Garden Listing 2.0 20th Nov 2020

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

(S Marquis)

Thursday 19th November 2020

Late news, 17/11, St Just: 2 Black Redstart in Methodist church graveyard, also present 12/11. (M Hayter)

Pendeen: 19 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua, 20 Manx Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Red-throated Diver, 9 Black-throated Diver, 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Leach’s Petrel, 7 Common Scoter, 36 Fulmar, 2 1w Little Gull, 6 Med Gull. (S Rogers, D Flumm et al.) 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Black-throated Diver, 16 diver sp. 1 Purple Sandpiper, 9 Med Gull, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Pom Skua, 38 Great Skua, 6 Common Scoter, 1 Leach’s Petrel, 1 Grey Phalarope, 48 Manx Shearwater, 122 Fulmar 07:20-13:40. (P Combridge, DK Parker)

St Ives: 1 Leach’s Petrel, 8 Great Northern Diver, 2 Black-throated Diver, 16+ Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater, 15+ Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 50+ Med Gull, 3 Little Gull, juv Iceland Gull, 100,000 auks, (most in first hour but still c50 per min at 13:00, 4 Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Lizard: Ad male Red-breasted Flycatcher at Church Cove. (J Foster)

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Mike Spicer

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Mike Spicer

Red-breasted Flycatcher – Dave Collins

Towan Head, Newquay: 1 Velvet Scoter flew into group of 40+ Common Scoter, 1 Red-throated Diver, 1 Brent Goose, 1 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (N Long)

Godolphin Cross: Siberian Chiffchaff in private garden. (C Richards)

Gunwalloe: Black Redstart. (C Richards)

Manaccan, Helford: 27+ Cattle Egret in field next to Choon Farm (S Chandler)

Lower Nansloe: 6 Cattle Egret flushed by fighter jets. (P Smale)

Helston: Siberian Chiffchaff by pool near the water works. (P Smale)

Swanvale: Yellow-browed Warbler. (D Raffle)

Trevose Head: 78 Fulmar, 2 Great Skua, 7 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver ,  10 Red-throated Diver, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Phalarope, 534 Kittiwake, 5 Black-headed Gull, adult Common Gull , adult Mediterranean Gull, 1st winter Little Gull. (B Bosisto)

St Eval: 13 Crossbill in pine tree’s beside post office this afternoon. (B Bosisto)

St Agnes Head: 1 Grey Phalarope, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Great Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 7 Common Scoter. (G Lawlor)

Godolphin Cross village: 2 Black Redstart. (C Richards)

Portheras Cove: Adult male Black Redstart plus Great Northern Diver offshore. (K Aspden)

Drift Reservoir: Black Redstart on top road. (B Stone)

Cape Cornwall: 08:40 to 10:40 in a NW5-7 and great light: a patch record 5 Black-throated Divers, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 diver sp., 4 Great Skua, 1 adult pp Arctic Skua, 1 Manx Shearwater, 10 Common Scoters, 2-3 ad Med Gulls, Little Egret, hundreds of Kittiwakes and gazillions of auks. (N Wheatley)

Cot Valley, St. Just: 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Choughs. (M. Critchley)

Lower Trevedran Farm, near Lamorna: 1 female Hen Harrier. (M Critchley)

Kingsmill Lake: 74 Avocet, 4 Grey Plover, 8 Lapwing, 140+ Dunlin, 12 Greenshank, 100+ Redshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 74 Black-tailed Godwit, 39 Curlew, 2 Gadwall, with many Teal & Wigeon. Also, 2 Med Gull and 3 Common Gull (P Kemp)

Downderry: 07:40-08:45, moving west 36 Gannets, a Great Skua, 51 Kittiwakes, 3 Common Gulls and 5 Mediterranean Gulls. This afternoon 4 Black Redstarts in the village and a Ring Ouzel to the east. (A Payne)

Davidstow airfield: Male Hen Harrier, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Buzzard, 8 Ravens displaying, c2000 mix of Golden Plover, Lapwing plus 2 Kestrels. (D Dennis)

Poldhu Golf Course: Snow Bunting. (D Collins)

Snow Bunting – Dave Collins

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Shag, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Ruff. (M Elliott)

St Erth: Black Redstart at the railway station and a diver sp high over south. (M Elliott)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 f Peregrine Falcon over, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Tawny Owl (heard at midday), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (S Grose)

Porthilly Farm: 2 Cattle Egret with 6 Little Egret, 4 Red legged Partridge. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Dobwalls: 10 Fieldfare, 2 m Great Spotted Woodpeckers on our seed tray, 1 f Sparrowhawk ambushed our feeding House Sparrows, 17 House Sparrows in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Newlyn: Great Northern Diver still in harbour. (A McKechnie)

Great Northern Diver – Alex McKechnie

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