December 2020 News

Garden Listing: With a second lockdown upon us we are again running a garden listing league. Use email address ( and we will update the table with your sightings and highlights. See the page here for more details. Now with final tally to 1st December. (We will continue to update to years’ end as a year list)

Garden Listing 2.0 1st December

Dobwalls: 30th November: Number 29 was a Tawny Owl calling last night.1st December: Saw and heard Mistle Thrush making alarm call, number 30 (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Polbathic: I’ve only been able to add 1; Raven, so that makes the final total 43.
Thanks for taking the time to make the last month more interesting. (Andy Blonden)

Mabe: 6 more over the past few weeks, despite not having much time to do any proper garden watching, up to 27 now. The fun one was a Meadow Pipit directly below the front window in the flower bed; at first I thought it was a mouse or similar as it was completely working its way under/through the bedding plants (well, weeds to be honest). A Grey Heron flying over was actually a garden year tick. Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard only), Raven, a Tawny Owl heard in the early hours one night whilst seeing how the moth trap was doing and Cormorants regularly overflying on their way to roost at College Reservoir. (Dan Chaney)

Tresillian: Final update from me: Long-tailed Tit and Tawny owl bringing the total to 34 (Andrew le Masurier)

Constantine: Have recounted all species seen in or from garden. There were no species heard only. It comes to 53. Never did see a house sparrow or collared dove! (Tim Pinfield)

Final Results: End of Lockdown. As can be seen, the grand winner is Dave Parker with 56 species from Marazion. Congratulations and good effort. Second place goes to Tim Pinfield with 53, a very respectable total for an inland location, and indeed well done everyone. We will compile and post the combined list within the next week or so. Any guesses as to the total?!

Garden lockdown listing autumn 2020 to Dec 1st

RankUpdatedNameLocationFinal Tally! Notes
129th NovDave ParkerMarazion56Coastal location backing onto fields
21st DecTim PinfieldConstantine53Fringe of Woodland, view down a valley
31st DecAndy BlondenPolbathic43Overlooking small creek
430th NovJohn MacadamLittle Kirland40Inland, rural
51st DecAndrew le MasurierTresillian34Inland woodland/farmland
61st DecChris and Janet DuffyDobwalls30Village edge, bordering fields & scrubby copse, open views
727th NovSimon MarquisWadebridge29Inland, rural
815th NovSteve KerstingLelant28
91st DecDan ChaneyMabe, Penryn27Edge of village, small garden
1027th NovBec PennyFeock22Woodland garden
1115th NovLiz EliotGermoe4

If folk wish to continue posting in their totals, sightings or highlights we will keep the original table running as a Year List Effort. Thanks for taking part and the positive comments! Good birding … Dan B and Dan C

Garden Listing 2.0 20th Nov 2020

Constantine: Occasionally you get one of those days. For me today was one of them. Sunshine, a light wind from the north west and perfect visibility boded well. The sky seems full of gulls and corvids and two circling Buzzards.

At about 7.45 a flock of about 30 Lapwing flew over the garden (first sighting for the year here). There are egrets on the field opposite – just too far away for me to identify as either Little or Cattle. A large female Sparrowhawk drifts over. I haven’t got out of bed yet. All this from my bedroom window.

The usual birds are at the feeder including Nuthatch and Great spotted woodpecker. The sun is out and shining on the trees to the north of my garden. I stand for an hour and observe. A large tit flock goes through with about twenty Long tailed and two male Bullfinches amongst them. Lots of Redwing are going over and some landing on the trees only yards away. Chaffinches are also drifting through and then one of them is a Brambling (new for my year list) Two Pied wagtails are running up and down the roof of my house behind me and then a Song Thrush starts singing!

Things go from better to best when I go back inside to look through my telescope at the valley. A passing helicopter from RNAS Culdrose puts up all the birds in the field on the south of the Helford River including between 100 and 200 Golden plover (new for my house list this year).

At 5pm I settle down to look south in the evening sky for Woodcock which fly up from the woods on clear nights to go the fields to the north to feed. I have not seen any yet this winter but I am rewarded at 5.10 with two together right overhead. These are also new for my house list this year.

All the while I can see the first quarter of the moon in my scope with Saturn just above it and Jupiter just off to the right. I record a total of 34 species for the day of which four are new for the lockdown list making a total of 48 so far. Today also saw three Red Admiral butterflies flying around the garden.

Some days, lockdown doesn’t seem too bad. (Tim Pinfield)

Polbathic: It’s great that you’ve started the league again; it was most enjoyable, last time. My list, from Nov. 5 is now up to 34, although several common birds are missing.

Tawny Owl, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Bar headed Goose, Curlew, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Black Hd’d Gull, Herring Gull, Rook Jackdaw, Magpie, Grt. Sp. Woodpecker, Great Tit, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Little Egret, Wren, Redshank, Stonechat, Hedge Sparrow, Redwing, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Jay, Robin Kingfisher, Firecrest, Blackcap, Whimbrel.

Stay safe and well, (Andy Blonden)

Bodmin: Now 25. Cheers, (John Macadam)

Feock: Thanks for doing this. My list so far totals a measly 10! 1 Robin, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Great tit, 4 Blue tit, 5 coal tit, 6 blackbird, 7 magpie, 8 wren, 9 rook, 10 long tailed tits (Bec Penny)

Wadebridge: 26 species so far  to 19th November – Blackbird, Blue Tit, Redwing, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Raven Jackdaw, Rook, Herring Gull, Skylark, Red-legged Partridge, GS Woodpecker,  Nuthatch, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Wren, Treecreeper, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wood Pigeon, House Sparrow

(S Marquis)

Garden Listing 2.0 18th Nov 2020

Germoe: A few Chaffinches arrived in the garden to be joined by an enormous flock of finches that flew in/over my garden and the neighbouring fields. They were in waves that left me feeling quite dizzy with excitement -Then then returned all returned to stop and eat and fly back into the woods.

It is hard to estimate how many – but a few stragglers numbered to my surprise 50 so the total that past by could have been 1000? Chaffinches in the main and Goldfinches were also identifiable.

I was transfixed for about 15 mins. Have they come to stay for the winter and were they up north before?

Have also seen Redwings and Fieldfare come for their annual feed on crab apples – numbers up on previous sightings. 15 November 2020 (Liz Eliot)

Bodmin: Thanks for running this again. 17th Nov – total = 19 I started Saturday…but need to spend more time outside when it’s not raining! A lot of my ones in first lockdown were random sightings/hearings when I was gardening. I cannot see a list set up on BUBO – is that intended, please? (John Macadam)

We haven’t yet, we will see if we can do so at the weekend.

Tresillian: My total up to now: 26 Full List: Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Carrion Crow Jay, Wood Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wren, Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Rook, Goldcrest, Stock Dove, Canada Goose, Fieldfare, Moorhen, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Cormorant, Green Woodpecker, Herring Gull, Barn Owl (Andrew le Masurier)

Mabe, Penryn: Still to tot up my own list, although it’s isn’t that many. However two new additions today, was just pulling up in the car to see two Starling flying over. Jumped out the car and inside the front gate, but couldn’t see them! Back to the car to pick up a bag of shopping only to see them again, more distantly, so run back into the gate and managed to add them to the list! Also managed to see a Peregrine gliding over from the living room window a little later. (Dan Chaney)


Garden Listing 2.0 15th Nov 2020

Marazion: Haven’t really tried much yet, but just to get the ball rolling, I’m on 34.(Dave Parker)

Launceston: The wasp nest in a pile of grass clippings is still very active. I would be grateful to know if this is unusual so late in the year. (Nick Banks)

Answer: Don’t think it is particularly unusual although it is getting to around the time when activity should soon cease with lack of food and low temperatures. It has gone relatively mild again. Anybody having any interesting insect garden sightings still?

Constantine: I have been listing since the first day, cumulative total inow 44.

Little Egret, Mallard, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Pheasant, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull,, Common Gull
Mediterranean Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Skylark, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird
Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Magpie, Jay, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Starling, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Siskin, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Tawny Owl

I may have Cattle Egret on the list as well. Too far away to be sure. I have the farmers permission to go over to his farm on the other side of the valley the next time they are there when I can be sure.

I was lucky on the first lockdown day (5th) the farmer was ploughing one of his stubble fields and there were at least 5 adult Mediterranean Gulls and one Common Gull in with the melee. I am keeping my eyes open for a large white winged gull this winter. It would be a first for here although I have seen Iceland and Glaucous on the Helford river, which is only half a mile from the fields I can see.

No geese yet but they will appear sometime in the stubble fields, many of which remain unploughed.(Tim Pinfield)

Lelant: overlooking Hayle Estuary and as we’re in an elevated position we can see a wide area from here Ryan’s Field from here but NOT any of the birds there. Over the last week I’ve seen in or from the garden:

Blackbird, Wren, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Jay, Raven, Kestrel, Goldfinch, Herring Gull, Canada Geese with a white domestic Goose in the group, Black Backed Gull, Little Gull, Little Egret, Heron, Yellow Browed Warbler (a regular visitor), Rook, Long Tailed Tit, Greenfinch, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Jackdaw, Cormorant, House Sparrow, Hedge Sparrow

There are a pair of Blackcaps as I write eating berries on our Torbay Palm! (Stephen Kersting)

Garden listing 11th Nov 2020

Information on taking part and Garden Listing Rules

Please email your running total to us at: We will be adding extra garden bits such as full sighting lists, daily lists, best bird of the day, comments and garden photographs etc to this page as we get sent them, please scroll down for the latest additions. Don’t worry if some have much better garden lists than yours – the main aim is to push your own list, hopefully see some interesting birds you wouldn’t have otherwise seen, and enjoy your garden birding this spring. Not everyone lives in their own ‘private nature reserve’, but with effort and luck who knows what you may see? We will also be compiling a Joint Cornwall Lockdown Garden List.

Garden listing ‘rules’: Essentially all birds seen or heard, in or from your garden.

  • All birds to be seen by the named observer only, in or from the garden (or house) – however distant.
  • Birds can be seen or heard. This includes flyovers (over the property or however distant).
  • Birds seen on the property or in the air space above count if you are not actually on the property yourself (such records tend to be rare).
  • Birds that you would have seen if you were there … but weren’t. These don’t count (Run to get inside the property boundaries if you have to if you see a distant Red Kite whilst returning from the shops).
  • Live wild birds only please (exotics, dead birds and sound-recorded only don’t count (although they can be interesting as a side note)).
  • Starting from the beginning of the second UK Lockdown, 5th November 2020
  • Feral Pigeon counts as a species


Don’t forget to submit any other bird sightings to the normal, use BTO Birdtrack and submit to CWT Erccis for other county wildlife sightings.


November 2020 News

Mermaid Wildlife Pelagic: Penzance, Wednesday 2nd December, 1pm – 4pm, £25 adults, £15 children. Phone to book, 07901 731201.

List of links from main Recent Sightings page sidebar for reference:

*Cornwall County List 2020

*SOS Save Our Swifts 2020

*12 Birds of Christmas Poll
….. *12 Birds Results

Summer seawatching in Cornwall

The above remain in place there; the following removed and placed here –

*Cornwall Birds: Review of the year 2018

*Yearlisting 2019 – now live

County List 2018

2017 records requiring further information

Stithians Work Party 12th Jan

The following added to the main page:

Garden and Lockdown listing Spring 2020

Garden listing 2.0 – Autumn Winter 2020