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Birds seen or heard in or over Montpelier

Status C = Common F = Frequent S = Scarce RV = Rare Vagrant SV = Summer Visitor WV = Winter Visitor PM = Passage Migrant R = Resident

CORMORANT (S) Occasionally seen flying over in ones or twos

GREY HERON (RV) only two records of individuals flying over on 4th November 2002 and 24 November 2007.

MUTE SWAN (RV) A party of 9 over the station on 16th October 2007 is the only record

SPARROWHAWK (F) Seen throughout the year but less often in the breeding season

COMMON BUZZARD (RV) One flew over the railway path on 1 March 2008

KESTREL (RV) Once frequently seen in Montpelier this species has not been seen for several years. They used to favour the railway land now occupied by flats along Station Road

PEREGRINE FALCON (RV?) One seen flying over Station Road on 19th November 2007 was the first confirmed record though this bird is probably overlooked as several pairs nest around Bristol.

COMMON SANDPIPER (RV) One flew over Richmond Road calling at 10.30 pm on 15 Sep 2008

WOODCOCK (RV) One on 27 Dec 2010

BLACK-HEADED GULL (RV) Occasionally seen in Autumn and winter but never common.

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (C) Many seen drifting overhead every day, commoner in the summer

HERRING GULL (C) Many seen drifting overhead every day

FERAL PIGEON (C) Ubiquitous!

WOODPIGEON (C) Very familiar sight in gardens

COLLARED DOVE (C) Common around the station and in gardens

TURTLE DOVE (RV/PM) Only one record of this nationally scarce species - one singing on 20th April 2007 at the station

TAWNY OWL (RV) Only two records; one calling behind the Old England on 21st September 1983 and a male and female heard on 2nd October 2005 in Richmond Road

SWIFT (SV) Decreasing numbers breed every summer

GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER (S) First seen on 5th October 2007 in the park and now seen sporadically, usually in and around the station.

SKYLARK (PM) Small numbers pass overhead mainly in autumn

HOUSE MARTIN (PM) Small groups usually seen in early autumn but breeds outside Monty proper

SWALLOW (PM/S) Occasionally noted in spring and autumn in very small numbers

MEADOW PIPIT (PM) Occasionally seen or heard overhead, mainly in the autumn

GREY WAGTAIL (S) One or two seen mainly in autumn and winter

PIED WAGTAIL (F/PM/WV) Usually seen in small numbers, mainly in autumn and winter
WAXWING (RV) Twelve on 27 Dec and seven on 28 December 2010

WREN (C) Mostly heard and seen in gardens and the park

DUNNOCK (C) A frequent garden visitor and common at the station

ROBIN (C) A frequent garden visitor

BLACKBIRD ( C/R/WV ) A regular garden visitor. Numbers may be swelled by migrants in autumn and winter

FIELDFARE (WV) Small numbers fly over or even visit gardens in favourable years

SONG THRUSH (RV) Once a common bird, this species has not been seen or heard in Monty proper for many years - nearest are in Narroways

REDWING (WV) Small numbers fly over or even visit gardens in favourable years

MISTLE THRUSH (S) One on 13th November 2007 in the park was the first for several years

WHITETHROAT (S/PM) Occasionally seen on migration. May once have bred

GARDEN WARBLER (PM/R) Probably overlooked, the only record is of one on 25th April 2007

BLACKCAP (SV/WV) One or two breed, probably more visit in winter

WOOD WARBLER (RV/PM) Only two records, the first was in the early 80s (not seen by me) and the second was on 25th April 2004 in the park

CHIFFCHAFF (PM/SV) Increasingly staying to breed, otherwise usually seen in small numbers in spring and autumn and they occasionally over-winter

WILLOW WARBLER (PM) Occasionally seen or heard in spring but they don’t usually stay for the summer

GOLDCREST (F/WV) Regularly encountered in the park
FIRECREST (RV) One reported from a Richmond Road garden on 14th February is the only record.

SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (RV) Formerly bred near the station and St Pauls Park back in the 80s but now extremely rare and declining nationally

PIED FLYCATCHER (RV) A male in the park on 21 Apr 2008 and a female at the same location on 22 Apr 2008.

LONG-TAILED TIT (F) Parties regularly seen in the park and in gardens

COAL TIT ( F) Most often heard or seen in the park

BLUE TIT (C ) Regular garden visitor

GREAT TIT (C) Regular garden visitor

JAY (F) Small numbers breed - frequently seen in gardens, the park and the station

MAGPIE (C) A frequent garden visitor throughout the year

JACKDAW (F) Regularly seen in small numbers but less rarely in summer. Largest count of twenty-three birds overhead on 21st October 2007

CARRION CROW (C) Many birds are seen locally and breed in good numbers

RAVEN (F) Seen regularly in ones or twos but rarely in high summer

STARLING (S/WV) Small parties occasionally seen mostly in autumn and winter so probably visitors from Eastern Europe

HOUSE SPARROW (F/R) Small colonies still survive despite national declines

CHAFFINCH (C/WV/R) Usually the small numbers of resident birds are joined by migrants in winter

BRAMBLING (RV/WV) One reported at the station on 3rd January 2008 then 2 in the park on 28th January 2008.

GREENFINCH ( C/R/WV) Although resident, numbers usually increase in winter

GOLDFINCH (F/R) Small numbers breed and occasionally visit gardens

SISKIN (S/PM/WV) In favourable years, individuals occasionally heard calling overhead

LINNET (R/PM/WV) Singles occasionally seen or heard overhead - 8 or 9 birds seen in Richmond Road on 12 January 1982 is the highest count.

LESSER REDPOLL ( S/WV/PM) Occasional single birds heard calling overhead mostly in autumn and winter

BULLFINCH (S/R/WV ) Occasionally noted along Fairlawn Road in winter

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