West Midland Bird Club

County Lists for the Region, 2008


The following table shows all species in categories A to C of The British List * that have been reliably recorded in the area covered by the current boundaries of the four counties of our region, since records were kept. The regional total as at 31 December 2008 was 342 (see 'Changes'). The year shown is the latest in which the species has been observed in each county.

Subspecies or races are not included in the totals. "nk" refers to reliable, but undated, 19th–century records. A record shown as "<1836" occurred before that year.

The Details column is used to indicate for which species a description or supporting details are required. As the status of each species is not necessarily the same across the four counties of the West Midland region, a description or supporting details may be required for some counties but not for others. The level of detail required will, of course, vary with the species concerned; some requiring only a brief sentence while other, rarer species, more detailed notes. However, if the bird you are claiming is unfamiliar to you, or you are unsure of its identity, then don't be afraid to send in a description — even if it is not requested. The following abbreviations are used:

We would be very happy if you would send us your reports of birds you have seen in the region!

The Lists

County Lists (as at the end of 2007)
Common Name Scientific Name Details Warks Worcs Staffs WM
Mute Swan Cygnus olor 2008200820082008
Bewick's Swan  Cygnus columbianusWa, St, WM2008200820082008
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnusWa, Wo, WM2008200820082008
Bean Goose Anser fabalisA2004200620082007
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchusWa, Wo, WM2008200820082008
White-fronted Goose Anser albifronsA2008200820082006
Greylag Goose Anser anser 2008200820082008
Greater Canada Goose Branta canadensis 2008200820082008
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 2008200820082008
Brent Goose Branta berniclaA2008200820082007
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacaWa, WM2008200820082007
Common Shelduck  Tadorna tadorna 2008200820082008
Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata 2008200820082008
Eurasian Wigeon  Anas penelope 2008200820082008
American Wigeon Anas americanaA2002200820060
Gadwall Anas strepera 2008200820082008
Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 2008200820082008
Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensisA2004200420020
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 2008200820082008
Northern Pintail  Anas acuta 2008200820082008
Garganey Anas querquedula 2008200820082008
Blue-winged Teal Anas discorsBBRC1989198920010
Shoveler  Anas clypeata 2008200820082008
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufinaWM2008200820082008
Common Pochard  Aythya ferina 2008200820082008
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collarisA2006200520072001
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyrocaA2007200620061998
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 2008200820082008
Greater Scaup Aythya marila 2008200720082008
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinisBBRC2008200620060
Common Eider Somateria mollissimaA1993200120021993
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalisA2008200620082005
Common Scoter Melanitta nigraWM2008200820082008
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillataA1986200000
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fuscaA2005198520041994
Bufflehead Bucephala albeolaBBRC2004020042004
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula 2008200820082008
Smew Mergellus albellusWo, WM2008200820082006
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serratorA2008200820082006
Goosander Mergus merganser 2008200820082008
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 2008200820082008
Red Grouse Lagopus lagopusWo, Wa, WM0020081868
Black Grouse Tetrao tetrixA0191520031897
Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa 2008200820082008
Grey Partridge Perdix perdix 2008200820082008
Common Quail  Coturnix coturnixA2008200820082007
Common Pheasant  Phasianus colchicus 2008200820082008
Red-throated Diver Gavia stellataA2008199720082001
Black-throated Diver Gavia arcticaA2007199520001997
Great Northern Diver Gavia immerA2008200420082003
Fulmar Fulmarus glacialisA2004200020081996
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedeaA0019710
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinusA2006200620082004
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicusA1983200319901970
Leach's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoaA2007200620072006
Northern Gannet Morus bassanusA2008200820082008
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 2008200820082008
Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelisA2008200420062005
Eurasian Bittern  Botaurus stellarisA2008200820082005
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutusBBRC198118651901<1836
Night Heron Nycticorax nycticoraxA2001198320002004
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloidesBBRC0200720040
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibisBBRC1994199320080
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 2008200820082008
Great White Egret Ardea albaA2008200720082002
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 2008200820082008
Purple Heron Ardea purpureaA1990200020050
Black Stork Ciconia nigraBBRC0195619850
White Stork Ciconia ciconiaA2005200520082005
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellusBBRC0020080
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodiaA2008200120082008
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 2008200820082008
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 2008200820082008
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegenaA2008200820061996
Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritusA2008200820082008
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollisWa, Wo, WM2008200820082007
Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorusA2008200820082008
Black Kite Milvus migransA0198619912004
Red Kite Milvus milvusWM2008200820082008
White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicillaA1891194519050
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosusWo, Wa, WM2008200820082008
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneusA2008200820082007
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargusA2008200620061951
Northern Goshawk  Accipiter gentilisA2008200820082007
Eurasian Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus 2008200820082008
Common Buzzard Buteo buteo 2008200820082008
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopusA2005197920011996
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetosA00nk0
Osprey Pandion haliaetusWo, WM2008200820082008
Common Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus 2008200820082008
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinusA2003200120020
Merlin Falco columbariusWM2008200820082008
Hobby Falco subbuteo 2008200820082008
Gyr Falcon Falco rusticolusBBRC18520<18440
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 2008200820082008
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 2008200820082008
Spotted Crake Porzana porzanaA2007200220061998
Little Crake Porzana parvaBBRC1974000
Corn Crake Crex crexA2005198819881965
Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 2008200820082008
Common Coot  Fulica atra 2008200820082008
Common Crane Grus grusA2003200820062005
Little Bustard Tetrax tetraxBBRC00c1899<1893
Great Bustard Otis tardaBBRC0c182500
Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 2008200820082008
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopusBBRC1987200619950
Avocet Recurvirostra avosettaWa, Wo, WM2008200820082008
Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemusA2001200820062007
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincolaBBRC1996199400
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 2008200820082008
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 2008200820082008
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinusA1993194019950
Dotterel Charadrius morinellusA2002200820071978
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominicaA1991000
European Golden Plover  Pluvialis apricaria 2008200820082008
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarolaWM2008200820082008
White-tailed Lapwing  Vanellus leucurusBBRC1975000
Northern Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus 2008200820082008
Red Knot Calidris canutusWM2008200820082008
Sanderling Calidris albaWM2008200820082008
Little Stint Calidris minutaWM2008200820082004
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckiiA2008200820082005
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutillaBBRC2002198820020
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollisA0199619890
Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdiiBBRC1996020050
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotosA2007200820082006
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferrugineaWM2008200820082002
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritimaA1993198820081985
Dunlin Calidris alpina 2008200820082008
Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellusBBRC1985020040
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollisA1995019800
Ruff Philomachus pugnax 2008200820082008
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus 2008200820082008
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 2008200820082008
Great Snipe Gallinago mediaBBRC<1886019541995
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceusBBRC1983200600
Woodcock Scolopax rusticola 2008200820082008
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosaWM2008200820082008
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponicaWM2008200820082007
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopusWM2008200820082008
Eurasian Curlew  Numenius arquata 2008200820082008
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicaudaBBRC1851000
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropusWa, WM2008200720082008
Common Redshank  Tringa totanus 2008200820082008
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilisBBRC0019740
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 2008200820082008
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipesBBRC0019950
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 2008200820082008
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareolaWo, WM2008200820082008
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 2008200820082008
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis maculariusBBRC2007020082004
Turnstone Arenaria interpresWM2008200820082008
Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolorBBRC1996200700
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatusA2000200720041893
Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicariusA2008200820082008
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinusA1997199920071985
Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticusA2007199620052000
Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudusA2003198720041991
Great Skua Stercorarius skuaA2008200020061994
Sabine's Gull Xema sabiniA1989200720080
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 2008200820082008
Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphiaBBRC1992019960
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 2008200820082008
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutusWM2008200820082008
Laughing Gull Larus atricillaBBRC0200501997
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcanBBRC2008020060
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus 2008200820082008
Common Gull Larus canus 2008200820082008
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensisA1998200820081996
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 2008200820082008
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 2008200820082008
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis 2008200820082008
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnansA2008200820082008
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoidesA2008200820082008
Kumlien's Gull Larus glaucoides kumlieniA2008200819990
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreusA2008200820082008
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 2008200820082008
Sooty Tern Sterna fuscataBBRC0018520
Little Tern Sternula albifronsA2008200820082008
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon niloticaBBRC2006<190119891896
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspiaBBRC1993197119991979
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridaBBRC2005199420070
Black Tern Chlidonias niger 2008200820082008
White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterusA2008200020081977
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensisWa, Wo, WM2008200820082008
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 2008200820082008
Roseate Tern Sterna dougalliiA2002199920060
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea 2008200820082008
Common Guillemot Uria aalgeAnk019201980
Razorbill Alca tordaAnk195301912
Little Auk Alle alleA2007199820011999
Puffin Fratercula arcticaA1984196319831999
Pallas's Sandgrouse Syrrhaptes paradoxusBBRC1888188819081888
Feral Pigeon Columba livia 2008200820082008
Stock Dove Columba oenas 2008200820082008
Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus 2008200820082008
Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto 2008200820082008
Turtle Dove Streptopelia turturSt, WM2008200820082007
Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameriA2008200820082008
Common Cuckoo  Cuculus canorus 2008200820082008
Barn Owl Tyto alba 2008200820082008
Little Owl Athene noctua 2008200820082008
Tawny Owl Strix aluco 2008200820082008
Long-eared Owl Asio otusWa, Wo, WM2008200820082008
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeusWM2008200820082008
Tengmalm's Owl Aegolius funereusBBRC0190100
European Nightjar  Caprimulgus europaeusWa, Wo, WM2006200520082005
White-throated Needle-tail Hirundapus caudacutusBBRC0019910
Common Swift Apus apus 2008200820082008
Alpine Swift Apus melbaA2003199719961988
Common Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis 2008200820082008
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyonBBRC0020050
European Bee-eater Merops apiasterA2008200720082008
European Roller  Coracias garrulusBBRC0019080
Hoopoe Upupa epopsA2006200720082006
Wryneck Jynx torquillaA2008200820052006
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis 2008200820082008
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major 2008200820082008
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor 2008200820082008
Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolusA2005200019971990
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurioA2005200820062003
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minorBBRC0198700
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitorA2008200820081998
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senatorA0189301999
Eurasian Jay Garrulus glandarius 2008200820082008
Magpie Pica pica 2008200820082008
Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactesBBRC0019910
Red-billed Chough  Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocoraxA0182600
Western Jackdaw Corvus monedula 2008200820082008
Rook Corvus frugilegus 2008200820082008
Carrion Crow Corvus corone 2008200820082008
Hooded Crow Corvus  cornixA1987198319941984
Common Raven  Corvus corax 2008200820082008
Goldcrest Regulus regulus 2008200820082008
Firecrest Regulus ignicapillaA2008200820082008
Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus 2008200820082008
Great Tit Parus major 2008200820082008
Coal Tit Periparus ater 2008200820082008
Willow Tit Poecile montanaWo2008200820082008
Marsh Tit Poecile palustrisWM2008200820082008
Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicusA2006200420071993
Wood Lark Lullula arboreaA2007200820082004
Sky Lark Alauda arvensis 2008200820082008
Shore Lark  Eremophila alpestrisA1994200820022006
Sand Martin Riparia riparia 2008200820082008
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 2008200820082008
House Martin Delichon urbicum 2008200820082008
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis dauricaA2004200120060
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cettiWo, St, WM2008200820082001
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus 2008200820082008
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealisA0019930
Pallas's Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus proregulusA2001198719700
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatusA1996200320082008
Hume's Warbler Phylloscopus humeiBBRC0019940
Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatusBBRC0001996
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrixWa2008200820082008
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 2008200820082008
Siberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristisA2007200620081994
Scandinavian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita abietinusA2005200820051991
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 2008200820082008
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 2008200820082008
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin 2008200820082008
Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoriaA1979000
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 2008200820082008
Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis 2008200820082008
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undataA1914200520082008
Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia 2008200820082008
River Warbler Locustella fluviatilisBBRC0019960
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioidesA2004199919770
Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterinaA1997194219930
Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglottaA2000019960
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicolaA2005198300
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus 2008200820082008
Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustrisA2001200519961982
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 2008200820082008
Great Reed Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceusBBRC2005020070
Waxwing  Bombycilla garrulusAll2008200820082008
Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea 2008200820082008
Eurasian Treecreeper  Certhia familiaris 2008200820082008
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes 2008200820082008
Common Starling  Sturnus vulgaris 2008200820082008
Rose-coloured Starling  Sturnus roseusA2001200520022004
Dipper Cinclus cinclusWa, WM1991200820082006
Black-bellied Dipper Cinclus cinclus cinclusA1996000
White's Thrush Zoothera daumaBBRC1895000
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatusWa2008200820082008
Blackbird Turdus merula 2008200820082008
Dusky Thrush Turdus naumanniBBRC0197900
Dark-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollisBBRC0199619780
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris 2008200820082008
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 2008200820082008
Redwing Turdus iliacus 2008200820082008
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus 2008200820082008
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 2008200820082008
Robin Erithacus rubecula 2008200820082008
Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchosWa, St, WM2008200819881979
Bluethroat Luscinia svecicaA1995198119941985
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochrurosA2008200820082008
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus 2008200820082008
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra 2008200820082008
Stonechat Saxicola torquata 2008200820082008
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe 2008200820082008
Greenland Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe leucorhoaA2008200820082007
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe desertiBBRC0019960
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parvaA2008000
Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleucaWa2008200820082008
Dunnock Prunella modularis 2008200820082008
Alpine Accentor Prunella collarisBBRCnk000
House Sparrow Passer domesticus 2008200820082008
Tree Sparrow Passer montanus 2008200820082008
Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava 2008200820082008
Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flavaA2008200620082006
Spanish Wagtail Motacilla flava iberiaeA0198219930
Grey-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava thunbergiA0001996
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreolaBBRC1997000
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 2008200820082008
Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba 2008200820082008
White Wagtail Motacilla alba albaAll (autumn)2008200820082008
Richard's Pipit Anthus richardiA2001200720021994
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 2008200820082008
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 2008200820082008
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinusA1994000
Rock Pipit Anthus petrosusWM2008200820082007
Scandinavian Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus littoralisA2007200820082006
Water Pipit Anthus spinolettaA2008200820082005
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs 2008200820082008
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla 2008200820082008
European Serin  Serinus serinusA2002198120010
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris 2008200820082008
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 2008200820082008
Siskin Carduelis spinus 2008200820082008
Linnet Carduelis cannabina 2008200820082008
Twite Carduelis flavirostrisA2006200220062003
Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret 2008200820082008
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammeaA2008200820082008
Arctic Redpoll Carduelis hornemanniA0200219960
Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucopteraBBRC0183819800
Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostraWM2008200820082008
Common Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinusA2003000
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula 2008200820082008
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustesSt, Wa, WM2008200820082008
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalisA2008200820081997
Lapland Bunting Calcarius lapponicusA1981200720082005
Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalosBBRC0200500
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella 2008200820082008
Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlusA1959198319511950
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rusticaA0198700
Little Bunting Emberiza pusillaA1902200520052003
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus 2008200820082008
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephalaBBRC2004000
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra 2008200820082008
Baltimore Oriole  Icterus galbulaBBRC0001968
2008 Totals (regional = 235)210205220178
County Totals (regional = 342)307300313271



There were no additions to the Regional list, but Staffordshire had its first European Bee-eater, Worcestershire its first American Wigeon and Warwickshire its second European Bee-eater after the first in 1886. In addition, Mediterranean Gull bred for the first time in Staffordshire (after an unsuccessful attempt in 2007) and Black-headed Gull in the West Midlands.

Appendix 1: Escapees

Species known to have occurred in the wild in the UK, but only as escapes in our Region. They are not included in the regional or county totals.
Common Name Scientific Name Details (n/a) Warks Worcs Staffs WM
Great White Pelican Pelicanus onocrotalus 1975200100
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber 0196819881968
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus 1991020072005
Snow Goose Anser caerulescens 2008200320062003
Ross’s Goose Anser rossii 2004199920061999
Lesser Canada Goose Branta hutchinsii 2007200020082005
Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis 1973200720070
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea 2006200720072008
Falcated Duck Anas falcata 2005020080
Baikal Teal Anas formosa 2005000
Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris 2008019932001
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus 2008000
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala 0020030
Saker Falco cherrug 2008020020
Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus 2007200620061985
Lady Amherst's Pheasant Chrysolophus amherstiae 2008200200
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax 2006000
Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps 1976019770
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea 2006000
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