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.


  1. Mute Swan - Common
  2. Bewick's Swan - Rare - 43 in March 66, 5 in November 88 and 4 in November 90
  3. White-fronted Goose - Rare - 8 in January 87
  4. Greylag Goose - Occasional
  5. Canada Goose - Common
  6. Brent Goose - Rare - 8 (over) in January 87, 1 in December 88, 1 in December 2015
  7. Egyptian Goose - Rare - 2 (over) in March 16
  8. Common Shelduck - Scarce 
  9. Mandarin Duck - Scarce
  10. Wigeon - Occasional (used to be common with one count of 100+ !)
  11. Gadwall - Occasional
  12. Teal - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
  13. Mallard - Common
  14. Pintail - Rare - 2 in March 96, 2 in January 01
  15. Garganey - Rare - recorded (Clews, 87), 1 in April 16 (in the U.C.V.)
  16. Shoveler - Occasional
  17. Red-crested Pochard - Rare - 3 in September 75, 1 in January 13, 1 in March 15
  18. Pochard - Occasional (used to be common with regularly up to 150 !)
  19. Ferruginous Duck - Rare - 1 in January 87
  20. Tufted Duck - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
  21. Scaup - Rare - 1 in 1966, 2 in November 88
  22. Common Scoter - Scarce
  23. Goldeneye - Occasional
  24. Smew - Rare - 3 in December 88
  25. Red-breasted Merganser - Rare - 1 in April 79
  26. Goosander - Occasional
  27. Ruddy Duck - Rare - 1 in November 97
  28. Red-legged Partridge - Rareno recent records - recorded (Clews, 87)
  29. Grey Partridge - Rare - historical (Clews, 87), 1 in February 95
  30. Pheasant - Occasional
  31. Red-throated Diver - Rare - 1 in February 76
  32. Black-throated Diver - Rare - 1 in Nov to Dec 91, 1 reported in December 09
  33. Little Grebe - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
  34. Great Crested Grebe - Common
  35. Red-necked Grebe - Rare - 1 in 1968, 1 in Feb to Mar 79, 1 in February 01
  36. Black-necked Grebe - Rare - 1 in February 02, 1 in April 16 (in the U.C.V.) 
  37. Fulmar Rare - 1 in May 2017 
  38. Cormorant - Common
  39. Little Egret - Occasional
  40. Grey Heron - Common
  41. Red Kite - Occasional
  42. Marsh Harrier - Rare - 1 in July 15 (in the U.C.V.)
  43. Sparrowhawk - Common
  44. Buzzard - Common
  45. Osprey - Scarce
  46. Kestrel  - Common
  47. Merlin - Rare - 1 in February 12
  48. Hobby - Scarce
  49. Peregrine - Occasional
  50. Water Rail - Scarce
  51. Moorhen - Common
  52. Coot - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
  53. Oystercatcher - Occasional
  54. Little Ringed Plover - Occasional
  55. Ringed Plover - Occasional
  56. Golden Plover - Occasional
  57. Grey Plover - Rare - 1 in October 67, 1 in September 14
  58. Lapwing - Occasional
  59. Knot - Rare - 1 in January 76
  60. Sanderling - Rare - 1 in May 66, 1 in August 15, 1 in May 16
  61. Little Stint - Rare - 4 in September 96
  62. Dunlin - Occasional
  63. Ruff - Rare - Irregular in the 80s, 1 in September 14, 1 in September 17
  64. Jack Snipe - Scarce
  65. Snipe - Common
  66. Woodcock - Scarce
  67. Black-tailed Godwit - Scarce - recorded (Easterbrook, 2013), 1 in September 15
  68. Bar-tailed Godwit - Rare - 1 to 3 in August 74
  69. Whimbrel - Scarce
  70. Curlew - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
  71. Common Sandpiper - Common
  72. Green Sandpiper - Occasional
  73. Greenshank - Scarce
  74. Wood Sandpiper - Rare - 1 in July 15 (in the U.C.V.)
  75. Redshank - Occasional
  76. Turnstone - Occasional
  77. Grey Phalarope - Rare - 1 September 2017
  78. Pomarine Skua - Rare
  79. Arctic Skua - Rare - May 78
  80. Great Skua - Rare - 2 in October 14
  81. Kittiwake - Rare - 1 in April 02, 1 in April 11, 2 individuals in March 15
  82. Black-headed Gull - Common
  83. Little Gull - Occasional
  84. Mediterranean Gull - Occasional
  85. Common Gull - Common
  86. Lesser Black-backed Gull - Common
  87. Herring Gull - Occasional
  88. Yellow-legged Gull - Occasional
  89. Caspian Gull - Rare - 1 in December 16
  90. Glaucous Gull - Rare - recorded (Clews, 87)
  91. Great Black-backed Gull - Scarce
  92. Little Tern - Rare - 1 in May 66, 1 in April 08, 1 in May 15
  93. Black Tern - Scarce
  94. Sandwich Tern - Rare - 1 in September 88, 1 in April 11
  95. Common Tern - Common
  96. Arctic Tern - Occasional
  97. Feral Pigeon - Occasional
  98. Stock Dove - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
  99. Woodpigeon - Common
  100. Collared Dove - Common
  101. Ring-necked Parakeet - Rare - 1 in July 15
  102. Cuckoo - Scarce
  103. Barn Owl - Rare (more common in the U.C.V.)
  104. Little Owl - Occasional
  105. Short-eared Owl - Rare - recorded (Clews, 87), 1 in May 08, 1 in December 14
  106. Swift - Common
  107. Kingfisher - Common
  108. Green Woodpecker - Common
  109. Great Spotted Woodpecker - Common
  110. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - Rare - 1 in March 08
  111. Skylark - Common
  112. Sand Martin - Common
  113. Swallow - Common
  114. House Martin - Common
  115. Tree Pipit - Scarce
  116. Meadow Pipit - Common
  117. Rock Pipit - Occasional
  118. Water Pipit - Rare
  119. Yellow Wagtail - Common
  120. Grey Wagtail - Common
  121. Pied Wagtail - Common (also White Wagtail on passage)
  122. Waxwing - Rare - 2 in December 12
  123. Wren - Common
  124. Dunnock - Common
  125. Robin - Common
  126. Black Redstart - Rare - 1 in November 14, 1 in November 15
  127. Redstart - Occasional
  128. Whinchat - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
  129. Stonechat - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
  130. Wheatear - Common
  131. Blackbird - Common
  132. Fieldfare - Common
  133. Song Thrush - Common
  134. Redwing - Common
  135. Mistle Thrush - Occasional
  136. Grasshopper Warbler - Occasional (more common in the U.C.V.)
  137. Sedge Warbler - Common
  138. Reed Warbler - Occasional
  139. Blackcap - Common
  140. Garden Warbler - Common
  141. Lesser Whitethroat - Common
  142. Whitethroat - Common
  143. Wood Warbler - Rare - 1 in April 16
  144. Chiffchaff - Common (and Siberian race Chiffchaff, winter 2014/15)
  145. Willow Warbler - Common
  146. Goldcrest - Common
  147. Firecrest - Rare - 1 in February 99, 1 Jan to Mar 02, 1 in January 03
  148. Spotted Flycatcher - Occasional
  149. Pied Flycatcher - Rare - 1 in September 95, 1 in April 96, 1 in August 97
  150. Long-tailed Tit - Common
  151. Blue Tit - Common
  152. Great Tit - Common
  153. Coal Tit - Common
  154. Willow Tit - Common (but for how much longer?!)
  155. Marsh Tit - Occasional 
  156. Nuthatch - Rare - 1 in July 15, 1 in May 16
  157. Treecreeper - Common
  158. Jay - Common
  159. Magpie - Common
  160. Jackdaw - Common
  161. Rook - Common
  162. Crow - Common
  163. Raven - Occasional
  164. Starling - Common
  165. House Sparrow - Occasional
  166. Tree Sparrow - historical (a count of 200+ in Aug 90!)
  167. Chaffinch - Common
  168. Brambling - Occasional
  169. Greenfinch - Common
  170. Goldfinch - Common
  171. Siskin - Common
  172. Linnet - Common
  173. Redpoll (Lesser) - Occasional
  174. Crossbill - Rare - 1 (over) in September 08
  175. Bullfinch - Common
  176. Hawfinch - Rare1 (over) in October 11
  177. Yellowhammer - Occasional
  178. Reed Bunting - Common
  179. Corn Bunting - Rare - historical, 1 in January 97


* 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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