Species Requiring a Description

List of species and sub-species (in italics) for which a description is required by the ISBG Rarities Committee (SRC)

In addition to the species listed below, please note that descriptions may also be required for species seen out of season, e.g. Sandwich Tern in December, or in unusual locations, e.g. Puffin on the Great Pool.

Snow Goose *
Taiga Bean Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
White-fronted Goose
Bewick’s Swan
Egyptian Goose *
Mandarin Duck
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Red-crested Pochard
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Eider (except non-eclipse males)
Surf Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Smew
Goosander
Ruddy Duck
White-billed Diver
Wilson’s Petrel ¶
Leach’s Petrel ¶
Balearic Shearwater ¶ (except birds seen in winter)
Red-necked Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
White Stork
Glossy Ibis
Bittern
Purple Heron
Great White Egret
Honey-buzzard
Golden Eagle *
Goshawk
Montagu’s Harrier
Red Kite
Black Kite
White-tailed Eagle
Rough-legged Buzzard
Corncrake
Spotted Crake
Crane
Stone-curlew
Black-winged Stilt
Avocet
American Golden Plover
Kentish Plover
Temminck’s Stint
White-rumped Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Sabine’s Gull ¶
Ring-billed Gull
Kumlien’s Gull (kumlieni)
Scandinavian Herring Gull (argentatus)
Caspian Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Roseate Tern
White-winged Black Tern
Pomarine Skua ¶
Long-tailed Skua ¶
Black Guillemot
Barn Owl
Tawny Owl
Little Owl
Nightjar
Alpine Swift
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker *
Green Woodpecker
Red-footed Falcon
Ring-necked Parakeet *
Great Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike (except birds in adult plumage)
Jay
Magpie
Chough
Waxwing
Coal Tit
Crested Tit
Marsh Tit *
Willow Tit *
Penduline Tit
Bearded Tit
Woodlark
Shore Lark
Cetti’s Warbler
Long-tailed Tit
Siberian Chiffchaff (tristis) (birds seen from May to September only)
Dusky Warbler
Radde’s Warbler
Pallas’s Warbler
Greenish Warbler
Blyth’s Reed Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Barred Warbler
Dartford Warbler
Subalpine Warbler (not identified to sub-species)
Nuthatch *
Treecreeper
Bluethroat
Nightingale
Red-flanked Bluetail
Dipper *
Tree Sparrow
Grey-headed Wagtail (thunbergi)
Citrine Wagtail
Richard’s Pipit
Olive-backed Pipit
Water Pipit
Scandinavian Rock Pipit (littoralis)
Common Rosefinch
Twite
Common Redpoll
Arctic Redpoll
Corn Bunting
Yellowhammer
Ortolan Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Little Bunting

Notes:
* These species have not yet been recorded on Scilly.
(In addition, Scottish Crossbill and sedentary gamebirds are unlikely to reach Scilly naturally.)
¶ Except birds seen on pelagic trips.

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