Garden Listing

Whether you live by the coast, have a fantastic garden and views, or just a small suburban plot with limited views of the sky and a bird feeder, take part and enjoy watching and recording your avian visitors through the seasons. You may well get some interesting surprises!

Garden Listing

Whether you live by the coast, have a fantastic garden and views, or just a small suburban plot with limited views of the sky and a bird feeder, take part and enjoy watching and recording your avian visitors through the seasons. You may well get some interesting surprises!

We’re currently not running the Garden Listing League, which was a great success during the Covid lockdown. If you’re keen to continue to record you garden birds, then why not consider joining the BTO’s Garden BirdWatch scheme.

Cornwall Garden Listing League 2022: We’re pleased to announce that garden listing will be back for 2022! Whether you live by the coast, have a fantastic garden and views, or just a small suburban plot with limited views of the sky and a bird feeder, take part and enjoy watching and recording your avian visitors through the seasons. You may well get some interesting surprises!

We will be updating the table and posts below on a regular basis. You can be as competitive or not as you like – the main aim is to be motivated and enjoy your garden birding.

Essentially all birds seen or heard, in or from your garden, including those in flight (however distant). Birds seen on or above the garden do still count if you’re not actually on the property yourself, but not birds that you would have seen if you were there … but weren’t! Run to get in your garden if you see a distant Red Kite whilst returning from the shops. Feral Pigeon counts, but obvious escapes (eg Budgerigar) and domestic species don’t. You also can’t count dead birds and anything sound-recorded (nocmigging), but do let us know about them as they are still interesting to hear about, even if you can’t ‘tick’ them.

Garden Listing 2022 Table

RankUpdatedNameLocationLast Year’s Total2022 Garden ListNotes
121st DecAndy BlondenSt Germans7278Overlooking small creek
219th AugAndrew le MasurierTresillian6865Inland woodland/farmland
331st DecPhil McVeyLanlivery6166Inland rural
425th DecDan BeadleCoverack7056Scrub, farmland and hamlet. Sea distant.
5=23rd MarTim PinfieldConstantine6853Fringe of woodland, view down a valley.
5=22nd AugGeoff and Jacky WhiteTrethurgy4753Large garden in rural village
712th NovRob NichollsGrampound Road5552Rural village mid-sized garden
831st DecGary HealeyCrowlas5550Inland with large garden
92nd MarTony WilsonCallestick6042Medium garden, wooded valley in farmland.
1027th NovVic BoothCarbis Moor, St AustellNEW38Quite isolated and surrounded by lots of old established trees and Cornish hedges.
1131st JanDave PeersSwanpool, FalmouthNEW33Borders small nature reserve, near pool and beach
123rd MarDan ChaneyMabe Burnthouse5531Small garden (untidy but lots of cats in vicinity) on edge of village/housing estate.
13=8th JunNick WilkinsSummercourtNEW30Rural mature garden enclosed by farmland
13=7th JulDeena SharpLiskeard4130Housing Estate, distant views to farmland
1514th DecRosalind SmithFeock4231Moderate sized mature garden
1623rd MarBec PennyFeock4227Woodland garden.
1727th OctSteve FordHelston3421Average size, overlooks park, surrounded by tall trees.

31st December 2022

Lanlivery: Just a few new species to round the year off:

Grey Wagtail – one over on 21st September
Kingfisher – one calling from neighbour’s pond on 1st October
Stonechat – three in adjoining field from 2nd October and throughout the month. First for over 10 years as habitat is recovering after heavy grazing.

Brings the total to 66 species. Notable omissions this year are Whitethroat, which have disappeared from this area, and Peregrine.

Many thanks and Happy New Year! (Phil McVey)

Crowlas: Meadow Pipit, Siskin, Fieldfare, and Tawny owl takes my final total to 50. (Gary Healey)

25th December 2022

Coverack: A cracking Christmas present in the form of a Firecrest in the Mahonia. Fieldfare sightings have continued after the first for the year a few days ago, and I’ve managed Snipe from the house for the second successive winter now. (Dan Beadle)

21st December 2022

St Germans: A Barnacle Goose was back with the Canada flock, today (77). Then, another first for the creek, when an Egyptian Goose flew over and landed on the marsh (78). – And we still have two Great White Egrets! (Andy Blonden)

Coverack: A proper bit of garden gold! Merlin for 55, racing over the garden after a flock of Redwing. (Dan Beadle)

20th December 2022

Coverack: It’s been a quieter year for garden listing, with most of my time spent out of county at uni, travelling or on placement. Pleased to add Fieldfare for 54, hopefully the start of adding a few more species over Christmas. (Dan Beadle)

19th December 2022

St Germans: Another surprise: while watching the Great White Egret earlier, an Avocet came by! There’s never before been one this far up. It was running up with the tide on a fairly steep bank of mud, feeding ‘on-the-go’ in the water like a Greenshank. No. 76. That brightened up an otherwise dreary morning. (Andy Blonden)

14th December 2022

Feock: Please could you add Canada Goose and Black-headed Gull to my list, bringing the total to 31. (Rosalind Smith)

1st December 2022

St Germans: We’ve had two more to take us to 75: a Firecrest was in the garden on 12 Nov. and a Great White Egret on the marsh opposite, this morning (1 Dec.). (Andy Blonden)

27th November 2022

Carbis Moor: We moved into our ‘new’ house at Carbis Moor near St Austell on 10th October. The house is quite isolated and surrounded by lots of old established trees and Cornish hedges. First job was to put up the feeders and from day one they have been busy all day. So far, in between jobs on the house, we have counted 38 species on the feeders and around the garden. (Vic Booth)

Chaffinch – Vic Booth
Coal Tit – Vic Booth
Jay – Vic Booth
Fieldfare – Vic Booth
Robin – Vic Booth
Wren – Vic Booth
Great Spotted Woodpecker – Vic Booth

13th November 2022

Feock: Please can you add Redwing to my list. Huge flocks flew over this morning. (Rosalind Smith)

12th November 2022

Grampound Road: Two additions: 51. Golden Plover & 52. Lapwing. (Rob Nicholls)

 

1st November 2022

St Germans: A Fieldfare was in the garden this morning. (73). (Andy Blonden)

27th October 2022

Helston: Fieldfare for 21. (Steve Ford)

23rd October 2022

Grampound Road: 49. Firecrest. 50. Black Redstart. (Rob Nicholls)

 

20th October 2022

St Germans: Two Redwing were in the garden early this morning, which, with the humble feral Pigeon which stopped for a quick drink in the river on 22 Sept., brings  our total to 72. (Andy Blonden)

10th October 2022

Helston: A hunting Sparrowhawk for my 20th. (Steve Ford)

16th September 2022

St Germans: A very welcome Curlew Sandpiper – the first for some years – was among the Redshank and Dunlin in the creek, this morning; making 70. (Andy Blonden)

Lanlivery: Sand Martin – 5 over our ‘airspace’ on 16th September. Brings total to 63 species. (Phil McVey)

 

11th September 2022

Coverack: A Tree Pipit went over N calling as I was getting into the car – a garden tick! (Dan Beadle)

10th September 2022

Crowlas: Whimbrel takes me to 46. (Gary Healey)

9th September 2022

St Germans: Jackpot: a new bird for us both yesterday afternoon, when a Serin came to the feeders, then to the birdbath, followed by a juvenile. Amazing! (69). (Andy & Trish Blonden)

2nd September 2022

Update on July and August:

Reed Bunting – a male singing during most of July.
House Martin- not sighted here until 15th July.
Greenfinch – one on 14th August, they seem to have disappeared after a couple of good years.
Spotted Flycatcher – one on 28th August is my first garden sighting since 2009!

Four new species, bringing total to 62. (Phil McVey)

31st August 2022

St Germans: The long-awaited (young) Grey Wagtail turned up at the pond this morning – 68. (Andy Blonden)

29th August 2022

St Germans: We came back at lunch-time to find a young Bar-tailed Godwit feeding on the mud opposite. Most unusual for this end of the estuary, but a real privilege to watch such an exquisite bird from the comfort of a lounger on the patio. (67). (Andy Blonden)

22nd August 2022

Trethurgy: Here is our updated list:

Cormorant, Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant (heard), Moorhen, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Cuckoo (heard), Tawny Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (heard), Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Linnet, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer. (53 species)

The Moorhen was a new species for our garden and spent several days here during the hot spells. (Geoff and Jacky White)

19th August 2022

Tresillian: One more for my list: Hobby flying over this afternoon. (Andrew le Masurier)

11th August 2022

Tresillian: Two more to add to my list: Kingfisher and Yellowhammer. (A le Masurier)

6th August 2022

St Germans: Unusually, we saw no Whimbrel in the first half of the year, but this morning there were three  –  looking very elegant in the morning sunshine. (65) (Andy Blonden)

1st August 2022

St Germans: Sadly, no House Matins nested along our road, this year. Tonight, however, a huge number of Swallows and Martins were flying together over the marsh and roosting (precariously) on the rigging of an abandoned boat. So that’s 64. (Andy Blonden)

29th July 2022

Crowlas: House Martin, Swift, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull and Linnet takes my total to 45. (G Healey)

St Germans: A brief evening flyover by a Kestrel brings up 63. (Andy Blonden)

17th July 2022

St Germans: Two Stock Dove this morning take me to 62. (Andy Blonden)

15th July 2022

Feock: Please could you add Swift to my list bringing my total to 28.
Still no swallows or martins though. They really seem elusive this year. (Rosalind Smith)

7th July 2022

Liskeard: At least 15+ Swifts and 5+ House Martins hawking insects over the bungalow this evening. The swifts even gave a short, spine tingling scream. Wonderful.
These birds give me a total of 29 and 30 respectively for my garden listing. (Deena Sharp)

Grampound Road: Two new records to add to my list, 47. Green Woodpecker & 48. Nuthatch (Rob Nicholls)

4th July 2022

Tresillian: Two more to add to my list from today. Juvenile stonechat and spotted flycatcher.

(Andrew le Masurier)

30th June 2022

St Germans: During June, I’ve only been able to add a Willow Warbler, on 16th, briefly feeding on rose bush aphids (61).

(Andy Blonden)

20th June 2022

Lanlivery: Update on 20th June:
Tawny Owl, missed off the February update and present since.
Kestrel, took me a long time to get one and finally on 22nd May.
Swift, two on 30th May.
Four new species, bringing total to 58.
(Phil McVey)

15th June 2022

Helston: 2 Swift over this morning. (S Ford)

11th June 2022

Coverack: Linnet over for 52.

(Dan Beadle)

10th June 2022

Coverack: Five more to add to the list: Pheasant, Swift, House Martin, Cuckoo & Blackcap. 51 now.

(Dan Beadle)

8th June 2022

Summercourt: Please add a (single) Greenfinch to my tally, which will bring me to 30.

Very exciting as we used to have lots, but this is the first I have seen for more than three years.

(Nick Wilkins)

6th June 2022

Liskeard: Great excitement! A juvenile Nuthatch came into the garden! The first I’ve ever seen here. My total is now 28.

(Deena Sharp)

5th June 2022

Liskeard: Could you please update my listing to #27, as a Tawny Owl was heard across the valley in the early hours this morning.

(Deena Sharp)

29th May 2022

Liskeard: Could you please update my listing to #26, as a Great Black Backed Gull has flown up the valley towards town.

(Deena Sharp)

27th May 2022

Tresillian: A further 5 to add to my list: Blackcap, Little Egret, Skylark, House Martin & Swift.

(Andrew le Masurier)

22nd May 2022

Liskeard: Please update my total to 25.

Additions of 17.4.22 = Chiffchaff (22), Blackcap (23).
7.5.22 = Swallow (24)
22.5.22 = Sparrowhawk = (25).

(Deena Sharp)

20th May 2022

Grampound Road: 46. Great Black Backed Gull.

(Rob Nicholls)

17th May 2022

St Germans: A House Sparrow and today’s Swift brings up 60.

(Andy Blonden)

7th May 2022

Liskeard: #24 – Swallow.
So pleased to see this welcome Summmer visitor passing over the garden this morning, which now brings by total to 24.

(Deena Sharp)

5th May 2022

Summercourt: Can you please add five more for me – which will bring me to 29.

Skylark, Chiffchaff, Pheasant, Swallows (7) & and a gaggle of Canada Geese over.

Not sure I’ll get many more now, but I’ll keep watching and listening!

(Nick Wilkins)

3rd May 2022

Lanlivery: Belated update for March and April and early May. A frustrating couple of months, with migrants few and far between. New species:

Chiffchaff, first on 13/3
Swallow, first on 11/4
Willow Warbler, first on 12/4
Blackcap, also first on 12/4
Great Black-backed Gull, on 17/4
Lesser Black-backed Gull, on 17/4
Bullfinch, not common in our garden, two on 24/4
Grasshopper Warbler, present in neighbouring field from 26/4
Cuckoo, present from 28/4

Grey Heron, one over on 2/5
Brings running total to 54 species. (Phil McVey)

29th April 2022

Grampound Road: 44. Swallow and 45. House Martin. (Rob Nicholls)

28th April 2022

Tresillian: Two more for my list: Swallow and Greenfinch. (Andrew le Masurier)

Coverack: 5 more added during a brief return to Cornwall over Easter – Swallow, Sedge Warbler, Grey Heron, Mallard and Great Black-backed Gull. (Dan Beadle)

Polbathic: And a Swallow – 58. (Andy Blonden)

27th April 2022

St Germans: On 11th April, a male Blackap began coming to hang upside-down feeding on ivy berries. Then, at last, on 22nd, the previously ever-present Common Sandpiper appeared and today’s brief visit by a Whitethroat brings our total to 57. (Andy Blonden)

Summercourt: Had a magpie in my garden this morning (regrettably just one) so I’m now up to 24! (Nick Wilkins)

23rd April 2022

Summercourt: Can you please add a (male) Blackcap to my list – lovely bird (which takes me to 22). (Nick Wilkins)

18th April 2022

Tresillian: 6 more for my list as follows. Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kestrel, Shelduck, Black-headed Gull, House Sparrow, Grey Heron. (Andrew le Masurier)

Crowlas: Swallow and Feral pigeon takes me to 40. (G Healey)

16th April 2022

Grampound Road: 43. Grasshopper Warbler. (Rob Nicholls)

15th April 2022

Liskeard: Please add # 21 to my garden listing. Canada Geese have just flown over the bungalow, en-route from Looe to Siblyback. (Deena Sharp)

11th April 2022

Grampound Road: 41. Kestrel & 42. Mallard. (Rob Nicholls)

2nd April 2022

Crowlas: Grey Heron takes me to 38. (G Healey)

St Germans: Two ‘crackers’ on top of this morning’s spring tide: a Green Sandpiper and – a 47-year first from the garden – a gorgeous male Pintail! So 54 now. (Andy Blonden)

1st April 2022

Grampound Road: Here are my new recent sightings to add: 39. Buzzard & 40. Skylark. (Rob Nicholls)

 

27th March 2022

Crowlas: Red Kite takes me to 37. (G Healey)

25th March 2022

Crowlas: Please add Great Tit, Chiffchaff and Greenfinch to my list; total now 36. (G Healey)