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.

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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)

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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.

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Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Police Warning: There have been a number of break-ins to vehicles at secluded spots along the north coast recently. Car Parks and remote beauty spots from Gwithian to Newquay and beyond have been targeted by thieves. Please be vigilant, do not leave valuables on view in your car and report any suspicious behaviour to Devon and Cornwall Police on 101. If you see an incident occurring then please phone 999. (P Freestone via Cornwall Birding)

Charlestown: 2f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Sancreed: 50 Golden Plover, 2 Snipe, 15 Skylark, 25 Blackbird, 10 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 30 Long-tailed Tit. (D.Flumm)

Pentewan Sands: 1 Redwing, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Rook, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 5 Magpie, 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, 2 Carrion Crow, 14 Herring Gull, 16 Black-headed Gull, 1 Jackdaw, 5 Greater Black-backed Gull, 5 Black-throated Diver, 1 Gannet, 1 Buzzard, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pheasant, 1 Moorhen, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Jay and 1 Marsh Tit. (M Whittaker)

St.Austell Sewage Works: 2 Wren, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Dunnock, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin, 1 Great Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 7 Chaffinch, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Dipper, 1 Grey Heron,  2 Blue Tit, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 1 Jay, 1 Buzzard, 6 Herring Gull and 2 Long-tailed Tit. (M Whittaker)

Marazion: 100+ Common Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk on marsh. 30+ Sanderling on beach. (R Farnes, A James) 3 Whooper Swan flew on to Longrock pool at 4 30pm, chased off by 2 Mute Swan and settled on marsh pool. Also 10 + Bottlenose Dolphin in bay. (M Lammas)

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Common Snipe, Rod Farnes

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Common Snipe, Rod Farnes

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Sanderling, Alan James

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Common Snipe, Alan James

Gannel Estuary:  drake American Wigeon still. (R Farnes, A McKechnie)

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American Wigeon, Rod Farnes

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American Wigeon, Alex McKechnie

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 21 Mute Swan, 15 Canada Goose, 19 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, c100 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 12 Pintail, 16 Red-legged partridge, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 45 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, c3000 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing, 5 Knot, 100 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 50 Redshank, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 75 Curlew, 23 Snipe, 150 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean gull, 50 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Woodpigeon, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, c100 Redwing, 15 Fieldfare, 9 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 25 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 100 Linnet (inc.1 leucistic individual), 1 Bullfinch. Also seen, 1 Otter catching & eating a fish. (Martin Cutland Wildlife Walk per M Scawen)

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

Stithians Reservoir: 13 Little Grebe, 13 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 39 Wigeon, 32 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Water Rail at southern hide, 1 Golden Plover, 160+ Lapwing (flock partly hidden), 1 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, 1 Redshank, 83 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Magpie. (D Chaney)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

Falmouth: 3 Black Redstart on roofs at Castle Hill in morning, 1 Great Northern Diver off Swanpool Beach. (J St Ledger)

 

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Black Redstart,

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photos by John St Ledger

Windmill Farm: 1m Hen Harrier & 1f Marsh Harrier. (A Pay)

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Tuesday 22nd November

Gannel Estuary: 1 American Wigeon, 69 Wigeon, 1 Cattle Egret, 10 Little Egret. (S Rowe, B Dallas)

Helford River: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 f Kestrel, viewed from Durgan. Also 1 Grey Seal. (J St Ledger). Firecrest also reported.

Maenporth: 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 f Common Scoter resting on the sea. (J St Ledger)

Ludgvan: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker on bird feeder in private garden. (G Burnett)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Water Rail, 1 Reed Bunting. (A James)

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Great Spotted Woodpecker, Water Rail and Reed Bunting – Alan James

Bartinney Downs, St Just: 3 Short-eared Owl. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: juv Swallow; 6 Purple Sandpiper with Turnstones at Wherrytown. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Slavonian Grebe also reported.

St Ives: 1 1w Iceland Gull in the harbour briefly this morning. (D Gibbs) 1 m Black Redstart at Trenwith Place. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Newlyn: 1 Black Redstart.

Looe: 1 Great Northern Diver.

Fowey: 1 Black Redstart.

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Sunday 20th November 2016

Windmill Farm: 1 Great Grey Shrike in the car park area at 11:30 for 20 minutes (a first for the reserve), 2 m Hen Harrier, 1 f Marsh Harrier, 1 Barn Owl, 5 Redwing, 1 Wigeon, 2 Woodcock, 3 Snipe. (D Wright)

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Great Grey Shrike, male Hen Harrier – Dougy Wright

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 drk Green-winged Teal tho distant, 2 (1w+2w) Spoonbill, 2 (ad+1w) Common Gull, 2 Knot, 3 redhead Goosander early am only, 6 Grey Plover, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit. (R Veal) 1 Water Pipit from the causeway and 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (L Langley) Jay at Ryan’s Field.

Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican opposite Point Quay on dead tree at high tide then circling over creek supervised by 2 Sparrowhawks before flying west. (Like a Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfires!) (K. Dalziel, J Turner)

Botallack: 1 Pelican seen heading towards Pendeen, presumed bird seen flying off from Restronguet Creek. (H Wlliams)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

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Blackcap – David Hastilow

Tresilian to St Clements: 3 Greenshank, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher (B Field)

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Kingfisher – Brian Field

Bude Marsh: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Mute Swan, 3 Stonechat, c156 Lapwing. (H Wilkins)

Rinsey:  2 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 5 Meadow Pipit. (A James)

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Peregrines – Alan James

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Jack Snipe, c70 Snipe, Bittern, early afternoon from roadside viewpoint. (S Kolodziejski)

Bude Marsh: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler along canal path on left hand side before Truscott Bridge. (A Roberts)

Pentire Head, Newquay: American Wigeon on the sea with 70 Wigeon late afternoon. (T Wilson)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Cattle Egret roosting with 12 Little Egret in Penpole creek, 130+ Curlew and Kingfisher fishing from boats. (M Lammas)  Presumed same as above American Wigeon, 30 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Tailed-Godwit. (S Rowe)

Pentire Point West: c250 Linnet, c200 Skylark, 50 Chaffinch. (S Rowe)

Porth Joke: 2 Firecrest. (S Rowe)

Perranporth: 1 Black Redstart at base of cliff. (T Wilson)

College Reservoir: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 m Pochard. (L Langley)

Carbis Bay: 2+ Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver. (L Langley)

Polgigga:Siberian Chiffchaff at end of Bosistow lane (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra: 1 Firecrest (M Wallace)

St Levan: 1 Firecrest. (M Wallace)

Bartinney: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Snipe, 3 Golden Plover. (C Moore, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Levant: 2 Chough, 1 Common Snipe, 2 Great Northern Diver over. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Ives: 1 Firecrest at Little-In-Sight. 1 Velvet Scoter flew past island.

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 4 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, c20 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 20 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 18 Carrion Crow. (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir: 8 Little Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 170+ Canada Goose, 76+ Wigeon, c20 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 30+ Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 2 Golden Plover, 234+ Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, c25 Snipe, 16 Black-headed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Magpie, all from Stuart Hutchings/Southern hides. (D Chaney)

Gerrans Bay:  9 Great Northern Diver, 17 Black-throated Diver, 26 Common Scoter 3pm from Pendower Beach upper car park. (D Hall)

Helford River:  1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Seal from Trebah Beach (J St Ledger)

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Great Northern Diver – John St Ledger

St Agnes Head: 1 Short-eared Owl at 12.00 noon. (S Mickleburgh)

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Short-eared Owl – Sue Mickleburgh

St. Austell: 1 Robin, 1 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Goldcrest. (K Bowers)

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Nuthatch, Goldcrest and Jay – Kevin Bowers

Park Head: 4 Chough. (S Croft)

Porthcothan Bay: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (S Croft)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail and 1 male Hen Harrier plus c150 Golden Plover. (DK Parker)

Lizard Point: 1 possible Pacific Diver in flight with two Black-throated Diver past.

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Friday 18th November 2016

Late photos, 16/11, Marazion.

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Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican again. (J Turner)

Looe: 1 Black Redstart (f) East Cliff Rd, East Looe, 1 Eider (m) Plaidy Beach, 1 Kingfisher Millendreath Pier, 10 Curlew Millendreath. (C & J Hannaford)

Gannel Estuary: 1 American Wigeon and 1 Cattle Egret still present this evening. (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Water Rail, 1 Sparrowhawk. (A James)

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Sparrowhawk – Alan James

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sooty Shearwater past and 4 Purple Sandpiper this am (N Wheatley)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

Hayle Estuary: ad m Green-winged Teal again today.

Loe Pool: 17 Great Crested Grebe. (JH & K Dalziel)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 4 Little Grebe and 2 Coot. (T Mills)

djc

Thursday 17th November 2016

Late news, 16/11, Wacker Quay: 3 well spaced Spoonbill, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Beer, C Buckland)

Late news, 16/11, St. John’s Lake: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Common Scoter (female) 1 Sparrowhawk in front gardens along Chapeldown Road (Torpoint), c10 Mediterranean Gull. (M Beer, C Buckland)

Gannel Estuary, Newquay:  Cattle Egret at roost with Little Egrets in Penpol Creek at 4pm, drake American Wigeon amongst Eurasian Wigeon in far channel between carpark and creek. (T Carson)

River Lynher: 20 Wigeon. (R Napp)

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Wigeon – Rick Napp

Cape Cornwall:  6 Chough, 1 Kestrel. (B Toms)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 20+ Fieldfare, c250 Redwing. (B Toms)

Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican again. (J Turner)

Bude Marsh: 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Mute Swan and 1 Lapwing. (H Wilkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w drake Green-winged Teal, 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 Arctic Tern at Carnsew Basin.

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