Monday 4th May 2020

Monday 4th May 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, 22/3, Okel Tor mine, Calstock: 1 Marsh Harrier. (P Northmore)

Late news, 2/4, Clapper Marsh: 1 Bar-headed Goose, 3 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Shelduck, 1 Male Bullfinch. (L McLean)

Late news, 3/4, Clapper Marsh: 1 Barnacle Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 4 Shelduck, 1 Male Bullfinch. (L McLean)

Late News, 20/4, Demelza: 1 Cuckoo calling. (J. Trudgian, reported to I J Bennallick).

Late news, 3/5, St Erth: 1 Barn Owl. (M Spicer)

Late photos, Constantine: male Chaffinch, male Stonechat. (D Collins)

male Chaffinch, David Collins

male Stonechat, David Collins

Newlyn: dark phase Arctic Skua and 2cy Glaucous Gull again. (L Proctor) 2cy Iceland Gull again. (M Ahmad)

Skewjack: 1 Marsh Harrier this evening. (M Wallace)

River Kennall nr Devoran: 1 Cuckoo, 2 Reed Warbler (heard), 4 Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin. (S Bearhop)

Widemouth Bay, Longbeak and Penhalt Cliffs: 1 Wheatear of Greenland race, 1 male Linnet, 3 (poss. 4) Whitethroat, 1 Magpie, 2 Wren,  5 Herring Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Shag, parties of Swallows moving north. (H Kendall)

Maer Lake: 30+ Swallows, 10 Sand Martins, 4 Shelduck. (H Kendall)

Falmouth, Killigrew St: 4 Swift at 08:00. (S Van Hear)

Charlestown: 2 House Martin, 1 Green Woodpecker (D Hastilow)

Freathy: 1 Great Northern Diver approaching full breeding plumage. (M Jordan)

Malpas: 2 Swift. (M Costa)

St Wenn, southwest of: 1 Whitethroat, 1 pair Stonechat, 1 Skylark, 1 Cuckoo calling in valley to the south (just north of Tregonetha Downs). (Ian Bennallick)

Caradon Hill: 6 Buzzard, also Raven, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Tree Pipit, Chiffchaff, Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler. (D Sharp)

Buzzard – Deena Sharp

Buzzard – Deena Sharp

Buzzard – Deena Sharp

Illogan: Green Woodpecker in cemetery. (J Baker)

Truro: 1m and 1f Siskin in my garden. (D Jenkins)

Stithian’s Reservoir: 12 Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck. (S Turner)

Trevaunance Cove: 5 Fulmar. 2 Swallow. 1 Swift. 1 Peregrine.  (V Skilton)

Cadgwith: 1 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua (dark & light), Sandwich Tern, c50 Manx shearwater, 8 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel. (S Croft)

Marazion: The daily diary entries bringing us up to date on one of our leaders in the lockdown listing league at one of our prime coastal locations;-

15th April: I managed Shelduck and flyover Greenshank this evening. (Also Coot on main marsh and 3 Common Sandpiper on Longrock but not seen from house unfortunately!)
16th April: Early morning Reed Warbler and Whitethroat only additions should put me on 74. Still can’t pick out the Glaucous Gull, either too dull or a heat haze!
17th April: After several false starts, a string of possibles and a couple of probables, I finally nailed a Razorbill on the sea with Guillemots that were close enough to be confident in the id.
18th April: Managed a Swift tucked in with quite a few hirundines (mostly House Martins).
19th April: I finally managed a male Wheatear in the horse paddocks …
21st April: … to continue reading see the garden lockdown listing link at the head of the page above.