Friday 11th October 2019

Mousehole: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel flew West. Also 1 ad Pomarine Skua, 4 Great Skua, 1 ad Arctic Skua. (M Elliott)

Porthgwarra: 1 Red-eyed Vireo still late morning. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at hidden valley (M Wallace) 9 Great Skua, 7 Arctic Skua, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 8 BalearicShearwater and 3 Manx Shearwater between 08:00 and 11:00. (J Hicks) Cove seawatch (10:00-14:30): 4 Grey Phalarope, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 23 Manx Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 14 Great Skua, 45 Kittiwake also 3 Chough, (J MacCallum-Stewart)

St Levan: 1 White Stork presumed release still in clifftop fields

Nanquidno: 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher still opposite new build house.

Scillonian Crossing: 1 Long-tailed Skua flew south over vessel late afternoon. (K Vinicombe)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey flew across the back of Ryan Fields towards St Erth at 11:50 (I Dobson) 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Osprey, 1 Lapwing, 3 Grey Plover, 6 Sandwich Tern, 30+ Bar-tailed Godwit. (R Veal) This evening, 1 Osprey perched on middle post, 10 Turnstone, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Red-breasted Merganser. (J Evans)

Copperhouse: 1 Curlew Sandpiper midday. (M Warren) 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper this evening. (R Veal)

Talskiddy: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler calling late afternoon (P Roseveare)

Swanvale NR: 2 Firecrest mid afternoon ( one singing intermittently). (M Adkins)

Housel Bay: probable Nightingale still but elusive, calling well. (J Witheywood)

Downderry: birds moving west, 0800-0900, included a Great Northern Diver, a Great Skua and 130+ Kittiwakes. (A Payne)


Saturday 8th April 2017

Lanner: 1 Willow Warbler in song, 12 Goldfinch feeding on Dandelions, 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Hampshire)

Lizard Point: 14 Purple Sandpiper Old Lizard Head: 1 Hoopoe (flew in off the sea and landed in field behind old wooden lookout post), 3 House Martin, 20 Swallow. (S Grose)

Argal Reservoir: 11 Great Crested Grebe, Mallard with 12 ducklings. (D Eva)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Common Sandpiper, Mallard with 6 ducklings. (D Eva)

Trevose Head: 1m Lapland Bunting near Lifeboat station. (D Julian)

Harlyn Pools: 2 Sedge Warbler this morning. (D Julian)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Sedge Warbler singing this morning. (A Langdon)

Porthcurnick Beach: 2 Sandwich Tern offshore late morning, 1 Long-tailed Duck still (since 3rd Apr at least). (T Farr)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Avocet remaining from wintering flocks, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Redshank, 1 Snipe (M Beer)

Winnards Perch: 1 Red Kite being mobbed by Carrion Crows. (S Grose)

St Ives: 1ad Night Heron, 1m Garganey on private lake near St Ives. (R James)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 drk Garganey on pool between Hayle river and Ryan’s Field until c9:30am when flushed by runners and flew over A30 + appeared to land. Also 1m Reed Warbler singing here. 1w Yellow-legged Gull and Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal) Fulvous Whistling Duck on the Estuary (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Crowlas: 2 Swallow to north this afternoon and 1m Blackcap singing. (R Veal)

Gannel Estuary: 4 Cattle Egret flying in to roost from Crantock area. (S Grose)

Polgigga: 1w Iceland Gull at Raftra Farm. (R Bosistow, DK Parker, MD Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Whistling Duck sp. circled the marsh early morning before heading northeast. Reed and Sedge Warblers singing plus 9 male Cetti’s Warbler. (B Mellow, DK Parker, P St Pierre)

Clapper marshes: 6 Cattle Egret,1 Little Egret this pm. (A Langdon, D Julian)

Amble Marshes: 1 Wheatear, 2 Water Pipit, female Garganey and Little Ringed Plover this evening. (D Julian)

Sennen Cove: 2 Goose sp in off the sea.

Cot Valley: Woodchat Shrike again in hedge by bulb field just south of valley. (M Pass)

Drift Reservoir: Gadwall, Pink-footed Goose (thanks Mike)

Penzance: 27 Purple Sandpiper (high tide roost), 71 Turnstone. (T Mills)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

St Ives: 3m Ring Ouzel,12 Wheatear,1 Painted Lady. (J Holmes)


Thursday 6th April 2017

Late news, 5/4 Sancreed: 1Merlin. (D. Flumm, P St. Pierre)

St Austell, Tregorrick: Possible White-tailed Eagle over very high. (A Hewitt)

Bude: 2 Stonechat, 2 Cormorant, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Fulmar, 3 Skylark, 3 Meadow Pipit and 151+ Swallow flying over during a half hour period. (H Wilkins)

Rame Head: 2 Stonechat. (R Napp)

Stonechat, Rick Napp.

Penlee Point: 1 Bullfinch. (R Napp)

Bullfinch, Rick Napp

Lanner Green: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 pair Bullfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 3 m. Chaffinch 1 Goldcrest and 1 Common Lizard.  R Hampshire

St. Clement: 5 Cattle Egret. ( D.Eva )

Nanquidno: 5 (m) Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 White Wagtail on ploughed fields with 8 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Canada Geese on pond with 3 (m) Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Common Buzzard. Also 1 Grey Squirrel, 1 black Rabbit, 8 Peacock & 5 Speckled Wood. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Newquay: 2 2cy Red Kite about 1 mile east of airport. Porth Reservoir: 1 Cetti’s Warbler. Polgreen Lakes: 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (A Jowett) Gannel Estuary: 1 Osprey in a tree in the upper reaches near Trevemper. (C Armstrong)

Sancreed: 1 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin (D. Flumm)

Praa Sands: 30+ Sand Martins. (A Woodhams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 (2 1w, 1 2w) Iceland Gull. (M Halliday, B Dallas) Then this afternoon 1 1w Ring-billed Gull and 3 Iceland Gull. Ryan’s Field: 2 imm Spoonbill.

Tregonetha Downs: 7 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Yellowhammer, 4 Stonechat, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Swallow, 1 Song Thrush. 2 Orangetip butterfly. (S Grose)

Crowlas: 1 Peregrine circling then headed E with a Buzzard. (R Veal)

St Gothian LNR:  50+ Sand Martin, 10+ House Martin, few Swallow, 2pr Pied Wagtail, 1 pr. Linnet, 4pr Tufted Duck, 22 Canada Goose, 2 pr Shelduck, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven carrying food mobbed by gulls. 1 Redshank, 1 Curlew. (R Hampshire)

Sibleyback Lake: 1 2cy Iceland Gull, 6 Willow Warbler and 1 pr Teal. (D Cleal)

Iceland Gull, Dave Cleal.

Padstow farm shop/hawkers Cove: 2 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Clapper Marshes: 3 Cattle Egret. (D Julian)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again.

Little Trethewey: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (K Wilson)

Sennen: Great White Egret over at 09:10. (L Proctor)


Wednesday 5th April 2017

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Goldeneye, 5 Gadwall, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 8 Canada Goose, 1 Mallard, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Buzzard. (D. Flumm, M & T Hasdell, R Butts, T Pinfield, K Bowers)

Pink-footed Goose, Dave Flumm

Chiffchaff, Kevin Bowers

Chaffinch, Kevin Bowers.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 5 Mallard, 16 Teal, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 12 Moorhen, 1 imm female Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4+ Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler (heard), Water Rail (heard) and 5 Cetti’s Warbler. Also 1 Otter. (DK Parker) 1 singing Siberian Chiffchaff. (P St Pierre) Then in the evening, 8 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron and 1 Otter. (D Parker)

Marazion: 6+ Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 1 ad Mute Swan with 5 juveniles offshore. (DK Parker, P St Pierre)

Sancreed: Red Kite over Sancreed Beacon 12:50hrs, 3 Little Egret. (D. Flumm)

Bude, Compass Point: 1 f Black Redstart on the cliff area, but very mobile, plus 2 m Stonechat in the nearby shrubs. (H Kendall)

Marazion Bypass: Red Kite overhead drifting N towards Crowlas at 3.50pm. (J Hawkey)

Kynance/Predannack Downs: 1 m. Woodchat still, also 1 f Marsh Harrier. (R Butts, T Pinfield, I Maclean)

Goonhilly, Bray’s Cott and Croft Pascoe Pool: single singing Willow Warblers at each. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Ruff still. (R Butts, T Pinfield)

River Camel, Wadebridge to Padstow: 23 Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 65 Shelduck, 11 Mallard, 15 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 5 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron, 10 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 75 Oystercatcher, 8 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 15 Curlew, 5 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 110 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 7 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Collared Dove, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Magpie, 1 Jay, 10 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 30 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al.).

Porth Joke: 2 Sand Martin, 15 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Cettis’s Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard. (S Rowe)

Lizard Point (seawatch): 1 Great Skua, 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 6 Puffin, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 35 Carrion Crow, 1000+ Manx Shearwater. (I Maclean)

Caerthillean: 1 Common Redstart. (I Maclean)

Windmill Farm: 5 Willow Warbler. (D Wright)

Nanjizal: 1 m Serin. (K Wilson)

Cot Valley: Woodchat by bulb field on south side. (N Wheatley)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove; 4 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ring-billed Gull and 2 Spoonbill.

Portscatho: 1 Black-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Gannel Estuary: at least 1 Cattle Egret still at Penpol Creek.

Crousa Downs: 1 Great White Egret flew over. (J Foster)


Saturday 1st April 2017

Late news, 31/3, Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still present.

Late news, 31/3, Bude: 9 Turnstone. (H Wilkins)

Late photo, 30/3, Manaccan: 1 Hoopoe. (A Williams)

Hoopoe, Alan Williams

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 2 (1w+subad) Spoonbill, 9 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ringed Plover, 5 Grey Plover, 57 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Sandwich Tern on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal, T Wilson) Also 3 Cattle Egret (Ryan’s field), 16 Little Egret, 1st w Mediterranean Gull, 5 Greenshank, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 20 Redshank, 1 Sparrowhawk. (T Wilson) Also near adult Ring-billed Gull early morning still. (P St Pierre)

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret in field on Tregrea Lane this morning.

Pendeen: 1 juv Iceland Gull over B3318 this evening.

Rosehill, Penzance: 2 Green Woodpecker. (R Farnes)

Crowlas: 1 House Martin to NE. (R Veal)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 2w Iceland Gull, 1m Shoveler, 1 Coot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and c60 Sand Martin. (MJ Spicer)


Iceland Gull, Mike Spicer

Rinsey Head:  10 Kittiwake, 4 Fulmar, 20+ Linnet, 3 Shag, 1f Kestrel, 1 Common Dolphin, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat. (J Evans)

Kynance Cove: 1m Woodchat Shrike at 15:00 in bushes north of the Kynance Cove road. (R Wilkins)

Lizard Point: 8 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Puffin, 48 Manx Shearwater. Tregullus Farm, 1f Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Windmill Farm: 1 Merlin, 2 Swallow, & Chiffchaffs. (S Grose)

Coverack: 3 Sandwich Terns (P Bedford) 

Mawgan: 1 Swallow and 2 Siskin (P Bedford)

Stithians Reservoir: 12 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Willow Warbler singing. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 31 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 100 Sand Martin, 2 Blackcap singing. (D Chaney)

Penhale Point: 2 Wheatear, 100+ Linnet. (S Grose)

Colan: 6 Cattle Egret flying south past the church. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 4 Brent Goose, 4 Redshank, 1 Greenshank. (S Rowe)

Towan Head: 5 Purple Sandpiper, 34 Turnstone. (S Rowe)

Porth Joke: 1 Merlin, 15 Chiffchaff, 2 Swallow. (S Rowe)

Whipsiderry: 1 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Walmsley: 8 Water Pipit (summer plumage), 5 Greenshank, 11 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 4 Willow Warbler, 103 Black tailed Godwit, 12 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 63 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 19 Shoveler, 20 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 1 Curlew, 2 Swallow, 3 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 14 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 250 Sand Martin, 170 Golden Plover. (B Bosistow)

Water Pipit, Bob Bosistow


Drift Reservoir: (Members only): Juv Iceland Gull and Pink-footed Goose still. (P St Pierre)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup this morning.


Thursday 30th March 2017

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, 16 Mediterranean Gull inc 12 summer adults, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit from Quay House Inn at 13:00. (S Turner) Ad Ring-billed Gull still, 21 Mediterranean Gull, 2 1w Iceland Gull, 2 1w Common Gull on Lelant Saltings at 15:00. (B Dallas) 2 Spoonbill on Copperhouse Creek this afternoon. (M Grantham)

St Erth: 3 Cattle Egret, 12 Little Egret in field at Tregrea Lane at 07:20. (B Dallas)

Rock: 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Sparrowhawk and 2 male brimstone butterfly feeding on aubrieta plants in private garden. (S Grose)

Brimstone Butterfly – Shaun Grose

Falmouth Bay: 1 Turnstone, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, light westerly Gannet passage, with 3+ Risso’s Dolphins and c10 Common Dolphins distantly from Pendennis Point. (D Chaney)

Manaccan: Hoopoe present again today. (C Urquhart)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still this morning at Boat Cove.

Marazion: Little Gull reported again at Red River mouth. Also on Longrock Pool briefly at mid day and then on the beach off The Station House. (DK Parker, M Pass, L Proctor)

Lamorna: 1 Nuthatch. (R Veal)

Sennen: 6 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin, 1 Snipe. (R Veal)

Nanquidno: fem Black Redstart, 1w Glaucous Gull flew towards Sennen at 12:05 then later on Sennen beach. (I Grindle)

St Ives: 38 Sandwich Tern, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 10 Sand Martin. (Cornwall Birding)


Weekly Roundup 20th – 26th March 2017

Mostly a quiet week, with the return of some old favourites, and springs inexorable progress; a bit more variety but not particularly the numbers yet.

The Bonaparte’s Gull was still to be seen on occasion at Helston Boating Lake (22nd and 24th), with a similar aged bird on the Hayle Estuary on the 26th. The Hudsonian Whimbrel put in a surprise re-appearance on the 24th too, after an absence of several weeks, and still there on the 26th.  It has wandered before – doing a recce, or perhaps spooked further along the coast for some reason?

A Great White Egret seen flying into the pines to roost on the evening of the 25th was seen by those assembled the next morning to fly off north east at 7:20am; no reports since. After the big effort to count Cattle Egrets last weekend, numbers reported were down slightly this week, although still daily. Quite possibly down to observer effort, but with birds such as the 6 on the Gannel Estuary still being there this week. A juvenile and near adult Spoonbill were on the Hayle, with 2 birds seen to fly into Maer Lake on the 21st.

130 Golden Plover at Trevedra Farm near Sennen still on the 23rd, 60 Sanderling along the beach at Marazion, 3 Greenshank and a Whimbrel remained on the Penryn River at Gorrangorras. Green Sandpipers were seen at Chapel Amble and St Erth.

2 Grey Partridge were seen at Winnards Perch on the 24th, with 2 Red-legged Partridge on the Wednesday Camel Trail Walk. Porth Reservoir saw 11 Great Crested Grebe still, with displaying birds to be seen throughout the county at suitable sites.

An immature Glaucous Gull at Portholland beach near Mevagissey had been feeding on a beached dead dolphin for about 2 weeks with another 2nd winter bird at Swanpool on the 24th.  The latter site also hosted an Iceland Gull the following day, with records again scattered throughout the county; up to a dozen birds perhaps? Caspian Gulls were seen at Par on the 20th and 22nd and a Little Gull was seen past Lizard Point on the 21st.

It looks like last weeks Pink-footed Goose may have eventually pitched up at Drift, with a bird there on the 26th, with a European White-fronted Goose seen feeding on a factory roof (!) near Par in the first half of the week; but it did spend more time in the slightly more traditional location of Par Beach Pool itself.

The Lesser Scaup was still at Dozmary Pool. A pair of Mandarin turned up at Marazion Marsh on the 24th. 120 Wigeon and 1 drake Goosander (with an apparently damaged bill) remained at Hayle. 3 Greylag Geese were seen at Stithians on the 22nd, 2 at St Gothian Sands on the 26th, and a Garganey was at Lanreath on the 23rd. The drake Velvet Scoter remained off Marazion.

An early Osprey was seen sat on top of a tree between Bissoe and Cross Lanes on the 20th by a passing motorist, with Red Kite and Merlin at Bartinney on the 25th, more Merlins elsewhere and an early report of a Hobby hunting Sand Martins on the 21st at Sibleyback before being chased off by a Kestrel. This would be one of the earliest ever Hobbys reported in the county, although it should be noted that the first arrival dates of our visiting migrants are getting earlier and earlier. Birdtrack records show a scattering of birds around the country from this date onwards last week. Another 3 Red Kites were seen flying west on the morning of the 26th by egret watchers at Marazion.

Ringtail and male Hen Harriers were seen at  Amalveor, with another ringtail at Men-an-Tol on the 20th, a female Marsh Harrier at Windmill Farm again, and a Short-eared Owl was seen to fly in-off the sea at St Ives on the 25th.

The RSPB Scillonian Pelagic to St Mary’s and back on the 24th saw reasonable numbers of Manx Shearwater (100+), with 2 Great Skua, Puffins and a small numbers of the smaller cetaceans (Common Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises).

Swallows and House Martins continued to be reported from scattered locations, usually in ones and twos only. Sand Martins, as to be expected this early in the season, were more widely reported, with the greatest numbers again from Drift, with 220 on the 24th.

A party of Red-rumped Swallows were reported off the coast at one location – if verified and pinned down at an accessible location they would certainly have been birds of the week. Although multiple birds have occurred in autumn there has yet to be a multiple spring occurrence in the county.

The first Ring Ouzel of the year was at St Ives on Buttermilk Hill on the 25th.

Yellow-browed Warblers remained at Swanpool and Penryn UoE campus until the 25th at least, with new birds heard in Hayle on the 23rd and at St Erth in willows alongside the lake on the 22nd. A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Marazion on the 24th.

The first Willow Warblers of the year were 3 ringed at Nanjizal on the 23rd, with the next the following day at Porthgwarra. Wheatear and Black Redstarts were reported in small numbers; no double figure counts of the former yet. A Stonechat showing features of the continental race was seen at Morvah on the 26th. A Cetti’s Warbler in song and showing well at times at Swanpool, Falmouth was apparently the first in the area since November 2001.

6 Lapland Bunting (including a nice male in summer plumage) were seen at Trevose Head on the 26th, a Corn Bunting was seen at Whipsiderry, St Enodoc Golf Course held 3 Yellowhammer  and the Brambling remained at Crowlas. 2 Redwing were at St Erth.

There were 70 occupied Rook nests at Church Cove on the Lizard and Mute Swans were observed sitting, with the first eggs now laid.

The society received news of Peregrine Falcons at a number of locations, along with other Schedule 1 breeders such as Goshawk and Dartford Warbler, so they are still out there, although specific locations withheld for obvious reasons – please keep the reports coming.

Butterflies seen this week included Speckled Wood and Painted Lady. The big invertebrate news this week is the continuing sprinkling of Vagrant Emperor dragonflies with a couple of records from the Lizard and Windmill Farm in particular on the 25th. A successful reptile walk there on the 26th saw 3 Adders (2m, 1f), along with 5 Slow Worm and 2 Common Lizard.

The first week of April should see numbers and variety of summer migrants increasing; what  else is on the way? It’s set to be windy again this coming week, with south westerlies and rain later.


From around the globe; Siberian Chiffchaff and Hudsonian Whimbrel – Rob Creek