Garden Listing 2.0 18th Nov 2020

Germoe: A few Chaffinches arrived in the garden to be joined by an enormous flock of finches that flew in/over my garden and the neighbouring fields. They were in waves that left me feeling quite dizzy with excitement -Then then returned all returned to stop and eat and fly back into the woods.

It is hard to estimate how many – but a few stragglers numbered to my surprise 50 so the total that past by could have been 1000? Chaffinches in the main and Goldfinches were also identifiable.

I was transfixed for about 15 mins. Have they come to stay for the winter and were they up north before?

Have also seen Redwings and Fieldfare come for their annual feed on crab apples – numbers up on previous sightings. 15 November 2020 (Liz Eliot)

Bodmin: Thanks for running this again. 17th Nov – total = 19 I started Saturday…but need to spend more time outside when it’s not raining! A lot of my ones in first lockdown were random sightings/hearings when I was gardening. I cannot see a list set up on BUBO – is that intended, please? (John Macadam)

We haven’t yet, we will see if we can do so at the weekend.

Tresillian: My total up to now: 26 Full List: Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Carrion Crow Jay, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Rook, Goldcrest, Stock Dove, Canada Goose, Fieldfare, Moorhen, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Cormorant, Green Woodpecker, Herring Gull, Barn Owl (Andrew le Masurier)

Mabe, Penryn: Still to tot up my own list, although it’s isn’t that many. However two new additions today, was just pulling up in the car to see two Starling flying over. Jumped out the car and inside the front gate, but couldn’t see them! Back to the car to pick up a bag of shopping only to see them again, more distantly, so run back into the gate and managed to add them to the list! Also managed to see a Peregrine gliding over from the living room window a little later. (Dan Chaney)


Garden Listing 2.0 15th Nov 2020

Marazion: Haven’t really tried much yet, but just to get the ball rolling, I’m on 34.(Dave Parker)

Launceston: The wasp nest in a pile of grass clippings is still very active. I would be grateful to know if this is unusual so late in the year. (Nick Banks)

Answer: Don’t think it is particularly unusual although it is getting to around the time when activity should soon cease with lack of food and low temperatures. It has gone relatively mild again. Anybody having any interesting insect garden sightings still?

Constantine: I have been listing since the first day, cumulative total inow 44.

Little Egret, Mallard, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Pheasant, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull,, Common Gull
Mediterranean Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Skylark, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird
Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Magpie, Jay, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Starling, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Siskin, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Tawny Owl

I may have Cattle Egret on the list as well. Too far away to be sure. I have the farmers permission to go over to his farm on the other side of the valley the next time they are there when I can be sure.

I was lucky on the first lockdown day (5th) the farmer was ploughing one of his stubble fields and there were at least 5 adult Mediterranean Gulls and one Common Gull in with the melee. I am keeping my eyes open for a large white winged gull this winter. It would be a first for here although I have seen Iceland and Glaucous on the Helford river, which is only half a mile from the fields I can see.

No geese yet but they will appear sometime in the stubble fields, many of which remain unploughed.(Tim Pinfield)

Lelant: overlooking Hayle Estuary and as we’re in an elevated position we can see a wide area from here Ryan’s Field from here but NOT any of the birds there. Over the last week I’ve seen in or from the garden:

Blackbird, Wren, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Jay, Raven, Kestrel, Goldfinch, Herring Gull, Canada Geese with a white domestic Goose in the group, Black Backed Gull, Little Gull, Little Egret, Heron, Yellow Browed Warbler (a regular visitor), Rook, Long Tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Jackdaw, Cormorant, House Sparrow, Hedge Sparrow

There are a pair of Blackcaps as I write eating berries on our Torbay Palm! (Stephen Kersting)

Wednesday 18th November 2020

Late News, 17/11, Hannafore, Looe: 1f Black Redstart, 2 drake Eider, 2 Stonechat, 6+ Shag. Also, many Oystercatcher and Pied Wagtail. (A Banks)

Late News, 17/11, Chiverton Roundabout: 1 Red Kite over A30 about 12.30. (R Geddes)

College Reservoir: Pallas’s Warbler still this afternoon. Also 2 Firecrests, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Common Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. (M Broadbent, H Keeper, O King, E Cornelius) Also 2 Woodcock and 12 Snipe (O King)

Newlyn: Yellow-browed Warbler still in the sallows at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor) Moulting adult Great Northern Diver still in the harbour. (N Rogers) 1 3w Yellow-legged Gull and c25 Turnstone in harbour (T Mills)

Yellow-legged Gull – Tony Mills

Pendeen: 9 Great Skua and 7 Common Scoter 07:45-10:15. (M McKee) 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 1 diver sp. 29 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 73 Fulmar, 77 Manx Shearwater 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1w Little Gull plus 1 Snow Bunting 10:40-15:10. (P Combridge) 2 Black-throated Diver, 44 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 9 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 300+ auks per minute 12:30-15:30. (S Rogers)

Mousehole: 8+ Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Red-head Goosander, 1 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 7 Little Grebe. (DK Parker)

Hayle Estuary: 110 Curlew and 140 Lapwing. (C Richards)

Godrevy: Snow Bunting still near the small quarry at the top of the headland. (P Brinton)

St Ives Island: 20+ Manx Shearwater heading south west. (R Geddes)

Coast Path, Mullion Golf Course: 1 Snow Bunting above Craig-a-Bella on golf tee (M Pass)

Loe Pool: Siberian Chiffchaff at Lower Nansloe. (S Bury)

Millbrook Lake: 2 Little Grebe, 1 Red Breasted Merganser, 1 juvenile Great Crested Grebe, 4 Moorhen, 1 Mute Swan, 25+  Mallard, 4 Cormorant, numerous BH and Herring Gulls. (D Sharp)

Anderton: 5 Redshank, 1 Little Egret, 1 Curlew, 5 Shelduck, large number of Black-headed Gulls. (D Sharp)

Towan Head, Newquay: 2 Red-throated Diver, 1 Great Skua, 5 Manx Shearwtaer, 30+ Common Scoter late pm. (N Long, S Rowe et al)

Falmouth, Trescobeas area: 1 Sparrowhawk with it’s kill; a Black Redstart. (J St Ledger)

Sparrowhawk – John St Ledger

Wadebridge: 2 Yellowhammer opp Ball Terrace, 101 Black-headed Gull on football club pitch. (S Grose)

Porthilly Farm: 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 11 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Tredrizzisk: 1 Firecrest, Merlin from private garden. (S Grose)

Hannafore, Looe:  7 Brent Geese, 9 Mallard, 2 Curlew, 6 Turnstone, 14 Cormorant, 6 Shag, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Egret, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Meditteranean Gull, 2 Stonechat, 1 Kestrel.  (A Parker)

Downderry: 2 Black Redstarts on same building this afternoon. (A Payne)

Deer Park Woods; Heredsfoot: 3 Treecreeper, 1 singing Dipper, 2 Crossbill. (L Payne)