Garden Lockdown listing – autumn lockdown

Cornwall Garden Listing Competition: Open to all – the birds and other wildlife are still out there, whether you are avoiding getting out so much, actively self-isolating, or just enjoy your garden birds. See the Garden lockdown listing page from Spring to see how we got on in the first lockdown The most important thing is to enjoy seeing nature closer to home. The table and posts are updated regularly. Scroll down to read updates from the garden listers (click on bottom left corner to see older posts).

How to take part: Just email your sightings to us as gardenlisting@cbwps.org.uk , see first post below the table for full rules and more, but essentially it is any birds seen or heard in, from, or over you garden!

We’re starting from scratch for this little competition/challenge. With winter visitors still arriving to complement our residents there is still plenty of activity out there, if the weather and shorter days allow us to observe it!

We will also redo the original table to end up with a garden yearlist competition for 2020 for those adding new species and are interested, and the aim will be to make this a regular feature, starting Jan 1st 2021 and onwards … good luck!!

RankUpdatedNameLocation2020 Winter Garden List Notes
129th NovDave ParkerMarazion56Coastal location backing onto fields
21st DecTim PinfieldConstantine53Fringe of Woodland, view down a valley
31st DecAndy BlondenPolbathic43Overlooking small creek
430th NovJohn MacadamLittle Kirland40Inland, rural
51st DecAndrew le MasurierTresillian34Inland woodland/farmland
61st DecChris and Janet DuffyDobwalls30Village edge, bordering fields & scrubby copse, open views
727th NovSimon MarquisWadebridge29Inland, rural
815th NovSteve KerstingLelant28
91st DecDan ChaneyMabe, Penryn27Edge of village, small garden
1027th NovBec PennyFeock22Woodland garden
1115th NovLiz EliotGermoe4

See #Post below – 1st December for the total for UK Lockdown 2.0 from 5th November to 1st December 2020

Garden Listing 2.0 1st December

Dobwalls: 30th November: Number 29 was a Tawny Owl calling last night.1st December: Saw and heard Mistle Thrush making alarm call, number 30 (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Polbathic: I’ve only been able to add 1; Raven, so that makes the final total 43.
Thanks for taking the time to make the last month more interesting. (Andy Blonden)

Mabe: 6 more over the past few weeks, despite not having much time to do any proper garden watching, up to 27 now. The fun one was a Meadow Pipit directly below the front window in the flower bed; at first I thought it was a mouse or similar as it was completely working its way under/through the bedding plants (well, weeds to be honest). A Grey Heron flying over was actually a garden year tick. Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard only), Raven, a Tawny Owl heard in the early hours one night whilst seeing how the moth trap was doing and Cormorants regularly overflying on their way to roost at College Reservoir. (Dan Chaney)

Tresillian: Final update from me: Long-tailed Tit and Tawny owl bringing the total to 34 (Andrew le Masurier)

Constantine: Have recounted all species seen in or from garden. There were no species heard only. It comes to 53. Never did see a house sparrow or collared dove! (Tim Pinfield)

Final Results: End of Lockdown. As can be seen, the grand winner is Dave Parker with 56 species from Marazion. Congratulations and good effort. Second place goes to Tim Pinfield with 53, a very respectable total for an inland location, and indeed well done everyone. We will compile and post the combined list within the next week or so. Any guesses as to the total?!

Garden lockdown listing autumn 2020 to Dec 1st

RankUpdatedNameLocationFinal Tally! Notes
129th NovDave ParkerMarazion56Coastal location backing onto fields
21st DecTim PinfieldConstantine53Fringe of Woodland, view down a valley
31st DecAndy BlondenPolbathic43Overlooking small creek
430th NovJohn MacadamLittle Kirland40Inland, rural
51st DecAndrew le MasurierTresillian34Inland woodland/farmland
61st DecChris and Janet DuffyDobwalls30Village edge, bordering fields & scrubby copse, open views
727th NovSimon MarquisWadebridge29Inland, rural
815th NovSteve KerstingLelant28
91st DecDan ChaneyMabe, Penryn27Edge of village, small garden
1027th NovBec PennyFeock22Woodland garden
1115th NovLiz EliotGermoe4

If folk wish to continue posting in their totals, sightings or highlights we will keep the original table running as a Year List Effort. Thanks for taking part and the positive comments! Good birding … Dan B and Dan C

Garden Listing 2.0 29th November

Little Kirland: Now 38 (John Macadam)

Marazion: Finally saw a Collared Dove and my house list goes up to 56 as of today. (Dave Parker)

Dobwalls: We enjoyed doing the lockdown list in the spring, so thought we’d have another go. Our new total since 5th November is 28: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Robin, Starling, Woodpigeon, Wren, Rook, Raven, Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, Pied Wagtail, Pheasant, Blackcap, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Fieldfare. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Feock, 28th November: I’ve miscounted somewhere along the line as my list now comes to “two swans a swimming” 22! Robin, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Blackbird, Magpie, Wren, Rook, Long-tailed Tit, Herring Gull, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Chaffinch, Fieldfare, Nuthatch, Song Thrush, Tawny Owl, Dunnock (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 2.0 27th November

Wadebridge: Three more on my lockdown list (only 4 more days to go!):

Fieldfare, Long-tailed Tit and Blackcap. (S. Marquis)

Feock: Please add Tawny Owl and Fieldfare. New total 19, hoping I can make it into the twenties soon! (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 2.0 26th November

Polbathic:

20th November – A few more for the Lockdown list: Mallard & Pheasant   –  I missed these off the first list (they’re so familiar), and since yesterday: Long tailed Tit, Common Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, Wigeon, Carrion Crow.

That makes 41 in total; all through the lounge window, except the Firecrest: through the kitchen window.

24th November – And add: Pied Wagtail to make 42. (Andy Blonden).

Little Kirland:

24th November – Now 33 (John Macadam)

26th November – Now 35. Added Treecreeper and Marsh Tit today. Both not seen in my garden for some years. Also something like a Jack Snipe took off from under a fallen apple tree – silent, a fast twist between two branches and then up the garden, low and straight. I could not see any white – I was looking at the tree when I flushed it. I could not find it again (lots of other stuff to hide under!) so not counted. (John Macadam)

Marazion:

25th November – Now on 47 and I still can’t find a Collared Dove! A Humpback Whale scoped from the bedroom window was an early birthday present. (Dave Parker)

Constantine:

26th November – Added Blackcap this morning making total 49. Can I make 50 by end of the lockdown?

Another long sunny day. 34 species seen so far today (always a chance of Woodcock at dusk yet). These include Little Egret, Firecrest, Redwing, Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Raven, Buzzard.

Unarmed Stick Insect – Tim Pinfield

Blackcap – Tim Pinfield

The stick insect is Acanthoxyla inermis or the Unarmed Stick Insect. I have seven still surviving in a small cupressus just outside the front door!

Red Admiral – Tim Pinfield

Peacock Butterfly – Tim Pinfield

I saw three species of butterfly. Two are pictured, the third was spotted and smaller and only seen flight – either Speckled Wood or Wall Brown. (Tim Pinfield)

Feock: 

26th November – Please add Buzzard, Bullfinch and Chaffinch to my list for a new total of 17. (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 2.0 20th Nov 2020

Constantine: Occasionally you get one of those days. For me today was one of them. Sunshine, a light wind from the north west and perfect visibility boded well. The sky seems full of gulls and corvids and two circling Buzzards.

At about 7.45 a flock of about 30 Lapwing flew over the garden (first sighting for the year here). There are egrets on the field opposite – just too far away for me to identify as either Little or Cattle. A large female Sparrowhawk drifts over. I haven’t got out of bed yet. All this from my bedroom window.

The usual birds are at the feeder including Nuthatch and Great spotted woodpecker. The sun is out and shining on the trees to the north of my garden. I stand for an hour and observe. A large tit flock goes through with about twenty Long tailed and two male Bullfinches amongst them. Lots of Redwing are going over and some landing on the trees only yards away. Chaffinches are also drifting through and then one of them is a Brambling (new for my year list) Two Pied wagtails are running up and down the roof of my house behind me and then a Song Thrush starts singing!

Things go from better to best when I go back inside to look through my telescope at the valley. A passing helicopter from RNAS Culdrose puts up all the birds in the field on the south of the Helford River including between 100 and 200 Golden plover (new for my house list this year).

At 5pm I settle down to look south in the evening sky for Woodcock which fly up from the woods on clear nights to go the fields to the north to feed. I have not seen any yet this winter but I am rewarded at 5.10 with two together right overhead. These are also new for my house list this year.

All the while I can see the first quarter of the moon in my scope with Saturn just above it and Jupiter just off to the right. I record a total of 34 species for the day of which four are new for the lockdown list making a total of 48 so far. Today also saw three Red Admiral butterflies flying around the garden.

Some days, lockdown doesn’t seem too bad. (Tim Pinfield)

Polbathic: It’s great that you’ve started the league again; it was most enjoyable, last time. My list, from Nov. 5 is now up to 34, although several common birds are missing.

Tawny Owl, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Bar headed Goose, Curlew, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Black Hd’d Gull, Herring Gull, Rook Jackdaw, Magpie, Grt. Sp. Woodpecker, Great Tit, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Little Egret, Wren, Redshank, Stonechat, Hedge Sparrow, Redwing, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Siskin, Jay, Robin Kingfisher, Firecrest, Blackcap, Whimbrel.

Stay safe and well, (Andy Blonden)

Bodmin: Now 25. Cheers, (John Macadam)

Feock: Thanks for doing this. My list so far totals a measly 10! 1 Robin, 2 Goldfinch, 3 Great tit, 4 Blue tit, 5 coal tit, 6 blackbird, 7 magpie, 8 wren, 9 rook, 10 long tailed tits (Bec Penny)

Wadebridge: 26 species so far  to 19th November – Blackbird, Blue Tit, Redwing, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Raven Jackdaw, Rook, Herring Gull, Skylark, Red-legged Partridge, GS Woodpecker,  Nuthatch, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Wren, Treecreeper, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wood Pigeon, House Sparrow

(S Marquis)