Garden Lockdown Listing

Cornwall Garden Listing Competition: Open to all – the birds and other wildlife are still out there, with spring truly on its way. See below for general rules and how to take part, the most important thing is to enjoy seeing nature closer to home. The table and posts are updated daily. Scroll down to read updates from the garden listers (click on bottom left corner to see older posts).

The April 19th Garden Bird Race Competition Results can be found Here . We will also be taking part in the weekly ‘Big Garden Sit’ 8 – 9:00 am every Saturday, and will hopefully have another Big Garden Day coming up.

RankUpdatedNameLocationSpecies TotalNotes
111/05Steve RogersMarazion100Coastal, rural and marsh views.
210/05Dave ParkerMarazion91Coastal location backing onto fields
301/08Dan BeadleCoverack70Bordering fields, sea in the distance
410/05Ilya MacleanPorthleven67Coastal sub-urban location backing onto fields
5=08/05Bob BosistoGluvian, St Columb Major66Inland, rural location
5=25/06Matt SouthamPraa Sands66Medium sized garden, backing onto Praa Sands
712/05Reuben VealCrowlas65Inland location backing onto fields
8=20/05Toby PhelpsFalmouth64Coastal, overlooking Falmouth Bay
8=22/06Matt JordanFreathy64Sea view
10=13/07David CollinsConstantine63Inland, rural location
10=20/05Phil BedfordMawgan62Rural village backing onto woodland
1207/05Peter RoseveareTalskiddy60Inland, rural location
1326/05Greg WillsFalmouth58Urban location, with obstructed view of Swanpool
14=10/05Bruce TaggartMillbrook57Rural village edge, views
14=16/05Stu BearhopDevoran57Rural, overlooking river
14=27/05Derek JulianWadebridge57Urban, some views
1710/05Steve MayesMorvah56Farmland/moorland
18=28/05Tim PinfieldConstantine55Fringe of Woodland, view down a valley
18=31/05Martin RuleGweek55Inland, rural, farmland/wooded valley
2016/06Andrew le MasurierTresillian54Inland woodland/farmland
21=03/06Phil McVeyLanlivery53Inland rural
21=12/06Andy BlondenPolbathic53Overlooking small creek
2313/05Dan ChaneyMabe Burnthouse51Edge of village, small garden
2414/06John MacadamLittle Kirland50Inland, rural
2511/05Tony WilsonCallestick49Inland woodland/farmland
26=16/05Geoff WhiteTrethurgy48Large garden, rural
26=24/07Martin LenneyHayle48Small garden, views of scrub and Hayle estuary
28=27/04Brian MellowTruro47Inland, rural location
28=07/05Tony MillsPenzance47Small garden but with sea view
28=28/05Brian TomsChacewater47Surrounded by scrub moorland, stunted oaks and pasture
28=19/06Eddy MayhewLostwithiel47Edge of small town
32=04/07Chris and Janet DuffyDobwalls46Village edge, bordering fields & scrubby copse, open views
32=29/06David WilliamsIllogan46Small garden backing onto fields
34=04/05Richard AugardeTruro45Urban location, some view over fields
34=21/05Catherine LeeKuggar45Hamlet surrounded by farmland
34=08/06Gary HealeyCrowlas45Inland location with large garden
37=10/05Lawrie SampsonTruro44Communal garden
37=15/05Neil BestSt Austell44Coastal, overlooking St Austell Bay
3903/06Bob NichollsTregidden43Hamlet with adjacent fields and streams
4025/06Bec PennyFeock42Woodland garden
4107/07Helen NortonSt Keverne41Medium garden, farmland
4203/06Jen BousfeldMiddlewood39Rural, edge of woodland
43=26/05Pete WilkinsFoxhole37Centre of village, view of old clay pit
43=22/05Clive RichardsGodolphin37Inland, rural location
43=22/06Simon MarquisWadebridge37Inland, rural
46=10/05Ian Toogood-JohnsonTrewoon34Inland, edge of town
46=17/05Trevor NicholsonFlexbury, Bude34
4820/05 Nick PageDelabole31Edge of village, tiny garden.
4903/04Graham SykesSt Ives24Semi rural surrounded by Woodland

To take part: Please email your running total to us at: along with any other extras such as photos and your updates. For the full instructions, information on Bubo listing and general Garden Listing Rules please see the post >Here< (26th April’s post).You can be as competitive or not as you like – the main aim is to be motivated and enjoy your garden birding!

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)