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Birdwatching in England

Birdwatching in England

Paul Doherty

One site is featured each month of the year and shows a typical birdwatching day at that time of the year, including and the birds you might see. A wide range of species (167 in all) is included.

  • January - Poole Harbour
  • February - Martin Mere
  • March - Upper Teesdale
  • April - Leighton Moss
  • May - Minsmere
  • June - New Forest
  • July - Farne Islands
  • August - Rutland Water
  • September - Spurn Head
  • October - Scilly Isles
  • November - Arundel & Pullborough
  • December - Holy Island

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Common NameScientific Name
Red-throated DiverGavia stellata
Great Northern DiverGavia immer
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Slavonian GrebePodiceps auritus
Black-necked GrebePodiceps nigricollis
Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
European ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelis
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Purple HeronArdea purpurea
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Great BitternBotaurus stellaris
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia
Mute SwanCygnus olor
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis
Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchus
Greylag GooseAnser anser
Canada GooseBranta canadensis
Brent GooseBranta bernicla
Black BrantBranta nigricans
Red-breasted GooseBranta ruficollis
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiacus
Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna
Mandarin DuckAix galericulata
Eurasian WigeonAnas penelope
GadwallAnas strepera
Eurasian TealAnas crecca
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Northern PintailAnas acuta
GarganeyAnas querquedula
Northern ShovelerAnas clypeata
Common PochardAythya ferina
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Greater ScaupAythya marila
Common EiderSomateria mollissima
Common NameScientific Name
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
GoosanderMergus merganser
OspreyPandion haliaetus
European Honey-BuzzardPernis apivorus
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus
Eurasian Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
MerlinFalco columbarius
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Red GrouseLagopus lagopus scoticus
Black GrouseTetrao tetrix
Grey PartridgePerdix perdix
Common PheasantPhasianus colchicus
Water RailRallus aquaticus
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Common CootFulica atra
Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
European Golden PloverPluvialis apricaria
American Golden PloverPluvialis dominica
Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
Eurasian WoodcockScolopax rusticola
Common NameScientific Name
Common SnipeGallinago gallinago
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimus
Red KnotCalidris canutus
SanderlingCalidris alba
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
DunlinCalidris alpina
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea
RuffPhilomachus pugnax
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticus
Mew GullLarus canus
Herring GullLarus argentatus
Mediterranean Yellow-legged GullLarus cachinnans michahellis
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
Mediterranean GullLarus melanocephalus
Black-headed GullLarus ridibundus
Little GullLarus minutus
Black-legged KittiwakeRissa tridactyla
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Common TernSterna hirundo
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Roseate TernSterna dougallii
Little TernSterna albifrons
Common GuillemotUria aalge
Atlantic PuffinFratercula arctica
Stock PigeonColumba oenas
Common Wood PigeonColumba palumbus
European Turtle DoveStreptopelia turtur
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Little OwlAthene noctua
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
European NightjarCaprimulgus europaeus
Common KingfisherAlcedo atthis
Lesser Spotted WoodpeckerPicoides minor
Great Spotted WoodpeckerPicoides major
Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis
Common NameScientific Name
Greater Short-toed LarkCalandrella brachydactyla
Wood LarkLullula arborea
Sky LarkAlauda arvensis
Horned LarkEremophila alpestris
Sand MartinRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
House MartinDelichon urbica
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White / Pied WagtailMotacilla alba
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
Rock PipitAnthus petrosus
White-throated DipperCinclus cinclus
Winter WrenTroglodytes troglodytes
Hedge AccentorPrunella modularis
Common BlackbirdTurdus merula
FieldfareTurdus pilaris
RedwingTurdus iliacus
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos
American RobinTurdus migratorius
European RobinErithacus rubecula
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchos
BluethroatLuscinia svecica
Common RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus
WhinchatSaxicola rubetra
StonechatSaxicola torquata
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe
Bearded TitPanurus biarmicus
Cetti's WarblerCettia cetti
Common Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naevia
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus
Eurasian Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus
Booted WarblerAcrocephalus caligata
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Common NameScientific Name
Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrix
Yellow-browed WarblerPhylloscopus inornatus
Greenish WarblerPhylloscopus trochiloides
BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borin
Common WhitethroatSylvia communis
Lesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca
Dartford WarblerSylvia undata
FirecrestRegulus ignicapilla
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleuca
Red-breasted FlycatcherFicedula parva
Eurasian JackdawCorvus monedula
Carrion CrowCorvus corone
Common RavenCorvus corax
Rosy StarlingPastor roseus
Common StarlingSturnus vulgaris
YellowhammerEmberiza citrinella
Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
Red-eyed VireoVireo olivaceus
Common RosefinchCarpodacus erythrinus
House SparrowPasser domesticus

Disclaimer The species list above is in systematic order, the taxonomy and nomenclature of which generally follows the Wells World Birds list on Birder's Diary v3.0 (courtesy of Thayer Software: www.thayerbirding.com), with adaptations by WildSounds.
The Wells World Birds list is based on a classification created by Mic Wells.
Please note that the above list may not be in the same order or be a full and accurate representation of the species on the title concerned. We take due care to ensure the accuracy of the list, but should you find any errors, please notify us.

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