The Isle of Man Christmas Bird Race 2019

Isle of Man Christmas Bird Race 2019
Isle of Man Christmas Bird Race 2019

Christmas Tree

The Isle of Man Christmas Bird Race is an island-wide collaborative effort. It isn’t a competition between individual birdwatchers. The aim is for birdwatchers on (and around) the island to work together to see as many species as possible.

See the table below which will be updated regularly.

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 the year’s end (00:00 on 25th December to 24:00 on 31st December)
  • It isn’t a competition! The aim is for everyone collectively to see as many species as possible
Jenny Shanley'I like to do my Christmas Bird Race counting in the morning when the birds are actively foraging. It's very relaxing and sometimes I get a species new to me. Plenty of warm tea helps. Good luck!'

Jenny Shanley
Manx BirdLife Volunteer

Submit your sightings:

For all observations, please send your name, date, location, 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.

We are currently compiling the final results for 2019. Thanks to everyone who participated and contributed their records!

#Common name201920182017201620152014201320122011
SPECIES TOTAL113116113113111108100109103
1Mute Swan25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
2Whooper Swan25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
3Pink-footed Goose30-Dec-27-Dec27-Dec-----
4Greylag Goose25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
5Canada Goose29-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
6Barnacle Goose31-Dec28-Dec-28-DecY-YY-
7Brent Goose25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
8Shelduck25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
9Wigeon25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
10Gadwall28-Dec-28-Dec28-DecYYYYY
11Teal25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
12Mallard25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
13Pintail---28-DecY-Y--
14Shoveler27-Dec27-Dec28-Dec28-DecYYY-Y
15Pochard28-Dec27-Dec26-Dec28-Dec-YYYY
16Tufted Duck27-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
17Scaup-------YY
18Eider25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
19Long-tailed Duck-30-Dec29-Dec----Y-
20Common Scoter26-Dec29-Dec29-Dec28-Dec---YY
21Velvet Scoter---------
22Goldeneye25-Dec27-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
23Smew---------
24Red-breasted Merganser25-Dec26-Dec28-Dec25-DecYYYYY
25Goosander28-Dec27-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
26Red-legged Partridge28-Dec28-Dec-30-DecYY-YY
27Red Grouse28-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYY-Y-
28Grey Partridge---------
29Pheasant25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
30Red-throated Diver26-Dec26-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
31Black-throated Diver-26-Dec-27-DecY-Y--
32Great Northern Diver26-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
33Fulmar25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
34Gannet25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
35Cormorant25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
36Shag25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
37Bittern---------
38Little Egret25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
39Grey Heron25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
40Little Grebe25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
41Great Crested Grebe--------Y
42Hen Harrier25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
43Sparrowhawk25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
44Buzzard25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec28-DecYYYYY
45Water Rail-27-Dec26-Dec28-DecY?---
46Moorhen25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
47Coot25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
48Oystercatcher25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
49Grey Plover25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
50Golden Plover26-Dec27-Dec27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
51Ringed Plover25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
52Lapwing25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec30-DecYYYYY
53Curlew25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
54Bar-tailed Godwit25-Dec25-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYY--
55Turnstone25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
56Knot31-Dec27-Dec-30-DecY----
57Sanderling25-Dec28-Dec27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
58Dunlin25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecyYYYY
59Purple Sandpiper25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec25-DecYY-YY
60Grey Phalarope---------
61Redshank25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
62Jack Snipe30-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYY-Y-
63Woodcock30-Dec27-Dec27-Dec28-DecYY-Y-
64Snipe25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
65Puffin----Y----
66Black Guillemot25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
67Razorbill25-Dec29-Dec29-Dec28-DecYYYYY
68Little Auk---------
69Guillemot26-Dec31-Dec29-Dec28-DecYY-YY
70Sabine's Gull---------
71Kittiwake25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
72Black-headed Gull25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
73Little Gull--29-Dec------
74Mediterranean Gull---------
75Common Gull26-Dec27-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
76Lesser Black-backed Gull----YY---
77Herring Gull25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
78Yellow-legged Gull30-Dec--------
79Iceland Gull---------
80Glaucous Gull-30-Dec-------
81Great Black-backed Gull25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
82Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
83Stock Dove-27-Dec27-Dec------
84Woodpigeon25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
85Collared Dove25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
86Barn Owl27-Dec26-Dec28-Dec-Y-YYY
87Long-eared Owl28-Dec27-Dec-------
88Short-eared Owl----Y----
89Kingfisher25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-DecY--Y-
90Great Spotted Woodpecker25-Dec25-Dec30-Dec26-DecYY-YY
91Kestrel25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
92Merlin28-Dec26-Dec27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
93Peregrine25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
94Chough25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
95Magpie25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
96Jackdaw25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
97Rook25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
98Carrion Crow25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
99Hooded Crow25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
100Raven25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
101Goldcrest25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
102Blue Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
103Great Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
104Coal Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
105Skylark31-Dec27-Dec28-Dec28-Dec-YY--
106Long-tailed Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
107Chiffchaff25-Dec31-Dec30-Dec--Y-Y-
108Blackcap27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
109Waxwing---26-Dec---Y-
110Treecreeper25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
111Wren25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
112Starling25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
113Dipper---------
114Blackbird25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
115Fieldfare25-Dec27-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYyYY
116Song Thrush25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
117Redwing25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
118Mistle Thrush25-Dec27-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
119Robin25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
120Black Redstart31-Dec25-Dec-27-Dec-YY--
121Stonechat25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
122Dunnock25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
123House Sparrow25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
124Tree Sparrow26-Dec26-Dec28-Dec25-DecYY-YY
125Grey Wagtail25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
126Pied Wagtail25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
127Meadow Pipit25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
128Rock Pipit25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
129Water Pipit-----Y---
130Brambling-28-Dec-26-Dec-YYY-
131Chaffinch25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
132Greenfinch25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
133Linnet27-Dec27-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
134Twite-25-Dec28-Dec27-DecYYYYY
135Lesser Redpoll27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYY-YY
136Mealy Redpoll---------
137Common Crossbill31-Dec-26-Dec------
138Goldfinch25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
139Siskin25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
140Snow Bunting--27-Dec------
141Lapland Bunting---------
142Yellowhammer--------Y
143Reed Bunting30-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.