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, 17 July 2009

Hunting HOBBY

At 10:15am driving along the lane to Little Marlow GP my attention was drawn to a HOBBY that was below roof top height about 100yds past the King's Head pub. It appeared to be trying to catch House Martins from around their nest site under the eaves of one of the houses and kept stalling and diving in a very tight area in front of the nests. Never seen this behaviour before, although I have seen them catch House Martins from flying flocks. I guess this might indicate it has a juvenile to feed somewhere, although it was not successful on this occasion (Adam Bassett)