Everyone has their own opinions about which birds are their favourites but do people in the UK share a passion for any species in particular and if so, which ones . We thought we would canvas the good folk of the community to get your take on this. So, have a think about it and please let us know your top 5 british birds, feel free to add reasons or pictures to explain why they are your favourites!
We look forward to seeing your responses!
Dunnock - my favourite garden bird
Kestrel - a kestrel called Bracken had a big impact on me when I got to fly her for my 21st birthday
Great Skua - they are awesomeness on wings!
Dipper - My favourite along the river here
Kittiwake - Such pretty gulls!
Ask me on another day I'll probably give a different response lol
1) Gold Finch 2) Kingfisher (the bird that first got me into birding) 3) Barn Owl 4) Magpie 5) Nuthatch.
And just like KatTai birds 3-5 often change but 1 and 2 always stay the same.
Kestrel - my spirit lifts whenever I see one
Barn owl - a close encounter as a child left a lasting impression - they are such beautiful birds and make me want to be able to paint really well.
Long Tailed tits - their acrobatics on the feeders amuse me
Wren - either busy in the wall or scolding
Oyster catchers - the sound of home
1) Blue Tit (Nothing like a noisy Blue Tit scolding you for walking past the place it calls 'it's patch'. :)
4) Coal Tit
At the minute..i'm so fickle it could change tomorrow
Passerines - Northern Wheatear and Siskin - Both striking in their own way.
Bird of Prey - Merlin - So very feisty, attacking large raptors and corvids near their territories
Wader - Little Ringed Plover - I find them to be particulary enjoyable to watch.
Owl - difficult one, probably Eurasian Eagle Owl, a fantastic predator
How flipping difficult is this!?....I love them all....
But if put on the spot I will put these 5 down....
3) Sparrow (house or hedge - sorry bit greedy but they're such good fun!)
4) Reed Bunting
5) Woodpecker (green, lesser and great! - sorry even greedier!)
Hope I haven't cheated too much but you did put me on the spot! LOL
We'll let you off just this once! To be honest i'm still deliberating, it is tricky to commit to only 5!
That's a toughie..... but today's thoughts (I admit it might change tomorrow):
Log tailed tit - so pretty, and I love the way they fly (somewhere between dainty and ungainly!)
Avocet - no, I'm not creeping, I just think they are so elegant
Blackbird - for its glorious song
Skylark - a bird that encapsulates summer days
Puffin - what crazy looking birds!
Oooh. I couldn't possibly name only 5 - how about 265?
I once asked my dad what his favourite bird was. He thought for a moment and then said: 'My favourite is the one I'm looking at.'
And I think that sums up the idea of a Top 5 perfectly!
Agree so difficult and perhaps influenced by how difficult some are to see and the scenery when seen.
1 Golden Eagle
2 White Tailed Eagle
3 Hen Harrier
4 Marsh Harrier
5 Has to be a bird only we always miss by 5 minutes wherever we go Water Rail
What a strange mix and next 5 would probably be all garden birds.
Common residents or birds on the british list?
Great Tit (in the field)
(I know its ten but... ;) )
I have changed my mind once again after looking through some of my favourite photos here is my selection.
The great tit chick as this is my favourite set of photos I have taken and this little baby brings such a smile to my face and I often wonder how it is doing.
The bullfinch. My bullfinches have not visited me for a few weeks now and everyday I keep checking to see if he has came back and I leave his favourite tray of sunflower hearts out just in case. Just love his colours and they are so full of character.
The coaltit because they are just so cute.
The hummingbird. I know it is not British but I spent so many hours in awe looking and searching for these little birds in Barbados this year. Absolutely hopeless at photographing them and in the end I gave up and just stood and watched them in awe. The hummingbird just sums up my fabulous sumer in Barbados and luckily I am heading back next summer.
The sparrowhawk as when I see him I am so excited and then hope he does not catch anything and then think poor thing no luck today. A well of emotions felt by just one bird. He is absolutely stunning.
Oh dear - I love them all!!
1. Tawny Owl - Becoming friends with a wild one as an eight year old still has an effect on me each day! He eventually let me touch him - can you imagine!!
2. Barn Owl - Simply the most stunningly beautiful bird in the world
3. Dipper - They remind me of my Mum whose favourite bird they were
4. Heron - Just love them
5. Gannets - The second most beautiful bird in the world!
But then there are so many more!