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

Friday, 7 August 2009

Eight species of wader at Dorney today

A visit a few hours before Dave Cleals' visit produced a seventh Green Sandpiper along the Return Lake at 1500m. On the Seasonal Pool a Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and a Little Ringed Plover.

A visit this evening' still the 2 Common Sandpiper on the Seasonal Pool. The Common Redshank had joined the 6 Green Sandpipers on the Reserve Pool. Viewed from the causeway at 750m. Iot

I had not planned to walk beyond the middle bridge but lucky I decided to count the Canada Geese at the start end. Feeding on the grass at 200m was a lone BLACK-TAILED GODWIT! It was flushed by two crows and flew off southwest at 19:06. Then looking back towards the middle bridge a fem/juv NORTHERN WHEATEAR on the causeway. The first for Dorney Lake this autumn, 11 days later than last year. On the walk back to the carpark a single Common Swift flew over.

A good day for Dorney Lake with 8 wader species seen (Kevin Duncan)