Monday 22nd April 2019

Late news 20/4, Coverack: 15 – 20 Common Dolphin giving good, prolonged views as they moved across the bay in the early evening (P. Bedford)

Late news, 21/4, Kennack Sands: 5 Whimbrel (P. Bedford)

Late news, 21/4, Fowey Bay: 14 Great Northern Diver, 16 Common Scoter (flypast), c 20 Guillemot (one bridled), c 5 Razorbill, plus one Harbour Porpoise seen , another one heard puffing but not seen, all from offshore kayak trip. (R Kirkwood)

“bridled” Common Guillemot, Rupert Kirkwood

Common Guillemots, Rupert Kirkwood

Late news, 21/4, St Ives: probable ad Sabine’s Gull photographed off Porthmeor Beach. (J Hill)

Probable Sabine’s Gull, Josh Hill

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey early morning. (M Ahmad) 3 Knot on Ryan’s Field and 1 Osprey over at 12:00 (D Eva) Osprey still present late afternoon. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 3 Red Knot, 4 Redshank, 18 Canada Geese, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant at 11.25. (M Webb)

Knot and Redshank, Martin Webb

Knot and Redshank, Martin Webb

Grey Heron, Martin Webb

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis again, viewable from the road.

Pentewan: 1 Great  Northern Diver and 14 Sandwich Tern of the beach. Also 2 Whimbrel on beach briefly 2pm, then flew North. (S Roper)

Trevose Head: 5 Cormorant, 1 Dunlin,  2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 11 Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin, 4 Wheatear, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Corn Bunting. ( B Bosisto P Roseveare )

Kenidjack: 1 Red Kite ( B.Toms) Also 3 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Porthgwarra: 12 Blackcap, 7 Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Jay, 2 Mallard, 2 Canada Geese between village and Halfway Wall. (DK Parker)

Goss Moor: 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 21 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Tit, 4 Jay and 3 Goldcrest between St Dennis and Toads Hole. (P Ash)

Grasshopper Warbler – Paul Ash

Willow Tit – Paul Ash

Sedge Warbler – Paul Ash

Bowithick: 5+ Willow Warbler,  3 Chiffchaff,1 Nuthatch, 1 male Redstart, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Swallows, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Raven over, Chaffinches and Blue, Great and Long tailed Tits. (B Bryne & H Kendall)

Davidstow Airfield: 2 Wheatear. (B Bryne & H Kendall)

The Rumps: 5 Puffin. (T Imber)

Wheal Martyn (Carthew): 2 Buzzard, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Magpie, 2 Jay, 1 (m) Siskin, 8 Coal Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 15 Jackdaw, 8 Woodpigeon, 2 Wren, 2 Swallow. (K. Bowers)

Nuthatch, Kevin Bowers

Jay, Kevin Bowers

Siskin, Kevin Bowers

Goldfinch, Kevin Bowers

Lower Predannack: 5 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap (male), 3 Wheatear, 6+ Swallow, 10+ Linnet, 2 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sparrowhawk. Also numbers of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Predannack Airfield: 1 Cuckoo (calling). (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Newquay Harbour: 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Raven over. (S Grose)

Carbis Bay: Tawny Owl calling at Parc Owles, in the early hours. (P Freestone)

River Gannel: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Sparrowhawk landed in only pine tree off Mellanvrane roundabout. (S Grose)

Porth Island: 36 Fulmar, 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Skylark. (S Grose)

Loe Pool: Cetti’s Wardler, Blackcap, (A Witheywood)

Wheal Rose to Portreath cycle trail: 3+ Chiffchaff singing in hedgerows. (K Money)

St Just: 1 Cuckoo heard. (E Harris)

St Anthony: 3 Whitethroat, 2 m Blackcap. (G May)


Friday 26th October 2018

Land’s End: Grey Catbird still at Treve Common.

Grey Catbird – Peter Tongue

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Great White Egret still. (R Veal, D Balmer) Also Spoonbill and 65 Med Gull. (D Balmer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Goldeneye on Longrock Pool. (P Walsh)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1w drake Ring-necked Duck still, also 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Teal, 65 Canada Goose, 1 Canada hybrid. (D Flumm) 4 Greenland White-fronted Geese briefly, before heading north. Also 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Wigeon, 1 Teal and 3 Green Sandpiper. (M Spicer)

Ring-necked Duck – Mike Spicer

Sancreed: 4 Greenland White-fronted Geese NW (14:40-14:52), same as above, 30 Pied Wagtail in fields. (D Flumm)

Pendeen Watch: 2 juv Sabine’s Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope, 1 Balearic Shearwater and 2000+ auks, mostly Guillemots, between 09:30 & 11:30. (P Clement) Also 3 Pom Skua and 2 Arctic Tern. (P Wilson, D Balmer)

St Ives (08:15-10:30): 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Great Skua, 10 Common Scoter, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Aythya Duck sp. (presumed Tufted). Also good passage of Auks (c2000) and Kittiwakes (c750). (R Veal, T McGowan, R Augarde, R Wilkins)

Porthgwarra: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler by coastguard cottages. (R Veal) Also 1 Ring Ouzel behind village. (R Augarde)

Trevose Head: 1 Little Auk. (B Bosisto)

Padstow: 32 Cattle Egret on opposite side of the river. (B Bosisto)

Illogan: Short-eared Owl landed in field 08:15 but quickly chased off by crow. (J Baker)

Bosistow: 2 Whooper Swan over Lower Bosistow.

Porth Reservoir: 1 Dipper, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Coot, 1 Common Gull, 1 Mistle Thrush, 4 Grey Heron. (S Grose)

Penpol Creek, Gannel Estuary: 2 Cattle Egret, 13 Little Egret. (S Grose)


Monday 15th October 2018

Late news, 11/10, Porthleven: Wholly unconfirmed report. “I had been watching for about twenty minutes at the feeding frenzy which was taking place in front of me and I suddenly saw quite a few gannets arrive  and were diving into the shoal of bait fish which by now was about 150 metres long and  about 80 metres from the beach. I was then quite amazed to see three frigatebirds arrive and start feeding by skimming the water. I am sure that my report will seem quite unbelievable, but I watched them for about fifteen minutes through my binoculars.  Their distinctive wing shape and forked tail first attracted my attention.  Through my binoculars I could clearly see their markings, a dark body with white head, a black bar across the chest below the wings and a white belly. The beak was straight with a hooked end.  I was exceptionally surprised to see them as I know that the nearest we could find them is the Caribbean or Florida.I watched them until the shoal of bait fish disappeared, when they and the gannets flew southward towards the Lizard.” (L Truswell)

Land’s End: Grey Catbird still present to 18:10 at least, but skulking. (finder G Mitchell) The bird was in a line of small willows at cSW352252 view only from NE side. Please stay on Treve Common, accessed along the footpath from Trevescan. All other surrounding fields are private and the landowner has politely but firmly asked birders to keep off. We will try and negotiate access tomorrow if necessary. A field has been opened for parking c40 metres on the right beyond the junction with the B3315, or use Land’s End car park the roads are too narrow and busy for safe on road parking and are mostly double yellows. Don’t be tempted to cut across the field, walk back to the junction and follow the track to the north onto Treve Moor and turn left to the bottom corner. Also be aware there are likely to be overnight road closures on the A30 beyond Penzance, expect diversions.

Grey Catbird – John Miller

Nanjizal: 1 Golden Plover, 2 Curlew, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 60 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Firecrest, 1 Penduline Tit, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Swallow, 2 Chough. Penduline Tit heard this morning only   ( K Wilson , J Ryan , B Bosisto)

Brew: Short-toed Lark in stubbles to SW of pool, also 2 Whinchat and 10 Snipe. (M Elliott P St Pierre)

Scillonian Crossing: 1 Sabine’s Gull, 1 Grey Phalarope and 1 Sooty Shearwater.

Polgigga: 1 Wryneck at Higher Bosistow.

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 13 Canada Goose, 1 Water Pipit. (D Flumm)

Water Pipit – Dave Flumm

Water Pipit – Dave Flumm

Porthgwarra & St Levan: 7 Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Firecrest, 3 Brambling, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Redwing, 32 Blackcap plus several Song Thrushes dropping in. (M Wallace)

Kenidjack: 3 Black Redstart (1 male), 6 Chough, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 15 Siskin, 2 Redwing and 4 Goldcrest. (Oriole Birding)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 9 Crossbills over towards Cape Cornwall. (T Humpage)

Land’s End: Yellow-browed Warbler and Merlin south of the car park. (M Elliott P St Pierre)

Rame: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Black Redstart and 1 Yellow Wagtail.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field until 10:52 when it flew to the main estuary. (P Ash)

Spoonbill – Paul Ash

Spoonbill – Paul Ash

Par: 2 Firecrest  in private garden at Boscundle at 12:30. (I Stewart)

Pendeen Watch: 2 Brent Geese,  2,000+ Guillemot/Razorbill, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver and 140 Common Scoter 10:00 – 12:00. (R Warren) 2 Black Redstarts and 1 Wheatear west of the lighthouse at 14:00. (T Humpage)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 ad winter Dunlin, 69 Turnstone, 2 Ringed Plover and 1 Little Egret at 12 noon. Promenade: 1 juv Sandwich Tern, 1 1w Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Heron and 3 (2 ad + 1 juv) Mute Swan. (T Mills) Lidden area: 1 Sparrowhawk over at 08:00. (T Mills)

Newquay: 1 Chough (no rings) at Towan Head at 11:30. (D Grose)

Boscastle: Grey Wagtail in a private garden. (F Edwards)

Penzance, Wherrytown: Male Eider in full summer plumage enjoying the company of Great Black-backed Gull. (R Fox)

Hawkers Cove: 3 Raven, 3 Skylark, 1 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 1 Short Eared Owl at 18:00. (S Grose)

Trelow Downs: 1 Barn Owl at 18:20. (S Grose)

Kelynack: 2 Lapwing, 1 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff and a probable Vagrant Emperor but insufficient flight only views. (D Flumm)

Porth Joke: 1 Short-eared Owl, 4 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Coal Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit. (S Rowe)

Cawsand: 4 adult Mediterranean Gull in winter plumage on rocks off beach. (R Smaldon)

Illogan: Hummingbird Hawk Moth in private garden feeding on honeysuckle. (J Baker)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Short eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, Redwings heard overhead, 2 Snipe, (S Grose)

Cubert Common: 1 Barn Owl,  Redwings heard overhead at 22.30. (S Grose)


Sunday 23rd September 2018

Late news, 11/9, Camel Estuary: 184 roosting Mediterranean Gull near Tregonce. (K Langdon)

Late news, 21/9, Coverack: 1 Grey Phalarope. (D Collins)

Grey Phalarope, David Collins

Par Beach Pool: 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Coot, 1 Teal, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 35 Greenfinch, also Herring Gull with severe Angel Wing. (S Grose)

Colliford Lake: Pectoral Sandpiper 200m N of dam car park  from 10.30 onwards, occasionally associating with 4 Ringed Plover. (P Kemp)

Pendeen (07:00-13:00): 1 juv Sabines Gull, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Grey Phalarope, 32 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 18 Arctic Skua, 7 Great Skua, 1 juv Little Gull, 36 Common Scoter. (G Wyatt)

Loe Pool: Sub adult Common Crane still present below Degibna on the former island which is now totally submerged by 6″ water. (J Hawkey)

Porthkidney: 1 juv. Sabine’s Gull, c100 ‘Commic’ Tern. (S Rogers, R Veal, M Ahmad). 2 Black Tern. (R Wilkins, D Eva)

St Ives, Island (07:45-13:00): 8 Leach’s Petrel, 5 Sabine’s Gull, 6 Roseate Tern, 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Little Tern, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 juv. Little Gull, 30 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4+ Arctic Skua, 3 Great Skua, 320+ ‘Commic’ Tern- those specifically identified included 90 Common and 20 Arctic. (R Augarde, R Wilkins, M Elliott, R Veal et al.) Also 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Northern Diver reported. 15.45 – 17.30: 2 Sabines’s Gull (juvenile & adult), 4 Leach’s Petrel, 4 Arctic Skua. (N Hallam, E Dunn) 10.30-13.00: 7-8 Arctic Skuas, 1 Pomarine Skua, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Puffin, 1 Great Northern Diver. (R Butts)

Sennen Cove: 5 Grey Phalarope just off harbour breakwater. (J Miller)

Grey Phalarope, John Miller

Grey Phalarope, John Miller

Grey Phalarope, John Miller

Grey Phalarope, John Miller

Kenidjack: 1 Wryneck in bracken 200yds beyond house at the bottom of valley. (S Rogers)

Helston Boating Lake: Adult male Ferruginous Duck of unknown origin still present. (J Hawkey)

Predannack Head: Wryneck in the valley by the stream.

Towan Head: 2 Grey Phalarope. (M Jones)

Portscatho: 2 Grey Phalarope, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Cape Cornwall: 2 Balearic Shearwater and a Great Skua. Also 25 Chough. (N Wheatley)

Bude: 7 Swallows passing south during heavy rain and wind & House Sparrows on feeders at Launcells. (H Kendall)

Porthmeor: Wryneck by the coastal path.

Torpoint: Osprey at St John’s Lake. (T Elm & S Eddy)

Devoran: 2 Ospreys still. (J Bowen)

Osprey, Jayne Bowens

Millbrook: Osprey flew southeast at 7.20am. (A C Robinson)

Rame: 1 Hobby flew east at 9.10. (A C Robinson)

Helston Boating Pond: 120 Mallard, 1 Ferruginous Duck (presumed escaped). (D Collins, J Hawkey)

Lostwithiel: 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch in the grounds around Duchy of Cornwall Nursery. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: A pair of Gadwall, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Spotted Redshank, 20+ Mediterranean Gull. (R Butts)

Mount Hawke: 68 Starling on overhead wires at 08.48; 36 Goldfinch on overhead wires at 09.13. (RB & PC Girling)

The Lizard: 16 Turnstone, 8 Gannet.(T Wilkinson)


Saturday 22nd September 2018

Late news, 21/9, Porthcurno: 2 Grey Phalarope & Great Skua from headland beyond Minack Theatre. (S Dunstan)

Late news, 21/9, Devoran: Unconfirmed news that Lesser Yellowlegs still present in the morning.

Nanquidno: unconfirmed report of 1 Melodious Warbler near Nanjulian farm.

St Ives, Porthkidney Beach: 10 Roseate Tern (7 ad, 3 juv), 1 juv. Sabine’s Gull, 4 Arctic Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 juv. Little Gull, c160 Common Tern, c60 Arctic Tern, c195 Sandwich Tern, 300+ Kittiwake. (B Mellow, M Ahmad, R Veal et al.) St Ives, Island, seawatch, 17.30-18.30: 1 juv Sabine’s Gull, 1 ad pale Pomarine Skua, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Arctic Skua. (N Hallam, E Dunn)

Sabine’s Gull, Nic Hallam

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 ad win Spotted Redshank, 15 Arctic Tern, 25 Common Tern, 40 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Whimbrel, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (R Veal, B Mellow). Ryan’s Field: 24 Oystercatcher, 7 Ringed Plover, 1 Snipe, 54 Curlew, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Spotted Redshank, 33 Redshank, 27 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 215 Med Gull, c140 Sandwich Tern and 31 Common Tern. (MJ Spicer)

Towan Head: 30 Balearic Shearwater flew into bay. (S Rowe, M Lammas)

Colliford Lake: Pectoral Sandpiper still by the toilet block in the NW arm this morning and 1 Grey Phalarope off the dam car park.

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Ruff, 6 Wheatear, 28 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plover, 7 Snipe, 1 Greenshank. (D Eva)

Porthleven Harbour: 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Scoter offshore. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra: Firecrest. (S Dunstan)

Land’s End: Whinchat and Wheatear with other apparent migrants. (S Dunstan)

Wadebridge: 1 male Bullfinch at Two Trees. (N Greaves)

Mount Hawke: 72 Goldfinch on overhead wires at 07.47. (RB & PC Girling)

Mylorbridge  River: 1 Kingfisher & 2 Grey Wagtails. (W Chegwidden)

Truro: 1 Kingfisher feeding on trout & small mullet in river behind Mannings. (W Chegwidden)

Newquay Boating Lake: Polish-ringed Black-headed Gull (white plastic ring on right leg TAMC) returned for 3rd successive yr from my memory. (S Grose)

Lower Tamar Lake: 2 Ringed Plover. (R Mudge)

Scillonian crossing: 120 Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwater, 40 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 4 Storm Petrel.


Friday 21st September 2018

Late photos, 17/9, Drift Reservoir: Wood Sandpiper and Bar-tailed Godwit. (D Cains)

Wood Sandpiper, David Cains

Bar-tailed Godwits, David Cains

Wadebridge: 8 Cattle Egret in field next to tower hide at Walmsley, viewed from Trewornan Bridge at 08:00. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 76 Curlew, 5 Common Sandpiper, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 1 Cattle Egret in to roost at Penpol Creek with 7 Little Egret at 20.00 this eve. (S Grose)

Millbrook: 2 Cattle Egret in field with cattle south of Radford Lane this evening. (B Taggart)

Towan Head, 07:30 & 10:30: Leach’s Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, Great Skua, 7 Grey Phalarope, 6 Balearic Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Tern, 10 ‘commic’ terns, 16 Common Scoter. (R Kirkwood) 16.30 – 18.00: 3 Arctic Skua harrasing 12 Sandwich Tern then settling on sea, 5 Grey Phalarope, 3 Common  Scoter,  5 Balearic Shearwater,  50+ Manx Shearwater,  3 Leach’s Petrel. (M  Lammas)

Newquay: 4 Great Skua , 1 Pomarine Skua (juv ), 1 adult pale phase Arctic Skua, 9 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Tern, 2 Common Tern, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Mediterranean Gull & 2 Common Scoter. (B Bosisto)

East Pentire, Newquay (07.00-07.50): 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua, 8 Arctic  Tern, 30 Kittiwake, c.1200 Gannet. (S Rowe) 16.00-18.00: 2 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Storm Petrel, 10 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 14 Sandwich Tern, 11 ‘Commic’ Tern. (S Rowe)

Pendeen Watch: 32 Great Shearwater, 126 Balearic Shearwater, 40 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 12 Arctic Skua, 26 Great Skua, 16 Grey Phalarope, 7 Leach’s Petrel, 3 Storm Petrel, 4 Sabine’s Gull (1 juv), 2 Little Tern, 22 Sandwich Tern, 76 Arctic Tern, 1162 commic tern 28 Common Scoter, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2+ Chough and 1 Puffin between 07:00 & 13:00. (P Roseveare, S Rogers, M Elliott et al.) Fea’s type Petrel at 11:40 also 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 48 Great Shearwater, 2 Pomarine Skua & 18 Grey Phalarope. (S Votier)

Cape Cornwall: 5 Great Shearwater, 74 Balearic Shearwater, 27 Sooty Shearwater, 10+ Grey Phalarope (passing and on sea), 10 Great Shearwater and 3 Arctic Skua. (N Wheatley)

Sennen Cove: Many hundreds of Gannet feeding offshore, at least 1 Great Shearwater amongst them mid pm. Late pm 1 Sabine’s Gull close in, plus 1 Arctic Skua, 5 ad Mediterranean Gull and a few Kittiwake. (J Miller)

St Ives Island seawatch, 16.30 – 17.30: 1 ad pale phase Pomarine Skua, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Grey Phalarope. (N Hallam) 07.00 – 13.15: 34 Arctic Skua,  21 Great Skua, 3 Pomarine Skua, 1 Long-tailed Skua (a second summer bird), (many skuas just stayed in the bay feeding off the terns). 5 Black Tern, 1 Little Tern, 3 Sabine’s Gulls (2 juveniles and one adult), 1 Little Gull, 25 Mediterranean Gull, 600 Kittiwake (settled on the sea feeding on a fish ball), 1 Great Shearwater, 128 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater. large passage of Manx Shearwater, 1, Wilson’s Petrel (this bird fed less than 100 yards offshore under the St. Ives Island, pattering on the water for some time in the sunshine where all the details were clearly observed before moving Westwards), 1 Leach’s Petrel,  6 Fulmars,  25 Guillemots, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Turnstone, 37 Common Scoter and 27 Grey Phalarope (with a flock of 14 sitting on the sea off the St. Ives Island) also  2 Sunfish.  (V Stratton, T McGowan) Having studied Seabird Migration at St. Ives Island for 65 years this year, I have never experienced the number and volume of terns that were going through today, there were literally thousands of them, The St Ives bay was simply clogged with terns and when looking towards the Stones Buoy 3.5 miles away the sea was literally white with terns for the full distance for the full 6 hours, they were coming in from the North in flocks of 150 to 200 plus continually. Two flocks of Sandwich Terns on Porthminster Beach contained 174 birds, a flock later in the day out towards Godrevy Lighthouse had 150 mixed Terns and another flock containing 90 mixed Terns. (V Stratton)

Coverack: Grey Phalarope still off the car park. (J Foster)

Loe Pool: Common Crane showing well from the old hide also 1 Grey Heron, 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Cormorant, 2 Dunlin. (T Wilkinson, P Ash, J St Ledger) Plus 1 Grey Phalarope. (M Jones)

Common Crane – Paul Ash


Porthgwarra: 1 juv Rosy Starling at Lower Roskestal. (J Overfield)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 1 prob Pectoral Sandpiper. Ryan’s Field: 1 Arctic Tern, 1 Kingfisher briefly, 50+ Mediterranean Gull and 50+ Curlew at high tide (4pm), (no sign Pec sand on estuary). (T Mills)

St Columb Minor: 1 juv Sparrowhawk with kill at Fairpark Cemetery. (S Grose)

Point Quay: Still at least 1 Osprey. (J Chapple)

Devoran Quay: 2 Osprey, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sandwich tern, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (J St Ledger)

Catchall: 1 Barn Owl pre-dawn over B3283 (J.Evans)

Porthilly Point: 25 Mediterranean Gull, 39 Sandwich Tern, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Curlew, 12 Ringed Plover, 21 Dunlin, 66 Oystercatcher, 2 Turnstone, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret & 1 Shelduck.(S Grose)

Par: 1 Firecrest  at Boscundle at 11:30 in private garden. (I Stewart)

Drift Reservoir, (members only): 5 Common Sandpiper. (M Ahmad)

Lands End: few common migrants in bushes and 4 Chough in field with Jackdaws and Crows. (T Mills)

Ruan Lanihorne . Fal-Ruan complex, 21/09/18, High Tide, 4.30 pm: 1 Osprey fished successfully and flew down river with catch. (D Hall)


Thursday 20th September 2018

Walk and Events cancellations: this Sunday’s guided walks program (Windmill Farm and Western Valleys) is unfortunately cancelled due to poor weather forecast. 

Late photos, 3/9, Trevescan/Nanjizal: Rosy Starling. (Mark Rolfe)

Rosy Starling, Mark Rolfe

Rosy Starling, Mark Rolfe

Rosy Starling, Mark Rolfe

Late news, 19/9, Penzance: 1 Barn Owl on the harbour wall. (O Mockeridge)

Late news, 19/9, At sea: c500 Great Shearwater from Scillonian III. (P Semmens)

Great Shearwater, Paul Semmens

Nanjizal: 1 Red-eyed Vireo this evening. (K Wilson)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs and 2 Ospreys still, plus a Wood Sandpiper. (J Chapple L Proctor PA Fraser)

Mousehole: 1 Great Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 22 Balearic Shearwater and 4 Great Skua. (M Elliott)

Lizard: 658 Great Shearwater including 500 in 30 minutes. (J Foster)

Porthgwarra: 1500+ Great Shearwater, 10+ Sooty Shearwater, 100+ Balearic Shearwater, 1 Leach’s Petrel and 8 Great Skua between 10:45 & 12:45. (P Taylor H Mitchell) At least 791 Great Shearwater (including 2 large feeding flocks of 360+ and 140+), 95 Balearic Shearwater, 59 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Madeiran Petrel, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 4 Storm Petrel, 6 Arctic Tern and 2 Grey Phalarope between 13:45 & 17:00. (M Wallace DK Parker et al.) Seawatch from cove 1000 – 1445hrs: 1 Leach’s Petrel,  2 – 3,000 Great Shearwater, (moving through continuously often in rafts or groups of 100+); 4-500+ Balearic Shearwater, 200+ Sooty Shearwater, 10.000+ Gannet including a large feeding flock at Runnelstone distance mixed with large number of Great and some Sooty; Balearic & Manx Shearwater, 12 Great Skua & 1 Arctic Skua. (R&I Archer; G Mitchell; K Dalziel & J Hawkey et al). 2506 Great Shearwater in all day count. (G Wyatt)

Loe Pool: Common Crane showing well on sand bar at the Helston end. (P Walsh L Proctor)

St Ives NCI watch, St Ives Island 10.15 to 14.30: 245 Sandwich Tern,  48 Arctic Tern, 67 Common Tern, 2 Little Tern, 2 Roseate Tern, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua (dark phase), 1 ad Sabine’s Gull12 Mediterranean Gull. On the Island: 2 Wheatear, 1, Kestrel and a flock of 40 Goldfinch. Porthmeor Beach: 82 Sandwich Tern, 42 Common Tern, 34, Arctic Tern. (V Stratton)

Levant seawatch 1pm to 2.15pm: 13 Great Shearwater, 42 Sooty Shearwater, 52 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Great Skua. (M Scott-Ham

Coverack: 1 Grey Phalarope on sea just off harbour wall early evening (17:15)

Crugmeer /Lellizzick: 2 Barn Owl this morning. (S Grose)

Penlee Point: 2 Great Skua, 5 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Sandwich Tern. (P Kemp)

East Pentire, Newquay: 1 Arctic Skua, 3 Balearic Shearwater late pm. (S Rowe)

Marazion: 2 Balearic Shearwaters over Hogus Rocks and 2 Great Skuas in Mounts Bay. (PA Fraser)

Tresillian River: Osprey perched in tree between St Clement and Malpas.

Dobwalls: Marsh Tit in our garden 13.00, feeding on our hanging seed tray (C&J Duffy)

Bude, Maer Lake: c500 Canada Goose , 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 3 Curlew, 2 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron , 2 Swallow plus many Teal, Mallard, Black-headed Gull and Herring Gull. (A Cook)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Dipper, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Coot, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Blackcap (male). (S Grose)