March & April

Birds to look out for in March/April

1. Winter Thrushes – should be getting return passage birds

  • Redwing
  • Fieldfare

2. Finches

  • Brambling – coming into gardens now
  • Siskin – should be coming into gardens now
  • Redpoll
  • Linnet – note flock size

3. Warblers

  • Chiffchaff – Expect to hear first birds before next indoor meeting
  • Blackcap
  • Sedge Warbler

4. Wagtails

  • Yellow Wagtail – mainly from mid / end-April
  • Grey Wagtails – now setting up breeding territories. All records please

5. Hirundines

  • Sand Martin – first birds are being recorded in UK
  • Swallow – mainly from mid / end-April
  • House Martin – mainly from mid / end-April

6. Ducks and Geese

  • Shelduck – now moving back inland to breed
  • Goosander – moving back to breeding areas soon, record last sightings
  • Wigeon
  • Teal
  • Shoveler
  • Pochard
  • Tufted Duck
  • Goldeneye – returning to breeding areas soon, record last sightings
  • Pintail – returning to breeding areas soon, record last sightings
  • Pink-footed Geese – returning to breeding areas, record last sightings

7. Waders

  • Oystercatcher – now moving back inland to breed
  • Golden Plover- returning to breeding areas, record last sightings
  • Lapwing – Note any breeding records
  • Green Sandpiper – passage birds should be present from now on
  • Common Sandpiper – passage birds should be present from mid-April
  • Redshank – Note any breeding records
  • Snipe – Note any breeding records

8. Gulls

  • Record flock sizes and species

9. Woodpeckers

  • Great Spotted and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are far easier to find during March before the leaves come on the trees

10. Mainly on coast

  • Waxwings
  • Brent Geese
  • Common and Velvet Scoter
  • Eider
  • Scaup
  • Bar-tailed Godwit
  • Knot
  • Grey Plover
  • Turnstone
  • Dunlin
  • Ruff
  • Curlew
  • Divers
  • Grebes

11. Raptors

  • Sparrowhawk – Display during March
  • Goshawk – Display during March
  • Buzzard
  • Hen Harrier
  • Marsh Harrier – returning to breeding sites

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