Volume the two (Reed-Wren to Confederate Teal)
Reed-Wren- Acrocephalus scirpaceus- common summer visitor to our dykes.
[Blyth’s Reed-Wren- Acrocephalus dumetorum- Walpaper-Bond noted we should have had one by now if we had looked.]
Marsh Reed-Wren- Acrocephalus palustris- rare summering bird, only found on Government owned marshland.
Sedge Reed-Bird- Acrocephalus schoebaenus- common in scrubby reedbeds.
Aquatic Reed-Bird- Acrocephalus paludicola- may be collected on passage.
Moustached Reed-Bird- Acrocephalus melanopogon- recent coloniser, perhaps from the Northern Marshes population.
Icterine Warbler- Hippolais icterina- one or two a year may be found if one loiters near the graveyard.
Melodious Warbler- Hippolais polyglotta- one in the churchyard. Not melodious at all.
Olivaceous Warbler- Hippolais pallida elaeica- one in the churchyard. Not olivaceous at all.
Nilotic Olivaceous Warbler- Hippolais pallida pallida- one in the churchyard. This indeed sound Nilotic.
Barred Warbler- Sylvia nisoria nisoria- according to Dumpton the gravedigger, you would be rewarded each autumn, provided you made an oath to keep 'shtum'.
Orphean Warbler- Sylvia hortensis hortensis- I certainly this this to be common behind my garden wall.
Garden Warbler- Slyvia borin- always appears in same bush as the Barred.
Blackcap- Sylvia atricapilla atricapilla- Common in summer.
Meggy Whitethroat- Sylvia communis communis- common around the village.
Nettlecreeper- Sylvia curruca curruca- common around the village.
[Ruppell’s Warbler- Sylvia ruppelli- Bristow sold me one which had obviously been blown out over the Atlantic. It was picked up from the sea, frozen in ice, by a survivor of the Titanic. It is included here as there is the outside chance it had not fully expired before its thawing at Bristow’s Emporium.]
Sardinian Warbler- Sylvia melanocephala melanocephala- a French interloper. Never yet made it past the Martello towers along the coastline.
[French Blackbird- Sylvia undata dirtfordiensis- Rumoured to have been seen to the west of the Northern Marshes. Not yet confirmed here.]
Rufous Warbler- Agrobates galactotes galactotes- a steward, a Mr. Parkman aboard the R.M.S. ‘Floating Refrigeration Unit’ returning from Khusistan was fortunate enough to have both races land upon the poop deck where he collected them when the ship was just 150 yards off of Dingeyness.
Brown-backed Warbler- Agrobates galactotes syriacus- see Rufous Warbler.
White’s Thrush- Turdus dauma aureus- One purchased at Much Ticking Market some years ago.
Felfer- Turdus pilaris- Common drunken winterer.
Screecher- Turdus viscivorus viscivorus- tuneless visitor to the churchyard. Sings in all weathers.
Continental Mavis- Turdus ericetorum philomelus- a swarthier version, often in autumn.
British Mavis- Turdus ericetorum ericetorum- Mavis is a regular visitor to my gazebo.
Redwing- Turdus musicus musicus- hordes descend upon the fermenting windfalls each winter. A most heathen bird.
Lýðveldið Ísland Redwing- Turdus musicus coburni- identifiable by feeding actions- feeds exclusively on Parrot-billed Willocks and whale blubber.
Dusky Thrush- Turdus eunomus- Bristow collected one from the churchyard.
Black-throated Thrush- Turdus ruficollis atrogularis- Dumpton hid this record from Bristow at the same time as the Dusky.
Ring-Ouzel- Turdus torquatus torquatus- Shy visitor in spring and autumn.
Alpine Ring-Ouzel- Turdus torquatus alpestris- Bristow collected several in the high summer of ’12. It was later found there had been a not unsubstantial avalache at Mt. Blanc, the obvious source of this arrival.
Blackie- Turdus merula merula- Common in Mrs Miggins' pies.
Rock-Thrush- Monticola saxatilis- One record from Ticking quarry.
Ear-Bird- Oeanthe oeanthe oeanthe- Easily found on passage, but beware of confusion with far away Greenland Ear-birds.
Greenland Ear-bird- Oeanthe oeanthe leucorrhoa- Some passage, but beware of confusion with close-by Ear-birds.
Western Desert Ear-Bird- Oeanthe desrti homochroa- arrived with several other representatives of the family following the Saharan Dust Storm of ’17. All had clearly struggled to arrive, found together on the Clamber Sands beach.
Eastern Desert Ear-bird- Oeanthe deserti atrogularis- one in the Dust Storm.
Western Black-eared Ear-bird- Oeanthe hispanica hispanica- one in the Dust Storm.
Eastern Black-eared Ear-bird- Oeanthe hispanica melanoleuca- one in the Dust Storm.
Isabelline Ear-bird- Oeanthe isabellina- one in the Dust Storm.
Black Ear-bird- Oeanthe leucura leucura- one in the Dust Storm.
North African Black Ear-bird- Oeanthe leucura syenitica- one in the Dust Storm.
Fuzz-chat- Saxicola rubetra rubetra- uncommon migrant.
British Stonechucker- Saxicola torquata hibernans- winters on Much Ticking Heath.
Siberian Stonechucker- Saxicola torquata maura- Either this or the latter recorded once by Ticking Barn, so both are included here as one will undoubtedly be right.
Indian Stonechucker- Saxicola torquata indica- Either this or the former recorded once by Ticking Barn, so both are included here as one will undoubtedly be wrong.
Firetail- Phoenicurus phoenicurus phoenicurus- A few pairs breed locally near the heathland.
Black Firetail- Phoenicurus ochurus gibraltariensis- One or two found near dark Satanic mills.
Brake Nightingale- Luscinia megarhyncha megarhyncha- Common in summer.
Red-spotted Bluethroat- Luscinia svecica svecica- Rare, best looked for in outhouse ditches.
White-spotted Bluethroat- Luscinia svecica cyanecula- Rare, similar habitat to its congener.
Foreign Robin-Redbreast- Erithacus rubecula rubecula- Invades the shoreline each autumn, but repelled by spring by the plucky Brits.
British Robin-Redbreast- Erithacus rubecula melophilus- Rulers of the hedgerows.
Alpine Shufflewing- Prunella collaris collaris- one shot in the churchyard. Unfortunately too badly damged to be preserved (identified from hind claw only).
Hedge-Betty Shufflewing- Prunella modularis occidentalis- a most plebeian commoner.
Juggy- Troglodytes troglodytes troglodytes- plagues my maid Clara’s jugs looking for nesting possibilities.
British Dipper- Cinclus cinclus Lawsonii- rare, a Bristow record only.
Black-bellied Dipper- Cinclus cinclus cinclus- uncommon, 46 Bristow records only.
Outhouse Swallow- Hirundo hirundo hirundo- common over cesspits in summer.
Red-Rumped Swallow- Hirundo daurica rufula- one highly doubtful sighting by Weasel.
American Purple Marin- Progne subis subis- one brief but convincing sighting by myself.
Martin- Delichon urbica urbica- now breeds on buildings in town.
Bank-Martin- Riparia riparia riparia- Now breeds in disused bank offices in town.
Alpine Anchor-Bird- Apus melba melba- a flock of 206 once entered an open window in the vicarage one night.
Anchor-bird- Apus apus apus- all too brief visitor to the church tower in summer.
Puckeridge- Caprimulgus europaeus europaeus- one or two pairs by Mrs Miggins’ goat enclosure.
Apiarist’s Mate- Merops apiaster- rare.
Hoopoe- Upupa epops epops- common on my lawn in spring.
Garrulous Roller- Coracias garrulus garrulus- rare.
Kingfisher- Alcedo atthis ispida- Breeds upriver on the Rotherbredillingham.
Green Galley-Bird- Picus viridis virescens- common on my lawn all year.
Northern Great Spotted Galley-Bird- Dryobates major major- one or two specimens shot each autumn.
Anglican Great Spotted Galley-Bird- Dryobates major anglicua- common woodland bird.
French Galley-Bird- Dryobates medius francophile- small numbers may be encountered close to the county border, from a population released by French pirates at Cap St. Margarette’s Nez
Little French Galley-Bird- Dryobates minor communitus- A misnomer. Claimed by the French as their own, but clearly British.
[Great Black Galley-Bird- Dryocopus martius martius- mentioned here as has nested in nearby Borsetshire.]
Three-toed Galley-Bird- Picoides triactylus- one, now in my parlour.
Hisser- Jynx torquilla torquilla- during summer one in every apple tree- county bird of Listershire.
Cuckoo- Cuculus canorus canorus Kasperii Martinii Lysterii Chrisii Clementii- Common in summer.
Great Spotted Cuckoo- Clamator glandarius- One only, Ticking Quarry.
Snowy Owl- Nyctea scandiaca- one only, succumbed as unable to fly being so hemmed in by the lenses of CocK.
Belgian Owl- Athene noctua vidalii- Unwelcome introduction.
Eagle-Owl- Bubo bubo bubo- Bred plentifully in former times. This should be reintroduced to our area.
Laughing Owl- Asio otus otus- Sleepy winterer in the churchyard yew.
Foreign Owl- Asio flammeus flammeus- one or two in winter over grasslands.
Scops-Owl- Otus scops scops- Regular visitor to the churchyard.
Ollering Owl- Strix aluco sylvatica- Tastes of vole.
Moggy- Tyto alba alba- nests almost exclusively in modern barns.
Dark-breasted Moggy- Tyto alba guttata- one Bristow bird.
Gyr-Falcon- Falco rusticolus rusticolus- if visiting parish, known to feed exclusively on small children. To be shot on sight.
Lýðveldið Falcon- Falco rusticolus islandicus- also to be shot on sight.
Greenland Falcon- Falco rusticolus candicans- also to be shot on sight.
Cliff-Hawk- Falco peregrinus peregrinus- also to be shot on sight.
Hobby- Falco subbuteo subbuteo- also to be shot on sight.
Blue Hawk- Falco columbarius aesalon- also to be shot on sight.
Wind-Bibber- Falco tinnunculus tinnunculus- also to be shot on sight.
Lesser Wind-Bibber- Falco naumanni naumanni- also to be shot on sight.
Red-footed Falcon- Falco vespertinus vespertinus- also to be shot on sight.
Golden Eagle- Aquila chrysaetus chrysaetus- a rare visitor, to be much admired. Then shot.
Puttock- Buteo buteo buteo- also to be shot on sight.
Rough-legged Puttock- Buteo lagopus lagopus- also to be shot on sight.
Marsh-Harrier- Circus aeruginosus aeruginosus- also to be shot on sight.
Capulet’s-Harrier- Circus pygarus- also to be shot on sight.
Gorse-Harrier- Circus cyaneus cyaneus- also to be shot on sight.
Gos- Accipter gentilis gentilis- also to be shot on sight.
Dr. Bell’s Jim-Jim-killer- Accipiter accipiter- on the increase, and must be extirpated before it eats all our songbirds. Always to be shot on sight, then hung, drawn and quartered. And shot again.
Glead- Milvus milvus milvus- also to be shot on sight.
Black Glead- Mivus migrans migrans- also to be shot on sight.
White-tailed Eagle- Haliaetus albicilla- also to be shot on sight.
Honey-Buzzard- Pernis apivorus apivorus- the uneducated local peasants believe killing one of these birds of prey on migration will ensure your wife does not cuckold you and instead remains in the scullery all year. A quaint notion, utterly false, but reason enough for this also to be shot on sight.
Mullet-Hawk- Pandion haliaetus haliaetus- also to be shot on sight.
White Stork- Ciconia ciconia ciconia- common rooftop visitor.
Shoveler- Platalea leucordia leucordia- not to be confused with the spoonbill.
Greasy Ibis- Plegadis falcinellus falcinellus- One, hung as a spy by the good people of Heartypool.
Hern- Ardea cinerea cinerea- Quite fishy in taste and texture.
Purple Hern- Aredea purpurea purpurea- has bred, just once, at Dingeyness.
Great White Hern- Egretta alba alba- One, hung as a spy by the good people of Heartypool.
[Little Egrette- Egretta garzetta garzetta- one fanciful claim. I feel this frail bird of warmer climes will never visit here.]
Squathole Hern- Ardeola ralloides- one found in Heartypool public outhouse led to the vernacular name for this species. Later hung.
Night-Hern- Nyticorax nycticorax nyticorax- Rarely sighted. Also known as ‘Dr Syn’s fish smuggler’.
Tiddly-Boomer- Ixobrychus minutus minutus- One, hung as a spy by the good people of Heartypool.
Boomer- Botaurus stellaris stellaris- noisy resident of Tickham reedbed.
New World Boomer- Botaurus lentiginosus- a flock of six, all hung as swarthy illegal immigrants by the good people of Losechelsea.
Pinkie- Phoenicopterus ruber escaptorus- avian exotica, one or two thought to be brought over by the Armada.
Wild Swan- Cygnus cygnus- rare in winter.
Tame Swan- Cygnus bewickii bewickii- a few in winter.
Swan- Cygnus olor- a pair breeds each year on the ducking pond.
Grey Goose- Anser anser- Dull and uninteresting. Good for the pot only.
Grey Goose- Anser albifrons- Similar.
Grey Goose- Anser fabalis fabalis- Similar.
Grey Goose- Anser brachyrhynchus- Similar.
Snow Grey Goose- Anser hyperboreus hyperboreus- paler, but similar.
Barnacle-Clad Grey Goose- Branta leucopsis- similar, only eaten on Fridays.
Seaford-Parson Grey Goose- Branta bernicla bernicla- has learnt to stay out of the reach of the guns offshore.
Pale-breasted Seaford-Parson Grey Goose- Branta bernicla hrota- similar.
New World Seaford-Parson Grey Goose- Branta bernicla forbeii- has crossed the Atlantic to entertain those that wish for interesting birds in winter.
Beer-Gander- Tadorna tadorna- common down rabbit holes.
Ruddy Beer-Gander- Cascara ferruginea- a rare visitor.
Bastard- Anas strepera- how and why this name came about from the common usage around Rotherbrediliingham harbour I do not know. That question is a gadwall to answer.
Snack Teal- Anas crecca crecca- One of the main crops for which we give thanks in the Watery Harvest Festival.
Confederate Teal- Anas carolinensis whistlindixii- Bristow kindly provided me with a mounted specimen from the Ducking pond.