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, 2 March 2009

BITTERN still at Willen

A quick stop off at the STW car park this evening (17:24) produced 1 BITTERN high up in the reeds, directly opposite me. It didn't look very happy with it's roosting platform/reeds and thus took flight and flew to it's left and dropped back into the reeds closer to the Peace Pagoda and out of view.

First thing this morning 3 Little Egrets on the scrape, had increased to 5 by lunch time but were back down to 3 this evening.

Heronry looking busy with at least a dozen birds (Paul Moon)