Friday 5th October 2018

Late news, 4/10, Lamorran: Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 5 Wigeon, 30 Teal, plus Firecrest with Goldcrest in Beech tree next to Church. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 4/10, Tresillian River (Tresillian to St Clement): Peregrine, 11 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 71 Curlew, 51 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 465 Canada Geese,  2 Raven. (A Nicholson)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 juv Baird’s Sandpiper, preferring to associate with 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper, 1 juv Spotted Redshank, 8 juv Dunlin, c25 Black-tailed Godwit, c35 Curlew, 11 Greenshank, c20 Redshank. (P Kemp)

Wadebridge: 10 Cattle Egret between Trewornan Bridge and Amble Dam at 08:00. (S Grose) 12 Cattle Egrets from road bridge at 09:45. (T Wilson) Burniere Hide: 2 Barn Owl at 22.00 (S Grose)

Nanjizal: 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Little Buntings, 46 Blackcap, 3 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Reed Warbler, 30 Chiffchaff trapped at the private ringing site. Please keep to public rights of way. (K Wilson) Also Yellow-browed Warbler and Black Redstart seen at Nanjizal House. (K Wilson)

Drift Reservoir (members only):  5 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Cormorant (incl 6 nominate P.c.carbo & 1 P.c.sinensis), 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 4 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Polgigga: Richard’s Pipit over Faraway Cottage and 1 Wryneck. (L Thomson)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs by the quay again also 4 Sandwich Tern and summer plumaged Knot. (D Curtis)

Land’s End/Cycle Track/Treeve Moor: 4 Blackcap, 1 Whinchat, 5 Snipe. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

Porthgwarra: 1 Firecrest, 6+ Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap. (DK Parker)

Little Treleaver: 1 Black Redstart. (J Foster)

Mullion to Predannack: Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Wheatear. (A Witheywood)

Sancreed: 42 Golden Plover over, c40 Linnet in the fields. (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 1 Firecrest at sewage works. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

Carne/Gillan Creek (High Tide): 9 Little Egret, 12 Herring Gull, 17 Black-headed Gull, 4 Mute Swan, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Moorhen. (B Nicholls)

St Gothian Sands: 1 Merlin, 2 Coot, 2 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Wheatear, 1 Grey Wagtail and movement c100 Meadow Pipit SW. (MJ Spicer)

Soapy Cove: 1 Wryneck 1 Whinchat. (R Augarde)

Mount Hawke: 15 Collared Dove on overhead wires at 08.30. (RB & PC Girling).

Temple: 1 Moorhen and 1 Coot at 10.00. (RB Girling)

Nanquidno: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in garden on left beyond stream at bottom of valley.

Scillonian III crossing: 3 Grey Phalarope, 2 Great Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater and 4 Storm Petrel this morning and 2 Grey Phalarope, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Minke Whale, this evening.

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Wryneck still. (R Menari)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Bittern again. (P St Pierre)


Wednesday 6th June 2018

Late news, 4/6, Colliford Reservoir: Wryneck in narrow lane in village. (S Madge)

Late news, 5/6, Greensplat St Austell: Cuckoo seen on telephone wire at 19:30. (N Best)

Late news, 5/6, Rescorla: Rosy Starling, first seen 4/6. (M Ripley)

Late news, 5/6, Penzance: 2 Rock Pipit in the harbour. (R Creek)

Late news, 5/6, at sea: 4 Storm Petrel, 14 Puffin, 350+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Kittiwake and 1 Ocean Sunfish from Scillonian 111. (R Creek)

Marazion: Baird’s Sandpiper reported again on the beach but mobile. (R Creek)

Helston Boating Lake: A confiding adult drake Ferruginous Duck, apparently wing-clipped and so presumed escape. (J Thirlaway-Price) Also juveniles as follows: Tufted Duck – 2 families of 4 and 3 small ducklings; Coot – 2 well-grown young plus a family of 6 small chicks and one nest still being incubated; Canada Goose – family of 7 goslings; Mute Swan – 1 cygnet; Mallard – several families ranging from small to near adult size, not counted. (G Adams)

Ferruginous Duck – Dave Parker

Ferruginous Duck – Dave Parker

Ferruginous Duck – Phil Taylor

Whipsiderry: 1 Little Egret, 4 Corn Bunting, 1 Skylark. (S Grose)

Launceston: Red Kite over this afternoon. (A Davey)

Siblyback Lake: 3-400 Canada Geese (on lake and surrounding fields), Linnet, 6 Whitethroat, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (adult male feeding juvenile). (R Napp)

Linnet – Rick Napp

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Rick Napp

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Rick Napp

Porthgwarra: Turtle Dove still at Ardensawah Farm, 2 Redpoll over, 7 Painted Lady and a Red-veined Darter at the stonewall pool. (M Wallace)

Tywardreath: 6 young Blue Tit being fed by single adult from garden feeders. (R Barlow)

Praa Sands: 2 Red Kite during the afternoon, departed steadily to South after about 15 minutes. (A Woodhams)

Rumps and Pentire: 3 Fulmar, 4 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pheasant, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 41 Herring Gull, 40 Guillemot, 8 Razorbill, 9 Puffin, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Swift, 6 Skylark, 15 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Wheatear, 1 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 1 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 7 House Sparrow, 4 Linnet, 2 Grey Seal, 6 Large White, 1 Red Admiral, 8 Painted Lady, 5 Small Heath, 1 Wall Brown, 1 Small Copper, 8 Common Blue, 2 Large Skipper (M Scawen et al.)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Kingfisher, 4 Great Crested Grebe (one on a nest), 2 Canada Geese plus c6 goslings, 8 Coot, 29 Mallard, 3 Swallow, 3 Magpie, 3 Moorhen plus 2 juv, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Jay, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Linnet. (R Mudge)

Hayle Mexico Towans: 4 Linnet, 1 Stonechat (singing male), 1 Kestrel, 1 Cinnabar Moth. (J Evans)

Croft Pascoe: 2 Cuckoo (calling), 1 Tawny Owl. (J St Ledger & P Van Hear)


Friday 1st June 2018

Marazion beach: 1 ad Baird`s Sandpiper again.

Polgigga, Lower Bosistow Farm: 1 Rose-coloured Starling over N. (K Wilson)

Bodmin Moor, Withybrook Marsh: 2 Cuckoo (male), 2 Reed Bunting (male) singing, 4 Stonechat (2 adult, 2 young), 2 Wheatear, and 2 Red Deer. Sharp Tor: 1 Cuckoo (female), 2 Common Redstart (male) singing, 5 Wheatear (inc 1 young), 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

Wheatears, John St Ledger

Juvenile Wheatear, John St Ledger

Goss Moor: 5 Cuckoo, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Willow Tit also 1 m Reed Bunting and 1 m Stonechat ringed. (B Bosisto)

Dunmere: 2 juv Dipper, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker. (T Mills)

Mounts Bay 1545-1645: 290 Manx Shearwater west, 60 Gannet, 1 Arctic Skua east, 2 1s Kittiwake. (P Fraser)

Penwithick: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (K.Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kevin Bowers

Godolphin Woods: Stock Dove calling. (C Richards)

Truro, in my garden: 1 m Siskin. (D Jenkins)

Stithians: Cuckoo calling. (RB Girling)

Scillonian III RSPB Wildlife Tour: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Fulmar, 70 Manx Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 120 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 21 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 6 Kittiwake, 54 Guillemot, 1 Harbour Porpoise and 8 Common Dolphin. (DK Parker MJ Spicer) Wolf Rock to St Mary’s: 1 Fulmar, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 19 Gannet, 4 Shag, 4 Oystercatcher, 66 Herring Gull, 70 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 61 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 5 Puffin, 2 Grey Seal, 1 Ocean Sunfish, 1 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Minke Whale. (DK Parker MJ Spicer)St Mary’s to Wolf Rock: 1 Fulmar, 30 Manx Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 10 Gannet, 10 Shag, 26 Herring Gull, 64 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Puffin and 6 Risso’s Dolphin. (DK Parker MJ Spicer)Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 drake Eider, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar, 370 Manx Shearwater, 2 Storm Petrel, 41 Gannet, 4 Shag, 4 Oystercatcher, 55 Herring Gull, 23 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Kittiwake, 31 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill and 4 Puffin. (DK Parker MJ Spicer)

Port Isaac, Treharrock Manor: 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 7 Bullfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Greenfinch, 2 Kestrel. (S Grose)


Thursday 31st May 2018

Late news, 30/5, Truro: Male Bullfinch in private garden at 20:34. (M Costa)

Marazion beach: 1 ad Baird’s Sandpiper this morning again. (D Chadwick)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Great White Egret still. (B Hibbett)

Dozmary Pool: 6 Lapwing (D Eva, P McVey)

Colliford: 8 Great Crested Grebe, at least 3 pairs Black-headed Gull nesting (D Eva, P McVey)

Bowithick: 1 Lesser Redpoll (D Eva, P McVey)

Roughtor Plantation: 2 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Siskin (D Eva, P McVey)

Dobwalls: Male and female Linnet feeding on Forget-me-not seeds in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Par Lake: 1 Grey Heron, Canada Geese+Goslings, 3 Coot, 2 Cormorant. (C Hooper)

Canada Geese & goslings – Chris Hooper

Grey Heron – Chris Hooper

Grey Heron – Chris Hooper

Tywardreath: Siskin 1m & 1f, Great Tit & 3 young, Greenfinch 1m & 1f, Chaffinch 1m & 1f and f House Sparrow in a private garden. (R Barlow)

River Gannel: 1 Barn Owl, Swifts heard after midnight. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Blackbird. (K.Bowers)

Grey Heron, Kevin Bowers

Song Thrush, Kevin Bowers

Reed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

Veryan Bay by kayak: 12 Puffin (2 adult, 10 imm), 1 Great Northern Diver (wp), 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Manx Shearwater. (R Kirkwood)

Manx Shearwater, Rupert Kirkwood

Great Northern Diver, Rupert Kirkwood

Puffin, Rupert Kirkwood

Puffin, Rupert Kirkwood

De Lank Waterworks – Garrow Tor: 2prs Wheatear feeding young, 2 Coal Tit feeding young, 1 Kestrel, 3 Cuckoo (inc.1f). plus up to 3f Roe Deer, Small Heath, Wall Brown, Speckled Wood & Green Hairstreak butterflies. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Mounts Bay, Mermaid II pelagic: 38 Puffin, 9 Storm Petrel and 1 Great Northern Diver. (M Elliot)

Eagle’s Nest: 4 Whitethroat singing, 2 Meadow Pipit, distant Cuckoo, 2 distant Willow Warbler, Stonechat, Dunnock carrying food, Wren carrying food. (S.Cox).


Tuesday 29th May 2018

Late news, 28/5, Helston Boating Lake: Tufted Duck with two chicks. (A Witheywood)

Tufted Duck – A Witheywood

Marazion Beach: 1 ad Baird’s Sandpiper at Red River mouth this morning. (R Veal)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond by the footbridge. (A Ramesh)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing along Bosistow Lane, also Spotted Flycatchers at Lower Bosistow & Arden-Sawah. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Great White Egret again in the NE arm this morning. (L Proctor) and still there this afternoon. (T Mills) 1 Black Kite over at 15:50. (G Grant)

Great White Egret, Tony Mills

Bude Marshes: 1 singing Reed Warbler and a probable Honey Buzzard over very high heading NE. (N Bastin)

Reed Warbler – Nigel Bastin

Trevone, Porthmissen Farm: 100+ Kittiwake sitting on nests, with more probable nests out of view. (S Grose)

Rame Head: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (C Buckland)

Mermaid II pelagic in Mounts Bay: 6+ Storm Petrel, 7 Great Northern Diver, 5 Puffin and 4 Ocean Sunfish. (M Elliot)

Padstow, Stepper Point: 2 adult Raven and 3 chicks, 1 Yellowhammer, 26 Guillemot, 27 Razorbill on the water opp Stepper Hole. (S Grose)

Goonhilly Downs/Trevassack: 4 Cuckoo flying, plus one at Higher Bochym. (C Richards)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 4 Purple Sandpiper in early summer plumage. (S Williams)


Monday 28th May 2018

Late news, 27/5, Loe pool: 2 Cetti’s Warbler singing on the east shore. (NP Betts)

Marazion: Adult Baird’s Sandpiper on the beach (but constantly flushed by dog walkers). (B Mellow) The first spring record for Cornwall. Also  c30 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone and 1s Med Gull briefly. (DK Parker, S Rogers)

Baird’s Sandpiper – Dave Parker

Baird’s Sandpiper, Mashuq Ahmad

Baird’s Sandpiper (right), Mashuq Ahmad

Baird’s Sandpiper, Steve Rowe

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still at the Millpond at 06:30.

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing along Bosistow Lane. (S Rogers)

St Just: Adult Rosy Starling on road to Cot valley in first sheep field on left. (N Wheatley)

Saltash: Adult Rosy Starling still at Churchtown Farm 07:30 in the bushes by the stream.

Rame: Adult Rosy Starling around the Coastguard hut 11:30 to 11:45 before heading North. (R Veal)

Rosy Starling – Reuben Veal

Drift Reservoir, (Members only): 1 Great White Egret in NE arm. (R Menari)

Downderry: A Hoopoe seen at 07:05 flying low over the sea, heading inland. Also in the area 5 Whimbrel, whilst  a Great Northern Diver and 5 Manx Shearwaters flew west. (A Payne)

St Just: Turtle Dove by football club. (P Fraser)

Coverack: 25 Storm Petrel, 2 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver and Lesser Whitethroat singing on the headland also 6 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary. (A Cockroft)

Cotehele Quay: 1 calling Reed Warbler and 1 singing Marsh Tit. (R Smaldon)

Hatt: 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat. (R Smaldon)

Argal Reservoir: Mute Swans with 2 cygnets, 4 Great Crested Grebe (D Eva)

College Reservoir: Mute Swans with 3 cygnets, pair of Grey Heron nesting (D Eva)

Croft Pascoe: 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Siskin, Coal Tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker both feeding young in nest holes (D Eva) In addition, 2 Cuckoo and 1 Chiffchaff. (S Van Hear)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 2 Cuckoo, 5 Sand Martin, House Martin plus 4-Spotted Chasers and Emperor Dragonflies (S Van Hear)

Boat Cove: 3 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed plover and 15 Turnstone. (S Rogers)

Minions: 1 m Redstart, 2 Raven, 2 m Cuckoo,1 f Cuckoo, 7  Wheatear, Meadow Pipits, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Swifts. (C Buckland)

Par Beach: 1 Reed Warbler in the adjoining stream. (R. Barlow)

Truro: Male Siskin in private garden. (M Costa)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (S Rowe)

Treveal: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing. (S Rowe)


Saturday 9th September 2017

St Ives Island, dawn to 12:00: 5 Leach’s Petrel, 6 Grey Phalarope, 2 Black Tern, 17 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 1000’s Manx Shearwater moving west, 4 Bonxie, 1 Pomarine Skua, 20+ Arctic Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver (S Rogers, R Wilkins, L Wilkins, M Ahmad, V Stratton et al)

Pendeen 06.35 – 15.35: 7 Sabine’s Gull (1 ad, 6 juv), 7 Leach’s Petrel, 10 Grey Phalarope, Balearic Shearwater, 68 Sooty Shearwater, 17 Arctic Skua (L Langley) 07:00-15:45: 7 (2 ad, 5 juv) Sabine’s Gull, 7 Leach’s Petrel, 11 Grey Phalarope, 1 Black Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 7+ Common Tern, 14 Arctic Skua, 7 Great Skua, 18 Balearic Shearwater, 66 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Common Scoter. (R Veal) 07:00 – 15:30 1000’s Manx Shearwater, 60+ Sooty Shearwater, 20+ Balearic Shearwater, 7 Leach’s Petrel, 7 Bonxie, 12+ Arctic Skua, 8 Grey Phalarope, 9 Common Scoter 7 Sabine’s Gull (2 adult summer 5 juv) (B Field)


Sabine’s Gull (juv), Brian Field


Sabine’s Gull (ad), Brian Field

Marazion: Baird’s Sandpiper still on the beach by the Station House midday and again near the Red River early evening, also 1 juv Curlew Sandpiper.

Padstow: Juv Sabine’s Gull off Padstow just flew towards the estuary mouth this afternoon. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary: 1 Osprey, 11 Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper and 165 Dunlin. (D Julian)

Men an tol, nr Madron: Wryneck on wall opposite Holly tree next to standing stones, 1 Wheatear, 1 Lapwing. (S Grose)

St Gothian Sand’s LNR: 11 Tufted Duck, 3 Shelduck, 1 hybrid Hooded Crow, 1 Wheatear, 5 Little Grebe, 1 fem Shoveler, 9 Greylag Goose, 4 Ringed Plover on red river. (S Grose)

Penzance, promenade and harbour: 29 Turnstone, 1 Cormorant, 2 Shag, also 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit and Herring Gulls at this morning’s high tide. (WeBS, T Mills)

Devoran: 1 Osprey showing well at Devoran Quay at the far end sitting on old dead tree in the gap in woodland also flying and fishing 09:30 – 10:15, 3 Sandwich Terns with 1 Garganey at the other end with Teal. (W Chegwidden)

Devoran Quay: 2 Osprey, 1 Peregrine, 1 Garganey (eclipse ad), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 7 Sandwich Tern, 2 Raven, 20+ Black-tailed Godwits, c.50 Curlew, c.25 Dunlin (J&D Chapman, SC Votier)

Gannel Estuary: 8 Pale-bellied Brent Goose still on the Gannel Estuary this morning. (A McKechnie)

Pale-bellied Brent Geese – Alex McKechnie

Tamar Estuary: 2 Osprey together passed the China Fleet club hide this afternoon also 1 Spotted Flycatcher (M Beer)

Kingsmill: 1 Osprey on the river Tamar this morning at Kingsmill Lake. (C Stevenson)

Osprey – Carl Stevenson

Land’s End: 4 Ruff at 13:30. (M McKee)

Charlestown: 1 Peregine. (D Hastilow)