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PMcS 2006

 

When to Watch Birds
(showing which birds migrate)
(by English name)


Go to the main birds page.

The big table below shows which bird species can be seen in which month. Some live in Britain permanently, some visit during summer to breed, whilst others just stay the winter to escape the cold of northern Europe.  Furthermore some species which we think of as residents all year round have their numbers significantly boosted in winter, or move around the countryside away from their summer haunts.

There are many other bird species that arrive on these shores, as passage migrants (between the north and the south) or because they have been blown off course.   These are often sought out by the extreme birders (known as 'twitchers').  So keep your eyes peeled and enjoy the experience of spotting something new.
 


Key to table below:
 
 Residents  
 Breeding summer visitor  
 Breeding summer visitor - arrives late in month*

 

 Breeding summer visitor - some also over-winter# 
 Non breeding summer visitor  
 Winter visitor\passage migrant  

Notes:

1.  Months are shown as the equivalent number - i.e. January is month 1 and February is month 2 etc.
2.  Many sea birds remain largely or entirely out at sea through the winter and only land during the breeding season.
3.  Many birds (e.g. ducks) are shown as residents, but in fact are confined to very small breeding areas during summer and are normally seen more commonly in winter.

 

English Name Scientific Name123456789012
Arctic SkuaStercorarius parasiticus            
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea            
AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta            
Barn OwlTyto alba            
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsis            
Barred WarblerSylvia nisoria            
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica            
Bearded TitPanurus biarmicus            
Bean goose
 
Anser fabalis            
Bee-eaterMerops apiaster            
Bewick's SwanCygnus columbianus            
BitternBotaurus stellaris            
Black GrouseTetrao tetrix            
Black RedstartPhoenicurus ochruros            
BlackbirdTurdus merula            
Black TernChlidonias niger            
Blackcap #Sylvia atricapilla            
Black-headed GullLarus ridibundus            
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa            
Blue TitParus caeruleus            
BramblingFringill montifringilla            
Brent goose
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Branta bernicla            
BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula            
BuzzardButeo buteo            
Canada Goose Branta canadensis            
Carrion CrowCorvus corone            
Cetti's WarblerCettia cettia            
ChaffinchFringilla coelebs            
Chiffchaff #Phylloscopus collybita            
ChoughPyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax             
Cirl BuntingEmberiza cirlus            
Coal TitParus ater            
Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto            
Common GullLarus canus            
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos            
Common ScoterMelanitta nigra            
Common TernSterna hirundo            
CootFulica atra            
CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo            
Corn BuntingMiliaria calandra            
CorncrakeCrex crex            
CraneGrus grus            
Crested LarkGalerida cristata            
Crested TitParus cristatus            
CrossbillLoxia curvirostra            
CuckooCuculus canorus            
CurlewNumenius arquata            
Curlew SandpiperCalidris ferruginea            
Dark-bellied Brent GooseBranta bernicla bernicla            
Dartford WarblerSylvia undata            
DipperCinclus cinclus            
DotterelCharadrius morinellus            
DunlinCalidris alpina            
Dunnock (a.k.a Hedge sparrow)Prunella modularis            
EiderSomateria mollissima            
Feral Pigeon/Rock DoveColumba livia            
FieldfareTurdus pilaris            
FirecrestRegulus ignicapilla            
FulmarFulmarus glacialis            
GadwallAnas strepera            
GannetMorus bassanus            
Garden WarblerSylvia borin            
GarganeyAnas querquedula  *         
Glaucous GullLarus hyperboreus            
GoldcrestRegulus regulus            
Golden PloverPluvialis apricaria            
GoldeneyeBucephala clangula            
GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis            
GoosanderMergus merganser            
GoshawkAccipiter gentilis            
Grasshopper WarblerLocustella naevia            
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus            
Great BustardOtis tarda            
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus            
Great Grey ShrikeLanius excubitor            
Great Northern DiverGavia immer            
Great SkuaCatharacta skua            
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major            
Great TitParus major            
Green SandpiperTringa ochropus            
Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis            
GreenfinchCarduelis chloris            
GreenshankTringa nebularia            
Grey HeronArdea cinerea            
Grey PartridgePerdix perdix            
Grey PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius            
Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola            
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea            
Greylag GooseAnser anser            
GuillemotUria aalge            
Hawfnch Coccothraustes coccothraustes            
Hen HarrierCircus cyaneus            
Herring GullLarus argentatus argenteus            
HobbyFalco subbuteo   

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Honey BuzzardPernis apivorus            
Hooded CrowCorvus cornix            
HoopoeUpupa epops            
House MartinDelichon urbica            
House SparrowPasser domesticus            
Jack SnipeLymnocryptes minimus            
JackdawCorvus monedula            
JayGarrulus glandarius            
Kentish PloverCharadrius alexandrinus            
KestrelFalco tinnunculus            
King EiderSomateria spectabilis            
KingfisherAlcedo atthis            
KittiwakeRissa tridactyla            
KnotCalidris canutus            
Lapwing (a.k.a Peewit)Vanellus vanellus            
Leach's petrelOceanodrama leucorrhoa            
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus            
Lesser white-fronted gooseAnser erythopus             
Lesser RedpollCarduelis cabaret            
Lesser Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos minor            
Lesser WhitethroatSylvia curruca            
LinnetCarduelis cannabina            
Little AukAlle alle            
Little EgretEgretta garzetta            
Little Grebe (Dab chick)Tachybaptus ruficollis            
Little GullLarus minutus            
Little OwlAthene noctua            
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius            
Little StintCalidris minuta            
Little ternSterna albifrons            
Long-eared OwlAsio otus            
Long-tailed DuckClangula hyemalis            
Long-tailed SkuaStercorarius longicaudus            
Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus            
MagpiePica pica            
MallardAnas platyrhynchos            
Mandarin Duck (naturalised)Aix galericulata            
Manx ShearwaterPuffinis puffinus            
Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus            
Marsh TitParus palustris            
Marsh WarblerAcrocephalus palustris             
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis            
MerlinFalco columbarius            
Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus            
Montagu's HarrierCircus pygargus            
MoorhenGallinula chloropus            
Mute SwanCygnus olor            
NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchos            
NightjarCaprimulgus europaeus            
NuthatchSitta europaea            
OspreyPandion haliaetus            
OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus            
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus            
PheasantPhasianus colchicus            
Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleuca            
Pied WagtailMotacilla alba yarellii            
Pink-footed GooseAnser brachyrhynchus            
PintailAnas acuta            
PochardAythya ferina            
PuffinFratercula arctica            
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima            
QuailCoturnix coturnix            
RavenCorvus corax            
RazorbillAlca torda            
Red GrouseLagopus lagopus            
Red KiteMilvus milvus            
Red-backed ShrikeLanius collurio            
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator            
Red-necked PhalaropePhalaropus lobatus            
RedshankTringa totanus            
RedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus            
Red-throated DiverGavia stellata            
RedwingTurdus iliacus            
Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus            
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus.scirpaceus            
Ring OuzelTurdus torquatus            
Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula            
RobinErithacus rubecula            
Rock PipitAnthus petrosus            
RookCorvus frugilegus            
Roseate TernSterna dougallii            
Rough-legged BuzzardButeo lagopus            
Ruddy DuckOxyura jamaicensis            
RuffPhilomachus pugnax            
Sand MartinRiparia riparia            
SanderlingCalidris alba            
Sandwich TernSterna sandvicensis            
ScaupAythya marila            
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenabaenus            
ShagPhalacrocorax aristotelis            
ShelduckTadorna tadorna            
Shore LarkEremophila alpestris            
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus            
ShovelerAnas clypeata            
SiskinCarduelis spinus            
SkylarkAlauda arvensis            
SmewMergus albellus            
SnipeGallinago gallinago            
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis            
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos            
Sooty ShearwaterPuffinis griseus            
SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus            
SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia            
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata            
Spotted crakePorzana porzana            
Spotted RedshankTringa erythropus            
StarlingSturnus vulgaris            
Stock DoveColumba oenas            
Stone CurlewBurhinus oedicnemus            
StonechatSaxicola torquata            
Storm PetrelHydrobates pelagicus            
SwallowHirundo rustica  *         
SwiftApus apus            
Tawny OwlStrix aluco            
TealAnas crecca            
Temminck's StintCalidris temminckii            
Tree Ceeper            
Tree PipitAnthus. trivialis            
Tree SparrowPasser montanus            
TreecreeperCerthia familiaris            
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula            
TurnstoneArenaria interpres            
Turtle DoveStreptopelia turtur            
TwiteCarduelis flavirostris            
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca            
Water RailRallus aquaticus            
WaxwingBombycilla garrulus            
WheatearOenanthe oenanthe            
WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus            
WhinchatSaxicola rubetra   *        
White-fronted gooseAnser albifrons             
WhitethroatSylvia communis            
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus            
WigeonAnas penelope            
Willow TitParus montanus            
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus            
Wood SandpiperTringa glareola            
Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrix            
Woodchat ShrikeLanius senator            
WoodcockScolopax rusticola            
WoodlarkLullula arborea            
WoodpigeonColumba palumbus            
WrenTroglodytes troglodytes            
WryneckJynx torquilla  *         
Yellow WagtailMotacilla flava flavissima            
YellowhammerEmberiza citrinella            

 

 

 

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