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

Passage picking up at DORNEY ROWING LAKES

This morning at Dorney Lake the first bird of the day was a female NORTHERN WHEATEAR at the start end of the causeway. Nothing seen then till the Seasonal Pool (1250M). On the Pool were 2 COMMON GREENSHANK which were very flighty; they then flew off high to the East.

Further along towards the clubhouse another female NORTHERN WHEATEAR and a Common Sandpiper flew from the edge of the Return Lake.

On my return back to the car I spotted the WHIMBREL on the edge of the Reserve Pool. It then flew onto the grass and started feeding.

Tonight there was a third COMMON GREENSHANK of the day on the Seasonal Pool. This one was colour ringed. Unfortunately the distance and light conditions weren't right to see the colours. There was one ring on the left leg and two on the right, all above the knee. It is the fourth colour ringed bird seen at Dorney Lake. The Whimbrel was still present around the Reserve Pool feeding in the grass (Kevin Duncan)