Garden Listing 5th February 2021

Crowlas: The first Nuthatch in the garden since 2015 was a great interruption to a midweek Zoom call as it fed and even started flycatching outside the window. Grey Wagtail also new on 4th for 45.

A remarkable half hour in the garden on 5th managed to add 6 species! Greenfinch, Stock Dove and Feral Pigeon were all overdue and down to not having enough time to put in throughout January. A farmer ploughing was helpful in getting a Med Gull amongst a larger gull flock and some great visibility allowed me to pluck out a Gannet in the tiny section of sea I can see (at 5km range!) from the roof. The last tick was the third second-record-for-garden in 3 weeks as a pair of Mallard flew over. Up to 51. (Reuben Veal)

Constantine: I finally achieved something I didn’t do last lockdown which was to see 40 species in a day. I had reached 30 by midday so decided to devote the rest of the day to trying to crack the record. I was on 39 at 5.30 and settled down to see Woodcock at dusk as I often do. No show. I waited and at 5.45 a Grey Heron floated over the garden heading for the river, making the 40. Highlights were a flock of 200-300 Golden Plover, Green Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tits, Bullfinches, Tawny Owl (actually seen rather than just heard), 6 Egrets, Blackcaps, small group of Redwings twittering together in the trees, Goldcrest and Firecrest, the latter taking my garden total to 49. I also saw my first butterfly of the year, a Red Admiral. (Tim Pinfield)

Garden Listing 4th February 2021

Callestick: Yesterday our returning Canada Geese made a noisy return to their pond taking the total to 48. Still haven’t added House Sparrow! (Tony Wilson)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Frenzy around bird feeders shattered by Sparrowhawk today. No kill. Total now 34. (Brian Toms)

Marazion: Glaucous Gull for 60, a new species for the combined list. (Dave Parker)

Friday 5th February 2021

Pendeen Watch: White-billed Diver flew west close in beyond the rocks at 09:40, 4 Great Northern Diver, 6 Black-throated Diver, 2 diver sp and 4 Great Skua between first light and 10:05. (P Combridge)

St Buryan: Ringtail Hen Harrier. (NR Rogers)

St Gothian Sands NR: juv Glaucous Gull at 12:15. (S Croft)

Cape Cornwall: 7 Red-throated Diver, 1 Fin Whale late am. (N Wheatley) Fin Whale still WNW of headland and c2 Km distant 14:00-14:30 hrs. Also Great Skua. (D Flumm)

Fin Whale – Dave Flumm

Fin Whale – Dave Flumm

Stithians Reservoir: 8 Curlew, 8 Tufted Ducks, 20 Starling on wire, 2 Wrens, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Canada Goose, 1 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 2 Mallards, 2 Magpie, 1 Barn Owl which flew out in front of us and off across the lake. (R Smith) 4 Goldeneye (1 Drake, 3 female), 3 Pochard (2 Drakes, 1 female). (J St Ledger)

Goldeneye – John St Ledger

Feock: 1 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Siskin, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Robin, 1 Blackbird,1 Song Thrush, 3 Chaffinch in coastal garden. (K Hambly-Staite)

Falmouth Bay, Maenporth: 2 Pomarine Skua, Black Guillemot, 4 Great Northern Diver, Curlew. (G Wills and N Walton)

River Tamar – Cargreen to Salter’s Mill: 1 Cormorant; 8 Little Egrets; 59 Canada Geese;56 Shelduck; 2 Mallard; 20 Teal; 54 Avocet; 11 Curlew; 8 Redshank; 1 Greenshank; 1 Moorhen; Herring Gulls; Black-headed Gulls; 1 Buzzard; Rooks; Crows; Jackdaws; 2 Magpies; 3 Redwing; 2 Wrens; 4 Robins; 1 Firecrest; 3 Chaffinch; 3 Greenfinch;  5 Goldfinch; House Sparrows; 1 Long-tailed Tit; 4 Blue Tits; 5 Great Tits (A Parker)

Towan Head, Newquay: 17 Red-throated Diver, 3 Kittiwake, 9 Common Gull, 1 Purple Sandpiper (N Long)

Gannel Estuary: 1 ad Iceland Gull, 6 Med Gull late pm. (S Rowe) 127 Curlew, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Buzzard (N Long)

Wadebridge: 1 Sparrowhawk over RC Showground , 1 Black Swan grazing with Mute Swans below the flyover early am. (S Grose)

Tredrizzisk: 1 f Sparrowhawk through, 100+ Redwing over, from a private garden. (S Grose)

Rosenannon Downs: 2 Tawny Owl heard, 1 Short-eared Owl. (S Grose)

St Loy, Boskenna Farm: 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 ringtail Hen Harrier over, 19 Golden Plover resting in winter wheat. (T Mills)

Little Egret and Cattle Egret – Tony Mills