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Birds of Dry Drayton

 

1990 - 2000 List

 

This page lists the birds identified in Dry Drayton. The list was compiled by Dr Val Perrin and was first published in "Gallows Piece to Bee Garden" the Millennium History of Dry Drayton, by Dry Drayton 2000. The list has been updated with species observed between 2000 and 2009. We are most grateful to Dr Perrin for allowing us to reproduce this material and to the many keen natural historians in Dry Drayton who made their records available. Please let us know if you find additional species in the Parish. It is to be hoped that others will make additions to this list in order to make the Parish natural history records as complete as possible.

 

2019 Update

 

By 2019 it has become obvious that a number of species of birds are in decline in the UK generally. Rowena Baxter notes from her own observations that the following species, declining generally, seem to have disappeared from the Parish:

Common cuckoo (summer visitor)
Spotted flycatcher summer visitor)
Corn bunting
Turtle dove (summer visitor)
Skylark (lost here in the last 3 or so years)
Lesser spotted woodpecker
Meadow pipit (winter visitor)
Snipe
Little owl
Grey partridge

If you have seen any of the above here in recent years, please let us know. Rowena would particularly like to know if anyone has seen Spotted Flycatcher in the last 3 years, as the Cambridgeshire Bird Club have an on-going research project to try to establish the current status of this sharply declining bird in Cambridgeshire.

 

Tthere have been some gains and increases, notably common buzzard, sparrowhawk, hobby, great spotted woodpecker, red kite, peregrine.  Largely they are raptors that have recovered from the effects of pesticide use in the mid-1900s.  Also goldfinches have benefited from garden feeding, and long-tailed tits from feeders and milder winters.

 

The List - BIRDS 1990-2000

Cormorant (o/f)
Grey Heron
Mute Swan
Greylag Goose (o/f)
Canada Goose
Mandarin Duck
Mallard
Garganey
Tufted Duck
Marsh Harrier (o/f)
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Hobby
Red-legged Partridge
Pheasant
Moorhen
Coot
Golden Plover (o/f)
Lapwing
Snipe
Woodcock
Green Sandpiper
Redshank (o/f)
Great Black-backed Gull (o/f)
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull (o/f)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (o/f)
Herring Gull (o/f)
Stock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove
Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Swift
Kingfisher
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Skylark
Sand Martin (o/f)
Swallow
House Martin
Yellow Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail

Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Nightingale
Redstart
Stonechat
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Grasshopper Warbler
Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Garden Warbler
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Goldcrest
Spotted Flycatcher
Long-tailed Tit
Marsh Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Jay
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Redpoll
Bullfinch
Yellowhammer
Reed Bunting

(n=95)

o/f = overflying

 

2000 - 2009 Update

 

Birds (o/f = over-flying)

Waxwing
Common Buzzard (o/f)
Red kite (o/f)