Saturday 16th November 2019

River Lyhner: 1 Green-winged Teal (viewed from Abbotscourt Lane), 2 Spoonbill (roosting at Jupiter Point), 1 Spotted Redshank, 3 Avocet, 1 Knot, 16 Great Crested Grebe and 3 Brambling. (P Roseveare)

Cot Valley: Pallas’s Warbler still, also Firecrest and Willow Warbler present. (M Ahmad, S Williams, V Stratton)

Pallas’s Warbler – Sam Williams

Pallas’s Warbler – Adrian Davey

Pallas’s Warbler – Mashuq Ahmad

Pallas’s Warbler – Mashuq Ahmad

Pallas’s Warbler – Mashuq Ahmad

Pallas’s Warbler – Mashuq Ahmad

Stithians Reservoir: 1w Lesser Scaup with Tufted Duck from the Stuart Hutchings hide. (L Langley)

Helston sewage works: 2 Siberian Chiffchaff. (S Bury)

Gannel Estuary: Great White Egret until 09:05 when it flew north, also 1 Water Pipit, 1 Knot, 4 Dunlin. (S Rowe)

Porth Joke: 54 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 17 Song Thrush, 22 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 5 Snipe, 60 Greenfinch, 26 Meadow Pipit, 2 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 12 Long-tailed Tit. Also c250 Linnet, 80 Chaffinch at West Pentire. (S Rowe)

Great White Egret – Steve Rowe

Great White Egret – Steve Rowe

Newquay: 3 Common Scoter in bay. (S Rowe)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 2 ad agentatus Herring Gull, 2 (ad+juv) Kittiwake, 8 Knot. (R Veal) 1 leucistic Black Headed Gull this morning. (J Hicks)

Falmouth, Berkeley Cottages: 1 male Black Redstart at 07:45. (S Van Hear)

Penzance: 17 Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool plus 8 Great Northern Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver offshore. (P St Pierre)

Great Northern Diver – Mashuq Ahmad

Longrock: 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew past and landed off Chyandour. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew from Penzance to the beach at 10:20. (L Proctor)

Falmouth: 100  Starling in Falmouth Hospital  grounds, 500 Starling in a private garden in Oakfield Road, 100 Starling in a private garden in Trevarth Road. (G Ashton)

Wadebridge: Drake Mandarin still showing well from Challenge Bridge. (P Roseveare)

Nanjizal: Ring Ouzel, 2 Brambling and presumed released White Stork. (K Wilson)

Castle An Dinas, St Columb Major: 1 Yellow legged Gull (adult)  37 Lesser Black backed Gull, 5 Common Gull. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Water Rail, 1 Scaup, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 fem Goldeneye, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 fem Sparrowhawk, 26 Coot,1 Grey Heron. (S Grose) Also 30 Fieldfare. (S Rowe)

Scaup – Steve Rowe

Sancreed: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Loe Pool: 15 Pochard, 11 Teal, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goosander, 2 Gadwall, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Shoveler, 1 Firecrest. (G Adams)

Falmouth: 9 Brent Geese on Gyllyngvase beach this evening. (B Taylor)

Perranporth: 2 Snow Buntings at Cligga Head this afternoon by large puddle and a different bird at Droskyn Point in stubble field with 60 Sky Larks + 2 Chough (T Wilson)

Callestick: 1+ Firecrest and Goldcrest still in private garden + Peregrine over (T Wilson)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Canada Geese, 12 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Goosander, 13 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 2 Black-headed Gull and 71 Herring Gull. (DK Parker WeBS)

Men-an-Tol: 1 Short-eared Owl reported.

Gluvian: 1 Woodcock, 1 Blackcap, 1 Mistle Thrush (B Bosisto)

Tregoss Moor: 21 Woodcock, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Friday 15th November 2019

Sennen: No sign so far of Paddyfield Pipit  in cut maize field behind the shop at c.SW361257 earlier reports were apparently erroneous. View only from public footpath from 4th field southwest of Sennen School, please park sensibly and do not obstruct the minor road. As per the landowners request please do not walk in the field.

River Lyhner, Wacker Quay: 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Whimbrel. (D Julian) Drake Green-winged Teal reported this morning way down along the creek also c30 Avocet. Sconner Farm: 21 Lapwings,14 Redshanks,5 Snipe,2 Little Egrets. (C Buckland)

Spotted Redshank – Chris Buckland

St John’s Lake: 19 Brent Goose (10 dark and 9 pale phase), 2 Red-breasted Merganser and 17 Great Crested Grebe. (D Julian)

St. Germans: 2 Spoonbill,1 Bar tailed Godwit. Also 1 Firecrest in garden. (A Blonden)

Cot Valley: Pallas’s Warbler still present. (N Wheatley)

Stithians Reservoir: 1w Lesser Scaup still (M Pass)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Great White Egret perched in tree in NW arm, plus Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver again. (R Veal, JD Swann)

Sancreed: 2 Great White Egret in fields east of village 13:30 on wards (same as reported at Drift earlier). Also 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Long-tailed Duck – L Proctor

Great White Egret – Dave Flumm

Long Rock CP: f/imm Velvet Scoter, 3 Greater Scaup, Tufted Duck, 3 Wigeon, Red-throated Diver, 50+ Common Scoter on the sea between here and the Mount. (P St Pierre) 8+ Greater Scaup. (P Clement)
1 Red-breasted Merganser. (L Proctor)

Carn Gloose: Snow Bunting at end of public road.

Vellandreath: 1 Stonechat showing characters of Continental Stonechat (nominate rubicola), 1 Great Northern Diver high NE inland. (R Veal)

Penzance Harbour: Great Northern this morning. (A McKechnie)

Great Northern Diver – A McKechnie

Crowlas: 1 Brambling low over 7:15. (R Veal)

Porthgwarra: Snow Bunting at Roskestal. Also, Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Woodcock. (M Wallace)

Stepper Point: 3 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Common Gull, 16 Meadow Pipit, 3 Raven, 1 Yellowhammer, 5 Oystercatcher, 7 Kittiwake, 9 Fulmar,also 3 Blackcap halfway along footpath down to Hawkers Cove. (S Grose)

Roche: Male Blackcap in private garden. (J Rance)

Swanpool: 3 Yellow-browed Warblers reported at Swanvale NR.

Malpas: Firecrest, in private garden. (A Hill)

Walmsley Reserve: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 18 Cattle Egret, 1 Scaup (female), 3 Ruff, 70 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Greenshank, 60+ Redshank, 100+ Dunlin, 70+ Curlew, 14 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 200+ Lapwing, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 3 Mistle Thrush, numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare. Also 3 Roe Deer. (J St Ledger)

Pink-footed Goose – J St Ledger

Greater Scaup – J St Ledger

Chapel Amble: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Pipit. (J St Ledger)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Pintail, 1 Knot, 3 Grey Plover at dusk. (R Veal)

Tregoss: 1 Woodcock flew over 17:15 (B Bosisto L Payne)

Washaway: 1 Barn Owl, & 2 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)

Cotehele Quay: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail and 2 Marsh Tit. (R.Smaldon)


Thursday 14th November 2019

Sennen: Paddyfield Pipit still present in cut maize field behind the shop at c.SW361257. (P Espin, D Flumm, J Waldon) Still present at 16:00 when it landed in the bed and breakfast garden where their cat missed it by inches. (S Windle) View only from public footpath from 4th field southwest of Sennen School, please park sensibly and do not obstruct the minor road. As per the landowners request please do not walk in the field.

Paddyfield Pipit – D Flumm

Paddyfield Pipit – D Flumm

Paddyfield Pipit – D Flumm

Paddyfield Pipit – Stevan Windle

Paddyfield Pipit – Stevan Windle

Paddyfield Pipit – Stevan Windle

Trethewey: Dusky Warbler in a private garden. (K Wilson)

Cot Valley: Pallas’s Warbler still present in same place around Daisy Cottage for ten minutes around 09:30. (N Wheatley)

Wacker Quay: Green-winged Teal reported again this afternoon.

Penzance Cemetery: 1 Brambling. (P St Pierre)

Jubilee Pool rocks: 6 Purple Sandpiper. (P St Pierre)

Penzance Harbour: 1 adult Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre)

Mounts Bay from bus station: 2 Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre)

Wadebridge: 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 m Mandarin on river behind Co-op supermarket at 08.15.(S Grose)

Truro: 1+ Firecrest in a private garden this morning. (K&J Mortimore)

Gannel Estuary: 103 Oystercatcher (possible record for site), 1 Knot, 114 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 10 Redshank, 910 Black-headed Gull, 4 Med Gull, 6 Common Gull, 6 Little Egret, 3 Cormorant. (S Rowe)

Porthilly Farm: 31 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Common Gull, 156 Black headed Gull, 200+ Herring Gull all feeding in field opp holiday caravans. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra: Black Redstart at Coastguard Cottages.

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Sennen: Paddyfield Pipit still present in cut maize field behind the shop at c.SW361257. (C Coombes) View only from public footpath from 4th field southwest of Sennen School, please park sensibly and do not obstruct the minor road. As per the landowners request please do not walk in the field.

Cot Valley: 1 Pallas’s Warbler this morning. Over the stream by Daisy Cottage in the middle of the valley 09:45-09:55 but not again up to 11:00. (N Wheatley)

Swanpool: Siberian Chiffchaff (still by car park), Yellow-browed Warbler (Swanvale), 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Firecrest, 14 Common Scoter offshore (T Phelps)

Wacker Quay: Green winged Teal in with 80+ Teal flock. (C Buckland)

Green-winged Teal – Chris Buckland

West Looe: 1 dark phase Arctic Skua, 9 Common Scoter,100+ Auks,1 Brent Goose, 20 Kittiwake, 9 Common Eider. (C Buckland)

Talland Bay: 1 Common Eider,1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Firecrest,1f Blackcap around lower car park. (C Buckland,  M Beer)

Eider – Chris Buckland

Long-tailed Duck – Chris Buckland

Firecrest – Chris Buckland

Porthilly Beach: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 35 Wigeon, 1 Common Gull, 3 Curlew. (S Grose)

Penrose amenity area, Helston: 2 Swallow, 2 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Jay, Grey Wagtail, 8 Long-tailed Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Coal Tit. (J Witheywood)

Truro: 22 Black-tailed Godwit seen from Boscawen car park. (P. Pearson)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 5 Mute Swan, 11 Canada Goose, 46 Shelduck, 15 Mallard, 55 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 6 Little egret, 1 Buzzard, 55 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 2500 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 52 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 70 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 19 Black-tailed Godwit, 60 Curlew, 250 Black-headed Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 150 Herring gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 14 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 11 Redwing, 8 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Magpie, 4 Rook, 95 Carrion Crow, 50 Starling, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, Fox, 1 Grey Squirrel. (M Scawen et al.)

St Agnes Head: 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Merlin. (R Wilkins)

Lower Tamar Lake: 4+ Willow Tit plus Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit and 6 Goosander. (I Hayes)

Looe Island: 1 Wigeon. (C Lewis)

Truro: 1m Blackcap in a private garden. (D Jenkins)


Monday 11th November 2019

Sennen: Paddyfield Pipit and American Buff-bellied Pipit still present in cut maize field behind the shop at c.SW361257. (J Chapple et al.) View only from public footpath from 4th field southwest of Sennen School, please park sensibly and do not obstruct the minor road. As per the landowners request please do not walk in the field.

Paddyfield Pipit – Mike McKee

Paddyfield Pipit – John Chapple

Helston: Ad drake Lesser Scaup still on the boating lake plus the aythya hybrid associating with it also the presumed released Ferruginous Duck still. (S Rogers, M McKee)

Lesser Scaup – Steve Rogers

Ferruginous Duck – Steve Rogers

Lesser Scaup – Mike McKee

Aythya hybrid – Mike McKee

Stithians Reservoir: 1w female Lesser Scaup from Stuart Hutchings Hide, for its second day. (P Carter, D Chaney) AlsoTufted Duck, 5 Wigeon, 35 Lapwing, 130 Canada Goose (in fields on western side with 1 hybrid white Snow Goose type (grey flanks)), 20 Curlew, 2 Fieldfare. (D Chaney)

Lesser Scaup – P Carter

Lesser Scaup – P Carter

Wacker Quay: 1 Green-winged Teal, 100 Eurasian Teal, 240 Wigeon, 16 Avocet and 2 Greenshank (M Beer)

Green-winged Teal – Mike Beer

St. John’s Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver, 9 Brent Geese ( M Beer)

Marazion: juvenile Iceland Gull on rocks by St Michael’s Mount car park; also adult Black-throated Diver. (P Freestone, M Pass)

Lizard: Yellow-browed Warbler present in a private garden at Tregidden. (B Nicholls)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Long-tailed Duck in NE arm and Great Northern Diver. (M Pass)

St. Ives Island (07:35-09:05): 4 Common Scoter, 108 Razorbill, 12 Guillemot, 600 Kittiwake, 380 Gannet, 2 Little Gull, 12 Med Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Curlew. (P Nason)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Firecrest (B.Toms)

Sancreed: 1 Merlin, 1 Mistle Thrush. (D Flumm)

Lower Drift: 40 Fieldfare. (D Flumm)

Nine Maidens, St Columb Major: 24 Mediterranean Gull & 15 Common Gull picked out in a 1000+ Gull flock that was flushed by a Buzzard until returning to the same field. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult and 3rd.winter argentatus Herring Gull at Lelant Saltings. (J Hicks)

Carn Gloose: Snow Bunting. (S Williams)

Wadebridge: 1 Bar-headed Goose with 85 Canada Goose at Treraven Meadows. (D.Wilson)

Sennen Cove: 3 Yellow-legged Gulls (2 3w & ad w). (M Elliott)


Wednesday 24th April 2019

Late news, 18/4, Pityme: 1 Hoopoe in field next to boat yard. (P Jago)

Skewjack: Drake Green-winged Teal still on a private pool, drake Garganey. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3rd cal yr Iceland Gull at 14:30. (J Miller)

Sennen Cove: 2 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey over Carnsew Pool area 08:30 till 08:55 at least,  constantly being mobbed. (S Turner)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellowhammer, 7 Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 1 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Newquay: Short-eared Owl hunting over Newquay Golf Course again this afternoon. (D Kendle)

Penzance: c55 Whimbrel NW over Sainsburys at 11:25. (M McKee)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 9 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 45 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 45 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 32 Whimbrel, 125 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser black-backed Gull, 5 Great black-backed Gull, 9 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Coal tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 6 Palmate Newt (M Scawen et al.)

Gannel Estuary: 15 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper opp Rawley Point. (S Grose)

Trevilley: 2 House Martin. (J Hawkey)

Penryn: 1 Swift over this evening. (C Benton)

Callestick: Turtle Dove seen in private garden several times today. (L Wilson)

Gannel Estuary: 11 Whimbrel, 7 Canada Goose and 1 Common Sandpiper. (J Green)

Downderry: 23 Whimbrel and 4 Bar-tailed Godwits on the beach this evening. (A Payne)

Polgigga: 1 Stone Curlew in flight c10am before dropping into potato field from footpath between Trevilley and Higher Bosisto. (L Proctor). Later seen in flight again, appearing to drop down in fields North of Nanjizal 14:15. (R Veal, R Wilkins)

Newlyn Harbour: 1s Yellow-legged Gull still. (M Elliott)

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Roy Phillips: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Roy Phillips after losing his fight with cancer yesterday. He was well-known to many local birders and was well-respected for his birding skills and reports. He was a regular contributor to CBWPS and his most recent report on the 12th announced the fledging of robins in his beloved garden. He will be greatly missed. 

Late news, 21/4, Porth Reservoir: 3 prs of Great Crested Grebe & 2 Common Sandpiper on the spit. (T Carson)

Late news, 22/4, Gannel Estuary: 2 Whimbrel, and 1 Common Sandpiper up at the boating lake end. (T Carson)

Nanjizal/Polgigga: 1 Stone Curlew in field near Faraway Cottage mid-morning (M McKee) and a Marsh Harrier south over Higher Bosistow. (M Wallace) Also a singing Lesser Whitethroat along Bosistow Lane. (M McKee) Quail singing around Bosisto Farm. (R Veal, P Roseveare, S+P Rogers) Stone Curlew landed in field immediately west of Faraway Cottage at 17:20. (DK Parker)

Stone Curlew, Mike McKee

Skewjack: 1 m Green-winged Teal again. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis again this afternoon.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Little Ringed Plover ( circled reserve then flew north at 7:45am ), 8 Greenshank, 1 Lesser Whitethroat , 1 Lesser Redpoll. (B Bosisto) Also 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Sand Martin. (D Trevelyan)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey over Ryan’s Field at 09.35. (P Brinton)

Chapel Porth: 1 Turtle Dove, also 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, and a Roe Deer. (d j curtis)

Lands End: 1 Lesser Whitethroat in Blackthorn SW of Swingates. (P St Pierre) Also 7 Swallow, 13 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Curlew. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Gannel Estuary: at 8am, 2 Whimbrel & 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (T Carson)

Bartinney: 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 2 Skylark, 1 Whitethroat. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Tresillian River: 7 Whimbrel. (M Jones)

Bunny’s Hill, SW of Cardinham: 1 Cuckoo calling. Also Willow Warbler, Bullfinch. (I J Bennallick)

Mawgan Porth: 2 Whimbrel in-off, and 3 Manx Shearwater west. (J Turner)

Mevagissey: 7 Great Northern Diver (5 sum plum), 2 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Sandwich Tern off the harbour. 30 Manx Shearwater, 35 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 25 Guillemot, 35 auk sp SE. (S Roper)

Sennen: 1 Marsh Harrier over late evening. (P Roseveare, S Rogers)

Old Lizard Head: 6 Whimbrel, 4 White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear. (D Collins)

Kynance Cove: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling. (D Collins)

Windmill Farm: Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Read Bunting, Chiffchaff, Common Lizard (A Witheywood)

Sedge Warbler, A Witheywood

Willow Warbler, A Witheywood

Downderry: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel and 3 Common Gull early this morning. (A Payne)