Thursday 5th October 2017

Nanquidno: 1 Blyth’s Pipit reported opposite Boscregan Farm this morning. (J Hepworth)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper still. Davidstow Airfield is an active airfield and we have been reminded that there is NO freedom to roam here and that cars must NOT drive onto the airfield at all. We have been advised that we can WALK onto the grassy areas, but not the runways. Cars should be parked alongside the road. Failure to comply could lead to access being withdrawn altogether.

St Ives seawatch (0930 – 1100hrs): 1 Grey Phalarope, 6 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 10 Manx Shearwater, 1 Common Tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull. Moderate passage auks & gannets. Small passage Kittiwakes. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Pendeen Watch 08:00 – 11:30: 3 Common Scoter, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 20 Balearic Shearwater, 65 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 juv Sabine’s Gull, 107 Kittiwake, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Great Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua (1 ad with spoons, 1 juv), 11 Arctic Skua (7 dark, 4 light phase), 11 Oystercatcher, 10 Turnstone and 1 Wheatear. Interestingly no Fulmars seen at all. (DK Parker) Pendeen seawatch pm: 9 Manx Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull. (B Steel) Pendeen late afternoon: 3 Grey Phalarope incl 2 sitting on the sea. (Paul St Pierre)

Cape Cornwall seawatch am:  auk sp west at 2000/hr, 13 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, 18 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Sandwich Tern. (B Steel)

Mousehole: 14 Cattle Egret over. (P Semmens)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Pool; 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

Church Cove: 1 Yellow-Browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 1 Siskin and 1 Pied Flycatcher. (T Blunden)

Porthgwarra: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by toilet block.

Penzance: 1 ad m Sparrowhawk (also seen 4/9) and 1 m Firecrest, both in private garden. (T Mills) Also 1 Osprey flew past east.

Penzance, Chyandour: 1 Red-throated Diver. (A McKechnie)

Kenidjack: 4 Firecrest, 1 Merlin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 10+ Goldcrest, 6 Chough, also Spotted Flycatcher & Wheatear at the cape. (B Steel)

St Clements: 53 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Grey Wagtail, also 21 Greenshank on Tresemple Pool. (M Jones)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 126 Mediterranean Gull, 96 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 16 Sandwich Tern at 18.30pm, (2 Mediterranean Gull and1 Black-headed Gull are Yellow ringed on right leg). (S Grose)

Downderry: 11 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua and 1 Little Gull moved west before 0815. (A Payne)

Maer Lake: 1 Spotted Redshank, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Shoveler, 2 Peregrine. ( B Craven)

Botallack: 2 Peregrine, 2 Chough & 1 Wheatear. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Newquay boating lake: 1 Dipper at the weir. (S Grose)

Devoran: 1 Osprey again this evening, caught a fish.


Sunday 9th October 2016

Late News, 8/10, Argal Reservoir: Juvenile Common Tern showing well. (T Smith)

Late News, 8/10, Lower Predannack Downs: Ring Ouzel. (A Pay)

Late News, 8/10, Millbrook: Probable Honey Buzzard flew over late evening, possibly roosted in Treninnow Wood. (B Taggart)

Late News, 8/10 Nanjizal: Short-toed Lark in stubble fields in evening. (K Wilson)

Sandymouth, Bude: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers in trees and bushes on right hand side before NT car park. (A Roberts)

Nanquidno: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers in sycamores and blackthorn below Nanjulian Farm. Also 2 Merlin, Hobby, 4 Chough, Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Snipe and 1 Brambling north. (A Rosier) Also Dartford Warbler. (C Moore) 4 Whinchat, 3 Chough. (S&PM Rogers)

Lower Predannack Downs: Richard’s Pipit (A Pay)

Argal Reservoir: Juvenile Common Tern showing well. (T Smith) Also 3 Great Crested Grebes (2 ad 1 imm), 1 Little Egret, c.30 Swallow plunge bathing, 1 Kingfisher. (D Chaney)


Common Tern, T Smith

College Reservoir: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper on north side of island, 1 Bittern, 191 Canada Geese plus 2 hybrids, c.40 Teal, 36 Coot, 18 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk. (G Adams) Also 1 Water Rail, 22+ Cormorant to roost. (D Chaney)

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Pectoral Sandpiper, D Chaney

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Wheatear, 42 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 8 Lapwing (J Chapman)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Lapwing, 3+ Grey Plover, 4+ Grey Wagtail over. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows by standing stone. (P Fraser)

Lizard: 1 Pallas’s Warbler still. (MJ Spicer)

Mullion Cove to Predannack: 3 Firecrest & 1 Peregrine. (D Wright)


Firecrest, D Wright

Davidstow Airfield: Baird’s Sandpiper still. Also Ring Ouzel & Merlin. (DI Julian, M Halliday)

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Baird’s Sandpiper, M Halliday


Hawker’s Cove, Padstow: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Grose)

Rock: 52 Mediterranean Gull hawking insects over sand dunes. (DI Julian)

Zennor: Hen Harrier ringtail between Zennor and Morvah over White’s Down.

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

Sennen: Siberian Chiffchaff by Esther’s Field holiday cottage. Richard’s Pipit & 4 Whinchat in field by Mayon Farm. Black Redstart at B&B. Wryneck opposite Sennen school. (L Thomson)

Pendeen: Redstart & Yellow-browed Warbler in churchyard. (L Thomson) Hooded Crow at lighthouse. Also Wryneck & Whinchat.

Land’s End: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Whitethroat, Tree Pipit over, 5 Whinchat & 4 Wheatear, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Water Rail, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Snipe, 200 Common Starling & 1 Ring Ouzel. (L Thomson, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Polgigga: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (M Wallace)

Raftra Farm: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra: Ring Ouzel, 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, (M Wallace) 2 Richard’s Pipit again in meadow by doctor’s garden. Blyth’s Pipit reported to land in fields to east.

Plain-an-gwarry / Treveneague: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Kingfisher, plus 30 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit, 20 Linnet, 2 Redwing and 1 Mistle Thrush over. (R Menari)

Kennack Sands: 1 juv Brent Goose this evening. (N Climpson)

Rame Head: 1 Pied Flycatcher, (K Pellow, D Allan) & Short-eared Owl. (C Buckland)


Pied Flycatcher, D Allan

Rinsey:  1 pr Peregrine,  1 pr Kestrel (A James)

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Peregrines, A James


Carn Brea, St. Just: 1 Ring Ouzel ( M Jones)

Kenidjack: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 9 Chough. (S&PM Rogers)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler. (S&PM Rogers)

Levant: 1 Ring Ouzel. (M Scott-Ham)

Lower Predennack-Kynance: 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 fem Merlin, 10 Wheatear, 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Whinchat and Clouded Yellow. (M Scott-Ham)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Great White Egret early evening for 20 minutes before flying down Tamar.(M Beer, C Buckland, M Northey)


Great White Egret, M Beer

Porthleven: 2 Whinchat. (I Maclean)

Nanjizal: Black-throated Thrush briefly at 8am; flew north. Dusky Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher & 10 Yellow-browed Warbler ringed. (K Wilson)

Liskeard: Ring Ouzel flew over.

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Saturday 31st October 2015

Late news, 30/10, Treraven Meadows: 1 Great White Egret. (video Will Delacour)

Marazion: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel firstly on beach (D Eva, R Davey, R Veal) and then seen calling and  flying high over coast path east and inland at 08.55. (T Mills) Later, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Little Egret, 15 Sanderling, 4 Ringed Plover, 13 Turnstone. (D Flumm) 2 Firecrest at Plain an Gwarry. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Gulval: 1 Grey Wagtail in yard opposite Boscathnoe Reservoir. (P Johnstone)

St Levan Churchtown: 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Rose-coloured Starling, 2 Woodlark over, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, flock on Linnet in adjacent field, Chaffinches and Bramblings over. (M Ahmad, J Ryan, D Eva, J Chapple, T Mills, J Hawkey, K Dalziel, M Jones, et al) Also 3 Peacock and 5 Small Copper butterflies, 2 Silver-Y moths, (T Mills), 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly (D Eva) 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (M Wallace) 20 Common Dolphin. (D Balmer)

video by John Chapple

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Porthcurno: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff and 1 Blackcap. (M Ahmad, J Ryan) Also 1 Black Redstart. (M Jones)

St Ives: 1 Tree Sparrow again and 1 Short-eared Owl. (T Harrison)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Kingfisher and c 50 Meadow Pipit. (R Veal) Also 4 Mute Swan, 33 Teal, 9 Wigeon, 16 Mallard, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 27 Moorhen, 2 Water Rail, 5 Snipe, 1 Swallow, 10,000+ Starling and 2 Stonechat. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings:2w Rng-billed Gull, 3 Grey Plover, c125 Lapwing, 2 Kingfisher and 2 Spoonbill. Carnsew Pool: 4 Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal)

Newquay: 3 Black Redstart briefly on Thomas Rd surgery roof, also somewhat oddly 2 Grey Wagtail briefly on surgery roof. (D Mays)

Sancreed: 2 Black Redstart, 1 continental Coal Tit, 3 Firecrest, 26 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Siskin, 1 Little Egret west, 7 Snipe, 20 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare and 2 Stonechat. (D Flumm)

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Carminowe Valley: 1 Pallas’s Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 3 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Kuggar: 1 Swallow. (I Maclean)

Gwendreath: 3 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Carleon Cove: 1 Water Pipit and 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. (I Maclean)

Poltesco: 2 Firecrest, 1 continental race Coal Tit and 1 Stoat. (I Maclean)

Lizard Village: 3 Black Redstart. (I Maclean)

Church Cove: 1 continental Coal Tit and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (I Maclean)

New Polzeath: 1 Black Redstart. (T Davies)

Trevescan: 2 House Martin.

Camel Trail: 1 Cattle Egret at Pinkson Creek. (W Delacour)

video by Will Delcour

Falmouth, Swanpool NR: 2 Firecrest. Trescobeas area: 1 f Black Redstart. (J St Ledger)

Dodman Point: 1 m Ring Ouzel, 14m + 2 f Bullfinch, 16 Long-tailed Tit and 16 Goldcrest. (P Kemp)

Bude: 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail in estuary 2 Robin, 16 Meadow Pipit 1 Cormorant along coast path 14 Oystercatchers 3 Great Black-backed Gull c20 Herring gulls 1 cormorant on beach near Lynstone. (H Wilkins)

Stithians Reservoir:  3 Green Sandpiper together from the SH hide. (D Chaney)

Treverva: c.300 Redwing over. (D Chaney)

Sennen Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Nanjizal: Ringed 90 today, including 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 32 Goldcrest and 1 Firecrest, also 1 Blyth’s Pipit over. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Porthgwarra: 1 Wheatear plus a large finch movement including 2 Hawfinch, few Brambling,  Siskin plus 3555 Chaffinch this morning. (D Balmer)

Boswednack: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare and 2 Bullfinch. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Scillonian Crossing: 2 Sooty Shearwater and 4 Balearic Shearwater.

St Agnes, Beacon Hill: 1 Black Redstart.

Rinsey: 1 Short-eared Owl and flock of c100 Linnet. (J Hillier)

Pednavounder: 2 Swallow. (M Nattrass)