Constantine: Occasionally you get one of those days. For me today was one of them. Sunshine, a light wind from the north west and perfect visibility boded well. The sky seems full of gulls and corvids and two circling Buzzards.
At about 7.45 a flock of about 30 Lapwing flew over the garden (first sighting for the year here). There are egrets on the field opposite – just too far away for me to identify as either Little or Cattle. A large female Sparrowhawk drifts over. I haven’t got out of bed yet. All this from my bedroom window.
The usual birds are at the feeder including Nuthatch and Great spotted woodpecker. The sun is out and shining on the trees to the north of my garden. I stand for an hour and observe. A large tit flock goes through with about twenty Long tailed and two male Bullfinches amongst them. Lots of Redwing are going over and some landing on the trees only yards away. Chaffinches are also drifting through and then one of them is a Brambling (new for my year list) Two Pied wagtails are running up and down the roof of my house behind me and then a Song Thrush starts singing!
Things go from better to best when I go back inside to look through my telescope at the valley. A passing helicopter from RNAS Culdrose puts up all the birds in the field on the south of the Helford River including between 100 and 200 Golden plover (new for my house list this year).
At 5pm I settle down to look south in the evening sky for Woodcock which fly up from the woods on clear nights to go the fields to the north to feed. I have not seen any yet this winter but I am rewarded at 5.10 with two together right overhead. These are also new for my house list this year.
All the while I can see the first quarter of the moon in my scope with Saturn just above it and Jupiter just off to the right. I record a total of 34 species for the day of which four are new for the lockdown list making a total of 48 so far. Today also saw three Red Admiral butterflies flying around the garden.
Some days, lockdown doesn’t seem too bad. (Tim Pinfield)
Polbathic: It’s great that you’ve started the league again; it was most enjoyable, last time. My list, from Nov. 5 is now up to 34, although several common birds are missing.
Tawny Owl, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Bar headed Goose, Curlew, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Black Hd’d Gull, Herring Gull, Rook Jackdaw, Magpie, Grt. Sp. Woodpecker, Great Tit, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Little Egret, Wren, Redshank, Stonechat, Hedge Sparrow, Redwing, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Jay, Robin Kingfisher, Firecrest, Blackcap, Whimbrel.
Stay safe and well, (Andy Blonden)
Bodmin: Now 25. Cheers, (John Macadam)
Feock: Thanks for doing this. My list so far totals a measly 10! 1 Robin, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Great tit, 4 Blue tit, 5 coal tit, 6 blackbird, 7 magpie, 8 wren, 9 rook, 10 long tailed tits (Bec Penny)
Wadebridge: 26 species so far to 19th November – Blackbird, Blue Tit, Redwing, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Raven Jackdaw, Rook, Herring Gull, Skylark, Red-legged Partridge, GS Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Wren, Treecreeper, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wood Pigeon, House Sparrow