The unsound approach

Concrete rules for self found listing

Species categories for re-finds

TIME RE-FINDS

 

Time Category 1. Highly transient species – these count as self-found TWO DAYS after a previous sighting at a given site:

 

All tubenoses

Red-billed Tropicbird

Frigatebird spp.

 

Time Category 2. Medium transient species – these count as self-found FOUR DAYS after a previous sighting at a given site:

 

All terns

All swifts

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Bee-eater

Roller

All hirundines

 

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 RE-FINDS

 

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 tubenoses

Red-billed Tropicbird

Frigatebird spp.

All raptors (except falcons which are all Cat. 2)

Common Crane

Sandhill Crane

Little Bustard

Macqueen's Bustard

Great Bustard

Black Stork

White Stork

 

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

White-billed Diver

Grebes

Double-crested Cormorant

All herons (except Green Heron and Little Bittern which are Cat. 3)

Glossy Ibis

Spoonbill

All falcons

All waders (except Great Snipe which is cat 3)

All gulls, terns and skuas

All auks

All owls

All nightjars

All swifts

Belted Kingfisher

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Bee-eater

Roller

All hirundines

 

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.

 

Capercaillie
Ptarmigan

Crested Tit
Chough
Scottish Crossbill
Cirl Bunting

 

Category 2: Others – these must be found away from traditional breeding / wintering sites. See distance categories for each species in question.

 

Bittern
Black-necked Grebe

Slavonian Grebe
Smew

Taiga Bean Goose

Honey Buzzard
Golden Eagle
White-tailed Eagle 
Osprey
Red Kite
Goshawk 
Corncrake
Spotted Crake

Dotterel
Stone curlew
Red-necked Phalarope

Roseate Tern
Golden Oriole

Shorelark
Woodlark

Dartford Warbler