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 name20182017201620152014201320122011
SPECIES TOTAL116113113111108100109103
1Mute Swan25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
2Whooper Swan26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
3Pink-footed GooseN27-Dec27-DecNNNNN
4White-fronted GooseNNNNNNNN
5Greylag Goose26-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
6Canada Goose27-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
7Barnacle Goose28-DecN28-DecYNYYN
8Brent Goose25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
9Shelduck25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
10Wigeon25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
11GadwallN28-Dec28-DecYYYYY
12Teal25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
13Mallard25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
14PintailNN28-DecYNYNN
15Shoveler27-Dec28-Dec28-DecYYYNY
16Pochard27-Dec26-Dec28-DecNYYYY
17Tufted Duck26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
18ScaupNNNNNNYY
19Eider25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
20King EiderNNNNNNNN
21Long-tailed Duck30-Dec29-DecNNNNYN
22Common Scoter29-Dec29-Dec28-DecNNNYY
23Velvet ScoterNNNNNNNN
24Goldeneye27-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
25SmewNNNNNNNN
26Red-breasted Merganser26-Dec28-Dec25-DecYYYYY
27Goosander27-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
28Ruddy DuckNNNNNNNN
29Red-legged Partridge28-DecN30-DecYYNYY
30Red Grouse26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYNYN
31Grey PartridgeNNNNNNNN
32Pheasant25-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
33Red-throated Diver26-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
34Black-throated Diver26-DecN27-DecYNYNN
35Great Northern Diver26-Dec27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
36Fulmar25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
37Manx ShearwaterNNNNNNNN
38Gannet25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
39Cormorant25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
40Shag25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
41BitternNNNNNNNN
42Little Egret25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
43Grey Heron25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
44Little Grebe27-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
45Great Crested GrebeNNNNNNNY
46Hen Harrier26-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
47Sparrowhawk25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
48Buzzard25-Dec26-Dec28-DecYYYYY
49Water Rail27-Dec26-Dec28-DecY?NNN
50Moorhen25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
51Coot26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
52Oystercatcher25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
53Grey Plover25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
54Golden Plover27-Dec27-Dec27-DecYYYYY
55Ringed Plover25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
56Lapwing25-Dec25-Dec30-DecYYYYY
57Curlew25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
58Black-tailed GodwitNNNNNNNN
59Bar-tailed Godwit25-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYNN
60Turnstone25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
61Knot27-DecN30-DecYNNNN
62Sanderling28-Dec27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
63Dunlin25-Dec26-Dec25-DecyYYYY
64Purple Sandpiper26-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYNYY
65Red-necked PhalaropeNNNNNNNN
66Grey PhalaropeNNNNNNNN
67Common SandpiperNNNNNNNN
68Redshank25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
69Jack Snipe26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYNYN
70Woodcock27-Dec27-Dec28-DecYYNYN
71Snipe25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
72PuffinNNNYNNNN
73Black Guillemot25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
74Razorbill29-Dec29-Dec28-DecYYYYY
75Little AukNNNNNNNN
76Guillemot31-Dec29-Dec28-DecYYNYY
77Sabine's GullNNNNNNNN
78Kittiwake26-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
79Black-headed Gull25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
80Little GullN29-DecNNNNNN
81Mediterranean GullNNNNNNNN
82Common Gull27-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
83Lesser Black-backed GullNNNYYNNN
84Herring Gull25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
85Yellow-legged GullNNNNNNNN
86Iceland GullNNNNNNNN
87Glaucous Gull30-DecNNNNNNN
88Great Black-backed Gull25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
89Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
90Stock Dove27-Dec27-DecNNNNNN
91Woodpigeon25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
92Collared Dove25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
93Barn Owl26-Dec28-DecNYNYYY
94Tawny OwlNNNNNNNN
95Long-eared Owl27-DecNNNNNNN
96Short-eared OwlNNNYNNNN
97Kingfisher26-Dec27-Dec27-DecYNNYN
98Great Spotted Woodpecker25-Dec30-Dec26-DecYYNYY
99Kestrel27-Dec25-Dec27-DecYYYYY
100Merlin26-Dec27-Dec26-DecYYYYY
101Peregrine27-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
102Great Grey ShrikeNNNNNNNN
103Chough25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
104Magpie25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
105Jackdaw25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
106Rook25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
107Carrion Crow25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
108Hooded Crow25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
109Raven26-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
110Goldcrest25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
111Blue Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
112Great Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
113Coal Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
114Skylark27-Dec28-Dec28-DecNYYNN
115Long-tailed Tit25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
116Yellow-browed WarblerNNNNNNNN
117Chiffchaff31-Dec30-DecNNYNYN
118Blackcap25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
119WaxwingNN26-DecNNNYN
120Treecreeper25-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
121Wren25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
122Starling25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
123DipperNNNNNNNN
124Blackbird25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
125Fieldfare27-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYyYY
126Song Thrush25-Dec26-Dec26-DecYYYYY
127Redwing25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
128Mistle Thrush27-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
129Robin25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
130Black Redstart25-DecN27-DecNYYNN
131Stonechat25-Dec25-Dec26-DecYYYYY
132Dunnock25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
133House Sparrow25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
134Tree Sparrow26-Dec28-Dec25-DecYYNYY
135Grey Wagtail25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
136Pied Wagtail25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
137Meadow Pipit26-Dec26-Dec27-DecYYYYY
138Rock Pipit25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
139Water PipitNNNNYNNN
140Brambling28-DecN26-DecNYYYN
141Chaffinch25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
142Greenfinch25-Dec26-Dec25-DecYYYYY
143Linnet27-Dec28-Dec26-DecYYYYY
144Twite25-Dec28-Dec27-DecYYYYY
145Lesser Redpoll25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYNYY
146Mealy RedpollNNNNNNNN
147Arctic RedpollNNNNNNNN
148Common CrossbillN26-DecNNNNNN
149Goldfinch25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
150Siskin25-Dec25-Dec25-DecYYYYY
151Snow BuntingN27-DecNNNNNN
152Lapland BuntingNNNNNNNN
153YellowhammerNNNNNNNY
154Reed Bunting29-Dec27-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.