York Species List & gallery

Species in the York recording area since 1966

This is a list of species recorded in the YOC area since 1966. Regular breeding birds are marked B and occasional/former breeders (B). Regular winter visitors are marked W and regular passage migrants P; while regular non-breeding summer visitors are marked S. Brackets indicate subspecies or birds of dubious origin. Rare and scarce species at national, county and local levels are marked in the list with three, two or one asterisks as follows: *** British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC), ** Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union Rarities Committee (YNURC), * YOC Recorder.

*Brent Goose

Canada Goose B

Barnacle Goose

Greylag Goose B

**Taiga Bean Goose W

Pink-footed Goose P

*Tundra Bean Goose W

*White-fronted Goose

Mute Swan B

*Bewick’s Swan W

Whooper Swan W

Egyptian Goose B

(Ruddy Shelduck)

Shelduck B

Mandarin Duck B

*Garganey B

***Blue-winged Teal

Shoveler B

Gadwall B

Wigeon (B)

**American Wigeon

Mallard B

Pintail (B)

Teal B

*Green-winged Teal

*Red-crested Pochard

Pochard (B)

**Ring-necked Duck

***Ferruginous Duck

Tufted Duck B



*Long-tailed Duck

Common Scoter

*Velvet Scoter

Goldeneye W


Goosander (B)

*Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Red-legged Partridge B

Grey Partridge B

Quail (B)

Pheasant B

(Golden Pheasant)

*Red-throated Diver

*Black-throated Diver

*Great Northern Diver


*Leach’s Petrel


*Manx Shearwater

Little Grebe B

*Red-necked Grebe

Great Crested Grebe B

*Slavonian Grebe

*Black-necked Grebe (B)

***Black Stork

*White Stork

**Glossy Ibis



**Cattle Egret

Grey Heron B

**Purple Heron

***Squacco Heron

*Great Egret

Little Egret B



Cormorant B

*Osprey P

**Honey Buzzard

Sparrowhawk B

*Goshawk B

Marsh Harrier (B)

*Hen Harrier

**Montagu’s Harrier

Red Kite (B)

**White-tailed Eagle

**Black Kite

**Rough-legged Buzzard

Buzzard B

Water Rail B

*Spotted Crake (B)

*Corncrake (B)

Moorhen B

Coot B


*Stone Curlew

Oystercatcher B

**Black-winged Stilt


Lapwing B

Golden Plover W

**American Golden Plover

Grey Plover

Ringed Plover B

Little Ringed Plover B

***Kentish Plover


Whimbrel P

Curlew B

*Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit (B)



Ruff (B)

*Curlew Sandpiper

*Temminck’s Stint


Dunlin W & P

*Little Stint P

**White-rumped Sandpiper

**Buff-breasted Sandpiper

*Pectoral Sandpiper

Woodcock B

Jack Snipe W

Snipe B

*Red-necked Phalarope

*Grey Phalarope

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper P & W

**Lesser Yellowlegs

Redshank B

Wood Sandpiper P

*Spotted Redshank P

Greenshank P

***Collared Pratincole


*Sabine’s Gull

Black-headed Gull B

*Little Gull

***Franklin’s Gull

*Mediterranean Gull

Common Gull W & P

**Ring-billed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull W

Glaucous Gull

Iceland Gull W

**(Kumlien’s Gull)

Herring Gull W, P & B

*Caspian Gull

Yellow-legged Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull S & P

**Caspian Tern

*Sandwich Tern

*Little Tern

*Roseate Tern

Common Tern B

*Arctic Tern P

***Whiskered Tern

**White-winged Black Tern

*Black Tern

*Great Skua

*Arctic Skua

*Pomarine Skua

*Little Auk



‘Feral Pigeon’ B

Stock Dove B

Woodpigeon B

*Turtle Dove B

Collared Dove B

Cuckoo B

Barn Owl B

Tawny Owl B

Little Owl B

*Long-eared Owl B

*Short-eared Owl (B)

*Nightjar B

Swift B

**Alpine Swift

***Pallid Swift

Kingfisher B




*Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (B)

Great Spotted Woodpecker B

Green Woodpecker B

Kestrel B

**Red-footed Falcon


Hobby (B)

Peregrine B

*(Ring-necked Parakeet) (B)

*Red-backed Shrike

***Lesser Grey Shrike

*Great Grey Shrike

**Woodchat Shrike

*Golden Oriole

Jay B

Magpie B

Jackdaw B

Rook B

Carrion Crow B

*Hooded Crow


Waxwing W

Coal Tit B

Marsh Tit B

*Willow Tit B

Blue Tit B

Great Tit B

*Bearded Tit

*Woodlark B

Skylark B

Sand Martin B

Swallow B

House Martin B

**Red-rumped Swallow

*Cetti’s Warbler

Long-tailed Tit B

*Wood Warbler

*Yellow-browed Warbler

**Dusky Warbler

Willow Warbler B

Chiffchaff B

**(Siberian Chiffchaff)

Sedge Warbler B

Reed Warbler B

***Savi’s Warbler

**Marsh Warbler

Grasshopper Warbler B

Blackcap B

Garden Warbler B

*Barred Warbler

Lesser Whitethroat B

**(Siberian Lesser Whitethroat)

Whitethroat B


Goldcrest B

Wren B

Nuthatch B

Treecreeper B

**Rose-coloured Starling

Starling B

*Ring Ouzel

Blackbird B

Fieldfare W & P

Redwing W & P

Song Thrush B, W & P

Mistle Thrush B

Spotted Flycatcher B

Robin B

*Nightingale (B)

*Pied Flycatcher (B)

*Red-breasted Flycatcher

*Black Redstart (B)

Redstart B

Whinchat P

Stonechat B

Wheatear P

Dipper (B)

House Sparrow B

Tree Sparrow B

Dunnock B

Yellow Wagtail B

*(Blue-headed Wagtail)

Grey Wagtail B

Pied Wagtail B

(White Wagtail)

*Richard’s Pipit

Meadow Pipit B

Tree Pipit B

*Water Pipit

*Rock Pipit P

Chaffinch B

Brambling W


Bullfinch B

*Common Rosefinch

Greenfinch B


Linnet B

*Common (Mealy) Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll (B)

***Arctic Redpoll

***‘Coues’s’ Arctic Redpoll

Crossbill B

Goldfinch B

Siskin (B)

Corn Bunting B

Yellowhammer B

***Pine Bunting

Reed Bunting B

*Lapland Bunting

*Snow Bunting