Garden Listing 18th April 2021

Feock: Little Egret makes 33, as one just flew over while we were sitting facing the window. (Rosalind Smith)

Praa Sands: Thought it a blank week until this evening, when having a G&T out in the garden, distant Whimbrel calls were heard out to sea racked up number 64. (Matt Southam)

Constantine: Last night at 18:05, a Red Kite glided over my garden so close as to be identifiable without binoculars. Only the second record here ever, the first being last spring during the first lockdown. Best record for me here this year. This takes me to 57. (Tim Pinfield)

Garden Listing 14th April 2021

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)

Garden Listing 9th April 2021

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)

Garden Listing 7th April 2021

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)

Easter Weekend Bird Race

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)

Middlewood: Garden is on the Eastern side of Bodmin Moor in the Lynher valley. Easter Sunday:
Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Robin,
Siskin, Song Thrush, Wood Pigeon, Wren (23 species). Pity about the cold wind! (Jen Bousfield)

Mount Village, Bodmin Moor: Easter Weekend list is as follows: Magpie, Carrion Crow, Robin, Blue Tit, Collared Dove, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Pigeon, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Dunnock, Coal Tit, Wren, Rook, Chaffinch, Siskin, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Herring Gull (23). (Jasmina Goodair)

Garden Listing 4th April 2021

Crowlas: Swallow takes me to 43. (Gary Healey)

Crowlas: perhaps even the same Swallow as Gary, new for 58. (Reuben Veal)

Praa Sands: Wednesday saw the Sand Martins, number 60, return, prospecting possible nests sites in the sandy cliff edge. Followed by a pair of Mallard number 61, flying over and Saturday saw a Chiffchaff number 62, feeding in the garden. (Matt Southam)