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

Thursday, 8 January 2009


A mammoth roost at Caldecotte this evening, with c7000 BHG's,1600CG's, and at least 800 Herring Gulls, easily the most of thislatter species I've ever seen in an MK roost. There was 1ad CASPIAN GULL in there too, but still no white-wingers. Also 14 Goosander (8m 6f), 54 Gadwall, and c65 Greenfinch roosting bythe sailing club.

At Calvert mid-morning, 1 BITTERN showed briefly, flying from onereedbed to another before stalking out of sight. Also 2 YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (1 2nd-w & 1 3rd-w) and 1pr Goldeneye on the sailing lake.R (Rob Hill)

Later, towards dusk, an adult CASPIAN GULL roosted, 2 BITTERNS showed, as well as CETTI'S WARBLER and WATER RAIL (Ken Earnshaw)