Thursday 15th October 2020

Late news, 14/10, Penzance Heliport: 1 Hobby. (V Stratton)

Late news, 14/10, Buttermilk Hill: 160 Meadow Pipits, 1 Male Merlin. (V Stratton)

Late news, 14/10, Sennen: 100+ Golden Plover in flight above fields just before Sennen. (D Allan)

Port Isaac: White-tailed Eagle flew over our heads at SW 98532 81289 heading along the coast towards Port Quinn at 12.10. (K Allan)

Padstow: White-tailed Eagle over Hawkers Cove at 12.20 headed south. (P Ash, G Willetts)

(This bird is G463, a juvenile male that was released on the Isle of Wight this summer. It left the island on Tuesday and headed west on easterly winds. Eds)

White-tailed Eagle – Paul Ash

White-tailed Eagle – Graeme Willetts

White-tailed Eagle – Paul Ash

White-tailed Eagle – Graeme Willetts

Nanjizal: 108 ringed. Migrants included; 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Firecrest, 18 Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 11 Blackbird, 1 Redwing, 13 Meadow Pipit. Overhead and surrounding fields included: 1 Stone Curlew, 1 Woodcock, 1 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wigeon,  3 Great White Egret, 1 Woodlark, Skylark,  1 Fieldfare, 25 Siskin, 6 Crossbill, 1 Redpoll , 3 Lapland Bunting, 1 Chough, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine, 1 Swallow. (K Wilson, P Roseveare, J Ryan, B Bosisto , R Veal, R Wilkins) Also 2 Short-toed Lark. (P Roseveare, K Wilson)

St Levan: 3+ Firecrests, 7+ Goldcrest, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Redpoll over, several Siskin over, 50+ Chaffinch, 2 Snipe over, 5 Fieldfare, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Great Egret flew over towards Porthgwarra, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (T Disley)

Porthgwarra: Red-breasted Flycatcher in CP sallows at 12:45, Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Firecrest. (L Thomson) 1 Short -eared Owl at 12.25, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Merlin female at 12.48,15 Chough circling. (D Allan) 1 Turtle Dove at Rafra Farm. (L Thomson) 1 Turtle Dove at Ardensawah Farm. (DK Parker)

Lower Bocaswell: Great White Egret in off the sea below Geevor mine Lower Boscaswell at 10 am seen to fly on towards Pendeen Watch. (C Chivers)

Pendeen: 1 Great White Egret (East at 11:10), 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher (private land), 29 Golden Plover, Merlin, Peregrine, 32 Fieldfare, 36 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 3 Skylark, 1 Lapland Bunting over, flock of 11 Raven, 2 Bullfinch, 7 Crossbill. (A Bayly)

Nanquidno: 1 probably 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 3 Blackcap. (J Miller) 4 Woodlark over, 1 Whinchat, 100+ Meadow Pipit. (C Moore)

Land’s End: Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Snow Bunting, 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Great White Egret over towards Nanjizal, Brambling, 20 Siskin, 400 + Chaffinch, 30 + Skylark, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Fieldfare, 15+ Redwing. (P St Pierre) 1 Whinchat, 1 Cuckoo, Black Redstart (P Taylor) Short-eared Owl on cliffside by hotel mobbed by birds, flew towards Longships lighthouse.(I Boreham, T Carne, C Bright)

Trevescan: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler opposite Apple Tree Cafe. (M Ferris)

Carn Gloose: Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier (ringtail). (N Beasley)

Cot Valley: Merlin, Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Firecrest, Crossbill, Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, c40 Chaffinch, 2 Chough. Also c15 Red Admiral, 2 Speckled Wood. (D Flumm) 1 Woodcock. (N Beasley) Lapland Bunting, Woodlark and Merlin this afternoon in weedy fields between Cot Manor and Little Hendra. (T Humpage) 7 Great White Egret over late pm. (P St Pierre)

Kenidjack: 6 Redwings, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1f or imm Brambling, 16 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtails; 3 Long-tailed Tits. (J Hawkey)

Kelynack: Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Skylark, 75 Golden Plover, 2 Redwing, Grey Wagtail, 6 Crossbill over NE. Also 2 Common Darter & c10 Red Admiral.  (D Flumm)

Lands End airport: c80 Golden Plover nearby. (J Laidler)

Sancreed: Kestrel, 3 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Pied Wagtail, 25 Meadow Pipit, 5 Siskin.  (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Cattle Egret. (B Bosisto P Roseveare) 3 Gadwall, 15 Wigeon, 11 Teal, Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest and a Rock Pipit that is most likely Scandinavian, A.p.littoralis on habitat/location (never seen a nominate petrosus here even after winter storms). Grey plumage and distinct streaking on very white underparts might suggest this but difficult to be certain at this time of year. (D Flumm)

Possible Scandinavian Rock Pipit – Dave Flumm

Possible Scandinavian Rock Pipit – Dave Flumm

Foage Valley: 2 Firecrest. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Copperhouse Creek: Pectoral Sandpiper just flown into Copperhouse Creek (15:05). Also Curlew Sandpiper, 1w Kittiwake, 2 1w Yellow-legged Gull. (D Oakley-Martin)

Godrevy: 24 Raven, 4 Chough, 1 Merlin. (P Freestone)

Penryn Campus (vismig 7:15-9:00): 1220 Redwing, 23 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, c10 Siskin. (M Broadbent, Elliott Cornelius et al)

Swanpool: Yellow-browed Warbler at entrance to Swanvale, 2 Firecrests, c12 Goldcrests. (M Broadbent, H Keeper)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Ruff, 1 Knot, 21 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 7 Wigeon, 40+ Teal, 1 Marsh Tit. (J St Ledger) 4 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 8 Wigeon, 13 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 1 Kingfisher (D Eva)

Loe Pool: 44 Cormorant, 19 Great Crested Grebe including 1 immature, 3 Pochard, 5 Tufted Duck. 11 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Cetti’s Warbler. (G Adams)

Housel Bay: 1 Red Kite, which drifted back inland (I Bown)

Red Kite – I Brown

Grochall, Lizard: 1 Ring Ouzel, 1 Lesser Redpoll. (D Collins)

Treleaver: 1 Whinchat, 2 House Martin. (D Collins)

Little Treleaver: 1 Great White Egret over mid pm. 1 Yellow-browed Warbler (J Foster)

Devoran: 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, 60+ Redshank, 12 Brent Goose, 25 Curlew, 14 Dunlin, 3 Med Gull. (J Howells)

Restronguet: 3 Redpoll. (J Chapple)

Troon: Common Redstart in private garden at 07.30. (S Taylor)

Carn Galva: 2 Crossbill over east, plus singing Dartford Warbler (P Chapman and L Hill)

Rame/Penlee (0930-1300): 4 Yellow-browed Warbler (2 at Rame Church, 2 at Coastguard Cottages),1 Pied Flycatcher (Rame Church)1 Spotted Flycatcher (Rame Church), 2 Woodlark with the Skylark flock along Military Road, 1 Firecrest at Penlee in the clump. (G Lewis) 3 Yellow-browed Warblers at Coast guard cottages, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in church lane,1 Spotted Flycatcher at Rame church 20+ White Wagtails,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, Snipe, 7 Siskin, 4 Med Gull, 21 Swallow, 2 Fieldfare & Redwing. (C Buckland, P Aley)

Jupiter Pt: ad Spoonbill & 9 Greenshank. (P Aley)

Lamorran: 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Curlew, 26 Oystercatcher, 20 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Shoveler (female), 14 Wigeon, 17 Teal, 6 Shelduck, 1 Goldcrest. (A Nicholson)

Padstow: 2 Cattle Egret S of Trevorrick Farm, near Padstow. (P Harris)

Crowdy: 8 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Ahmad)

Porth Reservoir: 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 22 Coot, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Call Duck with Mallards. (S Grose)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 Peregrine Falcon over, 11 Skylark over, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Porthilly Beach: 5 Mediterranean Gull, 19 Mute Swan. (S Grose)

Newquay Zoo: 11 Little Egret in to roost. (S Grose)

Tregrehan Boscundle: c25 Siskin in private woods. (I Stewart)

Carnewas: 1 unringed Chough. (G Simmons)


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 14th October 2018

Late news, 13/10, Downderry: 1 Little Gull, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 6 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Common Scoter moved west 08:55-10:30. Another Great Skua flew east over the village. (A Payne)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv White-rumped Sandpiper late afternoon, before being killed by a Sparrowhawk. (B Mellow et al) Also 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Spoonbill and 1 Garganey present.

White-rumped Sandpiper – Dave Parker

Sennen: 1 Short-toed Lark, 2 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear and 1 Merlin in stubble field. (P St Pierre, M Elliott) Female Black Redstart on the beach near the recreation centre at 14:30. (A Brampton)

Pendeen: 4 Great Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, 10 Common Scoter by 09:00. (P Taylor)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Little Egret, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Med Gull, 3 Common Gull, 7 Song Thrush, 30 Meadow Pipit. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: Osprey NE over Trevean at c10:25. (J Ryan) Yellow-browed Warbler on the north side of the Doctor’s garden plus 1 Firecrest. (M Wallace) Vagrant Emperor between Coastguard Cottages and the dried up pool. (L Thomson) Black Redstart on the Coastguard Cottages.

St Levan: Yellow-browed Warbler and Willow Warbler at the turning circle. (M Wallace, L Thomson)

Kenidjack: Yellow-browed Warbler and Willow Warbler by the engine shed, another Yellow-browed Warbler at the bottom by the donkey paddock. (S Rogers)

St Buryan: Yellow-browed Warbler at Treverven. (J Ryan)

Pendeen Watch: 2 Black Redstart west of Pendeen Lighthouse. (J Swann) Also tristis Chiffchaff. (P Clement)

Lizard Village: Rosy Starling behind Henry’s Croft on telephone wires above field. (J Thirlaway-Price)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs again, on the north side of the main channel west of the entrance to the quay near the boat “Firefly”. (L Langley)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 9 Canada Geese, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant,10 Mallard, 9 Teal, 36 Tufted Duck, 1 Curlew, 116 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 27 Carrion Crow, 18 Jackdaw, 7 Magpie, 67 Starling, 6 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 68 Goldfinch, 132 Meadow Pipit, 37 Linnet, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat and 1 Small Copper. (DA Conway)

Caerthillian: 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 4 Siskin, 6 Bullfinch. (D Eva)

Church Cove: 1 Pied Flycatcher. (D Eva)

Lanhydrock: 2 Willow Tit, 3 Raven,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Lesser Redpoll. Also observed but not counted: Pheasant, Jay, Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Bodmin: 12 Siskin in eucalyptus tree at the back of Morrisons car park. (S Grose)

Clapper Marshes: 1 Great White Egret at 15:15 then flew onto main river, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher from rugby club. (S Grose) Yellow Wagtail flew over, towards Wadebridge. (D Julian)

Newquay, Pentire Head: 31 Swallow heading west 12:45 to 13:30. (D Grose) Towan Head: 1 Wheatear at 14:00. (D Grose) 3 Wheatear, 4 Common Gull, 5 Kittiwake. (S Grose)

Porthcothan: 1 Swallow at 13:40 and 2 at 14:10. All heading inland. (P Davies)

Feock: 6 Swallow, 1 Firecrest, 1 Green woodpecker. 1 Holly Blue. (K Dalziel)

Minions: 50+ Golden Plover. (D Hastilow)

Golden Plover – David Hastilow

Dobwalls: 1 Swallow over the garden at 15:00, heading north. (C&J Duffy)

Nanquidno: 3 Chough, 1 Kestrel. (P Taylor)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Cattle Egret this afternoon. (A Langdon) 6 Gadwall, 106 Teal, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Redshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Snipe, 11 Cattle Egret, 4 Little Egret, 10 Red-legged Partridge. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Maer Lake: 156 Teal, 20 Snipe, 1 Grey Plover, 21 Golden Plover, 19 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 1 Peregrine. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Davidstow: 2 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 18 Lapwing, 8 Wheatear. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Camel Estuary: 7 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 10 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Swanpool: 2 Water Rail (h), 4 Little Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, with 20 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew on rocks off Swanpool Beach. (D Chaney, P Petts)

Penryn River: c30 Redshank, c20 Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, Gorrangorras to Penryn. (D Chaney, P Petts)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Greenshank, 5 Lapwing, 10 Curlew, 5 Snipe, 3 Little Egret, 19 Cormorant, 56 Little Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Wheatear. (D Chaney, P Petts)

Penryn: 80+ Pied Wagtail to roost at Asda. (D Chaney, Petts)

Prussia Cove: 5 Firecrest. (T Phelps)

Mullion Cove: 1 Whinchat. (T Phelps)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Ruff, 73 Lapwing, 1 Wheatear, 84 Black-headed Gull, 14 Tufted Duck, 64 Mallard, 34 Teal, 2 Moorhen,1 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe this evening. (B Craven)


Friday 17th November 2017

Mount’s Bay: Pacific Diver still off the bus station, Penzance.

Marazion Beach: 1 Pacific Diver (distant), 3 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 f Common Scoter. (J St Ledger)

Red-throated Diver, John St Ledger

Polgigga: Short-toed Lark in the bulb field north of Faraway Cottage. (K Wilson)

Cot Valley: Richard’s Pipit over north at 10:40, also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Firecrest. (N Wheatley) Also 4 Whooper Swan on sea off Gribba Point, calling occasionally and 1 Short-eared Owl roosting in field west of Little Hendra farm. (P Clarke, C Moore)

Old Lizard Head: Little Bunting still (showing well in weedy field by path to the head), 2 Lapland Bunting, Brambling, Merlin. Yesterday Black Redstart in the surfers car park (M Pass)

Nanquidno: Black Redstart and 2 Brambling at Tregiffian Farm. (D Astins) Also 5 Whooper Swan still. (C Moore)

Porthilly Point: Pale-bellied Brent Goose. (S Grose)

Connor Downs: 1 Firecrest in private garden and 11 Fieldfare over. (P Freestone)

Charlestown: 1 Peregrine in private garden. ( D Hastilow)

Fowey: 1 Great Skua, 3 dolphin (probably Bottlenose) and 10+ Atlantic Bluefin Tuna from kayak up to 2 miles offshore. (R Kirkwood)

Great Skua, Rupert Kirkwood

Great Skua, Rupert Kirkwood

Bluefin Tuna, Rupert Kirkwood

Helston: 2 Firecrest in trees by river at Boating Lake. (S Court)

Kingsmill Lake: 115 Avocet, 1 Glossy Ibis on saltmarsh and field behind. (M Northey, M Buckle, M Beer)

Colliford Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 juv Spoonbill, 2 Snipe, 1 f Merlin, 4 Reed Bunting, good numbers of Golden Plover and Lapwing. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Ninestones: 3 Firecrest. (C Buckland)

Falmouth: 2 Firecrest at University of Exeter campus. (J Beaumont)

Looe Estuary (WeBS): 175 Canada Goose, 6 Cormorant, 8 Curlew, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Little Egret, 6 Little Grebe, 38 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 10 Mute Swan, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 10 Redshank, plus mixed flocks of over 1000 Black-headed, Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls. (D Spooner)

Pink-footed Goose, Derek Spooner

Crugmeer: 3 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Brambling this evening. (B Bosisto)

Par: 3 Redwing, f Blackcap, 1 Nuthatch. First Goldfinch of the winter feeding on Niger seed at Biscovey. (A Matthews)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 Short-eared Owl from the northern boundary stones. (S Grose)

Carbis Bay: 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver. (R Butts)

Men-an-Tol: 1 female Merlin and 20 Golden Plover. (D Richardson, DK Parker)


Friday 27th October 2017

Charlestown: 2 (m+f) Blackcap in private garden. (D Hastilow – photo)

St Clements: juv Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe, 11 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher at Tresemple pool. (M Costa)

Porthgwarra: Gwennap Head 08:30-09:30: fem/imm Merlin, 930 Woodpigeon, 7 Skylark, 70 Meadow Pipit, 2 alba Wagtail, 9 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 250 Starling, 6 Brambling, 3 Siskin, 1280 Chaffinch, 4 Reed Bunting. Main valley: ad male Merlin, 44 Golden Plover, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 1 Brambling (D Flumm) 2 Richard’s Pipit flew east and 1 Fieldfare on Gwennap Head, Yellow-browed Warbler in Middle Copse. (MD Wallace) 2 Richard’s Pipit, 29 Bullfinch, 1055 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, 2 Firecrest, 15 Siskin, 3 Blackcap, 4 Black Redstart. (D Balmer, P Wilson)

Polgigga: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosistow Lane. (MD Wallace)

Gwithian: White-rumped Sandpiper still present in the morning. (A Neil, D Eva, A McKechnie, J Chapple et al)

White-rumped Sandpiper – Alex McKechnie

White-rumped Sandpiper – John Chapple

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill, 6 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 female Pintail, 5 Brambling flew west (D Eva) Also Whooper Swan, 88 Canada Geese, 1 Spotted Redshank and 78 Lapwing this afternoon. (DK Parker)

Whooper Swan – Dave Parker

Devoran: 25 Hawfinch, 7 Brambling, 12 Bullfinch, Redpoll, 1000s Redwing & Woodpigeon. (S Votier)

Crugmeer: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting, 5 Stock Dove, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 3 Kestrel, 500+ Chaffinch, 5 Corn Bunting and 500+ Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Rame: 1 Yellow Browed Warbler, 3+ Black Redstart,1 Wheatear present for 3rd day,
4+ Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest. (D Allan) Also 1 Common Redstart, 2 Brambling, 1 Ring Ouzel, 6+ Siskin, 8+ Blackcap, 20+ Song Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare. (D Clegg)

Nanjizal: 145 birds ringed including 34 Blackcap, 31 Chiffchaff, 15 Goldcrest, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, 8 Firecrest, Reed Warbler, 17 Siskin and blythi type Lesser Whitethroat. (K Wilson, B Porter) Also Common Rosefinch, Hawfinch, Ring Ouzel, 6 Brambling, 35 Fieldfare & 150+ Redwing. (B Porter)

Clapper Pools: 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Teal, 4 Moorhen, 26 Canada Goose, 47 Black-headed Gull, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Cormorant, 2 Curlew, 20 Mallard, 24 Wigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 1 Great Tit, 1 Wren, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Robin, 1 Hawfinch, 12 House Sparrow, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Jackdaw, 4 Rook. (DI Julian)

Wadebridge: 4 Siskin over Dunveth Road late afternoon. (DI Julian)

Bolventor: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 Buzzard. (DI Julian)

Dozmary Pool: 29 Tufted Duck, 1 male Ring-necked Duck, 1 female Long-tailed Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 165 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 75 Golden Plover, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Ruff, 430 Starling, 10 Jackdaw, 8 Raven, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Robin, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 4 Skylark, 1 Dunnock, 10 Fieldfare flew north and 2 Stonechat. (DI Julian, B Craven) Also 2 Ruff with a small flock of Lapwing. (C Buckland)

Upper Fowey Valley: 2 Firecrest and 2 Willow Tit at Ninestones. (C Buckland)

Colliford Lake, Loveny Reserve: 16 Canada Geese, 10 Teal, 5 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 2 Wigeon, 36 Lapwing, 2 Pintail, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 House Sparrow, 4 Skylark, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Robin, 1 Wren, 1 Stonechat and 2 Carrion Crow. (DI Julian, B Craven) 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 f Pintail,16 Snipe, 170 Golden Plover, 40+ Lapwing. (C Buckland)

Siblyback Lake: 2 Yellow-legged Gull (single first and second winter), 77 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 7 Cormorant, 254 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Little Grebe, 26 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck, 1 female Scaup, 9 Coot, 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 1 Merlin, 1 Kestrel, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 80 Starling, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Skylark, 1 Raven, 1 Siskin, 1 Stonechat, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Jackdaw, 4 Chaffinch, 5 Robin, 5 Pied Wagtail, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, 6 Magpie, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Carrion Crow, 23 Rook, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackbird, 1 House Sparrow, 5 Wren, 10 Meadow Pipit. (DI Julian)

Hannafore Beach, Looe: Eider drake close inshore calling and appeared to be displaying to a group of Herring Gulls. (P Wilkins)

Pendeen Watch: Black Redstart on roof of Old Count House (opp Pendeen Lighthouse) at 14:30. (G Barlow)

Penryn Campus: 2252 Redwing, 4 Hawfinch, 2 Firecrest, 3 Grey Wagtail, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Little Egret, 7 Siskin, 2 Curlew, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 808 Wood Pigeon, 4 Stock Dove, 2 Jay, 25+ Song Thrush, 40+ Chaffinch and 4 Meadow Pipit. (T Phelps, C Urquhart)

Lizard area, Lizard Point: Olive-backed Pipit under tamarisks in Youth Hostel garden 08:30 but no further sign. Flying over during morning were 100s of Wood Pigeon and Starling, 7 Stock Dove, Brambling, Siskin, 3 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare. Caerthillian: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler. Old Lizard Head area: 30 Skylark in stubble field, 1 Wheatear, 2 Firecrest, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Lapwing over. Lizard village: 3 Black Redstart, Whinchat. Housel Bay: 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackcap. Church Cove: 3 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap. Mullion: 1 Firecrest. (D Collins)

Crows-an-Wra: 1 Dartford Warbler. (J Thompson)

Dartford Warbler – Joe Thompson

Stithians Reservoir, cut-off hide: 3 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (all on feeders). Also 1 Kingfisher, 4 Teal. Stuart Hutchings hide: 14 Lapwing, 8 Curlew, 4 Snipe, 11 Wigeon, 1 Shoveler. (J St Ledger, S Williams)

Reed Bunting, Firecrest and Goldcrest – Steve Williams

Kenidjack: 9 Hawfinch at 09:30 feeding briefly in Hawthorns at eastern end of valley before circling and moving off southwest. (P Clarke) 2 Firecrest, 2 Siskin. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Mistle Thrush over, 2 Swallow, 30+ Greenfinch. 1 drk Common Scoter offshore. (R Veal)

Falmouth: 1 male Blackcap in private garden. (E Tackley)

Newlyn: 1 Kingfisher on rocks and 2 Grey Wagtail at mouth of Newlyn River. Also 1 Tawny Owl heard this evening. (T Mills)

Sennen: Short-toed Lark again this afternoon in Escalls field. (R Butts, P St Pierre) Also 1 Wheatear. (R Butts) 3 Richard’s Pipit in field with long grass behind the school, 2 flew towards Trevorrian Pool. (P St Pierre, S Cox, P Kemp)

RSPB Scillonian III Wildlife Cruise, Penzance to Wolf Rock: 1 Eider, 2 Pomarine Skua, 2 Great Skua, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 44 Gannet, 58 Kittiwake, 183 Guillemot, 69 Razorbill, 156 Auk sp, 4 Harbour Porpoise. Wolf Rock to Penzance: 1 Common Gull, 6 Mediterranean Gull, 37 Kittiwake, 7 Gannet, 16 Razorbill, 5 Auk sp, 23 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Common Dolphin, 1 Tuna. Wolf Rock to Scilly: 1 Great Skua, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Kittiwake, 7 Gannet, 1 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot, 23 Auk sp,1 Goldcrest. Scilly to Wolf Rock: 1 Great Skua, 14 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 9 Guillemot, 3 Razorbill, 2 Auk sp. (M Elliott and DA Conway)

Tregonetha Downs: 21 Snipe, 3 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Yellowhammer singing at 21:15. (S Grose)

Lizard: American Golden Plover flew over Lizard village at 13:50.


Wednesday 25th October 2017

Late photo, 10/10, St Ives: Hoopoe in Bahavella Drive. (L Emanual)

Hoopoe – Luke Emanuel Hoopoe – Luke Emanuel

Late news, 24/10,Wheal Alfred, Hayle Pitch and Putt: Yellow-browed Warbler calling and responding along hedge at western end of course. (P Fraser)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 46 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Razorbill (S Grose)

Sancreed: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 12 Redwing, 1 Snipe (D Flumm)

Cot Valley: 2 Hawfinch. Landed briefly before flying off south at 10:08. Also first (10) Redwings of the season, 2 Firecrest, 1 Brambling, 120 Chaffinch, 4 Bullfinch, Merlin, 2 Chough. (N Wheatley, D Balmer)

Sennen: 1 Short-toed Lark still in tilled field west of track to farm near chapel.

Chapel Porth: Unconfirmed report of a Twite on the beach at 13:00.

Kelynack: 6 Goldcrest, 1 Siskin (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Imm Garganey still and drake Common Scoter offshore. (DK Parker) Great White Egret this evening in the pines by Cheshire Homes. (L Proctor)

Porthgwarra: 5 Firecrest, 12 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c400 Chaffinch, 7 Bullfinch, 2 Brambling, 2 Siskin, c200 Skylark, c150 Meadow Pipit, c2,000 Starling, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Peregrine and 3 Sparrowhawk. (DK Parker) Also Lapland Bunting over. (D Lewis)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill, 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff and 50+ Med Gull on Lelant Saltings this morning. (L Proctor) Also 4 1w Common Gull. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 1 Grey Heron, 2 Robin, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Black-headed Gull, 25+ Canada Goose, 2 Curlew. (K Bowers – photo)

Kingfisher – Kevin Bowers

Lizard Green: Imm Black Redstart in Field Close on top of houses. (R Price)

Cape Cornwall: 9 Balearic Shearwater and 1 Pom Skua by 10:05. Another Balearic Shearwater at 16:15.

Rame: Black Redstart, 7 Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest, Reed Bunting, 4 Brambling, 5 Siskin, 9 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 4 Song Thrush, Swallow, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Merlin,1 Wheatear. (D Allan, P Aley)

Malpas: 2 Spoonbill at the entrance to Calenick Creek, spotted from Malpas grid ref SW838433 at 14:30. (M Costa)

Ponjeravah: 2 Tawny Owls calling in the early hours and 1 Dipper “some time last week”. (J Hawes)

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest; 80+ Redwing and c300 Wood Pigeon over early am. (R Veal)

Perranuthnoe: 6 Lapwing west. (MJ Spicer)

Kenidjack: 1 Redstart still in copse by green shed, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest and 1 late Hobby through. (MJ Spicer – photo, P Fraser, M Rouncefield – photos)

Redstart – M Rouncefield Redstart – M Rouncefield Firecrest – Mike Spicer

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 13 Mute Swan, 50 Canada Geese, 18 Mallard, 54 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 9 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 80 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Moorhen, c100 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 1000+ Golden Plover, 25 Lapwing, 2 Knot, 4 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 35 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 75 Curlew, 250 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 120 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 24 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Pied wagtail, 1 Grey wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Redwing, 12 Blackbird, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 25 Rook, 65 Carrion Crow, 7 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 40 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch and 4 Speckled Wood.  (M Scawen et al)

Gluvian: 1 Yellowhammer , 2 Siskin , 1 Grey Wagtail over at dawn before work. (B Bosisto)

Siblyback Lake: 2 Tufted Duck , 1 female Scaup, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Firecrest, 1 Mistle Thrush and 1 Green Woodpecker. (B Bosisto)

Dozmary Pool: 29 Tufted Duck, 1 drake Ring-necked Duck, 1 Female Long-tailed Duck, 1 Little Grebe and 2 Teal. (B Bosisto)

Kennell Vale: 1 Dipper.  (A James)

Dipper – Alan James Dipper – Alan James

Portscatho: 50+ Mediterranean Gull. (A Roberts)

Bissoe: 1 Firecrest. (A Roberts)

Crowdy Reservoir: Late afternoon 1 Redshank, 50+ Lapwing, 2+ Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 22 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe. 1,000+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 500+ Black-headed Gull roosted. 5 Tawny Owl calling and many 1,000s of Starlings over to roost. (B Craven)

Swanpool: Yellow-browed Warbler at Swanvale NR at 15:30.

djc, dkp

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Sennen: Short-toed Lark still in tilled field just west of Escalls chapel.

Tresillian: 1 Great White Egret this afternoon at Tresemple Pool then flew south.

Marazion Marsh: Imm Garganey still, plus imm Rose-coloured Starling at 18:09 with c10,000 Starling.

Drift Reservoir: Wryneck flew from the car park to the hedge behind Driftways. (R Menari)

Polzeath Trevathan Farm: 11 Mistle Thrush overhead. (S Grose)

Kenidjack: Redstart still in copse by engine sheds, also 2+ Firecrest, 1 Siskin and 10 Chough. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, S Cowlishaw, L Proctor, D Flumm, B Dodd, D Balmer)

Sancreed: 5 Snipe on the beacon. (D Flumm)

Sennen Cove: 3 Sandwich Tern, 6 Med Gull and 2 Kittiwake on beach. 50 Shag and 70 Kittiwake offshore plus a Grey Seal.  3 Chough in harbour cottages garden (D Balmer, T Wilson)

Callestick:1 or 2 Firecrest every day for last 10 days, plus Southern Hawker dragonfly today (T Wilson)

Devoran: 1 Spotted Redshank, 12 Mediterranean Gull this morning. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 1 Firecrest in gardens at N end. (D Chaney)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 (near ad+ juv) Spoonbill at midday. (R Veal)

Marazion: 2 Firecrest, 1 Wheatear. (R Veal)

Penberth: 3 Firecrest and 4 Chiffchaff. (D Balmer)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 68 Turnstone. (P Taylor, h Mitchell, S Cowlishaw)

Porthpean: 10 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver and 1 Firecrest this evening. (B Bosisto)

Portscatho: 25 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Firecrest and 3 Common Scoter. (A Roberts)

Falmouth: 1 female Blackcap in a private garden. (E Tackley)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Barn Owl, 2 Tawny Owl and 14 Snipe. (S Grose)

Rame: Black Redstart and Firecrest near the church.

Porthcurno: 5 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff and 2 Bullfinch. (DK Parker)

St Levan: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Firecrest, c20 Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaff in the Sallows by the turning circle. Also 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 35 Skylark and 12 Meadow Pipit plus 4 Red Deer. (DK Parker)

Treen: 1 House Martin at the junction with the B3315. (DK Parker)