Saturday 1st June 2019

Porthgwarra: Quail reported on path by the pool but flew south.

Crugmeer: 4 individual Grey Partridge, 13 Skylark, 6 Whitethroat, 1 Yellowhammer, 33 Rook, 3 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Newlyn: 2cy Yellow-legged Gull on the Fish Quay. (M Elliott)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 pairs of Willow Warbler each feeding 6 young at nests, Reed Bunting and Bullfinch also nesting. (D Eva)

Tywardreath: 2 House Sparrow (Male and Female building nest inside junction box at top of telegraph pole), 1 Goldcrest in private garden. (R Barlow)

Croft Pascoe: 2 male, 1 female Cuckoo, 3 Chiffchaff, 1f Great Spotted Woodpecker. (V Skilton)

Newquay: 5 Swift over Sainsbury’s 1.30pm and over estate near River Gannel at 7pm (J Jelbert)

Porthgwarra: 24 Hummingbird Hawk Moth this afternoon. (M Wallace)

Mawgan in Meneage: Hummingbird Hawk Moth (S Chandler)


Tuesday 28th May 2019

Late news: 18/5, Helston Boating Lake: Presumed escape Ferruginous Duck. (J & D Chapman)

Late news, 25/5, Whitecross (Newquay): 4 Swallow, (no House Martin this year), 3 Linnter, pr Yellowhammer, 4 Skylark, 25 House Sparrow, 1 pr Robin + 2 young, 2 Dunnock, 3 Wren, 3 Blackbird + 3 young, 16 Magpie, 2 Buzzard, 25+ Long-tailed Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 pr Pied Wagtail + 5 young, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 singing Blackcap. Also 1 Brimstone laying eggs on Alder Buckthorn, 2 Orange-tip, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Green-veined White. (D Thomas)

Brimstone – David Thomas

Stonechat – David Thomas

Late news, 27/5, Goss Moor: 2 Raven, 3 Buzzard, 2 pr Stonechat, 6 + Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Robin, 5 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Swallow, 8 House Martin. (D Thomas)

Late news: 27/5, Windmill Farm: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Dunlin, several Willow Warblers. (J & D Chapman)

Late news: 27/5, Constantine: 1 Lesser Whitethroat. (J & D Chapman)

St Wenn, South of Rosenannon: 1 Quail calling in hayfield in the evening. (A Bennallick)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis near the sanctuary fence at 12:00. (P Walsh) Also 64 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 4 imm drk Eider on/from the beach. (R Veal)

Sanderling, Reuben Veal

Plain-an-Gwarry: Turtle Dove reported in private garden again.

Penzance: 6 Purple Sandpipers still by Jubilee Pool, 1 Eider.

Stratton: c10 House Martin. (B Bryne)

Wadebridge: 1 Great spotted Woodpecker over blable gate area. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)

Bodmin Moor; De Lank Waterworks to De Lank Farm: 3 prs of Redstart – all feeding young, 2 prs of Wheatear  feeding young, 2 Cuckoo (heard), 1 Kestrel. Also 1 Roe Deer with young. (J St Ledger)

Redstart and young, John St Ledger

male Redstart, John St Ledger

Charlestown: 1m, 1f Blue Tits with nestlings. (D Hastilow)

Blue Tit, David Hastilow

St Ives, Man’s Head to Clodgy Point: 10+ Linnet and 1 Rock Pipit. (K Money)


Monday 27th May 2019

Late news, 26/5, Constantine: 1 Quail calling at 21:00. (T Pinfield)

Late news, 26th May, Drift Reservoir (members only): 40 Swift, c100 House Martin. (D Flumm)

Cadgwith: Bee-eater heading north at 11:30. (S Croft)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis back at 08:00 after an absence of a couple of days. (S Rogers, P Locker) Also 1 Turtle Dove reported still in private garden in Marazion. Also the Glossy Ibis, 2 (m, f) Linnet, 3 Moorhen, 2 Canada
Geese, 12 Jackdaw at 11.40am. (M Webb)

Glossy Ibis, Martin Webb

Marazion Beach: Large flock 30+ Sanderling and 12+ Dunlin at 11.10am. (M Webb)

Sanderling, Martin Webb

Dunlin, Martin Webb

Treyarnon Bay: 1 Grey Partridge, 2 Yellowhammer, 11 Skylark, 5 Raven, 2 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 6 Linnet, 1 Corn Bunting, 5 Oystercatcher, 3 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Penzance: 8 Purple Sandpiper at Jubilee Pool rocks. (S Rogers) Also 2 (ad and imm drk) Eider, 7 Turnstone at 1315. (M Webb)

Eiders, Martin Webb

Brane: 1 Wheatear. (D Flumm)

Cot Valley: Juv Iceland Gull in a field south of the valley at 10:20. (N Wheatley)

Colliford  Lake: 1 Red Kite south over dam at 8:45, 1 Cuckoo heard, also 2 Sand Martin. (M Beer)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Cuckoo (D Eva) 4 Swift, 2 Cuckoo, 6 Skylark, 4 pairs Stonechat and 1 Little Grebe with 2 chicks at Croft Pascoe Pool. (H Norton)

Fistral Beach: 1 Puffin, 1 Kittiwake, 2 Fulmar, 1 Skylark, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 1 Kestrel, 21 Kittiwake past, 19 Fulmar, few Gannet, Razorbill, Guillemot. Also 3 Cream spot Tiger Moth. (S Grose)

3 Cream spot Tiger Moth – Shaun Grose

Truro: 3 Swift. (M Costa)

Temple: 4 Canada Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Cuckoo calling, 2 Raven, 2 Swallow heading north, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 1 Goldfinch. (RB Girling)

Goss Moor: 1 Treecreeper ringed. (P Roseveare)

Charlestown: 1m, 1f Bullfinch. (D Hastilow)

St Ives, Barnoon cemetery to Clodgy Point: 3+ Goldfinch, 1 Wren and 15+ Linnet. (K Money)

St Blazey: juvenile Dipper, 3 Swift, 2 Swallow. (R Hampshire)

Lostwithiel: pair Bullfinches on feeders in private garden. (E Mayhew)


Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Roy Phillips: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Roy Phillips after losing his fight with cancer yesterday. He was well-known to many local birders and was well-respected for his birding skills and reports. He was a regular contributor to CBWPS and his most recent report on the 12th announced the fledging of robins in his beloved garden. He will be greatly missed. 

Late news, 21/4, Porth Reservoir: 3 prs of Great Crested Grebe & 2 Common Sandpiper on the spit. (T Carson)

Late news, 22/4, Gannel Estuary: 2 Whimbrel, and 1 Common Sandpiper up at the boating lake end. (T Carson)

Nanjizal/Polgigga: 1 Stone Curlew in field near Faraway Cottage mid-morning (M McKee) and a Marsh Harrier south over Higher Bosistow. (M Wallace) Also a singing Lesser Whitethroat along Bosistow Lane. (M McKee) Quail singing around Bosisto Farm. (R Veal, P Roseveare, S+P Rogers) Stone Curlew landed in field immediately west of Faraway Cottage at 17:20. (DK Parker)

Stone Curlew, Mike McKee

Skewjack: 1 m Green-winged Teal again. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis again this afternoon.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Little Ringed Plover ( circled reserve then flew north at 7:45am ), 8 Greenshank, 1 Lesser Whitethroat , 1 Lesser Redpoll. (B Bosisto) Also 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Sand Martin. (D Trevelyan)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey over Ryan’s Field at 09.35. (P Brinton)

Chapel Porth: 1 Turtle Dove, also 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, and a Roe Deer. (d j curtis)

Lands End: 1 Lesser Whitethroat in Blackthorn SW of Swingates. (P St Pierre) Also 7 Swallow, 13 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Curlew. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Gannel Estuary: at 8am, 2 Whimbrel & 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (T Carson)

Bartinney: 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 2 Skylark, 1 Whitethroat. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Tresillian River: 7 Whimbrel. (M Jones)

Bunny’s Hill, SW of Cardinham: 1 Cuckoo calling. Also Willow Warbler, Bullfinch. (I J Bennallick)

Mawgan Porth: 2 Whimbrel in-off, and 3 Manx Shearwater west. (J Turner)

Mevagissey: 7 Great Northern Diver (5 sum plum), 2 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Sandwich Tern off the harbour. 30 Manx Shearwater, 35 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 25 Guillemot, 35 auk sp SE. (S Roper)

Sennen: 1 Marsh Harrier over late evening. (P Roseveare, S Rogers)

Old Lizard Head: 6 Whimbrel, 4 White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear. (D Collins)

Kynance Cove: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling. (D Collins)

Windmill Farm: Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Read Bunting, Chiffchaff, Common Lizard (A Witheywood)

Sedge Warbler, A Witheywood

Willow Warbler, A Witheywood

Downderry: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel and 3 Common Gull early this morning. (A Payne)


Saturday 3rd March 2018

Late news, 1/3, Ladock: 1 Hawfinch. (R Hibbert)

Hawfinch – Roz Hibbert

Late news, 2/3, Tresillian: 6 Lapwing on playing field. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 2/3, Truro: 2 Redwing and 1 f Siskin in my garden. (D Jenkins)

Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull still at Sandy Cove, also 3 Water Rail, 3 Blackcap, 1 Grey Plover and 1 Dunlin, with lots of Redwing over. (L Proctor) Also Firecrest in bushes by the Smugglers.

Egloshayle: 3 Hawfinch over the cemetery at 10:30. (A Langdon)

Sennen Cove: Unconfirmed report of a Quail with 5 Redwing in a private garden in Maria’s Lane. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Stithians Reservoir: 5 Goldeneye (1m 4f), 32 Tufted Ducks,1 Grey Heron, 4 Little Grebes from Stuart Hutchings hide. 5 Long-tailed Tits, 4 Great Tits, 4 Goldfinches, Blue Tits, 1 Wren, 2 Robins, 5 Reed Buntings, Blackbird, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and Chaffinches. (W Chegwidden) Woodcock, 8 Goldeneye ( 2 drakes), 1 Great White Egret still at Golden Lion. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Knot, 1 drake Pintail, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Iceland Gull (2cy). (D Eva) Avocet by the bridge in the afternoon. (R Wilkins) 2 Pintail. (T Phelps) Ryan’s Field: 2 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Avocet, 40+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 25+ Dunlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Snipe. (T Phelps)

Newquay, Towan Head: 1w Glaucous Gull at midday. (DI Julian) 2 Grey Plover, 1 Purple Sandiper, few Turnstone, 12 Oystercatcher, 7 Common Gull, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Porpoise. (M Lammas, S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: No sign of Avocet all day but it flew in to roost off car park 18:00. 30 Dunlin, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Lammas, S Rowe)

Perranuthnoe: Avocet flew over at 09:45. (F Ellis)

Penzance: 1 Knot, 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Plover, 1 drk Eider, 1 Great Northern Diver, 20+ Common Gull from Eastern Green Beach. (R Veal) 4f & 2m blackcaps (lived on apple during the freeze), 1 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, both seen hopping about on the lawn. (R Phillips) Black Redstart on roof of Barbican tearoom then on rocks below sea wall across road at 13:00. (F Heys)

Tolcarne beach: 2 Knot and 3 Golden Plover. (A McKechnie)

Knot – Alex McKechnie

Golden Plover – Alex McKechnie

Millbrook: Large passage of thrushes 1000+ moving north between 09:30 and 10:30, mostly Fieldfares and Redwings also 1 Woodcock. (B Taggart)

Polgigga: Ruff, Grey Plover, 8 Bar-tailed Godwit with masses of Golden Plovers & Lapwing. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and 1 Green Woodpecker calling. (DK Parker, R Veal)

Marazion beach: 97 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank, 55+ Dunlin, 2 Mediterranean Gull (adult + 2CY), 1 Water Pipit. (T Phelps)

Carbis Bay: 13 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Tregadillett: 2 Brambling (m&f) in private garden. (B Craven)

St.Eval: 2 Ruff, 96 Lapwing, 255 Golden Plover, 32 Curlew, 48 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, hundreds of Redwings all in fields adjoining the church. (S Grose)

Bude, River Neet Estuary: 2 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 3 Golden Plover, 1 Ringed Plover and 7+ Redwing (H Wilkins)

Dunlin – Helen Wilkins

Golden Plover – Helen Wilkins

Ringed Plover – Helen Wilkins

Redwing – Helen Wilkins

Windmill Farm: 6 Pintail (3m, 3f). (G Adams) 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Common Snipe. Also 150 Lapwing and 300 Golden Plover over. (J Selby)

Kynance Lane, The Lizard: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, c150 Golden Plover, c75 Lapwing, 1 Skylark in stubble field. (G Adams)

Tresillian: Brambling (female) in private garden in Polsue Way. (A Nicholson)

Carharrack: 2 Redwings, 2 Blackcaps (m&f) in a private garden also Lapwings flying over. (W Chegwidden)

Bude: 16 Redwing & 3 Fieldfare feeding in a private garden adjacent Bude Rugby Club. (R Maye)

Penwithick: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (K Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Kevin Bowers

St Enodoc golf course: 3 Snipe, 1 singing Yellowhammer. (S Marquis)

St Buryan: Redwing shy, resting and feeding in the garden. (S Hawken)

Truro: Female Blackcap in private garden. (M Costa) Also 2 Redwing, 1 m, 1 f Siskin. (D Jenkins)

Callestick and Ventongimps: 1 Little Egret, 1 Woodcock, 38 Golden Plover, 184 Lapwing, 1 Teal, 7 Common Gull, 800 Redwing (including 400 in one field and lots singing), 120 Fieldfare, 1 fem Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming and 3 Skylark singing. (T Wilson)

St Newlyn East, Newlyn Downs: 12 Red-legged Partridge, 6 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Merlin, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 6 Fieldfare, 42 Golden Plover, 1 Water Rail, 71 Meadow Pipit, 6 Raven over. (S Grose)

St Merryn: 1 Pied Wagtail, 17 House Sparrow, 2 pair Chaffinch, 1 Firecrest, 3 Blue Tit, 7 Blackbird and 1 Song Thrush. (R Hughes)

Millbrook: 750 Fieldfare, 500 Redwing, 200 Lapwing, 25 Golden Plover, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull in fields either side of road from Gallows Park-Tregantle Fort. (B Taggart)

Godolphin Cross: 1 Woodcock at 19:00. (C Richards)

Par: 2 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 pairs Bullfinch, 4 Blackcap, 10 Goldfinch and the usual Blackbirds, Blue Tits and Greenfinch in private garden. (A&M Ryan)

Swanpool, Falmouth: 2w Glaucous Gull. On the sea at Swanpool beach: 3+ Mediterranean Gull, one in full summer plumage. (M Greenhalgh)

Glaucous Gull and Mediterranean Gull – Mel Greenhalgh

Penhale Point: 1 Tawny Owl, Lapwings heard only. (S Grose)


Wednesday 31st May 2017

Land’s End: female Quail on track by Swingates at 4.40pm. (M McKee) Also 2 Cuckoo, 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (D Flumm, P StPierre)

Common Quail, Michael McKee

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Whimbrel. 2 Mediterranean Gull, (1st win yellow ring left leg 2X1N). (S Turner)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Hobby hawking for 30+ mins late afternoon. (J Parker)

The Rumps and Pentire Point: 3 Fulmar, 5 Gannet, 4 Cormorant, 3 Shag, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 1 Red-legged Partridge, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 35 Herring Gull, 17 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 7 Puffin, 13 Wood Pigeon, 5 Skylark, 30 Swallow, 1 Meadow Pipit, 5 Rock Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Robin, 5 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat, 1 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Whitethroat, 1 Magpie, 12 Jackdaw, 15 Rook, 25 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 6 House Sparrow, 15 Linnet. (M Scawen et al.)

Downderry: a seawatch before 0730 included 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Sandwich Tern, 6 Kittiwake and 18 Manx Shearwater. (A Payne)

Pendeen: 1 Buzzard, 3+ Raven including 2 juv., 2 Sedge Warbler, + Stonechats including 2 juv., Linnets, Swallows. Also several Painted Ladies, 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth, 1 Green Hairstreak,  + Speckled Woods, Small Heaths & Common Blues. (Adam Hartley)

Green Hairstreak, Adam Hartley

Hayle River: 1m Cetti’s Warbler singing underneath railway bridge and 1 Kingfisher. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 young Coal Tit and adults in private garden. (R Veal)

Mylor Bridge, Rosehill: 2 Red Kite. (N&N Moore)

Gwenver: 1 Cuckoo. (N&N Moore)


Monday 22nd August 2016

Porthgwarra: Seawatch 08:15 to 10:15hrs – 6 Cory’s Shearwater, 26 Sooty Shearwater, 11 Balearic Shearwater, 34 Storm Petrel, 4 Bonxie, 6 Arctic Tern and 2 Common Scoter. (D Flumm, P Freestone, P&H Taylor et al)

Devoran: 1 Dalmatian Pelican still at Restronguet Creek. (B Bennett)

Boat Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, 1 Curlew and 3 Teal. (J St Ledger, J Cope)

Wood Sandpiper Stithians 22nd Aug 2016

Bude: 1 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 200+ Canada Goose, 50+ Black-headed Gull, 6 Cormorant and c20 Swallow (H Wilkins)

St Levan: 1 Quail early morning. (P Freestone)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Ruff, before the hide, 5 Common Sandpiper on the opposite bank and 2 Green Sandpiper. (R Farnes – photos)

Ruff Drift Reservoir Cornwall 220816 R Farnes Ruff Drift Reservoir Cornwall 22816 R Farnes

St Austell: 1 Honey Buzzard reported over.