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, 18 August 2009

MANOR FARM hits back

Earlier this evening a Ringed Plover favouring the mud along the front of the last sizeable wader pool. Probably best viewable from the River Ouse side, unfortunately I didn't have time to venture that far. Took to the air on several occaisions but then settled back to earth, still there when I left at 5:30ish.

Also for the fifth day both the juvenile Dunlin and Common Greenshank are on the same pool.

Just a single Common Tern today after yesterdays high count and where yesterday there was over 1000 gulls just seven (thats seven) greeted me today.Later on, a motley assortment of LBB and Herring Gull were lined up along the new shingle banking though.

Problem at the site again though is lack of water, tomorrows predicted hot day might well see another two of the smaller pools gone going on what was left today. Pray for rain, lots of it or those nice people at Hanson leaving the tap running (Chris Gleadell)