Recent Sightings 2019

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March 2019

20th Grey Wagtails: (pair) -Foxcote Res. (BuBC)
20th Cetti’s Warbler: 2 -Foxcote Res. (BuBC)
20th Wheatear: (m) N side of track on rabbit bank – Ravenstone STW (BuBC)
20th Brambling: 14 on feeders – Stowe (BuBC)
20th Woodcock : Flying over Monks Way – Bradwell (BuBC)
20th Willow Tit: in hedgerows at top of path between Lakes Lane and Gayhurst Quarry(BuBC)
20th Sand Martin : by one of the lakes near the Bletchley Brick Pits – Newton Leys (BuBC)
20th Common Crossbill : Howe Park Wood, MK (BuBC)
20th Goosander: (2 pair) – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
20th Chiffchaff: 3 Willen Lake North (BuBC)
19th Sand Martin: 2 13:30 Over main lake – Stony Stratford (Martin Kincaid)
19th Meadow Pipit: 101- Tattenhoe Park, MK (Harry Appleyard)
19th Orange Underwing: Tattenhoe Park, MK (Harry Appleyard)
18th Goosander: (m 3 f) – NT Stowe Gardens (BuBC)
18th Sand Martin: 10 – Haversham Lake, Linford GP (BuBC)
17th Chiffchaff: 3 – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
17th Goosander: (m f) – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
17th Oystercatcher: 2 – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
17th Redshank: 3 – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
17th Grey Wagtail: along river towards Stony Stratford – Ouse Valley Park (BuBC)
17th Stonechat: (f) near iron trunk hide – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
17th Goldeneye: (4m 2f) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
17th Goldeneye: (2m 4f) – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
17th Brambling: (m) on feeders – Wing (BuBC)
17th Goosander: 5 – Stowe (BuBC)
16th Goldeneye: 3 – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
16th Goosander: (pair), River Ouse – Stony Stratford (Joe Clinch)
14th Danish Scurvygrass in flower along Queen Eleanor Street, Stony Stratford (Martin Kincaid)
14th Danish Scurvygrass in flower, V4 near Furzton (Martin Kincaid)
14th Lesser Celandine: Linford Lakes Nature Reserve (Martin Kincaid)
14th Common Dog Violet: Linford Lakes Nature Reserve (Martin Kincaid)
14th Red Deadnettle: Linford Lakes Nature Reserve (Martin Kincaid)
14th Cowslip: Linford Lakes Nature Reserve (Martin Kincaid)
14th Marsh Marigold: Linford Lakes Nature Reserve (Martin Kincaid)
13th Colt’s Foot – Stantonbury (Martin Kincaid)
13th Large numbers of mating Common Toads – Howe Park Wood ponds (Martin Kincaid)

13th Brambling: (m f) in more open area near Gravelly Hill. – Penn Wood (BuBC)

12th Bluebells: flowering in Water Spinney, Tattenhoe (Harry Appleyard)
Flowering Bluebells ©Harry Appleyard, Water Spinney, 12 March 2019

Flowering Bluebells ©Harry Appleyard, Water Spinney, 12 March 2019

12th Goosander: (m f) on River Ouse downstream from Stony Stratford sluice (Mary Sarre)
12th Kingfisher: on River Ouse downstream from Stony Stratford sluice (Mary Sarre)
11th Goosander : (3m 5f) – Stowe (BuBC)
11th Wheatear: (m) -Tattenhoe Park, Milton Keynes (BuBC)
11th Great White Egret : On Motorway Pit.  – Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
10th Goldeneye: (m) – Foxcote Res (BuBC)
9th Otters; 3 – Willen North (BuBC)
9th Goosander: (2m 1f) – Tongwell (BuBC)
9th Buzzard, Stony Stratford NR (Joe Clinch)
9th Kestrel, Stony Stratford NR (Joe Clinch)
9th Bullfinch (pair), Stony Stratford NR (Joe Clinch)
9th Goosander (2f), Stony Stratford NR (Joe Clinch)
9th Shoveller (2m,1f) Stony Stratford NR (Joe Clinch)
9th Oystercatcher  island (2) Stony Stratford NR(Joe Clinch)
9th Lapwing island (3) on rough grass (5) Stony Stratford NR
8th Goosander : 3 – On the River great Ouse at Olney Mill (BuBC)
8th Goosander : (pair) – Emberton (BuBC)
8th Brambling : At least seven with Chaffinches under feeders – Stowe (BuBC)
8th Goldeneye : (4m 3f) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
8th Greenfinch: 2 – on garden feeders, Shenley Church End, MK (Peter Hassett)
7th Frogspawn: Accumulating in garden pond – Stony Stratford (Mary Sarre)
6th Goosander: (m) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
6th Stonechat: (f) –  Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
5th Goosander: (m) – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
5th Oystercatcher:Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
5th Stonechat: (f) Near Farm Hide – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
5th Green Sandpiper: Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
5th Little Owl: 2 In usual tree – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
4th Sand Martin :  3 –  Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
3rd Stonechat : 2 – Magna Park, East Milton Keynes (BuBC)
3rd Brambling : 5 user feeders – Stowe (BuBC)
3rd Goldeneye: (5m 4f) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
3rd Great White Egret : Mobile around the pits.  – Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
2nd Chiffchaff: Singing –  Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
2nd Treecreeper: 2 –  Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
2nd Goosander: (2f) – Stony Stratford NR  (Joe Clinch)
2nd Goldeneye : (3m 2f) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
2nd Goosander : Regular male tight in along southern shore. – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
2nd Brambling: (3m 4f) Stowe (BuBC)

February 2019

28th Goosander : 7 taking off from weir rear of Mill Street – Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
27th Oystercatcher : Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
27th Little Owl : tree just outside reserve boundary in easternmost grazing field  – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
27th Caspian Gull : Newton Leys (BuBC)
27th Goosander : (m) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
27th Goldeneye : (pair) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
27th Stonechat : (m) At the south end of south lake in shrubs  – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
27th Treecreeper: from boardwalk over ponds, near Kingfisher hide –  Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
27th Grey Wagtail: 2 On riverbank opposite Churchyard – Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
27th Song Thrush: 3 In Churchyard, Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
26th Goosander: 3 A drake and two females near the mill – Olney (BuBC)
26th Comma butterfly: Polygonia c-album in my Bancroft garden (Paul Lund)
26th Common Crossbill : 2 – Back Wood (BuBC)
25th Hedgehog: in garden – Oldbrook (Martin Kincaid)
25th Great White Egret : On Motorway Pit happily fishing – Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
25th Brambling: Tingewick (BuBC)
23rd Goosander : (3f) – Hyde Lane (BuBC)
22nd Goldcrest: Lamport Garden – Stowe (BuBC)
22nd Goosander: Calvert Sailing Lake  (BuBC)
22nd Caspian Gull: 2 (1adult,1 first winter) Newton Leys (BuBC)
22nd Grey Partridge: 2 From far hide in field adjacent to reserve – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
22nd Great White Egret: Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
21st Little Owl: Little Linford Wood (BuBC)

Little Owl – Little Linford Wood 21/02/19 © Rob Norris

21st Brimstone: (m) – Stony Stratford (Joe Clinch)
21st Goldeneye: 5 (3f 2m) – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
21st Stonechat: (1f) – Tattenhoe Park (BuBC)
21st Goosander: 7 (5f 2m) – Stowe (BuBC)
21st Goosander: 3 (red heads) Emberton (BuBC)
21st Brambling: With Chaffinch on apple tree rear of Mill Street – Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
20th Goosander: 5 (3m) – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
20th Nuthatch: In trees along NE section of circular walk – Howe Park Wood (BuBC)
20th Caspian Gull: 2 (1adult, 1first winter) Newton Leys (BuBC)
20th Common Crossbill: Back Wood (BuBC)
20th Mediterranean Gull: Adult – Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
20th Stonechat: (2m) – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
20th Goosander: (1m 1f) On river at Mill Field – Stony Stratford (BuBC)
19th Woodcock: 2 – Little Linford Wood (BuBC)
19th Brambling: Tattenhoe Park  (BuBC)
19th Goosander: (m) –  On river east of weir behind Mill Street – Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
18th Common Crossbill: Great Brickhill (BuBC)
18th Goosander: 3 – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
17th Peacock Butterfly: Little Linford Wood (Harry Appleyard)
17th Common Crossbill: (2) – Back Wood (BuBC)
17th Woodcock: Little Linford Wood (BuBC)
17th Stonechat: (m) – Tattenhoe Park (BuBC)
16th Stonechat: (m) – Wing (BuBC)
16th 4 Goosander: (2m 2f) – Tongwell (BuBC)
16th Common Crossbill: 2  (1m 1f ) -Back Wood (BuBC)
16th Oystercatcher: Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
16th Common Sandpiper: Bradwell New Workings – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
16th Goosander: 3 (2m 1f) – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
16th Red Kite: Hawking along River Ouse – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
16th Caspian Gull: 2 (1 adult, 13rd winter) – Newton Leys (BuBC)
16th Corn Bunting: 1 (f) – trapped and ringed at a private site near Tingewick (BuBC)
14th Merlin: (m) – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
14th Goosander: 7 (5m 2f) – Emberton (BuBC)
12th Water Vole – Tongwell Lake (Jo Angell)
12th Great White Egret: Flew in at dusk – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
12th Caspian Gull: 1st winter – Newton Leys (BuBC)
12th Goldeneye: 13 (7m 6 f) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
12th Common Crossbill: 9 feeding on larch near the golf course – Back Wood (BuBC)
12th Goosander: 8 (2m 4f Farm Hide, 1m 1f Viaduct Hide) – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
12th Goosander: (1m 1f) In river near railway viaduct – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
11th Stonechat: (pair) In stubble field between Kickles Wood and river – Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
10th Goldeneye: 8 – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
10th Jack Snipe: 1 with 7 Common Snipe – Private site, Wing (BuBC)
9th Otter: 2 – Playing at Tongwell Lake (Jo Angell)
9th Goosander: 3 (m) – Tongwell (BuBC)
9th Stonechat: (m) – Fisherman’s Pit, Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
9th Goosander: (m) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
9th Pintail: (m) Still present on west bank – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
9th Siskin: 7 – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
9th Red-crested Pochard: (2 m 1f) – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
9th Goosander: 3 – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
9th Merlin: (f) Flying fast and low over stubble field – Hardmead (BuBC)
8th Tree Sparrow: On feeders – Dag Lane, Stoke Goldington (BuBC)
6th Goosander: 11 (7m 4f) – Emberton (BuBC)
5th Dunnock: Medbourne (Soumen Nayak)
5th Greater-spotted Woodpecker: Medbourne (Soumen Nayak)

Great-spotted Woodpecker © Soumen Nayak

5th Goosander: 12 (7m 5f) – Tongwell (BuBC)
4th Bittern: Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
3rd Jelly Ear Fungus: Linford Lakes NR (Martin Kincaid)
3rd Birch Bracket: Linford Lakes NR (Martin Kincaid)
3rd Candle Snuff: Linford Lakes NR (Martin Kincaid)
3rd Coral Spot: Linford Lakes NR (Martin Kincaid)
3rd Yellow Brain Fungus: Linford Lakes NR (Martin Kincaid)
3rd Scarlet Elf Cup: Linford Lakes NR (Martin Kincaid)
3rd Red-banded Bracket: 2nd record for Bucks/MK – Linford Lakes NR (Justin Long)

Red-banded Bracket (Fomitopsis pinicola ) © Justin Long

3rd Goldeneye: 10 – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
3rd Pintail: (m) seen while bird on south lake was still present – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
3rd Pintail: (m) – near the bandstand – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
3rd Lesser Redpoll:  (f) Stowe (BuBC)
3rd Goosander: 10 (5m 5f) – Floodplain Forest NR (Joe Clinch)
3rd Green Sandpiper: Floodplain Forest NR (Joe Clinch)
3rd Brambling: 5 – Stowe (BuBC)
2nd Goldeneye: 3 (m) Foxcote Reservoir (BuBC)
2nd Goosander: (m) Foxcote Reservoir  (BuBC)
2nd Bittern: Showing in reeds from Far(Heronry) Hide – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
2nd Goosander: Pair flying over – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
2nd Bittern: Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
1st Goosander: 4 (2 m 2 f) At the mill – Olney (BuBC)
1st Bittern: Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
1st Goldeneye: (m) Hide 1 – N end of lake – Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
1st Brambling: group of 5 plus 1 single – Stowe (BuBC)
1st Goosander: (m) Flew over weir and landed on river back of Mill St – Newport Pagnell (BuBC)

January 2019

30th Goldeneye: (2m 1f) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
30th Goldeneye: (8m) – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
30th Pintail: (m) Still present on west side. – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
29th Muscovy Duck: (1m 1f) presumed escapees – Furzton Lake (local resident, Michelle Moore)

Muscovy Ducks © Michelle Moore

29th Goldeneye: 8 – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
29th Caspian Gull : Resting on partly frozen lake. – Newton Leys (BuBC)
29th Goosander : (m) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
29th Pintail: (m) Still present on west side. – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
29th Goldeneye : (m) Still present along south side.  – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
29th Great White Egret : In the roost with Little Egrets – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
29th Bittern : Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
28th Pintail: (m) In north west corner – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
28th Bittern : Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
27th Goosander : 8 – Stowe (BuBC)
26th Great White Egret : 2 In the roost – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
26th Goldeneye : (6m 6f) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
26th Goldeneye : (m) – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
26th Pintail : (m) on west side, often close into reeds- Willen Lake North (BuBC)
26th Stonechat : (m) East of weir north river behind Mill Street – Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
25th Pintail : (m) – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
24th Goldeneye : (m f) Male and female near bird feeding area.  – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
24th Pintail : From the hide – Willen Lake North (BuBC)
24th Goosander : (4m 7f) 9 On sailing lake, 2 on main lake – Emberton (BuBC)
24th Goosander : (2m 1f) on the river above weir – Olney (BuBC)
23rd Goosander : (6m 4f) –  Stony Stratford (BuBC)
23rd Jay: 2 – Toot, Shenley Church End (Peter Hassett)
23rd Goosander:  (2m 1f) – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
22nd Pintail: (m) – Willen Lake North
22nd Woodcock: 2 – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
20th Goldeneye : 9 – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
20th Goldeneye: (2m, 1f or imm) -Foxcote Res (BuBC)
20th Snipe : 3 possibly the same bird moving around – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
20th Goosander : (3m 2f) -Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
20th Sparrowhawk: (f) – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
20th Bittern: Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
20th Goosander : Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
20th Grey Wagtail: River Ouse near weir Stony Stratford (Joe Clinch)
20th Goosander: 5  – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
20th Great White Egret : 2 – Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
19th Goosander : (4m 4f) – Tongwell (BuBC)
19th Great White Egret : Linford Lakes NR (Peter Hassett)
19th Goosander : (4m 3f) – Stowe (BuBC)
18th Goldeneye : 2 – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
18th Goosander : (7m 5f) – Emberton (BuBC)
18th Stonechat : (pair) Bury Field Common -Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
18th Goosander : (2f 9m)  –  Tongwell (BuBC)
18th Common Crossbill : at large grassy area near Woburn golf club turning – Back Wood (BuBC)
17th Goosander: (2m 2f) – Tongwell  (BuBC)
17th Cattle Egret: Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
17th Great White Egret: Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
17th Goosander: 2 – Stony Stratford (BuBC)
17th Tree Sparrow : Stony Stratford (BuBC)
17th Bittern: R/H channel between Reed beds – Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
17th Goosander: 6 – Emberton (BuBC)
17th Goosander: Floodplain Forest NR  (BuBC)
16th Woodcock: Little Linford Wood BuBC
16th Goldeneye : (4m, 1f) – Foxcote Res (BuBC)
16th Stonechat : Perched on the felled tree pile – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
16th Bittern:  Far right reed bed – Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
16th Goosander: 6 – Tongwell  (BuBC)
15th Goosander: (pair) – Floodplain Forest NR  (BuBC)
13th Otter: ‘porpoising’ in the NW corner off reservoir, just off spit. – Foxcote Res (BuBC)
13th Goldeneye : (2m, 2f, 1juv) – Foxcote Res (BuBC)
13th Goosander: (m f) – Emberton (BuBC)
13th Goosander: (m) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
13th Goldeneye: (18) – Willen Lake South (BuBC)
13th Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) – Calverton (Mary Sarre)
12th Bittern:  Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
12th Great White Egret: Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
12th Goosander: 6 – Stowe (BuBC)
11th Bittern : Walked across channel into RH reedbed.  – Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
10th Goosander: (3m 3f) Tongwell (BuBC)
9th Woodcock: 4 – Little Linford Wood BuBC
9th Goosander: (m f) – Stony Stratford (BuBC)
8th Stonechat: (m) – Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
8th Goosander : Flew up the river. – Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
8th Brambling: (m f) on feeder – Stowe (BuBC)
8th Great White Egret: 2 Linford Lakes NR (Mike LeRoy)
8th Mealy Redpoll: 2 SP830454 – Little Linford Wood (BuBC)
7th Caspian Gull: Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
7th Great White Egret: 3 Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
7th Bittern: Flew from central reedbeds, to  far LH reedbed – Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
6th Goosander : (4m 4f) Near car park at end of Yeomans Drive – Tongwell (BuBC)
6th Bittern: Hide 1, Left hand channel. – Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
6th Brambling: (m) on feeder – Stowe (BuBC)
6th Great White Egret: 3 seen from M1 – Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
5th Goosander : (5m 7f ) – Foxcote Res (BuBC)
5th Goldeneye : (3m 7f) – Foxcote Res (BuBC)
4th Bittern : Left hand cut in the reed bed by Top Hide – Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
4th Goldeneye : (2f) – Tongwell (BuBC)
4th Goosander : (2m) – Tongwell (BuBC)
3rd Caspian Gull : A first-winter at the Waste Lagoon – Bletchley (BuBC)
3rd Great White Egret: 3 wading in deep water on the Motorway Pit – Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
3rd Goosander: 2 – Stowe (BuBC)
3rd Goldeneye : Willen Lake North (BuBC)
2nd Goosander : On southern side of lake. – Tongwell (BuBC)
2nd Stonechat: (2m + pair) – Bury Field, Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
2nd Merlin: Milton Keynes bowl SP848366 (BuBC)
2nd Goosander : (2m 1f) – Stony Stratford NR (BuBC)
1st Goldeneye : (3m, 3f/imm) – Foxcote Res (BuBC)
1st Water Pipit : To left of iron trunk hide.  – Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
1st Goldeneye : Calvert BBOWT Lake (BuBC)
1st Goosander : 6 – Emberton (BuBC)
1st Stonechat: (pair) Far end of Fishing Pit – Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
1st Goosander: (m) – Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
1st Great White Egret: 3 Together on Motorway Pit.  – Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)