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, 22 June 2009

North Bucks QUAIL

There was a COMMON QUAIL calling on the western edge of Milton Keynes today.

Go to the western end of the V5 (north of the prison and south of Hazeley school).

Walk west to the North Bucks Way and go across that over a stile (start of a footpath to Shenley Debns). The fields are a fairly unkempt mixture of broad beans and second growth oil seed rape. The Quail was calling from the right of that footpath - the second field to the right, I thought. Calling about 4.00 pm today.Might well have been a second bird, but only one called several times (Bob Tunnicliffe)