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July 2007: BIRDS is a slowly growing section and contains mostly recordings. To photograph birds you have to go into a different mode and (preferably) have a spotting scope. I don't have a scope and I concentrate on recordings.

TAWNY OWLS (a speciality of this site) have their own section for both recordings and pics. Go to the Tawny Owls main page to get into their section The Owls part of this Birds section only has recordings of other owls.

 

This page lists birds we know or are reasonably sure are present in the area. Two groups (Flycatchers and Pipits) cater for others we expect to find. Pages for individual birds will be done as and when, and when there is a page it will be given a link. (Latin names from K. Mullarney et al., Collins Bird Guide, Paperback edition, HarperCollins, London, 2001.)

BIRDS of PREY Accipitriformes

Falcons Falconidae

Hobby Falco subbuteo

Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Hawks (loosely speaking)

 

BUNTINGS Emberizidae

Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella

 

CROWS Corvidae

Carrion Crow Corvus corone corone

Jackdaw Corvus monedula

Jay Garrulus glandarius

Magpie Pica pica

Raven Corvus corax

Rook Corvus frugilegus

 

Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

 

Dunnock Prunella modularis

 

FINCHES Fringillidae

Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

Greenfinch Carduelis chloris

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

 

(FLYCATCHERS Muscicapidae)

 

Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus

 

Nuthatch Sitta europaea

 

OWLS Strigiformes

Barn Owl Tyto alba

Little Owl Athene noctua

Tawny Owl Strix aluco

Tawny Owl main page

Tawny Owl calls

Owl links (general)

PIGEONS and DOVES Columbidae

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Pigeon Columba livia

Stock Dove Columba oenas

Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur

Woodpigeon Columba palumbus

 

(PIPITS Motacillidae)

 

Skylark Alauda arvensis

 

SPARROWS Passeridae

House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

 

Starling Sturnus vulgaris

 

SWALLOWS and MARTINS Hirundinidae

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

House Martin Delichon urbica

 

Swift Apus apus

 

THRUSHES Turdidae

Blackbird Turdus merulus

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos

Robin Erithacus rubecula

Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

 

TITS Paridae etc

Bluetit Parus caeruleus

Coal Tit Parus ater

Great Tit Parus major

Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus

 

Treecreeper Certhia familiaris

WAGTAILS Motacillidae

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava

 

WARBLERS Sylviidae

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita

Garden Warbler Sylvia borin

Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

 

WOODPECKERS Picidae

Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major

 

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

 

OTHER BIRDS

Birds of sea and coast

Gulls etc

Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

 

Water birds

Coot Fulica atra

Ducks

Geese

Herons Ciconiiformes

Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

 

Rare visitors

Black Woodpecker? Drycopus martius

Hoopoe Upupa epops

 

Introduced species

?Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris

Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

Other recordings

Mixed birds

Dawn choruses

Comments: Birds of prey: we're not good at these and don't see them settled apart from our Hobbies. Others are certainly around. Yellowhammer is present in some fields. Crows aplenty, including large flocks of Jackdaw; Jays occasional, Magpie not often seen. Flycatchers provisionally included because reported from her Benenden garden by local friend; we haven't seen them yet. Nightjar: up to three pairs only in Hemsted Forest. Owls: Tawny common, Barn far less so, though reported by locals, Little often seen and heard; Short-eared seems not to be present. Pigeons etc: Collared and Woodpigeon very numerous, Turtle present but precarious, Stocks also around. Skylark: very scarce - we've heard one in the area but that's all; I've also heard one in a dawn chorus near nearby Cranbrook. Sparrows: House Sparrows scarce but present in colonies in hedges near some houses. Swallows etc: mainly Barn Swallow, House Martins appear to be less numerous than they were years ago. Thrushes etc: Song Thrushes especially numerous throughout; Nightingales also quite numerous. Tits present in large numbers except Coal, not seen yet; large flocks of Long-tailed in places. Wagtails appear to be in considerable decline, only one, a Grey, seen in area. Warblers quite plentiful except Willow, which we find only in one area, and Garden; Goldcrest possibly increasing, as reported in rest of country. Flock of Lapwing seen once in ploughed field, but quite numerous along nearby coast. Hoopoe included as a pair visited the area some years ago! Guineafowl are being reared in our nextdoor wood but seem not to survive from year to year, like Pheasant.

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