YEARLISTING IN 2013

2012 resulted in me recording 186 species in the County, possibly my highest annual tally ever; anyway, herewith my Species List of 2013 -:

173) MERLIN, Ivinghoe, 11 October; 172) WOODLARK, Ivinghoe, 11 October; 171) MARSH HARRIER, Ivinghoe Beacon, 11 October; 170) SANDWICH TERN, Spade Oak Pit, 9 September; 169) BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Calvert Sailing Lake, 5 September; 168) WRYNECK, Ivinghoe Hills Top Scrub, 30 August; 167) PIED FLYCATCHER (3 birds), Denham House, Quainton, 28 August; 166) RUFF, College Lake BBOWT, 13 August; 165) WHIMBREL (11 birds), Startop's End, 11 August; 164) COMMON REDSTART, Steps Hill (Inkombe Hole), 6 August; 163) COMMON SCOTER, Startop's End Reservoir, 4 August; 162) TREE PIPIT, Steps Hill, 10 July; 161) COMMON QUAIL, Pitstone Hill, 8 July; 160) WOODCOCK, Monkton Wood, 21 June; 159) PIED AVOCET, College Lake, 20 June; 158) Spotted Flycatcher, Shardeloes Lake, 4 June; 157) TEMMINCK'S STINT (2), Spade Oak Pit, 18 May; 156) SANDERLING, Manor Farm, 11 May; Monk Parakeet, Hartwell House, Aylesbury, 8 May; 155) LITTLE STINT, Manor Farm, 7 May; 154) WOOD SANDPIPER, Manor Farm, 7 May; 153) GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, Weston Turville Reservoir, 2 May; 152) GARGANEY (pair), Linford NR, 1 May; 151) Yellow Wagtail, Marsworth, 16 April; 150) Lesser Whitethroat, College Lake, 30 April; 149) Common Cuckoo, College Lake, 30 April; 148) Garden Warbler, Spade Oak Pit, 30 April; 147) Hobby, Marlow Low Grounds, 30 April; 146) WOOD WARBLER, Marlow Low Grounds, 30 April; 145) WHINCHAT, Pump Lane, Marlow, 30 April; Blue-headed Wagtail, Marsworth Horsefields, 29 April; 144) Sedge Warbler, Marsworth Reservoir, 25 April; 143) Western Reed Warbler, Marsworth Reservoir, 25 April; 142) Common Swift, Marsworth, 25 April; 141) BLACK TERN, Startop's End, 25 April; 140) Common Whitethroat, Startop's End, 16 April; 139) ARCTIC TERN (4+), Startop's End, 16 April; 138) Ringed Plover, Manor Farm, 16 April; 137) Common Sandpiper, Manor Farm, 16 April; 136) COMMON GREENSHANK, Manor Farm, 16 April; 135) Willow Warbler, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 15 April; 134) House Martin, Marsworth Grand Union Canal, 12 April; 133) Common Tern, Startop's End, 12 April; 132) OSPREY flew east over Marsworth, 12 April; 131) Dunlin (9 birds), Dorney Lakes, 26 March; 130) Barn Swallow, Marsworth, 11 April; 129) RING OUZEL, Wing, 7 April; 128) STONE CURLEW, Gallows Bridge BBOWT, 3 April; 127) ICELANDIC BLACK-TAILED GODWIT (17), STOCKLAKE MEADOWS, 3 April; 126) WHITE WAGTAIL (6 birds noted in total), Spade Oak/Dorney Reach, 02 April; 125) Sand Martin, Weston Turville Reservoir, 31 March; 124) BLACK REDSTART, Jubilee River, 27 March; 123) EURASIAN CURLEW, Gallows Bridge, 27 March; 122) WATER PIPIT, Startop's End Reservoir, 27 March; 121) SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT (2 birds), Dorney Rowing Lakes, 26 March; 120) Little Ringed Plover, Dorney Rowing Lakes, 26 March; 119) Northern Wheatear, Marlow/Dorney, 26 March; BALTIC GULL, Hedgerley Landfill, 9 March: 118) Common Redshank, College Lake, 6 March; 117) COMMON STONECHAT, 2 males, Stoke Common, 3 March; 116) ICELAND GULL, Hedgerley Landfill, 18 February; 115) Oystercatcher, Gayhurst Pit, 3 March; 114) MEDITERRANEAN GULL, Spade Oak Pit, 21 February; 113) JACK SNIPE (two different birds), Broughton & Spade Oak Pit, 19 February; 112) BITTERN, Marsworth Reservoir (Bucks Reedbed), 18 February; 111) WHOOPER SWAN, College Lake, 18 February; 110) WILLOW TIT, Linford NR, 3 February; 109) SLAVONIAN GREBE, Tongwell Lake, 3 February; 108) Tawny Owl, Quianton, 31 January; 107) European Golden Plover, Gallows Bridge, 31 January; 106) EURASIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (ad & fw), Dorney Common, 29 January; 105) NORTHERN PINTAIL, Spade Oak, 3 drakes, 23 January; 104) COMMON CROSSBILL (13), Black Park Country Park, 17 January; 103) Blackcap, Crabbe Crescent Chesham, 16 January; 102) SMEW, College Lake BBOWT, 11 January; 101) Common Kingfisher, Chess Valley, 9 January; 100) CASPIAN GULL (1w), Spade Oak Pit, Little Marlow, 8 January; 99) FIRECREST (4 individuals), Hogback Wood Beaconsfield, 8 January; 98) Siskin, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 8 January; 97) Green Woodpecker, Chess Valley, 8 January; 96) LITTLE OWL, Chess Valley, 8 January; 95) Common Treecreeper, Hogback Wood, Beaconsfield, 7 January; 94) Mistle Thrush, Penn, 5 January; 93) GREY PARTRIDGE, Little Linford Wood, 6 January; 92) Barnacle Goose, Emberton Lakes, 6 January; 91) Lesser Redpoll, Stoke Goldington, 6 January; 90) TREE SPARROW (29 birds), Stoke Goldington, 6 January; 89) DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE, Newport Pagnell GP, 6 January; 88) Marsh Tit, Gayhurst Quarry Wood, 6 January; 87) Yellowhammer, Lodge Hill Farm, 05 January; 86) CORN BUNTING (38 birds), Lodge Hill Farm, 05 January; 85) Red-legged Partridge, Lodge Hill, 05 January; 84) GREATER SCAUP, Marlow Roach Pit, 05 January; 83) Bullfinch, Westhorpe Sailing Lake, 05 January; 82) Common Shelduck, Spade Oak Pit, 05 January; 81) Green Sandpiper, Spade Oak Pit, 05 January; Bar-headed Goose, Spade Oak, 05 January; 80) Greylag Goose, Spade Oak Pit, 05 January; 79) SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, Eton Wick, 05 January; 78) Eurasian Skylark, Eton Wick, 05 January; 77) Coal Tit, Burnham Beeches NNR, 05 January; 76) Mandarin Duck, Burnham Beeches NNR, 05 January; 75) Great Black-backed Gull, Hedgerley Tip, 05 January; 74) Song Thrush, Hillmotts Wood, 05 January; 73) BRAMBLING (27 birds), Penn Street Farm, 05 January; 72) COMMON RAVEN, Chess Valley, 04 January; 71) BARN OWL, Chess Valley, 3 January; 70) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, Foxcote Reservoir, 2 January; 69) GLAUCOUS GULL, Foxcote Reservoir, 2 January; 68) Teal, Foxcote Reservoir, 2 January; 67) Linnet, Gallows Bridge BBOWT, 2 January; 66) Common Goldeneye, Wotton Underwood, 2 January; 65) GOOSANDER, Wotton Underwood Lake, 2 January; 64) Redwing, Westcott, 2 January; 63) Peregrine, Aylesbury, 2 January; 62) BOHEMIAN WAXWING (6 birds), Hazlemere, 02 January; 61) Red-crested Pochard, College Lake, 2 January; 60) Common Snipe, College Lake, 02 January; 59) Common Gull, College Lake, 02 January; 58) Wigeon, College Lake BBOWT, 02 January; 57) Herring Gull, Chess Valley, 02 January; 56) Common Pheasant, Castleman's Farm, 01 January; 55) Egyptian Goose, Castleman's Farm, 01 January; 54) Meadow Pipit, Eton Wick, 01 January; 53) Jay, Eton Wick, 01 January; 52) Water Rail, Eton Wick, 01 January; 51) Lapwing, Eton Wick, 01 January; 50) Collared Dove, Eton Wick, 01 January; 49) Common Blackbird, Eton Wick, 01 January; 48) Cetti's Warbler, Eton Wick, 01 January; 47) Fieldfare, Eton Wick, 01 January; 46) Greenfinch, Eton Wick, 01 January; 45) Common Chiffchaff, Eton Wick, 01 January; 44) Grey Wagtail, Eton Wick, 01 January; 43) Pied Wagtail, Eton Wick, 01 January; 42) Cormorant, Jubilee River, 01 January; 41) Great Crested Grebe, Eton Wick, 01 January; 40) Lesser Black-backed Gull, Eton Wick, 01 January; 39) Reed Bunting, Eton Wick, 01 January; 38) Ring-necked Parakeet, Jubilee River, 01 January; 37) Sparrowhawk, Jubilee River, 01 January; 36) Grey Heron, Shardeloes Lake, 01 January; 35) Northern Shoveler, Shardeloes Lake, 01 January; 34) Carrion Crow, Shardeloes Lake, 01 January; 33) Great Spotted Woodpecker, Latimer, 01 January; 32) GREAT WHITE EGRET, Latimer Great Water, 01 January; 31) Nuthatch, Latimer House, 01 January; 30) Gadwall, Chesham SW, 01 January; 29) Rook, Chesham, 01 January; 28) Little Grebe, Pow Wow Lake, 01 January; 27) Great Tit, Chesham, 01 January; 26) Moorhen, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 01 January; 25) Mallard, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 01 January; 24) Northern Pochard, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 01 January; 23) Tufted Duck, Chesham Fishing Lakes, 01 January; 22) Atlantic Canada Goose, Chesham Fishing lakes, 01 January; 21) Dunnock, Chesham, 01 January; 20) Chaffinch, Chesham, 01 January; 19) Robin, Chesham, 01 January; 18) Wren, Chesham, 01 January; 17) Black-headed Gull, Chesham, 01 January; 16) Coot, Chesham Bois Mill, 01 January; 15) Mute Swan, Chesham, 01 January; 14) Stock Dove, Chess Valley, 01 January; 13) Common Kestrel, Mill Farm, 01 January; 12) Red Kite, Chess Valley, 01 January; 11) Common Buzzard, Chess Valley, 01 January; 10) Common Magpie, Mill Farm, 01 January; 9) Woodpigeon, Mill farm, 01 January; 8) Jackdaw, Mill Farm, 01 January; 7) Long-tailed Tit, Chenies Place, 01 January; 6) Blue Tit, Chenies, 1 January; 5) Goldcrest, Chenies, 1 January; 4) Little Egret, Chess Valley, 01 January; 3) Starling, Chaffinch House, 01 January; 2) House Sparrow, Chaffinch House, 01 January; 01) Goldfinch, Chaffinch House, 01 January


YEARLISTING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

It's all over - 2012 has come to an end. I managed a total of 187 out of the 198 species recorded all told in Buckinghamshire - 94% of the total - probably my highest-ever annual tally.

The current record is 191 species achieved in 2006 and held jointly by both Rob Hill and Simon Nichols



My Buckinghamshire Year List in 2012

1) GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (Caldecott Lake); 2) Great Crested Grebe; 3) Little Grebe; 4) Cormorant; 5) BITTERN (Weston Turville Res); 6) Little Egret; 7) Grey Heron; 8) Mute Swan; 9) Greylag Goose; 10) Atlantic Canada Goose; 11) Egyptian Goose; 12) Mandarin Duck; 13) Mallard; 14) Gadwall; 15) NORTHERN PINTAIL (Foxcote Res); 16) Shoveler; 17) Eurasian Wigeon; 18) Common Teal; 19) Northern Pochard; 20) RED-CRESTED POCHARD (pair at College Lake); 21) Tufted Duck; 22) Common Goldeneye; 23) SMEW (drake at Caldecotte Lake South); 24) GOOSANDER; 25) Red Kite; 26) Common Buzzard; 27) Sparrowhawk; 28) Common Kestrel; 29) PEREGRINE (Aylesbury pair); 30) Red-legged Partridge; 31) Common Pheasant; 32) Water Rail; 33) Moorhen; 34) Coot; 35) European Golden Plover; 36) Lapwing; 37) Common Snipe; 38) Black-headed Gull; 39) Common Gull; 40) Herring Gull; 41) YELLOW-LEGGED GULL; 42) CASPIAN GULL (3 adults at Hedgerley Landfill); 43) Lesser Black-backed Gull; 44) Great Black-backed Gull; 45) GLAUCOUS GULL (juvenile at Hedgerley); 46) ICELAND GULL (2nd-winter at Hedgerley and 2nd-winter & juv at Calvert BBOWT); 47) LITTLE AUK (at College Lake BBOWT, my first-ever in the county); 48) Stock Dove; 49) Woodpigeon; 50) Collared Dove; 51) SHORT-EARED OWL (Gallows Bridge); 52) Ring-necked Parakeet; 53) Common Kingfisher; 54) Green Woodpecker; 55) Great Spotted Woodpecker; 56) Skylark; 57) Meadow Pipit; 58) Pied Wagtail; 59) Grey Wagtail; 60) Wren; 61) Dunnock; 62) Robin; 63) Song Thrush; 64) Redwing; 65) Mistle Thrush; 66) Fieldfare; 67) Common Blackbird; 68) CETTI'S WARBLER; 69) Goldcrest; 70) Great Tit; 71) Coal Tit; 72) Blue Tit; 73) Marsh Tit; 74) WILLOW TIT (Linford); 75) Long-tailed Tit; 76) Nuthatch; 77) Common Treecreeper; 78) Common Magpie; 79) Jay; 80) Jackdaw; 81) Rook; 82) Carrion Crow; 83) COMMON RAVEN; 84) Common Starling; 85) House Sparrow; 86) Chaffinch; 87) BRAMBLING; 88) Linnet; 89) LESSER REDPOLL; 90) Goldfinch; 91) Greenfinch; 92) Siskin; 93) Bullfinch; 94) COMMON CROSSBILL; 95) Reed Bunting; 96) Yellowhammer; 97) Common Shelduck, College Lake BBOWT, 4 February; 98) DARK-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE, College Farm, 4 February; 99) SNOW BUNTING, Startop's End, 4 February; 100) Tawny Owl, Shardeloes, 6 February; 101) GREEN SANDPIPER, Chenies Bottom, 6 February; 102) GREY PARTRIDGE (6), Kimble Wick, 9 February; 103) Common Chiffchaff (6), Eton Wick, 9 February; 104) SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF (2), Eton Wick, 11 February; 105) JACK SNIPE, Eton Wick, 11 February; 106) Little Owl, Burnham Library, 11 February; 107) RED KNOT, Drayton Beauchamp, 12 February; 108) WATER PIPIT, Startop's, 15 February; 109) TREE SPARROW, Stoke Goldington, 15 February; 110) MERLIN, Weston Underwood, 15 February; 111) FIRECREST (3), Hogback Wood, Beaconsfield, 18 February; 112) LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER, Church Wood RSPB, 19 February; 113) CORN BUNTING (29 birds), Saunderton, 19 February; 114) MEDITERRANEAN GULL, Hedgerley Landfill, 20 February; 115) BEARDED TIT, Jubilee River, Dorney Wetlands, 24 February; 116) Blackcap, Chesham Fishing Lake, 27 February; 117) Oystercatcher, College Lake, 27 February; 118) Common Redshank, College Lake, 27 February; 119) EURASIAN CURLEW, Gallows Bridge, 27 February; 120) WHOOPER SWAN (adult), Briarfields, 3 March; 121) Barnacle Geese (23), Olney Water Meadows, 3 March; 122) HEN HARRIER, Gallows Bridge, 13 March; 123) WOODCOCK, Short Heath Wood, 13 March; 124) RED-THROATED DIVER, College Lake BBOWT, 14 March; 125) Ringed Plover, College Lake, 14 March; 126) SANDWICH TERN, Spade Oak Pit, Little Marlow, 16 March; 127) SCANDINAVIAN ROCK PIPIT, Spade Oak Pit, 16 March; 128) Northern Wheatear, Ivinghoe/Pitstone (12), 17 March; 129) Sand Martin, Springfield Quarry, 20 March; 130) Little Ringed Plover, College Lake BBOWT, 02 April; 131) Barn Swallow, Spade Oak GP, 02 April; 132) RING OUZEL, Ivinghoe Beacon, 03 April; 133) KITTIWAKE, flying high NNE over Southend Hill, 08 April; 134) Willow Warbler, College Lake BBOWT, 08 April; 135) Yellow Wagtail, Manor Farm, 09 April; 136) WHITE WAGTAIL (2), Manor Farm, 09 April; 137) Common Tern, Willen Lake, 09 April; 138) House Martin, Willen Lake/Chesham Fishing Lakes, 09 April; 139) GARGANEY (pair), Linford NR, 13 April; 140) COMMON REDSTART, Ivinghoe Hills, 13 April; 141) GRASSHOPPER WARBLER, Marsworth, 13 April; 142) Sedge Warbler, Marsworth, 13 April; 143) House Martin, Marsworth, 13 April; 144) BLACK REDSTART, Fulbrook Farm, Quainton, 16 April; 145) ARCTIC TERN, Spade Oak Pit, 17 April; 146) Common Sandpiper, College Lake, 24 April; 147) WHIMBREL, College Lake, 25 April; 148) LITTLE GULL (21), College Lake, 25 April; 149) Western Reed Warbler, College Lake, 24 April; 149) Common Swift, College Lake, 25 April; 150) BLACK TERN, Spade Oak Pit, 25 April; 151) GREY PLOVER, Dorney Rowing Lakes. 29 April; 152) (EUROPEAN) BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, Dorney Rowing Lakes, 29 April; 153) Garden Warbler, Ivinghoe Hills, 30 April; 154) Common Whitethroat, Ivinghoe Beacon, 30 April; 155) WOOD WARBLER, Aylesbury Park Golf Course, 30 April; 156) Lesser Whitethroat, Aylesbury Park Golf Course, 30 April; 157) COMMON NIGHTINGALE, Bledlow, 01 May; 158) BAR-TAILED GODWIT, Sherington Bridge Floods, 03 May; 159) Dunlin, Manor Farm, 02 May; 160) WHINCHAT (4), Broughton Trout Pool Meadows, 05 May; 161) Hobby, College Lake, 8 May; 162) Common Cuckoo, Leyhill, 8 May; 163) RED-FOOTED FALCON, Jubillee River, Marsh Lane Weir, 22 May; 164) GREATER SCAUP, Calvert BBOWT, 28 May; 165) Common Greenshank, Spade Oak, 28 May; 166) Spotted Flycatcher, Little Missenden Churchyard, 30 May ; 167) BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Calvert Sailing Lake, 07 June; 168) COMMON QUAIL, Down Farm Cereal Fields, 15 June; 169) SABINE'S GULL, Startop's End Reservoir, 02 July; 170) Barn Owl, Rockwell End, 06 July; 171) EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE, Pitstone Green, 16 July; 172) RUFF, Manor Farm, 23 July; 173) LITTLE STINT, College Lake, 12 August; 174) LITTLE TERN (unprecedented flock of 19), Spade Oak GP, 15 August; 175) TURNSTONE, Spade Oak GP, 19 August; 176) TREE PIPIT (2), Ivinghoe Beacon, 22 August; 177) WOOD SANDPIPER, Gallows Bridge BBOWT, 28 August; 178) COMMON STONECHAT, Hardmead, 18 September; 179) PECTORAL SANDPIPER, Dorney Common, 18 September; 180) GREAT WHITE EGRET, over Drayton Beauchamp, 23 September; 181) WOODLARKS (2), Springfield Farm Quarry, 26 September; 182) OSPREY, Ivinghoe Beacon, 26 September; 183) HAWFINCH, Penn Wood, 01 November; 184) RUDDY DUCK, 'Chess Valley', 7-9 November; 185) BOHEMIAN WAXWING, Aylesbury, 19 November; 186) LONG-TAILED DUCK (two juveniles), Foxcote Reservoir, 7 December;

A poor year in 2011

In 2011, a total of 452 species was recorded in Britain and Ireland of which I recorded just 69% (312); Bedfordshire recorded 204 species (of which I saw 94% at 191), Hertfordshire 192 (of which I saw 88.5% at 170) and Buckinghamshire 192 (of which I recorded just 86% at 165)



TOTAL NUMBER OF SPECIES RECORDED IN THE COUNTY IN 2010

The Year ended with 188 species recorded - I managed just 167 of them

Friday, 25 July 2014

RUFF at Manor Farm



Having a look for Rob Hill's Wood Sandpiper of last night, I found this male RUFF at Manor Farm this afternoon. Also present were 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Ringed Plover (including a juvenile), 3 juvenile Common Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 8 Little Egret, 110 Lapwing, 2 juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULLS and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Absolute disgrace

Can somebody kindly clarify what the benefits are to ringing our one and only EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR for years in the county is? Last night, as it got dark, mistnets were placed in strategic parts of the clearing and the ringer and his wife lucked upon catching the male bird, which has been churring each night for the past 16 nights without interference. Yes, he had all of the paperwork and clearly had permission, but to what gain? Personally, I find it abhorrent, putting that bird through all of that stress for nothing. After it was released, it moved to a different part of the clearing that I have not seen it before. What do others think of this behaviour?

Monday, 7 July 2014

NIGHTJAR still present




Buckinghamshire Bird Club has lifted its veil of secrecy and revealed the presence of this Rare Breeding species in the county. Nightjars have declined dramatically in the last 20 years, with the last stronghold locally in Surrey. Worst of all, they felt it necessary to allow the bird to be trapped and ringed. I give up.

SPOONBILL back again

MONDAY 7 JULY
 
My first port of call, in another day of tetrad surveying, was SPADE OAK GRAVEL PIT (LITTLE MARLOW), where Adam Bassett had again relocated an adult breeding-plumaged EURASIAN SPOONBILL there. The bird was typically sleeping on the spit but did awake on the odd occasion, before flying off east just before midday.






 
Not a bad list of species for early July, highlights being the Little Egrets (two nests have fledged a total of 4 young on the island), both Australian Black Swans still, 4 Mute Swans, 17 Greylag Geese, family party of 9 Egyptian Geese, 41 Tufted Duck, 2 Northern Pochard (adult drake and a juvenile), 55 Coot, 12 Great Crested Grebe, 23 Common Tern (including quite a few fledged juveniles), 55 Herring Gull, 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS (an adult and first-summer), 115 Black-headed Gull, 275 Lapwing, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Common Swift, Stock Dove, Grey Wagtail, Western Reed Warbler and a male Bullfinch.



The 3 juvenile Little Egret from one nest








 
The rest of the day was taken up surveying NW of MARLOW, with Coal Tit, Common Buzzard and Red Kites in PULLINGSHILL WOOD (SU 8286), a pair of House Sparrows at 'The Hatchet' in BOCKMER END (SU 8186), 77 Rook and 2 Stock Dove at BOCKMER HOUSE (SU 8086) and HOMEFIELD WOOD yielding numerous FIRECRESTS, at least 12 SILVER-WASHED FRITILLARIES, breeding Coal and Marsh Tits, 25+ Wren, Nuthatch and several family parties of Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap.





More House Sparrows were to be found in LOWER WOODEND (SU 8187), along with Stock Dove and a singing male Yellowhammer, a Sparrowhawk in HOLME WOOD and up to 8 Skylarks by CHISBRIDGE FARM (SU 8088). MARLOW COMMON (NORTH) harboured a typical selection of woodland species.
 

A total of 43 active SAND MARTIN burrows was located in SPRINGFIELD FARM QUARRY, whilst searching for Dave Cleal's male Common Redstart on DORNEY COMMON after the rain, yielded 3 LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS on the flood.

NIGHTJAR still - and waders on the move

The churring male EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR is still present in the south of the county this evening, as is at least one of the LONG-EARED OWLETS, while elsewhere, up to 9 Little Egrets are at Spade Oak GP (Little Marlow) (two nests have spawned 6 young so far) as well as a Mediterranean Gull and returning waders are being seen, particularly in the north of the county, with Green Sandpipers and Eurasian Curlew being recorded.

It is an excellent year for PURPLE EMPEROR BUTTERFLIES, with large numbers being seen in at least 14 localities throughout the county















Sunday, 29 June 2014

COMMON TEAL in perfect breeding habitat

Whilst undertaking further tetrad survey work in the county, I came across 5 COMMON TEAL in perfect breeding territory. The birds were all acting rather sheepishly, so could well be breeding...




Friday, 27 June 2014

Well the cat's out of the bag...


Yes, this is Buckinghamshire's first EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR for many a year - and churring from a suitable piece of habitat for at least its seventh consecutive night.....



problem is, parking is restricted to just a couple of cars, and as one of them is often this one - its owner present again tonight with his wife, as well as with the Bird Report editor and his son - there is likely to be NOWHERE to park off-road. If you would like to see this bird, it is best to contact one of the Bucks Bird Club Committee - they seem to be offering out the invitations......


parking is very restricted - room for just two cars - three at a squeeze