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

Friday, 24 April 2009

Another RING OUZEL at Manor Farm

Its seems Friday is RING OUZEL day at Manor Farm.

Following on from last weeks bird, another was found this morning on the shingle bank and gravel road south of the main body of water. Again like last weeks bird a stunning male, it flew over the south central field literally a couple of feet over my head giving great views. It was fairly flighty and was last seen around 7:30ish in the field south of the farm building (between farm and Old Wolverton Road), unfortunately I had to head for work but it may still be there in the hills and hollows, a field most of us usually overlook.

Earlier, from my arrival till 7:00, two EURASIAN CURLEW were in 'Godwit Corner' they circled lake and headed in a Linfordly direction. Also in this corner one RP and one LRP and a single Common Sandpiper.

Three Terns, probably Commons, were resting on the signs emerging from the water and the Shelduck pair are still present.(Chris Gleadell)