Thursday 31st December 2020

Bude: Sociable Lapwing still present at Bude marshes.

Hayle Estuary: 8 Goosander, 7 Yellow-legged Gull, (5 ad, 4th cal, 2nd winter), 1 adult Caspian Gull, 1 adult Iceland Gull, 1 adult Ring-billed Gull, 939 Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 adult intermedius) 2 Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-browed Warbler.  (B Bosisto, P Roseveare et al) Also 1 Knot, 1 Great Northern Diver from Carnsew and 1 Whimbrel over. (R Veal) Copperhouse: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 pb Brent Goose. (S Rowe)

Siblyback Lake: 2 f Ring-necked Duck, 27 Tufted Duck, 9 Mallard, 6 Little Grebe, 6 Snipe (K Pellow)

Malpas: 1 Spotted Redshank and 1 Black Redstart (m). Also 76 Shelduck counted along Truro River. (L Sampson)

Falmouth: 3 Great Northern Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 10 Kittiwake, viewed from Pendennis Point. Also a pod of 6 + Common Dolphin which were being harassed by 2 jet skiers; incident has been reported. (J St Ledger)

Stithians: 4 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 30 Wigeon, 40 Teal (D Eva)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 1 f-type Black Redstart and 1 m Blackcap. Sandy Cove: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 f-type Black Redstart and 1 Grey Wagtail (T Mills) Also 1 Water Rail (L Proctor)

Penzance: 1 Black Redstart at Battery rocks beach. (A McKechnie)

Black Redstart – Alex McKechnie

London Beach, Marazion: 1m 1f Black Redstart, 1+ Black-throated Diver. (A Witheywood)

Walmsley sanctuary: 300+ Canada Geese, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Cattle Egrets, c100 Teal, c40 Wigeon, c6 Gadwall, c100 Curlew, c 100 Black-tailed Godwits, c 60 Lapwing, c4 Shoveler, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Redshank.

Cattle Egret – Adrian Langdon

Cattle Egret – Adrian Langdon

Wadebridge: 2m Mandarin Duck, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Chiffchaff, 33 Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 4 Curlew, 2 Kingfisher from bridge bike hire, 2 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret from Trewornan Bridge early am. (S Grose)

Rock Helipad Field: 53 Rook, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Cattle Egret in field with cattle at Porthilly Farm, 3 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Windmill Farm: Short-eared Owl, Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine this afternoon. (J Selby)

Calenick: 4 Cattle Egret on private farmalnd. (T Hall)

Dobwalls: 1f Yellowhammer in our garden (C&J Duffy)

Kingsmill Lake:  61 Avocets, 2 Grey Plover, 21 Lapwing, 44 Black-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, 1 Greenshank, Dunlin, 10 Oystercatchers, 222 Canada Geese, 19 Shelduck, c150 Teal, 100+ Wigeon, 1 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, Black-headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Jackdaws, Crows, 4 Woodpigeon.  (A Parker)

Millbrook: Male Scaup on the lake. (D Sharp) 9 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret in Withnoe area. (R Smaldon)

Anderton: 2 Avocet, 2 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, a number of Shelduck on the estuary. (D Sharp)

Scaup – Deena Sharp

Avocet – Deena Sharp

Torpoint: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 30+ Dunlin, 3 Little Egret, 3 Curlew. (D Sharp) Also 25 Brent Goose & 4 Red-breasted Merganser. (P Aley)

Wilcove: Whimbrel & Common Sandpiper (P Aley)

Jupiter Pt: Spoonbill & 2 Red-breasted Merganser. (P Aley)

Wacker Quay: 33 Avocet (P Aley)

Portwrinkle: 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Med Gull & 4 Common Dolphin (P Aley)

Whitsand Bay:  25+ Gannets feeding 2 miles off shore, 1 Raven, 1 Kestrel. (D Sharp)

Downderry: 4 Black Redstarts to the east of the village. (A Payne) 2 Red-throated Diver & Great Northern Diver. (P Aley)

Hannafore: 3 Slavonian Grebe, Black-throated Diver, 3 Gret Northern Diver & Common Scoter. (P Aley)

Tywarnhayle: (09.45 – 10.45) 1 Buzzard, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Jay, 4 Magpie, 7 Jackdaw, 4 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 14 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock (1 was singing away), 5 Chaffinch. (RB & PC Girling)

Threemilstone: 1 male and 1 female Blackcap in private garden. (E Harris)

Coverack: Herring Gull with ring number W:096. (P Wood)

Roche: male Blackcap on feeders. (N Pebody)


Wednesday 30th December 2020

Bude Marshes: 1w Sociable Lapwing still present with Lapwing flock. (N Bastin) Also 2 Snipe and Bar-tailed Godwit. (J Howells)

Maer Lake: 2 Cattle Egret early morning. (N Bastin)

Newlyn: Siberian Chiffchaff, Chiffchaff, Firecrest and 2 Blackcap at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor) Also juv Glaucous Gull in the area but mobile. (L Proctor, P St Pierre)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Great Northern Diver, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, ad Ring-billed Gull, juv, Iceland Gull, 18 Med Gull, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Curlew Sandpiper, 12 Goosander, 7 Greenshank, 21 Grey Plover. (G Lawlor) 2 ad Caspian Gull, 14 Mediterranean Gull, 450 Wigeon, 200 Teal, 1 Little Grebe, 55 Golden Plover, 30 Grey Plover, 25 Ringed Plover, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Goosander, 175 Lapwing, 35 Dunlin, 15 Shelduck, 4 Greenshank, 1 Firecrest, 25 Curlew, 42 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret. (I Grant, F Were) Carnsew: 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Whimbrel. (I Grant, F Were) Copperhouse: 1 Ruff, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. (I Grant, F Were)

Mousehole: Red-throated Diver, Great Skua, 300+ auks and 150+ Kittiwakes. (P St Pierre)

Sancreed: Barn Owl hunting fields opposite village bus stop, first for some years. 12 Fieldfare, c30 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Cannon’s Town: 1 Merlin, 2 Stonechat, 7 Reed Bunting, c80 Meadow Pipit, c170 Skylark, c300 Chaffinch. (R Veal)

Pendeen: Ad/3w Iceland Gull and 17 Common Scoter. (P Combridge)

Portheras: Siberian Chiffchaff still. (P Clement)

Mount Hawke: 1 Grey Heron at low altitude half-circled the garden at 08.30 (seeking pond fish?), my only record in 10 years. (RB Girling)

Rame: 1 Chough on grass to west of NCL. (C Scott)

Lower Tamar Lake: 35 Goosander 11m 24f, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 1m Tufted Duck, 2 Bullfinch. (R Mudge)

Towan Head: 6 Red-throated Diver, Humpback Whale. (I Boreham, S Rowe)

Carkeel: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Siskin, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Jay at Tamar view nursery. (S Grose)

Tideford: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Reed Bunting from Riverside Garage. (S Grose)

Liskeard: 1 m Grey Wagtail, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Dipper, 3 Siskin, 5 Coal Tit, 9 Goldcrest at Trago Mills. (S Grose)

Bodmin Parkway station: 4 Mistle Thrush with Redwings feeding on Ivy berries. (S Grose)

Lanivet: 3 Nuthatch, 2 Marsh Tit on feeders at St Benet’s Abbey. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 7 Snipe, 2m Bullfinch, 1 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Tresaddern: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher from a private garden. (S Grose)

Penryn: 1 Dipper on stream near intersection of Trewarton Road & Packsaddle. (B Williams)


Saturday 26th December 2020

Late news, 25/12, White Cross, Newquay: Flock of 60+ Redwing-Fieldfare, 30+ Snipe, 500+ Wood pigeons, and 700+ Crows. Flock of Finches 60+ with 3 Yellowhammer. Also 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 M Blackcap, 3 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Song thrush, 4 Blackbird, 6 Great and 22 Blue tits, 20 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch and 2 Coal tit on the garden feeders. (D Thomas)

Bude Marshes: 1st winter Sociable Lapwing. (M Worden et al)

Sociable Lapwing – Mark Worden

Sociable Lapwing – George Gay

Bude: Juv White-tailed Eagle almost certainly G471 from the Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme, over at c09:20. (N Bastin)

White-tailed Eagle – Nigel Bastin

White-tailed Eagle – Nigel Bastin

White-tailed Eagle – Nigel Bastin

Portheras; Pendeen: Siberian Chiffchaff ,3+ Common Chiffchaff. (A Bayly)

Siberian Chiffchaff – A Bayly

Siberian Chiffchaff – A Bayly

Drift Reservoir (members only): Drake Ring-necked Duck in NW arm with 5 Tufted Duck. (P Clement et al) Also Great Crested Grebe, 80 Lapwing west, Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm) 11+ Little Grebe , 1 Kingfisher. (A Bayly) 2 Goldcrest , 15 Redwing ,4 Common Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Bullfinch,1 Grey Wagtail. (I Grant, F Were)

Pendeen: Ringtail Hen Harrier at Higher Bojewyan Farm. (A Bayly)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull, 2+ (1w, 1, probably 2, ad) Caspian Gull, 5+ (3w, 4+ ad) Yellow-legged Gull, 2 (1w, ad) argentatus Herring Gull, ad Herring x Lesser Black-backed Gull hybrid, 1 Knot, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3m Goosander, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (R Veal, M Ahmad)

Copperhouse Creek: 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose at eastern end at 1130hrs. (D King) 2 Shelduck, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit. (J Dobbyn)

Carrick Roads: 4 Black-necked Grebe, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Red-breasted Merganser. (D Eva)

Cudden Point: 1 Male Kestrel. (J Riding)

Mawnan Smith: 1 Long-tailed duck (Bream Cove), 1 Great Norther Diver (Maenporth), 1 Firecrest (Rosemullion Head). (L Sampson)

Hannafore, Looe:  3  Slavonian Grebe between Looe Island and Hannafore.  2  Gannet diving off Looe Island and 3 Gannet diving off Plaidy.  (D Sharp)

Towan Head: 1 Great Skua, 70 Common Scoter. (S Rowe)

Zennor: Ringtail Hen Harrier seen from road. (S Finch)

Goss Moor: 1juv Water Rail, 1 Marsh Tit (from layby nearest the iron bridge). (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 5 Oystercatcher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Coot, 11 Moorhen, 62 Mallard, 1 Common Gull, 153 Black headed Gull, 39 Teal. (S Grose)

St Andrews Pond: 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 40+ Siskin, 60+Goldfinch feeding on Alder cones, 5 Mute Swan, 1 f Muscovey, 2 Water Rail, 29 Teal. (S Grose)

Par, Spit Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Wigeon, 31 Oystercatcher, 9 Eider. (S Grose)

Castle an Dinas: 1 ad Yellow legged Gull with 108 Lesser Black backed Gull. (S Grose)

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Wednesday 23rd December 2020

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Caspian Gull, ad Ring-billed Gull, ad argentatus Herring Gull, 2 Goosander on Lelant Saltings. (M Ahmad, T McGowan, R Veal) Curlew Sandpiper and pale-bellied Brent Goose on Copperhouse. (M Ahmad)

Polgigga: Yellow-browed Warbler along Bosistow Lane also Siberian Chiffchaff and Firecrest. (M Wallace)

Padstow, Tregudda/ Hawkers Cove: 1 f Peregrine Falcon, 2 Short eared Owl, 3 Kestrel, 19 Linnet, 14 Skylark, 1 Grey Heron , 45+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Yellowhammer, 100+ Chaffinch, 2000+ Starling, 3 Grey Partridge (inc 1 male in field next to road going down to cove), 2 Lesser Black backed Gull, 3 Raven, 1 Buzzard, also of interest 1 Jackdaw completely light brown in colour. (S Grose)

Tregirls Beach: 1 Juv Glaucous Gull flushed by dog walker early am. (S Grose)

Polbathic Creek: 1 Bar headed Goose with 189 Canada Geese (plus 1 hybrid). (A Blonden)

Dobwalls: 2 Blackcap (m&f) in our garden (C&J Duffy)

Friday 18th December 2020

Late news, 17/12, Millbrook: 32 Teal, 1 Greenshank, 1 Great crested Grebe, 2  Common Gulls and 13 Mediterranean Gulls in the afternoon. (A Payne)

Newlyn: Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, Water Rail at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

St Clement’s Isle, Mousehole: juv Glaucous Gull. (Elliott)

Feock: Dark phase Pomarine Skua flew past close then landed on sea c10:15, redhead Red-breasted Merganser at Loe Beach. (R Veal)

Devoran: 1 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plover. (R Veal)

Kingsmill lake: 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 60+ Dunlin, 2 Lapwing, 5 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank, 16+ Redshank, 17 Shelduck, 20+ Teal, 17 Wigeon. (P Kemp)

Towan Head: Great Northern Diver from car park 09:00. (M Lammas)

St. Ives Island: 6 Great Skua and 1,500 Gannets feeding in the Bay. (V Stratton)

Wadebridge: 2m Mandarin, 1 Dipper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 14 Oystercatcher around Anneka’s Bridge (S Grose).

Crugmeer: 1 Short eared Owl, 11 Lesser Black backed Gull. (S Grose)

Newquay: 2 Cattle Egret with 5 Little Egret, landed on Gannel Estuary at Mellanvrane roundabout at 16.30. (S Grose) Boating lake: 1 Little Grebe. (S Grose)


Thursday 17th December 2020

Late news, 8/12, Kelsey Head: 3 Chough. (P Jackson)

Late news, 12/12, Crugmeer: 2 Short-eared Owl. (P Jackson)

Late news, 12/12, Padstow: Barn Owl over minor road south of Padstow. (P Jackson)

Crugmeer: 2 Short eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) between 07.30 – 08.00.(S Grose)

Cot Valley: Richards Pipit again in 2nd field north of Trevegean Farm. (N Wheatley)

Siblyback Lake: 2 female Ring-necked Duck. (L Birtwistle, K Pellow) Also 6 Tufted Duck, 13 Mallard, 8 Little Grebe. (K Pellow)

Ring-necked Duck – Linda Birtwistle

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Yellow-browed Warbler at the back of Longrock Pool. (DK Parker)

Swanpool: 2 imm Glaucous Gull, c10 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Med Gulls, 14 Great Black-backed Gulls and c30 Herring Gulls, including one locally colour-ringed individual. (E Inzani)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 2+ Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 2 (m+f) Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3 (1m+2f) Black Redstart,1 juv Stonechat, 5 Oystercatcher. (L Proctor, T Mills) Harbour and river mouth: 1 juv Iceland Gull, 7+ Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail. (T Mills)

Iceland Gull – Tony Mills

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Yellow-browed Warbler again in willows by the platform. Also ad Ring-billed Gull, 1w Caspian Gull, 1w Little Gull. (N Rogers)

Rame Head: Chough on head below lookout this morning. (C Buckland) 1 Chough showing well until 1210 hrs when it flew off high west. (K Pellow)

Wacker Quay: 300 + Dunlins, 25 Avocet,3 Little Egrets,6 Curlew, Teal, Wigeon, Shelducks. (C Buckland)

Tregantle: 15 Auks Gannets,the odd Herring Gulls. (C Buckland)

Droskyn, Perranporth: 2 Chough  (J Jelbert)

Carnon Downs: albino Starling at the one way system. (R Wilkins)

Charlestown: 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 pairs Fulmar on cliff ledges. (J St Ledger)

Porthpean: 1 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

Grampound Road area: 60+ Lapwing in field this morning. (J St Ledger)

St John’s Lake: Whimbrel, 23 Brent Goose, 6 Common Gull, 5 Great crested Grebe. (B Bosisto)

Lynher Estuary; Wilcove: 17 Common Gull, Whimbrel. Jupiter Point: Great Crested Grebe. Cliff Farm: 3 Great Crested Grebe, 33 Avocet, 2 Great Northern Diver. Wacker Quay: 101 Avocet, 3 Great Crested Grebe.
St Germans: 7 Common Gull , 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, probable 1st winter Caspian Gull. (B Bosisto)

Cadgwith: juv Glaucous Gull south-west past at 4.25pm. (S Croft)

Loe Pool: 12 Cattle Egr et in dead trees on west side gathering pre-roost. 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Firecrest. (I Maclean)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 m Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 29 Pied Wagtail, 1 m Stonechat, 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Skylark over. (S Grose)


Wednesday 16th December 2020

Late News, 15/12, Carnon Downs: fully albino Starling. (A. Horn-Norris)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Manx Shearwater and 4 Great Skua past this morning. (N Wheatley)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull still early am. (M Elliott, R Veal) Also 7+ Yellow-legged Gull, juv Iceland Gull, 2 ad argentatus Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybird. (M Elliott) Ryans Field: 3f Goosander,1 Kingfisher and 2 Shelduck. (T Parrell) Copperhouse Creek: 1 Ruff and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit. (T Polglase)

Siblyback Reservoir: 2f Ring-necked Duck. (D Julian)

Lelant: 1 Firecrest. (R Veal)

Carnon Downs: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (M May)

Falmouth; Pendennis Point: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

Penryn River: 1 Spoonbill still this pm. (J Holmes)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Ringed Plover, 2 Stonechat, 3 Rock Pipit, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Gannet off of Looe Island. Also, numerous Cormorant and Great Black-backed Gull and a 1 Little Egret. (D Sharp)

Rame Head: 1 Chough still near the coast guard station from 0900 to 1200. (L Birtwistle, D Morris)

Chough – Linda Birtwistle

Manor Parsley Farm: 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch. (RB & PC Girling)

Mount Hawke: 6 Long-tailed Tit. (RB & PC Girling)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 21 Mute Swan, 56 Shelduck, 23 Mallard, 125 Wigeon, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 12 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 45 Oystercatcher, 5 Ringed Plover, 12 Grey Plover, 3000+ Golden Plover, 350+ Lapwing, 110 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 55 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 34 Black-tailed Godwit, 45 Curlew, 4 Snipe, 130 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 75 Herring Gull, 22 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dunnock, 4 Robin, 15 Redwing, 8 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Magpie, 11 Rook, 55 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 35 Starling, 7 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch,  1 Rabbit, 4 Grey Squirrel (B Ide, J Humphreys, M Scawen)

Wadebridge: 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Grebe between Bridge bike hire and town bridge. (S Grose)

Porthilly Point: 13 Common Gull, 101 Oystercatcher, 41 Turnstone, 31 Wigeon, 1 Shelduck. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail), 4 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 56 Linnet, 100+ Chaffinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Helston: Sewage Works: 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit. (J Evans)

Praa Sands: 2 Tawny Owl calling in the evening (J Evans)