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Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Clayhanger Marsh - Ryders Mere List Updated

As most of you know, a new taxonomic order for recording birds in Britain came into effect on January the first. It has not made a significant effect on the Clayhanger and Ryders Mere list apart from the actual order in which the species are listed. However this has given me the opportunity to review the site list and to present it to you should you be the kind of birder who enjoys having a target to achieve when they visit the site.

This list has no official status and is just the master list by which I judge events when they occur or are reported to me. I do not sit in judgement on other peoples observations and have long believed that accepting almost every submitted record would be at least as accurate as just accepting those records that are unequivocally proven as many legitimate records are disregarded by the process and this slants the occurrence and distribution of bird species just as much as the more tolerant method.

I take almost all records on trust and in assembling this list have only omitted a handful of records, not because I don't believe them but in every case because the observer themselves was not 100% sure (this includes records of Red-Crested Pochard, Nightingale and a Red Backed Shrike if you are interested). Details of any of the records can be accessed via the Pages for each group of species on the right-hand side of the blog.

Anyway, according to my calculation the list currently stands at 193 species and five distinct sub-species so there is a target for all of us! Seven new species in 2018 would be very nice so get over and find them if you can - Chaz

Clayhanger Bird Species List

Greater Canada Goose - Branta canadensis
Barnacle Goose - Branta leucopsis
Greylag Goose - Anser anser
Pink-Footed Goose - Anser brachyrhynchus
Greater White-Fronted Goose - Anser albifrons

Mute Swan - Cygnus olar
Bewick's (Tundra) Swan - Cygnus c. bewickii
Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnus

Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiacus
Common Shelduck - Tadorna tadorna
Ruddy Shelduck - Tadorna ferugina
Mandarin - Aix gallericulata
Garganey - Spatula querquedula
Northern Shoveler - Anas clypeata
Gadwall - Anas strepera
Eurasian Wigeon - Anas penelope
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Northern Pintail - Anas acuta
Eurasian Teal - Anas crecca
Common Pochard - Aythya ferina
Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula
Greater Scaup - Aythya marila
Common Scoter - Melanitta nigra
Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola
Common Goldeneye - Bucephala clangula
Smew - Mergus albellus
Goosander - Mergus merganser
Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis

Red-Legged Partridge - Alectoris rufa
Grey Partridge - Perdix perdix
Common Quail - Coturnix coturnix
Common Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus

Black Throated Diver - Gavia arctica
Great Northern Diver - Gavia immer
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe - Podiceps cristatus
Black Necked Grebe - Podiceps nigricollis

Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus
Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea
Great White Egret - Casmerodius albus
Little Egret - Egreta garzeta

Northern Gannet - Morus bassanus
Shag - Phalacrocorax aristotelis
Common Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Western Osprey - Pandion haliaetus
Honey Buzzard - Pernis apivorus
Sparrowhawk - Accipiter nisus
Goshawk - Accipiter gentilis 
Western Marsh Harrier - Circus aeroginosus
Hen Harrier - Circus cyaneus
Red Kite - Milvus milvus
Rough Legged Buzzard - Buteo logopus
Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo

Water Rail - Rallus aquaticus
Spotted Crake - Porzana porzana
Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
Common Coot - Fulica atra

Eurasian Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus
Black Winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus
Northern Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus
Golden Plover - Pluvialis apricaria
Grey Plover - Pluvialis squatarola
Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubius
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Curlew - Numenius arquata
Bar Tailed Godwit - Limosa laponica
Black Tailed Godwit - Limosa limosa
Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
Knot - Calidris canutus
Ruff - Calidris pugnax
Sanderling - Calidris alba
Dunlin - Calidris alpina
Woodcock - Scolopax rusticola
Jacksnipe - Lymnocryptes minimus
Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
Green Sandpiper - Tringa ochropus
Common Redshank - Tringa totanus
Spotted Redshank - Tringa erythropus
Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Kittewake - Risa tridactyla
Black Headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Little Gull - Hydrocoloeus minutus
Mediterranean Gull - Ichthyaetus melanocephalus
Common Gull - Larus canus
Great Black Backed Gull - Larus marinus
Glaucous Gull - Larus hyperboreus
Iceland Gull - Larus glaucoides
Herring Gull - Larus argentatus
Caspian Gull - Larus cachinans
Yellow Legged Gull - Larus michahellis
Lesser Black Backed Gull - Larus fuscus

Common Tern - Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern - Sterna paradisaea
Black Tern - Childonias niger

Feral Pigeon - Columba livia 
Stock Dove - Columba oenas
Woodpigeon - Columba palumbus
Turtle Dove - Streptopelia turtur
Collared Dove - Streptapelia decaocto

Common Cuckoo - Cuckulus canorus

Barn Owl - Tyto alba
Tawny Owl - Strix aluco
Little Owl - Athene noctua
Long Eared Owl - Asio otus
Short Eared owl - Asio flammeus

Common Swift - Apus apus
Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis
Hoopoe - Upupa epops
Wryneck - Jynx torquilla
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - Dryobates minor
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major
Green Woodpecker - Picus viridis

Common Kestrel - Falco tinunculus
Merlin - Falco columbarius
Hobby - Falco subuteo
Peregrine - Falco peregrinus

Rose Ringed Parakeet - Psitacula kramerii
Great Grey Shrike - Lanius excubitor

Jay - Garulas glandarius
Magpie - Pica pica
Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
Rook - Corvus frugilegus
Carrion Crow - Corvus corone
Raven - Corvus corax

Waxwing - Bombacilla garrulus

Coal Tit - Periparus ater
Marsh Tit - Poecile palustris
Willow Tit - Poecile montanus
Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus
Great Tit - Parus major
Bearded Tit - Panurus biarmicus

Woodlark - Lullula arborea
Skylark - Alauda arvensis

Sand Martin - Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
House Martin - Delchion urbicum

Cetti’s Warbler - Cettia cetti
Long Tailed Tit - Aegithalos caudatus

Willow Warbler - Phylloscopus trochillus
Chiffchaff  - Phylloscopus collybita
Sedge Warbler - Acrocephalus schoenotaenus
Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Grasshopper Warbler - Locustella naevia
Savi’s Warbler - Locustella luscinioides
Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla
Garden Warbler - Sylvia borin
Lesser Whitethroat - Sylvia curruca
Common Whitethroat - Sylvia communis
Firecrest - Regulus ignicapillus
Goldcrest - Regulus regulus

Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes
Nuthatch - Sitta europea
Treecreeper - Certhia familiaris
Starling - Sternus vulgaris

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

Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata
Robin - Erithacus rubecula
Pied Flycatcher - Ficedula hypoleuca
Redstart - Phoenicuros phoenicurus
Whinchat - Saxicola rubetra
Stonechat - Saxicola torquata
Wheatear - Oenanthe oenanthe

House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus
Dunnock - Prunella modularis

Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava
Grey Wagtail - Motacilla cinerea
Pied Wagtail - Motacilla a. yarellii

Meadow Pipit - Anthus pratensis
Tree Pipit - Anthus triviallis
Water Pipit - Anthus spinoletta
Rock Pipit - Anthus petrosus

Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
Brambling - Fringilla montifringilla
Hawfinch - Coccothraustes coccothraustes
Bullfinch - Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Greenfinch - Chloris chloris
Twite - Linaria flavirostris
Linnet - Linaria cannabina
Common Redpoll - Acanthis flammea
Lesser Redpoll - Acanthis cabberet
Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis
Siskin - Spinus spinus

Corn Bunting - Millaria calandra
Yellowhammer - Emberiza citrinella
Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus

Current Total: 193
Version: 01/18

Distinct Sub-Species

Continental Cormorant                                 Phalacrocorax c. sinensis
Azorean Gull                                                     Larus m. atlantis
Greenland Wheatear                                    Oenanthe o. leucorhoa
Channel Wagtail                                              Motacilla flava Sp.
White Wagtail                                                  Motacilla a. alba
Scandinavian Rock Pipit                                Anthus p. littoralis


Cackling Goose - Branta hutchinsii
Black Swan - Cygnus atratus
Bar Headed Goose - Anser indicus
Harris Hawk - Parabuteo unicinctus
Lanner Falcon - Falco biarmicus
Cockatiel - Nymphicus hollanicus
Budgerigar - Melopsitacus undulatus
African Grey Parrot - Psittacus erithacus
Canary - Serinus Canaria