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)

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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)

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Friday 13th April 2018

Late news, 7/4, Par: 1 Avocet briefly on Par Beach. (I McCarthy)

Late news, 9/4, Coverack: 200 Manx Shearwater past S in 30 mins in the evening, 1 Black-throated Diver in the bay and 15+ Common Dolphin. (D Wood)

Late news, 10/4, Mousehole: 3 Black-throated Diver between Newlyn and Mousehole and 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Wood)

Late news, 10/4, Lamorna: 1 Iceland Gull (first or second winter) flew close inshore along coast heading towards Mousehole. (D Wood)

Late news, 11/4, Coverack: 2 Iceland Gull, 1 Swallow. (D Wood)

Late news, 12/4, Restronguet: Osprey over. (J Chapple)

Late news, 12/4, Porth Joke: 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 5 House Martin & 10 Swallow. (B Bosisto)

Late news, 12/4, Devoran: 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew, Shelduck, Herring Gulls and a single Great Black-backed Gull present at Devoran Quay. (R Dann)

Porthleven: Wholly unconfirmed report of a Slate-coloured Junco in gardens near Penrose estate briefly, then flew towards woods.

The Lizard: 2 Alpine Swift over and NE at 09:20. (T Thirlaway, J St Ledger, C Benton)

Coverack: Imm Iceland Gull still. Also 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver, Whimbrel heard and 1 Harbour Porpoise. (J St Ledger, C Benton) 2 (2cy & unaged juv) Iceland Gull. (JH & K Dalziel) 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Iceland Gull, 8 Sandwich Tern. (D Wood)

Iceland Gull – John St Ledger

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still also 2 Great Northern Diver and 2 Raven. (D Trevelyan, M Parr)

Mevagissey: 1 Iceland Gull still in harbour. (D Trevelyan, M Parr)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull still in harbour at 11:20. (L Proctor, M Parr)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, 4 Teal, 1 Water Rail, c50 Sand Martin, c5 House Martin, 5 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler. (DK Parker, R Wilkins)

Marazion: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Oystercatcher and 6 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker)

Nanquidno: 2 male Ring Ouzel at the bottom of the valley. (R Wilkins)

Lower Tamar Lake: 4 Willow Tit, 1 Merlin, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Blackcap, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Roe Deer. (R Mudge)

St Gothian Sands: c60 Sand Martin, 8 White Wagtail, 22 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 2 Little Grebe. (S Rowe)

Poldhu Cove: Cetti’s warbler heard singing in the reedbed. (C Lee)

Goss Moor: 6 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Gwennap: 3 Canada Goose over, 1 Swallow heading south. (R Hampshire)

Lanner: 2 Canada Goose over. ( R Hampshire)

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Wednesday 11th April 2018

Lizard Village: 2 Alpine Swift again this morning.

Marazion: Pair of Garganey and 3 Sandwich Tern on Great Hogus late afternoon/evening, also 7 Great Northern Diver and 2 female Common Scoter offshore. (M Elliott)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 20+ House Martin briefly. (DK Parker, S Rogers, R Wilkins)

Kenidjack valley: am/midday; Quite a good fall today including, 1 Redstart (male), 20+ Willow Warbler, 20+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Blackcap and 1 Pied Flycatcher (male) (P Clarke)

Porthgwarra: 1 f Merlin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Gadwall, 40 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 41 Teal,10 Shoveler, 1 Brown Hare (D Eva)

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 16 Mute Swan, 3 Canada Goose, 35 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 55 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, 93 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Iceland Gull, 2 Common Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Swallow, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 65 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch,  4 Palmate Newt. (M Scawen et al.)

Tresillian: 2 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff (all feeding on estuary near Tresemple Pool). (M Jones)

Freathy: 1 Black-throated Diver on sea, 47 Common Scoter flew west, and 2 Swallow flew east this morning. (M. Jordan)

Crowlas: 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Siskin, 1 House Martin. (R Veal)

Tresillian: Blackcap (m) sadly killed flying into a window this morning, un-ringed, weighed 19 grams. (A Nicholson)

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Tuesday 10th April 2018

Late news, 8/4, Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 3 Great Northern Diver. (R Chittenden)

Late news, 9/4, Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 1 Great Northern Diver. (R Chittenden)

Late news, 9/4, Pendower: 5 Black-throated Diver and 20+ Great Northern Diver. (R Chittenden)

Late news, 9/4, Longcross, St Mabyn: c40 Golden Plover. (P Spong)

Late news, 9/4, Goss Moor: 3 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler singing, 10+ Chiffchaff singing, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 4 Buzzard and 1 Brimstone butterfly. (D Thomas)

Sennen: 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull again in field behind Escalls Chapel at 08:30.

Penzance: 1 Hoopoe in private garden in Lidden Area at 08.30. (pers comm T Mills) Re-found in playing field behind school in Toltuff Crescent. (T Mills)

Hoopoe, Tony Mills

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still. (R Chittenden)

Saltash: Glossy Ibis again at Kingsmill Lake opposite the 2nd hide.

Lizard Village: 3 (three) Alpine Swift just north of village over Trethvas Farm at 14:10, flew south towards village. Seen again over the village at 14:25, headed north. Then all 3 present 17:20-18:20, seen from entrance to Trethvas Farm, ranging between here and the village. (C Benton)

Lizard Point: Manx Shearwater passing west at rate of c400/hr late afternoon. Also small parties of auks, 3 Sandwich Tern and 4 Risso’s Dolphin. (C Benton)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull, 2+ Swallow. 1 House Martin, 3+ Willow Warbler, 6+ Swallow and 2+ Swift Sp. (at 17:30) in surrounding area. (D Beadle)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 5 Swallow, 3 Blackcap, 20 Shelduck, 6 Little Egret, Wren and Long-tailed Tit nestbuilding (D Eva)

Camel Estuary: 140 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 ad Common Gull, 1 Knot, 6 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. (Bob Bosisto , Peter Potts)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Knot, pair Mallard with 13 young, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 2 House Martin, 30 Sand Martin, 10 Swallow. (Bob Bosisto , Peter Potts)

Dobwalls: Male and female Yellowhammer on garden hedge next to farmland, on south side of village (C&J Duffy)

Land’s End: c10 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 5 Swallow and 1 Snipe. (DK Parker)

Whitecross, Newquay: 60+ Golden Plover, 4 Raven, Wren building nest, 1 pair Dunnock, 1 pair Goldcrest, 1 pair Goldfinch, 1 pair Magpie in nest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Buzzard and 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Brimstone. (D Thomas)

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Sunday 8th April 2018

Late news, 7/4, Walmsley Sanctuary: Hundreds of Sand Martin and Swallow along with many House Martin all flying low over the Walmsley pools. (B Rankine)

Late news, 7/4, Camel Trail: 1 Green Sandpiper. (B Rankine)

Late news, 7/4, Boswednack: 1 Ring Ouzel.

Mounts Bay: 1 2w Audouin’s Gull from Mermaid pelagic c.half mile off Mousehole, gull seen flying west. (M Elliott)

Lizard: 1 Alpine Swift still in the Housel Bay area. (DI Julian, O Frampton, J St Ledger) Still present in the early afternoon. Also 2 Firecrest, 1 House Martin, 7+ Swallow, 4 Puffin (in mixed flock with 4 Razorbill), 60+ Manx Shearwater, 7+ Bottle-nosed Dolphin (at least 2km offshore, drifting slowly west) (O Frampton)

Crean Bottom: Hoopoe at Bosfranken Farm. (KA Wilson)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again, viewable from the pub. (L Proctor) Still in the harbour at 18:30. (DK Parker, M Ahmad)

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Spoonbill. (P. Pearson)

Tregiffian: 1 Ring Ouzel. (C Moore)

Polgigga, Rafta Farm: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1 Ruff in the same field. (M Wallace)

Mousehole: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle at 18:35. (DK Parker, M Ahmad)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Ruff this morning. (DK Parker)

Padstow: Yellowhammer singing at Padstow Garden Centre 11:15. (S Lilley)

Truro: Female Blackcap in front garden. (M Costa)

Golitha Falls: 4 Grey Wagtail, 4 Nuthatch, 8 Jackdow. (C Hooper) 

Nuthatch, Chris Hooper

Jackdaw, Chris Hooper

Grey Wagtail, Chris Hooper

St John: 1 Blackcap, 1 Chaffinch. St John’s Lake: 4 Great Tit. 4  Shelduck. (R Napp)

Kingsand: 1 Magpie caught and flew off with a Slow Worm. Also 2 Swallow in the area. (M Jordan)

Marazion: 1 Black Swan over, 1 House Martin. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Pink-footed Goose still, 1 Willow Warbler. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Roseland.St. Anthony’s Head: 1 singing Whitethroat. (D Hall)

Trewithian: 1 Swallow. (D Hall)

Boscastle: 1 Chiffchaff in my garden. (P Tillsley)

Chiffchaff, Paul Tillsley

Pendeen: 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler, a light but steady passage of Manx Shearwater through west in the morning,1 Raven,1 Buzzard (A Hartley)

Willow Warbler, Adam Hartley

Trengwainton Gardens: 2 Nuthatch, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap (A Hartley)

 

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Saturday 7th April 2018

Lizard: Alpine Swift briefly at the lighthouse at 08:30. (M Pass) Still present at Housel Bay at 13:30. (B Heasman) Then at various locations as far north as Jollytown up to 14:00 at least, Also 5 Greylag Goose, 1 Canada Geese, 4 Swallow, 1 Willow Warbler. (Mark Pass) 2 Alpine Swift still, 1 showing well at Housel Bay 14:00-17.10 (S Rowe) while 1 Alpine Swift simultaneously seen from Kynance road. (R Veal)

Alpine Swift, Steve Rowe

Alpine Swift, Steve Rogers

Crantock Beach: 1w Ring-billed Gull at 19.35pm. (S Grose)

Cot Valley: Hoopoe at the Cornerhouse before flying into the valley at 08:57. Last seen at 09:20 also first 4 Blackcaps of the year and lots of hirundines in and over the very birdy valley. (N Wheatley)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis feeding on the mudflat this evening, 1 Blackcap along the nature trail (M Beer).

Gannel Estuary: 1st winter Iceland Gull. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull still in the harbour at 14:00. (L Proctor)

Constantine: 2 Bramblings in a private garden. (T Pinfield)

Brambling – Tim Pinfield

Brambling – Tim Pinfield

Par Market, East Carpark: 2 Nuthatch, 2 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 male Blackcap, 3 Yellowhammer, 5 Swallow, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 1 Merlin. (S Grose)

Land’s End: 30+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Willow Warbler, 5+ Blackcap (4m, 1f). 1 Grasshopper Warbler singing intermittently from scrub between car park & Swingates. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, C Andrew) Also c120 Barn Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, c15 House Martin, c15 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Firecrest between 10:0012:00. (PA Fraser, J Overfield)

Mount’s Bay: 3 Great Northern Diver, 13 Common Scoter and 2 Sandwich Tern. (PA Fraser, J Overfield)

Marazion: 2 Barn Swallow at Rosehill. (PA Fraser, J Overfield)

Goss Moor: 1 Swallow foraging under pylons. (R Hollis)

Loe Pool: 18 Cormorant, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Mallard plus 1 hybrid, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Linnet, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Duck. (G Adams)

Newquay: 60+ Barn Swallows, 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Raven in the Treloggan area between 14:30 to 15:30. (D Grose)

Booby’s Bay/Trevose Head: pair of Kestrel squabbling over a mouse;  20+ Swallow near comm tower at 16:40. (S Lilley)

Gulval: 2 Dipper. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Female Shoveler and 4 Gadwall still, plus 1 brood of c8 newly hatched Mallard ducklings. (DK Parker, R Randall)

Porth Joke: 200+ Swallow (12:00-13:30), 25 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 9 Chiffchaff. (S Rowe)

Pendeen: 1 Wheatear, 16 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard. (AHartley)

Wheatear, Adam Hartley

Kenidjack: 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Buzzard, 2 Swallow, 2 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Geevor: 1 singing Wheatear, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Rock Pipit (possibly “litoralis”). (A Hartley)

Botallack: 1 Raven, 2 Stonechat. (A Hartley)

Porthgwarra to St Levan: 1 Firecrest, 1 Black Redstart, 2 Willow Warbler,13 Blackcap, 1 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 43 Chiffchaff, 5 Song Thrush. (M Wallace)

Sennen Cove: low numbers of Swallow through this morning.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 3 2cy Mediterranean Gull and 1 Greenshank. Carnsew Basin: 3 Sandwich Tern and 5 Common Tern. (S Roper)

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