Sunday 2nd August 2020

Late News, 01/08, Siblyback Reservoir: 4 Common Sandpiper,1 Bar-headed Goose,2 Barnacle Goose,1 Little Egret, 9 Cormorant,14 Little Grebe, 2 possible Scaup, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzards, 5 Swifts, numbers of Swallows with young 4 Wheatear, 20+ Pied Wagtail, 9 Linnet, 1 Mistle Thrush, 70 + Canada Goose, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Violet ground beetle, 1 Weasel, 15 Rabbit (C Buckland, Mike Beer)

Late News, 01/08,  Helford River: 1 Little Grebe and 2 chicks. (R Parker)

Porthchapel: 2 adult Brown Boobys headed west, close inshore at 17:30. (R Hopkinson)

Towan Head: 100s of Gannets diving off Watergate plus Common Dolphins present and a steady stream of Manx Shearwaters this morning. Also 2 Dark Green Fritillarys and 2 Common Blue butterflies  (M Lammas, I Boreham)

Porthgwarra: Melodious Warbler in Sallows between 60foot Cover and Stonewall Pool. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: 3 Crossbill in Pines at Swingates. (G Lawlor)

Maer Lake: 2 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Knot, 1 Redshank, 7 Dunlin, 2 Curlew. (A Roberts)

Bude Marshes: Great White Egret still present. (A Roberts)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Little Egret, 20 Cormorant, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kingfisher, 20 Swift, 30 House Martin. (D Flumm)

Pendeen Watch 06:00-11:00: 1000s of Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Swift. (S Rogers)

Goss Moor: 35 ringed. Of note, 1 Reed Warbler (1st caught on site), 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Tit and a Sparrowhawk. Also, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1+ Crossbill and 15 Swallow overhead. (P Roseveare, J Howells)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Teal, 17 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 20 Cormorant, 3 Great Crested Grebe (D Eva)

Par, Spit Beach: 19 Eider, 45 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed plover, 2 Dunlin, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Lostwithiel: 3 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Nuthatch, from Shirehall Moor nature reserve. (S Grose)

Lanivet: 3 Nuthatch, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 pr Spotted Flycatcher with 2 fledglings at St Benet’s Abbey. (S Grose)

Old Town Cove, Camel Estuary: 228 Mediterranean Gull this evening, (including 4 colour ringed individuals) (D Julian)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Bar-headed and 2 Barnacle Goose in with the Canada Goose flock. (C Buckland)



Saturday 7th September 2019

Late news, 6/9, Rocky Valley; Bossiney: 1 Dipper, 2 Goldcrest  (L Payne)

Late news, 06/09, Dobwalls: Female Sparrowhawk in the garden (photo attached), 1 Chiffchaff (C&J Duffy)

Sparrowhawk – Janet Duffy

Drift Reservoir (members only): Osprey early morning plus 3 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper and 4 Green Sandpiper. (P St Pierre) Osprey still present at 17:06. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: 1 probable Booted Warbler from footpath in hedge & bracken at SW corner of Swingates garden 09:35-09:40; 1 Hobby over. (H Mitchell, C Andrew, P Taylor) NB. Swingates is a private garden with no general access.

Kynance: Brown Booby flew behind Gull Rock at 16:25. (C Griffin)

Caerthillian: Wryneck at the SW end also 1 Wheatear, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 4 Whitethroat, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Peregrine. (T Carson, S Rowe)

Lizard: 1 Wryneck, (Caerthillian, on stone wall in corner of field with 4 bee hives), 9 Wheatear, 2 Raven, 38 Cormorant, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Turnstone, 7 Stonechat, 3 Buzzard, 1 Yellow Wagtail (2nd field East of lighthouse) 90+Linnet, 60+ Goldfinch, 3 Moorhen, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Stoat. (S Grose)

Nanjizal: Aquatic Warbler trapped at the private ringing site, please keep to public rights of way also Turtle Dove and 2 Tree Pipit. (K Wilson)

Lizard: Pomarine Skua and 8 Sooty Shearwater past Kynance this morning. (J Chitty et al.)

Davidstow: Buff-breasted Sandpiper still on the airfield late morning at least and again between 12:00 & 13:00 plus 5 Dunlin,15 Ringed Plover, 3 Wheatear, 10 Pied Wagtail. Please respect other users of the airfield and keep the runways clear. (S Denny, S Windle) 22 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone, 1 Buff breasted Sandpiper, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail. ( B Bosisto, L Payne )

Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Stevan Windle

Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Stevan Windle

Dunlin – Stevan Windle

Ringed Plover – Stevan Windle

St Ives: Grey Phalarope on the sea of the coastguard lookout.

Truro:  Raven over Rosedale Estate this morning. (K&J Mortimore)

Kings Mill Lake: 20 Greenshank, 1 juv Dunlin, 63 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 53 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 18 Little Egret, 7 Cormorant, 260 Black-headed Gull, 17 Herring Gull & 1 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. (P Kemp) Also Osprey late afternnon. (K Baum)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Snipe, 32 Teal, 3 Curlew, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Lapwing,1 Gadwall, 1 Shoveler, and 2 colour-ringed Herring Gulls. (D Britton, D Eva, L Langley)

Porth Kidney: 1 adult Sabine’s Gull with 100 Kittiwake being harassed by 2 dark phase Arctic Skua, 10 Sandwich Tern. (D Eva) Sabine’s Gull still present 18:45, plus 5 Knot, 35 Ringed Plover, 10 Dunlin, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit. (R Veal) 1 Grey Phalarope also reported.

Sandwich Tern – Kevin Bowers

St Ives: Adult Sabine’s Gull flew west past Clodgy Point early evening. (L Langley)

Windmill Farm: 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Skylark, 1 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 hen Pheasant, also the remains of a Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey again plus 8 Greenshank, 4 Knot and 67 Med Gulls. (S Lister) In addition 1 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 10 Black-headed Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Osprey, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret at Ryan’s Field and 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Redshank & 4 Oystercatcher on Carnsew Pool. (K. Bowers)

Osprey – Kevin Bowers

Kingfisher – Kevin Bowers

Little Egret – Kevin Bowers

Rame: 1 Wheatear, 12 Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Stonechat, 5 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 2 Skylark & 20+ Linnet. (C Buckland)

Prospidnick: 1 Green Woodpecker in nearest Sweet Chestnut tree to the road. (S Grose)

Par: 12 Ringed Plovers and 5 Turnstones on the beach this afternoon. (L Curry)

Whipsiderry: 2 Peregrine Falcon, 11 Oystercatcher, 5 Stonechat, 6 Corn Bunting, 1 Skylark, 4 Raven, 2 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir: 1 Juv Sanderling, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin & Kestrel  this evening. (B Craven)

Mawnan Church: 8 Med Gulls, 2 Little Egrets, 7 Oystercatchers, 1 Wheatear and 2 Turnstone. (A Witheywood)

Friday 6th September 2019

Late news, 5/9, Stithians Reservoir: juv. Little Ringed Plover, juv. Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, 1 Swift, 1 Shoveler, 2 Little Egret. (S Kolodziejski)

Kynance Cove: 1 Brown Booby still to 15:56 at least, feeding in the bay and resting on the pyramid-shaped rock offshore. (S Williams, B Mellow et al.)

Brown Booby – Adrian Davey

Brown Booby, Stephen Williams

Lizard Point: Brown Booby, Wilson’s Petrel, 3 Grey Phalarope, 2 Arctic Skua, 5 Storm Petrel, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 11 Sooty Shearwater feeding alongside 1 Leatherback Turtle and Bluefin Tuna baitball. (I Maclean et al.)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper still to late afternoon at least, near orange windsock. Also 10+ Dunlin, c.15 Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 + White Wagtails, 300+ Pied Wagtails, 2 Wheatear, 1 Ad Yellow-legged Gull, 7+ Lesser black backed Gulls. (H+I Kendall, B Craven, A Davey et al.)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Adrian Davey

Davidstow Wood: 1 Garden Warbler. (B Craven)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Little Egret, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Cormorants. (B Craven)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Black Tern, 1 Osprey, 6 Sandwich Tern, 6 Greenshank, 1 Peregrine, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 6 Knot, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 10 Ringed Plover, 2 Gadwall, 21 Wigeon, 45 Teal, 63 Mediterranean Gull on Lelant Saltings. (L Proctor, M Halliday, MJ Spicer)

Black Tern, Mark Halliday

Black Tern, Mike Spicer

Porth Kidney: 1 Black Tern, 2 Commic Tern, 6+ Sandwich Tern & 1 Great Skua. (L Proctor, R Wilkins)

Polgigga: 1 Wryneck near Faraway cottage. (M Wallace)

Stithians Reservoir: juv. Little Ringed Plover, juv. Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel,1 Green Sandpiper. (S Kolodziejski) Also 3 Lapwing, 12 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 30+ Teal. (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Pendeen (07:00-15:47): 1 dark phase Pomarine Skua (with spoons), 6 Arctic Skua, 23 Great Skua, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 3 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 4f Common Scoter, 1 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin. (R Veal, P Combridge, P St Pierre, M McKee, B Richards, S Lister)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Little Egret, 3 Gadwall, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Sand Martin, c100 House Martin. (D Flumm)

Tresillian River: Osprey at 18.45, fished successfully but mobbed by gull and corvid out of sight. (A.Hill)

Porthkidney: 2 dark phase Arctic Skua harassing feeding Gannets at the river mouth. (M Jones) 2 ‘Comic’ Tern, 1 Great Skua. (L Proctor)

Mount Hawke: 50+ Goldfinches on garden seed feeders. (P Roberts)

Par Beach: C15 House Martin, Swallow, Raven, over. 5 Turnstone, 4 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin. (R Hampshire)


Thursday 5th September 2019

Caerthillian, Lizard: Brown Booby fishing from 08:15 till 09:00 at least. (N. Foote) Still on small pyramidal rock at 17:00 after flying around the bay feeding. (T Wilson)

Brown Booby – Neil Foote

Davidstow: Buff-breasted Sandpiper still on the airfield. Please respect other users of the airfield and keep the runways clear. (D Dine)

Millbrook: Hoopoe again in gardens this morning for it’s 4th day. (B Taggart)

Wadebridge: 81 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Teal, behind Bridge bike hire. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Osprey, 3 Little Egret, 17 Cormorant, Gadwall, 7 Teal, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 7 Sand Martin, 150 Goldfinch. (D Flumm) This afternoon the Osprey showing over various parts of the reservoir, ranging from north east right down to the dam and back up western shore, also 2 Kingfisher and 2 Buzzards in very different plumage. (R Chiffers)

Osprey – Robin Chiffers

Kingfisher – Robin Chiffers

Buzzard – Robin Chiffers

St Ives, Porthmeor: 5 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, juv Sabine’s Gull, Grey Phalarope, only a few Manx Shearwater but large movement of birds taking a line beyond Godrevy Light. (J Hicks)

Godrevy Head: 1 juv Sabine’s Gull (18:20), 1 Dark phase Arctic Skua and 2 Grey Phalarope. (M Jones)

Tresillian River: Osprey around midday and 17:45. Also 6 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Curlew. (A.Hill)

Caerthillian: 3 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher; 2 Sand Martins; 1 Hobby; 1 Chaff Chaff; 9 Stonechat; 3 Whitethroat; 1 Kestrel. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey between 18:30- 18:45 at Carnsew Pool. (B&R Burgess) 7 Turnstone, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Knot, 35 Wigeon, c50 Teal. Plus Osprey over the garden centre at 17:10. (R Veal)

Cot Valley: Firecrest in pines at The Canyack, top of valley (N W Addey, N Bostock)

Pendeen Watch: Single Grey Phalaropes past at 08:15 & 09:32 from top viewpoint. (N W Addey)

Lands End: 2 Northern Wheatears. (N W Addey)

Gannel Estuary: 5 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin. (S Rowe)

East Pentire, Newquay: 3 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Siblyback Lake: 1  Yellow Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 40+ Pied Wagtails, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, 9 Dunlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 C Buzzard, 15 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Teal, 100+ LBB Gulls, 20+ BH Gulls large numbers of Swallows 1 Sand Martin 40+ House Martins,1 Weasel. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Marazion beach: 1 Wheatear, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot, 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin. ( S. Rogers)

Truro: 1 Grey Wagtail and 2 Dipper on the river in front of Victoria Park. (D Jenkins)

Portheras Cove: 1w Little Gull at 16:30. (M McKee)

Monday 2nd September 2019

There will be a work party at Walmsley sanctuary when we will be cutting out the islands in the front of the tower hide on Wednesday 4th Sept from 9 am. Expect some disturbance.

Kynance Cove: Red-backed Shrike 300m south of surfers car park at 08:45 to 14:05 at least. Brown Booby off the surfers car park briefly c10:30. (D Collins) On rocks south of Kynance Cove, viewed from cliffs near car park from 10:35 to15:55 at least. (M Pass, R Menari, J Swann et al.) Feeding off Caerthillian Cove at 16:45 but back on the rocks at 17:30 and still there at 18:15. (S Rowe) Brown Booby settled on the cliffs out of view at 19:00.

Brown Booby – Mike Spicer

Brown Booby – James Thirlaway-Price

Brown Booby – James Thirlaway-Price

Brown Booby – James Thirlaway-Price

Brown Booby – James Thirlaway-Price

Rame: 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher coast path below coastguards cottages. 2 Wheatears, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Yellowhammers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 1 Hobby, 4 Kestrels, 2 Fulmars. (C Buckland)

Davidstow: 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the airfield this evening. (M Worden)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper – Mark Worden

Millbrook: Hoopoe flew over Radford Lane towards Hounster Hill at 17:00, also 1 Common Swift over west. (B Taggart) Hoopoe seen again in Millbrook feeding on windfall pears in a private garden at 19:00. (per B Taggart)

Godrevy Point: Grey Phalarope on the shoreline. (M McKee)

Grey Phalarope – Mike McKee

Pendeen: Juv Cuckoo this morning. (P Combridge, P Clement)

Porthilly Point: 76 Mediterranean Gull, 35 Sandwich Tern, 3 Curlew, 67 Oystercatcher, 11 Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 1 Raven. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Osprey, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Gadwall, 4 Teal, 1 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtail, flock 150 Goldfinch, 1 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm, C Moore)

Osprey – Dave Flumm

Osprey – Dave Flumm

Osprey – Dave Flumm

Sancreed: Osprey west over Sancreed Beacon 12:07 hrs, 5 Stonechat, 2 Blackcap. (D Flumm)

Devoran, Tallack’s Creek: 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Knot, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger & S Williams) In addition, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 9 Redshank, 1 Oystercatcher 14:00 – 14:40. (M Webb) Osprey still this evening. (R Augarde)

Curlew Sandpiper – Martin Webb

Curlew Sandpiper – Martin Webb

Redshank – Martin Webb

Knot – Steve Williams

Spotted Redshank – Steve Williams

Curlew Sandpiper – Steve Williams

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 8 Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 24 Teal,1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger & S Williams)

Marazion: 1 Curlew Sandpiper under patio area of Godolphin Arms at 19:00 briefly also 5 Med Gull, 31 Turnstone and 1 Dunlin. (RP Taylor)

Porth Reservoir: 13 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Coot, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 76 Canada Geese. (S Grose)

Caerthillian, Lizard:   5 Chough flew over towards Lizard Head at 13:20. (K & J Mortimore)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 17 Wigeon in eclipse plumage. (S Murnan)

Newquay Zoo: 1 Sparrowhawk hunting hundreds of Corvids which have been roosting in the poplar trees for many months. (S Grose)


Saturday 31st August 2019

St Ives Bay: Sub adult Brown Booby off Godrevy 09:34 to 10:30 at least. (M Ahmad, R Wilkins et al.) Brown Booby towards St Ives at 10:55. (M Elliott) Brown Booby on rocks off Porthgwidden at c11:40. (K Jones) Present until 12:45 when it flew west. (J Chapple, J Ryan, et al.)

Brown Booby – Linton Proctor

Brown Booby – Richard Augarde

Brown Booby – Mashuq Ahmad

Brown Booby – Mashuq Ahmad

Brown Booby – Mashuq Ahmad

Brown Booby – John Miller

Brown Booby – John Miller

Gwithian: 2 Great Shearwater, 1 Artic Skua, 1 Brown Booby. (P Flint, R Wilkins)

Pendeen Watch: Brown Booby reported at 13:07. (A Gaunt) 8 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Bonxie, 10.30-1.30pm Manx Shearwater were passing in huge numbers just beyond the rocks, 150 – 200 per min on 6 separate counts, Manx Shearwater also passing further out on a broad front.. (G Wyatt)

Brown Booby – John Chapple

Trevescan: Western Bonelli’s Warbler still in the Sycamores at Vingoe Cottage at 10:00. Please park considerately. (B Dodd) Still present at 16:50. (J Chapple, K Jones)

Godolphin: 1 White Stork circled West Godolphin engine house mid afternoon then headed toward Rosudgeon. (S Yandall)

West Looe: Juv Little Gull. (M Dobinson)

Porthgwarra: 1 Great Shearwater, 1 possible Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Skua and a Merlin. (A Rosney)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Eider, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 65 Great Black backed Gull, 1 Rock Pipit, 29 Turnstone, 30 Cormorant, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 20 Sooty Shearwater reported.

Lizard Point seawatch 10:30 – 11:30: 9 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 Great Skua

Croft Pascoe plantation: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 4+ Spotted Flycatchers (inc 1 juv), 2 Coal Tit, 9 Blue Tit, 9 Long-tailed Tits, 1 Chiffchaff & 2 Great Tit. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Marazion Beach: 21 Mediterranean Gull, 11 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Sancreed: Osprey west over our house 12:30 hrs. (D Flumm)

Osprey – Dave Flumm

Osprey – Dave Flumm

Drift Reservoir (members only): Osprey in Red Lodge arm of reservoir this afternoon until flushed by photographers, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 6 Teal, Mute Swan, Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Swift, 2 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Ruan Lanihorne: Osprey at 15:40.

Truro: 2 Ospreys fishing between Truro and Malpas.

North Cliffs: 2 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 7 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 4 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover. (B Bosisto)

Lethytep, Lanreath: 7 Mistle Thrush and 1 Kingfisher. (P Hambly)

Newquay: 1 Tawny Owl at Trevemper sewage treatment works.(S Grose)

Cape Cornwall: 5 Sooty Shearwater and 2 Arctic Skua. (N Wheatley)

Thursday 29th August 2019

Late news, 28/9, Scillonian III: 1 Sooty Shearwater (+ 1 distant probable), 1 Phalarope species flushed off the sea, 2 possible Balearic Shearwater (distant towards Porthgwarra area), 1 Minke Whale, 2 small pods Common Dolphin with Tuna, 1 small group of Kittiwakes and 1 Sennen Lifeboat! (R Creek)

St Ives (seawatch 06:40-08:40): Brown Booby (08:05-08:40), 2 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Whimbrel, 12 Dunlin, 4 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 10 Common Dolphin. (D Flumm, Lee Evans et al) Also 1 pale Pomarine Skua. (G Wyatt)
After several ‘false starts’ with 2nd Calendar-year Gannets the last 3 days, it was great to catch up with this bird and although distant at 5 km range from us, the identification was straightforward in the end. We were watching the bird from the Coastguard lookout at St Ives Island as it fed along the surf-line off Hayle beach at Gwithian. There were adult Gannets and a 2nd-cal bird in the vicinity but not feeding together and the Booby was constantly plunge-diving at a shallow (30 degree?) angle then resurfacing, flying for a few metres and repeating the exercise. The Gannets yesterday were also feeding thus but today also adopted their typical 90 degree dives into the sea – I never saw the Booby do this today. Having looked closely at some of the 2nd-cal year Gannets of late, it is clear why observers, myself included, might be initially mistaken with those individuals at a distance showing brown ‘hoods’ – the latter often forming a sharply demarcated breast contrast with otherwise white underparts and white underwing stripes.  But given sufficient views the diagnostic white uppertail crescent of these immature Gannets is usually obvious with a scope even at 5 km if light conditions (as today) allow. Structurally the bird looks smaller than a Gannet, the wings maybe shorter and rounder and the tail shorter. When flying away, the upperparts always looked uniform dark brown with no white uppertail covert crescent. After watching the bird for 20 minutes under overcast conditions the sun came out making viewing (to the SE) difficult and many observers left to escape the glare for Hayle beach. Unfortunately the bird disappeared towards Godrevy Head as I left at 08:40. Perhaps it spends the day resting on the island there.” (D Flumm)

St Ives Island Seawatch (06:40-07:58): Brown Booby observed distantly from island 08:05-08:40, 82 Northern Gannet, 460 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 27 Shag, 4 Common Teal, 2 Common Scoter, 33 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Skua, 6 Pomarine Skua (pale morph moulting adult-type), 6 Arctic Skua (all dark morph), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Guillemot and 10 Common Dolphin (in the harbour). (LGR Evans)

Brown Booby – Mike Mckee

Brown Booby – Mike Mckee

St Ives Bay: Brown Booby close inshore off Gwithian Towans car park 8:06, then off Hayle Towans 8:28, then between the Towans and Hayle river mouth 8:40 before flying east and passing Godrevy Point at c9:00. (Many observers) Also 2 Whinchat at Hayle Towans.

Godrevy Head: Great Shearwater west at 10:15 also c10000 Manx Shearwater, 2 Chough and 4 Raven. (B Hibbert, LGR Evans) Brown Booby reported west at c10:05,

Porthgwarra: Melodious Warbler reported showing well in bushes by track near coastguard cottages. No sign later, but 2 juvenile Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff and 9 Chough. (LGR Evans)

Helston: Possible White Stork flew towards Culdrose 10:20. (N Hallam)

Jolly Town (Lower Predannack Downs): 1 Wryneck, 3 Whinchat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk (with kill – Wheatear), 1 Kestrel, numbers of Stonechat and Linnet (J St Ledger)

Wryneck – John St Ledger

Whinchat & Stonechat – John St Ledger

Dozmary Pool: 2 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 5 Meadow Pipit, 60+ Goldfinch, 20 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Swallow, 6 Lapwing, 2 Curlew. (C Buckland)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey at 16:00. (S Rowe)  c25 Teal, 1 juv. Knot, 3 Wigeon. (R Veal) Osprey also seen over Harvey’s Towans. (M Jones) Also 1 juvenile Common Shelduck, 40 Common Teal, 14 Little Egret, 5 Common Greenshank, 35 Common Redshank and 1 Whimbrel on main estuary, 8 Greylag Geese, 106 Eurasian Curlew, 3 Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit (2 juveniles), 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Chiffchaff on Ryan’s Field, 8 Greylag Geese, 106 Eurasian Curlew, 3 Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit (2 juveniles), 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff on Copperhouse Creek. (LGR Evans)

Godrevy: 1 Black Tern early pm. (S Rowe)

Porthkidney: 2cy Yellow-legged Gull, 1 juv. Knot. (M Halliday)

Knot, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Yellow-legged Gull, Mark Halliday

Porthleven: 3 Choughs between Porthleven and Loe Bar, close to the coast path. (D Birch)

Land’s End: 18+ Yellow Wagtails (mainly juveniles) feeding with cattle opposite Trinity loop, 8 Whitethroats (juveniles). (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Swift, Osprey present at 08:30. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel) Osprey still present – alighted in trees NE arm of reservoir 18:10 plus 3 Little Egrets, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (D Flumm, LGR Evans)

Poldhu Cove: 7 Turnstone, 5 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 White Wagtails. (B Nicholls)

Stithians Reservoir: 1815hrs 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 4 Lapwing, 10 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 10 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 10 Teal, 2 Swallow, 15 Cormorant, 1 Blackcap (S Van Hear)

Gribbin Head: 1 juv. Sanderling. (R Kirkwood)

Sanderling, Rupert Kirkwood

Gannel Estuary: 2 Tawny Owl heard, 1 Common Sandpiper heard, 1 Kingfisher heard, also Curlew, Oystercatcher heard this eve. (S Grose)

Pendeen Watchpoint (seawatch 1600-1700): 30 Eurasian Shag, 202 Manx Shearwater, 1 Whimbrel, Common Raven pair and a single Northern Wheatear. (LGR Evans)