Peninsula Bird Checklist (updated Jan 2017)

The Selsey Peninsula Bird Checklist follows and currently stands at 337 species; note that in the case of rare and scarce species this relates only to records officially accepted by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) or Sussex Ornithological Society Records Committee (SOSRC) as appropriate and regrettably unsubmitted or unconfirmed records cannot be used. This is important to maintain the credibility of the List for future researchers. Several subspecies, such as Black Brant, are included in the list for information as they are potential future splits or are already considered full species by some authorities, but they are not included in the overall total, which relates only to the official British Ornithologists' Union (BOU) list of species - per their categories A,B and C.
Feral species are generally excluded, thus a record of 14 Snow Geese in early 1983 has sadly had to be excluded. One species however - Ruddy Shelduck - is included; although most modern records are harshly deemed by the authorities to refer to escapes and ferals, there are also two historic records from 1890 and 1892 of birds shot at Selsey, part of a genuine irruption, so the species surely has a valid claim to be included.
As will be seen in the list, there are two other species that are included on the basis of historic records only, both of these being considered valid. In the case of rarities and vagrants that have occurred on the Peninsula only once, the month/year and location of occurrence is included. In due course it may be possible to add further information such as status or last sighting date for other records.
SPECIES  





 

 
TotalWhen SeenNotes
Mute Swan1
Bewick's Swan1
Whooper Swan1
Bean Goose1
Pink-footed Goose1
White-fronted Goose1
Greylag Goose1
Canada Goose1
Barnacle Goose1
Brent Goose1
Pale-bellied Brent Goose0variousNot included in total but considered by some authorities as a full species/potential split
Black Brant0variousNot included in total but considered by some authorities as a full species/potential split
Red-breasted Goose1
Egyptian Goose1
Ruddy Shelduck1
Shelduck1
Mandarin Duck1
Wigeon1
American Wigeon110/1996 - 2/19701st winter male various sites around Pagham Hbr
Gadwall1
Teal1
Green-winged Teal1
Mallard1
Pintail1
Garganey1
Blue-winged Teal15/1996Church Norton
Shoveler1
Red-crested Pochard1
Pochard1
Ring-necked Duck112/1982Chichester Gravel Pits
Ferruginous Duck1
Tufted Duck1
Scaup1
Eider1
Long-tailed Duck1
Common Scoter1
Velvet Scoter1
Goldeneye1
Hooded Merganser111/2012North Wall, Pagham Hbr
Smew1
Red-breasted Merganser1
Goosander1
Ruddy Duck1
Red-legged Partridge1
Grey Partridge1
Quail1
Pheasant1
Red-throated Diver1
Black-throated Diver1
Great Northern Diver1
White-billed Diver1
Fulmar1
Cory's Shearwater1
Sooty Shearwater1
Manx Shearwater1
Balearic Shearwater1
Storm Petrel1
Leach's Storm Petrel1
Little Grebe1
Red-necked Grebe1
Great Crested Grebe1
Slavonian Grebe1
Black-necked Grebe1
Black Stork1
White Stork1
Glossy Ibis1
Spoonbill1
Bittern1
Little Bittern1 
Night Heron1
Squacco Heron16/1995West Side Pagham Hbr in ditches
Cattle Egret1
Grey Heron1
Purple Heron1
Great White Egret1
Little Egret1
Gannet1
Shag1
Cormorant1
Honey Buzzard1
Black Kite1
Red Kite1
White-tailed Eagle17/1961Selsey Bill
Marsh Harrier1
Hen Harrier1
Montagu's Harrier1
Goshawk1
Sparrowhawk1
Common Buzzard1
Rough-legged Buzzard110/1974Chichester Hbr/Fishbourne and possibly elsewhere during large influx to County
Osprey1
Kestrel1
Red-footed Falcon1
Merlin1
Hobby1
Peregrine Falcon1
Water Rail1
Spotted Crake1
Sora Rail110/ to 12/1985Pagham Lagoon
Corncrake1
Moorhen1
Coot1
Common Crane1
Little Bustard111/1901Historic record only; one bird shot in turnip field at Pagham
Oystercatcher1
Black-winged Stilt1
Avocet1
Stone Curlew1
Collared Pratincole1
Oriental Pratincole15/2009North Wall, Pagham Hbr
Black-winged Pratincole110/1981Sidlesham Ferry
Little Ringed Plover1
Ringed Plover1
Killdeer13/1974Sidlesham Sewage Farm
Kentish Plover1
Lesser Sand Plover18/1997Pagham Hbr, 2nd for Britain
Greater Sand Plover112/1978Pagham Hbr, 1st for Britain
Dotterel1
American Golden Plover1
Golden Plover1
Grey Plover1
Lapwing1
Knot1
Sanderling1
Semi-palmated Sandpiper19/1998Chichester Gravel Pits
Little Stint1
Temminck's Stint1
Least Sandpiper17/1995Sidlesham Ferry
White-rumped Sandpiper1
Baird's Sandpiper110/1996Sidlesham Ferry
Pectoral Sandpiper1
Curlew Sandpiper1
Stilt Sandpiper1
Purple Sandpiper1
Dunlin1
Broad-billed Sandpiper15/1993Sidlesham Ferry
Buff-breasted Sandpiper1
Ruff1
Jack Snipe1
Snipe1
Great Snipe111/1964Pagham Lagoon
Long-billed Dowitcher12/1965Sidlesham Ferry Pool/Sewage Farm
Woodcock1
Black-tailed Godwit1
Bar-tailed Godwit1
Whimbrel1
Curlew1
Upland Sandpiper112/1979Bracklesham
Terek Sandpiper15/1969Church Norton, Pagham Hbr
Common Sandpiper1
Green Sandpiper1
Spotted Redshank1
Greenshank1
Lesser Yellowlegs1
Marsh Sandpiper1
Wood Sandpiper1
Redshank1
Turnstone1
Wilson's Phalarope1
Red-necked Phalarope1
Grey Phalarope1
Pomarine Skua1
Arctic Skua1
Long-tailed Skua1
Great Skua1
Sabine's Gull1
Kittiwake1
Bonaparte's Gull13/2002Pagham Lagoon
Black headed Gull1
Little Gull1
Mediterranean Gull1
Common Gull1
Ring-billed Gull112/2001Chichester Gravel Pits
Lesser Black-backed Gull1
Herring Gull1
Yellow-legged Gull1
Caspian Gull18/2004East side, Pagham Hbr 
Iceland Gull1
Glaucous Gull1
Greater Black-backed Gull1
Little Tern1
Gull-billed Tern1
Caspian Tern1
Whiskered Tern1
Black Tern1
White-winged Black Tern1
Sandwich Tern1
Common Tern1
Roseate Tern1
Arctic Tern1
Guillemot1
Razorbill1
Black Guillemot1
Little Auk1
Puffin1
Pallas's Sandgrouse12/1889Historic record only; one  died at Itchenor, Chichester Hrbr (during County invasion of 100+}
Rock Dove1
Stock Dove1
Wood Pigeon1
Collared Dove1
Turtle Dove1
Ring-necked Parakeet1
Cuckoo1
Barn Owl1
Little Owl1
Tawny Owl1
Long-eared Owl1
Short-eared Owl1
Nightjar1
Alpine Swift1
Common Swift1
Kingfisher1
Beeeater1
Hoopoe1
Wryneck1
Green Woodpecker1
Great Spotted Woodpecker1
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker1
Isabelline Shrike13/1975West side of Pagham Hbr
Red-backed Shrike1
Woodchat Shrike1
Great Grey Shrike1
Lesser Grey Shrike1
Golden Oriole1
Magpie1
Jay1
Jackdaw1
Rook1
Carrion Crow1
Hooded Crow1
Raven1
Waxwing1
Penduline Tit1
Blue Tit1
Great Tit1
Coal Tit1
Willow Tit1
Marsh Tit1
Bearded Tit1
Short-toed Lark1
Woodlark1
Skylark1
Shorelark1
Sand Martin1
Barn Swallow1
House Martin1
Red-rumped Swallow1
Cliff Swallow110/1996Severals, Church Norton 
Cetti's Warbler1
Long-tailed Tit1
Pallas's Warbler1
Yellow-browed Warbler1
Radde's Warbler1
Western Bonelli's Warbler14/2013Church Norton - latest addition to the List
Wood Warbler1
Chiffchaff1
Siberian Chiffchaff0variousNot included in total but considered by some authorities as a full species/potential split
Willow Warbler1
Aquatic Warbler1 
Sedge Warbler1
Paddyfield Warbler11/ to 3/2012North Wall, Pagham Hbr 
Marsh Warbler1
Reed Warbler1
Great Reed Warbler1
Booted Warbler19/1996Sidlesham Long Pool, Pagham Hbr
Icterine Warbler1
Melodious Warbler1
Grasshopper Warbler1
Savi's Warbler1
Blackcap1
Garden Warbler1
Barred Warbler1
Lesser Whitethroat1
Whitethroat1
Dartford Warbler1
Subalpine Warbler1
Goldcrest1
Firecrest1
Wren1
Nuthatch1
Treecreeper1
Starling1
Rose-coloured Starling1
Ring Ouzel1
Blackbird1
Fieldfare1
Song Thrush1
Redwing1
Mistle Thrush1
Spotted Flycatcher1
Robin1
Nightingale1
Bluethroat1
Red-breasted Flycatcher1
Collared Flycatcher16/2002Church Norton
Pied Flycatcher1
Black Redstart1
Redstart1
Whinchat1
Siberian Stonechat110/1994Selsey Bill
Stonechat1
Northern Wheatear1
Desert Wheatear1
Dunnock1
House Sparrow1
Tree Sparrow1
Yellow Wagtail1
Grey Wagtail1
Pied Wagtail1
White Wagtail0variousNot included in total but considered by some authorities as a full species/potential split
Richard's Pipit1
Tawny Pipit1
Tree Pipit1
Meadow Pipit1
Red-throated Pipit110/1997Church Norton
Rock Pipit1
Water Pipit1
Chaffinch1
Brambling1
Serin1
Greenfinch1
Goldfinch1
Siskin1
Linnet1
Twite1
Lesser Redpoll02017Not valid sp
Common Redpoll1
Common Crossbill1
Trumpeter Finch15/1984Church Norton
Common Rosefinch1
Bullfinch1
Hawfinch1
Snow Bunting1
Lapland Bunting1
Yellowhammer1
Cirl Bunting1
Ortolan Bunting1
Little Bunting13/1996Sidlesham Village
Reed Bunting1
Black-headed Bunting17/2003Sidlesham Common
Corn Bunting1


Additions 2015
Dusky Warbler
Hudsonian Whimbrel (not valid sp)
Current Total:                    



1
0
337


1/2015      Chi GPs
6/2015  Church Norton
 
 

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