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.

Garden Listing 5th March 2021

Constantine: Pair of Stock Doves for 53. (Tim Pinfield)

Coverack: No new ticks, but great to see Robins nestbuilding. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 3rd March 2021

Coverack: 4 ticks in a very successful hour on the roof with the scope this evening, making the most of excellent visibility! A distant male Stonechat back on territory was number 49, my all-time garden list was taken to 97 with my first record of a Shag here (Shag/Cormorant regular from the roof but at 2 miles away from coast they’re not usually identifiable to species level), my second Fulmar for the garden was number 51 and a heard-only pheasant was number 52. A female Blackbird collecting nesting material, a flyover bat sp. in the evening and a Common Lizard a short distance up the road from the garden were added bonuses – spring is definitely on its way! (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 1st March 2021

Praa Sands: With the sea calming down after the storms, took a look out at the bay; busy with birds. Among them 52, a few Red-throated divers; 53, two Guillemot in with Razorbills and 54, a number of Kittiwakes – all new to my garden list. (Matt Southam)

Crowlas: An eruption of Pigeons revealed a huge, presumably female Peregrine – number 56. Linnet is now the last expected species here in winter not to have made an appearance. (Reuben Veal)

Garden Listing – February 2021

It’s that time already! February was another great month for the Cornwall Gardening listing league, with 6 new gardens and 11 new species. Dave Parker continues to lead the way, now with 61 species. After a strong month, Reuben Veal at Crowlas has shot up from joint 6th to second, with Tim Pinfield and Andy Blonden now sharing the third step of the podium. Surprisingly, half of the top 6 are inland gardens, showing that decent birds can definitely be found throughout much of Cornwall.

Arguably two of the better birds of the month were for Dave Parker at Marazion early in the month, with Water Pipit on 1st Feb and Glaucous Gull on 4th. Other highlights came from Christopher Moncaster’s new entry, with Jack Snipe, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting and Short-eared Owl all added from Porthcothan. Matt Southam was lucky enough to add Chough to his list, and Merlins were sighted at Porthcothan, Crowlas and Creegbrawse. Three more gardens added Black Redstart (Matt Southam at Praa Sands, Steve Ford at Helston, and Rob Nicholls at Grampound Road) and the predicted Brambling arrived for Rob Nicholls. The other species new to the combined list were Razorbill, at Praa Sands and Marazion, and Greenshank for Stu Bearhop at Devoran. An inland Shelduck was a good sighting for Tim Pinfield at Constantine and two more gardens have added Peregrine: Tim Pinfield and Christopher Moncaster at Porthcothan. Special mention must also go to Tony Wilson for his Large Tortoiseshell – records of this butterfly are few and far between.

Other gardens held interesting sightings of less rare birds: Reuben Veal’s Nuthatch at Crowlas was his first there for 6 years, and Nigel Bastin’s Launceston garden was the second this year to have Marsh Tit. Three gardens added Firecrest and four added Skylark, the latter perhaps a sign of some movement. Canada Goose was a popular addition in the last few days of the month, perhaps as wintering flocks begin to disperse into breeding pairs. We now have 30 lists on our spreadsheet, 29 of which feature Blue Tit, Dunnock, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch and Great Tit. A couple more weeks are left to collect any final wintering records until it will be onto spring migrants. Swallow, House Martin and Willow Warbler amongst the early targets.

February Final Tally Table to follow.

Link to January’s summary

Link to the main garden listing page

Link to page with rules and additional information

Garden Listing Team March 2021 – Dan Beadle, Dan Chaney, Reuben Veal.

Garden Listing 28th February 2021

Coverack: 2 flyover Canada Geese heard and then seen distantly for 48. (Dan Beadle)

Praa Sands: No new birds for a while until early this am with three Canada geese for 51, flying over. (Matt Southam)

Trethurgy: We have added Meadow Pipit and Buzzard which makes our new total 39. (Geoff White)

Callestick: A very long overdue House Sparrow today took the list to 51. A near miss was a Cattle Egret that spent a few hours in a field by the house a few days ago. I only realised after it had gone that I could seen it from a certain spot in the garden! The undoubted highlight today though was my first ever Large Tortoiseshell. (Tony Wilson)

Large Tortoiseshell – Tony Wilson

Dobwalls: A flypast of 4 Canada Geese this morning, takes our total to 37 (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Garden Listing 25th February 2021

Liskeard: 10.50 pm. Standing in the garden, listening to a Tawny Owl calling over in the valley. #29. (Deena Sharp)

Constantine: Two new birds for the year from the house today brings the total to 45. This morning there was a Siskin in the alder tree, and this evening a pair of Canada Geese flew down the valley. The warmer weather has stimulated our Rooks to start nest-building in earnest, and they have been busy trimming the Hazel outside my window for that purpose!

Constantine: Good views of female Peregrine overhead today so I am back on the podium with Andy Blonden at 52! (Tim Pinfield)

Trewoon: Not many new additions in February at the moment. Total so far is now 35 – a beautiful male Bullfinch (34) appeared for all of two minutes on the 17th and a Carrion Crow (35) was feeding in the adjacent field on the 20th. Highlight at the moment is a male blackcap has started to sing his lovely melody from the flowering cherry outside the lounge window. Spring is on the way! (Ian Toogood-Johnson)

Lanlivery: Update 24th February: A single Greenfinch brings total to 40 species recorded. (Phil McVey)

Coverack: A second garden year tick in two days! An evening Grey Heron flypast takes the list to 47. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 24th February 2021

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: My latest lockdown total is 37 following a cracking Merlin through my garden. (Brian Toms)

Coverack: 2 Cormorant over for 46. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 23rd February 2021

Liskeard: Number 27 – Lesser Black-backed Gull amongst the Herring Gulls on farmland across the valley.
Number 28 – Long-tailed Tit. Slow but sure progress! (Deena Sharp)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Curlew and Mallard, taking the list to 36. (Brian Toms)

Garden Listing February 2021 Bird Race Results

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 –

Chaffinch - Vic Booth

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) –

Saturday –

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)

Sunday –

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)

Bullfinch – Nigel Bastin

View from the garden – Nigel Bastin

Garden Listing 21st February 2021

Garden Bird Race update: Thanks to all those who took part, despite the pretty wet and dreary weather overall! We will provide an update tomorrow evening to allow for any later entries which may come in, along with updating the tables etc with any garden listing updates.

Garden Bird ‘Race’ Saturday 20th/Sunday 21st February: This weekend – the usual garden birding rules apply, the aim is to record as many birds as you can in or from your garden on either Saturday 20th February or Sunday 21st February (you can choose, or even do both!) Please email your total species list and highlights in to us at [email protected] (along with your name and location details for those who aren’t part of the main Garden Listing League). We’ll produce a brief roundup with highlights etc afterwards. Photos of birds or garden welcome. Good luck!

More info on our general garden listing league and the rules can be found Here

Feock: Siskin to add to my garden listing league. Still only second to bottom of list. I feel I am not trying hard enough! Very enjoyable all the same. One of our blackcaps is ringed so I have been able to pass that on to BTO. Cheers and thanks (Rosalind Smith)

Garden Listing 19th February 2021

Wadebridge: Another five to add to my tally taking me to 38. I’ve had plenty of Fieldfares but until recently no Redwing. In addition to that I’ve now had Greenfinch and Bullfinch, plus Pied and Grey Wagtail. (Simon Marquis)

Garden Listing 17th February 2021

Crowlas: a female Blackcap brings up 55. (Reuben Veal)

Mount Village, Bodmin Moor: As of 17th February I have seen/heard 28 species from/in my garden since Jan 1st –  rural village garden backing onto fields and hedgerows. The list is as follows: Blue Tit , Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Blackbird, Wren, Chaffinch, Siskin, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Magpie, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Starling, Rook, Greenfinch, Pheasant, Robin, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Pied Wagtail, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon. (Jasmina Goodair)

Garden Listing 16th February 2021

Grampound Road: Black Redstart for 46 (Rob Nicholls)

Feock: Lucky enough to hear Skylark singing while I was out in the garden this morning. I think that takes my total to 33. (Bec Penny)

Liskeard: There have been no new species to list for weeks, however the garden is still full of birds – 7 different species all at one time yesterday. No mean feat for a small, edge of town garden! Siskins and goldfinches still visit in numbers, (5 siskins on the feeders as I write), as does the Male blackcap, who is sporting a bright yellow, pollen-covered head! I’d love to know what he’s feeding on. (Deena Sharp) Gardenlisting eds – This could well be Mahonia, a winter-flowering plant with yellow flowers and a good nectar source. 

Blackcap – Deena Sharp

Garden Listing 15th February 2021

Praa Sands: Number 50 today, just leaving the garden when I heard the distinctive call, stepped back from the gate to watch a pair of Chough fly over towards Hoe Point. Later located them feeding in some fields up there. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 14th February 2021

Grampound: Smart male Brambling for 45. (Rob Nicholls)

Brambling – Rob Nicholls

Helston: A new list from central Helston, with a medium size back garden and overlooking a children’s play area which is surrounded by mature trees:
Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Blackcap (male and female), Goldfinch, Siskin (male and female), Chaffinch (male and female), Greenfinch (male and female), Bullfinch (female), Starling, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Magpie, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Black Redstart (female), Robin, Wood Pigeon, Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove, Herring Gull, Wren, Firecrest (30). (Steve Ford)

Coal Tit – Steve Ford

Blackcap – Steve Ford

Blackcap – Steve Ford

Greenfinch – Steve Ford

Siskin and Goldfinches – Steve Ford

 

Garden Listing 12th February 2021

Porthcothan: This is my garden list to date that runs from 1 Jan to the present. The garden is separated from the North coast by arable fields. Some of these are managed for Corn Bunting so have been planted with sacrificial crops. We are also fortunate that the field immediately adjoining the property is barley stubble and currently seems a magnet for birds: Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant, Great Northern Diver, Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine, Jack Snipe, Snipe, Kittiwake, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Feral Pigeon, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Skylark, Wren, Starling, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Robin, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting (46 species). Also Badger, Red Fox, Roe Deer, Bank Vole, Wood Mouse, Hare. (Chris Moncaster)

Jack Snipe, Corn Bunting, Reed Bunting and Short-eared Owl take the combined Cornwall list to 102 – (Gardenlisting eds).

Constantine: The local farmer was ploughing a near field yesterday afternoon for the first time for a while. 500-1000 mixed gulls, impossible to count, following the tractor, plus 9 Buzzards, and 2 Little Egrets. The gulls were mostly Herring and Black-headed but with many Mediterranean and 10+ Great Black-backs and 5 Lesser (new for list making 50). (Tim Pinfield)

Coverack: Finally nailed a flyover 2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull for 44. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 11th February 2021

Praa Sands: Yesterday, 10th Feb, added two more species to the list: 48 – 2 Razorbill and 49 – small party of Common Scoter, both out in the bay. (Matt Southam)

St Keverne: Up to 31 species now with Starling (1st Feb), Meadow Pipit, Herring Gull, Long-tailed Tit (4th Feb) and Jay (10th Feb). (Helen Norton)

Garden Listing 10th February 2021

Crowlas: Another good couple of days saw flyover additions of Grey Heron, Snipe and the Merlin which I see sporadically around nearby farmland. A nocmig Moorhen would’ve been new but sadly isn’t countable, so total now 54. (Reuben Veal)

Constantine: Very slow birdwatching here over recent weeks, but the addition of Starling and Mallard take me to 41. (David Collins)

Coverack: No new species (still haven’t quite nailed Lesser Black-backed Gull) but the garden were very busy, with a garden record 14 Blue Tit. (Dan Beadle)

Callestick: Very busy around the feeders today with the cold weather but the best was a couple of Greenfinches which are very rare here and took me to 50. (Tony Wilson)

Garden Listing 9th February 2021

Praa Sands: After last week with only one new species, two today. I believe 46, the female Black Redstart that’s been flitting about down by the beach car parks and houses paid me a visit and 47, one of the three Turnstones on Hoy Point made a flight across the bay. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 8th February 2021

Callestick: Green Woodpecker doing its first yaffle of the spring took me to 49. (Tony Wilson)

Praa Sands: Quiet week, only one species to add 45, Common Gulls in the bay. (Matt Southam)

Garden Listing 7th February 2021

Mabe Burnthouse: A couple of recent days working outside in the garden didn’t result in anything new until started out this afternoon working on the wall – 2 Raven flying over fairly high but vocal. Two Goldcrest also kept me company for at least an hour and a half working the small conifer next to the house! (Dan Chaney)

Grampound: Additions of Golden Plover on 6th and Sparrowhawk on 7th takes list to 44. (Rob Nicholls)

Garden Listing 5th February 2021

Crowlas: The first Nuthatch in the garden since 2015 was a great interruption to a midweek Zoom call as it fed and even started flycatching outside the window. Grey Wagtail also new on 4th for 45.

A remarkable half hour in the garden on 5th managed to add 6 species! Greenfinch, Stock Dove and Feral Pigeon were all overdue and down to not having enough time to put in throughout January. A farmer ploughing was helpful in getting a Med Gull amongst a larger gull flock and some great visibility allowed me to pluck out a Gannet in the tiny section of sea I can see (at 5km range!) from the roof. The last tick was the third second-record-for-garden in 3 weeks as a pair of Mallard flew over. Up to 51. (Reuben Veal)

Constantine: I finally achieved something I didn’t do last lockdown which was to see 40 species in a day. I had reached 30 by midday so decided to devote the rest of the day to trying to crack the record. I was on 39 at 5.30 and settled down to see Woodcock at dusk as I often do. No show. I waited and at 5.45 a Grey Heron floated over the garden heading for the river, making the 40. Highlights were a flock of 200-300 Golden Plover, Green Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tits, Bullfinches, Tawny Owl (actually seen rather than just heard), 6 Egrets, Blackcaps, small group of Redwings twittering together in the trees, Goldcrest and Firecrest, the latter taking my garden total to 49. I also saw my first butterfly of the year, a Red Admiral. (Tim Pinfield)

Garden Listing 4th February 2021

Callestick: Yesterday our returning Canada Geese made a noisy return to their pond taking the total to 48. Still haven’t added House Sparrow! (Tony Wilson)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Frenzy around bird feeders shattered by Sparrowhawk today. No kill. Total now 34. (Brian Toms)

Marazion: Glaucous Gull for 60, a new species for the combined list. (Dave Parker)

Garden Listing 3rd February 2021

Dobwalls: At last, a Sparrowhawk over the garden makes 36. A regular visitor in the summer, chasing our nesting House Sparrows, but we’ve not seen one since before Christmas. (Chris and Janet Duffy)

Constantine: Although I was regularly seeing egrets in November and December, I have not see a single one this year. I suspect that if there is flu about this might be the reason I am not seeing them as all my egrets come from the Helford River. Today, however, I noticed nine egrets in a field with cattle in the Trelowarren area. It is a long way off and I cannot say for sure whether they were Little or Cattle, probably Little. This takes my list to 48. (Tim Pinfield)

Mabe Burnthouse: Looking out of the lounge window as you regularly do as a birder and thinking it really was time a Cormorant flew over – and one did. Bringing the tally up to 35. (Dan Chaney)

Garden Listing 2nd February 2021

Callestick: A flock of 90 Golden Plover was circling the fields today and flew directly over the garden taking the total to 47. (Tony Wilson)

Trethurgy: Goldcrest and Rook bringing the total to 37. (Geoffrey and Jacky White)

Garden Listing 1st February 2021

Mabe Burnthouse: The mizzle cleared enough to get me out into the garden this afternoon and to add two new species for the yearlist – the seeping calls of a disturbed flock of Redwing flying over and a bit later a Great Tit in top of a distant hedge, finally. (Dan Chaney)

Feock: Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Buzzard now added. (Bec Penny)

Nuthatch – Bec Penny

Feock: Carrion Crow and Tawny Owl added to my list.
The owls were calling early this morning. The first time I have heard them for ages. The nearby woodland where I think they nest and certainly roost has been devastated by some slash chopping of trees. We used to hear them at all times of the day, but now much more rarely. (Rosalind Smith)

Tresillian: Total now 41 with the following: Raven, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Mistle Thrush. (Andrew le Masurier)

Lanlivery: Update 31st January: As usual, all the birds disappeared during the hour I set aside for the RSPB garden watch, but I spent 10 minutes watching my first garden Treecreeper of the year, bringing the running total to 36 species. (Phil McVey)

Marazion: Water Pipit for 59. (Dave Parker)

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

A combined total of 23 species:

Truro, 31/01: 1 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest, 2 Robin (lining a nest), 2 Wren, 1 Dunnock, 2 Great Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 4 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Chaffinch, 1 House Sparrow, 50 Rook, 5 Jackdaw, 1 Magpie, 5 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove. (L Sampson)

Coverack, 30/01: 27 House Sparrow, 11 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 8 Dunnock, 6 Blue Tit, 5 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 3 Great Tit, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Magpie, 1 Starling. Overall a fair representation of the garden bird population, although a few species (eg. Collard Dove) missing. 2 Woodpigeon were a surprise as they don’t normally make it into the garden. Looking back over previous years, there’s been no long-term change in count numbers for any species apart from one: Dunnocks have steadily increased to almost double-figures from just a regular couple less than a decade ago. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing – January 2021

Well done to all who took part in what was a successful month for the Cornwall Garden Listing League, with 94 species seen across 27 gardens. Plenty of good birds were to be had with ‘rarity of the month’ being Dave Parker’s White Stork on the 10th. There always remains some uncertainty around wandering White Storks in the UK and it could be from the White Stork Project in Sussex (more information on that HERE) but a grand bird to see nonetheless. Otherwise a Black Redstart that briefly visited Dan Chaney at Mabe Burnthouse on the 17th the only other really notable species perhaps, along with Black-throated Diver for Dave again.

Whilst most of us are inland, a handful of gardens are on or near the coast or estuarine habitats, boosting the overall species diversity – many of us could only hope for goodies like Gannet, Fulmar or Turnstone! Highlights include Eider, Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Shelduck and the three diver species, with Stu Bearhop enjoying Dipper and Andy Blonden Common Sandpiper. Moving inland, 8 gardens were treated to Firecrest, Siskins were seen in 9 and Treecreeper visited two, with Yellowhammer in two of the more Easterly gardens. With the species currently experiencing a drastic decline nationwide, Geoff White’s Willow Tit was a great garden bird. Other inland one-garden wonders include Phil McVey’s Marsh Tit, Tim Pinfield’s evening Woodcock flights and Simon Marquis’ Red-legged Partridge. Tony Wilson’s Mediterranean Gull and Ian Toogood-Johnson’s Grey Herons were respective garden ticks. Eight gardens recorded Little Egret and 6 saw Mediterranean Gull – both would have been fairly unthinkable only twenty or thirty years ago! Perhaps overlooked or under-recorded, only 6 gardens recorded Feral Pigeon. Moving on to the last week of the month and a new addition to the list saw 4 gardens witness Common Gulls – some evidence of a movement perhaps.

Tawny Owl was recorded from an impressive 20 gardens – as an early breeder the beginning of the year is a good time to listen out for them vocalising – how many people specifically targeted them we wonder?! Only 6 species were seen across all the gardens we have full lists for: Blue Tit, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Blackbird, Robin and Chaffinch. That will probably change as people continue to pick up new species – it’s about the commoner species and enjoying them as much as it is about the occasional scarcer visitors. Brighter visitors included Great Spotted Woodpecker, with no less than 21 gardens records and Jay from 18 gardens. Looking forwards to February, no garden has recorded Brambling and only Andrew le Masurier at Tresillian has had a Peregrine, so those are amongst the species to look out for in the coming weeks perhaps.

In the spreadsheet below you can see your list with the birds recorded against the master list of all lists. Apart from seeing who else has seen the same as you, it does make it a lot easier to spot any gaps you have on your own list.

January Spreadsheet Link

(To scroll around the spreadsheet use the pale grey horizontal and vertical bars. To help find ‘your garden’ in the columns we assigned a number to each person in rough order that they signed up to the league. The first tab ‘sheet’ near the bottom left hand corner is the targets list, the second is the actual list for January as per the main spreadsheet.)

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.

>>Link to main garden listing page<<

 

 D Beadle, D Chaney – Garden Listing Team Feb 2021

Garden Listing 31st January 2021

Praa Sands: Only one new bird for the week, number 44, small flock of Linnet flying over. (Matt Southam)

Grampound: Lesser Black-backed Gull for 42. (Robert Nicholls)

Constantine: Surprisingly for my garden a House sparrow chirruping Friday. First sighting here since last March. Now on 47. Ravens still here daily but nest building on hold. I think it has been too windy. Still averaging about 28 species per day and a top single day figure of 34. (Tim Pinfield)

Perranarworthal: Lockdown list here has risen to 42 with Mistle Thrush, Redshank, Green Woodpecker & Common Gull added over the last week or so. Desperately hoping the Spoonbill that has been seen nearby will follow. (Stu Bearhop)

Marazion: Common Gull and Teal for 58. (Dave Parker)

Coverack: Heard-only Raven in the mist for 43. Plenty of Kittiwakes and Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the bay but couldn’t get either on the list. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 29th January 2021

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch: If you’re taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden
Birdwatch over the weekend, please do let us know how you get on (even if you’re not part of the main Cornwall Garden Listing League). We’ll hopefully publish a summary of the results during the week. Good luck!

Click HERE for more information on taking part and to submit your sightings to the RSPB.

Crowlas: A quiet week but an overdue Rook flew over on 26th and an adult Common Gull over on 28th (average of just 3 records/year for the garden) taking list up to 43. (R Veal)

Coverack: 1 Green Woodpecker has been regularly visiting a nearby telegraph pole for the past 2 days. Takes the list to 42. Also thought I heard a Jay whilst still in bed, but no sign by the time I got to the window so that tick will have to wait. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 28th January 2020

Callestick: A good few days here with four more species taking the total to 46. Collared Dove and Mistle Thrush were straight forward. However, seeing one of the two Little Egrets that hang out in a nearby cow field involved 15 attempts standing on the bed looking through the top of the window at a distant gap in the hedge and hoping one would walk past. Luckily it did and I got 3 Common Gulls in the same field. My wife thinks I’m taking it too seriously! (Tony Wilson)

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Black-headed Gull and Meadow Pipit for 33. (Brian Toms)

Garden Listing 27th January 2021

Polbathic: 3 Teal at breakfast this morning, bringing me to 52. (Andy Blonden)

Trewoon, St. Austell: Count now up to 33 thanks to two flyovers – a pair of Canada Geese (32) on the 23rd and a pair of Feral Pigeons (33) on the 25th. Yesterday was a great day for total numbers of birds, but no new ones for the list – a large flock of finches kept circling and got me hoping, but when they eventually settled they were 18 Goldfinch and 12 Chaffinch. Still good, but Linnet or Brambling would have been nicer! (Ian Toogood-Johnson)

Garden Listing 26th January 2021

Grampound Road: 41. Chiffchaff. (Rob Nicholls)

Camborne: Since the last tally, I have spotted Collared Doves, House Sparrows and Siskins in our garden. (Jo Eastman)

Dobwalls: A Pied Wagtail on a neighbour’s roof makes 35 (Chris & Janet Duffy)

Marazion: Turnstone for 56. (Dave Parker)

Garden Listing 25th January 2021

Polbathic: There had only been the recent reappearance of Long-tailed Tit to add to my previous total, until today. And what a fabulous day, with 31 species through the window, and even that with at least 8 ‘regulars’ not showing. Wigeon and Goldcrest were added in the morning. Then in the afternoon, a Meadow Pipit on the mud of the creek, followed, at last, by the previously ever-present Common Sandpiper finally turning up. This puts the total up to 51. (I’d just like to add that some of the photos included on the site are terrific. Well done, folks.) (Andy Blonden)

Mabe Burnthouse: Song Thrush was a new one on the 25th – recall seeing before the new year but not since. I realise that I haven’t recorded Great Tit yet this year – I’m sure I must have seen them in the back hedge, but will wait until I see another and on a specific date before adding! Cormorant (flying over) and Blackcap were both regular at the end of December but not seen since, so plenty of options still out there… along with Redwing and any other cold weather movement birds. (Dan Chaney)

Callestick: Recent additions are Grey Heron, Starling and Goldcrest taking the total to 42. Also, a Peregrine circled over the garden but unfortunately I was 300 yards away walking the dog so it doesn’t count! (Tony Wilson)

Funnily enough the same thing happened to me with a Peregrine over the garden on the same day. I tried running, but you can’t outrun the fastest bird in the world. – (Dan Beadle, Gardenlisting eds team)

Marazion: Great Crested Grebe for 55. (Dave Parker)

Garden Listing 24th January 2021

Lanlivery: up to 35 with Grey Wagtail extra. (Phil McVey)

Constantine: Two additions. Canada Goose and finally a Goldcrest. This takes me to 47. Still going for 50 by end of the month. {News of the moment from here is that I am watching daily a pair of Ravens building their nest in the firs outside the dining room window. I can see them through my scope from inside the house. They have only just started in the last couple of days so the structure is as yet no more than a small pile of sticks but I am hoping for great things. They have tried to breed here before but I was not able to confirm success. This year their nest is more visible so I should know one way or the other.} (Tim Pinfield)

Mabe Burnthouse: It’s been mostly quiet over the last week but one new addition today – a Sparrowhawk briefly in flight before dropping below the rooftops opposite. (Dan Chaney)

Liskeard: not much new in the garden, Siskins, Coal Tits, Great and Blue tits, so spent a half hour scoping across the valley from the comfort and warmth of the front room. The resident buzzard was seen, perched  on one of the new fence posts erected on farmland. Just about to give up when a Thrush was sighted. Upright stance, very pale front, but with distinct smudges on the chest. White underwing when in flight.  A Mistle Thrush! So my total is now 26.  Slow but sure! (Deena Sharp)

Mistle Thrush – Deena Sharp

Coverack: The garden list is definitely benefitting from the end of uni exams. A fly-by Kestrel brought up 40, male Bullfinch for 41. A male Sparrowhawk has been visiting regularly so I’ve started keeping track of his success rate. So far 3 attempts, 3 misses. Also watched a female House Sparrow with a small white feather, which it carried around for a little while before being chased through the bushes by a male. Perhaps some early courtship? (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 23rd January 2021

Coverack: Got the ‘scope on the roof for the first time this year and gave the garden list a boost. Fieldfare, flyover Grey Wagtail, distant Gannet and Feral Pigeon, taking the list to 39. (Dan Beadle)

Praa Sands: I went outside to set off on morning walk to see 41, pair of bullfinches foraging in garden, looked up to see 42, two Starlings fly over and walked to the gate to see 43, a Med Gull on the green amongst the feeding Black heads. (Matt Southam)

St Keverne: Two additions: Chiffchaff (23rd) and Carrion Crow (on 20th). (Helen Norton)

Chiffchaff – Helen Norton

Crowlas: A long overdue Collared Dove and a distant Great Black-backed Gull additions taking the list up to 41. (Reuben Veal)

Marazion: Chiffchaff for 54. (Dave Parker)

Garden Listing 21st January 2021

Dobwalls: A surprise visitor in our Beech tree today, a Nuthatch. He tried to eat from our seed tray but the House Sparrows chased him off. Total now 34. (Chris & Janet Duffy)

Coverack: Black-headed Gulls in a large mixed flock with Mediterranean Gulls moving inland for 34, and Firecrest in the field adjoinging the garden for 35. (Dan Beadle)

Marazion: Bullfinch for 53 (Dave Parker)

Garden Listing 20th January 2021

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Green Woodpecker and Long-tailed Tit added, total now 31. (Brian Toms)

Crowlas: Lesser Black-backed Gull and Raven through the rain today. Up to 39. (Reuben Veal)

Garden Listing 19th January 2021

Constantine: List up to 39 now with the addition of Mediterranean Gull and Carrion Crow. There were at least two Mediterranean Gulls flying directly over the house in a flock of Black-headed Gulls. The Carrion Crow was rather more difficult as there are Rooks all around us – there is a rookery just beyond the garden and they never seem to be away for long even in winter. So I had to wait for one to call to pick it up. Two very distant birds over the Helford River a few days ago might either have been Cormorants or Canada Geese – yes they were that far away! Will wait until I see them a bit nearer before adding either. What will be number 40? Neither Mallard nor Sparrowhawk as yet, so perhaps one of those. (David Collins)

Grampound Road: Goldcrest added on the 17th and Grey Wagtail on the 19th, bringing the total up to 40. (Rob Nicholls)

Dobwalls: A female Blackcap made a visit to the garden, number 33. (Chris &Janet Duffy)

Coverack: Chiffchaff and Blackcap for 33. Also c40 House Sparrow, good to see such high numbers. (Dan Beadle)

Trewoon, St. Austell: Large garden surrounded by other gardens, hedgerows, trees and a field used by a farmer for grazing sheep. Views over a wooded valley.

1st Jan – Opened the curtains and the first bird onto the list. A gorgeous male Great Spotted Woodpecker. Not seen since the summer, so a lovely surprise. Joined later by a female – the pair have been noted pretty much every day since. Other birds starting the list were Blackbird (2), Coal tit (3), Herring Gull (4), Jackdaw (5), Jay (6), Long-tailed Tit (7), Magpie (8), Robin (9), Rook (10), Woodpigeon (11) and Wren (12).

2nd Jan – Additions were female Blackcap (13) and Great Tit (14). Again, not seen blackcaps since the summer so another nice surprise. Didn’t know if this was a fleeting visit, but later in the week, not to be outdone by his mate, the male turned up and they have both been everpresent for the first two weeks of the year.

3rd Jan – The local pair of Buzzards (15) decided to put in an appearance on a beautiful sunny day, as always being mobbed by the resident Herring Gulls. They don’t get a peaceful life.

4th Jan – Collared dove (16), House sparrow (17) and Starlings (18) made it into the garden, but the star show of the day was a Raven (19) calling noisily as it flew over. The Herring Gulls had a new bird to mob!

5th Jan – Had to wait until the fifth day to see Blue tit (20) and Chaffinch (21). Where have they been hiding!

7th Jan – Heard a really strange bird call as I was topping up the feeders (they’re getting through the fat blocks at a rate of knots!). Looked up and two Grey Herons (22) were flying low overhead. A garden tick. A Redwing (23) also showed well later in the afternoon. Getting them in ones and twos now rather than the 30+ flocks from before Christmas.

8th Jan – First visits by the shy and secretive Dunnock (24), Fieldfare (25) and Greenfinch (26) today.

11th Jan – A couple of Goldfinch (27) arrived to feed on the seed heads left on the flowers in the garden. We never dead-head or tidy up the borders until springtime for this very reason.

15th Jan – A beautiful Song thrush (28) was feeding on the lawn and in the borders. Rare visitor to our garden. The local Tawny Owl (29) population also descended on our garden at 3 in the morning – a male and 2 females as far as I could tell. I must thank one of our cats for that, as it jumped onto our bed after coming in from its nightly hunting expedition and woke me up.

17th Jan – A Green woodpecker (30) flew through and down into the valley. I know these birds by a different name; they’re “Yaffles” where I’m from (born and brought up in deepest rural Berkshire).

19th Jan – Another stranger in these parts today. A lovely Nuthatch (31) graced the seed feeder. In fact, we had a mad half hour when there were birds everywhere you looked – the Nuthatch arrived with the tit and finch flock (3 Blue tits, 2 Great tits, 2 Coal tits, 4 Long-tailed tits, 2 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch). There were also 2 Gt Spot Woodpeckers, male Blackcap, Magpie, Robin, 3 Blackbirds and a Woodpigeon at the same time. It was hard to keep up with what was where. An hour later I looked outside and there was not a bird in sight – it couldn’t have been much different. (Ian Toogood-Johnson)

Garden Listing 18th January 2021

Pentire, Newquay: Regular visitors to the feeders in our garden so far in 2021 include:
Robin, Blackbird, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Blackcap, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Greenfinch (Clive Gwilliam)

Male and female Blackcaps

Wadebridge: A few more goodies to add making my total 33: Blackcap, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Mistle Thrush, Buzzard (Simon Marquis)

Camborne (Penponds): Our current running total for January 2021 is 25. Large, mature garden with many trees/ hedges, large pond and farmed fields on 2 sides. Semi rural location.

Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Blackcap, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Crow, Jay, Hering Gull, Starling, Wood Pigeon, Wren, 1 each of Grey Wagtail and Goldcrest, and Canada Geese flying over. (Joanne Eastman)

Liskeard: Siskins on the sunflower feeders. An uncommon garden visitor for me. (Deena Sharp)

Garden Listing 17th January 2021

Constantine: Now that the weather is warming the new species are beginning to appear. Added three since I last wrote: Golden Plover, Mallard and Siskin so now on 45. Plenty of common stuff which I saw at the end of 2020 yet to see this year, eg Linnet, Goldcrest, Firecrest and Grey Wagtail.  May make 50 by February! (Tim Pinfield)

Tresillian: Inland woodland and farmland. Now up to 37, full list – Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Jay, Woodpigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, Wren, Mallard, Redwing, Rook, Peregrine, Stock Dove, House Sparrow, Fieldfare, Jackdaw, Moorhen, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Cormorant, Green Woodpecker,,, Starling, Meadow Pipit, Herring Gull, Barn Owl, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Mute Swan, Skylark (Andrew le Masurier)

Trethurgy: Garden List so far for 2021 is on 36: Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Sparrowhawk , Herring Gull , Feral Pigeon Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove , Tawny Owl, Great spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Nuthatch, Blackcap, Long-tailed tit, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Raven, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Bullfinch. (Geoff & Jacky White)

Praa Sands: A coastal site with a largish garden has produced 36 species so far in 2021: 1/ House Sparrow, 2/ Robin, 3/ Blackbird, 4/ Song Thrush, 5/ Chaffinch, 6/ Greenfinch, 7/ Goldfinch, 8/ Blue Tit, 9/ Great Tit, 10/ Dunnock, 11/ Wren, 12/ Wood Pigeon, 13/ Collard Dove, 14/ Feral Pigeon, 15/ Blackcap, 16/ Magpie, 17/ Carrion Crow, 18/ Jackdaw, 19/ Rook, 20/ Raven, 21/ Pied Wagtail, 22/ Meadow Pipit, 23/ Stonechat, 24/ Tawny Owl, 25/ Shag, 26/ Cormorant, 27/ Herring Gull, 28/ Black headed Gull, 29/ Great back backed Gull, 30/ Oystercatcher, 31/ Gannet, 32/ Great Northern Diver, 32/ Black-throated Diver, 33/ Fulmar, 34/ Redwing.35/ Buzzard, 36/ Sparrowhawk. (Matt Southam)

Perranarworthal: List since the start of the lockdown is onto 38. Country garden near woodland and overlooking a river: Canada goose, Mallard, Great Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Common Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Black-headed gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Wood pigeon, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Great spotted woodpecker, Pied wagtail, Grey wagtail, Wren, Dipper, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Long-tailed tit, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Carrion crow, Raven, Jackdaw, Siskin, Chaffinch, Redwing, Fieldfare, Meadow Pipit. (Stu Bearhop)

Mabe Burnthouse: 30) Black Redstart. A pleasant surprise – looked out the lounge window to glimpse a bird flycatching off the rooftops opposite. A quick scrabble for the bins and yes it was, unfortunately mostly silhouetted. Used to be a fairly regular winter fixture when in Falmouth but a nice one to get on the garden list here, about 5 miles inland. (Dan Chaney)

Lanlivery: Raven and Collared Dove added taking total to 34 species. (Phil McVey)

Liskeard: Total now 25 with this weekends additions of Great Tit and Rook. (Deena Sharp).

St Keverne: Really pleased to receive your email about the new garden listing, thank you very much. I had started a list for my own interest, inspired by last years lockdown listing, however, I am very happy to take part again, especially as this lockdown feels more fraught. Thank you again team CBWPS!

Medium garden with farmland around. Here is my listing so far this new year: Robin, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Wren, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Goldcrest (hit window died) 9/1, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush singing 14/1, Collared Dove, Magpie, Redwing, Jackdaw , Fieldfare, Rook, Tawny Owl (heard 8am) 15/1, Buzzard, Pheasant , Dunnock , Green Woodpecker (heard) 17/1, Wood Pigeon
Best wishes all (Helen Norton)

Callestick: Medium sized garden in wooded valley with stream and ponds surrounded by farmland.

38 species so far – Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay, Raven, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Mallard, Teal, Moorhen, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Grey, Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Firecrest, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Pheasant, Tawny Owl, Sparrowhawk, Woodpigeon.

The highlight so far has been Med Gull over on 1st Jan which was a garden tick. (Tony Wilson)

Garden Listing 15th January 2021

Constantine: Added Great Black-backed Gull, Collared Dove and Mistle Thrush since last update so now on 42. (Tim Pinfield)

Grampound: List up to 38 with addition of Jay. (Rob Nicholls)

Tresillian: Year list total moves to 32. (Andrew le Masurier)

Dobwalls: a single Greenfinch makes our total 32. We certainly don’t have them in the garden as much as we used to, so it was nice to see one. (Chris & Janet Duffy)

Crowlas: A Sparrowhawk and a distant flock of Fieldfare takes the total to 37, currently highlighted by the second garden record of Stonechat in ~6 years. (Reuben Veal)

Mabe Burnthouse: 29 Great Black-backed Gull – 2 circling slowly north together in the distance. (Dan Chaney)

Garden Listing 14th January 2021

Gluvian, St Columb Major: 40 species: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Linnet, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Chiffchaff, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Raven, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Magpie, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Tawny Owl, Buzzard, Blackbird, Redwing, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, House Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Pheasant, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Starling. (Bob Bosisto)

Liskeard: Running total now 23 with the additions of Siskin, Greenfinch, Pied Wagtail and Raven. Thrilled to have had 4 Siskin jostling on the sunflower seed feeders this morning, then later a total of 6 Goldfinch on niger and sunflower feeders. A lone male Greenfinch joined them. Scoped across the valley and saw one of the Ravens on a gate. Its mate nowhere to be seen today, but is usually close by. Regrettably, no further sighting of Monday’s large egret. (Deena Sharp)

Mabe Burnthouse, nr Penryn/Falmouth: Small garden on edge of estate.
1st January – 1)Tawny Owl at 12:30am, 2) Jackdaw, 3) Blue Tit, 4) Coal Tit, 5) Goldfinch, 6) Black-headed Gull (not so regular), 7) Herring Gull, 8) Wren, 9) Dunnock, 10) Rook (eventually 32 seen at the rookery), 11) Collared Dove, 12) Woodpigeon, 13) Blackbird, 14) Robin, 15) House Sparrow, 16) Pied Wagtail, 17) Carrion Crow (one of those with the white wing patches, hassling the rooks), 18) Great Spotted Woodpecker over, 19) Magpie, 20) Starling – around dusk watched the Jackdaws leave their pre-roost on the way to College Res. Must have been over 2000, but impossible to guesstimate properly!

2nd January – 21) Meadow Pipit. We’ve been getting a regular bird in both the front and back garden last few weeks – always nice to see pootling around about 8 feet away below the front window!
3rd January – 22) Chaffinch female briefly.
7th January – 23) Grey Wagtail. One in flight between rooftops in the area.
8th January – 24) Goldcrest, 25) Buzzard, 26) Long-tailed Tit, family party moving through.
9th January – 27) Firecrest moving fast through the back hedge, 28) Grey Heron over. Treated to the Meadow Pipit again. (Dan Chaney)

Feock: Another couple to my list please: 22. Bullfinch and 23. Dunnock. (Bec Penny)

Garden Listing 13th January 2021

Dobwalls: We have a medium sized, mature garden with pond. Village edge backing onto fields and scrubby copse with open countryside views.

31 species so far, to 13th January: House Sparrow, Herring Gull, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Starling, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Robin, Magpie, Collared Dove, Wren, Dunnock, Blackbird, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Rook, Siskin, Yellowhammer, Redwing, Raven, Buzzard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl (heard), Golden Plover, Goldcrest, Jay. (Chris & Janet Duffy)

Harrowbarrow: My sightings since 1st Jan 2021 are as follows: Chaffinch, Jackdaw, Pheasant, Blackbird, Magpie, Blue Tit, Robin, Woodpigeon, Great Tit, Dunnock, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Siskin, Sparrowhawk, Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Jay, House Sparrow, Redwing, Buzzard, Bullfinch, Pied Wagtail, Grey Heron, Goldcrest, Fieldfare, Wren, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Linnet. 32 species. (Geoff Roberts)

Constantine: Moved on to 37 with the additional of a few common species. (David Collins)

Grampound Road: A lucky 13th for me today! 36. Great Spotted Woodpecker 37. Barn Owl. (R Nicholls)

Garden Listing 12th January 2021

Constantine: Edge of village with views over valley. 33 species as of 12 January. (David Collins)

Grampound Road: Rural village location, central Cornwall. Medium smallish sized garden with large mature Hawthorne tree and pond.

1st January: 1. House Sparrow, 2. Collared Dove, 3. Jackdaw, 4. Blackbird, 5. Starling, 6. Goldfinch, 7. Chaffinch, 8. Robin, 9. Siskin, 10. Blue Tit, 11. Herring Gull, 12. Magpie, 13. Woodpigeon, 14. Greenfinch, 15. Carrion Crow, 16. Rook, 17. Song Thrush, 18. Canada Goose, 19. Nuthatch, 20. Wren, 21. Redwing.
2nd January: 22. Bullfinch, 23. Great Tit, 24. Coal Tit, 25. Long-tailed Tit.
3rd January: 26. Dunnock, 27. Buzzard, 28. Pied Wagtail, 29. Pheasant.
4th January: 30. Tawny Owl.
5th January: 31. Raven, 32. Blackcap.
11th January: 33. Stock Dove, 34. Meadow Pipit.
12th January: 35. Fieldfare. (Rob Nicholls)

Coverack: 31 species so far this year: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Great Black-backed Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Herring Gull, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Mediterranean Gull, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Robin, Rook, Song Thrush, Sparrowhawk, Starling, Tawny Owl, Woodpigeon, Wren.

Mediterranean Gull was only a garden tick in December, but have been frequently been moving inland to feed in the fields recently. Last year’s total of at least 76 species is my target. (Dan Beadle)

Garden Listing 11th January 2021

Feock: Woodland garden. Not been a bad start to 2021 but we seem to be missing goldfinches and greenfinches for some reason.

1. Robin, 2. Goldcrest, 3. Great Tit, 4. Blue Tit, 5. Coal Tit, 6. Blackbird, 7. Magpie, 8. Wren, 9. Rook, 10. Long-tailed Tit, 11. Herring Gull, 12. Carrion Crow, 13. Woodpigeon, 14. Chaffinch, 15. Nuthatch, 16. Song Thrush, 17. Tawny Owl, 18. Pied Wagtail, 19. Blackcap (f), 20. Redwing, 21. Jay. (Bec Penny).

Liskeard: Common Buzzard and Little Egret. Running total now 19. (Deena Sharp)

Wadebridge: I seem to have got off to a better start this year with 28 species seen by the 11th Jan!

Blackbird, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Rook, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay, Carrion Crow, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Raven, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Red-legged Partridge, Wren, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Pheasant. (Simon Marquis)

Constantine: Glad to see you are doing a new list. It puts purpose into getting out into the garden and watching. I was out a lot yesterday in the sunshine and saw my first weasel ever in the garden.

Number of sightings (all seen so far except Tawny Owl and Green Woodpecker) is 38: Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pheasant, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Woodpigeon, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Redwing, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Tawny Owl, Woodcock.

I see Woodcock almost every evening I observe. They fly up from my garden or wood at between 5.15 and 5.25pm and head for the fields close by for the night. As the days are lengthening the time is getting later by a minute or two daily. There is usually just one, but I did see two one evening. No crests seen or heard at all. I can only assume that it has been too cold and that they have retreated to warmer areas. The Constantine sewerage works down in the valley close by is a likely spot. I had regularly seen Firecrests here into late December until the cold spell came. There are quite a few Mediterranean Gulls about in the fields with cattle below my house – with other gulls. They are becoming very common in the Helford River area. No Egrets yet however. Most common bird daily is Goldfinch with probably twenty or more present on the feeders. The bad news is that the Greenfinches and one Chaffinch I have seen lately are clearly suffering from trichomonosis. I clean the feeders regularly but to no avail. (Tim Pinfield)

Lanlivery: Inland rural.
Up until 10th January: Canada Goose, Mallard, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Snipe, Herring Gull, Buzzard, Tawny Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Robin, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Goldfinch. (32 species) (Phil McVey).

Garden Listing 10th January 2021

Creegbrawse, Chacewater: Garden, surrounded by scrub moorland, stunted oaks and pasture .

Garden Lockdown List 2021 – 1.Chaffinch, 2.Bullfinch, 3.Goldfinch, 4.Dunnock, 5.Blue Tit,6. Great Tit, 7. Coal Tit, 8.Blackbird, 9.Wood Pigeon,10.Jay, 11.Carrion Crow, 12.Jackdaw, Goldcrest,13.Nuthatch,14.Wren,15.Tawny Owl, 16.Raven,17.Rook,18.Redwing,19.Collared Dove, 20.Buzzard, 21.Song Thrush, 22.Starling, 23.Feral Pigeon, 24.Herring Gull,25.Great Spotted Woodpecker, 26,Greenfinch, 27.Robin, 28.Magpie (Brian Toms)

Liskeard: Garden is on a housing estate, on the edge of a town with views across the valley to farm land.

Actually in my garden – Blue Tit, Blackcap (m), Coal Tit, Goldfinch, Robin, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Blackbird
Wren, Collard Dove, Starling, Magpie, Dunnock

Viewed from my garden:- Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Wood Pigeon, Jackdaw (Deena Sharp)

Male Blackcap – Deena Sharp

Feock: I live in Feock with a moderate sized garden with trees, shrubs, lawn, wild patches, and Cornish hedge.

My garden list for January so far. Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, Buzzard, Blackcap, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Magpie, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Greenfinch, Sparrowhawk, Chaffinch, Herring Gull

One of the Wrens in the garden was climbing up the trunk of a whitebeam, pulling off pieces of lichen and presumably getting insects from the trunk. The wren climbed about four feet. I have never seen this behaviour before in wrens who are generally found on the ground. Is it usual? Many thanks (Rosalind Smith)

It is something that they can and will do – if the food is there, they will clamber through hedgerows, woodpiles etc – although perhaps something you don’t so often see on a vertical trunk, so nice to see. The recent cold weather spell may also be forcing Wrens to be more visible/noticeable than normal too. Anybody else noticing this? – (Gardenlisting eds)

Crowlas: 10th Jan . Please update my list to 31, Mediterranean Gull being the latest. My location is inland with large garden (Gary Healey).

Polbathic: Jan. 1st ended with 30 species (plus Bar-tailed Goose)
Jan. 2nd. addred: Shelduck, Kingfisher, Great Black-backed Gull, Firecrest, Heron & Buzzard. ie. 36.
Jan. 3rd: Sparrowhawk, Magpie & Song Thrush. 39.
Since then: Greenfinch, Grey Wagtail, Tawny Owl (heard), Red-breasted Merganser, Blackcap & House Sparrow. Total to date (10th Jan)= 45.

It’s been quite a good start, but I don’t anticipate anything else for a while unless a Starling or some winter thrushes turn up. Many thanks for getting the list going again, it’s already proved to be a boredom breaker! (Andy Blonden)

Garden listing 6th Jan 2021

Happy New Year!

Polbathic, 1st January:

Hopefully, you’ll be instigating another Garden List for this year; the last one was very enjoyable. If that’s the case, my starting day’s list, from my St. Germans garden bordering Polbathic Creek, in order seen, is:

Mute Swan, Robin, Jackdaw, Rook, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Hedge Sparrow, Cormorant, Herring Gull, Canada Goose, Dabchick, Wren, Siskin, Goldfinch, Little Egret, Blackbird, Stonechat, Snipe, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow,
Pheasant, Black headed Gull, Pied Wagtail, Mallard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Redshank, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Curlew, Treecreeper (the first we’ve had for years!) Also Bar-headed Goose (still with Canadas) … (A Blonden)

Crowlas, 2nd January: 20 species up to the second if having an annual garden list? I had a Firecrest yesterday, a first for our garden (G Healey)

Garden Listing Jan 1st 2021

Welcome to Cornwall Garden Listing 2021!!

Cornwall Garden Listing League 2021: 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.

To take part please email your running total to us at: [email protected] along with any other extras such as photos and your updates. We will be updating the table and posts 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. In flight, or however distant. (Feral Pigeon counts, but escaped and domestic species don’t).

This is open to all, CBWPS members or not (we would of course encourage you to join if not already a member – online membership has all been set up but is not yet available for new members). The birds and other wildlife are all out there, even if we can’t get out as far as we want when in lockdown. Don’t worry if some have much better garden lists than yours – the main aim is to push your own list, and hopefully see some interesting birds you wouldn’t have otherwise seen!

Garden listing ‘rules’:

    • Essentially all birds seen or heard, in or from your garden.
    • All birds to be seen by the named observer only, in or from the garden (or house) – however distant.
    • This includes flyovers over the property and however distant, as long as they are identifiable!
    • Birds seen on the property or in the air space above count if you are not actually on the property yourself (such records tend to be rare but for example a Sparrowhawk that flies out of your garden as your approach).

The following don’t count, unfortunately –

    • Birds that you would have seen if you were there … but weren’t. Run to get inside the property boundaries if you have to if you see a distant Red Kite whilst returning from the shops!
    • Exotics and escapes not on the British list such as Budgerigar, Muscovy Duck etc, dead birds and sound-recorded (nocmigging) only (however do let us know about them as they are still interesting to hear about, even if you can’t ‘tick’ them.)

We also hope to have occasional bird ‘races’, hour counts and other events as the year progresses.

We have also set up an online spreadsheet where you can view your list and compare against the combined joint Cornwall Garden List. This will help with both checking your own lists for errors and targets, and allow us to see which species people are seeing and make comparisons. (As with the table, we will update the spreadsheet regularly.)

The link – Googlesheets Joint Cornwall List

Finally don’t forget to submit any other bird sightings to the normal [email protected] email address use BTO Birdtrack and submit to CWT Erccis for other county wildlife sightings.

Good luck with your garden birding!

Garden Listing Jan 1st 2021

Welcome to Cornwall Garden Listing 2021!!

Cornwall Garden Listing League 2021: 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.

To take part please email your running total to us at: [email protected] along with any other extras such as photos and your updates. We will be updating the table and posts 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. In flight, or however distant. (Feral Pigeon counts, but escaped and domestic species don’t).

This is open to all, CBWPS members or not (we would of course encourage you to join if not already a member – online membership has all been set up but is not yet available for new members). The birds and other wildlife are all out there, even if we can’t get out as far as we want when in lockdown. Don’t worry if some have much better garden lists than yours – the main aim is to push your own list, and hopefully see some interesting birds you wouldn’t have otherwise seen!

Garden listing ‘rules’:

    • Essentially all birds seen or heard, in or from your garden.
    • All birds to be seen by the named observer only, in or from the garden (or house) – however distant.
    • This includes flyovers over the property and however distant, as long as they are identifiable!
    • Birds seen on the property or in the air space above count if you are not actually on the property yourself (such records tend to be rare but for example a Sparrowhawk that flies out of your garden as your approach).

The following don’t count, unfortunately –

    • Birds that you would have seen if you were there … but weren’t. Run to get inside the property boundaries if you have to if you see a distant Red Kite whilst returning from the shops!
    • Exotics and escapes not on the British list such as Budgerigar, Muscovy Duck etc, dead birds and sound-recorded (nocmigging) only (however do let us know about them as they are still interesting to hear about, even if you can’t ‘tick’ them.)

We also hope to have occasional bird ‘races’, hour counts and other events as the year progresses.

We have also set up an online spreadsheet where you can view your list and compare against the combined joint Cornwall Garden List. This will help with both checking your own lists for errors and targets, and allow us to see which species people are seeing and make comparisons. (As with the table, we will update the spreadsheet regularly.)

The link – Googlesheets Joint Cornwall List

Finally don’t forget to submit any other bird sightings to the normal [email protected] email address use BTO Birdtrack and submit to CWT Erccis for other county wildlife sightings.

Good luck with your garden birding!