Thursday 12th January 2017

Late photo, 11/1, Mousehole: 1 Rock Pipit. (D Hastilow)

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Late news, 11/1, Portscatho: 2 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe and 2 Black-throated Diver.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Water Rail,  2 (pair) Great Spotted Woodpecker,  70+ Lapwing,  40+Snipe. (A James)

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Kingsmill Lake: 1 m American Wigeon at high tide roost.

Falmouth: 1 m Black Redstart in front gardens next to Argos this afternoon (D Chaney)

Gannel Estuary: 43 Oystercatcher (S Rowe).

College Reservoir: 1 Scaup still. (DK Parker)

Swanpool: 2 probably 3 Yellow-browed Warbler at Swanvale plus at least 10 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker, M Southam)

Mousehole: 1 m Eastern Black Redstart still below Rockpool cafe.

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Lesser Scaup.

Penzance: 1 Pacific Diver offshore again.

Restronguet Creek: 3 Cattle Egret with 4 Little Egret. (S Votier)


Tuesday 27th December 2016

Late news, 26/12, Treen, Porthcurno; 2 Balearic Shearwater circling off Pednvounder. (R Phillips)

Penzance: Black Redstart in private garden, flew to and perched in a Beech tree. Battery Rocks:  26 Purple Sandpiper at the high-tide roost. (R Phillips) 30 Purple Sandpiper on the sea wall at Jubilee Pool. (A Bond)

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still present 8am onwards. (A Bond)

Drift Reservoir: 3 Cattle Egret1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Scaup. (A Bond)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

Towan Head: 1 Merlin, 2 Great Northern Diver, 19 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Grey Plover. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 18 Cattle Egret roosted in Penpol Creek this evening (S Rowe)

Respryn: 2+ Dipper along the river this am. (P Spavins)


Dipper – Philip Spavins

Lower Boscaswell, Pendeen: 2 Chough with metal rings feeding at a bird table in a garden at midday. (M Love)

Marazion, Beach: 1 ad Iceland Gull offshore from car park opposite Longrock Pool. Also 1 Black-tailed Godwit on the marsh. (M Ahmad, R Veal) Longrock: 1w Caspian Gull, 2w Yellow-legged Gull and 1w Ring-billed Gull at Longrock Pool this afternoon. (D Nicholson)

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Caspian Gull, Yellow-legged Gull – Dean Nicholson

Porthpean: 3 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver offshore,  5 Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew East. (D Julian)

Kingsmill Lake: American Wigeon

Hayle Estuary: 1st w Green-winged Teal, 1 Spoonbill today. (A Bond)


Monday 26th December 2016

Late news, 24/12, Padstow: 11 Turnstone, 26 Grey Plover, 18 Knot, 7920 Black-headed Gull, 16 Med Gulls ( 2, 2, 12), 264 Common Gull, 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Kingfisher. (B Bosisto)

Bude Marsh: 3 Cattle Egret on the Rugby pitch and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still. (A Roberts H Kendall)

Porth Island: 1 unringed Chough. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Cattle Egret in field opposite hide with cattle at 12:30. (R Farnes – photo) Also Scaup and Black-necked Grebe still.

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Gerrans Bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 23 Common Scoter, 5 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 11 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, ( D. Eva )

Portholland: 14 Black-throated Diver, 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe ( D. Eva )

Cubert Common: 2 Cattle Egret in flight. (S Grose)

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still present plus male Black Redstart. (L Proctor P Smale – photos)

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Eastern Black Redstart, Perry Smale

Newlyn: Male black Redstart on South Pier. (L Proctor)

Bude: 9 Oystercatcher, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Cormorant and 7 Turnstone (H Wilkins)

Rinsey Head: 2 Peregrine. (A James – photos)

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Gannel Estuary: 11 Cattle Egret and 10 Little Egret this evening. (SG Rowe)

Colliford Reservoir: 2 Great Northern Diver and 2 brown-head Goosanders on west side.  (B Craven)

Porthcurnick: 2 Great Northern Diver. (J Jackson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 16 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 8 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 7 Little Grebe, 3 Water Rail, 15 Moorhen, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Bittern, 1 Great White Egret (in field by Cheshire Homes), c10 Snipe, 1w Ring-billed Gull (Longrock pool morning and at dusk) 1 Kittiwake, 2 Stonechat, 6+ Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker, M Appleton, P Smale – photo)

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Marazion: 36 Turnstone on the beach and gull numbers much reduced offshore at c5,000. (DK Parker)

Mounts Bay: 2 Velvet Scoter, 45 Common Scoter (25 & 20) and 2 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool. (M Appleton)

Rame: Firecrest  at Penlee Point at 14:50. (D Allan)

Lands End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler heard in bushes behind Swingates House. 1 Snipe. (P Taylor & H Mitchell)

Polgigga: c300 Rook in fields adjacent to Faraway Cottage. (P Taylor & H Mitchell)

Newquay: Leucistic Starling present in Fore Street during December. ( per SG Rowe)

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Carrick Roads: 15 Black-necked Grebe in two groups of 12 and 3 from Restronguet Weir . (J St Ledger)

Helford River: 3 Great Northern Diver, 4 Mediterranean Gull off Durgan. (J St Ledger)

Par: Siberian Chiffchaff at St andrews Pool. (G Barter per D Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Drake Green-winged Teal still.

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still.

Tamar Estuary: Drake American Wigeon again on Kingsmill Lake.

Swanpool: 1 Black Redstart.


Sunday 25th December 2016

Merry Christmas from all at CBWPS

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still near South Quay car park, 1 Black Redstart. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 1w Ring-billed Gull again on the beach. (M Ahmad)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w dr Green-winged Teal.

St Ives: 4 Great Northern Diver (3 in the bay and a further bird in the harbour). Pods of Porpoise and Bottle-nosed Dolphin in the bay. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Saltash: American Wigeon at Kingsmill Lake at high tide at 15:00. (Cornwall Birding)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Common Gull, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Coot, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Crowan Reservoirs: 2 (1 dr) Goosander, 2 Coot. 80 Golden Plover over the Beacon. (C Benton)


Saturday 17th December 2016

Pair of  binoculars found in the Stuart Hutchings Hide, Stithians Reservoir, please contact Alastair Jeffery 01209-210215.

Truro, Treliske Hospital: c400 Pied Wagtail again roosted in trees at the Trelawny Wing. (T Mills)

Sancreed: 2 Cattle Egret in view from bus stop, in field with 4 cattle at Sellan Farm, north of Drift reservoir from 12:30-13:00hrs at least. 6 egret sp, including at 3 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret at 15:30 until 16:15 when flew in direction of Tregonahye fm/Drift Res. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 2 drk Ring-necked Duck though mobile and flighty, seen from the dam and NE arm. Also 1 Black-necked Grebe from hide, 85 Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 1f Goldeneye (NE arm), 2 Coot, 2 (drk + leucistic f) Mandarin, 4+ Chiffchaff, 1 Peregrine, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 26 Wigeon, 25 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Wagtail and 1 Pochard. Also 1 Great White Egret and 2 Cattle Egret at 15:40, so different to Sancreed birds. (R Veal, P St Pierre, R Farnes – photos)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill still. (R Veal)

Carrick Roads: 24 Red breasted Merganser, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Velvet Scoter, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Great crested Grebe (D. Eva)

College Reservoir: 2 Scaup (1 female, 1 imm. male), 73 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Gadwall, 12 Teal, 45 Coot, 18 Wigeon (D. Eva)

Newquay, fly cellars: 1 Great Northern Diver. (S Grose) Pentire head: 3 Chough, 1 colour ringed, Wigeon flock off Crantock beach.1 30 pm (M Lammas)

Loe Pool: 15 Shoveler, 5 Goosander (1m 4f), 27 Pochard, 3 Water Rail, 14 Grey Heron, 33 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 13 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (G Adams) Also 29 Pochard, with 1 Black-throated Diver on the sea (J St Ledger – photos)

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Bartinney Downs; 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kestrel, 2 Dartford Warbler, 4 Snipe, 120+ Lapwing. (J St Ledger – photo & A James)


Watergate Bay: Two Chough at N end for a couple of weeks at least. (R Hooten)

Gannel Estuary: 1m American Wigeon (early morning only), 98 Wigeon, 1f Pintail, 3 Mallard, 2 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 11 Cattle Egret (flew in to roost at 16.10), 12 Little Egret, 720 Black-headed Gull, 6 Med Gull, 1 Firecrest, 113 Curlew and 1 Kingfisher. (SG Rowe, T Wilson)
Probable American Wigeon with c60 Wigeon on the sea from the car park of The Bowgie Inn, but viewing conditions poor. (N Davis)

Porth Joke: 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 14 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch. (SG Rowe)

Pentire Point West: c.400 Linnet, c. 200 Skylark, 30 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting. (SG Rowe)

Stithians Reservoir:  Pair of Goldeneye from the Stuart Hutchens Hide. (A Jeffery)

Padstow, Hawkers Cove: 37 Common Gull and 7 Mediterranean Gull on shoreline with incoming tide. (S Grose)

Newlyn (Sandy Cove): 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter. (P Taylor)

Penzance: 32 Common Scoter,1 Razorbill offshore 1 Little Egret, 50 Ringed Plover, 50 Sanderling, 12 Purple Sandpiper, 20 Dunlin, 21 Turnstone, 1 f Black Redstart at Battery Rocks. (P Taylor) Also drake Velvet Scoter offshore. (M Ahmad)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Cattle Egret distantly in field with a bull also 1 female Hen Harrier. (DI Julian)

Lower Tamar Lake: 28 Goosander. (DI Julian)

Lower Moors Plantation: c1.5 Million Starlings roosted  this evening with 3 Peregrine hunting. (DI Julian)

Zennor: 1 Short-eared Owl in Foage Valley. (B Dodds)

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Thursday 15th December 2016

Late news, 14/12, Lower Tamar Lake: 20 Goosander 3m 12f, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 8 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Long-tailed Tit. (R Mudge)

Gannel Estuary: 1 drake American Wigeon back with 70 Eurasian Wigeon this am, 4 ad & 1 2nd w Mediterranean Gull. (M Lammas) 10 Cattle Egret, 10 Little Egret this evening. (S Rowe)

Rock: 2 Mistle Thrush feeding this morning in the helipad field. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 1 Water Rail, 1 Little Egret, 200 Golden Plover, 7 Snipe, 12 Skylark, 8 Fieldfare, 40 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Botallack: 35 Golden Plover, 3 Chough, 1 Kestrel. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Morvah: 1 Peregrine, 2+ Kestrel, 2+ Buzzard. (D Flumm)

Porth: Meadow Pipit in private garden. (G Schultz)

East Looe, Barbican: 1 Grey Wagtail in private garden, Lanhydrock Estate: 1 Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Nuthatch (S & P Street)

Bude: Yellow-browed Warbler at Bude Marsh between Truscott bridge & hide.

Hayle Estuary: imm Spoonbill still.

Newlyn: 2 Velvet Scoter off Sandy Cove still.


Thursday 24th November

Late news, 23/11, Nanjizal: 14 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler ringed. 1 Dusky Warbler and 2+ other Yellow-browed Warbler still present. (K Wilson)

Late news, 23/11, Truro: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 m Blackcap at Daubuz Moors LNR. 1 Firecrest around Old County Hall. (C Benton)

Battery Rocks, Penzance: 17 Purple Sandpiper, 16 Turnstone, 5 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 11 Sanderling, 1 Kingfisher. (D Flumm)

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Purple Sandpipers – Dave Flumm

Newlyn: 1 Purple Sandpiper, 20 Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 1 Ringed Plover. (D Flumm)

Millbrook: 4 Black-tailed Godwit. (R Napp)


Black-tailed Godwit – Rick Napp

Marazion Marsh: 7 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Shelduck, 39 Teal, 17 Mallard, 12 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 1 Oystercatcher, 58 Snipe, 40000 Starling. (D Parker) 1 Jack Snipe feeding with the Snipe. (MJ Spicer)

Mount’s Bay: 1 Red-throated Diver off Long Rock. (MJ Spicer)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Cattle Egret roosted again with 4 Little Egret in Penpoll Creek 4.50pm. (M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Pool: 6 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Wigeon, 1 Oystercatcher, c15 Ringed Plover, 50 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Curlew. Main Estuary/Lelant Water: 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Shelduck, c1000 Wigeon, c100 Teal, 1 Grey Plover, 100 Dunlin, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Rock Pipit. Ryan’s Field: 1 Little Egret, 2 Spoonbill, 2 Canada Goose, c50 Golden Plover, c50 Lapwing, 5 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank. (T Mills)

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Spoonbill and Little Egret – Tony Mills

Bude: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Lapwing, 6 Teal, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 5 Mute Swan, 1 Chiffchaff. (H Wilkins)

Lamorna Cove: 1 m Black Redstart. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Mandarin Duck, 1 Muscovy Duck, 8 hybrid goose, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 27 Greylag Goose, 278 Canada Goose, 34 Mallard, 14 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 imm Goldeneye, 1 Moorhen, 2 Coot. (D Parker, NR Phillips)

Porthcurno: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 8 Long-tailed Tit. (D Parker)

Newquay: drake American Wigeon off Fistral Beach this afternoon. (Cornwall Birding)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.