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 91 species were seen over January, 7 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
hhhh31. greenfinchhhhh62. redshank
2. barnacle goose
32. greenshank63. redwing
3. black-headed gull33. grey heron64. reed bunting
4. blackbird34. greylag goose65. robin
5. blue tit 35. hen harrier66. rook
6. brent goose36. herring gull67. ruff
7. bullfinch37. house sparrow68. scaup
8. buzzard
38. jackdaw69. shelduck
9. Canada goose39. kestrel70. shoveler
10. carrion crow40. kingfisher71. siskin
11. chaffinch41. knot72. skylark
12. coal tit42. lapwing73. snipe
13. collard dove43. lesser black-backed gull74. song thrush
14. common gull44. linnet75. sparrowhawk
15. cormorant45. little egret76. spoonbill
16. curlew46. little grebe77. starling
17. dunlin47. long-tailed tit78. stock dove
18. dunnock48. magpie79. stonechat
19. feral pigeon 49. mallard80. tawny owl
20. fieldfare 50. meadow pipit81. teal
21. gadwall
51. merlin82. tree sparrow
22. goldcrest52. mistle thrush83. treecreeper
23. golden plover53. moorhen84. twite
24. goldeneye54. mute swan85. water rail
25. goldfinch55. oystercatcher86. whooper swan
26. goosander 56. peregrine falcon87. wigeon
27. great spotted woodpecker57. pheasant88. wood pigeon
28. great tit58. pied wagtail89. woodcock
29. great white egret59. pink-footed goose90. wren
30. greater black-backed gull60. pintail91. yellowhammer

61. raven
Words by Marianne Nicholson
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