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.

Great White Egret in North Bucks

Not too many years ago this was a real “Mega” bird in the UK.  Now they seem to be around somewhere or other in the UK most of the time.  However in Bucks they are still a rare species albeit with increasing frequency.  The first in the county was in 1994 and then we had to wait until 2003 for the next.  Then one turned up in 2008, after which they became a little more regular.  More recently they have stayed in one area for a longer period of time allowing many more birders to catch up with this attractive species.

On 9th August a Great White Egret was found at Manor Farm Quarry, near Milton Keynes.  It has been seen at the site many times since up until today at least (17th September 2016) and therefore allowing many people to enjoy seeing and photographing, what is still a scarce species in the UK.

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Above four photos by Ashley Beolens

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An interesting comparison in size with a Little Egret.

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Lower two photos from Lee Evans

A list of prior sightings of this species can be found at on the Bucks Species List  A few of the historical photos of the species can be found at this link.