Cornwall Bird Sightings Diary

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Date Bird Location Name
14/08/2019 Sparrowhawk We watched a Sparrowhawk hovering above the estuary edges/cliffs between Rock and Daymer Bay yesterday 14.08.19. Jane Johnson
18/07/2019 Peregrine Falcon Cliff edge near to Hell's Mouth. At least 4 adult peregrine falcons sited today. Few juveniles also. Appear well established here Matthew Bateman
09/06/2019 1 Peregrine Falcon Noted early morning flying N to S off Tolcarne beach, Newquay, Cornwall Think it was a male but cannot be sure. Phil Haley
07/01/2018 Spoonbill Helston
06/01/2018 Hen Harrier 2 hen harriers sighted near the Men-an-Tol
06/01/2018 Red Throated Diver Carnsew Pool, Hayle
06/01/2018 Variety of birds Marazion - Bonaparte Gull, Iceland Gull, Gadwall
05/01/2018 Chough 10+ choughs seen near Kenidjack
05/01/2018 Spoonbill Hayle
19/07/2017 Peregrine Falcon Saw a peregrine falcon and nest in cliff edge with calling chicks ...unable to see how many though - Land's End Peninsula Lis Cooney
10/05/2017 Wheatear (Male) On the cliff path above Trebarwith Strand Steve Price
08/05/2017 Little Egret Trelissick Gardens Steve Price
11/04/2017 Grey Heron Grey Heron feeding a chick at Marazion Marsh Nature Reserve Paul Ash
11/04/2017 Little Egret Marazion Marsh Nature Reserve Paul Ash
11/04/2017 Spoonbill Ryan's Field Hayle RSPB Reserve Paul Ash
06/04/2017 Swallows Large group of swallows over Pentire Point and The Rumps.
04/04/2017 Swallows I saw three Swallows today at Bude at 14.30 4th April heading inland from the coast. V Watling
30/03/2017 A variety of birds Hayle Estuary Reserve Spoonbill Black-tailed Godwit Dunlin Ringed Plover
14/03/2017 Large variety of birds. Visit to Hayle and Marazion Marshes on 14/3/17 by Paul Ash Birds seen: 1 buzzard, 3 little egret, 4 heron on nests, 2 little grebe, 3 shoveler ducks, 8 + teal, 10 + wigeon, 2 moorhen, 3 coot, 4 long tailed tits, 2 blue tits, 8 + stonechats, 3 redshank, 6 black tailed godwit Paul Ash
Shoveler Duck. Photo by Paul Ash, 14/03/2017 Black-tailed Godwit. Photo by Paul Ash, 14/03/2017 Little Egret. Photo by Paul Ash, 14/03/2017 Stonechat. Photo by Paul Ash, 14/03/2017 Little Grebe. Photo by Paul Ash, 14/03/2017 Heron making a nest. Photo by Paul Ash, 14/03/2017 Teal. Photo by Paul Ash, 14/03/2017
11/03/2017 Nuthatch Just seen and photographed a nuthatch in our back garden near Leedstown. Never seen one before. Russell Brown
02/03/2017 Cormorant Swanpool Nature Reserve. Thought I’d send these which were taken with a Nikon ED50 spotting scope and iPhone! John Morgan
Cormorant. Photo by John Morgan, 02/03/2017 Cormorant. Photo by John Morgan, 02/03/2017
20/10/2015 Rosy Starling (Juvenile) We saw a juvenile rosy starling yesterday (20.10.15) at Land's End! Beautiful! Zoe Cross
Rosy Starling (Juvenile). Photo by Zoe Cross, 20/10/2015
01/10/2015 Spotted Redshank and Grey Plover Hayle estuary 1 spotted redshank and 2 grey plovers. Reuben Veal
24/09/2015 Peregrine Falcon Saw a peregrine falcon at the north coast today, sitting and circling on cliff tops between Hell’s Mouth and Portreath. Amazing – my first peregrine! Rupert Janisch
08/11/2014 Peregrine Falcon Peregrine Falcon sighted sitting on field gate on lane between Frogpool and Cusgarne. Sue Hubble
15/08/2014 Peregrine Falcon On Friday 15 August 2014 in Bodmin town centre a female peregrine falcon captured a pigeon and landed on the flat roof of our outbuilding where she started to pluck and eat her prey. K Thomas
02/10/2013 Chough Choughs spotted on cliffs en route to Seal Island, St Ives John - St Ives Boat Trips, St Ives
03/04/2013 Firecrest Regular garden visitor. Fraddam, near Hayle Joy
03/04/2013 Firecrest Pair of Firecrests. Regular garden visitor. Fraddam near Hayle. Joy
01/04/2013 Hen Harrier (Male) Near Fraddam, Hayle Joy
25/03/2013 Little Ringed Plover Ryan's Field, Hayle
24/03/2013 Lesser Scaup Siblyback Lake, Bodmin Moor.
24/03/2013 Pacific Diver Mount's Bay at Marazion
10/03/2013 Bullfinch Boscrege Caravan Park, Ashton, near Helston, Cornwall. Gillian Marsland
10/03/2013 Great Spotted Woodpecker (male) Boscrege Caravan Park, Ashton, near Helston, Cornwal. Gillian Marsland
02/08/2012 Peregrine Falcon Single Peregrine Falcon hovering near the car park at Rock, Cornwall. Carolyn and Martin Wilson
23/07/2012 Peregrine Falcon We saw a pair of peregrine falcons at St Agnes, Cornwall in July 2012. John and Chrissie Biddlecombe
Peregrine Falcon. Photo by John and Chrissie Biddlecombe, 23/07/2012
25/03/2012 Hoopoe Poldhu Cove on the Lizard Peninsula. Nicola Parkman
Hoopoe. Photo by Nicola Parkman, 25/03/2012
20/11/2011 Great White Egret Sighted Near Padstow on Camel Trail. Mike Harrington
Great White Egret. Photo by Mike Harrington, 20/11/2011
20/11/2011 Storm Petrel Storm Petrel in Padstow inner Harbour seen this afternoon, poor thing looked worn out. I was able to get some pictures. Mike Harrington
Storm Petrel. Photo by Mike Harrington, 20/11/2011
10/11/2011 Crane A Group of around 20 Cranes flying South-West over Wadebridge. Heard their unusual calls from inside and well before they flew overhead. Neil
26/10/2011 Bufflehead Seen by accident during a walk around the Lizard. At around 4.15pm noticed a small unusual duck on the small pond close to the footpath between Housel Bay and Lizard village. Watched it with binoculars for a while.
21/10/2011 Scarlet Tanager We visited Porthchapel Beach on Friday 21st October as a North American female Scarlett Tanager had been spotted, by Saturday reports came from the Isles of Scilly that it had appeared over there. Very rare and lucky to have seen it in the UK. Sam Winters
19/10/2011 Dipper Cober Valley, Helston
19/06/2011 Juvenile male Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Garden in North Petherwin. Robert Bovill
Juvenile male Greater Spotted Woodpecker.. Photo by Robert Bovill  Photograph taken through glass with Nikon D40., 19/06/2011
15/06/2011 Siskin An infrequent visitor to my garden appeared today. It was an adult female Siskin. I live in North Petherwin and have a large garden with many trees. The variety of birds here is, to me, remarkable. I have seen Treecreepers, and Nuthatches, as well as most varieties of Titmice. Sparrows abound despite reports that they are becoming scarce. Two Greater Spotted Woodpeckers are presently feeding their young here. Starlings appear to have gone on holiday at this time, as they usually do, but will doubtless return. Occasionally Goldcrests appear and, more frequently, Goldfinches. Dunnocks are also visitors. Meanwhile mixed bathing in the birdbath and squabbling over the birdseed and peanuts by all and sundry! Robert Bovill
Siskin. Photo by Robert Bovill, 15/06/2011 Siskin. Photo by Robert Bovill, 15/06/2011 Siskin. Photo by Robert Bovill, 15/06/2011
02/02/2011 Black Redstart On the roof of the cinema at St Ives.
02/02/2011 Ring-necked Duck St Gothian Sands on main pool, Gwithian. Not available.
31/01/2011 White Magpie United Downs, near Redruth. Dave Beckenham
17/01/2011 Reed Bunting 4 reed buntings in my garden in Bodmin for the last 2 months. Mike Armstrong
23/05/2010 Red Kite Just East of Chiverton Cross Truro. Beverley Stokes
20/11/2009 Black Redstart A pair of Black Redstarts were spotted in the garden in Polperro on the morning of November 20th Mrs Sandy King
18/11/2009 Mediterranean Gulls (Small Group) Hayle
18/11/2009 Purple Sandpipers (Group) Penzance West Mount`s Bay
22/09/2009 Hoopoe A hoopoe was seen near the Geevor mine, St Just Sue and Chris Jackson
22/09/2009 Wryneck Feeding on ants in a garden at Carbis Bay for third day. Muriel Smith
21/09/2009 Chough A pair of choughs were spotted near Cape Cornwall Sue and Chris Jackson
21/09/2009 Wryneck Sighted again, feeding on the ground in the garden at Carbis Bay, St Ives Muriel Smith
Wryneck. Photo by Alan Tuff, 21/09/2009
20/09/2009 Wryneck Rare sighting (p.m.) of a Wryneck feeding on the ground in the garden at Carbis Bay, St Ives Muriel Smith
08/09/2009 Chough Pair of choughs on a crevice in the rocks near Carrick Luz, The Lizard Alan Junkison



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