Recent sightings

LOVENY HIDE CLOSURE: Due to two recent incidents involving aggressive cattle, the access track to the hide at Loveny reserve is closed for the time being. The track has also become very boggy due to the siting of a cattle feeder there. We are currently in discussion with SW Lakes Trust to resolve this issue and will keep members updated where possible. We apologise for the inconvenience but safety must come first for our members.

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.

Chough – Deena Sharp

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.

Celebrating a record-breaking year for Cornish Chough: 2021 has been a phenomenal success! For more information please read our article here


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! (Last update 15th Oct).

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

Online Bookshop: 20th November – 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!


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Sunday 5th December 2021

Late submission, 4/12, Lower Tamar Lake: 15 Goosander (5m 10f), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron. (R Mudge)


Saturday 4th December 2021

Dozmary Pool: 10 Ring-necked Duck (6 male, 4 female). (D Julian, G Lawlor) 4 Pochard. (G lawlor)

Ring-necked Duck’s – Graham Lawlor

Ring-necked Duck’s – Graham Lawlor

Colliford Lake: juvenile White-tailed Eagle reported this morning.

Hayle Estuary: adult Caspian Gull today. (Birdguides) Ruff and Great White Egret still.

Newquay: 1 Glossy Ibis still at the zoo. (S Rowe, S Grose) 10 Greenfinch. (S Grose) 150+ Pied Wagtail in to roost at Morrisons Supermarket. (S Grose)

Glossy Ibis – Shaun Grose

Camel Estuary: juvenile Whooper Swan still. (Birdguides)

Newlyn: male Black Redstart. (J Chapple)

Torpoint: male Black Redstart at Carew Wharf. (D Julian)

St Johns Lake: 18 Brent Geese including 6 Pale-bellied. (D Julian)

Wilcove: 1 Whimbrel. (D Julian)

Kingsmill Lake: 91 Avocet, 98 Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Lapwing, circa 80 Dunlin & 41 Shelduck. (P Kemp)

East Pentire: 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Grey Plover. (S Rowe). 5 Wigeon, 34 Curlew, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull. (B Bosisto) 39 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 63 Great Black-Backed Gull, 11 Oystercatcher, 9 Curlew flushed by dogs, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 36 Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Marazion: 4 Swallow. (R Bircher) Black-necked Grebe and 18 Swallow  at Long Rock Pool (15:30pm). (P Fraser)

Private Location: 2 Mandarin Duck (male and female). (N Berry)

Redruth: 2 Greenfinch in private garden. (R Griffiths)

Greenfinch – Regina Griffiths

Greenfinch – Regina Griffiths



Friday 3rd December 2021

Housel/Lizard Lighthouse: 1 Richard’s Pipit showing well in fields by lighthouse. (M Pass et al)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 6 Goldfinch, 3 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Ring-necked Duck, c20 Wigeon, c20 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, c10 Teal. (C Cox)

Colliford Lake: 1 White-tailed Eagle (A Birtwistle). Presumably the same bird as at Dozmary Pool on Nov 28th – that was G405, a 2CY female from the Isle of Wight reintroduction project – Eds

Hannafore: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Eider, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (L Birtwistle)

Eiders – Linda Birtwistle

St Erth: 4+ Cattle Egret in cattle field off Tredrea Lane, viewed from public footpath. (Birdguides)

Longrock: 11 Swallow in village, Black-necked Grebe on Pool. (D Flumm) 6 Swallow still at Long Rock Business Park at 1pm. (J & P Dowman)

Swallows – Dave Flumm

Swallows – Dave Flumm

Swallows – Dave Flumm

Seaton: 1 Firecrest in the country park this afternoon. (A Payne)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 8 Goosander 3m 5f, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Coot, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Jay, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

Wadebridge: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull, 49 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lapwing, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank and 1f Kingfisher from bridge bike hire. (S Grose)

Common Gull – Shaun Grose

Swanpool: 2 Black Redstart (m+f) in private garden. (D Peers)

Trevone: 5 Chough (per C Cumming, via Twitter)

Shortlanesend: c50 Starling in private garden. (I Reeves)

Helston: 2 Coal Tit and 1f Blackcap in private garden. (S Ford)

Rock: 1m Blackcap, 1 Marsh Tit from private garden. (S Grose)

St Tudy: 41 Lesser Black-backed Gull with cattle at Tinten Manor Farm. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 1m Stonechat, 1m Bullfinch, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Tufted Duck, 19 Teal, 17 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 1 Chiffchaff, 9 Long-tailed Tit. (S Grose)

Newquay Zoo: 9 Egret sp. in to roost at dusk. (S Grose)

Late submission, 3/12, Stithians Golden Lion hide: male Gadwall and female Pintail. (S Ford)

Gadwall and Pintail – Steve Ford

Gadwall – Steve Ford

Gadwall, Pintail and Mallards – Steve Ford


Thursday 2nd December 2021

Ryan’s Field: 1 Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 47 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Great Egret. (P Fraser) 

St. Michael’s Mount: 23 Oystercatcher. (P Fraser)

Penzance: 3 Swallow over town centre. (T Osborne)

Gyllyngvase beach: 5 Meadow Pipit,1 Rock Pipit (C Foote)

Meadow Pipit. Charlotte Foote

Meadow Pipit. Charlotte Foote

Rock Pipit. Charlotte Foote

Pendennis Head: 2 Purple Sandpiper, 30+ Gannet, 12 Turnstone, 7 Oystercatcher, 2 Shag, 2 Rock pipit, Tuna close to shore ( C Foote & T Weston)

Purple Sandpiper. Charlotte Foote

Plaidy, near Looe: 1 Black Redstart, 2 Blackcap, 5 Fulmar, 1 Kestrel. (D Spooner)

St Gothian LNR: 7 Curlew, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1Scaup (f), 2 Snow Bunting, 3 Linnet, 2 Pied Wagtail, Mallard, Teal, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Canada Goose, Little Grebe, Skylark. (M Greenhalgh)

Brunnion: 12+ Redwings, 1 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Pied Wagtail. (P Geddes)

Trewey Hill: 6 Whooper Swan still with 2+ Canada Geese. (P Taylor)

Polgigga: 4 Siberian Chiffchaff together along Bosisto Lane. (M Wallace)

Pendower: 4 Great Northern Divers, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Curlew. (S Martinez)

Porthleven: 1 Grey Wagtail in private garden. (B Nicholls)

Newlyn harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 m Black Redstart and 21 Turnstone. (T Mills)

Sennen Cove: c120 Herring Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Black-headed Gull, 30 Gannet, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Chough. (P Taylor)

Nanquidno: 5 Blackbird, 4 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 2 Wren, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail. (P Taylor)

Sancreed village: Black Redstart (first of the “autumn” – we normally see a few every Oct/Nov but none this year); 30 Fieldfare west. (D Flumm)

Black Redstart. Dave Flumm

Black Redstart. Dave Flumm

Stithians Res: 1 female Pintail at Golden Lion,85 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, 50 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 1 female Brambling, 1 male Reed Bunting, 3 Jay, 1 male Great Spotted Woodpecker ( D Eva, S Van Hear )

Shortlanesend: up to 30 Starlings in private garden. (I Reeves)

Starlings. India Reeve


Wednesday 1st December 2021

Newquay Zoo: Glossy Ibis still present. (J Howells)

Marazion, Longrock Pool: Black-necked Grebe. (J Jones) Also 5+ Swallow reported still.

Black-necked Grebe, Joe Jones

Pendeen (8-12): ad Little Gull, 19 Manx Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Skua. (S Rogers)

Tallack’s Creek, Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 150+ Dunlin, 36 Shelduck. Also numbers of Teal, Wigeon, Redshank, Curlew & Oystercatcher. (J St Ledger)

Spotted Redshank, John St Ledger

Kennack sands: 4 Swallow (M Ravine)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull. (N Wheatley)

Truro: m Brambling and 3 Greenfinch in my garden. (D Jenkins)

Degibna, Loe Pool: 100+ Stock Dove, Water Rail calling. (J Hillier)

Castle Beach Falmouth:  16 Turnstone, 60 Black-headed Gull, 6 Shag, 12 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 female Blackcap (S Van Hear)

Pendower: 7 Grey Plover. (S Martinez) Also Black-throated Diver reported.

Kingsmill Lake: 84 Avocet, 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Curlew, c100 Wigeon, 48 Shelduck, c180 Dunlin, 12 Lapwing, 27 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 20 Teal, 1 Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant. (T Hopper)

Newquay, Chapel Farm: 2 Kestrel, 2 Yellowhammer, 21 Golden Plover. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary, Cant Cove: 2 Cattle Egret. (S Grose)

Porthilly Beach: 21 Wigeon, 4 Rock Pipit. (S Grose)

St Tudy: 50+ Lapwing over, 1 Tawney Owl (presumed roadkill). (S Grose)

Lanhydrock Golf Club: c30 Redwing (C Cox)

Downderry: Many Gannet, Kittiwake (80+) and auks moving west 0805-0845. Also 3 Great Northern Diver, 14 Mediterranean Gull and 4 Common Gull. (A Payne)

Looe: 2 drk Eider. (S Sanderson)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 1 Canada goose, 32 Mute swan, 34 Shelduck, 44 Wigeon, 21 Mallard, 13 Wood pigeon, 1 Collared dove, 48 Oystercatcher, 22 Lapwing, 11 Ringed plover, 42 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed godwit, c.75 Dunlin, 32 Redshank, c.120 Black-headed gull, 2 Common gull, 32 Great black-backed gull, c.50 Herring gull, 12 Lesser black-backed gull, 3 Cormorant, 3 Little egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Magpie, 6 Jackdaw, 45 Carrion crow, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Starling, 11 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, 1 Song thrush, 3 Robin, 6 House sparrow, 2 Chaffinch. (M Scawen)

Late Submission 30/11/21: Lanhydrock Cricket Pitch: c80 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush and 6 Bullfinch. (T Hopper)

Late submission, 29/11, Benoath Cove (Bossiney): 4 Oystercatchers, 1 Black Redstart. (C Cox)

Late submission, 28/11, West Rose (St Breward): c300 Golden Plovers, c30 Lapwing. (C Cox)

Late submission, 28/11, East Rose (St Breward): 6 Lapwing, 9 Fieldfares, 2 Redwing. (C Cox)

Late submission, 28/11, Bradford (Blisland): 1 Buzzard. (C Cox)

Tuesday 30th November 2021

Hayle, Ryan’s field: 1 Great White Egret still present.

Loe Pool: 4 Cattle Egret in the afternoon. (RBA)

Newquay Zoo: 1 Glossy Ibis in African Savannah area (not part of zoo collection).

Camel Est, Burniere Point: 1 Whooper Swan. (D Julian)

Looe: 2 Slavonian Grebes off Hannafore Point and 4 Bluefin Tuna. (D Julian)

Marazion/Long Rock: 11 Swallow, 30 Sanderling, 22 Turnstone. (D Flumm)

Swallow – Dave Flumm

Swallow – Dave Flumm

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Goldeneye, 1 pair Pochard, 28 Wigeon, 45+ Teal, 130+ Lapwing, 8 Snipe. (J St Ledger)

Stithians Reservoir, Golden Lion cut-off: 1 Pintail (female), 25 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

Brunnion Meadow: Pair of Stonechats, male Pheasant, 1 Herring Gull. (P Geddes)

Trencrom: 1 Bullfinch in hedgerow. (P Geddes)

Wacker Quay: c80 Avocet, c 90 Shelduck, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Curlew, 10 Great Crested Grebe, c20 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 3 Redshank. (D Spooner)

Avocets – Derek Spooner

Avocets – Derek Spooner

Avocets – Derek Spooner

Loe beach, Feock: 11 Red-breasted Mergansers. (G Fisher)

Red-breasted Mergansers – Gill Fisher

Penzance, Battery rocks: 30+ Sanderling, 2 Ringed Plovers, 5 Purple Sandpiper. (L Colliver)

Penzance, sea front: 1 Black Redstart, 7+ Gannet, 1 Grey Seal. (L Colliver)

Sanderling – Lynn Colliver

Purple Sandpiper – Lynn Colliver

Gannet – Lynn Colliver

St Gothian Sands: 2 Snow Buntings, 55 Teal, 3 (2m) Gadwall, 14 Mediterranean Gulls. (J Hawkey)

Wadebridge, Treraven Meadows: 1 Bar headed Goose with Canada Geese, 43 Teal, 3 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine Falcon over, hunting Black headed Gull on rugby pitch. (S Grose)

Rock: 2 Siskin on Alder cones in private garden, 1 Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Meadow Pipits. (S Grose)

Polzeath, Dunders Hill: 1m Black Redstart. (S Grose)

St Tudy:1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Redpoll at cedar croft nurseries. (S Grose)

Looe, Hannafore Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Eider (3m, f), 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Med Gull, 1 Stonechat, 30+ Rock Pipit, 30+ Gannet, 3 Little Egret, 3 Turnstone, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew. (C Ellis)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 13 Brent Geese, 3 ad Med Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (C Ellis)

Wilcove: 2 Whimbrel, 3 Common Gull. (C Ellis)

Wacker Quay: 1 Whimbrel, 90 Avocet, 25 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Grey Plover, 3 Dunlin, 17 Black-tailed Godwit. (C Ellis)

Millbrook: 4m Red-breasted Merganser. (C Ellis)

Slavonian Grebe – Chris Ellis

Bar-tailed Godwit – Chris Ellis

Eider – Chris Ellis

Red-breasted Merganser – Chris Ellis

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): Pochard and Pintail. (D Julian)


Monday 29th November 2021

Lower Boscaswell: juvenile Rosy Starling still present. (P Combridge)

Skewjack: Dusky Warbler this afternoon. Believed to be the same bird as ringed at Nanjizal Valley on the 15th. (M Wallace)

Trewey Common: 6 Whooper Swan still. (J Swann)

Penzance: 21 Purple Sandpiper, 43 Sanderling, 9 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone and 4 Oystercatcher at Battery Rocks high tide roost. (T Mills)

Newlyn: 2 Grey Wagtail at river mouth. (T Mills)

Mounts Bay: 15 Common Scoter. (P Frazer)

Marazion: 6+ Swallow around Long Rock Pool this morning. (B Dallas) In addition 11 Swallow and 15 Curlew on the Marsh. (P Frazer)

Loe Pool: 5 Cattle Egret, 5 Wigeon, 10,000+ Starlings roosting in reed bed. (I Maclean)

St Keverne: 1 Brambling visiting feeders again at Cedarwood Holidays. (J Jones)

Brambling – Joe Jones

St Erth: 5+ Cattle Egret in field by the Tredrea and Treloweth junction early afternoon. (B Dallas)

Cattle Egret – Alex McKechnie

St Gothian Sands: 2 Snow Bunting. (MJ Spicer)

Snow Bunting – Mike Spicer

Brunnion Pump Field: 2 Stonechat, 4 m & 1 f Blackbird, 6 Redwing, 1 Blue Tit. (P Geddes)

St Ives Bay: 1f Eider, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. (G Lawlor)

Truro River: Avocet and 60 Black-tailed Godwit in Callenick Creek. 15 Dunlin main river. (D Flumm)

Portscatho: 1 Black Redstart and 2 Great Northern Diver. (J Lewis)

Walmsley Reserve: 3 (1adult + 2juvenile) Whooper Swan this afternoon. Also, 11 Greylag Geese, 1 Pochard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 68 Black Tailed Godwit, c 100 Lapwing, c30 Wigeon, c200 Teal, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Little Egret. (A Langdon)

Whooper Swan Adrian Langdon

Whooper Swan Adrian Langdon

Greylag Geese – Adrian Langdon

Rock: 1 Mistle Thrush,1 Song Thrush, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 7 Common Gull, 138 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 19 Turnstone, 2 Grey Heron. (S Grose)

Siblyback Lake: 27 Coot, 23 Little Grebe, 6 Greylag Goose, 23 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 1 immature male Scaup, 1 f Goldeneye, 320 Lesser Black-Back Gull, 2+ Yellow-legged Gull, 200+ Golden Plover, 5 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 15 Redwing and 1+ Fieldfare. (K Pellow)

Scaup – Keith Pellow

Goldeneye – Keith Pellow

Polbathic Creek, St. Germans: 1f Black Redstart. (A Blonden)

Kingsmill Lake: 37 Avocet, 100+ Black-tailed Godwit, 140+ Dunlin, 7 Greenshank, 45 Curlew, 50 Redshank, 60+ Teal, 70+ Wigeon, 51 Shelduck. (J St Ledger)

Avocet – John St Ledger

Avocet – John St Ledger

Millook (nr. Widemouth): 1 Red-throated Diver. (B Craven)

Maer Lake: 23 Black-tailed Godwits, 43 Curlew, 102 Wigeon, 99 Teal, 85 Lapwing, 1 Common & 1 Mediterranean Gull. (B Craven)

Late video submission, 28/11, Ryans Field, Hayle:

                              Great White Egret – John Chapple

Late submission, 26 & 28/11, Lower Tamar Lake: 10 (4m 6f) Gadwall and 2 Mute Swan. (R Mudge)

Late submission, 28/11, Brunnion Studio Garden: 1 Fieldfare. (A Williams, P Geddes)