Thursday 4th February 2021

Thursday 4th February 2021

Late news, 2/2, Perranuthnoe: 1 Sparrowhawk f, 1 Kestrel, 2 Grey Seal, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Weasel. (J Evans)

Late news, 2/2, Little Cudden: 2 Black Redstart both with female looking plumage. (J Evans)

St Gothian Sands LNR: Adult Glaucous Gull again. (S Rogers)

Marazion: Juv Glaucous Gull on the sea briefly and then flew to the Long Rock. (DK Parker, L Proctor)

Mousehole: 2 juv Glaucous Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull at St Clement’s Isle. (M Elliott)

Rosemorran: 1 ad Yellow-legged Gull. (M Elliott)

Rosemullion: 1 Long tailed Duck still present, 1 immature pale phase Pomarine Skua. (D Eva)

Land’s End: 8 Chough, 36 Meadow Pipit, 1 Snipe, 100 Jackdaw. 1 Common Scoter past south. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

St Buryan: 1 Peregrine over Farm Shop. (P Taylor, H Mitchell)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: 7 Redwing. Sparrowhawk, 2 Tawny Owl early morning (heard only). (B.Toms)

Stithians: 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Tufted Duck, 4 Mallard. (Keith Hambly-Staite)

Boskenna: 1 Cattle Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail, 70 Chaffinch. (N R Rogers)

Loe Pool, Helston: 7 Cattle Egrets, 1 Bittern, 16 Shoveler and 7 Pochard (A Witheywood)

Bittern – Andrew Witheywood

Cattle Egret – Nigel Rogers

Tywarnhayle: (13.55 – 14.25) 1 Herring Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, 1 Collared Dove, 2 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 7 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 singing + 3 other (4 in all) Chiffchaff, 2 Blackbird, 5 Robin, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail. (RB & PC Girling)

Hayle Kimbro Pool area: 1 Hen Harrier (m), 1 Jack Snipe, 36 Snipe (L Sampson)

Helstone: 1 Green Woodpecker from a private garden. (S Grose)

Crowdy Reservoir: 2m Goosander, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Great Northern Diver, 371 Black headed Gull, 11 Lesser Black backed Gull. (S Grose)

Rock Helipad Field: 2 Mistle Thrush 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Tawney Owl, 7 House Sparrow. (S Grose)

Towan Head: 18 Red-throated Diver, 80+ Common Scoter. (S Rowe)

Lockdown 3 Diary:

Last weekend my powers of concentration were tested to the limit. I had to remember which of four bird lists I was adding to: the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch; the BTO’s Garden BirdWatch; Cornwall Birds’ Garden Listing League or my own garden list! A Raven flying overhead wouldn’t count for BTO or RSPB but is fine for CB. Was that Collared Dove within the RSPB’s allotted hour or outside it? Does that very short stay by a Mistle Thrush qualify for GBW? Good grief, it was like playing 3D chess.

I am a recent convert to lists. I used to get pleasure enough from simply watching birds, but keeping lists is not like train-spotting or stamp collecting. It actually builds into a useful record – and a reminder of what was present and where and when. It is years since I had a Siskin in my garden and while Chaffinchs and Goldfinches are ubiquitous, a Greenfinch is an usual sight and a Bullfinch a rare delight. To me they are the most exotic of our garden birds, the male’s deep blush pink somehow managing to evade detection. But of all the surprises over my weekend of manic listing, none was more depressing than the absence of House Sparrows. They have nested in our eaves for twenty years and they were here a few weeks ago, but mysteriously they have vanished. Generally they don’t travel far so I’m worried they may have gone for good.

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