Weekly Review 18th – 24th December 2017

The headline bird this week again was the Snowy Owl in the west of the county on the 18th at least and showing (rather) well from midday onwards off Carn Glose Road, Cape Cornwall. There was also an unconfirmed record the following day at first light. Unfortunately there has been no further sign since.

Snowy Owl – Linton Proctor

There were no Pacific Diver reports this week.

The adult male Lesser Scaup was reported from Dozmary Pool on the 19th and 21st, with the 2 Surf Scoter at Porthpean on the 20th, but only 1 reported on the 21st.

5 Cattle Egret were in fields at Newtown St Mary on the 22nd, with 3 on the 24th. 14 were seen flying in to roost on the evening of the 23rd at nearby Frenchman’s Creek on the Helford; a minimum amongst 40 egrets seen at dusk, so there could have been more. Single Spoonbills were seen at Hayle and on the Camel Estuary, with 3 again at St Johns Lake.

A Pink-footed Goose was seen at Marazion and Drift on the 19th and 21st.

Hawfinch, John St Ledger

After the late report of up to 7 Hawfinches having been present at Feock Churchyard near Truro for much of November and into December, singles were reported on most dates this week, with 2 on the 22nd. A single was also seen at St Austell sewage works on the 24th.

Juvenile Glaucous Gulls were seen at St Ives and in ploughed fields near the CWT headquarters inland at Allet on the 18th and 21st, with an Iceland Gull at Coverack still and a juv at Red River mouth, Marazion. Yellow-legged Gulls were at Hayle and St Ives on the 23rd and 24th.

A Lapland Bunting was recorded over Caerthillian on the18th. Siberian Chiffchaffs of varying degrees of certainty were recorded from 5 sites, with 3 at St Austell Sewage Works the only multiple count.

Some high counts of waders around the county include 100 Black-tailed Godwit at Walmsley, 140 Lapwing at Stithians, 2000 Golden Plover and 15 Grey Plover on the Camel Estuary and 198 Oystercatcher at Porthilly Point. A Jack Snipe was at Hayle Kimbro on the 22nd, with 9 Woodcock at St Merryn the same date.

Marsh Harrier was recorded at 3 sites on the Lizard, with a Red Kite also on the peninsula .

Pomarine Skua, Rupert Kirkwood

Great Skuas were seen at a handful of sites; up to 2 at sites in Mounts Bay on 3 dates and a single at Downderry, with a single juvenile Pomarine Skua also in Mounts Bay on the 18th. Two Sandwich Terns were recorded at St Johns Lake in the east of the county on the 22nd, with 1 a few days earlier. 2 Red-necked Grebes were at Porthpean on the 20th.

Firecrests were recorded at 16 sites, with a maximum of 5 in Penzance; Goldcrests were only recorded from 6 sites (probably reflecting on their less noteworthy status), however the sewage farms in the county are starting to come into their own as winter birding destinations with 30 and 40 at St Austell and St Columb sewage works respectively on the 24th.

Brambling were recorded in small numbers from 6 sites, and a single Water Pipit was at Downderry on the 1st. A roost of 400 Pied Wagtails was recorded in Penzance on the 22nd; a good count, although roosts in Cornwall tend to be under-reported. Up to 6 Black Redstarts were in Falmouth on the 19th/20th with a max of 3 birds at a single site in town. Fieldfare and Redwing maxima were 80 at Stithians on the 24th and 40 at Loe Pool on the 19th.

Brambling – Stephen Williams

A potential ‘Nordic’ Jackdaw was seen in Newlyn on the 20th (with the caveat that a small percentage of nominate Jackdaws appear to show the same characteristic white collar and other features); an argentatus Herring Gull was on the Hayle Estuary on the 24th and a leucistic (nearly white in this case) Black-headed Gull on the Gannel. A probable Lesser Whitethroat was seen fleetingly at St Austell Sewage works on the 24th; odds good of an eastern race but not totally guaranteed, and a Mandarin drake was again seen at Stithians Reservoir in the week.

Noteworthy non-bird bits from the county this week included a Hummingbird Hawkmoth at RNAS Culdrose, with 10 Atlantic Blue-fin Tuna amongst good numbers of the smaller cetaceans seen on a kayak trip off Penzance on the 18th, 168 Grey Seal off Mutton Cove, Godrevy on the 20th and an Otter at Walmsley Sanctuary on the 24th.

We’re coming up to the end of the year; are there any new good birds still out there undiscovered to add to the county yearlist? A week to go and hopefully plenty of birding opportunities, if a little unlikely that any major cold-weather movements will take place.

Following on from mentioning the scarcities to be recorded in Cornwall on the Bird Sightings page, here is a list of the ‘blue-grey’ scarcities which may be encountered in the bird news pages:

>>Scarce Cornwall Birds<<

Finally, if you can find the time this holiday period please have a look at the listings of rarer birds seen in the county in 2015 and 2016 (click to view) please read and contact us or the county recorder if you can help with a description or provide further details for publication in BiC and the county record. It would be a great shame to lose these records.

Dan Chaney, 25th Dec

Weekly Review 11th – 17th dec 2017

The major event of the week was an all-too brief (one afternoon) Snowy Owl at Chapel Carn Brea on the Penwith Moors in the west of the county, presumably making bird of the month for those who were able to connect in the area. The bird was last seen to fly off towards St Just before dusk, hotly pursued by corvids, having been flushed by local ponies.

Snowy Owl, Alex McKechnie

The hope of course is that the bird will be re-located – there is plenty of habitat and with fairly poor weather at the moment it still pretty much likely to be out there (spoiler alert for next week – see the recent sightings page!!) This bird, a female, is thought to probably be the bird reported on Bryher, Scillies a few days previously.

This follows on from a good run of birds in recent years making Cornwall something of a hotspot for this species now that birds are no longer regularly to be found breeding in the past in the far north of the British Isles (Fetlar in the 60s/70s) and regular wintering birds being short of late.

A single record of Pacific Diver was received this week of the one bird at Mounts Bay on the 16th.


The Lesser Scaup was again reported from Dozmary Pool on the 11th and 16th, along with the Ring-necked Duck on the 11th only, with the 2 Surf Scoter again at Porthpean on several dates. A Velvet Scoter was briefly seen in Penzance Harbour on the 17th.

Cattle Egrets put in appearances with 2 still at St Erth on the 12th, 1 at Dinham Flats on the Camel on the 15th, and 8 in a cattle field at Newtown St Mary on the Lizard on the 17th

A single Great White Egret was seen flying over Walmsley Sanctuary on the 15th, and the Glossy Ibis at Kingsmill Lake in the east of the county was reported at least twice during the week.

The American Golden Plover was again seen on the 11th and 12th at Hayle

An un-aged and near-adult Caspian Gull were recorded at Hayle on the 11th and 16th, with what was presumed to be the same bird as that of the 16th seen by Jubilee Pool, Penzance the following day.

Caspian Gull, Dean Nicholson

A Ring-billed Gull was at Hayle on the 12th, with a hybrid Lesser Black-back/Herring Gull on the 16th.

A probable Ring-necked Parakeet (aka Rose-ringed Parakeet) of unknown origin was reported from Penlee Gardens in Penzance on the 17th – previous records this year include a known escape from Paradise Park near Hayle and a presumed ‘genuine’ bird in the east near Plymouth

A single Hawfinch was recorded at Feock on the 17th (along with an impressive 200 Greenfinch in the area.)


Pink-footed Goose was seen at Treraven Meadows on the Camel on the 15th and near Lostwithiel on the Fowey on the 11th (same bird?).

A Glaucous Gull was at Gillan Creek on the 15th, whilst the Iceland Gull remained at Coverack.

A single Snow Bunting was seen at Lizard Point on the 15th. Siberian Chiffchaffs (or presumed Siberian Chiffchaffs) were seen at College Reservoir, Lizard Point and Sandy Cove, Newlyn (2) during the week, with the only Yellow-browed Warbler in gardens at the latter site on the 12th.

Pink-footed Goose – Rupert Kirkwood

tristis-type Chiffchaff, Tony Mills

Waterfowl continued to trickle into the region, with 9 Pintail at Walmsley and 4 at Stithians, the Scaup at the latter site also being seen again on the 16th, with the Siblyback bird (same as previously?) on the 11th.

A high count of 7 Water Rail was noted at Swanpool on the evening of the 16th, with 102 Sanderling off Marazion and 76 Avocet at Wacker Quay other interesting counts. In seawatching news, 2500 Kittiwake and 2 Great Skua were reported past Lizard Point on the 15th. Porthpean hosted 21 Great Northern Diver on the 17th, with a Pomarine Skua feeding and on the sea there too on the 17th

There were 2 Red Kite sightings on the lizard, with the only Hen Harrier reported recently being at Chapel Carn Brea on the 11th.

The Brambling flock near the Helford was relocated with a flock of 200 feeding near Trebah Gardens on the 15th, with 30 there 2 days later, and 6 Corn Bunting were at Whipsiderry.

Firecrest sightings remained high, with the highest count of 6 in pines near Truro on the 11th

Blackcap sightings continue to increase, up from 6 last week to 16 sites this week; there do genuinely seem to be a lot about this winter. Is recording being slightly skewed by the current Blackcap survey and people being on the lookout for them, or is it a genuine increase?  See the CBWPS page dedicated to Cornwall sightings and behavioural observations on the website Here , for more on Blackaps and behavioural notes (accessible in the drop down ‘Recent Sightings menu), in addition to the BTO Blackcap Colour-ringed Survey page .

Dan Chaney, 20th December


Tuesday 19th December 2017

Loe Pool: 1 Mute Swan, 11 Shoveler, 14 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 44 Pochard, 12 Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 17 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 2 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 11 Common Gull, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c40 Redwing, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Cetti’s Warbler (heard), 4 Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest and 12 Long-tailed Tit. (DK Parker)

Porthilly Point: 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 27 Common Gull, 1 Goosander, 3 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 198 Oystercatcher, 9 Curlew, Dunlin, Wigeon, 6 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 2 fem-type Black Redstart, 3 Turnstone, Grey Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Grey Heron, Cormorant, 2 Shag, 2 Oystercatcher. (S Van Hear)

Berkeley Cottages, Falmouth: 1 fem-type Black Redstart. (S Van Hear)

Winnard’s Perch: 300+ Wood Pigeon feeding in maize stubble. Also dead Otter on road by the Bird of Prey centre. (R Hughes)

Padstow: Siberian Chiffchaff at Hawkers Cove. No vehicular access please park at Lellizzick and walk. (DI Julian)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Pink-footed Goose on the reserve. (A Mckechnie – photo, J St Ledger – photo)

Pink-footed Goose – Alex Mckechnie Pink-footed Goose – John St Ledger

Traboe: 1 Red Kite over Trenithon Farm. (A Williams)

Carn Gloose: Unconfirmed report of the Snowy Owl at 07:00 but no sign since.

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still. (O Frampton)

Penzance (Jubilee Pool): 10 Great Northern Diver, 20 Common Scoter (3 settled & 17 past), and 11 Purple Sandpiper. (O Frampton)

Camel Estuary: Spoonbill at Tregunna. (DI Julian)

Wadebridge: Male Black Redstart on roof of Bradford Quay flats late afternoon. (DI Julian)

Feock: 5 Hawfinch all November building up to 7 in number today at Feock Church in Yew trees. (R Wilkins) Also at least 8 Bullfinch, 1 Firecrest, 2 Blackcap and 1 Hawfinch. (Kate Dalziel)

Carbis Bay: 1 Firecrest in Tesco’s car park. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest, 2 Grey Wagtail roosting. (R Veal)

Towan Head: 1 Great Northern Diver, 5 Common Scoter. (S Rowe)

St Genny’s: Redwing present. (N Bastin)


Monday 18th December 2017

Cape Cornwall: Female Snowy Owl off Carn Gloose Road. (J Lawman, JD Swann, L Proctor – photos)

Snowy Owl – Linton Proctor

Snowy Owl, Mashuq Ahmad

Snowy Owl, Tony Mills

Snowy Owl, Tony Mills

St Ives: Juv Glaucous Gull flew north past at 09:45.

Valley Truckle: 1 Firecrest in a private garden. (T Potterton)

Helston, Lowertown: female Blackcap. (A Witheywood)

Kennall Vale: 2 Dipper, Sparrowhawk, 5 Goldcrest, and around 15 Long-tailed Tit. (S Williams – photos)

Padstow, Stepper Point: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 male Peregrine, 1 Merlin, 12 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 3 Spoonbill, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Northern Diver, 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 5  Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 50 Black-tailed Godwit. (A Pearson)

Caerthillian Cove: Lapland Bunting over. (D Collins)

Coverack: 1 Iceland Gull still present and showing well.  Was seen being fed with scraps this morning by one of the locals (P. Bedford)

Falmouth: 2(m) Blackcap on Albany Road. (D Chaney)

Swanpool: 2 Water Rail, 3 Goldcrest 09:00 today. (D Chaney)

East Looe seafront: 1 Black Redstart, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat

Penzance – Tater-Du by kayak: 14 Great Northern Diver (inc 3 flypast), approx 140 Guillemot (didn’t see a single Razorbill), 2 Great Skua (1-2 miles out from Mousehole), 1 Pomarine Skua, plus 16 Harbour Porpoise, 30+ Bottlenose Dolphin (2 miles off Lamorna) and 10+ Giant Bluefin Tuna. (R Kirlkwood)

Pomarine Skua, Rupert Kirkwood

Dolphin, Rupert Kirkwood

RNAS Culdrose: 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (D Wright)

St Ives:  1 juv Glaucous Gull flew N this morning and 1 f Black Redstart around Island car park. 100+ Kittiwake, 12+ Mediterranean Gull and 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Nicholson)

Marazion: juv Iceland Gull at Red River mouth.


Tuesday 12th December 2017

Chapel Carn Brea: 1 Snowy Owl. (J King, P Semmens, finder), bird was flushed by ponies at dusk and flew high to the NW towards Nanquidno/St Just hotly pursued by a corvid.

Snowy Owl, Phil Taylor

Snowy Owl, Alex McKechnie

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Ring-billed Gull again off the Old Quay House at 14:00. (M Halliday) Also 1 juv American Golden Plover again.  Ryan’s Field: 1 Goosander again.

Porthpean: 1 adult female and juvenile Surf Scoter still off Lower Porthpean, also Long-tailed Duck still, 2 Black-throated Divers and 4 Great Northern Divers.

Penzance, Promenade, Battery Rocks and Harbour: c20 Common Scoter, 52 Turnstone, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 1 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 Raven, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Rock Pipit and 1 Meadow Pipit plus Herring Gulls. (T Mills) Town: 1 recently fledged Woodpigeon, accompanied by two adults. (R Phillips)

Falmouth: 70+ Shag, 1 Grey Seal off Swanpool Beach. (D Chaney) Also 1 Firecrest, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Song Thrush, 6+ Long-tailed Tit, 2+Redwing, 3+ Blackcap (one ringed) in the garden. (E Tackley) Swanpool beach: 1 Red-necked Grebe offshore. Castle beach: 2 Slavonian Grebe and 3 Black Redstart.

Carrick Roads: 7 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 24 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Sandwich Tern (distant), all viewed from Mylor Churchtown area. (J St Ledger)

Black-throated Diver – J St Ledger

Newquay Towan head: 4 Common Scoter, 1 Grey plover, 3 Harbour Porpoise. (M Lammas)

Port Isaac, Treharrock Manor: 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great spotted woodpecker, 3 Nuthatch, 36 Fieldfare, 6 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Perranuthnoe, Trenow Cove: 100 Chaffinch, 34 Turnstone, 4 Redshank, 73 Shag, 1 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel, 2 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 50 Starling, 1 Stonechat. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Hannafore Point: 2 Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Mediterranean Gull, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff. (P Aley)

Looe: 1 Firecrest. (P Aley)

Wacker Quay: c65 Avocet, 1 Common Sandpiper. (P Aley)

Millbrook: 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Mediterranean Gull , Blackcap. (P Aley)

Stithians Reservoir, Southern cut-off hide:  1 pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker,  9 Common Snipe, 1 Water Rail, 1 Chiffchaff,  8 Long-tailed Tit,  1 male Shoveler. (A James)

Snipe, Alan James

Shoveler, Alan James

Porthallow: 1 Black Redstart. (M Nattrass)

Newlyn, Sandy Cove: 6 Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcap. (L Proctor) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in garden on Faugan Road.

Chiffchaff, Linton Proctor

Chiffchaff, Linton Proctor

Chiffchaff (tristis?), Linton Proctor

Chiffchaff (tristis?), Linton Proctor

Bude Marshes, (WeBS count): 2 Snow Geese, c200 Canada Geese 1 Feral white Goose, 2 Grey Heron, 13 Moorhen, 92 Black-headed Gulls, 35 Mallard, 18 Teal, 6 Crow, 11 Lapwing, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Wren, 3 Redwing, 16 Blackbirds,2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtails, 10 Oystercatcher, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 7 Rook, c60 Starling, 7 Robins, 2 Dunnock, 2 Magpie. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 20 Goosander, 2 Grey Heron, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Song Thrush, 10 Wigeon, 7 Tufted Duck, c35 Coot, 2 Gadwall, c20 Black-headed Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 2 Blackbird, 6 Coal Tit, c50 Mallard. (R Mudge)

Upper Tamar Lake: c45 Fieldfare, 96 Canada Geese, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Bull, 2 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Cormorant, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Blackbird, 14 Mallard, 6 Snipe, 2 Moorhen. (R Mudge)

Downderry:  2  Black Restart and 2 Water Pipit this afternoon. (A Payne)

St Erth: 2 Cattle Egrets still off Tredrea Lane with 9 Little Egrets. (DK Parker)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Tawny Owl, several Snipe. (S Grose)


Monday 29th May 2017

Late news, 28/5, St Gennys: 1 Red Kite and 1 Common Buzzard. (N Bastin)

Red Kite, Nigel Bastin


Buzzard, Nigel Bastin

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve: 1 sum plum Temminck’s Stint, early morning on Ryan’s Field (P St Pierre, P Fraser, J Martin), then flew north, later re-found on Copperhouse Creek (S Turner) but later again back on Ryan’s Field. (A McKecknie, B Field, D Parker, M Halliday, R Veal, et al) Lelant Saltings: 1 2cy Little Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Red Kite over. (J St Ledger), also 10 sum plum Dunlin and 8 Ringed Plover, (T Mills) plus 1 Wigeon, 1 drake Gadwall, 1 Whimbrel, 14 Black-headed Gull, 1 1st summer Mediterranean Gull. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)


Temminck’s Stint, Brian Field


Temmick’s Stint, John Martin

Temminck’s Stint, Peter Tongue.

Temminck’s Stint, Tony Mills

Little Gull, John St Ledger

West Godolphin: 13 Raven, a once a year occurrence (numbers vary year on year) that appears to be an extended family introduction to this years young (three). (Steve Yandall)

Windmill Farm NR: 1 m Red-footed Falcon at 15:00, then flew east.

Kynance Road: 1 m Red-footed Falcon flew north towards Grochall at 9pm. (I Maclean)

St Just: 1 Snowy Owl, unconfirmed report in field near Bosavern Farm this morning (for 2nd day)

Godolphin Hill: 4 Red Kite flying west at 14.30. (Steve Yandall)

Crowlas: 2 Red Kite heading East midday. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh: 2 1st summer Hobby hawking, 1 Stonechat young and 3 Chiffchaff young. (R Veal)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Red Kite 13:10. (S Rowe) Northern cut-off hide: 1 Great White Egret, (reported from Southern cut-off in morning). (J St Ledger)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite over Pargolla Road at 3.20. (D Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Red Kite, 4 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Charlestown: 1 m Merlin over ( D Hastilow)

Penwithick: 1 Greenfinch , 8 House Sparrow , 2 Siskin , 4 Chaffinch , 3 Goldfinch , 2 Blackbird , 4 Jackdaw , 1 Crow , 2 Pied Wagtail , 8 Starling , 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker . (K.Bowers)

male Siskin, Kevin Bowers

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kevin Bowers

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Barnacle Goose , 1 Greylag Goose , 1 Tufted Duck , 4 Coot. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Barnacle Goose, Bob Bosisto

Goss Moor: 1 Cuckoo , 2 Willow Tit. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Porthcothan: 1 Barn Owl chasing bats?  (S Grose)


Sunday 17th April 2016

Late news 16/4 Longrock: 3 Great Northern Diver, 12 Sandwich Tern, 18 Whimbrel and 1 1s Med Gull. (P St Pierre)

Bartinney Downs: 1m Snowy Owl from from 09:25 to 21:10 when it flew south. Also 1 Siskin south and 2 Kestrel. (M Ahmad, DS Flumm – photo, MJ & JPR Spicer, P St Pierre, D Beadle, S Ellis, I Webster)

Snowy Owl @ Bartinney Downs 17 April (2)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 1w American Herring Gull. Also 15 Swallow and 10 Sand Martin (M Ahmad, P St Pierre)

Little Treleaver: 1 Iberian Chiffchaff. (A McKechnie – photo, B Dodd, R Farnes)

Iberian Chiffchaff

Boat Cove: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel and 22 Whimbrel. (K Rylands, I Lakin)

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Carnsew Pool: 7 Whimbrel, 5 flew through sum plum Dunlin, 1 Curlew, 15 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1f Wheatear, 1 flyover male Wigeon. Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Canada Goose. Lelant Saltings: 1 Redshank. Pool adjacent to Ryans Field: 1 pr Mallard with 2 ducklings, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff. (R Veal)

Land’s End: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 6 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 7 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 20+ Swallow, 2 alba Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Ringed Plover and 1 Curlew (P St Pierre)

Trevilley: 1 Whooper Swan (P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Red Kite over. (D Grose) Also Reed Warbler singing, c30 Swallow and c20 Sand Martin this evening. (DK Parker)

Marazion: 3 Whimbrel, 9 Ringed Plover, 1w Med Gull and 1 White Wagtail on the beach. (DK Parker)

Porthgwarra (Gwennap): 18 Swallow & 1 Wheatear in off sea. 100 Manx Shearwater, 90 Gannet, 10 Kittiwake, flock of c50 Whimbrel, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 2 Harbour Porpoise, 6+ Common dolphin and 1 Bottlenose Dolphin. (P&H Taylor)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit on the car park feeders, 4 Greenfinch, 6 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Goldfinch. (R Mudge)

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Sandwich Tern and 1 Dunlin. (J St Ledger – photos)

Sandwich Tern Falmouth 17th April 2016 Dunlin Falmouth 17th April 2016

Trevothan, Coverack: 1 Short-eared Owl. Also Robins nesting in BBQ. (D Beadle)

Zennor: Cuckoo calling at sunset at Trewey Hill. (C Madden)

Carn Bosavern: 1 juv Iceland Gull.

Helston Boating Lake: 1 ad Whooper Swan.