Saturday 4th 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, 3/4, Rosewall/Buttermilk Hill: 5 (4m, 1f) Ring Ouzel, 5m Wheatear and a flock of 20 Linnets that were new in. (V Stratton)

Wheatear, Viv Stratton

Porthgwarra: 1 Hoopoe. (M Wallace)

Downderry: 1 Hoopoe at Deviock Woods, later on edge of village. (T Clark, A Payne) Also 1 Kittiwake, 1 Common Gull, 1 male Shoveler, 9 Common Scoter and 11 Manx Shearwater offshore and 1m Siskin in private garden. (A Payne)

Hoopoe, Thomas Clark

Nanquidno: 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Sand Martin. (C Moore)

Zoar, St Keverne: 1 Common Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe. (A Williams)

Falmouth: Osprey NE over garden 17:10 (G Wills).

Drift Reservoir: 1 Snipe, 2 Gadwall. (D Flumm)

Newlyn: 2cy Iceland Gull still in harbour, 1 Red-throated Diver off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor) Also 2s Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Truro: 2 Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel, 27 Shelduck, 1 Oystercatcher. (D Eva)

Crowlas: 2 Shelduck over c18:20 toward Marazion, 1 Mistle Thrush, 6 sum plum Golden Plover. (R Veal)

Rosewall/Buttermilk Hill: 2 Canada Goose, 4 Mallard, 6 Golden Plover (flying over), 4 Stonechat, 12 Meadow Pipit, 6 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 3 Linnet. (P Nason)

Porth Island: 1 m Wheatear, 7 Linnet, 2 Skylark, 1 Lesser Black backed Gull, 53 Herring Gull, 5 Carrion Crow, 1 Raven, 7 Cormorant, 1 Shag, 2 Oystercatcher, 39 Fulmar, 1 m Kestrel, 7 Stonechat. (S Grose)

Pelynt: 2 Red Kite to NE (13:30 and 16:45). (K Knight)

Callestick: 1 Common Snipe flushed from field. (T Wilson)

Lostwithiel:  1 Swallow, 1 pair Stonechat. (M Surgey)

Penryn River: 1 Common Sandpiper near MacSalvors. (A Norris)

St Ives, Hellesveor cliff: 1 Glaucous Gull (different individual to darker one on 31/3), 1 Swallow, 1 Wheatear. (G Jones)

Marazion: 4 Sandwich Tern on Great Hogus and 2 Swallows over Rosehill this evening. (DK Parker)

Coverack: 14 Little Egret; 1 Willow Warbler singing at Penhallick; 1 Wheatear, 1 Kestrel at Crousa Downs. (D Beadle)

Crackington Haven: 3 Swallow this evening over fields. (J & B Teague)

Mawgan: Barn Owl glided low over garden at 20:30 (P Bedford)

Launceston: 2 Red Kite from the A30. (M Raywood)

Truro: Large Tortoiseshell butterfly. (J Chapple)

Hayle-Leedstown: 1 Nuthatch in garden. (A Robinson)

Nuthatch, Andy Robinson

Nuthatch, Andy Robinson

I was able to observe this bird in our own garden, under ‘lockdown’ at very close quarters from the conservatory. We are a lightly wooded garden ‘oasis’ surrounded by agricultural fields. Maybe not a rarity, but this, single Nuthatch is a first in our garden in 14 years of us being here.
The bird was very obliging and confident, constantly searching beneath moss and ivy for food. It also visited our bird feeder, quickly finding access to the peanuts (a larger hole in the feeder wire mesh previously made by a squirrel). (Andy Robinson)

Interestingly the Nuthatch I heard at Treverva yesterday was also the first I’ve recorded at that location in over 10 years of on-off recording. (Dan Chaney)

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 12:

Back up the Camel Trail again, inland towards Bodmin. Shelduck on Treravon Meadows but nothing much else until…a lone wader with a long bill silhouetted against the sunlight. Normally camouflaged in the sedge, this Snipe was standing proud in the mud for some minutes before slinking off into the long grass. Further along, Jays everywhere, Wrens everywhere, plus Nuthatch, the guffaw of a Green Woodpecker and Canada Geese (no sign of the Bar-headed Goose that seems to like their company, perhaps he’s flying over the Himalayas – they are thought to be the highest-flying birds in the world). Plenty of all the usual tits as well and then yet another Marsh Tit – in a different spot to my last one, so there must be quite a few about here. Bright sun still bathing everything in crystal light.

All this cycling must be improving my fitness and the savings on petrol (and indeed everything else except food and drink) are welcome when all else feels like bad news. But this horrid disease and the enforced lockdown are creating real hardships for many, many people and one fears for their state of mind as well as their health.

Simon Marquis (palores@cbwps.org.uk)

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