Tuesday 27th November

Late Late News, St Mabyn: 2 Red Kites reported in the area 2 weeks ago.

Late News 26th Nov, Penzance: Waxwing feeding on berries at Newbridge.

Late News 26th Nov, Penzance: 6 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Rocks. (R. Farnes)

St Just: Subalpine Warbler 1st w still just north of Cape Cornwall street in residents garden early afternoon though elusive. Please respect residents privacy.

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  3 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 13 Mallard, 14 Teal, 3 Buzzard, 4 Water Rail, 1 Coot, 8 Moorhen, 7 Snipe, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Cetti’s Warblers, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Bullfinch. (D.Flumm)

Marazion beach: 10 Sanderling, 6 Turnstone. (D.Flumm)

Bodmin Moor: Great Northern Diver at Siblyback lake by the moored boats. (A. Davey)

Lower Tamar: 12:00 – 13:00 wet/windy.  4 Goosanders, 3m. 1f, 1 Goldeneye Male, 6 Snipe, 1 Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Rebwings, Little Grebe, 6 Long – tail tits. (R. Mudge)

St Coloumb Major: Rose-coloured Starling, juv again in garden.

Clapper Marshes: 2 Herring Gull, 5 Teal,  12 Snipe, 26 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 1 Pied Wagtail, 12 Canada Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 1 Gadwall (dr), 1 Tufted Duck (f), 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wigeon, 4 Blackbird, 10 Jackdaw, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Robin, 10 Rook, 2 Great Tit, 1 Siskin, 16 Redwing, 1 Dunnock, 1 Wren, 14 House Sparrow, 4 Blue  Tit, 65 Starling, 22 Goldfinch, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackcap (m) and 4 Greenfinch. (D Julian)

Hals’ Grave: 1 Raven (D Julian)

Padstow area: 41 Cormorant, 10 Turnstone, 8 Shag, 81 Herring Gull, 21 Black-headed Gull, 124 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Oystercatcher, 3 Curlew, 24 Mute swan, 1 first winter Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 37 Mallard, 2 Mallard hybrid, 10 lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Greenshank, 4 House Sparrow, 2 Blackbird, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Bullfinch. (D Julian)

Treraven Meadow: 85 Teal, 1 Wigeon, 3 Curlew, 8 Lapwing, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Moorhen, 60 Starling, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 85 Canada Goose, 14 Pied Wagtail, 1 Water Pipit, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Redshank, 2 Green sandpiper, 16 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 4 Meadow Pipit,7 Blackbird, 3 House Sparrow, 3 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Wood Pigeon, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Blue Tit, 4 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch. (D Julian)

Trewince: 53 Black-headed Gull, 3 Mediterranean Gull. (D Julian)

St Mawes: Great Northern Diver 1 from the car park.

Tuesday 13 March 2012

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 15 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 1 hybrid goose, 2 Greylag, 15 Teal, 4 Mallard, 1 Coot, 21 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff and 4 Cetti’s Warbler. Also 32 Dunlin and 15 Turnstone on the beach. (D Parker)

Kenidjack: Ad Night Heron in the stream between the wooden bridge and the pond, but extremely elusive. Best viewed distantly from the path above the workings. (C Barnard, P Clarke, D Parker & S Cox) Later seen further upstream opposite the chimney, present until 18:00 at least. (S Scott) Also juv Glaucous Gull on the beach at 10:30.

Night Heron, Sam Williams.

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only):Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Pintail, Shelduck, 29 Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall. Wigeon mating (photo), 1 Knot, 20+ Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 5 Lapwing, 44 Golden Plover, 1 Bar-Headed Goose, 2 Water Rail, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Sand Martin briefly. (C Selway & D Parker)

Camel Trail: 2+ Green Woodpecker, 5+ Great Spotted woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Bullfinch, 5+ Long-tailed Tit and 2 Siskin. (D Parker)

Marazion: Water Pipit still at Red River mouth. (C Barnard)

Trewellard: Female Rock Thrush in flight at Carn Vellan Cliff on and off during the afternoon SW 364341. Also 2 male Wheatear. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: 1w drake Surf Scoter and Long-tailed duck still off Jubilee Pool, also 26 Purple Sandpipers; 20 Turnstone and 3 Dunlin. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Kingsmill Lake:Lesser Yellowlegs again, view from China Fleet Club nature trail, far hide SX427608. Best looked for on the dropping tide, but always distant.

Longrock: 1 Slav Grebe offshore.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Spotted redshank on Ryan’s Field and 2 ad Med Gulls off the causeway.

College Reservoir: Firecrest near the entrance at the southern end.

Monday 12 March 2012

Late News, 11/03 Devoran: Spotted Redshank and 8 Greenshank. (A Nicholson)

Late News, 11/03 Kingsmill Lake: 1 Spotted Redshank in with the Redshanks. (C Marcol)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1+ Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 12 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 8 Mute Swan, 2 hybrid geese, 17 Teal, 4 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 1 Coot, 21 Moorhen, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Snipe, c30 Goldfinch, 2 Stonechat, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaff and 5 Cetti’s Warbler. Also 6 Turnstone on the beach. (D Parker & C Barnard)

Marazion: Water Pipit still at Red River mouth also 2 Stonechat this morning. (D Parker & C Barnard) Also 5 (3 Ad, 2 2w) Mediterranean Gull on the beach and 1 2w Iceland Gull on Little Hogus late afternoon. (C Barnard)

Kenidjack: Ad Night Heron in stream 100m below the pool at 12:00. (P Clarke) Flew off at 14:30 but relocated on the beach at 16:15.

Night Heron, T Mills, B Field & A Mckechnie

Ladock Wood: 1 Green Woodpecker heard and seen N of car park, 2-4 Siskins in trees by car park, 4 Buzzard over head and 2 Raven. (D Jenkins)

Longdowns: 1 Swallow on wire by the speed camera on the A 394. (W Chegwidden)

College Reservoir: 2 Bittern showing very well 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming. (W Chegwidden)

Stithians Reservoir:4 Great Crested Grebe (2 pairing up), 5 Goldeneye and 17 Snipe. (W Chegwidden)

Nanquidno: Female Merlin chasing Snipe, Jay, Green Woodpecker and Green Sandpiper. (C Moore)

Kingsmill Lake:Lesser Yellowlegs again, view from China Fleet Club nature trail, far hide SX427608. Best looked for on the dropping tide, but always distant. Also 12 Greenshank and 2 Knot. (P Stidwill)

Helston, Lowertown: 2 Green Woodpeckers and a Dipper this morning by the River Cober. (D Wright)

Walmsley Sanctuary (CBWPS Members Only):Pintail, Shoveler, Wigeon, Gadwall and 4+ Ruff still, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Lapwing, 1 Bar-headed Goose and 2 Chiffchaff. (C Selway)

Clapper Pools: 1 Ruff, 1 Wigeon, 1 Water Pipit, 10 Meadow Pipit, 4 Common Snipe, 6 Curlew, 8 Teal and 10 Buzzard viewed from the rugby field. (C Selway)

Egloshayle Ponds: A pair of Little Grebe, loads of Canada Geese, Mute Swans, Wigeon, Mallards, Moorhens and Grey Heron. (Tinbum)

Penzance: Long-tailed Duck off Jubilee Pool, then flew to Newlyn. Also 14 Purple Sandpipers and 3+ Dolphins. 4 Eider, 4 Common Scoter and 2W Iceland Gull on Battery Rocks. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Par: Ring-necked Duck still at Par Beach pool, also drake Shoveler. (A Nicholson)

Pendeen: Juv Glaucous Gull flew past Pendeen Watch at 14:40.

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Water Pipit still on the west side.

Sunday 11 March 2012

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 2 hybrid goose, 3 Greylag, 2 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 6 Mallard, 1 Coot, 21 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Snipe, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker)

Clapper Marshes: 2 Sand Martin. (D Julian)

Mounts Bay from Marazion: 4 Eider (1m 3f), 2 Great Northern Diver, Surf Scoter but distant. (C Barnard)

Penzance: Long-tailed Duck still off Albert Pier. (C Barnard)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Ruff. (C Barnard)

Helston boating Lake: 23 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 31 Mallard, 19 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 3 Mute Swan, 65 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser-backed Gull and 1 Cormorant. (S Bury & T Blunden)

Helston Loe Pool: 6 Goosander (2 male), 2 Goldeneye (1 male), 7 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 35 Cormorant, 17 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard, 10 Mallard, 3 Canada Geese, 8 Moorhen, 9 Coot, 1 Water Rail, 54 Herring Gull, 15 Great Black-backed Gull, 14 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Common Gull and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Bury, T Blunden, P Dinning & W Renshaw) Also Bittern in reeds below Penrose estate and a Chiffchaff singing. (D Flumm)

Drake Goldeneye, W Renshaw secretcornwall

Marazion: Water Pipit again on the beach. (W Renshaw)

Water Pipit, W Renshaw secretcornwall

Penzance, Jubilee Pool: Black Redstart and drake Eider. (W Renshaw)

Croft Pascoe: 3 Shoveler at 08:15 on the pool. (D King)

Stithians Reservoir:Bittern from Stuart Hutchings hide this afternoon showing well at times. Still present at 17:30. Also 5 Goldeneye (2 drake 3 female) and 3 Great Crested Grebe. (D King)

Par: Ring-necked Duck still at Par Beach pool.

Kingsmill Lake:Lesser Yellowlegs again, view from China Fleet Club nature trail, far hide SX427608. Best looked for on the dropping tide, but always distant.

Newlyn: Ad Glaucous Gull in the harbour still. Also a Black Redstart again.

Carnon Downs: Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest at the sewerage works.

Friday 02 March 2012

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 4 Mute Swan, 1 hybrid goose, 12 Teal, 3 Mallard, 1 Coot, 15 Moorhen, 1 Water Rail, 4 Snipe, 3 Chiffchaff and 1 Cetti’s Warbler. (D Parker)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1W Iceland Gull, 1W Glaucous Gull, 3W Yellow-legged Gull and 9 Med Gulls. Also 3 adult Med Gulls at Copperhouse Creek at 14:30. (L Proctor, C Moore & D King)

Hayle Millpond: 1 Firecrest. (C Moore)

Marazion: Water Pipit still by Red River, also 5 (4 ad, 1 2w) Mediterranean Gull and 13 Common Gull on the beach. (C Barnard)

Carminowe: Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrests. (A Pay)

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Little Egret, 189+ Wigeon, 2 Redshank, 7 Shelduck, 2 Crow, 1 Wren, 1 male Teal, 1 female Kestrel and 1 Tawny Owl heard in the woods. (Carol)

Par: Ring Necked Duck still at Par Beach pool.

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Water Pipit.

Newlyn: Ad Glaucous Gull still in the harbour.

Kingsmill Lake:Lesser Yellowlegs again, also1 Spotted Redshank. View from China Fleet Club nature trail, far hide SX427608, best looked for on the dropping tide.

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Late News, 14/2 St Austell: A Jack Snipe shot on the 14/2 at St Austell had been ringed as a juvenile in August 2007 in Burgstadt, Sachhsen, Germany, more information here. The only previous Jack Snipe recovery in the county was a Dutch-ringed bird found dead at Michaelstow in January 1994. (per M Grantham)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Little Egret, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 3 Teal, 2 Mallard, 9 Moorhen and 4 Snipe. (D Parker) Jack Snipe also reported. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Newlyn: Ad Glaucous Gull still in harbour. (D Parker)

Marazion: Water Pipit still at Red River mouth. (D Parker)

Treraven Meadows: 2 Water Pipit, 16 Meadow Pipit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Redshank, 67 Teal, 1 Wigeon and 1 Kingfisher. Also a Field Vole under the hide. (C Selway)

Camel Trail: 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Blackbird, 178 Black-headed Gull, 42 Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Blue Tit, 3 Bullfinch (2m, 1f), 3 Buzzard, 12 Canada Geese, 8 Carrion Crow, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Collared Dove, 8 Common Snipe, 2 Cormorant, 96 Curlew, 168 Dunlin, 4 Dunnock, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Golden Plover, 6 Goldfinch, 5 Goosander (1m, 4f), 23 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Tit, 4 Greenfinch, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Grey Plover, 124 Herring Gull, 7 House Sparrow, 29 Jackdaw, 3 Knot, 48 Lapwing, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Magpie, 48 Mallard, 1 Meadow Pipit, 8 Mute Swan, 29 Oystercatcher, 9 Pied Wagtail, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 57 Redshank, 11 Ringed Plover, 5 Robin, 28 Shelduck, 1 Song Thrush, 55 Starling, 38 Teal, 12 Wigeon, 13 Wood Pigeon and 3 Wren. (The Martin Cutland Nature Walk, per P Whittick)

Rosenannon Downs: Female Hen Harrier and 67 Fieldfares roosted tonight. Nearby a Woodcock was flushed from the verge near Little Trewollack. (D Julian)

Lelant: Firecrest at the railway station. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Sunday 19th Feb. 2012

Late News, 14/2 Helston: Male Black Redstart at RNAS, Culdrose. (P Gay)

Late News, 15/2 Feock: 30+ Black Necked Grebe, 1 Whimbrel and 10 Red-breasted Merganser. (P Gay)

Late News, 16/2 Gerrans Bay: 20 Black Throated Diver. (P Gay)

Late News, 17/2 Church Cove, Lizard: 4 Black Throated Diver. (P Gay)

Late News, 16/2 College Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan, 8 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 7+ Goldeneye, 150+ Wigeon, 2+ Mallard, 35+ Tufted Duck, 55 Coot, 1 Grey Heron, 3+ Cormorant, 130+ Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 174+ Black-headed Gull, 3+ Med Gull, 4+ Common Gull and 1 Coal Tit. (D Chaney)

Late News, 16/2 Argal Reservoir: 3+ Tufted Duck, 9+, Mallard, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 101 Black-headed Gull and 1 Med Gull in a quick scan from the car park. (D Chaney)

Late News, 16/2 Cotehele: 1 Dipper in the National Trust woodlands. (W Renshaw secretcornwall)

Late News, 18/2 Swanpool: 2 Chiffchaffs and an ad Med Gull on the rocks towards Falmouth. (R Matias)

Late News, 18/2 Mousehole: Pair of Black Redstarts in private garden (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern, 1 Little Egret, 8 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 6 Mute Swan, 21 Teal, 7 Mallard, 12 Moorhen, 1 Little Grebe, 9 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Pipit (flew off towards the beach), 10+ Chiffchaff, 1 probable Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti’s Warbler. 17 Sanderling, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Oystercatcher on the beach. (D Parker & W Chegwidden)

Marazion: Water Pipit still at Red River mouth. (D Parker & W Chegwidden)

Newlyn: Ad Glaucous Gull still in harbour. (L Proctor, C Barnard & T Mills)


Video by John Chapple taken 18/02

Photo by Tony Mills

Longrock: 3 f Eider, Long-tailed Duck and 1 Slavonian Grebe. (L Proctor & P St Pierre)

Penzance: 1 1W drake Eider and 7 Common Scoter plus 37 Purple Sandpiper by Jubilee Pool at 15:30. (L Proctor, P St Pierre & D King)

Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Barn Owl, 2 Raven, c40 Golden Plover and c50 Fieldfare. (D Parker)

Chykembro Common: 2 Buzzard and 2 Yellowhammer. (D Parker & P St Pierre)

Amalveor: 1+ ringtail Hen Harrier and 1 Dartford Warbler. (R Menari)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2W Kumlien’s Gull from the causeway along with 2W & 1W Med Gulls. (C Barnard) 2 Grey Plovers and 1 Black-tailed Godwit at Copperhouse Creek. (W Chegwidden)

Zennor: 3 ad and 1 1W Mediterranean gull at Porthzennor Cove this afternoon. (R Phillips)

College Reservoir: 1 drake Ring-necked Duck. (I Maclean)

Carminowe, Helston: 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Coverack Sewage Works: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (I Maclean)

Golitha Falls: 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch seen (at least 2 more calling), Mistle Thrush and 1 Jay. (D Jenkins)

Dozmary Pool: 2f and 1m Goldeneye. (D Jenkins)

River Tamar: Common Scoter heading up river by China Fleet Club north of Saltash at midday (from Tamar Wildlife River Cruise). (D King)


River Lynher: 1 Spoonbill at 12:45 west of Trematon Castle. (D King)

Newquay: 1W drake Lesser Scaup and 3 Tufted Duck on the boating lake this morning. (S Rowe (the finder), K Jones, J Chapple & B Field)


Video John Chapple, Photos Kate Jones (more here) & Brian Field.

Porth Reservoir: 1 Bittern, 2 drake Goosander, 1 Tufted Duck, 22 Mallard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine and 7 Coot. (S Rowe)

Tresillian River: Spotted Redshank showing well near Tresemple, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 5+ Greenshank and 7 Snipe on Tresemple Pool. (A Nicholson)

Swanpool: 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Stonechat, 3+ Water Rail and 1 Little Egret. Also 2 grey Herons at Maenporth. (R Matias)

Par: Ad drake Ring-necked Duck still on Par Beach Pool, also Bittern and Bar-headed Goose. (St Austell Baywatch)

Helston, Loe Pool: Bufflehead still.

Crowdy Reservoir: American Golden Plover reported this afternoon at the western end in a field near the dam.

Newlyn: 2W Iceland off Tolcarne.