Sunday 20th October 2019

Late news, 19/10, Nanquidno: 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Firecrest, 1 Siskin. (T Phelps, C Urquhart)

Late news, 19/10, Kelynack: 4 Siskin, 1 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest. (T Phelps, C Urquhart)

Late news, 19/10, Cot Valley: 2 Firecrest. (T Phelps, C Urquhart)

Late news, 19/10, Penryn Campus: 13 Siskin. (T Phelps, C Urquhart)

Nanjizal: Blyth’s Reed Warbler and Barred Warbler trapped this morning. Also 59 Blackcap, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 7 Firecrest, 17 Goldcrest, 17 Chiffchaff, 9 Song Thrush and 1 Redwing trapped and ringed.(P Roseveare, B Bosisto, K Wilson) Also over and around the valley: 1 Snipe, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 2 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 1 White Stork, 1 Richards Pipit, 60 Meadow Pipit, 176 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, 25 Siskin ( B Bosisto P Roseveare)

Blyth’s Reed Warbler – Pete Roseveare

Barred Warbler – Pete Roseveare










Lands End: Radde’s Warbler (heard only) on seaward side of Swingates early morning and Short-eared Owl, plus Richard’s Pipit flew east over the white house at c11:55, plus Merlin, 6+ Brambling, Mistle Thrush, 500+ Chaffinch, 140+ Skylark, 30+ Siskin, 5 Bullfinch & 3 Reed Bunting. (P St Pierre, M Elliott) Also 4 Woodlark and a Lapland Bunting over. (M Ahmad)

Kelynack: Siberian Chiffchaff with tit flock. (C Moore)

Copperhouse Creek: 4 Pink-footed Geese with large flock of Canada Geese plus 6 Greylag Geese. (B.Toms , M.Curtis)

Hayle Estuary: 6 Brent Geese, 4 Knot, 5 Lapwing, 3 Common Gull, 6 Skylark, c250 Redwing. (R Veal, B Toms, M Curtis) Also 2 Curlew, 6 Oystercatcher, 15 Turnstone, 8 Rock Pipit, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Little Grebe, 10 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret 11.00 – 11.50. (M Webb)

Porthkidney: 3 Sandwich Tern, 400+ Kittiwake, 150+ Black-headed Gull, 50+ Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal)

Lizard Point: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Brambling, 3 Fieldfare, 1 House Martin. (I Maclean, M Pass)

Old Lizard Head: 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Wheatear. (I Maclean)

Kynance Road: 1 White-rumped Sandpiper over with 16 Ringed Plover.  (I Maclean)

Church Cove: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Firecrest.  (I Maclean)

Lizard Village: 1 Cattle Egret in with cattle north east of village and just south of Trethvas Farm , 80 Redwing , 4 Fieldfare ( M Pass )

Penzance:  2 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling, 40+ Turnstone at Jubilee Pool. Red-thoated Diver still in main harbour ( B.Toms, M. Curtis) Also 1 Eider (drake), 2 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

Red-throated Diver – J St Ledger

Drake Eider – J St Ledger








Trevescan: 40 plus Redwing over. ( B. Toms, M. Curtis)

St Ives: 12 Chough seen flying west over island this morning. (P&J) Also c1000 “small gulls” in St Ives Bay. (R Veal)

Pendeen Watch: 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Grey Phalaropes and 2 Balearic Shearwater by 09:15, plus Snow Bunting around lighthouse compound. (I Prentice)

Lethytep: 2 Common Snipe. (P Hambly)

Par Beach Pool: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 212 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Egret, 5 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 123 Canada Geese at 08:30. (S Grose)

Penberth: 2 Firecrest at seaward end plus 3 Fieldfare and Redwings over. (D Balmer)

Porthgwarra: Short-eared Owl and Merlin on the moor this afternoon. (S Rogers)

Kingsmill Lake: 3 Avocet and a Peregrine Falcon (M Beer)

Whipsiderry: 3 Corn Bunting, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 7 Oystercatcher, 1 white Pheasant, 3 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Sennen: 150 Golden Plover over at 10am (J Miller)

Bartinney: 18 Golden Plover, 1 Merlin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Nanquidno: 2 Merlin. ( P Taylor, H Mitchell, D&P Balmer)

Penryn Campus vis-mig (07:20-08.45): 1422 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush, 19 Meadow Pipit, 20 Chaffinch, 1 Stock Dove, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Siskin, 1 Dipper(!), 2 Grey Wagtail, 8 Pied Wagtail, 5 Curlew (C Urquhart, T Phelps, M Doyle)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 drk Gadwall, 25 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 1 Little Egret, 1pr Stonechat, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet, 2 Buzzard over 12.55 -13.45. (M Webb)

Drake Gadwall – M Webb

Ruan Lanihorne: 7 Fieldfare seen passing  through from N to S over village church. (D Hall)

Kenidjack: 1 Fieldfare, 1 Goldcrest (S Williams) Also 1 Merlin. (P Fraser)

St Erth: Red Kite at 15:20 heading towards Hayle. (M Spicer)

Trevilley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (M Elliott)

St Levan: Whitethroat & Firecrest. (M Elliott)

Amalveor: Male Hen Harrier, Woodcock, 60+ Golden Plover. (R Menari)

Men an Tol: Male hen Harrier, 1 Merlin, 1 Wheatear. (P Combridge, DK Parker, J Swann)


Thursday 26th October 2017

Stithians Reservoir: further to problems we’ve been having with vandalism recently a decoy chain was put up on the gate to the Stuart Hutchings Hide last weekend and probably will go up this weeked too. Please replace as found (ie so the gate appears locked) when you leave the hides. If we go for a combination lock we will try and give advance warning and circulate the code number appropriately (eg in the website members’ area).Thanks.

Late News, 25/10, Truro: 1 Dipper on river below Victoria Gardens. (D Jenkins)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 1w White-rumped Sandpiper. (M Spicer et al) First in the county since November 2013, when 3 were on the Hayle Estuary.

White-rumped Sandpiper – Mike Spicer

White-rumped Sandpiper – Tony Mills

Penryn: Firecrest and Goldcrest ringed, calling Yellow-browed Warbler, and 5 Hawfinch over at UoE campus. (J Beaumont, B Porter)

Porthleven to Loe Bar: 4 Chough, 2 Wheatear, 20 Skylark. 1 Slavonian Grebe on Loe Pool. (R Hubble)

St Ives: Wryneck on coast path at Trevalgan cliff near St Ives at 11:30. (P Sharpe)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 1 m Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 (1m + 1juv) Stonechat, 3+ Cetti’s Warbler heard, 2+ Little Egret, 6 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan and c15 Curlew over. Longrock Pool: 4 Little Grebe and 2 Mute Swan. (T Mills) 1 Rose-coloured Starling roosted with c12,000 Starling, also 1+ Sparrowhawk and 2+ Water Rail. (N Moran, D Balmer, P Wilson, DK Parker)

Porthgwarra: Ring Ouzel, Black Redstart, Wheatear, 2 Merlin & a few Brambling over at Porthgwarra this morning. (M Wallace) 1 Lapland Bunting flew over calling at 10:30 to SW, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Brambling (both 60ft cover), 1 Short-eared Owl (over the moor), 17 Siskin over, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 8+ Bullfinch, 4 Firecrest, 1 Wheatear. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 ad Whooper Swan in main channel but flew S/SW at 16:45 (R Veal, T Marchese) 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal) 3 1w Med Gull. (T Marchese) Ryan’s Field: 9 Lapwing, 21 Redshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Buzzard. (K Bowers) Carnsew Pool: 3 Brent Geese took off at approx 18:15 in St Ives direction. (J Evans)

Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Buzzard – Kevin Bowers

Rame area: 1 Firecrest, 1 Wheatear, 100+ Woodpigeon, 50 Linnet, 70 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 6+ Chiffchaff, 15+ Goldcrest. (D Allan)

Sancreed: 7 Snipe, 12 Skylark, 6 Redwing, 15 Goldcrest. (D Flumm)

Treverva: 150 Redwing over south mid-morning. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 14 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest flock, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 240 Herring Gull, 35 Black-headed Gull. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 10 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Goldcrest in one flock, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Firecrest, 40 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 24 Tufted Duck, 3 Mute Swan, 98 Canada Goose, 35 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Red Admiral on ivy. (D Chaney)

Mullion Cove: 1 f Blackcap in private garden. (J Allely)

Truro: 1 Chiffchaff in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Bude: 7 Long-tailed Tit and 5 Stonechat. (H Wilkins)

Maenporth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 9 Firecrest. Also Great Northern Diver offshore. (T Phelps)

Trevilley: 1 Firecrest. (C Moore)

Nanjizal: 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Firecrest. (C Moore) 98 birds ringed inc. 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 11 Firecrest, 9 Blackcap, 23 Siskin, and1 blythi Lesser Whitethroat. Other birds seen included parties of 4 & 6 Hawfinch, a Pipit sp heading towards Land’s End, call recalled Blyth’s Pipit, 1 Radde’s Warbler. (K Wilson)

Dozmary Pool: Ring-necked Duck again. (S McMahon, T Marchese) Also 1 Hen Harrier. (S McMahon)

Kenidjack: female Common Redstart still showing in copse by green shed, smattering of Firecrest and Goldcrest, female Bullfinch plus a dozen Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush. (T Marchese)

Land’s End: Great White Egret flew from Swingates at 09:30 then dropped in again at 09:45 but could not be relocated. Also 3+ Yellow-browed Warbler, c6 Brambling, 8 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 9 Firecrest, 8 Goldcrest, 1 male Black Redstart, 80+ Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Chough, 12 Golden Plover and 5 Snipe. (DK Parker – photos)


Yellow-browed Warbler

Yellow-browed Warbler

Cape Cornwall: 1 (possibly 2) Ortolan Bunting flew over calling. (N Moran, D Balmer, P Wilson)

Nanquidno: Great White Egret flew over at c09:00. (N Moran, D Balmer, P Wilson)

Lizard: 4 Hawfinch. (M Pass)

Par Sands: 1 Firecrest. (M Moseley)


Monday 31st October 2016

Late news, 30/10, Mousehole: Dusky Warbler & Yellow-browed Warbler still on Love Lane; Dusky or Radde’s Warbler in garden of Old Coastguard restaurant briefly at 11am.

Late news, 30/10, Polgigga: 1 Short-toed Lark & 2 Lapland Buntings in field W of path between Bosistow & Higher Bosistow farms. Possible Sykes’s Wagtail (beema) briefly on roof of Higher Bosistow farm, also 2 Black Redstarts.

Late news, 30/10, Porthcurno: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in sallows S of car park.

Late news, 30/10, Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Late news, 30/10, St Just: swift sp flew over Princess St at 1:45pm.

Gunwalloe: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 by churchyard, the other by entrance to National Trust car park), 1m Black Redstart at Halzephron. (R Doggart)

Morvah: 15 Lapwing and c200 Chaffinch in flocks in off the sea, c50 Siskin.  1 Great Skua offshore harrying Kittiwakes, 1 Balearic Shearwater west and 2 Porpoise offshore at Levant. (R Phillips)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Franklin’s Gull on the estuary from the bridge 15.50 to 16:00, when it flew off south, 143 Golden Plover and 1 Curlew Sandpiper from same spot earlier (B Field) 1 Cattle Egret. (M Halliday, R Farnes, J St Ledger) Mediterranean Gull with green leg ring (R Farnes) Also 1 Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Grey Plover. (J St Ledger)


Curlew Sandpiper, Rod Farnes


Curlew Sandpiper, Mark Halliday



Cattle Egret, Mark Halliday


Cattle Egret, Mark Halliday


Cattle Egret, Mark Halliday


Cattle Egret, Rod Farnes


Cattle Egret, Rod Farnes


Cattle Egret, John St Ledger



Mediterranean Gull, Rod Farnes

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Franklin’s Gull photos, Brian Field

Lamorna Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Siblyback Lake: 1 Bar-headed Goose among  c200 Canada Geese on western side in pasture. (L Ford).

Sancreed: 1 Black Redstart, 5 Lapwing, 3 Snipe.  (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra to Nanjizal: 2 Chough, one with three ID rings, 1 female Merlin predating Meadow Pipit, pair of Kestrel, 3 Grey Seal and 1 Stoat, (H & A James – photos)

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Newquay: 1 Chough, calling, over Pargolla Road. (K Johns)

Cot Valley-Boscregan Farm: birds moving south-east 07:30-11:30: 835+ Chaffinch, 5 Siskin, 1 Crossbill, 3 Reed Bunting, 560+ Starling, 40+ Skylark, c80 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 3+ Mistle Thrush and 6 Stock Dove. Also seen: female/juvenile Hen Harrier (north at 08:43), 1 Merlin, 2 Woodlark, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 1 Whinchat and 1 Black Redstart (in St Just). (N Wheatley)

Jupiter Point, River Lynher: 3 Spoonbill on Beggar’s Island at 8am. (M Beer, C Buckland)

Truro: Black Redstart at Kirby Road on Malabar Estate.

Pendeen: Barred Warbler & Yellow-browed Warbler at Manor Farm. (P Combridge) Also Common Swift over coastguard cottages. (J Swann)

Kenidjack Valley: Probable juv Common Swift (initially thought to be possible Pallid Swift), later drifted N & seen over Truthwall & Botallack. Also Red-breasted Flycatcher by the engine shed. (T Bird)

Porthgwarra: 1 Common Whitethroat. (T Bird)

Sennen: 1 Common Swift, simultaneously with the Kenidjack bird. (K Wilson)

Nanjizal Valley: 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 10 Chiffchaff, 17 Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, & 1 Robin bearing Norwegian ring trapped & ringed. (K Wilson)

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove.

Camel Estuary: Dalmatian Pelican on N bank 1.5 miles W of Wadebridge still. (J D’Arcy)

St Tudy, Bodmin: 2 Cattle Egret at Tinton Manor Farm at 8:15am.

Bedruthan Steps: Dark-bellied Brent Goose 2 over, 1 Black Redstart on rocks and several flocks of Chaffinches and Skylarks coasting westwards. (T Wilson)

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Saturday 17th October 2015

Land’s End: 1 Dusky Warbler, 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling, 1 Short-eared Owl, Merlin and Red Kite over. (S Rogers et al.)

Kenidjack: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Fieldfare and 15 Chough. (S Rogers et al.) Also 1 Radde’s Warbler (heard only).

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv Spoonbill, 1 2w Ring-billed Gull, 3+ Med Gull and 3+ Bar-tiled Godwit on Lelant Saltings. 1m Bullfinch and 5+ Grey Wagtail on Ryan’s Field.. 7+ Little Grebe and 2 Kingfisher on Carnsew Basin. (R Veal)

Nanquidno: 1 Firecrest, 6 Redwing and 3 Crossbill. Chough seen everyday between 3rd & 17th always a local pair on 4 days with a third bird. Maximum counts 9 on 3rd, 13 on 4th, 9 on 6th, 7 on 12th including 1 un-ringed bird, 6 on 15th. (A Rosier)

College Reservoir: 1 Shoveler, 5 Teal, 10 Wigeon and 22 Coot. (D Eva)

Porthgwarra: 1 Red Kite 1145-1205hrs then north. 6 Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owl, 11 Golden Plover, 40 Skylark, 50 Meadow Pipit, 3 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 2 Firecrest and 20 Long-tailed Tit. (DS Flumm – photo)

Red Kite over Porthgwarra 17 Oct (7)

Sancreed: 1 Merlin, 1 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 1 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Blackcap, 10 Redwing. (DS Flumm)

Drift: 1 Red Kite east 1430-1435hrs. (DS Flumm)

Drift Reservoir (members only):  1 Mute Swan, 2 Muscovy Duck, 1 Mandarin, 3 Wigeon, 29 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 10 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 2 Snipe, 16 Black-headed Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 638 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Kingfisher, 1 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest. (DK Parker)

St Just: 3w American Herring Gull at Jericho Farm. (M Ahmad – photos)

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Windmill Farm: 250+ Fieldfare over. Also 1 American Golden Plover on Predannack airfield, viewed from the reserve. (T Thirlaway, I Maclean) Please note this is a MOD controlled airfield with strictly no public access, if there are any further instances of trespass, news will not be released from this site, you have been warned! Eds

Lizard Village: 1 adut Rose-coloured Starling. (I Maclean)

Church Cove: 2 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Kynance Cove: 1 Fieldfare, 2 Dartford Warbler. (I Maclean)

Rame Head: 1 Wheatear and 1 Ring Ouzel. (M Beer)

Polhawn: 5 Mediterranean Gull on the rocks. (M Beer)

St Levan: Red Kite over at 11:40, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 late Sedge Warbler. (MD Wallace)

Cot: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest. (S Rogers et al.)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1f Scaup and 1 Firecrest. (AJ Bond)

Newlyn: 1 Firecrest at Sandy Cove.

Dodman Point: 1 Short-eared Owl.

Penberth: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.


Sunday 26th October 2014

Late news 25/10 Maer Lake: 100+ Golden Plover. (M Marval)

Kenidjack Valley: 1 Radde’s Warbler plus 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 300+ Skylark over. (A Lewis et al. Photos – B Field) Also 2 Chough, 1 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel. (A Hartley)

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Maer Lake: 5 Whooper Swan (2 ads, 3 young). (M Marval)

Kennack Sands/Gwendreath: 10+ Firecrest. (S Bury – photo, D Wright)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs still on Copperhouse Creek.

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 4 Mute Swan plus 2 young, 3 Teal, 16 Mallard, 2 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, c2,000 Starling, 3 Stonechat and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker) Bittern reported again.

Davidstow Airfield: 1 juv American Golden Plover still. (D Mays – video)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 imm Ring-necked Duck still.

Porthgwarra: 2 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Great Northern Diver past, 1 Dartford Warbler, 70 Golden Plover and 1 Firecrest plus 1 Black Redstart at Porth Loe and 1 Hooded Crow at Roskestal Farm. (B Field et al) Yellow-browed Warbler still around the toilet block.

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 fem Pintail, 150+ Golden Plover, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 6 Coal Tit, 4 Goldcrest, 30 Meadow Pipit, 3 Cormorant and 3 Great Crested Grebe. (D Mays)

Treraven Meadow: 20 Teal, 10+ Mediterranean Gull, 10 Meadow Pipit, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Curlew and a few Goldcrest. (D Mays)

St Ives: 300+ Redwing plus a few Fieldfare and Skylarks over Consols early morning. (S Turner) Also 2 Purple Sandpipers with Turnstones on The Island and a Yellow-browed Warbler between Porthminster and Hain Walk. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Kingsmill Lake: 2 Spotted Redshank, 31 Greenshank, 25  Black-tailed Godwit and 1  Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Beer)

Bodmin Moor: 750+ Golden Plover over west of Bastreet, plus several Redwing. (B Craven)

Penberth: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest.

Lamorna: 3 Firecrests above the hotel.

St Levan: A flyover Little Bunting near the church.

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest south of east end of the car park.