Sunday 5th April 2020

Sunday 5th 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, 01/04, Boobys Bay: 3 Swallow passing though, 3 Sandwich Tern fishing close inshore. (S Lilley)

Late News, 04/04, Boobys Bay: 2 Swallow passing through. (S Lilley)

Late News, 04/04, Freathy: 1 Red-throated Diver east, 1 Common Scoter west, 1 Sandwich Tern east. (M Jordan)

Late News, 04/04, Seaton: 1 Snipe, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, and Siskin over. (M Jordan)

Helston: 1 Hoopoe in private garden. (D Williams)

Hoopoe, David Williams

Hoopoe, David Williams

Newlyn: Iceland Gull, 11 Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Northern Diver from Sandy Cove. (L Proctor)

Marazion: 34 Sandwich Tern, 5 Common Tern. Also on the marsh: 5 Sand Martin, 3 Shoveler, 2 Water Pipit, Willow Warbler singing. (S Rogers) Also, 30 Common Scoter off shore. (S Turner) This evening, 60+ Sandwich Tern and 1 Common Tern at the mouth of Red River. (DK Parker)

Sandwich Tern – Steve Rogers

Drift Reservoir: 2nd cal year Iceland Gull in ploughed field east of reservoir with c.80 Lesser Black-backed & c.200 Herring Gull 16:10-16:25 at least (scoped from my house). (D Flumm)

Penzance: 4 Common Tern offshore this evening. (M Ahmad)

Sandy Cove: 4 Common Tern and 1 Great Skua this evening. (L Proctor)

Trencrom: singing Willow Warbler, 1 Snipe. (R Veal)

Polgigga: 2 House Martin over. (M Wallace)

Swanpool: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Common Sandpiper, 10 Sandwich Terns in Fal Bay, and 1 Fulmar (M Doyle, T Phelps)

Freathy: 1 Great Northern Diver on sea, 4 Sandwich Tern east, 1 Manx Shearwater east, 1 Willow Warbler singing in the hedge, and 1 Swallow east (M Jordan)

Newquay Trevemper / Trevoll: 3 Raven, 6 Skylark, 16 Linnet, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Song Thrush, 7 Chiffchaff, 1 m Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Swallow, 2 Sparrowhawk, 76 Rook, 2 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, also 1 Common Lizard, 1 Stoat & 2 Red-eared Terrapin at boating lake. (S Grose)

Trevose Head: 3 House Martin & 1 Swallow around crags east of lighthouse.  Also 1 Raven eating a Slow Worm. (S Lilley)

Downderry: 31 Sandwich Tern, 4 Kittiwake, 5 Common Gull and 3 Manx Shearwater. (A Payne)

Argal Reservoir: 7 Great Crested Grebe from the dam (D Chaney)

College Reservoir: 5 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Mute Swan, 20+ Canada Goose, 2 Teal, 6+ Coot (3 on nests), 2 Grey Heron, 20 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Great Black-back Gull, 15 Sand Martin, 3 Blackcap (singing), 12+ Chiffchaff, 2 Nuthatch (1 heard at S end, 1 heard nr Lamanva Farm). (D Chaney)

Penryn: 4 Greenfinch (2ad, 2 juv), 1 Linnet with nesting material, 1 Coal Tit by Penryn Asda. (D Chaney)

St Ives: 8 Sandwich Tern and singing Nuthatch (G Jones)

Carbis Bay: 1 Guillemot close in (G Jones)

St Clement: 1 Swallow (M Jones)

Wadebridge, Guinea Port: 1 Swallow (D Wilson)

Callington: 2 House Martin flying over our garden (A Parker)

Malpas, Truro: first House Martin visited our nestboxes at 7.a.m. (A Hill)

Talskiddy: 1 Swallow over the Garden. (P Roseveare)

St Keverne: 3 Swallow (H Norton)

Dobwalls: Swallow, Wood Pigeon sat on nest in our Hawthorn tree, 2 Jays & male Brimstone (C&J Duffy)

Ruan Lanihorne: 2 Swallows this evening. (D Hall)

Crackington Haven: 1 House Martin, 2 Swallows and numerous Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls.  (J & B Teague)

Penwithick: 1 Buzzard , 4 Goldfinch (K Bowers)

Buzzard, Kevin Bowers

Goldfinch, Kevin Bowers

Goldfinch, Kevin Bowers

Lowertown: 2 Mistle Thrush (D Wright)

Tregidden: Many Peacock, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Tortoiseshell, 1 Orange Tip (B Nicholls)

Cornwall Lockdown Diary, Day 13

The moon has been fattening up over the last few days and Venus shines brightly in the gloaming. The whole sky gleams with galaxies, stars and planets. It’s almost 9pm – British Summer Time thank goodness – and still there’s light. The lockdown has at least spared us yet more howling gales and lashing rain, and it looks like the high pressure is here for a while.

A little later in the evening and the spook music starts. First the sharp kee-wick from the female, then a pause, then a bubble of quiet notes followed by the long, sonorous woo-hooo from the male. And repeat. Our Tawny Owls are out and about. Just occasionally, a silent dark shape passes overhead, but sightings are rare even if the audio is frequent. It is a privilege to have them on our patch, and I rather like waking in the dead of night and hearing their spine-chilling calls from the warmth of my bed. When you’re outside and close the calls are astonishingly loud.

But in 20 years here, I have only seen one Barn Owl hereabouts. It was sitting on a fence post in our lane and flew off as we approached in the car. Note to Barn Owls: we have masses of voles here!

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