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

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

A flyover TREE PIPIT - a real mega these days

At Broughton Grounds this evening, 1 Green Sandpiper and two juvenile Little Ringed Plovers. There have been up to 3 adult LRPs on site for most of the summer, so it is probable that these are locally bred birds.

Amidst the general awfulness of the building site, there has formed a substantial pool with muddy edges, easily viewable from the approach road. This is where the waders were, and at less disturbed times, e.g evenings, Sundays, this pool would definitely be worth checking out.

At the quarry, a greater surprise was a TREE PIPIT flying over, calling. Also c25 Goldfinch & 3 Red-l Partridge. The quarry, which was levelled off a while ago, was being sprayed, presumably for weed control rather than any future crop intentions (Rob Hill)