Recent Sightings 2021

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January 2021

20th Red Kite: A pair now regularly seen over the western side of Olney. (Julie Lane)
18th Goldeneye: 4m 1f.  Willen Lake South (BuBC)
16th Stonechat: On drive to LLNR visitor centre no felled trees between road and lake. Used to be a regular site. Probably also a male somewhere, only you’re not allowed to stop. Linford Lakes NR. (Chris Coppock / BuBC)
16th Great Crested Newt: found under a coal sack, photographed in a plastic box, and returned to a safe dry place. We have had newts in both our ponds for many years now, including smooth newts – but no Gt Crested Newt observed previously.  Bow Brickhill (Carol Gale)

Great Crested Newt (Photo: Carol Gale)
15th Caspian Gull: a clean-cut winter bird. Willen Lake South (BuBC)
12th  Goldcrest, Siskin (min. 10 near woodland hide), Stonechat (pair on fence along entrance track): Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
11th Marsh Tit (ad): With mixed tit flock in rather interesting woodland strip with several Nuthatch, Treecreeper etc. SP686385 Akely Wood (north of Buckingham). (Chris Coppock / BuBC)
11th Yellowhammer: At least 7 among a group of c. 30 birds (others unidentified), flying to woodland from hedgerow along road towards car park. Also 8 pied wagtails foraging in ploughed field nearby. SP835455. Little Linford Wood (Martin Ferns)
11th Greylag Goose: c.200 in field between the two arms of the Ouse. SP855450. Gayhurst Quarry (Martin Ferns)
10th Water Rail: Calling repeatedly from pond behind the centre, Linford Lakes NR (Chris Coppock / BuBC)
9th Goosander (9m, 9f), Gadwall (4): at the balancing lakes, Wolverton Mill (Julian Lambley)
8th Coot: >210 in photo below, with others in smaller groups elsewhere on Willen Lake South. (Peter Barnes)
Mostly Coots (Photo © Peter Barnes)
8th Blackheaded-gulls, Great Crested Grebe: Willen Lake South (Peter Barnes)

Black-headed gulls (l) and Great Crested Grebe (r) (Photos © Peter Barnes)
8th Pintail: 4m, 3f Foxcote Reservoir (BuBC)
8th Goldeneye: male. Willen Lake South (Peter Barnes/BuBC)
8th Merlin: female, in field west of Bullington End. Castlethorpe (BuBC)
7th Goldeneye: 4. Willen Lake South (BuBC)
7th Goosander: pair (m+f) on R.Ouse below Stony Mill apartments (Mary Sarre)
5th Cattle Egret: flew east along river. Gayhurst Quarry (BuBC)
5th Little Owl: 2 in usual tree. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
5th Goosander: seen from bridge over River Ouse, Tyringham Park (BuBC)
5th Short-eared Owl: noted in the headlights on way into work (Cranfield), not far from Newport Pagnell (Alan Nelson/BuBC)
4th Redwing: Willen Lake South (Phill Crowe)

Redwing (Photo © Phill Crowe)
3rd Black Redstart (f): Seen briefly in horse paddocks to NW of Bury Field. Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
2nd Greater Spotted Woodpecker: on a bird feeder, Stony Stratford (Julian Lambley)

Greater Spotted Woodpecker (Photo © Julian Lambley)
2nd Primrose and Red Campion: among 29 native or naturalised flowering plants observed during the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) new year plant hunt. Simpson Parish. (Rebecca Hiorns)

Primrose and Red Campion (Photos © Rebecca Hiorns)
2nd Pintail: Male on Stilt pit. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
1st Redwing: in tree behind garden. Simpson (Peter Barnes)
1st Great White Egret (2), Goosander and Coot: Floodplain Forest NR (Peter Barnes)

Above: Great White Egret (Photo © Peter Barnes)
Below: Goosander and Coot (Photo © Peter Barnes)

 

1st Great White Egret: 2 feeding in front of Farm hide, on spit near opposite bank. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
1st Goosander: 8 (3m 5f) on pool in front of Iron Trunk hide, Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)