Wednesday 25th March 2020

COVID-19 update 25/03/2020: The Board and wider Bird News Team have corresponded at length about whether, and to what extent, the daily sightings page should continue in the light of the recent Government announcement. This has been a very difficult decision and the consensus we reached yesterday was that:

  • Publication of the daily sightings page will continue, but we will only publish news of garden birds or birds seen on local dog or exercise walks. We won’t publish any news from excursions which are likely outside of these very tight but very necessary restrictions.
  • The Bird News Team will continue to accept your sightings (and we really do encourage you to send them in), but some records may not be published on the website as outlined above. The record of daily sightings is a fundamental part of the Society’s recording process, and even if your records do not immediately see the light of day on the website they will form part of this very valuable resource.
  • Note also that the selected reports in Palores are compiled from this and particularly notable sightings will continue to be reported at a later date.

We hope that you’ll understand and agree with these measures and we’ll have some better news in the near future and promote ways that we can all contribute and share our garden birds with each other.

Bridge, St Columb Major: 2 Dipper. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Penzance: 1 Shag on harbour wall. (J Evans)

Freathy: 13 Common Scoter flew east this morning. (M Jordan)

Marazion: fem Black Redstart in horse paddock along Green Lane. (M Spicer)

Nanquidno: 50+ Golden Plover. (C Moore)

Crackington Haven: 1 Red Kite flew south. (J + B Teague)

A Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 2:

I had an early walk around my village of Carharrack yesterday morning. The bright sunshine had birds singing their hearts out. In my garden were Blue, Great and Coal Tits, Dunnock, Robin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Magpie, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon and a Goldcrest was singing in the conifers. A Blackcap was going full throttle across the road but he didn’t come into the garden this time.
On an hours walk around the bridleways and footpaths locally I was pleased to see and hear four separate Song Thrushes, a lively group of very vocal Chiffchaffs, the white rump of a Jay as it flew as soon as it saw me, Buzzards overhead, and several more singing Blackcaps in peoples gardens’.
Then, on the edge of Trevince Woods (you can’t go in as it’s full of dangerous mine shafts) I saw Nuthatch and several Great Spotted Woodpeckers whose testosterone levels were clearly peaking as the drumming was really loud. The route back from the woods is called Sparry Lane and I have always seen bullfinches there in all seasons. They didn’t disappoint as a lovely pair were found after first hearing that gentle, yet distinctive, little whistle they do to keep in contact.
A really great walk. I was surprised at the number of species that were around and I intend to keep this up as long as we are allowed to!

Roger Hooper