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)


Wednesday 28th August 2019

St Ives (0600-0830): 1 Black Tern (West at 07:15), 22 Commic Tern, 7 Sandwich Tern, 1 Wheatear. (DK Parker, R Veal et al.) Brown Booby reported distantly (c2km) at 07:54 although many on site were unconvinced, reported again at 10:10 flying towards Carbis Bay. c19,000 Manx Shearwater (counts per min of 40 first hour, 75 second and 200/min last hour), 3 Balearic Shearwater, 28 Dunlin & 6 Harbour Porpoise 06:45-09:45. (D Flumm)

Trevescan: Western Bonelli’s Warbler again in the garden of Curlew Cottage. (M Spicer) Still present 17:00. (J Hawkey)

Pendeen: 1 Tawny Pipit reported along lane East of Calartha road.

Porthgwarra: 1 Melodious Warbler in willows and scrub just South of dried up pool. (P Clement)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: White Stork (part of released flock) still present at Ryan’s Field at 07:40. (J Parker) Also 17 Teal, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir (members only): At least 1 Osprey still, fishing at times. (M Spicer, J Hawkey) 1 moulting ad. Little Stint, 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 2 Snipe, 1 Osprey, 4 Black-tailed Godwit this evening. (S Rogers)

Illogan: Ring-necked Parakeet in Valley Gardens at 08.10 & again at 16.00. (J Baker)

Caerthillian, The Lizard: Wryneck, hunting Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 3 Chough and 2 Wheatear (A Witheywood)

Wryneck, A Witheywood

Kestrel, A Witheywood

Gwithian: 1 Knot, several Ringed Plover and Dunlin in rain before flushed by dogs. (J Hicks)

Wilsey Down: 4 Crossbill, 1 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker. (L Sampson)

Calstock, River Tamar: 1 Osprey downriver at 15:50. (G Lewis)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 juv Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sanpiper, 18 Greenshank, 1 juv Knot, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 94 Curlew, 24 Little Egret, 3 Whimbrel, 8 Cormorant and a few Redshank. (P Kemp)

Stithians Reservoir: 1800hrs 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 10 Curlew, 10 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 10 Teal, 2 Swallow, 15 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard (S Van Hear)

Land’s End: 15+ Yellow Wagtail, 100+ Starling at Trinity loop. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthilly Point: 46 Sandwich Tern, 5 Curlew, 21 Mediterranean Gull, 31 Turnstone,1 Ringed Plover 1 Dunlin, 5 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 7 Linnet, 2 Raven, 75 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Devoran, Tallack’s Creek: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 2 Sandwich Tern (1 adult, 1 juv), 11 Ringed Plover, 20+ Dunlin, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Lapwing in with Oystercatcher, 5 Mediterranean Gull. (J St Ledger) 1 Curlew and 1 Whimbrel. (P Carter)

Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin and Ringed Plover, John St Ledger

Sandwich Terns, John St Ledger

Porthcurno: 4 Balearic Shearwater by 09:33.

Tywardreath: 11 Goldfinch ( 4 adults, 7 young – 2 of which being fed by adult birds) on garden feeders; 1 young Woodpigeon and 3 young Bullfinch feeding on feeder spill. (R. Barlow)

Rame: Pied Flycatcher at Rame Barton Farm by the gate also 2 Chiffchaffs, 20 Linnets, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Collared Doves, 30+ Wood Pigeons, 1 Chaffinch. (C Buckland)

Pied Flycatcher – Chris Buckland

Rumps and Pentire: 4 Fulmar, 200+ Manx Shearwater, 15 Gannet, 1 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 5 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 15 Swallow, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wren, 1 Stonechat, 7 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 3 House Sparrow, 45 Linnet, 1 Barrel Jellyfish. (M Scawen et al.)

Porth Reservoir: 13 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Coot, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 1 Great Black backed Gull, 87 Mallard, 11 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 4 Blackcap, 2 Jay, 3 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Whipsiderry/ Porth Island: 3 Peregrine, 42 Fulmar, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 13 Oystercatcher, 13 Linnet, 1m Reed Bunting, 4 Raven, 7 Corn Bunting in seperate fields, 16 Oystercatcherm 21 Cormorant roosting on West Zacry’s islands. (S Grose)



Tuesday 27th August 2019

Late news, 26/8, Dozmary: 1 Wryneck in the evening. (B Craven)

Wryneck – Brian Craven

Wryneck – Brian Craven

Late news, 26/8, St Buryan: White Storks on St Buryan Church. (J Thomas)

White Stork – Julian Thomas

Late news, 26/8, Park Head: 7 Chough. (C Taylor)

Nanjizal: Blyth’s Reed Warbler trapped at 07:30 and released in Sallows at Polgigga duck pond. Also 2 Wryneck, 9 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 119 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher, 11 Whitethroat, 26 Blackcap, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler trapped and ringed. Spotted Crake and Nightjar seen. (K Wilson, B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Polgigga: Blyth’s Reed Warbler till 08:30 at the back of the pond in the Sallows. 1 Pied Flycatcher this afternoon. (O Mockeridge)

St Ives: Brown Booby photographed close inshore off The Island / Porth Gwidden at 07:34 but flew south towards the harbour and lost to view. (K Jennings) Also 6 Common Scoter west, 11 Sandwich Tern west and 6 Harbour Porpoise. (D Flumm) Brown Booby reported again west past The Island at 14:30. (B Bosisto) Also 1 Stonechat and 2 Wheatear on The Island by the coast guard station. (K Money)

Drift Reservoir (members only): At least 15 White Storks still at 06:30. 1 Osprey at c12:40. (D Flumm, R Menari) 20 White Stork eventually flew off at 11:00. (C Hannon) Also 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 20+ Mallard, 7 Teal, 35 Canada Geese, 15 Cormorant, 1m Kingfisher, 5 Willow Warbler. (M Webb) No sign of the White Storks this evening but 3 Little Egret and 1 Osprey roosted at 20:30. (D Flumm)

White Stork – Martin Webb

Sennen Cove: 1 White Stork flew over towards Skewjack Farm.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 White Stork flew high to east over the estuary late morning, returning early afternoon and landed on Ryan’s Field, giving excellent views from hide. (K & J Mortimore) White Stork bearing colour ring GB2E white on blue over left knee. (MJ Spicer)

White Stork – Mike Spicer

White Stork – Rob Creek

Trevescan: Western Bonelli’s Warbler still in the Pines behind the small orchard.early afternoon. Behind Curlew Cottage at 18:40. (J Thomas)

Laneast Down: 1 Grasshopper warbler (juv), 3 Whinchat, 7 Stonechat, 1 Tree pipit (heard), 1 Reed bunting, c30 Linnet, c30 Goldfinch, 3 Stock dove, 2 Raven. (L Sampson)

Tywardreath: 2 House Sparrow ( adult female feeding 1 young from garden feeder). (R. Barlow)

Lizard Point: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater 05:45-08:30. Also 1 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Wheatear & Yellow Wagtail. (N Sluman)

Porthcurno: 2 Great Shearwaters reported at 08:20.

St Ives: 3 White Stork over towards Clodgy Point at 09:25.

Porth Kidney: 1 juv Little Tern. (R Wilkins, M Halliday)

Little Tern – Mark Halliday

Little Tern – Mark Halliday

Rame: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Whitethroats, 2 Chiffchaffs, 20 Linnets, 2 Tree Pipits. (C Buckland)

Kingsmill Lake 0630 -0730: 12 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, I adult summer plumaged Black Tern. (GD Lewis)

China Fleet Club 0745: 1 1st summer Black Tern on the artificial lake. (GD Lewis)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, 14 Curlew, 10 Snipe, 12 Teal. (J St Ledger)

Caerthillian area: 1 Wryneck (probably new bird), 5 Whinchat, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Tree Pipit, 6 Wheatear, 1 Redstart. (M Pass)

Porthgwarra: Sooty Shearwater past the coastguards and 1 Pied Flycatcher by Dolphin House in Pine opposite car park copse. (R Creek)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Whitethroat and 6 Sedge Warbler. (DK Parker)