Sunday 29th December 2019

Late News, 26/12, Mullion: Glossy Ibis on a bungalow roof near the art gallery. (per D Wright)

Penzance: Pomarine Skua off Jubilee Pool. (B Mellow) 8 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2 male Eider off the bus station. (P Walsh)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still. ( B.Toms, M.Curtis)

Black Guillemot – P Roseveare

Black Guillemot – P Roseveare

Newquay, Towan Head: 2 Great Northern Divers in bay off lifeboat slipway 9 30. (M Lammas)

Porth Reservoir: 112 Mallard, 21 Coot, m&f Tufted Duck, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 m Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard, 89 Lapwing over, 8 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 17 Mute Swan +5 Cygnets, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Coot, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail, 135 Black headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Lesser Black backed Gull, 1w Mediterranean Gull, 7 Moorhen, 2 Raven over. (S Grose)

Par, Spit Beach: 1 Kestrel, 1 Fulmar, 1 Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plover, 35 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Mevagissey: 2 Red Breasted Merganser on rocks, west side of outer harbour at 10:40. (R Barlow)

St Ives: Black Redstart on the Island plus 3 Great Northern Diver and a Great Skua chasing Kittiwakes offshore. (L Langley)

Crugmeer: 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Partridge, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellowhammer (B Bosisto)

Gerrans Bay: 7 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 1 Long tailed Duck (at Porthcurnick) (D Eva)

Porthcurnick Beach to Portscatho: 3 Slavonian Grebe, 4 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Eider (female), 1 Common Scoter (female), 20 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill. (J St Ledger)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Common Sandpiper (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4+ Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Knot. (R Veal)

Illogan: Green Woodpecker in field next to cemetery (J Baker)

Wadebridge: 1 Scaup and 1 Mandarin at Challenge Bridge. (D Julian)

Coverack: 4 Med Gull, Black Redstart, Firecrest. (D Flumm)

Cold Northcott, Laneast: 1 Red Kite flew over the A395. (J Horsey)

Torpoint: 42 Brent geese, 18 Mediterranean gull, 12 Common gull, 4 Great Northern diver, 1 Eider, 1 Common Scoter. (A Livsey)

Cowlands Creek: 1 m Pintail. Still near Coombe (C & P Wheeler)

Pintail – C & P Wheeler

Coombe Creek, Truro: 1 Pintail (Andrew le Masurier)

Loe Bar: 1 Black-necked Grebe. (R Tweedy)

Downderry: 5 Blackcap in the Village. 1 Black Redstart along the Coast path. (A Payne)


Saturday 27th July 2019

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Little Egret, 2 Great Crested & 2 Little Grebe (both failed breeders this year), 1 Common Sandpiper, 20 Swift. (D Flumm)

Sladesbridge: 2 probable Glossy Ibis flying north at 11:55. (P Floyd-Spong)

Botallack: 5 Raven, 3 Wheatear, 2 Fulmar, 6 Linnet, 1 Rock Pipit. (S Grose)

Kenidjack: 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Whitethroat, 1 m Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Buzzard, 9 Stonechat, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Arctic Skua, 15 Common Scoter, 1 Curlew, 7 Whimbrel and 4 Sanderling. (P Combridge)

Trevose Head: 2 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 15 Common Scoter, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Med Gull, 2 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin, 1 Turnstone, 2 Swifts (over the sea) 6 30am till 8 30am. (P Roseveare)

Padstow: c90 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sanderling. (P Roseveare)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Oystercatcher, 12 Swift, 1 Kestrel. (S Grose)

RSPB Hayle Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull on Ryan’s Field. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary (key holders only): Mandarin Duck plus 6 Green Sandpiper and one Black-tailed Godwit. (C Selway)

Colliford Dam: c100 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull, with possibly , 2CY Yellow-legged Gull, 11 adult Great Crested Grebe and 1 Oystercatcher. (P Kemp)

Portreath Beach: 2 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

St Agnes Harbour:1 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)

Thursday 6th June 2019

Late news, 05/06, Dobwalls: Barn Owl flying over fields next to railway line at 21.20 (C&J Duffy)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis, 6 Swift, 3 Sand Martin. (S Rogers) Glossy Ibis high east to west over the marsh then headed toward Hayle at 07:45 followed 5 minutes later by a Turtle Dove flying low east to west at the front of the marsh and over Longrock. (S.Cox).

Marazion Beach: 14 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin,1 Ringed Plover. (S Rogers)

Trenow Cove: 4 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 30 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin, 2 Shelduck with 2 young, 1 1s Med Gull. (S Rogers)

Ponsongath, Lizard: Golden Oriole young Male singing and showing occasionally until 08:50 at least (J Foster, M Pass)

Portreath to Bassets Cove: 1 adult Linnet feeding a young bird. Lots of corvids (mainly Rooks and Jackdaws) in fields inland from coast path near Carvannel Downs and 5 Raven consisting of 2 adults and 3 young.  One Kestrel and numerous Fulmar soaring around the cliffs near Portreath. (D King)

Sennen Cove: 1 European Storm-petrel one mile west of the Cove this morning; steady passage of Manx Shearwater. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Men-an-Tol/Watch Croft: 2 Cuckoo, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Skylark, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Raven, 2 Buzzard, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Breney Common: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Marsh Tit, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker visiting nest hole with young inside . 4 Yellowhammer Several Green Hairstreak, Marsh Fritillary and Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterflies. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

St Erth river: 11 Reed Warbler and 2 Sedge Warbler territories between BK Fisheries and Hayle. Also 2 fledged Chiffchaff. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 family parties of Willow Warblers and 1 of Wrens. I understand that the resident Muscovy Duck has been savaged and killed by a dog! (DK Parker)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 Mistle Thrush, 11 Greenfinch, 36 Linnet. (S Grose)

Tamar Valley, Greenscoombe Woods: Heath Fritillary. (G Gordon)

Heath Fritillary, Graham Gordon

Heath Fritillary, Graham Gordon


Monday 3rd June 2019

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3s American Royal Tern (metal ringed, form maximus) on Lelant Saltings from 08:35 to 09:00, before it flew out into the bay. (M Halliday – finder et al.) Relocated later on Carnsew Pool at c10:37 before again flying back into the bay at 10:43. (M Elliott, P Taylor et al.)

American Royal Tern, Mark Halliday

American Royal Tern, Mark Halliday

American Royal Tern, Mark Halliday

Carbis Bay: American Royal Tern relocated c9:20 before heading back toward Carnsew Pool 10:10. (M Elliott, S Rogers et al.)

American Royal Tern – Richard Menari

American Royal Tern – John Miller

Porthkidney: American Royal Tern relocated at West end, before flying out into the bay c11:40. (R Menari et al.)

Marazion Marsh: Glossy Ibis prior to 07:00 when it flew up St Erth valley. (S Rogers)

Lizard Point: 1 Cory’s Shearwater reported flew past this am, also probable imm Pomarine Skua.

Cot Valley: juv. Iceland Gull still in field to South of valley.

Newquay, Towan Head: c100 Manx Shearwater per minute, also a few Gannet. (M Lammas)

Mount Hawke: 1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth 09:30. (P Roberts)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 juv Willow Tit demanding food, shaking its wings etc, the adult was gathering food in the same tree, also 1 Willow Tit on the feeder. Also 4 Tufted Duck 3m 1f, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Grey Heron. (R Mudge)

Tywardreath: 2 Chaffinch (Male and Female in courtship display and 4 instances of mating); 4 Blackbirds (Male and Female ground feeding 2 young from feeder spill). (R. Barlow)

Paul: A Hummingbird Hawk Moth was trapped in our kitchen briefly this afternoon. (R Butts)

Hummingbird Hawk Moth – Roger Butts

Lamorna: 6 Hummingbird Hawk Moths. (M McKee)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 female Shelduck and 6 ducklings, 1 Mediterranean Gull 1s, 7 Mallard 11.00 – 12.00. (M Webb)

Med Gull – Martin Webb

Shelduck – Martin Webb

Padstow, Stepper Hole: 2 Wheatear m&f. (S Grose)

Hawkers Cove: 1 m Grey Partridge in field behind the old lifeboat stations. Lellizzick : 2 Juv Raven. Gunver Head / Fox Hole: 2 Peregrine Falcon m&f feeding on wood pigeon, remains of 4 other birds littering the cliffs. (S Grose)

Higher Bosistow: Corn Bunting this evening. (M Wallace)


Thursday 30th May 2019

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis for its 150th day (give or take a few days absence). Also 1 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling and 4 Eider on/from the beach. (S Rogers)

Sanderling, Steve Rogers

Dunlin, Steve Rogers

Penzance: drk Mandarin at Boscathnoe Reservoir on the small pond. (A McKechnie)

Mandarin – Alex McKechnie

Sennen Cove: 2 Storm Petrel 1 mile NW off the cove. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Charlestown: 2 m Robin, 2 juv 2 m Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 4 Dunnock, 2 Coal Tit, 2 m & 2 f 2 juv Blackbird. (D Hastilow)

Robin – David Hastilow

St Ives, Barnoon cemetery to Man’s Head: 5+ Linnet, 3+ Goldfinch, 40+ Starling and their young and 2 singing Wrens. (K Money)

Perranporth beach (including Penhale Sands): Raven feeding on Gannet corpse, 8 Sanderling, 6 Sand Martins, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, several pairs of Fulmar, single Rock Pipit, 2 Skylark singing. (Tim Pears)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Cuckoo, 3 prs Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (J St Ledger, G Mills)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 9 Shel-ducklings with 1 later predated, 1 drk Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 4 prs Reed Warbler. (R Veal)

Godrevy to Navax Point: 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit, 3 (2m, 1f) Stonechat, 4 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 15+ Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow at 10.45-12.30. (M Webb)

Meadow Pipit, Martin Webb

Skylark, Martin Webb

Rock Helipad Field: 7 Swift, 1 Sparrowhawk, 46 Linnet, 11 Meadow Pipit, 4 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Newquay Boating lake: 19 Swift. (S Grose)

Penzance: 2 drake Eider by entrance to harbour at 21:00. (D King)

Bearah Tor: Redstart (pair feeding young), 3 Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Yellowhammer. (S Rowe)


Wednesday 29th May 2019

Late news, 24/5,  Mousehole: At least 3 Foxes and 3 Badgers well before dark. (P Semmens)

Badger & Fox – Paul Semmens

Late news, 28/5, Lowlands, Coverack: 1 White Wagtail, 15 House Martins, Chiffchaff feeding. (A Witheywood)

White Wagtail – A Witheywood

Chiffchaff – A Witheywood

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis still on the eastern side of the reserve. (L Proctor)

Praa Sands: Storm Petrel and 300+ Manx Shearwater. (M Elliott)

Perranuthnoe: 3s Yellow-legged Gull of the Greeb. (M Elliott)

Longrock: 1 Common Tern. (M Elliott)

Truro: 2 juv Goldfinches being fed by adult in a private garden. (M Costa)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Blackcap (2 Juv) , 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Tywardreath: 5 Bullfinch (Male, Female, with 3 young – 1 young being fed by the male), 1 young Siskin, 1 young Dunnock, 1 young Blackbird ground feeding on spoil from garden feeders. (R. Barlow)

Stithians Reservoir: Pair of Garden Warbler feeding 5 young at nest. (D Eva)

Charlestown: 1 m Bullfinch. (D Hastilow)

Bullfinch – David Hastilow

Downderry: An Arctic Skua harassing gulls at 1245, then flew east. Over next three hours c730 Manx Shearwaters, 95 Gannets, 3 Whimbrel and a Great Northern Diver moved west. (A Payne)

Ruan Minor: 1 fledgling Pied Wagtail being fed by parent on a post. (F Trewin)

Tywardreath: Magpie moth – released from private garden shed at 6.30pm. (R Barlow)


Tuesday 28th May 2019

Late news: 18/5, Helston Boating Lake: Presumed escape Ferruginous Duck. (J & D Chapman)

Late news, 25/5, Whitecross (Newquay): 4 Swallow, (no House Martin this year), 3 Linnter, pr Yellowhammer, 4 Skylark, 25 House Sparrow, 1 pr Robin + 2 young, 2 Dunnock, 3 Wren, 3 Blackbird + 3 young, 16 Magpie, 2 Buzzard, 25+ Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 pr Pied Wagtail + 5 young, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 singing Blackcap. Also 1 Brimstone laying eggs on Alder Buckthorn, 2 Orange-tip, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Green-veined White. (D Thomas)

Brimstone – David Thomas

Stonechat – David Thomas

Late news, 27/5, Goss Moor: 2 Raven, 3 Buzzard, 2 pr Stonechat, 6 + Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 8 House Martin. (D Thomas)

Late news: 27/5, Windmill Farm: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Dunlin, several Willow Warblers. (J & D Chapman)

Late news: 27/5, Constantine: 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (J & D Chapman)

St Wenn, South of Rosenannon: 1 Quail calling in hayfield in the evening. (A Bennallick)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis near the sanctuary fence at 12:00. (P Walsh) Also 64 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 4 imm drk Eider on/from the beach. (R Veal)

Sanderling, Reuben Veal

Plain-an-Gwarry: Turtle Dove reported in private garden again.

Penzance: 6 Purple Sandpipers still by Jubilee Pool, 1 Eider.

Stratton: c10 House Martin. (B Bryne)

Wadebridge: 1 Great spotted Woodpecker over blable gate area. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)

Bodmin Moor; De Lank Waterworks to De Lank Farm: 3 prs of Redstart – all feeding young, 2 prs of Wheatear  feeding young, 2 Cuckoo (heard), 1 Kestrel. Also 1 Roe Deer with young. (J St Ledger)

Redstart and young, John St Ledger

male Redstart, John St Ledger

Charlestown: 1m, 1f Blue Tits with nestlings. (D Hastilow)

Blue Tit, David Hastilow

St Ives, Man’s Head to Clodgy Point: 10+ Linnet and 1 Rock Pipit. (K Money)