Sunday 17th May 2015

Bodmin: 1 Red Kite over north at 9.10. (P Haseldine)

Bodmin Moor: 1 Red Kite. (B Teague)

BTeague_redkite_170515Red Kite, Bev Teague

Sancreed: 7 Red Kite (5 north-east 0915-0930, 1 west 1005 and 1 north 1100), 1 Cuckoo and 1 Garden Warbler. (D Flumm)

Colliford Reservoir/Dozmary Pool: 10 Canada Goose, 3 Cormorant, 22 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 1 Moorhen, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 61 Black-headed Gull, 2 Buzzard, 3 Raven, 39 Carrion Crow, 55 Jackdaw, 7 Magpie, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 9 Blackbird, 6 Cuckoo, 6 Skylark, 11 Meadow Pipit, 1 Wheatear, 1 Dunnock, 3 Wren, 16 Swift, 65 Swallow, 14 House Martin, 27 Sand Martin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 12 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 House Sparrow, 15 Willow Warbler and 7 Rabbit. (DA Conway)

Lands End: 1 m Sardinian Warbler showing well in bush just outside car park  from 10.0 –10.20 am, then wandering and elusive. In pm 1 Hobby flew past near Swingates pool. (D Jenkins, A McKechnie, I Maclean, J Chapple) Also 1 Squacco Heron in sallows east end of car park this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Plus 1 m Golden Oriole.

Video, John Chapple

AMcKechnie_SardinianWarbler_170515Sardinian Warbler, Alex McKechnie IMaclean_sardinian_170515Sardinian Warbler, Ilya Maclean

Buttermilk Hill: 3 Raven. (D Jenkins)

Tresemple Pool: 1 ad Night Heron. (J Parfitt, J Chapple, R Augarde)

Video, John Chapple

JParfitt_NightHeron1_170515Night Heron, Jeff Parfitt JParfitt_NightHeron2_170515 JParfitt_NightHeron3_170515
RAugarde_NightHeron_170515Night Heron, Richard Augarde

Helston Loe Pool: 1 ad Night Heron. (S Votier, I Maclean)

IMaclean_nightheron_170515Night Heron, Ilya Maclean

Falmouth, Swanpool: 2 Mute Swan with 8 cygnets, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe and 2 Reed Warbler. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_MuteSwan_170515Mute Swan, John St Ledger JStLedger_ReedWarbler_170515Reed Warbler, John St Ledger

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 2 Roe Deer and 1 Fox carrying rabbit prey. (A James)

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AJames_Fox1_170515 AJames_Fox2_170515

Red Moor (CBWPS Field Meeting): Canada Goose (6), Mallard (3), Pheasant, Moorhen, Herring Gull, Buzzard (6), Tawny Owlet, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker (2), Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crown, Raven (2 juvs), Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit (1), Swallow, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark (3), Willow Warbler (c15), Chiffchaff (5), Blackcap (2), Garden Warbler (2 singing males), Whitethroat (4+), Goldcrest (3), Wren, Treecreeper, Blackbird, Song Thrush (5 singing males), Chaffinch, Yellowhammer (5 singing males), Reed Bunting (1) (P McVey)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Ring-billed Gull and 20 Dunlin off the causeway this morning.

Little Petherick: 1 Red Kite this morning. (D Julian)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing. (S Turner) Purple Heron on shoreline right of the hide then flew to left hand corner. (B Bosisto P Roseveare)


Saturday 16th May 2015

Lands End: 1 m Sardinian Warbler still. (B Field, J St Ledger)

JStLedger_SardinianWarbler_160515Sardinian Warbler, John St Ledger BField_SardinianWarbler1_160515Sardinian Warbler, Brian Field
BField_SardinianWarbler2_160515Sardinian Warbler, Brian Field BField_SardinianWarbler3_160515Sardinian Warbler, Brian Field

Penzance: 1 Red Kite east over Lidl supermarket (11:48hrs). (D Flumm)

Falmouth, Marlborough Rd: 1 Red kite east at 12.18 (P McCartney)

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  2 Red Kite (1 west 08:50hrs and another north 11:05hrs), 10 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Greylag, 1 Little Egret, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Swift, 12 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin and 20 Swallow. (D Flumm)

Marazion beach: 4 Whimbrel. (D Flumm)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Wheatear. (MJ Spicer)

Rosewall Hill: 2 Red Kite (over at 12:10pm), 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven and 4 Buzzard. (J St Ledger)

JStLedger_Kestrel_160515Kestrel, John St Ledger  

Sancreed: 11 Red Kite (1 west 1355, 1 north 1405, 1 north 1438, 3 west 1500, 1 west 1520, 3 north 1610, 1 north 1618), 1 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler and 10 Swift. (D Flumm)

DFlumm_RedKite_160515Red Kite, Dave Flumm

Bodmin Moor, Garrow Tor: 3 Cuckoo. (M Jones)

Porthleven: 1 Red Kite and 1 Great Northern Diver (offshore). (I Maclean)

Trewey Moor: 2 Cuckoo. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Ring-billed Gull on the Estuary. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Ventonleague: 3 Red Kites over. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

The Lizard: 1 Squacco Heron flew over the village, later one was found on Goonhilly Downs, presumed same bird, see below. (P&J Smale)

Goonhilly Downs:  1 Squacco Heron, 2 Dunlin and several Cuckoo. (P&J Smale, I Bennallick, D Pearman) Also 3 Cuckoo. (A Nicholson)


Squacco, Perry Smale


Squacco, Perry Smale


Dunlin, Perry Smale

Windmill Farm: 2 Nightjar heard. (A Nicholson)


Thursday 14th May 2015

It has been estimated that there were 50+ Red Kites over west Cornwall today, details below. It is thought that these birds are non-breeding individuals of the UK population. Some of these birds may be wing-tagged and identifying these would help in confirming their origin. Please send any reports of wing-tagged individuals to us, we will also pass that information on to the RSPB and BTO.

Lands End: 1 Sardinian Warbler between complex and farm, late afternoon. (J FitzGerald-Patrick)

Newquay: 2 Red Kite over Henver Road towards Quintrell Downs this morning. (A Doel)

Ashton: 2 Red Kite over at 1410hrs but distant, then west towards Penzance. (D Flumm)

Nanquidno: 1 m Woodchat Shrike and 2 Swift. (C Moore, M Ahmad)

CMoore_Woodchat_140515Woodchat Shrike, Colin Moore
MAhmad_Woodchat1_140515Woodchat Shrike, Mashuq Ahmad MAhmad_Woodchat2_140515Woodchat Shrike, Mashuq Ahmad

Bartinney Downs: 1 Cuckoo. (C Moore)

Sancreed:  c30 Red Kite west 16:40 – 18.03hrs, also 1 Garden Warbler and 1 Wheatear. (D Flumm)

DFlumm_RedKites_140515Red Kites, Dave Flumm

Rosesudgeon: 4 Red Kite over at 16.15hrs, 1 Barn Owl and 1 Tawny Owl at 21.30hrs. (I Webster)

Penberth: about 50 Red Kite circling high above south side of valley. (N Milligan)

Ludgvan: 1 Red Kite over at 18.10hrs plus 1 Spotted Flycatcher west of church. (R Menari)

Crowlas: 1 Red Kite over A30 at 18.25hrs. (R Menari)

Luckett: 1 Red Kite, north of Kit Hill, 15.00hrs. (D Ticehurst)

Tresemple Pool: 2 Red-legged Partridge and 3 Grey Partridge in adjacent fields to the pool. (D Eva)

St Columb Major: 1 Red Kite at 09.50hrs. (P Smale)

Wadebridge: 1 Red Kite over A39 west of town at 11.15hrs. (P Smale)

Wheal Fortune, Sithney: 9+ Red Kite up and down the valley and settling to roost. (M & O Ross-Macdonald, D Foster, G Adams).

Lands End: 1 f-type Golden Oriole. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

St Just: 1 Turtle Dove at Kenython Lane. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 36 Dunlin. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching) Also 1 Ring-billed Gull reported again.

Caradon Hill: 8 Red Kite (1 over and SW at 1555hrs and a loose flock of 7 that gained height and slowly drifted SW between 1715 and 1745hrs), 3 m Redstart, 8 (7m 1f) Yellowhammer, 6 (5m 1f) Wheatear, 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 (pr) Stock Dove, 1 m Cuckoo, 2 (pr) Stonechat and 4 Raven (2ad, 2 well-fledged young). (C Benton)

Coverack, Trewillis: 1 Turtle Dove. (M Nattrass)

Porthallow: c50 Swift over this evening. (M Nattrass)

Kenidjack: 1 Turtle Dove in donkey paddocks.

St Buryan: 10 Red Kite. (M Ahmad)

MAhmad_RedKite_140515Red Kite, Mashuq Ahmad

Helston: 7 Red Kite. (S Elton)

Drift: 1 Hobby. (M Ahmad)

MAhmad_Hobby_140515Hobby, Mashuq Ahmad