Garden Listing Jan 1st 2021

Welcome to Cornwall Garden Listing 2021!!

Cornwall Garden Listing League: Following on from the success of garden lockdown listing last year we have decided to carry on again this year, but for simplicity (and to make it even better perhaps) run it for the whole year as a garden listing league. This is open to all, CBWPS members or not (we would of course encourage you to join if not already a member – online membership has all been set up but is not yet available for new members). The birds and other wildlife are all out there, even if we can’t get out as far as we want! See below for general rules and how to take part.

Whether you live by the coast, have a fantastic garden and views or just a small ordinary suburban plot with limited views of the sky, the most important thing is to enjoy seeing what you can. We will be updating the table and posts on a regular basis (initially a couple of times a week).

To take part: Please email your running total to us at: along with any other extras such as photos and your updates. You can be as competitive or not as you like – the main aim is to be motivated and enjoy your garden birding!

Don’t worry if some have much better garden lists than yours – the main aim is to push your own list, and hopefully see some interesting birds you wouldn’t have otherwise seen.

Garden listing ‘rules’:

    • Essentially all birds seen or heard, in or from your garden.
    • All birds to be seen by the named observer only, in or from the garden (or house) – however distant.
    • This includes flyovers over the property and however distant, as long as they are identifiable!
    • Birds seen on the property or in the air space above count if you are not actually on the property yourself (such records tend to be rare but for example a Sparrowhawk that flies out of your garden as your approach).

The following don’t count unfortunately –

    • Birds that you would have seen if you were there … but weren’t. Run to get inside the property boundaries if you have to if you see a distant Red Kite whilst returning from the shops!
    • Exotics and escapes not on the British list such as Budgerigar, Muscovy Duck etc, dead birds and sound-recorded (nocmigging) only. (However do let us know about them as they are still interesting to hear about, even if you can’t ‘tick’ them for this!)

We also hope to have occasional bird ‘races’, hour counts and other events as the year progresses.

One of the main thrusts and ways to take part is by emailing in and sharing your bird sightings – hopefully this is motivating all round both in being able to share and see what others are experiencing whether in lockdown or just throughout the year. How many new species will you see by the time the year is out?!

We have set up a table as before for comparing gardens, with basic details such as location etc. If it starts to build up or get more competitive we may divide into divisions such as coastal etc at a later time.

Scroll down through the posts to read updates from the garden listers throughout the year (click on bottom left corner to see older posts).

We have also set up an online spreadsheet where you can view your list and compare against the combined joint Cornwall list (see below). Hopefully this will help with 1) Allowing individual lists to be monitored and seeing what potential target species you are missing and 2) Allow us to see what species are most frequently seen and allow for some interesting comparisons between gardens.

The link – Googlesheets Joint Cornwall List

Finally don’t forget to submit any other bird sightings to the normal, use BTO Birdtrack and submit to CWT Erccis for other county wildlife sightings.

Good luck with your garden birding!

Friday 1st January 2021

Blydhen Nowydh Da

Late news, 31/12/20, Carlyon Bay: 1 pair Blackcap & 1 Firecrest in a private garden. (E Cornelius)

Late news, 31/12/20, Tresillian to Tresemple Pool: 7 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 48 Curlew, 37 Redshank, 27 Shelduck, 11 Teal, (A Nicholson)

Bude Marshes: Sociable Lapwing still present. (M Worden) Also, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 118 Canada Goose, 6 Common Snipe, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 89 Lapwing, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff. (J Ryan, P Roseveare)

St Erth: Dusky Warbler still opposite BK fishing lakes but elusive, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Snipe. (R Veal)

Coverack: Juv Glaucous Gull & Black Redstart on rocks off Paris CP (J Selby J Jones)

Glaucous Gull – Joe Jones

Black Redstart – Joe Jones

Drift Reservoir (members only): Drake Ring-necked Duck in NE arm. (N Wheatley, M McKee, T Mills, D Flumm) Also 1 juv Iceland Gull, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall. (T Mills, S Rogers, D Flumm) Also 20 Teal, 9 Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Egret, Water Rail, c130 Golden Plover, 80 Lapwing, 4 Med Gull, Chiffchaff, 20 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Lizard Point: Iceland Gull flew west at 09:30.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: Juc Iceland Gull, Lelant saltings, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Pale-bellied Brent Goose still at Copperhouse. (G Lawlor) Carnsew: 1 Great Northern Diver Ryan’s field: 1 Water Rail (I Grant, F Were)

Portheras: Siberian Chiffchaff still. (P Combridge)

Pendeen: Black Redstart at the lighthouse. (P Combridge)

Polgigga: 6 Lapland Bunting over west. (M Wallace)

Penzance: 7 Purple Sandpiper and 9 Ringed Plover on Battery Rocks. (T Mills) Black Redstart on Pz Gallery. (P Taylor) Red-throated Diver, 5 Common Scoter, male Eider of the bus station. (P St Pierre)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Black-necked Grebe on Longrock Pool. (P Walsh, DK Parker) Also Yellow-browed Warbler at Longrock Pool. (J Swann) Also 10 Chiffchaff. (J Miller) 1 Great Egret, 2 Little Egret, 14 Little Grebe. (I Grant, F Were)

Black-necked Grebe – John Miller

Black-necked Grebe – John Miller

Newlyn: Siberian Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Black Redstart, Water Rail, 2+ Grey Wagtail, Purple Sandpiper, 1 Guillemot at Sandy Cove. (T Mills)

Guillemot – Tony Mills

Rinsey: 14 Great Northern Diver. (P St Pierre)

Polurrian Cove: Female Black Redstart. (M Williams)

Sancreed: Ringtail Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Water Rail, c150 Golden Plover, 30 Skylark,  c130 Redwing, 20 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat, 25 Meadow Pipit, c200 Chaffinch, c100 Linnet, Reed Bunting, singing Nuthatch. (D Flumm)

Leswidden, near St Just: 1 ringtail Hen Harrier. (J Branscombe)

Constantine: Siberian Chiffchaff at the sewage works. (D Collins)

St Martin in Meneage: Firecrest, 1m Bullfinch, 1m and 1f Stonechat in garden (ND and S Chandler)

Rame Head: 1 Chough still present 13:10, 8 Skylark, 50+ Linnet & 4 Stonechat. (D Allan)

Truro: 1 Avocet at Sunny Corner. (D Eva, K Jones, R Augarde)

Falmouth Bay: 1 Black-necked Grebe off Gyllyngvase, 5 Great Northern Diver, 1 Long-tailed Duck still at Bream Cove. (D Eva)

Maenporth: Long-tailed duck, Peregerine, 2 Ravens (M Broadbent)

Devoran: 1 Grey Plover with c150 Dunlin, 2 Shelduck, 35 Redshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Siskin, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker. (M Broadbent)

Penryn: 1 Red-throated Diver, Knot, Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and 2 Greenshank. (L Langley, M Broadbent)

Feock: 4 Black-necked Grebe, 2 Red-breasted Merganser. (M Broadbent)

College reservoir: 3 Woodcock, 12 Snipe, Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 2  Goldeneye, 60 Wigeon, 2 Great Crested Grebe. (M Broadbent)

Crowlas: 1 Firecrest . (G Healey)

Liskeard: 1 female Blackcap, 2 Male Bullfinches, 5 Long-tailed Tits.  All in private garden. (D Sharp)

Blackcap – Deena Sharp

St Austell: Male and female Blackcap on Sunflower hearts and fat balls in private garden in Churchtown Meadows, St Stephen. (G Warne)

Pendower: 10 Black-throated Diver, 10 Great Northern Diver, 2 Slavonian Grebe, A feeding frenzy of 100’s Common Dolphin covering the whole of the bay. (R Wilkins) Several hundred Gannet in feeding frenzy in Gerrans Bay (A Nicholson)

St Just in Roseland: 5 Cirl Buntings,1 male Merlin. (R Wilkins)

Truro: 2 female Blackcaps in front garden. (M Costa)

Penryn: Red-throated Diver, Knot, Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe and 2 Greenshank. (L Langley)

Castle An Dinas: 2 Barn Owl flew out of the farm building the owner has applied for planning permission to demolish and build houses. (S Grose)

Gluvian: Tawny Owl, 2 Snipe, 200 Redwing, 5 Skylark, Red-legged Partridge, 8 Yellowhammer, Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, male Blackcap, Black-headed Gull, adult Common Gull , 22 Golden Plover, 4 Lapland Bunting, 30 Lapwing. (B & L Bosisto)

Talskiddy: 2 Canada Goose, 4 Mallard, Water Rail, Moorhen, Reed Bunting, Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 2nd winter Mediterranean Gull, 120 Black-headed Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Snipe, 10 Pied Wagtail , 120 Meadow Pipit, Peregrine Falcon, Stock Dove. (B & L Bosisto)

Trewan Hall: 2 Treecreeper, Nuthatch. (B & L Bosisto)

St Columb Sewage Works: Grey Wagtail, 2 Dipper, Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 10 Goldcrest, 2 Stock Dove. (B & L Bosisto)

St Columb Major: 2 Greenfinch, 2 Raven. (B & L Bosisto)

Newquay: 2 Chough (S Grose)

Towan Head: 8 Red-throated Diver, 70 Common Scoter, c200 Gannet, 2 Chouhg. (S Rowe)

Whipsiderry: 3 Corn Bunting, 1 pr Peregrine Falcon, 1 Raven (carrying a stick), 26 Meadow Pipit. (S Grose)

Rialton Barton: 1 Treecreeper, 1 Nuthatch, 4 Goldcrest. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, 6 Teal, 14 Mallard, 1 Snipe, 1 Kingfisher, 9 Coot, 2 Moorhen, 4 Chiffchaff. (S Rowe)

Wadebridge: c300 Canada Geese, Pink-footed Goose still present. (J Howells)

Hannafore, Looe: 2 Slavonian Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 7 (2 male, 1 imm male, 4 female) Eider, 5 ad Med Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper. (G Lewis)

Looe Island: Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff. (C Lewis)

Torpoint: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 15 (8pb & 7 db) Brent Goose. (G Lewis)

Millbrook Lake: 2nd winter Ring-billed Gull, 1m Scaup, 1 Egyptian Goose, 2nd winter argentatus Herring Gull (G Lewis)

Millbrook Radford Lane: 5 Cattle Egret (G Lewis)

Alex Tor on Bodmin Moor: 1 Merlin (m). (L Sampson)