Sunday 30th August 2020

Late News, 29/08, Lizard area: 30 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 1 Sand Martin, Dunlin over (D Collins)

Lands End/Treeve Moor: 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 3 Chough, 2 Kestrel, 2 White Wagtail, 6 Stonechat, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff. (S Windle)

Whinchat – Steven Windle

Chough – Steven Windle

Nanjizal Valley: 1 Black Kite, 1 flyover Citrine Wagtail, 1 Marsh Harrier, 4 Grey Wagtail, 5 Chough, 3 Siskin, 19 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Snipe, 1 Tawny Owl and a Curlew. Also, 95 ringed including 26 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 35 Blackcap, 15 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Whitethroat. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto, R Veal, J Ryan et al)

Black Kite, Reuben Veal

Porthgwarra: 1 Wryneck in hedgerows below ruined cottages, Trevean.(R Veal). 38 Wheatear, 30+ White Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, Willow Warbler. (M Wallace) Also 4 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Chifchaff, 4 Stonechat between the ruin and the stone wall. (S Windle)

Wryneck – Steven Windle

Drift Reservoir: Little Stint, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher. (D Flumm) 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank. (R Veal) Also 1 Kingfisher, 4 Great crested Grebe, 3 Dunlin 1 Greenshank NW arm. (R Chiffers)

Little Stint – David Flumm

Sancreed: Juvenile Dotterel in an old potato field west of Little Sellan Fm (Grid ref SW 427 306), Swift, Whinchat with 5 Stonechat, 3 Willow Warbler. (D Flumm)

Dotterel – David Flumm

Dotterel – David Flumm

Dotterel – David Flumm

Dotterel – Mike Spicer

Whinchat – David Flumm

Hayle: 2 Knot, 3 Bar tailed Godwit, 6 Black tailed Godwit, 33 Dunlin,33 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone, 2 Wheatear (D Eva). In addition, 2 Curlew Sandpiper (B Bosisto, P Roseveare) Copper House, Hayle: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Curlew, 3 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greylag Goose (possible Canada hybrid), numerous Canada Geese. (D Sharp)

Sanderling – Deena Sharpe

Ringed Plover – Deena Sharpe

Coverack: 1 Ortolan Bunting flew over toward Treleaver. (J Foster)

Soapy/Kynance Cove: 2 Wryneck, 3 Whinchat, Female Redstart. (S Kolodziejski)

Goonhilly: juv Marsh Harrier. (J Chapple)

Breage: 1 Honey Buzzard. (C Dale)

Stithians Reservoir, West Bank: 1 Osprey caught a trout at c1715 then circled high to the South, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Wheatear. North Cut-off: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Teal. Stuart Hutchings Hide: 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper. (C Benton)

Devoran; Tallack’s Creek: 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Knot, 2 Whimbrel. At high tide. (J St Ledger)

Marazion RSPB: 1 Whinchat by the entrance early morning. (I Prentice)

Marazion Beach: 2 Knot, 10 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover and 40+ Sanderling. (I Prentice) Also reported 23+ Sanderling, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone, 1  Oystercatcher, 2 Sandwich Tern. (D Sharp)

Gannel Estuary: 7 Dunlin, 5 Ring Plover, 3 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew this morning. (M Lammas)

Maer Lake: 300+ Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, several Black headed and Herring Gulls, 3 Moorhens, 10 Swallows, 3 House Martins, 1 Willow Warbler briefly seen and short burst of song. (H Kendall)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Barnacle Goose, 367 Canada Geese, 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Par Beach: 4 Dunlin, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 196 Black headed Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 29 Pied Wagtail. (S Grose)

Par Spit Beach: 3 Common Scoter, 2 Raven, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Eider, 2 Ringed Plover. (S Grose)

Rame to Penlee Reserve: 2 Wheatear, 11 Chiffchaff, 50 House Martin, 30 Swallow, 20 Goldfinch, 50 Linnet, 2 Raven 1 male Kestrel 1 female Sparrowhawk. (R Smaldon)

Wacker Quay: 118 Curlew, 16 Little Egret fishing as a group on incoming tide. (R Smaldon)

Downderry: inshore today 7 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 1 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, a White Wagtail and a Wheatear. (A Payne)

Stannon; Bodmin Moor: 5 Wheatear , 2 Black Darter (L Payne)

Dobwalls: 3 Swallow, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle in garden (C&J Duffy)


Friday 17th July 2020

Late news, 14/7, Tresillian River: 51 Curlew, 49 Redshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant. (A Nicholson)

Devoran: Honey Buzzard over early afternoon. (S Votier et al.)

Honey Buzzard – S Bearhop

Honey Buzzard – S Bearhop

Penzance: 1+ juv Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Eider, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 2 Sandiwch Tern at Chyandour. (R Veal)

Polgigga: Crossbill over at 10:15. (M Wallace)

Porthgwarra 06:30-09:20: 1 Pom Skua (3cy?), 3 Puffin, 6 Common Scoter, juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. (I Prentice)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Continental Cormorant (based on shape of gular patch, supported by orange tone to pouch, rather slim bill and neck), 105 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 16 Redshank, 12 Oystercatcher (including 1 juvenile) (N R Rogers)

Continental Cormorant – Nigel Rogers

Continental Cormorant – Nigel Rogers

Godolphin Cross: Presumed family party of 3 Green Woodpecker, very vocal. Also Grey Heron flying south. (C Richards)

Port Isaac: 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 9 Coal Tit, from Treharrock Manor (S Grose)

Par: 16 immature Eider on rocks between Spit Beach and Carlyon Bay, from coast path. Also 4 Sandwich Terns in the bay. (Geoff White)

Kingsmill Lake: 5 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 57 Curlew, 3 adult Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 22 Little Egret, c.30 Redshank, 5 Oystercatcher and 5 Grey Heron at high tide this evening (P Kemp)

Coverack: 1 presumed melanistic Jackdaw, with black nape, in private garden at Trevothen. (D Beadle)

Mabe Burnthouse: 16 Cormorant over SW towards College Reservoir at 20:00. (D Chaney)

Monday 8th June 2020

Late news, 6/6, Roscroggan: Moorhen and 2 young on pool at Roscroggan early morning. (D King)

Late photo, 7/6, Sennen: House Martins collecting mud. (R Augarde)

House Martin, Richard Augarde

Late news, 7/6, Beacon: Singing Whitethroat. (D King)

Late news, 7/6, St Just: Turtle Dove at Bosavern. (D Flumm)

Late news, 7/6, Siblyback Lake: 2cy White-fronted Goose with the Canada Goose flock. (A Dawson)

Lamorna Cove: Honey Buzzard at 13.35 (S. Rogers).

Lizard Village: Hoopoe still at 1230. (D Wright)

St Hilary: 15+ Crossbill including juveniles at Friendship Wood. (DK Parker) 30+ Crossbill at 2 Green Woodpecker (visting nest site). (P Maddern) Also 40+ Crossbill in woods near Tregilliowe Ponds. (B Hibbet)

Crossbill – Dave Parker

Crossbill – Dave Parker

Crossbill – Dave Parker

Crossbill – Dave Parker

Perranarworthal: Osprey over this morning. (S Bearhop)

Mount’s Bay: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 8 Puffin, c2000 Manx Shearwater from Mermaid II. (M Elliott)

Wadebridge: Marsh Tit coming to feeders in a private garden. (S Marquis)

Croft Pascoe: 15+ Crossbills seen, 1 Cuckoo seen and two other heard close by, 4+ Siskins. (T Pinfield)

Goonhilly: juv. Stonechat, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Spotted Flyatcher, 30+ Crossbill, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Siskin, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff. (P Day). Also 1 Cuckoo. (J Hillier)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Whimbrel over, 6 Crossbill in pines by Cheshire Homes. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 16 Sanderling, 4 Oystercatcher and 7 Black-headed Gulls on the beach. (DK Parker)

Lelant: 4 Crossbill flew East. (M Lenney)

United Downs: 4 Crossbill. (F Bell)

Laneast Downs: 2 Red Kites today at 12.30. (A Davey)

Playing Place: leucistic Starling. (T Hall)

Mount Hawke: 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove (calling all day), 94 adult + juvenile mix of Starling on overhead wires, 2 “seeping” Dunnock. (RB & PC Girling)

Lostwithiel: ad and juv Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder. (M Simon)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Michael Simon


Thursday 4th June 2020

Late news, 3/6, Lanreath: Adult Rosy Starling in a private garden. (E Johns)

Sennen: Adult Rosy Starling by the school. (B Hibbert et al)

Rosy Starling, John St Ledger

Near Bodmin: 1 adult Honey Buzzard early pm. (P Roseveare)

Drift Reservoir: c210 Swift, c70 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, 42 Canada Geese incl. 1 hybrid and 5 goslings. (D Flumm)

St Hilary: c25 Crossbills at Friendship Woods. (M Weakes) 65 Crossbill late pm. (M Spicer)

Crossbill, Mike Spicer

Croft Pascoe plantation: 4 Crossbills, 4 Siskins & 4 Swifts. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Goonhilly Downs: 3 Cuckoo, 25 Swift , 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 34 Crossbill (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Ashton: 7 Crossbill 9am and 3 at 12.40pm (G Healey)

Polbathic Creek: 2 Shelduck with 6 ducklings. (A Blonden)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 sum plum Dunlin, 1 (presumed 1s) Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Curlew, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1+ Siskin, Great Tit nest fledged at least 3 young on Monday. (R Veal)

Rinsey Head: 1 Red Kite between Rinsey Head and Praa Sands 09.15-09.45. (L Hodges)

Truro: m and f Bullfinch  in my garden (D Jenkins)

Heneward, Camelford: 1 Red Kite and 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (T Potterton)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 f Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Swallows. (S Grose)

Nine Maidens: 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (S Grose)

Trelow Downs: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

St Dominic: Red Kite 1130 low over sheep fields near public house. (C Imms)

The Rumps: 10 Razorbills and a large group of Guillemots, Great Black-backed Gulls, Comorants and a Fulmar at Moules Island, Polzeath.

Monday 25th May 2020

Late news, 24/5, Carclaze: 1 Honey Buzzard over East. (D Cooper)

Late news 24/5, Bodmin Moor: 4 Redstart (1 pair at Bolatherick Farm and 1 pair in fields between South Penquite Farm & Bradford), 3 prs Wheatear in stone walls between De Lank Waterworks and Garrow Tor. (J St Ledger)

Land’s End: 1 Nightingale singing and showing occasionally in hedgerow at Northern end of Treeve moor until 13:00 at least. (P St Pierre et al) Also 1 Cuckoo. (R Veal)

Bartinney: 1 Cuckoo, male Whinchat, good numbers of Stonechat families, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Pheasant, 2 Willow Warbler. (B Toms)

Red Moor (nearby): 1 Tree Pipit again, also 2 Cuckoo first thing. (P McVey)

Foredown, nr Pensilva: 1 Cuckoo. (D Sharp)

Cuckoo, Deena Sharp

Cuckoo, Deena Sharp

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Little Grebe chicks (broods of 2 and 4) on Longrock Pool. Also 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 12 Sanderling on the beach. (R Veal)

St Martin in Meneage: 4 Swift feeding over garden (S Chandler)

Argal: 7 Great Crested Grebe ( 1 incubating), 2 Mute Swan with 6 cygnets. (D Eva)

College: 4 adult Great Crested Grebe and 2 juveniles, 15 adult Coot and broods of 2 and 1 juvenile, 76 Canada Goose, 2 Sparrowhawk. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 1 Bar tailed Godwit. (J Hicks) Also Oystercatcher pair nesting on asbestos roof from Carnsew track. (S Grose)

Newlyn Downs: 2 Buzzard, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Stonechat, 2 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Song Thrush, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 10 Linnet, 5 Yellowhammer. (L Sampson)

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Late news, 19/5, Carn Galver – Porthmeor: 2 singing Cuckoos, female Merlin. (G Jones)

Porthgwarra: Hooded Crow flew North 07:40. (M Wallace) Also 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 sum plum Great Northern Diver high over, 1+ Wheatear. (R Veal, M Wallace). Also fem Serin flew over coastguard cottages at 08:40, then relocated in tamarisks in the village before flying North again. (M Wallace, R Veal, D Parker)

Nanjizal: 1 Serin (female type) flew towards Trevilley at 10:15am and then back towards Polgigga at 10:50am, 20 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin ( P Roseveare B Bosisto)

Polgigga: 1 Turtle Dove at Raftra Farm then flew toward Porthcurno, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Greenland-type Wheatear, 3 Reed Warbler, 3 Red Deer. (R Veal)

Marazion: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, 12 Sanderling. (R Veal)

Undisclosed site: Great Reed Warbler singing sporadically. (T Phelps, M Doyle et al.)

Great Reed Warbler, Matt Doyle

Lizard: Woodchat Shrike. (R Curtis)

Woodchat Shrike, Matt Doyle

The Knavocks: 1 Cuckoo at SW593429. (G Rogers)

Cuckoo – Geoff Rogers

Week St Mary: Adult Honey Buzzard being mobbed by corvids near Week St Mary gaining height flying North East direction. (N Bastin)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Cuckoo (B Toms)

St Breward: 1 Red Kite (T Polglase)

Gerrans:  7 Linnets, 6 Skylarks, 4 Whitethroats, 2 Cirl Buntings along the SW Coast Path. (P Pearson)

Lower Predannack: 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Blackcap (male), 2 Sedge Warbler, 12+ Whitethroat, 2 Skylark. Also numbers of Stonechat, Linnet and Meadow Pipit.  (J St Ledger)

Turtle Dove, John St Ledger

Bearah Tor: 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Cuckoos, 1 Redstart, m&f Wheatear on moor above quarry, 2 Yellowhammer. (R Hooper)

Par docks: 10 Eider (4 females, 6 males roosting on concrete slipway). Also 2 Kittiwake. (P Davies)

Spit Beach, Par: 6 Eider (all male). (D Cooper)

St. Gothian Nature Reserve: 10+ Swifts, 20+ Sand Martins, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, numerous Canada Geese. (Deena Sharp)

Reed Warbler, Deena Sharp

Sedge Warbler, Deena Sharp

Wheal Martyn Clay trails: 3 Cuckoos flying together, 5 in total. (R Hollis)

Falmouth: 2 Sandwich Terns at Castle beach. (M Burnley)

Monday 18th May 2020

This morning on my way to Carn Euny I took the track at Caer Bran and came across a Stoat with a rabbit kitten. It was running up the track towards me carrying the rabbit but couldn’t really see where it was going as the rabbit covered much of its face. Had I not moved I’m sure it would have tumbled into me but as soon as I went for my camera in my bag, it dropped the rabbit on the track just in front of me and ran off into the vegetation to the right. I knew I wouldn’t have to wait long for it to reclaim its prey so I was ready for it when it reappeared. It then dashed out and collected the rabbit and returned to the vegetation. Photos below show the events unfold.
I’ve had several close encounters with stoats (and weasels) over the years. They are insatiably curious and will often allow close approach if you stay still enough. One of my most memorable encounters was many years ago whilst walking through a forest in Scotland. Suddenly a Stoat in ermine (all-white winter coat with just a black tip to the tail) appeared ahead on the track running towards me. As there was no snow at the time, it really stood out against the dark floor of the forest as you can imagine. I froze like a statue, not even blinking an eye and eventually it came right up to me, sat on my foot and sniffed my leg! (Dave Flumm)

Late news, 16/5, Little Kirland, Bodmin: 1 Hobby (J Macadam)

Late news, 17/5, Perran Sands: 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (S Rowe)

Late photos, 17/5, St Just, Hendra: Tawny Pipit.

Tawny Pipit, Mark Halliday

Tawny Pipit, Linton Proctor

Tawny Pipit, Peter Tongue

Tawny Pipit, Peter Tongue

Rame Head: Honey Buzzard reported flying in off sea and headed west.

Penpol, Truro: 2 Red Kite. (J Chapple)

Whitsand Bay: 4 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 1 Sparrowhawk (with bird prey), 1 Fulmar, 1 Kestrel.

Cremyll: 1 Eider duck (immature), 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant, 18 Canada Geese.

Liskeard: 1 adult Hedgehog in garden. (D Sharp)

Truro: 1m Siskin; 1 m Bullfinch in my garden. (D Jenkins)

Kenwyn: 2 pairs of Linnet bred, one pair fledged 4 young and the other 3 young. Pair of Coal Tit feeding young in hole in wall (D Eva)

Kennack Sands: 6 Sanderling, 4 Ringed Plover; 3 Dunlin. (D Collins)

Charlestown: 1 Song Thrush, 2 juv 2 m 1 f Blackbird, 2 Swallows, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 3 Robins ,1 m 1 f Goldfinch, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 4 House Sparrows, 1 m 1 f Chaffinch, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. (D Hastilow)

Song Thrush, David Hastilow

Leball Wood: Tawny Owl calling at 10.45 am.(!) (A Blonden)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 16 Shelduck and 1 duckling, 1 non-breeding plum Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 8+ Reed Warbler. (R Veal)

Porthcothan: 13 Chiffchaff, 18 Blackcap , 2 Willow Warbler , 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Corn Bunting (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 1 Siskin (B Bosisto)

Rock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Swift. (S Grose)

Crowdy Reservoir: 3 Great Crested Grebe (all adults on the water), 1 Teal, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1m Siskin, 1 Linnet, 1 pr Canada Geese with 7 Goslings, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Skylark. (S Grose)

Davidstow Woods: 1 Cuckoo. (S Grose)

St Kew Golf Course: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 1 Barn Owl towards Ball Roundabout from bypass. (S Grose)

Downderry: 8 Whimbrel on the beach and 6 Great Northern Divers at sea. (A Payne)

St Hilary: Nuthatch feeding young. (R Chiffers)