Sunday 14th April 2019

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Red-rumped Swallow again at the eastern end of the marsh, also Glossy Ibis briefly and 2 sum plum Water Pipit. (OrioleBirding)

Polgigga: Pied Crow and Siberian Chiffchaff at the duck pond and “Channel” wagtail still in the fields with 10 White Wagtail and 6 Pied Wagtail. (M Wallace, D Julian, P Ash)

“Channel” Wagtail – Steve Rogers

“Channel” Wagtail – Linton Proctor

“Channel” Wagtail – Linton Proctor

Siberian Chiffchaff – Paul Ash

Siberian Chiffchaff – Paul Ash

Siberian Chiffchaff – Paul Ash

Land’s End: Pied Crow back at the complex. (M Elliott, M Ahmad, P Ash)

Pied Crow – Paul Ash

Pied Crow – Paul Ash

Pied Crow – Mashuq Ahmad

Pied Crow – Paul Ash

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey at 14:30 flew towards St Erth with a fish. (B Mellow) Also 4 Whimbrel and 1 Grey Plover. (R Veal) 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Sanderling, 7 Ringed Plover. (P Roseveare)

Par Beach Pool: 2 Water Rail, 2 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 41 Sand Martin, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 1 Little Egret , 4 Cormorant, 5 Chiffchaff, 7 Greenfinch, 3 Linnet. (S Grose)

Par Beach: 10 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Gwithian: 5 Wheatear, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Swallow , 2 House Martin, 26 Tufted Duck. Plus 2 Stoat. (P Fraser)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Common Sandpiper, c40 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow, 4 House Martin.

Mousehole: 1 Sandwich Tern and 8 Manx Shearwater. (P Roseveare)

Penzance: 5 Eider in the Harbour and a 1st cy Med Gull. (P Roseveare)

Lizard: 2w Iceland Gull again.

Hensbarrow Downs: 1 Northern Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler (singing), 4 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Stonechat. (R Hollis)


Friday 5th April 2019

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis and Water Pipit still, also 4 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 6 Swallow, c10 Sand Martin, 4 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 5 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Roe Deer. (DK Parker, P St Pierre, P Fraser)

Devoran: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs still. (R Augarde)

Camel Estuary /Burniere: 53 Cattle Egret, 18 Little Egret, 32 Shelduck, 14 Curlew, 3 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Polgigga, duck pond: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at 5pm, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 6 Chaffinch. (M Williams)

Chaple Amble pools: 3 Green Sandpiper and 4 Cattle Egret in summer plumage.  (P Roseveare)

Newquay Zoo: 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Marazion: 4 Black-throated Diver offshore. (P St Pierre) 13 Ringed Plover and 12 Sanderling by Hogus rocks. (P Fraser)

Kynance: 1 Redstart. (M Pass)

Higher Bosistow: 1 Black Redstart. (M Wallace)

Lizard Point: 3 Black-throated Diver.

St Gothian Sands LNR: 6 (3pr) Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan, 18 Tufted Duck, 10 Canada Geese, 8 Moorhen, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Buzzard at 10:45. (M Webb)

Shelduck, Martin Webb

Shelduck, Martin Webb

Tufted Duck, Martin Webb

Coverack: 15 Sandwich Tern in the bay (P. Bedford)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 m Tufted Duck, 5 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 1 m Blackcap. (S Grose)

St. Austell, Pinetum Gardens: 23 Canada Geese, 4 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Coal Tit.  (C Hooper).

Coal Tit, C Hooper

Little Grebe, C Hooper

Lizard Point (8.00am – 9.00am): continuous stream of Manx Shearwater around 300 every 5 mins,  60+ Razorbills/Guillemot, 1 Black-Throated Diver. (M Williams)

Helston Boating Lake: Ferruginous Duck still. (C Richards) Helston amenity/willow carr: Yellow-browed Warbler briefly in song, also 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow. (S Bury)


Thursday 4th April 2019

Mousehole: 1 orange-billed tern sp west at 18.45, also 2 Sandwich Tern at 19.10. (M Elliot)

Pendeen Watch: 2 Hawfinch flew in off the sea at 10:45. (B Dodd, D Horton)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis flew off at 10:15, but had returned by early afternoon, 6 (3pr) Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 4m Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 3 Sand Martin at 12.47. (M Webb). Also Water Pipit. (P Walsh)

Glossy Ibis, Martin Webb

Shoveler, Martin Webb

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler still adjacent to Coverack sewage works; located from coastal path at eastern end of tree cover at 12:20. (K J Chamberlain)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (C Selway)

Polgigga: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff still at duckpond. (J Miller)

Davidstow: 4 Wheatear on the airfield. (C Selway)

Long Rock: Male and female Blackcap in a private garden. (T Newing)

Pendower: 9 Black-throated Diver (in one group), 5 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-breasted Merganser (1 male, 1 female), 11 Sandwich Tern. (J St Ledger)

Portscatho: 1 Long-tailed Duck still, 1 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

Great Northern Diver, John St Ledger

Tresillian River: 1 Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit. (M Jones)

Hannafore:  2 Whimbrel, 7 Sandwich Tern and 1 Iceland Gull on the rocks. 6 Common Scoter and c24 Manx Shearwater headed west. (M Beer)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 1 Redwing. (MJ Spicer)

Hayle: 5 Sandwich Tern in St. Ives Bay, 1 Wheatear (m) Mexico Towan. (J Evans)

Tywardreath:  2 Bullfinch (male and female), 1 male Siskin on garden feeders. (R. Barlow)

Mevagissey: 1 Osprey in a tree north of the harbour.

Penzance: 8 Sandwich Tern off the prom headed toward Newlyn. (J Evans)

Padstow: 2 m Wheatear, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 3 Grey Partridge, 2 Barn Owl, 7 Roe Deer. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 3 Tawny Owl heard this eve, and 1 Osprey reported today by an overnight angler. (S Grose)


Saturday 30th March 2019

Devoran Quay: Lesser Yellowlegs still present. (K Dalziel & J Hawkey)

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler again. (S Rowe)

Porthgwarra: Stone Curlew over at 11:25 appeared to drop west of Roskestal. 11:50 flushed from moor by walkers to north of Halfway Wall. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis, Garganey and Water Pipit. (PA Fraser, B Hibbett) 2 Water Pipit, 3 Swallow, 15 Sand Martin, 1 male Gadwall, 7 Shoveler including 2 displaying males. (G&L Carr)

Garganey – Jen Witheywood

Polgigga: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the duckpond. (J Miller)

Siberian Chiffchaff – John Miller

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey flew in 17:13, hovered briefly then went E. Lack of gulls beforehand would suggest it came over earlier as well. (R Veal)

St Ives: Ring Ouzel at Buttermilk Hill. (B Mellow)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Black-necked Grebe in NE arm. (P St Pierre)

Ludgvan: 1 Osprey over, but very high. (PA Fraser)

Tresillian: 1 Osprey over at 18:00. (A le Masurier)

Nanjizal: Red Kite at Faraway Cottage. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Walmsley Sanctuary (Keyholders only): 1 ad female Marsh Harrier briefly plus 5 Cattle Egret. (DA Conway) 68 Cattle Egret, 250+ Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 6 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper this evening. (P Roseveare)

Burniere: 2 ad Whooper Swan with 2 Mute Swan in field behind the hide. (DA Conway)

Chapel Amble: 9 Water Pipit, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Cattle Egret. (P Roseveare)

Camel Estuary: Curlew Sandpiper and 4 Whooper Swan still. (P Roseveare)

Trevose Head: Short-eared Owl plus male Wheatear and Swallow. (C Richards)

Camel Trail, Guineaport to Nanstallon Halt: 1 Green Sandpiper, 21 Chiffchaff, 18 Song Thrush, 8 Jay (6 adult & 2 fledglings), 5 Willow Tit, 2 Siskin, 1 Dipper, 4 Bullfinch, 4 Buzzard, 3 Raven, 4 Green Woodpecker, 6 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Tawny Owl, 4 Grey Wagtail, 1 Curlew, 12 Red-legged Partridge,1 Water Vole, 1 Roe Deer, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Peacock Butterfly. (S Grose) Bodmin to Wadebridge: 4 Goldcrest (I Barry)

Goldcrest – Ian Barry

Goss Moor, St Dennis: 3 Willow Tit calling all at the same spot, lots of chasing and at one point the 3 birds came together when a short fight broke out. (P Ash)

Stithians Reservoir: 3 Goldeneye, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Teal, 4 Great Crested Grebe (D Eva)

Portmellon, Mevagissey: 1 Cuckoo heard at 10:15. (R Martin)

Charlestown: 3 Chiffchaff singing. (D Hastilow)

Lizard Point: 1 Iceland Gull, 4 Red-throated Diver, 17 Black-throated Diver, 5 Puffin, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Merlin, 1 Wheatear. (I Maclean et al)

Lizard Village: 1 female Garganey. (I Maclean, M Pass et al)

Garganey – John Chapple

Old Lizard Head: 2 Barnacle Geese over N, 1 Scandinavian Rock Pipit, White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 4 Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Sparrowhawk. (I Maclean)

Kynance: 1 Little Egret, 3 Swallow. (I Maclean, M Pass et al)

Kelsey Head: 1 Snow Bunting. (K McGinnes)

Snow Bunting – Keith McGinnes

nr Cape Cornwall: presumed escaped California Quail in private garden. (M Wingrove)

California Quail – M Wingrove

Rame: 2 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 15+ Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Stepper Pt to Butter Hole: 2 Wheatear, 4 Stonechat, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 8 Fulmar, 3 Gannet, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood. (M Scawen)

Dobwalls: male Tawny Owl calling at 03:45. (C&J Duffy)

Marazion Beach: 4 1w Mediterranean Gulls (J Hawkey)

Newquay Zoo: 2 drake Mandarin Duck have arrived on the main lake and have been present for the past 2 days. Both full winged and no obvious rings seen as of yet. (D Trevelyan)

Penhale Point: 1 Whimbrel, 50+ Linnet, 2 Snipe, 12 Fulmar, 2 Raven, 3 Kestrel. (S Grose)


Wednesday 27th March 2019

Marazion: second-winter Ring-billed Gull on Marazion Beach at 17.30 for 5 minutes (+ 8 first-winter Common Gulls) then flushed out to area behind rocks. It was on the rocks at about 18.30 with Common Gulls then flew towards Mousehole. Also 20+ Common Dolphin. (D Britton)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis and Garganey still present. (S Rogers, M Costa, JD Swann) Also 5  Eider in the bay, 5 Shoveler (2 male 3 female). (M Costa) Water Pipit by the sanctuary fence. (P Walsh)

Polgigga: Siberian Chiffchaff still at Polgigga duckpond. (J Miller)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Cattle Egret and 2 Black-necked Grebe still, also 10+ Sand Martin briefly, 2 singing Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (DK Parker)

Wadebridge: 41 Cattle Egret in flight between Walmsley and Chapel Amble, a further 19 Cattle Egret in field with cattle in fields next to Tredower B&B. (S Grose)

Mounts Bay: Osprey caught a fish off Great Hogus at 16:30. (P Rogers)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 93 Common Teal, 2 Shelduck, 3 Ruff, 1 Lapwing. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Chapel Amble: 1 Temmincks Stint, 1 Green Sandpiper. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Newquay: 11 Kittiwake on the sea in the bay. (S Grose)

Trevose Head: 6 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Swallow, 9 Sand Martin, 2 Wheatear, 11 Corn Bunting. (B Bosisto)

Duckpool: Red Kite over. (N Bastin)

Red Kite – Nigel Bastin

Red Kite – Nigel Bastin

Red Kite – Nigel Bastin

Lower Tamar lake: 1 male Garganey at 12:00. (T Young)

Charlestown: 1 Chiffchaff singing ( D Hastilow)

Rumps Point: Female Black Redstart. (C Selway)

Lizard: 2w Iceland Gull still near Lizard village in sheep field. (D Britton)

Off Par Beach:  5 Eider (3 female + 2 male), 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Common Gull, 7 Rock Pipit, 6 dustbin lid sized Barrel Jellyfish from a kayak. (A Pipier)

Penhalurick: Red Kite at Trelusback Farm, which is near the Stithians reservoir. (D Carrier, L Mooney)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 17 Mute Swan, 2 Whooper Swan, 51 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 15 Wigeon, 4 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 33 Oystercatcher, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 15 Redshank, 51 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Curlew, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Little Gull, 50 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 12 Rook, 60 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch, 3 Brimstone, 1 Comma, 2 Holly Blue. (M Scawen et al)

Little Gull, Mike Scawen

West Looe: 17 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 30+ Herring Gull, 2 Shelduck, 1 Cormorant, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Mute Swan, 10 Carrion Crow. (K Bowers)

Shelduck, Kevin Bowers

Redshank, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Tregeseal:  30-40 Sand Martin flew up the valley around 18:30. (S Williams)

St Ives,The Island: 1 possible female Black Redstart flying towards Barnoon cemetery as well 6 Cormorants and a particularly tame House Sparrow. (K Money)

St Newlyn East Downs: 1 Barn Owl, 9 Snipe, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Gwendreath Valley: 1 Adder, c10 Peacock, c5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Red Admiral. (P Bedford)


Tuesday 26th March 2019

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis and Garganey still present. (B Dodds, A Mckechnie)

Gadwall, Jen Witheywood

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint still on flood opposite car park.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: adult Ring-billed Gull at 10:00 and 3 Greenshank. The Spoonbill was on Ryan’s field. (D Britton)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 4 Cattle Egret again and 2 Black-necked Grebe in the NE arm.

Black-necked Grebe, Jen Witheywood

Polgigga: Siberian Chiffchaff still at the duckpond. (J Miller)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite at 09:50 heading north over Newquay Asda. (D Grose)

Land’s End: 3 Black Redstart on slope south of complex, another at Mayon Castle, all female. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Treraven Meadows: 1 Bar headed Goose, 1 Kingfisher, 37 Canada Geese, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaff, 11 Shelduck, 9 Red legged Partridge, 3 Little Egret, 43 Teal. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 1 Black-throated Diver.

Constantine Bay: 20+ House Martin over the village at 16:15. (S Lilley)

Lizard: Red Kite, Iceland Gull (2nd winter), 2 Blackcap. (M Pass)

Gunwalloe Marsh: 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (G Adams)

Porthgwarra: 4 Black Redstart, 2 Siskin, 7 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap & 34 Chiffchaff. (M Wallace)

Cot Valley: 1 Swallow. (D Helliar)

Cape Cornwall: 7 Wheatear. (D Helliar)

Mousehole: drake Eider, 4+ Common Dolphin. (D Britton)

Porth Joke: 15 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 7 Sand Martin, 1 White Wagtail, 1 Wheatear. (S Rowe)

Crugmeer to Trevone Bay: 16 Wheatear, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Pr Stonechat, 6 Linnet, 2 Skylark, 4 Meadow pipit, 100+ Jackdaw, 3 Raven, 600+ Kittiwake on nest sites, 60+ Fulmar. (D Thomas)

West Looe River:  7 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 5 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck. (C Hooper)

Little Egret, C Hoooper

Maer Lake: 20+ Sand Martins, 64 Teal. (B Craven)

Tywardreath: 1 Angle Shades moth in private garden. (R. Barlow)

Feock: nesting wool going down a storm today with Coal Tit and Jackdaw.  (K Dalziel)

Coal Tit, Kate Dalziel

Jackdaw, Kate Dalziel


Monday 25th March 2019

Rosudgeon: Red Kite over this morning at 08:15 being mobbed by gulls. Appeared to be interested in a dead badger on the A394. (S Rusga)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Garganey,  1 Glossy Ibis, 60+ Sand Martin, 1+ Water Pipit, 1 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler; 1f Black Redstart in horse paddock. Also 4 imm drk Eider offshore. (R Veal, B Bosisto et al)

Glossy Ibis, John Lewis

Little Egret, John Lewis

Marazion: 3 Eider, 3 Common Scoter and 1 Great Northern Diver but all distant. (D Britton)

Porthgwarra: Red-rumped Swallow over the village before drifting up the valley at 11:05. Also 2 Shoveler, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Skylark and c12 Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Coverack: Pallas’s Warbler male (showing well and singing occasionally/quietly late morning) at the sewage works. (M Pass) Also 1 Eider and 1 Common Scoter. (D Britton)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): Pectoral Sandpiper early afternoon but flew towards estuary. 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 1 Drake Garganey, 45+ Cattle Egrets 10+ Swallows and 150 Sand Martin. (P Roseveare)

Chapel Amble: Temmink’s Stint, 3 Ruff and a Green Sandpiper. (P Roseveare)

Land’s End: 3 Black Redstart along track to Greeb Farm.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: adult Ring-billed Gull. (B Bosisto ) Spoonbill on Ryan’s Field.

Polgigga: Siberian Chiffchaff calling by the duck pond. (I and J Miller)

Siberian Chiffchaff, John Miller

Hannafore: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Juliane)

Foage: male Ring Ouzel in field near farm at top of valley this afternoon. (P Clement)

Ring Ouzel, Pete Cement

Ring Ouzel, Pete Clement

Bude Marshes: 2 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Shelduck, 5 Buzzard, 4 Raven, 4 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Chiffchaff. (N Bastin)

Chapel Carn Brea: Red Kite, sub ad over car park heading north 11:30. (J Miller)

Kenidjack: House Martin over west end of valley then flew north, 3 Wheatear (2 m,1 f), Willow Warbler, 10 + Chiffchaff. (P Clarke)

Cape Cornwall: 13 Linnets, 1 Raven, 4 Stonechat at the golf course. (M Holt)

Aire Point: 7 Wheatear. (M Holt)

Nanjizal: 2 Redwing, 1 Siskin. (B Bosisto)

Padstow: 3 Grey Partridge in fields at Crugmeer, 1 Barn Owl at Tregudda Gorge, 1 Chiffchaff in scrub at Hawkers Cove, 5 Mediterranean Gull following the plough in fields at Radar Station. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 2 Risso’s Dolphin. (D Britton)

The Waterings, Housel Bay: 1m Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaffs. (J Hawkey)

Penzance, private garden: I Holly Blue and 1 Peacock Butterfly. (T Mills)

Wheal Martyn (Carthew): 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 11 Coal Tit, 1 Mallard, 1 Wren, 2 Woodpigeon, 15 Jackdaw, 3 Robin. (K. Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kevin Bowers

Chaffinch, Kevin Bowers

Mallard, Kevin Bowers

Wren, Kevin Bowers