Tuesday 15th August 2017

Lizard Point: 4 Great Shearwater, 15 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Great Skua, 3 Sanderling, 1 Minke Whale, 3 Bottlenose Dolphin, 2 Common Dolphin, 1 Northern Bluefin Tuna. (I Maclean)

Rinsey Head to Trewavas Cliff: 2 Chough (1 unringed), 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Kestrel, 1 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat. On rocks: 40+ Kittiwake (inc 3 juv). (J St Ledger)

Chough, Trewavas Cliff, John St Ledger

Choughs, Rinsey Head, John St Ledger

Peregrine, Trewavas Cliff, John St Ledger

Bude: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Mute Swan with 5 juveniles, 15 Oystercatcher, 3 Cormorant and 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull. (H Wilkins) Also juv Sparrowhawk practising hunting skills through back garden and across rugby pitch. (R Maye)

Mousehole: 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, c30 Common Dolphin in 7 widely scattered pods and 1 pod of 3 Harbour Porpoise closer inshore. (D Flumm)

Porthgwarra cove seawatch (07:00-09:30): 1 Cory’s Shearwater east then later back west, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 6 Great Skua, 2 Mediterranean Gull. Also 3 Fin Whale, c100 Common Dolphin, 2 Risso’s Dolphin, 3 Harbour Porpoise and at least 1 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. One of the Fin Whales eventually departed west but the other two were present for the duration of the seawatch, all at c2 miles range. (D Flumm, J Lawman et al)

Egloshayle Marshes: 5 Mute Swan, 422 Canada Goose, 1 Bar-headed Goose, 1 Teal, 30 Mallard, 5 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Moorhen, 1 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 7 Common Sandpiper, 11 Green Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, 34 Black-headed Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Yellow Wagtail. (D Julian)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Mute Swan, 84 Canada Goose, 10 Teal, 74 Mallard, 8 Gadwall, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Glossy Ibis, 18 Moorhen, 6 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 26 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 170 Swallow, 5 Starling, 2 Swift, 2 Buzzard. (D Julian)

Porth Reservoir: 8 Great Crested Grebe including 3 juv, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Polgigga: 1 Dotterel, initially over Higher Bosistow heading SE, later settled in ploughed field just N of Higher Bosistow farmhouse. (M Wallace) 2 Wheatear and 2 Whitethroat in same field as Dotterel. (DK Parker)

Land’s End: 1 Golden Plover over, 1 Reed Warbler at Trinity Pool, hybrid Hooded x Carrion Crow still present in same area. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Colliford Lake: 2 Cattle Egret on small island at Loveny viewed from the cattle grid, 5 Wheatear. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Ringed Plover, 11 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Egret. (C Buckland, M Beer) Also 1 Green Sandpiper, Tawny Owl, Blackcaps, Willow warblers, Chiffchaffs, Wheatear, Treecreeper, Swift. (P Stidwill)

Green Sandpiper – Phil Stidwill

Common Sandpiper – Phil Stidwill

Blackcap – Phil Stidwill

Wheatear – Phil Stidwill

Fal-Ruan NR: 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, 220+ Curlew, 2 Swift, 350 Canada Goose. (R Veal)

Rosenannon Downs: large white heron-type bird from northern boundary stones, possible White Stork. (S Grose)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: juv Garganey still present. (DK Parker)

Roseland, Nare Head: 2 Chough in aerobatic flight over Paradoe Cove. Also variety of butterflies at Nare Head point. Painted Lady, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Large White, Silver-studded Blue all present in small numbers. (D Hall)


Friday 11th August 2017

Late news 10/8, A39 Cornwall/Devon border: 1 possible White Stork seen from moving car. (M Lyman)

Lizard Point seawatch (17:00-19:00): 24 Great Shearwater, 7 Balearic Shearwater, 24 Fulmar, 8 Great Skua, 18 Kittiwake, 9500 Manx Shearwater, 2 Razorbill, 33 Sooty Shearwater, 1800 Gannet, 1 Puffin, 4 Storm Petrel. Also present: Great Black-backed Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Cormorants and Shags. (T Blunden)

Devoran: 3 Common Sandpiper. (D Eva)

Penlee Point, Rame: 25 Common Scoter west, 3 Mediterranean Gull (2 ad, 1 juv), 6 Manx Shearwater west. (P Aley)

Torpoint: 55 Mediterranean Gull (53 ad, 1 2s, 1 juv). (P Aley)

Wringford: 15 Swift. (P Aley)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Glossy Ibis, 3 Cattle Egret, 6 Green Sandpiper, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe. (E Mayhew)

Towan Head, Newquay: Big Manx Shearwater passage am,1 – 200/min and many Gannet. Also 2 Sunfish and the male Common Scoter still close to point. (M Lammas)

Porthgwarra seawatch (06:00-11:00): 20 Storm Petrel, 4 Great Shearwater, 13 Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearic Shearwater, 14 Common Scoter, flock of 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Curlew, 2 Pomarine Skua, 3 Bonxie, 1 Med Gull. C60 Common Dolphin, 5 Harbour Porpoise and a probable Risso’s Dolphin. (D Flumm, D Bedford, I Prentice et al) 09:45-13:30: 1 Great Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 20 Sooty Shearwater, 22 Storm Petrel, 1 Bonxie, 1 Common Scoter. (M Wallace) 12:50-16:20: 4 Great Shearwater, 21 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel.

Scillonian III crossing, am: 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 3 Great Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 27 Storm Petrel, 20+ Common Dolphin.

Arden-Sawah, Polgigga: 1 juv Marsh Harrier. (M Wallace)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Little Grebe, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 20+ Swallow, 2 juv. Robin. (R Napp)

Robin, Rick Napp



Sunday 14th May 2017

Late news, 13/5, Bude Marshes WeBS count: 17 adult Mallard and 21 juveniles, 8 Moorhen and 8 juveniles, 9 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Pied Wagtail, 4 Blackbird, 2 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron, 2 adult Canada Goose and 6 juveniles, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Jackdaw, 7+ Rook, 6 House Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Wren, 2 Robin, 1 male Reed Bunting, 1 Great Tit, 1 Cuckoo (very unusual here), 1 Mute Swan, 8 Wood Pigeon. (H Kendall, R Mudge)

Late news, Stithians Reservoir: 1 Otter has been showing well some evenings recently from southern cut-off hide. (S Williams)

Late news, 13/5, Drift Reservoir: 40 Swift. (D Flumm)

Coombe, Red River valley: ringtail Montagu’s Harrier east 10:40. (D Flumm)

Sennen Cove: female Kentish Plover but flew towards Land’s End. (K Wilson)

Little Trethewey: Bee-eater high over. (K Wilson)

Porthgwarra: juv Iceland Gull reported.

Penzance, Promenade and Harbour WeBS count: 38 Purple Sandpiper, 43 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling (some in summer plumage), 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mute Swan and 1 Rock Pipit. (T Mills)

Sanderling, Tony Mills

Marazion Marsh RSPB:
5 Mute Swan plus 8 cygnets on main marsh, 1 Greylag, 3 Canada Goose plus 2 goslings, 1 drake Gadwall, 5 Mallard plus 6 ducklings, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Cormorant, 5 Little Egret, 9 Grey Heron, 2 Stonechat, 3 Cetti’s Warbler. (DK Parker, WeBS)

Probus: 1 ad Purple Heron again in private garden and 1 Red Kite low over three times. (R Veal, BR Field)

Purple Heron – Reuben Veal

Tregoss: White Stork flew from ploughed field towards Bodmin at 16:30 but couldn’t be relocated. (P Roseveare, B Bosistow)

Penlee Point: seawatch 06:00-09:00: 43 Manx Shearwater west, 70 Guillemot west, 60 Gannet, 6 Cormorant, 1 Whimbrel, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Fulmar east, 7 Great Black-backed Gull, 30 Herring Gull. (C Buckland)

Carnanton Woods: 1 Sparrowhawk at Spitfire Corner. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 Cuckoo, 1 male Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting. (S Grose)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 17 Canada Goose, 7 Cormorant,1 Grey Heron,9 Mallard, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Black-headed Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 4 Great Black-backed Gull, 51 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Buzzard, 34 Carrion Crow, 16 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 3 Cuckoo, 5 Stock Dove, 6 Blackbird, 1 Stonechat, 4 Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 7 Linnet, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Skylark, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 5 Robin, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 15 Swallow, 2 Green-veined White and 1 Wall Brown. (DA Conway)

Windmill Farm: Cuckoo, lots more Whitethroats arrived this week. Also Four Spotted Chaser. (D Wright)

Whitethroat and Four-spotted Chaser – Dougy Wright

Nare Point: Lesser Whitethroat, Wheatear, 5 Swift. (D Wright)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Cuckoo calling, 20+ Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (D Chaney)

Men-an-tol: 1 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 10 Swift, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin. (R Hollis)

Porthleven: pair Stonechat with 3-4 fledged young. (C Richards)


Friday 21st April 2017

Late news, 20/4, Maraziom Marsh: 1 Turtle Dove over marsh heading East at 19:40. (S.Cox)

Land’s End: 1 female Wheatear, Razorbill, Guillemot, Shag, Great Black-backed Gull, 6+ Buzzard, several Swallows, Fulmar, Gannets, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Linnets, Rock Pipit. (M Doveston)

Sennen Cove: 13 Whimbrel. (B Morris)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 27 Common Sandpiper and 1 Dunlin. (P St Pierre)

Penzance: 1 White Stork flew over heading west at 13:10. (M Bishop)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 43 Whimbrel, 4 Common Sandpiper, 14 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 juv Song Thrush on Carnsew Pool. 1w Spoonbill, 1 Greenshank, 1 Sedge Warbler on Ryan’s Field. 23 Wigeon, 6 Teal on Lelant Saltings. (R Veal)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Drake Garganey and Tufted Duck still. Also 5+ Little Egret, 1 Dunlin and 1 Common Sandpiper. (P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Marazion: 45 Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 19 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Grey Plover and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach, 2 Shelduck. (P St Pierre, DK Parker, R Butts)

Lizard Point: 2 Great-Northern Diver (s.p) , 6 Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, 1 Woodchat Shrike (on hedgerow and feeding in ploughed field next to Lizard Village 07:10 – 07:20, searched for it later in the morning and no sign) 1 Wheatear, 39 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 3 Common Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit. (B Bosistow)

Old Lizard Head: 1 Black Redstart. (D Wright)

Caerthillian Cove: 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler. (B Bosistow, D Wright)

Carthillian to the Lizard Point: 20 Wheatear. (D Wright)

Kynance Cove: 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat. (B Bosistow, D Wright)

Kynance Cove to Soapy Cove (coastal path): 1(m) Ring Ouzel (above Kynance Cove),  10 Wheatears, 2 Swallows, 1 Willow Warbler, 12 Meadow Pipits, 1 Skylark, 4 Common Buzzards. (JH & K Dalziel)

Ruan Minor: 1 Female Common Redstart next to Bolenowe Animal Sanctuary. (B Bosistow)

Goonhilly Downs: 1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Cuckoo, 2 Siskin. (B Bosistow)

Maen Porth Beach area: 2 Little Egret up the valley heading inland, 1 heading east towards Swanpool, 1 Greenshank,1 Common Sandpiper still present on the muddy creek near the beach, Fulmar around the cliffs to the south/west side of the bay. (M Doveston)

Goss Moor: 1 Little Bunting still present, also 1 Cuckoo. (T Carson)

St Enodoc: 2 Yellowhammer, 12 House Martin at the golf course. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary (members only): 1 Wood Sandpiper and drake Garganey still. (M Pass)

Siblyback Reservoir: 1m Lesser Scaup.

Rame: 7 Wheatears,1  Grasshopper Warbler, 2Willow Warblers, 8 Whitethroats,6m Blackcaps, several Chiffchaff,3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 2 Ravens,1 Wood Warbler, Skylarks, 3 Collared Doves, 1Pied Wagtail, 1m Bullfinch. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Bude: 1 Sparrowhawk hunting in gardens. (R Maye) 3 Cattle Egret.

Maer Lake: 3 Cattle Egret.


Thursday 22nd May 2014

Late news, 20/5 Grampound: 1 Red Kite over by-pass. (A Baptist)

Late news, 21/5, Longrock: 61 Sanderling and 13 Dunlin. (P St Pierre)

St Cleer: 1 White Stork reported. (P Journeaux)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Porth Kidney Beach: 5 Whimbrel and 18 Sanderling. (D Flumm)

Marazion Marsh RSPB, Longrock Pool: 1 Purple Heron (C Barnard) plus 1 Turtle Dove over, 2 Swift, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and Reed Warblers. (A Mckechnie, R Farnes, B Mellow & T Mills) On the Marsh: 4 Mute Swan with 7 cygnets, 2 Greylag with c6 goslings, 6 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 10 Grey Heron, 4 Moorhen, c50 Swallow, 6 Sand Martin, 4 House Martin, 7 Swift, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Stonechat with 3+ young and 3 Cetti’s Warbler plus Sedge and Reed Warblers. (DK Parker)


Purple Heron, Rod Farnes


Purple Heron, Rod Farnes



Purple Heron, Tony Mills


Purple Heron with eel, Tony Mills

Marazion: 6 Whimbrel over plus 8 Sandwich Tern, 10 Oystercatcher and 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (D Flumm, DK Parker & C Barnard)

Housel Bay: 1 f Red-breasted Flycatcher at the pond.

Lizard Point: 2 possible Storm Petrel past.

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 3 Great Northern Diver.


Saturday 10th May 2014

Late news 7/5, Looe Island N R: 4 Purple Sandpiper. (J Ross + C Lewis)

JRoss_PurpleSandpiper_070514Purple Sandpipers, Jon Ross 

Windmill Farm: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs. (D Wright)


Lesser Yellowlegs, Dougy Wright

Croft Pascoe Pool: 1 White Stork early morning only. (J Selby)

Porthgwarra: 24 Fulmar, 380 Manx Shearwater, 73 Gannet, 2 Shag, 99 auk (mostly Guillemot) 8 Puffin, 8 Kittiwake, 8 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 Great Black-backed Gull all moving west between 09:15 & 10:45. (DK Parker)

Carnon Downs: 1 Turtle Dove. (D Eva)

Caerthillian: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler and 5 Sedge Warbler. (D Eva)

Looe Island N R: 2 Swift. (C Lewis)

Rame Head: 1 Pomarine Skua, 2 Roseate Tern, 4 Great Skua and 1 Great Northern Diver.

Mousehole: 6 Pomarine Skua and 3 Great Northern Diver. (B Mellow)

Gillan Creek: 1 Glossy Ibis still.

Falmouth, Pendennis Point: 92 Manx Shearwater passing at 2.7/min and 4 Great Northern Diver on sea. Swanpool: 1 Great Crested Grebe and 1 singing Reed Warbler. (S Perfect)


Tuesday 16 April 2013

Late News 14/04 Portscatho: White Stork flew over Parc An Dillon, Portscatho at 15:35. (J H Harris)

White Stork Portscatho Cornwall 14413 J H Harris White Stork Portscatho Cornwall 140413 J H Harris

Late News 14/04 Falmouth, Pendennis: Wheatear 4+ Purple Sandpipers. 2 imm Kittiwakes, 1 Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Scoter west. A male Kestrel hunting a Rock Pipit. (D Chaney)

Late News 15/04 Gorrangorras: 4 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 9 Little Egret and 4 Turnstone. (D Chaney)

Late News 15/04 Argal Reservoir: 10+ Swallow, and 3 Siskin. (D Chaney)

Late News 15/04 College: c30 Swallow and c30 Sand Martin. (D Chaney)

Late News 15/04  Helston: Whooper Swan still at Helston Boating Lake, female Common Scoter on Helston Loe Pool, with 50+ Sand Martin and 150+ Swallow total moving through (c40 each at the north end with 2 House Martin). 7 Sandwich Terns flew from Carminowe Creek towards Loe Bar and presumably out to sea, and a Common Sandpiper in Carminowe Creek. (D Chaney)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Mute Swan (including 1 immature), 4 Greylag, 4 Canada Geese, 2 hybrid geese, 5 Mallard, 2 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 7 Grey Heron, 16 Moorhen, 4 Oystercatcher, 1 Snipe, c20 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin and 4+ Cetti’s Warbler, early morning. (D Parker) 1 Sparrowhawk over, 40 Whimbrel over, c40 Swallow,5 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 3 Cetti’s Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler. (B. Toms)

Hayle Estuary:  4 Ringed Plover and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (B. Toms)

St Ives: 12 Arctic Terns and 21 Manx Shearwaters south off The Island. (M Spicer)

Looe: 1-2 sick and 1 dead Guillemot, also 1 drake Eider, 3 Whimbrel and 2 Great Northern Divers. (P St Pierre)

Kit Hill: White Stork flew west along the A390 towards Callington at 08:30. (G. Lewis)

Nanquidno: 1 Cuckoo (C. Moore)

Penlee: Snow Bunting – still in the ploughed field on the left just before Penlee carpark,Whitethroat – first ones in with 2 singing around Penlee carpark, Swallow – steady movement N about 25/hour, Chiffchaff – about 6 singing birds, Willow Warbler – 1, Wheatear – about 10 dotted around the headland, Redstart – 1 male near Coastguard cottages. (G. Lewis)

Great Carclaze Pit: 1 Drake Ring-necked Duck (from Par Beach Pool?) with 15 Tufted Ducks. 4 singing Willow Warbler, Ravens nesting, Drake Goldeneye. (S. Cole)

Par Beach: c70 dead birds collected during yesterday and today. Mainly Guillemot and Razorbill but also 1 Gannet and an unidentified Gull/Tern. 1 Guillemot picked up alive and taken to the RSPCA. (Users of Par Beach per N.Climpson)

Guillemot Par Beach 16/04/13

Longdowns: 1st year Iceland Gull feeding in roadside pasture at Longdowns with Herring Gulls at 07:30. (S. Croft)

Portscatho: 15 Whimbrel flying south off Portscatho, moulting Great Norther Diver off Portscatho. (S. Croft)

Amble Marshes: Drake Garganey,  Greylag Goose, Common Sandpiper and 2 Sedge Warbler. (C. Selway)

Wadebridge: Common Tern over Old Town Bridge, late afternoon. (C. Selway)

Swanpool:  10+ Swallow and 3 Sand Martin moving through, with a Whimbrel inland over the golf course. Water Rail, Chiffs singing, female Blackcap, and Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and 3 Bullfinch. (D. Chaney)

Coverack: 1 Pom Skua, 2 Bonxies and 7 Arctic Terns flew west between 09:00 & 10:45.