Wednesday 3rd July 2019

St Gothian Sands: 5 Coot (2 young), 18 Tufted Duck (7 young), 6 Greylag Goose. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Redshank (ad and juv). (R Veal) Hobby over towards St Erth at 12:50, broods of 2 & 5 Shelduck ducklings and 2 Black-tailed Godwit. (DK Parker) Also wholly unconfirmed report of a Purple Heron on the ebbing tide.

Crowlas: 1 Nuthatch, second record in 5 years. (R Veal)

Illogan: 1 ad, 2 juv Green Woodpecker in field next to cemetery. (J Baker)

Drift Reservoir: 5 Common Sandpiper. (A McKechnie)

Common Sandpiper – Alex McKechnie

Polbathic Creek: 11 Siskin on feeders. (A Blonden)

Siblyback Reservoir: 2-300 Canada Geese, 10 Sedge Warbler, 2 juv Robin, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Chaffinch. (R Napp)

Sedge Warbler and Goldfinch – Rick Napp

St Clement: 1 male and 1 female Siskin, 1 Nuthatch. All on feeder in private garden. (P Pearson)

New Polzeath: 3 Mediterranean Gull at Hayle Bay. (S Grose)

Woongumpus Common: 1 Hobby catching dragonflies at 16:15 then drifted off SW. (P Clement)

St Merryn: 1 Tawny Owl heard, 1 Barn Owl near the Cornish Arms. (S Grose)


Sunday 5th May 2019

Late news, 4/5, St Ives: 1 Swallow at Ayr Field. (K Money)

Late news, 4/5, Torpoint: 12 Whimbrel, at John’s lake. (S Eddy)

Hayle: Probable Purple Heron flew over the A30 towards St Erth. (B Toms)

Lizard Village: Whinchat in ploughed field below Henry’s campsite. (M Pass)

Polgigga: Spotted Flycatcher along Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Men-an-Tol: Red Kite over at 08:35 plus m & f Cuckoo. (L Proctor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis flew in at 10:05. (P Walsh) Glossy Ibis still  at 12:15 also 2 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 m Reed Bunting. (S Grose) Probable Blue-headed Wagtail,  Glossy Ibis feeding, 4 Canada Geese and 3 goslings. (B Tregunna)

Blue-headed/Channel Wagtail – Adrian Tregunna

Redruth: 1 Red Kite heading east at c09:40. ( L Payne B Bosisto )

Marazion: 1 Sandwich Tern( B. Toms, M. Curtis)

Bartinney: 3 Cuckoo ( B.Toms, M. Curtis)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite seen flying south over zoo. (D Trevelyan) 2 Red Kite over 12.45 sw. (T Carson)

Lelant: 1 Red Kite over. (R Veal)

King Edward Mine: 4 Red Kites at 13:15 heading SW. (P Boorman & L Mayers)

Chapel Carn Brea: 4 Red Kite. (S Rogers)

Hayle Millpond: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff, & 5 Terrapin. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Common Sandpiper, 26+ Whimbrel, 7 sum plum Black-tailed godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Canada Goose goslings and Blackbirds nest with 3 fairly well grown young in bramble near the hide. (R Veal)

Tywardreath: 3 Siskin (2 m & 1f) on private garden feeders. (R. Barlow)

Lanhydrock Estate (Fowey River): 3 Dipper. (N de Freitas)

Farms Common: 1 Cuckoo , 4 Swift. ( B Bosisto L Payne )

Trevethan Road, Falmouth: 3 Swift. (S Van Hear)

Castle-an-Dinas: 1 Cuckoo, 6 Swift, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Linnet. (S Rowe)

Botallack: 2 Swifts flying north. (J Hawkey)

Temple: Cuckoo calling this evening. (RB & PC Girling)

Porthgwarra: 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (M Wallace)


Friday 3rd May 2019

New Membership Secretary:  As of 1st May Carol Hughes has taken over from Angela Moore as Membership Secretary for the Society. Carol writes: “I was born in Cornwall and have lived the majority of my life in the small village of Ruan Lanihorne. I gained an interest in wildlife as a whole quite late in life, but have been a member of Wild Roseland (link) since its inauguration and hold several positions. I have been recording for the BTO, Wildlife Trust and UK Butterfly Conservation for many years and help with a number of wildlife surveys. I have recently taken up an interest in moths and was lucky enough to find a first for Cornwall in my first year.”

The Society is very grateful to Angie for her many years of tireless service as Membership Secretary, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.

Membership enquiries and requests should continue to be sent to , where they will now be directly received by Carol. Membership documentation on the website will shorty be updated to reflect on these personnel changes.

Late news, 2/5, Tintagel: 2 Swallows flying around Camelot Castle and another flying in the churchyard at St Materiana’s Church. (J Worth)

Late news, 2/5, Penzance, Wherrytown Beach: 3 Ruddy Turnstone (J Evans)

Carn Gloose: Woodchat Shrike still present by the bench. (S Williams, S Rogers)

Kenidjack: Hoopoe still present in top fields north of the valley, also 2 Bullfinch. (M Ferris, N Wheatley et al.) Please keep to public footpaths and on no account enter any of the fields.

Sennen: 56 Whimbrel on the green with 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Ferris)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron dropped into Cheshire Homes section at c09:25 but not seen since. (DK Parker) Also Grasshopper Warbler reeling, drake Gadwall and 5 Teal. (P St Pierre, DK Parker) Glossy Ibis returned to the marsh at 18:20, also 1 Redshank in the eastern corner. (P & S Rogers)

Mounts Bay: 6 Great Northern Diver & 5 Eider plus 18 Whimbrel on Marazion beach. (S Rogers, P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Heligan: 2 Swallows on roof of Lobbs farm shop. (R. Barlow)

Bodmin Moor – De Lank Water works to Garrow Tor: 1 Whinchat (male), 2 Redstart (m&f), 10 Wheatear, 3 pairs Reed Bunting, 4 Mistle Thrush, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Skylark, 10+ Swallow, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Kestrel (male), numbers of Meadow Pipit, Linnet and Stonechat. Also 6 Red Deer and 2 Roe Deer. (J St Ledger, D Conway)

Hayle: 3 Swift circling over Foundry Square this evening (J Evans)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Coot, 1 Common Sandpiper, & 1 Yellowhammer at Trewassick. (S Grose)

Newquay: 8 Whimbrel on rocks behind Headland Hotel this evening they then flew to the Golf Course. (D Grose)

St Breward: 2 Mistle Thrush just up from the football club. (D Trevelyan)

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Late news, 21/5, Swanpool area: Purple Heron flying c.north west, seen from garden nearby. (R Phillips)

Late news, 21/5, Foage: Osprey tried to land in the valley late evening, but then headed towards Newmill. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 21/5, St Ives: Honey Buzzard over my house being harassed by an army of Herring Gulls and Jackdaws. (V Stratton)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond near the wooden bridge. (L Proctor)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Oystercatcher, & 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 17 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstone, 1 Curlew, 3 Shelduck, 50 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Truro: 2 Red Kite over W at 11:40. (C Benton)

Marazion: 2 Red Kite heading west at 13:35. (DK Parker)

Crowlas: Different Red Kite circling over Crowlas at 13:35 with another at c14:45. (DK Parker)

De Lank River, from Waterworks to base of Brown Willy: 4 Whinchat (inc 2 males singing), 4 Grey Wagtail (2 feeding young), 2 Reed Bunting, 5 Stonechat, 1 Whitethroat, 10+ Linnet, 6 Skylark, 2 Wheatear (1m 1f), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Mistle Thrush, also numbers of Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (J St Ledger)

Threemilestone park and ride: Red Kite heading to Truro. (S Reddy)

Porthleven: 4 Red Kite drifting north at 15:30. (A Witheywood)

Red Kite – Jen Witheywood

Kenidjack: 2 Red Kite over  at 16:30 heading NE. (J Miller)

Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 2 Red Kite 1 at 9.00 1 at 14:00, 150 Barn Swallow, 15 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 5 Common Swift. (PA Fraser)

Newbridge: 1 Red Kite at 15:00. (PA Fraser)

Bodmin area: 3 Swift, 1 imm Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff & Willow warbler singing, 2 Song Thrush. (R Hurrell)

Washaway: 2 Red Kite flying over Tregainlands Park at about 11:00. (K Williams)

Treen: 6 Red Kite drifted over. (C Urquhart)

Callington: 6+ Red Kite and 2 Buzzard in amongst Gulls, Rooks and Jackdaws on new-ploughed land a couple of miles NW of Callington. (D Knight)

Tredrizzisk: Red Kite over, flying East at 10:30.(S Grose)

Constantine: 1 Red Kite drifting west at 13:30. (D Collins)

Breage: 1 Red Kite mid-afternoon. (D Collins)

Looe island (kayak trip): 1 Whimbrel (probably the resident bird), 15 Turnstone, 14 Dunlin. (R Kirkwood)

Dunlin – Rupert Kirkwood

Turnstone – Rupert Kirkwood

Gluvian: 7 Red Kite, 1 Peregrine , 5 Raven , 2 Grey Heron, 4 Yellowhammer. (B Bosisto)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Adult Pectoral Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling,108 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plover, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff and 1 Barn Owl, 90 Swift. (B Bosisto)

Drift Reservoir: 6 Canada Geese, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 10 Mallard. (K.Bowers) 1 Red Kite over dam wall 17:15. (D Hall)

Sedge Warbler – Kevin Bowers

Great Crested Grebe – Kevin Bowers


Tuesday 15th May 2018

Late news, 13/5, Whipsiderry: Escaped Canary with white tail feathers on the coastal path. (Per J Rance CWT)

Late news, 14/5, Porthgwarra: 3 Pomarine Skua and a Minke Whale, plus Redpoll and Siskin over. (J Lawman)

Late news, 14/5, Lizard: 2 Red Kite feeding on fields around the point. (T Blunden)

Red Kite – Tony Blunden

Red Kite – Tony Blunden

St Buryan: Purple Heron circled pools to the south briefly, before heading SW. (J Lawman)

Newlyn harbour: 1 2cy Iceland Gull. (M Elliot)

Frogpool, Truro: 2 Red Kite at 12:30. (K Ferguson)

Cape Cornwall golf course: 4 Red Kite NE this morning. (PA Fraser)

Davidstow Airfield: Red Kite over at 12:00. (N Page)

Watergate, Bodmin Moor: Redstart singing in village. Cuckoo heard nearby. (N Page)

St Ives: 1 Red Kite spotted over Polmanter Touring Park approx 10:15, heading east. (L Dudley)

Sancreed: 4 Red Kite north 14:25, 2 Cuckoo, 1 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Rame Head: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (B Taggart)

Wendron (Three Cross): 1 Red Kite. (G Adams)

St Erth: 4 Red Kite east between 12:50 – 16:00 (MJ & GH Spicer)

Ludgvan: 1 Red Kite over. (R Menari)

Sharp Tor, Bodmin Moor: Red Kite drifted NW, also 2 Wheatear, 8 Swift and Cuckoo. (M Beer)

Goonhilly: Cuckoo. (C Richards)

St Austell:  Par Beach 1 Grey Heron inshore, 1Red Kite flew over the lake at 3.30 pm. (C Hooper)

Grey Heron – C Hooper

Red Kite – C Hooper

Kenwyn: 2 Red Kite east at 4pm. Also Blue Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Linnet, Wren, Dunnock and Chiffchaff all nesting here (D Eva)

Roseworthy by-pass, near Camborne: Red Kite over. (R Phillips)

Marazion: 12 Sanderling and 1 Whimbrel on the beach and 1 sum plum Great Northern Diver close inshore. (DK Parker)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: c50 House Martin. (DK Parker)

Golant: Red Kite drifted northwards. (S Hunkin)

Lanteglos: Red Kite flying over fields. (I Shetland)

Maer Lake: 500+ Swallows and Sand Martins (no House Martins or Swifts), 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin. (B Craven)

Lizard Point: 4 ad Pomarine Skua and 8 ad Great Northern Diver. (T Blunden)

Truro: 11 Red Kite over Waitrose this evening. (J Chapple)

Mermaid II pelagic: 2 Red Kite over St Loy and pod of 12 Bottle-nosed Dolphin off Penberth. (M Elliot)

Porthtowan: 1 Red Kite going east at 1.35pm. 1 Osprey going east at 1.50pm. (S Croft)

Portreath: 1 Red Kite going south at 2.50pm. (S Croft)


Thursday 3rd May 2018

Late news, 2/5, Amble, Wadebridge: 42 Shelduck in freshly tilled field. (A Langdon)

Shelduck, Adrian Langdon

Shelduck, Adrian Langdon

Shelduck, Adrian Langdon

Chapel Porth: 1 Iberian Chiffchaff again just beyond enginehouse and occasionally singing, also 1 pr Bullfinch, 1 Sparrohawk, 2 Peacock butterfly and 2 Large White butterfly. (T Mills, T Phelps)

Padstow: 2 Grey Partridge in field opposite the entrance to Retreats Holiday park. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Nightjar inadvertently flushed while walking on track on east side of reserve. (J Eaton) 1 Pink-footed Goose and 1 Purple Heron early morning. (L Proctor)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Glaucous Gull again. (D Parker, L Proctor)

Bodmin Moor, Bradford: 1m Common Redstart on territory, 1m Cuckoo, Sedge Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Willow Warbler & 1 Chiffchaff. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

De Lank Waterworks:  1m Common Redstart on territory,1 Treecreeper, 2 Mistle Thrush & 1m Wheatear nearby. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Treswallock: 1m Common Redstart on territory & 6 Wheatear. (J Hawkey, K Dalziel)

Polwheveral: Stock Dove ‘singing’, Orange-tip butterfly. (D Collins)

Constantine: Painted Lady. (D Collins)

Pentewan: 1 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch, 1 f Great Spotted Woodpecker in private gardens. (C Hooper)

Nuthatch, Chris Hooper

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chris Hooper

Buzzard, Chris Hooper

Bude, Maer Lake: 31 Whimbrel, 5 Black-tailed Godwit. (N Bastin)

Whimbrel, Nigel Bastin

Black-tailed Godwit, Nigel Bastin

Sennen, Treeve Moor: 2 Canada Geese and 2 Blackcap.

Downderry: 0615-0750 – 24 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua, 9 Whimbrel and 45 Manx Shearwaters. Also a Harbour Porpoise. (A Payne)


Wednesday 2nd May 2018

St Agnes, Chapel Porth: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing from willows opposite mine shaft at 5pm.  Also Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and 3 Swallow. (T Wilson)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron flew towards pines north of the railway at 15:20. (Chris & Juliet)

Padstow: 2cy Iceland Gull in field next to main entrance to Retreats Holiday Park at 07.50am. (S Grose)

Crackington Haven: Tree Sparrow still in private garden this morning (J & B Teague)

Tree Sparrow – Bev Teague

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 47+ Whimbrel and 9 Bar-tailed Godwit. (T Elm)

Idless: 2 Dipper, female Sparrowhawk, Buzzard  and 2 Song Thrush. (M Costa)

Morresk Bridge: 1 male Grey Wagtail. (M Costa)

Rumps and Pentire: 5 Fulmar, 20+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Gannet, 5 Cormorant, 4 Shag, 1 Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 45 Herring Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 40+ Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 7 Wood Pigeon, 1 Feral Pigeon, 3 Skylark, 25 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 6 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 2 Blackbird, 1 Chiffchaff, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 10 House Sparrow, 12 Linnet Also 2 Grey Seal, 6 Rabbit, 1 Wall Brown, 1 Small Copper,  St. Mark’s Fly. (M Scawen et al.)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Willow Tit (1 Leucistic), 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 1m Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2m Blackbird, 2 Coot, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blue Tit. (R Mudge)

Penzance: 21 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Turnstone ( 2 striking sum plum males), 5 & 16 Whimbrel flying inland over Penzance. (R Hurrell)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Goonhilly: 2 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (F Trewin)

Pendeen Watch: Manx Shearwaters passing at c400ph also 5 Whimbrel & 24 Fulmar 08:00-10:00. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 31 Whimbrel, 17 Dunlin, 16 Sanderling and 12 Ringed Plover on the beach this evening. (DK Parker)

Tregoss Moor: 1 Barn Owl with prey. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Bar-headed Goose , 3 Wigeon , 2 Shoveler, 28 Shelduck ,13 Common Teal , 6 Gadwall , 73 Black-tailed Godwit , 17 Curlew , 2 Whimbrel, 17 Dunlin , 7 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper , 1 Barn Owl , 3 Swift ( B Bosisto)