Garden Listing 2022

Blue Tit – Robin Chiffers

Cornwall Garden Listing League 2022: We’re pleased to announce that garden listing will be back for 2022! 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, including those in flight (however distant!). Feral Pigeon counts, but escaped and domestic species don’t.

Same rules apply as last year – please see the post here for more information.

Garden Listing 2022 Table

RankUpdatedNameLocationLast Year's Total2022 Garden ListNotes
121st JanAndy BlondenSt Germans7243Overlooking small creek
221st JanDan BeadleCoverack7040Scrub, farmland and hamlet. Sea distant.
321st JanTony WilsonCallestick6037Medium garden, wooded valley in farmland.
421st JanRosalind SmithFeock4220Moderate sized mature garden
521st JanDeena SharpLiskeard4115Housing Estate, distant views to farmland


Garden Listing 21st January 2022

The first update for the year, and there has been some quality garden birding to be had, with Hen Harrier, Black Redstart, Firecrest and Red-breasted Merganser amongst the highlights so far!

Liskeard: Hoping to try and better last year’s total! Here are my totals so far from the 1st Jan from my garden on the edge of Liskeard, with rural views: Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Siskin, Herring Gull, Blackbird, Magpie, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Starling, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin (15 species). (Deena Sharp)

Feock: I thought if I got my starting list in early it was the only chance I would have of being near the top of the table! So here it is so far in 2022. My starter at 20: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Carrion Crow, Goldfinch, Wood Pigeon, Herring Gull, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, Magpie, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Blackcap (20 species). (Rosalind Smith)

St Germans: It’s great that you are continuing the Garden List for another year; it has been most enjoyable, particularly with the restrictions due to covid. We are more fortunate than many, as our main window looks out over the creek and the woods beyond and all our meal settings include: knife, fork, spoon and binoculars.

It was a slow start this year, with just 26 on 1st Jan. (in order): Mute Swan, Mallard, Tawny Owl, Canada Goose, Dunnock, Wood pigeon, Greenshank, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Cormorant, Rook, Robin, Blue Tit, Pheasant, Goldfinch, Little Egret, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Buzzard, Black-headed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Herring Gull, Magpie, Redshank, Curlew.
By 7th: Little Grebe, Great Tit, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Sparrowhawk, Great Black-backed Gull, Raven, Grey Heron, Shelduck, Green Woodpecker – making 36.
And by 14th: Snipe, Siskin, Long-tailed Tit, Red-breasted Merganser, Kingfisher, Wren, Black Redstart – ie. 43 so far. (Andy & Trish Blonden)

Callestick: Here’s my garden list for  this year so far, up to 20th Jan when I added Little Egret: Tawny Owl, Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Goldfinch, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Wren, Dunnock, Rook, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Chaffinch, Little Egret, Pheasant, Mallard, Firecrest, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Redwing, Moorhen, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Fieldfare, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk, Great Tit, Buzzard, Bullfinch, Teal (37 species). (Tony Wilson)

Coverack: A fast start this year, with 3 species recorded this year that I didn’t manage last year. The highlight so far has to be the male Hen Harrier that gave brief flypasts on 17th and 18th January. I thought I’d missed my opportunity when I glimpsed what I thought was a harrier sp. on the 15th. Although I hadn’t seen one from the house for many years, Hen Harrier wasn’t a garden tick – but today’s surprise visit from a Water Rail was! That takes my all-time total for the garden to 97 species. The other species of note so far was Snipe. One I flushed from the field behind the house by climbing onto the roof to scope distant Gannets was followed by several records of one or two birds flying about in foul weather, surprising given I hadn’t seen one from the house for a few years. The list so far: Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Gannet, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, Hen Harrier, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Robin, Feral Pigeon, Rook, Snipe, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Tawny Owl, Water Rail, Woodpigeon, Wren (40 species). (Dan Beadle)


Garden Listing 20th December 2021 and 2021 Final Table

Polbathic: A big surprise this morning: for the first time in very many years a Shoveler (m.) was in the creek, albeit looking quite scruffy. That brings up 72 . . .and still no Starling, Redwing or Collared Dove. (Andy Blonden)

Bodmin Moor: My species count from January to the end of October 28th [I am now in Portugal] was 43 species in or over my garden. Close to Bodmin Moor. Rural garden surrounded by hedges and fields. (Lynda Small

Mabe Burnthouse: Have had a few issues this year, but to bring my garden year list up to date for the end of the year, the following additions – Peregrine over a couple of times, Linnet, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, Mediterranean Gull (adult and 1st year) and Lesser Black-backed Gull – these were both on an exciting day when the farmer ploughed the field behind the house in readiness for planting the potato crop, in addition to several hundred Herring Gulls.
With spring also came Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Swift,, and as the year progressed, Nuthatch (one calling from the back hedge), Skylark, Golden Plover a distant flock flying west, Fieldfare in the back hedge, Brambling – one on a misty, low cloud day, and a garden tick to boot (any garden!) (Dan Chaney)

Garden Listing 5th December 2021

Polbathic: Four Fieldfare flew past, this morning, making 71. (Andy Blonden)

2021 Final Table

Thanks to all who took part – it was great fun! Well done to Matt Southam in particular, who managed an impressive 78 species.

RankUpdatedNameLocationGarden List Notes
113th OctMatt SouthamPraa Sands78Coastal site, largish garden
27th NovAndy BlondenPolbathic72Overlooking small creek
324th AugDan BeadleCoverack70Heathland and scrub. distant sea views
426th NovAndrew le MasurierTresillian68Inland woodland/farmland
55th MarDave ParkerMarazion66Coastal location backing onto fields
629th JuneJohn HolmesPenryn64Medium sized urban garden, with distant views over Penryn river and countryside
7=23rd MayReuben VealCrowlas63Inland, rural location
7=28th JuneTim PinfieldConstantine63Fringe of woodland, view down a valley.
9=4th JulyDavid CollinsConstantine61Edge of village with views over valley.
9=30th AugPhil McVeyLanlivery61Inland rural
1130th MayTony WilsonCallestick60Medium garden, wooded valley in farmland.
1228th AprStu BearhopPerranarworthal59Rural, overlooking river
13=18th OctGary HealeyCrowlas55Inland with large garden
13=10th OctRob NichollsGrampound Road55Rural village mid- sized garden
13=13th MarDan ChaneyMabe, Penryn55Edge of village, small garden
16=20th AugSimon MarquisWadebridge50Inland, rural
16=4th NovChris & Janet DuffyDobwalls50Mature garden, countryside views
1819th JuneGeoff & Jacky WhiteTrethurgy47Rural village
19=12th FebChristopher MoncasterPorthcothan46Coastal, barley stubble and Corn Bunting crops
19=4th JulyBrian TomsCreegbrawse46Rural, Moorland, stunted oaks and pasture
2131st MayHelen NortonSt Keverne45Medium garden with farmland around
2228th OctLynda SmallBodmin Moor43Rural garden surrounded by hedges and fields
23=9th SeptBec PennyFeock42Woodland garden.
23=2nd DecRosalind SmithFeock42Moderate sized mature garden
2529th NovDeena SharpLiskeard41Housing Estate, distant views to farmland
26=14th JanBob BosistoGluvian 40Inland, rural location
27=20th FebIan Toogood-JohnsonTrewoon, St Austell35Semi-rural, large garden
27=28th NovJasmina GoodairMount Village, Bodmin Moor35Rural village garden, fields and hedgerows
2929th AugSteve FordHelston34Medium garden overlooking mature trees
307th MarRon FullwoodNewquay33overlooking Gannel Estuary
3113th JanGeoff RobertsHarrowbarrow32Rural fields with some houses.
325th AprJen BousfieldMiddlewod31Rural, edge of woodland
3327th JanJoanne EastmanCamborne28Semi-rural, large garden
3420th FebAnn GrahamSt Austell16Small town garden
35=22nd FebNigel BastinLaunceston14
35=18th JanClive GwilliamPentire, Newquay14

Garden Listing 2nd December 2021

Feock: Jackdaw in garden today. First for a couple of years. They used to be daily visitors. Good to see them, if only one, back again. Makes my total 42. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 29th November 2021

Liskeard: Running total now 41. This morning’s Grey Heron standing on a neighbours roof was a long awaited addition to the garden list. (Deena Sharp)

Grampound Road: Grey Heron on 10th October for 55. (Rob Nicholls)

Garden Listing 28th November 2021

Mount Village Garden: Winter has arrived along with the Starlings who first appeared on the 30th October. The Jay is a daily visitor now waiting for peanuts. Please add Mistle Thrush to my list taking me to 35 species. (Jasmina Goodair)


Garden Listing 27th November 2021

Feock: One Kestrel flew through the garden today and then up into a tree. We have never had one here before, a real surprise. Brings my total to 41. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 26th November 2021

Tresillian: A flock of around 30 Golden Plover low over the garden this afternoon takes my total to 68. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 19th November 2021

Dobwalls: Male and female Bullfinch eating honeysuckle berries, then heard and saw a Tawny Owl fly from a tree a few yards from our house that night (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 13th November 2021

Tresillian: One more for my list – Marsh Tit on feeders. First time I have seen one there. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 11th November 2021

Dobwalls: 1m Blackcap (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 7th November 2021

Polbathic: The top of this morning’s high spring tide allowed me to ‘scope a lovely Green Sandpiper, preening on the bank up-river, in the glorious early sunshine. A great way to start the day . . .and number 70. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 6th November 2021

Dobwalls: 1 Chiffchaff in the garden (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 4th November 2021

Dobwalls: At long last, number 50 was a Grey Heron that flew low over our garden to our neighbour’s goldfish pond!

Also in the garden: 1 Peacock butterfly on the verbena (3rd Nov), 1m Blackcap, 2 Jay (1st Nov), with 1 Nuthatch, 3 Jay, 1 Red Admiral (30th Oct) and then 3 Redwing in our neighbour’s trees (21st Oct). (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing Wednesday 13th October

Praa Sands: Been away for a while, with the following birds seen from late Aug/early Sept:

76 – Wheatear on the Green, 77 – Yellow wagtail calling as it flew over and 78 – single Jay going through tree to tree. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 5th October 2021

Crowlas: Meadow Pipit takes my total to 53. (Gary Healey)

Dobwalls: 2 Swallow flying low over the garden, heading west (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 4th October 2021

Mount Village, Bodmin Moor: Jay feeding off peanuts on the bird table in late August – making my list now 34. (Jasmina Goodair)

Garden Listing 30th September 2021

Tresillian: Another one for my list, Little Egret. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 26th September 2021

Feock: This afternoon with wind in right direction from the creek, I heard amongst various unidentifiable calls, a Curlew bringing my total to 40. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 25th September 2021

Crowlas: Two more for my list: Grey Wagtail and Peregrine take my total to 52. (Gary Healey)

Garden Listing 24th September 2021

Polbathic: A Kestrel: the first over the garden for ages, even though there is frequently one about ½ mile away, but in an area I can’t see from the garden. So that’s 69. (A Blonden)

Garden Listing 19th September 2021

Dobwalls: 5 Swallow, 1 f Southern Hawker ovipositing on a mossy stone in our pond. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing Friday 17th September

Tresillian: One more for my list: Collared dove singing yesterday. (By which I mean it was singing on Thursday, not that it was going through its repertoire of Lennon and McCartney Songs). (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing Tuesday 14th September

Polbathic: A Spotted Reshank – best bird of the year, so far – made this morning’s breakfast that much more enjoyable and the total up to 67. Then, sitting in the garden, in the glorious pre-lunch sunshine and a Hobby flew over – 68. (Andy Blonden)