Garden Listing 3rd March 2021

Coverack: 4 ticks in a very successful hour on the roof with the scope this evening, making the most of excellent visibility! A distant male Stonechat back on territory was number 49, my all-time garden list was taken to 97 with my first record of a Shag here (Shag/Cormorant regular from the roof but at 2 miles away from coast they’re not usually identifiable to species level), my second Fulmar for the garden was number 51 and a heard-only pheasant was number 52. A female Blackbird collecting nesting material, a flyover bat sp. in the evening and a Common Lizard a short distance up the road from the garden were added bonuses – spring is definitely on its way! (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 1st March 2021

Praa Sands: With the sea calming down after the storms, took a look out at the bay; busy with birds. Among them 52, a few Red-throated divers; 53, two Guillemot in with Razorbills and 54, a number of Kittiwakes – all new to my garden list. (Matt Southam)

Crowlas: An eruption of Pigeons revealed a huge, presumably female Peregrine – number 56. Linnet is now the last expected species here in winter not to have made an appearance. (Reuben Veal)

Garden Listing – February 2021

It’s that time already! February was another great month for the Cornwall Gardening listing league, with 6 new gardens and 11 new species. Dave Parker continues to lead the way, now with 61 species. After a strong month, Reuben Veal at Crowlas has shot up from joint 6th to second, with Tim Pinfield and Andy Blonden now sharing the third step of the podium. Surprisingly, half of the top 6 are inland gardens, showing that decent birds can definitely be found throughout much of Cornwall.

Arguably two of the better birds of the month were for Dave Parker at Marazion early in the month, with Water Pipit on 1st Feb and Glaucous Gull on 4th. Other highlights came from Christopher Moncaster’s new entry, with Jack Snipe, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting and Short-eared Owl all added from Porthcothan. Matt Southam was lucky enough to add Chough to his list, and Merlins were sighted at Porthcothan, Crowlas and Creegbrawse. Three more gardens added Black Redstart (Matt Southam at Praa Sands, Steve Ford at Helston, and Rob Nicholls at Grampound Road) and the predicted Brambling arrived for Rob Nicholls. The other species new to the combined list were Razorbill, at Praa Sands and Marazion, and Greenshank for Stu Bearhop at Devoran. An inland Shelduck was a good sighting for Tim Pinfield at Constantine and two more gardens have added Peregrine: Tim Pinfield and Christopher Moncaster at Porthcothan. Special mention must also go to Tony Wilson for his Large Tortoiseshell – records of this butterfly are few and far between.

Other gardens held interesting sightings of less rare birds: Reuben Veal’s Nuthatch at Crowlas was his first there for 6 years, and Nigel Bastin’s Launceston garden was the second this year to have Marsh Tit. Three gardens added Firecrest and four added Skylark, the latter perhaps a sign of some movement. Canada Goose was a popular addition in the last few days of the month, perhaps as wintering flocks begin to disperse into breeding pairs. We now have 30 lists on our spreadsheet, 29 of which feature Blue Tit, Dunnock, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch and Great Tit. A couple more weeks are left to collect any final wintering records until it will be onto spring migrants. Swallow, House Martin and Willow Warbler amongst the early targets.

February Final Tally Table to follow.

Link to January’s summary

Link to the main garden listing page

Link to page with rules and additional information

Garden Listing Team March 2021 – Dan Beadle, Dan Chaney, Reuben Veal.

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Late news, 1/3, Mount Village: Wren, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Rook, Crow, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Siskin, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Robin, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Song Thrush, Collared Dove. (J.Goodair)

Late news, 2/3, Chapel Amble: 10 Teal, 6 Pied Wagtail, 10 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 1 Egret, 2 Collared Doves, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 Crow, 3 Blackbirds, 1 Curlew, 2 Goldcrest. (J.Goodair)

Late news, 2/3, Treraven: 3 Robin, 1 Buzzard, 6 Blackbird, 1 Leucistic Blackbird, 1 Egret, 9 Wood Pigeon, 1 Song Thrush, 11 Starling, 5 Curlew, 12 Teal, 4 Pied Wagtail, 12 Canada Goose. (J. Goodair)

Siblyback Lake: 1 f Ring-necked Duck (photos show this to be a different bird than the 2 females that have overwintered, the head did not seem to be that high-ended and the face colouring a bit muted which might suggest a hybrid). (K Pellow)

Land’s End: 2 Wheatear near First & Last House, 3 Chiffchaff at Trinity Pool. (P Taylor, H Mitchell) 2m Wheatear, 3 (m & 2f) Black Redstart, Common Snipe, Chiffchaff. Northern Minke Whale circling north of Dollar Cove c1km offshore (1510-1525hrs at least) surfaced 6 times. (D Flumm)

Wheatear – Dave Flumm

Nanjizal: Juv Iceland Gull in fields on the northside of Nanjizal this afternoon. (M Wallace) Glaucous Gull, 10 White Wagtail. (K Wilson)

Sancreed: Cattle Egret, 2 Little Egret, 4 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Newlyn: 1 Siberian Chiffchaff stilll at Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Crowlas: 2+ Firecrest including 1 displaying, 1 Peregrine, 2 Tawny Owl and a pair of Long-tailed Tit nest building. (R Veal)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: ad Ring-billed Gull (left to roost 17:28), ad Yellow-legged Gull, drk Red-breasted Merganser, ad pale-bellied Brent Goose, c15 Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Shelduck, 8 Turnstone from Carnsew track. (R Veal)

Trescowe/Millpool: Flock of 10+ Redwing in Conifers, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4+ Greenfinch “wheezing” from treetops, 1 Bullfinch (m), 2 Chiffchaff singing, 3 Raven, 2 Skylark singing aloft, 2 Common Buzzard “roller coasting” (J Evans)

Helston boating lake: 5 Mediterranean Gulls in summer plumage. (M Greenhalgh)

Penrose Marsh, Loe Pool: Bittern at Penrose House end and Cettis Warbler (heard) nearby 6 Cattle Egret at Higher Lanner Farm (M Greenhalgh)

Gunwalloe: 4 Red-throated Diver (distant), 2 Great Northern Diver (distant), 1 Black Redstart, 1 Wheatear, 2 Short-eared Owl (hunting and fighting), 1 pair of Kestrel, 1 Raven. (J St Ledger)

Black Redstart – John St Ledger


Falmouth bay: Glaucous Gull, 5 Great Northern Diver, 7 Razorbill, 4 Guillemot as viewed from golf course. (M Broadbent)

Stithians: 2 Willow Tit,  Male Chaffinch with diseased foot. (M James)

Willow Tit – Mark James

Willow Tit – Mark James

Gwithian Green: 40+ Fieldfare. (M James)

Rock: 7 Greenfinch, 2 Sparrowhawk over, 1 Buzzard (landing on a lawn next to a pond and successfully clawing a mating pair of toads out of the water and transferring them to its beak before flying off) from private gardens. (S Grose)

Treloy, Newquay: 1 Barn Owl towards golf course. (S Grose)

Amble Marshes: 3 Spoonbill still this afternoon. Water Pipit at Chapel Amble. (D Julian)

Bude marsh: Pink-footed Goose still present, 50+ Canada Geese, 3 Shelduck 2 Curlew & Little Grebe on River Neet. (R Maye)

St Day: Red Kite flew over.

Penwithick (private garden): 3 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 2 Long-Tailed Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 8 Goldfinch, 1 Wren, 2 Great Tit. (K Bowers)

Reed Bunting – Kevin Bowers

Marsh Tit – Kevin Bowers

Long-tailed Tit – Kevin Bowers