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The Birding Year


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The table below shows you the bird year highlights - when to do and see what...

January
  • Visit estuaries for geese, ducks and waders
  • Swans feed on farmland near coasts and certain wetlands
  • Important to feed and water garden birds
February
  • Visit estuaries for geese, ducks and waders
  • Important to feed and water garden birds
  • Farmland may provide views of flocks of finches and other small birds or thrushes. 
March
  • Very earliest summer migrants appear such as wheatears
  • Continue to feed and water birds
  • Some resident birds start to sing.
  • Rooks are building nests in the rookery.
  • Heron nest building activity is starting.
  • Great crested grebes display on areas of open water.
April
  • Migrant birds can be spotted on the coast especially at sea crossing points.
  • Birds start breeding.
  • Garden birds start collecting nest material and even feeding young.
  • Some early sea cliff birds breeding such as the shag.
  • Resident birds singing.  Joined by some summer migrant birds such as chiff-chaff and later willow warbler.
  • Swallows appear and cuckoos start to call.
May
  • All summer migrants have arrived.  Visit woodlands, heathlands, wetlands and other scrubby countryside for the high point of the song bird year.
  • Main breeding period.
  • Garden birds breeding, swifts race over roof tops.
  • Visit sea cliffs to see breeding birds such as guillemots and kittiwakes.
June
  • Young birds everywhere.
  • Some garden birds still breeding.
  • Visit sea cliffs to see breeding birds.
July
  • Some garden birds still breeding.
  • Visit sea cliffs to see breeding birds.
August
  • First summer migrants depart such as swifts
  • Resident waders such as curlew return to estuaries for the winter
September
  • Summer migrants leaving, winter migrants arriving, passage migrants present
  • Migrant birds can be spotted on the coast especially at sea crossing points.
October
  • Summer migrants leaving, winter migrants arriving, passage migrants present
  • Migrant birds can be spotted on the coast especially at sea crossing points.
November
  • Most winter migrants have arrived and summer migrants departed
  • Visit estuaries for geese, ducks and waders
  • Important to feed and water garden birds
  • Put up new or clean out old nest boxes (line with a bed of soft material for roosting birds)
December
  • Visit estuaries for geese, ducks and waders
  • Important to feed and water garden birds

The table below provides a quick glance guide to what birds are upto through out the year.  Where the colours are darker these represent the core periods for each type of activity.

  Summer migrants Winter visitors Migration Birds seeking nesting locations Nesting Sea birds nesting Birds singing When to feed and provide water to birds
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