Friday 16th November 2018

Late News, 13/11, Falmouth: 1st Winter Caspian Gull (Yellow X609) on Swanpool Beach. It was ringed in Gräbendorfer See in East Germany 6/6/18. (G.Wills) more info (and pics) of the bird:

Caspian Gull – G Wills

Late news, 15/11, Nanjizal: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler ringed also Snow Bunting seen. (K Wilson)

Late news , 15/11, Mawgan: 1 Brambling and 1 Nuthatch in garden (P. Bedford)

Nanjizal: 14 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and Yellow-browed Warbler ringed, also 2 Goldcrest and Snow Bunting. (K Wilson)

Trevose Head: 1w female Pied Wheatear still present above the lifeboat station, park at the NT car park and keep to public footpaths. (R Menari S Birt)

Sancreed: 1 Woodcock, 2 Chiffchaff, 211 Canada Geese, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest and an Egret sp (Little or Cattle seen in flight at distance). (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Yellow-browed Warbler by bench along Red River also Bittern, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap and 1 Siskin. Yellow-browed Warbler behind Longrock Pool opposite Cornish Crab Co. also Woodcock and Bullfinch. (P St Pierre)

Penzance: 2 Firecrest and Dipper along Chyandour Coombe. (P St Pierre)

Godolphin Cross:  Small numbers of Fieldfare overhead this morning, plus lots of Redwing around generally, 2 Chiffchaff & 1 Firecrest. (C Richards)

Porthgwarra: 1 Firecrest, c10 Goldcrest, c10 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Water Rail, 2 Chough & 2 Grey Heron. (DK Parker)

Carne/Gillan Creek: 75 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 41 Herring Gull, 2 Mute Swan, 14 Mallard, 6 Little Egret, 4 Curlew, 1 Raven, 2 Grey Heron, 28 Carrion Crow, 1 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank. (B Nicholls)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spotted Redshank this afternoon.

Mullion Cove: Male Black Redstart in private garden. (J Allely)

Camel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Kings Mill Lake, Saltash: 159 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Gadwall , 21 Shelduck, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 35 Black- headed Gull, 12 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 37 Dunlin, 19 Redshank, 55 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Avocet, 10 Lapwing, 46 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover & 4 Greenshank. (P Kemp)

Western upright of Tamar Bridge: 2 Peregrine disputing ownership of perch at c16:30! (P Kemp)

Truro: 1 male Blackcap in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Devoran, Tallack’s Creek: 1 Spotted Redshank, 50+ Redwing (feeding on holly berries). 1 Sparrowhawk (over). (J St Ledger)

Spotted Redshank, John St Ledger

Fal estuary, Loe Beach: 9 Black-necked Grebe still, 4 Red-breasted Merganser (2m, 2f). (J St Ledger)

Helston Loe Pool: 11 Shoveler, 14 Pochard, 300+ Starling, 1 Sparrowhawk. (G Adams)

Marazion: Pair of Tawny Owl calling from 21:00 onwards. (DK Parker)


Thursday 15th November 2018

Late news, 15/11, Goonhilly: 1 Marsh Harrier. (P Bedford)

Late news, 15/11, Kenidjack: Dusky Warbler still present at the sewage works. (T McGowan)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs and Spoonbill at Tallacks Creek. (S Votier)

Trevose Head: 1w female Pied Wheatear still present above the lifeboat station, park at the NT car park and keep to public footpaths. (S Rogers) Still present late morning and 1 Merlin over. (J St Ledger)

Pied Wheatear – Steve Rogers

Pied Wheatear, Mark Halliday

Rock: 47 Cattle Egret moved off in one flock from Porthilly Farm towards and over Cant Hill, should be viewable from Camel Trail. (S Grose)

Housel Bay: Little Bunting still at the Waterings. (T Blunden) Also Merlin in the area. (G Mitchell)

Coverack: 1 Black Redstart. (P Bedford)

Gwithian: Possible Hooded Crow feeding on grass in and around Dog Walkers Car Park area.

Polurrian: 2 Black Redstarts around Polurrian Bay Hotel and chalets. (G Mitchell)

Ruan High Lanes area: Fly over groups of Redwings, (100+, 50+ and 40) heading South East, largeish numbers for the Roseland at 09:30. (D Hall)

Pentire Headland: Short-eared Owl this afternoon at c14:30 on the South Fistral side, it landed for a while on the pitch and putt course. (P Stephenson)

Porthgwarra: 1 Firecrest, 1 Blackcap, 2f Brambling & juv Sparrowhawk. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Kenidjack: 6 Chough, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Long Rock: Black Redstart, 26 Sanderling, 3 Turnstone, Rock Pipit, 8 Ringed Plover between Cafe & Car Park. (R Teague)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Immature Garganey with the Teal off the causeway. (T McGowan)

Rock Helipad Field: 3 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

At Sea: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Great skuas and 20 Dolphins between Wolf Rock and Land’s End. (J Pender)

Nancegollan: 100s of Redwing and Chaffinch moving through, westward throughout the day, 15 Fieldfare west, 2 Raven. (D Chaney)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1Tawny Owl appears to be hunting bats from Trenance riding stables. (S Grose)

Roseland, St Anthony’s Head: 1 Swallow (11.30am ).  (per Simon Perry)


Wednesday 14th November 2018

Late news, 13/11, Penzance Jubilee Pool: c20 Turnstone, c 15 Ringed Plover, 25 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and c10 Purple Sandpiper. Also 1 Guillemot off Penzance Harbour. (K&J Mortimore)

Trevose Head: 1 Pied Wheatear still present, take public road off Toll Road, park either considerately in the layby on the bend by the golf course or pay in the NT car park at the Head. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare, et al)

Pied Wheatear, Mashuq Ahmad

Pied Wheatear, Paul Ash

Pied Wheatear, Phil Taylor

Pied Wheatear, Steve Rowe

Video by John Chapple
Rock: 44 Cattle Egret, 3 Little Egret at Porthilly Farm at 08.30hrs.(S Grose)

Marazion: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull in field behind Longrock Pool at midday. (R Veal)

Polgigga:Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Crowlas: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier low over fields, drifting NW at 13:15. (R Veal)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 m Hen Harrier. (F Trewin)

Loe Pool: Goldcrest, 2 Raven, 3 families of Long-tailed Tit, 14 Pochard, 8 Great Crested Grebe,1 male Goosander. (A Witheywood)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 11 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan, 12 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 45 Wigeon, 11 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 80 Oystercatcher, 11 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 1000 Golden Plover, 110 Lapwing, 1 Ruff, 1 Turnstone, 90 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 70 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 35 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 180 Black-headed Gull, 9 Common Gull, 90 Herring Gull, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 2 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 8 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 9 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 25 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 15 Linnet. (M Scawen et al.).

Bartinney/Tredinney fields (Little Carn Grean):  At least 6 Short-eared Owl in the fields on the north side of the road between the car park at the crest of the hill between Crows an Wra and St just Airport around dilapidated barn pm. (T Pinfield)

Tredrizzisk: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Redwing from private garden, (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 Garganey still. Ryan’s Field: Spoonbill still present.


Tuesday 13th November 2018

Late photos, 11/11, Trevose Head: Pied Wheatear. (C Thomas)

Pied Wheatear, Clive Thomas

Pied Wheatear, Clive Thomas

Late news 12/11 Perranuthnoe: 1 Woodcock. (P Clement, MJ Spicer)

Marazion: Pacific Diver offshore. (M Ahmad)

Kenidjack valley: Dusky Warbler seen briefly working its way along the stream edge by the sewage works c 11.30 – 11.45 then proving elusive.(P Clarke)

Rock: 7 Cattle Egret at Porthilly Farm. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra: Pallas’s Warbler still present. (M Wallace, P Clement, MJ Spicer)

Pallas’s Warbler, Pete Clement

Falmouth, Swanpool: Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest at 14:00hrs, near Swanvale N.R. entrance. (J Rowe)

Devoran: Spoonbill, Jack Snipe and Common Tern. (S Votier) Also 1 Snow Goose and Spotted Redshank. (B Mellow)

Sancreed: 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 8 Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 2 Goldcrest. Westerly passage of 5 Lapwing, 5 Stock Dove, 18 Skylark, 65 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Little Grebe, 5 Teal, 1 Gadwall, 2 Tufted Duck, 95 Canada Geese, 5 Canada hybrid, 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Newquay, Towan Head: 2+ Purple Sandpiper and 5 Black Redstart. (S Windle)

St Ives: Big movement of seabirds west past The Island this morning. In 1 hour (9:30-10:30), 3,000 Gannet, 8,400 Kittiwake, 5,400 Guillemot, 600 Razorbill (based on 1-minute timed counts). In addition, 700 Kittiwake in rafts on sea. Also 3 Purple Sandpiper on rocks. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthilly Point: 5 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 51 Oystercatcher, 3 Common Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Tregilgas, St Ewe: 3 Buzzard. (D Hastilow)

Buzzard, David Hastilow

Buzzards, David Hastilow

Bartinney Downs: 4 Short-eared Owl, 1 Kestrel, 2 Snipe, 1 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing. (J St Ledger)

Short-eared Owl, John St Ledger

Kestrel, John St Ledger

Short-eared Owl, Stephen Williams

Short-eared Owl, Stephen Williams

Torpoint, St John’s Lake:1 Spoonbill. (S.Eddy)

Mawgan: 1 Brambling in garden (P. Bedford)

St Erth: 47 Redwing west. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle Kimbro: 1 Short-eared Owl. (D Collins)

Trelow Downs: 2 Snipe, 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

East Looe River:12 Little Egret, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher.   ( C. Hooper)

Little Egret, C Hooper

Cormorant, C Hooper

Oystercatcher, C Hooper

Curlew, C Hooper

Kingsmill Lake: 100+Wigeon and several Teal were a female Pintail and 3 Gadwall, 4 Barnacle Goose. (M Beer)

Penzance: 2 Black Redstart, Mennaye Road.

Towan Head: 1 Tawny Owl, also Redwings heard. (S Grose)

Newquay zoo: 1 Tawny Owl screeching outside the ural owl exhibit at 22.30hrs.(S Grose)


Sunday 11th November 2018

Back of Camera photos: There seems to be an increasing trend to submit photographs from backs of cameras and while we encourage this for newly found rarities, it is unnecessary for common or long staying birds. Please, if possible, wait until you can download the original pictures onto your computer and then submit these, the quality is far better and aesthetically more pleasing. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Late news, 8 – 11/11, Trevose Head Golf Course: 1 female Pied Wheatear present in a private part of the golf course. (C Thomas)

Radford Lane, Millbrook: 7 Cattle Egret. (AC Robinson, GK Gordon)

Gillan Creek: 16 Cattle Egret (arrived 16:00), 9 Little Egret, 1 Common Sandpiper & the resident Aylesbury duck with 16 Mallard. (J Hawkey)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 15 Greenshank, 100+ Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 60+ Dunlin, 70+ Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, 3 Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 200+ Curlew, 60+ Lapwing, several Teal, Wigeon and Canada Geese. (A Piper)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Pool: 8 Little Grebe, 1 Spoonbill, 30 Redshank, 3 Grey Plover, 1 Kingfisher. 19 Mediterranean Gull on Lelant Saltings including 3 ringed birds. (S Grose) 1 Garganey, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 1 drk Gadwall on Lelant Saltings. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler calling from near St Anne’s Woods. Also 1 Spoonbill reported still on Ryan’s Field. (M Ahmad, R Veal et al)

Drift Reservoir: 1w Little Gull briefly early pm, 110+ Stock Dove in fields nearby. (R Veal et al)

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still by sewage works. (R Veal, R Augarde, R Wilkins, S Rogers)

Land’s End: male Snow Bunting at Trevescan Cliff, then seen in Land’s End car park. (M McKee)

Snow Bunting – Michael McKee

College Reservoir: Spoonbill still present today. (M Amos)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 probable ‘Brewer’s Duck’ (Gadwall x Mallard) still. Also 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal, R Wilkins, R Augarde, B Mellow)

Crowlas: 1m Merlin flew in imitating a Great Spotted Woodpecker flight style, caught a Chaffinch and proceded to pluck and eat it in a dead tree. (R Veal)

Bartinney Downs: 2 Short-eared Owl. (P Haston)

Battery Rocks, Penzance: 7 Purple Sandpiper, 50 Sanderling, 28 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 38 Turnstone, 1 Common Scoter. (S Grose) Jubilee Pool: 1 Wheatear of the Greenland race. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Tawny Owl heard, 2 Yellowhammer, 21 Skylark, 1 Reed Bunting, 7 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Ponsandane Stream, Gulval: 2 Dipper (pair). (J Hawkey)

Gwennap sewage works: 1+ Water Rail heard, Chiffchaff heard, Stoat with prey. (R Hampshire)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Plover flew west, c800 Auk sp, c200 Kittiwake. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Marsh Harrier, poss female, mobbed by Jackdaws, 1 Woodcock, 2 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven. (J Evans)

Sancreed: 1 Black Redstart, 50 Wood Pigeon & 60 Chaffinch west. (D Flumm)

Tehidy Woods: 7 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Water Rail. (S Grose)

Looe Estuary (WeBS count): c125 Black-headed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 10 Canada Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cormorant, 2 Curlew, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Grey Wagtail, c75 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 60 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 10 Mute Swan, 13 Oystercatcher, 2 Raven, 14 Redshank, 10 Shag, 1 Sparrowhawk. Also Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Pheasant, Redwing, Robin. (D Spooner)

St Ives: flock of c30 Curlew in fields above the town. (J&C Bennett)

Threemilestone: 4 Redwing in private garden, feeding on crabapples. (E Harris)

Carthew: 1 Robin, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 12 Coal Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 4 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit. (K Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Blue Tit and Nuthatch – Kevin Bowers

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 136 Canada Goose, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 28 Mallard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Coot, 320 Golden Plover, 26 Lapwing, 12 Black-headed Gull, 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Raven, 73 Carrion Crow, 8 Jackdaw, 10 Magpie, 1 Stock Dove, 360 Starling, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 15 Meadow Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 24 House Sparrow, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Wren, 13 Goldfinch and 4 Linnet. (D Conway)

Loe Pool: 2 Goosander, 27 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 20 Great Crested Grebe, Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Water Rail, Firecrest. (D Collins)


Tuesday 20th October 2015

Late news, 17/10, Bottalack: 1 1w m Pied Wheatear. (A Davey)

ADavey_PiedWheatear_171015winter male Pied Wheatear, Adrian Davey

Late news, 19/10, Porthgwarra: 1 probable White’s Thrush seen briefly but not relocated. (M Southam & D Lewis)

Late news, 19/10, Bude: 4 Grey Wagtail near Summerleaze Beach and 1 Merlin and 4 Wheatear near Compass Point. (H Wilkins)

HWilkins_Merlin_201015Merlin, Helen Wilkins HWilkins_Wheatear_201015Wheatear, Helen Wilkins

Porthgwarra: 1 Brown Shrike by dried-up pond. (D Appleton et al) Also 3 Dartford Warbler. (J St Ledger, D Parker)

JStLedger_BrownShrike_201015Brown Shrike, John St Ledger

Rame Head: 1 Barred Warbler seen briefly. (S Tucker)

Nanjizal: 95 ringed today, including 1 Pallas’s Warbler, 39 Blackcap, 23 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, and 14 Chiffchaff, also 70+ Fieldfare and 1 Brambling over. (K Wilson/M Grantham)

MGrantham_PallassWarbler1_201015Pallas’s Warbler, Mark Grantham MGrantham_PallassWarbler2_201015Pallas’s Warbler, Mark Grantham

Men-an-Tol: 1 Dartford Warbler, 200 mixed Fieldfare & Redwing, 20 Blackbird flying together & feeding, 4 Whinchat and 20 Stonechat. (S Russ) Also 1 Hen Harrier in to roost at 18.20. (J St Ledger)

Carn Galver: 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Golden Plover and 1 Hen Harrier roosted at 18.05. (J St Ledger)

Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Whimbrel. (J St Ledger)

Crowdy Reservoir: Flocks of 15 and 24 Crossbills plus 1 Water Rail. (AJ Bond)

Longrock: 1 Short-eared Owl high over the village, mobbed by corvids and drifted off north west. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: 1 Short-eared Owl. (P&H Taylor)

Penberth Cove: 2 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Cot Valley: 1 Barred Warbler and 1 Firecrest. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler also 2 Firecrest at Plain an Gwarry. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Spoonbill again. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Levan: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling this evening in carpark again.

Porthleven: 2 Chough in coastal field 400m west. (M Pegrum)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 1 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover and 9 Turnstone at high tide roost and 1 Kingfisher. (T Mills)