• A Teal from Howdon Wetlands by Jack Bucknall
  • A Pacific Diver at Ladyburn Lake, Druridge Bay Country Park in January 2017 by Paul Buskin
  • A Siberian Accentor at Newbiggin in October 2016 by Alan Jack
  • An Isabelline Wheatear at Holy Island in October 2016 by Tim Sexton
  • A Shorelark at Blyth in October 2015 by David Dinsley
  • An Eider from Seahouses by Adriana Buskin
  • A Jack Snipe from Beadnell by Mark Eaton
  • A Redwing from the Wallsend Parks by Paul Buskin
  • An Iceland Gull by Alan Curry
  • Whooper Swans by Chris Barlow
  • A Lapland Bunting from St Mary's by Paul Buskin
  • Sanderlings from St Mary's by Alan Jack
  • A Waxwing from Ashington by Paul Buskin
  • A Brent Goose by Alan Curry
  • A Barnacle Goose by Adriana Buskin
  • A Curlew by Alan Jack
  • Bar-tailed Godwits from St Mary's by Adriana Buskin
  • Black Grouse by Chris Barlow

Recording

All members and other observers are encouraged to submit their own observations for inclusion in the club bulletins and also our annual bird report Birds In Northumbria. A look through these publications will give a good indication of the type of records sought. Breeding data is particularly important but also counts and details of flocks & gatherings, passage movements, arrivals and departures of  migrants, rare and scarce species, etc. are all welcomed.

The club has produced a short guide to assist members with submission of their sightings. Download our Guide to Record Submission here (includes full list of rare and scarce species requiring descriptions and/or notes).

The preferred method of submitting your records is electronically via a monthly spreadsheet. This is available along with instructions for completion, by email request at
NTBC.records@gmail.com

County Records Committee

Records of rare and scarce species within the club’s recording area require more details than can be given on either of these formats. These records are assessed by our County Records Committee (CRC). The CRC meets regularly and assesses records of rare and scarce species seen in the county which have been supported by written descriptions (together with any photographs and sound recordings available). They also review all other bird records for inclusion in the annual bird report Birds in Northumbria, maintain the entries in the County Bird List and occasionally discuss taxonomic and nomenclature decisions made at national level by the BOURC.  Members of the CRC (with the exception of the chairman) serve for a period of four years and retire by strict rotation. The CRC also produces progress reports showing the current status of all rare and scarce reports, these work-in-progress reports can be accessed from the sidebar to the right on this page.
The CRC adheres to an agreed set of Policy & Procedures in an attempt to give some uniformity and fairness to record assessment for all observers sightings. Membership of the current CRC is as follows:

Tim Dean – Chairman & County Recorder
Duncan Watson
Gary Woodburn
Graeme Bowman
Martin Kerby

You can download our submission form for Rare & Scarce species here. The club has produced some brief notes in an attempt to assist observers in understanding what may be required  for descriptions of Rare and Scarce species recorded in our area and these can also be downloaded here.

A useful checklist of all species accepted and on the County List as at 31st December 2015 is available to download Northumberland County List – PDF Version  Excel Version
Word Version .  A list of site names and the associated tetrad references that we would encourage anyone submitting records to use in order to standardize site names and grid references can be downloaded here. The committee are grateful to Mike Hodgson and John Day for recent work in bringing the Northumberland Locality List up to date as at May 2013.