Thursday 7th March 2019

Late news, 6/3, Dozmary Pool: Female Scaup again. (P St Pierre)

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler and Firecrest again. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis again this evening. (S Rogers) Earlier 1 pr Shoveler, 7 Teal, 4 Mute Swan, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti’s Warbler heard and 1 Common Lizard. (T Mills)

Mousehole: Adult Kumlien’s Gull on St Clements Isle roost. (M Elliott)

Looe, Hannafore: Siberian Chiffchaff still present (P. Sharp)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Cattle Egret, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 107 Canada Geese, 1w Yellow-legged Gull. (D Flumm)

Nanquidno: juv Iceland Gull in ploughed field by Land’s End Airfield. (C Moore) Still following the plough at 14:25. (J Bennett)

Clodgy Point: 1 Wheatear and 1 Grear Northern Diver offshore. (D Flumm)

Land’s End: 1 Wheatear. (K Wilson)

Falmouth: Black-throated Diver off Pendennis Point.

Coverack: Humpback Whale again at c13:45. (per J Foster)

St Ives: Humpback Whale off The Island. Also 3 Great Skua in the bay this morning.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill, reported from both Carnsew Basin (S Douglas) and Ryan’s Field (D Chadwick) Also 1 Greenshank. (S Douglas)

Cape Cornwall: 12 Chough & 2 Raven at 11:30. (J Bennett)

Cot Valley: 4 Chough at 12:40. (J Bennett)

Penzance: 1 male Black Redstart at Jubilee Pool, also 6 Purple Sandpiper & 20 Sanderling at 13:50. (J Bennett)

Camel Trail Wadebridge to Tregunna: 3 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Redshank, 8 Oystercatcher, 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 11 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 8 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, 5 Dunnock, 3 Blackbird. (M Webb)

Curlew, Martin Webb

Little Egret, Martin Webb

Oystercatcher, Martin Webb

Redshank, Martin Webb

Truro: Black Redstart in a private garden. (M Costa)

Truro: Raven calling on Moresk Viaduct over River Allen. (K & J Mortimore)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Saltash, Forder Creek: 1 Spotted Redshank, 25 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 12  Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Bullfinch, m/f, Song Thrush, Redwing, Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel. (k.baum)


Tuesday 5th March 2019

Chapel Amble: 1 Temminck’s Stint still, also 2 Water Pipit. (B Mellow)

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull. (M Elliot)

St Minver: 32 Cattle Egret in fields at Trevanger Farm pm. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 70 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Camel Estuary: 1 Spoonbill, 1 Spotted Redshank and 4 Whooper Swan. (B Mellow)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 Sand Martin, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 pr Pintail, 3 Ruff and 3 Hare. (B Mellow)

Padstow: 120 Black-headed Gull, 1 1w Mediterranean Gull, 22 Common Gull, 1 1w Little Gull. ( B Bosisto )

Trellisick woodland walk: 1 x Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron. (N de Freitas)

Mevagissey Harbour: 5 Ruddy Turnstone, 1 Great Black-backed Gull. (N de Freitas)

Skewjack: 1 m Hen Harrier over at 1045hrs. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Spoonbill still, plus 1 Unarmed Stick Insect. (M Ahmad)

Unarmed Stick Insect, Mashuq Ahmad

Penzance, private garden: Mixed Bath-time. (NR Phillips)

Bathtime, Roy Phillips



Monday 4th March 2019

Walmsley Sanctuary: We have an educational access group visiting the tower hide on Friday 8th March from 10:00 till 12:30. All hides will still be open but it may not quite be the peace and quiet you expect!

Late News, 28/02,St Columb Major: a probable Yellow-browed Warbler in private garden at Trekenning end of St Columb Major between Penmellyn Vets and roundabout. Supercilium easy to see, wing bars visible, indistinct crown stripe. Hovered frequently but no bright yellow rump, excluding Pallas’s Warbler.
2 Goldcrest nearby. (P Spong)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, plus c90 Redshank, c60 Dunlin, 20 Black Tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew this afternoon on rising tide. (A Nicholson)

Hayle Estuary RSPB:  1 ad Ring-billed Gull 1 2w Caspian Gull. (M Ahmad) Plus 8 Ringed Plover in the river and 4 Grey Plover in Carnsew Pool, also with a colour-ringed Curlew, (one yellow LW ring and one red ring). Also 1 Spoonbill, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 2 Mediterranean Gull. (J St Ledger & D Cains) Ryan’s Field: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Redshank, 2 Shelduck, 18 Teal, 40+ Wigeon. (M Webb, N de Freitas)

Ring-billed Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Curlew, John St Ledger

Curlew, David Cains

Spoonbill, Jen Witheywood

Shelduck, Jen Witheywood

Mousehole, St Clement’s Isle: 1 ad Kumlien’s Gull. (P Clement) Also 3 (2ad+3CY) Yellow-legged Gull, 2CY Mediterranean Gull and a drake Eider. (T Phelps) Mousehole: 8 Turnstone, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Rock Pipit. (M Webb)

Turnstone, Martin Webb

Turnstone, Martin Webb

Par Beach Pool: 2 presumably hybrid Ring-necked × Tufted Duck (drake has hint of a crest and female’s head pattern incorrect for pure-bred RND). (J Rance, D Hastilow)

Male Hybrid Ring-necked/Tufted Duck, DavidHastilow

Female Hybrid Ring-necked/Tufted Duck, DavidHastilow

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret, 65 Canada Geese, 20 Redwing. (D Flumm)

St Clement: 5 Cattle Egret. (M Jones)

Wadebridge, Camel Estuary: 16 Cattle Egret opposite Sewage Treatment Works. (S Grose)

Truro, Idless: 1 probable Lesser Redpoll (m) arrived on feeders yesterday morning and returned today. (J Kennett)

Porth Ledden: 1 juv Iceland Gull again. (N Wheatley)

Marazion Beach: 7 Common Scoter, 45+ Sanderling. (J St Ledger)

Porth Reservoir: 1 m Goosander, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Wigeon, 14 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven, 1 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)

Porthpean: 11 Great Northern Diver, 14 Black-throated Diver, 2 drake Common Scoter. ( B Bosisto)

Newquay: c5000+ Starling above the zoo, 1 Peregrine Falcon hunting them. (S Grose)

Penzance: ad m Black Redstart adjacent Jubilee Pool also 2 Turnstone, 9 Cormorant, 1 Shag. (M Webb) ; Also f-type Black Redstart at Victoria Square. (R Farnes)

Black Redstart, Martin Webb

Black Redstart, Martin Webb

St Ives: 9 Great Skua in the bay.

Looe: 3 Slavonian Grebe off West Looe and 10+ Great Northern Diver. Hannafore:  2 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 6 Rock Pipit, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 8-10 Great Northern Diver, the pair of Eider and on Looe Island beach at 12:30 the 1w Glaucous Gull (M Beer, C Buckland).

Porthgwarra: 3 Black-throated Diver offshore.

Lizard Point: 6 Manx Shearwater past.

Lostwithiel, private garden: Female Blackcap on suet feeders, presumed the bird that has regularly visited over the winter. (E Mayhew)

Pendeen Lighthouse (13.45 – 16. 15): 15 Manx Shearwater, 3 Great Skua all going W; 1 Minke Whale fairly close offshore. (P Clement)



Sunday 3rd March 2019

Par Beach Pool: 2 probable Ring-necked Duck, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Snipe. (S Grose) (These 2 birds (photograph on cbwps twitter feed) and birds seen the following day appear to be Aythya hybrids, presumably RND x Tufted Duck – Eds)

Marazion Marsh: Glossy Ibis feeding, as seen from road at 17:20. (J Bennett)

St Clement: 24 Cattle Egret roosting in trees just down river from the village. (M Jones)

Sancreed: 3 Cattle Egret, 70 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Lizard Point (08:00-11:20): 1 Sooty Shearwater, 271 Manx Shearwater, 3 Black-throated Diver, 20 Puffin. (I Maclean et al)

Pendeen Lighthouse 13:50-16:00: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 220+ Fulmar, all going W. Also 1 1st w Iceland Gull W in the morning. (P Clement)

Mousehole: Glaucous Gull in the harbour at 16:40. (P Smale) Adult Kumlien’s Gull and juv Glaucous Gull at roost. (M Ahmad)

Kumlien’s Gull and Glaucous Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Yellow-legged Gull, ad Spoonbill, 14 Common Gull. (R Veal) 2 ‘continental’ Cormorant. (M Ahmad)

‘Continental’ Cormorant – Mashuq Ahmad

Gunwalloe Church Cove: 1 Sand Martin. (S Chandler)

Penzance: Black Redstart on private lawn this afternoon, been around most of the winter. Also, Robins began nest building on Feb 13th. (R Phillips)

Black Redstart – Roy Phillips

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Merlin, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Penwithick: 8 Goldfinch, 12 Chaffinch, 15 House Sparrow, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Blue Tit, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Tit, 1 Robin. (K Bowers)

Reed Bunting and Great Spotted Woodpecker – Kevin Bowers

Newquay: 5000+ Starling. (S Grose) Pentire Headland: 1 Peregrine at 13:00. South Fistral: 24 Oystercatcher at 16:00. (N de Freitas)

Carrick Roads: 7 Red-breasted Merganser (4 male, 3 female), with 3 Great Crested Grebe. Also many Gannet fishing in the area. Viewed from Restronguet Weir. (J St Ledger)

Penlee House, Penzance: Tawny Owl heard at 18:30. (D Chadwick)


Sunday 17th February 2019

Late news, 29/1, Helston: A pair of Glossy Ibis at Penrose amenity site. (M Hoggett)

Glossy Ibis – Mike Hoggett

Late news, 16/2, Gluvian: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Cormorant, 110 Fieldfare, 30 Yellowhammer. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Late news, 16/2, Mousehole: Adult Kumlien’s Gull at the St Clement’s Isle roost, also 2 1w Yellow-legged Gull and 2 ad argentatus Herring Gull. (M Elliott)

Mousehole: Adult Kumlien’s Gull still present on St Clement’s Isle to 12:00 at least, also adult argentatus Herring Gull plus Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver. (M Elliott)

Chapel Amble: 1 Temminck’s Stint, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, Teal. (M Frost)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 adult Ring-billed Gull, 7 adult Yellow-legged Gull and a 2nd winter. 14 Grey Plover, 4 Greenshank and the adult Spoonbill. (P Roseveare) 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Halliday)

Yellow-legged Gull – Mark Halliday

Mediterranean Gull – Mark Halliday

Hannafore: Siberian Chiffchaff still, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 long-staying drake Eider + 1 female Eider. (M Frost)

Trewornan Bridge: 5 Cattle Egret in field with sheep. Huge flock of Golden Plover over estuary. (M Frost)

Drift Reservoir: 4 Cattle Egret, 107 Canada Geese and 3 Med Gull. (D Flumm)

Wadebridge: 53+ Cattle Egret off Bradford’s Quay. (D Julian)

Helston: Yellow-browed Warbler in wood west of River Cober and south of the boating lake. (M Ahmad) Another reported at the sewage works.

Lelant: 1 Swallow over the golf course at 11:30. (S Turner)

Poltesco: 2 House Martin, 6 Rock Pipit. (F Trewin)

Rock Pipit – Freddy Trewin

Bosworgy, Relubbus: 1 Swallow. (D Beadle)

Camel Estuary: Adult Yellow-legged Gull off Tregunna. 2 Spoonbill & 4 ad Whooper Swan at Burniere Point. (D Julian)

Newlyn: 4 Eider, 1 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Raven. (S Grose)

Longrock Pool: 3 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted Duck. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach: 12 Common Gull. (S Grose)

St Dennis: Firecrest at the cemetery feeding with a small group of Long-tailed Tit. (P Ash)

Higher Bosistow: Crimson Speckled moth (image on CBWPS twitter feed). (M Wallace). (Possibly first UK winter/early spring record of this rare vagrant c100 records total)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 75 Canada Goose, 6 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Goosander (inc 5 males), 28 Mallard, 17 Teal, 13 Tufted Duck, 2 Pochard, 1 Shoveler, 2 Goldeneye, 140 Lapwing, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 23 Carrion Crow, 12 Jackdaw, 6 Magpie, 53 Starling, 3 Blackbird, 36 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 1 Stock Dove, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 2 Chaffinch and 5 batches of Frogspawn. (D Conway)

Hayle Kimbro: 1 female Marsh Harrier, 1 Painted Lady. (D Eva)

College Reservoir CBWPS walk: 4 Canada Goose, 3 Mute Swan, 6+ Shoveler, Wigeon, Mallard, 4 Teal, 1m Pochard, Tufted Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Buzzard, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 4 Chiffchaff (2 singing), Goldcrest, Wren, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, Blackbird, Robin, 10+ Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch. Full report can be found in the Walks and Events section Here. (D Chaney, B Cross)

Porth Reservoir: 1m Goosander, 35 Mallard, 10 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Great Crested Grebe. (S Rowe) 1 Tawny Owl heard, and several Great Crested Grebe heard. (S Grose)

Lanner: 300+ Jackdaw in pre-roost gathering at 18:00. (S Turner)

Golitha Falls: 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Nuthatch, 5 Blue Tit. (C Hooper)

Grey Wagtail and Nuthatch – C Hooper

Penwithick: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Robin, 6 Chaffinch, 11 House Sparrow, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Long Tailed Tit. (K Bowers)

Reed Bunting and Long-tailed Tit – Kevin Bowers

Penhale Point: 1 Merlin. (S Grose)

Porth Beach: 2 Mediterranean Gull below Glengorgal Hotel. (S Grose)

Bartinney: 1 male Hen Harrier. (C Moore)

Lanyon Quoit: 1 Barn Owl. (DK Parker)

Pentire Headland, Newquay: 5 Red-throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater. (D Trevelyan)

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives: c5 Black Throated Diver and 2 Great Skua. Also 1 Vagrant Emperor dragonfly on the beach. (L Stoppard)

Porth, Roseland: 70+ Mediterranean Gull at high tide feeding in wash of shore waves at north end of Towan Beach. (D Hall)


Thursday 14th February 2019

Just for Valentine’s Day. (John Chapple)

Late news, 13/2, Drift Reservoir: Black-necked Grebe and 4 Cattle Egrets visible from the car park. (J Swann)

Late news, 13/2, Loe Pool: Adult Kumlien’s Gull. (P Semmens)

Helston: Glossy Ibis on west side of Loe Pool at Penrose NT. (T Phelps) Helston Boating lake: Ring-billed Gull 1st winter. (S Bury)

Wadebridge: At least 55 Cattle Egret off Bradford’s Quay this morning. (S Grose, D Julian)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Adult Kumlien’s Gull briefly at 11:20 before flying off towards Mount’s Bay. (M Ahmad)

Kumlien’s Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Kumlien’s Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Kumlien’s Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint in flooded field behind Maltsters pub.

Coverack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Pallas’s Warbler, Goldcrest, on sea 4 f Eider ducks and large numbers of Razorbills. (C Buckland)

Goonhilly Down: Male Hen Harrier. (C Buckland)

Nanquidno: 1w Iceland Gull at top of valley, presumably the Cot bird? (C Moore)

Land’s End: Black Redstart still in Land,s End car park. (J Miller)

Penzance: Chiffchaff singing this morning. (R Veal) Jubilee Pool: 60+ Sanderling, 15 Turnstone, 6 Dunlin, 18 Purple Sandpiper. (M Webb)

Sanderling – Martin Webb

Sanderling – Martin Webb

Marazion Marsh: 1 Bittern. (D Chadwick) 14 Canada Geese, 5 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, 2 (m & f) Mallard, 2 Mute Swan, 2f Stonechat. (M Webb)

Grey Heron – Martin Webb

Stonechat – Martin Webb

United Downs Recycling Facility: 1 Raven cronking overhead at 11:30. (RB Girling)

Camel Trail  (Guineaport Road, Wadebridge towards Bodmin): 1 Red legged Partridge, 1 Common Sandpiper, Teal, Grey Wagtail, Wigeon, Little Egret, Redshank. (C&J Duffy)

Camel Trail (Wadebridge towards Tregunna): Dunlin, Black tailed Godwit, Golden Plover, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Shelduck, Cormorant, Little Egret, Oystercatchers, Mute Swans. (C&J Duffy)

Carnewas / Bedruthan Steps:1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

St Eval: 1 Barn Owl at Merlin Golf club. (S Grose)


Tuesday 20th November 2018

Rock: 5 Cattle Egret at Porthilly Farm. (S Grose)

Lizard: 1 Richard’s Pipit at Caerthillian by the pump station in field with digger.

Penryn, Gorrangorras: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler behind the reedbed, Kingfisher, 11 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 2 Grey Wagtail, 13 Teal at low tide. Islington Wharf area: Common Sandpiper, Firecrest and Goldcrest on footpath below the church, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 m Blackcap. (D Chaney)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 2 Sanderling roosting, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 f Black Redstart. Falmouth Bay: Flock of 3 Eider and 6 Teal flew into the Carrick Roads, 1 Black-throated Diver in flight. Swanpool: 1 Kingfisher, 1f Pochard, 5 Little Grebe, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 2 Water Rail (h), 2 m Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch. Swanvale: 1 Nuthatch. (D Chaney) Trescobeas area: 1 Blackcap (male) in private garden. (J St Ledger)

Porthgwarra: Siberian Chiffchaff still in the Hidden Valley, Yellow-browed Warbler still in 60ft plus 3 Firecrest, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap & 2 Brambling. (M Wallace)

Polgigga: Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Constantine Bay: 3 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 15 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover and a Snipe present this afternoon at Constantine and Boobys Bays.(G Pullan)

Porth Reservoir: 4 Great crested Grebe, 21 Coot, 2 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Redshank, 2 Tufted Duck, 7 Grey Wagtail, 3 Tawny Owl heard and many Redwing. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Tufted Duck on Longrock Pool and 41+ Teal on the main marsh. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 36 Common Scoter (all imm/fem), 2 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Great Northern Diver on the sea off Jordan’s Cafe and 61 Sanderling on the beach. (L Proctor, DK Parker) Also probable 1w Kumlien’s Gull off the Godolphin Hotel at dusk. (G Mitchell)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose this morning. (G Mitchell) 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 5 Greenshank and 33 Oystercatcher over high tide this afternoon. (DK Parker) Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill, 4 Teal, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 20+ Dunlin, 30+ Redshank, 3 Little Egret, 12 Curlew, 25+ Lapwing, 1 hunting Peregrine Falcon, (female I was informed). (D Hall)

Innis Downs: Hen Harrier, female or juvenile, over A30. (P McVey)

Lizard: 2 Lapwing. (D Collins)

Loe Pool: 41 Teal, 39 Pochard, 2 Firecrest. (D Collins)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Shelduck, 1 Pochard (drake), 1 Brambling (male – under feeders with group of Chaffinch). (J St Ledger)

Sennen Cove: Moulting ad Great Northern Diver. (J Miller)

Penzance, Penlee Park: 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Redwing, 2 Nuthatch, Flock of Long Tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff (Tristis type). (J Evans)

Truro: 1 Redwing in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Land’s End: 2 male Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black Redstart, 1 Water Pipit. (M McKee)

Wadebridge: 1 Barn Owl east of Trewornan Bridge. (S Grose)

East Pentire, Newquay: 2 Short-eared Owl. (S Rowe)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Brambling, 1 Willow Tit on the feeders, 4m 1 eclipse 3f Goosander. (R Mudge)

Polwheveral Creek: 2 Mandarin (male and female), 1 Pintail (male). (D Collins)

Constantine: 1 Buzzard. (D Collins)

Buzzard – David Collins