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

Monday, 24 August 2009

Garden COMMON WHITETHROAT in Prestwood

Whilst trying to locate a chacking Blackcap I ended up looking at a fresh Common Whitethroat; this is the first in our garden in 23 years and was feeding on Elderberries.

I did not see the Blackcap but Rose did; the CW disappeared so I flew upstairs to get the camera set up; all sorted and back it came only to find ( yet again, some may say ) I had a dead battery. Not seen since (Mike Collard)

The anniversary of Mike's Wryneck is almost nigh