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)

SMaycock_PurpleHeron_240515Purple Heron, Simon Maycock

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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Tawny Owl

JStLedger_TawnyOwl1_240515John St Ledger

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)

SMaycock_Cettis_210515Cetti’s Warbler, Simon Maycock 

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.


Monday 18th May 2015

Late news 15/5, Sennen, Trevendra Campsite: 24 Red Kite over site moving north 9.30 – 10.00. Polgigga: 50+ Red Kite (10.30 – 12.00) moving up from Ardensawah direction. These totals reflect other isolated reports we published on the day for west Penwith.  (S Stanbury)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Night Heron and 1 Kingfisher. Also 1 Whimbrel, 3 Curlew and 6 Shelduck on river beyond pool. (J St Ledger, M Jones, S Perfect, J Chapple, D Eva)

JStLedger_NightHeron_180515Night Heron, John St Ledger

St Clements: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Siskin and 2 Bullfinch. (J St Ledger, M Jones) Plus 3m 2f Siskin on feeder in Old Vicarage garden in afternoon and approx 8.20/8.30 pm 1 Night Heron in marshy area 100yds before Tresemple Pool. (D Jenkins)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1w Ring-billed Gull again from the causeway. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2cy Purple Heron again in northeast arm this morning. (P&H Taylor) 23 Canada Geese, 3 hybrid geese, 1 Greylag, 1 Mandarin Duck, 20 Mallard with 10 ducklings, 1 Call Duck, 1 Gadwall, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 3 Moorhen with 2 broods of single chicks, 2 Whimbrel, 38 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c30 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, c15 Swift, 1 Whitethroat, 2+ Reed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose plus 5 goslings, 1 hybrid goose, 6 Greylag, 1 Teal, 6 Mallard plus 2 ducklings, 8 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, c40 House Martin, c20 Sand Martin, c10 Swallow, 13 Swift and 3 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)

Marazion: c120 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin and 3 Turnstone on the beach and 3 Sandwich Tern offshore. (DK Parker)

Tehidy Woods: 1 Tawny Owl and 1 owlet in trees, sadly 2 dead owlets on path. (J Bowen)

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Newquay, Towan Head: 2 Storm Petrel this evening. (S Rowe)

West Penwith: 1 Nightjar churring. (C Madden)


Sunday 17th May 2015

Bodmin: 1 Red Kite over north at 9.10. (P Haseldine)

Bodmin Moor: 1 Red Kite. (B Teague)

BTeague_redkite_170515Red Kite, Bev Teague

Sancreed: 7 Red Kite (5 north-east 0915-0930, 1 west 1005 and 1 north 1100), 1 Cuckoo and 1 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Colliford Reservoir/Dozmary Pool: 10 Canada Goose, 3 Cormorant, 22 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 61 Black-headed Gull, 2 Buzzard, 3 Raven, 39 Carrion Crow, 55 Jackdaw, 7 Magpie, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 9 Blackbird, 6 Cuckoo, 6 Skylark, 11 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Dunnock, 3 Wren, 16 Swift, 65 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 27 Sand Martin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 12 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 House Sparrow, 15 Willow Warbler and 7 Rabbit. (DA Conway)

Lands End: 1 m Sardinian Warbler showing well in bush just outside car park  from 10.0 –10.20 am, then wandering and elusive. In pm 1 Hobby flew past near Swingates pool. (D Jenkins, A McKechnie, I Maclean, J Chapple) Also 1 Squacco Heron in sallows east end of car park this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Plus 1 m Golden Oriole.

Video, John Chapple

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Buttermilk Hill: 3 Raven. (D Jenkins)

Tresemple Pool: 1 ad Night Heron. (J Parfitt, J Chapple, R Augarde)

Video, John Chapple

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Helston Loe Pool: 1 ad Night Heron. (S Votier, I Maclean)

IMaclean_nightheron_170515Night Heron, Ilya Maclean

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Mute Swan with 8 cygnets, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe and 2 Reed Warbler. (J St Ledger)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 2 Roe Deer and 1 Fox carrying rabbit prey. (A James)

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Red Moor (CBWPS Field Meeting): Canada Goose (6), Mallard (3), Pheasant, Moorhen, Herring Gull, Buzzard (6), Tawny Owlet, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crown, Raven (2 juvs), Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit (1), Swallow, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark (3), Willow Warbler (c15), Chiffchaff (5), Blackcap (2), Garden Warbler (2 singing males), Whitethroat (4+), Goldcrest (3), Wren, Treecreeper, Blackbird, Song Thrush (5 singing males), Chaffinch, Yellowhammer (5 singing males), Reed Bunting (1) (P McVey)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Ring-billed Gull and 20 Dunlin off the causeway this morning.

Little Petherick: 1 Red Kite this morning. (D Julian)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing. (S Turner) Purple Heron on shoreline right of the hide then flew to left hand corner. (B Bosisto P Roseveare)


Wednesday 15th April

Late News, 14/04, Porth Reservoir: Possible Purple Heron at 18:00.

Photos of yesterdays adult Glaucous Gull and Night Heron. (M Ahmad)

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 7 Mute Swan, 6 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 3 Greylag, 4 Mallard, 7 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 11 Grey Heron, 22 Moorhen, 1 Kingfisher, c50 Swallow, c50 Sand Martin, 8 House Martin, 1 Blackcap, 9 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker C Barnard M & T Hasdell) Also Night Heron again at 20:40. (I Webster)

Polly Joke: 1 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, and a 1 Cormorant making full use of the campsites fishing facilities. (D Mays SG Rowe)

Trenow Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver (sum plum), 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, Grey Plover and 1 Whitethroat. (R Menari)

Chacewater: 1 Swift at Penstraze, Chacewater at 13:00 along with the first returning Swallows. (RC Loader)

Kynance: At least 2 (possibly 3) singing male Western Subalpine Warblers at Corn Goon. (T Blunden R Farnes – photo A Mckechnie – photo P Dinning – video)

Subalpine Warbler Kynance Cornwall 15415 R Farnes Subalpine Warbler Kynance Cornwall 15415 A Mckechnie

Land’s End: 7 Blackcap, 3 Wheatear, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Willow Warbler. (C Barnard)
Brew Pool: 1 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler. (C Barnard)

St Levan: 1 Hoopoe still on cricket field. (C Barnard)

Porthcurno: 6 Blackcap. (C Barnard)

Marazion Beach: 5  Sandwich Tern, 7  Whimbrel, 19 Curlew, 5 Ringed Plover and 3 Sanderling. (C Barnard DK Parker M & T Hasdell)

Truthwall Common: Singing Cuckoo this afternoon. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Ring-billed Gull again from the causeway.