Friday 27th November 2020

Longrock: Pacific Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 17 Common Scoter. (DK Parker)

Crows an Wra: Sociable Plover, c400 Golden Plover, 126 Lapwing. (D Flumm) Please observe current Government guidelines wrt travel and coronavirus restrictions (social distancing etc) if going for this bird.

Sociable Plover – Dave Flumm

Sociable Plover – Dave Flumm

Sociable Plover – Phil Taylor

St Buryan Farm shop: One scan produced c. 2000 Golden Plover in flight. Also one ringtail Hen Harrier. (P Fraser, S Kolodziejski)

Bosistow Lane: Black Redstart. (D Flumm)

Higher Bosistow: Black Redstart, c15,000 Starling, 13 Golden Plover. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 f Goldeneye, 2 (m+f) Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Snipe, 1 Coot, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. (T Mills)

Wadebridge: 1 Great White Egret over towards Clapper, 1 m Mandarin, 1 Snipe, 4 Little Grebe, 30 Lapwing, 3 Curlew, 7 Oystercatcher, 19 Redshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1f Grey Wagtail, between Bridge bike hire and Anneka’s bridge. (S Grose)

Coverack: Velvet Scoter, Common Scoter, female Eider, Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 4 Mediterranean Gull, Siberian Chiffchaff. (M Broadbent)

Tregony: 3 Swallows still here today 11.45am flying around village near centre. (D Hall)

Ninestones/Draynes Valley: 1 Common Buzzard, 1 male Kestrel, 1 immature female Peregrine eating prey on the wing, 1 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Blackbird, 30 Redwing, 20 Fieldfare, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Magpie, 4 Jay, 1 Raven, 35 Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Robin. (M & R Frost)

Higher Bojewyan, Pendeen: male Merlin. (R Gore)

College Reservoir: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Lesser Redpoll (D Collins)

Lower Tamar Lake: 18 Goosander (7m 11f), 3 Tufted Duck (2m 1f), 3m Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Great Crested Grebe, c50 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper. (R Mudge)

Marazion, Godolphin Arms: Peregrine harassing the gull high tide feeding frenzy. (C Richards)

Porthilly/Cant: 173 Oystercatcher, 2 Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 1 Kingfisher, 35 Common Gull. (S Grose)

St Tudy: 1m Yellowhammer, 1 Merlin, 3000 + Starling over. (S Grose)

Maer Lake: 7 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Shelduck, 350 Golden Plover, several Lapwing. (B Craven)

Sandy Cove, Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff. (L Proctor)


Saturday 21st November 2020

Late news, 20/11, Manaccan: 37 Cattle Egret next to Choon Farm. (P Gay)

Late news 20/11, Newlyn harbour: 1 colour-ringed 2w Great Black-backed Gull (ringed as chick 27/6/19 in Dorset), also 1 m Black Redstart (on South Pier), c25 Turnstone, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Great Northern Diver. (T Mills)

Great Black-backed Gull – Tony Mills

Late news, 20/11, Lamorna Cove: 7 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

St Levan: Probable Eastern Lesser Whitethroat in 2nd clump of sallows to the north of the church. (M Wallace)

Eastern Lesser Whitethroat – Mark Wallace

St Buryan: Juv Rosy Starling in a private back garden for a 3rd day. (per D Flumm)

Rosy Starling – Dave Flumm

Lizard: Male Red-breasted Flycatcher still in the church graveyard/car park. (S Rowe et al.)

Video above by John Chapple.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – J Jones

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Graeme Willetts

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Graeme Willetts

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Steve Rowe

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Michael Mckee

Pendeen: 1 pale juv Long-tailed Skua at 08:35, 16 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 diver sp, 29 Common Scoter 07:40-11:00. (P Combridge) 3 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater. (P Combridge)

Kenidjack valley: Willow warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (1 Siberian race P c tristis,1 nominate). (P Clarke)

Towan Head: Flock of 50+ Common Scoter still in the bay. Also Great Northern Diver and 3 Red-throated Divers. (M Lammas)

Penzance: 13 Purple Sandpiper off Jubilee Pool. (P St Pierre)

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Wagtail at Sandy Cove. (T Mills)

Lamorna Cove: 6 Black Redstart  (females or 1w males), 3 Grey Wagtails (N R Rogers)

Black Redstart – Nigel Rogers)

Black Redstart – Nigel Rogers)

Leswidden, St Just: Hen Harrier hunting over fields. (J Branscombe)

Trevose: 2 Snow Bunting at Trevose Head car park 12:10. (P Stephenson)

Swanpool: Great Northern Diver (J & D Chapman)

Poldhu: Snow Bunting still on 4th tee of Mullion Golfcourse, between Poldhu & Gunwalloe (J & D Chapman)

Porthgwarra: 9 Whooper Swans over and Snow Bunting at Roskestal. (M Wallace)

Zennor: 9 Whooper Swan. (P Oldcorn)

Croft Pascoe pool/woods: 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 60+ Golden Plover, 1 Woodcock flushed, 1 Snipe. (J Jones, R Loonstyn)

Water Rail – J Jones

Golden Plover – J Jones

Minions, Bodmin Moor: c20 Golden Plover, 2 Ravens. (A Langdon)

Wadebridge,SE Camel Trail: 12 Teal, 5 Little Egret, 5 Meadow Pipet, c20 Redwing, 1 leucistic Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 21 Canada Geese, 2 Moorhen, c20 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Dipper. ( A Taylor B Ide )

Camel Estuary: 7 Cattle Egret at Pink Creek late aternoon. (L Curry)

Chapel Amble: 1 Great White Egret (follow the road adjacent to Maltsters Arms signposted for St kew, walk past partially flooded field with sheep and egret has been feeding in the next grassy field all week), 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 f Grey Wagtail, 1 Cattle Egret over, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat, 1 Little Egret. (S Grose)

Upper Tamar Lake: 3 Goosander (2m 1f), 2 Redwing, 1 Merlin, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1f Goosander, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Marsh Tit, 6 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch. (R Mudge)

Rosevanion: 3 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Woodcock, 1 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: Black Redstart and Grey Wagtail by bottom of dam and 2 female Goldeneye by Southern Cut off. (G Kingdon)

St Ives: 1 Great Northern Diver near Smeatons pier and 1 Snow Bunting by the church on the Island. (G Sykes)

Siblyback Lake: Great Northern Diver reported by the hide this morning.

Troon: 1w/fem Black Redstart. (S Taylor)

Kennack Sands: 1 Black-throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Divers reported.

Thursday 19th November 2020

Late news, 17/11, St Just: 2 Black Redstart in Methodist church graveyard, also present 12/11. (M Hayter)

Pendeen: 19 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 9 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 7 Common Scoter, 36 Fulmar, 2 1w Little Gull, 6 Med Gull. (S Rogers, D Flumm et al.) 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 16 diver sp. 1 Purple Sandpiper, 9 Med Gull, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Pom Skua, 38 Great Skua, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Grey Phalarope, 48 Manx Shearwater, 122 Fulmar 07:20-13:40. (P Combridge, DK Parker)

St Ives: 1 Leach’s Petrel, 8 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 16+ Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 15+ Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 50+ Med Gull, 3 Little Gull, juv Iceland Gull, 100,000 auks, (most in first hour but still c50 per min at 13:00, 4 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Lizard: Ad male Red-breasted Flycatcher at Church Cove. (J Foster)

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Mike Spicer

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Mike Spicer

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Dave Collins

Towan Head, Newquay: 1 Velvet Scoter flew into group of 40+ Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (N Long)

Godolphin Cross: Siberian Chiffchaff in private garden. (C Richards)

Gunwalloe: Black Redstart. (C Richards)

Manaccan, Helford: 27+ Cattle Egret in field next to Choon Farm (S Chandler)

Lower Nansloe: 6 Cattle Egret flushed by fighter jets. (P Smale)

Helston: Siberian Chiffchaff by pool near the water works. (P Smale)

Swanvale: Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Raffle)

Trevose Head: 78 Fulmar, 2 Great Skua, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver ,  10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Phalarope, 534 Kittiwake, 5 Black-headed Gull, adult Common Gull , adult Mediterranean Gull, 1st winter Little Gull. (B Bosisto)

St Eval: 13 Crossbill in pine tree’s beside post office this afternoon. (B Bosisto)

St Agnes Head: 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Common Scoter. (G Lawlor)

Godolphin Cross village: 2 Black Redstart. (C Richards)

Portheras Cove: Adult male Black Redstart plus Great Northern Diver offshore. (K Aspden)

Drift Reservoir: Black Redstart on top road. (B Stone)

Cape Cornwall: 08:40 to 10:40 in a NW5-7 and great light: a patch record 5 Black-throated Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 diver sp., 4 Great Skua, 1 adult pp Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 10 Common Scoters, 2-3 ad Med Gulls, Little Egret, hundreds of Kittiwakes and gazillions of auks. (N Wheatley)

Cot Valley, St. Just: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Choughs. (M. Critchley)

Lower Trevedran Farm, near Lamorna: 1 female Hen Harrier. (M Critchley)

Kingsmill Lake: 74 Avocet, 4 Grey Plover, 8 Lapwing, 140+ Dunlin, 12 Greenshank, 100+ Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 39 Curlew, 2 Gadwall, with many Teal & Wigeon. Also, 2 Med Gull and 3 Common Gull (P Kemp)

Downderry: 07:40-08:45, moving west 36 Gannets, a Great Skua, 51 Kittiwakes, 3 Common Gulls and 5 Mediterranean Gulls. This afternoon 4 Black Redstarts in the village and a Ring Ouzel to the east. (A Payne)

Davidstow airfield: Male Hen Harrier, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Buzzard, 8 Ravens displaying, c2000 mix of Golden Plover, Lapwing plus 2 Kestrels. (D Dennis)

Poldhu Golf Course: Snow Bunting. (D Collins)

Snow Bunting – Dave Collins

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Shag, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Ruff. (M Elliott)

St Erth: Black Redstart at the railway station and a diver sp high over south. (M Elliott)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 f Peregrine Falcon over, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Tawny Owl (heard at midday), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Porthilly Farm: 2 Cattle Egret with 6 Little Egret, 4 Red legged Partridge. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 10 Fieldfare, 2 m Great Spotted Woodpeckers on our seed tray, 1 f Sparrowhawk ambushed our feeding House Sparrows, 17 House Sparrows in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Newlyn: Great Northern Diver still in harbour. (A McKechnie)

Great Northern Diver – Alex McKechnie


Wednesday 18th November 2020

Late News, 17/11, Hannafore, Looe: 1f Black Redstart, 2 drake Eider, 2 Stonechat, 6+ Shag. Also, many Oystercatcher and Pied Wagtail. (A Banks)

Late News, 17/11, Chiverton Roundabout: 1 Red Kite over A30 about 12.30. (R Geddes)

College Reservoir: Pallas’s Warbler still this afternoon. Also 2 Firecrests, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (M Broadbent, H Keeper, O King, E Cornelius) Also 2 Woodcock and 12 Snipe (O King)

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler still in the sallows at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor) Moulting adult Great Northern Diver still in the harbour. (N Rogers) 1 3w Yellow-legged Gull and c25 Turnstone in harbour (T Mills)

Yellow-legged Gull – Tony Mills

Pendeen: 9 Great Skua and 7 Common Scoter 07:45-10:15. (M McKee) 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 diver sp. 29 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 73 Fulmar, 77 Manx Shearwater 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1w Little Gull plus 1 Snow Bunting 10:40-15:10. (P Combridge) 2 Black-throated Diver, 44 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 300+ auks per minute 12:30-15:30. (S Rogers)

Mousehole: 8+ Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Red-head Goosander, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 7 Little Grebe. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary: 110 Curlew and 140 Lapwing. (C Richards)

Godrevy: Snow Bunting still near the small quarry at the top of the headland. (P Brinton)

St Ives Island: 20+ Manx Shearwater heading south west. (R Geddes)

Coast Path, Mullion Golf Course: 1 Snow Bunting above Craig-a-Bella on golf tee (M Pass)

Loe Pool: Siberian Chiffchaff at Lower Nansloe. (S Bury)

Millbrook Lake: 2 Little Grebe, 1 Red Breasted Merganser, 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 4 Moorhen, 1 Mute Swan, 25+  Mallard, 4 Cormorant, numerous BH and Herring Gulls. (D Sharp)

Anderton: 5 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 5 Shelduck, large number of Black-headed Gulls. (D Sharp)

Towan Head, Newquay: 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua, 5 Manx Shearwtaer, 30+ Common Scoter late pm. (N Long, S Rowe et al)

Falmouth, Trescobeas area: 1 Sparrowhawk with it’s kill; a Black Redstart. (J St Ledger)

Sparrowhawk – John St Ledger

Wadebridge: 2 Yellowhammer opp Ball Terrace, 101 Black-headed Gull on football club pitch. (S Grose)

Porthilly Farm: 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 11 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Tredrizzisk: 1 Firecrest, Merlin from private garden. (S Grose)

Hannafore, Looe:  7 Brent Geese, 9 Mallard, 2 Curlew, 6 Turnstone, 14 Cormorant, 6 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Meditteranean Gull, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel.  (A Parker)

Downderry: 2 Black Redstarts on same building this afternoon. (A Payne)

Deer Park Woods; Heredsfoot: 3 Treecreeper, 1 singing Dipper, 2 Crossbill. (L Payne)


Monday 16th November 2020

Trevose Head: 3 Great Skua, 18 Fulmar, 23 Manx, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter, Leach’s Petrel at 9:02am, 4 Lesser black Backed Gull, 1017 Kittiwake. (B Bosisto)

Pendeen: 22 Great Skua, 1 juv Pom Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 5 Grey Plover and a Thresher Shark. 07:45-10:30. (S Rogers, M McKee, P Clement, N Rogers) Also, Leach’s Petrel. (P Combridge)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Little Auk in the sound between Hannafore & Looe Island at 0930. Flew east towards Millendreath at 0940. 1f Black Redstart, Firecrest, 3 ad Mediterranean Gull, 7 (2 drake, 1 imm drake, 4 female) Eider, and 1 Great Northern Diver. (G Lewis)

Bude Marsh: 5 Cattle Egret early morning. (N Bastin)

Godrevy Head: 1 Snow Bunting still, many small flocks of Kittiwakes passing by. (T Mills) Also, 8 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

Snow Bunting – Tony Mills

Kittiwakes – tony Mills

purple Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Snow Bunting – John St Ledger

Black Redstart – John St Ledger

Copperhouse Creek: 1 Ruff. (C Richards)

Trink Hill, Lelant Downs: 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.50 Herring Gull. (P Geddes)

Towan Head, Newquay: 1f Merlin, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 2w Common Gull (N Long) Also, 30+ Common Scoter in Newquay Bay this morning. (M Lammas)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Mediterranean Gull amongst 100s of mixed gulls. Also 12+ Wigeon, 4 Redshank and 1 Oystercatcher from the carpark. (M Lammas)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, c.20 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 6 Coot, numbers of Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.10 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Wren, 3 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, c.10 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 5 Goldcrest, 6 Blue Tit, c.15 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 1 Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch. (C Yates)

Lamorna Cove: Merlin, Black Redstart, Firecrest. (D Flumm)

Porthilly Point: 1 Great Northern Diver (close in feeding on crab) 1 Red throated Diver over(leaving the estuary and flying out to sea), 1 Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 48 Oystercatcher, 13 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 1 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher (one carrying plastic up river and one feeding from terracotta drainage pipe), 2 m Mandarin, 2 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 m Blackcap, between Old Town and Anneka’s bridges. (S Grose)

Tregrehan: 1 Firecrest in Boscundle woods. (I Stewart)

Truro: Blackcap in our private garden this morning and also the Meadow Pipit continues to visit daily. (K&J Mortimore)

Par Beach: 1 Curlew, 2 Brent Goose. (E Mayhew)

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler in the wet sallows (with bird feeders) at Sandy Cove, also a Chiffchaff & 2 Blackcap. (B Stone)

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler by bridge below Daisy Cottage. (N Wheatley)

Downderry: (0730-0845), moving west a Fulmar, a Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 76 Gannets, 180 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Common Gulls, 80 Kittiwakes, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 61 auks. (Alan Payne)

Saltash: Spotted Redshank along Forder Creek. (M Beer)

Lower Tamar Lakes: 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Redwing, 5 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 14 Fieldfare, 1m Tufted Duck. (R Mudge)

Coverack: 5 Black Redstarts on beach boulders on east side of the beach. (A Witheywood)

Lockdown Diary 3: On a cold clear November afternoon I went up to Bodmin Moor to see the Starlings. Their murmuration just before settling down for the night is an astonishing sight. I got there quite a bit before dusk but as the first squadrons of birds started appearing from all over Cornwall, so too did the human observers. A constant stream of cars appeared over the switchback Roughtor Road and quickly grabbed their spot from the handful of parking places. It was nice to see suitably socially distanced families, dogs, young and old turn out, and as the Starlings massed together in the large field to the left of the road, out came the phones to video the spectacle. The birds swirled around like iron filings following a magnet, up into the air and then back down and around. At one point all of them were on the ground at once. Impossible to count but I reckon there were about four football pitches worth of closely-packed birds – several hundred thousand perhaps. The throng had attracted several Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine. The Starlings know, like shoals of fish, that there is safety in numbers and that the ebb and flow of the murmuration confuses the perspective of predators. Finally, they headed for the plantation as the light dimmed, and the 100 or so people clambered back into their cars and headed for their own night time roosts.

Socially distanced Starling roost – Simon Marquis


Sunday 15th November 2020

College Reservoir: Pallas’s Warbler in sallows in the SW corner with Long-tailed Tits but mobile. Also 2 Firecrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 16 Shoveler. (L Ozsanlav-Harris (finder), M Broadbent, R Augarde)

Manacaan: 8 Cattle Egrets in fields opposite Tregonwell farmhouse. (J Jones)

Cattle Egret – J Jones

Stone Farm, Millbrook: 16 Cattle Egret, 60+ Chaffinch (P Kemp)

Padstow: Yellow-browed Warbler 350m east of Old Town Cove. Also 2 Cattle Egret at Little Petherick. (D Julian)

Bude Marsh: 2 Cattle Egret on the canal bank. (A Roberts)

Cattle Egret – Adam Roberts

Pendeen: 3 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 19 Great Skua 07:30-10:30. (P Clement, M McKee, S Rogers) Also 45 Fulmar. (N Rogers) 14 Great Skua, 1 juv Pom Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Manx Shearwater. (B Mellow). Also (14:00 – 16:00) 3 Great Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater (15.08), 25 Fulmar, and a steady passage of Kittiwake, Gannet & Auks. (J Hawkey)

St Agnes Head: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver 08:00-13:00. (G Lawlor)

Towan Head (14:40-16:40): 1 ad Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua, 6 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Northern Diver, c60 Fulmar, c250 Kittiwake. Also 1 Red-throated Diver, c50 Common Scoter in bay. (S Rowe, I Boreham et al)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Chiffchaff, 10 Tufted Duck, 7 (2ad 5 juv) Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 20 Coot, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 79 Black headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black backed Gull, 2 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Park Head: 1 Barn Owl. (B Bosisto)

Wadebridge: 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 3 Spotted Redshank on the Camel Estuary. (D Julian)

Chapel Amble: 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 28 Shoveler, 65 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall,  12 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 73 Canada Goose, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 4 Raven, 19 Carrion Crow, 3 Jackdaw, 4 Magpie, 110 Starling, 7 Blackbird, 9 Redwing, 17 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 3 Stonechat, 1 Dunnock and 1 Blue Tit. (DA Conway)

Crackington Haven: Black Redstart by road near Congdons.

Crowan Beacon: 250 Golden Plover. (C Benton)

Downderry: (0730-0830) moving west 1 Great Northern Diver, 22 Gannet, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 51 Kittiwake and 54 auks. (A Payne)

Millbrook Lake & estuary: 37 Mallard, 7 Teal, 1 male Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Mute, 10 Canada Goose, 105 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Moorhen, 9 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 19 Curlew, 51 Oystercatcher, 17 Shelduck, 7 Little Egret, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Egyptian Goose & 2 Black Redstart (P Kemp) 30+ Black-headed Gulls, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 6 x Moorhen, 1 Egyptian Goose, 7 Cormorant, 10 Teal, 1 Redshank. (D Sharp)

Great Crested Grebe – Deena Sharp

Hannafore, Looe:  1 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 7 Eider Duck, 1 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, numerous Black-headed and Herring gulls, with a large quantity of Great Black-backed Gulls sheltering on Looe Island. (D Sharp)

Porthmeor: Yellow-browed Warbler this afternoon. (P Combridge)

Windmill Farm: Woodcock, 5 Grey Heron. (D Wright)

Predannack: Purple Sandpiper 2 miles inland on private pool. (D Wright)

Restronguet Weir: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 pair Red-breasted Merganser. (J St Ledger)

Restronguet Creek, near Point Quay: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

Swanpool: 1 Common Scoter (female) (J St Ledger) Also, 1f Common Scoter, 1f Little Grebe, 1 Common Dolphin (P Oldcorn)

Pandora Inn: 33 Mute Swan (L Sampson)

River Fal, Trelissick: 5 Teal, 7 Redshank, 4 Little Ergrets, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Curlew, 2 Mute Swans plus 1 Cygnet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (G Wardle)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Swallow, 1m Tufted Duck, 5 Coot, 16 Moorhen, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing over, 213 Black headed Gull, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Par Beach: 2 Brent Geese (dark bellied), 59 Carrion Crow, 23 Pied Wagtail. (S Grose)

St Andrews Pool: 5 Mute Swan, 1 f Muscovey, 11 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 2+ Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Marsh Tit, 1m Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Ebenezer:1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Treziase: 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Thursday 12th November 2020

Garden Listing: With a second lockdown upon us we are again running a garden listing league. Use the same email address as last time ( and we will update the table with your sightings and highlights. Whilst not as strict as last time (and already a week in) there is still plenty of opportunity to enjoy your garden birds, despite the weather and darker evenings! See the page >here< for more details. Good luck and enjoy the challenge.

Godrevy Head: 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Wheatear, 6 Purple Sandpiper. 8 Ringed Plover, 16 Turnstone, 18 Oystercatcher. (DK Parker) Also reported, 1 Wheatear. Lots of Mediterranean gulls flying into bay. (T Polglase)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 10 Coot, 16 Tufted Duck, 28 Teal, 8 Little Grebe, 9 Med Gull. (DK Parker) 7 Pink-footed Goose flew around the pools then headed out to sea heading towards Godrevy Head. (T Polglase)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Aberrant (showing a grey head and underparts) Lesser Black-backed Gull returning for it’s 6th winter, 3w Yellow-legged Gull and 7 Pink-footed Geese. (M Ahmad)

St Ives, Porthminster Beach (14:00-14:40): 1st winter Iceland Gull, 19 Black-headed Gull, c100 Herring Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Turnstone, 2 Rock Pipit, 10 Gannet, 1 Song Thrush (P Nason)

Iceland Gull – Peter Nason

Iceland Gull – Peter Nason

Longrock Pool: 4w Yellow-legged Gull. (M Ahmad)

Porthgwarra: 1 Hen Harrier (ring-tail), 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 50 Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff. (N R Rogers)

Hen Harrier – Nigel Rogers

Pendeen: 1w Little Gull at 13:45. (P Combridge)

Carvannel Downs: 2 Chough, 2 Raven, 300 Jackdaw, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 4 Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 20 Goldfinch, 15 Fulmar, 10 Gannet, 20 Auk sp. (S Van Hear)

Drift Reservoir: 8 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 4 Teal, Tufted Duck, 45 Canada Geese, Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 3 Med Gull, Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Siskin. (D Flumm)

Green Sandpiper – Dave Flumm

Sancreed: Water Rail, 16 Lapwing, Peregrine, 2 Skylark, Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 5 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 50 Linnet. 2,850 Jackdaw flew west to roost at dusk 15:00-16:45 hrs. (D Flumm)

Towan Head, Newquay: 1 f Merlin, 8 f Common Scoter, 6 Purple Sandpiper. (N Long) 17 Oystercatcher, 33 Turnstone, 30+ female Common Scoter. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 4 (3ad & 1 2nd W) Mediterranean Gull, 3 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, 30+ Curlew, 21 Wigeon. (M Lammas)

St Agnes Head: 1 scoter sp. (presumably common, but bright colour at base of bill visible at distance). (A le Masurier)

Swanpool to Maenporth: 4 Firecrest, Water Rail, 5 Medeterannean Gull, 2 Raven, Great Northern Diver, 4 Ringed Plover, 20 Skylark. (M Broadbent, O King)

Restronguet Weir: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (drake). (J St Ledger)

Helford: 2 Great Northern Diver, feeding on incoming tide. 1 Kestrel (over). (J St Ledger)

Calenick Creek: 5 Greenshank, 1 Lapwing, 8 Oystercatcher, 12 Shelduck, 62 Curlew, 64 Wigeon, 248 Canada Goose, 29 Wood Pigeon, 2 Jay, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret, 51 Redshank. (R Netherton)

St Martin in Meneage: 74 Curlew on mud flats at low tide off Bishops Quay. (S Chandler)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Great Northern Diver at southern end (P Kemp)

Loe Pool: Many Great Crested Grebe (largest group 6 lots of singles and pairs), 7 Pochard, 16 Shoveler, Jay. (R Fox)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Greylag Goose, 56 Canada Geese, 20 Tufted Duck, 11 Moorhen, 10 Coot, 1 Ferruginous Duck, 111 Black-headed Gull, 25 Herring Gull including ringed immature W-546 (white on blue). (G Adams)

Hayle Kimbro: 1 Whinchat (G Adams)

Penrose, Helston: 6 Cattle Egrets, flock of 20+ Long-tailed Tits, Fire Crest, 2 Jays and Great Spotted Woodpecker. (A Witheywood)

Tywarnhayle Mine: 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard, 1 Woodpigeon, 13 Jackdaw, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Chiffchaff. (RB & PC Girling)

Padstow: 1 Great Northern Diver, 61 Mediterranean Gull, 165 Common Gull. (B Bosisto)

Tresillian to St Clement: 1 Russian White Fronted Gosse, 526 Canada Geese (plus 1 hybrid), 1 Mediterranean Gull (adult), 1 Firecrest, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 9 Greenshank, 63 Redshank, 65 Curlew, 1 Peregrine, 1 Raven, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Redwing, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Shelduck. (A Nicholson)

Polbathic Creek: Kingfisher and Grey Wagtail at garden pond. (A Blonden)

Camel Estuary: 36 Ringed Plover in winter wheat field, c150 Lapwing, c 60 Redshank, c600 Canada Geese, 1 Peregrine on Lapwing kill, c1000 Golden Plover, 12 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 1 Sparrowhawk. (A Langdon)

Peregrine – Adrian Langdon

Peregrine – Adrian Langdon

Lockdown Diary 2: Little did any of us think back in the spring that we’d be confined to barracks again in the autumn. It doesn’t seem fair in lots of ways but that’s our reality at least until December, and we have to live with it.
Watching birds was a tonic back then and is again now. Having failed to see a Treecreeper in my garden in Lockdown 1, the other day one flew down on to a rotting beech trunk right in front of me. Redwings are suddenly in evidence feasting on the fallen apples and the berries that festoon the hawthorn. The bird feeders seem to need topping up almost every day, but then they are visited by all the common tits, Goldfinch and Chaffinch, Dunnock, House Sparrow and Nuthatch. My big thrill this morning came when I was gazing out of the window at the Red-legged Partridges on the lawn, lucky escapees from the local shoot, when a tiny bird landed on the window frame not two feet from my face. I froze so as not to scare it away, and it skipped about, pecking at the glass, and wondering why it could see another Firecrest dancing around in front of it. What a magical little bird.
(S Marquis)