Barn Owl
Blackbird
Blackcap
Black-headed Gull
Black Redstart
Blue Tit
Brambling
Bullfinch
Buzzard
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Coal Tit
Collared Dove
Common Gull
Coot
Crested Tit
Crossbill
Cuckoo
Dunnock
Feral Pigeon
Fieldfare
Garden Warbler
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Goshawk
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Green Woodpecker
Grey Heron
Grey Partridge
Grey Wagtail
Hawfinch
Herring Gull
Hoopoe
House Martin
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Jay
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Lapwing
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Whitethroat
Linnet
Little Owl
Long-eared Owl
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Marsh Tit
Meadow Pipit
Mistle Thrush
Moorhen
Nightingale
Nuthatch
Peregrine
Pheasant
Pied Flycatcher
Pied Wagtail
Quail
Raven
Red Kite
Red-legged Partridge
Redpoll
Redstart
Redwing
Reed Bunting
Ring-necked Parakeet
Robin
Rook
Sand Martin
Serin
Short-eared Owl
Siskin
Skylark
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Spotted Flycatcher
Starling
Stock Dove
Stonechat
Swallow
Swift
Tawny Owl
Treecreeper
Tree Sparrow
Turtle Dove
Waxwing
Whinchat
Whitethroat
Willow Tit
Willow Warbler
Wood Pigeon
Wren
Yellow Wagtail
Yellowhammer

British Garden Birds Logo Home page. Bird identification guide. Site map. Discussion board. Articles on birds and birdwatching. Having problems? Search this website. Photograph album. Guestbook for your comments. News about the birds in my garden. Contact us. Test your identification skills. About this website. Field trip reports. Links to other websites. Awards won by this website. British Garden Birds Navigation Map

RSPB Blacktoft Sands

RSPB Blacktoft Sands is on the south side of the Humber estuary, east of Goole and on the opposite bank to Blacktoft, and is at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Trent.

From the 7 hides around the reserve you can look across various habitats including tidal reed beds, mudflats and salt marsh, but also grassland and scrub. Timing your visit for a high tide is often best as this pushes birds, especially waders, up from the estuary on to the reserve. Late afternoon is often a good time too as raptors will be active and many birds will return to the safety of the reserve to roost.

Blacktoft has the largest breeding colony of Bearded Tits, but they often remain elusive among the reed beds; autumn (September to November) are the best times to see them.

In the summer, Avocets, Marsh Harriers, Barn Owls and several species of warbler are among those species breeding on the reserve. Wintertime sees hundreds of wildfowl, including Wigeon, Pochard and Teal, and raptors such as Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier and Peregrine. Hundreds of waders pass through the reserve during the spring and autumn migrations.

During most visits to this reserve, at least 40-50 species should be present. Below is a list of species I have observed on visits at different times of the year.

What You Might See
Avocet
Barnacle Goose
Barn Owl 
Bar-tailed Godwit
Bearded Tit
Bittern
Blackbird
Blackcap
Black-headed Gull
Black-tailed Godwit
Blue Tit
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Collared Dove
Common Buzzard
Common Gull
Common Sandpiper
Common Snipe
Common Tern
Coot
Cormorant
Cuckoo
Curlew
Curlew Sandpiper
Dunlin
Dunnock
Fieldfare
Gadwall
Garden Warbler
Garganey
Goldeneye
Golden Plover
Goldfinch
Grasshopper Warbler
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Crested Grebe
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Green Sandpiper
Greenshank
Grey Heron
Grey Wagtail
Greylag Goose
Hen Harrier
Herring Gull
Hobby
House Martin
Jay
Kestrel
Kingfisher
Knot
Lapwing
Linnet
Little Egret
Little Grebe
Little Ringed Plover
Little Stint
Magpie
Mallard
Marsh Harrier
Meadow Pipit
Merlin
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Oystercatcher
Pectoral Sandpiper
Pheasant
Pied Wagtail
Pochard
Red-legged Partridge
Redshank 
Reed Bunting
Reed Warbler
Ringed Plover
Robin
Rook
Ruddy Duck
Ruff
Sand Martin
Sedge Warbler
Shelduck
Shoveler
Skylark
Sparrowhawk
Spoonbill
Spotted Redshank
Starling
Stock Dove
Stonechat
Swallow
Swift
Teal
Temminck's Stint
Tree Sparrow
Tufted Duck
Turtle Dove
Water Rail
Wheatear
Whitethroat
Whooper Swan
Wigeon
Willow Warbler
Wood Sandpiper
Wood Pigeon
Wren
Yellowhammer
Yellow Wagtail 


Last revision: 21 Feb 2015
Copyright © David Gains 1999-2017.
Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites