Garden Listing – January 2021

Well done to all who took part in what was a successful month for the Cornwall Garden Listing League, with 94 species seen across 27 gardens. Plenty of good birds were to be had with ‘rarity of the month’ being Dave Parker’s White Stork on the 10th. There always remains some uncertainty around wandering White Storks in the UK and it could be from the White Stork Project in Sussex (more information on that HERE) but a grand bird to see nonetheless. Otherwise a Black Redstart that briefly visited Dan Chaney at Mabe Burnthouse on the 17th the only other really notable species perhaps, along with Black-throated Diver for Dave again.

Whilst most of us are inland, a handful of gardens are on or near the coast or estuarine habitats, boosting the overall species diversity – many of us could only hope for goodies like Gannet, Fulmar or Turnstone! Highlights include Eider, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Shelduck and the three diver species, with Stu Bearhop enjoying Dipper and Andy Blonden Common Sandpiper. Moving inland, 8 gardens were treated to Firecrest, Siskins were seen in 9 and Treecreeper visited two, with Yellowhammer in two of the more Easterly gardens. With the species currently experiencing a drastic decline nationwide, Geoff White’s Willow Tit was a great garden bird. Other inland one-garden wonders include Phil McVey’s Marsh Tit, Tim Pinfield’s evening Woodcock flights and Simon Marquis’ Red-legged Partridge. Tony Wilson’s Mediterranean Gull and Ian Toogood-Johnson’s Grey Herons were respective garden ticks. Eight gardens recorded Little Egret and 6 saw Mediterranean Gull – both would have been fairly unthinkable only twenty or thirty years ago! Perhaps overlooked or under-recorded, only 6 gardens recorded Feral Pigeon. Moving on to the last week of the month and a new addition to the list saw 4 gardens witness Common Gulls – some evidence of a movement perhaps.

Tawny Owl was recorded from an impressive 20 gardens – as an early breeder the beginning of the year is a good time to listen out for them vocalising – how many people specifically targeted them we wonder?! Only 6 species were seen across all the gardens we have full lists for: Blue Tit, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Robin and Chaffinch. That will probably change as people continue to pick up new species – it’s about the commoner species and enjoying them as much as it is about the occasional scarcer visitors. Brighter visitors included Great Spotted Woodpecker, with no less than 21 gardens records and Jay from 18 gardens. Looking forwards to February, no garden has recorded Brambling and only Andrew le Masurier at Tresillian has had a Peregrine, so those are amongst the species to look out for in the coming weeks perhaps.

In the spreadsheet below you can see your list with the birds recorded against the master list of all lists. Apart from seeing who else has seen the same as you, it does make it a lot easier to spot any gaps you have on your own list.

January Spreadsheet Link

(To scroll around the spreadsheet use the pale grey horizontal and vertical bars. To help find ‘your garden’ in the columns we assigned a number to each person in rough order that they signed up to the league. The first tab ‘sheet’ near the bottom left hand corner is the targets list, the second is the actual list for January as per the main spreadsheet.)

January Final Tally Table
RankUpdatedNameLocationGarden List Notes
131st JanDave ParkerMarazion58Coastal location backing onto fields
227th JanAndy BlondenPolbathic52Overlooking small creek
331st JanTim PinfieldConstantine47Fringe of woodland, view down a valley.
428th JanTony WilsonCallestick46Medium garden, wooded valley in farmland.
531st JanMatt SouthamPraa Sands44Coastal site, largish garden
6=28th JanReuben VealCrowlas43Inland, rural location
6=31st JanDan BeadleCoverack43Heathland and scrub. distant sea views
8=31st JanStu BearhopPerranarworthal42Rural, overlooking river
8=31st JanRob NichollsGrampound Road42Rural village mid- sized garden
1031st JanAndrew le MasurierTresillian41Inland woodland/farmland
1114th JanBob BosistoGluvian 40Inland, rural location
1219th JanDavid CollinsConstantine39Edge of village with views over valley.
1331st JanPhil McVeyLanlivery36Inland rural
14=17th JanGeoff & Jacky WhiteTrethurgy35Rural village
14=25th JanChris & Janet DuffyDobwalls35Mature garden, countryside views
16=18th JanSimon MarquisWadebridge33Inland, rural
16=27th JanIan Toogood-JohnsonTrewoon, St Austell33Semi-rural, large garden
16=28th JanBrian TomsCreegbrawse33Rural, Moorland, stunted oaks and pasture
19=25th JanDan ChaneyMabe, Penryn32Edge of village, small garden
19=13th JanGeoff RobertsHarrowbarrow32Rural fields with some houses.
2110th JanGary HealeyCrowlas31Inland with large garden
2227th JanJoanne EastmanCamborne28Semi-rural, large garden
23=24th JanDeena SharpLiskeard26Housing Estate, distant views to farmland
23=23rd JanHelen NortonSt Keverne26Medium garden with farmland around
2514th JanBec PennyFeock23Woodland garden.
2610th JanRosalind SmithFeock20Moderate sized mature garden
2718th JanClive GwilliamPentire, Newquay14

>>Link to main garden listing page<<


 D Beadle, D Chaney – Garden Listing Team Feb 2021

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Late news, 1/2, Little Kelynack: 1 Green Sandpiper. (C Moore)

Late news, 1/2, Newlyn: Juv Glaucous Gull on South Pier. (M Elliott)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Black-necked Grebe, drake Ring-necked Duck, 8 Tufted Duck and 36 Mediterranean Gull. (D Flumm) Also juv Iceland Gull, 2 Common Gull, 1 Great Crested Grebe (N R Rogers)

Black-necked Grebe & Drake Ring-necked Duck – Nigel Rogers

Iceland Gull – Nigel Rogers

Hayle Estuary: Curlew Sandpiper & Grey Plover at Copperhouse Creek. (J Jones) also Pale-bellied Brent Goose. (Birdguides) adult Ring-billed Gull, Spotted Redshank on main estuary. (Birdguides) Also Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Goosander.(J Jones)

Grey Plover – J Jones

Curlew Sandpiper – J Jones


Gwithian: adult Russian White-fronted Goose. (J Jones)

Devoran: Imm Spoonbill and Spotted Redshank still on Devoran Creek this morning plus an Avocet. (S Bearhop)

Falmouth Bay; Pennance Point: 2 Pomarine Skua (adult pale morph & adult dark morph). (M Broadbent) 2 immature pale phase Pomarine Skua. (L Langley)

Lostwithiel Bowling Green: 2 Treecreeper.  (E Mayhew)

Porthluney Cove: Iceland Gull at Caerhays Castle lake. (J Overfield)

Mawgan Porth: 170 Lapwing, 4 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail. (B Bosisto)

Towan Head, Newquay:  Large auk passage this morning with c100 per minute also lots of Gannets, Kittiwakes a few Fulmars and 1 Red-throated Diver. (M Lammas)

Newquay Golf Course: 1 Peregrine Falcon. (D Kendle)

Boskenna: 1 Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret. (N Rogers)

Penzance: Starling murmuration this evening. (D Brown)

Starling murmuration – Dave Brown

Starling murmuration – Dave Brown

Starling murmuration – Dave Brown

Pendeen: 2 different 1w Glaucous Gulls at 11:05 and 11:18. (P Clement)

St Just: Short-eared Owl flew over the road near Jericho Farm. (P Combridge)

Calstock: 4 Green Sandpiper. (N Moore)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 Spoonbill, 100+ Canada Geese, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Shelduck, Coot, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Curlew, Lapwing, Little Egret, Stonechat. Please note the Tower Hide is still closed to all, due to Covid restrictions, view from public footpath only. (S. Marquis)