The Isle of Man Christmas Bird Race 2018

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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 by:

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.

 

#Common name2017201620152014201320122011
SPECIES TOTAL113113111108100109103
1Mute Swan25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
2Whooper Swan26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
3Pink-footed Goose27-Dec27-DecNNNNN
4White-fronted GooseNNNNNNN
5Greylag Goose25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
6Canada Goose25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
7Barnacle GooseN28-DecYNYYN
8Brent Goose26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
9Shelduck25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
10Wigeon25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
11Gadwall28-Dec28-DecYYYYY
12Teal25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
13Mallard25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
14PintailN28-DecYNYNN
15Shoveler28-Dec28-DecYYYNY
16Pochard26-Dec28-DecNYYYY
17Tufted Duck26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
18ScaupNNNNNYY
19Eider25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
20King EiderNNNNNNN
21Long-tailed Duck29-DecNNNNYN
22Common Scoter29-Dec28-DecNNNYY
23Velvet ScoterNNNNNNN
24Goldeneye26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
25SmewNNNNNNN
26Red-breasted Merganser28-Dec25-DecYYYYY
27Goosander28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
28Ruddy DuckNNNNNNN
29Red-legged PartridgeN30-DecYYNYY
30Red Grouse26-Dec26-DecYYNYN
31Grey PartridgeNNNNNNN
32Pheasant25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
33Red-throated Diver28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
34Black-throated DiverN27-DecYNYNN
35Great Northern Diver27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
36Fulmar25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
37Manx ShearwaterNNNNNNN
38Gannet26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
39Cormorant25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
40Shag25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
41BitternNNNNNNN
42Little Egret25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
43Grey Heron25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
44Little Grebe25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
45Great Crested GrebeNNNNNNY
46Hen Harrier25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
47Sparrowhawk25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
48Buzzard26-Dec28-DecYYYYY
49Water Rail26-Dec28-DecY?NNN
50Moorhen25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
51Coot26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
52Oystercatcher25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
53Grey Plover26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
54Golden Plover27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
55Ringed Plover26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
56Lapwing25-Dec30-DecYYYYY
57Curlew25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
58Black-tailed GodwitNNNNNNN
59Bar-tailed Godwit28-Dec26-DecYYYNN
60Turnstone25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
61KnotN30-DecYNNNN
62Sanderling27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
63Dunlin26-Dec25-DecyYYYY
64Purple Sandpiper26-Dec25-DecYYNYY
65Red-necked PhalaropeNNNNNNN
66Grey PhalaropeNNNNNNN
67Common SandpiperNNNNNNN
68Redshank25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
69Jack Snipe26-Dec26-DecYYNYN
70Woodcock27-Dec28-DecYYNYN
71Snipe26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
72PuffinNNYNNNN
73Black Guillemot26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
74Razorbill29-Dec28-DecYYYYY
75Little AukNNNNNNN
76Guillemot29-Dec28-DecYYNYY
77Sabine's GullNNNNNNN
78Kittiwake26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
79Black-headed Gull26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
80Little Gull29-DecNNNNNN
81Mediterranean GullNNNNNNN
82Common Gull26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
83Lesser Black-backed GullNNYYNNN
84Herring Gull25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
85Yellow-legged GullNNNNNNN
86Iceland GullNNNNNNN
87Glaucous GullNNNNNNN
88Great Black-backed Gull25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
89Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
90Stock Dove27-DecNNNNNN
91Woodpigeon26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
92Collared Dove25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
93Barn Owl28-DecNYNYYY
94Tawny OwlNNNNNNN
95Long-eared OwlNNNNNNN
96Short-eared OwlNNYNNNN
97Kingfisher27-Dec27-DecYNNYN
98Great Spotted Woodpecker30-Dec26-DecYYNYY
99Kestrel25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
100Merlin27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
101Peregrine25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
102Great Grey ShrikeNNNNNNN
103Chough25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
104Magpie25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
105Jackdaw25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
106Rook25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
107Carrion Crow25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
108Hooded Crow25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
109Raven25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
110Goldcrest25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
111Blue Tit25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
112Great Tit25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
113Coal Tit25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
114Skylark28-Dec28-DecNYYNN
115Long-tailed Tit25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
116Yellow-browed WarblerNNNNNNN
117Chiffchaff30-DecNNYNYN
118Blackcap25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
119WaxwingN26-DecNNNYN
120Treecreeper26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
121Wren25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
122Starling25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
123DipperNNNNNNN
124Blackbird25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
125Fieldfare26-Dec25-DecYYyYY
126Song Thrush26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
127Redwing25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
128Mistle Thrush26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
129Robin25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
130Black RedstartN27-DecNYYNN
131Stonechat25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
132Dunnock25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
133House Sparrow25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
134Tree Sparrow28-Dec25-DecYYNYY
135Grey Wagtail26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
136Pied Wagtail25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
137Meadow Pipit26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
138Rock Pipit25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
139Water PipitNNNYNNN
140BramblingN26-DecNYYYN
141Chaffinch25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
142Greenfinch26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
143Linnet28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
144Twite28-Dec27-DecYYYYY
145Lesser Redpoll25-Dec25-DecYYNYY
146Mealy RedpollNNNNNNN
147Arctic RedpollNNNNNNN
148Common Crossbill26-DecNNNNNN
149Goldfinch25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
150Siskin25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
151Snow Bunting27-DecNNNNNN
152Lapland BuntingNNNNNNN
153YellowhammerNNNNNNY
154Reed Bunting27-DecNYYYYY

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.