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

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Dorney Rowing Lakes this morning

The two juvenile Ruff at Dorney (Jim Rose)
The hedgerow from the car park had some activity, with 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Linnets and family parties of both Green & Goldfinches. A chunky Wheatear was on the grass by the start, playing chase me with 3 Pied Wagtails.

On approaching the Seasonal Pool 2 Common Redshank flew north and were followed by a calling Common Greenshank which looped round and landed on the Reserve Pool. This left the (still present) 2 juvenile RUFF and 1 Redshank in situ; 2 Teal were also on the pool. After 20 minutes or so a second Redshank flew in followed by a Greenshank. There was a Greenshank on the Reserve Pool on my return, so at least 2 Greenshank still present.

Scanning the car park hedgerow on my return to the car produced a Common Whitethroat (Dave Cleal)