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COVID-19 Update 26/03/20: In view of the current Coronavirus situation and following Government guidance and recommendations, the Society walks program has been suspended and all CBWPS Hides along with Windmill Farm carpark and access road are now closed until further notice. We will continue to publish Daily Bird News on the website, but please note that this will be restricted to sightings from members gardens, local area outdoor exercise or incidental to other necessary travel purposes only, and selected reports may be published with restricted data or remain unpublished. Please continue to send in all your records, stay safe, and bird responsibly. 

Cornish Choughs: The Society is now maintaining the dedicated Chough sightings database for Cornwall, adding to the many thousands of records received from birders and members of the public since 2001. Please send your sightings to choughs@cbwps.org.uk including, date, place, 6 fig grid ref if possible, and notes on any colour rings observed.

Save Our Swifts Update: Please note that there is a degree of uncertainty on what we will be able to achieve with the project this year. It is possible that since Swifts are late nesters we may have an opportunity to carry out surveying this year. In any case please still look at what you can do with nestboxes (link page Here) and bear in mind that this project will likely now be a two year project.

Sensitive Breeding Birds: Now that the breeding season is upon us we will be resuming our policy of withholding reports of sensitive breeding (and potential breeding) birds in the County. Please keep sending in your reports as even though they may not appear on the website they will still go into the county database and thus be available for the annual report, research and conservation. Remember, the welfare of the birds comes first. The full list of species including RBBP and Schedule 1 species can be found on the website here. Please always bear this in mind when sharing information on social media too.

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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)

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

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

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

Newlyn: 2cy Iceland Gull still in harbour, 1 Red-throated Diver off Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

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

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)

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

Nuthatch, Andy Robinson

Nuthatch, Andy Robinson

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)

Friday 3rd 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, 31/3, Bodmin: flock of about 100 Golden Plover on Alex Tor. (G Chapman)

Late news, 1/4, St Ives: 3 Common Scoter. (G Jones)

Late news, 2/4, Buttermilk Hill: 12 (10m) Ring Ouzel, 14 Wheatear, 1 Golden Plover. (V Stratton)

Ring Ouzel, Viv Stratton

Ring Ouzel, Viv Stratton

St Ives: Tawny Owl at Trewyn Gardens. (G Jones)

Crowlas: flock of Common Scoter flew over 21:20. Also 15+ Golden Plover over this morning, 1 Tawny Owl. (R Veal)

Sancreed: 2 Willow Warbler (first of Spring here), 1 Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaff, 1 Redwing. (D Flumm)

Rosewall/Buttermilk Hill: 1 Grey Heron, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Raven, 1 Skylark, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 m. Ring Ouzel, 8 Stonechat, 4 Wheatear, 1 Greenfinch, 9 Linnet. (P Nason)

Ring Ouzel, Peter Nason

Wheatear, Peter Nason

Gluvian/Talskiddy: 2 Canada Goose, 2 Mallard, 2 Teal, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 2 Sparrowhawk , 8 Yellowhammer. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Calenick Creek, Truro: 7 Canada Goose, 1 Greenshank, 6 Little Egret, 41 Teal, 7 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Common Buzzard, 23 Shelduck, 4 Redshank, 1 Sparrowhawk. (R Netherton)

Tintagel, Penallick Point/Glebe Cliffs: 1 Swallow, 1m Wheatear, many Skylark and Razorbill. (I Hall)

Treverva: 1 Nuthatch, 1 Green Woodpecker. (D Chaney)

Coverack: 1 Sandwich Tern (D Beadle)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Willow Warbler singing. Also 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Ringed Plover on the beach. (S Rogers)

Mousehole: 1 Marsh Tit. (M Elliott)

Newlyn: 1 Marsh Tit at Sandy Cove, first site record. (L Proctor) Also 2s Yellow-legged Gull in harbour. (M Ahmad)

Penzance: 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver offshore. (M Ahmad)

Newquay, Trevithick Manor Farm: 1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher on the river, 2 Chiffchaff, 47 Rook feeding in field. (S Grose)

Downderry: 14+ Great Northern Diver, 4 Common Scoter, 6 Manx Shearwater and a Sandwich Tern early morning. (A Payne)

Mawgan: 1 Black Redstart in garden. Also a Barn Owl watched successfully hunting in the field behind our house at 20:30. (P Bedford)

Coverack: 1 Porpoise and 1 Adder. (P Bedford)

Charlestown: 2 Linnet. (D Hastilow)

Linnet, David Hastilow

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 11:

Of course I spoke too soon. About the Jackdaws. We had another ‘internal’ visit today. I heard a strange kerfuffle from a nearby room and found him in there flapping away at the window. Useful to have a grown son at home for the lockdown, so between us we managed to shut the bird in and throw a sheet over him. We got a window open and I let him loose. Satisfying, and a relief that we got to him quickly. Such a beautiful creature close to. But those chimney people can’t come quickly enough now…

My exercise walk today was about 12,000 steps according to my phone. Quite enough for an old bloke not far off the ‘vulnerable’ age. But there were birds to be seen as usual. A Chiffchaff up close. Ditto a singing Blackcap. A couple of perky Goldcrests. A Rook up high taunting a Buzzard into aerobatics. And yet more Marsh Tits. Not a single one for years, and now I’m tripping over the blighters! These were near the Irons Brothers Foundry not far from Pawton Mill. Still no Treecreeper though. It’s becoming a bit of an issue…Grrr.

Simon Marquis (palores@cbwps.org.uk)

Thursday 2nd 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. We now have 26 participants in our Cornwall garden listing league, but room for plenty more!

Late news, 1/4, Buttermilk Hill: 12 Golden Plover (northern race), 1 Snipe, 4 Buzzard. (V Stratton)

Golden Plover, Viv Stratton

Golden Plover, Viv Stratton

Downderry: 23 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 8 Common Scoter, 1 Sandwich Tern offshore and a Wheatear seen flying north off the sea early this morning. (A Payne)

Devoran: Osprey this morning. (S Bearhop)

Watchcroft: 1 female Ring Ouzel near Garden Mine Cottage track. (J Evans)

Penzance: Black-throated Diver offshore. Also Cormorant caught an eel on the boating lake. (M Ahmad)

Cormorant, Mashuq Ahmad

Cormorant, Mashuq Ahmad

Constantine: female Merlin. (D Collins)

Maer Lake: 12 Black tailed Godwit, 2 Lesser Black backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Greenfinch, 14 Herring Gull, c.14 Mallard. (H Kendall)

St Ives Island: 1 Kestrel, 2 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 112 Gannet, 2 Fulmar, 1 Manx Shearwater, 37 Kittiwake, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Gull, 2 Great-black backed Gull, 78 Herring Gull, 1 Turnstone, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Rock Pipit, 10 Common Dolphin. (P Nason)

Nanquidno: Green Sandpiper. (C Moore)

Sancreed: 50 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting. (D Flumm)

Drift Reservoir: male Shoveler, 2 Teal. (D Flumm)

Godolphin Woods: Stock Dove and Green Woodpecker. (C Richards)

Talskiddy: 2 Raven, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Treecreeper, 6 Yellowhammer, 50 Linnet (B Bosisto)

Gluvian: 1 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush (B Bosisto)

Penrose: 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Kingfisher. (J Witheywood)

Stithians: 1 Swallow.

Truro: 3 Blackbird, male and female feeding fledgling. (R Netherton) Also fem Blackcap in garden. (I Bott)

Blackbird, Robin Netherton

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 10:

Apart from the relentlessly bad news, this ‘world on pause’ feels weird. Even in the last War, life carried on for most – if not as normal – at least in close proximity to one another. The social distancing thing is unnatural and painful, so we pad round our gardens or local walks more or less alone or sit at home waiting for the government to set us free again.

It’s a disconcerting experience, but at least there’s time to really look at nature (as opposed to just ‘seeing’ it). I wandered to the far end of our patch this morning wondering if I might see the owner of the hoof-prints I keep seeing on the muddy path. I gazed at the fading daffodils and the emerging bluebells thinking No, it would not be today, when suddenly – in plain sight – a brown shape moved: a Roe Deer. How could I have missed an animal the size of a Great Dane? Animals certainly know how to blend in.

I couldn’t resist the challenge of the Garden Lockdown Listing. I managed 27 species with ease, and today I saw and heard a Skylark somewhere above me – 28, but I don’t think unless a Montezuma’s Oropendola turns up in my back garden I have a hope in hell of getting to Bob Bosisto’s total of over 40 bird species spotted from his!

Simon Marquis (palores@cbwps.org.uk)

Wednesday 1st April 2020

Birding in Lockdown: Links to Garden Lockdown Listing League and our Birding Ideas Page, updated with your daily 5-a-day bird quiz, helping to make the most of extra time as a result of the lockdown. We now have 18 participants in our Cornwall garden listing league, but room for plenty more!

Truro, Kenwyn: 6 Jay, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest lining nest with feathers. (D Eva)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Lelant Saltings: 2 Spoonbill over. (S Cox)

Crackington Haven: male Yellowhammer in private garden. (J & B Teague)

Gluvian: 1 Tawny Owl, 1 Swallow, 1 Nuthatch (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Newlyn Harbour: 2cy Iceland Gull still. (L Proctor)

Lamorna: 2 Wheatear at Carn-du. (M McKee)

Marazion: 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 10 Guillemot, 25 Common Scoter offshore; 25 Ringed Plover, 1 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Grey Plover, 125+ Common Gull, fem Wheatear on the beach. 4 Pied Wagtail, 1 White Wagtail in horse paddock. (S Rogers)

Penzance: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 calling Green Woodpecker, 2 singing Chiffchaff, 2 Buzzard on morning walk from the Lidden to Trengwainton. (T Mills)

Lizard: 1 House Martin reported.

Cot Valley: singing Willow Warbler. (N Wheatley)

Falmouth, off Swanpool Beach: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Eider (female), 1 Kestrel hovering over cliffs. (J St Ledger)

Great Northern Diver, John St Ledger

Eider, John St Ledger

Boscathnoe Reservoir: 2 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Cormorant, 1 Moorhen. (T Mills)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Water Rail. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: fem Black Redstart, 1 Snipe, 2 Redwing, 2 Little Egret. (D Flumm)

Black Redstart, Dave Flumm

Black Redstart, Dave Flumm

Carharrack to Gwennap Lane: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Goldcrest, 4 Willow Warbler,  2 Jays. (W Chegwidden)

St Merryn: 4 House Sparrow, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Wren, 2 Dunnock, 2 Blackbird, 2 Woodpigeon nesting in conifer tree, 1 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Goldfinch, 4 Collared Dove, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, 4 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 1 Sparrowhawk, 70 plus Golden Plover over, 2 Magpie, 1 Jay in/from private garden. (R Hughes)

Truro: 1m Bullfinch. (L Sampson)

Bullfinch, Lawrence Sampson

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 9:

It’s a good time for Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Their drumming is a signature sound of spring. Some years ago, I visited eastern Poland in April. Our bird guide there could distinguish between all the different species from their drumming sounds alone. We saw or heard Great, Middle and Lesser Spotted, Green, Black, Grey-headed, White-backed and Three-toed. Woodpecker heaven.

Sadly the Lesser Spotted lives up to its name and is indeed much less spotted in Cornwall nowadays, but the Greaters are in plentiful supply. My garden has at least one pair thanks to my neglectful approach to dead wood, and they visit the bird feeders from time to time, before whizzing away with that distinctive, bounding flight. Sometimes the drumming sounds like a short burst on the castanets, more often it’s a wooden ruler being twanged on the edge of a table (try it, it’s an exact match!). The different notes come from different trees in varying states of health. The Green Woodpecker puts in an occasional appearance too, has a good laugh at us and disappears. I’m surprised it’s not here more often given the number of ants we seem to have around the place!

Simon Marquis

Tuesday 31st March 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.

Drift Reservoir: 3 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Sancreed: male Shoveler, 26 Canada Geese, 2 Little Egret, 2 Snipe, 8 Chiffchaff. (D Flumm)

Marazion Beach: c130 Common Gull (J Hawkey)

Marazion Beach: 17 Ringed Plover. (S Rogers)

Newquay, Trenance Valley: 4 Tawny Owl. (S Grose)

Trenance Lake, Gannel Estuary: 1 Little Grebe, 1 Greenshank, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 5 Little Egret. (J Green)

Redannick; Truro: 1 Orange-tip butterfly,1 Sparrowhawk just missing it’s prey. (G May)

Port Navas: 1 Common Sandpiper, I Greenshank (D Collins)

Mousehole: 1s Yellow-legged Gull in harbour. (M Elliott)

Penzance: 1 Holly Blue butterfly (first of year for observer), Lidden area. (T Mills)

St Erth: singing Willow Warbler, 3+ Sand Martin, 1 Nuthatch at Tregilliowe Ponds. (R Veal)

Colan, Firhill Wood: 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Coal Tit., 9 Goldcrest, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Lady Nance: 8 Skylark, 6 Buzzard, 3 Yellowhammer. (S Grose)

St Ives: 1 Iceland Gull, 1 Glaucous Gull, 2 Sandwich Tern from the St Ives window today (G Jones)

St Ives Island: 1 Guillemot, 6 Shag, 1 Cormorant, 2 Sanderling, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Iceland Gull, 2 Common Gull, 28 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser-black backed Gull, 2 Black-backed Gull, 42 Gannet, 2 Rock Pipit (P. Nason)

Adult Mediterranean Gull – Peter Nason

Iceland Gull – Peter Nason

Launceston: Approx 150 Golden Plover pitched in three fields away to the north of our home (N Banks)

Cornwall Lockdwon Diary, Day 8

A different walk today. I took another quiet lane on the outskirts of Wadebridge. The light poured through the naked branches to the woodland floor – spotlighting the wild garlic that grows in every dank patch. We’re eating as much of it as we can. They say it has amazing health properties. Doesn’t cost anything either. The stream that joins the Camel in town gurgles happily, spreading sparks of sunlight as it goes.

I didn’t see much birdlife this time – Long-tailed Tits, now paired up and out of their winter gangs and Coal Tits which I rarely see other than at our feeders. I scan the trunks for a Treecreeper but to no avail. The trees look perfect for them but if they’re here I can’t spot them. I am struck by a recurring thought: in Nature nothing jars. Nothing is discordant. Nothing is out of place. Even fallen trees and messy tangles of brambles and nettle patches look as they should. But then, the eye catches something that truly does jar, stands out horribly from the spring greenery – a discarded lager can (almost invariably that wretched Aussie brand). The garish blue aluminium can, thoughtlessly hurled from a car window, will sit where it falls for year after year, looking and being an afront to Nature. Why, oh why, do people do it?

Simon Marquis (palores@cbwps.org.uk)

Monday 30th March 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, 29/03, Dobwalls: 3 Ravens over garden, 2 Robins – male feeding female. (C&J Duffy)

Late news, 29/3, Truro River: 22 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Redshank, 1 Greenshank. (P Fraser)

Wadebridge: 1 Osprey over. (D Julian)

Chyandour: 1 Osprey over, then flew toward Gulval. (M Elliott)

Lamorna: 2cy Iceland Gull east over Tater-du at 11.40am then off Carn Barges following lobster boat. (M McKee)

Iceland Gull, Michael McKee

St Erth: 1 Swallow, c15 Sand Martin, 1 singing Willow Warbler, 2+ Siskin, 1 Green Woodpecker at Tregilliowe Ponds. (R Veal)

Halveor; St Columb Major: 1 Treecreeper. (B Bosisto)

Carnanton Woods: 1 Marsh Tit, 3 Treecreeper, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker. (B Bosisto, L Payne)

Mawgan: 1 Black Redstart in garden (P. Bedford)

Polbathic Creek: 1 Green Sandpiper from window. (A Blonden)

Lanner: 7 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Skylark and a few Coal Tits on my bird feeders. (S Turner)

Trispen area: 1 Swallow, pair of Little Grebe on nest, 2 Buzzard, 3 Goldcrest, 15 Goldfinch, 11 Greenfinch, 2 Moorhen and 2 Mallard. (C Mason)

St Ives: Great Northern Diver, 2 Common Scoter, 5 Sandwich Tern, 4+ Dolphin sp. (G Jones)

North Country: 1 Red Kite. (C Eliss)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 6 Sand Martin, 1 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Little Egret. (D Flumm) Also 3 Great Crested Grebe, 49 Canada Geese, 89 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Buzzard, all mid afternoon following a walk from Penzance. Also 1 Green Woodpecker heard at Trereife. (T Mills)

Marazion Beach: 125+ (12+ ad) Common Gull. (S Rogers, J Hawkey) 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 25+ Sanderling, 25 Common Scoter, 2cy Iceland Gull. (S Rogers) Also 2 Shoveler, 2 House Martin, 3 Sand Martin on the marsh. (S Rogers)

Carbis Bay: 1 Green Woodpecker. (A Myers)

Green Woodpecker, Andrew Myers

Argal Reservoir: 6 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mute Swan viewed from the dam. (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 21 Canada Goose, 4 Mute Swan, 5 Mallard, 3 Teal, 6 Wigeon, 13 Tufted Duck, 4 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Cormorant, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 (m,f) Grey Wagtail, 50 Sand Martin, 15+ singing Chiffchaff, 2 singing Blackcap, 60 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Lesser Black-backed Gull on daily exercise walk from home. (D Chaney)

Penryn: 2 Linnet, 3 Greenfinch, 2 Mistle Thrush by Asda (D Chaney)

Coverack: 18 Little Egret at Perprean Cove. (D Beadle)

Falmouth, Swanvale: pair of Green Woodpecker. (J St Ledger)

Green Woodpecker, John St Ledger

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 7 

Today’s bike ride went the other way down the Camel Trail to Padstow. It was deserted. No cars, no bikes, no people. Silence. No-one much on the trail either (much chillier today) so I could screech to a halt without worry to train the binoculars on anything interesting on the mudflats. Most of the waders have gone to their breeding grounds but there were plenty of Curlews, a couple of rather subdued Redshank, and a Greenshank picking its way daintily through the creeks. Lots of Shelduck and Oystercatchers, a few ducks of various denominations, and ‘loafing’ gulls. (I love that term: it’s exactly what they do.) A Cormorant, and in one of the small side-estuaries half a dozen hunched Grey Herons looking particularly hacked off with life.

Many of the damp and soggy patches have disappeared in the first dry spell for months. The little wet scrape near the skateboard park that harboured a Green Sandpiper a few weeks ago is baked mud. The messy field edges near the sewage works where a Grey Wagtail scouted for insects have gone. Never mind, there will be spring benefits. But today’s highlight wasn’t a bird. As I peered towards the low tide, a small, impertinent face popped out of the grass in front of me with an expression that said: “Woss your problem?” A stoat.

Simon Marquis (palores@cbwps.org.uk)

Sunday 29th March 2020

Garden Listing League: To help with those self-isolating at home and as many of us are able to spend more time in the garden this spring, we have set up a Garden Lockdown Listing League here on the website to help in keeping motivation going and improving your garden list (you may just get hooked) in these strange times. To take part just email your tally and updates to us at the usual bird-news@cbwps.org.uk address. Let the competition begin … 

Late news, 28/3, St Ives: 1 Red-throated Diver, 5 Common Scoter, 3 Sandwich Tern from window. (G Jones)

Truro to Newmills: 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Mallard, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Grey Heron. (D Eva)

Penzance: 22 Rook nests counted, difficult to see if they are all active as they are in the tops of tall conifer trees, west end of Alverton Road next to A30 roundabout. (T Mills)

St Ives Island: 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 11 Shag, 10 Gannet, 2 Common Gull, 28 Herring Gull, 4 Lesser-black backed Gull, 8 Great-black backed Gull, 9 Kittiwake, 280 Fulmar (flew East), 1 Sandwich Tern (East), 2 Rock Pipit. (P Nason)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: 1 House Martin, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Shoveler. Also 1 Knot and 6 Ringed Plover on the beach. (S Rogers) Also 1 Red Kite this afternoon. (D Parker). Also 53 (6 ad) Common Gull. (J Hawkey)

St Erth: 1 Red Kite (flew East); 1 Willow Warbler, 8+ Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap all singing. (R Veal) 2 Sand Martin at Tresilliowe. (M Spicer)

Chyandour: Marsh Harrier in off the sea. (P St Pierre)

Carne Creek: 6 Redshank, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Little Egret, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Wren. (R Nicholls)

Newquay, Trevemper /Treringey: 1 m Kestrel, 2 Skylark, 3 Raven over. (S Grose)

Porthguarnon: 2 Swallow. (J Ryan)

Swanpool: Black Tern fishing 70 yds offshore. (M Burnley)

St Ives: Black-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter, 4 Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Dolphin leaping. (G Jones)

Birding Ideas in Lockdown: Your ‘5-a-day Bird Quiz’, and ‘An Occasional Gull Diary from Tony Mills’ – see Here on the website.

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 6:

It’s barely a week since we were all instructed to stay home. Will the nerves stand it? Main excitement now is to stand solemnly in the Tesco car park for 40 minutes waiting your turn for a lonely tour of the aisles. Has to be done though.

The weather continues to smile on our sorry world. There is something odd about cloudless skies, warm air yet completely bare trees. Yes, the buds are there but the look is still winter, though it does give a good view of birds busying for the breeding season. The Nuthatch fidgets around in the treetops, his insistent call heard from a hundred yards away. Blue Tits bustle around purposefully. But now is the time for the spring arrivals. Chiffchaffs came first, as they always do, in mid-March, and now they are chiff-chaffing the whole day long. This week our Blackcaps have turned up. Lord Grey (Foreign Minister in World War 1 and lifelong bird lover) prized its song particularly highly, pipped (if that’s the right word) only by the Blackbird. The full spring song of the male Blackcap – perhaps not at its best for a few weeks yet – is a silken delight. The notes pour forth from within the young greenery as pure and delicious as honey. But the Blackcap also has rather a curious sub-song. It sounds as if it’s muttering to itself, rehearsing under its breath for a few seconds before launching into the full-volume rendition. From nervous dummy-run to full-on concert recital. Magical.

Simon Marquis