Monday 6th July 2020

Late photos, 3&4/7, Porthgwarra:

Balearic Shearwater – Nigel Rogers

Pomarine Skua – Nigel Rogers

Pomarine Skua – Nigel Rogers

Arctic Skua – Nigel Rogers

Late news, 5/7, St Ives Island: 2 Shag, 5 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1282 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater (21:12), 47 Fulmar, 18 Gannet, 2 Rock Pipit. (P Nason)

Drift Reservoir: Long-eared Owl reported.

Pendeen (06:00-08:00): 3 Storm Petrel, 4 Balearic Shearwater, c.13,800 Manx Shearwater, 5 Common Scoter, 1 Puffin. (D Flumm, P Clement, P Combridge, M McKee)

Drift Reservoir: c100 Swift, 2 Tufted Duck. (D Flumm)

Clapper Marshes: Little Ringed Plover at 08:10 before flying towards estuary. (D Julian)

Tregardock: 1 Quail. (T Potterton)

Towan Head, Newquay: Steady passage of Manx Shearwater close to the point. Also, 2 Juvenile Raven preening on rocks. (M Lammas)

Freathy: 2 Balearic Shearwater west this morning. (M Jordan)

Penzance: 3 Crossbill over Heamoor. (P St Pierre)

Truro: 5 Crossbill heading west (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 ad Greenshank, 5 Redshank, 2+ Common Sandpiper, c90 Curlew, 15 (3 juv) Little Egret this evening. (R Veal, P St Pierre)

Roche: albino Common Starling. (J Rance)

Goonhilly Earth Station: 2 Spotted Flycatcher carrying food. (K Dalziel)

Gillan Creek: 6 Common Sandpiper. (D Collins)

Bartinney Downs: 1 Cuckoo. (P Maddern)

Cuckoo, Peter Maddern


Monday 29th June 2020

Porthgwarra (0700-1100): 1 Roseate Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Pomarine Skua (1st summer and adult/ subadult), 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Puffin, 1 Oystercatcher and 4 Chough. (G Lawlor, NR Rogers) Also 4 Storm Petrel, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Puffin 1800-2000. (G Lawlor)

Newquay (0645-0815): 11268 Manx Shearwater, 56 Auks (mainly Guillemot), 32 Fulmar, 29 Gannet, 5 Kittiwake, 1 Shag, 2 Oystercatcher. (P Roseveare)

Towan Head (8:30-9:00): hundreds of Manx Shearwater passing per min for 2nd morning running. 1 Storm Petrel, 24 Razorbill (in 2 groups of 12), 1 Guillemot and a few Gannet and Fulmars. 3 Ocean Sunfish (M Lammas)

Gyllingvase Beach, Falmouth: 1 Great Northern Diver in non-breeding plumage off. (S Jackson)

Pentewan: 2 Great Northern Diver (1 adult breeding, 1 non breeding, likely an immature). (E Mayhew)

Polbathic Creek: 8 Redshank. (A Blonden)

St John’s Ford: c80 Curlew. (A Blonden)

Tremayne Quay, Helford: 2 Shelduck with 5 young and 2 Swans with 3 cygnets. (A Witheywood)

Shelduck, A Witheywood

Port Quinn to Port Isaac: 2 Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroat, 3 Blackbirds, House Sparrows, 3 Goldfinches, 3 Wren, 14 + Linnets, 4 Rock Pipits, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Skylark, 1 Wheatear, 8 Stonechats, Crows, Rooks, Jackdaws, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Swallow, 4 House Martin (suspected might be nesting under cliff overhang near Varley Head), 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 160+ Herring Gull (Port Isaac Harbour), 4 Fulmar, 1 Shag, 3 Cormorant, 22+ Auks (probably mostly Guillemots – those flying nearest were Guillemots. Seemed to be breeding on cliffs at Varley Head ), 8 Gannets (2 1st cy). (A Parker)

Millpool: 1 Jay, juv. Great Spotted Woodpecker, juv. Goldfinch, 1 Greenfinch. Also 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth, 1 Tetragnatha extensa Stretch Spider in web over pond, 1 Red Admiral. (M Claughton)

Saturday 27th June 2020

Porthgwarra: (05:30 – 11:30) 1 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater with white on upperwing, 3 Common Scoter and 3 Puffin. Turtle Dove still at Adensawah. (M Wallace, R Augarde, B Mellow, R Wilkins et al.)

Lamorna, Tater-du: 2 Pomarine Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Puffin, 3 Common Scoter, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Swift. (M McKee)

Pomarine (left) and Arctic Skua, Mike McKee

Pomarine and 2 Arctic Skua, Mike McKee

Downderry: 10 Common Scoter, 1 Gadwall, 320 + Gannets, 215 + Manx Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater and 11 Mediterranean Gulls moved West during two watches in the morning up to 11:35. (A Payne)

Kingsmill Lake: 3 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 17 Curlew, 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret & 6 Shelduck at high tide. (P Kemp)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Common Sandpiper, oversummering Bar-tailed Godwit still, c40 (7 juv) Black-headed Gull, 3 broods (1, 7 and 4) of Shelduck young. (R Veal) Ryans Field: 49 Black headed Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Curlew, 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 m Linnet at 08:00. (S Grose)

Hayle Harbour: 3 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 2 Blackcap, 1 Eider. (S Grose)

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Freathy: Osprey in off the sea this am. (M Jordan)

Towan Head: 30+ Manx Shearwater and 2 Ocean Sunfish this am. (M Lammas, I Boreham)

Penzance: Osprey reported over the police station at 07:31.

Drift Reservoir: Osprey at 10:05, also Turtle Dove on wires. (G Lawlor)

Camel Estuary, Pinkson Creek: 2 Crossbill over this am. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3cy Yellow-legged Gull (size and bill indicative of Iberian origin or a female) from the causeway. (J Hicks)

Lizard: 1 Rosy Starling (lighthouse road), 1 Hooded Crow (between housel and lighthouse). ( M Pass )

Penrose woods, Helston: Treecreeper feeding a fledgling today. (M Patterson-Jones)

Camel Estuary: 3 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel (B Bosisto)

Ashton: 12 Crossbill mid morning. (G Healey)

Pencarrow Estate: 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch (L Payne)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Red Kite. (P Fitzgerald)

Monday 1st June 2020

Late news, 25/5, Pendeen: Wing-tagged Red Kite (yellow T2) seen near Pendeen Coastguards on 25th May was tagged near Sixpenny Handley, Dorset on 5th Jan 2020 when aged as 2nd cal year and also seen near Abbotsbury, Dorset on 4th May this year. (P Clement)

Red Kite, Peter Clement

Late news, 28/5, Liskeard: 2 Nuthatch young successfully fledged from box. (L Birtwistle)

Late news, 29/5, Siblyback: 1 Wood Sandpiper. (A Dawson)

Late news, 30/5, Lower Polmorla, St Wenn: 1 Cuckoo calling from area of rushy fields. (I Bennallick)

Late news, 31/5, Tregonning Hill: 2 Red Kite; 1 Cukoo (heard, not seen). (A & P Taylor)

Land’s End: 2 ad Rosy Starling, fem Yellow Wagtail at Treeve Moor. (L Proctor, P Taylor)

Rosy Starling, Linton Proctor

Rosy Starling, Linton Proctor

Yellow Wagtail, Linton Proctor

St Just: Rosy Starling with the local Starling flock outside the back of the house on the secondary school playing field. (N Wheatley)

Nanjizal: Golden Oriole. (K Wilson)

Buryas Bridge: subad Night Heron flew across road toward Trewidden Gardens. (J Ryan)

Newquay: Rosy Starling reported in area.

Lizard: Serin reported flew East over Lloyd’s Lane at 8:04am.

Skewjack: Hen Harrier over. (M Wallace)

St Gothian Sands: 2 Barnacle Goose. (M Spicer)

Drift Reservoir: small Canada-type Goose still, resembling Lesser Canda Goose (B.c parvipes) or Taverner’s Cackling Goose (B.h taverneri), 3 Red-veined Darter. (D Parker)

Trevescan: 1 Turtle Dove. (K Wilson)

Bodmin Moor, Cheesewring Farm: 1 pair Redstart (feeding young) 3 Yellowhammer. Opposite Sharptor Cottage: 1 pair Redstart (feeding young in hole in wall). Wardbrook Farm: 1 Redstart (male – singing), 2 Wheatear, 4 Swift. Near Ninestones Farm: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk (over), 3 Roe Deer. Golitha Falls: 1 Treecreeper. (J St Ledger)

Redstart, John St Ledger

Grasshopper Warbler, John St Ledger

Yellowhammer, John St Ledger

Par Beach Pool: 1 Bar-headed goose among Canada Geese. (R Barlow)

Bartinney: female Cuckoo pursued by Whitethroat and Meadow Pipits. (B Toms)

Perranarworthal: 1 Red Kite, 1 Nuthatch. (A & P Taylor)

Maer Lake: 27 House Martins collecting food for their young on the nearby houses, and some collecting mud, c. 10 Swallows, 8 Shelducks. (H Kendall)

Crowlas: Red Kite over. (R Veal)

Mouls Island, Polzeath: 15 Puffin (11 on land & 4 in water or air), many hundreds of Guillemot. (A Langdon)

Guillemot, Adrian Langdon

Puffin, Adrian Langdon

Puffin, Adrian Langdon

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Willow Tit (one carrying food), 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Canada Geese plus 7 Gosling, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Cormorant, 1 Jay. (R Mudge)

Trescowe: Cuckoo calling, also present 31/5. (L Hodges)

Wadebridge: 19 Black headed Gull feeding at sewage treatment works. (S Grose)

Trevose: 4 Skylark, 1 Meadow Pipit. (D Sharp)

Minions: 1 Green Woodpecker and many juvenile Starlings. (D Sharp)

Green Woodpecker, Deena Sharp

Bedruthan: 2 Shag (on cliff ledge nest), Fulmar, Skylarks. (D Sharp)

Sunday 31st May 2020

The Rumps: 12 Puffin on water at the Mouls. (R Kirkwood)

Puffin – Rupert Kirkwood

Puffin – Rupert Kirkwood

Puffin – Rupert Kirkwood

Downderry: 13 Common Scoters, 3 Balearic Shearwaters and a 1s Little Gull early this morning. (A Payne)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Black-headed Gull, 4 Curlew, 1 (presumed 1s) Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 fledged young Great Tit with another nest almost ready to fledge. (R Veal)

Chapel Carn Brea: 2 Cuckoo (H Emmett)

Cape Cornwall:1 Barn Swallow, 1 Stonechat, several Linnets. (H Emmett)

Treeve Moor, Land’s End: Yellow Wagtail (S. Rogers)

Swingates, Land’s End: Spotted Flycatcher (S. Rogers)

Bosigran: 1 Cuckoo (R Packford)

Sancreed: 2 Red Kite, 40 Swift. (D Flumm)

Windmill Farm: 1 Garden and 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Wright)

Nansledon: 2 Swift. (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool and Spit Beach: 92 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 3 Black headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Swift, 5 Coal Tit, 2 Linnet, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler from Ship Inn. Also, 17 Eider(10m +7f), 16 Oystercatcher. (S Grose) Also, 4 Swift, 2 Swallows, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Black Headed Gulls. (R. Barlow)

Par Docks: 61 Herring Gull nests, 5 Great Black backed Gull nest, 2 Canada Geese nests from 1 section of roof. (S Grose)

Bude: 1 Red Kite over (N Bastin)

Lower Polmorla, St Wenn: 1 Red Kite, 1 Kestrel, 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (I Bennallick)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo (P Davies) Also, 4 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Lanivet, St Benets Abbey: Marsh /Willow Tits at feeders hanging from Holly tree in front garden. (S Grose)

Goonbarrow: 3 Cuckoo, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Newquay Zoo: 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Notter Tor (Bodmin Moor): 3 Tree Pipit (L Sampson)

Trispen: 1 Red Kite. (L Sampson)

Truro: 1 Siskin (D Jenkins)

Looe Island Gull Update: A Great Black-backed Gull that had been ringed on Looe Island as a chick, on the 25th of June, 2011 was photographed on board a fishing boat on the 29th of May this year in the Celtic Sea c.40 km North of Scilly! Prior to this sighting, it was last seen on Looe Island in May 2014. Where’s it been hiding for 6 years?

A Cornish born Great Black-backed Gull onboard a boat in the Celtic Sea.

Friday 29th May 2020

Late News, 29/05, Higher Colenso: 7 Red Kite seen in 30 min (12.30) drifting generally south. (C Richards)

Late News, 28/05, Jollys Bottom, Chacewater: 1 Red Kite, also 1 seen 13/04 (J Simpson)

Lands End: Rosy Starling in horse paddocks early am only. (B Mellow)

Tintagel: 1 adult Rosy Starling today (M Brocklehurst)

Rosy Starling – M Brocklehurst

Jollys Bottom, Chacewater: 1 calling Cuckoo, also 22nd May (J Simpson)

Kenidjack: 2 Spotted Flycatcher. (J Hicks)

Pendruffle Wood: Marsh Tits with young (A Blonden)

Trevose Head: 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Blackcap, 6 Whitethroat, 10 House Martin, 15 Swallow, 2 Red-veined Darter ( B Bosisto L Payne)

Trevilley: 2 (pr) White Wagtail with food items, 3 Red Kite. (R Veal)

Croft Pascoe: 2 Spotted Flycatcher. (R Augarde)

Land’s End: fem Red-backed Shrike in donkey paddocks this evening. (D Parker)

Red-backed Shrike – Dave Parker

Red-backed Shrike – Dave Parker

Drift Reservoir: 2 Red Kite, c30 Swift. (R Veal)

Rock: 1 Osprey north at 09:10 hrs and 3 Red Kite. (S Grose)

Croft Pascoe, Goonhilly: 2 Red Kite, Spotted Flycatcher and Greater Spotted Woodpecker, juv Goldcrest. (J Witheywood)

Porthleven: 5 Red Kite this am (S Richards)

Red Kite – Steve Richards

Newquay: 21 Red Kite east 0830-1000. (S Rowe)

Penryn: 4 Red Kite over at 9am. (J Holmes)

Malpas: 1 Red Kite over Carew Pole Close. (M Costa)

St Agnes: 1 Red Kite over this am. (V Skilton)

Sancreed: 20 Red Kite east 09:00-12:00. (D Flumm)

Allet: 2 Red Kite over. (J Chapple)

Carnyorth: Red Kite heading north east at 10:23. (J Swann)

St Kew: 1 Red Kite St Kew highway 12.00 (B Sibley)

Godolphin Cross: 1 Red Kite high going south. (C Richards)

Tehidy: Red Kite mobbed by Jackdaws landed on Tehidy Park Golf Course 08:10 (A.Neil)

Perranporth: Red Kite low over the town at 16.30 (T Wilson)

Newquay: 48 Red Kite east (21, 0830-1000; 18, 1000-1300; 9, 1300-1530), 1 west at 1555. (S Rowe)

St Stephens: 5 Red Kite seen 17.00 over Bodinnick Farm, St Stephens (R Barnecut)

Lanivet: 2 Red KIte heading North at 17:35. (P Davies)

Tresparret: Red Kite flying across PL32 9ST just now. One also seen a couple of weeks ago. (B Culver)

Gluvian: 32 Red Kite all moving east this afternoon (B Bosisto)

Carbis Bay: 6 Red Kite over our garden this morning (S & H Hodder)

Ventonleugue: 1 Red Kite moving east over Ventonleague at 11.48 am.(P & J Rutter)

Tuckingmill/Tolvaddon valley, Nr Camborne: 1 Red Kite (M Eastman)

St Ives: 3 Red Kite, heading east 09:00 – 9:30 (G Jones)

plr, djc