Thursday 28th May 2015

Late news, 27/5, Falmouth, Pennance Point: 3 (2 sum.plum + 1 imm) Great Northern Diver and a few Manx Shearwater late evening. (S Perfect)

Downderry: 1 1S Glaucous Gull early morning, plus 2 Great Northern Diver, 8 Manx Shearwater and 4 Whimbrel. (A Payne)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again. (R Farnes)

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Truro, St Clements: 5 Red Kite at 7pm plus 2 more at 8.10pm. 1 ad Night Heron, old Vicarage garden at 9.30pm (S Rogers, J Chapple)

Stithians Reservoir: ; 2 Cuckoo (1m, 1f), 1 m Blackcap, 8+ Sedge Warbler, 4+ Whitethroat, 6+ Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Jay, 2 Great Crested Grebe, also numbers of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. (J St Ledger, M Adkins)

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Heligan: 1 Red Kite over, 3.45pm. (M Williams)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Black Kite over. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull.


Tuesday 26th May 2015

Kingsmill Lake: 1st-summer Bonaparte’s Gull late morning; park at China Fleet Country Club and follow the trail to the hide SX427608.

Ponsandane/Gulval: 7 Red Kite in off the sea at 07:20 heading NW inland. (J Hawkey)

St Just: 1 Red Kite east over town this morning. Later, possibly same bird being mobbed by Carrion Crow near Newbridge. (P Clarke)

New Mill: 2 Red Kite. (S Turner)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull. (S Turner)

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Bartinney Downs: 2 Cuckoo,1  male and 1 female, both calling, then mating, by pond. (B Toms)

Truro: 1 Red Kite west at 11am. (D Eva)

Towednack Hill: 1 Red Kite over at 4.30. (S Turner)

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Cot Valley: 6 Red Kite over heading NE at about 14.30. Cuckoo calling in valley. (G Rogers)

Balnoon: 1 Red Kite. (P Fletcher)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Red Kite west 13:20hrs. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again, also 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing near dam, 1 pair Moorhen still with 6 chicks (now 2 weeks old) at “Scrape”, 2 pairs Great Crested Grebe nesting, 10 Swift, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Greylag and 4 Canada Geese. (L Proctor, D Flumm, J Dustow)

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St Erth: 6 Red Kite N between 18:00 and 19:30. (MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 6 Mallard plus 4 duckling, 1 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, c10 Swallow, 4 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Whitethroat and 7 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Cape Cornwall: 12 Red Kite over mid morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Lands End: 1 m Sardinian Warbler still singing and showing intermittently in sallows east of car park, also 22 Red Kite over. (L Proctor, J Dustow)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Night Heron roosting deep in cover late morning and seen again 20:30 to 22:05. (J Chapple)


Monday 25th May 2015

Late news, 24/5, St Clement, Tresemple Pool: 1 ad Night Heron, sitting on branch of large dead fallen tree on left side of pool from 20.20 to 20.30. It then disappeared from obvious view among the dead branches near the water line. (J Lander)

Lands End: 1 Sardinian Warbler in sallows about 50m south of carpark. (M Ahmad, S Rogers, D Eva, T Mills S Rowe et al)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again, 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 m Mandarin, 2 Red Kite over at 13:00 and another drifted north at 14:15. Also 38 Canada Geese, 12 Greylag, 5 hybrid geese, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Moorhen and 1 Grey Heron. (S Rogers, D Eva, D Flumm, S Rowe, DK Parker)

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Sancreed: 1 Red Kite west (09:55hrs), 1 Cuckoo and 1 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 5 Mallard plus 2 duckling, 1 Cormorant, 9 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 3 Moorhen, 5 Little Grebe, c120 House Martin, c50 Swallow, c10 Sand Martin, c20 Swift, 2 Stonechat, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Whitethroat and 4 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 66 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin and 5 Oystercatcher on the beach. (DK Parker)

Newlyn, Tresvennack Farm: 4 Red Kite over. (B Field)

Penhallow: 1 Red Kite over at 14:15. (L Proctor)

Rosudgeon: 1 Red Kite going west at 14.30hrs. (I Webster)

Penzance: 3 – 4 Red Kite over Sainsbury’s car park at 1pm. (A Mckee)

Windmill Farm: 3 Red Kite, 1 Cuckoo and 1 Sparrowhawk. (D Wright)

Crows an Wra: 3 Red Kite over A30 east of village 14:15. (D Flumm)

St Buryan: 1 Red Kite over road to Crows-an-Wra at 12.20. (P&H Taylor) 2 Red Kite  over at 13.40. (M Wallace)

St Erth: 4 Red Kite NE, three at 16:30 and one at 17:30. (MJ Spicer)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite being mobbed over the Gannel today at c11:30. (M Taylor)

Lanivet, Innis Downs: 3 Red Kite. (P McVey)

Trevilley: 2 Red Kite west at 13:35. (S Rowe)

Nanjizal: 1 Red Kite west at 14:00. (S Rowe)

Crowlas: 3 Red Kite west at 15:45. (S Rowe)

Falmouth: 2 adult Sandwich Tern resting on top of yellow marker buoys off Gyllyngvase Beach. (R Lang)

Friendship Woods, St Hilary: 3 Tawny Owlets, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Robin, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff and Buzzards. (J Wiles)

Rosudgeon: 1 Tawny Owl and 1 Barn Owl. (I Webster)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 2cy Ring-billed Gull on estuary.

Sunday 24th May 2015

Late news, 23/5, Marazion: 60 Sanderling, 4 Dunlin and 2 Whimbrel on beach and 1 Turtle Dove on the RSPB Reserve. (S Turner)

Late news, 23/5, Tresemple Pool: 1 Night Heron again. (J Rhys-Bowen)

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Late news, 23/5, Altarnum: 4 Red Kites flew north at 19:00. (R Lillicrap)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 2cy Purple Heron again, also 4 Great Crested Grebe and Lesser Whitethroat. (T Mills, S Maycock, B Dodd)

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Saltash: 1 Red Kite over, heading towards Rame Peninsula. (James)

Bodmin, Kirland: 2 Red Kite over freshly-cut silage field. (R Preston-Mafham)

Falmouth: 3 fledgling Tawny Owl. (J Irvine, J St Ledger)

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Stithians Reservoir: 1 Whimbrel and 1 Cuckoo heard. (D Chaney)

Talland: Escaped Harris Hawk. (J Phillips)

Looe: Drake Eider near Looe Island. (J Phillips)

Caradon Hill: 5 Red Kites. (P Matthews)

Land`s End: 1s male Sardinian Warbler again just east of the car park.


Friday 22nd May 2015

Late news, 21/5, Goss Moor: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Yellowhammer, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 35+ singing Willow Warbler, 10+ singing Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap. (D Mays)

Bude Marshes: 14 Mallard, 1 Mute Swan (but pair proabably nesting in the reedbeds), 1 Grey Heron, 6 adult Moorhen and 2 juveniles, 15+ Swallow, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Reed Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 pair of Reed Bunting, 4 Herring Gull, 4 Blackbird, 2 Magpie, 2 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Dunnock, 10+ Rook active in nearby rookery. (H Kendall + R Mudge)

Tresillian: 5+ Siskin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Curlew and 7 Shelduck. (D Mays)

Land’s End: 1s male Sardinian Warbler still present. (P Fraser)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2cy Purple Heron on the east shore, c150m north of the dam, visible from the car park. (M Spicer)

Rosenannon Downs: 2 male Cuckoo this afternoon. (C Selway)

Falmouth: 12 Great Northern Divers on the sea off Pennance Point and 1 flew west. (S Perfect)

Maenporth: 1 Red-throated Diver offshore. (S Perfect)

Tresillian: Night Heron this evening (Friday 22 May) at Tresemple Pool at 20:05 and again at Tresillian at 20:30, flying up the river past the Audi garage. Also 4 Whimbrel at Tresemple Pool. (A Nicholson)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise (Penzance to Wolf Rock) very misty: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1Eider (M), 8 Gannet, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Greater Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull. 32 Guillemot. Also, 1 Basking Shark, 2 Harbour Porpoise.  (P Clarke & M T Elliott)

RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise Return (Wolf Rock to Penzance) mist clearing: 1 Great Northern Diver, 12 Gannet, 3 Fulmar, 64 Manx Shearwater, 1 Kittiwake, 43 Guillemot, 33 Razorbill, 100+ Auk sp.  Also c30 Common Dolphin.  (P Clarke & M T Elliott)

St Clement: Night Heron on pool in the old vicarage at 08:25.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1s Ring-billed Gull oof the causeway, also 2 Greenshank.


Thursday 21st May 2015

Late news, 20/5, West Looe: 3 Swift in screaming party and 1 Swallow. (R Hurrell)

Late news, 20/5, Hannafore Point: 18 Turnstone, 8 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin (several of these waders in breeding plumage). 7 of the Turnstones towards dusk spiralled up before heading N and overland at several hundred feet. 1 female Grey Seal about 80m offshore. (R Hurrell)

Late news 20/5 Lizard Point: 1 Yellow Wagtail in off the sea. (P & H Taylor)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2cy Purple Heron opposite the hide between the NW and NE arms, visible from the car park., also 1 pair Canada Geese with 10 goslings and 2 Great Crested Grebe. (J Hawkey, DK Parker, NR Phillips)

Porthgwarra: 3 Great Northern Diver NW over Gwennap Head (06:18hrs), 1 Whimbrel & 2 Canada Geese north, 3 Wheatears on moor. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Ring-billed Gull (1st s) and 1 Black-tailed Godwit (ad s/p). (J Hawkey)

Landrake: 2 Swift over buildings. (R Hurrell)

Bodmin, Castle Canyke: 1 Skylark singing and 5 Buzzard. (R Hurrell)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose plus 5 & 3+ goslings, 2 hybrid geese, 6 Greylag, 1 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 5 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 2 House Martin, c15 Sand Martin, c10 Swallow, c10 Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Stonechat, 2 male Reed Bunting, 1 Whitethroat and 4 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker, S Maycock)

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Land’s End: 1 m Sardinian Warbler showing well on the southern edge of the bushes south of the car park. (DK Parker, R Farnes, S Maycock, J FitzGerald-Patrick)

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St Clement: No sign of Night Heron early afternoon but seen later but not by me. 2 male Siskin on feeders at Old Vicarage. (D King)

Men an Tol: 1 hepatic phase f Cuckoo and 2 m Cuckoo calling. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Wednesday 20th May 2015

Late news, 17/5, Looe: 3 Red Kite. (P Godfrey)

Late news, 19/5, Looe: 1 Red Kite. (P Godfrey)

Bodmin, Dunmere: 1 Muscovy Duck. (G Wood)

Croft Pascoe: 2 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 (ad + juv) Goldcrest. (R Farnes)

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Liskeard – Callington: 1 Red Kite over road at 09.30. (per L Pallett)

St Clements: 1 ad Night Heron on pool at Old Vicarage until 21:20 then perched on TV ariel at 21:32. (MJ Spicer)

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Drift Reservoir (members only): 2cy Purple Heron again in northeast arm. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Lands End: 1 m. Sardinian Warbler still present singing and showing well in same area at 12.10pm. (C Barnard)

Marazion: 2 Sandwich Tern. (C Barnard)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull again on estuary.