Wild Bird Photography by Steve Oakes

Photographers Field Guide to the Birds of North West England and North Wales.

In this section I aim to give some information about the birds in the North West. Places where you stand a good chance to see a particular species of bird and, if you're a photographer, where you stand the best chance of getting a good picture of a specific species. The section will largely be based on my own experience but feel free to send me any info that you would like to share with others using the 'Contact Me' tab above.

Since habitat changes, the types of birds it contains may also change. As I don't visit every site that I mention on these pages frequently, it is difficult to keep this section as up to date as I would like to. So if you find anything that is no longer true then please let me know so that I can change it.

I'll be adding to the list of species covered fairly regularly and those that are highlighted in bold text have either been added new or updated since the newsletter dated 1 June 2017


1. Avocet 56. Fulmar 111. Pied/White Wagtail
2. Barn Swallow 57. Gadwall 112. Pink-footed Goose
3. Barnacle Goose 58. Garden Warbler 113. Puffin
4. Bar-tailed Godwit 59. Garganey 114. Purple Sandpiper
5. Bearded Tit 60. Glossy Ibis 115. Raven
6. Bewicks Swan 61. Goldcrest 116. Razorbill
7. Bittern 62. Goldeneye 117. Red Kite
8. Black Redstart 63. Grasshopper Warbler 118. Red-backed Shrike
9. Blackbird 64. Great Crested Grebe 119. Red-breasted Merganser
10. Blackcap 65. Great Grey Shrike 120. Red-legged Partridge
11. Black-headed Gull 66. Great Northern Diver 121. Red-necked Grebe
12. Black-necked Grebe 67. Great Spotted Woodpecker 122. Red-throated Diver
13. Black-tailed Godwit 68. Great Tit 123. Redwing
14. Black-winged Stilt 69. Great White Egret 124. Reed Bunting
15. Blue Tit 70. Green Sandpiper 125. Reed Warbler
16. Brambling 71. Green Woodpecker 126. Ringed Plover
17. Brent Goose 72. Greenfinch 127. Robin
18. Bullfinch 73. Greenshank 128. Rock Pipit
19. Carrion Crow 74. Grey Heron 129. Rook
20. Cattle Egret 75. Grey Wagtail 130. Ruff
21. Chaffinch 76. Guillemot 131. Sand Martin
22. Chiffchaff 77. Hawfinch 132. Sanderling
23. Chough 78. Herring Gull 133. Sandwich Tern
24. Coal Tit 79. House Martin 134. Sedge Warbler
25. Collared Dove 80. House Sparrow 135. Shag
26. Common Buzzard 81. Jackdaw 136. Shore Lark
27. Common Coot 82. Knot 137. Short-eared Owl
28. Common Eider 83. Lapwing 138. Siskin
29. Common Gull 84. Lesser Black-backed Gull 139. Skylark
30. Common Kestrel 85. Lesser Redpoll 140. Slavonian Grebe
31. Common Kingfisher 86. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 141. Smew
32. Common Pochard 87. Lesser Whitethroat 142. Snow Bunting
33. Common Redshank 88. Linnet 143. Song Thrush
34. Common Redstart 89. Little Egret 144. Spotted Flycatcher
35. Common Sandpiper 90. Little Grebe 145. Spotted Redshank
36. Common Shelduck 91. Little Gull 146. Stock Dove
37. Common Snipe 92. Little Owl 147. Stonechat
38. Common Starling 93. Little Ringed Plover 148. Tree Pipit
39. Common Teal 94. Little Stint 149. Tree Sparrow
40. Common Whitethroat 95. Long-tailed Duck 150. Tufted Duck
41. Cormorant 96. Long-tailed Tit 151. Turnstone
42. Corn Bunting 97. Magpie 152. Turtle Dove
43. Curlew 98. Mallard 153. Twite
44. Dipper 99. Mandarin Duck 154. Water Rail
45. Dunlin 100. Marsh Tit 155. Waxwing
46. Dunnock 101. Meadow Pipit 156. Whimbrel
47. Eurasian Jay 102. Mediterranean Gull 157. Whinchat
48. Eurasian Spoonbill 103. Mistle Thrush 158. Whooper Swan
49. Eurasian Treecreeper 104. Mute Swan 159. Willow Tit
50. Eurasian Wigeon 105. Northern Pintail 160. Willow Warbler
51. European Goldfinch 106. Northern Shoveler 161. Wood Pigeon
52. European Nuthatch 107. Northern Wheatear 162. Wren
53. European Sparrowhawk 108. Osprey 163. Yellow Wagtail
54. Feral Pigeon/Rock Dove 109. Oystercatcher 164. Yellowhammer
55. Firecrest 110. Pied Flycatcher



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