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.

24th March 2022

Liskeard: Now made it to a total of 20 with the additions of a Great Tit and Wren. It’s slow going! (Deena Sharp)

23rd March 2022

Constantine: New birds for the year have been rolling in over the past three weeks since I last wrote. The local farmer ploughing has produced fifteen plus Buzzards and for the list Common and Lesser black backed Gulls.

Also added Mallard, Linnet, House Sparrow, Collared Dove, Stock Dove and Chiffchaff.

Total now 53.

The female Raven has been on the nest in the Monterey pine for three weeks now and I expect signs of young any day. Last year they failed. I hope with another year’s experience they will succeed this time. (Tim Pinfield)

Feock: Lucky enough to be taking the washing in when a Red Kite flew over! Please add Chiffchaff to my total, making 27. (Bec Penny)

21st March 2022

Feock: Good to hear Chiffchaff in the garden this morning. Please add to my list to make 26. (Bec Penny)

20th March 2022

Summercourt: Sparrowhawk for 21. It was doing its thing with a dunnock – such mixed feelings about these beautiful killers. (Nick Wilkins)


Garden Listing 19th March 2022

St Germans: I’ve only been able to add Great Spotted Woodpecker and Song Thrush in the last month, to get to 52. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 12th March 2022

Summercourt: A new entry from a rural mature garden enclosed by farmland. List currently stands at 20: Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Rook, Pied Wagtail, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Collared Dove, Wren, Starling, Robin, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon. (N Wilkins)

Garden Listing 9th March 2022

Helston: I took part last year and would like to participate again. My garden is in the centre of Helston, is of average size and overlooks a play park and school surrounded by tall trees.
Seen so far this year:
Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Robin, Rook, Jackdaw, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap and Starling. (Steve Ford)

Trethurgy: Please add to my list Mallard, Chiffchaff, Black-headed Gull and a very colourful Brambling. Brings the total up to 45. (Geoff White)

Garden Listing 7th March 2022

Grampound Road: Here are my new recent sightings to add: 37. Grey Wagtail & 38. Canada Goose. (Rob Nicholls)


Garden Listing 4th March 2022

A busy week, with plenty of decent birds seen. Firecrest, Brambling, Treecreeper, Shag and Common Gull amongst the highlights. It won’t too long now until the first spring migrant gets onto a Cornish garden list!

Feock: Please can you add pheasant to my garden list bringing my total to 27. Many thanks. (Rosalind Smith)

Crowlas: Canada Goose this morning takes my list to 32. (Gary Healey)

Garden Listing 3rd March 2022

Constantine: Here is a list of birds seen so far. I have added a couple since I last wrote so now have a total of 45.

Little Egret, Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Pheasant, Golden Plover, Woodcock, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, Chaffinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Bullfinch.

Female Brambling is still here. Ravens have fortified last year’s nest and look like breeding and there was a Firecrest singing in the garden last week. Lots of common regular sightings in the garden simply not seen yet and could on the list at any time eg Linnet, Skylark, Tawny Owl, Collared Dove, Kestrel, Cormorant etc. (Tim Pinfield)

Mabe Burnthouse, nr Falmouth: Small garden (untidy but lots of cats in vicinity) on edge of village/housing estate.

January: Herring Gull, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Collared Dove, Blue Tit, Cormorant over, Pied Wagtail, Woodpigeon, Song Thrush 1 singing in the distance on 3rd Jan, Robin, Black-headed Gull, Greenfinch 1 in the back hedge. Almost a rarity here. Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Wren, Starling, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Buzzard, Coal Tit, Feral Pigeon, Shag, Goldcrest.

The Feral Pigeon and Shag were scoped out of the new rooflight windows on the Penryn River 2.5 – 3 miles away, the pigeons in flight and a couple of Shags – one on a buoy and another doing its distinctive jump and dive.

25 for the month, although the total list now up to 31.

13th Jan – first Red Admiral butterfly of the year too in next door’s back garden in the sunshine. 17th Jan – Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in front garden. (Dan Chaney)

Garden Listing 2nd March 2022

Callestick: Very quiet – only additions were Lesser Black-backed Gull and Common Gull taking me to 42. Firecrest today was nice but not first for the year. (Tony Wilson)

Liskeard: As I’m back working in the office, garden bird observation is now restricted to weekends, however a visiting Greenfinch has increased my running total now to 18. (Deena Sharp)

Garden Listing 1st March 2022

Lanlivery: Update for February, just four species added: Goldcrest, a singing male in the garden from the 8th; Skylark, singing over nearby fields from the 27th; Treecreeper, singing in the garden on several occasions and two present on the 25th; and Linnet, two over on the 25th. Brings the total to 44 species. (Phil McVey)

Tresillian: One more to add to my list, a Firecrest. (Andrew Le Masurier)


Garden Listing 24th February 2022

Constantine: I am happy to be in the list again. I always keep an annual record anyway
Last year’s total was 68 and so far this year I am up to 43 including this Brambling which appeared yesterday. Highlights so far are Firecrest, Woodcock and Fieldfare. We have a pair of Blackcaps which come to the feeder most days. (Tim Pinfield)

Brambling – Tim Pinfield


Garden Listing 18th February 2022

Another week with a good number of decent sightings, such as Raven, as well as a number of species notable for individual gardens. Congratulations to Andy Blonden for being the first lister to reach a half-century this year.

Crowlas: Blackcap takes my list to 31. (Gary Healey)

St Germans: I’m now at 50: on 11th, 14th & 17th resp., we had Bullfinch, Collared Dove – the first around here for several, even many years – & Greenfinch in the garden. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 17th February 2022

Tresillian: Three more to add from Tresillian including Raven and Green Woodpecker. (A Le Masurier)

Garden Listing 15th February 2022

Trethurgy: Setting up a garden list for 2022 for Jacky and Geoff White in Trethurgy (Rural Village – large garden).

List so far (in garden): Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Sparrowhawk, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Siskin, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting.

The pair of Reed Buntings is the first for several years, when they were regular visitors. Also, flying over:

Grey Heron, Rook, Raven, Buzzard, Canada Goose.

Heard only: Goldcrest.

That makes a total of 41 species. (Geoff and Jacky White)

Garden Listing 10th February 2022

Feock: Please can you add Grey Heron to my list. It flew over early this morning. Brings my total to 26. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 8th February 2022

Grampound Road: Here are my new recent sightings to add: Blackcap, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff. (Rob Nicholls)

Garden Listing 3rd February 2022

A busy week, with several new or re-joining gardens. A nice variety of highlights, including Brambling, Yellowhammer, Black Redstart, Marsh Tit and Wigeon.

Tresillian: 7 more for my list, taking it to 43: Long-tailed Tit, Stock Dove, Rook, Mistle Thush, Linnet, Grey Wagtail and Canada Goose. (Andrew le Masurier)

Feock: Please can you add three more to my list? Buzzard, Wren and Collared Dove, bringing my total to 25. (Rosalind Smith)

Crowlas: l would like to take part in the garden listing again. My total so far is 30. (Gary Healey)

Garden Listing 2nd February 2022

Grampound Road: Here are my sightings since 1st January 2022. Medium smallish sized garden with large mature Hawthorne tree and pond, in a rural village, central Cornwall. January: Magpie, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Robin, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Jackdaw, Siskin, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Rook, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Tawny Owl, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Great Tit, Redwing, Raven, Starling, Jay, Wren, Fieldfare, Pied Wagtail and Greenfinch. February: Sparrowhawk, Pheasant and Brambling. (Rob Nicholls)

Feock: Lucky enough to spot two Goldcrests foraging in our yew hedge, shortly followed by a Sparrowhawk swooping on the bird feeder. Brings my total to 25. (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 1st February 2022

Callestick: By the end of January my total had increased to 40 with the addition of Canada Goose, Greenfinch and Chiffchaff. (Tony Wilson)

Garden Listing 31st January 2022

Lanlivery: Here’s my list for January 2022. The usual suspects, although I usually struggle for good views of Woodcock so one flying straight at me on the 16th as I leant on the garden gate was a bonus. Canada Goose, Mallard, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Woodcock, Snipe, Herring Gull, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Nuthatch, Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Yellowhammer. 40 species for the month. (Phil McVey)

Swanpool: My garden is in the Swanpool area of Falmouth, bordering on a local small nature reserve, and near to the pool and the beach. There are tall trees nearby which are a corvid roosting area. Here’s the list so far: Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Wren, Blackbird, Redwing, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch (4-5 regulars), Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail, Blackcap (4 regulars), Chiffchaff, Starling, Black Redstart, Goldcrest, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jay, Rook, Buzzard, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Tawny Owl, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker – 33. (Dave Peers)

Garden Listing 30th January 2022

St Germans: I’ve only managed another four in the last fortnight: Chiffchaff, single male Teal and Wigeon, and Coal Tit. That’s 47. (Andy Blonden)


Garden Listing 28th January 2022

It’s Friday night, which means another Garden Listing League update. Highlights this week include Marsh Tit and Raven. There are a few photos included in this week’s update – feel free to send in your own garden bird pics.

Garden Listing 27th January 2022

Feock: Thanks again for doing this and encouraging me to do a bit more watching. List so far for 2022 = 23

Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Herring Gull, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Raven, Robin, Rook, Siskin, Song Thrush, Tawny Owl, Woodpigeon, Wren. (Bec Penny)

Tresillian: Thanks for launching the 2022 Garden Listing League. Here is my list (36) from Tresillian up to now:

Blue Tit, Marsh Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Blackbird, Herring Gull, Starling, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mute Swan, Mallard, Moorhen, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Wren, Jay, Goldfinch, Magpie, Bullfinch, Cormorant. (Andrew le Masurier)

Coverack: Total now 41, with the return of the Water Rail a highlight of the last week. Having returned to uni, progress on the garden list will now slow considerably! (Dan Beadle)

Water Rail – Dan Beadle

Garden Listing 23rd January 2022

Liskeard: A Song Thrush singing across in the valley and a Common Buzzard have increased my total to 17. (Deena Sharp)

Garden Listing 22nd January 2022

Feock: Please can you add Pied Wagtail and Raven to my list to make 22. (Rosalind Smith)

Callestick: Teal photographed from landing window. (Tony Wilson)

Teal – Tony Wilson

Garden Listing 21st January 2022

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)


Garden Listing 20th December 2021 and 2021 Final Table

Polbathic: A big surprise this morning: for the first time in very many years a Shoveler (m.) was in the creek, albeit looking quite scruffy. That brings up 72 . . .and still no Starling, Redwing or Collared Dove. (Andy Blonden)

Bodmin Moor: My species count from January to the end of October 28th [I am now in Portugal] was 43 species in or over my garden. Close to Bodmin Moor. Rural garden surrounded by hedges and fields. (Lynda Small

Mabe Burnthouse: Have had a few issues this year, but to bring my garden year list up to date for the end of the year, the following additions – Peregrine over a couple of times, Linnet, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, Mediterranean Gull (adult and 1st year) and Lesser Black-backed Gull – these were both on an exciting day when the farmer ploughed the field behind the house in readiness for planting the potato crop, in addition to several hundred Herring Gulls.
With spring also came Swallow, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Swift,, and as the year progressed, Nuthatch (one calling from the back hedge), Skylark, Golden Plover a distant flock flying west, Fieldfare in the back hedge, Brambling – one on a misty, low cloud day, and a garden tick to boot (any garden!) (Dan Chaney)

Garden Listing 5th December 2021

Polbathic: Four Fieldfare flew past, this morning, making 71. (Andy Blonden)

2021 Final Table

Thanks to all who took part – it was great fun! Well done to Matt Southam in particular, who managed an impressive 78 species.

OrderSpeciesDescriptionCategoryLast year
1Black Grouse(F)AE1904
2Red-legged Partridge(N)C1E*
3Grey Partridge(P)AC2E*
6Brent Goose(N)AE
7Dark-bellied Brent Goose(N)AE
8Pale-bellied Brent Goose(N)AE
9Black Brant(F)A1981
10# Red-breasted Goose†AE*2002
11Canada Goose(N)AC2E*
12Barnacle Goose(N)AC2E*
13Snow Goose(P)AC2E*2018
14Greylag Goose(N)AC2C4E*
15Taiga Bean Goose(F)AE*2006
16Pink-footed Goose(P)AE*
17Tundra Bean Goose(F)AE2012
18White-fronted Goose(N)AE*
19European White-fronted Goose(N)AE2017
20Greenland White-fronted Goose(N)AE2018
21Mute Swan(N)AC2
22Bewick’s Swan †(ssp)(P)AE2016
23Whooper Swan(N)AE*
24Egyptian Goose(P)C1C5E*
26# Ruddy Shelduck†BDE*2009
27Mandarin Duck(N)C1E*
29Blue-winged Teal†AE*2012
33American Wigeon – fem/juv(F)AE2017
34American Wigeon – male(P)AE2017
36Black Duck†A2010
39Green-winged Teal(P)A
40Red-crested Pochard(P)AC2E*2016
43Ferruginous Duck†AE
44Ring-necked Duck(P)AE
45Tufted Duck(N)A
47Lesser Scaup(F)A
48King Eider†A2015
50Surf Scoter(F)A
51Velvet Scoter(N)A
52Common Scoter(N)A
53Long-tailed Duck(N)A
58Red-breasted Merganser(N)A
59Ruddy Duck(P)C1E*2010
60Common Nighthawk†A2008
62Chimney Swift†A1999
63Alpine Swift(P)A
65Pallid Swift†A2018
66Little Swift†A2004
67Great Bustard†AE*1879
68Little Bustard†A1996
69Great Spotted Cuckoo†A2014
70Yellow-billed Cuckoo†A
71Black-billed Cuckoo†A1965
73Pallas’s Sandgrouse†A1889
74Rock Dove/Feral Dove(N)AC4E*
75Stock Dove(N)A
77Turtle Dove(N)A
78Collared Dove(N)A
79Water Rail(N)A
81Spotted Crake(P)A
84Baillon’s Crake†A2017
85Little Crake†A2004
87Little Grebe(N)A
88Pied-billed Grebe†A2001
89Red-necked Grebe †(ssp)(N)A
90Great Crested Grebe(N)A
91Slavonian Grebe(N)A
92Black-necked Grebe(N)A
95Black-winged Stilt(F)A2013
98Sociable Plover†A1987
99Golden Plover(N)A
100Pacific Golden Plover†A2018
101American Golden Plover(F)A
102Grey Plover(N)A
103Ringed Plover(N)A
104Little Ringed Plover(N)A
106Kentish Plover†A2017
108Upland Sandpiper†A2005
110Hudsonian Whimbrel†A2016
112Bar-tailed Godwit(N)A
113Black-tailed Godwit(N)A
117Broad-billed Sandpiper†A1980
118Sharp-tailed Sandpiper†A2004
119Curlew Sandpiper(N)A
120Temminck’s Stint(P)A
121Long-toed Stint†A1970
124Purple Sandpiper(N)A
125Baird’s Sandpiper†A2018
126Little Stint(N)A
127Least Sandpiper†A2006
128White-rumped Sandpiper(F)A
129Buff-breasted Sandpiper(P)A
130Pectoral Sandpiper(P)A
131Semipalmated Sandpiper†A2013
132Long-billed Dowitcher†A2011
134Jack Snipe(N)A
135Great Snipe†A1868
137Terek Sandpiper†A2014
138Wilson’s Phalarope†A2015
139Red-necked Phalarope(F)A2014
140Grey Phalarope(N)A
141Common Sandpiper(N)A
142Spotted Sandpiper†A2017
143Green Sandpiper(N)A
144Solitary Sandpiper†A1980
145Lesser Yellowlegs†A
147Marsh Sandpiper†A2018
148Wood Sandpiper(N)A
149Spotted Redshank(N)A
151Greater Yellowlegs†A2011
152Cream-coloured Courser†A1980
153Collared Pratincole†A1986
154Black-winged Pratincole†A1993
156Ivory Gull†A1907
157Sabine’s Gull(P)A
158Bonaparte’s Gull†A2018
159Black-headed Gull(N)A
160Little Gull(N)A
161Ross’s Gull†A2016
162Laughing Gull†A2006
163Franklin’s Gull†A2016
164Mediterranean Gull(N)A
165Common Gull(N)A
166Ring-billed Gull(P)A
167Great Black-backed Gull(N)A
168Glaucous Gull(N)A
169Iceland Gull(N)A
170Iceland Gull (kumlieni)(P)A
171Herring Gull(N)A
172American Herring Gull†A2007
173Caspian Gull(F)A
174Yellow-legged Gull(N)A
175Yellow-legged Gull (atlantis)†A2008
176Lesser Black-backed Gull †(ssp)(N)A
177Gull-billed Tern†A2015
178Caspian Tern†A1997
179Royal Tern†A
180Sandwich Tern(N)A
181Elegant Tern†A2002
182Little Tern(N)A
183Bridled Tern†A2014
184Roseate Tern(F)A
185Common Tern(N)A
186Arctic Tern(N)A
187Forster’s Tern†A2002
188Whiskered Tern†A2016
189White-winged Black Tern(F)A1999
190Black Tern †(ssp)(N)A
191Great Skua(N)A
192Pomarine Skua(N)A
193Arctic Skua(N)A
194Long-tailed Skua(F)A
195Little Auk(N)A
196Common Guillemot(N)A
198Black Guillemot(P)A
200Red-billed Tropicbird†AE2015
201Red-throated Diver(N)A
202Black-throated Diver(N)A
203Pacific Diver†A
204Great Northern Diver(N)A
205White-billed Diver(F)A
206Wilson’s Petrel(F)A
207Black-browed Albatross†A
208Storm Petrel(N)A
209Leach’s Petrel(P)A
211Fea’s/Desertas/Zino’s Petrel†A2013
212Cory’s Shearwater(N)A
213Sooty Shearwater(N)A
214Great Shearwater(N)A
215Manx Shearwater(N)A
216Balearic Shearwater(N)A
217Barolo Shearwater†A
218Black Stork†AE2015
219White Stork(F)AE
220Frigatebird sp.†A1995
223Cormorant (sinensis)(P)A
225Glossy Ibis(P)AE
228American Bittern†A2010
229Little Bittern†A2012
231Green Heron†A2010
232Squacco Heron†A2015
233Cattle Egret(P)AE
234Grey Heron(N)A
235Purple Heron(P)A
236Great White Egret(P)A
237Little Egret(N)A
238Dalmatian Pelican†A2016
241Spotted Eagle†B1861
242Golden Eagle(F)AE1810
243Booted Eagle†D1999
246Marsh Harrier(N)A
247Hen Harrier(N)A
248Northern Harrier†A2013
249Pallid Harrier†A2009
250Montagu’s Harrier(F)A2015
251Red Kite(N)AC3E*
252Black Kite(F)AE2018
253White-tailed Eagle(F)AC3E*1973
254Rough-legged Buzzard(F)AE
256Barn Owl †(ssp)(N)AE*
257Scops Owl†A2002
258Snowy Owl†AE2017
259Tawny Owl(N)A
260Hawk Owl†A1830
261Little Owl(P)C1E*
262Long-eared Owl(P)A
263Short-eared Owl(N)A
267Belted Kingfisher†A1980
268Blue-cheeked Bee-eater†A1989
271Lesser Spotted Woodpecker(P)A
272Great Spotted Woodpecker(N)A
273Green Woodpecker(N)A
274Lesser Kestrel†A1968
276American Kestrel†AE1976
277Red-footed Falcon(F)A
278Amur Falcon†AE2017
279Eleonora’s Falcon†A2012
282Gyr Falcon†AE2016
284Ring-necked Parakeet(P)C1E*
285Alder Flycatcher†A2008
286Brown Shrike†A2018
287Red-backed Shrike(N)A
288Daurian Shrike†A2013
289Turkestan Shrike†A2002
290Lesser Grey Shrike†A1983
291Great Grey Shrike(P)A2017
293Woodchat Shrike(P)A
294Yellow-throated Vireo†A1989
295Red-eyed Vireo†A
296Golden Oriole(P)A
303Carrion Crow(N)A
304Hooded Crow(P)A
307Coal Tit(N)A
308Marsh Tit(N)A
309Willow Tit †(ssp)(N)A
310Blue Tit(N)A
311Great Tit(N)A
312Penduline Tit(F)A2004
313Bearded Tit(P)A2017
316Crested Lark†AE1965
317Shore Lark(P)A2014
318Short-toed Lark(P)A2018
319Sand Martin(N)A
321Crag Martin†A1988
322House Martin(N)A
323Red-rumped Swallow †(ssp)(P)A
324Cetti’s Warbler(N)A
325Long-tailed Tit(N)A
326Wood Warbler(P)A
327Western Bonelli’s Warbler†A2017
328Hume’s Warbler†A2008
329Yellow-browed Warbler(N)A
330Pallas’s Warbler(F)A
331Radde’s Warbler(F)A2014
332Dusky Warbler(F)A
333Willow Warbler(N)A
335Chiffchaff (tristis/abietinus)(P)A
336Iberian Chiffchaff†A2018
337Green Warbler†A
338Greenish Warbler(F)A
339Arctic Warbler†A2014
340Great Reed Warbler†A2012
341Aquatic Warbler†A
342Sedge Warbler(N)A
343Paddyfield Warbler†A2016
344Blyth’s Reed Warbler(F)A
345Reed Warbler(N)A
346Marsh Warbler(F)A
347Booted Warbler†A
348Sykes’s Warbler†A2018
349Melodious Warbler(P)A
350Icterine Warbler(F)A2017
351Savi’s Warbler†A2015
352Grasshopper Warbler †(ssp)(N)A
354Garden Warbler(N)A
355Barred Warbler(P)A2016
356Lesser Whitethroat(N)A
357Lesser Whitethroat (eastern)(F)A
358Orphean Warbler sp†A1991
359Sardinian Warbler†A2015
360Subalpine Warbler sp †(ssp)(F)A
362Dartford Warbler(N)A
367Treecreeper †(ssp)(N)A
368Grey Catbird†A2018
369Rose-coloured Starling(P)AE
371White’s Thrush†A1962
372Varied Thrush†A1982
374Grey-cheeked Thrush†A1998
375Swainson’s Thrush†A1987
376Hermit Thrush†A2013
377Ring Ouzel(N)A
379Black-throated Thrush†A2002
380Dusky Thrush†A1983
383Song Thrush(N)A
384Mistle Thrush(N)A
385American Robin†AE2003
386Spotted Flycatcher(N)A
389Nightingale †(ssp)(P)A
390Red-flanked Bluetail(F)AE2007
391Red-breasted Flycatcher(P)A
392Pied Flycatcher(N)A
393Black Redstart(N)A
394Black Redstart (eastern)†A2017
396Rock Thrush†A1963
397Blue Rock Thrush†A2000
400Siberian Stonechat†A2017
402Isabelline Wheatear†A2016
403Desert Wheatear†A2014
404Black-eared Wheatear†A2002
405Pied Wheatear†A2018
407House Sparrow(N)A
408Spanish Sparrow†A2000
409Tree Sparrow(P)A
410Alpine Accentor†A1990
412Yellow Wagtail(N)A
413Yellow Wagtail b(lue-headed)(N)A
414Yellow Wagtail a(shy-headed)(F)A1990
415Yellow Wagtail g(rey-headed )(F)A2016
416Yellow Wagtail b(lack-headed )†A
417Eastern Yellow Wagtail†A2016
418Citrine Wagtail(F)A2016
419Grey Wagtail(N)A
420Pied Wagtail(N)A
421Pied Wagtail (White Wagtail)(N)A
422Richard’s Pipit(N)A
423Blyth’s Pipit†A2007
424Tawny Pipit†A
425Meadow Pipit(N)A
426Tree Pipit(N)A
427Olive-backed Pipit(F)A
428Pechora Pipit†A1996
429Red-throated Pipit†A2017
430Buff-bellied Pipit†A
431Water Pipit(N)A
432Rock Pipit(N)A
438Common Rosefinch(P)A2018
442Common Redpoll(F)A2008
443Lesser Redpoll(N)A
448Lapland Bunting(N)A
449Snow Bunting(N)A
450Corn Bunting(N)A
452Pine Bunting†A2009
453Ortolan Bunting(P)AE2018
454Cirl Bunting(N)A
455Little Bunting(P)A
456Rustic Bunting†A2009
457Black-headed Bunting†AE2000
458Reed Bunting(N)A
459White-throated Sparrow†AE2010
460Dark-eyed Junco†AE2008
462Baltimore Oriole†A1968
463Black-and-white Warbler†A1983
464Common Yellowthroat†A2006
465American Redstart†A1983
466Northern Parula†A1988
467Bay-breasted Warbler†A1995
468Blackpoll Warbler†A1995
469Wilson’s Warbler†A1985
470Scarlet Tanager†A2011

Garden Listing 2nd December 2021

Feock: Jackdaw in garden today. First for a couple of years. They used to be daily visitors. Good to see them, if only one, back again. Makes my total 42. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 29th November 2021

Liskeard: Running total now 41. This morning’s Grey Heron standing on a neighbours roof was a long awaited addition to the garden list. (Deena Sharp)

Grampound Road: Grey Heron on 10th October for 55. (Rob Nicholls)

Garden Listing 28th November 2021

Mount Village Garden: Winter has arrived along with the Starlings who first appeared on the 30th October. The Jay is a daily visitor now waiting for peanuts. Please add Mistle Thrush to my list taking me to 35 species. (Jasmina Goodair)


Garden Listing 27th November 2021

Feock: One Kestrel flew through the garden today and then up into a tree. We have never had one here before, a real surprise. Brings my total to 41. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 26th November 2021

Tresillian: A flock of around 30 Golden Plover low over the garden this afternoon takes my total to 68. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 19th November 2021

Dobwalls: Male and female Bullfinch eating honeysuckle berries, then heard and saw a Tawny Owl fly from a tree a few yards from our house that night (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 13th November 2021

Tresillian: One more for my list – Marsh Tit on feeders. First time I have seen one there. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 11th November 2021

Dobwalls: 1m Blackcap (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 7th November 2021

Polbathic: The top of this morning’s high spring tide allowed me to ‘scope a lovely Green Sandpiper, preening on the bank up-river, in the glorious early sunshine. A great way to start the day . . .and number 70. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 6th November 2021

Dobwalls: 1 Chiffchaff in the garden (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 4th November 2021

Dobwalls: At long last, number 50 was a Grey Heron that flew low over our garden to our neighbour’s goldfish pond!

Also in the garden: 1 Peacock butterfly on the verbena (3rd Nov), 1m Blackcap, 2 Jay (1st Nov), with 1 Nuthatch, 3 Jay, 1 Red Admiral (30th Oct) and then 3 Redwing in our neighbour’s trees (21st Oct). (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 18th October 2021

Crowlas: Another two for my list, Jay and Skylark. (Gary Healey)

Liskeard: Very slow now, but a Sparrowhawk through the garden makes a very welcome number 41. (Deena Sharp)

Garden Listing Wednesday 13th October

Praa Sands: Been away for a while, with the following birds seen from late Aug/early Sept:

76 – Wheatear on the Green, 77 – Yellow wagtail calling as it flew over and 78 – single Jay going through tree to tree. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 5th October 2021

Crowlas: Meadow Pipit takes my total to 53. (Gary Healey)

Dobwalls: 2 Swallow flying low over the garden, heading west (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 4th October 2021

Mount Village, Bodmin Moor: Jay feeding off peanuts on the bird table in late August – making my list now 34. (Jasmina Goodair)

Garden Listing 30th September 2021

Tresillian: Another one for my list, Little Egret. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 26th September 2021

Feock: This afternoon with wind in right direction from the creek, I heard amongst various unidentifiable calls, a Curlew bringing my total to 40. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 25th September 2021

Crowlas: Two more for my list: Grey Wagtail and Peregrine take my total to 52. (Gary Healey)

Garden Listing 24th September 2021

Polbathic: A Kestrel: the first over the garden for ages, even though there is frequently one about ½ mile away, but in an area I can’t see from the garden. So that’s 69. (A Blonden)

Garden Listing 19th September 2021

Dobwalls: 5 Swallow, 1 f Southern Hawker ovipositing on a mossy stone in our pond. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing Friday 17th September

Tresillian: One more for my list: Collared dove singing yesterday. (By which I mean it was singing on Thursday, not that it was going through its repertoire of Lennon and McCartney Songs). (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing Tuesday 14th September

Polbathic: A Spotted Reshank – best bird of the year, so far – made this morning’s breakfast that much more enjoyable and the total up to 67. Then, sitting in the garden, in the glorious pre-lunch sunshine and a Hobby flew over – 68. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 9th September 2021

Feock: Please add Grey Heron to my list. I heard it coming long before I saw it fly overhead! (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 5th September 2021

Liskeard: Boy! It’s slow now, but a male Sparrowhawk is a welcome #40 for the total.
Flew through the garden and landed on the bungalow roof, sending the young Goldfinch which was feeding on the sunflower seeds into the hedge! (Deena Sharp)

Garden Listing 30th August 2021

Lanlivery: A Kingfisher briefly visited our garden pond on 30th August, bringing the total to 61 species. (Phil McVey)

Garden Listing 29th August 2021

Helston: Grey Heron being mobbed by a number of Herring Gulls directly over our garden this afternoon for 34. (Steve Ford)

Garden Listing 28th August 2021

Polbathic Creek: At last, 2 Greenshank turned up for the first time, this year, taking us to 66. Andy Blonden.

Garden Listing 25th August 2021

Dobwalls: No new birds, but on 14th August – 1 Swift over the garden, the last one of the year we’ve seen here, 23rd August – Chiffchaff looking for insects on the easels, 1 young House Sparrow being fed, 24th August – 27 House Sparrows, 25th August – male Blackcap (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 24th August 2021

Helston: Great Spotted Woodpecker seen perched on telephone pole overlooking the garden. (Steve Ford)

Coverack: c3 Sand Martin over, bringing up 70. Still missing a few, including Sandwich Tern and Barn Owl, with the return to uni rapidly approaching. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 20th August 2021

Wadebridge: Finally made it to 50, the seven since my last report are: Sparrowhawk, Swallow, Treecreeper, Shelduck, Swift, Barn Owl and just the other day a Green Woodpecker. (Simon Marquis)

Garden Listing 15th August 2021

Mount Village: I can add 3 to my list in Mount Village making 32; House Martins, Swifts and a Bullfinch. (Jasmina Goodair)

Garden Listing 8th August 2021

Crowlas: Green Woodpecker takes me to 50. (Gary Healey)

Dobwalls: At last another addition to the list. 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, in fields opposite our garden, bringing our total to 49. They were with a large group of Herring Gulls. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 6th August 2021

Polbathic: One more: a Willow Warbler has visited on the last two mornings, to do his annual chasing of Blue Tits – but there are few around, this year. So with the Feral Pigeon and Green Woodpecker of 14th and 29th of last month, this puts me now at 65. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 3rd August 2021

Coverack: Usually Whitethroat is a regular species, but this year I hadn’t had one until 3/8, when like buses two turned up at once!

Garden Listing 1st August 2021

Lanlivery: Very late this year, first recorded House Martin over the garden. Nearest breeders are a mile away, and they don’t often drift this way. Total 60 species. (Phil McVey)

Garden Listing 29th July 2021

Polbathic: On 14th, a humble Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon spent some hours at the pond and this afternoon’s 2 young Green Woodpeckers drags our total to 64. (In former years, Whitethoat, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Barn Owl etc. would all have been regulars, but, sadly, no longer). (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 24th July 2021

Tresillian: One more for my list – a Spotted Flycatcher feeding robin-like on the ground before flying up to a tree and behaving more appropriately. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 23rd July 2021

Praa Sands: This week number 75 turned up, a Green Woodpecker, heard calling but not seen, otherwise very quiet. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 14th July 2021

Feock: After a long gap a pair of Ravens flew over the garden today bringing my total to 39. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 7th July 2021

Polbathic: Two Garden Warblers spent a short while around our pond, this morning, taking our total to 62. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 4th July 2021

Constantine: It’s most of a month since I added anything to the garden list (seems longer!), but a Curlew calling over the house this afternoon is the first sign of autumn here, and brings the total to 61. (David Collins)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Siskin, Swift and Linnet for 46. (Brian Toms)

Garden Listing 28th June 2021

Penryn: At last, Great Spotted Woodpecker- a juv on telegraph wires. Total now 64 species. (John Holmes)

Constantine: Flyover Cormorant and a Whitethroat that has moved into hedgerow close by adds two – now 63. (Tim Pinfield)

Garden Listing 27th June 2021

Lanlivery: Total now 58. (Phil McVey)

Garden Listing 26th June 2021

Praa Sands: To my surprise no 74 flew over today, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Calling loudly, it appeared to be heading for the sea before making a sharp U turn and flying back inland to a stand of pine trees. (Matt Southam)


Garden Listing 24th June 2021

Praa Sands: After all this time suddenly a Curlew (no.73) arrives, two calling as they flew over. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 22nd June 2021

Praa Sands: Sitting out very early on Tuesday morning I heard a wader calling, it took me a moment of looking before the bird appeared flying down the coast towards Marazion – Black-winged Stilt (no.72). I’ve not found one before, let alone from the garden. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 19th June 2021

Trethurgy: Turtle Dove coming into garden – first for the garden and Trethurgy ! Feeding on Sunflower hearts from feeders above. A female Sparrowhawk came in and put up every bird that it was feeding with but we don’t think the Sparrowhawk caught anything and the Turtle Dove later returned to our garden. (Geoff White)

Praa Sands: Strange how birds are coming in twos. No 70 was a Whitethroat singing from scrub on the Green. They’ve been there a while but at the far end since arriving. Next day, a Willow Warbler (no.71) feeding in the garden, a first for me as a garden bird. (Matt Southam)

Coverack: Total now 68. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 15th June 2021

Crowlas: Mallard takes me to 49. (Gary Healey)

Garden Listing 13th June 2021

Liskeard: At last! Numbers 38 and 39! Swallows and House Martins out hunting for food over the bungalow! (Deena Sharp).

Garden Listing 11th June 2021

Liskeard: Male Bullfinch feeding on leftover sunflower seeds amongst the flower border this evening. A stunning number 37. (Deena Sharp)

Constantine: Saw this Barn Owl last night bringing my total to 61. First sighting of this species here for some years. (Tim Pinfield)

Barn Owl – Tim Pinfield

Garden Listing 9th June 2021

Tresillian: One more for my list – Tufted Duck. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 8th June 2021

Lanlivery: First new species for over a month. Two Swifts overhead, brings the total to 57 species (I seem to have lucked out on the Red Kites this year!). (Phil McVey)

Liskeard: Number 36 is a Song Thrush, singing from across the valley today. (Deena Sharp)

Garden Listing 6th June 2021

Constantine: When out for a walk a couple of days ago I noticed a Whitethroat singing in a hedge on the opposite side of the valley to our house, about 800m away. Today, I was able to see it in song flight from the house through my telescope! So the list moves to 60. (David Collins)

Coverack: A very distant singing Willow Warbler for 67. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing April and May Roundup

It’s time for another Cornwall Garden Listing League roundup, and this one is a double roundup for April and May. The last few months have seen a few changes at the top of the leader board, with the top 11 gardens separated by only 9 species at the end of May. Matt Southam at Praa Sands now leads the way, ahead of Dave Parker at Marazion and Dan Beadle at Coverack in joint second. Reuben Veal at Crowlas is still the top inland garden, now tied with John Holmes at Penryn on 63 species, whilst Andrew le Masurier now rounds out the top 6 with 62 species from his Tresillian garden.

Bird of the month for April was probably the Osprey seen by Stu Bearhop on the 12th, whilst May’s top bird could be one of several – Rosalind Smith’s Black-tailed Godwit at Feock, Dan Beadle’s brief early-morning Spotted Flycatcher, Tony Wilson’s drake Mandarin that turned up at Callestick on 17th May, or Andrew le Masurier’s garden-tick Hobby on the 28th.

The Cornwall Garden Listing League combined list now stands at 128 species, and many of the recent additions to the list were spring migrants: Helen Norton had both the first House Martin on 3rd April and the first Swallow at the end of March, Rob Nicholls at Grampound Road had the first Swift on 24th April and Tony Wilson garden-ticked the first Sedge Warbler of the year the following day. Phil McVey had a Grasshopper Warbler, an impressive bird to record from a garden, on the 26th, and four days later the first Cuckoo was heard by David Collins at Constantine. What may well have been the same bird was noted by Tim Pinfield at Constantine on 2nd May, with Cuckoos also being recorded from gardens at Lanlivery (3rd), Penryn (24th; only the second from John Holmes’s garden in 9 years) and Coverack (30th).

Red Kite was a popular addition during the period, with 8 gardens adding this impressive raptor. 19 gardens have now added Swallow, 16 have added Swift and 15 have added House Martin. Gary Healey at Crowlas became the third lister to record Sand Martin this year, and Whimbrels turned up for Matt Southam at Praa Sands and Andy Blonden at Polbathic on 18th and 20th April respectively. Manx Shearwater was one of 7 additions to the combined list in May, with the first seen by Matt Southam on 5th.

Moving away from migrants, David Collins got the eighth garden tick bird of prey species in four years in the form of a Kestrel on 29th May, as well as adding Shelduck on the 9th. Andrew le Masurier also added Shelduck, on 15th May, and on the same day became the second lister to record Little Grebe this year. Another highlight from Tresillian was a Firecrest on 1st April, whilst Phil McVey added a Yellowhammer on 23rd March.

Looking forwards, it’s perhaps surprising that no garden has yet recorded Whitethroat, whilst only 5 gardens have recorded Willow Warbler, so these are species to keep an eye out for. Whilst spring migration fades out into June, there are a number of potential scarcities or rarities that might turn up, such as flyover Bee-eater or Crossbill, or perhaps even the Black Stork that’s been roaming parts of the county in recent days. Rosy Starling is another potential garden addition with the currrent influx… Good luck!

Garden Listing 2nd June 2021

Polbathic: Linnet this morning makes 61. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 1st June 2021

Liskeard: A long awaited addition, a Swift over the bungalow this evening, takes my total number to 36 (this slightly makes up for the Red Kite not able to be seen from the garden and missing the Bullfinch that Mr Sharp saw, but didn’t tell me until it had gone)! (Deena Sharp)

Praa Sands: After a long quiet period, I now get two new birds within a day of each other, today early morning there’s a cock Pheasant (No. 69) calling away somewhere on Hoe Head. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 31st May 2021

Constantine: Red Kite directly over the house this afternoon takes the list to 59. (David Collins)

Praa Sands: Crept up to 68 with two Swifts going over today, longer and longer gaps between sightings. (Matt Southam)

Polbathic: He’s been a long time coming, this year, but today’s Bullfinch makes 60. (Andy Blonden)

St Keverne: House Martin on 3rd April, Greenfinch on 17th April, Curlew on 24th April (8 over), Siskin on 25th April, Cuckoo on 8th May (heard), Willow Warbler on 14th May (heard), Red Kite (4 over) and Swift (1 over) on 29th May, Bullfinch on 30th May and Blackcap on 31st May for 45. We also have two House Sparrow nests and one Blue Tit nest busy in the garden. (Helen Norton)

Coverack: Total now 66, including an early-morning Spotted Flycatcher that was my 99th garden tick. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 30th May 2021

Penryn: Plus two for the second day in a row: Bullfinch and House Martin. (John Holmes)

Callestick: No Black Storks or Black Kites for me today but I did add Lesser Black-backed Gull and Feral Pigeon to take the garden list to 60!

Coverack: I got the ‘scope on the roof for the first time in a while, and added Swift, Red Kite (total of 21 throughout the afternoon) and Manx Shearwater, followed by a very distant Cuckoo in the evening, which takes my total to 64. At this point last year I was on 68 and I had a 3 month headstart this year, so I’ve got catching up to do! (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 29th May 2021

Helston: Buzzard and 3 Swift over the garden today. (Steve Ford)

Crowlas: Swift and Red Kite takes me to 48 (Gary Healey)

Penryn: I had a minor role in the first Red Kite reintroduction project, bringing back 20 chicks from Spain 29 years ago this May. So when I saw yesterday’s reports showing the annual influx was starting I knew this would probably be the perfect 60th species from my garden this year. Then a Jay turned up first thing (60). Four Red kites came over through the day though. (John Holmes)

Dobwalls: 1 Red Kite being mobbed by Herring Gulls. It had some feathers missing from one wing. Number 48 on our list.

Our House Sparrow colony is doing well, with 5 nest boxes occupied and feeding broods by the second week of April, now some of them are on to their second brood. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 28th May 2021

Tresillian: Two more to add to my list, with Red Kite and first ever Hobby seen from the garden. (Andrew le Masurier)

Callestick: 5 Red Kites over the garden late afternoon but the one I’ve been waiting for was Swift which takes my total to 58. (Tony Wilson)

Garden Listing 25th May 2021

Coverack: Having returned from exile at uni in Norfolk, my list now totals 60 with species added including Sedge Warbler. Still no definite Cuckoo however – apparently there were plenty around while I was away! (Dan Beadle)

Trethurgy: Swallow and Swift seen, plus have heard Cuckoo and Willow Warbler. (Geoff White)

Garden Listing 24th May 2021

Penryn: Green Woodpecker was added at the start of May with Swift about ten days ago. Rough weather last week but good visibility meant I could finally scope a Gannet in the Carrick Roads from here in Penryn. Less expected was the Cuckoo that flew by in a squall on Thursday –only my second from here in nine years.  Total comes to 59 now, though there are some pretty glaring omissions. (John Holmes)

Polbathic Creek: A very welcome Nuthatch visiting the feeders today, makes 59. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 23rd May 2021

Feock: We had a jay fly past today for 38. Last year we saw them regularly, but not so this year. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 22nd May 2021

Callestick: I added Linnet today to take my total to 57. (Tony Wilson)

Dobwalls: For number 46 on our list; a brief visit from 2 Mistle Thrush in the neighbours tall trees (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Polbathic: A Swift, at long last, dragging me up to 58. (Andy Blonden)

Crowlas: Swift also new, for 63. (Reuben Veal)

Garden Listing 20th May 2021

Feock: The first eagerly awaited Swift arrived today bringing my total to 37. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 19th May 2021

Feock: The beautiful sound and sight of Swifts today, bringing my total to 41. (Bec Penny)

Feock: Please add Black-tailed Godwit flying over to my list, making 36. A very unexpected sighting, presumably taking a short cut between creeks. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 18th May 2021

Praa Sands: After a long wait, one of the regulars on this stretch of coast, Kestrel (No. 67), put in an appearance – hunting over the Green this morning. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 17th May 2021

Tresillian: Three more to add to my list: House Martin, Magpie and Swift. (Andrew le Masurier)

Callestick: Here’s a catch up on my list here at Callestick:

11 April – Swallow

21 April – Red Kite

25 April – Sedge Warbler

29 Apr – House Martin

17 May – Mandarin

A male Mandarin today and the Sedge Warbler were both new species for the garden. This takes me to 56. (Tony Wilson)

Garden Listing 16th May 2021

Feock: Lovely to see a male House Sparrow on the bird feeder today, rare around here. I think this brings me up to 40! (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 15th May 2021

Grampound Road: 54. House Martin. (Rob Nicholls)

Garden Listing 14th May 2021

Feock: Summer really has come. After yesterday’s sighting of a Swallow, today we had a pair of House Martins over the garden bringing my total to 35. Out of interest our garden is still terrorised by a killer Crow whom we have seen take pigeons and a blackbird in flight. He also brings everything he finds to eat, whether it be live, carrion or bits of food (including lettuce the other day!) to tear to bits and wash in our bird bath before eating it. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 13th May 2021

Feock: Saw our first Swallow of the year over the garden today to take my total to 34. (Rosalind Smith)

Constantine: House Martin and Swift bring me up to 60. Unusually, a Mistle Thrush was singing from the top of our Cupressus tree this morning. This is not new for the garden – just beautiful to behold. (Tim Pinfield)

Mistle Thrush – Tim Pinfield

Mistle Thrush – Tim Pinfield

Garden Listing 12th May 2021

Feock: House Martins and Swallows seen today. Here comes summer! (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 10th May 2021

Dobwalls: Our first House Martin of the year, flying over the garden with 5 Swifts. Our total is now 45. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Swallow for 42 and Willow Warbler for 43. (Brian Toms)

Garden Listing 7th May 2021

Dobwalls: Another addition to the list, making 44. Two Cormorant flew over heading the towards the coast. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Constantine: Two new for the list today. A flock of 6 Swifts hanging around over the valley all afternoon, and at last a Kestrel hunting on the far side of the valley – the first from the house since we moved here 4 years ago, and taking the total number of species of bird of prey seen from here to eight! Who would ever have thought that a Kestrel would be the eighth bird of prey seen from any house in England.  Why are they so scarce here? Total for the year now 58. (David Collins)

Garden Listing 6th May 2021

Dobwalls: Our first report since the end of March, 2 Swift over the garden today for number 43. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 5th May 2021

Praa Sands: First Manx Shearwaters, no. 66, moving through with gannets and the odd auks yesterday. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 3rd May 2021

Perranarworthal: April a little quieter in terms of additions, but Osprey over on the 12th was a highlight. Also added Blackcap on the 2nd, Swallow on the 17th and House Martin on the 28th. Think this takes me to 59. (Stu Bearhop)

Lanlivery: 3rd May: Cuckoo calling from South Red Moor brings total so far to 56 species. (Phil McVey)

Garden Listing 2nd May 2021

Lanlivery: Doesn’t count of course, but a very unusual sight was a Fulvous Whistling Duck, calling in flight and still present on the 3rd. A few more additions over the past four weeks and an earlier one I forgot to report:

27th April: I think I must have overlooked them before, but my first recorded Bullfinch today (55)
26th April: A Grasshopper Warbler ‘reeling’ in the damp field next door at dusk (54)
15th April: A Kestrel briefly showed above the garden. (53 species)
6th March: They must always be about, but my first Sparrowhawk (52) (Phil McVey)

Constantine: Dave Collins’ Cuckoo came up here! I saw it in the garden and it is now down in our valley. This takes me to 58. (Tim Pinfield)

Garden Listing 30th April 2021

Constantine: There was a Cuckoo calling somewhere in the valley late afternoon. Would be great to see it from the garden, but takes the list to 56 anyway. (David Collins)

Garden Listing 29th April 2021

Polbathic: House Martins over the river, this evening. That’s 57. (Andy Blonden)

Praa Sands: At last two House Martins have arrived over the houses. No. 65, hope we have a few more. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 28th April 2021

Liskeard: A long awaited addition today, Long-tailed Tits picking off Acer flowers in the garden. Total now stands at 35. (Deena Sharp)

Long-tailed Tit – Deena Sharp

Crowlas: House Martin and Skylark new. (Reuben Veal)

Garden Listing 27th April 2021

Crowlas: House Martin, Sand Martin and Great Black-backed Gull take my total to 46. (Gary Healey)

Constantine: House Martin over this evening takes the list to 55. There were quite a few coming in over Lizard this morning, so this was probably a migrant rather than a bird returning to breeding locally.

Garden Listing 26th April 2021

Tresillian: Two more to add to my list, Coal Tit and Feral Pigeon. (Andrew le Masurier)

Polbathic: The Swallows came along yesterday and are now regularly “pond dipping”; making 56. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 24th April 2021

Grampound Road: Swift for 52 and Swallow for 53. (Rob Nicholls)

Garden Listing 20th April 2021

Polbathic Creek: A Whimbrel turned up this morning, making 55; but it’s been very slow lately. (Andy Blonden)

Garden Listing 19th April 2021

Constantine: Grey Heron heading down the valley this evening towards Polwheveral Creek takes the list to 54. (David Collins)

Garden Listing 18th April 2021

Feock: Little Egret makes 33, as one just flew over while we were sitting facing the window. (Rosalind Smith)

Praa Sands: Thought it a blank week until this evening, when having a G&T out in the garden, distant Whimbrel calls were heard out to sea racked up number 64. (Matt Southam)

Constantine: Last night at 18:05, a Red Kite glided over my garden so close as to be identifiable without binoculars. Only the second record here ever, the first being last spring during the first lockdown. Best record for me here this year. This takes me to 57. (Tim Pinfield)

Garden Listing 15th April 2021

Tresillian: Five to add to my list: Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greenfinch, Little Grebe and Shelduck. (Andrew le Masurier)

Garden Listing 14th April 2021

Liskeard: Total now 34 with today’s sighting of a lone Cormorant flying overhead this morning, South to North. Possibly heading for Siblyback from Looe? (Deena Sharp)

Garden Listing 13th April 2021

Grampound Road: Total now 51. (Rob Nicholls)

Garden Listing 12th April 2021

Praa Sands: Last week saw Swallows passing over, bringing me up to 63 which I believe is the total I reached in the last lockdown. (Matt Southam)

Grampound Road: 50. Kestrel. (Rob Nicholls)

Coverack: No new sightings but a very entertaining comedy moment: a rather rotund Woodpigeon which has recently started feeding on spilt seeds underneath the feeders clearly got fed up of waiting for the finches and sparrows to drop more seeds, and decided he’d head up into the tree and get his seeds directly! After jumping up onto the branch and making it bounce around like a diving board, he wandered up and down the branches, turning round at the end with the elegance of an oil tanker! What he lacked in intelligence he tried to make up for in perseverance, but after far too many attempts he eventually figured out that he just couldn’t reach. I gave in and put some seeds out on the ground. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 9th April 2021

Liskeard: My running total is now at 33, as I heard a Green Woodpecker “yaffle” this morning as I put out the washing. It came from the direction of a neighbour’s garden, so I abandoned the chore, grabbed my camera and hot footed it over to their trees, but no sighting unfortunately. (Deena Sharp)

Constantine: Two new birds for the list today. A Swallow has taken up residence in the vicinity, and a Shelduck landed in the field opposite the house, presumably looking for a suitable nest site. List moves on to 53. (David Collins)

Garden Listing 7th April 2021

Crowlas: After a quiet month with just a single addition, two came along within two minutes. First a Green Woodpecker calling then 3 Siskin calling loudly before dropping into nearby trees – and all whilst stuck at the desk revising! (Reuben Veal)

Coverack: Flyover Swallow (one from the house at last!) for 57. (Dan Beadle)

Mount Village, Bodmin Moor: This is my first report since my initial listing back in January. The garden continues to be busy with almost all the birds I originally listed though the Starlings completely stopped coming to the village generally at the end of January . The Long-tailed Tits and Marsh Tit have also stopped visiting this last month but are up in the woods away from the house and not seen a Lesser Black-backed Gull fly over either. However I can add Swallow to my list now – the first flew over on 2nd April. Also a pair of Jackdaws are regulars on the feeders. Many of the birds are now feeding in pairs and many of the males are very vocal and colourful (Jasmina Goodair)

Garden Listing 6th April 2021

Trethurgy: We can now add to the garden list Mallard, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch and Pheasant which I think brings the total to 43. (Jacky and Geoff White)

Coverack: Late update from 4th April: House Martin for 56. Also spotted a distant hirundine over the garden earlier in the day and made a dash inside for the binoculars, missing a definite Sand Martin that my family saw in the process! (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 5th April 2021

Middlewood: Two to add to my garden listing: Blackcap and Chiffchaff. (Jen Bousfield)

Tresillian: Two more to add: Swallow and Linnet on 3rd April. (Andrew le Masurier)

Lanlivery: Catch up on a couple of week’s worth of new species:

23rd March: We used to see 20+ Yellowhammers in our garden over winter, but one singing on this date was the first individual since October 2020 (43 species)

26th March: Chiffchaff (44 species)

30th March: a single Swallow on an early date for here (45 species)

1st April: Willow Warbler on a typical date for returning migrant to this location (46 species)

2nd April: A very high Peregrine being mobbed by two Great Black-backed Gulls were both new species for this year. Also, first Blackcap this year, and first Barn Owl over our garden for five years (that I’ve seen!) (50 species).

3rd April: A single Siskin calling as it flew over. They never visit our feeders for some reason. (51 species to date)

Easter Weekend Bird Race

Polbathic: My garden list for Sunday 4th was: Tawny Owl (heard), Mute Swan, Pheasant, Little Egret, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Rook, Blue Tit, Jackdaw, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Common Sandpiper (2), Mallard, Siskin, Robin, Canada Goose, Herring Gull, Raven, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Shelduck. That’s 26, but nothing out of the ordinary. (Andy Blonden)

Middlewood: Garden is on the Eastern side of Bodmin Moor in the Lynher valley. Easter Sunday:
Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Robin,
Siskin, Song Thrush, Wood Pigeon, Wren (23 species). Pity about the cold wind! (Jen Bousfield)

Mount Village, Bodmin Moor: Easter Weekend list is as follows: Magpie, Carrion Crow, Robin, Blue Tit, Collared Dove, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Pigeon, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Great Tit, Jackdaw, Dunnock, Coal Tit, Wren, Rook, Chaffinch, Siskin, Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Herring Gull (23). (Jasmina Goodair)

Garden Listing 4th April 2021

Crowlas: Swallow takes me to 43. (Gary Healey)

Crowlas: perhaps even the same Swallow as Gary, new for 58. (Reuben Veal)

Praa Sands: Wednesday saw the Sand Martins, number 60, return, prospecting possible nests sites in the sandy cliff edge. Followed by a pair of Mallard number 61, flying over and Saturday saw a Chiffchaff number 62, feeding in the garden. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 2nd April 2021

Tresillian: Goldcrest, Tawny Owl and Sparrowhawk from 27th March; Firecrest, Nuthatch and Blackcap (singing) from 1st April; Grey Heron on 2nd April. (Andrew le Masurier)

Constantine: Swallow flew by singing yesterday so up to 56. Amazing show of butterflies this week with Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small and Green-veined whites, Comma and male Brimstone – it’s like summer. (Tim Pinfield)

Feock: Another three for my list, one heard and two fly overs: Chiffchaff (heard not seen), Canada Goose and Mallard. (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 1st April 2021

Liskeard: Not a new sighting, but thrilled to see a male and female Blackcap in the garden this evening, mopping up the sunflower seeds from under the feeders. (Deena Sharp)

Blackcap – Deena Sharp

Penryn: A garden first at the end of March – Willow Warbler – prompted me to type up my scribbled list. Medium sized urban garden, with distant views over Penryn river and countryside.

  1. Blue Tit
  2. Coal Tit
  3. Great Tit
  4. Blackbird
  5. Chaffinch
  6. Goldfinch
  7. House Sparrow
  8. Dunnock
  9. Wren
  10. Firecrest
  11. Grey Wagtail
  12. Pied Wagtail
  13. Jackdaw
  14. Rook
  15. Carrion Crow
  16. Magpie
  17. Wood Pigeon
  18. Collared Dove
  19. Tawny Owl
  20. Starling
  21. Redwing
  22. Black-headed Gull
  23. Herring Gull
  24. Great Black-backed Gull
  25. Cormorant
  26. Mute Swan
  27. Redshank
  28. Red-throated Diver
  29. Little Egret
  30. Grey Heron
  31. Blackcap
  32. Mallard
  33. Robin
  34. Skylark
  35. Buzzard
  36. Sparrowhawk
  37. Curlew
  38. Greenshank
  39. Oystercatcher
  40. Turnstone
  41. Pheasant
  42. Feral Pigeon
  43. Mistle Thrush
  44. Little Grebe
  45. Canada Goose
  46. Mediterranean Gull
  47. Greenfinch
  48. Song Thrush
  49. Fieldfare
  50. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  51. Peregrine
  52. Kingfisher
  53. Chiffchaff
  54. Swallow
  55. Willow Warbler


Garden Listing – March 2021

Another month has whizzed by in the Cornwall Garden Listing League, and March was definitely a month of change – the combined Cornwall list has risen to 116, and the vast majority of the 11 new additions were spring migrants.

Dave Parker continues to lead at the top of the table, now with 66 species. Matt Southam has leapfrogged Reuben Veal to hold 2nd place on 59 species, with a four-way tie between Dan Beadle, Tim Pinfield, Stu Bearhop, and a new entry from John Holmes at Penryn rounding out the top 7 on 55 species.

Bird of the month was quite possibly Ron Fullwood’s Little Gull, although Dave Parker’s Chough on 4th March and Great Skua on 22nd Feb at Marazion are also good candidates – most of us can only dream of a Skua on the garden list! Another quality bird seen was Black Redstart, which was added by Andy Blonden at Polbathic and Dave Parker at Marazion.

The first Swallow was seen from Helen Norton’s St Keverne garden on 23rd March, with Chris & Janet Duffy and John Holmes having subsequently seen one as well. Sand Martin was added by Stu Bearhop on 29th March, and Dave Parker added the first Wheatear on 5th, followed by one for Andy Blonden on 29th. As well as ticking off Mediterranean Gull on 22nd, Stu Bearhop at Perranarworthal added the first Whimbrel on 15th. More recently, the first Sandwich Tern materialised for Matt Southam at Praa Sands on 29th March, and the first Willow Warbler was seen by Chris & Janet Duffy at Dobwalls on 31st, and Willow Warbler was also a garden first for John Holmes at Penryn during the month.

There were plenty of other decent birds to be seen, with Matt Southam adding Mute Swan and Red-throated Diver, as well as the first Greylag Goose for the league. A Red Kite appeared for Brian Toms on 12th March, and clear views enabled Dan Beadle to add Shag to his garden list on 3rd, along with his second-ever Fulmar. Three more gardens added Peregrine, and Simon Marquis became the fourth lister to add Marsh Tit and Tim Pinfield the fifth to add Stock Dove. Blackcap and Chiffchaff were popular additions, and Canada Goose continued to be added by many listers. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Chaffinch Dunnock, Wood Pigeon and Blackbird now feature on all the lists we hold, whilst only 3 gardens have had Barn Owl and only 4 have had Kestrel.

Looking ahead to April, spring migrants will be the target for many – which garden will be the first to hold House Martin, Whitethroat or Sedge Warbler? Will anyone manage something rarer, such as Hoopoe? In the immediate future, the Easter Garden Bird Race runs until Easter Monday… Good luck!

Garden Listing 31st March 2021

Constantine: Peregrine flying up the valley today takes my garden list to 51. (David Collins)

Dobwalls: A Willow Warbler singing for number 42 (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Coverack: Realised that I’ve missed Mallard off my list – plenty flying over most days recently, although the first was at least a month ago! Total now 55. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 30th March 2021

Grampound Road: Great Black-backed Gull for 49. (Rob Nicholls)

Perranarworthal: Quiet month here with 6 additions: Lesser Black-backed Gull on 8th March, first Chiffchaff singing on the 12th, 2 Whimbrel over on the 15th, Pheasant on 17th, 3 Mediterranean Gull on 22nd and a small flock of Sand Martin over on 29th. (Stu Bearhop)

Feock: Two additions, bringing my list up to 32:
Canada Geese flying over early this morning and a Chiffchaff singing away. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 29th March 2021

Liskeard: A fantastic number 31 seen! I wondered what could have sent about 90 Jackdaw into a frenzy over the bungalow – only a Peregrine! Fantastic! Later, a lull in the bypass traffic meant I could hear the Chiffchaff! Total now 32. (Deena Sharp)

Creegbrawse: Our Blackcap have arrived. Spring has arrived with them. (Brian Toms)

Garden Listing 28th March 2021

Dobwalls: 2 Swallows over the garden brings our total to 41 (C&J Duffy)

Polbathic: A Wheatear spent a long time this afternoon, on the Kingfisher stick, watching the tide come in; looking cold and tired (just like me, although I hadn’t flown across the Channel) and making my total up to 54. (A Blonden)

Coverack: 1 female Siskin on appeared on the feeders, taking my total to 54. Siskin is an annual visitor to the garden, with 1 or 2 usually turning up in late April or May for a day and then disappearing again! (D Beadle)

Praa Sands: Number 59, Sandwich tern this week, wonderful to watch them again in the bay. First time views of migrants after the winter are such a delight. (M Southam)

Garden Listing 24th March 2021

Dobwalls: Heard Chiffchaff calling, a sign of spring, that’s number 40. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Feock: Please can you update my list to 30. This morning we had four starlings on the feeders.  They are very unusual visitors to our garden. (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 23rd March 2021

St Keverne: I am delighted to send you my updated list and with the added bonus of my first Swallow of 2021 too (This is the first Swallow for garden listing this year! – Gardenlisting eds). Feeling optimistic that the list should get going a bit more now.
Always a joy to spot that first Swallow! Great Black-backed Gull on 13/02, Canada Goose on 21/02 and Sparrowhawk on 18/03 also new additions. (Helen Norton)

Garden Listing 22nd March 2021

Constantine: Added Linnet and Chiffchaff today so total now 55. The Chiffchaff was a single singing bird whereas the Linnet was one of a flock of about 30 that landed on the trees on the border of my property .

More interesting, however, is that I was looking through my telescope at a number of bigger birds circling in the distance over near Goonhilly Earth Satellite Station, which I can see from my living room.

They were Buzzards, in excess of thirty, circling upwards on a vortex and disappearing up into the ether. There may have been more had I spotted them sooner. I know that thoughts turn to Honey Buzzards when this sort of phenomenon happens, especially in South Spain, but the closer ones I could identify were definitely Common. I have not observed this event before during the 40 + years I have been here. (Tim Pinfield)

Lanlivery: Update 22nd March. Two new species: Green Woodpecker heard briefly and Goldcrest singing in the garden. Running total 42 species. (Phil McVey)

Wadebridge: My total edges up to 43 thanks to Canada Geese flying over and Skylark over nearby fields plus two nice ones on the bird feeders – Marsh Tit and Siskin. And singing Chiffchaffs have returned. (Simon Marquis)

Charlestown: one of our bird news contributors reports a Long-tailed Field Mouse (aka Wood Mouse) on their garden nut basket (D Hastilow)

Garden Listing 21st March 2021

Constantine: Great Black-backed Gull takes list to 50. (David Collins)

Feock: List moves to 29 as we had a pair of mallards fly over this morning. (Rosalind Smith)

Dobwalls: Number 39 is a female Pheasant, in the field below our garden (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Praa Sands: No migrants yet but I did clock up numbers 57, pair of Greylag Geese flying across the bay and 58, a Grey Wagtail over the Green. (Matt Southam)

Grampound: Skylark brings up 48. (Rob Nicholls)

Garden Listing 18th March 2021

Liskeard: My total is now standing at 30, as Canada Geese flew overhead this morning, probably en-route to Looe from Siblyback Lake.

Whilst the number of birds visiting the garden continues be regular (with goldfinches and siskins appearing daily), the number of new species is very slow. I eagerly await the arrival of the swallows, martins and swifts. (Deena Sharp)

Garden Listing 17th March 2021

Constantine: A Cormorant flying up the valley takes the house list on to 49. (David Collins)

Feock: Can’t believe my eyes but I’ve just been visited by a pair of Grey Wagtails investigating my new pond!
Please add to my list. (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 16th March 2021

Dobwalls: The first new bird since the end of Feb, a Skylark high over the garden, singing loudly. This brings our total to 38 for the year. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 15th March 2021

Crowlas: Greenfinch takes me to 42. (Gary Healey)

Garden Listing 14th March 2021

Praa Sands: Only the one bird new to the list this week, no 56, a Mute Swan doggedly flying head-on into a westerly gale. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 12th March 2021

Mabe Burnthouse: First new bird for some weeks, up to 40 with Jay in the back hedge. Alerted to it by the fact that one of the neighbours cats was halfway up the hedge – disturbing lots of other birds including 8 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush and a Chaffinch. (Dan Chaney)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Just had a Red Kite pass very low over the garden lower than tree top height. Total now 40 species. (Brian Toms)

Garden Listing 11th March 2021

Feock: Two more to add to my list please, both seen flying over today: Grey Heron and Cormorant. (Rosalind Smith)

Constantine: Fly-over Linnet takes the list to 48. (David Collins)

Polbathic: At last; after six weeks with no ‘new bird’, today there’s been a lovely male Black Redstart around here, making my total 53.

Garden Listing 9th March 2021

Constantine: My list now on 47. Pheasants reappeared during the last week and took up territories. Today I finally added Sparrowhawk, which I was alerted to by the panic stricken rooks as it sailed through the rookery. (David Collins)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Pheasant for 38 and Chiffchaff for 39. (Brian Toms)

Praa Sands: Only the new bird for the week is no.55 Little Egret, flying eastwards over the bay. What I find astonishing and not a little humorous is that a flock of Curlew have been feeding in fields on the crest and lee side of Hoe Point (about half a mile distant if that) all winter, yet I haven’t had sight or sound of them from my garden. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 8th March 2021

Grampound Road: Black-headed Gull for 47. (Rob Nicholls)

Feock: Please can you update my garden listing list by adding: House Sparrow. (Unusually these are very rare for us although loads within half a mile), Pheasant, Great Spotted Woodpecker. (Rosalind Smith)

Coverack: You wait 2 months for a Jay and then, like buses, two come along at once! (Dan Beadle)

Marazion: Great Skua on 22nd Feb, Guillemot on 1st March, Black Redstart and Chough on 4th March and Wheatear on 5th March, taking the total to 66. (Dave Parker)

Garden Listing 7th March 2021

Crowlas: New additions Feral Pigeon, Cormorant, Bullfinch, Siskin, Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Linnet and Canada Goose takes my total to 41. (Gary Healey)

Newquay: A new list from a garden overlooking the Gannel Estuary, bringing a new species of the collective list; Little Gull. Full list includes Blackbird, Blackcap, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Robin, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Song Thrush, Magpie, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Redwing, Wren, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sparrowhawk, Crow, Tawny Owl, Coal Tit, Starling, Little Egret, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Curlew, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Black-backed Gull sp., Little Gull. (Ron Fullwood)

Crowlas: woke up to Canada Geese calling as they flew over, bringing up 57. Also great to see a pair of Long-tailed Tits well into the process of nest construction. (Reuben Veal)