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.

Dipper - Wycombe Rye

Local birder Alan Petherbridge was visiting The Rye at High Wycombe on Thursday 12th March when he saw a Dipper fly past him along the Dyke at fairly close range. He posted the sighting on Bucks Goingbirding Database and that led to David Bevan visiting the site at dawn the following day. David quickly found the bird perched on the waterfall at the eastern end of the Dyke and put the word out. It was of the continental Black-bellied race. By 7am several local birders were on site and managed to get excellent views of the bird. However it disappeared just before 10:30am and was not seen again that day.

The following morning (14th) the bird was re-found and was seen on and off all day either near to the waterfall or close to the streams nearby.

Perched on the waterfall. Photo from John Edwards
An early morning shot taken by David Bevan.
Photo from Simon Hunt
Early morning video clip from Jim Rose

Dippers are very scarce birds in Buckinghamshire with only 14 prior records. The last record in 2016 was in Milton Keynes and only seen by a handful of people. Prior to that the previous record was way back in 1994! Interestingly a Dipper was reported at Wycombe Rye in September and November 1984, so the site does appear to be attractive to any Dippers passing through (but clearly a very rare event!).

To view a previous post on the 2016 Dipper sighting click here.