Species categories for re-finds
Time Category 1. Highly transient species – these count as self-found TWO DAYS after a previous sighting at a given site:
Time Category 2. Medium transient species – these count as self-found FOUR DAYS after a previous sighting at a given site:
Time Category 3: All other species. These are less mobile and can ONLY be counted as self-found at a site SIX DAYS after a previous sighting.
Distance Category 1 - Large and mobile species. For birds which are being tracked the coast, you must be at least 50km away from the most recent sighting that day to count a self found tick. Otherwise, these species count as self-found if you are at least 25km away:
All raptors (except falcons which are all Cat. 2)
Distance Category 2 – Intermediate mobility. These count as self found if you are at least 10km from a recent sighting, or 25km for a bird being tracked along the coast on the same day:
All swans, geese and ducks
All herons (except Green Heron and Little Bittern which are Cat. 3)
All waders (except Great Snipe which is cat 3)
All gulls, terns and skuas
Distance Category 3 – all other species. These count as self-found if you are at least 5km from a recent sighting.
IMPORTANT NOTE - These categories are irrelevant if you can prove your sighting is of a different bird!
RARE BREEDERS / WINTERERS
Category 1: Sedentary species - qualify for “self-found” at known breeding sites.
Category 2: Others – these must be found away from traditional breeding / wintering sites. See distance categories for each species in question.
Taiga Bean Goose