Birds of the Southern Upland Way

One of the many sad facts about bird watchers is that they like lists.  I’m no different, and so for your avian pleasure I present the list of the species that we saw while walking the Southern Upland Way (SUW) 1  I’ve arranged them in alphabetic order for very good reasons:

  1. It’s easier for me to arrange.
  2. The normal taxonomic arrangement you get in bird books and reports is only understandable if you have a PhD in avian genetics and a beard, and even then it changes every twenty minutes at the whim of some committee of the great-and-good.
  3. Oh, and don’t expect me to follow the latest fad of using “committee names” for species.  For example, would you expect Aristotle to have said “One Barn Swallow does not a summer make”?  Nor me.

Species List

  1. Blackbird
  2. Blackcap
  3. Black Guillemot
  4. Black Grouse
  5. Black-headed Gull
  6. Blue Tit
  7. Buzzard
  8. Canada Goose
  9. Chaffinch
  10. Chiffchaff
  11. Coal Tit
  12. Coot
  13. Collared Dove
  14. Common Gull
  15. Common Sandpiper
  16. Cormorant
  17. Crossbill
  18. Cuckoo
  19. Dipper
  20. Dunnock
  21. Fulmar
  22. Fieldfare
  23. Gannet
  24. Golden Plover
  25. Goosander
  26. Greenfinch
  27. Great Tit
  28. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  29. Greylag Goose
  30. Grey Wagtail
  31. Heron
  32. Herring Gull
  33. House Martin
  34. House Sparrow
  35. Jackdaw
  36. Kestrel
  37. Kittiwake
  38. Linnet
  39. Long-tailed Tit
  40. Magpie
  41. Mallard
  42. Meadow Pipit
  43. Merlin
  44. Mistle Thrush
  45. Moorhen
  46. Mute Swan
  47. Nuthatch
  48. Oystercatcher
  49. Peregrine
  50. Pheasant
  51. Pied Wagtail
  52. Raven
  53. Redwing
  54. Red Kite
  55. Red-breasted Merganser
  56. Robin
  57. Rock Dove
  58. Red Grouse
  59. Redshank
  60. Rook
  61. Sand Martin
  62. Sedge Warbler
  63. Shag
  64. Short-eared Owl
  65. Siskin
  66. Skylark
  67. Snipe
  68. Snow Bunting
  69. Song Thrush
  70. Sparrowhawk
  71. Starling
  72. Stonechat
  73. Swallow
  74. Swift
  75. Teal
  76. Treecreeper
  77. Tree Pipit
  78. Wheatear
  79. Whinchat
  80. Whitethroat
  81. White Wagtail
  82. Wigeon
  83. Willow Warbler
  84. Woodpigeon
  85. Wren
  86. Yellowhammer

Notes:

  1. Well, I say “we”, but my canine companion is hopeless.  I keep pointing interesting species out to her, but unless they are game birds she isn’t interested: she loves a nice Red Grouse, but point out a Merlin and the eyes glaze over and you can see she is dreaming of food.