Monday 20th May 2019

Late news,19/5, Rinsey Cliff to Trewarvas Cliff: 6 pairs Linnets, 8 Goldfinches, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 m Stonechats, 10 Fulmar others on cliffs, 8 Kittiwakes and probably others on cliff ledges. (N Wills)

Lizard, Caerthillian: 1 Stone Curlew. (M Pass) Lizard, South Downs: 1 Stone Curlew relocated late morning, from Kynance road, in a field with burnt heather with signposted footpath to Lizard Downs. (M Pass) Still present to 14:30 at least. (M Spicer, S Turner) plus 1 Hobby and 3+ Cuckoo. (MJ Spicer, P Clement, B Hibbett) No sign this evening.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis still 0930, also 1 Whimbrel. (C Moakes) Glossy Ibis plus pr Gadwall with 2 young. (MJ Spicer)

Godrevy: 1 Wood Sandpiper flew low over at 12:30 with a Greenshank, heading NE. (G Pullan)

Porth Nanven: 1s Iceland Gull still this morning. (P Clement) Same bird later reported flying East past Cape Cornwall at 13:00, then seen at the bottom of Kenidjack 13:28.

Newquay, Huers Hut/Tea Caverns: 19 Fulmar, 1 pr Kestrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 21 Shag, 3 Cormorant, 5 Stonechat. (S Grose)

Porthgwarra: 81 Collared Dove Ardensawah Farm. (D Flumm)

St Erth: 1 singing male Yellowhammer (first for three years). (MJ Spicer)

Whipsiderry: 4 Corn Bunting, 11 Oystercatcher, 71 Fulmar, 1 Buzzard, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Gulval: Dipper (adult) feeding fledged juvenile on Ponsandane stream. (J Hawkey)

Hannafore: 3 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 3 juv Pied Wagtail with 1 adult. (I Juliane)

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Wednesday 24th April 2019

Late news, 18/4, Pityme: 1 Hoopoe in field next to boat yard. (P Jago)

Skewjack: Drake Green-winged Teal still on a private pool, drake Garganey. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3rd cal yr Iceland Gull at 14:30. (J Miller)

Sennen Cove: 2 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey over Carnsew Pool area 08:30 till 08:55 at least,  constantly being mobbed. (S Turner)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellowhammer, 7 Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 1 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Newquay: Short-eared Owl hunting over Newquay Golf Course again this afternoon. (D Kendle)

Penzance: c55 Whimbrel NW over Sainsburys at 11:25. (M McKee)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 9 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 45 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 45 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 32 Whimbrel, 125 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser black-backed Gull, 5 Great black-backed Gull, 9 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Coal tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 6 Palmate Newt (M Scawen et al.)

Gannel Estuary: 15 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper opp Rawley Point. (S Grose)

Trevilley: 2 House Martin. (J Hawkey)

Penryn: 1 Swift over this evening. (C Benton)

Callestick: Turtle Dove seen in private garden several times today. (L Wilson)

Gannel Estuary: 11 Whimbrel, 7 Canada Goose and 1 Common Sandpiper. (J Green)

Downderry: 23 Whimbrel and 4 Bar-tailed Godwits on the beach this evening. (A Payne)

Polgigga: 1 Stone Curlew in flight c10am before dropping into potato field from footpath between Trevilley and Higher Bosisto. (L Proctor). Later seen in flight again, appearing to drop down in fields North of Nanjizal 14:15. (R Veal, R Wilkins)

Newlyn Harbour: 1s Yellow-legged Gull still. (M Elliott)

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Roy Phillips: It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Roy Phillips after losing his fight with cancer yesterday. He was well-known to many local birders and was well-respected for his birding skills and reports. He was a regular contributor to CBWPS and his most recent report on the 12th announced the fledging of robins in his beloved garden. He will be greatly missed. 

Late news, 21/4, Porth Reservoir: 3 prs of Great Crested Grebe & 2 Common Sandpiper on the spit. (T Carson)

Late news, 22/4, Gannel Estuary: 2 Whimbrel, and 1 Common Sandpiper up at the boating lake end. (T Carson)

Nanjizal/Polgigga: 1 Stone Curlew in field near Faraway Cottage mid-morning (M McKee) and a Marsh Harrier south over Higher Bosistow. (M Wallace) Also a singing Lesser Whitethroat along Bosistow Lane. (M McKee) Quail singing around Bosisto Farm. (R Veal, P Roseveare, S+P Rogers) Stone Curlew landed in field immediately west of Faraway Cottage at 17:20. (DK Parker)

Stone Curlew, Mike McKee

Skewjack: 1 m Green-winged Teal again. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Glossy Ibis again this afternoon.

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Little Ringed Plover ( circled reserve then flew north at 7:45am ), 8 Greenshank, 1 Lesser Whitethroat , 1 Lesser Redpoll. (B Bosisto) Also 7 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 4 Sand Martin. (D Trevelyan)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Osprey over Ryan’s Field at 09.35. (P Brinton)

Chapel Porth: 1 Turtle Dove, also 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, and a Roe Deer. (d j curtis)

Lands End: 1 Lesser Whitethroat in Blackthorn SW of Swingates. (P St Pierre) Also 7 Swallow, 13 Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Curlew. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Gannel Estuary: at 8am, 2 Whimbrel & 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (T Carson)

Bartinney: 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Stonechat, 2 Skylark, 1 Whitethroat. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Tresillian River: 7 Whimbrel. (M Jones)

Bunny’s Hill, SW of Cardinham: 1 Cuckoo calling. Also Willow Warbler, Bullfinch. (I J Bennallick)

Mawgan Porth: 2 Whimbrel in-off, and 3 Manx Shearwater west. (J Turner)

Mevagissey: 7 Great Northern Diver (5 sum plum), 2 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Sandwich Tern off the harbour. 30 Manx Shearwater, 35 Gannet, 2 Kittiwake, 25 Guillemot, 35 auk sp SE. (S Roper)

Sennen: 1 Marsh Harrier over late evening. (P Roseveare, S Rogers)

Old Lizard Head: 6 Whimbrel, 4 White Wagtail, 2 Wheatear. (D Collins)

Kynance Cove: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling. (D Collins)

Windmill Farm: Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Read Bunting, Chiffchaff, Common Lizard (A Witheywood)

Sedge Warbler, A Witheywood

Willow Warbler, A Witheywood

Downderry: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel and 3 Common Gull early this morning. (A Payne)

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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)

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Monday 17th September 2018

Late news, 16.9, Constantine: 1 Dipper on stream by Sewage Works. (D Collins)

Late photos, 16/9, Hayle Estuary RSPB:

Common Crane – Mark Halliday

Common Crane – Mark Halliday

Wadebridge: 2 Cattle Egret still in field with cattle adjacent to the main hide at Walmsley, from Trewornan Bridge at 08:05.(S Grose) Later 6 Cattle Egret seen to fly from the field into Walmsley Sanctuary. (D Julian)

Nanjizal: Glossy Ibis over heading towards Land’s End. (P Roseveare)

Trethewey: Stone Curlew over, heading towards St Levan. (K Wilson)

Devoran Quay: 1 Osprey eating a fish, also 2 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 35 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 90+ Redshank, 80+ Curlew, 40+ Oystercatcher, 2 Sandwich Tern (1 adult, 1 young), 20+ Teal.. (J St Ledger S Williams) 2 Osprey still in the Devoran area in afternoon. (J Hicks)

Osprey – John St Ledger

Bar-tailed Godwit – John St Ledger

Sandwich Tern – John St Ledger

Sandwich Terns, Stephen Williams.


Lizard Point:
60 Great Shearwater. Also 9 Great Shearwater, 11 Sooty Shearwater, 3,000 Manx Shearwater per hour at peak, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua (10.30-15.30)

Restronguet Point: 1 Osprey. (J St Ledger)

Porthgwarra: 52 Great Shearwater, 24 Sooty Shearwater, 45 Balearic Shearwater and 5 Great Skua between 09:30 & 12:00. (M Elliott) Between 08:15 & 15:15 : 74 Great Shearwater, 62 Balearic Shearwater, 64 Sooty Shearwater, 10 Great Skua, 8 Puffin, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Storm Petrel est.5000 Manx Shearwater in the first hour. (S Stanbury). Also 1 Pomarine Skua and 1 Storm Petrel. (R Archer)

Mousehole: 22 Balearic Shearwater and 4 Sooty Shearwater. (M Elliott)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 5 Knot, 21 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 14 Dunlin, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper. (P Walsh, M Pass, S Williams)

Common Sandpiper, Stephen Williams.

 

Stithians Reservoir: Osprey still, also 16 Ringed Plover, 35 Dunlin, 3 Ruff, 24 Curlew, 3+ Greenshank, 6 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 1 Pintail, 1 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler & 6 Wheatear. (A Jayne M Pass)

Loe Pool: Common Crane at Helston end of Loe Pool. (S Kolodziejski J Witheywood M Pass) Crane still at 1915. Also 2 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl and 1 Water Rail. (D Wright and G Adams)

Common Crane – Jen Witheywood

Cawsand: 2cy Mediterranean Gull. (R Smaldon)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 8 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Wheatear and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit. (B Bosisto)

Maer Lake: 814+ Canada Goose, also in the flock was 1 Barnacle Goose and 1 Bar Headed Goose also 11 Curlew flew over. (A Cook)

Rock Beach: 43 Sandwich Tern feeding this afternoon. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir: 2 Yellow Wagtail over dam area. (C Buckland)

Fistral, Newquay: 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Sandwich Tern. Also 30 Sandwich Tern off the harbour. (S Rowe)

Whipsiderry: 2 Corn Bunting & 2 Peregrine Falcon. (S Grose)

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Tuesday 17th October 2017

Late news, 15/10, Pencarrow: 1 Stone Curlew seen in flight at 7.15am. (T Potterton, A Bond)

Sennen: 1 Greater Short-toed Lark still present in ploughed field just SW of Escalls Chapel along with c40 Pied/White Wagtail and c30 Meadow Pipit. (B Dodd, T Mills)

Nanjizal: 109 ringed including 1 Blyth’s Reed Warbler and 10 Firecrest netted, also seen 1 Little Bunting, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. (K Wilson)

Mylor Churchtown, viewed from Sailing Club: 7 Black-necked Grebe (in two groups of 4 and 3) close to port and starboard buoys. (J St Ledger)

Porthilly Point: 2 Brent Geese, 3 Greenshank, 21 Mediterranean Gull,1 Spoonbill flew east towards Cant Hill, 4 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose).

St Ives: 1 Hoopoe in private garden on Higher Trewidden Road again this morning (P. Callaway)

Constantine: 1 Whinchat in scrubby field at NW of village, plus 3 Reed Bunting. (J Chapman). 1 Redwing and 1 Siskin over. (D Collins)

Sancreed: 1 Hawfinch west 08:30hrs (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 3 Hawfinch, 4 Firecrest and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.

Rame: Large fall of Firecrests (c25), 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher Rame Church area. (C Buckland, M Beer et al) Also Hobby, Black Redstart, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 11 Chiffchaff, 14 Goldcrest, 6 Siskin, 6 Blackcap & Reed Bunting. (P Aley)

Red-breasted Flycatcher, Chris Buckland

Old Lizard Head: juv Purple Heron flew east at 10-20am and carried on round Lizard Point. (M Pass)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1m Long-tailed Duck flew in from South at 16:35 and landed on Lelant Saltings but no sign at 17:45. Also 1 Spotted Redshank, 1 near-ad Spoonbill on Lelant Saltings and 2 Firecrest behind the hide. (R Veal, M Spicer)

Gillan Creek, Helford: 126 Med Gulls (our highest ever count there), including 10 colour-ringed birds (M Grantham, E Inzani, G Wills)

Devoran: 77 Curlew, 1 Spotted Redshank (M Grantham)

Gwennap Sewage Works: 1 Sedge Warbler (M Grantham)

Bartinney Down: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Water Rail. (C Moore, P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Land’s End: 2 Common Snipe, 1 Firecrest, 6 Chough, 1 hybrid Hooded Crow, 23 Skylark, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcap, 1 Water Rail, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Reed Bunting. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthgwarra: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler again by the car park. Also Large fall of Firecrest with at least 35 birds (20+ in 60ft covert), c10 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 1 Hawfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk and 14 Golden Plover. (DK Parker)

Sennen: Turtle Dove on wires by Whitesands Lodge. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler by entrance to Manor Farm. (L Thomson) A further 2 Yellow-browed Warbler by Coastguard Cottage. 

St Levan: 1 Osprey flew east this morning. (D Helliar)

Pendower beach: 1 f Merlin in off sea plus many Portugese Man-‘o-War. (T Farr)

Percuil: Flock of 34 Mediterranean Gull on estuary late morning, plus 1 Firecrest in trees about 300m east of car park. Also Grey Plover & Black-tailed Godwit. (T Farr)

Falmouth: 6 Goldfinch, adults and juveniles in private garden. (E Tackley) Also 1 Yellow-browed Warbler reported.

Levant: 2 Firecrest in my holiday cottage garden. (L Thomson)

Mylor: 1 m albino Common Pheasant in private garden. (the Moore family)

Common Pheaseant, the Moore family

Padstow Farm Shop: 2 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, at 23.16pm. (S Grose)

Polgigga: Yellow-browed Warbler halfway along Bosistow Lane near pines and showing well (15.30). Also Black Redstart at Higher Bosistow Farm. (Oriole Birding)

Late photo, 16/10 Lands End: 1 Starling sheltering from the gale force winds during storm Ophelia. (B Sharples)

Starling, Bob Sharples

 

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Tuesday 12th April 2016

Late news 11/4 Pelynt, Looe: 7 Greenfinch (4m, 3f). (D Thorpe)

Little Treleaver: 1 singing Iberian Chiffchaff still 150m past Heath Farm. Also 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin. (J Foster, DK Parker, MJ Spicer, J Chapple – video)


Old Lizard Head:
1 Woodchat early morning, then briefly at Caerthillian at c11:30 (A Blunden, I Maclean)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 1w American Herring Gull and 1 juv Iceland Gull. (P Freestone, M Halliday – photos here)

Grumbla: 1 Hoopoe and 2 Nuthatch. (A James – photos) Also 1 Short-eared Owl yesterday. (S Mannering).

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Marazion Beach: 1s Little Gull, 1 Common Tern, 14 Sandwich Tern with 1 1s Mediterranean Gull at 13:00. (PA Fraser)

Hogus Rocks: 27 Turnstone. (PA Fraser)

Mount’s Bay: 1 Great Northern Diver ad. sum. and probably the Pacific Diver. (PA Fraser)

Trevalga: 160+ Common Guillemot, 50+ Razorbill, 1 Puffin, 1 Sandwich Tern and 2 Wheatear. (B Bryne)

Downriver from Coosebean nr Truro: 1 Dipper plus 1 Chiffchaff heard. (D Jenkins)

Bude: 3 Turnstone, 2 Mute Swan and 2 Chiffchaff. (H Wilkins)

Rame: 6 Wheatear, numerous Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Swallow and 1 Sand Martin. (C Buckland – photos)

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Penlee Battery, Rame: 1 Tawny Owl. (D Allen)

Camel Estuary: Stone Curlew over Old Town Cove this evening. (DI Julian)

Mount Hawke: 1 Redstart.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spoonbill still.

MJS & DKP