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.

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)