Monday 4th January 2021

Maer Lake: Sociable Lapwing and 1 Ruff. (D Bradford)

Drift Reservoir: 4 Little Egret, Peregrine, juv Iceland Gull (D Flumm)

Land’s End: 3 Humpback Whales included 2 together (mother and calf?) between Longships & Mayon Cliff 14:45 – 15:45 hrs. Also 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphin. (D Flumm)

Humpback Whale – Dave Flumm

Humpback Whale – Dave Flumm

Humpback Whale – Dave Flumm

Cape Cornwall: Humpback Whale 11:45 hrs (presumed one of Land’s End individuals seen later. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: 2 Brambling, 45 Linnet, 100 Chaffinch, 30 Goldfinch, 1 Snipe, 10 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Jay, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Buzzard. (I Grant, F Were)

Marazion: 1 Black-necked Grebe still on Long Rock Pool. (I GrantF Were)

St Gothian Sands: 59 Snipe. (P Freestone)

Helston: 1 Black Redstart. (S Bury)

Swanpool: Yellow-browed Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 12 Siskin, Pomarine Skua and 100+ Gannet in the bay. (M Broadbent)

Walmsley Reserve: Spoonbill, 2 Water Pipit, 5 Pintail, Pink-footed Goose. (B Bosisto)

Chapel Amble: Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Water Pipit , Water Rail , Cetti’s Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff with 6 Common Chiffchaff at the Sewage Works. (B Bosisto)

River Lynher: 1 Spoonbill and 154 Oystercatcher roosting on Rat Island. (C Buckland)

St Johns Lake, Torpoint: 34 Brent Goose, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe,1 Black-necked Grebe. (C Buckland)

Millbrook: 1 Greater Scaup still on the lake. (C Buckland)

Rame Head: 50+ Brambling in stubble field to the west. (per C Buckland)

Lower Tamar Lake: 15 Goosander 5m 10f, 1m Gadwall, 4 Willow Tit, 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (R Mudge)

Tywarnhayle: (14.00-14.30) 1 Herring Gull, 8 Woodpigeon, 3 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Rook, 1 Carrion Crow, 9 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackbird, 1 (m) House Sparrow, 1 Fieldfare, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 Chaffinch, 1 (m) Bullfinch, 1 Goldfinch. (RB & PC Girling)


Saturday 2nd January 2021

Late News, 1/1, Looe Island: 17 Linnet, Eider, Water Rail. (C Lewis)

Late News, 1/1 West Cornwall Hospital; Penzance: Black Redstart. (M Rouncefield)

Bude Marshes: Sociable Lapwing and Pink-footed Goose still present. (D Eva, R Hooper and D Julian)

Sociable Lapwing – Adrian Davey

Sociable Lapwing – Adrian Davey

Siblyback Lake: female Ring-necked Duck, 1f Crossbill, 1 Willow Tit, 50+Redwing, 25+Fieldfare, 14 Siskin, 2 Barnacle Goose with Canada Goose flock. (G Lewis)

Drift Reservoir: Ring-necked Duck at far end of NE arm. Also, Gadwall, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 Teal and Little Egret. (T Wilson)

Maenporth: Black Guillemot. (R Augarde)

Swanpool: Yellow browed warbler and Firecrest at Swanvale. (R Augarde, M Broadbent)

Longrock: Black-necked Grebe with 5 Little Grebe. (T Wilson)

Kenneggy: 29 Curlew, 19 Linnet, 1 Snipe, 1 Buzzard, 1 Stonechat, 4 Turnstone, 3 Rock Pipit, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail (C James)

Sennen Cove: 2nd winter Glaucous Gull on rocks and 2 Great Skua in bay with large numbers of Gannets and Kittiwakes. ( T Wilson) 600 Kittiwake, 1 Great Skua, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull (N R Rogers)

2nd winter Glaucous Gull – Nigel Rogers

Lamorna: 2 Great Northern Diver, Whimbrel and Black Redstart (T Wilson)

Hayle Estuary; Copperhouse Creek: 10 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 4 Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Little Egret, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Redshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Greenshank. (J Dobbyn) also Ruff (P Smale). Yellow-browed Warbler briefly at Millpond. (P Smale) adult Ring-billed Gull, adult Caspian Gull, 6 Yellow-legged Gull on Lelant Saltings. (Birdguides)

Grey Plover – Jeremy Dobbyn

Greenshank – Jeremy Dobbyn

Curlew – Jeremy Dobbyn

St Ives: Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver. (Birdguides)

Gwennap Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 80 Chiffchaff (56 ringed), 4 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 3 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, 3 Bullfinch, Meadow Pipit. (M Grantham)

St Erth Praze: 1m Hen Harrier at a nearby location today. (T Polglase)

St Keverne: 1 Male Blackcap, 64 Goldfinch, 27 Greenfinch, 33 Chaffinch, 16 Blue tit, 14 Great tit, 4 Coal tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker visiting feeders at Cedarwood camping pods. (J Jones)

Blackcap – Joe Jones

Dozmary Pool: 1f Goldeneye, 3 Shoveler, 1f Merlin. (G Lewis)

Colliford (Dam End): 2m and 3f Goosander. (G Lewis)

Maer Lake: 1 Ruff, 2000 Golden Plover (D Eva)

Calenick: 20 Curlew, 4 Redhank, female Sparrowhawk & Jay. (T Hall)

Millbrook: Drake Greater Scaup still , Kingfisher. (D Sharp)

Coombe: 4 Cattle Egret. (Birdguides)

Lower Tamar Lake: 11 Goosander (6 male, 5 female), 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Wigeon, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Willow Tits, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Tree Creeper. (R Hooper)

Antony Passage/ Forder Creek, Saltash: 1 Avocet, 2 Spotted Redshank,10 Redshank,12 Teal and 3 Little Grebe. (K Baum, M Beer)

Great Western Beach, Newquay: 2 Chough overhead then landed below Aldi car park. (J Howells)

Trelow Downs: 1 Jack Snipe and 19 Snipe (L Sampson)

Sithney Common: 176 Rook. (S Grose)

Helston Boating lake: 1 Mediterranean Gull, 189 Black-headed Gull, 7 Shoveler, 28 Tufted Duck, 5 Muscovy Duck, 19 Coot, 1 Ferruginous Duck. (S Grose)

Helston Sewage Works: Yellow-browed Warbler & Siberian Chiffchaff. (Birdguides)

Porthleven Harbour: 1 m Kingfisher, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Perranporth: 61 Lapwing, 3 Chough over from Pencrennow Farm. (S Grose)

Penhale Point: 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Red throated Diver, 2 Raven, 3 Stonechat, 61+ Linnet. (S Grose)

St Eval: 120 Skylark, 7 Greenfinch. (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 2 Blackcap. (B Bosisto)

Devoran: adult Spotted Redshank, Grey Plover, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover, 114 Dunlin. (L Langley)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: female-type Black Redstart, Grey Wagtail, 3 Pied Wagtail, 8 Rock Pipit, 2 Blackcap. 1 Grebe sp offshore but distant. (C Benton)

Gerrans Bay; Pendower Beach to Porthbean Beach: 5 Slavonian Grebe, 6 Black-throated Diver, 17+ Great Northern Diver, 15 Grey Plover (feeding on rocks). (J St Ledger)

Grey Plover – John St Ledger

Slavonian Grebe’s – John St Ledger

Feock: 14 Blackcap on feeders in one garden of which 12 ringed (9m, 3f)as part of wintering blackcap research study. (K Dalziel)

Carloggas: 6 Redwing . (K. Bowers)

Redwing – Kevin Bowers

Par Beach: 30+ Canada Goose , 1 Oystercatcher , 2 Stonechat , 3 Moorhen , 2 Coot , 30+ Black-headed Gull , 2 Pied Wagtail , 1 Greenfinch , 1 Grey Wagtail , 2 Goldcrest , 20+ Herring Gull . (K. Bowers)

Goldcrest – Kevin Bowers

Stonechat – Kevin Bowers

Grey Wagtail – Kevin Bowers

Oystercatcher – Kevin Bowers

Charlestown: 1 Peregrine, 1m and 1f Blackcap, 2 Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 3 Dunnock, 2 Collard Dove, 1 Jackdaw, 2 Blackbird, 1 f Chaffinch, 1 Wren, 2 Robin, 2 House Sparrow, 2 Magpie. (D Hastilow)


Friday 1st January 2021

Blydhen Nowydh Da

Late news, 31/12/20, Carlyon Bay: 1 pair Blackcap & 1 Firecrest in a private garden. (E Cornelius)

Late news, 31/12/20, Tresillian to Tresemple Pool: 7 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 48 Curlew, 37 Redshank, 27 Shelduck, 11 Teal, (A Nicholson)

Bude Marshes: Sociable Lapwing still present. (M Worden) Also, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 118 Canada Goose, 6 Common Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 89 Lapwing, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff. (J Ryan, P Roseveare)

St Erth: Dusky Warbler still opposite BK fishing lakes but elusive, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Snipe. (R Veal)

Coverack: Juv Glaucous Gull & Black Redstart on rocks off Paris CP (J Selby J Jones)

Glaucous Gull – Joe Jones

Black Redstart – Joe Jones

Drift Reservoir (members only): Drake Ring-necked Duck in NE arm. (N Wheatley, M McKee, T Mills, D Flumm) Also 1 juv Iceland Gull, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall. (T Mills, S Rogers, D Flumm) Also 20 Teal, 9 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Water Rail, c130 Golden Plover, 80 Lapwing, 4 Med Gull, Chiffchaff, 20 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Lizard Point: Iceland Gull flew west at 09:30.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Juc Iceland Gull, Lelant saltings, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Pale-bellied Brent Goose still at Copperhouse. (G Lawlor) Carnsew: 1 Great Northern Diver Ryan’s field: 1 Water Rail (I Grant, F Were)

Portheras: Siberian Chiffchaff still. (P Combridge)

Pendeen: Black Redstart at the lighthouse. (P Combridge)

Polgigga: 6 Lapland Bunting over west. (M Wallace)

Penzance: 7 Purple Sandpiper and 9 Ringed Plover on Battery Rocks. (T Mills) Black Redstart on Pz Gallery. (P Taylor) Red-throated Diver, 5 Common Scoter, male Eider of the bus station. (P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Black-necked Grebe on Longrock Pool. (P Walsh, DK Parker) Also Yellow-browed Warbler at Longrock Pool. (J Swann) Also 10 Chiffchaff. (J Miller) 1 Great Egret, 2 Little Egret, 14 Little Grebe. (I Grant, F Were)

Black-necked Grebe – John Miller

Black-necked Grebe – John Miller

Newlyn: Siberian Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Black Redstart, Water Rail, 2+ Grey Wagtail, Purple Sandpiper, 1 Guillemot at Sandy Cove. (T Mills)

Guillemot – Tony Mills

Rinsey: 14 Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre)

Polurrian Cove: Female Black Redstart. (M Williams)

Sancreed: Ringtail Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Water Rail, c150 Golden Plover, 30 Skylark,  c130 Redwing, 20 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 25 Meadow Pipit, c200 Chaffinch, c100 Linnet, Reed Bunting, singing Nuthatch. (D Flumm)

Leswidden, near St Just: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (J Branscombe)

Constantine: Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works. (D Collins)

St Martin in Meneage: Firecrest, 1m Bullfinch, 1m and 1f Stonechat in garden (ND and S Chandler)

Rame Head: 1 Chough still present 13:10, 8 Skylark, 50+ Linnet & 4 Stonechat. (D Allan)

Truro: 1 Avocet at Sunny Corner. (D Eva, K Jones, R Augarde)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Black-necked Grebe off Gyllyngvase, 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck still at Bream Cove. (D Eva)

Maenporth: Long-tailed duck, Peregerine, 2 Ravens (M Broadbent)

Devoran: 1 Grey Plover with c150 Dunlin, 2 Shelduck, 35 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Siskin, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker. (M Broadbent)

Penryn: 1 Red-throated Diver, Knot, Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and 2 Greenshank. (L Langley, M Broadbent)

Feock: 4 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Red-breasted Merganser. (M Broadbent)

College reservoir: 3 Woodcock, 12 Snipe, Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2  Goldeneye, 60 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (M Broadbent)

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest . (G Healey)

Liskeard: 1 female Blackcap, 2 Male Bullfinches, 5 Long-tailed Tits.  All in private garden. (D Sharp)

Blackcap – Deena Sharp

St Austell: Male and female Blackcap on Sunflower hearts and fat balls in private garden in Churchtown Meadows, St Stephen. (G Warne)

Pendower: 10 Black-throated Diver, 10 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, A feeding frenzy of 100’s Common Dolphin covering the whole of the bay. (R Wilkins) Several hundred Gannet in feeding frenzy in Gerrans Bay (A Nicholson)

St Just in Roseland: 5 Cirl Buntings,1 male Merlin. (R Wilkins)

Truro: 2 female Blackcaps in front garden. (M Costa)

Penryn: Red-throated Diver, Knot, Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and 2 Greenshank. (L Langley)

Castle An Dinas: 2 Barn Owl flew out of the farm building the owner has applied for planning permission to demolish and build houses. (S Grose)

Gluvian: Tawny Owl, 2 Snipe, 200 Redwing, 5 Skylark, Red-legged Partridge, 8 Yellowhammer, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, male Blackcap, Black-headed Gull, adult Common Gull , 22 Golden Plover, 4 Lapland Bunting, 30 Lapwing. (B & L Bosisto)

Talskiddy: 2 Canada Goose, 4 Mallard, Water Rail, Moorhen, Reed Bunting, Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull, 120 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Snipe, 10 Pied Wagtail , 120 Meadow Pipit, Peregrine Falcon, Stock Dove. (B & L Bosisto)

Trewan Hall: 2 Treecreeper, Nuthatch. (B & L Bosisto)

St Columb Sewage Works: Grey Wagtail, 2 Dipper, Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest, 2 Stock Dove. (B & L Bosisto)

St Columb Major: 2 Greenfinch, 2 Raven. (B & L Bosisto)

Newquay: 2 Chough (S Grose)

Towan Head: 8 Red-throated Diver, 70 Common Scoter, c200 Gannet, 2 Chouhg. (S Rowe)

Whipsiderry: 3 Corn Bunting, 1 pr Peregrine Falcon, 1 Raven (carrying a stick), 26 Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Rialton Barton: 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Goldcrest. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 14 Mallard, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 4 Chiffchaff. (S Rowe)

Wadebridge: c300 Canada Geese, Pink-footed Goose still present. (J Howells)

Hannafore, Looe: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 (2 male, 1 imm male, 4 female) Eider, 5 ad Med Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper. (G Lewis)

Looe Island: Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff. (C Lewis)

Torpoint: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 15 (8pb & 7 db) Brent Goose. (G Lewis)

Millbrook Lake: 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull, 1m Scaup, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2nd winter argentatus Herring Gull (G Lewis)

Millbrook Radford Lane: 5 Cattle Egret (G Lewis)

Alex Tor on Bodmin Moor: 1 Merlin (m). (L Sampson)


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)


Tuesday 29th December 2020

Bude Marshes: 1w Sociable Lapwing still present (wellingtons advised) also 2 Cattle Egret on the rugby pitch. (T Phillips) 2 Cattle Egret behind the marshes on rugby pitch. (Birdguides)

Update:  The Sociable Lapwing is “a Critically Endangered species that has undergone a rapid decline of more than 90% since the 1930s” (RSPB) and so for that reason we felt it important to determine whether Cornwall’s two sightings at 4 weeks and 70 miles apart were in fact the same bird. Admittedly, because of the rarity of the species it was going to be unlikely that it was two different individuals, and so that is what the photographs show. The same minute feather anomalies have appeared in photos from both Crows-an-Wra/Penwith and Bude Marshes. So just above the left eye is a small dark patch in what is otherwise the white supercilium. This patch isn’t present above the right eye but is present in pictures from both locations above the left eye. Secondly, on the upper right wing there is a pattern of white feathering in the primary coverts extending into the black wing tips that seems repeated in the two locations. And thirdly, there is a break in the centre of the black tail band, which can be seen only in the spread tail. Photographs from both locations show that break. Finally, thank you for all the extra photos received, they have definitely helped confirm that this is just one individual. Tony Mills; Assistant County Recorder.

Drift Reservoir: 1 Ring-necked Duck still with 5 Tufted Duck in NW arm, then flew to NE arm. Also 1 Stock Dove and presumed ‘parvipes-type’ Canada Goose. (D Beadle)

Pendeen: Black Redstart. (Birdguides)

Cape Cornwall: juvenile Iceland Gull, 7 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Skua. (N Wheatley)

Lands End Airport: Black Redstart. (Birdguides)

Marazion: 1 Black-necked Grebe and 1 Kingfisher on Longrock Pool (D Beadle)

Coverack: 152 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Black-throated Diver, 4 Kittiwake. Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at the sewage treatment works. (D Wright, G Adams) 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Beadle)

Porthgwarra: Black Redstart. (Birdguides)

Hayle Estuary: 12 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Shoveler, 9 Goosander (6m/3f), 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Kingfisher ,20 Dunlin,15 Ringed plover, 25 Grey Plover, 9 Greenshank, 250 Wigeon, 150 Teal, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 150 Lapwing, 4 Little Egret, 3 Canada Goose, 15 Shelduck, 25 Curlew, 30 Redshank, 5 Little Grebe (carnsew pool), 3 Mute swan, 25 Cormorant. (I Grant F Were) juvenile Iceland Gull, 3 Caspian Gull (adult, 2nd winter & 1st winter). (Birdguides)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 1 juvenile Glaucous Gull, 1 Great Skua. (D Eva) 1 Great Northern Diver, 5000 Herring Gull (N R Rogers)

1st winter Glaucous Gull – Nigel Rogers

Downderry: 2 male Black Redstart to east of the village. (A Payne)

Carrick Roads; Loe Beach: 5 Great Northern Diver, 14 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Kingfisher. (J St Ledger)

Kingfisher – John St Ledger

Red-breasted Merganser – John St Ledger

River Lynher; Wacker Quay:  40+ Avocet, 3 Curlew, large number of Shelduck feeding on mudflats. (D Sharp)

Millbrook: 1 male Kingfisher, 1 Grey Heron, 7 Moorhen, 5 Redshank, 7 Cormorant (plus one showing white, breeding plumage). (D Sharp)

Torpoint: Black-necked Grebe, Greater Scaup, Great Northern Diver, 22 Brent Geese, 60 Avocet, 5 Great-crested Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Common Gull, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Mediterranean Gull. (C Buckland)

St. John:  2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3  Redshank, 1 Little Egret, many Black-headed Gull. (D Sharp)

Rame Head: large flock of mixed Linnet & Goldfinches (60+), 1  Chough feeding near the car park. (D Sharp)

Chough – Deena Sharp



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Monday 28th December 2020

Sociable Lapwing: we’re particularly interested in confirming whether or not the Bude Marshes bird is the same as the west Penwith one from a month ago. Please can any photographer send me their pictures (those not already submitted). I’m particularly interested in comparing upperwing flight shots and both left and right-side standing shots. These pictures do not need to be of publishable quality and can be cropped down to the bird only to reduce file size. But please do not over-process or reduce the size and please save at max jpeg size. Send to me, Tony Mills at

Late News, 27/12, Siblyback Reservoir: 2 Female Ring-necked Duck also 1ad Yellow-legged Gull late afternoon in roost with c400 Lesser Black-Backed Gull.  (G Dunbar and D Burt)

Late News, 27/12, Percuil River, St Mawes: 6m and 3f Red breasted Mergansers, 9 Little Grebe. (J Taylor)

Bude Marsh: Sociable Lapwing still present. (N Bastin)

Sociable Lapwing – Will Delacour 

Maer Lake: 2 Cattle Egret. (N Bastin)

St Ives Island: (8.15 – 11.30) 1 Leach’s Storm Petrel, 9 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter, 100 + Great Black-Backed Gulls all flying west. (R Wilkins)

Polgigga: ringtail Hen Harrier along Lower Bosisto Lane; 2 Lapland Bunting, 1 Snipe near Faraway cottage. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir: drk Ring-necked Duck still in NE arm with 6 Tufted Duck. (R Veal)

Marazion, Longrock Pool: Black-necked Grebe still. (P Walsh)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Caspian Gull, 6+ Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Porthleven Harbour: 1 Great Northern Diver this am. (E Smart)

Great Northern Diver – Ellie Smart

Siblyback Reservoir: 2f Ring-necked Duck still. (S Croft)

Padstow: 266 Common Gull, 15 Mediterranean Gull, 38 Grey Plover, 5 Knot, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Turnstone, 32 Wigeon and 1 Razorbill. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Wacker: 1m Scaup on the river this afternoon; also Peregrine, Spoonbill and several Avocet. (A Payne)

Rame: Chough showing well at 08.30, below coast guard (P Kemp)

Carnon Downs: Grey Wagtail briefly in garden. (C May),

Charlestown: 1 f Sparrowhawk snatched Dunnock off feeder. Also, 1m and 1f Blackcap.  (D Hastilow)