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, 31 July 2009


Early this morning there was no sign of the Black-tailed Godwit. On the Seasonal Pool just 2 Common Sandpiper and c150 Black headed Gulls and a Teal. The Reserve Pool had 2 migrant Little Ringed Plovers.

During a visit this evening the summer-plumaged DUNLIN had moved to the Seasonal Pool, feeding amongst the Lapwing on the spit that has formed as the pool dries. Still 2 Common Sandpipers. Black-headed Gulls numbers were down to just 20 compared with 100's at the same time over the pass few days.

The juvenile Common Tern was perched on a buoy. I checked it for any rings - but none fitted (Kevin Duncan)