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


Tuesday 18th February 2020

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull, 2 (ad & 2w) Caspian Gull and 5+ Yellow-legged Gull. (M Ahmad). Adult Ring-billed Gull, 3 (adult, sub-adult and metal ringed second-winter) Caspian Gull (B Dallas)

Penzance: 3 Black Swan by Abbey Slip (M Ellery)

Black Swan- M Ellery

Nare Head: 2 Slavonian Grebes, 1w Med Gull, 2 Shags, 4 Gannets, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2+ Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail. (M Doyle, M Broadbent)

Kennack Sands:2 Black Throated Diver, 2 Firecrest (R Allen)

Loe Pool: 6 Cormorant, 5 Goosander (4M, 1F) (K Dalziel)

Cormorant- K Dalziel

Cape Cornwall: 2 Manx Shearwaters (together), 1 Red-throated Diver and 10+ Bottlenose Dolphins south close in 09:10-09:20. (N Wheatley)

St Ives: Little Auk and Glaucous Gull flew north past the Island this morning. Als 3 Harbour Porpoise (L Stoppard) Humpback Whale (V Stratton)

Glaucous Gull-Luke Stoppard

Little Auk-Luke Stoppard



Foage Valley; Zennor: 50 Fieldfare, 60 Redwing (V Stratton)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Common Scoter, 1 Black Guillemot, 1 Iceland Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver and 2 Eider
(A McKechnie). 1st winter Iceland Gull (M Ahmad)

1st winter Iceland Gull-M Ahmad

Common Scoter- A Mckechnie

Colliford Lake: 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull with c.50 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (P Kemp)

St Dennis: 5 Fieldfare in a private garden. (P Ash)

Charlestown: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (D Hastilow)

Mevagissey: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Firecrest (B Bosisto L Payne)

London Apprentice: 2 Marsh Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Grey Wagtail (B Bosisto L Payne)

St Stephen: 1 Grey Wagtail (B Bosisto L Payne)

Lower Tamar Lake: 13 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 9 Goosander 4m 5f, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Jay.
(R Mudge)

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Thursday 2nd January 2020

Late News, 1/1, Torpoint (Chapeldown Road): 42 (12 pale-bellied, 30 dark-bellied) Brent Goose, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 f-type Common Scoter. (G Lewis)

Late News, 1/1, Hannafore, Looe: 7 (2 ad m, 1w m, 4f) Eider, 1 Slavonian Grebe. (G Lewis)

Late News, 1/1, Millbrook:Egyptian Goose , 4 (2ad, 2x 2w) Med Gull. (G Lewis)

Late News, 1/1, Kingsmill Lake: 1 Spotted Redshank, 143 Avocet, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit. (G Lewis)

Late News, 1/1, China Fleet Club (by pitch & put):  1 Firecrest. (G Lewis)

Camel Estuary: Bufflehead (fem/imm) at Dinham Flats this morning. Also, 2 drake Mandarin at Challenge Bridge at 60 Cattle Egret later pm. (D Julian, O Mockridge)

Newlyn: 1 Black Guillemot, 2 Iceland Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Great Northern Diver and 2 Eider in the harbour, plus Fulmar and Red-throated Diver flew south off Sandy Cove. (D Bradford, R Augarde, P Freestone, L Proctor) Also presumed juv Glaucous Gull x Herring Gull. (M Elliott)

Lower Tamar Lake: 30 Goosander (14m 16f all fishing), 1m Gadwall, 1m Hen Harrier, 2 Tufted Duck (1m 1f), 4 Ring-necked Duck (3m 1f), 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Teal (1m 1f), c50 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Wigeon (1m 1f), 1 Snipe. (R Mudge)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 6+ Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Knot, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Common Gull on Lelant Saltings. 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Slavonian Grebe on Carnsew Pool. (R Veal, S Murnan, M Halliday, P Freestone)

Sandwich Tern – S Murnan

Towan Head: 1 Great Skua, 10 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Lizard Point: 1 Little Auk past. (T Blunden)

St Ives: 4 Great Skua, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1f Black Redstart. (B Tuck)

Drift Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck still this morning. (M Pass, L Proctor, P Freestone)

Charlestown: 1 f Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Swanvale: Firecrest and Chifffchaff. (M Hazelton)

Swanpool: Firecrest and 1f Blackcap. (M Hazelton)

Restronguet Weir: 10 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe (in same group), 2 Great Northern Diver, 16+ Red-breasted Merganser. (G Adams, J St Ledger)

Slavonian and Black-necked Grebes – J St Ledger

Portscatho: 7 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Black-throated Diver, 11 Great Northern Diver, 32 Turnstone, 11 Grey Plover. (S Rowe)

Tresemple Pool: 15 Cattle Egret, 1 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Greenshank, 45 Redshank (D Eva)

Truro: 1 Avocet still (D Eva)

St Clement: 14 Cattle Egret, 1 Marsh Tit and 1 Lapwing. (M Jones)

Lizard Downs: 1 Jack Snipe, 45 Snipe, 1+ Merlin. (M Pass) Also 3 Water Pipit reported by road to Kynance.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Kittiwake on Longrock Pool. (P Freestone) Also 9 Pale-bellied Brent Goose offshore beach. (M Pass)

Towan Headland, Newquay: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Kittiwake. Also a number of Guillemot and Razorbill in the distance and at least 4 Harbour Porpoise. (D Trevelyan)

St Gothian Sands NR: 14 Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Gadwall, Snipe and 80 Lapwing. (P Freestone)

Penzance: 8 Brent Goose from Chyandour. (P Freestone)

Mousehole: Juv Iceland Gull, 3 Yellow-legged Gull (1w, 2w, 3w), ad Lesser Black-backed Gull x Herring Gull hybrid & ad leucistic/partial albino Herring Gull at St Clement’s Isle roost. (M Elliott)

Cawsands: Black Redstart reported near the Bay Hotel.

College Reservoir: 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Shoveler, 2 Marsh Tit. (M Silk)

Hellandbridge: At least 1 Firecrest on Camel Trail near Hellandbridge. (E Imber)


Tuesday 1st October 2019

Mermaid II wildlife trip this Wednesday £23, meet at 14:45 for 15:00 sailing returning at 18:00. To book call 07901 731201

Late news, 30/9, St. Ives Island (13:00-16:00): 2 Little Auk (13:40), 4 Grey Phalarope, 1 Red-throated Diver (15:20), 3 Arctic Tern, 8 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua and 3 Great Skua. (P Nason)

Trevose Head, Boobys Bay: 1 Hooded Crow (B Bosisto)

St Eval: Little Owl reported at 19:45 seen in car headlights. (D Whurr)

St. Ives Island 13:50-16:40: 2 Sabine’s Gull (15:20, 16:35), 76 Common Scoter, 6 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern, 1 Peregrine, 1 Wheatear, 1 Manx Shearwater, 13 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua and 1 Great Skua. (P Nason)

Pendeen 1500-1720: Juv Sabine’s Gull inside the rocks at 15:45, 22 Balearic Shearwater, 18 Great Skua & 4 Arctic Skua. (M Scott-Ham)

Woon Gumpus: 35 Golden Plover. (M Scott-Ham)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey and Grey Plover on Ryan’s Field. (D Cains) 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Little Stint, 6 Brent Geese, 1 Osprey. ( B. Toms ) 1 Osprey, 2 Little Stint, 2 Ruff, 1 Grey Plover, 20+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 10+ Black-tailed Godwit, 6 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Kestrel. Also numbers of Dunlin and Ringed Plover. (J St Ledger)

Osprey – David Cains

Grey Plover – David Cains

Lizard Point: 143 Balearic Shearwater reported between 08:20 & 09:20.

Drakewalls: Yellow-browed Warbler reported briefly at Tamar Valley Centre car park at 11:30.

Crugmeer: Covey of 14 Grey Partridge flushed by a Roe Deer from stubble field behind Great Crugmeer House, 2 Snipe, 1 Golden Plover, 68 Meadow Pipit, 4 Raven, 2 Skylark, 1 Buzzard at 07:30.(S Grose)

Hawkers Cove: 7 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kittiwake feeding just offshore. (S Grose)

Freathy: Ringtail Hen Harrier near Tregantle Fort this afternoon. (D Julian)

Downderry: Birds moving west, 0730-0900, included 3 Arctic Skuas, 1 Great Skua, 17 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 12 Common Scoters and 3 Sandwich Terns. (A Payne)

Trevose Head: 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua , 24 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater. (B Mellow, B Bosisto)

Lizard: 5 Pied Wagtail, 2 Kestrels, 1+ Chiffchaff, 1+ Rock Pipit and 6 Swallows. (A Witheywood)

Sennen Cove: Grey Phalarope flew in to the cove and landed on sea at 17:05, also 1w Arctic Tern present. (G Pullan)

Penlee 10:30 to 13:30: 2 Great  Skua,102 Kittiwakes,4 Manx,10 Common Scoter,5 GB Gulls,1 Med Gull,15 Brent Geese,1 House Martin,2 Shags,good numbers of Gannets and Herring Gulls. (C Buckland)

Porthkidney Beach, Lelant: 29 Sandwich Terns on the beach. (J Hawkey)

Friday 26th October 2018

Land’s End: Grey Catbird still at Treve Common.

Grey Catbird – Peter Tongue

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Great White Egret still. (R Veal, D Balmer) Also Spoonbill and 65 Med Gull. (D Balmer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Goldeneye on Longrock Pool. (P Walsh)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1w drake Ring-necked Duck still, also 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 65 Canada Goose, 1 Canada hybrid. (D Flumm) 4 Greenland White-fronted Geese briefly, before heading north. Also 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal and 3 Green Sandpiper. (M Spicer)

Ring-necked Duck – Mike Spicer

Sancreed: 4 Greenland White-fronted Geese NW (14:40-14:52), same as above, 30 Pied Wagtail in fields. (D Flumm)

Pendeen Watch: 2 juv Sabine’s Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Balearic Shearwater and 2000+ auks, mostly Guillemots, between 09:30 & 11:30. (P Clement) Also 3 Pom Skua and 2 Arctic Tern. (P Wilson, D Balmer)

St Ives (08:15-10:30): 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Aythya Duck sp. (presumed Tufted). Also good passage of Auks (c2000) and Kittiwakes (c750). (R Veal, T McGowan, R Augarde, R Wilkins)

Porthgwarra: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler by coastguard cottages. (R Veal) Also 1 Ring Ouzel behind village. (R Augarde)

Trevose Head: 1 Little Auk. (B Bosisto)

Padstow: 32 Cattle Egret on opposite side of the river. (B Bosisto)

Illogan: Short-eared Owl landed in field 08:15 but quickly chased off by crow. (J Baker)

Bosistow: 2 Whooper Swan over Lower Bosistow.

Porth Reservoir: 1 Dipper, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Coot, 1 Common Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Grey Heron. (S Grose)

Penpol Creek, Gannel Estuary: 2 Cattle Egret, 13 Little Egret. (S Grose)