Saturday 3rd April 2021

Late news, 2/4, Seaton: Willow Warbler singing. (M Jordan)

Late news, 2/4, Freathy: 3 Wheatear, 2 House Martin and 1 Swallow. (M Jordan)

Late news, 2/4, Feock: 2 Siskin, Chiffchaff, Green Woodpecker, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Raven. (K Hambly-Staite)

Late news, 2/4, Camborne: 1 Hoopoe. (per C Moore)

Newlyn Harbour: 1w American Herring Gull still. (L Proctor et al)

Foxhole: drk Ring-necked Duck, 11 Tufted Duck this evening. (B&L Bosisto)

Ring-necked Duck, Bob Bosisto

Housel: 1 Hoopoe still (M Pass)

Caerthilian: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Grey Plover (M Pass)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 3cy m Marsh Harrier, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3+ Willow Warbler, 2 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin. Also 2m White Wagtail, 7 Sandwich Tern, 58 Common Gull, 6 Sanderling on/from the beach. (R Veal, S Rogers, P St Pierre) Also 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Linnet and 4 Teal. (T Mills) Also 50 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin. (P Fraser)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: juv Glaucous Gull, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff. (D Reeves) Also 1 Ruff, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit. (D Cains)

Ruff, David Cains

Kenidjack: Male Black Redstart, 2 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff. (S. Rogers)

Trevose: male Redstart, 3 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin. (R Wilkins)

Mullion: Black Redstart in back garden. (M Williams)

Stithians: 1 Goldeneye, 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff. (D Eva)

Drift Reservoir: 2 Great Crested Grebe, 23 Canada Geese, Swallow, 35 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin, 2 Blackcap, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Cape Cornwall: Great Northern Diver, Wheatear. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: Little Egret, 4 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap. (D Flumm)

Little Kelynack: 3 Siskin, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (C Moore)

Nanquidno: 1 Red Kite. (C Moore)

Calenick Creek: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Canada Goose, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 3 Little Egret, 6 Wigeon, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 2 Shelduck. (T. Hall)

Pendeen: 3 Wheatear, 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff. (J Hawkey)

Gunwalloe: 40-50 mixed Hirundine sp. (A Witheywood)

Tywarnhayle: (09.55 – 10.40) 2 Buzzard, 1 Herring Gull, 3 Woodpigeon, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 3 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch. (RB & PC Girling)

St Buryan: juv Glaucous Gull, juv Iceland Gull reported.

Dozmary: fem Ring-necked Duck, drk Scaup still.

Garden Listing 2nd April 2021

Tresillian: Goldcrest, Tawny Owl and Sparrowhawk from 27th March; Firecrest, Nuthatch and Blackcap (singing) from 1st April; Grey Heron on 2nd April. (Andrew le Masurier)

Constantine: Swallow flew by singing yesterday so up to 56. Amazing show of butterflies this week with Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small and Green-veined whites, Comma and male Brimstone – it’s like summer. (Tim Pinfield)

Feock: Another three for my list, one heard and two fly overs: Chiffchaff (heard not seen), Canada Goose and Mallard. (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 1st April 2021

Liskeard: Not a new sighting, but thrilled to see a male and female Blackcap in the garden this evening, mopping up the sunflower seeds from under the feeders. (Deena Sharp)

Blackcap – Deena Sharp

Penryn: A garden first at the end of March – Willow Warbler – prompted me to type up my scribbled list. Medium sized urban garden, with distant views over Penryn river and countryside.

  1. Blue Tit
  2. Coal Tit
  3. Great Tit
  4. Blackbird
  5. Chaffinch
  6. Goldfinch
  7. House Sparrow
  8. Dunnock
  9. Wren
  10. Firecrest
  11. Grey Wagtail
  12. Pied Wagtail
  13. Jackdaw
  14. Rook
  15. Carrion Crow
  16. Magpie
  17. Wood Pigeon
  18. Collared Dove
  19. Tawny Owl
  20. Starling
  21. Redwing
  22. Black-headed Gull
  23. Herring Gull
  24. Great Black-backed Gull
  25. Cormorant
  26. Mute Swan
  27. Redshank
  28. Red-throated Diver
  29. Little Egret
  30. Grey Heron
  31. Blackcap
  32. Mallard
  33. Robin
  34. Skylark
  35. Buzzard
  36. Sparrowhawk
  37. Curlew
  38. Greenshank
  39. Oystercatcher
  40. Turnstone
  41. Pheasant
  42. Feral Pigeon
  43. Mistle Thrush
  44. Little Grebe
  45. Canada Goose
  46. Mediterranean Gull
  47. Greenfinch
  48. Song Thrush
  49. Fieldfare
  50. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  51. Peregrine
  52. Kingfisher
  53. Chiffchaff
  54. Swallow
  55. Willow Warbler


Garden Listing – March 2021

Another month has whizzed by in the Cornwall Garden Listing League, and March was definitely a month of change – the combined Cornwall list has risen to 116, and the vast majority of the 11 new additions were spring migrants.

Dave Parker continues to lead at the top of the table, now with 66 species. Matt Southam has leapfrogged Reuben Veal to hold 2nd place on 59 species, with a four-way tie between Dan Beadle, Tim Pinfield, Stu Bearhop, and a new entry from John Holmes at Penryn rounding out the top 7 on 55 species.

Bird of the month was quite possibly Ron Fullwood’s Little Gull, although Dave Parker’s Chough on 4th March and Great Skua on 22nd Feb at Marazion are also good candidates – most of us can only dream of a Skua on the garden list! Another quality bird seen was Black Redstart, which was added by Andy Blonden at Polbathic and Dave Parker at Marazion.

The first Swallow was seen from Helen Norton’s St Keverne garden on 23rd March, with Chris & Janet Duffy and John Holmes having subsequently seen one as well. Sand Martin was added by Stu Bearhop on 29th March, and Dave Parker added the first Wheatear on 5th, followed by one for Andy Blonden on 29th. As well as ticking off Mediterranean Gull on 22nd, Stu Bearhop at Perranarworthal added the first Whimbrel on 15th. More recently, the first Sandwich Tern materialised for Matt Southam at Praa Sands on 29th March, and the first Willow Warbler was seen by Chris & Janet Duffy at Dobwalls on 31st, and Willow Warbler was also a garden first for John Holmes at Penryn during the month.

There were plenty of other decent birds to be seen, with Matt Southam adding Mute Swan and Red-throated Diver, as well as the first Greylag Goose for the league. A Red Kite appeared for Brian Toms on 12th March, and clear views enabled Dan Beadle to add Shag to his garden list on 3rd, along with his second-ever Fulmar. Three more gardens added Peregrine, and Simon Marquis became the fourth lister to add Marsh Tit and Tim Pinfield the fifth to add Stock Dove. Blackcap and Chiffchaff were popular additions, and Canada Goose continued to be added by many listers. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Chaffinch Dunnock, Wood Pigeon and Blackbird now feature on all the lists we hold, whilst only 3 gardens have had Barn Owl and only 4 have had Kestrel.

Looking ahead to April, spring migrants will be the target for many – which garden will be the first to hold House Martin, Whitethroat or Sedge Warbler? Will anyone manage something rarer, such as Hoopoe? In the immediate future, the Easter Garden Bird Race runs until Easter Monday… Good luck!