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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 Note: The CBWPS hide at Burniere Point is unusable at the moment due to it being blown off its fixings by the recent gales a few days short of its 52nd birthday! A team will be working to get it back to normal as soon as possible.

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 The Birdwatchers Code  The Nature Photographers Code  Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981  Schedule 1 Birds

Sunday 23rd February 2020

Late news, 21/2, Siblyback Lake: Ring-necked Duck, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Snipe, pair Teal, pair of Stonechat pair in dog excersise area, 5 Little Grebe. (D Cleal)

Ring-necked Duck – Dave Cleal

Late news, 22/2, Nanjizal: American Buff-bellied Pipit (heard only) for a fourth day. Also 2 Siberian Chiffchaff. Please keep to public rights of way.

Penzance Wherrytown Rocks: 1w Iceland Gull at 09.00.1f Peregrine Falcon hunting waders at Battery Rocks,11 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe nr lighthouse. (S Grose)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose) Also Black Guillemot reported below the RNLI building.

Saturday 22nd February 2020

Carbis Bay: 1 Glaucous Gull, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Red throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 60 Grey Seal ( D Eva L Langley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 adult Ring-billed Gull, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Whimbrel ( D Eva ) Also 1+ ad Caspian Gull and 3 Black Swan. (R Veal, M Ahmad) Slavonian Grebe on Carnsew Pool and Firecrest reported by the hide. (ad, 3/4w, 2w) Caspian Gulls. (L Langley)

Caspian Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Newlyn: Iceland Gull, Black Guillemot and 1 Eider still present ( D Eva )

Siblyback Lake: 1 Male Ring-necked Duck, c8 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe. (D Sharp)

Drift Reservoir (Members only): 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 92 Canada Geese, 3 Med Gull, 1 Kingfisher. (D Flumm)

Trewavas: 2 Chough, 1 Kestrel, 2 Fulmar, 4 Raven

Praa Sands: 1 Large falcon species (over), Dark Colouration, Open Primaries, Long tail, Herring Gull sized, soaring before being mobbed by Gulls, flew leisurely inland in North-Westerly Direction with shimmering style wingbeats (J Evans)

Coombe: 1 Firecrest, 2 Greenshank, 1 drake Pintail (J Lewis)

Redruth: This afternoon a male Sparrowhawk sat in the corner of our garden waiting for small birds to return to the feeders. It waited until they were back and then flew across the garden not 2 inches over the ground and took a Pied Wagtail underneath the feeders. It then returned to the corner to devour its catch. (M Greenhalgh)

Sparrowhawk – Mel Greenhalgh

Marazion: F Black Redstart, 4 Great Northern Diver. (R Allen)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (R Chiffers) Also Lesser Scaup reported from the Golden Lion causeway.

Newquay, Huers Hut / Fly cellars: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 m Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 13 Fulmar, 1 Common Gull. Also 1 Black Redstart on Edgecumbe Ave. (S Grose)

Lizard: Black-throated Diver reported past Lizard Point.

Helston: Assumed escaped Ferruginous Duck still on the boating pool.

Kingsmill Lake: 5 Barnacle Geese, 46 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 42 Avocets, 1 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 36 Curlew, 93 Dunlin, 7 Lapwing, 25 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 50 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorants. ( A. Parker )

Gannel Estuary: 1 Barn Owl in field above Penpol Creek. (S Grose)

Hawkers Cove: 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Wagtail , 2 Chiffchaff ( L Payne)

Friday 21st February 2020

Portscatho: Pacific Diver, Black Throated Divers, Great Northern Divers, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit and good numbers of Mediterranean Gull (Moving around so difficult to assess numbers). (A.Roberts). Also 6 Black-throated Diver, 5 Great-Northern Diver, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Eider (female), 1 Shelduck, 50+ Mediterranean Gull (6 in summer plumage and 2 ringed), 1 Common Gull. Also large numbers of Black-headed Gull, one of which was ringed. (J St Ledger)

Slavonian Grebe – John St Ledger

Red-necked Grebe – John St Ledger

Pendower: 4 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Newlyn Harbour: Black Guillemot, 2 Eider and Iceland gull still present. (R Fox) Additionally, Continental (sinesis) Cormorant and 2w Yellow-legged Gull still. (M Ahmad)

Black Guillemot – Mashuq Ahmad

Black Guillemot – Mashuq Ahmad

Iceland Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Cormorant – Mashuq Ahmad

Hayle Estuary: Pomarine Skua reported at the mouth of the Estuary this morning.

Wall, Hayle: 1 Barn Owl. (S Cooper)

Millbrook: 7+ Cattle Egret with 4 Little Egret at Stone Farm. (D Julian)

St John’s Lake,Torpoint: 1 Slavonian Grebe and 8 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. (D Julian)

Towan Head Newqauy:  Merlin chasing a pipit at 08:30. (M Lammas)

Port Isaac: 1 Peregrine Falcon over , 6 Greenfinch, 1 Nuthatch from a private garden. (S Grose)

Whitecross, Newquay: 25 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Buzzard, 100+ Golden Plover flying SW, 70+ Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 3 Blackbird and 1 dead Greenfinch killed by a cat. 4 Newts in our pond. (Su and Dave Thomas)

Carbis Bay: Glaucous Gull reported again and later on Porthminster beach..

Drift Reservoir (Members only): Long-tailed Duck still present. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 (2 ad, 3/4w, 2 2w) Caspian Gull, ad Ring-billed Gull, 2 ad Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull, 1w Black-headed x Med Gull and Whimbrel. (M Halliday, M Elliott)

Godevry Point: 1w Kumlien’s type Gull feeding in field behind Mutton Cove. Also 1 Great Skua. (R Allen)

Stithians Reservoir: Lesser Scaup with 10 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe & Grey Heron in the Golden Lion cut-off 15:30pm to 16:00. (M Greenhalgh)

Polgigga, Bosistow Lane: released White Stork still, c140 Golden Plover, 8 Stock Dove. (R Veal)

Madron: 1 Peregrine dive bombing 2 Black-headed Gull. (R Veal)

St Clement/Tresillian: 40 Teal, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Redshank, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1+ Robin, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Little Egret, 19 Curlew, 24 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2,000+ Golden Plover over, 14 Cattle Egret. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Restronguet Weir: c20 Red-breasted Merganser. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Charlestown: 3 Long Tailed Tits 4 Blue Tits 2 Great Tits 2 Wood Pigeons 4 Dunnock 2 Blackbirds 3 Robins ( D Hastilow )

Long-tailed Tit – David Hastilow

Penryn: 2 Pink-footed Geese over Penryn Campus at 17:45. (M Broadbent)

St Columb Minor: 1 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl from priory rd. (S Grose)


Thursday 20th February 2020

Newlyn Harbour: 2 Eider, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Iceland Gull. (J Hill) Plus Black Guillemot. (R Allen, D Julian)

Drift Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck viewed from car park. (D Julian)

Penzance: Black Redstart at Jubilee Pool. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary: Adult & Sub adult Caspian, adult Ring-billed and at least 4 Yellow-legged Gull this afternoon. (D Julian)

Sennen Cove: Black Redstart around the Lifeboat Station. (A Myram)

Black Redstart – A Myram

Pendeen (14:00-15:00): 1 Red-throated Diver, 22 Manx Shearwater, 101 Fulmar, c1800 auk sp? west. (D Flumm)

Truro: 3 Siskin on feeders in private garden. (P Carter)

Siskins – P Carter

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe all at Golden Lion cut off. Also 1 Snipe (over). (J St Ledger)

Colliford: 6 Goosander, 10 Lapwing. ( D Eva )

Ninestones: 1 Red Kite. ( D Eva )

Siblyback: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush. ( D Eva )

Golitha Falls: 1 Brambling with 100 Chaffinch. ( D Eva )

Pentewan: 6 Mediterranean Gulls, Great Northern Diver, c.20 Fulmar, 5 Kittiwake & a female Common Scoter (P Kemp)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 11 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Turnstone. (J Hill)

Marazion: 5 Great Northern Diver, 30 Curlew. (R Allen)

St Ives: 15 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Skua in the bay mid afternoon. Also 1 Firecrest along the Hain walk. (S Rowe) Also Glaucous Gull in the bay but mobile.

Trerulefoot: 2 Swallows over the A38. (D Clegg)

Hannafore: 13 Eider (6 males) 1 Shag. (D Cleal)


Wednesday 19th February 2020

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Black Swans and 4 Mute Swans. (P Walsh)

Penzance: 3 Black Swan back in the inner harbour (Abbey Slipway) late afternoon. (T Mills)

Siblyback Lake: Ring-necked Duck again. (B Mellow) Plus 27 Tufted Duck including French ringed female, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Goldeneye, 19 Mallard, 8 Snipe, 55 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush. (K Pellow)

Walmsley Sanctuary (Key holders only): 2 Spoonbill, 1 Scaup and 1 Pintail. (B Mellow)

Mousehole: 4500+ Auk sp between 15:30 & 17:00. 2 1w Iceland Gull, 1w Caspian Gull, 2x 1w & 2w Yellow-legged Gull and 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliott)

St Ives Bay: Glaucous Gull reported from various locations.

Newlyn: Black Guillemot and 1w Iceland Gull reported in the harbour. (L Stoppard)

Great Northern Diver – Luke Stoppard

Iceland Gull – Luke Stoppard

Falmouth: Black Redstart reported at Thetis Place.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull, 3w Caspian Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull HXJ60, and a yellow colour ring Mediterranean  Gull plus 1 Greenshank and 30+ Bar Tailed Godwits. (J Hill, L Stoppard)

Ring-billed Gull – Luke Stoppard

Lesser Black-backed Gull – Luke Stoppard

Sancreed: 1 fem Merlin, 3 Little Egret, 40 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 fem /imm Hen Harrier from hide at 10:46. Flying low and following the contours of the far side of reservoir, up over long thin strip of picea trees and on towards Rougtor, also 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 412 Black headed Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 4 Raven, 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Davidstow Woods: 1 Merlin over, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Crossbill, 9 Coal Tit, 12 Goldcrest. (S Grose)

Helstone: 52 Snipe in stubble field next to village sign. (S Grose)

Newquay: 12 Red-throated Diver in the bay. (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservior: 1 Lesser Scaup still in Golden Lion cut off. (W Chegwidden, M Grantham)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 37 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 26 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Buzzard, 65 Oystercatcher, c.2000 Golden Plover, 150 Lapwing, 5 Knot, 120 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 45 Curlew, 125 Black-headed Gull, 65 Herring Gull, 22 Lesser black-backed Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 2 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch (M Sacwen et al)

Respryn Bridge: 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch. (J Green)

Frenchman’s Creek, Helford: 3+ Firecrest, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Redwing. (R Allen)

Marazion: 4 Great Northern Diver in bay. (R Allen)

Caerhays Castle gardens: Chiffchaff singing. (K Dalziel)

Penryn: Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming at the top of one of the floodlight pylons at the football pitch made for an unusual sound this morning. (C Benton)

Tuesday 18th February 2020

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull, 2 (ad & 2w) Caspian Gull and 5+ Yellow-legged Gull. (M Ahmad). Adult Ring-billed Gull, 3 (adult, sub-adult and metal ringed second-winter) Caspian Gull (B Dallas)

Penzance: 3 Black Swan by Abbey Slip (M Ellery)

Black Swan- M Ellery

Nare Head: 2 Slavonian Grebes, 1w Med Gull, 2 Shags, 4 Gannets, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2+ Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail. (M Doyle, M Broadbent)

Kennack Sands:2 Black Throated Diver, 2 Firecrest (R Allen)

Loe Pool: 6 Cormorant, 5 Goosander (4M, 1F) (K Dalziel)

Cormorant- K Dalziel

Cape Cornwall: 2 Manx Shearwaters (together), 1 Red-throated Diver and 10+ Bottlenose Dolphins south close in 09:10-09:20. (N Wheatley)

St Ives: Little Auk and Glaucous Gull flew north past the Island this morning. Als 3 Harbour Porpoise (L Stoppard) Humpback Whale (V Stratton)

Glaucous Gull-Luke Stoppard

Little Auk-Luke Stoppard



Foage Valley; Zennor: 50 Fieldfare, 60 Redwing (V Stratton)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Common Scoter, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Iceland Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver and 2 Eider
(A McKechnie). 1st winter Iceland Gull (M Ahmad)

1st winter Iceland Gull-M Ahmad

Common Scoter- A Mckechnie

Colliford Lake: 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull with c.50 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (P Kemp)

St Dennis: 5 Fieldfare in a private garden. (P Ash)

Charlestown: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (D Hastilow)

Mevagissey: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Firecrest (B Bosisto L Payne)

London Apprentice: 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Grey Wagtail (B Bosisto L Payne)

St Stephen: 1 Grey Wagtail (B Bosisto L Payne)

Lower Tamar Lake: 13 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 9 Goosander 4m 5f, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay.
(R Mudge)

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Monday 17th February 2020

Ruan Lanihorne: A group of 4 Whimbrel in flight calling over the village, heading Northeast at 09:30. (D Hall)

Newlyn: 1w Iceland Gull, Black Guillemot, 1 Eider, 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Rock Pipit, 30+ Turnstone in the harbour. (L Proctor, M Webb)

Penzance Jubilee Pool: 1 ad m Black Redstart, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Turnstone. (M Webb)

Iceland Gull – Martin Webb

Black Guillemot – Martin Webb

Great Northern Diver – Martin Webb

Penzance Harbour: 3 Black Swan by Abbey slip. (M Webb)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 6 Goosander (3 drakes), 2 Red breasted Merganser, 14 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling ( D Eva, R Veal) Also adult Ring-billed Gull and 2 (ad & sub ad) Caspian Gull reported again.

Truro: 1m & 1f  Siskin in a private garden for a second day. (D Jenkins)

Portscatho Towan Beach: 1 Stonechat 2 Rock Pipit. (D Hastilow)

Pendower: 75 Med Gull, 10 Black-throated Diver,  6 Great Northern Diver & 1 Red-necked Grebe. (R Wilkins)

Hannafore: 14 Eider (including 6 Adult Males), 5 Great Northern Diver, 7 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 10 Oystercatcher, 2 Stonechat. (D Spooner)

West Looe: 12 Great Northern Diver, 11 Eider, 3 Slavonian Grebes, 7 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit. (C Buckland)

Narkurs: 300+ Skylarks. (C Buckland)

Maer Lake: 54 Wigeon, 12 Dunlin , 2 Ruff. (B Bosisto)

Mousehole: 1w Little Gull, 2w Yellow-legged Gull on St Clement’s Isle this evening. (M Ahmad)

Charlestown: 1 f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)