Friday 12th June 2020

Late News, 11/06, Treverva: 8 Mediterranean Gull, mixed age flock over north (D Chaney)

Porthilly Point: 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Kittiwake on the mussel crates, 71 Oystercatcher in a single flock, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Skylark, 3 Rock Pipit, 1 Little Egret, 2 Cormorant. (S Grose)

Charlestown: 1m Bullfinch,  2 (1 fledgling, 1m) Robin, 3 (1 juv 2ad) Blue Tit, 2 Coal Tit,  3 (1 juv 2ad) Great Tit, 4 (2 juv 1m 1f) Blackbird, 6 (2 juv 4ad) Dunnock, 1 Wren, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Magpie, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Carrion Crow. (D Hastilow)

Robin – David Hastilow

Robin – David Hastilow

Marazion Beach: 3 Whimbrel. (J Hawkey)

Mount Hawke: 2 adult Carrion Crow feeding one young. (RB & PC Girling).

Porthilly Farm /Meadow: 40+ Sand Martin feeding over cattle field. (S Grose)

Marazion: Adult Great Spotted Woodpecker now bringing its young to my feeders. (DK Parker)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dave Parker

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dave Parker

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Dave Parker


Sunday 7th June 2020

Treverva nr Falmouth: 12 Bee-eater over ENE c1 mile west of Treverva 1pm today. (P Laney)

Lizard Village: 1 Hoopoe. (M Pass)

Stithians Reservoir: 1 drake Goldeneye and 30 Swifts. (S Turner)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Osprey flew north up the NE arm late afternoon. Also 1 Otter with a large Rudd. (DK Parker)

Pendeen: 1 Storm Petrel. (R Augarde)

Crowlas: Several Crossbill heard this pm. (G Healey)

Hayle Estuary: 7 Ringed Plover and 5 Dunlin. (J Hicks) Also, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Whimbrel. (R Veal)

Friendship Woods: c.20 Crossbill. (C Richards)

Carlyon Bay: 11 Eider, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel, 1m Greenfinch (A & B Tregunna)

Eiders – A & B Tregunna

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 1172 Canada Goose, 9 Great Crested Grebe,3 Tufted Duck, 3 Cormorant, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Buzzard, 61 Carrion Crow, 37 Jackdaw, 5 Magpie 1 Woodpigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 7 Blackbird, 3 Wheatear, 11 Meadow Pipit, 3 Skylark, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 8 Linnet, 2 Willow Warbler and 1 Meadow Brown. (DAConway)

Crowdy Reservoir: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Redstart, 1 Treecreeper, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Barnacle Goose, 161 Canada Goose, 1 Tufted Duck, 3 Wheatear, 10 Sand Martin,1 Reed Bunting. (B Craven)

Goss Moor: 3 Common Crossbill (P Roseveare, B Bosisto)

Cardinham Woods: 3 singing Yellowhammer, 1 Marsh Tit, 7 Siskin, 4 Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mistle Thrush, 9 Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Bodmin Parkway Station: 7 Mistle Thrush. (S Grose)

Carkeel: 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Greenfinch from woodside Stables. (S Grose)

Liskeard Trago Mills: 1 Dipper, 1 Blackcap, 3 Nuthatch, 20+ Chaffinch. (S Grose)

Pencarrow: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Nuthatch (2 adult feeding juv), 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Chiffchaff. (S Grose)

Porth Reservoir: 9 Swift, 12 Sand Martin, 1 House Martin, 64 Mallard, 1m Tufted Duck, 13 Canada Geese, 4 Kingfisher, 4 Coot, 2 juv Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush, 8 Great Crested Grebe +2 Juv (also 1 new nest being incubated and another adult bird disappearing in and out of reeds). (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Kingfisher, also Mute Swan with blue plastic ring on right leg AX has returned to Boating lake. (S Grose)

The Mouls: 16 Puffin and 1 Shelduck on water. Also numbers of Guillemot and Razorbill. (J St Ledger)

Pentire Head: 4 Wheatear (3 adult, 1 juv), 1 Kestrel. Also numbers of Skylark. (J St Ledger)

Juvenile Wheatear – John St Ledger

Bodmin Moor: Near Penquite Farm; 1 pair Redstart feeding 2 young. Near Bolatherick Farm; 1 pair Redstart feeding young in hole in wall, 5 Mistle Thrush, 1 Bullfinch (male). (J St Ledger)

Male Redstart – Johns St Ledger

Juvenile Redstart – Johns St Ledger

Tresillian River: 30 adult Shelduck – one pair with 13 ducklings (was 14 ducklings on 3/6). Also, 1 Curlew. (A Nicholson)

Freathy: 4 Manx Shearwater and 10 Swift west this morning. Also c.20 Bottlenose Dolphin. (M Jordan)
M. Jordan

Coverack: 1 Black-throated Diver. (P Day)

Downderry: 2 Great Northern Diver, 48 Gannet, 76 Manx Shearwater, 4 Kittiwake, 4 Sandwich Tern and a Grey Heron passing before 0710. In addition a Great Crested Grebe flew west this evening. (A Payne)



Tuesday 26th May 2020

Late News, 13 May, Penhale Point: 6 Wheatear, 2 Pr Stonechat, 4 Skylark, 5 Meadow pipit, 4 Rock pipit, 6 Linnet, 2 Whitethroat, 12 Razorbill on cliff below Ligger Point SW758 582. (D Thomas)

Late News, 19 May. White Cross, Newquay: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Skylark, 6 Sparrow, 1 pr Wren, 1 pr Dunnock, 2 pr Blackbird, 2 Blackcap, 1 pr Pied Wagtail, 1 pr Raven with 3 young, 3 Buzzard. 1 Sparrowhawk. (D Thomas)

Late News, 20 May White Cross, Newquay: 30+ Golden Plover, these flew around several times high in the sky, disappeared towards Fraddon. This is the latest date we have seen Golden Plover here, usually seen in April.(D Thomas)

Wadebridge: 21 Shelduck in field nr Trewornan Dam. (S Grose)

Walmsley Sanctuary: 1 female Marsh Harrier. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Porthilly: 1 Ringed Plover, 21 Oystercatcher. (S Grose)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Kingfisher. (S Grose)

Pentire; Polzeath: 7 Puffin on Mouls Island, 1 juvenile Wheatear being fed by parents. (B Bosisto L Payne)

Park Head: 1 juvenile Wheatear. (M Bosisto)

Buttermilk Hill: 5 Red Kite flying east towards St Ives. (J Eaton)

Hayle Estuary: 1 Red Kite over. (D Hastilow) 1 Red Kite E over the estuary at 4.30pm (J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh: 3 Red Kite circling high then 1 later flew NW direction. (P Moore)

Newlyn: flock of c8 Black Swans over at 09.20 came in over the Harbour from South and headed towards Drift following Coombe River. (R Chiffers)

Madron: 1 Red Kite at 6pm. (J Emery)

Sancreed: 2 Red Kite west over village 15:55 hrs then north followed by another 16:10. (D Flumm)

Canonstown: 2 Siskin. (J Mundy). 2 Red Kite. (M Spicer)

Siskin- J Mundy

Tregeseal: 4 Red Kite. (S Williams)

Falmouth: 3 Red Kite at around 5pm today. (K Elvans)

Carharrack: 1 Cuckoo, 7 Siskin (3 adult female & 4 juvenile) (R Hooper)

Stithians: Pair of Canada Geese with 3 goslings southern cut off, Pair of Willow Warbler feeding 6 young at nest, Pair of Blackcap feeding 5 young at nest. 1 Greenshank. ( D Eva )

Breney Common CWT Nature Reserve: 2 Tree Pipit, 4 Meadow pipit, 4 Yellowhammer, 40+ Long-tailed Tit (several families flying in one large flock, 4 Garden Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 5 Willow warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Buzzard, 3 Bullfinch, 2 Cuckoo and 3 Nuthatch. Marsh fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Green Hairstreak, Speckled Wood and Common Blue, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spot Chaser. (D Thomas) 

Bodmin Moor: 1 pair Redstart, 2 Mistle Thrush, 1 Cuckoo in fields between South Penquite Farm & Bradford.
4 Cuckoo, 3 Wheatear, 1 Green Woodpecker (heard); also 8 Red Deer and 1 Roe Deer between De Lank Waterworks and Garrow Tor. (J St Ledger, M Lammas, S Marquis)

Temple: Party of 8 adult Canada Goose, 1 Buzzard, 3 vocal Cuckoo, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Song Thrush. (RB & PC Girling)

Carfury: male Red-backed Shrike. (M Elliott)

Penzance: 3 Red Kite. (M Elliott)

Truro: 15 Swift. (P Fraser)

St Just: 12 Red Kite. (N Shanks)

Gulval: 15 Crossbill West. (M Elliott)

Marazion Marsh: 1 Cuckoo. (P Walsh)

Caerthillian area: 1 Woodchat Shrike (4th of spring on Lizard). (M Pass)

Cot Valley: Golden Oriole in flight, dropped into centre of valley but not relocated. (N Wheatley)


BigGardenSit 16th May 2020:

Results from the #BigGardenSit 08:00 – 09:00am

42Tony BlundenLizardRed-legged Partridge
35Dan BeadleCoverackCuckoo, Willow Warbler, Jay
27Geoff WhiteTrethurgyGoldcrest, Sparrowhawk
26Stu BearhopDevoranDipper, Grey Wagtail
26Andy BlondenPolbathicCoal Tit
22Tim PinfieldConstantineLong-tailed Tit
19Jen BousfieldMiddlewoodHouse Martin, Mistle Thrush
17Dan ChaneyMabe BurnthouseGreenfinch

Combined list of 68 species:

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Garden Listing Sunday 17th May

Flexbury: Maer Lane 100 m south of Maer Lake. Omissions were Teal and Wigeon, new arrivals in garden – Merlin 2nd May and Rook seen from garden, Swift 9 May, so 5 more makes 34.  (Trevor Nicholson)

Falmouth: Just an update on my garden list, which is now at 57. The new species being a Peregrine that drifted over at midday.(Greg Wills)

Praa Sands: Only one new bird seen this week number 63 Starling, I know of one pair breeding in the village, of which one eventually paid a visit. Now awaiting an exotic overshoot. (Matt Southam)

Lanlivery: New Addition, 17th May: A Cuckoo (my first heard from home for two years) calling from Red Moor brings my total to 47.(Phil McVey)

#BigGardenSit Saturday 9th May: Combined total seen in participating Cornwall gardens 8 – 9:00am = 60

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Garden Listing Saturday 16th May

Update: as per email sent out to participants earlier in the week we will be continuing the garden lockdown listing competition, table and postings for the rest of the year, as long as there are still people to take part. If at any point it is announced that we are out of full and complete lockdown we will just continue on as a garden listing league.

As an intermediary point; a snapshot of the lockdown listing league at midnight 12th May (when some travel restriction eased in England at least, with reduced restrictions on travel for exercise (although unnecessary journeys still being discouraged), the lockdown league table looked like this –

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Lockdown restrictions have been eased somewhat, but may tighten again. Irregardless, garden listing will still continue for many and can be a worthwhile pursuit in its own right!

Devoran: This morning’s garden birdwatch list was 27 species.
Also 2 more species to add to the Garden lockdown list this week, Great Black-backed Gull and Collared Dove,Very best (Stu Bearhop)

Trethurgy: Please update my Garden Lockdown list to 46..Thanks for all your good work and ideas.(Geoff White)

Middlewood: A bit more excitement this week with our first House Martins (9) feeding high above and the discovery of the location of the Chiffchaff nest, very small and rather low down in the front garden. Well concealed in the Christmas Box (Sarcococca) but so vulnerable.(Jen Bousfield)

Polbathic: Coal Tit (at last reappearing after a long absence) makes the Garden Lockdown List total: 51.(Andy Blonden)

Coverack: 67 species now on the list, including.Little Egret and Fulmar scoped over Lowlands Point (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing Friday 15th May

Little Kirland: Glad you’ll continue running this – it’s made me look at little black dots, although today’s addition was a female kestrel less than 50m away. So now 48. Dippers have their second brood under the bridge less than 30m from my garden …maybe I’ll hear them one day! The stream also has otter, bullhead, trout, heron and kingfisher, and eventually reaches the Camel. BTW when Cormac replaced the old granite slabs bridge with a concrete slab they carefully left a ledge in one abutment for birds to nest….and they sliced off the edge of a granite slab to fix to the side of the new concrete slab so the bridge appears unchanged. The spare granite gets taken to their yard for re-use. Cheers. (John Macadam)

St Austell: total species from garden now 44.
Updated species are Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Swift and House Martin.(Neil Best)