Tuesday 16th October 208

Late news, 14/10, Predannack Head: possible Brown Shrike reported.

Late news, 15/10, Lizard: 6 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Richards Pipit (fly over east), Ring Ouzel, 5 Red-veined Darter. (T Blunden)

Land’s End: Grey Catbird still present and showing well on and off. (M Ahmad et al.) Vagrant Emperor dragonfly also reported.

Grey Catbird – John Chapple

Grey Catbird – Mashuq Ahmad

Grey Catbird – Steve Rogers

Grey Catbird, Linton Proctor

Grey Catbird, Linton Proctor

Grey Catbird – Linton Proctor

Grey Catbird – Linton Proctor

Grey Catbird – Linton Proctor

Grey Catbird – David Hastilow

Grey Catbird – David Hastilow

Grey Catbird, Rod Farnes

Grey Catbird, Rod Farnes

Grey Catbird, Rod Farnes

Porthgwarra: Juv Rosy Starling again at Lower Roskestel Farm. 4 Yellow-browed Warbler. (M Wallace)  Yellow-browed Warbler by dried out Pool. (A Holmes) Also 1 Turtle Dove with Collared Doves at Lower Roskestel Farm. (D Chaney)

St Levan: Calling Siberian Chiffchaff and Merlin. (M Wallace)

Falmouth: Corncrake flushed on private land near Treverva midday. (D Chaney)

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at sewage works, 1 Ring Ouzel near woodyard. (T McGowan) Also 3 Black Redstart reported.

Ring Ouzel – Phil Taylor

Higher Bosistow Farm: Wryneck still present but elusive, around the farm buildings and along stone walls. Also a Little Bunting briefly, flying around ticking but not located on the deck yet. (Oriole Birding)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Ring-necked Duck, flighty, left for Nanquidno Pool and then returned. (Oriole Birding – finders, C Moore, J Ryan et al)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Spoonbill again. (G Williams) Also Garganey and 2 first year Yellow-legged Gull from causeway. (D Jenkins)

Penberth Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and  2 Firecrest.

Cot Valley: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Ring Ouzel

Kelynack: 2 Lapwing, 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 32 Robin, 16 Blackbird, 1 Grey Wagtail. (D Flumm)

Nanjizal: 68 new birds including 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 16 Chiffchaff (including 1 tristis ), 29 Blackcap, 1 Redwing & 1 Songthrush. (B Bosisto)

Sheffield: Lapland Bunting in fields. (J Ryan)

Sennen Cove: Common Dolphins attracting lots of Gannets, Kittiwakes, Mediterranean Gulls, Razorbills, Guillemots and singles of Arctic Skua and Balearic Shearwater. (Oriole Birding) Juv Pomarine Skua reported off Priest’s Cove.

Nanquidno: 4 Blackcap, 3+ Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth and several Red Admiral. (T Mills)

Maer Lake, Bude: Canada Goose hybrid along with 236 Canada Geese, 29 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 1 male Sparrowhawk. (J Hope)

Canada Goose hybrid – Janet Hope

Porthilly Point: 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Grey Plover, 13 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 51 Oystercatcher, 2 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 5 Mute Swan. (S Grose)

Men-an-Tol: Marsh Harrier over at 15:10. Also 1 Sparrowhawk going past at 15:11. (B Oakes) 2 Wheatear, 1 female Merlin and 1 ringtail Hen Harrier over downs at 1645. (A Holmes)

Croft Pascoe Woods: Wryneck on path, Merlin on post at the back of woods, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (A Holmes)

Windmill Farm: 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Kestrel, numerous tits and finches on feeders. (A Holmes)

St Eval: 100+ Golden Plover, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Short-eared Owl from the church. (S Grose)

Zennor Hill: 50+ Raven (C Madden)

Longdowns: 1 Barn Owl after dusk. (D Chaney)

Penzance: Battery Rocks: 24 Turnstone, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)


Thursday 4th October 2018

Late news, 3/10, Marazion Marsh RSPB: Bittern flew to the eastern end of the sanctuary area. (P St Pierre)

Kynance: Brown Shrike still at Soapy Cove, also 1 Wryneck. (T Phelps) The Shrike is generally elusive in scrub behind the large Willow tree.  Also 2 Wryneck, Chough and Merlin (T Wilson) 2 Merlin (1 at Soapy Cove, 1 at Kynance Gate), 1 Wryneck (Soapy Cove), 14 Golden Plover over, 2 Kestrel, 60+ Meadow Pipit. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

Wadebridge: 6 Cattle Egret just below Trewornan Bridge at 08:00. (S Grose) At least 11 Cattle Egret below Trewornan Bridge at 12:00. (D Drake) Walmsley Sanctuary: 13 adult Cattle Egret in field behind Tower Hide this eve. (S Grose)

Hayle estuary RSPB Reserve: 2 Cattle Egret, 25 Little Egret, 70 Mediterranean Gull and 4 Greenshank (T Wilson) Ryan’s Field: 2 Little Egret , 30+ Canada Goose , 1 Buzzard . (K. Bowers)

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Buzzard, Kevin Bowers

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Pectoral Sandpiper still.

Devoran Quay: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs still.

Stithians Reservoir:1 Osprey with fish, 23 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 5 Lapwing. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Hobby over. (R Menari)

Hobby, Richard Menari

Porthgwarra: 1 Firecrest in the garden of Dolphin House. (R Archer)

Housel Bay: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (D Collins)

Kenidjack: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Kestrels, 1 Sparrowhawk & 2 Chough. Blackbirds (10) & Great Tit (15) were the commonest other species. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Nanquidno: 1 Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chough. Butterflies include Painted Lady, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral & Large White. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Newquay, Towan Head:  Just a few Gannets but 20 + Common dolphins off point and in bay from early a,m till at least 12 30 pm.  (M Lammas)

Lower Predannack: 1 Wryneck, 1 Golden Plover. (J St Ledger)

Land`s End: 1 Wryneck south of car park and willow scrub.

Scillonian III crossing: 5 Great Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater and 3 Storm Petrel this evening.

Trevescan: 1 Turtle Dove. (P St Pierre)


Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Late news, 02/10, Loe Pool: 1 Firecrest, 2 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 16 Great Crested Grebe. (D Collins)

Porthgwarra: juv Rosy Starling still on wires around Roskestal Farm plus 82 Collared Dove. (DK Parker G Mitchell R Butts T Pinfield et al.)

Rosy Starling – Dave Parker

Rosy Starling – Dave Parker

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Tufted Duck, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 8 Snipe. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 2 Cattle Egret and 1 Ruff early morning visible from the causeway. (L Proctor)  Plus 74 Mediterranean Gull of varying ages, 16 Little Egret, 2 Cattle Egret, 4 Dunlin, 4 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (R Butts T Pinfield) 2 Curlew, 10+ Teal, 2 Oystercatcher. Ryan’s Field RSPB: 1 Kingfisher , 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret (K Bowers) Also 2 imm Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret on Ryan’s Field. (R Butts T Pinfield) Also Wryneck on the path from the hide to the tidal sluice gates. (C White)

Curlew – Kevin Bowers

Oystercatcher – Kevin Bowers

Teal – Kevin Bowers

Kynance: Brown Shrike still at Soapy Cove also 1 Wryneck. (P Freestone, B Mellow) Darford Warbler (B Mellow)

Wadebridge, Trewornan Manor: 9 Cattle Egret, between the dam and main road. (S Grose)

Cot Valley: 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 6 Blackcap and 8 Chiffchaff. (N Wheatley)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Sparrowhawk hunting birds amongst the rocks, it chased a bird into the rocks and stayed looking for it for 15 mins. (S Williams)

Sparrowhawk – Stephen Williams

Penberth: 1 Firecrest & 6+ Chiffchaff at the seaward end. (DK Parker)

Devoran: 4 Sandwich Tern, 11.30- 11.45. (B. Toms)

Hawkers Cove: 1 Guillemot, 3 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Maer Lake: 1 Whimbrel, 11 Lapwing and 400+ Canada Geese. 2 Moorhen. (H Kendall)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Padstow: 8 Mute Swan, 65 Canada Goose, 3 Shelduck, 35 Mallard, 24 Wigeon, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 14 Grey Heron, 17 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Moorhen, 120 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Grey Plover, 6 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 14 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Redshank, 14 Greenshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Curlew, 4 Snipe, 180 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 17 Jackdaw, 4 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 5 Starling, 8 House Sparrow, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Rabbit, 2 Small White, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth (M Scawen et al.).

Amble Marshes: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 11 Siskin feeding in private garden. (S Grose)

Siblyback Reservoir: 5 Coot, 20 Little Grebe,  6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat,  6 Rock Pipit & 1 Linnet. (R Napp)

Linnet, Rick Napp

Stonechat, Rick Napp

Meadow Pipit, Rick Napp

Meadow Pipit, Rick Napp

Sennen Cove: 2 Great Northern Diver.

Scillonian III crossing: 2 Balearic Shearwater this morning.


Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Camel Estuary, Burniere Hide: 5 Red-legged Partridge, 45 Curlew, 36 Golden Plover, 23 Redshank. (S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 3 Common Gull, 11 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher on mussel crates plus  121 Mediterranean Gull, 75 Oystercatcher, 11 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Raven, 16 Meadow Pipit, 9 Sandwich Tern, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 fem Peregrine Falcon over at 13:00. (S Grose)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Great Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 16 Balearic Shearwater, 52 Manx Shearwater, 3 Great Skua, 2 drake Common Scoter between 07:50 & 09:50. (DK Parker) 28 Balearic Shearwater in total. ( D Appleton)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5 Wigeon, 7 Coot, 14 Moorhen and 8 Little Grebe on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Carbis Bay: 1 Cattle Egret in field off Teyla Tor Road. (D Robinson)

Kynance Cove: Brown Shrike still at Soapy Cove. (per O Mockeridge) Also 1 Wryneck.

Drift Reservoir (members only): Pectoral Sandpiper still. (MJ Spicer)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 7+ Cattle Egret. (C Selway)

Porthgwarra: Rosy Starling again at Roskestal. (MJ Spicer)

Bude: 1 Turtle Dove in private garden for at least its second day. (H Wilkins)

Turtle Dove – Helen Wilkins

Lostwithiel Shirehall Moor: 2 female Mandarin Duck and 6 Little Grebe. (E Mayhew)

Sennen: 45+ Mediterranean Gull of different ages. About the same number of Kittiwakes and Black-headed Gulls on rocks by lifeboat station. (J Miller R Butts)

Polbathic Creek: 1 Spotted Redshank with 77 Redshank. (A Blonden)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1cy Yellow-legged Gull and presumed 3cy Yellow-legged Gull also Spotted Redshank, 1 Ruff & 6 Common Gull. (M Halliday)

1cy Yellow-legged Gull – Mark Halliday

1cy Yellow-legged Gull – Mark Halliday

3cy Yellow-legged Gull – Mark Halliday

3cy Yellow-legged Gull – Mark Halliday

Rumps Point: Golden Plover and dark-bellied Brent Goose. (C Selway)

Cape Cornwall: 09.30 – 10.30, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 18 Manx Shearwater. (P Clarke) Also 2 Pomarine Skua and 7 Balearic Shearwater this afternoon.

Kenidjack valley: 1 Firecrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Willow Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff. (P Clarke) Also 1 Turtle Dove.

River Gannel: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dipper which was then seen to fly towards boating lake. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: 3 Shoveler. (A Witheywood)


Sunday 30th September 2018

Late news, 29/9, St John’s Lake: 150+ Wigeon numbers building also 5 Sandwich Tern. (C Buckland)

Falmouth: 7 Mediterranean Gull on Gyllyngvase Beach. (S Grose)

Swanpool: 2 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 6 Little Grebe, 19 Tufted Duck, 41 Coot, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Mute Swan, 19 Moorhen. (S Grose)

Nanjizal: Richard’s Pipit in fields by Faraway Cottage at c07:35 but mobile. (J Ryan) 237 birds ringed including 155 Blackcap, also a large increase in Chiffchaff with 43 ringed. Richard’s Pipit flew over the valley twice during the morning. A Yellow-browed Warbler was also heard several times. (P Roseveare)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Grey Phalarope, 1 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 1 Grey Plover. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde, R Wilkins) Also Spotted Redshank. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Polgigga: Richard’s Pipit flew east along Bosistow Lane towards Trethewey at c09:50. (M Wallace)

St Levan: Hobby flew west at 10:35. (M Ahmad)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs showing well plus Osprey still. (J Chapple)

Lesser Yellowlegs – John Chapple

Kynance, Soapy Cove: 1w Brown Shrike (first seen at 07:30 after a report of a Shrike species last night). The bird is extremely elusive, please keep on the paths and away from the farm house. Also 2 Wryneck, 1 Marsh Harrier and 3 Wheatear. (D Wright, M Pass et al.)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Pectoral Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper and Bar-tailed Godwit still. (S Rogers)

Camel Estuary: 15 Cattle Egret in field behind Amble Dam, best viewed from lay-by at Trewornan Bridge. (B Bosisto) Up to 17 at 18:30. 9 one side of bridge, 8 the other side. (P Sofley)

Sancreed: 3 Kestrel, 60 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: 5 Kestrel, 1 Snipe, 12 Skylark, 2 Wheatear, 70 Swallow, 3 Grey Wagtail, c200 Linnet. (D Flumm) 2 Richard’s Pipit in fields by Trevean. (M Wallace)

Trevescan: 1 Rosy Starling still. (B Toms M Curtis)

Watchcroft: 3 Dartford Warbler, one seen, two calling simultaneously, 1 Merlin, 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat on south slope. 1 Kestrel, 3 Dartford Warbler, 2 seen 1 heard calling, 12 Linnet, 6 Whinchat, 8 Stonechat, 1 Small Copper Butterfly, 1 Red Admiral Butterfly on east slope. (J Evans)

Land’s End: 2 Yellow Wagtail over, 1 Reed Bunting, 230+ Meadow Pipit, 9 Blackcap. (R Veal)

Par Lake: 250+ Canada Geese, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Fox on the island. (C Hooper)

Kingsmill: 1 Curlew Sandpiper. (M Beer)

St Clement, Tresemple Pool: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Tresillian River: 1 Greenshank, 45 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 65 Canada Geese, 1 hybrid Goose. (S Grose)

Cotehele House: 1 Firecrest and 1 Marsh Tit in the gardens. (R Smaldon)

St Ives: 4 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Manx Shearwater in 30 mins. (R Augarde, R Wilkins, B Mellow, R Veal)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank. (J St Ledger)

Curlew Sandpiper and Greenshank – John St Ledger

Hayle Kimbro: 2 Whinchat. (J St Ledger)


Tuesday 20th October 2015

Late news, 17/10, Bottalack: 1 1w m Pied Wheatear. (A Davey)

ADavey_PiedWheatear_171015winter male Pied Wheatear, Adrian Davey

Late news, 19/10, Porthgwarra: 1 probable White’s Thrush seen briefly but not relocated. (M Southam & D Lewis)

Late news, 19/10, Bude: 4 Grey Wagtail near Summerleaze Beach and 1 Merlin and 4 Wheatear near Compass Point. (H Wilkins)

HWilkins_Merlin_201015Merlin, Helen Wilkins HWilkins_Wheatear_201015Wheatear, Helen Wilkins

Porthgwarra: 1 Brown Shrike by dried-up pond. (D Appleton et al) Also 3 Dartford Warbler. (J St Ledger, D Parker)

JStLedger_BrownShrike_201015Brown Shrike, John St Ledger

Rame Head: 1 Barred Warbler seen briefly. (S Tucker)

Nanjizal: 95 ringed today, including 1 Pallas’s Warbler, 39 Blackcap, 23 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, and 14 Chiffchaff, also 70+ Fieldfare and 1 Brambling over. (K Wilson/M Grantham)

MGrantham_PallassWarbler1_201015Pallas’s Warbler, Mark Grantham MGrantham_PallassWarbler2_201015Pallas’s Warbler, Mark Grantham

Men-an-Tol: 1 Dartford Warbler, 200 mixed Fieldfare & Redwing, 20 Blackbird flying together & feeding, 4 Whinchat and 20 Stonechat. (S Russ) Also 1 Hen Harrier in to roost at 18.20. (J St Ledger)

Carn Galver: 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Golden Plover and 1 Hen Harrier roosted at 18.05. (J St Ledger)

Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Whimbrel. (J St Ledger)

Crowdy Reservoir: Flocks of 15 and 24 Crossbills plus 1 Water Rail. (AJ Bond)

Longrock: 1 Short-eared Owl high over the village, mobbed by corvids and drifted off north west. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: 1 Short-eared Owl. (P&H Taylor)

Penberth Cove: 2 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Cot Valley: 1 Barred Warbler and 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler also 2 Firecrest at Plain an Gwarry. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Spoonbill again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Levan: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling this evening in carpark again.

Porthleven: 2 Chough in coastal field 400m west. (M Pegrum)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 1 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover and 9 Turnstone at high tide roost and 1 Kingfisher. (T Mills)