Sunday 24th January 2021

Sunday 24th January 2021

Traboe: 25+ Cattle Egret, 5+Little Egret, 1 White Stork. (S.Wood)

Cattle Egret – Steven Wood

Hayle Estuary: Adult and 1w Ring-billed Gull, 2w and ad Caspian Gull, adult Iceland Gull, 10 Yellow-legged Gull, 62 Common Gull, 20 Grey Plover and 1 Whimbrel. (M Halliday and P Freestone)

Camborne: 4 Blackcap 2f+ 2m, in a private garden. (G Rogers)

Blackcaps – Geoff Rogers

Heamoor, Penzance: 1m Blackcap. (V Whyte)

Wharfside, Penzance: Large Starling murmuration this evening. (D Brown)

Starling Murmuration – Dave Brown

Starling Murmuration – Dave Brown

Loe Pool, Helston: 4 Cattle Egret near Nansloe Farm, 11m 1f Goosander, 2 Cetti’s Warbler and Great Northern Diver. (A Witheywood)

Cetti’s Warbler – Andrew Witheywood

Pennance Point: 1 Long-tailed Duck (female), 4 Great Northern Diver. (J St Ledger)

Penryn Estuary: Whimbrel, 2 Knot, 30+ Redshank, 6 Greenshank, 11 Turnstone, 30+ Curlew, 8 Teal. (M Broadbent)

Truro/Newmills: 2 Firecrest, 1 Dipper, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Mistle Thrush, 6 Siskin (D Eva)

Par Beach: 1 Stonechat, 1Goldcrest. (C Hooper)

Penwithick: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker in private garden. (K Bowers)

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Kevin Bowers

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Kevin Bowers

Great Spotted Woodpecker – Kevin Bowers

Lostwithiel: 1f Blackcap still present feeding on fat balls with sparrows. (E Mayhew)

Padstow, Tregirls Beach: 249 Common Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 39 Black-headed Gull, 45 Herring Gull. 4 Grey Partridge feeding in the sand dunes, then flew into brassica field directly behind the beach as dog walkers approached early am. (S Grose)

Padstow, Hawkers Cove: 2 Kingfisher from a private garden. (S Grose)

Crugmeer: 378+ Rook in huge flock. (S Grose)

Newquay Boating Lake: 1 Black Swan, 2 Mute Swan. (S Grose)

Liskeard: 1m Blackcap, 2 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1f Siskin, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Mistle Thrush. (D Sharp)

Mistle Thrush – Deena Sharp

Bude Area: 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Snipe, 50 Lapwing. (S Windle)

Common Snipe – Steven Windle

Rame Head: Chough still present to the west of the NCI lookout this afternoon. (C Scott)

St John’s Lake: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, 10 Teal, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Redshank, 4 Shelduck. (R Napp)

River Tamar: c.150-200 Mixed waders including Turnstones and Dunlin flying in unison, as a flock, for half an hour around a single yacht. Some landing but not enough room for all of them. (R Napp)

Turnstone and Dunlin Flock – Rick Napp

Lockdown 3 Diary

Here we go again. Another lockdown. Thank goodness watching birds can lighten the load. Birds know nothing of our woes and so are doing what they always do, quietly taking on board the growing daylight and thinking about the spring to come. Even in these short days there are signs that weren’t there a few weeks ago: a Mistle Thrush trumpeting away at the top of the bare beech tree; Great Tits urgently crying out; Rooks and Jackdaws spring-cleaning or house-hunting. Eggs may be two or three months away still, but birdlife is quickening already.

Saturday 23rd was a beautiful blue day in Cornwall – a welcome respite from Storm Cristoph – and I took my permitted exercise at Crugmeer near Padstow. Gannets joined the mass of gulls that had tracked down a shoal of fish and knifed into the sea in that devil-may-care way they have. A Kestrel played in the updrafts and as I neared Portmissen I could hear the unmistakable cry of dozens of Kittiwakes staking out their nest ledges for the forthcoming season. Fulmars cruised around the cliffs peering at me peering at them. As I made my way back to the car, I made out a commotion of crows mobbing a large, pale bird. The binoculars revealed a first for the year, a Short-eared Owl. The perfect end to a crisp winter walk.

Simon Marquis ([email protected])