Grey Wagtail (photo: Andy Gregory)
Grey Wagtail (photo: Andy Gregory)

Birds

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About birds

Introductory text

Overview of groups and species of birds 

Birds in the High Peak

For these buttons with the solid borders to work properly you will need to be registered and logged into iNaturalist. This is a free and extremely useful app. See our ‘How to record wildlife’ page for more information and tips on how to use it.

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all bird observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all bird observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Follow this link to see the current list and photo gallery of bird species in the Buxton area recorded by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group – iNaturalist.

Click on the buttons below to go to a page giving more information and links on that species.

Buxton Birds Gallery

This button will take you to our gallery of High Peak bird photos taken by BFC members and friends

Bird species recorded in the Buxton area, April 2019 - June2021

Common names that are in blue underlined in the table (e.g. Curlews) are links to click on to take you to a page dedicated to that species.

Common name

Scientific name

Typical habitat

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

 

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

 

Blackbird

Turdus merula

 

Black-headed Gull

Chroicocephalus ridibundus

 

Blue Tit

Cyanistes caeruleus

 

Bohemian Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus

 

Brambling

Fringilla montifringilla

 

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

 

Canvasback

Aythya valisineria

 

Carrion Crow

Corvus corone

 

Coal Tit

Periparus ater

 

Common Buzzard

Buteo buteo

 

Common Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs

 

Common Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus collybita

 

Common Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus

 

Common Gull

Larus canus

 

Common House Martin

Delichon urbicum

 

Common Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

 

Common Kingfisher

Alcedo atthis

 

Common Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus

 

Common Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

 

Common Raven

Corvus corax

 

Common Redstart

Phoenicurus phoenicurus

 

Common Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

 

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

 

Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

 

Common Swift

Apus apus

 

Common Teal

Anas crecca

 

Common Wood-Pigeon

Columba palumbus

 

Cuckoo

Cuculiformes

 

Curlew

Numenius arquata

 

Dunnock

Prunella modularis

 

Eurasian Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla

 

Eurasian Bullfinch

Pyrrhula pyrrhula

 

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

 

Eurasian Coot

Fulica atra

 

Eurasian Jackdaw

Corvus monedula

 

Eurasian Magpie

Pica pica

 

Eurasian Siskin

Spinus spinus

 

Eurasian Skylark

Alauda arvensis

 

Eurasian Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus

 

Eurasian Treecreeper

Certhia familiaris

 

Eurasian Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

 

European Golden Plover

Pluvialis apricaria

 

European Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

 

European Greenfinch

Chloris chloris

 

European Robin

Erithacus rubecula

 

European Stonechat

Saxicola rubicola

 

Fieldfare

Turdus pilaris

 

Garden Warbler

Sylvia borin

 

Goldcrest

Regulus regulus

 

Goosander

Mergus merganser

 

Great Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major

 

Great Tit

Parus major

 

Grey Heron

Ardea cinerea

 

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

 

Greylag Goose

Anser anser

 

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

 

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

 

Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus fuscus

 

Lesser Redpoll

Acanthis cabaret

 

Linnet

Linaria cannabina

 

Little Grebe

Tachybaptus ruficollis

 

Long-tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus

 

Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

 

Mandarin Duck

Aix galericulata

 

Meadow Pipit

Anthus pratensis

 

Mistle Thrush

Turdus viscivorus

 

Muscovy Duck

Cairina moschata

 

Northern Shoveler

Spatula clypeata

 

Northern Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe

 

Nuthatch

Sitta europaea

 

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

 

Pied Wagtail

Motacilla alba yarrellii

 

Pink-footed Goose

Anser brachyrhynchus

 

Red Grouse

Lagopus lagopus scotica

 

Red-crested Pochard

Netta rufina

 

Reed Bunting

Emberiza schoeniclus

 

Ring Ouzel

Turdus torquatus

 

Rock Dove or Common Pigeon

Columba livia

 

Rook

Corvus frugilegus

 

Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus

 

Song Thrush

Turdus philomelos

 

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata

 

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

 

Tufted Duck

Aythya fuligula

 

Whitethroat

Sylvia communis

 

White-throated Dipper

Cinclus cinclus

 

Willow Warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus

 

Identifying birds

Apps for tablets and smartphones

We recommend the following mobile phone apps and books whether you are a novice or a more advanced bird enthusiast.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s free BirdNET mobile app and website for identifying birds by their songs and calls, using machine learning. This is a ‘citizen science’ platform which works well provided you have an internet

This link will take you to the RSPB’s excellent Interactive bird identifier and Birds A-Z with photos, videos and soundclips

Books

There are many (thousands) of useful reference books and guides to identifying birds and birdsongs. We have only picked out a couple here which provide excellent guidance for beginners and more advanced enthusiasts alike, plus the details of two unusual but beautiful books of a different sort that you may find interesting.

RSPB Handbook of British Birds (4th edition)

Peter Holden and Tim Cleeves

Bloomsbury

Excellent handbook, a bestseller.

RSPB Guide to Birdsong

Adrian Thomas

Bloomsbury

Excellent guide with accompanying CD. Informative and easy to use.

The Birdwatcher’s Handbook: A Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland

Jonathan Elphick

BBC

A very good beginner’s field guide.

Birds Brittanica

Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey

Chatto & Windus

Definitely not a pocket book, but a beautifully produced volume to browse and/or keep on your bookshelf or coffee table. Neither an identification guide nor a behavioural study, although both come within its field. “Rather it is an attempt to  describe the points of intersection between the lives of the humans and the birds inhabiting these same small islands. It is about our shared ecological history, for better or for worse.” A book to sit down with and enjoy in those longer winter evenings.

Birds and People

Mark Cocker. Photographs by David Tipling.

Jonathan Cape

A large but very rich and enriching book that is as much about human beings as it is about birds, attempting “to explore the common ground where these two very different organisms meet.” A wonderful collaboration between witer, photographer and many contributors from around the world, exploring the relationships between humans and 144 bird families (plus 2 extinct families) of the 200 worldwide.

Podcasts

BBC Sounds has an excellent series of short (5 minute) broadcasts: Tweet of the Day, where you can: “Discover birds through their songs and calls. Each Tweet of the Day begins with a call or song, followed by a story of fascinating ornithology inspired by the sound.” Our own Mark Cocker is the host on many of these.

Information and guidance

One if the UK’s major wildlife conservation bodies, their website and publications provide masses of information, guidance and tools for identifying birds and birdsongs.

A website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world. Whether you are a research scientist, a birder, or simply curious about a sound that you heard out your kitchen window, they invite you to listen, download, and explore the bird sound recordings in the collection.

But xeno-canto is more than just a collection of recordings. It is also a collaborative project. They invite you to share your own bird recordings, help identify mystery recordings, or share your expertise in the forums.