Bracken House and Selston Common Grasslands
Location: Portland Road, Selston, Nottinghamshire, England. | Latitude: 53.070650. Longitude: -1.293270. | Altitude: 485 feet.

Birds of Bracken House

Since February 2010, we have noted bird visits to Bracken House. Although no experts, we have been able to identify 44 species so far, mainly using Usborne Spotter's Guide to Wild Birds.

Click a link for more information about each species from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds web site. Last updated 4th March 2017.

Species Date Size (cm) Comments
Blackbird 21 Feb 2010 25 Regular visitor, especially early and late in the day. Feeds on the ground. Used to steal the cat's food. Has a loud musical song. with a clucking alarm call.
Black-Headed Gull 26 Dec 2014 37 Gulls are often seen flying over, but very rarely land in the fields or garden. Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.
Blackcap 16 Aug 2012 14 Common summer visitor in the UK, but a rare visitor to Bracken House. Usually found in woods or trees. Always moving from perch to perch.
Blue Tit 21 Feb 2010 11 A very colourful bird, almost always present on the feeders. Often several birds can be found feeding together. They enjoy suet balls. Nests in nest boxes provided.
Bullfinch 08 Feb 2012 15 A pair of them have been seen on the feeders just once. The bullfinch is a secretive bird that eats seeds and also buds from fruit trees.
Buzzard 26 Jul 2015 59/51 The commonest and most widespread UK bird of prey, and occasionally seen hovering overhead here. First seen on the ground after downing a pigeon to feast on. They eat small mammals, birds and carrion, and even earthworms and large insects when other prey is in short supply.
Carrion Crow 28 Feb 2010 47 Often confused with, and very similar to the rook. Carrion is more often seen alone or in pairs.
Chaffinch 21 Feb 2010 15 Occasional visitor to the bird feeders, adding a little colour to the winter. Found in gardens and wherever there are trees and bushes. {Photo}
Coal Tit 26 Feb 2010 11 Fairly frequent visitor to the feeders. Distinguished by a large white patch on back of head.
Collared Dove 21 Feb 2010 30 Always present, on the feeders and in the gardens. Often found in the fields too. Feeds mainly on grain.
Dunnock 04 Jan 2011 14.5 Small, mainly brown bird. Feeds under bird tables. Similar to the sparrow. Mouse-like walk. Often flicks wings
Fieldfare 12 Feb 2012 25.5 A large thrush, seen rarely in the bushes. The fieldfare is a winter visitor, but a few nest in England and Scotland.
Goldfinch 23 Jun 2011 12 A very colourful bird often seen eating thistle and teasel seeds. Occasionally visits the feeders but is a regular visitor to feeders near the holly bushes.
Great Tit 22 Feb 2010 14 The largest of the tit family. Similar to the blue tit. Has been seen on the bird feeders.
Greenfinch 23 Aug 2010 15 An occasional visitor to the feeders and sometimes seen eating thistle seeds. Also found in the holly bushes.
Grey Heron 03 Aug 2010 92 Occasional visitor to both ponds. Sometimes spends several hours sitting by the smaller pond. Eats many frogs and toads from the ponds. {Photo}
Grey Wagtail 03 Nov 2016 18 Seen for a few minutes perched on the patio. Usually nest near fast-flowing water in hilly areas. Visits lowland waters in winter.
House Sparrow 21 Feb 2010 15 Always present on the feeders, sometimes dozens at a time. Often seen in the flower borders too.
Jackdaw 11 Jul 2013 33 Occasional visitor. Small member of the crow family. Nests in colonies in old trees and buildings, and in cliffs. First seen when a family came to the lawn to feed. An injured bird was also found in the chicken coop. It had a broken wing and was treated at Brinsley Animal Rescue.
Jay 03 Nov 2014 32 A very colourful, though secretive member of the crow family. Found throughout the country and lives in woodland, though they sometimes visit gardens. Feed on acorns, nuts, seeds and insects, but also eats nestlings of other birds and small mammals.
Kestrel 04 Feb 2012 34 Often seen hovering over the land and swooping down on prey. Also noted perching in trees around the house and on the ground. {Photo}
Long-tailed Tit 24 Aug 2010 14 Regular visitor to the feeders. Several at a time can be found together, especially at dusk.
Magpie 21 Feb 2010 46 Nests in the trees behind the stables. Always present around the house and also used to steal the cat food. Often found in the chicken run eating their food.
Mallard 28 Mar 2010 58 Occasional visitors to both ponds, usually in pairs. Always arrive early morning and can stay for several hours. Easily tamed and will accept food.
Mandarin 04 Mar 2017 45 Introduced to the UK from China and escaped from captivity. Main population is in the South, and they are rare in this area. Eats insects, vegetation and seeds. Likes lakes with overhanging trees and bushes. {Photo}
Marsh Tit 22 Jun 2012 11 Small, mainly brown bird, with a shiny black cap, dark 'bib' and pale belly which lives in deciduous woods. Rarely seen in gardens, a family started to visit us on a rainy day in June.
Mistle Thrush 16 Mar 2010 27 Regular visitor to the feeders, mainly eating seeds that have fallen to the ground.
Moorhen 07 Jun 2010 33 Regulars on both ponds after a pair successfully raised seven chicks in 2015. Feeds on the seeds and grasses around the pond, water plants and insects.{Photo}
Pheasant 25 Feb 2011 87/58 Used to be a regular visitor, often heard in the fields. Not seen since 2012. They are often found in the chicken run feeding on the chickens' corn. Three birds were released from a nearby farm, these could have been the visitors.
Pied Wagtail 27 Jun 2010 18 Seen around the large pond all year, though not a daily visitor. Also noted in the meadow areas around the pond and in the fields.
Redwing 23 Dec 2010 21 Several birds have been noted in winter, especially in the hawthorn at the front of the house. Rare visitor.
Reed Bunting 23 Mar 2013 15 Common near water but some nest in dry areas with long grass. May visit bird tables in Winter. Visited the feeders after a heavy snowfall.
Robin 21 Feb 2010 14 Daily visitor to the feeders which they visit several times a day. Usually like their food in a tray or on the ground. Very tame.
Rook 15 Feb 2012 46 Nest in the rookery in the large trees close to the house. Always found in the field and are very territorial. Noisy bird.
Siskin 08 Feb 2013 11 A small, lively finch which nests in conifers. Sometimes visits garden to feed on peanuts. More common in winter. {Photo}
Snipe 03 Dec 2010 27 Only seen once around the edge of the large pond. Stayed for a short while looking for food but not seen since.
Song Thrush 28 Jul 2010 23 Occasional visitor to the feeders and to the lawns. Very similar to, and smaller than, the mistle thrush.
Sparrowhawk 19 Oct 2011 30/38 Once noted on the feeders in snowy weather and also seen attacking smaller birds. Not a regular though.
Starling 28 Feb 2010 22 Regular visitor, sometimes in large flocks and often in smaller numbers. Visit the feeders and often seen in flocks in the fields.
Stock Dove 11 Jul 2014 33 Often confused with other pigeons. Nests in hollow trees and rock faces. Feeds on the ground, mainly on seeds. Very tame. Usually found with woodpigeons.
Swallow 05 May 2010 19 Usually arrives during the first week in May and can be seen swooping over the pond most of the day. Heralds the arrival of summer.
Tree Sparrow 28 Oct 2011 14 Not so common as the house sparrow, but often seen on the feeders. Slightly smaller than the house sparrow.
Woodpigeon 21 Feb 2010 41 Largest of the pigeons. Very common in the hedges, fields and meadows. Often bathe in the pond and bubble pot.
Wren 21 Feb 2010 9.5 Very small. Regular visitor to the feeders and often feeds on the ground beneath the feeders.

* Where two sizes are given, the first size is for the male and the second is the female.