Wednesday 22nd January 2020

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

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull, 11+ (5+ ad, 1 4w, 1 3w, 2 2w, 2 1w) Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott) 7+ Little Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 5 Turnstone on Carnsew Pool.

Wilcove: Drake Green-winged Teal reported again.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Ring-necked Duck, 2f Goldeneye, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe,  20 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (M Jordan)

Chapel Amble: 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 101 Teal, 3 Snipe, flock of Long-tailed Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, Goldcrest, 1 Water Rail, 23 Rook, 1 Swallow, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Water Pipit, 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Towan Head, Newquay: 4 Red-throated Diver (2 on water 2 in flight), 1 Great Northern Diver in flight, 6+ Common Dolphin feeding off the point. (M Lammas)

Truro: 1 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper, 40+ Shelduck, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Greenshank, Wigeon, Teal,  Redshank  and Black-tailed Godwit at Sunny Corner. (M Costa) Avocet showing well 300m upstream 12:00. (M Lammas)

Loe Beach: 12 Black-necked Grebe towards Mylor, 8+  Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (M Lammas)

Longrock: 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 14 Common Scoter. (R Veal)

Portreath: 1 Black Redstart at Carvannel Downs cliffs. (C Warman)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 32 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 34 Shelduck, 11 Mallard, 12 Wigeon, 3 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Shag, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 65 Oystercatcher, 32 Ringed Plover, 7 Grey Plover, 300 Golden Plover, 250 Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 2 Knot, 290 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 75 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 150 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 85 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 45 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Wood Pigeon, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 3 Robin, 3 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 7 Starling, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch. (M Scawen et al)

Pentewan: 3 Firecrest, 6 Chiffchaff and Dipper beside river along the Pentewan cycle path approx half mile from the St Austell end. (G White)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Ringed Plover, 6 Redshank, 42 Curlew, 9 Oystercatcher,  4 Little Egret, 5 Blackcap and 1 f Sparrowhawk. (J Green)

East Pentire, Newquay: 1 Black Redstart. (S Rowe)

Crowdy Reservoir: 18 Lapwing, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (M Jordan)

Downderry/Seaton: 18 Red-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Fulmar and small parties of auks offshore this morning. Inshore a Mediterranean Gull. In Downderry itself a Blackcap and Firecrest. (A Payne)

Crugmeer: 1+ Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Carnewas and Park Head: 6 Chough on the coast path, feeding on the hedges and flying around the area. (E Carne)

Polkerris: 8 Common Scoter, 1 female Eider, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 6 Raven. (A Piper)

Tuesday 21st January 2020

Sennen: American Buff-bellied Pipit still. (I Hayes)

Hayle Estuary: 1 adult Ring-billed Gull, 1 3cy Caspian Gull, 5 adult, 1 3cy and 1 2cy Yellow-legged Gull and 34 Common Gull. (B Dallas) Also; 3 Mediterranean Gull and Peregrine over. (G & L Carr, M Elliott)

Wilcove: Green-winged Teal still, also 1 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Greenshank. (R Treeby R Macklin)

Torpoint: 3 Eiders feeding on crabs close in. (R Macklin)

Downderry-Seaton: 16 Red-throated Diver, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great crested Grebe and the odd Kittiwake offshore this afternoon. (A Payne)

Camel Estuary (Wadebridge to Tregunna Bird Hide): 1 Greenshank, 40+ Redshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Curlew, 19 Grey Plover, 28 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 55 Shelduck, 8 Mallard, 50+ Oystercatcher, 150+ Dunlin, 100+ Lapwing 10.30 – 12.30. (M Webb)

Lapwing-M Webb

Black-tailed Godwit-M Webb

Whooper Swan -M Webb

Grey Plover-M Webb

Greenshank-M Webb

Wheal Martyn Clay Trails: 1 Woodcock flying into fields behind Ruddlemoor at approx. 1700 (R Hollis)

Perranporth: 2 Chough between golf course and beach. (S Cox)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot and Great Northern Diver viewed from Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Long Rock Pool: 1 Otter fishing at 5:30pm (N Wheatley)

Illogan: 1 Ring-necked Parakeet in valley gardens at 9:25am. 2 Blackcap (m & f) on garden feeders. (J Baker)

Pencalenick Woods: 1 Treecreeper. (B Dodd)

Tregidden: 2 Firecrest in a private garden. (B Nicholls)

Siblyback Lake: Drake Ring-necked Duck still at 14:45 at north end. (R Treeby) Also female Greater Scaup. (C Teague)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 1 adult male Black Redstart, 1 Great Northern Diver, 8 Turnstone, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 female Sparrowhawk, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat. (M Doyle, C Urquhart)

Restronguet Weir: 1100hrs. 10 Red-breasted Merganser, 14 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Firecrest (S Van Hear)



Monday 20th January 2020

Lizard Point: female type Velvet Scoter headed west into Mounts Bay, Drake Goosander, 13 Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, 7000 auks per hour past. (A Blunden)

Marazion: 1 Black Redstart at Little London. (L Proctor)

Stithians Reservoir: Female Lesser Scaup still at the southern end. (I Hayes)

Lower Tamar Lake: 15 Goosander (7m 8f), 4 Ring-necked Duck (3m 1f), 2 Grey Heron plus Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant. (R Mudge)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot off Sandy Cove this morning. (L Proctor) Also Black Guillemot, juv Iceland Gull, Eider and 2 Great Northern Diver this afternoon. (P Aley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull & 2w Med Gull. (P Aley)

Sennen: 5 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Chiffchaff & 12 Fieldfare. (P Aley)

Colliford Lake: m & f Goosander in eastern arm. (G Kingdon)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 6 (4m 2f) Tufted Duck, 6m Mallard, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 126 Canada Geese, 4 Canada/Grey Lag Geese, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Buzzard 10:45 – 12:15. (M Webb)

Trenow: 7 Black-throated Diver, 10 Great Northern Diver and 1 Water Pipit. (R Menari)

St. Clement to Tresillian: 3 Cattle Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Common Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper. Also Bat sp. (presumed Pipistrelle) actively flying 14:30! (P.Carter)

Feock: 10 Black-necked Grebe and 20 Red-breasted Merganser off Loe Beach. (I Hayes)

Maenporth: 3 Black-throated Diver with 2 Eider and c20 Common Scoter. (I Hayes)

Falmouth: Great Northern Diver off Castle Bay and Black Redstart on the shore. (I Hayes)

Truro, Sunny Corner: 1 Avocet and 5 Black-tailed Godwits. (A. Hill)

Towan Head: 16 Red-throated Diver, 4 Common Scoter and 20+ Common Dolphin in Newquay Bay late pm. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Helford Passage: 2 Black-necked Grebe. (D Collins)

Loe Pool: imm Goldeneye. (D Collins)

St. Johns Lake / Ford at high tide: 21 Brent Goose, 60+ Shelduck, 120+ Teal, 53 Avocet, 22 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank, 1 Snipe. (K Pellow)

Portwrinkle: 3 Red-throated Diver, 33 Common Scoter (all female/imms). (K Pellow)

Whitsands Bay: 78+ Common Scoter distantly (a separate flock to above) before flying west at 14:45. (K Pellow)


Friday 17th January 2020

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, sub-adult Caspian Gull, ad argentatus Herring Gull, 6+ Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 7 (4 drk) Goosander, 2 redhead Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, 11 Turnstone. (R Veal, M Halliday, M Pass)

Porthkidney: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 350+ Kittiwake. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 Mistle Thrush. (R Veal)

Siblyback Lake: Drake Ring-necked Duck still. (T Mills)

Wilcove: Drake Green-winged Teal, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper. (T Mills)

Stithian’s Reservoir: 1f Lesser Saup, Goldeneye and Woodcock. (M Spicer)

Padstow: 1 Kingfisher at Hawkers Cove. (S Grose) 3 Mediterranean Gull, 94 Black-headed Gull in field next to cemetery. (S Grose)

Lower Amble: 58+ Cattle Egret between Lower Amble and Gutt Bridge near farm buildings. (D Julian)

Amble Marshes: 48+ Cattle Egret, possibly different to the Lower Amble birds. (D Julian)

Chapel Amble: 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 10 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper and Swallow. (D Julian et al.)

Wadebridge: 2 drake Mandarin (J Brookes)

Praa Sands: Black Redstart around the car park. (I Hayes)

Newlyn: Iceland Gull (juv) and 4 Great Northern Diver in the harbour. (I Hayes)

Drift Reservoir: Male Hen Harrier (flew through), 1 Long-tailed Duck , 2 Stock Dove (M Pass)

Maenporth: 15+ Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, 1 (possibly 2) Red-necked Grebe, 1 Razorbill, 20 Guillemot, 2 Med Gull, Snipe, 2+ Stonechat. (M Doyle, L Langley, M Pass)

Falmouth: 20+ Black-throated Diver. off Gyllyngvase Beach. (J St Ledger, S Van Hear)

Black-throated Divers, John St Ledger

Restronguet Weir: c25 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Firecrest, 2+ Chiffchaff, 1 Pheasant, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Little Grebe, 30+ Shag, 1 Gannet. (M Doyle)

Marazion: 4 Water Pipit and 2 Black Redstart at Little London. (I Hayes)

Cape Cornwall 09:30-11:00: 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 100s of Kittiwakes and auks, 2 Red-throated Diver and 1 Black-throated Diver. (N Wheatley)

Pendeen 09:00-11:30: 1 Great Skua, 1 ad Little Gull, 1000’s Auk sp and Kittiwake. (R  Wilkins)

Helford River: 7 Great Northern Divers, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Common Sandpiper.  (T Pinfield)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Merlin in hunting flight moving fast across the Ruan-Fal complex towards Ardevora Vear at 09:00. (D Hall)

Truro, Sunny Corner: 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Curlew, c.50 Teal. (A. Hill)

Porthallow to Maen Aver: 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Firecrest. (D Wright)

Great Northern Diver, Dougy Wright

Laneast: Around 500 Golden Plover at dusk. (B Craven)

Perranporth: Black Redstart by the llibrary. (T Wilson)


Wednesday 15th January 2020

Late News, 12/01, Little London: 13 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Water Pipit, 3 Black Redstart, Whimbrel. (P St Pierre)

Late News, 12/01, Perran Sands to Cuddon Point: Black-throated Diver, 7 Great Northern Diver, 9 Red-throated Diver, Black Redstart, 21 Curlew. (P St Pierre)

Late news, 14/1, Newlyn: 1 Great Skua and 1w Iceland Gull from Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Female Lesser Scaup still, 3f Goldeneye, 3 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck. (M Lammas)

Pendower Beach: 3 Common Scoter, 20 Great Northern Diver, 10 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, (possible or even probable Pacific Diver but distant and in bright light at 14:30). ( M Pass )

Portscatho: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver, 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck. ( M Pass )

Chapel Amble: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Water Pipit, 1 Water Rail, 7 Shoveler, 52 Teal, 4 Mute Swan, 3 Goldcrest. (S Grose) Also 1+ Siberian Chiffchaff, c15 Chiffchaff and 2 Green Sandpiper. (DK Parker)

Upper Tamar Lake: 4 Ring-necked Duck still. (T Marchese)

Lower Tamar Lake: 4 Tufted Duck, 16 Goosander plus Water Rail, Willow Tit and Marsh Tit. (T Marchese)

St Ives Island (07:40-11:00): 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 1 Pomarine Skua (dark phase adult), 2000+ Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1000+ Kittiwake, 12 Dunlin, 878 Gannet, 2 Fulmar. (P Nason)

Hayle Estuary: 12+ Yellow-legged Gull, 1 possible ad Caspian Gull. (M Elliott)

Ryan’s Field RSPB: 40 Lapwing, 9 Oystercatcher, 8 Canada Goose, 5 Carrion Crow, 4 Curlew, 2 m Bullfinch, 4 Teal, 1 Blackbird. (H Norton)

Copperhouse Creek: 50+ Wigeon, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Cormorant. (H Norton)

College Reservoir: 1 Firecrest. (P McCartney)

Millbrook: 31 Avocet, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Mediterranean Gull. 15 Cattle Egret at Withnoe Farm. (R Smalldon)

Penzance: Chiffchaff  in Morrab Gardens, Blackcap at Wherrytown. (D Flumm)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot still at Sandy Cove and 15 Great Northern Diver around the Harbour. (D Flumm)

Great Northern Diver (imm), Dave Flumm

Great Northern Diver (adult), Dave Flumm

Black Guillemot, Dave Flumm

Camel Estuary: 24 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 66 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 42 Wigeon, 2 Red-legged partridge, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 65 Oystercatcher, c.3000 Golden Plover, 250+Lapwing, 6 Knot, 200 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 55 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 65 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Curlew, 8 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 80 Herring Gull, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 27 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin,6 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 40 Rook, 55 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 15 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Goldfinch (M Scawen et al)

Walmsley:  5 Cattle Egret, 1 female Scaup, c.200 Canada Geese, 1 Water Pipit also Wigeon, Shoveler, Teal, Mallard and Tufted Duck. (Tim Pinfield) 74 Cattle Egret from public hide, 1f Scaup. (E Mayhew) Also 2 drake Mandarin. (DK Parker, R Treeby)

Treraven:  7 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Water Pipit and 2 Chiffchaff. (Tim Pinfield)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Pink-footed Goose. (R Augarde)

Nanquidno: 1 Barn Owl, 2 Woodcock. (C Moore)

Crugmeer / Whipsiderry: 6 Barn Owl seen on the coastal road between 18.00 and 21.00.(S Grose)


Monday 13th January 2020

Late news, 12/1, Hayle Estuary: 31 Mediterranean Gull opposite Lelant Station, 1 Kingfisher on stream behind car wash. (S Grose)

Late news, 12/1, Swanpool: 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rogers)

Mediterranean Gull, Steve Rogers

Wilcove: 1m Green-winged Teal, 63 Eurasian Teal, 50 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 3 Shelduck, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 1 Redshank. (C Ellis, D Parker)

Green-winged Teal, Chris Ellis

Torpoint: 18 Turnstone, 1 Rock Pipit, 39 Brent Geese, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Eider, plus usual wildfowl, gulls and waders. (C Ellis)

Millbrook: 2 Egyptian Geese. (DK Parker)

Siblyback Lake: Drake Ring-necked Duck. (DK Parker)

Mawgan Porth: Pink-footed Goose still this morning. (P Roseveare, M Pass)

Stithians Reservoir: Lesser Scaup still present this morning.

Tater-du (10.10-12.10): 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 46 Kittiwake, 9 Bottlenose Dolphin. (M McKee)

Helston Boating Lake: escape Ferruginous Duck still present. (D Flumm)

Ferruginous Duck, Dave Flumm

Newlyn Harbour: 1st winter Iceland Gull still (M Pass)

Newlyn: 1 Great Skua, 8 Red-throated Diver past Sandy Cove this am. (L Proctor)

Newlyn to Mousehole: c80 Guillemot (sheltering), 3 Red-throated Diver (M Pass)

Mousehole: 2w Caspian Gull, 1-2 ad and 2 2nd w Yellow-legged Gull on St Clements Isle. Also 2 Great Northern Diver. (M Elliott)

Tredrizzisk: 2 Chiffchaff, 1 f Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Raven from private garden. (S Grose)

Porthilly Beach: 2 Common Gull, 53 Black-headed Gull, 31 Wigeon, 1 Greenshank. (S Grose)


Saturday 11th January 2020

Late news, Dec 2019: A shag photographed on St George’s Island Looe in December was a French bird only the 7th for the UK. K26 had been ringed as a chick in 2015 on Chaucey, a small group of islands off the Normandy coast, geographically part of the Channel Islands group. More details at

Tamar Lakes: Goosander 6m 10f, 4 Ring-necked Duck 3m 1f, 7 Tufted Duck , 4 Cormorant, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, c150 Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed and Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

Wilcove: Drake Green-winged Teal still at Cangapool, with c.80 Eurasian Teal, 14 Black-tailed Godwit & 25 Wigeon. (P Kemp)

Jupiter Point: 2 adult Spoonbill by Inch marsh. (P Kemp)

Wacker Quay: 371 Dunlin, 6 Knot, 25 Grey Plover, 86 Shelduck and 111 Wigeon. (P Kemp)

Stithians Reservoir: Female Lesser Scaup still. (Swallow Birding)

Swanpool: 2w Glaucous Gull on the rocks. (Swallow Birding)

Trevose Head: c200 Skylark, 3 Lapland Bunting, 150 Linnet, 2 Merlin. (R Wilkins)

Mawgan Bridge: Drake Mandarin again. (A Jewell)

Mandarin – Alison Jewell

Argal Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe, 52 Mallard. ( D Eva )

College Reservoir: 2 Shoveler, 103 Coot, 57 Wigeon, 46 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe. ( D Eva )

Lizard Point 09:48-11:11: 1 Great Skua, 22+ Fulmar, 59+ Kittiwake,1 Diver sp, 100s Auk sp and an adult Yellow-legged Gull on the rocks. (L Langley)

Prussia Cove/Cudden Point: 2 Raven, 1 Kestrel and just offshore: 20+ Great Northern Diver, 50+ Razorbill, 10 Guillemot, 1 Common Gull, 5+ Kittiwake, 2 Fulmar. (J Evans)

Gannel Estuary: 140 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Med Gull, 2 Common Gull, 7 Redshank. (S Rowe)

Newquay: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Mawgan Porth: 1 Water Pipit, 22 Curlew, c60 Lapwing. (P Roseveare)

St Eval: 1 Merlin. (P Roseveare)

Talskiddy: 1 Lapland Bunting still with c40 Skylark. (P Roseveare)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver still present,  4 Tufted Duck, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Snipe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe. (S Finch)

Long-tailed Duck – S Finch

Long-tailed Duck – S Finch

Penryn: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest at Bissom STW. (P McCartney)

Penryn River: 33 Teal. (P McCartney)

Truro: Jay feeding on fatballs. (R Netherton)

Jay – Robin Netherton

Chapel Amble: 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Water Pipit. (R Augarde) Also 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and Swallow. (Swallow Birding)

Camel Estuary: Whooper Swan on Dinham Flats. (R Augarde)

Wadebridge: 2 Mandarin. (R Augarde)

Mandarin – Richard Augarde

Penjerrick Wood: 1+ Brambling with small Chaffinch flock near entrance to Higher Crill Farm. (G Adams)

Swanpool: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Little Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck, 22 Mallards, 1 Grey Heron, 30 Black-Headed Gulls. (E Wilcox Aged 11)

Victoria: 1 dead Barn Owl on A30 west bound, 400yds before Cornwall Services. (S Grose)

Cosworth/Colan: 1 Barn Owl, 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Tater-du 09.30-11.30: 2 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 1 Curlew. (M McKee)

Helston: Escaped Ferruginous Duck still at the boating pool. (Swallow Birding)