June & July

Birds to look out for in June/July

All of the summer visitors will have now arrived and many young will be on the wing. Bird song will be slowing especially to the end of this period. Failed breeding and juvenile waders will have started their return passage south.

Records are required for all the species below

Summer Visitors & Passage Migrants

1. Warblers – all records, esp proof of breeding

Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap and Grasshopper Warbler. Cetti’s Warbler is a resident but listen for its explosive song.

2. Wagtails

Yellow Wagtail is now a very rare bird so please submit all sightings. Do not confuse with Grey Wagtail which is a resident along our streams & rivers. All breeding records.

3. Cuckoo, all records of this declining species

4. Spotted Flycatcher – declining rapidly, all records

5. Ducks – Garganey – a rare summer visitor. Shelduck – inland breeding records

6. Waders – breeding records for Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Redshank and Snipe. Green & Common Sandpiper and other waders will be passing through.

7. Gulls & Terns – Common Tern – will have young by now. Gulls will start moving inland.

8. Raptors – please treat all records as confidential

Hobby, Honey Buzzard & Montagu’s Harrier are all scarce / rare summer visitors. Marsh Harriers will be on breeding territories. Red Kite & Goshawk are very rare


Great Spotted and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are more difficult to see as the trees are in full leaf. Raptors including Sparrowhawk & Common Buzzard will have young by now

Mainly Coastal these waders may be in spectacular breeding plumage

Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Knot, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Ruff, Avocet, Curlew Sandpiper


Please send those records to David at recorder@WVBS.co.uk or by hard copy

Why not share your records on the WVBS e-group. If interested let me know ray.gribble@tesco.net and I’ll help you get connected


Ray Gribble

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