Friday 3rd May 2019

New Membership Secretary:  As of 1st May Carol Hughes has taken over from Angela Moore as Membership Secretary for the Society. Carol writes: “I was born in Cornwall and have lived the majority of my life in the small village of Ruan Lanihorne. I gained an interest in wildlife as a whole quite late in life, but have been a member of Wild Roseland (link) since its inauguration and hold several positions. I have been recording for the BTO, Wildlife Trust and UK Butterfly Conservation for many years and help with a number of wildlife surveys. I have recently taken up an interest in moths and was lucky enough to find a first for Cornwall in my first year.”

The Society is very grateful to Angie for her many years of tireless service as Membership Secretary, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.

Membership enquiries and requests should continue to be sent to , where they will now be directly received by Carol. Membership documentation on the website will shorty be updated to reflect on these personnel changes.

Late news, 2/5, Tintagel: 2 Swallows flying around Camelot Castle and another flying in the churchyard at St Materiana’s Church. (J Worth)

Late news, 2/5, Penzance, Wherrytown Beach: 3 Ruddy Turnstone (J Evans)

Carn Gloose: Woodchat Shrike still present by the bench. (S Williams, S Rogers)

Kenidjack: Hoopoe still present in top fields north of the valley, also 2 Bullfinch. (M Ferris, N Wheatley et al.) Please keep to public footpaths and on no account enter any of the fields.

Sennen: 56 Whimbrel on the green with 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (M Ferris)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Purple Heron dropped into Cheshire Homes section at c09:25 but not seen since. (DK Parker) Also Grasshopper Warbler reeling, drake Gadwall and 5 Teal. (P St Pierre, DK Parker) Glossy Ibis returned to the marsh at 18:20, also 1 Redshank in the eastern corner. (P & S Rogers)

Mounts Bay: 6 Great Northern Diver & 5 Eider plus 18 Whimbrel on Marazion beach. (S Rogers, P St Pierre, DK Parker)

Heligan: 2 Swallows on roof of Lobbs farm shop. (R. Barlow)

Bodmin Moor – De Lank Water works to Garrow Tor: 1 Whinchat (male), 2 Redstart (m&f), 10 Wheatear, 3 pairs Reed Bunting, 4 Mistle Thrush, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Skylark, 10+ Swallow, 1 Sparrowhawk (male), 1 Kestrel (male), numbers of Meadow Pipit, Linnet and Stonechat. Also 6 Red Deer and 2 Roe Deer. (J St Ledger, D Conway)

Hayle: 3 Swift circling over Foundry Square this evening (J Evans)

Porth Reservoir: 2 Great crested Grebe, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Coot, 1 Common Sandpiper, & 1 Yellowhammer at Trewassick. (S Grose)

Newquay: 8 Whimbrel on rocks behind Headland Hotel this evening they then flew to the Golf Course. (D Grose)

St Breward: 2 Mistle Thrush just up from the football club. (D Trevelyan)

Thursday 2nd May 2019

Late news, 30/4, Hannafore: 1 f Wheatear, 35 whimbrel, pair Grey Wagtail collecting food, pair Stonechats, several Rock Pipit, several swallows, 1 grey seal  (I Juliane)

Late news, 1/5, Hannafore: 4 Whimbrel, several Rock Pipit, several swallows, pair Stonechats, several House Martins, 1 f Pheasant, 1 f Orange Tip butterfly   (I Juliane)

Late news, 1/5, Sennen: 28 Whimbrel and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on the green pm, also Female Redstart along public footpath near trinity cottages. 1 Sedge Warbler along cycle track (Sennen end), 2 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin 12+ Swallow. (M Ferris)

Windmill Farm: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 12 Sedge Warbler, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Cuckoo,  numerous Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. (D Wright)

Restronguet: Osprey at 09:20 at least. (J Chapple)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis at 13:00 also drake Gadwall and 4 Teal. (DK Parker) Also 1 Dunlin. (P St Pierre)

Kenidjack: Hoopoe still present in cattle field at cSW36353247 viewable from the gate. Please keep to public footpaths and on no account enter any of the fields. (DK Parker) Hoopoe still present 18:30. (M Ferris)

Hoopoe – Dave Parker

Hoopoe – Dave Parker

Carn Gloose: Male Woodchat Shrike on the right hand side of the road behind the wooden bench, c100 metres before the chimney. (L Proctor et al.) Storm Petrel offshore. (M Ferris)

Woodchat – Mike Spicer

Maer Lake: 18 Sand Martins, 2 Common Sandpipers, 4 Shelducks, 15 Teal, 2 Mallard with 6 juveniles, 2 Great Black Backed Gulls, 1 Herring gull, 2 Whimbrels, 2 Greenfinches, 1 Blackcap, 6 Wood Pigeons. (H Kendall)

Cheesewring, Bodmin Moor: 2 Cuckoo, 1 Swift, 4 Wheatear. (S Wheatley)

Watchcroft area: 10 Linnet, 5 Skylark, 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 5 Cuckoo, 2 Buzzard, one playing with a live vole on the ground, 2 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1 Kestrel, 10 Whitethroat all in display flight, 3 juv Stonechat, 50+ Meadow Pipit (J Evans)

Tresillian River:  8 Whimbrel, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 5 Black-tailed Godwit. (P. Pearson)

Fowey River: Grey Wagtail,  Kingfisher and Dippers. (N Bryant)

Land’s End: 1 Sedge Warbler along cycle track (Sennen end), singing Reed Warbler Lands End. 1 female Wheatear Mayon Cliff. (M Ferris)

Location withheld: Honey Buzzard over a wood in East Cornwall. (R Barlow)

Porthilly Point: 1 Swift, 2 Common Sandpiper, 20+ Sand Martin, 1 Sandwich Tern,1 Raven. (S Grose)

St Ives: 20+ Gannets, 30+ Cormorants and one Rock Pipit on The Island (K Money)

Carbilly Tor: 1 Common Redstart (m) K. Dalziel


Sunday 6th May 2018

Late news, 5/5, Lizard Point: 67 species seen, highlights included 1 Arctic Skua, 2 Black-throated Diver, 11 Great Northern Diver, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 8 Common Scoter, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Red Kite, 2 Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtail. (T Blunden)

Red Kite Day 2018: Whilst over the last couple of weeks we’ve had odd sightings of Red Kite, today numbers increased dramatically. Started with a late report from yesterday with 4 Red Kites at Boyton heading south to Launceston. (R Loy). St.Austell: 5 Red Kites flew over this morning at 9.15 am. (C Hooper) 2 Red Kite over Truro Station at 10.15. (R Augarde) At 10.45 1 Red Kite over Trevenen. (P Reynolds) 5 Red Kites over Treviglas school in Newquay at 10.40 am. (D Grose) 7 Red Kite over Goldsithney and 2 over Boscastle (P Tillsley) at 11.30. (R Nicholls) Polgigga, Red Kites seem to accumulate her for a while, 4 at 12.30; 13 at 13.20; then 19, then 41 at 13.30. Red Kites (S & P Rogers, M Wallace, D.Beadle, S.Ellis) then drifted back east.  Hayle, Ventonleague 19 Red Kites moving East from 14-45pm – 15.35pm, including 10 together at 15.20pm. (J&T Rutter) At Callestick, 21 Red Kites E (1 @ 11.25, 1 @ 11.50, 11 @ 14.00, 7 @ 15.25, 1 @ 17.20). (T Wilson)

Red Kite, Chris Hooper

Polgigga: 1 Iberian Chiffchaff still 14:45 and singing continuously. (MJ Spicer, R Veal, P Roseveare)

Chapel Porth: 1 Iberian Chiffchaff still singing and showing well. (S Rowe)

Lizard Point: 1 Serin. (W Claydon) Plus 1 Blue-headed Wagtail and 4 Red Kite. (T Blunden)

Colliford Lake: 1 probable Woodchat Shrike.(N McBreen)

Treveal Cove: 1 Nightingale heard and 1 Lesser Whitethroat.

Rame Head: 1 singing Wood Warbler.

Marazion beach: 1 Grey Plover, 20 Dunlin, 5 Sanderling, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Mediterranean Gull.  (S & P Rogers) Evening: 12 Sanderling, 11 Dunlin, 3 Turnstone, 5 Ringed Plover with 2 Sandwich Tern offshore. (J Hawkey)

Grey Plover, Steve Rogers

Morvah, Trevowhan, Trevean Farm: 1 Hoopoe at 5pm. (J Clegg)

Penlee Point: 1 m Whinchat.

Croft Pascoe/Goonhilly: 1 Cuckoo, 4 Siskin, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler,  2 Chiffchaff, 3 Swallow, 2 Linnet, 1 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard (S Van Hear)

Lands End:  1 Barn Owl hunting. 1 Sedge Warbler ( B.Toms, M Curtis)

Sennen: 1 Carrion/Hooded Crow hybrid. (M Ahmad)

Hybrid Carrion/Hooded Crow, Mashuq Ahmad

Bosigran: 3 Grasshopper Warbler ( 2 seen) , 4 Whitethroat, Cuckoo heard. ( B. Toms, M.Curtis )

Par Beach Pool: 1 Little Grebe, 2 House Martin, 1 Great spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Red Kite, 1 pr of Great Crested Grebe with 2 young. 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Tresemple Pool: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrel. Chiffchaff, Wren, Blackbird and Woodpigeon all nesting (D Eva)

St Erth: 4 Whimbrel over. (MJ Spicer)

Perranporth Dunes: 2 Red Kite W @ 10.20 + Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat and 5 Common Whitethroats (T Wilson)

Caradon Hill: 4 Wheatear seen near the summit, 3 males 1 female, (at least 2 of the males looked like Greenlanders). (D Cleal)

Lanner: Cuckoo calling 7pm (R Hampshire)

Dennis Head on Helford River:  1 Lesser Whitethroat singing all day. (T Pinfield)

Scorrier, Tregullow: 1 Cuckoo. (A Curwen)

Kennack Sands: 1 Basking Shark (P. Bedford)


Tuesday 4th July 2017

Boscastle: 1 Woodchat Shrike still present.

Lizard Point: 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 5 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrel, 1 Puffin, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Ocean Sunfish. (I Maclean, A Blunden)

Gothian Sands: Shelduck  with 3 young and Coot with 1 young. (P Tandj)


Shelduck, P Tandj

Newquay, (Huers Hut): 89 adult Kittiwakes & 23 juveniles visible. (S Grose)

Mount Hawke: Brief view of I Sparrowhawk hassling 1 Wood Pigeon over private garden, outcome unknown. (RB Girling)

Rock, Porthilly Point: 33 Black-headed Gull, 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Dunlin & 41 Sand Martin. (S Grose)


Monday 3rd July 2017

Late news, 8/6, Temple Trout Fishery: 1 Nuthatch, not seen, called frequently in morning and afternoon from deciduous woods between the two lakes. (RB Girling)

Late news, 22/6, Temple Trout Fishery: 1 Nuthatch, not seen, called frequently in morning and afternoon from deciduous woods between the two lakes. (RB Girling)

Late news, 29/6, Temple Trout Fishery: 1 Nuthatch, not seen, heard calling from deciduous woods between the two lakes. (RB Girling)

Late news, 2/7, Temple Trout Fishery: 1 Nuthatch, not seen, heard calling a few times mid-morning from deciduous woods between the two lakes. (RB Girling)

Late news, 2/7, Godrevy Cove, St Keverne: 110 Great Black-backs in the cove. (D Collins) 

Porthgwarra seawatch (07:30-11:30): Ad Long-tailed Skua, 5 Great Shearwater, 29 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 44 Storm Petrel, 2 Bonxie, 8 Puffin. (M Wallace, P St Pierre, MT Elliot)

Walmsley: 5 Cattle Egret this evening. (A Langdon)

Boscastle: 1 Woodchat Shrike still in field viewed from footpath accessed via slate stile above Paradise Road. (P Roseveare)


Sunday 2nd July 2017

Late News, 01/07, Siblyback Reservoir: 2 Common Sandpiper. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Boscastle: 1 Woodchat Shrike. (A Davey, D Julian)


Woodchat Shrike – Adrian Davey

Par beach: 2 Sandwich Tern near docks. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 2 singing male Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Trewey Common: 1 m Yellowhammer. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Bosigran: 1 Grasshopper Warbler. (B Toms, M Curtis)

Porthgwarra: seawatch 9am-3pm: 17 Sooty Shearwater (with 3 landing to feed) 7 Storm Petrel, c40 Common Scoter, 2 Common Tern, 10 Sandwich Tern, 6000+ Manx Shearwater. (R Veal)

Longrock: 1 win plum Great Northern Diver, 1 eclipse drk Eider, 1 Sandwich Tern. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary (Lelant side): 5 Black Swan, 11 Mediterranean Gull. (J. Evans) Hayle Estuary:  5 Black Swan, 64 Curlew, 12 Shelduck, incl 1 pair with 6 ducklings, 14 Little Egret, 4 Mediterranean Black Headed Gull (3 ad, 1 first summer), 64 Black headed Gull. (V Stratton) Ryan’s Field: 32 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 31 Black-headed Gull. (V Stratton)



Mediterranean Gulls, Black Swans at Hayle – Viv Stratton

Padstow, Stepper Point:1 Sandwich Tern. (S Grose)

Penzance: 4 Sandwich Terns fishing from Tolcarne Inn, 17:00. (R Butts)

Downderry: 1 Storm Petrel, c600 Manx Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 8 Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Whimbrel from seawatch before 07:20. (A Payne)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl at 21:55. (MJ Spicer)


Tuesday 12th May 2015

Late news, 10/5 Porthgwarra: 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck and 64 Manx Shearwater. (FJ Hull B Dodd)

Late news, 11/5 Newlyn: Turtle Dove at Newlyn Coombe. (B Dodd)

Porthgwarrra: 1 Woodchat Shrike, 2 Whitethroat, 1m Blackcap, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cuckoo (heard) plus good numbers of House Martin and Swallow. (J St Ledger – photo 1, DS Flumm – photo 2) Also 1 1s/f Golden Oriole this afternoon. (M Halliday, C Barnard)

Woodchat Shrike Porthgwarra 12th May 2015 Woodchat @ Porthgwarra on 12th May 2015

Sancreed: 5 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap and 3 Whitethroat. (DS Flumm – photo)

Garden Warbler @ Sancreed

Lostwithiel: 2 Swift. (C Jewels)

Swanpool, Falmouth: 1 Long-tailed Duck still. (S Perfect)

Downderry: 3 Great Northern Diver flew west this morning past Downderry before 0745. In addition there were another 11 on the sea. Other birds included 22 Manx Shearwater and a 1s Med Gull. (A Payne)

Botallack: 1 Spotted Flycatcher at Roscommon. (Sennen Cove Birdwatching)

Hayle Estuary: 1 1w Ring-billed Gull still on Ryan’s Field.

Mount’s Bay: ad sum Pacific Diver reported this evening from Scillonian III.