Thursday 12th December 2019

Kingsmill Lake: 83 Avocet, c.140 Teal, c.170 Wigeon and 17 Lapwing (P Kemp)

Chapel Amble: 3 Swallow and 2 Water Pipit this afternoon. Also, 52 Cattle Egret in sheep field at Lower Amble. (D Julian)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Whooper Swans this morning before flying North and a Little Egret. (R Mudge)

Whooper Swan – R Mudge

Whooper Swan – R Mudge

Mounts Bay: 2 Great Northern Diver and 50+ Sanderling on Battery Rocks. (R Fox)

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Tuesday 10th December 2019

It is with regret we inform you of the death of one of our colleagues – Roger Butts. Roger passed away this afternoon 10th December 2019, at his home at Paul following a short battle with cancer. R.I.P Roger.

Bude Canal: 1 drake Mandarin Duck. (B Bosisto S Windle)

Mandarin Duck-S Windle

Bude: 1 Black Redstart at Upton Cliffs. (H Kendall)

Downderry seawatch 9-12: all West. 200 Auks, c.25 Kittiwake, 8 Fulmar, 2 Common Scoter, c.70 Gannet & 2 Great Northern Diver on the sea. (P Kemp)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Glaucous Gull reported again. 3rd winter Caspian Gull also reported (Birdguides)

Coverack: Single swallow seen flying at North Corner. (P Wood)

Whipsiderry: 2 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Corn bunting, 4 Stonechat, 1 Merlin, 17 Oystercatcher on beach, 1 Cormorant landed in stubble field. (S Grose)

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Sunday 8th December 2019

Late News, 07/12, Hannafore: 2 Cormorant; 1 Little Egret; 3m, 3f Eider; 6 Oystercatcher; 5 Meadow Pipit; 1m Stonechat; 2 Turnstone; 1 Redshank; 4 Shag; 1 Rock Pipit. Millpool: 1 KIngfisher; 1 Grey Heron (C&J Duffy)

Hayle Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 2 juv Iceland Gull, 1w Caspian Gull (or hybrid?), 12 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Scandinavian Herring Gull. (M Halliday, M Elliott)

Ring-billed Gull – M Ahmad

Ring-billed Gull – M Ahmad

Mousehole: 2 1w Caspian Gull and juv Iceland Gull on the St Clement’s Isle roost. (M Ahmad, G Wills)

Drift Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck and Firecrest (G Wills).

Truro River: Avocet and  1w Yellow-legged Gull. (D Julian)

Par Beach Pool: 1f Mandarin, 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Par, Spit Beach: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Eider (though distant), 17 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 47 Oystercatcher,1 Great northern Diver. (S Grose)

Roche, St Gomonda’s Church: 1 Firecrest in yew tree. (S Grose)

Fistral Beach: 116 Fulmar , 2 Manx Shearwater , 3 Red-throated Diver 1 Mediterranean Gull (B Bosisto)

Gannel Estuary: 560 Black-headed Gull, , 326 Herring Gull , 6 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 49 Great black backed Gull , 1 Common Gull , 4 Mediterranean Gull (B Bosisto)

Pencarrow Estate: 3 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Crossbill, 2 Siskin , 2 Marsh Tit ( L Payne )

Lostwithiel: 1m Blackcap in a private garden. (E Mayhew)

London Apprentice: 5 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Pendeen: 3 Great Skua. Also, light passage of Gannets, Kittiwakes, Fulmar & Auks between 15:15 & 16:00. (J Hawkey) 6 Great Skua and 3 Manx Shearwater between 08.30 and 13.30 (R Wilkins)

Padstow: 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 78 Common Gull, 18 Mediterranean Gull, c.900 Black-headed Gull, 139 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 29 Turnstone, 108 Oystercatcher. (P Roseveare)

Devoran: Spotted Redshank, Knot and 2 Greenshank. (D Julian)

Sancreed: fem/imm Marsh Harrier, Cattle Egret, 2 Med Gull, Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Guineaport Road, Wadebridge: 1 Swallow, m&f Blackcap in private garden. Also, male Mandarin on the river. (W Delacour)

Lizard Lifeboat Station: Fire Crest and Chiffchaff. (J Witheywood)

 

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Wednesday 4th December 2019

Late News, 3/12, Lower Tamar Lakes: 3m &1f Ring-necked Duck, 10 m&f Goosander,  8 Great Crested Grebes, 20 Mallard, 30+ Wigeon, Grey Heron, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Tit, Blue Tits  (D&H Phillips)

Ring-necked Ducks – D&H Phillips

Goosander – D&H Phillips

Late News, 3/12, Mounts Bay: Black Guillemot from Jubilee Pool at 10:50 flying towards Mousehole. (M Mckee)

Late News, 3/12, Dobwalls: 30 House Sparrows, 1 Firecrest, 2m & 1f Bullfinchs in our garden (C&J Duffy)

Late news, 2/12, Porth Joke to Cubert Common: 2 Kestrel, 2 Firecrest, 3 Water Rails seen another heard so 4 birds. 2 Bullfinch, 5 Goldfinch, 8 Fulmar, 1 Buzzard. (C Mason)

Late news, 3/12, Porth Joke to Cubert Common: 2 Kestrel, 2 Water Rail, 3 Firecrest, 13 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Great Tits, 3 Blue Tits, 18 Lapwing, 22 Linnet, 1 Chiffchaff, 42 Grey Seals. (C Mason)

Cot Valley: Pallas’s Warbler and Willow Warbler still present. (M Ahmad)

Looe: Great Egret just north of “Welcome to Looe” sign on east side of A397 but flew off 11.00. (P Aley)

Hannafore: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Eider, 1m Black Redstart, Kingfisher. (P Aley)

Walmsley: 1 Great Egret flew north this morning, 1 Little Egret, 2 Dunlin, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 female Scaup, 7 Skylark (B Bosisto L Payne)

Camel Estuary Wadebridge to Padstow: 12 Mute Swan, 50 Canada Goose, 45 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 62 Wigeon, 2 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 10 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 5 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen, 85 Oystercatcher, 6 Ringed Plover, 6 Grey Plover, 1500 Golden Plover, 75 Lapwing, 5 Knot, 4 Turnstone, 150 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 45 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 65 Black-tailed godwit, 1 Bar-tailed godwit, 65 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 120 Black-headed gull, 4 Common gull, 65 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 22 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 8 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 35 Rook, 55 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 25 Starling, 9 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al.)

Polgigga: 1 Lapland Bunting and 1 Black Redstart along fields of Higher Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck. (D Fumm)

Sancreed: 1 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret, 30 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Mounts Bay: 3 Great Northern Divers reported.

Marazion: 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 juv drk Eider, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal, P St Pierre)

Men-an-Tol: 1 f-type Marsh Harrier, 5 Fieldfare. (R Veal)

Bude Marshes: Yellow-browed Warbler still present.

Truro:  Firecrest in private garden again this morning. (K&J Mortimore)

Malpas Village: Black Redstart. (M Costa)

Spit Beach, Par: 12 Eider Duck offshore (R Hampshire) Common Sandpiper on pool. (P Aley)

Porthpean: 5 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter. (P Aley)

Lanhydrock: 2 Brambling with Chaffinches along the driveway. (J Rance)

St Ives Island (07:35-12:00): 2 Eider (f), 5 Shelduck (flying west), 12 Gannet, 200 Razorbill, 1 Stonechat (m), 1 Kestrel (f) (P Nason)

Gwithian: 2m+2f Gadwall, 4 Graylag, 40 Canada Geese. (J Witheywood)

Tredrizzisk: 1 Cattle Egret over, 1 Firecrest from a private garden. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 2 Barn Owl, 5 Raven, 4 Roe Deer. (S Grose)

Sennen: 5 Swans sp over at 13.30. Landed couple of times on inland fields, probably went off east (J Miller)

Carnsew Pool, Hayle: Slavonian Grebe and Great Northern Diver still present. (M Rouncefield)

Slavonian Grebe – Marlene Rouncefield

Slavonian Grebe – Marlene Rouncefield

Great Northern Diver – Marlene Rouncefield

Trispen: 2 Firecrest in private garden. (C Mason)

Roseland, Ruan Lanihorne: 5 Whooper Swans in flight NW up river Fal above Sett Bridge at 15:15. (D Hall)

Crowdy: 1 Red-breasted Merganser (female), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, several Teal and Wigeon, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Raven. (A Piper)

Rough Tor: 1 Peregrine, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 7 Fieldfare, 3 Raven, 2 Crossbill, large Starling murmuration, 1 male Hen Harrier hunting in the valley at 15:45. (A Piper)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Barnacle Goose with flock of 120 Canada Geese. (P Crispin)

Seaton: 1 Great Northern Diver.(P Aley)

Lynher: 88 Avocet, 2 Spoonbill & Kingfisher. Wilcove: 1 Whimbrel.(P Aley)

Torpoint: 1 Slavonian Grebe, Common Scoter, 4 Brent Goose, 3 Great Northern Diver & 2 Common Dolphin. (P Aley)

St Germans: a female Black Redstart at the quayside this afternoon. (A Payne)

Carnanton woods: 1 Barn Owl, 3 Woodcock, 1 Tawney Owl heard. (S Grose)

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Friday 29th November 2019

Late news, 28/11, Sennen: 1 Buff-bellied Pipit reported still in 4th field SW of school.

Mount’s Bay: 1 Pacific Diver (Cudden Point), 30+ Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua from Mermaid II. (M Ahmad)

Swanpool: 1 Garden Warbler. (L Langley)

Garden Warbler – M Doyle

Cot Valley: Willow Warbler in Castor Oil flowers by Daisy Cottage. (N Wheatley)

Camel Estuary: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Firecrest. (L Payne)

Mylor Harbour: 11 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 15 Turnstone. (T Phelps, M Doyle, L Langley)

Swanpool: 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 probable Black Guillemot distant on the sea this evening then flew out into the bay. (T Phelps, M Doyle, G Jenkins-Jones, M Broadbent)

Mawgan Bridge: 1 drk Mandarin. (M Grantham)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe. (M Doyle)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Firecrest with 41 Common Scoter, 2 Shelduck offshore. (J Hawkey)

Eden Project: 26 Siskin, 35 Blackbird. (D Flumm)

Perranuthnoe-Little London Beach: 2 Water Pipit, 1 Black-throated type Diver (flew East), 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, c100 Chaffinch, 6 Chiffchaff. (R Veal)

Chyandour: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Firecrest, 1 Stonechat. (P St Pierre)

Loe Beach: 3 Black-necked Grebe. (R Wilkins)

Egloshayle: 18 Yellowhammer plus flock of c.300 mixed finches feeding in stubble fields. (A Langdon)

Tywardreath: 1 Firecrest, 2 Long-tailed tits, 4 Redwing in private garden. (R. Barlow)

Kelynack: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 9 Long-tailed Tits, 20+ fieldfare, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail in a private garden. (C Moore)

Porthilly Point: 9 Brent Geese, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 19 Common Gull, 75 Oystercatcher, 11 Curlew, 66 Wigeon, 9 Redshank. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Water Rail. (S Williams)

Water rail – S Williams

Truro: 10+ Long-tailed Tits and Meadow Pipit again in our private garden. (K&J Mortimore)

Lanhydrock: 5+ Brambling among c.200 Chaffinch along the driveway and at start of cycle trails. (J Rance)

Threemilestone: 2 Redwings, 2 m&f Blackcap, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren and 1 Goldcrest. (E Harris)

Rock: 3 Tawny Owl heard, 2 probable Pipistrelle Bat from private garden. (S Grose)

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Thursday 28th November 2019

Late news, 27/11, St Ives: 1 Sabine’s Gull. (B Dodd)

Mount’s Bay: 1 Pacific Diver close off Jubilee Pool. (G Williams) Also, 6 Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Diver, 50+ f-type Common Scoter. (S Rogers, R Veal) 20+ Swallow reported along Penzance seafront.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 subad Caspian Gull, 4 (3ad, 1x3w) Yellow-legged Gull, 1 ad argentatus Herring Gull, 1 Knot, 1 juv Kittiwake at low tide. (R Veal)

Helston STW: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler nearby. (D Collins)

Stithians Reservoir: 1f Lesser Scaup (still), 4 Goldeneye, 2 Snipe. (J St Ledger)

Lesser Scaup – J St Ledger

Mawnan Smith: 7 Woodlark, 1 Snipe, 2 Stock Dove, 50 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfare, 8 Pied Wagtail, 25 Linnet. (T Phelps)

Nansidwell: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 65+ Chaffinch, 1 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Reed Bunting. (T Phelps)

Swanpool: 1 Eider 50m off the beach (J Irvine)

Eider – J Irvine

Falmouth Bay: 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 18 Kittiwakes, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Eider (same as the Swanpool bird but seen from Castle Beach and much later in the day), 12 Common Scoter, and 1 Mediterranean Gull. Also pod of 10+ Common Dolphin. (M Doyle, T Phelps, C Urquhart)

Drift Reservoir: 1st w Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 (1m 2f) Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard, 1 Coot, 1 Kingfisher. (M Webb)

Long-tailed Duck – M Webb

St Anthony Head: 1 Cirl Bunting, 1 Brambling, 1 Firecrest (J Lewis)

Land’s End: 1w Black Redstart at Land’s End Airport. (O Mockbridge)

Penryn: female-type Black Redstart on Environment and Sustainability Institute building this morning. (E Pursey, L Langley)

Towan Head: 1 f Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 4 Rock Pipit at toilets. (J Green)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Green Sandpiper, 9 Goosander 4m 5F, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Cormorant, 1m Gadwall, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Wren. (R Mudge, J Turner)

St. Germans: Firecrest in private garden. (A Blonden)

Loe Pool: 1 Treecreeper in woodland by main path from Helston to Loe Pool. (D Collins)

St Columb Road: 1 Male Blackcap, 8 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Blue Tits, 2 Dunnocks. (B Tregunna)

Blackcap – B Tregunna

Lostwithiel: 1f Blackcap. (M Surgey)

Charlestown: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker on nut feeder. (D Hastilow)

Millbrook: 6 Curlew, 20 Redshank, 2 Teal, 2 Shelduck. (R Napp)

St Ives: Firecrest in private garden again this afternoon. (M Rouncefield)

Praize an Beeble: Firecrest in private garden. (A Middleton)

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Wednesday 27th November 2019

Helston Loe Pool: 1 fem Lesser Spotted Woodpecker low in trees over flooded area, from main path, SW653261. (S Atkinson)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1st w Ring-necked Duck present for 2 weeks. (A Dawson)

Wacker Quay: drake Green-winged Teal still present this morning.

St Ives Island (10:30-1330): 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Great Skua, 8 Great Northern Diver, 1,000+ Kittiwake. (R Wilkins) (07:50-10:55): 252 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot, 150 Kittiwake, 67 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 1 Great Skua. (P Nason)

Mousehole: 1w, and probable 3w, Caspian Gull, 4 (2x1w, 1x2w, 1ad) Yellow-legged Gull on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliott)

Chapel Amble: 47 Cattle Egret, 1 Swallow. (S Grose, A Langdon)

Drift Reservoir: 1w Long-tailed Duck still. (M Ahmad)

Long-tailed Duck, Mashuq Ahmad

Long-tailed Duck, Mashuq Ahmad

Hannafore, Looe: Slavonian Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 14 Eider and 3 Common Scoter. Also a 1st w Yellow-legged Gull on the Estuary. (D Julian)

Treraven Meadows: 2 Water Pipit, 2 Common Gull, 11 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 472 Black headed Gull, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Curlew, 25 Lapwing, 9 Redshank, 1 Shelduck, 11 Wigeon, 56 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 fem leucistic Blackbird. (S Grose)

Looe Estuary: 1w Yellow-legged Gull. (D Julian)

Crowlas: 120+ Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit in stubble fields, 1 Merlin. (R Veal)

Gluvian: 1 Green Sandpiper. (B Bosisto)

Padstow: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 79 Common Gull, 14 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Firecrest. (B Bosisto)

Constantine: 1 Swallow. (D Eva)

Tuckingmill: 1 Peregrine Falcon. (D Raeyen)

Penzance: 5 Swallow around the Promenade this afternoon. (J Ashworth)

Cape Cornwall 09:00-11:00: 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Skua, 40 Fulmar, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, large numbers of Gannets, Kittiwakes, and Auks all moving south. (N Wheatley)

Bude Canal: 2 Swallows late morning. (R Kirkwood)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 37 Mute Swan, 57 Shelduck, 110 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Little grebe, 4 Cormorant, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 65 Oystercatcher, 7 Grey Plover, c.2000 Golden Plover, 80 Lapwing, 100 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 45 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 42 Black-tailed Godwit , 50 Curlew, 150 Black-headed Gull, 120 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 85 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood pigeon, 2 Collared dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Robin, 9 Redwing, 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Magpie, 21 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 85 Carrion Crow, 35 Starling, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch (M Scawen et al.)

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