Friday 29th June 2018

Late news, 28/9, Dragon centre, Bodmin:  Screaming party of at least 15 Swifts (maybe all the local adults?), 3 swallow (fewer than usual), 1 House Martin. (R Hurrell)

Porthilly Point: 167 Black headed Gull, 18 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, all on the mussel crates & 102 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Bude: 250+ Manx Shearwaters in single raft off Bude this morning. (R Kirkwood)

Manx Shearwater – Rupert Kirkwood

St Gothian Sands LNR: Adult summer plumaged American Golden Plover briefly on the island, binocular views only. (D Lewis) Refound in the afternoon and appears to be a Pacific Golden Plover. (M Spicer)

Pacific Golden Plover – John Rowe

Golant, Fowey: 17 Little Egret, pair Shelduck with 5 ducklings. (D Flumm)

Tywardreath: 6 Rook (2 adults and 4 young). (R. Barlow)

Marazion Beach: 1 Common Gull (2cy): 6 Mediterranean Gulls (ad/s, 5 1cy) in the evening. (J Hawkey)

RSPB Scillonian III Wildlife Cruise sighting: Penzance to Wolf Rock – 2300 Manx Shearwater, 44 Gannet, 40 Guillemot, 12 Kittiwake.
Wolf Rock to Penzance – 28 Manx Shearwater, 5 Gannet, 2 Fulmar.  (M Ahmad & DA Conway)

Sunday 29th April 2018

Late news, 28/4, Landulph: Marsh Harrier hunting. (K Bools)

Late news, 28/4, Scillonian III, Penzance-Wolf Rock: 57 Manx Shearwater, 53 Gannet, 14 Razorbill, 16 Guillemot, 4 Sandwich Tern, 4 Turnstone, 17 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Eider, 6 Fulmar, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Whimbrel, 2 Swallow. Wolf Rock-St Mary’s: 13 Manx Shearwater, 14 Gannet, 3 Razorbill, 5 Guillemot, 3 Fulmar, 4 Shag, 1 Kittiwake, 30 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Northern Diver. St Mary’s-Wolf Rock: 1 Hobby flew over St Mary’s harbour while on the ship, 13 Manx Shearwater,17 Gannet, 3 Great Northern Diver, 21 Razorbill, 5, Guillemot, 2 Iceland Gull, 8 Shag, 3 Fulmar, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Common Dolphin. Wolf Rock-Penzance: 59 Manx Shearwater, 36 Gannet, 1 Razorbill, 30 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle, 11 Fulmar, 1 Eider, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Shag, 5 Cormorants, 3 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Basking Shark. (V Stratton, B Craven)

Late news, 28/4, Downderry: 15 Great Northern Diver and one Red-throated Diver at sea early morning. Also along the coast 10 Whimbrel, 5 Sandwich Tern and a Common Gull. (A Payne)

Chapel Porth: Iberian Chiffchaff singing and showing well early afternoon and again this evening, 400m up the valley from the National Trust CP. (S Rowe)

Iberian Chiffchaff – Steve Rowe

Davidstow: American Golden Plover. (J & B Teague)

Nanjizal: 12 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 female Marsh Harrier, 40 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Hoopoe (found by John Ryan), 1 Redpoll. Birds ringed included 2 Wood Warbler. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Porthgwarra/St Levan: Whinchat, Redstart, Siskin, 16 Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler, 2 White Wagtail. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: male Redstart, Grasshopper Warbler, Siskin, 32 Wheatear, 5 Willow Warbler. (P St Pierre)

Par Pond: drake Garganey at 08:30. (I Stewart)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on rocks below Tolcarne Inn. (S Grose)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Black Redstart, 10+ Wheatear. (J Eaton)

Black Redstart – John Eaton

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2cy female Marsh Harrier, drake Garganey, 6 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Wheatear (1 taken by a Sparrowhawk), 1 Swift. Also 4 Canada Geese with 4 goslings and at least the 5th Mallard brood of the year. (P Freestone, B Dallas)

Marazion: 15 Whimbrel, c30 Dunlin, c20 Ringed Plover and 3 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker)

Penlee lifeboat station: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Raven, 1 Buzzard, 1 Fulmar, 1 Great northern Diver. (S Grose)

Hayle, Harvey’s Towans: 17 Ringed Plover on shoreline, 2 Sandwich Tern. 11 Whimbrel, 1 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Seaton: a Hobby over farmland this afternoon between Seaton and Looe. (A Payne)

Downderry: 8 Whimbrel on the coast early this morning, whilst in the village a Garden Warbler. (A Payne)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: still at least 12 Whimbrel and 14 Bar-tailed Godwit arrived today. (T Elm)

Stithians Reservoir, Golden Lion End: 2 Great Crested Grebe displaying briefly, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler. (R Hampshire)

Crackington Haven: Whitethroat in private garden. (J & B Teague)

Penrose Estate, Helston: 1 Cuckoo. (A Williams)

St Austell: 2 Collared Dove, 1 female Blackbird in private garden. (C Hooper)


Sunday 31st December 2017

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Late News, 30/12, Kingsmill Lake: Glossy Ibis still in distant field viewed from 2nd hide.

Late News, 30/12, Saltash: 2 Hawfinch at the China Fleet Club.

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup.

Falmouth, Berkeley Cottages: 2m Blackcap fighting in Dracenas, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Blackbird also in confrontation (S Van Hear)

Truro: 1 Firecrest and 12+ Long-tailed Tit in private garden this morning. (K & J Mortimore)

Sancreed: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Greylag & 97 Canada Geese in fields opposite village including the small ‘Cackling’type first photographed at Drift 1st August and seen intermittently since. Also 6 Golden Plover & 30 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Lostwithiel: 1 Pink-footed Goose still Shirehall Moor at midday. (D Julian)

Breock: Firecrest at St Breock Churchyard this morning. (D Julian)

Lands End: 1 Hawfinch. (K Wilson)

Egloshayle: 6+ Hawfinch still at Egloshayle Cemetery. (K Wilson)

Marazion: 2 Water Pipit still at Red River mouth.

Towan Head: 5 Common Scoter, 12 Common Gull, 3 Purple Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Pintail, 1 Woodcock (D Eva) Plus Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, etc (B Sharples)

Long-tailed Tit, Bob Sharples

Kingfisher, Bob Sharples

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bob Sharples

Goldfinch, Bob Sharples

Feock: 2 Hawfinch (D Eva)

Charlestown: 1f Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Newquay Boating lake: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Dipper. (S Grose)

Common Gull, Shaun Grose (re-identified as Ring-billed Gull, Dave Parker)

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 11 Common Scoter at 15:00. (D Julian)

St Austell: Siberian Chiffchaff at St Austell Sewage Works this afternoon. (D Julian)

Penzance: 1 m Eider at mouth of harbour. (J Munday)

Eider, John Munday

Eider, John Munday

Newlyn: 1 Pomarine Skua flying around bay, 7 Great Northern Diver offshore. Also ringed Herring Gull from the Isle of Man. (R Veal) Plus 2 Great Skua. (L Proctor) Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull in the harbour. And 1 female-type Black Redstart on rooftops of houses around Eden Gardens and car park this morning at 10:00.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1m + 3f/juv Goosander, 1 Spoonbill and 1 Black Swan

Coverack: 1 juv Iceland Gull again.


Tuesday 12th December 2017

Chapel Carn Brea: 1 Snowy Owl. (J King, P Semmens, finder), bird was flushed by ponies at dusk and flew high to the NW towards Nanquidno/St Just hotly pursued by a corvid.

Snowy Owl, Phil Taylor

Snowy Owl, Alex McKechnie

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull again off the Old Quay House at 14:00. (M Halliday) Also 1 juv American Golden Plover again.  Ryan’s Field: 1 Goosander again.

Porthpean: 1 adult female and juvenile Surf Scoter still off Lower Porthpean, also Long-tailed Duck still, 2 Black-throated Divers and 4 Great Northern Divers.

Penzance, Promenade, Battery Rocks and Harbour: c20 Common Scoter, 52 Turnstone, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Raven, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit and 1 Meadow Pipit plus Herring Gulls. (T Mills) Town: 1 recently fledged Woodpigeon, accompanied by two adults. (R Phillips)

Falmouth: 70+ Shag, 1 Grey Seal off Swanpool Beach. (D Chaney) Also 1 Firecrest, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Song Thrush, 6+ Long-tailed Tit, 2+Redwing, 3+ Blackcap (one ringed) in the garden. (E Tackley) Swanpool beach: 1 Red-necked Grebe offshore. Castle beach: 2 Slavonian Grebe and 3 Black Redstart.

Carrick Roads: 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 24 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Sandwich Tern (distant), all viewed from Mylor Churchtown area. (J St Ledger)

Black-throated Diver – J St Ledger

Newquay Towan head: 4 Common Scoter, 1 Grey plover, 3 Harbour Porpoise. (M Lammas)

Port Isaac, Treharrock Manor: 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great spotted woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 36 Fieldfare, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Perranuthnoe, Trenow Cove: 100 Chaffinch, 34 Turnstone, 4 Redshank, 73 Shag, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 50 Starling, 1 Stonechat. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Hannafore Point: 2 Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Mediterranean Gull, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff. (P Aley)

Looe: 1 Firecrest. (P Aley)

Wacker Quay: c65 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper. (P Aley)

Millbrook: 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Mediterranean Gull , Blackcap. (P Aley)

Stithians Reservoir, Southern cut-off hide:  1 pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker,  9 Common Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff,  8 Long-tailed Tit,  1 male Shoveler. (A James)

Snipe, Alan James

Shoveler, Alan James

Porthallow: 1 Black Redstart. (M Nattrass)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 6 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap. (L Proctor) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in garden on Faugan Road.

Chiffchaff, Linton Proctor

Chiffchaff, Linton Proctor

Chiffchaff (tristis?), Linton Proctor

Chiffchaff (tristis?), Linton Proctor

Bude Marshes, (WeBS count): 2 Snow Geese, c200 Canada Geese 1 Feral white Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 13 Moorhen, 92 Black-headed Gulls, 35 Mallard, 18 Teal, 6 Crow, 11 Lapwing, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Wren, 3 Redwing, 16 Blackbirds,2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtails, 10 Oystercatcher, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Rook, c60 Starling, 7 Robins, 2 Dunnock, 2 Magpie. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 20 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Wigeon, 7 Tufted Duck, c35 Coot, 2 Gadwall, c20 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 2 Blackbird, 6 Coal Tit, c50 Mallard. (R Mudge)

Upper Tamar Lake: c45 Fieldfare, 96 Canada Geese, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Bull, 2 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbird, 14 Mallard, 6 Snipe, 2 Moorhen. (R Mudge)

Downderry:  2  Black Restart and 2 Water Pipit this afternoon. (A Payne)

St Erth: 2 Cattle Egrets still off Tredrea Lane with 9 Little Egrets. (DK Parker)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Tawny Owl, several Snipe. (S Grose)


Monday 11th December 2017

Late News, 10/12, Saltash: Hawfinch still at the China Fleet Club, 14 Goldfinch and 1 Bullfinch.

Marazion: 30 Common Scoter offshore. (S Turner)

Truro: 1 male Blackcap in RCHT grounds. Also 6 Firecrest in the pine trees by the golf club. (M Smale)

Threemilestone: 2 Redwing, 2 male and 1 female Blackcap in a private garden. (E Harris)

Looe Estuary: 46 Black-headed Gull, 4 Cormorant, 2 Goosander (females), 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Grey Heron, 30 Herring Gull, 4 Kingfisher, 19 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 85 Mallard, 10 Mute Swan, 22 Redshank, 3 Shag. (WeBS, D Spooner)

Goosander – Derek Spooner

Ponsanooth: Pair of Blackcap in a private garden. (S Williams)

Lostwithiel: 1 Pink-footed Goose (unringed) beside river Fowey half a mile downstream from Lostwithiel today, with a handful of Canada Geese. (R Kirkwood)

Pink-footed Goose – Rupert Kirkwood

St Just, Carn Brea: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (C Moore)

Stithians Reservoir, Southern cut-off hide:  1 male Mandarin amid Mallard, Teal and Wigeon on the water,  Chaffinch , Greenfinch,  Coal Tit,  Blue Tit,  Great Tit, Reed Bunting and female Great Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders, (A James)

Mandarin – Alan James

Great Spotted Woodpecker (multi shot composition) – Alan James

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Caspian Gull, American Golden Plover, Spoonbill, Water Pipit and a Black Swan. (P Roseveare) Ryan’s Field: 1 Goosander.

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck both still present.

Porthpean: 2 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 4 Great Northern Diver.

Siblyback Lake: Female Greater Scaup still, plus a Merlin. (DI Julian)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Goldcrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit & a female Bullfinch. (D King) Swanvale NR: 3 Goldcrest. 2 chiffchaff at far end near South West water works. (D King) Falmouth cemetery: Great Spotted Woodpecker briefly in flight. Several more Goldcrests here. (D King) Falmouth private garden: 2 Blackcap, 2 Redwing, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush in the garden today. (E Tackley)


Saturday 9th December 2017

Carnon Downs: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (M May)

Carbis Bay: 30 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver, 17 Kittiwake, 10 Shag, 3 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Razorbill, 30+ Common Dolphin, 2 Bottlenosed Dolphin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Ives: 1 Black-throated Diver, 16 Oystercatcher, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Gannet, 95 Herring Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 4 Shag, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Kittiwake, 32 Turnstone, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Harbour Porpoise. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis still in field opposite second hide. (C Buckland, LGR Evans)

Saltash: 1 Hawfinch still at China fleet club. (C Buckland)

Hayle Estuary: 1 American Golden Plover still. (LGR Evans, S Murphy) 1w Caspian Gull. (M Halliday, R Veal) 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 4 Snipe, 6 Greenshank, 15 Ringed Plover, 38 Shelduck, 5 Common Gull. (R Veal) Bar-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Dunlin, Redshank, Spoonbill. (S Murphy)

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Caspian Gull, Mark Halliday

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal) Also 1 Swallow reported.

Illogan Woods: 1 Firecrest, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler near Avery Court Hotel. (D Wright)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dipper, 2 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: Good numbers of thrushes this morning, mainly Redwing and Blackbird with a few Song Thrush. (D Julian)

St Merryn: 1 Raven feeding on dead rabbit, 11 Teal on private pond, 7 Goldcrest, 28 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Bullfinch and 1 Peregrine over private woods. (R Hughes)

Loe Pool: 1 Firecrest, 13 Goosander, 27 Pochard, 2+ Kingfisher, 1 Shoveler, 2 Teal, 15 Great Crested Grebe. (G Adams)

Ding Dong Moors: 1 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 100+ Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, 1 Dartford Warbler (f), 4 Stonechat, 6 Lapland Bunting (1 single and 1 flock of 5), 2 Meadow Pipit. (J Evans)

Swanpool/Swanvale: 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore, 2 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 8 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap (2m), 2 Bullfinch (pr), 20 Redwing,1 Coal Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit. (JH & K Dalziel)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1 Little Grebe, 2 ringed Black-headed Gull, 1 Pintail, 2 Grey Wagtail. (S Grose)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup and Ring-necked Duck still present. (S Murphy)

Porthilly: single Brambling with Chaffinches this afternoon. (D Julian)


Tuesday 5th December 2017

Late news, 1/12, Charlestown: 1 Great Northern Diver off the harbour. (S Lawrence)

Late news, 4/12, Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull seen on harbour wall.  It was around in the bay all day. (P Bedford)

Late news, 4/12, Par Beach Pond: Black Swan (C Jewels)

Hayle: American Golden Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Goosander(m), Spoonbill, Med Gull, Firecrest along road into Ryan’s field. (J Cole)

Porthgwarra:  4 Chough near Coastguard lookout. 1 Black Redstart on Old Coastguard Cottages. (P Warren)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool and Harbour:  Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone, single Ringed Plover, 15+ Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver in harbour mouth, 1, possibly 2 Black-throated Diver at distance. (P Warren)

Dozmary Pool: Ring-necked Duck and Lesser Scaup still.  Also 77 fieldfare and 18 Redwing. (P Jones)

Falmouth: 2 Black Redstart and a Whimbrel on Castle Beach this morning and 6 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver offshore. (T Phelps) Castle Beach: 2 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, c8 Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 100+ Black-headed Gulls feeding. Pendennis Point: 2 Stonechat, 6 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore and a 2w Yellow-legged Gull on the rocks. (T Phelps) 

Gerran’s Bay: 20 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 3 Common Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Purple Sandpiper at Nare Head, 5 Mediterranean Gulls at Towan Beach, also Harbour Porpoise and Common Seal (in small grey seal colony) all from kayak trip from Carne Beach. (R Kirkwood)

Long-tailed Duck, Rupert Kirkwood

Carnon Valley: 9 Siskin with flock of Goldfinch, 6 Bullfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Reed Bunting (calling) on cycle trail. (J St Ledger)

Towan Head: 25+ Turnstone, 1 Purple Sandpiper,  6 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Common Scoter, 60+ Gannet fishing in bay, also 8 Porpoise in 2 groups. (M Lammas)

Mawgan: 1 Firecrest, 1 Siskin and 1 Bullfinch in garden. (P Bedford)

Bodmin: 1 leucistic(?) Common Buzzard (completely white with a scattering of black feathers) near the exit sliproad to the A30. (N McAuley)