Tresillian: Five to add to my list: Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greenfinch, Little Grebe and Shelduck. (Andrew le Masurier)
Liskeard: Total now 34 with today’s sighting of a lone Cormorant flying overhead this morning, South to North. Possibly heading for Siblyback from Looe? (Deena Sharp)
Garden Listing 13th April 2021
Grampound Road: Total now 51. (Rob Nicholls)
Garden Listing 12th April 2021
Praa Sands: Last week saw Swallows passing over, bringing me up to 63 which I believe is the total I reached in the last lockdown. (Matt Southam)
Grampound Road: 50. Kestrel. (Rob Nicholls)
Coverack: No new sightings but a very entertaining comedy moment: a rather rotund Woodpigeon which has recently started feeding on spilt seeds underneath the feeders clearly got fed up of waiting for the finches and sparrows to drop more seeds, and decided he’d head up into the tree and get his seeds directly! After jumping up onto the branch and making it bounce around like a diving board, he wandered up and down the branches, turning round at the end with the elegance of an oil tanker! What he lacked in intelligence he tried to make up for in perseverance, but after far too many attempts he eventually figured out that he just couldn’t reach. I gave in and put some seeds out on the ground. (Dan Beadle)
Liskeard: My running total is now at 33, as I heard a Green Woodpecker “yaffle” this morning as I put out the washing. It came from the direction of a neighbour’s garden, so I abandoned the chore, grabbed my camera and hot footed it over to their trees, but no sighting unfortunately. (Deena Sharp)
Constantine: Two new birds for the list today. A Swallow has taken up residence in the vicinity, and a Shelduck landed in the field opposite the house, presumably looking for a suitable nest site. List moves on to 53. (David Collins)
Crowlas: After a quiet month with just a single addition, two came along within two minutes. First a Green Woodpecker calling then 3 Siskin calling loudly before dropping into nearby trees – and all whilst stuck at the desk revising! (Reuben Veal)
Coverack: Flyover Swallow (one from the house at last!) for 57. (Dan Beadle)
Mount Village, Bodmin Moor: This is my first report since my initial listing back in January. The garden continues to be busy with almost all the birds I originally listed though the Starlings completely stopped coming to the village generally at the end of January . The Long-tailed Tits and Marsh Tit have also stopped visiting this last month but are up in the woods away from the house and not seen a Lesser Black-backed Gull fly over either. However I can add Swallow to my list now – the first flew over on 2nd April. Also a pair of Jackdaws are regulars on the feeders. Many of the birds are now feeding in pairs and many of the males are very vocal and colourful (Jasmina Goodair)
Garden Listing 6th April 2021
Trethurgy: We can now add to the garden list Mallard, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch and Pheasant which I think brings the total to 43. (Jacky and Geoff White)
Coverack: Late update from 4th April: House Martin for 56. Also spotted a distant hirundine over the garden earlier in the day and made a dash inside for the binoculars, missing a definite Sand Martin that my family saw in the process! (Dan Beadle)
Garden Listing 5th April 2021
Middlewood: Two to add to my garden listing: Blackcap and Chiffchaff. (Jen Bousfield)
Tresillian: Two more to add: Swallow and Linnet on 3rd April. (Andrew le Masurier)
Lanlivery: Catch up on a couple of week’s worth of new species:
23rd March: We used to see 20+ Yellowhammers in our garden over winter, but one singing on this date was the first individual since October 2020 (43 species)
26th March: Chiffchaff (44 species)
30th March: a single Swallow on an early date for here (45 species)
1st April: Willow Warbler on a typical date for returning migrant to this location (46 species)
2nd April: A very high Peregrine being mobbed by two Great Black-backed Gulls were both new species for this year. Also, first Blackcap this year, and first Barn Owl over our garden for five years (that I’ve seen!) (50 species).
3rd April: A single Siskin calling as it flew over. They never visit our feeders for some reason. (51 species to date)
Polbathic: My garden list for Sunday 4th was: Tawny Owl (heard), Mute Swan, Pheasant, Little Egret, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Rook, Blue Tit, Jackdaw, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Common Sandpiper (2), Mallard, Siskin, Robin, Canada Goose, Herring Gull, Raven, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Shelduck. That’s 26, but nothing out of the ordinary. (Andy Blonden)
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)
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.
- Blue Tit
- Coal Tit
- Great Tit
- House Sparrow
- Grey Wagtail
- Pied Wagtail
- Carrion Crow
- Wood Pigeon
- Collared Dove
- Tawny Owl
- Black-headed Gull
- Herring Gull
- Great Black-backed Gull
- Mute Swan
- Red-throated Diver
- Little Egret
- Grey Heron
- Feral Pigeon
- Mistle Thrush
- Little Grebe
- Canada Goose
- Mediterranean Gull
- Song Thrush
- Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Willow Warbler
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!