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


Sunday 23rd February 2020

Late news, 21/2, Siblyback Lake: Ring-necked Duck, 16 Tufted Duck, 1 Snipe, pair Teal, pair of Stonechat pair in dog excersise area, 5 Little Grebe. (D Cleal)

Ring-necked Duck – Dave Cleal

Late news, 22/2, Nanjizal: American Buff-bellied Pipit (heard only) for a fourth day. Also 2 Siberian Chiffchaff. Please keep to public rights of way. (K Wilson)

Par Beach Pool: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck (D Eva)

Siblyback: drake Ring-necked Duck, 2f Goldeneye, 1 Siskin. (R Veal, R Augarde, B Mellow)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Skua, 4 Guillemot, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Northern Diver, 35+ Kittiwake, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 18 Shag. (T Phelps, M Doyle, C Urquhart, L Langley)

Penzance Wherrytown Rocks: 1w Iceland Gull at 09.00.1f Peregrine Falcon hunting waders at Battery Rocks,11 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Great Crested Grebe nr lighthouse. (S Grose)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose) Also Black Guillemot, Iceland Gull and Great Northern Diver. (S Rogers, M Ahmad)

Iceland Gull – Steve Rogers

Iceland Gull, Steve Rogers

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, 4 (2 ad, 3/4w, 2w) Caspian Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 (ad, 3w, 2w) argentatus Herring Gull, 2 (ad, 3w) Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hyrbid. (M Elliott) Also, 5 Goosander, 1 Knot, 6 Sanderling, and Ring-billed Gull from Lelant Station. (B Toms, M Curtis) Also, 2 Red Breasted Merganser, 23 Common Gull, 1 Caspian Gull, 1 Greenshank, 21 Wigeon. (V Stratton) Ryan’s Field: 15 Eurasian Teal, 12 Common Redshank, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Shelduck. (V Stratton) Carnsew Pool: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Ring-billed Gull – Vivian Stratton

Marazion Beach: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 61 Black-headed Gull, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 3 Little Egret, 8 Teal, 1 Woodcock, 1 Snipe, 40 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Swanpool Lake: 1 male Pochard. (T Phelps, M Doyle, C Urquhart, L Langley)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Whimbrel, 15 Purple Sandpiper, 17 Oystercatcher, 28 Turnstone. (S Rowe) Newquay: ad Glaucous Gull again in field with pink elephant near Trevemper roundabout. It appears injured on chest but feeding well. (S Grose)

Glaucous Gull – Steve Rowe

Colliford Lake: 9 Goosander, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Great Nothern Diver, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 452 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Yellow-Legged Gull (3 x adults), c.200 Golden Plover, 40 Fieldfare (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Dozmary Pool: 7 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Davidstow Woods: 7+ Crossbill (one with nest material), 1 Treecreeper (singing), 1 Siskin (M Pass)

Walmsley: 2 Spoonbill (M Pass)

Kingsmill Lake: 5 Barnacle Goose (M Pass)

Millbrook: 12 Avocet. (D Sharp)

Trevose Head: 3 Lapland Bunting still. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Crugmeer: 4+ Lapland Bunting, 4 Corn Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer, c250 Skylark. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Upper Fowey Valley: 1 Red Kite over just South of Ninestones. Also 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 4+ Nuthatch at Golitha Falls. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Dinham Flats: 1 Whooper Swan still. (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Chapel Amble: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 8+ Common Chiffchaff (including 2 singing). (R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal)

Bude Canal: 1 Mandarin, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Rock Pipit, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan and 3 Goldcrest. (S Windle)

Drake Mandarin – Stevan Windle

Drake Mandarin – Stevan Windle

Foage Valley, Zennor: 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Pipistrelle Bat. (V Stratton)

Trenarren: 1 Chiffchaff singing (D Hastilow)

Dobwalls: 3 Greenfinch on feeders and a Wren nest building in the garden (C&J Duffy)


Saturday 22nd February 2020

Carbis Bay: 1 Glaucous Gull, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Red throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 60 Grey Seal ( D Eva L Langley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 adult Ring-billed Gull, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Whimbrel ( D Eva ) Also 1+ ad Caspian Gull and 3 Black Swan. (R Veal, M Ahmad) Slavonian Grebe on Carnsew Pool and Firecrest reported by the hide. (ad, 3/4w, 2w) Caspian Gulls. (L Langley)

Caspian Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Newlyn: Iceland Gull, Black Guillemot and 1 Eider still present ( D Eva )

Siblyback Lake: 1 Male Ring-necked Duck, c8 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe. (D Sharp)

Drift Reservoir (Members only): 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 92 Canada Geese, 3 Med Gull, 1 Kingfisher. (D Flumm)

Trewavas: 2 Chough, 1 Kestrel, 2 Fulmar, 4 Raven

Praa Sands: 1 Large falcon species (over), Dark Colouration, Open Primaries, Long tail, Herring Gull sized, soaring before being mobbed by Gulls, flew leisurely inland in North-Westerly Direction with shimmering style wingbeats (J Evans)

Coombe: 1 Firecrest, 2 Greenshank, 1 drake Pintail (J Lewis)

Redruth: This afternoon a male Sparrowhawk sat in the corner of our garden waiting for small birds to return to the feeders. It waited until they were back and then flew across the garden not 2 inches over the ground and took a Pied Wagtail underneath the feeders. It then returned to the corner to devour its catch. (M Greenhalgh)

Sparrowhawk – Mel Greenhalgh

Marazion: F Black Redstart, 4 Great Northern Diver. (R Allen)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (R Chiffers) Also Lesser Scaup reported from the Golden Lion causeway.

Newquay, Huers Hut / Fly cellars: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 m Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 13 Fulmar, 1 Common Gull. Also 1 Black Redstart on Edgecumbe Ave. (S Grose)

Lizard: Black-throated Diver reported past Lizard Point.

Helston: Assumed escaped Ferruginous Duck still on the boating pool.

Kingsmill Lake: 5 Barnacle Geese, 46 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 42 Avocets, 1 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 36 Curlew, 93 Dunlin, 7 Lapwing, 25 Shelduck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 50 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorants. ( A. Parker )

Gannel Estuary: 1 Barn Owl in field above Penpol Creek. (S Grose)

Hawkers Cove: 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Wagtail , 2 Chiffchaff ( L Payne)