The Bucks Bird Club

piedwagtail-500The Buckinghamshire Bird Club was formed in 1981 and was granted charity status in 1989. It was formed with the objective of bringing together under one organisation all those interested in birds in the county. All birders from the complete novice to the skilled ornithologist are able to enrich their interest and encourage nature conservation by joining the Buckinghamshire Bird Club.

Upcoming Club Events

The Next Field Meeting

The next field trip of the Buckinghamshire Bird Club is to Little Paxton Pits, Cambridgeshire.  This is on Sunday 8th May meeting at 9:30am.

Paxton Pits is well known for it’s singing Nightingales and still has Turtle Doves.  Both species have been reported this Spring along with a wide range of other species.

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Nightingale – Photographed this year at Little Paxton. This amazing songster can often be heard singing during the day early in the breeding season.

For more details click on this link.

 

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Aylesbury Peregrines

19th April – A male Peregrine that came into the territory of or resident birds was attacked by the resident male.  Both males ended up tangled in netting that was put up to deter Pigeons.  They were untangled but required checking over as one of the birds was injured.  The uninjured bird was later released while the injured bird was taken into care at St Tiggywinkle’s Wildlife Hospital.  It will be released at a later date.  Fortunately the resident male was uninjured and is back performing it’s parental duties and waiting for the eggs to hatch.

1st April –  4th egg laid!!!!

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The Peregrines panoramic view of Aylesbury. (click on image to enlarge)

 

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1st April – 4 eggs

 

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30th March – 3eggs

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The cameras on the Aylesbury Peregrine platform are live again in time for the 2016 breeding season.  Peregrines have been seen around the council offices, where the platform is situated, so it hoped that the Peregrines will breed again this year.

The links below will take you directly to the Peregrine website and the cameras.  The cameras are again partly funded by the Buckinghamshire Bird Club.

Aylesbury Peregrine Project website

Platform Camera

Overhead Camera

Submit Your Bucks Sightings

Although the majority of bird records are submitted by members of the Buckinghamshire Bird Club, we are always pleased to receive records from other birders.  We ask that only records that are reliable are submitted.  Please indicate if there is any doubt over the identification or origin of an unusual species.  For certain scarce species within the county, you may be asked to supply written “field notes” before the record can be accepted as part of the official county records. Forms to use for the submission of scarce and rare species can be downloaded on the Reporting Scarce and Rare Birds page.

The preferred method of record submission is via the “Latest Bucks Sightings” page on this website.

Alternatively records may be submitted in spreadsheet format (Excel or compatible format).

See below for more information on both of these methods…


Submission via Website Click here to read Submit Your Bucks Sightings →

Black-winged Stilts at Manor Farm

One of the newer nature reserves in Bucks, Manor Farm NR (Milton Keynes) really turned up trumps when a pair of Black-winged Stilts turned up on 24th April.  Ted Reed discovered the birds, soon put the word out which enabled a good number of birders to see these elegant, very long legged wading birds.  Unfortunately the birds could not be found the following morning.  During their visit they moved around quite a bit which made it a bit of a challenge for the photographers.

The species is not uncommon in southern Europe but a rare bird in the UK and this is only the second record for Buckinghamshire.  The previous record was of a pair at Willen Lake from 7th until 18th June 1988.

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Male Black-winged Stilt (Photo © Lucy Flower)

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Black-winged Stilt female (Photo © Lucy Flower)

Mating sequence (BBC)

Black-winged Stilts copulating in what is a tricky balancing manoeuvre! (Photo © Lucy Flower

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Female Black-winged Stilt (Photo © Mark Appleton)

 

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Male and female Stilts (Photo © Paul Gibbs)

Video provided by Bill Parker (change settings to view in HD or in full screen mode))

Tern Rafts at Little Marlow GP

The rafts were repositioned further away from the bank after winter storms had moved them very close to the west bank.  John Bowman brought the boat along on his trailer and Mick McQuaid did the hard work (rowing, droppimg anchors, etc).

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The position of the rafts close to the west bank.

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Mick dropping the anchors in the new position further from the bank.

A short while after work was completed a pair of Egyptian Geese were on one of the rafts but left a little later.  The Common Terns took an interest but did not land on the rafts (it usually takes a day or so for them to take their positions on the rafts).  There are very few Black-headed Gulls visiting the lake at present, so we don’t expect this species to attempt breeding at Little Marlow, as has happened at other sites in the county.

New Annual Report

The Buckinghamshire 2014 Annual is now available.  It is being distributed to all club members free of charge.  However non-members may purchase a copy. For details click on the image below.

2014 Annual Report

Dipper - The first since 1994!

On 14th February, local photographer Sarah McKeeman was walking along the Loughton Brook near Bradwell, MK, when she came across a bird she did not recognise.   Sarah managed to photograph the bird and a passer-by managed to identify the bird as a Dipper.  Sarah then posted the photo on her 360 Project page.

This is the first record of this species in the county since one was seen flying along the Thames in March 1994!

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Dipper photos courtesy Sarah McKeeman

 

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Then on 16th February a Dipper was photographed by a Mr HM Johnson in the Emerson Valley Park stream in Furzton, MK.  The photo is was sent to the county recorder who confirmed ID but the quality is not good enough to post here.

The two sites are approximately four miles apart but even so it seems very likely that this is the same individual moving through the area.  Despite several local birders trying to relocate the bird, it has not been seen since.  The Bucks Records Committee consider the bird to be of continental race “Black-bellied Dipper” (C.c.cinclus).

To see a list of all Dipper records for the county visit the county list on this link.

To see a photo of the 1991 Black-bellied Dipper at Three Locks click on this link.

Ferruginous Duck

A scarce duck in the county with only ten or so records.  However the possibility of escapes from wildfowl collections can not always be discounted.  For a list of all records go to the Bucks List 

 

This rather smart drake turned up at Caldecotte Lake on 4th February 2016.  It stayed there for several days and then moved to Mount Farm Lake on 12th February.  It then proceeded to move between the two lakes periodically.

The following photos show all of the identification features of a Ferruginous Duck. While the origins of many scarce ducks is often unknown, this individual is rather wary at times and is un-ringed, so perhaps suggesting a wild origin.  The Bucks records committee will decide in due course whether to accept as a wild bird or a potential escape.

 

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The above photos copyright Andrew Moon

 

Bonaparte's Gull - New to Bucks!

Initially found by Roy Hargreaves on 4th January at Wilstone Reservoir (Hertfordshire). News was soon put out but the bird soon flew off and was only seen by two observers.  The bird was again present on 8th January when it was seen to fly off towards College Lake just prior to dusk, presumably to join the Black-headed Gull roost.  On Saturday 9th January quite a few birders caught up with the bird at Wilstone where is spent quite a bit of time but also fed on nearby fields.  In dreadful weather conditions the bird was found in the College Lake roost at 15:40 by Dave Bilcock and also seen by Lee Evans.  So adding another species to the Bucks county list!

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The Bonaparte’s Gull at College Lake. It is the smallest gull in the centre of the photo. (Photo taken on 9th Jan by Dave Bilcock)

On Sunday 10th January the bird again appeared at Wilstone, again moving between the reservoir and nearby fields.  At 16:40 it was located in the huge Black-headed Gull roost at College Lake, in among an estimated 5000 Gulls, again found by Dave Bilcock.  A group of twelve or so local birders managed to see the bird before it was lost in the darkness.  The bird seems to roost at College Lake every night and at the time of writing, it was seen on 12th January.

The following excellent flight photos were taken by Ian Williams.  These were taken over the fields of Miswell Farm, which is just to the South-east of Wilstone Reservoir and in Hertfordshire.

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Note the greyish “shawel” over the neck.  This is white on most Black-headed Gulls.  Also note the pink legs.

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Note the black bill and the longish black trailing edge to the wings.

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Black-headed Gull and Bonaparte’s Gull – An interesting comparison. Note the much whiter underwing on the Bonaparte’s Gull

If anyone manages to get any further photos of the bird in Buckinghamshire, please forward onto Jim Rose at webeditor@bucksbirdclub.co.uk

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Buckinghamshire Bird List - Birds of Prey to Waders

Birds of Prey to Waders – Updated April 2016 with 2012 records

Key for comments –
Red : Sightings Records
Pink : Rare Breeding Records
Purple : “Probables”

Green : probable escapees –
Navy Blue : Records yet to be Considered by the Bucks Records Committee
Orange – Out of county but previously part of Buckinghamshire
Further details on any sighting may be available in the Buckinghamshire Bird Club Annual Reports.

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Honey Buzzard

Pernis apivorus

Rare but increasing vagrant.  May have bred in 19th century.
1837 Burnham Beeches – Reported by John Gould to have bred.
1842 Chesham/Missenden – 1 captured.
1882 Shabbington Woods – 2 killed on about 23rd Sep.
1969 Newport Pagnall – 1 on 2nd Aug.
1986 Rushbeds Wood – 1 on 12th June.
1988 Philipshill Wood – 1 on 29th May.
1990 Cheddington – 1 on 16th Sep.
1991 Windsor Hill NR – 1 on 14th Jul.
1993 Back Wood, Brickhills – 1 on 29th Aug.
1993 Beaconsfield – 1 flying east on 2nd Oct.
1994 Linford – 1 circled on 15th May.
1995 1 bird seen regularly from late Apr to mid June.  Another bird present on at least one occasion and breeding is a possibility.
1995 Back Wood – 2 over on 27th Aug.
1995 Wingrave – 1 over SE on 15th Oct.
1998 Windsor Hill, Princes Risborough – A bird seen and videoed on 10th June was probably of this species.
1999 Oakley – 1 soaring high on 11th Oct
2000 A few records from a site in S of the county which was probably occupied.

2000 Rowsham – 1 pale phase bird over east on 7th May
2000 Wolverton – 1 dark bird on 15th Aug.  A possible on 29th Sep.
2000 Pitstone Hill – Groups of 2,3 and 2 birds at 17:15 were followed by 4 at 18:35.  7 on  23rd Sep.  3 on 24th Sep were seen to drop into Ashridge.  7 on 25th may have included 3 from the previous day.  5 on 27th Sep.  2 1st Oct.
2000 Caldecotte – 1 juv on 23rd Sep.
2000 Little Marlow GP – 1-2 over on 25th and another on 26th Sep.
2000 Whaddon – 1 dark bird on 25th Sep.
2000 Denham Green – 1 juv on 27th Sep.
2000 Little Kingshill – 1 over SE on 28th Sep.

2000 Stony Stratford – 1 on 28th Sep.
2000 Grove (Beds) – 1 flying into Bucks near Cheddington on 28th Sep.
2000 Thorney CP – 1 on 30th Sep.
2000 Dorney – 1 pale morph juv on 1st Oct.
2000 WestHyde (Herts) – 1 flew into Bucks on 1st Oct.
2000 Marlow – 1 on 1st Oct.
2000 Nr Bledlow Ridge – 3 over on 2nd Oct
2001 A pair present at a possible breeding site.
2001 Aylesbury – 1 24th May.
2001Stowe – 1 on 16th Sep
2004 Chalfont St Giles – 1 over S on 5th June.
2005 Possible breeding at 2 sites in S half of county.
2005 Black Park – 1 on 2nd May
2005 Marlow – 1 over 30th May
2005 Whadden – 1 over 8th Sep.
2009 Marlow Bottom – 1 over S on 19th Sep.
2010 Steps Hill – 1 on 22nd Sep.

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Black Kite

Milvus migrans

A very rare vagrant.  3 records.
2003 Little Marlow GP – 1 over north on 8th May.
2003 Pitstone Green – 1 on 10th May had been seen to fly over Wilstone Res (Herts).
2003 Ivinghoe Beacon – 1 on 10th May was the same individual as above.
2011 Whaddon – 1 on 31st Aug. Possibly the same bird at Worlds End on the previous day.

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Red Kite

Milvus milvus

Formerly a very vagrant.  Since the introduction scheme which started in 1989 the species has become very common in some areas but remains generally local and is still scarce in some parts of the county. Winter roosts have been known to reach an estimated 200 birds.

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White-tailed Eagle

Haliaeetus albicilla

Very rare vagrant. 4 records.
1846 Chequers Court  1 trapped
1857 Hambleden  1 shot
1894/5 Fawley  1
1983/4 Brill, Chiltern, Longwick and Oakley  A 3rd/4th year bird was present in the area from 22nd Nov 1983 until 18th Feb 1984

70

Marsh Harrier

Circus aeruginosus

Scarce migrant.  See Chart

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Hen Harrier

Circus cyaneus

Scarce migrant.

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Montagu’s Harrier

Circus pygargus

Very rare vagrant. 4 accepted + 4 probable records.
1929 Black Park  1 in late April/early May was trapped by the gamekeeper.
1968 Frieth  An adult female on 24th June
1977 Marsworth  A female on 26th May
1993 Drayton Parslow/Newton Longville – A “Ringtail” on 9th & 10th was probably of this species.
1998 Drayton Parslow – Recorded in the Bucks Annual Report as Harrier Sp, this bird “Ringtail” bird was considered by the observer to be of this species.
1999 Broughton – A probable male over high on 2nd Sep.
2005 South Bucks – A male on 7th May
2005 Haversham – A “ringtail” on 3rd May thought to be this species
2008 Pitstone Hill – A “ringtail” on 15th Aug.
2012 Dorney Common  – An male on 23rd Sep.

73

Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis

May be resident in very small numbers.

74

Sparrowhawk

Accipiter nisus

Fairly common resident.

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75

Common Buzzard

Buteo buteo

Resident and regular migrant.  Until the 1990s this species was scarce in the county with most records from the Chiltern escarpment.  During the 1990s this species has expanded dramatically from the west and is now a regular sighting at many places, most of which are south of the line of the Chiltern escarpment.  It remains uncommon in many places including much of the north of the county.

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Rough Legged Buzzard

Buteo lagopus

Very rare vagrant. 7 records.
1839 Bledlow Woods – A pair shot in November
1880 High Wycombe – 1 trapped on 6th Dec
1890/1 Halton – 3 trapped in late autumn, 2 of which are now in the Tring Museum.
1912 Aston Clinton – 1
1966 Chiltern Escarpment – 1 from mid December until 28th Jan 1967
1971 Dorney Common – 1 on 17th April.
1995 Middle Claydon – 1 over on 1st Jan.
2012 Foxcote – What was probably an adult female on 8th Dec.

77

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Scarce but increasing migrant.  See Chart

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Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

Common resident.

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Red-footed Falcon

Falco vespertinus

Very rare vagrant. 4 records.

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1983 Woughton, Milton Keynes – 1 male on 27th July.
2008 Richings Park – 1 on 31st May.
2010 Drayton Beauchamp – A male 26th May & a 1st summer male on 2nd June was seen over a longer period at nearby Wilstone Reservoir.
2012 Jubilee River – A 1st summer male 21st-22nd May.

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Merlin

Falco columbarius

Scarce winter visitor and migrant.  See Chart

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Hobby

Falco subbuteo

Uncommon breeding summer visitor.

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82

Peregrine

Falco peregrinus

Uncommon visitor recorded in most months of the year but with a clear peak in the winter months.   Since the early 1990s there has been a significant increase in records. See Chart

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83

Red-legged Partridge

Alectoris rufa

Fairly common introduced resident.

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84

Grey Partridge

Perdix perdix

Uncommon and decreasing resident.

85

Quail

Coturnix coturnix

Scarce summer visitor; occasionally breeds.

86

Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

Common introduced resident.

87

Golden Pheasant

Chrysolophus pictus

Introduced or escaped in very small numbers in the Burnham/Dropmore area.

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Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

Chrysolophus amherstiae

Very local introduced resident in the Brickhills area but becoming scarer.
Now considered extinct, the last definite record from the Brickhills being in 2005.

2005 Brickhills – Seen or heard on 4 dates

89

Water Rail

Rallus aquaticus

Rare resident and local winter visitor.

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Spotted Crake

Porzana porzana

Very rare vagrant. 3 records.

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1897 Olney – 1 (Not now regarded as a “safe” record)
1925 Westhorpe, Little Marlow – 1 on 7th Feb  (Not now regarded as a “safe” record)

1980 Old Slade NR – 1 on 19th Aug (Now in Berks).
1995 Willen – 1 19th-23rd Aug, with another from 5th Sep.

2000 Dorney Common – A juv showed well for over a week in a stream on the Bucks/Berks border from 9th-19th Oct. 
2003 Little Marlow GP – 1 29th-30th Mar.

91

Corncrake

Crex crex

Very rare migrant. Formerly a breeding summer visitor.

92

Moorhen

Gallinula chloropus

Common resident and winter visitor.

93

Coot

Fulica atra

Common resident and winter visitor.

94

Common Crane

Grus grus

Very rare vagrant. 11 records.

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1987 Dorney Common – An adult or 1st winter was seen on 11th Jan is presumed to be the same bird seen over Withybridge, Slough two hours earlier.
1993 Fenny Stratford – 1 over south on 10th Dec.
1995 Little Horwood – A sub-adult from 25th-26th May.  This was another well travelled individual.
1999 Weston Turville – 2, incl 1 adult flew over late on 28th Apr.  They were later located at Broughton where they were seen the following morning.  

2000 Nr Padbury – 1 on 14th Aug.
2003 Hedgerley – 9 over high left to the SE.
2004 Stoke Common – 1 circled on 11th Apr.
2005 Ford – An adult circled on 29th April
2005 Milton Keynes – A Crane species flying over on 26th April was not specifically indentified as a Common Crane
2009 Ivinghoe Beacon – 2 flew E on 25th Jun.  Then seen over Edlesborough.
2010 Linford – 2 over on 3rd Mar.
2011 Gallows Bridge – 1 on 4th and 5th Apr.
2012 Marlow – 3 over ENE on 5th May.

95

Oystercatcher

Haematopus ostralegus

Passage migrant in small numbers and recent breeder.  See Chart

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96

Black-winged Stilt

Himantopus himantopus

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1988 Willen Lake  A pair of 1st summer birds present 7th-18th June.

97

Avocet

Recurvirostra avosetta

Rare but increasing vagrant. 19 records.
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1975 Linford – 6 on 18th May.
1976 Willen Lake – 1 on 21st Nov.
1979 Willen Lake – 1 on 17th June.
1983 Willen Lake – 24 on 27th March.
1984 Marlow – 1 on 13th March.
1984 Willen Lake – 1 on 24th March.
1992 Willen – 1 with roosting gulls on 3rd Feb.
1992 Caldecotte – 2 over on 23rd Apr were later found at Willen.
1992 Linford – 2 on 8th Jun.
1995 Willen – 1 on 11th Aug.
1996 Little Marlow GP – 5 on 19th May only stayed for 35 mins.
1996 Linford/Willen – 3 birds at Linford on 23rd Mar moved to Willen.
1998 Calvert – 1 on 25th Apr.
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2004 Willen Lake – 1 on 16th Apr.
2006 Calvert – 10th Apr.

2007 Broughton Trout Pools – 4 on 6th April AM.
2007 College Lake – The 4 birds from Broughton TPs PM.
2010 Dorney – 1 on 21st Apr and 29th May.
2011 Willen – 1 on 17th-18th Mar.
2011 College Lake – 2 on 23rd Mar
2011 Linford – 2 on 10th May.

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Stone Curlew

Burhinus oedicnemus

Very rare vagrant.  Prior to 1947 this species was a regular breeding summer visitor and regarded as numerous in some areas.
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1950-1967 Birds seen or heard at Saunderton, Fawley, High Wycombe and Northend.
1950 Fingest – Bred
1956 Wormsley – Bred
1959 Fingest – Bred
1964 Fingest – Bred

1984 Chilterns – A bird in suitable breeding habitat in late June/early July.
1985 Caldecotte – 1 on 23rd May
1996 Fawley Bottom – 2 seen to land in a field on 31st Mar.
1999 Drayton Parslow – 1 on 21st Apr was very elusive.
2004 College Lake – 1 1st-2nd May had been colour ringed as a chick in Berkshire the previous year.

2005 Chalfont St Peter – 1 on 19th Apr
2006 Rowsham – 1 on 14th Apr. 

2007 Quainton Hills – A 1st summer bird on 22nd April.  
2007 Broughton – 1 on 8th May.  

99

Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

Scarce breeding summer visitor and migrant.

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Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula

Scarce breeding summer visitor and migrant.

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101

Kentish Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1981 Willen Lake – 1 on 13th Apr

102

Dotterel

Eudromias morinellus

Very rare vagrant. 7 records.

Some undated 19th century records plus:-
1857 Burnham – A few shot in the spring.
1862 Ivinghoe – Adult male killed on 14th Aug.
1967 Near High Wycombe – 4 on 3rd May.
1985 Newton Longville – A juvenile on 23rd Sep.
1993 Drayton Parslow – A juvenile on 6th Sep.
1995 Mursley – A flock of c25 circling on 15th May.
1996 Drayton Parslow – 1 in a turf field on 10th-11th May.

103

American Golden Plover

Pluvialis dominica

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1991 Broughton, Milton Keynes – A juvenile from 12-17th Nov, also 21st Nov, and 25 Nov.

104

Golden Plover

Pluvialis apricaria

Locally common but decreasing winter visitor.

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105

Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Scarce migrant and very rare winter visitor.  See Chart

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106

Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus

Common resident and winter visitor.

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107

Knot

Calidris canutus

Scarce migrant.  See Chart

108

Sanderling

Calidris alba

Scarce migrant.  See Chart

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109

Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
2003 Startopsend Res – 1 present in Herts from 5th-12th Aug flew into Bucks on 5th and 6th.

110

Little Stint

Calidris minuta

Scarce migrant.  See Chart

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Temminck’s Stint

Calidris temminckii

Rare migrant.  24 records.  To view distribution See Chart

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1980 Willen Lake – 1 12th & 13th May and 18th & 19th May.
1981 Willen Lake – 1 on  19th May
1982 Willen Lake – 1 13th-18th May and another from 1st-3rd June.
1984 Willen Lake – 1 on  24th May
1987 Willen Lake – 1 from 24th-27th May.
1989 Willen Lake – 1 13th-15th May and another from 25th-27th.
1993 Willen Lake – 2 from 8th-10th May.
1993 Linford – 1 27th May.
1993 Linford – 1 16th-18th Sep.
1994 Linford – 1 on 10th May, with a different bird there later in the day which stayed until 11th.
1994 Marlow – 1 on 17th May.
1995 Linford – 1 8th & 9th May.
1996 Willen – 1 19th & 20th May.

1997 Linford –  1 31st May.
2001 Little Marlow – 1 juv on 6th and 7th Sep.
2004 Willen Lake – 1 18th May.
2006 Hillesden – 1 11th May.
2006 Foxcote Reservoir – A juvenile 31st Aug –
6th Sep.
2007 Dorney Lake – 2 on 24th May
2010 Willen Lake – 1 on 25th May.

112

Woodcock

Scolopax rusticola

Uncommon resident and winter visitor.

113

Snipe

Gallinago gallinago

Rare resident and uncommon winter visitor.

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Jack Snipe

Lymnocryptes minimus

Uncommon winter visitor.

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115

Great Snipe

Gallinago media

Very rare vagrant. 1 records.
1962 Alderbourne and Rush Green watercress beds, Iver – 1 from 23rd Dec until 17th Feb 1963.

116

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Scarce migrant.  See Chart

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117

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Scarce migrant.  See Chart

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118

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus

Scarce migrant.  See Chart

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119

Curlew

Numenius arquata

Scarce breeding summer visitor and uncommon migrant.

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120

Spotted Redshank

Tringa erythropus

Scarce migrant.  See Chart

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Redshank

Tringa totanus

Scarce breeding summer visitor and winter visitor.

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122

Greenshank

Tringa nebularia

Local migrant.

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123

Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1977 Denham – 1 from 15th Oct until 5th Nov.

124

Ruff

Philomachus pugnax

Locally common migrant and rare winter visitor.

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See Chart

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Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

Very rare vagrant. 4 records.

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1988 Dorney Common – 1 intermittently between 28th Sep and 9th Oct.  It spent much of it’s stay at nearby Slough STW (Berks).
1989 Linford – 1 on 1st Sep.
1995 Willen – 1 for about 30 minutes on 13th Sep.
1998 Little Marlow GP – A juvenile from 18th until 23rd Oct.
2012 Dorney Common – A juvenile on 18th and 23rd Sep..

126

Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima

Very rare vagrant. 3 records.

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1976 Hambleden – 1 on 26th Oct.
1977 Willen – 1 from 11th-22nd Nov with 2 on 14th Nov.
1997 Thorney CP – A 1st winter bird on 19th Oct. 

127

Dunlin

Calidris alpina

Locally common migrant and rare winter visitor.

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128

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea

Scarce migrant.

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129

Green Sandpiper

Tringa ochropus

Local winter visitor and migrant.

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130

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola

Scarce migrant.

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131

Common Sandpiper

Tringa hypoleucos

Regular migrant. Has bred.

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Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularia

Very rare migrant.  1 record.

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2011 Caldecotte Lake – 1 on 12th May. 

132

Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Scarce migrant.

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133

Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus

Very rare vagrant. 6 records.

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1978 Willen – Female from 8th-9th July.
1989 Willen – Female on 1st and 3rd June.
1992 Willen – Juvenile on 19th Sep.
1995 Willen – A female on 8th June.
2002 College Lake – Female on 23rd May

2005 Calvert – A juvenile on 26-27th Oct  

134

Grey Phalarope

Phalaropus fulicarius

Very rare vagrant. 9 records.

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1866 Halton – 1 on 19th Sep.
1928 Dancers End – 1 found dead on 27th Oct.
1935 Weston Turville Reservoir – 1 on 16th Sep.
1952 High Wycombe – 1 found dead on 30th Oct.
1985 Willen – Juvenile on 8th Sep.
1987 Weston Turville Reservoir – 1 on 16th Oct.
1987 Willen – 1 on 16th Oct, then 18th & 19th Oct.
1998 Linford – 1 on 7th Jan.
2008 Weston Turville Reservoir 2 on 3rd Sep.  

2008 Startopsend Reservoir 1 7th Sep. 

135

Wilson’s Phalarope

Phalaropus tricolor

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.

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2006 Hillesden Pools – 1 27th-28th May.
2007 Willen Lake – 1 24th-26th Aug.  

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Buckinghamshire Bird List - Skuas to Woodpeckers

Skuas to Woodpeckers  – Updated April 2016 with 2012 records

Key for comments –
Red : Sightings Records
Pink : Rare Breeding Records
Purple : “Probables”

Green : Probable escapees
Navy Blue : Records yet to be Considered by the Bucks Records Committee
Further details on any sighting may be available in the Buckinghamshire Bird Club Annual Reports.

136

Pomarine Skua

Stercorarius pomarinus

Very rare vagrant. 4 records.
1859 Chesham – 1 shot in Nov or Dec
1982 Willen – Immature from 13-15th Nov.
1985 Caldecotte – An adult on 11th Nov.

1994 Campbell Park, Milton Keynes – 1 over W on 5th Nov. 

137

Arctic Skua

Stercorarius parasiticus

Very rare vagrant. 2 records.
1983 Calvert – A dark phase adult on 28th Aug.
1985 Marsworth – A dark phase adult on 23rd Aug.

138

Long-tailed Skua

Stercorarius longicaudus

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1982 Little Chalfont – An immature from 12-17th Oct feeding on a freshly ploughed field.

139

Great Skua

Catharacta skua

Very rare vagrant. 5 records.
1983 Wilstone Res – 1 on 3rd Sep flew SW into Bucks.
1987 Willen – 1 on 25th Aug.

1995 Little Marlow GP – 1 circled and flew off W on 1st Jan.
1998 Foxcote Res. – An adult on 27th Sep.
2001 Lacey Green – 1 picked up injured on 19th Oct was taken to St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital.
2012 Foxcote – 1 on 5th Nov.

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Skua Sp.

Stercorarius Sp

Skuas not specifically identified..
1936 Olney – 2 on 20th Oct; a day after gales.
1990 Wilstone Res – 6 on 17th Aug flew west into Bucks and were either Arctic or Long-tailed Skuas.
2000 Drayton Parslow – 1 over on 3rd Nov was not a Great Skua.

140

Mediterranean Gull

Larus melanocephalus

Scarce but increasing migrant and winter visitor.

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141

Franklin’s Gull

Larus pipixcan

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1999 Willen – A summer-plumaged adult seen late on 30th Jun and early the following morning.

142

Little Gull

Larus minutus

Scarce migrant.

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143

Sabine’s Gull

Xema sabini

Very rare vagrant. 7-8 records.

1981 Willen – An adult and immature on 1th Oct.
1987 Colnbrook – A juvenile on 17th Oct, flying NE..
1987 Colnbrook – Adult on 21st Oct, 3 adults from 22-24th Oct, 1 from 26th-28th Oct.
The 1987 records followed the “great storm” of 15th Oct when many Sabine’s Gulls were blown into southern England.

1997 Little Marlow GP – A juvenile on 26th Sep.
1997 Calvert – A juvenile on 3rd Oct.
1998 Foxcote Res. – A juvenile on 27th Sep.
2001 Foxcote Res. – 16th-19th Sep. A juvenile seen to come into roost on consecutive evenings.
2003 Foxcote Res – 1 adult on 19th Oct.
2012 Startopsend Reservoir – A 1st summer bird from 1st to 5th July in the Bucks corner of the reservoir.

144

Black-headed Gull

Larus ridibundus

Common migrant and winter visitor.  Small numbers seen during the summer months.

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145

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Very rare vagrant.  10 records.

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1991 Fulmer – An adult on 24th Jan.  This bird subsequently took up residence in Uxbridge.
1991 Little Marlow GP – A 2nd winter bird from 7th-9th and 16th Nov.  What was probably the same bird was seen at Pickeridge Quarry near Stoke Common on 23rd Nov.

1992 Little Marlow GP – The same individual as seen in November 1991 was relocated on 21st Feb.
1994 Willen – Adult on 9th Feb.
1994 Hedgerley – Adult on 16th Feb.
1994 Little Marlow GP – A 2nd winter bird on 10 dates between 26th Sep and 25th Nov.   

1995 Little Marlow GP – The 1994 bird was seen again on 12th & 26th Feb and 10th Mar. An adult bird seen on several dates from 29th Sep to end Dec may have been the same bird.
2002 Little Marlow GP – A 2nd winter bird on 20th & 30th Mar.
2003 Foxcote – A 2nd winter on 28th Jan.
2003 Little Marlow GP – An adult on 1st Apr was also seen on 2nd, 3rd and 5th.  

2004 Little Marlow GP – A 2nd summer bird on 14th July and on many days between 16th July and 6th Aug.
2004 Caldecotte Lake – An adult on 26th Nov.
2008 Little Marlow GP – 2nd summer on 5th Mar.

146

Common Gull

Larus canus

Common winter visitor.  Scarce in summer.

147

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus fuscus

Common migrant and winter visitor.  Small numbers seen during the summer months.

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148

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus argentatus

Locally common migrant and winter visitor.

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149

Caspian Gull

Larus argentatus cachinnans

Passage migrant and winter visitor in modest numbers.
Caspian Gull was split from Herring Gull during 2007.  

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150

Yellow-legged Gull

Larus michahellis

Regular passge migrant and winter visitor.  Counts just into double figures have been recorded.

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151

Iceland Gull

Larus glaucoides glaucoides

Scarce winter visitor.

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152

Glaucous Gull

Larus hyperboreus

Scarce winter visitor.

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153

Great Black-backed Gull

Larus marinus

Uncommon winter visitor.  Flocks of 100-200 birds are sometimes recorded at rubbish tips and roost sites.

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154

Kittiwake

Rissa tridactyla

Scarce migrant.

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155

Caspian Tern

Sterna caspia

Very rare vagrant. 3 records.

1992 Willen – 1 on 17th Apr.
1996 Caldecotte – 1 flew through on 13th Apr.
2001 Willen – 1 on 11th May
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156

Sandwich Tern

Sterna sandvicensis

Scarce migrant

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157

Roseate Tern

Sterna dougallii

Very rare vagrant. 5 records.

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1944 Marlow – 1 on 6th Sep.
1982 Willen – 2 on 4th June.
1983 Mount Farm, Bletchley – Adult on 8th May.

1994 Willen – An adult on 7th May.
2000 Little Marlow GP – A 1st summer bird for 30 mins on 28th May.

2011 Jubilee River – 1 on 13th May  

158

Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Local breeding summer visitor and locally common migrant. The only regular breeding sites are at Willen Lake, Linford, College Lake and Little Marlow.

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159

Arctic Tern

Sterna paradisaea

Passage migrant seen mainly during spring passage.  

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160

Little Tern

Sterna albifrons

Scarce passage migrant seen mainly during spring passage.

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161

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybridus

Very rare vagrant. 2 records.

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1994 Willen – 2 adults from 16th to 21st May.  The same birds were also thought to have been seen on Rockland Broad, Norfolk the day before they appeared at Willen (during E winds).  On the day after they left two Whiskered Terns were seen at Cley, Norfolk, where they were seen to fly out to sea.
2001 Willen – An immature bird present from 29th until 31st when it flew off, later being found in Bedfordshire.  Unfortunately it was not positively identified until 31st. 

162

Black Tern

Chlidonias niger

Fairly common migrant in both spring and autumn but with significantly more birds seen in the spring.

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163

White-winged Black Tern

Chlidonias leucopterus

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.

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2008 Wilstone Reservoir (Herts) – 2 juvs on 31st Aug seen to fly into Bucks.

164

Little Auk

Alle alle

Rare vagrant. 19 records.

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1893 Newport Pagnall
1901 (or earlier) Bulstrode Park, Gerrards Cross
1912 Quainton
1912 Towersey
1912 Ivinghoe
1917 Wendover
1917 Weston Turville Reservoir
1919 Skirmett
1983 Aylesbury – 14th Feb.
1986 Wingrave – Found at Wingrave on 2nd Feb; released at Wilstone Res where it stayed for a few hours.
1987 Akeley – 25th Nov.
1988 Willen – 28th-31st Oct
1988 Medmenham – 21st Nov
1993 Willen – 1 on 22nd Oct.
1995 Bledlow – 1 flying over ploughed field on 30th Oct.
1995 Bourne End – 1 on the Thames on 2nd Nov.
1997 Bellingdon, near Chesham – 1 picked up on 16th Oct later died.
1999 Stokenchurch – 1 found on 20th Nov was taken to St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital.
2008 Milton Keynes – 1 found in Feb was taken to St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital but later died
2012 College Lake – 1 22nd-23rd Jan was killed by a Crow.

165

Guillemot

Uria aalge

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1852 Fenny Stratford – 1 caught in the R Ouzel on 13 or 14th Nov.

166

Razorbill

Alca torda

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1996 Caldecotte – 1 on 22nd Feb.

167

Puffin

Fratercula arctica

Rare vagrant. 11 records.
1881 Near Aylesbury – 1 caught after gales on 14th Oct.
1914 near Hambleden – 1 on 19th Nov at Oaken Grove.
1918 Aston Clinton – 1 on 23rd Nov.
1923 Kingsey – 1 picked up dying on 25th Nov.
1931 Nash – 1 picked up on 31st Oct, later died.
1947 near Ivinghoe Beacon – 1 picked up on 17th Oct.
1955 near High Wycombe – 1 a few days before 25th Oct was later released.
1958 Shardeloes – A juvenile from 18th-20th Oct.
1974 Loudwater – A juvenile picked up later died.
1977 Quarrendon, Aylesbury – 1 late June/early July later released at sea.
1979 Amersham – 1 on 17th Feb was later released at sea.

168

Pallas’s Sandgrouse

Syrrhaptes paradoxus

Very rare vagrant. 3 records.
1888 Farnham Royal – A flock reported.
1896 near Halton – 3 flying overhead on 28th Aug.
1908 near Buckland – 7-8 on 1st Dec flew up from a Turnip field.

169

Feral Pigeon

Columba livia ‘feral’

Common resident.

170

Stock Dove

Columba oenas

Common resident.

171

Woodpigeon

Columba palumbus

Very common resident.

172

Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Common resident.

173

Turtle Dove

Streptopelia turtur

Uncommon breeding summer visitor. Declining.

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174

Ring-necked Parakeet

Psittacula krameri

Very local resident but becoming more widespread.  The main concentration is in the SE corner of the county in the Boveney, Dorney and Burnham areas but has more recently spread along the Thames Valley to Marlow and beyond.   During the winter the species often visits gardens for food on bird tables.

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175

Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus

Common breeding summer visitor.

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176

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Scarce resident.

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177

Little Owl

Athene noctua

Fairly common introduced resident.

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178

Tawny Owl

Strix aluco

Fairly common resident.

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179

Long-eared Owl

Asio otus

Rare resident and scarce winter visitor.

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180

Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus

Scarce winter visitor.

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181

Nightjar

Caprimulgus europaeus

Rare summer visitor. No longer breeds regularly.

182

Swift

Apus apus

Common breeding summer visitor.

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183

Alpine Swift

Apus melba

Very rare vagrant. 3 records
2006 Berghers Hill – 1 on 8th April.
2006 Little Marlow GP – 1 on 16th Apr is considered to be the same as above.  It was also seen in nearby Maidenhead (Berks).
2008 Stowe – 1 on 23rd Jun.
2011 Taplow – 1 on 3rd Jul over cricket ground.

184

Kingfisher

Alcedo atthis

Local resident.

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185

Roller

Coracias garrulus

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1938 Great Missenden – 1 5th Jul. Note that this record only came to light in 2008

186

Bee-eater

Merops apiaster

Very rare vagrant. 9 records.
1866 Dropmore – 1
1927 Skirmett – 1 in last week of Oct.
1976 Buckingham – 1 on 8th May.
1979 Chalfont St Giles – 1 on 27th Apr.
1997 Chesham Bois – A Bee-eater Sp over on 1st Jun is presumed to be on this species.
1997 Great Missenden – Five over on 28th Jul.
2002 Gerrards Cross – 1 over calling on 15th Aug.
2002 Beaconsfield – 4 over on 11th Sep.
2004 Princes Risborough – 1 feeding from power lines on 12th June.

187

Hoopoe

Upupa epops

Scarce migrant.

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Undated Chesham – A record published by Clark Kennedy.
1760 Ford – 1 shot.
1916 Taplow – Bred in a garden.
All records from 1980 are given below :-
1980 Bourne End – 1 on 12th Apr.
1980 Burnham Beeches – 1 on 15th Apr.
1980 Yardley Chase -1 10th-13th May.
1981 Lye Green near Chesham – 1 on 6th-7th July reported to have been present for 3 weeks.
1981 Ley Hill – 1 in the 1st week July may have been the Lye Green individual.
1984 Bockmer End – 1 on 20th Apr.
1984 Foxcote – 1 on 22nd Apr.
1984 Weston Underwood and Olney – 1 22nd Apr to 7th Jul.
1989 Bourne End – 1 17th-18th Apr.
1989 The Lee – 1 on 2nd Oct.
1990 Winslow – 1 on 30th Nov and 7th Dec was also reported in Jan 1991.
1993 Naphill – 1 over on 26th Apr.
1995 High Wycombe – 1 in several gardens on 8th Oct.
1996 North Crawley – 1 on 14th Apr.
1997 Wendover Woods – 1 on 23rd Apr.
1998 Marsh Gibbon – 1 in garden on 17th May.  
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1999 Maids Moreton – 1 at Bycells Farm on 26th Apr.
2002 Woodham – 1 from early June to later July was ringed and thought to be an escape.
  See Photo
2003 Lodge Hill – 1 on 30th May 
See Photo
2004 Towersey (Oxfordshire) – 1 1st  to 11th May may have strayed into Bucks.  See Photo
2005 Central Milton Keynes – 1 on unused land 7th-9th Apr See Photo
2006 Wooburn Green – 1 20th Apr.
2007 Flackwell Heath – 1 22nd Apr.
  See Photo.
2008 Sherington – 1 over on 11th Apr.
2009 Woburn GC – 1 on 1st Jun.
2011 Hardmead – 1 on 18th Apr.
2011 North Crawley – 1 on 5th May.
2011 Horsley’s Green – 1 on 15th May.  See Photo.

188

Wryneck

Jynx torquilla

Scarce migrant. Former breeding summer visitor until the 1950s.   Nearly all the records listed refer to birds seen in gardens. All records from 1985 onwards are listed, but see chart for distribution of all records..

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1985 Chalfont St Peter – Reported to have bred.  Birds were  seen at the site on unspecified dates in both 1986 and 1987. In 1988 1 present from 10th May to 31st Aug.
1986 Great Kingshill – 1 on 4th Sep.
1988 Moorend Common – 1 10th-17th May.
1989 Whitchurch – 1 feeding on ants on 5th Sep.
1989 High Wycombe – 1 on 5th and 6th Sep.
1991 Aston Abbots – 1 on 7th Sep.
1991 Winslow – 1 on 12th Oct.
1994 Wing – Daily from 5th to 11th Sep.
1994 Speen – 1 on 7th Sep.
1995 Beaconsfield – 1 in the 2nd week Apr.
1995 Grendon Underwood – 1 on 26th Sep.
1996 High Wycombe – 1 in gardens 31st Aug to 2nd Sep.
1996 Amersham – 1 on 1st-2nd Sep
1996 Little Frieth – 1 on 12th Sep.
1997 Newport Pagnall – 1 in garden on 23rd Aug.
1997 High Wycombe – 1 in garden on 25th Aug.
1997 Wolverton – 1 in garden on 4th Sep.
2000 Princes Risborough – 1 in garden on 4th Aug for about a week.

2000 Aylesbury – A juv in a birders garden on 2nd & 3rd Sep.  
2001 Whaddon – 1 on 25th Aug.
2002 Meadle – 1 in a garden on 27th Aug.
2002 Dinton – 1 in a garden on 13th Oct.
2003 Dorton – 1in a garden on 3rd Sep.
2004 Whitchurch – 1 in garden 28th & 30th Aug, 1st-2nd Sep.
2006 Taplow – 1 in a garden on 28th Apr.
2008 Marsh – 1 19th Apr.
2008 Prestwood – 1 in gardens 12th-16th Sep.  

2009 Lathbury – 1 on 7th-8th Oct
2010 Lodge Hill – 1 on 12th Sep.
2010 Bacombe Hill 1 20th-24th Sep

2011 High Wycombe – 1 on 1st Jun at the Rugby Club.
2011 Hapslope – 1 on 18th and 23rd Sep.
2011 Old Farm Park, MK – 1 on 1st Oct.

189

Green Woodpecker

Picus viridis

Fairly common resident.

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190

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major

Fairly common resident.

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191

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos minor

Uncommon resident.

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