Saturday 21st January 2017

Late news, 20/1, Chykembro Common: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (PJ Smale)

Late news, 20/1, Mawgan Porth: 5 Chough. (P&M Lawrance-Owen)

Hawkers Cove: 4 Blackcap, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Curlew. (S Grose)

Padstow: 2 Barn Owl at Padstow Farm Shop. (S Grose)

Dozmary Pool: drake Lesser Scaup, 4 Goldeneye (2m 2f), 1 Merlin, 4 Goosander. (D Eva, R Veal, C Buckland)

Ninestones: 2 Willow Tit, 3 Treecreeper, 1 Dipper. (D Eva)

Colliford Lake: 4f Goosander, 3 Great Crested Grebe. (R Veal)

Lanhydrock NT: 4 Marsh Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Dipper. (R Veal)

Tresillian: 2 Avocet, 1 Spotted Redshank from Tresemple Pool at high tide and 1 Siskin at St Clements. (R Veal)

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Spotted Redshank, Reuben Veal

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Willow Tit on the car park feeders, 1 Marsh Tit and 1 Willow Tit at the hide, 1 Little Egret, 19 Tufted Duck, 25 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Snipe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Coot. (R Mudge)

Sancreed: 2 Little Egret, 158 Canada Goose, 35 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Porth Reservoir:  1 1w Iceland Gull, 8 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Goosander, 10 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 57 Wigeon. (S Rowe) Also 1w Ring-billed Gull; 4 Cattle Egret flew in at dusk. (T Wilson)

Perranarworthal: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in Camellia bush heavily infected with scale insect. (J Sandy)

Mount Hawke: 1m Bullfinch in garden. (RB Girling)

Hayle Estuary: 1 2cy Iceland Gull, 1 subad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 1w drake Green-winged Teal, imm Spoonbill still. (D Parker) 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 26 Dunlin at Ryan’s Field (D Parker), plus 1 Water Pipit (C Urquhart), 4 Goosander, 50 Lapwing.

Marazion: 1 Buzzard, 1 Snipe. (A James) 1 Cattle Egret briefly at 11:00 with 2 Little Egret. (L Proctor) 42 Curlew in the deer field. (D Parker)

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Alan James

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Snipe, Alan James

College Reservoir:1 1w drake Scaup still.

Argal Reservoir: 2 Treecreeper. (D Wright)

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still. Also Black Redstart.

Swanvale, Falmouth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler & 1 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove. Also m Merlin watched Kestrel take prey from ground. Merlin then chased Kestrel presumably to take its prey. 1 Chiff  Chaff,1 Eurasian Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 22 Oystercatcher, 6 Turnstone, 1 Little Egret, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 Redshank, good numbers of Redwing, Song Thrush & Blackbird feeding on ivy berries. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Penzance: Pacific Diver off Jubilee Pool at 9am.

Lizard Point: 1m Hen Harrier over fields below village, small numbers of Guillemot and Razorbill, 3 Common Scoter offshore. (C Urquhart, B Porter, T Phelps)

Kynance: 4 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Grey Heron. (C Urquhart, B Porter, T Phelps)

Stithians: 3 ad Mediterranean Gull, 6 Little Grebe, 1 Pochard, 30 Tufted Duck, 1f Sparrowhawk. (C Urquhart, T Phelps)

Restronguet Weir: 19 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Common Scoter. (J St Ledger)

Seaton: 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northen Diver, 2 Black Redstart. (C Buckland)

Callestick: Yellow-browed Warbler in private garden. Also Little Egret and 14 Teal on village pond. (T Wilson)

Wadebridge, Guineaport/Egloshayle: Common Seal, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Teal, Dunlin, Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew, Peregrine Falcon, Sparrowhawk. (W Delacour)

St Agnes’ Head: 1 Short-eared Owl, Black Redstart. (C Teague)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 6 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail, 3 Coot, 10 Oystercatcher, 60 Golden Plover over, 1 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull and 1 Merlin. (MJ Spicer)


Friday 20th January 2017

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still in Boat Cove, 1 Redshank, 2 Turnstone and 3 Oystercatcher. (J Lander)

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart still present. (A McKechnie)

Hayle Estuary: 1m Green-winged Teal, 1 Iceland Gull, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Spoonbill, 4 Goosander. (A McKechnie, Cornwall Birding)


Green-winged Teal, Alex McKechnie

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  1 Bittern. (J Watts, D Parker) 1 Marsh Harrier, 85 Teal, 4 Mediterranean Gull. (D Flumm, P St Pierre, A James)

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Bittern, John Watts

Bittern, John Watts

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Sennen Cove: 1 Hooded Crow on outer rocks east of bay. (T Hardware)

Men-an-Tol: 1 Pheasant, 1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 1 Barn Owl being mobbed by ringtail Hen Harrier. (S Cox)

Woon Gumpus: 1 Barn Owl hunting, early evening. (D Parker)

Porthmeor Common: 7 Yellowhammer on Gear Hill. (S Cox)

Trevose Head: 3 Lapland Bunting. (J St Ledger) Also Hooded Crow still present. 

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Rock: 1 Redpoll. (S Grose)

Redpoll, Shaun Grose

Redpoll, Shaun Grose

Bude: 4 Stonechat, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Goldfinch. (H Wilkins)

Helston Boating Lake: 2 Mistle Thrush. (D Wright)

Tehidy Country Park: 2 Blue Tit, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Tit, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (K Bowers)

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Grey Wagtail and Yellow-browed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

College Reservoir: 1st winter male Scaup. (L Langley)

Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at Swanvale NR. (L Langley)

Saltash: 3 Waxwing in a private garden briefly this morning.

Seaton: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Diver. (Cornwall Birding)


Thursday 19th January 2017

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart still below Rock Pool café.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel.

Penzance: 9 Purple Sandpiper.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Bittern. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary: 1 juv Iceland Gull from Lelant Saltings. (P Clement, MJ Spicer). 50+ Lapwing , 30+ Teal, 1 Oystercatcher , 1 Curlew. (K Bowers) Also 1 m Green-winged Teal and 1 Spoonbill still present. (DK Parker, P Stidwill)

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Ryans Field: 2 Black-headed Gull , 1 Curlew , 6 Redshank , 15 Wigeon , 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret. (K Bowers)

Oystercatcher, Kevin Bowers

Oystercatcher, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Sancreed: 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Men-an-tol: 150 Golden Plover, Snipe, 2 Bullfinch, 1m Dartford warbler, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (R Hollis)

Godrevy Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper. (Cornwall Birding)

St Gothian Sands: 1m Shoveler, 1 Kingfisher and 5 Snipe. Also flock of 56+ Skylark in fields opposite. (Cornwall Birding)

Pendeen (Boslow): c.15 fieldfares. (R Phillips)

Truro: 2 Avocets from Sunny Corner. (M Lammas)

Tremaine: 1 Waxwing in upper tier of garden centre car park.

Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (P Clement, MJ Spicer). 1m American Wigeon reported again this afternoon.

Tehidy: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Williams)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sam Williams

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sam Williams

Mount Hawke: 1m Bullfinch. (RB Girling)

Helston SF: 1 Firecrest, 6+ Goldcrest and 20+ Chiffchaff. (P Clement, M Wallace, MJ Spicer)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Hannafore Beach, Looe: 2f Black Redstart. (E Mayhew)

Millbrook Lake: 4 ad Mediterranean Gull, 54 Teal. (R Smaldon)

St. Johns Lake: 7 Brent Goose. (R Smaldon)

Wadebridge: 1 Common Seal about a mile out of Wadebridge at Pendarvey Bridge. (C Davies)

Common Seal, Charles Davies

Common Seal, Charles Davies

Harlyn to Constantine: 14 Oystercatcher, 4 Feral Pigeon, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat and 17 Fulmar. (R Hughes)

Wadebridge: Cetti’s Warbler at the sewage works on the Camel Trail. (C Selway)


Wednesday 18th January 2017

Late news, 16/1, St John’s Lake: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Black Redstart (on Marine Drive). (A Pearson)

Zennor Hill: Barn Owl at 3.30pm. (C Madden)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 25 Mute Swan, 48 Canada Goose, 40 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 12 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 1 Goosander, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 18 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Moorhen, 50 Oystercatcher, 10 Ringed Plover, 50 Grey Plover, c3000 Golden Plover, c200 Lapwing, 7 Knot, 120 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 80 Curlew, 3 Snipe, 10 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 40 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 3 Jackdaw, 10 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 25 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch. (M Scawen et al)

Helford River: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Razorbill, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail viewed from Porthallack Beach. (J St Ledger)

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Black Redstart and Common Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w drk Green-winged Teal again off causeway, also 2 (m+f) Goosander. Imm Spoonbill again on Carnsew Pool. (R Veal) 1 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 7 Wigeon, 1 Robin, 2 Redshank on Ryan’s Field. (K Bowers)

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Lapwing and Curlew – Kevin Bowers

Crowlas: 1 Peregrine over at dusk. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mandarin Duck (1m + leucistic f), 2 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler (1m + 2f), 9 Mallard, 1 Muscovy Duck, 1 Tufted Duck, 50+ Canada Goose, 250 Lapwing, 1 1w Glaucous Gull briefly, 10 Redwing, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit. (T Mills, K Bowers)

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Mandarin Duck – Kevin Bowers

St Clement: 2 Avocet on Tresillian River. (B Robson)

Trevose Head: 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 6 Lapland Bunting, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Corn Bunting. (D Parker)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 400 Canada Goose, 2000 Golden Plover, 500 Lapwing. (D Parker)

Crugmeer: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Lizard: 1 Cattle Egret flew over downs towards Poltesco Valley. (T Blunden)

College Reservoir: 1 Scaup, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Firecrest. (L Langley)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 14 Black-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver off Pendower. (D Julian)

St Austell: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 32 Chiffchaff at the sewage works. (D Julian)

Gannel Estuary: 11 Cattle Egret roosted this evening. (D Julian) Ring-billed Gull also reported.

Lamorna Cove: 2 Black Redstart.

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart reported again today. (P Bowerman)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove. (P Bowerman) Small flock of Redwing at Trenow. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup reported once more.

Botallack: 2 Black Redstart, 3.00pm around mine spoil heaps and adjacent cliff rock outcrops. (D Hall)


Sunday 15th January 2017

Bude Marshes (WeBS count): 105 Mallard, 186 Lapwing in two restless flocks, 34 Black-headed Gull, 129 Canada Geese, 23 Starling, 10 Moorhen, 8 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Robin, 1 Mute Swan, 4 Woodpigeon, 10 Herring Gull. (H Kendall)

Sancreed:  2 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Newlyn harbour:  1 Black Redstart. (D Flumm)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool (WeBS count): 3 Great Northern Diver, 8 CanadaGoose, 9 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 6 Mallard, 2 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 male Lesser Scaup, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Lapwing, 7 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 11 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Black-headed Gull, 5 Buzzard, 1 male Peregrine Falcon, 14 Carrion Crow, 7 Jackdaw, 7 Magpie, 6 Blackbird, 44 Fieldfare, 68 Redwing, 127 Starling, 1 Stock Dove, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Chaffinch and 2 Robin.  (DAConway)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, estuary: 1 m Green-winged Teal again. (R Farnes) Also poss Caspian Gull. Copperhouse Creek: 1 Spoonbill.

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Lower Nansloe: 10 Cattle Egret. ( D.Eva with B.Porter, M. Thompson)

Mousehole: 1m Eastern Black Redstart again below harbour car park. Also 1 drk Velvet Scoter flew towards Penzance and 16 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 5 Fulmar flew towards Lamorna with 1 Great Northern Diver and 3 ad Kittiwake offshore. (R Veal, J Chapple)

video by John Chapple

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St Erth: 1 Merlin, 1 Stock Dove, 80+ Skylark, 6 Little Egret at Long Lanes. (R Veal)

Longrock: 1 1w Black Redstart, 1 ad Common Gull, 5 Pied Wagtail, 7 Rock Pipit below car park and 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal)

Perranuthnoe: 1 ad Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove at 15:00 with 10 Grey Plover. (R Veal)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 11 Cattle Egret, 9 Little Egret. (S Rowe)

Marazion Beach: 2 drk Common Scoter offshore. (R Veal) Also Water Pipit, Black Redstart and ad Pacific Diver offshore.

Men-An-Tol: 2 male & ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 1 Barn Owl, 70 Fieldfare. (D Parker, T Mills)

Ponsanooth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at sewage works.

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff.

Porth Nanven: pair of Chough calling and seeking shelter on NE cliff side. (N Wills)

Penzance  Jubilee Pool: 20 + Turnstone, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 30 Sanderling, 4 Great Black-backed Gull. (N Wills)

St Ives, from the Island and Porthgwidden: 20 + Gannet close to shore and diving with large flock of herring gulls, 5 Great Black-backed Gull and approx 10 Razorbill, 1 Great Northern Diver,  5 Shag, also approx 10 Bottle-nosed Dolphin. (N Wills)


Saturday 14th January 2017

Late news, 13/1, Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Marsh Harrier (D. Flumm)

Newquay, Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull, 1 Water Pipit and 59 Wigeon. (S Rowe) Also  1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Common Gull. (S Grose) Great Western beach: 3 Common Gull. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, 8 Coot, 460 Herring Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe. (S Rowe)

College Res: 1 pair Goosander, 1 drake Scaup, 1 drake Gadwall, 1 Treecreeper ( D. Eva )

Loe Pool: 23 Shoveler, 10 Goosander, 12 Pochard, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 29 Cormorant, 3 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher. (G Adams)

Portscatho, Porthbean beach: 1 Long-tailed Duck. (C Stephenson)

Truro River, south from Sunny Corner: 2 Avocet. (J Lander)

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart again.

Marazion: 1 ad Pacific Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver on the east side.

Perranuthnoe: 1 ad Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove; 5 Black-throated Diver offshore.

Cawsand: 1 Great Northern Diver. (A Blonden)

Tehidy Country Park: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S&PM Rogers) 

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Lesser Scaup.

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-necked Grebe and 6+ Black-throated Diver off Pendower beach.

River Camel: 3 (1m + 2f) Goosander at Amble Marshes. (A Langdon)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 pr Stonechat. (A Langdon)


Friday 13th January 2017

Tehidy Country Park:  20+ Goldfinch,  2 (pair) Bullfinch,  4 Goldcrest,  2 Jay,  1 Buzzard,  2 (pair) Moorhen,  1 Kingfisher. (A James)

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Stithians Reservoir: 22 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, 4 Reed Bunting. (J St Ledger)

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Gannel Estuary, Newquay: 1 Ring-billed Gull (1st W), 10 Mediterranean Gull and 9 Cattle Egret flew in at 5.10pm (T Wilson)

Bude: 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Stonechat, c12 Oystercatcher, 100+ Canada Goose and 500+ Lapwing (H Wilkins)

Mousehole: 1 m Eastern Black Redstart again. (L Proctor)

Longrock Pool: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (D Parker, K Bowers)

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Drift Reservoir: 6 hybrid goose, 1 Muscovy Duck, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Greylag Goose, 266 Canada Goose, 2 Mandarin Duck, 6 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 29 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 33 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 6 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 1 Snipe, 6 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 44 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch. (D Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Water: 1 Green-winged Teal, 3 (1 m + 2 f) Goosander, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Mediterranean Gull. Carnsew Pool: 4 Little Grebe. Copperhouse Creek: 1 Spoonbill, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank. Ryan’s Field: 2 Kingfisher. (M Spicer, T Mills, K Bowers)

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St Buryan: ad Kumlien’s Gull on east side of village. (K Wilson)

St Ives: 1 Firecrest in private garden at Little in Sight. Also Sooty Shearwater and 2 Velvet Scoter past. (R Wilkins)

Padstow: 1 ad Caspian Gull and 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull. Dennis Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Julian)

Gerrans Bay: 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-throated Diver, 14 Great Northern Diver and nearby 1 Firecrest in bushes. (L Langley)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Woodcock and 2 Jack Snipe. (D Julian)

Penzance: Pacific Diver still off the east side.