Monday 2nd May 2016

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 1w American Herring Gull.

Porthgwarra: Seawatch 10:20 – 12:00 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 600 Manx Shearwater and 5 Puffin. (R &L Wilkins) Also 18 Fulmar, 331 Gannet, 808 auk sp and 51 Kittiwake. (DK Parker)

Nanquidno: 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (R & L Wilkins)

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Mousehole: Seawatch 9:30 – 10:30 1 Pomarine Skua, 200 Manx Shearwater, 150 Razorbill, 12 Common Scoter, 16 Kittiwake, 9 Whimbrel and 43 Gannet. (B Dodd)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 8+ Purple Sandpiper on offshore rock. 1m Eider and 10 ad Sandwich Tern flew west. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Mute Swan, 5 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag, 2 Teal, 9 Mallard (plus 4 broods of ducklings), 1 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 4+ Swift, 2 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, c8 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. (DK Parker)

St Erth: 2 Grasshopper Warbler. (MJ & JP Spicer)

Garrow Tor: 1 Cuckoo calling and 1m Wheatear. (P Spong)

Caradon Hill: 1m Cuckoo. (P Needham)

Bude: 1 Kestrel, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 5 Swallow and 2 Wheatear. (H Wilkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings: 1 Black Tailed Godwit and 15 Whimbrel. Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill. Carnsew Pool: 5 Whimbrel and 3 Oystercatcher. Copperhouse Creek: 4 Whimbrel and 3 Oystercatcher. (R Veal)

St Gothian Sands: 1m Pochard, 1 Coot, 2 (pr) Tufted Duck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 1f Wheatear, 10 (3m) Linnet, 2 Skylark, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Swift, c250 Sand Martin and c40 Swallow. (R Veal)

Maenporth: 1 Great Northern Diver caught in fishing net. (R Auguarde -photo)

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Falmouth: 1 Great Northern Diver in summer plumage, 20 Whimbrel, 4 Sandwich Tern off Gyllyngvase Beach. (J St Ledger)

Swanpool: 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Swift. (J St Ledger)

Holywell Bay: Unconfirmed report of Woodchat again this morning but no sign this afternoon.

MJS & DKP

Thursday 21st April 2016

St Merryn/Penrose: 1 Hoopoe at the top of the valley St Merryn side. (A Proctor)

Bodmin Moor, above Darite: 1 Wheatear. (P Needham) Pounds Conce: 1 Cuckoo heard. (M Pluckrose) Temple Trout Fishery: 1 Cuckoo calling. (R B Girling)

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Caradon Hill, Seaton River valley: 2 Linnet. (P Needham)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 1w White-fronted Goose, 2 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper and 109 Black-tailed Godwit. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer)

Camel Estuary: 48 Shelduck, 2 Knot, c10 Whimbrel, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 61 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover and 2 Grey Plover. (DK Parker, MJ Spicer)

Whitsands to Rame Head:Black Throated Diver, 3 Whitethroat, 6 Gannet, 2 Wheatear  plus Swallows (to many to count heading west), House Martins (Lots), Chiffchaffs, and Willow Warblers. (C&J Hannaford)

Rosudgeon: 1 Red Kite at 12.35. (I Webster)

St Ives: 1 Red Kite over, heading north at 11.55. (S Turner)

St Just: 1 Red Kite flew northeast over St Just at 13:00 hours and 4 Red Kite were over the west end of Kenidjack at 14:20. (N Wheatley)

Land’s End: 1 Whitethroat, 8 Wheatear, 6+ Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 subadult male Marsh Harrier flew east at 9:30am. (P&H Taylor)

Nanquidno: 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Whimbrel, 10 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 5+ Chiffchaff and 4 Song Thrush (2 singing). (P&H Taylor)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 House Martin and 6 Sand Martin. (J Hawkey) Also 1 1w American Herring Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull at Lower Boslow Farm. (M Ahmad)

Bude: 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Linnet, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Cormorant, 1 Raven, 2 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit and 110+ Swallows flying over during 20 minute spell (H Wilkins)

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St Ives, Rosewall Hill: 1m Whinchat and 40 Wheatear in the horse field past summit (T Wilson)

Crowlas: 1 Willow Warbler in sub song, 3 Goldcrest and 2 (m+f) Sparrowhawk. (R Veal)

Trevose: 35+ Blackcap, 100+ Swallow, 20 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin, 80+ Willow Warbler, 50 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Garden Warbler and 1 f Redstart. (R. & L. Wilkins & R. Augarde)

Marazion Beach: 11 Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin and 1 Sanderling. (P Fraser)

Marazion Marsh: 2 Dunlin, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Goldcrest and 1 Blackcap. (P Fraser)

Mount’s Bay. 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Common Scoter. (P Fraser)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 30 Barn Swallow, 3 House Martin and 40 Linnet. (P Fraser)

Praa Sands: 5 Whimbrel on beach. (D Robinson)

Polgigga/Porthgwarra: 2 Ring Ouzel, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 16 Willow Warbler, 13 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Dunlin and 3 Whimbrel. (M Wallace)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Otter carrying fish. (J Andrews)

St Just: 3w American Herring Gull again at Jericho Farm.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 imm Spoonbill again on the Estuary.

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Sunday 17th April 2016

Late news 16/4 Longrock: 3 Great Northern Diver, 12 Sandwich Tern, 18 Whimbrel and 1 1s Med Gull. (P St Pierre)

Bartinney Downs: 1m Snowy Owl from from 09:25 to 21:10 when it flew south. Also 1 Siskin south and 2 Kestrel. (M Ahmad, DS Flumm – photo, MJ & JPR Spicer, P St Pierre, D Beadle, S Ellis, I Webster)

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Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 1w American Herring Gull. Also 15 Swallow and 10 Sand Martin (M Ahmad, P St Pierre)

Little Treleaver: 1 Iberian Chiffchaff. (A McKechnie – photo, B Dodd, R Farnes)

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Boat Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel and 22 Whimbrel. (K Rylands, I Lakin)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Pool: 7 Whimbrel, 5 flew through sum plum Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 15 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1f Wheatear, 1 flyover male Wigeon. Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Canada Goose. Lelant Saltings: 1 Redshank. Pool adjacent to Ryans Field: 1 pr Mallard with 2 ducklings, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. (R Veal)

Land’s End: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 7 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 20+ Swallow, 2 alba Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Curlew (P St Pierre)

Trevilley: 1 Whooper Swan (P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Red Kite over. (D Grose) Also Reed Warbler singing, c30 Swallow and c20 Sand Martin this evening. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 3 Whimbrel, 9 Ringed Plover, 1w Med Gull and 1 White Wagtail on the beach. (DK Parker)

Porthgwarra (Gwennap): 18 Swallow & 1 Wheatear in off sea. 100 Manx Shearwater, 90 Gannet, 10 Kittiwake, flock of c50 Whimbrel, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 2 Harbour Porpoise, 6+ Common dolphin and 1 Bottlenose Dolphin. (P&H Taylor)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit on the car park feeders, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Goldfinch. (R Mudge)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Sandwich Tern and 1 Dunlin. (J St Ledger – photos)

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Trevothan, Coverack: 1 Short-eared Owl. Also Robins nesting in BBQ. (D Beadle)

Zennor: Cuckoo calling at sunset at Trewey Hill. (C Madden)

Carn Bosavern: 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Helston Boating Lake: 1 ad Whooper Swan.

MJS & DKP

Saturday 16th April 2016

Correction to 14/4: The report of a Great Grey Shrike at Geevor was erroneous.

Late news 15/4: Penzance-Wolf Rock & return: 1m Eider, 50 Gannet, 16 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 4 Whimbrel, 160 Manx Shearwater (mainly feeding on Runnelstone reef), 6 Fulmar, 2 Kittiwake. (P&H Taylor)

Late photos 15/4: Snowy Owl at Carn Kenidjack by M Ahmad.

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Jericho Farm / Little Boslow: 1 3s American Herring Gull. (M Ahmad – photos, M Elliott, D Flumm)

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Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull. (M Ahmad- photo) Also 1 juv Iceland Gull.

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Little Treleaver: 1 Iberian Chiffchaff. Also 1 Short-eared Owl, please respect the residents privacy. (S Russ, D Beadle, S Rogers, L Proctor – photo from 15/4)

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Boat Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel plus 9 Whimbrel.

Boswens Common, St Just: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Wheatear and 10 Swallow. (DS Flumm)

St Gothians Sands LNR: 1m Pochard, 1 Water Rail and 1 Coot. (MJ Spicer)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Marsh Tit at the car park feeders, also 3m Reed Bunting, 2 Great Black-backed Gull and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Swallow/House Martin and Sand Martin plus 2 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

Bude: 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 3 Linnet, 5 Swallow, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Wren and 4 Goldfinch (H Wilkins)

Lelant: 1 pr Bullfinch. (R Farnes – photos)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 House Martin, 1 Wheatear, 1 pr Stonechat, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Cettis Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler (both heard only), 4 Teal (3m 1f), 5 Mallard (3m 2f plus 5 ducklings), 10 Grey Heron (3+ on nests). (R Veal) Also c40 Swallow and c20 Sand Martin in the evening. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 40+ Whimbrel flew towards Mousehole. (R Veal) 2 Sandwich Tern offshore. (DK Parker)

Crowlas: 1m Blackcap, 2 (1m 1f) Linnet, 1 Green Woodpecker. ( R Veal)

Pendeen: 8 prob Puffin flew north very distantly. Also 6 Guillemot, 10 Sandwich Tern, 1 Shag, 100 Gannet, 7 Fulmar flew mainly north in 1/2 hr seawatch. (R Veal)

Rame Head:  2 Wheatear, 6 Swallow, 2Shelduck fly over, 1m Sparrowhawk, 2 Rock Pipit, good numbers of Chiffchaff and 2 singing Willow Warbler. (C Buckland – photos)

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St Austell: 2 Sandwich Tern, 5 Black-throated Diver and 5 Bottle nose Dolphin off Black Head. (D Cooper)

Camel Estuary: 140 Oystercatcher, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Sandpiper, 17 Whimbrel, 33 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 12 Curlew, 2 Sandwich Tern and 4 Med Gull. (S Rowe)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 136 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 50 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 100 Sand Martin and 12 House Martin. (S Rowe)

Hayle Estuary: 1 juv Spoonbill.

Morvah: Short-eared Owl on Chun Downs.

MJS & DKP

Wednesday 13th April 2016

Late news 12/4 Sawmills, Fowey Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper (R Hurrell)

Late news 12/4 Hayle Estuary: 2w Ring-billed Gull again.

Little Treleaver: 1 singing Iberian Chiffchaff still. (J Foster)

Boat Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 1w American Herring Gull. (B Dallas) More photos from yesterday here.

Lizard Point: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull past east am, also 12 Common Scoter, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua and 14 Puffin. Also Serin flew north towards the village this evening. (A Blunden)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 pair of Garganey on Lelant Saltings (I Webster), later flew to Carnsew Basin (P Freestone) and then to the outer wall of Carnsew Basin along the river channel. (C Barnard) Also 14 Shelduck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Grey Plover, 13 Oystercatcher, 9 Sandwich Tern and 3 Swallow on the main estuary and 1 juv Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 6 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 7 Teal, 7 Mallard (plus a new brood of 7 ducklings), 2 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 14 Moorhen, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 36 Turnstone and 1 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker)

Chyandour Square, Penzance: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 pr Jay and 1 pr Blackcap. (A James – photos)

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Commerrans, St Just in Roseland: 1m Snow Bunting. (B Sadler)

Camel Trail: 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 13 Mute Swan, 33 Shelduck, 3 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 4 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 2 Avocet, 43 Oystercatcher, 2 Knot, 2 Dunlin, 8 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 102 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 35 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 140 Herring Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 3 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch and 1 Bullfinch. (M Scawen)

Cot Valley: 1 Hoopoe (above Youth Hostel at 09:00 then flew north across valley toward Bosorne at 09:25), 4 Wheatears, a trickle of 12 Sand Martins moving south-east and a Common Tern. (N Wheatley)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Coot ,10 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 10 Mallard. (S Rowe)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1m Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Wren, 4 Moorhen. On the feeders, 4m 1f Reed Bunting, 3 Robin, 5 Great Tit, 2 Green Finch, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Willow and 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 1 Jay, 2m 3f House Sparrow. (R Mudge)

Church Cove: c59 apparently active Rook nests. (M Lord)

MJS & DKP

Tuesday 12th April 2016

Late news 11/4 Pelynt, Looe: 7 Greenfinch (4m, 3f). (D Thorpe)

Little Treleaver: 1 singing Iberian Chiffchaff still 150m past Heath Farm. Also 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin. (J Foster, DK Parker, MJ Spicer, J Chapple – video)


Old Lizard Head:
1 Woodchat early morning, then briefly at Caerthillian at c11:30 (A Blunden, I Maclean)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 1w American Herring Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull. (P Freestone, M Halliday – photos here)

Grumbla: 1 Hoopoe and 2 Nuthatch. (A James – photos) Also 1 Short-eared Owl yesterday. (S Mannering).

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Marazion Beach: 1s Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 14 Sandwich Tern with 1 1s Mediterranean Gull at 13:00. (PA Fraser)

Hogus Rocks: 27 Turnstone. (PA Fraser)

Mount’s Bay: 1 Great Northern Diver ad. sum. and probably the Pacific Diver. (PA Fraser)

Trevalga: 160+ Common Guillemot, 50+ Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 1 Sandwich Tern and 2 Wheatear. (B Bryne)

Downriver from Coosebean nr Truro: 1 Dipper plus 1 Chiffchaff heard. (D Jenkins)

Bude: 3 Turnstone, 2 Mute Swan and 2 Chiffchaff. (H Wilkins)

Rame: 6 Wheatear, numerous Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin. (C Buckland – photos)

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Penlee Battery, Rame: 1 Tawny Owl. (D Allen)

Camel Estuary: Stone Curlew over Old Town Cove this evening. (DI Julian)

Mount Hawke: 1 Redstart.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill still.

MJS & DKP

Friday 8th April 2016

Late News, 7/4, St Keverne: 1 Hoopoe on footpath between St Keverne and Porthallow.

Trenow Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, 1 Pacific Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver. (L Proctor, S Rowe, MJ Spicer)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 1w American Herring Gull, 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull, 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1m Mandarin. (L Proctor – photos, M Ahmad, M Elliott, B Hibbett)

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St Erth, Long Lanes: 6 Jay and c400 mixed Corvids. (R Veal)

Polbathic Marsh: 1 Green Sandpiper. (A Blonden)

Hayle Estuary RSPB reserve, Ryans Field: 1 imm Spoonbill. (R Veal)

Bude: 1 Grey Heron, 4 Linnet, 1 Swallow, 8 Skylark, 3 Cormorant, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Long Tailed Tit and 3 Meadow Pipit (H Wilkins – photos)

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RSPB Wildlife Cruise: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 Eider, 2 Great Northern Diver, 6 Fulmar, 258 Manx Shearwater, 112 Gannet, 3 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 2 Puffin, 11 Razorbill, 9 Guillemot, 10 auk sp, 7 Kittiwake, 5 Great Black-backed Gull and 4 Herring Gull, plus 2 Porpoise.
Wolf Rock to Penzance:
5 Fulmar, 316 Manx Shearwater, 25 Gannet, 2 Shag, 1 Great Skua, 1 Puffin, 4 Razorbill, 64 Guillemot, 7 auk sp, 1 Sandwich Tern, 9 Kittiwake, 7 Great Black-backed Gull and 2 Herring Gull, plus 2 Porpoise. (P Clarke, DK Parker)

The Lizard: 1 Hoopoe on track from green to Kynance access road beyond chapel in gardens of bungalow. (T Thirlaway)

Skewjack: Ad Whooper Swan still. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous again past Tolcarne Beach this morning and presumed same, briefly at Roskilly this afternoon.

St Gothian Sands: 1 Juv Iceland Gull.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Iceland Gull this afternoon, probably same as St Gothian Sands individual.

Grumbla: 1 Hoopoe again in horse paddock.

MJS & DKP