Thursday 26th December 2019

Late news, 25/12, Watchcroft and vicinity: 1 Fieldfare, 18+ Golden Plover, 2 Raven. (J Evans)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot, juv Iceland Gull, 2 male Eider, 8 Great Northern Diver & 15 Turnstone in the harbour. (M Spicer S Finch)

Black Guillemot – S Finch

Great Northern Diver – S Finch

Iceland Gull – S Finch

Illogan: 1 Ring-necked Parakeet this afternoon in the cemetery. (P Roseveare)

Stithians Reservoir: Female Lesser Scaup still present, 5 Tufted Duck (D Eva)  Also 1 Goldeneye, plus 1 Water Rail beneath feeders. (J St Ledger)

Lesser Scaup – John St Ledger

Pendennis Point, Falmouth: 1 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 25+ Common Scoter. (J St Ledger)

Helston: Yellow-browed Warbler in the Helston Amenity area. (S Bury)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Woodcock, c9 Goosander, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe. (R Mudge)

Portwrinkle: Raft of c80 Common Scoter. (A Blonden)

Perranporth dunes: 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Snipe and 2 Redwings (T Wilson)

Tywardreath: 3 Blackcap (1 male, 2 females) in private garden. (R. Barlow)

Mount Hawke: 1 female Blackcap (female) and up to 17 House Sparrows on fatballs around 09.30. (RB & PC Girling)

Newquay Harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Guillemot, 4 Turnstone, 3 Greenfinch, 5 Blackcap, 7 Great Black backed Gull feeding on dead Cormorant on rocks just outside harbour,including gull with green plastic ring on right leg L91. (S Grose)

Crantock Beach: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk over. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Grey Heron in lengthy tussle with large freshwater eel, the eel succombed, also 1 Red Breasted Merganser, 1 Kingfisher on Ryan’s Field. (J Evans) Slavonian Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Knot and 4 Yellow-legged Gull. (R Veal)

Cape Cornwall: 4 Chough, 1 Kestrel (J Evans)

Wacker Quay: 2 Spoonbill (B Bosisto L Payne)


Sunday 22nd December 2019

Newlyn: Black Guillemot, 5 Great Northern Diver and Iceland Gull this am. (S Rogers)

Black Guillemot – S Rogers

St Ives: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Great Skua, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter this am. (R Augarde)

Pendeen: 1 Pomarine Skua west 12:05. (R Wilkins)

Hayle Estuary: 1 ad Ring-billed Gull and 1 ad Caspian Gull reported.

Illogan: Ring-necked Parakeet in valley gardens, also Buzzard. (J Baker)

Millbrook Lake: 2 Egyptian Goose, drk Red-breasted Merganser, f Goldeneye, 4 Avocet, 2 Mistle Thrush. (R Veal)

St Johns: 30 Avocet, 2 Kingfisher, 20+ Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 12 Teal, 2 Wigeon. (A Radford)

Long Rock Pool: Red breasted Merganser (female) present again. (I Bott)

Penzance: 1m Eider. (I Bott)

St Clement: 1 fem type Black Redstart, 2 Nuthatch, 1 m Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch, 5 Coal Tit, 1 Siskin from churchyard. (S Grose)

St Clements, Tresemple Pool: 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank 36 Redshank, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 16 Teal. 71 Black headed Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 38 Shelduck on Tresillian River. (S Grose)

Malpas: Male Black Redstart in village. (M Costa)

Malpas, Menadews Farm: 18 Cattle Egret, 23 Curlew. (S Grose)

Truro River: 1 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper, 120 Lapwing, 60 Curlew, 50 Wigeon, 1 Greenshank, 4 Black tailed Godwit (D Eva)

Chapel Amble: Siberian Chiffchaff and Firecrest this morning, also 14 Chiffchaff and a Cetti’s Warbler. (D Julian)

Walmsley (key holders only): Female Scaup and Pink-footed Goose still. (D Julian)

Gannel Estuary: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 650 Herring Gull, 110 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 64 Great Black-backed Gull. (S Rowe)

The Lost Gardens of Heligen: 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (C Hooper)

Nuthatch – C Hooper

Threemilestone: 1m and 1f Blackcap, 4 Redwings in private garden. (E Harris)

Mawnan Smith: 1 male Blackcap (P Finney)

Penhale Point: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Chough, 2 Snow Bunting. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Redshank. Also 1 Little Grebe on the boating lake. (S Grose)

East Looe: 3 Common Eider, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver. (D Spooner)

Porthleven: 21 Goldfinch,1 Bullfinch, 2 Chaffinch 2 Greenfinch, 1 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 4 Collared Dove. (S Richards)

Goldfinch – S Richards

Carrick Roads: 11 Black-necked Grebe, 3 Great Northern Diver, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Common Sandpiper. (J St Ledger)


Friday 20th December 2019

Late news, 17/12, Falmouth Bay: Black Guillemot amongst gull roost, Great Northern Diver and 6+ Common Dolphin.  (G Wills)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Black Guillemot 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2w Yellow-legged Gull and 1w Iceland Gull, Black Redstart, 1w male Eider. (N Rogers et al.)

Black Guillmeot – Mashuq Ahmad

Black Guillemot – Nigel Rogers

Iceland Gull – Mashuq Ahmad

Padstow: 1 Barn Owl over stubble field next to Padstow football club, 1 Common Sandpiper at Little Petherick. (S Grose)

Wadebridge: 47 Cattle Egret in field with sheep from Trewornan Bridge. (S Grose)

Penhale Point: 1 Snow Bunting (J Cripps)

Illogan: Ring-necked Parakeet in cemetery, showing well at 08:30 (J Baker)

Porthilly Beach: 24 Wigeon, 102 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Gull, 1 m Blackcap, 7 Greenfinch. Also 1 Firecrest in a private Garden. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart, 4 Red-throated Diver in bay. (S Rowe)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Slavonian Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Great Northern Diver in Carnsew Basin. (R Veal)  Sub adult Caspian Gull, 4 Yellow-legged Gull, drk Goosander, 2 Knot on Lelant Saltings. (M Halliday, R Veal)

Lizard Point: 1 Little Gull, 3 Puffin, 1 Great Skua, 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver. (I Maclean)

Helston: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest at sewage treatment works. 1 escaped Ferruginous Duck on Boating Lake for 562nd day. (I Maclean)

Porthilly: 1 Firecrest in a private garden. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Red-breasted Merganser again on Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Little London, Marazion: Water Pipit, 2 Black Redstarts, 12 Oystercatcher, Chiffchaff and Little Egret. (A Witheywood)

Black Redstart – A Wtheywood

Water Pipit – A Witheywood

Marazion Beach: 6 Great Northern Diver. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Cattle Egret. (C Moore)

Brew STW: 2x 1w Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Siberian Chiffchaff in amongst 35 Common Chiffchaff. (K Wilson)

Walmsley Sanctuary (key holders only): Members of Launceston Area Parishes Wildlife Group visited (and kindly donated £40 to CBWPS funds). Highlights were 2 Whooper Swan, female Greater Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, plus Tufted Duck, plenty of Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck, Curlew, Canada Geese, Grey Heron, Little Egret also 2 Stonechat and a Chiffchaff. (P Crispen)

Camel Trail, Treraven Meadows to Polbrock: 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Snipe, 16 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Marsh Tit, 8 Siskin, 5 Song Thrush, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Firecrest, 5 male Bullfinch, 1 Emden Goose associated with Canada Geese has a black plastic ring on right leg. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 1f Goldeneye, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 4 Great crested Grebe. (S Grose)

East Looe: 5 Common Eider, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Heron, 20 Turnstone, 1 Stonechat this am. (D Spooner)

Hannafore: 8 Common Eider, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 11 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Turnstone, 2 Stonechat this pm. (D Spooner)

Falmouth Bay: 2 Great Skua, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, 33 Common Scoter, 1 fem Eider. (G Wills)


Thursday 19th December 2019

**Notice** There will be a bird watching group from East Cornwall using the hides at Walmsley on Friday the 20th from 10:30 as part of our educational access program. All members are still welcome but be aware it may be busy. (Adrian Langdon – Walmlsey Reserve Warden) 

Threemilestone: Firecrest in a private garden. (J Shelton)

Newlyn: 1w Black Guillemot in the harbour off the fish Quay. (T McGowan) Also 5 Great Northern Diver and 2 Eider. (L Proctor) 2 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap and 1 Water Rail at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Black Guillemot – Mashuq Ahmad

Black Guillemot – Mike McKee

Black Guillemot- Mike Spicer

Millbrook: 2 Egyptian Geese. (M Bailey)

Illogan: Ring-necked Parakeet over Valley Gardens at 15.50 (J Baker)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Scaup (female). (J St Ledger)

Hayle; Ryan’s Field: 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Gull, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit, 60+ Lapwing, 10 Dunlin, 25+ Redshank, 1 Shelduck,1 Sparrowhawk. (J St Ledger)

Sandwich Tern – John St Ledger

Newquay, Towan head: 100’s Gannets diving between the point and bay among c.20 Common Dolphins this am. (M Lammas)

Rock Helipad Field: 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

St Ives: Iceland Gull at south end of harbour.


Monday 16th December 2019

Late news, 15/12 St Ives: 1w Iceland Gull; 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 11 Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Scoter at Carbis Bay. (P St Pierre)

Towan Head, Newquay: 3 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Turnstone, 5 Oystercatcher.  2+ Black Redstart around sewage works area. (M Lammas)

Lower Boscaswell: 1 large pale, unstreaked Pipit species with discernible supercillium. Flew from stone wall near coast and calling with short wagtail type calls. (J Evans)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 Great Northern Diver over flying due south, 10+ Teal, 6 Mallard, 20+ Snipe, 30+ Canada Geese, Bullfinch, 1 Reed bunting, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Skylark, 10 Redwing, 5 Tufted ducks. (M Doyle, K Miller)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Iceland Gull. (T McGowan, M Spicer)

Iceland Gull – M Spicer

Iceland Gull – M Spicer

Illogan: Ring-necked Parakeet in churchyard at 08.15. 1 f Blackcap, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 11 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 3 Dunnock in private garden (J Baker)

Lelant: 2 Firecrest near St Uny’s church. (G Jones)

Porthkidney: 2 Great Northern Divers, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter. (G Jones)

Portscatho to Porthcurnick: 1 Black Guillemot, 8+ Black-throated Diver, 20+ Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Long-tailed Duck (female), 1 Eider (female), 5 Razorbill, 4 Mediterranean Gull. Also 2 Harbour Porpoise. (J St Ledger)

Long-tailed Duck – John St Ledger

Black Guillemot – John St Ledger

Sennen: ad + 3w Yellow-legged Gull on Cowloe. 6+ tristis Chiffchaff with c20 collybita at Brew STW. (M Elliott)

Ludgvan: 1 Merlin. (R Menari)

Penzance: 1 Black Redstart on St Clarence Street. (P Taylor)

Bartinney: 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel. (J Hicks) 1 f Merlin, 3 Water Rail (heard). (P Taylor, H Mitchell, C Moore)

St Ives: 7 Purple Sandpiper. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Egloshayle: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (C Travis)

Firecrest – Charles Travis

Crowdy Reservoir: 15+ Crossbill near road. 1 Kingfisher, Pair Goosander, 250+ very jumpy roosting Lapwing, 57 Teal, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Grey Heron, 34 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Canada Goose, 3 Buzzards, 4 Cormorants, 337+ Black-headed Gulls, 84+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 1 Bullfinch. (B Craven)

Liskeard: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 15 Goldcrest, 4 Blackcap, 1 Nuthatch from Trago Mills. (S Grose)

Carn Glaze Caverns: 11 Siskin, 5 Greenfinch, 1 Woodcock flushed. (S Grose)


Sunday 15th December 2019

Late news, 14/12, Perranporth: Snow Bunting on 4th green Perranporth Golf Course. (S. Cox)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 122 Canada Goose,1 Great Crested Grebe,1 Cormorant,11 Teal,7 Mallard,4 Tufted Duck,3 Goosander,15 Golden Plover,77 Black-headed Gull,61 Lesser Black-backed Gull,1 Herring Gull,1 Great Black-backed Gull,1 Buzzard,1 IW male Hen Harrier,1 Raven,16 Carrion Crow,21 Jackdaw,1 Magpie,270 Starling,1 Stock Dove,36 Fieldfare,17 Redwing,2 House Sparrow,3 Meadow Pipit,1 Stonechat,1 Dunnock and 2 Wren. (DA Conway) Also, Colliford: 1 Barnacle Goose, 240 Canada Goose, 4 Cormorant, 2m & 2f Goosander, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 34 Teal, 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 48 Fieldfare, 19 Redwing, 1 Peregrine Falcon probably of the form “calidus” showing well at Loveny. Dozmary: 1m & 1f Goldeneye, 6 Tufted Duck, 5 Shoveler, c.25 Mallard, c.15 Teal and c.50 Lapwing. (P Roseveare)

Peregrine Falcon – P Roseveare

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 31 Shoveler , 60 Teal, 20 Wigeon, 12 Gadwall, 1 Goldeneye (drake), 1 Scaup (female), 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Shelduck, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Cettis Warbler, 2 Swallow. (B Bosisto)

Chapel Amble: 9 Water Pipit and 3 Siberian Chiffchaff. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary: Curlew Sandpiper at Dinham Mudflats. (D Julian)

Malpas Village: 1 Black Redstart and 1 Blackcap. (M Costa)

Argal Reservoir: 4 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Tufted Duck, 10 Mallard , 3 Mediterranean Gull (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 102 Coot, 1 female Goldeneye, 4 Shoveler, 61 Wigeon, 16 Moorhen, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 Teal (D Eva)

Illogan: Ring-necked Parakeet over cemetery at 09.00. (J Baker)

Gannel Estuary: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (S Rowe)

Polbathic Creek: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Barnacle Geese with Canadas. (A Blonden)

St Germans Quay: 5 Black tailed Godwit. (A Blonden)

Erth Island: 1 Peregrine. (A Blonden)

Coverack: 1st winter Iceland Gull and a Black-throated Diver. (D Wright)

Sennen Cove: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Common Gull, 36 Lesser Black backed Gull, 47 Great Black backed Gull, 7 Chough. (S Grose)

Callestick: 1 Woodcock, 1 Teal, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff and 100 Fieldfares (T Wilson)

Loe Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. Also Ferruginous Duck of suspect origin on Helston Boating Lake still. (I Maclean)

Padstow: 71 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 48 Common Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 580 Black-headed Gull, 1 Kingfisher (B Bosisto)




Friday 13th December 2019

Constantine STW: 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrest, 15 Redwing. (D Collins)

Walmsley Reserve: 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 drake Goldeneye, 1 female Scaup. (A Langdon)

Drake Goldeneye – A Langdon

Drake Goldeneye – A Langdon

Carnsew Pool, Hayle: 3 Great Northern Diver.

Porthilly Beach: 7 Common Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Otter. (S Grose)

Truro: In private garden 25 Goldfinch, 10 Greenfinch, 2 Blackcap coming to feeders all day (P. Carter)

St Ives (07:50-11:20): 21 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 12 Great Skua, 1 blue Fulmar, c6000 Kittiwake, c4000 auks (roughly 3:1 Guillemot to Razorbill). (R Veal, R Wilkins)

Penzance: 1 Ring-necked Parakeet still around the cemetery. (R Veal)

Padstow: Hooded Crow in a private garden.

Constantine Bay, nr Padstow: 1 ‘white Sparrowhawk’ reported by non-birder.

Bissom: 1 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (J St Ledger)

Firecrest – John St Ledger

Polbathic Creek: 1 Whimbrel. (A Blonden)

Crowdy Reservoir: 2 m Goosander, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 34 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 453 Black-headed Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 24 Fieldfare, 3 Crossbill, above the hide. (S Grose)

Advent Church: 1 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)