Birds spotted in April

Every year my wife and I are counting the individual bird species we spot each month. Always in 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 months 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 I will be listing the birds spotted in April.

List of species

Below you find a list of species of birds spotted in April. All of those birds have been spotted either around our house or just a couple of kilometers away. The list contains of 14 bird species.

  • 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)

Life birds

Compared to January, February and March we didn’t spot to many new species but had one lifers. It’s the European pied flycatcher. He or she was sitting on a pole in our garden but I dindt have my camera with me. Hopefully I will see it again.

Lesser spotted eagles and common cuckoo

The eagles are back! They arrived mid of April here in Rybotycze and we have a nesting pair in the woods surrounding our house. Often we see them perching in trees boarding the river Wiar or hunting for pray. The common cuckoo arrived more or less at the same time and we hear them from early in the morning onwards singing. I have started to follow those beautiful birds a bit and try to get some decent shot that I hopefully can share next month.

Some impressions

Find below a couple of birds spotted in April and caught on camera. 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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lesser spotted eagle

Lesser spotted eagle

lesser spotted eagle - birds spotted in april

Lesser spotted eagle


Eurasian serin


Eurasian serin


Lesser whitethroat


Eurasian blackcap


European goldfinch

common buzzard

Common buzzard





great spotted woodpecker

Great spotted woodpecker

eurasian jay

Eurasian jay


European stonechat


Common redstart

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