Wednesday 14th November 2018

Late news, 13/11, Penzance Jubilee Pool: c20 Turnstone, c 15 Ringed Plover, 25 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and c10 Purple Sandpiper. Also 1 Guillemot off Penzance Harbour. (K&J Mortimore)

Trevose Head: 1 Pied Wheatear still present, take public road off Toll Road, park either considerately in the layby on the bend by the golf course or pay in the NT car park at the Head. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare, et al)

Pied Wheatear, Mashuq Ahmad

Pied Wheatear, Paul Ash

Pied Wheatear, Phil Taylor

Pied Wheatear, Steve Rowe

Video by John Chapple
Rock: 44 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret at Porthilly Farm at 08.30hrs.(S Grose)

Marazion: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull in field behind Longrock Pool at midday. (R Veal)

Polgigga:Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Crowlas: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier low over fields, drifting NW at 13:15. (R Veal)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 m Hen Harrier. (F Trewin)

Loe Pool: Goldcrest, 2 Raven, 3 families of Long-tailed Tit, 14 Pochard, 8 Great Crested Grebe,1 male Goosander. (A Witheywood)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 11 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan, 12 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 45 Wigeon, 11 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 80 Oystercatcher, 11 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 1000 Golden Plover, 110 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 1 Turnstone, 90 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 70 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 180 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 8 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 25 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet. (M Scawen et al.).

Bartinney/Tredinney fields (Little Carn Grean):  At least 6 Short-eared Owl in the fields on the north side of the road between the car park at the crest of the hill between Crows an Wra and St just Airport around dilapidated barn pm. (T Pinfield)

Tredrizzisk: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Redwing from private garden, (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 Garganey still. Ryan’s Field: Spoonbill still present.


Tuesday 13th November 2018

Late photos, 11/11, Trevose Head: Pied Wheatear. (C Thomas)

Pied Wheatear, Clive Thomas

Pied Wheatear, Clive Thomas

Late news 12/11 Perranuthnoe: 1 Woodcock. (P Clement, MJ Spicer)

Marazion: Pacific Diver offshore. (M Ahmad)

Kenidjack valley: Dusky Warbler seen briefly working its way along the stream edge by the sewage works c 11.30 – 11.45 then proving elusive.(P Clarke)

Rock: 7 Cattle Egret at Porthilly Farm. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra: Pallas’s Warbler still present. (M Wallace, P Clement, MJ Spicer)

Pallas’s Warbler, Pete Clement

Falmouth, Swanpool: Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest at 14:00hrs, near Swanvale N.R. entrance. (J Rowe)

Devoran: Spoonbill, Jack Snipe and Common Tern. (S Votier) Also 1 Snow Goose and Spotted Redshank. (B Mellow)

Sancreed: 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 8 Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 2 Goldcrest. Westerly passage of 5 Lapwing, 5 Stock Dove, 18 Skylark, 65 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Little Grebe, 5 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 95 Canada Geese, 5 Canada hybrid, 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Newquay, Towan Head: 2+ Purple Sandpiper and 5 Black Redstart. (S Windle)

St Ives: Big movement of seabirds west past The Island this morning. In 1 hour (9:30-10:30), 3,000 Gannet, 8,400 Kittiwake, 5,400 Guillemot, 600 Razorbill (based on 1-minute timed counts). In addition, 700 Kittiwake in rafts on sea. Also 3 Purple Sandpiper on rocks. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthilly Point: 5 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 51 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Tregilgas, St Ewe: 3 Buzzard. (D Hastilow)

Buzzard, David Hastilow

Buzzards, David Hastilow

Bartinney Downs: 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kestrel, 2 Snipe, 1 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing. (J St Ledger)

Short-eared Owl, John St Ledger

Kestrel, John St Ledger

Short-eared Owl, Stephen Williams

Short-eared Owl, Stephen Williams

Torpoint, St John’s Lake:1 Spoonbill. (S.Eddy)

Mawgan: 1 Brambling in garden (P. Bedford)

St Erth: 47 Redwing west. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Kimbro: 1 Short-eared Owl. (D Collins)

Trelow Downs: 2 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

East Looe River:12 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher.   ( C. Hooper)

Little Egret, C Hooper

Cormorant, C Hooper

Oystercatcher, C Hooper

Curlew, C Hooper

Kingsmill Lake: 100+Wigeon and several Teal were a female Pintail and 3 Gadwall, 4 Barnacle Goose. (M Beer)

Penzance: 2 Black Redstart, Mennaye Road.

Towan Head: 1 Tawny Owl, also Redwings heard. (S Grose)

Newquay zoo: 1 Tawny Owl screeching outside the ural owl exhibit at 22.30hrs.(S Grose)


Monday 12th November 2018

Penzance: Returning Pacific Diver near the wave monitoring buoys, also 3+ Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver. (M Elliott P St Pierre)

Porthgwarra: Pallas’s Warbler in sallows east of the coastguard’s cottages, still present this afternoon. (M Wallace)

St Levan: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler north of the turning circle. (M Wallace)

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler still by the top stream crossing. Also a Woodcock, and c540 Chaffinches south between 08:45 and 10:45. (N Wheatley)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 43+ Cattle Egret, 2 Barnacle Geese, 1 Ruff, 2 Mistle Thrush, 30 Fieldfare and 13 Red-legged Partridge. (S Windle D Thomas DK Parker)

Cattle Egrets – Dave Thomas

Cattle Egrets, Dave Thomas

Housel Bay: 1+ Little Bunting at the Waterings still. (D Collins MJ Spicer P Clement) Also 1 Corn Bunting still. (J Foster)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2w female Caspian Gull from the causeway late morning. (M Elliott) Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill again.

Carbis Bay: 3 Red-throated Diver and 6+ Great Northern Diver. (M Elliott)

Land’s End: Snow Bunting in the car park but flew off NW at 09:30 after being nearly taken by a Sparrowhawk. (M McKee).

Rosudgeon: Ring Ouzel still present in a private garden. (P Walsh)

Devoran: 1 Sandwich Tern at the point. (J Chapple)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Female Garganey, Brewer’s Duck and another hybrid. (L Proctor)

Carrick Roads: 1 Slavonian Grebe, viewed from Mylor Churchtown. (J St Ledger)

Newquay: 50+ Golden Plover above Rosecliston Caravan Park. (S Grose) Also  4+ Black Redstart at Towan Head early this morning. (G Treadwell)

Gwennap sewage works: Common Snipe (heard), Tawny Owl (heard), 300-400 Jackdaw flock. (R Hampshire)

Charlestown: 20+ Redwing in holly hedges. ( D Hastilow)

Dobwalls: 1 male Blackcap in a private garden. (C&J Duffy)

St Merryn: 1 Barn Owl at 11.30pm. (R Hughes)

Barn Owl, R Hughes


Sunday 11th November 2018

Back of Camera photos: There seems to be an increasing trend to submit photographs from backs of cameras and while we encourage this for newly found rarities, it is unnecessary for common or long staying birds. Please, if possible, wait until you can download the original pictures onto your computer and then submit these, the quality is far better and aesthetically more pleasing. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Late news, 8 – 11/11, Trevose Head Golf Course: 1 female Pied Wheatear present in a private part of the golf course. (C Thomas)

Radford Lane, Millbrook: 7 Cattle Egret. (AC Robinson, GK Gordon)

Gillan Creek: 16 Cattle Egret (arrived 16:00), 9 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper & the resident Aylesbury duck with 16 Mallard. (J Hawkey)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 15 Greenshank, 100+ Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 60+ Dunlin, 70+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 3 Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 200+ Curlew, 60+ Lapwing, several Teal, Wigeon and Canada Geese. (A Piper)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Pool: 8 Little Grebe, 1 Spoonbill, 30 Redshank, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Kingfisher. 19 Mediterranean Gull on Lelant Saltings including 3 ringed birds. (S Grose) 1 Garganey, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 drk Gadwall on Lelant Saltings. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler calling from near St Anne’s Woods. Also 1 Spoonbill reported still on Ryan’s Field. (M Ahmad, R Veal et al)

Drift Reservoir: 1w Little Gull briefly early pm, 110+ Stock Dove in fields nearby. (R Veal et al)

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still by sewage works. (R Veal, R Augarde, R Wilkins, S Rogers)

Land’s End: male Snow Bunting at Trevescan Cliff, then seen in Land’s End car park. (M McKee)

Snow Bunting – Michael McKee

College Reservoir: Spoonbill still present today. (M Amos)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 probable ‘Brewer’s Duck’ (Gadwall x Mallard) still. Also 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal, R Wilkins, R Augarde, B Mellow)

Crowlas: 1m Merlin flew in imitating a Great Spotted Woodpecker flight style, caught a Chaffinch and proceded to pluck and eat it in a dead tree. (R Veal)

Bartinney Downs: 2 Short-eared Owl. (P Haston)

Battery Rocks, Penzance: 7 Purple Sandpiper, 50 Sanderling, 28 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 38 Turnstone, 1 Common Scoter. (S Grose) Jubilee Pool: 1 Wheatear of the Greenland race. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Tawny Owl heard, 2 Yellowhammer, 21 Skylark, 1 Reed Bunting, 7 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Ponsandane Stream, Gulval: 2 Dipper (pair). (J Hawkey)

Gwennap sewage works: 1+ Water Rail heard, Chiffchaff heard, Stoat with prey. (R Hampshire)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Plover flew west, c800 Auk sp, c200 Kittiwake. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Marsh Harrier, poss female, mobbed by Jackdaws, 1 Woodcock, 2 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven. (J Evans)

Sancreed: 1 Black Redstart, 50 Wood Pigeon & 60 Chaffinch west. (D Flumm)

Tehidy Woods: 7 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail. (S Grose)

Looe Estuary (WeBS count): c125 Black-headed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 10 Canada Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cormorant, 2 Curlew, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, c75 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 60 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 10 Mute Swan, 13 Oystercatcher, 2 Raven, 14 Redshank, 10 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk. Also Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Pheasant, Redwing, Robin. (D Spooner)

St Ives: flock of c30 Curlew in fields above the town. (J&C Bennett)

Threemilestone: 4 Redwing in private garden, feeding on crabapples. (E Harris)

Carthew: 1 Robin, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Coal Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit. (K Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Blue Tit and Nuthatch – Kevin Bowers

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 136 Canada Goose, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Coot, 320 Golden Plover, 26 Lapwing, 12 Black-headed Gull, 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Raven, 73 Carrion Crow, 8 Jackdaw, 10 Magpie, 1 Stock Dove, 360 Starling, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 15 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 24 House Sparrow, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Wren, 13 Goldfinch and 4 Linnet. (D Conway)

Loe Pool: 2 Goosander, 27 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 20 Great Crested Grebe, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Water Rail, Firecrest. (D Collins)


Friday 9th November 2018

Late news, 6/11, fields behind Hannafore: Juvenile Hen Harrier flying towards Talland being mobbed by rooks. (P Sharp)

Late news, 8/11, Perrancoombe: Partially leucistic Blackbird. (P Oakes)

White-headed Blackbird – Philip Oakes

Mount’s Bay: Possible 2cy White-billed Diver around the Low Lee buoy at 10:05 but then flew towards Longrock/St Michael’s Mount. (M Elliott)

Rock: 9 Cattle Egret with cattle in field opposite the caravan park at Porthilly Farm. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Probable 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid briefly but flew off south. (M Ahmad)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1w Little Gull on Longrock Pool. (P St Pierre)

Argal Reservoir: 1 Nuthatch in Gorse/Elder near dam, 2 Great Crested Grebe.(D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 1 ad Spoonbill over NE (Devoran direction), 200 Herring Gull, 20 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 82 Coot, 19 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Water Rail (h), 1 Raven, 150 Redwing over W, also Woodpigeon and Skylark west in reasonable numbers. (D Chaney)

Penryn River: 3 Greenshank, 40 Redshank, 15 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher around Gorrangorras. (D Chaney)

Rock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Brambling in private garden. (S Grose)

Coverack: 1 Eider in harbour (P.Bedford)

Thursday 8th November 2018

Late News, 7/11, Stithians Reservoir: 1 1w Gadwall from S Cutoff Hide, Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Coal Tit on feeders. Stuart Hutchings Hide: 90 Starling, 130 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 50 Jackdaw, 250 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-back Gull, 130 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull. (D Chaney)

Late News, 7/11, Argal Reservoir: c400 Woodpigeon over at 08:00. (D Chaney)

St Clement: 4 Cattle Egret at Menadews Farm, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in village. (M Jones)

Newlyn: Great Skua off Sandy Cove at 10:40. (L Proctor)

Rosudgeon: Ring Ouzel again in a private garden. (P Walsh)

Penzance: 4+ Eider in the harbour. (S Windle)

Eider, Stevan Windle

Eider, Stevan Windle

Lower Tamar Lake: A dawn survey on the Goosanders produced 3m (2 eclipse) 2f sighted at 06:55 but they flew off SSE at 07:14. (R Mudge)

Marazion: Great Skua on the sea at 12:15. (P Fraser)

Ryan’s Field: 1 Kestrel. (K Bowers)

Kestrel, Kevin Bowers

Pendeen: 1 Chough and 1 male Black Redstart. (B Dodd)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 35+ Curlew, 1 Snipe, 2 Shoveler (1m, 1f), 140+ Teal (including small number of Wigeon), 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 20+ Red-legged Partridge. (J St Ledger S Williams)

Shoveler, John St Ledger

Red-legged Partridge, John St Ledger

Red-legged Partridge, Stephen Williams

Shoveler, Stephen Williams

Saltash: 115 Wigeon, 42 Avocet, 27 Dunlin, 81 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 11 Lapwing, 7 Greenshank, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 adult Common Gull & 2 Barnacle Geese on Kingsmill Lake. (P Kemp)

Looe: 22 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Great Northern Diver at Hannafore (M Beer)


Wednesday 7th November 2018

Late news, 6/11, Porthtowan: Yesterdays Red-necked Phalarope now thought to be a Grey Phalarope by the observer.

St Clement: 9 Cattle Egret in three separate fields with cattle at Menadews Farm. (S Grose)

Penzance: 2+ Eiders in the harbour. (T Pickering)

Eider – Tony Pickering

Penzance: Male Firecrest in garden. (R Phillips)

Mousehole Harbour: c75 Turnstones, 1 Dunlin at high tide. (R Butts)

Marazion: 2 Tawny Owls calling at 20:15. (DK Parker)

Torpoint: 2cy Yellow-legged Gull off Marine Drive this morning. Also a Common Scoter. (D Julian)

Newquay: Short-eared Owl at the Newquay Golf course. (D Kendle)

St Clement: 5 Siskin, 1 Fieldfare feeding on yew berries in the cemetery. (S Grose)

Penhale Point: 4 Chough, 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

Rosudgeon: Ring Ouzel still about and feeding in a private garden with no public access. (E James)

Ring Ouzel – Eric James

Ring Ouzel – Eric James

Ring Ouzel – Eric James

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest at the top of the valley by the lay by. Also 1 Stoat in a pine tree. (N Wheatley)

Cape Cornwall: 7 Chough. (M and P Holt)

St Dennis: Black Redstart briefly at St Dennis cemetery with a small group of Meadow Pipit. (P Ash)

Black Redstart – Paul Ash

Black Redstart – Paul Ash

Kingsmill: 11 Greenshank, 24 Avocet, and the 4 Barnacle geese still in fields at Landulph. (M Beer)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Padstow: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan, 150 Canada Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, 18 Shelduck, 25 Mallard, 140 Wigeon, 24 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 80 Oystercatcher, 8 Ringed Plover, c.2000 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 30 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 190 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 15 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 11 Rook, 140 Carrion Crow, 26 Starling, 9 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch. (M Scawen et al.).

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Trevarrion: 2 Barn Owl and several Redwing at 21.30.(S Grose)