Sunday 6th January 2019

CBWPS Cornwall Birds ‘Pic of the Year’ – voting is still open on the page here for the last few days’ images. We will be sorting out the winners and doing a final vote to find the overall favourites over the next couple of days. Thanks for voting and taking part!

Late news, 5/1, Pentire Point West: 3 Short-eared Owl. (S Grose)

Truro: Waxwing still by Malpas House on Malpas Road. (M Spicer, D Jenkins et al) 1 Black-tailed Godwit on Truro River opposite Tesco. (D Jenkins)

Waxwing – photos (left to right) Mike Spicer, Steve Rowe and Steve Rogers

Waxwing – John Chapple

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint to at least 13:30. 5 Water Pipit, 1 Ruff, c30 Black-tailed Godwit, 2000+ Golden Plover overhead coming off main estuary. (P Kemp)

Devoran: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs still late afternoon. (S Rowe, T Carson)1 1st winter Spoonbill. (P Roseveare, B Bosisto, L Payne) 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 2 Siskin. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Constantine: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 8 Chiffchaff at the sewage works. (D Collins)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 30 Lapwing, 8 Snipe, 60 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Coverack: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at the sewage works. (D Wright, S Bury) 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Eider (f) and 7 Med Gull in the bay. (D Wright, S Bury)

Yellow-browed Warbler – Dougy Wright

Wadebridge: Great White Egret flew up river between the A39 bridge & Wadebridge at 15:35. (S Lilley)

St Martin in Meneage: 25+ Cattle Egret. (A Chatfield)

St Clement: 1 Avocet still. (M Jones, D Eva, P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal) Also 1 Kingfisher. (D Eva) 2 Nuthatch. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Gillan Creek: 1 Spoonbill. (B Nicholls)

Newlyn: 1 Black Redstart at Tolcarne Terrace, 4 Eider off Wherrytown. (S Grose)

Marazion Beach: 3 Common Gull on the sea opp red river. (S Grose)

Jubilee Pool, Penzance: 2 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Eider. (R Treeby)

Men-an-Tol: male Hen Harrier. (R Treeby)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Carnsew Basin: 1 Spoonbill, 8+ Little Grebe, 4 Little Egret, 60+ Dunlin, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 10+ Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 6 Grey Plover, 12 Golden Plover. Ryan’s Field: 1 Kingfisher, 200+ Golden Plover, 80+ Lapwing. (B Hicks) 8 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Lizard Point: 3 Avocet past this morning.

Loe Pool: 9 Goosander in Carminowe Creek (6m, 3f). (D Wright) 30+ Pochard. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Gerrans Bay: 1 Red-throated Diver, 20 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 3 Slavonian Grebe. (D Eva) 50+ Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 2 Red-necked Grebe, 6 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1f Long-tailed Duck viewed from Portscatho and Pendower. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal) c20 Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 24 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 ad Kittiwake, viewed from Pendower. (P Kemp)

St Mawes: 2 Sandwich Tern. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Tregony: 2 Dipper. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal)

Helston: drk Ferruginous Duck of unknown origin still on boating lake. (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Veal, M Webb)

Ferruginous Duck – Martin Webb

Hell’s Mouth: 6 (1 ad 5 juv) Whooper Swan still in field east of cafe adjacent to the Coombe turn off. (M Webb)

Whooper Swans – Martin Webb

Loe Beach, Carrick Roads: 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Great Northern Diver, 18 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 15 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, c25 Common Dolphin. (B Bosisto, L Payne) 17+ Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 1 Great Crested Grebe. (D Julian)

East Pentire Head: 2 Short-eared Owl. (D Julian)

Hannafore, Looe: 1 Cormorant, probable P. c. sinensis, feeding close to shore for some time (gular angle near 90°, white head plumage & feathering, red spot on upper mandible). (I Juliane)

Feock Church: 1 Blackcap, 6 Greenfinch. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Bude Marshes: 1 Barnacle Goose with c100 Canada Gose. (B Nicholls)

Barnacle Goose – Blake Nicholls

East Looe: 1 male Blackcap on Bay View Road. (D Spooner)

Beneathway, Dobwalls: Tawny owl calling at 05:00. (C&J Duffy)

Torpoint: Sparrowhawk with pigeon as prey in private garden. (R Napp)

Sparrowhawk – Rick Napp


Saturday 5th January 2019

Gerrans Bay, from Pendower Beach: Pacific Diver, 50 Great Northern Diver, 15 Black-throated Diver, 5 Slavonian Grebe and 2 Red-necked Grebe. (O Beaumont)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs, Spoonbill and Spotted Redshank. (O Beaumont)

Truro: Waxwing feeding on pink-berried Sorbus by Malpas House, Malpas Road, 16:10-16:35. (D Cole)

Waxwing – Dan Cole

St Clement: 1 Avocet and 1 Cattle Egret. (B Mellow)

Chapel Amble: Temminck’s Stint and 6 Water Pipit still, also 2 Ruff, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Water Rail and 10 Chiffchaff. (M Ahmad, P Roseveare, R Treeby, S Border)

Lower Tamar Lake: Female Ring-necked Duck and female Scaup still also 29 Goosander and 2+ Willow Tit. (P Roseveare)

St Michael Penkevil: 11+ Cattle Egret at Tresawson Farm. (J Chapple)

Helston: Presumed escaped male Ferruginous Duck still on Coronation Boating Lake, Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest in the car park opposite the seagwe works. (M Elliott)

Loe Pool: 23 Shoveler, 13 Pochard, 1 Goosander, 1 Water Rail, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Sparrowhawk, all at the northern end. (G Adams) 1 f Goldeneye, Marsh Tit, 2 Jay, 27 Pochard, 8 Goosander, 9 Great Crested Grebe, Nuthatch. (A Witheywood)

Goldeneye – A Witheywood

Drift Reservoir: 2+ Cattle Egret viewable distantly from the car park. (DK Parker)

Sancreed: 4 Cattle Egret. (D Flumm)

St Martin: 22 Cattle Egret with cows in the field close to the church this afternoon. (J Selby)

Hell’s Mouth: 6 Whooper Swan still in field east of café by junction of road to Coombe. (T Wilson)

Tehidy, North Cliffs:  3 Lapland Bunting, 50 Skylark, 30 Meadow Pipit and a Snipe in weedy field opposite entrance to Rogue Theatre. (T Wilson)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Adult Spoonbill in Carnsew Basin, also 8+ Little Grebe and 1 Red-breasted Merganser. (DK Parker) Ryan’s Field: Sparrowhawk and female Kingfisher. (T Whitemore)

Kingsmill Lake, Saltash: 33 Avocet, 6 Greenshank, 17 Redshank, 22 Lapwing, 74 Curlew, c70 Black-tailed Godwit, c60 Dunlin, 317 Canada Goose, 4 Barnacle Goose, c80 Wigeon, c150 Teal, 96 Shelduck, 1 ad Med Gull. (P Kemp)

Spit Beach: 1 Black Redstart. (M Jones)

Maer Lake: 1 Water Pipit and 2 Ruff. (P Roseveare)

Bude Marshes: 1 Barnacle Goose with the Canada Geese. (P Roseveare)

Men-an-Tol: 1 Hen Harrier (ringtail) mobbed by Carrion Crows and Raven. (J Evans)

Argal Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe. (J St Ledger)

Slavonian Grebe – John St Ledger

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Newquay, Towan Head: 60+ Wigeon, 2 Grey Plover, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 11 Turnstone, 17 Oystercatcher, 4 Stonechat, 2 Raven. Towan Beach: 3 Blackcap in tamarisk bushes under the house on the island, 1 fem type Black Redstart. (S Grose)

The Lizard, St Keverne Beacon: 1 Peregrine flew W towards Goonhilly. Polcoverack Farm area: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker & 3 Bullfinch. Bray Cot Downs: 1f Merlin. (J Hawkey & K Dalziel)

Merlin – Kate Dalziel

Mabe: 300 Linnet and 400 Chaffinch in stubble maize fields above S end of Argal Reservoir. (D Chaney)

Downderry: 5+ Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver and 1 Slavonian Grebe offshore. 2 Blackcap in the village. (A Payne)


Saturday 11th February 2017

Cooksland,Bodmin: 1 Waxwing feeding on red crab apples in gardens to the west of West End Motors (DA Conway)

Bude: 1 Goldcrest (m) in private garden (B Nicholls)

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Goldcrest – Blake Nicholls

Millbrook: 1 Cattle Egret again at Stone Farm in the cattle field in Withnoe Lane. (B Taggart)

Loe Pool: 33 Cormorant, 33 Pochard, 27 Shoveler, 16 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Goosander (2 ad drake and 7 brownhead), 8 Grey Heron, 1 Snipe. (G Adams)

Helston Boating Lake: 428 Black-headed Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Shoveler. (G Adams) 2 Mediterranean Gull at boating lake mid-afternoon but no sign of Iceland Gull. (D King)

Carharrack: 2 (m&f) Blackcap, 6 Long-tailed Tit,  1 m Bullfinch feeding well on feeders private garden. (W Chegwidden)

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Blackcaps – Warren Chegwidden

Lizard Downs: 1 m Hen Harrier, with 1 Marsh Harrier near Windmill Farm. (R Augarde)

Carrick Roads: 11 Black-necked Grebe, 20 Red-breasted Merganser (D Eva )

Crowlas: 1f Brambling still in private garden. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary: 1 1w drk Green-winged Teal, 1 imm Spoonbill, 4 (2 drk) Goosander, 7 Mediterranean Gull, 1 1w Common Gull on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Gannel Estuary: 3 Cormorant, 1 Goosander, 89 Wigeon, 12 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 46 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe)

Swanpool Nature Reserve: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 8+ Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Water Rail (J St Ledger, C Benton)

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Bullfinch, Water Rail – John St Ledger

St Erth: 1 Cattle Egret still present but at far end of field from gate/road and difficult to see. (D King)

Falmouth: 1m Black Redstart feeding at bases of trees at c.5 foot range on Killigrew Street. (D Chaney)

Ruan Lanihorne:  At least 7 Cattle Egret with at least 1 Little Egret in with Freisian herd in roadside field approximately 500 metres south of the farm buildings at Tregenna Farm (north of Lamorran Wood, about 1 mile NW of Sett bridge from Ruan Laniihorne), 3.00pm NB – take care parking; difficult, narrow, unclassified road, with mud and farm traffic. (D Hall)

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Cattle Egret – Dave Hall

North Cliffs: 12 Lapland Bunting, 60 Linnet, 200 Skylark (P St Pierre)

Newlyn: 1 Black Redstart. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Perranuthnoe: ad Hudsonian Whimbrel again at Boat Cove (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup still


Thursday 9th February 2017

Late picture, 8/2, Hayle, Carnsew Basin: 1 imm Spoonbill. (C Law)

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Devoran: 1 Waxwing around gardens near pub. (S Votier)

St Erth: 1 Cattle Egret, 8 Little Egret and 30 Curlew. (MJ Spicer) Later, 2 Cattle Egret with 12 Little Egret again along Treloweth Lane at 4:15pm. (R Veal)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Mandarin, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Gadwall, 1 m Shoveler, c80 Lapwing, c30 Golden Plover and 1 ad Mediterranean Gull. (MJ Spicer, T Mills)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 4 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 18 Wigeon, 43 Teal, 11 Mallard, 1 Cormorant, 1 Bittern, 3 Little Egret, 15 Grey Heron, 4 Buzzard, 2 Water Rail, 13 Moorhen, 1 Oystercatcher, 41 Curlew, 31 Snipe, 1 Woodcock, 5 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 9 Herring Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Firecrest, 2 Long-tailed Tit and c40,000 Starling. (DK Parker, A James)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Avocet, 3 Goosander, 1 Iceland Gull, c50 Grey Plover, c20 Golden Plover, c300 Lapwing,  4 Teal, 4 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit, c20 Wigeon, c100 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret, c20 Great Black-backed Gull, c200 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 25 Curlew, 24 Oystercatcher. (J-L Epstein, D.Chadwick) Lelant Saltings: 1 imm Spoonbill, 5 (1 near sum plum) Mediterranean Gull, 2 Greenshank, 3 Teal, 210 Curlew.  (R Veal)

Newquay near the Gannel Estuary: 1 Black Redstart. (T Purnell)

Helston Boating Lake and Sewage Works: 1 1w Iceland Gull. (R Butts)

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Crowlas: 1f Brambling again in private garden. (R Veal)

Millbrook: 1 Cattle Egret again at Stone Farm with 10 Little Egret in cattle field in Withnoe Lane. (B Taggart)

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel in Boat Cove again.


Friday 20th January 2017

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel still in Boat Cove, 1 Redshank, 2 Turnstone and 3 Oystercatcher. (J Lander)

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart still present. (A McKechnie)

Hayle Estuary: 1m Green-winged Teal, 1 Iceland Gull, 1 Water Pipit, 1 Spoonbill, 4 Goosander. (A McKechnie, Cornwall Birding)


Green-winged Teal, Alex McKechnie

Marazion Marsh RSPB:  1 Bittern. (J Watts, D Parker) 1 Marsh Harrier, 85 Teal, 4 Mediterranean Gull. (D Flumm, P St Pierre, A James)

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Bittern, John Watts

Bittern, John Watts

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Marsh Harrier, Alan James

Sennen Cove: 1 Hooded Crow on outer rocks east of bay. (T Hardware)

Men-an-Tol: 1 Pheasant, 1 Snipe, 1 Stonechat, 1 Barn Owl being mobbed by ringtail Hen Harrier. (S Cox)

Woon Gumpus: 1 Barn Owl hunting, early evening. (D Parker)

Porthmeor Common: 7 Yellowhammer on Gear Hill. (S Cox)

Trevose Head: 3 Lapland Bunting. (J St Ledger) Also Hooded Crow still present. 

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Lapland Bunting, John St Ledger

Rock: 1 Redpoll. (S Grose)

Redpoll, Shaun Grose

Redpoll, Shaun Grose

Bude: 4 Stonechat, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Goldfinch. (H Wilkins)

Helston Boating Lake: 2 Mistle Thrush. (D Wright)

Tehidy Country Park: 2 Blue Tit, 3 Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Tit, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (K Bowers)

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Grey Wagtail and Yellow-browed Warbler, Kevin Bowers

College Reservoir: 1st winter male Scaup. (L Langley)

Swanpool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff at Swanvale NR. (L Langley)

Saltash: 3 Waxwing in a private garden briefly this morning.

Seaton: 2 Black Redstart, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 Red-throated Diver. (Cornwall Birding)


Thursday 19th January 2017

Mousehole: 1 Eastern Black Redstart still below Rock Pool café.

Perranuthnoe: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel.

Penzance: 9 Purple Sandpiper.

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Bittern. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary: 1 juv Iceland Gull from Lelant Saltings. (P Clement, MJ Spicer). 50+ Lapwing , 30+ Teal, 1 Oystercatcher , 1 Curlew. (K Bowers) Also 1 m Green-winged Teal and 1 Spoonbill still present. (DK Parker, P Stidwill)

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Ryans Field: 2 Black-headed Gull , 1 Curlew , 6 Redshank , 15 Wigeon , 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Little Egret. (K Bowers)

Oystercatcher, Kevin Bowers

Oystercatcher, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Little Egret, Kevin Bowers

Sancreed: 1 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Men-an-tol: 150 Golden Plover, Snipe, 2 Bullfinch, 1m Dartford warbler, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (R Hollis)

Godrevy Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper. (Cornwall Birding)

St Gothian Sands: 1m Shoveler, 1 Kingfisher and 5 Snipe. Also flock of 56+ Skylark in fields opposite. (Cornwall Birding)

Pendeen (Boslow): c.15 fieldfares. (R Phillips)

Truro: 2 Avocets from Sunny Corner. (M Lammas)

Tremaine: 1 Waxwing in upper tier of garden centre car park.

Gannel Estuary: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull. (P Clement, MJ Spicer). 1m American Wigeon reported again this afternoon.

Tehidy: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler. (S Williams)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sam Williams

Yellow-browed Warbler, Sam Williams

Mount Hawke: 1m Bullfinch. (RB Girling)

Helston SF: 1 Firecrest, 6+ Goldcrest and 20+ Chiffchaff. (P Clement, M Wallace, MJ Spicer)

Dozmary Pool: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Hannafore Beach, Looe: 2f Black Redstart. (E Mayhew)

Millbrook Lake: 4 ad Mediterranean Gull, 54 Teal. (R Smaldon)

St. Johns Lake: 7 Brent Goose. (R Smaldon)

Wadebridge: 1 Common Seal about a mile out of Wadebridge at Pendarvey Bridge. (C Davies)

Common Seal, Charles Davies

Common Seal, Charles Davies

Harlyn to Constantine: 14 Oystercatcher, 4 Feral Pigeon, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Kestrel, 2 Stonechat and 17 Fulmar. (R Hughes)

Wadebridge: Cetti’s Warbler at the sewage works on the Camel Trail. (C Selway)


Tuesday 17th January 2017

Late news, 16/1, Saltash: 3 Waxwing, 2 light in colour and a third much ‘pinker’, perched in small trees in Pillmere housing estate. Present again today. (M&G Puttee)

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Waxwings – Michael and Georgina Puttee

Late news, 16/1,  Lynher Estuary: 4 Spoonbill still on Rat Island in the morning with c170 Oystercatcher. (M Beer).

Perranuthnoe: Hudsonian Whimbrel still at Boat Cove. (A McKechnie)


Hudsonian Whimbrel – Alex McKechnie

Marazion: Pacific Diver again and 6 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Dozmary Pool: Lesser Scaup still present.

Helston: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler around the sewage works. (T Phelps)

Lizard Point: 1 Puffin with Guillemots and Razorbills moving west, 4 Black-throated Diver (west) and 2 Reed Bunting in the village. (T Phelps)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Bittern flew from Longrock Pool this morning. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 32 Purple Sandpiper on high tide roost at Battery Rocks, 16 Turnstone in the Harbour. (T Mills) 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest at Chyandour. (D Flumm, P St Pierre)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Muscovy Duck, 28 Little Grebe, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 110 Canada Goose, 105 Wigeon, 77 Teal, 22 Mallard, 2 f Pintail, 8 Shoveler, 1 Pochard, 19 Tufted Duck, 4 (1m 3f) Goldeneye, 3 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 7 Coot, 220 Lapwing, 24 Curlew, 274 Black-headed Gull, 31 Herring Gull, 4 Stonechat. (D Chaney)

Wadebridge: 1 Red-breasted Merganser seen at Polbrock Bridge. (D Braund)

Bude: 6 Purple Sandpiper and 2 Turnstone feeding on the breakwater at high tide this morning. (H Kendall)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1w Green-winged Teal, sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull, m + f Goosander on the estuary. (B Dallas) 1 Spoonbill, 1 Shelduck, 70+ Lapwing, 30+ Curlew, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron on Ryan’s Field. (A James)

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Spoonbill – Alan James

Falmouth: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and 1 Yellow-browed Warbler at north end of Swanpool. (L Langley)

Rock: 1 Woodcock and 8 Mediterranean Gull at Porthilly Farm. (S Grose)