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Many different birds have been seen in Willersey

Enjoying a sparrow       Heron on Willersey Pond 2019

Willersey Birds 2020
What follows is a record of the birds seen in and close to the village: a snapshot recorded over the past three years between 2018-2020. Well over 40 contributors across the village via emails, phone calls and casual conversations have helped capture this picture. So, some low level citizen science in action.

Whilst we are right to be concerned about once familiar losses to the immediate area of such birds as the cuckoo, lapwing, turtle dove and spotted flycatcher, and declining birds numbers and wildlife generally, there is good new too, with a wide range of Willersey bird sightings reported, and in increasing numbers in some cases to help balance the losses. Rough accidental habitat on the village edge is helping support numbers; but the role of gardens in providing good habitat and bird food is a significant factor too.

Many of the birds listed below are often to be seen throughout the year, whilst some are less commonly seen but part of the rich mix across the year, and others of course are seasonal visiting migrants.

Garden and farmland birds

Robin, blackbird, house sparrow, dunnock, wren, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, coal tit, marsh tit, goldfinch, chaffinch, greenfinch, bull finch, goldcrest, tree creeper, nuthatch, song thrush, mistle thrush, starling, wood pigeon, collared dove, stock dove, feral pigeon, carrion crow, rook, jackdaw, raven, magpie, jay, green woodpecker, greater spotted woodpecker, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, wood cock, linnet, siskin, skylark, yellow hammer, mallard, mandarin duck, coot, moorhen, Canada goose, ring necked parakeet, lapwing, heron, kingfisher, greater black backed gull, herring gull,
cormorant, pheasant and partridge.


Kestrel, buzzard, sparrow hawk, red kite, peregrine falcon, tawny owl, barn owl and little owl.

Migrant birds

Swallow, swift, house martin - all nesting in the village, blackcap, chiffchaff, white throat, wheatear, redwing and fieldfare.

No doubt there have been other unrecorded birds, but all of the above have been reliably reported making an impressive total of 67 species.

Bob Topp
September 2020

Ducks on Willersey pond 2020        Green woodpecker in Willersey 2020

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