Monday 1st July 2019

Late photos, Lizard:

Rosy Starling, 25/6 – Tony Blunden

Rosy Starling, 25/6 – Tony Blunden

Alpine Swift 29/6 – Tony Blunden

Alpine Swift 29/6 – Tony Blunden

Eastern Green: 67 Black-headed Gull, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Eider. (S Rogers)

Marazion Beach: 2 Dunlin, 3 Turnstone. (S Rogers)

Pendeen Watch: 17,140 Manx Shearwater from 06:45 to 08:45, passage almost completely stopped by 09:15. (P Combridge)

Hayle: Ad Rosy Starling at Riviere Towans, present since 25th June. Please respect the privacy of the residents. (S Harding)

Rosy Starling – Sue Harding

Rosy Starling – Sue Harding

Rosy Starling – Sue Harding

Freathy: 1 Quail singing in field on west side of village. (M Jordan)

Torpoint: 38 Mediterranean Gull at Marine Drive. (S Eddy)

Porthgwarra: 1 Rock Pipit, 10+ Fulmar as well as many Gannet, Shag and Cormorant. 1 Silver-Studded Blue, 1 Small Heath, lots of Frog Hoppers and Grasshoppers, 1 Soldier Beetle, 15 Grey Seals. (K Money)

Trerulefoot: 2 Stock Dove. (A Blonden)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Coot +1 juv, 1 m Tufted Duck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Dipper (below the dam wall), 9 ad Great Crested Grebe +7 juv (3 prs with 2 juv each and 1 pr with 1 juv). (S Grose)


Saturday 29th June 2019

Late news, 29/6, RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 6 Fulmar, 48 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 28 Gannet, 4 Eider, 1 Med Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 24 Kittiwake, 11 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 1 Puffin, also 1 Ocean Sunfish and 6+ Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock to Hugh Town: 56 Manx Shearwater, 67 Gannet, 19 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Guillemot, also 1 Grey Seal and 4 Common Dolphin. Hugh Town to Wolf Rock: 1 Fulmar, 18 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 48 Gannet, 1 Great Skua, 4 Herring Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 14 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 8 auk sp, 1 Puffin, also 1 Ocean Sunfish, 2 Grey Seal, 40+ Common Dolphin and 2 Harbour Porpoise. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 76 Manx Shearwater (60+ feeding in Mount’s Bay), 1 Storm Petrel, 82 Gannet, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Kittiwake, 17 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 2 Puffin, also 14+ Common Dolphin and 4+ Harbour Porpoise. (M Elliott)

Lizard: Alpine Swift over late evening.

Flushing: Report of male Red-breasted Flycatcher hovering and climbing amongst Red Campion in garden backing onto farmland at Parc Tregew, for second time this month (TR11 5UQ). (J Newton)

Longrock: 3 male Common Scoter, Sandwich Tern, 4 Med Gull, 3 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling off the car park. (P St Pierre)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank and 21 Med Gulls. (P St Pierre)

Goonhilly: 4 Siskin, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Painted Lady (J & D Chapman)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 11+ Little Grebe, 31 Tufted Duck +7 juv, 1 Raven, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Linnet, 1 Skylark, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat. (S Grose)

Windmill Farm: Male Vagrant Emperor and male Lesser Emperor. (T Blunden J Foster)

Looe island: Kayak trip to 4 miles south of Looe island produced 1 imm Puffin, 8 Arctic Terns, (groups of 3 and 5), 2 Swifts passing 4 miles offshore, 50+ Manx Shearwater. 2 pods of Common Dolphins (8+6), 2 Harbour Porpoises, “Nudger” the Grey Seal. (R Kirkwood)

St Clement: 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 22 Redshank. (R Augarde)

St Agnes Harbour: 1 Common Sandpiper, 13 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Penhale Point area: 66 Linnet, 7 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Puffin, 3 Kestrel, 30+ Painted Ladies, 2 Adder. (S Grose)

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Saturday 19th May 2018

Hayle, Millpond Park: 6 Swift, 4 House Martin, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Iberian Chiffchaff singing in willows along path 9am. (J Evans) Iberian Chiffchaff still present into the afternoon. (M Ahmad)

Skewjack: 1 Alpine Swift over. (K Wilson)

Windmill Farm: 2 Cuckoo. (D Wright) Also 1 Black Kite heading east at 13.15. (J Chapple)

Bude Marshes (WeBS): 5 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Magpie, 21 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Robin, 8 Wood Pigeon, 10 Blackbird, 4 Swallow, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Canada Geese with 6 juvs., 3 Herring Gull, 2 Dunnock, 5 Moorhens and 3 juvs. (H Kendall and R Mudge)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Cuckoo, Whitethroat nest with 5 eggs, 2 Chiffchaff nests with broods of 6 and 5 chicks (D Eva)

Carnmenellis: 4 (3m, 1f) Cuckoo, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1m Reed Bunting, 4 Stonechat, 1 Skylark, c15 Linnet, c10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Raven, 2 Whitethroat. (C Benton)

Croft Pascoe: 2 m Cuckoo. (B Hawker)

Cuckoo, Brian Hawker

Cuckoo, Brian Hawker

Cuckoo, Brian Hawker

Kynance Cove: 2 Wheatear. (D Wright)

Soapy Cove: 2 Wheatear and 1 Cuckoo. (D Wright)

Penryn: 2 Red-legged Partridge in field bordering river. (J St Ledger)

RL Partridge, John St Ledger

Hayle, Ventonleague: 11 Red Kite moving East-South East between 10.35a.m. – 11.55.a.m. Also 5 Common Buzzard moving over during that same period of time. (J&P Rutter)

Sancreed: 1 Red Kite east 11:20, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap. (D Flumm)

Falmouth, Berkeley Cottages: 0945 Red Kite heading north (S Van Hear)

Mount’s Bay: 4 Great Northern Diver. (P Fraser)


Saturday 19th May 2018

Falmouth: 09:45 Red Kite heading north over Berkeley Cottages. (S Van Hear)

Hayle: 6 Swift, 4 House Martin, 3 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Iberian Chiffchaff singing in willows along path at the Millpond at 09:00. (J Evans) Still present early afternoon.

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing between Bosistow Lane and Raftra. Also 12 Red Kite circling. (DK Parker)

Skewjack: Alpine Swift over heading North. (K Wilson)

Windmill Farm: Black Kite flew east at c13:20. (J Chapple) Also 2 Cuckoo. (D Wright)

Kynance Cove: 2 Wheatear. (D Wright)

Soapy Cove: 2 Wheatear and 1 Cuckoo. (D Wright)

Bude Marshes: 5 Sedge Warblers, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 5 House Sparrows, 1 Magpie, 21 Rooks, 3 Carrion Crows, 1 Robin, 8 Wood Pigeons, 10 Blackbirds, 4 Swallows, 5 Chaffinches, 4 Canada Geese with 6 juvs., 3 Herring Gulls, 2 Dunnocks, 5 Moorhens and 3 juvs. (H Kendall, R Mudge)

Hayle: 2 Red Kite over this morning. (C Urquhart)

Sancreed: 1 Red Kite east 11:20, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Wheatear, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap. (D Flumm)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Cuckoo, Whitethroat nest with 5 eggs, 2 Chiffchaff nests with broods of 6 and 5 chicks. (D Eva)

Penryn: 2 Red-legged Partridge in field bordering river. (J St Ledger)

RL Partridge – John St Ledger

Ventonleague, Hayle: 11 Red Kites moving ESE, also 5 Buzzard all between 10:35 & 11:55. (J & P Rutter)

Porthgwarra: 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 20+ Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 3 Sparrowhawk. (DK Parker)

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Late news, 18th  & 19th April,  Ruan Lanihorne, Fal/Ruan Complex:  2  Spoonbill again, roosting. (D Hall)

Late news, 21/4, Porthleven: 1 Alpine Swift with Swallows over Ashton Road about 2 miles north-west of Porthleven. (A McPherson)

Late news, 21/4, Perran Sands: 8 Whimbrel. (J Brown)

Whimbrel – Jonathan Brown

Whimbrel – Jonathan Brown

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Bonaparte’s Gull briefly at Old Quay bridge this afternoon before flying towards St Erth with Black-headed Gulls. (P Roseveare)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Purple Heron again. (L Proctor) Also 1 m Garganey, 2 Gadwall, 1 Buzzard, several singing Cetti’s Warbler, few singing Sedge Warbler, c65 Whimbrel over (2 flocks, c50 + 15). (T Mills, D Eva) Afternoon: Purple Heron north of reserve in conifers then flew down out of sight (around 16.00) but believed to be still north of rail line. Drake Garganey asleep on island in front of observation area. Gadwall also present. (J Eaton) Plus 2+ Reed Warbler. (R Veal) Longrock Pool: 1m Garganey continually being harassed by swan whilst surface feeding at 7.55pm. (J Hawkey)

Garganey, Linton Proctor

Garganey, Linton Proctor

Garganey, Linton Proctor

Garganey, Tony Mills

Sedge Warbler, Tony Mills

Marazion: 109 Whimbrel over in two flocks, 4 Sandwich Tern (D Eva)

Roseland. Place Manor, near St Anthony’s Head: Hoopoe calling clearly, unfortunately, only heard and not seen. (D Hall)

Sennen: 1w Iceland Gull in fields by Eschalls Chapel. (C Moore, R Veal)

Newlyn: 1 1w Glaucous Gull still in harbour. (M Ahmad)

Glaucous Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 1w Glaucous Gull still. (M Ahmad)

Land’s End: 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling near Swingates. (R Veal)

Millbrook: 1 drake Garganey. (B Taggart) Still present in evening. (M Beer)

Garganey, Dave Allan

Mevagissey: Iceland Gull in outer harbour and 5 Whimbrel. (J Dunning)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 2 Sandwich Tern, 26 Shelduck, 16 Oystercatcher, 30 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 3 Swallow (T Elm)

Port Loe: 23 Whimbrel. (J Dunning)

Tehidy Woods, North Cliff plantation: 2 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Whitethroat, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Pheasant, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Linnet (S Van Hear)

Penberth Cove/Logan Rock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Whitethroat, 7 Whimbrel, hundreds of Manx Shearwaters.(S Grose)

Towan Head: 1 Arctic Tern this evening. (S Rowe)

Newquay, Huers Hut: 18 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern, 16 Manx Shearwater less than 100yds off Tolcarne Beach. (S Grose)

Penwithick: 11 House Sparrow, 3 Collared Dove, 4 Woodpigeon, 1 Robin, 4 Chaffinch, 1 Blue Tit, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Magpie. (K.Bowers)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 27 Whimbrel (circling overhead), 4 Sandwich Tern on buoys (one with metal ring on leg) (J St Ledger)

Buttermilk Hill: Red-legged Partridge on road 200 yards east of Buttermilk Hill. (S.Cox)

Tolvaddon Garden: 1 Painted Lady butterfly. (Earliest record) (T Hasdell)


Wednesday 18th April 2018

Porth Joke: 1 Alpine Swift 18:00-18:10 and then 18:50-19:40 ranging over fields between Treago Farm campsite and West Pentire. Also 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear and 1 Sedge Warbler. (S Rowe)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still and 2 Common Scoter this evening, also 4 Great Northern Diver, 37 Sandwich Tern and 1 Puffin flew west. (D Julian)

Porthgwarra: 1 m Western Subalpine Warbler (heard to call) in bushes just beyond Coastguards cottages, also 1 Peacock butterfly. (M Wallace, P Taylor, H Mitchell, T Mills) Also 1 Sparrowhawk. (T Mills) This evening, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Siskin, 1 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Western Subalpine Warbler, Tony Mills

Western Subalpine Warbler, Phil Taylor

Kynance Road: 1 Western Subalpine Warbler and 1 Whitethroat. (D Wright, I Maclean) Later, 1 m Western Subalpine Warbler  confirmed, now singing. Also in the area Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Whimbrel, 3+ Wheatear (Mark Pass)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again.

Marazion: 1 Iceland Gull, 4 Little Tern, 35 commic tern 09.00. (I Webster)

Crowlas: 1 Iceland Gull over. (R Veal)

Par Sands: 1 Little Tern, 1 Common Tern, 3 Arctic Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern. (D Julian)

Longrock Pool: 1 juv Iceland Gull in the afternoon. (DK Parker)

Iceland Gull, Dave Parker

Iceland Gull, Dave Parker

Freathy: A 2nd winter Glaucous / Iceland Gull flew east, late morning. (M. Jordan)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Pool: Group of 15 Common Sandpiper at high tide. (S Turner) Plus 1 Knot, 16 Whimbrel. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 8 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit.

Windmill Farm: 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Plover and 1 Barn Owl first thing this morning. (D Wright)

Tresillian River: 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Peacock butterfly, 3 Little Egrets, 15 to 20 Shelduck. (M Costa)

Seaton NR: 1 Kingfisher. (D Allan)

Camel Trail Wadebridge to Tregunna: 14 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 27 Shelduck, 17 Mallard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 11 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 25 Oystercatcher, 1 Knot, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Redshank, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 21 Whimbrel, 150 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Wood Pigeon, 3 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 25 Carrion Crow, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Large White butterfly, 2 Green-veined White butterfly, 1 Peacock, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 6 Palmate Newt. (M Scawen et al.)

Dobwalls: 1 Swift flying low over private garden at 16.45 and  1 Holly Blue butterfly in garden. (C&J Duffy)

Longrock to Marazion beach: 9 Whimbrel, 1 Oystercatcher and c200 small waders, mostly Turnstone but also Dunlin, Sanderling and Ringed Plover, also 1 Wheatear on beach this evening. (T Mills)

Newquay, Narrowcliff:1 Sparrowhawk, and 1 Brimstone Butterfly. (S Grose)

Polbathic Creek: 3 Whimbrel. (A Blonden)

Gwendreath Valley, Goonhilly  to Kennack Sands: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whitethroat, c5 Willow Warbler, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock and 1 Comma butterfly (P. Bedford)

Mawgan: 1 Nuthatch in garden and a pair of Sparrowhawk soaring overhead (P. Bedford)

Higher Bosistow: 1 Swift over. (M Wallace)

Godolphin Woods: Cuckoo heard.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Sedge Warbler heard, 4 Cetti’s Warbler heard this evening, 2 Gadwall still and 1 pair of Linnet. (T Mills)

Marazion beach: 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin & 1 Whimbrel. (J Hawkey)

Penzance: 1 Small White butterfly, 1 Green-veined White and 1 Large White butterfly in garden. (T Mills)

Pendeen: 1 Swallow & 1m Blackcap. (J Hawkey)


Saturday 14th April 2018

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron briefly this morning before being chased up the valley by the resident Grey Herons. (P Walsh) Seen in flight at 11:00. (R Veal)

The Lizard: 1 Red-rumped Swallow at Housel Bay at 11:00. (T Thirlaway) 2 Red-rumped Swallow hawking over fields between lighthouse and Housel Bay 14:00-14:30 at least; 1 Swallow, 5 Whimbrel E at the point. (D Wood) 2 Alpine Swift flew NE up Caerthillian Valley at 08:48 (roosting on cliffs near Kynance?). (M Pass)

Red-rumped Swallow – David Wood

Porthleven: 1 Alpine Swift over The Shrubberies at 18:50 then flew south. (I Maclean)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still.

Port Isaac: Iceland Gull on the sea at midday before flying east.

Mount’s Bay: 2 juv Glaucous Gull on St Clements Isle. 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull on St Michael’s Mount. 1 juv Iceland Gull, 9 Puffin, 400+ Manx Shearwater from Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Coverack: 2 Iceland Gull around the harbour still, 2 Black-throated Diver S with 250+ Manx Shearwater, 300+ auks (all those identified were Guillemots) and 7 Risso’s Dolphin. (D Wood) 3 (1 2w, 2 1w) Iceland Gull. (M Ahmad, R Veal) Also 15 Sandwich Tern. (R Veal)

Iceland Gulls – Mashuq Ahmad

Polgigga: Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow. (M Wallace)

Marazion: 3 Whimbrel flew north. (DK Parker)

Looe Island: Grasshopper Warbler. (C Lewis)

Mullion: Collared Dove in the cove. (J Allely)