Thursday 9th April 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown.

Late news, 9/4, Downderry: 3 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Shelduck and a Red-throated Diver passing offshore early this morning. (A Payne)

Pendeen: 1 Ring Ouzel behind church. (P Clement)

Chapel Carn Brae: 2 Ring Ouzel at summit. (C Moore)

Porthgwarra: 1 Ring Ouzel at Gwennap Head. (M Wallace)

Tregeseal: 2 Red Kites (Sam Williams)

Penzance: 2 Red Kite drifting east towards Gulval mid pm. (L Proctor, M Ahmad)

Crowlas: 4 Red Kite early pm. (G Healey)

Devoran: Osprey still (looks like the same bird as seen on Monday, but possibly a different individual from the one last week which was in flight feather moult), 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Swallow, still at least 5 Common Gulls. (S Bearhop)

Bodmin: 1 Red Kite over. (per M Grantham)

Sharrow Point, Whitsand Bay: 1 Black-throated Diver in summer plumage, 1 Great Northern Diver and 2 Red-throated Diver, all in winter plumage. Also an Adder basking on the path. (M Jordan)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 5+ Reed Warbler, 3 prs Bullfinch, 2 Song Thrush, pr Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Greenfinch, pr Linnet, pr Stonechat, 2 Little Grebe (probably 2 prs), pr Blackcap, pr Shoveler, pr Teal, 1 Jay, 12+ Chiffchaff (1 with nesting material), 24 Canada Goose, 2 Roe Deer. Also 3 Eider, 30 Common Scoter offshore. (J Hawkey)

Sancreed: 2 Wheatear, 4 Blackcap, 13 Willow Warbler and high-flying bat sp? in broad daylight 12:15 hrs. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: Reed Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 1 Greylag & 24 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Charlestown: 2 Wren, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Green Woodpecker. (D Hastilow)

Wren, David Hastilow

Sennen: Fem Black Redstart and 3 Sandwich Terns. (S Turner)

Lizard: One swallow at Bass Point 17.00. (P White)

Little Treleaver: 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing. (J Foster)

Cadgwith: 1 Red Kite 1 mile NW of Cadgwith. (S Croft)

Gluvian/Talskiddy: 1 Red Kite, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Teal, pair Mallard with 7 ducklings, 1 Dipper, 1 Tawny Owl, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Swallow (B Bosisto)

Mount Hawke: 6 Chiffchaffs calling 2-3 pm. (RB & PC Girling)

Launceston: Vanguard swallow arrived in our stable mid afternoon. Checking old nest sites prior to his mates arriving in the next couple of weeks. I started noting this special day in 2007 and they fall between April 3 and April 16. Normally have 6/8 breeding pairs and it is a privilege to be able to study them at close hand throughout their breeding cycle. There have been many incidents over the years! (N Banks)

Godolphin to Townshend: 2 Swallow, Marsh Tit, Willow Warbler. (C Richards)

Feock: Blue Tit, Wren, Coal Tit, Goldfinch in garden. (K Dalziel)

Sheep’s wool still attracting lots of takers – Kate Dalziel

Wednesday 8th April 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown.

Gannel Estuary: 1 Little Tern still, also 2 Grasshopper Warbler. (S Rowe)

Tregiffian: 1 Hoopoe. (C Moore)

New Rd Plantation, Nansladron: 1 Hoopoe. (G Wardle)

Mount Edgcumbe CP: 1 Hoopoe reported.

Lamorna: 1 Hoopoe reported.

St Buryan: 1 Ring Ouzel reported.

Lizard: 1 Redstart reported in village.

Roche: 1 Red Kite early pm. (I Bott)

Tregony: 1 Red Kite flew East at 8am. (M Pascoe)

Crowlas: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow, 3 House Martin. (R Veal)

Carbis Bay: 12 Shag, 2 Cormorant, 2 Gannet, 10 Sandwich Tern, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Linnets, 1 Wheatear, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Rock Pipit (P Nason)

Tolcarne: 1 Common Sandpiper. (M Elliott)

Longrock: 31 Common Scoter off Great Hogus, (‘scoped’ from home in Newlyn). (B Dodd)

Marazion: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 28 Common Scoter, 3 Gadwall. (S Rogers)

Pendeen: 2 Redwing. (P Clement)

Heamoor: 1 Redwing over. (P St Pierre)

Penzance: 1 Redwing over early am. (M Ahmad) 4 Buzzard together over Lidden area and 2 Harbour Porpoise viewed in the Bay. (T Mills) Common Sandpiper at Tolcarne. (M Elliott)

Brew Pool: White Wagtail, Whitethroat, Whimbrel. (P Walsh)

Polgigga: 30 Willow Warbler, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 20 Blackcap, 6 White Wagtail. (K Wilson)

Trencrom: 1 Red Kite over, 3+ Willow Warbler. (R Veal)

Sancreed: 2 Swallow, migrant Kestrel (first of the Spring), 8 Willow Warbler. (D Flumm)

Kestrel – Dave Flumm

Kestrel – Dave Flumm

Swallow – Dave Flumm

Truro: 25 Common Scoter over, Holly Blue. (R Wilkins) 1 Willow Warbler. (P Fraser)

Redruth: pr Swallows returned to barn on outskirts of Gwennap. (S Marshall)

Wadebridge: 1 Whitethroat singing at Tesco. (D Julian)

Bude Marshes: 16 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 13 prs Rook on nests, 1 pr Raven, 3 prs Buzzard, 1f Sparrowhawk, 2 Teal, 30+ Mallard, 2 Water Rail, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Shelduck. (N Bastin)

Gillan Creek: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, 1 Greenshank, 9 Redshank, 3 Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret, 10 Carrion Crow, 50+ Herring Gull, 1 Great Black Backed Gull. (B Nicholls)

Swanvale NR, Falmouth: 1400hrs.1 Nuthatch (calling), 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker (drumming), 1 Green Woodpecker (yaffling), 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Buzzard. Swanpool 1 Sandwich Tern (S Van Hear)

Restronguet: 1 Osprey still (J Chapple)

Talskiddy: 1 Whimbrel, 7 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff. (P Roseveare)

Colan: 5 Chiffchaff, 5m&1f Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Swallow, 5 Skylark, 7 Buzzard (together), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit. (S Grose)

Camborne: fem Blackbird laid first egg this morning. (R Bunt)

Gwavvas: 2 Swallows. (D Wright)

St Columb Minor: 1 Barn Owl over Fair Park Cemetery towards Trewollack, 2 Tawny Owl from Priory Rd. (S Grose)

St Cleer to Rosecraddoc: 1 male Black Redstart on neighbouring bungalow roof, 1 male Blackcap found deceased by our garage door, 4 Common Buzzard, 1 male Greenfinch, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Nuthatch, 2 House Martin. (M & R. Frost)

Dobwalls: 1 Holly Blue, 1 Orange Tip in the garden (C&J Duffy)

Tuesday 7th April 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown.

Gannel Estuary: 1 Little Tern. (S Rowe)

Little Tern – Steve Rowe


Cape Cornwall: 1 Hoopoe reported by golf club.

Mabe Burnthouse: 1 Osprey over in flight towards College Reservoir, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Tawny Owl head, 1 Nuthatch, 25 Rook nests (old/new) in rookery, c600 Jackdaw in pre-roost flight. (D Chaney)

St Columb Minor : 4 Chiffchaff, 1 m Bullfinch, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Tawny Owl heard. (S Grose)

Wadebridge; Treraven Meadow: 4 Swallow, 2 Marsh Tit (D Wilson)

Falmouth: 4 Sandwich Tern, 1 Razorbill, 1 Eider still (female) off Gyllyngvase Beach. (J St Ledger)

Prince of Wales Pier; Falmouth: 0900hrs. 1 Sandwich Tern (S Van Hear)

Restronguet Creek: 2 Osprey, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Sandwich Tern

Mawgan: 1 Barn Owl hunting in fields behind house at 20:30 (P. Bedford)

Malpas, Truro: 1 Greenfinch,1 Goldfinch, 1 Blackcap (f.). 1 Shelduck, 1 Grey Heron on Tresillian river below and 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Little Egret over. (A Hill)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 Sedge Warbler, 1+ Reed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler this morning. (S Rogers) Also 2 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow this evening and 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Northern Diver offshore. (D Parker)

Geevor: 1 Redwing. (P Clement)

Heamoor: 1 Siskin over. (P St Pierre)

Truro River: 1 Greenshank, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 21 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel. (P Fraser)

St Ives Island: 3 Shag, 1 Guillemot, 8 Gannet, 1 Kestrel, 2 Common Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 8 Sandwich Tern, 1 Rock Pipit. (P. Nason)

Penzance: Black Redstart seen through my office window (J Evans)

Porthcurno: 1 Dunlin, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Blackbird (E Henderson)

Dunlin – Ethan Henderson

Newlyn: 2cy Iceland Gull still, ad Yellow-legged Gull. (M Ahmad)

St Erth: 2 Willow Warbler. (R Veal)

Creegbraswe, Chacewater: 2 Swallow (arrived this morning and resident), 14 Linnet, 2 Mistle Thrush. (B Toms)

Downderry: 1 Swallow moving east this afternoon. (A Payne)

Cadgwith: 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull. (S Croft)

St Austell: 1f Blackbird in private garden. ( C Hooper)

Blackbird, C Hooper

Blackbird, C Hooper

Cornwall Lockdown Diary 15:

Another sunny day (on which not to be able to walk the coast path, chill out with friends at the pub or go on a Cornwall Birds field trip). No-one is saying the lockdown will finish soon, but the whole world is wondering when. And now our PM is in intensive care. Very worrying.

I am going to cut down this diary a bit after two weeks – more in your interest than mine! – so I’ll post new stuff as and when rather than every day. The nice comments I’ve had are much appreciated. There’s still plenty to watch for and listen to I’m glad to say. Nature goes on providing interest at this surreal time in our lives and so there’ll be more to report before long. Till then, keep well and best wishes.

Simon Marquis (

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Monday 6th April 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown.

Late news, 5/4, Downas Cove: 4+ Sandwich Tern, 1 drake Mallard on the sea in a rough swell. When it was almost sunk, the mallard took off and just cleared the next wave, before landing on a rocky island just off the headland. (D Beadle)

Late news, 5/4, Sennen: 1 Hoopoe in garden. (G Hodgson)

East Looe: 5 Sandwich Tern. (D Spooner)

Devoran: 1 Osprey at 09:10 (no rings visible, mobbed by Shelduck then a Corvid), 1 Common Tern (which flew off up the River Kennall), 2 Greenshank, 2 Curlew, 8 Shelduck, 4 Teal. 1 Green Woodpecker (calling). (J St Ledger)

Osprey – John St Ledger

Greenshank – John St Ledger

St Ives Isalnd: 1 Glaucous Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, considerable movement of Kittiwakes, Sandwich Terns and Gannets offshore.

St Erth: singing Reed Warbler along river, 1 Swallow, 16 Mallard ducklings. Interestingly, the mother is one of a brood of 7 raised at Hayle Estuary last year, where 3/7 of the brood were blonde. In this years brood, 5/16 of the ducklings are blonde. (R Veal) Also Barn Owl this evening. (M Spicer)

Nanquidno: 2 Sandwich Tern. (C Moore)

Portheras Cove: 1 Sandwich Tern. (P Clement)

Newlyn: Iceland Gull still in harbour. (M Ahmad)

Polgigga: 3 House Martin over. (K Wilson)

Penzance: 10 Sandwich Tern on Lariggan Rocks. (T Mills)

Lamorna Cove: 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 House Martin, 1 Swallow. (M McKee)

Gluvian: 4 Swallow, 1 House Martin (B Bosisto)

Liskeard: 1 Red Kite over. (D Julian)

Mousehole: 33 Sandwich Tern, 3cy Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Coverack: 4 Swallow over Trevothan (D Beadle)

Crowlas: 3 Swallow, c17 Golden Plover still. (R Veal)

Constantine: 1 Common Tern. (R Birchett)

Skewjack: 60+ hirundine sp. (mainly Swallow) this evening. (M Wallace)

Ventongimps Moor: A walk from my house produced 4 Common Snipe and 3 Willow Warbler. (T Wilson)

Sancreed: Swallow back at our house, four days earlier than last year; 4 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Talskiddy: 2 House Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Stock Dove. (P Roseveare)

Dobwalls: 2 male Siskins on feeders, 1 Swallow (C&J Duffy)

Newquay: 6 Mallard ducklings, Herring Gull (blue ring W:429), 1 Little Egret, 4 Moorhen at the boating lake. (E Henderson)

Trevose Head: 3 Swallow, 4 Sand Martin, Buzzard being mobbed by Raven. (S Lilley)

Feock: female Wren brings finishing touches to her chosen nest. (K Dalziel)

Wren – Kate Dalziel

Crackington Haven: 2 Swallows 2 Sand Martins, Chiffchaff and Linnet in garden. (J&B Teague)

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth: 1 Sandwich Tern and 1 Guillemot at 18:30. (P Oldcorn)

Freathy: 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Guillemot , 1 Swallow and 2 Wheatear this morning. (M Jordan)

Marazion: 1 Great Northern Diver, f Teal, 25+ Common Scoter offshore. (D Parker)

Buttermilk Hill: 1 Wheatear, 2 Golden Plovers, 22 Linnets, 3 pairs of Stonechats, 5 Common Buzzards. (V Stratton)

Gulval: The pair of swallows that raised three broods in the garage in 2019 arrived again (together this time) right on cue this morning 6th April at 6.30am. In 2019 the male arrived on the 5th April and the female 2 days later.  This is their seventh breeding season here involving the same male.  A different female joined him in 2017. (J Hawkey)

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 14

I can’t let the Blackbird off the hook any longer. His spring song is top of the charts for me – and for many others. So hard to describe sound at the best of times, and words won’t do justice to the show-stopping magnificence of the Blackbird’s performance. But I can hear him now, so here goes…

He sings from near the top of a tree near our bedroom window from just before the sun comes up. Not the first bird of the day: that honour (chez nous at any rate) goes to the Wood Pigeon and the Robin. But now the stage is his. The notes spill out languidly, flute-like and pin-sharp. Phrase after phrase after fruity phrase of mellifluous syllables, improvised and dazzling. Mark Cocker, in Birds Britannica, remarks on “the spontaneously composed freshness of the song”. To my ear, it is also the pauses between these outpourings that add to the drama. You await a new burst, savour it and then yearn for the next. It is a deeply soothing experience. One I can remember from a very young age, and one bound up with these, my favourite months of the year. By July it will be over. In these troubled times, introduce it to someone close who doesn’t know it. It will be today’s little act of transformative kindness.

Simon Marquis (

Sunday 5th April 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown.

Late News, 01/04, Boobys Bay: 3 Swallow passing though, 3 Sandwich Tern fishing close inshore. (S Lilley)

Late News, 04/04, Boobys Bay: 2 Swallow passing through. (S Lilley)

Late News, 04/04, Freathy: 1 Red-throated Diver east, 1 Common Scoter west, 1 Sandwich Tern east. (M Jordan)

Late News, 04/04, Seaton: 1 Snipe, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, and Siskin over. (M Jordan)

Helston: 1 Hoopoe in private garden. (D Williams)

Hoopoe, David Williams

Hoopoe, David Williams

Newlyn: Iceland Gull, 11 Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Northern Diver from Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 34 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern. Also on the marsh: 5 Sand Martin, 3 Shoveler, 2 Water Pipit, Willow Warbler singing. (S Rogers) Also, 30 Common Scoter off shore. (S Turner) This evening, 60+ Sandwich Tern and 1 Common Tern at the mouth of Red River. (DK Parker)

Sandwich Tern – Steve Rogers

Drift Reservoir: 2nd cal year Iceland Gull in ploughed field east of reservoir with c.80 Lesser Black-backed & c.200 Herring Gull 16:10-16:25 at least (scoped from my house). (D Flumm)

Penzance: 4 Common Tern offshore this evening. (M Ahmad)

Sandy Cove: 4 Common Tern and 1 Great Skua this evening. (L Proctor)

Trencrom: singing Willow Warbler, 1 Snipe. (R Veal)

Polgigga: 2 House Martin over. (M Wallace)

Swanpool: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Sandwich Terns in Fal Bay, and 1 Fulmar (M Doyle, T Phelps)

Freathy: 1 Great Northern Diver on sea, 4 Sandwich Tern east, 1 Manx Shearwater east, 1 Willow Warbler singing in the hedge, and 1 Swallow east (M Jordan)

Newquay Trevemper / Trevoll: 3 Raven, 6 Skylark, 16 Linnet, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 m Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Swallow, 2 Sparrowhawk, 76 Rook, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, also 1 Common Lizard, 1 Stoat & 2 Red-eared Terrapin at boating lake. (S Grose)

Trevose Head: 3 House Martin & 1 Swallow around crags east of lighthouse.  Also 1 Raven eating a Slow Worm. (S Lilley)

Downderry: 31 Sandwich Tern, 4 Kittiwake, 5 Common Gull and 3 Manx Shearwater. (A Payne)

Argal Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe from the dam (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Mute Swan, 20+ Canada Goose, 2 Teal, 6+ Coot (3 on nests), 2 Grey Heron, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-back Gull, 15 Sand Martin, 3 Blackcap (singing), 12+ Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch (1 heard at S end, 1 heard nr Lamanva Farm). (D Chaney)

Penryn: 4 Greenfinch (2ad, 2 juv), 1 Linnet with nesting material, 1 Coal Tit by Penryn Asda. (D Chaney)

St Ives: 8 Sandwich Tern and singing Nuthatch (G Jones)

Carbis Bay: 1 Guillemot close in (G Jones)

St Clement: 1 Swallow (M Jones)

Wadebridge, Guinea Port: 1 Swallow (D Wilson)

Callington: 2 House Martin flying over our garden (A Parker)

Malpas, Truro: first House Martin visited our nestboxes at 7.a.m. (A Hill)

Talskiddy: 1 Swallow over the Garden. (P Roseveare)

St Keverne: 3 Swallow (H Norton)

Dobwalls: Swallow, Wood Pigeon sat on nest in our Hawthorn tree, 2 Jays & male Brimstone (C&J Duffy)

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Swallows this evening. (D Hall)

Crackington Haven: 1 House Martin, 2 Swallows and numerous Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls.  (J & B Teague)

Penwithick: 1 Buzzard , 4 Goldfinch (K Bowers)

Buzzard, Kevin Bowers

Goldfinch, Kevin Bowers

Goldfinch, Kevin Bowers

Lowertown: 2 Mistle Thrush (D Wright)

Tregidden: Many Peacock, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Tortoiseshell, 1 Orange Tip (B Nicholls)

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 13

The moon has been fattening up over the last few days and Venus shines brightly in the gloaming. The whole sky gleams with galaxies, stars and planets. It’s almost 9pm – British Summer Time thank goodness – and still there’s light. The lockdown has at least spared us yet more howling gales and lashing rain, and it looks like the high pressure is here for a while.

A little later in the evening and the spook music starts. First the sharp kee-wick from the female, then a pause, then a bubble of quiet notes followed by the long, sonorous woo-hooo from the male. And repeat. Our Tawny Owls are out and about. Just occasionally, a silent dark shape passes overhead, but sightings are rare even if the audio is frequent. It is a privilege to have them on our patch, and I rather like waking in the dead of night and hearing their spine-chilling calls from the warmth of my bed. When you’re outside and close the calls are astonishingly loud.

But in 20 years here, I have only seen one Barn Owl hereabouts. It was sitting on a fence post in our lane and flew off as we approached in the car. Note to Barn Owls: we have masses of voles here!

Simon Marquis (



Friday 3rd April 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown.

Late news, 31/3, Bodmin: flock of about 100 Golden Plover on Alex Tor. (G Chapman)

Late news, 1/4, St Ives: 3 Common Scoter. (G Jones)

Late news, 2/4, Buttermilk Hill: 12 (10m) Ring Ouzel, 14 Wheatear, 1 Golden Plover. (V Stratton)

Ring Ouzel, Viv Stratton

Ring Ouzel, Viv Stratton

St Ives: Tawny Owl at Trewyn Gardens. (G Jones)

Crowlas: flock of Common Scoter flew over 21:20. Also 15+ Golden Plover over this morning, 1 Tawny Owl. (R Veal)

Sancreed: 2 Willow Warbler (first of Spring here), 1 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Rosewall/Buttermilk Hill: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 m. Ring Ouzel, 8 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Greenfinch, 9 Linnet. (P Nason)

Ring Ouzel, Peter Nason

Wheatear, Peter Nason

Gluvian/Talskiddy: 2 Canada Goose, 2 Mallard, 2 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Sparrowhawk , 8 Yellowhammer. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Calenick Creek, Truro: 7 Canada Goose, 1 Greenshank, 6 Little Egret, 41 Teal, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Buzzard, 23 Shelduck, 4 Redshank, 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Netherton)

Tintagel, Penallick Point/Glebe Cliffs: 1 Swallow, 1m Wheatear, many Skylark and Razorbill. (I Hall)

Treverva: 1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker. (D Chaney)

Coverack: 1 Sandwich Tern (D Beadle)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Willow Warbler singing. Also 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Ringed Plover on the beach. (S Rogers)

Mousehole: 1 Marsh Tit. (M Elliott)

Newlyn: 1 Marsh Tit at Sandy Cove, first site record. (L Proctor) Also 2s Yellow-legged Gull in harbour. (M Ahmad)

Penzance: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (M Ahmad)

Newquay, Trevithick Manor Farm: 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher on the river, 2 Chiffchaff, 47 Rook feeding in field. (S Grose)

Downderry: 14+ Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Manx Shearwater and a Sandwich Tern early morning. (A Payne)

Mawgan: 1 Black Redstart in garden. Also a Barn Owl watched successfully hunting in the field behind our house at 20:30. (P Bedford)

Coverack: 1 Porpoise and 1 Adder. (P Bedford)

Charlestown: 2 Linnet. (D Hastilow)

Linnet, David Hastilow

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 11:

Of course I spoke too soon. About the Jackdaws. We had another ‘internal’ visit today. I heard a strange kerfuffle from a nearby room and found him in there flapping away at the window. Useful to have a grown son at home for the lockdown, so between us we managed to shut the bird in and throw a sheet over him. We got a window open and I let him loose. Satisfying, and a relief that we got to him quickly. Such a beautiful creature close to. But those chimney people can’t come quickly enough now…

My exercise walk today was about 12,000 steps according to my phone. Quite enough for an old bloke not far off the ‘vulnerable’ age. But there were birds to be seen as usual. A Chiffchaff up close. Ditto a singing Blackcap. A couple of perky Goldcrests. A Rook up high taunting a Buzzard into aerobatics. And yet more Marsh Tits. Not a single one for years, and now I’m tripping over the blighters! These were near the Irons Brothers Foundry not far from Pawton Mill. Still no Treecreeper though. It’s becoming a bit of an issue…Grrr.

Simon Marquis (

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown. We now have 26 participants in our Cornwall garden listing league, but room for plenty more!

Late news, 1/4, Buttermilk Hill: 12 Golden Plover (northern race), 1 Snipe, 4 Buzzard. (V Stratton)

Golden Plover, Viv Stratton

Golden Plover, Viv Stratton

Downderry: 23 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Sandwich Tern offshore and a Wheatear seen flying north off the sea early this morning. (A Payne)

Devoran: Osprey this morning. (S Bearhop)

Watchcroft: 1 female Ring Ouzel near Garden Mine Cottage track. (J Evans)

Penzance: Black-throated Diver offshore. Also Cormorant caught an eel on the boating lake. (M Ahmad)

Cormorant, Mashuq Ahmad

Cormorant, Mashuq Ahmad

Constantine: female Merlin. (D Collins)

Maer Lake: 12 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Lesser Black backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Greenfinch, 14 Herring Gull, c.14 Mallard. (H Kendall)

St Ives Island: 1 Kestrel, 2 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 112 Gannet, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 37 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Great-black backed Gull, 78 Herring Gull, 1 Turnstone, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Rock Pipit, 10 Common Dolphin. (P Nason)

Nanquidno: Green Sandpiper. (C Moore)

Sancreed: 50 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: male Shoveler, 2 Teal. (D Flumm)

Godolphin Woods: Stock Dove and Green Woodpecker. (C Richards)

Talskiddy: 2 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Treecreeper, 6 Yellowhammer, 50 Linnet (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush (B Bosisto)

Penrose: 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Kingfisher. (J Witheywood)

Stithians: 1 Swallow.

Truro: 3 Blackbird, male and female feeding fledgling. (R Netherton) Also fem Blackcap in garden. (I Bott)

Blackbird, Robin Netherton

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 10:

Apart from the relentlessly bad news, this ‘world on pause’ feels weird. Even in the last War, life carried on for most – if not as normal – at least in close proximity to one another. The social distancing thing is unnatural and painful, so we pad round our gardens or local walks more or less alone or sit at home waiting for the government to set us free again.

It’s a disconcerting experience, but at least there’s time to really look at nature (as opposed to just ‘seeing’ it). I wandered to the far end of our patch this morning wondering if I might see the owner of the hoof-prints I keep seeing on the muddy path. I gazed at the fading daffodils and the emerging bluebells thinking No, it would not be today, when suddenly – in plain sight – a brown shape moved: a Roe Deer. How could I have missed an animal the size of a Great Dane? Animals certainly know how to blend in.

I couldn’t resist the challenge of the Garden Lockdown Listing. I managed 27 species with ease, and today I saw and heard a Skylark somewhere above me – 28, but I don’t think unless a Montezuma’s Oropendola turns up in my back garden I have a hope in hell of getting to Bob Bosisto’s total of over 40 bird species spotted from his!

Simon Marquis (