Garden Listing 2021

Jackdaw, Linton Proctor

Cornwall Garden Listing League 2021: Whether you live by the coast, have a fantastic garden and views, or just a small suburban plot with limited views of the sky and a bird feeder, take part and enjoy watching and recording your avian visitors through the seasons. You may well get some interesting surprises!

To take part please email your running total to us at: along with any other extras such as photos and your updates. We will be updating the table and posts below on a regular basis. You can be as competitive or not as you like – the main aim is to be motivated and enjoy your garden birding.

Essentially all birds seen or heard, in or from your garden. In flight, or however distant! (Feral Pigeon counts, but escaped and domestic species don’t.)

Please see the post Here for more information and to take part.

RankUpdatedNameLocationGarden List Notes
123rd JulyMatt SouthamPraa Sands75Coastal site, largish garden
219th JuneDan BeadleCoverack68Heathland and scrub. distant sea views
35th MarDave ParkerMarazion66Coastal location backing onto fields
429th JuneJohn HolmesPenryn64Medium sized urban garden, with distant views over Penryn river and countryside
5=23rd MayReuben VealCrowlas63Inland, rural location
5=9th JuneAndrew le MasurierTresillian63Inland woodland/farmland
5=28th JuneTim PinfieldConstantine63Fringe of woodland, view down a valley.
87th JulyAndy BlondenPolbathic62Overlooking small creek
94th JulyDavid CollinsConstantine61Edge of village with views over valley.
1030th MayTony WilsonCallestick60Medium garden, wooded valley in farmland.
1128th AprStu BearhopPerranarworthal59Rural, overlooking river
1227th JunePhil McVeyLanlivery58Inland rural
1315th MayRob NichollsGrampound Road54Rural village mid- sized garden
1415th JuneGary HealeyCrowlas49Inland with large garden
1529th MayChris & Janet DuffyDobwalls48Mature garden, countryside views
1619th JuneGeoff & Jacky WhiteTrethurgy47Rural village
17=12th FebChristopher MoncasterPorthcothan46Coastal, barley stubble and Corn Bunting crops
17=4th JulyBrian TomsCreegbrawse46Rural, Moorland, stunted oaks and pasture
1931st MayHelen NortonSt Keverne45Medium garden with farmland around
2022nd MarSimon MarquisWadebridge43Inland, rural
2119th MayBec PennyFeock41Woodland garden.
22=14th JanBob BosistoGluvian 40Inland, rural location
22=13th MarDan ChaneyMabe, Penryn40Edge of village, small garden
24=13th JuneDeena SharpLiskeard39Housing Estate, distant views to farmland
24=14th JulyRosalind SmithFeock39Moderate sized mature garden
2620th FebIan Toogood-JohnsonTrewoon, St Austell35Semi-rural, large garden
277th MarRon FullwoodNewquay33overlooking Gannel Estuary
28=13th JanGeoff RobertsHarrowbarrow32Rural fields with some houses.
28=29th MaySteve FordHelston32Medium garden overlooking mature trees
305th AprJen BousfieldMiddlewod31Rural, edge of woodland
317th AprJasmina GoodairMount Village, Bodmin Moor29Rural village garden, fields and hedgerows
3227th JanJoanne EastmanCamborne28Semi-rural, large garden
3320th FebAnn GrahamSt Austell16Small town garden
34=22nd FebNigel BastinLaunceston14
34=18th JanClive GwilliamPentire, Newquay14


Garden Listing 23rd July 2021

Praa Sands: This week number 75 turned up, a Green Woodpecker, heard calling but not seen, otherwise very quiet. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 14th July 2021

Feock: After a long gap a pair of Ravens flew over the garden today bringing my total to 39. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 7th July 2021

Polbathic: Two Garden Warblers spent a short while around our pond, this morning, taking our total to 62. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 4th July 2021

Constantine: It’s most of a month since I added anything to the garden list (seems longer!), but a Curlew calling over the house this afternoon is the first sign of autumn here, and brings the total to 61. (David Collins)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Siskin, Swift and Linnet for 46. (Brian Toms)

Garden Listing 28th June 2021

Penryn: At last, Great Spotted Woodpecker- a juv on telegraph wires. Total now 64 species. (John Holmes)

Constantine: Flyover Cormorant and a Whitethroat that has moved into hedgerow close by adds two – now 63. (Tim Pinfield)

Garden Listing 27th June 2021

Lanlivery: Total now 58. (Phil McVey)

Garden Listing 26th June 2021

Praa Sands: To my surprise no 74 flew over today, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Calling loudly, it appeared to be heading for the sea before making a sharp U turn and flying back inland to a stand of pine trees. (Matt Southam)


Garden Listing 24th June 2021

Praa Sands: After all this time suddenly a Curlew (no.73) arrives, two calling as they flew over. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 22nd June 2021

Praa Sands: Sitting out very early on Tuesday morning I heard a wader calling, it took me a moment of looking before the bird appeared flying down the coast towards Marazion – Black-winged Stilt (no.72). I’ve not found one before, let alone from the garden. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 19th June 2021

Trethurgy: Turtle Dove coming into garden – first for the garden and Trethurgy ! Feeding on Sunflower hearts from feeders above. A female Sparrowhawk came in and put up every bird that it was feeding with but we don’t think the Sparrowhawk caught anything and the Turtle Dove later returned to our garden. (Geoff White)

Praa Sands: Strange how birds are coming in twos. No 70 was a Whitethroat singing from scrub on the Green. They’ve been there a while but at the far end since arriving. Next day, a Willow Warbler (no.71) feeding in the garden, a first for me as a garden bird. (Matt Southam)

Coverack: Total now 68. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 15th June 2021

Crowlas: Mallard takes me to 49. (Gary Healey)

Garden Listing 13th June 2021

Liskeard: At last! Numbers 38 and 39! Swallows and House Martins out hunting for food over the bungalow! (Deena Sharp).

Garden Listing 11th June 2021

Liskeard: Male Bullfinch feeding on leftover sunflower seeds amongst the flower border this evening. A stunning number 37. (Deena Sharp)

Constantine: Saw this Barn Owl last night bringing my total to 61. First sighting of this species here for some years. (Tim Pinfield)

Barn Owl – Tim Pinfield

Garden Listing 9th June 2021

Tresillian: One more for my list – Tufted Duck. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 8th June 2021

Lanlivery: First new species for over a month. Two Swifts overhead, brings the total to 57 species (I seem to have lucked out on the Red Kites this year!). (Phil McVey)

Liskeard: Number 36 is a Song Thrush, singing from across the valley today. (Deena Sharp)

Garden Listing 6th June 2021

Constantine: When out for a walk a couple of days ago I noticed a Whitethroat singing in a hedge on the opposite side of the valley to our house, about 800m away. Today, I was able to see it in song flight from the house through my telescope! So the list moves to 60. (David Collins)

Coverack: A very distant singing Willow Warbler for 67. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing April and May Roundup

It’s time for another Cornwall Garden Listing League roundup, and this one is a double roundup for April and May. The last few months have seen a few changes at the top of the leader board, with the top 11 gardens separated by only 9 species at the end of May. Matt Southam at Praa Sands now leads the way, ahead of Dave Parker at Marazion and Dan Beadle at Coverack in joint second. Reuben Veal at Crowlas is still the top inland garden, now tied with John Holmes at Penryn on 63 species, whilst Andrew le Masurier now rounds out the top 6 with 62 species from his Tresillian garden.

Bird of the month for April was probably the Osprey seen by Stu Bearhop on the 12th, whilst May’s top bird could be one of several – Rosalind Smith’s Black-tailed Godwit at Feock, Dan Beadle’s brief early-morning Spotted Flycatcher, Tony Wilson’s drake Mandarin that turned up at Callestick on 17th May, or Andrew le Masurier’s garden-tick Hobby on the 28th.

The Cornwall Garden Listing League combined list now stands at 128 species, and many of the recent additions to the list were spring migrants: Helen Norton had both the first House Martin on 3rd April and the first Swallow at the end of March, Rob Nicholls at Grampound Road had the first Swift on 24th April and Tony Wilson garden-ticked the first Sedge Warbler of the year the following day. Phil McVey had a Grasshopper Warbler, an impressive bird to record from a garden, on the 26th, and four days later the first Cuckoo was heard by David Collins at Constantine. What may well have been the same bird was noted by Tim Pinfield at Constantine on 2nd May, with Cuckoos also being recorded from gardens at Lanlivery (3rd), Penryn (24th; only the second from John Holmes’s garden in 9 years) and Coverack (30th).

Red Kite was a popular addition during the period, with 8 gardens adding this impressive raptor. 19 gardens have now added Swallow, 16 have added Swift and 15 have added House Martin. Gary Healey at Crowlas became the third lister to record Sand Martin this year, and Whimbrels turned up for Matt Southam at Praa Sands and Andy Blonden at Polbathic on 18th and 20th April respectively. Manx Shearwater was one of 7 additions to the combined list in May, with the first seen by Matt Southam on 5th.

Moving away from migrants, David Collins got the eighth garden tick bird of prey species in four years in the form of a Kestrel on 29th May, as well as adding Shelduck on the 9th. Andrew le Masurier also added Shelduck, on 15th May, and on the same day became the second lister to record Little Grebe this year. Another highlight from Tresillian was a Firecrest on 1st April, whilst Phil McVey added a Yellowhammer on 23rd March.

Looking forwards, it’s perhaps surprising that no garden has yet recorded Whitethroat, whilst only 5 gardens have recorded Willow Warbler, so these are species to keep an eye out for. Whilst spring migration fades out into June, there are a number of potential scarcities or rarities that might turn up, such as flyover Bee-eater or Crossbill, or perhaps even the Black Stork that’s been roaming parts of the county in recent days. Rosy Starling is another potential garden addition with the currrent influx… Good luck!