Thursday 26th November 2020

Late news, 25/11, Tresillian: 1 Firecrest. (A Nicholson)

Porthgwarra: Dusky Warbler in car park sallows, Little Bunting north hedge of weedy field bordering 60 ft cover, 1 Firecrest, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 37 Golden Plover, 2 Roe Deer. (B Mellows) Also 1 Swallow, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Sparrowhawk. (I Grant, F Were)

Polggiga: Siberian Chiffchaff in copse by the cottages. (M Wallace)

Nanjizal: 101 ringed on private site. Totals included, 29 Common Chiffchaff, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, 3 Firecrest, 24 Blackcap, Yellow-browed Warbler and 18 Blackbird. (K Wilson)

St Levan: Hen Harrier, Swallow and Yellow-browed Warbler. (M Wallace)

Church Cove, Lizard: Red-breasted Flycatcher still although mobile. (G Willet) Also 1st Winter Red-breasted Flycatcher preent late am and early pm. (T and S Carson)

Red-breasted Flycatcher – David Chilcott

Coverack: Siberian Chiffchaff still near the sewage works this morning, female Velvet Scoter still in the bay. (J Jones)

Siberian Chiffchaff – Joe Jones

Porthoustock: 2 male Black Redstart on the beach, 1 Grey Wagtail also a dead 3m Basking Shark. (J Jones, G Willet)

Black Redstart – Joe Jones

Sandy Cove, Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and 1 Great Northern Diver. (L Proctor, S Rogers)

Trenow Cove, Marazion: Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Curlew, 15 Oystercatcher, White Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail. (A Witheywood)

Nanquidno: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch. (C Moore)

Carrick Roads: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Merganser (D Eva) Also 3 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

Black-necked Grebe – John St Ledger

Swanpool, Falmouth: Yellow-browed Warbler in Swanvale NR with Chiffchaff, m Black Redstart in Trenoweth Road, c125 Redwing c250 Woodpigeon moving NE (J Chapman)

Towan Head, Newquay: 100+ Common Scoter in the bay. (M Lammas) 24 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Turnstones, 5 Oystercatchers on rocks behind Headland hotel this pm (M Lammas)

Porth: 1 Kestrel, 1 Great Northern Diver off Towan beach (A le Masurier)

Tregeseal stone circle: 2 Fieldfare. (S Williams)

Cotehele: Firecrest, Southern Hawker Dragonfly (R Smaldon)

Tresillian to Tresemple Pool: 64 Redshank, 34 Curlew, 12 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 2 Kingfisher, 27 Shelduck, 6 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron. 1 Goldcrest, 4 Long-tailed Tit. (A Nicholson)

Troon: (8am-10am) 885+ Redwing, 239+ Fieldfare, 188 Woodpigeon all heading NE. (S Taylor)

Feock: 175+ Woodpigeon heading NE. (S Taylor)

Portgaverne (near pub): 1 Black Redstart. (I. J. Bennallick)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

St Minver Lowlands: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Carnanton Woods: 2 Tawny Owl from spitfire corner. (S Grose)


Wednesday 25th November 2020

Penzance: ad winter Pacific Diver, presumed returning bird off Jubilee Pool this pm, also 17 Common Scoter, 6 Great Northern Diver, 13 Purple Sandpiper, male Eider. (P St Pierre)

College Reservoir: Green-winged Teal, Pallas’s Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest, Treecreeper, 2 Marsh Tit, 7 Snipe, Yellow-legged Gull, Common Gull, 2 Gadwall, 35 Wigeon, 40 Tufted Duck, 8 Shoveler,  4 Eurasian Teal, 2 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe and a Peregrine. (M Broadbent, R Boott, O King)

Church Cove, Lizard: Red-breasted Flycatcher still present. (D Collins)

Red-breasted Flycatcher – David Collins

Coverack: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works. (D Collins) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (S Bury) 1f Velvet Scoter, 1 Common Scoter and 1 Great Northern Diver in the bay. 1 Red-throated Diver past. 3 large pods of Common Dolphin distant, 1 briefly came into the bay. (J Jones, P Gay)

Common Dolphin – J Jones

Helston sewage works: Siberian Chiffchaff, male Black Redstart. (S Bury)

Siberian Chiffchaff – Steve Bury

Yellow-browed Warbler – Steve Bury

Kennack area, Lizard: Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Firecrest, 2 Gray Wagtail, 5 Goldcrests and 7 Chiffchaff (A Witheywood)

Nanjizal Valley: 2 Dusky Warbler (including ringed bird) and 1 Pallas’s Warbler. (K Wilson)

Sennen: 2 Black Redstart. (K Wilson)

Trethewey: 2 Black Redstart. (K Wilson)

Newlyn: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Wagtail, also 1 Peregrine + 1 Raven over Sandy Cove. 2 Black Redstart (fem/juv) + 1 Grey Wagtail in harbour. (T Mills)

Siberian Chiffchaff – Tony Mills

Drift Reservoir: Little Egret, 18 Teal, 2 Water Rail, 3 Mediterranean Gull, Dunlin, Siberian Chiffchaff, Common Chiffchaff, 20 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: 17 Lapwing, 4 Snipe, 70 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary: juv Iceland ull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, ad argentatus Herring Gull, 220+ Med Gull, 6 Pink-footed Goose. (M Elliott) Curlew Sandpiper still early pm, plus 7 Pink-footed Geese on Copperhouse Creek. (P Smale)

Walmsley Reserve: 1 Pink-footed Goose and 1 Water Pipit. (A Langdon)

Chapel Amble: Great White Egret still in the area. (A Langdon)

Trevose Head: 2+ Chough. (E Buckingham)

Polgigga: Swallow and 3 Black Redstart. (M Wallace)

St Levan: Yellow-browed Warbler. (M Wallace)

Windmill Farm: 1 Merlin. (C Richards)

Gannel Estuary: Common Snipe, 3 ad & 1 1st Winter Mediterranean Gull. (M Lammas, N Long) Water Pipit late pm (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Malpas: 1 male Black Redstart in the village. (M Costa)

Truro: 3m and 2f Bullfinch in private garden. (D Jenkins) Also 1f Blackcap in private garden. (M Costa)

Charlestown: 1 m and 1 f Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Latchbrook Leat, Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff with Long-tailed Tit Flock. (G Lewis)

Royal Cornwall Showground; Wadebridge: 92 Red-legged Partridge.  (B Bosisto)

Hay Farm; St Breock: 28 Little Egret in surrounding cattle fields. (B Bosisto)

Wadebridge: 4 Little Grebe, 7 Oystercatcher, 9 Redshank, 21 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2m Mandarin, 1 Otter, 2 Black-headed Gull (both with white plastic ring on left leg, just out of reach), between Old Town and Anneka’s bridges early am. (S Grose) Also 43 Cattle Egret in field off of the Camel trail near Wadebridge (C Travis and M Scawen)

St Enodoc Golf club: 5 Blackcap, 1 Yellowhammer, 2 Skylark, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 42 Black-headed Gull, 2 Raven over, 1 Kestrel. (S Grose)

Castle an Dinas: 1 Barn Owl, 53 Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Constantine: 4 Little Egrets, 20+ Long-tailed Tits, 1 Firecrest, 1 male Bullfinch, 2 Raven and Woodcock over 17:05. (T Pinfield)

Marazion: 2 Swallow at Red River mouth. (J Eaton)

Millbrook: Egyptian Goose, juvenile Great Crested Grebe and Red-breasted Merganser remain on Millbrook Lake. 6 Cormorant, 5 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 15 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, numerous Black-headed and Herring Gulls. (D Sharp)

Rame Head:  2 Ravens harassing a Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Stonechat. (D Sharp)

Lower Tamar Lake: 6 Goosander 3m 3f, 9 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 18 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 2 Long-tailed Tit. (R Mudge)


Monday 23rd November 2020

Late News, 21/11, Bolenowe: 2 Green Sandpiper. (S Taylor)

Late News, 21/11, Troon: 1 Black Redstart. (S Taylor)

Late News, 22/11, Pendennis Point: 2 Purple Sandpiper and 1 Swallow hawking around the car park. (S Taylor)

Late News, 22/11, Berkeley Cottages, Falmouth: 1 male Black Redstart (S Van Hear)

Penberth: 1 male Desert Wheatear still this morning. Also 2 Black Redstart, 90 Fieldfare, 276 Redwing, 1 Firecrest, 1 Grey Wagtail and a Woodcock. (B Bosisto, J Howells et al)

Desert Wheatear – Josh Howells


Church Cove, Lizard: 1 male Red-breasted Flycatcher still in the churchyard. Also, 1 Yellow-browed warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail. (J Jones, M Lammas et al) Also, Black Redstart on church roof. (M Greenhalgh)

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Joe Jones

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Joe Jones

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Joe Jones

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Mark Halliday-

St Buryan: 1 Rose-coloured Starling still in private garden this morning. (J Thurstans)

Cadgwith: 1 Little Bunting on coast path 1/2 mile south of Cadgwith at 9am. (S Croft)

Porthgwarra: Dusky Warbler below the Doctor’s Garden this morning. (T McGowan)

Roskestal: 1 Snow Bunting still. (M Wallace)

Polgigga: 3 Cattle Egret still. (M Wallace)

Nanquidno: 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 fem Bullfinch, 6 Long-tailed Tit. (C Moore)

Penberth Cove: 3 Black Redstart. (D Flumm)

Porthguarnon: Black Redstart. (D Flumm)

St Loy: 2 Black Redstart, 2 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 10 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Kynance Road, Lizard: 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Black Redstart (at the point). (M Pass)

Helston: (sewage works to Loe Pool). 3 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 2 Coal Tit, Chiffchaff ,Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, also Roe Deer. Ferruginous Duck of unknown origin still on the boating lake along with numerous Tufted Duck and Shoveler. (M Lammas)

Swanpool: 2 Great Northern Diver, 10+ Ringed Plover, 7 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher. (P Oldcorn, T Johnson)

Longdowns: 1 Barn Owl. (S Taylor)

Lansalson Pit, Wheal Martyn: 3 Tawny Owl and a Woodcock at dusk. (R Hollis)

Copperhouse Creek, Hayle: 1 Curlew Sandpiper with Dunlin still. (P Smale)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Firecrest. (B Toms)

Cligga Head: 2 Chough, 30 Jackdaw, 1 male Peregrine, 1 Buzzard, 1 fem-type Black Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Rock Pipit, 15 Fulmar (S Van Hear)

Trevellas Porth: 1 Chough (unringed) (S Van Hear)

Towan Head, Newquay: 19 Purple Sandpiper, 22 Turnstone, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 80+ Common Scoter (N Long)

The Gannel Estuary: 124 Curlew, 28 Wigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 9 Redshank, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, 1 juv Common Gull (N Long)

Egloshayle, Wadebridge: 1 Firecrest. (A Langdon)

Firecrest – Adrian Langdon

Chapel Amble: 1 Great White Egret but quite active and flying between fields. (R Lucas)

Clapper Marsh, Wadebridge: Yellow-browed Warbler in hedge adjacent to cottage. (D Julian)

St Moritz Hotel: 2 Black Redstart. (S Grose)

Trebetherick: 174 Rook feeding in stubble field opposite Restharrow Farm shop. (S Grose)

St Minver Highlands: 1 Merlin, 1 f Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 3 Common Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 18 Turnstone, 3 Curlew, 59 Oystercatcher, 19 Mute Swan, 1 f Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

St Clether: 1 Red Kite. (C Travis)

Downderry: (0805-0905), moving west 5 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 47 Gannet, 31 Kittiwake and 140+ auks. Also in the area 3 Fulmar, a Great Northern Diver and 3 Black Redstart. (A Payne)


Sunday 22nd November 2020

Late News, 21/11,Trevellas Cove and Combe (St Agnes): 1 Black Redstart (m), 1 Firecrest, 2 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Grey wagtail, 2 Stonechat (L Sampson)

Penberth: 1 Desert Wheatear (male), 2 Black Redstart (fem/1w males), 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail (N R Rogers et al)

Desert Wheatear – Nigel Rogers

Desert Wheatear – Mike Mckee

Desert Wheatear – Nigel Rogers


Desert Wheatear – Steve Rowe

Desert Wheatear – Steve Rowe

Church Cove: Red-breasted Flycatcher still present in graveyard and showing very well (D Eva)

Red-breasted Flycatcher – John St Ledger

Nanjizal Valley: 1 Dusky Warbler trapped and ringed this morning on a private ringing site. (K Wilson)

St Buryan: 1 Black Redstart reported in the Churchyard.

Sennen: 2 Black Redstart reported at Mayon.

Newlyn: 1 Black Redstart on roof of the Meadery. (S Grose)

Penzance: 6 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Oystercatcher on rocks behind Jubilee Pool. (D Sharp) Also, 17 Purple Sandpiper, 1m Eider at Battery Rocks. (S Grose)

Purple Sandpiper – Deena Sharp

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 67 Mediterranean Gull from causeway. Carnsew Pool: 2 Goosander (f+juv) 6 Grey Plover, 10 Ringed Plover, 101 Dunlin, 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver in Hayle Harbour. (S Grose)

St Ives: 2 (M&F) Blackcap in private garden. (M Rouncefield)

Scorrier: 2000+ Starling. (S Grose)

Rejerrah: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Knot, 37 Dunlin, 97 Redshank (D Eva)

Penryn: Yellow-browed Warbler trapped and ringed on the Campus.

Poldhu: Snow Bunting still on 4th Tee of Mullion Golf Club, near mini car park between Gunwalloe and Poldhu.

St Martin in Meneage: 1m and 1f Blackcap, 2 Firecrest in our garden (S

Lowertown, Helston: 2 Firecrest, 2 Coal Tit and 6 Long-tailed Tit (A Witheywood)

Helston: 3 male Blackcap in a private garden. (S Ford)

Towan Head: 3 Red-throated Diver, 101 Common Scoter (in bay), 18 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Grey Plover, 28 Turnstone, 9 Oystercatcher, 1 Black Redstart. (S Rowe, M Lammas et al)

Porth Joke: 60 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 6 Song Thrush, 15 Blackbird, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 30 Chaffinch. (S Rowe)

Gribben Head: Firecrest , Chiffchaff, 2 Mistle Thrush, 14 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 3 Great Northern Diver, 7 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 127 Linnet, 80 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 30 Goldfinch. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Respryn Bridge, Lanhydrock: 1 Dipper (L Sampson)

Downderry: (0740-0910) moving west 2 Common Scoter, 13 Red-throated Diver, 34 Gannet, 4 Common Gull and 56 Kittiwake. Also in the area 2 Great Northern Diver and 3 Fulmar. This afternoon in the village 5 Black Redstarts, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff. (A Payne)

Torpoint: Great Northern Diver, Black Redstart, Grey Heron. (R Napp)

Lockdown Diary 4:

One of the regular winter spectacles to be found on the Camel estuary is the huge number of Golden Plover that gather on the mudflats. Some years there have been as many as 5,000 birds.

This week I spotted them from near Trewornan on the northern side of the estuary. Remarkably, many hundreds of the birds appear to almost vanish when parked together on the mud, but as they spill into the air, what a display they put on. Illuminated by low sunlight against the dark shadow of Cant Hill, they looked first a darkish brown, then a glowing white, and as they banked round again a sparkling gold like so much festive glitter tumbling out of the sky.

In June last year I almost stumbled across a Golden Plover on the moorland in the Western Isles of Scotland. It was in its fine breeding plumage, a handsome creature. Though they lose a lot of that vibrance out of season, in these great winter congregations Golden Plovers remain a glorious sight on a bright, chill day.

(S Marquis)


Saturday 21st November 2020

Late news, 20/11, Manaccan: 37 Cattle Egret next to Choon Farm. (P Gay)

Late news 20/11, Newlyn harbour: 1 colour-ringed 2w Great Black-backed Gull (ringed as chick 27/6/19 in Dorset), also 1 m Black Redstart (on South Pier), c25 Turnstone, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Great Northern Diver. (T Mills)

Great Black-backed Gull – Tony Mills

Late news, 20/11, Lamorna Cove: 7 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

St Levan: Probable Eastern Lesser Whitethroat in 2nd clump of sallows to the north of the church. (M Wallace)

Eastern Lesser Whitethroat – Mark Wallace

St Buryan: Juv Rosy Starling in a private back garden for a 3rd day. (per D Flumm)

Rosy Starling – Dave Flumm

Lizard: Male Red-breasted Flycatcher still in the church graveyard/car park. (S Rowe et al.)

Video above by John Chapple.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – J Jones

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Graeme Willetts

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Graeme Willetts

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Steve Rowe

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Michael Mckee

Pendeen: 1 pale juv Long-tailed Skua at 08:35, 16 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 diver sp, 29 Common Scoter 07:40-11:00. (P Combridge) 3 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Great Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater. (P Combridge)

Kenidjack valley: Willow warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (1 Siberian race P c tristis,1 nominate). (P Clarke)

Towan Head: Flock of 50+ Common Scoter still in the bay. Also Great Northern Diver and 3 Red-throated Divers. (M Lammas)

Penzance: 13 Purple Sandpiper off Jubilee Pool. (P St Pierre)

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler, 2+ Chiffchaff, 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Wagtail at Sandy Cove. (T Mills)

Lamorna Cove: 6 Black Redstart  (females or 1w males), 3 Grey Wagtails (N R Rogers)

Black Redstart – Nigel Rogers)

Black Redstart – Nigel Rogers)

Leswidden, St Just: Hen Harrier hunting over fields. (J Branscombe)

Trevose: 2 Snow Bunting at Trevose Head car park 12:10. (P Stephenson)

Swanpool: Great Northern Diver (J & D Chapman)

Poldhu: Snow Bunting still on 4th tee of Mullion Golfcourse, between Poldhu & Gunwalloe (J & D Chapman)

Porthgwarra: 9 Whooper Swans over and Snow Bunting at Roskestal. (M Wallace)

Zennor: 9 Whooper Swan. (P Oldcorn)

Croft Pascoe pool/woods: 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 60+ Golden Plover, 1 Woodcock flushed, 1 Snipe. (J Jones, R Loonstyn)

Water Rail – J Jones

Golden Plover – J Jones

Minions, Bodmin Moor: c20 Golden Plover, 2 Ravens. (A Langdon)

Wadebridge,SE Camel Trail: 12 Teal, 5 Little Egret, 5 Meadow Pipet, c20 Redwing, 1 leucistic Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 21 Canada Geese, 2 Moorhen, c20 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Dipper. ( A Taylor B Ide )

Camel Estuary: 7 Cattle Egret at Pink Creek late aternoon. (L Curry)

Chapel Amble: 1 Great White Egret (follow the road adjacent to Maltsters Arms signposted for St kew, walk past partially flooded field with sheep and egret has been feeding in the next grassy field all week), 1 Water Rail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 f Grey Wagtail, 1 Cattle Egret over, 1 Kestrel, 1 Stonechat, 1 Little Egret. (S Grose)

Upper Tamar Lake: 3 Goosander (2m 1f), 2 Redwing, 1 Merlin, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1f Goosander, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Marsh Tit, 6 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch. (R Mudge)

Rosevanion: 3 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Woodcock, 1 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

Stithians Reservoir: Black Redstart and Grey Wagtail by bottom of dam and 2 female Goldeneye by Southern Cut off. (G Kingdon)

St Ives: 1 Great Northern Diver near Smeatons pier and 1 Snow Bunting by the church on the Island. (G Sykes)

Siblyback Lake: Great Northern Diver reported by the hide this morning.

Troon: 1w/fem Black Redstart. (S Taylor)

Kennack Sands: 1 Black-throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Divers reported.

Friday 20th November 2020

Late News, 19/11, Lower Predannack: 40+ Golden Plover, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Common Snipe (J Evans)

Late News, 19/11, St John’s Lake, Torpoint: 2 Great Northern Diver, 14 (3 Pale-bellied,11 Dark-bellied) Brent Goose, 20 Great Crested Grebe and 1 Black Redstart on Marine Drive. (A Pearson)

Church Cove: Adult male Red-breasted Flycatcher, Treecreper, Swallow. (M Broadbent, E Cornelius, C Hill, H Keeper, J Blair)

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Graeme Willetts

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Graeme Willetts

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Graeme Willetts

Mullion/Poldhu: 1 Snow Bunting still above Craig-a-Bella on golf tee. (J Jones, M Broadbent et al)

Snow Bunting – Joe Jones

Carrick Roads: 2 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-breasted Merganser (2 male, 1 female). All near the green marker buoy and viewed from Restronguet Weir. (J St Ledger)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Goldeneye, 1 pair Pochard, 18 Wigeon, 30+ Teal, 27 Lapwing.. (J St Ledger)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 46 Fieldfare in tree. (B Toms)

Tywardreath: Male Blackcap in private garden. (R Barlow)

Roche: Male Blackcap in private garden. (J Rance)

Hayle: 1 Great Northern Diver seen fishing from bridge, large numbers of Wigeon and Teal also large mixed gull roost. (C Lovatt)

Sancreed: 17 Lapwing, 14 Skylark, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: Woodcock, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Med Gull, 30 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 3 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Penzance: 1st winter Iceland Gull on rocks just west of Jubilee Pool, Penzance. (J Branscombe)

Downderry: 0755-0900, moving west 2 Shelducks, 6 Common Scoters, 1 Red-throated Diver and 14 Kittiwakes. In the afternoon 5 Black Redstarts. (A Payne)

Towan Head: 51 Common Scoter in bay. (S Rowe)

Chapel Amble: 2 Mistle Thrush,100 Fieldfare, 200 Redwing, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, Grey Wagtail, Water Pipit, 4 Water Rail. (B Bosisto)

Garden Listing 2.0 20th Nov 2020, Constantine: Occasionally you get one of those days. For me today was one of them. Sunshine, a light wind from the north west and perfect visibility boded well. The sky seems full of gulls and corvids and two circling Buzzards.

At about 7.45 a flock of about 30 Lapwing flew over the garden (first sighting for the year here). There are egrets on the field opposite – just too far away for me to identify as either Little or Cattle. A large female Sparrowhawk drifts over. I haven’t got out of bed yet. All this from my bedroom window.

The usual birds are at the feeder including Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The sun is out and shining on the trees to the north of my garden. I stand for an hour and observe. A large tit flock goes through with about twenty Long-tailed and two male Bullfinches amongst them. Lots of Redwing are going over and some …  continue reading on the garden listing page here …. Note also that this weekend is garden listing bird race weekend!


Thursday 19th November 2020

Late news, 17/11, St Just: 2 Black Redstart in Methodist church graveyard, also present 12/11. (M Hayter)

Pendeen: 19 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 9 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 7 Common Scoter, 36 Fulmar, 2 1w Little Gull, 6 Med Gull. (S Rogers, D Flumm et al.) 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 16 diver sp. 1 Purple Sandpiper, 9 Med Gull, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Pom Skua, 38 Great Skua, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Grey Phalarope, 48 Manx Shearwater, 122 Fulmar 07:20-13:40. (P Combridge, DK Parker)

St Ives: 1 Leach’s Petrel, 8 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 16+ Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 15+ Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 50+ Med Gull, 3 Little Gull, juv Iceland Gull, 100,000 auks, (most in first hour but still c50 per min at 13:00, 4 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Lizard: Ad male Red-breasted Flycatcher at Church Cove. (J Foster)

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Mike Spicer

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Mike Spicer

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Dave Collins

Towan Head, Newquay: 1 Velvet Scoter flew into group of 40+ Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (N Long)

Godolphin Cross: Siberian Chiffchaff in private garden. (C Richards)

Gunwalloe: Black Redstart. (C Richards)

Manaccan, Helford: 27+ Cattle Egret in field next to Choon Farm (S Chandler)

Lower Nansloe: 6 Cattle Egret flushed by fighter jets. (P Smale)

Helston: Siberian Chiffchaff by pool near the water works. (P Smale)

Swanvale: Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Raffle)

Trevose Head: 78 Fulmar, 2 Great Skua, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver ,  10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Phalarope, 534 Kittiwake, 5 Black-headed Gull, adult Common Gull , adult Mediterranean Gull, 1st winter Little Gull. (B Bosisto)

St Eval: 13 Crossbill in pine tree’s beside post office this afternoon. (B Bosisto)

St Agnes Head: 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Common Scoter. (G Lawlor)

Godolphin Cross village: 2 Black Redstart. (C Richards)

Portheras Cove: Adult male Black Redstart plus Great Northern Diver offshore. (K Aspden)

Drift Reservoir: Black Redstart on top road. (B Stone)

Cape Cornwall: 08:40 to 10:40 in a NW5-7 and great light: a patch record 5 Black-throated Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 diver sp., 4 Great Skua, 1 adult pp Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 10 Common Scoters, 2-3 ad Med Gulls, Little Egret, hundreds of Kittiwakes and gazillions of auks. (N Wheatley)

Cot Valley, St. Just: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Choughs. (M. Critchley)

Lower Trevedran Farm, near Lamorna: 1 female Hen Harrier. (M Critchley)

Kingsmill Lake: 74 Avocet, 4 Grey Plover, 8 Lapwing, 140+ Dunlin, 12 Greenshank, 100+ Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 39 Curlew, 2 Gadwall, with many Teal & Wigeon. Also, 2 Med Gull and 3 Common Gull (P Kemp)

Downderry: 07:40-08:45, moving west 36 Gannets, a Great Skua, 51 Kittiwakes, 3 Common Gulls and 5 Mediterranean Gulls. This afternoon 4 Black Redstarts in the village and a Ring Ouzel to the east. (A Payne)

Davidstow airfield: Male Hen Harrier, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Buzzard, 8 Ravens displaying, c2000 mix of Golden Plover, Lapwing plus 2 Kestrels. (D Dennis)

Poldhu Golf Course: Snow Bunting. (D Collins)

Snow Bunting – Dave Collins

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Shag, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Ruff. (M Elliott)

St Erth: Black Redstart at the railway station and a diver sp high over south. (M Elliott)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 f Peregrine Falcon over, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Tawny Owl (heard at midday), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Porthilly Farm: 2 Cattle Egret with 6 Little Egret, 4 Red legged Partridge. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 10 Fieldfare, 2 m Great Spotted Woodpeckers on our seed tray, 1 f Sparrowhawk ambushed our feeding House Sparrows, 17 House Sparrows in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Newlyn: Great Northern Diver still in harbour. (A McKechnie)

Great Northern Diver – Alex McKechnie