Birds of Northamptonshire
The Birds of Northamptonshire - Full text

A selection of the 320 species of Birds to be found in Northamptonshire

Photos by Jeff Blincow

Grey Heron
Common
Habitat: All wetlands

Thrapston Gravel Pits
Whooper Swan
Rare Migrant
Habitat: Wetlands


Canada Goose
Very common
Habitat: Wetlands
An introduced species whose numbers are almost in pest proportions

Tufted Duck
Common
Habitat: Reservoirs, Lakes and Gravel Pits


Coot
Common
Habitat: Reservoirs, Lakes and Gravel Pits


Curlew
Uncommon
Habitat: Wetlands
Has breed recently. Migrants and birds moving due to severe weather account for most records
Black-headed Gull
Very common
Habitat: Wetlands
Numbers increase in the winter. Visits most habitats in search of food
Seen in large numbers in winter at the gull roosts at our reservoirs
Turtle Dove
Scarce
Habitat: Broad-leaved Woodland
Summer visitor. Numbers have declined significantly in the last 10 years
Brigstock CP
Tawny Owl
Common
Habitat: Woodland
Most vocal in the February and March

Swallow
Common
Habitat: Variety of habitats
Summer visitor
Large flocks in autumn proir to migration
Wren
Common
Habitat: Variety of habitats with low vegetation
Likes gardens

Reed Warbler
Locally common
Habitat: Wetlands
Summer visitor
Pitsford Reservoir, Ditchford GP
Great Tit
Common
Habitat: Woodland
Regularly visits gardens

Blue Tit
Very common
Habitat: Woodland
Also found in a variety of other habitats including gardens and parks

Nuthatch
Locally common
Habitat: Broad-leaved Woodland

Salcey Forest
Jay
Locally common
Habitat: Woodland


Rook
Common
Habitat: Farmland
Nests in large tree-top colonies
In winter found in large crow flocks roaming the countryside
Greenfinch
Very common
Habitat: Gardens, parks and farmland