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, 27 July 2009

DUNLIN at Gayhurst

Rained off for a couple of hours this morning so had a look to see if anything had dropped in at GAYHURST QUARRY. Almost in exactly the same place on the Fishing Pit as last weeks Knot was a DUNLIN just fading out of breeding plumage.

I have to say with the water level dropping the Pits are starting to look very wader friendly at the moment. The six Common Sandpipers and 2 Oystercatchers that were present obviously think so too.

I hadn't been up to Quarryhall for a while so decided to have a look at the Bean Field at the top of the hill.I should have gone earlier,because as well as several Linnets and Skylarks, I saw at least 2 families of Yellow Wagtails comprising of at least 8 Birds. There were probably more as they seemed to be flying around everywhere, the parents still feeding the youngsters so obviously bred on site (Robert Norris)