Shrikes and Crows / Plovers

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.

The Pinkish cousin of the crow, has been seen in the area on occasion, in Warneage Wood around Badgers Close and The Hollow

Shrikes and Crows



Spotted in Wanborough or around



Common Magpie

Black with a White vest and not very friendly, very common across the parish.

Carrion Crow

So as not to confuse with the Rook, the old country saying goes 'If it's a Crow in a crowd, it's a Rook. If it's a Rook on it's own, it's a Crow'. Can be seen around Foxhill and in the fields across Wanborough Plain


Large rookery forms each spring in tall deciduous trees at the top of Callas Hill, above the telephone exchange, Around the crossroads at Foxhill and as you leave the village along Ham Road


Jet black with a beady blue eye, likes to hang around roofs and chimney pots etc. Regularly perched on roof tops around Upper Wanborough

Common Starling

Once the most common bird in UK, can still be seen near to houses around the village, likes to perch on TV aerials.

Regular visitor to the outlying fields, these like to group together into a bigger flock and fly around the chalky downlands




Spotted in Wanborough or around


Golden Plover