May & June

Birds to look out for in the next month – May/June

All of the summer visitors will have arrived by the end of this period. It is also the time when some of the rarer migrants & vagrants turn up. Very few winter visitors will still be here, note all records. Please record first arrival dates and any movements of summer & passage birds e.g. Spotted Flycatcher, Honey Buzzard and Black Tern.

Records are required for all the species below

Departing winter visitors:-

Redwing & Fieldfare, Brambling, Siskin & Redpoll. The latter 2 may stay to breed.

Record remaining Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pintail, Pochard & Tufted Duck. Latter may stay to breed so please record, also Hen Harrier


Summer Visitors & Passage Migrants

  1. 1.    Warblers – most should be in by end-May

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

  1. 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.

  1. Wheatear, Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel & Redstart will be mainly passing on the coast but can occur in WVBS area. Black Redstart has bred in Norwich area.
  2. Cuckoo, all records of this declining species
  3. Spotted Flycatcher – late May / early June, declining rapidly, all records
  4. Ducks

Garganey – a rare summer visitor. Shelduck – now moving back inland to breed

  1. 7.    Waders

Green Sandpiper & Common Sandpiper are mainly passage birds but Lapwing, Redshank and Snipe may just stay to breed. Oystercatcher move inland to breed.

  1. 8.    Gulls & Terns

Common Tern – record numbers and any evidence of nesting. Arctic Tern are not easy to separate but like Little Gull may pass through. All records please

10. Raptors – please treat all records as confidential

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

11. Heron Species – Little Egret are now as common as Grey Heron. Also look out for the rare but increasing Great White Egret. June is also when the vagrant Purple Heron may occur.



Great Spotted and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers will become more difficult to see as the trees are in full leaf. Raptors including Sparrowhawk & Common Buzzard will soon stop displaying

Linnet record flock size & nesting pairs


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 Gibbons


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