The next field meeting is to the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust reserve at Slimbridge on 23rd November has been postponed until 30th November due to forecast poor weather.
We expect to see a good selection of Swans, Geese, Ducks and perhaps some winter Thrushes. The first Bewick Swan’s of the winter arrived on 6th November and we can expect to see many more by 30th. November sightings include Common Crane, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier and Avocet.
There will be a focus on bird photography and members are encouraged to take their camera equipment along.
For more information on the Bucks Bird Club trip to Slimbridge see the events page at: Link to field trip
Wigeon at Slimbridge
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…
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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)
Hopefully there is another brood to follow very soon.
Brownies go Wildlife Exploring
On a lovely sunny June evening, 21 members of the 1st Marlow Brownie pack visited the Spade Oak Nature Reserve in Little Marlow as part of their Wild Life Explorer Badge.
The visit, organised by Mike Overall and Jim Rose of the Little Marlow Lakes Country Park Partnership, was led by local Scout leader & birder Neil Wragg, Mike & Rose Collard, Brian Clews of Bucks Bird Club and with the help of several birders from the Bucks Bird Club and the East Berks RSPB Group, who with their enthusiasm, expertise and equipment created a memorable evening.
The nature reserve is nestled between Little Marlow and the River Thames and the whole area is alive with wildlife. Before the Brownies arrived in the nature reserve itself they had already ticked off a dozen types of bird on their sheets! The real highlights of the evening were seeing a nesting swan, a little egret, common terns and their chicks, greylag geese and goslings, mallard duck and 7 ducklings. But most of all the Brownies were amazed at the number and variety of wildlife. They registered almost 40 different types of birds in just 1 hour.
Sue Wood, the Brownies Brown Owl said –“This is a fabulous resource that virtually none of the Brownies had ever visited before and yet it is a wonderful place to introduce children to a truly astonishing variety of birds and other wildlife. To find it, just head for Little Marlow Church and take the track past it leading down to the river.” See map below.
Mike Overall said – “It was very satisfying to see how much enjoyment the Brownies got from their visit. The Little Marlow Lakes area offers a huge potential for a wide range of recreational pursuits and it is very walkable from both Marlow and Bourne End.”
The female Peregrine raised by the pair of Peregrines nesting on the Aylesbury Vale Council Offices successfully fledged on 13th June. The youngster was recently fitted with an orange ring inscribed with black letters “LD”.
The web cams have now been turned off.
Please post any sightings of Peregrines on the sightings website.
Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island Fieldtrip January 2014
For pictures from the Bucks Bird Club field trip to Poole Harbour click here
The Birds of Buckinghamshire – Published October 2012
The book is a 400 page full colour hard cover quality production and contains the data compiled through the efforts of many county birders while recording for the BTO Atlas project. Each species includes maps comparing the last survey carried out in 1980 with the present status plus a photograph taken within the county by a local birder. In addition there are great articles on Bucks bird sites & habitat, migration and charts showing arrival & departure dates as well as others showing changes in species distribution and gains & losses.
This book is an excellent production and a must for anyone interested in any aspect of Buckinghamshire birdlife.
The new Birds of Buckinghamshire is now available at £18 to non-members, £12 to members.
To obtain your copy:
If you live in or near to Bucks – Order directly from John Gearing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone to 01296748245. John is co-ordinating the orders and advising purchasers on collection points around the county.
If you live further afield – Order from John Gearing but allow for £6-00 postage and packing.
To View a some sample pages of the sites section click here.
To view the pages for Tree and Meadow Pipit click here.
To view the pages for Goldfinch and Siskin click here.