February & March

Birds to look out for in Feb/March

Months when it may be severe, it may be mild but it is anybody’s guess which way the weather may turn! The impact the severe weather has on our birds is probably still apparent. Woodcock, Water Rail and Snipe may still be out in the open and keep an eye open for Bittern in reedbeds and Smew, usually females, on open water after being forced in from the Continent and not yet returning. By contrast the first Chiffchaff and Blackcap may be coming in.

Watch out for:-

1. Flocks of winter thrushes. Send in any sightings of flocks of Redwing & Fieldfare. Make a note flock size

2. Any of the following finches and larks.

  • Brambling – a few flocks about & 1 or 2 coming to garden feeders
  • Siskin – flock of 60 in valley at present but no garden feeder records as yet!
  • Redpoll – very few about, look out for Mealy/Common Redpoll ssp flammea
  • Linnet & Skylark – note the flock size

3. Any of the following ducks and geese.  Try and count the number of

  • Shelduck, Teal, Goldeneye, Goosander, Shoveler, Pintail, Smew, Pochard, Pink-footed Geese, Wigeon,Tufted Duck

4. Any of the following waders:

  • Oystercatcher
  • Golden Plover – birds should be returning to unfrozen fields
  • Lapwing – note flock sizes
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Redshank
  • Snipe
  • Jack Snipe
  • Woodcock – could be showing well at present.

5. Any records of Water Rail and flocks of 10+ Coot

6. Any flocks of Gulls – record flock sizes and species.

7. Any records of the following raptors

  • Peregrine
  • Common Buzzard
  • Merlin
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Kestrel
  • Hen Harrier
  • Rough-legged Buzzard
  • Marsh Harrier

8. Any records of Waxwing – a few are being recorded in the county

9. All records of any Grebes in our area.

10. On the coast look out for:

  • Waxwings, Brent Geese, Common and Velvet Scoter, Eider, Scaup, Long-tailed Duck, Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Ruff, Curlew and any Divers or Grebes.

When submitting your records please note species, numbers, date, location (with map ref if possible) for our records.

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