The following is a summary of the main methods in which rare bird sightings are publicised in the county in order to get the news out quickly and allow other birders to see the bird in question.
No one is obliged to inform anyone of their sightings, but many birders get enjoyment from allowing other birders to view a scarce bird that they have found. We have a good information network in Buckinghamshire, so that any scarce species found can be broadcast within minutes of the initial find, enabling other people to enjoy the sighting.
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There are several ways in which to get the news out quickly. Choose whichever method suits you best.
Preferred methods – Using a smartphone
- While in the field, post the sighting directly into the Buckinghamshire Goingbirding database. This will immediately post an entry on the Sightings page on the internet; it will also email the Buckbirders email group and send a tweet to @bucksbirdnews. The tweet will be picked up by @bucksalert and retweeted.
- While in the field, send a Tweet to @bucksalert giving species, site, etc. Simon at Bucksalert will retweet, so anyone following @bucksalert will be notified.
- While in the field, send a text message to Simon on 07714711233. Simon will then send out a Tweet to @bucksalert.
- Send a email to Buckbirders email group (Yahoo Group) Prior registration is required.
For full details about how to join up to the Bucksbirders email group, click here.
A few other points to note:
- The above news feeds are all picked up by the national bird information services, so there is no need to contact them directly.
- It goes without saying that passing on news in a timely way will enable more people to enjoy your sightings, so if it is possible to make that contact while still in the field, then please make every effort to do so.
- If the sighting is of a sensitive nature, and you would prefer the news not to go countywide, we advise you to call one of the above contacts or if you prefer, Andy Harding, the county recorder.(07969916380) All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
- Please refer to the Buckinghamshire Bird Club Policy relating to the reporting of rare breeding birds.
The following list is of those species that we would like to be publicised in the way described above (Plus any rarer species!!).
Great White Egret
Tundra Bean Goose
Taiga Bean Goose
Dark-bellied Brent Goose