Species Lists: Birds

This is a complete list of the birds recorded within the SBBOT recording area, including status, photographs and some additional information.

For a printable version please click SBBOT complete bird list January 2015

Mute Swan – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Common resident breeder and winter visitor
Bewick’s Swan – Photo by Steve Ray Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant
Whooper Swan – Photo by Steve Ray Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant
Bean Goose – Photo by Graham Crick Scarce winter visitor
Pink-footed Goose – Photo by Steve Ray Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant
White-fronted Goose – Photo by Nigel May Occasional winter visitor and passage migrant
Greylag Goose Common resident breeder and winter visitor
Greater Canada Goose – Photo by Nigel May Common winter visitor and occasional breeder
Barnacle Goose –  Photo by Steve Ray Scarce winter visitor and passage migrant
Brent Goose – Photo by A. Outen Common migrant and winter visitor
Red-breasted Goose – Photo by Ray Sutton Vagrant
Egyptian Goose – Photo by P. Heathcote Occasional but increasing
Shelduck – Photo by Paul Coltman Common breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Mandarin Duck – Photo by Nick Smith Occasional but increasing
Wigeon – Photo by Steve Ray Common migrant and winter visitor
American Wigeon Vagrant – more information
Gadwall – Photo by Nick Smith Occasional breeder, common migrant and winter visitor
Teal – Photo by Paul Coltman Rare breeder, common migrant and winter visitor
Green-winged Teal – Photo by Steve Ray Vagrant – more information
Mallard Common resident breeder and winter visitor
Pintail Regular migrant and winter visitor
Garganey –  Photo by Steve Ray Rare breeder and regular migrant
Blue-winged Teal Vagrant – More Information
Shoveler – Photo by Steve Ray Occasional breeder, common migrant and winter visitor
Red-crested Pochard Vagrant
Pochard – Photo by Nick Smith Occasional breeder, migrant and declining winter visitor
Ferruginous Duck Vagrant – More Information
Tufted Duck – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder and common winter visitor
Scaup – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Scarce migrant and winter visitor
Eider Regular migrant and winter visitor
Long-tailed Duck Scarce winter visitor
Common Scoter Common migrant and winter visitor
Velvet Scoter Occasional migrant and winter visitor
Goldeneye Regular migrant and winter visitor
Smew – Photo by Ian Hodgson Scarce winter visitor
Red-breasted Merganser Regular migrant and winter visitor
Goosander Occasional migrant and winter visitor
Ruddy Duck Formerly irregular visitor now rare since national cull of population
Quail Occasional migrant and probable breeder
Red-legged Partridge Uncommon resident
Grey Partridge – Photo by Steve Ray Common resident breeder
Pheasant Common resident breeder
Red-throated Diver – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Common migrant and winter visitor
Black-throated Diver Scarce migrant and winter visitor
Great Northern Diver Occasional winter visitor
Fulmar – Photo by Steve Ray Common migrant, summer and winter visitor
Cory’s Shearwater Vagrant – More Information
Great Shearwater Vagrant – More Information
Sooty Shearwater Irregular migrant
Manx Shearwater Irregular migrant
Balearic Shearwater Vagrant – More Information
Storm Petrel Vagrant – More Information
Leach’s Petrel Vagrant – More Information
Gannet Common migrant and winter visitor
Cormorant Common resident, migrant and winter visitor
Shag Occasional migrant and winter visitor
Bittern Occasional winter visitor
Little Bittern Vagrant – More Information
Night-heron Vagrant – More Information
Cattle Egret Vagrant – More Information
Little Egret – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Resident breeder, common migrant and small numbers in winter
Great White Egret – Photo by Colin Fisher Occasional migrant and winter visitor – More Information
Grey Heron Resident breeder, common migrant and winter visitor
Purple Heron Vagrant – More Information
Black Stork Vagrant – More information
White Stork Vagrant – More Information
Glossy Ibis – Photo by Nigel Hefford Vagrant – More Information
Spoonbill – Photo by Steve Ray Occasional migrant
Little Grebe – Photo by Mike Gould Resident breeder and winter visitor
Great Crested Grebe Migrant and common winter visitor
Red-necked Grebe Occasional migrant and winter visitor
Slavonian Grebe – Photo by Mike Vurley Occasional migrant and winter visitor
Black-necked Grebe Occasional migrant and winter visitor
Honey-buzzard – Photo by Martyn Wilson Scarce migrant
Black Kite – Photo by Steve Reynaert Vagrant – More information
Red Kite – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Regular migrant, increasing in numbers
Marsh Harrier – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and winter visitor
Hen Harrier Migrant and winter visitor
Pallid Harrier Vagrant
Montagu’s Harrier – Photo by Steve Ray Scarce migrant
Booted Eagle Vagrant
Goshawk Vagrant – More information
Sparrowhawk – Photo by Ian Hodgson Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Buzzard – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Rough-legged Buzzard Occasional migrant and winter visitor – More information
Osprey – Photo by Steve Ray Occasional migrant
Water Rail – Photo by Steve Ray Scarce resident breeder, more common migrant and winter visitor
Spotted Crake Vagrant – More information
Corncrake Vagrant – More information
Moorhen Common resident breeder and winter visitor
Coot Common resident breeder and winter visitor
Crane Uncommon but increasing migrant
Stone-curlew Uncommon migrant – More information
Black-winged Stilt – Photo by Steve Ray Vagrant – More information
Avocet Photo by Rob McEwen Migrant and winter visitor, bred for first time in 2014
Oystercatcher Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
American Golden Plover Vagrant – More information
Pacific Golden Plover Vagrant – More information
Golden Plover Migrant and winter visitor 
Grey Plover Migrant and winter visitor
Sociable Plover Vagrant – More information
Lapwing – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Little Ringed Plover – Photo by Steve Ray Scarce breeder and annual migrant
Ringed Plover Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Kentish Plover Uncommon migrant
Dotterel – Photo by Tony Flashman Uncommon migrant
Whimbrel – Photo by Steve Ray Common migrant
Curlew – Photo by Steve Ray Common resident and winter visitor
Black-tailed Godwit – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and winter visitor
Bar-tailed Godwit Migrant and winter visitor
Turnstone Migrant and winter visitor
Knot Migrant and winter visitor
Ruff – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and winter visitor
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Vagrant
Broad-billed Sandpiper Vagrant
Curlew Sandpiper – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant
Temminck’s Stint Uncommon migrant – More information
Sanderling – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and winter visitor
Dunlin Migrant and winter visitor
Purple Sandpiper Scarce migrant and winter visitor
Baird’s Sandpiper Vagrant
Little Stint – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and scarce winter visitor
White-rumped Sandpiper Vagrant – More information
Least Sandpiper Vagrant – More information
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Vagrant
Pectoral Sandpiper Uncommon migrant
Red-necked Phalarope Scarce migrant
Grey Phalarope Uncommon migrant
Terek Sandpiper Vagrant
Common Sandpiper – Photo by Steve Ray Common migrant and scarce winter visitor
Green Sandpiper – Photo by Steve Ray Common migrant and scarce winter visitor
Spotted Redshank – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and winter visitor
Greenshank – Photo by Nigel May Common migrant and uncommon winter visitor
Lesser Yellowlegs Vagrant
Marsh Sandpiper Vagrant
Wood Sandpiper – Photo by Steve Ray Uncommon but annual migrant
Redshank – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, common migrant and winter visitor
Jack Snipe Uncommon migrant and winter visitor
Long-billed Dowitcher Vagrant
Woodcock – Photo by Nigel May Migrant and winter visitor
Snipe – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Migrant and winter visitor
Collared Pratincole Vagrant – More information
Black-winged Pratincole Vagrant – More information
Cream-coloured Courser Vagrant – More information
Pomarine Skua Uncommon migrant and occasional in winter
Arctic Skua Migrant
Long-tailed Skua Migrant
Great Skua – Photo by Steve Ashton Migrant and occasional in winter
Puffin Rare migrant and winter visitor
Black Guillemot Vagrant
Razorbill Migrant and winter visitor
Little Auk Scarce migrant and winter visitor
Guillemot Migrant and occasionally abundant winter visitor
Little Tern Migrant
Gull-billed Tern Vagrant
Caspian Tern Vagrant
Black Tern Uncommon but regular migrant
White-winged Black Tern Vagrant
Sandwich Tern – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and occasional winter visitor
Lesser Crested Tern Vagrant
Common Tern Common migrant
Roseate Tern Scarce migrant
Arctic Tern Uncommon migrant
Ivory Gull Vagrant
Sabine’s Gull Scarce migrant, rare in winter
Kittiwake Common migrant and winter visitor
Slender-billed Gull Vagrant
Black-headed Gull Resident breeder, abundant migrant and winter visitor
Little Gull Migrant and uncommon winter visitor
Laughing Gull Vagrant
Mediterranean GullPhoto by John van de Dol Migrant and winter visitor
Common Gull – Photo by Ian Hodgson Migrant and common winter visitor
Ring-billed Gull Vagrant
Lesser Black-backed Gull Migrant and winter visitor, breeds nearby
Herring Gull – Photo by Steve Raynaert Migrant and abundant winter visitor, breeds nearby
Yellow-legged Gull Uncommon migrant and winter visitor
Caspian Gull Uncommon but regular migrant and winter visitor
Iceland Gull Increasingly scarce winter visitor
Glaucous Gull Uncommon winter visitor
Great Black-backed Gull – Photo by Ian Hodgson Migrant and common winter visitor
Feral Pigeon Resident, more common in Sandwich Town
Stock Dove Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Woodpigeon Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Collared Dove Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Turtle Dove – Photo by Steve Ray Declining breeding summer visitor and migrant
Great Spotted Cuckoo Vagrant 
Cuckoo – Photo by Steve Ray Breeding summer visitor and migrant
Barn Owl Resident breeder and winter visitor
Little Owl – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder
Tawny Owl Resident breeder nearby
Long-eared Owl – Photo by Ian Hodgson Uncommon migrant and winter visitor
Short-eared Owl – Photo by Tony Flashman Migrant and winter visitor
Nightjar Rare migrant
Swift – Photo by Steve Ray Non-breeding summer visitor and migrant
Pallid Swift Vagrant
Alpine Swift Vagrant
Hoopoe – Photo by Steve Ray Uncommon migrant
Bee-eater – Photo by Steve Ray Rare migrant
Roller Vagrant
Kingfisher – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder and winter visitor 
Wryneck Uncommon migrant
Green Woodpecker – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder and winter visitor
Great Spotted Woodpecker Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Resident breeder nearby but decreasing
Kestrel – Photo by Tony Flashman Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Red-footed Falcon – Photo by Clive Watson Vagrant – More information
Merlin – Photo by Ian Hodgson Migrant and winter visitor
Hobby – Photo by Steve Ray Non-breeding summer visitor and migrant
Peregrine – Photo by Ian Hodgson Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Ring-necked Parakeet – Photo by Sue Smith Occasional resident breeder and winter visitor
Golden Oriole Uncommon spring and rare autumn migrant
Isabelline Shrike Vagrant
Red-backed Shrike – Photo by Steve Ray Uncommon migrant
Lesser Grey Shrike Vagrant
Great Grey Shrike Scarce migrant and winter visitor
Woodchat Shrike Vagrant
Magpie Resident breeder, partial migrant and winter visitor
Jay Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Nutcracker Vagrant
Jackdaw Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Rook Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Carrion Crow Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Hooded Crow Scarce migrant and winter visitor
Raven – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder nearby, migrant and winter visitor
Goldcrest – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Uncommon regular breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Firecrest – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and uncommon winter visitor
Penduline Tit Vagrant
Blue Tit – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Great Tit – Photo by Nigel May Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Coal Tit – Photo by Steve Reyneart Resident breeder nearby, migrant and winter visitor
Willow Tit Vagrant
Marsh Tit Vagrant
Bearded Tit – Photo by Willie McKnight Uncommon migrant and winter visitor
Calandra Lark Vagrant
Short toed Lark Vagrant
Woodlark Migrant and occasional winter visitor
Skylark – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Shore Lark – Photo by Steve Ray Uncommon migrant and winter visitor
Sand Martin Non-breeding summer visitor and migrant
Swallow – Photo by Steve Ray Breeding summer visitor and migrant
House Martin – Photo by Steve Ray Breeding summer visitor and migrant
Red-rumped Swallow Vagrant
Cetti’s Warbler Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Long-tailed Tit – Photo by Steve Reyneart Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Greenish Warbler Vagrant
Arctic Warbler Vagrant
Pallas’s Warbler – Photo by Ian Hodgson Scarce migrant
Yellow-browed Warbler Uncommon but regular autumn migrant
Hume’s Warbler Vagrant
Radde’s Warbler – Photo by Steve Ray Vagrant
Dusky Warbler Vagrant
Western Bonelli’s Warbler Vagrant
Wood Warbler – Photo by Steve Ray Uncommon migrant
Chiffchaff – Photo by Steve Ray Breeding summer and abundant migrant, uncommon winter visitor
Willow Warbler – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant
Blackcap – Photo by Steve Ray Breeding summer and abundant migrant, uncommon winter visitor
Garden Warbler – Photo by Steve Ray Non-breeding summer visitor and migrant
Barred Warbler – Photo by Steve Ray Scarce migrant
Lesser Whitethroat Breeding summer visitor and migrant
Whitethroat Breeding summer visitor and migrant
Dartford Warbler Uncommon but regular migrant and winter visitor
Subalpine Warbler Vagrant
Sardinian Warbler Vagrant
Grasshopper Warbler Non-breeding summer visitor and migrant
Savi’s Warbler Vagrant
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Vagrant
Icterine Warbler Uncommon migrant
Melodious Warbler Scarce migrant
Aquatic Warbler Vagrant
Sedge Warbler – Photo by Ian Hodgson Breeding summer visitor and migrant
Marsh Warbler Uncommon migrant
Reed Warbler Breeding summer visitor and migrant
Great Reed Warbler Vagrant
Fan-tailed Warbler – Photo by Steve Ray Vagrant
Waxwing – Photo by Steve Ray Scarce migrant and winter visitor
Nuthatch Vagrant
Treecreeper resident breeder nearby
Short-toed Treecreeper Vagrant
Wren – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Starling – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Rose-coloured Starling Vagrant
Dipper Vagrant
Swainson’s Thrush Vagrant
Ring Ouzel Migrant
Blackbird Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Fieldfare – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and winter visitor
Song Thrush Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Redwing – Photo by Steve Ray Rare breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Mistle Thrush – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Spotted Flycatcher – Photo by Ian Hodgson Non-breeding summer visitor and migrant
Robin Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Thrush Nightingale Vagrant
Nightingale Occasional breeding summer visitor and migrant
Bluethroat Scarce migrant
Red-flanked Bluetail Vagrant
Red-breasted Flycatcher Scarce migrant
Pied Flycatcher – Photo by Ken Arber Migrant
Black Redstart – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and winter visitor
Redstart Migrant
Whinchat – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant
Stonechat – Photo by Nigel May Occasional resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Wheatear – Photo by Ian Hodgson Occasional breeding summer visitor and migrant
Desert Wheatear – Photo by Steve Ray Vagrant
Dunnock Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
House Sparrow Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Tree Sparrow – Photo by Steve Ray Increasingly scarce migrant and winter visitor
Yellow Wagtail – Photo by Steve Ray Breeding summer visitor and migrant
Citrine Wagtail – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Vagrant
Grey Wagtail Migrant and winter visitor
Pied Wagtail Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Richard’s Pipit Scarce migrant
Tawny Pipit Scarce migrant
Olive-backed Pipit Vagrant
Tree Pipit Migrant
Meadow Pipit – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Red-throated Pipit Vagrant
Rock Pipit Resident breeder nearby, migrant and winter visitor
Water Pipit Migrant and winter visitor
Brambling – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and winter visitor
Chaffinch Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Hawfinch Scarce migrant
Common Rosefinch Vagrant
Bullfinch Resident breeder nearby, migrant and winter visitor
Greenfinch Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Linnet – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Twite – Photo by Steve Ray Migrant and winter visitor
Lesser Redpoll Migrant and uncommon winter visitor
Common Redpoll Irregular migrant
Arctic Redpoll Vagrant
Common Crossbill – Photo by Steve Reynaert Irregular migrant
Parrot Crossbill Vagrant
Goldfinch Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Serin Scarce migrant
Siskin Migrant and winter visitor
Snow Bunting – Photo by Tony Flashman Migrant and winter visitor
Lapland Bunting – Photo by Tony Flashman Migrant and winter visitor
Yellowhammer – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Ortolan Bunting Vagrant
Little Bunting – Photo by Steve Ashton Vagrant
Reed Bunting – Photo by Steve Ray Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor
Black-headed Bunting Vagrant
Corn Bunting – Photo by Justin de Villeneuve Resident breeder, migrant and winter visitor