Tuesday 4th August 2020

Late News, 03/08, Roseland: 8 Swift in the evening. (D Hall)

Late news, 3/8, Sennen: pale morph Pomarine Skua reported offshore. (Rare Bird Alert)

Nanjizal Valley: 358 ringed on private site. Of note, 1 Melodious Warbler, 213 Sedge Warbler (+3 British controls), 48 Whitethroat, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 15 Reed Warbler, 18 Willow Warbler and a Green Sandpiper. (K Wilson)

Melodious Warbler – Kester Wilson

Colliford Lake: 3 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Wheatear (B Bosisto)

Siblyback Reservoir: 5 Yellow-legged Gull and Pink-footed Goose this afternoon. (D Julian) Also, 2 Barnacle Geese, 3 Common Sandpiper (D Eva)

Bude Marsh: Great White Egret still present today. (N Bastin)

Great White Egret – Nigel Bastin


Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Kingfisher, 4 Willow Tit ( three on one feeder), 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot, 2m Tufted Duck, c40 Mallard, 3 Magpie, 24 Blue Tit, 5 House Martins, 3 Swallow, 1 Moorhen, 3 Robin, 5 Chaffinch, 1 Nuthatch, 5 Coal Tit, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Jay, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail c200 Canada Geese. (R Mudge)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Ringed Plover, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Siskin, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 m Bullfinch, 80 + Goldfinch feeding on thistles below dam wall. (S Grose)

Roughtor Farm: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Coal Tit, 7 Raven over. (S Grose)

St Tudy: 2 (1 ad,1 juv) Green Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: 521 Mediterranean Gull (D Julian)

Ruan Lanihorne: Juvenile Green Woodpecker in private garden for 2nd day. (D Hall)

Green Woodpecker – David Hall

Lanhydrock: 1 Osprey reported over the A30 mid afternoon.

Porthgwarra: 5 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 4 Puffin, 2 Great Shearwater (G Lawlor) 1 Great Skua,1 Sooty Shearwater (16.30), Pod of 6 – 8 Common Dolphin most of this period feeding offshore. (J Hawkey)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Black-tailed Godwit, ad Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 4+ Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel. (R Veal) 28 Mediterranean Gull. (G Lawlor)

Roseland; a message from BTO Regional Rep Simon Taylor:” A colour ringed Buzzard has been spotted on the Roseland in the vicinity of Nare Head near the Carne village area. Details were submitted to me via Wild Roseland for more information about the bird. Having looked it up and discussed it with BTO one aspect of the colour ring appeared to be incorrect.  This is potentially a very interesting bird so if you are birdwatching on the Roseland please keep an eye out for a colour ringed Buzzard and either submit the details to BTO or to me, Simon Taylor BTO Regional Rep for Cornwall at bto_cornwall@yahoo.com   Thank you for your help”.


Monday 16th March 2020

Late News, 15/03, Rosudgeon: 1 Female Merlin flew at speed across road in front of car and weaved between trees in garden (J Evans)

Late News,15/03, Penzance: 1 Black Redstart still on rocks by railway station. (S Douglas)

Praa Sands: 1 Cetti’s Warbler singing from reed beds at the lower stream. (J Evans)

Trevose Head: 2 (possible 4) Lapland Bunting, 1 Merlin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Red-legged Partridge. (G Treadwell)

Lapland Bunting – Gary Treadwell

Crugmeer: 1 Corn Bunting, 27 Skylark, 2 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Sand Martin. (D Flumm)

Polgigga: 1 adult Kumlien’s Gull flew over Bosisto Lane at 09:30. (M Wallace)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull again. (J Ryan)

Pendeen Watch: 1w Iceland Gull on the sea 300m off the lighthouse. (P Clement)

Newquay: Adult Glaucous Gull still in the field with the pink elephant. (T Mills) 1 Barn Owl at Trevemper, 2 Tawny Owl at Trenance Riding Stables. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra: 4 Wheatear, White Wagtail and a small arrival of Chiffchaff. (M Wallace)

Porthilly Beach: 22 Wigeon, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: Pink-Footed Goose. (P Carter)

Pink-footed Goose – Philip Carter

St Gothian Sands NR: 2 Wheatear, 20 Teal, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit. (S Van Hear, M Spicer)

St Eval: 1 singing Chiffchaff. (L Payne)

Park Head: 1 Wheatear, 1 Swallow. (L Payne)

Parsons Beach, Rosemullion: 40 Turnstone. (L Bosisto)

Camel Estuary: 1 Sandwich Tern off Padstow, Whooper Swan on Dinham Flats. (R Augarde)

Walmsley Sanctuary (keyholders only): 2 Sand Martin. (R Augarde)

Marazion beach: 22 Common Gulls (10 ad’s),16 Sanderling. (J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Water Pipit again by the sanctuary fence. (DK Parker)

Land’s End/Sennen/Land’s End: 2 Raven, 40+ Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow, 6 Dunnock, 3 (2m 1f) Stonechat, 3 Rock Pipit 1 Roe Deer stag. (M Webb)

Carrion Crow – Martin Webb

Rock Pipit – Martin Webb

Looe: 1 Red legged Partridge at St Martin’s Cemetery. (C&J Duffy)

Dobwalls: 1 male Brimstone. (C&J Duffy)

Tregonning Hill: Snipe, Meadow Pipit in song flight, 3 Buzzard, Raven. Also 1 Peacock butterfly. (C Richards)

Feock: Hummingbird hawk-moth nectaring on white Vinca flowers in garden. (K Dalziel)


Friday 6th March 2020

Late news, 04/03, Gluvian: 1 Woodcock (B Bosisto)

Late news, 05/03, Porthcothan: 3 Blackcap (L Payne)

Hayle Estuary: Ad Ring-billed Gull, 22 Common Gull, 19 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover and 27 Little Egret. (B Dallas) Also 26 Little Egret on Ryan’s Field at the high tide. (C Richards)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still off Sandy Cove this morning. (L Proctor)

Upper Tamar Lake: 4 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Pink-footed Goose (with Canada Geese), 2 pairs Goosander. (J St Ledger & S Williams)

Ring-necked Duck – John St Ledger

Pink-footed Goose – John St Ledger

Pink-footed Goose – John St Ledger

Tresillian River: 16 Cattle Egret behind Tresemple Pool, plus 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Black tailed Godwit, 4+ Greenshank and 3 Med Gulls on the river. (A Nicholson)

Newlyn: Iceland Gull still in Newlyn harbour late afternoon. (M Ahmad)

Iceland Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Lower Tamar Lake: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Goosander (1m, 1f), 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Snipe (in front of hide), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. On feeders; 2 Nuthatch, 3 Reed Bunting, numbers of Marsh and Willow Tit. (J St Ledger & S Williams)

Trevose Head: Snow Bunting still present. (B Mellow)

Walmsley Sanctuary (Keyholders only): Spoonbill and Barnacle Goose. (B Mellow) Ringtail Hen Harrier. (S Border)

Drift Reservoir: Long-tailed Duck, 7 Tufted Duck and 3 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Maenporth: Adult Pomarine Skua offshore. (R Augarde)

Siblyback Reservoir: 25 Tufted Duck including French colour ringed female, 2 Goldeneye , 4 Little Grebe. (K Pellow)

Camel Estuary: 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Common Sandpiper , 76 Black-headed Gull, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 6 Blackcap (singing males) (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Maer Lake: 1 Ruff, 8 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Lapwing, 3 Dunlin, 2 Shelduck. Also numbers of Wigeon, Teal & Curlew. (J St Ledger & S Williams)

Caerthillian: 1 Kestrel, 4 Chough, 1 Firecrest (I Bown)

Portwinkle: 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver. (R Smaldon)

Callestick: 3 male Yellowhammer at Callestick Farm cow sheds (T Wilson)

Loe Pool: 3 Eider, 5 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe also Otter tracks found. (L D’Aranjo)

Rough Tor Plantation: Thousands of Starlings, 2 Peregrine (one with kill), 2 Sparrowhawk, 7 Buzzard, all flying through the murmuration. (J St Ledger & S Williams)

Starlings – John St Ledger

Marazion: 44 Sanderling on the beach. (DK Parker)

Charlestown: 1f Blackcap. (D Hastilow)

Monday 10th February 2020

There will be educational groups from Cornwall College using Tower hide at Walmsley on Wed 12th & Thurs 13th 09:30 till 12 noon. Members are still welcome but be aware it may be a bit congested.

Late news, 9/2, Mousehole: 1w & 3w Yellow-legged Gull and adult argentatus Herring Gull on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliott)

Late news, 9/2, Roskilly: Juv Iceland Gull roosting on the sea. (M Elliott)

Mousehole: Adult Iceland Gull and probable 1w American Herring Gull on St Clement’s Isle this evening. (M Elliott)

Gannel Estuary: Adult Glaucous Gull this morning. (M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull and adult Caspian Gull reported again.

Walmsley: 2 Spoonbill and 1 Pink-footed Goose. (A Langdon)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Great Skua between 09:30 & 11:00. (N Wheatley)

Par Beach Pool: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 female Mandarin Duck, 2 Ring-necked x Tufted Duck hybrids (drake and female). (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Polbathic Creek: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Water Pipit. (A Blonden)

Rock: 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 70+ Goldfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Sunday 26th January 2020

Late news, 25/1, Millbrook Lake: 53 Avocet. (B Taggart)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still off Sandy Cove this morning. (L Proctor)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull still this morning on Lelant Saltings, also 1 Knot and 8 Stock Dove. (R Veal) Slavonian Grebe still on Carnsew Pool at midday. (DK Parker) Ad Ring-billed Gull, sub-ad Caspian Gull and 12 Yellow-legged Gull this afternoon. (M Elliott)

Stithians Reservoir: Fem Lesser Scaup still at the southern end.

Wilcove: drk Green-winged Teal still. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Pink-footed Goose still. (C Moncaster)

Millbrook: 9+ Cattle Egret at Stone Farm. (B Taggart)

Kenidjack: 1w Glaucous Gull on the rocks at the seaward end late morning. (P Clarke) Firecrest at the sewage works this afternoon. (JD Swann)

Glaucous Gull, Pete Clement

Trevose Head: 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snow Bunting, 130+ Skylark and 1 Merlin in stubble below the car park. (P Maugham)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck and drake Goldeneye still. (R Menari)

Par Beach Pool: 3 Common Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 73 Black-headed Gull, 97 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 7 Oystercatcher, 19 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 7 Teal, 14 Mute Swan, 1f Mandarin, 31 Snipe. (S Grose)

Mevagissey Harbour: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Guillemot, 1 Grey Wagtail, 9 Turnstone, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore, +78 Rook in trees next to fire station. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: 33 Pochard, 13 Shoveler, 12 Goosander. (S Rogers, M Pass)

Porthleven: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 27 Red-throated Diver. (S Rogers, M Pass)

Penwithick: 3 Blackbird, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Goldfinch, 6 House Sparrow, 9 Starling, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Blackcap, 1 Sparrowhawk in a private garden. (K Bowers)

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Treraven Meadows: 1 Bar-headed Goose in a flock of Canada Geese. (S Marquis)

Carevick, Crantock: 90 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 60 Chaffinch, 8 Greenfinch, 20 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe)

Cowlands Creek:  drk Pintail still near Coombe (C & P Wheeler)

Colliford Reservoir (West side): 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Goosander (1m), 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (B Craven) 4 Goosander (3m, 1f)  M Frost

Cremyll: 1 Firecrest, 100m down the footpath behind the pub. (N Moore)

Dozmary Pool: 8 Shoveler this afternoon. (M Frost)

Lower Tamar Lake: 35 Goosander (15m 20f). (R Mudge)

Crowlas: 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Stock Dove. (R Veal)

Carnanton Woods, St Mawgan: 2 Firecrest, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Dipper, 4 Stock Dove. (C Moncaster)

Park Head: 1 Black Redstart. (C Moncaster)

Bedruthan: 2 Chough (unringed). (C Moncaster)

St John’s Lake: 30+ Brent Goose. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

Wacker Quay: 2 Spoonbill still. (R Augarde, B Mellow)

St Ives Bay: 1 Great Skua being fed mackerel by fisherman. (C Oates)

Great Skua, Chris Oates

Plaidy near Looe: 11 Fulmar on cliff. (D Spooner)


Saturday 18th January 2020

Sennen: Buff-bellied Pipit with 20 Meadow Pipits around puddles / manure heap, to far end (SE of) left-hand (northern) maize field, where footpath crosses the area of soil-dumping, 15.30-16.00. Also Little Egret, 2 Choughs flew inland and Chiffchaff calling from nearby scrub. (J Branscombe)

Tregew NT, Old Kea: 3 Cattle Egret. (H de Gast et al)

Helston Sewage Works: 2 Firecrest, 15 Chiffchaff. (D Wright)

Firecrest – Dougy Wright

Helston Penrose Car Park: 2 Firecrest. (D Wright)

Helston Boating Lake: 1 Mediterranean Gull. (D Wright)

Par Beach Pool: 18 Mute Swan, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret , 1 Water Rail, 3 Coot, 17 Moorhen, 2 Tufted Duck, 201 Black-headed Gull, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Bullfinch, 11 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Par Beach: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Eider, 39 Linnet. (S Grose)

Par, Spit Beach: 2 Raven, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 31 Oystercatcher, 16 Turnstone, 4 Rock Pipit, 1 Great northern Diver. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 12 Coot, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Snipe, 1 Med Gull, 110 Black-headed Gull. (S Rowe)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 69 Canada Goose, 3 Shoveler, 16 Wigeon, c30 Teal, 95 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 11 Oystercatcher, 20 Moorhen, 1 Med Gull, 210 Black-headed Gull. (S Rowe)

Bedruthan: 120 Skylark, 2 Peregrine. (S Rowe)

Trevose Head: 5 Lapland Bunting, 200 Skylark, 8 Red-throated Diver, 10 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Kestrel. (S Rowe)

Red-legged Partridge – Steve Rowe

Crugmeer: 6 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting, 80 Skylark, 50 Chaffinch, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Rowe) 8 Grey Partridge at roost in Leylandi trees under huge flock of Corvids. (S Grose)

Lanivet: 1 Green Woodpecker at Bodmin garden centre. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 351 Black-headed Gull at Royal Cornwall show ground. (S Grose)

Wilcove: 1 drake Green-winged Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Wagtail. (C Urquhart, L Langley, P Roseveare et al)

St John’s Lake: 2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Eider, 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Grey Plover, c.150 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher. (P Roseveare, L Langley et al)

Millbrook: 1 Egyptian Goose, 2 Great Northern Diver. (P Roseveare)

Egyptian Goose – Pete Roseveare

Looe: 9 (6m, 3f) Common Eiders. (D Spooner)

Hayle Estuary: Adult Ring-billed Gull again, 2+ ad Yellow-legged Gull and 1 Firecrest near hide at Ryan’s Field. (I Hayes) Also, 4 Grey Plover, 27 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Greenshank, 3 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 4 Goosander, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Jack Snipe (at Copperhouse) (D Eva)

Friendship Woods: 23 Stock Dove, 2 Siskin, c.130 Pied Wagtail, 1 Tawny Owl nearby. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 Tawny Owl at 0600. (R Veal)

Little London: 3 (2m) Black Redstart, 1+ Water Pipit, 5 Red-throated Diver (1ad showing some sum plum), 2 Black-throated Diver, 13+ Great Northern Diver, drk Common Scoter. (R Veal)

Newlyn Harbour: 1w Iceland Gull, 2w Yellow-legged Gull, 1w Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid. (M Elliott) Also, 2 drake Eider, 4 Great Northern Diver. (G&L Carr) Iceland Gull on roof of harbour buildings, 2 Eider and 1 Kingfisher in harbour. (J Branscombe)

Sandy Cove: Black Guillemot still. (D Eva, M Elliott)

Gillan Creek: 2 Common Sandpipers, 5 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 9 Little Egret. (B Nicholls)

Marazion: 2 Firecrest along the stream near the wooden holiday let this afternoon. 19+ Teal from road. (M Scott)

Hayle: Blackbird singing from palm tree opposite Asda at first light. (J Evans)


Thursday 16th January 2020

Late news, 15/1, Wacker Quay: 2 Black-headed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 70 Canada Goose, 18 Curlew, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Grey Heron, 19 Grey Plover, 3 Herring Gull, 3 Knot, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mallard, 1 Oystercatcher, 30 Redshank, 21 Shelduck, 26 Teal, 11 Wigeon. (D Spooner)

Maenporth: Pacific Diver showing late afternoon, 24 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1f Eider. (C Urquhart)

Hayle Estuary: adult Ring-billed Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Scandinavian Herring Gull, 1 Merlin. (B Dallas)

Lower Tamar Lake: 16 Goosander (5m 11f at 07:30). (R Mudge, P Buckley, N Hewitt). Also 3 Willow Tit. (A Bond)

Upper Tamar Lake: 4 Ring-necked Duck (3m 1f). (R Mudge, P Buckley, N Hewitt, A Bond)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Med Gull. (C Moore)

Newlyn: 1w Iclenad Gull still present. (M Elliott)

Mousehole: 4 Yellow-legged Gull on St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliott)

Porthilly Beach: 7 Common Gull with 28 Black-headed Gulls. (S Grose)

Chapel Amble: 5 Water Pipit and a Siberian Chiffchaff. (A Bond)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck and 2 ad Med Gulls. (C Moore)

Mawgan Porth: Pink-footed Goose still. 2 Chough from beach. (M Lammas)

Torpoint: 2 Great Northern Diver. (R Napp)

Great Northern Diver, Rick Napp