Friday 16th February 2018

Mousehole: 1 White-billed Diver, 1 Pacific Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6+ Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Skua, 2 1w Glaucous Gull. (M Elliot, P St Pierre, M Spicer, R Veal, D Parker et al) Also Iceland Gull this evening.

Stithians Reservoir: Great White Egret distant but showing well at 08:40 in Golden Lion cut-off. (J St Ledger)  1 Great White Egret still at 12:30, plus 1m Scaup, 1m Goldeneye and 1m Brambling. (MJ Spicer)

Dozmary Pool: Drake Lesser Scaup and female Goldeneye. (DI Julian, S Gray)

Wilcove: 1 Green-winged Teal, 56 Eurasian Teal (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Truro:  20 Cattle Egret, 5 Little Egret at Menadews Farm (Grid ref SW 845 445). Presumably these are the birds Pete Clement and I saw at the Frenchman’s Creek roost last night which is 21 km south-west of here! Also 1 Firecrest, 1 Mistle Thrush near Penair School and a Peacock butterfly on the wind. (D Flumm)

Cattle Egrets, Dave Flumm

Cattle Egrets, Dave Flumm

Longrock: 1w Glaucous Gull at 09:30.

Hayle: 2w Glaucous Gull on Porthkidney beach below West Cornwall golf course feeding on dead porpoise. (S Turner)

Hayle Estuary RSPB,Copperhouse Creek: Spoonbill still. Also adult Glaucous Gull behind the police station at 13:40. (P Jones)

Siblyback Lake: Male Goldeneye and female Scaup. (DI Julian)

Portheras: 1 1w Iceland Gull. (S Cubbage)

Iceland Gull, Simon Cubbage

Iceland Gull, Simon Cubbage

Iceland Gull, Simon Cubbage

Marazion: 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua (same as Mousehole) offshore; 4 Gadwall, 1 Coot, 2 Firecrest on the marsh. (R Veal) Little London Beach: 1m Black Redstart, 1 Water Pipit, 5 Grey Plover, 3 Chiffchaff all at Eastern end. (R Veal)

Black Redstart, Reuben Veal

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 Glaucous Gull.

St Merryn: 1 Firecrest in garden on Trevithick estate. (R Hughes)

Colliford Lake: Great Northern Diver still off Gilhouse Downs this afternoon. (DI Julian)

Porthgwarra: 2 Manx Shearwaters, first of the year this morning. (MDWallace)

Penryn: Sandwich Tern flew west up the Penryn River past the Greenbank Hotel. (L Langley)

Goss Moor: 2 Willow Tit, (1 ringed), 11 Bullfinch, 1 Buzzard, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 6 Fieldfare, 4 Magpie and 1 Jay. (P Ash)

Willow Tit, Paul Ash

Willow Tit, Paul Ash

Willow Tit, Paul Ash

Helston Sewage Works: 2+ Firecrest, 4+ Goldcrest  and 10+ Chiffchaff. (A Mckechnie)

Goldcrest, Alex McKechnie

Firecrest, Alex McKechnie

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

Rame: 4+ Cirl Bunting, 1 Yellowhammer (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Penlee: 100+ Skylark, 100+ Linnet, 1 Mistle Thrush (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Wacker Quay: 4 Spoonbill, 53 Avocet, 89 Shelduck (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Seaton Valley: 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Jay (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Millbrook Pond: 2 Egyptian Goose (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Trebah Gardens: 10+ Bramblings in with chaffinch flock in stubble field next to main car park. (W Chegwidden)

Tresillian River: 1 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 25 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Curlew, 4 Little Grebe, 50 Teal, 35 Shelduck, 1 Kingfisher. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: 1,585 Jackdaw west to roost at dusk 16:30 – 17:30hrs. (D Flumm)

Penzance: 1 female Black Redstart by the steps on the side of The Custom House. (DK Parker)

Extradinary behaviour, video by Mike Scawen.


Thursday 25th January 2018

Late news, 24/01, Mawgan: 1 Firecrest along Lower Lane (P. Bedford)

Late news, 24/1, Camel estuary: 1 Whimbrel near Old Town Cove this evening, also 2650 Black-headed Gull roosted off Padstow as did 192 Common Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull. (D Julian)

Camel Estuary: 42 Cattle Egret and 65 Little Egret left the roost on the Camel Estuary this morning. (D Julian)

Newlyn: 2 Glaucous Gull (ad, 2cy) and 2 Iceland Gull (ad, 2cy) (T Phelps)

Newquay: 1st winter Ring-billed Gull still on Trenance Pool. (T Mills)

St Clement: 7 Cattle Egret with Little Egret in cow field beside road, Menadews Farm. (J Rowe, T Mills)

Coverack: 1 Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gull, 1 adult Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Mediterranean Gull (P. Bedford)

Rumps Point: White-billed Diver and Ring-billed Gull reported. (C Selway)

Pendeen: a wholly unconfirmed report of Audouin’s Gull between here and Boat Cove, also 1 Glaucous Gull. Plus, separately, 1w Iceland Gull below lighthouse 3.30-3.50. (P Clement)

Cardinham Woods: 2 Marsh Tit, 8 Siskin (on feeders) (B. Toms)

Carbis Bay: 2 Red-throated Diver early morning 09:00 – 10:00. (L Carr)

St Ives: 2 Great Northern Diver just off old Pier at 12:00. (GE and LA Carr) Also 300+ Gannet feeding/diving on fish school in the bay and 100+ Kittiwakes off shore. (GE and LA Carr)

St Gothian Sands LNR: male Scaup still and 3 ad Mediterranean Gulls (T Pinfield) Also report of 4 Glaucous Gull, (adult, 2w and 2 juv).

Scaup, Tim Pinfield

Porthpean: 3 Surf Scoter, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Black-throated Diver and 28 Great Northern Diver.

Hannafore: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Slavonian Grebe, 22 Turnstone. (G Berti, C Travis)

Downderry: 4 Red-throated Diver. (G Berti, C Travis)

Millbrook Lake: 1 Egyptian Goose. (G Berti, C Travis)

St. Johns Lake: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 dark-bellied Brent Geese. (G Berti, C Travis)

Cangapool (wilcove): 1 Green-winged Teal (drake), 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Mute Swan. (G Berti, C Travis)

Wacker Quay: 97 Avocet, 2 Spoonbill, 43 Grey Plover, 120 Dunlin, 200+ Shelduck, 6 Great Crested Grebe. (G Berti, C Travis)

Trevone/Padstow: 1 Short-eared Owl (near turn for Padstow farm shop at 5.15pm). (G Berti, C Travis)

Camel Estuary, Burniere Hide: 1,500 + Golden Plover, 1,000 + Lapwing, 500+ Black-tailed Godwit, 300+ Dulin, 300+ Curlew, 35 Mute Swan, 46 Shelduck and 500+ Starling. (D Thomas)

Walmsley Sanctuary, Tower Hide: 1 Kingfisher, 1 Peregrine, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 5 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 4 Gadwall, 8 Shoveler, 6 Pintail, 50 Teal, 30 Mallard, 1.500+ Golden Plover, 900 + Lapwing, 400+ Black-tailed Godwit, 30+ Dunlin, 300+ Curlew, 6 Mute Swan, 4 Shelduck, 500+ Starling, 2 Stonechat, 4 Dunnock, On the feeders: 6 Greenfinch, 8 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 6 Great Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 2 Coal tit and 2 Otter feeding on the bank. (D Thomas)

Stithians Reservoir: 8 (7f 1m) Goldeneye, 28 Tufted Duck, 3 (2m 1f) Scaup (N of dam), 10 Little Grebe, 9 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper (Golden Lion cut-off), 150 Lapwing, 50 Canada Goose, 22 Wigeon, 17 Mallard, 50 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, 3 Reed Bunting. (D Chaney)

Pendower Bay: 1 Pacific Diver close in shore this afternoon. (R Wilkins, M Jones)


Saturday 20th May 2017

Late News, 18/5, Lamorna: Summer plumaged White-billed Diver 2 miles offshore at c10:30 flying high heading WNW following a Great Northern Diver, identified retrospectively from photographs. (M Elliott)

Walmsley Sanctuary: Pectoral Sandpiper this afternoon. Still present pm. (L Birch)

Porth Joke: 1 Hobby this morning. (S Rowe)

Porthgwarra: 5 Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whimbrel, 315 Manx Shearwater, 1 Stoat. (S Grose)

Stithians: 4 singing Garden Warbler, 4 singing Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler nests found, 1 with 6 chicks at 2 days old and the other with 3 eggs just started clutch (D Eva)

Mousehole: c40 Fulmar, 1 Rock pipit, 1 Cormorant. (B Oakes)

Fulmar – Ben Oakes

Argal Reservoir: Garden Warbler. (D Wright)

Windmill Farm: Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler. (D Wright)

Croft Pascoe: Cuckoo (1 singing), Crossbill (heard in flight), Siskin (2 males singing and fully fledged juveniles also present), pair Spotted flycatcher, 2 Willow Warbler singing. (D Collins)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)

Rushyford, Bodmin Moor: 1 Red Kite, Cuckoo. (B Craven)


Monday 29th February 2016

Late news, 27/2, Trevilla: 2 Firecrest. (K Dalziel)

Late news, 27/2, Tresillian: 1 Peregrine over village. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 28/2, Feock: 1 Blackcap singing in garden. (K Dalziel)

Godrevy: 1 pale-bellied Brent Goose seen grazing on cliff near Godrevy lighthouse. (J.Baker)

Tresillian River on marsh between Tresemple and St Clement: 1 Yellow Browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 1 possible Siberian Chiffchaff (noticeably paler and greyer) amongst 20+ Chiffchaff, several Goldcrest, flock of Long Tailed Tit and 2 Raven over. Also on River: 1 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, plus Kingfisher at Tresemple Pool and 1 female Blackcap in Polsue Way, Tresillian. (A Nicholson)

Cleave Camp: 1 Black Redstart still and 2 Barn Owl. (N Bastin)

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Rumps Head: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Gannet, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, large numbers of Guillemot and Razorbill and  3 Harbour Porpoises. (W Delacour)

Treraven Meadow: 1 Kingfisher. (N.Greaves)

Bartinney Down: 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Canada Goose and c180 Golden Plover. (MJ Spicer)

Cape Cornwall: 1 White-billed Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Diver and c70 Common Dolphin. (N Wheatley)

Porthgwarra: 3 Black Redstart. (M Wallace)

St Ives: 1 m Black Redstart, 1 m Stonechat at NCI Lookout. 2 Great Northern Diver offshore.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 Spoonbill,  f Goosander and 4 Snipe. Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit.

Helston, boating lake: 1 ad Whooper Swan.

Dozmary Pool: 1 ad m Lesser Scaup again.

Old Lizard Head: 1 White Wagtail.

Penzance: 1 ad Pacific Diver distantly. (R Wilkins, M Ahmad)

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still at start of China Fleet Club nature trail.

Falmouth, Florence Place: 2 Black Redstart, 2 Firecrest and 1 Blackcap. Town centre: 1 colour- ringed Herring Gull W 078, white letters on blue ring. (D Chaney)


Sunday 28th February 2016

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Late news, 27/2, St Ives, Porthmeor beach: 1 Red-throated Diver and 3 Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre)

Cape Cornwall: 1 White-billed Diver again. (P Gay, N Wheatley) Also 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver and 25 Common Scoter flew south. (D. Eva, P St Pierre)

Charlestown: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. ( D Hastilow)

Trenow: 1 Black-throated Diver and 2 Chough. (R. Menari).

Lizard Village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling still in Cross Common area. (P&H Taylor)

Caerthillian: 40 Meadow Pipit and 4 Skylark. (P&H Taylor)

Windmill Farm: 60 Redwing, 1 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 1 f Adder. (P&H Taylor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Bittern and 2 Cetti’s Warbler singing (D.Eva) Also 4 Little Grebe, 50 Teal and c40 Curlew. (R Veal)

Bartinney Down: 2 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl and 3 Snipe. (I Webster, R Menari, T Mills) Also 1 Woodcock (I Webster, R Menari) and 1 Reed Bunting. (T Mills)

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Saltash,China Fleet Club: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest and Goldcrests. (C Buckland)

Towan Head: 1 Black Redstart. (M Hall)

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull. (D Flumm)

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Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Lelant Saltings, high tide: 10 Grey Plover, 120 Dunlin, 2 ad Common Gull and c500 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (R Veal) Ryan’s Field: 1 immature Spoonbill, 6 Lapwing and 2f 1m Goosander. (R Veal) Carnsew Basin: 2 Shag (1ad 1juv), 4 Greenshank, 120 Dunlin (same birds as at high tide), 5 Rock Pipit, 3 Little Grebe and 4 Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal)

Land’s End: 1 Kestrel, 50 Fulmar and 100+ Gannet. (R Veal)

Marazion beach: 5 Meadow Pipit, 10 Rock Pipit, 30 Pied Wagtail, 1 2w Common Gull and 2 (1ad and 1 2w) Mediterranean Gull. (R Veal) Also 3 Great Northern Diver and 10+ Mediterranean Gull. (P St Pierre) Folly Fields CP: 1 Scandinavian Rock Pipit in sum plum. (P St Pierre)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 (m+f) Tufted Duck, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Stonechat, 5 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Greylag Goose, c200 Canada Geese and 2 mixed parentage geese. (T Mills)

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Perranuthnoe, Perran Sands: 1 Hudsonian Whimbrel reported again today.

St Ives: 1 m Black Redstart at the NCI Lookout and 2 Great Northern Diver offshore

Helston: 1 Whooper Swan again on the boating lake.

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 m Lesser Scaup and 1 redhead Smew.

Falmouth: 14 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebe, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Great Northern Diver and 1 Sandwich Tern from boat in Fal Estuary. (B Porter)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.



Saturday 27th February 2016

Late news, 26/2, St Ives: 1 Firecrest in private garden. (M Rouncefield)

Cape Cornwall: 1 White-billed Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver and 1 Great Skua. (N Wheatley, D Parker, M Spicer, I Webster, T Mills)

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MSpicer_WBDiver3_270216White-billed Diver, Mike Spicer MSpicer_WBDiver4_270216White-billed Diver, Mike Spicer

Mousehole, Clement’s Isle: 1 1w American Herring Gull and 1 juv Kumlien’s Gull.

St Ives: 2 Siskin in private garden. (M Rouncefield)

Launceston, Egloskerry: 1 kite sp flying above the quarry. (C Harvey)

Feock: 3 pairs of Blackcap in garden on feeders and apples. (K Dalziel)

Truro: 1 m Siskin feeding on nyjer seed in my garden this morning. (D Jenkins)

Porthgwarra: c500 Gannet fishing offshore, 120 Golden Plover on moor, 3 Stonechat. (P&H Taylor)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Shelduck, c60 Teal, 2m Pochard, 2 Coot and 2 Oystercatcher (MJ Spicer)

St Blazey: 1 f Blackcap, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Dunnock, 2 Robins 2 Blackbird, 3 Long-tailed Tit. (B. Smith)

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Cardinham Woods: 2 Goldcrest, 1 Jay, c30 Long-tailed Tit (3 flocks) and 1 Kingfisher. (R Veal)

Men-an-Tol: c350 Golden Plover, 3 Stonechat, 2 Dartford Warbler. (P&H Taylor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 1 Marsh Harrier. (R Farnes) Also 2 singing Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Little Egret, 5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, Snipe, Teal and Heron. (T Mills)

Bartinney Down: 1 Short-eared Owl and 1 Barn Owl. (A James)

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Towan Head: 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Black Redstart and 7 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 1 juv Glaucous Gull again in the harbour.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Ryan’s Field: 1 imm Spoonbill and 1 f Goosander.

Colliford Lake: 1 Great Northern Diver. (D Britton)

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest at start of China Fleet Club nature trail.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.


Thursday 25th February 2016

Cape Cornwall: 1 White-billed Diver, 09:45-11:15, (N Wheatley), also 8 Red-throated Diver and 2 Great Northern Diver. (N Wheatley, C Moore, P Fraser, B Dodd, T Mills)

Looe rivers (estuary) high tide WeBS count: c120 Black-headed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 8 Canada Goose, 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Cormorant, 10 Curlew, 20 Great Black-backed Gull, 9 Grey Heron (with at least 7 active nests), 1 Grey Wagtail, c70 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 11 Little Egret, 3 Little Grebe, 22 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 6 Mute Swan, 13 Oystercatcher, 5 Redshank and 6 Shelduck. (D Spooner) Also 2 Slavonian Grebe offshore with a large pod of dolphin, presumed Common Dolphin. (C Buckland)

Bude: 15 Oystercatcher, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 2 Goldfinches (H Wilkins)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 juv Iceland Gull. (T Mcgowan) Also 1 juv Glaucous Gull reported.

Marazion Marsh RSPB Reserve: 8 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose and 19 Curlew. (A James)

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Helston, Loe Pool: 5 Goosander. Loe Bar (offshore): 1 Balearic Shearwater, 36 Diver spp. (most too distant to ID, but at least 5 Red-throated and 8 Black-throated). (I Maclean)

Charlestown: 1 f Blackcap. ( D Hastilow)

Millbrook Lake: 3 Red-breasted Merganser. (R Napp)

RNapp_RBMerg_250216Red-breasted Merganser, Rick Napp.

College Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 4 Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck, 1 f Goldeneye, 2 Great Crested Grebe (displaying), 2 Grey Heron, 12 Coot, 1 Woodcock, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Marsh Tit, c7 Chiffchaff (1 singing) and 2 Jay. (DK Parker)

Helston: 1 ad Whooper Swan on the boating pool, also 2w Mediterranean Gull and 21 Tufted Duck. (DK Parker)

Botallack: 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Chough and numerous Porpoise. (DK Parker, T Mills, B Dodd)

Bartinney: 3 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail, 1 Snipe, 1 Short-eared Owl, 3 Stonechat and 7+ Reed Bunting. (DK Parker)

Penzance: 1 Pacific Diver and 1 Slavonian Grebe off Jubilee Pool. (C Lamsdell) Also 1 Firecrest in Morrab gardens. (T Mills)

Saltash: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 1 Firecrest at start of China Fleet Club nature trail.

St Clements, near Tresemple Pool: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still and 2 Firecrest.

Hayle Estuary RSPB Reserve, Copperhouse Creek: 1 Water Pipit again. Estuary: 1 Spoonbill still.

Nanquidno Valley, Boscregan Farm: 10 Woodlark again.

Newlyn harbour: 1 juv Glaucous Gull.

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Slavonian Grebe.

Carrick Roads from Loe Beach: 4 Black-necked Grebe still.

Lizard village: 1 ad Rose-coloured Starling still.

Pensilva: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler in private garden. (D Julian)

Falmouth: 1 Firecrest at Golden Bank in holly tree on bottom path of Swans Reach.

Ponsanooth Sewage Works: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler still.

Marazion, Trenow Cove: 1 juv Glaucous Gull.