Join in the fun of the Isle of Man Christmas Bird Race 2021!

The Isle of Man ChChristmas Treeristmas Bird Race is an island-wide collaborative effort. It isn’t a competition between individual birdwatchers. The aim is for birdwatchers across the Island to work together to see as many species as possible.

The rules are simple:

- You can spend as little or as much time as you wish looking for birds on, above and around the Island within Manx territorial waters;

- Sightings must be made in the 7-day period from Christmas Day to New year's Eve inclusive (i.e. 00:01 on 25th December to 23:59 on 31st December);

- It isn’t a competition! The aim is for everyone collectively to see as many species as possible.

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See the sightings table below which will be updated regularly during the Bird race period.

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Download your free Manx BirdLife Christmas Bird Race recording sheet 2021
Download your free Manx BirdLife Christmas Bird Race recording sheet 2021

Submit your sightings:

For all observations, please send your name, date, location (including OS Grid Ref. if you know it), what you saw (species, how many) and any interesting aspects of what you saw.

Please note: Taking part does not imply or grant permission to enter onto any private property. Please consider the welfare of birds and other wildlife when taking part. Thank you.

Christmas Bird Race League Table

Last update: It's a record! 119 species at 22:52 Friday 31st Dec 2021.

#Common name20212020201920182017201620152014201320122011
SPECIES TOTAL119 !116113116113113111108100109103
1Mute Swan25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
2Whooper Swan25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
3Pink-footed Goose25-Dec30-Dec30-Dec-27-Dec27-Dec-----
4Greylag Goose25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
5Canada Goose27-Dec25-Dec29-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
6Barnacle Goose27-Dec25-Dec31-Dec28-Dec-28-DecY-YY-
7Brent Goose25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
8Shelduck25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
9Wigeon25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
10Gadwall31-Dec30-Dec28-Dec-28-Dec28-DecYYYYY
11Teal25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
12Green-winged Teal25-dec----------
13Mallard25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
14Pintail26-Dec----28-DecY-Y--
15Shoveler25-Dec28-Dec27-Dec27-Dec28-Dec28-DecYYY-Y
16Pochard29-Dec28-Dec28-Dec27-Dec26-Dec28-Dec-YYYY
17Tufted Duck25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
18Scaup---------YY
19Eider25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
20Long-tailed Duck---30-Dec29-Dec----Y-
21Common Scoter27-Dec25-Dec26-Dec29-Dec29-Dec28-Dec---YY
22Velvet Scoter-----------
23Goldeneye25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec27-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
24Smew-----------
25Red-breasted Merganser28-Dec30-Dec25-Dec26-Dec28-Dec25-DecYYYYY
26Goosander31-Dec27-Dec28-Dec27-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
27Red-legged Partridge26-Dec26-Dec28-Dec28-Dec-30-DecYY-YY
28Red Grouse31-Dec27-Dec28-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYY-Y-
29Grey Partridge-----------
30Pheasant25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
31Red-throated Diver27-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
32Black-throated Diver27-Dec27-Dec-26-Dec-27-DecY-Y--
33Great Northern Diver27-Dec27-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
34Fulmar26-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
35Gannet25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
36Cormorant25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
37Shag25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
38Bittern-----------
39Little Egret25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
40Grey Heron25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
41Little Grebe25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
42Great Crested Grebe----------Y
43Hen Harrier25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
44Sparrowhawk25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
45Buzzard25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec28-DecYYYYY
46Water Rail26-Dec27-Dec-27-Dec26-Dec28-DecY?---
47Moorhen25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
48Coot25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
49Oystercatcher25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
50Grey Plover26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
51Golden Plover25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
52Ringed Plover25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
53Lapwing25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec30-DecYYYYY
54Curlew25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
55Bar-tailed Godwit27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYY--
56Turnstone25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
57Knot29-Dec25-Dec31-Dec27-Dec-30-DecY----
58Sanderling27-Dec26-Dec25-Dec28-Dec27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
59Dunlin26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecyYYYY
60Purple Sandpiper27-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec25-DecYY-YY
61Grey Phalarope-----------
62Redshank25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
63Jack Snipe28-Dec25-Dec30-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYY-Y-
64Woodcock26-Dec26-Dec30-Dec27-Dec27-Dec28-DecYY-Y-
65Snipe25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
66Puffin------Y----
67Black Guillemot26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
68Razorbill27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec29-Dec29-Dec28-DecYYYYY
69Little Auk-----------
70Guillemot26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec31-Dec29-Dec28-DecYY-YY
71Sabine's Gull-----------
72Kittiwake27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
73Black-headed Gull25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
74Little Gull----29-Dec------
75Mediterranean Gull-----------
76Common Gull28-Dec25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
77Lesser Black-backed Gull-26-Dec----YY---
78Herring Gull25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
79Yellow-legged Gull--30-Dec--------
80Iceland Gull-----------
81Glaucous Gull---30-Dec-------
82Great Black-backed Gull25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
83Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
84Stock Dove26-Dec--27-Dec27-Dec------
85Woodpigeon25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
86Collared Dove25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
87Barn Owl28-Dec-27-Dec26-Dec28-Dec-Y-YYY
88Long-eared Owl27-Dec26-Dec28-Dec27-Dec-------
89Short-eared Owl------Y----
90Kingfisher31-Dec27-Dec25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-DecY--Y-
91Great Spotted Woodpecker25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec30-Dec26-DecYY-YY
92Kestrel26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
93Merlin-26-Dec28-Dec26-Dec27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
94Peregrine25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
95Chough25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
96Magpie25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
97Jackdaw25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
98Rook25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
99Carrion Crow25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
100Hooded Crow25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
101Raven25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
102Goldcrest25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
103Blue Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
104Great Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
105Coal Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
1056Skylark28-Dec25-Dec31-Dec27-Dec28-Dec28-Dec-YY--
107Long-tailed Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
108Chiffchaff28-Dec28-Dec25-Dec31-Dec30-Dec--Y-Y-
109Blackcap26-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
110Lesser Whitethroat30-Dec----------
111Waxwing-----26-Dec---Y-
112Treecreeper25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
113Wren26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
114Starling25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
115Dipper-----------
116Blackbird25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
117Fieldfare26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYyYY
118Song Thrush25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
119Redwing25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
120Mistle Thrush25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
121Robin25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
122Black Redstart25-Dec27-Dec31-Dec25-Dec-27-Dec-YY--
123Stonechat25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
124Dunnock25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
125House Sparrow25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
126Tree Sparrow26-Dec31-Dec26-Dec26-Dec28-Dec25-DecYY-YY
127Grey Wagtail25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
128Pied Wagtail25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
129Meadow Pipit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
130Rock Pipit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
131Water Pipit-------Y---
132Brambling26-Dec28-Dec-28-Dec-26-Dec-YYY-
133Chaffinch25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
134Greenfinch25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
135Linnet25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
136Twite25-Dec31-Dec-25-Dec28-Dec27-DecYYYYY
137Lesser Redpoll26-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYY-YY
138Mealy Redpoll-----------
139Common Crossbill--31-Dec-26-Dec------
140Goldfinch25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
141Siskin25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
142Snow Bunting28-Dec28-Dec--27-Dec------
143Lapland Bunting-----------
144Yellowhammer----------Y
145Reed Bunting28-Dec29-Dec30-Dec29-Dec27-Dec-YYYYY

Notes

Black Swan

As of December 2016, Black Swan Cygnus atratus has been removed from the Christmas Bird Race list. The species totals from previous years have been adjusted to reflect that this Category E species is no longer included in the counts.

2017

Please note that for 2017 we have updated the taxonomic order of both the recording card and results table.

2016 summary

On 1st January 2017, Mark Fitzpatrick wrote:

'Well, unless any new sightings come to light, we've ended this year's Manx Christmas Bird Race with the magnificent total of 113 species. This is a new record.

The last two species to be discovered were: Black Redstart and Black-throated Diver. Both seen by Keith Johnson in Peel/Peel Bay.

The total number of species seen compares with totals of 111, 108, 100, 109, 103 for each of the previous five years.

Despite the fantastic efforts of Manx birdwatchers, there were some species that could be called 'the ones that got away':

- Reed Bunting; reported in all 5 previous races, but not this year.
- Barn Owl: seen in 4 previous races. No owls seen this year.
- Black Swan: seen in 3 previous races. Not wild birds, but still interesting. Have they all died?

At the other end of the scale, one new species was reported this year that had never been seen during a Bird Race before, namely Pink-footed Goose.

Three species were seen this year that had only been seen during one of the previous Bird Races, which were Water Rail, Knot and Waxwing.

There there were 88 species that have now been seen in all six Bird Races: Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Eider, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Pheasant, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Little Grebe, Fulmar, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Sanderling, Snipe, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Kittiwake, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Treecreeper, Magpie, Chough, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Hooded Crow, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Linnet and Twite.'

2013

The ‘ones that got away’ included ten species that had been recorded on the Isle of Man in December 2013 before the Bird Race, but weren’t seen during it: Pink-footed Goose, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Water Rail, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Swallow, Lesser Redpoll, Snow Bunting; a Ross’s x Barnacle Goose hybrid was also recorded. There were also eight species that breed on the Island and were likely to have been present somewhere on the Island but weren’t seen during the Bird Race: Red Grouse, Grey Partridge, Woodcock, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff and Tree Sparrow.

The weather during 2013’s Christmas Bird Race did not help at all. On Boxing Day Ronaldsway Met Office recorded gale force winds, increasing to Severe Gale Force 9 on 27th. The maximum wind recorded on each of the other dates was Force 6. On both 30th and 31st there was significant rainfall during daylight hours – enough to dampen birds as well as birdwatchers!

2011

The ‘ones that got away’ include nine species that had been recorded on the Isle of Man in December 2011 before the Bird Race, but weren’t seen during it: Barnacle Goose, Pintail, Black-throated Diver, Manx Shearwater, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Brambling, Common Crossbill and Snow Bunting. This list also includes 8 species that breed on the island and were likely to have been present somewhere on the Island but weren’t seen during the Bird Race: Red Grouse, Grey Partridge, Woodcock, Stock Dove, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Skylark and Chiffchaff.

103 species is a good result. If the ‘ones that got away’ are taken into consideration, along with various other possible species such as Knot and Waxwing, it suggests that it may be possible in a good year to get over 110 species - possibly closer to 120. But for that to happen a certain amount of luck is needed (good weather and co-operative birds!) as well as a considerable amount of hard work by birdwatchers.