Recent Sightings 2021

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April

11th Redstart (m): very mobile around the low willows at west end of Fishing Pit Gayhurst Quarry. (BuBC)
11th Ring Ouzel (m): Flew over Spinney Pit and landed in top of a tall willow. Gayhurst Quarry. (BuBC)
11th Redstart. Seen 8.15 am in same location as previous 2 days. Tattenhoe Park (BuBC)
11th Siberian Chiffchaff (m): found once again in the same area, vocalising for the first time in my observations since Friday. Filmed making classic ‘tristis’ song and heard making Bullfinch-like ‘peep’ calls as he looked for insects. Tattenhoe Valley Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
11th Yellow Wagtail: Calling in flight to the north. Tattenhoe Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
11th Whitethroat. In small spinney east of village. Castlethorpe (BuBC)
11th Sedge Warbler: singing in the reeds by t.e sluice. Willen Lake North. (BuBC)
10th House Martin (10): My first so far, in large hirundine flock, mainly Swallows and Sand Martins. Plus Common Sandpiper and Meadow Pipit (8): on dam with Yellow and Pied Wagtails. Foxcote Reservoir (Chris Coppock / BuBC)
9th Swallow: 200 (ad) foraging on Blackhorse Lake. 200 is a crude estimate on a brief visit in poor light. Later also many Sand Martins. Thanks to Kenny Cramer for pointing them out, as there were none on the reserve! Linford Lakes NR (Chris Coppock / BuBC)
9th Cetti’s Warbler: adult seen and heard in reed fringe immediately to R of Warbler Hide; also adult male Willow Warbler, several Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps. Linford Lakes NR (Chris Coppock / BuBC)
9th Common Sandpiper with Little Ringed Plover. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
9th Yellow Wagtail (1m 2f), plus Common Sandpiper feeding,  on the Ski Tow. Willen Lake South (BuBC)
9th Redstart: 2 immaculate male Common Redstarts and a Willow Warbler. Rough ground opposite Sainsburys, Central Milton Keynes (BuBC)
9th Siberian Chiffchaff: found silently preening and foraging alongside 2 Willow Warblers. A very dull, grey bird with an almost white underside. Tattenhoe Valley Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
9th Redstart: Male, seen well from  distance, foraging around one of the green corridors near the E end of the site. Chased by Robins on a few occasions. Tattenhoe Valley Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
9th Yellowhammer (2), Pied Wagtail (3), Wheatear: 2m 1f in field above rabbit bank, Ravenstone (BuBC)
8th Reed Bunting: Male in summer plumage. Bury Field, western edge.of river meadow, between the ditch and the hedge, Newport Pagnell (Martin Ferns)
6th Herring Gull (2 ad), Little Ringed Plover (ad), Oystercatcher (2, m+f), plus Swallow (2) – my first, but many more with 2 House Martin across the Ouse on the lovely Cosgrove Leisure Park lake. Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve. (Chris Coppock/BuBC)
6th Kittiwake: Briefly seen and photographed heading W, quite low. Initially thought it was asummer plumage Common Gull until reviewing the image later. A first for Tattenhoe and Bucks for me. Tattenhoe Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
6th Yellow Wagtail (m): My first for this year, given away by calls as it flew north. One vibrant bird. Tattenhoe Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
5th Otter: picked up on a trailcam at 1a.m. by the stream in the middle of Simpson, almost opposite the pub. (Rebecca Hiorns)
5th Early Dog Violet viola reichenbachiana. Little Linford Wood (Mary Sarre)
4th/5th Mandarin duck: A pair, at the southern end of the western arm (near the flood control structures), on the water and grazing nearby. Caldecotte Lake North (Rebecca Hiorns/Peter Barnes)
Photos © Peter Barnes
4th Woodcock, Peacock butterfly, and Comma: All within a few yards of each other. Gayhurst Wood (Ann Strutton)
4th Spoonbill: Seen flying low over the A5. We were right underneath it when it turned to fly over Wymbush Industrial Estate. It was flying low and slow, so you could not miss that bill! (BuBC)
4th Common Tern: Willen Lake South (BuBC)
3rd Yellow Wagtail: feeding on the bund for a time, then headed off east; Sedge Warbler (2) – one ringed ringed, one heard nearby, Linford Lakes NR (Kenny Cramer / BuBC)
3rd Swallow, at least 14 over the main lake throughout the morning. Linford Lakes NR (Kenny Cramer / BuBC)
2nd Hobby: seen heading east over main lake: Linford Lakes NR (Kenny Cramer / BuBC)
2nd Great Northern Diver: A very unexpected first for my Tattenhoe records, photographed flying over to the SE. Tattenhoe Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
2nd House Martin: Willen Lake North (BuBC)
2nd Little Ringed Plover (3), Oystercatcher (2), Lesser Black-backed Gull (2), Herring Gull (2), Swallow (10), House Martin, Green Woodpecker: Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
1st Willow Warbler: male. My first for this site this year, heard singing. Newton Longville (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
1st Swallow: Flying low to the west. Tattenhoe Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
1st Redstart: male. My first for this year, and earliest to date by 2 days, given away by calls, and briefly seen perched by a small thicket in the linear park / Tattenhoe Valley Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)

March

31st Dark-edged Bee-fly Bombylius major: In the garden, Olney (Julie Lane)

Bombylius major (Photo © Julie Lane)
31st Willow Warbler. Tattenhoe (BuBC)
31st Swallow: 3 Sherington SP892468 (BuBC)
31st Yellow Wagtail: sunning bright male. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
31st Buzzard: 4 wheeling round just to the north of the H9, drifting slowly east. Simpson (Peter Barnes)
31st Garden Warbler: N end of small lake, singing by large ornate seat in willows. Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
31st Brown Hare: 4 frolicking in the ploughed fields by the motorway south of Gayhurst Wood. SP837461 (Martin Ferns)
31st Roe Deer: 3 males running across a field 200m W of the NW corner of Little Linford Wood. SP822447 (Martin Ferns)
30th Swallow: flying low to the W. Tattenhoe Park; another high-flying bird seen through a gap in the woodland canopy, singing as it flew W. Back Wood, Brickhills (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
30th Swallow: one did a fly-past near the Sailing Club, Emberton (BuBC)
30th Curlew: Calling down by the river near Goosey Bridge, Olney (Julie Lane)
29th Willow Warbler: Singing in trees near the Woodland Hide. Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
29th Willow Warbler: Male. My earliest for the Tattenhoe sites since 2017, heard very quietly singing by one of the woodland rides, but unfortunately not seen. Howe Park Wood (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
29th Swallow: My first for the year, briefly seen from my garden as it flew W over the estate. Tattenhoe. (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
29th Swallow: 3. Willen Lake North (BuBC)
29th Peacock butterfly: First of the year in my garden. Olney (Julie Lane)
28th Swallow: 10. Willen Lake South (BuBC)
28th Black-tailed Godwit: On the spit, visible from the hide and bank. Willen Lake North (BuBC)
27th Sand Martin: 4, just arrived. Newport Pagnell SP877440 (BuBC)
27th Marsh Marigold: in ditch by footpath between Quarry Hall Farm and Lathbury. SP865457. (Martin Ferns)

Marsh Marigold (Photo: Martin Ferns)
26th Sand Martin: Lone bird briefly seen hawking over fields adjacent to the linear park/Tattenhoe Valley Park, disappearing as it flew to the west. (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
26th Sand Martin: Flock of 53 seen over Blackhorse Lake around midday. Only 5-6 about an hour later. Linford Lakes NR  (BuBC)
25th Common Sandpiper: Feeding in dense scrub by Farm Hide. First of year for me. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
25th Green Sandpiper: 2 on the bund, plus Blackcap: Adult male in full song, and 5 Chiffchaffs.  (Chris Coppock / BuBC)
25th Sand Martin: My first for this year, photographed as it flew over to the NW. Tattenhoe Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
25th Osprey: adult. Circled 50 ft above me being harrassed by 2 B;lack-headed Gulls. Powered north over the plantation area and into Willen South. Woolstones. (BuBC)
25th Brown Long-eared Bat: 2 found whilst cleaning out the mammal nest boxes in Little Linford Wood. (Tony Wood)
24th Sand Martin: 3 flying and calling over the field for about 5 minutes. The Mill area, Olney (BuBC)
23rd Hobby: over twice 9.45 and 12.00. Very early? Olney (BuBC)
22nd Greenshank: Linford Lakes NR (Andy Harding /BuBC)
22nd Sand Martin (6): Willen Lake South (BuBC)
22nd Common Scoter: Nocturnal record and my first of this species in Bucks. Calls picked up over the estate on my sound recorder in the garden at 01.35. Tattenhoe (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
22nd Tree Sparrow: 4 sunning themselves on the fence by the old barn, west of Little Linford Wood (Martin Ferns)
22nd Marsh Tit (possible): Recorded calling in Little Linford Wood, 9.00. Alternative identifications welcome! (Martin Ferns)
21st Ruddy Shelduck: 2 flying over between Little Linford Wood and Hanslope Park (Julian Lambley)
Ruddy Shelduck (Photo © Julian Lambley)
20th Otter: spotted in R. Ouzel by Caldecotte South Lake (Simon Stevens)

Otter – diving just as the photo was taken … (Photo © Simon Stevens)
20th Brent Goose: With small group of Tufted Ducks seen from Warbler Hide, Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
20th Hobby: Flying across Stanton Low; circled Haversham Sailing Lake. Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
19th Woodcock: Flushed from the south-westerly ride. Little Linford Wood (BuBC)
19th Common Crossbill: Given away by calls as it passed over Water Eaton (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
19th Mediterranean Gull: 1 very attractive summer-plumaged adult with the Black-headed Gulls. Was heard to ‘meow’ on a couple of occasions. A few white feathers in forehead. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
18th Hairy-footed Flower Bee: male seen on Rosemary in garden, Olney. (Julie Lane)

Hairy-footed Flower Bee – you can just see his hairy front feet (Photo © Julie Lane)
18th Mute Swans: Over a hundred on the meadows by the River Ouse between Weston Underwood and Gayhurst. (Julie Lane)
18th Wood Pigeon: About a hundred on Bury Field, Newport Pagnell (Martin Ferns)
17th Lapwing, Snipe (2), Shoveller (pr), Great Spotted Woodpecker… and 2 Brown Rats. Stony Stratford NR (Joe Clinch)
17th Great Spotted Woodpecker: comes to feed a couple of times a day since mid-February. Bradwell (Kerry Garratt)
17th Red-crested Pochard: Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
17th Pintail: female, on the Spit. Willen Lake North (BuBC)
16th Tawny Owl: not so much seen as heard, at midnight. Great Linford (Jane Grisdale)
16th Skylark: in song above the rough grassland on the Calverton side of the Fairfield development, (Joe Clinch)
14th Mandarin Duck: Also seen on 23rd February in roughly the same place with (presumably) the same pair of mallards. Grand Union canal, near the Watling Street bridge, Fenny Stratford (June and Robin Young)
Mandarin Duck (Photo © Robin Young)
14th Cetti’s Warbler (2 singing males), Mistle Thrush (2 adults), Chiffchaff (brief burst of song – first of year), Oystercatcher (adult), Egyptian Goose (adult) and 7 Barnacle Geese (adults) with other geese across R. Ouse. Linford Lakes NR (Chris Coppock / BuBC)
14th Mediterranean Gull: 1 in winter plumage. Willen Lake North (BuBC)
14th Red-Legged Partridge: Feeding along the edge of a hedge. Another first for the garden, and indeed the first sighting for the Calverton area that I have seen in 50 years. Stony Stratford (Joe Clinch)
14th Jay: a pair in the garden this morning – the first time I’ve seen two together here. Simpson (Peter Barnes)
13th Goldfinch (5): in garden. Simpson (Peter Barnes)
Goldfinch (Photo © Peter Barnes)
13th Mistle Thrush: in a local apple tree, guarding it against all competitors! Olney (Julie Lane)
12th Peregrine, Raven and a pari of Red Kites. Tyringham Bridge. (Julie Lane)
12th Otter: on River Ouzel, seen by reliable observers, also on 8th. Simpson (Peter Barnes)
11th Sand Martin. Briefly seen circiling over garden before struggling N in the heavy wind. Broughton (BuBC)
10th Siskins (2): in garden. Simpson (Peter Barnes)
9th Small Tortoiseshell: Simpson (Peter Barnes)
9th Common Crossbill: A maximum of 5 seen at once flying over the wood. Also a couple seen in pines over the golf course including what appeared to be a first calendar year male, still showing speckles on the chest and hints of green on the head. Harry Appleyard. (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
9th Oystercatcher: 2 feeding on mud in centre of Forest Floodplain NR; also Small Tortoiseshell sitting in sunlight close of Irontrunk Aqueduct (Martin Ferns)
9th Gadwall: 2 pairs. Gayhurst Quarry lake. (Martin Ferns)
8th Iceland Gull: Photographed flying over to south, astonishingly over same corner of site as juvenile just over 5 weeks ago. Neck appears to be a little speckled so possibly a 3rd winter bird. Tattenhoe Park. (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
8th Pintail: Long stayer female in SW corner; could only be seen from SE side. Willen Lake North. Also 18 Goldeneye (10m) Willen Lake South (BuBC)
7th Great White Egret: 9 birds were recorded in the MK area today: 3 at Floodplain Forest NR, 3 at Linford Lakes NR, 2 at Gayhurst, 1 at New Bradwell Quarry lake (BuBC)
7th Black Redstart: female. My first Black Redstart for the Tattenhoe area, photographed foraging and perched by one of the fields near Blyton Lane. Tattenhoe Park. (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
7th Barnacle Goose: 10 see on grazing field, E. end of site, seen from boundary walk, with a group of Canada and Greylag Geese. Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
5th Coltsfoot: just in flower. Floodplain Forest NR (Joe Clinch)
5th Tree Creeper: among the young trees. Floodplain Forest NR (Joe Clinch)
5th Common Crossbill: c. 40 (m+f) i larches around clearfell area. Also min. 3 Siskin (m+f) – scarce this winter; 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Tawny Owl heard (unless it was people larking about), c. 80 Wigeon over. Rushmere Country Park. (Chris Coppock / BuBC)
5th Mediterranean Gull: Adult in full breeding plumge. Willen Lake South. (BuBC)
3rd Siskin: A pair on the garden feeder. The first I have seen since 2013. Simpson. (Peter Barnes)
Siskins (Photo © Peter Barnes)
3rd Oystercatcher (2): also Great White Egret and Little Owl. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
3rd Common Crossbill: Having seen groups of 2,3 and 8, c.40 others flew in, quite a sight. Recently clear-felled area along the Greensand Ridge walk (SP908292), Rushmere Country Park (BuBC)

February

28th Cobweb:  This blanket of cobweb covered a manure heap at the back of Little Linford wood yesterday.Total area covered was about 2 double king-size blankets. Little Linford Wood (Julian Lambley)
(Photo © Julian Lambley)
28th Small Tortoisehell: on the wing. Lower Weald, Calverton. My first for this year. (Joe Clinch)
28th Goldeneye: ecl female on the sailing lake, Emberton (BuBC)
27th Common Crossbill: at least 12 in Rushmere Park between car park and clearfell area. Great Brickhill (BuBC)
27th Pintail: female, SW corner of Willen Lake North (BuBC)
27th 7-spot Ladybird: in garden, Gawcott (Sue Hetherington)

7-spot Ladybird (Photo © Sue Hetheringon)
26th Oystercatcher: at least 4 calling and flying back and forth. Floodplain Forest NR (Joe Clinch)
26th  Chiffchaff: in willow tree at edge of reserve. Floodplain Forest NR (Joe Clinch)
25th Great Crested Grebe: A pair engaged in classic courtship display. Caldecotte Lake (Peter Barnes)

Great Crested Grebes courting (Photos © Peter Barnes)
25th Red Kite: over the Linear Park. Simpson (Peter Barnes)
Red Kite (Photo © Peter Barnes)
25th Ross’s Goose: On the lake with other geese. Ashland Lake (BuBC)
24th Brimstone butterfly: in garden this morning, Woburn Sands (Mary Lea)
24th Common Woodlouse oniscus acellus: in my house. A little follow-up to Graham Bellamy’s16th September talk to MKNHS! (Julie Lane)
Common Woodlouse: (Photo © Julie Lane)
24th Caddis Larvae: Lots of larvae at the warmer surface water in a ditch near R. Ouse, Olney. (Julie Lane)
Caddis larvae, Olney, doing whatever caddis do at this time of year! (Photo © Julie Lane)
24th Pintail: 5 (3m / 2f). Willen Lake North (BuBC)
23rd Brimstone butterfly: a male in garden at Linford Lakes Study Centre (Martin Kincaid)
23rd Frogs and frogspawn: in pond by H3, Stantonbury (Kate Wyatt)
23rd Sparrowhawk: just outside our garden, having caught a dove; also Common Frog on the doorstep! Newport Pagnell (Ann Jones)

Sparrowhawk (Photo © Ann Jones)
23rd Brown Hare: running across field between R Ouse and Quarry Hall Farm, late afternoon; also Little Egret, flying over Gayhurst Quarry lakes. Gayhurst (Martin Ferns)
23rd Common Frog: A very rotund (pregnant) Common Frog at Salcey Forest (Julie Lane)

Common Frog, Salcey Forest (Photo © Julie Lane)
22nd Honeybees (2) and Buff-tailed Bumblebee Queen: in garden, Olney (Julie Lane)

Snowdrops and honeybee (Photo © Julie Lane)
22nd Mistle Thrush: singing in large Ash tree outside Stony Mill apartments, Stony Stratford. (Mary Sarre)
22nd Goosander: pair, on River Ouse, opposite the Millfield, Stony Stratford (Joe Clinch)
21st Oak Beauty moth: back garden Oldbrook (Martin Kincaid)
21st Jackdaw: nest-building activities have commenced at the box provided (since 2019) on my house at Gawcott (Sue Hetherington)
Jackdaw at home (Photo from 2019 © Sue Hetherington)
20th Hen Harrier: a ringtail (female) over reed bed, Linford lakes. Same bird has been seen several times over past fortnight between haversham and Linford. (Martin Kincaid)
20th Blackcap: male in garden, Simpson (Rebecca Hiorns)
20th Meadow Pipit: Calverton side of fairfield Development (Joe Clinch)
20th Mistle Thrush singing; 2 Song Thrush singing; 3 Stonechat (2m) on fence by entrance track; Great White Egret. Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
20th Wheatear: Very early sighting. Alternating between field and hedgerow. Tingewick (BuBC)
20th Brimstone butterfly: First of 2021, in the copse at the back of my garden. Morning. Simpson. (Peter Barnes)
20th Brimstone butterfly: In sunshine by roadside, 11.30, NW of Stratford Road, Old Wolverton (Jenny Mercer)
18th Iceland Gull: A smart-looking bird in 1st winter plumage. Newton Leys (BuBC)
18th Woodcock: seen twice in the clearfell area of Rushmere Park, Great Brickhill (BuBC)
17th Stonechat: pair (m/f) by the S pond, Bury Field, Newport Pagnell (Martin Ferns)
17th Redshank and 2 Dunlin: with Lapwings in NW corner of Willen Lake North (BuBC)
16th Goldeneye: 23 (13m)  Willen Lake South (BuBC)
15th Barn Owl: seen huunting in the fields between the back of ASDA at Oakridge/Stanton Low and the canal. It covered the whole field several times often swooping down, around 5p.m. (Charles Vaton)
15th Greenshank: On island viewed from hide. Willen Lake North (BuBC)
15th Stonechat: seen again on Bury FIeld, Newport Pagnell (Ryan Cox)
15th Mistle Thrush: enjoying the bluish/black fruit of a Myrtle bush at the side of the house, a first for my garden in 40 plus years. Stony Stratford (Joe Clinch)
14th Hen Harrier (fem): An absolutely cracking Ringtail was seen to fly over from E to W between the Far Hide and the Heronry. Seemed to head into the reserve. Also a Woodcock, going the other way. Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
14th Pintail: male, amongst a raft of Teal and Gadwall. Forest Floodplain NR (BuBC)
13th Goosander: 7 on the Ouse next to Forest Floodplain NR (Jim Ward)
Male and female Goosander (Photos © Jim Ward)
13th Woodcock: 2 flushed from stubble field. Stoke Goldington (BuBC)
13th Pintail: adult/female. Willen Lake North (BuBC)
13th Pintail: Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
12th Heron: Watching and waiting. Caldecotte Lake (Peter Barnes)
I know how he feels… (Photo © Peter Barnes)
12th Goosander: 2m, 4f on river from Churchyard, Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
11th Little Egret and Grey Heron: On the Ouzel just N of H9 bridge, afternoon. Walton. (Peter Barnes)

(Photo © Peter Barnes)
11th Probable juv Marsh Harrier: Flying along Eastern boundary of main lake south. Linford Lakes NR (BuBC)
11th: Treecreeper: on tree close to North Bridge, Ousebank Gardens, Newport Pagnell (Martin Ferns)
10th Fieldfare and Redwing: A large mixed flock (>100) on watery field just below Quarry Hall Farm. A couple of Lapwing amongst them, and another flock of c.25 Lapwing seen just before flying towards the Ouse. 15.45 Gayhurst. (Martin Ferns)
10th Snipe: 10 minimum. Also Chiffchaff calling then seen, but not clearly Floodplain Forest NR (Chris Coppock/BuBC)
10th Stonechat: female, in the shrub-planted area above the wet-dry balancing lake on the Calverton side of the Fairfield development. (Joe Clinch)
10th Stonechat: male, perched by some of the standing water on Bury Field, Newport Pagnell (Ryan and Nadine Cox)
10th Jack Snipe: One of the many Snipe started to bounce characteristically, but then
disappeared deeper into the reeds. Willen Lake North (BuBC)
10th Goldeneye: 12 m, 9 f, with a lot of displaying from the males. Willen Lake South (BuBC)
9th Caspian Gull: 2 pristine adults in the roost. Caldecotte Lake (BuBC)
8th Cormorant: A wonderful male, in breeding plumage, with long white feathers on the side of it head. On the Ouse near Goosey Bridge, Olney (Julie Lane)
8th Little Grebe: 5, plus at least 250 Lapwings. The sand bars are going to disappear soon, as Anglia Water are going to raise the water level. Willen Lake North (Ann Strutton)
8th Pochard: around 30 pairs. Willen Lake South (Ann Strutton)
7th Sparrowhawk: feeding on pigeon in garden. Bletchley (Pat/Neil Hodges)
Sparrowhawk (Photos © Neil Hodges)
6th Cattle Egret: bird found earlier in flooded fields by bridge still present (BuBC)
6th Great Crested Grebe: Caldecotte Lake (Peter Barnes)
Now you see it … Now you don’t… (Photos © Peter Barnes)
6th Lapwing – 100 on spits over north lake; Snipe – 100 possibly more, a few seen from hide, but large collection protected in reeds close to the hospice; Mandarin Duck (m) around the edge of the island, seen from hide and bank by river. Willen Lake North (BuBC)
6th Goldeneye: 23 (13m) in the pre-desk gathering. Willen Lake South (BuBC)
6th Mistle Thrush: 2 in bottom horse paddock along Tongwell Lane. Newport Pagnell.  (BuBC)
5th Redwing: seen at The Walnuts, Simpson (Peter Barnes)

Redwing among the branches (Photo © Peter Barnes)
5th Great Northern Diver: Still at Caldecotte Lake SP890351. (BuBC)
4th Willow or Marsh Tit: A really good sighting of a Willow or Marsh Tit. I have a hunch it was a Willow Tit as I have seen them up close and in the hand in the past. No clarity with the song, sadly. Salcey Forest (Julie Lane)
3rd Greenfinch: 20. Sherington (BuBC)
3rd Linnet: at least 32, in trees near Chicheley Hill, Chicheley (BuBC)
3rd Common Crossbill: 20, giving prolonged views as they fed, occasionally dropping down to lower branches. Look for a clear-felled area on the Greensand Ridge Walk about 0.5 mile west of the gatehouse on the Heath & Reach to Great Brickhill lane. (BuBC)
2nd Ravens: 2 (a pair?), flying over the lower meadow of Bury Common, Newport Pagnell (Ann Jones)
1st Black Redstart: still in paddock at NW end of Bury Field. Frequenting the wood pile near the portacabin. Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
1st Whooper Swan: 2  seen flying over flooded area near Quarry Hall Farm, west entrance, disappeared over field towards Newport Pagnell. Quarry Hall Farm, Gayhurst (BuBC)
1st Mistletoe Viscum album: as noted in Mary S’s news item, mistletoe is indeed flourishing in Simpson (Hanmer Road). (Peter Barnes)
Viscum album (Photo © Peter Barnes)

January 2021

31st Red Kite (probable): on the shed in back garden, a quick visit to eat bacon rind, Furzton (Andrew Quirke)
31st Whooper Swan: 2 on the floods with Mutes. A lovely sight in North Bucks. Quarry Hall Farm, Gayhurst (BuBC)
31st Black Redstart: Seen from embankment, NW edge of Bury Field. Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
31st Tree Sparrow: Seen perched in hedge and in first tree from road, together with 7 House Sparrows. Castlethorpe SP809436 (BuBC)
31st Ring-necked Parakeet: Flying overhead, calling loudly, towards Manor Farm from Floodplain Forest NR (Jane Barrow)
31st Goldeneye: 21, including 13 males. Willen Lake South (BuBC)
31st Otter: in the Brook alongside Little Stocking. I noticed the water was disturbed, so stopped and an otter head popped up; as soon as it saw me it ducked back under the road culvert. Shenley Brook End. Too quick for a picture!  (Helen Mitchell)
30th Tree Sparrow: 2 – unexpected surprise, feeding in game strip north of Lodge Farm. Castlethorpe (BuBC)
29th Peregrine: see at approx. 8.30 a.m. Willen Lake South (Ann Strutton)
27th Dartford Warbler: Hazeley Woods (Jim Ward)
Dartford Warbler (Photo © Jim Ward)
27th Goosander: 3m, 3f upper balancing lake. Wolverton Mill (Joe Clinch)
27th Grey Wagtail: Millstream, Wolverton Mill (Joe Clinch)
27th Caspian Gull: Near adult 3rd winter on the grass opposite the pavilion. Clearly larger than adjacent Herring Gulls, displaying all the classic features until the whole flock was spooked by a low-flying Red Kite. (BuBC)
27th Pink-footed Goose: In a mixed Greylag/Canada Goose flock swimming on the east side of the north lake. Flew off on its own at 8.45. Caldecotte Lake (BuBC)
26th Iceland Gull: My first for the Tattenhoe area, watched and photographed for about a minute as it flew to the SW before suddenly turning to the south and heading towards Newton Longville. Very dull lght at the time, but clearly a very pale bird against the dark sky. A rare county bird. (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
26th Jack Snipe: Flushed. New Bradwell Quarry. (BuBC)
25th Brambling: male on feeder in garden in Woburn Sands (Anne Groves, reported by Viola Read)
25th Goosander (5m, 4f), Water Rail, Cetti’s Warbler heard, Little Grebe, a large flock of Fieldfares, some Redwings, a singing Song Thrush, some Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits, a Green Woodpecker, a large flock of Goldfinches, two Greenfinches, and many more commoner birds! What a wonderful morning walk! Near Goosey bridge, Olney. (Julie Lane)
Goosander: 8 of the 9… (Photo © Julie Lane)
25th Water Rail: also heard on the morning walk, The recording below has Water Rail wheezing away in the background; also fieldfares, pied wagtail, robin, blue tits and meadows pipits. Near Goosey bridge, Olney. (Julie Lane, who made the recording)
25th Iceland Gull: An absolute beauty of a cream-coloured northern beauty. A 1st winter bird seen on the ice in company with 2 Herring Gulls and 8 Black-headed Gulls, preened for a few minutes and then headed off west. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
25th Fieldfare: 204 counted from a photo; feeding on fallen apples in my garden. Highest count ever; suprisingly only 4 Redwings among them. Stowe. (BuBC)
24th Great Northern Diver: Still there, seen to catch and demolish a large crayfish. Caldecotte Lake (BuBC)
23rd Hedgehog: caught on a trail cam. Also seen on 21st Jan. Simpson (Peter Barnes)
Hedgehog (Photo © Peter Barnes)
23rd Pintail: 4 – 2 males jockeying for position for the attention of 2 females. Floodplain Forest NR (BuBC)
23rd Black Redstart: 1 winter male in paddocks NW of Bury Field. Newport Pagnell (BuBC)
22nd Pintail: 2m Seen distantly on Viaduct Pit from Manor Farm. Floodplain Forest (BuBC)
22nd Common Crossbill: A morning flyover, calling as it flew to the west. Tattenhoe Park (Harry Appleyard / BuBC)
20th Peacock butterfly: brief sighting in garden. Wobrun Sands (Viola Read)
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)