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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How to Get News of a Rare Bird Out Quickly

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.

Alternative methods

  • 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 Buckbirding email group (Google Groups) 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, Mike Wallen, the county recorder.(07976 560040) 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!!).

All Divers
Black-tailed Godwit
Red-necked Grebe
Bar-tailed Godwit
Slavonian Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Spotted Redshank
Wood Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Manx Shearwater
Leach’s Petrel
All Phalaropes
All Skuas
Laughing Gull
Cattle Egret
Sabine’s Gull
Great White Egret
Ring-billed Gull
Purple Heron
Iceland Gull
White Stork
Glaucous Gull
Bewick’s Swan
Sandwich Tern
Whooper Swan
Little Tern
Tundra Bean Goose
Taiga Bean Goose
All Auks
Pink-footed Goose
Long-eared Owl
White-fronted Goose
Short-eared Owl
Dark-bellied Brent Goose
European Nightjar
Green-winged Teal
Alpine Swift
Ring-necked Duck
Bee Eater
Ferruginous Duck
Eurasian Hoopoe
Greater Scaup
Common Eider
Long-tailed Duck
Velvet Scoter
Richard’s Pipit
Common Scoter
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Red-breasted Merganser
Honey Buzzard
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Black Redstart
Montagu’s Harrier
Ring Ouzel
Marsh Warbler
Common Quail
Yellow-browed Warbler
Spotted Crake
Wood Warbler
Pied Flycatcher
Common Crane
Bearded Tit
Golden Oriole
Stone Curlew
All Shrikes
Hooded Crow
Common Redpoll
Little Stint
Common Rosefinch
Temminck’s Stint
Pectoral Sandpiper
Lapland Bunting
Curlew Sandpiper
Snow Bunting