Friday 5th February 2021

Pendeen Watch: White-billed Diver flew west close in beyond the rocks at 09:40, 4 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-throated Diver, 2 diver sp and 4 Great Skua between first light and 10:05. (P Combridge)

St Buryan: Ringtail Hen Harrier. (NR Rogers)

St Gothian Sands NR: juv Glaucous Gull at 12:15. (S Croft)

Cape Cornwall: 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fin Whale late am. (N Wheatley) Fin Whale still WNW of headland and c2 Km distant 14:00-14:30 hrs. Also Great Skua. (D Flumm)

Fin Whale – Dave Flumm

Fin Whale – Dave Flumm

Stithians Reservoir: 8 Curlew, 8 Tufted Ducks, 20 Starling on wire, 2 Wrens, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 2 Mallards, 2 Magpie, 1 Barn Owl which flew out in front of us and off across the lake. (R Smith) 4 Goldeneye (1 Drake, 3 female), 3 Pochard (2 Drakes, 1 female). (J St Ledger)

Goldeneye – John St Ledger

Feock: 1 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Siskin, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbird,1 Song Thrush, 3 Chaffinch in coastal garden. (K Hambly-Staite)

Falmouth Bay, Maenporth: 2 Pomarine Skua, Black Guillemot, 4 Great Northern Diver, Curlew. (G Wills and N Walton)

River Tamar – Cargreen to Salter’s Mill: 1 Cormorant; 8 Little Egrets; 59 Canada Geese;56 Shelduck; 2 Mallard; 20 Teal; 54 Avocet; 11 Curlew; 8 Redshank; 1 Greenshank; 1 Moorhen; Herring Gulls; Black-headed Gulls; 1 Buzzard; Rooks; Crows; Jackdaws; 2 Magpies; 3 Redwing; 2 Wrens; 4 Robins; 1 Firecrest; 3 Chaffinch; 3 Greenfinch;  5 Goldfinch; House Sparrows; 1 Long-tailed Tit; 4 Blue Tits; 5 Great Tits (A Parker)

Towan Head, Newquay: 17 Red-throated Diver, 3 Kittiwake, 9 Common Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper (N Long)

Gannel Estuary: 1 ad Iceland Gull, 6 Med Gull late pm. (S Rowe) 127 Curlew, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Buzzard (N Long)

Wadebridge: 1 Sparrowhawk over RC Showground , 1 Black Swan grazing with Mute Swans below the flyover early am. (S Grose)

Tredrizzisk: 1 f Sparrowhawk through, 100+ Redwing over, from a private garden. (S Grose)

Rosenannon Downs: 2 Tawny Owl heard, 1 Short-eared Owl. (S Grose)

St Loy, Boskenna Farm: 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier over, 19 Golden Plover resting in winter wheat. (T Mills)

Little Egret and Cattle Egret – Tony Mills


Friday 13th March 2020

Lare news, 12/3, Coverack: 1 White-billed Diver, located c. 300m offshore, present between 16:00-17:00, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver (P Nason and J Jones).

Siblyback Resveroir: male Ring-necked Duck now associating with the 25 Tufted Duck, (including French ringed female), 2 Goldeneye, 10 Mallard, 4+ Little Grebe. (K Pellow)

Newlyn: 1w Iceland Gull still present. (L Proctor)

Newquay: Adult Glaucous Gull still in field with pink elephant near Trevemper roundabout. (S Grose)

Trevose Head: 3 Lapland Bunting ( two in stubble field behind national trust car park, one in mixed finch flock in stubble field next to lifeboat station road). (B Bosisto, L Payne) Also 2 Ravens, 1 Merlin approx 13:00  hunted over field before heading towards Lifeboat Station. (M Greenhalgh)

Chyandour: 1w Glaucous Gull at Rosemorran stream outflow briefly early pm, then flew west; also drk Eider. (M Elliott, R Veal)

Glaucous Gull – Martin Elliott

Little London: 2 f-type Black Redstart, c35 Common Gull. (R Veal)

Marazion: Evidence of Common Gull movement early morning with flock of 12 (3 s/p ad’s) heading N over marsh with another 11 (1 s/p ad) sat on sea offshore. Remainder 2cy’s. (J Hawkey)

Wadebridge: 1 Firecrest in scrub next to Beach Box Cafe. (S Grose)

Goss Moor: Blackcap and Willow Tit singing this morning. (J Rance)

Longrock: 1 Sandwich Tern on rocks offshore. (J Hawkey)

Penzance: 1 Black Redstart by the railway station. (A McKechnie)

Black Redstart – Alex McKechnie

Carbis Bay: Sandwich Tern and 6 Black-throated Divers early morning. (GE & LA Carr)

Charlestown: 1 m & 1 f Blackcap (D Hastilow)

Trencrom: 2 Mistle Thrush, 4 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Raven, 1 Coal Tit. (J Evans)

Porthtowan Valley: 3 Chiffchaff singing (R Netherton)

Mount Hawke to Porthtowan: 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (R Netherton)

Porthilly: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 7 Greenfinch, 3 Skylark. (S Grose)


Thursday 27th February 2020

Cape Cornwall: White-billed Diver and 1 Great Northern Diver between the Cape and the Brisons, still present to the north of the Cape at 16:00. (N Wheatley)

White-billed Diver – Nigel Rogers

Devoran Quay: 42 Common Gull, 1 Whimbrel. 9 Black-tailed Godwit, 120+ Dunlin, 60+ Redshank, 40+ Curlew, 1 Greenshank. (J St Ledger)

Stithians Reservoir: Lesser Scaup at the Golden Lion end. (A Bond)

Trevose Head: Still 6+ Lapland Bunting by the car park. (A Bond)

Helford River: 3 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Tufted Duck, 13 Coot, 2 Grey Heron. (S Grose)

Newquay: Ad Glaucous Gull not present in the pink elephant field between 11.15 and 12:00 but back in the field when I returned again at 13:30. (C Button)

Penzance: Black Redstart enjoying a rare bit of sunshine at Battery Rocks beach. (A McKechnie)

Black Redstart – Alex McKechnie

Porthscatho: 1 Long-tailed Duck. (A le Masurier)

Loe Pool: 20+Fieldfare, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Goosander,15 Pochard, 7 Goldcrests, 9 Great Crested Grebe and 6 Long-tailed Tits. (A Witheywood)

Goldcrest – Andrew Witheywood

Helston-Penrose: 5-8 Firecrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 10+ Goldcrest, 4+ Song Thrush and lots of Redwing chattering in the trees. Also 7 Shoveler on Loe Pool, (JH and K Dalziel)

Seaton – Murraytown: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 27 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver also 1 singing Chiffchaff. (K Pellow)

Portwrinkle / Whitsand Bay: 1 Great Northern Diver , 85 + Common Scoter. (K Pellow)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 100+ Auk sp., c30 Kittiwake, 70+ Gannet, 10 Shag, 2 Common Gull. (T Phelps) Also1 Red-necked Grebe 400m off Castle Beach. (J St Ledger)

Trevescan: Imm/female Black Redstart. (J Miller)

Drift Reservoir (Members only): Long-tailed Duck still present today NW of hide. (M McKee)

Sennen: 6 Chough near harbour CP. (S Hallett)

Hayle Estuary: 2w/s Yellow-legged Gull, possible ad Caspian Gull. (M Elliott) 2 Goosander, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Grey Plover, 1 Kingfisher and a Greenshank. (S Green)

Mousehole: 1w Iceland Gull (different to the Newlyn bird), 2s Yellow-legged Gull, and Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull. (M Elliott)

Marazion: 55 Curlew over, 15 Common Scoter. (P Fraser)

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Late news, 20/2, Men-an-Tol: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier, 1 Barn Owl, c30 Fieldfare, 3 Stonechat and 1 Snipe. (DK Parker, JD Swann)

Winnards Perch: Ringtail Hen Harrier at Trelow Downs at 07:30. (R Augarde)

Sancreed: 1w Iceland Gull ploughed fields for second day. (D Flumm)

1w Iceland Gull – Dave Flumm

Newquay: 1w Ring-billed Gull at Trenance boating lake.

Mousehole: White-billed Diver still off Penlee lifeboat station, also Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and Great Skua. (C Small) White-billed Diver at mid-day – swam over towards Penzance Harbour. At least 12 Great Northern Divers. (R Butts and T Pinfield)

Trevose Head: c12 Corn Bunting in the field opposite Coastguard West Cottage.

Marazion Marsh: 1 Bittern, 2 Firecrest, I Chiffchaff, 8 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, 7 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher and 1 doe Roe Deer. (A James)

Bittern – Alan James

Mabe: 2 Cattle Egrets still in paddock with Donkeys at Flicker Donkey Sanctuary viewed from Trenoweth Lane (PJ Freestone)

Carnon Downs: Yellow-browed Warbler still at the sewage works and now in song and displaying to a Goldcrest. (C Small)

St Clement: 17 Cattle Egret and 3 Little Egret. (R Castillo-Nicholls and R Nicholls)

Cattle Egret, Rowena Castillo-Nicholls

Camel Trail Wildlife Walk: 24 Mute swan, 2 Whooper Swan, 40 Shelduck, 7 Mallard, 21 Wigeon, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 2 Spoonbill, 2 Buzzard, 75 Oystercatcher, 15 Ringed Plover, c.3000 Golden Plover, 200 Lapwing, 120 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 80 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 120 Black-headed Gull, 150 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 7 Great Black-backed Gll, 5 Wood Pigeon, 1 Collared Dve, 1 Meadow Ppit, 2 Pied Wgtail, 1 Grey Wgtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robin, 1 Black Rdstart, 2 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 2 Song Trush, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Great Tt, 1 Blue T, 1 Long-tailed Tt, 7 Rook, 30 Carrion Cow, 2 Raven, 25 Starling, 8 House Sarrow, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch,  1 Rabbit, 1 Fox, 6 Common frog + spawn, 5 Palmate newt (M Scawen et al.)

Whooper Swan, Mike Scawen

Truro: Female blackcap in a private garden. (M Costa)

Truro: Male Blackcap still visiting a private  garden daily to feed on hearts. (K & J Mortimore)

Dobwalls: Firecrest in private garden (C&J Duffy)

Porthleven:  430 Golden Plover. (D Flumm)

Golden Plover, Dave Flumm

Crowlas: 1f Brambling, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Peregrine, c30 Golden Plover, 1 Med Gull, 1 Common Gull this evening. (R Veal)

Towan Head: 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-throated Diver. (S Rowe)

Gwennap Church:  2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Nuthatch, (R Hampshire)


Tuesday 20th February 2018

Mousehole: White-billed Diver still off Penlee lifeboat station at 11:11. Again at 15:15 plus 2 Great Skuas. (DI Julian) 2 Bonxie, 6+ Great Northern Diver, c40 Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise. (P Aley & I Teague)

St Clement: 17 Cattle Egrets still at Menadews Farm at 12:30 (T Wilson)

Stithians: 1 Great White Egret at Golden Lion cutoff. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Sancreed: 1w Iceland Gull following plough. 1 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Greylag, 29 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Spoonbill still at 07:52.

Newlyn: 1w Glaucous Gull still in the harbour at 13:20 plus a male Black Redstart at Tolcarne. (L Proctor) Juv Iceland Gull, Juv Glaucous Gull. (P Aley & I Teague)

Bartinney: 1 m Peregrine over. (P Taylor)

St Ives: 2 Purple Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin, 42 Turnstone. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Carbis Bay: 1 Red-throated Diver. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Eagles Nest: Barn Owl this evening. (R  Menari)

Penzance: Eider and c12 Common Scoter off Eastern Green. (L Proctor) drake Eider, Common Scoter, 3 Great Northern Diver off Jubilee Pool. (P Aley & I Teague) 2 Firecrest in tree next to Yacht Inn (J Evans)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Firecrest and 3 Chiffchaff. (L Proctor)

Crowlas: 1m Merlin over, 1 Mistle Thrush, 20 Little Egret, 1 Firecrest. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary, Lelant Saltings: 14 Common Gull, 3 Med Gulls, 21 Bar-tailed Godwits, 32 Curlew, 2 Greenshank, Spoonbill (later on Copperhouse Creek), 6 Grey Plover, 40+ Dunlin, 16 Redshank, 12+ Teal, 60+ Wigeon. (PJ Freestone and M Halliday) Ryan’s Field: 38 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 115 Lapwing, 2 Shelduck, 6 Black-headed Gull, 5 Curlew, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Raven flew over. Copperhouse Creek: 12 Shelduck, 174 Black-headed Gull, Spoonbill, 160+ Wigeon, 8 Teeal, 7 Bar-tailed Godwit, 87 Dunlin, 187 Herring Gulls, 4 LBB Gulls, 1 GBB, 13 Canada Geese. (PJ Freestone)

Lamorna: 1 Firecrest. (M McKee)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Black Redstart. (M McKee)

Looe estuary (WeBS count): c360 Black-headed Gull, 21 Canada Goose, 3 Common Gull, 5 Curlew, 30 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Greenshank, 11 Grey Heron (with at least 7 active nests), 1 Grey Wagtail, c170 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 41 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 9 Mute Swan, 11 Oystercatcher, 22 Redshank, 7 Shelduck, 2 Wigeon. (D Spooner)

Amble Marshes: 2 Water Pipit still. (C Selway)

Lower Tamar Lake: 13 Goosander (8m 5f), 2 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, 1 Cormorant, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Fieldfare. (R Mudge)

Seaton: 1 Red Throated Diver, 2 pairs Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Peacock butterfly. (R Smaldon)

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

Mawgan: 1 male Brambling, 1 Nuthatch and 1 Blackcap in garden. Also 1 Firecrest at the top of lower lane around the horse stables.  Up to 2 Firecrest have been present here all winter, almost always in the same small stretch of hedge. (P. Bedford)


Monday 19th February 2018

Late news, 17/2, Newquay: Original photos of last Saturdays possible Audouin’s Gull.

Late photo, 16/2, Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret. (J St Ledger)

Great White Egret, John St Ledger

Late news, 18/2, Dobwalls: Firecrest in private garden (C&J Duffy)

Mousehole: Pacific Diver still off Penlee lifeboat station at 09:15. Also White-billed Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and 2 Great Skua.

Newlyn: Glaucous Gull on the Fisherman’s Mission.

Liskeard: Hawfinch in Dean Street.

Truro: Hawfinch coming to a feeder in a private garden.

St Clement: 12 Cattle Egret in field opposite Doorstep and Nance Farm.

Mevagissey Bay: 4+ Glaucous Gulls, 2 Iceland Gulls and 1 Purple Sandpiper from a Kayak trip this morning. (R Kirkwood)

Glaucous Gulls, Rupert Kirkwood

Glaucous and Iceland Gull, Rupert Kirkwood

Iceland Gull, Rupert Kirkwood

Sancreed: 1w Glaucous Gull north-west 08:45 and 230 Redwing in the fields. (D Flumm)

Mousehole: Great Skua midday. C. Richards

Penzance: 1 Peregrine over Lidden area at 07:30. (T Mills)

Marazion:12 Common Scoter,120+ Sanderling. (J St Ledger)

Common Scoter, John St Ledger

Longrock Pool: 3 Gadwall. (J St Ledger) 

Crowlas: 1 Mistle Thrush briefly in private garden, 1m Blackcap and 50 Redwing including one with a striking white eye ring. (R Veal)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1w m Scaup, 42 Teal, 13+ Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Curlew, 5 Oystercatcher, c150 Lapwing over, 2 Med Gull and 2 Coot. (MJ Spicer) 42 Canada Geese, 9 Oystercatcher, 2 Shelduck, 16 Tufted Duck, Scaup, 2 Buzzard, 4 Snipe, 12 Moorhen, 90+ Herring Gull, 21 GBB Gull, 4 LBB Gull, 3 Little Grebe, 4 Black-headed Gull, 3 Pied Wagtail, 14+ Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark, 2 Stonechat, 2 Coot, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Rock Pipit between 12:30-13:30. (P Freestone)

Copperhouse Creek: Spoonbill still at 14:15. (P Freestone)

Camel Estuary: 2 Whooper Swans with 24 Mute swan in field north of Burniere Point.

Polgigga: Ringtail Hen Harrier from Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Truro: Male Blackcap in a private garden. (M Costa)  2f , 1m Siskin in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Tredrizzick: 18 Goldfinch in the garden today (feeding on beech buds), and a pair of Blackcaps. (J Shortridge)

Dobwalls: Female Blackcap in private garden (C&J Duffy)

Cotehele Woods: 2 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Marsh Tit. ( B. Toms)


Sunday 18th February 2018

Hayle Estuary: 1 Spoonbill, 7 Goosander, 110 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, one 1w American Herring Gull. (B Bosisto, R Augarde, B Mellow, S Rogers, R Wilkins) Also ad Iceland Gull reported in Copperhouse Creek late morning.

American Herring Gull – Bob Bosisto

Mousehole: White-billed Diver still off Rockpool Cafe at 10:28. (S Rogers) and 12:40 (C Urquhart) but visibility poor. Off Penlee Lifeboat Station at 14:15. (M Elliott et al.) Also 9 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater and 1 Great Skua plus a Firecrest in allotments. (PJ Freestone, B Bosisto)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Drake Green-winged Teal and Spoonbill still present.

Gillan Creek: 1 Cattle Egret, 7 Common Gull, 1 Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper on webs count at 13:00. (J Selby)

Truro: Female Blackcap and female Hawfinch in a private garden on the feeders throughout the day. Fat balls preferred by Blackcap, sunflower seeds by Hawfinch. (R Gray)

Gannel Estuary: 1w Ring-billed Gull. ( S Rowe)

Colliford reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 54 Canada Goose, 2 Great Northern Diver,1 Goosander (red head),11 Great Crested Grebe,1 Little Grebe, 2 Grey Heron,10 Mallard, 35 Tufted Duck,1 Lesser Scaup, 11 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 32 Teal, 5 Cormorant, 3 Snipe,1 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 46 Black-headed Gull, 2 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 24 Carrion Crow, 31 Jackdaw, 12 Magpie, 258 Starling, 8 Stock Dove, 7 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 36 Fieldfare, 17 Redwing, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 White Wagtail, 8 Chaffinch, 9 House Sparrow, 4 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Rabbit and numerous batches of Frog’s spawn.  (DAConway)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Glossy Ibis and 1 Spotted Redshank.

Newquay: 1 Peregrine Falcon on cliffs below the barrowfields,metal ring on right leg and yellow ring on left leg with letters PX or PY. (S Grose)

Germoe: 2 Tawny Owl calling early this am. (J Evans)

Marazion Beach: 12 Common Scoter. (S Rogers)

Penzance: Drake Eider in the harbour. (S Rogers)

Camel Estuary: Spoonbill at Old Town Cove, presumably the Walmsley bird. (DI Julian)

Carnon Downs: Yellow-browed Warbler still at the sewage works. (C Urquhart)

Trevose Head: 21 Corn Buntings (including a singing Male) on wires on the 2nd Field back from the car park, 1m Yellowhammer, 11 Stock Dove. (R Veal)

Castle an Dinas: Short-eared Owl between 13:00 and 14:00 quartering around the outer ring of the hill fort. (P Davies)

Saltash: Interesting melanistic(?) House Sparrow coming to feeders. (H Mitchell)

House Sparrow – Hon Mitchell

Marazion: 1 Water Pipit at Red River mouth, 3 singing Cetti’s Warbler on the marsh (D Eva)


Kennack Sands: 16 Common Scoter, 3 Black-throated Diver. (G Adams)

Bude Marshes: 1 Water Rail, 36 Canada Geese, c150 Black-headed Gull, 21 Mallard, 3 Mute Swan, 13 Blackbird, 1 Little Egret, 19 Teal, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 22 Moorhen, 3 Dunnock, 11 Wood Pigeon, 5 Blue Tit, 2 Robin, 7 Crow, c150 Starling, c250 Lapwing, 1 Tawny Owl calling, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Long-tail Tit, 3 Oystercatchers, 1 Meadow Pipit. (R Mudge)

Crowdy Reservoir: 5 Goosander, 3 Mistle Thrush, several Raven, thick fog. (B Craven)

Callestick: Wintering Firecrest still present in private garden with Goldcrest (T Wilson)

Polbathic Creek:  3 Common Sandpiper. (A Blonden)

R. Lynher, St. Germans: 2 Red-breasted Merganser. (A Blonden)

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

Truro: male Blackcap in private garden. (M Costa)

Truro: We have a pair of Blackcaps that have wintered with us for two or three winters now. So far this winter we have only spotted the male who visits several times a day to eat chopped sultanas. (A Wright)