2021 halftime bird count report

Every year my wife and I are counting the individual bird species we spot each month. Always at the beginning of the year, we reset the list and start over again. Once we have seen a species for the first time in the year, we add it to the present month’s list. Sometimes we are very lucky and spot a bird we have never seen before. In bird nerd language this is called a life bird or a lifer. In this article, we will be looking at the 2021 half time bird count report.

List of species

Below you find the list of species by month that we have been counting so far. In total, the 2021 halftime bird count report contains 71 individual birds. The ones in bold are lifers meaning birds that we have never seen before.


  • Black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius)
  • Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
  • Common blackbird (Turdus merula)
  • Common buzzard (Buteo buteo)
  • Common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
  • Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
  • Common raven (Corvus corax)
  • Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
  • Eurasian goosander (Mergus merganser)
  • Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandarius)
  • Eurasian magpie (Pica pica)
  • Eurasian nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
  • Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
  • Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus)
  • Eurasian wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
  • European greenfinch (Chloris chloris)
  • Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
  • Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
  • Great tit (Parus major)
  • Green woodpecker (Picus viridis)
  • Grey heron (Ardea cinerea)
  • House sparrow (Passer domesticus)
  • Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
  • Mute swan (Cygnus olor)
  • Rook (Corvus frugilegu)
  • Willow tit (Poecile montanus)
  • Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)


    • Eurasian siskin (Spinus spinus)
    • Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
    • Grey-headed woodpecker (Picus canus)
    • European robin (Erithacus rubecula)
    • Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
    • Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
    • Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
    • Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)
    • Common redpoll (Acanthis flammea)
    • European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
    • Great egret (Ardea alba)
    • Common crane (Grus grus)


  • Mistel trush (Turdus viscivorus)
  • Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
  • Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
  • Eurasian treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)
  • White wagtail (Motacilla alba)
  • Goldcrest (Reglos reglus)
  • Great grey shrike (Laius excubitor)
  • Common redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
  • European stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
  • White stork (Ciconia ciconia)


  • Common firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)
  • Common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
  • Common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
  • Common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
  • Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
  • Eurasian linnet (Linaria cannabina)
  • Eurasian jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
  • European pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
  • Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
  • Lesser whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)
  • Red-backed shrike (Lanius colluri)
  • Common redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
  • European serin (Serinus serinus)
  • Lesser spotted eagle (Clanga pomarina)

May – July

  • Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus)
  • Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
  • Ural owl (Strix uralensis)
  • Golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus)
  • Spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
  • Eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops)
  • House martin (Delichon urbica)

Handpicked images

Find below a couple of hand-picked images that made it to the 2021 halftime bird count report. I usually use a 500mm f/4 lens that gives me enough space between the bird and me and makes sure I don’t distract my little friends.

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siskin fighting

Eurasian siskin

Blue tit perching

Blue tit

Common raven

Common raven






Green woodpecker

great tit

Great tit

great spotted woodpecekr

Great spotted woodpecker

red backed shrike

Red backed shrike

ural owl

Ural owl

dancing birds

Green finch

Eurasian nuthatch

Eurasian nuthatch



spotted flycatcher

Spotted flycatcher





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