Thursday 28th May 2020

Late news, 26/05, between Trevelmond and A390: Male Stonechat calling from hedgerow (C&J Duffy)

Late news, 27/05, Dobwalls: 1 Red Kite over the village around midday, flying north east (C&J Duffy)

Late News, 27/05, Treverva: 1 Cuckoo calling briefly, Garden Warbler. (D Chaney)

Late news, 27/05, The Mount, Par: 2 juv Tawny Owl calling, adult seen at 21:45. (R Hampshire)

Late news, 27/5, Rilla Mill: 6 Red Kite at 18:00 drifted off south west. (W & P Hinton)

Late news, 27/5, St Day: Cuckoo seen and calling frequently until sunset at  United Downs. (S Marshall)

Nanjizal: 2cy male Scops Owl trapped and ringed this morning, also Golden Oriole singing. (K Wilson) Please note there is no public access to the ringing site. Please keep to public rights of way and do not drive down Bosistow Lane.

Drift Reservoir: presumed Montagu’s Harrier this evening flew north. (M Ahmad)

Wadebridge: 2 Red kite, 1 Hare from Blable Gate. (S Grose) 5+ Red Kite over the showground. (O Old) 3 Red Kites overhead drifting east St Matthews Hill. (D.Wilson)

Vellandreath: 45 Red Kites east. (M Ahmad)

Red Kite – Mashuq Ahmad

Red Kite – Mashuq Ahmad

Red Kite – Mashuq Ahmad

Red Kite – Mashuq Ahmad

Red Kite – Mashuq Ahmad

Land’s End: 30+ Red Kites along the coast path. (P St Pierre) Many in the Sennen area. (S Williams)

Porthgwarra: 5 Red Kite at 08:30. (N Rogers)

Polgigga: 12 Red Kite (at 10:15 between Land’s End and Polgigga) (N Rogers)

Widemouth Bay: 1 Red Kite. (G & G Watton)

Harlyn Bay: Red Kite over our garden at 09:15.  Drifted east towards Trevone mobbed by crows & gulls. (S Lilley)

Trevose Head: 4 Canada Goose, 2 Red Kite, 4 Swift, 10 Swallow, 1 Tree Pipit. (B Bosisto)

Sancreed: c40 Red Kites this morning including one in our back garden! Many drifting back east. (D Flumm)

Red Kite – Dave Flumm

Red Kite – Dave Flumm

Red Kite – Dave Flumm

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 11 Red Kite drifted over high heading north east. Also 1 Mute Swan, 29 Canada Geese plus 7 goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 9 Shelduck plus 1 duckling, 6 Oystercatcher plus 1 chick, 7 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Black-headed Gull. (DK Parker) 21 flying over from Hayle Estuary between 10:00 – 12:00. (H and S Hodder)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Whimbrel, 4 Curlew, 12 Oystercatcher, 4 Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 7 Shelduck, 1 Canada Goose, 5 Buzzards. (P Kemp)

Bezurrel: 20 Red Kite 10:45 to 12:00. (T Polglase)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Red Kite over mid-day. (B Toms)

Carn Marth, Redruth: 1 Red Kite around 19.00 hrs. (M Tucker)

Falmouth, The Moor: 1 Red Kite mobbed and heading east at 07:40, 3 Swift (S Van Hear)

Carnyorth: 20+ Red Kites over north east at 12:40. (J Swann)

Pendeen: 8 Red Kites over by 10:20 including one with yellow wing tags T2. (P Clement)

Chun Castle, Pendeen: 4 Red Kite. (C Baker)

Roche: Red Kite circling at 13:50. (D Brookes)

St Mawgan, Carloggas: 5 Swift & 1 Red Kite midday. (L Curry)

Bude: 2 Red Kites drifted north east at 10:00. (N Bastin)

St Columb Road: 6 Red Kites, being harassed by gulls, high over drifting rapidly north. (A & B Tregunna)

St Gothian Sands: 3 Barnacle Geese, 22 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe ( D Eva )

Restronguet: 74 Red Kite heading north. (J Chapple)

Malpas, Truro: 1 Red Kite over Malpas in morning and 2 over Malpas and Tresilian river early afternoon. (A Hill)

Ventonleague, Hayle: Movement of Red Kites today. 19 with one at 07.15am. and 8 together at 11.10am. Also 1 Hobby through at 13.15pm moving east, + 3 Buzzards. (P & J Rutter)

Loggans Moor, Hayle: Red Kite heading E over A.30 @ 16.45hrs. (J Hawkey)

Newquay: 18 Red Kites 4.00-4.20pm all heading east in the Treloggan area. (D Grose) 8 Red Kite presumably some of the same ones (L Ashton)

St Keverne: 8 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Swift, 2 Swallows, 1 Red Kite. (H Norton)

Coverack: 3 Red Kite flew over toward St Keverne 17:00. (A McLean)

Constantine: 1 Red Kite east at 10.30 and 3 together east at 3.30. (D Collins)

Camelford: 1 Red Kite 1400hrs high over Valley Truckle, another or the same, lower over Camelford at 1530 hrs. (J Burges)

Falmouth: Red kite East over Tregoniggie Industrial Estate/Watson Marlow at 3:30pm (G Wills)

Budock Water: 2 Red Kite at 16.40. (S Davies)

Penzance: 6 Red Kite midday over Heamoor. (P St Pierre) 1 Red Kite hovering above fields in the Trythall area. (L Coyle)

Gulval: 6 Red Kite and 1 Hobby over Polkinghorne farm 0830-1600. (D Robinson)

St Ives: 2 Red Kites E between 09:00-09:30. (G Jones) 4 Red Kites over our garden Carbis Bay. (H and S Hodder)

St Ives, the cemetery /Man’s Head: 30+ Starling, 5 Wren, 2+ Stonechat and 4 Holly Blue butterflies. (K Money)

Carbis Bay to Lelant: 9 Red Kite. (H and S Hodder)

Crowan: 1 Red Kite about 2pm heading southwards. (M Pawluk)

Lerryn: 2 Red Kite at 4.45pm heading eastwards towards Lanreath (J Parfitt)

Lostwithiel: 3 Red Kite Polscoe over the A390. (A Betts)

St Austell: 2 Red Kites being harassed by a Sparrowhawk 17:30, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Siskin at golf club. (G Kingdon)

The Rumps: 10 Puffin 10.30. (T Imber)

Maer Lake: 7 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Dunlin (breeding plumage), 3 Black-headed Gulls, 1 f Mallard with 10 duckling, 2 Moorhen on nest in middle of lake, Swallows, House Martins. (T Nicholson)

Helman Tor: Cuckoo 1 calling. (E Mayhew)

Red Kite – Sam Williams

Sunday 14th May 2017

Late news, 13/5, Bude Marshes WeBS count: 17 adult Mallard and 21 juveniles, 8 Moorhen and 8 juveniles, 9 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackbird, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 adult Canada Goose and 6 juveniles, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Jackdaw, 7+ Rook, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Wren, 2 Robin, 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 Great Tit, 1 Cuckoo (very unusual here), 1 Mute Swan, 8 Wood Pigeon. (H Kendall, R Mudge)

Late news, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Otter has been showing well some evenings recently from southern cut-off hide. (S Williams)

Late news, 13/5, Drift Reservoir: 40 Swift. (D Flumm)

Coombe, Red River valley: ringtail Montagu’s Harrier east 10:40. (D Flumm)

Sennen Cove: female Kentish Plover but flew towards Land’s End. (K Wilson)

Little Trethewey: Bee-eater high over. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: juv Iceland Gull reported.

Penzance, Promenade and Harbour WeBS count: 38 Purple Sandpiper, 43 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling (some in summer plumage), 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mute Swan and 1 Rock Pipit. (T Mills)

Sanderling, Tony Mills

Marazion Marsh RSPB:
5 Mute Swan plus 8 cygnets on main marsh, 1 Greylag, 3 Canada Goose plus 2 goslings, 1 drake Gadwall, 5 Mallard plus 6 ducklings, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Stonechat, 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker, WeBS)

Probus: 1 ad Purple Heron again in private garden and 1 Red Kite low over three times. (R Veal, BR Field)

Purple Heron – Reuben Veal

Tregoss: White Stork flew from ploughed field towards Bodmin at 16:30 but couldn’t be relocated. (P Roseveare, B Bosistow)

Penlee Point: seawatch 06:00-09:00: 43 Manx Shearwater west, 70 Guillemot west, 60 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Fulmar east, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Herring Gull. (C Buckland)

Carnanton Woods: 1 Sparrowhawk at Spitfire Corner. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 1 male Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 17 Canada Goose, 7 Cormorant,1 Grey Heron,9 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 51 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Buzzard, 34 Carrion Crow, 16 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 3 Cuckoo, 5 Stock Dove, 6 Blackbird, 1 Stonechat, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 7 Linnet, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Skylark, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 5 Robin, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 15 Swallow, 2 Green-veined White and 1 Wall Brown. (DA Conway)

Windmill Farm: Cuckoo, lots more Whitethroats arrived this week. Also Four Spotted Chaser. (D Wright)

Whitethroat and Four-spotted Chaser – Dougy Wright

Nare Point: Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, 5 Swift. (D Wright)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Cuckoo calling, 20+ Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (D Chaney)

Men-an-tol: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Swift, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin. (R Hollis)

Porthleven: pair Stonechat with 3-4 fledged young. (C Richards)


Saturday 26th April 2014

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Snow Bunting by Jason Clifford, which frequented a St Merryn garden for three days mid month.

Late news 25/4 Foage Valley, Zennor: 9 Blackcaps  7 Whitethroat, 12+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Willow Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 14 Wheatear, 6 Swallow and 5 Buzzard. (V Stratton)

Late news 25/4 Zennor Hill: 3 Cuckoo,12 Wheatear, 4 Buzzard and 5 Swallow. (V Stratton)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 3 Whimbrel, c20 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow and 2 Whitethroat. (MJ Spicer)

Penzance: 20+ Whimbrel. (S Maycock – photo)


Long Rock: 243 Whimbrel on the beach in 2 flocks of 116 & 127 at 09:00. (J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus 7 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 3 Mallard, 2 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 6 Moorhen, 1 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, c40 Swallow, c20 Sand Martin, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler. (DK Parker) Also 3 Otter on Longrock Pool. (J Chapple, B Field & DK Parker)

Falmouth: 500+ Gannet /hour, 80+ Fulmar, 30+Manx Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Tern, 9 Arctic Tern,1f Eider, 3Common Scoter, 3 Bonxie, 100+ Auk spp, 30 Whimbrel, 30+ Kittiwake and 4 diver spp past Pendennis Point. 4 Greenshank, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Mute Swan and 1 Black-throated Diver off Gorrangorras.(D Chaney)

Newlyn: 2 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Tern and 76+ Manx Shearwater past plus 3 Great Northern Diver. (L Proctor)

East Looe: 65 Whimbrel. (D Spooner)

Buttermilk Hill: 1+ Ring Ouzel.


Friday 25th April 2014

Late news 24/4 The Lizard: 1 Great Spotted Cuckoo photographed along the track to Kynance Cove. (P&J Nelmes)

St Erth: 1 Cuckoo. (GH Spicer)

The Lizard: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler and c8 Whitethroat. (MJ Spicer)

Chynhalls Point, Coverack: Seawatch 08:00 – 09:00 1 Great Skua, 7 Puffin, 64 Manx Shearwater, 12 Fulmar, 11 Whimbrel, 25 Kittiwake, c40 Gannet and c120 auks,  all heading SW except the Whimbrel, which were moving NE. (D Wood)

Croft Pascoe: 1 f Montagu’s Harrier still, plus 1 Cuckoo, 1 m Kestrel, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Stonechat. (L Proctor, P&H Taylor, M Bishop, J St Ledger – photos)

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Montagu’s Harrier video by J Chapple.

The fate of a Montagu’s Harrier that didn’t make it beyond Malta, see at c4.55 minutes. Note the missing flight feathers in the Croft Pascoe bird, it too may have had a close encounter on its migration north.

Windmill Farm: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Peregrine and 1 Grey Heron. (D wright)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 13 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag plus 7 goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 3 Mallard plus 5 ducklings, 1 Fulmar over, 2 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 8 Moorhen, 11 Swallow, 13 Sand Martin, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler and 1 Reed Bunting. (DK Parker) Also 3 Otter on Longrock Pool. (A James)

Scillonian 111 Penzance – Wolf Lighthouse: 1 Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar, 15 Manx Shearwater, 15 Gannet, 4 Shag, c70 Whimbrel, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 44 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 1 Puffin and 1 Swallow. (DK Parker, DS Flumm & A Norris)

Scillonian 111 Wolf Lighthouse – Penzance: 1 Common Scoter (same as am.), 2 Great Northern Diver, 16 Fulmar, 53 Manx Shearwater, 71 Gannet, c70 Whimbrel (same as am.), 9 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 42 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill3 Puffin and 1 Swallow. (DK Parker, DS Flumm & A Norris)

Penzance: 1 Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool. (DK Parker, DS Flumm & A Norris)

Ruan Minor: 1 Glossy Ibis over this morning.

Land’s End: 1 Whitethroat. (R Farnes – photo)


Church Cove: 1 Little Auk reported. 

Sennen: 1 Tree Pipit. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Just: 1 Cuckoo. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)