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

Tuesday, 10 February 2009


On my way back home from Oxfordshire this afternoon, I decided to stop off and visit Stokenchurch to count the roosting RED KITES. It was extremely disappointing, with only a fraction of the birds I counted in December 2008 coming in. Maybe they have all drifted out for spring territories or have created new roost-sites; maybe this week's harsh conditions have changed their habits.

Co-ordinating counts from 1700 hours, there were just 26 birds in the Fingest Roost and only 88 birds was counted arriving at the various roost-tree sites in the Ibstone valley between 1715 and 1740

114 is a very poor total and over 70% lower than my December count. Interestingly, three roost-sites were empty