North West Birds

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Country: United Kingdom

Region: Beetham, Cumbria

We speak: English

Location: Barn Close is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and set among rolling farmland at the edge of a small village. It is 5 miles from junction 35 of the M6 motorway and Lancaster and Oxenholme (Kendal) Railway Stations are in easy reach. It has the advantage of being on the edge of the Lake District but not in it. The WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) reserves at Martin Mere and Caerlaverock are both accessible from Beetham but public transport is not reliable and birder’s own transport is recommended.

Services: This is an ideal base from which to explore the many habitats of the area. Within 3 miles is the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss with its Bitterns, Bearded Tits, Marsh Harriers and Otters in addition to much interesting woodland and parkland locally. There are freshwater pools for waders and inland are the Dales for upland birds – Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Black & Red Grouse, Ring Ouzel, Merlin, Hen Harrier etc. Within a mile of Beetham is the Kent Estuary, which leads into Morecambe Bay, with its huge wader flocks – the second largest estuary for birds, after the Wash in Norfolk. In the autumn, Heysham is one of the prime sites for Leach’s Petrel. Mike Robinson, proprietor and experienced birder is available for up to date information on bird activity and can suggest itineraries for both knowledgeable and amateur birdwatchers alike.

Guestrooms: as accommodation is in a private home, every effort is made to make the guest comfortable. The 1920s house has 2 twin rooms, one with ensuite bath and shower and the other smaller, with a private bathroom. Another room for single occupation is sometimes available. All rooms have Wifi. Breakfast is taken in a large dining room with a view to the garden, woods and several bird tables (garden list stands at 83). The village has an excellent pub, The Wheatsheaf which is 5 minutes walk from Barn Close. There are several other places to eat nearby including the village stores which has a tea room and shop. The larger village, Milnthorpe , 1 mile away has banking, shopping facilities and fuel.

* Please note that the English bird names on this site follow the American terminology. If you can't find a species name, try searching by Family or latin name.
Status key: B = breeding species; RB - rare breeding; W = winter only; V - vagrant; RV = rare vagrant; TM - trans-migrant; In - introduced

Name
Status
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Name (lat)
Family
Common Buzzard
R
1
1
1
1
Buteo buteo Accipitridae
European Honey-buzzard
M
0
1
0
0
Pernis apivorus Accipitridae
Rough-legged Hawk (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Buteo lagopus Accipitridae
Red Kite
R IN
1
1
1
1
Milvus milvus Accipitridae
Golden Eagle
R
1
1
1
1
Aquila chrysaetos Accipitridae
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
R
1
1
1
1
Circus aeruginosus Accipitridae
Northern Harrier
R
1
1
1
1
Circus cyaneus Accipitridae
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
R
1
1
1
1
Accipiter nisus Accipitridae
Northern Goshawk
R
1
1
1
1
Accipiter gentilis Accipitridae
Sedge Warbler
M
0
1
0
0
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus Acrocephalidae
Eurasian Reed-Warbler
M
0
1
0
0
Acrocephalus scirpaceus Acrocephalidae
Long-tailed Tit
R
1
1
1
1
Aegithalos caudatus Aegithalidae
Wood Lark (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Lullula arborea Alaudidae
Sky Lark
R
1
1
1
1
Alauda arvensis Alaudidae
Horned Lark (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Eremophila alpestris Alaudidae
Common Kingfisher
R
1
1
1
1
Alcedo atthis Alcedinidae
Razorbill
M
0
1
0
0
Alca torda Alcidae
Black Guillemot
M
0
1
0
0
Cepphus grylle Alcidae
Atlantic Puffin
M
0
1
0
0
Fratercula arctica Alcidae
Common Murre
M
0
1
0
0
Uria aalge Alcidae
Common Merganser (rare)
R
0
0
0
0
Mergus merganser Anatidae
Graylag Goose
R IN
1
1
1
1
Anser anser Anatidae
Green-winged Teal
R
1
1
1
1
Anas crecca Anatidae
Common Scoter
M
0
0
0
1
Melanitta nigra Anatidae
Ruddy Duck (rare)
IN
0
0
0
0
Oxyura jamaicensis Anatidae
Ruddy Shelduck (rare)
V IN
0
0
0
0
Tadorna ferruginea Anatidae
Ferruginous Duck (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Aythya nyroca Anatidae
Greenland White-fronted Goose (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Anser albifrons flavirostris Anatidae
Mallard
R
1
1
1
1
Anas platyrhynchos Anatidae
Surf Scoter (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Melanitta perspicillata Anatidae
Mute Swan
R
1
1
1
1
Cygnus olor Anatidae
Common Shelduck
R
1
1
1
1
Tadorna tadorna Anatidae
Tufted Duck
R
1
1
1
1
Aythya fuligula Anatidae
Canada Goose
R IN
1
1
1
1
Branta canadensis Anatidae
Northern Pintail
R
1
1
1
1
Anas acuta Anatidae
Greater Snow Goose (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Anser caerulescens atlanticus Anatidae
White-winged Scoter (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Melanitta fusca Anatidae
Whooper Swan
M
0
0
0
1
Cygnus cygnus Anatidae
Mandarin Duck (rare)
V IN
0
0
0
0
Aix galericulata Anatidae
Greater Scaup
M
0
0
0
1
Aythya marila Anatidae
Barnacle Goose (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Branta leucopsis Anatidae
Garganey
M
1
1
0
0
Anas querquedula Anatidae
Egyptian Goose (rare)
IN
0
0
0
0
Alopochen aegyptiacus Anatidae
Common Goldeneye
M
0
0
0
1
Bucephala clangula Anatidae
Bewick's Swan
M
0
0
0
1
Cygnus columbianus bewickii Anatidae
Eurasian Wigeon
M
0
0
0
1
Anas penelope Anatidae
Lesser Scaup (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Aythya affinis Anatidae
Red-breasted Goose (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Branta ruficollis Anatidae
Northern Shoveler
R
1
1
1
1
Anas clypeata Anatidae
Green-winged Teal (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Anas carolinensis Anatidae
Smew
V
0
0
0
1
Mergellus albellus Anatidae
Pink-footed Goose
M
0
0
0
1
Anser brachyrhynchus Anatidae
American Wigeon (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Anas americana Anatidae
Common Eider
R
1
1
1
1
Somateria mollissima Anatidae
Pale Bellied Brent Goose (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Branta bernicla hrota Anatidae
Red-crested Pochard (rare)
V IN
0
0
0
0
Netta rufina Anatidae
Red-breasted Merganser
R
1
1
1
1
Mergus serrator Anatidae
Taiga Bean Goose (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Anser fabalis fabalis Anatidae
Gadwall
R
1
1
1
1
Anas strepera Anatidae
Long-tailed Duck
M
0
0
0
1
Clangula hyemalis Anatidae
Dark Bellied Brent Goose (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Branta bernicla bernicla Anatidae
Common Pochard
R
1
1
1
1
Aythya ferina Anatidae
Common Swift
M
0
1
0
0
Apus apus Apodidae
Great White Egret (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Egretta alba Ardeidae
Cattle Egret (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Bubulcus ibis Ardeidae
Great Bittern
R
1
1
1
1
Botaurus stellaris Ardeidae
Little Egret
R
1
1
1
1
Egretta garzetta Ardeidae
Gray Heron
R
1
1
1
1
Ardea cinerea Ardeidae
Bohemian Waxwing
M
0
0
0
1
Bombycilla garrulus Bombycillidae
Lapland Longspur (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Calcarius lapponicus Calcariidae
Eurasian Nightjar
M
0
1
0
0
Caprimulgus europaeus Caprimulgidae
Eurasian Treecreeper
R
1
1
1
1
Certhia familiaris Certhiidae
Cetti's Warbler
R
1
1
1
1
Cettia cetti Cettiidae
Little Ringed Plover
M
1
1
1
0
Charadrius dubius Charadriidae
Northern Lapwing
R
1
1
1
1
Vanellus vanellus Charadriidae
European Golden-Plover
R
1
1
1
1
Pluvialis apricaria Charadriidae
Black-bellied Plover
M
0
0
0
1
Pluvialis squatarola Charadriidae
Common Ringed Plover
R
1
1
1
1
Charadrius hiaticula Charadriidae
Dotterel
M
0
1
0
0
Eudromias morinellus Charadriidae
White Stork (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Ciconia ciconia Ciconiidae
White-throated Dipper
R
1
1
1
1
Cinclus cinclus Cinclidae
Eurasian Collared-Dove
R
1
1
1
1
Streptopelia decaocto Columbidae
Stock Dove
R
1
1
1
1
Columba oenas Columbidae
Feral Pigeon
R
1
1
1
1
Columba livia feral Columbidae
Common Wood-Pigeon
R
1
1
1
1
Columba palumbus Columbidae
European Turtle-Dove (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Streptopelia turtur Columbidae
European Roller (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Coracias garrulus Coraciidae
Eurasian Magpie
R
1
1
1
1
Pica pica Corvidae
Nordic Jackdaw (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Corvus mondelula mondelula Corvidae
Red-billed Chough (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax Corvidae
Rook
R
1
1
1
1
Corvus frugilegus Corvidae
Carrion Crow
R
1
1
1
1
Corvus corone Corvidae
Hooded Crow (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Corvus cornix Corvidae
Common Raven
R
1
1
1
1
Corvus corax Corvidae
Eurasian Jay
R
1
1
1
1
Garrulus glandarius Corvidae
Jackdaw
R
1
1
1
1
Corvus mondelula spermologus Corvidae
Common Cuckoo
M
0
1
0
0
Cuculus canorus Cuculidae
Corn Bunting
R
1
1
1
1
Miliaria calandra Emberizidae
Reed Bunting
R
1
1
1
1
Emberiza schoeniclus Emberizidae
Yellowhammer
R
1
1
1
1
Emberiza citrinella Emberizidae
Snow Bunting (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Plectrophenax nivalis nivalis Emberizidae
Eurasian Kestrel
R
1
1
1
1
Falco tinnunculus Falconidae
Peregrine Falcon
R
1
1
1
1
Falco peregrinus Falconidae
Merlin
R
1
1
1
1
Falco columbarius Falconidae
Eurasian Hobby
M
0
1
0
0
Falco subbuteo Falconidae
Siskin
R
1
1
1
1
Carduelis spinus Fringillidae
Eurasian Linnet
R
1
1
1
1
Carduelis cannabina Fringillidae
European Goldfinch
R
1
1
1
1
Carduelis carduelis Fringillidae
Coues's Arctic Redpoll (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Carduelis hornemanni exilipes Fringillidae
Lesser Redpoll
R
1
1
1
1
Carduelis cabaret Fringillidae
Common Chaffinch
R
1
1
1
1
Fringilla coelebs Fringillidae
Hawfinch
R
1
1
1
1
Coccothraustes coccothraustes Fringillidae
Common Redpoll (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Carduelis flammea Fringillidae
Brambling
M
0
0
0
1
Fringilla montifringilla Fringillidae
Eurasian Bullfinch
R
1
1
1
1
Pyrrhula pyrrhula Fringillidae
Twite
M
0
0
0
1
Carduelis flavirostris Fringillidae
Greenfinch
R
1
1
1
1
Carduelis chloris Fringillidae
Red Crossbill
R
1
1
1
1
Loxia curvirostra Fringillidae
Arctic Loon (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Gavia arctica Gaviidae
Red-throated Loon
M
1
0
0
0
Gavia stellata Gaviidae
Common Loon (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Gavia immer Gaviidae
Black-winged Pratincole (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Glareola nordmanni Glareolidae
Common Crane (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Grus grus Gruidae
Eurasian Oystercatcher
R
1
1
1
1
Haematopus ostralegus Haematopodidae
Barn Swallow
M
0
1
0
0
Hirundo rustica Hirundinidae
House Martin
M
0
1
0
0
Delichon urbica Hirundinidae
Bank Swallow
M
0
1
0
0
Riparia riparia Hirundinidae
European Storm-Petrel
M
0
1
0
0
Hydrobates pelagicus Hydrobatidae
Leach's Storm-Petrel
M
0
0
1
0
Oceanodroma leucorhoa Hydrobatidae
Northern Shrike (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Lanius excubitor Laniidae
Woodchat Shrike (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Lanius senator Laniidae
Great Black-backed Gull
R
1
1
1
1
Larus marinus Laridae
Lesser black backed Gull
M
0
0
0
1
Larus fuscus intermedius Laridae
Glaucous Gull (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Larus hyperboreus Laridae
Roseate Tern (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Sterna dougallii Laridae
Black-headed Gull
R
1
1
1
1
Larus ridibundus Laridae
Iceland Gull (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Larus glaucoides Laridae
Common Tern
M
0
1
0
0
Sterna hirundo Laridae
Mediterranean Gull
M
0
0
1
1
Larus melanocephalus Laridae
Herring Gull
R
1
1
1
1
Larus argentatus argenteus Laridae
Arctic Tern
M
0
1
0
0
Sterna paradisaea Laridae
Little Gull
M
1
0
1
0
Larus minutus Laridae
Yellow-legged Gull
M
0
0
1
0
Larus michahellis michahellis Laridae
Ross's Gull (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Rhodostethia rosea Laridae
Scandanavian Herring Gull
M
0
0
0
1
Larus argentatus argentatus Laridae
Black Tern
M
1
0
1
0
Chlidonias niger Laridae
Mew Gull
M
1
0
1
1
Larus canus Laridae
Black-legged Kittiwake
R
1
1
1
1
Rissa tridactyla Laridae
Lesser Black-backed Gull
R
1
1
1
1
Larus fuscus graellsi Laridae
Black-tailed Godwit Islandic race
M
1
1
1
1
Limosa limosa islandica Limosinae
Black-tailed Godwit
M
0
1
0
0
Limosa limosa limosa Limosinae
Common Grasshopper-Warbler
M
0
1
0
0
Locustella naevia Locustellidae
Savi's Warbler (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Locustella luscinioides Locustellidae
Channel Wagtail
M
0
1
0
0
Motacilla flava flavaXflavissima Motacillidae
Blue-headed Wagtail
M
0
1
0
0
Motacilla flava flava Motacillidae
Motacilla flava flavissima
M
1
1
0
0
Motacilla flava flavissima MOTACILLIDAE
Tree Pipit
M
0
1
0
0
Anthus trivialis Motacillidae
Gray Wagtail
R
1
1
1
1
Motacilla cinerea Motacillidae
Meadow Pipit
R
1
1
1
1
Anthus pratensis Motacillidae
Scandanavian Rock Pipit
M
0
0
0
1
Anthus petrosus littoralis Motacillidae
Rock Pipit
R
1
1
1
1
Anthus petrosus petrosus Motacillidae
Water Pipit (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Anthus spinoletta Motacillidae
Pied Wagtail
R
1
1
1
1
Motacilla alba yarrelli Motacillidae
White Wagtail
M
1
0
0
0
Motacilla alba alba Motacillidae
Northern Wheatear
M
1
1
0
0
Oenanthe oenanthe Muscicapidae
European Robin
R
1
1
1
1
Erithacus rubecula Muscicapidae
Spotted Flycatcher
M
0
1
0
0
Muscicapa striata Muscicapidae
Black Redstart (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Phoenicurus ochruros Muscicapidae
European Pied Flycatcher
M
0
1
0
0
Ficedula hypoleuca Muscicapidae
Common Redstart
M
0
1
0
0
Phoenicurus phoenicurus Muscicapidae
Whinchat
M
0
1
0
0
Saxicola rubetra Muscicapidae
Osprey
M
1
1
1
0
Pandion haliaetus Pandionidae
Bearded Reedling
R
1
1
1
1
Panurus biarmicus Panuridae
Great Tit
R
1
1
1
1
Parus major Paridae
Marsh Tit
R
1
1
1
1
Parus palustris Paridae
Willow Tit
R
1
1
1
1
Parus montanus Paridae
Blue Tit
R
1
1
1
1
Parus caeruleus Paridae
Coal Tit
R
1
1
1
1
Parus ater PARIDAE
House Sparrow
R
1
1
1
1
Passer domesticus Passeridae
Spanish Sparrow (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Passer hispaniolensis Passeridae
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
R
1
1
1
1
Passer montanus Passeridae
Great Cormorant
R
1
1
1
1
Phalacrocorax carbo Phalacrocoracidae
European Shag (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Phalacrocorax aristotelis Phalacrocoracidae
Common Quail
M
0
1
0
0
Coturnix coturnix Phasianidae
Gray Partridge
R
1
1
1
1
Perdix perdix Phasianidae
Red-legged Partridge
R
1
1
1
1
Alectoris rufa Phasianidae
Black Grouse
R
1
1
1
1
Tetrao tetrix Phasianidae
Ring-necked Pheasant
R
1
1
1
1
Phasianus colchicus Phasianidae
Willow Warbler
M
0
1
0
0
Phylloscopus trochilus Phylloscopidae
Common Chiffchaff
M
0
1
0
0
Phylloscopus collybita Phylloscopidae
Wood Warbler
M
0
1
0
0
Phylloscopus sibilatrix Phylloscopidae
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
R
1
1
1
1
Dendrocopos minor Picidae
Green Woodpecker
R
1
1
1
1
Picus viridis Picidae
Great Spotted Woodpecker
R
1
1
1
1
Dendrocopos major Picidae
Great Crested Grebe
R
1
1
1
1
Podiceps cristatus Podicipedidae
Red-necked Grebe (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Podiceps grisegena Podicipedidae
Horned Grebe (rare)
V
0
0
0
0
Podiceps auritus Podicipedidae
Eared Grebe
M
1
1
0
0
Podiceps nigricollis Podicipedidae