Join in the fun of the Isle of Man Christmas Bird Race 2022!

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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Manx BirdLife Christmas Bird Race Species Checklist 2022
Download your free Manx BirdLife Christmas Bird Race recording sheet 2022

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
#Common name202220212020201920182017201620152014201320122011
SPECIES TOTAL0119116113116113113111108100109103
1Mute Swan-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
2Whooper Swan-25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
3Pink-footed Goose-25-Dec30-Dec30-Dec-27-Dec27-Dec-----
4Greylag Goose-25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
5Canada Goose-27-Dec25-Dec29-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
6Barnacle Goose-27-Dec25-Dec31-Dec28-Dec-28-DecY-YY-
7Brent Goose-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
8Shelduck-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
9Wigeon-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
10Gadwall-31-Dec30-Dec28-Dec-28-Dec28-DecYYYYY
11Teal-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
12Green-winged Teal-25-dec----------
13Mallard-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
14Pintail-26-Dec----28-DecY-Y--
15Shoveler-25-Dec28-Dec27-Dec27-Dec28-Dec28-DecYYY-Y
16Pochard-29-Dec28-Dec28-Dec27-Dec26-Dec28-Dec-YYYY
17Tufted Duck-25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
18Scaup----------YY
19Eider-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
20Long-tailed Duck----30-Dec29-Dec----Y-
21Common Scoter-27-Dec25-Dec26-Dec29-Dec29-Dec28-Dec---YY
22Velvet Scoter------------
23Goldeneye-25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec27-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
24Smew------------
25Red-breasted Merganser-28-Dec30-Dec25-Dec26-Dec28-Dec25-DecYYYYY
26Goosander-31-Dec27-Dec28-Dec27-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
27Red-legged Partridge-26-Dec26-Dec28-Dec28-Dec-30-DecYY-YY
28Red Grouse-31-Dec27-Dec28-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYY-Y-
29Grey Partridge------------
30Pheasant-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
31Red-throated Diver-27-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
32Black-throated Diver-27-Dec27-Dec-26-Dec-27-DecY-Y--
33Great Northern Diver-27-Dec27-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
34Fulmar-26-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
35Gannet-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
36Cormorant-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
37Shag-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
38Bittern------------
39Little Egret-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
40Grey Heron-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
41Little Grebe-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
42Great Crested Grebe-----------Y
43Hen Harrier-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
44Sparrowhawk-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
45Buzzard-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec28-DecYYYYY
46Water Rail-26-Dec27-Dec-27-Dec26-Dec28-DecY?---
47Moorhen-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
48Coot-25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
49Oystercatcher-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
50Grey Plover-26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
51Golden Plover-25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
52Ringed Plover-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
53Lapwing-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec30-DecYYYYY
54Curlew-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
55Bar-tailed Godwit-27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYY--
56Turnstone-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
57Knot-29-Dec25-Dec31-Dec27-Dec-30-DecY----
58Sanderling-27-Dec26-Dec25-Dec28-Dec27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
59Dunlin-26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecyYYYY
60Purple Sandpiper-27-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec25-DecYY-YY
61Grey Phalarope------------
62Redshank-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
63Jack Snipe-28-Dec25-Dec30-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYY-Y-
64Woodcock-26-Dec26-Dec30-Dec27-Dec27-Dec28-DecYY-Y-
65Snipe-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
66Puffin-------Y----
67Black Guillemot-26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
68Razorbill-27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec29-Dec29-Dec28-DecYYYYY
69Little Auk------------
70Guillemot-26-Dec25-Dec26-Dec31-Dec29-Dec28-DecYY-YY
71Sabine's Gull------------
72Kittiwake-27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
73Black-headed Gull-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
74Little Gull-----29-Dec------
75Mediterranean Gull------------
76Common Gull-28-Dec25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
77Lesser Black-backed Gull--26-Dec----YY---
78Herring Gull-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
79Yellow-legged Gull---30-Dec--------
80Iceland Gull------------
81Glaucous Gull----30-Dec-------
82Great Black-backed Gull-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
83Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
84Stock Dove-26-Dec--27-Dec27-Dec------
85Woodpigeon-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
86Collared Dove-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
87Barn Owl-28-Dec-27-Dec26-Dec28-Dec-Y-YYY
88Long-eared Owl-27-Dec26-Dec28-Dec27-Dec-------
89Short-eared Owl-------Y----
90Kingfisher-31-Dec27-Dec25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-DecY--Y-
91Great Spotted Woodpecker-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec30-Dec26-DecYY-YY
92Kestrel-26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
93Merlin--26-Dec28-Dec26-Dec27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
94Peregrine-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
95Chough-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
96Magpie-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
97Jackdaw-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
98Rook-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
99Carrion Crow-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
100Hooded Crow-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
101Raven-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
102Goldcrest-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
103Blue Tit-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
104Great Tit-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
105Coal Tit-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
1056Skylark-28-Dec25-Dec31-Dec27-Dec28-Dec28-Dec-YY--
107Long-tailed Tit-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
108Chiffchaff-28-Dec28-Dec25-Dec31-Dec30-Dec--Y-Y-
109Blackcap-26-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
110Lesser Whitethroat-30-Dec----------
111Waxwing------26-Dec---Y-
112Treecreeper-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
113Wren-26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
114Starling-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
115Dipper------------
116Blackbird-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
117Fieldfare-26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYyYY
118Song Thrush-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
119Redwing-25-Dec26-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
120Mistle Thrush-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec27-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
121Robin-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
122Black Redstart-25-Dec27-Dec31-Dec25-Dec-27-Dec-YY--
123Stonechat-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
124Dunnock-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
125House Sparrow-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
126Tree Sparrow-26-Dec31-Dec26-Dec26-Dec28-Dec25-DecYY-YY
127Grey Wagtail-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
128Pied Wagtail-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
129Meadow Pipit-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
130Rock Pipit-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
131Water Pipit--------Y---
132Brambling-26-Dec28-Dec-28-Dec-26-Dec-YYY-
133Chaffinch-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
134Greenfinch-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
135Linnet-25-Dec26-Dec27-Dec27-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
136Twite-25-Dec31-Dec-25-Dec28-Dec27-DecYYYYY
137Lesser Redpoll-26-Dec25-Dec27-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYY-YY
138Mealy Redpoll------------
139Common Crossbill---31-Dec-26-Dec------
140Goldfinch-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
141Siskin-25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
142Snow Bunting-28-Dec28-Dec--27-Dec------
143Lapland Bunting------------
144Yellowhammer-----------Y
145Reed Bunting-28-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.