Wednesday 8th July 2020

Late news, 7/7, Devoran: 5 Whimbrel, 80 Curlew, 40 Redshank, 2 Dunlin. (M Buckley)

Curlew – Max Buckley

Porthgwarra 05:45 – 09:00: 9 Sooty Shearwater, 8 Storm Petrel, 6 Arctic Tern, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Pom Skua and 1 Puffin before the fog closed in. Also 4 Risso’s Dolphin. (B Mellow et al) (1545-1715): 1 Sooty Shearwater, 4 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel (N R Rogers)

Lizard Point: 1 Great Northern Diver, 40 Common Scoter, 7 Sandwich Tern, 1 Sooty Shearwater (06.30-09.45). (D Collins) 1 adult Rosy Starling at 17.15 at NT car park. (RB & PC Girling)

Towan Head:  Manx Shearwater passage 100 per min. Gannets 20 per min 7 Guillemots, few Fulmars all close in 08:15 to 09:00. (M Lammas)

Illogan: 3 adult, 5 juvenile Goldfinch, 1 adult, 1 juvenile Robin, 4 adult 3 juvenile House Sparrow on garden feeders. (J Baker)

Freathy: 10 Balearic Shearwater sat on sea and feeding 100 yds east of Sharrow Point. (M Jordan)

Falmouth: 1 Great Northern Diver off Castle Beach. (J St Ledger)

Downderry: birds moving west, 0605-0750, included  13 Common Scoters, 146 Gannets, 96 Manx Shearwaters, 10 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Pomarine Skua and 13 Mediterranean Gulls. Later, 1825-1945, c220 Manx Shearwaters, 8 Balearic Shearwaters, a Storm Petrel, 3 Arctic Skuas and 2 Puffins. (A Payne)

Camel Estuary: 154 Curlew, 10 Whimbrel, 30 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper and 7 Mediterranean Gull including juv. (D Julian)

Golant Church: c20 Mistle Thush. (S Marshall)

Mistle Thrush – Steve Marshall

Kingsmill: 2 Mediterranean Gull (1 a juvenile) also 4 Greenshank and1 Whimbrel with Curlew and this evening. (M Beer)

Porth Reservoir: 13 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, Moorhen nesting, 1 Reed Warbler. (S.Finch)

Great Crestd Grebe – Sam Finch

Great Crested Grebe – Sam Finch

Friday 26th June 2020

Late news, 25/6, Coverack: 10 Crossbill over Penmarth Farm Campsite. 3+ Grasshopper Warbler on Crousa Downs. (D. Beadle)

Helston: Adult Rosy Starling in a private garden. (G Watson)

Rosy Starling – Geoff Watson

Rosy Starling – Geoff Watson


Carharrack: 18 Crossbill over (F Bell)

Bradford Bridge; Bodmin Moor: 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Siskin (B Bosisto)

Crowdy Reservoir: 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Crossbill (B Bosisto)

Porthgwarra: Single juvenile Wheatear on cliffs beside stone wall. (JH & K Dalziel)

Stithians Reservoir: Willow Warblers feeding 4 young in nest (a rare second brood), 1 Kingfisher (D Eva)

Siblyback Reservoir: 50+ Canada Geese, 3 Cormorant, 1 Siskin, 1 Spotted flycatcher, 1 Song Thrush, numerous swallows over lake, (heard blackcap, willow warbler and chiffchaff). (D Sharp)

Siblyback Reservoir: 3 Spotted Flycatcher, two at north end and one by climbing frame south end. (C Buckland)

Spotted Flycatcher – Chris Buckland

Spotted Flycatcher – Deena Sharp

Lostwithiel Shire Hall Moor: 2 Reed Bunting, 2 males singing; Sedge Warbler, Ringlet and Meadow Brown butterflies. (E Mayhew)




Thursday 25th June 2020

Late news, 24/6, Temple: 2 Moorhen, 1 Snipe, 2 Woodpigeon, 3 Magpie, 3 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackbird. 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chaffinch. (RB & PC Girling)

Helston: Adult Rosy Starling with group of adult and juvenile Starlings at bird feeder in a private garden this afternoon. (G Watson)

Nanjizal: 48 Crossbill over (24, 16 & 8), also Redwing and first dispersing juv Garden Warbler. (K Wilson)

Sancreed: Crossbills over but heard only. (D Flumm)

Treverven: 1 Crossbill over. (J Ryan)

Carharrack: 6 Crossbill over. (F Bell)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 9 Redshank (7 Copperhouse, 2 Ryan’s Field), 1 Common Sandpiper, 48 Curlew, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Wheatear. (G Lawlor, R Veal) Ryan’s field: 13 Med Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Redshank this evening. (P St Pierre)

Wadebridge: 4 Crossbill over and another 2 flocks heard only. (D Julian)

Sennen: 12 Crossbill. (K Wilson)

Little Kelynack: 1 Crossbill over. (C Moore)

Restronguet: 11 Crossbill. (J Chapple)

Polgigga: 1 Crossbill over at 11:45 and 13 in the pines at 17:00, 2 more in trees at duck pond 20.10. (M Wallace)

Trethewey: 12 Crossbill presumed same as Polgigga. (K Wilson)

Croft Pascoe: 30 Crossbill (S Van Hear)

Treverva, nr Falmouth: 10 Crossbill over east, c 1 mile west of Treverva at 10:15am. (D Chaney)

Cardinham woods, Callywith Trail: 25+ flock of Crossbill this afternoon. (C Mason)

Calenick Creek: 2 Shelduck and 4 ducklings (D Eva)

Mount Hawke: 1 Jay on mixed seed garden feeder at 17.15. (RB & PC Girling)

Goldsithney, Friendship Woods: Crossbills still present (no drinking puddles), i juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker. (T Mills)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile), Tony Mills

Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile), Tony Mills

Camelford: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Crossbill. B Bosisto)

Constantine: 1 Crossbill over at 9am. (D Collins)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Grey Wagtail,1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan. (R Mudge)

Gyllyngvase Beach: 2 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger)

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Late news, 23/6, Bodmin, Sharp Tor: pr Redstart feeding 1+ young, 6 (3 juv) Wheatear, 9 Mistle Thrush, 2+ Yellowhammer, 4 (2 juv) Stonechat. (R Veal)

male Redstart – Reuben Veal

Newquay: 2 Sparrowhawk above Trenance Gardens. (S Grose)

Nanjizal: Redwing still present. (K Wilson)

Hayle Towans: Rosy Starling still present. (B Mellow)

Rosy Starling – Alex McKechnie

Wadebridge: 8 Crossbill over. (B Bosisto)

Marazion: 20+ Mediterranean Gull on the beach. (P Walsh)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: recently fledged young included at least 8 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Stonechat, 1 Blackcap, 11 House Sparrow. Also 8+ flocks of c150 of Starling high over, all heading West. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 2 Curlew over. (R Veal)

Croft Pascoe Plantation: 6 Crossbill, 3 Goldcrest, 2 young Goldfinch, 1 male Greenfinch, 1 Chiffchaff.  (H Norton)

Porthilly Point: 8 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 68 Oystercatcher, 5 Black headed Gull, 2 Linnet foraging in seaweed, 11 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron. (S Grose)

St Enodoc Golf Course: 41+ Sand Martin nesting in the cliff created by the green keepers, removing sand to refill bunkers. (S Grose)

Bokenver Farm, Seaton: c12 Crossbill over. Also 3 Greenfinch and Garden Warbler. (M Jordan)

Newquay: 24 Swift over Pentire mid pm. (S Rowe)

Cardinham Woods: 99 new birds ringed. Including, 42 Siskin, 13 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch, 11 Blue Tit, 7 Coal Tit, 10 Great Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto) Also,3 Crossbill, 1 Sparrowhawk being harassed by 2 Mistle Thrush (C Mason)

Looe Island: 5 Eider,1 Storm Petrel one mile south of Looe island. (R Kirkwood)

Porthgwarra: 8 Red-veined Darters at the pond (2 pairs in tandem ovipositing and 4 single males). (D Flumm)

Red-veined Darter – Dave Flumm

Red-veined Darter – Dave Flumm


Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Late News, 22/06, Siblyback Reservoir: 1 ad Little Ringed Plover, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, a family of Siskin and a juvenile Redstart. (M Beer)

Stithians: 1 Red kite (S Turner)

Church Cove,The Lizard: 2 Grasshopper Warbler reeling approx 100 metres apart in streamside bracken etc just above the old lifeboat house at 1730. (M and A Lord)

Old Kea: 2 Spotted Flycatcher (M Buckley)

Hayle Towans: Adult Rosy Starling on fat balls at a private address, also a duller bird still in the area and 2 Shelduck past. (R Veal, G Lawlor et al). The brighter Rosy Starling still present at 10:30 & 11:45 at least. (P Fraser)

Rosy Starling – N Rogers

Rosy Starling – Max Buckley

Rosy Starling – David Flumm

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 14 (1 juv) Black-headed Gull, 1s Mediterranean Gull, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit still. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary: 20 Curlew, 14 Shelduck (including a pair with 7 ducklings), 1 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher (N R Rogers).

Charlestown: 4 Goldfinch, 1 Song Thrush, (D Hastilow)

Goldfinch – David Hastilow

Song Thrush – David Hastilow

Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 Moorhen, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Blue Tits, 1 female Mallard with 4 ducklings  (H Norton)

Marazion: 10 (2 ad, 5 2s & 3 1s) Med Gulls on the beach. (P Fraser)

Drift Reservoir: 130 Swift. (D Flumm)

Cape Cornwall: c40 Swift south (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: 12+ Swift heading out over the sea. (W Smith)

Roche: 1 House Sparrow predating Hummingbird Hawk-moth, ‘flycatcher style’. (BWP lists Sphingidae amongst known house sparrow diet.) (J Rance)

Lowermoor Plantation: 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Treecreeper, 7 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Chiffchaff, 11 Coal Tit, 7 Goldcrest, 2 Jay. (S Grose)

Crowdy Reservoir: 4 Great crested Grebe, 7 Cormorant (inc 1 Juv),11 Lesser Black backed Gull. (S Grose)

Newquay: Rosy Starling reported in private garden at Treloggan. (D Stringer via Newquay facebook per S Grose)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Crossbill (B Bosisto)

Lower Tamar Lake: Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 10 adult Mallard with 15 juvenile,1 Kingfisher, several Chaffinch, 1 Blackbird, 4 Blue Tit and 2 Coal Tit on feeders, 2 Mute Swan, Rook around the nearby rookery, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Jackdaw. (H Kendall)

Cotehele Quay: 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Stock Dove ,1 Marsh Tit, 2 Swift, 5 Swallow, 1 Scarlet Tiger Moth, 1 Beautiful Demoiselle, 2 Marbled White. (R. Smaldon)

Hannafore to Portnadler Bay, Looe (along coastpath): 2 Little Egret,  1 Grey Heron, 1 Linnet (m), 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Stonechat (m & f), 1 Whitethroat, Great Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Cormorant (C&J Duffy)

Downderry: moving west before 0720, 9 Common Scoter, 79 Gannet, 21 Manx Shearwater and 1 Mediterranean Gull. In the afternoon a Garden Warbler singing at Keveral Farm. (A Payne)


Monday 22nd June 2020

Hayle Towans: 2 Rosy Starling at 07:00. Still at least 1 Rosy Starling on wires with c40 Starling at entrance to Riviere Sands Holiday Park. (P St Pierre) The same or another at the surf life saving club this evening. (G Lawlor)

St Keverne: Rosy Starling in a private garden. (J Davy)

Downderry: moving west before 0800 were 198 Gannets, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 15 Manx Shearwaters, a Great Northern Diver, 2 Curlew and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. (A Payne)

Chapel Carn Brea: male Kestrel, caught 2+ voles in 20 minutes. (R Chiffers)

Kestrel, Robin Chiffers

Kestrel, Robin Chiffers

Newquay: juv Great Spotted Woodpecker on feeder. (D Ensor)

Tredrizzisk: 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 f Sparrowhawk 2 Buzzard from private garden. (S Grose)

Rock Beach: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 6 Black headed Gull, 21 Meadow Pipit in the dunes. (S Grose)

Castle an Dinas: 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Stonechat, 3 Skylark,5 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker below at Dennis farm. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary: 1st summer Mediterranean Gull (B Bosisto L Payne)

Saturday 20th June 2020

Late news, 19/6, Chapel Carn Brae: Barn Owl at 20.15. (R Chiffers)

Barn Owl – Robin Chiffers

Barn Owl – Robin Chiffers

Lizard: 1 Rosy Starling and Hooded Crow still present. (M Pass, D Eva) Rosy Starling still present with Starling flock in tree at far end of the field with sheep at Tregullas Farm at 18.15. (A Nicholson) Also Pomarine Skua and Balearic Shearwater reported offshore.

Lizard to Housel Bay: 5 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, several Fulmar, 1 Gannet. (A Nicholson)

Porthgwarra (1530-1715): 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Sandwich Tern. (M Wallace)

Mousehole (1800-2000): 1 ad pale Arctic Skua, 100+ 2cy Gannet. (M Elliott) Also 4 Lesser Black backed Gull. (S Grose)

Pendennis Point (1746-1946): 1 Storm Petrel, 105 Manx Shearwater, 215+ Gannet, 7 Kittiwake, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull. (L Langley)

Chykembro: Singing Yellowhammer. (P St Pierre)

Carn Galver: Singing Yellowhammer. (P St Pierre)

Newmill: Singing Garden Warbler. (P St Pierre)

Goss Moor: 10 Crossbill and 3 Siskin over. (P Roseveare)

Windmill Farm: 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 juvenile Cuckoo. Also 1 Red Veined Darter. (D Wright)

Marazion Marsh: 1 m Reed Bunting, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 11 Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 3 Teal. (S Grose)

Truro: 2 Yellowhammer at Penmount crematorium. (S Grose)

Perranporth: 2 Reed Bunting at Nansmellyn Marsh. (S Grose)

Carharrack: 1 Red Kite at 11:00. (D Wheeler)

Kelsey Head: 2 Sand Martin, 2 Stonechat, 3 Woodpigeon, 5 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 2 Blackbird, 3 Swallow, 4 Crow, 6 Gannet, 2 Kestrel, 4 Linnet, 6 Herring Gull, 5 Skylark, 9 Fulmar, 3 Oystercatcher, 3 Rook, 1 Dunnock. (J Burges)

Carthew: 4 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1m, 1f, 2 juvenile), 3 Jay, 9 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 3 Robin, 6 Swallow, 2 Buzzard, 1 Nuthatch. (K. Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kevin Bowers

Nuthatch, Kevin Bowers

Jay, Kevin Bowers