Saturday 31st October 2020

Late news, 30/10, Downderry: Juvenile Sabine’s Gull flew west at 07:45. (A Payne)

Newlyn: 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter, Kingfisher from Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Mousehole: Ad Pom Skua (with spoons), 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Red-throated Diver and 1 diver sp past Mousehule. (P St Pierre) Fea’s type Petrel at 11:27 less than 1Km out, also 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 juv Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Pendeen (combined totals 0900-16:30): 3 Leach’s Petrel, 8 Grey Phalarope, 2 (ad, juv) Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 14+ Great Skua, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 13 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver, 36 Common Scoter, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Grey Plover. (R Veal, R Augarde, R Wilkins, S Rogers, P Clement et al)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Curlew Sandpiper with 10 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Grey Plover. (J Hawkey) 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 20 Lapwing, large numbers of Teal and Wigeon, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, numerous Herring Gull and Black-headed Gulls. (D Sharp) Great Egret and Merlin. (M Broadbent)

Hayle Estuary; Copperhouse Creek: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 7 Pink-footed Geese still present. (J Hawkey) 1 Greenshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Greylag Goose, 1 Little Egret, 2 Curlew, numerous Teal, Wigeon and Canada Geese. (D Sharp)

Kingfisher – Deena Sharp

Greenshank – Deena Sharp

Curlew Sandpiper – Deena Sharp

Greylag Goose – Deena Sharp

Hayle Estuary; Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, number of Black-headed Gulls.  (D Sharp)

Polgigga: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosistow Lane. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: Yellow-browed Warbler still in the car park bushes and Red-throated Diver passed the headland. (D Balmer) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Snow Bunting. ( D Eva )

Nanjizal: 4cy Caspian Gull. (K Wilson)

Kenidjack: Cetti’s Warbler at the sewage works. (M Ahmad) 1 Firecrest. (J Branscombe)

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler. (Birdguides)

Nanquidno: Dusky Warbler reported. (Birdguides) Lapland Bunting in fields between Nanquidno and Cot Valley. (Birdguides)

Sennen Cove: 6 Grey Phalarope, Arctic Skua, Great Northern Diver plus ad Yellow-legged Gull on Cowloe. (D Balmer) juvenile Iceland Gull reported late afternoon. (Birdguides)

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (P Taylor)

Penberth: 1+ Yellow-browed Warbler, 2+ Firecrest. (R Archer, J Ryan)

Alsia Farm: c200 Fieldfare. (R Archer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2cy female Marsh Harrier still present. (P Walsh) Great White Egret flew from the marsh and up the valley at 15:05. (R Menari)

Men-an-Tol: 2 (1m) Yellowhammer, 1 Snipe. (R Veal)

Penzance: Great Northern Diver, Common Scoter, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 98 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling off Jubilee Pool. (P St Pierre)

Lizard: Sooty Shearwater passed at 08:45. (J Lethbridge)

St Mawes: Adult Iceland Gull. (D Cooper)

St Anthony-in-Meneage: 8+ Cattle Egret in cattle field near Dennis head. Viewed from coast path along Helford river. (G Wills)

St Anthony’s Head: 7:30-10:00am1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Manx Shearwater, 810 Kittiwake, 200 Gannet, 4 Great northern diver, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (3cy, adult), Peregrine Falcon, Merlin and 4 Cirl Bunting in the area. (M Broadbent)

St Clement: 2 Cattle Egret and male Pintail on Tresemple Pool. (M Broadbent)

Porthoustock: 4 Black Redstart on rocks behind the large concrete building. (J Jones)

Black Redstart – J Jones

Tremayne Quay; Helford: 3 Firecrest, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (A Witheywood)

Great-crested Grebe – A Witheywood

Hannafore: 1 Ringed Plover, 30 Turnstone, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 18 Eider and 1 Great Northern Diver. ( M Beer)

Purple Sandpiper – M Beer

Gannel Estuary: 1 Ruff, 11 Med Gull, 344 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 750 Herring Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 75 Great Black-backed Gull. (S Rowe) 1 Common Gull, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 19 Lesser Black backed Gull, 76 Great Black backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, 1 Redshank 2 Oystercatcher.(S Grose)


Towan Head (15:00-16:40): 2 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Common Scoter, c250 Kittiwake. (S Rowe) 1 Red throated Diver past, 1 Peregrine Falcon caught a Grey Phalarope off the sea and was relocated on cliffs at ‘Tea Caverns’. (S Grose)

Peregrine with Grey Phalarope – Shaun Grose

East Pentire, Newquay: 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Red-throated Diver late am. (S Rowe)

Newquay Golf Course: 2 Skylark. (S Grose)

Great Western Beach: 1 male Black Redstart, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Chapel Amble; Wadebridge: 1 Wood Duck dead in farm gateway. Partly plucked and sporting orange ring 005. (A Langdon)

Camel Estuary: 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Red-breasted Merganser. (C Selway)

Trevose Head: 1 female Merlin. (S. Marquis)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Grey Phalarope, 8 Snipe, 4 Cormorants, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Canada Geese. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck. (R Mudge)

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Tuesday 27th October 2020

Late news, 26/10, Marazion Marsh RSPB: Adult female Marsh Harrier still present. (A James)

Devoran: Great White Egret from the road, 1/2 mile south off the scrummy bakery by the penguin statues at 08:00. (S Turner)

Tresillian River: ad European White-fronted Goose (race albifrons) still present, drake Pintail, 12 Cattle Egret, 2 Kingfisher. (J Chapple)

White-fronted Goose, John Chapple

Copperhouse Creek: 10 Pink-footed Geese. (C Richards)

Four of the Pink-footed Geese amongst 2 Canada Geese – Adrian Myram

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Female Peregrine, 6 Buzzard, 1 fem Sparrowhawk, 5 Teal, 8 Little Grebe. 13 Mallard. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: Richard’s Pipit in private fields east of coastguards, also 3 Black Redstarts at Manor Farm. (P Combridge)

Sancreed: 6 Skylark, 37 Redwing, c80 Linnet. (D Flumm)

Sennen Cove: Near adult Caspian Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, Purple Sandpiper on Cowloe. 2 Whooper Swan reported in nearby fields. Turtle Dove in maize field behind school then flew east to farm building. (D Balmer)

Adult Mediterranean Gull – Adrian Myram

Gannet – Adrian Myram

Adult Mediterranean Gull – Adrian Myram

Gannet – Adrian Myram

Penberth: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest. (J Ryan)

Porthcurno: 1 Firecrest. (J Ryan)

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler reported again in the Youth Hostel garden.

Trink Hill, Lelant Downs: 1 Wheatear in field. (P Geddes)

Truro: Meadow Pipit in our very small garden this morning. (Same one as our long stayer last winter?) (K & J Mortimore)

Calstock Flood Defence Area: 6 Swallows(passed over 1530), 7 Snipe, 4 Teal, 2 Green Sandpiper. (N Moore)

Lostwithiel private garden: male Sparrowhawk. (E Mayhew)

Dobwalls: Hummingbird Hawkmoth in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Pintail, 1 Water Pipit. (B Bosisto)

Launceston: female type Black Redstart & Green Woodpecker in private garden. (P Mallett)


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Sunday 16th August 2020

Late news, 15/8, Gweek: Moulting adult Spotted Redshank on the Helford River from the Seal Sanctuary in a mixed shank flock including 6 Greenshanks. (C Fyles)

Late news, 15/8, Porth Mear: 1 Whimbrel , 1 Spotted Flycatcher (B Bosisto L Payne)

Late news, 15/8, Colliford: 8 Dunlin, 10 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper & 5 Teal (P Kemp)

Late news, 15/8, Siblyback: 2 Wood Sandpiper, 13 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 7 Common Sandpiper, 1 Coot, 1 Snipe, 5 Teal & 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull (P Kemp)

Late news, 15/8, Kingsmill Lake: 32 Dunlin, 23 Ringed Plover, 18 Greenshank, 33 Curlew, 7 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Whimbrel & 12 Black-tailed Godwit (P Kemp)

Late news, 15/8, St Eval Church: 2 Barn Owl in separate locations. (S Grose)

Late news, 15/8, Polbathic Creek: Barn Owl at 17:30. (A Blonden)

Late news, 15/8, Stepper Point to Crugmeer: 15 Grey Plover, 20+ Gannet and 2/3 Orca seen at about 2 miles offshore briefly. (P Floyd Spong)

Late news, 15/8, Gulval: Juv Caspian Gull and 1w Yellow-legged Gull briefly at Rosemorran. (M Elliott)

Late photo,15/8, Drift Reservoir:

Wood Sandpiper – Mashuq Ahmad

Siblyback Lake: 5 Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin,  1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Peregrine (immature female), 1 Buzzard, 2 Goldfinch, 1 adult Caspian Gull amongst Lesser Black Backed and Herring Gull flock in North West corner, before flying south. (M & R Frost and R. Lee)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Ad Spotted Sandpiper in bay by boardwalk, also 2 Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpipers and 1 Greenshank. (P Clement) In addition, 1 Snipe, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat. (B Toms)

Lands End: Pied Flycatcher along the cycle track by Trinity Loop. (P Clement)

Kenidjack: Pied Flycatcher adjacent to allotment. (S Rogers)

Cot Valley: 2 Spotted Flycatcher. (T McKinney)

Nanjizal Valley: 116 new ringed. 7 Willow Warbler, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Garden Warbler, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 40 Sedge Warbler, 22 Whitethroat, 12 Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Pied Flycatcher. Also, Marsh Harrier and 3 Tree Pipit over. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto, R Wilkins et al)

Pied Flycatcher – Peter Roseveare

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. (D Eva)

Illogan: 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 in Bridge Rd, 1 in garden (J Baker) In addition 1 Sparrowhawk frequently visiting a Quail Pen (S Smith)

Hayle Estuary: 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (D Cains) Also, 4 Black-tailed Godwits (including one juvenile), 3 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper (N R Rogers)

Black-tailed Godwit – David Cains

East Pentire, Newquay: 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Sandwich Tern late pm. (S Rowe)

Tresillian: Black-headed Gull ringed in Norway (M Buckley)

Davidstow Airfield: 2 Common Snipe, 15 Meadow Pipit, 30 Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 House Martin, 2 Dunlin, 2 White Wagtail. (S Windle)

Common Snipe – Steve Windle

Yellow Wagatil – Steve Windle

Dunlin – Steve Windle

Bude River: 1 Great White Egret, 30 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper all the waders flew north towards Mear Lake at 9.30 am. (S Windle)

Great White Egret – Steve Windle

Redshank – Steve Windle

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Cattle Egret, 2+ Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sandwich Tern late afternoon. (R Veal)

Marazion RSPB: 2 Stonechat, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Linnet, 6 House Martin, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Blue Tit. (M Webb)

Stonechat – Martin Webb

Common Whitethroat – Martin Webb

Porthgwarra: 8.45-10 am, Balearic Shearwater and 130 Manx Shearwater. (C Fyles) Also, 3 Minke Whale, c.30 Harbour Porpoise and c.100 Common Dolphin. Also large school of Blue Fin Tuna busy feeding and breaching. (M Jones)

Gannel Estuary: 3 juv Mediterranean Gull, 95 Black headed Gull, 19 Great Black Backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 368 Herring Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 6 Little Egret, 5 Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Little Fistral: 21 Oystercatcher, 1 m Kestrel, 1 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Newquay, Killacour: 2 Swift. (S Grose)

Pendeen: Whimbrel & Grey Heron over this evening, a dozen Swallows mobbing a Sparrowhawk, juvenile Stonechat, the resident Kestrel & usual Rooks (A Hartley).


Tuesday 17th March 2020

Sensitive Breeding Birds: Now that the breeding season is close upon us again, we will shortly be resuming our policy of withholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds in the County. Our first duty is to protect the birds themselves. Please keep sending in your reports, even though they will not appear on the website, as they will still go into the county database and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Remember, the welfare of the birds comes first! Thanks for your understanding. The full list of species concerned, including RBBP and Schedule 1 species can be found on the website here. Please do bear this in mind when sharing information on social media too.

Camel Estuary, Burniere Hide: 1 Whooper Swan, 1 f / imm Hen Harrier, 6 Shelduck, 11 Redshank, 23 Curlew, 3 Snipe, 1 Greenshank, 2 Skylark, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 5 Red legged Partridge. (S Grose) In addition, 35 Lesser Black backed Gull ( one adult intermedius / Scandinavian sub-species) , 1st winter Yellow Legged Gull (B Bosisto)

Treraven Meadow: 1 Spoonbill flying over at 8.30am. Also, 2 male Mandarin between the bridge and Anneka’s. (D Wilson)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 91 Black-tailed Godwit , 24 Sand Martin , 1 Spoonbill (adult) , 2 Little Egret, 7 Wigeon,  10 Shoveler, 10 Gadwall, 65 Teal, 9 Shelduck,  7 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Water Pipit. (B Bosisto)

Chaple Amble: 7 Teal, 2 Shelduck , 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Water Pipit (B Bosisto)

Winnards Perch: 350 Golden Plover (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 11 Canada Goose, 500 Golden Plover, 27 Yellowhammer (B Bosisto L Payne)

St Merryn: 5 Sand Martin. (R Augarde)

Trevose Head: 9 Wheatear. (R Augarde) 2 Lapland Bunting in stubble field behind National Trust Car Park, 5 Sand Martin (R Copeland)

Newquay: injured adult Glaucous Gull still in the pink elephant field next to Crantock junction (R Copeland)

Porth Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, 1 m Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Crackington Haven: 1 Red Kite, 6 Sand Martin (B Teague)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Sandwich Tern. (T Phelps)

College Reservoir: 12 Sand Martin, 1 Treecreeper, 14 Tufted Duck, 6 Wigeon, 15+ Coot. (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Swanpool: circa 6 Red Kite (R Taylor)

Red Kite-R Taylor


Eden Project: 1 singing Chiffchaff (L Payne)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Sand Martin, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret. (D Flumm) 25+ Sand Martin, 1 Long-tailed Duck. (P Walsh)

Chapel Carn Brae: 1 Meadow Pipit (R Chiffers)

Meadow Pipit- R Chiffers

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull still. (M Ahmad)

 St Gothian Sands NR:1 Wheatear, 5 Sand Martin, 10 Teal. (I Grindle)

Marazion; Longrock Pool: ad/near-ad Caspian Gull (or hybrid) briefly at midday, 3 Sand Martin. (M Ahmad)

Caspian Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Caspian Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Caspian Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Marazion; Little London: 1 Water Pipit and 2 female Black Redstart (J Witheywood)

Water Pipit- J Witheywood

Porthgwarra (seawatch 08:30-09:00): 75 Puffin, 2300 Razorbill/Guillemot, 180 Manx Shearwater (N R Rogers)

Porthgwarra (seawatch 10:00-11:00): 1072 Puffin, c3000 Auk sp, 187 Manx Shearwater, 1 juvenile Glaucous Gull west. Also c120 Golden Plover over valley. (D Flumm)

Mousehole: 36 Puffin flew west 16:30-18:00, also adult Yellow-legged Gull and presumed 2nd winter Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid (M Elliott)

Nanjizal: 7 Sand Martin, 7 Chiffchaff. (K Wilson)

Zennor: 1 Sand Martin (S Mayes)

Bosigran: 1m Merlin (S Mayes)

Trevean: 1 Sand Martin (S Mayes)

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Thursday 12th March 2020

Portscatho: 1 Black Guillemot (near summer plumage), 5 Slavonian Grebe (1 in near summer plumage – distant), 1 Long-tailed Duck (female), 1 Eider (female), 7 Great Northern Diver. Also 8+ Bottlenose Dolphin (J St Ledger)

Great Northern Diver – John St Ledger

Long-tailed Duck – John St Ledger

Bottlenosed Dolphin- John St Ledger

Pendower: 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver (distant). (J St Ledger).

Seaton: Adult Caspian Gull and a male Mandarin on the pool this afternoon. In the valley a Fieldfare. (A Payne)

Trevose Head: Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting and Hooded Crow all still present this morning. (D Julian)

Sancreed: Whimbrel flew north. (D Flumm)

Loe Pool: 5 Goosander, 4 Shoveler, m Goldeneye, 10 Great Crested Grebe (D Flumm)

Polbathic Lake: 2 Barnacle Geese. (A Blonden)

St Clement: 15 Cattle Egret.



Thursday 5th March 2020

Little London Beach: 1 Water Pipit, 3 Redshank; 1 Black-throated Diver (gaining some sum plum), 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter offshore. (R Veal)

Truro River: 69 Teal, 78 Black-tailed Godwit. (B Bosisto)

Trevose Head: Snow Bunting in the stubble field by the car park. (B Rankine)

Snow Bunting – Barry Rankine

Snow Bunting – Barry Rankine

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull and 2w Caspian Gull on main estuary and Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field.

St Austell: Black Redstart at Duporth.

Siblyback Lake: Drake Ring-necked Duck, 28 Tufted Duck , 2 Goldeneye , 10 Mallard , 6 Little Grebe also 1 male Scaup sp. which remained distant and spent more than 2 hours resting with head tucked into its back preventing any view of its head .However small size suggested Lesser Scaup. (K Pellow)

Mousehole: Adult Kumlien’s Gull on St Clement’s Isle then followed fishing boats; also 2 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid, 2 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Friday 28th February 2020

Late news, 27/2, Boswednack: 1 Woodcock, 78 Starling.

Crugmeer: 1 Hooded Crow (with corvid flock), 1 Grey Partridge , 5 Yellowhammer in stubble fields around old radar station (M Pass)

Hayle Estuary: adult Ring-billed Gull, 3cy Caspian Gull, 3cy Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Common Gull and 17 Shelduck. (B Dallas)

Newquay: Injured adult Glaucous Gull still in pink elephant field at Crantock turning 16:30. (M Lammas)

Falmouth: Pomarine Skua reported still in bay mid pm.

Carn Creek: 6 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Sandpiper. (A Witheywood)

ringed Med Gull, A Witheywood

Common Sandpiper, A Witheywood