Lockdown Listing Sunday 3rd May

Praa Sands: This weeks extra birds; 56. Manx Shearwater, 57. Red-throated Diver, 58. Blackcap. Still waiting for a swift or two. (Matt Southam)

Foxhole: Three new ones Kestrel, Linnet, Pheasant taking me to 31. (Pete Wilkins)

Falmouth: Update on my garden list total which is now 56. (Greg Wills)

Lostwithiel: Great Black-back Gull over the garden! Now on 42. (Eddy Mayhew)

Marazion: Bringing us up to date on one of our prime coastal locations –

15th April: I managed Shelduck and flyover Greenshank this evening. (Also Coot on main marsh and 3 Common Sandpiper on Longrock but not seen from house unfortunately!)
16th April: Early morning Reed Warbler and Whitethroat only additions should put me 74. Still can’t pick out the Glaucous Gull, either too dull or a heat haze!
17th April: After several false starts, a string of possibles and a couple of probables, I finally nailed a Razorbill on the sea with Guillemots that were close enough to be confident in the id.
18th April: Managed a Swift tucked in with quite a few hirundines (mostly House Martins).
19th April: I finally managed a male Wheatear in the horse paddocks, but still waiting for that Hoopoe that I predicted there, must turn up soon only a matter of time!
21st April: After a lot of help from Linton I finally managed to see the Glaucous Gull in Newlyn and also the pale phase Arctic Skua.
22nd April: New today: Male Marsh Harrier (80) and Basking Shark. Thankfully, Steve Rogers managed to get on the harrier as well, but sadly not aware of any others.
24th April: Had a female Bullfinch this morning, having glimpsed it with UTV (Un-tickable views) a couple of days ago. Great Spotted Woodpeckers were almost daily before lockdown and then suddenly disappeared off the face of the earth, but like London buses, 2 turned up today taking me to 82.
1st Mayl: After a couple of false starts finally managed to nail an identifiable Turnstone. Number 83.
3rd May: After quite a few blank days a bumper haul of Great Skua, Eider and Tufted Duck, which should take me up to 86. Frustratingly the Storm Petrel was in the part of the bay obscured by trees from my house. (Dave Parker)

Sunday 3rd May 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown. Results are in for the ‘Big Garden Sit’ on Saturday morning, with a healthy combined total of 59 species recorded in the hour.

Mount’s Bay: 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Skua, 1 dark Arctic Skua, 10+ Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, many feeding Manx Shearwater, Gannet and auk sp., all ‘scoped from various positions around the bay. (L Proctor, S Rogers, M Ahmad, D Parker)

Marazion: 1 Yellow Wagtail over 16:35, large flock of c150 hirundine sp., 60 Swift. (S Rogers)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Greenshank, 7 Whimbrel, 6 Swift, 10 House Martin. (D Flumm)

Crowlas: c70 House Martin, c10 Sand Martin, c20 Swallow, 6 Swift this evening (majority same as Marazion). (R Veal)

Truro: 2 Swift, 1 Willow Warbler (D Eva)

Tresillian River: 3 Reed Warbler (M Jones)

Falmouth Bay: 4 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Sandwich Tern, 30 Manx Shearwaters, 40 Gannet, 2 Whimbrel. Also c8 Risso’s Dolphin offshore this evening. (T Phelps, M Doyle)

Falmouth, off Gyllyngvase Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver (in summer plumage), 1 pair of Eider on rocks at 09.00  (J St Ledger)

Rosewall/Buttermilk Hill: 1 Cuckoo, 3f Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel (heard), 1 Buzzard, 8 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Song Thrush, 26 Meadow Pipit, 13 Linnet, 3 Whitethroat (P Nason)

River Tamar, Horsebridge:  c.20 Sand Martins,1 House Martin,1 Swallow,  4 Swift. (A Parker)

Newquay, Boating Lake: 1 Reed Warbler, 4 Sand Martin. Golf Course: 41 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 2 Skylark Harbour: 7 Greenfinch, 1 m Blackcap. (S Grose)

Talskiddy: 1 Swift, 14 House Martin, 5 Swallow, 1 Chiffchaff. Also, 1 Grasshopper Warbler sound recorded during the night. (P Roseveare)

Dobwalls: 1m Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Swift, 4 Swallow over the garden (C&J Duffy)

Charlestown: 2 Buzzard, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wood Pigeon, 4 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 4 Jackdaw, 3 Robin, 4 Blackbird, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 8 House Sparrow, 2 Swallow. (D Hastilow)

Boscoppa: 2 Siskin. (M Heacock)

Carharrack: 1 male Siskin (R Hooper)

Siskin – Roger Hooper


Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 41

It is almost six weeks since the lockdown began, and time is behaving oddly. In our house we agree that the days can drag but the weeks fly by. We clap the NHS about every five minutes, but it seems an age till supper time.

Nature knows nothing of our parallel existence. The moon, with Venus shining just to the right, was back more or less where it was 28 days before, but now the sun lingers longer in the evening sky, the leaves on all but the ash have sprung into life, the hawthorn is smothered in Cornish cream and the birds are frenetically going about their annual family-raising business. I’ve witnessed the mating of Pheasants, Blue Tits and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. How did I not see this before? With time on our hands, there’s time to notice things. Really notice. What colour is the horse chestnut flower? White, I would have said. Wrong. They are spires of cream, spotted with raspberry pink and lemon yellow, with orange stamens. A riot of pastel frill and froth. Since lockdown we’ve had ten different butterflies, moths, bees, bats, slow worms, frog spawn and newts in the garden. There are rabbits and squirrels, the occasional roe deer, definite fox (though I haven’t actually seen one since the winter), glimpses of mice, voles and shrews. And, of course the birds.

Some days, I feel as if I don’t see much on my patch. But the truth is, it’s all there – thank goodness – whether I can see it or not.

Simon Marquis (palores@cbwps.org.uk)

Garden Listing #BigGardenSit Sat 2nd May

Results for the weekly Big Garden Sit, as per @bucksalert on twitter, 08:00 – 09:00 every Saturday.

TotalName LocationHighlights 
34Stu BearhopDevoranDipper, Green Woodpecker
32Kevin PinchRed-legged Partridge
30Dan BeadleCoverackStonechat, Sedge Warbler, Manx Shearwater
29Tim PinfieldConstantineSiskin
27Geoff WhiteTrethurgyYellowhammer
23Lawrie SampsonTruroSwift, House Martin
21Thomas StuartFalmouthCrossbill, Whimbrel
20Jen BousfieldNorth Hill, LauncestonSiskin, Pheasant
20Andy BlondenPolbathicShelduck, Little Egret
20Dan ChaneyMabe BurnthouseBlack-throated Diver, Starling
16Richard AugardeTruroSparrowhawk, Swift
9Marianne PryorTywardreathGoldfinch, Wren

Combined list and highlights (apologies if any omissions – let us know, Rook needs adding which would make the total 59)…  The results for the 18th April can be found Here

Coverack: 30 species for me in the big garden sit, highlights Stonechat, Sedge Warbler, Manx Shearwater, Basking Shark (obviously not a bird I know but with the sea at least 1.75 miles away I was pretty happy to get a fish on the garden list!) Dan Beadle.


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Garden Listing Saturday 2nd May

Mabe Burnthouse: Courtesy of the Big Garden Sit, and turning it into a 24 hour garden count, an unexpected 5 new additions today! First off was a garden mega (for an inland site at least), a Black-throated Diver flying NW inland. Would have flown directly over Penryn Asda on its way onto the garden list. Surprising after a long absence, but not quite so, were a couple of Starlings zipping around. Later in the afternoon (after shopping and decorating) a distant, high-up Swift somewhere over the north end of College Reservoir made it onto the list as did a couple of distant House Martins in a different direction. And then eventually after dark a flock of Whimbrel calling were a much hoped-for garden addition.

Also added South Devon to the garden list (very distant views of the sea over the Roseland Peninsula)

Should now be up to 47. (Dan Chaney)

Polbathic: The Lockdown List has two extras: Raven and Swift making a new total of 45. (Andy Blonden)

Coverack: 3 new birds on the lockdown list today, taking my total to 60: The weather was finally clear enough for me to confirm Stonechat with the scope on the roof, I’ve never been more pleased to see Feral Pigeon (scoped through trees in full leaf on a distant farm roof) and finally heard Cuckoo from the house. (Dan Beadle)

Little KIrland: Added immature Common Gull – neighbouring farmer ploughing after taking off a grass crop. Plus heron. So total now (a surprising!) 45. Well, I might see something else today but I doubt it so I’ll send this now. (John Macadam)

Illogan: When I started this I thought that Song thrush would be one of my bankers, so as the weeks went by and there wasn’t a sight or sound I was becoming resigned that it might be the one that got away. Until today, when first thing in the dawn chorus, there he was singing away less than 200 yards away. So with my first Willow Warbler of the year that makes 2 extra for today. So my species score is now up to 41. (David Williams)

Devoran: A new entry rural location with views overlooking the river. Lockdown total: 52 Very best. (Stu Bearhop)

Gluvian: 1st May: 1 Barn Owl taking list to 63 and a first for the garden. (Bob Bosisto)

Lostwithiel: Swift and Great Spotted Woodpecker puts me up to 41. (Eddy Mayhew)

Constantine: No sign at all of the House Sparrows that have disappeared again as they did in 2013 and coincidentally on the same day (25th April). House sparrow is back on the list of species I have to send in to myself a description if I should see one! (Tim Pinfield)

Marazion: No new birds today but actually in my 6x8m square garden:
Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, House Sparrow , Dunnock, Robin Wren,Blackbird, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove.

Seen from the house: Canada Geese, Common Scoter, Gannet, Great Northern Diver, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Oystercatcher, Whimbrel, Glaucous Gull, Herring Gull, GBB Gull, Guillemot, Swallow, Sand Martin, Reed Warbler (heard), Jackdaw, Rook, Stonechat, Starling, Feral/homing Pigeon. Also 1 Roe Deer, Rabbits. (Dave Parker)

Garden Listing Friday 1st May

Lostwthiel: Coal Tit makes me up to 39. (Eddy Mayhew)

Gluvian: Barn Owl, full garden tick for 63 (Bob Bosisto)

Crowlas: Whimbrel, a distant flock, for 62 (Reuben Veal)

Dobwalls: 2 Swift over the garden today, brings our total to 42 (C&J Duffy)

Morvah: 4 new additions to the garden total, now 52
New species: House Martin, GBBG, Grasshopper Warbler and Mallard. (Steve Mayes)

Constantine: Swift seen this evening so 51 in total. (Tm Pinfield)

Millbrook: Two new species; Sand Martin and Great Black-backed Gull, plus 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 3 Swift
Total now stands 56 (Bruce Taggart)

Marazion: After a couple of false starts finally managed to nail an identifiable Turnstone. Number 83. (Dave Parker)