Thursday 19th January 2017

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart still below Rock Pool café.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel.

Penzance: 9 Purple Sandpiper.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Bittern. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary: 1 juv Iceland Gull from Lelant Saltings. (P Clement, MJ Spicer). 50+ Lapwing , 30+ Teal, 1 Oystercatcher , 1 Curlew. (K Bowers) Also 1 m Green-winged Teal and 1 Spoonbill still present. (DK Parker, P Stidwill)

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Ryans Field: 2 Black-headed Gull , 1 Curlew , 6 Redshank , 15 Wigeon , 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret. (K Bowers)

Oystercatcher, Kevin Bowers

Oystercatcher, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Sancreed: 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Men-an-tol: 150 Golden Plover, Snipe, 2 Bullfinch, 1m Dartford warbler, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (R Hollis)

Godrevy Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper. (Cornwall Birding)

St Gothian Sands: 1m Shoveler, 1 Kingfisher and 5 Snipe. Also flock of 56+ Skylark in fields opposite. (Cornwall Birding)

Pendeen (Boslow): c.15 fieldfares. (R Phillips)

Truro: 2 Avocets from Sunny Corner. (M Lammas)

Tremaine: 1 Waxwing in upper tier of garden centre car park.

Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (P Clement, MJ Spicer). 1m American Wigeon reported again this afternoon.

Tehidy: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Williams)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sam Williams

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sam Williams

Mount Hawke: 1m Bullfinch. (RB Girling)

Helston SF: 1 Firecrest, 6+ Goldcrest and 20+ Chiffchaff. (P Clement, M Wallace, MJ Spicer)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Hannafore Beach, Looe: 2f Black Redstart. (E Mayhew)

Millbrook Lake: 4 ad Mediterranean Gull, 54 Teal. (R Smaldon)

St. Johns Lake: 7 Brent Goose. (R Smaldon)

Wadebridge: 1 Common Seal about a mile out of Wadebridge at Pendarvey Bridge. (C Davies)

Common Seal, Charles Davies

Common Seal, Charles Davies

Harlyn to Constantine: 14 Oystercatcher, 4 Feral Pigeon, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat and 17 Fulmar. (R Hughes)

Wadebridge: Cetti’s Warbler at the sewage works on the Camel Trail. (C Selway)


Monday 16th January 2017

Late News, 15/1, Amalveor: Ringtail Hen Harrier at c16:40. (R Menari)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, 1 Long-eared Owl. (S Grimwade)

Long-eared Owl Perranuthnoe Cornwall 16117 S Grimwade

Marazion: 1 Pacific Diver from Longrock CP, 5 Velvet Scoter, 8 Great Northern Diver.

Kingsmill Lake: 1m American Wigeon.

Carrick Roads: 18 Black-necked Grebe,16 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Common Scoter (female), 3 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 2 Mediterranean Gull viewed from Mylor Churchtown and Restroguet Weir. Also 20+ Common Dolphin in channel and 3 Harbour Porpoise off Loe Beach. (J St Ledger, S F Jackson)

Rinsey:  1 Buzzard, 1 Carrion Crow, 1f Kestrel, 1m Peregrine.  (A James) 

Peregrine, Alan James

Peregrine, Alan James

Kestrel, Alan James

Kestrel, Alan James

Buzzard, Alan James

Buzzard, Alan James

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup. (D Allan)

Penzance: 2 Little Egret, 4 1w Mute Swan, 1 Oystercatcher, 12 Ringed Plover, 43 Sanderling, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 34 Turnstone from Promenade to Battery Rocks. (T Mills)

Bartinney Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl. (DK Parker)

Helston: 10 Cattle Egret south of Helston from path towards Loe Pool. (T Phelps)

Trevone: 1 Peregrine, 38 Fulmar, 7 Herring Gull, 21 Feral Pigeons. (R Hughes)

Bude Marshes: 3 Cattle Egret on the rugby pitch again, 190+ Canada Geese. (H Kendall)

Argal Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 10 Tufted Duck, 20 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Nuthatch. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 100 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 40 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 2 f Goldeneye, 40 Coot, 85 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Nuthatch. (D Chaney)

Penryn: 1 imm Glaucous/Iceland Gull flew NW over Penryn Asda c14:00. (D Chaney)


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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