January & February

Birds to look out for in January/February

Any severe weather has a major impact on our birds. Woodcock, Water Rail and Snipe are often 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.

Watch out for:-

1.  Flocks of winter thrushes. Send in any sightings of flocks of Redwing & Fieldfare. Make a note of flock sizes.
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 – most flocks seem to have moved on – do you know better!!
  • Lapwing – note flock sizes
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Redshank
  • Snipe
  • Jack Snipe
  • Woodcock – 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
  • 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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