2 miles west of Bude, plus 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker at Bude Marshes. (H Kendall)

Porth Reservoir: 1cy Scaup still at Porth Reservoir from the dam. (L Langley)

Porth Mear/Park Head: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Firecrest, 14 Long-tailed Tit , 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Northern Wheatear, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 24 Blackbird, 10 Redwing, 12 Song Thrush, 2 Chough, 6 Bullfinch (B Bosisto, L Payne )

Hayle Estuary: 60 Dunlin, 141 Teal, 536 Wigeon, 217 Lapwing, 4 Redshank, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Oystercatcher, 8 Curlew, 6 Knot, 2 Canada Geese, 18 Cormorant, 673 Herring Gull, 32 Great Black-backed Gull, 84 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull, 137 Black-headed Gull, 51 Med Gull, 22 Common Gull, 1 Grey Plover, 10 Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, 5 Redwing and 1 Sparrowhawk. Ryan’s Field: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 10 Redshank, 7 Canada Geese, 1 Little Grebe (unusually in main channel by old lelant station) 1 hybrid Goose, 1 Grey Heron. Carnsew Pool: 6 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit, 36 Dunlin, 18 Redshank, 3 Grey Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew and 1 Grey Heron. Copperhouse Creek: 50 Canada Geese, 76 Black-headed Gull, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 38 Teal, 5 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit, 82 Herring Gull, 3 Shelduck and 3 Mute Swan. (P Freestone WeBS)

Hayle Estuary, Ryan’s Field: Spotted Redshank. Main Estuary: 2 Grey Plover, 6 Knot, Red-breasted Meganser, 3 Yellow legged Gull, Peregrine, c.200 Lapwing, c.80 Mediterranean Gull, c. 30 Dunlin, c.60 Wigeon, c.80 Teal, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Shelduck, 8 Curlew, c.10 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 5 Little Egret, 4 Rock Pipit, c.20 Cormorant, 4 Oystercatcher, c.10 Common Gull. (M Broadbent, E Cornelius et al) Also 1 Great White Egret flew over towards Tempest this morning.

Lelant: leucistic Robin. (A Dalgleish)

Leucistic Robin – A Dalgleish

Fowey, Gribben Head: 1 Goosander, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Great Northern Diver. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 59 Canada Goose, 14 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck,3 (2m 1f) Shoveler, 3 Teal, 72 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 6 (4m) Goosander, 59 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 26 Black-headed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 31 Carrion Crow, 8 Raven, 27 Jackdaw, 8 Magpie, 500 Starling, 1 Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 5 Chaffinch, 14 Meadow Pipit. (DAConway WeBS)

Trippet Stone Circle, Bodmin Moor: Male Hen Harrier this afternoon. (G Jones)

Camel Estuary, Webs Count: 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, 503 Black-headed Gull, 60 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Common Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 34 Cormorant, 123 Curlew, 241 Dunlin, 4500 Golden Plover, 75 Great Black-backed Gull, 15 Greenshank, 5 Grey Heron, 9 Grey Plover, 632 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Knot, 449 Lapwing, 4 Little Grebe, 36 Mallard, 1 Mallard hybrid, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Moorhen, 8 Mute Swan, 347 Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine, 229 Redshank, 36 Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff, 7 Shag, 26 Shelduck, 7 Teal, 8 Turnstone, 173 Wigeon. (D Julian)

Padstow, Little Petherick Creek: 1 Cattle Egret early afternoon, flew towards Trevisker. (D Julian)

Tregunnel, Camel Estuary: At least 2 Firecrest. (D Julian)

Drift Reservoir: 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck (B Toms, M Curtis)

Mounts Bay: 50+ Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Teal (B Toms, MCurtis) 1 Arctic Skua chasing gulls this morning. (P St Pierre)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 52 Sanderling, 29 Purple Sandpiper, 19 Ringed Plover. (A Livsey)

Little London Beach: 1+ Water Pipit, 15+ Rock Pipit, 20 Pied Wagtail, 1 male Black Redstart, 4 Dunlin, c.50 Turnstone, 4 Redshank, 5 Oystercatcher on the beach. 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver offshore. (T Phelps)

Marazion Marsh: 3 Firecrest. (T Phelps)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 2 Tawny Owl, heard only. (B Toms)

Truro: 1 Firecrest in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Hannafore, Looe: 18 Eider (10f, 8m) this afternoon. (J Eames)

Goonbarrow China Clay Works: 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 150+ Fieldfare over, 1m Bullfinch, 7 Linnet, 2 Snipe. (S Grose)

Rame: 2 Cattle Egret in field just before Whitsands Bay Holiday Park. (A C Robinson)

St. Germans: 1 Peregrine, 1 Kingfisher. (A Blonden)

Erth: 1 Peregrine (A Blonden)

Mabe Burnthouse: 3 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 13 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 8 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 1m Sparrowhawk in private garden. (D Chaney)

Castle An Dinas, St Columb Major: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Merlin. (S Grose)

Carrick Roads: 9 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (1m, 1f), 1 Great Crested Grebe. Viewed from field next to Greatwood House. (J St Ledger)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier briefly this evening. (J Swann)

Polpeor Cove, Lizard: 2 Purple Sandpipers (J Leigh)