November & December

Birds to look out for in November/December

The bulk of the winter visitors should have arrived while many will remain all winter a high percentage of some species e.g. Redwing and Song Thrush will continue SW to winter in milder regions. If the weather is particularly hard on the Continent greater numbers of some species will choose to cross the North Sea e.g. Smew.  In some years we enjoy the presence of at least 2 eruptive species – Waxwing and Rough-legged Buzzard. There is always a chance one may wander into our area. Also a few Chiffchaff & Blackcap may over winter. The latter may come to gardens especially in sub-urban areas.

Winter Visitors – note the size of any flocks

  1. Thrushes – Redwing & Fieldfare
  2. Waders – Lapwing, Golden Plover & Snipe
  3. Ducks – Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard & Goosander.
  4. Geese – Pink-footed Geese will be flying over while the resident Greylags & Canadas will be forming post breeding flocks
  5. Coot, Moorhen & Water Rail numbers will increase with birds from the Continent
  6. Gulls – Large flocks will be forming wherever there is food eg behind the plough. Estimate the numbers of each species as accurately as possible (never easy!)
  7. Finches – Brambling & Chaffinch are arriving from the Continent also some Redpoll & Siskin. Linnet will flock. Look for them where there is plenty of seed e.g. wild bird feed strips on farms.
  8. Raptors – Marsh Harriers tend to vacate WVBS area, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Short-eared Owl are all possible winter visitors and numbers of Kestrel & Sparrowhawk may be increased by an influx from the Continent. Resident Buzzard should be more visible and Red Kite roosts are a possibility.
  9. On the Coast – Waders – Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Knot, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Ruff, Avocet,
  10. At Sea – Gannet may pass offshore while Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Ducks & Divers settle into their winter quarters.
  11. Heron Species – Little Egret are now as common as Grey Heron. Also look out for the rare but increasing Great White Egret.


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