Saturday 28th July 2018

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden loss of one of our long-standing members and contributors, Brian Field. Apart from his excellent birding skills he was a superb photographer and a “thoroughly nice bloke”. We shall all miss him greatly and our sincere condolences go to his wife and family.

Scillonian III Crossing: 1 Wilson’s Petrel reported “in Cornish waters” this evening.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers. Also one pair Great Crested Grebes and a single adult with a well-grown immature, 2 Grey Wagtail a dozen Swifts plus Swallows and House Martins. (R Butts, DK Parker) Both Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper still present in the evening in the NW arm, also 1 Stoat. (T Mills)

Pectoral and Wood Sandpipers, Tony Mills

Porthgwarra: 66 Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwater, 2 distant large shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 9 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua, 1 Whimbrel, 200+ Mediterranean Gull and 2 Puffin by 12:00. (M Wallace, R Veal et al.) 72 Cory’s Shearwater by 13:30. (G Lawlor)

Trevose Head: 3 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 56 Kittiwake, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull,1 Black Tern, 2 Arctic Tern, 10 European Storm Petrel. (B Bosisto)

Lizard Point: c90 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 9 Puffin, 4 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua past, 06:45-0930,  16:50-18:30 )T Blunden) Also 22 Balearic Shearwater, 10 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua and 10 Puffin.

Lamorna, Tater-Du Lighthouse: 3 Great Shearwater, 53 Cory’s Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua and 3 Puffin.

Pendeen (0945 – 1030): 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater; light passage of Manx; Kittiwakes; Fulmars & Gannets. (J Hawkey)

Towan Head, Newquay: 50+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel, 10+ Gannet, 1 Kittiwake all heading West between 16:00 & 17:00. (D Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 15 Mediterranean Gull (8 juv, 7 adult) between 07:30 & 09:30am.(S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe (3 juv now), 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): Wood Sandpiper still showing well this evening, also 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Lapwing and 3 Swift. (P Roseveare)

Crowlas: 1 Stock Dove over. (R Veal)

Penwithick: 2 Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (K.Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kevin Bowers

Bullfinch, Kevin Bowers

Castle An Dinas: 23 Lapwing overhead flying West, 1 Yellowhammer, Linnets, Skylarks, Stonechats, 7 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, also many Dragonfly species. (S Grose)

St. Germans: 3 full-grown L. Elephant Hawkmoth larvae – 2 brown, 1 green – on wiilow herb in garden. (A Blonden)

Maer Lake: 10-12 Mediterranean Gull (all juveniles, on and off throughout the day), 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper. (S Gale)


Friday 27th July 2018

Late video and pictures, 26/7, Devoran: Marsh Sandpiper. (R Augarde)

Marsh Sandpiper, Mike McKee

Marsh Sandpiper, Mike McKee

Drift Reservoir, (members only):1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper again. (T McGowan, P Brinton) Also, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1f Teal all in the NW arm. (R Veal)

Porthgwarra:  6 Wheatear by 5-bar gate. (B.Toms) Seawatch: 1 Fea’s type Petrel, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 9 Balearic Shearwater, and 5 Sooty Shearwater early morning. (P Roseveare). 1020-1600hrs 2 Great Shearwater, 11 Cory’s Shearwater, 6 Sooty Shearwater, 17 Puffin, 7 Storm Petrel, 1 Great Skua. (M Wallace) Plus 1 ad Sabine’s Gull reported.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Lapwing, 1 Stoat hunting and killing a rabbit (D Eva) Also 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper. (S Kolodziejski)

Porthleven: 2 Balearic Shearwater past this morning.

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise: Penzance to Wolf Rock: 2 Fulmar, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 127 Manx Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 173 Gannet, 3 Turnstone, 1 auk sp, 2 Guillemot, 6 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Herring Gull and 2 Great Black-backed Gull. Also 2 Harbour Porpoise. (DA Conway, DK Parker) Wolf Rock to Isles of Scilly: 3 Fulmar, 1 Great Shearwater, 4 Gannet, c200 Shag, 1 Kittiwake, 16 Black-headed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 34 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Sandwich Tern. ( DA Conway, DK ParkerIsles of Scilly to Wolf Rock: 3 Manx Shearwater, 11 Storm Petrel, 20 Gannet, 320 Shag, 2 Kittiwake, 18 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 14 Great Black-backed Gull and 3 Sandwich Tern. ( DA Conway, DK ParkerWolf Rock to Penzance: 6 Fulmar, 60 Manx Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Cory’s Shearwater, 7 Storm Petrel, 100 Gannet, 1 Guillemot, 1 Kittiwake, 5 Herring Gull and 3 Great Black-backed Gull. Also 2 Common Dolphin. ( DA Conway, DK Parker )

Mousehole seawatch, 20.15 – 21.00: 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, (plus 2 distant large shearwater), 200+ Manx Shearwater, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Balearic Shearwater and 15+ Common Dolphin. (M Elliot)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 4 Mediterranean Gull in summer moult, 6 Sandwich Tern with a Roseate Tern possibly immature bird. Terns then flew toward St. Ives Bay. (J Evans)

Grumbla: 1 Hawfinch reported in garden. (per M Wallace)

Hannafore: 1 f Goosander. (R Bishop)

Maer Lake: 1 juv Mediterranean Gull (different from yesterday), 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 350 Swallow, 40 Sand Martin, 15 House Martin, 2 Common Swift. (S Gale)

Lizard Point: 3 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Puffin, 1 Ocean Sunfish, (17.30-18.30). (D Collins)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 05.20. (R Veal)

St. Germans: 1 Reed Bunting feeding youngsters in garden (wet sunflower hearts).  (A Blonden)

Callestick: 1 juv Spotted Flycatcher at dusk in garden (T Wilson)

Garras nr Helston: family of Bullfinches, adult male and female and 3 juvenile feeding in private garden 19.00. (D Roberts)

Helston: 1 drk Ferruginous Duck still on the boating lake. (R Veal)

St.Austell: Common Blue Damselfly, 1 Southern Hawker Dragonfly. (C Hooper)

Southern Hawker Dragonfly, Chris Hooper

Common Blue Damselfly, Chris Hooper


Seawatching in Cornwall – Late Summer

An Introduction to Seawatching in Cornwall –  Late Summer 

  1. Where to go

  2. When to go

  3. Seawatching – the basics

As the first of the summer storms start to batter the Cornish coastline we are now into that time of year when many keen birders around the country start to turn their attention to the iconic headlands of the South West, and Cornwall in particular, with the allure of the ‘big two’ shearwaters and the hope of something rarer proving an irresistible draw …

Cory’s Shearwater – Brian Field

Cory’s Shearwater and Great Shearwater are both regular visitors to the warmer waters of the Bay of Biscay further to the south west and the western approaches but are difficult to catch up with anywhere in the British Isles in season. Even in Cornwall, away from a handful of sites and in anything less than ideal conditions, they are not at all guaranteed – and even then it seems to be down to luck with other factors at play.

So, for the chance of large shears and the hope of a rarer seabird, firstly aim for the far west of Cornwall…



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Seawatching in Cornwall – Part 1) Late Summer

Seawatching in Cornwall – Part 1) Late Summer

  1. Where to go

  2. When to go

  3. Seawatching – the basics

It is at this time of year that many birdwatchers around the county turn their attention to the coastal headlands of the south west, Cornwall especially, as a prelude to the first of the autumn gales battering the coast,.with the allure of the ‘big two’ shearwaters drawing and the hope of finding or seeing something rarer …

Both Cory’s Shearwater and Great Shearwater, regular visitors to the warmer waters of the Bay of Biscay further to the south west and the western approaches are difficult to catch up with anywhere in the British Isles in season, and even in Cornwall away from a handful of sites and imperfect conditions (or so it used to be, has all that changed?!) …

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Seawatching in Cornwall – Late Summer

Monday 10 September 2012

Late News 08/09 Rame Head and Penlee: 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Hobby, 20 Wheatear and steady passage of Swallows. (A Pearson)

Late News 09/09 Porthgwarra: 1 Great Shearwater and 8 Balearic Shearwaters.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Spotted Crake reported from the standing stone at c17:00, also 6 Grey Heron, 5+ Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan and 4 cygnets, 15 Mallard, 2 Teal, 3 ad Moorhen plus 10 young, 1 Hobby, 1 Sparrowhawk, c100 Pied Wagtail (roosting), 2 Wheatear, 2 Reed Bunting and Sedge Warblers.  (D Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Little Egret, 45 Greylag, Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 7 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Kingfisher in Copperhouse Creek. 2 Little Egret and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit on Carnsew Pool. 7 Little Egret, 34 Wigeon, 76 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Common Sandpiper on Lelant Water. 2 Little Egret and 1 Kingfisher in Ryan’s Field. (D Flumm & R Farnes)

Pendennis Point, Falmouth: 500+ Gannet, 12+ auk sp, 1 Great Skua, 2 Skua sp and 1 Grey Heron between 08:10 & 09:00. Also 1 Whimbrel and 1 Wheatear on the rocks and 4 Med Gulls in the vicinity of St Anthony’s Head. (D Chaney)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 1 Peregrine and 1 Little Egret. (D Chaney)

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth: 7 Med Gull 7 (5 ad, 1 2ndw, 1 juv) and 1 Curlew. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 5+ Little Grebe, 4 Moorhen, 2 Coot, 3 Mute Swan and 1 Grey Heron. (D Chaney)

Porthgwarra: 9 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 1 large shearwater, 33 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 32 Manx Shearwater and 1 Great Skua in 3.5 hours in the evening.