Wednesday 1st January 2020

Late news, 31/12, Bartinney: 1 Merlin. (R Crocker)

Merlin – Roger Crocker

Merlin – Roger Crocker

Merlin – Roger Crocker

Stithians Reservoir: Female Bufflehead from Stuart Hutchins hide. (R Wilkins) Relocated in the 2nd bay south of the sailing club at cSW711359. Viewable distantly from the dam, the east bank or by walking south from the sailing club. Female Lesser Scaup, 6 Goldeneye and 2 Pochard also present at the southern end. (R Wilkins et al)

Bufflehead, Mashuq Ahmad

Bufflehead, Tony Wilson

Bufflehead – R Loader

Lesser Scaup – John Miller

Bufflehead – John Chapple

Portscatho: Adult Ross’ Gull (sat on sea, then flew off with Kittiwakes),1 Long-tailed duck, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 10 Great Northern (D Eva)

Sennen: 1 American Buff-bellied Pipit with pipit, skylark and pied wagtail flock at far end of the field behind the Sunrise B&B. (T Mills)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Cattle Egret (same as Sancreed), 1 Long-tailed Duck,1 Meditteranean Gull. (D Flumm, T Mills)

Sancreed: 1 Cattle Egret, 55 Golden Plover, 10 Lapwing, 15 Redwing, 27 Linnet. (D Flumm)

Newlyn: Black Guillemot outside Newlyn harbour mouth. (S Rogers T Wilson) Black Guillemot, Eider, Iceland Gull and 2w Yellow-legged Gull main harbour. 2 Firecrest around Sandy Cove feeders. (M Jones)

Black Guillemot – Steve Murnan

Black Guillemot – Tony Wilson

Black Guillemot – Tony Wilson

Eider – Steve Murnan

Iceland Gull – Tony Wilson

Iceland Gull – Tony Mills

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Ad Ring-billed Gull briefly on Longrock Pool at 10:35. (R Veal) 1 Firecrest in trees on far side of railway line. Also 2 singing Cetti’s Warbler (T Mills) 1 distant Pomarine Skua also reported although distant.

Siblyback Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver, 9+ Little Grebe, 1 imm drake Ring-necked Duck, 16 Tufted Duck, (including one female with green nasal band probably ringed in France). (K Pellow)

Marazion: 9 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver and 6 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal)

Helston Loe Pool: 12 Goosander, 3 Firecrest; also 1 Black-throated Diver & 1 Great Northern Diver offshore of the Loe Bar (J & D Chapman)

Chapel Amble: 16 Water Pipit early morning and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff. (D Julian)

Brew Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff with many Chiffchaff. (T Mills)

Gwennap Sewage Works: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, 40+ Chiffchaff, Firecrest. (M Grantham)

Siberian Chiffchaff – Mark Grantham

St Ives: Firecrest this morning in private garden. (M Rouncefield)

Newquay, Towan Head: Great Northern Diver close in from car park, 5 Red-throated Divers flying south and 1 Black-throated Diver off point. (M Lammas)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Female/immature Eider close in from the beach at Swanpool, several Great Northern Divers along the coast between Swanpool and Pendennis, 1 Whimbrel flew east to west around Pendennis towards Castle Beach (M Hazleton)

Mylor Bridge: Firecrest this morning in private garden. (M Delbridge)

Millbrook: 2 Cattle Egret and 1 Little Egret in field by Withnoe Barton, and 7 Cattle Egret around Stone Farm.

Helston: Great White Egret flew over the boating pool and escaped Ferruginous Duck still present. (D Clegg S McMahon)

Lerryn: 1 Little Egret. (R Sherwood)

Gannel Estuary: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Med Gull. (S Rowe)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 19 Mute Swan, 1 Whooper Swan, 110 Canada Goose, 65 Shelduck, 28 Mallard, 51 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 11 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 3 Grey Heron, 8 Little Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 85 Oystercatcher, 4 Ringed Plover, 14 Grey Plover, c.3000 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 4 Ruff, 50 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 45 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 25 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 55 Curlew, 1 Snipe, 250 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Gull, 65 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 6 Robin, 6 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 2 Blue Tit, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay, 3 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 65 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 15 Starling, 5 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch (M Scawen et al.)

Ruan: 581 Golden Plover, 190 Lapwing, 87 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 79 wigeon, 36 Shelduck viewed from Ruan Old Quay, across the extensive mudflats at low tide on the Fal  towards Ardevora Vear. (D Hall)

Helston Loe Pool: 12 Goosander, 3 Firecrest; also 1 Black-throated Diver. (J & D Chapman)

Loe Bar: 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (J & D Chapman)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Firecrest by hide on Ryan’s field (T Wilson) 1 Ad Yellow-legged Gull & 2 Red-breasted Merganser. (M Pass) Slavonian Grebe still in Carnsew Basin. (DK Parker)

Poldhu Marsh: Water Rail, 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (M Pass)

Kennack Sands: 2 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver. (M Nattrass)

Helford River: 7 Great Northern Diver. Also 5 Common Dolphin. (J St Ledger)

Great Northern Diver – John St Ledger

Gluvian: 1 Tawny Owl , 20 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch , 5 Yellowhammer, 3 Red-Legged Partridge, 30 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit , 1 Great spotted Woodpecker (B Bosisto L Payne)

St Columb Sewage Works: 1 Snipe , 1 Curlew 2 Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaff, 15 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail (B Bosisto L Payne)

St Columb Major: 3 Greenfinch, 1 Blackcap (B Bosisto L Payne)

Trewan Hall: 6 Nuthatch, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Firecrest (B Bosisto L Payne)

Winnards Perch: 1 Merlin, 2 Common Snipe, 38 Lapwing, 1 Golden Plover, 65 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 200 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 16 Yellowhammer, 1 Lapland Bunting all in stubble fields above Birds of Prey Centre ( B Bosisto L Payne)

Talskiddy: 1 Little Grebe, 2 Water Rail, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper , 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Woodcock , 1 Reed Bunting , 20 Redwing (B Bosisto L Payne)

Porth Mear: 2 Corn Bunting in field surrounded by tamarisk hedge adjacent to South West footpath. (S Grose)

Park Head: 43 Common Scoter (sometimes diving as one), 7 Chough, 1 fem Peregrine Falcon, 1 Corn Bunting, 26 Skylark, 4 Raven. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Scaup, 1 f Goldeneye, 2 Wigeon. (S Grose)

St Eval: 198 Golden Plover, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Feock: 3 Black-necked Grebes reported off Loe Beach.

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal)

Downderry: Black Redstart and at least 10 Blackcap in the village; 3 Great Northern Divers and 11 Red-throated Divers offshore. (A Payne)

Monday 4th January 2016

Late news 3/1 Truro River: 78 Black-tailed Godwit. (PA Fraser)

Late news 3/1 Cape Cornwall Golf Course: 15 Chough. (PA Fraser)

Late news 3/1 Falmouth: 1 Lesser Whitethroat in garden (also present 20/12). (P Ensom – photo)


Trenow Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel. (PA Fraser, R Treeby, J Hawkey) Also 1 Black Redstart plus 23 Curlew and 1+ Whimbrel, c30 Oystercatcher, 30+ Turnstone and 12+ Little Egret on rocks between Trenow and Little London. (R Butts)

Bass Point. The Lizard: 1 ad Ross’s Gull at 13:00.

Penryn: 1 Black Redstart. (C Benton)

Sandy Cove: 1 Pacific Diver, 1 Red-throated Dover, 2 Black-throated Diver and 1m Eider. (L Proctor)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup. (S Jones)

Helford River from footpath from Passage Cove to Porth Saxon: 2 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 10+ Great Northern Diver, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Shoveler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 1 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Firecrest. (J St Ledger – photos, C Benton)

Slavonian Grebe Durgan 4th Jan 2016 Shoveler Durgan 4th Jan 2016

Penzance: 11 Purple Sandpiper with 20 Turnstone at Battery Rocks with 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (R Veal, R Butts)

Newlyn: 4 Great Northern Diver in harbour and 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Shag in bay. (R Veal) Also 1 Black Redstart.

Crowlas: 2 Pheasants in a private garden. (R Veal)


Lizard Village: 1ad Rose-coloured Starling.

St Ives: 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Bonxie and 1 Humpback Whale still.

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill.

Sennen Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver.

Drift Reservoir, members only: 1w Ring-billed Gull briefly at 14:25.

Roskilly: 1w Ring-billed Gull (presumed same as Drift individual) roosting on the sea between Newlyn and Mousehole.

Newquay: Black Redstart on hangar at the aerohub. (No general access)


Sunday 3rd January 2016

Late news, 2/1, Luckett: 1 Swallow seen flying up R Tamar and then inland over Luckett allotments. (T&M Atkinson)

Marazion, Little London to Trenow Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel again, plus 2 Eurasian Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 14 Oystercatcher, 1 f Black Redstart, 9 Turnstone and several Black-headed Gull on the beach with 3 Great Northern Diver offshore.(D Eva, R Veal, R Farnes, T Mills)

RFarnes_HudWhimbrel_030116Hudsonian Whimbrel, Rod Farnes

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 f Merlin, 1 Cetti’s Warbler and 6 Little Grebe. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 Spoonbill, 1 f Goosander, 1 f Red-breasted Merganser, 10 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 5 Greenshank, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, and 150 Lapwing. (D Eva, T Mills, L Proctor, B Dodd)

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 18 Purple Sandpiper, 1 m Eider, 1 Pacific Diver and 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (D Eva)

Maenporth: 7 Black-throated Diver and several Gannet. (J&A Betteridge)

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Helford River, off Grebe Beach near Durgan: 1 Red-necked Grebe and 2 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

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Coverack: 1 Black throated Diver, 1 Guillemot and 1 Razorbill. (S Rogers)

Sithians Reservoir:  1 Slavonian Grebe. (S Rogers)

 Lizard Point, Bass Point and Church Cove area: 1 Ross’s Gull plus 1 Little Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope, c10 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver and 2+Great Northern Diver past. (T Blunden, S Rogers, R Augarde, M Ahmad) Lizard village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling (S Rogers, J Chapple)

Ross’s Gull, Richard Augarde

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MAhmad_RossGull_030116Ross’s Gull, Mashuq Ahmad
TBlunden_RossGull_030116Ross’s Gull, Tony Blunden

Torpoint, Hamoaze: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Kingfisher. (R Napp)

RNapp_GCGrebe_030116Great Crested Grebe, Rick Napp RNapp_GNDiver_030116Great Northern Diver, Rick Napp RNapp_Kingfisher_030116Kingfisher, Rick Napp

Hannafore Point: 7 Great Northern Diver (plus 4 in Looe Harbour), 1 Eider, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Ringed Plover, 37 Oystercatcher, 25 Turnstone, also 1 Great Black-backed Gull (ringed on Looe Island) eating dead Shag. (D Spooner)

Cury, Trevergy Farm: 1 Bittern. (F Johns)

Newquay, Fistral Beach: 1 Black Redstart. Headland: 4 Razorbill, 6 Gannet and 7 Kittiwake. Quintrell Downs: 100+ Lapwing. (D Thomas)

Mousehole: 1 Great Northern Diver. (S Maycock)

Newlyn, harbour: 4 Great Northern Diver and 1 Shag trying (still after 30  mins) to eat a fish.(S Maycock) Sandy Cove: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Black-throated Diver. (L Proctor

SMaycock_GNDiver_030116Great Northern Diver, Simon Maycock SMaycock_Shag_030116Shag, Simon Maycock

Sennen Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver again this morning.

St Ives: 165 Dunlin, 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 m Black Redstart and ?2 Humpback Whale west.

Falmouth: 1 Lesser Whitethroat in garden in Goldenbank.

Tresemple Pool: 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Firecrest nearby.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup and 1 White-fronted Goose.

Falmouth, Florence Place: 1 Firecrest, 4 Blackcap and 7 Long-tailed Tit. Castle Beach: 
2 (mf) Stonechat. Tunnel Beach to Swanpool Point: 7 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Black-throated Diver, 3 Great Northern Diver, 200+ Herring Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull, 1 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot and 168+ Shag. Swanpool cliffs: 7 Fulmar, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 60+ Black-headed Gull and 3 Turnstone. (D Chaney)


Saturday 2nd January 2016

Late news, 31/12, Falmouth: 1 Firecrest in hedge beside road to Maenporth. (N Fripp)

Late pictures, 31/12, Maenporth: 1 Pacific Diver with Black-throated Divers. (S Votier)

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SVotier_PacDiver2_311215Pacific with Black-throated Divers, Steve Votier SVotier_PacDiver4_311215

Par Beach: 2 Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull. (I Stewart)

Lizard Point: 1 ad Ross’s Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Cormorant, 28 Fulmar, 4 Guillemot, 45 Shag, 2 Chough, 35 Gannet, 1 Great Skua, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 12 Razorbill and 1 Shoveler. (T Blunden, W Clayton)

Church Cove, Lizard: Ad Ross’s Gull offshore late afternoon but then flew towards Cadgwith. (T Blunden, W Clayton, G Knass)

Crowlas: c200 Golden Plover, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 f Sparrowhawk, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Jjay, c100 Redwing and 5 Raven over. (R Veal)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 1 ad Pacific Diver, 3 Black-throated Diver, c12 Great Northern Diver, 1 juv Iceland Gull and 12 Guillemot, with a further 5 Great Northern Diver in the Harbour. (DK Parker L Proctor)

Marazion, Little London, Trenow Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel 2 Whimbrel also 12 Little Egret, 54 Turnstone, 15 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 3+ Common Gull and 1 Little Gull. (DK Parker, L Proctor, I Webster, J Chapple)

Hudsonian Whimbrel, John Chapple.
Newquay, Towan Head: 3 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe) Gannel Estuary: 43 Wigeon, 36 Oystercatcher, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 840 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 320 Herring Gull, 58 Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Little Grebe. (S Rowe)

St Ives: 7 Great Skua, 6 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Black Redstart and 2 Humpbacked Whales swam into the bay about 200yds offshore below the coastguard lookout. (B Mellow, R Wilkins)

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BMellow_Humpback1_020116  BMellow_Humpback2_020116Humpbacked Whale, Brian Mellow BMellow_Humpback3_020116 

Carbis Bay: 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Great Skua. (MJ Spicer)

Roskilly: 1w Ring-billed Gull roosting offshore. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

St Erth: 14 Little Egret in field with cows, 1 Merlin, c80 Lapwing over and 12 Redwing. (MJ Spicer)

Sennen Cove: 1 Great Northern Diver again.

Penzance, Wherrytown: 1 Black Redstart.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill and 1 Goosander also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still in bushes northwest of the hide.

Rosemullion Head: 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Sithians Reservoir:  1 Slavonian Grebe.

Dozmary Pool: 1 Lesser Scaup. (D Julian)