Saturday 31st March 2018

Gerrans Bay: 1 Pacific Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 12 Black-throated Diver, 8 Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, 3 Sandwich Tern, Fulmar, and 4 Common Gull. (T Farr)

Porthpean: 2 m and 1 f Surf Scoter and f Long-tailed Duck. (A Ramesh)

Downderry: 1w Iceland Gull offshore early this morning. Also in the area 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kittiwake, 1 Common Scoter and several Common Gull. (A Payne)

Newlyn Harbour: 1 Juv Glaucous Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern feeding outside the harbour. (S Grose) Glaucous Gull still present at 13:00. (L Proctor)

Glaucous Gull – Shaun Grose

Marazion Beach: 12 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull on water’s edge opposite “The Hoxton Special” cafe. (S Grose)

St Cleer: 2w Iceland Gull in fields N of St Cleer, flew towards Siblyback 11:30. (A Dawson)

Pentewan: Iceland Gull at Pentewan Sands.

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup with female Scaup, drake Goldeneye, Tufted Duck plus Stonechat late morning. (T Farr, P Bray)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 15 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 176 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Pintail (mating), 10 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 1 Water Pipit. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 8 1w Med Gull. (DK Parker)

St Erth: 11 Little Egret and 3 Med Gull with cattle in fields north of Tredrea Lane. (DK Parker)

Praa Sands: 7 Common Gull, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Sanderling. (S Grose)

Lower Tamar Lake: 3 Willow Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 2 Reed Bunting, 5f Goosander, 6 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Great Tit, 3 Moorhen, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Robin. (R Mudge)

Kit Hill: 1 Short-eared Owl at 20:00. (C Imms)

Goonlaze, Stithians: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Bunting, pr Chaffinch, in private garden. (R Hampshire)

Torpoint: Female Blackcap in private garden all month. (A Allan)

Lostwithiel: around 6 Siskin, male and female, still regularly visiting feeders. Up to a dozen, mixing with Goldfinches, have been present since January, more than any year over the last 20. (C Mayhew)


Monday 26th March 2018

Late news, 25/3, Porth Reservoir: 5 pair Great Crested Grebes (2 pairs displaying with vegetation), 4 pairs Moorhen (1 pair mating), 3 Grey Heron, 1 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 1 Tawny Owl calling, 4 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff calling, 1 Song Thrush and 4 Blackbird. (D Thomas)

Late news, 25/3, Penwithick: 8 House Sparrow, 3 Blue Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Robin. (K Bowers)

House Sparrow – Kevin Bowers

House Sparrow – Kevin Bowers

Late news, 25/3, Drift Reservoir: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Sand Martin (S. Rogers)

Late news, 25/3, Perranuthnoe: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 8 Turnstone. (S. Rogers)

Turnstone – Steve Rogers

Buttermilk Hill: 1 male Ring Ouzel, 9 Ravens  and 2 Meadow Pipits displaying. (V Stratton)

Porth Reservoir: 9 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull with Herring Gulls feeding in fields opposite Gannel filling station. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 1w Iceland Gull and 1 redhead Goosander on Lelant Saltings. (P Roseveare, MJ Spicer) Also 1 ad Iceland Gull. (M Ahmad)

Egloshayle: 4 Hawfinch still at the old cemetery at 08:15. More photos at Images Naturally. (A Langdon)

Hawfinch- Adrian Langdon

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter and Long-tailed Duck still at 09:50. (T Farr)

Tresillian: 2 Spoonbill on the river opposite Tresemple Pool. (M Jones)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 11 Shelduck, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Skylark, 11 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Swallow on Longrock Pool plus drake Tufted Duck still. (DK Parker) Also 2 Cetti’s Warblers on boardwalk past the railway line. (J Dennis)

Lower Tamar Lake: 1 Shelduck, 12 Canada Geese, 2f Goldeneye, 9 Tufted Duck, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Tawny Owl calling, 1 Marsh Tit. (R Mudge)

Upper Tamar Lake: 3 Cormorant, 4 Willow Tit, 1 Buzzard, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Lesser Black-Backed Gull. (R Mudge)

Whitecross, Newquay: 100+ Golden Plover, 2 Coal Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Wren, 1 Bullfinch, 5 Chaffinch, 1 pair Dunnock, 3 Buzzard and 1 pair Magpie building nest. (D Thomas)

Par Pond: 2 Teal. ( C Hooper)

Teal – C Hooper

Teal – C Hooper

Truro: 1m 1f Siskin in my garden. (D Jenkins)

Truro: Female Blackcap in front garden. (M Costa)

Restronguet Creek: 1 Sandwich Tern, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, 9 Shelduck, 4 Redshank, 5 Nuthatch (calling). (J St Ledger)

Red-breasted Merganser – John St Ledger

Newlyn: 1 Grey Heron on the river bank opposite the cinema. (J Scott)

Pendower: 2 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 6+ Black-throated Diver, 4+ Great Northern Diver & a Great Crested Grebe. (T Farr)

Ruan Lanihorne: 1 Whimbrel with 8 Curlew this afternoon. (T Farr)

Caerhays Castle: partial melanistic Great Black Backed Gull at Caerhays Castle late morning and possibly the bird at Hayle on 22/3. (T Farr)


Friday 16th March 2018

Late news, 15/3, Mousehole: 1 adult drake Eider roosted on St Clement’s Isle. (R Butts)

Late news, 15/3, Newlyn Harbour: 1 1st winter Iceland Gull and 3 Great Northern Diver with a smaller diver sp further out. (S Green)

Late news, 15/3, St Ives: 2 Red-throated Diver and 3 Sandwich Tern from the harbour. (S Green)

Late news, 15/3, Tolcarne Beach, Penzance: 1 1st winter Mediterranean Gull. Morrab Gardens: 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap singing. (S Green)

Late news, 15/03, Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: 2 Woodcock, 2 male Meadow Pipit displaying. (V Stratton)

Late news, 15/03, Foage Valley, Zennor: 2 Woodcock. (V Stratton)

Buttermilk Hill, St Ives: 1 male Ring Ouzel, 2 male Wheatear, 4 male Meadow Pipit displaying, 8 Raven, 4 Common Buzzard. (V Stratton)

Godolphin Cross: male Brambling on feeder in garden. (C Richards)

Porthilly Point: 27 Wigeon, 7 Shelduck, 2 Greenshank, 3 Curlew, 5 Redshank, 53 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Gull, 2 Skylark, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Gerrans Bay: Pacific Diver and 6 Black-throated Diver.

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter and 1 Long-tailed Duck at 16:30. (K & A Williams)

Wilcove: Drake Green-winged Teal still at Cangapool, also 1 Whimbrel.

Egloshayle: 2 Blackcap 1m 1f, 6 Hawfinch still in the old cemetery at 08:00. (D Thomas,  A Langdon)

Hawfinch – DaveThomas

Chapel Amble: 16 Cattle Egret, 8 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Buzzard, 4 Shoveler, 1 Water Rail calling. (D Thomas,  A Langdon)

Cattle Egrets with Little Egret – DaveThomas

Green Sandpiper – DaveThomas

Buzzard – DaveThomas

Wadebridge: Water Pipit and Green Sandpiper at Treraven Meadows. (R Treeby)

Tamar Estuary: Sandwich Tern at St John’s Lake. (DI Julian)

Little Kelynack: 1w Iceland Gull. (C Moore)

Duckpool and Coombe Valley: 1 female Wheatear, c40 Jackdaw, 1 Fulmar, 1 Kestrel. (H Kendall & B Bryne)

Maer Lake: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, c12 Snipe, 15 Lapwing, 2 Curlew, 1 Peregrine over, large mixed gull flock with one Lesser Black-backed Gull smaller than normal and with a greyish/brown head, 12 Wood Pigeon, 1+ Greenfinch, 1 female Stonechat. (H Kendall, R Doble, D Paull)

St Enodoc Golf Club: 3 singing Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Looe Estuary: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Buzzard, 17 Canada Goose, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Cormorant, 3 Curlew, 35 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 10 Grey Heron, c 420 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull,  3 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 25 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 4 Mute Swan, 10 Oystercatcher, 8 Redshank, 1 Shag, 5 Shelduck, 1 Wigeon. (WeBS, D Spooner)

Penzance: 1 drake Eider observed 07:45 to 8:10, 2 Shag 15:00 pm, nr Jubilee Pool. (J Evans) Also 2 female-type Black Redstart reported on the sea defences off Chyandour.

Lostwithiel: 8+ Siskin regularly in private garden over the last week. (E Mayhew)

Hayle: 2 Knot, 2 Firecrest, 3 Sandwich Tern, 2 redhead Goosander, 2 Lapwing this evening. (R Veal)

St Ives: 1 Green Woodpecker calling. (R Veal)

Porth Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 fem Mandarin, 4 Coot, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Dipper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 2 Jay, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Crackington Haven: 1 female Blackcap, 1 female Black Redstart and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in private garden. (J & B Teague)

St Ives: 1 Red-throated Diver off the harbour, 6+ Sandwich Tern. (S Green)

Drift Reservoir: Pink-footed Goose still present with small flock of Canada Geese. (JH & K Dalziel)

Porthgwarra: Fulmars already on ledges, 1m Blackcap on peanut feeder covered in pollen from Camelia, 1 Peacock Butterfly. (JH & K Dalziel)

Trelissick: 3 Mistle Thrush, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greenshank. (D Wright)

Feock Church: 8 Brambling (5 m, 3 f), 1 Peacock butterfly. (D Wright) 1 f Hawfinch, 3 Brambling, m f Blackcap, 4 Greenfinch, 2m 1f Bullfinch. (K Hambly-Staite)

male and female Brambling – Dougy Wright


Thursday 15th March 2018

Newquay: 1w Ring-billed Gull on Trenance boating lake at 09:05 and 10:10.

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter. 1st winter male showing black body plumage, large white nape patch and orange colour on bill. A 1st winter female and the 3rd showing a smaller, paler nape patch suggesting another 1st winter female. Also female Long- tailed Duck, 2 Great Northern Divers and an unidentified but smaller diver sp. (T Marchese)

Carnon Downs: 4 Chiffchaff (collybita), female Blackcap, Goldcrest at sewage treatment plant. (T Marchese)

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret at Golden Lion cut-off. (T Marchese)

Maer Lake: 7 Ruff, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits. (B Craven)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1m Scaup, 1m Shoveler, 6 Teal, 3 Coot, 1 Water Rail and 14 Med Gull. (MJ Spicer)

St Erth: 1m Brambling. (MJ Spicer)

Longrock Pool: 5 Shoveler, drake Tufted Duck, 9 Little Grebe, 24 Moorhen and 1 Coot. (MJ Spicer, DK Parker)

Nanjizal: Black Redstart and Wheatear at Carn Les Boels. (MD Wallace)

Delabole: 1 Sand Martin. (N Garnsworthy)

Pentire Point: 1 Wheatear. (N Garnsworthy)

Trevose Head: 3 Wheatear (2m 1f) (B.Toms)

Cape Cornwall: Male Wheatear, male Black Redstart and male Stonechat. (N Wheatley)

Saltash: Male Black Redstart on the Church. (P James)

Rame Head:Wheatear (M Buckle)

Polgigga: 1 Wheatear, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff along Bosistow Lane. (MD Wallace)

Porth Reservoir: 1 fem Mandarin, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Coot. (S Grose)

Millbrook Creek: 10 Redshank, 12 Shelduck, 20 Teal, 6 Curlew and 2 Whimbrel. (R Napp)

Whimbrel, Rick Napp

Charlestown: M & f Blackcap in private garden. (D Hastilow)

Truro: 1m, 1f Siskin in a private garden. (D Jenkins)

Swanvale Nature Reserve: 1m Blackcap. (S Court)


Wednesday 14th March 2018

Truro River: 79 Black-tailed Godwit feeding at 07:00. (PA Fraser)

Newlyn: 3 Sandwich Tern past Sandy Cove, plus juv Glaucous Gull still and 3 Great Northern Diver. (L Proctor)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still, at 09:00.

Wilcove: drake Green winged Teal showing well with Teal in the tidal creeks, also a Whimbrel. (S Green)

Marine Drive, Torpoint: 1 winter plumaged Sandwich Tern. (S Green)

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Little Gull.

Newquay: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull still at Trenance boating lake.

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Spoonbill again this afternoon. (C Hughes)

Hayle beach: 1 Wheatear. (C Richards)

Marazion: 2 Sandwich Tern SE at 12.20. (PA Fraser)

Walmsley Sanctuary (Key holders only): 44 Canada Geese, 5 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 15 Teal, 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 3 Moorhen, 33 Lapwing, 2 Ruff, 148 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew, 6 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Wood Pigeon, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat, 2 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 15 Starling. (M Scawen et al.)

St Ives: Red-throated Diver in the harbour. (C Oates)

Truro: 1m, 1f  Siskin in garden. (D Jenkins)


Tuesday 13th March 2018

Trevose Head: 52 Common Scoter, 1 Red throated Diver, 1 Manx Shearwater, 6 Common Gull,41 Black-headed Gull, 9 Mediterranean Gull (1x 1w, 3 x 2w, 5 Adult ), 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 3 Wheatear, 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Scandinavian Rock Pipit (moulting into summer plumage), 3 Lapland Bunting (B Bosisto)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 10 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall, 7 Shoveler, 35 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Cormorant, 13 Grey Heron (plus 3 newly hatched young), 3 Little Egret, 12 Little Grebe, 46 Moorhen, 8+ Buzzard, 4 Stonechat, 3 Reed Bunting, 3+ Chiffchaff and 3+ Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker) Also 1 female Wheatear reported. Also 1 Adder. She was curled into a beautiful little Catherine wheel but saw me at the same time as I saw her and unfortunately scarpered into the grass. (R Butts)

Adder, Roger Butts

Long Rock Pool: 9 Little Grebes. (R Butts)

Lostwithiel: 1 female Reed Bunting for second day and 1 Firecrest in a private garden. (E Mayhew)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still.

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter still.

Egloshayle: 6 Hawfinch still in the old cemetery at 09:09. (A Langdon) 1 still at lunchtime. (DI Julian)

Penryn: 2+ Hawfinch still at the campus this morning. (T Phelps)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 4 Shelduck, 14 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 73 Teal, 62 Wigeo ,1 Spoonbill, 8 Cattle Egret (roosting in conifer trees viewed from the tower hide), 6 Little Egret, 89 Lapwing, 2 Ruff. (B Bosisto) 

Chapel Amble: 8+ Cattle Egret. (DI Julian)

Camel Estuary: 2 Whooper Swan still at Burniere Point. (DI Julian)

Camel trail, Wadebridge: Wren. (C Hooper)

Wren, C Hooper

Feock Church: 1 Hawfinch, 2 Brambling, 5 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap. (R Menari)

Carrick Roads: 9 Black-necked Grebe, 21 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Great Crested Grebe from Mylor Churchtown. (J St Ledger)

Bude Marshes: 12 Moorhens and 1 Grey Heron. (H Kendall)

Maer Lake: 2 female Pintail. (H Kendall)

St Erth: 1 Water Rail at reservoirs plus 1 singing Chiffchaff. (MJ Spicer)

Devoran: 10 Shelduck, 9 Wigeon, c90 Teal, 1 Whimbrel, c40 Curlew, c25 Black-tailed Godwit, c20 Bar-tailed godwit, 50 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, c30 Dunlin, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Common Gull and 1 Med Gull at high tide. (MJ Spicer)

Carnon Down: 2+ Firecrest, 6 Goldcrest and 4+ Chiffchaff. (MJ Spicer)

Grampound (New Stables): 2 Yellowhammer. (M Jones)

Tresillian: 1 Spoonbill on the river opposite Tresemple Pool. (M Jones)

Lanhydrock: 40+ Brambling (mostly male) and 3 Coal Tit by the side of the drive going away from the main house. (J Lander)

Jericho Farm: Wheatear flew across main road at 08:00. (P Fraser)

Truro: 1m 1f Siskin in garden. (D Jenkins)

Torpoint, St John’s Lake: 14 Grey Plover. (T Elm) 


Monday 12th March 20178

Late news, 11/3, Millbrook: 1 Woodcock at Pigs Hill Wood. (B Taggart)

Feock Church: 1 Hawfinch, 1 Brambling, 5 Bullfinch, 2 Blackcap. (M Jones)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup still.

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver.

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret still at Golden Lion cut-off. (PA Fraser)

Truro: Regular wintering Firecrest now in song in garden. (PA Fraser) 1m,1f Siskin in garden. (D Jenkins)

Gwithian, St Gothian Sands NR: 1 Jack Snipe, 18 Snipe, 4 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 6 Shelduck, 2 Coot, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Raven, 4 Rock Pipit, 21 Tufted Duck, 9 Teal, 1 drk Scaup. Gwithian Green – Kestrel, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Goldfinch, 30+ Chaffinch, 1 Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit. (PJ Freestone)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 redhead Goosander, 1 Spoonbill, 48 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover, 11 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank and 3 Sandwich Terns on Lelant Saltings. Also 1m Pintail, 6 Teal, 1 1w Spoonbill, 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Lapwing on Ryan’s Field. (MJ Spicer)

Penzance: Herring Gull with yellow legs in the harbour. (R Farnes)

Herring Gull, Rod Farnes

Penryn: 6+ Hawfinch on the university campus. (T Phelps)

Liskeard: 2 Hawfinch at St Michael’s Churchyard. (DI Julian)

Cape Cornwall: 1 Sandwich Tern north (earliest ever here in ten years by two weeks), 8 Red-throated Divers and c20 Common Scoters (all drakes) south 10:00-11:00. (N Wheatley)

Porth Ledden: Juv Iceland Gull. (N Wheatley)

Marazion: 43 Bar-tailed Godwit, 73 Sanderling, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Turnstone, 10 Redshank, 8 Dublin and 2 Great Northern Divers close to shore. (GE and LA Carr)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Sand Martin. (GE and LA Carr)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Short-eared Owl, 5 Goosander, 1f Goldeneye, 20+ Ravens, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 258 Black-headed Gulls, 2 Tawny Owl. (B Craven)

Penryn, Old Cemetery: 1 Hawfinch at 11:00 feeding on ground disturbed by grey squirrels, after which I was not able to re-locate it. (J St Ledger)

Penryn River: 1 Shoveler, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Whimbrel, 3 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (J St Ledger)

Helford: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (J St Ledger)