Sunday 31st July 2016

Marazion Beach: 3 ad Curlew Sandpiper until 9:18 am then flew West. Also 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 20 Sanderling and 4 Sandwich Tern flew West. (R Veal)

St Gothian Sands LNR:  3 Common Sandpiper and 12+ Sand Martin. (B Toms and M Curtis)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 2 Common Sandpiper. (B Toms and M Curtis) Lelant Saltings: 1 Spoonbill again.

Davidstow airfield:  3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 1 Ringed Plover. (J&B Teague)

Porthgwarra: 3 Balearic Shearwater past.

Restronguet Creek: 1 Dalmatian Pelican still.

Rosannon Downs: 1 Corncrake early this morning, seen well but briefly, ran across fire-break. (C Selway)

Falmouth, Swanpool:  2 Great Crested Grebe,  2 adult Mute Swan + 3 cygnets (4th predated, probably by a fox), large interesting mix of young ducks caused by Mallards interbreeding with other ducks, 2 Cormorant on island. (E Tackley)


Tuesday 13th October 2015

Late news 12/10 St Agnes: 1 Redwing. (PA Fraser)

Late news 12/10 Nanquidno: 2 Ring Ouzel and 5 Firecrest. (A Rosier)

Chyandour, Penzance: 1 Short-eared Owl in off the sea around 14:30hrs. (DS Flumm)

Land’s End: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling and 1 Corncrake, plus 6 Stonechat, 1 Raven, 8 Curlew 1 possible Lapland Bunting. (A Hartley – more here, P & H Taylor) Also still 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

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Windmill Farm: 1f Merlin, 1f Marsh Harrier and ‘large numbers’ of Golden Plover and Swallow. (S Russ)

Nanquidno: 1 Snow Bunting, 6 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, several Song Thrush, 9 Crossbill over and 3 Firecrest. (A Rosier) Also 1 Black Redstart, Blackcap, Yellow Wag over and Moorhen. (P & H Taylor)

The Lizard: 1 Short-eared Owl at Lizard Head. (T Thirlaway – photo) 2 Firecrest along path to Cadgwith. (D Allen) Also 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling.

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Logan’s Rock: 1f Merlin and 3 Wheatear. (I Webster)

Men-an-Tol: 56 Golden Plover. (AD Mills, MJ Spicer)

Longrock Pool: Flock of Starling being harassed by a Sparrowhawk early morning and again in the evening. ( A James – photos)

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Mulfra Hill: 1 Dartford Warbler. (M Scott-Hams)

Chykembro Common: 140 Golden Plover.(M Scott-Hams)

Cannons Town: 1 Nuthatch, 3 Goldcrest and c30 Meadow Pipit. (R Veal)

Levant: 3 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 2 swallow, 1 Weasel and 2 Porpoise. (NR Phillips, R Khan)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Firecrest and 3 Wheatear. (NR Phillips, R Khan) Also 4 Mute Swan, 1 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 23 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail and 2 Grey Heron on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Penlee Point: 1 adult female Hen Harrier hunting over stubble fields at 13:00, also 1 Wheatear. (R Smaldon)

Rame: 4 Firecrest seen today in lane near the church and 1 Wheatear along Military Road. (M Beer)

Nanjizal: 101 birds ringed. 19 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, Yellow-browed Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff and 36 Blackcap and best year for Cetti’s Warbler. (KA Wilson)

Cot Valley: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, also 1 Firecrest, 15 Goldcrest, 10 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 2 Redwing, and overhead, 15+ Siskin and 6 Crossbill. (D Chown, N Grace et al.)

Crowdy Reservoir: 7+ Crossbill. (B Craven)

Camelford: 500+ Redwings over at 18:00. (A Bond)

Padstow: 1 Firecrest on Camel Trail.

Sennen Cove: 2 Spoonbill flew north.

Pendeen Watch: 9 Chough, 2 Raven, 1 Sparrowhawk,  2 Kestrel, 3 Pied Wagtail, 30 Meadow Pipits, 1 Water Rail, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Wheatear. (A Hartley – more here, I Kendall) Also Pallas’s Warbler reported still present in gorse by track from Enys at 18:20.

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Pendeen: 1 heard-only Yellow-browed Warbler in Calartha Farm copse (only called once), 4 Goldcrests in Pendeen Stores copse and 3 Goldcrest in Pendeen churchyard. (A Hartley)

Porthgwarra: Yellow-browed Warbler north of car park.


Thursday 18th September 2014

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Our colleague,Tony Mills,  suffered a heart attack whilst on a birding trip in Sulawesi on 7th September. He was yesterday airlifted to Singapore where he is undergoing surgery at the Raffles Hospital. On behalf of all the CBWPS members we wish Tony a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in Penzance very soon.


Chapel Carn Brea: 1 1w Red-throated Pipit, 1 Sedge  Warbler and 5 Wheatear. (F Currie)

Land’s End: 1 Corncrake, 3 Whinchat, 7 Wheatear and 1 Whitethroat. (F Currie)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Brent Goose, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Kingfisher on Lelant Saltings. 4 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin flock on Carnsew Basin. (J Yardley, R Farnes – photos)

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 Porthgwarra: 6 Kestrel, 7 Golden Plover, 1 Ruff, 15 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 1 Clouded Yellow butterfly and steady easterly passage of Red Admiral butterflies. (DS Flumm, AR Kitson – photo) Also Hooded Crow still at Roskestal.


St Levan: 4 Kestrel, 40 Meadow Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Whinchat and 2 Wheatear. (DS Flumm)

Davidstowe Airfield: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, c20 Ringed plover, 1 Whinchat and 5+ Wheatear. (N Page)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 12 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 14 Tufted Duck, 4 Snipe, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 200 Swallow, 5 Sand & 2 House Martin. (DS Flumm, AR Kitson)

Dean Quarry Pier: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Fairhurst)

Town Quay, Wadebridge: 1 Spotted Redshank. (P&H Taylor – photo)


Stithians Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 14 Ringed Plover, 7 Dunlin, 11 Snipe, 4 Curlew, 2 Wheatear and 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

Sennen Cove: 6 Chough. (T Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan plus 5 cygnets, 10 Mallard, 1 Gadwall, 14 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 34 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 14 Curlew (over), 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)



Monday 30th September 2013

The Lizard: 4 Chough one unringed. (P Walker) and 1 Juv Rose-coloured Starling.


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Tehidy Country Park: 1 Kingfisher. (T & M Hasdell)

Kennack Sands: 1 Osprey over south. (S Bury)


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Hayle Estuary RSPB, on the estuary: 1 Black-winged Stilt, 1 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 23 Ringed Plover, 35 Dunlin, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 Little Egret and 1 Kestrel. (J St. Ledger & T Mills) On Ryan’s Field: 16 Bar-tailed Godwit. (J St Ledger) Carnsew Basin: 2 Little Stint.  (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


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Cot Valley: 3 Spotted Flycatcher. (J St Ledger) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Pied Flycatcher.  (N Wheatley)

Nanquidno: 5 Wheatears. (N Wheatley)

Nanquidno/Nanjulian cliff path: 1 Wryneck. (C Moore)

Towan Head: 3 Swift, 8 Wheatear and 10 Meadow Pipit. (D Grose)

Nanjizal: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler between Higher Bosistow and Faraway, later in the garden of Higher Bosistow. Also 1 Wryneck. (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra: 1 Corncrake and 1 Wryneck at bottom of 3 Chimneys track; 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher in doctor’s garden; 1 Yellow-browed Warbler between here and 60ft cover and 2 Pied Flycatcher. (Mark Wallace et al.)

Levant: 19 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat and 2 Chiffchaff. (R Phillips)

Clapper Marshes: 1 juv Hobby. (D Julian)

Pendeen: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler briefly at Lower Boscaswell. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Siblyback Reservoir: 2 Curlew Sandpiper and 1 Little Stint. (D Julian)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (P Semmens)

Rame: 1 Melodious Warbler opposite the church.


Saturday 7th September 2013

Late news 07/09 Windmill Farm: 2 Ringed Plover, at least 12 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Wheatear. (D Wright)

Long Rock Beach: 1 juv Semipalmated Sandpiper plus c30 Sanderling, 100 Dunlin, c50 Ringed Plover, 2 White Wagtail and 2 Wheatear, plus 1 Sandwich Tern and 2 (juv and ad) Med Gull offshore. (M Elliott et al)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Osprey on a navigation post in Lelant Water at 09:45. (B Dodd & J Thomas) Present until 11:30 when it drifted off east being mobbed by corvids. (D Parker, M & J Spicer, J Yardley) 1 Knot, 1 Sanderling, 3 Common Sandpiper and 1 Kestrel on Carnsew Basin. (J Yardley)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Teal, 8 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 1 Water Rail, 9 Moorhen, 1 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Common Sandpiper, 19 Curlew over south, c10 Swallow, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 1 Whinchat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler plus Reed and Sedge Warblers. (D Parker)

Windmill Farm: 12+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 4 Jay, 1 Blackcap and a flock of over 500 finches in the arable fields, comprising mainly linnet and Chaffinch. (D Wright)

Land’s End: 5 Ringed Plover, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchat and 5 Wheatear this morning. (L Proctor) Also 1 Corncrake reported. (J Martin)

Drift Reservoir (Members only): 2 Great-crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Teal, 1 Gadwall,19 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 2 Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper. (D Flumm, M & J Spicer)

Sancreed: 1 Little Egret, 8 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat and 1 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Predannack Wollas: 4 Whinchat, 8 Wheatear, 12 Stonechat, 1 Peregrine and 1 Chough. (D Wright)

Pendeen Watch: 3 Sooty Shearwater, 15 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Great Skua, 10 Arctic Skua and 2 Common Tern between 07:00 and 11:00. (D Eva)

Devoran: 1 Osprey between 14:30 and 15:00 from Old Carnon Mine. (A Nicholson)

Restronguet Creek: 1 Osprey at 16:00 caught a fish. (D Eva)

Gannel Estuary: 18 Dunlin and 14 Ringed Plover. (M Lammas)

St Ives Island: 2 Wheatear. (J Yardley)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 White-rumped Sandpiper reported this morning and 1 Buff-breasted Sandpiper this afternoon. (per D Julian)

Siblyback Lake: 2 juv Pectoral Sandpiper still.

Falmouth: 1 Richard’s Pipit flew NW at Nansidwell.