The Christmas Birdhunt 2018

The quick rules are that birds must be seen in Bedfordshire between 00:00 on 25/12/2018 and 24:00 on 31/12/2018. You have seven days to find as many species as possible. In 2016 we found 112 species and in 2017 we found 108 species giving an average over the 16 years of 111.75.

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.

151 species have been seen over the 15 years and in the list below only Black-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Rock Pipit & Willow Tit have not been seen.

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.

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: 110 species
DATE:  31/12/2018
TIME:  23:59

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 N
White-fronted Goose N
Greylag Goose Y
Greater Canada Goose Y
Barnacle Goose Y
Brent Goose N
Egyptian Goose Y
Common Shelduck N
Mandarin Duck Y
Eurasian Wigeon Y
Gadwall Y
Eurasian Teal Y
Green-winged Teal N
Mallard Y
Pintail N
Garganey N
Shoveler Y
Red-crested Pochard Y
Common Pochard Y
Ferruginous Duck N
Tufted Duck Y
Greater Scaup N
Common Scoter N
Common Goldeneye Y
Smew N
Goosander Y
Ruddy Duck N
Red-legged Partridge Y
Grey Partridge Y
Common Pheasant Y
Lady Amherst’s Pheasant N
Red-throated Diver N
Black-throated Diver N
Great Northern Diver Y
Northern Gannet N
Great Cormorant Y
Shag N
Eurasian Bittern N
Little Egret Y
Great White Egret Y
Grey Heron Y
Little Grebe Y
Great Crested Grebe Y
Red-necked Grebe N
Slavonian Grebe Y
Black-necked Grebe N
Red Kite Y
Marsh Harrier Y
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 N
Jack Snipe Y
Common Snipe Y
Woodcock Y
Black-tailed Godwit N
Eurasian Curlew Y
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
Magpie Y
Eurasian Jay Y
Western Jackdaw Y
Rook Y
Carrion Crow Y
Common Raven Y
Goldcrest Y
Firecrest N
Penduline Tit N
Blue Tit Y
Great Tit Y
Coal Tit Y
Willow Tit N
Marsh Tit Y
Bearded Tit Y
Sky Lark Y
Cetti’s Warbler Y
Long-tailed Tit Y
Common Chiffchaff Y
Blackcap Y
Dartford Warbler N
Waxwing N
Eurasian Nuthatch Y
Eurasian Treecreeper Y
Wren Y
Common Starling Y
Blackbird Y
Fieldfare Y
Song Thrush Y
Redwing Y
Mistle Thrush Y
Robin Y
Common Stonechat Y
Dunnock Y
House Sparrow Y
Tree Sparrow Y
Grey Wagtail Y
Pied Wagtail Y
Meadow Pipit Y
Water Pipit N
Rock 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
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