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South Yare Valley Life List

1 Canada Goose Branta canadensis
2 Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis
3 Greylag Goose Anser anser
4 Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis
5 Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
6 White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
7 Mute Swan Cygnus olor
8 Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus
9 Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
10 Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca
11 Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
12 Shoveler Spatula clypeata
13 Gadwall Mareca strepera
14 Wigeon Mareca penelope
15 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
16 Teal Anas crecca
17 Pochard Aythya ferina
18 Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
19 Scaup Aythya marila
20 Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
21 Goosander Mergus merganser
22 Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
23 Grey Partridge Perdix perdix
24 Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
25 Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
26 Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
27 White Stork Ciconia ciconia
28 Bittern Botaurus stellaris
29 Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
30 Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
31 Great White Egret Ardea alba
32 Little Egret Egretta garzetta
33 Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
34 Osprey Pandion haliaetus
35 Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
36 Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus
37 Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus
38 Red Kite Milvus milvus
39 White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
40 Buzzard Buteo buteo
41 Water Rail Rallus aquaticus
42 Corncrake Crex crex
43 Spotted Crake Porzana porzana
44 Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
45 Coot Fulica atra
46 Crane Grus grus
47 Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
48 Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
49 Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria
50 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
51 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius
52 Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
53 Curlew Numenius arquata
54 Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
55 Ruff Calidris pugnax
56 Dunlin Calidris alpina
57 Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
58 Woodcock Scolopax rusticola
59 Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus
60 Snipe Gallinago gallinago
61 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
62 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus
63 Redshank Tringa totanus
64 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
65 Greenshank Tringa nebularia
66 Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
67 Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus
68 Common Gull Larus canus
69 Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
70 Herring Gull Larus argentatus
71 Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
72 Common Tern Sterna hirundo
73 Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
74 White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
75 Stock Dove Columba oenas
76 Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
77 Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur
78 Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
79 Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
80 Barn Owl Tyto alba
81 Tawny Owl Strix aluco
82 Little Owl Athene noctua
83 Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
84 Swift Apus apus
85 Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
86 Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
87 Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
88 Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
89 Hobby Falco subbuteo
90 Peregrine Falco peregrinus
91 Jay Garrulus glandarius
92 Magpie Pica pica
93 Jackdaw Coloeus monedula
94 Rook Corvus frugilegus
95 Carrion Crow Corvus corone
96 Coal Tit Periparus ater
97 Marsh Tit Poecile palustris
98 Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
99 Great Tit Parus major
100 Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus
101 Skylark Alauda arvensis
102 Sand Martin Riparia riparia
103 Swallow Hirundo rustica
104 House Martin Delichon urbicum
105 Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti
106 Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
107 Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
108 Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita
109 Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
110 Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus
111 Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia
112 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
113 Garden Warbler Sylvia borin
114 Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca
115 Whitethroat Sylvia communis
116 Goldcrest Regulus regulus
117 Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
118 Nuthatch Sitta europaea
119 Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
120 Starling Sturnus vulgaris
121 Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus
122 Blackbird Turdus merula
123 Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
124 Redwing Turdus iliacus
125 Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
126 Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus
127 Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
128 Robin Erithacus rubecula
129 Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros
130 Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus
131 Whinchat Saxicola rubetra
132 Stonechat Saxicola rubicola
133 Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
134 House Sparrow Passer domesticus
135 Dunnock Prunella modularis
136 Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
137 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
138 Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba
139 Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
140 Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta
141 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
142 Brambling Fringilla montifringilla
143 Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
144 Greenfinch Chloris chloris
145 Linnet Linaria cannabina
146 Lesser Redpoll Acanthis cabaret
147 Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
148 Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
149 Siskin Spinus spinus
150 Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
151 Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus



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