Birds of the United Kingdom

These are some of the birds that we saw in 2.5 days of birding in Cumbria, near Beetham, UK. Many thanks to guide Mike Robinson ( http://www.nwbirds.co.uk ) for an effective weekend of targeted birding.

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Little egret

Pink-footed goose (These are our life birds.)

Pink-footed geese were by far the most common geese in the area in early October, 2016. We had many flyovers, and their honking is perhaps the most characteristic sound of Fall.

Red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus), the UK subspecies of Willow grouse. We had not seen Willow grouse before: this female is our life bird.

Red-legged partridge NOT glad to see us. We did not blame them: The shooting season started tomorrow.

Eurasian oystercatchers about to lose their last little island to the rising tide.

Common snipe

Sabine's gull - our life bird. We were very lucky to see this immature bird: Sabine's gulls are pelagic and are seen from the UK only a few times per year. This one was in Morecambe Bay, at the cooling water outlet of the Heysham Nuclear Power Station.

Sabine's gull: This picture best shows the plumage - the sharp, white "V" in the dark wings used for the ID.

More pictures of the same Sabine's gull

Lesser black-backed gull

European robin

Bearded reedling: These are our life birds. We were lucky to be birding Leighton Moss just at the time (October 1 and 2) when the birds switch from their summer diet of instects to their winter diet of seeds. As a result, they were busy swallowing grit.

Bearded reedling (female)

Bearded reedling (male)


Our bird pictures from around the world follow standard ecozones approximately but not exactly:

Birds from the USA and Canada:   our house, Texas, California, Hawaii, Canada,

Neotropic birds from Central America and the Caribbean:   Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago

Neotropic birds from South America:   Ecuador, Brazil.

Western palearctic birds:   Europe: Germany, Finland, Norway, Europe: United Kingdom, Europe: Spain, the Canary Islands, Europe: Lesbos, Greece, Israel

Eastern palearctic birds:   China

Birds from Africa:   The Gambia, South Africa

Indo-Malayan birds from   India: North-west (Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand) India: North-east (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya)India: Central (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh)

Birds from   Australia, New Zealand.


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