From Discover Newquay
Birdlife on The Gannel River in December by June Fullwood
If you are lucky, one of the best sights in winter is witnessing flocks of Lapwing and Golden Plover flying over the estuary. Occasionally they land but do not stay for long. Curlew numbers start to build up, and over the last few winters between 200-600 Curlews have been seen, highest numbers usually at dusk.
Look out for Oyster catcher, Heron, Greater Canada Geese, Little White Egret, Heron, Kingfishers, Cormorant, Dunlin, Sanderling, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Common Gull, Black Backed Gull, Blackheaded Gull.
Blackcap, Goldcrest, Starling, Willow Warbler, Robin, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Longtailed Tit, Goldfinch, Wren, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Rook, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Buzzard, Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipit, Greenfinch, Song Thrush, Barn Owl and Tawny Owl.