SEVERNSIDE BIRDS






























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Red-throated Diver.....................very rare visitor; 1991,1993, 2000, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2022 2023
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Black-throated Diver..................very rare visitor; 1991, 2000, 2015, 2022
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Pacific Diver................................one record, November 2009
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Great Northern Diver..................rare visitor; 1983,1989, 2000, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2020, 2021,2022,2023
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Little Grebe.................................migrant, resident
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Great Crested Grebe....................usually only one or two records each year.
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Slavonian Grebe..........................six records; 1989, 1996, 2000, 2010, 2016, 2024
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Black-necked Grebe....................two records; 1996, 2015
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Fulmar..........................................regular visitor in SW or W gales
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Sooty Shearwater.........................one record in September 1974 (3rd county record)
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Manx Shearwater.........................annual in summer/autumn gales. 1000 birds in June 1977
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Balearic Shearwater.....................one record in September 1988 (1st county record)
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Cory’s Shearwater.......................three records; November 2000, January 2004, July 2023  (1st county record)
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Fregetta Storm Petrel................. one record, November 2009 (Black-bellied or White-bellied Storm Petrel)
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Storm Petrel..............................storm driven visitor, almost annual. 30+ June 2012
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Leach’s Petrel.................... .......storm driven visitor, almost annual. 250+ in Oct. 1952
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Northern Gannet..........................storm driven visitor
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Cormorant....................................migrant/resident in small numbers
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Shag.............................................very scarce visitor
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Bittern.........................................four records; January&February 2011, 2 at ASW Feb 2012, November 2014, Jan 2017
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Cattle Egret...............................21 records; September 2012, March 2017, July 2017, Oct 2019, July, Sep, Oct, Nov 2020, Apr, May 2021, May, Sep, Dec 2022, Sep (a single, 2, flock of 9 and a single), October (2) 2023, February 2024
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Little Egret..................................1st recorded May 1993, now regular (highest count 20)
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Great White Egret.......................100+ records; Sep 2013, May 2015, June 2015, Oct 2015(2), Dec 2015, Sep & Oct 2016, Apr 2017, Apr 2018(3), July 2018, Mar/Jul (4), Aug / Sep/Oct 2019  (Highest count 6), June , Sep, Oct, Nov 2020 , Apr (3), June, Aug  Oct  Nov 2021, March  (5) Apr (14)  May (5)  June (6)  Jul (3) Aug (4)  Sep (6), Oct (11) 2022 Jan, Feb, Apr (2), May (3), June (6), July (3), Aug , Sep  (2+) Oct (4) Nov (2) 2023, Jan (3)2024
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Grey Heron................................ non-breeding resident
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White Stork.................................Four records; 2 birds September 2010, one April 2015, one April 2018, one April 2021
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Glossy Ibis................................. seven records (8 birds); October 2009, September 2010, November 2015, July 2019, September 2021 (2), Feb 2022, October 2023
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Spoonbill.....................................35 records, Apr (2), May 98  Feb 04, Apr 06, Sep 08, Sep 11(5), Oct 11 (2), May 12, Mar 14, May  15, Oct 15, Apr , May (2), June 2017, Aug 2019, Mar , Apr, May , Sep 2020, Apr 2021, Nov 2021,  Apr (2)/May, June (2), July  (2), November 2022, Jan , Feb, Mar, Apr , June(2), Aug 2023
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Mute Swan.................................two or three breeding  pairs.
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Bewick’s Swan............................less than annual winter visitor, usually “fly overs”
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Whooper Swan............................14 records; 5 birds in Nov 1983, 2 Jan 05,  March 08, 2 Nov 09, 2 Oct 10, Feb 12, Nov 13, 5 records of 15 birds 2018, 4 in Dec 2020, 15+ Jan 2023
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Pink-footed Goose.......................very rare visitor; 1940, 1996, 2021, 2023
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White-fronted Goose...................rare winter visitor, usually small numbers
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Greylag Goose.............................1st record 1984, recently annual in small numbers
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Canada Goose..............................once rare visitor, now annual, largest flock 630+
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Barnacle Goose............................rare migrant, may involve some wild birds. 61 Jan 2023
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Brent Goose.................................migrant / winter visitor. Max 115 in Jan 2009. Pale-bellied race in 1995, 07, 09, 10 and 12
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Egyptian Goose.......................... scarce, March 2013 and December 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (2), 2020 (3), 2021, March (2), December 2023, February 2024 (3)
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Shelduck.......................................resident, a few pairs breed.
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Mandarin.....................................three records, a pair March 2006, male October 2017, male Feb or March 2023
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Wigeon........................................common winter visitor. 7000+ in  March 1987
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Gadwall....................................... migrant, resident in small numbers. Occasional breeder.
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Teal..............................................common migrant / winter visitor
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Green-winged Teal...................4 records; December 2013, March 2014, November 2014, Jan, Feb and April 2015
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Mallard........................................ common resident
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Northern Pintail............................annual visitor, small numbers
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Garganey......................................once rare but now regular migrant
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Northern Shoveler........................migrant/winter visitor in small numbers
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Red-crested Pochard....................three records; 1996, 1998 and 2002
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Common Pochard........................migrant/winter visitor in small numbers
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Ring-necked Duck....................... two drakes 1988,drake 2000 at Orchard Pools plus returning to ASW most years to 2008
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Tufted Duck.................................migrant/winter visitor in small numbers
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Greater Scaup..............................rare migrant
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Eider............................................scarce migrant/storm driven
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Long-tailed Duck.........................rare migrant
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Common Scoter...........................annual migrant / storm driven
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Velvet Scoter...............................very rare migrant/winter visitor
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Goldeneye...................................scarce migrant
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Smew...........................................6 records; 5 drakes 1991, 2 1997, redhead Jan, drake Feb 2003, redhead Jan 2006, Nov 2010
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Red-breasted Merganser..............scarce migrant/winter visitor. Nine females in 1998
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Goosander....................................scarce migrant/winter visitor
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Ruddy Duck.................................previous scarce migrant/ bred at ASW. Now very rare.
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Honey Buzzard............................three records May 1991, Sept. 1996, May 2011
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Black Kite...................................  one record March 2010
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Red Kite.......................................160+ records, 2005, 06, 07 (3), 08, 09 (3), 2010 (5), 2011(5), 2012 (9), 2013 (14), 2014 (3), 2015(3), 2016 (11), 2017 (4), 2018 (18), 2019 (14), 2020 (24), 2021 (7), 2022(27), 2023 (18), 2024 (2)
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Marsh Harrier..............................once rare migrant, now regular. 116+ records 1983-2024
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Hen Harrier................................rare migrant. Only 23 records since 1985
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Montagu’s Harrier.......................two records; October 1991, May 2015
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Sparrowhawk...............................resident
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Northern Goshawk...................... 11 records; October 1985 at ASW, Jul. 1997, Aug. 1998, Nov 06, Oct 10, Sep 2011, Apr 2018, March 2022, Jan, Feb 2024
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Common Buzzard........................resident
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Osprey.........................................38 records; 1979, 1987, 1997, 2000, 03 (2), 05, 07, 08, 09 (2), 10, 11(2), 2013(2), 2015(2), 2016(2), 2017, 2018(3), 2019 (3), 2020, 2021(2), 2022(2),2023(5)
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Common Kestrel..........................resident
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Red-footed Falcon.......................one record; October 2014
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Merlin..........................................migrant, winter visitor
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Hobby..........................................migrant, summer visitor
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Peregrine ...................................resident
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Red-legged Partridge.....................previously regular, now rare visitor
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Grey Partridge..............................previously regular, now very rare visitor
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Quail............................................one record July 2006
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Pheasant.......................................resident
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Water Rail................................... migrant , winter visitor, Has bred.
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Moorhen.......................................resident
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Coot..............................................resident
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Common Crane............................13 records; Jan. 2000,  March 2010,  May 2013, Sep 2014,  March 2015, Feb,March,Oct 2016 , March 2017 (some wild), Feb ,March 2020, March , September  2023. Highest count 4
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Oystercatcher...............................once scarce now resident with peak of 200+ birds
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Avocet.........................................once rare, now migrant and recent breeder 2020 & 2021. 43 present March 2023
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Black-winged Stilt.......................two records; May 2017, June/July 2021(2)
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Stone Curlew...............................4 records: July 1999, April 2006, March 2013, April 2018
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Little Ringed Plover..................  annual migrant. Has bred
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Ringed Plover..............................common spring/autumn migrant. Scarce in winter
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Kentish Plover.............................6 records. May 1947, May 1949, August 1979, May 2004, Sep. 2006, August 2022
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Dotterel........................................two records; September 1974, May 2011
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American Golden Plover.............two records; 1st Jan 2002, Oct/Nov 2013
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Golden Plover..............................uncommon spring, autumn migrant, winter visitor
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Grey Plover.................................spring,autumn migrant
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Lapwing.......................................migrant,winter visitor. Has bred
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Knot.............................................migrant, occasional winter visitor
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Sanderling.....................................spring,autumn migrant
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Semipalmated Sandpiper........ one record September 2009
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Little Stint....................................spring,autumn migrant, more common in autumn
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Temminck’s Stint.........................5 records, May 2004, May 2016, July 2017, May 2019, May 2023
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Pectoral Sandpiper.......................10 records; undated at ASW, September 1998, Sep 2006 (2), Sep 2008, Sep 2014, Sep 2016, Sep 2019, Sep 2020 (2), April/May 2022
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White-rumped Sandpiper..........4 records; Oct. 1985, Aug. 1995, Nov. 1998, Aug. 2001
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Curlew Sandpiper....................... spring,autumn migrant, more common in autumn
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Purple Sandpiper..........................formerly annual winter visitor, now rare
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Dunlin..........................................common migrant, winter visitor
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Broad-billed Sandpiper................one record; May 1988 (2nd county record)
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Buff-breasted Sandpiper...........three records; September 1989, May 1990, September 2003
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Ruff.............................................scarce autumn migrant, rare winter visitor
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Jack Snipe....................................winter visitor
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Common Snipe............................winter visitor
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Long-billed Dowitcher................one record; October 1977 (2nd county record)
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Woodcock....................................scarce winter visitor (during freezing conditions)
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Black-tailed Godwit.....................migrant and winter visitor. Record count 900+ November 2022
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Bar-tailed Godwit.................. .....migrant and winter visitor
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Whimbrel.....................................spring/ autumn migrant
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Eurasian Curlew...........................migrant,winter visitor
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Spotted Redshank........................scarce migrant
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Redshank.....................................migrant,winter visitor. Has bred.
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Greenshank..................................annual spring, autumn migrant
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Collared Pratincole.......................one record, May 2020
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Lesser Yellowlegs........................ one record at ASW, October 1984
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Green Sandpiper..........................migrant,winter visitor
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Wood Sandpiper..........................scarce migrant. (rare in spring)
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Terek Sandpiper...........................one record; September 1986 (1st  county record)
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Common Sandpiper.....................spring/autumn migrant
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Turnstone....................................winter visitor, migrant
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Red-necked Phalarope..............two records; October 2001, August 2014
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Grey Phalarope............................rare autumn/winter storm driven visitor
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Pomarine Skua..................... ....rare spring  migrant / storm driven visitor
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Arctic Skua..................................annual spring migrant, storm driven summer/autumn visitor
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Long-tailed Skua.......................very rare spring / rare autumn migrant
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Great Skua.................................. annual spring migrant / storm driven visitor
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Mediterranean Gull.................  ..migrant, winter visitor. Increasing number of records
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Laughing Gull..............................one record, May 2012
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Franklin’s Gull.............................two records; May 1984, June 1988 (1st and 2nd county records)
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Little Gull.................................... spring migrant, storm driven autumn winter visitor
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Sabine’s Gull................................rare storm driven autumn visitor. Five spring records, one winter record.
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Black-headed Gull........................migrant/winter visitor
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Ring-billed Gull............................very rare visitor (1987, 1991, 1997 and 2008)
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Common Gull...............................migrant, winter visitor
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Lesser Black-backed Gull.............non-breeding migrant, winter visitor
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Herring Gull..................................non-breeding resident, migrant, winter visitor
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Caspian Gull................................ Very rare, November 2003, January 2004, Aug 2006
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Yellow-legged Gull.......................migrant,visitor. Increasing in recent years.
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Iceland Gull...................................rare migrant/winter visitor
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Glaucous Gull.............................very rare winter visitor
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Great Black-backed Gull...............one or two pairs present throughout year
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Kittiwake......................................regular storm driven visitor. Sometimes hundreds
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Sandwich Tern..............................scarce migrant
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Roseate Tern.................................three records; May 1990, October 1997, Aug 2016
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Common Tern...............................annual migrant. Sometimes hundreds in Spring
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Arctic Tern...................................annual migrant. Sometimes hundreds in Spring
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Little Tern....................................rare  migrant in small numbers
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Black Tern....................................annual migrant
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White-winged Black Tern.............one record; May 1990
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Guillemot......................................anuual storm driven visitor
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Razorbill.......................................rare storm driven visitor. Rarer than Guillemot
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Black Guillemot...........................two records; October 1998, November 2015
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Little Auk...................................rare storm driven winter visitor
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Puffin...........................................rarer than Little Auk, 1951 (found dead), 1997, 2002 (2), 2014
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Feral Dove....................................resident
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Stock Dove...................................resident/migrant/winter visitor ( 1 or 2 pairs breed)
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Woodpigeon.................................resident /migrant /winter visitor
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Collard Dove................................resident
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Turtle Dove..................................scarce migrant
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Ring-necked Parakeet...................13 records, Jan 2006, Apr 08, Aug 13, Apr 14, Aug & Oct 15, Oct 16, March 18(2), March 19, March,April 21, April 22
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Cuckoo.........................................migrant/summer visitor. Recently scarce
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Barn Owl......................................formerly regular, now very rare visitor
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Little Owl....................................once resident, now scarce.
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Tawny Owl..................................rare
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Long-eared Owl...........................rare winter visitor, migrant
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Short-eared Owl...................... .... annual winter visitor (has summered)
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Nightjar........................................four records September 2006, September 2013, June 2023 (2)
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Common Swift............................ migrant/summer visitor
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Alpine Swift................................two records;  April 1993, June 1999
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Pallid Swift..................................three birds together October 2022
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Kingfisher..................................migrant/visitor
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Bee-eater......................................two records; May 2007, July 2016
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Hoopoe.........................................4 or 5 records; 1889, April 1993, August 2003, April 2008
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Wryneck.....................................June, Aug 1976, Aug 1984, Aug/Sep 2003, Aug/Sep 2010, Aug 2014, Sep 2015
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Green Woodpecker......................resident
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Great Spotted Woodpecker..........resident
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Lesser Spotted Woodpecker........rare visitor
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Wood Lark...................................very rare visitor (10 records)
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Sky Lark.......................................resident,migrant
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Shore Lark..................................very rare; recorded in 1960, 1977, 2004, 2009 and 2017
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Sand Martin.................................spring,autumn migrant
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Swallow........................................migrant,summer visitor
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Red-rumped Swallow...................3 records; September 1977, April 1988, April 2022
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House Martin...............................migrant,summer visitor
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Richard’s Pipit.............................6 records; November 1993, March 07, November 09, October 2011, May 2014, November  2018
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Tree Pipit.....................................spring,autumn migrant
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Meadow Pipit...............................migrant,resident,winter visitor
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Red-throated Pipit..................,....two records April 2012, October 2015
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Rock Pipit....................................migrant,winter visitor
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Water Pipit...................................rare winter visitor/spring migrant
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Yellow Wagtail........................... Migrant
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Eastern Yellow Wagtail..............one record, Dec 1993/Jan 1994
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Citrine Wagtail............................two records;  female and a male April 2019
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Grey Wagtail................................migrant,winter visitor
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Pied Wagtail.................................migrant,resident,winter visitor
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Waxwing......................................five records; January 1958, November 2005, December 2010, January 2011, January 2024
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Wren.............................................resident
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Dunnock.......................................resident
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Robin...........................................resident , migrant, winter visitor
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Nightingale..................................rare migrant. Possibly bred 1998
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Black Redstart...........................scarce autumn/winter visitor
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Common Redstart....................... spring, autumn migrant
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Whinchat............................... .....spring,autumn migrant
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Stonechat............................. .......migrant, winter visitor
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Northern Wheatear......................spring,autumn migrant
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Desert Wheatear.......................one record, December 2013
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Ring Ouzel...................................rare migrant
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Blackbird......................................resident, migrant, winter visitor
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Fieldfare.......................................migrant, winter visitor
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Song Thrush.................................resident,migrant,winter visitor
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Redwing.......................................migrant,winter visitor
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Mistle Thrush...............................resident,migrant,winter visitor
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Cetti’s Warbler............................ Scarce resident and migrant
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Grasshopper Warbler...................scarce spring, rare autumn migrant. Has bred
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Sedge Warbler...............................migrant,summer visitor
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Marsh Warbler.............................two records, June 1978 and 2009
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Reed Warbler....................... .......migrant,summer visitor
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Dartford Warbler......................4 records of 5 birds October and November 2005, April 2006, October/November 2015
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Subalpine Warbler.......................one record May 2004, 1st county record
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Lesser Whitethroat.......................migrant,summer visitor
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Whitethroat..................................migrant,summer visitor
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Garden Warbler............................spring,autumn migrant
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Blackcap.......................................migrant,summer visitor. Some winter records
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Yellow-browed Warbler...............7 records/8 birds; Oct 2001, Oct 2013, Oct 2015, Oct 2016 (3), Sep 2017, Sep 2022
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Wood Warbler..............................scarce spring, rare autumn migrant
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Chiffchaff.....................................migrant,summer visitor. Some winter records
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Willow Warbler............................migrant,summer visitor
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Goldcrest............................. ........resident
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Firecrest......................................rare migrant/winter visitor
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Spotted Flycatcher.......................migrant/summer visitor
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Pied Flycatcher............................scarce migrant
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Bearded Tit................................6 records; pair at Hoar Gout Nov-Dec 1976,  pair March 2004, Oct 12, Oct 13, Dec 14, Nov 2023
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Long-tailed Tit..............................resident
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Marsh Tit......................................very rare migrant
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Willow Tit....................................two records; April 1988, September 1992
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Coal Tit........................................scarce migrant/winter visitor
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Blue Tit.........................................resident
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Great Tit.......................................resident
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Nuthatch.......................................very rare migrant
247.
Eurasian Treecreeper....................rare migrant
248.
Golden Oriole..............................two records; June 1991, May 2016
249.
Red-backed Shrike.....................one record; August 2003
250.
Great Grey Shrike.....................recorded in 3 winters; 1999, 2000, 2004. (at least 2 different birds)
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Jay................................................one or two resident pairs and autumn migrant
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Magpie.........................................resident
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Jackdaw........................................resident
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Rook.............................................resident
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Carrion Crow................................resident
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Hooded Crow................................4 records; 1971,1988,1992,1994
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Raven........................................... resident
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Starling.........................................resident, large flocks present late summer
259.
Rose-coloured Starling.............4 records; September 2004, June 2012, September 2018, August 2020
260.
House Sparrow.............................resident
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Tree Sparrow................................formerly resident, breeder. Now rare migrant
262.
Chaffinch......................................resident, migrant, winter visitor
263.
Brambling....................................scarce migrant winter visitor (once common)
264.
Greenfinch....................................resident
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Goldfinch.....................................resident, larger flocks present autumn and winter
266.
Serin.............................................one record; April 2017
267.
Siskin...........................................migrant/ winter visitor
268.
Linnet..........................................migrant/ winter visitor / resident
269.
Twite............................................very rare winter visitor
270.
Lesser Redpoll.............................migrant/ winter visitor
271.
Common Redpoll.........................4 records; October 1988, April 2004, April 2008, January 2009
272.
Common Crossbill.......................rare migrant
273.
Bullfinch......................................resident
274.
Hawfinch......................................rare migrant
275.
Common Rosefinch.....................one record, October 2017
276.
Lapland Bunting...........................very rare migrant / winter visitor
277.
Snow Bunting.............................rare migrant / winter visitor
278.
Yellowhammer.............................scarce migrant / winter visitor
279.
Cirl Bunting..................................recorded in winters of 1940,1941,1943 and in 1969 and 1975
280.
Ortolan Bunting...........................one record, September 2018
281.
Reed Bunting................................resident/migrant/winter visitor
282.
Corn Bunting................................rare migrant/winter visitor






Last updated:   24.2.24




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