Monday 23rd March 2020

Late news, 22/3,Newquay: 2 Raven with 2 juv in the nest. (S Grose)

Ravens – Shaun Grose

Siblyback Reservoir: male Ring-necked Duck with 25 Tufted Duck (including French marked female), 12+ Mallard, 2 Mute Swan, 6 singing Chiffchaff. (K Pellow)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Siberian Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler singing on the marsh. (P St Pierre) Also 2 (pr) Shoveler, 2 (pr) Gadwall, 7 Sand Martin, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Snipe, 15+ Chiffchaff, 1 Adder. (R Veal)

Marazion Beach: 2m White Wagtail in front of Godolphin Arms, 42 Common Gull; 4f Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal)

Sancreed: Red Kite west 08:20, 1st-w. Mediterranean Gull, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 White & 6 Pied Wagtails. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra to St Levan: Willow Warbler, Red Kite, 6 White Wagtail & 24 Chiffchaff. (M Wallace)

Lizard: 2 Black-throated Diver reported off Lizard Point.

Crugmeer: 2 Wheatear (B Bosisto)

Newquay: injured Glaucous Gull still present in the field with the pink elephant. (S Rowe) 4 Robin, 1 Moorhen, usual ducks at the boating lake. 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush behind the zoo. (E Henderson)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Ring Ouzel female, 2 Wheatears (males), 8 Ravens, 18 Meadow Pipits all on Territory, 4 Common Buzzards. (V Stratton)

Falmouth: 1 Red Kite over Trescobeas area at 14.55 mobbed by Herring Gulls. Headed off towards Penryn. (J St Ledger)

Mousehole: 2 Yellow-legged Gull on St Clements Isle. (M Elliott)

Truro River: 24 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Redshank, 1 Greenshank. (P Fraser)


Sunday 22nd March 2020

Hide Closures and Coronavirus: Please note that as of yesterday, 21st March, the Society Reserve hides will be closed to members and the public alike. This is in line with Government recommendations and general guidance with regard to ‘social distancing’ and to minimise the spread of this highly contagious disease. This concerns the hides at Drift, Stithians, Walmsley, Burniere and Windmill Farm. General access to the areas concerned is not currently affected, although the walks program has been suspended until further notice. We will also be reviewing dissemination of rare bird news in the County in line with coronavirus guidelines and the safety of our members in mind.

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck still present. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: 2nd cal-year Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid, ad Mediterranean Gull, Wheatear, 2 Fieldfare, 5 Pied & 1 White Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: Male Merlin just south of Greeb Farm, 5 Wheatear in “Burger Rock” field. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Boscawen Rose nr Lamorna: 1 Singing Skylark. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthgwarra: 4 Red Kite over midday. (S Rogers)

Nanquidno: 3 Red Kite, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear. (P St Pierre)

St Just: Red Kite drifted southwest over Kelynack valley at 10.45 (P Clarke)

Newlyn: full summer plumage Black Guillemot between Jubilee Pool and Gear Pole, 1w Iceland Gull still in harbour. (L Proctor)

Carminoe Valley: 1 Red Kite and bat sp (probably Soprano Pipistrelle) hunting in sunshine. (J Tyler)

Marazion: 7 Common Scoter and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore, 6 Shoveler flying around the bay. (P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 20+ Sand Martins feeding in the lee of the pines. (P St Pierre) Also 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 1 Wheatear and 1 Adder. (S Rogers, P Walsh) Also, 1 Red Kite flew north. (R Menari)

St Erth: 1 Red Kite flew east. (M Spicer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover on Lelant Saltings; 1 moulting to summer plumage Slavonian Grebe still on Carnsew Pool. (R Veal)

Gwithian: 3 Wheatear, 4 Shoveler (S Turner)

St Ives: 3+ Black Redstarts. Up to 2 birds at one time on Island and one on the roof of Beer and Bird in the town. (G Jones)

Buttermilk Hill: 3 Ring Ouzel (2m + 1f), 2 Golden Plover, 14 Ravens, 2 Stonechats, 12 Meadow Pipits. (V Stratton) Also, 4 Ring Ouzel 2m+2f, 3 Wheatear. (J Chapple)

Male Ring Ouzel – Vivian Stratton

Golden Plover – Vivian Stratton

Ring Ouzels – Vivian Stratton

Newquay: Injured adult Glaucous Gull still in pink elephant field. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Little Egret.

Penpol Creek: 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff, 56 Rook (21 Occupied nests), 1 Bullfinch.(S Grose)

Huers Hut: 2 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 14 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Turnstone. (S Rowe)

Porth Joke: 21 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 6 Wheatear, 2 Kestrel, 4 Buzzard, 4 Greenfinch, 24 Meadow Pipit, 8 Stonechat, 3 Goldcrest. (S Rowe)

Park Head: 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Gluvian: 20 Canada Geese, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 10 Lesser Black Backed Gull. 2 Chiffchaff, 32 Yellowhammer (B Bosisto, P Roseveare, L Payne)

St Merryn: 1 pair of Wood Pigeon incubating in a barn. Last year they successfully raised 6 young. (R Hughes)

Halzephron Cliff: 1 Merlin (C Richards)

Treleaver, Nr Coverack: 1 Red Kite, 1 Wheatear, 1 Firecrest, 1 male Blackcap, 6 Black Throated Diver (1 in partial summer plumage). (P. Bedford)

Lizard area: 1 Cattle Egret , 1 Ruff , 1 Black-tailed Godwit , 150 Golden Plover , 8 Wheatear (M Pass)

Church Cove, The Lizard: Cattle Egret in full breeding plumage perched at top of pine tree on the Lizard Lifeboat Station approach road, at 1745. (M & A Lord)

Temple: 2 Canada Goose, 2 Mallard (1m,1f), 6 Tufted Duck (4m,2f), 1 Pheasant (m), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Snipe, 1 singing Wren. (RB & PC Girling)

Charlestown: 1f Blackcap,1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 8 House Sparrow, 1 Wren, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Great Tit, 2 Robin, 1m + 1f Blackbird, 4 Dunnock, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Hastilow)



Saturday 21st March 2020

Late news, 19/3, Kynance Cove: Black Redstart on the rocks. (M Broadbent)

Late news, 20/03, Charlestown: Chiffchaff singing. (D Hastilow)

Late news, 20/3, Wadebridge, Pendavey: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Millbrook: 1 Cattle Egret at Withnoe Barton this afternoon. (M Jordan)

St Clement: 7 Cattle Egret reported in field south of the church.

Mousehole: Ad Kumliens Gull reported again in the harbour, also 1 Black Redstart.

Newlyn: Great Skua off sandy Cove at 09:15. (L Proctor) Also 2 Eider in the harbour. (G Jones)

Penzance: Red Kite east over Heamoor, heading along the ridge late morning. (P St Pierre)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Little Grebe, 2 Coot, 12 Sand Martin, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Spoonbill over towards Estuary, 1 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff from the public hide (now closed). (S Grose)

Helston Boating Lake: 5 Sand Martin, 1 drake Shoveler, 2 pairs of Coot nesting, 16 Tufted Duck, drake Ferruginous Duck of presumed captive origin still present. ( D Eva )

St Ives Island: 1 Glaucous Gull by Merryn Rocks, 2 Wheatear, 1 Black Redstart, 6 Common Scoter. (P Nason)

Tintagel: Seagulls mobbing a Red Kite over Bossiney. (L Hall)

Coverack: c8 Common Gull. (D.Beadle)

Lowland Point: 2 Wheatear, 7 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (D.Beadle)

College Reservoir: 75+ Sand Martins skimming the surface. (L Langley)

Nare Head: 37 Great Northern Diver, 10 Black-throated Diver. (L Sampson)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 8 Black-tailed Godwits joined a dozen Bar-tailed Godwits on Ryan’s Field this afternoon. (J Hicks) Also 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, c30 Mediterranean Gull, 12 (mostly sum plum) Black-tailed Godwit, 3 imm Mute Swan late pm. (R Veal) 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, Slavonian Grebe moulting into summer plumage, 1 Wheatear in Carnsew Basin. (G Jones)

Penzance: 8 Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool. (G Jones)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Wheatear, 10 Sand Martin, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Wheatear. (G Jones)

Trencrom Hill: Wheatear. (G Jones)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Friday 20th March 2020

Late news, 19/3, Bude: 2 Swallows flew into roost in the reeds at Bude marshes. (N Bastin)

Late news, 19/3, Devoran: 10 Red-breasted Merganser in Restronguet Creek off Point. (P Pearson)

Polgigga: Ring Ouzel flew over Trethewey. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra (seawatch 08:30-09:00): No passage but feeding rafts c1000 Razorbill, c1000 Guillemot, c300 Manx Shearwater, 15 Fulmar, 50 Gannet, 30 Shag, c300 Kittiwake, 1 Common Gull, 1 Med Gull. In area 178 Golden Plover, 14 Wheatear and 5 Whimbrel over. (D Flumm, M Wallace)

Golden Plover – Dave Flumm

Golden Plover – Dave Flumm

Wheatear – Dave Flumm

Drift Reservoir (members only): 10 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Camel Trail, Guineaport /Grogley Halt: 1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Marsh Tit, 3 Song Thrush, 11 Chiffchaff, 10+ Redwing, 2 Fieldfare (still feeling on Ivy berries), 7 Buzzard, 2 Raven over, 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk, 19 Goldcrest, 7 Coal Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Bar headed Goose, 1 Treecreeper(carrying nesting material), 19 Teal, 3 Shelduck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 m Mandarin, 7 Red legged Partridge. (S Grose)

Trencrom: 2 (m, f) Ring Ouzel, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Long-tailed Tits nestbuilding, 4 Sand Martin, 1m Blackcap singing, 4 Stock Dove. (R Veal)

Caerthillian: male Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear. (D Collins)

Housel Bay: 1 Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 25 Redwing. (D Collins)

Falmouth Bay: 2 Great Skua and sum plum Black-throated Diver. (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Walmsley Sanctuary (keyholders only): 1 Red Kite, 4 Buzzards, c20 Sand Martins, 1 Snipe, 1 Spoonbill, c40 Teal, c8 Shoveler, 1 Skylark, 1 Grey Heron & 3 Little Egrets. (A Langdon)

Marazion: Female Black Redstart in the donkey paddock along Green Lane. (S Rogers)

Nanjizal: 12 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest and 1 Green Sandpiper. (K Wilson)

Downderry: 14 Red-throated Diver and 5 Great Northern Diver (10 yesterday) early this morning. 1 Wheatear this afternoon. (A Payne)

Carnsew Basin: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1f Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit 12:50 – 13:25. (M Webb)

Thursday 19th March 2020

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 Pochard (Drake), 2 Teal, 10 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goldeneye,1 Sparrowhawk (male) overhead. (J St Ledger)

Lesser Scaup – John St Ledger

Charlestown: 1 m Black Redstart. (D Hastilow)

Chaple Point; Mevagissey: 2 Puffin, 1 Black throated Diver, 4 Chiffchaff , 2 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap (B Bosisto)

Charlestown: 6 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver (B Bosisto)

Cudden Point: 1 Fulmar inland, possibly mapping, 1 Merlin, 2 Black Redstart 1m 1f, 2 Wheatear 1m 1f, 2 Shag, 1 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, Pod 15+ Common Dolphin just off the point (J Evans)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull still present. (M Ahmad)

Siblyback Reservoir: Ring-necked Duck, 25 Tufted Duck (including French ringed female), 2 Goldeneye ,3 Little Grebe, 5 Chiffchaff. (K Pellow)

Ring-necked Duck – Keith Pellow

Ring-necked Duck – Keith Pellow

Drift Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, 66 Canada Geese, 3 Little Egret, 1 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 40 Sand Martin north, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing. (D Flumm)

St Teath: Osprey reported perched on top a telegraph pole between St Teath & Westdowns. (S Hill)

Colliford Res (East side): 2 Oystercatcher, 52 Fieldfare, Barnacle Goose, 5 Great Crested Grebe. (B Craven)

Minions, Bodmin Moor: c300 Golden Plover,  2 Raven, 3 Buzzard. (A Parker)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 Sparrowhawk , 1 Peregrine Falcon, 101 Rook feeding nearby. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary, Burniere Hide: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 8 Redshank this evening. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 30+ Black-tailed Godwit flew over the marsh. (P Walsh)

St Agnes Head: Leucistic Wheatear, 9 Sand Martin, 1 Swallow. (B Mellow)

Penstraze: 1 Red Kite heading west. (B Mellow)

Skewjack: 40+ Sand Martin, 1 Swallow. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Crowlas: 1 Sand Martin over. (R Veal)

Portscatho: c20 Pale-bellied Brent Geee flew South at 12:45. (A Roberts)


Tuesday 17th March 2020

Sensitive Breeding Birds: Now that the breeding season is close upon us again, we will shortly be resuming our policy of withholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds in the County. Our first duty is to protect the birds themselves. Please keep sending in your reports, even though they will not appear on the website, as they will still go into the county database and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Remember, the welfare of the birds comes first! Thanks for your understanding. The full list of species concerned, including RBBP and Schedule 1 species can be found on the website here. Please do bear this in mind when sharing information on social media too.

Camel Estuary, Burniere Hide: 1 Whooper Swan, 1 f / imm Hen Harrier, 6 Shelduck, 11 Redshank, 23 Curlew, 3 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Skylark, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 5 Red legged Partridge. (S Grose) In addition, 35 Lesser Black backed Gull ( one adult intermedius / Scandinavian sub-species) , 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull (B Bosisto)

Treraven Meadow: 1 Spoonbill flying over at 8.30am. Also, 2 male Mandarin between the bridge and Anneka’s. (D Wilson)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 91 Black-tailed Godwit , 24 Sand Martin , 1 Spoonbill (adult) , 2 Little Egret, 7 Wigeon,  10 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 65 Teal, 9 Shelduck,  7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Water Pipit. (B Bosisto)

Chaple Amble: 7 Teal, 2 Shelduck , 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Water Pipit (B Bosisto)

Winnards Perch: 350 Golden Plover (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 11 Canada Goose, 500 Golden Plover, 27 Yellowhammer (B Bosisto L Payne)

St Merryn: 5 Sand Martin. (R Augarde)

Trevose Head: 9 Wheatear. (R Augarde) 2 Lapland Bunting in stubble field behind National Trust Car Park, 5 Sand Martin (R Copeland)

Newquay: injured adult Glaucous Gull still in the pink elephant field next to Crantock junction (R Copeland)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 1 m Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Crackington Haven: 1 Red Kite, 6 Sand Martin (B Teague)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Sandwich Tern. (T Phelps)

College Reservoir: 12 Sand Martin, 1 Treecreeper, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon, 15+ Coot. (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Swanpool: circa 6 Red Kite (R Taylor)

Red Kite-R Taylor


Eden Project: 1 singing Chiffchaff (L Payne)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Sand Martin, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret. (D Flumm) 25+ Sand Martin, 1 Long-tailed Duck. (P Walsh)

Chapel Carn Brae: 1 Meadow Pipit (R Chiffers)

Meadow Pipit- R Chiffers

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull still. (M Ahmad)

 St Gothian Sands NR:1 Wheatear, 5 Sand Martin, 10 Teal. (I Grindle)

Marazion; Longrock Pool: ad/near-ad Caspian Gull (or hybrid) briefly at midday, 3 Sand Martin. (M Ahmad)

Caspian Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Caspian Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Caspian Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Marazion; Little London: 1 Water Pipit and 2 female Black Redstart (J Witheywood)

Water Pipit- J Witheywood

Porthgwarra (seawatch 08:30-09:00): 75 Puffin, 2300 Razorbill/Guillemot, 180 Manx Shearwater (N R Rogers)

Porthgwarra (seawatch 10:00-11:00): 1072 Puffin, c3000 Auk sp, 187 Manx Shearwater, 1 juvenile Glaucous Gull west. Also c120 Golden Plover over valley. (D Flumm)

Mousehole: 36 Puffin flew west 16:30-18:00, also adult Yellow-legged Gull and presumed 2nd winter Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid (M Elliott)

Nanjizal: 7 Sand Martin, 7 Chiffchaff. (K Wilson)

Zennor: 1 Sand Martin (S Mayes)

Bosigran: 1m Merlin (S Mayes)

Trevean: 1 Sand Martin (S Mayes)

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Monday 16th March 2020

Late News, 15/03, Rosudgeon: 1 Female Merlin flew at speed across road in front of car and weaved between trees in garden (J Evans)

Late News,15/03, Penzance: 1 Black Redstart still on rocks by railway station. (S Douglas)

Praa Sands: 1 Cetti’s Warbler singing from reed beds at the lower stream. (J Evans)

Trevose Head: 2 (possible 4) Lapland Bunting, 1 Merlin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Red-legged Partridge. (G Treadwell)

Lapland Bunting – Gary Treadwell

Crugmeer: 1 Corn Bunting, 27 Skylark, 2 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Polgigga: 1 adult Kumlien’s Gull flew over Bosisto Lane at 09:30. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull again. (J Ryan)

Pendeen Watch: 1w Iceland Gull on the sea 300m off the lighthouse. (P Clement)

Newquay: Adult Glaucous Gull still in the field with the pink elephant. (T Mills) 1 Barn Owl at Trevemper, 2 Tawny Owl at Trenance Riding Stables. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra: 4 Wheatear, White Wagtail and a small arrival of Chiffchaff. (M Wallace)

Porthilly Beach: 22 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: Pink-Footed Goose. (P Carter)

Pink-footed Goose – Philip Carter

St Gothian Sands NR: 2 Wheatear, 20 Teal, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit. (S Van Hear, M Spicer)

St Eval: 1 singing Chiffchaff. (L Payne)

Park Head: 1 Wheatear, 1 Swallow. (L Payne)

Parsons Beach, Rosemullion: 40 Turnstone. (L Bosisto)

Camel Estuary: 1 Sandwich Tern off Padstow, Whooper Swan on Dinham Flats. (R Augarde)

Walmsley Sanctuary (keyholders only): 2 Sand Martin. (R Augarde)

Marazion beach: 22 Common Gulls (10 ad’s),16 Sanderling. (J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Water Pipit again by the sanctuary fence. (DK Parker)

Land’s End/Sennen/Land’s End: 2 Raven, 40+ Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow, 6 Dunnock, 3 (2m 1f) Stonechat, 3 Rock Pipit 1 Roe Deer stag. (M Webb)

Carrion Crow – Martin Webb

Rock Pipit – Martin Webb

Looe: 1 Red legged Partridge at St Martin’s Cemetery. (C&J Duffy)

Dobwalls: 1 male Brimstone. (C&J Duffy)

Tregonning Hill: Snipe, Meadow Pipit in song flight, 3 Buzzard, Raven. Also 1 Peacock butterfly. (C Richards)

Feock: Hummingbird hawk-moth nectaring on white Vinca flowers in garden. (K Dalziel)