Thursday 25th March 2021

Late news, 24/3, Bartiney: 2 Kestrel, several Buzzard. (R Chiffers)

Kestrel – Robin Chiffers

Kestrel – Robin Chiffers

Buzzard – Robin Chiffers

Newlyn Harbour: American Herring Gull showing well at 13.15 (C.Beazley & S.Nicholls)

Porthgwarra (seawatch 0700-0900): 2 Black-throated Diver, 5 Red-throated Diver, 400 Manx Shearwater, 22 Fulmar, 24 Puffin, c1,500 Auk sp. Also Black Redstart Trevean cliff and a Meadow Pipit on the moor with reddish flush on throat and breast! (D Flumm)

Gwithian: 1 ad Glaucous Gull, 1 ad Iceland Gull and a juv Iceland Gull in nearby field. (P Freestone)

Park Head: juv type Iceland Gull flew west. (P Roseveare)

Towan Head, Newquay: 2 Great Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater, 3 Red-throated Diver, 80+ Common Scoter (N Long)

Mithian: 1 Red Kite flew west. (D Curtis)

Tresillian: 7 Cattle Egret on the estuary this afternoon, showing well from the main road. Also 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 4 Redshank, 4 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck (A Nicholson)

St Clement: 2 Whooper Swan (R Wilkins) 2 Whooper Swans flew north and out of sight. (L Sampson)

Whooper Swan – Lawrie Sampson

St Blazey: Singing Chiffchaff adjacent to railway depot. (D King)

Gerrans Bay: 5 Black-throated Diver (1 in summer plumage), 7 Great Northern Diver, 4 Sandwich Tern, 31 Turnstone. 1 Kestrel (female; over). (J St Ledger)

Black-throated Diver – John St Ledger

Sandwich Tern – John St Ledger

Gribbin Head: Chiffchaff, 3 probable Grey Partridge in flight. 1 Raven. (D King)

Kensey valley: 2 Swallows following a small group of Sand Martins flying NW at 7am. (N Bastin)

Perranaworthal: Robin recently fledged (per J Rance)

Trenant Woods, near Looe: Heron chicks observed. (D Spooner)

Mount’s Bay: 1 Sandwich Tern at 1.30 (P Fraser)

Treslea Downs: 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Great Tit, 6 Jackdaws, 2 Crow, 1 Blue tit, 3 Magpie, 2 Rook, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Robin (J Goodair)

Mount Village: Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Coal Tit, Siskin, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Robin, Wren, Rook, Blue Tit, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Dunnock, Great Tit, Crow (J Goodair)

Downderry: birds moving west before 0820 included 1 Common Scoter, 680 Gannets, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Skua, 16 Kittiwakes and 2 Sandwich Terns. (A. Payne)

College Reservoir: 6 Sand Martin, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 drake Wigeon and an adult intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull (L Langley)


Garden Listing 24th March 2021

Dobwalls: Heard Chiffchaff calling, a sign of spring, that’s number 40. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Feock: Please can you update my list to 30. This morning we had four starlings on the feeders.  They are very unusual visitors to our garden. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 23rd March 2021

St Keverne: I am delighted to send you my updated list and with the added bonus of my first Swallow of 2021 too (This is the first Swallow for garden listing this year! – Gardenlisting eds). Feeling optimistic that the list should get going a bit more now.
Always a joy to spot that first Swallow! Great Black-backed Gull on 13/02, Canada Goose on 21/02 and Sparrowhawk on 18/03 also new additions. (Helen Norton)

Wednesday 24th March 2021

Newlyn: American Herring Gull still. (L Proctor)

Porthgwarra (0715-1015): 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, c2500 Manx Shearwater, 5 Great Skua, 7 Common & 3 Mediterranean Gull, 25 Puffin, 420 Razorbill, 40 Guillemot. 6 + 4 Harbour Porpoise, 15 Common Dolphin. Wheatear. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: Wheatear, Black Redstart, 8 Rock Pipit. (D Flumm) 3 Black Redstarts,2 Wheatears (R Stone)

Black Redstart – Dave Flumm

Rock Pipit – Dave Flumm

Wheatear – Dave Flumm

Marazion Marsh RSPB: drk Shoveler, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Chiffchaff. Also 8+ Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Scoter offshore. (R Veal, S&P Rogers) Also 12 Teal (P St Pierre)  1 Sand Martin this afternoon, 13 Teal, 1 male Shoveler. (P Fraser)

Marazion beach: 23 Sanderling (P St Pierre)

Mount’s Bay: up to 9 Sandwich Terns this morning mostly around Long Rock. 5 Common Scoter (2 males). (P Fraser)

St Gothian: 2nd winter Iceland Gull, ad Glaucous Gull, 3 Wheatear, 20 Sand Martin. (J Chapple)

Stithians Reservoir: Pink footed Goose in southern cut off. (M Broadbent)

St. Clement: 2 Whooper Swan still (D Eva, S Cox, M Jones)

Whooper Swan – Steve Cox

Point Quay, Restronguet: 1 Spoonbill (in trees with Little Egrets and Herons), 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 pairs Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank. (J St Ledger)

St Keverne: Black Redstart on our glamping site. (J Jones)

Nr.Traboe: 4 Common Snipe,1 Jack Snipe (A Williams)

Goonhavern: 63 Golden Plover circling Carnebo Farm, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: 30 Cattle Egrets at Pinksons Creek this morning  (M Ellis) Pink-footed Goose on Camel River by the Rugby field at Egloshayle this afternoon. (D Julian)

Clapper Marshes: 1 Water Pipit (D Julian)

Amble Marshes: 1 female Garganey, 1 f Mandarin (D Julian)

Cotton Hill, near Nanstallon, Bodmin: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Dipper along the River Camel (J Stedman)

St Austell Bay: 21 Eider, 2 Scaup (female & 2nd cal drake), 23 Black throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (B Bosisto)

Mevagissey Bay: 114 Common Gull, juvenile Glaucous Gull. (B Bosisto)

Charlestown: 1 Chiffchaff singing (D Hastilow)

Rame Head: 1 Black Redstart on cliff (D Allan)

Hayle Estuary Carnsew Basin: 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Little Egret, 4 Grey Plover, 5 Redshank, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Sanderling, 1 Curlew, 50+ Wigeon 11.00 – 12.00. (M Webb)

Brent Goose – Martin Webb

Little Egret – Martin Webb

Grey Plover – Martin Webb


Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Late news, 22nd March Carnewas:  12 Linnet. (A & B Tregunna)

Late news, 22nd March, Looe Island: 20 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin and several nestling Cormorant chicks. (R Kirkwood)

Purple Sandpiper, Rupert Kirkwood Dunlin, Rupert Kirkwood


Newlyn harbour: 1 1w American Herring Gull again. (L Proctor)

Dozmary Pool: Ring-necked Duck ( 2 m ), 10 Tufted Duck, 2 m Scaup, 3 Shoveler, 1 m Pochard, 1 f Goldeneye. (K Pellow)

Siblyback Lake: 1 f Ring-necked Duck, 27 Tufted Duck, 5 Teal. (K Pellow )

Camel Estuary: at least 28 Cattle Egret at Camel Quarries this morning.

Tresillian to St Clement: 2 Whooper Swan (just beyond St Clement), 47 Shelduck, 23 Teal, 10 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Chiffchaff. (A Nicholson)

Tregonebris: 1 Cattle Egret in field along footpath towards Boscawen-Un stone circle to west of Boscawen-Un Farm.

Trevose Head: 3 Lapland Bunting, 1 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart and 5 Corn Bunting. (R Wilkins)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 White Wagtail, 1 ad Glaucous Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Marazion: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on Hogus rocks mid morning. (P Fraser)

Towan Head, Newquay: 1 Red-throated Diver, 120+ Common Scoter, 5 Purple Sandpiper. (N Long)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 6 Purple Sandpiper. Also on walk back home, Peacock and Comma butterflies. (T Mills)

Skewjack: 1 Swallow over. (M Wallace)

St Keverne: 1 Swallow (H Norton)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 escapee m Ferruginous Duck still present. (B Hibbett)

Goss Moor Nature Reserve: 2 Stonechat, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Blue Tit. (A Tomkins)

Playing Place: Pair of Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Skylark heard. Peacock butterfly. (T.Hall.)

Calenick Creek: 1 Buzzard, 3 Little Egret, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Redshank, 1 Heron, 1 Shelduck. (T.Hall.)

Siblyback: 20 Goldfinch, 4 Song Thrush, 8 Blackbird, 20 Tufted Duck, 6 Dunnock and 2 Greenfinch. (R Napp)

Tywarnhayle: (16.15 – 16.45) 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 3 Herring Gull, 5 Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie, 14 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren, 4 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch. (RB & PC Girling)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 1 m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Raven over (at altitude), 1 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tawny Owl heard, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Whipsiderry: 39 Fulmar (on ledges with more on the wing), 1 m Peregrine Falcon, 6 Stonechat, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Corn Bunting,1 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 2 Song Thrush bathing in our pond at dusk (C&J Duffy)

Seaton: 1 Water Rail and 2 Siskin, on private land. (M. Jordan)

Carnewas: 15 Swallow (A & B Tregunna)

Porthgwarra: 5 Sand Martin, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Buzzard, 2 Stonechat, 2 Raven, 100 Manx Shearwater, 25 Gannet, 15 Kittiwake, 6 Meadow Pipit. (I Grant/F Were)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 6 (3m 3f) Teal, 2m Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 8 Canada Geese, 2 (m & f) Stonechat, 2 Dunnock, 3 Wren 12.45 – 14.15. (M Webb)

Grey Heron, Martin Webb Stonechat, Martin Webb Stonechat, Martin Webb


Roughtor Marsh: 1 Merlin, 30 Golden Plover and 2 Redwing. (R Hollis)

Porth: 1 Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Downderry: birds moving west before 0825 included 220 Gannets, c110 Auk sp, 11 Kittiwake and 8 Sandwich Tern. Also 8 Red-throated Diver flew east. (A. Payne)

Foxhole: 1 Blackbird, 5 Redwing, Canada Geese, Redshank, Tawny Owl, 2 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe sound recorded overnight from private garden. Also 11 Tufted Duck & Great Spotted Woodpecker during the day. (B Bosisto)


Garden Listing 22nd March 2021

Constantine: Added Linnet and Chiffchaff today so total now 55. The Chiffchaff was a single singing bird whereas the Linnet was one of a flock of about 30 that landed on the trees on the border of my property .

More interesting, however, is that I was looking through my telescope at a number of bigger birds circling in the distance over near Goonhilly Earth Satellite Station, which I can see from my living room.

They were Buzzards, in excess of thirty, circling upwards on a vortex and disappearing up into the ether. There may have been more had I spotted them sooner. I know that thoughts turn to Honey Buzzards when this sort of phenomenon happens, especially in South Spain, but the closer ones I could identify were definitely Common. I have not observed this event before during the 40 + years I have been here. (Tim Pinfield)

Lanlivery: Update 22nd March. Two new species: Green Woodpecker heard briefly and Goldcrest singing in the garden. Running total 42 species. (Phil McVey)

Wadebridge: My total edges up to 43 thanks to Canada Geese flying over and Skylark over nearby fields plus two nice ones on the bird feeders – Marsh Tit and Siskin. And singing Chiffchaffs have returned. (Simon Marquis)

Charlestown: one of our bird news contributors reports a Long-tailed Field Mouse (aka Wood Mouse) on their garden nut basket (D Hastilow)

Monday 22nd March 2021

Late News, 21/03,Tresillian: 1 Barn Owl hunting, 1 Dipper on river behind the Village Hall, 3 Chiffchaff singing in woods near Airsoft base. (A Nicholson)

Late News, 21/03, Lewannick: 2 Treecreeper. (S Furge)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 American Herring Gull still present, favouring beach below South Pier. (L Proctor, A McKechnie et al)

American Herring Gull – Alex McKechnie

American Herring Gull – Alex McKechnie

Trevilley: 1 Little Bunting from footpath at SW360239, fem Merlin, c70 Golden Plover. (K Wilson, R Veal)

Little Bunting – Reuben Veal

Skewjack: 14 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Pendeen: 3 Sand Martin. (A Bayly)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: fem Black Redstart still, 6+ Chiffchaff. Also Siskin low over beach. (R Veal)

Goonhilly Downs Nature Reserve: 4 Chiffchaff, 1m & 1f Stonechat, 1 Snipe, 1 Kestrel, several Skylarks and Meadow Pipits (S Chandler)

Gwithian: 1 ad Glaucous Gull still. (P Freestone)

North Cliffs: 1 m Stonechat believed to be continental race “rubicola” (bigger white wing and neck patches, less orange breast) great condition. (B Young)

Buttermilk Hill: 1m Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatear, 8 pairs of Meadow Pipits displaying, 45 Golden Plover. (V Stratton)

Alexandra Row: 2m+ 1f Blackcap in private garden. (V Stratton)

St Clement: 2 Whooper Swan. Flew south down the river and appeared to go down before Malpas. Also, 8 Cattle Egret (2 summer plumage) and 2 Common Sandpiper. (L Sampson)

Boscawen Park to Malpas: 32 Shelduck, 15 Redshank, 13 Teal, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Black-tailed Godwit (one in full summer plumage), 1 Greenshank, 5 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, plus 1 Chiffchaff singing at Boscawen Duck Pond. (A Nicholson)

Park Head: 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear, 24 Rock Pipit (including one showing characteristics of Littoralis). (B Bosisto)

St Minver: 22 Rook nests, 1 Barn Owl early am. (S Grose)

St Moritz Hotel: 3 Mediterranean Gull over. (S Grose)

Rock: 3 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 11 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Carnanton Woods: 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Colliford Lake: c30 Jackdaws, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Buzzard, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Wheatear, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Rook, Crow, 2 Robin. (J Goodair)


Garden Listing 21st March 2021

Constantine: Great Black-backed Gull takes list to 50. (David Collins)

Feock: List moves to 29 as we had a pair of mallards fly over this morning. (Rosalind Smith)

Dobwalls: Number 39 is a female Pheasant, in the field below our garden (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Praa Sands: No migrants yet but I did clock up numbers 57, pair of Greylag Geese flying across the bay and 58, a Grey Wagtail over the Green. (Matt Southam)

Grampound: Skylark brings up 48. (Rob Nicholls)