Garden Listing 20th December 2021 and 2021 Final Table

Polbathic: A big surprise this morning: for the first time in very many years a Shoveler (m.) was in the creek, albeit looking quite scruffy. That brings up 72 . . .and still no Starling, Redwing or Collared Dove. (Andy Blonden)

Bodmin Moor: My species count from January to the end of October 28th [I am now in Portugal] was 43 species in or over my garden. Close to Bodmin Moor. Rural garden surrounded by hedges and fields. (Lynda Small

Mabe Burnthouse: Have had a few issues this year, but to bring my garden year list up to date for the end of the year, the following additions – Peregrine over a couple of times, Linnet, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, Mediterranean Gull (adult and 1st year) and Lesser Black-backed Gull – these were both on an exciting day when the farmer ploughed the field behind the house in readiness for planting the potato crop, in addition to several hundred Herring Gulls.
With spring also came Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Swift,, and as the year progressed, Nuthatch (one calling from the back hedge), Skylark, Golden Plover a distant flock flying west, Fieldfare in the back hedge, Brambling – one on a misty, low cloud day, and a garden tick to boot (any garden!) (Dan Chaney)

Garden Listing 5th December 2021

Polbathic: Four Fieldfare flew past, this morning, making 71. (Andy Blonden)

2021 Final Table

Thanks to all who took part – it was great fun! Well done to Matt Southam in particular, who managed an impressive 78 species.

RankUpdatedNameLocationGarden List Notes
113th OctMatt SouthamPraa Sands78Coastal site, largish garden
27th NovAndy BlondenPolbathic72Overlooking small creek
324th AugDan BeadleCoverack70Heathland and scrub. distant sea views
426th NovAndrew le MasurierTresillian68Inland woodland/farmland
55th MarDave ParkerMarazion66Coastal location backing onto fields
629th JuneJohn HolmesPenryn64Medium sized urban garden, with distant views over Penryn river and countryside
7=23rd MayReuben VealCrowlas63Inland, rural location
7=28th JuneTim PinfieldConstantine63Fringe of woodland, view down a valley.
9=4th JulyDavid CollinsConstantine61Edge of village with views over valley.
9=30th AugPhil McVeyLanlivery61Inland rural
1130th MayTony WilsonCallestick60Medium garden, wooded valley in farmland.
1228th AprStu BearhopPerranarworthal59Rural, overlooking river
13=18th OctGary HealeyCrowlas55Inland with large garden
13=10th OctRob NichollsGrampound Road55Rural village mid- sized garden
13=13th MarDan ChaneyMabe, Penryn55Edge of village, small garden
16=20th AugSimon MarquisWadebridge50Inland, rural
16=4th NovChris & Janet DuffyDobwalls50Mature garden, countryside views
1819th JuneGeoff & Jacky WhiteTrethurgy47Rural village
19=12th FebChristopher MoncasterPorthcothan46Coastal, barley stubble and Corn Bunting crops
19=4th JulyBrian TomsCreegbrawse46Rural, Moorland, stunted oaks and pasture
2131st MayHelen NortonSt Keverne45Medium garden with farmland around
2228th OctLynda SmallBodmin Moor43Rural garden surrounded by hedges and fields
23=9th SeptBec PennyFeock42Woodland garden.
23=2nd DecRosalind SmithFeock42Moderate sized mature garden
2529th NovDeena SharpLiskeard41Housing Estate, distant views to farmland
26=14th JanBob BosistoGluvian 40Inland, rural location
27=20th FebIan Toogood-JohnsonTrewoon, St Austell35Semi-rural, large garden
27=28th NovJasmina GoodairMount Village, Bodmin Moor35Rural village garden, fields and hedgerows
2929th AugSteve FordHelston34Medium garden overlooking mature trees
307th MarRon FullwoodNewquay33overlooking Gannel Estuary
3113th JanGeoff RobertsHarrowbarrow32Rural fields with some houses.
325th AprJen BousfieldMiddlewod31Rural, edge of woodland
3327th JanJoanne EastmanCamborne28Semi-rural, large garden
3420th FebAnn GrahamSt Austell16Small town garden
35=22nd FebNigel BastinLaunceston14
35=18th JanClive GwilliamPentire, Newquay14

Garden Listing 22nd March 2021

Constantine: Added Linnet and Chiffchaff today so total now 55. The Chiffchaff was a single singing bird whereas the Linnet was one of a flock of about 30 that landed on the trees on the border of my property .

More interesting, however, is that I was looking through my telescope at a number of bigger birds circling in the distance over near Goonhilly Earth Satellite Station, which I can see from my living room.

They were Buzzards, in excess of thirty, circling upwards on a vortex and disappearing up into the ether. There may have been more had I spotted them sooner. I know that thoughts turn to Honey Buzzards when this sort of phenomenon happens, especially in South Spain, but the closer ones I could identify were definitely Common. I have not observed this event before during the 40 + years I have been here. (Tim Pinfield)

Lanlivery: Update 22nd March. Two new species: Green Woodpecker heard briefly and Goldcrest singing in the garden. Running total 42 species. (Phil McVey)

Wadebridge: My total edges up to 43 thanks to Canada Geese flying over and Skylark over nearby fields plus two nice ones on the bird feeders – Marsh Tit and Siskin. And singing Chiffchaffs have returned. (Simon Marquis)

Charlestown: one of our bird news contributors reports a Long-tailed Field Mouse (aka Wood Mouse) on their garden nut basket (D Hastilow)

Garden Listing February 2021 Bird Race Results

Firstly, well done and thanks to all who took part in the ‘Garden Bird Race’ this weekend. The weather on Saturday was particularly unpleasant, Sunday, whilst a bit grey at least stayed dry much of the time. Of course today (Monday) was lovely blue skies … ! The final results table –

Garden Bird Race Feb 20th -21st
RankDay - Sat/SunNameLocationTotal speciesNotes
1SundayDave ParkerMarazion34Coastal
2SundayTim PinfieldConstantine33Inland
3=SaturdayAndy BlondenPolbathic28Inland
3=SundayAndy BlondenPolbathic28Inland
3=SundayGeoff and Jacky WhiteTrethurgy28Inland
3=SundayRob NichollsGrampound Road28Inland
3=SundaySimon MarquisWadebridge28Inland
8SundayDan BeadleCoverack27Inland
9SundayPhil McVeyLanlivery26Inland
10=SundayDan ChaneyMabe Burnthouse21Inland
10=SundayJen BousfieldMiddewood21Inland
12SundayChris and Janet DuffyDobwalls19Inland
13=SaturdayAnn GrahamSt Austell161 hour count
13=SaturdayJasmina GoodairMount Village16Inland
15SundayJonathan EvansPraa Sands91 hour count
16SaturdayDan ChaneyMabe Burnthouse8Inland

Well done to Dave Parker for coming top of the table with 34, although it was a close run thing with Tim Pinfield at Constantine only one behind. A number of inland sites shared joint third with 28 species. We also had two hour counts submitted, which is always interesting to see. We will repeat the garden bird race again in March, with more daylight and hopefully better weather, the challenge is to try and better your own score in addition to competing with everyone else! Should be enjoyable regardless. Rather than single out any specific highlights, below are the results sent in by those taking part (any new garden bird list additions highlighted in bold) –

Saturday –

St Austell 1 hour count: I live in town with a small garden surrounded by houses and a spattering of trees near by. I did the garden bird watching this morning from 10.45 to 11.45.  In the hour I saw :-

Robin 1, Blue Tit 1, Wood Pigeon 32, Starling 22, House Sparrow 7, Blackbird 2, Dunnock 3 two males courting one female, Blackcap 1, Goldfinch 16, Carrion Crow 1, Herring Gull 15, Song Thrush 1, Magpie 1, Wren 1, Chaffinch 1, Raven 2 (Ann Graham)

Mount Village: 16 species – weather awful windy and wet – Pied wWagtail 2, Blue Tit 5, Starling 20, Chaffinch 6, House Sparrow 6, Blackbird 1, Goldfinch 5, Siskin 5, Collared Dove 7, Greenfinch 1, Great Tit 1, Coal Tit 1, Rook 3, Dunnock 2, Marsh Tit 1, Robin 1 (Jasmina Goodair)

Polbathic: I did a count on both days, with a very moderate result of 28 each day, with 25 species common to both days and nothing unusual. They were (in the order seen):

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Curlew, Shelduck, Redshank, Wood Pigeon, Mallard, Herring Gull, Rook, Sparrowhawk. Magpie, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Stonechat, Carrion Crow, Pheasant, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Robin. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hedge Sparrow, Cormorant, Blue Tit, Raven, Jay, Little Egret, Tawny Owl (heard).

(Three early “shoot-throughs” by the Sparrowhawk, disturbed most of the small birds for some time). (Andy Blonden)

Sunday –

Wadebridge: Nothing particularly unusual but no sign of a House Sparrow, Starling, Collared Dove or Skylark which I was counting on. Nor of the Woodcock that occasionally graces us with its presence. (S Marquis)

Middlewood, new entry: Thank you for doing this. I chose Sunday for obvious reasons and although a few regulars were absent, we did see or hear the following: Blackbird(3), Blue Tit(2), Bullfinch, Chaffinch(5), Coal Tit(3), Dunnock, Great Tit(2), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw (39 in one tree opposite), Jay, Long-tailed Tit(6), Magpie, Marsh Tit(2), Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Robin(2), Siskin(4), Song Thrush, Tawny Owl, Wood Pigeon(2), Wren.

Since January 1st, we have recorded, in addition to the ones above: Collared Dove, Common Buzzard(flying over), Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Raven(flying over), Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Starling(flying over).
Looking forward to hearing the first Chiffchaff! Best wishes (Jen Bousfield)

Polbathic: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Little Egret, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Curlew, Wren, Robin, Redshank, Rook. Herring Gull, Shelduck, Hedge Sparrow, Cormorant, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Pied Wagtail, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, Mallard. Carrion Crow, Pheasant, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stonechat, Dabchick, Magpie, Buzzard.

Thanks for your efforts to keep us stimulated! (Andy Blonden)

Coverack: 27 species for the Garden Bird Race on Sunday. Highlights included Firecrest, Lesser Black-backed Gull and garden year tick number 45, Linnet.

House Sparrow, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Herring Gull, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Magpie, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Great Tit, Robin, Redwing, Wren, Great-Spotted Woodpecker, Wood Pigeon, Coal Tit, Rook, Starling, Greenfinch, Firecrest, Collared Dove, Song Thrush, Carrion Crow, Gannet, Linnet, Lesser Black-backed Gull. (Dan Beadle)

Marazion: Below a rather meagre list from the garden today. Failed to see numerous “expected” birds, the best highlight (if you can call it that) were numerous Razorbills, the first I’ve seen in Mounts Bay this year. There were also quite a few probable Guillemot, but tantalisingly just too distant to be confident of id.

Canada Goose, Teal, Common Scoter, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Moorhen, Sanderling, Black-headed Gull, Lesser, Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Kittiwake, Razorbill, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Pied, Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch. (Dave Parker)

Grampound Road: Here’s my report for the Garden Bird Race 21st February.
House Sparrow, Collard Dove, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Starling, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Siskin, Blue Tit, Herring Gull, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Greenfinch, Carrion Crow, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Great Tit, Rook, Jay, Song Thrush, Great, Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Blackcap, Redwing, Pheasant, Brambling (Rob Nicholls)

Constantine: Too windy and rainy Saturday so went for it on Sunday. Surprise sort of day with many birds turning up I did not expect and an absence of many of the regulars. I ended with a total of 33.

Little Egret, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Buzzard, Pheasant, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Skylark, Blackcap, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Tawny Owl.

Shelduck was new for the year so my annual total here is now 51 (Tim Pinfield)

Praa Sands 1 hour count: 4 Blackbird 2m 2f, 2 Dunnock, 1 Black Redstart(f plumage) darting about the garden, 14 Rook, 8 Herring Gull, 9 House Sparrow, 2 Wren, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Jackdaw. Many Thanks (Jonathan Evans)

Lanlivery: More of an amble than a race here, with only 26 species on Sunday and nothing unusual, although 12 species had singing males which brought a nice Spring feel to the day: Skylark (2 in song), Canada Goose, Pheasant, Wood Pigeon, Herring Gull, Buzzard, Tawny Owl (2), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit (in song), Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Wren, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.

No Magpies or Jays, which is really strange for our garden! All the best (Phil McVey)

Trethurgy: Not so much as a bird race but more of a muddy stroll in the garden. Total species 28 -mostly wet ones !

Highlights included a pair of Great-spotted Woodpeckers drumming on a large Ash tree in our garden plus a female Sparrowhawk landed on a rose arch close to a feeding station-everything disappeared immediately apart from a Magpie which stared at it and eventually made the Sparrowhawk fly off. A Meadow Pipit appeared late in the day, which may not be uncommon but it is for our garden. I opened the back door every half hour last night to try and hear a Tawny Owl but they were not interested. No sign of the Willow Tit either. (Geoff and Jacky White)

Dobwalls: Bird Race 21st Feb, 19 in total – House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Herring Gull, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Raven, Starling, Collared Dove, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Jackdaw, Greenfinch and Goldcrest. (Chris & Janet Duffy)

Mabe Burnthouse: Jackdaw, Herring Gull, Magpie, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Carrion Crow
Mallard 2 over, Woodpigeon, Blackcap f, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Black-headed Gull distant, Starling, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Rook, Wren, Collared Dove.

21, comfortably more than double yesterdays tally … still a pretty grey day with rain at times, most birds seen out of the window at odd times. Mallard and Blackcap were both garden year ticks. (Dan Chaney)

Garden Listing 22nd February 2021

Mabe Burnthouse: Was sitting in the living room having breakfast to hear the distinctive loud honking of a group of Canada Geese flying past. Jumped up and managed to espy a skein of 14 flying in the direction of the Carrick Roads. Up to 39 now. (Dan Chaney)

Perranarworthal: Never managed much this weekend I am afraid, but 6 more species to add to the lockdown list, Curlew, Redshank and Greenshank in early Feb along with the first Rooks of the year for me, Firecrest on the 11th, Bullfinch on 12th and Greenfinch on 22nd. (Stu Bearhop)

Constantine: Two additions to the garden list today. Skylark singing in the distance and a Green Woodpecker yaffling down in the valley. List moves to 43. Also a Chiffchaff singing briefly, perhaps a migrant, and one of the wintering Blackcaps now sings most days. It must be spring! (David Collins)

Launceston: It seems very strange that since moving from Bude to Launceston we appear to have more wildlife in our new garden in town (Kensey Valley) than we ever did in Bude. Anyway for weeks since moving in and already another long list of birds to my new feeding station in the back garden, yesterday there were Bullfinch, Chafffinch, Robin, Dunnock, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Siskin, Goldfinch, over the house was female adult Sparrowhawk, female adult Common Buzzard and Raven. Each morning a large group of mixed gulls pass up the valley having spent the night on Roadford Reservoir plus the odd Cormorant. (Nigel Bastin)

Bullfinch – Nigel Bastin

View from the garden – Nigel Bastin

Garden Listing 21st February 2021

Garden Bird Race update: Thanks to all those who took part, despite the pretty wet and dreary weather overall! We will provide an update tomorrow evening to allow for any later entries which may come in, along with updating the tables etc with any garden listing updates.

Garden Bird ‘Race’ Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st February: This weekend – the usual garden birding rules apply, the aim is to record as many birds as you can in or from your garden on either Saturday 20th February or Sunday 21st February (you can choose, or even do both!) Please email your total species list and highlights in to us at (along with your name and location details for those who aren’t part of the main Garden Listing League). We’ll produce a brief roundup with highlights etc afterwards. Photos of birds or garden welcome. Good luck!

More info on our general garden listing league and the rules can be found Here

Feock: Siskin to add to my garden listing league. Still only second to bottom of list. I feel I am not trying hard enough! Very enjoyable all the same. One of our blackcaps is ringed so I have been able to pass that on to BTO. Cheers and thanks (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 19th February 2021

Wadebridge: Another five to add to my tally taking me to 38. I’ve had plenty of Fieldfares but until recently no Redwing. In addition to that I’ve now had Greenfinch and Bullfinch, plus Pied and Grey Wagtail. (Simon Marquis)

Thursday 18th February 2021

Garden Bird ‘Race’ Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st February: This weekend – the usual garden birding rules apply (see here and follow links), the aim is to record as many birds as you can in or from your garden on either Saturday 20th February or Sunday 21st February (you can choose, or even do both!) Please email your total species and highlights list to: along with your name and location details for those who aren’t part of the main Garden Listing League. We’ll produce a brief roundup with highlights etc afterwards. Photos of birds or garden welcome. Good luck!

Late news, 7/2, Stratton, Bude: White-tailed Eagle flying along the river in the valley between Stratton and Marham church, it was being mobbed by a Crow. (D Chivers)

Late News, 16/02, Porthcothan: 500 Gannet, 1500 Auk sp, 400 Herring Gull, 5 Great Black-backed Gull, 15 Kittiwake, 24 Shag, 2 Cormorant, 1 Great Skua. In nearby stubble fields, Short-eared Owl, 350 Linnet, 200 Skylark, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Snipe, 1 Kestrel. (C Moncaster)

Late News, 17/02, Tresillian to St Clement: 52 Curlew, 41 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 1 Snipe, 1 Oystercatcher, 47 Teal, 37 Shelduck, 5 Little Grebe, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldcrest, plus 3 Mediterranean Gulls (one summer plumage) on Tresemple Pool. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 17/02, Coverack: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Curlew opposite Coverack School (D Beadle)

Late news, 17/02, Higher Bosistow: 4 Knot at Faraway cottage. (K Wilson)

Pennance Point: Pacific Diver, Puffin, adult Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, Long-tailed Duck, c250 Gannets, c100 Kittiwakes, 4 Mediterranean Gulls. (M Broadbent)

Siblyback Lake: 2 f Ring-necked Duck, 36 Tufted Duck, 1 f Goldeneye, 4 Teal, 15 Mallard,
8 Little Grebe, 2 Coot, 3 Snipe, 1+ Siskin, 1 Chiffchaff. (K Pellow)

Hayle Estuary: ad female Caspian Gull, ad Ring-billed Gull, 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 1 ad Glaucous Gull, dark-bellied Brent Goose, male Shoveler. (M Elliott)

Copperhouse Creek, Hayle: 1 Curlew Sandpiper still (D Eva)

Sandy Cove, Newlyn: Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Black Redstart, Stonechat, Water Rail. (L Proctor)

Penzance: 15 Purple Sandpiper, 50 Sanderling at Jubilee Pool. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 4 Great Northern Diver and 1 Black Redstart at Little London. 3 Common Scoter, 1 Great Crested Grebe from bedroom window. (DK Parker)

Portscatho: 1m & 1f Blackcap in private garden, female back in our garden again. (R Sharp)

Towan Head, Newquay: 6 Manx Shearwater, 11 Great Skua, 1 Velvet Scoter, 70 Common Scoter, 24+ Red-throated Diver 19 Purple Sandpiper, 7 Chough this am. (N Long, S Rowe)

Porth Reservoir: 1 Kingfisher, 2 Sparrowhawk (1f 1m), 2 Tufted Duck (2m), 8 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Goldcrest (N Long)

St Agnes Head: juv Iceland Gull still this afternoon. Also, 2 Great Skua, 20 Razorbill and Harbour Porpoise (T Wilson) 2nd winter Glaucous Gull at Tubby’s Head. (G Lawlor)

Kingsmill Lake: 1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Lapwing, 60+ Dunlin, 34+ Curlew, 30+ Redshank, 16 Shelduck, 50+ Teal, 20+ Wigeon & 2 Adult Mediterranean Gull this morning (P Kemp, B Rankine)

Penrose, Helston: Bittern, Grey Heron, Pochard, 5 Great-crested Grebes (displaying), Moorhen, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch, 2 Stock Doves, Nuthatch, 4 Redwing, 2 Mediterranean Gulls with 200+ Black-headed Gulls (P.Freestone) Bittern, Barn owl hunting in fields below house. (S Finch) Carminowe Creek: 2 male Goosander, 3 Coot, multiple Cormorants, 4 Great Crested Grebe, large number of gulls at distance including Great Black-backed, 2 Buzzard flying over and 20+ Linnets on nearby field. (S Ford)

Goosander – Steve Ford

Connor Downs: Peregrine over, female Blackcap, Sparrowhawk and 6 Long-tailed Tits in garden. Also Redwing and Linnet over (P.Freestone)

Gwithian, St Gothian Sands NR: 1w Glaucous Gull on main island. 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 10 Shoveler, 2 dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 White-fronted Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Teal, Curlew, 6 Oystercatchers, 1 Dunlin, 2 Rock Pipit, Little Grebes, Coot, Mallard, 2 Mute Swan (P.Freestone) juv Glaucous Gull, 2 1w Dark-bellied Brent Goose, ad albifrons White-fronted Goose, drk Gadwall, 6 (3 drk) Shoveler, 9 Coot, 1 Dunlin, c550 Golden Plover over. Also juv Iceland Gull, 1+ Great Skua from coast toward Godrevy. (R Veal)

Glaucous Gull – Paul Freestone

Carlyon: 6 Pied Wagtails, pair of Stonechats, pair of Curlews, 20 Redwing & a Redpoll. (T.Hall)

Calenick Creek: 15 Canada Goose, 1 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Curlew, 2 Wigeon. (T.Hall)

Calenick: 5 Cattle Egret on private farmland. (T.Hall)

Walmsley: 1 Little Gull, 2 Spoonbill, c30 Shoveler, 1 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, c6 Gadwall, c300 Lapwing, c1500 Golden Plover over flying north. (A Langdon)

Little Gull – Adrian Langdon

Sparrowhawk – Adrian Langdon

Spoonbill – Adrian Langdon

St. Buryan: 1 Hen Harrier (male, flew east this afternoon), 55 Redwing (N R Rogers)

Sennen Cove: 1500 Gannets, 50 Lesser Black-backed Gull (N R Rogers)

Pendower Cove: Glaucous Gull still present. (M Wallace)

Crousa Downs, Nr Coverack: 1 Jack Snipe (D Beadle)

Devoran: Spotted Redshank, 120 Dunlin, 15 Common Gull, 25 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Black-tailed Godwit. (M Broadbent)

Carnon valley: 3 lLsser Redpoll (M Broadbent)

Mylor: Black-necked grebe, 8 Red-breasted Merganser, dark bellied Brent Goose (M Broadbent)

Penryn estuary: Whimbrel, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit (M Broadbent)

Penarrow Point: 1 Brent Goose. (J St Ledger)

Malpas Village: 1 Spotted Redshank. (A Nicholson)

Treslea Downs, Mount: 3 Yellowhammers (J Goodair)

Yellowhammer – Jasmina Goodair

St Columb Major: 1 Barn Owl from westways petrol station early am. (S Grose)

Winnards Perch; St Columb Major: 408 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 adult Mediterranean Gull, 10 Common Gull, 1 Merlin. (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: Woodcock over the garden at dusk. (B Bosisto)

Wadebridge: 21 Mute Swan, 1 Black Swan, 15 Red legged Partridge. (S Grose)

Rock Helipad Field: 1 Peregrine over, 2 Buzzard, 3 Greenfinch, 12 Goldcrest, 1 Song Thrush, 7 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull. (S Grose)

St Minver: 1 Barn Owl, 51 Linnet, 1 Merlin. (S Grose)

River Tamar – Cargreen to Salter’s Mill:  1 Great Crested Grebe,  1 Cormorant,  1 Grey Heron, 13 Canada Geese, 49 Shelduck, 2 Mallard, 1 Teal, 2 Moorhen, 27 Avocets, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 33 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Curlew, 5 Redshank,.2 Oystercatchers, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gulls,  Herring Gulls, 4 Dunnock, 5 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 7 Robins, 1 Great Tit, 6 Blue Tits, 1 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 3 House Sparrows, Woodpigeon, 1 Raven, Rooks, Crows, Jackdaws. (A. Parker)


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

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Garden Listing 19th January 2021

Constantine: List up to 39 now with the addition of Mediterranean Gull and Carrion Crow. There were at least two Mediterranean Gulls flying directly over the house in a flock of Black-headed Gulls. The Carrion Crow was rather more difficult as there are Rooks all around us – there is a rookery just beyond the garden and they never seem to be away for long even in winter. So I had to wait for one to call to pick it up. Two very distant birds over the Helford River a few days ago might either have been Cormorants or Canada Geese – yes they were that far away! Will wait until I see them a bit nearer before adding either. What will be number 40? Neither Mallard nor Sparrowhawk as yet, so perhaps one of those. (David Collins)

Grampound Road: Goldcrest added on the 17th and Grey Wagtail on the 19th, bringing the total up to 40. (Rob Nicholls)

Dobwalls: A female Blackcap made a visit to the garden, number 33. (Chris &Janet Duffy)

Coverack: Chiffchaff and Blackcap for 33. Also c40 House Sparrow, good to see such high numbers. (Dan Beadle)

Trewoon, St. Austell: Large garden surrounded by other gardens, hedgerows, trees and a field used by a farmer for grazing sheep. Views over a wooded valley.

1st Jan – Opened the curtains and the first bird onto the list. A gorgeous male Great Spotted Woodpecker. Not seen since the summer, so a lovely surprise. Joined later by a female – the pair have been noted pretty much every day since. Other birds starting the list were Blackbird (2), Coal tit (3), Herring Gull (4), Jackdaw (5), Jay (6), Long-tailed Tit (7), Magpie (8), Robin (9), Rook (10), Woodpigeon (11) and Wren (12).

2nd Jan – Additions were female Blackcap (13) and Great Tit (14). Again, not seen blackcaps since the summer so another nice surprise. Didn’t know if this was a fleeting visit, but later in the week, not to be outdone by his mate, the male turned up and they have both been everpresent for the first two weeks of the year.

3rd Jan – The local pair of Buzzards (15) decided to put in an appearance on a beautiful sunny day, as always being mobbed by the resident Herring Gulls. They don’t get a peaceful life.

4th Jan – Collared dove (16), House sparrow (17) and Starlings (18) made it into the garden, but the star show of the day was a Raven (19) calling noisily as it flew over. The Herring Gulls had a new bird to mob!

5th Jan – Had to wait until the fifth day to see Blue tit (20) and Chaffinch (21). Where have they been hiding!

7th Jan – Heard a really strange bird call as I was topping up the feeders (they’re getting through the fat blocks at a rate of knots!). Looked up and two Grey Herons (22) were flying low overhead. A garden tick. A Redwing (23) also showed well later in the afternoon. Getting them in ones and twos now rather than the 30+ flocks from before Christmas.

8th Jan – First visits by the shy and secretive Dunnock (24), Fieldfare (25) and Greenfinch (26) today.

11th Jan – A couple of Goldfinch (27) arrived to feed on the seed heads left on the flowers in the garden. We never dead-head or tidy up the borders until springtime for this very reason.

15th Jan – A beautiful Song thrush (28) was feeding on the lawn and in the borders. Rare visitor to our garden. The local Tawny Owl (29) population also descended on our garden at 3 in the morning – a male and 2 females as far as I could tell. I must thank one of our cats for that, as it jumped onto our bed after coming in from its nightly hunting expedition and woke me up.

17th Jan – A Green woodpecker (30) flew through and down into the valley. I know these birds by a different name; they’re “Yaffles” where I’m from (born and brought up in deepest rural Berkshire).

19th Jan – Another stranger in these parts today. A lovely Nuthatch (31) graced the seed feeder. In fact, we had a mad half hour when there were birds everywhere you looked – the Nuthatch arrived with the tit and finch flock (3 Blue tits, 2 Great tits, 2 Coal tits, 4 Long-tailed tits, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch). There were also 2 Gt Spot Woodpeckers, male Blackcap, Magpie, Robin, 3 Blackbirds and a Woodpigeon at the same time. It was hard to keep up with what was where. An hour later I looked outside and there was not a bird in sight – it couldn’t have been much different. (Ian Toogood-Johnson)

Garden Listing 18th January 2021

Pentire, Newquay: Regular visitors to the feeders in our garden so far in 2021 include:
Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Blackcap, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Greenfinch (Clive Gwilliam)

Male and female Blackcaps

Wadebridge: A few more goodies to add making my total 33: Blackcap, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Mistle Thrush, Buzzard (Simon Marquis)

Camborne (Penponds): Our current running total for January 2021 is 25. Large, mature garden with many trees/ hedges, large pond and farmed fields on 2 sides. Semi rural location.

Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Blackcap, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Crow, Jay, Hering Gull, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Wren, 1 each of Grey Wagtail and Goldcrest, and Canada Geese flying over. (Joanne Eastman)

Liskeard: Siskins on the sunflower feeders. An uncommon garden visitor for me. (Deena Sharp)