Thursday 27th May

Late news 24/05 St Ives: Small skua sp. showing some features of Long-tailed Skua, (G Jones)

Skua sp. Gareth Jones

Skua sp. Gareth Jones

Late news 26/5 Praa Sands: 1 Barn Owl, several Serotine Bat over the garden this evening (J Evans)

Downderry: moving west, 0610-0815: 3 Great Northern Divers (2 on sea too), 31 Gannets, 17 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Fulmar , 17 Kittiwakes and 8 auks. A Whimbrel also present. (A Payne)

Kenwyn: Coal Tit feeding 3 young in hole in yew stump, Great Tit feeding 1 young in hole in hedge, Robin feeding 4 young at nest, pair of Goldcrest nestbuilding ( D Eva )

Southerly Point: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Sandwich Tern. (G Adams)

St Austell: Swift colony around Springfield Close area in last few days, (M Bowers)

Towan Beach to St Anthony Head:  8 Common Whitethroat, 1m & 1 f Kestrel, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannets, Skylarks, Linnets, Stonechats. 1 Cream-spot Tiger moth. (P. Pearson)

Hensbarrow Downs: 4 Cuckoo, many Meadow Pipits, Stonechats and Skylarks, (R Hollis)

Mylor Bridge: 1 Red Kite over 6pm (M Ravine)

Nanjizal: Purple Heron early am only. (K Wilson)

Carharrack:  1 cuckoo calling 5pm Sparry Lane, (W Chegwidden)

West Pentire, Newquay: 1 Hobby, 6 Swift, 12 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow. (S Rowe)

Castallack: Short-eared Owl, in field this afternoon, (R Fox)

Newlyn: American Herring Gull, 1st winter at South Pier (Birdguides)

Restonguet Creek: Osprey, flew towards the beach (Birdguides)

St Just: Hooded Crow, Bosorne Street. (D Flumm)

Hooded Crow, Dave Flumm

Hooded Crow, Dave Flumm

Temple: Cuckoo, Robin, Wheatear, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, (S Netherton)

Cuckoo, Sue Netherton

Thursday 20th May 2021

Late news 19/5 Trebullet: Pair Stonechat, (L Whitley)

Late news 19/5 Predannack to Soap Rock, Kynance Farm: Wall Butterfly, 3 Grass Eggar Caterpillars, Fulmar, Cormorant, 2 Skylarks, 3 Whitethroats, 6 Stonechats, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipits, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, Great Tit,  Fox, 2 Roe Deer Stags, Common Lizard (M Claughton)

Common Lizard – on the Lizard! Maria Claughton

Grass Egger caterpillar, Maria Claughton


Late news 19/5 Marazion Marsh RSPB: Linnet, Stonechat, Cetti’s Warbler, (M Bennett)

Linnet (Martin Bennett)

Stonechat (Martin Bennett)

Cetti’s Warbler (Martin Bennett)

Late news 19/5 Bude: Serin around tennis courts, (N Bastin)

Late news 19/5 Caerthillian, Lizard: 2 Common Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warblers, Linnets, Stonechats, Barn Swallows and Sand Martins, Rock Pipits, 2 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 2 Ravens, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, ( P. Pearson)

Chapel Point; Mevagissey: drake Garganey, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 26 Great Northern Diver, 14 Puffin, 3 Sandwich Tern, 109 Kittiwake, 4 Storm Petrel, 1015 Manx Shearwater, 2 Turnstone, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin, 26 House Martin. (B Bosisto)

Newlyn: 2 juv Dipper feeding on Newlyn River at the Meadery. (T Mills)

Dipper (Tony Mills)

Rame Head: Sea watch 1420 – 1830 all west ….970 Manx Shearwater , 19 Fulmar, 70 Gannet , 2 Kittiwake,

12 auk sp., 1 Great Northern Diver, (K Pellow )

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sabine’s Gull, adult offshore, 1 Storm Petrel, (Birdguides)

Foxhole: 1 Ring-necked Duck, (Birdguides)


Friday 14th May 2021

Pendeen: 1 Serin flew over during afternoon. (Birdguides)

Kendidjack: Woodchat Shrike still. (J Waldon)

Foxhole: Drake Ring-necked Duck with 4 Tufted Duck. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Little Ringed Plover early morning from Old Quay (P St Pierre). Also 2cy Iceland Gull. (D Julian). Later seen in fields behind Ryan’s Field; also c50 Dunlin, c30 Ringed Plover on Carnsew and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover (both non-breeding plum, 2cy(?)) on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Porthilly Point: 1 Little Gull, 1m Kestrel, 61 Oystercatcher, 9 Whimbrel, 11 Dunlin,1 Ringed Plover, 29 Sand Martin, 2 Skylark, 1 Red-legged Partridge. (S Grose)

West Pentire: Pied Flycatcher and Whitethroat. (J Crowther)

Towan Head: 15 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel, 11 Oystercatcher, 3 Turnstone on N Fistral Rocks at 8:30 am. (M Lammas)

Pendower: 15 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver and 7 Shelduck.

Penzance: Great Northern Diver, m Eider, 34 Purple Sandpiper. (D Flumm)

Eider – Dave Flumm

Purple Sandpiper – Dave Flumm

Purple Sandpipers – Dave Flumm

Windmill Farm NR: First-adult male (3rd cy) Marsh Harrier, 3 Kestrel, 8 Common Buzzard, Cuckoo. (D Flumm)

Marsh Harrier – Dave Flumm

Marsh Harrier – Dave Flumm

Marsh Harrier – Dave Flumm

Marazion Marsh RSPB: fem-type Marsh Harrier again, 1 Common Sandpiper. (R Veal, D Parker, S Rogers)

Marazion: 12 Whimbrel 17:00 – 18:00 (P. Fraser)

Kingsmill Lake: 12 Whimbrel, 14 Summer plumage Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 non-breeding Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 7 Mallard & 12 Shelduck. (P Kemp)

Downderry: 37+ Great Northern Divers early morning; also 9 Whimbrel and 12 Kittiwakes. (A Payne)

Polzeath Beach: 1 Sandwich Tern, 7 Dunlin. (S Grose)

Goonhilly Downs (Croft Pascoe area): 3 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 4 Common Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo, 15 Swift, m Siskin. (D Flumm, M Broadbent)

Godrevy Head: 3 Wheatear, several pairs of Stonechat, Skylarks. (V Skilton)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Skylark, 1 m Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Little Egret. (S Grose)

The Lizard: 2 Stonechat, 2 Linnet, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheataer, 1 Sparrowhawk, Sedge Warblers and 1 Cuckoo between Lizard and Church Cove. (J Irvine, M Bennett)

Stonechat – Martin Bennett

Stonechat – Martin Bennett

Wheatear – Martin Bennett


Thursday 13th May 2021

Late News 12/5, Penzance:12 Swift screaming over St John’s Hall this morning (J Evans)

Late News 12/5, Marazion: 10+ Sedge Warbler, 2 Mute Swans with 7 cygnet, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 10+ Stonechats including several juveniles, 10+ Swallows, 6 Linnet (C Taylor)

Late News 12/5, Truro: 2 Siskin in private garden (D Jenkins)

Recent news Undisclosed site:  1 recently fledged albino Starling, (per R Hooper)

Albino Starling, via Roger Hooper

Albino Starling, via Roger Hooper

Porth Reservoir: 12 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Truro: 2 Swifts over Malpas area, 1 Siskin,1 juv Starling in private garden (M Costa, D Jenkins)

Cape Cornwall:  14 Whimbrel intermittently present on the golf course between Priest’s Cove and Nanpean Barn for the last two days. (A Twells)

Loe Bar: Great Northern Diver. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Marsh Harrier, Whimbrel, 6 Sedge warbler, 2 House Martin, 2 Raven, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, Sand Martin, Swallow, Stonechat. (D Flumm, I Grant, F Were)

Loe Pool: 26 Reed Warbler, 6 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, c15 Blackcap, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 19 Swifts, 3 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 40+ Swallows, 3 Coot plus 3 large downy young, 6 Mallard plus 6 ducklings and another brood of 9 ducklings reported.. Also a shoal of 80+ Roach in shallows, presumably spawning. (G Adams)

Nanpean: 13 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, Cuckoo. (B & L Bosisto)

Foxhole: Ring-necked Duck, drake flew over private garden, noc mig recording of 177 Whimbrel , 24 Dunlin, female Cuckoo, Little Grebe & Moorhen flight calls. (B Bosisto)

Walmsley: 1 Osprey, c200 mixed hirundines, 3 Gadwall, 2 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, Mute swan pair with 5 cygnets, 1 Reed warbler, 3 Sedge warblers.

Osprey, Adrian Langdon

Osprey, Adrian Langdon

Mute Swan with cygnets, Adrian Langdon

Chaple Amble: c12+ Swift, 7+ House Martin. (R Maye)

Devoran: 1 Osprey, ~20 Whimbrel flying through, 4 Shelduck, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Oystercatchers (J Carr, T Johnson, W Bowden-Rennick, J Yorke)

Davidstow: Curlew Sandpiper early morning, (Birdguides)

Poldhu Valley: Reed Warbler, multiple Sedge Warblers, male Reed Bunting, Buzzard flying over. (S Ford)

Croft Pascoe:  Willow Warbler, Long-tailed Tits, Cuckoo in flight crossing the road. (S Ford)

Reed Warbler, Steve Ford

Reed Bunting, Steve Ford

Willow Warbler, Steve Ford

Friday 7th May 2021

Late News, 06/05, Sharptor: 1 Raven, 1 Buzzard, 5 Stock Dove, 2 Magpie, 3 Swift, 5 Swallow, 1 f. Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Robin, 1 Wren. (M & R Frost)

Walmsley: 1 Blue-winged Teal still, 7 Cattle Egret, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Gadwall (male), 3 Shoveler (male), 8+ Teal. Also numbers of Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler. (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Blue-winged Teal – John St Ledger

Newlyn Harbour: American Herring Gull still. (S Finch)

Davidstow Airfield: Buff-breasted Sandpiper still present this evening. (M Worden) Also 2 m Reed Bunting, 3 Skylark, 3 Linnet, 3 Buzzard, 2 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat. (S Grose)

Late Photo, 6/5: Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Mark Worden

Late Photo, 6/5: Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Mark Worden

St Anthony Head: 1 Little Stint (Birdguides)

The Mouls: 2 Puffin, 40+ Razorbill, 70+ Guillemot. (J St Ledger)

Bude: Osprey high over Bude heading East at 09:15 (R Maye). 1 Little Ringed Plover at Maer Lake this evening with 3 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpiper. (S Border)

Watch Croft: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Wheatear, 1 Swallow. (A McKechnie)

Grasshopper Warbler – Alex McKechnie

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling, 3 Cuckoo (2 males calling, 1 female observed in flight mobbed by 3 Meadow Pipits). (M Ravine)

Lands End Airport area: 1 m Wheatear on airfield,  22 Whimbrel at Gurland Farm, 1 Swift with hirundines at Brea, 1 Raven, 2 singing Whitethroat and 1 Willow Warbler in area. (T Mills)

Hannafore: (12:40 to 13:15) 1 Raven, 2 Buzzard, 1 Little Egret, 14 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Swallow.  (M & R Frost)

St Mawes: Hobby. (D Flumm)

Hobby – Dave Flumm

Hobby – Dave Flumm

Buttermilk Hill: Hobby and 2 Raven mid afternoon. (J Eaton)

St Just In Roseland: 24 Whimbrel. (D Flumm)

Marazion: 1 Great Northern Diver in Mount’s Bay at 08:00, 2 Whimbrel in at Marazion Beach at 13:00 and 2 Sandwich Tern on Great Hogus at 18:00. (P Fraser)

Crowdy Reservoir: Dam area – 1 Cuckoo, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Redstart, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 19 Goldcrest, 2 Wheatear, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Siskin over. Hide area – 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 m Reed Bunting, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Siskin. (S Grose)

Lower Moor Plantation: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Tawny Owl, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven. (S Grose)

Camelford: 1 Little Egret, 2 Wheatear in field with cattle at Trenuth Farm. (S Grose)

Trevilley: 2 (m&f) flavissima Yellow Wagtail. (R Veal)

Minions to Sharptor: 3 pairs of Wheatear plus 1 female. 2 Yellowhammer. (K Dalziel)

Yellowhammer – Kate Dalziel

Higher Stanbear: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Marsh Tit. (K Dalziel)

Tolcarne, St Day: Red Kite circling at 10.40am. (R Davies)

Malpas: Male Siskin feeding chick at our bird feeder. At least 3 further adults also coming to feeder regularly. (A Hill)

Truro: 2 Swift over. (M Costa)

Penzance: Swift (K Farquhar)

Lostwithiel: 6 Swift, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Moorhen. (B Ross)

The Lizard: 1 Wheatear, Swallows, House Martins, Sand Martins, Whitethroat, 10 Magpie. (D Collins)

Falmouth: Swallows mating, Whitethroat. (J Irvine)

Chacewater: Red-legged Partridge in private garden. (R Loader)

Red-legged Partridge – R Loader

Thursday 6th May 2021

Walmsley: Blue-winged Teal still, seemingly paired with a drake Shoveler, 5 Gadwall, 8 Teal (including probable intersex still), 3 Coot, c25 Shelduck, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, c150 Swallow, c30 Sand Martin, c20 House Martin, 12 Swift, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Red-legged Partridge. (M Broadbent, R Veal et al)

Blue-winged Teal, Adrian Langdon

Blue-winged Teal, Adrian Langdon

Blue-winged Teal, Adrian Langdon

Drift Reservoir: c200 Swallow. (D Flumm)

Mount’s Bay: 5 Sandwich Tern, 7 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone. 16 Purple Sandpiper at Battery Rocks. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 8 Swift, 2 House Martin, 30 Sand Martin, 35 Swallow. (D Flumm)

Swift, Dave Flumm

Swift, Dave Flumm

Kingsmill Lake: 28 summer plumage Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Black-tailed Godwit & 39 Shelduck (P Kemp)

Newquay Golf Course: 31 Whimbrel ( H & M Taylor)

Sancreed: 2 Cuckoo, Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Davidstow Airfield: Buff- breasted Sandpiper with Ringed Plover briefly 16.05. Flushed by fast passing car and both flew off high. Re-found 17.50 at far north of airfield. (B Craven)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Brian Craven

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Brian Craven

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Brian Craven

Rosemullion: 20 Whimbrel at Rosemullion Head, Thursday 6 May, (P McCartney)

Nanpean: 11 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Wheatear, 8 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin. (B & L Bosisto)

Foxhole: Cuckoo, Osprey, 5 Swift, 5 juvenile Starling. (B & L Bosisto)

Hayle: Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 25 Whimbrel, 6 Turnstone, (M Broadbent)

Park Head: Corn Bunting, (M Broadbent)

Pendower: 15 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver. (D Widerscope)

Trevose: 1 Yellow Wagtail heard, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Wheatear. (R Veal)

Camel Estuary: 90 Oystercatcher, c40 Curlew, 15 Whimbrel, 12 Dunlin and 1 Tawny Owl roosting in open. (R Veal)

Royal Cornwall Showground: 3 Red-legged Partridge. (R Veal)

Falmouth, Penance Mill Farm: 1 Common Crane flying low disturbed by chainsaw noise heading towards Swanpool area @14:30 (C Lovatt)

Dobwalls: 3 Swift low flying and screaming around the Village Hall (C&J Duffy)

Stepper Point: 5 Swift, 2 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Skylark, Swallow, 3 Fulmar, Herring gull, Guillemot, (M Scawen)

Rame – Penlee: Rame Head – Polhawn – Penlee ( and back) …64 Whitethroat ( majority singing birds) , 29 Chiffchafff , 14 Blackcap , 2 Wheatear, 18 Swallow , 3 Swift ,2 Shelduck , 4 Whimbrel , 1 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull (following plough ) (K Pellow )

Latest News from the CBWPS and Cornwall –

CBWPS News: We are pleased to announce that the society has a new President. Ian McCarthy is an enthusiastic naturalist, whose wildlife experiences includes filming such epics as The Frozen Planet and Life in the Freezer. He has a passion for nature and should be a boon to the society. He has now semi retired from filming but has recently completed a film on the wildlife of Cornwall. He also has a passion for Peregrines and is a member of the SW Peregrine group. He lives in Cornwall and has a photographic gallery in Fowey.

The outgoing president, Steve Madge has contributed many years of sterling sevice to the society and we express our gratitude to him and wish him all the best for the future.