BigGardenSit 23rd May 2020

Results from the #BigGardenSit 08:00 – 09:00am:

NoNameLocationHighlights
27Dan BeadleCoverackSedge Warbler, Willow Warbler
25Geoff WhiteTrethurgyWillow Tit, Green Woodpecker
23Tim PinfieldConstantineSkylark
23Andy BlondenPolbathicLittle Egret, Shelduck
20Jen BousfieldMiddlewoodSwallow, Bullfinch
17Dan ChaneyMabe BurnthouseStarling
8Marianne PryorTywardreathSwallow

Combined list of 47 species:

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Middlewood: This morning’s soundscape dominated by Wren, Blackcap and Chiffchaff with the Song Thrush that woke me this morning re-joining us half way through! They were competing with the sound of a near gale blowing overhead from the west. New Blackbird and Song Thrush nests started; fledgling Great Tit, Chaffinch being fed and Chiffchaff eggs have hatched. (Jen Bousfield)

Garden Listing Sunday 24th May

Dobwalls: At last, number 45 – House Martin, first of the year for us over the garden. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Chacewater: Now up to 46, Cuckoo and Meadow Pipit added (Brian Toms)

Lanlivery: Tree Pipit singing and displaying all day and my first Sparrowhawk. Siskin heard next door. Total = 51. (Phil McVey)

22nd May

Tresillian: Total now 53 (Kingfisher added). (Andrew le Masurier)

21st May

Lostwithiel: At last, Greenfinch perched on the composter! That puts me up to 45. (Eddy Mayhew)

Sunday 24th May 2020

Late news, 23/05, St Andrews Pool: 2 pairs Mute Swan with 6 & 4 Cygnet, crèche of 20 Canada Goslings, 2 broods Mallard Ducklings 8 & 6, 1 juvenile Moorhen, 1 Reed Warbler (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Mute Swan – Bob Bosisto

Mallard and Ducklings – Bob Bosisto

Mulfra: 1+ Bee-eater heard calling high, between Mulfra Hill and Boskednan and appeared to drift off north or north east at 09:50. No sight or sound since. (M Elliott)

Ardensawah: 2 Turtle Doves early morning. (B Mellow)

Porthgwarra: 2 Pale adult Pom Skuas and 4 Great Northern Divers between 06:45 and 09:00. (B Mellow) Also, 3 Cuckoo. (S. Rogers)

Marazion Beach: 18 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Turnstone (S Rogers).

Newlyn Harbour: 1 imm m Eider, 4 Lesser Black backed Gull,17 nesting Herring Gull, 25 Great Black backed Gull, 2 Swift overhead, 1 Raven, 5 Rock Pipit. (S Grose)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Sedge Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch, 7 Common Whitethroat. (S Grose)

Lower Bostraze: 4 Cuckoo and 1 Grasshopper Warbler this evening. (M Ahmad)

Cuckoo – Mashuq Ahmad

Hayle Harbour: 2 Oystercatcher nesting on the roof. (S Grose)

St Gothian Sands LNR: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 4 Little Grebe, 4 Coot (1with 3 juv), 12 Tufted Duck, 40+ Sand Martin. (S Grose)

Pendennis Point: 1 Great Skua, 2 Puffin, 10+ Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, c.118 Manx Shearwater, 45+ Gannet, c.14 Kittiwake, 85+ Auk sp. (L Langley, T Phelps)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 1 Cuckoo ( B.Toms)

Mount Hawke: Red Kite circling high, moving slowly North East, hassled by a single Herring Gull at 17.50. (RB Girling)

Colliford Lake: 1 Dunlin, 1 Barnacle Goose with c. 45 Canada Geese (P Kemp) Also, 2 Black-headed Gull (D Eva)

Bowithick: 4 Treecreeper (2 adults and 2 recently fledged juveniles) (D Eva)

Letter Moor (Bodmin Moor): 1 Cuckoo, 3 Buzzard, 1 Stock Dove, 5 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Stonechat, 2 Whitethroat, 8 linnet, 4 Yellowhammer (L Sampson)

Red Moor area: 1 Tree Pipit singing. (P McVey)

Croft Pascoe: 1 Willow Warbler. (R Chiffers)

Cotehele Quay: 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mallard with 7 ducklings. (R Smaldon)

Downderry:  Moving west this morning (0605-0805) 12 Common Scoter, a Shelduck, 103 Gannet, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 6 Great Northern Diver, and a Kittiwake. 4 Whimbrel on the beach. Also, a Red Kite to the north of the village. (A Payne)

Goss Moor: 1 Garden Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff ringed on Constant Effort Scheme site. Also, 2 singing male Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 4 Cuckoo, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Siskin, 1 Treecreeper (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Newquay: Leucistic Starling near the bowls green. (M Unwin)

Leucistic Starling – Matt Unwin

Lockdown Diary Day 62:

We have now had almost nine weeks of this suspended animation. Frustrating and odd for many, frightening and life-threatening for some, rather a pleasant interlude for others, nature has proved to be a consolation and distraction even for people who had never bothered to stop, look and listen before.
The weather has been a boon too (unless your garden now resembles the Kalahari), but it was ferociously windy in the sunshine yesterday when I walked to my favourite spot in Cornwall – the Rumps overlooking the conical islet known as the Mouls. The sea was climbing halfway up the rock and the foam was flying. I could not see any of the handful of Puffins which breed here every year, but there were plenty of Shags, Guillemots and Razorbills hurtling around. One or two Oystercatchers piped away above the roaring wind. Right in front of a me a Rock Pipit parachuted down through the stiff breeze. Large numbers of Gannets cruised nearer to shore than usual, and half a mile or so out were hundreds of Manx Shearwater scything past. I managed to pick out a tiny, flitting dark bird in amongst the wave troughs – a Storm Petrel. Well named.
Great black-backed and Herring gulls aplenty too, but the star of the show for sheer aerial aplomb was, as ever, the Fulmar. The windier it is the more effortless is their mastery of the air. Mainly stiff-winged gliding but occasional shallow beats to compensate for the airflow. Back and forth they sailed past me. Below were two Grey Seals relaxing in the calm lee of the cliffs, as at home in their element as the birds above them in theirs. Simon Marquis (palores@cbwps.org.uk)