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Recording Guidelines

The following is a list of species and selected sub-species that have been recorded in the Harbour with the type of records requested for each. Records can be sent by email

Key

AAll records required
BBreeding records
CCounts of roosts, flocks or monthly maxima
MMigration or weather movements
SAll records from May to August
WAll winter records
F&LFirst and last dates
 * Dorset rarities or scarcities assessed by DRP – full written description required
 ** National rarities assessed by BBRC – full written description required

Species

  • Brent Goose C, M, S, F&L
  • Red-breasted Goose  **
  • Canada Goose C
  • Barnacle Goose A
  • Greylag Goose C
  • Pink-footed Goose *
  • White-fronted Goose A
  • Mute Swan B, C, M
  • Bewick’s Swan *
  • Whooper Swan *
  • Egyptian Goose A
  • Shelduck B, C, M
  • Ruddy Shelduck A
  • Mandarin Duck A
  • Garganey A
  • Blue-winged Teal **
  • Shoveler A
  • Gadwall A
  • Wigeon C, M, S, F&L
  • American Wigeon *
  • Mallard B, C, M
  • Pintail A
  • Teal C, M, S, F&L
  • Green-winged Teal *
  • Red-crested Pochard A
  • Pochard A
  • Ferruginous Duck *
  • Ring-necked Duck *
  • Tufted Duck A
  • Scaup A
  • Eider A
  • Surf Scoter *
  • Velvet Scoter A
  • Common Scoter A
  • Long-tailed Duck A
  • Goldeneye A
  • Smew A
  • Goosander A
  • Red-breasted Merganser A
  • Ruddy Duck A
  • Grey Partridge A
  • Golden Pheasant A
  • Pheasant B, C
  • Quail A
  • Red-legged Partridge A
  • Nightjar A
  • Alpine Swift *
  • Swift C, M
  • Pallid Swift **
  • Little Swift **
  • Great Spotted Cuckoo **
  • Cuckoo B, M, F&L
  • Stock Dove B, C, M
  • Woodpigeon B, C, M
  • Turtle Dove A
  • Collared Dove B, C, M
  • Water Rail B, C
  • Corncrake *
  • Spotted Crake *
  • Moorhen B, C
  • Coot B, C
  • Little Crake **
  • Crane *
  • Little Grebe B, C
  • Red-necked Grebe A
  • Great Crested Grebe C, M
  • Slavonian Grebe A
  • Black-necked Grebe A
  • Stone Curlew *
  • Oystercatcher B, C, M
  • Black-winged Stilt *
  • Avocet A
  • Lapwing B, C, M
  • Golden Plover A
  • Pacific Golden Plover **
  • American Golden Plover *
  • Grey Plover A
  • Ringed Plover B, C, M
  • Little Ringed Plover A
  • Kentish Plover **
  • Dotterel *
  • Whimbrel A
  • Curlew C, M
  • Bar-tailed Godwit C, M, S
  • Black-tailed Godwit C, M, S
  • Turnstone A
  • Knot A
  • Ruff A
  • Broad-billed Sandpiper **
  • Stilt Sandpiper **
  • Curlew Sandpiper A
  • Temminck’s Stint *
  • Sanderling A
  • Dunlin C, M
  • Purple Sandpiper A
  • Baird’s Sandpiper **
  • Little Stint A
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper *
  • Pectoral Sandpiper *
  • Dowitcher spp **
  • Woodcock A
  • Jack Snipe A
  • Snipe B, C, M, S
  • Terek Sandpiper **
  • Wilson’s Phalarope **
  • Red-necked Phalarope *
  • Grey Phalarope A
  • Common Sandpiper A
  • Spotted Sandpiper **
  • Green Sandpiper A
  • Lesser Yellowlegs *
  • Redshank B, C, M
  • Marsh Sandpiper **
  • Wood Sandpiper A
  • Spotted Redshank A
  • Greenshank A
  • Kittiwake A
  • Sabine’s Gull *
  • Bonaparte’s Gull **
  • Black-headed Gull C, M
  • Little Gull A
  • Ross’s Gull **
  • Mediterranean Gull A
  • Common Gull C, M, S
  • Ring-billed Gull *
  • Great Black-backed Gull C, M
  • Glaucous Gull *
  • Iceland Gull *
  • Herring Gull C, M
  • Caspian Gull *
  • Yellow-legged Gull A
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull C, M
  • Gull-billed Tern **
  • Caspian Tern **
  • Lesser Crested Tern **
  • Sandwich Tern C, M, F&L
  • Elegant Tern **
  • Little Tern A
  • Roseate Tern A
  • Common Tern C, M, F&L
  • Arctic Tern A
  • Whiskered Tern **
  • White-winged Black Tern *
  • Black Tern A
  • Great Skua A
  • Pomarine Skua A
  • Arctic Skua A
  • Long-tailed Skua *
  • Little Auk *
  • Guillemot A
  • Razorbill A
  • Black Guillemot *
  • Puffin A
  • Red-throated Diver A
  • Black-throated Diver A
  • Great Northern Diver A
  • Storm Petrel A
  • Leach’s Petrel *
  • Fulmar A
  • Cory’s Shearwater *
  • Sooty Shearwater A
  • Great Shearwater *
  • Manx Shearwater A
  • Balearic Shearwater A
  • Barolo Shearwater **
  • White Stork *
  • Gannet A
  • Cormorant C,M
  • Shag C,M
  • Glossy Ibis *
  • Spoonbill A
  • Bittern A
  • Night Heron *
  • Squacco Heron **
  • Cattle Egret
  • Grey Heron B, C, M
  • Purple Heron *
  • Great White Egret
  • Little Egret B, C, M
  • Osprey A
  • Honey Buzzard *
  • Short-toed Eagle **
  • Sparrowhawk B, M
  • Goshawk *
  • Marsh Harrier A
  • Hen Harrier A
  • Montagu’s Harrier *
  • Red Kite A
  • Black Kite *
  • Rough-legged Buzzard *
  • Buzzard C, M
  • Barn Owl A
  • Little Owl A
  • Long-eared Owl *
  • Short-eared Owl A
  • Tawny Owl A
  • Hoopoe A
  • Kingfisher A
  • Bee-eater *
  • Wryneck A
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker A
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker B, M
  • Green Woodpecker B
  • Kestrel B, M
  • Red-footed Falcon *
  • Merlin A
  • Hobby A
  • Peregrine A
  • Ring-necked Parakeet A
  • Red-backed Shrike *
  • Isabelline Shrike **
  • Great Grey Shrike A
  • Woodchat Shrike *
  • Red-eyed Vireo **
  • Golden Oriole *
  • Jay B, C, M
  • Magpie B, C, M
  • Jackdaw C, M
  • Rook A
  • Carrion Crow B, C, M
  • Hooded Crow A
  • Raven A
  • Waxwing A
  • Coal Tit A
  • Marsh Tit A
  • Willow Tit *
  • Blue Tit B
  • Great Tit B
  • Penduline Tit *
  • Bearded Tit A
  • Woodlark A
  • Skylark B, C, M
  • Shore Lark *
  • Short-toed Lark *
  • Sand Martin B, M, F&L
  • Swallow B, M, F&L
  • House Martin M, F&L
  • Red-rumped Swallow *
  • Cetti’s Warbler B
  • Long-tailed Tit B
  • Wood Warbler A
  • Western Bonelli’s Warbler **
  • Yellow-browed Warbler A
  • Pallas’s Warbler *
  • Radde’s Warbler *
  • Dusky Warbler *
  • Willow Warbler B, M , F&L
  • Chiffchaff B, M, W
  • Greenish Warbler *
  • Great Reed Warbler **
  • Aquatic Warbler **
  • Sedge Warbler B, M, F&L
  • Reed Warbler B, M, F&L
  • Marsh Warbler *
  • Melodious Warbler *
  • Icterine Warbler *
  • Savi’s Warbler **
  • Grasshopper Warbler A
  • Zitting Cisticola **
  • Blackcap B, M, W
  • Garden Warbler M, F&L
  • Barred Warbler *
  • Lesser Whitethroat B, M, F&L
  • Subalpine Warbler *
  • Whitethroat B, M, F&L
  • Dartford Warbler B
  • Firecrest A
  • Goldcrest B, M
  • Wren B
  • Nuthatch A
  • Treecreeper A
  • Rose-coloured Starling *
  • Starling B, C, M
  • Song Thrush B, M
  • Mistle Thrush A
  • Redwing C, M, F&L
  • Blackbird B, M
  • Fieldfare C, M, F&L
  • Ring Ouzel A
  • Spotted Flycatcher A
  • Robin B
  • Bluethroat *
  • Nightingale A
  • Red-breasted Flycatcher *
  • Pied Flycatcher A
  • Black Redstart A
  • Redstart M, F&L
  • Whinchat M, F&L
  • Stonechat B, M
  • Siberian Stonechat **
  • Wheatear M, F&L
  • Tree Sparrow A
  • House Sparrow B, M
  • Dunnock B
  • Yellow Wagtail A
  • Citrine Wagtail *
  • Grey Wagtail A
  • Pied Wagtail B, C, M
  • Richard’s Pipit *
  • Tawny Pipit *
  • Meadow Pipit B, C, M
  • Tree Pipit A
  • Red-throated Pipit *
  • Water Pipit A
  • Rock Pipit B
  • Chaffinch B, C, M
  • Brambling A
  • Hawfinch A
  • Bullfinch A
  • Common Rosefinch *
  • Greenfinch B, C, M
  • Twite *
  • Linnet B, M
  • Mealy Redpoll *
  • Lesser Redpoll A
  • Common Crossbill A
  • Goldfinch B, M
  • Serin *
  • Siskin A
  • Lapland Bunting A
  • Snow Bunting A
  • Corn Bunting A
  • Yellowhammer A
  • Ortolan Bunting *
  • Cirl Bunting *
  • Little Bunting *
  • Rustic Bunting *
  • Reed Bunting B, M
  • Bobolink **
  • Northern Parula **

Subspecies

  • Pale-bellied Brent Goose hrota A
  • Black Brant nigricans *
  • Scandinavian Herring Gull argentatus *
  • Scandinavian Rock Pipit littoralis A
  • Blue-headed Wagtail flava A
  • Grey-headed Wagtail thunbergi *
  • Ashy-headed Wagtail cinereocapilla *
  • Siberian Chiffchaff tristis A
  • Continental Coal Tit ater *
  • Nordic Jackdaw monedula *

Publications

We have a number of publications available including the current edition of Birds of Christchurch Harbour

Also, back issues from previous years and other goodies.

Publications

We have a number of publications available including the current edition of Birds of Christchurch Harbour

Also, back issues from previous years and other goodies.