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 07719139617 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)