Firstly, well done and thanks to all who took part in the ‘Garden Bird Race’ this weekend. The weather on Saturday was particularly unpleasant, Sunday, whilst a bit grey at least stayed dry much of the time. Of course today (Monday) was lovely blue skies … ! The final results table –[table “56” not found /]
Well done to Dave Parker for coming top of the table with 34, although it was a close run thing with Tim Pinfield at Constantine only one behind. A number of inland sites shared joint third with 28 species. We also had two hour counts submitted, which is always interesting to see. We will repeat the garden bird race again in March, with more daylight and hopefully better weather, the challenge is to try and better your own score in addition to competing with everyone else! Should be enjoyable regardless. Rather than single out any specific highlights, below are the results sent in by those taking part (any new garden bird list additions highlighted in bold) –
St Austell 1 hour count: I live in town with a small garden surrounded by houses and a spattering of trees near by. I did the garden bird watching this morning from 10.45 to 11.45. In the hour I saw :-
Robin 1, Blue Tit 1, Wood Pigeon 32, Starling 22, House Sparrow 7, Blackbird 2, Dunnock 3 two males courting one female, Blackcap 1, Goldfinch 16, Carrion Crow 1, Herring Gull 15, Song Thrush 1, Magpie 1, Wren 1, Chaffinch 1, Raven 2 (Ann Graham)
Mount Village: 16 species – weather awful windy and wet – Pied wWagtail 2, Blue Tit 5, Starling 20, Chaffinch 6, House Sparrow 6, Blackbird 1, Goldfinch 5, Siskin 5, Collared Dove 7, Greenfinch 1, Great Tit 1, Coal Tit 1, Rook 3, Dunnock 2, Marsh Tit 1, Robin 1 (Jasmina Goodair)
Polbathic: I did a count on both days, with a very moderate result of 28 each day, with 25 species common to both days and nothing unusual. They were (in the order seen):
Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Curlew, Shelduck, Redshank, Wood Pigeon, Mallard, Herring Gull, Rook, Sparrowhawk. Magpie, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Stonechat, Carrion Crow, Pheasant, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, Robin. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Hedge Sparrow, Cormorant, Blue Tit, Raven, Jay, Little Egret, Tawny Owl (heard).
(Three early “shoot-throughs” by the Sparrowhawk, disturbed most of the small birds for some time). (Andy Blonden)
Wadebridge: Nothing particularly unusual but no sign of a House Sparrow, Starling, Collared Dove or Skylark which I was counting on. Nor of the Woodcock that occasionally graces us with its presence. (S Marquis)
Middlewood, new entry: Thank you for doing this. I chose Sunday for obvious reasons and although a few regulars were absent, we did see or hear the following: Blackbird(3), Blue Tit(2), Bullfinch, Chaffinch(5), Coal Tit(3), Dunnock, Great Tit(2), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw (39 in one tree opposite), Jay, Long-tailed Tit(6), Magpie, Marsh Tit(2), Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Robin(2), Siskin(4), Song Thrush, Tawny Owl, Wood Pigeon(2), Wren.
Since January 1st, we have recorded, in addition to the ones above: Collared Dove, Common Buzzard(flying over), Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Raven(flying over), Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Starling(flying over).
Looking forward to hearing the first Chiffchaff! Best wishes (Jen Bousfield)
Polbathic: Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Little Egret, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Curlew, Wren, Robin, Redshank, Rook. Herring Gull, Shelduck, Hedge Sparrow, Cormorant, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Pied Wagtail, Jackdaw, Goldfinch, Mallard. Carrion Crow, Pheasant, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Stonechat, Dabchick, Magpie, Buzzard.
Thanks for your efforts to keep us stimulated! (Andy Blonden)
Coverack: 27 species for the Garden Bird Race on Sunday. Highlights included Firecrest, Lesser Black-backed Gull and garden year tick number 45, Linnet.
House Sparrow, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Herring Gull, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Blackbird, Magpie, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Great Tit, Robin, Redwing, Wren, Great-Spotted Woodpecker, Wood Pigeon, Coal Tit, Rook, Starling, Greenfinch, Firecrest, Collared Dove, Song Thrush, Carrion Crow, Gannet, Linnet, Lesser Black-backed Gull. (Dan Beadle)
Marazion: Below a rather meagre list from the garden today. Failed to see numerous “expected” birds, the best highlight (if you can call it that) were numerous Razorbills, the first I’ve seen in Mounts Bay this year. There were also quite a few probable Guillemot, but tantalisingly just too distant to be confident of id.
Canada Goose, Teal, Common Scoter, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Moorhen, Sanderling, Black-headed Gull, Lesser, Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Kittiwake, Razorbill, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Pied, Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch. (Dave Parker)
Grampound Road: Here’s my report for the Garden Bird Race 21st February.
House Sparrow, Collard Dove, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Starling, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Siskin, Blue Tit, Herring Gull, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Greenfinch, Carrion Crow, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Great Tit, Rook, Jay, Song Thrush, Great, Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Blackcap, Redwing, Pheasant, Brambling (Rob Nicholls)
Constantine: Too windy and rainy Saturday so went for it on Sunday. Surprise sort of day with many birds turning up I did not expect and an absence of many of the regulars. I ended with a total of 33.
Little Egret, Canada Goose, Shelduck, Buzzard, Pheasant, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Skylark, Blackcap, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Tawny Owl.
Shelduck was new for the year so my annual total here is now 51 (Tim Pinfield)
Praa Sands 1 hour count: 4 Blackbird 2m 2f, 2 Dunnock, 1 Black Redstart(f plumage) darting about the garden, 14 Rook, 8 Herring Gull, 9 House Sparrow, 2 Wren, 1 Woodpigeon, 1 Jackdaw. Many Thanks (Jonathan Evans)
Lanlivery: More of an amble than a race here, with only 26 species on Sunday and nothing unusual, although 12 species had singing males which brought a nice Spring feel to the day: Skylark (2 in song), Canada Goose, Pheasant, Wood Pigeon, Herring Gull, Buzzard, Tawny Owl (2), Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit (in song), Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Wren, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch and Goldfinch.
No Magpies or Jays, which is really strange for our garden! All the best (Phil McVey)
Trethurgy: Not so much as a bird race but more of a muddy stroll in the garden. Total species 28 -mostly wet ones !
Highlights included a pair of Great-spotted Woodpeckers drumming on a large Ash tree in our garden plus a female Sparrowhawk landed on a rose arch close to a feeding station-everything disappeared immediately apart from a Magpie which stared at it and eventually made the Sparrowhawk fly off. A Meadow Pipit appeared late in the day, which may not be uncommon but it is for our garden. I opened the back door every half hour last night to try and hear a Tawny Owl but they were not interested. No sign of the Willow Tit either. (Geoff and Jacky White)
Dobwalls: Bird Race 21st Feb, 19 in total – House Sparrow, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Magpie, Herring Gull, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Raven, Starling, Collared Dove, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Jackdaw, Greenfinch and Goldcrest. (Chris & Janet Duffy)
Mabe Burnthouse: Jackdaw, Herring Gull, Magpie, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Carrion Crow
Mallard 2 over, Woodpigeon, Blackcap f, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Black-headed Gull distant, Starling, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Rook, Wren, Collared Dove.
21, comfortably more than double yesterdays tally … still a pretty grey day with rain at times, most birds seen out of the window at odd times. Mallard and Blackcap were both garden year ticks. (Dan Chaney)
Garden Listing 22nd February 2021
Mabe Burnthouse: Was sitting in the living room having breakfast to hear the distinctive loud honking of a group of Canada Geese flying past. Jumped up and managed to espy a skein of 14 flying in the direction of the Carrick Roads. Up to 39 now. (Dan Chaney)
Perranarworthal: Never managed much this weekend I am afraid, but 6 more species to add to the lockdown list, Curlew, Redshank and Greenshank in early Feb along with the first Rooks of the year for me, Firecrest on the 11th, Bullfinch on 12th and Greenfinch on 22nd. (Stu Bearhop)
Constantine: Two additions to the garden list today. Skylark singing in the distance and a Green Woodpecker yaffling down in the valley. List moves to 43. Also a Chiffchaff singing briefly, perhaps a migrant, and one of the wintering Blackcaps now sings most days. It must be spring! (David Collins)
Launceston: It seems very strange that since moving from Bude to Launceston we appear to have more wildlife in our new garden in town (Kensey Valley) than we ever did in Bude. Anyway for weeks since moving in and already another long list of birds to my new feeding station in the back garden, yesterday there were Bullfinch, Chafffinch, Robin, Dunnock, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Siskin, Goldfinch, over the house was female adult Sparrowhawk, female adult Common Buzzard and Raven. Each morning a large group of mixed gulls pass up the valley having spent the night on Roadford Reservoir plus the odd Cormorant. (Nigel Bastin)