The Isle of Man Christmas Bird Race 2017

Christmas Bird Race recording sheet 2017
Download your Christmas Bird Race recording card 2017

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.

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

 

#Common name2017201620152014201320122011
SPECIES TOTAL113111108100109103
1Mute Swan25-DecYYYYY
2Whooper Swan26-DecYYYYY
3Pink-footed Goose27-DecNNNNN
4White-fronted GooseNNNNNN
5Greylag Goose25-DecYYYYY
6Canada Goose25-DecYYYYY
7Barnacle Goose28-DecYNYYN
8Brent Goose25-DecYYYYY
9Shelduck26-DecYYYYY
10Wigeon25-DecYYYYY
11Gadwall28-DecYYYYY
12Teal25-DecYYYYY
13Mallard25-DecYYYYY
14Pintail28-DecYNYNN
15Shoveler28-DecYYYNY
16Pochard28-DecNYYYY
17Tufted Duck27-DecYYYYY
18ScaupNNNNYY
19Eider25-DecYYYYY
20King EiderNNNNNN
21Long-tailed DuckNNNNYN
22Common Scoter28-DecNNNYY
23Velvet ScoterNNNNNN
24Goldeneye27-DecYYYYY
25SmewNNNNNN
26Red-breasted Merganser25-DecYYYYY
27Goosander26-DecYYYYY
28Ruddy DuckNNNNNN
29Red-legged Partridge30-DecYYNYY
30Red Grouse26-DecYYNYN
31Grey PartridgeNNNNNN
32Pheasant27-DecYYYYY
33Red-throated Diver26-DecYYYYY
34Black-throated Diver27-DecYNYNN
35Great Northern Diver27-DecYYYYY
36Fulmar25-DecYYYYY
37Manx ShearwaterNNNNNN
38Gannet26-DecYYYYY
39Cormorant26-DecYYYYY
40Shag25-DecYYYYY
41BitternNNNNNN
42Little Egret25-DecYYYYY
43Grey Heron25-DecYYYYY
44Little Grebe27-DecYYYYY
45Great Crested GrebeNNNNNY
46Hen Harrier25-DecYYYYY
47Sparrowhawk25-DecYYYYY
48Buzzard28-DecYYYYY
49Water Rail28-DecY?NNN
50Moorhen26-DecYYYYY
51Coot27-DecYYYYY
52Oystercatcher25-DecYYYYY
53Grey Plover25-DecYYYYY
54Golden Plover27-DecYYYYY
55Ringed Plover25-DecYYYYY
56Lapwing30-DecYYYYY
57Curlew25-DecYYYYY
58Black-tailed GodwitNNNNNN
59Bar-tailed Godwit26-DecYYYNN
60Turnstone25-DecYYYYY
61Knot30-DecYNNNN
62Sanderling26-DecYYYYY
63Dunlin25-DecyYYYY
64Purple Sandpiper25-DecYYNYY
65Red-necked PhalaropeNNNNNN
66Grey PhalaropeNNNNNN
67Common SandpiperNNNNNN
68Redshank25-DecYYYYY
69Jack Snipe26-DecYYNYN
70Woodcock28-DecYYNYN
71Snipe26-DecYYYYY
72PuffinNYNNNN
73Black Guillemot25-DecYYYYY
74Razorbill28-DecYYYYY
75Little AukNNNNNN
76Guillemot28-DecYYNYY
77Sabine's GullNNNNNN
78Kittiwake26-DecYYYYY
79Black-headed Gull25-DecYYYYY
80Mediterranean GullNNNNNN
81Common Gull27-DecYYYYY
82Lesser Black-backed GullNYYNNN
83Herring Gull25-DecYYYYY
84Yellow-legged GullNNNNNN
85Iceland GullNNNNNN
86Glaucous GullNNNNNN
87Great Black-backed Gull26-DecYYYYY
88Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon25-DecYYYYY
89Stock DoveNNNNNN
90Woodpigeon25-DecYYYYY
91Collared Dove25-DecYYYYY
92Barn OwlNYNYYY
93Tawny OwlNNNNNN
94Long-eared OwlNNNNNN
95Short-eared OwlNYNNNN
96Kingfisher27-DecYNNYN
97Great Spotted Woodpecker26-DecYYNYY
98Kestrel27-DecYYYYY
99Merlin26-DecYYYYY
100Peregrine25-DecYYYYY
101Great Grey ShrikeNNNNNN
102Chough25-DecYYYYY
103Magpie25-DecYYYYY
104Jackdaw25-DecYYYYY
105Rook25-DecYYYYY
106Carrion Crow25-DecYYYYY
107Hooded Crow25-DecYYYYY
108Raven26-DecYYYYY
109Goldcrest26-DecYYYYY
110Blue Tit25-DecYYYYY
111Great Tit25-DecYYYYY
112Coal Tit25-DecYYYYY
113Skylark28-DecNYYNN
114Long-tailed Tit25-DecYYYYY
115Yellow-browed WarblerNNNNNN
116ChiffchaffNNYNYN
117Blackcap25-DecYYYYY
118Waxwing26-DecNNNYN
119Treecreeper27-DecYYYYY
120Wren26-DecYYYYY
121Starling25-DecYYYYY
122DipperNNNNNN
123Blackbird25-DecYYYYY
124Fieldfare25-DecYYyYY
125Song Thrush26-DecYYYYY
126Redwing25-DecYYYYY
127Mistle Thrush25-DecYYYYY
128Robin25-DecYYYYY
129Black Redstart27-DecNYYNN
130Stonechat26-DecYYYYY
131Dunnock25-DecYYYYY
132House Sparrow25-DecYYYYY
133Tree Sparrow25-DecYYNYY
134Grey Wagtail25-DecYYYYY
135Pied Wagtail25-DecYYYYY
136Meadow Pipit27-DecYYYYY
137Rock Pipit25-DecYYYYY
138Water PipitNNYNNN
139Brambling26-DecNYYYN
140Chaffinch25-DecYYYYY
141Greenfinch25-DecYYYYY
142Linnet26-DecYYYYY
143Twite27-DecYYYYY
144Lesser Redpoll25-DecYYNYY
145Mealy RedpollNNNNNN
146Arctic RedpollNNNNNN
147Common CrossbillNNNNNN
148Goldfinch25-DecYYYYY
149Siskin25-DecYYYYY
150Snow BuntingNNNNNN
151Lapland BuntingNNNNNN
152YellowhammerNNNNNY
153Reed BuntingNYYYYY

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.