Thursday 8th September 2016

Late news, 7/9, Bude: 2 Corncrake calling from private land. (N Bastin)

Late news, 7/9, Davidstow airfield: 20+ Pied wagtail, 4 Wheatear, 8 Dunlin, 12 Ringed plover, one RP had a yellow band marked NSU above the knee on left leg, a red band above the knee and a metal ring on it’s right leg. (D Thomas)

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Walmsley Sanctuary: 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret and 1 Spoonbill feeding in front of the tower hide. (D Thomas) Also Garganey and 6 Wigeon. (C Selway)

Mullion Cove: 3 Peregrines. (J Allely)

Camel Estuary: Black-necked Grebe, Redshank,  Greenshank,  Dunlin,  Black Tailed Godwit,  Bar Tailed Godwit,  Cormorant, Shag, 1Peregrine Falcon, Oystercatcher, 10 Sandwich Terns, Mediterranean Gull, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper. (W Delacour – video)

Land’s End aerodrome: 2 Whinchats. (C Moore)

Penzance: 5 Kingfishers along the harbour wall. (A Jones)

Kelynack: 1 Kestrel feeding on the wing. (K Bowers)

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Porthgwarra: 1 mobile Dotterel south of halfway wall at 10:00. (M Wallace) In flight at 10:30 & 10:45. (S Lister) Relocated between the coastguards and Daymark at 13:30. (MJ Spicer, DK Parker, B Toms) North of halfway wall at 15:30, also 1 Whinchat. (P & H Taylor – photos) 13 Cory`s Shearwater and 10 Balearic Shearwater past. (S Lister et al.)

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Lockengate: Black Stork flying over the A391 just southwest of Lockengate at 16:35. (J Parry)

Land’s End: Wryneck opposite Trinity Pool. (A James – photos) A second bird reported 300m south of Trinity Pool.

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Kenidjack: 1 Wryneck seen briefly flying from the side of the stream to the tractorshed coppice at 13:45. (P Clarke)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 14 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Oystercatcher, c150 Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover in Carnsew Basin. Kingfisher, 5 Common Sandpiper and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit on Ryan’s Field. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Pochard still on Longrock Pool and an immature Hobby over. (DK Parker)

Marazion: Buff-breasted Sandpiper still on the beach. (DK Parker)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Osprey flew towards the estuary. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Siblyback Lake: Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Pectoral Sandpiper still present. (R Treeby)

Caradon Hill: 1 Osprey over south. (DI Julian)

Penryn: 1 Osprey S over the gridlocked bypass at 17:10. (C Benton)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

Loe Pool: Wryneck in ditch on west side by bridge also Dalmatian Pelican still.

Pendeen Watch: 1 Great Shearwater,20+ Balearic Shearwater and a Black Tern reported.


Monday 17th August 2015

Late news, 16/8, Cape Cornwall: 1 Tree Pipit over golf course. (P Fraser)

Porthgwarra, Trevean Pool: 1 Western Bonelli’s Warbler in pine trees. (M Wallace, M Halliday, T Mills et al) Also 1 Pied Flycatcher and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (M Halliday, T Mills) Porthgwarra to St Levan: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 8 Whinchat, 4 Tree pipit, 4 Wheatear and 6 Willow Warbler. (M Wallace)

Wadebridge: 1 Black Stork drifting over up the River Camel. (D Julian)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern (1 adult, 1 juv). Also 1 Common Dolphin (swimming inside 4 knot buoys) and, sadly, 1 dead Risso’s Dolphin. (J St Ledger)

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Siblyback Lake: 2 Mediterranean Gull and 4 Little Grebe. (R Hurrell)

Bodmin Moor, Brown Willy: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Hobby and 10 Redpoll (inc juvs). (B Bryne)

Marazion beach: 1 Little Stint. (A McKechnie)


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Lizard, Church Cove: 1 Lesser Whitethroat and lots Clouded Yellow and Painted Lady butterflies. (S Turner)

Kenidjack: 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat, 2 Clouded Yellow butterfly, 1 Hornet Hoverfly and a few Porpoise. (J Swann)

Nanjizal: 1 Ortolan Bunting over, 1 Wryneck, 4 Grasshopper Warbler  and 4 Pied Flycatcher. (K Wilson)

St Buryan: 1 f Marsh Harrier. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Ring-billed Gull again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Bude, Maer Lake: 2 Wood Sandpiper.

Land’s End: 2 Whinchat. (P&H Taylor)


Thursday 11th June 2015

Late News, 9/6, Liskeard, Island Shop: 1 Black Stork reported by non-birder. (per D Julian)

Late news, 10/6, Bodmin Moor, Craddock Moor, near Tregarrick Tor, Minions:  1 Red Kite. (J Chalmers)

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Penzance: 1 Hawfinch drinking from birdbath. (NR Phillips)

Marazion beach: 2 Mediterranean Gull. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 13 Mallard plus 2 duckling, 10 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 4 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Stonechat and 2 Cetti’s Warbler plus Reed Warblers. (DK Parker, D Flumm)

Goss Moor: 1 Red Kite. (T Mcintyre)

Hatt: 1 Red Kite at 15.00. (J&K Cole)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 1s Ring-billed Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull on Lelant Saltings. 1 pr Canada Goose with 3 young on Ryan’s Field. 2 Mediterranean Gull on Copperhouse Creek. (MJ Spicer)

Wadebridge: 2 Red Kite over going south east. (DI Julian)

Windmill Farm: 2 Red Kite over at 13.00. (J Bowen)

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Tuesday 9th June 2015

Red Kite influx, day 2: Again there were very large numbers reported from different sites across the west of the county. Early morning 166 were recorded at Nanquidno/Lands End Airport area and these seemed to have dispersed and spread up county. 102 counted at Baldhu (R Wilkins), 50+ over Penzance (M Bishop, M Elliott), 23 over Tregonning Hill (I Maclean), several over Truro (S Rogers) and also recorded in Newquay (S Rowe), Grampound (M Jones), Higher Tremar, Bodmin (L Bulbeck), Rame Cross (D Monk), and Launceston (C Hardy).(C Alway, R Menari, M Spicer, R Wilkins, S Rogers, T Mills, D Parker, P Fraser, M Jones, J Lander, NR Phillips, I Maclean, R Butts, L Bulbeck, D Monk, S Rowe, C Hardy) Thank you for all your reports over last two days, it is quite an effort to collate all the reports and to summarise, apologies to anyone i missed acknowledging.

Cambourne: 1 Hooded Crow. (T Mcgowan)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Squacco Heron again. (P Fraser, D Parker, L Proctor)

Ventongimps: 1 Black Stork over A30 this morning. (M Jones)

Redruth: 1 Black Stork over at midday drifting towards St Ives. (S van Hear)

Note, a Black Stork was later recorded on St Martins mid afternoon, is this bird commuting back and forth between the Scillies and the mainland, or is it a second one?

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull and 1 Yellow-legged Gull again.

Rosemullion Head (1900hrs): 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Linnet, 5 Swallow and 1 Song Thrush. (S van Hear)

The Rumps, Moules Island: 8 Cormorant, 2 Fulmar, 10 Great Black-backed Gull, c50 Guillemot, c50 Kittiwake, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Puffin, c50 Razorbill, 22 Rock Pipit and c20 Shag. Also 1 Grey Seal and 1 Ocean Sunfish. (C&B Travis)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl again at 21.30 and 21.40. (MJ Spicer)


Monday 8th June 2015

An incredible day for Red Kites……: Sightings started early morning (Crackington, B Teague at 08.20) of one’s and two’s and then 8, 10, 12 over Penzance by midday, but that was nothing compared with the afternoon counts towards Polgigga/Lands End where counts reported were 80+ (R Roberts), 100+ (J Swann) and finally 186 (K Wilson). (B Teague, I. Webster, J Hawkey, M Wallace, M Elliott, T Mills, D Ensor, P Kemp, C Alway, D Flumm, R Menari, R Roberts, B Field, J FitzGerald-Patrick, M Bishop, J Swann, K Wilson)

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….and a Black Stork: First sighting of the day for the Black Stork was over Marazion Marsh RSPB (11.40 D Flumm) then Penzance with 10 Red Kite (12.03, M Wallace). Through the afternoon it drifted with Red Kite, gradually westward to Lands End. It then made the journey to the Scilly Isles, and back, being reported in the evening back over the sea off Penzance.

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Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Squacco Heron again. (J St Ledger) Also 56 Red Kite 11.30-12.45hrs with 1 Black Stork accompanying 8 Red Kite, 11.40, also 3 Little Egret, 1 pair Stonechat with 2 juv. (D Flumm) A further 45 Red Kites between 12:45 and 15:45. (DK Parker, I Webster)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull on the estuary. (D Flumm)

Penzance: 1 m Eider still. (D Flumm) 1 Black Stork with 10 Red Kite. (M Wallace)

Polgigga: 1 Black Stork with 60+ Red Kite. (R Menari) Also 1 Hobby. (M Wallace)

Brane: 1 European Bee-eater mid afternoon. (J Rance)

Lands End Airport: 2 Eurpoean Bee-eater and 1 Hooded Crow. (S Turner)

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Seaton valley: 1 European Bee-eater. (D Julian)


Sunday 7th June 2015

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Black Stork flew west at 13.40 and then seen east at 14.55, 1 Squacco Heron seen at 07.20, and 1 European Bee-eater over at 07.40. (S Rogers, B Loader, A McKechnie, D Mays, P&H Taylor, MJ Spicer et al)  Also 1 Red Kite, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Cetti’s Warbler heard and 7 Sanderling on beach (D Mays) and 1 Otter and 2 Roe Deer. (A James)

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Polwheveral Creek: 1 Black Stork flew up creek at 16.30, presumed same bird as at Marazion earlier.

Porthgwarra: Pied Flycatcher at Trevean Pool. (S Rogers)

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St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Coot, 1 Wheatear and 2 Linnet. (MJ Spicer)

North Bowda: 3 pairs Redstarts, at least 2 of which still feeding nestlings. (A Blonden)

St Erth: 1 Kingfisher along river towards Ryan’s Field. (T Mills)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull this evening.