Wednesday 26th February 2020

Mabe Burnthouse, Penryn: 2 Blackcap (1f, 1m; colour-ringed blue over orange on right leg) in Hawthorn hedge in private garden. (D Chaney) This Blackcap ringed as a juvenile near Penmere, Falmouth on 16/11/20 per R Phillips.

St Clements, Tresemple Pool: 2 Cattle Egret, 1 Snipe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (M Costa)

Malpas: 1 Mediterranean Gull. (M Costa)

Newquay: Adult Glaucous Gull showing some kind of injury still in the pink elephant field near the Trevemper roundabout, also Little Egret at Trenance boating lake. (M Ahmad)

Glaucous Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Glaucous Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Glaucous Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Little Egret – Mashuq Ahmad

Gannel Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper. (K Ferry)

Crugmeer: 1 Hooded Crow at the old radar station, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Kestrel, 1 Stock Dove. (S Grose)

Newlyn: 1w Iceland Gull in the harbour, Water Rail and Eider off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor) Black Guillemot off Sandy Cove in the afternoon. (R Labbett) Also 2 (1w & 2w) Yellow-legged Gull and 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid. (M Elliott)

Tredrizzisk: 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1m Bullfinch, 2 Tawny Owl heard at 1.00pm, 2 Buzzard from private garden. (S Grose)

Hayle RSPB Ryan’s Field: 10 Black-headed Gull, 5 Teal, 3 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 2 Canada Goose, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (H Norton)

Hayle: 3m Bullfinch in brambles outside Costa at 09.30 (J Baker)

Lands End Aerodrome​: 1 Barn Owl quartering airfield at 14:30. Flew off with prey. (S J Pearman)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 23 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 7 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 15 Wigeon, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 55 Oystercatcher, c1500 Golden Plover, 12 Lapwing, 45 Dunlin, 1 Green Sandpiper, 45 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Curlew, 150 Black-headed Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 19 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 42 Carrion Crow, 14 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch. (M Scawen et al.)

Looe: 15 Eider including 9 adult males; 8 off East Looe, 7 off Hannafore plus 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver. Also East Looe, pair of Blackcaps including singing male. (D Spooner, R Smaldon)

Hawkers Cove: 1 Short-eared Owl being mobbed by crows towards Stepper Point. (S Grose)

Penzance: Ring-necked Parakeet (presumed escaped) heard again from the college. (R Veal)

Trencrom: 1 Firecrest, 6 Raven, 3 Redwing. (R Veal)

Helston: Firecrest and 9 Mediterranean Gull at Loe Pool with Ferruginous Duck still on the boating lake. (D Flumm)

Rinsey Head: Pomarine Skua reported.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Black Swan again. (P Walsh, S Rogers)


Monday 24th February 2020

Advanced warning: There will be an educational access group of students from Cornwall college Newquay using the Walmsley tower hide on Wednesday 26th Feb & Wednesday 4th March from 09:30 till 12 noon.
Access to members is still OK but be prepared for it to be busy.

Late news, 23/2, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Buntings (1 male, 2 female), from southern hide. (A & S Collins)

Camel Estuary: Whooper Swan reported still at Dinham Point.

Newqauy: adult Glaucous Gull still in the field with the pink elephant on Crantock turning at 18:30, it has injury to breast. (M Lammas)

Rock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 m Greenfinch (individual birds calling). (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: Pair of aythya hybrids, female Scaup and Common Sandpiper. (R Wilkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Great Northern Divers, 6 Little Grebe, 9 Grey Plover on Carnsew Pool. (A & P Graham)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Goosander (redhead), c. 30 Wigeon, c. 50 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 16 Curlew, 18 Oystercatcher. (P Roseveare)

Falmouth, 800m off Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Eider (female), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Mediterranean Gull. Viewed from American Shelter (J St Ledger) Also 1 Pomarine Skua chasing Kittiwakes in the bay, 100+ Gannet, 1 Great Skua, 15 Kittiwake, 15 Shag, 4+ Common Dolphins. (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Restronguet Weir: 7 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 12 Red-breasted Merganser. Viewed from Greatwood House side of beach. (J St Ledger)

Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes, John St Ledger

Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes, John St Ledger

Trewithen Moor, Stithians: 1 Merlin at 17:45. (P Blackburn)


Sunday 23rd February 2020

Late news, 21/2, Siblyback Lake: Ring-necked Duck, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Snipe, pair Teal, pair of Stonechat pair in dog excersise area, 5 Little Grebe. (D Cleal)

Ring-necked Duck – Dave Cleal

Late news, 22/2, Nanjizal: American Buff-bellied Pipit (heard only) for a fourth day. Also 2 Siberian Chiffchaff. Please keep to public rights of way. (K Wilson)

Par Beach Pool: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck (D Eva)

Siblyback: drake Ring-necked Duck, 2f Goldeneye, 1 Siskin. (R Veal, R Augarde, B Mellow)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Skua, 4 Guillemot, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver, 35+ Kittiwake, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 18 Shag. (T Phelps, M Doyle, C Urquhart, L Langley)

Penzance Wherrytown Rocks: 1w Iceland Gull at 09.00.1f Peregrine Falcon hunting waders at Battery Rocks,11 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe nr lighthouse. (S Grose)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose) Also Black Guillemot, Iceland Gull and Great Northern Diver. (S Rogers, M Ahmad)

Iceland Gull – Steve Rogers

Iceland Gull, Steve Rogers

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, 4 (2 ad, 3/4w, 2w) Caspian Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 (ad, 3w, 2w) argentatus Herring Gull, 2 (ad, 3w) Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hyrbid. (M Elliott) Also, 5 Goosander, 1 Knot, 6 Sanderling, and Ring-billed Gull from Lelant Station. (B Toms, M Curtis) Also, 2 Red Breasted Merganser, 23 Common Gull, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Greenshank, 21 Wigeon. (V Stratton) Ryan’s Field: 15 Eurasian Teal, 12 Common Redshank, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck. (V Stratton) Carnsew Pool: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Ring-billed Gull – Vivian Stratton

Marazion Beach: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 61 Black-headed Gull, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 3 Little Egret, 8 Teal, 1 Woodcock, 1 Snipe, 40 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Swanpool Lake: 1 male Pochard. (T Phelps, M Doyle, C Urquhart, L Langley)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Whimbrel, 15 Purple Sandpiper, 17 Oystercatcher, 28 Turnstone. (S Rowe) Newquay: ad Glaucous Gull again in field with pink elephant near Trevemper roundabout. It appears injured on chest but feeding well. (S Grose)

Glaucous Gull – Steve Rowe

Colliford Lake: 9 Goosander, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Great Nothern Diver, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 452 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Yellow-Legged Gull (3 x adults), c.200 Golden Plover, 40 Fieldfare (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Dozmary Pool: 7 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Davidstow Woods: 7+ Crossbill (one with nest material), 1 Treecreeper (singing), 1 Siskin (M Pass)

Walmsley: 2 Spoonbill (M Pass)

Kingsmill Lake: 5 Barnacle Goose (M Pass)

Millbrook: 12 Avocet. (D Sharp)

Trevose Head: 3 Lapland Bunting still. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Crugmeer: 4+ Lapland Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer, c250 Skylark. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Upper Fowey Valley: 1 Red Kite over just South of Ninestones. Also 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 4+ Nuthatch at Golitha Falls. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Dinham Flats: 1 Whooper Swan still. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Chapel Amble: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 8+ Common Chiffchaff (including 2 singing). (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Bude Canal: 1 Mandarin, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan and 3 Goldcrest. (S Windle)

Drake Mandarin – Stevan Windle

Drake Mandarin – Stevan Windle

Foage Valley, Zennor: 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Pipistrelle Bat. (V Stratton)

Trenarren: 1 Chiffchaff singing (D Hastilow)

Dobwalls: 3 Greenfinch on feeders and a Wren nest building in the garden (C&J Duffy)


Friday 21st February 2020

Portscatho: Pacific Diver, Black Throated Divers, Great Northern Divers, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Bar Tailed Godwit and good numbers of Mediterranean Gull (Moving around so difficult to assess numbers). (A.Roberts). Also 6 Black-throated Diver, 5 Great-Northern Diver, 4 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Eider (female), 1 Shelduck, 50+ Mediterranean Gull (6 in summer plumage and 2 ringed), 1 Common Gull. Also large numbers of Black-headed Gull, one of which was ringed. (J St Ledger)

Slavonian Grebe – John St Ledger

Red-necked Grebe – John St Ledger

Pendower: 4 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Newlyn Harbour: Black Guillemot, 2 Eider and Iceland gull still present. (R Fox) Additionally, Continental (sinesis) Cormorant and 2w Yellow-legged Gull still. (M Ahmad)

Black Guillemot – Mashuq Ahmad

Black Guillemot – Mashuq Ahmad

Iceland Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Cormorant – Mashuq Ahmad

Hayle Estuary: Pomarine Skua reported at the mouth of the Estuary this morning.

Wall, Hayle: 1 Barn Owl. (S Cooper)

Millbrook: 7+ Cattle Egret with 4 Little Egret at Stone Farm. (D Julian)

St John’s Lake,Torpoint: 1 Slavonian Grebe and 8 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. (D Julian)

Towan Head Newqauy:  Merlin chasing a pipit at 08:30. (M Lammas)

Port Isaac: 1 Peregrine Falcon over , 6 Greenfinch, 1 Nuthatch from a private garden. (S Grose)

Whitecross, Newquay: 25 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Buzzard, 100+ Golden Plover flying SW, 70+ Starling, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 3 Blackbird and 1 dead Greenfinch killed by a cat. 4 Newts in our pond. (Su and Dave Thomas)

Carbis Bay: Glaucous Gull reported again and later on Porthminster beach..

Drift Reservoir (Members only): Long-tailed Duck still present. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 (2 ad, 3/4w, 2 2w) Caspian Gull, ad Ring-billed Gull, 2 ad Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull, 1w Black-headed x Med Gull and Whimbrel. (M Halliday, M Elliott)

Godevry Point: 1w Kumlien’s type Gull feeding in field behind Mutton Cove. Also 1 Great Skua. (R Allen)

Stithians Reservoir: Lesser Scaup with 10 Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe & Grey Heron in the Golden Lion cut-off 15:30pm to 16:00. (M Greenhalgh)

Polgigga, Bosistow Lane: released White Stork still, c140 Golden Plover, 8 Stock Dove. (R Veal)

Madron: 1 Peregrine dive bombing 2 Black-headed Gull. (R Veal)

St Clement/Tresillian: 40 Teal, 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Redshank, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1+ Robin, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Little Egret, 19 Curlew, 24 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2,000+ Golden Plover over, 14 Cattle Egret. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Restronguet Weir: c20 Red-breasted Merganser. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Charlestown: 3 Long Tailed Tits 4 Blue Tits 2 Great Tits 2 Wood Pigeons 4 Dunnock 2 Blackbirds 3 Robins ( D Hastilow )

Long-tailed Tit – David Hastilow

Penryn: 2 Pink-footed Geese over Penryn Campus at 17:45. (M Broadbent)

St Columb Minor: 1 Woodcock, 1 Barn Owl from priory rd. (S Grose)


Thursday 20th February 2020

Newlyn Harbour: 2 Eider, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Iceland Gull. (J Hill) Plus Black Guillemot. (R Allen, D Julian)

Drift Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck viewed from car park. (D Julian)

Penzance: Black Redstart at Jubilee Pool. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary: Adult & Sub adult Caspian, adult Ring-billed and at least 4 Yellow-legged Gull this afternoon. (D Julian)

Sennen Cove: Black Redstart around the Lifeboat Station. (A Myram)

Black Redstart – A Myram

Pendeen (14:00-15:00): 1 Red-throated Diver, 22 Manx Shearwater, 101 Fulmar, c1800 auk sp? west. (D Flumm)

Truro: 3 Siskin on feeders in private garden. (P Carter)

Siskins – P Carter

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 Pochard, 1 Great Crested Grebe all at Golden Lion cut off. Also 1 Snipe (over). (J St Ledger)

Colliford: 6 Goosander, 10 Lapwing. ( D Eva )

Ninestones: 1 Red Kite. ( D Eva )

Siblyback: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush. ( D Eva )

Golitha Falls: 1 Brambling with 100 Chaffinch. ( D Eva )

Pentewan: 6 Mediterranean Gulls, Great Northern Diver, c.20 Fulmar, 5 Kittiwake & a female Common Scoter (P Kemp)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 11 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Turnstone. (J Hill)

Marazion: 5 Great Northern Diver, 30 Curlew. (R Allen)

St Ives: 15 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Skua in the bay mid afternoon. Also 1 Firecrest along the Hain walk. (S Rowe) Also Glaucous Gull in the bay but mobile.

Trerulefoot: 2 Swallows over the A38. (D Clegg)

Hannafore: 13 Eider (6 males) 1 Shag. (D Cleal)


Wednesday 19th February 2020

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Black Swans and 4 Mute Swans. (P Walsh)

Penzance: 3 Black Swan back in the inner harbour (Abbey Slipway) late afternoon. (T Mills)

Siblyback Lake: Ring-necked Duck again. (B Mellow) Plus 27 Tufted Duck including French ringed female, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Goldeneye, 19 Mallard, 8 Snipe, 55 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush. (K Pellow)

Walmsley Sanctuary (Key holders only): 2 Spoonbill, 1 Scaup and 1 Pintail. (B Mellow)

Mousehole: 4500+ Auk sp between 15:30 & 17:00. 2 1w Iceland Gull, 1w Caspian Gull, 2x 1w & 2w Yellow-legged Gull and 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliott)

St Ives Bay: Glaucous Gull reported from various locations.

Newlyn: Black Guillemot and 1w Iceland Gull reported in the harbour. (L Stoppard)

Great Northern Diver – Luke Stoppard

Iceland Gull – Luke Stoppard

Falmouth: Black Redstart reported at Thetis Place.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull, 3w Caspian Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull HXJ60, and a yellow colour ring Mediterranean  Gull plus 1 Greenshank and 30+ Bar Tailed Godwits. (J Hill, L Stoppard)

Ring-billed Gull – Luke Stoppard

Lesser Black-backed Gull – Luke Stoppard

Sancreed: 1 fem Merlin, 3 Little Egret, 40 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 fem /imm Hen Harrier from hide at 10:46. Flying low and following the contours of the far side of reservoir, up over long thin strip of picea trees and on towards Rougtor, also 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 412 Black headed Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 4 Raven, 4 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Davidstow Woods: 1 Merlin over, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Crossbill, 9 Coal Tit, 12 Goldcrest. (S Grose)

Helstone: 52 Snipe in stubble field next to village sign. (S Grose)

Newquay: 12 Red-throated Diver in the bay. (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservior: 1 Lesser Scaup still in Golden Lion cut off. (W Chegwidden, M Grantham)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 37 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 26 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 4 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Buzzard, 65 Oystercatcher, c.2000 Golden Plover, 150 Lapwing, 5 Knot, 120 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 45 Curlew, 125 Black-headed Gull, 65 Herring Gull, 22 Lesser black-backed Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 9 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 2 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch (M Sacwen et al)

Respryn Bridge: 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch. (J Green)

Frenchman’s Creek, Helford: 3+ Firecrest, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 Redwing. (R Allen)

Marazion: 4 Great Northern Diver in bay. (R Allen)

Caerhays Castle gardens: Chiffchaff singing. (K Dalziel)

Penryn: Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming at the top of one of the floodlight pylons at the football pitch made for an unusual sound this morning. (C Benton)

Tuesday 18th February 2020

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull, 2 (ad & 2w) Caspian Gull and 5+ Yellow-legged Gull. (M Ahmad). Adult Ring-billed Gull, 3 (adult, sub-adult and metal ringed second-winter) Caspian Gull (B Dallas)

Penzance: 3 Black Swan by Abbey Slip (M Ellery)

Black Swan- M Ellery

Nare Head: 2 Slavonian Grebes, 1w Med Gull, 2 Shags, 4 Gannets, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2+ Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail. (M Doyle, M Broadbent)

Kennack Sands:2 Black Throated Diver, 2 Firecrest (R Allen)

Loe Pool: 6 Cormorant, 5 Goosander (4M, 1F) (K Dalziel)

Cormorant- K Dalziel

Cape Cornwall: 2 Manx Shearwaters (together), 1 Red-throated Diver and 10+ Bottlenose Dolphins south close in 09:10-09:20. (N Wheatley)

St Ives: Little Auk and Glaucous Gull flew north past the Island this morning. Als 3 Harbour Porpoise (L Stoppard) Humpback Whale (V Stratton)

Glaucous Gull-Luke Stoppard

Little Auk-Luke Stoppard



Foage Valley; Zennor: 50 Fieldfare, 60 Redwing (V Stratton)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Common Scoter, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Iceland Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver and 2 Eider
(A McKechnie). 1st winter Iceland Gull (M Ahmad)

1st winter Iceland Gull-M Ahmad

Common Scoter- A Mckechnie

Colliford Lake: 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull with c.50 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (P Kemp)

St Dennis: 5 Fieldfare in a private garden. (P Ash)

Charlestown: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (D Hastilow)

Mevagissey: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Firecrest (B Bosisto L Payne)

London Apprentice: 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Grey Wagtail (B Bosisto L Payne)

St Stephen: 1 Grey Wagtail (B Bosisto L Payne)

Lower Tamar Lake: 13 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 9 Goosander 4m 5f, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay.
(R Mudge)

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