Sunday 10th May 2020

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Red Kite Annual Spring Influx:

Red Kite – Steve Rogers

There has been an incredible movement of Red Kites the length and breadth of the county today. In fact early summaries suggest it is going to be a record year! We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their sightings as we have literally been overwhelmed by the volume of reports that we have received. Sadly, due to the sheer amount we will not be listing every single sighting but promise to produce an extensive summarising article in the coming days and credit all observers within this. We do hope you understand!

In order to somehow justify the numbers involved, here are some of the highest observation totals:-

Marazion: 306 over heading west between 11:15-17:15. (D Parker)

Crowlas: 78 over heading west. (R Veal)

Porthgwarra: 112 over. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: 40 Red Kites in one flock at 15:15 (N R Rogers)

Lizard: 230 over. (T Blunden)

A wing tagged bird was also noted in this group and was one of three chicks ringed at a nest in Grizedale Forest, Lake District, in 2019.

Wing tagged Red Kite – Tony Blunden

Porthleven: 41 Red Kite over (I Maclean)

College Reservoir: 42 S/SW, 10 N, uncertain if these were the same or different birds. (T Phelps, L Langley, M Doyle)

Praa Sands: 50+ over. (S Rusga)

Carclaze: 34 all drifting west (D Cooper)

It appears that the majority of birds and records occurred along the south coast, especially in the central and western portion of the county, but birds were scattered across the whole county.

Other County Sightings:

Late news, 9/5, Gannel Estuary: 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl (hunting in field next to penpol house), 2 Tawny Owl heard at Trenance Riding Stables, 4 Tawny Owl heard at Trenance Gardens. (S Grose)

Late news, 9/5, Roche: 1 Osprey briefly. (P Inch)

Marazion: 3 drk Garganey, fem Wheatear on the marsh. (R Veal, S Rogers) 1 Black-throated Diver offshore. (S Rogers)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Barnacle Goose, 29 Canada & 2 hybrid Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary: 1f Ruff, 6 Dunlin and Whimbrels. (J Hicks)

St Ives: 4 Swift, Greenshank, Curlew and a summer plumage Dunlin on the Island (G Jones)

Tresillian River: 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Cuckoo calling in Tregothnan Woods. (M Jones)

Lizard Village: 4 Swift. (P White)

College Reservoir 10:00-15:00: 10+ Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Cormorant, 3 Raven, 15+ Swift, 1 Skylark, 1 Siskin. (T Phelps, L Langley, M Doyle)

Maenporth: 1 Stonechat, 2f Whetear, 1 Greenfinch (P Oldcorn)

Perran Sands: 1 Cuckoo, 3 summer plumage Sanderling with Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Also, 12 butterfly species including Dingy and Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue and Wall. (R Copeland)

Gluvian: 2 Swift, 1 Kestrel, 1 Dunlin (B Bosisto)

Talskiddy: 1 Raven, 2 Great Black Backed Gull feeding on dead sheep, 10 Yellowhammer, 4 Whitethroat (B Bosisto)

St Columb Major; Bridge: 1 juv. Dipper (B Bosisto L Payne)

Dipper – Bob Bosisto

St Eval: 2 Cuckoo’s in the western side of the compound this afternoon. (L Curry)

St Columb Road: 9 Swifts and 3 Buzzards   (A & B Tregunna)

Whipsiderry: 3 Corn Bunting, 7 Raven, 89 Herring Gull nests. (S Grose)

Porth Island: 1m Wheatear, 3 Raven, 1 m Kestrel. (S Grose)

Newquay: 4 Raven, 2 ad +2 fledglings. (S Grose)

Goss Moor: Numbers of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Garden Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Cuckoo. (M Jones)

Millbrook: 8 Buzzard and 2 Sparrow Hawk. (B Taggart)

Saltash: Lesser Whitethroat in private garden. (G Lewis)

Bude Marshes: 20+ Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Cettis Warbler, 4 Raven, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Common Sandpiper. Also, 2 parties of Swift one of 6 and one of 4. (N Bastin)

Carclaze: 2 Grey Heron, 9 Buzzard. (D Cooper)

Clerkenwater Vean, Bodmin: 1 Cuckoo calling frequently. (A Wagstaff)

Woon Gumpus: 1 Cuckoo. (R Chiffers)

Mawgan: 1 Hobby. (P Bedford)

Gloweth: 1 Shelduck over. (B Mellow)

Porthgwarra: 1 Hobby over Arden-Sawah. 1 Lesser Whitethroat at Polgigga. (M Wallace)

Saturday 9th May 2020

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Late news, 8/5, Eastern Green Beach: 10 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin and 1 Golden Plover in full summer plumage. (P Moore)

Porthgwarra: 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Wheatear (N R Rogers)

St Just: Great Northern Diver high NW overland  08:10 hrs, c300 Manx Shearwater, male Whinchat, 4 Wheatear. Also 6 Silver-Y Moths, Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary. (D Flumm)

Whinchat, Dave Flumm

Marazion Marsh RSPB: drk Garganey again. (S Rogers)

Marazion beach: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Whimbrel, 8 Dunlin, 3 Grey Plover, 4 Sanderling. (S. Rogers).

St Erth: 2 young Little Grebe being fed by adults, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler. (R Veal)

Fistral Beach /Towan Head: 26 Whimbrel, 1 Sand Martin, 5 Swift, 2 House Martin, 3 prs Stonechat, 1 f Whinchat (injured), 5 Raven, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Linnet, 3 Skylark. 3prs of Fulmar & 1pr Shag nesting on the old Kittiwake colony site. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary:1m Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Bude: 7 Dunlins, 4 Purple Sandpipers (seems late for them to be here still),  27 Herring Gulls, 2 Stonechats, , 2 Blackbirds and 1 Wren all in breakwater and harbour area. (H Kendall)

Penzance: Completed my first round of the Urban Gull survey today in south Penzance and Tolcarne. 45 active Herring Gull nests and one Great Black-backed Gull nest. (T Mills)

Heamoor: Cuckoo, 1-2 Red Kite, 17 screaming Swift (P St Pierre)

Newlyn Harbour: Single White Wagtail, Eider and Kittiwake on slipway, Grey Seal bull (C.Beazley)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Barnacle Geese with 16 Canadas, 5 singing Reed Warbler (1 ringed), 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 2 pairs Moorhen (one on nest on reservoir, another in reedbed with 2 pulli), 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Barnacle Goose, Dave Flumm

Sancreed: 6-7 Red Kite (1 east 16:11, 4 circling south of village and another north of village 16:24 and one high west 18:00), 2 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Prussia Cove: 1 Cuckoo calling from telegraph wires, several Swallow and House Martin gathering mud from puddles, 1 Wheatear (f),  several singing Blackcap, 2 Speckled Wood and 2 Orange Tip, 1 Common Blue Butterfly (J Evans)

West Taphouse: Red Kite overhead. (A Newsham)

Roche: Flock of 18 Red Kites over at 17.30. (J Rance)

Gluvian: 4 Swift, 10 Red Kite, 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Wadebridge, St. Matthews Hill: 1 Red Kite overhead flying south-west at 17.30. (D. Wilson)

Penryn: 3 Red Kite 18:30. (W Berry)

Trispen: Red Kite over at 14:30 heading east to west towards Idless woods. (C Mason)

Constantine: 1 Red Kite drifting east late afternoon. (D Collins)

Stithians:.18:30 2 Red Kite heading south, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Stonechat, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 2 Swallow, 1 Pheasant (S Van Hear)

Coverack Area: 6 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary and a few Silver Y moths (P. Bedford)

Penwithick (private garden): 1 Red Kite (over), 2 Bullfinch (1m &1f), 6 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 2 Robin, 10 Starling, 15 House Sparrow, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit. (K. Bowers)

Starling, Kevin Bowers

Red Kite, Kevin Bowers

Red Kite, Kevin Bowers

Bullfinch, Kevin Bowers

Truro: 1 m Siskin in my garden  this evening (D Jenkins)

Carclaze: Garden vizmig produced 12 + 3 local pairs (including mating) Swift, 3 local pairs House Martin, 8 Swallow, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven, 5 Buzzard, Red Kite at 13:10. Residents include Chiffchaff singing, 2 singing males Blackcap, Tawny Owl, 1 pair Bullfinch, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Goldfinch. (D Cooper)

Lockdown Listing Friday 8th May

St Keverne: Cuckoo heard this evening, taking total to 37. (Helen Norton)

Lanlivery: After a 13 day drought, a reeling Grasshopper Warbler on 7th May in neighbouring field brings total to 46. Some surprising omissions still include had Kestrel, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, House Martin and Swift. (Phil McVey)

Polbathic Creek: Today’s arrival of the House Martins, with Tuesday’s lovely Red Kite flying down the valley and Great Black Backed Gull, brings our total to 48. (Andy Blonden)

Gluvian: Red-legged Partridge and Mallard added to bring up 66. (Bob Bosisto)

Lostwithiel: I added Blackcap the other day which made me up to 43. (Eddy Mayhew)

Friday 8th May 2020

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Big Garden Sit – Saturday 8 – 9:00am: Ready for the #BigGardenSit 8-9am tomorrow morning? Good visibility, light easterly winds & early May = chance of something good? but even if not still beats staying inside! Record your garden regulars and more, just let us know what you saw or see the Garden Lockdown pages.

Late photos, Hayle Towans: Grasshopper Warbler, Wheatear, Skylark, Whitethroat. (M Halliday)

Wheatear, Mark Halliday

Grasshopper Warbler, Mark Halliday

Skylark, Mark Halliday

Whitethroat, Mark Halliday

Late news, 7/5, Feock: 5 (2 ad, 3 juv) Starling, 2 House Sparrow – both first visitors into garden in 15 years, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (R Smith)

Late news, 7/5, St John’s Church in the Fields, St Ives: 1 Merlin overhead (10:20am), 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail. (P Nason)

Late news, 7/5, Rosewall/Buttermilk Hill: 1 Red Kite (ad. Flew E 16:35), 1 Cuckoo, 4 Buzzard, 8 Stonechat, 7 Wheatear (3m, 4f), 18 Meadow Pipit, 22 Linnet, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 House Martin, 8 Swallow, 8 Whitethroat. (P Nason)

Late news, 7/5, Gluvian: 4 Swift, 10 House Martin, 1 Red-legged Partridge. 15 flocks of Whimbrel and 1 Little Grebe recorded overnight. (B Bosisto)

Late news 7/5, Talskiddy: 1 Red Kite, 6 pairs Yellowhammer, 4 singing male Common Whitethroat, 2 Swift (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Late news, 6/5, St Breward: pair of Swift. (G Chapman)

Constantine: 1 Hoopoe feeding in horse paddock (G Wills).

Summercourt: 1 Osprey being mobbed by crows over the A30 at Summercourt about 16:30. (S Buckle)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: drk Garganey still early am. (S Turner)

Downderry: inshore 7 Whimbrel, on the sea 12 Great Northern Divers. Movement included 3 Shelduck, 14 Common Scoters, 3 Manx Shearwater and a Swallow. (A Payne)

Cape Cornwall: 10 Curlews. (C Wyatt)

Tregeseal Stone circle: Cukoo male ducking and displaying for female. (C Wyatt)

Pendeen (Boat Cove): 1 Razorbill. (C Wyatt)

Bude Marshes: 7 Reed Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff – 2 in song, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, pair of Canada Goose on nest, 3 Wren, 2 Moorhen, 4 Chaffinch. (H Kendall)

Maer Lake: 30+ Swallows, 5 Sand  Martins, 5 Moorhens, 1 Shelduck. (H Kendall)

Truro: pair of Robins and 2 juvs in garden. (M Costa)

Longrock: 1 Pair Bullfinch, 3 Robin, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Male Blackcap, 1 Crow, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Blackbird, 1 Moorhen chick, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Magpie, 3 Herring Gull in garden. (T Newing)

Stannon Moor: Cuckoo calling near the stone circle. (G Chapman)

St Eval: Cuckoo calling near the church. (L Curry)

Newquay: 20+ Whimbrel feeding on Golf Course daily for the past week. (D Kendle)

St Columb Major: 2 juvenile Dipper successfully fledged nest. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Gluvian: 4 Swift, 4 Mallard. 4 Moorhen , 5 flocks of Whimbrel recorded overnight.  (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Carn Marth, Lanner: 1 Northern Wheatear. (M Greenhalgh)

Carclaze: Hobby first thing, Cuckoo, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, 20+ Swift, 10+ Swallow, House Martins. (D Cooper)

Caradon Hill: 5 Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Common Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Linnet. (D Sharp)

Meadow Pipit – Deena Sharp

Yellowhammmer – Deena Sharp

Mistle Thrush – Deena Sharp

Gover Valley, St. Austell: Cuckoo heard calling in the valley. (I Toogood-Johnson).

Lerryn: Great Spotted Woodpecker female.  (J Parfitt)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – J Parfitt

Guineaport, Wadebridge: 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 5 Goldfinch including a grey pate, 3 Siskin (2m 1f), 2 Linnet, 4 Shelduck, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Great tits feeding young in the box, Mute Swan, Blackbird, Robin, Wren and Hedgehogs. (W Delacour)

Praa Sands: 1 Sparrowhawk hunting Pipistrelle bat species this evening (J Evans)

Lockdown Listing Thursday 7th May

Feock: Swift added makes the running total 37. (Bec Penny)

Little Kirkland: 20+ Swifts feeding this afternoon increased list to 46. (John Macadam)

Dobwalls: A flyover Mallard makes 44. (C&J Duffy)

Constantine: Garden lockdown list moved on to 56 today. During the day spent gardening I saw a Peregrine over the house at 9.30. The by late afternoon in warm, calm sunshine, there were several Swifts at last. Finally, a Sand Martin moving north up the valley with a group of hirundines was a first for the house list. (David Collins)

Thursday 7th May 2020

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Late news, 6/5, Trispen: 1 Hobby over garden chasing swallows. 6+ Swift, 10+ House Martin, 5+ Swallow, 8 Goldfinch, 7 Greenfinch, 2 Collard Dove, 2 Siskin (1 male and 1 female). (C Mason)

Late news, 6/5, Porth Reservoir: 12 Great Crested Grebe, (2 prs nesting and a 3 rd pr nest building), 2 prs of Coot, 1 Kingfisher feeding young at nest site, 1m Wigeon, 1m Tufted Duck. (S Grose)

Late news, 6/5, Newquay, Chapel Farm: 1 ad Yellow legged Gull, 14 Lesser Black backed Gull, 169 Herring Gull at newly ploughed field. (S Grose)

Late news, 6/5, Coverack: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 3 Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat between Trewilis and Trevothen (D Beadle)

Late news, 6/5, Housel Bay: A female or juv Marsh Harrier came in off the sea being harassed by Herring Gulls at 3:10pm. On reaching land it immediately went to ground on the cliff side in vegetation. (B Hawker)

Ponsongath: 2 Turtle Dove (D Beadle)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: drk Garganey again, displaying to fem Teal. Also male Yellow Wagtail still on the beach, winter plumage Black-throated Diver and 4 Common Scoter offshore. (S Rogers, R Veal)

St Just: Red Kite north 12:25-12:40 hrs, 2 Wheatear. Photo of a typical British race male Stonechat, S.r.hibernans taken today showing more extensive and deeper orange coloration (especially breast area) compared to the “Lookalike Continental Stonechat, S.r.rubicola” taken at same location 1st May – not seen since. (D Flumm)

Stonechat S.r.hibernans – Dave Flumm

Lookalike Continental Stonechat, S.r.rubicola – Dave Flumm

Wheatear – Dave Flumm

Helston, Coose Trannack: probable Hoopoe. (J Betteridge)

Botallack: 1 Red Kite North, later seen from Pendeen. (D Flumm)

St Buryan: 3 Red Kite east. (P Taylor)

Skewjack: 1 Marsh harrier still this pm. (M Walace)

Polgigga: 13 Red Kite this pm. (M Wallace)

Lizard Village: 1 Red Kite low over. (B Hawker)

Crowlas: 1 Red Kite over 12:55. (G Healey)

Grampound Road: 2 Red Kites over 18:15 (P Miles)

Crackington Haven: Red Kite, 2 Garden Warblers,  Blackcap and our first Whitethroat on a walk from home. (J&B Teague)

Penryn: Red Kite circling over the Penryn Valley from College Hill c17:12-17::15. (L Langley)

Penzance: 40+ Purple Sandpiper Battery Rocks, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (J Evans) 25 Purple Sandpiper on Tolcarne. (M Ahmad)

Maer Lake: Female Mallard with ten ducklings, 6 other Mallards, 1 Sedge Warbler in constant song, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Shelduck, 1 Moorhen, moderate numbers of Swallows/Sand Martins. (H Kendall)

Treravon Meadows: 3 Barnacle Geese with Canada Geese, 1 House Martin, 1 Sedge Warbler. (S Marquis)

Blackhead, St Austell: 3 Great Northern Diver (2 summer 1 imm), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, 52 Manx Shearwater, 11 Common Scoter, 4 Kittiwake, 1 Bonxie, 7 Sandwich Tern, lots of auks, Gannets, Whitethroats, Blackcaps, 1 Hobby. (D Cooper)

Bodmin: 20+ Swift seen feeding 13:25 and again 14:20 between Bodmin Beacon and Little Kirland. (J Macadam)

Pentire, Newquay: 3 Swift over garden midday. (P Stephenson), 12 late afternoon, 20 House Martin. (S Rowe)

Newquay: 4 Swift. St Columb Minor: 3 Swift. (S Grose)

Landulph Marsh: 3 Black-tailed Godwit ssp limosa, 2 Shelduck, 2 Canada Geese, 5 singing Chiffchaff , 7 Blackcap, 3 singing Sedge Warbler, male Stonechat. (K Pellow)

Kingsmill Lake: 5 Little Egret , 2 Grey Heron, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper. (K Pellow)

St Ives Island: 4 Purple Sandpiper, 26 Turnstone, 35 Linnet; 5 Whimbrel and 30 Manx Shearwater flew W (G Jones)

Constantine: 2 Dipper in stream. (J St Ledger)

Truro: 1m Siskin in my garden 18:30. (D Jenkins)

Grampound: c10 Swift. (M Jones)


Wednesday 6th May 2020

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Late news, 5/5, Penzance: 2 Manx Shearwater close to shore between Jubilee Pool and Lighthouse Pier. (J Evans)

Late news, 5/5, Falmouth Bay: 3 Great Skua together harassing gulls. (S McCartney)

Cadgwith: 1s Little Gull, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, 5 Great Northern Diver. (S Croft)

Stithians Reservoir: fem Whinchat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 30+ Swift most displaying west end. (S Turner)

Upton Towans LNR: male Whinchat. (P Freestone)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: drk Garganey 05:55-07:25 on Longrock Pool then flew to main marsh. Also fem Marsh Harrier, 12 Swift, c25 Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Stock Dove. (R Veal, S Rogers) Later 2 drk Garganey. (S Turner, J Hicks, S Rogers)

Marazion Beach: 5 Grey Plover, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, c75 Dunlin, c25 Sanderling, 8 Ringed Plover, c10 Turnstone, 1 Common Sandpiper, c50 Whimbrel; 2+ Arctic Skua, c30 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Tern offshore. (S Rogers, P St Pierre, R Veal) male Yellow Wagtail this evening. (S Rogers)

Yellow Wagtail, Steve Rogers

Polgigga: fem Marsh Harrier over (presumed same as Skewjack bird), 5 Spotted Flycatcher at Porthgwarra. (M Wallace)

St Just: 21 Wheatear, 13 Whimbrel, 3 Sandwich Tern, 14 House & 3 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Newlyn: 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua from Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Falmouth: 1 pair Eider still off Gyllyngvase Beach, 5 Swift over Trescobeas area. (J St Ledger) Falmouth Bay: 1 adult Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Shag, 1 Common Gull (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Rosemullion Head, Falmouth: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Stonechat, 1 Shag, 1 Raven, 2 Gannet. (P Oldcorn)

Pendennis Point: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, 12 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 3 Swallows, 8 Swifts, 1 Siskin, 1 Whimbrel (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Caradon Hill: 4 Buzzard, 1m Kestrel (with snake sp.), 1 Stonechat, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Raven, 1 Crow, 4 Herring Gull, 20+ Starling. (D Sharp)

Kestrel, Deena Sharp

Kestrel, Deena Sharp

Lostwithiel: 4 Swift, pr Siskin on feeders. (M Simon) 6 Swift over the town, flew away towards North. (C Jewels)

Dobwalls: 1 Blackcap and 1 Green Woodpecker heard; saw 1 Red Kite, pair of Siskins and 1m Bullfinch (C&J Dufy)

Tintagel: 1 Red Kite harassed by gulls 1820. (I Hall)

Downderry: birds moving west before 0720 included 5 Manx Shearwaters, a Sandwich Tern, 73 Auk sp. and an Arctic Skua. Meanwhile, c45 Common Scoters, a Shelduck and 15 Kittiwakes flew east. 31 Whimbrel this afternoon. (A Payne)

St Erth: c200 Hirundine sp. feeding over fields, roughly evenly split between Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow; c20 Swift. (R Veal)

Truro: first fledged Robin young of the year in garden. (R Netherton) pr Siskin in another garden, 1 Swift over. (D Jenkins)

juv. Robin, Robin Netherton

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 44:

One of my lockdown pastimes has been to follow the live webcam of the Ospreys in the Glaslyn valley in north Wales. There, a brilliantly positioned camera spies on the comings and goings of Mrs G and Aran, a pair that have used the nest site for years. They now have three eggs, and Glaslyn Wildlife (the tiny charity that looks after them) will tell us the moment they hatch. Twenty year old Mrs G broods her precious clutch while Aran returns with fish from the well-stocked estuary.

I have been to the Glaslyn site and there are at least three Osprey nests in the area. It is a wonderful place with Snowdon and its outlier hills the glorious backdrop. To see these magnificent birds of prey in their natural environment, the successful launching pad for many a young Osprey, was a great experience, so I was always envious when I saw on this website reports of sightings in north Cornwall.

Until yesterday that is, when my statutory exercise took me to a deserted and blowy Trevose Head. I was watching four large juvenile Ravens in the nest when I caught sight of their parents chasing what I first thought was another Raven, but which the binoculars thrillingly revealed as an Osprey with its much longer wings, pale head and dark eye mask. It shrugged off these attentions and sauntered around Booby’s Bay, finally disappearing north eastwards.

Simon Marquis (