Caerlaverock Bird Race 2024 Final Update

With the end of January comes the end of the Bird Race.

The wardens, placement students and our very own site manager were put against each other in a battle of birding to see who knows their fieldfare from their redwing and who mistakes a blue tit for a great tit.

But what did it look like on the ground? A month of running around the reserve when someone mentions brent goose or greater scaup? So just like normal then!


flock of brent geese flying

But it is time to reveal the winning team…

As with last year, 2024 sees a draw! Team Dave and Team Warden come in at 83 species each. Team Placement sidled in at third position with 75 species.

A whopping total of 92 species were seen over January, 8 more than in the 2023 Bird Race. Check out the list below.

The team swere certainly pleased to unleash their competitive spirit. We have no prize except the knowledge that they are very good at birding and of course, that the work they do at Caerlaverock provides habitat, be it a home, a pantry or a service station, for so many amazing species.

1. barn owl
hhhh32. greenfinchhhhh63. redshank
2. barnacle goose
33. greenshank64. redwing
3. black-headed gull34. grey heron65. reed bunting
4. blackbird35. greylag goose66. robin
5. blue tit 36. hen harrier67. rook
6. brent goose37. herring gull68. ruff
7. bullfinch38. house sparrow69. scaup
8. buzzard
39. jackdaw70. shelduck
9. Canada goose40. kestrel71. shoveler
10. carrion crow41. kingfisher72. siskin
11. chaffinch42. knot73. skylark
12. coal tit43. lapwing74. snipe
13. collard dove44. lesser black-backed gull75. song thrush
14. common gull45. linnet76. sparrowhawk
15. cormorant46. little egret77. spoonbill
16. curlew47. little grebe78. starling
17. dunlin48. long-tailed tit79. stock dove
18. dunnock49. magpie80. stonechat
19. feral pigeon 50. mallard81. tawny owl
20. fieldfare 51. meadow pipit82. teal
21. gadwall
52. merlin83. tree sparrow
22. goldcrest53. mistle thrush84. treecreeper
23. golden plover54. moorhen85. twite
24. goldeneye55. mute swan86. water rail
25. goldfinch56. oystercatcher87. whooper swan
26. goosander 57. peregrine falcon88. wigeon
27. great spotted woodpecker58. pheasant89. wood pigeon
28. great tit59. pied wagtail90. woodcock
29. great white egret60. pink-footed goose91. wren
30. greater black-backed gull61. pintail92. yellowhammer
31. greater scaup62. raven
Words by Marianne Nicholson

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