April 2021

Bird Report (January – March 2021)

This year we got off to another good start with bird sightings.  To date we have had 61 species of birds reported from in and around Addingham. There are still a few records to be collated, so the question is will we beat last year’s count of 61 species? The Great British Garden Bird watch took place during the last weekend of January (29th – 31st). A number of Addingham residents sent me copies of the record they had submitted to RSPB. This helps us see the local picture. Several people continue to record their garden birds each month and send in a report of their sightings.  We have received reports of 37 different species of birds seen in the gardens of Addingham. As you would expect the commonly reported birds were: Bluetits (14 gardens), Blackbirds (13) and Robin (11). It is important to record these currently common birds so we can monitor trends over years. The rarer garden bird sightings this year included:

Bullfinch 3 gardens

Goldcrest 4 gardens

Great Spotted Woodpecker 3 gardens

Greenfinch 2 gardens

Lesser Red Poll 3 gardens

Siskin 4 gardens

Willow warbler 1 garden

Lesser Redpoll

(Acanthis cabaret)

Photo by David & Ann Austin

Mistle Thrushes are slightly bigger with a more upright stance than Song Thrushes. The spots on a Mistle Thrush are sharper in outline, broader and rounder than the inverted V shapes seen on the Song Thrush. Song Thrushes have pale brown backs and are creamy-buff below, whilst Mistle Thrushes are slightly paler. In flight the Mistle Thrush has white under its wings and the Song Thrush is more of a pale orange.

We think this is a Mistle Thrush. (The broader round spots helping with the identification).

Now that spring is here, we will soon start to see migrating birds coming to our village. Which of you will be the first to hear a Cuckoo or see Swifts, Swallows and House Martins? We would welcome reports of your sightings. Some people regularly record all they see, once a month during a 30-60 minute period in their garden or on a regular walk through the village. Others send a report when they see something that catches their eye. All reports are welcome. The important thing is to record: the exact species, the number seen, the location (fairly specific so we can document a grid reference) and the date seen. If you are not sure what you have seen, send us a photo. We can also provide a reporting form (word or excel) if you want, but a simple email will do. (aeg@addingham.info)

Chris Acomb