Saturday 5th March 2016

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Late news, 1-2/3, Porthcothan: 1 Long-eared Owl. (P Jones per R Dazley)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 ad w Franklin’s Gull with Black-headed Gulls, plus 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 f Scaup and 1 redhead Smew.

Hannafore Point: 1 m Eider. (R Taylor)

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Truro: 1 f Brambling in my garden. (D Jenkins)

St Clements, Tresemple: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest and 7+ Chiffchaff, plus the pale grey Siberian Chiffchaff. (S Rogers, M Spicer) Also 1 Spotted Redshank and 2 Greenshank on river. (MJ Spicer) St Clement: 1m Siskin on feeders. (MJ Spicer)

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12 Oystercatcher, 11 Turnstone, 1 Raven, 6 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylark and 1 Kingfisher (H Wilkins)

Pendower, Gerrans Bay: 1 m Velvet Scoter, 1 Common Scoter, 8 Black-throated Diver, 9 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red necked Grebe and 2 Slavonian Grebe. (S Rogers)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 juv Spoonbill still. (MJ Spicer, R Veal) Also3 Goosander. Lelant saltings: 1 possible 3w Caspian Gull, 1 Grey Plover, c150 Dunlin. (R Veal)

Lelant: 1 Firecrest.

Hayle tennis club: 1f Bullfinch.  (R Veal)

St Erth: 8 Stock dove and 200+ Chaffinch. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1m Blackcap, 1m Bullfinch, 3 Chiffchaff. (R Veal)

Bartinney Down: 2 Short-eared Owl. (A James)

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Stithians Reservoir: 1 Water Rail. (S Martin)

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 American Herring Gull again at roost. (M Ahmad)

Trevorian Pool:  1 2nd or 3rd W Iceland Gull and 8+ Mediterranean Gull. (P St Pierre)

Skewjack Farm:  1 Whooper Swan. (P St Pierre)

Porthgwarra: 1 Puffin north plus 500 auk sp in 30 mins. (P St Pierre)

Lizard Point seawatch: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Red-throated Diver, 12 Cormorant, 88 Fulmar, 4500 Guillemot, 2800 Razorbill, 408 Gannet, 6 Manx Shearwater, 6 Oystercatcher, 24 Shag, plus Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Kestrel, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit, Woodpigeon, Buzzard, Jackdaw, Raven, Kittiwake, and 1 Marsh Harrier in off the sea. (T Blunden)

St Just: 1 pure-looking Hooded Crow on Cape Cornwall (Secondary) School playing fields at 09:25. (N Wheatley)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again in Perran Sands area this morning and in Boat Cove in the afternoon.

Helston: 1 ad Whooper Swan on the boating lake and 1 Firecrest at sewage works, also 1 Siberian Chiffchaff reported.

St Ives: 1 Black Redstart, male still by the NCI Lookout.

Falmouth, Swanpool: 3 Mediterranean Gull (adult, 2nd and 1st winter). (S Perfect)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe and 2 Goldeneye (pair). (S Perfect)


Thursday 3rd March 2016

Jericho Farm: 1 3w American Herring Gull. (M Ahmad)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel on rocks to east of beach. (D Britten) Also 1 Eurasian Whimbrel reported.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 redhead Goosander, 1 imm Spoonbill and 1 Greenshank on Lelant Salting. (MJ Spicer) Also Spoonbill later on Ryan’s field plus pr mating Wren. (A James) Also 1 Kingfisher reported.

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St Erth: 1 Sparrowhawk, 44 Stock Dove and 4 Skylark. (MJ Spicer) Also 1 f Blackcap reported in private garden.

Seaton: 3 Red-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver. (R Smaldon)

Crowlas: 1m Sparrowhawk and c250 Redwing to roost (R Veal)

Bodmin Moor, Temple roadworks: c300 Starling with c200 Redwing plus 2 Raven over and 2 (m+f) Kestrel (R Veal)

Pendower Beach: 2m Velvet Scoter, 1m Common Scoter, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 14 Black-throated diver, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Slavonian Grebe. (R Wilkins)

Siblyback Lake: 1 redhead Smew. (D Julian)

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at China Fleet Club.

Cot Valley: 1 Firecrest.

Tehidy Woods: 1 Green Woodpecker. (P Dinning)

Green Woodpecker Video, Paul Dinning
Tresemple Pool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

St Ives: 1 m Black Redstart still by the NCI Lookout.

Penzance: 1 Black Redstart still by the railway station.

Falmouth, Florence Place: 1 Black Redstart. Swanpool: 15 Fulmar on cliffs and 7 Turnstone. Falmouth Bay: 8 Great Northern Diver distantly. Pennance Point: 2 probable Common Scoter W, 40+ Common Dolphin East, 4 Bottlenose Dolphin distantly, 1 Guillemot on sea, 29 Shag, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Linnet singing and 1 Skylark singing. (D Chaney)

Maenporth: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Stonechat, 1 f Black Redstart, 1 Peregrine qnd 1 Fulmar on cliffs. (D Chaney)

Bream Cove: 2 Great Northern Diver. (D Chaney)

Rosemullion Head: 15 Turnstone, 4 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Stonechat (mf). (D Chaney)

Prisk Cove: 15 Turnstone (presumed same birds as earlier), 3 Ringed Plover and 4 Curlew. (D Chaney)

The Helford River: 2 Firecrest near Shag Rock, 5 Great Northern Diver near the mouth and 1 Red-necked Grebe near Durgan. (D Chaney)




Saturday 27th February 2016

Late news, 26/2, St Ives: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (M Rouncefield)

Cape Cornwall: 1 White-billed Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Great Skua. (N Wheatley, D Parker, M Spicer, I Webster, T Mills)

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Mousehole, Clement’s Isle: 1 1w American Herring Gull and 1 juv Kumlien’s Gull.

St Ives: 2 Siskin in private garden. (M Rouncefield)

Launceston, Egloskerry: 1 kite sp flying above the quarry. (C Harvey)

Feock: 3 pairs of Blackcap in garden on feeders and apples. (K Dalziel)

Truro: 1 m Siskin feeding on nyjer seed in my garden this morning. (D Jenkins)

Porthgwarra: c500 Gannet fishing offshore, 120 Golden Plover on moor, 3 Stonechat. (P&H Taylor)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Shelduck, c60 Teal, 2m Pochard, 2 Coot and 2 Oystercatcher (MJ Spicer)

St Blazey: 1 f Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robins 2 Blackbird, 3 Long-tailed Tit. (B. Smith)

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Cardinham Woods: 2 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, c30 Long-tailed Tit (3 flocks) and 1 Kingfisher. (R Veal)

Men-an-Tol: c350 Golden Plover, 3 Stonechat, 2 Dartford Warbler. (P&H Taylor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Marsh Harrier. (R Farnes) Also 2 singing Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Little Egret, 5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, Snipe, Teal and Heron. (T Mills)

Bartinney Down: 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Barn Owl. (A James)

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Towan Head: 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black Redstart and 7 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again in the harbour.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill and 1 f Goosander.

Colliford Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Britton)

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest at start of China Fleet Club nature trail.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.


Saturday 20th February 2016

Late news, 11/2, Port Gaverne: 35 Razorbill. (G Dawes)

Helston, Loe Pool: 3 Goosander, 35 Pochard, 20 Shoveler, 22 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 308 Black-headed Gull, 78 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 61 Greater Black-backed Gull, 72 Herring Gull, 20 Great Crested Grebe. (G Adams) Helston Boating Lake: 1 Whooper Swan. (G Adams, A Pay)

Higher Pentire: 3 Goldcrest, 53+ Redwing. (G Adams)

Treraven Meadow:  2 Green Sandpiper. ( D Eva )

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spoonbill, 10 Red-legged Partridge, 16 Gadwall, 6 Pintail and 2 Shoveler. ( D Eva )

Perranuthnoe, Trenow Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, 1 Eurasian Whimbrel on rocks at the east side viewed form coast path. With 50 Curlew, 50 Oystercatcher, 1 immature Mediterranean Gull past and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal, S Rowe) Also 3 Redshank, 30 Turnstone, 7 Little Egret, 5 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 juv Glaucous Gull (east side of mount). (S Rowe)

Tresillian: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest and 10+ Chiffchaff in willows bordering the stream 200m S of Tresemple Pool. (M Jones, R Augarde)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (S Rogers)

Ding Dong Moors: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier and 1 poss Yellowhammer. (J Evans)

Madron: 1 Firecrest. (J Evans)

Hannafore and Looe Island: 2 juv Glaucous Gull and 1 Slavonian Grebe. (M Beer)

Padstow: 1 Greenshank on River Camel outside town. (G Dawes)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill and c10 Linnet. (R&J Teague) Estuary: 1 1w Common Gull. (R Veal) Also 1 juv Iceland Gull, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 730 Lesser-black Backed Gull and 6 Goosander. (S Rowe) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit at east end.

Penzance: 1 Blackcap in garden. (R Farnes) Harbour: 1 Great Crested Grebe in Wet Dock and 1 m Eider on south side of Jubilee Pool at high tide. (T Mills) Eastern Green: 10 Curlew in field opposite KFC. (DK Parker)

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Truro: 1 f Brambling in garden again. (D Jenkins)

Longrock: 43 Curlew in field behind Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir, (members only): 1 Greylag, 129 Canada Geese, 3 hybrid geese, 1 Muscovy Duck, 10 Teal, 20 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen, 101 Black-headed Gull, 1 1w Med Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 181 Herring Gull and 5 Great Black-backed Gull. (DK Parker)

Mousehole: 1 juv American Herring Gull, 2 Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle late afternoon. (S Rowe, M Ahmad, M Elliott)

Gannel Estuary: 205 Great-black Backed Gull, 52 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 500 Herring Gull. (S Rowe)

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull.

St Just: 1 juv Iceland Gull at Jericho Farm.

St Ives: 5 Great Northern Diver from Smeaton’s Pier.

Portscatho: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on Porthcurnick Beach.

Lizard village: 1 Rose-coloured Starling still.

Argal Reservoir: 4 Great Crested Grebe (including displaying pair), 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and 1 Mistle Thrush. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 1 Goldeneye (f), 5 Tufted Duck, c10 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 100 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Firecrest and 1 Nuthatch. (D Chaney)

Stithian’s Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe still, 2 Goldeneye and 2 Reed Bunting. (D Chaney)


Friday 19th February 2016

Late news, 18/2, Devoran: 1 Little Owl seen in flight at night. (P Gwynne)

Paul: 20+ Redwing and 9+ Pied Wagtail in field west of Mousehole Lane. (J Atherton)

Helston: 1 Whooper Swan near edge of pond at Gwealmayowe Park. (J.Evans)

Truro: 1 f Brambling in garden again. (D Jenkins)

Bude: 12 Turnstone, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Dunnock, 14 Oystercatcher, 3 Mute Swan and c30 Canada Goose (H Wilkins)

St Ives: c100 Pied Wagtail to roost. (R Veal) Also 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver and Porpoise from Smeaton’s Pier.

Pendeen: 2 Raven. (A Hartley)

Towan Head: 9 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 2 juv Glaucous Gull at the harbour. (M Ahmad – photo) Also 2 Black Redstart, one at Tolcarne and another in Sandy Cove.

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Torpoint, St John’s Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Newtown-in-St Martin, Tregidden: 1 Firecrest again.

Falmouth: 1 juv Glaucous Gull still.

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 prob 1w American Herring Gull at roost again.

Skewjack: 1 Whooper Swan on west side of farm. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 imm Spoonbill again.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup still.


Tuesday 16th February 2016

Late news, 11/2, Looe Island: First active Cormorant nest for 2016 recorded. (D Spooner)

Late news, 15/2, Looe Island: 1 House Martin. (C. Lewis)

Late news, 15/2, Minions: c250 Golden Plover and 2 Raven. (D Spooner)

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Late news 15/2, Towan Head: 25 Turnstone and 7 Purple Sandpiper. (M Lammas)

East Looe seafront: 2 Black Redstart. (D Spooner)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Water Pipit, (M & T Hasdell)

Davidstow/Crowdy area: 1 Raven over, c200 Golden Plover and c.170 Lapwing. Also 30+ Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Cormorant on the reservoir. (B Bryne, H Kendall)

Argal Reservoir : 3 Great-crested Grebe, 11 Tufted Duck and 1 Firecrest. ( D Eva )

College Reservoir: 2 Great-crested Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck and 20 Coot. ( D Eva)

Stithian’s Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe and 4 Goldeneye. ( D Eva)

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 1w American Herring Gull at the roost again. (M Ahmad)

Towan Head: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black Redstart. (M Lammas)

Bude: 12 Turnstone, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Mute Swan, 130+ Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Teal, 40+ Lapwing, 1 Song Thrush and 2 Wren (H Wilkins)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 1 Red Kite at 9.00 drifted north. (P Fraser)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Little Grebe and 10 Grey Plover. Harbour: 1 redhead Goosander and 1 juv Shag. Ryans Field; 1 Spoonbill, 75 Lapwing and 3 Long-tailed Tit. Lelant Saltings: 2 juv Shag, 1 sum plum ad Mediterranean Gull. High tide roost by old quay inn: 1 Water Pipit with 20 Rock Pipit, 10 Grey Plover (same birds as Carnsew), only 3 Teal, 75 Dunlin, 100 Redshank, 3 Goosander (1m 2f). (R Veal)

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Marazion Marsh: 1 juv Marsh Harrier and 118 Teal. (MJ Spicer) Also 2 Little Egret, 1 Common Buzzard and 2 Grey Heron (A Hartley)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ring-tail Hen Harrier, 48 Golden Plover and c200 Redwing. (MJ Spicer)

Perranuthnoe, Trenow Cove: 11am -12.00: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, 1 Eurasian Whimbrel, 17 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 1 Kestrel, 1 Fulmar and 5 Black-throated Diver offshore, also mixed flocks of c200 Linnet and Chaffinch. (M Greenhalgh, T Mills) Then between 1pm and 2pm – 10+ Turnstone, 2 Oystercatchers, 1 Redshank, 4 Curlew.  (A Hartley)

Pendeen: 2 Raven, 2 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel (A Hartley)

Lizard Village: 1 Rose-coloured Starling (R&J Teague)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Glaucous Gull and 1 Manx Shearwater amongst many gulls and a few Gannets followed fishing boat to harbour (R&J Teague) Sandy Cove: 1 Firecrest (R&J Teague)

Veryan Bay (Dodman to Portloe): 42 Black-throated Diver and 9 Great Northern Diver. (S Rowe)

Germans Bay: 1 Chough. (S Rowe)

Polgigga: 1 juv Iceland Gull following plough at Arden Sawah.

Marazion: 1 very early Willow Warbler at Plain an Gwarry.

St Ives: 1 Black-throated Diver and 5 Great Northern Diver from NCI Lookout.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spoonbill again.

Helston, Trenethick Parc: 1 Black Redstart (G Adams)


Wednesday 10th February 2016

Late news, 9/2, Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 1 f Long-tailed Duck and 2 Great Northern Diver. (A Pearson)

Stithians Reservoir, Stuart Hutchings hide: 1f Pintail, 4 Goldeneye (2m, 2f) and 1 Slavonian Grebe. (G Adams)

Truro: 1 m Siskin and 1 f Brambling  in garden. (D Jenkins)

Ponsanooth Treatment works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 10 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrest around the settling ponds. (T Wilson)

Mylor Churchtown: 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-necked Grebe, 7 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Little Grebe and 1 Chiffchaff. (T Wilson)

Bude: 12 Turnstone, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Teal, 39 Lapwing, 1 Cormorant, 2 Goldfinch and 2 Stonechat. (H Wilkins)

Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Tregunna: 3 Little Grebe, 8 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 43 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 36 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 3 Goosander, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 40 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 60 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 175 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Curlew, 170 Black-headed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Magpie, 40 Jackdaw, 30 Rook, 75 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 55 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch and 2 Bullfinch. (M Scawen)

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 1w  American Herring Gull. (C Moore, M Ahmad)

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Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 imm Glaucous Gull following the fishing boat “Sheila,” left the boat and flew into the harbour, also 5 Great Northern Diver. Harbour: the above mentioned Glaucous Gull plus 1 imm. Iceland Gull and 1 Great Northern Diver. (R Butts) Newlyn River mouth: 2 imm Glaucous Gull (one had flown our of harbour) and 1 m Black Redstart. (T Mills)

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Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again south of Trannack Farm.

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver from the NCI Lookout today

Long Rock: 1 Glossy Ibis again.

Marazion, Plain an Gwarry: 6 Brambling, 15 Siskin and 3 Bullfinch in private garden. Red River mouth: 1 juv Glaucous Gull.

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup.

Hannafore Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe off Looe Island.

Bartinney Down: 2 Fox, juvenile dog fox being harassed by a pair of crows and the resident dog fox has picked up his scent. (A James)

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