Thursday 3rd June 2021

Late News, 02/06/21, Croft Pascoe: 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Willow Warbler, 3 Goldcrests and male Chaffinch. Cuckoo and Chiffchaff heard but not seen. (S Ford)

St Agnes: 1 Little Swift flew south-west towards St Agnes Beacon with House Martins. (G Lawlor)

Gwennap Sewage Works: Black Stork went east at 5pm. (F Bell)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Ruddy Shelduck. (S Ford) drake Greater Scaup. (D Collins)

Ruddy Shelduck – Steve Ford

drake Greater Scaup – David Collins

Ruddy Shelduck – David Collins

Bude: adult Rose-coloured Starling in private garden. (M Marval M Worden)

adult Rose-coloured Starling – Mark Worden

adult Rose-coloured Starling – Martin Marval

Predannack Wollas to Soapy Cove: adult Rose-coloured Starling on last coastal hedge of Lower Predannack Wollas Farm before Lower Predannack Downs ,4 Bullfinch (2prs), 1f Greenfinch, 6prs Stonechats (2prs with fledglings), 2 Common Swift,1 Kestrel,1 Chiffchaff (heard), 1 Willow Warbler (heard),1 Kestrel, 1 Cream Spot Tiger Moth,Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Small Heath & Wall butterflies. (JH & K Dalziel)

Cream Spot Tiger Moth – Kate Dalziel

Rose-coloured Starling – Kate Dalziel

Hartland Junction; just before Clovelly Cross: 1 Hooded Crow. (M Worden)

Hooded Crow – Mark Worden

Housel Bay: Rose-coloured Starling. (L Langley)

Mount area: Pair of Green Woodpeckers, Tree creeper, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Buzzard.(J.Goodair)

Treecreeper – Jasmina Goodair

female Green Woodpecker – Jasmina Goodair

male Green Woodpecker – Jasmina Goodair

Bastreet, Bodmin Moor: 3 Cuckoo. (P Crispin)

Minions, Withybrook Marsh, Tregarrick Tor: 1 Cormorant,3 Buzzards,2 Herring Gulls, 1 Woodpigeon, 7 Cuckoos, 2 Swifts, 2 Swallows,3 Skylarks, 2 Tree Pipits,2 Meadow Pipits, 1 Pied Wagtail, 3 Wrens, 2 Dunnock, 2 Robins, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Blackbirds, 1 Redstart, 6 Wheatears, 2 Stonechats, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Magpie, Crows, 1 Raven, Goldfinches, 5 Chaffinchs, 2 Linnets, 1 Reed Bunting, 3 Yellowhammers. ( A. Parker et al )

Temple: 1 Cuckoo (heard not seen), 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Moorhen, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Raven (1 ad, 2 juv), 1 vocal Songthrush, 1 vocal Chaffinch. (RB & PC Girling)

Bude: 11 Swift over Bude Rugby Pitch at 8:30pm. (R Maye)

Stithians Lake: 3 Buzzard, 1 Red Kite. (J Griffin)



Thursday 27th May

Late news 24/05 St Ives: Small skua sp. showing some features of Long-tailed Skua, (G Jones)

Skua sp. Gareth Jones

Skua sp. Gareth Jones

Late news 26/5 Praa Sands: 1 Barn Owl, several Serotine Bat over the garden this evening (J Evans)

Downderry: moving west, 0610-0815: 3 Great Northern Divers (2 on sea too), 31 Gannets, 17 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Fulmar , 17 Kittiwakes and 8 auks. A Whimbrel also present. (A Payne)

Kenwyn: Coal Tit feeding 3 young in hole in yew stump, Great Tit feeding 1 young in hole in hedge, Robin feeding 4 young at nest, pair of Goldcrest nestbuilding ( D Eva )

Southerly Point: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Sandwich Tern. (G Adams)

St Austell: Swift colony around Springfield Close area in last few days, (M Bowers)

Towan Beach to St Anthony Head:  8 Common Whitethroat, 1m & 1 f Kestrel, 1 Fulmar, 2 Gannets, Skylarks, Linnets, Stonechats. 1 Cream-spot Tiger moth. (P. Pearson)

Hensbarrow Downs: 4 Cuckoo, many Meadow Pipits, Stonechats and Skylarks, (R Hollis)

Mylor Bridge: 1 Red Kite over 6pm (M Ravine)

Nanjizal: Purple Heron early am only. (K Wilson)

Carharrack:  1 cuckoo calling 5pm Sparry Lane, (W Chegwidden)

West Pentire, Newquay: 1 Hobby, 6 Swift, 12 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow. (S Rowe)

Castallack: Short-eared Owl, in field this afternoon, (R Fox)

Newlyn: American Herring Gull, 1st winter at South Pier (Birdguides)

Restonguet Creek: Osprey, flew towards the beach (Birdguides)

St Just: Hooded Crow, Bosorne Street. (D Flumm)

Hooded Crow, Dave Flumm

Hooded Crow, Dave Flumm

Temple: Cuckoo, Robin, Wheatear, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, (S Netherton)

Cuckoo, Sue Netherton

Wednesday 26th May 2021

St Just: Hooded Crow again on Victoria Row. (D Munday)

Trevorian Pool: male Scaup still, 2 Gadwall. (P Walsh)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: Whimbrel. (P Fraser)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Great Crested Grebe. (P St Pierre)

Marazion Beach: 125 Sanderling at 08:30, with 1 Whimbrel, 60 Sanderling 60 at 19:30. (P Fraser)

Mount’s Bay: 5 Black-throated Diver, 12 Great Northern Diver. (P Fraser)

Knavacks/Mutton Cove/Godrevy: 1 Kestrel, 5 nesting Shags (3 nests) with 4 chicks visible, many adult and juvenile Stonechats, many Swallows, 5 Linnets, 3 Skylarks, 2 Rock Pipit, 20+ Fulmar (C Taylor)

Ryan’s Field: 2 Swallows, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret, 2 Shelduck, 1 Wren, 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Goldfinch. (C Taylor)

Hayle Estuary (opposite Ryan’s Field): 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel (C Taylor)

Carnsew Pool: 3 Cormorant, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher (C Taylor)

Kynance: female Northern Wheatear, Rock Pipit in display flight. (M Greenhalgh)

Hannafore, West Looe: 6 Common Scoter, 2 Sanderling, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Cormorant, 10+ House Martin (collecting mud for nesting). (D Sharp)

House Martin, Deena Sharp

Downderry: moving west, 0605-0755:  1 Shelduck, 10 Common Scoters, 6 Great Northern Divers, 16 Fulmar, 3 Manx Shearwaters, 15 Kittiwakes, 4 Sandwich Terns and 60 auks. (A Payne)

Rosemullion Head: 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Guillemot on sea 10:30. (J Reilly)

Ruan: Spotted Flycatcher. (S Martinez)

Nanjizal: Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 6+ Siskin. (K Wilson, R Veal)

Predannack: 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, flock of Linnets, 1 Fulmar, 1 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, 3 Wall butterflies, 3 Common Blue, 2 Small Coppers. (P. Pearson)

Rumps and Pentire: 4 Fulmar, 1 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Oystercatcher, 45 Herring gull, 6 Great black-backed gull, 2 Lesser black-backed gull, 2 Puffin, 100+ Guillemot, 20+ Razorbill, 4 Wood pigeon, 12 Skylark, 30+ Swallow, 3 House martin, 6 Rock pipit, 2 Meadow pipit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 2 Wheatear, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Magpie, 4 Jackdaw, 25 Rook, 7 Carrion crow, 5 House sparrow, 2 Goldfinch, 8 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Grey seal, 2 Large white, 2 Orange tip, 3 Common blue, 1 Peacock, 4 Wall, 1 Small heath (M Scawen et al)

Nare Head: 1 Hobby, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1 Yellowhammer. (L Sampson)

Saturday 22nd May 2021

Rame Head: Alpine Swift flew between Rame Head and Penlee point at circa 1:30pm today. (D Scott)

Foxhole: drake Ring-necked Duck, 5 Tufted Duck. (L Bosisto)

St Just: Hooded Crow with deformed beak on wire along Cape Cornwall Road. (N Wheatley)

Pendeen: 1 Turtle Dove. (Birdguides)

Heligan: 1 Hobby. (P Roseveare)

Porthgwarra: 10 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 20 Sandwich Tern (all west, 0830-1000. (N R Rogers)

Stithians: Breeding birds have taken a real bashing from the wet and cold weather. Early brood sizes have been very low due to chick starvation. For example: Magpies fledged 4 chicks from 8 eggs, Great Tit fledged 3 chicks from 9 eggs, Great Tit fledged 2 chicks from 8 eggs, 4 pairs of Linnet fledged 6 chicks ( broods of 2 and 4, 2 nests predated ). Hopefully later nests will be more successful and the weather warms up soon. ( D Eva )

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Cuckoo, 1 Kestrel, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Willow Tit, 7 Swift, 10 Great Crested Grebe. Also 1 Bank Vole and 2 doe Red Deer. (J St Ledger)

Hayle Harbour: 1 pair Oystercatcher, 12 Turnstone, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin. (S Grose)

RSPB Hayle Estuary, Ryans Field: 4 Oystercatcher, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

St Gothian Sands LNR :1 pair Gadwall, 4 Shelduck, 9 Tufted Duck, 8 Little Grebe +1 juv, 5 Coot +1 Juv, 50+ Swift, 60+Sand Martin, 1 Common Gull, 1 Magpie nest with 2 nr fledglings, 5 Linnet, Cob Mute Swan still incubating eggs then leaving nest to attack any bird in range. S Grose)

Gwithian Green LNR: 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcap 2 Whitethroat. (S Grose)

Hells Mouth: 81 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 7 Linnet, 1m Peregrine over. (S Grose)

Tehidy Woods: 13 Mute Swan (Inc 1 nesting pr). (S Grose)

Portreath: 138+ Kittiwake at Western Cove. (S Grose)

Newquay, Trevoll: 2 Spotted Flycatcher from a private garden. (S Grose)

Trelissick Woodland Walk: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Marsh Tits, 1 Firecrest ( P. Pearson)

Davidstow Airfield: 1 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover. (B Craven)

Crowdy Reservoir: Cuckoo, 5+ Great-crested Grebes, Jay, Mistle Thrush, Great Spotted Woodpecker.
(B Craven)

Dozemary Pool: Cuckoo, 2 Swift, numerous Swallow and House Martins over the lake. (S Sanderson)

Golitha Falls: male Cuckoo. (S Sanderson)

Porthmellin Head: 1 Gannet. (Rich Hunt)

St Anthony’s Head: 1 Red Kite. (Rich Hunt)


Monday 17th May 2021

St Just: Hooded Crow still visiting private garden on Victoria Row. (D Munday)

Drift Reservoir: 35 Canada Geese, 15 Swift, 40 Swallow, 4 House Martin, Sand Martin, 2 Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher. No sign of Great Crested Grebes at the nest so either eggs have hatched or they’ve deserted. (D Flumm)

Trencrom: 1m Greenland-type Wheatear, 11 Raven, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Whitethroat singing. (R Veal)

Navax Point: 35 Common Guillemot and 4 Razorbill in a raft off the point. (J Reilly)

Pendarves Woods: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 singing Male Firecrest, 2 Long-Eared Bat species (J Evans)

Croft Pascoe: 10+ Siskin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher (f), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker,1 Willow Warbler, 1 Cuckoo calling (J Evans)

Windmill Farm: 3 Cuckoo calling, 2 Whitethroat singing next to information center (J Evans)

Bass Point: 1 Gannet and a Jackdow collect grubs from a field. (M Bennett)

Stithians Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cuckoo, 1 pair Blackcap, numbers of Whitethroat, Sedge Warblers, Willow Warbler and Linnet. Also 1 stag Roe Deer. (J St Ledger)

Cuckoo – John St Ledger

Callestick: m Mandarin on private pond. (T Wilson)

Mandarin – Tony Wilson

Mount Hawke, Truro: Cuckoo at Tywarnhale Mine high above the Mount Hawke to Porthtowan Road. (S Hill)

Par Duck Pond: Female Mute Swan with 7 cygnets. (R. Barlow)

Mute Swan and Cygnets – Roy Barlow

Respryn: 2 Dipper (adult and juvenile) (B Toms)

Towan Head, Newquay: 100+ per minute Manx Shearwater, along with lots of auks, Gannets and Kittiwakes. Also, 20 Whimbrel. (M Lammas)

Kingsmill Lake: 4 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 9 Shelduck & 1 Juv Grey Heron (P Kemp)


Sunday 16th May 2021

Victoria Row, St Just: 1 Hooded Crow in a private garden. (D Munday)

Porthpean: 1 Serin singing briefly then mobile. 13 Great Northern Diver, 2 Whimbrel. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Foxhole: drake Ring-necked Duck still. (B & L Bosisto)

West Penwith: White Downs: 1 Cuckoo flew from Watchcroft to cow pasture (J Evans)

Porthgwarra: 11 Great Northern Diver, 1 Puffin, 14 Kittiwake, 36 Fulmar (all west, 0810-1010)(N R Rogers)

Great Northern Diver – Nigel Rogers

Pendeen: 1 Puffin and 2 Sanderling. (P Combridge)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Little Egret, 10 Mallard, 23 Shelduck incl pair with 7 ducklings, until one was taken by a Carrion Crow which killed and ate it, 6 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover. Also, 36 Sanderling at  Porth Kidney Beach. (D Flumm) In addition at Ryan’s Field, 4 Shelduck, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 17 Canada Goose, 8 Swift, 2 Buzzard, 12 Swallow, 1 House martin, 6 Reed Warbler, 1 Peregrine, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Goldfinch. (I Grant & F Were)

Falmouth, Swanpool: 1 pr Mute Swan with 8 Cygnets, 2 Little Grebe, 15 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 m Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also from the beach, 21 Fulmar on cliff to the South. (S Grose)

Mute Swan Cygnet – Shaun Grose

Swanvale: 1 f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Falmouth Marina: 23 Mute Swan. (S Grose)

St Clements: 25 Mute Swan, 19 Shelduck, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

St Austell Bay: 10 Eider, 45 Oystercatcher. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Penwithick: 2 Bullfinch, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Woodpigeon, 5 Siskin, 6 Chaffinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Goldfinch, 2 Blue Tit, 10 House Sparrow, 1 Robin, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Dunnock In a private garden. (K Bowers)

Bullfinch – Kevin Bowers

Dinham Flats, Camel Estuary: 1sp Grey Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 1st summer Mediterranean Gull. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Davidstow Airfield: 8 Dunlin, 11 Ringed Plover, 7 Wheatear. (B Bosisto, Proseveare)

Bude: 1m Sparrowhawk hunting in private gardens. (R Maye)


Saturday 15th May 2021

We would like to inform our membership that unfortunately local birder Colin Selway passed away on Wednesday. Colin was a very knowledgeable and passionate birder who spent countless hours on our Walmsley Santuary reserve which formed part of his local patch. He also gave his time to the Society in many ways including serving on our Committee for several years and volunteering on work parties. Further information regarding his funeral and means of passing on any condolences will be posted in the near future.

Late news, 14/05/21, St Johns Lake: 7 Whimbrel,1 Bar-tailed Godwit, non-breeding plum and 17 Swift.(M Jordan)

Newlyn: American Herring Gull still. (L Sampson)

Foxhole: drake Ring-necked Duck, 2 Tufted Duck, female Mallard with 8 Ducklings from 2 separate broods. (L Bosisto)

Kenidjack: Woodchat Shrike still. (L Langley et al)

St Just: Hooded Crow on chimney at Princes Street. (Birdguides)

St Issey: drake Scaup on pond near Trevear Farm. (R Humphreys)

Hayle: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Whimbrel, 9 Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover, 23 Ringed Plover, 34 Dunlin, 8 Turnstone (1 in summer plumage). (J St Ledger)

Turnstone – John St Ledger

Lostwithiel, Restormal Manor: 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Kingfisher (carrying fish), 6 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 40+ House Martin, 11 Swift, 4 Buzzard, 1 Siskin, 5 Raven, 2 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Trevolly: 2 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Par Beach /Pool: 6 Whimbrel, 2 Rock Pipit, 11 Greenfinch, 15 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 m Bullfinch, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 11 Eider (8m +3f on outer Docks wall). (S Grose)

Eider flock – Shaun Grose

Treziase: 2 Cuckoo, 3 Stonechat. (S Grose)

Blackacre: 2 Marsh Tit, 3 Linnet, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Devoran: 3 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher at 8:30am. (P Kemp)

Constantine: 2 Mistle Thrush at the sewage treatment works. (M Williams)

Sheviock Pond: 3 Sedge Warbler singing, 2 Little Grebe, 20 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 1 Swift. (M Jordan)

Millbrook Lake: c60 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 9 Swift. (M Jordan)

Tregew and Roundwood NT: 1 singing Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Swift, 3 House Martin. (G Adams, N Stevenson, D Carrier)

Newquay: leucistic Starling on the bowling green. (C Stephenson)

Rialton Barton: 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: female Sparrowhawk with Red-legged Partridge kill in private garden. (S. Marquis)