Monday 20th January 2020

Lizard Point: female type Velvet Scoter headed west into Mounts Bay, Drake Goosander, 13 Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, 7000 auks per hour past. (A Blunden)

Marazion: 1 Black Redstart at Little London. (L Proctor)

Stithians Reservoir: Female Lesser Scaup still at the southern end. (I Hayes)

Lower Tamar Lake: 15 Goosander (7m 8f), 4 Ring-necked Duck (3m 1f), 2 Grey Heron plus Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant. (R Mudge)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot off Sandy Cove this morning. (L Proctor) Also Black Guillemot, juv Iceland Gull, Eider and 2 Great Northern Diver this afternoon. (P Aley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull & 2w Med Gull. (P Aley)

Sennen: 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Chiffchaff & 12 Fieldfare. (P Aley)

Colliford Lake: m & f Goosander in eastern arm. (G Kingdon)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 6 (4m 2f) Tufted Duck, 6m Mallard, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 126 Canada Geese, 4 Canada/Grey Lag Geese, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Buzzard 10:45 – 12:15. (M Webb)

Trenow: 7 Black-throated Diver, 10 Great Northern Diver and 1 Water Pipit. (R Menari)

St. Clement to Tresillian: 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Common Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper. Also Bat sp. (presumed Pipistrelle) actively flying 14:30! (P.Carter)

Feock: 10 Black-necked Grebe and 20 Red-breasted Merganser off Loe Beach. (I Hayes)

Maenporth: 3 Black-throated Diver with 2 Eider and c20 Common Scoter. (I Hayes)

Falmouth: Great Northern Diver off Castle Bay and Black Redstart on the shore. (I Hayes)

Truro, Sunny Corner: 1 Avocet and 5 Black-tailed Godwits. (A. Hill)

Towan Head: 16 Red-throated Diver, 4 Common Scoter and 20+ Common Dolphin in Newquay Bay late pm. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Helford Passage: 2 Black-necked Grebe. (D Collins)

Loe Pool: imm Goldeneye. (D Collins)

St. Johns Lake / Ford at high tide: 21 Brent Goose, 60+ Shelduck, 120+ Teal, 53 Avocet, 22 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe. (K Pellow)

Portwrinkle: 3 Red-throated Diver, 33 Common Scoter (all female/imms). (K Pellow)

Whitsands Bay: 78+ Common Scoter distantly (a separate flock to above) before flying west at 14:45. (K Pellow)

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Sunday 19th January 2020

Sennen: 1 American Buff-bellied Pipit still on small pools/mudheaps near Brew STW. (C Urquhart)

Rosemullion Head: 1 Pacific Diver and 5 Black-throated Diver. (A Bluden et al)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaff,  6 Snipe put up by Buzzard, Sparrowhawk hunting over marsh, 25 Teal flying. (G & L Carr)

Little London: 6 Grey Plover, 2+ Black Redstart, 2 Black-throated Diver, drk Common Scoter. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Black Redstart – P Ash

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Black Guillemot. (G & L Carr, C Beazley) Also seen off Sandy Cove, as well as 1 Water Rail, 1 Black Redstart. (L Proctor)

Battery Rocks, Penzance: 50 Sanderling, 13 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Wagtail. (R Fox)

Praa Sands: 2 Great Northern Diver. (I Hayes)

Carrick Roads: 1 Black Guillemot (towards St. Mawes), 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 26 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (G Wills)

Falmouth Bay (off Gyllyngvase Beach): 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Common Scoter (all female). (J St Ledger)

Castle Beach: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Red-necked Grebe (D Eva) Also, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat. (J St Ledger)

Maenporth: 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver (D Eva)

Gannel Estuary: 28 Blackcap, 9 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, c30 Blackbird, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail. (S Rowe)

Pentire, Newquay: 1 Black Redstart on Penmere Drive. (S Rowe) Also Sparrowhawk with pigeon prey. (E Carne)

Stepper Point: 1 Grey Partridge, 3 Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, c60 Chaffinch, c130 Skylark, 1 Barn Owl. (P Roseveare) Also 2 Barn Owl hunting in separate fields at Dusk. (S Grose)

Trevose Head: 5 Chough (all unringed), Snow Bunting and Black Redstart. (A Langdon)

Chough – A Langdon

Chough – A Langdon

Trevone: 2 Chough (unringed). (R Allen)

Walmsley: 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 18 Shoveler, 1 Shelduck, 4 Little Grebe, 1f Scaup, 52 Curlew, 210 Canada Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk (flying over). (J&T Orchard)

Truro: Male Black Redstart at Malpas. (M Costa)

Godolphin Hill: 20 Fieldfare (D Flumm)

Drift: Great Northern Diver. (D Flumm) 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde) Also Juvenile Iceland Gull between 13:54-14:11 (M Mckee)

Long-tailed Duck – M Mckee

Hayle Estuary: 1 Sub-adult Caspian Gull and 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull. (M Spicer) Also, adult Ring-billed Gull. (P Freestone) Also redhead Goosander, and 1 Slavonian Grebe still at Carnsew Pool. (S Rogers)

Caspian Gull – M Spicer

Yellow-legged Gull – M Spicer

Copperhouse: 1 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe. (B Toms, M Curtis) 3 Jack Snipe. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Hayle: 1 Kingfisher on stream behind Lidl. (S Grose)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Merlin. (B. Toms)

Ponsongath: 2 Firecrest. (D Wright)

Gwithian Towans: 4 Black-throated Diver, 13 Red-throated Diver, 17 Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre)

Carnon Downs STW: 1 Willow Warbler, 20 Chiffchaff. (R Wilkins)

Loe Beach: 5 Great Northern Diver, 25 Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Black-necked Grebe. (R Wilkins)

Sennen Cove: ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Razorbill. 1 Merlin nearby. (B Mellow, R Augarde, R Veal)

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Saturday 18th January 2020

Sennen: Buff-bellied Pipit with 20 Meadow Pipits around puddles / manure heap, to far end (SE of) left-hand (northern) maize field, where footpath crosses the area of soil-dumping, 15.30-16.00. Also Little Egret, 2 Choughs flew inland and Chiffchaff calling from nearby scrub. (J Branscombe)

Tregew NT, Old Kea: 3 Cattle Egret. (H de Gast et al)

Helston Sewage Works: 2 Firecrest, 15 Chiffchaff. (D Wright)

Firecrest – Dougy Wright

Helston Penrose Car Park: 2 Firecrest. (D Wright)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Mediterranean Gull. (D Wright)

Par Beach Pool: 18 Mute Swan, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret , 1 Water Rail, 3 Coot, 17 Moorhen, 2 Tufted Duck, 201 Black-headed Gull, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch, 11 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Par Beach: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Eider, 39 Linnet. (S Grose)

Par, Spit Beach: 2 Raven, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 31 Oystercatcher, 16 Turnstone, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Great northern Diver. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 12 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Snipe, 1 Med Gull, 110 Black-headed Gull. (S Rowe)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 69 Canada Goose, 3 Shoveler, 16 Wigeon, c30 Teal, 95 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 11 Oystercatcher, 20 Moorhen, 1 Med Gull, 210 Black-headed Gull. (S Rowe)

Bedruthan: 120 Skylark, 2 Peregrine. (S Rowe)

Trevose Head: 5 Lapland Bunting, 200 Skylark, 8 Red-throated Diver, 10 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Kestrel. (S Rowe)

Red-legged Partridge – Steve Rowe

Crugmeer: 6 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 80 Skylark, 50 Chaffinch, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe) 8 Grey Partridge at roost in Leylandi trees under huge flock of Corvids. (S Grose)

Lanivet: 1 Green Woodpecker at Bodmin garden centre. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 351 Black-headed Gull at Royal Cornwall show ground. (S Grose)

Wilcove: 1 drake Green-winged Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail. (C Urquhart, L Langley, P Roseveare et al)

St John’s Lake: 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Eider, 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Grey Plover, c.150 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher. (P Roseveare, L Langley et al)

Millbrook: 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Northern Diver. (P Roseveare)

Egyptian Goose – Pete Roseveare

Looe: 9 (6m, 3f) Common Eiders. (D Spooner)

Hayle Estuary: Adult Ring-billed Gull again, 2+ ad Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Firecrest near hide at Ryan’s Field. (I Hayes) Also, 4 Grey Plover, 27 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Jack Snipe (at Copperhouse) (D Eva)

Friendship Woods: 23 Stock Dove, 2 Siskin, c.130 Pied Wagtail, 1 Tawny Owl nearby. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 Tawny Owl at 0600. (R Veal)

Little London: 3 (2m) Black Redstart, 1+ Water Pipit, 5 Red-throated Diver (1ad showing some sum plum), 2 Black-throated Diver, 13+ Great Northern Diver, drk Common Scoter. (R Veal)

Newlyn Harbour: 1w Iceland Gull, 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid. (M Elliott) Also, 2 drake Eider, 4 Great Northern Diver. (G&L Carr) Iceland Gull on roof of harbour buildings, 2 Eider and 1 Kingfisher in harbour. (J Branscombe)

Sandy Cove: Black Guillemot still. (D Eva, M Elliott)

Gillan Creek: 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 9 Little Egret. (B Nicholls)

Marazion: 2 Firecrest along the stream near the wooden holiday let this afternoon. 19+ Teal from road. (M Scott)

Hayle: Blackbird singing from palm tree opposite Asda at first light. (J Evans)

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Friday 17th January 2020

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, sub-adult Caspian Gull, ad argentatus Herring Gull, 6+ Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 7 (4 drk) Goosander, 2 redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 11 Turnstone. (R Veal, M Halliday, M Pass)

Porthkidney: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 350+ Kittiwake. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 Mistle Thrush. (R Veal)

Siblyback Lake: Drake Ring-necked Duck still. (T Mills)

Wilcove: Drake Green-winged Teal, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper. (T Mills)

Stithian’s Reservoir: 1f Lesser Saup, Goldeneye and Woodcock. (M Spicer)

Padstow: 1 Kingfisher at Hawkers Cove. (S Grose) 3 Mediterranean Gull, 94 Black-headed Gull in field next to cemetery. (S Grose)

Lower Amble: 58+ Cattle Egret between Lower Amble and Gutt Bridge near farm buildings. (D Julian)

Amble Marshes: 48+ Cattle Egret, possibly different to the Lower Amble birds. (D Julian)

Chapel Amble: 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 10 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper and Swallow. (D Julian et al.)

Wadebridge: 2 drake Mandarin (J Brookes)

Praa Sands: Black Redstart around the car park. (I Hayes)

Newlyn: Iceland Gull (juv) and 4 Great Northern Diver in the harbour. (I Hayes)

Drift Reservoir: Male Hen Harrier (flew through), 1 Long-tailed Duck , 2 Stock Dove (M Pass)

Maenporth: 15+ Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 (possibly 2) Red-necked Grebe, 1 Razorbill, 20 Guillemot, 2 Med Gull, Snipe, 2+ Stonechat. (M Doyle, L Langley, M Pass)

Falmouth: 20+ Black-throated Diver. off Gyllyngvase Beach. (J St Ledger, S Van Hear)

Black-throated Divers, John St Ledger

Restronguet Weir: c25 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Firecrest, 2+ Chiffchaff, 1 Pheasant, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Little Grebe, 30+ Shag, 1 Gannet. (M Doyle)

Marazion: 4 Water Pipit and 2 Black Redstart at Little London. (I Hayes)

Cape Cornwall 09:30-11:00: 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 100s of Kittiwakes and auks, 2 Red-throated Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. (N Wheatley)

Pendeen 09:00-11:30: 1 Great Skua, 1 ad Little Gull, 1000’s Auk sp and Kittiwake. (R  Wilkins)

Helford River: 7 Great Northern Divers, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Common Sandpiper.  (T Pinfield)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Merlin in hunting flight moving fast across the Ruan-Fal complex towards Ardevora Vear at 09:00. (D Hall)

Truro, Sunny Corner: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, c.50 Teal. (A. Hill)

Porthallow to Maen Aver: 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Firecrest. (D Wright)

Great Northern Diver, Dougy Wright

Laneast: Around 500 Golden Plover at dusk. (B Craven)

Perranporth: Black Redstart by the llibrary. (T Wilson)

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Thursday 16th January 2020

Late news, 15/1, Wacker Quay: 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 70 Canada Goose, 18 Curlew, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Grey Plover, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Knot, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mallard, 1 Oystercatcher, 30 Redshank, 21 Shelduck, 26 Teal, 11 Wigeon. (D Spooner)

Maenporth: Pacific Diver showing late afternoon, 24 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1f Eider. (C Urquhart)

Hayle Estuary: adult Ring-billed Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Scandinavian Herring Gull, 1 Merlin. (B Dallas)

Lower Tamar Lake: 16 Goosander (5m 11f at 07:30). (R Mudge, P Buckley, N Hewitt). Also 3 Willow Tit. (A Bond)

Upper Tamar Lake: 4 Ring-necked Duck (3m 1f). (R Mudge, P Buckley, N Hewitt, A Bond)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Med Gull. (C Moore)

Newlyn: 1w Iclenad Gull still present. (M Elliott)

Mousehole: 4 Yellow-legged Gull on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliott)

Porthilly Beach: 7 Common Gull with 28 Black-headed Gulls. (S Grose)

Chapel Amble: 5 Water Pipit and a Siberian Chiffchaff. (A Bond)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and 2 ad Med Gulls. (C Moore)

Mawgan Porth: Pink-footed Goose still. 2 Chough from beach. (M Lammas)

Torpoint: 2 Great Northern Diver. (R Napp)

Great Northern Diver, Rick Napp

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Wednesday 15th January 2020

Late News, 12/01, Little London: 13 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Water Pipit, 3 Black Redstart, Whimbrel. (P St Pierre)

Late News, 12/01, Perran Sands to Cuddon Point: Black-throated Diver, 7 Great Northern Diver, 9 Red-throated Diver, Black Redstart, 21 Curlew. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 14/1, Newlyn: 1 Great Skua and 1w Iceland Gull from Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Female Lesser Scaup still, 3f Goldeneye, 3 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck. (M Lammas)

Pendower Beach: 3 Common Scoter, 20 Great Northern Diver, 10 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, (possible or even probable Pacific Diver but distant and in bright light at 14:30). ( M Pass )

Portscatho: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck. ( M Pass )

Chapel Amble: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Water Pipit, 1 Water Rail, 7 Shoveler, 52 Teal, 4 Mute Swan, 3 Goldcrest. (S Grose) Also 1+ Siberian Chiffchaff, c15 Chiffchaff and 2 Green Sandpiper. (DK Parker)

Upper Tamar Lake: 4 Ring-necked Duck still. (T Marchese)

Lower Tamar Lake: 4 Tufted Duck, 16 Goosander plus Water Rail, Willow Tit and Marsh Tit. (T Marchese)

St Ives Island (07:40-11:00): 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua (dark phase adult), 2000+ Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1000+ Kittiwake, 12 Dunlin, 878 Gannet, 2 Fulmar. (P Nason)

Hayle Estuary: 12+ Yellow-legged Gull, 1 possible ad Caspian Gull. (M Elliott)

Ryan’s Field RSPB: 40 Lapwing, 9 Oystercatcher, 8 Canada Goose, 5 Carrion Crow, 4 Curlew, 2 m Bullfinch, 4 Teal, 1 Blackbird. (H Norton)

Copperhouse Creek: 50+ Wigeon, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant. (H Norton)

College Reservoir: 1 Firecrest. (P McCartney)

Millbrook: 31 Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull. 15 Cattle Egret at Withnoe Farm. (R Smalldon)

Penzance: Chiffchaff  in Morrab Gardens, Blackcap at Wherrytown. (D Flumm)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still at Sandy Cove and 15 Great Northern Diver around the Harbour. (D Flumm)

Great Northern Diver (imm), Dave Flumm

Great Northern Diver (adult), Dave Flumm

Black Guillemot, Dave Flumm

Camel Estuary: 24 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 66 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 42 Wigeon, 2 Red-legged partridge, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 65 Oystercatcher, c.3000 Golden Plover, 250+Lapwing, 6 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 55 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Curlew, 8 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 27 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin,6 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 40 Rook, 55 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 15 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch (M Scawen et al)

Walmsley:  5 Cattle Egret, 1 female Scaup, c.200 Canada Geese, 1 Water Pipit also Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal, Mallard and Tufted Duck. (Tim Pinfield) 74 Cattle Egret from public hide, 1f Scaup. (E Mayhew) Also 2 drake Mandarin. (DK Parker, R Treeby)

Treraven:  7 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Water Pipit and 2 Chiffchaff. (Tim Pinfield)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Pink-footed Goose. (R Augarde)

Nanquidno: 1 Barn Owl, 2 Woodcock. (C Moore)

Crugmeer / Whipsiderry: 6 Barn Owl seen on the coastal road between 18.00 and 21.00.(S Grose)

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Tuesday 14th January 2020

Late news, 13.1, Mawnan: 21 Turnstone at Prisk Cove. (P McCartney)

Lanteglos: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, 2 m Blackcap, 7 Bullfinch, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Woodcock from private gardens. (S Grose)

Kingsmill Lake: 56 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 131 Avocet, 8 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 14 Lapwing, 76 Dunlin, 42 Shelduck, 44 Teal, 11 Wigeon, 18 Little egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Barnacle goose, c.70 Canada goose, 339 Black-headed Gull, 2 GBb Gull & 17 Herring Gull at high tide. (P Kemp)

Carrick Roads: 8 Great Northern Diver, 10 Red-breasted Merganser (sheltering in pairs), 1 Common Sandpiper, 22 Turnstone as viewed from Restronguet sailing club. (J St Ledger)

Devoran: 14 Teal on Log Pond at head of Restronguet Creek. (P Le Patourel)

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