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

Sunday, 9 August 2009

And yet another MARSH HARRIER

As Mike Collard has already mentioned we (Mike, Rose and myself) had a distant view of a female/juvenile MARSH HARRIER, heading South between the Ivinghoe Beacon and Tring. This was the only bird of note in four and half hours, although there were up to 6 Common Buzzards and 2 Hobbys present. There were relatively few kites and most were in heavy moult. It was very difficult picking out raptors because they were so high and generally distant. Very little passage, a few Swallows and a single Common Swift.

Later at Wilstone Reservoir the number of COMMON GREENSHANKS was 6 (Steve Rodwell)