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, 3 March 2009


Since the turn of the year, up to 15 redpolls have been visiting a birdwatcher's garden in Speen village, feeding regularly on the feeder.
The flock includes one particularly well-marked MEALY REDPOLL as well as at least four others, less well marked, including a male and several first-winters. The palest individual is depicted above, courtesy of Mike Collard.
The birds are still present today (per SRN, MW) after being seen well on Sunday (MC, BAM, et al) and Monday (MC, DP, LGRE).