Buckinghamshire Bird List - Crests to Buntings

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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.

243

Firecrest

Regulus ignicapillus

Rare breeding summer visitor and winter visitor.

244

Spotted Flycatcher

Muscicapa striata

Fairly common breeding summer visitor.

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.
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.  See Chart for other data

248

Long-tailed Tit

Aegithalos caudatus

Common resident.

249

Marsh Tit

Parus palustris

Fairly common resident.

250

Willow Tit

Parus montanus

Rare resident.

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

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.  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. 
See Photo
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.  See Photo

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

259

Woodchat Shrike

Lanius senator

Very rare vagrant. 3 records.
1974 Padburyhill Farm, Padbury - 1 on 5th June.
1976 Little Marlow - 1 on 16th May.
2003 Langley Park - 1 on 1st - 3rd May.  
See Photo

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.
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. See photo
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.  See photos
2007 I site confirmed and 1 probable breeding.  Reported from 41 sites.  See photos

2008 Reported from 61 sites. Several pairs breeding.

269

Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Very common resident and winter visitor.

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.

273

Chaffinch

Fringilla coelebs

Very common resident.

274

Brambling

Fringilla montifringilla

Uncommon winter visitor.

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.

278

Siskin

Carduelis spinus

Fairly common winter visitor that occasionally summers.

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
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.  

282

Lesser Redpoll

Carduelis caberet

Uncommon resident; winter visitor.

283

Two-barred Crossbill

Loxia leucoptera

Very rare vagrant. One record.
2003 Hedgerley - A male from 27th Jan until 14th Mar.  See Photo.

284

Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

Irregular visitor and breeder.

285

Bullfinch

Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Common resident.

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.
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. 
See Photo
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.
 See Photo
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.

287

Lapland Bunting

Calcarius lapponicus

Very rare vagrant. 5 records.
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.
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. 
See Photo
2005 Ivinghoe Beacon - 1 on 11th and 12th Dec  See Photo
2005 Ivinghoe Hills - 5 over 1st Nov.
2011 Ivinghoe Beacon - 1 on 6th Nov. See Photo

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.

293

Corn Bunting

Miliaria calandra

Local, uncommon and decreasing resident.

 

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