Birds of Prey, Gamebirds

This is a colour coded guide to how easy it is to see these birds in and around Wanborough. Please note that many of our birds migrate and can only be seen either in the spring/summer or the autumn/winter. This means there will be something to find all year round. If you need help identifying a bird and can't find it here, then try the "Identify a bird" section on the RSPB website.

Click on the images below to see more pictures of our local bird population.

Easy to see around the village, good for new bird spotters to identify

Frequent visitor fairly easy to find around the village and surrounds

More difficult to spot, rare to find in the village, you will have to go looking for these

A rare find, keep your eyes open, you never know you might be lucky.

Birds of Prey



Spotted in Wanborough or around


Common Buzzard

An 'Eagle like bird' often riding the thermals over open grass land or sitting atop of a post/pole. There is a nesting Pair in Upper Wanborough.

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The characteristic 'small hovering falcon' looking down on grassland for rodents to drop onto, has been spotted around The Allotments

Red Kite

Any time there is a sudden rise in the temperature, you will see these riding the thermals over the village. Very common visitor to Church Meadow and near to the M4

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If the garden birds suddenly flush, quickly followed by a small lighting bolt of a bird, chances are it's a Merlin...

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...or less likely it could be a Hobby!




Spotted in Wanborough or around


Red Legged Partridge

Sometimes known as the French Partridge, gives a distinct 'turkey like call', and often seen in our gardens. Can be spotted around The Hollow and in the fields to the east of the village

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Grey Partridge

The indigenous partridge which is losing ground to its French cousin!

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Common Quail

Can be seen mixed in with other games birds on margin of open fields

Common Pheasant

Distinctive and abundant around these parts. Technically they are the property of the land owner. Both the common brown and Black coloured varieties live locally.

Common Moorhen

Often confused with the Coot, but remember 'letter R in MooRhen, means Red spot on bill'. Permanent resident at PGL.

Common Coot

Larger than the Moorhen with a white bill. Permanent resident at PGL.