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Please note that these lists follow strict BOU guidelines and so only include species on the official British List. Species heard only in the county, those not accepted by the County or National Rarities Committee or those not considered to be of wild origins are not included in this table. No full personal lists are preserved, only the totals, which are published in good faith and at the request of the owner of them without being verified other than conforming to the guidelines above.

Anyone wishing to add or update their own list just needs to drop me, Ian McKerchar, a line.

Lists in the table not verified as following the above guidelines are denoted by * 


Pete Berry262By far and away the top county lister, Pete has amassed some impressive species in the county over some 25 years, including such blockers as Manx Shearwater (Carrington, in the back of an RSPCA van!), Leach's Petrel (Pennington Flash), Ferruginous Duck (Chorlton Water Park), Honey Buzzard (Heaton Park Reservoir), Red-footed Falcon (Chat Moss and Burnt Edge), Pomarine Skua (Pennington Flash), Corncrake (Chorlton Meadows), Nightjar (Chorlton Meadows/Chat Moss), Red-rumped Swallow (Denton), Nightingale (Pennington Flash), Red-backed Shrike (Shaw), Bonaparte's Gull (Heaton Park Reservoir), Guillemot (Sale Water Park), Yellow-browed Warbler (Ladybrook Valley), Little Bunting (Adswood Tip) and Gannet (Watergrove Reservoir). He is currently more often than not to be found at his second home in Dumfries and Galloway (or birding somewhere in South America), which has recently cost him dearly with Bufflehead and Broad-billed Sandpiper glaring omissions from his list.ded Bonaparte's Gull at Heaton Park Reservoir, 26.01.19
Andy Makin256Blockers - Leach's Storm-petrel, Pomerine Skua, Blue-winged Teal, Honey Buzzard, Nightingale, Hawfinch, Richard's Pipit,   River Warbler, Baird's Sandpiper, Arctic Skua, Black Stork, Red-footed Falcon. Misses- Bufflehead, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Alpine Swift.  
Dave Broome254Another county 'old timer' (for a youngish chap!), Dave has blockers such as Guillemot, Crane, Honey Buzzard, Marsh Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler (Scotsman Flash) and Arctic Skua but still has afew much easier birds yet to catch up with. His omissions include Broad-billed Sandpiper and Red-footed Falcon on the mosses which he puts down to a combination of being away for most of its stay and incompetence on his own part!  
Rob Adderley253Rob is an Audenshaw Reservoirs regular (and husband to Sonia, see below) and has been birding in the county since about 1977 (as a school kid!) amassing some enviable birds indeed. Blockers include perhaps one of the counties biggest, namely White-billed Diver (Audenshaw Reservoirs) and others such as Sabine's Gull (Audenshaw Reservoirs), Leach's Petrel (Audenshaw Reservoir), Red Kite (Brushes Valley), Arctic Skua (Audenshaw Reservoirs), Red-rumped Swallow (Denton), Alpine Swift (Audenshaw Reservoirs), Red-backed Shrike (Shaw), Hawfinch (near Godley Reservoir), Yellow-browed Warbler (Hollingworth) and Gannet (Watergrove Reservoir). His omissions include Broad-billed Sandpiper and Red-footed Falcon.  
Simon Warford249Darcy Lever (Bolton) based birder Simon has amassed a very respectable total given some of the omissions on his list, a point he clearly aims to put right but Desert Wheatear, Bufflehead, Broad-billed Sandpiper are all 'serious' omissions that may be doubtful to re-occur. As well as the 'usual suspects' of past county rarities he also has blockers of Woodchat Shrike, Alpine Swift (Audenshaw Reservoirs), Barnacle Goose (a flock accepted as wild birds), Nightjar (Chat Moss), Red Kite (Lees Hill) and Gannet (Watergrove Reservoir).  
John Rayner249As a Hazel Grove based birder, John has been birding in the county since 1975 and over those years has managed plenty of the available county rarities but unfortunately has overlooked plenty more! Having only recently counted up his county list from verifiable records within his notebooks there remain some relatively easy species yet to add (and possibly a few 'armchair ticks' in those archives) but his best blockers to date include Bufflehead, Red Kite, Velvet Scoter, Corncrake, Baird's Sandpiper, Alpine Swift, Richard's Pipit, Yellow-browed Warbler, Woodchat Shrike and Little Bunting.  
Mark Rigby245As an Oldham based birder, Mark has caught up with most of the manageable county species and has seen most of the recent county 'biggies' (including the Desert Wheatear) and has reasonable blockers of Velvet Scoter, Baird's Sandpiper, Red Kite, Crane, Goshawk and Black-throated Diver.  
Alan Warford244Father of Simon (see below), Alan's list is similar in content, not surprising considering they do a lot of birding together and includes all the 'usual' county blockers with also Leach's Petrel (Pennington Flash), Nightjar (Croxdens), Ferruginous Duck (Chorlton Water Park), Alpine Swift (Audenshaw Reservoirs), Red Kite (Lees Hill) and Gannet (Watergrove Reservoir). He still has afew 'easier' omissions yet to catch up with but Broad-billed Sandpiper and Desert Wheatear whilst omissions, certainly don't fall into that easier category!  
Brian Fielding242Brian has seen all the more recent big county rarities but has some real genuine blockers too, with Broad-billed and Baird's Sandpiper, Bufflehead, Red-rumped Swallow, Yellow-browed Warbler and Stone Curlew as some of the very best.
Andy Bissit238*An irregular twitcher but a regular patch worker, Andy prefers to find his own birds which have included Great Grey Shrike, Spoonbill, Red Kite and Pectoral Sandpiper. His blockers do include Guillemot though. 
Sonia Adderley234Wife of Rob (see above), Sonia has many of the 'usual suspects' on her list, including Whiskered and White-winged Black Tern, Temminck's Stint (Audenshaw 2006), Pectoral Sandpiper, Alpine Swift (Audenshaw Reservoirs), Bufflehead, Red Kite (Lees Hill), Gannet (Watergrove Reservoir) and one huge 'blocker' in the shape of Sabine's Gull (Audenshaw Reservoirs).  
Ian Campbell232Elton Reservoir regular his best birds away from Elton include White-winged Black-Tern, Red-throated Diver, Smew, Snow Bunting and a 2008 self-found Red Kite. 
Colin Moran231*Worsley based birder Colin has been birding in the county since 1988 and as such has some enviable blockers such as Guillemot, Ferruginous Duck, River Warbler, Black-faced Bunting, Red-backed and Woodchat Shrike and Bufflehead. Unfortunately he missed the Desert Wheatear and also the Broad-billed Sandpiper. 
Andy Isherwood231Despite having migrated from East Yorkshire, Andy maintains a very reasonable county list. There are of course still a few commoner county birds yet to make their way onto his list and a concerted effort to catch up with these would certainly boost his total considerably.  
Karen Foulkes229Karen's biggest county blockers are Collared Pratincole at Hollingworth Lake, Little Bunting at Adswood Tip, Black-faced Bunting, Whiskered Tern, Blue-winged Teal, Ferruginous Duck at Chorlton Water Park, Red Kite at Rumworth and Nightjar on Chat Moss. Worst misses include River Warbler.
Simon Hitchen226Hollingworth Lake regular Simon, despite having never paid much attention to county listing, has seen county blockers of Whiskered Tern, Black-faced Bunting, Canvasback, Wryneck and most enviably of all, Collared Pratincole (Hollingworth Lake, 1983), a species which few other county listers have managed! His work however, has cost him severely and prevented him from getting to see Desert Wheatear or Broad-billed Sandpiper. 
Paul Wilson224Paul has managed some quality county birds including Temminck's Stint, Great Grey Shrike, Red-rumped Swallow and Pectoral Sandpiper. added Wryneck on the Horwich Moors, 31.08.20
Paul Hammond222Paul's county life list includes such blockers as Red-rumped Swallow and Alpine Swift (Audenshaw Reservoirs). 
Gary Crowder219County blockers and particular goodies include Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, Woodchat and Great Grey Shrike, River Warbler, Black-faced Bunting, Ring-billed Gull and Water Pipit but his omissions do include Wood Warbler.
John Tromans219Birding since 1983, John's best county blocker is easily Little Bunting but he also managed to see the Black-faced Bunting and Desert Wheatear. 
Tim Wilcox218Tim has done much of his county birding by bus and bike but now has a car and hopes to do some catching up.  
Mike Passant217

Despite still living in exile, Mike has still managed to connect with most of the rare and scarce recorded in the county over recent years including some impressive blockers considering the considerable distance he has to cover in order to manage them, such as the Pennington Flash Manx Shearwater, Leach's Petrel and Roseate Tern, which along with the Sabine's gull are also the only ones he's ever seen at an inland location in the UK too. His other much sought after county blockers include Ferruginous Duck, Corncrake, Little Bunting and two (yes, two!) Collard Pratincoles. He nevertheless still need a handful of more annually occurring species and has missed quite a few short stayers amongst other rarities.

Steve Collins217Rochdale birder Steve only really started birding in 2003 but was lucky enough to be at Pennington Flash during the stay of the Whiskered Tern in 2002, saw the Alpine Swift (Audenshaw Reservoirs) and has since also managed a rather sought after county blocker with a Red Kite at Watergrove Reservoir! Now residing out of county he still makes an effort to catch up with county birds though does have serious omissions such as the Wryneck at Horwich which he was a day too late to see, Broad-billed Sandpiper when he was at a cup final match at Cardiff, Gannet at Watergrove when he was leading a coach trip to Bempton Cliffs, to see Gannets (!) and Bufflehead and Desert Wheatear which he was unfortunately stuck at work for.  
John Tymon215*One of the original Pennington Flash 'moochers' John's list is surprising considering a huge proportion is made up from sightings at Pennington Flash only! His biggest blocker is Tawny Pipit at Pennington (found by John and fellow 'moocher' Paul Brown). 
Craig Higson208With over 95% of his list made up from the Wigan area alone, Craig has afew expectable omissions but atleast he has all the Pennington Flash 'usual suspects' of rarities from the past years and his list will undoubtedly benefit with a little more effort venturing out into the east of the county. His blockers (other than the 'norms') include Spoonbill at Pennington Flash but not surprisingly though, his most painful omission is the 2007 Desert Wheatear which he missed by 15 minutes- ouch!  added 
David Winnard203Rochdale stalwart Dave, despite having never twitched much outside of the Rochdale area still has more than afew enviable blockers on his list, such as Red Kite and Hawfinch with more recent ventures into the county adding Grey and Red-necked Phalaropes and Whiskered Tern. His only real miss though was the Watergrove Broad-billed Sandpiper which occurred whilst he was at work!
Barry Hulme201Pennington Flash devotee Barry is rarely to be found away from his second (or perhaps first!) home and unsurprisingly his county list is only four more than his flash list! His best county birds include Desert Wheatear, Red-necked Phalarope and Turtle Dove.
Chris Harper201After re-finding birding back in 1997, Chris now does most of his birding in and around the east of the county, working around trips abroad as and when he can. Having seen most of the more recent county rares, his blockers include Ferruginous Duck, Whiskered Tern, Great Skua, Red-throated Pipit, Two-barred Crossbill, Nightjar, Kentish Plover and Little Bittern. Red Kite continues to elude him though, despite being only minutes late on a few occasions now! added Grey Plover at Audenshaw Reservoirs, 22.09.20
Alan Nuttall200Despite Alan's more regular patch of Whiteholme Reservoir being rather disappointingly classed as not in Greater Manchester, he still has an enviable list which includes amongst other excellent birds, Leach's Petrel, Spoonbill and the huge self-found blocker of Collared Pratincole (at Hollingworth Lake).
Neil Calbrade197Despite having lived in Norfolk for the past few years, Neil was a very active Manchester birder and his local patch of the Piethorne Valley regularly turned up the goods with Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, Mealy Redpoll and Firecrest all self-found there. His other county blockers include Red-backed Shrike (Shaw) and Red-footed Falcon (Chat Moss) plus most of the usual suspects (River Warbler, Black-faced Bunting, Blue-winged Teal etc).
John Baxter196*Another long serving county birder and Pennington sufferer (visiting there 250 occasions in 1987 alone!), although John still just about lives in the county, his work is in Merseyside and now so is much of his birding. Highlights at Pennington include the site's first ever Mediterranean Gull and Treecreeper, whilst his county blockers include Little Auk, Blue-winged Teal and Marsh Warbler (a huge blocker!), with his omissions including Whiskered Tern, which apparently continues to break his heart!
Rob Thorpe192 
Tony Coatsworth190Despite spending most of his time over the past few years contributing to the CAWOS bird atlas survey, part of Tony's 'square' is in Greater Manchester which has enabled him to spend at least some of his birding time in the county.
James Walsh181Current county blockers include Ferruginous Duck, Woodchat Shrike, Ring-billed Gull, Black-faced Bunting, River Warbler and Water Pipit.
Nick Isherwood180 
Nick Hilton172*Highlights of Nick's county life list are true county blockers of Common Crane (Chat Moss 1983), Ferruginous Duck (Chorlton WP) and Red-backed Shrike (Shaw). He unfortunately missed the Black-faced Bunting though!
Phil Owen166*Whilst not a county twitcher, Phil has nevertheless managed several good county birds including Pectoral Sandpiper and Eider.
Brian Fogg164Since starting birding in 2004 Brian has self-found such good county birds as Great White Egret, Avocet and Bittern, all at Elton Reservoir. 
Holly Page162Whilst Holly prefers to concentrate on UK year listing she does of course get out and about within Greater Manchester and has a few good future blockers such as Stone Curlew, Red-rumped Swallow, Pied-billed Grebe and Hoopoe.
Adam Jones162Having started county birding in April 2010 Adam has lots yet too add but is steadily working his way through them! 
Neil Southworth157*Lancashire birder Neil concentrates mainly on his Chorley area but does venture into Greater Manchester has seen some good county birds with blockers of River Warbler, 'the' bunting, Whiskered Tern and Wryneck.
Jon Bowen156Jon has been birding since 2010 and has amassed some good county birds with all six grebes, Snow Bunting and Ring Ouzel.
Rick Hall156Best birds thus far include Pied-billed Grebe, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Great Skua and Snow Bunting.
Phil  Hampson150Whilst Phil has been birding for many years it is only in recent years that he had begun concentrating on county birding and as such there are many missing species from his list, though it does include Black-faced Bunting!
Alan Rimmer148Secretary of the Wigan RSPB Local Group, old-skool birder Alan's best birds are River Warbler, Black-faced Bunting and Great Grey Shrike.
Dean MacDonald137*As a long time, but previously rather sporadic birder, Bolton based Dean's best birds includes the Horwich Wryneck, Wigan Flashes Great Grey Shrike and Black Redstart in Gas Street, Bolton town centre in 1975!
Tony Winterbottom134 
Keiron Rigby126Probably the county's youngest genuine avid birder at 7 years old (as of 2012) his excursions with dad Mark (see just a few further up these rankings) have netted him his best birds so far of Garganey, Red-crested Pochard, Common Scoter, Great Northern Diver, Great White Egret, Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Black and Arctic Tern, Tree Pipit, Waxing and Snow Bunting.
Ollie Wright108 

Ian McKerchar (forum administrator and owner)

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Most of us have a local patch, or perhaps even  few which we visit and whether we like to admit it or not, we all keep a list of the species we've seen there (written or otherwise). No matter if you visit regularly or only occasionally, this is your opportunity to have your personal site list published on here, so long as its in Greater Manchester.





220Pennington FlashIan McKercharBirding there 'seriously' and regularly since 1980 (with only sporadic visits before), moving swiftly into almost daily visits through the early 80's to the early 90's until more 'choice' visits in the mid to late 90's. Back fairly regular this millennium but still no where near as much as the site deserves! Many blocker's from the 80's (which only the original 'moochers' or flash guru's may have), in fact far too many to mention but Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Red-necked Phalarope, Barn Owl, Snow Bunting, Manx Shearwater, Little Auk, Black-throated Diver, Barnacle Goose (ringed wild birds), Green-winged Teal, Glossy Ibis, Firecrest, Hawfinch, Red-legged Partridge, Nightingale, Arctic Redpoll, Marsh Tit (no...a real one!), Ring Ouzel, Hen Harrier and Ferruginous Duck are some of the best that other may not have managed. Seen nearly all of the rarities that have occurred there over the years but haven't seen any of the skuas there. 
204Pennington FlashAndy Makin 
198Pennington FlashBarry HulmeCovering Pennington since 1996 Barry is easily the most regular keen observer there and already has many excellent finds to his name. He has seen most of the recent site 'megas' with the notable exception of Whiskered Tern, although one of his blockers, Fulmar, has only ever been seen there by an extremely small handful of people. His omissions include Spoonbill and Barn Owl.  
196Pennington FlashDave BroomeAfter covering the site for many years Dave's total includes good site blockers such as Wood Warbler and Marsh Warbler.
186Wigan FlashesDave BroomeUndoubtedly this site's 'list champ' and perhaps unlikely to be beaten (pull your fingers out Woosey and Hargreaves!) his mighty list includes many terrific county birds (see his garden list for the exact details) but one of his favourites doesn't feature in his total, as the Chilean Flamingo on Pearson's Flash in 1993 has wandered from Haigh Zoo.
185Elton ReservoirPeter BaronAs Elton's birding 'guru' it's not surprising Peter has accumulated the largest number of species seen there in his 40 years covering there and his best species include Great Grey Shrike, White-winged Black Tern, Bittern, Arctic Skua (x3!), Great Northern Diver (x2), Red-throated Diver and Great White Egret.
182Elton ReservoirSimon WarfordSimon's main 'patch' has produced many highlights along the way in his many years birding there. The best of them include the two summer plumaged White-winged Black Terns together in 2014, 4 self-found Ospreys, Great Northern Diver (2), White-fronted Geese, Slavonian Grebe, Garganey, Yellow-legged and Iceland Gull, Firecrest (3), Shag, Water Pipit, Bittern, Hen Harrier, Red Kite (3), Waxwing, Ring Ouzel, Hawfinch, Pied Flycatcher and Black Redstart. He has managed some 25 species of wader including a very memorable flock of 26 Bar-tailed Godwits, Wood Sandpiper (4), Little Stint (2) and Curlew Sandpiper (2), but has still yet to add Spotted Redshank and Avocet. There have been some very painful omissions however, with dare I say it, the Little Bittern perhaps the pick but other easier birds he has yet to add are Red-necked Grebe and Merlin. 
181Horwich MoorsAndy Makin 
179Pennington FlashCraig HigsonA flash regular for many years now, including a stint working there, Craig has seen the majority of the 'biggies' and his blockers include Arctic Redpoll, Shag, Cattle Egret, Ring-necked Parakeet and Spoonbill, his omissions however make for an altogether more interesting read!
175Audenshaw ReservoirsRob AdderleyOne of the longest serving regulars, Rob's highly impressive list includes no less than four species of diver (and yes, that does include White-billed!), Fulmar, two Leach's Petrels, Osprey, Green-winged Teal, two Velvet Scoters, Grey Phalarope, Alpine Swift, Two Ring-billed Gulls, Sabine's Gull, Red-rumped Swallow, Lapland Bunting and an incredible 7 Arctic Skuas! 
173Hollingworth LakeSimon HitchenHollingworth's very own regular 'patcher' and site report editor has amassed an impressive list over the years with highlights of Collared Pratincole (1983), Great Northern and Red-throated Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Willow Tit, Shag, Osprey, Avocet, Slavonian Grebe, Hobby, Mediterranean and Iceland Gulls, Black Redstart, Pied Flycatcher , Little Egret and Hawfinch. However, reduced coverage in the 1990's have cost him dearly, missing Black-throated Diver and, wait for it...Black-winged Stilt (ouch!).
173Elton ReservoirIan CampbellHaving been birding Elton for around 15 years but only seriously for the past 5 (as of 2010), Ian's best self-found patch birds include Black-necked Grebe, Brent Goose (5 pale-bellied), Merlin, Sanderling, Twite and a single flock of 20 Brambling. His other highlight are Great Northern Diver, Shag, Red Kite, Curlew Sandpiper, Firecrest, Great White Egret, Red-necked Grebe, Bittern and Osprey.
170Pennington FlashAndy IsherwoodHis lists includes most of the 'biggies' of the past 10 years, including the Black-faced Bunting which he twitched whilst living in East Yorkshire at the time! Whilst Andy has amassed an impressive list in such a relatively short space of time, there remains a few obvious species which he has yet to catch up with, so there is much more to come.
169Elton ReservoirPaul WilsonAlthough Paul actually lives inside the Elton Reservoir recording area, he didn't become a birder until 2005 and only began seriously watching the site in 2007 but despite this his good site birds already include Shag, Bittern, Osprey, Mediterranean Gull, Red-necked Grebe, Knot, Brent Goose, Twite, Sanderling, Woodcock as well as self-found Waxwing, Curlew Sandpiper and Firecrest in his garden. Paul has also managed to photograph 113 species on his Elton list since 2005 and is most pleased with his collections of Shag and Firecrest images and a close-up shot of a Jack Snipe.
164Elton ReservoirSimon JohnsonElton has previously been second best to Heaton Park Reservoir for Simon but he has still seen such site rarities and blockers such as Little Bitten, Great Northern Diver, Long-tailed Duck, Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Wood Warbler, Glaucous Gull, Hawfinch, Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting and a flock of 45 Barnacle Geese flying over which were accepted as wild by the county rarities committee! He still has many missing scarcities though, such as Cuckoo, Sandwich Tern, Little Tern and Pied Flycatcher.
159Audenshaw ReservoirsPaul HammondPaul has been birding at Audenshaw for many on and off and has accumulated great site birds such as Sabine's Gull, Temminck's Stint, Tree Sparrow, Alpine Swift (self-found), Red-rumped Swallow Osprey, Short-eared Owl, Ring-billed Gull and all 5 (commoner!) grebes. 
155Heaton Park ReservoirSimon JohnsonHaving only been birding this site since early 2006 Simon has already seen some impressive species, including Leach's Petrel, Lesser Scaup, Caspian Gull, Hobby, Osprey, Black Redstart, Gannet, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Smew, Snow Bunting, Red-rumped Swallow, Grey Phalarope, Red Kite, Bonaparte's Gull, Reed Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Little Egret, Wood Sandpiper, Lapland Bunting, Hen Harrier, Slavonian Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Turnstone, Sanderling, Rock Pipit and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. 
153Elton ReservoirBrian Fielding 
153Pennington FlashSimon WarfordSimon's best Pennington birds include Black-faced Bunting, Blue-winged Teal, White-winged Black Tern, Hobby, Black-throated Diver, Pectoral Sandpiper, Grey Phalarope, Ring-billed Gull, Spotted Crake and two excellent blockers of Leach's Petrel and Snow Bunting. Has blockers of Spotted Crake, Whiskered Tern, Leach's Petrel, Temminck's Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper and Long-eared Owl. 
153Abram FlashesRob ThorpeRob's best site birds so far, besides all being fly-overs, are Little Egret (a flock of 15!), Waxwing, Short-eared Owl, Mediterranean Gull, Garganey, Tree Pipit, Purple Heron, Crossbill, Little Gull, Great White Egret, Kittiwake, Avocet, Bittern, Osprey, Merlin and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.   
153Audenshaw ReservoirsAndy BissittA site visitor from the 1980's Andy has a few good site blockers of Pectoral Sandpiper, Great Grey Shrike, no less than there separate Marsh Harriers and remarkably, two records of Spoonbill. Unfortunately he missed the Alpine Swift there, found whilst he was in a meeting with his bank manager!
152Wigan FlashesRob Thorpe 
147Pennington FlashRob AdderleyWhen Rob forsakes his own regular patch of Audenshaw, he can often be found at Pennington and his list reflects this with all the usual rarity suspects (Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, White-winged Black and Whiskered Tern and of course Black-faced Bunting) with added blockers of Black-throated Diver, Pectoral Sandpiper, Grey Phalarope and Ring-billed Gull. 
145Audenshaw ReservoirsKaren FoulkesKaren has been birding at Audenshaw on and off for many years but has still managed to miss most of its best birds! Her personal bests so far are Velvet Scoter, Eider and Snow Bunting.
142Watergrove ReservoirSteve AtkinsSteve has been seriously covering Watergrove for many years now and has amassed a pretty impressive list for such a 'high altitude' site (in a county respective ☺). He lists his most painful miss as the March 2006 Red Kite seen there, as despite visiting three times that day, none coincided with the brief fly-over of the kite, he has also missed Black-tailed Godwit (December 2006) whilst walking round to the club house there, where another Watergrove regular saw one fly past! Steve admits there are quite afew wader species for him to still 'pick up' but has now breached that 140 species target and has 150 firmly in his sights! His defining moment though and one for which he will remain eternally famous for, is the finding of the Broad-billed Sandpiper there in May 2005, at the time, the first county record but subsequently 'relegated' to the second! 
138Rumworth LodgeSimon WarfordSimon's highlights for his many years of coverage are probably Temminck's Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Osprey, Merlin, Hobby, Bewick's Swan and Little Stint, his omissions though most notably include Ring-necked Duck.
138Pennington FlashTony CoatsworthTony's list for Pennington includes 5 species of Grebe, Black-faced Bunting, Wood Warbler, Whiskered Tern, and Great Northern Diver.
136Piethorne ReservoirsNeil CalbradeDespite 'upping sticks' and moving south in 2001, Neil's 'former patch' has produced one site tick for him since (Grasshopper Warbler in Spring 2007) with his previous site bests of Honey Buzzard, Red Kites (yes, plural, he's had 2 of them!), Black Redstart, Black-tailed Godwit, Kittewake, Hobby, singing Firecrest (always a pleasure!), Waxwing, Short-eared Owl, Common Redpoll and Smew (2 records). 
135Elton ReservoirBrian FoggBest site birds are all self-found: - Great White Egret, Avocet and Bittern. 
134Pennington FlashNick Isherwood    
129Heaton Park ReservoirPete BerryPete's list includes some very good birds including Honey Buzzard, Lesser Scaup, Ringed-necked Duck, Leach's Petrel, Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe, Little Egret and both Glaucous and Iceland Gulls.
127Abram FlashesDave BroomeThere are some easy ones for Dave to catch up with yet but for the time being his best site birds are Garganey, Great White Egret, Greenshank and Spotted Redshank. 
120Wigan FlashesCraig Higson 
118Pennington FlashSteve CollinsHas blockers of Spotted Crake, Whiskered Tern, Leach's Petrel, Temminck's Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper and Long-eared Owl. 
115Pennington FlashBrian FoggBest site birds so far include Garganey, Black Tern, Shag, Little Gull, Turnstone, Leach's Petrel and Black-necked Grebe.
107Highfield MossNick IsherwoodBest birds so far are Short-eared Owl, Red Kite, Whinchat, Grey Plover, Merlin, Ring Ouzel and Hobby.    
107Ludworth MoorAndy Bissit
105Haigh CPTom Morton 
103Ringley ETWSimon JohnsonHaving only watched the site since early 2006 Simon has recorded no rarities there yet but has added Scaup, Black-necked Grebe, Stonechat, Yellowhammer, Peregrine, Merlin and Pintail.    
103Salford QuaysJames Walsh 
101Chorlton Water ParkTim WilcoxTim's best site birds thus far include Hen Harrier, Black Redstart, Mealy Redpoll, Black-necked Grebe and Smew. 
99Haigh CPDave BroomeAlthough there's nothing too unexpected on Dave's list (as yet), it does include Cetti's warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Mediterranean Gull, Waxwing, Brambling and Tree Sparrow.
99Viridor WoodCraig HigsonBest birds so far are Hobby, Ring Ouzel, Cetti's Warbler and Short-eared Owl.
93Viridor WoodRob ThorpeBest birds so far are Spotted Flycatcher, Short-eared Owl, Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat and Goosander. 
89Haigh CPJimmy MeadowsWood Warbler, Tree Pipit and Common Redpoll are amongst Jimmy's best birds for this site.
89Abram FlashesAndy Isherwood 
88Davyhulme Millennium ParkNick Hilton 
69Haigh CPAndy Isherwood 
67Brun Clough ReservoirMark Rigby 
66Manchester City CentreIan McKercharHaving worked in the city centre since 1993 and being fortunate (or is that unfortunate) to be out and about in the city both day and night and to have access to areas not open to the public has allowed me to record some species that otherwise I would never have seen. Good city centre species include Dipper, Buzzard (overflying), Oystercatcher and Dunlin (both night migrants overhead), Common Sandpiper (flushed off a sand bank on the Irwell by Trinity Way whilst out training with work!), Common Tern (a few now seen overhead), Whitethroat, Bullfinch, Ring-necked Parakeet, Willow Warbler and Linnet (both in scrubby areas between Fairfield Street and the Mancunian Way, not accessible by the public), Lesser Whitethroat, Goldcrest (including birds seen in the Christmas Tree in Albert Square and along Deansgate near the John Rylands Library), Tufted Duck and Pochard (on the Irwell by Trinity Way) and all the usual Waxwing, Peregrine and Black Redstarts. Having never actually bothered to keep a list before I now wish I'd have seen the Port Street Wheatear which, whilst admitting at the time that it was an excellent bird so close to the city centre I really couldn't raise the enthusiasm to go and have a look at, despite passing it several times! 
61Manchester City CentreDave BroomeBest birds so far include Dipper, Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Jackdaw, Chiffchaff, Mute Swan and Collared Dove.
50Manchester City CentreSteve SuttillHaving worked in the city for years now Steve has amassed a considerable list, including some very good species such as Kingfisher, Goosander, Waxing, Buzzard, Black Redstart and especially Wheatear, a bird which spent a few days in Port Street car park! 
43Manchester City CentreSimon JohnsonSimon has worked in the city centre since moving to Manchester and his list includes Peregrine, Black Redstart, Waxwing and a dead Woodcock that unfortunately doesn't count!
39Manchester City CentreTony CoatsworthWith plenty more to go at Tony already has good site birds of Peregrine, Black Redstart and Waxwing. 



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In a little county like ours, should be easy eh? Think again, but feel free to have a go for yourself. 

Species must be seen (heard only don't count) during a full year (January 1st to December 31st) on the BTO Official British List and any rarities should be county/national rarities committee accepted where applicable. In the event of two or more birders obtaining a similar total, the birder achieving it earliest in the year claims the higher position. All totals over 170 species are included.




Paul Heaton183 2008
Mark Rigby1832012
Ian Campbell
Karen Foulkes1792012
Ian McKerchar1782002
Mark Rigby1782010
Dave Broome178 2017
Rob Adderley1772006
Dave Broome
Ian Campbell 
Sonia Adderley1732006
Karen Foulkes1732011
Andy Makin1732011
Pete Berry1721993
Paul Hammond1722007
Brian Fielding1712005
Iain Johnson1702011

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 County day lists are typically New Years Day or during May but why not try any other month and set the record! 

All county days lists of 80 or above are included in these rankings currently.



107 Melanie Beckford, Simon Johnson, Simon Warford03.05.14
106Jason Atkinson, Henry Cook, Phil Owen04.05.13
104John Rayner, Mark Rigby, Mike Passant, Mike Chorley03.05.11
102John Rayner, Mark Rigby, Mike Passant, Mike Chorley04.05.10
101Karen Foulkes, Mike Passant, John Rayner, Mark Rigby06.05.12
100Rob Thorpe, Terry Thorpe (Wigan borough only)01.05.10
100Jason Atkinson, Henry Cook, Phil Owen05.05.12
95Mike Chorley, Mark Rigby13.05.08
93Rob Thorpe, Terry Thorpe (Wigan borough only)02.05.09
93Rob Thorpe, Terry Thorpe (Wigan borough only)04.05.10
89John Rayner, Mark Rigby, Mike Passant, Mike Chorley05.05.09
88Henry Cook, Phil Owen10.05.10
87Rob Thorpe, Justin Garner24.05.09
83Henry Cook01.01.13
83Mike Chorley, Mark Rigby (Oldham borough only)07.05.13
81Ian McKerchar01.01.05
81Simon Warford, Alan Warford, Simon Johnson, Paul Heaton01.01.08

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County lister or not, most of us birders surely keep a garden list. 

143Dave BroomeScotmans FlashAdmittedly this is his dad's garden but Dave of course did live there for much of his life and the garden does indeed overlook the flash, infact the bottom of the garden is the flash! His list, as you might expect, is sickeningly impressive (but still lacks afew common birds!) and includes excellent county birds such as Slavonian Grebe, Firecrest, Long-tailed Duck, Osprey, a flock of Red-throated Divers, Glaucous, Iceland and Yellow-legged Gulls, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Long and Short-eared Owl, Black Redstart, Yellow-browed Warbler, Water Rail and Grasshopper Warbler. His most painful omission however was a Spoonbill which was actually IN the garden whilst he was away in Scilly in 1990 (the bird was also seen at Carrington Moss the same day). Not surprisingly his list is unlikely to be bettered in the county, and I thought my garden list was good! LIST CLOSED
113Andy MakinHindleyAndy's decidedly suburban garden has produced 2 Ospreys, Hen Harrier, Shag, Great Crested Grebe and Bar-tailed Godwit (heard at night), Bean Goose, Merlin, 3 Firecrests and 13 species of wader....
95Ian McKercharGreen Avenue, Astley

Garden with southerly facing open aspect, some mature Oaks, Hawthorn hedgerow and fields at the rear, Astley Moss just over half a mile to the south, resident since 1997. Best birds: Bean Goose (the flock of 5 from Astley Moss 2006), Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Tit, Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank (13 species of wader in total), Peregrine, Red Kite, Raven, Mediterranean Gull, Goosander, Spoonbill (!!), Hobby, Red Kite, Grey Partridge, Red-legged Partridge, Waxwing, Lesser Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Whooper Swan and once regular Barn Owl. added Treecreeper, 06.09.20

91Dave BroomeAshton-in-Makerfield

Dave's old Garden (not that of his Dad's which lies at the top of this list!) in Ashton-in-Makerfield in which his best birds included Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Waxwing, Woodcock, Coot, Kingfisher (actually in the garden!) and Moorhen. His most spectacular garden visitor however isn't included but nevertheless, the Channel-billed Toucan that graced it, was surely worthy of a mention! LIST CLOSED 2019

89Jeff ClarkeWalton Road, Sale

Jeff has a medium sized garden with a few large trees in the area, good vision to the south and the Bridgewater Canal about 300 metres away. Having lived there since 1989, Jeff admits to spending a lot of time in the garden (particularly when he should be doing something else!) which has resulted in some enviable birds the best of which are Red-legged Partridge, Fulmar (early 1990's), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Red Kite, Whooper Swan, Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, Merlin and Pintail.

84Andy IsherwoodSalisbury Way, Astley

South facing garden, overlooked on all sides, has an area of grass and hedgerows with afew established trees. Best birds: Buzzard, Peregrine, Moorhen (flying round at night!), Whimbrel (also at night), Lesser Whitethroat, Whooper Swan, Dunlin, Crossbill, Tufted Duck, Tree Sparrow, Raven and Brambling (although most unusual actually in the garden probably Mallard or Lesser Black-backed Gull!).

82Simon JohnsonTop floor flat, WhitefieldSimon's 'house' is infact a top floor apartment near Besses of the Barn, Whitefield and so his 'garden' is infact south facing and includes the street below and then out across Manchester! He has lived there since May 2005 and has had remarkable results from visible migration, passage and flyovers, the best of which include Peregrine, Hobby, Goldeneye, Mediterranean Gull, Ring Ouzel (wow!), Waxwing, Crossbill, Hen Harrier, Little Egret, Short-eared Owl, Tree Pipit, Whooper Swan (a flock of 14), Green Sandpiper, Brambling, Wigeon and Reed Bunting, proving just what can be done regardless of where you live and with a little effort.
82Dave BroomeTyldesley (Mosley Common border)Since 2019, best birds so far include Mediterranean Gull, Dunlin, Crossbill, Woodcock, Lesser Whitethroat and a Kingfisher which flew through the garden at point blank range off the adjacent brook.
81Henry CookHale BarnsWatched since 2002 highlights have been Little Egret, Mealy Redpolls, Wheatear, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Lesser Whitethroat, Tree Sparrow, Woodcock, Red Kite, Teal and Hobby. Unfortunately, despite being seen just a few meters from the boundary of his garden, Waxwing remains a current omission.
80Peter BerryHigher Green Lane, AstleyGarden with open aspect, mature trees and field to the rear, Astley moss less than half a mile away. Best birds: Glaucous Gull (x2), Brambling (highest count 15), regular wintering Tree Sparrows (highest count 22), Whimbrel, Mediterranean Gull, Hobby, Woodcock, Lesser Whitethroat, Firecrest and Moorhen.
76Steve ChristmasSwintonResiding since 1982, Steve's medium sized suburban garden is near a wooded valley and has some impressive species on it's list, not least a Common Rosefinch caught and ringed there! Other notable species have included Common Redpoll (flock of 20), Willow Tit and migrant Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Woodcock, Firecrest, Lesser Whitethroat and Spotted Flycatcher. Flyover 'goodies' have included Crossbill, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail and Common Sandpiper.
76Andy BissittSunfield, RomileyResiding at this address since 1986, despite a relatively small garden, vision all round is very good, with a couple of mature trees with grassy margins with berry trees close by. Best birds: Osprey, Woodcock (a bird regularly used to fly over the roof at dusk during the late 80's), Raven, Merlin (one flew through a neighbours garden one autumn), Whooper Swan, Waxwing (seen from front doorstep Feb. 2006), Lesser Whitethroat and Tree Sparrow (overflying birds when they used to breed nearby).
75Rob and Sonia AdderleyLower Bredbury

Moved into the house in October 2003. Best birds: Goosander, Buzzard, Little Egret (!!!!), Merlin, Great Crested Grebe, Hobby, Peregrine, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Raven, Yellow Wagtail, Waxwing, Brambling, Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting.

71Henry CookHale Barns

After five years of (allegedly ☺) casual watching, Henry's highlights have been 2 Mealy Redpolls, Little Egret, Hobby, Cormorant, Mallard (2 in his tiny pond), Teal, Moorhen, Woodcock, Snipe, Stock Dove and Brambling, all pretty impressive stuff although his local Lesser Whitethroats still evade him and his garden list!

68Rob ThorpeAshton-in Makerfield

Despite living in the property since late 2017, it took Rob almost two years to get round to keeping a list, the highlights so far of which have included Little Egret, Osprey, Hobby, Whimbrel and Yellow Wagtail.

52Vaughan EvansHale, TraffordNorth facing garden in fairly mature suburbia offering good cover, lived in the property since May 2003. Best birds: Brambling, Siskin (with an incredible 60+ in April 2006), Tawny Owl, Bullfinch (maximum count of 7!), Lesser Redpoll and Nuthatch. By far the strangest event was a group of 10 Mallard which landed in the garden in May 2006!
49Jon BowenHorwichOn the outskirts of Horwich, Jon's garden even has a small stream running though it which accounts for his best sighting; Dipper! Other good garden birds include Kingfisher and Willow Tit.
47Tony CoatsworthWithington, Manchester

100 foot lawn with mature Scots pine and Black Poplar trees only afew miles from the city centre, resident at this address for 12 years. Best birds: Grey Heron, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Bullfinch, Siskin and nesting Carrion Crow. Most notable occurrence was a 'fall' of Willow Warblers one Spring during a rain shower, but a record of Harris Hawk must run it a close second!

45Phil OwenWythenshaweWith a few scattered trees and school playing fields at the rear of his house, Phil's list so far includes the particularly excellent garden birds of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Waxwing.
44Tony WinterbottomBreightmet, BoltonA medium sized garden backing onto playing fields with a few large fields and scrub land nearby has played host to Raven, Peregrine, Woodcock and Grey Heron.
22Tim WilcoxMoss Side

Mid-terraced, back-to-back housing in Moss side, with little vegetation apart from some overgrown honeysuckle and some half dead 'things in pots'! His nearest tree was cut down he has had some trees planted along his street, his choice being a Mountain Ash which one day he hopes a Waxwing may visit. His best garden visitor to date is Curlew.





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The county of Greater Manchester is divided into ten boroughs, each with varying degrees of prime birding habitat. Keeping a borough list is ideal for those birders not wishing to travel too far around the county and instead focus their attention on birding in their more immediate vicinity.


204Andy Makin 



181Simon JohnsonAmongst Simon's best borough blockers currently are Bonaparte's Gull, Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Merganser, Little Egret, Grey Phalarope, Leach's Petrel, Red Kite, Caspian Gull, White-winged Black Tern, Red-rumped Swallow, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Black Redstart, Wood Warbler and Crossbill. 




132Sean Sweeney

most recent addition, Bar-tailed Godwit

125Tim WilcoxTim's top borough birds so far are Long-tailed Duck, Greenshank, Smew, Red-breasted Merganser, Black-necked Grebe, Common Redpoll, Hen Harrier, Hobby and Black Tern. 
118Phil Owen


117Tony Coatsworth

















153Mark Rigby Best birds include Iceland Gull, Black Redstart, Bar-tailed Godwit, Arctic Tern, Caspian Gull, Greenshank, Common Tern, Ruff, Waxwing, Mealy Redpoll, Turnstone, Hobby, Rock Pipit, Marsh Harrier, Little Egret, Hoopoe, Gannet, Firecrest, Red Kite, Yellow-legged Gull (the first borough record) and Osprey.
138Gary Crowder Highlights and blockers include Yellow-legged and Iceland Gulls, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-necked Grebe, Little Egret, Dotterel, Firecrest; Waxwing as well as self-found Red Kite, Rough-legged Buzzard and Caspian Gull.
138Kath Butterworth Kath's best bird is undoubtedly the Rough-legged Buzzard at Delph on the 13th April 1998. Other than this her array of excellent borough birds includes Osprey, Hobby, Black-necked Grebe, Scaup, Ruff, Common Scoter, Mediterranean Gull, Iceland Gull and Common Tern.
113Steve Suttill

Steve's 'borough blockers' include Smew, Red-breasted Merganser, Garganey, Common Scoter, Merlin, Ring Ouzel and Yellowhammer.









David Winnard



Simon Hitchen


Steve Atkins

Steve's total includes a self-found 2009 Red Kite and Snow Bunting.


Steve Collins









James Walsh

Best birds so far are Mediterranean Gull, Quail, Marsh Harrier, Green Woodpecker, Green Sandpiper, Willow Tit, Ring-necked Parakeet and Little Gull.







John Rayner

John's best borough birds include some absolute crackers, with Yellow-browed Warbler, Little Bunting, Richard's Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Firecrest, Mediterranean Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Bewick's Swan, Hawfinch, Red Kite and Ring Ouzel.

Mike Passant

Highlights have been Osprey, both Iceland and Glaucous Gull, Yellow-browed Warbler and Little Bunting, which were all in the 1980's!


Adam Jones

Highlights so far have been the Carr Wood, Bramhall Wood Warbler and self-found Stonechat (Woodford 2010), Redstart (Woodford, June 2011), Little Grebe (Church Lane, April 2012), Little Egret (Woodford, July 2012) and Waxwings (Cheadle 2011).















Karen Foulkes Best borough birds thus far are Eider, Red Kite, Velvet Scoter, Black-throated Diver, Long-eared Owl and Willow Tit.




140Henry Cook Henry's best borough birds to date are Little Egret, Common Redpoll, Ring Ouzel, Garganey, Ring-necked Parakeet, Redstart and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
128Nick Hilton

Great Grey Shrike (Chorlton Ees) is Nick's best borough blocker but he still has a few omissions such as Waxwing, Hobby and Barn Owl.

108Tim Wilcox

Tim's best birds so far for the borough are Merlin, Little Egret and Mediterranean Gull.





234Ian McKerchar

Best blockers include Great Grey Shrike, Little Auk, Blue-winged Teal, Turtle Dove, Goshawk, Hawfinch, Red-footed Falcon, Nightjar, Twite, Lapland Bunting, Nightingale, Crane, Marsh Tit (a real one!) and many more.

231Andy Makin Best blockers include Fulmar, Pomerine Skua, Woodlark, Yellow-browed Warbler, Goshawk, Honey Buzzard, Nightingale, Twite and Crossbill. 
226Dave Broome

Dave's best 'borough blockers' include Arctic Skua, Honey Buzzard, Hawfinch, Turtle Dove, Marsh Warbler, Crane, Crossbill, Twite, Ring Ouzel and Lapland Bunting. 

198John Tymon

Best birds include Tawny Pipit, Leaches Petrel and Great Grey Shrike.

195Barry Hulme

An overwhelming 99% of Barry's list comprises sightings from Pennington Flash only but his best blockers are Arctic Skua, Fulmar, White-winged Black Tern and Turtle Dove.

195Craig Higson
186Rob Thorpe

Biggest blocker by far is the 2020 Purple Heron at Lightshaw Hall Flash!

183Jimmy Meadows

Jimmy's 'borough blockers' include Spotted Crake, Ring Ouzel and Great Grey Shrike.

179Tom Morton

Best blockers include the superb Scotmans Collared Pratincole, incredible Puffin (!!!), Red Kite and Honey Buzzard.

174Nick Isherwood
157Mike Passant

Now residing in the north-east (and I don't mean of our county either!), Mike has some decent borough birds but none more so that the Scotmans Flash Collared Pratincole!  

156Steve Collins

Red-necked and Grey Phalarope, Temminck's Stint, Red-necked Grebe, Spotted Crake and Whiskered Tern are amongst his best county birds. 





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