Thursday 24th December 2020

Have your say about the future of nature in Cornwall:

If you have a spare moment this Christmas here is your chance to influence the future of nature in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council have launched a Nature Recovery Engagement hub which went live on Friday to capture your views on nature recovery in Cornwall. It hosts a nature recovery survey, a map for people to pin suggested nature recovery opportunities, and the consultation on the draft refresh of the Environmental Growth Strategy.

Read more here and to follow the link to the survey:

Late news, 23/12, Mount Hawke: 107 Starling on overhead wires at 15.45. (RB & PC Girling)

Newlyn: Siberian Chiffchaff, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Water Rail, 1 Coal Tit and c12 Long-tailed Tit still at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor, T Mills) 1 Great Northern Diver, c40 Turnstone and 2 fem-type Black Redstart in the harbour. (T Mills, M Lammas)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Ad Caspian Gull still at 12:06 and Curlew Sandpiper and Pb Brent Goose.

Seaton: 1w Caspian Gull (flew off west), 2w Med Gull & Great Northern Diver. (P Aley)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Drake Ring-necked Duck, with 4 Tufted Duck this afternoon, also c50 Teal, 22 Mallard and 9+ Little Grebe. (DK Parker)

Ring-necked Duck – Dave Parker

Wadebridge: 1m/juv Peregrine Falcon successfully hunting Lapwing at Trewornan Bridge. (S Grose)

St Agnes: Juv Pom Skua again in Trevaunce Cove. (G Lawlor)

Pendeen: Juv Glaucous Gull drifted west. (P Combridge)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Black-necked Grebe on north side of Longrock Pool with 12+ Little Grebe. (P Taylor, M Lammas et al)

Penzance: 11 Purple Sandpipers, 50+ Sanderlings a few Turnstones and Oystercatchers at Jubilee Pool 15:30. (M Lammas)

Helford Passage: 1 Black-throated Diver and 3 Great Northern Diver reported.

Coverack: 5 Black-throated Divers reported.

Loe Pool: 3 Yellow-browed Warbler (1 Penrose, 2 together Loe Valley), 1 Siberian Chiffchaff (Helston sewerage works), 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 8 Firecrest, 4 Water Rail

Gerrans Bay: 16 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 4 Common Scoter, 8 Grey Plover. ( D Eva )

Veryan Bay: 7 Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter. ( D Eva )

Carrick Roads: 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Eider, 2 Great Crested Grebe from Weir Point. (S Rowe)

Devoran: 1 White-fronted Goose still with Canada Goose flock, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Knot, 150 Dunlin, 92 Redshank, 23 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Grey Plover, 32 Common Gull. (S Rowe)

Millbrook Lake:  2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 1 Great Crested Grebe still on the lake, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Male Kingfisher in the brambles near the dam, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 7 Cormorant, 4 Moorhen. (D Sharp)

Great Crested Grebe – Deena Sharpe

Red-breasted Merganser – Deena Sharpe

Hannafore: 3 Great Northern Diver & 2 Slavonian Grebe. (P Aley)

Portwrinkle: 2 Red-throated Diver. (P Aley)

Wacker Quay: 70 Teal. (P Aley)

Torpoint: Great Northern Diver. (P Aley)

Rame Head: 1 Chough still in morning .

Millbrook Lake /Anderton: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 m Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Egyptian Goose,
8 Common Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kingfisher. (K Pellow)

Withnoe Barton ( 2 miles west of Millbrook ): 14 Cattle Egret, 4 Little Egret, (mobile between two herds of cows). (K Pellow)

Torpoint, Marine Drive: 8 Brent Geese, 76 Turnstone. (K Pellow)

Torpoint, St Johns Lake: 3 Great Crested Grebe , 1 Great Northern Diver , 12+ Brent Geese (additional to flock of 8). (K Pellow)

Tywarnhayle: 3 Woodpigeon, 1 Magpie, 14 Jackdaw, 1 Carrion Crow, 4 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail. (RB & PC Girling)

St Columb Major: 1 Barn Owl over the A39 at Nine Maidens. (S Grose)

Land’s End: 1 possibly 2 Humpback Whales off the Armed Knight at Land’s End at 16:30 this afternoon. (J FitzGerald-Patrick)


Sunday 18 November 2012

Late News 17/11 Gerrans Bay: 3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Black-necked Grebe,11 Black-throated Diver and 8 Great Northern Diver. (R Wilkins)

Late News 17/11 Porthscatho: 1 Long-tailed Duck. (R Wilkins)

Late News 17/11 Porthgwarra: 1 Short eared Owl. (F Hull)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Grey Heron, 3 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 4 imm & 4 ad Mute Swan, 16 Mallard, 1 drake Gadwall, 12 Teal, 4+ Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 2+ Water Rail, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 4 Buzzard, 3 Snipe, 20 Curlew, 2 Stonechat, 1 Redwing, 7 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Magpie, 200+ mixed corvid flock and c100,000 Starlings. (D Parker, B Mellow, S Taylor & B Sharples)

Marazion: 44+ Ringed Plover, 5 Turnstone and 1 Dunlin on the beach plus 2 Great Northern Diver and c30 Common Scoter offshore. (D Parker & B Mellow)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 adult Whooper Swans early morning only before flying off north east, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit and1 Kingfisher, plus male Long-tailed Duck still on Carnsew Pool. (B Mellow & J Chapple) Spoonbill again reported off the B3301 causeway.

Whooper Swans, Brian Mellow. Long-tailed Duck, John Chapple.


Port Isaac: Juv Rose-coloured Starling still on feeders in a private garden. (T Potterton)

St Just: Probable 1w female Subalpine Warbler seen very briefly in private gardens in Pleasant Terrace. Please respect the privacy of the residents. (B Mellow)

Argal Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe. (D Eva)

College Reservoir: 5 Grey Heron, 6 Moorhen,5 Cormorant, 10 Mute Swan, 73 Canada Goose, 69 Wigeon, 37 Tufted Duck , 75 Coot, 13 Pochard, 10 Snipe and 1 Water Rail. (D Eva)

Creegbrawse Chacewater: 1 Firecrest. (B Toms)

Sancreed: 1w Med Gull, 10 Snipe and 35 Fieldfare. (D Flumm)

St Ives: 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese west & 2 adult Med Gulls off the Island. (D Flumm)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1w drake Long-tailed Duck still. (S Maycock & S Williams)

1w drake Long-tailed Duck, S Maycock.

Godrevey Point: Unringed Chough, Kestrel and Buzzard at 14:00. (S Maycock)


Mousehole: Black Redstart still, on the sea front opposite the Coastguard Hotel. (S Maycock)

Helston, Loe Pool: 1 1w drake Ring-necked Duck Water Rail and Med Gull in Carminowe Creek. Also Yellow-browed Warbler and ‘tristis‘ Chiffchaff in the stream side trees at c SW656245. (I Maclean & S Perfect)

Gillan Creek: 2 Little Grebe, 6 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Teal, 14 Mallard, 2 Oystercatcher, 8 Curlew, 17 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Mediterranean Gull, c900 Black-headed Gull, 46 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtail. (A Pay)

Flushing to Men-aver Beach: 9 Cormorant, 16 Shag, 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Brent Goose, 1 Shelduck, 5 Mallard, 4 Oystercatcher, 11 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 47 Mediterranean Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 1 Lesser-black-backed Gull, 130 Herring Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull.  The Med Gulls included birds with yellow and white rings but they weren’t readable. (A Pay)

Stithians Reservoir: 8 Canada Geese, 33 Wigeon, 16 Teal, 3 Mallard, 23 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 15 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 4 Water Rail, 10 Moorhen, 31 Coot, 1 Snipe, 16 Curlew, 212 Black-headed Gull, 4 Common Gull, 93 Herring Gull, 23 Wood Pigeon, 3 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 10 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Skylark, 10 Starling, 4 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 6 House Sparrow, 15+ Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 15 Goldfinch and 1 Reed Bunting. (S Taylor)

Pendarves Wood: 8 Mallard, 4 Little Grebe, 5 Moorhen, 1 Wood Pigeon, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Wren and 1 Robin. (S Taylor)

Crowdy Reservoir: Ad Male Black Redstart on Crowdy Dam late afternoon. (B Craven)

Land’s End: 1 Woodlark over and 1 Black Redstart near the white boarded up house. (B Mellow)

Porthgwarra: 4 Black Redstart (2 fine males) in the cove and 1 Brambling. (B Mellow)

Kenijack: 2 Chiffchaffs. (B Mellow)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 3rd year Hen Harrier, 50 Golden Plover, 4 Raven, 15 Reed Bunting, 2 Robin, 3 Blackbird, 1 Buzzard, 4 Magpie, 25 Chaffinch, 3 Tawny Owl, 1 Merlin, 8 Carrion Crow  1 Peregrine, 20,000 Starling, 4 Bullfinch, 7 Yellowhammer, 8 Pheasant, 1 Water Rail, 5 Woodpigeon, 3 Linnet, 2 Woodcock, 10 Snipe, 30 Jackdaw, 20 Rook, 40 Meadow Pipit and 2 Herring Gull. (D Julian, C Selway, L Webb & P Grimes)

Bartinney Downs: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (C Moore)

Men-an-Tol: 1 male Hen Harrier. (I Webster)

Amalveor: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (R Menari)

Hannafore Point: 1 Black Redstart, 1 Firecrest and 2 Great Northern Divers. (D Clegg)

Par: Black Redstart on Spit Beach.

Porth Joke: Lapland Bunting flew over stubble field.

Siblyback Lake: Female Ring-necked Duck at the north end in the morning. Also a White-fronted Goose reported there.

Church Cove, Lizard: Ring Ouzel at Churchtown Farm on first wall towards Bass Point, also 2 Swallows.

Gwithian: 2 Snow Buntings.


Monday 05 November 2012

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan plus 2 cygnets, 1 hybrid goose, 17 Mallard, 5 Teal, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 7 Moorhen, 1 Stonechat and 3000+ Starling. (D Parker & B Sharples)

Starlings coming to roost at Marazion, Bob Sharples.

Drift Reservoir (Members only): 1w Med Gull, 33 Canada Geese and 2 hybrid geese. (D Parker) Also Firecrest in the copse by the car park.

Tehidy: 20+ Siskins in Tehidy Woods and 2+ Grey Wagtails. (P Dinning)

Crows an Wra / Rissick: 3 Bramblings, 20+ Fieldfare and many Redwings. (C Moore)

Gerrans Bay: Slavonian Grebe. (W Holmes)

Portscatho: Female Long Tailed Duck. (W Holmes)

Saltash: 1 male Brambling with c100 finches at Churchtown Farm. (M Beer)

Gunwalloe: Richard’s Pipit in grass fields near coast path just west of Gunwalloe fishing cove. (S Bury)

Charlestown: At least 4 male and 2 female Blackcaps feeding together on Cordyline palm white berries in garden at Charlestown harbour. (D Hastilow)

St Just: 80-90 Stock Doves flew over. (F Hull & B Dodd)

Tregoss Moor: “Bursting with Fieldfare and Redwing. Difficult to count as they were milling about. One mixed flock of c150 seen. Also 2 pairs of Stonechat, 1 male Bullfinch and 1 Kestrel”. (N Climpson)

Pendennis, Falmouth: Kestrel hunting and 3 ad Med Gulls flew out into the bay first thing, c.80 Fieldfare flock on the top, plus Chiffchaff the highlights. Half an hours seawatching produced good numbers of Kittiwake with several flocks of 50 west into the bay, a few Gannets and 5 smart Black-tailed Godwit flew past the point and into the Carrick Roads. (D Chaney)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 23 Oystercatcher roosting, 1 Sanderling, 9+ Rock Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail and 1 Grey Wagtail. (D Chaney)

Gyllyngvase, Falmouth: 1 Ringed Plover roosting nearby, with the Great Northern Diver still off Swanpool. (D Chaney)

Gorrangorras, Penryn River: 50+ Curlew, c40 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 5 Turnstone, 4 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 1 Oystercatcher, 50+ Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchafff, c40 Chaffinch, 5 Redwing and 1 Fieldfare. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 4 Grey Heron, c10 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Goose, 2 Mallard, 76 Wigeon, 28 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard, 1 1stw/eclipse male Goldeneye, 1 m Gadwall, 2 Moorhen, c40 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 120+ Herring Gull, 1 GBB Gull, 6 Black-headed Gull, 3 Snipe, 1 Marsh Tit (heard), 1 Chiffchaff and 1 Kestrel. (D Chaney)

Argal Reservoir: 15+ Herring Gull (including a 1w argentatus type), 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Firecrest near the car park and 2 Grey Wagtail. Also flocks of c.400 and c.600 Starlings on nearby farmland. (D Chaney)

Falmouth: 2 Firecrest, 6 Skylark (+8 over), c40 Meadow Pipit, c30 Linnet and 1 Snipe at Trescobeas Park and stubble field. (D Chaney)

Towednack: 395 Fieldfare, 325 Redwing, 87 Wood Pigeon, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 200 Golden Plover, Green Woodpecker, Raven, Kestrel and ringtail Hen Harrier. (V Stratton)

Wadebridge: Firecrest under bypass bridge on Camel Trail. (D Julian & C Selway)

Camel Estuary: American Golden Plover on Dinham Flats. Also one colour-ringed Lapwing (photo) and 2 metal ringed Ringed Plover, plus 3000+ Golden Plover, 80+ Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 800+ Lapwing, 35+ Ringed Plover, 100+ Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 1 Goosander, 16 Shelduck, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 adult Med Gull, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Black Swan, 600 Redwing and 60+ Fieldfare. (D Julian & C Selway)

Lapwing, Ringed Plover and small Dunlin, Colin Selway.

 Little Trewollick: 1 Woodcock. (D Julian & C Selway)

Rosenannon Downs: 1 adult male Hen Harrier roosted this evening also 6 Mistle Thrush, 400 Golden Plover, 30 Redwing, 8 Yellowhammer, 6800 Starling flew south west and 1 Tawny Owl. (D Julian & C Selway)

Penzance: “Many hundreds” of Redwing moving northeast this morning. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Rame Barton: 2 Black Redstarts at 11:20.

Kenidjack: Siberian Chiffchaff by the engine shed.

St Just: Snow Bunting between St Just and Botallack along track to coastal footpath near the cricket pitch.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Drake Long-tailed Duck on Carnsew Pool.