Compared to most recent years, when for example I recorded 165 species in the county in 2011, 187 in 2012 and 173 in 2013, this has been a particularly poor one with just 157 species recorded by mid December - one of my worst years on record


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

Monday, 19 January 2009


At least three, very probably four SHORT-EARED OWLS late afternoon with 1+ Barn Owl. Maximum of three SEOs in the air at one time but at 1620 found another bird on the deck very close to where the group had been watching from behind the stone wall. This couldn't have been one of the three up earlier unless it had walked a long way.

Also 1 Snipe, 2 Skylark and about a dozen Meadow Pipits all flushed by hunting owls, plus GSW & Fieldfares (Graham Shortt)