Monday 19th October 2020

Late News, 18/10, Morvah: Black Redstart (A Bayly)

Late News, 18/10, Rose Valley: Firecrest (A Bayly)

Truro: Yellow-browed Warbler at Penpol. (J Chapple)

Perranporth: Hobby low over the town at 10:30 + Merlin nearby at Cligga Head. (T Wilson)

Land’s End: Juv Cuckoo plus male Crossbill over. (P Clement) Black Redstart, Whinchat, Short-eared Owl and 10 Crossbills. (L Thomson) Rough-legged Buzzard flew straight through heading towards Sennen at c14:00. (B Hibbett) Richard’s Pipit reported over the cycle track at 09:40.

Pendeen: Ring Ouzel near Calartha Farm moved east towards Portheras, also Black Redstart again. (P Combridge)

Gurnards Head: Black Redstart. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: Ring Ouzel, Crossbill, 3 Redpoll, Firecrest, Yellow-browed Warbler. (M Wallace) Also Black Redstart on Coastguard Cottages. (J Miller) Sooty Shearwater reported flying west.

Ring Ouzel – John Miller

Black Redstart – John Miller

Ardensawah Farm: Black Redstart. (M Wallace)

Marazion: Ad male Black Redstart in a private garden. (DK Parker)

Trevear Farm: 2 ad Whooper Swan in fields to NW of farm, visible from Escalls Chapel. (N Rogers)

Whooper Swan – Nigel Rogers

Kenidjack: Pied Flycatcher again reported from the sewage works.

Kynance Cove: Black Redstart reported on cliffs to the east.

Loe Pool, Helston: 29 Great-crested Greb, 6 Shoveler, and 7 Pochard (A Witheywood)

Lower Predannack: 2 Chough, male Blackcap, 3 Black Redstart on Windyridge Farm buildings (ad/m; 1st cy/m; f or imm), 1 pale Northern Wheatear. (JH & K Dalziel)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Ruff, 41 Lapwing (on roost). (J St Ledger)

Carrick Roads: 1 Scoter (female), 31 Mute Swan. (J St Ledger)

Rame: Firecrest, 2 Black Redstart, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, 19 Med Gull. (P Aley)

Wacker Quay: 2 Pintail, 455 Wigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (P Aley)

Wilcove: 3 Whimbrel. (P Aley)

St Dennis cemetery:1 Redstart. 1 Redwing. 2 Goldcrest. Also 13 Fieldfare flying towards Goss moor. (P Ash).

Par Beach: 2 Brent Goose (R Hampshire)

Sunday 13 October 2019

Notice: There will be an educational access group visiting Walmsley tomorrow, in the morning from 08:30 to 13:00. Please expect some disruption if planning a visit. (A Langdon)

Late News, 09/10, Mevagissey: Rough-legged Buzzard taken into care after being picked up by a member of the public. No further news on its condition or location at present.

Rough-legged Buzzard – Robert Wells

Crackington Haven: 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Hentervene Holiday Park this morning but not seen after 1100. The bird was in a very unhealthy condition and thought unlikely to survive the day. It has been looked for this evening with no luck. The property owner decided that they did not wish for the bird to be disturbed in its current condition nor did they wish the impact of a twitch to disrupt their business during this busy holiday period. If the bird is in a better condition tomorrow then there is a possibility that access may be granted. (Bev Teague)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – Bev Teague

Porthgwarra : 1 Red-eyed Vireo near the doctors House sporadically throughout the day. Also 64 Meadow Pipit , 2 Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Turtle Dove, 16 Collared Dove, 1 Redwing, 1 Golden Plover, 1 Chough. (P Roseveare B Bosisto et al) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in the sallow clump south of Roskestal (M Wallace) 1 Balearic Shearwater reported.

Turtle Dove – N Truby

Caerthillian: 1 Barred Warbler still in valley scrub near the pool south of the pumping station. Also 1 Pink-footed Goose over, 1 Hobby, 1 Swallow (D Eva, S Grose)

Housel Bay: 1 Common Nightingale still present, gave close flight views mid morning (D Eva)

St Levan: 1 White Stork,1 Firecrest (B Bosisto P Roseveare)

Nanquidno: 1 Red-Breasted Flycatcher (B Bosisto P Roseveare)

Cawsand: Dusky Warbler with the Tit flock at the end of the valley by entrance to Cawsand Village. Also Firecrest. (D Clegg)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 4 Pink-footed Goose with c400 Canada Goose early am only, 5 Tufted Duck, c30 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, 1 Sanderling, c20 Golden Plover, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Firecrest (R Veal) Additionally 15 Little Egret, 7 Greenshank, 29 Bar-tailed Godwit , 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Grey Plover , 1 Sandwich Tern ,1 Kingfisher (B Bosisto P Roseveare) 1 Osprey reported early afternoon over Carnsew Basin.

Pink-footed Geese – D Parker

Osprey – M Webb

Copperhouse: 1 Osprey, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Pink-footed Goose (presumed same as on the main estuary earlier). (B Mellow)

Lizard Point: 1 Long-tailed Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 2 Merlin, 9 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Manx Shearwater, 1 Pink-footed Goose (later landed in Housel Bay pond). (I Maclean)

Bass Point: 1 Brambling over

Treen: 1 Snow Bunting reported by Logan Rock

Pentire Point: 1 Snow Bunting reported

Cot Valley: 1 Snow Bunting on track to Cape Cornwall. (P St Pierre)

Treverven: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (J Ryan)

Newlyn: 2w Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliot)

Mousehole: 2 1w Yellow-legged Gull on St Clements Isle. (M Elliott)

Sennen: 2 Yellow-legged Gull (1 adult, 1 2nd winter), 1 Grey Phalarope, 4 Sandwich Tern, 5 Chough ( B Bosisto P Roseveare)

Nanjizal: Marsh Tit, 1 Firecrest, 7 Chiffchaff and 13 Goldcrest ringed at the private ringing site. Please keep to public rights of way. (J Ryan, N Ward)

Trevean: 1 Merlin over (M Wallace)

St Ives Harbour: 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (R Holder)

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – R Holder

Mousehole: 3 Balearic Shearwater and a Black-throated Diver past in the morning.

Rame Head: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in trees near the electricity substation. Also Firecrest and Ring Ouzel.

Downderry: most birds were moving east early this morning, 0800-0845, including a Balearic Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua and 41 Kittiwake. Meanwhile, a Great Northern Diver, a Red-throated Diver and a Common Scoter flew west. (Alan Payne)

Windmill Farm: 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 46 Meadow Pipit, 3 Raven, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pheasant. (S Grose)

Helston Boating Lake: 3 Mute Swan, 24 Tufted Duck, 1 f Shoveler, 7 Coot, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Muscovey, 1 Call Duck, 1 escaped Ferruginous Duck, 17 Moorhen, 53 Mallard, 65 Black-headed Gull, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

St Dennis: 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest . 2 Greens . 1 Song Thrush (P Ash)

Firecrest – P Ash

Colliford and Dozmary Pool: 117 Canada Goose, 6 Cormorant, 5 Mallard,19 Tufted Duck, 489 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 8 Black-headed Gull, 4 Ringed Plover, 3 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 49 Carrion Crow, 24 Jackdaw, 2 Magpie, 620 Starling, 2 Wheatear, 16 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 67 Linnet, 22 Meadow Pipit and 1 Dunnock. (DA Conway)

Ruan Lanihorne Quay: 1 Osprey 1 Barn Owl, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Little Egret, 40+ Curlew, 400+ Canada Goose, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Heron. (David Hall)

Pentewan Beach, Mevagissey: 1 Arctic Tern on the beach (Tessa Bell)

Arctic Tern – Tessa Bell

Hendersick, Looe: 2 Peregrine flying East along cliffs (A Thom)

Hannafore, Looe: 3 Little Egret, 2 Curlew, 12 Oystercatcher, 6 Rock Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail (N Wills)

Crantock, West Pentire: 1 Yellowhammer, 65 Meadow Pipit, 80+ Linnet, 50+ Rook. (S Grose)

Treveal: 1 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrest, 3 Blackcap, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Chough. (S Rowe)


Saturday 6th April 2019

Late news, RSPB Scillonian Wildlife Cruise 5/4/19: S 4 going SE 6, full cloud cover but becoming brighter later, good light, mod sea. Penzance to Wolf Rock: 14 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2000 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 1 Cormorant, 211 Gannet, 1 Shag, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2000 Auk sp., 12 Kittiwake, 13 Puffin, c15 Common Dolphin, 2 Harbour PorpoiseWolf to Scilly: 60 Shag, 7 Great Black-back Gull, 65 Manx Shearwater, 137 Gannet, 15 Fulmar, 33 Guillemot, 12 Kittiwake, 3 Puffin, 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Razorbill, 30 Herring Gull, 1 Great Skua. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 55 Herring Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 20 Shag, 12 Great Black-backed Gull, 65 Gannet, 60 Manx Shearwater, 33 Kittiwake, 7Fulmar, 23 Auk sp., 61 Guillemot, 35 Razorbill, 1Great Skua, 2 Puffin, 1 Cormorant, 1 + Common DolphinWolf Rock to Penzance: 160 Gannet, 797 Manx Shearwater, 122Auk sp., 14 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 51 Kittiwake, 1 Puffin, 1 Great Black–backed Gull, 4 Fulmar, 14 Common Dolphin. (M Jones M Elliot)

Porth Towan: 1 Rough-legged Buzzard circling and drifting north towards St Agnes, at 11.48. (P St Pierre)

Newquay, East Pentire: 1 Rough-legged Buzzard (presumed same bird) drifting north along coast. Also 4 Sand Martin (S Rowe)

Rough-legged Buzzard, Steve Rowe

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis again, 1 Water Pipit, 22 Sand Martin, 3 Willow Warbler. (P St Pierre) Later 1 Glossy Ibis, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 2m Mallard, 6 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 2 m&f Stonechat, 2 Dunnock, 3 Sand Martin at 13.55. (M Webb)

Little Egret, Martin Webb

Stonechat, Martin Webb

Mounts Bay: 2+ Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 3 Eider, 2 Common Scoter and 4 Sandwich Tern. (P St Pierre)

Helston Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, also 15 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin. (P Fraser, S Bury)

Lizard Point: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 pale phase Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 9 Red-throated Diver, 75 Puffin. (I Maclean et al)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Ruff. (R Veal)

Trescowe: female/juvenile Hen Harrier below Wheal Junket heading towards Townshend at 10am. (S Yandall)

Towan Head: 25 Purple Sandpiper, 20 Turnstone. (S Rowe)

Gannel Estuary: 8 Little Egret, 5 Redshank, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Shelduck. (S Rowe)

Porth Joke: 12 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 2 House Martin, 1 Swallow, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Stonechat. (S Rowe)

Portscatho, Porthcurnick beach: 1 m Long-tailed Duck swimming close to the shore (<20 feet). (G Wykes)

Porthgwarra: 2 Canada Geese, 2 Mallard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Swallow, 2 Jay, c12 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 10+ Skylark and 11 Golden Plover over. Also 1 Roe Deer, 1 Fox (with plastic tangled round it’s neck), 2 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 6 species of bee including Anthophora plumipes. (DK Parker)

Hairy-footed Flower Bee, Dave Parker

Penwithick: 2 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin. (K. Bowers)

Reed Bunting, Kevin Bowers

Crugmeer: 1 Stock Dove, 11 Yellowhammer, 13 Skylark, 16 Meadow Pipit, 3 Raven, 2 Jay, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 m Wheatear, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Linnet, 2 Grey Partridge, 6 Red-legged Partridge. (S Grose)

Goonhilly Nature Reserve: 4 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 1m Blackcap, 5 Song Thrush & 5 Swallow.  (JHawkey & K Dalziel)

The Towans: 2 Swallow. (P Freestone)

St Dennis: 7 Sand Martin and 1 Swallow. (P Ash)

Pendeen Watch: 3 House Martin.

Sennen Cove: Steady passage of Swallows today.

Golitha Falls NNR: 1 Dipper, 7 Nuthatch, 3 Coal Tit, 2 Robin, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Buzzard, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Song Thrush.  ( C Hooper)

Nuthatch, C Hooper

Chaffinch, C Hooper

Robin, C Hooper

Song Thrush, C Hooper

Housel Bay: 2 Raven, 1f Stonechat, 3 Dunnock, 20+ Fulmar at 11.40. (M Webb)

Raven, Martin Webb

Raven, Martin Webb

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 drk Pintail, 1m Wheatear, 2 Swallow. (R Veal)

Godolphin: 1 Swallow, 3 Mistle Thrush 1 attacking a Jay, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap, 1 Raven (J Evans)

Trevose Head: 1 f Black Redstart, 4 Wheatear, 9 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 8 House Martin, 38 Swallow and 16 Sand Martin. (P Roseveare)

Walmsley Sancturay: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 19 Curlew, 17 x Black-tailed Godwit,15 Greenshank, 5 Mute Swan, 1 Tufted Duck, 23 Gadwall, 17 Shelduck and 21 Shoveler. Also a Hare approaching the hide. (P Roseveare)


Thursday 17th October 2013

Penberth: 4 Firecrest this morning. (P & H Taylor)

St Levan: 1 Richard’s Pipit over east this morning. (M Wallace)

Newlyn: 1 Snow Bunting still. (A Mckechnie – photo) also 1 Black Redstart.

Snow Bunting

Long Rock: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling still commuting between Morrison’s car park and Sainsbury’s. (R Farnes – photos 1&2, J St Ledger – photo 3)

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Marazion Beach: 1 Peregrine. (B Moore) 

Sennen: 6 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Ringed Plover and 3 Med Gull. (B Moore)

Bearah Tor: 1 Ring Ouzel and 6+ Bullfinch. (B Craven)

Rame: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, one still at churchyard and one at entrance to Rame Barton. (M Beer).

Land’s End: 1 Hen Harrier at the airport and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still in sallows south of car park..

St Levan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler the the church.

Nanquidno: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still opposite the airfield.

Botallack: 1 Ring Ouzel.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey, 1 Garganey and 2 Med Gull.

Cot Valley:  12 Chough in a group circling the valley, chasing off a Sparrowhawk. (J St Ledger) 1 Rough-legged Buzzard reported again.


Tuesday 15th October 2013

Late news 12/10  Mevagissey: 1 Night Heron at Lost Gardens of Heligan, possibly still present on 13th.

Late news 11/10 Nanquidno: 1 Yellow Wagtail. (A Hartley – photo)


 Long Rock: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling still commuting between Morrisons and Sainsburys. (MO – photos by R Farnes (1&2) and A McKechnie(3))

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Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 7 Teal, 11 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 15 Moorhen, 3+ Water Rail, 14 Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, c20 Meadow Pipit and 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker)

Nanquidno: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, c100 Linnet and 2 Stonechat. (D Parker & M Spicer) Also 2+ Firecrests above the ford. (N Donaghy of Oriole Birding)

Cot Valley: 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, c16 Long-tailed Tit and 3 Chough. (D Parker & M Spicer) 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest and 1 Rough-legged Buzzard also reported.

Porth Joke: 1 Common Rosefinch this evening with House Sparrows. ( S Rowe)

Trencrom: 1 Merlin plus 6 Fieldfare. (R Menari)

St Levan: Yellow-browed Warbler heard calling from the area of trees and scrub 300m SSW of Raftra at 13:00. Also a Turtle Dove on wires just south of Raftra and c35 Golden Plover in flight heading towards Porthgwarra. (D Chown – photo)

Turtle Dove nr Raftra 15 Oct 2013

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey still, 19 Med Gull plus a possible American Herring Gull.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Firecest with 40+ tit flock. ( SM Taylor) 1 Ruff and 1 Knot. (C Viner)

Camelford: 1 juv Chough over Mount Camel Estate.

Rame: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at church.

Swanpool Point: 7 Med Gull and 1 Curlew. (D Chaney)

Castle Beach: 4 Little Egret, 1 Curlew and 2 Grey Wagtail. (D Chaney)

Pendennis Point: 5 Meadow Pipit, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Kestrel and 1 Peregrine on dockyard crane. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras: 35+ Redshank, c.30 Curlew, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin and 2 Greenshank at high tide. (D Chaney)

Porthgwarra: 1 Wryneck still at end of track to Three Chimneys.

Treen Common: 1 ring-tailed Hen Harrier. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)


Monday 14th October 2013

Late news 09/10 Falmouth: 1 Tawny Owl heard. (S Perfect)

Late news 09/10 Pennance Point: 1 Common Sand. (S Perfect)

Late news 12/10 Swanvale+Swanpool: 1Water Rail, 2 Grey Wag and 109 Redwing over. (S Perfect)

Late news 12/10 Swanpool Point: 3 Ringed Plover and 1 Whimbrel. (S Perfect)

Late news 13/10 Buttermilk Hill: 5 Wheatear, 2 Golden Plover and 20 Meadow Pipit. (V Stratton)

Late news 13/10 Hayle Estuary RSPB: 700+ Wigeon, 400+ Teal, 2 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, 21 Bar-tailed Godwits, 35 Common Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Brent Geese (pale bellied and dark bellied) 3 Mediterranean Gull and 2 Common Gull. (V Stratton) Also of interest, a ringed Mediterranean Gull seen on the estuary today, which had been reported from the same site on ten occasions since Oct 2011, was ringed as a pullus at Csongrád, Hungary on 5th June 2011. (per D Thomas)

Late news 13/10 Trewey Downs: 387 Golden Plover, 1 ring-tailed Hen Harrier and 1 f Merlin. (V Stratton)

Late news 13/10 Pendeen: 1 Arctic Skua chasing a gull. (S Maycock – photo)skua1

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Goldcrest and 4 Chiffchaff. (M Spicer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey again this morning. (B Toms) Also 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose still and 18 Med Gull.

Long Rock: 1 Rose-coloured Starling still commuting between Morrisons and Tescos. Also 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kestrel, 4 Turnstone, 1 Wheatear, 3 Rock & 3 Meadow Pipit. (MO – photos R Farnes)

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Housel Bay, Lizard: 1 Ring Ouzel and 1 Water Rail. (D Collins)

Par Pool: 1 Whooper Swan, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Shoveler and 1 Grey Heron. (J Sleep – photo)Whooper Swan Par pool (1)

Gwithian: 7 Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck, 40 Meadow Pipit,and 2 Wheatear. (P Fraser, D & M Walbridge)

Land’s End: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 5 Chiffchaff. (P Fraser, D & M Walbridge)

Porthcurno: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff. (P Fraser, D & M Walbridge)

Sennen: 1 fem/imm Long-tailed Duck. (P Fraser, D & M Walbridge)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Ruff, 1 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, 3 Shoveler, 8 Curlew, 4 Lapwing, 1 m Wheatear and 1 Kestrel. (J St Ledger – photo)

Wheatear Stithians 14th Oct 2013

Men an Tol: 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Barn Owl, 1 Merlin, 2 Kestrel, 2 ring-tailed Hen Harrier and 2 Wheatear between 17:30 and 19:00. (J Webster)

Lizard Village: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling, 1 juv Swallow, 2 Wheatear, 185 Linnet, 1 Peregrine, 2 Blackcap and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (M Adkins)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Mute Swan, 5 Teal, 17 Mallard, 1 Wigeon, 2 Cormorant, 4 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 16 Moorhen, 2+ Water Rail, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, c20 Meadow Pipit and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker)

St Just: 1 Rough-legged Buzzard reported late afternoon.

Nanquidno: 1 Firecrest along track to Gurland Farm plus 5 Firecrest.

St Levan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Grey Gables.

Porthgwarra: 1 Wryneck still at the end of the track to Three Chimneys.

Pendeen: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at Portheras Valley.

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in a garden this morning.

Cot Valley: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at seaward end.