Bird Sightings

Seen an interesting bird?  Then let us know by submitting a record on our on-line database.  It is easy to do but if you need some instructions take a look at the Submit Sightings Page.  To view the latest sightings just click on the menu item for Latest Sightings.

Some birds are not uncommon in other parts of the country or around our coasts, but may be in Buckinghamshire.  If you want to see just how scarce a particular species is then take a look at the Bucks List.

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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.

Red Throated Diver

Red-throated Diver   Gavia stellata

Little Marlow Gravel Pit – 27th
November 2005

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Photos copyright Adrian Parker

This adult was discovered by
Chris Bullock and Alan Stevens at about 8:50am.  Word was quickly put out and a
number of local birders managed to see the bird before it flew off into Berkshire at
11:45am.  The bird was actively swimming around the lake and was seen to catch a
sizeable fish.  This was the first Red-throated Diver at this site since the
individual pictured below.

The above photographs were
taken a some distance and in poor light.  Flight shots of Divers taken at inland
counties must be very scarce, so these photographs may be almost unique.

Alpine Swift

Alpine Swift   Apus melba

Maidenhead, Berks – 18th
April 2006

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Photo copyright Adrian Parker

This individual was
photographed late evening over Maidenhead, Berkshire just before it drifted into
Bucks.  It had been seen in the Maidenhead area since 15th April but it is presumably
the same bird that was seen briefly at Little Marlow Gravel pit on 16th and at Berghers
Hill a week earlier still (all within a few miles).  This was part of an influx of
this species into the country with birds also seen at Hampstead Heath, Devon, Cheshire,
Kent and elsewhere.  This species had not previously been recorded in the county.