United Kingdom: UK Spring Tour Trip Report, April 2024


28 APRIL – 20 MAY 2024

By Chris Lotz

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Snow Bunting was great to see in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.


This was a wonderful 3.5 week birding, mammal and sightseeing tour of a large part of England and Scotland. During this tour, we saw a good proportion of Britain’s birds, mammals and other wildlife. The tour participants, Dan and Bobby, were great company and, being from New Zealand, most of the fauna was new for them, apart from a handful of British birds that have become established in their home country.

I fetched Bobby and Dan in London and we immediately headed to Knepp, famous for its rewilding. Here, we enjoyed White Storks and listened to the beautiful (and very loud!) songs of Common Nightingales, amongst numerous other birds. We then headed back to London for a bit of sightseeing and the Abba Voyage concert, which was even better than expected, what a spectacular show! We then headed west, visiting Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Highclere Castle where Downton Abbey was filmed (and the third movie is being filmed there as I write this!). We also saw some truly brilliant birds such as Great Bustards on the Salisbury Plain.

The proper birding began, after the more sightseeing-focused “pre-trip” described above, when we headed to Norfolk for five days. Norfolk and adjacent Suffolk in East Anglia are two of Britain’s best birding counties, and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting some of the famous bird reserves in this part of the world. These included the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Titchwell and Minsmere reserves, and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) Cley Marshes reserve.

Three nights in Yorkshire were next on the agenda. Here, we enjoyed seeing White-throated Dippers, Willow Ptarmigan (Red Grouse) and the spectacular seabird colony at RSPB Bempton Cliffs (huge numbers of Northern Gannets and other seabirds breed on the impressive sea cliffs here). Our last bit of birding in England (before heading for the Scottish Highlands) was in Northumberland, where we enjoyed seeing some Black Grouse en route. In Northumberland, we saw some excellent birds and were also treated to a spectacular display of the Northern Lights. There were other distractions from the birding, such as some impressive castles (e.g. the imposing Bamburgh Castle) and the fascinating Holy Island of Lindesfarne. One of the biggest highlights of the entire trip was, however, our boat trip to the Farne Islands, where we got wonderfully close to comical Atlantic Puffins, other beautiful, close-up alcids and various other breeding seabirds.

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There were lots of great highlights (besides the birds and other wildlife) on this trip, including a superb Northern Lights show!

We then crossed the border into Scotland, skirting past Edinburgh and driving right through Glasgow, then through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We eventually found ourselves at the Scottish Beaver Centre near Knapdale. This stunningly beautiful part of the world allowed us to see Eurasian Beavers, Red Squirrels, our first divers (loons) and lots more. We then headed to the Isle of Mull, part of the Inner Hebrides. This is eagle paradise, and we got great views of Golden Eagle at its eyrie, plus a White-tailed Eagle atop a hill. There were lots of other wonderful birds around in this spectacularly scenic part of the world, including a Surf Scoter visiting from North America.

After an all too short “Mull sampler” (just two nights), we then headed northeast, and spent the last five days of our epic trip around Aviemore to explore the Cairngorms National Park. The Caledonian Pine Forest, birchwoods and beautiful lochs here were a delight to explore and we added many excellent birds and mammals to our trip list. These included Snow Buntings in summer plumage, breeding Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, breeding Black-throated Loons (Divers) and many others.

I eventually dropped Dan and Bobby at Edinburgh airport for their flights home, after a spectacular introduction to British wildlife.

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White Stork at Knepp.

Detailed Report

Day 1, 28th April 2024. Arrival in London and transfer to Knepp Rewilding Estate

I fetched Bobby and Dan from Heathrow airport and we immediately embarked on our drive southwards to the Knepp Rewilding Estate, the home of reintroduced White Storks and many other birds. Being from New Zealand and never having birded Britain before, most species were new, and we enjoyed encountering some of our first common English birds such as European Robin, Common Blackbird, White Wagtail, Dunnock, Eurasian Chaffinch, Eurasian Goldfinch, Common Linnet, Eurasian Wren, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Eurasian Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Common Wood Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, Common Moorhen, Grey Heron, Eurasian Magpie, Eurasian Jay, Western Jackdaw, Rook and Carrion Crow. Several warbler species were around; there were many Common Chiffchaffs, Common Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroats, plus we also found a plain-looking Garden Warbler. One of the star birds at Knepp, which we heard singing beautifully but only glimpsed a couple of times, was Common Nightingale.

European Green Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker both put in appearances here at Knepp. Raptors came in the form of Eurasian Sparrowhawk, a Common Kestrel and quite a number of beautiful Red Kites.

Our first mammals of the trip were Fallow Deer with nice antlers, European Rabbit and Grey Squirrel.

Day 2, 29th April 2024. Sightseeing and Abba concert in London

We had breakfast near the Worthing Pier on the south coast of England with a view across the English Channel. We got our first decent views of Herring Gull here.  

We then headed into central London for some drive-by sightseeing. We drove past the Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Bridge and Tower Bridge. We then headed to a different part of London to the purpose-built Abba Arena, near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park area, where we thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular Abba Voyage concert.

Day 3, 30th April 2024. The Salisbury Plain Great Bustards, and Highclere Castle

We embarked on a three-hour drive to the Salisbury Plain, site of Stonehenge and Great Bustards.  We enjoyed over 20 bustards on a Great Bustard Group tour. We also saw other excellent birds during this tour, such as a Eurasian Stone-curlew, Northern Lapwing,a pair of close-up Grey Partridges, a few Red-legged Partridges, Corn Buntings, Common Linnets and many others. We also had excellent views of Meadow Pipit, Common Whitethroat, European Stonechat and White Wagtail.There were numerous Red Kites, a couple of Common Buzzards and a Common Kestrel around. Our first Barn Swallow of the trip flew low over.Mammal-wise, we saw some Roe Deer today, albeit a bit distant.

After checking into our bed and breakfast, we went to Highclere Castle where we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful gardens, followed by an early evening tour of the inside of the building, the setting of Downton Abbey. We also looked at the ancient Egyptian museum section.

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One of over 20 Great Bustards we saw.

Day 4, 1st May 2024. Stonehenge and Glastonbury

After breakfast at our pleasant guest farm accommodation, we took the five-minute drive to Stonehenge. Here, we enjoyed not only this prehistoric megalithic phenomenon made from sarsen stones, but also obtained close-up photographic views of the three more common corvids, Corn Buntings,a male Northern Wheatear, Eurasian Skylarks, and various other birds.

We then explored the town of Glastonbury, including Glastonbury Abbey (allegedly the site of King Arthur’s tomb and with birdy grounds where we saw some new trip birds such as European Greenfinch, Coal Tit and Great Tit at feeders), the site of the Glastonbury Festival, and Glastonbury Tor.

We then continued northwards, bypassing the western side of Bristol, with Wales visible in the distance, and stayed the night at Slimbridge.

Day 5, 2nd May 2024. To Norfolk, arguably Britain’s best birding county!

After an excellent breakfast, we headed to the amazing Cotswold Christmas shop (open year-round) in Lechlade-on-Thames, for an hour. We then embarked on the three-hour drive to the Welney Wetland Centre in western Norfolk near the Cambridgeshire county line. The highlight here was a couple of late Whooper Swans (large flocks of these overwinter here but almost all of them are gone by early May) among large numbers of Mute Swans. We also saw many other new trip birds including Greylag Goose, Common Shelduck, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon (these also overwinter in Norfolk in large numbers, but again only a handful remain by early May), Common Pochard, Tufted Duck, Stock Dove, Eurasian Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Pied Avocet, beautiful breeding plumage Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Little Egret, Great Egret, Western Marsh Harrier, Cetti’s Warbler and Sedge Warbler (poor views today but we’d see this species very well the next day). One of the target birds here was the scarce Eurasian Tree Sparrow, and we saw a couple of these quite close-up.We also heard the bizarre, deep booming of a Eurasian Bittern.

We then headed to Norwich, which we used as a base for the next five nights to further explore East Anglia.

Day 6, 3rd May 2024. Birding the northeast Norfolk coast

We only started birding in the late morning, and stopped mid-afternoon because of rain, but it was nevertheless another very productive day! We started in Salthouse where we saw and photographed some birds we’d already seen before, but this time really close-up. We then headed slightly further west to the famed Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) Cley Marshes Nature Reserve. We were pleased to add many more new trip birds here. These included Brant Goose (another mainly winter species), Egyptian Goose, Common Swift, Little Grebe, Common Ringed Plover, neat Little Ringed Plover, Eurasian Curlew, a breeding plumage Bar-tailed Godwit (and more breeding plumage Black-tailed Godwits which we’d also seen the previous day), Common Gull (which is actually not particularly common), a flock of five Eurasian Spoonbill flying over, Sand Martin, Common Reed Warbler and some stunning Common Reed Buntings.

We then went to the Sheringham area to look for Firecrest, and were not disappointed, getting eye level views.

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An eye level Firecrest is always a delight to see.

Day 7, 4th May 2024. Birding RSPB Minsmere and other Suffolk birding sites

We started the day at Walberswick on the Suffolk coast, where we saw flocks of Common Scoters out at sea, two Eurasian Whimbrels,some Dunlins in the marshes, a close-up Common Kestrel, and a few other species. We then went to Saxmundham, where Bohemian Waxwings had been present for over a week, but these had sadly gone now, as we discovered. We finally headed to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Minsmere nature reserve for the rest of the day. Here at Minsmere, we quickly found a number of new trip birds like Barnacle Goose, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black-legged Kittiwake and Eurasian Blackcap. We then went to the Bittern Hide where we were treated to five Eurasian Bittern sightings as they flew by, many Western Marsh Harriers quartering low over the reeds and some other good birds. On the way back to the visitor center, we saw a cute little deer, Reeve’s Muntjac.

We ended the day at Dunwich Heath, where we saw some Dartford Warblers.

Day 8, 5th May 2024. Birding RSPB Titchwell and Sculthorpe Moore nature reserves

We had a wonderful session at Titchwell, a famous birding reserve in north-western Norfolk. Arguably the best highlight here was seeing Bearded Reedlings nicely. But we sure did also enjoy all the other bird species that were around. These included Mediterranean Gull, Common Cuckoo, some Great Crested Grebes on the calm sea, Eurasian Curlews, a few Sanderlings and many Ruddy Turnstones on the beach.

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One of the Bearded Reedlings we saw at Titchwell.

We then visited Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve, where we enjoyed Tawny Owl at its nest box, Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Grey Wagtail and various other new birds for the tour.

Day 9, 6th May 2024. Birding Hickling Broad Nature Reserve and Santon Downham

After breakfast, we headed to the largest of the Norfolk Broads, Hickling Broad, where our main target was Common Crane. After a bit of a wait, we eventually saw two flying in and landing, and we managed to scope them from a viewing platform. We also enjoyed listening to some close-up Eurasian Bitterns. About eight Great Egrets put on a flight show for us, as did some Western Marsh Harriers. We saw a gorgeously bright Yellowhammer clearly in freshly molted plumage, shining in the sun along a side road. We improved our views and photos of some species we’d already seen earlier in the trip, e.g. Long-tailed Tit and Eurasian Teal.

We then headed to the Horsey Windpump, where we found our first Willow Warblers of the trip.

We opted to end the day on the other (western) side of Norfolk – on the Suffolk county line – to look for Mandarin Duck. We enjoyed seeing four of these beautiful birds. Another highlight here was a close-up Grey Wagtail, a better view than we’d had previously.

We also saw a couple of non-avian critters today. Mammal-wise, we were pleased to see a Stoat running across the road in front of us, on our way to our first site. We also got brief views of a Palmate Newt.

Day 10, 7th May 2024. Drive to the York area via RSPB Frampton Marsh

We had a superb three or so hour session at RSPB Frampton Marsh in Lincolnshire, conveniently breaking the journey northwards from Norwich to York. A beautiful drake Garganey and quite a close-up Greenshank were two solid new trip birds. Just after enjoying these, we heard that the Red-breasted Goose that had been frequenting this reserve had just been found. We rushed to where it was and, after a bit of scanning, we picked this stunningly beautiful bird out from among a flock of Brant Geese. What a win! A superb-looking rarity. We got better views than previously of Whooper Swan and some Mediterranean Gulls, along with extremely close-up nesting Great Crested Grebes. All in all, not bad for a “travel day” in which we had to get to a new part of England.

Day 11, 8th May 2024. Birding the Howardian Hills, the North York Moors National Park and Scarborough

We started the day in the Castle Howard area, where we were pleased to find our first Goldcrest (albeit high up in a tree), Eurasian Treecreeper (much better views than the Goldcrest!), and a range of other birds we’d already seen earlier in the trip.

We then continued northwards to the North York Moors National Park, one of the largest areas of heather in the UK. Our main target bird at high elevation here was Willow Ptarmigan (the famous Red Grouse) and it co-operated very well. We also enjoyed seeing a close-up Eurasian Curlew on the moor.

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The famous grouse, i.e. the Red Grouse subspecies of Willow Ptarmigan.

Our next stop was in Grosmont (a quaint village and train station) in the valley below. Here, our main target, White-throated Dipper, showed extremely well, along with a pair of Grey Wagtails.

Our final stop for the day was Scarborough, where we saw our first Common Eider (a beautiful drake) and a few other birds.

Day 12, 9th May 2024. RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Filey Dams and Wheldrake Ings birding

Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve is famous, for good reason. The spectacular sea cliffs are filled with breeding Northern Gannets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common Murres and Razorbills. We saw our first two Atlantic Puffins and a couple of Northern Fulmars as well. A pair of Grey Partridges and several Red-legged Partridges were in the grassy fields above the cliffs. We also enjoyed watching a Barn Owl, a couple of Corn Buntings and large numbers of Eurasian Tree Sparrows (generally a scarce bird in the UK).

After a nice lunch at Bempton Cliffs, we drove to the nearby Filey Dams to try and find a Long-tailed Duck that had been reported, but it was MIA. We did see some other nice birds there, but nothing new for the trip.

We ended the day at Weldrake Ings Nature Reserve, where again we found some good birds but nothing new for the tour. Unfortunately, we didn’t see (or hear the diagnostic call of) Willow Tit, our main target here.

Day 13, 10th May 2024. Drive to Northumberland via our Black Grouse site

Today was a fairly long transfer day to Northumberland in northeast England. We enjoyed several birding stops along the way, the best being at our Black Grouse site in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where we encountered 13 of these handsome birds (all males). We also found another Willow Ptarmigan (Red Grouse) nearby for comparison.

An even bigger tour highlight than Black Grouse awaited us tonight as the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) showed very well – amazing! We saw predictions that it would be not only visible, but also good, in Northumberland, and we were not disappointed!

Day 14, 11th May 2024. Holy Island and Farne Islands boat trip

This was one of the best days of the whole trip. We started the day crossing the causeway onto Holy Island (Lindesfarne), a really spectacular place. On the causeway (that floods during high tide), we got good views of Dunlin, Common Ringed Plovers and Common Eiders, and distant views of breeding plumage Grey Plovers (a better name in this plumage is Black-bellied Plover, a strikingly beautiful bird), a couple of close flyby Little Terns, a few Sandwich Terns and various other birds. We then explored the town of Lindesfarne, the abbey area and the harbor. This is a fascinating place historically (see here for more about that) and it is also a good birding venue. On our way to the harbor, we were very pleased to see our first Common Merganser (Goosander) of the tour, as well as some birds we’d seen already.

After lunch, we joined an incredible boat trip to the Farne Islands. While waiting at the harbor for our boat trip to start, we saw a few Purple Sandpipers and various other good birds we’d seen before, such as Ruddy Turnstones and Common Eiders. We then took the boat to the islands and saw a few Northern Gannets and alcids as we approached the islands. The Farne Islands are inhabited by 90,000 Atlantic Puffins and we got to walk right near them, so we could even take cell phone photos. What a magnificent experience. Tens of thousands of Common Guillemots (Murres), a handful of them with attractive bridles, and Razorbills, also nest here. We enjoyed seeing a small flock of Arctic Terns and a number of Sandwich Terns flying around. Black-legged Kittiwakes, Great Black-backed, Lesser Black-backed, Herring and Black-headed Gulls were also out in force. We saw a single Northern Fulmar. Great Cormorants and breeding plumage European Shags were around.

Mammal-wise, we enjoyed spending some time with a colony of playful Grey Seals towards the end of our boat trip.

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We enjoyed being surrounded by close-up Atlantic Puffins when we landed on the Farne Islands.

Day 15, 12th May 2024. Scottish Beaver Trail

We had a fairly long but very scenic drive today. We headed north and soon crossed the border into Scotland, stopping to take photos of the sign welcoming us to Scotland. We traveled around Edinburgh and then westwards, driving through Glasgow and finally into the scenically spectacular Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. We eventually reached our hotel, which afforded spectacular views from our rooms. We scoped the calm sea from the hotel and found some great new trip birds in the form of summer plumage Common Loon (Great Northern Diver), Red-throated Loon (Diver) distantly, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers and our first Black Guillemot.

We then went to the Knapdale Scottish Beaver Trail Visitor Centre where we saw a Bank Vole, a Red Squirrel, many Eurasian Siskins, a close-up pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a close-up Eurasian Nuthatch at the feeders. After a visit to Lochgilphead (where we saw our first Hooded Crows for the trip) and dinner, we returned here for an evening session, where we enjoyed seeing two Eurasian Beavers and a Eurasian Otter. Awesome!

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Scotland is great for breeding plumage loons (divers) in spring. This is a Common Loon (Great Northern Diver).

Day 16, 13th May 2024. Ferry crossing to the island of Mull!

We drove from Crinan northwards to Oban where, excitingly, we took a ferry crossing to Mull, the second largest island (after Skye) of the Inner Hebrides. A number of striking summer plumage Black Guillemots showed well in the harbor as we awaited our ferry. A few Common Murres (Common Guillemots) were seen from the ferry.

After landing on Mull (after the hour-long ferry crossing) we had lunch, during which we were rewarded with close views of a displaying European Rock Pipit. We then drove across a chunk of the island, seeing some great wildlife! Species included good numbers of summer plumage Common Loon (Great Northern Diver), a beautiful male Common Merganser (Goosander) and several Red-breasted Mergansers, White-tailed Eagle, a pair of Northern Ravens and many Hooded Crows.

Day 17, 14th May 2024. Full day on the island of Mull

Despite light drizzle, this was a super-amazing day in which we must have covered around 60 % of the roads of the scenically spectacular island of Mull. As we traversed the island, we enjoyed many species we’d already seen on previous days, plus some new ones. Quite close-up singing Tree Pipits were a delight. We then saw a couple of Common (Harbor) Seals. One of the major highlights of the day was a good view of an American vagrant Surf Scoter that had been present for at least a week, according to rare bird reports.

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An American vagrant in Scotland, Surf Scoter.

Day 18, 15th May 2024. Mull to Aviemore

After yesterday’s drizzle, we were pleased to wake up to a warm sunshiny day. We were rewarded with good views of a Golden Eagle near its nest. At one point this majestic bird sat in a small tree, then on different rocks after a couple of short flights. We glimpsed its partner on the nest itself, but most of the time it was invisible.

We had to leave the island around lunchtime to comfortably make it to our next destination in a different part of Scotland before dinner, including time for birding stops. We traversed spectacular scenery and did two more ferry crossings (Fishnish to Lochaline and Ardgour to Corran), off the island of Mull and northeastwards on our way to the Cairngorms National Park area where we would spend the last five nights of our trip. Shortly after the second ferry, we found a small flock of Northern Ravens.En route towards Fort William, the last west coast town before we headed inland, we stopped to look at a Wood Warbler we heard singing as we were driving. We also saw a Eurasian Treecreeper and various other woodland birds at this stop. Nearby, we enjoyed seeing some Red-throated Loons (Divers) and a few other nice species.

Day 19, 16th May 2024. Star mammals of the Aviemore area

We started the day among the Cairngorm Reindeer herd, one of the biggest trip highlights for Dan and Bobby who got to hand feed these gentle animals. After lunch, we took a break, noting we were going to have a late night tonight. After an early dinner, we set off around 6.30 pm for a short stint of evening birding at Avielochan. Here, we enjoyed seeing a superbly smart-looking breeding plumage Horned (Slavonian) Grebe, a Common Goldeneye, an Osprey, a Mistle Thrush and various other goodies. We then headed to our mammal hide for an amazing evening that finished around midnight. At this hide, we got close-up views of at least five European Badgers, a European Pine Marten, a Bank Vole and a few Wood Mice (Long-tailed Field Mice). We heard Eurasian Woodcock and Tawny Owl while at the hide. We just missed a Scottish Wildcat that some late arrivers to the hide saw in the carpark once we’d already settled into the hide.

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Day 20, 17th May 2024. High altitude birding

We spent a large part of the day doing the strenuous walk to the Cairngorm Ski Area and then beyond. The highlights were some beautiful summer plumage Snow Buntings, some rather distant male Ring Ouzels and a Mountain Hare. Very unfortunately, we narrowly missed Rock Ptarmigan, which others said had just been around.

Day 21, 18th May 2024. Birding RSBP Loch Garten Nature Reserve and Abernethy National Nature Reserve

We spent a relaxed day birding these beautiful forest reserves with their lovely lakes. We did not find any new birds or mammals for the trip, although we heard Crested Tit. We did get greatly improved views of some species, such as Goldcrest.

Day 22, 19th May 2024. Lochindorb, Nethy Bridge and Craigellachie National Nature Reserve

We started the day with a visit to Lochindorb, where we saw our target bird, a smart summer plumage Black-throated Loon (Diver), with ease. We also enjoyed seeing a couple more Willow Ptarmigans (Red Grouse) here. Just before getting to this loch, we also saw close up Common Cuckoos,which were very vocal too. The road goes straight through a breeding colony of Common Gulls, so we were surrounded by these neat birds. 

We had lunch at Nethy Bridge, where we enjoyed close views of a White-throated Dipper feeding its baby. We then proceeded to Craigellachie Nature Reserve, where we obtained excellent views of a European Flycatcher and a quicker view of a Spotted Flycatcher. There were numerous other birds around which we’d seen before, such as Long-tailed Tits, stacks of Willow Warblers and a Eurasian Treecreeper, to name a few. We also saw hundreds of tadpoles, and a couple of Palmate Newts in the ponds.

Day 23, 20th May 2024. Transfer to Edinburgh airport for flights home

Sadly the tour came to an end with a transfer to the airport.

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Some of the common British birds like this European Robin were major tour highlights.

Bird List – Following IOC 14.1

Birds ‘heard only’ are marked with (H) after the common name, all other species were seen.

The following notation after species names is used to show conservation status following BirdLife International: CR = Critically Endangered, EN = Endangered, VU = Vulnerable, NT = Near Threatened.

Common nameScientific name
Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)
Brant GooseBranta bernicla
Red-breasted Goose – VUBranta ruficollis
Canada GooseBranta canadensis
Barnacle GooseBranta leucopsis
Greylag GooseAnser anser
Mute SwanCygnus olor
Whooper SwanCygnus cygnus
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
Common ShelduckTadorna tadorna
Mandarin DuckAix galericulata
GarganeySpatula querquedula
Northern ShovelerSpatula clypeata
GadwallMareca strepera
Eurasian WigeonMareca penelope
MallardAnas platyrhynchos
Eurasian TealAnas crecca
Common Pochard – VUAythya ferina
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula
Common EiderSomateria mollissima
Surf ScoterMelanitta perspicillata
Common ScoterMelanitta nigra
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
Common MerganserMergus merganser
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator
Pheasants & Allies (Phasianidae)
Willow PtarmiganLagopus lagopus
Black GrouseLyrurus tetrix
Grey PartridgePerdix perdix
Common PheasantPhasianus colchicus
Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa
Swifts (Apodidae)
Common SwiftApus apus
Bustards (Otididae)
Great Bustard – ENOtis tarda
Cuckoos (Cuculidae)
Common CuckooCuculus canorus
Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)
Rock DoveColumba livia
Stock DoveColumba oenas
Common Wood PigeonColumba palumbus
Eurasian Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto
Rails, Crakes & Coots (Rallidae)
Common MoorhenGallinula chloropus
Eurasian CootFulica atra
Cranes (Gruidae)
Common CraneGrus grus
Grebes (Podicipedidae)
Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus
Horned Grebe – VUPodiceps auritus
Stone-curlews, Thick-knees (Burhinidae)
Eurasian Stone-curlewBurhinus oedicnemus
Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)
Eurasian OystercatcherHaematopus ostralegus
Stilts, Avocets (Recurvirostridae)
Pied AvocetRecurvirostra avosetta
Plovers (Charadriidae)
Grey PloverPluvialis squatarola
Common Ringed PloverCharadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed PloverCharadrius dubius
Northern LapwingVanellus vanellus
Sandpipers, Snipes (Scolopacidae)
Eurasian WhimbrelNumenius phaeopus
Eurasian CurlewNumenius arquata
Bar-tailed GodwitLimosa lapponica
Black-tailed GodwitLimosa limosa
Common SandpiperActitis hypoleucos
Eurasian Woodcock (H)Scolopax rusticola
Common RedshankTringa totanus
Common GreenshankTringa nebularia
Ruddy TurnstoneArenaria interpres
SanderlingCalidris alba
DunlinCalidris alpina
Purple SandpiperCalidris maritima
Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)
Little TernSternula albifrons
Arctic TernSterna paradisaea
Common TernSterna hirundo
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
Black-legged Kittiwake – VURissa tridactyla
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus
Mediterranean GullIchthyaetus melanocephalus
Common GullLarus canus
European Herring GullLarus argentatus
Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus
Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus
Auks (Alcidae)
Atlantic Puffin – VUFratercula arctica
Black GuillemotCepphus grylle
RazorbillAlca torda
Common MurreUria aalge
Loons (Gaviidae)
Red-throated LoonGavia stellata
Black-throated LoonGavia arctica
Common LoonGavia immer
Petrels, Shearwaters, Diving Petrels (Procellariidae)
Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis
Storks (Ciconiidae)
White StorkCiconia ciconia
Gannets, Boobies (Sulidae)
Northern GannetMorus bassanus
Cormorants, Shags (Phalacrocoracidae)
Great CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo
European ShagGulosus aristotelis
Ibises, Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae)
Eurasian SpoonbillPlatalea leucorodia
Herons, Bitterns (Ardeidae)
Eurasian BitternBotaurus stellaris
Little EgretEgretta garzetta
Great EgretArdea alba
Grey HeronArdea cinerea
Ospreys (Pandionidae)
OspreyPandion haliaetus
Kites, Hawks, Eagles (Accipitridae)
Golden EagleAquila chrysaetos
Eurasian SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus
Western Marsh HarrierCircus aeruginosus
Red KiteMilvus milvus
White-tailed EagleHaliaeetus albicilla
Common BuzzardButeo buteo
Barn Owls (Tytonidae)
Western Barn OwlTyto alba
Owls (Strigidae)
Tawny OwlStrix aluco
Woodpeckers (Picidae)
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major
European Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis
Caracaras, Falcons (Falconidae)
Common KestrelFalco tinnunculus
Eurasian HobbyFalco subbuteo
Old World Parrots (Psittaculidae)
Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri
Crows, Jays (Corvidae)
Eurasian JayGarrulus glandarius
Eurasian MagpiePica pica
Western JackdawColoeus monedula
RookCorvus frugilegus
Carrion CrowCorvus corone
Hooded CrowCorvus cornix
Northern RavenCorvus corax
Tits, Chickadees (Paridae)
Coal TitPeriparus ater
Crested Tit (H)Lophophanes cristatus
Marsh TitPoecile palustris
Eurasian Blue TitCyanistes caeruleus
Great TitParus major
Bearded Reedling (Panuridae)
Bearded ReedlingPanurus biarmicus
Larks (Alaudidae)
Eurasian SkylarkAlauda arvensis
Swallows, Martins (Hirundinidae)
Sand MartinRiparia riparia
Barn SwallowHirundo rustica
Western House MartinDelichon urbicum
Cettia Bush Warblers & Allies (Cettiidae)
Cetti’s WarblerCettia cetti
Bushtits (Aegithalidae)
Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus
Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopidae)
Wood WarblerPhylloscopus sibilatrix
Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus
Common ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita
Reed Warblers & Allies (Acrocephalidae)
Sedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus
Common Reed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus
Sylviid Babblers (Sylviidae)
Eurasian BlackcapSylvia atricapilla
Garden WarblerSylvia borin
Lesser WhitethroatCurruca curruca
Common WhitethroatCurruca communis
Dartford WarblerCurruca undata
Goldcrests, Kinglets (Regulidae)
Common FirecrestRegulus ignicapilla
GoldcrestRegulus regulus
Wrens (Troglodytidae)
Eurasian WrenTroglodytes troglodytes
Nuthatches (Sittidae)
Eurasian NuthatchSitta europaea
Treecreepers (Certhiidae)
Eurasian TreecreeperCerthia familiaris
Starlings, Rhabdornises (Sturnidae)
Common StarlingSturnus vulgaris
Thrushes (Turdidae)
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos
Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus
Common BlackbirdTurdus merula
Chats, Old World Flycatchers (Muscicapidae)
Spotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata
European RobinErithacus rubecula
Common NightingaleLuscinia megarhynchos
European Pied FlycatcherFicedula hypoleuca
European StonechatSaxicola rubicola
Northern WheatearOenanthe oenanthe
Dippers (Cinclidae)
White-throated DipperCinclus cinclus
Old World Sparrows, Snowfinches (Passeridae)
Eurasian Tree SparrowPasser montanus
House SparrowPasser domesticus
Accentors (Prunellidae)
DunnockPrunella modularis
Wagtails, Pipits (Motacillidae)
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea
White WagtailMotacilla alba
Meadow PipitAnthus pratensis
Tree PipitAnthus trivialis
European Rock PipitAnthus petrosus
Finches, Euphonias (Fringillidae)
Eurasian ChaffinchFringilla coelebs
European GreenfinchChloris chloris
Common LinnetLinaria cannabina
European GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis
Eurasian SiskinSpinus spinus
Longspurs, Snow Buntings (Calcariidae)
Snow BuntingPlectrophenax nivalis
Buntings (Emberizidae)
Corn BuntingEmberiza calandra
YellowhammerEmberiza citrinella
Common Reed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus
Total seen163
Total heard only2
Total recorded165

Mammal List – Following Mammalwatching.com

Common nameScientific name
Hares and Rabbits (Leporidae)
European HareLepus europaeus
Mountain HareLepus timidus
European Rabbit – ENOryctolagus cuniculus
Squirrels (Sciuridae)
Eastern Gray SquirrelSciurus carolinensis
Eurasian Red SquirrelSciurus vulgaris
Beavers (Castoridae)
Eurasian BeaverCastor fiber
Hamsters, Voles, Lemmings, and Allies (Cricetidae)
Bank VoleClethrionomys glareolus
Old World Mice and Rats (Muridae)
Long-tailed Field MouseApodemus sylvaticus
Brown RatRattus norvegicus
Mustelids (Mustelidae)
European Pine MartenMartes martes
Eurasian OtterLutra lutra
European BadgerMeles meles
Beringian ErmineMustela erminea
Earless Seals (Phocidae)
Gray SealHalichoerus grypus
Harbor SealPhoca vitulina
Deer (Cervidae)
Western Roe DeerCapreolus capreolus
Caribou – VURangifer tarandus
Western Red DeerCervus elaphus
Common Fallow DeerDama dama
Reeves’s MuntjacMuntiacus reevesi
Oceanic Dolphins (Delphinidae) 
Common Bottlenose DolphinTursiops truncatus
Total seen21


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