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

WESTCOTT VILLAGE garden successes

Here in our Westcott garden two Song Thrush families have raised young already and one of the pairs is currently feeding a second brood in a clematis above our front door. Our small (single digit) House Sparrow population has also raised several young which seem to have got the hang of the peanut feeder very quickly, something the adults haven't tried until now. Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Dunnock & Collared Dove, at least, have also raised young in the garden. There are Wrens about but I've seen no sign of youngsters. Yesterday I watched a pair of Swallows feeding four juveniles perched in our willow tree (although I've not noticed any nests on the houses along our road). Over the past couple of weeks a young Green Woodpecker has been a regular visitor to the many ant colonies living in our lawn (Dave Wilton)