North American landbirds in Britain

North American landbirds in Britain

Many species of North American landbird have been recorded in Great Britain as vagrants. Most occur in autumn; southwest England attracts the greatest proportion, but northern and western Scotland comes a close second. Occasionally birds overwinter, and some species (e.g. Baltimore Oriole) are more prone to this than others. Vagrancy also occurs in spring, and some species (e.g. White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco) do in fact have more records at this time than in autumn. Weather systems are thought to be the primary reason for the occurrence of birds in autumn; some birds seen in spring may simply be overshoots, although ship-assistance may also play a part.

Species list

The following species have been recorded, and accepted as wild by the British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee:

Controversial species

The following species have been recorded, but not accepted as wild:

See also

  • North American waterfowl in Britain
  • North American shorebirds in Britain
  • North American gulls and terns in Britain


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