Monday 27th January 2020

Late news, 26/1, Marazion beach: 30 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 15 Turnstone. (S. Rogers)

Sanderling – Steve Rogers

Newlyn: Iceland Gull still in the harbour, Great Skua, 3 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Scoter off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Wacker Quay, Antony: 2 Spoonbill. (M Jordan)

Wilcove: 1 Green-winged Teal with 68 Teal. (M Jordan)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Scaup, 4 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Wigeon. (J St Ledger)

Lesser Scaup – John St Ledger

Pochard – John St Ledger

Keveral Beach: 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 3 Gannet, 21 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 32 Black-headed Gull, 5 Stonechat. (D Spooner)

Dobwalls: 1 m Yellowhammer, 4 Greenfinch, 19 House Sparrows in our garden (C&J Duffy)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 female Eider, 3 Med Gull, 3 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 fem-type Black Redstart (S Van Hear)

Feock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Firecrest. (K Hambly-Staite)

Trevose Head: 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Merlin. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Helston Boating Lake: 1st winter Little Gull late pm briefly. (M Pass)

Lizard Point: 5 Chough, 1 Great Skua heading south. (P Maugham)

St Erth: flock of 23 Little Egret west over Long Lanes. (MJ Spicer)

Egloshayle: Mixed finch flock with c120 Linnets, 8 Yellowhammer, c20 Chaffinch. 1 Buzzard & c200 Golden Plover. (A Langdon)

Coombe Creek, River Fal: 1 male Pintail with c30 Mallard and 6 Teal. (C Warman)

St Ives: 1 female Blackcap in private garden. (K Money)

Little London, Marazion: 4 Black Redstart, 3 Water Pipit and Sparrowhawk. (A Witheywood)

Black Redstart – Andrew Witheywood

St Ives Bay: 1 Great Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Pod of 10+ Common Dolphins chasing bait into the bay followed by many gannets diving in their wake. (J Hawkey)


Sunday 26th January 2020

Late news, 25/1, Millbrook Lake: 53 Avocet. (B Taggart)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still off Sandy Cove this morning. (L Proctor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull still this morning on Lelant Saltings, also 1 Knot and 8 Stock Dove. (R Veal) Slavonian Grebe still on Carnsew Pool at midday. (DK Parker) Ad Ring-billed Gull, sub-ad Caspian Gull and 12 Yellow-legged Gull this afternoon. (M Elliott)

Stithians Reservoir: Fem Lesser Scaup still at the southern end.

Wilcove: drk Green-winged Teal still. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Pink-footed Goose still. (C Moncaster)

Millbrook: 9+ Cattle Egret at Stone Farm. (B Taggart)

Kenidjack: 1w Glaucous Gull on the rocks at the seaward end late morning. (P Clarke) Firecrest at the sewage works this afternoon. (JD Swann)

Glaucous Gull, Pete Clement

Trevose Head: 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 130+ Skylark and 1 Merlin in stubble below the car park. (P Maugham)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck and drake Goldeneye still. (R Menari)

Par Beach Pool: 3 Common Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 73 Black-headed Gull, 97 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Oystercatcher, 19 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 7 Teal, 14 Mute Swan, 1f Mandarin, 31 Snipe. (S Grose)

Mevagissey Harbour: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Guillemot, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Turnstone, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore, +78 Rook in trees next to fire station. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: 33 Pochard, 13 Shoveler, 12 Goosander. (S Rogers, M Pass)

Porthleven: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 27 Red-throated Diver. (S Rogers, M Pass)

Penwithick: 3 Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Goldfinch, 6 House Sparrow, 9 Starling, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Sparrowhawk in a private garden. (K Bowers)

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Treraven Meadows: 1 Bar-headed Goose in a flock of Canada Geese. (S Marquis)

Carevick, Crantock: 90 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 60 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 20 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe)

Cowlands Creek:  drk Pintail still near Coombe (C & P Wheeler)

Colliford Reservoir (West side): 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Goosander (1m), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (B Craven) 4 Goosander (3m, 1f)  M Frost

Cremyll: 1 Firecrest, 100m down the footpath behind the pub. (N Moore)

Dozmary Pool: 8 Shoveler this afternoon. (M Frost)

Lower Tamar Lake: 35 Goosander (15m 20f). (R Mudge)

Crowlas: 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Stock Dove. (R Veal)

Carnanton Woods, St Mawgan: 2 Firecrest, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Dipper, 4 Stock Dove. (C Moncaster)

Park Head: 1 Black Redstart. (C Moncaster)

Bedruthan: 2 Chough (unringed). (C Moncaster)

St John’s Lake: 30+ Brent Goose. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Wacker Quay: 2 Spoonbill still. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

St Ives Bay: 1 Great Skua being fed mackerel by fisherman. (C Oates)

Great Skua, Chris Oates

Plaidy near Looe: 11 Fulmar on cliff. (D Spooner)


Saturday 25th January 2020

Late news, 24/1, Trevose Head: Snow Bunting in small flock of Skylarks on stubble close to car park. (J Horsey)

Newlyn: Juv Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull x Herring Gull hybrid still present in the harbour and Black Guillemot off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor, M Elliott)

Helston: 1w Little Gull at the boating lake. (S Bury)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 female Scaup, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Cattle Egret, 146 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Gadwall, 22 Shoveler, 1 Water Pipit. (D Eva)

Chapel Amble: 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Water Pipit, 1 Water Rail, 20 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (D Eva) Also 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker early am. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull still with Common Gulls off Lelant platform. (J Hicks)

Trevose Head: 1 Snow Bunting, 3+ Lapland Bunting with 130 Skylark in fields below car park. (M Pass)

Lizard Point: 7 Black-throated Diver reported.

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

Gear Bridge, St Martin in Meneage: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Greenshank, 1m Bullfinch, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose. (S Chandler)

Carrick Roads: 10 Red-breasted Merganser (8m, 2f), 13 Black-necked Grebe (8&5), 2 Great Northern Diver, 60+ Redwing feeding on ivy berries in the trees, 6 Bullfinch (3prs), 4 Song Thrush in song and 1 Chiffchaff at Restronguet Weir. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Falmouth: 6 Black-throated Diver, 2 Razorbill off Gyllyngvase Beach. (J St Ledger)

Tredrizzisk: 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Rock: 11 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Mousehole: Big feeding frenzy of gulls, auks, Gannets, 50+ Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoises in an offshore bait slick at 17:00. (M Elliott)

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Late news, 18/1, Newquay: Male Black Redstart. behind one of the local clubs. (J Howells)

Black Redstart – Josh Howells

Black Redstart – Josh Howells

Sennen: American Buff-bellied Pipit reported again in fields behind the chapel and school but mobile.

Stithians Reservoir: Lesser Scaup reported again.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull, 13 (7ad, 4w, 3w, 3 2w, 1w) Yellow-legged Gull, 6 (3 ad, 2 3w, 2w) argentatus (Scandinavian) Herring Gull, 3 (2 ad, 2w) Lesser Black-backed Gull x Herring Gull hybrid and 2w Glaucous Gull x Great Black-backed Gull hybrid. (M Elliott)

Newlyn: Juv Iceland Gull reported.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Slavonian Grebe still at Carnsew Basin. (I Hayes) Also 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Little Grebe, 19 Cormorant, 15 Redshank, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Little Egret, 18 Wigeon 11:00 – 12:15. (M Webb)

Newquay, Towan Head: Pod of approx. 20 Common Dolphin for 3rd day now, also Great Northern Diver off point  at 09:00. (M Lammas) 16 Oystercatcher, 10 Turnstone, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover behind Headland Hotel and 3 Porpoise off the point at 16:00. (M Lammas)

Charlestown: 1m Blackcap, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Wren, 4 Robin, 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Magpie, 4 Blackbird, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Dunnock, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Tawny Owl. (D Hastilow)

Long Rock beach: 84 Sanderling. (G & L Carr)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Male Merlin hunting over marsh. (G & L Carr) 2 Chiffchaff, 3 (1m 2f) Stonechat, 6 Teal, 1f Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan, 16 Canada Goose, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron 14:15 – 15:15. (M Webb)

Chiffchaff – Martin Webb

Chiffchaff – Martin Webb

Stonechat – Martin Webb

Stonechat – Martin Webb

Wacker Quay: 160+ Wigeon, 80 Teal, 250 Dunlin, 2 Spoonbill, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Spotted Redshank (M Beer)

St Endellion: 1 Barn Owl in headlights this evening. (S Grose)

Talland Bay: 1 Common Eider, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Oystercatcher. (D Spooner)

Eider & Long-tailed Duck – Derek Spooner


Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull, 11+ (5+ ad, 1 4w, 1 3w, 2 2w, 2 1w) Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott) 7+ Little Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 5 Turnstone on Carnsew Pool.

Wilcove: Drake Green-winged Teal reported again.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Ring-necked Duck, 2f Goldeneye, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe,  20 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (M Jordan)

Chapel Amble: 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 101 Teal, 3 Snipe, flock of Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, Goldcrest, 1 Water Rail, 23 Rook, 1 Swallow, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Towan Head, Newquay: 4 Red-throated Diver (2 on water 2 in flight), 1 Great Northern Diver in flight, 6+ Common Dolphin feeding off the point. (M Lammas)

Truro: 1 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40+ Shelduck, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, Wigeon, Teal,  Redshank  and Black-tailed Godwit at Sunny Corner. (M Costa) Avocet showing well 300m upstream 12:00. (M Lammas)

Loe Beach: 12 Black-necked Grebe towards Mylor, 8+  Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (M Lammas)

Longrock: 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 14 Common Scoter. (R Veal)

Portreath: 1 Black Redstart at Carvannel Downs cliffs. (C Warman)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 32 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 34 Shelduck, 11 Mallard, 12 Wigeon, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Shag, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 65 Oystercatcher, 32 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 300 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 2 Knot, 290 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 150 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 85 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 45 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Wood Pigeon, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 3 Robin, 3 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 7 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al)

Pentewan: 3 Firecrest, 6 Chiffchaff and Dipper beside river along the Pentewan cycle path approx half mile from the St Austell end. (G White)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 42 Curlew, 9 Oystercatcher,  4 Little Egret, 5 Blackcap and 1 f Sparrowhawk. (J Green)

East Pentire, Newquay: 1 Black Redstart. (S Rowe)

Crowdy Reservoir: 18 Lapwing, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (M Jordan)

Downderry/Seaton: 18 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar and small parties of auks offshore this morning. Inshore a Mediterranean Gull. In Downderry itself a Blackcap and Firecrest. (A Payne)

Crugmeer: 1+ Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Carnewas and Park Head: 6 Chough on the coast path, feeding on the hedges and flying around the area. (E Carne)

Polkerris: 8 Common Scoter, 1 female Eider, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 6 Raven. (A Piper)

Saturday 18th January 2020

Sennen: Buff-bellied Pipit with 20 Meadow Pipits around puddles / manure heap, to far end (SE of) left-hand (northern) maize field, where footpath crosses the area of soil-dumping, 15.30-16.00. Also Little Egret, 2 Choughs flew inland and Chiffchaff calling from nearby scrub. (J Branscombe)

Tregew NT, Old Kea: 3 Cattle Egret. (H de Gast et al)

Helston Sewage Works: 2 Firecrest, 15 Chiffchaff. (D Wright)

Firecrest – Dougy Wright

Helston Penrose Car Park: 2 Firecrest. (D Wright)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Mediterranean Gull. (D Wright)

Par Beach Pool: 18 Mute Swan, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret , 1 Water Rail, 3 Coot, 17 Moorhen, 2 Tufted Duck, 201 Black-headed Gull, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch, 11 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Par Beach: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Eider, 39 Linnet. (S Grose)

Par, Spit Beach: 2 Raven, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 31 Oystercatcher, 16 Turnstone, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Great northern Diver. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 12 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Snipe, 1 Med Gull, 110 Black-headed Gull. (S Rowe)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 69 Canada Goose, 3 Shoveler, 16 Wigeon, c30 Teal, 95 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 11 Oystercatcher, 20 Moorhen, 1 Med Gull, 210 Black-headed Gull. (S Rowe)

Bedruthan: 120 Skylark, 2 Peregrine. (S Rowe)

Trevose Head: 5 Lapland Bunting, 200 Skylark, 8 Red-throated Diver, 10 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Kestrel. (S Rowe)

Red-legged Partridge – Steve Rowe

Crugmeer: 6 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 80 Skylark, 50 Chaffinch, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe) 8 Grey Partridge at roost in Leylandi trees under huge flock of Corvids. (S Grose)

Lanivet: 1 Green Woodpecker at Bodmin garden centre. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 351 Black-headed Gull at Royal Cornwall show ground. (S Grose)

Wilcove: 1 drake Green-winged Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail. (C Urquhart, L Langley, P Roseveare et al)

St John’s Lake: 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Eider, 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Grey Plover, c.150 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher. (P Roseveare, L Langley et al)

Millbrook: 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Northern Diver. (P Roseveare)

Egyptian Goose – Pete Roseveare

Looe: 9 (6m, 3f) Common Eiders. (D Spooner)

Hayle Estuary: Adult Ring-billed Gull again, 2+ ad Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Firecrest near hide at Ryan’s Field. (I Hayes) Also, 4 Grey Plover, 27 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Jack Snipe (at Copperhouse) (D Eva)

Friendship Woods: 23 Stock Dove, 2 Siskin, c.130 Pied Wagtail, 1 Tawny Owl nearby. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 Tawny Owl at 0600. (R Veal)

Little London: 3 (2m) Black Redstart, 1+ Water Pipit, 5 Red-throated Diver (1ad showing some sum plum), 2 Black-throated Diver, 13+ Great Northern Diver, drk Common Scoter. (R Veal)

Newlyn Harbour: 1w Iceland Gull, 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid. (M Elliott) Also, 2 drake Eider, 4 Great Northern Diver. (G&L Carr) Iceland Gull on roof of harbour buildings, 2 Eider and 1 Kingfisher in harbour. (J Branscombe)

Sandy Cove: Black Guillemot still. (D Eva, M Elliott)

Gillan Creek: 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 9 Little Egret. (B Nicholls)

Marazion: 2 Firecrest along the stream near the wooden holiday let this afternoon. 19+ Teal from road. (M Scott)

Hayle: Blackbird singing from palm tree opposite Asda at first light. (J Evans)


Friday 17th January 2020

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, sub-adult Caspian Gull, ad argentatus Herring Gull, 6+ Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 7 (4 drk) Goosander, 2 redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 11 Turnstone. (R Veal, M Halliday, M Pass)

Porthkidney: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 350+ Kittiwake. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 Mistle Thrush. (R Veal)

Siblyback Lake: Drake Ring-necked Duck still. (T Mills)

Wilcove: Drake Green-winged Teal, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper. (T Mills)

Stithian’s Reservoir: 1f Lesser Saup, Goldeneye and Woodcock. (M Spicer)

Padstow: 1 Kingfisher at Hawkers Cove. (S Grose) 3 Mediterranean Gull, 94 Black-headed Gull in field next to cemetery. (S Grose)

Lower Amble: 58+ Cattle Egret between Lower Amble and Gutt Bridge near farm buildings. (D Julian)

Amble Marshes: 48+ Cattle Egret, possibly different to the Lower Amble birds. (D Julian)

Chapel Amble: 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 10 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper and Swallow. (D Julian et al.)

Wadebridge: 2 drake Mandarin (J Brookes)

Praa Sands: Black Redstart around the car park. (I Hayes)

Newlyn: Iceland Gull (juv) and 4 Great Northern Diver in the harbour. (I Hayes)

Drift Reservoir: Male Hen Harrier (flew through), 1 Long-tailed Duck , 2 Stock Dove (M Pass)

Maenporth: 15+ Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 (possibly 2) Red-necked Grebe, 1 Razorbill, 20 Guillemot, 2 Med Gull, Snipe, 2+ Stonechat. (M Doyle, L Langley, M Pass)

Falmouth: 20+ Black-throated Diver. off Gyllyngvase Beach. (J St Ledger, S Van Hear)

Black-throated Divers, John St Ledger

Restronguet Weir: c25 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Firecrest, 2+ Chiffchaff, 1 Pheasant, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Little Grebe, 30+ Shag, 1 Gannet. (M Doyle)

Marazion: 4 Water Pipit and 2 Black Redstart at Little London. (I Hayes)

Cape Cornwall 09:30-11:00: 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 100s of Kittiwakes and auks, 2 Red-throated Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. (N Wheatley)

Pendeen 09:00-11:30: 1 Great Skua, 1 ad Little Gull, 1000’s Auk sp and Kittiwake. (R  Wilkins)

Helford River: 7 Great Northern Divers, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Common Sandpiper.  (T Pinfield)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Merlin in hunting flight moving fast across the Ruan-Fal complex towards Ardevora Vear at 09:00. (D Hall)

Truro, Sunny Corner: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, c.50 Teal. (A. Hill)

Porthallow to Maen Aver: 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Firecrest. (D Wright)

Great Northern Diver, Dougy Wright

Laneast: Around 500 Golden Plover at dusk. (B Craven)

Perranporth: Black Redstart by the llibrary. (T Wilson)