The Christmas Birdhunt 2020

The quick rules are that birds must be seen in Bedfordshire between 00:00 on 25/12/2020 and 24:00 on 31/12/2020. You have seven days to find as many species as possible.

In 2018 we found 110 species and in 2019 we found 112 species giving an average over the 16 years of 111.67.

We have a core list of 87 species that have been found in all the years we have run this but others only turn up occasionally or maybe in half the years.

154 species have been seen over the 18 years and in 2019 we added Ring-necked Duck, Great Grey Shrike & Black-throated Thrush to this list

For a proper write-up on the first ten years of the Christmas Birdhunt then please see the 2011 county bird report.

So what will be found this year? We will only know if as many people as possible take part and report what they find. You can spend as little or as much time as you wish looking for birds on this the only rules are that the sightings must be in Bedfordshire and within the 7 day period from Christmas Day to the end of the year.

Please remember the published government Covid rules as Bedfordshire is in Tier 4 and stay local.

You can submit sightings either by email to, on

the Bedsbirds email group, by phone to me on 01462 850753, or indeed by post to 32 Long Close, Lower Stondon, Beds, SG16 6JS.

TOTAL SO FAR: 114 species
DATE: 31/12/2020
TIME: 24:00

Below is the list of species with a Y or N indicating whether seen yet or not:

Common Name Seen (Y/N

Mute Swan Y
Bewick’s Swan N
Whooper Swan N
Tundra Bean Goose N
Pink-footed Goose Y
White-fronted Goose Y
Greylag Goose Y
Greater Canada Goose Y
Barnacle Goose Y
Brent Goose N
Egyptian Goose Y
Common Shelduck Y
Mandarin Duck Y
Eurasian Wigeon Y
Gadwall Y
Eurasian Teal Y
Green-winged Teal N
Mallard Y
Pintail Y
Garganey N
Shoveler Y
Red-crested Pochard Y
Common Pochard Y
Ferruginous Duck N
Ring-necked Duck N
Tufted Duck Y
Greater Scaup N
Common Scoter N
Common Goldeneye Y
Smew Y
Goosander Y
Ruddy Duck N
Red-legged Partridge Y
Grey Partridge Y
Common Pheasant Y
Lady Amherst’s Pheasant N
Red-throated Diver N
Great Northern Diver N
Northern Gannet N
Great Cormorant Y
Shag N
Eurasian Bittern N
Little Egret Y
Great White Egret Y
Cattle Egret Y
Grey Heron Y
Little Grebe Y
Great Crested Grebe Y
Slavonian Grebe N
Red Kite Y
Marsh Harrier N
Hen Harrier N
Northern Goshawk N
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Y
Common Buzzard Y
Common Kestrel Y
Merlin Y
Peregrine Falcon Y
Water Rail Y
Common Moorhen Y
Common Coot Y
Eurasian Oystercatcher N
Ringed Plover N
European Golden Plover Y
Northern Lapwing Y
Dunlin Y
Jack Snipe Y
Common Snipe Y
Woodcock Y
Black-tailed Godwit N
Eurasian Curlew N
Common Sandpiper N
Green Sandpiper Y
Common Redshank Y
Mediterranean Gull Y
Common Gull Y
Lesser Black-backed Gull Y
Glaucous Gull N
Iceland Gull N
Caspian/Yellow-legged Gull Y
Herring Gull Y
Great Black-backed Gull Y
Little Gull N
Black-headed Gull Y
Kittiwake N
Rock / Feral Pigeon Y
Stock Dove Y
Wood Pigeon Y
Collared Dove Y
Rose-ringed Parakeet Y
Barn Owl Y
Little Owl Y
Tawny Owl Y
Long-eared Owl N
Short-eared Owl Y
Common Kingfisher Y
Green Woodpecker Y
Great Spotted Woodpecker Y
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker N
Great Grey Shrike N
Magpie Y
Eurasian Jay Y
Western Jackdaw Y
Rook Y
Carrion Crow Y
Common Raven Y
Goldcrest Y
Firecrest Y
Penduline Tit N
Blue Tit Y
Great Tit Y
Coal Tit Y
Marsh Tit Y
Bearded Tit Y
Sky Lark Y
Cetti’s Warbler Y
Long-tailed Tit Y
Common Chiffchaff Y
Blackcap Y
Dartford Warbler Y
Waxwing N
Eurasian Nuthatch Y
Eurasian Treecreeper Y
Wren Y
Common Starling Y
Blackbird Y
Black-throated Thrush N
Fieldfare Y
Song Thrush Y
Redwing Y
Mistle Thrush Y
Robin Y
Common Stonechat Y
Dunnock Y
House Sparrow Y
Tree Sparrow N
Grey Wagtail Y
Pied Wagtail Y
Meadow Pipit Y
Water Pipit N
Common Chaffinch Y
Brambling Y
Greenfinch Y
Goldfinch Y
Siskin Y
Linnet Y
Twite N
Lesser Redpoll Y
Common Redpoll N
Common Crossbill Y
Bullfinch Y
Hawfinch N
Yellowhammer Y
Reed Bunting Y
Corn Bunting Y

Previous results
Year Total
2019 112
2018 110
2017 108
2016 112
2015 109
2014 108
2013 103
2012 110
2011 111
2010 114
2009 113
2008 117
2007 115
2006 121
2005 114
2004 110
2003 112
2002 111