Friday 17th April 2020

Friday 17th 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, 16/04,  Ruan Lanihorne, Sett Bridge: Single Common Sandpiper at 10:00. (D Hall)

Late news, 16/4, Porthleven: 1 Garganey reported, flew past.

Late news, 16/4, Penzance, Jubilee Pool: 1 Sandwich Tern being marauded for its catch by a flock of 10+ Herring Gull. (J Evans)

Newlyn: 2cy Glaucous Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull still in harbour. Also 16+ Whimbrel on rocks West of Jubilee Pool. (L Proctor)

St Just: 1 Wryneck. (N Wheatley)

St Erth: 1 Swift with good numbers of hirundines, 1 Common Sandpiper along river. (M Spicer) Also 1 Swift, 4 Swallow, c10 House Martin, c20 Sand Martin, 1 Willow Warbler at Tregilliowe ponds. (R Veal)

Mousehole: 6 Puffin, 7 Sandwich Tern, c300 Manx Shearwater, c300 auk sp. flew past. (M Elliott)

Helston: 1 Black-throated Diver reported on Loe Pool.

Porthleven: 1 Black-throated Diver reported.

Mullion Cove: Pair Bullfinch ( J Allely)

Newquay Gannel Estuary: 4 Ringed Plover, 12 Dunlin, 4 Bar tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret (1 With bloodied head wound), 7 Blackcap, 1 Song Thrush. (S Grose)

Fistral Beach: 4 Linnet, 2 Stonechat, 4 Whimbrel, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 13 Turnstone, 3 Greenfinch, 4 Swallow. (S Grose)

Penzance: 2 Sandwich Tern past Jubilee Pool. (J Evans)

St Merryn. Private land: Pair robin feeding newly hatched young. Nest in barn. 1 pair blue tits busy nest building in nest box.

East Pentire, Newquay: 1 Great Skua, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull east. Also 4 Wheatear and Song Thrush carrying food. (S Rowe)

Crantock Beach: 2 Shelduck, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Sandwich Tern. (S Rowe)

Newquay: Adult Glaucous Gull still in pink elephant field at 08:45. (J Hawkey)

Trenance Boating Lake: 8 Herring Gull, 11 Mallards, 9 ducklings (1 predated by a Herring Gull),  4 Moorhens with 6 chicks. Also 1 Wren, 2 Robin, 1 Greenfinch. (E Henderson)

Moorhen – Ethan Henderson

Marazion: 30 Whimbrel on beach and 2 Wheatear. (S Turner) Several flocks of Whimbrel flying east including 90, 30 & 20 birds. (S Rogers, DK Parker) Also 22 Sandwich Tern on Hogus rocks and 13 Ringed Plover on the beach. (S Rogers)
Trevose Head: 4 Wheatear, 30+ Swallow & 1 Sand Martin, also 9 Whimbrel on coast path at Boobys Bay. (S Lilley)

Pendeen: 5 Redwings on hill above Pendeen church flew off high NE at 10:15 also 2cy Glaucous Gull in field by Manor farm at 17:15 then flew to Portheras Cove. (P Clement)


Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 25:

I don’t think I can remember a day as pristine as this Tuesday, 14th April. The morning air as sharp as a dip in the sea. Not a wisp of cloud. The trees have a smear of green about them, but the light still finds its way to the woodland floor, where bluebells, wood anemones and wild garlic flowers are glowing.

I pedalled all the way up the Camel Trail to Wenfordbridge (a round trip of 18 miles), the river changing from sluggish estuary to tumbling silvan stream. Sixty years ago, little steam engines still trundled their trucks up the line, squeezing between the cottages at Hellandbridge. Today the woods clatter with woodpecker drumming, and birdsong rings out all around. The perfect cameo was a Nuthatch that flew down to a tiny shingle beach by the river, spotlit by sun, and drank its fill of moorland water. Still no Treecreeper though I must have scanned a thousand trunks in the last week or two. The Bar-headed Goose was sunning himself near Wadebridge, and Shelduck mooched around Treravon meadows. An absolutely perfect spring day…but with a sad dark cloud marooned above the human world.

Simon Marquis (