Thursday 18th February 2021

Garden Bird ‘Race’ Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st February: This weekend – the usual garden birding rules apply (see here and follow links), the aim is to record as many birds as you can in or from your garden on either Saturday 20th February or Sunday 21st February (you can choose, or even do both!) Please email your total species and highlights list to: along with your name and location details for those who aren’t part of the main Garden Listing League. We’ll produce a brief roundup with highlights etc afterwards. Photos of birds or garden welcome. Good luck!

Late news, 7/2, Stratton, Bude: White-tailed Eagle flying along the river in the valley between Stratton and Marham church, it was being mobbed by a Crow. (D Chivers)

Late News, 16/02, Porthcothan: 500 Gannet, 1500 Auk sp, 400 Herring Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 15 Kittiwake, 24 Shag, 2 Cormorant, 1 Great Skua. In nearby stubble fields, Short-eared Owl, 350 Linnet, 200 Skylark, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Snipe, 1 Kestrel. (C Moncaster)

Late News, 17/02, Tresillian to St Clement: 52 Curlew, 41 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 47 Teal, 37 Shelduck, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest, plus 3 Mediterranean Gulls (one summer plumage) on Tresemple Pool. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 17/02, Coverack: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew opposite Coverack School (D Beadle)

Late news, 17/02, Higher Bosistow: 4 Knot at Faraway cottage. (K Wilson)

Pennance Point: Pacific Diver, Puffin, adult Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, Long-tailed Duck, c250 Gannets, c100 Kittiwakes, 4 Mediterranean Gulls. (M Broadbent)

Siblyback Lake: 2 f Ring-necked Duck, 36 Tufted Duck, 1 f Goldeneye, 4 Teal, 15 Mallard,
8 Little Grebe, 2 Coot, 3 Snipe, 1+ Siskin, 1 Chiffchaff. (K Pellow)

Hayle Estuary: ad female Caspian Gull, ad Ring-billed Gull, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 ad Glaucous Gull, dark-bellied Brent Goose, male Shoveler. (M Elliott)

Copperhouse Creek, Hayle: 1 Curlew Sandpiper still (D Eva)

Sandy Cove, Newlyn: Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Black Redstart, Stonechat, Water Rail. (L Proctor)

Penzance: 15 Purple Sandpiper, 50 Sanderling at Jubilee Pool. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 4 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black Redstart at Little London. 3 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe from bedroom window. (DK Parker)

Portscatho: 1m & 1f Blackcap in private garden, female back in our garden again. (R Sharp)

Towan Head, Newquay: 6 Manx Shearwater, 11 Great Skua, 1 Velvet Scoter, 70 Common Scoter, 24+ Red-throated Diver 19 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Chough this am. (N Long, S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Sparrowhawk (1f 1m), 2 Tufted Duck (2m), 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Goldcrest (N Long)

St Agnes Head: juv Iceland Gull still this afternoon. Also, 2 Great Skua, 20 Razorbill and Harbour Porpoise (T Wilson) 2nd winter Glaucous Gull at Tubby’s Head. (G Lawlor)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Lapwing, 60+ Dunlin, 34+ Curlew, 30+ Redshank, 16 Shelduck, 50+ Teal, 20+ Wigeon & 2 Adult Mediterranean Gull this morning (P Kemp, B Rankine)

Penrose, Helston: Bittern, Grey Heron, Pochard, 5 Great-crested Grebes (displaying), Moorhen, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, 2 Stock Doves, Nuthatch, 4 Redwing, 2 Mediterranean Gulls with 200+ Black-headed Gulls (P.Freestone) Bittern, Barn owl hunting in fields below house. (S Finch) Carminowe Creek: 2 male Goosander, 3 Coot, multiple Cormorants, 4 Great Crested Grebe, large number of gulls at distance including Great Black-backed, 2 Buzzard flying over and 20+ Linnets on nearby field. (S Ford)

Goosander – Steve Ford

Connor Downs: Peregrine over, female Blackcap, Sparrowhawk and 6 Long-tailed Tits in garden. Also Redwing and Linnet over (P.Freestone)

Gwithian, St Gothian Sands NR: 1w Glaucous Gull on main island. 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 10 Shoveler, 2 dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 White-fronted Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Curlew, 6 Oystercatchers, 1 Dunlin, 2 Rock Pipit, Little Grebes, Coot, Mallard, 2 Mute Swan (P.Freestone) juv Glaucous Gull, 2 1w Dark-bellied Brent Goose, ad albifrons White-fronted Goose, drk Gadwall, 6 (3 drk) Shoveler, 9 Coot, 1 Dunlin, c550 Golden Plover over. Also juv Iceland Gull, 1+ Great Skua from coast toward Godrevy. (R Veal)

Glaucous Gull – Paul Freestone

Carlyon: 6 Pied Wagtails, pair of Stonechats, pair of Curlews, 20 Redwing & a Redpoll. (T.Hall)

Calenick Creek: 15 Canada Goose, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Curlew, 2 Wigeon. (T.Hall)

Calenick: 5 Cattle Egret on private farmland. (T.Hall)

Walmsley: 1 Little Gull, 2 Spoonbill, c30 Shoveler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, c6 Gadwall, c300 Lapwing, c1500 Golden Plover over flying north. (A Langdon)

Little Gull – Adrian Langdon

Sparrowhawk – Adrian Langdon

Spoonbill – Adrian Langdon

St. Buryan: 1 Hen Harrier (male, flew east this afternoon), 55 Redwing (N R Rogers)

Sennen Cove: 1500 Gannets, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull (N R Rogers)

Pendower Cove: Glaucous Gull still present. (M Wallace)

Crousa Downs, Nr Coverack: 1 Jack Snipe (D Beadle)

Devoran: Spotted Redshank, 120 Dunlin, 15 Common Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (M Broadbent)

Carnon valley: 3 lLsser Redpoll (M Broadbent)

Mylor: Black-necked grebe, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, dark bellied Brent Goose (M Broadbent)

Penryn estuary: Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (M Broadbent)

Penarrow Point: 1 Brent Goose. (J St Ledger)

Malpas Village: 1 Spotted Redshank. (A Nicholson)

Treslea Downs, Mount: 3 Yellowhammers (J Goodair)

Yellowhammer – Jasmina Goodair

St Columb Major: 1 Barn Owl from westways petrol station early am. (S Grose)

Winnards Perch; St Columb Major: 408 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 10 Common Gull, 1 Merlin. (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: Woodcock over the garden at dusk. (B Bosisto)

Wadebridge: 21 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 15 Red legged Partridge. (S Grose)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 Peregrine over, 2 Buzzard, 3 Greenfinch, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull. (S Grose)

St Minver: 1 Barn Owl, 51 Linnet, 1 Merlin. (S Grose)

River Tamar – Cargreen to Salter’s Mill:  1 Great Crested Grebe,  1 Cormorant,  1 Grey Heron, 13 Canada Geese, 49 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 1 Teal, 2 Moorhen, 27 Avocets, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew, 5 Redshank,.2 Oystercatchers, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gulls,  Herring Gulls, 4 Dunnock, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 7 Robins, 1 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tits, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 3 House Sparrows, Woodpigeon, 1 Raven, Rooks, Crows, Jackdaws. (A. Parker)


Tuesday 8th December 2020

Late News, 6/12, Mounts Bay: Juvenile Pacific Diver in flight past Mousehole, seen from Mermaid II. (M Elliot)

Pacific Diver – Martin Elliott

Pacific Diver – Martin Elliott

Pacific Diver – Martin Elliott

Late News, 07/12, Downderry: 2 Black Redstart to east of the village late afternoon. (A Payne)

Siblyback: 2 Ring-necked Duck near the hide. (M Beer)

St Erth: Dusky Warbler still present from footpath south of the stream opposite the two fishing lakes. (DK Parker)

Dusky Warbler – Dave Parker

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 3 Siberian Chiffchaff (tristis), 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 f/juv Black Redstart on the beach. (L Proctor, T Mills) Harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black Redstart (1W male?). (T Mills)

Black Redstart – Tony Mills

Grey Wagtail – Tony Mills

Polgiga; Raftra Pool: Siberian Chiffchaff, Woodcock and Hen Harrier. (M Wallace)

Nanquidno: Lapland Bunting. (N Wheatley)

Mousehole: Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver. (Birdguides). 1w Yellow-legged Gull at the gull roost, plus Great Northern Diver and 1+ Purple Sandpiper. (M Elliott)

Drift Reservoir:parvipes-type’ Lesser Canada Goose, 126 Canada Geese, m Pintail, 4 Wigeon, 11 Teal, 5 Tufted Duck, Snipe, Med Gull, 70 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Parvipes type Canada Goose – Dave Flumm

Parvipes type Canada Goose – Dave Flumm


Gerrans Bay: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-throated Diver, 1st winter Iceland Gull. (D Julian)

Devoran: adult European White-fronted Goose still. (Birdguides)

Penryn Estuary: Spoonbill along the Penryn estuary (50.1698, -5.0907) this am. (F Bell) Also present yesterday. (N Constable)

Spoonbill – Nina Constable

Spoonbill – Nina Constable

Maenporth: 1 Spoonbill at beach end of pool, flew off over sea at about 10 am. (D Price)

1st winter Spoonbill – Dave Price


St Gothian Sands LNR: 60 Teal, 11 Coot. (S Turner)

Hayle Estuary: Ring-billed Gull, Yellow-browed Warbler. (M Halliday)

Yellow-browed Warbler – Mark Halliday

Ring-billed Gull – Mark Halliday


St Ives Bay: Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Skua, 3 Med Gulls, numerous auks, Kittiwake’s and Gannet’s from NCI am. Also small groups of Harbour Porpoises and Common Dolphins. (T Wilson)

Godrevy: 12 Purple Sandpiper on rocks below the life guard station. (S Turner)

St Germans (River Tiddy just north of St Germans Quay):  Juv Iceland Gull, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 female Merlin. (G Lewis)

Downderry: Swallow seen again early morning. Several Blackcaps, Chiffchaff and Firecrest also noted today.(A Payne)

East Looe seafront: 1 Purple Sandpiper with flock of 15 Turnstones, 1 Black Redstart, plus at least 7 Blackcaps feeding on ivy berries on cliff.(D Spooner)

Purple Sandpiper – Derek Spooner

Purple Sandpiper (rear) Turnstone (front) – Derek Spooner

Purple Sandpiper (left) Turnstone (right) – Derek Spooner

St Jidgey: Ringtail Hen Harrier. (D Julian)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Pink-footed Goose still, 1 Common Sandpiper. (B Bosisto)

Treraven Meadows: 1 Water Pipit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Little Grebe, 18 Red legged Partridge, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Treecreeper. (S Grose)

Rock: 1m Blackcap, 7 Greenfinch from private garden. (S Grose)

Hawkers Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Gluvian: female Blackcap on garden feeder. (L Payne)

St Dennis: Mistle Thrush, Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch,4 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Common Buzzard around the cemetery. (P Ash)

Camborne: 1 f/juv Black Redstart (JA Evans)

Black Redstart – Justin Evans

St Ives Bay: Great Northern Diver, 2 Great Skua, 3 Med Gulls, numerous auks, Kittiwakes and Gannets from NCI am. Also small groups of Harbour Porpoises and Common Dolphins but no Humpbacks. (T Wilson)

Marazion: 1 Spotted Redshank over marsh. (P Walsh)

Lelant Downs: 15+ Curlew in field on Trink Farm. (P Geddes)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Great Northern Diver in Carnsew Basin. (R Randall)

Great Northern Diver – Richard Randall

Great Northern Diver – Richard Randall

Lower Tamar Lake: 35 Goosander (14m 21f), 5 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit , 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, c25 Snipe, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron. (R Mudge)

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Friday 4th December 2020

Late news, 28/11, Kynance: Chough. (H Tiddy)

Crows an Wra: Sociable Lapwing still present this am to north of village. (D Flumm, P Aley et al)

Sociable Lapwing – Mike Spicer

Penzance: ad Pacific Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 17 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Ringed Plover and a Kingfisher at Jubilee Pool. (M Broadbent)

Church Cove, The Lizard: male Red-breasted Flycatcher still in gardens below the church car park (G Wills)

Newlyn: Iceland Gull still in the fish quay. (M Broadbent)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, 6 (2w, 3w, near ad, 3 ad) Yellow-legged Gull, probable hybrid Herring Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, c300 Lapwing, 12 Golden Plover. (R Veal)

Bussow Reservoir: redhead Goosander. (R Veal)

St Ives (8-10): 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter, 8 Fulmar, c25 Dunlin, c8000 auk sp.(mainly Guillemot), c500 Kittiwake, c200 Shag. (R Veal) Also (10:30-15:30): 4 Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Great Skua, 8 Fulmar, c1200 Razorbill, c1800 Guillemot, c700 Kittiwake, c600 Gannet, 1 Glaucous Gull (14:48), 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 60 Dunlin, 2 Purple Sandpiper. (P. Nason)

Pendeen: 4 Common Scoter, 1 Black-throated Diver, 3 diver sp, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 9 Great Skua, 5 Manx Shearwater, 111 Fulmar, 5 Med Gulls between 08:00 & 13:00, also 7+ Bottlenose Dolphin. (P Combridge, DK Parker)

Stithians: Short-eared Owl to the north of the reservoir over fields at dusk. (M Broadbent)

St Austell: Swallow flying South over the 10th hole at St Austell Golf Club. (G Kingdon)

Charlestown: 1m Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Mawgan Porth: 113 Teal,  2 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 34 Wigeon, 86 Canada Goose, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 125 Black-headed Gull , 5 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 13 Curlew. (B Bosisto)

Porth Reservoir: 12 Coot, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher. (B Bosisto) 1f Peregrine hunting Corvid flock at dusk. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Pink-footed Goose, 5 Tufted Duck, 65 Wigeon , 55 Black-tailed Godwit. (B Bosisto)

Camel Estuary: 114 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 92 Shelduck, 506 Dunlin, 26 Ringed Plover, 700 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 29 Grey Plover, 11 Knot. (B Bosisto)

Porthilly: 1 Great Northern Diver over, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 5 Redshank, 3 Curlew, 9 Turnstone, 86 Oystercatcher, 18 Wigeon, 11 Common Gull.(S Grose)

Flushing Estuary: 40+ Curlew, 3 Little Grebe, 10+ Turnstone, 3 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 20+ Purple Sandpipers (P Oldcorn, T Johnson)

Loe Pool: Spoonbill on Loe bar before flying south (S Bury)

Spoonbill – Steve Bury

Of interest, the juvenile Osprey 092 from the Rutland project and present on the Gannel Estuary during September has been sighted in Spain fishing in the Delta de la Tordera which is to the east of Barcelona. (D Carrier)


Tuesday 1st December 2020

Late news, 13/10, Fowey: Hawfinch in private garden. (T Eisler)

Late news, 29/11, Stepper Point: Barn Owl on the footpath between Tregirls beach and Hawkers Cove, perched on a fence post within 20 to 30 feet of the waters edge. (T Nightingale)

Crows-an-Wra: Sociable Lapwing still present with Lapwing. (J Ryan et al)

Sociable Lapwing – Sam Williams

Sociable Lapwing – Peter Tongue

Sociable Lapwing – Peter Tongue

Penzance: ad Pacific Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, c8 Great Northern Diver, ad drake Eider, c40 Common Scoter, 4 Purple Sandpiper from Jubilee Pool; 2 (1m) Black Redstart on PZ Gallery roof. (R Veal, B Mellow et al) Far end of Jubilee Pool: Pacific Diver 1/2km out of harbour late afternoon. (M Elliott)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver. (T McGowan, R Veal)

Penberth: 1 Red-necked Grebe. (S Rogers)

Marazion Beach: 2 Brent Goose. (P Fraser)

Sandy Cove: Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Water Rail. (L Proctor)

St Buryan: ringtail Hen Harrier flew towards Brane. (Birdguides)

Church Cove: ad male Red-breasted Flycatcher again. (B Mellow)

St Austell Sewage Works/ Pentewan Valley: 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 9 Chiffchaff, 19 Goldcrest, Firecrest, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, 5 Siskin, Mistle Thrush, 4 Dipper. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Pentewan Beach: Great Northern Diver offshore, 10 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff. (B Bosisto L Payne)

St Austell Bay/Spit Beach: Great Northern Diver, Curlew, 12 Turnstone, 9 Common Scoter. (E Mayhew)

Marazion, Longrock Pool: Siberian Chiffchaff with 8+ nominate Chiffchaff. (R Veal)

Little London Beach – Boat Cove: 1 Black-throated Diver, 19 Great Northern Diver, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4 Redshank, 2 f/juv Black Redstart, 1 Water Pipit, c40 Rock Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap.(R Veal)

Marazion: Imm/fem Black Redstart in a private garden. (DK Parker)

Longrock: 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, c50 Common Scoter. (DK Parker)

Drift Reservoir: juvenile Iceland Gull near hide. (Birdguides)

Porthgwarra: 4 Chough, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Scoter, many Gannet, 9 Stonechat, also small pod of Common Dolphin and some Grey Seals. (A Piper)

Atlantic Grey Seal – Alex Piper

Chough – Alex Piper

Common Dolphin’s – Alex Piper

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Goldeneye, 135 Lapwing, 59 Wigeon, 105 Teal, 1 Kingfisher (D Eva) Yellow-browed Warbler still in north-east corner. (Birdguides)

Fal Estuary: Black-tailed Godwit today near ardevora today. (A Claxton)

Portscatho Lookout: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 3 Black-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 10 Common Scoter (female), 30 Curlew (over, then landing in field), 40+ Common Dolphin with feeding frenzy of Gannet, 2 Harbour Porpoise. (J St Ledger)

Slavonian Grebe – John St Ledger

Black-throated Diver – John St Ledger

Common Dolphin with feeding frenzy – John St Ledger

Harbour Porpoise – John St Ledger

Devoran Quay: 2 Grey Plover, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 72 Dunlin, 6 Common Gull. (J St Ledger)

Boscawen-noon: 73 Fieldfare, 120 Redwing, 4 Snipe. (D Flumm)

Downderry: moving west, 0805-0900, 269 Gannet, 2 Fulmar and 41 Kittiwake. On the sea later 10 Great Northern Diver. (A Payne)

Wadebridge: Female Black Redstart. (R Bullman)

Rock: 1 f Sparrowhawk, 1 m Blackcap, 7 Greenfinch (feeding on Ash seeds). (S Grose)

St Columb Major: 2 Cattle Egret in field opposite Pall factory (car boot field) at 14.30pm ( S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Water Rail, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Coot, 9 Tufted Duck, 7 Teal. (S Grose)

Newquay: 9 Little Egret in to roost at the Zoo, 3 Tawny Owl at Trevemper, 100+ Pied Wagtail roosting on Morrisons roof. (S Grose)

Trelanvean: Single Cattle Egret heading inland over the St Keverne road near Coverack this afternoon (M Grantham)


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Monday 30th November 2020

Mermaid Wildlife Pelagic: Penzance, Wednesday 2nd December, 1pm – 4pm, £25 adults, £15 children. Phone to book, 07901 731201.

Please observe current Government guidelines with respect to travel and coronavirus restrictions (social distancing etc), but do still enjoy your birding locally and responsibly.

Late News, 29/11, Porthmeor Beach: 1 Black Guillemot (E Symons)

Crows-an-Wra: Sociable Lapwing still present this morning in weedy field just north of Cardinney Caravan and camping park with approximately 70 Northern Lapwing. Also a ringtail Hen Harrier. (S Turner et al)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: Pacific Diver, 4+ Great Northern Diver, c.68 Common Scoter and 1 Kingfisher. (S Rogers and MJ Spicer)

St Buryan: Rose-coloured Starling still in the area. (J Thurstans)

Nanquidno: Great Skua harassing Kittiwakes near The Brisons, 2 Chough cliffs. (D Flumm)

Chough – Dave Flumm

Chough – Dave Flumm

Sancreed: Ringtail Hen Harrier, 20 Skylark, 15 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Little London, Marrizion: Dark Bellied Brent Goose, Red Breasted Merganser, Black Redstart. (A Witheywood)

Penzance Harbour: 1 Black Redstart and  1 Kingfisher. (A McKechnie)

Kingfisher – Alex McKechnie

Hayle Estuary: 1 Great Northern Diver, 150 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Knot, 3 Kingfisher, 3 Goosander, 45 Dunlin, 50 Grey Plover, 150 Golden Plover, 4 Greenshank, 5 Little Grebe, 200 Lapwing, 1 Siskin and large numbers of Wigeon and Teal. (I Grant & F Were) Also reported, 1w Caspian Gull, 4 redhead Goosander, 2 Knot, 6 Snipe, 13 Grey Plover, 12 Common Gull, c. 60 Med Gull. (R Veal)

Kynance Cove: 2 Choughs on the south west coast path this morning. (R Newman)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 6 Common Scoter (female), 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Kestrel (over). Viewed from footpath from Pennance to Maenporth (J St Ledger)

Long-tailed Duck – John St Ledger

Gerrans Bay: 13 Great Northern Diver, 8 Black-throated Diver, 18 Common Scoter, 2 Slavonian Grebe. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Pendower Beach: 1 Black Redstart , 2 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Firecrest. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Portscatho: 12 Mediterranean Gull. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Charlestown: 1 m Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Crantock: 20 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Greenfinch, 40 Fulmar, 100 Lapwing (S Van Hear)

Holywell: 2 Chough, 2 Raven (S Van Hear)

Wadebridge: 1 Dipper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper at Guineaport early am, 1 Hare (presumed roadkill on A39 nr halfway house pub). (S Grose)

Tredrizzisk: 2 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sparrowhawk from private garden. (S Grose)

Rock: 1 Great Northern Diver just off sailing club. (S Grose)

Millbrook: 1 Red Breasted Merganser, 3 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Common Gull, 9 Shelduck, 2 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Little Egret, 5 Teal, 1 Curlew, 4 Moorhen. (D Sharp)

Torpoint: 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Red Breasted Merganser, 29 Dunlin, 4 Brent Goose, 3 Curlew, 1 Oystercatcher, 9 Cormorant, 2 Mute Swan, 200+ Canada Goose, plus large number of Widgeon and Teal. (D Sharp)

Red-breasted Merganser – Deena Sharp

Brent Geese – Deena Sharp

Common Gull – Deena Sharp

Downderry: 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red Throated Diver, 6 Turnstone. (A Blonden)

Portwrinkle: 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Gannet. (A Blonden)

Lower Tamar Lake: 18 Goosander (10m 8f), 1 Green Sandpiper, 5 Willow Tit, 4 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f. 2 Wigeon, 2 Great Black-backed Gull. (R Mudge)


Sunday 29th November 2020

Please observe current Government guidelines with respect to travel and coronavirus restrictions (social distancing etc), but do still enjoy your birding locally and responsibly.

Crows-an-Wra: 1cy Sociable Lapwing briefly just North of Crows-an-Wra village c9:00, then relocated 13:00-15:20 in 4th field NE of Tredinney Campsite, later relocated in field East of the stone circle near Boscawen-noon Farm. (T McGowan, J Cook, S Rogers et al) Also ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, 6 Stock Dove, 18 Fieldfare, c120 Lapwing, c300 Golden Plover in the area. (R Veal et al)

Sociable Lapwing – John St Ledger

Penzance: 1 Pacific Diver off Jubilee Pool also c.20 Common Scoter. c.20 Purple Sandpiper, c.20 Turnstone and c.20 Sanderling on the rocks. (M Jones)

Church Cove, Lizard: Red-breasted Flycatcher still present. (S Rogers)

Grade Marsh, Lizard: 1 Richards Pipit. (S Croft)

Bude Marsh: Siberian Chiffchaff. (A Roberts)

Walmsley Sanctuary/ Chaple Amble: 3 Water Rail , 310 Canada Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 72 Wigeon, 7 Mute Swan, 3 Gadwall, 26 Shoveler , drake Pintail, 85 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Snipe , Golden Plover Little Egret, 10 Redwing 75 Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Water Pipit, 1 Yellowhammer. (B Bosisto) In addition, 1 Merlin, 1 Harrier sp, c.150 Curlew, 2 Stonechat, 1 Snipe, c.40 Redwing, c.30 Fieldfare. (A Langdon)

Yellow-browed Warbler – Adrian Langdon

Polgigga: Yellow-browed Warbler along bosistow lane and a Lapland Bunting at Higher Bosistow.
Also Snow Bunting still at Roskestal. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Green Sandpiper, 21 Stock Dove, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon, 11 Little Grebe. (R Veal)

Sancreed: Kestrel, 18 Snipe, 40 Skylark, 8 Fieldfare, Black Redstart, Chiffchaff, 70 Linnet. (D Flumm)

Bartinney: 1 Hen Harrier. (S Williams)

Hen Harrier – Sam Williams

Knavocks: Short-eared owl (G Rogers)

Short-eared Owl – Geoff Rogers

Hayle Estuary: Great Northern Diver on Carnsew Pool for 2nd day. (P Graham) 3 Goosander on Ryans Field. (J Jones)

Helston Boating Lake: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 163 Black-headed Gull, 5m Muscovey Duck, 13 Shoveler, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant (high up in macrocarpa tree). (S Grose)

Porthleven Harbour: 19 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 68 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 m Black Redstart (at start of coastal path to Rinsey. (S Grose)

Falmouth Golf Course: 1+ Woodlark with 50+Skylark in fields nearby. Also, 200 Chaffinch, 30 Siskin, 20 Linnet, 10 Goldfinch, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2+ Cirl Bunting. View from golf course, fields are private land. (M Broadbent)

Swanpool: 6f Common Scoter and 1 Great Northern Diver. (M Broadbent)

Perranporth: 61 Lapwing, 7 Golden Plover, 2 Chough (unringed juvs), from Perran Sands. (S Grose)

Trevemper Sewage Works: 2 Mediterranean Gull, 46 Black-headed Gull, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Kestrel, 7 Buzzard, 31 Linnet, 2 m Blackcap. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 161 Common Scoter, 2 Teal, 1 Great Northern Diver. (S Rowe) Also, 22 Purple Sandpiper, 19 Turnstone, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Plover this afternoon. (M Lammas)

Porth Joke: 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 15 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 12 Blackbird, 3 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Water Pipit, 12 Redshank, 2 Dunlin (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Canada Goose, 2 Pochard and 2 Long-tailed Tit (K Gray)

Camelford: 1 Dipper by the bridge. (S Marquis)

Rocky Valley: 1 Dipper. (S Marquis)

Colliford Lake: C.700 Lapwing and Golden Plover in two areas at North end. Also a Goosander. (A Blonden)

Siblyback Lake: 2  Great Northern Driver, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 5 Redwing, 3 Coot, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Raven, 5 Cormorant, 7+ Goldfinch, 50+ Canada Goose, Plus a number of Lesser Black-backed Gull. (D Sharp)

Great Northern Diver – Deena Sharp

Little Grebe – Deena Sharp

Kingsmill Lake: 114 Avocet, 4 Greenshank, 17 Lapwing, 1 Knot, 3 Grey Plover, with 190+ Dunlin & many Redshank, Teal & Wigeon during a low tide count. (P Kemp)

Millbrook: 30 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Great-crested Grebe, 15 Cattle Egret, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 2 Mediterranean Gulls this afternoon. (A Payne)

Downderry: 1 Blackcap and 1 Brambling in private garden this morning. (A Payne)

Calstock: 43+ Snipe and 2 Green Sandpiper. (N Moore)


Saturday 28th November 2020

Please observe current Government guidelines with respect to travel and coronavirus restrictions (social distancing etc), but do still enjoy your birding locally and responsibly.

Marazion: Woodcock over Green Lane at first light. (DK Parker)

Crows-an-Wra: Sociable Lapwing initially here in flight at 10.05 and in field by the caravan park then flew along the A30 towards St Buryan. Also ringtail Hen Harrier and 2 Chough (S Rowe, T Carson)

St Buryan: Sociable Lapwing in fields to north of B3283 c300m east of the garage c10.30-11-10 when it flew back towards Crows-an-Wra. (S Rogers et al)

Penzance (Jubilee Pool): 7 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Common Scoter, 1 Pacific Diver. (I Grant, F Were, N Rogers) 3 Black-throated Diver and 1 Red-throated Diver off Jubilee Pool mid-pm. (S Rowe, T Carson)

Church Cove; Lizard: adult male Red-breasted Flycatcher still. (Birdguides)

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Black Redstart and 2 Blackcap at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor T Mills) also 36 Common Scoter & 4 Great Northern Diver. (S Rowe T Carson)

Yellow-browed Warbler – Tony Mills

Walmsley Sanctuary: Pink Footed Goose, 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (C Selway)

Towan Head, Newquay: 23 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover. (N Long) 19 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover, 29 Oystercatcher, 7 Turnstone, 1m Kestrel, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Rock Pipit. Great Northern Diver still off Fly cellars. (S Grose)

Whipsiderry: 7 Corn Bunting, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Pendeen: Juv Iceland Gull. (P Clement)

Par Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 9 Eider (7 male, 2 female). (E Mayhew)

Par Pond: 1 Common Sandpiper. (E Mayhew)

Calstock, East pond: 42+ Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper. (Neil Moore)

Land’s End: Great Skua & 20 Common Scoter south. 35 Fulmar feeding. (D Flumm)

Kiberick Cove: 2 Black Redstart (L Sampson)

Siblyback Lake: 3 Goosander, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 30 Fieldfare, 60 Redwing, 15 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush,  1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Stonechat. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Downderry: Blackcap, Firecrest and Chiffchaff all noted today. (A Payne)

Seaton: male Wigeon with Mallards for fourth successive day, at least. (A Payne)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Little Grebe, 25+ Snipe, 20+ Lapwing, 40+ Teal, 30+ Wigeon, Grey Heron. (P Oldcorn)

Swanpool; Falmouth: Yellow-browed Warbler still. (Birdguides)

Coverack: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at the sewage works; also Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and Velvet Scoter offshore. (Birdguides)

Charlestown: 1 f Sparrowhawk, 6 Long-Tailed Tits, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wood Pigeons, 4 Blue Tits, 2 Great Tits, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Dunnock, 8 House Sparrows, 1 Wren, 2 Jackdaws, 2 Magpies, 2 Robins, 2 Blackbirds ( D Hastilow )

Treraven Meadows: 1 Green Sandpiper. (S Marquis)

Camel Trail: 2 Marsh Tit. (S. Marquis)

Lamorna: 2 Humpback Whales reported. (J Ryan)


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