Henry Cook: Britain Life List BOU, Self-found records Record(s) 1 to 283 of 283 total. Seq. Species Scientific Name Rare? Date Location Comments 1 Brent Goose Branta bernicla 2 Canada Goose Branta canadensis 3 Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 4 Snow Goose Anser caerulescens 01/12/2005 River Clwyd, Conwy Not sure of origin but unringed and fully winged. Associating with resident Greylag flock during its stay. 5 Greylag Goose Anser anser 6 Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus 7 Tundra Bean Goose Anser serrirostris 17/01/2015 Conwy RSPB, Conwy 2 flew over, first for the county, part of a cold weather movement of geese around the UK 8 White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 01/11/2008 Drift Reservoir, Cornwall went looking for a Whooper Swan and found this instead 9 Mute Swan Cygnus olor 10 Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus 11 Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus 12 Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca 13 Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 14 Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata 15 Garganey Spatula querquedula 16 Shoveler Spatula clypeata 17 Gadwall Mareca strepera 18 Wigeon Mareca penelope 19 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 20 Pintail Anas acuta 21 Teal Anas crecca 22 Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis 28/01/2007 Hayle Estuary, Cornwall 23 Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina 04/01/2023 Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire Uncommon occurrence here 24 Pochard Aythya ferina 25 Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris 09/03/2007 College Reservoir, Cornwall found several in Cornwall 26 Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 27 Scaup Aythya marila 28 Eider Somateria mollissima 29 Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata Llandulas, Conwy high count 30 Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca 31 Common Scoter Melanitta nigra 32 Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis 33 Goldeneye Bucephala clangula 34 Smew Mergellus albellus 06/01/2010 Rostherne Mere, Cheshire 35 Goosander Mergus merganser 36 Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 37 Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 38 Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus 39 Ptarmigan Lagopus muta 08/05/2022 At known location, ok by punk rules 40 Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus Known location ok by Punk rules 41 Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix At unknown location 42 Grey Partridge Perdix perdix 43 Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus Known location ok by Punk rules 44 Pheasant Phasianus colchicus 45 Quail Coturnix coturnix Carrington Moss, Greater Manchester 46 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa 47 Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus Found at new site during atlas work 48 Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba 05/10/2015 Little Orme First site record, 7th for the county and 12th for North Wales. Showed down to 5m in flight! Twitchable. 49 Swift Apus apus 50 Cuckoo Cuculus canorus 51 Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia 52 Stock Dove Columba oenas 53 Woodpigeon Columba palumbus 54 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur 55 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 56 Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 57 Spotted Crake Porzana porzana 02/08/2017 Gronant, Denbighshire 58 Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 59 Coot Fulica atra 60 Crane Grus grus 01/02/2022 March, Cambridgeshire 10 flew over village unexpectedly 61 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 62 Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena Found several around the Cornish coast 63 Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 64 Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus 65 Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Rhyl, Conwy Found on sea offshore where rare 66 Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus 04/06/2010 At unknown site but within regular range 67 Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 68 Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta 69 Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola 70 Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 71 American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica 21/10/2020 St Mary's, Isles of Scilly 72 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 73 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 74 Lapwing Vanellus vanellus 75 Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 76 Curlew Numenius arquata 77 Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 78 Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 79 Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus 80 Woodcock Scolopax rusticola 81 Snipe Gallinago gallinago 82 Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata Yes 14/10/2022 St Mary's, Isles of Scilly Porthellick - saw various positive features and informed other birders. ID clinched later that day from photographs. 83 Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 25/09/2007 St Ives, Cornwall A lifer at the time, riding the surf near the island 84 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 85 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 86 Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria Yes 12/10/2012 Bryher, Isles of Scilly On a dung heap near Hell Bay, idyllic! My favourite find to date. 87 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 07/07/2011 Altrincham Sewage Works, Gtr Manchester 88 Redshank Tringa totanus 89 Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 90 Greenshank Tringa nebularia 91 Turnstone Arenaria interpres 92 Knot Calidris canutus 93 Ruff Calidris pugnax 94 Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus Yes 22/06/2016 Gronant, Denbighshire 95 Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 96 Sanderling Calidris alba 97 Dunlin Calidris alpina 98 Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima 99 Little Stint Calidris minuta 100 Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos 04/10/2008 Porthgwarra, Cornwall 101 Little Tern Sternula albifrons 102 Black Tern Chlidonias niger 103 Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea 104 Common Tern Sterna hirundo 105 Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis 106 Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus 107 Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 108 Sabine's Gull Xema sabini 06/08/2010 Porthgwarra, Cornwall seen from the cove on a record breaking day at Porthgwarra 109 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 110 Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus 111 Common Gull Larus canus 112 Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis 21/02/2007 College Reservoir, Cornwall 1w bird in the afternoon wash and go 113 Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans 15/06/2020 Pipp's Ford, Suffolk 114 Herring Gull Larus argentatus 115 Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis 116 Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 117 Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus 01/12/2006 College Reservoir, Cornwall 118 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 119 Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides 16/03/2007 College Reservoir, Cornwall 120 Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 13/09/2017 Rhos Point, Conwy 121 Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus 122 Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus 17/10/2007 Scillonian, Cornwall 123 Great Skua Stercorarius skua 124 Puffin Fratercula arctica 125 Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle Rhos Point, Conwy 126 Razorbill Alca torda 127 Little Auk Alle alle 27/10/2012 Spurn, Yorkshire 3 flew north in a strong blow 128 Common Guillemot Uria aalge 129 Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata 130 Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica 131 Great Northern Diver Gavia immer 132 Wilson's Petrel Oceanites oceanicus 20/08/2022 Isles of Scilly High count, 10 in one slick alone... 133 Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 134 Leach's Petrel Hydrobates leucorhous 30/09/2008 St Ives, Cornwall 135 Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 136 Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis Yes 22/08/2022 Scillonian off Land's End, Cornwall Desertas type 137 Cory's Shearwater Calonectris borealis 10/08/2008 Scillonian Pelagic Also found from Porthgwarra and Scillonian 138 Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea 139 Great Shearwater Ardenna gravis 15/08/2009 Porthgwarra, Cornwall 140 Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 141 Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan Yes 06/08/2010 Porthgwarra, Cornwall Co-find. Same bird seen independently by a group of us at Porthwarra and the seawatch SW team at Gwennap Head. See here for more - http://birdingfrontiers.com/2010/10/24/yelkouan-shearwater-cornish-claims/ 142 Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus Set UK record at the time of 300+ at PG 143 Black Stork Ciconia nigra Yes 11/08/2007 Aber, Gwynedd Found two - one from the car, flying towards Conwy. Another stork report identified as Black, flying over Colwyn Bay (cheers Rob Sand for that one) 144 White Stork Ciconia ciconia 20/07/2023 Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambridgeshire Unringed adult at Ferry lagoon 145 Gannet Morus bassanus 146 Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 147 Shag Gulosus aristotelis 148 Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus 26/05/2022 Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambs High count 149 Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 07/01/2009 Moore NR, Cheshire 150 Bittern Botaurus stellaris 10/06/2016 Heard booming at a new site. 151 Little Egret Egretta garzetta 152 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 19/03/2008 Exeter, Devon 153 Great White Egret Ardea alba 06/01/2015 Burton Mere RSPB, Cheshire 154 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 155 Osprey Pandion haliaetus 31/03/2012 Rostherne Mere, Cheshire 156 Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus 24/09/2008 Davenport Green, Greater Manchester a great local patch bird, part of the influx of 08 157 Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos 158 Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 159 Goshawk Accipiter gentilis 160 Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus 161 Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus 162 Red Kite Milvus milvus Davenport Green, Gtr Manchester 163 Black Kite Milvus migrans 25/09/2019 Talwrn, Anglesey Flew low over. Photographed. 164 Buzzard Buteo buteo 165 Barn Owl Tyto alba 166 Little Owl Athene noctua 167 Long-eared Owl Asio otus ********** ********** 168 Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus 169 Tawny Owl Strix aluco 170 Kingfisher Alcedo atthis 171 Bee-eater Merops apiaster 26/05/2018 Gronant, Denbighshire 172 Wryneck Jynx torquilla 03/10/2008 Porthgwarra, Cornwall 173 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dryobates minor Found several during atlas work at unknown sites 174 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major 175 Green Woodpecker Picus viridis 176 Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 177 Merlin Falco columbarius 178 Hobby Falco subbuteo 179 Peregrine Falco peregrinus 180 Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri 181 Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus 182 Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor 03/03/2011 Worlds End, Denbighshire First at the site that winter. 183 Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 28/05/2023 Spurn Bird Observatory, Yorkshire Female from obs tower 184 Jay Garrulus glandarius 185 Magpie Pica pica 186 Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax 187 Jackdaw Coloeus monedula 188 Rook Corvus frugilegus 189 Carrion Crow Corvus corone 190 Hooded Crow Corvus cornix Arpley Tip, Cheshire 191 Raven Corvus corax 192 Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus 193 Coal Tit Periparus ater 194 Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus 195 Marsh Tit Poecile palustris Little Orme, Conwy A vagrant at this site. 196 Willow Tit Poecile montanus 197 Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus 198 Great Tit Parus major 199 Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus ********** ********** 200 Woodlark Lullula arborea 201 Skylark Alauda arvensis 202 Sand Martin Riparia riparia 203 Swallow Hirundo rustica 204 House Martin Delichon urbicum 205 Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti 206 Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus 207 Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix 208 Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 10/02/2008 Helston, Cornwall 209 Pallas's Warbler Phylloscopus proregulus 18/10/2020 St Agnes co-find 210 Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 211 Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 212 Greenish Warbler Phylloscopus trochiloides 02/09/2010 Spurn Point, Yorkshire co-find 213 Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus 214 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 215 Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris 02/10/2017 Walls, Mainland, Shetland 216 Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta 03/10/2008 Porthgwarra, Cornwall 60 foot cover classic 217 Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides Yes 20/04/2022 Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB, Cambs First for the reserve 218 Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia 219 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 220 Garden Warbler Sylvia borin 221 Barred Warbler Curruca nisoria 06/09/2015 Spurn, Yorkshire 222 Lesser Whitethroat Curruca curruca 223 Whitethroat Curruca communis 224 Dartford Warbler Curruca undata 225 Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Lots 226 Goldcrest Regulus regulus 227 Wren Troglodytes troglodytes 228 Nuthatch Sitta europaea 229 Treecreeper Certhia familiaris 230 Rose-coloured Starling Pastor roseus 07/10/2012 St Mary's, Isles of Scilly juv 231 Starling Sturnus vulgaris 232 Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 233 Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus 234 Redwing Turdus iliacus 235 Blackbird Turdus merula 236 Fieldfare Turdus pilaris 237 Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus 238 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 239 Robin Erithacus rubecula 240 Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos Regular patch bird 241 Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva 08/10/2016 Easington, Yorkshire Found three during the weekend. 242 Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca 243 Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 244 Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus 245 Whinchat Saxicola rubetra 246 Stonechat Saxicola rubicola 247 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe 248 Dipper Cinclus cinclus 249 Tree Sparrow Passer montanus 250 House Sparrow Passer domesticus 251 Dunnock Prunella modularis 252 Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava 253 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 254 Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba 255 Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi 02/01/2006 Bryn Cadno, Conwy plus another, at Aber Ogwen in 2013. 256 Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 257 Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 258 Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 14/10/2016 Spurn, Yorkshire One by Bluebell. Calling in flight as I was leaving the toilet and landed close by for 150+ people to enjoy! 259 Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus Yes 12/10/2009 Penninis, St Mary's Scillies Found two on Scillies, one in Cornwall and one in North Wales. 260 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 261 Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus 262 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs 263 Brambling Fringilla montifringilla 264 Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes 05/03/2013 Lindow Common, Cheshire Flew over 265 Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula 266 Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus 09/10/2022 St Mary's, Isles of Scilly High count 267 Greenfinch Chloris chloris 268 Twite Linaria flavirostris 269 Linnet Linaria cannabina 270 Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea 28/03/2006 Davenport Green, Greater Manchester Also rostrata on Shetland. 271 Lesser Redpoll Acanthis cabaret 272 Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus 02/10/2017 Fladdabister, Mainland, Shetland First in Shetland for 23 years. Male flew past and landed in conifer during a gap in heavy rain. Start of a small irruption in to the islands. 273 Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica 09/05/2022 Cairngorm NP, Scotland 274 Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra 275 Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 276 Siskin Spinus spinus 277 Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicus 18/09/2010 Little Orme, Conwy 2 flew over towards Great Orme 278 Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis 279 Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra 280 Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella 281 Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus Cornwall Found in new area during surveys 282 Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla 30/09/2017 Wester Quarff, Mainland, Shetland 283 Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus