Friday 7th February 2020

Late news, 6/2, River Tamar north of Cargreen: 50 Avocet opposite Weir Quay. (A. Parker et al)

Late News, 06/02, Newlyn Harbour: 1 Iceland Gull. (A Mckechnie)

Iceland Gull – A McKechnie

Late News, 05/02, River Cober: 1 Dipper ssp. just upstream from Lidl carpark in Helston, more information here. (I Maclean, D Collins et al)

Dipper ssp – I Maclean

Sennen: American Buff-bellied Pipit still in cut maize field behind the old chapel, please keep to public footpaths. (M Spicer)

Wadebridge: 1 Barn Owl between Burniere and Trewornan Bridge at 06.44 am. (S Grose)

Newquay: 3 Black Swan in the Harbour at 09:30 until attacked by dog and flew into bay. Also 3 Harbour Porpoises from Towan head. (M Lammas)

Rock: 1 Raven, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Greenfinch (all males, calling), 1 Chiffchaff from private gardens. (S Grose)

Stone Farm, Millbrook: 13 Cattle Egret and 3 Little Egret this afternoon. (D Julian)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck visible from the public car park. (M Spicer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull, 42 Common Gull and 2 redhead Red-breasted Merganser in Carnsew Basin at mid day. (R Veal) 4 (2 ad, 3w, 2w) Caspian Gull and 7+ Yellow-legged Gull on main estuary. (M Elliott)

Siblyback Lake: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck,19 Mallard , 2 Coot, 7 Little Grebe, 22 Tufted Duck, including French ringed bird with Nasal Saddle (ringed 20/05/18 at Congrier, France) (K Pellow)

Tufted Duck CHK – K Pellow

Stithians Reservoir: Female Lesser Scaup reported from the southern causeway at 17:10.

Illogan: Grey Heron in private garden at 08.20. Buzzard near cemetery (J Baker)

St Gothian Sands: 2 Peregrine, 1 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail. (G Kingdon)

St Merryn: 13 Yellowhammer, 21 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 34 Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Kestrel, at Persimmion Farm. 145 Kittiwake on Persimmion Cliff and more birds on the water. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 7 Goldeneye (1 drake), 2 Pochard. (J St Ledger)

Newlyn: Iceland Gull still present this afternoon. (D Reeves)

Sennen: 12 Chough. (D Reeves)

Torpoint: Black Redstart at Peacock Ave this afternoon. (D Julian)

Wilcove: Green-winged Teal still also 2 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper. (D Julian) Whimbrel flew across and landed on a branch, I’ve not seen this before but apparently they sometimes roost in mangrove trees in N. America. (I McGinnes)

Whimbrel – Ian McGinnes

Millbrook Lake: Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 10 Avocet and 41 Brent Geese (27 dark-bellied/14 light-bellied) this afternoon also 1 Egypt Goose and 10 Med Gulls. (D Julian)

River Lynher: Spotted Redshank and Whimbrel at Wacker Quay this afternoon. (D Julian)

Gannel Estuary: 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Med Gull, 104 Curlew, 6 Redshank. (S Rowe)

Gulval: 2 Mistle Thrush still. (R Veal)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck (3m&1f), 2 Kingfisher, 17 Coot, 40+Redwing. (S Grose)

Penzance: 1 adult Male Black Redstart seen in back courtyard. (H Emmett)

Roskilly: 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (P St Pierre)

Dunmere Woods: 1 Brambling still. (R Augarde)

Helston: Firecrest, Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), Nuthatch along River Cober. Escaped/releaseased Ferruginous Duck and 4 Muscovy on the boating pond. (DK Parker)

Muscovy – Dave Parker

Roskilly: 7 Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpiper and Kingfisher. (P St Pierre)


Friday 31st January 2020

Late news, 30/1, St Ives: 2 Glaucous Gull off the Island, one a 1w and the other a 3w/near adult. (V Stratton)

Wadebridge: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher opposite Bridge Bike Hire. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull, adult and 4cy Caspian Gull and 9 Yellow-legged Gull also adult argentatus Herring Gull. (R Veal, M Halliday)

Wilcove: Green-winged Teal showing well, also Whimbrel. (D Julian)

St Ives: 1w Kumlien’s Gull off the Island. (M Pass)

Newlyn: Juv Iceland Gull in the harbour, Black Guillemot and 5 Great Northern Diver off Sandy Cove. (D Reeves)

Upper Tamar Lake: 4 Ring-necked Duck (3m 1f), 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Goosander (1m 1f). (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Willow Tit, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Goosander (2m 6f). (R Mudge)

Newquay, Towan Head: 4 Black-throated Diver off the point. Also lots of Gannet, auks, Shag, Kittiwake and a few Fulmar. (M Lammas)

Lostwithiel: Blackcap male still regular visitor to feeders in a private garden. (E Mayhew)

Millbrook:  1 female Sparrowhawk, on a bird table in a private garden. (C Richards)

Porthilly Point: 1 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 31 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover, 98 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Swanpool: 1 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Little Grebe. (M Costa)

Swanvale: 2 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, also Goldfinch, Great Tit and Blue Tit. (M Costa)

Porth Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Teal, 13 Coot, 9 Moorhen, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Jay, 1 Song Thrush, 15 Redwing, flock of Long-tailed Tit. (S Grose)

Newquay Boating lake: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Bude Canal: 1 drake Mandarin. (L Payne)

Millbrook: 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 13 Avocets, 5 Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank early afternoon. (A Payne)

Thursday 30th January 2020

Late news, 29/1, Ruan High Lanes: Red Kite being pestered by 4 Buzzard at 10:55. (I Bott)

Late news, 29/1, St Ives: Glaucous Gull present to at least 16:00. (P Nason)

Glaucous Gull – P Nason

Newlyn: Black Guillemot again off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor) Juv Iceland Gull also in the harbour. (A Bond)

Seaton: 30 Red-throated Divers this morning off Keveral; on beach 35 Turnstones and 22 Oystercatchers. Around the pond 17 Moorhens. (A Payne)

Mount Edgcumbe: 2 Common Sandpiper at Barn pool. (B Taggart)

Penzance: 1 male Black Redstart at Jubilee Pool. (A Bond)

Truro: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 28 Redwing at Upper Tregurra Lane.  (P Pearson)

Gillan Creek: 1 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 7 Curlew, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail, 200+ Black Headed Gulls, 2 Oystercatchers, 16 Mallard. (B Nicholls)

Wilcove: Green-winged Teal still (B Craven)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: c10 Stock Dove and c50 Wood Pigeon in the back fields. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 5+ Black Redstart, 2+ Water Pipit and 39 Oystercatcher at Little London. (DK Parker)

Monday 27th January 2020

Late news, 26/1, Marazion beach: 30 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 15 Turnstone. (S. Rogers)

Sanderling – Steve Rogers

Newlyn: Iceland Gull still in the harbour, Great Skua, 3 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Scoter off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Wacker Quay, Antony: 2 Spoonbill. (M Jordan)

Wilcove: 1 Green-winged Teal with 68 Teal. (M Jordan)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Scaup, 4 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Wigeon. (J St Ledger)

Lesser Scaup – John St Ledger

Pochard – John St Ledger

Keveral Beach: 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 3 Gannet, 21 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 32 Black-headed Gull, 5 Stonechat. (D Spooner)

Dobwalls: 1 m Yellowhammer, 4 Greenfinch, 19 House Sparrows in our garden (C&J Duffy)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 female Eider, 3 Med Gull, 3 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 fem-type Black Redstart (S Van Hear)

Feock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Firecrest. (K Hambly-Staite)

Trevose Head: 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Merlin. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Helston Boating Lake: 1st winter Little Gull late pm briefly. (M Pass)

Lizard Point: 5 Chough, 1 Great Skua heading south. (P Maugham)

St Erth: flock of 23 Little Egret west over Long Lanes. (MJ Spicer)

Egloshayle: Mixed finch flock with c120 Linnets, 8 Yellowhammer, c20 Chaffinch. 1 Buzzard & c200 Golden Plover. (A Langdon)

Coombe Creek, River Fal: 1 male Pintail with c30 Mallard and 6 Teal. (C Warman)

St Ives: 1 female Blackcap in private garden. (K Money)

Little London, Marazion: 4 Black Redstart, 3 Water Pipit and Sparrowhawk. (A Witheywood)

Black Redstart – Andrew Witheywood

St Ives Bay: 1 Great Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Pod of 10+ Common Dolphins chasing bait into the bay followed by many gannets diving in their wake. (J Hawkey)


Sunday 26th January 2020

Late news, 25/1, Millbrook Lake: 53 Avocet. (B Taggart)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still off Sandy Cove this morning. (L Proctor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull still this morning on Lelant Saltings, also 1 Knot and 8 Stock Dove. (R Veal) Slavonian Grebe still on Carnsew Pool at midday. (DK Parker) Ad Ring-billed Gull, sub-ad Caspian Gull and 12 Yellow-legged Gull this afternoon. (M Elliott)

Stithians Reservoir: Fem Lesser Scaup still at the southern end.

Wilcove: drk Green-winged Teal still. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Pink-footed Goose still. (C Moncaster)

Millbrook: 9+ Cattle Egret at Stone Farm. (B Taggart)

Kenidjack: 1w Glaucous Gull on the rocks at the seaward end late morning. (P Clarke) Firecrest at the sewage works this afternoon. (JD Swann)

Glaucous Gull, Pete Clement

Trevose Head: 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 130+ Skylark and 1 Merlin in stubble below the car park. (P Maugham)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck and drake Goldeneye still. (R Menari)

Par Beach Pool: 3 Common Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 73 Black-headed Gull, 97 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Oystercatcher, 19 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 7 Teal, 14 Mute Swan, 1f Mandarin, 31 Snipe. (S Grose)

Mevagissey Harbour: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Guillemot, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Turnstone, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore, +78 Rook in trees next to fire station. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: 33 Pochard, 13 Shoveler, 12 Goosander. (S Rogers, M Pass)

Porthleven: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 27 Red-throated Diver. (S Rogers, M Pass)

Penwithick: 3 Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Goldfinch, 6 House Sparrow, 9 Starling, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Sparrowhawk in a private garden. (K Bowers)

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Treraven Meadows: 1 Bar-headed Goose in a flock of Canada Geese. (S Marquis)

Carevick, Crantock: 90 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 60 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 20 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe)

Cowlands Creek:  drk Pintail still near Coombe (C & P Wheeler)

Colliford Reservoir (West side): 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Goosander (1m), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (B Craven) 4 Goosander (3m, 1f)  M Frost

Cremyll: 1 Firecrest, 100m down the footpath behind the pub. (N Moore)

Dozmary Pool: 8 Shoveler this afternoon. (M Frost)

Lower Tamar Lake: 35 Goosander (15m 20f). (R Mudge)

Crowlas: 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Stock Dove. (R Veal)

Carnanton Woods, St Mawgan: 2 Firecrest, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Dipper, 4 Stock Dove. (C Moncaster)

Park Head: 1 Black Redstart. (C Moncaster)

Bedruthan: 2 Chough (unringed). (C Moncaster)

St John’s Lake: 30+ Brent Goose. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Wacker Quay: 2 Spoonbill still. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

St Ives Bay: 1 Great Skua being fed mackerel by fisherman. (C Oates)

Great Skua, Chris Oates

Plaidy near Looe: 11 Fulmar on cliff. (D Spooner)


Friday 24th January 2020

Late news, 22/1, Porthgwarra: 1 Chough by the cove. (C Gigg)

Stithians Reservoir: female Lesser Scaup reported again.

Wilcove: Green-winged Teal. (J & K Cole)

St Germans: 2 Spoonbill. (J & K Cole)

Seaton: 3 Great Northern Diver, 24 Red-throated Diver, 21 Turnstone, Black Redstart, 2 Rock Pipit. (J & K Cole)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot off Sandy Cove and 2 Firecrest in the bushes. (L Proctor)

Newlyn Harbour: juv Iceland Gull reported again this morning. Also 1 colour-ringed juv Great Black-backed Gull (green Y17 – ringed in France), 2 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 45 Turnstone and 3 Mute Swan. (T Mills, M Webb)

Iceland Gull – Martin Webb

Iceland Gull – Martin Webb

Shag – Martin Webb

Drift Reservoir: 1m Goldeneye and 16 Mediterranean Gull. (MJ Spicer)

Jubilee Pool: 4 Purple Sandpiper. (MJ Spicer)

Carnsew Basin: Slavonian Grebe reported again.

Coverack: 1 Firecrest at the School this afternoon. (J Foster)

Firecrest – J Foster

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Polbrock: 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 17 Siskin, 5 Bullfinch, 7 Song Thrush, 1 Woodcock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1f Sparrowhawk, 9 Coal Tit, 12 Redwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 12 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, 76 Teal, 8 Red-legged Partridge,51 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 9 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Godolphin Cross: Fieldfare feeding on apples, very defensive in private garden. (C Richards)

St Austell Bay: 29 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 36 Common Scoter, 10 Eider (3 adult drake, 1 immature drake, 6 female). (B Bosisto)

Charlestown: 30+ Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (I Toogood-Johnson)

Malpas: 1m Black Redstart (A. le Masurier)

Sunny Corner, Truro: 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 9 Oystercatcher. (P Ash) Also, Avocet down river from Sunny Corner around 1:30 pm (G Kingdon)

Spotted Redshank – P Ash

Seaton: 4 Great Northern Diver. (R Smaldon)

Lower Tamar Lakes: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail. (R Mudge)

Rosenannon: 2 Jay, 15 Linnet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Yellowhammer, 21 Meadow Pipit, 3 Fieldfare, 2 Buzzard,1 Marsh Tit, 4 Fallow Deer. (S Grose)

Longrock: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 5 Mediterranean Gull. (M McKee)

Towan Head: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Red-throated Diver, 22 Purple Sandpiper, 16 Turnstone, 16 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover. (S Rowe)

Sennen Cove: 92 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver (N R Rogers)

Kynance Cove: 3 Stonechats, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 female Black Redstart, 1 Goldcrest, 8+ Blackbird, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Merlin. (K Dalziel, J Hawkey)

Black Redstart – Kate Dalziel

Carrick Roads: 14 Black-necked Grebe from Loe Beach. (R Wilkins)

Camel Estuary: Whooper Swan with 2 Mute Swan in front of Burniere Hide. (M Lammas)

Chapel Amble: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Pipit opposite the car park  plus 20+ Chiffchaff and 1 possible Siberian Chiffchaff down lane from pub. (M Lammas)

Treraven marsh: 1 Bar-headed Goose with massive Canada Goose flock in far field. (M Lammas)

Cape Cornwall 09:00 to 11:00: 40+ Common Dolphin, 10+ Porpoise, 2 probable Tuna, 7 Red-throated Diver (5S and 2 N), and a Great Skua sat on the sea. (N Wheatley)


Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull, 11+ (5+ ad, 1 4w, 1 3w, 2 2w, 2 1w) Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott) 7+ Little Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 5 Turnstone on Carnsew Pool.

Wilcove: Drake Green-winged Teal reported again.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Ring-necked Duck, 2f Goldeneye, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe,  20 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (M Jordan)

Chapel Amble: 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 101 Teal, 3 Snipe, flock of Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, Goldcrest, 1 Water Rail, 23 Rook, 1 Swallow, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Towan Head, Newquay: 4 Red-throated Diver (2 on water 2 in flight), 1 Great Northern Diver in flight, 6+ Common Dolphin feeding off the point. (M Lammas)

Truro: 1 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40+ Shelduck, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, Wigeon, Teal,  Redshank  and Black-tailed Godwit at Sunny Corner. (M Costa) Avocet showing well 300m upstream 12:00. (M Lammas)

Loe Beach: 12 Black-necked Grebe towards Mylor, 8+  Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (M Lammas)

Longrock: 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 14 Common Scoter. (R Veal)

Portreath: 1 Black Redstart at Carvannel Downs cliffs. (C Warman)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 32 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 34 Shelduck, 11 Mallard, 12 Wigeon, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Shag, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 65 Oystercatcher, 32 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 300 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 2 Knot, 290 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 150 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 85 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 45 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Wood Pigeon, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 3 Robin, 3 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 7 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al)

Pentewan: 3 Firecrest, 6 Chiffchaff and Dipper beside river along the Pentewan cycle path approx half mile from the St Austell end. (G White)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 42 Curlew, 9 Oystercatcher,  4 Little Egret, 5 Blackcap and 1 f Sparrowhawk. (J Green)

East Pentire, Newquay: 1 Black Redstart. (S Rowe)

Crowdy Reservoir: 18 Lapwing, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (M Jordan)

Downderry/Seaton: 18 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar and small parties of auks offshore this morning. Inshore a Mediterranean Gull. In Downderry itself a Blackcap and Firecrest. (A Payne)

Crugmeer: 1+ Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Carnewas and Park Head: 6 Chough on the coast path, feeding on the hedges and flying around the area. (E Carne)

Polkerris: 8 Common Scoter, 1 female Eider, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 6 Raven. (A Piper)