Birds

I have enjoyed watching birds since my childhood, the countryside near the town of Beverley having been my home patch for over 20 years. I am very much a ‘patch’ birder and prefer to concentrate on the local bird-life rather than chasing rarities around the country, though in saying that I do have to admit that I have attended the odd twitch from time to time, especially if it is within easy cycling distance of my home. In 2014 we also bought a new cottage up in the North York Moors and since then I have adopted this area as another ‘home’ patch, the moorland landscapes, tumbling rivers and rich oak woodlands providing a very different avifauna compared to what I have been used to back in the arable lowlands of East Yorkshire. In recent times I have also tried to learn more about actual bird behaviour and regularly contribute my sightings and additional information to such projects such as BirdTrack, whilst in the future I would also love to learn more about activities such as bird ringing, and keeping track of the birds which live in and around the countryside I call home.

ANSERIFORMES

Anatidae

Anserinae
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Bewick’s Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis)
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)
White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)

Tadorninae
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)

Tadorninae/Anatinae*
Mandarin (Aix galericulata)

Anatinae
Wigeon (Anas penelope)
American Wigeon (Anas americana)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Teal (Anas crecca)
Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Pintail (Anas acuta)
Garganey (Anas querquedula)
Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Aythyinae
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Scaup (Aythya marila)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

Merginae
Eider (Somateria mollissima)
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra)
Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Goosander (Mergus merganser)

Oxyurinae
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

GALLIFORMES

Tetraonidae

Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)
Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Phasianidae

Quail (Coturnix coturnix)
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa)
Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix)
Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)

GAVIIFORMES

Gaviidae

Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata)
Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)

PROCELLARIIFORMES

Procellariidae

Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)

SULIFORMES

Sulidae

Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Phalacrocoracidae

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

PELECANIFORMES

Ardeidae

Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Great White Egret (Ardea alba)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Threskiornithidae

Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

CICONIIFORMES

Ciconiidae

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)

PODICEPIDIFORMES

Podicipedidae

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)
Black-necked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

ACCIPITRIFORMES

Accipitridae

Honey-buzzard (Pernis apivorus)
Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)
Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)
Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus)
Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Pandionidae

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

FALCONIFORMES

Falconidae

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Merlin (Falco columbarius)
Hobby (Falco subbuteo)
Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)

GRUIFORMES

Rallidae

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana)

Gruidae

Common Crane (Grus grus)

CHARADRIIFORMES

Burhinidae

Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus)

Recurvirostridae

Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

Haematopodidae

Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Charadriidae

Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus)
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)
Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)

Scolopacidae

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Knot (Calidris canutus)
Ruff (Calidris pugnax)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)
Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)
Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)
Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)
Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Stercorariidae

Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)
Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)

Alcidae

Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)
Razorbill (Alca torda)
Guillemot (Uria aalge)

Sternidae

Little Tern (Sternula albifrons)
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii)
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)

Laridae

Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus)
Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)
Common Gull (Larus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

COLUMBIFORMES

Columbidae

Rock Dove (Columba livia)
Stock Dove (Columba oenas)
Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)

CUCULIFORMES

Cuculidae

Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

STRIGIFORMES

Tytonidae

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)

Strigidae

Little Owl (Athene noctua)
Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

APODIFORMES

Apodidae

Swift (Apus apus)

CORACIIFORMES

Alcedinidae

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Upupidae

Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

PICIFORMES

Picidae

Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

PASSERIFORMES

Corvidae

Magpie (Pica pica)
Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)
Raven (Corvus corax)

Regulidae

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

Paridae

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Great Tit (Parus major)
Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)
Coal Tit (Periparus ater)
Willow Tit (Poecile montana)
Marsh Tit (Poecile palustris)

Panuridae

Bearded Tit (Panurus biarmicus)

Alaudidae

Woodlark (Lullula arborea)
Skylark (Alauda arvensis)

Hirundinidae

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)
Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
House Martin (Delichon urbicum)

Cettiidae

Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti)

Aegithalidae

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

Phylloscopidae

Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin)
Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria)
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)
Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

Locustellidae

Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia)

Acrocephalidae

Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)

Bombycillidae

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

Sittidae

Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)

Certhiidae

Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)

Troglodytidae

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Sturnidae

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Cinclidae

Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)

Turdidae

Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)

Muscicapidae

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)

Prunellidae

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Passeridae

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

Motacillidae

Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied/White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)

Fringillidae

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Twite (Carduelis flavirostris)
Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)
Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

Emberizidae

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra)

CATEGORY ‘E’ SPECIES

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus)
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)