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

BLACK-TAILED GODWIT at Dorney all weekend

Saturday 8 August: My run of luck continues!

Every visit to Dorney Lake produces something different. Tonight all seemed quiet in dead calm conditions with just a single Common Sandpiper amongst the Lapwing on the Seasonal Pool. Moved up to middle bridge to view the Reserve Pool to check if the COMMON GREENSHANK was still present. It was with the Redshank and Green Sandpiper. Then the farmer turned up to check on his sheep. He must have flushed the BLACK-TAILED GODWIT from out of sight to join the other 3 waders. All fed together and seen in one scope view. The Godwit then preened and then flew southeast. Thought it had gone but it had landed on the Seasonal Pool. Last seen feeding and finding plenty of food. I would not be surprised if it there tomorrow.

Last scan of the Return produced a juvenile Dunlin at 1500m (Kevin Duncan)