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!
To take part please email your running total to us at: along with any other extras such as photos and your updates. 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. In flight, or however distant! (Feral Pigeon counts, but escaped and domestic species don’t.) Please see the post Here for more information and to take part.
RankUpdatedNameLocationGarden List Notes
113th OctMatt SouthamPraa Sands78Coastal site, largish garden
224th AugDan BeadleCoverack70Heathland and scrub. distant sea views
324th SeptAndy BlondenPolbathic69Overlooking small creek
4=5th MarDave ParkerMarazion66Coastal location backing onto fields
4=30th SeptAndrew le MasurierTresillian66Inland woodland/farmland
629th JuneJohn HolmesPenryn64Medium sized urban garden, with distant views over Penryn river and countryside
7=23rd MayReuben VealCrowlas63Inland, rural location
7=28th JuneTim PinfieldConstantine63Fringe of woodland, view down a valley.
9=4th JulyDavid CollinsConstantine61Edge of village with views over valley.
9=30th AugPhil McVeyLanlivery61Inland rural
1130th MayTony WilsonCallestick60Medium garden, wooded valley in farmland.
1228th AprStu BearhopPerranarworthal59Rural, overlooking river
1318th OctGary HealeyCrowlas55Inland with large garden
1415th MayRob NichollsGrampound Road54Rural village mid- sized garden
1520th AugSimon MarquisWadebridge50Inland, rural
168th AugChris & Janet DuffyDobwalls49Mature garden, countryside views
1719th JuneGeoff & Jacky WhiteTrethurgy47Rural village
18=12th FebChristopher MoncasterPorthcothan46Coastal, barley stubble and Corn Bunting crops
18=4th JulyBrian TomsCreegbrawse46Rural, Moorland, stunted oaks and pasture
2031st MayHelen NortonSt Keverne45Medium garden with farmland around
219th SeptBec PennyFeock42Woodland garden.
2218th OctDeena SharpLiskeard41Housing Estate, distant views to farmland
23=14th JanBob BosistoGluvian 40Inland, rural location
23=13th MarDan ChaneyMabe, Penryn40Edge of village, small garden
23=25th SeptRosalind SmithFeock40Moderate sized mature garden
2620th FebIan Toogood-JohnsonTrewoon, St Austell35Semi-rural, large garden
27=29th AugSteve FordHelston34Medium garden overlooking mature trees
27=4th OctJasmina GoodairMount Village, Bodmin Moor34Rural village garden, fields and hedgerows
297th MarRon FullwoodNewquay33overlooking Gannel Estuary
3013th JanGeoff RobertsHarrowbarrow32Rural fields with some houses.
315th AprJen BousfieldMiddlewod31Rural, edge of woodland
3227th JanJoanne EastmanCamborne28Semi-rural, large garden
3320th FebAnn GrahamSt Austell16Small town garden
34=22nd FebNigel BastinLaunceston14
34=18th JanClive GwilliamPentire, Newquay14

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)

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