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, 29 July 2009

Rain showers deposit godwit

Managed to get to the Seasonal Pool a little earlier than planned after my daughter's driving lesson was aborted due to the weekly Dorney Lake Triathlon. Reaching the Seasonal Pool I could see a number of Black-headed Gulls were high again with about 250 present with more flying in, reaching a total of c400+. On first scan of the pool I located a summer plumaged ICELANDIC BLACK-TAILED GODWIT feeding in the north-east corner. Whilst scanning the gulls which contained many juveniles a summer plumaged LITTLE GULL was seen on the pool briefly, before flying east.

There was no sign of yesterdays Mediterranean Gull but the flock did also contain 5 Common Gulls and 3 adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and a juvenile. I expect the LBBG's have bred on the Slough Trading Estate. Still 2 Common Sandpiper present (Kevin Duncan)