Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Bird species recorded at Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve since 2002




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Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Bird species recorded at Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve

since 2002
The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is grateful to Steve Lister, the County Bird Recorder, and members of the Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society, for assistance in drawing up this list. Comments on it and new records would be welcome. The list is presented in the order of birds given in The Birds of Leicestershire and Rutland (Fray et al 2009).
Note that the first part of the nature reserve was purchased in 2004, but that there have been several additional purchases of land since then and the area now stands at 88.9 hectares (219.58 acres). Barber’s Rough, Rectory Marsh and Rectory Moat are all adjacent areas of interest that are not part of the reserve.

Mute Swan Cygnus olor


Resident, regularly breeding.
Bewick’s Swan Cygnus columbianus

Rare winter visitor.


Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus

Rare winter visitor, at least flying over.


Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus

Rare winter visitor, at least flying over, probably feral or escaped birds. Rare winter visitor, at least flying over.



White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons


Rare winter visitor.
Greylag Goose Anser anser

Regular visitor.


Greater Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Resident, regularly breeding and sizeable flocks sometimes present.



Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis


Rare winter visitor, probably feral or escaped birds.
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegytiaca

Rare visitor, probably feral or escaped birds.


Shelduck Tadorna tadorna

Uncommon visitor.


Mandarin Duck Aix galericulata

Rare visitor, probably feral or escaped birds.


Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope

Regular winter visitor.


Gadwall Anas strepera

Resident, regularly breeding.



Eurasian Teal Anas crecca


Regular winter visitor.
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Resident, regularly breeding.


Pintail Anas acuta

Rare winter visitor.


Garganey Anas querquedula

Rare passage migrant.


Shoveler Anas clypeata

Regular visitor, occasionally breeding.


Common Pochard Aythya ferina

Rare winter visitor.


Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula

Resident, breeding regularly but, small flocks often present.



Greater Scaup Aythya marila


Rare winter visitor.
Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca

Rare winter visitor (single record).



Goldeneye Bucephala clangula


Rare winter visitor.

Goosander Mergus merganser


Regular winter visitor.

Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis


Rare visitor.
Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa

Uncommon visitor, probably from releases on adjacent land.



Grey Partridge Perdix perdix


Rare visitor, origin uncertain.
Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

Uncommon visitor, probably from releases on adjacent land.


Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis

Resident, regularly breeding.


Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus

Resident, occasionally breeding.


Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

Regularly seen throughout the year in small numbers.


Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Rare visitor.



Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus


Rare visitor (single record).
Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Regular visitor.



Great White Egret Ardea alba


Rare visitor.
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

Resident, nested for the first time in 2010.



Red Kite Milvus milvus


Rare visitor.
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus

Rare passage migrant.


Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus

Rare winter visitor.


Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Regular visitor.


Common Buzzard Buteo buteo

Regular visitor.


Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Rare passage migrant.


Kestrel Falco tinnunculus

Resident, known to have bred.


Merlin Falco columbarius

Rare passage migrant.


Hobby Falco subbuteo

Summer visitor, probably breeding in area.


Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Rare visitor.


Water Rail Rallus aquaticus

Regular visitor.


Spotted Crake Porzana porzana

Rare visitor (one record).


Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Resident, breeding regularly.


Coot Fulica atra

Resident, breeding regularly.


Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus

Regular visitor and rare breeder.



Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta


Rare visitor.

Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius


Summer visitor, occasionally breeding.
Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula

Regular passage migrant, has bred.


Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria

Occasional winter visitor.



Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola


Rare visitor.
Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

Regular visitor, breeding in small numbers.


Knot Calidris canutus

Rare passage migrant.


Sanderling Calidris alba

Rare passage migrant.



Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii


Rare passage migrant.

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos


Rare visitor (one record).
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea

Rare passage migrant.


Dunlin Calidris alpina

Rare visitor.


Ruff Philomachus pugnax

Passage migrant.


Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus

Rare winter visitor.


Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago

Regular winter visitor and passage migrant.


Woodcock Scolopax rusticola

Rare winter visitor.


Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa

Rare visitor.


Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica

Rare visitor.


Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

Rare visitor.


Curlew Numenius arquata

Rare visitor.


Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos

Regular passage migrant.


Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus

Winter visitor and passage migrant in small numbers.



Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus


Rare passage migrant.
Greenshank Tringa nebularia

Regular passage migrant.


Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola

Rare passage migrant.


Common Redshank Tringa totanus

Summer and passage visitor, occasionally breeds.


Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Rare visitor.


Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Regular visitor.


Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus

Rare visitor.


Common Gull Larus canus

Regular visitor.



Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus


Rare visitor.
Herring Gull Larus argentatus

Recorded at least flying over.


Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus

Recorded at least flying over.


Little Tern Sternula albifrons

Rare passage migrant.


Black Tern Chlidonias niger

Rare passage migrant.


Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis

Rare passage migrant.


Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Summer visitor, breeding in small numbers.


Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

Rare passage migrant.


Feral Pigeon Columba livia

Regular visitor.



Stock Dove Columba oenas


Uncommon visitor.
Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus

Resident, regularly breeding.


Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Uncommon visitor.


Turtle Dove Strepropelia turtur

Rare passage migrant.


Cuckoo Cuculus canorus

Summer visitor.


Barn Owl Tyto alba

Uncommon visitor.



Little Owl Athene noctua


Uncommon resident.

Tawny Owl Strix aluco


Rare visitor.

Long-eared Owl Asio otus


Rare visitor.
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus

Uncommon winter visitor.


Common Swift Apus apus

Uncommon summer visitor.


Kingfisher Alcedo atthis

Regular visitor.


Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

Uncommon visitor.


Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus major

Resident, breeding in peripheral woodland.



[Lesser Spotted Woodpecker] Dendrocopus minor


Rare visitor – record uncertain.
Sky Lark Alauda arvensis

Mainly summer visitor, probably breeding.


Sand Martin Riparia riparia

Regular summer visitor.


Swallow Hirundo rusticola

Regular summer visitor.


House Martin Delichon urbicum

Regular summer visitor.



Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis


Occasional passage migrant.
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis

Regular passage migrant and winter visitor.


Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta

Rare visitor.


Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava

Rare summer visitor, breeding around Tern Pool in 2004.


Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinera

Regular visitor.


Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba ssp yarrellii

Resident; the White Wagtail M. alba ssp alba has been recorded as a rare passage migrant.


Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus

Rare visitor.


Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

Resident, probably breeding.



Dunnock Prunella modularis


Resident, probably breeding.
Robin Erithacus rubecula

Resident, probably breeding.



Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus


Rare visitor.
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra

Regular passage migrant.


Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

Regular winter visitor.


Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

Regular passage migrant.


Blackbird Turdus merula

Resident, probably breeding.


Fieldfare Turdus pilaris

Regular winter visitor.


Song Thrush Turdus philomelos

Resident, probably breeding.


Redwing Turdus iliacus

Regular winter visitor.


Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

Resident, probably breeding.



Cetti’s Warbler Cettia cetti


Rare visitor.
Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia

Uncommon summer visitor, probably breeding.


Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Uncommon summer visitor, probably breeding.


Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Uncommon summer visitor, known to have bred.


Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

Rare summer visitor.


Garden Warbler Sylvia borin

Rare summer visitor.


Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca

Rare summer visitor.


Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis

Common summer visitor, probably breeding.


Chiffchaff Phylloscopus colybita

Rare summer and winter visitor.


Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus

Rare summer visitor.


Goldcrest Regulus regulus

Rare visitor, has probably bred on periphery of site.


Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata

Rare visitor, occasionally breeding in adjacent churchyard.


Bearded Tit Panurus biarmicus

Rare winter visitor.


Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus

Resident, known to have bred.


Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus

Resident, probably breeding.


Great Tit Parus major

Resident, probably breeding.


Willow Tit Poecile montana

Rare visitor.


Marsh Tit Poecile palustris

Occasional visitor.


Nuthatch Sitta europaea

Occasional visitor.


Treecreeper Certhia familiaris

Resident, known to have bred.


Jay Garrulus glandarius

Rare winter visitor.


Magpie Pica pica

Resident, known to have bred.


Jackdaw Corvus monedula

Uncommon visitor.



Rook Corvus frugilegus


Uncommon visitor.
Carrion Crow Corvus corone

Resident, known to have bred.


Raven Corvus corax

Rare visitor.


Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Regular visitor.


House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Regular visitor.


Tree Sparrow Passer montanus

Rare visitor.



Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs


Resident, probably breeding.
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla

Rare visitor.



Greenfinch Carduelis chloris


Resident, probably breeding.
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

Resident, probably breeding.



Linnet Carduelis cannabina


Regular visitor.

Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret


Rare visitor.
Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

Rare visitor.


Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Resident, probably breeding.


Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniculus

Resident, probably breeding.



165 species

In addition, the following ‘Category E’ species have been recorded
Snow Goose Chen caerulescens

Rare visitor, feral or escaped birds.



February 2012






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