Thursday 1st August 2019

Late news, 31/7, Maer Lake: 7 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper. Moderate numbers of hirundines feeding over the lake – mostly Swallows and Sand Martins, plus one House Martin. 1 Grey Heron with 20+ each of Mallard and Black headed Gulls. (B Bryne H Kendall)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Arctic Skua and 2 Balearic Shearwater. (P Combridge)

Walmsley Sanctuary (Keyholders only): 2 Wood Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Greylag this morning. (B Mellow) 4 Wood Sandpiper and 1 Peregrine early evening. (R Augarde) Also Garganey and 6 Teal. (C Selway)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper at 08:15 from Stuart Hutchings hide plus 6 Common Sandpiper, 9 Curlew, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Swift. Also 2 Roe Deer and 1 Fox. (J St Ledger)

Wood Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Roe Deer – John St Ledger

Fox – John St Ledger

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 5 Common Sandpiper. (DK Parker) 70+ Canada Geese, 30+ Mallard – 1f with 8 ducklings, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Common Sandpiper, 1 juv Moorhen, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 1 Wren, 2 Buzzard, 1 Fox 10.15 – 13.50. (M Webb)

Great Crested Grebe – Martin Webb

Grey Heron – Martin Webb

Willlow Warbler – Martin Webb

Porth Kidney: 36 Med Gull, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern. (D Flumm)

Nanquidno: 1 Wheatear Also very  impressive nos of Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers. (C Moore)

Siblyback Lake: 6 adult Spotted Flycatcher plus 2 juv, 4 Siskin, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 9 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Greenfinch, 9 Sand Martin, 6 House Martin, 20 plus  Swallow, 1 Hobby, 15 Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Heron, 11 Little Grebe, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Barnacle Goose in with Canada flock and 3 Grey Wagtail. (C Buckland M Beer)

Gerrans and Veryan Bay by kayak: 1 Red-necked Grebe (Gerrans Bay), 250 Manx Shearwater, 1 squeaky Razorbill chick with parent and 3 Guillemot, plus: 40 Harbour Porpoise, 1 Ocean sunfish, 1 whale (unseen) that surfaced just behind me! presumed Minke. (R Kirkwood)

Red-necked Grebe – Rupert Kirkwood

Manx Shearwater – Rupert Kirkwood

Razorbill – Rupert Kirkwood

Guillemot – Rupert Kirkwood

Perranuthnoe to Marazion: 30+ Curlews, 3+ Whimbrel, 1 ad. Mediterranean Gull & 4 Little Egrets. (R Butts)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: A good number of Swallows and Sand Martins feeding over the reeds and drinking from the open water near the road. (R Butts)

Penzance: 5 Eider off Chyandour. (R Butts)

Eider – Roger Butts

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Bar-headed Goose, 100+ Canada Geese, 2 Teal, 1f Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 2 pairs Great Crested Grebes with nests, 3 Curlew flushed from back of marsh by people searching for Marsh Fritillary webs, juv Peregrine Falcon & 1 Kestrel. Also Emperor dragonflies, Common Darters, Keeled Skimmer, Black tailed  Skimmer, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Emerald & Common Damselflies. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Porthgwarra: 2 Wheatear, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Ringed Plover. (M Wallace)

Hawkers Cove: 15 Sanderling. (L Payne)

Holmbush, St Austell:  2 juvenile Peregrine circling. (B Bosisto)

Padstow: 1 m Grey Partridge briefly in field West of Padstow Farm Shop, 6 Yellowhammer, 11 Mediterranean Gull following the Dredger from Padstow Harbour this Eve. (S Grose)

Padstow: 2 Barn Owl this eve between Trevisker garden centre and Retreats Holiday park, 1 Skylark still singing well after dusk. (S Grose)


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)


Saturday 1st June 2019

Porthgwarra: Quail reported on path by the pool but flew south.

Crugmeer: 4 individual Grey Partridge, 13 Skylark, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Yellowhammer, 33 Rook, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Newlyn: 2cy Yellow-legged Gull on the Fish Quay. (M Elliott)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 pairs of Willow Warbler each feeding 6 young at nests, Reed Bunting and Bullfinch also nesting. (D Eva)

Tywardreath: 2 House Sparrow (Male and Female building nest inside junction box at top of telegraph pole), 1 Goldcrest in private garden. (R Barlow)

Croft Pascoe: 2 male, 1 female Cuckoo, 3 Chiffchaff, 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker. (V Skilton)

Newquay: 5 Swift over Sainsbury’s 1.30pm and over estate near River Gannel at 7pm (J Jelbert)

Porthgwarra: 24 Hummingbird Hawk Moth this afternoon. (M Wallace)

Mawgan in Meneage: Hummingbird Hawk Moth (S Chandler)


Monday 27th May 2019

Late news, 26/5, Constantine: 1 Quail calling at 21:00. (T Pinfield)

Late news, 26th May, Drift Reservoir (members only): 40 Swift, c100 House Martin. (D Flumm)

Cadgwith: Bee-eater heading north at 11:30. (S Croft)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis back at 08:00 after an absence of a couple of days. (S Rogers, P Locker) Also 1 Turtle Dove reported still in private garden in Marazion. Also the Glossy Ibis, 2 (m, f) Linnet, 3 Moorhen, 2 Canada
Geese, 12 Jackdaw at 11.40am. (M Webb)

Glossy Ibis, Martin Webb

Marazion Beach: Large flock 30+ Sanderling and 12+ Dunlin at 11.10am. (M Webb)

Sanderling, Martin Webb

Dunlin, Martin Webb

Treyarnon Bay: 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Yellowhammer, 11 Skylark, 5 Raven, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 6 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Penzance: 8 Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool rocks. (S Rogers) Also 2 (ad and imm drk) Eider, 7 Turnstone at 1315. (M Webb)

Eiders, Martin Webb

Brane: 1 Wheatear. (D Flumm)

Cot Valley: Juv Iceland Gull in a field south of the valley at 10:20. (N Wheatley)

Colliford  Lake: 1 Red Kite south over dam at 8:45, 1 Cuckoo heard, also 2 Sand Martin. (M Beer)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Cuckoo (D Eva) 4 Swift, 2 Cuckoo, 6 Skylark, 4 pairs Stonechat and 1 Little Grebe with 2 chicks at Croft Pascoe Pool. (H Norton)

Fistral Beach: 1 Puffin, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Fulmar, 1 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 1 Kestrel, 21 Kittiwake past, 19 Fulmar, few Gannet, Razorbill, Guillemot. Also 3 Cream spot Tiger Moth. (S Grose)

3 Cream spot Tiger Moth – Shaun Grose

Truro: 3 Swift. (M Costa)

Temple: 4 Canada Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Cuckoo calling, 2 Raven, 2 Swallow heading north, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Goldfinch. (RB Girling)

Goss Moor: 1 Treecreeper ringed. (P Roseveare)

Charlestown: 1m, 1f Bullfinch. (D Hastilow)

St Ives, Barnoon cemetery to Clodgy Point: 3+ Goldfinch, 1 Wren and 15+ Linnet. (K Money)

St Blazey: juvenile Dipper, 3 Swift, 2 Swallow. (R Hampshire)

Lostwithiel: pair Bullfinches on feeders in private garden. (E Mayhew)


Tuesday 30th April 2019

Polgigga: Great White Egret flew over Bosistow Lane. (T Phelps) Also 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Porthgwarra to St Levan: Male Serin mobile and last seen at the Coastguard Cottages also a Pied Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Siskin, Tree Pipit, Lapwing & Silver Y. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Swifts high over the back of the marsh. (P St Pierre) Glossy Ibis back on the marsh this afternoon plus 4 Teal and 1 Gadwall. Canada Geese now down to 3 goslings. (DK Parker)

Mawgan: 1 Swift over this morning (P. Bedford)

Crugmeer: 2 Grey Partridge, 11 Whimbrel. (S Grose)

Penzance: 1 Swift over. (R Veal) Also 32 Purple Sandpipers by Jubilee Pool.

Croft Pascoe: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Siskin, 2 Coal Tit. (J St Ledger)

Sheviock pond: 2 Sedge Warblers,1 Blackcap. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Saltermill reed beds: Reed Buntings, Reed Warblers.on river 5 Whimbrel,1 Curlew. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Rame: 1 Willow Warbler,1 Whimbrel over 4 House Martins the odd Swallows.Good numbers of Whitethroats, Yellow Wagtail over.Three Collard Doves at Rame Barton Farm. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Par Beach: 1 female Wheatear. (E Mayhew)

Newquay, Beacon Cove: 7 Kittiwake on the water. (S Grose)

The Rumps: Short-eared Owl, 3 Common Swift, 10 House Martin. 2 Shelduck, 2 Whimbrel and 8 Northern Wheatear. (C Selway)

Rosudgeon: 1 Swallow. (K Money)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 3 Sedge Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch (T Phelps, M Doyle)

College Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Swanpool: 3 Reed Warblers (T Phelps)

Predannack: 2 Cuckoo on airfield, one of which was seen from bridleway. (D King)

Scillonian III  RSPB Cruise 29th April 2019: Penzance to Wolf: 1 Great Skua, 8 Sandwich Tern, 1 male Eider, 620+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffin, 4 Great Northern Diver, 10 Gannet, 66 Guillemot, 8+ Razorbill, several auk sp, 4 Common Scoter, 3 small waders, 1 Fulmar. 2 Common Dolphins.
Wolf to St Mary’s: 231 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 18 LBB Gulls, 2 Fulmar, 1 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 1 Grey Heron, 91+ Shag.
St Mary’s to Wolf: 7 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin, 6 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake, 4 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 2 GBB Gulls, 3 Fulmar, 1 auk sp.
Wolf to Penzance: 1600+ Manx Shearwater, 7 Puffin, 8+ Gannet, 200+ Guillemot, 24+ Razorbill, several auk sp. 2 Fulmar, 1 GBB Gull. Also 10 Common Dolphin, 2 Risso’s Dolphin. (B Craven, J Swift)


Friday 29th March 2019

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler in subsong. (S Bury)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 drk Garganey, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Sand Martin, 7 Mallard ducklings. 1 Ringed Plover on and 1 Common Scoter from the beach. (R Veal)

Marazion: 1 Cattle Egret below Cheshire Homes. (B Hibbet) 1 Swallow at Rosehill, 1 Great Northern Diver in bay. (P Fraser)

Marazion Beach: 10 Ringed Plover, 15 Sanderling. (D Britton)

St Martin in Meneage: 17+ Cattle Egret in cattle field north of village. (A Chatfield)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Barn Owl, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Little Grebe, 11 Shoveler from Colonel Rhyves hide. (S Grose) 60 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 6 Ruff, 1 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 19 Shoveler, 20 Gadwall, 99 Teal, 2 Black-headed Gull. (P Roseveare)

Padstow Farm Shop: 1 Grey Partridge in ploughed field. (S Grose)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Swallow over the main road this morning. (P Bedford)

Restronguet: 1 Spoonbill, 20 Turnstone, 1 Common Tern. (M Costa)

RSPB Wildlife Scillonian Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 6 imm drake Eider, 3 Fulmar, 16 Manx Shearwater, 208 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 6+ Purple Sandpiper, 65 Herring Gull, 11 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern, 444 auk sp, 81 Guillemot, 1 Puffin, 1 Grey Seal, 2 Porpoise, 5 Common Dolphin and 8 Bottle nose DolphinWolf Rock to Penzance: 1 imm drake Eider, 5 Fulmar, 18 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 5 Cormorant,316 Herring Gull, 17 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Kittiwake, 262 Guillemot, 5 Porpoise and 17 Common Dolphin including a young calf. (DK Parker, D Whelan)

Toad’s Hole, Goss Moor: 2 singing Blackcap, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Stonechat, 1 Jay, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Wren, 1 Green Woodpecker calling. (P Ash)

Chiffchaff, Marsh Tit and Blackcap – Paul Ash

Kenidjack: 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (S Williams)

Sancreed: Red Kite NE (14:05) then E over Newbridge (14:15). Also 4 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Tehidy Country Park: 6 Moorhen (+3 chicks), 10 Mute Swan, 4 Jay, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Mallard, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Robin, 1 Grey Heron. (K Bowers)

Jay and Song Thrush – Kevin Bowers

Polgigga: Red Kite over at 13:25. (M Wallace)

Nanjizal: 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (P St Pierre)

Longrock: 3 Sandwich Tern. (P St Pierre)

Portscatho: 2 Sandwich Tern settled on mooring buoys at 15:45. (D Helliar)

Gerrans Bay: 8+ Great Northern Diver. (D Helliar)

St Ives: 2 Green Woodpecker. (C&B Travis)

Green Woodpecker – Charles Travis

Lost Gardens of Heligan, Bird Hide: 2 Coal Tit, 5+ Great Tit, 5+ Blue Tit, 3+ Chaffinch, 20+ Jackdaw, 1 male Pheasant, 1 Wren, 1 Robin and 2 Dunnock. (K Money)


Thursday 21st March 2019

Padstow: 2 Grey Partridge in cauliflower field immediately west of Padstow football club, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis visible from the road, flew west at 15.20 (M Elliot, T Mills), also 3 Cetti’s Warbler calling, 1 Chiffchaff singing, 5 Teal, 1 Green Woodpecker calling and 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Butts, T Mills) Glossy Ibis returned at 17.30. (S Rogers) Plus 4 Sand Martin at 16.45. (P Fraser) Plus 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Moorhen, 2 (1m 1f) Mallard, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Peregrine at 12.15pm. (M Webb)

Glossy Ibis, Martin Webb

Glossy Ibis, Martin Webb

Glossy Ibis, Martin Webb

Tresillian: 1 Red-Rumped Swallow. (A le Masurier)

Red-rumped Swallow, Andrew le Masurier

Polgigga: 1 Red-rumped Swallow with Sand Martins. (M Wallace)

Portscatho: 12+ Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Divers], 1 Black Guillemot distant but white wing panels stood out. (R Loader)

Chapel Amble: 1 Temminck’s Stint still.

Marazion beach: 1 m Garganey landed at 17.25. (S Rogers)

Long Rock: 12 Sand Martin over at 17.00. (P Fraser) Also 1 Roe Deer in field opposite Cheshire Homes and 2 Roe Deer in field behind St Ives Motors. (T Mills)

Land’s End: 1 male Wheatear and 1 Golden Plover on moor north of car park. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Also 1 Black Redstart, 4 Wheatear. (M McKee)

Porthgwarra: 1 Wheatear, 2 Sand Martin, 17 Chiffchaff. (M Wallace)

Tywardrearh: 1 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, both with nesting material entering and leaving established conifers in Southpark Road. (R. Barlow)

Maer Lake: 3 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow also 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (H Kendall)

Penzance: 5 Eider just off Wherrytown beach this evening. (T Mills)

Dobwalls: male Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill still.

Camel Estuary: 1 Curlew Sandpiper.

St Merryn: Large flock of woodpigeon feeding on cauliflower field; 1 Peregrine with Woodpigeon prey. (R Hughes)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Raven, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Tawny Owl, several Redwing overhead. (S Grose)