Garden Listing 31st January 2021

Praa Sands: Only one new bird for the week, number 44, small flock of Linnet flying over. (Matt Southam)

Grampound: Lesser Black-backed Gull for 42. (Robert Nicholls)

Constantine: Surprisingly for my garden a House sparrow chirruping Friday. First sighting here since last March. Now on 47. Ravens still here daily but nest building on hold. I think it has been too windy. Still averaging about 28 species per day and a top single day figure of 34. (Tim Pinfield)

Perranarworthal: Lockdown list here has risen to 42 with Mistle Thrush, Redshank, Green Woodpecker & Common Gull added over the last week or so. Desperately hoping the Spoonbill that has been seen nearby will follow. (Stu Bearhop)

Marazion: Common Gull and Teal for 58. (Dave Parker)

Coverack: Heard-only Raven in the mist for 43. Plenty of Kittiwakes and Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the bay but couldn’t get either on the list. (Dan Beadle)

Sunday 31st January 2021

Late News, 30/01, Truro: 1 Sparrowhawk in private garden. (D Jenkins)

Penzance: Grey Pharalope, male Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Purple Sandpiper off Jubilee Pool. (P St Pierre)

Pendeen: 7 Great Skuas, plus a juv Glaucous Gull flew east. (P Combridge)

Truro (for RSPB BGB): 1 Blackcap, 1 Firecest, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Robin (lining a nest), 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Great tit, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch, 1 House Sparrow, 50 Rook, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Magpie, 5 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove (L Sampson)

Trevoll: 1 Nuthatch, 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 116 Curlew, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 9 Canada Goose, 3 Tawny Owl at dusk, 1 Barn Owl at Penpol Farm. (S Grose)


Saturday 30th January 2021

Late News, 29/01/21 Penzance: Starling murmuration over the town. (D Brown)

Starling murmuration – Dave Brown

Starling murmuration – Dave Brown

Late News, 29/01/21 Seaton: juvenile Glaucous Gull. (J Mitchell)

Juvenile Glaucous Gull – Jon Mitchell

Ruan Lanihorne: male Long-tailed Duck on Trelonk riverbank opposite Ruan quay. (D Hall)

Stithians: Willow Tit, 4 Pochard, 4 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 2 Reed Bunting. (M Broadbent C Hill)

Willow Tit – Carla Hill

Willow Tit – Carla Hill

Perranarworthal: Spoonbill still on the Creek just after the Norway Inn this morning. (S Bearhop)

Bude Marsh: 2 Cattle Egret, Grey Heron 18 Teal, 60 Canada Geese, c170 Lapwing, 100+ Black-headed Gull. From the Canal towpath 1 Sparrowhawk being chased and mobbed by crows, large flock Long tailed Tit, Great Tit & Blue Tit in willow trees. (R Maye)

Walmsley / Middle Amble: 5 Cattle Egret, 1 Spoonbill, 2 Barn Owl (at 09:30), 3 Grey Heron, circa 30 Shoveler, circa 20 Shelduck, circa 150 Lapwing, circa 70 Canada Geese, circa 20 Black-tailed Godwit, circa 5 Snipe, circa 60 Teal, Wigeon, Mallard. (A Langdon)

Wadebridge: Blackcap in private garden. (C Davies)

Gannel Estuary: 720 Herring Gull, 1 ad argentatus Herring Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c500 Black-headed Gull, 5 Med Gull, 7 Common Gull. (S Rowe)

Trevemper Sewage Works / Trevoll: 2 Cattle Egret, 6 Little Egret, 4 Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 42 Black headed Gull, 3 Greenfinch. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 2 Common Sandpiper, 66 Meadow Pipit, 70+ Curlew flushed by dogs and scattered into small flock and settled on fields above estuary. (S Grose)

Great Western Beach/ Barrowfields: 15 pairs of Fulmar, 1 Chough, 2 Raven. (S Grose)

Millbrook: drake Greater Scaup still. (Birdguides)

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park: 13 Cattle Egret. (Birdguides)




Garden Listing 29th January 2021

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch: If you’re taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden
Birdwatch over the weekend, please do let us know how you get on (even if you’re not part of the main Cornwall Garden Listing League). We’ll hopefully publish a summary of the results during the week. Good luck!

Click HERE for more information on taking part and to submit your sightings to the RSPB.

Crowlas: A quiet week but an overdue Rook flew over on 26th and an adult Common Gull over on 28th (average of just 3 records/year for the garden) taking list up to 43. (R Veal)

Coverack: 1 Green Woodpecker has been regularly visiting a nearby telegraph pole for the past 2 days. Takes the list to 42. Also thought I heard a Jay whilst still in bed, but no sign by the time I got to the window so that tick will have to wait. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 28th January 2020

Callestick: A good few days here with four more species taking the total to 46. Collared Dove and Mistle Thrush were straight forward. However, seeing one of the two Little Egrets that hang out in a nearby cow field involved 15 attempts standing on the bed looking through the top of the window at a distant gap in the hedge and hoping one would walk past. Luckily it did and I got 3 Common Gulls in the same field. My wife thinks I’m taking it too seriously! (Tony Wilson)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Black-headed Gull and Meadow Pipit for 33. (Brian Toms)

Friday 29th January 2021

Late news, 28/1, Higher Bosistow: 1 Iceland Gull. (M Wallace)

Late news, 28/1, Traboe: 1 male Hen Harrier (D Beadle)

Drift Reservoir: Ring-necked Duck, 8 Tufted Duck, 20 Teal, small ‘parvipes’-type Canada Goose with Canada flock, Black-necked Grebe, ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Med Gull, 20 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Black-necked Grebe – Dave Flumm

Ring-necked Duck – Dave Flumm

Newlyn: 2 Grey Wagtail on Newlyn River between bridges. (T Mills)

Carn les Boel: 1 Glaucous Gull. (M Wallace)

St Loy: 3 Cattle Egret. (J Ryan)

Lamorna Cove: 1 Black Redstart (female or 1w male)

Mousehole: 1 Glaucous Gull (juvenile on St. Clement’s Isle this afternoon)

Hayel Estuary: 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff at Copperhouse Creek. (B Hibbert)

Towan Head, Newquay: 1 Velvet Scoter, 60+ Common Scoter, 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Red-throated diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, (N Long)

Gluvian: 2 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard. (B Bosisto)

Bridge; St Columb Major: Firecest. (B Bosisto)

St Columb Sewage Works: 10 Chiffchaff, Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 5 Goldcrest, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Dipper, Siskin. (B Bosisto)

Chiffchaff – Bob Bosisto

Tywarnhayle: (11.20 – 11.50) 1 Buzzard, 8 Black-headed Gull, 3 Woodpigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Magpie, 14 Jackdaw, 1 Carrion Crow, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 5 Blackbird, 6 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 7 Chaffinch, 1 Pied Wagtail. (RB & PC Girling)

Bude Marshes: 2 Cattle Egret, Cetti’s warbler and Mandarin Duck (m) this morning. (T Potterton and P Dingle)

Padstow (harbour entrance): 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, (Little Petherick Creek) 1 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Heron.  (M & V Scawen)

Padstow, Hawkers Cove: 1 Sparrowhawk, 49 Common Gull from a private garden. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 2 Kestrel, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Skylark, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron, 39 Pheasant, 6+ Stock Dove, 1 Lapland Bunting, 23 Meadow Pipit, 3 Raven. 50+ Chaffinch, 1000s of Corvids! (S Grose)

Lostwithiel Terras Woods: 3 Marsh Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Redwing. (E Mayhew)

Pennance Point: 2 pale morph Pomarine Skua (ad, subad), 1 Great Skua, 3 Great Northern Diver. (M Broadbent)

Devoran: 1 Spoonbill. (C Tyson)

St Clements: 12 Cattle Egret at Menadew Farm. (R Wilkins)

Millbrook: 4 Curlew, 6 Shelduck, 8 Redshank,10 Teal, Kingfisher. (R Napp)

Kingfisher – Rick Napp

Rame Peninsula: 2 Red-throated Diver nr Freathy, Great Northern Diver at Wacker Quay, Whimbrel nr St John by the ford, Scaup, ad. male on Millbrook lake, 6 Cattle Egret and Firecrest at Mount Edgecumbe. (M Jordan)

Calenick: 6 Cattle Egrets on private farmland, Female Blackcap. (T Hall)

Calenick Creek: 2 Redshank, Sparrowhawk. (T. Hall)

Treseders gardens, Truro: 3 Blackcap. (J Foote)

St Erth: 1 Barn Owl hunting at 17:30. (M Spicer)


Thursday 28th January 2021

Newlyn: 2 (ad + 1w) Little Gull, 3 (ad + 2 1w) Mediterranean Gull, amongst hundreds of gulls at mouth of Newlyn River at Tolcarne this morning. (T Mills)

Hayle Estuary: adult and sub-adult Caspian Gulls this afternoon. (P Clement) Flock of Greenfinches, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Dunnock  hedgerow at Ryans field (R Chiffers)

Trelissick: 4 Firecrest, 4 Marsh Tit, 12 Nuthatch, 1 Stock Dove (D Eva)

Gannel Estuary: Water Pipit on far side opp carpark, also Common Sandplper on river (M Lammas)

Tywarnhayle: (10.00 – 10.30) 1 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, 3 Magpie, about 20 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackbird, 7 vocal Robin, 1 singing Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail. (RB & PC Girling)

St Erth: Grey Heron collecting sticks and twigs from beside railway line and heading towards trees by sewage works. Male & female Blackcap also nearby. (D King).

Penryn, Rugby Football Club field: 2 Great Black-backed Gull. (C Ledger)

Par Beach: 1 Song Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 4 Long-tailed Tits. (C Hooper)

Song Thrush – C Hooper

Stonechat – C Hooper

St Austell: 1 Redwing, 1 Greenfinch. (C Jones)

Truro: 1 Chiffchaff in my garden (D Jenkins)

St Columb Major: Tawny Owl in back garden. (D Dennis)

Helford River: 4 Great Northern Diver on river: 21 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Oystercatcher on the Bar. (J St Ledger)

Rock Helipad Field: 1f Sparrowhawk through, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Goldfinch. (S Grose)

Argal Reservoir: 14 Great Crested Grebe in the mist (up to 16 recently). Also Dipper near southern end. (D Chaney)

Gluvian: 10 Yellowhammer. (B & L Bosisto)

Mawgan Porth: adult Yellow legged Gull. (B & L Bosisto)


Garden Listing 27th January 2021

Polbathic: 3 Teal at breakfast this morning, bringing me to 52. (Andy Blonden)

Trewoon, St. Austell: Count now up to 33 thanks to two flyovers – a pair of Canada Geese (32) on the 23rd and a pair of Feral Pigeons (33) on the 25th. Yesterday was a great day for total numbers of birds, but no new ones for the list – a large flock of finches kept circling and got me hoping, but when they eventually settled they were 18 Goldfinch and 12 Chaffinch. Still good, but Linnet or Brambling would have been nicer! (Ian Toogood-Johnson)

Garden Listing 26th January 2021

Grampound Road: 41. Chiffchaff. (Rob Nicholls)

Camborne: Since the last tally, I have spotted Collared Doves, House Sparrows and Siskins in our garden. (Jo Eastman)

Dobwalls: A Pied Wagtail on a neighbour’s roof makes 35 (Chris & Janet Duffy)

Marazion: Turnstone for 56. (Dave Parker)

Garden Listing 25th January 2021

Polbathic: There had only been the recent reappearance of Long-tailed Tit to add to my previous total, until today. And what a fabulous day, with 31 species through the window, and even that with at least 8 ‘regulars’ not showing. Wigeon and Goldcrest were added in the morning. Then in the afternoon, a Meadow Pipit on the mud of the creek, followed, at last, by the previously ever-present Common Sandpiper finally turning up. This puts the total up to 51. (I’d just like to add that some of the photos included on the site are terrific. Well done, folks.) (Andy Blonden)

Mabe Burnthouse: Song Thrush was a new one on the 25th – recall seeing before the new year but not since. I realise that I haven’t recorded Great Tit yet this year – I’m sure I must have seen them in the back hedge, but will wait until I see another and on a specific date before adding! Cormorant (flying over) and Blackcap were both regular at the end of December but not seen since, so plenty of options still out there… along with Redwing and any other cold weather movement birds. (Dan Chaney)

Callestick: Recent additions are Grey Heron, Starling and Goldcrest taking the total to 42. Also, a Peregrine circled over the garden but unfortunately I was 300 yards away walking the dog so it doesn’t count! (Tony Wilson)

Funnily enough the same thing happened to me with a Peregrine over the garden on the same day. I tried running, but you can’t outrun the fastest bird in the world. – (Dan Beadle, Gardenlisting eds team)

Marazion: Great Crested Grebe for 55. (Dave Parker)