Recent sightings

COVID-19 update: Society reserves and hides and now all open, but please refer to the Homepage for further information and a fuller statement from the board. We will be restarting the walks program after restrictions are relaxed on 19th July, kicking off with the weekly Pentire and Rumps Nature Walk. The walks last approximately 4 hours and will run through August 2021, covering flora and fauna as well as birds. Walks start at 10am and will be led by Jack Humphrey, Bernard Ide, Alan Taylor and Mike Scawen. Meet at Pentire Farm (SW936803). Phone Countrywise on 01208 812423 to check that walk is on.

Cornish Choughs: The Society is now maintaining the dedicated Chough sightings database for Cornwall, adding to the many thousands of records received from birders and members of the public since 2001. Please send your sightings to including, date, place, 6 fig grid ref if possible, and notes on any colour rings observed.

Please see the link for an update from the team on what has been a good year for our birds, and of course do continue to send your sightings in over the winter Chough update Dec 2020

Blackcaps: Have you seen a colour-ringed Blackcap in Cornwall this winter? If so, the BTO would love to hear from you! More details on the website here – BTO Blackcap Project

Garden Listing League 2021: Following on from the successes of lockdown listing last year we have decided to run a league for the whole of 2021 for lockdown in January and beyond. More details can be found on the website here- Cornwall Garden Listing League Whether you have fantastic coastal views or a small suburban garden see what you can see and record this year. Good luck! April/May roundup now published. (Last update 23rd July).

Online Bookshop: 12th Jan – we have added a further selection of second hand birding and natural history books to our online bookshop. Click Here to browse and find a bargain!

Sensitive Breeding Birds: Now that the breeding season is upon us we are resuming our policy of withholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds in the County. Please keep sending in your reports via as all records will still go into the county database, and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Remember, the welfare of the birds comes first. The full list of species including RBBP and Schedule 1 species can be found on the website Here. Please always bear this in mind when sharing information on social media too.

More news and updates from the Society: can be found Here

Protect Pendeen Watch and the surrounding area from unregulated development: We believe that Pendeen Watch and the surrounding area deserves additional protection from development due to its spectacular natural scenery, importance for wildlife, and recreational value to the local community. The area provides vital habitat for sensitive species such as the Cornish Chough and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Butterfly. To find out more and sign an important petition please look here: 

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Monday 26th July 2021

College Reservoir: 1f Ruddy Shelduck. (L Langley) In addition, 30 Coot including 3 chicks, 8 Great crested Grebe including 2 chicks (D Eva)

Pendeen: (06.15 to 09.45) 5 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Common Scoter, 3 Dunlin, 7 Mediterranean Gull. Also, 1 Reed Warbler in nearby bushes. (P Combridge)

Bartinney: 1 Green Sandpiper. (C Moore)

Nanjizal Valley: 114 ringed on private site. Migrants included, 45 Sedge Warbler, 11 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 20 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 5 Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff. Also, a retrap Lesser Whitethroat. (K Wilson)

Loe Pool: 1 Osprey mostly using pine trees on the Degibna site for resting, but also fishing from time to time. Also 2 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow-legged Gull. (I Maclean)

Loe Bar: 2 pale-phase Arctic Skua. (I Maclean)

Argal Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan with 5 cygnets, 13 Great crested Grebe including 2 chicks (D Eva)

Tallack’s Creek, Devoran: 9 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. At high tide. (J St Ledger)

Whimbrel – John St Ledger

Bar-tailed Godwit – John St Ledger

St Agnes Head: (06.30 to 10.00) 2 Balearic Shearwater, 4 juvenile Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Tern, 5 Juvenile Wheatear. (G Lawlor)

Wadebridge, Treraven Meadows /Polbrock: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 109 Black-headed Gull, 2 ad Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 9 Little Egret, 5 Grey Wagtail, 5 Buzzard, 3 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, 1m Bullfinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 9 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Marsh Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 m Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay. (S Grose)

Walmsley Reserve: 1 Marsh Harrier, c. 65 Mallard, 23 Dunlin, 8 Moorhen, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Wren, 1 Blue Tit, 5 Gadwall, 6 Greenshank, 7 Mute Swan, 2 Buzzard, 3 Redshank, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1f Teal, 2 Pied Wagtail, 8 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Swift, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Pheasant, 3 Swallow. (J Goodair)

Colliford Reservoir: 1 Bar-headed Goose, 2 Wheatear, 6 Lapwing. (L Birtwistle)

Bar-headed Goose – Linda Birtwistle

Kingsmill Lake: 6 Common Sandpiper, 24+ Redshank, 10 Greenshank, 3 Ringed Plover, 10 adult Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel, 85+ Curlew, 8 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 80+ Herring Gull, 400+ Black-headed Gull & 2 Greater Black-backed Gull (P Kemp)

Downderry: a few rafts of Manx Shearwater noted in the bay and plenty moving east and west; an estimated 300+ involved. Among them 17 Balearic Shearwater. Also 17 Mediterranean Gull and 8 Common Scoter west. (A Payne)

Late News, 25/7, Looe Island: 14 Wood Pigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 39 Cormorant, 1 Sanderling, 65 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Wren, 4 Crow, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1m Eider, 3 Blackbird, 2 Gannet, 1 Fulmar, 1 Mallard, 45 Oystercatcher, 3 Pheasant, 2 Rock Pipit, 31 Shag. (J Goodair)

Late submission, 25/7, St Ives: 1 ringed adult Mediterranean Gull on Porthmeor beach. (A Storrs)

Mediterranean Gull, Andy Storrs


Sunday 25th July 2021

Kenidjack: Western Bonelli’s Warbler still present in scrub and pines around last house at seaward end. Also Lesser Whitethroat, 8+ Willow Warbler still. (R Augarde, B Mellow et al)

Western Bonelli’s Warbler – Reuben Veal

Western Bonelli’s Warbler – Nigel Rogers

Pendeen, (06.00 – 11.00): 6 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Sandwich Tern, 14 Common Scoter, 19 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Skua, normal feeding Manx. (S Rogers, P Combridge, G Lawlor)

Nanjizal: 107 trapped and ringed including: 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 38 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 29 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap. Also, 2cy Iceland Gull over then in ploughed field. (K Wilson, J Ryan, R Veal)

Threemilestone: Red Kite over this morning. (G May)

Par Beach: 26 Mediterranean Gull (including 7 juvenile) , 301 Black-headed Gull, 200+mixed Dunlin, Sanderling, 1 Red Kite north at 1032 am, 1 f Peregrine Falcon over. (S Grose)

Lanivet, St Benets Abbey: 4 Marsh Tit, 5 Nuthatch, 4 Spotted Flycatcher. (S Grose)

Downderry: 0545-0720: most birds moving east including a Whimbrel, 65 Gannet and 46 Manx Shearwater. A juvenile Common Gull and 8 Mediterranean Gulls also noted. (A Payne)

Late photos, 24/7, Kenidjack: Western Bonelli’s Warbler. (A Bayly)

Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Alex Bayly

Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Alex Bayly


Saturday 24th July 2021

Kenidjack: 1 Western Bonelli’s Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 (m+f) Bullfinch, 5 Blackcap, 1 juv Green Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff and 4 Willow Warbler. (T Mills, D Flumm)

Lesser Whitethroat – Dave Flumm

Porthgwarra: 35 Willow Warbler. (M Wallace)

Raftra Pool: 5 Willow Warbler. (M Wallace)

Foage Valley, Zennor: 1 Green Woodpecker. (C Madden)

Marazion Scrape: Little Ringed Plover. (C Richards)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 11 Common Sandpiper, c15 Ringed Plover, c10 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Sandwich Tern. (R Veal)

Loe Pool: 1 Osprey. (A Lea)

Osprey – Adrian Lea

Osprey – Adrian Lea

Walmsley Sanctuary: 25 Little Egret, 1 fem Mandarin, c30 Black-headed Gulls, 12 Blk T Godwit, c60 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Lapwing, 2 Little Grebe, c80 Mallard, 11 Moorhen, 7 Mute Swan (2+5), 1 Peregrine, 7 Redshank, 1 Ruff. (A Langdon)

Little Egret’s and Mandarin Duck – Adrian Langdon

Millbrook Lake: 190 Black-headed Gull, 53 Mallard, 10 Moorhen, 3 Mute Swan, 7 Little Egret, 41 Redshank, 191 Canada Geese, 1 Little Grebe, 18 Herring Gull, 1 Egyptian Goose, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron & 1 juvenile Mediterranean gull. (P Kemp)

St John’s Lake: 9 Sandwich Tern & 13 Mediterranean Gull at 9am. (P Kemp)

Downderry: 17 Mediterranean Gulls moving west before 0655; maximum 16 feeding inshore but undoubtedly some overlap. Also 6 Sanderling on the beach, 8 Manx Shearwater and a  Kittiwake at sea, and 14 Swifts heading inland. (A Payne)

Penlee Battery to Rame Head: 16 Shags, 3 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, Herring Gulls, 4 Great Black Backed Gulls, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, Woodpigeon, Crows, 3 Ravens,1 Magpie, Skylarks, 5 House Martins, 22 Swallows, 1 Dunnock, 1 Great Tit, Linnets, 7 Chaffinches, 1 Yellowhammer ( singing). ( A Parker)

Lizard Point: 2 Gannet, 2 Turnstone, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Stoat playing on dry stone wall. (S Baird).

Boscawen Park: 1 pairr Mute Swan with 4 cygnets, 5 Muscovey Duck , 1 Call Duck, 98 Mallard, on duck pond. (S Grose)

Truro River: 4 Common Sandpiper, 9 Curlew, 2 Redshank. (S Grose)

St Clement, Tresemple Pool: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Dunlin, 21 Redshank, 9 Linnet over, 1 Partridge sp, (heard briefly once from field left of pool), 2 Raven over, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Late Submission, 22/7, Coverack: c60 Mediterranean Gull, 9+ screaming Swift. (D Beadle)

Late Submission, 23/7, Walmsley Sanctuary: c100 Black- headed Gulls, 4 Wood Pigeon, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Moorhen, c45 Dunlin, 1 Lapwing, 8 Herring gull, c60 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Shoveler, 4Teal, 2 Crow, 8 Greenshank, 1 Magpie Moth. (J. Goodair)

Late Submission, 22.7.21, Lerryn: c20 Black-headed Gull, 2 Swallows, 6 Wood Pigeon, 3 Pied Wagtail (male and 2 juveniles), 8 House Sparrows, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Moorhen, 1 Robin, 51 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 8 Herring gull, 1 Buzzard. (J.Goodair)

Late Submission, 21.7.21, Colliford area: c70 Canada Geese, 2 Magpie, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Swallow, 2 Blackbird, 1 Wood Pigeon, 3 Crow, 1 Robin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Linnet, 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting.(J.Goodair)



Friday 23rd July 2021

Kenidjack Valley: Bonelli’s Warbler around paddocks and gardens at west end of valley. Found at c12:15 (P Clarke) and seen well but then lost from view. Relocated at c14:30 (S Rogers). Unfortunately no call was heard, so unable to identify to species. Also Lesser Whitethroat. (P Clarke, P Clement, S Rogers, N R Rogers)

The bird was later heard to call and identified as a Western Bonelli’s Warbler.

Western Bonelli’s Warbler – Nigel Rogers

Western Bonelli’s Warbler – Steve Rogers

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Adult (probably female) Little Ringed Plover on scrape this evening. Also juv Yellow-legged Gull, c200 Mediterranean Gull, drk Common Scoter offshore and c60 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and 15 Ringed Plover on the beach. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank, c20 Dunlin. (R Veal)

Kingsmill Lake: 10 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 37 Curlew, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret & 9 young Shelduck. (P Kemp)

Marazion Beach: 40 Sanderling (P Fraser)

Porth Reservoir: 5 Common Sandpiper, 2m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 14 Great Crested Grebe with 2+2+1juvs, 2 Raven over, 12 Coot, 1pr Grey Wagtail with 5 juv. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 1 pr Oystercatcher with 1 juv, 2 Common Sandpiper behind Bridge bike hire. (S Grose)

Porthilly: 66 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpiper, 73 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Curlew. (S Grose)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 3 Dunlin at 10:30. (J Irvine)

Swanpool, Falmouth: 1 Common Sandpiper at the lake at 09:30. (J Irvine)

Common Sandpiper – Jon Irvine

Newquay: 72 Curlew on Golf Course this morning. (D Kendle)

Ruan Lanihorne Quay, 5:30pm – 6:00pm: 5 Cormorant, 66 Canada Geese, 7 Mallard, 52 Curlew, 16 Dunlin, 8 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 12 Pied Wagtail, 100+ Black-headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull. (D Hall)

Downderry: at least 125 Gannet, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 18 Manx Shearwater and 2 Kittiwake moved east 0530-0710. Also 2 Mediterranean Gull west. (A Payne)

Late Submission, 22/7, Coverack: c60 Mediterranean Gull, 9+ screaming Swift. (D Beadle)


Thursday 22nd July 2021

Hannafore: Male Eider (in eclipse), Dunlin in summer plumage, female Mallard with 10 ducklings, and Rock Pipit. (J Eames)

Dunlin. Jim Eames

Common Eider. Jim Eames

Rock Pipit. Jim Eames

Downderry: at least 210 Manx Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sandwich Tern and 4 Common Scoter moved east, 0605-0725. 93 Gannet and 5 Mediterranean Gull west. (A Payne)

Hayle Estuary, Ryan’s Field: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 moulting adult Mediterranean Gull, c15 Black-headed Gull inc 2 juveniles, 2 Linnet, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly, (mid-morning, low tide). (T Mills)

Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Hayle, Tony Mills

Stithians: 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 5 Great Crested Grebe ( D Eva )

Gunwalloe: Bee-eater south high along the coast at 07:50 (M Grantham, J Overfield)

Watch Croft and vicinity: 1 juv Green Woodpecker, 1 singing male Reed Bunting, abundant Silver “Y” Moth (J Evans)

Late news, 21/7, Gwennap: 1 Bee-eater over Gwennap church chased by Swallows, flew off towards Sunny Corner, at 19.45. (L Cox).

Late Submission, 21/7, Davidstow Airfield area: 1 Red Kite. (M Greenaway)

Late submission,21/7, Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Willow Tit, 2 Mute Swan, 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Moorhen, 2 Cormorant, 2 Swallow. (R Mudge)


Wednesday 21st July 2021

Porthgwarra: Melodious Warbler at Stonewall pool this morning. (M Wallace)

Marazion Beach: c80 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin. (P Fraser)

St Mawgan (private garden): 5 Spotted Flycatchers, of which at least 3 were juveniles. (C Taylor)

Nanjizal: 151 trapped and ringed, including: 45 Sedge Warbler, 17 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 12 Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 14 Willow Warbler, 19 Chiffchaff. (K Wilson, J Overfield, R Veal)

Whitsand Bay to Rame Head: Pod of 8+ Common Dolphin feeding in the bay, with a further pod towards Rame Head, 10 Linnet, 1 Peregrine, 4 Common Whitethroat, Marbled Whites, Small Copper, Wall, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large White and Gatekeeper butterflies.  (D Sharp).

Newquay: Flock of 250+ Starlings on the golf course this morning. (D Kendle)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 8 (6 ad, 2 juv) Common Sandpiper, ad Black-tailed Godwit, c15 ad Dunlin, 3 ad Ringed Plover, 6 Whimbrel this evening. (R Veal)

Rumps and Pentire: 3 Wood pigeon, 3 Oystercatcher, 11 Black-headed gull, 14 Great black-backed gull, 35 Herring gull, 3 Fulmar, 5 Cormorant, 7 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 5 Jackdaw, 40+ Rook, 5 Carrion crow, 2 Skylark, 8 Swallow, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Stonechat, 4 House sparrow, 1 Pied wagtail, 4 Rock pipit, 40+ Linnet, 13 Goldfinch, 2 Small skipper, 15 Large white, 4 Small copper, 4 Common blue, 1 Red admiral, 1 Peacock, 4 Dark green fritillary, 3 Wall brown, 25 Gatekeeper, 30 Meadow brown, 12 Six-spot burnet, 1 Ruby tail wasp, 10 Cinnabar moth caterpillar (M Scawen et al).

Late submission, 20/7, Penzance, Wherrytown beach: 10 Sandwich Tern feeding close offshore this evening (C.Beazley, S. Nicholls)

Late submission, 20/7, Bugle: 1 m Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Late submission, 20/7, Luxulyan: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Tuesday 20th July 2021

Falmouth, Pendennis Point, SW826315: Common Rosefinch next to the first ice cream van. (S Fewster, R Arney)

Falmouth (terrace above town): 5 Swift calling and circling. (E Tackley)

Padstow: 361+Mediterranean Gull on the sand bar between harbour and Rock early this morning, 1 Sandwich Tern feeding juv. (S Grose)

Porthilly, Camel estuary: 100+ Med Gulls, c10 Sandwich Terns, 5 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Buzzard. (A Langdon)

Mediterranean Gull – Adrian Langdon

Mediterranean Gulls – Adrian Langdon

Sandwich Tern – Adrian Langdon

Kingsmill lake: 4 Greenshank, 20+ Redshank, 4 Whimbrel, 32+ Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Grey Heron, 14 Little Egret, 204 Black-headed Gull, 57 Herring Gull & 1 adult Greater Black-backed Gull at High Tide. (P Kemp)

Pendower: 2 Sanderling, 50 Black-headed Gull and a Painted Lady. (T Wilson)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: c60 Mediterranean Gull (including 8 juvs), c140 Black-headed Gull, c15 Redshank, 5 Greenshank (including first juvenile), 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel, ad islandica Black-tailed Godwit, 11 ad Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, ad Yellow-legged Gull. (R Veal)

Hayle estuary: Colour-ringed Curlew on the estuary yesterday (19th) and also on Ryan’s Field on 8th (Paul St Pierre). The bird has a red ring on the right leg and a coded yellow ring on the left leg, but no one has been able to read the code yet. This is possibly one of the head-started chicks from the southwest so please keep a eye out for it and it’d be great if someone could read the code. If you’re able to read or photograph the two-digit code then please do email in. (The photo below is a known bird from the same project that winters at Devoran). (M Grantham)

Curlew – Devoran

Late submission, 19/7, Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Mute Swan, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Moorhen, 4 Jay, 1 Coot, 1m Tufted Duck. (R Mudge)

Late submission, 19/7, Tresillian to Tresemple Pool: 51 Curlew, 47 Redshank, 11 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin. (A Nicholson)

Late submission, 19/7 Stithians Reservoir: 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker, (2 adult and 2 juvenile), also juvenile Jays. (R Chiffers)

Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Robin Chiffers

Jay Robin Chiffers

Late submission, 19/7, Hell’s Mouth: 1 female Kestrel. (R Chiffers)