Monday 28th November 2016

Late news, 22/11, Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican still. (This sighting has now been confirmed as erroneous and relates to a sighting on 20/11. Eds)

Charlestown: 1m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Mullion Cove: 1m Blackcap in private garden. (J Allely)

Penzance: 4 Blackcap (3m 1f) sharing a bird bath together in a private garden. (NR Phillips)

Bude: 14 Lapwing, 120+ Canada Goose, 2 Cormorant, 7+ Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Mute Swan, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Oystercatcher. (H Wilkins)

Drift Reservoir: 1 drake & 1 leucistic f Mandarin, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1f Goldeneye in far NW corner (P Taylor & H Mitchell), also 1 Scaup, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Swallow (G.Berti & C. Travis)

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Black-necked Grebe, Mandarin –  Phil Taylor

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 6 Goosander (1 drake, 5 redhead). (P Freestone)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 28 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe; Marazion beach: 22 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover. (G Berti & C Travis)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 10 Purple Sandpiper, 32 Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling. (G Berti & C Travis)

Bartinney Downs: 1f Merlin. (G Berti & C Travis)

Callestick: Firecrest in private garden (T Wilson)


Sunday 20th November 2016

Windmill Farm: 1 Great Grey Shrike in the car park area at 11:30 for 20 minutes (a first for the reserve), 2 m Hen Harrier, 1 f Marsh Harrier, 1 Barn Owl, 5 Redwing, 1 Wigeon, 2 Woodcock, 3 Snipe. (D Wright)

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Great Grey Shrike, male Hen Harrier – Dougy Wright

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 drk Green-winged Teal tho distant, 2 (1w+2w) Spoonbill, 2 (ad+1w) Common Gull, 2 Knot, 3 redhead Goosander early am only, 6 Grey Plover, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit. (R Veal) 1 Water Pipit from the causeway and 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (L Langley) Jay at Ryan’s Field.

Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican opposite Point Quay on dead tree at high tide then circling over creek supervised by 2 Sparrowhawks before flying west. (Like a Lancaster Bomber with 2 Spitfires!) (K. Dalziel, J Turner)

Botallack: 1 Pelican seen heading towards Pendeen, presumed bird seen flying off from Restronguet Creek. (H Wlliams)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)


Blackcap – David Hastilow

Tresilian to St Clements: 3 Greenshank, 6 Little Grebe, 2 Kingfisher (B Field)


Kingfisher – Brian Field

Bude Marsh: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Mute Swan, 3 Stonechat, c156 Lapwing. (H Wilkins)

Rinsey:  2 Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, 5 Meadow Pipit. (A James)

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Peregrines – Alan James

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Jack Snipe, c70 Snipe, Bittern, early afternoon from roadside viewpoint. (S Kolodziejski)

Bude Marsh: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler along canal path on left hand side before Truscott Bridge. (A Roberts)

Pentire Head, Newquay: American Wigeon on the sea with 70 Wigeon late afternoon. (T Wilson)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Cattle Egret roosting with 12 Little Egret in Penpole creek, 130+ Curlew and Kingfisher fishing from boats. (M Lammas)  Presumed same as above American Wigeon, 30 Rock Pipit, 1 Black Tailed-Godwit. (S Rowe)

Pentire Point West: c250 Linnet, c200 Skylark, 50 Chaffinch. (S Rowe)

Porth Joke: 2 Firecrest. (S Rowe)

Perranporth: 1 Black Redstart at base of cliff. (T Wilson)

College Reservoir: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 m Pochard. (L Langley)

Carbis Bay: 2+ Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver. (L Langley)

Polgigga:Siberian Chiffchaff at end of Bosistow lane (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra: 1 Firecrest (M Wallace)

St Levan: 1 Firecrest. (M Wallace)

Bartinney: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kestrel, 1 Common Snipe, 3 Golden Plover. (C Moore, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Levant: 2 Chough, 1 Common Snipe, 2 Great Northern Diver over. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Ives: 1 Firecrest at Little-In-Sight. 1 Velvet Scoter flew past island.

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 4 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, c20 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, 20 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 18 Carrion Crow. (D Chaney)

Stithians Reservoir: 8 Little Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 170+ Canada Goose, 76+ Wigeon, c20 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck, 30+ Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 2 Golden Plover, 234+ Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, c25 Snipe, 16 Black-headed Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail, 1 Magpie, all from Stuart Hutchings/Southern hides. (D Chaney)

Gerrans Bay:  9 Great Northern Diver, 17 Black-throated Diver, 26 Common Scoter 3pm from Pendower Beach upper car park. (D Hall)

Helford River:  1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Seal from Trebah Beach (J St Ledger)


Great Northern Diver – John St Ledger

St Agnes Head: 1 Short-eared Owl at 12.00 noon. (S Mickleburgh)


Short-eared Owl – Sue Mickleburgh

St. Austell: 1 Robin, 1 Jay, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Goldcrest. (K Bowers)

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Nuthatch, Goldcrest and Jay – Kevin Bowers

Park Head: 4 Chough. (S Croft)

Porthcothan Bay: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (S Croft)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail and 1 male Hen Harrier plus c150 Golden Plover. (DK Parker)

Lizard Point: 1 possible Pacific Diver in flight with two Black-throated Diver past.

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Saturday 19th November 2016

Penzance: 50+ Sanderling, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 20+ Ringed Plover at Battery Rocks, midday. Eider in Penzance harbour. (R Farnes)

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Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican still. (J Turner)

Portscatho: 2 Cirl Bunting, 1 Reed Bunting, 200+ Linnet, 50+ Chaffinch, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Stonechat, 1 Whimbrel . (B Field)

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Newlyn; 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Turnstone. (J St Ledger)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings:
2 (1w + 2w) Spoonbill; 5 Turnstone; 1 Peregrine; 105 Redshank; 9 Shag; 1 ad Common Gull; 2 Knot; 7 Greenshank; 135 Lapwing. (R Veal) Also 1 Green-winged Teal. (M&T Hasdell) Plus 1 Water Pipit.  Copperhouse Creek: 4 Sanderling; 32 Ringed Plover; 50 Dunlin. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 1 Water rail, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Stoat.

Windmill Farm:  1 Marsh Harrier (M) (one seen later near Mt. Carlees- possibly same bird), 4 Bullfinch, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 20+ Long-Tailed Tit, 2+ Jack Snipe, 9 Common Snipe, 1 Redwing, 1 Buzzard. (J. Evans)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool:  2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Wren early morning at the Pool, also 5 Roe Deer in field behind. (A James)

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Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Great Northern Diver, 6 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Carbis Bay: 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

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Friday 18th November 2016

Late photos, 16/11, Marazion.

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Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican again. (J Turner)

Looe: 1 Black Redstart (f) East Cliff Rd, East Looe, 1 Eider (m) Plaidy Beach, 1 Kingfisher Millendreath Pier, 10 Curlew Millendreath. (C & J Hannaford)

Gannel Estuary: 1 American Wigeon and 1 Cattle Egret still present this evening. (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Water Rail, 1 Sparrowhawk. (A James)

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Sparrowhawk – Alan James

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sooty Shearwater past and 4 Purple Sandpiper this am (N Wheatley)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

Hayle Estuary: ad m Green-winged Teal again today.

Loe Pool: 17 Great Crested Grebe. (JH & K Dalziel)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 4 Little Grebe and 2 Coot. (T Mills)


Thursday 17th November 2016

Late news, 16/11, Wacker Quay: 3 well spaced Spoonbill, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Beer, C Buckland)

Late news, 16/11, St. John’s Lake: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Common Scoter (female) 1 Sparrowhawk in front gardens along Chapeldown Road (Torpoint), c10 Mediterranean Gull. (M Beer, C Buckland)

Gannel Estuary, Newquay:  Cattle Egret at roost with Little Egrets in Penpol Creek at 4pm, drake American Wigeon amongst Eurasian Wigeon in far channel between carpark and creek. (T Carson)

River Lynher: 20 Wigeon. (R Napp)


Wigeon – Rick Napp

Cape Cornwall:  6 Chough, 1 Kestrel. (B Toms)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 20+ Fieldfare, c250 Redwing. (B Toms)

Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican again. (J Turner)

Bude Marsh: 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Mute Swan and 1 Lapwing. (H Wilkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w drake Green-winged Teal, 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 Arctic Tern at Carnsew Basin.

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Wednesday 16th November 2016

Mobile phone found in the Southern Cutoff Hide, Stithians Reservoir, today. If you think it may be yours please call 07***** and ask for Rob.

Late news, 15/11, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again. (B Dodd)

Late news, 15/11, Hayle Estuary: Main Estuary/Lelant Water: 9 Little Egret, 2 Spoonbill, 1 Green-winged Teal, 1 drk Pintail, 1 drk Shoveler, 1 Peregrine very brown juvenile, 9 Grey Plover, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank. (D Parker)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1 Cattle Egret this evening roosting in Penpol Creek with 8 Little Egret. Also 10 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, but no sign of any Wigeon (S Rowe). Also 1 Snow Bunting. (D Julian). The Barrowfields: 4 Chough (including one unringed bird), later seen flying towards Whipsiderry Beach. (R Wheeler)

Restronguet Creek: Dalmatian Pelican still. (J Turner, B Hawker)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 150+ Canada Geese, 40 Wigeon, 1 Little Egret, 40 Black-headed Gull, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Curlew, 40 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Wren, 2 Moorhen, 30 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 10 Jackdaw, 6 Crow, 1 Robin, 1 Blue Tit, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat. (K Bowers)

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Little Grebe, Wren, Snipe and Shoveler – Kevin Bowers

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 1 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 25 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 16 Shelduck, 5 Mallard, 45 Wigeon, 2 Goosander, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Pheasant, 2 Moorhen, 50 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, c.3000 Golden Plover, c.300 Lapwing, 3 Knot, 120 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 50 Redshank, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 220 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Common Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100 Great Black-backed Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 5 Woodpigeon, 3 Kingfisher, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, 1 Great Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 25 Carrion Crow, 15 Starling, 12 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 100 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch. (M Scawen/Martin Cutland Nature Walk)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still present, 1 Whimbrel, 9 Little Egret. (B Field)

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Hudsonian Whimbrel, Eurasian and Hudsonian Whimbrel (flight shots) – Brian Field

Hayle Estuary: 1 Green-winged Teal still plus 600+ Golden Plover. (B Field)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Long Rock Pool: 1 Bittern. (A Sale)

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Stithians Reservoir: 21 Snipe, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Dunlin, 152 Lapwing, 65 Wigeon from the Stuart Hutchings hide. 1 Water Rail at the feeders. (G Adams)

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Tuesday 15th November 2016

Late news, 14/11, Camel Estuary, Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 Pintail, 70 Mallard, 4 Crow, 22 Black-headed Gull, 30 Teal, 2 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Curlew, 3 Moorhen, 2 Shoveller, 100+ Canada Geese , 1 Herring Gull (juv.), 2 Coot, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Buzzard (over) and 1 Stoat. (K.Bowers)

Late photo, 14/11, Porthleven: 1 Great Northern Diver.


Great Northern Diver, Andy Johnson

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Willow and 1 Marsh Tit, 8 Goosander, 13 Tufted Duck, 2m Gadwall, 1 Snipe, 26 Mallard, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay. (R Mudge)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall drake, 5 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Mandarin and 1 Pink-footed Goose. (C Moore)

Restronguet Creek: 1 Dalmatian Pelican again.  (J Turner)

Maenporth: 2 Common Scoter (female), 1 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

Sennen: 1 Cattle Egret again at Brew Farm.

Perranuthnoe: 1 ad Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w dr Green-winged Teal from the causeway. 1 Black Redstart on the Salt Bar roof. Carnsew Basin: 2 imm Spoonbill and 1 Arctic Tern. (P Freestone)