Thursday 19th November 2020

Late news, 17/11, St Just: 2 Black Redstart in Methodist church graveyard, also present 12/11. (M Hayter)

Pendeen: 19 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 9 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 7 Common Scoter, 36 Fulmar, 2 1w Little Gull, 6 Med Gull. (S Rogers, D Flumm et al.) 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 16 diver sp. 1 Purple Sandpiper, 9 Med Gull, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Pom Skua, 38 Great Skua, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Grey Phalarope, 48 Manx Shearwater, 122 Fulmar 07:20-13:40. (P Combridge, DK Parker)

St Ives: 1 Leach’s Petrel, 8 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 16+ Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 15+ Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 50+ Med Gull, 3 Little Gull, juv Iceland Gull, 100,000 auks, (most in first hour but still c50 per min at 13:00, 4 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Lizard: Ad male Red-breasted Flycatcher at Church Cove. (J Foster)

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Mike Spicer

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Mike Spicer

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Dave Collins

Towan Head, Newquay: 1 Velvet Scoter flew into group of 40+ Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (N Long)

Godolphin Cross: Siberian Chiffchaff in private garden. (C Richards)

Gunwalloe: Black Redstart. (C Richards)

Manaccan, Helford: 27+ Cattle Egret in field next to Choon Farm (S Chandler)

Lower Nansloe: 6 Cattle Egret flushed by fighter jets. (P Smale)

Helston: Siberian Chiffchaff by pool near the water works. (P Smale)

Swanvale: Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Raffle)

Trevose Head: 78 Fulmar, 2 Great Skua, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver ,  10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Phalarope, 534 Kittiwake, 5 Black-headed Gull, adult Common Gull , adult Mediterranean Gull, 1st winter Little Gull. (B Bosisto)

St Eval: 13 Crossbill in pine tree’s beside post office this afternoon. (B Bosisto)

St Agnes Head: 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Common Scoter. (G Lawlor)

Godolphin Cross village: 2 Black Redstart. (C Richards)

Portheras Cove: Adult male Black Redstart plus Great Northern Diver offshore. (K Aspden)

Drift Reservoir: Black Redstart on top road. (B Stone)

Cape Cornwall: 08:40 to 10:40 in a NW5-7 and great light: a patch record 5 Black-throated Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 diver sp., 4 Great Skua, 1 adult pp Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 10 Common Scoters, 2-3 ad Med Gulls, Little Egret, hundreds of Kittiwakes and gazillions of auks. (N Wheatley)

Cot Valley, St. Just: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Choughs. (M. Critchley)

Lower Trevedran Farm, near Lamorna: 1 female Hen Harrier. (M Critchley)

Kingsmill Lake: 74 Avocet, 4 Grey Plover, 8 Lapwing, 140+ Dunlin, 12 Greenshank, 100+ Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 39 Curlew, 2 Gadwall, with many Teal & Wigeon. Also, 2 Med Gull and 3 Common Gull (P Kemp)

Downderry: 07:40-08:45, moving west 36 Gannets, a Great Skua, 51 Kittiwakes, 3 Common Gulls and 5 Mediterranean Gulls. This afternoon 4 Black Redstarts in the village and a Ring Ouzel to the east. (A Payne)

Davidstow airfield: Male Hen Harrier, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Buzzard, 8 Ravens displaying, c2000 mix of Golden Plover, Lapwing plus 2 Kestrels. (D Dennis)

Poldhu Golf Course: Snow Bunting. (D Collins)

Snow Bunting – Dave Collins

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Shag, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Ruff. (M Elliott)

St Erth: Black Redstart at the railway station and a diver sp high over south. (M Elliott)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 f Peregrine Falcon over, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Tawny Owl (heard at midday), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Porthilly Farm: 2 Cattle Egret with 6 Little Egret, 4 Red legged Partridge. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 10 Fieldfare, 2 m Great Spotted Woodpeckers on our seed tray, 1 f Sparrowhawk ambushed our feeding House Sparrows, 17 House Sparrows in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Newlyn: Great Northern Diver still in harbour. (A McKechnie)

Great Northern Diver – Alex McKechnie


Monday 16th November 2020

Trevose Head: 3 Great Skua, 18 Fulmar, 23 Manx, 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter, Leach’s Petrel at 9:02am, 4 Lesser black Backed Gull, 1017 Kittiwake. (B Bosisto)

Pendeen: 22 Great Skua, 1 juv Pom Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Common Scoter, 5 Grey Plover and a Thresher Shark. 07:45-10:30. (S Rogers, M McKee, P Clement, N Rogers) Also, Leach’s Petrel. (P Combridge)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Little Auk in the sound between Hannafore & Looe Island at 0930. Flew east towards Millendreath at 0940. 1f Black Redstart, Firecrest, 3 ad Mediterranean Gull, 7 (2 drake, 1 imm drake, 4 female) Eider, and 1 Great Northern Diver. (G Lewis)

Bude Marsh: 5 Cattle Egret early morning. (N Bastin)

Godrevy Head: 1 Snow Bunting still, many small flocks of Kittiwakes passing by. (T Mills) Also, 8 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Black Redstart, 3 Kestrel. (J St Ledger)

Snow Bunting – Tony Mills

Kittiwakes – tony Mills

purple Sandpiper – John St Ledger

Snow Bunting – John St Ledger

Black Redstart – John St Ledger

Copperhouse Creek: 1 Ruff. (C Richards)

Trink Hill, Lelant Downs: 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.50 Herring Gull. (P Geddes)

Towan Head, Newquay: 1f Merlin, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1 2w Common Gull (N Long) Also, 30+ Common Scoter in Newquay Bay this morning. (M Lammas)

Gannel Estuary: 6 Mediterranean Gull amongst 100s of mixed gulls. Also 12+ Wigeon, 4 Redshank and 1 Oystercatcher from the carpark. (M Lammas)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, c.20 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Moorhen, 6 Coot, numbers of Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull, c.10 Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Wren, 3 Robin, 1 Song Thrush, c.10 Redwing, 2 Blackbird, 5 Goldcrest, 6 Blue Tit, c.15 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 1 Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch. (C Yates)

Lamorna Cove: Merlin, Black Redstart, Firecrest. (D Flumm)

Porthilly Point: 1 Great Northern Diver (close in feeding on crab) 1 Red throated Diver over(leaving the estuary and flying out to sea), 1 Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 48 Oystercatcher, 13 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 1 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher (one carrying plastic up river and one feeding from terracotta drainage pipe), 2 m Mandarin, 2 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 m Blackcap, between Old Town and Anneka’s bridges. (S Grose)

Tregrehan: 1 Firecrest in Boscundle woods. (I Stewart)

Truro: Blackcap in our private garden this morning and also the Meadow Pipit continues to visit daily. (K&J Mortimore)

Par Beach: 1 Curlew, 2 Brent Goose. (E Mayhew)

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler in the wet sallows (with bird feeders) at Sandy Cove, also a Chiffchaff & 2 Blackcap. (B Stone)

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler by bridge below Daisy Cottage. (N Wheatley)

Downderry: (0730-0845), moving west a Fulmar, a Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 76 Gannets, 180 Black-headed Gulls, 6 Common Gulls, 80 Kittiwakes, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 61 auks. (Alan Payne)

Saltash: Spotted Redshank along Forder Creek. (M Beer)

Lower Tamar Lakes: 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 1 Green Sandpiper, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Redwing, 5 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 14 Fieldfare, 1m Tufted Duck. (R Mudge)

Coverack: 5 Black Redstarts on beach boulders on east side of the beach. (A Witheywood)

Lockdown Diary 3: On a cold clear November afternoon I went up to Bodmin Moor to see the Starlings. Their murmuration just before settling down for the night is an astonishing sight. I got there quite a bit before dusk but as the first squadrons of birds started appearing from all over Cornwall, so too did the human observers. A constant stream of cars appeared over the switchback Roughtor Road and quickly grabbed their spot from the handful of parking places. It was nice to see suitably socially distanced families, dogs, young and old turn out, and as the Starlings massed together in the large field to the left of the road, out came the phones to video the spectacle. The birds swirled around like iron filings following a magnet, up into the air and then back down and around. At one point all of them were on the ground at once. Impossible to count but I reckon there were about four football pitches worth of closely-packed birds – several hundred thousand perhaps. The throng had attracted several Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine. The Starlings know, like shoals of fish, that there is safety in numbers and that the ebb and flow of the murmuration confuses the perspective of predators. Finally, they headed for the plantation as the light dimmed, and the 100 or so people clambered back into their cars and headed for their own night time roosts.

Socially distanced Starling roost – Simon Marquis


Monday 2nd November 2020

Late news, 31/10, St Anthony’s Head: 4 Cirl Bunting, Merlin, Peregrine, 12+ Skylark, 30+ Meadow Pip, 70+ Linnet, 50+ Goldfinch, 6 Stonechat, 1 Oystercatcher, 40+ GBBG, 60+ Herring Gull, Chiffchaff, a couple of Goldcrest and 2 Raven. (C Foote)

Late News 1/11 Truro: 10+ Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Coal Tit, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, Robin, Wren in our very small private garden. (K & J Mortimore)

Pendeen Watch: 26 Manx Shearwater, 36 Great Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, 4 Pom Skua, 1 Pterodroma petrel sp, 7 Grey Phalarope, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher, 5 Golden Plover. (R Archer)

St Agnes Head: (0800-1600) 1 Leach’s Petrel, 2 Grey Phalarope, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, 9 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua. (G Lawlor)

St Ives Island: 2 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Shearwater and 500 + Auks, 100s Kittiwake and Gannets. Also, 2 Snow Bunting. (C Lovatt) Also, (13:00-16:00): 4 Great Northern Diver (together off Hawke Point), 8 Great Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 1 Grey Phalarope, 1300 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, c700 Kittiwake, c450 Gannet, 1 Kestrel (m), 2 Snow Bunting (P. Nason)

Pendeen: Leach’s Petrel at c11:30. (R Archer)

Cape Cornwall: (08:30-10:30) juv Pomarine Skua, 5 Great Skua, 2 Manx Shearwater and masses of Gannets and auks. (N Wheatley)

Trevose Head: Grey Phalarope, 3 Turnstone , 3 Red-throated Diver, 14 Manx Shearwater, 39 Fulmar, 1 3rd cal pale phase Pomarine Skua, 6 Great Skua, 9 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Black-headed Gull, 1337 Kittiwake, Common Gull. (B Bosisto)

Towan Head, Newquay: 1 Great Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver (N Long) Also between 1600-1700 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Leach s Petrel,100s Gannets and Kittiwakes. (M Lammas & T Carne)

Downderry: 0725-0850, 2 Great Northern Diver, 7 Little Egret, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Common Gull & 2 Mediterranean Gull moved west. (A Payne)

Coverack: Juv Iceland Gull. (J Foster) Also, 60+ Mediterranean Gull. (P Abbott)

Cremyll: 17 Cattle Egret and 7 Grey Heron in field near Mount Edgecombe. (D Sharp)

Cattle Egret – Deena Sharp

Lowertown, Helston: 2 Firecrest, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper and 3 Jay. (A Witheywood)

Firecrest – Andrew Witheywood

Swanpool: 2 Great Northern Diver, 17+ Gannet and 10 Shag. (C Foote)

Gyllyngvase Beach: 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Oystercatcher, 4 Turnstone, Curlew and Mediterranean Gull. (C Foote)

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret still in Northern cut off. (I Grant & F Were)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Medeterannean Gull, 1 Cattle Egret, 1f Goldeneye, 1 Tufted Duck and 6 Teal. (I Grant & F Were)

Crows-an-Wra: 1 Black Redstart at turn to St Buryan from A30. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Nanquidno: 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Upper Tamar Lake: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Snipe, 2 Song Thrush, 25 Canada Goose. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 6 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Jay, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron. (R Mudge)

Charlestown: 6 Great Northern Divers off Charlestown harbour at dawn swam west towards Du Porth plus a seventh flew east. (N Addey)

Carlyon Bay: 2 Great Northern Diver. (N Addey)

Mevagissey: 1 Great Northern Diver. (N Addey)

Bissoe: 50+ Redwings in hedgerow.(R Smith)

Milltown, Lostwithiel: 1 Treecreeper, 3 Firecrests, 4 Goldcrests, 1 Barnacle Goose (M Surgey)

Truro: Meadow Pipit in our private garden again today. (K & J Mortimore)



Saturday 31st October 2020

Late news, 30/10, Downderry: Juvenile Sabine’s Gull flew west at 07:45. (A Payne)

Newlyn: 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter, Kingfisher from Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Mousehole: Ad Pom Skua (with spoons), 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Red-throated Diver and 1 diver sp past Mousehule. (P St Pierre) Fea’s type Petrel at 11:27 less than 1Km out, also 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 juv Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Pendeen (combined totals 0900-16:30): 3 Leach’s Petrel, 8 Grey Phalarope, 2 (ad, juv) Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 14+ Great Skua, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 13 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver, 36 Common Scoter, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Grey Plover. (R Veal, R Augarde, R Wilkins, S Rogers, P Clement et al)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Curlew Sandpiper with 10 Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Grey Plover. (J Hawkey) 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 20 Lapwing, large numbers of Teal and Wigeon, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, numerous Herring Gull and Black-headed Gulls. (D Sharp) Great Egret and Merlin. (M Broadbent)

Hayle Estuary; Copperhouse Creek: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 7 Pink-footed Geese still present. (J Hawkey) 1 Greenshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Greylag Goose, 1 Little Egret, 2 Curlew, numerous Teal, Wigeon and Canada Geese. (D Sharp)

Kingfisher – Deena Sharp

Greenshank – Deena Sharp

Curlew Sandpiper – Deena Sharp

Greylag Goose – Deena Sharp

Hayle Estuary; Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher, 3 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Little Egret, number of Black-headed Gulls.  (D Sharp)

Polgigga: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosistow Lane. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: Yellow-browed Warbler still in the car park bushes and Red-throated Diver passed the headland. (D Balmer) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Snow Bunting. ( D Eva )

Nanjizal: 4cy Caspian Gull. (K Wilson)

Kenidjack: Cetti’s Warbler at the sewage works. (M Ahmad) 1 Firecrest. (J Branscombe)

Cot Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler. (Birdguides)

Nanquidno: Dusky Warbler reported. (Birdguides) Lapland Bunting in fields between Nanquidno and Cot Valley. (Birdguides)

Sennen Cove: 6 Grey Phalarope, Arctic Skua, Great Northern Diver plus ad Yellow-legged Gull on Cowloe. (D Balmer) juvenile Iceland Gull reported late afternoon. (Birdguides)

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (P Taylor)

Penberth: 1+ Yellow-browed Warbler, 2+ Firecrest. (R Archer, J Ryan)

Alsia Farm: c200 Fieldfare. (R Archer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2cy female Marsh Harrier still present. (P Walsh) Great White Egret flew from the marsh and up the valley at 15:05. (R Menari)

Men-an-Tol: 2 (1m) Yellowhammer, 1 Snipe. (R Veal)

Penzance: Great Northern Diver, Common Scoter, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 98 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling off Jubilee Pool. (P St Pierre)

Lizard: Sooty Shearwater passed at 08:45. (J Lethbridge)

St Mawes: Adult Iceland Gull. (D Cooper)

St Anthony-in-Meneage: 8+ Cattle Egret in cattle field near Dennis head. Viewed from coast path along Helford river. (G Wills)

St Anthony’s Head: 7:30-10:00am1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Manx Shearwater, 810 Kittiwake, 200 Gannet, 4 Great northern diver, 2 Yellow-legged Gull (3cy, adult), Peregrine Falcon, Merlin and 4 Cirl Bunting in the area. (M Broadbent)

St Clement: 2 Cattle Egret and male Pintail on Tresemple Pool. (M Broadbent)

Porthoustock: 4 Black Redstart on rocks behind the large concrete building. (J Jones)

Black Redstart – J Jones

Tremayne Quay; Helford: 3 Firecrest, 1 Greenshank, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (A Witheywood)

Great-crested Grebe – A Witheywood

Hannafore: 1 Ringed Plover, 30 Turnstone, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 18 Eider and 1 Great Northern Diver. ( M Beer)

Purple Sandpiper – M Beer

Gannel Estuary: 1 Ruff, 11 Med Gull, 344 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 750 Herring Gull, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 75 Great Black-backed Gull. (S Rowe) 1 Common Gull, 8 Mediterranean Gull, 19 Lesser Black backed Gull, 76 Great Black backed Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Ruff, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, 1 Redshank 2 Oystercatcher.(S Grose)


Towan Head (15:00-16:40): 2 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 4 Manx Shearwater, 2 Common Scoter, c250 Kittiwake. (S Rowe) 1 Red throated Diver past, 1 Peregrine Falcon caught a Grey Phalarope off the sea and was relocated on cliffs at ‘Tea Caverns’. (S Grose)

Peregrine with Grey Phalarope – Shaun Grose

East Pentire, Newquay: 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Red-throated Diver late am. (S Rowe)

Newquay Golf Course: 2 Skylark. (S Grose)

Great Western Beach: 1 male Black Redstart, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Chapel Amble; Wadebridge: 1 Wood Duck dead in farm gateway. Partly plucked and sporting orange ring 005. (A Langdon)

Camel Estuary: 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Red-breasted Merganser. (C Selway)

Trevose Head: 1 female Merlin. (S. Marquis)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Grey Phalarope, 8 Snipe, 4 Cormorants, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Canada Geese. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Goosander 1m 2f, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1m Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Tufted Duck. (R Mudge)

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Wednesday 28th October 2020

Late news, 27/10, Treraven Farm: 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper opposite polytunnels. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Tufted Duck (4m+2f), 2 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Teal, 16 Coot, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 179 Herring Gull, 1 Common Gull, 13 Black-headed Gull, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kestrel, 1 Tawny Owl, 16 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 m Bullfinch. (S Grose)

Marazion: juv. Knot, c60 Meadow Pipit on the beach. f-type Marsh Harrier, 7 Little Grebe on the marsh. (R Veal) Also probable Grey Phalarope past. (S Foote)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Cattle Egret. (P St Pierre) Also 2 Crossbill over, 1 Firecrest, 2 Gadwall. (R Veal) 1cy Yellow-legged Gull. (D Balmer)

Clapper Marshes: 1 Water Pipit. (D Julian)

Lerryn, St Veep: 1 White Stork. (per D Julian)

Perranarworthal: Great White Egret still on the marsh at high tide (M Grantham)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again at YHA hostel.

Pendeen: 07:00-10:30, 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua. (S Rogers, P Clement) Also 1 Balearic Shearwater reported past. Snow Bunting over calling at 09:06. (P Combridge) 14:15-16:15, 1 Grey Phalarope, 6 Arctic Skua, 4 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 6 Common Scoter, 3 juv Common Gull, 5000+ Kittiwake. (N Rogers) 15:30 – 17:00, 4 Arctic Skuas (3 pale: 1 dark phase); 1 Great Skua; 2 Manx Shearwaters. 3 Fulmars. 1,000s of Kittiwakes moving through in sizeable groups every few seconds; steady passage of Gannets & auks. (J Hawkey)

Porthgwarra: 08:00-09:00, 1 manx Shearwater, 3 Fulmar, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at the bottom of 60ft Cover from the stone bridge. (DK Parker) Yellow-browed Warbler calling in the car park sallows. (D Balmer) 80 Golden Plover on the moor at 12:45. (P Sharpe)

Golden Plover – Paul Sharpe

St Levan: 2 Firecrest. (D Balmer)

Penberth: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Balmer)

St Agnes Head: 1 Leach’s Petrel west at 09:20 also 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, Peregrine, 3 Chough. (G Lawlor)

Chapel Porth: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. (G Lawlor)

Gunwalloe: Snow Bunting photographed by the beach at Church Cove at 14:20. (D Robinson)

St Clement: Russian White-fronted Goose still with 500 Canada Geese opposite Tresemple Pool + 6 Greenshank. At least 6 Cattle Egrets in fields from approach road. (T Wilson)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Pink-footed Geese, 1 Canada x Greylag hybrid, 5 Greylag Geese, 13 Dunlin, 12 Redshank, 10 Pied Wagtail, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew, 100s of Wigeon, Canada Geese, Herring & Black-headed Gulls, 8 Teal. (A Kiz)

Monday 5th October 2020

Late News, 04/10, Cadgwith: Yellow-browed Warbler & Firecrest in private garden. (S Croft)

Stithians Reservoir: Grey Phalarope viewed from Causeway at 08:35. (J St Ledger) Grey Phalarope relocated in Chapel Creek at 12:45. (J St Ledger) 1 Grey Phalarope still at Chapel Creek at 13:45, 5 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, 1 Curlew, 3 Shoveler, 40+ Teal, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk. (J St Ledger)

Grey Phalarope – John St Ledger

Marsh Tit – John St Ledger

Grey Phalarope – John St Ledger

Sennen Cove: Grey Phalarope briefly on the small beach between the lifeboat slip and the harbour wall. (M Warren)

St Minver: 1 Merlin hunting over the cricket pitch. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: 20 Swallow, 1 Kingfisher (D Eva)

Pendeen: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 16 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Great Skua, 2 Med Gull, 75 Kittiwake, 1 Sandwich Tern also Whale sp, (Lower car park 07:15-09:15). (D Flumm N Rogers) 43 Manx Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 5 Fulmar, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 Common Scoter, 36 Med Gulls. (below the steps 07:30-10:30). (A Bayly, P Combridge, DK Parker) 1 Grey Phalarope briefly on the sea, 6 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 14:40-15:40. (N Rogers) (1530-1730) 22 Sandwich Tern, 1 juv Common Tern, 1 Manx Shearwater drowned and eaten by GBB Gull (J Hawkey)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Tufted Duck, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, 5 Med Gull, 32 Swallow, Blackcap. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: Peregrine, 2 Med Gull, Grey Wagtail, 20 Meadow Pipit. Also 32 Swallow at Grumbla – same as Drift. (D Flumm)

Peregrine Falcon – Dave Flumm

Maenporth: 7 Pale-bellied Brent Geese at Bream Cove, Maenporth at midday. (M Rees)

Leswidden (near St Just): 1 Merlin flying through. (J Branscombe)

Fistral Beach, Newquay: 3 noisy Choughs. ( H & M Taylor)

Nanquidno: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler 100m south of the mill. (P Fraser)

Ardensawah: Turtle Dove still. (M Warren)

Par Duck Pond: 140 Canada Goose and1 Barnacle Goose. (A & B Tregunna)

Barnacle Goose – Brenda Tregunna

Barnacle Goose – Brenda Tregunna

Lostwithiel Shirehall Moor: Kingfisher and Greenshank. (E Mayhew)

Porthilly Point: 72 Mediterranean Gull, 63 Oystercatcher, 11 Turnstone, 1 Common Gull, 13 Mute Swan, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Raven, 5 Rock Pipit. (S Grose)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (V Stratton)


Friday 25th September 2020

Late News, 24/9, Mount Hawke: 22 Collared Dove using overhead wires before many dropped down to feed in the garden. A new record for us. (RB & PC Girling)

Polgigga: Red-breasted Flycatcher photographed at Lower Bosistow, at the start of the track to higher Bosistow, view sheltered side of hedge line from Bulb field. (M Wallace)

Clapper Marsh, Wadebridge: 1 Great White Egret. (D Julian) 17 Cattle Egret from Trewornan Bridge towards Amble Dam early am. (S Grose)

Pendeen: (0700-1100) from lower car park, 19 Balearic Shearwater, steady stream of Manx Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 5 Fulmar, 40 Common Scoter, 3 Grey Phalarope, 7 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua, 6 Arctic Skua, 6 Sabine’s Gull (4 juvs incl 2 together 0738, singles 0741, 0750 & 2 ads together 1016), 3 juv Little Gull, 11 Med Gull, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 ‘Comic’ Tern, 27 Sandwich Tern, Razorbill/Guillemot @ 40/min. Also 1 Ocean Sunfish. (D Flumm) (07:00- 14:00): 55 Great Skua, 14 Arctic Skua, 2 Long-tailed Skua, 2 Pomarine Skua, 8 Sabine’s Gull (1 ad, 7 juv), 10 Med Gull, 1 juv Little Gull, 24 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 3 Leach’s Petrel, 62 Common Scoter, 3 Grey Phalarope, 2 diver sp. (P Combridge, DK Parker)

St Ives: (0700 – 0920hrs), 1 Sabine’s Gull (juv – 7.23), 2 Little Gull (1cy:ad), 13 Mediterranean Gull (adults), 3 Leach’s Petrel (7.18: 8:18: 8.25), 2 Storm Petrel, 7 Arctic Skua, 8 Great Skua, 35 Common Scoter, 3 Grey Phalarope, 5 Sandwich Tern, 11 Balearic Shearwater. (J Hawkey, V Stratton, D Clegg et al) (07:10-13:20): 57 Common Scoter, 1 Fulmar, 15 Great Skua, 8 Arctic Skua, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (1st Winter), 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sabine’s Gull (juv), 2 Little Gull (1cy, 1 ad), 1 Storm Petrel, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 15 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Grey Phalarope, 2 Curlew, 9 Sandwich Tern, 21 Common Tern. (P Nason) (10:15-17:00): 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 38+ Sandwich Tern, 1 juv Arctic Tern, 1 juv Roseate Tern, 1 juv Little Gull, 9 Great Skua, 6 Arctic Skua. (M Elliott) (1530 – 1830hrs): 2 Little Gulls (1cy’s), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adults), 5 Great Skuas, 2 (light phase) Pomarine Skuas (1818hrs), 3 Arctic Skuas, 28 Common Scoter, 37 Sandwich Terns, 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Common Gull (1cy). (J Hawkey)

Cape Cornwall: (08:00-11:30) 7 Balearic Shearwater, 11 Great Skua, 4 Arctic Skua, 2+ Arctic Tern, 4+ Sandwich Tern, 30+ C Scoter and 2 Little Gulls (ad & juv). (N Wheatley)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Osprey this morning (M Beer)

Osprey – Mike Beer

Drift Reservoir: 3 ‘Continental’ Cormorant, P.c.sinensis amongst nominate P.c.carbo, Pink-footed Goose, 3 Wigeon, Tufted Duck, 3 Common Sandpiper, Bar-tailed Godwit. (D Flumm, M Ahmad) Also Kingfisher. (R Chiffers)

Pink-footed Goose -Dave Flumm

Colliford, Loveny Reserve: 1 Great White Egret at 15:35. (M & R Frost)

Marazion: 8 Brent Geese. (A Witheywood, P Fraser)

Kenidjack: Pied Flycatcher and Willow Warbler by the engine shed. (P Fraser)

Loe Pool: Great White Egret at Penrose estate this morning. (S Hyde)

Nine Maidens: 1 Yellow legged Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull 13 Raven over.
(S Grose)

Rock Beach: 23 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Port Isaac: 1 Barn Owl over fields next to Trevathan farm shop. (S Grose)

Maer Lake: 3 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, 14 Wigeon, 73 Teal, several hundred Canada Geese. (B Craven)