The systematic list of the birds recorded at Draycote Reservoir based on

 

 

Individual Birders field notes/diaries

Draycote Logbook

West Midland Bird Club reports

The Birds of Draycote Water by R. E. Harbird (1992)

 

List total

 

 

Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata

Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Monthly arrivals

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

3 4 1  

 

1

 

1

  1

5

6

 

Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica

Very scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Monthly arrivals

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

5 1    

1

1

 

 

 

 

4

2

 

Great Northern Diver Gavia immer

Scarce winter visitor and storm-driven visitor

Monthly arrivals

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

5 2   1

 

 

 

 

 

7

20

20

 

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis (B)

Resident usually one or two birds present depending on water levels

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

30

30

16

10

8

8

16

33

44

100

40

38

 

Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena

Very scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Monthly arrivals

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

5 11 3 3

1

 

 

1

3

2

3

4

 

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus (B)

Resident birds present all year

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

180

247

169

100

72

79

86

137

172

287

269

270

 

Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus

Very scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Monthly arrivals

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

8 3 3 5

 

 

 

 

 

6

23

7

 

Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis

Scarce visitor but increasing autumn passage migrant

Monthly arrivals

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

    4 13

4

 

2

8

7

4

4

4

 

 

Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis

Very rare visitor

8 Records

June 3rd

 1977

April 26th  1981
July 20th  1985
September 10th  1989

August 29th

 1994

May 13th  2001
Jan 1st  2004
September 13th  2004

 

Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus

Rare storm-driven visitor

11 Records

September 10th

1974

September 4th   1983
September 22nd   1984
September 3rd   1985
September 4th  1988  2 Birds
September 7th   1988
September 12th   1988
August 29th   1994
August 29th  1997
September 9th   2000
September 12th 2004

 

Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus

Very rare storm-driven visitor

1 Record

September 17th

1970

 

Leach's Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa

Rare storm-driven visitor

8 Records

September 3rd  

1983 

2 Birds

September 20th   1987

September 10th  

1989
December 29th   1994
September 24th 2003
September 18th   2005
December 8th 2006 2 Birds
October 19th   2007

 

Gannet Sula bassana

Very rare visitor

3 Records

September 3rd  

1983

June 6th-8th   1999

[A bird found at Little Kineton on Sept 5th 1974 Released at Draycote and present till Sept 8th]

 

Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

Mainly winter visitor, increasing

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

567

300

217

117

108

10

38

40

68

171

338

377

 

Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis

Scarce visitor

Maximum numbers each year

1971

1974

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1984

1987

1989

1991

1 8 2 1 4 7 4 2 1 2 2 2 3
1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
13 3 2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

4

2

 

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Rare vagrant

8 Records

July 27th-August 18th 1996
August 13th 2000

April 13th

2001

July 23rd-September 15th 2001
August 27th-September 15th 2001
July 15th- 22nd 2002
August 8th 2002
July 15th-16th 2003 6 Birds 1 remaining on 16th

 

Great White Egret Ardea alba

Very rare visitor

1 Record

October 28th 2011

 

 

Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Resident usually a few birds around the Reservoir sometimes in a small group below Draycote Bank

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

31

18

12

12

23

28

36

48

35

37

24

22

 

Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Rare vagrant

1 Record

December 22nd  

1996

 

White Stork Ciconia ciconia

Very rare vagrant

3 Records

April 21st

1996 Leamington Hastings bird

July 14th  

1997

September 25th    2000 Rugby-Northants (AX) bird

 

Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia

Rare vagrant

4 Records

October 19th - 20th  

1972 

4 Birds

May 25th – June 2nd   1979
August 23rd 2005
October 14th   2011

 

Mute Swan Cygnus olor (B)

Resident birds present throughout the year in double figures previously a rare visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

71

42

14

14

34

48

87

96

101

114

112

108

 

Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus

Scarce winter visitor

13 Records

November 7th   1974  3 Birds

October 10th  

1975  3 Birds

November 28th  

1976  imm
December 28th   1978  3 Birds

December 2nd  

1980  9 NW over
November 20th   1983

January 28th  

1984  7 Adults

November 25th  

1984 2 Adults 3 juv

January 8th  

1985  8 Birds

October 28th  

1991  Adult

January 14th  

1996  12 Birds

January 21st

1997 

2 Birds

October 20th   1997 2 Adults 3 juv

December 25th  

2000 2 Birds

 

Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus

Winter visitor recorded most years

Maximum 95 February 23rd 1980

 

Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus

Scarce visitor

February 2nd   1981  4 flew over
December 3rd   1982  1 with Whitefronts
September  1991 Prob feral

 

Bean Goose Anser fabalis

Rare visitor

1 Record of the race rossicus

January 1st - 2nd  

1996

White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

Rare visitor mostly flying over

Maximum 64 December 18th 1983

 

Greylag Goose Anser anser

Occasional visitor most probably feral

Maximum 15 March 1st-4th 1969

 

Snow Goose Anser caerulescens

Rare visitor most are probably feral

 

Canada Goose Branta canadensis (B)

Widespread and fairly numerous species

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

277

204

104

32

24

56

436

878

1044

890

400

317

 

Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis

Occasional visitor most probably feral

 

Brent Goose Branta bernicla

Rare visitor mostly in winter and hard weather with some obvious feral records in summer

November 10th   1983
January 22nd 1984  2 Birds
November 18th   1985  10 Birds

January 1st-4th  

1989
July 8th   1989
December 1st 2002

 

Egyptian goose Alopochen aegyptiacus

Very scarce visitor

1 Record

 December 17th   1995

 

Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea

Rare vagrant

2 Records

August 5th   1991
July 29th   1993 2 Birds

 

Shelduck Tadorna tadorna

Passage migrant can occur any month

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

5

17

7

15

9

1

22

18

14

4

11

13

 

Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata

Scarce visitor

 

Wood Duck

 

Wigeon Anas penelope

Fairly numerous winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

1700

800

409

46

2

1

1

20

580

1260

1406

1360

 

Gadwall Anas strepera

Mainly winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

140

62

39

13

9

21

3

18

68

128

146

159

 

Teal Anas crecca

Fairly numerous winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

1500

348

200

58

2

2

8

27

471

566

683

318

 

Green-winged Teal Anas crecca carolinensis

Rare vagrant

1 Record

February 4th  

1990  Ad ♂

 

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos (B)

Widespread and numerous resident species

Maximum 1,600 November 15th 1970

 

Pintail Anas acuta

Scarce winter visitor

Maximum 40 February 23rd-March 2nd 1969

 

Garganey Anas querquedula

Scarce summer and autumn visitor

Maximum 7 June22nd 1969

 

Shoveler Anas clypeata

Passage migrant and winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

76

33

8

8

170

3

11

21

73

116

137

43

 

Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

Rare visitor decreasing against national trend

Maximum 4 August 17th-October 26th 1973

 

Pochard Aythya ferina

Fairly numerous winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

1255

661

109

11

3

7

13

30

200

350

800

670

 

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

Very rare vagrant

5 Records

December 24th - Feb 22nd   1977 / 78  1st w ♂

November 5th  

1994

 May 16th   1999  Ad ♀
January 6th-8th 2001

November 17th  

2001 1st w ♂

 

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca

Very rare vagrant

5 Records

December 9th   1972  imm ♂
November 12th – Dec 16th   1978  imm ♂
December 26th   1979  imm ♂

December 9th  

1980 

imm ♂

August 26th  

1991  Ad ♂

 

Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula (B)

Widespread and fairly numerous breeding and winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

2000

1200

300

150

123

100

128

230

969

1400

1300

1243

 

Scaup Aythya marila

Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

Maximum 10 December 1978-January 1979

 

Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis

Very rare vagrant

1 Record

November 27th -March 4th

2007/2008  1st winter ♂

 

Eider Somateria mollissima

Very rare winter visitor with an exceptional influx in 1993

13 Records

November 14th – Dec 16th   1978  ♀/imm

December 5th - 8th  

1982  1 imm ♂ 3 ♀

December 8th – April 14th  

1982 / 83  1 imm ♂ from 1982
October 31st   1993  1 imm ♂ 3 ♀/imm
November 1st  1993  2 imm ♂ 2 ♀/imm
November 3rd   1993  1 Ad ♂ 1 imm ♂ 4 ♀/imm

November 5th  

1993  1 Ad♂1imm ♂ 4 ♀/imm

November 9th  

1993  1 Ad ♂ 1 imm ♂ 2 ♀/imm

November 13th  

1993  3 imm ♂

November 15th  

1993  2 ♀/imm

November 19th  

1993 

4 imm ♂ 14 ♀/imm

November 20th  

1993 

1 imm ♂
October 9th 1997

 

Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis

Very rare winter visitor

14 Records

November 25th   1970
June 13th-16th   1973
December 1st   1973
December 21st-Jan 11th   1975/76
January 11th   1983
April 14th-16th   1983
January 28th   1985
December 3rd-Feb 18th 1985/86
April 29th   1988
January 1st - Feb 9th   1991

October 29th-January 26th  

1991/92

December 26th  

1993
December 1st 1996

December 2nd- April 18th 2001/02 1st w ♂
November 1st-March 31st   2002/03 1st w ♂

 

Common Scoter Melanitta nigra

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 72 November 20th 1988

 

Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata

Very rare and exceptional inland vagrant

1 Record

October 26th   1986  Ad ♂

 

Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca

Rare winter visitor and passage migrant

15 Records

February 7th   1970
February8th                                  1976                1 Ad ♂
January 6th                                    1982                 1 Ad ♂
November 13th –15th                   1983             1 Ad ♂ 1 ♀/imm
May 1st                                         1984                  7 Ad ♂
April 20th –28th                             1985                 1 Ad ♀
November  19th –Dec 25th

1985                 

4 imm

January – April 9th                     

1986                 1 imm from 1985

April 8th-9th                                             

1989                   1 ♂ 2 ♀

December 31st- Feb 15th     

1989/90            1 imm ♀

December 2nd

1992    2 ♂

February 9th 

1995    

1 ♀

December 26th                             

1995               1 imm ♀
December 24th - April 15th    2000/01

1 ♀

December 12th-14th 2001 Ad

 

Goldeneye Bucephala clangula

Regular and increasing winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

169

114

134

67

2

 

1

1

1

28

155

160

 

Smew Mergus albellus

Scarce winter visitor

Maximum 8 1985, 1987, 1988

 

Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator

Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant

 

Goosander Mergus merganser

Regular and increasing winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

174

120

76

16

1        

16

32

74

 

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

Regular visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

119

72

19

7

4

2

2

5

20

6

10

31

 

Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus

Very rare visitor

2 Records

 

Red Kite Milvus milvus

Rare visitor 

3 Records

November 27th-Dec 26th 1993 Thurlaston bird  seen intermittently
April 25th 1999
November 25th 2000

 

Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus

Scarce passage migrant

8 Records

April 23rd  

1976

May 15th

1976

April 8th  

1988

April 10th 

1988

May 8th 

1988

April 17th  

1995

July 30th  

1995

May 5th  

2000

 

Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus

Very scarce winter visitor

5 Records

April 28th  

1981  (Ring-tail)

November 6th  

1982  (Ring-tail)
October 9th   1983 (Ring-tail)

October 20th  

1996

 January 17th   1999

 

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Regular visitor

 

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis

Very scarce passage migrant

3 Records

August 29th   1988

March 19th  

1995

December 26th   2000

 

Common Buzzard Buteo buteo

Regular visitor

 

Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus

Very rare vagrant

2 Records

October 29th   1974
October 26th   1984

 

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Scarce passage migrant

 

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Resident

Maximum 6 September 9th 1978

 

Merlin Falco columbarius

Winter visitor in small numbers

 

Hobby Falco subbuteo

Scarce passage migrant

 

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Mainly winter visitor but non-breeding birds can be encountered at any time of the year

 

Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa (B)

Scarce resident

Maximum 36 December 18th 1982

 

Grey Partridge Perdix perdix (B)

Scarce resident, decreasing in line with national picture

Maximum 24 September 2nd 1970

 

Quail Coturnix coturnix (B)

Very scarce passage migrant

2 Records

June 14th-28th  

1992
June 2nd-August 11th   1995 Pair bred 3 young

 

Pheasant Phasianus colchicus (B)

Resident

 

Golden Pheasant

 

Water Rail Rallus aquaticus

Winter visitor

 

Spotted Crake Porzona porzona

Very scarce passage migrant

1 Record

October 5th-23rd  

1974

 

Moorhen Gallinula chloropus (B)

Resident

 

Coot Fulica atra (B)

Resident

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

1000

600

400

110

65

280

140

280

400

500

1000

2100

 

Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus (B)

Scarce passage migrant bred when Reservoir was constructed

Maximum 14 August 1987

 

Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta

Very scarce visitor

9 Records

November 1st  

1973

May 9th  

1976
May 18th   1976 3 flying West

May 7th  

1983

March 9th

1991

November 19th  

1991

August 14th  

1994 juv

May 19th  

1996 

5 Birds

August 20th

1996 3 imm

 

Collared Pratincole Gareola pratincola

Very rare vagrant

1 Record

May 12th-13th  

1996

 

Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria

Regular passage migrant and winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

1500

900

965

142

1

 

2

17

250

400

1600

3000

 

American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica

Very rare vagrant

1 Record

October 22nd - 23rd

1991

 

Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 12 September 22nd 1990

 

Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula (B)

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 44 June 1990

 

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius (B)

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 20 July 1st 1993

 

Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus

Very scarce migrant

3 Records

August 21st  

1974

April 22nd  

1976

May 14th - 15th 

1993

 

Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

Fairly widespread passage migrant, winter visitor

Highest counts

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

7000

3000

200

600

100

500

500

800

1600

1000

3800

6000

 

Woodcock Scolopax rusticola

Rare winter visitor

 

Snipe Gallinago gallinago

Regular winter visitor

Maximum 40 Autumn 1969 February 1979

 

Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus

Rare winter visitor

Exceptional count of 20 February 1st 1976

 

Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa

Regular passage migrant in small numbers

Maximum 11 September 3rd 1989

 

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 54 April 27th 1976

 

Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Regular passage migrant mainly fly-overs

Maximum 9 May 3rd 1978

 

Curlew Numenius arquata

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 21 August 19th 1983

 

Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 10 September 4th 1976

 

Redshank Tringa totanus

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 25 September 11th 1992

 

Greenshank Tringa nebularia

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 21 August 22nd 1976

 

Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 7 August 1979

 

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 6 August 7th 1975

 

Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 33 July 18th 1993

 

Spotted Sandpiper Tringa macularia [hypoleucos

Very rare vagrant

4 Records

May 8th - 10th  

1977

September 10th - 25th  

1980

May 29th - 30th  

1990
July 20th 2007

 

Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 27 August 17th 1993

 

Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus

Very rare vagrant

2 Records

November 10th  

1983

August 23rd - 26th  

1990

 

Knot Calidris canutus

Very scarce passage migrant

Maximum 9 flying east May 11th 1985

 

Sanderling Calidris alba

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 14 May 15th 1976

 

Little Stint Calidris minuta

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 25 September 22nd 1993

 

Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii

Rare vagrant

5 Records

May 26th  

1976

May 5th

1988

May 20th  

1989

May 27th  

1992

May 18th  

1996

 

Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii

Very rare vagrant

1 record

September 28th  

1996

 

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

Very rare vagrant

6 Records

August 30th-September 18th

1973

October 4th  

1973

September 25th-Oct 2nd  

1988

September 26th-28th  

1993
September 7th   2005
September 22nd-23rd   2005

 

Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima

Very rare passage migrant

6 Records

August 4th  

1978

August 29th  

1983

October 30th  

1987

September 3rd  

1988

September 18th-26th  

1988
September 4th   1993

September 24th

1991

 

Dunlin Calidris alpina

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 110 January 1976

 

Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 13 September 9th 1988

 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis

Very rare vagrant

3 Records

September 26th -October 9th  

1993

September 2nd - 16th  

1994

September 7th  

1995

 

Ruff Philomachus pugnax

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 45 September 11th 1993

 

Wilson's Phalarope Steganopus tricolor

Very rare vagrant

2 Records

September 12th-23rd  

1988

October 1st  

1996

 

Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus

Very rare passage migrant

2 Records

August 26th  

2000 juv
September 7th - 9th   2011

 

Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria

Rare passage migrant

9 Records

November 13th  

1977

November 16th

1978

September 28th-October 4th  

1982
November 23rd   1986

October 18th -20th  

1987
October 7th 1988 2 Birds

September 25th  

1988  2 Birds

September 24th  

1995
October 2nd  2007

 

Great Skua Catharacta Skua

Rare storm-driven visitor

 

Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus

Very rare storm-driven visitor

 

Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus

Rare storm-driven visitor

 

Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus

Very rare storm-driven visitor

1 Record

September 29th   1995 Ad

 

Common Gull Larus canus

Passage migrant and common winter visitor

Maximum 10,000 March 24th 1979

 

Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

Very rare vagrant

4 Records

April 13th - 15th & 21st  

1991 2nd w
27th -31st   1993 1st w
February 1st   1995 1st w
March 30th  1998 Ad

 

Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus

Widespread winter visitor

Maximum 114 December 1989

 

Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus

Scarce winter visitor

 

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides

Scarce winter visitor in recent years more regular than Glaucous

 

Kumlien's Gull Larus glaucoides kumlieni

Very scarce visitor

2 Records

January 1st   2001 Adult
February 6th-9th and 12th 2008 juv

 

Herring Gull Larus argentatus

Widespread winter visitor

Maximum 5,000 November 11th 1973

 

Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis

Scarce vagrant becoming more regular due to better understanding of identification

 

Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans

Very scarce vagrant becoming more regular due to better understanding of identification

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus graellsi

Numerous in winter and regular passage migrant small numbers in summer

Maximum 12,000 December31st 1974

 

Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus

Very rare visitor almost certainly an escapee

1 Record

September 1st   1997 Ad

 

Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus

Resident and common winter visitor

Maximum c100, 000 winter 1973

 

Bonaparte's Gull Larus phildelphia

Very rare vagrant

2 Records

March 18th-29th  

1990 1st w

May 24th  

1992 1st summer

 

Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus

Scarce passage migrant and winter visitor becoming more regular

 

Laughing Gull Larus atricilla

Very rare vagrant

1 Record

A bird thought to be of this species was seen on

January 6th  

1997

 

Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan

Very rare vagrant

2 Records

November 6th  

2002 Adult
April 16th- 2008 2nd summer

 

Little Gull Larus minutus

Scarce but regular passage migrant

Maximum 20 May 17th 1975

 

Sabine’s Gull Xema sabini

Very rare vagrant

3 Records

September 30th

1981
August 25th   1987

September 10th  

1989

 

Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla

Scarce passage migrant and storm-driven visitor

Maximum 84 March 27th 1988

 

Caspian Tern Sterna caspia

Very rare vagrant

1 Record

June 23rd  

1976

 

Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis

Rare passage migrant

Maximum 40 September 25th 1974

 

Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii

Very rare passage migrant

1 Record

May 4th  

1969

 

Common Tern Sterna hirundo (B)

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 45 May 4th 1974

 

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

Annual passage migrant

Maximum 110 May 5th 1991

 

Little Tern Sterna albifrons

Rare passage migrant

Maximum 4 June 21st 1975, May 25th 1976

 

Whiskered Tern Childonias hybridus

Very rare vagrant

1 Record

May 24th  

1976

 

White-winged Black Tern Childonias leucopterus

Rare vagrant

7 Records

August 24th-25th  

1970

September 18th  

1982 juv

September 24th  

1983 juv

July 26th  

1996 Adult
July 29th-31st 2001 2nd Summer
July 15th   2003 Adult
August 23rd 2005 juv

 

Black Tern Childonias niger

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 350 September 11th 1992

 

[Little Auk Alle alle]

Very rare storm-driven visitor

November 9th 1984 A bird released at the Reservoir from Bodymoor Heath

 

Stock Dove Columba oenas (B)

Resident

Maximum 200 January 11th 1971, winter 1990

 

Wood Pigeon Columbia palumbus (B)

Resident

Maximum 700 January 6th 1988

 

Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur (B)

Summer visitor becoming increasingly scarce

 

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto (B)

Resident

Maximum 62 February 20th 1982

 

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri

Rare visitor

2 Records

March 23rd  

1993

May 19th  

1994

 

Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Scarce summer visitor

 

Barn Owl Tyto alba

Scarce visitor

 

Tawny Owl Strix aluco

Scarce visitor

 

Little Owl Athene noctua (B)

Resident

 

Long-eared Owl Asio otus

Very scarce winter visitor

September 10th  

1988

December-March 

1991/92  3 Birds

 

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Scarce winter visitor

Maximum 4 winter 1978/79

 

Alpine Swift Apus melba

Very rare vagrant

1 Record

A very high bird moving fast was presumed to be of this species on

April 20th   1995

 

Swift Apus apus

Summer visitor

Maximum c 10,000 May 17th 1975

 

Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Resident

 

Wryneck Jynx torquilla

Scarce vagrant

1 Record

September 9th-10th   1994

 

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor

Very scarce resident

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major (B)

Resident

 

Green Woodpecker Picus viridis (B)

Resident

 

Skylark Alauda arvensis

Scarce resident

Maximum 160 January 24th 1987

 

Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris

Scarce vagrant

 

Sand Martin Riparia riparia

Summer visitor

Maximum 100 April 29th 1989, March 24th 1990

 

Swallow Hirundo rustica

Summer visitor

Maximum 500 September 9th 1989

 

Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica

Rare vagrant

1 Record

May 27th  

1972

 

House Martin Delichon urbica (B)

Summer visitor

Maximum 1,500 September 9th 1989

 

Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis

Very scarce passage migrant

 

Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis

Widespread passage migrant and winter visitor

Maximum 250 October 26th 1989

 

Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus [spinoletta]

Scarce passage migrant

Maximum 8 October 14th 1978

 

Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta

Scarce passage migrant

 

Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarrelli (B)

Widespread resident

Maximum 57 March 15th 1987

 

White Wagtail Motacilla alba

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 14 April 23rd 1988

 

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava

Widespread summer visitor

 

Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava

Scarce passage migrant

 

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea (B)

Resident

 

Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus

Rare winter visitor

2 Records

December 9th

1973
December 26th   2000 

 

Dipper Cinclus cinclus

Rare visitor

1 Record

January 8th  

1985

 

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes troglodytes (B)

Resident

 

Dunnock Prunella modularis (B)

Resident

 

Robin Erithacus rubecula (B)

Resident

 

Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos

Scarce passage migrant

3 Records

May 3rd  

1969

May 9th  

1978

April 23rd  

1994

 

Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros

Scarce passage migrant

 

Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Very scarce passage migrant

 

Whinchat Saxicola rubetra

Scarce passage migrant

 

Stonechat Saxicola torquata

Regular passage migrant and winter visitor

 

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Regular passage migrant

Maximum 18 April 9th 1973

 

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

Scarce passage migrant

9 Records

March 29th  

1976

November 1st  

1979

October 8th  

1986

October 8th  

1983

April 2nd -3rd  

1987

October 4th  

1992
 April 22nd 1995
November 7th 2000
April 18th 2004

 

Blackbird Turdus merula (B)

Resident

 

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

Regular winter visitor

Maximum 1,000 November 1981, January 1988

 

Redwing Turdus iliacus

Regular winter visitor

Maximum 300 October 1983, January 1990

 

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos (B)

Scarce resident

 

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus (B)

Scarce resident

 

Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti

Scarce vagrant

1 Record

 October 24th   1987

 

Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia

Scarce summer visitor

 

Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus (B)

Regular summer visitor

Maximum 15 May 8th 1981

 

Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus (B)

Regular summer visitor

 

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla (B)

Regular summer visitor

 

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin (B)

Regular summer visitor

 

Whitethroat Sylvia communis (B)

Regular summer visitor

 

Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca (B)

Regular summer visitor

Maximum 12 May 8th 1981

 

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus (B)

Regular summer visitor

Maximum 30 April 29th 1990

 

Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita (B)

Regular summer visitor and winters occasionally

 

Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Scarce migrant

6 Records

May 

1977
April 26th   1984
April 26th   1992

May 6th  

1995

September 2nd  

2000
April 24th   2003

 

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Widespread resident

 

Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus

Very scarce passage migrant

3 Records

November 1st  

1981
September 24th -27th 1988
February 15th-March 7th 2002

 

Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata (B)

Widespread summer visitor possibly decreasing

 

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca

Scarce passage migrant

8 Records

September 23rd  

1976

September 16th  

1979

August 4th  

1985

August 13th  

1985

May 2nd  

1990

May 29th  

1991

April 22nd  

1995
May 3rd   2003

 

Bearded Tit Panurus biamicus

Rare winter visitor previously regular at favoured sites

4 Records

November 4th-December 3rd  

1981  4♂ 4♀
November 19th 1985

December 17th-Jan 19th  

1985/86  1♂ 1♀     (♀ till Feb 9th)

November 3rd  

1993  1♂

 

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus (B)

Widespread resident

 

Marsh Tit Parus palustris

Rare visitor

 

Willow Tit Parus montanus (B)

Scarce resident

 

Coal Tit Parus ater

Scarce resident

 

Great Tit Parus major (B)

Resident

 

Blue Tit Parus caeruleus (B)

Resident

 

Nuthatch Sitta europaea

Very scarce visitor

2 Records

November 19th  

1982
August 7th   2005

 

Treecreeper Certhia familiaris (B)

Scarce resident

 

Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus

Rare passage migrant

1 Record

September 20th  

1988

 

Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor

Rare passage migrant

5 Records

October 1st  

1973

February 15th-28th  

1976

December 18th-26th  

1976

May 6th  

1979

December 9th-26th  

1983

 

Jay Garrulus glandarius

Scarce visitor

Maximum 12 October 25th 1983

 

Magpie Pica pica (B)

Resident

Maximum 30 December 1990, November 21st 2000

 

Jackdaw Corvus monedula (B)

Resident

 

Rook Corvus frugilegus (B)

Resident

 

Carrion Crow Corvus corone corone (B)

Resident

Maximum 100 November 14th 1988

 

Hooded Crow Corvis corone cornix

Scarce visitor

2 Records

January 25th-March 31st  

1969  4 Birds

December 11th  

1977

 

Raven Corvus corax

Very scarce visitor

 

Starling Sturnus vulgaris (B)

Resident

Maximum 10,000 January 12th 1988

 

House Sparrow Passer domesticus (B)

Resident numbers decreasing

Maximum 400 September 1st 1976

 

Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

Scarce visitor

Maximum 1,000 December 23rd 1976 now 1 a year if were lucky!

 

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs (B)

Resident

Maximum 225 February 7th 1970

 

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla

Scarce winter visitor

Maximum 200 January 25th 1992

 

Greenfinch Carduelis chloris (B)

Resident

 

Siskin Carduelis spinus

Regular winter visitor

Maximum 82 December 5th 1981

 

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis (B)

Resident

Maximum 350 September 21st 1974

 

Redpoll Carduelis flammea cabaret

Scarce winter visitor

Maximum 35 December 6th 1981

 

[Mealy Redpoll]

Very scarce winter visitor

2 Records

December 24th 1980
February  12th 1982

 

Twite Carduelis flavirostris

Scarce passage migrant

 

 

Linnet Carduelis cannabina (B)

Resident

Maximum 1,200 September 1976

 

Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

Very scarce visitor

5 Records

October 18th

 1970

August 9th

1997 2♀

August 20th

1997 ♂ 
September 18th 2002 4
November 2nd 2002

 

Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula (B)

Scarce resident

Maximum 40 in two flocks January 27th 1979

 

Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Very scarce visitor

 

Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella (B)

Resident

Maximum 350 December 28th 1970

 

Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus (B)

Resident

Maximum 50 December 28th 1970

 

Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra

Scarce resident

Maximum 10 January 6th 1990

 

Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus

Very rare winter visitor

1 Record

January 17th  

1981

 

Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis

Scarce visitor

Maximum 7 January 10th 1971

 

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