Birding goals for the Spring

Last year I set myself some birding goals for the year (Raven, Red Kite, Avocet, Short-eared Owl, Little Auk, Smew, Goshawk, Crossbill, Bittern, Kingfisher), of birds I’d never seen, not seen for ages, or wanted better views of. In a tiny bit over a year, I actually managed eight out of ten of them (except Short-eared Owl and Little Auk), which I don’t consider bad going.

This Spring and Summer I thought I’d do a similar thing, but not be quite that amitious, and not put any birds on the list that won’t be easily found within a walk or bus journey from my house. The following birds are all ones that, despite being reasonably common, have managed not to end up on my lists for the last two years through some kind of ornithological imcompetence on my part. So over the next couple of months I’m going after:

Spotted Flycatcher
Grasshopper Warbler
Barn Owl
Lesser Whitethroat
Yellow Wagtail
Wood Warbler

I have very good ideas where to find most of these, but if anyone has any good tips for particularly reliable spots feel free to get in touch!

Speaking of barn owls, Laura thinks she saw one flying across the road as she was driving up the bottom of Rivelin Valley Road (Malin Bridge end) on Saturday. Although a built up area, there’s a lot of fields nearby around the abandoned Loxley College, so I can imagine there being suitable habitat. Has anyone heard of any sighted in this area?


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2 thoughts on “Birding goals for the Spring”

  1. I haven’t heard anything about barn owls around Rivelin/Loxley, but they do turn up in urban/suburban areas from time to time. I vaguely recall one getting stuck under a bus at Ranmoor some years ago.

    Rocher near High Bradfield is a good spot for redstarts.

  2. The Rocher area is one of my new favourite places – I’ll scour the area for redstarts next time I’m there! I’m guessing Rocher Wood is the place to look?

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