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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The Hoopoe is a rare species in the county but this year so far we have had two birds that have been seen by many observers. The first was at Willen Road excavations in Milton Keynes. This individual was present from 22nd to 24th April. Then in the south of the county another was found at Hedgerley Green and was present from 3rd until 6th May.

The Willen bird was found by Milton Keynes birder Mark Baker and was seen by many local birders and others from further afield. It was in a large site and was elusive at times.

Hoopoe – Willen Excavations – Photo copyright Jason Chalk

The Hedgerly Green bird was found by local birder Colin Barnes and seen by many birders However it was seen distantly by most people as it tended to feed on the far side of a paddock. Danielle was fortunate to photograph the bird on the track and therefore much closer.

Hoopoe – Hedgerly Green – Photo copyright Danielle Lennon

Prior to these birds, there have only been about five records of the species in the county in the past ten years.

To see all of the historical records for the species in the county go to

To view historical photos of Hoopoes in the county go to