Sunday 14th October 2018

Late news, 13/10, Downderry: 1 Little Gull, 1 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 6 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Common Scoter moved west 08:55-10:30. Another Great Skua flew east over the village. (A Payne)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 juv White-rumped Sandpiper late afternoon, before being killed by a Sparrowhawk. (B Mellow et al) Also 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Spoonbill and 1 Garganey present.

White-rumped Sandpiper – Dave Parker

Sennen: 1 Short-toed Lark, 2 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear and 1 Merlin in stubble field. (P St Pierre, M Elliott) Female Black Redstart on the beach near the recreation centre at 14:30. (A Brampton)

Pendeen: 4 Great Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skua, 10 Common Scoter by 09:00. (P Taylor)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Little Egret, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Med Gull, 3 Common Gull, 7 Song Thrush, 30 Meadow Pipit. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra: Osprey NE over Trevean at c10:25. (J Ryan) Yellow-browed Warbler on the north side of the Doctor’s garden plus 1 Firecrest. (M Wallace) Vagrant Emperor between Coastguard Cottages and the dried up pool. (L Thomson) Black Redstart on the Coastguard Cottages.

St Levan: Yellow-browed Warbler and Willow Warbler at the turning circle. (M Wallace, L Thomson)

Kenidjack: Yellow-browed Warbler and Willow Warbler by the engine shed, another Yellow-browed Warbler at the bottom by the donkey paddock. (S Rogers)

St Buryan: Yellow-browed Warbler at Treverven. (J Ryan)

Pendeen Watch: 2 Black Redstart west of Pendeen Lighthouse. (J Swann) Also tristis Chiffchaff. (P Clement)

Lizard Village: Rosy Starling behind Henry’s Croft on telephone wires above field. (J Thirlaway-Price)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs again, on the north side of the main channel west of the entrance to the quay near the boat “Firefly”. (L Langley)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 9 Canada Geese, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant,10 Mallard, 9 Teal, 36 Tufted Duck, 1 Curlew, 116 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 27 Carrion Crow, 18 Jackdaw, 7 Magpie, 67 Starling, 6 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 68 Goldfinch, 132 Meadow Pipit, 37 Linnet, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stonechat and 1 Small Copper. (DA Conway)

Caerthillian: 1 Lapland Bunting, 2 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 4 Siskin, 6 Bullfinch. (D Eva)

Church Cove: 1 Pied Flycatcher. (D Eva)

Lanhydrock: 2 Willow Tit, 3 Raven,1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Lesser Redpoll. Also observed but not counted: Pheasant, Jay, Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Bodmin: 12 Siskin in eucalyptus tree at the back of Morrisons car park. (S Grose)

Clapper Marshes: 1 Great White Egret at 15:15 then flew onto main river, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher from rugby club. (S Grose) Yellow Wagtail flew over, towards Wadebridge. (D Julian)

Newquay, Pentire Head: 31 Swallow heading west 12:45 to 13:30. (D Grose) Towan Head: 1 Wheatear at 14:00. (D Grose) 3 Wheatear, 4 Common Gull, 5 Kittiwake. (S Grose)

Porthcothan: 1 Swallow at 13:40 and 2 at 14:10. All heading inland. (P Davies)

Feock: 6 Swallow, 1 Firecrest, 1 Green woodpecker. 1 Holly Blue. (K Dalziel)

Minions: 50+ Golden Plover. (D Hastilow)

Golden Plover – David Hastilow

Dobwalls: 1 Swallow over the garden at 15:00, heading north. (C&J Duffy)

Nanquidno: 3 Chough, 1 Kestrel. (P Taylor)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Cattle Egret this afternoon. (A Langdon) 6 Gadwall, 106 Teal, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Redshank, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Snipe, 11 Cattle Egret, 4 Little Egret, 10 Red-legged Partridge. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Maer Lake: 156 Teal, 20 Snipe, 1 Grey Plover, 21 Golden Plover, 19 Lapwing, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, 1 Peregrine. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Davidstow: 2 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 18 Lapwing, 8 Wheatear. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Camel Estuary: 7 Grey Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Golden Plover, 1 Knot, 10 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 1 Common Sandpiper. (B Bosisto, P Roseveare)

Swanpool: 2 Water Rail (h), 4 Little Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, with 20 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew on rocks off Swanpool Beach. (D Chaney, P Petts)

Penryn River: c30 Redshank, c20 Curlew, 3 Greenshank, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, Gorrangorras to Penryn. (D Chaney, P Petts)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Greenshank, 5 Lapwing, 10 Curlew, 5 Snipe, 3 Little Egret, 19 Cormorant, 56 Little Grebe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 20 Wheatear. (D Chaney, P Petts)

Penryn: 80+ Pied Wagtail to roost at Asda. (D Chaney, Petts)

Prussia Cove: 5 Firecrest. (T Phelps)

Mullion Cove: 1 Whinchat. (T Phelps)

Crowdy Reservoir: 1 Ruff, 73 Lapwing, 1 Wheatear, 84 Black-headed Gull, 14 Tufted Duck, 64 Mallard, 34 Teal, 2 Moorhen,1 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe this evening. (B Craven)


Thursday 2nd November 2017

Late News, 01/11, Mullion: 1 Hawfinch south over the garden. Old Lizard Head: House Martin. (M Pass)

Late news, 31/10, Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Grey Partridge. (C Selway)

Late News, 31/10, Gam Bridge, St Breward: 200+ Redwing. (R Hooper)

Gwithian: 1w White-rumped Sandpiper still showing well at St. Gothian Sands LNR

The Camel: 3 Great White Egret still present near the Amble dam this afternoon. (M Scawen)

Treen: 1 juv Rosy Starling for second day.

Dozmary Pool: 1 m Ring-necked Duck still.

Lizard area: Redpoll, 2 Brambling (all flyovers) (M Pass)

Charlestown: 2 (m+f) Blackcap in private garden. (D Hastilow)

St Ives: 1f Black Redstart on the island. (S Turner) Firecrest in private garden.

Sancreed: 2 Whooper Swan (D Flumm)1 Cattle Egret Sellan Farm (D Flumm, H Booker, C Townend)

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 1m Stonechat Castle Beach: 2 Stonechat, 1 f type Black Redstart, 6 Rock Pipit including one probable Scandinavian, 3 Greenfinch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest Swanpool: 3 Firecrest, 2 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap (in subsong), 3 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch. (D Chaney)

Windmill Farm: 17 Fieldfare. (C Richards)

Land’s End: 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Siskin, 1 Snipe, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 500 Starling, 1 female-type Black Redstart at complex, 1 Great Northern Diver low over complex. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Buryan: 2 Black Redstart at Tower Meadows. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Saltash: 1 Firecrest at Churchtown NR  (M Beer)

Porthgwarra: 5+ Goldcrest, 5+ Firecrest, 2 Buzzard, 4 Wren, 1 Blackcap, 1 Bullfinch, 100+ Starling, 12 Golden Plover, 2 Kestrel, 1 Short-eared Owl. (B Sharples)

Kynance: 2 m+f Black Redstart on cliff and beach at Kynance Cove. (J Beckett)

Padstow: 2 Wren, 1 Stonechat, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Turnstone, c12 Cormorant, 6+ Great Black-backed Gull and 1 Redshank. (H Wilkins)

Porthcurno: 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 5 Firecrest, c20 Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch and 1 Jay. Also c40 Skylark and c60 Chaffinch flew east. (DK Parker)

St Levan: 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, c12 Goldcrest and 12 Long-tailed Tit by the turning circle. Also c2,000 Starling, 40 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling and 1 Reed Bunting in the adjacent stubble field. (DK Parker)

Brambling, Dave Parker

Drift Reservoir: 2 Whooper Swan and 1 Common Sandpiper viewable from the car park. (DK Parker)

Kenidjack: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Hawfinch, Firecrest plus lots of Chiffchaff and Blackcap. (L Proctor)

Penzance: 4 Hawfinch low west over Heamoor early morning. (P St Pierre)

Nanquidno: 2 Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaff. (C Moore)

Little Kelynack: 1 Brambling. (C Moore)

St Merryn: 10+ Goldcrest feeding in conifers. (R Hughes)

Towan Head: 6 Purple Sandpiper, 28 Turnstone, 18 Oystercatcher, 1 Curlew, 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Rowe)

Stithians Reservoir: 18 Little Grebe, 1 Woodcock, (R Hampshire)

Lanner, Carnmarth: 1 Woodcock, (R Hampshire)

Trevowhan, Rose Valley: Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Snow Bunting. (P Combridge & J Swann)

Heamoor: 4 Hawfinch west, also 1 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 14 Fieldfare 210 Redwing (P St Pierre)

Boscathnoe Reservoir: 3 Firecrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker (P St Pierre)

Nanjizal: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 5 Firecrest ringed.


Wednesday 1st November 2017

Late news, 31/10, Gwithian: 5 Cattle Egret flew from mouth of Red River inland to land in fields behind Churchtown Farm. (D Lewis)

Trevose Head: 1 Barn Owl and 7 Redwing heard whilst  night time sound recording. (B Bosisto)

Sancreed: 1 Hawfinch at village green 08:00, 2 adult Whooper Swan Sellan Fm until 08:30, 1 Firecrest, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Snipe, 19 Stock Dove, 60 Fieldfare, 1 Grey Wagtail (D Flumm)

St Gothian Sands LNR: White-rumped Sandpiper still on small pool by beach at 10:00hrs at least showing well. (per P Freestone)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1000+ Golden Plover, 250+ Lapwing, 6 Fieldfare, 1000+ Starling. (J St Ledger)

Kenidjack: Hawfinch, (five sightings through the day involving at least two birds), 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (strikingly pale creamy brown individual with limited dark ear coverts) 2 Firecrest, 3 Fieldfare, 1 Mistle Thrush, 10 Siskin, 25 Redwing. (S & P Rogers, M Elliott, C Moore, B Craven, J Swann, P Combridge).

Helford: 1 Hoopoe, clearly heard, and brief glimpse in flight in woods while walking East towards headland. (C Knox)

Carn Gloose: 4 Great White Egret flew past. (J Lawman)

Sennen: flock of c20 Siskin south past Mayon Cliff at 11:20. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Also 
1 Firecrest, 1 Short-eared Owl along cycle track to Lands End. f Black Redstart on Mayon Cliff

St Buryan: 1+ Black Redstart still at Tower Meadows. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Crows-an-Wra: c100 Lapwing. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Tudy, Cedar Croft Nurseries: 13 Siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll in one flock flicking through picea & alder trees (S Grose)

Constantine, Falmouth: 3 Black Redstart (1 ad male) in Trebarvah Court, 2 Stonechat (J Chapman)

Constantine Bay (N Cornwall): 1 Black Redstart in private garden, Crescent Rise. (S Lilley)

Penryn Campus: 4 Firecrest, 1 Black Redstart (J Chapman)

Cot Valley: 9 Hawfinch over Cot Valley this morning: 6 southeast at 08:00 and 3 northeast at 10:40. Also Woodlark still at Boscregan Farm. (N Wheatley)

Tregoss: 40 mins early morning: 120 Redwing, 42 Fieldfare, 1 Redpoll, Siskin, 5 Brambling 16 Stock Dove, 349 Woodpigeon. (B Bosisto)

Porthgwarra: 1 Pink-footed Goose, Wheatear & 2 Black Redstart this morning. (M Wallace)

Rame: 1 Firecrest, 1 Peregrine, 8+Goldcrest, 1 Black Redstart  and 1 Mediterranean Gull. (D Allan)

Lanner Green: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in private garden, (R Hampshire)

Upton Towans: 1 Blackcap in garden for second day. (C Rumble)

Porth Reservoir: 410 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Little Grebe, 8 Coot, 27 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Call Duck, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper, 1 Greenfinch, 14 Goldcrest, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, (S Grose).

Hell’s Mouth to Butney Corner: 3 Dartford Warbler. (D Lewis)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 1 Pied Wagtail, 8 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 8 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 40+ Canada Goose, 2 Wren . (K.Bowers)

Little Grebe, Kevin Bowers

Goldcrest, Kevin Bowers

Stithians Reservoir: Many Firecrest. (S Williams)

Firecrest, Steve Williams

Firecrest, Steve Williams

Camel Trail, Wadebridge to Padstow: 15 Mute Swan, 25 Canada Goose, 30 Shelduck, 25 Mallard, 34 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 8 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 9 Grey Heron, 19 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 1 Merlin, 2 Moorhen, 65 Oystercatcher, 18 Ringed Plover, 12 Golden Plover, 175 Lapwing, 25 Dunlin, 50 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 52 Black-tailed Godwit, 70 Curlew, 150 Black-headed Gull, 3 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 60 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Kingfisher, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 5 Redwing, 7 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blue Tit, 5 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 35 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 25 Starling, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Red Admiral. (M Scawen et al.)

Marazion Marsh: 19 Little Egret flew in together at 2 pm,   1 White-fronted Goose  (with an over sized neck collar registered V3Y and transmitter), 1 Water Rail, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher. (A James)

Little Egret, Alan James

White-fronted Goose, Alan James

Pendeen: 7 Brambling over and 1 Black Redstart in the lighthouse car park. (P Combridge, DK Parker)

Men-an-Tol: 59 Golden Plover, 1 Snipe and 1 Wheatear. (DK Parker)

Golitha Falls: 4 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Nuthatch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Coal Tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit. (Cafe open all winter, with numerous birds on feeders). (J St Ledger)

Marsh Tit, John St Ledger

Nuthatch, John St Ledger

Falmouth: 1 Blackcap (male) on bird table in private garden. First one seen this winter. (J St Ledger)

St Agnes Head: 1 Short-eared Owl. (S Mickleburgh)

Nanjizal: 10 Firecrest netted.

Penzance: 3 Firecrest in Penlee Park. 

Egloshayle, Wadebridge: Common Sandpiper, Little Grebe and Teal on river by park (T Wilson)

Carland Cross: Merlin chasing passerines (T Wilson)

Callestick: 2 Firecrests still in private garden (T Wilson)


Tuesday 31st October 2017

Late News, 30/10, Sennen: 1+ Lapland Bunting in stubble behind Sennen School, also 80+ Skylark. (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Late News, 30/10, Camborne: 20-30 thrush sp over at 9am. (D King)

Constantine: 1 American Golden Plover over from Lizard towards NE, also juv Merlin & 1 Brambling over SW, c150 Woodpigeon. Also 2 Black Redstart in Trebarvah Court. (J Chapman)

Pendeen: Great White Egret over at 08:30, also 2 Snow Bunting & 1 Lapland Bunting. (P Combridge)

St Levan: Great White Egret at the reedbed pool, St Levan at 09:35hrs. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: Great White Egret over W at 09:54, 5 Reed Bunting, 1 Firecrest, 2 Siskin. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) Also 1 Short-eared Owl & 7 Brambling early am. (G Hodgson)

St Buryan: 3 Black Redstart at Tower Meadows. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Porthgwarra: Ring Ouzel, Woodcock this morning. (M Wallace) Also 2 Ring Ouzel (1c & adult male), c20 Song Thrush, 14 Redwing, 5 Firecrest, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 1 Grey Wagtail, c300 Chaffinch, 3 Bullfinch, 3 Brambling, 1 Siskin, c60 Skylark, c1,000 Wood Pigeon, c60 Stock Dove, 1 Woodcock (second individual), 24 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine & 2 Sparrowhawk. (DK Parker)

Sancreed (viz mig 07:30-09:30): 2 Hawfinch south @ 08:10, 2 Little Egret, 25 Lapwing, 112 Golden Plover, 20 Snipe, 200 Woodpigeon, 15 Stock Dove, 17 Skylark, 28 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 6 Blackbird, 2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Pied Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 4 Siskin all west. 11 Mallard, 2 Gadwall, 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, c300 Woodpigeon pottering in area. 2 Woodcock flushed in afternoon. (D Flumm)

St Ives, Consols: 500 Fieldfare, 1 Black Redstart (S Turner)

St Minver Cricket Club: 13 Fieldfare overhead (S Grose)

Penzance: 5 egrets over Morrab Road, Penzance c10:00 – looked like Cattle Egret. (B Dawson) Juv Rose-coloured Starling at bottom of Morrab Rd by St John’s School at 09:00. (M Southam)

Treverva: 150 Fieldfare passing through, 2 Stonechat, 100+ Canada Goose W towards College Reservoir, Red Admiral, Peacock. (D Chaney)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Bittern in front of Cheshire Homes. (J Parker)

Hayle Estuary: 4 Spoonbill in afternoon. (S Kolodziejski) 2 Spoonbill still Lelant Saltings late afternoon. (D King)

Hayle: c200 Starling over fire station at 4pm. (D King)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Ruff, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Goldeneye from Stuart Hutchings hide. Male Mandarin at Golden Lion cut off. (S Kolodziejski)

Bude Estuary: 1 Little Egret, 59 Black-headed Gull, 18 Herring Gull, 6 Pied Wagtail (and many more around the town), 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Raven over, 1 Oystercatcher. (H Kendall)

Bude: 1 Chiffchaff. (H Wilkins)

Chiffchaff, Helen Wilkins

Rock, Porthilly Point: 101 Oystercatcher, 4 Redshank, 20 Turnstone, 1 Common Snipe on water’s edge, 1 Kingfisher, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Song Thrush, 13 Little Egret. (S Grose).

Mousehole: 1 Olive-backed Pipit along path to right off Love Lane. (M Elliott-finder, M Pass, MJ Spicer)

St Gothian Sands: White-rumped Sandpiper still present. (P Freestone, D King) Also Firecrest. (P Freestone)

Sennen: Lapland Bunting still present in stubble field behind school, also Skylark flock. (G Hodgson)

Kenidjack: 9 Hawfinch mid-morning. (G Hodgson) Red-breasted Flycatcher still in copse by engine sheds, 14 Chough. (J Swann, P Combridge, P Fraser et al). Also Firecrest, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and Brambling (heard). (P Taylor, H Mitchell, R Mawer, P Fraser).

Dozmary Pool: Drake Ring-necked Duck still present.

Wacker Quay: 50 Avocet, 70 Shelduck, Kingfisher, 3 Greenshank, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Teal, Wigeon. (C & J Hannaford)

Lower Tamar Lake: 200+ Canada Geese, 2 Snow Geese, 1 Little Grebe. (R Mudge)


Review of the Week – Sunday 29th October

Review of the Week Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th October/ Weekly catch up

White-rumped Sandpiper, M Ahmed

Following on from attempts to write a regular weekly review earlier in the year (ill-fated – it was too time-consuming to produce that depth of information on a weekly basis from scratch) the plan is to write a briefer weekly ‘editorial’, highlighting new or interesting birds in the county (both rarities and changes in the commoner birds), along with any other information or comment which needs to be passed along or that seems interesting enough.


New birds this week centred on a rather obliging White-rumped Sandpiper at St Gothian Sands LNR, Gwithian – the first in the county since 3 together on the Hayle in November 2013 (with 2 others earlier in that autumn) and the 23rd White-rumped Sandpiper overall for the county. This cracking little bird has been showing very well, and certainly proving a popular draw for local as well as visiting birders. It’s been a fair autumn for American vagrants, this being the 8th yank shorebird of the year (if the Hudsonian Whimbrel from earlier in the year is included), but not touching on the epic year of 2011 quite yet (the reservoirs having underperformed this year – high water levels presumably playing a part.)

The other main birding event this week seems to be the national influx of Hawfinches really having kicked off in Cornwall as the week has progressed, with overflying birds, small groups and flocks at a number of locations. A notable (description required) county bird, with only c180 previous records, the last major national influx was reported as being in 1978, when 8 reached the county (with good numbers on the Scillies too). Since then there have been notable occurences of Hawfinch in Cornwall in 1988 and 1993 (high single figures) with 18 in 2005 and then 19 in 2008. Almost half of the previous records were recorded in the month of October.

It seems that at least 87 have been seen in the county so far this week although a large proportion do seem to have been flyovers at one site.

Although temperatures haven’t really dropped yet, autumn has really kicked off with the first big influxes of winter thrushes – as with the Hawfinches, most of the big numbers were seen on visible migration (viz mig), with 2252 Redwing recorded from the university at Penryn on the 27th, with a scattering of other species seen, such as the first Fieldfares, Brambling and Siskin, and large Woodpigeon flocks passing through on their way, presumably, to wintering grounds in south western Europe.

The other new birds recorded in Cornwall for the year were Olive-backed Pipit on the Lizard and a Radde’s Warbler at Nanjizal – both good quality eastern vagrants, the former the first since 2014 and the 14th for the county, the latter the 17 or 18th, with birds in 2014 and 2015. There was an unconfirmed report of a Twite from the beach at Chapel Porth – quite the rarity in Cornwall, with only 10 previous records (some of multiple birds), and without further information perhaps seems an unlikely occurence, with the last accepted record being back in 1988.

A Red-throated Pipit was the only BBRC rarity reported this week, with one briefy at Lower Bosisto. Good scarcities and county rarities included Ortolan (1 or 2 overflying Cape Cornwall), Common Rosefinch and 2 blythi Lesser Whitethroats at Nanjizal, up to 3 Richard’s Pipits and the Short-toed Lark near Porthgwarra and a couple of Wryneck in the far west of the county. Moving slightly east there was a juv Rose-coloured Starling at Marazion Marsh (along with a leucistic Starling), an American Golden Plover over Lizard Village and a Little Bunting at nearby Old Lizard Head. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Rame Head at the beginning of the week, and a Glossy Ibis was at Chapel Amble. The Ring-necked Duck from last week continued to show at Dozmary, with a Long-tailed Duck and a female Scaup discovered in the vicinity on the 25th – both good birds anywhere in Cornwall. Two Quail on the Lizard were an unusual late record.

Finishing off the scarcer birds, a couple of Spoonbill continued to show well and a mobile Great White Egret was seen in the west of the county. The Purple Heron was not reported, and no Cattle Egrets either.

A few Swallows continued to be reported, with Wheatears, a single House Martin and a late Common Redstart the remnants of summer perhaps. The Firecrest invasion seems to have slown down marginally, but still plenty of birds about, with 9 at Maenporth on the 26th, and Yellow-browed Warblers perhaps starting to settle slightly too.

Following on from the first Whooper Swan of the year last week, the corpse of an adult Whooper Swan was found on the tide line at Gwithian, with live birds also seen elsewhere.


Those who follow us on twitter (@cbwps1, or viewable from the link to the right, heaven forbid) should have picked up that the number of species recorded in the county has broken through the 290 barrier for the year so far. It looks as if we are set to experience a record-breaking year in the county, with the previous best having been 2011 when 293 species were recorded in the county. If the various birds which have been reported (and are as yet unconfirmed) are included, the number is already fast approaching 300 – see here for the current county yearlist on the website.

With 16 new additions already for October, what will November bring? Are there even any possible new additions left?!

The autumn Palores magazine is now out – all members should have received their copy by now.  Don’t forget that if you subscribe to the digital (paperless) copy this will save the society a considerable sum in publishing and postage costs – some hundreds of our members already do so. Please consider if you haven’t done so already.

Lastly, as per the daily sightings page, you will have noted that there are a number of rare birds (both national and at county level) which were seen in the county for which no description has yet been submitted. Please check through – it would be a real shame if some of these quality birds remain unsubstantiated and fail to make BiC (Birds in Cornwall) or the county record. If you require help or assistance please contact the county recorder

As usual, if you have any comments or suggestions please email  or

Dan Chaney, 29/10/17

Monday 30th October 2017

Late News, 25/10, Windmill Farm: 1 Rose-coloured Starling.

Late News, 29/10, Maer Lake: Wigeon, Teal, Black-tailed Godwits, Lapwings, Curlew, few Snipe,  200+Golden Plover. (T Nicholson)

Late News, 29/10, Stepper Point: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler found dead on coast path. (S Marquis)

Yellow-browed Warbler, Simon Marquis

Yellow-browed Warbler, Simon Marquis

Yellow-browed Warbler, Simon Marquis

Constantine: 2 Firecrest, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff; 200 Woodpigeon South. (J Chapman)

Sancreed (vis mig 07:30-09:30): 10,030 Woodpigeon, 134 Stock Dove, 200 Jackdaw, 1 Snipe, 2 Lapwing, 17 Skylark, 10 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 5 Blackbird, 15 Meadow Pipit, 12 Siskin, 1 Grey Wagtail west & 3 Little Egret in fields. Also 1 fem/imm Marsh Harrier west over village at 10:35 hrs. Later, 110 Fieldfare, 20 Skylark and 26 Lapwing in fields.(D Flumm)

Woodpigeons, Sancreed, Dave Flumm

Woodpigeons, Sancreed, Dave Flumm

Woodpigeon, Sancreed, Dave Flumm

Carrick Roads from Loe Beach: 13 Black-necked Grebe, 1 f Common Scoter, 2 Brent Goose over. (J St Ledger)

Black-necked Grebe, John St Ledger

Brent Geese, John St Ledger

Devoran: 1000’s Wood Pigeon, 100’s Redwing, 5 Bullfinch, 1 Great White Egret, 2 Spoonbill. (S Votier)

Penryn: 1 Hawfinch over, 4000 Woodpigeon over ESI this morning. (M Silk)

St Ives: 30 Golden Plover at Rosewall Hill, 1m Black Redstart at Consols. (S Turner) Also 1 Sabine’s Gull past.

Falmouth: Castle Beach: 1 Whimbrel, 1 Little Egret, 3 Rock Pipit, Swanpool Point: 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Rock Pipit Swanpool: 2 Mute Swan, 3 Chiffchaff Swanvale: 2 Firecrest, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, 2 Raven over. (D Chaney)

Falmouth: Hawfinch, Brambling, Fieldfares, 350 Redwing & 60+ Skylark viz mig this am (B Porter)

Upper Tamar Lake: 1 Willow Tit. (T Nicholson) Also 24 Fieldfare, 3 Grey Heron, c30 Black-headed Gull, 2 Cormorant, 1 Buzzard, 2 Dunnock, 1m Stonechat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wren, 1 Marsh Tit, 11 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Robin, 1 Bullfinch. (R Mudge)

Lower Tamar Lake: 10 Great Crested Grebe, c300 Canada Geese, 6 Wigeon, 8 Moorhen, c32 Coot, 3f Shoveler, 4 Bullfinch, c30 Mallard, 3 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Great Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Robin. (R Mudge)

Bude Canal: Cetti’s Warblers. (T Nicholson)

Rame: 1 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Reed Bunting. (D Allan) Also 3 Chiffchaff, 10+ Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, Linnet flocks, 3 Skylark, 4 Cirl Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 6 Stonechat, 1 Raven. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Buzzard, Chris Buckland

Yellowhammer, Chris Buckland

Chiffchaff, Chris Buckland

Old Lizard Head: 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose, 1 Lapland Bunting, 3 Brambling over early. (M Pass, I Maclean et al)

Lizard, Lloyds Lane: 3 Swallow. (M Pass) 1 Serin in stubble fields, though mobile. (I Maclean)

Lizard Point: 3 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Great Skua, 1300 Kittiwake. (I Maclean)

Housel Bay: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest. (M Pass)

Church Cove: 3 Firecrest. (M Pass)

Nanjizal: Vis mig – 4 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 13 Redwing, 1 Water Rail, 2619 Woodpigeon, 56 Stock Dove, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redpoll, 84 Siskin, 2 Common Snipe, 253 Golden Plover, 25 Lapwing, 2 Brambling, 5 Swallow, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher. (B Bosisto) 185 birds ringed  including: 51 Chiffchaff, 25 Goldcrest, 6 Firecrest, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 3 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Brambling, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Redwing. Also 2 Hawfinch over.(B Bosisto, K Wilson)

Sennen: 1 Richard’s Pipit in grass field behind the school, 1 Snipe, 1 Dunlin over. (B Bosisto, R Treeby)

Kenidjack: 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrest, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Fieldfare. (B Bosisto) Also 1 Brambling. (M Spicer)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Greenland White-fronted Goose, 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 23 Stock Dove. (B Bosisto)

Marazion Marsh: 1 f/imm Marsh Harrier at 14:30, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret. (B Oakes) Also 3 Carrion Crow, 1 Kingfisher, good numbers of Teal. (N Wills, L Salway) 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling at Longrock Pool at dusk.

Marsh Harrier, Ben Oakes

Marsh Harrier, Ben Oakes

St Gothian Sands LNR: 1 White-rumped Sandpiper still. (B Oakes)

White-rumped Sandpiper, Ben Oakes

Land’s End: 4 Black Redstart, Woodlark over. Also 14 Skylark, 450 Woodpigeon, 4 Siskin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Bullfinch. (P Taylor, H Mitchell). 2 Firecrest, 1 Brambling (heard). (P St Pierre, M Elliott)

Trevescan: 1 Black Redstart.

Porthgwarra: 2 Black Redstart.

Allet: 2 Hawfinch over north at 07:40.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: juv Spoonbill still at Ryan’s Field. (R Treeby) Also 2 Kingfisher, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Jay, 15 Golden Plover, 22 Lapwing, 9 Dunlin, 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Redshank. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Cot Valley: 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.

Polgigga: 1 Turtle Dove on Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Pendeen: 1f Black Redstart at lighthouse. (Cornwall Birding) 1 Hawfinch & 1 Lapland Bunting over Manor Farm. (P Combridge)

Bosullow: 1 Hooded Crow, 1 Fieldfare, 13 Snipe. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Glossy Ibis at 16:40, flew toward Camel Estuary.

Torpoint: 3 f Pintail, 1 f Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Brent Goose. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Nare Head: 1 Chough feeding in field. (P Fletcher)

Ninestones: 1 Willow Tit. (C Imms, R Eynon)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Ring-necked Duck, 1 Hen Harrier, 3 Ruff, c400 Golden Plover, c100 Lapwing. (C Imms, R Eynon)

Gurnard’s Head: 1 Little Egret west, 7 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Skylark in off sea. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Boswednack: 1 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 2 Chough, 1 Firecrest, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler.(Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Penzance: c30 Turnstone & 2 Purple Sandpiper between pier & Battery Rocks. (N Wills, L Salway)


Sunday 29th October 2017

Late news, 25/10, Windmill Farm: 1 Rose-coloured Starling reported. (per D Wright)

Late news, 28/10, Truro: 2f Blackcap in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Late news, 28/10, Callestick: 2 Firecrest, Chiffchaff, Fieldfare and 50 Redwing. (T Wilson)

Late news, 28/10, Nanjizal: 149 birds ringed inc 37 Goldcrest, 12 Firecrest, 12 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 19 Siskin, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 15 Chiffchaff. (K Wilson)

Gwithian: 1w White-rumped Sandpiper still present at St Gothian Sands LNR. (R Archer, J&D Chapman et al) Also 4 Rock Pipit. (J&D Chapman) Also 1 Kestrel, 10+ Rock Pipit, 4 Pied Wagtail, 15 Golden Plover, 6 Teal, 12 Tufted Duck. (R Castillo Nicholls)

White-rumped Sandpiper – Steve Ward

White-rumped Sandpiper – Reuben Veal

White-rumped Sandpiper – Reuben Veal

Teal – Rowena Castillo Nicholls

White-rumped Sandpiper – Rowena Castillo Nicholls

White-rumped Sandpiper – Rowena Castillo Nicholls

Porth Reservoir: 6 Coot, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 8 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Dipper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Mistle Thrush, 9 Redwing, 48 Black-headed Gull. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Pintail, 7 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 4 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, 40 Black-tailed Godwit, 341 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare, 8 Mistle Thrush, 10 Song Thrush, 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Water Pipit1 Swallow. (B Bosisto)

Whipsiderry: 2 Peregrine Falcon, 11 Raven, 2 Reed Bunting, 7 Corn Bunting, 6 Stonechat, 6 Kittiwake. (S Grose)

Sancreed: 3 Little Egret, 47 Canada Goose in fields. 1 Snipe, 1 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 320 Woodpigeon, 18 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, and 3 Blackbird over. (D Flumm)

Kenidjack: 4 Firecrest by sewage works. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Padstow: Yellow-browed Warbler found dead on coast path near Stepper Point. (S Marquis)

Rame Head: 2 Firecrest around rectory garden, 5 Redwing over and W. (R Smaldon)

Truro: 1f Blackcap in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Windmill Farm: Short-eared Owl this afternoon. (D Wright)

Constantine: 2 Black Redstart in Trebarvah Court (J&D Chapman)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 2 Spoonbill, Peregrine, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Dunlin, Kingfisher. (J&D Chapman) 1 Little Egret and 1 Redshank on Ryan’s Field. (R Castillo Nicholls)

Trebah Beach, Helford River: 2 Firecrest, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Rick Pipit, 3 Shag. (J&D Chapman)

Callestick: 20 (9 and 11) Grey Goose sp high and N, 65 (50 and 15) Lapwing N, 2 Golden Plover, 60 Redwing, 2 Skylark. (T Wilson)

St Agnes, Chapel Porth: 1 Firecrest, 7 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff. Offshore, 1 Manx Shearwater W, 1 Great Northern Diver W, 500 Auk sp W in 30 minutes (T Wilson)

Tremayne Quay, Helford River: 10 Curlew, 1 Greenshank, 20 Redshank, 5 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 30 Mallard, 3 Shelduck, 3 Tufted Duck, 2 Red-necked Grebe. (M Nattrass)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Whooper Swan (M Ahmad, P Clement, MJ Spicer)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 juv Rose-coloured Starling at 16:56 with 30,000+ Starling and 1 Sparrowhawk. (P Clement, L Proctor, MJ Spicer) Aberrant/leucistic Starling on wires behind Green Lane at 16:10 with c30,000 Starling. (DK Parker)

near Zelah: 1 Hen Harrier flew over A30 at 12:35. (D Allan)

Trevarrion, Beacon Cove: 3 Chough, 9 Raven, 2 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 3 Reed Bunting, 12 Stonechat, 2 Buzzard, 50+ Golden plover over Bre-pen Farm. (S Grose)

Pendeen Watch: 2 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua and 2 Common Scoter between 07:00 & 08:00. (P St Pierre)

Connor Downs: 2 Firecrest in private garden, 1 Brambling over. (P Freestone)

Lizard Village: 1 Black Redstart. (C Urquhart)

Sennen: up to 3 Richard’s Pipit in fields behind the school. Also several Woodlark in the area. (per LGR Evans)

Chapel Amble: 1 Glossy Ibis this morning. (A Langdon)

Porthcothan, Park Head: 7 Snipe, 13 Redwing, 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Dozmary Pool: 1 Ring-necked Duck still. (D Allan, B Craven, M Worden) Also 50+ Lapwing,150+Golden Plover. (D Allan)

Land’s End: 1 Black Redstart. (R Veal)

Falmouth: 3 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Long-tailed Tit in private garden. (E Tackley)