Saturday 11th July 2020

Late news, 10/7, Trewavas Cliff: 30+ Kittiwake. One active nest visible from my position, with two young, though many adults were returning to the cliffs with food. Second photo gives better view of one of the young. (J St Ledger)

Kittiwake  – John St Ledger 

      Kittiwake  – John St Ledger

Late news, 10/07, Nanjizal: 60 birds ringed including 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Kingfisher (K Wilson)

Troon: Male Hawfinch in a private garden at 09:30. (D Wheeler)

Goss Moor: 1 Bee-eater flew over heading South, 2+ Crossbill and 5 Siskin overhead (P Roseveare, J Howells). Also, 104 ringed, of note, 41 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 27 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 2 Marsh Tit. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto, J Howells)

Porthgwarra 06:00 – 09:30:  4 Balearic Shearwater, 16 Common Scoter, Puffin and Curlew west. (I Prentice)

Devoran: 100+ Curlew, 70+ Redshank, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Black-tailed Godwit. (R Loader)

Freathy: 13 Balearic Shearwater flew east at 09:00. (M Jordan)

Calvadnack: 1 Green Sandpiper on farm pond. (L Sampson)

Coverack: 6 Swift – some screaming, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Herring Gull. 9 Mediterranean Gull off Chynhalls, Whitethroat and Blackcap. Also 3 Grey Seal off Black Head, one of which was caught napping in a rock pool and had to clamber over the rocks to get out to sea as the tide fell. (H Norton, D Beadle)

Stithians Southern cut-off: 2 Common Sandpiper

Fowey: 8 Balearic Shearwater offshore, seen from kayak. (R Kirkwood)

Balearic Shearwater – Rupert Kirkwood

Downderry: Birds moving west, 05:35-08:10, included 17 Common Scoter, 51 Gannet, 10 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 46 Mediterranean Gull and 22 Black-headed Gull. 19 Manx Shearwater also headed east. (A Payne)

The Rumps: 1 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Mediterranean Gull (T Potterton)

St Just to Pendeen Watch: 2 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 15 Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Swift, 5 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 15 Linnet. (J Burges)

Feock: 2 Nuthatch, 3 Siskin from Punch Bowl & Ladle. (S Grose)

Marazanvose: 2 Yellowhammer on wires. (S Grose)

Pentire Point: 2 Puffin seen, also 4 Gannet, 6 Fulmar, 19 Kittiwake, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Kestrel, Rock Pipit & 2 Wheatear (1ad, 1 fledgling.) (D Reeves)

Mount Hawke: Unknown bat species at 13.30. First seen fluttering its wings when perched on overhead wires. Smallish, wing beat action quite fluttery, flight speed on slow side, flight path largely straight and horizontal flight at bungalow height. Overall flight mode quite unlike usual “garden-type” bat when they dash about at dusk. (RB & PC Girling)


Saturday 13th June 2020

Late news, 12/6, Carnon Downs: juv albino/leucistic Starling being fed above gardens at Carnon Downs. (C May)

Nanjizal: Singing Rustic Bunting 07:00 to 07:20 only, also 2 Crossbill and Bee-eater heard. (K Wilson)

Land’s End: 1 Bee-eater (present from 08:30 to 09:00 at least), 200 Linnet. (N R Rogers) Flew off high towards Sennen at 09:50, apparently also present yesterday evening. (per S Rogers)

Bee-eater – Nigel Rogers

Bee-eater – Nigel Rogers

Bee-eater – Nigel Rogers

Bee-eater, Mike Mckee

Bee-eater, Mike Mckee

Drift Reservoir: Osprey for its fourth day. (D Flumm) Lesser-type Canada Goose still present. (M Ahmad)

St Just: Rosy Starling briefly at 09:40. (N & T Wheatley) Reported again 16:40 on the secondary school playing field.

Wadebridge: 1 Rosy Starling at Egloshayle (A Langdon et al) Also 2 Great White Egret reported, flew towards Treraven Meadow/ Clapper Marshes at 1755.

Polgigga: Presumably the same Bee-eater on wires at c11:00. (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra: Presumably same Bee-eater flew north over Arden Sawah Farm calling at c12:45. (P Roseveare)

Polgigga/Porthcurno junction: Presumably same Bee-eater high over, calling, flying towards Raftra at 15:12. (S. Rogers)

Lizard: Rosy Starling adult in sheep field south of the village. (D Collins)

Trelowarren: pair Spotted Flycatcher feeding young in nest. (D Collins)

Lizard: Female Red-backed Shrike on west side of Lloyds Signal Station, Bass Point this evening. (S Croft)

Marazion: Summer plumaged Great Northern Diver flew towards Newlyn. 2s Med Gull on Hogus rocks. (P Fraser)

Wadebridge: 2 Crossbill at 09:00. (B Bosisto)

Nine Maidens: 1 Cuckoo (B Bosisto)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 adult Common Tern, 1 ad w Knot, 7 Curlew, 9 Oystercatcher, 10 Curlew, 1 2cy Lesser Black-backed Gull, 43 Black-headed gull, 4 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 15 Shelduck, 4 Cormorant & 2 Canada Geese10am – noon. ( P Kemp)

Downderry: 16 Manx Shearwater, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Scoter moved west and 3 Kittiwake east before 07:00. (A Payne)

Sennen: 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Common Whitethroat, 16 House Martin nest building, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Lands End: 29 Shag, 6 Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 29 Great Black-backed Gull + 8 juv. (S Grose) Greeb Farm: 2 Wheatear, 1 Swift. (S Grose)

Nanjizal: 53 Rook, 1 Raven, 16 Carrion Crow, 2 Sand Martin, 150+ Linnet, 5 Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Tehidy Woods: 14 Mute Swan, 1m Tufted Duck, 11 Coal Tit in Oak Wood. (S Grose)

Lelant: 1s Mediterranean Gull over, 2 Grey Wagtail. (R Veal)

Camel Estuary: 1s Mediterranean Gull (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat (L Payne)

Playing Place: male & possible female Siskin on bird feeder. (T Hall)

Porthcurno to Nanjizal: 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 8 Grey Seal, 3 Great Black-backed Gull (P Oldcorn)

Carclaze: 1 Red Kite over East. (D Cooper)

Loe Pool: 2 Great Crested Grebe with young. (A Witheywood)

Great Crested Grebe, A Witheywood

Sunday 7th June 2020

Treverva nr Falmouth: 12 Bee-eater over ENE c1 mile west of Treverva 1pm today. (P Laney)

Lizard Village: 1 Hoopoe. (M Pass)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 drake Goldeneye and 30 Swifts. (S Turner)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Osprey flew north up the NE arm late afternoon. Also 1 Otter with a large Rudd. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: 1 Storm Petrel. (R Augarde)

Crowlas: Several Crossbill heard this pm. (G Healey)

Hayle Estuary: 7 Ringed Plover and 5 Dunlin. (J Hicks) Also, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Whimbrel. (R Veal)

Friendship Woods: c.20 Crossbill. (C Richards)

Carlyon Bay: 11 Eider, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1m Greenfinch (A & B Tregunna)

Eiders – A & B Tregunna

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 1172 Canada Goose, 9 Great Crested Grebe,3 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Buzzard, 61 Carrion Crow, 37 Jackdaw, 5 Magpie 1 Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 7 Blackbird, 3 Wheatear, 11 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 8 Linnet, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Meadow Brown. (DAConway)

Crowdy Reservoir: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Redstart, 1 Treecreeper, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Barnacle Goose, 161 Canada Goose, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Wheatear, 10 Sand Martin,1 Reed Bunting. (B Craven)

Goss Moor: 3 Common Crossbill (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Cardinham Woods: 3 singing Yellowhammer, 1 Marsh Tit, 7 Siskin, 4 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush, 9 Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Bodmin Parkway Station: 7 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Carkeel: 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch from woodside Stables. (S Grose)

Liskeard Trago Mills: 1 Dipper, 1 Blackcap, 3 Nuthatch, 20+ Chaffinch. (S Grose)

Pencarrow: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Nuthatch (2 adult feeding juv), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 9 Swift, 12 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 64 Mallard, 1m Tufted Duck, 13 Canada Geese, 4 Kingfisher, 4 Coot, 2 juv Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Great Crested Grebe +2 Juv (also 1 new nest being incubated and another adult bird disappearing in and out of reeds). (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Kingfisher, also Mute Swan with blue plastic ring on right leg AX has returned to Boating lake. (S Grose)

The Mouls: 16 Puffin and 1 Shelduck on water. Also numbers of Guillemot and Razorbill. (J St Ledger)

Pentire Head: 4 Wheatear (3 adult, 1 juv), 1 Kestrel. Also numbers of Skylark. (J St Ledger)

Juvenile Wheatear – John St Ledger

Bodmin Moor: Near Penquite Farm; 1 pair Redstart feeding 2 young. Near Bolatherick Farm; 1 pair Redstart feeding young in hole in wall, 5 Mistle Thrush, 1 Bullfinch (male). (J St Ledger)

Male Redstart – Johns St Ledger

Juvenile Redstart – Johns St Ledger

Tresillian River: 30 adult Shelduck – one pair with 13 ducklings (was 14 ducklings on 3/6). Also, 1 Curlew. (A Nicholson)

Freathy: 4 Manx Shearwater and 10 Swift west this morning. Also c.20 Bottlenose Dolphin. (M Jordan)
M. Jordan

Coverack: 1 Black-throated Diver. (P Day)

Downderry: 2 Great Northern Diver, 48 Gannet, 76 Manx Shearwater, 4 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern and a Grey Heron passing before 0710. In addition a Great Crested Grebe flew west this evening. (A Payne)



Sunday 24th May 2020

Late news, 23/05, St Andrews Pool: 2 pairs Mute Swan with 6 & 4 Cygnet, crèche of 20 Canada Goslings, 2 broods Mallard Ducklings 8 & 6, 1 juvenile Moorhen, 1 Reed Warbler (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Mute Swan – Bob Bosisto

Mallard and Ducklings – Bob Bosisto

Mulfra: 1+ Bee-eater heard calling high, between Mulfra Hill and Boskednan and appeared to drift off north or north east at 09:50. No sight or sound since. (M Elliott)

Ardensawah: 2 Turtle Doves early morning. (B Mellow)

Porthgwarra: 2 Pale adult Pom Skuas and 4 Great Northern Divers between 06:45 and 09:00. (B Mellow) Also, 3 Cuckoo. (S. Rogers)

Marazion Beach: 18 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone (S Rogers).

Newlyn Harbour: 1 imm m Eider, 4 Lesser Black backed Gull,17 nesting Herring Gull, 25 Great Black backed Gull, 2 Swift overhead, 1 Raven, 5 Rock Pipit. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 7 Common Whitethroat. (S Grose)

Lower Bostraze: 4 Cuckoo and 1 Grasshopper Warbler this evening. (M Ahmad)

Cuckoo – Mashuq Ahmad

Hayle Harbour: 2 Oystercatcher nesting on the roof. (S Grose)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Coot (1with 3 juv), 12 Tufted Duck, 40+ Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Pendennis Point: 1 Great Skua, 2 Puffin, 10+ Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, c.118 Manx Shearwater, 45+ Gannet, c.14 Kittiwake, 85+ Auk sp. (L Langley, T Phelps)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Cuckoo ( B.Toms)

Mount Hawke: Red Kite circling high, moving slowly North East, hassled by a single Herring Gull at 17.50. (RB Girling)

Colliford Lake: 1 Dunlin, 1 Barnacle Goose with c. 45 Canada Geese (P Kemp) Also, 2 Black-headed Gull (D Eva)

Bowithick: 4 Treecreeper (2 adults and 2 recently fledged juveniles) (D Eva)

Letter Moor (Bodmin Moor): 1 Cuckoo, 3 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 5 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Whitethroat, 8 linnet, 4 Yellowhammer (L Sampson)

Red Moor area: 1 Tree Pipit singing. (P McVey)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Willow Warbler. (R Chiffers)

Cotehele Quay: 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mallard with 7 ducklings. (R Smaldon)

Downderry:  Moving west this morning (0605-0805) 12 Common Scoter, a Shelduck, 103 Gannet, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Great Northern Diver, and a Kittiwake. 4 Whimbrel on the beach. Also, a Red Kite to the north of the village. (A Payne)

Goss Moor: 1 Garden Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff ringed on Constant Effort Scheme site. Also, 2 singing male Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Siskin, 1 Treecreeper (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Newquay: Leucistic Starling near the bowls green. (M Unwin)

Leucistic Starling – Matt Unwin

Lockdown Diary Day 62:

We have now had almost nine weeks of this suspended animation. Frustrating and odd for many, frightening and life-threatening for some, rather a pleasant interlude for others, nature has proved to be a consolation and distraction even for people who had never bothered to stop, look and listen before.
The weather has been a boon too (unless your garden now resembles the Kalahari), but it was ferociously windy in the sunshine yesterday when I walked to my favourite spot in Cornwall – the Rumps overlooking the conical islet known as the Mouls. The sea was climbing halfway up the rock and the foam was flying. I could not see any of the handful of Puffins which breed here every year, but there were plenty of Shags, Guillemots and Razorbills hurtling around. One or two Oystercatchers piped away above the roaring wind. Right in front of a me a Rock Pipit parachuted down through the stiff breeze. Large numbers of Gannets cruised nearer to shore than usual, and half a mile or so out were hundreds of Manx Shearwater scything past. I managed to pick out a tiny, flitting dark bird in amongst the wave troughs – a Storm Petrel. Well named.
Great black-backed and Herring gulls aplenty too, but the star of the show for sheer aerial aplomb was, as ever, the Fulmar. The windier it is the more effortless is their mastery of the air. Mainly stiff-winged gliding but occasional shallow beats to compensate for the airflow. Back and forth they sailed past me. Below were two Grey Seals relaxing in the calm lee of the cliffs, as at home in their element as the birds above them in theirs. Simon Marquis (

Friday 22nd May 2020

Late news, 20th May, Bude/Marhamchurch area on private land: 1 Squacco Heron briefly

Pendeen: 2 Bee-eater again just west of the village. (P Combridge, B Hibbert et al)

Bee-eater- John Ryan

Montage of one of the Bee-eaters in flight – Tony Mills

Two European Bee-eaters perched in a Sycamore tree, near Pendeen, Cornwall, England, UK – Tony Mills

Walmsley Sanctuary: female American Wigeon still present view from public footpath (hides closed), 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret. (M Pass, B Bosisto, P Roseveare, M Doyle)

Kenidjack: Tawny Owl. (D Flumm)

Tawny Owl- D Flumm

Hannafore, Looe: 13 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Stonechat. (D Sharp)

Turnstone – Deena Sharp

Wacker Quay: 2 Dunlin & 1 Great Crested Grebe. (P Kemp)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (R Chiffers)

Spotted Flycatcher – Robin Chiffers

Truro: 1 juv Siskin in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Dobwalls: 1 Red Kite drifted over 09.30, flying north (C&J Duffy)

Carbis Bay: 1 Red Kite over north of Knills monument. (A Rowe)

Redruth: 1 Red Kite.

Downderry: 7 Whimbrel on the beach. Moving west 6 Great Northern Diver, 3 Kittiwake and 2 Manx Shearwater all before 0725. Later, 1225-1345, 63 Manx Shearwater and 1 Great Northern Diver. (A Payne)

St Clement: 2 Whimbrel, 3 Little Egret, 20 Shelduck and 2 Siskin on the feeders (T Wilson)

Carne Creek, St Anthony: Nesting Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 nesting Mute Swans. (A Witheywood)

Pendennis Point: c07:10-09:30 produced a trickle of 49+ Manx Shearwaters moving southwest and a Red-throated Diver flying into the bay at 08.37. (L Langley)

Thursday 21st May 2020

Late news, 20/5, Downderry: 6 Whimbrel on the beach early in the morning. 2 Great Northern Divers moving west and another 11 on the sea. (A Payne)

Calartha Farm, Pendeen: 2 Bee-eaters 17:22. (K Aspden) 1 male Red-backed Shrike in field by the turbine. (P Clement)

Sennen Cove: 2 Bee-eater flew north 16:17. (K Wilson)

Cribba Head, Penberth: 1 male Red-backed Shrike. (M McKee) A second male reported to the east of the valley.

Nanquidno: 1 male Red-backed Shrike at Polpry. (C Moore)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 female American Wigeon and can be viewed from the public footpath. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Kuggar: 1 Turtle Dove early morning. (C Lee)

Sancreed: 1 Red Kite east at 18:15. (D Flumm)

Treeve Moor: 1 Whinchat. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: 1 Hoooded Crow. (M Wallace)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron & 5 Shelduck (P Kemp)

Truro: 1 m Bullfinch feeding on nyjer feeder this am. (D Jenkins)

Godolphin Cross: 16.45 Red Kite drifting south. (C Richards)

Trevalgan Hill, St Ives: two Cuckoo mid afternoon. (C Richards)

St Ives: Red Kite E overhead 15.00h (G Jones)

Wainhouse Corner: 2 Red Kite 1 mile south on A39 18:00. (I Hall)

Old Lizard Head: 1 Cuckoo (L Payne)

Soapy Cove: 3 Cuckoo (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Kynance: 1 Cuckoo (B Bosisto, L Payne)

West Trewirgie, Redruth: 2 Red Kites being mobbed by Rooks. (C Cullen)

Gluvian: 1 Red Kite (M Bosisto)

Wadebridge: 3 Red Kite over heading eat at 16:30. (A Langdon)

Red Kite, Adrian Langdon

Golitha Wood: 2 Spotted Flycatcher. (M Beer)

Downderry: 4 Whimbrel on the beach. Moving west 2 Common Scoter, 10 Great Northern Divers, 64 Gannets, 75 auks, 13 Dunlin, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Kittiwake before 0725. A further 11 Great Northern Divers on the sea. (A Payne)

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Trethewey: Bee-eater heard only, early morning. (K Wilson)

Mounts Bay: 2 Great Northern Diver, 25 Purple Sandpiper (Jubilee Pool), 2 Common Dolphin (mother and calf), 2 Porpoise. (R Kirkwood).

Common Dolphin with calf-R Kirkwood

Common Dolphin-R Kirkwood

Purple Sandpiper-Mashuq Ahmad

Purple Sandpiper-R Kirkwood

Longrock: 1 Black-throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Diver offshore early morning. (P St Pierre)

United Downs: Cuckoo (pair), 3 Garden Warbler and 1 Wheatear at the old landfill site. (F Bell)

Carnmeal Downs;Breage: 1m and 1f Yellowhammer. (G Adams)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Cuckoo flying around here and Poldice Valley. (B Toms)

Chapel Porth: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Chiffchaff singing, 1 Blackcap, 1 Swift, 30 Swallow, 6 House Martin. (S Rowe)

Ardensawah: 2 Turtle Dove. (MD Wallace)

Madron Carn: 2 singing Yellowhammer. (P St Pierre)

Blackhead St Austell: 16 Great Northern Diver, 1 Dunlin, Gannet, Guillemot, Razorbill, 47 Manx Shearwater, 5 Common Scoter, 27 Kittiwake, 3 Fulmar, 3 Oystercatcher, Shag, Cormorant. (D Cooper)

Porthilly Point: 16 Ringed Plover overhead, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Shelduck. (S Grose)

St Issey: 1 Hare (roadkill on A39 next to halfway house pub). (S Grose)

Pencarrow Wood: 15 Chiffchaff,1 Willow Warbler,12 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 5 Siskin (B Bosisto L Payne)

Lower Tamar Lake: 4 Willow Tit, 2 Treecreeper, 1m Blackcap, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1m Tufted Duck, plenty of Swallows and House Martins. (R Mudge)

Treverva: 24 Long-tailed Tit in single flock (some adults, but mostly juvs), 2 singing Blackcap (D Chaney)

Truro: Cormorant struggling with then devouring an eel(?) on the river beside the Cathedral. (E Atkins)