Description

This is no Farmoor, Otmoor or Port Meadow. This is Grimsbury. It's Grim up north!

There is a running total year list in the link above.

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Grimsbury Bird List

I have compiled this list from various sources* and it may not be 100% accurate. Please let me know if you know of any additional species to add onto the list.


Brent Goose - Rare - 8 (over) in January 87, 1 in December 88, 1 in December 2015
Canada Goose - Common
Greylag Goose - Occasional
White-fronted Goose - Rare - 8 in January 87
Mute Swan - Common
Bewick's Swan - Rare - 43 in March 66, 5 in November 88 and 4 in November 90
Egyptian Goose - Rare - 2 (over) in March 16
Common Shelduck - Scarce 
Mandarin Duck - Scarce
Garganey - Rare - recorded (Clews, 87), 1 in April 16 (in the U.C.V.)
Shoveler - Occasional
Gadwall - Occasional
Wigeon - Occasional (used to be common with one count of 100+ !)
Mallard - Common
Pintail - Rare - 2 in March 96, 2 in January 01
Teal - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
 Red-crested Pochard - Rare - 3 in September 75, 1 in January 13, 1 in March 15
Pochard - Occasional (used to be common with regularly up to 150 !)
Ferruginous Duck - Rare - 1 in January 87
Tufted Duck - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
 Scaup - Rare - 1 in 1966, 2 in November 88
Common Scoter - Scarce
Goldeneye - Occasional
Smew - Rare - 3 in December 88
Goosander - Occasional
Red-breasted Merganser - Rare - 1 in April 79
Ruddy Duck - Rare - 1 in November 97
Red-legged Partridge – Rare, no recent records - recorded (Clews, 87)
Grey Partridge - Rare - historical (Clews, 87), 1 in February 95
Pheasant - Occasional
Red-throated Diver - Rare - 1 in February 76
Black-throated Diver - Rare - 1 in Nov to Dec 91, 1 reported in December 09
Fulmar Rare - 1 in May 2017 
Little Grebe - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
Red-necked Grebe - Rare - 1 in 1968, 1 in Feb to Mar 79, 1 in February 01
Great Crested Grebe - Common
Black-necked Grebe - Rare - 1 in February 02, 1 in April 16 (in the U.C.V.), 1 in April 18
Grey Heron - Common
Little Egret - Occasional
Cormorant - Common
Shag - Rare - 1 in April 2018
Osprey - Scarce
Sparrowhawk - Common
Marsh Harrier - Rare - 1 in July 15 (in the U.C.V.)
Red Kite - Occasional
Buzzard - Common
Water Rail - Scarce
Moorhen - Common
Coot - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
Oystercatcher - Occasional
Lapwing - Occasional
Golden Plover - Occasional
Grey Plover - Rare - 1 in October 67, 1 in September 14
Ringed Plover - Occasional
Little Ringed Plover - Occasional
Whimbrel - Scarce
Curlew - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
Bar-tailed Godwit - Rare - 1 to 3 in August 74
Black-tailed Godwit - Scarce - recorded (Easterbrook, 2013), 1 in September 15
Turnstone - Occasional
Knot - Rare - 1 in January 76
Ruff - Rare - Irregular in the 80s, 1 in September 14, 1 in September 17
Sanderling - Rare - 1 in May 66, 1 in August 15, 1 in May 16
Dunlin - Occasional
Little Stint - Rare - 4 in September 96
Woodcock - Scarce
Jack Snipe - Scarce
Snipe - Common
Grey Phalarope - Rare - 1 September 2017
Common Sandpiper - Common
Green Sandpiper - Occasional
Redshank - Occasional
Wood Sandpiper - Rare - 1 in July 15 (in the U.C.V.)
Greenshank - Scarce
Kittiwake - Rare - 1 in April 02, 1 in April 11, 2 individuals in March 15, 1 in November 17
Black-headed Gull - Common
Little Gull - Occasional
Mediterranean Gull – Occasional
Common Gull - Common
Great Black-backed Gull - Scarce
Glaucous Gull - Rare - recorded (Clews, 87)
Herring Gull - Occasional
Caspian Gull - Rare - 1 in December 16
Yellow-legged Gull - Occasional
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Common
Sandwich Tern - Rare - 1 in September 88, 1 in April 11
Little Tern - Rare - 1 in May 66, 1 in April 08, 1 in May 15
Common Tern - Common
Arctic Tern - Occasional
Black Tern - Scarce
Great Skua - Rare - 2 in October 14
Pomarine Skua - Rare
Arctic Skua - Rare - May 78
Feral Pigeon - Occasional
Stock Dove - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
Woodpigeon - Common
Turtle Dove – Rare - historical
Collared Dove - Common
Cuckoo - Scarce
Barn Owl - Rare (more common in the U.C.V.)
Tawny Owl - Rare
Little Owl - Occasional
Short-eared Owl - Rare - recorded (Clews, 87), 1 in May 08, 1 in December 14
Swift - Common
Kingfisher - Common
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - Rare - 1 in March 08
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Common
Green Woodpecker - Common
Kestrel  - Common
Merlin - Rare - 1 in February 12
Hobby - Scarce
Peregrine - Occasional
Ring-necked Parakeet - Rare - 1 in July 15
Jay - Common
Magpie - Common
Jackdaw - Common
Rook - Common
Crow - Common
Raven - Occasional
Waxwing - Rare - 2 in December 12
Coal Tit - Common
Marsh Tit - Occasional 
Willow Tit - Common (but for how much longer?!)
Blue Tit - Common
Great Tit - Common
Skylark - Common
Sand Martin - Common
Swallow - Common
House Martin - Common
Long-tailed Tit - Common
Willow Warbler - Common
Chiffchaff - Common (and Siberian race Chiffchaff, winter 2014/15)
Wood Warbler - Rare - 1 in April 16, 1 in April 18
Sedge Warbler - Common
Reed Warbler - Occasional
Grasshopper Warbler - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
Blackcap - Common
Garden Warbler - Common
Lesser Whitethroat - Common
Whitethroat - Common
Firecrest - Rare - 1 in February 99, 1 Jan to Mar 02, 1 in January 03
Goldcrest - Common
Wren - Common
Nuthatch - Rare - 1 in July 15, 1 in May 16
Treecreeper - Common
Starling - Common
Blackbird - Common
Fieldfare - Common
Redwing - Common
Song Thrush - Common
Mistle Thrush - Occasional
Spotted Flycatcher - Occasional
Robin - Common
Pied Flycatcher - Rare - 1 in September 95, 1 in April 96, 1 in August 97
Black Redstart - Rare - 1 in November 14, 1 in November 15
Redstart - Occasional
Whinchat - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
Stonechat - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
Wheatear - Common
House Sparrow - Occasional
Tree Sparrow - historical (a count of 200+ in Aug 90!)
Dunnock - Common
Yellow Wagtail - Common
Grey Wagtail - Common
Pied Wagtail - Common (also White Wagtail on passage)
Meadow Pipit - Common
Tree Pipit - Scarce
Water Pipit - Rare
Rock Pipit - Occasional
Chaffinch - Common
Brambling - Occasional
Hawfinch - Rare - 1 (over) in October 11
Bullfinch - Common
Greenfinch - Common
Linnet - Common
Redpoll (Lesser) - Occasional
Crossbill - Rare - 1 (over) in September 08
Goldfinch - Common
Siskin - Common
Corn Bunting - Rare - historical, 1 in January 97
Yellowhammer - Occasional
Reed Bunting - Common


* References:
- B.O.S. and O.O.S. annual reports
- Birds of the Heart of England (B.O.S. / Easterbrook, 2013)
- Where to Watch Birds in Beds, Berks, Bucks, Herts and Oxon (Clews et al, 1987)

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