Sunday 5th May 2019

Sunday 5th May 2019

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Late news, 4/5, St Ives: 1 Swallow at Ayr Field. (K Money)

Late news, 4/5, Torpoint: 12 Whimbrel, at John’s lake. (S Eddy)

Hayle: Probable Purple Heron flew over the A30 towards St Erth. (B Toms)

Lizard Village: Whinchat in ploughed field below Henry’s campsite. (M Pass)

Polgigga: Spotted Flycatcher along Bosistow Lane. (M Wallace)

Men-an-Tol: Red Kite over at 08:35 plus m & f Cuckoo. (L Proctor)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis flew in at 10:05. (P Walsh) Glossy Ibis still  at 12:15 also 2 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 m Reed Bunting. (S Grose) Probable Blue-headed Wagtail,  Glossy Ibis feeding, 4 Canada Geese and 3 goslings. (B Tregunna)

Blue-headed/Channel Wagtail – Adrian Tregunna

Redruth: 1 Red Kite heading east at c09:40. ( L Payne B Bosisto )

Marazion: 1 Sandwich Tern( B. Toms, M. Curtis)

Bartinney: 3 Cuckoo ( B.Toms, M. Curtis)

Newquay: 1 Red Kite seen flying south over zoo. (D Trevelyan) 2 Red Kite over 12.45 sw. (T Carson)

Lelant: 1 Red Kite over. (R Veal)

King Edward Mine: 4 Red Kites at 13:15 heading SW. (P Boorman & L Mayers)

Chapel Carn Brea: 4 Red Kite. (S Rogers)

Hayle Millpond: 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff, & 5 Terrapin. (S Grose)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Common Sandpiper, 26+ Whimbrel, 7 sum plum Black-tailed godwit, 1 Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Canada Goose goslings and Blackbirds nest with 3 fairly well grown young in bramble near the hide. (R Veal)

Tywardreath: 3 Siskin (2 m & 1f) on private garden feeders. (R. Barlow)

Lanhydrock Estate (Fowey River): 3 Dipper. (N de Freitas)

Farms Common: 1 Cuckoo , 4 Swift. ( B Bosisto L Payne )

Trevethan Road, Falmouth: 3 Swift. (S Van Hear)

Castle-an-Dinas: 1 Cuckoo, 6 Swift, 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Linnet. (S Rowe)

Botallack: 2 Swifts flying north. (J Hawkey)

Temple: Cuckoo calling this evening. (RB & PC Girling)

Porthgwarra: 1 Hummingbird Hawkmoth. (M Wallace)


Saturday 4th May 2019

Lizard: Red-rumped Swallow over Henry’s Campsite, before drifting off towards the village with House Martins. (P St Pierre)

Feock: Great White Egret flying overhead towards Loe Beach at 10:15. (J Hawkey)

Porthgwarra: Continental Coal Tit at Trevean in NW corner. (M Wallace)

Kuggar: 2 Ring-necked Parakeets (of unknown origin) briefly in a private garden. (M Hardy)

Par, Spit Beach: 7 Eider, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Stonechat (male), 2 Whitethroat, 12 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Fulmar, plus numerous Oystercatchers, Herring Gulls, Shag, and Great Black Backed Gulls. (S Wheatley)

Walmsley Sanctuary (Key holders only): Pair Canada Geese with 4 Goslings , 3 pairs of Mallard with 10, 8 and 1 duckling , 1 Wigeon , 8 Dunlin , 1 Ringed Plover , 10 Swift , 15 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin , 90 House Martin. (B Bosisto)

Penzance: Swift over Humphrey Davey statue. (DK Parker)

Carn Brea: Cuckoo present since 2nd May. (S Baillie)

Windmill Farm: 1 Lesser Whitethroat (Grochall gateway), 3 Gadwall (Ruan Pool), 12+ Willow Warbler, 8 Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Grey Heron. Also 1 Adder, 1 Common Lizard, 1 Common Toad. (G Adams)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 8 Willow Warbler, 1 pair of Great Crested Grebes at Golden Lion, 4 pairs of Magpies nesting (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Greenshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 1 Moorhen chick. (R Veal) Also 1 Cormorant, 2 Little Egret, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Grey Heron on Ryan’s Field. (C Hooper)

Tintagel: 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Common Tern, from Dunderhole Point. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 10 Whimbrel, 1 Dunlin. (S Rowe)

Towan Head: 3 Purple Sandpiper. (S Rowe)

College Reservoir: 1 Swift, 25+ Swallow, 10+ House Martin, 1+ Sand Martin, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Buzzard, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 1 Green Woodpecker (T Phelps)

Argal Reservoir: 50+ Swallow, c40 House Martin, 5+ Sand Martin, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard (T Phelps)


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 [email protected] , 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 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)

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)

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


Wednesday 1st May 2019

Late news, 29/4, Maer Lake: 8 Common Sandpiper. (S Border)

Kenidjack: Hoopoe in private fields, please keep to public rights of way. (S Williams)

Windmill Farm: 5 Sedge Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1m Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Chiffchaff, 1f Adder. (G Adams)

Sennen: Bittern sp flushed from Brew pool, also 50+ Swallows, 8 House Martins, 5 Sand Martins, 2 Whitethroat. (C Moore)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis & 1 Swift. (B Mellow) Glossy Ibis flew towards the Mount at c19:35, 2 Dunlin, 2 Little Egret, Cuckoo, 4 Teal, c20 Sand Martin c10 Swallow. (DK Parker, S & P Rogers)

Marazion: 14 Whimbrel, 1 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Great Northern Diver and 5 Eider. (B Mellow) Flocks of 19,18,35 & 14 Whimbrel this evening. (S & P Rogers)

Porthgwarra: 15+ Whitethroat, 20+ Blackcap, 1 Lesser Whitethroat (heard only) 3+ Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Redpoll & 1 Jay. Also 2 Yellow Wagtail and c10 White Wagtail in field before Raftra Farm. (DK Parker) Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Dunlin at Raftra Pool. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Common Sandpiper, 14 Curlew over high calling, 1 Wigeon, 4 Great Crested Grebe and 4 Cormorant. (DK Parker)

Rumps and Pentire: 1 Mallard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 6 Fulmar, 2 Gannet, 2 Cormorant, 5 Shag, 2 Kestrel, 6 Oystercatcher, 9 Whimbrel, 40 Herring Gull, 6 Great Black-backed Gull, 8 Puffin, 25 Guillemot, 15 Razorbill, 11 Wood Pigeon, 1 Short-eared Owl, 7 Skylark, 30 Swallow, 4 Rock Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Wren, 5 Dunnock, 1 Robin, 6 Stonechat, 4 Blackbird, 4 Wheatear, 9 Whitethroat, 2 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 8 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 4 House Sparrow, 1 Goldfinch, 11 Linnet, 1 Grey Seal, 6 Rabbit, 3 Small White, 1 Orange Tip, 2 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock. (M Scawen et al.).

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 8 sum plum Black-tailed Godwit, 1 sum plum Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 1f Wheatear, 9 Whimbrel. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 5 Swift. (R Veal)

Walmsley Sanctuary (key holders only): 1 Spoonbill, 50+ Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Gadwall, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Wigeon, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk and 1 Fox. (J Green)

Porth Joke: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Swift, 120 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin. (S Rowe)

Penzance: 1 Whimbrel seen from  Promenade, on rocks at low tide. (D Jenkins)

Newlyn: 1s Yellow-legged Gull & adult Common Sandpiper. (M Elliott)

Mount’s Bay: 8 Risso’s Dolphin c1.5miles off Penlee. (M Elliott)

Downderry: Early this morning 10 Whimbrel on the beach and 4 Great Northern Divers on the sea. (A Payne)

Falmouth: 2 Swifts over the town this evening (T Phelps)

Coverack: 1 Swift (D Beadle)

Porthcothan Beach: 1 Common Sandpiper. ( L Payne )

Gluvian: Pair Canada Geese with 8 young. ( L Payne )

Maer Lake: 11 Whimbrel and 1 Common Sandpiper. (S Border)


Tuesday 30th April 2019

Polgigga: Great White Egret flew over Bosistow Lane. (T Phelps) Also 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Porthgwarra to St Levan: Male Serin mobile and last seen at the Coastguard Cottages also a Pied Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 2 Siskin, Tree Pipit, Lapwing & Silver Y. (M Wallace)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 6 Swifts high over the back of the marsh. (P St Pierre) Glossy Ibis back on the marsh this afternoon plus 4 Teal and 1 Gadwall. Canada Geese now down to 3 goslings. (DK Parker)

Mawgan: 1 Swift over this morning (P. Bedford)

Crugmeer: 2 Grey Partridge, 11 Whimbrel. (S Grose)

Penzance: 1 Swift over. (R Veal) Also 32 Purple Sandpipers by Jubilee Pool.

Croft Pascoe: 1 Cuckoo, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Siskin, 2 Coal Tit. (J St Ledger)

Sheviock pond: 2 Sedge Warblers,1 Blackcap. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Saltermill reed beds: Reed Buntings,Reed Warblers.on river 5 Whimbrel,1 Curlew. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Rame: 1 Willow Warbler,1 Whimbrel over 4 House Martins the odd Swallows.Good numbers of Whitethroats, Yellow Wagtail over.Three Collard Doves at Rame Barton Farm. (C Buckland, M Beer)

Par Beach: 1 female Wheatear. (E Mayhew)

Newquay, Beacon Cove: 7 Kittiwake on the water. (S Grose)

The Rumps: Short-eared Owl, 3 Common Swift, 10 House Martin. 2 Shelduck, 2 Whimbrel and 8 Northern Wheatear. (C Selway)

Rosudgeon: 1 Swallow. (K Money)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps, 3 Sedge Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Swallows, 1 House Martin, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Bullfinch (T Phelps, M Doyle)

College Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Swanpool: 3 Reed Warblers (T Phelps)

Predannack: 2 Cuckoo on airfield, one of which was seen from bridleway. (D King)

Scillonian III  RSPB Cruise 29th April 2019: Penzance to Wolf: 1 Great Skua, 8 Sandwich Tern, 1 male Eider, 620+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Puffin, 4 Great Northern Diver, 10 Gannet, 66 Guillemot, 8+ Razorbill, several auk sp, 4 Common Scoter, 3 small waders, 1 Fulmar. 2 Common Dolphins.
Wolf to St Mary’s: 231 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 18 LBB Gulls, 2 Fulmar, 1 Kittiwake, 3 auk sp, 1 Grey Heron, 91+ Shag.
St Mary’s to Wolf: 7 Manx Shearwater, 1 Puffin, 6 Gannet, 4 Kittiwake, 4 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill, 2 GBB Gulls, 3 Fulmar, 1 auk sp.
Wolf to Penzance: 1600+ Manx Shearwater, 7 Puffin, 8+ Gannet, 200+ Guillemot, 24+ Razorbill, several auk sp. 2 Fulmar, 1 GBB Gull. Also 10 Common Dolphin, 2 Risso’s Dolphin. (B Craven, J Swift)


Monday 29th April 2019

Late News, 28/04, Bodmin Moor: Cuckoos heard at Witheybrook and Bearah Tor, Bodmin Moor (P Crispin)

Lelant: 40 Whimbrel West Cornwall Golf Course. (S Turner)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis still, also 1 Gadwall, 4+ Teal, 12 Canada Geese plus 5 goslings. (DK Parker, R Wilkins) Black-tailed Godwit (sum plum) Cetti’s warbler, Greenfinch (A Witheywood)

Marazion: 1 sum plum Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach also 4+ Great Northern Diver, 5 imm male Eider and 3 Sandwich Tern offshore. (DK Parker, R Wilkins, P St Pierre)

Maer Lake, Bude: 35 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Shelduck, c. 15 Teal. (I & H Kendall)

Godolphin Hill: 1 Cuckoo and 1 reeling Grasshopper Warbler (P Bedford)

Padstow: c 20 Black-tailed Godwits on the Camel Estuary near Padstow this morning. (E Smart)

Portscatho: 2 Great Northern Diver (in summer plumage), 2 Guillemot, 14 Whimbrel, 2 Whitethroat.  (J St Ledger)

Pendower: 8 Great Northern Diver, 3 Razorbill, 4 Shelduck, 1 Skylark (singing). (J St Ledger)

Mounts Bay: kayak trip round Mount’s Bay from Penzance today, as far as Lamorna; 6 Puffin, 1500+ Manx Shearwater in Rafts, 100+ Guillemots, 10+ Razorbills, 1 Arctic Skua (dark phase adult), 4 Sandwich Tern, 6 Whimbrel, (R Kirkwood)

St Enodoc golf club: 1 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Crousa Downs, Coverack: 1 Cuckoo (D Beadle)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 2 Tufted Duck m+f, 2 Gadwall m+f, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit , 1 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Shelduck, 1 Jay, 6 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Hare. (S Grose)

Camel Estuary: 72 Shelduck, 85 Whimbrel , 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (Summer Plumage), 2 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper (B Bosisto L Payne)


Sunday 28th April 2019

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis and Black-tailed Godwit. (P St Pierre)

St Austell: 7 Eider, 1 Common Whitethroat, 2 Raven at Carlyon Beach. (S Grose)

Crowdy: Male Redstart. (T Potterton)

Bowithick: Cuckoo. (T Potterton)

Stithians Reservoir: 4 Gadwall (3m 1f), 5 Whimbrel, 1 unaccompanied young Mallard duckling from Stuart Hutchings Hide. (D Chaney)

Rinsey: Pair of courting Cuckoos. (S Cubbage)

Newquay Boating lake: 2 Sedge Warbler on main island. (S Grose)

Fistral Beach: 13 Whimbrel, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Oystercatcher, 2 Raven. (S Grose)


Saturday 27th April 2019

Pendeen Watch: 10 Great Skua plus Manx Shearwater passing at up to 150 per minute between 06:30 & 09:30. Totals by 13:30 were 100,000 Manx Shearwater, 13 Great Skua and 1 Black-throated Diver. (M Elliott, M Ahmad, R Wulkins)

Newquay (07:15-09:30): 4 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Whimbrel, c.6000 Manx Shearwater. (18:30-19:30) 5 Storm Petrel. (S Rowe) passed Towan Head. (S Rowe)

Newquay: Storm Petrel off Fistral Beach early afternoon. (S Rowe)

Cape Cornwall: Juv Iceland Gull still plus 20,000 Manx Shearwaters between 08:30 and 10:30. Also, 2 Great Skua and 2 Whimbrel. (N Wheatley)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler (D Eva)

Devoran: 9 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew. (P Pearson)

Newquay: 142 Fulmar, 75 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Red-throated Diver past Towan Head , also of interest the Kittiwake colony is now completely deserted below the Atlantic Hotel. (S Grose)


Friday 26th April 2019

Late news, 25/4, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1 Little Egret , 1 Grey Heron , 1 Cormorant , 2 Herring Gull . (K. Bowers)

Late news, 25/4, Criggan: 2 Swallow . (K. Bowers)

Late news, 25/4, Plaidy, Looe: 50 Whimbrel on rocks between East Looe beach and Plaidy, then later flock of 200 Whimbrel flying and calling over Plaidy (C&J Duffy)

Tater-du, 14:45-19:30: 1 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Pomarine Skua (pale adults), 4 Great Skua, 4 Puffin, 24 Kittiwake & 6 Whimbrel. (M McKee)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 m Garganey, 4 Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 77 Bar-tailed Godwit from the Colonel Rhyves (public) hide.  (S Grose)

Ruan Minor: 1 Iceland Gull in field behind plough picking out worms, possibly the Lizard bird. (F Trewin)

Creegbrawse Chacewater: 2 Tawny Owls heard early a.m. Cuckoo, heard only.( B. Toms)

Porthgwarra: 1651 Manx Shearwater, 14 Fulmar, 1 Whimbrel, 21 Kittiwake, 8 Puffin, 175 auk sp (mostly Guillemot) between 08:30 & 11:00. (DK Parker)

Crowlas: Turtle Dove on wires at Rospeath.

Dobwalls: 4 Siskin (2m, 2f) on feeder, 1 f Yellowhammer, and f Sparrowhawk with prey flew through our garden (C&J Duffy)

St Ives, Barnoon cemetery: 6+ Linnet still, and 1 Goldfinch in amongst the flock. (K Money)

Looe Island: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit (C Lewis)

Whipsiderry: 1 Corn Bunting, 2 Sandwich Tern towards Watergate Bay. (S Grose)

Mousehole: Adult Arctic Skua, 1000+ Manx Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Tern, 4 Great Northern Diver, 4 Puffin and 1 Common Scoter between 06:45 & 10:30. c1900 Manx Shearwater past between 19:00 & 19:45. Also a dog Otter seen to swim from St Clement’s  Isle to Mousehole Harbour. (M Elliott)

Illogan: m Holly Blue Butterfly in private garden (J Baker)


Thursday 25th April 2019

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Late news, 24/4, Mevagissey: 36 Whimbrel past (single flock). Off the harbour, 5 Great Northern Diver (one sum plum). (S Roper)

Late News, 24/4, The Lizard – Lizard Point: 2 Chough, 20+ Fulmar, 30+ Manx Shearwater, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff, Gannet, LBB Gull, GBB Gull, Herring Gull, Shag, Cormorant, 2 Swallow, Sparrowhawk, 6+ Rock Pipit, 3 Meadow Pipit, 7 House Sparrows, 6 Turnstone. Kynance Cove: Grey Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Chaffinch, Great tit, Blue Tit, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, , 30+ Linnet, Sedge Warbler. Croft Pascoe Woods and Pool: Little Grebe, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Coal tit, 6 Goldfinch,  2 Blackcap, Jay. (Cornwall Birdwatching Tours)

Late News, 24/4, Hayle Estuary RSPB: 3 Little Egret, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Shelduck, 4 Cormorant. (Cornwall Birdwatching Tours)

Late News, 24/4, Hayle Towans: Male Wheatear, 20 Linnet, Kestrel, 6+ Stonechat (P. Freestone)

Boat Cove, Perranuthnoe: Black-browed Albatross through between Shag Rock and Trenow Cove and went west across Little London Bay and on west outside of St Michael’s Mount at c11:15. (M Southam)

Newquay: Short-eared owl on Newquay Golf Course this morning. (D Kendle)

Crugmeer: 1 Sparrowhawk with kill, 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

Devoran: Lesser Yellowlegs still, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Shelduck. ( B. Toms)

Cot Valley: Iceland Gull that has been around the area since mid-January flew south past the bottom of Cot Valley at 09:30 this morning. (N Wheatley)

Gannel Estuary: 14 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit still and a Common Sandpiper. (T Carson)

Marazion: 9 Whimbrel and 1 sum plum Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach. (P Fraser)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Glossy Ibis still on the marsh this morning. (P Cains M Webb) Glossy Ibis still present this afternoon and 31 Whimbrel heading west at 16:30. (N Ward) Glossy Ibis appeared to fly to St Michael’s Mount at 17:50. (P Fraser) Also 2 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 2 m&f Mallard, 1 drk Gadwall, 2 Moorhen, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Dunnock at 13:50. (M Webb)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Mute Swan, 32 Canada Geese, 18 Tufted Duck, 2 m&f Mallard, 1drake Pochard, 1 Little Grebe, 4 Shelduck, 2 Moorhen, 4 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow at 11:30. (M Webb)

Bodmin Moor: Female Scaup and Hobby at Dozmary Pool. (P St Pierre)

Rame Church to Penlee Point: 11 Whitethroat (singing males), 7 Chiffchaff (singing males), 7 Blackcap (singing males), 1 Willow Warbler (singing male) and only 4 Swallow . Also a pair of Shelduck in the centre of a large ploughed field, two fields in from the coast. They were chased off by another pair that arrived low from the east, all rather strange? (R Smaldon)

Porth Reservoir: 9 Great Crested Grebe on the water, 4 Coot, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Mevagissey: 3 Great Northern Divers (one sum plum), 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Purple Sandpiper. (S Roper)

St Ives, Barnoon cemetery: 4+ Linnet, 2 Blackbirds foraging together and 1 Dunnock. (K Money)

Coast path beyond Man’s Head: Some possible additional Linnets flying towards Clodgy, 20+ Gannets, 2+ Stonechats, 2 Wrens, 1 Crow and many, many Sparrows and Starlings! (K Money)

Downderry: Before 07:45, 8 Common Scoters and a Great Skua flew east and 8 Manx Shearwaters moved west. Mid-morning a Mediterranean Gull (1s) feeding offshore. (A Payne)

Land’s End: 1 Wheatear. (M McKee)

Trevescan: 1 Golden Plover. (M McKee)


Wednesday 24th April 2019

Late news, 18/4, Pityme: 1 Hoopoe in field next to boat yard. (P Jago)

Skewjack: Drake Green-winged Teal still on a private pool, drake Garganey. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 3rd cal yr Iceland Gull at 14:30. (J Miller)

Sennen Cove: 2 Whimbrel, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Osprey over Carnsew Pool area 08:30 till 08:55 at least,  constantly being mobbed. (S Turner)

Tregonetha Downs: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Yellowhammer, 7 Linnet, 4 Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 1 Buzzard. (S Grose)

Newquay: Short-eared Owl hunting over Newquay Golf Course again this afternoon. (D Kendle)

Penzance: c55 Whimbrel NW over Sainsburys at 11:25. (M McKee)

Camel Estuary, Wadebridge to Tregunna: 9 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 45 Shelduck, 12 Mallard, 2 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Pheasant, 4 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 45 Oystercatcher, 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Greenshank, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Curlew, 32 Whimbrel, 125 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser black-backed Gull, 5 Great black-backed Gull, 9 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 1 Coal tit, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 7 Rook, 45 Carrion Crow, 5 House Sparrow, 4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch, 6 Palmate Newt (M Scawen et al.)

Gannel Estuary: 15 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper opp Rawley Point. (S Grose)

Trevilley: 2 House Martin. (J Hawkey)

Penryn: 1 Swift over this evening. (C Benton)

Callestick: Turtle Dove seen in private garden several times today. (L Wilson)

Gannel Estuary: 11 Whimbrel, 7 Canada Goose and 1 Common Sandpiper. (J Green)

Downderry: 23 Whimbrel and 4 Bar-tailed Godwits on the beach this evening. (A Payne)

Polgigga: 1 Stone Curlew in flight c10am before dropping into potato field from footpath between Trevilley and Higher Bosisto. (L Proctor). Later seen in flight again, appearing to drop down in fields North of Nanjizal 14:15. (R Veal, R Wilkins)

Newlyn Harbour: 1s Yellow-legged Gull still. (M Elliott)