Garden Listing Saturday 1st August

Coverack: You wait over two months for the next tick and then two come along in two days! Coal Tit, annual but uncommon here, brings up the landmark of 70 species. (Dan Beadle)

31st July

Coverack: Nuthatch briefly on the peanut feeder for 69, a garden tick. (Dan Beadle)

24th July

Hayle: A chattering Linnet flying over the house puts me on 48 species. (Martin Lenney)

Garden Listing Monday 13th July

Constantine: Although not new for the garden lock-down list, Crossbills heard over the garden three times this morning. Then late afternoon ant swarms attracted 13 Black-headed Gull over the house within 10 minutes, number 63 for the list. (David Collins)

7th July

St Keverne: A gang of House Martins over this afternoon takes me to 41! (Helen Norton)

Garden Listing Saturday 4th July

Dobwalls: At long last, number 46. A Little Egret flew over, towards the river in the valley below our garden. (C&J Duffy)

29th June

Illogan: My second new sighting this week and only my second this month, but probably the best of my lockdown sightings, Barn owl. This is only my 3rd sighting from the house in 7 years. This one however passed within 5  metres of my lounge widow, crossing the front garden 3 metres above the ground. So please update my lockdown score to 46. (David Williams)

26th June

Illogan: I have been waiting for Great Spotted Woodpecker for some time now. They usually turn up here after the chicks leave the nest, probably just in time this year.
Please update my lockdown list to 45. (David Williams)

Garden Listing Thursday 25th June

Constantine: A single Crossbill over the house during an ‘al fresco’ breakfast brings the total to 62. (David Collins)

Feock: Please add Great Black-backed Gull and House Martin. Brings my total to 42. (Bec Penny)

Praa Sands: The other day I had a male Bullfinch fly over, taking me to 66. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing Wednesday 24th June

Hayle: Coal Tit calling from a pine tree close by and possibly my first ever Kestrel in the area bring me ever closer to the half century. New total 47. (Martin Lenney)

St Keverne: I have reached the 40 species milestone with a neat Nuthatch in our ash tree! (Helen Norton)

22nd June

Wadebridge: I have now clawed my way to 37! Odd, since I live in a pretty wildlife-friendly place. My latest addition was a Marsh Tit then a Greenfinch – hardly a rarities but not common in my garden. I can count Red Kite though – one sat in my trees a few weeks ago. (Simon Marquis)

19th June

Lostwithiel: Lovely male Siskin puts me up to 47. (Eddy Mayhew)

Garden Listing Wednesday 17th June

Hayle: A long-awaited Greenfinch, a scarce species in Hayle & a group of distant Black-headed Gull on the estuary take me up to 45. (Martin Lenney)

16th June

Feock: I was gazing out of the window and a Little Egret flew over. A lucky spot taking my total to 40 please.
(Bec Penny)

Tresillian: Total now 54 (Spotted Flycatcher added). Inside the house, which is undergoing substantial building work, we now have Pied Wagtail, House Sparrow, Wren and Swallow nesting, plus visits from Linnet and Grey Wagtail. Perhaps we can have an inside-the-house listing league? (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing Monday 15th June

Coverack: Not a new species, but certainly a very bizarre sighting – juv Cormorant dosing on the driveway! I’ve already had flyover Cormorant, but being at least 0.75 miles from the sea and with only a very small pond, I didn’t expect one to land! After preening and yawning outside the garage for 30 mins, it the waddled onto the front doorstep before finding its reflection in a car door and appearing very confused; staring, snapping and peering at itself! The bird even stayed when the window cleaner came, later walking off down the road, but it seemed fit and well and could stretch its wings easily. 

Cormorant – Dan Beadle

Cormorant – Dan Beadle

14th June

Little Kirland: Finally 50 with a female Grey Wagtail which flew up from the stream (just not visible from my garden) onto a neighbour’s roof, calling. Maybe the other feathered residents in the stream will show themselves too? (John Macadam)

12th June

Polbathic: Correction: I’d already seen Blackcap, so it was 52, not 53. Further to previous correction, the arrival of Black-headed Gull now confirms the total at 53. (Andy Blonden)