Friday 7th February 2020

Late news, 6/2, River Tamar north of Cargreen: 50 Avocet opposite Weir Quay. (A. Parker et al)

Late News, 06/02, Newlyn Harbour: 1 Iceland Gull. (A Mckechnie)

Iceland Gull – A McKechnie

Late News, 05/02, River Cober: 1 Dipper ssp. just upstream from Lidl carpark in Helston, more information here. (I Maclean, D Collins et al)

Dipper ssp – I Maclean

Sennen: American Buff-bellied Pipit still in cut maize field behind the old chapel, please keep to public footpaths. (M Spicer)

Wadebridge: 1 Barn Owl between Burniere and Trewornan Bridge at 06.44 am. (S Grose)

Newquay: 3 Black Swan in the Harbour at 09:30 until attacked by dog and flew into bay. Also 3 Harbour Porpoises from Towan head. (M Lammas)

Rock: 1 Raven, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Greenfinch (all males, calling), 1 Chiffchaff from private gardens. (S Grose)

Stone Farm, Millbrook: 13 Cattle Egret and 3 Little Egret this afternoon. (D Julian)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck visible from the public car park. (M Spicer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull, 42 Common Gull and 2 redhead Red-breasted Merganser in Carnsew Basin at mid day. (R Veal) 4 (2 ad, 3w, 2w) Caspian Gull and 7+ Yellow-legged Gull on main estuary. (M Elliott)

Siblyback Lake: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck,19 Mallard , 2 Coot, 7 Little Grebe, 22 Tufted Duck, including French ringed bird with Nasal Saddle (ringed 20/05/18 at Congrier, France) (K Pellow)

Tufted Duck CHK – K Pellow

Stithians Reservoir: Female Lesser Scaup reported from the southern causeway at 17:10.

Illogan: Grey Heron in private garden at 08.20. Buzzard near cemetery (J Baker)

St Gothian Sands: 2 Peregrine, 1 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail. (G Kingdon)

St Merryn: 13 Yellowhammer, 21 Skylark, 15 Meadow Pipit, 34 Linnet, 2 Corn Bunting, 1 Kestrel, at Persimmion Farm. 145 Kittiwake on Persimmion Cliff and more birds on the water. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 7 Goldeneye (1 drake), 2 Pochard. (J St Ledger)

Newlyn: Iceland Gull still present this afternoon. (D Reeves)

Sennen: 12 Chough. (D Reeves)

Torpoint: Black Redstart at Peacock Ave this afternoon. (D Julian)

Wilcove: Green-winged Teal still also 2 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper. (D Julian) Whimbrel flew across and landed on a branch, I’ve not seen this before but apparently they sometimes roost in mangrove trees in N. America. (I McGinnes)

Whimbrel – Ian McGinnes

Millbrook Lake: Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 10 Avocet and 41 Brent Geese (27 dark-bellied/14 light-bellied) this afternoon also 1 Egypt Goose and 10 Med Gulls. (D Julian)

River Lynher: Spotted Redshank and Whimbrel at Wacker Quay this afternoon. (D Julian)

Gannel Estuary: 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Med Gull, 104 Curlew, 6 Redshank. (S Rowe)

Gulval: 2 Mistle Thrush still. (R Veal)

Porth Reservoir: 10 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck (3m&1f), 2 Kingfisher, 17 Coot, 40+Redwing. (S Grose)

Penzance: 1 adult Male Black Redstart seen in back courtyard. (H Emmett)

Roskilly: 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (P St Pierre)

Dunmere Woods: 1 Brambling still. (R Augarde)

Helston: Firecrest, Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), Nuthatch along River Cober. Escaped/releaseased Ferruginous Duck and 4 Muscovy on the boating pond. (DK Parker)

Muscovy – Dave Parker

Roskilly: 7 Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpiper and Kingfisher. (P St Pierre)


Thursday 6th February 2020

Late news, 5/2, Temple: 1 male Mallard, 1 male Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Nuthatch, 1 vocal Song Thrush. (RB Girling)

Late News, 5/2, Chapel Amble: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 4 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Grey wagtail, 2 Water Rail, 1 Green Sandpiper, 8 Curlew, 9 Teal and 3 Robin. (D Thomas)

Siberian Chiffchaff – D Thomas

Green Sandpiper – D Thomas

Sennen: American Buff-bellied Pipit still and Siberian Chiffchaff at Brew Sewage Works. (M Wallace)

Marazion: 1 Pacific Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, c15 Common Scoter, 21 Sanderling. (P Fraser) Also 14 Curlew (over) and 1 singing male Chiffchaff on the marsh. (P Fraser, R Veal) 1w Little Gull on the beach at 16:55. (S Rogers)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull, 2 (ad & 3w possibly new bird) Caspian Gull, 11+ Yellow-legged Gull. (M Halliday, M Elliott) Adult Ring-billed Gull reported in Carnsew Basin. Also 7 Little Grebe, 3 (1m 2f) Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Cormorant, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 11 Oystercatcher, 9 Redshank. (M Webb)

Curlew – Martin Webb

Bar-tailed Godwit – Martin Webb

Red-breasted Merganser – Martin Webb

Newlyn: Iceland Gull reported again.

Sancreed: Redpoll over at 08:20. (D Flumm)

Stithians Reservoir: 7 Goldeneye (inc 1 drake), 10 Fieldfare (J St Ledger) 1 fem Lesser Scaup, 7 (5m 2f) Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe from Stuart Hutchings hide 14.55 – 15.15. (M Webb)

Lesser Scaup – Martin Webb

Lesser Scaup – Martin Webb

Tufted Duck – Martin Webb

Carharrack: 1 Firecrest at allotments still. (M Chegwidden)

St Merryn: 5 Grey Partridge between St Merryn and Padstow. (R Augarde)

Penryn River: 3 Chiffchaffs, 1 Firecrest Bissom STW. 38 Teal, 2 Mallard, 24 Redshank, 18 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 6 Little Egret Gorrangorras Creek. Firecrest Sailor’s Creek. (P McCartney)

Wacker Quay: 4 Avocets, 60+ Teal, 3 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Great Northern Diver, 10+ Shelduck, 1 Greenshank, 35 Little Egret, 151 Curlew, 20 Dunlin. (C Buckland)

Wilcove: Green-winged Teal again. (M Beer, C Buckland)

Newquay: 5 Red-throated Diver, 2 Porpoise off Towan Head at 16:40. (M Lammas)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 presumed escaped/released Ferruginous Duck still present. (D Collins)

Ferruginous Duck – David Collins

Loe Pool: 19 Goosander, 19 Pochard, 13 Shoveler, 13 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Egret, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Mediterranean Gulls, 5 Common Gulls. G Adams)

Millbrook Lake: 3 Avocet, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Shelduck, 30 Teal, 10 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Kingfisher. (R Napp)

Black-tailed Godwit -Rick Napp

Avocet – Rick Napp

Pendower: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe. (D Hall)

Trevose Head: At least 22 Red-throated Divers in bay to east in afternoon. (A Payne)


Monday 3rd February 2020

Late news, 2/2, Walmsley Sanctuary: A Spoonbill showing well feeding and preening 10.30 and 12.30, before flying off toward Wadebridge. (J Lloyd, B Barrow)

Spoonbill – John Lloyd

Chapel Amble: 1 Cattle Egret in field behind Penpont Lodge, 27 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Shoveler, 86 Teal, 59 Wigeon. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Scaup, 2 Pochard, 6 Goldeneye, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 100+ Fieldfare. (J St Ledger)

Fieldfare – John St Ledger

Helston: Adult Kumlien’s Gull on Loe Pool. (P Semmens)

Kumlien’s Gull – Paul Semmens

Gillan Creek: 7 Curlew, 6 Little Egret, 3 Redshank, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Pied Wagtail, 13 Mallard, 1 Common Sandpiper. (B Nicholls)

Rosevine: 25 Med Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins)

Pendower: 5 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins)

Sunday 2nd February 2020

Sennen: American Buff-bellied Pipit still on mud between Brew STW and cut maize fields, 28 Golden Plover. Also 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, c30 Common Chiffchaff at Brew STW and 3w Yellow-legged Gull at the cove. (M McKee, R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde, J Ryan, LGR Evans)

Buff-bellied Pipit, Mike Mckee

Stithians Reservoir: fem Lesser Scaup, 8 Pochard, 6 Goldeneye. (R Wilkins, LGR Evans)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, ad Caspian Gull, 10 (6 ad, 2x 3w, 2x 2w) Yellow-legged Gull, ad Herring Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull, returning aberrant Lesser Black-backed Gull (for c5th winter) with dusky markings on underparts, 4 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Greenshank, 20 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Grey Plover. (M Silk, R Augarde, B Mellow, R Veal, LGR Evans)

Ring-billed Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Ring-billed Gull, Mashuq Ahmad

Par Beach Pool: 1m Ring-necked Duck x Tufted Duck, 4 Tufted Duck, 3 Coot, 1f Mandarin, 1 Water Rail, 14 Mute Swan, 201 Black headed Gull, 3 Common Gull,1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Oystercatcher. Also, 8 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Eider viewed from the beach. (S Grose)

Ring-necked Duck x Tufted Duck Hybrid – S Grose


St Ives: 1w Kumlien’s Gull still on East side of Porthmeor. (J Hawkey). Also, juv Glaucous Gull on rocks at Porthminster Point, viewed distantly from the island car park; 8 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Skua, 1 Common Scoter flew past. (R Veal, B Mellow, R Augarde)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot, 1 Guillemot and 6 Razorbill off Sandy Cove and juv Iceland Gull in the harbour. (LGR Evans)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 adult Common Gull, 3 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 131 Avocet, c.80 Dunlin, c.45 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 29 Lapwing, c.200 Black-headed Gull, 3 Great Crested Grebe & 1 Great Northern Diver. (P Kemp)

Pencarrow Estate/ Dunmere Wood: 2 Crossbill, 6 Siskin, 1 Bullfinch, 1200 Chaffinch , 3 Brambling (two large flocks of 700 and 500 Chaffinch feeding on beech mast within the wood, surprisingly only 3 Brambling amongst them). (B Bosisto L Payne)

Marazion Marsh: Female Pintail. (S Rogers)

Mousehole: 1w Iceland Gull, 1w Little Gull in St Clement’s roost. (M Elliott)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Snipe, lots of Toad Spawn. (S Grose)

Carnanton Woods: 1 Woodcock. (S Grose)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Whimbrel. Also 6 Common Dolphin. (J St Ledger)

Lower Tamar Lakes: 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Great Crested Grebe,1 Little Grebe. (R Mudge)

Marazion: 5 Black Redstart and 3 Water Pipit at Little London. (LGR Evans)

Penzance: 1+ Firecrest and 1+ Blackcap in Morrab Gardens. (LGR Evans)


Saturday 1st February 2020

Late photos, 31/1, St Ives: 1w Kumlien’s Gull. (M Elliott)

Kumlien’s Gull – Martin Elliott

Kumlien’s Gull – Martin Elliott

Sennen: Buff-bellied Pipit again by the dung heap SE of the cut maize field. (J Foster)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull, 2 (ad &sub-ad) Caspian Gull, 9 (7 ad, 3w, 2w) Yellow-legged Gull and ad argentatus Herring Gull. (R Veal)

Ring-billed Gull – Steve Rowe

Ring-billed Gull – Steve Rowe

Ring-billed Gull – Steve Rowe

St Gothian Sands LNR: Juv Kumlien’s Gull briefly this morning. (T McGowan)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot, Iceland Gull and 2 Black-throated Divers off Sandy Cove. (D Julian)

Trevilley: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (C Moore)

Stithians Reservoir: Female Lesser Scaup reported again.

Illogan: Ring-necked Parakeet over Valley Gardens at 08.25 (J Baker)

St Ives Bay: 1 juv Glaucous Gull (Porthminster Point), 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Great Skua, 6 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver. (T Carson, S Rowe)

Glaucous Gull – Steve Rowe

Glaucous Gull – Steve Rowe

Glaucous Gull – Steve Rowe

Tresillian River: 11 Cattle Egret, 7 Little Egrets, 4 Greenshank and c400 Golden Plovers distantly in flight. (M Silk)

Chapel Amble: 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 48 Teal, 3 Chiffchaff from Penpont farm hide. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck still present this afternoon. (A McKechnie)

Long-tailed Duck – Alex McKechnie

Marazion: 3 Red-throated Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver off Little London, below the cemetery. (C Moore)

Pendeen: 1w Iceland Gull in Portheras Cove. (P Combridge)

Helston: Presumed escaped drake Ferruginous Duck reported again on the boating lake.

Carrick Roads: 14 Black-necked Grebe, 12 Red-breasted Merganser (D Eva)

Coombe: 1 drake Pintail, 8 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker (D Eva)

Newham/Calenick cycle path: Firecrest. (M Silk)

Sunny Corner (Malpas Road): Avocet. (M Silk)

Swanpool: Female Eider close inshore. (K Fox)

Penzance: Male Black Redstart at Jubilee Pool. (D Julian)

Treraven Meadows: 1 Green Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Clapper Marshes: 1 m Mandarin, 2 Common Sandpiper. (S Grose)

Porthpean: 28 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver , 2 Firecrest ( B Bosisto L Payne)

Penrice Woods: 1 Firecrest (B Bosisto L Payne)

Cotehele: 5+  Marsh Tit singing and calling, 3 Coal Tit, Nuthatch (birds in 3 areas). (R Smaldon)



Monday 27th January 2020

Late news, 26/1, Marazion beach: 30 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin, 15 Turnstone. (S. Rogers)

Sanderling – Steve Rogers

Newlyn: Iceland Gull still in the harbour, Great Skua, 3 Great Northern Diver and 1 Common Scoter off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Wacker Quay, Antony: 2 Spoonbill. (M Jordan)

Wilcove: 1 Green-winged Teal with 68 Teal. (M Jordan)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Scaup, 4 Pochard, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, 4 Wigeon. (J St Ledger)

Lesser Scaup – John St Ledger

Pochard – John St Ledger

Keveral Beach: 6 Red-throated Diver, 1 Shag, 3 Gannet, 21 Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 32 Black-headed Gull, 5 Stonechat. (D Spooner)

Dobwalls: 1 m Yellowhammer, 4 Greenfinch, 19 House Sparrows in our garden (C&J Duffy)

Falmouth, Castle Beach: 1 female Eider, 3 Med Gull, 3 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 fem-type Black Redstart (S Van Hear)

Feock: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Firecrest. (K Hambly-Staite)

Trevose Head: 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Merlin. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Helston Boating Lake: 1st winter Little Gull late pm briefly. (M Pass)

Lizard Point: 5 Chough, 1 Great Skua heading south. (P Maugham)

St Erth: flock of 23 Little Egret west over Long Lanes. (MJ Spicer)

Egloshayle: Mixed finch flock with c120 Linnets, 8 Yellowhammer, c20 Chaffinch. 1 Buzzard & c200 Golden Plover. (A Langdon)

Coombe Creek, River Fal: 1 male Pintail with c30 Mallard and 6 Teal. (C Warman)

St Ives: 1 female Blackcap in private garden. (K Money)

Little London, Marazion: 4 Black Redstart, 3 Water Pipit and Sparrowhawk. (A Witheywood)

Black Redstart – Andrew Witheywood

St Ives Bay: 1 Great Skua, 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Pod of 10+ Common Dolphins chasing bait into the bay followed by many gannets diving in their wake. (J Hawkey)


Sunday 26th January 2020

Late news, 25/1, Millbrook Lake: 53 Avocet. (B Taggart)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still off Sandy Cove this morning. (L Proctor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull still this morning on Lelant Saltings, also 1 Knot and 8 Stock Dove. (R Veal) Slavonian Grebe still on Carnsew Pool at midday. (DK Parker) Ad Ring-billed Gull, sub-ad Caspian Gull and 12 Yellow-legged Gull this afternoon. (M Elliott)

Stithians Reservoir: Fem Lesser Scaup still at the southern end.

Wilcove: drk Green-winged Teal still. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Pink-footed Goose still. (C Moncaster)

Millbrook: 9+ Cattle Egret at Stone Farm. (B Taggart)

Kenidjack: 1w Glaucous Gull on the rocks at the seaward end late morning. (P Clarke) Firecrest at the sewage works this afternoon. (JD Swann)

Glaucous Gull, Pete Clement

Trevose Head: 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 130+ Skylark and 1 Merlin in stubble below the car park. (P Maugham)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck and drake Goldeneye still. (R Menari)

Par Beach Pool: 3 Common Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 73 Black-headed Gull, 97 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Oystercatcher, 19 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 7 Teal, 14 Mute Swan, 1f Mandarin, 31 Snipe. (S Grose)

Mevagissey Harbour: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Guillemot, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Turnstone, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore, +78 Rook in trees next to fire station. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: 33 Pochard, 13 Shoveler, 12 Goosander. (S Rogers, M Pass)

Porthleven: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 27 Red-throated Diver. (S Rogers, M Pass)

Penwithick: 3 Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Goldfinch, 6 House Sparrow, 9 Starling, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Sparrowhawk in a private garden. (K Bowers)

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Treraven Meadows: 1 Bar-headed Goose in a flock of Canada Geese. (S Marquis)

Carevick, Crantock: 90 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 60 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 20 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe)

Cowlands Creek:  drk Pintail still near Coombe (C & P Wheeler)

Colliford Reservoir (West side): 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Goosander (1m), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (B Craven) 4 Goosander (3m, 1f)  M Frost

Cremyll: 1 Firecrest, 100m down the footpath behind the pub. (N Moore)

Dozmary Pool: 8 Shoveler this afternoon. (M Frost)

Lower Tamar Lake: 35 Goosander (15m 20f). (R Mudge)

Crowlas: 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Stock Dove. (R Veal)

Carnanton Woods, St Mawgan: 2 Firecrest, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Dipper, 4 Stock Dove. (C Moncaster)

Park Head: 1 Black Redstart. (C Moncaster)

Bedruthan: 2 Chough (unringed). (C Moncaster)

St John’s Lake: 30+ Brent Goose. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Wacker Quay: 2 Spoonbill still. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

St Ives Bay: 1 Great Skua being fed mackerel by fisherman. (C Oates)

Great Skua, Chris Oates

Plaidy near Looe: 11 Fulmar on cliff. (D Spooner)