Monday 10th June 2019

Late news, 2/6, Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper. (P Greenstreet, per S Rogers)

Late news, 8 & 9/6 Dobwalls: Barn owl seen flying over fields next to railway, on 8th and 9th June, at 21:00 and 20:25 respectively. (C&J Duffy)

Crantock: No sign of the Greenish Warbler in an hour this morning. (S Rowe)

The Lizard: Singing male Greenish Warbler in a private garden on the south side of the village briefly but flew north. Quail singing just north of Pistil Meadows.

Marazion Beach: 32 Sanderling, all 1st summer birds, 11 Dunlin. ( S. Rogers)

Penwithick: 2 Bullfinch (1m , 1Juvenile), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (K. Bowers)

Bullfinch – Kevin Bowers

Bullfinch – Kevin Bowers

Dobwalls: Male Yellowhammer in garden. (C&J Duffy)

Boswednack: 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing Boswednack Mire this afternoon. (P Clement)

St Ives: Green Woodpecker and Grey Wagtail at a private site. (M Halliday)

Green Woodpecker – Mark Halliday

Grey Wagtail – Mark Halliday

Respryn: 2 Song Thrush (1 with food for young). (R. Barlow)

Tywardreath: 3 young Robins; 1 young Greenfinch feeding on seed spill from garden feeders. (R. Barlow)

Bodmin Moor (opposite Penquite Petcare): 1 pair Redstart feeding 3 young, 2 Cuckoo calling, 1 Mistle Thrush, 7+ Wheatear, 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Redstart – Steve Williams

Redstart – Steve Williams

Redstart – Steve Williams

Redstart – Steve Williams

The Lizard: Quail calling in cereal crop adjoining the Lighthouse NT car park. (G Adams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck, 10 Canada Geese, 1 Curlew, 5
Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret at 11:30. Also 2 Oystercatcher but no sign of chicks, 2 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron,
1 Little Egret, 3 Sedge Warbler at Ryan’s Field at 11.40. (M Webb)

Grey Heron – Martin Webb

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Sunday 9th June 2019

Late news, 8/6, Downderry: Birds moving west up to 08:00 included a Great Northern Diver, 23 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Cory’s Shearwater, 140 Gannet, 56 Fulmar and 7 Kittiwake. (A Payne)

Late news, 8/6, Goonhilly: 4+ Cuckoo. (B Hawker)

Crantock: Singing male Greenish Wabler west of Crantock and south of West Pentire in trees by stream c100m beyond Treago Farm camp site. (S Rowe)

Greenish Warbler – Bob Bosisto

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Little Egret at 10:45. (G Williams, R Veal)

Sennen Cove: Storm Petrel 1 mile offshore. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Pendeen: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Puffin, steady stream of Manx Shearwater. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Bosigran: 1 Grasshopper Warbler very actively collecting food, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Cuckoo. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Lundy Hole, nr Polzeath: 2 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Goldfinch, 5 (2m, 1f, 2juv) Stonechat, 2 Fulmar, 4 Herring Gull, male Kestrel, 3 (1m, 2f) Whitethroat, 1+ Skylark (1 seen, poss 3 heard). (J Burges)

Penwithick: 1 Jay. (C Hooper)

St Andrew’s Pond, Par: 1 Blackcap, 1f Moorhen sitting on the nest, 1f Mallard with ducklings. (C Hooper)

Blackcap – C Hooper

Mallard with ducklings – C Hooper

St Austell: 1 Jay in private garden. (C Hooper)

Jay – C Hooper

Windmill Farm: 3 Bullfinch, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Greenfinch, 10+ Skylark, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap (singing), 2 Swallow, 4 Whitethroat, at least 6 Cuckoo heard calling simultaneously, 1 Cinnabar Moth, 1 Adder, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle (female). (J Evans)

Adder – Jonathan Evans

Cinnabar Moth – Jonathan Evans

Lower Predannack: 20+ Skylark, 3 Cuckoo, 2 Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 1 Jay, 5 Whitethroat. Also good showing of Heath Spotted Orchid, 2 Fritillary butterfly sp. (J Evans)

Downderry: much less movement compared to yesterday, but birds moving west before 07:35 included a Great Northern Diver, an Arctic Skua and 2 Mediterranean Gull. (A Payne)

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Tuesday 4th June 2019

Late News, 3/6, Rumps Head: Many Razorbill and Guillemots, also Golden Plover while walking back down to Pentire farm. (J Day)

Golden Plover – Jim Day

Late news, 3/6, Marazion Beach: 9 Whimbrel over west. (R Hill)

Lizard: Greenish Warbler in a private garden in the village briefly then flew north. (T Blunden)

Penzance: 3 Eider off Chyandour at 07:00 and 4 Eider by Harbour entrance / Albert Pier at 16:15. (D King)

Marazion Beach: 1 Whimbrel over east, 16 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Curlew. (R Hill)

Bude: Lots of young birds visiting my garden feeders now as we only live 500 yards from Bude Marshes, Reed Bunting, Linnet, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock, and corvids all visiting garden feeders now, much to the local Sparrowhawks delight. (N Bastin)

Reed Bunting – Nigel Bastin

Sparrowhawk – Nigel Bastin

Sennen Cove: 40+ Manx Shearwaters lingering off the Cowloe this morning and a fairly steady westerly passage. Large numbers of Guillemots and Razorbills fishing beyond the Cowloe. (R Butts)

Lethytep, Lanreath: 2 Willow Warbler. (P Hambly)

Willow Warbler – Philip Hambly

Tywardreath: 3 Blue Tit (Adult feeding 2 young),  2 Robin ( Adult feeding young). All being fed from garden feeders. (R. Barlow)

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Friday 25th August 2017

Porthgwarra Cove (seawatch 06:45-08:45): 2 Great/Cory’s Shearwater, 41 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Balearic Shearwater and thousands Manx Shearwater in feeding rafts or flying east, later back west, 3 Common Scoter, 4 Great Skua, 25 Commic Tern and c40 Common Dolphin in four pods (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra valley: adult male Ortolan sunning itself on boulder seaward end of wall across moor flew east calling until out of sight near “Three Chimneys” cottage 09:40hrs. Also 2 Grey Heron, 6 Tree Pipit over, 13 Common Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Wheatear. (D Flumm)

Nanjizal: 224 ringed birds ringed (us 3 controls) including 114 Sedge Warbler, 22 Whitethroat, 15 Reed Warbler, 13 Grasshopper Warbler, 15 Blackcap,19 Willow Warbler, Firecrest and 1st y male Bluethroat. Also c15 Tree Pipit over and odd sounding Green Sandpiper last few days, flying high and very poor views. (K Wilson)

Millbrook: Greenish Warbler still at Millbrook near St Andrews Street and Hounster Drive junction though very elusive. (D Julian) 2 Tree Pipit over, 1 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Barn Owl nearby. (P Roseveare)

Pistil Meadow, Lizard: Melodious Warbler still this morning, 1 Whitethroat, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff. (S & P Rogers, I Maclean, J St. Ledger, S Kolodziejski)

Melodious Warbler, Steve Rogers

Caerthillian: 1 Tree Pipit (S & P Rogers, I MaClean, J St. Ledger, S Kolodziejski)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 7 Glossy Ibis, 7 Cattle Egret, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Kingfisher, 10 Greenshanks, 40+ Godwits, 6 Green Sandpipers, 30+ Dunlin, 8 Swift, 12 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Ruff, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Snipe, 1 Cormorant, 300+ Canada Goose, 2 Hare. (D Thomas)

Glossy Ibis, Dave Thomas

Cattle Egret, Dave Thomas

 

Sedge Warbler, Dave Thomas

Wadebridge, Burniere Point hide: 1 Kingfisher, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 48 Little Egret, 23 Mute Swan,12 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Otter. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Common Sandpiper, 33 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 10 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret (D Eva)

Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 60+ Black tailed Godwit. (H Kendall & B Bryne)

Upper Tamar Lake: 4 Buzzard, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Tit, good numbers of Swallow and a few House Martin,1 Southern Hawker, 5+ Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood. (H Kendall & B Bryne)

Kingsmill Lake: 31 Greenshank, 16 Little Egret, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 87 Curlew and Kingfisher. (P Aley)

RSPB Scillonian III Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 2320 Manx Shearwter, 9 Fulmar, 437 Gannet, 17 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Common Tern, 12 Common Dolphin, 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphin and 1 Harbour Porpoise. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 2550 Manx Shearwater, 472 Gannet, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 18 Common Dolphin, 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphin, 7 Harbour Porpoise and 1 Ocean Sunfish.  (DAConway) Wolf Rock to Scilly: 2640 Manx Shearwater, 3 Fulmar, 85 Gannet, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Great Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Harbour Porpoise, 46 Common Dolphin, 1 Grey Seal and 2 Ocean Sunfish. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 1200 Manx Shearwater, 2 Fulmar, 320 Gannet, 4 Great Skua, 2 Common Tern, 15 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 12 Common Dolphin, 2 Bottle-nosed Dolphin and 1 Grey Seal (1 Prickly Stick Insect in Old Town Cemetery)    (DAConway)

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Thursday 24th August 2017

Late news, 23/8, Falmouth Bay, fishing trip offshore: 1 Wilson’s Petrel, 4 Great Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 30+ Storm Petrel, many Manx Shearwater and Fulmar. (J Selby) 

Millbrook: Greenish Warbler still on St. Andrew’s Street this morning. (M Pass + G Lewis)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Garganey, 10 Grey Heron, 9 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher. (D Flumm)

Marazion Beach: 120 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Sanderling, 1 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Turnstone. Offshore – 2 Common Scoter, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern (D Flumm)

Dunlin, Dave Flumm

Hayle Estuary, Ryan’s Field RSPB: 32 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Kingfisher. (D Flumm) Lelant Water RSPB: 49 Mallard, 1 Teal, 2 Sandwich Tern, 4 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin. (D Flumm)

Nanjizal: 104 birds ringed; 1 Wryneck, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Willow Warbler, 41 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 15 Whitethroat. (K Wilson)

Bude: 1 juv Sparrowhawk (regular visitor) hunting and successfully killing small bird in my garden this morning. (R Maye)

Land’s End: 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Kestrel, Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 34 Curlew, 1 Lapwing, 9 Little Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Dunlin, John St Ledger

St Loy: 1 juv Green Woodpecker. (S Witts)

Juvenile Green Woodpecker, Sean Witts.

Pistil Meadows: 1 Melodious Warbler feeding in gorse on west flank of valley. (DK Parker)

Melodious Warbler, Dave Parker

Caerthillian: 1 Ortolan Bunting flew over calling. (T Blunden, DK Parker)

Bude, Maer Lake: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 47 Black -tailed Godwit. 2 Curlew, 33 Teal, 8 Mallard, Sand Martins.  (B Craven)

Camel Trail: 1 probable Citrine Wagtail reported.( If https://twitter.com/AlasdairGordon1/status/900721892277067777 – presumably alba White Wagtail)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 7 Glossy Ibis, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff,plus 1 Kingfisher, Greenshanks, Godwits, Green Sandpipers, Dunlin plus lots more diff species. (A Bond) 7 Glossy Ibis7 Cattle Egret7 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 62 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Snipe, 12 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Swift and 1 Barn Owl. (B Bosisto)

Glossy Ibis, Adrian Langdon

Falmouth Bay, AK Wildlife Cruise: 5 Great Shearwater, 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel and 1 Minke Whale.

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Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Late news, 22/8, Downderry: 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (A Payne)

Longrock Pool RSPB:  1 Garganey, 2 Gadwall, 5 Little Grebe (D Flumm, A McKechnie)

Garganey, Alex McKechnie

Rock, Porthilly Beach: 4 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Devoran, Tallack’s Creek: 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Swift. (J St Ledger)

Penberth (seawatch 14:15-15:15): 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, thousands Manx Shearwater, 1 Risso’s Dolphin & 1 Ocean Sunfish (D Flumm)

Rame Head (seawatch 07.00 10.30): 2 Balearic Shearwater,10 Manx, Shearwater, 9 Guillemot, 31 Kittiwake, 25 Great Black-backed Gull, 50+ Herring Gull, 2 Fulmar, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Oystercatcher, 10 Shag, 1 m Sparrowhawk, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Sunfish close in to rocks, 2 pods of Common Dolphin, 1 Harbour Porpoise. (C Buckland)

Torpoint West, muds at low water: 100+ Mediterranean Gull and 32 Sandwich Tern. (C Buckland)

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 4 Fulmar, 12 Gannet, 11 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 5 Kestrel, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 35 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 40 Swallow, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 6 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Magpie, 7 Carrion Crow, 55 Starling, 24 House Sparrow, 25 Goldfinch, 50 Linnet. Also 1 Ocean Sunfish, 2 Grey Seal, 7 Large White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Gatekeeper, 3 Small Heath, 4 Meadow Brown, 1 Wall Brown, 1 Small Copper, 4 Common Blue. (M Scawen et al.)

Drift Reservoir: Great Crested Grebe feeding two young. 1 Little Grebe,  5 Cormorant, 4 Canada Geese,  2 Tufted Duck,  2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, c10 Swallow,  1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. (NRPhillips)

Lizard Point: 4 Great Shearwater, 14 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua. (I Maclean)

Lizard Village: 1 Ortolan Bunting. (I Maclean)

The Lizard, Pistil Meadow: 1 Melodious Warbler. (T Blunden)

Millbrook, St Andrew’s St: 1 Greenish Warbler heard calling 6 times at 19.10, seen briefly twice then heard calling two gardens down at 19.20. (A.C Robinson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3 Mute Swan, 26 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Garganey, 21 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 6 Little Grebe, 28 Moorhen, 1 fem Sparrowhawk, c400 Swallow and 4 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 129 Ringed Plover, 56 Dunlin, 33 Sanderling, 18 Turnstone and 2 Curlew on the beach. Also 6 Common Scoter and 6 Sandwich Tern offshore. (DK Parker)

Porthgwarra: 17 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Wheatear, 3 Bullfinch (2 juv) and 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (DK Parker) Also 1 Great Shearwater, 6 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Tern and 60 Common Scoter all going east. (B Mellow)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood Sandpiper, 15 Dunlin, 12 Greenshank, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Cattle Egret, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Redshank, 2 Snipe, 8 Glossy Ibis and 7 Swift. (B Bosisto)

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Yellowhammer, 1 Lapwing, 2 Tawny Owl. 7 Bullfinch,1 Whimbrel overhead. (S Grose)

Falmouth Bay, AK Wildlife Cruise: 1 Great Shearwater, also 3 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater and 2 European Storm Petrel.

Mermaid 2 pelagics out of Penzance: 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater and 2 Arctic Skua 15:00 to 17:00. 70+ Storm Petrel, 4+ Great Shearwater, 15+ Sooty Shearwater, 4 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Great Skua and 12+ Common Tern 17:00 to 20:00. Also Common Dolphins and Porpoises. (M Elliot)

Fal/Ruan Complex: 403 Canada Geese, 1 white farmyard-type Goose with them (as last year), 116 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 11 Oystercatcher, 12 Mallard, 6 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard. Observed 17:00-18:00 on the rising tide. (D Hall)

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Wednesday 31st August 2016

Late news, 30/8, Helston Loe:Common Sandpiper at NW end. 15 Red Admirals & 12 Hornets feeding on sap from gash on oak near Penrose Hill car park. (P&C Brewster)

Late news, 30/8, The Lizard, Lizard Point: c.20 Yellow Wagtail. Caerthilian: 1 Whinchat, 2 Tree Pipit. Kynance: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Late news, 30/8, St Mawes: 1 Sandwich Tern fishing off Summer’s beach near harbour. (D Hall)

Late news, 30/8, Rock: 1 Black-necked Grebe. (S Grose)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (f), (at the car park feeders). (R Mudge)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 2 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper. (D. Eva, P&C Brewster) also 1 juv Peregrine at Carnmenellis Causeway. (P&C Brewster)

Helston Loe: 1 ad Dalmatian Pelican in NW corner of Loe, 1 Common Sandpiper, also 1 Grey Wagtail. (P&C Brewster) And 2 Raven (R.Holmes)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Greenshank off Quay House Inn + 15 Little Egret. Ryan’s Field: 1 Greenshank + 5 Black-tailed Godwit. (P&C Brewster) Lelant Saltings late evening: 1 juv Black Tern (S. Rogers). 

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Dunlin, 1 f Wheatear, 1 Kingfisher.  (S Williams)

Millbrook pond: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, high tide roost. Watched for 5 minutes then flushed by immature Peregrine. (A C Robinson) Late evening: 90 Redsahk,1 Greenshank, 3 Dunlin, 1 Grey Heron, Black-headed Gulls, Ring-necked parakeets heard in trees over by the far side of the lake. (C Buckland)

Pendeen Watch 09:00-11:30: 1 Great Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Storm Petrel, 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Dunlin, 2 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Arctic Skua and 2 Black Tern. (DK Parker)

Lizard Pont (seawatch 07.15-08.15): 4 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Common Scoter, 1 Great Skua. Also 24 Yellow Wagtail towards Bass Point. (S Rowe)

Caerthilian: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat. (S Rowe)

Porthgwarra, stonewall: 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Tree pipit over. (B Steel) Porthgwarra seawatch: 5 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater and 2 Storm Petrel past

Downderry, during seawatch 0645-0755:  3 Balearic Shearwater and 2 Great Skua. A Payne)

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 8 Fulmar, c.60 Manx Shearwater, c.40 Gannet, 8 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 3 Kestrel, 16 Oystercatcher, 25 Black-headed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 25 Herring Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 40 Swallow, 10 Rock Pipit, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Wheatear, 6 Stonechat, 2 Blackbird, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Great Tit, 2 Magpie, 16 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 4 House Sparrow, c.100 Goldfinch, c.100 Linnet. (M Scawen)

Nanquidno: 2 Pied Flycatcher.  1 probable Greenish Warbler near mill and 5-bar gate. (B Hibbett, T Mills) Plus 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Chough, 2 Whitethroat and 1 m Blackcap. (T Mills)

Penzance: 1 Eider, 1 Shelduck, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat and pod of 7+ Bottle-nosed Dolphin from Chyandour.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove.

Camel Estuary, Dinham Flats: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin and 1 Ruff. (D Julian)

Wadebridge: 1 Glossy Ibis over this morning. (D Julian)

Treraven Meadows: 11 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 5 Grey Wagtail and 1 Yellow Wagtail. (D Julian)

St Ives Island: 1 Puffin. (C Oates)

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