Ver Valley Bird List

Birds seen along the Ver Valley since 2000.

Please contact John Fisher if you have any interesting bird sightings. Please email or call 01582 792843.

Common Birds Seen All Year

Species Status Season Breeding Comments
Barn Owl Common All Year Yes
Blackbird Common All Year Yes
Black-headed Gull Common All Year
Blue Tit Common All Year Yes
Bullfinch Common All Year Yes
Buzzard Common All Year Yes
Canada Goose Common All Year Yes
Carrion Crow Common All Year Yes
Chaffinch Common All Year Yes
Coal Tit Common All Year Yes
Collar Dove Common All Year Yes
Common Gull Common All Year
Coot Common All Year Yes
Cormorant Common All Year Yes
Dunnock Common All Year Yes
Feral/Rock Pigeon Common All Year Yes
Gadwall Common All Year Yes
Gold Crest Common All Year Yes
Goldfinch Common All Year Yes
Great Crested Grebe Common All Year Yes
Great Spotted Woodpecker Common All Year Yes
Great Tit Common All Year Yes
Green Woodpecker Common All Year Yes
Greenfinch Common All Year Yes
Grey Heron Common All Year Yes Breeding colony at lake
Grey Partridge Common All Year Yes Declining breeding species
Grey Wagtail Common All Year Yes
Greylag Goose Common All Year Yes
Herring Gull Common All Year
House Sparrow Common All Year Yes
Jackdaw Common All Year Yes
Jay Common All Year Yes
Kestrel Common All Year Yes
Kingfisher Common All Year Yes
Lapwing Common All Year Yes Passage and breeding bird
Lesser Black-backed Gull Common All Year
Linnet Common All Year Yes
Little Egret Common All Year Yes Breeding at lake since 2014
Little Grebe Common All Year Yes
Little Owl Common All Year Yes
Long-tailed Tit Common All Year Yes
Magpie Common All Year Yes
Mallard Common All Year Yes
Meadow Pipit Common All Year Mainly passage only
Mistle Thrush Common All Year Yes
Moorhen Common All Year Yes
Mute Swan Common All Year Yes
Nuthatch Common All Year Yes
Pheasant Common All Year Yes Introduced species bred for shooting
Pied Wagtail Common All Year Yes
Red Kite Common All Year Yes Seen regularly since 2006
Red-legged Partridge Common All Year Yes Introduced species bred for shooting
Reed Bunting Common All Year Yes
Robin Common All Year Yes
Rook Common All Year Yes
Skylark Common All Year Yes
Song Thrush Common All Year Yes
Sparrow Hawk Common All Year Yes
Starling Common All Year Yes
Stock Dove Common All Year Yes
Tawny Owl Common All Year Yes
Treecreeper Common All Year Yes
Wood Pigeon Common All Year Yes
Wren Common All Year Yes
Yellowhammer Common All Year Yes

Rarer Birds Seen All Year

Species Status Season Breeding Comments
Black Redstart Very Rare Vagrant Passage only
Black Waxwing Very Rare Vagrant Passage only
Bohemian Waxwing Rare Vagrant Influx some winters
Brambling Very Rare Winter Visitor Good numbers some winters
Common Sandpiper Very Rare Vagrant Passage only
Common Tern Rare Vagrant Passage only
Corn Bunting Very Rare All Year
Crane Very Rare Vagrant 5 birds flew over in 2005
Crossbill Very Rare Winter Visitor
Dunlin Very Rare Vagrant 6 seen 2001
Firecrest Very Rare Vagrant
Goshawk Very Rare All Year Possible
Grasshopper Warbler Very Rare Vagrant Passage only – did breed previously
Great Black-backed Gull Rare Vagrant Passage only
Jack Snipe Very Rare Vagrant Passage only
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Very Rare All Year Declining breeding species
Little Ringed Plover Very Rare Vagrant Yes Bred in 2001 and 2009
Mandarin Rare Vagrant
Marsh Harrier Very Rare Vagrant 1 seen 2001
Marsh Tit Rare All Year
Merlin Very Rare Vagrant Female present for few days in Nov 2008
Osprey Very Rare Vagrant 1 seen Sept 2009 – Park Street / 1 seen Redbournbury Aug 2015
Peregrine Very Rare Vagrant Passage only
Pintail Very Rare Vagrant
Raven Very Rare All Year Yes Now breeding
Redshank Very Rare Vagrant Passage only
Redstart Very Rare Vagrant Passage only
Ring Ouzel Very Rare Vagrant Male on passage in April 2007
Ring-necked Parakeet Rare Vagrant Introduced species spreading through home counties
Ringed Plover Very Rare Vagrant
Ruddy Shelduck Rare Vagrant 1 seen 2009
Short-eared Owl Very Rare Winter Visitor 1 seen in the 2015/16 winter
Spotted Flycatcher Very Rare Summer Visitor Yes Breeds most years
Tree Sparrow Rare Vagrant Yes Breeding colony nearby
Tutle Dove Very Rare Vagrant Passage only – did breed previously
Wheatear Rare Vagrant Passage only
Whinchat Rare Vagrant Passage only
Wood Warbler Very Rare Vagrant Passage only – seen 2006
Woodcock Very Rare Vagrant Passage only

Birds Seen Mainly During Winter Months

Species Status Season Breeding Comments
Common Redpoll Rare Winter Visitor Good numbers some winters
Fieldfare Common Winter Visitor
Golden Plover Common Winter Visitor Passage only
Green Sandpiper Rare Winter Visitor
Greenshank Rare Winter Visitor Passage only
Pochard Common Winter Visitor
Redwing Common Winter Visitor
Ruddy Duck Common Winter Visitor
Shoveler Common Winter Visitor
Siskin Rare Winter Visitor Good numbers some winters
Snipe Common Winter Visitor Previously breeding species
Stonechat Rare Winter Visitor Over winters most years
Teal Common Winter Visitor
Water Rail Rare Winter Visitor
Wigeon Rare Winter Visitor

Birds Seen Mainly During Summer Months

Species Status Season Breeding Comments
Blackcap Common Summer Visitor Yes
Chiffchaff Common Summer Visitor Yes
Cuckoo Common Summer Visitor Yes Declining breeding species
Garden Warbler Common Summer Visitor Yes
Hobby Common Summer Visitor Some years Seen mainly on passage
House Martin Common Summer Visitor Yes
Lesser Whitethroat Common Summer Visitor Yes
Reed Warbler Common Summer Visitor Yes
Sand Martin Rare Summer Visitor Passage only
Sedge Warbler Common Summer Visitor Yes
Swallow Common Summer Visitor Yes
Swift Common Summer Visitor Yes
Whitethroat Common Summer Visitor Yes
Willow Warbler Common Summer Visitor Yes
Yellow Wagtail Rare Summer Visitor Breeding some years