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 (palores@cbwps.org.uk)

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