Monday 8th February 2016

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 29 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 50+ Herring Gull, 144 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 115 Great Black-backed Gull, 82 Black-headed Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 22 Carrion Crow, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20+ Curlew, 3 Golden Plover, 21 Oystercatcher, 3 Cormorant, 1 male Wigeon and 2 Rock Pipit. (P Freestone) also 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull.

Carbis Bay:  1 Great Skua, 400+ Kittiwake, Shags and Gannets. (B Toms, B Dodd)

Durgan: 3 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

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Cape Cornwall: 09:20-11:20 hours; 5 Great Skua south. Also 10+ Purple Sandpiper on Cape. (N Wheatley)

Pendeen: 3 Great Skua past.

Marazion: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (I Webster) Also 1 ad & 1 1w. Little Gull and 100+ Common Gull. (C.Barnard).

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Glossy Ibis having a change of scenery. (I Webster)

Bude: 1 Cormorant, 12 Turnstone, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Mute Swan and 11 Teal. (H Wilkins)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Bury)


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Newquay, Fistral Beach: 2 Great Black-backed Gull. ( D Hastilow )

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Newlyn harbour: 1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Great Northern Diver, also 1 f Black Redstart. (T Mills)

Newlyn: 1 juv American Herring Gull off Roskilly. (M Ahmad)

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull still at Trannack Farm.

Madron: 1w Yellow-legged Gull in fields north of village.

Wadebridge, Guineaport: 1 ad Kittiwake. (W Delacour)


Saturday 30th January 2016

Crowlas: 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1f Sparrowhawk and 2 (m+f) Bullfinch in garden. (R Veal)

Maer Lake: 1 Glaucous Gull, 1 Little Gull  and 1 Mediterranean Gull. (A Roberts)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 m Brambling and 3 (1m + 2f) Siskin in garden. (C Hughes)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Basin: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 20 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 4 Grey Plover, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Little Egret, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 15 House Sparrow, 8 Blackbird and 6 Curlew. (P+H Taylor) Estuary: c500 Lapwing and 1 Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher.

Coverack: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (A Pay)

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Durgan (from Porth Saxon): 3 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Fulmar. (M Silk)

Maenporth: 5 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-necked Grebe. (M Silk)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern, 6 Grey Heron and 2 Stonechat. (A James) Also 2 hybrid goose, 1m Sparrowhawk and 5 Little Grebe. Longrock Pool: 1 2w Common Gull. (R Veal)

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Perranuthnoe, Trenow + Boat Coves: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel 1 Pacific Diver, 6 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver and 33 Curlew. (B Dodd) Also1 Eurasian Whimbrel, 5 Rock Pipit, 7+ Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Shag past offshore. (R Veal)

Bude Marsh: 2 Grey Heron, 2 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cormorant, c30 Oystercatcher, c100 Canada Goose, 2 Wren, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (H Wilkins)

Pendeen: 3 Pomarine Skua and 1 Manx Shearwater.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup.

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

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Marazion: 2 Black Redstart behind Post Office.1 juv. & 1 ad. Glaucous Gull offshore early morning, then 1 juv. Glaucous Gull on beach at 14.00 with 1 ad. on Great Hogus. (C Barnard, PA Fraser)

St Ives: 1 m Black Redstart at NCI Watchpoint. Plus 4 Purple Sandpiper. (C Barnard)

St John’s Lake: 1 Ring-billed Gull on beach with Herring Gulls.

Lizard Point (early pm): 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 ad. Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Chough. (I Maclean)

Cadgwith: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull and 1 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Towan Head: 1 Red-throated Diver flew west, small numbers of Gannets, Razorbills and Guillemots. (S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck, 11 Teal, 24 Mallard, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 134 Black-headed Gull, 16 Common Gull,1 Grey Heron, 9 Coot and 2 Moorhen. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit and 24 Rock Pipit. (S Rowe)

Carrick Roads from St Just-in-Roseland: 3 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Scoter. (M Eaton)

St Just, Jericho Farm: 1 3w American Herring Gull again.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe from the Carmenellis Causeway again.


Thursday 28th January 2016

Late news, 26/1, Buzzeral Valley: 1 Firecrest and 1 Chiffchaff. (T Polglase)

Late news 27/1, Gwinear: 30/40 Stock Dove.400m south of church. (T Polglase)

Seaton, Keveral beach: 4 Red-throated Diver. (D Spooner)

Coverack: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, c450 Herring Gull, 22 Great-black Backed Gull (including ringed bird L:BN5 from Looe), 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 adult Mediterranean Gull. (A Pay)

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Stithians Reservoir, Southern Cut-Off: 1 Water Rail,  1 Greenfinch,  1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,   many blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, goldfinches,  1 Robin, 1 Wren, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Reed Bunting. (S Maycock) Carnmenellis Causeway: 1 Slavonian Grebe.

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Gwinear, Realwa: 1 Brambling on garden feeder. (T Polglase)

Marazion: 1 juv Glaucous Gull at 8.40 and again at Station House at 16.20. 1 ad. Glaucous Gull on Great Hogus at 11.15  and at Station House at 16.30 having been at Penzance Eastern Green earlier. (C.Barnard) Trenow Cove:Hudsonian Whimbrel again.

Mount’s Bay from Eastern Green: 2 (ad, imm) Glaucous Gull and 1m Eider between Longrock and Chyandour. (MJ Spicer, M Ahmad)

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Penzance, Battery Rocks: 58 Sanderling, 18 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 3 Purple Sandpiper, 17 Turnstone plus 5 Great Northern Diver offshore. (MJ Spicer)

Downderry: 1 Black Redstart. (J Cole)

Hanafore Point: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1  Eider, and 4 Great Northern Diver. (J Cole)

Dozmary Pool: 2m 2f Goldeneye, 1 Lesser Scaup, Tufted, Pochard, and 1 Golden Plover with Lapwings. (J Cole, R Butts)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 f Smew, 1 f Goldeneye and 20 Redwing. (J Cole, R Butts)

Carrick Roads: 1 House Martin, 6+ Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 13 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Curlew and 2 Oystercatcher from Penarrow Point. (DK Parker)

Lizard village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling with c40 Common Starling, also 1 Painted Lady butterfly. (K Dalziel + J Hawkey) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in garden opp Cross Common Nursery. (M Eaton)

Sennen Cove: 1 Little Egret east of the lifeboat station.

Sennen: 1 imm Iceland Gull over. (M Wallace)

Polgigga: 1 Whooper Swan north of Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Sancreed: 1w Ring-billed Gull again at Trannack Farm. (M Eaton)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Estuary: 1 imm Spoonbill again. Carnsew Basin: 1 Red-necked Grebe and 1 Great Northern Diver.

St Just, Jericho Farm: 1 3w American Herring Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull. (M Ahmad)

Penzance: 2 Black Redstart on rocks near Railway Station.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 3 Firecrest.

Mousehole: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on St Clement’s Isle this evening.

Walmsley Sanctuary:  1 Spoonbill, 4 Little Egret. (R Butts)

Treraven Meadow: 2 Green Sandpiper, c250 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Peregrine over. (R Butts)

Trewavas Head: 2 Adder. (A James)

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Friday 15th January 2016

Jericho Farm photos 14/1: American Herring Gull and Iceland Gull (M Ahmad)

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Jericho Farm: 1 juv Iceland Gull and 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull. (M Ahmad, C Moore, MJ Spicer, R Butts)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1m Green-winged Teal. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Pendeen: 1 3w American Herring Gull and 1 1w Glaucous Gull at Lower Boslow Farm. (M Beevers) Also 1 juv Iceland Gull. (R Butts)

Helston Loe Pool: c15 Shoveler, c20 Pochard, 8 Goosander (3 males) and 15 Great Crested Grebe. (R Menari – photo)


Camel Estuary: 4 Whooper Swan and 1 Bewick’s Swan from Burniere Hide. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Penzance: 6 Purple Sandpiper, 21 Ringed Plover, 51 Turnstone and 3 Dunlin at Jubilee Pool. (M Beevers)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Little Gull, 1 Water Pipit, 20+ Ringed Plover and 1 Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings. 4 Snipe, 18 Redshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, 20+ Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 22 Black-headed Gull, 6 Shelduck, 2 Rock Pipit and 2 Stonechat. (M Halliday, P Freestone – photos)

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Malpas: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 1 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew and 10 Shelduck. (B Smith – photos)

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Bude: 1 Grey Heron, 3 Stonechat, 1 Lapwing, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Robin and c30 Goldfinch. (H Wilkins – photo)


Helford Passage: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 6 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

Falmouth, Trescobeas area: 2 Blackcap on feeder. (J St Ledger – photo)

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Marazion: 1 Glaucous Gull on beach. Also Black Redstart at Little London.

Penzance: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on Eastern Green.

Mousehole: 1 juv Glaucous Gull on st Clement’s Isle in roost.

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Spotted Redshank.

St Ives: Male Black Redstart by NCI lookout.

Colliford Lake: 1+ Great Northern Divers.


Thursday 14th January 2016

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

Sancreed: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (M Ahmad)

Penzance: 2 juv Glaucous Gull at Eastern Green. (P St Pierre, MJ Spicer)

Pendeen: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (M Ahmad)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup and 2 Goldeneye. (T Wilson)

Siblyback Lake: 1 red-head Smew and 1 Goldeneye. (T Wilson)

Colliford Lake: 1 Peregrine caught Lapwing in flight over water (T Wilson)

Truro: 1f Black Redstart in city centre. (A Horn-Norris)

Lanreath: 10 Skylark. (P Hambly)

Coverack: 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Black Redstart (juv/fem) and 1Firecrest in garden. (K Dalziel, J Hawkey – photos)

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Guineaport, Wadebridge: 2 Bar-headed Goose. (C Davies – photo)

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Falmouth, Carrick Roads: 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Black-necked Grebe. (M Beevers)

Durgan: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Great Northern Diver and 2 Med Gull. (M Beevers)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe. (M Beevers)

Loe Pool, Helston: 40 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Jay, 10 Great Tit, 13 Robin, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Sparrowhawk, 10 Blue Tit, 5 Bullfinch, 18 Blackbird, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Goldfinch, 6 Redwing, 2 Firecrest, 11 Song Thrush, 1 Moorhen. 18 Pochard, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 40 Lapwing, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Buzzard, 2 GSW, 2 Magpie, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Wren. (P & H Taylor)

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Bude: 1 Grey Wagtail, 10 Canada Geese, 2 Kingfisher, 1m & 1f Stonechat, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Grey Heron and 1 Merlin. (H Wilkins)

Bartinney Downs: c500 Golden Plover. (A James)

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Hannafore Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Whimbrel.

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill on Lelant Water plus Red-necked Grebe and Great Northern Diver on Carnsew Pool.

Mousehole: 1 Black Redstart.


Tuesday 29th December 2015

Late news 28/12 Marazion Marsh: 1 Bittern. (G Pearce)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup, 21 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, c20 Teal and 3 Reed Bunting.  (MJ & JPR Spicer, M Bailey)

Newlyn: 1 ad Pacific Diver. Also 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 7 Great Northern Diver in harbour plus 7+ in bay. (S Rowe) Also possible 1w American Herring Gull reported and a Black Redstart.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 6 Goosander (3m & 3f), 1 juv Spoonbill, 3 Shag, 40 Dunlin, 200 Golden Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 25 Ringed Plover, 3 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 50 Curlew, 200 Lapwing, 60 Redshank, 10 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Rock Pipit and 42 Med Gull and 1 2w Ring-billed Gull on Lelant Saltings. 1m Sparrowhawk, 7 Linnet, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Kestrel at Ryan’s Field. 1 red-head Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Spoonbill, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver,  1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Grey Plover and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit on Carnsew Basin. (T McGowan, R Veal, S Rowe)

Foage Valley: 20 Redwing. (P&H Taylor)

East Looe: 1 Great Northern Diver in the harbour, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 Black Redstart. (D Spooner – photo)


Windmill Farm: 1m Marsh Harrier, 300 Golden Plover and 30 Redwing. (D Wright)

St Erth Fishing Ponds / Churchyard: 1m Firecrest, 1f Goldcrest, 1 Kingfisher, 1f Bullfinch, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard and c200 Lapwing over. (B Dodd)

Sennen Cove: 2 Great Northern Diver. (RM Ward)

Bodmin Moor: 1m Hen Harrier. (A Blonden)

Carrick Roads: 1 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger – photo)

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Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Barn Owl, 85 Shelduck, c300 Dunlin, c60 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 3 Pintail, 6 Gadwall, c100 Wigeon, c150 Curlew, 80 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 15 Shoveler, 90 Lapwing and 1 Otter. (A Langdon – photos)

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Newquay Bay: 6 Bottlenose Dolphin. (M Taylor)

Drift Reservoir: 231 Canada Geese, 24 Greylag and 10 hybrid geese from the car park. (DK Parker)

Mousehole: 3w American Herring Gull again roosting on St Clement’s Isle.

Camel Estuary: Juv Bewick’s Swan still at Dinham Flats.


Monday 28th December 2015

Late news 27/12 Truro: 100+ Pied Wagtail roosting in trees at Treliske Hospital. (D Thomas)

Late news 27/12 Penzance: 70+ Curlew over Eastern Green. (D Thomas)

Late news 27/12 Loggans Fields: 300+ Lapwing. (D Thomas)

Newlyn: 1 Storm Petrel, 1 Black-throated Diver and 4 Great Northern Diver off Sandy Cove plus 5 Great Northern Diver in harbour. (I Webster) Also 1 ad Pacific Diver again midday.

Dozmary Pool: 1m Leser Scaup.

Penzance: 1 3w American Herring Gull off Jubilee Pool.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1m Goldeneye, 19 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 5 Common Gull, 2 Reed Bunting and 150+ Lapwing over. (J St Ledger)

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Falmouth: 1 Blackcap in private garden. (J St Ledger)

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Windmill Farm: 1f Hen Harrier, 1 Jack Snipe and 300 Golden Plover. (D Eva)

Bass Point: 5 Bonxie, 1 Manx Shearwater, c700 Auks (c 50:50 Guillemot / Razorbill), c250 Gannet and c400 Kittiwake past 12:15 – 13:45. (I Maclean)

Greeb Point, Roseland: 8 Grey Plover. Also regular passage of Kittiwakes, Gannets and Auks, mainly Razorbill. (D Hall)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Ryan’s Field. (N Hallam – photo) 1 Spoonbill off causeway. 1 Great Northern Diver by Asda.


St Ives: 2 Firecrest in garden in Talland Road. (N Hallam – photo) 1 Black Redstart by NCI lookout.


The Rumps: 1 Great Northern Diver on sea plus numerous Gannet, Razorbill and Guillemot, 2 Fulmar, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 pr of Stonechat, several Rock Pipit and1 Robin. (E Imber)