So, thought I would fire up the old blog seeing as we are 2020 and in lockdown due to this Coronavirus pandemic! I hadn’t realised I still had access to this blog which is why there are no updates since 2017!! Nice to look back through some of the older blog posts tho! Nice images of rares and a few Scilly trips too. Here’s hoping this is all sorted out so we can get back to Scilly this October.
Anyway, like most of the birders in the world at this time, I’ve been keeping a garden list. Only started recording since the 1st of April but currently on 51 species seen in or from the garden or house. I lucky to be on a flight path from Hayle to Gwithian and surrounded by farmland so can pick up the occasional raptor and wader flying over and have had one or two scarcities in the past. Highlights so far this year include Marsh Harrier (2nd record) and Grasshopper Warbler (2nd record).
I’ve also been keeping an eye on the local House Sparrows as part of my RAS (Retrapping adults for Survival) Scheme. I have colour ringed over 300 Sparrows since 2013 but had a few quiet ringing years recently so not had as many sightings in the garden. However, Male J24 is still one hanging around. He was in today, originally ringed as an adult here in July 2017, so over four years old now.
I’m also fortunate that my job allows me to get out and about still. Obviously not birding, but as you know, birds can and do turn up anywhere. On April 13th I was heading back to Penzance when I saw a large black and white bird drop onto the Hayle estuary. It was obvious straight away that it was a White Stork! And an un-ringed one at that! A nice Estuary tick! It was seen on Ryan’s Field the following morning, but as far as I’m aware not seen after that?
Anyway, I’ll keep updating this blog for a while to keep me sane. Stay safe and see you on the other side!!