The first update for the year, and there has been some quality garden birding to be had, with Hen Harrier, Black Redstart, Firecrest and Red-breasted Merganser amongst the highlights so far!
Liskeard: Hoping to try and better last year’s total! Here are my totals so far from the 1st Jan from my garden on the edge of Liskeard, with rural views: Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Siskin, Herring Gull, Blackbird, Magpie, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Starling, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin (15 species). (Deena Sharp)
Feock: I thought if I got my starting list in early it was the only chance I would have of being near the top of the table! So here it is so far in 2022. My starter at 20: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Carrion Crow, Goldfinch, Wood Pigeon, Herring Gull, Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, Magpie, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Blackcap (20 species). (Rosalind Smith)
St Germans: It’s great that you are continuing the Garden List for another year; it has been most enjoyable, particularly with the restrictions due to covid. We are more fortunate than many, as our main window looks out over the creek and the woods beyond and all our meal settings include: knife, fork, spoon and binoculars.
It was a slow start this year, with just 26 on 1st Jan. (in order): Mute Swan, Mallard, Tawny Owl, Canada Goose, Dunnock, Wood pigeon, Greenshank, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Cormorant, Rook, Robin, Blue Tit, Pheasant, Goldfinch, Little Egret, Jackdaw, Chaffinch, Buzzard, Black-headed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Herring Gull, Magpie, Redshank, Curlew.
By 7th: Little Grebe, Great Tit, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Sparrowhawk, Great Black-backed Gull, Raven, Grey Heron, Shelduck, Green Woodpecker – making 36.
And by 14th: Snipe, Siskin, Long-tailed Tit, Red-breasted Merganser, Kingfisher, Wren, Black Redstart – ie. 43 so far. (Andy & Trish Blonden)
Callestick: Here’s my garden list for this year so far, up to 20th Jan when I added Little Egret: Tawny Owl, Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Goldfinch, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Wren, Dunnock, Rook, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Chaffinch, Little Egret, Pheasant, Mallard, Firecrest, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Redwing, Moorhen, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Fieldfare, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk, Great Tit, Buzzard, Bullfinch, Teal (37 species). (Tony Wilson)
Coverack: A fast start this year, with 3 species recorded this year that I didn’t manage last year. The highlight so far has to be the male Hen Harrier that gave brief flypasts on 17th and 18th January. I thought I’d missed my opportunity when I glimpsed what I thought was a harrier sp. on the 15th. Although I hadn’t seen one from the house for many years, Hen Harrier wasn’t a garden tick – but today’s surprise visit from a Water Rail was! That takes my all-time total for the garden to 97 species. The other species of note so far was Snipe. One I flushed from the field behind the house by climbing onto the roof to scope distant Gannets was followed by several records of one or two birds flying about in foul weather, surprising given I hadn’t seen one from the house for a few years. The list so far: Black-headed Gull, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Gannet, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, Hen Harrier, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Robin, Feral Pigeon, Rook, Snipe, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Tawny Owl, Water Rail, Woodpigeon, Wren (40 species). (Dan Beadle)