Recent sightings

Rare Breeding Birds Policy – Sensitive Species: As we move into the breeding season we will be not be reporting sightings of certain sensitive species such as Peregrine and other RBBP/Schedule 1 breeders on the Society website or on Social Media. Please read the full article linked here: >Rare Breeding Birds Policy< for the full species list and other information. Where appropriate, we will endeavour to release news of ‘interesting’ birds, but our first duty is to protect the birds themselves. Please keep sending in your reports, even though they will not appear on the website, as they 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! Thanks for your understanding. (Please do bear this in mind when sharing information on Social Media too.)

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 gird ref if possible, and notes on any colour rings observed.

June 2019 News: Please see the News section for updates and expanded versions of all news snippets from this ‘Recent Sightings’ header section – updated 6th June

Middle Amble Marsh Update May 2019: An update on access issues to this joint CBWPS/CWT reserve can be found on the website HERE

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

Sunday 16th June 2019

Late news, 15/6, Whipsiderry: 1 Corn Bunting, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Linnet, 1 Raven, 1 white pheasant. (S Grose)

Late news, 15/6, Porthgwarra: 34 Common Scoter, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Puffin, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Pom Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Balearic Shearwater. (B Mellow)

Late news, 15/6, Mounts Bay: Adult pale and dark phase Arctic Skua from Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Late news, 15/6, Downderry: 31 Common Scoters, 59 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Kittiwakes and a Sandwich Tern moving west 06:15-07:50. (A Payne)

Tater-du: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Sandwich Tern, 8 Puffin, 52 Guillemot, 17 Razorbill, 49 Kittiwake between 06:15 & 09:45. (M McKee)

Lizard Point:  1 Arctic Skua, 1+ Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 4,000+ Manx Shearwater, 36+ Kittiwake between 12:31&15:41. (L Langley)

Mousehole: 1300 Manx Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 2 pale phase Arctic Skua, 2 Puffin, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 2 Arctic Tern and 1 adult Great Northern Diver between 13:00 & 16:30. (M Elliott)

Wheal Martyn: 1 Dipper feeding young (1+) near wooden bridge by museum car park. (R Hollis)

Gannel Estuary: 4 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 2 Raven, 1 pair Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 1,802 Canada Goose, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 11 Mallard, 7 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Buzzard, 7 Raven, 42 Carrion Crow, 9 Rook, 27 Jackdaw, 7 Magpie, 9 Starling, 1 Wood Pigeon, 6 Stock Dove, 8 Blackbird, 6 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 14 Meadow Pipit, 11 House Sparrow, 4 Swallow, 3 Wren, 9 Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 3 Goldfinch and 1 Roe Deer. (DA Conway)

Tywardreath: 2 House Sparrow (male and female both taking food into junction box  nest site first reported on 1st June); 4 Rooks ( 1 adult and 3 young) on overhead wires in Southpark Road). (R. Barlow)

Penzance Harbour: 6 Eider including the adult male. (J Hawkey)

Saturday 15th June 2019

Lizard Point, 08:50-10:50: 2 Common Tern (1E), 15+ Common Scoter, 1500+ Manx Shearwater, 13 Fulmar, 26+ Kittiwake. (L Langley)

Lethytep: 1 breeding pair of Reed Bunting   (P Hambly)

Reed Bunting – Philip Hambly

Porth Reservoir: 8 Great crested Grebe +2 Juv (including another pair on a nest). (S Grose)

River Lynher, Newbridge:  Spotted Flycatcher (A Parker)

Hayle Estuary/Carnsew Basin: 3 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 8 Dunlin, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant 11:00 – 12:00. (M Webb)

Whimbrel – Martin Webb

Little Egret – Martin Webb

Grey Heron – Martin Webb

Wheal Martyn: 1 Jay, 1 Nuthatch.  ( C Hooper)


Friday 14th June 2019

Late news, 13/6, Marazion: 13 Med Gulls on the beach and 3 Eider offshore. (P St Pierre)

Porthgwarra: 4 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua and 6 Puffin between 07:30 & 11:30. (R Augarde)

Mousehole: Dark phase Arctic Skua, Common Tern & Whimbrel. (M Elliott)

Port Isaac: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush from private garden. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: 4 dead Gannets today on Tregirls beach, still reasonably fresh so possibly due to wet/windy weather on Tuesday 11th. (P Floyd-Spong)

Tywardreath: 1 Pied Wagtail – ground feeding on spill from seed feeders. (R. Barlow)

Downderry: Very little early movement but a Kittiwake, a Sandwich Tern and 3 Whimbrel moved west before 0705. Later over 520 Manx Shearwaters also west 09:30-10:55. (A Payne)

RSPB Wildlife Cruise, Scillonian III: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 Mute Swan, 2 male Eider, c400 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 25 Gannet, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 dark phase Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 auk sp, 1 Guillemot and 1 Barrell Jelleyfish.
Wolf Rock to Hugh Town: 1 Teal, 10 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 4 Fulmar, 6 Gannet, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Herring Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gull.
Hugh Town to Wolf Rock: 185 Manx Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 1 Fulmar, 9 Gannet, 2 Shag, 16 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 21 Herring Gull, 20 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 auk sp, 1 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot.
Wolf Rock to Penzance: c380 Manx Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 2 Fulmar, 18 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Kittiwake, 3 Herring Gull, 8 auk sp, 1 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot 2 Puffin. (DK Parker, M Spicer)

Thursday 13th June 2019

Wadebridge: 1 singing Yellowhammer opposite Ball Terrace early morning. (S Grose)

Rock Helipad Field: 60+ Linnet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Porth Island: 73 Fulmar, 1 Skylark, 5 Stonechat. (S Grose)

The Lizard: 2 Pomarine Skua, west at 15:58. (M Wardman)

Downderry: 2 Arctic Skuas and a Mediterranean Gull moved west early this morning; also a Whimbrel in the area. (A Payne)

Geevor: 1 pair  Wheatear + 2 newly fledged juvs. (P Clement)

Tywardreath: Female Sparrowhawk in private garden 16:20. (R. Barlow)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Little Egret,1 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl at Penpol Creek. (S Grose)

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Late news, 11/6, Marazion beach: 39 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover,45 Sanderling in the evening. (S Rogers)

Late news, 11/6, Tredrizzisk: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Mount Hawke: 2 adult Bullfinch (1m,1f) and 1 adult Pied Wagtail with three young in garden. (RB & PC Girling)

Sancreed: 1 Cuckoo, 45 Swift north. (D Flumm)

Rumps and Pentire Point: 2 Mallard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 12 Oystercatcher, 12 Kittiwake, 65 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Puffin, 150 Guillemot, 50 Razorbill, 2 Wood Pigeon, 6 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 4 Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackbird, 6 Wheatear (2 juvenile), 4 Whitethroat, 3 Great Tit, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 14 House Sparrow, 7 Linnet, 4 Rabbit, 1 Fox, 1 Common Blue, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 2 Six-spot Burnet, 1 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Drinker Moth larvae (M Scawen et al.)

Fox – Mike Scawen

Par Beach area: 4 Linnet; 1 Reed Warbler; 3 Greenfinch. (R. Barlow)

Luckett Woods: 8 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, pair Grey Wagtail with 2 fledged young (B Bosisto L Payne)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Whimbrel over, 5 remaining juv Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 11 remaining juv Canada Goose (the 1 survivor from 2nd pr now lost), 1s Med Gull, 2 juv Blackcap, 3 Curlew, at least 1 juv Oystercatcher. (R Veal, R Butts)

Shelduck – Roger Butts

St Gothian Sands LNR: 10 pair Tufted Duck 1pr with 7 ducklings, 88 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 7 Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 20+ Sand Martin, 8 House Martin 10.45 – 11.40. (M Webb)

Tufted Duck with young – Martin Webb

Marazion Beach: 52 Dunlin, 43 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover 13.30 – 13.50. (M Webb) 39 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover,45 Sanderling, 11 Black-headed Gull, 9 Mediterranean Gull this evening. (S. Rogers)

Med Gull – Steve Rogers

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Linnet, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 (m, juv) Stonechat, 4 Dunnock, 3 Grey Heron 14.00 – 14.25. (M Webb)

Whipsiderry: 3 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Skylark, 7 Linnet, 4 Stonechat. (S Grose)

St Ives: 4+ Linnet in Barnoon cemetery again. (K Money)

Polzeath: 7+ puffins on sea around The Mouls. (E Imber)

Tuesday 11th June 2019

Late news, 10/6, Penwithick: 1 Mallard (f) eating seed for garden birds and we don’t have a pond. (K Bowers)

Mallard – Kevin Bowers

Lizard: 7 Balearic Shearwaters past Lizard Point.

Porth Reservoir: 8 Great crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Coot (5 adult, 1 juv) 3 Kingfisher, 12 Moorhen, 51 Mallard, 3 pairs of Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 3 Jay, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Call Duck type with a brood of 12. (S Grose)

Monday 10th June 2019

Late news, 2/6, Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper. (P Greenstreet, per S Rogers)

Late news, 8 & 9/6 Dobwalls: Barn owl seen flying over fields next to railway, on 8th and 9th June, at 21:00 and 20:25 respectively. (C&J Duffy)

Crantock: No sign of the Greenish Warbler in an hour this morning. (S Rowe)

The Lizard: Singing male Greenish Warbler in a private garden on the south side of the village briefly but flew north. Quail singing just north of Pistil Meadows.

Marazion Beach: 32 Sanderling, all 1st summer birds, 11 Dunlin. ( S. Rogers)

Penwithick: 2 Bullfinch (1m , 1Juvenile), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (K. Bowers)

Bullfinch – Kevin Bowers

Bullfinch – Kevin Bowers

Dobwalls: Male Yellowhammer in garden. (C&J Duffy)

Boswednack: 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing Boswednack Mire this afternoon. (P Clement)

St Ives: Green Woodpecker and Grey Wagtail at a private site. (M Halliday)

Green Woodpecker – Mark Halliday

Grey Wagtail – Mark Halliday

Respryn: 2 Song Thrush (1 with food for young). (R. Barlow)

Tywardreath: 3 young Robins; 1 young Greenfinch feeding on seed spill from garden feeders. (R. Barlow)

Bodmin Moor (opposite Penquite Petcare): 1 pair Redstart feeding 3 young, 2 Cuckoo calling, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7+ Wheatear, 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Redstart – Steve Williams

Redstart – Steve Williams

Redstart – Steve Williams

Redstart – Steve Williams

The Lizard: Quail calling in cereal crop adjoining the Lighthouse NT car park. (G Adams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck, 10 Canada Geese, 1 Curlew, 5
Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret at 11:30. Also 2 Oystercatcher but no sign of chicks, 2 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron,
1 Little Egret, 3 Sedge Warbler at Ryan’s Field at 11.40. (M Webb)

Grey Heron – Martin Webb