Lockdown Listing Sunday 10th May

Mawgan: Red Kite and Hobby takes me up to 60. (Phil Bedford)

Marazion: Garganey and Shag added yesterday and 2 Stock Dove today should put me on 91 (Dave Parker)

Morvah: New species: Red Kite, Kestrel, Sand Martin, Wheatear (Steve Mayes)

Polathic Creek: 50 up: Reed Bunting (where have they been all this time?) and Hobby (flew directly over the bungalow this afternoon). (Andy Blonden)

Callestick: Addiitions today – Red Kite of which there were 14 (Tony Wilson)

Porthleven: Getting harder to add new ones, but some great birds recently – Mute Swan, Turtle Dove and Red Kite (Ilya Mclean)

Millbrook: 13 Red Kite over today takes total to 57 (Bruce Taggart)

Praa Sands: This weeks birds seen from garden.59, a solitary Sanderling. 60, a duet of Swifts. 61, very low flying Red Kites escorted by every gull in the village and 62, a male Cuckoo hounded by a flock of small birds. (Matt Southam)

Constantine: List moved up two to 58 today. One was not surprising – Red Kite – although the fact that it was the first bird I saw when I stepped outside was a bit of a shock. Three other sightings of this species during the day, although I think only 2 different birds involved. (David Collins)

Foxhole: Red Kite,Swift, House Martin, Skylark. = 35 (Pete Wilkins)

Gweek: 51 species. Finally reached the half century with a nice red kite overhead today, then 2 swifts (Martin Rule)

Truro: A red kite at heading north at great altitude this afternoon (Lawrie Sampson)

Feock: Red Kite sighting from the garden at 9:40 this morning. Total now 38. (Bec Penny)

Perranarworthal: Two red kites over Perranarworthal this morning. Brings the lockdown garden list to 55 (swift and stock dove also added this week). Still not seen a starling! (Stu Bearhop)

Delabole: Luckily the gentle breeze yesterday was just enough to carry the song of a distant Willow warbler to my ears. Also a fly over Linnet brings my total to 30. (Nick Page)

Trewoon: My garden listing update for Trewoon – the total is now 34 (Ian Toogood-Johnson)

Sunday 10th 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.

Red Kite Annual Spring Influx:

Red Kite – Steve Rogers

There has been an incredible movement of Red Kites the length and breadth of the county today. In fact early summaries suggest it is going to be a record year! We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their sightings as we have literally been overwhelmed by the volume of reports that we have received. Sadly, due to the sheer amount we will not be listing every single sighting but promise to produce an extensive summarising article in the coming days and credit all observers within this. We do hope you understand!

In order to somehow justify the numbers involved, here are some of the highest observation totals:-

Marazion: 306 over heading west between 11:15-17:15. (D Parker)

Crowlas: 78 over heading west. (R Veal)

Porthgwarra: 112 over. (M Wallace)

Land’s End: 40 Red Kites in one flock at 15:15 (N R Rogers)

Lizard: 230 over. (T Blunden)

A wing tagged bird was also noted in this group and was one of three chicks ringed at a nest in Grizedale Forest, Lake District, in 2019.

Wing tagged Red Kite – Tony Blunden

Porthleven: 41 Red Kite over (I Maclean)

College Reservoir: 42 S/SW, 10 N, uncertain if these were the same or different birds. (T Phelps, L Langley, M Doyle)

Praa Sands: 50+ over. (S Rusga)

Carclaze: 34 all drifting west (D Cooper)

It appears that the majority of birds and records occurred along the south coast, especially in the central and western portion of the county, but birds were scattered across the whole county.

Other County Sightings:

Late news, 9/5, Gannel Estuary: 2 Tawny Owl, 1 Barn Owl (hunting in field next to penpol house), 2 Tawny Owl heard at Trenance Riding Stables, 4 Tawny Owl heard at Trenance Gardens. (S Grose)

Late news, 9/5, Roche: 1 Osprey briefly. (P Inch)

Marazion: 3 drk Garganey, fem Wheatear on the marsh. (R Veal, S Rogers) 1 Black-throated Diver offshore. (S Rogers)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Barnacle Goose, 29 Canada & 2 hybrid Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Hayle Estuary: 1f Ruff, 6 Dunlin and Whimbrels. (J Hicks)

St Ives: 4 Swift, Greenshank, Curlew and a summer plumage Dunlin on the Island (G Jones)

Tresillian River: 1 Common Sandpiper and 1 Cuckoo calling in Tregothnan Woods. (M Jones)

Lizard Village: 4 Swift. (P White)

College Reservoir 10:00-15:00: 10+ Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Cormorant, 3 Raven, 15+ Swift, 1 Skylark, 1 Siskin. (T Phelps, L Langley, M Doyle)

Maenporth: 1 Stonechat, 2f Whetear, 1 Greenfinch (P Oldcorn)

Perran Sands: 1 Cuckoo, 3 summer plumage Sanderling with Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Also, 12 butterfly species including Dingy and Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue and Wall. (R Copeland)

Gluvian: 2 Swift, 1 Kestrel, 1 Dunlin (B Bosisto)

Talskiddy: 1 Raven, 2 Great Black Backed Gull feeding on dead sheep, 10 Yellowhammer, 4 Whitethroat (B Bosisto)

St Columb Major; Bridge: 1 juv. Dipper (B Bosisto L Payne)

Dipper – Bob Bosisto

St Eval: 2 Cuckoo’s in the western side of the compound this afternoon. (L Curry)

St Columb Road: 9 Swifts and 3 Buzzards   (A & B Tregunna)

Whipsiderry: 3 Corn Bunting, 7 Raven, 89 Herring Gull nests. (S Grose)

Porth Island: 1m Wheatear, 3 Raven, 1 m Kestrel. (S Grose)

Newquay: 4 Raven, 2 ad +2 fledglings. (S Grose)

Goss Moor: Numbers of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Garden Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Cuckoo. (M Jones)

Millbrook: 8 Buzzard and 2 Sparrow Hawk. (B Taggart)

Saltash: Lesser Whitethroat in private garden. (G Lewis)

Bude Marshes: 20+ Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Cettis Warbler, 4 Raven, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Common Sandpiper. Also, 2 parties of Swift one of 6 and one of 4. (N Bastin)

Carclaze: 2 Grey Heron, 9 Buzzard. (D Cooper)

Clerkenwater Vean, Bodmin: 1 Cuckoo calling frequently. (A Wagstaff)

Woon Gumpus: 1 Cuckoo. (R Chiffers)

Mawgan: 1 Hobby. (P Bedford)

Gloweth: 1 Shelduck over. (B Mellow)

Porthgwarra: 1 Hobby over Arden-Sawah. 1 Lesser Whitethroat at Polgigga. (M Wallace)