Monday 13th April 2020

Monday 13th 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, 8/4, Tresillian: Came out into the garden and a female Sparrowhawk ambushed a Blackbird and flew away with it in her talons after a glancing blow against the window,  just a few feet away from me. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 11/4, Tresillian River: Dipper by the bridge over the waterfall, plus 1 Raven, 2 Greenshank, 4 Curlew, 1 Common Sandpiper and 12 Shelduck. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 11/4, Swanpool: 1 Lesser Whitethroat singing at Pennance Point. (T Stuart)

Late news, 11/4, Hayle: 1 Hobby over garden. (M Halliday)

Hobby, Mark Halliday

Late news, 12/4, Buttermilk/Rosewall Hill: 6 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Canada Goose, 3 pairs of Stonechat, 18 Linnet, 14 Meadow Pipit, 4 Common Buzzard. (V Stratton)

Late news, 12/4, Tresillian: Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker and up to 5 Siskins continuing to come to sunflower heart feeder in back garden. (A Nicholson)

Late news, 12/4, Millbrook: Avocet heard only. (B Taggart)

Late news, 12/4, Falmouth: 2 Whimbrel flew past towards Swanpool at 11:00. (T Stuart)

Newlyn: pale 2cy Glaucous Gull in harbour. (M Ahmad)

Pendeen: 2cy Iceland Gull flew over. (P Clement)

Truro: 1 Hobby (D Eva) Wheatear on Truro City Football Pitch. (R Wilkins)

Wheatear – Richard Augarde

Carnhot: 1 Red Kite over 0825. (J Simpson)

St Erth: 3 singing Reed Warbler, 5+ Willow Warbler, 3 Sand Martin. (R Veal)

Crowlas: 25 Golden Plover over. (R Veal)

Penwithick: 12 House Sparrow, 6 Chaffinch, 2 Blue Tit, 3 Blackbird, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Robin, Long-tailed Tit. (K. Bowers)

Buzzard – Kevin Bowers

Sparrowhawk – Kevin Bowers

Penzance: Raven overhead at midday,  being mobbed by a Jackdaw. (J Ruhrmund)

St Agnes: Red Kite north over St.Agnes Beacon at 13:20. (B Makin)

St Ives: Wheatear at Clodgy Point and Whitethroat above Hellesveor Cliff. (G Jones)

Helford: 1 Cuckoo singing at Tremayne Wood. (M Natrass)

Sancreed: 2 Red Kite west 15:35-15:45, 5 Swallow, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Greylag & 43 Canada Geese. (D Flumm)

Marazion beach: 12 Sandwich Tern, one Whimbrel this evening. (S. Rogers)

St Ives: 1 female Black Redstart, 6 Wheatears (5 males and one female), 2 pairs of Stonechats, 15 Linnets, 4 Common Buzzards on Buttermilk Hill. (V Stratton)

Falmouth: mf Eider again off Gyllyngvase Beach c17:30. (T Stuart)

Falmouth/Maenporth walk: 1 Adder. (P Oldcorn)

Heamoor: 11 House Martin. (P St Pierre)

Truro: 3 Red Kite over Idless. (J Chapple)

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 21:

Butterflies are enjoying the wonderful spell of sun and warmth. I’ve seen more Holly Blues this year than ever. There are Peacocks, Whites both Large and Small, a Speckled Wood and the pale yellow Brimstone (is that why butterflies are so-called?) and now plenty of Orange Tips too. I understand butterflies had a good 2019 – and not before time. For many flying insects our modern world is all too inhospitable.

I’m keeping a close eye on the many nest boxes I have put up over the years. Some, I’m ashamed to say, have rotted away and are now roofless, uninhabitable wrecks. Others have had their entrance holes mysteriously enlarged, but by what? Great Spotted Woodpeckers are high on the suspect list, but so too are Grey Squirrels. The cat is not in my sights. She is far too old for any bird aggro, and even in her youth was always more of a mouser.

But many of the decent boxes seem to be tenantless and it’s mid-April. I can’t think why because they are all well sited and disturbance is minimal. Perhaps the birds are a bit sniffy about my choice of architecture.

Simon Marquis (