Wednesday 4th January 2017

Notice: the water level at Maer Lake, Bude, is currently very low as there is a major problem with the main outfall sluice. The sluice is hopefully being moved on Friday 6th January and water levels will remain low till then at least. (G Sutton per P McVey)

Late news, 3/1, Skewjack: Adult Iceland Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching).

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still present. (M Bailey, R Butts, T Pinfield, D Julian). Also 12 Turnstone and 1 Redshank. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Boat Cove, Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still present, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (M Bailey).

Drift Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Cattle Egret in Sellan Farm fields, 270 Canada Goose. (R Butts, T Pinfield) Earlier, 3 Cattle Egret reported at Sellan Farm.

Mount’s Bay, viewed from Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, probably 23 Great Northern Diver (inc 12 in a group just off Sandy Cove), 15 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling. (R Butts, T Pinfield) Also 1 Red-necked Grebe and 3 Velvet Scoter. (D Julian, C Selway)

Marazion, Red River mouth: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Gull, 12+ Sanderling. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 Spoonbill, 3 Goosander (brownheads) on Ryan’s Field. (R Butts, T Pinfield) Also 9 Goosander (1 drake 8 brownheads, inc 5 that flew over). (M Bailey)

Newlyn: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Grey Wagtail at Newlyn Bridge. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching). 1 Firecrest at Sandy Cove. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

Little Kelynack, St Just: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Woodcock, 6 Snipe. (C&C Moore)

Nanquidno: 6 Woodlark still wintering at Boscregan Farm. (N Wheatley) 1 Jay. (C&C Moore)

Cot Valley: 1 Firecrest. (N Wheatley)

Wacker Quay: c70 Avocet on the north bank of the River Lynher. (D Spooner)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Padstow: 35 Mute Swan, 1 Barnacle Goose, 220 Canada Goose, 28 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 25 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 2 Goosander, 14 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Gannet, 1 Shag, 5 Cormorant, 8 Grey Heron, 10 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 7 Moorhen, 45 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 9 Grey Plover, c1000 Golden Plover, 50 Lapwing, 2 Turnstone, c200 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 50 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 70 Curlew, 150 Black-headed Gull, 10 Common Gull, 30 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 6 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 3 Song thrush, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 6 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 4 Raven, 50 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Otter. (M Scawen)

Padstow: 1 Black Redstart at Molesworth Manor. (S Grose)

Carrick Roads, viewed from Loe Beach, Feock: 10+ Black-necked Grebe, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Razorbill. (J Lander)

Tehidy Country Park: 6 Jay, 22 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Kingfisher. (A James)

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Jay – Alan James

Constantine Bay: 1 Hooded Crow. (R Hughes)

Swanpool Lake, Falmouth: 18+ Tufted Duck, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (L Langley)

Roseland,Portscatho, Arthur’s field shore: on low tide rocks, 4 Grey Plover, 11 Knot. (D Hall)

Siblyback Lake: 3 Tufted Duck, 163 Canada Geese, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 5 Little Grebe, 8 Coot and 1 1w Yellow-legged Gull. (DK Parker)

Upper Fowey Valley: 5 Marsh Tit, 3 Willow Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay and 1 Mistle Thrush. (DK Parker)

Dozmary Pool; 1 drake Lesser Scaup, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 9 Mallard, 4 Teal and 4 Little Grebe. (DK Parker)


Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Late news, 02/01, Bartinney Down:  2 Short-eared Owl in aerial territorial dispute. (A James)

Short-eared Owl in territorial dispute, Bartinney Downs, A James

Short-eared Owl, Bartinney Downs, A James

Late news, 2/1, Loe Pool (Degibna): 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Hastilow)


Goldcrest, David Hastilow


Chiffchaff, David Hastilow


Late news, 2/1, Polgigga: 4 Yellow-browed Warbler in Nanjizal Valley, 5 Lapland Bunting in stubble fields at Trevilley.

Latenews, 2/1 Falmouth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Swanvale.

Mount’s Bay Pelagic, (12.00 – 15.30): 3 Velvet Scoter, c 30 Common Scoter, 5 Eider (group of 4 and the resident male separately), c10 Guillemot, c20 Great Northern Diver, 1 Kittiwake and several Gannet. Also 2 pods of c25 ea Common Dolphin. (M Elliot, M Ahmad, M Spicer, T Mills)


Common Dolphin, mother & calf, Tony Mills


Velvet Scoter, Tony Mills

Penzance: Pacific Diver (ad) still off Jubille Pool, also 2 Great Northern Diver.

Nanjizal:Little Bunting just north of the valley and east of kissing gate on path from Trevilley, also from Trevilly to Nanjizal: 2 (m&f) Bullfinch, c100 Skylark, c300 Linnet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Bunting, c100 Chaffinch, c40 Meadow Pipit, 5+ Song Thrush, 10+ Dunnock. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart (1w male) still on rocks just south of Rock Pool café.

St Ives Bay: 2 Great Northern Diver.

Kenidjack: Adult Iceland Gull. (S Williams)

Bartinney Down:  1 Short-eared Owl,  1f Kestrel, 1 Fox. (A James)

Fox, Bartinney Downs, A James

Fox, Bartinney Downs, A James

Short-eared Owl, Bartinney Downs, A James

Short-eared Owl, Bartinney Downs, A James

Sancreed:  3 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 80+ Canada Goose, 9 Mallard, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Mandarin, 1 Shoveller, 1 Coot, 2 Tufted Duck. (K Bowers)


Shoveler, Kevin Bowers


Meadow Pipit, Kevin Bowers


Black-necked Grebe, Kevin Bowers


Tufted Duck, Kevin Bowers

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 6 (2m, 4 redhead) Goosander, 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (R Veal)

Lelant Saltings: 1 imm Spoonbill, 11 Grey Plover, 18 Ringed Plover, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, 55 Redshank, 3 Snipe, 200 Curlew. (R Veal)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 Red-throated Diver quite close in, 15 Great Northern Diver, 11 Common Scoter. (R Veal)

Men-an-Tol: 1m Hen Harrier seen twice between 15:00-15:30, 1 Barn Owl quartering at dusk, 1 Kestrel, 25 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting. (R Veal)

Hawkers Cove, Padstow:  9 Mediterranean Gull and 9 Bottlenose Dolphin feeding on the Doom Bar this morning. (S Grose)

Helford River (footpath from river mouth to Durgan); 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Bullfinch (male), 2 Redwing. Also 5 Bottlenose Dolphin and 2 Harbour Porpoise. (J St Ledger)

Common Sandpiper, Helford River, J St Ledger

Common Sandpiper, Helford River, J St Ledger

Stithians Reservoir (Golden Lion cut off): 1 Sparrowhawk flushed 5 Snipe and a Kngfisher. (J Lander)

Bude Marshes: 25 Lapwing, 14 Snipe, 3 Grey Heron, 11 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Red-breasted Merganser (redhead on the creek). (L Sampson)

Bude Canal: 1f Bullfinch, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Water Rail. (R Maye)

River Neet: 3 Pied Wagtails, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Red-breasted Merganser. (R Maye)



Monday 2nd January 2017

Late News, 29/12, Lizard: 30,000 Starling in roost. (T Blunden)

Late news, 29/12, Lizard Point: Unseasonal 2cy Long-tailed Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. (T Blunden)

Late news, 29/12, St Levan: 2 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit. (DK Parker)

Late news, 29/12, Porthcurno: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. (DK Parker)

Late news, 1/1, Jubilee Pool: 2 Purple Sandpipers; 3 Ringed Plovers; 3 Velvet Scoters; 60 Common Scoters; 1 Red-necked Grebe (B Field).

Late news, 1/1, Hayle Estuary: 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 100+ Golden Plover, 6 Grey Plover. (B Field)

Late news, 1/1, Drift Reservoir: 2 Mandarin. (B Field)

Late photograph, 1/1, Drift Reservoir:


Black-necked Grebe x2, Alex McKechnie

Late news, 1/1, Penzance Jubilee Pool: 60 Common Scoter. (B Field)

Late news, 1/1, Loe Bar: 5 Red-breasted Merganser. (B Field)

Late news 1/1, Probus: 1 Green Sandpiper in private garden. (B Field)

Late news, 1/1, Sandy Cove: 3 Great Northern Diver. (B Field)

Late news, 1/1, Nanjizal: 2 Reed Bunting. (B Field)

Late Photograph, 1/1, Marazion Beach:


Kittiwake, Reuben Veal

Late news, 1/1, Kenidjack: Flock of 18 Chough over north side of valley in morning. (N Wheatley)

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart still on rocks between Rock Pool Café and harbour.

Godrevy Point: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 2+ Manx Shearwater. (P Freestone)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill, 1m Green-winged Teal, 2 brownhead Goosander, 20 Ringed Plover. (D Eva)

Green-winged Teal, video Richard Augarde

Long Rock Pool: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull, 14 Brent Goose flew west. (D Eva)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Bittern.

Drift: 3 Cattle Egret, 2 Mandarin, 1 Common Sandpiper. (D Eva) Also 2 Black-necked Grebe.

Sancreed: 3 Cattle Egret,  2 Little Egret at Sellan Farm. (D Flumm)

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                                                                              Cattle Egret, Sellan Farm, Dave Flumm

Perranuthnoe, Boat Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel, 1 Eurasian Whimbrel still present. (D Eva) Also 6 Little Egret, 3 Curlew. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup.

St. Austell Bay:  400 metres from Par beach – approx. 200 Gannets diving into large shoal of fish, also 11 Cormorant (went on for at least 20 minutes). (D Braund)

Lizard Point: 1 Goldeneye, 1 Velvet Scoter, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Great Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver. (I Maclean)

Lizard Village: c.15,000 Starlings coming into roost. (I Maclean)

Lizard Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Marsh Harrier. (I Maclean)

Kynance: 1 Black Redstart. (I Maclean)

Helston, Loe Pool: 1 Short-eared owl at 4pm hunting over field (A Witheywood). Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler  oneast side.

Short-eared Owl, Loe Pool, A Withywood.

Short-eared Owl, Loe Pool, A Withywood.

Helston: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still in Pines behind Flora Motors, 20+ Chiffchaff in hedge by sewage works, 1 Grey Wagtail in sewage works. 6+ Redwing feeding in Ivy-covered trees to west of boating lake, 2 Mistle Thrush in field immediately west of boating lake, 1 Jay. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Crowan Reservoirs: 2 brownhead Goosander, 1 Snipe, 1 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 80 Linnet. (C Benton)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Black Redstart (Trevean Way), 12 Blackcap, 30 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush. (S Rowe)

Pentire Point West: 200 Skylark, 200 Linnet, 50 Chaffinch. (S Rowe)

Bude: 1 Grey Heron, c25 Lapwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Buzzard and 2 Kingfisher. (H Wilkins)

Pendeen: 1 Raven, 1 Merlin, a light passage of Auks, Fulmars and Kittiwakes on the sea this morning. (A Hartley)

Trevilley to Porthgwarra: 100+ Linnet, a few Skylark, 6 Stonechat,1 Chough, a few Meadow Pipit. (A Hartley)

Gunwalloe fishing cove: 1 Barnacle Goose on sea distantly, 4 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black Redstart. (J Selby)

Bartinney: 1 Short-eared Owl viewed from Chapel Carn Brea car park. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Water Rail from Northern cutoff hide, 1m & 1f Goldeneye from Stuart Hutchings hide. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: Red-necked Grebe still. Also 1 Common Scoter past. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)


Sunday 1st January 2017

Bude: 1 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret on Rugby Club Pitch, later flew to the wet field beyond the Truscott BridgeAlso 1 Red breasted Merganser on the estuary just past the bus shelter along the Strand. (R Maye, H Kendall)  Also 1 Song Thrush, 8 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Heron and 3 Stonechat (H Wilkins) Bude Marsh: 1 Little Grebe and 2 Cattle Egret and 1 Kingfisher. (R Maye)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 Water Rail, 42 Coot, 28 Tufted Duck, 4 Little Grebe & 1 Blackcap. (S Grose) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Tawny Owl ( D.Eva ) Maritime Museum: 1 Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Pendower Beach to Porthbean Beach via Treluggan Cliffs: 60+ Gannet fishing in the bay, 2 Common Scoter, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 m Stonechat, 1 Song Thrush singing, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 2 Bullfinch (m&f), 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Curlew, 5 Turnstone, 3 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Long-tailed Duck. (J Driver)

Sancreed: 3 Cattle Egret with 2 Little Egret at Sellan Farm. 4 Mediterranean Gull & 3 Common Gull fields elsewhere (D Flumm)

Carrick Roads: 6 Black-necked Grebe, 8 Red breasted Merganser, 1 Velvet Scoter ( D. Eva )

College Reservoir: 1 Scaup (1st w.) , 1 Woodcock, 1 m Gadwall ( D.Eva )

St. Clement: 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 100 Teal ( D. Eva )

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 leucistic f Mandarin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, A McKechnie)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull late morning, c1000 Black-headed Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Little Egret, 17 Cattle Egret in the evening. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Goosander, 30 Golden Plover, c60 Lapwing, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Grey Plover, c50 Dunlin on Estuary. 1 f Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest in lane behind Old Station House. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Ryan’s Field: 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Grey Wagtail with just 1 tail feather. (R Veal)

Newmill: 1+ Yellowhammer by bungalow on Chykembro Common. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Marazion Beach: 2w Yellow-legged Gull and 1 ad Kittiwake showing well with a few breast feathers missing, 1 Grey Heron, 30 Sanderling, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 1w Caspian Gull. (A Hartley, R Veal)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 3 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 5 Great Northern Diver offshore with c12 Purple Sandpiper on the rocks at low tide and 1 Pacific Diver reported (R Veal, M Spicer, T Mills)

Pendeen: 1+ Chough heard-only, 1 Raven. (A Hartley)

Kelynack: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in private garden, with 6 Long-tailed Tit.

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart again today. (M Spicer, B Field, R Wilkins, T Mills)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

Saturday 31st December 2016

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Late news, 30/12, Tresillian to St Clement: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe and 1 Grey Heron. (M Bowers)

Sancreed: 3 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 60 Lapwing, 50 Redwing Sellan Fm area (D Flumm)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Goldeneye, 20 Snipe, 1 Woodcock ( D. Eva )

Newquay, East Pentre Point: 3 Chough. (S Grose)

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

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Marazion beach: 1w Caspian Gull 12:25 onwards, 1w Ring-billed Gull briefly 12:00, 1 ad Iceland Gull. 3 (1 drk) Shoveler, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore, all from café car park. (R Veal) Also 4 Grey Heron flew west along the beach at dusk. (A Hartley)

Longrock Pool: 1 ad Iceland Gull. (P Smale)

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Carbis Bay: 23 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua. (S Rowe)

Mousehole: 4 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Eastern Black Redstart still on the rocks just north of the harbour car park. (A Hartley)

Dozmary Pool: 1 male Lesser Scaup and 2 Goldeneye. (Paul St Pierre)

Bartinney Downs: 3 Short-eared Owl, 1600hrs. (R Hollis)

Sennen: 3 Lapland Bunting in stubble field at Trevilley.

Penzance: ad Pacific Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe and 2 Velvet Scoter offshore.

St Ives: 3 Great Northern Diver in the bay.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 m Green-winged Teal again.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Water Pipit at north end of reservoir early afternoon.

Bude: 8 Turnstone and 8 Oystercatcher. (H Wilkins)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3 Cattle Egret visible distantly at Sellan Farm, viewed from the public car park. (DK Parker)

Trevilley to Nanjizal: 6+ Lapland Bunting in 1st stubble field, also c200 Skylark, c20 Meadow Pipit, c100 Linnet, c50 Chaffinch, c15 Reed Bunting. Little Bunting trapped and ringed at Nanjizal. Visible 40 metres to the left of the kissing gate before entering Nanjizal valley. Please stick to the footpath and view the blackthorn from a distance, the bird regularly comes out of the set aside and perches up. (K Wilson, DK Parker, L Proctor)

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Friday 30th December 2016

Late Photos, 28/12, The LIzard: Starling roost, David Hall.

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Sancreed: 2 Cattle Egrets & 1 Egret sp (asleep) at Sellan Fm from 0900hrs (D Flumm)

Newquay, Watergate Bay beach: 3 Chough feeding on grassy cliff half way up. (R Hooton)

Carrick Roads: 25 Black-necked Grebe, 29 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Velvet Scoter ( D. Eva )

Mousehole: Eastern Black Redstart showing well on rocks to south of café. (L Proctor, J Dustow, M Buckley) Also 30 Common Dolphin and 2 Harbour Porpoise offshore and a bat flying around the harbour at dusk (T Wilson)

Mounts Bay area from Jubilee Pool: At least 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Pacific Diver on its own toward the Cressars and quite close in, 3 Velvet Scoter, 27 Common Scoter, 15 Purple Sandpiper. (J Dustow, M Buckley) Also 1 m Eider. (D&T Barber) At least 15 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool and fem Black Redstart on Battery Rocks. (DK Parker, P&H Taylor)

Longrock Pool: 1 ad Iceland Gull (R Veal), 1 1w Ring-billed Gull, (M Ahmad), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 ad Common Gull.

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Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Green-winged Teal off Causeway. (S Turner, M Buckley) Also 2 Spoonbill,1 ad Common Gull.  (J.Clegg, R Veal)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 6 Cattle Egret in top fields northeast corner. (S Turner) 3 Cattle Egret and 3 Little Egret at Sellan Fm today. (D Flumm)

Rame Head: 2 Firecrest along coast path. (D Allan)

Stithians Reservoir, cut off hide: 1 Water Rail, making regular appearances, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Snipe, Goldfinches, Blue / Great Tits mostly on the feeders, numerous Dunnock & Chaffinches. (R Farnes)

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Cape Cornwall: 100+ Common Dolphin and 10 Harbour Porpoise. (D&T Barber)

Helston Loe Pool: 9 Cattle Egret, 4 Little Egret, 4 Goosander, 6 Common Gull, 2 Water Rail. (I Maclean) Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest near Helston boating lake.

Porthkidney Beach: 5 Great Northern Diver, 3 Razorbill, c30 (5 1w) Kittiwake and numerous Gannet and Cormorants in mini feeding frenzy late pm. Also 1f Common Scoter past, 3 Raven, 1m Stonechat. (R Veal)

Lands End to Nanjizel: 1 Kestrel, 2 Chough, 1 Peregrine. (A James)

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St Austell, Carlyon Bay (Private Garden): 2 m Blackcap and 1 m Black Redstart. (E Cornelius)

St.Just in Roseland: 1 Blackcap, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Eider, 3 Little Grebe. St. Mawes: 1 Mediterranean Gull adult. (A. Green)

Park Head: 2 Great Northern Diver, 8 Yellowhammer, 1 Peregrine. (S Rowe)

Trevose Head: 18+ Lapland Bunting, c.200 Skylark, c.120 Linnet, 4 Yellowhammer, 9 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel, 4 Black-throated Diver, 1 Little Egret. (M Buckley)

A30 Eastern side of Tuckingmill Junction:Peregrine Falcon with prey in talons. (A Tregunna)

Bartinney Down: At least 1 Short-eared Owl.

Newlyn: 1 Black Redstart in harbour.

Penzance: 1 Black Redstart in Lidden area again. (T Mills)


Thursday 29th December 2016

Late pictures, 28/12, Longrock Pool: 1w Ring-billed Gull and 1 ad Kittiwake. (L Proctor)

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Late news, 28/12, Penzance: 29 Purple Sandpiper roosting at Battery Rocks. (T Mills) Also 1 Red-necked Grebe and 3 Velvet Scoter offshore.

Late news 28/12, Kenidjack: 2 Chough. (A James)

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Sancreed: 2 Cattle Egret with 2 Little Egret at Sellan Farm – viewable from Sancreed bus stop 10:00hrs onwards (D Flumm)

Mounts Bay: 1 ad  Pacific Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 12+ Great Northern Diver, 3 Velvet Scoter, c20 Common Scoter. (L Proctor) Possible American Herring Gull on the sea.

Mousehole: 1 m  Eastern Black Redstart still plus 1 Otter reported offshore at 8:45am. (L Proctor)

Longrock Pool: 1w Ring-billed Gull again. (L Proctor) Also in field behind pool, 1 doe Roe Deer with this year’s twin kids. (A James) Possible 1w Caspian Gull or hybrid reported.

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Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 m Black Redstart, 1 Water Rail, 1 m Blackcap. (L Proctor)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel in Boat Cove again, 2 Black-Throated Diver offshore. (A Green)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 5 Snipe. (A. Green)

Porthgwarra: c2000 Starling at Arden-Sawah & Roskestal Farms. 1 Snipe, 2 Dartford Warbler, 6 Stonechat on moor. 2 Red Deer in cattle field at Roskestal. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Laneast Down:  1 Merlin, 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Snipe, 2 Teal, 4 Stonechat, c200 Reed Bunting, c50 Meadow Pipit, c100 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 11 Fieldfare  (L Sampson) 

The Lizard, Trevassack Quarry: 2 Firecrest. (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

Bartinney Down: 2 Short-eared Owl in aerial  territorial dispute. (A James)

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Gannel Estuary: 17 Cattle Egret (14 of which flew in at late time of 17.04) 12 Little Egret. (S Rowe)

Cape Cornwall: 3 Red-throated Diver, flying north, 6 Harbour Porpoise, 30+ Common Dolphin in two pods (including 2 small calves) and 1 Striped Dolphin associating with the Common Dolphins (seen leaping out of the water and side slapping). (D&T Barber)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, estuary: 1 Green-winged Teal, 1 Spoonbill, 8 Goosander (2m, 6f) Ryan’s Field: 10 Bar-tailed Godwit + 4 Snipe. Carnsew Basin: 1 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger) Also 4 Grey Plover, 5 Little Grebe and 1 Kingfisher.

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Gwennap Sewage Works: 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 1 Grey Wagtail. (J St Ledger)

Sennen: 10 Snipe at Trinity Pool.

St Ives: 1 Black Redstart on wall by Porthmeor Beach car park.

Penzance: 4 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Velvet Scoter and 8 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool.

Drift Reservoir, (members only): 2 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Scaup.

Swanpool – Castle Beach, Falmouth: 1 Pochard, 7 Tufted Duck, 9+ Mute Swan on Swanpool with 1+ Great Northern Diver, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull offshore;  m Sparrowhawk, 2 f Blackcap, 10+ Dunnock on the coast path, 2 Turnstone, 1 Little Egret on Swanpool Point, 2 Rock Pipit on Gyllyngvase Beach, 1 Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit Castle Beach (S Perfect)