Wednesday 15th April 2020

Wednesday 15th April 2020

Big Garden Sit: Organised by birders on social media @bucksalert,and now going national, this is held from 8:00 – 9:00 am every Saturday in April and May. Just sit (or stand) in your garden for the hour and record as many bird species as you can! Let us know what you saw by contacting us on the email address – we can update the national table with your results and it will be interesting to see what can be found in Cornwall …  or if on twitter contact the organisers directly yourself as above #biggardensit

Garden Bird ‘Race’ Sunday 19th April: We were hoping to run a County Bird Race this spring and we still can, albeit slightly differently. General garden birding rules apply (see page here), essentially from one minute past midnight on Saturday to midnight on Sunday, all birds seen or heard in or from your garden! If we have enough participants we will have categories such as coastal, rural or solely suburban, with virtual prizes (ie kudos) for best bird, most surprising bird-related event, most birds seen etc. Contact to register beforehand or to tell us how you got on at the time. 

Late news, 14/4, Carclaze, St Austell: Oystercatcher over 21:50. (D Cooper)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover. (S Rowe)

Newlyn: 2cy Glaucous Gull and 3cy Yellow-legged Gull around harbour. (M Ahmad)

Nanquidno: 2 Whimbrel, 1 Wheatear, 1 Sandwich Tern. (C Moore)

Stratton: 2 House Martin. (B Bryne)

Lostwithiel: 1 House Martin in old nest, 1 Willow Warbler. (M Surgey)

Malpas, Truro: Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Blackcap (f.). Shelduck, Grey Heron on Tresillian river below garden and Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 2 Little Egret over. (A.Hill)

Downderry: 3 Whimbrel, 3 Common Gull, 3 Wheatear and 4 Swallow. (A Payne)

Trewoon:  Red Kite over at 13:50 being mobbed by gulls. (I Toogood-Johnson)

Carclaze St Austell: 2 Yellow Wagtails & 1 Hobby. (D Cooper)

St. Martin in Meneage:  1 Red Kite over, heading north. (A Chatfield)

Clodgy Point to St Ives: 3 Whimbrel. (G Jones)

Swanpool: 2 Black-throated Diver, pair Eider, 3 Guillemot. (J St Ledger)

Castle Beach, Falmouth: 1 Sanderling (on beach), 2 Swallow (over). (J St Ledger, S Van Hear)

Marazion beach: (evening) 18 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 28 Turnstone, 2 Sandwich Tern. (S. Rogers, J Hawkey)

Marazion Marsh: 20 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow. (S.Rogers) Also 1 Coot, 1 Greenshank and 3 Common Sandpiper. (DK Parker)

Cadgwith: 1s Little Gull, Little Tern. (S Croft)

Gannel Estuary, boating lake: 2 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 4 Canada Goose and 1 Tawny Owl over cafe. (J Green)

Between Wiggle and Polhawn: 1 Hobby this afternoon. (B Taggart)

Truro: 1 Swift. (L Sampson)

Buttermilk Hill: 24 Wheatears, 1, Ring Ouzel, male, 16 Linnets, 5,  Meadow Pipits, I Sparrow Hawk, male. (V Stratton)

Anjue Green Farm: 4 Wheatear. (V Stratton)

Kenidjack: Wood Warbler. (Sam Williams)
Lockdown Diary: – something a little different, a couple of recent entries from the garden listing league

Constantine: Two new ones today. One expected and the other wholly unexpected …The first was Whimbrel flying over at lunchtime. Difficult to record precisely now many – they were flying by in a heat haze but at least 4 calling at the same time (on different notes!)

The unexpected ones were 14 Brent Geese which flew by right over my garden heading for the Helford River at about 4.45pm in formation calling loudly! This is a new bird species for my house, where we have been for well over forty years. This puts me on 47 and still no swallow! (Tim Pinfield)

Millbrook: In the early hours of Monday morning, just after midnight I let the dog out into the garden for a final mooch round and stood on the deck waiting for him to come in. I then heard a bird calling over … ‘peep, peep peep’, a couple of seconds break then ‘peep peep peep’, and after a few seconds a final ‘peep peep peep’ as the bird headed north-east. It sounded wader-ish but wasn’t a call I was immediately familiar with. I listened to a couple of possibles on the xeno-canto website but nothing seemed to fit, so before I went to bed I put out a request on the CBWPS facebook page.
Sunday morning saw a couple of replies, one from Darrell Clegg suggesting Avocet. Simultaneously I had been back on xeno-canto and was listening to Avocet where one recording from the Severn Estuary on 6th April was almost identical to my calls. I’m thus confident that last night I added Avocet to the garden list… pretty amazing and not one I would have considered at the start of lockdown! (Bruce Taggart)