Saturday 30th November 2019

Late News, 29/11,Colliford Reservoir: Great Northern Diver off Gillhouse. 3 Shoveler at Dozmary Pool. (B Craven)

Lower Tamar Lake: 5 Ring-necked Duck, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Goosander 2m 2f, 3 Willow Tit. (R Mudge)

Stithians: female Lesser Scaup with 1 Tufted Duck & 4 Goldeneye, 4 Snipe (D & J Chapman)

Wacker Quay: drake Green-winged Teal still present this morning. (B Rankine)

Illogan: Ring-necked Parakeet over Valley Gardens chasing Carrion Crow! (J Baker)

Hayle Estuary: 3 Caspian Gull including German ringed X935 this morning, also 5 Yellow-legged Gull and 21 Common Gull. (M Halliday)

Caspian Gull – Mark Halliday

Hannafore, Looe: Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, several groups of Eider, male & female, (B Rankine)

Constantine: f Black Redstart, 2 Stonechats in Trebarvah Court (D & J Chapman)

Kings Mill Lake: 200+ Avocets, c.90 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, 25+ Redshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 80+ Dunlin, 22 Lapwing, c.40 Curlew, c.180 Wigeon and c.90 Teal. Also 1 Goldeneye and 1 adult Little Gull (P. Kemp).

Walmsley Sanctuary: 6 Mute Swan, 29 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, Cormorant, 18 Gadwall, 274 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 25 Shoveler, 1 Scaup, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Pintail, 9 Wigeon, 28 Mallard, 160 Black-tailed Godwit, 180 Curlew, 40 Dunlin, 100 Common Redshank, 3 Water Pipit, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff (B Bosisto)

Towan Head: 8 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Northern Diver over west. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 47 Wigeon, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 1f Scaup, 1f Goldeneye, 5 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal. (S Rowe)

Mawgan Creek: 1 male Mandarin. (D Collins)

Lizard: 1 female Brambling, 10 Skylark, 12 Rock Pipit. (D Collins)

Coverack Sewage Treatment Works: 2 Firecrest, 1 male Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Collins)

Crugmeer: 1m Grey Partridge, 5 Raven, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Kestrel, 1 f Sparrowhawk, 1 Blackcap, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Yellowhammer, 36 Meadow Pipit, 1 Barn Owl at roost. (S Grose)

Padstow: 1 Hooded Crow, 65 Rook, 13 Common Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull in stubble field next to Padstow football club. (S Grose)

Siblyback Lake: 1 1st w drake Ring-necked Duck, 9 Tufted Duck, 11 Mallard, 11 Little Grebe, 2 Coot, 7 Cormorant, 11 Yellow-legged Gull (8 ad, 1subad, 1 2nd w, 1 1st w), 102 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 31 Herring Gull, c.250 Black-headed Gull, 11 Redwing. (P Roseveare)

Dozmary Pool: 3 Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 1 Lapwing. (P Roseveare)

Colliford Lake: 2 Goosander (m&f), 27 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 34 Mallard, 53 Canada Goose, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Pipit, 11 Yellow-legged Gull (8 ad, 1 3rd w, 2 1st), 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, c.25 Herring Gull, c.350 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.200 Black-headed Gull. (P Roseveare)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Storm petrel sp. (possibly European Storm-petrel) flew past this afternoon, 1 Red-throated Diver, 22 Common Scoter, 2 Common Gull. (T Phelps)

Newquay: 1 Barn Owl at Trevithick Manor Farm, towards Trevemper sewage treatment works. (S Grose)


Thursday 26th September 2019

Porthgwarra: ad Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 14 Balearic Shearwater between 09:00 and 12:00. (B Mellow)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Osprey (also over Copperhouse), 6 pale-bellied Brent Goose on Lelant Water and 29 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 24 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank and 7 Sandwich Tern on Ryan’s Field at high tide. (M Spicer, M Ahmad) Several Rock Pipit at Carnsew Pool this afternoon.(D Cains) Osprey 3.30 – 4pm (unsuccessful), 1 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 6 Pale bellied Brent Geese, 33 Oystercatchers plus 25 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Reeve, 1 Lapwing on Ryan’s Field. (J Hawkey)

Rock Pipit, David Cains

Porthkidney: 84 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Tern. (B Mellow)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Osprey. (P Taylor)

Lizard Area: 4+ Firecrest, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Whinchat, 2 Wheatear. (M Pass)

Land’s End: 2 Whinchat. (P Fraser)

Marazion: 14 Brent Goose, 3 Eider, 1 ad Arctic Tern. (S Rogers)

Penzance: 1 Peacock on grass verge near train station. (J Evans)

St. Island NCI Station: 12 Arctic Skua, 2 Grey Phalarope, 8 Common Gull, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 500+ Kittiwake, large passage of Gannets, 1 Fulmar, 160 Sandwich Tern, 50+ Guillemot, 20+ Razorbills & 1 Swallow between 09:45 & 15:00. (V Stratton)

Devoran Quay: 2 Osprey (both hunting), 15 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 20 Redshank, 15 Oystercatcher, 70 Curlew, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Little Egret. 13:15-1515. (S Van Hear)

Fal River: 2 Osprey. (J Head)

Ruan Lanihorne quay: 16.00 -17.30 at least 2 Ospreys again prospecting and unsuccessfully fishing over the Fal-Ruan saltmarsh with a rising high tide. (D Hall)

Crowdy Res: 2 Juv Black Terns briefly late afternoon, 1 Common Sandpiper. (B Craven)

Davidstow Airfield: 8 Wheatear, 14 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 200+ Pied Wagtail (at NW end). At dusk 1,000+ Corvids + several hundred LBB Gulls on airfield pre-roosting. (B Craven)

Siblyback Reservoir: 4 Curlew Sandpiper, 11 Ringed Plover, 6 Wheatear, 2 Tufted Ducks,16 Little Grebe, 2 Dunlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Coal Tit, 6 Chiffchaff. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Colliford Reservoir: 13 Common Tern,c2 Dunlin,c11 Ringed Plover,c1 Merlin. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Perranporth Beach: Feeding frenzy of 100+ Gannet just off shore this afternoon. (J Jelbert)

Pendeen: Goldcrest, Chiff Chaff & juv Whitethroat (Calartha lane). 7 Chough, 1m Pheasant. (J Hawkey)

Kenidjack: Great Spotted Woodpecker & 3 Chiffchaffs. Also Comma, Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Large & Small Whites. (J Hawkey)

Mousehole: 1 Wryneck. (P Semmens)

Watergate, Bodmin Moor: 1 Whinchat. (L Payne)

Tresinney, Bodmin Moor: 1 . (L Payne)

Gluvian: 1 Hobby. (L Payne)

Downderry: 0715-0815; 3 Arctic Skuas, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Common Scoters, 50 Kittiwakes and 300+ Gannets. (A Payne)

Land’s End airport: Barn Owl at 18:50 on St Just to Sennen road just before airport. (S Watts)


Friday 20th September 2019

Porthgwarra: 1 Long-tailed Skua – a juv through quite close in at 08:10, 2 Pomarine Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwaters. 1 Balearic Shearwater, plus good numbers of Manx Shearwater, auks, Kittiwakes and Gannets. (R Webb)

Davidstow: Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper still on the airfield this morning. Also flyover Turnstone, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat. Also 10+ Crossbill in neighbouring woods. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary: 2 Osprey, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Little Stint, 2 Ruff, 8 Knot, 9 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine. (J St Ledger, K Noble, M Halliday) Ryan’s Field: 2 juv Ruff, 3 Red Knot, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 juv Mallard, 30+ Canada Geese 11.30 – 12.30. (M Webb)

Osprey, Mark Halliday

Osprey, Mark Halliday

Spotted Redshank, Mark Halliday

Osprey, John St Ledger

Little Stint, John St Ledger

Sanderling, Steve Murnan

Marazion beach: 20 Brent Goose, 9 Sanderling (all juvs), 15 Turnstone, 12 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 11 Sandwich Tern. (S Rogers).

Battery Rocks, Penzance: 2 Purple Sandpiper and 4 Turnstone early morning. (K Noble, DK Parker)

Purple Sandpiper, Ken Noble

Porth Beach, Newquay: seven Brent Goose, swimming in bay briefly 09:15, didn’t stay long. (J Porter)

Walmsley: 14 Cattle Egret actively feeding on frogs and worms, 5 reenshank, 6 Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 female Shoveler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Grey heron. (A Piper)

Burniere, Camel Estuary: 1 kingfisher, 1 Peregrine, 21 Little Egret. (A Piper)

Porthilly Point: 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese on the mussel crates. (S Grose)

Rock: 2 Sparrowhawk from private garden. (S Grose)

Devoran: Osprey flew onto dead tree opposite the key at 14:15, then later flew around river before returning to another tree but partly obscured. (M Lammas)

Nanquidno: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatears. (C Moore)

Gulval: Swallows. The pair nesting in my garage has just fledged the third brood of 5 swallows making 15 for 2019. The best year since they started nesting here in 2014.

The second brood fledged on 27th July 2019. The five eggs of the 3rd brood were laid 6th – 10th August (even though two juveniles from the second brood remained until 10th August).They started hatching on 25th August. Two fledged on 17th September, 4 on 18th and all 5 were airborne on 20th September 2019.

Of interest, 4 juveniles arrived at the garage with adults on 4th September. They visited the nest individually before joining a second group outside and fly off. Suggests offspring of a related family or previous siblings. (J Hawkey)

Sennen: 7 pale-bellied Brent Goose at 13:45. (M Scott-Ham)

Drift: 1 Osprey this pm. (A McKechnie)

Osprey, Alex McKechnie



Wednesday 19th June 2019

Marazion beach: 18 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Eider, 1 fem Scoter offshore. (S. Rogers)

Marazion Marsh: Cuckoo still present around viewing area. (P Ash) 1 Cuckoo, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1m Greenfinch, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Mallard 12.50 – 14.40. (M Webb)

Cuckoo, Pau Ash

Cuckoo, Paul Ash

Cuckoo, Martin Webb

Penzance Wherrytown: 3 (1 ad 2 Juv) Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit 11.00 – 12.00. (M Webb)

Pied Wagtail, Martin Webb

Fowey: 5 House Martins in flight over Fore Street – including single visit to nest on riverside of house adjoining Olde Quay House. (R. Barlow)

Rumps and Pentire Point: 3 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 150 Herring Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Puffin (by burrow), 40 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wren, 5 Stonechat, 2 Blackbird, 4 Wheatear, 6 Whitethroat (inc 3 young), 2 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 7 House Sparrow, 5 Goldfinch, 24 Linnet, 1 Grey Seal, 1 Large Skipper, 2 Large White, 1 Painted Lady, 5 Meadow Brown, 6 Small Heath, 5 Six-spot Burnet, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth, 1 Cream-spot Tiger. (M Scawen et al.)

Killiow Golf Club:  3 Mistle Thrush. (B Toms)

Tredrizzisk: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 m Blackcap, 1 m Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Whipsiderry: 1 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Polbathic Creek: 2 Shelduck with 5 ducklings. (A Blonden)


Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Late photo, 19/5, Lizard: Black-headed Wagtail. (M McKee)

Black-headed Wagtail, Mike McKee

Late news, 21/5, Truro: 1 Swift over the town, the first I’ve seen in Truro this year. (D Jenkis)

Skewjack: Flocks of 39, 9, 15 Red Kite over Skewjack-Polgigga today from 14:00 onwards. (M Wallace) Hobby over Raftra Farm. (B Mellows)

Sancreed: 2 Cuckoo, pair Stonechat with brood 4 recently fledged young. 25 Red Kites west & 9 east in 2 hours 12:45-14:45, all except two, just dots in the sky and even hard to see with binoculars. Surprisingly, even a flock of six returning east were so high they presumably hadn’t descended as they usually do on approaching Land’s End (where birds often assemble overnight east of Land’s End in the Skewjack area) before turning back. At this height even if they had wing-tags (many are not tagged nowadays) it would have been impossible to see them to determine which reintroduction scheme they had come from. (D Flumm)

Crowlas: 2 Red Kite 11am. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Red Kite. (R Veal)

Truro: Red Kite over Tesco at 14.35. (G Pullan)

Portreath: 2 Red Kites flying over Gwel-an-mor. (S.Giovanelli)

Trevone: 1 Red Kite. (R Augarde)

Chiverton Cross: 17 Red Kite heading SW. (R Wilkins)

Carnon Downs: 1 Hobby (J Chapple)

Lizard- Kynance to Soapy Cove: Turtle Dove, 4 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear, 2 Dunlin. (T Phelps)

Kuggar: 1 Turtle Dove on wires late afternoon. (D Allan)

Kennack Beach: 1 Cuckoo calling from woodland behind Kennack Beach this morning. (D Allan)

Men-an-Tol: 5 Wren, 3 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 24 Linnet (male feeding young), 6 Stonechat, 1 m Reed Bunting, 12 Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 f Mallard over, 2 Pheasant, 5 Swallow, 3 Dunnock, 2 Magpie, 5 Carrion Crow. (S. Cox)

Hayle: Cuckoo calling early this morning 5am from a perch somewhere by Hayle Train Station. (J Evans)

Bodmin Moor, De Lank Waterworks to Garrow Tor: 2 Whinchat (male, singing), pair Redstart, 8 Wheatear (2 pairs were feeding young), 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting (male), 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Kestrel, 4 Cuckoo (3 male, 1 female). (J St Ledger)

Redstart, John St Ledger

Whinchat, John St Ledger

Newquay: 1 Puffin today around noon at Fistral North in the shallows whilst surfing. (M Colvin)

Gannel Estuary: 4 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel. (T Wilson)

Camel Trail Wadebridge to Bird Hide: 12 Mute Swan, 30+ Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 12 Little Egret, 9 Whimbrel, 4 Cormorant, 1 Oystercatcher with deformed bill, 4 Blackcap, 8 Chaffinch, 6 Dunnock, 11 House Sparrow, 5 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush (9.45 to 12.30). (M Webb)

Shelduck, Martin Webb

Cormorant, Martin Webb

Oystercatcher, Martin Webb

Bude: 3 sub adult Red Kite drifting east to west over my house today at 1pm back again west to east at 2pm. (N Bastin) 2 Red Kite drifting south 12:45. (H Phillips)

Red Kite, Nigel Bastin

Maer Lake: 15 Dunlins, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Moorhens, 1 Shelduck – no juveniles noted, 9 Black-headed Gulls, 12+ Swallows, 2 Greenfinches. (H Kendall)


Monday 8th April 2019

Late news, 7/4, Par Beach: 1 Eider. (T Bell)

Drift: adult Kumlien’s Gull, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Glossy Ibis. (D Clapp)

Lizard Point: 2nd year Little Gull this am, also 7 sum plum Black-throated Diver , 2 Red-throated, Great Skua, 6 Puffin. (T Blunden)

Sancreed: 1 Cattle Egret, 4 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. (D Flumm)

Chaple Amble: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper. (P Roseveare)

Rame: 15 Willow warblers,14 Blackcaps,10 Chiffchaffs,1 Wryneck (heard), 4 Yellowhammers, Linnets, 5 Skylarks, 4 Kestrels, 3 Buzzards, 2 Raven,1 House Martin,15 Swallows. (C Buckland)

Porth Joke: 1 m Redstart, c30 Willow Warbler, c20 Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 1 Sand Martin. (S Rowe)

Redstart, Steve Rowe

St Gothian Sands: 1m Pintail and 2 Common Sandpiper. (MJ Spicer)

Pintail, Mike Spicer

Freathy: Grasshopper Warbler reeling at 08:00 in scrub in valley. (M Jordan)

Goss Moor: 13 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 6 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Bullfinch, 1 male Reed bunting, 2 Jay, 4 Wren, 7 Robin, 1 Swallow. (P Ash)

Willow Warbler, Paul Ash

Old Lizard Head; 1 Red-legged Partridge in kale field. (D Collins)

Hayle Estuary: 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 4 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 8 Teal at 14.37. (M Webb)

Bar-tailed Godwit, Martin Webb

Curlew, Martin Webb

Trevarrion: 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. (B Bosisto)

Mawgan Porth: 12 Teal. (B Bosisto)

Sladesbridge: Short-eared Owl at Pendavey this afternoon. (D Julian)

Pendeen: Lesser Redpoll flying around the coastguard cottages calling, Siskin (heard only), 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Swallows, 1 Buzzard. (A Hartley)


Thursday 28th February 2019

Late news, 27/02, St Ives: Humpback Whale off NCI lookout in evening. (M Amos)

Late news, 27/02, Carnkie: Report of probable Vagrant Emperor dragonfly at Carnkie. (per D Chaney)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint, 1 Ruff, 6 Cattle Egret, 3 Swallow. (B Mellow)

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler briefly at 15:30 upstream from sewage works in willows c.50m up footpath to St. Keverne. (L Hill & P Chapman). 3rd Winter Yellow-legged Gull in harbour. (S Bury)

Yellow-legged Gull, Steve Bury

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit. (P Freestone) Ryan’s field: Spoonbill late afternoon. (S Lane)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis still early am. (P Walsh)

Camel Estuary, Burniere: 4 Whooper Swan. (B Mellow) Tregunna: 1 Curlew Sandpiper. (B Bosisto)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 83 Cattle Egret, 75 Black tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff, 1 Knot, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Spoonbill, 1 Water Pipit, 24 Gadwall, 25 Shoveler, 2 Pintail, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Sand Martin. (B Bosisto)

Cape Cornwall: Swift (S Mayes)

Kenidjack: 16 Chough (S Mayes)

Lizard Point: Merlin (ad female) in fields behind NT car park at 16:00. (L Hill & P Chapman)

Housel Bay: 1 Swallow, 9 Pied Wagtail. (D Collins)

Kingsmill Lake: 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, c.45 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Knot, c.30 Redshank, c40 Curlew, c.120 Dunlin, c.70 Teal, c.70 Wigeon, 4 Barnacle Geese with 30 Canada Geese. Also 21 Redwing by CP. (P Kemp)

Dobwalls: Male and female Siskin present, plus a Moorhen spent the day wandering around our garden and climbing an 8′ hedge! (C&J Duffy)

Porthcurno: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe in courtship display, 2 Snipe, from Stuart Hutchings hide. 5 Reed Bunting (3 male, 2 female) on and under feeders at Southern cut-off hide. (J St Ledger)

Godrevy/North Cliffs: 3 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 6 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine, 1 (unconfirmed) Richard’s Pipit in gorse stubble recently cut near Godrevy overlook, 2 colony of Fulmar (approximately 10 pair in each), 1 Shag, 1 Skylark singing, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Painted Lady, 8 Grey Seal (2 in courtship behaviour). (J Evans)

Crugmeer: 1 Short Eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Nancegollan: 1m Marsh Harrier over east. (D Chaney)

Porkellis: c30 Fieldfare. (D Chaney)