Wednesday 05 December 2012

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan (inc 4 juv), 10 Mallard, 34 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Bittern, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 2+ Water Rail, 5 Moorhen, 1 Coot, 3 Oystercatcher, 12 Snipe, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker)

Marazion: Pacific Diver offshore with 5 Great Northern Divers. (M Ahmad) Also 3 Common Scoter and c30 Curlew plus 22 Sanderling on the beach. Black Redstart below the Godolphin Hotel. (D Parker & I Webster)

Trenow Cove: Female type Merlin along the beach and 4 Black-throated Divers offshore. (R Menari)

Port Isaac: Juv Rose Coloured Starling again in private gardens. (T Potterton)

Stithians Reservoir: 16 Coot, 2 Herring Gulls and 2 Cormorant from the Stuart Hutchings hide and 6 Coot, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Chaffinch, 15+ Goldfinch, 1 Robin, 12+ House Sparrow, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Marsh Tit and 2 Great Tit from the southern cut off hide. (W Chegwidden)

College Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe ,1 Firecrest, 6+ Goldcrest, 1 Great Tit, 15+ Long-tailed Tits, 1 Jay, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Robin, Wrens  and Canada Geese plus plenty of Wigeon and Tufted Duck. (W Chegwidden) Also 2 Bittern. (L Sampson)

Black-necked Grebe at College Reservoir, Warren Chegwidden.

Gannel Estuary, Newquay: 1 female Goosander, c50 Wigeon, 6 Redshank, 1 Little Egret and a suspected Little Grebe – although like on many occasions this could not be confirmed due to disturbance from dog walkers! (R Wheeler)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 2 Black Redstart, 2 Whimbrel and a Great Northern Diver a little further west. Also 20+ Oystercatcher, 1 Turnstone and 4+ Rock Pipit. (D Chaney)

Swanvale: 3 Waxwings flew over in a NW direction, 2+ Water Rail, 2+ Firecrest, 5+ Bullfinch and a couple of Chiffchaffs plus the potential Siberian Chiffchaff. (D Chaney & S Perfect) Dusky Warbler also reported again.

Gorangorras, Penryn River: 50+ Curlew, 2+ Greenshank, c40 Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 5+ Turnstone, 3 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 70+ Black-headed Gull, 3 GBB Gull, 1 LBB Gull and a few Herring Gulls. (D Chaney)

Camel Estuary: 20+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 30  Blackbird, 250+ Black-headed Gull, 30  Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Black Swan, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Buzzard, 100+ Canada Goose, 50 Carrion Crow, 15  Chaffinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Collared Dove, 5 Common Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Cormorant, 100+ Curlew, 100+  Dunlin, 10  Dunnock, 2000+ Golden Plover, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Goosander, 200+ Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Tit, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Greenshank, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Grey Wagtail, 100+ Herring Gull, 10 House Sparrow, 20 Jackdaw, 3 Jay, 150+ Lapwing, 20 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 2 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Magpie, 10 Mallard, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 20 Mute Swan, 150+ Oystercatcher, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Pintail, 2 Raven, 20+ Red-legged Partridge, 150+ Redshank, 2  Redwing, 30 Ringed Plover, 6 Robin, 20 Rook, 3 Shelduck, 1 Shoveler, 5 Snipe, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Redshank, 500+ Starling, 4 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 30 Wood Pigeon, 1 Wren, 1 Waxwing seen in tree by the Public WC’s on The Camel Trail. (The Martin Cutland Nature Walk per C Travis) 

St Just: 1w Waxwing still at West Place just east of the school at TR19 7JB. Also Waxwings in gardens at Princess Street. Please respect the privacy of the residents at both sites.

Siblyback Lake: Drake Lesser Scaup.

Penzance: Black Redstart at Tolcarne.

Monday 20 February 2012


Late News, 16/2 Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only): The Black-tailed Godwit seen at Walmsley on 16/02/12 was ringed in Iceland by Tomas Gunnarsson. (J Humphreys)

Late News, 19/2 Cape Cornwall: Lapland Bunting flew over the golf course c10:30. (P Fraser)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan, 1 hybrid goose, 23 Teal, 3 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 10 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Snipe, 2+ Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. 39 Sanderling and 2 Oystercatcher on the beach. (D Parker)

Victoria: c120 Lapwing in fields off the A30. (D Parker)

Newquay: 1W drake Lesser Scaup and 4 Tufted Duck on the boating lake. (D Parker & D Jenkins)

Gannel Estuary: 1 ad summer plumage Med Gull, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Sanderling and 16 Oystercatcher. (D Parker)

Porth Reservoir: 2 drake Goosander, 69 Mallard, 4 domestic mallard, 7 Coot, 3 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 1+ Kingfisher and c100 Jackdaw. (D Parker)

Zelah Hill: Barn Owl hunting along the A30 late evening. (D Parker)

Trenow: 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin, 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 1 Peregrine (which took one of the oystercatchers), 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard and Chiffchaff. (R Menari)

Carnon Downs: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 3 Grey Wagtail and 1 Sparrowhawk at the sewage works. (J St Ledger)

Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot and 1 Ringed Plover. (I Maclean)

College Reservoir: 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 2+ Tawny Owl, 1000+ Jackdaws and Rooks in the roost, 4 Little Grebe and 3 Great Crested Grebe. (L Sampson)

Pentire Head: 3 Gannet, several rafts of Razorbills/Guillemots a long way off shore and 1 kestrel. (W Delacour)

Mouls Island: pair of Peregrines, Cormorants displaying and nest building and Shag. (W Delacour)

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only):6 Tufted Duck, 10 Pintail (5 male and 5 female), 10 Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, large flock of Wigeon and also Lapwing, Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and a female Merlin that was present for several hours using the fence posts and raptor posts to dart out after prey (unsuccessfully), Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail Chiffchaff, Grey Heron, Little Egret and Canada Geese. (W Delacour) Also Tawny Owl, Water Rail, Kestrel and 2 Chiffchaff. (C Selway)

Sennen Cove: Ad Little Gull and 3 ad Med Gull. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Par: Adult summer Med Gull on Par Beach Pool. (St Austell Baywatch)

Helston, Loe Pool: Bufflehead still.

Longrock: 1W drake Surf Scoter, but distant.

Newlyn: Ad Glaucous Gull still in harbour plus Black Redstart at Sandy Cove.

Cot Valley: 1 Firecrest.

Nanquidno: 2 Woodlark at Little Hendra.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2W Kumlien’s Gull from the causeway.

Marazion: Water Pipit still at Red River mouth.

Sunday 19th Feb. 2012

Late News, 14/2 Helston: Male Black Redstart at RNAS, Culdrose. (P Gay)

Late News, 15/2 Feock: 30+ Black Necked Grebe, 1 Whimbrel and 10 Red-breasted Merganser. (P Gay)

Late News, 16/2 Gerrans Bay: 20 Black Throated Diver. (P Gay)

Late News, 17/2 Church Cove, Lizard: 4 Black Throated Diver. (P Gay)

Late News, 16/2 College Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 7+ Goldeneye, 150+ Wigeon, 2+ Mallard, 35+ Tufted Duck, 55 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 3+ Cormorant, 130+ Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 174+ Black-headed Gull, 3+ Med Gull, 4+ Common Gull and 1 Coal Tit. (D Chaney)

Late News, 16/2 Argal Reservoir: 3+ Tufted Duck, 9+, Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 101 Black-headed Gull and 1 Med Gull in a quick scan from the car park. (D Chaney)

Late News, 16/2 Cotehele: 1 Dipper in the National Trust woodlands. (W Renshaw secretcornwall)

Late News, 18/2 Swanpool: 2 Chiffchaffs and an ad Med Gull on the rocks towards Falmouth. (R Matias)

Late News, 18/2 Mousehole: Pair of Black Redstarts in private garden (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 21 Teal, 7 Mallard, 12 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Pipit (flew off towards the beach), 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 probable Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. 17 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Oystercatcher on the beach. (D Parker & W Chegwidden)

Marazion: Water Pipit still at Red River mouth. (D Parker & W Chegwidden)

Newlyn: Ad Glaucous Gull still in harbour. (L Proctor, C Barnard & T Mills)


Video by John Chapple taken 18/02

Photo by Tony Mills

Longrock: 3 f Eider, Long-tailed Duck and 1 Slavonian Grebe. (L Proctor & P St Pierre)

Penzance: 1 1W drake Eider and 7 Common Scoter plus 37 Purple Sandpiper by Jubilee Pool at 15:30. (L Proctor, P St Pierre & D King)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Raven, c40 Golden Plover and c50 Fieldfare. (D Parker)

Chykembro Common: 2 Buzzard and 2 Yellowhammer. (D Parker & P St Pierre)

Amalveor: 1+ ringtail Hen Harrier and 1 Dartford Warbler. (R Menari)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2W Kumlien’s Gull from the causeway along with 2W & 1W Med Gulls. (C Barnard) 2 Grey Plovers and 1 Black-tailed Godwit at Copperhouse Creek. (W Chegwidden)

Zennor: 3 ad and 1 1W Mediterranean gull at Porthzennor Cove this afternoon. (R Phillips)

College Reservoir: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck. (I Maclean)

Carminowe, Helston: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Coverack Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Golitha Falls: 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch seen (at least 2 more calling), Mistle Thrush and 1 Jay. (D Jenkins)

Dozmary Pool: 2f and 1m Goldeneye. (D Jenkins)

River Tamar: Common Scoter heading up river by China Fleet Club north of Saltash at midday (from Tamar Wildlife River Cruise). (D King)


River Lynher: 1 Spoonbill at 12:45 west of Trematon Castle. (D King)

Newquay: 1W drake Lesser Scaup and 3 Tufted Duck on the boating lake this morning. (S Rowe (the finder), K Jones, J Chapple & B Field)


Video John Chapple, Photos Kate Jones (more here) & Brian Field.

Porth Reservoir: 1 Bittern, 2 drake Goosander, 1 Tufted Duck, 22 Mallard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine and 7 Coot. (S Rowe)

Tresillian River: Spotted Redshank showing well near Tresemple, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 5+ Greenshank and 7 Snipe on Tresemple Pool. (A Nicholson)

Swanpool: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Stonechat, 3+ Water Rail and 1 Little Egret. Also 2 grey Herons at Maenporth. (R Matias)

Par: Ad drake Ring-necked Duck still on Par Beach Pool, also Bittern and Bar-headed Goose. (St Austell Baywatch)

Helston, Loe Pool: Bufflehead still.

Crowdy Reservoir: American Golden Plover reported this afternoon at the western end in a field near the dam.

Newlyn: 2W Iceland off Tolcarne.

Friday 17th February 2012


Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 1+ Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 29 Teal, 5 Mallard, 2 Wigeon, 15 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher, 4 Snipe, 5 Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. 37 Curlew and 9 Sanderling on the beach. (D Parker)

Newlyn: Black Redstart and ad Glaucous Gull still in harbour. (D Parker, T Mills & A Mckechnie)

Marazion: Water Pipit still at Red River mouth this evening. (D Parker)

Longrock: 15 Sanderling on beach. (D Jenkins) Also 2 Great Northern Divers and a distant skua species harrying the gulls. (A Hartley)

Botallack: 2 Raven, 1 m Kestrel feeding on small mammal and 2 Choughs (ringed, yellow on right and red on left; red on right and orange on left). (D Jenkins)

Chykembro Common: 1 m Yellowhammer singing in roadside bushes near road Junction (grid ref SW 452361). (D Jenkins)

Carnon Downs: 1 Yellow-browed still plus three Siberian Chiffchaff, Firecrest, 20 Chiffchaff and three Blackcap. (M Grantham)

Pendeen: A juv or 2W Iceland Gull flew along North Road before landing in a field by the roadside. (A Hartley)

Tolcarne: 1W Kittiwake. (A Hartley)

Wherry Town: Juv Glaucous Gull on the rocks. (A Hartley & G Hobin)

Otterham: American Golden Plover with 350+ Golden Plover at Otterham Station this afternoon. (C Selway & D Julian)

Foxhole Point, Bude: 38+ Red-throated Diver. (C Selway & D Julian)

Lower Tamar Lake: 16 Goosander and 1 Goldeneye. (C Selway & D Julian)

Helston, Loe Pool: Bufflehead still.

Gannel Estuary: 3W Iceland Gull at midday.

Par: Ad drake Ring-necked Duck still on Par Beach Pool.

Siblyback: 1W drake Lesser Scaup still present.

Saturday 11 February 2012

Late News 25/10/2011 Godrevy: The Purple Sandpiper seen here on this date had been ringed as a 2Cy bird on Nidingen, Sweden on 16 May 2011. (S Kill)

Late News 8/02 Towan Head: 3 Purple Sandpipers, 22 Turnstone, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Late News 10/02 Gannel Estuary: 94 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 12 Dunlin, 7 Sanderling, 10 Redshank, Oystercatcher, Curlew and 2 Med Gulls. (S Rowe)

Late News 10/02 Carnon Downs: 2 Firecrests at the sewerage works. (A Nicholson)

Late News 10/02 Devoran: 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, and c350 Dunlin at Devoran Quay on the approaching high tide. (A Nicholson)

Late News 10/02 Wadebridge: 1 female Black Redstart in Trevanion Close. (per C Selway)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2+ Bittern, 10 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 24 Teal, 11 Mallard, 3 Wigeon, 1 Coot, 25 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 1+ Water Rail, 6 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin, 1 Stonechat, 10 Chiffchaff and 3+ Cetti’s Warbler. Also 21 Sanderling, 6 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin and 2 Oystercatcher on the beach. (D Parker, L Proctor & C Barnard)

Marazion: Water Pipit still at Red River mouth. (D Parker & D Jenkins)

Drift Reservoir: (CBWPS members only): 25 Mute Swan, 105 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag, 2 hybrid geese, 57 Tufted Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 23 Wigeon, 88 Mallard, 14 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant and c60 Lapwing. (D Parker)

Newlyn: Ad Glaucous Gull still in the harbour. (D Jenkins, C Barnard & W Renshaw) Also Black Redstart reported.

Ad Glaucous Gull, W Renshaw secretcornwall

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Juv Iceland Gull still, plus 4 redhead Goosander, 1 Knot, 1 Greenshank, 1 ad. Mediterranean Gull, c700 Dunlin and c600 Lapwing. (C Barnard & D Parker) Also 2W Kumlien’s Gull at 13:45 from the causeway but all birds on Lelant Water flushed by an aircraft advertising Flambards at 15:00. Relocated at 15:30 from the pump station between the two railway stations at Lelant. (L Williams & J Chapple et al.)

Rosevidney: 200+ Redwing in stubble fields. (D Parker)

Crowlas: c60 Curlew in fields south of Crowlas east of A30. (D Parker)

College Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan, 6 Cormorant, 53 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 4 Little Grebe, 7 Goldeneye, 208 Wigeon, 64 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 8 Teal. (D Eva)
Stithians Reservoir:1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (D Eva) Also 4 Gadwall and 6 Snipe. A Sparrowhawk flew in and caught a Snipe. As it took off, it sat on the Snipe to push it underwater to drown it. Luckily for the Snipe a Crow attacked the Sparrowhawk and it flew off, the Snipe then popped up and flew away. (BirdForum)

Penzance: 15+ Purple Sandpipers by Jubilee Pool. (D Jenkins)

Turnaware Point: 5 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 22+ Black-eared Grebe, 7 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Greenshank; 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 9+ Oystercatcher, 10+ Curlew and 2 Bullfinch. (G Adams)

Truro: 1 Common Sandpiper, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, 350+ Dunlin, 11 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 23 Redshank and 4 Redwing at Malpas, opposite Tesco’s. (J St Ledger)

Temple: Great Grey Shrike present early afternoon by fishery. Park at picnic area on westbound A30 and walk down the lane 400m and view near entrance to MOT testing centre. (S Rowe)

Tresillian River: 3 Avocet near Tresemple Pool plus 5 Black tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank and Kingfisher on the Pool. (A Nicholson)Treraven Meadows: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Rock Pipit, 8 Meadow Pipit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 10 Snipe, 12 Dunlin, 60+ Teal, 37 Wigeon and a Sparrowhawk. (C Selway)Wadebridge: 3 male Black Redstarts in the Glen Road, Trevanion Road and the New Park area. (C Selway)

Camel Estuary: 4 Red-throated Diver, 15 Little Grebe, 21 Cormorant, 8 Shag, 9 Gannet, 35 Little Egret, 21 Grey Heron, 44 Mute Swan, 2 Black Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 111 Shelduck, 137 Wigeon, 26 Mallard, 8 mallard hybrid, 10 Teal, 11 Goosander (5 males), 1 female Eider, 6 Moorhen, 263 Oystercatcher, 18 Ringed Plover, 106 Golden Plover, 49 Grey Plover, 1437 Lapwing, 30 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 911 Dunlin, 29 Black-tailed Godwit, 61 Bar-tailed Godwit, 353 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 119 Redshank, 10 Greenshank (including the Ythan bird), 1 Common Sandpiper, 19 Turnstone, 6 Buzzard, 1072 Black-headed Gull, 78 Common Gull, 48 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 413 Herring Gull, 121 Great Black-backed Gull and 2 Razorbill. Also 1 Firecrest, 1 Blackcap and 2+ Green Woodpeckers along the Camel Trail. (D Julian)

Constantine to Porthcothan: Birds included, Shag, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, 1 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin, 10+ Grey Plover, 4+ Stonechat, 1 male Black Redstart, very large mixed flock of Linnets with Skylarks, Raven, 6+ Fulmar and Meadow Pipit. (W Delacour)

Swanpool: 1 Chiffchaff at the northern end of the pool in reeds, 1 Water Rail well seen on the western shore of the pool and 2 drake Red-breasted Merganser off Swanpool beach. (R Matias)

Helston, Loe Pool: Female type Bufflehead and redhead Smew still also 3+ Firecrest.

Helston: 2+ Firecrests still at the sewerage works.

Hannafore Point: Black Redstart plus Slav Grebe offshore.

Siblyback Lake: Probable 1W drake Lesser Scaup again.