Tuesday 13th July 2021

Hayle, Carnsew Pool: 4 Common Sandpipers together late morning. (J Eaton)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Ruddy Shelduck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Greylag Goose. Also numbers of Swift and House Martin. (J St Ledger, S Williams & D Eva)

Ruddy Shelduck and Greylag Goose – John St Ledger

Malpas:  Road 5 Swifts over our house. (M Costa)

Pendeen: (seawatch 0700-0900): c9,600 Manx Shearwater, 6 Common Scoter, 2 Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 54 Kittiwake, 2 Med Gull, juv Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Puffin. (D Flumm)

Trolver: This morning we saw/heard a female cuckoo flying overhead. (M Derrick)

Newquay Golf Course: 12 Curlew. (D Kendle)

Sennen: Turtle Dove at Brew Farm. (M Wallace)

Stenalees: Leucistic House Sparrow in private garden. (R Hollis)

Kingsmill lake: 57 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, 14 adult Greenshank, 30 Redshank (inc 4 juv), 4 adult Black-tailed Godwit, 1 adult Dunlin, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, c.15 juvenile in amongst c.900 Black-headed Gull & 2 Common Tern. (P Kemp)

Porth Reservoir: 2 prs of Great Crested Grebe with 3 and 2 juvs , a further 7 adult birds idling on the water, 10 ad Coot, 1 m Tufted Duck, 86 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 4 Common Sandpiper, 7 Grey Wagtail. (S Grose)

Downderry: before 0710,  77 Manx Shearwater east and 16 west. Also 41 Gannet west. (A Payne)

Helston, Carnmeal Downs: Red Kite over at lunchtime.  Also, family of Jays with 6 – 8 young in orchard. (J Graver)

Looe: 17 Mistle Thrushes on the golf club practice area. (R Bishop)

Later submission, 12/7, Penhallow: While travelling along the A3075 just after the large solar farm between Penhallow and the B3284 I spotted an Osprey on a telegraph pole, at around 14:25. (P Morris)

Late submission, 12/7, Cotehele Quay: singing Reed Warbler, Stock Dove and 5 Marbled White. (R Smaldon)

Late submission, 12/7, Scillonian III, Penzance to Wolf Rock: c50 Manx Shearwater, 10 Gannet, 10 Guillemot, 1 Fin Whale (near Wolf Rock), 2 Ocean Sunfish, 3 pods of Common Dolphin and 1 of Risso’s Dolphin. (M Elliot, T Mills) Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Sooty Shearwater. (M Elliot), 15 Manx Shearwater, 5 Guillemot, and 1 pod of Common Dolphin. (N Watmough, T Mills).


Monday 12th July 2021

Penzance: 2 Honey Buzzard flew over Mount Misery Roundabout this afternoon. (A Harris)

Maer Lake: 1 Ruddy Shelduck still this afternoon. (Birdguides)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Little Ringed Plover. (P St Pierre) Also juv Dipper in flight twice, c15 Redshank (including first 4 juveniles), 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Whimbrel, 2+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher this evening. (P St Pierre, R Veal)

Nanjizal: Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Flumm)

Polgigga: Green Sandpiper over this evening. (M Wallace)

Roskilly Ponds: 1 pair of spotted flycatchers. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Spotted Flycatcher – Kate Dalziel

Rock: 1m Sparrowhawk with prey through a private garden, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Swift. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 76 Black headed Gull (inc 21 juv), 6 Mediterranean Gull behind Bridge bike hire. (S Grose)

St Columb Minor: 1 m Yellowhammer opposite Fair Park cemetery. (S Grose)

Liskeard: 1 Leucistic Jackdaw this morning. (S Johnson)

Leucistic Jackdaw – Suzie Johnson

Late Submission, 8/7, Mexico Towans: 4 – 5 Kestrel and 6 Skylark. (M Vetch)

Skylark, Mike Vetch

Late News, 09/07, Scillonian Crossing: Between the Isles of Scilly and Penzance a very extensive bait ball about two miles in length, with 500+ Common Dolphin, 5 Bottlenose Dolphin, 36 Harbour Porpoise, 3 Minke Whale and 2 Fin Whale, all feeding together in a frenzy. Also, Basking Shark and Risso’s Dolphin on the journey. (V Stratton)


Thursday 8th July 2021

Zennor Head:  2 Cetti’s Warbler (AG Kemp)

Trevose Head: Leucistic Rook, Trevose Golf Course; this bird appears to be the same
individual I photo’d and reported from here in July 2019 (P Rowse)

Leucistic Rook. Peregrine Rowse

Rock Helipad Field : 3 Raven over, 2 Sparrowhawk over, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Downderry: moving west, 0520-0720, were 13 Common Scoter, 28 Gannet, 89 Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, a Grey Heron, 3 Mediterranean Gull, a Kittiwake and 18 Swift. (A Payne)

Polbathic Creek St Germans: 5 Common Sandpiper. (A Blonden)

Lelant Water, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Knot, 14 Med Gull. (D Flumm)

Ryan’s Field, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper. (D Flumm)

Tresillian River: 4 Little Egret, 38 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Shelduck pair with 6 ducklings. (D Flumm)

Kingfisher, Tresemple Pool. Dave Flumm

Redshank, Tresemple Pool. Dave Flumm

Portscatho: 4 Sandwich Tern (R Sharp)

Croft Pascoe, Goonhilly: Pair of Spotted Flycatchers feeding four young (S Chandler)

Lelant: 2 Knot. (R Stone)

Gwithian,The Knavocks: 1 juvenile Green Woodpecker plus 1 juvenile. I Great-spotted Woodpecker. (G Rogers)

Green Woodpecker, Geoff Rogers

Great-spotted Woodpecker Geoff Rogers

Lanlivery, Red Moor: 2 Wood Sandpiper flew off boggy area on reserve. (P McVey)

Newquay: 32 Curlew on the golf course this morning before flying over to The Gannel. (D Kendle)

Late submission, 7/7, Helstone: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Wednesday 7th July 2021

Pendeen (0600-0840): 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, c500 Manx Shearwater, 3 Puffin. (S Rogers, P Combridge, T McGowan) 2 Balearic Shearwater reported.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 100+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, Mute Swan with cygnets, Mallard, 4 Teal, Moorhen with young, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Skylark, 1 Buzzard, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 20 Black-tailed Godwit. (A Tomkins)

Wood Sandpiper, Andrew Tomkins

Green Sandpiper, Andrew Tomkins

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 1 drake Teal, 4m Tufted Duck 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Jay, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Moorhen, c30 Mallard. (R Mudge)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad islandica Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Redshank, ad Yellow-legged Gull, first 5 fledged juv Herring Gull. (R Veal)

St John’s Lake: 15 Mediterranean Gull, 36 Oystercatcher, 300+ Canada Geese, 6 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant, 5 Shelduck & 2 Greater Black-backed Gull (P Kemp)

Ashton: 1 Crossbill over. (G Healey)

Downderry: moving west, 0520-0730, 42 Gannet, 33 Manx Shearwater, 17 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Kittiwake. (A Payne)

Polbathic: 2 Common Sandpiper in creek; 2 Garden Warbler around garden pond. (A Blonden)

Drift Reservoir: Pair Great Crested Grebe have successfully nested after failed first attempt and raised 3 pulli. Also 2 other adults present plus 1 pair Little Grebe, 30 Canada Geese, 8 Swift. (D Flumm)

Great Crested Grebe, Dave Flumm

Great Crested Grebe, Dave Flumm

Rumps and Pentire: 4 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 7 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Kittiwake, 45 Herring gull, 9 Great black-backed gull, 2 Lesser black-backed gull, 8+ Guillemot, 22+ Razorbill, 4 Wood pigeon, 6 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 8 Rock pipit, 4 Stonechat, 2 Blackbird, 4 Wheatear, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 5 Carrion crow, 12 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 3 Grey seal, 4 Small skipper, 6 Large white, 3 Small copper, 2 Common blue, 1 Red admiral, 1 Small tortoiseshell, 2 Dark-green fritillary, 15 Meadow brown, 4 Small heath, 8 Six-spot burnet. (M Scawen et al)

Davidstow Airfield: 4 Wheatear, 1 Raven, 1 Sparrowhawk over with prey, 80+Linnet, 1 m Reed Bunting. (S Grose)

Davidstow, Wisley Down Forest: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Hallworthy: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Crowdy Reservoir: 10 Tufted Duck, 5 Great crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Cormorant, 5+ Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Davidstow Woods: 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Curlew over, 9 Siskin, 5 Raven, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Hendrawalls Farm: 500+ Herring Gull, 69 Lesser Black backed Gull, 19 Great Black backed Gull, 5 Linnet. (S Grose)

Late submission, 6/7, Tresillian to Tresemple Pool: 33 Curlew, 22 Redshank, 8 Common Sandpiper (personal patch high count), 12 Shelduck (adult), one pair still with 6 ducklings, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant. (A Nicholson)

Late submission, 6/7, Lands End: Guillemots on the Armed Knight off the coast, plus 1 m Stonechat. (M Vetch)

Guillemots, Mike Vetch

Guillemots, Mike Vetch


Tuesday 6th July 2021

Goldsithney: Rosy Starling in private garden for 2nd day. (RBA)

Pendeen (0530 – 1200): 4 Puffin, 2+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Whimbrel, c80 Kittiwake, c1000 Manx Shearwater feeding. (S Rogers, R Veal et al)

Pendeen (1730 – 1900): 10 Black-tailed Godwit. (S Rogers)

Kingsmill lake: 11 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 57 Curlew, 2 Adult Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant, 4 Canada Geese, 142 Black-headed Gull, 2 adult Lesser & 1 Greater Black-backed Gulls & 2 Shelduck with 7 chicks. (A Barker, P Kemp)

Crowlas: Whimbrel over at 1740. (R Veal)

Kensey Valley: Three pairs of Bullfinches visiting private garden. (N Bastin)

Bullfinch – Nigel Bastin

Bullfinch – Nigel Bastin

Park Head: 1 Wheatear, 4 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark. Out at Sea: 6 Gannets (3 adult, 2 immature and 1 juvenile), >50 Manx Shearwater. (C Taylor)

St Columb Major: 1 Kestrel opp Pall building, 1 Kestrel at Winnards perch. (S Grose)

Newquay, River Gannel: 1 Common Sandpiper, 40+ Swift opp petrol station. (S Grose)

Newquay Zoo: 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

St Columb Road: 2 Bullfinch 1m 1f, 2 Greenfinch 1m 1f and 12 Goldfinch (5 ad, 7 juv). (B Tregunna)

Bullfinch – Brenda Tregunna

Goldfinch – Brenda Tregunna

Late submission, 5/7, Downderry:  moving west, 0505-0735, 63 Gannet, 104 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 8 Mediterranean Gull and 19 Black-headed Gull. (A Payne)

Late submission, 5/7, Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper. (B Craven)


Tuesday 29th June 2021

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 Gull-billed Tern still present at 8.50pm alternating between estuary and ploughed fields below Paradise Park with 2 Sandwich Tern and 18 Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal, M Webb J Hawkey et al). Also 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2nd CY Common Gull, 2 Greenshank, 4 Redshank and pr Shelduck with 10 young. (R Veal, J Hawkey)

Gull-billed Tern – Martin Webb

Sandwich Terns – Martin Webb

Mediterranean Gull – Martin Webb

Gull-billed Tern – Mike McKee

Gull-billed Tern – Mike McKee

Late news, 28/6, Mermaid pelagic: 1 Fea’s-type Petrel about 4 miles off Lamorna, also 6+ Risso’s Dolphin off Mousehole. (M Elliott)

Marazion: eclipse drk Eider, 3 Sandwich Tern offshore. Drk Tufted Duck on Longrock Pool. (R Veal)

Marazion Station beach: 6 vocal Sandwich Terns fishing offshore. (M Claughton)

Millpool, private garden: 2 juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers probing in lawn. Also, Broad-bodied Chaser male and female coupling in flight, also female ovipositing on pond surface, Fox and Badger also seen. (M Claughton)

Kingsmill lake: 33 Curlew, 13 adult + 1 juv Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron & 2 Mallard (P Kemp)

Sennen Cove: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 9 Oystercatcher, 11 Black-headed Gull. (S Grose)

Downderry: up to 0715, 12 Manx Shearwater west and 22 east, 3 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Sandwich Tern. (A Payne)

Colliford reservoir: 760+ Canada Geese, (with one albino possible Canada) and 1 Barnacle Goose. (P Kemp)

Siblyback reservoir: 282 Canada Geese, 7 Greylag Geese, 71 Mallard with 22 chicks, 11 Cormorant, 2 adult + 2 juv Grey Heron, 3 adult Little Grebe and 2 adult Black-headed Gull. (P Kemp)

Late News, 28/6, Helston Boating Lake: Pair of Tufted Ducks with 2 ducklings, Ferruginous Duck (escape) and male Greater Scaup still present. No sign of Ruddy Shelduck. (J Hawkey)



Friday 25th June 2021

Marazion: Rosy Starling in private garden all day. (J Ayling)

Kingsmill Lake: 2 Common Sandpiper, 17 adult Redshank, 1 adult Greenshank, 30 Curlew, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 3 Cormorant, 47 ad/sub-adult Black-headed Gull & 32+ Herring Gull (P Kemp)

Tresillian to St. Clement: 1 Reed Warbler and 1 Reed Bunting (both singing), 24 Redshank, 9 Shelduck and 3 Curlew. (A le Masurier)

St Breward, Bodmin Moor: 3 pairs Redstart in Church Lane, all feeding young. (J St Ledger)

Redstart – John St Ledger

Walmsley Reserve: 6 Green Sandpiper, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Barn Owl (hunting). (J St Ledger) Also Swifts, Swallows and Sedge Warblers. (R Murphy)

Devoran: 46+ Whimbrel on Tallack’s Creek. (R Dann)

Bude: Juv. Sparrowhawk (M) hunting birds on feeders in private gardens. (R Maye)

Late Submission, 24/6, Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Grey Heron, 2 Greenfinch and numerous Swallow. (R Chiffers)

Grey Heron, Robin Chiffers

Greenfinch, Robin Chiffers

tdm & dwb