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

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Recent Highlights 6-20 May 2009

7 May: a SANDERLING was at Manor Farm New Workings (Chris Gleadell), whilst a WHINCHAT was at Lodge Hill, Saunderton (Warren Claydon)

8 May: the long-staying WHIMBREL remained at Dorney Rowing Lakes, with two EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVES south at midday

9 May: the above WHIMBREL remained, with migrant WHINCHATS at Pitstone Hill and at Widmer End and at Dorney Rowing Lakes (2).

10 May: a RUFF arrived at Little Marlow Spade Oak Pit, the same bird being seen at Dorney, along with the remaining WHIMBREL and a single DUNLIN. A further WHIMBREL flew north over Rowsham (Mike Wallen) and a male WHINCHAT was in the paddocks at College Lake.

11 May: incredibly, the WHIMBREL remained at Dorney Rowing Lakes, where 3 RUFF arrived on the Seasonal Pool. Two further WHIMBREL flew east over Linford NR early afternoon, with the 3 RUFF relocating to Spade Oak Pit in the evening. Two COMMON GREENSHANK touched down in Pitstone Quarry, with 2 more at Little Marlow, along with a single DUNLIN and a COMMON SANDPIPER.

12 May: perhaps the longest-staying county WHIMBREL ever remained at Dorney, where two of the three RUFF returned (a single remaining on the spit at Marlow) and a COMMON GREENSHANK visited. Three BLACK TERN were at Willen Lake South Basin in the afternoon, where a BAR-TAILED GODWIT flew through.

13 May: 3 COMMON GREENSHANK, the WHIMBREL and a GREY PLOVER were on the Seasonal Pool at Dorney early morning, with the 3 remaining RUFF, 3 DUNLIN and a LITTLE TERN at Spade Oak at midday. A further BLACK TERN arrived at Willen Lake with yet another LITTLE TERN, the latter being joined by a second bird at 1510. This increased to four by late eveing, whilst 13 BLACK TERNS arrived at Little Marlow and 11 more on Calvert Sailing Lakes. Three more BLACK TERN were at Foxcote Reservoir and two LITTLE TERN dropped in on Calvert. A male RING OUZEL was on the grass by the Premier Lodge at Willen Lake in the evening.

14 May: A SHORT-EARED OWL was at Linford NR early morning but the big news was the arrival of two adult EURASIAN SPOONBILLS on the spit at Willen Lake North early afternoon. A BLACK TERN was on Calvert Sailing Lake, with two COMMON GREENSHANKS, the WHIMBREL, DUNLIN and a WHINCHAT at Dorney on 15th.

15 May: the two adult EURASIAN SPOONBILLS were seen again at Willen Lake early morning before relocating to Linford NR bund, whilst another seen prviously at Port Meadow in Oxford flew NE over College Lake on 16th. Manor Farm held a single BLACK TERN and an exceptional flock of 27 TUNDRA RINGED PLOVERS. At the same time, TURNSTONES on the ski tow walkway at Willen Lake South Basin increased to 3 during the day. An ARCTIC TERN was also noted at Willen.

17 May: two TURNSTONES were at Willen lake North Basin, with a SHORT-EARED OWL flushed at Wing