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 resp.

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
  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 very rare



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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