Monday 17th August 2020

Porthgwarra, 0630-0830: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 133 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Puffin, 3 Guillemot, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Kittikwake, 43 Med Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull. (T McKinney) Also 1 Basking Shark. (C Coombes) 2 Cory’s Shearwater reported past 15:55

Towan Head: 2 Arctic Skua, 4 Sandwich Tern this am. (S Rowe)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Swift. (A Hartley) 4 Wood Sandpiper (3 NW arm, 1 NE arm), 1 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Raven, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk. (G Lawlor) ad Spotted Sandpiper reported again on Eastern edge this evening.

Wood Sandpipers, Dave Flumm

Green Sandpiper, Dave Flumm

Nanjizal Valley: 196 ringed. Melodious Warbler, Wryneck, Pied Flycatcher, Tree pipit, 9 Willow Warbler, 25 Reed Warbler, 120 Sedge Warbler + 2 controls. 21 Whitethroat, 5 Grasshopper Warbler+ control, 2 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff. (K Wilson)

Lizard: 1 Hooded Crow. (N Howard)

Coverack: Male Common Redstart in private garden. (P Tongue)

White Cross, Newquay: 100+ Goldfinch with a few Linnet and Chaffinch, 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Buzzard, 4 Wood Pigeon, 6 Swallow, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock and 2 Blackbird. On the bird feeders- 2 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, 12 Chaffinch and 6 Greenfinch. Also 3 Holly Blue, 3 Red Admiral, 5 Tortoiseshell, 3 Painted Lady, 4 Specked Wood, 2 male Brimstone, 2 Small Copper, 3 Gatekeeper, 5 Green-veined White and 5 Large White. (S & D Thomas)

St Ives: 2 Pied Flycatchers, 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs in a private garden on the outskirts of town. (V Stratton)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Female Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Grebe (3 juv), 1 Sedge warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 7 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 6 Greylag with c250 Canada Geese. (DK Parker) Also 2 Teal, 5 Greenshank, c20 Dunlin, 1 Whimbrel. (R Veal) Also 1 Bald Eagle (escapee from Paradise Park) on Ryan’s Field. (M Spicer)

Bald Eagle, Mike Spicer

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Common Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 5 Snipe, 1 Lapwing, 30 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Swift. (J St Ledger)

Kenidjack: Pied Flycatcher in bushes above old sewage works today. (P Clarke)

Church Cove, Lizard: 4 Pied Flycatcher, 4+ Spotted Flycatcher (M Pass) Another 2 Pied Flycatcher reported by Heritage Centre at Lizard Pt.

Sheviock Pool: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Grey Heron. (C Buckland)

Wood & Common Sandpiper, Chris Buckland

Wood Sandpiper, Chris Buckland

Rame Head: 9 Wheatear. (C Buckland)

Wheatear, Chris Buckland

Kingsmill Lake: 28 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Juv Knot, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 17+ Redshank, 24 Greenshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Whimbrel, 97 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 14 Little Egret & 2 Sandwich Tern (P Kemp)

Gweek: 15 Greenshank at Seal Sanctuary (per T Toohig)

Towan Head: 43 Linnet, 31 Oystercatcher, 15 Turnstone,1 Wheatear, 1 Curlew. (S Grose)

Nansledon/Chapel Farm: 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 3 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: 17 Greenshank, 60 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 2 Kingfisher (P Carter)

St Levan: 4 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Reed Warbler this afternoon. (M Wallace)

Loe Pool: Wood Sandpiper reported again

Cot Valley: Pied Flycatcher reported west of youth hostel.

Seagulls taking Goldfinch: A friend at St Austell witnessed a pair of roof nesting seagulls chasing and catching young goldfinch, he saw one gull twice with a young Goldfinch in its bill. I’ve never seen this behaviour before with passerine, has anyone else witnessed it? (S & D Thomas)

Saturday 20th June 2020

Late news, 19/6, Chapel Carn Brae: Barn Owl at 20.15. (R Chiffers)

Barn Owl – Robin Chiffers

Barn Owl – Robin Chiffers

Lizard: 1 Rosy Starling and Hooded Crow still present. (M Pass, D Eva) Rosy Starling still present with Starling flock in tree at far end of the field with sheep at Tregullas Farm at 18.15. (A Nicholson) Also Pomarine Skua and Balearic Shearwater reported offshore.

Lizard to Housel Bay: 5 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, several Fulmar, 1 Gannet. (A Nicholson)

Porthgwarra (1530-1715): 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Sandwich Tern. (M Wallace)

Mousehole (1800-2000): 1 ad pale Arctic Skua, 100+ 2cy Gannet. (M Elliott) Also 4 Lesser Black backed Gull. (S Grose)

Pendennis Point (1746-1946): 1 Storm Petrel, 105 Manx Shearwater, 215+ Gannet, 7 Kittiwake, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull. (L Langley)

Chykembro: Singing Yellowhammer. (P St Pierre)

Carn Galver: Singing Yellowhammer. (P St Pierre)

Newmill: Singing Garden Warbler. (P St Pierre)

Goss Moor: 10 Crossbill and 3 Siskin over. (P Roseveare)

Windmill Farm: 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 juvenile Cuckoo. Also 1 Red Veined Darter. (D Wright)

Marazion Marsh: 1 m Reed Bunting, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 11 Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 3 Teal. (S Grose)

Truro: 2 Yellowhammer at Penmount crematorium. (S Grose)

Perranporth: 2 Reed Bunting at Nansmellyn Marsh. (S Grose)

Carharrack: 1 Red Kite at 11:00. (D Wheeler)

Kelsey Head: 2 Sand Martin, 2 Stonechat, 3 Woodpigeon, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 3 Swallow, 4 Crow, 6 Gannet, 2 Kestrel, 4 Linnet, 6 Herring Gull, 5 Skylark, 9 Fulmar, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Rook, 1 Dunnock. (J Burges)

Carthew: 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1m, 1f, 2 juvenile), 3 Jay, 9 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Robin, 6 Swallow, 2 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch. (K. Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kevin Bowers

Nuthatch, Kevin Bowers

Jay, Kevin Bowers

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Freathy: Osprey in off the sea this am. (M Jordan)

Towan Head: 30+ Manx Shearwater and 2 Ocean Sunfish this am. (M Lammas, I Boreham)

Penzance: Osprey reported over the police station at 07:31.

Drift Reservoir: Osprey at 10:05, also Turtle Dove on wires. (G Lawlor)

Camel Estuary, Pinkson Creek: 2 Crossbill over this am. (D Julian)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3cy Yellow-legged Gull (size and bill indicative of Iberian origin or a female) from the causeway. (J Hicks)

Lizard: 1 Rosy Starling (lighthouse road), 1 Hooded Crow (between housel and lighthouse). ( M Pass )

Penrose woods, Helston: Treecreeper feeding a fledgling today. (M Patterson-Jones)

Camel Estuary: 3 Dunlin, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Whimbrel (B Bosisto)

Ashton: 12 Crossbill mid morning. (G Healey)

Pencarrow Estate: 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch (L Payne)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Red Kite. (P Fitzgerald)

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)

Thursday 12th March 2020

Portscatho: 1 Black Guillemot (near summer plumage), 5 Slavonian Grebe (1 in near summer plumage – distant), 1 Long-tailed Duck (female), 1 Eider (female), 7 Great Northern Diver. Also 8+ Bottlenose Dolphin (J St Ledger)

Great Northern Diver – John St Ledger

Long-tailed Duck – John St Ledger

Bottlenosed Dolphin- John St Ledger

Pendower: 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver (distant). (J St Ledger).

Seaton: Adult Caspian Gull and a male Mandarin on the pool this afternoon. In the valley a Fieldfare. (A Payne)

Trevose Head: Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting and Hooded Crow all still present this morning. (D Julian)

Sancreed: Whimbrel flew north. (D Flumm)

Loe Pool: 5 Goosander, 4 Shoveler, m Goldeneye, 10 Great Crested Grebe (D Flumm)

Polbathic Lake: 2 Barnacle Geese. (A Blonden)

St Clement: 15 Cattle Egret.

 

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Saturday 7th March 2020

Late news, 05/03, Padstow: 1 Juv Iceland Gull with Gull flock on football pitch. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Dipper from behind Bridge Bike Hire. (S Grose)

Bude Marshes: 10 Black-tailed Godwit,1 Common Sandpiper, 200+ Golden Plover, 36 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 25 Black-headed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 16 Herring Gull, 4 Curlew, and 1 Water Rail. (N Bastin)

Water Rail – Nigel Bastin

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Ad Ring-billed Gull, 2 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 52 Redshank, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 f Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Greylag Goose. (P Nason) Also 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 2 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 15 Cormorant in Carnsew Basin 11.00 – 12.15. (M Webb)

Slavonian Grebe – Martin Webb

Greenshank – Martin Webb

Redshank – Martin Webb

Oystercatcher – Martin Webb

Trevose Head: 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting, c.100 Skylark, c.40 Chaffinch, c.120 Linnet in field on approach to the Lifeboat station. Also Hooded Crow with Corvid flock by Boobys Bay late afternoon. (P Roseveare)

Mousehole: Adult Kumlien’s Gull briefly on St Clement’s Isle at 13:30. (M Elliott) Returned at 15:50 also 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid and 2 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Ahmad)

Kumlien’s Gull (centre bird) – Mashuq Ahmad

Newquay: Adult Glaucous Gull still in the pink elephant field by the Crantock turning. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 1w Iceland Gull reported again.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Scaup, 16 Gadwall, 14 Shoveler, 90 Wigeon, 100 Teal. (D Eva)

Burniere: 1 Whooper Swan. (D Eva)

St Enodoc Golf Course: 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Skylark. (S Grose)

Holywell Bay: 4 vocal Choughs at 15:00. Mike Taylor)

Coverack: Sandwich Tern, 3 Med Gull, Blackcap. (D Flumm)

Lizard Point: Intro to sea watching  08:30-10:30 Manx Shearwaters are well and truly back in Cornish Water with c600/hr also Puffin numbers beginning to build with 9 seen. 1hr counts per hour include  Gannet 204, Fulmar 36, Guillemot 1932, Razorbill 828, Kittiwake 132, Common Gull 2. (T Blunden)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck, 1 Tufted Duck and 4 Great Crested Grebe. (DK Parker)

Long-tailed Duck – Dave Parker

Downderry: Moving west, 06:55-08:30, were 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 75 Gannet, 10 Red-throated Diver, 55 Auks, 1 Shelduck, 3 Common Gull and 151 Kittiwake. 4 Great Northern Diver and another 2 Red-throated Diver on sea. (A Payne)

Falmouth Bay 17.30-18.30:  2+ Pomarine Skuas (immatures), 1 Great Northern Diver, 176 Kittiwakes, 40+ auk. sp, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 10+ Gannets. (T Phelps)

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Wednesday 4th March 2020

Late news, 3/3, Looe: 14 Eiders (including 6 adult males) and a Slavonian Grebe off Hannafore in the afternoon. (A Payne)

Trevose Head: 2 Lapland Bunting in stubble field by car park; also Hooded Crow still, plus (f) Merlin, 25+ Skylark & Stonechat. (D Reeves)

Gannel Estuary:  Injured Glaucous Gull back on the estuary preening on the river, viewed from car park. (M Lammas)

Chapel Amble: 1 Ring-tail Hen Harrier and 1 Water Pipit. (D Julian)

Minnack Theatre: 2 Iceland Gull (2nd cal & 3rd cal)  (K Wilson)

Penzance: f-type Black Redstart still at the bus station; 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Nuthatch at the college. (R Veal)

Penryn: 2 Ring necked Parakeets briefly at Penryn campus at 15:15. (M Broadbent, E Driscoll, G Lucas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull and Spoonbill on main estuary Slavonian Grebe still on Carnsew Pool.

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Padstow: 12 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 15 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 14 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen, 45 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 9 Grey Plover, 5 Lapwing, 3 Knot, 4 Turnstone, 120 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 70
Redshank, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 110 Black-headed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 4 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 4 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 3 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 15 Carrion Crow, 14 Raven, 7 Starling, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Peacock. (M Scawen et al.)

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