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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.

 Bonaparte 22-1200  Bonaparte 17-1115

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

Bonaparte 26-800  Bomnaparte 28-900

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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The Next Indoor Meeting

There in no indoor meeting in January, so the next talk is on Thursday 4th February 2016 when ex Buckinghamshire birder Chris Goodie will present a talk called ‘The Jewel Hunter’.  This is a fascinating talk about Chris’s quest to see all of the worlds Pitta species in one year.  These are stunning birds so expect some superb photos along with a fascinating story.

For more information click here

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The Next Field Meeting

The next field trip of the Buckinghamshire Bird Club is to The London Wetland Centre on Sunday 7th February.  The reserve is run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and an entrance fee will be payable to anyone who it not a WWT member.

London Wetland Centre

Bittern as always a possibility here although elusive.  There will be a good variety of wildfowl to be seen.

For more details click on this link.

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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 →

Little Egrets Breeding at Little Marlow GP

Little Egrets have bred in the north of the county for some years, firstly at Linford and then at Willen Lake.  However despite the odd birds being in the area over recent summer there had been no obvious signs that they had tried to breed at what appears to be an ideal site. However this year at least two nests were built and during the second half of June young birds were seen being fed in the nest. The nest sites were difficult to observe from the banks as they were well hidden well under the canopy of the trees. However with the youngsters soon being mobile and walking around the branches, they have shown well on occasion.

The following photos very kindly provided by Richard O’Dare and were taken at the end of June.
(Click on the images to enlarge)

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Hopefully there is another brood to follow very soon.

 

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

Foxcote Reservoir – 12th October 2009


Photos copyright Ken Earnshaw

This individual was not photographed in 2006 or 2007 (as far as I know but not too late to submit) but it was present during the following dates:

 4th to 12th April 2006 

9th December until 3rd April 2007

4th November 2007 until 10th April 2008

21st October 2008 until 30th March 2009

So the arrival date of 11th October this year is the earliest arrival date recorded yet.



Foxcote Reservoir – 16th March 2005

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Photos copyright Tim Watts

This drake was present between 16th March and 4th April.  It seems very likely that this is the same individual that was present a year ago (see below). 


Foxcote Reservoir – 14th March 2004

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Photo copyright Rob Andrews

This super drake was present between 14th Feb and 2nd April and seen most days. 

Black-throated Diver

Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica

Calvert -19th May 2008


Photos copyright – Tim Watts

A surprise find in the county, especially in May. There are 10 or so prior records in the county. 

 Tim found this bird, still in winter plumage and managed to get the word out so that others could also see it and confirm ID.  Tim did well to get these photos at long range. 


Taplow Gravel Pit – 27th November – 1st January 2003 (at least)

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26th Dec 2002 – Rob Andrews


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23rd Dec 2002 – Jim Rose


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3rd Dec 2002 – Jerry O’Brian

This is a scarce species in the county with only 11 prior records.  This individual was present at the site from 27th November to 23rd December at least .  While often seen in the centre of the lake, the bird would also dive within a few feet of the bank and make it’s way around the lake.  The bird was apparently not concerned when sailing activities took place on the lake.

Buckinghamshire Bird List - Crests to Buntings

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.

242

Goldcrest

Regulus regulus

Common resident.

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243

Firecrest

Regulus ignicapillus

Rare breeding summer visitor and winter visitor.  Increasing.

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244

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata

Fairly common breeding summer visitor.

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245

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Ficedula parva

Very rare vagrant. 2 records.
1943 Boddington Hill, Wendover Woods – 1 on 4th May
1970 Statnalls Wood, Pitstone – 1 male on 5th June

246

Pied Flycatcher

Ficedula hypoleuca

Scarce migrant. 2 breeding records.

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1870s Berry Hill, Taplow – A female killed while sitting on eggs.
1968 – A pair bred in the middle of the county.

Non-breeding records not listed, but are shown on the Chart.

247

Bearded Tit

Panurus biarmicus

Scarce winter visitor.

2002 Wotton – 1 female on 18th Oct. The first since 1994.
2010 Walton Balancing Lake – Up to 4 from 5th Nov until 3rd Feb 2011.
See Chart for other data

248

Long-tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus

Common resident. Declining.

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249

Marsh Tit

Parus palustris

Fairly common resident.

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250

Willow Tit

Parus montanus

Rare resident.

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2009 Only recorded at Leckhampstead Woods, Wotton Lakes and Thickbare Woods.
2010 Only recorded at Hyde Lane, Ibstone, Ouse Valley Park, Stony Stratford and Wotton Lakes.
2011 Only recorded at Linford, Manor Farm Quarry and Wotton Lakes.

251

Coal Tit

Parus ater

Common resident.

252

Blue Tit

Parus caeruleus

Very common resident.

253

Great Tit

Parus major

Very common resident.

254

Nuthatch

Sitta europaea

Fairly common resident.

255

Treecreeper

Certhia familiaris

Fairly common resident.

256

Golden Oriole

Oriolus oriolus

Rare migrant. 15 records including 2 of breeding.
1861 Stoke – Bred
1879 Stoke Mandeville – Male shot on 19th May.
1901 Reported to have bred in the middle of the county.
1925 Haddenham – Female on 9th Sep.
1933 Burnham – 1 on 25th May.
1936 Beaconsfield – 1 in Apr.
1949 Burnham – 1 on 1st Aug.
1972 Ivinghoe – 1 on 30th Apr to first week May.
1979 Linford Wood, Little Linford – Male heard on 17th Jun.
1983 Ellesborough – Male on 5th Jun.
1988 Wendover Woods – 1 adult female on 22nd & 25th May.
1989 Cholesbury – 1st summer male from 9-11th July.
1993 Stewkley – A male on 15th May.
1997 Willen – A male for 45 mins on 20th May.
2001 Nr Little Horwood – 1 male and possibly a second bird seen on 25th May.

257

Red-backed Shrike

Lanius collurio

Last bred in 1972. Former scarce breeding summer visitor.

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2005 Astwood, Nr Newport Pagnall – 1 juvenile 19th-23rd Sep. 

258

Great Grey Shrike

Lanius excubitor

Scarce and decreasing winter visitor.  There are 54 records prior to 1980.  Since then the species has become scarcer and all records are listed.

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See Chart
1981 Weston Turville Res – 1 on 5th Mar.
1982 Black Park, Iver – 1 on 6th Jan.
1982 Stoke Hammond – 1 on 16th Jan.
1988 Turville – 1 from 24th Jan to 13th Mar.  

1988 Linford – 1 for 10 minutes on 4th Dec.
1993 Pulpit Hill – 1 from 30th Nov to 4th Dec.
1994 Woughton Park, M Keynes – 1 on 15th-16th Feb.
1999 Chesham – 1 on 5th Nov.
2000 Chalfont St Peter – 1 feeding on carrion on 31st Dec.
2004 Swanbourne – 1 on 25th Jan.
2006 Grendon Underwood – 1 on 18th-22nd Jan. 

2007 Quainton Hills – 8th, 14th & 20th Oct. 
2007 Botolph Claydon – 1 on 29th Dec into 2008
2008 Princes Risborough – 1 8th-16th Jan at least
2008 Horsenden – 9th-16th January
2008 Calvert – 1 1st March.
2008 Ivinghoe – 1 6-9th October  
2008 Southend/Stoner – 1 23rd November.
2011 Hillesden – 1 25th Feb to 13th Mar.

259

Woodchat Shrike

Lanius senator

Very rare vagrant. 3 records.

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1974 Padburyhill Farm, Padbury – 1 on 5th June.
1976 Little Marlow – 1 on 16th May.
2003 Langley Park – 1 on 1st – 3rd May.  

260

Jay

Garrulus glandarius

Common resident.

261

Magpie

Pica pica

Common resident.

262

Nutcracker

Nucifraga caryocatactes

Very rare vagrant. 3 records.
1911 Whitchurch – 1 killed on 7th Oct.
1968 Penn – 1 on 22nd Sep.
1968 near Berkhamstead – 1 just in the county from Sep to 6th Oct.

263

Chough

Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
2003 Steps Hill – 1 flew over Incombe Hole on 22nd June.

264

Jackdaw

Corvus monedula

Common resident.

265

Rook

Corvus frugilegus

Common resident.

266

Carrion Crow

Corvus corone

Common resident.

267

Hooded Crow

Corvus

Very rare vagrant. 7 records.
1934 Olney – From Jan until March 1935
1935 Newton Blossomville – Nov.
1935 Stone – Jan.
1939 Olney – Nov.
1975 Marsh Gibbon – 1 on 12th Oct.
1975 Frieth – 1 from 25th to 31st Oct.
1975 Foxcote – 1 on 2nd Nov.

268

Raven

Corvus corax

Very rare vagrant until 1999, then a dramatic increase. Now considered to be resident.

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1828 Dinton Hall – 1 shot on 25th Mar.
1829 Dinton Hall – 1 shot on 16th Dec.
1887 Farnham – 1 on 14th Aug.
1932 Boveney – 1 probable on 12th Nov.
1947/8  Ravenstone – 1 seen mobbed by Rooks.
1982 Willen – 1 on 25th Jan.
1999 Steps Hill – 1 over on 26th Mar.
1999 Stoke Goldington – 1 circling and calling on 18th Apr.
2000 – Cheddington -  1 on 21st Mar.
2000 Stokenchurch – 1 3rd Mar.
2000 Steps Hill – 3 5th, 2 7th, 1 19th & 2 26th Mar.
2000 Finemere Wood – 1 on 17th Jul.
2000 – Hughenden Manor – 1 on 9th Sep.
2000 Lodge Hill – 1 on 14th-15th Sep and 17th Oct.  2 on 31st Oct.
2000 Saunderton Lee – 1 on 24th Dec.
2001 Pitstone – 1 mobbed by Buzzards on 21st Apr.
2001 Northend – 2 on 5th and 13th Aug.
2001 Nr Maidenhead – 1 flew into Bucks on 21st Sep.
2001 Prestwood – 2 flew over west, calling, on 28th Oct.
2001 Marlow – 2 flying W on 28th Oct.
2002 Back Wood – 2 on 9th Mar.
2002 Steps Hill – 1 on 7th Sep, 2 on 30th Sep and 13th Oct.
2002 Coombe Hill – 2 over SW on 11th Sep.
2002 Weston Turville – 1 on 15th Sep.
2002 Ivinghoe Beacon – 2 on 30th Sep.
2002 Dancersend – 1 on 13th Oct.
2003 Reported from 10 sites mainly along the Chiltern escarpment.
2004 Reported from 10 sites , most frequently in the Chilterns.  Max of 5 together.
2005 Reported from 17 sites.  Max of 5 together.
2006 3 pairs known to have bred.  Reported from 48 sites across the county with a max of 6 going to roost in Ashridge.
2007 I site confirmed and 1 probable breeding.  Reported from 41 sites.  

2008 Reported from 61 sites. Several pairs breeding.
2009 Reported from 87 sites.
2010 Reported from 97 sites.
2011 Reported from 94 sites.

269

Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Very common resident and winter visitor.

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270

Rose-coloured Starling

Sturnus roseus

Very rare vagrant. 2 records.
Undated – Iver Court – A record of a bird shot in Gould’s Birds of Europe.
1978 Bletchley – Adult on 7th Nov.

271

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Very common resident.

272

Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus

Uncommon and decreasing resident.

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273

Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs

Very common resident.

274

Brambling

Fringilla montifringilla

Uncommon winter visitor.

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275

Serin

Serinus serinus

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1971 Bourne End – A pair from 12-14th Mar with only the male seen on the latter date.

276

Greenfinch

Carduelis chloris

Common resident and winter visitor.

277

Goldfinch

Carduelis carduelis

Common resident and summer visitor.

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278

Siskin

Carduelis spinus

Fairly common winter visitor that occasionally summers.

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279

Linnet

Carduelis cannabina

Common but decreasing resident.

280

Twite

Carduelis flavirostris

Rare vagrant. 12 accepted records.
1893 near Aston Clinton – 1 caught by a bird catcher on 21 Nov
1893 near Aston Clinton – 1 caught by a bird catcher on 5 Nov.
1898 near Aston Clinton – 1 caught by a bird catcher on 11 Nov
1902 near Skirmett – 3 caught in Feb.
1962 Shardeloes – c25 on 1st Apr.
1964 Weston Turville Res. – 5 on 27th Sep.
1966 Old Slade – 1 on 25th Mar.
1970 Marlow GP – 1 on 5th Mar.
1997 Dorney Reach – 1 on 22nd Mar was videoed.
2000 Hedgerley – 1 male in a large flock of Linnets on 1st and 30th Jan.
2003 Steps Hill – 1 on 3rd and 5th Oct.
2006 Steps Hill – Fem or imm on 7th Nov.

281

Common (Mealy) Redpoll

Carduelis flammea

Very rare vagrant. 5 records

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1921 Weston Turville Reservoir – Flock of 20 from Dec until Feb 1922.
1996 Brickhills –  4 7th Mar.
1996 Caldecotte – 2 5th Mar.
2001 Marlow –  1 male on 2nd Feb.
2005 Quainton – 1 trapped and ringed on 13th Nov
2006 – None specifically accepted as this species but several possibles discussed in the annual report.
2009 Speen – A male present on several days between 28th Feb until early Apr.
2010 Marlow Bottom – 1 on 26th Dec.
2011 Bow Brickhiill – 2-3 on 4th Jan.
2011 Beaconsfield – 2-3 on 12th Jan.
2011 Backwood, Brickhills – 2 16th Feb.
2011 Marlow Bottom – 1 17th Mar.
2011 Speen – 1-2 20th-27th Mar.

282

Lesser Redpoll

Carduelis caberet

Uncommon resident; winter visitor.

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283

Two-barred Crossbill

Loxia leucoptera

Very rare vagrant. One record.

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2003 Hedgerley – A male from 27th Jan until 14th Mar.  

284

Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

Irregular visitor and breeder.

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285

Bullfinch

Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Common resident.

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286

Hawfinch

Coccothraustes coccothraustes

Scarce resident, probably decreasing.  It range is confined almost exclusively to the woodlands south of the Chiltern escarpment.  In 1999 the only site to record this species was at Flackwell Heath although probably overlooked elsewhere.  All records since January 2000 are listed below.

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2000 Knotty Green – 1 in a garden on 2 dates in Mar.
2000 Little Chalfont – 2 on 23rd and 25th Mar.
2000 Flackwell Heath – 1 on 11th and 27th Dec in different areas.
2001 Steps Hill – 1 over on 26th Sep.
2001 Wycombe Abbey – 2 on 23rd Oct.
2002 Wooburn Common – 2 on four dates in Jan.
2002 West Wycombe – 8 on 23rd Feb.
2003 Wooburn Common – 4 on 22nd March.
2004 East Iver Lakes – 1 on 25th Feb.
2005 Princes Risborough – 1 on 6th Oct
2005 Steps Hill – 1 on 19th Oct
2005 Lathbury – 1 on 2nd Nov
2005 Wotton Lakes – 1 on 24th Nov
2006 Flackwell Heath – 1 from 1st – 14th Jan.
2006 Shenley Brook End, M Keynes  –
Up to 6 15th Jan – 1st Feb.
2006 Emerson Valley, M Keynes – 1-2 24th Jan to 8th Feb were probably part of the group from Shenley Brook End.  
2006 Rushbeds Wood – 1 on 29th Jan.
2006 Little Marlow village – 1 11th Feb to 12th Mar.
2006 Gerrards Cross – 1 on 18th Feb.
2006 Stowe – A pair at a garden feeder on 9th Mar. Fem on 19th Mar.
 

2007 Steps Hill – 1 over calling on 5th Oct.  1 on 24th Oct
2007 Speen – 1 on Oct 30th.
2008 Fulmer – 2 27th June.
2008 Steps Hill – 1 28th September.
2008 Ivinghoe Beacon – 1 13th October and Steps Hill on the 14th.
2008 High Wycombe – 1 6th December.
2009 Quarryhall/Gayhurst Manor – Up to 3 from 14th-16th Jan.
2009 Wycombe Rye – 1 over 30th Jan.
2009 Stowe – 1 in garden on 2nd Feb.
2009 Shenley Brook End – 1 27th Feb,
2009 Totterididge – 1 3rd Mar.
2009 Halton – 6 on 30th Mar.
2009 Tylers Green – 1 13th Aug.
2010 Manor Farm – 4th Sep.
2010 Hazlemere – 17th Dec.
2010 Penn Wood – 30th Dec.
2011 Penn Wood – 1 st Jan.
2011 Middle Claydon 21st Aug.

287

Lapland Bunting

Calcarius lapponicus

Very rare vagrant. 5 records.

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1966 Willen – Male from 21-22nd Apr.
1984 Dorney Common – 2 on 11th Oct with Skylarks.
1987 Dorney Common – different individuals from 3 at Slough SF (Berks) strayed into Bucks on 21st Jan and 10th Feb.
1990/1 Drayton Parslow – 1 on 24th Nov, rising to 5 on 31st Dec.  Between 1 and 3 birds were seen to 2nd Feb 1991 when a single bird was present.
1991 Boveney – 1-3 birds from 9th-17th Feb.
2008 Ivinghoe Beacon – 1 on 13th, 14th and 21st October.
2008 Dorney Lake – 1 20th-29th October.

2010 Lodge Hill – 1 present 19th-20th October.

288

Snow Bunting

Plectrophenax nivalis

Rare winter visitor. 20 records.

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1776 Dinton Hall – 1 on 8th Jan.
1895 near Tring Res – Large flocks
1901 Drayton Lodge – Male shot on 4th Nov.
1903 Ivinghoe Beacon – 1
1956 Ballinger – Male on 23rd Feb.
1960 Foxcote Res. – 1 on 8th Nov.
1973 Fulmer – A male from 8th Nov – May 1974.
1976 Willen – 1 on 15th Nov.
1976 Oakley – Female on 23rd and 25th Nov.
1981 Willen – 1 on 24th Mar. and  1st Apr.
1981 Willen – 1 on 15th Nov.
1983 Linford – Female on 16th Oct.
1984 Pitstone Hill – 1st winter female on 27th Jan.
1987 Hulcott – 1 on 1st Feb.
1992 Linford – A female/immature over calling on 7th Nov.
1992 Caldecotte – A 1st winter male on 15-16th Nov.  It was then re-discovered on 27th Dec and stayed until 13th Mar 1993.
1997 Willen – A 1st winter male on 7th Feb.
1999 Calvert – A 1st winter male on 20th Nov.
2005 Little Marlow GP – A female on 30th April. 

2005 Ivinghoe Beacon – 1 on 11th and 12th Dec
2005 Ivinghoe Hills – 5 over 1st Nov.
2011 Ivinghoe Beacon – 1 on 6th Nov.
2011 Broughton Grounds – 1 28th Nov.
2011 Marsworth – 12th and 27th Dec, more frequently seen at Startopsend 15th Dec into 2012.

289

Yellowhammer

Emberiza citrinella

Common resident.

290

Cirl Bunting

Emberiza cirlus

Last record 13th May 1985. Former scarce resident which bred regularly in the Chilterns most commonly between between Wendover and Princes Risborough.   The most well known and one of the last breeding sites, was at West Wycombe Hill.

291

Little Bunting

Emberiza pusilla

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1987 Woodlands Park, near Iver Heath – A male from 17th Mar to 26th Apr.  It was in song towards the end of it’s stay.

292

Reed Bunting

Emberiza schoeniclus

Locally common resident.

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293

Corn Bunting

Miliaria calandra

Local, uncommon and decreasing resident.

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Buckinghamshire Bird List - Larks to Warblers

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.

191

Wood Lark

Lullula arborea

local breeding summer visitor and rare migrant.

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Pre 1961
Woodlarks bred rather sparsely in the middle and south of the county.  During the pre-1961 period the largest flock was :-
1949 Saunderton – 15-20 birds on 20th Nov.
1961 Longdown Hill, Cadsden – 3 on 16th Sep was the last record in this period.
Post 1961
1971 Bow Brickhill Woods – Pair feeding young on 18th July.
1973 Iver GP – 1 on 14th Feb.
1988 Burnham – 1 from 23rd Feb to 8th Mar.
1990 Taplow – 1 on 30th Mar.
1990 Calvert – 1 flushed from waste ground on 21st Oct.
1993 S Bucks – A bird on 2 dates in the breeding season.
1994 S Bucks – A pair raised 2 broods. 
1994 Drayton Parslow – 1 4th & 6th Oct.
1995 Present in suitable breeding habitat during spring and summer.  Breeding not proven.
1996 Bred at a site in the S of the county and at least one bird present at a site in the N of the county in July.
1997 Bred at a site in the S of the county, present at two other sites in the north and south of the county during the early part of the year.
1998 Bred at two sites in the south of the county.
1998 Steps Hill – 1 over on 23rd Sep.
1998 Little Marlow GP – 1 over calling on 1st Nov.
1999 Birds recorded at four potential breeding sites.
1999 Coombe Hill/Dancers End – A singing bird 23rd Feb.
1999 Pitstone Quarry – 1 on 31st Aug, 4th & 18th Sep.
2000 Bred at sites in the N and S of the county.
2001 Several records from one site in the S of the county.
2002 Stoke Common – Several birds present from Mar to July. No proof of breeding.
2003 Stoke Common – Up to 3 birds present 1st Mar to 7th June.  No proof of breeding.
2004 Stoke Common – A male singing on 31st Mar and 19th April were the only records.
2005 Back Wood, MK – 1 over on 23rd Mar. The only record.
2007 Black Park – 1 on 1st July.
2010 Steps Hill – 1 or more on 10th Oct. 1 2nd Nov.
2011 Farmham Common – 1 singing on 26th Jun.
2011 Ivinghoe Beacon/Steps Hill – 2 over on 14th Oct.

192

Skylark

Alauda arvensis

Common resident, migrant and winter visitor.

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193

Sand Martin

Riparia riparia

Very local breeding summer visitor.

194

Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Common breeding summer visitor.

195

Red-rumped Swallow

Hirundo daurica

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
2002 – Furzton Lake – 1 stayed for about an hour on 29th Apr.

196

House Martin

Delichon urbica

Common breeding summer visitor.

197

Richard’s Pipit

Anthus novaeseelandiae

Very rare vagrant. 3 records.
1967 Dorney Common – 1 from 7th-24th Oct.
1990 Blue Lagoon, Bletchley – A 1st winter bird from 28th-30th Oct.
1998 Ivinghoe Beacon – 1 on 8th May.

198

Tree Pipit

Anthus trivialis

Uncommon breeding summer visitor.

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199

Meadow Pipit

Anthus pratensis

Scarce resident, uncommon migrant and winter visitor.

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200

Water Pipit

Anthus spinoletta

Scarce migrant.

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See Chart

201

Rock Pipit

Anthus petrosus

Scarce migrant.

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See Chart

202

Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava

Fairly common breeding summer visitor.

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203

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

Scarce resident and winter visitor.

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204

Pied Wagtail

Motacilla alba yarrelli

Common resident.  The nominate race White Wagtail Motacilla alba alba is an uncommon passage migrant.

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205

Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus

Scarce winter visitor.

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206

Dipper

Cinclus cinclus

Rare migrant.  14 records.  Some individuals were confirmed as being of the continental race C.c.cinclus and is indicated as such in the text.  Others not specifically identified.
1894 near High Wycombe – 1
1941 Chenies – 1 on the R Chess from 4th-11th May.
1966 The Lee
– 1 on 14th Aug.
1967  Shardeloes – 14th Jan to 18th Feb and 5th Nov to 6th Mar 1968 (C.c. cinclus )
1967 West Wycombe Park: 26/11
1968 Shardeloes: 31/10 (C.c. cinclus )
1968 Latimer: 26/12  (C.c. cinclus )
1971  Wendover Canal, 28/2
1972  Wendover Canal, 4/5 – 20/5  (C.c. cinclus )
1975  Iver 13/8
1984 Wycombe Rye – 1 on 28th Sep and 14th Nov. Race unknown.
1989 Bourne End – 1 flying down stream along the Thames on 30th Sep.
1991 Stapleford Mill, Three Locks – from 6th-13th Mar. (C.c. cinclus).  
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1994 Marlow – 1 of race C.c. cinclus along the Thames on 3rd Mar.

207

Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes

Very common resident.

208

Dunnock

Prunella modularis

Very common resident.

209

Robin

Erithacus rubecula

Very common resident.

210

Nightingale

Luscinia megarhynchos

Scarce breeding summer visitor.

211

Bluethroat

Luscinia svecica

Very rare vagrant. 2 records.
1969 Aston Clinton SF – 1 on 31st Aug.
1983 Great Linford GPs – A female on 21st May.

212

Black Redstart

Phoenicurus ochruros

Rare resident, migrant and winter visitor.  Only breeding records are listed.

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1965 Booker, High Wycombe – Pair with juveniles up to 22nd Sep.
1973 Newton Longville Brick Pits – nest with 2 eggs later deserted.
1975 Bradwell – 4 young fledged on 25th Jun.
1978 Pitstone – Female with 2 recently fledged young on 18th Jun.
1982 mid Bucks – Bred.
1983 Bletchley – Industrial site. Breeding unsuccessful.

1997 near High Wycombe – Bred in large barn/stables.

213

Common Redstart

Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Rare former breeding summer visitor and passage migrant.

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214

Whinchat

Saxicola rubetra

Migrant. Former breeding summer visitor.

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215

Stonechat

Saxicola torquata

Migrant and winter visitor. Has bred recently.

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216

Wheatear

Oenanthe oenanthe

Migrant. Former breeding summer visitor.

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217

Black-eared Wheatear

Oenanthe hispanica

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.

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1992 Chearsley – A male of the pale throated type on 25th April was probably of the eastern race O.h.melanoleuca.

218

Ring Ouzel

Turdus torquatus

Scarce passage migrant.

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219

Blackbird

Turdus merula

Very common resident and winter visitor.

220

Fieldfare

Turdus pilaris

Common winter visitor.

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221

Song Thrush

Turdus philomelos

Common resident and winter visitor.

222

Redwing

Turdus iliacus

Common winter visitor.

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223

Mistle Thrush

Turdus viscivorus

Common resident.

224

Cetti’s Warbler

Cettia cetti

Rare but increasing vagrant. Now some birds resident.

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1967 Weston Turville Reservoir – An adult trapped on 22nd July, was retrapped there on 29th Jul and 9th Sep. The third British record.
1977 Linford GPs – 1 on 24th Jul.
1985 Weston Turville Reservoir – A male from 2nd Nov until 9th Jan 1986 (trapped).
1990 River Colne near Tilehouse GP – Singing male on 28th Apr.
1992 Linford – 1 from 8th Nov until 1st Jan 1993.
1995 Shardeloes – 1 from 2nd Oct to 6th Nov.
1995 Weston Turville Res – 1 sang briefly on 11th Nov.
1996 Marsworth – 1 heard on 3rd Jan in Bucks section.
1996 Weston Turville – 1 heard on 10th Jan.
1998 Stony Stratford NR – 1 seen and heard on 12th Feb.
1998 Linford – 1 seen and heard on 9th Nov.
1999 Linford – 1 on 16th & 23rd Feb.
2001 Little Marlow GP – 1 seen on 1st Sep.
2002 Caldecotte – 1m holding territory from 3rd Mar to 13th June. Possibly bred.
2003 Willen Lake – 1-2 birds present for much of the year.
2004 Willen Lake – 1 from 2003 stayed until end May.  2 birds suspected in May and nesting material was seen to be gathered.  Also seen in Oct and Dec.
2004 Caldecotte – 1 singing 24th Mar to 16th Apr Photo.  1 singing 17th Sep. .
2004 Tongwell – 1 singing 3rd, 7th and 8th Dec.
2005 Willen Lake – 1 seen and heard between 17th Feb and 17th May
2005 Loughton Lodge Lakes – 1 singing on 13th Apr
2005 Stowe Gardens – 1 on 3rd Oct
2006 Recorded at 5 sites, mainly in the Spring period.
2007 on – Increasing numbers.  Refer to annual reports.

225

Grasshopper Warbler

Locustella naevia

Scarce breeding summer visitor.

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Moustacted Warbler

Acrocephalus melanopogon

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1965 Weston Turville Reservoir – 1 trapped on 31st July was regarded as the forth British record.  Subsequently record acceptance withdrawn in 2007 following a BOU review.

226

Aquatic Warbler

Acrocephalus paludicola

Very rare vagrant. 2 records.
1990 Blue Lagoon, Bletchley – 1 on 2nd Aug and probably also on 3rd Aug.
1990 Botolph Claydon – 1 on 26th Aug.

227

Sedge Warbler

Acrocephalus schoenobaenus

Fairly common breeding summer visitor.

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228

Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus scirpaceus

Local breeding summer visitor.

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229

Marsh Warbler

Acrocephalus palustris

Very rare vagrant. 4 records including one of breeding.
1931 Chalfont Park – Bred
1956 Shardeloes – 1 on 18th May
1960 Near Wendover – 1 singing on 26th June.
1974 Weston Turville Reservoir – 1 on 26th May

230

River Warbler

Locustella fluviatilis

Very rare vagrant. 1 record.
1997 Linford – A singing male present 15th-16th Jun.

231

Great Reed Warbler

Acrocephalus arundinaceus

Very rare vagrant. 2 records.

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1946 Marsworth Reservoir – 1 singing along the northern edge.
2008 Willen Lake – 1 singing on 11th May.

232

Icterine Warbler

Hippolais icterina

Very rare vagrant. 2 records.
1997 Aylesbury STW – A singing male on 14th Jun.
2008 Longwick – 1 14th June

233

Dartford Warbler

Sylvia undata

Recent breeding bird, formerly a very rare vagrant.

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1993 near Dorney Common – A female wintering in the Slough STW (Berks) just stayed into Bucks on 1st Jan.
1998 Steps Hill – 1 from 25th Nov to 9th Jan 1999.
1999 S Bucks – 1 from 14th-26th Jan, 1 on 28th Apr  2 from Oct 28th to 7th Dec.   1 male on 21st Mar at another site.
2000 S of County – Present all year with up to 7 singing birds at one site.   Single birds also recorded at a second site.
2001 Reported from two sites in the south of the county.
2002 Stoke Common – A male seen between 24th Mar and 29th June. 2002 Black Park – 1 in late Aug and on 7th Sep.
2003 Stoke Common – 2 pairs bred.
2004 Black Park – Present Jan to Sep.  Bred  2 seen in Oct.
2004 Stoke Common – 1 on 11th Mar.
2005 Sarratt Bottom – A wintering bird on 23rd-28th Jan
2005 Black Park – Several records between 10th Apr to year end
2005 Stoke Common – 1 head on 22nd Oct and 26th Dec
2006 Black Park – 1-2 birds 8th Jan to 12th Jul.  Also 29th Oct.  Signs of breeding activity.
2006 Stoke Common – 1 11th Jan.
2006 Sarratt Bottom – 1 23rd Jan.
2008 Turville Court – A juv in setaside on 10th Oct.
2009 Black Park – 1 heard on 15th Apr.
2010 Steps Hill – 1 on 7th Apr.

234

Lesser Whitethroat

Sylvia curruca

Common breeding summer visitor.

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235

Common Whitethroat

Sylvia communis

Common breeding summer visitor.

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236

Garden Warbler

Sylvia borin

Common breeding summer visitor.

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237

Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla

Common breeding summer visitor and scarce winter visitor.

238

Yellow-browed Warbler

Phylloscopus inornatus

Very rare vagrant. 5 records.

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1966 Holmer Green – 1 on 9th Oct.
1992 Marlow GP – 1 on 11th Oct.
2003 Water Eaton, M Keynes – 1 in a garden 19th-21st Oct.
2004 Woburn GC – 1 from 4th-14th Apr.
2006 Dinton – 1 on 21st Oct.

239

Wood Warbler

Phylloscopus sibilatrix

Rare summer migrant and former breeding bird.

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2005 Gayhurst Quarry – 1 30th Apr
2005 S Bucks – 1 27th May
2008 Calvert – 1 on 20th Apr.
2010 Steps Hill – 1 singing 24th Apr.
2010 Drayton Beauchamp – 1 25th Apr.
2010 Lodge Hill – 1 26th Aug.
2011 Ashridge – 1 singing on 23rd-24th Apr.

240

Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus collybita

Common breeding summer visitor and scarce winter visitor.

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241

Willow Warbler

Phylloscopus trochilus

Very common breeding summer visitor.

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Buckinghamshire Bird List - Skuas to Woodpeckers

 

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.

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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.

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.  
See Photo
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.

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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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Buckinghamshire Bird List - Birds of Prey to Waders

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 Committe
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

71

Hen Harrier

Circus cyaneus

Scarce migrant.

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72

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

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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76

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.

77

Osprey

Pandion haliaetus

Scarce but increasing migrant.  See Chart

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78

Kestrel

Falco tinnunculus

Common resident.

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79

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.

80

Merlin

Falco columbarius

Scarce winter visitor and migrant.  See Chart

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81

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.

88

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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90

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.

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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02 Little Marlow GP – 1 for 2 hours on 24th Mar.
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.

98

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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100

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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111

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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114

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

121

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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125

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.

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. 

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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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